Everybody's invited to a Halloween / Birthday dance for Mila & Peter

NO COVER CHARGE.

Let's repeat the "Anna Banana Birthday Bash" (best party ever at Grand Villa, according to the casino staff.)

http://www.meetup.com/smartsinglesvancouver/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=17359482

This will be the 4th in a series of "most-fun-ever" meetup birthday parties. The third one was the James Bond007-Lynn Valley Sara-Mako birthday meetup. Look at the comments by happy people at previous birthday parties. Approximately 30-60 people attended our previous parties, although our table reservations were only for 16-20 people.

Come one, come all to this joyous b'day celebration!

The celebrants include: (more celebrants can be added, too)

http://www.meetup.com/smartsinglesvancouver/members/73645822/

http://www.meetup.com/smartsinglesvancouver/members/71880752/

Your hosts (which may include Anna Banana, Rob, Eric D., Ye-Fee, and others) recommend you come before 9 pm where the live band starts to perform to avoid a potential line-up to get into this venue. We usually have dinner at 7:30pm there.

It would be a good idea to RSVP early because the Anna Banana dance/party at Personas Lounge ended up with 10-15 people unable to get in, when they arrived later than the specified start-time. The latecomers were locked out by the Grand Villa staff, and only allowed 30 of our attendees enter, due to a big crowd trying to get it.

HOW TO FIND US AT THIS VENUE: (look for the "meetup" signs on the table)
http://www.meetup.com/happy-singles/photos/16221862/261993052/

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: Check out photos of our previous parties, and please be creative. This meetup doubles as a Halloween party!! Do not wear a mask -- not allowed by the casino policies.

http://www.meetup.com/happy-singles/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=17793682

http://www.meetup.com/smartsinglesvancouver/events/142964442/

USEFUL LINKS:
http://www.grandvillacasino.com/events/event/quickness-2/

FREE SHUTTLE BUS to casino.

SMART PEOPLE do NOT gamble.

Don't drink and drive. Usually, there are checkpoints after midnight. Ask someone for a ride, perhaps.

PLEASE CROSS-POST this invitation at other groups. Thanks in advance.

UPDATE:  Personas will not take reservations for this night. So, NO table reservation has been made by Rob.  Be wise, and come early, very early.

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  • rob.Zeeee

    OPINIONS/REVIEWS: Quickness is not a band for me. Also, the DJ Thursday nights at Personas Grand Villa was "dead" imo because the DJ didn't play dance music. I've never seen a good DJ at Personas. I could even do better, with Youtube. Personas food is pricier, but better quality. Personas servers are much better than Starlight's -- although there are too few servers at Personas.

    LAST NIGHT AT STARLIGHT: Anna and I got a big dance circle going, about 20 people. The YVR female singer noted that we were having a huge blast and pointed us out to everybody!

    November 9, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    NATHALIE WANTS A BIRTHDAY PARTY ON, OR ABOUT 28 DECEMBER! as discussed at last night's last-minute meetup by Anna Banana at Starlight.

    RE STARLIGHT: It looks like they perhaps got rid of the not-so-nice-to-us managers and Kash the waiter, so it might be OK to hold meetups there again. The front desk hostess was super-friendly to me, and thanked me profusely for "coming back". She also fixed the watered-down drinks complaints by our group, and brought fresh drinks for several of our group. (Hey Eric, the boycott seems to have worked! Starlight wasn't that busy.)

    ROB'S SUGGESTION: Groove N Tonic (our favorite band) will be doing the New Years Eve party at Starlight. So, can we have Nathalie's b'day party there?

    November 9, 2013

  • Anna B.

    It was an awesome Halloween party, and fantastic Birthday party as well. Many thanks to all members signed up, and showed up, and made the party so enjoyable and fun...

    3 · October 27, 2013

    • rob.Zeeee

      There are 56 photos at the Smart Singles cross-post. Great photos by Emily, tons of people in costumes!! Whataa halloween parteeeeeeeeee!

      2 · October 30, 2013

    • Emily

      All these beautiful pictures show how awesome our hosts are! Thanks for all the arrangements.

      1 · October 31, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    Please upload your photos, thanks!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    Party of the Year!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Mila C.

    Thank you sooooo muchhh Anna and Rob for setting up the event and for all your hard work, I had really awesome time, you guys are rock!!!!! and thank you to everybody who came out and celebrate with us, hope you guys had great time like I did :)

    2 · October 27, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    GOOD NEWS ABOUT ENTRY: Last night, I met with two managers at Personas. There will be no "game" to be showed. Last night (Friday) attendance was very very light. It appears that this band does not have a huge fan base, like Groove n Tonic or the March Hare band. It was the quiestest Friday night I've ever seen. So, today, there might not be a big crowd, and maybe everybody can just walk in! The manager said this about Halloween costumes: No masks, no "Bandido" or "bank robber" makeup. Have an awesome day, everybody! -Rob

    2 · October 26, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    Rob's SUGGESTION for co-hosts, including Eric D., who are arriving at 7pm. Our birthday metups are now drawing 40-60 people. I suggest that we use the successful "coloured ribbon on the wrist" method of ID'ing our members. which worked great at Robson Square and other big-crowd venues. Could Mila or Peter obtain the coloured ribbons and bring scissors? I'll PM Eric to help out with this. Ye-Fee usually looks after the seating assignments. I might not be able to get in to Personas until 10:30pm,

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    Hi Sunny daze, this is Rob, one of the co-hosts. thanks for the "hello". Could you please upload your photo? I am very uncomfortable with attendees with no photos; particularly since there have had the rare untoward incidents with karaoke and pub meetups [not ones that I hosted] and one of the purposes of having a meetup is to, as a group, protect each other. You seem to be new with meetups, and are probably not aware of the "unwritten rules" with the singles dances that I've organized (about 40 dances).

    1 · October 25, 2013

    • rob.Zeeee

      So, kindly upload a clear photo of yourself. Thank you. If you do not upload your photo, you may be removed from this dance, sorry.

      At the North Shore Social Club, Lisa will even go as far as to check everybody who enters the "circle" against their faces posted, and if they don't match, Lisa would not allow you to join the group. FYI, I no longer organize pub meetups due to the rare risk of drink spiking, as you can read from pub "reviews" at Yelp.

      Before I started organizing meetups, I attended one Starlight meetup dance, where a woman was possibly drugged, and the group looked after her, just as family members would. Because of that incident, when I am hosting, I caution everybody to we wary of people who try to "join" ad hoc; e.g. at Park Place downtown.

      October 25, 2013

    • Libby

      Hi Rob, if you mean at the Park Lounge, we often invite people to join us. It's a lounge, it's open, and a great way to bring new people into the group.

      October 25, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Since no reservations for this night, I highly suggest some members come early to ensure our seats and tables.

    October 20, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Halloween Costumes are optional but encouraged!

    October 20, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    DEBRIEFING from 12 October dance: I arrived at 7pm to get the last big area that was still available, for 6 people only. The lounge was roped off to anybody who was not part of the meetup. Some people, who could not get in otherwise, lied and said they were with the meetup. Then, some of own own meetup members had a hard time getting in, later, because the security only allowed so many of our group to get in. At 10pm, the security opened the gate to anyone, but all the tables and chairs were taken, by then. We had to "double up" on our seats, which fortunately, was included the long sofa. For October 26th, we need some people to come at 7pm to grab the long sofa again. (I will be working until 9pm) Please chime in if you volunteer to do this.

    October 13, 2013

    • Angela A.

      I will probably get there earlier than 7 as I am going to have to bus, I don't know if 7 would be early enough? If it is a Halloween party, its going to get busy fast! and other people may have the same idea?

      2 · October 20, 2013

    • Anna B.

      I can ask Gary, Erica, and James to come with us to ensure some seats and tables. I am sure Peter will be there at 7pm as well. The more people come early the better chance to ensure our tables.

      October 20, 2013

  • Angela A.

    As well, I believe that someone said there were no reservations allowed on the 26th? So probably no area will be saved for us. The earlier the better, I have been there on a event night for a holiday and by 6 a lot of the tables had already been taken.

    2 · October 20, 2013

    • Anna B.

      Yes. You are right Angela! That is why we need more people to be there at 7pm in order to occupy some tables. Mila, Peter, and I will be there at 7pm. Looking forward to see you all there !

      1 · October 20, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    GOT THIS MSG FROM MILA, FYI--------------

    Hi Rob, thanks for your email and thank you very
    much for organizing out birthday event, I really appreciate it :) For sure I'll come on 26th and will coordinate with others :)
    It will be fun!
    hugs!

    October 10, 2013

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