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Special Events for April 2007
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March 31 - April 1, 2007
The Vancouver Orchid Festival will be hosting a special orchid event! This unique plant sale event blooms only on March 31 and April 1, 2007 at the Vandusen Botanical Gardens Floral Hall. www.orchidfest.com

March 31 to April 1, 2007
SEA to SKY International Cheerleading Championship.  The Sea to Sky is the Premier Cheerleading Event of the Year. It's being held at the prestigious Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre which is the site of the 2010 Olympic Games. Teams from all across Canada and the USA are coming together for a memorable and exciting championship.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre;  1-888-SEE 2 SKY (733-2759)

March 31 to April 8, 2007
Canada's third largest Auto Show, and one of Western North America's premier automotive exhibition events.  BC Place, 604.214.9964, www.bcautoshow.com

April 1, 2007
Children's Toy & Clothes Only Market. Buy or sell used childrens toys and clothes. Tables are $10 and go on sale Jan 27. In person registration only. Only used materials can be sold. No merchants or businesses. Sun, Apr 1 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Free Admission.  Douglas Park Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-257-8130.

April 1, 2007
Spring Craft and Bake Sale at Port Moody Legion Auditorium (2513 Clarke Street); 604-936-1312

April 1 - 7, 2007
Vancouver East Cultural Centre Presents BIGGER THAN JESUS.  Who was Jesus? Was he the Son of God or just another prophet? Bigger than Jesus begins with a 33-year-old man coming face to face with the Roman Catholicism ingrained in his youth. He leads us on a quest to understand the tremendous impact that a Jewish peasant from Galilee has had on the world. Through twelve interlocking character portraits (mirroring the 12 stages of the Passion), we confront varying interpretations of Christ and Christianity, and the often cavernous gulf between them. Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604.251.1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2007
Jericho Hill Community Drumming Circle.  Everyone Welcome!!  This is a fun, intergenerational, multicultural and rhythmical celebration, all ages and stages welcome, first-time-beginner-friendly, wheelchair accessible, drums and instruments provided. Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Avenue.

April 1 - 9, 2007
Bunnies in the Brambles Easter Egg Hunt. 2 weeks before Easter, by reservation only(so the Easter Bunny can hide your basket). A great family outing on the farm! Take a farm Tour and then look through the forest for your bunny basket! Greenhill Acres in Ryder Lake, http://www.greenhillacres.com

April 1 - 12, 2007
Proactive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour: a workshop for parents.  Cost: $25 for three Thursday sessions. This workshop will provide parents with a positive approach to dealing with challenging behaviour and tools to create positive environments. Harbour View Elementary, Coquitlam; 604-931-1977

April 1 - 14, 2007
Intelligent Ape Equity Co-op presents Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo. Bertolt Brecht’s powerful The Life of Galileo, in a version by Howard Brenton, comes to Vancouver directed by Tariq Leslie, with Peter New in the title role.  Western Front theatre, 604.631.2735

April 1 - 21, 2007
Playhouse Theatre Company presents THE SYRINGA TREE. Held over in 2005 and now back by popular demand, the Playhouse is pleased to reprise its staging of the immensely popular one-woman play, The Syringa Tree. This is a personal, deeply evocative story of the abiding love between two families, one black, one white and the two children that are born into their shared household in the early 1960s South Africa. Seen through the eyes of a child, six-year old Elizabeth Grace, as she tries with humour and sometimes palpable fear, to make sense of the chaos, magic and darkness of Africa, we follow their destinies in a story that spans four generations, from early apartheid to the present day free South Africa. Vancouver Playhouse, 604.873.3311

April 2, 2007
Vancouver Public Library's City Poets series present Stephen Collis, reading from his book "Anarchive". He reworks the familiar story of the Spanish Civil War and the anarchist uprising that burst forth in its midst. "Anarchive" explores the possibilities for poetry in the long tradition of transaction and tension between art and political rhetoric. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia, (604) 331-4044

April 3 - 5, 2007
Mirror, Mirror.  A sophisticated and witty theatrical performance that raises awareness about teen life and depression, produced by Vancouver Coastal Health's Youth Theatre Action Group. Using an entertainingly unique script, the powerful artistry in Mirror, Mirror depicts the often-taboo issue in an honest manner that gets the attention of the audience. The play manages to weave in elements of compassion and wit while dealing with many manifestations of depression including: emotional detachment; co-dependency; bi-polar disorder; bulimia; and suicide. April 3, 7:30pm, April 4-5, 1:15pm & 7:30pm, Roundhouse Community Centre (Davie & Pacific) Vancouver. Free for school groups, and by donation for public. Tix and info 604-321-0694.

April 4, 2007
Marcia Morash: Gwaii Haanas Marine.  VPL's Parks Canada Speaker series presents a talk by Parks Canada project manager, Marcia Morash. Gwaii Haanas Marine is where boundary between earth and ocean exists only on a map. Find out how a national marine conservation area reserve would protect this special place from mountaintop to deep sea. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Parks Canada).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia; (604) 331-4044

April 5, 2007
Beaver Watch at Burnaby Lake Regional Park.  6:45 PM - 8:45 PM. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 6, 2007
Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre Presents THE GUTHRIE FAMILY LEGACY TOUR. Following the success of his 2005 Vancouver appearance, Arlo Guthrie is back with a family-oriented show celebrating four generations of Guthrie magic. Arlo and company will visit songs and share stories enriched with archival recordings, including, of course, his most famous recitation - Alice's Restaurant.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 604.990.7810, http://www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

April 6, 2007
Kenny Rogers. He may have started out a folkie and later a '60s pop/rocker but Texan Kenny Rogers really hit the big time as a country dude with hits like "Lucille" and "The Gambler". This one's sure to sell out. River Rock Theatre, Richmond; www.ticketmaster.ca

April 6 - 8, 2007
Chilliwack Pow Wow.  The 15th Annual Chilliwack Pow Wow runs Friday from 7pm-12pm, Saturday from 1pm-12pm and Sunday from 10am-9pm. Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-847-3443, www.chilliwackpowwow.ca

April 7, 2007
Vaisakhi Parade Celebration.  Every year in April, millions of Sikhs world-wide celebrate the birth of the Sikh identity.  In 1699, Sri Guru Gobind Singh, formed the order of the Khalsa (The Pure) and thus forming the present Sikh identity.  Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji filled the Khalsa with love for humanity and strenghth to protect the innocent.  This would lay a foundation that would see the Sikhs prosper to different parts of the globe, where they have contributed significantly to the social and economic structure of their adopted homelands.  The Vaisakhi Celebration in Surrey celebrates more than just the birth of the Sikh identity.  Gathering crowds of more than thousands, the Vaisakhi Parade symbolizes deversity and multiculturalism.  Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple-12885-85th Ave., Surrey; 604-825-1605

April 7, 2007
Complete with Easter egg hunt, Fraser River Safari will take guests from Historic Mission Harbour up to the Harrison Confluence. Guests will ride in style in our 21 passenger, fully covered and heated all weather “Safari” craft. Cruise the area so richly steeped in history and culture and also home too many different types of wildlife. After the first leg of our journey our adventurers will get to participate in a fun Easter egg hunt on a site that is over 100 years old. Something for everyone of all ages. Book Now 1-866-348-6877 or info@fraserriversafari.com.  Easter tour is Saturday April 7th 2007 at 9:30am Kids ride free today! (maximum 2 children per family).  www.FraserRiverSafari.com

April 7, 2007
Easter Eggcellent Adventure, Cloverdale Recreation Centre.  Crafty creations, games and fun.  Enjoy an evening out with your child.  Children must be with an adult. 604-502-6400.

April 7, 2007
Museum Mad Hatter Party, Richmond Museum, 604-247-8300

April 7, 2007
Seedy Saturday. Get a great start on your garden at the Stewart Farm’s annual seed and plant sale. Purchase heritage vegetable, flower and herb seeds, fruit trees and nursery plants. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer your questions.  Historic Stewart Farm, South Surrey; Drop in, by donation

April 7, 2007
Breakfast with Bunny.  Come to this fantastic family event! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. This event will sell out, so please remember to buy your tickets early! $5/child, $6/adult.  Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 604-713-1888.

April 7, 2007
Easter Eggstravaganza.  Enjoy breakfast, crafts, face painting and a mini egg hunt with the Easter Bunny! Everyone attending must be registered (sorry, no drop-ins). $6.50 per person, all ages. Bar code 114687. Saturday, 10:30am-12:00noon, April 7. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue. Phone 604.299.1446.

April 7, 2007
Easter Eggstravaganza.  For children ages 3 to 8 years. Join us for a morning of Eggciting entertainment and action! The show warms you up for the popular egg hunt, a search for bright and colourful eggs, big and small. The Easter bunny will be joining us. Sat, April 7 11:00 am-12:30 pm $5 /child/.  Douglas Park Community Centre; 604-257-8130.

April 7, 2007
Easter Eggstravaganza.  Meet the EasterBunny at the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Festivities. There will be crafts, entertainment and a concession.This event always sells out so you must preregister!!Don't miss this hopping good time for children 10 and under.  Champlain Rec Centre, 604 718 6582.

April 7, 2007
Easter Fair.  Join in Easter fun for the family with egg painting, colouring, making bonnets, pysanki and an egg hunt for the little ones. Learn about the real Easter Bunny and friends as you meet rescue animals; from rabbits and hamsters to Chihuahuas, greyhounds and an array of cats.  Surrey Museum, 604-592-6956

April 7, 2007
Grand Opening - Taoist Tai Chi Centre.  The public is invited to join members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society from around the world at the Grand Opening of their Pacific Regional Centre. Opening ceremony at 11:30am, free Jai vegetarian meal at !2:30, demonstrations from 1 to 4 pm. Learn how to improve your strength, flexibility and balance while practicing; 588 East 15th Ave., Vancouver, 604-681-6609.

April 8, 2007
Aberdeen Centre's Easter Carnival.  Aberdeen Centre in Richmond is going to host a fun-fill afternoon of events on Easter Sunday targeted to families and children  Arrival of Easter Bunny - Central Atrium, Meet and Greet with Bunny’s Friends from the Barn - All mall levels, Tattoo Body Art for the Little Ones - Central Atrium, Balloon Fun with Bunny Princess - Central Atrium, Cute N’ Cuddly Animal Show  - 1/F Hallway; 2pm – 4pm, 4151 Hazelbridge Way (and Cambie Road ), Richmond, www.aberdeencentre.com

April 8, 2007
Easter Egg Hunt. Rumour has it that the Easter Bunny will be stashing treats and prizes at the pool! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Remember to bring your bathing suit. $2.45 per person. Sunday, 12:00noon-2:00pm, April 8. C.G. Brown Pool, 3702 Kensington Avenue. Phone 604.299.9374.

April 8, 2007
Easter Eggstravaganza.  Join us for our Easter celebration! 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. Kilby Historic Site, http://www.kilby.ca

April 9, 2007
Birds of Spring.  Join a morning bird walk to spot early spring migrants and courting birds, and to check out who is using the wetland. Acquire basic identification skills by using shape, colour, behaviour and song. No previous experience necessary. Colony Farm Regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 10 - 15, 2007
Howe Sound Music Festival. Produced by Howe Sound Arts Association of Squamish. Festival sites: St. Anglican Church in Squamish and Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Whistler. For more information please contact 604-898-5981 or visit the website www.howesoundarts.org

April 11, 2007
David Suzuki.  World-renowned author and award-winning broadcaster and environmentalist, Dr. David Suzuki will lead an engaging discussion about ‘The Challenge of Sustainability’. He will examine the many challenges impacting our sustainability efforts, discuss the issues of global warming and peak oil, and offer suggestions for our City to achieve a positive future by 2030. Admission is by donation and seating is limited. Please reserve your tickets in advance by calling 604-985-7761, emailing info@cnv.org or by visiting North Vancouver City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC.

April 12, 2007
An Affair to Remember: Tango Argentino.  Catch the fever and feel the passion that tango can evoke. Join us for a beautiful evening of champagne, live and silent auctions and listen to Linda Lee Thomas and her trio, Tangissimo. All funds go to research and support services for those living with Parkinson's disease.  Pan Pacific Vancouver, 604.662.3240.

April 12 - 14, 2007
Ballet British Columbia presents LEGENDS OF 20TH CENTURE DANCE, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604.732.5003, http://www.balletbc.com

April 13, 2007
Evening at a Beaver Pond.  Enjoy an evening walk to the marsh, home to several 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 waking beaver.  Minnekhada Regional Park; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 13, 2007
Hardy Hansen's Tribute to Frank Sinatra.  Hardy Hansen's Tribute to Frank Sinatra with special guests Robert Miller's tribute to Buddy Holly. Free Event. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society are strongly encouraged. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 13 - 15, 2007
Chilliwack High School Rodeo, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Free Admission, 604-823-4980.

April 13 - 15, 2007
Renaissance Dog Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-882-1490, www.westerndogshows.com

April 13 - 15, 2007
Bradner 79th Annual 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 over 79 years.  The 79th Annual Bradner Flower Show will be held at the Bradner Community Hall, 5305 Bradner Road. The Bradner Flower Show is held annually and is the largest field-grown bulb area in BC and proudly displays a glorious four hundred varieties during this spring flower show. Follow the daffodils along Bradner Road in Abbotsford; 604.856.2794

April 13 - 22, 2007
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.whistler2007.com

April 14, 2007
Treasures & Trinkets Flea Market.  10th Annual Flea Market.  If you have small household furniture, appliances, tools, pictures, vases, books, cassettes, CD's, children's toys, jewellery you no longer use then this is your chance to sell those items! No clothing or large furniture items. Book your table now!  Fleetwood Community Centre, Surrey; 604-501-5032.

April 14, 2007
Interpretation Skills Workshop.  Interested in leading your own park nature and recreation programs, or working in heritage interpretation? Volunteers, recreation leaders and new interpreters will benefit from this professional and volunteer skills development workshop.  Spend a day with GVRD Parks’ senior interpreters as they share their experience of their craft. You will network and learn the philosophy of nature interpretation, different audience learning styles, and elements of well planned programs. This workshop will inspire experienced and novice interpreters alike! Booklet provided. Deas Island Regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 14, 2007
Computer Swap Meets.  Get all your new & used monitors, printers, hardware, software, parts, games, cameras, printer refills...and lots more!  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive; (604) 521-6304, funpromo@shaw.ca

April 14, 2007
Kids Swap Meet at Shannon Building, Cloverdale; 604-513-8880

April 14, 2007
Ocean Bloom's Fame West: Muscle, Fitness, Figure, Model, A vast array of athletes covering categories such as Natural bodybuilding, fitness, figure and fitness modeling. All compete for the #1 spot.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 14, 2007
Pop Culture Collectibles Fair.  New & Vintage Comics, Toys & Collectibles, Records - CD's - VHS - DVD's, Manga - Anime - Books, Jewelry - Magazines - Star Wars, Hot Wheels - Wrestling - Canucks; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Free Admission, Free Parking, Croation Cultural Centre; (604) 521-6304, funpromo@shaw.ca

April 14 - 15, 2007
West Coast Custom Motor Cycle Show at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 1 877 580-0111, http://www.westcoastcustom.ca

April 15, 2007
The Vancouver Sun Run Canada's biggest run and the second largest 10K race in North America. Walk or run the scenic route through downtown Vancouver, finishing at B.C. Place Stadium for snacks, refreshments and entertainment. 2007 will mark the run's 23rd year. Downtown Vancouver, 604.689.9441, www.sunrun.com

April 15, 2007
Kidstuff Swapmeet.  If you want high-quality used kids’ clothes for infants to age 12, or are looking for toys, books or games, this is the place to come. Free admission for buyers. Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm, April 15.  Bonsor Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. Phone 604.439.1860.

April 17, 2007
Calvin Sandborn: Harsh Fathers Make Harsh Sons - But Change is Possible.  Environmental lawyer Calvin Sandborn discusses his book, "Becoming the Kind Father: A Son's Journey", a book which documents how patriarchy hurts men and how they can change it. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia, (604) 331-4044.

April 18, 2007
HSBC Stars on Ice.  Brian Orser tours for the final time in his career with 2007 HSBC Stars on Ice. Don't miss your chance to see this Canadian icon skate in his final tour. General Motors Place, 604.280.4400, www.starsonice.ca

April 19, 2007
Healthy Kids Preschool Fair. Visit a health nurse, play on our indoor playground, take part in activities and crafts and enjoy a snack. Community agencies specializing in preschool services are on hand to answer any questions. Free admission. Thursday, 9:30am-12:00noon, April 19. Bonsor Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. Phone 604.439.1860.

April 20, 2007
Black Gold. A screening of Mongrel Media's documentary film, "Black Gold." In Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. He travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia; (604) 331-4044.

April 21, 2007
Earth Day Dawn Chorus Walk.  EARTH DAY is the largest and most celebrated environmental event in the world. Celebrate EARTH DAY this year with the HASTINGS PARK CONSERVANCY on Saturday, April 21st, 2007 by joining us to enjoy natures daily miracle, the DAWN CHORUS, in the Sanctuary at Hastings Park. Meet our leaders AL & JUDE GRASS at 6.00 am at the NE corner of the Sanctuary for a walk to listen to and identify the songs of our many amazing feathered friends. Dress warmly and bring binoculars (if you have them) but please leave your dogs at home. www.hastingspark.ca

April 21, 2007
Vancouver Scavenger Hunt.  Fee: $5 dollars. Money will go to prizes, food, and an overall good time. Equipment: Digital Camera needed. Dont worry if you don't have a camera, someone in your team might have one. If you don't have a digital camera please let me know. Location: Downtown Vancouver. The Scavenger Hunt will take place in and around the core of Downtown Vancouver. The meeting place for the event will be sent to you closer to the date of the event. Rules: Teams of four (two males and two females) have to acquire all the items on a pre-determined list. Goal: The fastest team to acquire the items and brings it to the judge(s) within the allotted time. Volunteers are needed to help make this event the best it can be. 604-518-4288.   Please Contact Cuong at loichic@hotmail.com if you want to volunteer your time and ideas.

April 21, 2007
Celebrate Earth Day.  A invitation to all to celebrate the wonders of nature. Mayor Sullivan will open the event which includes an opportunity for participants to help in the planting of 700 trees which will aid in the restoration. Multicultural Nature tours, entertainment, chidren games will also take place. A great Family Event! Everett Crowley Park, marg.weiss@vancouver.ca

April 21, 2007
Earth Day Celebration.  Bring the family to a party for the planet! Celebrate Earth Day with FREE activities, live music, face-painting, storytelling, environmental displays, tree-planting and fun for all at Bear Creek Park, Surrey; 604-501-5121.

April 21 - 22, 2007
6th Annual KERRISDALE ANTIQUES FAIR.  An annual Vancouver favorite held in the charming and historic neighborhood of Kerrisdale, this show features over 270 tables of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques and vintage collectibles...a style for every collector, from folk to formal! Antique & estate jewelry, Mid-centuy Modernist decor, French country & formal furnishings, Pop culture classics, Sterling & silver-plate, Antiquarian books, Old advertising & memorabilia, Primitives, Boho & shabby chic styles, Ephemera, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Garden accents, Retro lighting & fixtures, Moorcroft, Tribal & native arts, Vintage kitchenalia, Decorative pottery & glass, Chintz, Painting & prints, Nautical, Paris chic accessories, Irish linens & lace, Boudoir collectibles, and much, much more...General Admission $6 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Fully Wheelchair Accessible.  Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Boulevard at 41st Avenue; 604-980-3159, www.21cpromotions.com/kerrisdale/index.html

April 21 to September 30, 2007
Playland. B.C.'s premier nine-acre amusement park filled with electrifying rides. Pacific National Exhibition Park. PNE Fair Grounds; 604.253.2311, www.pne.ca

April 22, 2007
Earth Day in the LSCR.  Be a part of Earth Day in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Become an active steward as you discover and help take care of this regional treasure located within the Seymour Watershed. Spend a part of your day removing invasive plants species from trail areas and wildlife habitats, planting native species to disturbed areas, and cleaning up along the way. Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide with the goal to improve the state of the environment by empowering Canadians to achieve local solutions. Earth Day gives people the opportunity to make a positive difference where they live, work, and spend their leisure hours. Free. Call 604-987-1273 for more information.

April 22, 2007
Earth Day in the LSCR.  Be a part of Earth Day in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Become an active steward as you discover and help take care of this regional treasure located within the Seymour Watershed. Spend a part of your day removing invasive plants species from trail areas and wildlife habitats, planting native species to disturbed areas, and cleaning up along the way. Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide with the goal to improve the state of the environment by empowering Canadians to achieve local solutions. Earth Day gives people the opportunity to make a positive difference where they live, work, and spend their leisure hours. Free. Call 604-987-1273 for more information. www.gvrd.bc.ca/water/pdfs/LSCRDirectionsBusMap.pdf

April 22, 2007
Centennial Theatre Family Festival  presents Family Portrait -- Sursaut Dance. Spellbinding choreographies and unusual and engaging characters present the portrait of a family, apparently ordinary, but behind appearances are dreams and imagination. Ages 4 and up, 60 minutes.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 23 - 29, 2007
North Shore Bear Festival.  The 1st Annual North Shore Bear Festival brings week long fun, eco-educational initiatives to the schools, residents and community at large. Friday, April 27 at the Kay Meek Centre (604-913-3634) Evening of Bear Talk, 7pm with Renowned Experts, Ben Kilham and Charlie Russell . Tickets $12/$10/$7. Sunday, April 29th the week culminates in a Free Bear Fest Family Day at Ambleside Park from 10am to 4pm.To participate, sponsor, volunteer or for more information see website Come and Help Us Celebrate Our Bears!  604-924-0807, http://northshorebearfest.com

April 24, 2007
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: SIGOURNEY WEAVER. What do you do if you are a charismatic, freethinking, extremely intelligent actress that is six feet tall, dwarfing most male leads? You replace the male lead and become the most lucrative action hero in franchise history! Empowering women and telling their stories is the common theme of Weaver's varied work, as reflected in her Academy Award nominated portrayal of Dian Fossey in GORILLAS IN THE MIST. She calls herself a late bloomer; married at 34, a mother at 40, though, in truth her path was not an easy one. Her failures will tug at your heart, just as the successes she eked from them will warm your soul. Sigourney Weaver is a role model for spirited women of any age. Tickets 604-280-3311, http://www.uniquelives.com/cities/07van.htm

April 26, 2007
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! series presents Dancers Dancing. The versatile repertory company Dancers Dancing presents an exciting and engaging lecture-demonstration introducing the world of contemporary dance. Expect full-throttle dancing of grace and power, and illuminating dialogues with the five dancers and Artistic Director Judith Garay. Presented in celebration of International Dance Day. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Tickets $9/$7 students, seniors and children from 604 231 7535 www.ticketstonight.ca. Info: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca.

April 26, 2007
The 2030 Challenge - Carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.  Come and listen to Edward Mazia, founder of Architecture 2030 and an international speaker on climate change and architecture. Cities around the world are signing up for the 2030 Challenge. Participants are encouraged to develop, by the year 2030, new buildings using clean energy sources (no fossil fuels or sources that emit greenhouse gases). Learn how EcoDensity might play a role in creating these carbon-neutral buildings. Free Event.  Alice MacKay Room, Library Square, 350 W. Georgia; 604.873.7707.

April 26 - 29, 2007
Here For Kid's Expo, Agriplex Complex, Cloverdale; 604-576-6431

April 27, 2007
8:00 pm James Cowan Theatre (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts) Burnaby Ballet de Printemps is Canada's newest professional ballet company. This innovative ensemble features seven professional dancers from across North America, presenting a varied repertoire of classical favourites and choreographic premieres. Spring tour includes excerpts from Petipa's Paquita as well as the classical favourite, La Vivandiere. The company will also premiere "The Cellist" to the music of J.S. Bach. For more info visit: www.balletdeprintemps.com or call us at 604 986 3857 BOX OFFICE: 604.205.3000

April 27, 2007
B.B. KING at the Orpheum Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311.

April 27, 2007
Evening of Bear Talk,Charlie Russell and Ben Kilham.  Evening with international renowned bear experts Charlie Russell and Ben Kilham sharing their research and experiences with grizzly and black bears over many years. Evening on the Wild Side and part of the North Shore Bear Festival April 23 to 29th, 2007.  Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver; 604-913-3643 10am to 4pm

April 27, 2007
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm;Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

April 27 - 29, 2007
The Dance Centre invites you to celebrate International Dance Day with a series of fun events showcasing the art of dance, including free performances by Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre, Mandala Arts and Culture and Jennifer Bishop & friends at the Vancouver Public Library (Sat 12 noon), Kokoma Productions – African dance and drum outside the Vancouver Art Gallery (Sat 3pm), ‘Pop Up Dances’ at various locations on Granville Island (Sun 12-4pm) and more. For information and a full schedule of events call The Dance Centre at 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca (http://www.thedancecentre.ca/)

April 28, 2007
Botany for Gardeners Course Date: Saturday, April 28, 2007 Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm Instructor: Quentin Cronk (Garden Director) Location: UBC Botanical Garden Pavilion Cost: (General) $40.00 or (Garden Members) $33.00 Course Details Topics to be covered: plant names and botanical Latin, plant structure, how an understanding of plant ecology can save work in the garden, simple plant physiology – the scientific basis of frost and drought tolerance, flowering and pruning. Class Size 30 people maximum. Advance registration is required by: email at botg@interchange.ubc.ca , phone at (604) 822-3928, or visit our offices at 6804 SW Marine Drive between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays.

April 28, 2007
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 ($11.66 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. Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm, April 28. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue. Phone 604.291.1261.

April 28, 2007
Nature Walk.  FREE NATURE WALKS in the SANCTUARY at HASTINGS PARK - The Hastings Park Conservancy hosts free monthly nature walks in the Sanctuary at Hastings Park. Our spring 2007 walks will be on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10.00 am - April 28th and May 26th. We meet at the North East corner of the Sanctuary in Hastings Park, rain or shine. Come and discover our urban wilderness. We have spotted 97 species in the eight years since the Sanctuary was restored and hope to reach our 100th during this year. Bring binoculars if you have them, but please leave your dogs at home. Walk ends at about noon. Take the bus to Hastings & Renfrew Streets or there is free parking on site if you tell the parking attendant that you are going to the Sanctuary. www.hastingspark.ca

April 28, 2007
The Grind in the City.  Firefighters and the public are gearing up for the 8th Annual Grind in the City presented by Firefit and benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC). This exhilarating event includes a 42 story stair climbing competition with many firefighters racing in full turnout gear and oxygen! Race individually, in teams or relay! Prizes to be won for most pledges collected. Entrance is $40.00 and all participants receive a T-shirt and pasta lunch. Check in at 9am, start list posted at 10:30am, race start at 11am. All proceeds to MDC, committed since 1954, to improving the lives of Canadians living with neuromuscular disorders. Register at www.firefit.com, 604-742-2152.

April 28, 2007
Early Years Festival.  Join us for a day of workshops, entertainment, preschool activities, resource booths and much more!  North Surrey Recreation Centre; 604.502.6300

April 28, 2007
Sheep to Shawl.  Take a sheep, shear its wool, spin, weave and end up with a lovely shawl! Enjoy the excitement of our annual guild competition and cheer on the contestants.  Surrey Museum, 604-592-6956.

April 28, 2007
Ann Davis Transition Society 8th Annual Kid's Fun Fair.  Fun Fair is open 10 am to 3:30pm Over 40 different games and attractions. Admission is $1.00 for children, $2.00 for adults. Parking by donation. All proceeds to non-government funded children's programs.  Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-792-2760, www.anndavis.org

April 28, 2007
BC Classic & Custom Car Show. This 11th annual show is western Canada's biggest indoor specialty vehicle extravaganza. Classics, custom, vintage, imports, racing and high performance, street machines and much more. More than 50 commercial exhibitors, 60 car clubs and 250 specialty vehicles. Returning again again for 2007 - Saturday Nitro - Top Ted Nitro Dragster Fire-ups. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford.  For further show information call 604.539.7223 or 604.671.7227

April 28, 2007
International Plowing Match. Dozens of contestants from North America compete at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds to be known as the best plowing team in the Pacific Northwest.  The International Plowing Match is a day-long show with plenty to eat nearby. Lynden, Washington. For more information, see http://www.northwestwashingtonfair.org

April 28, 2007
St. Thomas More Collegiate is holding it’s annual Spring Fair. -This fair has something for all ages to enjoy. -Free children’s activities such as games & craft tables, Free childminding for- younger children, 90 Crafters, Plant Sale, Bake Sale, Used Books/games sale, Bistro, Silent Auction, Raffles in a festive friendly environment. -Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, April 28th from 10 – 3 at STMC 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby (Kingsway & 12th Ave)- info on stmc.bc.ca

April 28 - 29, 2007
Festival of Wind, Waves & Water Kite Event, East Beach, White Rock.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

April 29, 2007
"Race the Ridge" Bike Festival.  A fast paced event. The road time trial kicks off at 9:00 am in Golden Ears Park followed by the "Town Centre" in Memorial Peace Park at 4:00 pm.  A "Road Race" will also be held in the Thornhill area.  604-463-5221, http://www.mapleridge.org

April 29, 2007
Bear Festival Day at Ambleside Park.  A Family Day of Eco-Fun and education with a focus on 'celebrating our bears'. Entertainment, presentations, childrens activities, food, music etc...come out and Celebrate Bears with US!  604-924-0807, http://www.northshorebearfest.com

April 29, 2007
Goodbye Chums! free family event.  Everyone welcome. Free, registration not required. Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 29, 2007
VSO SPECIAL: RICH LITTLE. The Vancouver Symphony presents a special evening featuring master impressionist Rich Little. Conducted by Chuck Hoover.  Orpheum Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster Vancouver Symphony

April 29, May 6, 2007
Darts Hill Garden Park Spring Open House 2007.  Due to tremendous interest in visiting the park, this spring will see two days where the public can come to enjoy the fabulous Darts Hill Garden Park, the most outstanding plantsman’s garden in Western Canada. Spring is a time when this garden shows off the colours and fragrances of flowering shrubs, perennials and the largest selection of tree species in the Pacific Northwest. Surrey’s own Darts Hill Garden Park represents a great opportunity to see many unusual and rare plants as well as good old fashioned easy to find favourites. Guides will be on hand to point out plants of special interest and to answer all your questions.  16th Avenue, at 170th Street.  For more information on Darts Hill Garden Park, call 604.501.5050 or visit Surrey’s website at www.parks.surrey.ca

May 3 - 5, 8 - 10, 2007
Lola Dance presents the world premiere of Provincial Essays, a new work for five dancers. This piece is an eclectic collection of choreographic landscapes. The movement vocabulary is inspired by observations of the natural world. Born out of investigation into our emotional and physical terrain, Provincial Essays represents landscapes embedded with persistent and inevitable obsessions. Scotiabank Dance Centre - Faris Family Studio (677 Davie St.and Granville),  604 683 6552 or www.loladance.org

May 4 - 6, 2007
Maple Ridge Mountain Festival.  To celebrate the 29th Anniversary of Mountain Festival, the planning committee is meeting now! The Society will be hosting children's entertainment at the Fun Zone and the People's Choice Photography competition.  604-463-5221, http://www.mapleridge.org

May 6, 2007
"Anybody Can Make Solar Ovens" at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts' Rhododendron Festival on May  6, 2007. This is a FREE festival, open to the public. "Kids" from 6 to 106 will enjoy creating and building free-form solar ovens. Its an edu-fun activity! Solar ovens can be designed to fold, i.e. for a summer camp. Its happening under the Solar Power Roadshow tent at "Rhodofest" and everyone is invited. Free.

May 19, 2007
Blacksmithing, Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

May 27, 2007
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid- century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, Boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, www.21cpromotions.com

Ongoing until April 8, 2007
Vancouver Canucks.  Games at General Motors Place.  604.899.4600, or visit http://www.canucks.com  for game schedule.

Ongoing to April 21, 2007
Arts Club Theatre Company presents HOCKEY MOM, HOCKEY DAD.  Just in time for the playoffs, here comes the team to root for! Donna and Teddy, both single parents, meet at the rink while watching their sons play minor league hockey. Between periods, during penalties, and amid the whir and thrum of a Zamboni, an unexpected romance soon blooms in the bleachers. Cheer on the pair as they lick old wounds and take tentative, humourous steps back into the dating game, all against the backdrop of our national obsession.  Arts Club Granville Island Stage, 604.687.1644, http://www.artsclub.com/20062007/20062007season.htm

Ongoing to April 30, 2007
2007 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival & Haiku Invitational.  We are delighted to announce that the second annual Cherry Blossom Festival will take place in Vancouver during March and April 2007. We invite poets from around the world to submit one unpublished haiku inspired by the beauty of the cherry tree.  Top selected haiku will become part of a permanent stone Haiku Memorial at Burrard SkyTrain Station in downtown Vancouver under the cherry tree planted in 2006 to commemorate the inaugural festival. The Haiku Memorial will be unveiled at the festival's opening mid March and selected haiku will also be displayed on TransLink city buses and SkyTrain cars for a period of two months. www.vcbf.ca

Ongoing to May 13, 2007
Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs.  No artist has chronicled Vancouver’s urban life as comprehensively and with such sustained insight as photographer Fred Herzog, whose work will be featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs from January 25 to May 13, 2007.  Since 1953, Herzog has produced more than 80,000 colour photographs of the city’s urban life – the second-hand shops, vacant lots, neon signage and crowds of people who have populated the streets over the past fifty years.  Originally created as slides, recent innovations in digital technology have allowed Herzog a new freedom to print his images on a large scale, opening his photographic world to a wider audience.  The first retrospective to survey his complete body of work, Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs will feature more than 100 images covering the artist’s entire career.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing to September 16, 2007
Vancouver Museum presents Through the Eyes of the Cree and Beyond.  Combining old ways with advanced digital technology, the Cree of west central Saskatchewan tell their story inspired by the art of one of their own – Allen Sapp. Through the Eyes of the Cree and Beyond was developed using an elder-led process and will offer visitors the images and voices of the Northern Planes Cree recounting insights into their own history, culture and beliefs. The exhibition provides a human face for issues such as reserve life, treaties and contemporary Cree culture using oral testimony, objects and, of course, the art of Allen Sapp.  604.736.4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents So You Think You Can Improvise... a parody of the TV hit So You Think You Can Dance.  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

Ongoing
For the last 12 years I've been running a non-profit organization in Delta called Air Time Canada.  We offer a free Aviation Camp where kids (and adults) learn how to co-pilot an airplane and get a chance to try it out for real.  It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.  Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.  You can find out a lot more at: http://www.airfun.org  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;

Ongoing
Vancouver Public Library presents OPEN MIKE FOR TEENS.  Are you tired of singing in the shower or reading poetry to your cat? We are too and we're here to do something about it! On the first Monday of every month between October and June, teens are invited to come on stage in the Peter Kaye room at Central Library and do their thing!  Anything goes, from stories to poetry to songs. It can be your own material or someone else's. It doesn't matter who wrote it, we wanna hear it.  Library Square, 604.331.3691.

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
Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248, http://www.coastalpeoples.com






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