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New Program at MacEwan University Is the Bee’s Knees

The Edmonton-based university is joining the sting operation of urban beekeeping, according to a report in CBC News. In particular, the rooftop of MacEwan’s downtown City Centre campus was just outfitted with four hives as the latest chapter in ongoing sustainability initiatives. Beekeeping has become a hot topic since populations of honeybees are now dwindling due to climate change and pesticide use, though they still serve an incredibly important role in pollinating a majority of food crops around the world. The university has hired a certified beekeeper to maintain the hives, which will use a “flow process” that utilizes a clear viewing window to see when the honey is ready to harvest. The nectar produced will be used—and sold by—Dining Services.

Wedding Bells are Ringing for Two Award-Winning Venues

Love is in the air for two Unique Venues members that have received attention for their boutique wedding services. Waterview, a brand-new event venue in Vancouver, was named one of Canada’s “loveliest wedding venues” in 2016 by, a planning service for to-be brides and grooms. "False Creek and Granville Island act as scenic backdrops [for the] aptly named Waterview, which provides a breathtaking view through panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. This versatile, open concept venue is perfect for any type of wedding celebration," says Weddingbells.

On the other hand, Gallery J, a special event venue in Orlando, is glowing over being named one of the “most outrageous wedding venues” by alt publication Orlando Weekly. "Brick walls and faux balconies graced with hanging flowers will make it feel like you just got married at a café corner in an unknown European town,” says the paper, honing in on Gallery J’s unique Chicago meets New Orleans vibe.

The Bently Reserve Caters to New Moms with Special “Mother’s Room”
Working moms are the focus of a new feature at San Francisco’s Bently Reserve. The historic special event venue (once the Federal Reserve Bank) has just opened a “Mother’s Room,” which allows private and tranquil space for breastfeeding while attending a meeting or function. “We’re increasingly receiving requests from meeting planners for a private room for mothers who are breastfeeding, and we wanted to create a truly comfortable space for them,” said Director of Events and Sales Jim Bruels. The new space is also aligned with the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Affordable Care Act.” It comes stocked with relaxing and convenient amenities including cozy chairs, a private wet bar, mini fridge, water and tea station, magazines, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The “Mother’s Room” is available Monday through Friday during operating business hours, and must be booked with two weeks notice and in conjunction with an additional meeting room reservation.

Mount Nazarene University Provides A Room of One’s Own with New Hotel

The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel is now open, and provides visitors with a step back in time with the Victorian décor and other gilded features including a parlor and grand staircase. Operated by Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the four-story property is an ideal spot for multi-day conference guests with 39 rooms and seven suites (plus, two conference spaces). Overnight stays also include access to a fitness center, business center, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, free parking, and an upscale breakfast every morning. A special meeting room package also offers one complimentary meeting space with 10 booked rooms. Online booking is now available for your next stay.