Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for April 2006

 

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April - May, 2006
EASY RIDER.  Over 54 brands and 260 motorcycles, including street, racing, and police motorcycles. Presented by the Trev Deeley Motorcycle Museum. Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue, Surrey; (604) 502-6456.

April 1, 2006
ANNUAL OLD FASHION SPRING TEA, Cloverdale United Church, 17575- 58A Avenue. Call (604) 574-5813 for details.

April 1, 2006
CANDLELIGHT TOUR AT FORT LANGLEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. Experience a magical evening where you are transported back to the fur trade era. This uique once-a-year event is truly "theatre in the round". Advance ticket purchase is require. This event has sold out in past years, so plan accordingly. Please call the Friends of the Fort at 604-888-3943.

April 1, 2006
Centennial Theatre presents FAME WEST (Judging).  Western Canadas best fitness athletes, fitness models and natural bodybuilders take to the stage to vie for the championship titale as World Natural Sports stops in Vancouver on the FAME World Tour leading into FAME 2006 World Championships in Toronto in June!  604-984-4484, www.wowFAME.com

April 1, 2006
Clown Around with the Harlequins.  Birds on the Bay joins Environment Canada, Migratory Bird Ecologist, Sean Boyd for this informative presentation followed by a walk down 1001 Steps to view the Harlequin ducks enjoying their winter home. Please note, the walk component of this presentation includes a climb up/down 1001 steps and walk along the rocky shore. Participants should have a good fitness level. Meeting Place: Ocean Park Community Hall 1577 128th Street, Surrey, BC Info. & Register: 604-536-3552, http://www.birdsonthebay.ca

April 1, 2006
Crafters Supplies Swap Meet.  Give someone a fresh start to a new craft with your accumulating, endless supply of craft/hobby materials you need to streamline! Buy or sell craft and hobby supplies such as knitting, rubber stamping, scrapbooking, quilting, beading, needlepoint, candle making, soap making, stained glass, etc. No finished craft products for sale. Tables are $10 and go on sale Feb 4. In person registration only. No merchants or businesses. Douglas Park Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-257-8130

April 1, 2006
Doodlebops - Live In Concert.  The Doodlebops (www.dontpulltherope.com) are full of color, using face paint and wigs, but they are definitely the hot group in the preschooler set right now! Much like the Wiggles, they have taken over many households temporarily. If you have not seen them yet, check them out. You will be singing their theme song all day long. Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville St., Vancouver;

April 1, 2006
Drumming FUN FUN FUN.  Learn simple, effective drum rhythms to develop unity and facilitate personal transformation. Seated comfortably in a chair, gather in a circle to enjoy an evening of drumming as a group. Drums are provided or bring your own. Veracis Wellness, 86 Moody Street, Port Moody; 604.461.5511, veracis@telus.net

April 1, 2006
Exploring the Beach Family Nature Program, Belcarra Regional Park; 604-432-6359, http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/checkitout

April 1, 2006
KIDS SWAP MEET. Shannon Hall & McKay Building, Cloverdale; (604) 513-8880.

April 1, 2006
The Beach Boys, River Rock Casino, Richmond; 604-247-8900

April 1, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents JENI LEGON & NANCY HAVER: WHAT TAP DANCING'S ALL ABOUT.  Jeni LeGon began dancing and performing for audiences on the sidewalks of Chicago. As a solo dancer with the Count Basie Chorus Line, she set her sights on Hollywood. There she landed a role with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in Hurray for Love, followed by a over a dozen other films.  Jeni's heartwarming story and inspiring career are celebrated in What Tap Dancing is All About, a picture book for all ages illustrated with vibrant watercolours by Nancy Haver.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver;

April 1 - 2, 2006
Kids Only Swap Meet. Bargain hunters and those wanting to purchase children's outgrown clothing, toys, books and sports equipment are invited to Port Moody Community Services Annual Kids Only Swap Meet. 300 Ioco Road (Port Moody Arena), 604-469-4556

April 1 - 9, 2006
Port Moody Festival of the Arts.  10 day arts spectacular featuring main stage shows like SWARM - the high voltage percussion group! Dressed in orange jumpsuits whirling drum sculptures and hand-crafted instruments SWARM ignites the opening night of this interdiciplary arts festival. Studio tours, hands-on art day, theatre shows and art exhibits are also part of the Festival's fun; www.pomoartsfestival.bc.ca

April 1 - 30, 2006
Welcome Back Herons, Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays at 2 pm in April. Visit the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve to welcome the Herons back home!  Enjoy a guided walk with an interpreter.  Watch more than a hundred herons as they select a nest, choose a mate and raise a family.  Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, 5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack; 04-823-6603 or email herons@shawbiz.ca

April 2, 2006
Children's Toy and Clothes Only Market.  Buy or sell used childrens toys and clothes. Tables are $10 and go on sale Jan 28. In person registration only. Only used materials can be sold. No merchants or businesses. Free Admission.  Douglas Park Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-257-8130.

April 2, 2006
Kids Swap Meet in Tsawwassen at the South Delta Recreation Centre (1720  56th St.) on April 2, 2006 from 9a.m. to 1p.m.  Partial proceeds will be donated to the Pacific Postpartum Support Society; 604-940-5361

April 2, 2006
Minnekhada Lodge Open House, Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam; Take this opportunity to view the magnificent interior of this heritage building. Wander through the rooms of this former lodge built by Lt.-Gov. Eric Hamber, admire views of the Pitt River from the veranda and indulge in a snack from the concession. 604-432-6359, http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/checkitout

April 2, 2006
Tomas Kubinek.  Exuberant madness, mind boggling miracles and surreal feats of the most virtuosic variety, Tomas Kubinek is a certified lunatic and master of the impossible. His outrageous theatrics - backwards somersaults, winged flight, and the stopping of time are executed with such conviction that people fall under a spell. He is a consummate master of whimsy who beautifully balances the absurb and the profound. Part old-fashioned vaudeville and completely magical.  90 minutes (no intermission), age 7-12; Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 4, 2006
Irvine Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. For this performance, NOJO will present New Orleans: Now and Then featuring big band arrangements by Mayfield of traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, and spirituals. Steeped in the traditions of New Orleans and the past masters, the project traces the evolution of jazz as it moved from its origins in New Orleans into the rest of the world. Hear the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and more in this exciting New Orleans Jazz Orchestra extravaganza.  The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts - 777 Homer Street; 604-872-5200.

April 4, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO A CONTEMPLATIVE LIFESTYLE.  Jeff Imbach is president of the Henri Nouwen Society in Canada and co-founder of Soul Stream, a program for spiritual direction training and a resource for retreats and seminars. He is the author of two books, The Recovery of Love: Christian Mysticism and the Addictive Society, and the award-winning book, The River Within: Loving God, Living Passionately.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

April 5, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents WRITING THRILLERS.  John MacLachlan Gray is a multiple award-winning writer and composer for stage, television, film, radio and print - though not all at the same time, the artistic equivalent of a serial monogamist. In past decades he has been known for his stage musicals, as a satirist on CTV's The Journal, as a magazine journalist, a screenwriter, a columnist for the Globe and Mail, and, in recent years, as a novelist.  His stage musicals include the classic Billy Bishop Goes to War, Rock and Roll (made into a feature-length video entitled The King of Friday Night), 18 Wheels, Don Messer's Jubilee, Health, Amelia and The Tree, The Tower and the Flood.  Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main St., Vancouver.

April 6 - 8, 2006
Ballet British Columbia presents A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.  Based on the 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning drama by prolific American Playwright Tennessee Williams, the world premiere of John Alleyne's new full-length work, A Streetcar Named Desire, features an original jazz score by New York composer Fred Hersch played live. The ballet tells the tragic story of fragile southern belle Blanche DuBois and her violent clash with the animal vitality of her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, setting up a contest of wills between the two.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, www.balletbc.com

April 6 - 8, 2006
Women of Mass Destruction, Handsworth Secondary; Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 7 - 9, 2006
78th Annual Bradner Flower Show.  Prepare to be amazed at this celebration of spring's beautiful and abundant blossoms. Organizers have been showcasing the diversity of the Fraser Valley's spring flowers in Bradner for 78 years; 604-856-2794.

April 7 - 9, 2006
Annual International Vancouver Rueda Event.  Three great nights with pure Cuban flavour, featuring the dancing, the music, and much more from the culture of the island. Friday, April 7th will be the kick-off with a variety of dance performances and a big welcome party for our out-of-town participants. Saturday, April 8th, the party will continue with Vancouver's 3rd Annual International Rueda de Casino Competition, which continues to attract more international attention and participants. Please visit www.dancerueda.com (http://www.dancerueda.com/) or contact  for more info.

April 7 - 9 , 2006
Chilliwack High School Rodeo, Chilliwack Heritage Park; 604-823-4980

April 8, 2006
Alpha Yaya DialloGuitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo and his band Bafing return to Harrison. A three time Juno Award winner, Diallo has been nominated for the sixth time this year. Originally from Guinea in West Africa, and now based in Vancouver, Diallo has a international reputation for the excellence of his musicianship and the excitement of his live shows. His dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African axemen.  Harrison Memorial Hall; www.harrisonfestival.com

April 8, 2006
Car Trunk Sale. It's a giant garage sale! Load up your cars, trucks and minivans with used items you no longer need and stake your claim in our parking lot ($10.70 per stall). Call 604-291-1261 in advance to reserve your spot and to get a copy of vendor guidelines. If you have a preference for the location of your spot, please go in person to Bill Copeland Sports Centre to view the map and choose your site. Free admission for buyers. Event will run rain or shine. Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm, April 8. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue.

April 8, 2006
Easter Eggstravaganza, Lang Community Centre in Richmond; 604-233-8910

April 8, 2006
Explore the Little Campbell River.  Explore the wonders of the Little Campbell River Estuary!  This bird walk, led by members of the A Rocha Field Study Centre , will feature the sights and sounds of the Little Campbell River.  Meet at the bandstand in Semiahmoo Park, Marine Drive, White Rock; 8am - 10am,  604-542-9022.

April 8, 2006
Hummingbird Homecoming.  Learn all about Hummingbirds and how to attract them to your yard, how they feed and how they make their nests.  Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6185.

April 8, 2006
In the House Festival presents Chocolate Carnival.  The theme is Chocolate Carnival. There will be music, dance, theatre, puppets, strange and fun characters roaming around the audience. Chocolate fountains, chocolate treats, chocolate cakes and chocolate martinis. Also on the menu are a silent auction with some wicked prizes, a 50/50 draw, and much more.  Come support an amazing event that is the culmination of The In the House Performance Series which has brought such a wonderful array of talent into the sold-out homes of Vancouverites over the year.  Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 805 East Pender Street, Vancouver, 604.874.9325, www.inthehousefestival.com

April 8, 2006
Interpretation Skills Workshop.  Would you like to inspire others to care about natural places or heritage sites? Heritage interpretation is a tool to teach, inspire and motivate others. Heritage interpreters share their stories in zoos, museums, nature centres and parks every day all around the world. Spend a day with GVRD?s senior park interpreters as they share the secrets of their craft. Develop program planning skills and learn techniques that encourage appreciation and understanding. This workshop will inspire experienced and novice interpreters alike! Booklet provided. Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 8, 2006
Kilby Opening Day  11:00am  5:00pm, Help us ring in the new season at our flag raising ceremony, as we open our doors for the 100th year! A Scottish Highland bagpiper in traditional highland attire will bless this event. The District of Kent Mayor and council representatives will also be present to honour our opening.  We will be making ice cream the old-fashioned way under the old Willow Tree at 2 pm, while throughout the day kids will enjoy crafts in our Orchard Shed. Fresh homemade bread and pies will be for sale in the Waterloo Farm Gift Shop so you may want to pre-order to guarantee yours.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

April 8, 2006
Super City's MS Walk/Run, London Heritage Farm, 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond; 604-271-5220

April 8 - 9, 2006
Come spend the evening on an exotic excursion that blends middle easter folkloric, modern, ballet and jazz in an attempt to bring people in touch with the rich cultural and artistic history of the Middle East. Upbeat and traditional music and bright costumes will be a delight for the whole family. ames Cowan Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby; 604-608-0988;

April 9, 2006
Be Aware - Bears!  Bears are cause to be wary, but not fearful. Our society has a range of perceptions about bears: cute and cuddly cartoon bears, destructive garbage bears, passive berry-eating bears or aggressive attack bears. Find out about bear lifestyles and characteristics as you enjoy a walk in the woods. Minnekhada regional Park, Coquitlam; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 9, 2006
Kidstuff Swapmeet.  Our swapmeets are perfect places to clean out your child's cluttered closet or pick up a bargain. If you're thinking of selling, please note that we accept only used items for children age 12 and younger as well as maternity clothes. Admission is free for buyers; donations to the food bank accepted. Table rental: $17.71 (limit one table per family), call 604-439-5514 for details. Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm, April 9. Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue.

April 9, 2006
Women of Kitsilano Historical Walking Tour.  This 2 hour walking tour covers the shoreline, parks and the neighbourhood streets of Kits Point. Hear about a diverse group of women from 1860-1914, who all have a connection with the area. Departs & returns to the museum. 1100 Chestnut St. Tour is included in museum admission $10/8/6 and a group of 5 is $35. free parking. tel.(604)736-4431. www.vanmuseum.bc.ca for more info.

April 10, 2006
The North Vancouver School District Band, Choir and Strings with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 12, 2006
Easter Party and Egg Hunt.  Bring your little ones for an Easter egg hunt and face painting during this special parent & tot drop-in gym session.  Plenty of tot equipment and toys will be available.  Suitable for all preschoolers.  Cost $3/child.  Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 604-713-1881, 10:30am-12:30pm

April 13, 2006
Evening at a Beaver Pond.  Enjoy an evening walk to the marsh, home to resident beavers. Learn about the animals and plants that live in and around beaver ponds. Experience the sights, sounds and scents of spring: frog calls, the flit of bats? wings and the warning splash of a startled beaver. Minnekhada regional Park, Coquitlam; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 13 - 16, 2006
Dog Days of Whistler.  Whistler is going to the dogs with The Dog Days of Whistler. www.tourismwhistler.com

April 14, 2006
Family Easter Egg Hunt, Hamilton Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8055

April 14 - 16, 2006
BCTCPA TEAM CATTLE PENNING SPRING CLASSIC, Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds; (604) 574-3766

April 14 - 16, 2006
Chilliwack Pow Wow.  The 14th Annual Chilliwack Pow Wow runs Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm and Sunday at 1pm.  Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-858-3044, www.stolonation.bc.ca/chilliwackpowwow

April 14 - 23, 2006
Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival. For ten days Whistler is powered by an intense collection of events, providing a grand finale to the competitive season. Highlights include the internationally televised World Skiing Invitational and World Snowboarding Championship, a high-energy outdoor music series, one of the most prestigious action-sport photography events in the world, demo days, film premieres, industry symposiums and non-stop parties!  www.whistler2006.com

April 15, 2006
25TH ANNUAL SPRING FLOWER SHOW & PLANT SALE. The Langley Garden Club & Horticultural Society invites you to attend their 25th Annual Spring Flower Show & Plant Sale! The Show & Sale will be held at the Murrayville Hall (corner of 216A Street and 48 Avenue, Langley). This amazing show will feature some of Langley's unique and traditional plants and flowers. Doors open for the plant sale at 9:00 AM with the bake sale and refreshments open to the public at 10:00 AM. Best of all - admission is FREE! For more information contact Judy (604-534-3271) or Laurie (604-856-6990)

April 15, 2006
Breakfast with Bunny.  Come to this fantastic family event!  Enjoy a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Space is limited, so register early.  Fun for all ages!  Cost $5/child and $6/adult.  Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 10am-1pm, 604-713-1881.

April 15, 2006
Burmese New Year Celebration.  Burmese New Year Celebration (Thingyan Festival) is one of the most enjoyable event among Burmese Community. A joyous day consists variety of exotic ethnic food, Dances and live music band performed by Burmese famous singers Ko Thein Tan and may Sweet. Lunch will be served between 12:30 pm to 1:30pm. Note: This is admission free event and every one is welcome to join us to celebrate our Burmese New Year event. Vancouver Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander Street, Vancouver; 778-858-7152.

April 15, 2006
Easter Eggstravaganza, 11:00am  5:00pm, Join us for an Easter celebration you?ll never forget! We will be having an egg hunt in our beautiful orchard at 11 am.  Throughout the day there will be fun crafts for the children. Farmer Chris is planning to have both chicks and rabbits for the kids to snuggle. Our Harrison River Restaurant is offering a wonderful Easter dinner for lunch! Enjoy a ham dinner complete with scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for only $14.50. Reservations are suggested.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

April 15, 2006
Easter Eggstravaganza. Enjoy breakfast with family and friends during this festive morning. Join us for crafts, face-painting and a mini egg hunt with the Easter Bunny! Bring your camera! Everyone attending must be registered; breakfast will be served. Sorry, no drop-ins. $6.00 per person, call 604-299-1446 to register. Saturday, 10:30am-12:00noon, April 15. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue.

April 15, 2006
Living with the Locals.  Do bears pass through your backyard or slugs visit your garden? Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country, there are animals around that share our living space. Learn about urban wildlife such as bears, coyotes, and bats and how to co-exist with the wildlife in your neighbourhood.  Burnaby Lake regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 15, 2006
Who Rules the Roost at Redwood Park?  Explore Redwood Park (Surrey) with Naturalist Lynn Pollard.  This unusual park features a major collection of exotic tree species.  Practice your ID skills as you discover the birds who frequent Redwood Park.  604-501-5121.

April 15 - 16, 2006
Easter Bonnet Tea. Don't forget to wear your Easter bonnet. Noon - 5:00 pm  London Heritage Farm, 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond; 604-271-5220.

April 16, 2006
Hyack Antique Car Easter Parade.  Traditionally, Easter means egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and Easter baskets, but in New Westminster, it also means a Parade of Classic Automobiles led by the Grand Marshall, the Easter Bunny. The nostalgic parade of Model A's, Model T's, Grahams, Buicks and more motors through New Westminster and ends at Queen's Park, where car buffs are encouraged to take a closer peek at the vintage vehicles before taking part in the annual children's events organized by the New Westminster Parks and Recreation Department. The parade starts at Westminster Quay, and makes its way to Queen's Park via Columbia Street.  If you'd like to be a part of the Hyack Antique Car Easter Parade, please contact us for more information; 604-522-6894,  www.hyack.bc.ca (http://www.hyack.bc.ca)

April 16, 2006
Kayak Boundary Bay to Semiahmoo Bay.  The Boundary Bay/Semiahmoo Bay areas are one of the best bird viewing areas in British Columbia.  Sightings in this area have ranged from Snowy Owls to Harlequin Ducks.  A set of binoculars will give you a close look at the broad range of bird species found in this spectacular tidal area.  604-535-7985, nwcakayak@telus.net

April 16, 2006
Kayak Boundary Bay.  The Boundary Bay/Semiahmoo Bay areas are one of the best bird viewing areas in British Columbia. Sightings in this area have ranged from Snowy Owls to Harlequin Ducks. A set of binoculars will give you a close look at the broad range of bird species found in this spectacular tidal area. Experience level required: Basic paddling - novice paddlers welcome! Host: Natural West Coast Adventures Cost: $45.00 plus gst (wet suits provided) Meeting Place: Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach Registration: Pre-registration is required. Please mention Birds on the Bay when registering. Info. & Reg.: 604-535-7985. http://www.birdsonthebay.ca

April 16, 2006
Minter Garden's Easter Service.  Easter morning join us for our non-denominational Sunrise Church Service in our outdoor pavilion at the Meadow Garden Terrace. Service begins at 7am.  1-888-MINTERS, www.mintergardens.com

April 19, 2006
Tour the Alaksen National Wildlife Area. Environment Canada, Federal Lands Manager, David Smith, will guide this tour of the Alaksen National Wildlife Area as part of the Birds on the Bay program. The wetlands of the Alaksen National Wildlife Area are an internationally important migration stopover and wintering area for large numbers of migratory birds. Discover why this area is important, how the site is managed and why farming is used as a wildlife management tool. Pre-registration is required. Host: Canadian Wildlife Service Meeting Place: Meet in the visitor parking lot, north end of Westham Island. Info. and Register: 604-536-3552. http://www.birdsonthebay.ca

April 19 - 22, 2006
Fiddler on the Roof by Windsor Secondary School; Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 20 to May 7, 2006
Royal City Music Theatre presents PETER PAN.  Three children who vanish from their nursery in 1904 London, experience hair-breadth escapes, the wonder of flight and the secret of the underworld of the Lost Boys. Watching over all of this is Peter Pan, mischievous, daring, unstoppable and unforgettable, fulfilling his promise to never grow old but to always embody the eternal world of a child's imagination.  Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, 6250-144th Street, Surrey, 604-522-4306.

April 21 - 23, 2006
BC HALF-ARABIAN SHOW, Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds; (604) 940-1167.

April 22, 2006
Car Boot Sale at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188

April 22, 2006
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET.  Popularly known as LAGQ, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is recognized as one of the world's premiere instrumental ensembles. They have appeared with top orchestras and on prestigious music series from New York to Paris, Tokyo to San Francisco. We are pleased to welcome them back to the Chan Centre for the first time since their ground-breaking Vancouver performance in February 2003.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC, www.chancentre.com

April 22, 2006
Dig in for Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day at this special Weedbusters event. Join a naturalist on a walk to learn about the park?s natural ecology and the alien invaders that threaten it. Try your hand with a weed wrench, free a tree from ivy?s stranglehold or plant a native fern, shrub or tree. Burnaby lake Regional Park; 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 22, 2006
Earth Day Vancouver Celebration 2006.  Evergreen, in partnership with the Everett Crowley Park Committee (ECPC) and the Vancouver Park Board, invites you to this year's Earth Day Vancouver Celebration, presented by Starbucks Coffee Company. The Earth Day Vancouver Celebration is a free, family-oriented public event. Throughout the day, you will be able to take part in various activities such as Tree Planting & Invasive Species Removal, Mandalas, Children's Activities, Musical Performances, Guided Nature Tours, Native Plant Sales ... and More. Everett Crowley Park, Vancouver, http://www.evergreen.ca/en/involved/ed_2006_main.html

April 22, 2006
Gravity defying dancer and Capoeira expert Mestre Eclilson de Jesus and his music and dance group Aché Brasil hit the stage in Harrison on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00pm. Founded in 1990 in Vancouver, Aché Brasil fuses music, dance and Capoeira (martial arts and acrobatics) into a dynamic, colourful, high energy performance. They have since become one of the most popular touring and performance groups in Western Canada. The dancers, musicians and performers of Aché Brasil are committed to presenting high quality performances which best exemplify Brazil?s rich cultural heritage.  Harrison Memorial Hall, http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

April 22, 2006
Spring Birds at Boundary Bay.  While many birds will be continuing their migration north others will be setting in for the summer and nesting here.  Join us for a short presentation on how to identify the common summer birds of Boundary Bay followed by a walk in the park with naturalists Al and Jude Grass.  Please bring lunch, a drink and binoculars.  Meet at Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park; 604-538-8774.

April 23, 2006
7th Annual Family Series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.  Kanata Native Dance Theatre present People of the Land.  This young company offers a thrilling opportunity to experience the ceremony and pageantry of the First Nations people. Audiences will be amazed by the challenging display of the hoop dancer and enchanted by the beat of the drum and the magnificent regalia. Interpretations by narrators will extend the performance beyond the realm of eagle feathers, beaded clothing and the heartbeat of the drum.  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, 604-927-6555, http://www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

April 23, 2006
Hands-on Scientist Series: Amphibians in Peril. Local frogs, tadpoles and salamanders are mysterious! In this illustrated talk with an amphibian biologist, find out why acid rain, loss of habitat and poor water quality threaten amphibians. Stroll around Minnekhada Marsh and participate in an amphibian survey. Discover actions you can take to help save these creatures. Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 23, 2006
ST. GEORGE'S DAY CAR SHOW. The "Langley Area Mostly British" car club, in conjunction with the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association, is please to announce its first St. George's Day British Car Show. The event will be held Sunday, April 23, 2006 at the Fort Langley Community Hall, on Glover Road in the heart of the village. Cost is $10.00 per vehicle with entry capped at 40 vehicles. Open to all British vehicles. Enter your British vehicle or come see some British auto finery and enjoy the atmosphere of Fort Langley!

April 28, 2006
Bob Newhart. Best known in the 70's as Dr. Robert Hartley in the sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and as a grouchy innkeeper on Newhart in the '80s, Newhart has long been a cathode ray tube favourite. His only failings on the small screen (Bob, in which he played a cartoonist, and George and Leo with Judd Hirsch) couldn't be blamed on his hilarious understated delivery, but on myopic TV executives more concerned with lowest-common-denominator programming. River Rock Casino - 8811 River Road, Richmond; 604-247-8900.

April 29, 2006
Birds of a Feather Flock Together.  Birds of a feather flock together!  Discover which birds like to live in different places.  Join in some hands-on activities  at the A Rocha Field Study Centre and learn about bird habitats; 604-542-9022

April 29, 2006
Canadian International Olympic Culinary Team.  Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre will be hosting this event with Rotary Fund; 604-870-1050, www.ramadaabbotsford.ca

April 29, 2006
L'il Rascal's Swapmeet.  Fun for the whole family, crafts and face painting area for the children. Elementary school white elephant table. Sellers selling everything from new & used infant to teen items. Sports equipment, bikes, strollers, furniture, clothing, toys, video games and more. Chilliwack Heritage Park 44140 Luckacuck Way, Chilliwack; 604-858-4034.

April 29, 2006
PAWS 2 DANCE FREESTYLE  SPRING COMPETITION, Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale; www.bcfirst.com/paws

April 29, 2006
The Harlem Globetrotteres. Celebrating their 80th Anniversary, the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2006 ?Unstoppable? North American Tour to Vancouver. Sponsored by Western Union, the Globetrotters will take the court on Saturday, April 29th, 2006, against the New York Nationals at GM Place. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $18.00 and are available at the Arena Box Office, by phone at 604-280-4444

April 29, 2006
Valley Appreciation Day,11:00am  5:00pm. Come and see our beautiful site today for only $1!  There will be an ice cream making demonstration at noon and you will take pleasure in seeing an apple cider making demonstration on our century old cider press at 2 pm. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while you are entertained by live music, as the kids will learn how to make a cow puppet to take home. This is the day to purchase your 2006 season?s pass with incredible savings of 25%! Our Harrison River Restaurant feature will be homemade minestrone soup and Caesar salad. As a special treat we will be baking up fresh cinnamon buns with a beverage included for $4.50.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

April 29, 30, 2006
Westcoast Families Expo.  The Families Expo will offer parents and kids options on products and services including activities and entertainment that will stimulate and create fun for the whole family. The emphasis will be an interactive atmosphere for children to touch, taste, feel, try and buy. Theme areas will be created to showcase products, services and resources such as the photo contest, diaper derby and cooking stage.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver; 604-689-8232, www.westcoastfamiliesexpo.com

April 29 - 30, 2006
The Festival of Wind, Waves & Water, East Beach, White Rock.  Come join the British Columbia Kitefliers Association for two days of kite flying at the Festival of Wind, Waves & Water on White Rock's sunny East Beach; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

April 30, 2006
Kanaka Creek: Yours to Keep.  Spectacular Kanaka Creek flows through Maple Ridge. Discover the unique features and creatures of this environmentally sensitive watershed. Come to the Bell-Irving Hatchery and join in a celebration of watershed stewardship. Find out how to reduce your impacts on local salmon species, and how to make choices that improve sustainability for all creek critters. Become a good creek neighbour by releasing salmon fry into the creek, learning which household cleaners are creek-friendly, meeting local stewardship groups, touring the hatchery and more! Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 30, 2006
Miraculous Migrations! The Fraser River Estuary is a key migration stopover site for Western Sandpipers as they journey northward in spring.  Join us for a walk along the Robert's Bank dyke trail to marvel at these tiny wonders and learn about their life history, migration, and why the Fraser Estuary is such an important habitat for shorebirds.  This date falls during the peak of migration and we hope to see hundreds of thousands of western sandpipers feeding on the mudflat, as well as Dunlin, Black-Bellied Plovers and Least Sandpipers; 604-940-4724

April 30, 2006
Wood Duck and Wilderness Festival.  Come Join the Fun at the Ruby Lake Resort! (Sechelt Peninsula).  Guided bird hike begins at 8:30 am with tours of the Interpretive Centre throughout the day. Come and enjoy the artisans, children?s activities, musicians, guest speakers, al fresco lunch and exhibits by conservation groups; www.lagoonsociety.com

May 7, 2006
Children?s Swap Meet.  Parents have been busy cleaning out their children?s closets and toy boxes. Bargain hunters wanting to purchase books, baby accessories and clothes are invited to Coquitlam?s Leisure & Parks Children?s Swap meet.  Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street, Coquitlam; 604-933-6048, poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca

May 7, 2006
West End Community Centre's Children's Clothing & Toy Swap Meet.  Do you have lots of no-longer-needed or out-grown children's items hanging around the house?  Do you need some bargains?   Come to our Children's Swap Meet!  ADMISSION IS BY DONATION.  Proceeds will support Preschool and Children's programs.  We are also accepting donated items for this event.  WEST END COMMUNITY CENTRE, 870 Denman Street, Vancouver. 604-257-8333.

May 13, 2006
The 2006 tournament is open to all ages and will be at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond BC on May 13, 2006 at 1 and 7 pm.  Top amateur boxers from across Canada and the USA will be competing for the prestigous prizeof Golden Gloves Champion; www.goldengloves.ca

May 26, 2006
26th Annual Run for Light Stanley Park. On May 26, 2006, BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association will host our 26th annual "Run for Light " fun run held in support of our organization. This is a 4.3km run that starts at sundown in Stanley Park at Lumberman?s Arch. The run is an awareness event for BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association, a nonprofit organization which facilitates participation and encourages achievement in sport for British Columbians who are blind or visually impaired and British Columbians who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities. All registered participants are provided with Glow in the Dark T-shirts and Light Sticks. The event begins with entertainment and recognition of the role sport and recreation play in our lives. At precisely 9:32 p.m., the run begins, with runners and walkers, young to old, making their way through Stanley Park to the Seawall, guided by their glowing light sticks. This is a family-oriented event with participants from throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond. All participants are eligible for the post-run prize draw, regardless of their finishing time. To register or volunteer for the event, please contact BC Blind Sports at (604) 321-1638 or info@bcblindsports.bc.ca (/ym/Compose?To=info@bcblindsports.bc.ca&YY=5863&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b), www.bcblindsports.bc.ca.

June 4, 2006
A one-day, self-guided tour of 10 heritage houses with visitors using a 32 page guidebook detailing history of each open site. 10 am ? 5 pm, www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

July 15, 2006
The 4rd Annual Whiskey Creek Music Festival takes place Saturday July 15, 2006 from Noon to 11pm at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds. This Music Festival features top Tribute Artists known throughout North America for their spectacular performances. This year's Festival includes tributes to  Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi and many more! This 11 hour musical extravaganza costs $20 for the entire day, with children aged 12 and under admitted free. Admission is by advanced ticket purchase or at the gate on July 15, 2006. Gate opens at 11am - overnight camping on Saturday is free with admission; www.whiskeycreekmusicfestival.org

August 20, 2006
Latin Summer Festival at Trout Lake, Vancouver; www.latinsummerfest.com

September 9 - 10, 2006
Courageous inspired Canadians, challenging physical limits, through night and day, to raise money and awareness for those living with cancer. This is the essence of Step Up for the Cure. It is a 24-hour stair climbing marathon with the goal of running vertical meters for each Canadian battling this disease. Every 4 minutes in Canada, a Canadian is diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, the challenge for each participant is to run 1 set every 4 minutes (or 15 sets an hour) for the duration of the event. Our goals for 2006 are to: Run 1 million stairs in each of the three participating cities (MONTREAL | OTTAWA | VANCOUVER). Run 1 set for each Canadian diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Raise $60,000 for the Cancer Research Society in order to create a "Step Up for the Cure" research grant. Locations Montreal September 16-17, 2006 12:00 PM (noon) - 12:00 PM (noon) Location: Molson Percival Stadium (475 Pine Ave. West) Ottawa September 23-24, 2006 12:00 PM (noon) - 12:00 PM (noon) Location: TBA Vancouver September 9-10, 2006 12:00 PM (noon) - 12:00 PM (noon) Location: Swangard Stadium

Ongoing until April 1, 2006
Playhouse Theatre Company presents  I AM MY OWN WIFE.  Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is a keeper of culture. She protects and preserves what's routinely denied and destroyed. But most miraculous is how shea German transvestitemanages to survive both Hitler's Gestapo and East Germany's secret police. Doug Wright, a character in his own play, is driven to great lengths to uncover the truth of Charlotte's controversial past. One man plays all 35 characters in this theatrical tour de force about survival and the stories we tell of our lives.  Vancouver Playhouse, http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com/currentseason/0506_myownwife.php

Ongoing until April 4, 2006
Circle Craft Gallery presents BRING ON THE NIGHT.  Born in England and raised in Canada, Ian Marsh has been building things since as long as he can remember.  Still using cardboard, Ian expands his colour illustrations creating full-size mockups. Complete fabrication, electrical testing and finally installation are all carefully planned. Controlling these aspects allows for the finished piece to be everything the client would expect. www.circlecraft.net

Ongoing until April 8, 2006
Arts Club Theatre Company presents INTO THE HEART OF THE SANGOMA.  Renowned performer Ann Mortifee returns to the Arts Club to share this magical journey that will transport you to Africa. This one-woman story, told through music and song, is ultimately an inspiring diary of Anns spiritual rebirth.  Arts Club Granville Island Stage, www.artsclub.com

Ongoing until April 8, 2006
Centre A presents CHINA TRADE.   Centre A is pleased to present this group exhibition of installation, photography, painting, ceramics, film and video showcasing the latest developments in contemporary art by renowned international artists from China, Taiwan and Vancouver.  Centre A, 849 Homer Street, Vancouver; www.centrea.org

Ongoing until April 8, 2006
Centre A is pleased to present this group exhibition of installation, photography, painting, ceramics, film and video showcasing the latest developments in contemporary art by renowned international artists from China, Taiwan and Vancouver. China Trade is intended to encourage a public discussion of the long history and growing importance of Canada's trade with China. It presents an ideal opportunity to engage the business and trade communities in the adventure of contemporary Asian art and to involve the public in trade issues. www.centrea.org

Ongoing until April 8, 2006
Into the Heart of Sangoma.  Renowned performer Ann Mortifee returns to the Arts Club to share this magical journey that will transport you to Africa. This one-woman story, told through music and song, is ultimately an inspiring account of Ann?s spiritual rebirth.  Granville Island Stage, (604) 687-1644

Ongoing until April 9, 2006
Howe Sound Music Festival.  This adjudicated Festival for choirs, pianists, singers and sometimes bands, is our biggest event of the year. We are entitled to send reps to the Provincials. The Gala takes place in Whistler on Sunday, April 9th at our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church. The Festival runs from March 26th to April 9th,2006.  Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, Squamish;

Ongoing until April 9, 2006
Vancouver International Auto Show.  The 86th Vancouver International Auto Show is Canada?s third largest Auto Show, and one of Western North America?s premier automotive exhibition events, featuring over 270,000 square feet of automobile manufacturer and supplier exhibits.  BC Place Stadium, (604) 214-9964 or go to www.bcautoshow.com (http://www.bcautoshow.com).

Ongoing until April 15, 2006
Gateway Theatre presents Hot Flashes.  Janet's got the blues in this musical comedy about marriage, menopause, and the misfortunes that befall a middle-aged couple trying to revive their relationship. The ruination of a romantic weekend away starts with the arrival of their rebellious teenage daughter, is compounded by a cell phone that won't stop ringing, and ends with a spot of mayhem at a Mountie's wedding.  Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, www.gatewaytheatre.com

Ongoing until April 15, 2006
Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey, General Motors Place, www.canucks.com,  604-280-4400

Ongoing until April 16, 2006
Deep Cove Stage presents THE DIVINERS.  Set in 1939, in southern Indiana, in the mythical village of Zion. This marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disabled young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher. A gem of a play.  Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver; 604.929.3200, www.deepcovestage.com

Ongoing until April 16, 2006
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  For more than sixty years, Vancouverites have enjoyed a love affair each spring with the soul-stirring flowering plum and cherry trees that line our streets and grace our parks. In our City?s infant years in the late 1800s--until the 1940s, planting trees on boulevards and in parks often followed the tradition of large shade trees?elm, maple, chestnut and plane?trees that were tall, stately and long-lived. Many of those magnificent trees that were planted on our parks and streets so long ago still survive today; www.vcbf.ca (http://www.vcbf.ca)

Ongoing until April 23, 2006
Richmond Art Gallery presents BIKINI PROJECT.  Heather Passmore reconfigures used and overlooked materials to examine her own concerns about ascribed hierarchies of cultural value. The Bikini Project was instigated when the Vancouver-based artist was given a photo album found floating in Howe Sound. The album contained over 300 snapshots of women at the beach. She has digitized the damaged snapshots and displays them in the gallery as projected images. Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

Ongoing until April 23, 2006
Richmond Art Gallery presents SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE.  What is the impact of love on our lives? How do individuals undertake and maintain romantic relationships? What objects to we associate with our feelings of love and longing? The artists in this exhibition explore those and other concerns from distinctly individual perspectives. The exhibition delves into the subject of love with work exploring a range of responses from romantic love to self-love and preservation to pop culture-imposed standards of love and desire. Madeleine Wood's paintings deal primarily with the nature of romantic relationships while Jenny Ham examines familial love and longing related to the embodiment of home. Vanessa Kwan's work takes an alternative approach to the love token and Kristina Jaugelis creates structures personifying the site where love can become entangled with other emotions such as anxiety and vulnerability. These artists are at varying stages in their careers from emerging too more established practices, but all approach the subject from a female perspective.  Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

Ongoing until April 29, 2006
Art Beatus presents FIFA WORLD CUP POSTERS.  Originally exhibited in Art Beatus Hong Kong location, the official art posters have made their way to British Columbia for Vancouver audiences. All fourteen designs will be on display with a limited number of posters available for sale in Vancouver.  Art Beatus Gallery, M1 - 888 Nelson St., Vancouver, http://www.artbeatus.com/abvan/2006fifa.html

Ongoing until June, 2006
Jericho Hill Community Drum Circle, lead by Lyle Povah - 8th Year! An intergenerational, multicultural and weekly rhythmical celebration, all ages and stages welcome, first-time-beginner-friendly, wheelchair accessible, drums and instruments provided. Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Avenue, Sundays drop-in (September-June), 3-5 p.m. Adults $5, 4-18 years and seniors $3, under 4 years free. Info 604 736-6487 or lyle_povah@codacom.com

Ongoing until June 23, 2006
Free 18-week In-Depth Meditation Course.  SAHAJA YOGA is the spontaneous, effortless untion with the Spirit. Pure meditation allows you to get in touch and cleanse your inner being. Achieve balance and a deep sense of joy. Everyone is welcome to join!!! Every Friday 7pm at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Family Room, Joyce Skytrain Station, 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver; 604-597-8440, http://www.sahajayoga.ca/vancouver/

Ongoing until July 1, 2006
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents OUR VANISHING SKY.  By simple definition, light pollution is light that is not needed or wanted, including lighting that is too bright. Through educational text display panels, looped video presentations, interactive activities and a Planetarium show demonstrating the before-and-after impact of night light pollution on major cities around the globe, Our Vanishing Sky educates visitors about the disturbingly negative effects of light pollution on their lives and what they can do about it.  604-738-STAR, www.spacecentre.ca

Ongoing
Deep Sea: The Ride.  Visitors to Deep Sea are taken aboard a submersible in search of the two great monsters of the deep ocean: The Giant Squid and the Sperm Whale. Two kilometres beneath the Ocean's surface, where pressure makes the environment more inhospitable than the surface of Mars, we follow a Sperm Whale through a spectacular hydrothermal vent community that teems with exotic life. It is a scene that has been observed by only a handful of ocean researchers. But there is more! Finding ourselves in the midst of a shoal of squid, we are amazed to see a Giant Squid up close. Hold on tight as our submersible is crushed between these two monsters as they jostle in a titanic struggle to survive. HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver; Please contact the Space Centre for showtimes, as schedule can vary at 604-738-7827.

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents VTSL FAMILY MATINEE SERIES.  Instant Improv is improvised sketch comedy at its very best. The audience provides the inspiration in the form of suggestions, and the improvisers provide the entertainment in the form of hilarious improvised scenes. Whether the improvisers reconstruct the story of an audience members first day at school or a recess mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.  New Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island.  604-738-7013, www.vtsl.com

Ongoing
Family Fun at the UBC Museum of Anthropology: Poles of the Northwest Coast.  This program is offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 1:00-2:30 pm. MOA welcomes families and individuals interested in learning more about NWC First Nations cultures. This new program is free with admission to the Museum. Family admission of $25 includes two adults and up to four children. The program lasts 90 minutes and is suitable for children 6-12 years. For more information visit: http://moa.ubc.ca/programs/index.php

Ongoing
MOMS WANTED! Ever feel under-appreciated? Does someone you know think they have a better idea of how to raise your own children? How would you like to put them to the test? Put that know-it-all family member or special friend in your shoes while you enjoy a weekend getaway! Paperny Films is looking for moms (or dads) with multiple children to star in "Crash Test Mommy", an insightful and entertaining television series for Life Network on the realities of parenting. If you know a mum (or dad) who really deserves a break and who has something to prove, call 604 228 1960 or e-mail us at mum@papernyfilms.com for more information.

Ongoing
You Say You Want A Revolution.  Groove on Vancouver as the hippie capital of Canada. Visit the hippies? communal house, try on some macrame finery, and listen to great Vancouver bands from the late 1960s. Look for your mom or dad, or yourself, in swinging footage of the Stanley Park Be-In and the Retinal Circus nightclub. Follow the action as Vancouverites ?both hippie and straight - fought the freeway and saved their neighbourhoods.  Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The Imprentice. The Imprentice isnt about Money, Money, Money, Money its about Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny when an all-powerful host, with impossibly bad hair, runs a competition where a group of improvisers must employ all their formal training, their street-smarts, their improv-chutzpah in this ultimate boardroom battle. Who will hear those dreaded words Youre fired! and which one will be hired to be the Improv Apprentice. It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,  www.vtsl.com







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