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Special Events for August 2005

 

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July 27, 30 August 3, 6, 2005
HSBC Celebration of Light.  The 2005 international musical fireworks competition will bring an exciting variety of music and styles to the event.  English Bay, www.celebration-of-light.com

July 28 to August 1, 2005
ABBOTSFORD AGRIFAIR, Contact: Harvey Carroll - ( 604) 852-6674, http://www.agrifair.ca

July 29 to August 1, 2005
4th Annual BC Cultural Crawl.  During this year’s BC Day Holiday weekend, ArtsConnect encourages people to discover and enjoy some fine talent here in our community.  It’s as easy as visiting one of the many local cafes where music’s also on the menu. Café culture is flourishing here, with many local cafes featuring music spanning a wide range of genres. Music is also on tap at the local farmers markets. On the visual arts scene, artists will be painting and displaying their work at Rocky Point Park (weather-permitting) and welcome people to chat with them about their art. The Port Moody Arts Centre will be open all weekend, giving people a chance to see the current shows on in the Blackberry Gallery (call 604-931-2008 for hours).

July 29 to August 1, 2005
Fort Festival of Performing Arts.  21st annual Fort Festival of the Performing Arts in combination with the Brigade Days. This celebration has proven to be a great combination of music and history for our families and visitors.  Held at Fort Langley National Historic Site; 604-513-4777

July 29 to August 1, 2005
FORT FESTIVAL, Fort Langley.  21st annual with a variety of music and venues throughout the Village. Phone 604-888-1759.

July 29 to August 7, 2005
Harmony Arts Festival.  The 15th 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, http://www.harmonyarts.net

July 29, August 19, 2005
The Bats of Burrvilla: Follow the flight of this fascinating mammal by the light of the moon. Listen for their hunting sonar using a bat detector as they dash and dart in search of mosquitoes and other night-flying insects. Learn about the mysteries of their nocturnal life as you experience their nighttime world.  Deas Island Regional Park, Ages 6+ $7.50/adult, $4/child, $20/family.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

July 30 - 31, 2005
Point Roberts Arts and Music Festival.  Bocephus King and Craig Jacks and the Mighty Jackalopes headline this annual event which includes vendors, arts and crafts, kid's activites and overnight camping. All-ages event.  LIghthouse Marine Park, 604-682-3269, ext. 3018, http://www.bandcouver.com

July 30 - 31, 2005
The 29th Annual Powell Street Festival.  Colourful costumes and displays, eclectic entertainment, demonstrations of skill and strength, savoury food - sushi... tempura... salmon teriyaki - and friendly people. These are the main ingredients of the Powell Street Festival, the annual mid-summer celebration of Asian Canadian arts, history and culture in Vancouver, Canada. The Festival features dance, music, theatre, exhibits, sumo matches, martial arts, crafts and delectable foods. At past Festivals, we have been privileged to have had many special guests artists and individuals from outside of the Lower Mainland, including Yuri Kochiyama, Nobuo Kubota, Frank Chickens, Northwast Asian American Theatre, San Jose Taiko, The Oyoyo Sisters, Dawn Obokata, Bart Uchida, Chiyoko Slavnik, Roy Miya and Amy Hill. As for local artists, there have been so many! The list includes many of the individuals and groups that you can find at this year's Festival. So please come to the Festival and discover the Lower Mainland's Japanese Canadian arts and culture; 604-739-9388, http://powellstfestival.shinnova.com/

July 30 to August 1, 2005
 Burnaby Village Museum presents BC Day Multicultural Festival. Come celebrate diversity by exploring and enjoying one another's cultures. Performances, exhibits and demonstrations by a host of international artists are sure to create a memorable experience. Feel free to wear your traditional costume and join in!  The Ice Cream Parlour has prepared a menu of multicultural treats for your enjoyment.Taste the many cultures with dishes such as Italian Lasagna, English Fish and Chips, Mexican Chili, Ukrainian Perogies; Indian Samosas, Mediterranean Gyros and more!   604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

July 30 to August 1, 2005
35th Annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival: Country Rock Fest 2005. Live musical performances, softball tournament, barbecue and dance, international marketplace, antique fair, bike rally, rides, games, pancake breakfast, clowns and facepainting and fireworks display.  Kinsmen Rec Centre, Winskill Park, South Delta Rec Centre; 604-943-0502.

July 30 to August 7, 2005
Odlum Brown Vancouver Open Tennis. This is Canada's first ever event that partners Tennis Canada, the United States Tennis Association, the ATP Tour, and International Tennis Federation, in a combined Men's and Women's professional world ranking.  Over 140 professional tennis players will be coming to Vancouver to compete for prize money and valuable world ranking points. This event will lead into the Rogers Cup events in Toronto and Montreal as well as the US Open in New York.  Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver; 604-922-0161.

July 30 to August 1, 2005
BC Day Weekend.  This festival highlights BC's cultural diversity. Various multicultural groups are on-site over the weekend to display their handicrafts and costumes, to demonstrate their crafts, and to perform their songs and dances. The Ice Cream Parlour offers a menu of multicultural treats. Come celebrate our diversity!  Held at the Burnaby Village Museum; 604-203-6500, http://burnabyparksrec.org

July 30 to August 1, 2005
BRIGADE DAYS.  Fort Langley National Historic Site welcomes guests to see and feel what life was like in the Fort during the Fur Brigade. Reenactments include: historic weaponry demonstrations, fur trading and gold prospecting stories and antics, crafts, games, workshops, music, entertainment and lots more. For more information contact the National Historic Site 604-513-4777

July 30 to August 2, 2005
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.  Whistler, http://www.mywhistler.com

July 31, 2005
Music in the Park.  Soaring vocals, strong harmonies, flying fiddle, swingin' guitar, harmonica, bass, mandolin and washboard comprise the unmistakable sound of Back Door Slam. Country and Eastern, roots and branches, down in the dirt stuff - a little East Coast kitchen party meets West Coast swing - all served up with a big smile and energy to spare. You'll be hopping one minute and crying the next! Lions Park, Port Coquitlam. For more information, call 604-927-7906.

July 31, 2005
The Port Coquitlam Firefighters Local 1941 are holding their second annual Show and Shine. The show is located at #1 Firehall 1725 Broadway street Port Coquitlam.  Entry and viewing fee by donation.  All proceeds to the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund; (604) 710-3473.

July and August, 2005
DAYCAMPS - TIME TRAVEL ADVENTURES I & II July-August, 2005 9am-3pm Visit heritage sites for archaeological clues, artifacts, and old photos to solve a mystery. Weekly. 604 231-6460

July and August, 2005
SCIENCE AND NATURE CAMP July-August, 2005 Weekly day camps for children ages 6-12 explore wetland, forest and marine environments. 604 718-6188

July and August, 2005
Waterfront Concert Series acoustic performances.  Saturdays & Sundays 3-5pm July & August.  White Rock Museum Boardwalk *weather conditions permitting; (604) 541-2252.

August 1, 2005
Made in BC.  Granville Island Business and Community Association (GIBCA) and CMHC Granville Island are proud to present the first annual Made in BC event. Come celebrate BC Day on Granville Island and enjoy many free activities including A Taste of BC Producers' Public Market Showcase, Artists' & Artisans' Island Studios Walk. Granville Island restaurants will feature Fresh Sheets with BC Food Products and much more; 604-666-5784, http://www.granvilleisland.com

August 1, 2005
Power Smart presents BC Day at Waterfront Park.  Celebrate BC Day! BC Hydro Power Smart presents BC Day at Waterfront Park on Monday, August 1. Enjoy a full day of free, family fun, featuring Power Smart challenge games, alternative transportation vehicles and exhibitors and entertainers including the Vancouver Canucks Community Caravan, Vancouver Aquarium and McDonald's Sports Zone. Enjoy Sinfonia Sizzle - a free concert, at 5:00 pm.  Waterfront Park, North Vancouver, 604-528-8351.

August 1 - 14, 2005
FESTIVAL VANCOUVER 2005.  14 days, 10 venues from the Chan Centre at UBC to the newly-refurbished Christ Church Cathedral international and Canadian classical, world and jazz musicians offering over 50 concerts to thousands of music lovers from all over the world. Sound irresistible? Explore the extraordinary in one of the worlds most beautiful cities at the 5th annual Festival Vancouver; 604-688-8441, http://www.festivalvancouver.bc.ca

August 2 - 7, 2005
RAIN.  Billed as the closest thing to a Beatles reunion fans will ever see -- a multi-media, multi-dimensional production show.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444.

August 2, 2005
Early Music Vancouver in association with Festival Vancouver presents THE AGE OF PURCELL.  First Baptist Church, Vancouver, 604-280-4444, http://www.festivalvancouver.bc.ca/Site2005/index.php

August 2, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents THE QUEST OF CORVUS.  The VPL presents Leonard George for an entertaining and educational lecture based on his work in progress, the title of which is The Quest of Corvus: Spiritual Paths in the Ancient World. He will give an overview of some of the spiritual practices of antiquity, presented within the framework of a journey through ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and Syria undertaken by a fictional seeker of the third century named Corvus who is attempting to decipher a cryptic utterance he received from the Sibyl of Cumae.  VPL - Central Branch, 7 pm, free.

August 2 - 28, 2005
Heartbeat. From the producers of Terracotta Warriors, a drum and dance spectacle featuring more than 100 percussionists and 65 world-class dancers and martial artists, depicting 7 Chinese Dynasties.  The Centre In Vancouver for Performing Arts.  http://centretix.com

August 3, 2005
Piano and Duplex. Two Mint Records bands bring their campfire pop and children's rock to an outdoor venue.  7:30 pm, Kitsilano Showboat;

August 3 - 6, 2005
Threshing Bee.  The Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association is located in Lynden Washington. For 34 years, we have held our annual threshing bee and tractor show at Berthusen Park west of Lynden. Our show includes threshing demonstrations, antique tractors on parade daily, steam powered saw mill demonstrations, antique & farm tractor pulls and more!  Lynden, Washington, 360-354-3462, http://www.psatma.com

August 3 - 7, 2005
CrankWorx (formerly "Whistler Mountain Bike Festival").  A five-day, five-night fusion of spectacular freeride mountain biking competitions, summer sports, music and entertainment, Crankworx is fast becoming one of Canada’s premier summer festivals. http://www.crankworx.com/, 604-938-2769.

August 4 - 7, 2005
Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo, Chilliwack Fair Grounds, 250-989-1300

August 5, 2005
 Vancouver Public Library presents JOY KOGAWA. Join author Joy Kogawa as she reads from her novel, Emily Kato. We first met Naomi in Obasan, Joy Kogawa's classic novel of the Japanese-Canadian wartime experience. Forty years later, her aunt Emily Kato persuades Naomi to join the fight for redress. Politically charged and intimately poetic, Emily Kato tells a story of extraordinary commitment, profound hope, and one community's struggle for justice.  VPL - Central Branch, 7:30 pm, free.

August 5, 2005
Hiroshima Day and Lantern Ceremony, Join us in this family-oriented commemoration and celebration of hope. Participants are welcome to make paper cranes, the symbol of the 'Anti-nulcear Peace Movement' or construct a paper lantern to be set afloat in the pond adjacent to the Nekkei Centre at dusk to commenorate victims of wars, past and present. All paper cranes will be contributed to the Vancouver Public Library's 'Peace Crane Project'.  Sponsored by: City of Vancouver Peace and Justice Committee, Multi-Ethnic Coalition for Redress - Reconciliation and Peace in the Asia Pacific, Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association, StopWar.ca.  National Nikkei Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby; 604-325-8824

August 5, 19, 2005
Beaver Evening Paddle.  Evening is a good time to spot beavers going to work on the night shift. Glide along the calm headwaters of the Brunette River, stopping beside beaver lodges, canals and scent pads. Learn about one of Canada’s signature species as you enjoy an evening paddle.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 6, 2005
 9th Annual Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival.  4 stages featuring some of BC's best artists, including Canadian guitarist of the year David Gogo, Boogie Woogie piano master Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Emmy award winning Maple Ridge actor and musician Michael Moriarty,Eddie and The Boneshakers, James Rogers, and many many more! Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge; 604-476-2787, http://www.jazzblues.ca

August 6, 2005
22nd Annual Animal Rights Day Celebration.  Come celebrate Vancouver's 22nd Annual Animal Rights Day with a diverse group of animal protection organizations. The event is free and suitable for all ages.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-266-9744.

August 6, 2005
3rd Annual Squamish Farmers' Market, 604-892-9244, http://www.squamishchamber.com

August 6, 2005
Computer Swap Meet, Croatian Cultural Centre, 604·521·6304.

August 6, 2005
Downtown Summer Jam. Squamish Pavilion. First in a series of open air public shows presented by the Squamish Town Centre Association. Musicians, singers, dancers, actors, jugglers, buskers and others are invited to audition. Contact Magdalena Percy or Rob Bowkett 604 898 1269. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm This event will run in conjunction with the Farmer's Market, and will be located at the pavilion in the park next to the Visitor Centre. It will feature local musicians playing for the passer's by. So come down see the Market, have a picnic in the park, and enjoy some local talent on the first Saturday of every month.

August 6, 2005
Maple Ridge, Jazz & Blues Festival.  The ninth annual jazz festival, winner of the 1999 Tourism Excellence Award, features an outdoor festival in Harris Road Park, Pitt Meadows, presenting some of BC’s best local and regional jazz and blues artists. Festivities run from noon to 10:00 pm and include an arts and crafts village, an international food fair and children’s activities. (604) 467-7325, http://www.jazzblues.ca/

August 6, 2005
Rick Anderson's Worlds Best Athlete International Skills Competition.  Rick Anderson's World's Best Athlete International Skills Competition in a multi-sport decathlon style skills competition for men and women of most ages. Choose between the Recreational, Elite, Team or Pro Division. For more information visit: http://www.worlds-best-athlete.com or call 604-318-3860.  Fraserview Boys & Girls Club.

August 6, 2005
Seashore Discovery.  Join a fun, low-tide beach adventure with your pre-schooler. Search for barnacles, starfish, sculpins and tiny shore crabs. A fun introduction to the seashore.  Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 6, 2005
Mark your calendars on Saturday August 6th 2005 for the Heineken Yaletown  Summer Celebration and Car Show. It’s fabulous, it’s free, and it’s all part of Vancouver Best Free Day of the summer!  From 11am to 5pm this power pack day starts with over 50,000 people enjoying this high-energy festival that takes place in the five blocks of the old heritage area along Mainland and Hamilton, spilling into the streets and onto the loading docks. There’s a main stage with live musical entertainment all day. Plus a dog show, an aerial bike show, a kid’s area with petting zoo.  For 2005, there’ll be a happening beer garden presented by Elixir & Opus Bar, and sponsored by Heineken. In the evening the action moves to English Bay for the Celebration of Lights fireworks. Don’t miss Vancouver’s best free day! http://www.yaletowninfo.com

August 6 - 7, 10, 2005
Very Berry Tea (10am - 5pm): London Farm’s berry scones, London Heritage Farm, Richmond; 604-271-5220.

August 6 - 7, 2005
The 6th Vancouver Chinatown Festival.  The largest annual block party in the historic Chinatown featuring a youth talent contest, heritage and food tasting walking tour, multicultural stage performances, Chinese folk art demos, side walk sales, kids¡¦ bike rodeo, BMX bike stunts, inflatable games, children¡¦s activities, community info booths, lucky draws and much more! Come to Vancouver Chinatown with your families and friends for the perfect weekend treat on August 6 & 7, 2005. Free admission. For more information, please contact the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society at 604-632-3808 or e-mail events@vancouver-chinatown.com. Website: http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com.

August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2005
 Dundarave Farmer’s Market, West Vancouver, 9 am - 3 pm, 604-921-1814.

August 7, 2005
August Fun Fly, East Beach, White Rock; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/

August 7, 2005
Fire Hall Open House Hall 13, 4013 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver. Visit your local fire hall, meet your Fire Fighters. Learn more about what we do. Captain Rob Jones-Cook 604-665-6070.

August 7, 2005
Fire Hall Open House Hall 8, 893 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. Visit your local fire hall, meet your Fire Fighters. Learn more about what we do. Captain Rob Jones-Cook 604-665-6070.

August 7, 2005
Fire Hall Open House Hall10, 2992 Westbrook Mall, UBC, Vancouver. Visit your local fire hall, meet your Fire Fighters. Learn more about what we do. Captain Rob Jones-Cook 604-665-6070.

August 7, 2005
Llama Picnic and Blueberry Sale.  August is Blueberry Month - buy your blueberries at the Richmond Nature Park and help support our educational programs. Enjoy a blueberry tea or bring your picnic lunch then take a llama for a walk in the park.  604 718-6188.

August 7, 2005
Music in the Park. An acoustic trio featuring the powerful yet sensitive vocals of Babe Gurr set to a thoughtful blend of folk, pop and country. Babe's music is rootsy and real. Her warm and honest voice is beautifully showcased with a stripped down sound that is at once beguiling and playful, fresh yet familiar, personal while universal. Her new CD, entitled "Back Alley Porch"  conjures an image of sitting on your back alley city porch, with the sun going down. Lions Park, Port Coquitlam. For more information, call 604-927-7906.

August 7, 2005
Under the Volcano.  Art and Social Change" gig celebrates 16th annual event August 7 at Cates Park, North Vancouver. Expect left wing politics, tunes, kids things, etc. Held at Cates Park, North Vancouver, http://www.tao.ca/~volcano .

August 7 - 8, 2005
Annual Hackett Park Craft Fair, Sechelt, BC. One of BC's largest juried Craft Fairs. Top Artisans from BC and Washington. Displays and sale under the trees. Live music. Gourmet food. Children's entertainment as well. Admission $2 (ages 12 years and older). Admission is included with Writers Festival pass. (604)-885-5412.

August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2005
Ambleside Farmer’s Market, West Vancouver, 11 am - 5 pm, amblesidefarmersmarket@telus.net

August 7, 14, 21, 25, 28, September 11, 18, 2005
Old-growth Walking Tour,10 am – 12:30 pm, Enjoy a shuttle ride up to the northernmost end of the LSCR where your guide will lead you on a relaxing one-hour walking tour through a stand of giant spruce and western red cedars growing next to an idyllic area of the Seymour River. Learn how a forest ecosystem develops over time.  This program also runs on two Thursday evenings. Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Call 604-987-1273 to pre-register.

August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 11, 18, 2005
Lower Seymour Watershed Bus Tour, 1:30 – 4 pm.  The bus tour offers visitors a chance to see and experience the unique features of the LSCR. Your guide will drive you along LSCR’s limited access service roads to view current utility projects, evidence of historical logging, old-growth forest stands, drinking water infrastructure, and spectacular scenery. Learn more about the natural history of the Seymour Watershed and how the GVRD manages our region’s drinking water supply. Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Call 604-987-1273 to pre-register.

August 7, September 4, 2005
Minnekhada Lodge Open House.  View the magnificent interior of this heritage building during an Open House. Wander through the rooms of this former hunting lodge built by Lt.-Gov. Eric Hamber, enjoy views of the Pitt River from the veranda and indulge in a snack from the concession.  Minnekhada Regional Park; 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 8, 2005
 The Vancouver Public Library presents THE WORLD POETRY READING SERIES.  The VPL's "City Poets" Series presents the World Reading Series Program, featuring poetry from around the world, presented bilingually.  VPL - Central Branch, 7:30 pm, free.

August 8 - 12, 2005
Meditation Boot Camp.  Spirit Meditation is an integration of Eastern and Western non-religious, energy based philosophies designed to develop spiritual consciousness through self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-responsibility. Veracis Wellness, Port Moody, 604.461.5511.

August 8, 22, 2005
Music on the Wharf.  Folk, celctic, maritime, and spirit songs to be performed. Bring lawn chairs, sunglasses, and a sweater for sundown.  Port Haney Wharf, Maple Ridge, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 604-463-5311, http://www.mapleridge.org

August 9, 2005
International Day of the World's Indigenous People

August 9, 2005
Walk with a Naturalist.  Explore wildlife areas and foreshore dunes, discover delicate wildflowers and watch birds as the sun sets.  Boundary Bay Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 9 - 20, 2005
Neil Simon's Sweet Charity.  Charity Valentine is hopeless when it comes to love. Each time she gives her heart away, she vows that this will be the real thing. It's just that the guy never lives up to her dreams. Join Charity as she fumbles her way into, and out of, love. She will beguile you with her innocent charm and her big, big heart.  Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-990-3474, http://www.pipedream.ca

August 11, 2005
Meteor Shower Watch.  Be dazzled by the annual Perseid meteor shower at Aldergrove Lake Regional Park. Join GVRD, the Royal Astronomical Society and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre for this evening event. Before the sun sets, try your luck at the ‘meteor sand pit toss’, make a wish on a shooting star or watch a stellar slide show. Admire stars, planets and other astral phenomena through astronomer’s telescopes. Aldergrove Lake Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 11 - 14, 2005
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts.  A gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices. The 23rd Annual Festival of the Written Arts presents top Canadian authors. Readings in the imposing cedar pavilion set amidst the beautiful gardens of Sechelt's historic Rockwood Centre.  A festival of bookish delights!  Held in Sechelt at Rockwood Centre, 1-800-565-9631, http://www.writersfestival.ca

August 12, 2005
Gracious Grape Wine Tasting for Breast Cancer Research.  Please join us for this special evening to help end breast cancer. There will be a silent auction and door prizes during the evening, while you enjoy a fantastic selection of local wines paired with cheeses from Pane e Formaggio.Tickets are available from the Bellevue Wine Company 604.913.0802. All proceeds go directly to the BC Cancer Foundation. Tax receipt issued upon request.This will be the summer evening event to be at. All the VQA wine has been donated for the event so the wine will be flowing freely. The venue (Bellevue Wine Company) opens out to West Van's Ambleside Beach from the front door of the Bellevue. Plenty of free parking. There is a special early-bird discount if you purchase your ticket before July 15, so get yours NOW as this event is already very popular, and space is becoming very limited.

August 12, 2005
Symphony in the Park, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Deer Lake, Burnaby; 604.205.3000.

August 12, 26, September 4, 2005
Life on a Lake. Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Paddle your way along marshy shores. Just as you use special equipment to explore this watery habitat, animals and plants have special adaptations to live in, on and around the lake. Find out what it takes to survive in this watery world; 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 12 -14, 2005
Abbotsford International Airshow.  The 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, 2005
Whalley Technology Exhibition.  Robotics, computer graphics, workshop on building your own computer and more!  North Surrey Recreation Centre, 604-502-6343.

August 13, 2005
2nd ANNUAL BLUEBERRY 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.  Cloverdale, (604) 576-3155, http://www.cloverdalebia.com

August 13, 2005
BATS - CREATURES OF THE NIGHT August 13, 2005 A talk about the conservation and survival of BC's amazing bats. 604 718-6188

August 13, 2005
Bruce Springsteen. Solo show features career-spanning sets and tunes from new album The Rising.  GM Place, 604-280-4444.

August 13, 2005
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.  The stage is set for thousands of music fans to enjoy some of the greatest blues and roots artists in the world as they perform over 10 hours of music at one of the most breathtaking locations in British Columbia. The site will feature interactive arts activities for the youngsters between 2-8 PM, souvenir and CD kiosks, a delectable variety of foods and a beer garden.  Deer Lake Park, 604-872-5200, http://www.burnabybluesfestival.com

August 13, 2005
Picnic in the Park - Kitsilano Community Centre's 20th Annual Community Fair.  Celebrating Kitsilano's Centennial. Highlights of this years event include: live entertainment & music, horse drawn carriage rides, pony rides, carnival rides & games, face painting, arts & crafts, bbq, fire truck & fire safety house, dog demonstrations, community booths, emergency preparedness & social services booth, NIST & Community Web Pages display, Sun Rype Active Kids Challenge, and much more!  Kitsilano Connaught Park, 604.257.6976.

August 13, 2005
Port Moody Film Society Double Feature .  "My Mother's Castle" France - Comedy/Drama - PG, 99 min. and "The Castle" Australia - Comedy - PG, 84 min.  Inlet Theatre Outdoor Stage, Port Moody, 604.469.4571.

August 13, 2005
West End Summer Block Party. Live entertainment, music, dancing, games, raffles, prizes, snacks and a BBQ. Gordon Neighbourhood House, 604-683-2554, http://www.gordonhouse.org

August 14, 2005
 Classic Car Show and Quilt Walk.  48th Avenue & Delta Street, Ladner; http://www.quiltedbear.net

August 14, 2005
 Teddy Bear Day at Burnaby Village Museum.  All about teddy bears: demonstrations, displays, appraisals, clinic, crafts and a parade; 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

August 14, 2005
60th Anniversary of the end of the war in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region.  Canada's 'Year of the Veteran' will be celebrated in Vancouver this summer. The Canadian Government has declared 2005 the 'Year of the Veteran', marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two. The City of Vancouver in partnership Veteran's Affairs Canada and BCVCA, will commemorate this historic event with a parade and Cenotaph service on Sunday, August 14 2005. The event begins at 10:00 a.m., with veterans, bands, cadets and military units marching to Victory Square at Hastings and Cambie.

August 14, 2005
BC Museum of Mining - Copper & Fire Special Event.  Showcasing our Dynamic Earth's Treasures Come and enjoy our 3rd Annual signature event! Raku/Copper potter demo show, celebrity gold panning, kids play area, rockhounders, live band and entertainers, refreshment garden and more! 604-896-2233 or 1-800-896-4044, http://www.bcmuseumofmining.org

August 14, 2005
Canoeing at Deas.  Canoe the serene, sheltered waters of Deas Slough to Ladner Marsh. Find the historical sunken rum-runner, the Aubrey B. Imagine the war canoes paddled from the north coast, during the once abundant salmon runs, as you hear stories of Deas’ past. Gain insights to the local features as you paddle by farmland, eagle nests, herons, bog orchids, fishing boats, rich estuary wetlands and more. Basic canoeing instructions will be provided with time to practice before the expedition.  Deas Island Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 14, 2005
Car Boot Sale, Steveston Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8080.

August 14, 2005
Fire Hall Open House, various Fire Halls in Vancouver. Visit your local fire hall, meet your Fire Fighters. Learn more about what we do. Captain Rob Jones-Cook 604-665-6070.

August 14, 2005
Music in the Park.  Slide guitarist Tim Tweedale brought together the Blue Island Trio to play Hawaiian music at some local luaus. However, Tim and fellow islanders were quick to realize they shared a common passion for bluegrass, jazz and elements of Indian and Latin music. Fusing these styles together led to the creation of a very unique fresh sound: bluesy, worldly and heavily  groove-oriented. Blue Island Trio is spunky, furious fusion. Dig it!  Lions Park, Port Coquitlam. For more information, call 604-927-7906.

August 15 - 20, 2005
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.  For more information, see http://www.nwwafair.com

August 17, 2005
Fiamma Fumana Wednesday, August 17th, 8PM St James Hall (3214 W 10th Ave) Tickets $18 ($15 Members) HUGE hits at last year's folk festival, Fiamma Fumana is an intriguing blend of old Italian dance tunes played to new Italian dance grooves, traditional ballads and state-of-the art electronica. Not to be missed! Website: http://www.fiamma.org. Tickets for all Rogue Folk Club events can be purchased at Rufus' Guitars, Highlife and Zulu Records or by calling 604.736.3022 to reserve.

August 17, 2005
Sunset Park Day, Summer fun - games - sports - swimming - wading pool - contests - arts / crafts - dunk tank - Great for ages 6 - 12. Sunset Park - 404 East 51st Avenue, Vancouver; 604-718-6514.

August 17, 2005
Wesburn Celebration.  Bring the family to the park for some awesome fun. We're setting up activity stations, filling the wading pool and roasting hot dogs. Event will run rain or shine. Free admission, small cost for food. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm, August 17. Wesburn Park, Burnaby;

August 17 - 21, 2005
Ashlu River Festival.  Events include rafting trips, beginner kayak lessons, sit on top kayak trips, float trips, playboating clinic, advanced paddling clinics, guided canyon walks, guided herb walks, guided herb walks with a local master herbalist, paddling gear swap, Saturday night barbeque and party, and lots of fun. 604-892-3310, http://www.whitewater.org/squish/ashlu/ashlu_festival.htm

August 17 - 21, 2005
FORT LANGLEY SUMMER HORSE SHOW at THUNDERBIRD SHOW.  Feature Classes - Valley Laser Eye Centre Grand Prix, Coast Capital Savings Grand Prix. For more information call 604-888-4585 or visit http://www.thunderbirdshowpark.com

August 18, 2005
East Richmond Community Picnic, King George Park, Richmond; 604-233-8399.

August 18, 2005
Orienteering and Cartography for Fun.  Orienteering and map-making can be challenging and fun! Unravel the mysteries of reading a compass and learn how to orienteer. Explore forest and field as you follow a course and test your map-making skills.  Tynehead Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 18, 2005
Sand Castle Fun Day at Cates Park. Come out and show your artistic side in this fun children's sand castle competition. Fun and activities for the whole family, and everyone is guaranteed to walk away a winner.  Cates Park, North Vancouver; 604-987-PLAY.

August 18, 2005
Willingdon Community Fair. Mark your calendars and don't miss this annual celebration. Includes carnival games, raffles, entertainment, barbecue and community displays. Free admission. Thursday, 5:30-8:30pm, August 18. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue. Phone 604.299.1446.

August 18 - 19, 2005
BC Breakout.  The event it for any one above the age of 13 to play in a street hockey tournament. Teams must have 5-8 players, goalie included. Regristration deadline is posted on website http://bcbreakout.vze.com. The tournament is played 4 on 4 including a goalie. Medals will be awarded along with ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Only room for 20 team to sign up.  Enver Creek Secondary (Surrey), http://bcbreakout.vze.com

August 19, 2005
Wild Lights Festival.  The North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents the Wild Lights Festival in Edgemont Village. An evening of fire & magic featuring Lantern Making workshops & latern procession with performance by the Public Dreams Society.  Edgemont Village, 604-988-6844.

August 19, 25, 2005
Bat Watch.  Watch for bats darting and zigzagging above water and farm clearings as they leave their day roosts at dusk to feed on night-flying insects. Learn about bat food, roosts and enemies. Take home handouts and vivid memories of walking in the dark.  Colony Farm Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 19 - 21, 2005
Richmond Maritime Festival (12:00pm - 6:00pm): Britannia Heritage Shipyard National Historic Site is hosting the first major heritage boat festival of the season. Almost two dozen restored wooden heritage vessels will be along side our docks. Food, an outdoor concert, tours of the site and activities for the whole family will be available during the festival. Tickets available at gate. Britannia Heritage Shipyard NHS  604-718-8050

August 19 - 21, 2005
THE WEEKEND TO END BREAST CANCER - BENEFITING THE BC CANCER FOUNDATION.  During this amazing weekend, thousands of women and men will unite in Vancouver to walk 60 kilometres in a bold display of courage and commitment. It's a weekend of hope, as we honour lives lost, celebrate survivors, and help bring breast cancer care to those who so desperately need it; http://www.endcancer.ca

August 20, 2005
 Incognito.  Blues, Funk, Rock & Roll.  Inlet Theatre Outdoor Stage, Port Moody, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM; 604-931-2008, http://cityofthearts.ca

August 20, 2005
12th Annual Arts Alive Festival.  The streets of Downtown Langley will come alive with over 90 artists participating in this feast of visual and performing art. See artists demonstrate their techniques and purchase works of art directly from the artists. Talented musicians 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; 604-539-0133, http://www.downtownlangley.com

August 20, 2005
5 Peaks Trail Running Series.  Canada's Premier Trail Running Series offers an exciting atmosphere, a challenging course, a competitive field, and an amazing off-road experience. You will run over rocks, roots, tree stumps, and logs, up ski hills and hiking trails, through puddles, mud, snow and much, much more. Positive impact on you, no impact on the environment! Each venue offers two race courses; Sport (5-6km) and Enduro (10-15km), and is open to novice and expert participants of all ages. GET OFF THE ROAD and onto the trails!  Whistler / Blackcomb, http://www.5peaks.com

August 20, 2005
Canadian XK Jaguar Reigster / MG Club Heritage Car Show at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

August 20 - 21, 2005
Chariot Parade and Festival of India.  Festival of India & Ratha-yatra August 20, and Chariot Parade from Sunset Beach to Second Beach, August 21, 11:30am. This is the 30th Anniversay of this very colourful family oriented event. More than twenty large tents will display devotional art, science, literature, fashion, etc; and two stages will host a variety of entertainment of top notch performing artists; http://festival.iskcon.ca

August 20 - 21, 2005
Gourmet in the Garden (Formerly "A Taste of BC").  Dont miss this exciting and always popular event! Gourmet in the Garden showcases the very best of BC including; specialty foods, wines, arts, crafts and much more. Enjoy our beer and wine garden, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and so much more!  Minter Gardens, Chilliwack, 888-646-8377, http://www.mintergardens.com

August 20 - 22, 2005
Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival.  Friendly atmosphere, fabulous fibre arts, and a breathtaking mountain-to-sea scenery. Come celebrate the Fibre Arts of the Pacific Rim. There's lots to see and do in 2005 with a variety of workshops, displays, demonstrations, merchant mall, juried sale, and tours;  604-740-1229, http://www.gibsonslandingfibrearts.com

August 20 to September 5, 2005
Pacific National Exhibition.  Over a million visitors agree that the Fair at the PNE is the high point of the summer. Every member of the family can enjoy hundreds of attractions, daily live entertainment, dazzling exhibits, an extensive agricultural showcase, and 37 thrilling midway rides at Playland Amusement Park. As a special tribute, an extraordinary dance production Outrageous will erupt on the fairgrounds four times daily, and the grand finale Fire in the Night features even more music, dance, laser and pyrotechnic effects you'll never forget;  604-253-2311, http://www.pne.bc.ca

August 21, 2005
 2005 SuperKid's Triathlon.  SuperKid's Triathlon is an event for children and youth aged 9-15yrs.  Each participant will complete the swim, cycle and run portion of the event.  Distances relative to age groupings.  Emphasis is on participation, fun and success.  South Surrey Indoor Pool, 2005 SuperKid's Triathlon, http://www.city.surrey.bc.ca/

August 21, 2005
10TH  Caribbean Summer Jam Festival.  Caribbean music with live steel band Phase 111 us. Wear something red or yellow, Limbo contest and prizes to be had, come taste the special Caribbean dishes. 37835 Second Avenue, Squamish; 604-892-8248

August 21, 2005
Fire Hall Open House, various Fire Halls in Vancouver. Visit your local fire hall, meet your Fire Fighters. Learn more about what we do. Captain Rob Jones-Cook 604-665-6070.

August 21, 2005
Latin Summer Festival 2005.  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 21, 2005 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.  http://www.latinsummerfest.com

August 21, 2005
Mini Rail Days.  Come and ride behind visiting miniature steam and diesel locomotives.  West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 604-898-9336, http://wcra.org

August 21, 2005
Music in the Park.  Karen Augusta Parent is a musician with three octave vocals and fluid guitar, piano and flute fingers. She writes intelligent songs with highly personal incisiveness. Her muse is inspired by percussive poetics and improvised melodic play. Karen is a jazz-folk transfusion of rhythmic soul. This trio's sound is mature, inventive and deeply moving. Together they are exquisite - clear and crisp. This is deep and soulful stuff! Lions Park, Port Coquitlam. For more information, call 604-927-7906.

August 21, 2005
Public Tree Tour - Riverview.  The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society will host a Guided Tree Tour at 1 pm, Sunday Come visit this World Class Collection of Trees(Arboretum). The tours last for about 2 hours, depending on weather and walkers preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. We go rain or shine.  Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, 604-290-9910.

August 21, 2005
Sports Card Show, Bonsor Recreation Centre, Burnaby; 604-945-9345.

August 23, 2005
John Mellencamp and John Fogerty.  Two classic rock stalwarts.  GM Place, 604-280-4444.

August 25 - 28, 2005
Wooden Boat Festival.  Afloat and ashore, there will be displays, hands-on boat building and demonstrations (including knot tying!). Hear some sea shanties, listen to marine storytellers, or join in the races on Saturday and Sunday. Seafarers from up and down the Pacific coast gather at the Island's west docks to show off their boats in a nautical open house. Family fun includes the ever popular kids' boat building and the 6th annual family boat building project. Free admission.  604-666-5784, http://www.granvilleisland.com

August 26 - 28, 2005
Slam City Jam, the North American Skateboarding Championships.  Slam City Jam, the North American Skateboarding Championships, celebrates its 12th year in Vancouver on August 26-28, 2005. Hosting over 150 of the world’s best skateboarders, Slam is a World Cup Skateboarding points event and North America’s largest and longest-running skateboard contest with a prize purse of over US$100,000.  BC Place Stadium, Vancouver; http://www.slamcityjam.com

August 27, 2005
Annual Flea Market.  A popular Kerrisdale tradition - the Kerrisdale Flea Market held at the Kerrisdale Arena offers 130 tables of used household items. 8ft tables are $14 and admission is a $1.00 (children 12 and under free) on sale.  Kerrisdale Arena - 5670 East Boulevard; 604-257-8100.

August 27, 2005
Bats - Creatures of the Night, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

August 27, 2005
Comic & Toy Show, Capitol Hill Community Centre, 361 South Howard Avenue, Burnaby;  (604) 521-6304.

August 27, 2005
Indian Arm Nature Cruise.  Sit back and enjoy the shoreline along the southern half of Indian Arm with TLC The Land Conservancy’s latest nature cruise on Saturday, August 27. TLC and a guest naturalist will be providing local residents with a scenic tour up spectacular Indian Arm to Thwaytes Landing. All participants will be encouraged to explore the Landing so make sure to bring some comfy shoes for the rocky beach! Proceeds from the boat cruise will go directly towards preservation of Thwaytes Landing. Tickets cost $40+GST, but TLC members with a membership card get 10% off. Space is limited so reserve your seats by calling (604) 733-2313.

August 27, 2005
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 27, 2005
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.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

August 27, 2005
The Seymour Water Source Tour.  The Seymour Watershed supplies 40 per cent of the Lower Mainland’s water supply. This tour is an informative and detailed visit to the water supply infrastructure and project sites in the LSCR including the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant project and the Seymour Falls Dam seismic upgrade. Learn where your water comes from, where it goes, and what happens to it along the way.  Visit http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/water/education.htm

August 27, 2005
The Incredible Race 2005 - A fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders.  The Incredible Race is one of the most exciting fundraisers in Vancouver. Modelled after the hit TV series, The Amazing Race, teams will compete through a series of checkpoint, tasks and puzzles to reach the finish line. This is no boring scavenger hunt, the race is full of creative and exciting road blocks and detours, that will keep you guessing right to the end. With a goal of $5000, all funds raised, minus race costs, go to Médecins Sans Frontières aka Doctors Without Borders to support their efforts overseas (all donations above $10 are tax deductible). Sponsors and players get free entry to the post-race party, held at Celebrities Nightclub in the Westend (also open to all others for a $5 entry fee). There are a limited number of player slots so sign up quickly! http://www.msfinvancouver.com/incrediblerace

August 27 - 28, 2005
Burnaby Lake Antiques Fair. 300 tables and booths of antiques and collectables.  Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, 604-980-3159.

August 27 - 28, 2005
International Whippet Races at Brennan Park in Squamish; 604-898-5385.

August 28, 2005
2nd Annual Westwood Community Carnival.  Games will include: Nemo Bouncy Castle, Shrek 5 in 1 Combo Castle, Velcro Olympics, Bungee Run, Mini-Golf and more.  Westwood Community Baptist Church, 604-945-3386.

August 28, 2005
BMW Car Club of BC at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver.

August 28, 2005
Deep Cove Daze.  Deep Cove Daze rocks Panorama Park on August 28th with a fun filled day of music, arts, a beer garden, vendors, community groups, rides, food and fun in the scenic heart of Deep Cove. This beautiful location overlooks the bay with a beach, sitting areas, a play area for kids and lots of space to relax. Members of the community from all age groups participate in a wide range of activities at Deep Cove Daze. Multiple stages with live music, dance and martial arts performances, various food and beverage concessions, world class GT air bike shows, beer gardens with a house band, a midway full of rides and many activities for children, over 50 artisans and local merchants and finally corporate, environmental and educational demo groups.  Panorama Park, in Deep Cove, North Vancouver. Entrance by donation, contact musart@telus.net, http://www.deepcovemusic.com

August 28, 2005
Music in the Park.  The Crossroads Hospice Musicians (Folk). This grand finale to Music in the Park is becoming a popular annual tradition. An impressive array of local and guest folk musicians affiliated  to the Crossroads Hospice Coffee House showcase their incredible talents.  Guaranteed to be a great community party to end the summer! Lions Park, Port Coquitlam. For more information, call 604-927-7906.

August 28, 2005
North Shore Antique & Collector Car Show.  4th Annual North Shore Antique & Collector Car Show at Kings Mill Walk at the south foot of Fell Ave. behind the North Shore Auto Mall. Enjoy the free presentation! 12 pm to 4 pm.

August 28, 2005
THE MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY.  The Alder Grove Heritage Society turns 15 in August! And to celebrate they are inviting you to a very special tea party! Be creative and decorate a hat for the occasion - you might just win a prize. There will be tea - in real cups and saucers - cucumber sandwiches, tomato sandwiches, scones, biscuits, tea cake, shortbread and all the other goodies you'd expect at a tea party! The party will be outside under a tent with entertainment. Admission will be by donation. If you would like to help with this event, please call the Alder Grove Telephone Museum at 604-857-0555 - your help is appreciated!

August 29, 2005
Brian Wilson (formerly of the Beach Boys) - Summer Smile Tour.  QE Theatre, 604-280-4444.

August 31, 2005
Wetland Guide to Who Eats Who.  Come canoe the quiet waters of Burnaby Lake and enjoy the evening air, slow current and calm ripples of the canoe’s wake. Below the water’s tranquil surface is an eat-or-be-eaten world where animals and plants are nibbled, swallowed or sucked dry by other creatures and even some plants. Learn who eats who in Burnaby Lake and how healthy wetlands keep mosquito populations in check. Burnaby Lake Regional Park; 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

September 3, 2005
Sunsplash In The Park.  Features Michael Franti and Spearhead, with Israel Vibration, Mofro, Lazares S. Halk, Bounty Hunter and Cordel.  Deer lake Park, 604-280-4444.

September 18, 2005
The 25th Annual Terry Fox Run  Join us to "Team Up for Terry" for the 25th Annual Terry Fox Run!  25 years ago, Port Coquitlam native Terry Fox embarked on a  journey across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Walk, bike, run,  wheel, and skate in his memory and keep the fight against cancer alive by  taking part in this free, non-competitive event. Taking place in over 130  locations across BC and the Yukon, this event is open to everybody. For a  Run Site near you or for more information on how to participate, contact us  at bcyukon@terryfoxrun.org or at 1-888-TFOXRUN (836-9786).

Ongoing to August 3, 2005
Stanley Park's Dance at Dusk. Free dance program, weather permitting, is offered Monday-Wednesday evenings until August, and Thursday evenings in mid-summer. Instruction provided, no partner required.  Ceperley Playground, Stanley Park, 7:30 pm, http://www.vancouverparks.ca

Ongoing to August 12, 2005
Kitsilano Showboat. Celebrating the 70th season of variety shows and programs in the open-air theatre styled after the Mississippi river showboat; 604-734-7332.

Ongoing until August 13, 2005
 Early Music Festival. Sequentia ensemble for medieval music; Robert Barto; Stephen Stubbs & Maxine Eilander; Fretwork; Ellen Hargis; Les Voix Baroques; Suzie LeBlanc; Alexander Weimann; Marc Destrubé; Jacques Ogg and others.  Various venues at the University of British Columbia, 604-732-1610, http://earlymusic.bc.ca

Ongoing until August 14, 2005
Vasily the Luckless.  Boca del Lupo outdoor show is based on a Russian folk tale about a hapless fugitive; James Fagan Tait script, with Joelysa Pankanea as composer, Jay Dodge design and Sherry J. Yoon directing.  Stanley Park, Shows at 3 and 6:30 pm daily, 604-684-2622

Ongoing to August 20, 2005
Cates Park Concert Series.  Popular Local Musicians are flocking to the Cates Park in Deep Cove this summer to play free summer concerts and help the Musart Cultural Society raise money for cancer research.The Musart Cultural Society has created a series of FREE outdoor summer concerts to create opportunity and exposure for local Lower Mainland artists, musicians, dancers and poets and a venue for the community to celebrate music and talented local acts. Cates Park Concert Series is held at Cates Park in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, every Saturday from July 9th to August 20th from 4-7pm.

Ongoing to August 20, 2005
Theatre Under the Stars presents Can-Can.  Cole Porter's witty score made this Broadway musical an instant classic when it opened in 1953. The story is set in the year 1893 and tells the tale of La Mome Pistache who is upset about the investigation of her Bal Du Paradis, where the major attraction is the Can-Can. She tries to seduce the highly moral investigating judge Aristide Forestier. The two eventually fall in love and when her case comes to trial, Aristide takes over the defence and wins the acquittal.  Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park; 604-257-0366, http://www.tuts.bc.ca/

Ongoing to August 21, 2005
Theatre Under the Stars presents Big: The Musical. The West Coast Premiere for this charming Boradway musical that is based on the hit film, BIG, that starred Tom Hanks. 12-year-old Josh Baskin finds a machine that tells him to make a wish. The next morning josh awakens to find his wish come true. He is big. He lands a job at Maximillion Toys, where he meets Susan, who falls in love with him. Torn between his job, the new love interest, and his kid friend, Josh makes the hardest decision of his life - he knows he no l longer needs to be big. Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park; 604-257-0366, http://www.tuts.bc.ca/

Ongoing to August 25, 2005
Canada's Lighthouses: Graham Scholes. Featuring woodblock print images by Graham Scholes.  Richmond Art Galley, 604-231-6457, http://www.richmondartgallery.org/

Ongoing until August 30, 2005
Twilight Tuesdays: Vancouver Aquarium Summer BBQs. Enjoy the magic of the Aquarium after-hours, complete with a poolside barbecue.  Vancouver Aquarium, 604-659-3474, http://www.vanaqua.org

Ongoing until August 30, 2005
Vancouver Museum presents Skateboarding in Vancouver: a look at the colourful and controversial history of skateboarding in this city and beyond. See skateboards and equipment from all eras of the sport from the surf-inspired sixties to the electric eighties to the fine-arts inspired nineties. Learn how skateboarding has been shaped by this city and how skateboarding has shaped it. 604-734-7368.

Ongoing to September, 2005
1st and 3rd Saturdays from June – September (weather permitting), 8 am – noon, Boundary Bay Regional Park. If you have something to sell or something to buy, come out to this multi-household garage sale – all in one location. Book a stall for $10. Proceeds go to the Cammidge House Committee Events Fund to enhance Cammidge House and support community events and park activities. Look for park entrance signs off Boundary Bay Road.  Information: 604-250-8671. Everyone welcome. Free, registration not required;

Ongoing until September 2, 2005
Music in the Garden: Enchanted Evenings Series. In its twelfth season, the Enchanted Evenings series expands to showcase new talent along with your favorite performers from July 1 to September 2. The 2005 repertoire includes classical, Asian, world, Indian, and fusion music. All shows start at 7:30pm and end approx. 8:30pm on Friday nights. Tickets are $15 non-members and $12 members. Call 604 662-3207 to reserve advance tickets or purchase them at the door.

Ongoing to September 2, 2005
Robson Square Summertime Ballroom Dance Series WHAT: Ballroom & Latin social dancing WHERE: Robson Square (at the ice rink) WHEN: Every Friday night 8:00 pm – midnight, July 1 - September 2, 2005 WHY: It’s free! Open to everyone! Demonstrations, beginner lessons, general dancing WEBSITE: http://www.dancesportbc.com

Ongoing until September 3, 2005
Mission City Farmers' Market. Assortment of baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles and preserves, crafts, garden art, plants and nursery stock; Every Saturday, 604-864-1261.

Ongoing to September 4, 2005
Historic Chinatown Walking Tours. Gain a new perspective on a old neighbourhood and learn about the history, architecture and people.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, ext. 205;

Ongoing until September 22, 2005
Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession. Nearly 70 sculptures, drawings and studies by Auguste Rodin.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4700, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

Ongoing until September 5, 2005
Wang Du.  The Vancouver Art Gallery will be the first venue outside Europe to present this exhibition of sculptural works by Wang Du, a Chinese-born (b. 1956) artist living and working in Paris since 1990. Wang Du is recognized as a master of manipulating and deconstructing images related to the mass media. In each work he painstakingly reproduces the original two-dimensional image in three-dimensional form, often utilizing the extreme foreshortening and cropping that are a part of media representation.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing until September 5, 2005
Franz West: As a leading European artist, Franz West has made an important contribution to sculpture at the turn of the century. West's work emerges out of the history of Viennese Actionism with its emphasis on the human body, the grotesque and subversive humour. Franz West features over 30 works from the past three decades and focuses on West's Passtück (or Adaptive) sculptures; Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing to September 5, 2005
Burnaby Lake Nature House.  Mmmm - which trail should I explore? What plant is that? Get your questions answered by friendly park naturalists and volunteers at the Burnaby Lake Nature House. Pick up a park map, report bird sightings or learn about the park’s flora and fauna through fun and interactive displays. Stroll through the butterfly garden and discover which plants attract these colourful insects. Find out about upcoming nature programs and the Burnaby Lake Park Association.  The Nature House is located at the end of Piper Avenue off Winston Street; 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

Ongoing to September 5, 2005
Campbell Valley Visitor Centre, Langley.  Drop by the Campbell Valley Visitor Centre and meet the volunteer hosts. These dedicated local naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts will provide you with information on park features and trails. Check out displays by various park groups, play at the kids’ corner or report wildlife sightings. The Visitor Centre hosts are always looking for new members who can share insights on Campbell Valley. Call 604-530-4983; 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

Ongoing until September 11, 2005
Men's Whitecap Soccer at Swanguard Stadium, Burnaby; http://www.whitecapssoccer.com

Ongoing to September 14, 2005
Davies Heritage Orchard Cottages.  The Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Association and the GVRD invite you to step back in time to discover island life as it was in the heyday of the Union Steamship Company. From the Bowen Island ferry dock, walk to the Davies Heritage Orchard cottages to learn about summer bellflower apples, picnics in the park and historic moonlight cruises.  For Davies Heritage Orchard information, or to arrange a viewing of the Museum Cottage (Wed. - Sun., June 22 to Aug 28) call 604-947-9146; 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

Ongoing to September 12, 2005
Vancouver Canadians Baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver; 604-872-5232 or http://www.canadiansbaseball.com

Ongoing to September 18, 2005
Sunday Hosts at Pacific Spirit Park Centre.  A warm smile and a wealth of park knowledge are the trademarks of the volunteer Sunday hosts. Group members are waiting to answer your questions and provide trail maps at the Park Centre, located at 4915 West 16th Avenue. If you are interested in becoming a Sunday host, please call 604-730-2611 or e-mail pspsociety@telus.net;

Ongoing to September 25, 2005
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.  Bard on the Beach is a professional summer Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver.  The irresistible magic of the city, sea and mountains provides the magnificent backdrop to our productions.   For Information call 604-739-0559 or visit http://www.bardonthebeach.org 

Ongoing until September 30, 2005
50s Gallery. Popular culture artifacts.  604-736-4431, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca/

Ongoing until September 30, 2005
West End Farmer's Market & Gourmet Food.  West End/Nelson Park Farmers & Gourmet Food Market. Come meet the farmers and your neighbours at the 6th annual West End Farmers and Gourment Food Market. Featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables in season from family farms, quality local crafts, delicious edibles, community information, live music, master gardeners and more.  Every Saturday until Thanksgiving in Nelson Park - Comox St. between Bute & Thurlow., http://eatlocal.org/WestEnd.html

Ongoing until September 30, 2005
UBC Music presents Wednesday Noon Hours, An hour of music presented by various artists. Program changes weekly.  12 pm, UBC Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC, Vancouver;

Ongoing until September 30, 2005
Heritage West End of Vancouver Walking Tour. Explore and discover local people, architecture and history. Tours meet daily at the Wall Centre Hotel Fountain, 2pm.  Rain/shine Thursdays -Tuesday.  No tour Wednesday. $5 per person, $10 per family.  Tour is approximately 2 hours.  Simply show up-look for the man in the bowler hat.  For more information email jcgray@sfu.ca  or visit  http://www.sfu.ca/~jcgray

Ongoing to October 8, 2005
Don't miss another fabulous season of the Yaletown Funky Farmers Market.  The market kicks off every Saturday  rain or shine  starting June 11th to October 8th in Bill Curtis Square located at the corner of Mainland and Davie, just across from Starbucks and the Opus Hotel in Yaletown.  Find truly unique handmade crafts including pet fashions, jewellery, soaps and home décor Yaletown style. Enjoy farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and a selection of gourmet prepared foods. Enjoy the hip urban atmosphere of historic Yaletown with its fresh array of modern lifestyle shops and cutting edge restaurants. Stroll the docks and take your pick of patios for brunch before or after the market. For information contact Gary at: 604 683-7473 or projects@yaletowninfo.com

Ongoing until October 8, 2005
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market.  Held Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, May 7th to October 8th, in Historic Downtown Abbotsford, this market is a showcase for BC growers, artisans and entertainers in a street fair setting.  Being designed not only as a shopping place but also as a social community venue, the market will feature cooking demonstrations, musicians, and performance artists.  For further information check the website at: http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

Ongoing until October 10, 2005, 2005
Enchanted World of Sand. Displays of 20 scenes from magical myths, legends and fairytales, carved from sand by Canadian master sculptors.  $5/adult, $2/child aged 6-13, Harrison Hot Springs.

Ongoing until October, 2005
B.C. Lions CFL Football, BC Place Stadium, http://www.bclions.com/.

Ongoing
Family Fun at the UBC Museum of Anthropology: Poles of the Northwest Coast.  This program is offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 1:00-2:30 pm. MOA welcomes families and individuals interested in learning more about NWC First Nations cultures. This new program is free with admission to the Museum. Family admission of $25 includes two adults and up to four children. The program lasts 90 minutes and is suitable for children 6-12 years. For more information visit: http://moa.ubc.ca/programs/index.php

Ongoing
MOMS WANTED! Ever feel under-appreciated? Does someone you know think they have a better idea of how to raise your own children? How would you like to put them to the test? Put that know-it-all family member or special friend in your shoes while you enjoy a weekend getaway! Paperny Films is looking for moms (or dads) with multiple children to star in "Crash Test Mommy", an insightful and entertaining television series for Life Network on the realities of parenting. If you know a mum (or dad) who really deserves a break and who has something to prove, call 604 228 1960 or e-mail us at mum@papernyfilms.com for more information.

Ongoing
You Say You Want A Revolution.  Groove on Vancouver as the hippie capital of Canada. Visit the hippies’ communal house, try on some macrame finery, and listen to great Vancouver bands from the late 1960s. Look for your mom or dad, or yourself, in swinging footage of the Stanley Park Be-In and the Retinal Circus nightclub. Follow the action as Vancouverites –both hippie and straight –fought the freeway and saved their neighbourhoods.  Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The Imprentice. The Imprentice isnt about Money, Money, Money, Money its about Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny when an all-powerful host, with impossibly bad hair, runs a competition where a group of improvisers must employ all their formal training, their street-smarts, their improv-chutzpah in this ultimate boardroom battle. Who will hear those dreaded words Youre fired! and which one will be hired to be the Improv Apprentice. It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,  http://www.vtsl.com
 







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