Local activities are ramping up to get residents informed and involved in the 2010 Winter Games.

Events – Don’t miss this week’s LiveCity Vancouver open houses Thursday Sept 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, Sept 26th from 10:00 am until noon both at the Roundhouse Community Center in Yaletown. Also upcoming next week is the beginning of the Pulse to the Podium series of free family focused community events that will help build excitement and spirit for the 2010 Winter Games. The events will provide the opportunity to learn more about the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, try a winter sport on the Nintendo Wii, play some winter sport themed carnival games and to pose on the podium. The series starts on September 26th in West Point Grey and will visit the Coal Harbour Community Center on Sunday, September 27th from 10:00 am until noon. The full Pulse to the Podium schedule can be found http://vancouver.ca/parks/info/2010olympics/pulse.htm. An event will also be held at the Roundhouse Community Center on November 8th.

Volunteer – The Homestay Volunteer Program was launched by VANOC in February 2009, with the goal of providing more than 650 beds during the Olympic Winter Games from 550 host families. Applications are still being accepted and will continue to be accepted from additional host families until Games time. Those who apply before September 30 will qualify for event tickets as an added incentive. Visit http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/work-and-volunteer/-/32704/7d1823/index.html for more information.

Transportation – The Olympic Line “Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar” will be a state-of-the-art, accessible and sustainable transportation project that will connect Granville Island to the Canada Line Olympic Village Station (Cambie Street and West 2nd Avenue) during 60 days of celebration between January 21 and March 21, 2010. Transit trips on the Olympic Line will be free. The Olympic Line will run about every six to ten minutes on approximately 1.8 kms of dedicated track extending the regional transit network during the 2010 Winter Games and decreasing the number of private vehicles, motor coaches and transit diesel buses to and from Granville Island.

Arts and Culture – The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is adding more international flair to its impressive lineup of music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and digital programming in its largest announcement of 2010 projects to date including Steve Earle, an inspiring Ugandan dance troupe and an all-star lineup of emerging Canadian talent brought together by an American music producer, often called the inventor of the modern tribute album, saluting the godfather of grunge: Neil Young.