Throughout history, solar eclipses have left people in awe as the Earth plunges into darkness during daylight hours. A solar eclipse occurs as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, blocking its light either partially or in full. This causes a shadow to appear on part the Earth, and those within the shadow experience this as an eclipse.
If you’re feeling intrigued by the incredible science behind this phenomenon, why not gather a group of friends together on the morning of August 21st to take in the spectacle of an eclipse yourselves? Throwing a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event is a unique and fun way to celebrate this rare occurrence.
Fill up some thermoses with coffee and hot chocolate, grab some delicious pastries, and set up comfortable folding chairs at your location to wait for the eclipse. Be sure to look at the weather forecast ahead of time to avoid cloudy skies, and pick an outdoor space with a clear view of where the sun will be. If there’s a chance of clouds, hop in the car and program your GPS to a spot with sunnier weather–you’ll definitely want to find clear skies for this event. Bring along portable speakers and a fun playlist (Dark Side of the Moon, anyone?) to give your gathering a true celebratory ambiance. And don’t forget the sunscreen–you’ll need it even while the sun starts to go dark!
Most importantly, bring along EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades to keep your eyes safe while you observe the eclipse. Never look directly at any part of the sun without proper protective equipment, as it can cause irreversible damage and even blindness.
While this eclipse will only reach totality over parts of the United States, we will still be able to observe a significant partial eclipse from Canada. If you’re curious about how much of the solar eclipse you’ll see and when you’ll be able to see the sun at the peak of the eclipse, here’s a quick list showing what you’ll be able to expect! Remember, the further from the path of totality you are, the less the sun will appear to be covered. For this August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, the path of totality will curve from the Pacific Northwest through the middle of the United States to the South-Eastern Seaboard.
In the meantime, brush up on your solar eclipse knowledge, so you’ll know what to expect (and to impress your friends while you wait!)
EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades block the harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays of the light that comes from the sun and are essential for viewing the partial phases that precede and follow totality. You can follow the moon’s progression across the sun by looking through these glasses every few minutes during the partial phases. EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades are lab tested and meet the new ISO 12312-2 requirements (Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun). It is extremely important to remember that only during complete totality may you look at the sun without EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades. Never look directly at the partial phases of the eclipse without EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades.
Limit continuous use of the EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades to three minutes, and always directly supervise children under the age of 14 during their use.
WARNING: Never look at the sun without special eye protection. When viewing the eclipse, use eclipse glasses at all times when any part of the sun is visible. Direct viewing of the sun can cause permanent damage if the proper precautions are not taken. Adequate eye protection specifically designed for viewing the sun is essential and should be worn so that no harmful rays from the sun can reach the eye.
Now that you are prepared to view the eclipse safely, get ready to make an incredible memory! This rare occurrence won’t come along for another 18 years and 11 days, so make the most of it. Safe and happy viewing!
As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, London Drugs is partnering with agencies across western Canada to help 150 refugee families get on their feet in their new country. The Welcoming 150 program seeks to help by encouraging London Drugs customers to donate items to the families in need.
Many of the families arrived in Canada in the last year or so, and are in the process of learning a new language and joining our country’s workforce. This is one of their extraordinary stories.
Our chair and CEO, Mr. Brandt C. Louie, recently received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UBC. Mr. Louie was bestowed the honor in recognition of his extraordinary contributions of community leadership and visionary support of learning and research. In his speech, Mr. Louie shares some insightful thoughts on success and words of inspiration for the UBC 2016 graduating class.
Full list of UBC 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients:
See more of the convocation and Mr. Louie’s acceptance speech:
In December 2015, London Drugs in Edmonton partnered with Operation Friendship Seniors Society to provide personalized gifts for 40 of the Society’s seniors.
In less than three weeks, thousands of items were donated, wrapped and delivered by Santa and his elves for the 350 residents of Operation Friendship Seniors Society, with another 150+ packages provided for the Society’s drop-in centre.
“We are so grateful to be part of this program with London Drugs for the first time,” said Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations Supervisor with Operation Friendship Seniors Society. “Many of our residents do not have family or loved ones they can celebrate the holidays with, so this small gesture will mean so much to many. We are thankful to the community for any support they can provide to us, especially during the holidays, and look forward to expanding this program with London Drugs in the future.”
Thank you to our customers in the Edmonton area for supporting Edmonton inner city seniors. If you would like to help a senior in your area, here are the top 10 most popular gifts from the Society’s wish lists.
10 POPULAR GIFTS FOR SENIORS
Learn more about Operation Friendship Seniors Society: http://www.ofss.org/
The annual Rogers Food Bank Friday returns on Friday, December 11th with live radio and television remotes at the London Drugs location on Granville and Georgia. Returning for its fourth year, the Rogers Food Bank Friday event will run from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Customers are encouraged to stop by and bring a non-perishable food donation or make a donation in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Starting at 5:30 AM CityTV’s Breakfast Television will be broadcasting live from the plaza in front of London Drugs at Georgia and Granville with special guests and holiday cheer until 9:00 AM.
Starting at 6:00 AM KISS Radio and the Kid Carson Show will be live until 9:00 AM. The broadcast continues throughout the day with hosts Kelsey and Ara broadcasting live until 6:00 PM at the corner of Georgia and Granville in Vancouver. Stop by anytime throughout the day with a donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and say hi.
Suggested non-perishable items to donate to Food Bank are:
Natural peanut butter
Whole wheat pasta/rice
Canned Fruit & vegetables
100% Fruit juice
Infant food & formula
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization with the intent to help nourish individuals by providing healthy food, education and training. The GVFBS gives support to over 28,000 people every week through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies throughout the Lower Mainland.
This Christmas season, British Columbian residents in certain areas have an opportunity to play Santa to a Senior. Working with local Home Instead organizations and non-profit groups like Seniors Services Society, holiday shoppers can visit select London Drugs location to purchase gifts for local seniors.
At this time of year many seniors are overlooked for gifts. These programs aim to provide seniors in care facilities with gifts on Christmas. Gift tags are placed on trees at London Drugs featuring items on a senior’s wish lists. Holiday shoppers can purchase any item from the tree as well as provide other stocking stuffer gifts. Volunteers then collect the gifts, wrap them and distribute them in time for Christmas.
10 POPULAR GIFTS FOR SENIORS
London Drugs locations in British Columbia participating in Santa to a Senior programs this season are:
Two of our other locations also participated in the program but have already sold all of their ornaments. Thank you to our Penticton and Westbank locations for being a Santa to a Senior this holiday season.