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

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Special Events for April 2013
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April 1 – May 7, 2013
Michelle Carlson
Her practice addresses memory and decay, presence and absence. She uses textiles, found garments, and appropriated photographs to perpetuate these ideas, often embracing their imperfections in order to expose the process of aging and decomposition. Through her work as an assistant to an exhibit preparator at a museum, she is constantly engaged in the examination and analysis of historical artifacts.  In an attempt to create a dialogue about these experiences she transforms the lifeless material to three-dimensional dynamic encounters. Feelings of nostalgia, recollection, and a sense of loss flow through the work, reminding us how our life’s adventures and observations are destined to vanish with forgotten memories and old photographs and more importantly with our own demise.
District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road    Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm
604.988.6844   exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca    nvartscouncil.ca

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April 1 - May 21, 2013
Judith A. Frigon. One evening while swimming, Judith noticed a beautiful water lily. She wanted a closer look and swam towards it, but when she went to reach out for it she became tangled in the slimy stems below.  Feeling panicked and scared she prayed for escape.  Something told her to stop struggling, to relax, and float peacefully. She listened and found her release.
This incident prompted her to research water lilies and their symbolism.  These beautiful flowers that grow out of the mud are often referred to as a symbol of peace, rebirth, enlightenment and good fortune. Informed and inspired, Judith created a series of acrylic paintings honouring the Nymphaea.
District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library
1277 Lynn Valley Rd. North Vancouver
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm
604.988.6844   exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca   nvartscouncil.ca

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April 1 to June 30, 2013
SpringFarmers offers a hands-on, farm-based education program designed to give children a science-based approach to land, food and community.  Children work in small, collaborative groups with staff and community volunteers to sow, grow, harvest, and eat what they grow.  Campers work in the Children’s Learning Garden, The Children’s Greenhouse and also can explore other parts of the 24 hectare farm. This unique camp spanning 3 months is an ideal opportunity to observe  nature’s cycles as they change week-by-week.
After School Program at UBC Farm, 3:45-5:45,$300
Join us weekly and watch the farm transform from spring to summer!
www.farmwonders.ca
tamara.litke@ubc.ca

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April 2 - 7, 2013
Broadway Across Canada presents Billy Elliot: The Musical.  Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot will enchant the dreamer in all of us. Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by a phenomenal cast and the Tony Awardwinning creative team (director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall) along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls "his best score yet!" Queen Elizabeth Theatre, http://www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca/

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April 2 - 30, 2013
Surrey Festival of Dance.  The Surrey Festival of Dance is one of the largest amateur dance competitions held in North America with over 10,000 dancers crossing the stage. Dance disciplines include ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz, street, lyrical, tap and stage, song and dance, international, and authentic and un-authentic. Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88th Ave., 604-585-3320, http://www.surreyfestival.com/index_eng.asp

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April 3, 2013
Lecture by Leslie Kemp and Larry Railton, Illinniarvimmi Inuusilirji/School Community Counsellor (II/SCC) Training Program. Established in 1999, Nunavut is Canada's most recent territory. With a population of about 32,000, Nunavut is both the least populous and the largest in area of the provinces and territories of Canada. Langara College is working in partnership with the government of Nunavut to deliver an innovative educational program for School Community Counsellors (Illinniarvimmi Inuusilirjii). School Community Counsellors play a unique and pivotal role in supporting students to stay in school in small, isolated northern communties. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 3, 2013
Robert J. Sawyer reads from his latest book, "Red Planet Blues. A noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Awar"d-nominated novella Identity Theft and his Aurora Award-winning short story Biding Time, "Red Planet Blues" is set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 3, 2013
Sam Sullivan's Public Salon.  Short presentations by Vancouver's leaders and thinkers on ideas they think you should know about. Hosted by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan.
Speakers include:
Anadi Canepi - Particle Physicist
Stanley Coren - Dog Psychologist
Ilana Labow - Urban Farmer/Educator
Paul Merrick - Architect
Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos - Shakuhachi Master
Timothy Taylor - Author
John Webb -  Cardiologist
David Robertson - Scholar of Native Languages
Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamilton Street, http://www.ticketstonight.ca

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April 3, 2013
Elvis The Moments with Pete Paquette.  Direct from Toronto, 2 Time Collingwood Elvis Grand Champion, Toronto Elvis Grand Champion, Lake George Elvis Grand Champion, Top 10 in Memphis, Voted Las Vegas Elvis Festival Best Performer award, Pete Paquette with Rudy and The Angels Band. This is a show not to be missed. 604-981-6335, http://www.paquetteproductions.com

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April 3, 2013
Hosted by Developmental Disabilities Association, Vancouver Parks & Recreation, Trout Lake Community Centre, and Sunny Hill, explore recreation resources and demonstrations available for children and youth with disabilities.
Trout Lake Community Centre (Gym)
3360 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4M4
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Tina Pardiwala, tpardiwala@develop.bc.ca or 604.301.2831

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April 4 - 30, 2013
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. 604-257-8120, http://www.vcbf.ca

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April 4, 2013
Did you, or members of your family, live in Tashme? The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is hosting a fun gathering to share memories of Tashme on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Nikkei Centre.
In 1942, after being declared enemy aliens, Japanese Canadians were forced to leave their homes, businesses and communities on the BC coast and move to internment camps in various locations in the interior of British Columbia and across Canada.  One of the largest camps was Tashme (currently Sunshine Valley), located in a small, isolated valley 14 miles east of Hope. Tashme was a self contained city with a livestock farm, logging camp, hospital, vegetable garden, soy sauce factory, butcher, general store, powerhouse, post office, and an RCMP detachment. Over 2600 Japanese Canadians lived here between 1942-1946. All those who have an interest in the project, lived at Tashme, had relatives who lived at Tashme or simply would like to learn more about what life was like during the internment are invited to this social event.  Please bring any photos, postcards, letters or artifacts to share and help tell your story. Tea and sweets will be served. If you would like to learn more about Tashme and Japanese Canadian Internment or the Tashme Historical Project please visit the Nikkei National Museum or the website at www.nikkeiplace.org.

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April 5, 2013
Volunteer site hosts needed at Fort Langley National Historic Site.
Are you friendly, outgoing and hospitable? A camping and history enthusiast?  This summer Fort Langley National Historic Site is offering overnight camping and we need your help. If you have an RV, a passion for history and nature and enjoy interacting with the public then why not become a host at Fort Langley NHS!
Campground hosts greet visitors and provide them with information. They are available to volunteer for four weeks at a time up to five hours per day seven days a week. Campground hosts must provide their own self-contained camping unit and are given free RV parking on site for the duration of their stay. For more information and to apply email fort.langley@pc.gc.ca or call 604.513.4777

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April 5 - 13, 2013
Us & Everything We Own. PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St, Coal Harbour, Vancouver.  www.twentysomethingtheatre.com

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April 6, 2013
Mis Hermanas: Thicker than Water, My Sisters and I.  Vancouver Playhouse, Hamilton & Dunsmuir.  Mis Hermanas tells the personal story and recalls the memories of Rosario Ancer growing up in Mexico, her dreams of becoming a dancer, her journey to Spain and her arrival to Vancouver, Canada. In Monterrey, Mexico seven sisters get together every Tuesday for coffee - only one left home to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. She now wants to tell you her story before the west coast rains wash away her memories. 604.737.1273. Tickets available at www.flamencorosario.org

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April 6 - 7, 2013
Sakura Days Japan Festival.  The sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) has long been a traditional icon in Japanese culture and is a symbol of spring. It will take place at the spectacular VanDusen Botanical Garden. Soak in the wonderful Japanese festival atmosphere and enjoy delicious Japanese food and sake, cultural performances, arts and crafts and learn about Japanese culture and business. Enjoy taiko drumming, martial arts, koto (Japanese harp), dance and singing performances. Participate in a tea ceremony, or learn about ikebana (flower arranging), origami (paper folding), haiku or calligraphy and try getting dressed in an authentic yukata. http://www.japanfairvancouver.com/

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April 7, 2013
Heroes Hockey Challenge.  The Game will feature serving & former active members of Canada's Army, well-known celebrities, NHL stars, sponsors and dignitaries, future greats from the local minor hockey community, and civic leaders from the community. There will be a minor hockey match during intermission between the NHL legends & local minor hockey players. An NHL legends autograph session will occur at the end of the game. http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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April 8, 2013
artsumbrella is offering classes from April 8 - June 3 at the River District Centre!
Create ALL-NEW 2D & 3D projects using tempera, watercolour pastel, chalk, and more!
Age: 6 - 9 years
Time: 4 - 5:30PM
Location: 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver BC
$145/student
Register today at artsumbrella.com or contact info@artsumbrella.com for more information.

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April 9, 2013
Explore the history, the rituals, the mythology and the mystery of tea, with a special focus on China and Japan. Leading experts will reveal some of tea’s secrets and special powers, in preparation for Vancouver Opera’s Canadian-premiere production of "Tea: A Mirror of Soul", by Tan Dun. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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April 9, 2013
Jillian Michaels: Maximize Your Life.  Promising an evening of inspiration that will forever motivate and change lives, America’s health and wellness guru Jillian Michaels brings her "Maximize Your Life" tour to Vancouver. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, http://www.livenation.com

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April 9 - 20, 2013
The Cultch presents Spin.  Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey, celebrating the bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change. Inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry - the first woman to cycle around the world in 1894 - Parry spins a web of stories that travel from 19th century women's emancipation to 21st century consumer culture. Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre), http://www.thecultch.com/

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April 11, 2013
Stuck on a math problem? Experiencing writer’s block? Fear not!
If you are in Grades 4-7 and would like some assistance with your homework assignments, River District, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, and post-secondary and secondary school student volunteers have teamed up to help you tackle your toughest homework challenges. On Wednesdays, starting on April 11 to May 30, at 3:45-5:45 PM, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House’s (SVNH) team of secondary and post-secondary school volunteers will be at River District Centre to answer all of your homework queries and questions. 8 sessions $40/student, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House: 604-324-6212

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April 11 - 14, 2013
Artists in our Midst.  Artists in Our Midst invites you on April 11th to celebrate this exciting annual show and sale at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown featuring 24 local artists. Come and join us for this all-day event and to the evening reception from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm to meet the artists. You can also explore this community of artists, featuring paintings, sculptures, photography and jewelry, on April 13 and 14 at their Open Studio Tour, a map is provided. http://www.artistsinourmidst.com

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April 12 - 21, 2013
World Ski & Snowboard Festival.  For 10 days and 10 nights the biggest annual celebration of winter sports, music, arts and culture lands in Whistler. Featuring sport competitions, free daily outdoor concerts, endless all-night after parties with internationally acclaimed DJs, fashion shows, photography and art exhibits, film screenings, theatre and of course the best skiing and riding in the world. There's no where else you'll want to be. Whistler Village. http://www.wssf.com

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April 13, 2013
Spring Carnival.  Spring has sprung! Come and enjoy the fun at this family friendly spring carnival in the auditorum. Enjoy games, bouncy castle, arts & crafts, make a flower facinator, decorate a cookie and enjoy some music!  This will be interactive for the whole family to enjoy a morning together and celebrate spring. 10:00am-noon, Coal Harbour Community Centre

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April 13, 2013
Join the Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC (CHSC) at their annual Sing A Long concert, where all funds raised will benefit the Audiology Program at the Centre. You can help deaf and hard of hearing children in BC to reach their full potential at school, at home and in society. This year, we are featuring Will Stroet and the Backyard Band at The Performance Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC).
Early bird tickets are $10 for children 17 and under, $12 for adults 18 and older and $40 for a family with 2 children under 17 until February 28th, 2013.
For more information about Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC or how to purchase tickets, please visit www.childrenshearing.ca.

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April 13 to September 15, 2013
GRAND HOTEL Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Hotels are unique venues for social interaction, cultural production, modern and contemporary design and visual culture. The first major exhibition of its kind, GRAND HOTEL will span two floors of the Gallery, charting the evolution of the hotel from an isolate and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world. This exhibition is not to be missed in 2013! http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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April 20 to October 5, 2013
Fort Langley Village Farmers' Market.  Join us in the Garden of the Bedford House every Saturday 10 am - 3 pm, Featuring fresh local farm produce, seasonal fresh B.C. Fruits and berries, dairy cheeses, butter & eggs, baked pies & tarts, baked breads, soups, beef jerky, honey, corn brittle, preserves, local arts & crafts, jewellery, painting and photography, face painting, and much, much more. Occasionally, we hope to have local musicians and singers entertain you on the riverfront deck. See you there! http://www.fortlangleyvillagefarmersmarket.org

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April 20, 2013
Earth Day Celebration - Richmond.  Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with music, art, environmental exhibits, kids activities and more. Plus food, drink and locally grown produce and plants! After 7 years of bringing Earth Day to Richmond, the Enrichmond Foundation is thrilled to announce a new location for this year's celebration- historic 17th Street Farmer's Market (the country's oldest farmers market) and a renewed commitment to make it the finest Earth Day Festival ever. 604-233-8399, http://www.earthday.ca

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April 20 - 21, 2013
The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts festival that celebrates the creative energy of our local artists and creates cultural vitality. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity. We engage, inspire, and transform the North Shore through inclusive, creative alliances amongst artists and the community.
This is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to display their work and to educate the public about their artistic talents. It is a very exciting and novel way to get their names out in the community. For the galleries the Art Crawl is a venue for publicity and a means to attract many different people to your location who are wishing to view and purchase art. For the people living on the North Shore this is a great opportunity to meet many diversely talented artists and view their creations at your doorstep.
http://nsartcrawl.ca/

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April 21, 2013
Vancouver Academy of Music presents the annual Suzuki Festival Concert.. Hear the students of the Vancouver Academy of Music.  Orpheum Theatre, 604.734.2301,http://www.vancouveracademyofmusic.com

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April 21, 2013
Vancouver Sun Run.  Canada's biggest community run takes place Sunday, April 21, 2013 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. 604-689-9411, http://www.sunrun.com

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April 21, 3013
Float your Boat for a Cure-
Join us for a fun filled family fundraiser at Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley. For a donation participants receive a paper boat to float on the river in support or in memory of someone with cancer. Face painting, bouncy castle, concession, live entertainment ! All funds raised in memory of Andrew Vaydo for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk. April 21, 2013 from noon to 5pm.
Corvay@gmail.com, Leah Corvec @ 604-881-0115

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April 21, 2013
EarthFest
Celebrate Earth Day with a visit to the EarthFest family nature festival being held on Burnaby Lake. The free event, organized by the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, offers a range of activities for nature lovers including canoe rides on Burnaby Lake, the opportunity to make and take home your own bird or bee box, and guided walks around the park. 11:00 – 3:00 pm. Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby
info@wildliferescue.ca

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April 23, 2013
Charlie Russell, 50 Years of Living with the Great Bears.  Join Charlie Russell, an internationally renowned bear expert, in his epic journey of exploration, adventure and discovery! His breathtaking images and heartwarming tales will entertain, amaze and enlighten. Charlie's lifelong passion for these magnificent animals is contagious and after hearing him you will forever more look at bears as the sentient beings they truly are. Chief Joe Mathias Centre, 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver. 604-684-2787, http://www.bearmatters.com/

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April 25 - 27, 2013
Ballet BC presents Giselle.  The highly anticipated World Premiere by Resident Choreographer José Navas revives the well-known, romantic story of Giselle for a 21st century dance audience. Inspired by the original Adolphe Adam score, Montreal-based Navas creates a riveting world that comments on the story's universal themes of love, heartbreak and revenge that continue to resonate today. This innovative reworking of the full-length classic is a collaboration between Montreal set designer Lino, lighting designer Marc Parent, Vancouver costume designer Linda Chow and the Arts Umbrella Graduate Dance Program. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, http://www.balletbc.com/

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April 26, 2013
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, 2013
Mountain View Cemetery Walking Tours.  A Visit to the 1919 Section.  Join Lorraine Irving from the BC Genealogical Society for a walking tour of the 1919 section of the cemetery. Located on the south side of 41st Avenue, this section is the last resting place for Joe Fortes (a stamp in his honour was recently released by Canada Post) and Janet Smith whose murder has never been officially solved. As well, there are other murder victims, those that died in the sinking of the S.S. Sophia and Britannia Mine disaster, there’s the first memorial for the Sons of Italy, a memorial for firemen, and much more. Come hear their stories. Mountain View Cemetery (meet at Celebration Hall), 5445 Fraser Street (enter at 39th Ave). 604-325-2646

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April 27, 2013
Suburban RUSH kids adventure race, Ages 3-7, 11:00 am, Buntzen Lake, Anmore/Port Moody
$20 with all proceeds to www.childrenshearing.ca
info@suburbanrush.com or www.suburbanrush.com

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April 27, 2013
Surrey’s Party for the Planet is B.C.’s largest Earth Day celebration, happening at Central City Plaza on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am – 9 pm. Free event and concert with headliners Lights and Hey Ocean plus fun and interactive eco-exhibits, kid’s activities, tree sale and more.
www.surrey.ca/partyfortheplanet

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May 5, 2013
Music in the Morning proudly presents:
Metales M5 Mexican Brass – Cinco De Mayo, 2013 2:00pm at the Vancouver Academy of Music
1270 Chestnut Street
Adults: $18, Seniors & Students: $15, Children: $10
Metales M5 is Mexico’s leading brass quintet, and now they bring their inimitable talents to the Vancouver area to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and make classical music fun for the whole family!
In 45 minutes, M5 introduces kids to the world of classical music. With short pieces, the musicians show how dissimilar the music in different époques sounds, explain what a fugue and a concerto are, prove that you can play music on a garden hose, and compare a march with a fanfare.
Kids will learn why an opera starts with an overture and where dixieland comes from.  M5 shows that melodies from any country, époque or style are beautiful. They excite kids about music and awaken interest in brass instruments….! Now you know why your kids want to play trumpet, horn, trombone or tuba!!
For tickets and information please call Music in the Morning at 604-873-4612 or visit www.musicinthemorning.org

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May 5, 2013
Maillardville’s francophone choir Les Échos du Pacifique perform : Elles s’appelaient Marie (« Their name was Marie »), a 16-movement suite by France Levasseur-Ouimet, première performance in BC. Conductor: Luke Mayba. Guest soloist: Marie-Josée Ouimet.
Elles s’appelaient Marie is more than a musical suite. It was written to acknowledge and honour the often ignored contributions of those women whose day-to-day faith and perseverance built Western Canada's francophone communities. The suite's 16 movements are diverse and their style ranges from "gigue" to lullaby, from gossipers' quarrel to Midnight Mass.
Sunday, May 5 at 2:30pm at the Jules-Verne Secondary School theatre (5445 Baillie Street, Vancouver).
Adults $12/Seniors & students $10/Free for children 12 and under. Group rates available for 10 or more.
For more information, call 604-266-4699 or 604-764-2808 or contact lmayba@sd40.bc.ca or visit our website at www.lesechosdupacifique.com

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May 9, 2013
Speaker Series: Helen Vandenberg: Steveston Japanese Hospital. In conjunction with the Nikkei National Museum’s exhibit ‘Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the BC Coast’, we will be hosting a special lecture.  Helen Vandenberg, a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, School of Nursing, will be speaking about the history of the Japanese hospital in Steveston on May 9 at the Nikkei Centre.  With the focus of her dissertation research specifically on the history and development of health care services for Asian populations at the turn of the 20th century, her presentation is rooted in expertise and is sure to illuminate the historical importance of the Steveston Japanese hospital. http://centre.nikkeiplace.org/speaker-vandenberg/
For more information on this event, other Japanese Canadian history or the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, please visit www.nikkeiplace.org, or call us at 604.777.7000.

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May 9, 2013
This year In the House is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I can hardly believe it. It has taken a great deal of passion, soul and joy, blood, sweat and tears to get there, but we did it!! Did you know that over the years, we've produced over  300 shows , hired almost 600 different local performance groups, and been hosted by over 100 homes!
Join us on May 9 to celebrate this amazing feat.
It'll be an evening of music and dance, circus and magic! See below for the list of over a dozen (and counting) incredible artists on the bill.
Time: Doors + reception @ 7 / Stage show + live auction @ 8 / Music, dancing, partying, roving performances @ 9:30!
Venue: Famee Furlane Hall, 2605 E. Pender St.
Tickets: $40 in advance / $50 at the door
(All proceeds go towards the festival!) www.inthehousefestival.com
Advance tickets are available on-line at www.inthehousefestival.brownpapertickets.com

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May 9, 2013
The BC Centre for Ability will host its Annual Dining for Dreams Dinner and Auction this year on Thursday May 9th, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. The BC Centre for Ability is a not for profit organization that serves over 3,700 children, youth and adults with disabilities every year and has been instrumental in the development of people with disabilities and their families. I invite you to support this event with an in-kind donation that will help raise dollars in our silent or live auction during the night of the event.
Dining for Dreams explores the ability of five special Heroes of Ability to Nurture, Grow and Thrive despite physical, developmental and neurological challenges.  By making a donation you will help our Heroes of Ability answer the question: Do I have what it takes? The answer is YES – given the right supports we can all have what it takes.
604 630 3028

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May 11, 2013
Spring is here and so is UBC Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale! A Growing Affair, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale, as the name suggests, includes more than just plants for sale. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines informative displays and fun demonstrations for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase. There are even activities for children to inspire the next generation of gardeners.
Plants available will include heritage strawberries and tomatoes, blueberries, fruit trees, small shrubs, native plants, grasses, popular perennials, as well as limited quantities of rare and unusual plants. The event will also feature plants from the Garden’s “From our Garden to your Garden” program. The list of plants available at the sale will be posted at botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/a-growing-affair days before the event to help customers research plants before their arrival at the sale. The Shop in the Garden will also be well stocked with garden accessories, tools, supplies, soil, the widest selection of gardening books in the city and… more plants! Don’t miss this mainstay Vancouver gardening event, there is a reason it’s been a must for local gardeners for over 20 years.
604-822-4529 Free admission & on-site parking
UBC Botanical Garden
6804 SW Marine Drive @ 16th Avenue, Vancouver
fogs@interchange.ubc.ca
www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events
NO Pets on site please

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May 12, 2013
Bring Mom out for an old-fashioned Mother’s Day at Kilby Historic Site. Fun crafts for the children & treats for Mom. Full details on our website www.kilby.ca
Mother’s Day at Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills

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May 18 - 19, 2013
Buy, Sell, Trade - New and Used Vinyl Records  (and Vintage Turntables!) 2 DAYS - MAY LONG WEEKEND - VANCOUVER, BC.  Cambrian Hall - 215 East 17th Ave, Vancouver BC
2 Days- Over 40 Vendors - DIFFERENT GROUP OF VENDORS EACH DAY - with all new collections and selections of vinyl records for sale! www.VinylRecordFair.com

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May 20, 2013
Victoria Day Teddy Bear Picnic at Kilby Historic Site
Bring your Teddy Bear and we?l provide the picnic. Activities include our dress up Tickle Trunk, music and crafts.
Event is free with admission.
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
www.kilby.ca
604-796- 9576

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May 26, 2013
Join us at Richmond Olympic Oval on Sunday May 26th, 2013 to support SOS Children's Village BC. Collect pledges and participate in the Family Walk, 5K or 10K Walk/Run to help make a difference for over 9,000 BC children and youth in foster care. The 2K is recommended for families and slow walkers. If you are interested in putting together a team or sponsoring this event, or for any other information about the Run, please contact Janet Anderson at infososrun@gmail.com. http://sosbc.org/run

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Ongoing until April 21, 2013
The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to present two offsite exhibitions, Ashley Culver and John Stocking: Upon Close Observation and Jack Akroyd: Works from the Burnaby Art Gallery Permanent Collection. Bob Prittie Library (Metrotown), 6100 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby.

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Ongoing until April 28, 2013
Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market
4610 Ontario St, Nat Bailey Stadium Parking Lot
Check out our Winter Farmers Markets. Everything from organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese and seafood, preserves, baking and bread. Plan to grab lunch from our on-site Creperie or sausage vendor. Warm up with a hot coffee on a cold winter day and start shopping. We'll also have select craft vendors selling high quality craft items for gifts and treats for yourself. Don't forget your reusable bags and parking in the area is limited so walk, bike or take transit if you can. Every Saturday. http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing until May 1, 2012
The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is launching a flashmob contest and needs participants! Groups perform a flashmob dance (we have a choreographed video available upon registration) in a location of your choice, film yourselves, and help bring awareness to building healthy body image and self-esteem.  Participation is free and there are prizes!  Winners receive our Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristbands, and Perfect is Boring t-shirts. Register your class/group by emailing pedaw@mail.com with the subject “Flashmob Registration.”  Indicate contact name, school/group name, city.
pedaw@mail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/loveourbodiesloveourselves
Twitter:  @loveourbodies

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Ongoing to May 4, 2013
If you have a "sweet tooth", the Baker’s Market in Vancouver is the place for you. We are currently seeking enthusiastic, talented budding, professional or home bakers specializing in freshly baked gourmet cookies,
hand made chocolates, brownies, cupcakes, cake pops, scones, organic muffins, gluten-free, vegan baked goods, preserves, tarts, granola, fondant cupcake toppers and much more!
The Baker’s Market is a gathering of professional, amateur, student & Mommy bakers who get together to buy and sell their baked goods to the community. Inspired by farmers markets (no veggies please), just lots of sweet & savoury baked goodies. Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, (2 blocks east of Fraser St. at East 60th), Vancouver. The Baker's Market takes place indoors with lots of free parking too. www.bakersmarket.com

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Ongoing until June 9, 2013
Joe Average's Photographic Works. Joe Average has delighted Vancouverites and the world with his bold, whimsical and exuberant paintings and prints since the 1980s. More recently Joe turned to photography, proposing new encounters with familiar Vancouver scenes and reminding us that nature and humans constantly interact with each other in the city. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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June 8 - 9, 2013
Play On! Vancouver is a team pre-registration event featuring recreational & competitive 4-on-4 street hockey divisions for boys, girls, men, and women of all ages and skill levels. Anyone can play! Each tournament also features a corporate division. Prizes are awarded to winning teams in every division.
Held at Coquitlam Centre, located at 2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC V3B 5R5. Price of registration ranges from $200 - $2000. Visit www.playon.ca/events/vancouver or email JMcintosh@beyondmg.ca for more details

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July 18 - 21, 2013
The BC Renaissance Festival returns this July for its 7th glorious year, now at Pacific Country Stables, 21852 16th Ave, Langley. Come relive the 16th Century with our beloved cast of characters!  Enjoy our fabulous marketplace and come join us in song at the Frog & Fiddle.  Take in one of our many stage shows, and thrill to the spectacle of the Joust!  Games, rides, food and more!  Fun for all ages!
Tickets: $20 Adults, $17 Youth, $10 Kids/Seniors
Group and Weekend tickets also available.
Advance tickets available at http://bcrenfest.brownpapertickets.com
Buy now and avoid the line!








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