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There are two Project for Awesome vids submitted into the KITSHOUSEP4A this year that put the charities they represent in the running large donations for if only they get enough votes.  if you can vote and share with your social circles that would be, well… awesome!

HOW TO P4A: go to the links below, and vote! you only can vote once per vid but you can vote on as many videos as you like. The P4A only lasts 48 hours, ie till 9am Dec 11 pst, so share this will all your friends and colleagues!
WHY P4A? The nonprofits you vote on are put in the running for receiving what is now over $600000 in donations and counting.  We are encouraging you to vote for the links below which support Kitshouse and Vancouver Folk Music Festival created by a P4A-er who volunteers for both.

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2014 Kits House P4A

So you’re excited to be involved the 2014 Kits House P4A! We are too. You can make a video, post a dare, volunteer for the tech team, or all of the above! We haven’t set the theme yet so we would love your suggestions so take the poll linked below. We will be looking to have free one on one video making support again in some form.

Speaking of which, we need budding journalists, documentarians, and videographers who want to share their talents and help members of the community who do not have editing and storytelling experience to use this medium. This enables people who would not otherwsie be able to share their shine and tell their stories, and that inspires others and helps foster community! Plus you get accredited volunteer hours.

We would love to create a video equipment lending library so donations for that and for the video creation support process are greatly appreciated!

Also we always need volunteers on the Kits House P4A tech team to manage social media, help with video creation support, and various tech stuff.

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Here it is, at long last, the K
remember the project for awesome goes for 48 hours starting dec 11 9am pst. the more likes, views and comments the more likely kitshouse might be to be eligible for donations from the FOUNDATION TO DECREASE WORLD SUCK. Vote here to help Kits House possibly get up to $50000 in donations

and yes, that is an actual thing!

here is the video

here is the project for awesome

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2015 KitshouseP4A

Very early days for the 2015 KitshouseP4A but since we have had interest already, YES, we are accepting volunteers for our KitshouseP4A team which includes social media, teddy bear stuff, tech stuff and video creation support. If you want to be a video maker, YES, do starting making your video as soon as possible. while they won’t got public till the actual Project for Awesome in Dec (date tba) you can have your volunteer counted (especially important for high school seniors i know) as soon as you submit it to us and we will bank the vid till Dec.

questions or interest or

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KitshouseP4A Bear on sale!

Rich, the district manager for Toys ”R” Us BC let us know re the bear that is our kitshousep4a bear IS ON SALE

“I just wanted to let you know that our stuffed animals at $19.99 and over, including this bear, went on sale starting today, and it will be on sale from today until Thursday, September 18th for 25% off! The price of our $24.99 bear is now $18.67 until the 18th at all Toys R Us locations, so you may wish to share this with your network, as every dollar saved adds up!”

Agreed, Rich, agreed! please share with all the kitshousep4a-ers!

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Banyen Books and Sound-“Love, Wisdom, and Beauty”-July 28th

With many of our volunteers on adventures abroad I took down to 4th and Dunbar to talk with the founder and owner of Banyen Books and Sound, Kolin Lymworth.

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Banyen Books was initially opened in 1970 by Kolin at the age of 21 after returning from a trip to India. As the business grew so did Banyen’s array of goods and services it provides. Originally, Banyen Sound was Kolin’s other front, but was eventually combined both stores. Now adays, Banyen offers supplemental products such as yoga equipment, incense, and audio/video equipment.

What is it that makes Banyen unique? Originally Kolin was in search of readings about the spiritual and healing traditions of the world. Since 1970, the selection has grown to provide readings about topics such as yoga, diets, and a plethora of other options from around the world. Beyond it all though, Kolin strives to provide a place of solitude and escape, a place where people can come to be free.

“Banyen is a portal for beauty”

Banyen Books and Sounds is the epitome of community. The very name of the store stems from Kolin’s trip to India in which he found the shade of Banyen trees brought people together. These trees are often found around temples and spiritual grounds where people seek to ways to enhance their lives. Kolin wanted to represent these same traditions at his store, thus the name Banyen Books was born. This name perfectly matched Kolin’s passions for poetry and the pursuit of knowledge as well as his thirst for bringing people together.

Kolin has worked hard over the past 44 years to find ways of strengthening the Kitsilano community by helping bring people closer together. Banyen holds weekly events, often 2-3, free of charge to the public that range from author signings to yoga clinics. When it comes to his staff Kolin doesn’t expend any less energy. Every year Kolin hosts a party for all the staff to indulge in during summer and winter. Staff members get together on their own as well, often playing music together or seeking out ever more products to bring to the store.

“We are nature, part of nature. Our nature is to be together”

If it wasn’t evident already, Kolin is deeply passionate about finding ways of helping people live more fulfilling lives. Through this it is easy to understand why Kolin continues to build and mold Banyen Books.

Kolin was unlike any of the previous men I have had the pleasure of interviewing before. From the long grey beard, Hawaiian shirt, and khaki shorts you could always tell Kolin had some piece of wisdom he wanted to impart on you. This is what made Kolin so fascinating and interesting, he always spoke in broad terms that left so much to be desired. In the end though it was always clear that Kolin is passionate about building community and he will never stop in his search for information.

“I want to get people together in person in more meaningful ways.”

If you need a place of solitude and relaxation then head to Banyen Books! There are plenty of treasures waiting on the shelves for you to find! Take up yoga or learn more about spiritual healing during their upcoming events!

Most importantly, check back for more blogs from the P4A Crew!

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For more info check out their website: Banyen Books and Sound