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Special Events for August 2004

 

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July 14 to August 21, 2004
Theater Under the Stars - Crazy for You & Footloose, Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park; 604-687-0174.

July 22 to August 2, 2004
Vancouver International Comedy Festival: A public celebration of comedy and laughter, this festival features an eclectic and diverse mixture of comic artists from around the world. Granville Island, 604-683-0883, www.comedyfest.com .

July 23 to August 21, 2004
Vancouver Early Music Festival, UBC Recital Hall; 604-732-1610, www.earlymusic.bc.ca

July 29 - August 2, 2004
Abbotsford Agrifair; ( 604) 852-6674, http://www.abbotsfordagri-fair.com/

July 30 to August 1, 2004
Every Woman in the World Conference: Focusing on the theme of movement, ‘Every Woman in the World’ is invited to experience the weekend of scheduled workshops consisting of yoga, meditation, body rolling, and massage therapy to mountain biking, running, gymnastics, hip-hop, belly dancing, and more. Canoeing, rafting, horseback riding, ATV tours, flight tours and other activities will also be made available during the conference. Whistler, BC;www.everywomanintheworld.com

July 30 to August 2, 2004
FORT Langley FESTIVAL: Various music events at different venues throughout the Village. Contact Bays 604-888-1759.

July 30 to August 2, 2004
Tsawwassen Sun Festival: this years theme will be "Viva, Las Vegas". Spectacular Las Vegas style entertainment and entertainers will be on hand as well many festival highlights will also available. For more information call 604-943-0502.

July 31 to August 1, 2004
Squamish Days Logger Sports: Just when you thought you'd seen it all. There is really nothing that can compare to the Logger Sporting events at this four-day community festival; a celebration of the area's strong roots in the forest industry; 604) 892-9244 http://www.squamishdays.org

July 31 to August 2, 2004
Burnaby Village Museum presents BC Day Weekend Multicultural Festival. Celebrate the diversity of BC and Burnaby by enjoying performances by numerous groups representing cultures from each continent. The Ice Cream Parlour provides multicultural goodies, and the daily pinata is great fun for the kids; 604-293-6501.

July 31 to August 1, 2004
Canadian Emergency Responder Championships: This championship is a unique two day event which brings together First Responders (firefighters, police, ski patrol, First Aid attendants…), Paramedics and Lifeguards and puts them head to head in exciting competitions which will result in one team winning from each category. This is the first time ever that each discipline will be challenged to compete against the other professions for the ultimate recognition as the top National Team. This exciting weekend ends with a spectacular Awards Gala which recognizes the winners of each event and the Sponsors who have supported them. Open to the public with free admission. An exciting weekend not to be missed! UBC Aquatic Centre; 604-521-2170.

July 31 to August 2, 2004
BRIGADE DAYS: A fortifying event - Fort Langley was an outpost of a commercial empire that created Canada. Its role as an essential link to the Hudson Bay company's northern and inland posts was established during the relentless international trade war waged by the British Empire on its neighbour to the South. Strategically located on the Fraser River, Fort Langley sought new northern routes to the interior and, at its peak, became the terminus for brigades of boats carrying trade goods to the interior and furs from the interior for shipment to England, and, the location for the proclamation of the new Colony of British Columbia in 1858. This story comes alive at fort Langley National Historic Site during the August long weekend. Enjoy pageantry, black powder, contests and storytelling. Each day offers a different program of activities. Be sure to catch the canoe arrival on Sunday and the concert on Monday evening. Discover the important role a small fur trade post played in the history and heritge of British Columbia and Canada. For more information please call 604-513-4777.

July 30 to August 2, 2004
Classical Music in the Mountains: Spectacular classical music will resonate in the Village streets. Relax and enjoy this rare opportunity to witness performances by top classical musicians outdoors in Whistler Village. This weekend also celebrates "BC Day" for local British Columbians. Considering the beauty and fun in this province there is a lot to celebrate! www.mywhistler.com

July 30 to August 2, 2004
FORT MUSIC FESTIVAL 2004: Various music events at different venues throughout the Village with all events passes $40 adult, $30 senior/student, $60 family and regular admission at the door $15 adult, $10 senior/student, $25 for families with tickets available at Yellowhead Trading, Wendels, Langley Community Music School and Langley Arts Council - contact Ian Hampton, Artistic Director at 534-0113 or Bays at 888-1759 or email bays@shaw.ca

July 30 to August 2, 2004
Tsawwassen Sun Festival: On the August long weekend, Tsawwassen will host the annual Sun Festival. Coordinated by the Tsawwassen BIA, this year's theme will be "Viva, Las Vegas". Spectacular Las Vegas style entertainment and entertainers will be on hand as well many festival highlights will also available. For more information call 604-943-0502.

July 31 to August 1, 2004
Burnaby Village Museum presents BC Day Weekend Multicultural Festival: Celebrate the diversity of BC and Burnaby by enjoying performances by numerous groups representing cultures from each continent. The Ice Cream Parlour provides multicultural goodies, and the daily pinata is great fun for the kids; 604-293-6501.

July 31 to August 1, 2004
Powell Street Festival at Oppenheimer Park, Vancouver; 604-739-9388, www.powellstreetfestival.com .

July 31 to August 1, 2004
Squamish Days Logger Sports: Just when you thought you'd seen it all. There is really nothing that can compare to the Logger Sporting events at this four-day community festival; a celebration of the area's strong roots in the forest industry; (604) 892-9244, http://www.squamishdays.org

August 1 - 10, 2004
Harmony Arts Festival: The 14th Annual Harmony Arts Festival held in West Vancouver is better than ever.  Last year, the festival attracted close to 60, 000 people.  The festival is filled with rich programming and West Vancouver's water front parks will light up with the many performances and visual arts.  Everyone is invited free of charge.  Come help celebrate the community! Held at Ambleside Landing in West Vancouver; (604) 925-7268, www.harmonyarts.net (http://www.harmonyarts.net).

August 1 - 2, 2004
A Taste of BC at Minter Gardens: an annual event, in which Fraser Valley Farm Direct Marketing Association and Minter Gardens join to showcase British Columbia Food and Beverage products and producers.  Over two days, consumers are invited to come and enjoy locally grown and processed BC food and beverage products; http://www.mintergardens.com/

August 1, 2004
Canadian National Windsurfing Championships: This two day event includes distance Upwind-Downwinder, Figure-8 slalom , Speed trails, hero jibe contest. We welcome the community to come down and watch & enjoy an extreme sport at the Squamish Spit ; 1(604) 892-3755.

August 2 - 15, 2004
Festival Vancouver: Over 45 concerts featuring classical, jazz and world music. Various Venues. 604-736-4939, http://www.festivalvancouver.bc.ca.

August 2, 2004
B.C. Day Celebration with the Port Moody Station Museum: Celebrate B.C.'s day with old-time games and fun! (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum/

August 2, 2004
BC Day Walk: Celebrate BC Day in Lynn Canyon Park, North Vancouver! Join us for a free nature walk. Learn about the history of Lynn Canyon Park and about the plants and animals who live here today. 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Free, but please pre-register by calling the Ecology Centre at 604-981-3103. http://www.dnv.org/ecology 

August 2, 2004
Celebrate Salmon with the Nisga'a Nation: Traditional dancers, wild salmon cook-off, Salmon BBQ with proceeds to the CKNW Orphans Fund, presentations on Nisga'a fishing techniques. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Historic Site, Steveston; 604-664-9009 http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

August 2, 2004
EXOTIC ITALIAN CAR & MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY: All are welcome to this family and enthusiast based show where some of the world¹s finest Italian vehicles will be on display. Concessions for Italian food, GELATO (Italian Ice Cream), Wine & Beer will also be open. The backdrop is scenic Beaconsfield park so space and free parking is plentiful, you are encouraged to bring your family for a fun filled day. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Lucio @ (604)298-5766.

August 2, 2004
Heritage Day

August 3 - 4, 2004
National Youth Orchestra of Canada at the Chan Shun Concert Hall - Chan Center, www.festivalvancouver.bc.ca

August 4, 2004
Suzuki Speaks: a movie screening. Earth + Air + Fire + Water = Life. In a time when people are thirsty for honesty, inspiration, meaning and global change comes renowned scientist Dr. David Suzuki, delivering the most important message of his career: what it means to be fully human in our interconnected universe. The film transforms Dr. Suzuki's wisdom into a complete sensory experience and will leave you feeling renewed, challenged and alive. Alice MacKay room, Vancouver Public Library, 7:30 pm, (604) 331-3603.

August 5 - 12, 2004
National Junior & Senior Little League Championships: his is an exciting opportunity for both Coquitlam Little League and the City of Coquitlam to host teams from across Canada and watch some top calibre baseball as they strive to capture the National Championships. Blue Mountain Park, 604-318-9329,National Junior & Senior Little League Championships

August 5 - 8, 2004
Chilliwack Exhition, (604) 824-8191 or http://www.chilliwackexhibition.com/

August 5, 19, 2004
Walk with a Naturalist: August 5th, Boundary Bay: Explore wildlife areas and foreshore dunes, discover delicate wildflowers and watch birds as the sun sets. August 19th, Iona Beach: Look for migrating shorebirds, darting dragonflies and chattering Marsh Wrens, and discover the hidden world of aquatic invertebrates. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 604-432-6359.

August 5, 2004
Big Band 101: A free evening of big band music with Vancouver's Impressions Big Band. The program will feature selections form the late 20's through to the modern eras, with an emphasis on plenty of good Swing. Vancouver Public Library, 7 pm, (604) 331-3603.

August 6 - 19, 2004
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Probably composed in 1595 or 1596, A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's early comedies.Enjoy this event at the Carousel Theatre in Vancouver,BC. 604-669-3410

August 6 - 8, 2004
White Rock Spirit of the Sea Festival. Featuring: Miss White Rock Pageant, Elk's Pancake Breakfast, Children's Parade, Mini Golf In the Sand, Face Painting, Street Artisans, Continuous Stage Entertainment, Waiter's Race, Torchlight Parade and many more fun, family activities. http://www.festivalwhiterock.com

August 6, 2004
B.C. Lions vs Ottawa Renegades, BC Place Stadium; 604-589-ROAR, http://www.bclions.com/

August 6, 27, 2004
B.C. Lions Street Party: All-ages party prior to all Lions home games features live entertainment, food and pre-game refreshments, prizes, face painting, poster-making and inflatable football activities. Rain or shine. Beatty St. at Robson St., Vancouver;

August 7 - 8, 2004
Chinatown Festival: Two-day festival features walking tour, folk art demonstrations, children's activities, youth talent contest, and other performances; 604-632-3808, http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com

August 7, 2004
BLUEBERRY & BUSKERS FESTIVAL: The sidewalks of the Cloverdale Town Centre will come alive on with a number of colourful performers and artists competing for votes. We have everyone from clowns to fiddlers, face painting to magicians, as well as the enchanting music of accordions, dulcimers, guitars, vocal groups, bands and more. (604) 576-3155 or (604) 574-9802;

August 7, 2004
Bunny Tales: Hoppin’ down the nature trail doin’ the bunny hop and the blossom bop. Share the magic through hands-on nature activities, games and a craft. Bring a snack and beverage and dress for this outdoor experience. Deas Island, Delta. Co-sponsor: Delta Parks and Recreation. To register call 604-952-3000.

August 7, 2004
"Local Heroes" event at the Save-On Foods in Walnut Grove, Langley. 12 pm to 2 pm; 604-882-8449.

August 7, 2004
Saturday in the Square: In collaboration with Barclay Manor and Friends for Life, this is s a community event with music, and demonstrations from local organizations. There will be food and a craft table too. This is an event geared towards getting to know your neighbours. It is also an opportunity for families to enjoy the afternoon together. This is a non-alcoholic event. Roedde House Museum, 604-684-7040, www.roeddehouse.org 

August 7, 2004
Slugs, Bugs and Beetles: Explore the creepy-crawly world of insects, slugs and other small creatures. Go on a bug hunt, follow a slug trail and walk like a millipede. Share in a fun, hands-on introduction to invertebrates with your child. Colony Farm, Coquitlam. Co-sponsor: Coquitlam Leisure and Parks. To register call 604-933-6000.

August 7, 2004
The Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Eighth Annual Festival: The Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival Society is a non-profit society that promotes exciting live entertainment in the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows and outlying area. This yearly festival is one of the largest and most successful ‘by donation’ events in BC and this year’s festival could attract approximately 10,000 people. It's a weekend of great listenable roots, jazz and blues music, indoors and outdoors. Plus an incredible hands on, interactive education zone by ROLAND MUSIC Canada in the glorious New Arts Center Theatre. http://www.jazzblues.ca/

August 8, 2004
Chefs to the Field & Summer Lunch: Enjoy a mouthwatering feast prepared by some of Vancouver's finest chefs and then witness eight culinary teams in a challenging cook-off using ingredients they've just picked! Glen Valley Organic Farm, Langley; 604-857-1400, http://gvofc.hub.org/

August 8, 2004
Under The Volcano:15th annual music fest celebrating social change. With Aboubacar Camara & Doundounba, Euphrates, Clann Zu, Leonard George & Children Of Takaya, Dope Poet's Society, Wayne Lavallee and others. Cates Park, North Vancouver; 604-255-0163, http://www.resist.ca/~volcano.

August 9, 2004
International Day of the World's Indigenous People

August 9, 23, 2004
Music on the Wharf: A free summer music series celebrating Historic Port Haney with bi-weekly concerts on the Port Haney Wharf. Call 604-463-5311.

August 11, 18, 2004
Wild Side Walks: August 11th, Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam: Walk through a Pacific Northwest Coast rainforest and wander by a freshwater marsh. Meet at the kiosk at the Quarry Road parking lot. August 18, Colony Farm, Coquiltam: Follow trails along fields and ponds, investigating plants along the way and see which animals use these habitats. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road off Lougheed Highway. Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free, registration not required. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

August 12, 2004
Meteor Shower Watch: Enjoy watching the peak of the Perseid meteor shower at Aldergrove Lake. Join the GVRD, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Fraser Valley Astronomers for a night of discovery. Admire stars, planets and other astral phenomena through astronomers’ telescopes. Take in the ‘Tour of the Solar System’ slide show, navigate through summer constellations with an interpreter, and listen to some star lore and myths of old. Discover why a ‘shooting star’ is not a star. Bring a blanket to lie on the grass and watch the meteor shower. Meet at the Aldergrove Lake main park entrance on 8th Avenue at 272nd Street. Call 604-432-6359 to pre-register.

August 13 - 15, 2004
Abbotsford International Airshow: he leading airshow in North America, which attracts the world's top aeronautical performances - from heritage to spectacular air demonstration squadrons, dramatic aerobatics teams to daring soloist and skydivers. Incredible static displays! (604) 852-8511, http://abbotsfordairshow.com

August 13 - 22, 2004
Weetama, Whistler's Celebration of Aboriginal Culture. Whistler provides the stage in a showcase of the arts and culture of the region's First Nations communities. Music, art, dance and educational components come together to create this culturally rich experience. Dates subject to change. For more information, visit http://www.mywhistler.com.

August 14 - 15, 2004
Taste of Health:From the Garden to your Kitchen, B.C.'s largest vegetarian food festival. Taste of Health is a two-day food festival attracting over 6,000 people who come to taste delicious plant-based foods offered by local restaurants, visit our book fair, be entertained by famous chef demonstrations, get new recipe ideas, see new products, food producers and manufacturers, retailers and distributors; (604) 731-5885, http://www.tasteofhealth.com.

August 14, 2004
BATS CREATURES OF THE NIGHT: A talk about the conservation and survival of BC’s amazing bats. Richmond Nature Park; 604 718-6188.

August 14, 2004
Car Boot Sale at the Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080

August 14, 2004
Creatures of the Night, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188

August 14, 2004
Earthwise Garden Arts Festival: Unique environmental art, stunning Re-fashion Show, tasty blueberry treats, music, and more! Earthwise Garden, Delta; 604-946-9828 ext 315, http://www.drsociety.bc.ca/gardentour.htm.

August 14, 2004
Eco Explorers: Discover the hidden secrets of the forest and stream. Look for shy salamanders, interpret animal signs and search for aquatic insects, as you explore beautiful forested trails overlooking fish pools and waterfalls. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Capilano River, North Vancouver. Ages 7 - 9 $14/child; 604-432-6359.

August 14, 2004
Stroll Through Steveston's History,A guided tour through historic Steveston: Take a stroll back through time to the glory days of Steveston's busy waterfront. Your guide, Meg, a two-decade veteran of the cannery, will meet you in the 1920s at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. From there, she will walk you through her memories of Steveston's past. Your journey to the past ends with refreshments at Britannia Heritage Shipyard with a shuttle back to the Cannery; 604-664-9009, http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

August 14, 2004
Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament: City of Coquitlam is offering a 3 on 3 Youth Basketball Tournament held at the Centennial Activity Centre. This is a one day event with two age categories - 11-14 yrs. and 15-18 yrs. Register your team of four players and come enjoy a fun day of games, (tournament style set-up) various competitions including a Dunk Competition, Hot Spot Shooting Competition and others.; 604-933-6143.

August 15 - 17, 2004
FRASER VALLEY DRUM GROUP POWWOW: A gathering of First Nations drum groups and dancers, competing with large round drums played by six to ten people. Dancers in regalia compete in categories of jingle dress, fancy, grass and traditional. Open to public, admission charged. At McMillian Island.

August 15, 19, 27, 2004
Vancouver White Caps Men's Soccer at Swanguard Stadium, Burnaby; 604-669-WAVE (9283)

August 15, 2004
Ladner Village Quilt Walk & Classic Car Show: Come join us for a nostalgic day in Ladner Village with classic vehicles on display along Delta Street and 48th Ave. The store windows will be lined with more than 200 quilts! Open to Antiques, Customs, Rods & Classics. Day's events: Breakfast at the Legion, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, Prizes & trophies, Live entertainment & much more! From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information contact Jenny @ 604-940-7051 or James @604-946-4833. 

August 15, 2004
13th Annual Great Canadian VW Show: Western Canada's largest VW event attracts some of the finest Stock and Custom VWs from around the Pacific Northwest, including many past and present Hot VWs Magazine feature cars (18+ cars shot at past GCVW shows). Over 60 awards in 23 Classes. All types of VWs in any condition welcome. Town Centre Park, Coquitlam; http://www.bulliboys.com/vwevents.html

August 15, 2004
BLUEBERRY SALE AND LLAMA PICNIC: Enjoy a blueberry social. Bring a picnic and take a llama for a guided walk in the Park. Richmond Nature Park; 604 718-6188.

August 15, 2004
Burnaby Village Museum presents Teddy Bear Day: Teddy Bear artists and collectors set up wonderful displays that are sure to have kids of all age smiling and warm all over! Kids can even get their sick bear looked after at the Teddy Bear Clinic. Have your favourite bear appraised.Kids who participate in the Teddy Bear Prowl Parade with their own favourite stuffed animal get a free carousel ride! 604-293-6501.

August 15, 2004
Gastown Heritage Days: Be entertained by performers, actors, and musicians, from all times in history. Enjoy the one-day only sidewalk open air market, with all the merchants dressed in early day costumes.See a fashion show from the earliest fashions of the First Nations People, and the gold rush days, to the fashions of today. Museums from all over BC,will have boths set up throughout Gastown. Find "Gassy Jack Deighton", "Blood Alley," the "steam clock", and the "Gas lights"; 604-294-3758

August 15, 2004
Hares, Coyotes and Squirrels: Though seldom seen, mammals forage, breed and play in park woodlands and clearings. Search for signs and sightings of Snowshoe Hares, coyotes, and squirrels. Learn about these elusive animals. Burnaby Lake. Co-sponsor: Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. To register call 604-421-5225.

August 15, 2004
Mystic Arm Nature and Dinner Cruise: Enjoy a delicious dinner while you take in the spectacular scenery of the Indian Arm. Your hosts will explain the natural and historical features of the majestic fjord; showcasing First Nations sites, famous homes, beautiful waterfalls and TLC's Thwaytes Landing waterfront property. All proceeds go to The Land Conservancy of BC, a non-profit, charitable Land Trust serving to protect BC's natural and cultural heritage. 604-733-2313 or e-mail: vancouver@coservancy.bc.ca

August 15, 2004
RONA MS Society Bike Tour: Pedal for a purpose and help support over 8,000 British Columbians with MS by joining the MS Society of Canada’s 15th annual RONA MS Bike Tour at Science World. All money raised will go toward MS research and support services. Creekside Park, (Science World), Vancouver. Register online at www.MSBikeTours.com, or by calling 1.800.268.7582. 

August 15, 2004
The RUNWAY - 5 km run: Starting at the Pitt Meadows Airport, this scenic 5 km route will take you into downtown Pitt Meadows, to the mighty Fraser River, along the dykes and back to the Pitt Meadows Airport.   Come by the Pitt Meadows Airport 5th Annual Open House immediately following the run.  For more information, contact 604-465-6624.

August 15, 2004
West Coast Railway Mini Rail Days ~ West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish; 604-898-9336.

August 16 - 21, 2004
The Northwest Washington Fair: The Northwest Washington Fair is Lynden’s biggest entertainment attraction, drawing more than 200,000 visitors to the area the third week of August each year. The emphasis of the fair is mainly agricultural, with entertainment and exhibits filling the 35-acre fairgrounds on Front Street; http://www.lyndenfair.com

August 17 - 22, 2004
North Shore Credit Union WORLD MOUNTAIN BIKE CONFERENCE on SUSTAINABILITY. This first ever landmark event will give you an opportunity to dialogue with the groundbreakers and leaders who's communities have developed into successful mountain bike destinations that now contribute significantly to the local economy, employ local people and attract visitors from all over the world. Join us for three days of dialogue, solutions and trouble shooting addressing the economic, environmental, social benefits derived from the growth of mountain biking presented by tourism operators, business leaders and local governments. Some of the topics covered will include community economic impact, financial strategies, best practices, sustainable land use planning, design strategies, and risk management. Capilano College, 604-990-2453, www.nsmbfc.com.

August 19, 2004
Willingdon Community Day Fair: Mark your calendars and don't miss this annual celebration. Includes carnival games, raffles, a barbecue and "cakewalk," displays and live entertainment. Free admission, Thursday, 5:30-8:30pm, Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby; 604-294-7944.

August 20 - 21, 2004
Opera in the Pa: Indigenous New Zealand Opera:Told through a blend of waiata (chanting) and haka (war dancing), accomplished Maori opera singers and exponents of kappa haka present two powerfully moving musical performances. Museum of Anthropology; 604-822-5978, http://www.moa.ubc.ca

August 20 - 22, 2004
Richmond Maritime Festival

August 20 - 22, 2004
The Weekend to End Breast Cancer: The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is simply this - an awesome life changing adventure. During one amazing weekend, August 20-22, 2004, thousands of women and men will unite in Vancouver to walk 60 km in a bold display of courage and commitment. (604) 684-WALK (9255)

August 20, 2004
16th Annual Symphony in the Park: Free admission, 7:30pm. Come and enjoy orchestral manoeuvres by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Deer Lake Park! Bring a blanket and the entire family for an evening of the finest classical music. The gently rolling landscape of picturesque Deer Lake Park provides the ideal setting for this wonderful concert. Please be advised that parking is extremely limited for this very popular event; 604-294-7944

August 20, 2004
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Wild Lights Lantern Festival at Edgemont Village. Expect an evening of live, jumping swing music from The Twisters, as well as a public Lantern Making Workshop from 7-9pm. At 9pm the Wild Lights Lantern Procession begins! Bring your lanterns and join the community in a rhythmic carnival parade through Edgemont Village, starting at Highland and Edgemont Boulevards. The parade will end in a spectacular Fireshow performed by the Public Dreams Society; 604-988-6844

August 21 - 22, 2004
8th Annual Caribbean Summer Jam Festival, in the parking lot of Vertical Reality Sport Store on 37835 Second Ave., Squamish; 604-892-8248.

August 21, 2004
5th Annual Burnaby Blues Festival: Spend the day soaking up the blues in spectacular Deer Lake Park (../../cityhall/departments_parks/prksrc_prksan_drlkpr.html). Rolling grassy hills meet the water's edge where the artist's stage brings eight hours of entertainment. An incredible selection of Canadian and international blues artists are presented throughout the day. Adults can relax in the beer garden, young blues fans will enjoy themselves at "Art's Home", a kid's activity tent where lots of music and arts activities abound. Various food vendors offer tasty festival favourites sure to please everyone. Artist line-up and ticket information to be announced. Go to http://www.burnabybluesfestival.com for more information.

August 21, 2004
ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL: Outdoor art exhibit featuring artwalk, arts & crafts, entertainment. Over 90 artists participate in this feast of visual and performing art. See artists demonstrate their techniques and purchase works of art directly from the artists. Talented musicians and dancers will be featured on three entertainment stages, and a children's chalk art area will be the place to let your "budding artists" show you what they can do. This "free, fun for the whole family event" is a great way to spend your day. Downtown Langley Merchants Assoc. 604-539-0133

August 21, 2004
Birding in Richmond, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188

August 21, 2004
Children's Festival: It's a Back to School Bash! Richmond's only festival just for kids. Lots of games, activities, and entertainment for children of all ages. Magic shows, bouncy castles, carnival games and more...Minoru Park Plaza, Richmond, 604-233-8910.

August 21, 2004
Music and bbq on the plaza: Enjoy a delicious BBQ while experiencing the sounds of music on the plaza of the North Surrey Recreation Centre; 11:00 am - 2:00 pm; 604-502-6343.

August 21, 2004
Searching for Salamanders: Shy, timid salamanders are often found under autumn leaf litter. They hide by day and hunt insects and other small invertebrates by night. Search for and learn about these intriguing amphibians. For everyone five years and older who can walk for two hours. Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam. Ages 5+; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

August 22 - 25, 2004
Applause! Musicals in Concert presents Wish You Were Here, Scotiabank Dance Centre, 604-734-0904, www.musicalsinconcert.ca

August 22, 2004
3rd Annual festival of Bocce: The Coquitlam Bocce Association is hosting a Bocce Festival at Blue Mountain Park. All ages and skill levels are welcome. The day is divided into 3 tournaments: The Rocco Salituro Advanced level, the Jaboni Brothers Novice Challenge and the Blue Mountain Junior Challenge for kids aged 15 and under. The tournaments will be helping local health care by the donation of net proceeds to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam; 604-540-7909.

August 22, 2004
Abbotsford Garlic Festival:Come out for lots of great games and activities with prizes. Phantasy Pharms will be on site offering donkey cart rides, along with a myriad of vendors offering many garlic delights.You'll find pickled and fresh garlics as well as garlic specialty products and displays. You will find a history of garlic folklore, health benefits of garlic and you will even learn how to grow it in your own backyard. A concession will also be offered by the Museum, including a bbq, garlic ice-cream and garlic beer (non-alcoholic). Have your picture taken with Gilda the Garlic Princess and kids can do the Gilbert Garlic coloring book! There will also be live entertainment throughout the day. Trethewey House, Abbotsford; 604-853-0313, http://www.abbotsford.net/msamuseum/

August 22, 2004
Canoe Programs: Canoe the serene, sheltered waters of Deas Slough to Ladner Marsh. Explore hidden shorelines to view pastoral scenery, eagle nests, marine life and waterfowl. For families and everyone five and over. Register early, as these programs fill quickly. A maximum of one child per adult. Advance registration is required. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-4

August 22, 2004
BRITANNIA WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL AND STEVESTON WATERFRONT TOUR, sponsored by the Richmond Museum; 604 231-6460.

August 22, 2004
Footsteps for Leukemia: This event brings together children and adults, for a fun filled day of exercise and entertainment in Pacific Spirit Park. www.leukemia.ca/bc

August 22, 2004
Latin Summer Festival 2004: Looking for an exciting day of family fun? Come out and enjoy the fun at the fourth annual Latin Summer Fest at Trout Lake Park, located at East 15th Avenue and Victoria Drive in East Vancouver. A Latin-style street parade will launch the festival on Sunday, August 22, 2004 showcasing the costumes, music, and undeniable charisma of the Latin American people. As the parade disperses into Trout Lake Park, a full day of Latin American food, artisan market and Latin entertainment will kick into high gear. There will be something for everyone, even a kids activity zone. If you are an individual, group or community organization that would like to take part or volunteer to make this day great, contact us for more information. www.latinsummerfest.com

August 22, 2004
Meditation Program Information Session:Information session for those interested in an intensive program to teach theory and practice of meditation. The free course is designed for all levels, from beginners to advanced, based on the program developed by Lord Abbot Luang Phor Viriyang Sirintharo of Wat Dammamongkol in Bangkok. For the first time, he will be teaching the program himself in Vancouver. 604-299-4477, http://willpowerinstitute.com.

August 22, 2004
RONA MS Bike Tour: Pedal for a purpose and help support over 8,000 British Columbians with MS. Join the MS Society of Canada’s 15th annual RONA MS Bike Tour at South Poplar Elementary School in Abbotsford. All money raised will go toward MS research and support services for people with MS. Register online at www.MSBikeTours.com, or by calling 1.800.268.7582. 

August 22, 2004
Twilight Showings: Summer Sundays screens a mystery retro gem. Bliss out to DJ NAFTA's pre-show and chow down on the free popcorn. Bring a blankie and a buddy. Spanish Banks West, 778-895-1283, http://www.summersundays.com/.

August 25 - 26, 2004
LET THE GAMES BEGIN: Play traditional indoor and outdoor games from around the world. Richmond Museum, 604 231-6460.

August 25, 2004
Wesburn Celebration: Bring the family to Wesburn Park (Burnaby) for fun in the sun. We're setting up activity stations, filling the wading pool and roasting hot dogs. Free admission, small cost for food. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm, August 25; 604-294-7944.

August 26 - 29, 2004
Wooden Boat Festival at Granville Island. Seafaring folk from up and down the Pacific Coast gather at the Island's west docks to show off their boats in a nautical open house; 604-666-5784, www.granvilleisland.com

August 27, 2004
B.C. Lions vs Toronto Argonauts, BC Place Stadium, 604-589-ROAR, http://www.bclions.com/

August 28, 2004
10TH Annual Brackendale Fall Fair, The Farmers Market Institute behind the Brackendale Art Gallery; 1 (604) 898-3407.

August 28, 2004
Jerry Seinfeld: TV star takes to the stage for stand up comedy performance. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, http://www.hahaha.com.

August 28, 2004
Richmond Sunlight PlayDay: Want to play?  Then head to the Sunlight PlayDay.  It's a free family event celebrating play, and the fun, freedom and learning that naturally comes with it.  Find out more at www.goaheadgetdirty.com, South Arm Park, Richmond;

August 29, 2004
Port Moody Heritage Walking Tours:Learn about Port Moody's Heritage Neighbourhood, The Port Moody Station Museum's curator, Jim Millar, will explain the history of the City's heritage homes and buildings on these popular, informative walks. Contact the Museum for more details. (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum/.

July - August, 2004
LOWER LONSDALE LOOKABOUT heritage walks weekends with the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Call 987-5618 for times and free registration.

Ongoing until August 13, 2004
12th Annual Concerts in the Cove, Pananorama Park, North Vancouver; August 6 Bruce James Orchestra (Big Band Swing) August 13 Long Run (Country); 7:00 PM - 9:00; 604-987-PLAY(7529)

Ongoing until August 27, 2004
SK Lee Enchanted Evenings Concert Series:Featuring Asian, classical, and world music in a serene garden setting. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, www.vancouverchinesegarden.com (http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com) . P>Ongoing until August 29, 2004
Andy Warhol: Prints and Drawings, Vancouver Art Gallery; 604.662.4719.

Ongoing until August 29, 2004
Richmond Art Gallery presents Work and Play: A group exhibition featuring works by; Jason Fitzpatrick, Barbara McGill Balfour, David Khang, and Terry Nurmi. Richmond Art Gallery, 604-231-6454.

Ongoing until August 20, 2004
5th Annual Evenings in Edgemont Community Concert Series (North Vancouver). July 30 Mike Henry & the Big Dawg Band (R & B) August 6 Bobcats (British Invasion – early 60’s) August13 Blackthorn (Traditional Celtic) August 20 Twisters (Jump/Swing/Blues) August 20 Wild Lights Lantern Festival; 7:00 PM - 9:00; 604-987-PLAY(7529).

Ongoing until August 30, 2004
Ocean Oasis: Ocean Oasis is a fascinating journey into the bountiful seas and pristine deserts of two remarkably different, but inextricably linked worlds Mexico's Sea of Corts and the Baja California desert. "A few very special places in the world are havens for life. Resources and shelter draw living creatures from far and near. These places are rare. We call them oases." What powerful geologic forces collided to carve out this unique region? How does life thrive in a seemingly barren landscape? Ocean Oasis mesmerizes us with revealing and memorable scenes that explore these mysteries. CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX.

Ongoing until August 30, 2004
Evening in Chinatown' Walking Tour: See Chinatown in a whole new light. Spend a warm summer evening with Vancouver historian John Atkin as he guides you on a tour of the shops and markets on Pender Street, introducing you to the sights and smells of our living and vibrant Chinatown. The tour wraps up at the edge of the famous Chinatown Night Market, which you are welcome to explore on your own. Every Sunday evening at 7:00pm. To register, call Chris Mathieson at 604-662-3207 (x205). (Minimum 24 hour advance registration required.) 

Ongoing until August 31, 2004
Architectural Institute of British Columbia Tours: Explore six locations: Victory Square and Gastown: Where the City Began; Chinatown: Yesterday and Today; Strathcona: Neighbourhood of Change;Yaletown and False Creek North: Industrial to Residential; West End: Manhattan to Mole Hill; Downtown Business Core: Modern and Contemporary. Tuesday to Saturday; 604-683-8588, ext. 306.

Ongoing until August 31, 2004
Memorial Park Twilight Festival Series: Live entertainment Thursday nights all summer long. All Concerts begin at 6:45pm. All performances are in downtown Hope, BC in the beautiful Memorial Park. For details contact the Hope & District Chamber of Commerce at 604-869-2021.

Ongoing until August 31, 2004
Nascar 3D: Experience NASCAR like never before through the magic of IMAX 3D technology. With NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, you'll be transported into the driver's seat of North America's most popular spectator sport. NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience goes behind the scenes of the races to uncover the science, technology and teamwork that make up this preeminent sport. Meet the revered drivers as they compete for the coveted checkered flag. Discover the technology and underlying physics that drivers depend on and meet the millions of passionate fans who are devoted to this exciting sport. CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX. 







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