Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for April 2008
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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April 1, 2008
Anita Rau Badami.  The author reads from her latest book, "Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?" Set in India and Vancouver's Main Street, the story follows three women linked by the turmoil sweeping through the Punjab region during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, and then in the 1980s when the demand for an independent Sikh state comes into violent existence. (Free admission. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of The Canada Council for the Arts). 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

April 1 - 5, 8 - 12, 2008
MAMMA MIA! Broadway Across Canada proudly presents the return of smash hit musical, Mamma Mia! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! Tickets 604-280-3311 Queen Elizabeth Theatre;

April 2 to May 10, 2008
Langara ArtsFest 2008.  To showcase the breadth and depth of fresh talent, Langara College presents Artsfest 2008 running April 2 - May 10. Artsfest encompasses seven unique grad shows and Planet of the Arts, an interactive, one-day celebration for the community and a chance to check out our finest student work. Explore your creative side--design a magazine cover, manipulate a photograph, create a painting, and mingle with performers. Learn more about our wide-range of Creative & Applied programs and chat with graduates and alumni about their experiences. Planet of the Arts - May 10, 2008, Langara College Library/Classroom Building, 100 West 49th Ave, Vancouver, 1 - 5 pm.  604.323.5037

April 3, 2008
First Thursday with Joseph Chiang.  Joseph Chiang is a clay artist whose diverse skills and originality are evident in his stylized design concepts.  Chiang's art is influenced by his interest in music, art design, sculpture and other fine arts as well as by having lived in southern Taiwan, South Africa and Canada.  Chiang's artwork has been exhibited in South Africa and Canada.  In his presentation Chiang will share his sculpture designs, porcelain art, and glaze techniques. Surrey Art Gallery, 604.501.5566, www.josephclayarts.com

April 3, 2008
Heart of a Sacred World: Nature and Contemplation.  A talk by Brother Paul Quenon. He has been a monk for 50 years and received his formation under Thomas Merton. He has published three collections of poems, "Monkswear", "Laughter My Purgatory" and "Terrors of Paradise." (Free admission. Co-sponsored by The Thomas Merton Society of Canada).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

April 4, 2008
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE: A Tribute to the Music of the Carpenters featuring Monique Creber, Joani Bye, Nathen Aswell, Steve Maddock, The Michael Creber Band, The CM Singers and Mulgrave School's Adult Choir.  Vocalist Monique Creber, whose voice has been described as "eerily similar to that of the late, great Karen Carpenter" (The Province), joins forces with Joani Bye, Nathen Aswell, Steve Maddock, the Michael Creber Band, the  CM Singers and Mulgrave School's Adult Choir to present an evening of classic, beloved songs by the Carpenters. Singer-songwriter Barry Greenfield ("a raw, rough vocal quality that speaks of truth and passion" - The Peace Arch News) opens the programme. Kay Meek Centre, 604-913-3634, www.crebermusic.com

April 4 - 6, 2008
Chor Leoni Men's Choir Presents: LOVE Venue:  Various Venues, Downtown Vancouver.  The greatest composers have written timeless works for male choir. LOVE features many of them in a celebration of music ranging from the Baroque to today. Chor Leoni applies its lustrously vital sound to this rich musical tradition and revels in works by Britten, Victoria, Poulenc, Tormis, and Schubert, to name just a few. The men love this repertoire – and so will you! 604.999.6153, www.chorleoni.org

April 5, 2008
12th RMD Scouts Spring Fair.  The 12th Richmond Scout Group is holding a Spring Bazaar/Children's Festival & Silent Auction. The funds raised at the Silent Auction will help to send our Scouting Youth to outdoor camps and provide camping gear and activities to enrich their experiences. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM., Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 No 1 Road, Richmond;

April 5, 2008
86th Annual Chilliwack Plowing Match. Start at 10:30a.m. Admission: Adults $2.00 Children Free! (Under 12 accompanied by adults) Refreshments...Souvenirs Entry Fee of $5.00 for all classes payable at time of plot drawn. -Magnificent Draft Horses with sulky or walking plows! -Restored Antique Tractors with antique trailer plows! -Modern Tractors with high tech competition plows!  Freeway Exit 123, Rosedale;

April 5, 2008
FRESH AIR HIKE.  Jug Island Trail.  Come on a refreshing leg-stretching walk with a park interpreter. Hike through a West Coast rainforest with great views of Indian Arm. Enjoy the calls of migrating song birds, admire salmonberry blossoms, and stop at a beach for sea air and a snack. Find out how to make all of your hikes safe. 9 AM – NOON, Belcarra Regional Park; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 5, 2008
Growing Up Gluten Free! No Gluten, No Worries!  10:00 to Noon: Presentations by Dr. Barker, GI and Anne Wing, Dietician. Fun Activities for Kids Noon to 1:30: Gluten-free Lunch and Exhibition 1:30 to 3:00: Kids panel and presentation by the Celiac Association. (Activities for young children) Join us for fun, information, gluten-free lunch, exhibitors and cool prizes! For more information: Visit www.vancouverceliac.ca or email info@vancouverceliac.ca. Chan Education Centre, 950 West 28th Ave, at BC Childrens Hospital 4880 Oak St, Vancouver.  Cost: $12 for adults. Accompanied children up to 18 years old FREE.

April 5, 2008
On Saturday, April 5 at 7pm, Elvis Tribute Artist Steve Elliott will be playing at Nicomekl Elementary School ( 20050 53rd Ave. Langley , B.C.).  The concert is a benefit for the Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope in Langley , B.C.  Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling Home Church (604-514-HOME).

April 5, 2008
Seedy Saturday.  Get a great start on this year’s 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 gardening questions. 11:00am-3:00pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey; 604-592-6956

April 5, 2008
Take Another Look!  Now you see it, now you don’t! Take a closer look and see where the little creatures that live in the forest eat, sleep and just hang out. For children this is a game of finding the spot where the deer mouse has been; for adults it’s a game of locating habitat for some of the smaller creatures found in the park. You will be given clues; see how many matches you can make. Come and join the fun!  Meet at the reservoir located 50 metres in from the entrance to the park, located at 16th Avenue and Sasamat Street. Parking is available along the street. 1:30 PM – 4 PM, information: 604-224-5739 or www.pacificspiritparksociety.org

April 5, 2008
The 12th Richmond Scout Group is holding a Spring Bazaar/Children's Festival & Silent Auction Fundraising event which we hope you will support by advertising our event on your website and letting the people know. The funds raised at the Silent Auction will help to send our Scouting Youth to outdoor camps and provide camping gear and activities to enrich their experiences. Tax deductions are available for all donations over $50.00.  Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Event on April 5, 2008 at Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 No.1 Road, Richmond, BC from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Auction will be held in conjunction with our Children’s Carnival/Spring Bazaar. We encourage you to bring a friend or colleague and your cheque book (sorry we will not be able to process Interact or credit cards)

April 5, 2008
Vedder River Clean Up, 9:am. Come as an individual, a family or a community group and help keep the Vedder River beautiful. Show up and register on site with the Vedder River Clean up Coalition. You will be given a route, gloves and garbage bags.  Great Blue Heron Nature R

April 5, 2008
Wine Australia presents G'Day Vancouver: The Art of Wine Australians are well known for their innovation in wine-making and at The Art of Wine you can taste why. The wines on show will challenge your perception of what is typically Australian and you will leave knowing a new aspect of this vast wine producing country. So join Wine Australia, Tourism Australia and The Australian High Commission at the elegant Buschlen Mowatt Art Gallery for a fabulous glass of wine from Down Under. The event is part of Tourism Australia's G'Day Vancouver showcase. Buschlen Mowatt Art Gallery, 604.684.2787, http://www.wineaustralia.com/canada

April 5, 2008
Words Without Borders.  PEN Canada In Partnership with The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival Presents Words Without Borders a literary tour for freedom of expression Saturday, April 5th 7:30pm Suggested Admission - $10 Advance Tickets (604)689-0926 The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St Featuring Readings by Jalal Barazanji Afua Cooper Hadani Ditmars Sheng Xue For more information contact the Vancouver International Writers Festival 604.681.6330 or PEN Canada www.pencanada.ca

April 5, 2008
World Natural Sport presents FAME.  FAME West returns to Vancouver for the 10th annual event qualifying natural athletes to compete as Professionals to continue on to the FAME World Championships in Toronto. FAME West unites the exciting world of Modeling, Fitness, Bodybuilding and Figure with Entertainment, Art (in the form of human physiques), Athleticism and Unique Creativity. www.FAMEworldtour.com Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 5 - 7, 2008
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents The Beethoven Festival at the Orpheum Theatre; 604.665.3050, http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/

April 6, 2008
LESLIE JORDAN: MY TRIP DOWN THE PINK CARPET. Written and adapted for the stage by Jordan himself, the latest one man laugh fest from the diminutive star of stage, screen and television will traverse the entire North American continent with fresh, heartfelt autobiographical material that promises to run the gamut from A(amazing) to Z (zany).  April 6 at 8:00 pm – Vancouver Playhouse; Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster

April 6, 2008
To celebrate the launch of Rick Passek's new book, The Freshman Fly Fisher - A Beginners Guide for a New Generation we invite you to join Rick on Sunday, April 6th for a free day of fishing education, food and fun!  Rick's desire is to bring families together with fishing & camping. There will be a BBQ, hatchery tours, book signing, casting lessons, fly tying demo's, bugs identification, knot demo's, entertainment and more than you can shake a fishing rod at!  From 10 am until 4 pm at the Semiahmoo Fish And Game Club - 1284 184th Street, Surrey BC map at http://sfgc.ca/.  RSVP your group to rick@rp3fishingadventures.com / # 604-722-0491

April 6, 2008
kidstuff swapmeet, 10:00am-2:00pm, Bonsor Complex, Burnaby; Free admission, 604-294-7944, http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca.

April 6 - 8, 2008
Pacific Populaire.  Bicycle ride of 3 different lengths - 25, 50 or 100 km - through Vancouver, into Richmond and back. Cycle at own pace, snacks provided, great early season ride.  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Riley Park Community Centre, 604 737-0043, www.randonneurs.bc.ca/pacpop/index.html

April 7, 2008
Consultation and Negotiation with First Nations.  What principles and processes can be used to effectively engage and negotiate with First Nation governments to reach successful agreements in resource management and development? What is the role and responsibility of engineers and geoscientists in this process of consultation and accommodation? How can different worldviews around land and resources be described and understood effectively? Using case studies, introductions to historical and legal foundations, instructor experience and circle discussions, this seminar will give participants a broad understanding of the basis for, and principles of effective cross-cultural consultation in British Columbia. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre  http://www.apeg.bc.ca/prodev/events/first_nations_negotiations.html

April 7, 2008
Peace it Together: Building Bridges series.  In the Summer of 2006, 29 Israeli, Palestinian and Canadian youth gathered in BC and struggled to come to terms with the conflice between their cultural communities. The result was 7 short films created in multicultural teams. These films will be shown at this event, along with a behind-the-scenes documentary of how the films were made. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

April 7, 2008
The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame is pleased to announce a very special evening. On Monday, April 7th, 2008 more than 500 of the most passionate foodies from the British Columbia culinary scene will gather at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre to raise funds and celebrate their finest. At the fourth annual induction gala, Global TV’s news anchor Chris Gailus will oversee the interactive Hall of Fame presentations and special industry celebration.  Call 604-628-9547 or visit www.bcrfa.com for tickets or more information.

April 8, 2008
“Healing on the Spiritual Path – medically verifiable”. THERE IS NO INCURABLE... German speakers give lectures about inconceivable healings through the teaching of Bruno Groening - medically verified. Healing reports will be presented. You can experience the healing force. Lectures have already taken place in over 190 cities (Canada and USA). St. Georges's Society, 2950 Laurel Street; (604) 434 0844, www.bruno-groening.org/english

April 8, 2008
Darwin's Passage's Exploration of South America.  Amanda and Barry Glickman departed Canada in 2000 to pursue their dream of exploring Chile's southern latitudes aboard their vessel, Darwin's Passage. They explored the deep, ice filled fjords of southern Chile and Tierra del Fuego and the isolated anchorages. They lived in the Beagle Channels for almost 2 years, just 30 miles north of the infamous Cape Horn. The temptation being too great, they eventually made the trip across Drake's Passage to explore the hostile South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Archipelago. Amanda and Barry will provide an overview of their voyage and discuss why they chose Darwin's Passage for this voyage, how she was prepared for high latitude sailing, how they handled heavy weather, and what unexpected adventures they accounted along the way. Scottish Cultural Centre.  For more information: Tel. 1-877-214-4917 www.bluewatercruising.org

April 8, 2008
Roots and Shoots - - a program of the Jane Goodall Institute.  Have you ever wanted to take action on something you feel strongly about? Join us Tuesday, April 8 at TELUS World of Science for Roots & Shoots: Youth Action Workshop. This event will explore hot topics and give you a road map to making a difference. Roots & Shoots is the global youth network of the Jane Goodall Institute, inspired by the work of world-famous primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian, Dr. Jane Goodall. Now is the time for change and you can make it happen! The workshop will run from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM for students ages 12-17 and will feature the talents of local experts and youth activists. Tuesday April 8 at TELUS World of Science, $10 per student. Register online - www.scienceworld.ca/limesurvey/index.php? sid=35634=en. Pay in cash or by cheque on workshop day. Please make cheques out to: the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Teachers and chaperones are admitted in for FREE.

April 8, 2008
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: CAROLINE KENNEDY. Born into Camelot, we have watched this remarkable, poised woman grow up before our eyes ever since she was 3 years of age, when her father became President of the United States to her mother's touching funeral. She is a mother first, then an author, lawyer, and sits on the Board of many organizations. She possesses her mother's cultivated charm and her father's stoic nature and his commitment to civic life and the belief of reflective debate. Caroline is forever trying to revive public service, including her work with the PROFILE IN COURAGE award. She has shown herself to be a true Kennedy while not taking any of the limelight that the world has always thrust upon her. Orpheum Theatre; 1-877-873-8124.

April 10, 2008
BC High School Waterpolo Championship at  Watermania in Richmond; 604-737-3841

April 10, 2008
Surrey's 10th annual Earth Day celebration! 11am - 3pm, Bear Creek Park, Surrey; 604-501-5121.

April 10 - 12, 2008
MacHomer.  Created and performed by Rick Miller Directed by Sean Lynch, adapted from William Shakespeare's MacBeth and characters created by Matt Groening This one-man vocal spectacular features impressions of over 50 voices from TV's The Simpsons in a hilarious performance of Shakespeare's MacBeth! Spot-on impressions of characters from the hit series populate this imaginatively staged version of the tragedy. The result is that rare jewel:an educational and entertaining show, which has amazed audiences of all ages, backgrounds and languages. The show has toured the world to rave reviews and awards in Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.  www.machomer.com Adult $25, Students/Seniors $20

April 10 - 13, 2008
Sonic Boom 2008: A Festival of New Music by BC Composers.  Vancouver Pro Musica presents Sonic Boom, an annual festival of new music by BC composers. Over the four nights of the festival (April 10-13 at the Western Front), the works of 41 different composers will be featured. Ensemble in Residence: Nu:BC; Composer in Residence: Christopher Butterfield. Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue.   www.vancouverpromusica.ca

April 11, 2008
Evening at a Beaver Pond.  Enjoy an evening walk to the marsh, home to Minnekhada’s beavers. Learn about the animals and plants that live in and around beaver ponds. Experience the sights, sounds and scents of spring including the croaking of frogs, the flitting of bats’ wings and the warning splash of a startled beaver.  7 – 9 PM, Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquiltam; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 11 - 12, 2008
Abbotsford Children's Theatre presents The Bookworm Club Classics.  This is a favourite for many audience members and features The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin & Peter Pan.  Suitable for ages 5 and up. Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford; For more info:  www.abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org

April 11 - 20, 2008
TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival.  The TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival rolls into Whistler April 11 to 20, 2008 for 10 action-packed days and nights. Featuring 50 live concerts, pro ski and snowboard camps, arts events, gear demos, special parties, sizzling nightlife and the best spring skiing & riding in the world.  The festival also includes fashion shows, fundraisers, a dogfest, rail sessions, pro photographer and filmmaker showdowns, parties and so much more. 1-800-WHISTLER, www.whistler.com/wssf/

April 11 - 27, 2008
Ruby Slippers Theatre presents The View From Above. Performance Works, Granville Island; 604.631.2872, http://www.rubyslippers.ca

April 12, 2008
Festival of Health and Longevity.  Come celebrate the first anniversary of the Taoist Tai Chi Society's new Vancouver location. Demonstrations, free introductory lessons, free vegetarian Jai meal at 12:30pm. 604-681-6609, www.taoist.org

April 12, 2008
Early Birds - Celebrate the arrival of spring birds!  Join Naturalist Al Grass to search out the early birds of spring who will be arriving back from their wintering grounds and setting up their summer nesting areas. Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver; 10am - 2pm; 604-924-2581.

April 12, 2008
Interpretation Skills.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 Metro Vancouver Regional Park interpreters as they share their experience of this 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. 9 AM – 4 PM, Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 12, 2008
Jane Austen/English Country Dance Ball.  For those interested in “Pride and Prejudice” dance, the Vancouver English Country dance community is pleased to offer its second Ball on Saturday, April 12th. Dancers who have never danced this form are encouraged to attend practice sessions beforehand. The fee of $40 Canadian includes an afternoon workshop focusing on the ball dances, followed by an evening of elegant dancing to beautiful live music. Our caller is Nan Evans of Port

April 12, 2008
National Wildlife Week Fun Family Event at Brookswood Park, Langley  LEPS invites you to this fun filled day of activities that include bird box building, tips on salmon friendly gardening, nature tours of Brookswood Park and MORE. 11am - 2pm; 604-532-3517.

April 12, 2008
Spring is Sexy.  So, you’ve probably heard about the ‘birds and the bees,’ but do you know about the real birds and the real bees along with the many other animals that live in our parks? Mating rituals in the animal kingdom are fascinating! Join a park interpreter and discover how animals preen, strut, fight, sing and sometimes struggle to attract a mate. 10:30 AM –12:30 PM, Belcarra Regional Park;  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 12, 2008
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. 10:00am-3:30pm, Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple-12885-85th Avenue, Surrey; 604-763-7068.

April 12, 2008
Vancouver Roller Derby: Season 2, Bout 1.  We've been training hard all winter for you - we're finally ready to fill your eye holes with scorching, girl-on-girl roller derby action. RIOT GIRLS vs. FASTER PUSSYCATS...the Riot Girls will undoubtedly bring down the shock & awe with their signature military precision, but the Pussycats will just as likely stalk their prey, pounce and tear the Riot Girls to shreds! Kerrisdale Arena. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rollergirl Rollerskates - in person at 1387 Odlum Dr. (off Clark Dr. btwn Charles & Grant) or online at Rollergirl.ca: http://www.rollergirl.ca/cadcart/product_info.php/cPath/41_47/products_id/146 www.terminalcityrollergirls.com

April 12 - 13, 2008
ArtsConnect's 9th annual Studio Tour features over 50 artists in 18 venues this year.  The Port Moody Station Museum is one of the select venues. We invite you to visit the Museum and experience the artwork of very talented local artists using all kinds of mediums.  http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum, http://portmoodystationmuseum.blogspot.com

April 13, 2008
Climb aboard the world's cheapest vehicle to operate!  Check out an electric pickup truck. Put together by ordinary citizens, like you! that costs only 30 cents a day to operate. Kids get free tailgate face-painting and can compete in a renewable energy colouring contest too. The world's first free-battery electric pickup truck is right here in Vancouver. You may have seeen it on CBC News, Global TV, Shared Vision magazine or in newspapers. Science World.  Read about it at http://electric-vehicle-article.blogspot.com

April 15, 2008
Morten Creek Chum Salmon Release - Public Event.  Well our little Chum salmon are growing nicely and will be ready for release to Lynn Creek on April 15th. We will meet at 6:00 pm at Bridgman Park. Parking is very limited so carpool or walk down if at all possible. This is a fun, educational, hands on experience. You will learn a little about our local salmon, the volunteers who work on enhancing the runs and will get to take your own container of small fry to the creek to gently release them to the wilds.  This is a wonderful family opportunity good for any age. Check out a few of last years photos at http://morten-creek.pskf.ca/release/indexpre06.html This event will not occur if it is raining heavy as the little ones would get washed out to the harbour too quickly. Any questions call ZoAnn at 604-986-5059

April 15 - 19, 2008
Elastic Perspective.  With a thoroughly original movement vocabulary that combines the dexterity of break-dance and the urban energy of hip-hop with the fluid elegance and striking technique of ballet, Victor Quijada and his Rubberbandance Group have exploded onto the international dance circuit. The six-member troupe from Montreal will offer Elastic Perspective, a suite of dances with such compelling titles as Secret Service, a hip-hop interpretation of a Sergei Prokofiev score, and The Traviattle, a playful battle of the sexes set to Verdi. Elastic Perspective plunges into raw, dangerous, sweet and unguarded genres and cultures. Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  Visit www.thecultch.com for more info!

April 17, 2008
For The Love of LUMS - Benefit Concert.  An evening of music and entertainment, silent auction, prizes and more to benefit and support LUMS in their outreach & meal programs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. A simple, fun and easy way to help, to be the change.  FireHall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, 604-916-1774, http://hearthehunger.com

April 18, 2008
EPIC 2008: The SUSTAINABLE LIVING EXPO.  EPIC - The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Vancouver's largest green consumer show and eco-marketplace. Visit EPIC to learn about environmentally-friendly products and companies that mix style and quality with sustainability. Greening your life is easy - all you need is a little education and inspiration. EPIC has lots of both. Join us for this three day celebration of green living, and surround yourself with truly inspiring people and environmentally innovative products. Learn how to live a healthier, more sustainable life from experts in everything from eco traveling to green weddings. Reveal your inner treehugger and spend the day shopping in our marketplace of over 200 organizations offering the latest green products that are earth-friendly, ethically sourced, and better for your health. Let EPIC inspire you to Shop and Th!nk  Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre at Canada Place, 604.775.7300.

April 18, 2008
Terra Nova Nature Hike, 2pm - 3:30pm Join us for a 3km nature hike through the Terra Nova natural area and tour the new Terra Nova Rural Park.  Meet: at the Terra Nova natural areas parking lot at the west end of Westminster Highway, west of No. 1 Rd.  Admission is free. 604-718-6188.

April 19 - 20, 2008
KERRISDALE ANTIQUES FAIR.  An annual Vancouver favorite held in the charming and historic neighborhood of Kerrisdale, this show features 60 specialty vendors with over 270 tables of antiques, retro design and vintage collectibles...a style for every collector, from folk to formal! Eagerly anticipated by both vendors and patrons, this 7th annual event promises to deliver the goods: Antique & estate jewelry, Mid-centuy Modernist decor, French country & formal furnishings, Pop culture classics, Antiquarian books, Old advertising & memorabilia, Primitives, Boho & shabby chic styles, Ephemera, Retro lighting & fixtures, Vintage kitchenalia, Painting & prints, Nautical, Paris chic accessories, and much, much more...NEW FOR 2008 - APPRAISAL CLINICS BOTH DAYS! Call or Visit Website for Full Details - Admission $6 at Door - Free Parking - Cafe & Snack Bar; 604-980-3159 or www.21cpromotions.com

April 19, 2008
6th Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival, Blaine, Washington.  Greet fellow outdoor enthusiasts and view thousands of geese, sea ducks, and raptors that crowd the estuarine habitats ranging from the Canadian border at Blaine to the beaches of Birch Bay State Park. Exhibits of wildlife art, carvings, seminars, and field trips will highlight the one-day festival. http://www.blainechamber.com/wow

April 19, 2008
BIKE THE BLOSSOMS - Hosted by Slow Food Vancouver.  Inspired by the success of the Slow Food Cycle Farm Tour in Agassiz last year, SLOW FOOD VANCOUVER is hosting a new food focused cycling event in the city on Saturday, April 19th called BIKE THE BLOSSOMS. This unique event will see participants embark on a leisurely cycle along designated City bike routes to view the peak blossoming of Kanzan cherry trees stopping along the way to enjoy the culinary pleasures of eight of Vancouver's unique eateries and coffee houses selected by Slow Food. The routes will also include special stops showcasing Fraser Valley farmers, partnered with local host businesses and community centres, where cyclists will be able to sample local and artisanal foods and speak with farmers. BIKE THE BLOSSOMS encourages conviviality through the connection of People, Food and Slow by promoting our City's biking lanes while encouraging local, green and clean. 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, for more information and registration go to: www.slowfoodvancouver.com/index.php/BikeBlossoms

April 19, 2008
Bird Walk at Redwood Park, 9am - 11am, Discover the birds that make Redwood Park home with Naturalist Lynn Pollard.  Walk for beginners to intermediate birders.  Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.  Wear comfortable, waterproof foot wear and dress warmly.  Walk will go rain or shine. Meet: From 176th Street turn east on 20th Ave.  Watch for the park signpost to the right.  Meet in the parking lot. 604-501-5158.

April 19, 2008
Celebrating the Feminine Divine. Jai Ma ShivaShakti presents: A Special evening to celebrate the Feminine Divine Blessed souls, We are all getting together to create a unique event "Celebrating the Feminine Divine" Tickets: Banyen Books - $20 At the door - $25. www.shivashakti.ca, www.banyen.com

April 19, 2008
Compass Crazy and Hiking Essentials.  Does a compass leave you mystified? Learn how to use a compass, walk a straight line through a forest and follow an orienteering route. Discover how to stuff a backpack for a safe, successful hike, and test your skill using a compass.  COLONY FARM REGIONAL PARK, Coquitlam; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 19, 2008
Fraser River Estuary Kayak Tour, 10am - 3pm.  The Fraser River Estuary is a large tidal flat that provides shelter and food for thousands of birds annually. The water way is a maze of channels and arteries offering great scenery and excellent wild life viewing for birds and marine mammals. Equally appealing is viewing the community of Ladner from the water where one gets an appreciation of the Pacific Maritime appeal of this historic community.  Meet: Wellington Park - River Road West, Delta; 604-535-7985  nwcakayak@telus.net

April 19, 2008
LiveSmart Diabetes Expo.  One of the most important aspects of preventing, managing and learning about diabetes is staying on top of new information, programs and resources. The Canadian Diabetes Association's LiveSmart Diabetes Expo is the only event of its kind in BC, offering one stop access to a full spectrum of diabetes information, products, resources and speakers to approximately 1000 participants. There will definitely be something for everyone affected by diabetes: people living with diabetes or those at risk, along with their families, friends, caregivers and health professionals. On April 19th join the Canadian Diabetes Association for our LiveSmart Diabetes Expo in Vancouver, BC. Broadway Church, 2700 E. Broadway, Vancouver.  Registration Fee: $10.00 Early Bird (until March 28th), $15.00 after March 28th. Watch for more details, coming soon at: www.diabetes.ca

April 19, 2008
poetry and other musings, 11:00am-12:30pm, Shabolt Centre for the Arts. Instructor Eileen Kernaghan and members of the Shadbolt’s Writer’s Workshop read from their own work to celebrate Poetry Month. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.

April 20, 2008
CBC Radio Orchestra: Great Canadian Songbook II.  Join the CBC Radio Orchestra for another unforgettable celebration of Canada's great musical legacy. This concert features some of the country's best singer/songwriters performing the music of legendary Canadian songwriters in original orchestral arrangements commissioned especially for this event. Headlining this concert is the Quebec singer-songwriter Michel Rivard performing some of his own music in arrangements by Blair Thompson. Veda Hille collaborates with composer Giorgio Magnensi on the music of Neil Young. Ndidi Onukwulu, one of Canada's rising blues sensations, explores the music of Randy Bachman and the Guess Who with the brilliant Montreal composer, Tim Brady. And for the grand finale, these outstanding Canadian musicians, along with our own principal conductor Alain Trudel, pay homage to one of the greatest musical poets our country has ever produced - Leonard Cohen  Chan Centre for Performing Arts; 604 280 4444.

April 20, 2008
Earth Day in the Lower Seymour Conservation Area - LSCR, 10am - 2pm. Celebrate International Earth Day by participating in the annual Earth Day stewardship activities at the LSCR. This is your opportunity to help maintain the natural integrity of our local ecosystem while we manage this land for storing and treating our drinking water. Join your community for a fun day that seeks to minimize and restore human impact on this land. Engage in activities that aim to free the natural ecosystem from the influence of invasive plants, and establish and restore habitat for native wildlife. 604-451-6506 or visit www.gvrd.bc.ca

April 20, 2008
English - Mandarin Bird Walk, 2pm - 4pm, An easy walk along the Dyke in search of waterfowl and shorebirds on the bay and hawks and owls over the adjacent farmlands. Meet: Delta Air Park - parking lot at the south foot of 104th Street, Delta; Friends of Taiwan Association (Canada West); 604-726-4880,  www.birdingintaiwan.org

April 20, 2008
Family Festival: Music for a New World.  This incredible collaboration brings together 17 of Vancouver’s best world music artists in a one of a kind partnership in which influences from around the world mix into a melting pot of sights and sounds. Centred on a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, Music for a New World celebrates the diversity of world music. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 20, 2008
Kids Only Swap Meet.  If you have too many puzzles, baby gear, cribs, toys and more taking up space in your house, then this is the popular event is one you don't want to miss on!  9:00am - 1:00pm, Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, 604.927.7946 or 504.927.7970.

April 20, 2008
Spring Migration 101, 10am - noon. Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society to learn the basics of spring birding where you will learn more about the miracle of migration and how to identify bird species that pass through our community in the spring and fall. Meet: Lost Lagoon Nature House in Stanley Park.  Admission by donation - wheelchair accessible. 604-257-8544, www.stanleyparkecology.ca

April 20, 2008
Vancouver Sun Run. HSBC is proud to present Canada's biggest run and the second largest 10K in North America. After you cross the finish line, join us for the post race festivities and live music at BC Place! 604.689.9441, www.sunrun.com

April 21, 2008
Aboriginal Day, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Celebrate the key role that local First Nations people played in the history of Fort Langley. Join us to share in the rich culture, history and traditions that live on in BC today. Visit the Kwantlen First Nation exhibit, "The River Is Us: the Many Stories of Kwantlen" on display in the Big House. 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langleywww.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

April 21, 2008
Paul Talbot. Practical pointers and advice on how to do away with your clutter. Better known as the no clutter guy, Paul Talbot is an author, trainer and simplicity coach. He is the creator of the No Clutter series. (Free admission), 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

April 22, 2008
Steven Galloway.  Join us for the launch of Steven Galloway's eagerly anticipated new book, "The Cellist of Sarajevo." It tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Public Library Services Branch, BC Ministry of Education). 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

April 24, 2008
Cork & Canvas - Art Sale & Auction with a Wine & Cheese Reception to benefit The Richmond Hospital Foundation.  This event will feature original artwork and wine from throughout BC. www.richmondhospitalfoundation.com or call 604-244-5252

April 24 - 28, 2008
Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents Luminous Edge.  A tour de force solo performance pointing to a unity of nature, nurture, mathematics, art, science and mythology. In a masterful weaving of sound and motion, lyrical juggler Thomas Arthur explores the nature of order. With a supporting cast of orbiting spheres, hoops, spirals, geometric solids, roots, sticks, stones and cones – and even a parabolic space-time tunnel! – Thomas spins a hypnotic flowing dance of visual music, poetic narration and projected imagery. http://www.vecc.bc.ca

April 24 to June 26, 2008
SPECIAL PROGRAM: Tai Chi In The Garden.  This class will introduce the popular Yang Style of T'ai Chi ("Taijiquan"), an internal art that is characterized by slow, continuous and gentle movements. The Yang Style is ideal for practitioners of all ages and abilities (beginners and intermediates). Strengthen your muscles, improve balance, increase flexibility and relieve stress by learning the graceful sequence of 108 postures in this long form of Yang Style. You will also be taught how to cultivate Qi for improved blood circulation, awareness and internal power. UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre, 6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver; email nadine.diner@ubc.ca or call 604-690-5375.

April 25 - 28, 2008
Chinese Spectacular (Divine Performing Arts Spectacular).  The global tour of the captivating Divine Performing Arts Spectacular will be back in Vancouver for the third time with a brand new 2008 show! The Divine (Shen Yun) Performing Arts Spectacular uses the expression of Chinese classical dance to showcase the genuine traditional Chinese culture that encompasses pure truthfulness, pure compassion and pure beauty. The Spectacular will travel to more than 60 cities around the world, playing to a total live audience of an estimated 650,000. In Canada, as well as in Surrey the show will play in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Come to the Divine Performing Arts Spectacular and witness the renaissance of the true Chinese culture! Location: Bell Performing Arts Centre 6250 144th Street, Surrey B.C. Date & time: April 25, 8:00 pm; April 26, 8:00 pm; April 27, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm; April 28, 7:30 pm Tickets: $48, $68, $88 Ticket Hotline : (604) 454-1110 Homepage: http://www.bestchineseshows.com/

April 25, 2008
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 25, 2008
Global Arts Concerts presents The Celtic Tenors.  The Celtic Tenors are one of the most successful classical crossover artists ever to have come out of Ireland. Matthew Girseman, James Nelson and Daryl Sampson combine their unique voices, character and wit to provide a show overflowing with vitality and variety from start to finish. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 26, 2008
April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge.  Now in its 7th year, the April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge is a fun-filled family event. Teams of up to 4 people have only 3 hours to construct a boat from only the materials provided. Once the boats are completed the race begins! The course circles the Madeira Park Government Wharf and the finishers pass before the large enthusiastic crowd. There is also mini-boatbuilding for the kids, paddle or row a wooden boat in the harbour for free, boatbuidling demonstrations, and BBQ and concessions.  Sechelt Peninsula, 604-883-0539, www.maritimeheritage.ca/april-tools/

April 26, 2008
Birding by Ear Workshop, 1:30pm - 3:30pm. The Stanley Park Ecology Society invites you to join Al Grass to learn bird identification by ear. This event is perfect for bird enthusiasts who are used to looking for birds with binoculars but want to add to their expertise as birders by listening for them as well. An indoor instructional workshop is followed by a walk around Lost Lagoon to hear the birds. Meet: Lost Lagoon Nature House in Stanley Park.  Admission by donation - wheelchair accessible. 604-257-8544, www.stanleyparkecology.ca

April 26, 2008
COURSE: Plants in Japanese Gardens - The Earth's Fabric Transformed.  This course will examine how plants are selected, sited, maintained and more at Nitobe Memorial Garden (http://www.nitobe.org/) and gardens in Japan. There will be visual aids, handouts, demonstrations and a "hands on" project. There will be time spent indoors and outdoors. Meanwhile, dream of cherry blossoms...Location: At the entrance to Nitobe Memorial Garden, 1895 Lower Mall at North West Marine, near the Museum of Anthropology. email botg@interchange.ubc.ca or call 604-822-3928.

April 26, 2008
Driftwalk.  Join us for a unique creative experience! Choreographer Julie Lebel is recruiting participants to join her in a walking group. Participants will be asked to fill a booklet to record notes and observations. The booklets are collected after the walk and may stimulate a variety of artistic outcomes including short essays, an installation and a choreographic work. The activity is free, parking is free and easily accessible by public transit. Everyone welcome. Interested? Bring warm clothes, a snack, a watch and their favourite pen or drawing pencils. Add yourself to the group by witing to driftwalk@gmail.com or by contacting the Dance Centre at(604)606-6416 . Just mention Julie Lebel Walking group or Drift-Walk project to the reception. Julie Lebel is currently artist-in-residence at the Dance Centre. Pacific Spirit Park centre - 4915 W 16th avenue.  For more information on the project please visit: www.driftwalk.org.

April 26, 2008
Earth Day Vancouver Celebration 2008.  Join the global party for the planet! Earth Day Vancouver Celebration, produced by Evergreen, is a time to celebrate our precious planet with family, neighbours, and friends. Make Earth Day matter by digging in and helping to restore Jericho Park to its natural beauty. Restoration activities are guided by experts from Jericho Stewardship Group and Evergreen. Tired of digging? Get dancing! The Earth Day Stage, which runs from 1 to 5pm, is programmed by the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. The stage will be launched by words of inspiration from Earth Day Honourary Chair Tzeporah Berman. Check the website for full stage lineup. Plus, there are free nature tours, roving performers, crafts and activities for kids, interactive art projects, and more. Make Earth Day a green one. Take transit or ride your bike. Secure valet bike parking is supplied by BEST. Bring your own mug, so Starbucks can fill it with brew, for free. 11am to 5pm, Jericho Park.  A FREE family-oriented event, www.evergreen.ca

April 26, 2008
Planet Earth Day.  Too much junk mail, too many plastic bags or just too much laundry lint? Find out how to turn trash into treasures that you can reuse, and then take home your own woven plastic coasters and more!  1:00pm–4:00pm, Surrey Museum, 604-592-6956.

April 26, 2008
Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Guided Walk, 8am. Join Roy Strang on a walking tour to find out about the wonderful flora and fauna of this natural environment. This walk is suitable for all ages. Suitable footwear is recommended and binoculars can be an asset. Free event!  Meet: at the parking lot off 24th Ave., between 148th and 144th Street; 604-535-3507.

April 26, 2008
car trunk sale, 9:00am-2:00pm, Bill Copeland Sports Centre. Free admission. 604-294-7944, http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca

April 26, 2008
poetry bash, 7:30-8:30pm, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Shadbolt Literary Arts program alumni share their work. Leaf Press authors K. Vincent Louise and Shauna Paull read from their new books. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.

April 26 - 27, 2008
A Festival of Wind, Water and Waves East Beach, White Rock. British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

April 26 - 27, 2008
O.W. L. Annual Open House, 10am - 3pm. The Open House, it's the only time of the year when the public is allowed to tour the back cages where all of the rehab work really takes place. To see the specially designed cages where over 300 birds a year are treated for injuries and rehabilitated for release back into the wild, is a real education in itself. As usual, there will be other things of interest, such as exhibits set up by other animal rehab organizations, the interpretation centre and best of all, if the conditions are favourable on each day, the release of a rehabbed eagle which is what O.W.L. is all about. Is there a better way to spend an afternoon? See you then!  Meet: 3800 72nd Street, Delta; 604-946-3171 or email:  owlrehab@dccnet.com

April 26 to September 28, 2008
Playland. Playland features over 35 exhilarating rides, unique attractions and fun midway games and is also home to Kids Playce, a special zone filled with soft-play areas and rides for children aged 2-8. 604.253.2311, www.pne.ca

April 27, 2008
6TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY ARBOUR DAY. Remembering Yesterday. Sustaining for the Future. Community Arbour Day is a free family and community event for all ages, highlighting the importance of trees and the urban forest in our community. Plant a commemorative tree and keep the memories of a special event, birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement, graduation, memorial, or other occasion close to your heart. Join us for the day and learn about trees in your community through educational displays. There will also be entertainment, prizes, face painting and food available. Langley.  For more information or to donate a tree call 604.533.6124 or visit www.tol.bc.ca/arbourday

April 27, 2008
Goodbye Chums! at Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge, 11am - 3pm. Celebrating 25 years at the Bell-Irving Hatchery! The salmon of Kanaka Creek might vanish if it were not for the efforts of volunteers at the Bell-Irving Hatchery. Help us send thousands of salmon fry on their long journey to the sea. Tour the hatchery, play fun and educational games about salmon, and learn about the changing role of this important facility. Meet local volunteers engaged in stewardship programs and enjoy refreshments. Take home a souvenir booklet, crafts and a salmon-friendly household cleaner. Meet: at the hatchery on 256th Street, south of Dewdney Trunk Road and east of Haney; 604-530-4983.

April 27, 2008
The Super Cities WALK for MS.  The MS Society of Canada presents the Super Cities WALK for MS Fundraiser. The WALK is a fun, family oriented event taking place in 23 communities throughout BC. There are several accessible route options for everyone. WALK, Run or Roll on your own — or share the experience and be part of a team. Raise money in support of services and research for multiple sclerosis. Various locations and start times. Call 1.800.268.7582 or visit www.supercitieswalk.com.

April 29, 2008
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: LILY TOMLIN.  Wherever there is Lily, there is a cast of thousands. From Ernestine the telephone operator, to five-year old Edith Ann, from Broadway to the silver screen, her characters are as poignant as they are hilarious. Now, the Emmy, Tony and Grammy-winning actor and comedian brings you her most charming character – Lily Tomlin herself to the Unique Lives' stage. Come hear Lily and her hilarious characters sound off on modern life, love, childhood, the media, pop culture, the past and the future. You will find yourself laughing at life, at Lily and most of all yourself! Take a journey with the “real Lily” as she talks, jokes, reminisces and continues “the search for signs of intelligent life in the universe”. 1-877-873-8124.

April 29 to May 3, 2008
The Premiere of “Mis Hermanas”.  The personal and heartwarming story of Rosario Ancer and her 7 sisters growing up in Mexico, her dreams of becoming a dancer, her journey to Spain and her arrival to Canada. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (Davie St. & Pacific Blvd).  For further info please call Centro Flamenco 604.737.1273, www.flamencorosario.org

May 4, 2008
Beach Hero Launch & Marine Creature Discovery at Beecher Pl., Crescent Beach, Surrey. Enjoy an interpreted walk & a talk with marine images, by Naturalist Lynn Pollard. Get crafty with Cat too! Bring lunch; camera and binoculars optional. Dress for the beach and the weather! Pre-registration required. Please contact Catriona, cat@birdsonthebay.ca, 604-536-3552 or visit www.birdsonthebay.ca.

May 4, 2008
Rob Kapilow’s FAMILY MUSIK:The Four Seasons. If the bitter sting of icy rain were transformed into music for an orchestra, what would it sound like? If the tenderness of a lilting summer breeze took the form of a dance, what would it look like? Join acclaimed family entertainer Rob Kapilow along with the Vancouver Family Musik Orchestra, a chamber chorus, and two professional dancers for some whirling, twirling, blustery good fun–rain or shine. The most theatrical of Rob’s Family Musik concerts, The Four Seasons has lots of opportunities for kids to participate, including on-stage "improv" with the dancers and in-seat learning, grooving, and laughing. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia; www.musicinthemorning.org

May 4, 2008
Salmon Send-off.  Join us for some fishy fun. Release salmon fry into the Serpentine River, enjoy a hatchery tour, take part in children’s activities and experience a walk through riverine habitat. Allow at least one hour to complete all activities. The Tynehead Hatchery is located at the 96th Avenue entrance to Tynehead Regional Park, between 160th and 168th Streets in Surrey.  11 AM – 3 PM. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 2008
Free Marine Interpreted Walks on White Rock & Crescent beaches. Explore for amazing animals and plants of the intertidal zone with our Marine Interpreter; all ages welcome! Free stickers, tattoos & activity books for all Beach Heroes!  Wear shoes that you don?t mind getting wet or muddy. No registration required. For more info, please conact Catriona, cat@birdsonthebay.ca, 604-536-3552 or visit www.birdsonthebay.ca.

Ongoing to April 2008
Vancouver Winter Farmers Market.  Eating locally in the winter is possible! Enjoy local, fresh BC produce, prepared food and crafts at this festive indoor and outdoor event, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from November to April. Call 604.879.FARM for details.  WISE Hall 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver; 604.879.3276, info@eatlocal.org

Ongoing until April 5, 2008
Vancouver Canucks: Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer. General Motors Place, 604.899.4600, http://www.canucks.com 

Ongoing to April 6, 2008
Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence Within Diversity.  Experience contemporary craft with the newest exhibition of the Craft Association of British Columbia at the Vancouver Museum from February 7 to April 6. Celebrate the diversity of over eighty artisans using mediums of fibre, glass, wood, metal and ceramics to create vibrant pieces with west coast flair. General admission is $10, students and seniors $8, youth $6.50, and child admission is Free. Vancouver Museum is located at 1100 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park. For more information visit www.vanmuseum.bc.ca or www.cabc.net

Ongoing to April 6, 2008
Vancouver International Auto Show. The 89th 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. For more information call (604) 214-9964 or go to www.bcautoshow.com.

Ongoing to April 20, 2008
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  Let the cherry blossoms inspire you! The 3rd annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off with a free lunch-time concert, Cherry Jam Downtown March 25th and runs through to April 20th. For further details, please visit www.vcbf.ca

Ongoing until May 10, 2008
DANCE ALLSORTS 10th SEASON 2007-2008.  New Works is proud to announce the tenth season of Dance Allsorts: Vancouver’s most diverse dance series. Presented by New Works in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre, this popular, inexpensive series exposes audiences to all sorts of dance.  604.893.8875 www.newworks.ca

Ongoing to May 31, 2008
Heron Homecoming. Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, 5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack. Join us for many special events.  Please check the website www.chilliwackblueheron.com for up to date event information or call 604-823-6603.

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
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner requierd.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2008.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venabes Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca for more information.

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

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.










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