Everybody's invited to a birthday dance for Anna Banana

Newell did a great job as project-manager for Gloria, Lily, and May's birthday blast at Grand Villa recently (see photos.) There were lei's, palm frond skirts, coconut shell bra's autographing, and inflatable palm trees, and a great birthday cake – matched by the warm temperatures in the dance floor. (Which made us wonder if Grand Villa was trying to get us to buy coolers.)

Let's have another party, for Anna Banana, this time! The new #1 band, Groove & Tonic, will make the dancefloor go “ape” in their second set. This is a 7-piece band with excellent trumpet and sax performance, unmatched by any band.

Where did you likely meet Anna? Perhaps at a hundreds meetups, including Marie's karaoke, Libby's dances at Best Western, concerts in North Van, dance lessons on Granville Street or Robson Square.

Who's invited: Everybody

If you know anybody else who is celebrating a mid-September birthday, add him/her to this party, via comments.

Rob's review of Groove & Tonic: They play 3 sets, each set catering to a different audience, but all really danceable. With wireless gear, they jump right into the dancefloor and even around the lounge, playing all the while. One or more musician friends opine that Groove & Tonic is better than the famous cover-band, March Hare --- which we also enjoyed at several meetups.


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  • rob.Zeeee

    In reply to Kevin's request..

    Could somebody please post this, here?
    http://www.meetup.com/happy-singles/events/141084162/

    September 19, 2013

  • suzanne

    The Starlight has a grand dance floor,spacious,good bands play there,

    September 18, 2013

  • Kevin B.

    Yes, thank you everyone for making the night a special one for myself and the other birthday people! I have only one question - are we doing it again soon?

    2 · September 15, 2013

    • Libby

      You would have to have another birthday!

      2 · September 16, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    Very sorry to Vi Jang then 10 or more people who couldn't get in, after 9:30pm. Mike the manager gave us the biggest table, and let 30 people in. This event was setup as a 8:30pm start. I was able to get some people, including Nuwell, Gloria, Robin, Rosa, and others texted me, thru a 'secret entrance'.

    Could Michael, Emily, James, and others, please upload your photos? I'd also appreciate your videos. Please email videos, by attachment, to SolarEduFun + yahoo + com. Thanks in advance.

    The wait staff said that this was the best party ever at Grand Villa. Elmo upstaged the live band!

    Special thanks to Eric (saved the day), Michie who bought food for everybody and the official greeter, Kevin for the wine for everybody, Wendy E. the unofficial greeter, Libby for co-hosting; and everybody for being there, for the best ever "big kids birthday party meetup!"

    September 15, 2013

  • Libby

    BTW, if you arrive late, please don't assume you can sit anywhere you like. Those who arrive early have some investment in their real estate! If there's a coat on the chair, the person is still there!

    September 15, 2013

  • Libby

    Great job Rob! Our group totally rocked the place!

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Steven L

    I'm sorry but I'm stuffed after a great family dinner. I hate to say I am now a no show. Sorry!

    1 · September 14, 2013

    • Anna B.

      It is ok Steven. Sometimes it happens...

      1 · September 15, 2013

  • Brenda

    Is it just a dance party? Is there any food or drinks?

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Anna B.

      Yes Brenda! It is a dance party, but they have some restaurants inside the casino. So, you can eat something before heading to the party.

      September 13, 2013

    • Brenda

      K thz

      September 13, 2013

  • suzanne

    Anna is a wild and crazy girl,from your secret friend

    September 13, 2013

    • rob.Zeeee

      Suzanne must be kidding -- you can't be a "secret friend" if you make yourself "public", lol. Suzanne's comment reminds me of a Russell Peters joke, too. Have an awesome day. Remember, we are all just out on a "day pass", hahaha.

      1 · September 13, 2013

    • Anna B.

      sooooooooooo true. Thanks Rob!

      September 13, 2013

  • Alberto

    Hello to all I will see you

    September 12, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    Does anybody here want to volunteer the cake for our three celebrants?

    1 · September 2, 2013

    • Anna B.

      It is going to be a fun night!!

      1 · September 11, 2013

    • Anna B.

      Now I started to worry about the size of their dancing floor. Maybe it is a bit small if all of our members dance on the floof at once.

      September 12, 2013

  • rob.Zeeee

    40+ PEOPLE COULD BE COMING TO THE PARTY! Last night, I looked at my original posts at several groups for this party and my related original posts for the Groove & Tonic dance. Aside from the rsvp's I know of more than 5 friends who are coming, but are not meetup members. So, I upped my reservation for our table at Personas Lounge --- the manager is giving me (us) the entire long table at the entrance!! The manager says he is looking forward to this party, which will be the biggest hoot at Personas, ever! (Libby and I hosted the opening night meetup at Personas, with 30-50 attending, including my non-meetup friends. There is a photo of us with Marlene, the first Personas manager, at that meetup. Marlene also comped a birthday cake for one of Catalina Chu's friends, on my request, that night.

    QUESTION: What are the names of all the birthday celebrants?

    2 · September 11, 2013

    • Anna B.

      The three birthday celebrants are Emily, Kevin, and myself.

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Emily

    Hi, Happy birthday Anna! I would like to join but I live in West Vancouver and it's far for me to reach without a car. Interestingly Sep. 13 is my birthday and I'd love to come to celebrate it with u but I have no ride.
    Enjoy for me, too!

    2 · September 9, 2013

    • rob.Zeeee

      Emily, here is a link to photos of Gloria, May, and Lily's birthday party at Personas organized by Nuwell, last month. Gloria is opening her gifts, and Lily is wearing funky glasses. Nuwell's friends brought an inflatable palm tree, Hawaiian grass skirts, coconut bra's for the men which were autographed by women. That's when Anna told me her birthday was coming up, and that's why we have this party!

      http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · September 11, 2013

    • Emily

      Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures, Rob. I invited a friend of mine as well. We will come that night and we kindly need ur ride. We both live in West Vancouver. I wonder how and what I can share in this big party.

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Kevin B.

    From New Westminster, just take the Millenium Line to Brentwood Station and then take a short bus trip to the Grand Villa Casino.

    2 · September 9, 2013

    • Anna B.

      Thanks Kevin for the info.

      September 10, 2013

  • suzanne

    i live sapperton wantto go together sapperton station

    September 10, 2013

  • Cathe

    Is there a carpool option from vancouver gastown?

    September 10, 2013

  • Kevin B.

    ..as a fellow Virgo (Sept. 17) I just gotta go! Happy upcoming birthday, Banana Girl!

    2 · August 26, 2013

    • Anna B.

      Happy upcoming Birthday to you as well Virgo Kevin Brown.!( Actually my birthday is on Sept 15).

      August 31, 2013

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