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

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Special Events for April 2012
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, 2012
Does life have you all tied up in knots? Join us at our knitting club to unwind! Come chat, knit, purl, spin and laugh with those who understand your desire to take a long piece of thread fiber and create a beloved work of heart. All ages are welcomed and no experience is required. Please bring your own materials and equipment. River District Knitting Club will meet every two weeks on Sundays from 4 6pm at River District Centre (8683 Kerr St.). If you are interested in attending, and for the latest updates, please sign up with our Meet Up group: www.meetup.com/River-District-Knitting- Club/ or contact Janette at jlau@parklane.com

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April 1, 2012
Canucks Autism Network Family Festival. Join us at this FREE event, open to the public, in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day. The festival will include an autism walk, family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food, and special visits by surprise guests! In addition, we will be lighting the Cauldron in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day. We are also asking all supporters to collect pledges as a means to help us provide more programs for individuals and families living with autism in BC. Jack Poole Plaza, lindsay@canucksautism.ca

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April 1, 2012
Bird heads are way cool because...Do you know how to visually take apart a bird head and guess what kind of food it eats? Come see some of the way cool adaptations found on the inside and outside of bird heads. Ildiko Szabo, Honorary Assistant Curator of the Cowan Tetrapod Collection, will take you on an avian magical mystery tour to look at the form and function behind many birds' bizarre and colourful head shapes. Beaty Biodiversity Museum, http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/events

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April 2, 2012
Beach volleyball at the River District. Come out and play beach volleyball in the spring and summer with Urban Rec. Get a group of friends together or join as an individual. For more information, please visit: www.riverdistrict.ca/events/682, 604-431-5594

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April 2, 2012
Christian Zionism and Israel: Talk by Ron Dart. Christian Zionism has played a significant role in supporting the state of Israel. Ron Dart will discuss the origins, development and contemporary forms of Christian Zionism, the relationship between Christian Zionism and Israel and the impact of such a symbolic relationship on the Palestinians. Ron Dart was on staff with Amnesty International before joining the department of political science/philosophy/religious studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he has taught since 1990. He is the author of 23 books and numerous articles. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Building Bridges Vancouver). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 2 to June 28, 2012
'Owl' Lifecycle course for Kids. Are you interested in nature and learning about an important species of birds in Vancouver? Although they are rarely seen, owls are an essential part of our local ecosystem. Students at Pear Tree Education will take part in examining and rebuilding animal skeletons found in owl pellets. Even more, you will be able to see real owls up close! Throughout this 3-month term, students will be learning about the role owls play in the food chain, why owls are endangered, and what they can do to be part of owl conservation. They will also participate in a group research project about an aspect of owls that interests them. This project will be showcased to family and friends. There will also be an opportunity to attend an optional field trip to visit the Snowy Owls at Boundary Bay, Delta. www.pear-tree.ca/our-programs/grades-2-5/

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April 2 to June 28, 2012
Kid's Super Structures Course. Do you like to build things? Are you an aspiring engineer? Then this hands-on exploration course is for you! At Pear Tree Education, students will learn about structural design and function, and will learn basic engineering principles. They will learn how to apply critical thinking skills, how to be creative designers and problem-solvers, and apply math, science and design concepts using a variety of building materials. The young engineers will use different materials to design and build every class, including straws, paper, clay, blocks, KNex and Lego. Students will learn how to make structures stronger and larger by applying knowledge acquired through teacher-led experiments. There will be a challenge to work in groups to design and build the strongest and largest structures! This project will be showcased to family and friends.www.pear-tree.ca/our-programs/grades-2-5/

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April 2 to June 30, 2012
Italian language and culture Classes for Adults. The Italian Cultural Centre organizes courses of Italian language and culture for Adults in levels ranging from Beginner to Advanced. These courses are offered throughout the week, mornings or evenings. Please visit our website for more info at http://italianculturalcentre.ca/italian-classes/

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April 3, 2012

Vancouver’s annual fashion event: “THE SHOW”.
The Faculty of Design is proud to present our annual fashion show, featuring the talents of our graduating Bachelor of Fashion and Technology students. River Rock Show Theatre, www.kwantlen.ca/theshow

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April 3 - 8, 2012
Vancouver International Auto Show. In its 91st year of annual presentation by the New Car Dealers Association of BC the Vancouver International Auto Show is Canada's third largest Auto Show & one of Western North America's premier automotive exhibition events. BC Place Stadium, http://www.vancouverinternationalautoshow.com

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April 4, 2012
Incite @ VPL: Will Ferguson & Yasuko Thanh. An evening with Will Ferguson reading from his new novel "419" and Journey Prize-winner Yasuko Thanh reading from her new collection of short stories "Floating like the Dead." Best-selling author Will Ferguson writes a novel both epic in its sweep and intimate in its portrayal of human suffering. "419" takes readers behind the scene of the worlds most insidious internet scam and tells a story of love in a time of darkness, of one womans search for redemption, and of a young boy who will triumph above it all. In her debut collection, "Floating like the Dead", Journey Prize-winner Yasuko Thanh immerses us in the lives of people on the knife edge of desire and regret, hungry for change yet still yearning for a place to call home. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver International Writers Festival). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 4, 2012
Acroclown Workshop with Colin Heath.  Join us for a special one time workshop with guest instructor Colin Heath. This two-hour workshop will include an introduction to acrobatics (mostly tumbling and hand-to-hand) to get everyone on the same page, physically - then branch off into more theatrical duo and group movement, with an emphasis on slapstick. We will work with ideas about balance, dynamics, falling, throwing and catching. Oh... and Comedy. PNE Garden Auditorium. Register online at www.circuswest.com!

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April 4, 11, 18, 2012
KIDS' KARATE OPEN HOUSE - EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL.  Hayabusa Karate is welcoming all children and parents to the Kids' Karate Open House every Wednesday in April. Children will be able to learn about the history and traditions of karate and of course how to punch and kick! Classes are taught by 6 time national champion and Chief Instructor of Hayabusa Karate. No registration is necessary. Just show up for the FREE LESSON or phone 604-831-3965/visit www.hayabusakarate.com  for more information.

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April 4 to May 29, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present:
Ishrat Khan- 2D.  Ishrat creates semi-abstracted landscape paintings using free flowing colors with acrylics, oil and oil crayons on either paper or canvas. He utilizes his engineering background as a base and his extensive world travels as inspiration as he strives to capture the feeling of “being there” present in the moment of the scene. Originally from India, Ishrat  immigrated to Canada in 1965 and currently resides in North Vancouver.  He has participated in various art exhibitions throughout his career. www.ishratkhan.com
Viven Chiu – 3D. Viven leads with her passion and then lets her creative concept take charge. She defies tradition by using many mediums and forgoing a signature style as she loves the different experiences and feelings offered by different materials and means.  Through art, she sees herself.  Her motive is to have the public’s heart interact with her own. Originally from Hong Kong, Viven has a background in commercial art and studied sculpture in Toronto and now resides in Richmond. www.vivendesign.com
District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road

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April 5, 2012
ANDERSON COOPER LIVE IN VANCOUVER: A 360 DEGREE VIEW OF THE WORLD WITH ANDERSON COOPER. This is a unique opportunity to see the Emmy Award winning CNN anchor and host of his own syndicated talk show live, unscripted and in person. The Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets at: northerntickets.com/detail.php?id=375

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April 5 - 28, 2012
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. As the quintessential symbol of spring, the cherry tree inspires new poetry, art, music, film & design. Through a wide array of diverse programs from Cherry Jam Downtown, Haiku Invitational, Bike the Blossoms, Japan Fair, BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest, Cherry Scouts Program, Tree Talks & Walks & the Cherry Blossom Viewing Map, the festival captures the exuberance of the blossoming with cultural programming for the whole community to enjoy. Inspired by the age old Sakura festivals of Japan, the festival uplifts spirits in the city, while the ephemeral nature of the blossoms remind us all to take time now to celebrate life. http://www.vcbf.ca

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April 5 - 28, 2012
Arts Club Theatre Company presents: Scar Tissue. The triumph of life over loss. When David's mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he resolves to unravel a mystery that has haunted him for years. Why did she, a gifted and successful painter, abandon her art so abruptly two decades ago? Was her decision related to her current condition? Is David destined to share her fate? He's obsessed with finding answers, but it's now a race against time. http://www.artsclub.com/20112012/plays/scar-tissue.htm

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April 6 - 9, 2012
Easter at the Stanley Park Miniature Train runs April 6 – 9, 2012.  Admission to Easter at the Miniature Train is $6.89(incl tax) for kids 2 – 12 and includes the train ride, Easter egg hunts, visits from the Easter Bunny and Easter Chick and Puppet shows. Easter egg hunts take place multiple times from 11am – 4pm, so you should easily catch one (as long as you arrive before 3:30pm). Adults are free to supervise Egg Hunt and $3.50 per adult to ride the train. Just remember: Kids need to bring their own basket for collecting the eggs. For more info: phone 604-257-8530.

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April 7 - 8, 2012
Festival of Anthropology Films. This annual event is organized by the Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC in collaboration with MOA and the University Neighbourhoods Association. The Festival presents activist anthropological films that explore what it means to challenge cultural norms and political authority. http://www.moa.ubc.ca

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April 7, 2012
Easter Eggstravaganza (walking -10yrs). Rain or Shine! There will be face pinting, crafts and our famous Egg Hunt. Children less than 7yrs must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Limited number of tickets available. Pick your Easter Egg Hunt time when you register or purchase your ticket. 1:00pm, 1:30pm,2:00pm, 2:30pm $5/child. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388 -Ex 3.

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April 7, 2012
Easter Eggstravaganza (up to 10yrs). Rain or Shine! There will be face painting, crafts and our famous Egg Hunt. Children less than 6yrsmust be accompanied by an adult. Limited number of tickets available. Sat Apr 7 12:30-3:00pm $5/child, Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388 -Ext 3

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April 7, 2012
Soweto Gospel Choir. Two-time Grammy winners from South Africa SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR Queen Elizabeth Theatre Tickets $34-$61 ($5 discount for students) at www.caravanbc.com Or Call 604.684.2787 Two-time Grammy award winners Soweto Gospel Choir return to Vancouver with their new show African Grace. Through vibrant rhythm movement and its renowned vocal harmonies, Soweto Gospel Choirs inimitable performance style has become a worldwide phenomenon. Since its foundation in 2002, the 30-person Choir has performed to sell-out crowds at the greatest concert halls across the globe and alongside superstars including Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. The Choir sold out their last two appearances in Vancouver, so dont miss out on this uplifting and vivacious spectacle that literally takes your breath away! www.sowetogospelchoir.com

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April 7, 2012
Eco Easter Egg Hunt, 10AM – 3PM, Search for Easter eggs in the forest!  Take a picture with the Easter Bunny and enjoy egg-themed crafts, activities and entertainment. Every child receives a prize.  Don’t forget to bring your basket! Egg hunt times: 0-3 yrs at 10:30AM, 4-6yrs at 11:30AM, 7-8yrs at 12:30PM, 9 -12yrs at 1:30PM. Please note that younger children can join an older egg hunt time. Rain or shine. $5/child.
Surrey Nature Centre 14255 96 Avenue www.surrey.ca/naturecentre  604-502-6065

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April 8, 2012
Easter Extravganza - Join us for our annual Easter celebration at the Station Museum. In addition to our traditional Easter egg hunt, visitors can enjoy performances by magician Dennis Hewson, dog dancing team Joyce Johnstone and Twinkletoes and music by Nigel Tucker. Other activities include face painting, Easter basket craft, and a carnival prize games.  Photos with the Easter Bunny available for an additional cost. We resupply our hidden eggs throughout, so no need to rush. Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray St. (next to Rocky Point Park), Port Moody; 604-939-1648

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April 8, 2012
EASTER AT BRITANNIA, EXPLORE YOUR MINE, EASTER DINO EGG HUNT. Britanniasaurus Rex, the local, lovable dinosaur, will be back at the Britannia Mine Museum on Easter Sunday, April 8th, hiding little treasures throughout the site for kids to find. Check the website for updates on these and other events: www.britanniaminemuseum.ca

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April 8, 2012
Easter Egg Hunt. On April 8 bring your basket for the NEW outdoor Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will take place around the grounds within the fort walls and will begin at 1:00 pm sharp. The hunt will last until all the eggs have been found – be sure to arrive early to get your admission. From 10 am – 5 pm there will also be a relaxed Easter scavenger hunt where every child receives a treat! Plus, do fun Easter crafts and games all day.  Just $3.90 per youth, $7.80 per adult, $19.60 per family, or free with your annual pass (on sale for 20% off). Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada. Information: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley 604-513-4777.

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April 8, 2012
Easter EGGstravaganza.  The hunt is on! Join us on Sunday, April 8 from 1-3pm for an afternoon of eggcitement! There will be a chocolate egg hunt, bag decorating station, face-painting and a draw for the grand prize – a giant chocolate bunny!  River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver. http://www.riverdistrict.ca/events/737/easter-eggstravaganza/

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April 9, 2012
Critter Capers – Case of the Wandering Egg. On Easter morning, Harold the hare found a mysterious egg. Where did it come from? And who does it belong to? Examine the dirt, slime and other trace evidence found on the shell and help reunite the egg with its parents. Allow one hour to walk the loop trail and solve the mystery.   Free, drop in. 1-4 pm, Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street; 604-520-6442

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April 10 - 15, 2012
Broadway Across Canada Presents Cats. There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of Cats. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Cats features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song 'Memory.'  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, http://vancouver.broadway.com/shows/cats-baa/

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April 11, 2012
Researching the History of a Building (Archives). Find out which resources are available to help you discover the history of your house. John Atkin, author & historian, in association with City of Vancouver Archivists, will introduce you to the art of research and demonstrate some samples documents. $15 + $1.80HST. City of Vancouver Archives at Vanier Park; mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org, 604-264-9642

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April 11, 2012
Earth Makers Community Art Project. The Earth Makers Project invites you to join us in learning about a kind of wetland called a Bog. See a traveling mini bog and learn about the unique life forms that inhabit these ancient environments. Did you know that Killarney was built on a bog? A special presentation will be given by Susan Ng Chung of the Camosun Bog Restoration Group and Stanley King of the Codesign Group. After the presentation you will learn how to make your own hand made print about bog life; these designs will be transformed into permanent carved wall panels. Participation is free and everyone is invited! Would you like to learn about bogs before you come? Visit the Camosun Bog in Pacific Spirit Park or go to http://camosunblog.blogspot.com/ Killarney Community Centre, 604-718-8201

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April 13, 2012
Dennis Chang Manouche Quartet at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Virtuoso guitarist Denis Chang will perform a repertoire which is greatly influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt. TICKETS and INFORMATION: 604-205-3000    www.shadboltcentre.com

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April 14, 2012
The City of Surrey is hosting the 10th Annual Early Years Festival. No registration required. Join us for a fun family day . . . designed for those who have babies and little ones up to age 6 and those who may be expecting a new addition to the family! There will be face painting, Mr. Flowers (Balloon artist), Bouncy Castles, Stay & Play area, Preschool Open House, Arts & Crafts, a giant ball pit, and more! Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre | 13458 – 107A Avenue, Surrey, 604.591.4661

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April 14, 2012
IBO Home Living Show - Get Educated. Be Inspired. Invest Confidently. The IBO Home Living Show is a one-stop shop to connect interested Investors, Buyers and Owners to the information, programs and experts in the home industry. It's geared to emphasize education, market awareness, training, support and sustainable initiatives. Our three-tier approach will address the current issues and future trends, giving our guests a valuable experience in an intimate and welcoming environment. Richmond Country Club - 9100 Steveston Hwy, Richmond; Visit us at www.ibohomelivingshow.com to find out more info about the show or purchase tickets.

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April 14, 2012
GardenFest, 9AM-3PM. Celebrate spring and get ready for gardening season! Get ideas for your outdoor space with workshops for both adults and kids; contact us for workshop details and to register.  Pick up plants at our plant sale and visit booths featuring local community groups and garden enthusiasts.  Kids – come and check out our Lil’ Sprouts Zone and all of its FUN activities!  Rain or shine. Free! Surrey Nature Centre 14255 96 Avenue www.surrey.ca/naturecentre  604-502-6065

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April 14, 2012
Delta Parks Recreation and Culture, Children’s Swap Meet 9am-1pm. If you are looking for clothing, toys and/or other items for your children, this is the place to buy them! Regular tables $20 each.  Commercial Tables $50.each. To Register your table, please call 604-952-3000. South Delta Rec. Centre, 1700 56th Street, Delta

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April 14, 2012
5-6-7-8…get ready to take part in the funky Cherry Blossom Umbrella Flash Mob Dance and celebrate spring with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  Embrace the rain through superstar Shiamak choreography and bring the joy of dance to Vancouver. Sign up at: www.vcbf.ca

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April 14 - 15, 2012
KERRISDALE ANTIQUES FAIR. The Kerrisdale Antiques Fair returns to the charming and historic neighbourhood of Kerrisdale on Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15. With vendors from across BC and beyond, and over 250 tables and booths of fine china and glass, estate jewellery, mid-century Modernist decor, vintage toys and dolls, depression- era kitchenwares, heritage linens and textiles, rare books, postcards, and other ephemera, the fair attracts a wonderful diversity of collectors, designers, and enthusiasts of all ages. This year marks the fairs 11th anniversary at the landmark Kerrisdale Arena, conveniently located at 5670 East Boulevard at 41st Avenue in Vancouver. Hours are from 10am - 5pm both days and general admission is $7 at the door, with children under 13 free with adult admission. For more information, please contact 21st Century Promotions at (604) 980 3159 or visit the website at www.21cpromotions.com.

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April 15, 2012
Listen! Laugh! Enjoy! Stories for YOU! Theme of Dragons and Maidens with Allice Bernards and Lei Lani Harmon. Guest Poet is Alejandro Mujica-Olea. Authors: Georgia Hunter with new children's book and Mary Louise Chown with her book on storytelling and hospice. Cost $6 includes tea but potluck treats. Details at www.vancouverstorytellers.ca Entrance and parking in alley, south of St Marks.

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April 15, 2012
Vancouver Sun Run. Canada's biggest community run takes place Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 9:00 am. The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada's largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985. Still Canada's largest 10K road race, the Vancouver Sun Run is now the 2nd largest timed 10K in the world. Runners, joggers, walkers, & wheelchairs make their way around the route along the streets of downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Sun Run is a race that everyone should do at some point in their lifetime. http://www.sunrun.com

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April 15, 2012
Family Day at PdA– Explore our Spring Time Environment. Gather up the family and tour new exhibitions in acrylics, multiple media and photography. Learn about the exhibitions from the artists themselves, and then participate in a variety of all-ages, drop-in-style workshops: Recycled Rain Sticks; Watercolour Forests; Straw-blown Painted Cherry Blossoms. For this Family day only, Place des Arts’ Taiko Ensemble will pound out heart-stomping beats at 1:30pm! 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | www.placedesarts.ca

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April 18, 2012
Incite @ VPL: John Boyne, Owen Laukkanen, Buffy Cram. John Boyne reads from his new novel "The Absolutist." Buffy Cram reads from her debut collection "Radio Belly" and Owen Laukkanen shares his debut thriller "The Professionals." John Boynes "The Absolutist" follows young Tristan Sadler as he delivers letters to the sister of a friend whom he fought alongside in the Great War. His friend was shot as a traitor and now Tristan holds a secret deep in his soul. In the surreal world of Buffy Crams stories, someone or something has slipped beneath the skins of her already beleaguered characters, rearranging the familiar into something strange and even sinister. Owen Laukkanen's "The Professionals" follows four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, who joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver International Writers Festival). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 19, 2012
The Importance of Meaning of Citizenship. 143,560 people became Canadian citizens in 2010 (20,190 in BC). Canadian citizens have rights and responsibilities. These come to us from our history, are secured by Canadian law and reflect our shared traditions, identity and values. Citizenship Judge Anne-Marie Kains speaks about what it takes to become a Canadian citizen, the value of citizenship, what it means to be Canadian and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Citizenship and Immigration Canada). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 20, 2012
Day of the Arts: Fun with Nature! Take a walk on the wild side at this nature-inspired Pro-D Day of the Arts themed for earth day. Kids from Kindergarten to grade 5 can design a fantastical bird; explore the jungle through comics or Claymation; entice the rain through dance; growl like a wild animal with drama games and more! To view the full time-table and class descriptions, visit www.placedesarts.ca or pick up a brochure at Place des Arts. Register now online, by phone at 604.664.1636, or in person at 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam.

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April 21, 2012
How to Photograph Heritage Structures. The course will be led by architect and photographer Richard Hulbert and will teach you how to photograph heritage structures. The course will cover light and composition but is NOT a course in using your camera. Digital or film - bring your own camera, digital preferred so we can review photos in the afternoon. As most of this course will be outdoors, lunch is not included. $125 + $15HST. 604-264-9642, mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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April 21, 2012
Saturn-5 Saturday - Blast off to Fun! Family-fun Saturn-5 Saturday runs on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Space Centre. Each month has a different space-themed activity. Collect the secret code words of at least 6 sessions for an invitation to our Mission Accomplished wrap-up party on Dec 15. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.  Visit www.spacecentre.ca for details.

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April 21, 2012
Movies for Mommies Presents Music with Marnie.  Get Ready to Boogie! Bring your child and join Children's Musician Marnie Grey, as she sings about all the things that children love. From puddle jumping fun, to swinging like Monkeys, Marnie will be sure to captivate children with tunes from her past three albums, as well as her latest release 'SUPER KIDS'. Marnie has toured solo as well as with the Music with Marnie Band, across Canada since 1999 and is described as 'One of the best performers of her generation' by the Vancouver International Children's Festival.  Tickets for the Music with Marnie concert are $10 each (children under 1 yr. are free), and can be purchased in advance at  www.musicwithmarnie.com or by calling 604-434-7506. Doors open at 10:30am. Concert begins at 11am. Come early for play time with Gymboree.

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April 24, 2012
Learning to Love Your Emotions. A presentation by registered psychologist Dr. Lindsey Thomas. Feelings themselves cannot harm us, but instead provide valuable information that could help us regain control over our lives. However, in a society filled with increasing distractions, it seems we are developing an aversion to our emotions. Learning to love your emotions involves a willingness to experience, accept and face negative emotional states. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Psychology Salon, Changeways Clinic). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 24, 2012
First Nation's Rights: the Gap Between Law and Practice - Remember the Children. Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First nations Child & Family Caring Society will discuss what a landmark human-rights case tells us about discrimination in Canada. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver International Writers Festival). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 25, 2012
Role of CPR in Downtown Development. Until a couple of decades ago, the Canadian Pacific Railway and its lands and facilities were a prominent feature of Downtown Vancouver. The CPR is forgotten by many Vancouver residents as having a central role in the emergence of the city for more than a century. This lunchtime lecture will speak to the legacies of the CPR in the structure and character of Downtown Vancouver. Guest Speaker: Michael Gordon, Senior Central Area Planner, City of Vancouver. $12incl. BCIT Downtown Campus, 604-264-9642.

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April 27,  2012
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/)

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April 27, 2012
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture (19+yrs). TCM is made up of many different practices, the most common being acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese massage, mind-body therapies (such as tai chi and qi gong), and nutrition therapy. It can be used as a stand-alone approach to a health problem, or integrated with conventional Western health care in a safe and complementary way. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the bodys surface, sometimes in conjunction with other stimulation techniques such as moxibustion (heat), cupping, or electricity. It can promote healing by increasing blood flow, unblocking energy, releasing muscle spasms and relieving pain. FREE. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388 -Ex 3
   

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April 28, 201
22nd Annual Vancouver Wheelmen Bike Swap. At the Britannia Greenway next to The Drive Organics - 1661 Napier Street.  Come pick up some rusty gold!  We will be there to assist you with any purchases and questions you might have about the various bikes and parts and accessories.  This is a family event, so bring the entire family down! Come early!  Last year was a huge success, so all the good stuff will likely sell first! More info: http://vancouverwheelmen.com/events/

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April 28, 2012
Scottish Ceilidh (All ages).  Ceilidh Dancing is the informal version of Scottish Country Dancing. We offer live music,refreshments and fun - no partner needed, just bring your smiles and wear loose, layered clothing (can be quite energetic) and flat, comfy shoes (no high heels). Easy dances are all taught from scratch, and we welcome beginners. Come on your own or with a group of friends - even if you have two left feet. $8/Adults - Free/Youth & Children. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388 -Ex 3.

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April 28, 2012
11am to 4pm Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver BC An informative & exciting festival for new & expectant parents, Once Upon A Belly provides an amazing environment that brings together everything your growing family will need. It is our desire to present you with a selection of the best products and services to be had – all under one roof! Parents and parents-to-be will be able to shop and explore for all things baby. •Admission by donation to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice •Team signed VANCOUVER CANUCKS jersey for silent auction, benefiting Canuck Place •Gift bag full of free products, samples & coupons for the first 150 guests •A “Mommy Lounge” to breastfeed and change babies •A broad scope of exhibitors catering to the baby based industry •Over $2000 in door prizes, drawn every 30 minutes starting at 11:30am •Draw for $400 spa package between 1pm and 3:30pm •Bonus entry for draws by registering to attend online at www.onceuponabelly.com

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April 29, 2012
Summer Fun Art Camp Registration Opening. Registration for Place des Arts’ popular Summer Fun! Art Camps begins on April 29, 2012 at 9am. Summer Fun! runs for 6 weeks from July 3 to August 10 and is full of stimulating and creative visual art, music, dance, drama and literary art classes for kids ages 5 to 12 and youth ages 12 to 14. Registration may be done online at www.placedesarts.ca or in person at Place des Arts.

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May 6, 2012
Wheel 2 Heal is a fundraising bicycle ride for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Choose your own safe course of 10 km., 40 km., or 100km. and raise $250 towards important medical equipment for the hospital. Wheel 2 Heal is a great way to give back to a local hospital, get active and have fun with family, friends or as an individual! For more information visit: www.wheeltoheal.ca

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May 11 - 13, 2012
EPIC 2012. Discover how exciting and innovative the sustainable consumer world can be, from disposable bowls and plates made from pressed palm leaves to handbags made from recycled seat belts. Enjoy locally made organic beers and wines, enjoy fair trade coffee and chocolate, admire stunning eco-friendly fashions and local west coast art or test drive a hybrid Toyota or Lexus.  Vancouver Convention Centre, www.epicexpo.com

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May 11 - 13, 2012
Vancouver Moving Theatre & DTES Heart of the City Festival in partnership with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre proudly present Storyweaving, Weaving First Nation Memories from the Past into the Future.  Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Chief Simon Baker Room, 1607 East Hastings Street.  A multi-disciplinary journey staged in the round.  Honouring First Nations ancestral and urban presence in Greater Vancouver. www.vancouvermovingtheatre.com; www.heartofthecityfestival.com; www.vafcs.org

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May 12, 2012
22nd UBCBG PERENNIAL PLANT SALE. Featuring a wide selection of plants propagated by the Friends of the Garden, the sale has been a popular gardening event in the Lower Mainland for 22 years. Heritage strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes, blueberries, fruit trees, small shrubs, native plants, grasses, "favourite" perennials, and limited quantities of unique plants from the Botanical Garden "From our Garden to your Garden". For further information: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events

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May 12, 2012
Plant Sale: Sat. May 12   9 am to noon. Vegetables, herbs, favorite & specialty perennials ready for Mother’s Day gifts. Ladner Community Gardens located at 6467 Holly Park Dr. Ladner; http://ladnercommunitygarden.blogspot.com

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May 16 - 20, 2012
FREE Roundhouse Exhibit and Birthday Party on May 16, 2012: Artists in Our Midst welcomes our 20th anniversary by inviting the public to join us for two popular art events this spring. An exhibit and sale of visual art at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 16 highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and photography that features more than 50 artists. Our Open Studio Walk on May 19-20-21 invites you to enjoy the diverse creative talents in our community by visiting artists in their studio settings. Explore the stories behind the art and artists. Design your own tour using the map and artist information at www.artistsinourmidst.com.  Join us in celebrating the power of the visual arts as a community-based resource!

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June 16, 2012
Fraser Valley Kids Fair, 10am-5pm at Bakerview EcoDairy; www.fraservalleykids.com

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July 11, 2012
Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix p/b Allstream. Canada`s greatest criterium. Watch North America’s top men and women cyclists race wheel-to-wheel on Gastown’s thrilling 1.2-km course with the hairpin corner. Women’s race 30 laps. Men’s race 50 laps. Action starts 5:45 pm. Part of BC Superweek. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.globalrelayggp.org

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Ongoing to April 3, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present:
Bill Adams.  2D - At the urging of his mother in 1975, Bill reluctantly picked up one of her brushes and began to paint a small picture on a small canvas board. Immediately he was hooked and that very day purchased everything required (he thought) to start painting. Since that time Bill’s artwork has grown in size and are now large, bold, acrylic landscapes and florals.  A true realist painter, he have always been in high demand and he has known great success with his artwork both through artwork displayed in galleries and through many commissioned pieces. (www.billadamsart.ca) North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road; www.nvartscouncil.ca.

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Ongoing to April 15, 2012
The Importance of Being Earnest. What happens when two wealthy playboys-one in the city, one in the country-each pretends to be named Ernest so that he can behave recklessly without besmirching his reputation? In this hilarious Oscar Wilde satire, arguably the wittiest play in the English canon, pandemonium ensues when the duplicitous duo find themselves together, both masquerading as the same person, with each wooing a different woman! Arts Club Theatre Company, 604-687-1644

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Ongoing to April 30, 2012
Food Skills for Families.  A hands on program that can show you how to prepare nutritious meals that taste great and the whole family can enjoy! Register early, space is limited! Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 604-736-3588, nikki@kitshouse.org

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Ongoing to May 21, 2012
Chatwilh: The Craft & Culture of the Squamish Canoe. Chatwilh: The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe Opens November 24 For countless generations, Squamish people hunted, fished, gathered resources, engaged in battle, and welcomed visitors from their canoes. Across the region that would become Vancouver, these were the vehicles that literally bound together life on the land and sea. This special exhibition will take visitors through the lifecycle of a Squamish canoe-from its roots in a stand of local temperate rainforest, through the hands of Squamish craftsmen, and throughout the Salish Sea. Squamish carvers are renowned for crafting seven types of specialized canoes. Discover how these watercraft continue to connect the Squamish people to each other and the wider world. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm - Sunday Noon to 5pm - Closed Mondays to May 14 2012. Vancouver Maritime Museum - 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park.info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

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Ongoing until August 12, 2012
Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver at Museum of Vancouver. Did Vancouver's flashing neon signs signal glamour, excitement and big city living? Or was neon part of a tawdry display that disfigured Vancouver's natural beauty? People were of two minds in Vancouver in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Neon was one highly visible sign of Vancouver's transition from a sleepy west coast port into a striving, happening city. Neon became a lightning rod for critics of change, and at the same time, became the focus of a civic conversation about values in Vancouver. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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Ongoing
Kids Class at Tilopa.  All parents wish for their children to be happy. In an uncertain and busy world, children and parents need a place to go together to learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to help calm our minds and strengthen our families. The children’s class includes a short talk, gentle meditation and arts and crafts activities related to the thought for the week. The class will be taught at the same time as Prayers for World Peace, so parents are welcome to stay with the children or enjoy Prayers for World Peace being offered in the adjacent meditation room. Tilopa Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 1829 Victoria Diversion; www.tilopa.org / 604.221.2271

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Ongoing
Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m. http://rogersarena.ca/arena-tours/about-rogers-arena-tours

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Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.











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