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Special Events for December 2004

 

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December 1, 2004 to January 2, 2005
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum: Come experience a traditional Burnaby Christmas. Our beautiful village (circa 1925) is decorated with lights and traditional ornaments. Visit with Father Christmas, tour the historical buildings including a Chinese herbalist's store, the general store, a blacksmith's shop and many more. Crafts for the children, schoolhouse story time, Christmas baking in the farmhouse and children's entertainers, choirs and exhibits are featured. Admission rates apply. Carousel rides $1.50. Hours: 12:00noon-5:30pm. Open until 8:00pm December 11, 12, 16-19, 23, 26 & 30. Closed December 24 & 25. Info line: 604-293-6501. Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

December 1, 2004
Banff Mountain Film Festival Presented by Coast Mountain Sports.  The world's best mountain films bring the spirit of adventure to life on the screen. Wide variety of stories from mountain sports, mountain culture and the environment to entice and inspire viewers.   7:30pm, Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484.

December 1, 2004
Christmas 2004: Rita MacNeil and the Men of the Deeps.  Bell Performing Arts Centre (Surrey), 604-507-6355.

December 1, 2004
Christmas Wish Breakfast: Bring a new unwrapped toy to the hotel and enjoy a free breakfast from Pan Pacific or use the express toy drop-off at the front entrance and grab a coffee and donut to go.  Pan Pacific Hotel, 6-9 am.

December 1, 2004
Men's Health Matters: Medical experts discuss latest in prostate disease, heart health, sexual function and andropause; legendary goal scorer Guy Lafleur is guest speaker.  Four Seasons Hotel, 604-875-4818.

December 1, 2004
World AIDS Day Luncheon. Luncheon and luxury silent auction, with guest Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie) speaking about hope for the millions of AIDS victims worldwide. Coast Plaza Suite Hotel, 604-682-6325.

December 1 - 5, 2004
Being Adrienne Clarkson Off-the-wall tale of an isolated community in northern B.C. turned upside down by a surprise visit from Canada's Governor General who is travelling incognito.  Studio 58, 604-257-0366.

December 1 - 5, 2004
VanDusen Botanical Garden Christmas Craft Market, 604-275-2724.

December 1 - 9 2004
Theatre in the Raw presents A Festival of One-Acts and Radio Plays.   Vancouver's home-grown grassroots Theatre in the Raw is celebrating a decade of progressive stage performance with a two-week festival featuring more than a dozen plays and musical acts. Cambrian Welsh Hall, 215-East 17th Avenue, Vancouver; 604-708-5448.

December 1 - 10, 2004
Christmas Story: Comedic example of life from the eye of a child during the '40s in his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Presented by Thomas Haney Secondary and Sightlines Theatre.  Thomas Haney Secondary School, 604-463-2001.

December 1 - 12, 2004
United Players presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver; 604-224-8007, www.unitedplayers.com

December 1 - 24, 2004
24 Days of Winter Peace in a Chinese Garden.  To thank our community friends and partners for their continued support the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be open BY DONATION (no regular admission applies) from December 1 - 24. Treat yourself, family, and friends to stroll through our landscape masterpiece. Enjoy complimentary tea, join a guided tour to discover the symbolic significance of the Garden's elements and see an art exhibition by talented local artists. An enchanting retreat during the hectic Christmas season. 604.662.3207, www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

December 1 - 24, 2004
The Museum of Anthropology presents Windows on the World.  An Art Bazaar at the Museum of Anthropology. Extraordinary gifts from around the world - a treat for the eyes, a feast for the senses! 604-822-5087, www.moa.ubc.ca

December 1 - 24, 2004
The Peak of Christmas.  Sleigh bells ring, choirs sing! During the month of December, the spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities on top of Grouse Mountain.  For more information call 604-980-9311 or visit Grouse Mountain .

December 1 - 30, 2004
 6TH ANNUAL NATURE COMES TO LIGHT: A holiday light show in the Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

December 1 - 30, 2004
Oriental Arts Club Group Exhibition: Founded by Margaret Chinn, students from the Oriental Arts Club will share their passion for Chinese painting techniques and styles in a group exhibition that celebrates the winter solstice.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

December 1 - 31, 2004
 18th Annual Festival of Trees.  Every year, the Festival of Trees transforms the lobby of Vancouver's Four Season's Hotel into a forest of wonderfully decorated trees, to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital. The Festival is open to the public, who are invited to browse through the festive display and cast a ballot for their favorite tree;  Four Seasons Hotel.

December 1 - 31, 2004
Drive-Through Christmas Light Show. 'The Enchanted Garden' is illuminated with over half a million lights and features the largest Nativity scene in western Canada.  The drive through is over one kilometre. FM musical accompaniment. Proceeds to charities. 5-9 pm, Minter Country Garden Centre, Chilliwack; 1-800-661-3919, http://www.mintergardens.com/enchantedgarden.htm

December 1 - 31, 2004
Royal City Christmas Trees: Beautifully decorated Corporate Trees will be displayed on the second level of the Fraser River Discovery Centre from December 1 to January 2nd. Donations of children?s books in support of the Simon Fraser Society for Community Living would be greatly appreciated.  New Westminster;

December 2, 2004
 Shadbolt Centre's Seasonal Celebration: Bring the entire family and celebrate the spirit of the season with wreath-making workshops, musical performances, hands on art activities and much more. Free admission. Thursday, 5:30-8:30pm, December 2. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. For information, call 604-291-6864.

December 2, 2004
Belize on the Wild Side: Slides and music on the culture, ecology and adventure travel opportunities in Belize, Central America.  West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1-800-667-1630.

December 2, 2004
SFU Noon Shows presents: SFU Student Composers.  SFU Theatre, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby Mountain, 604-291-3514, www.sfu.ca/sca

December 2, 2004
Surrey Art Gallery presents David Lloyd.  The Surrey Art Gallery Association presents ceramic artist David Lloyd, who will give an up-front and personal perspective on the delight of using hand-made, wood-fired tableware.  Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey, 604-501-5566.

December 2, 3, 4, 2004
 The Grinch Project. Abbotsford Children's Theatre presents "The Grinch Project".  Matsqui Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford; For more information cal 604-859-3134, or check www.city.abbotsford.bc.ca

December 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 2004
Vancouver Opera presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY.  n 19th century Nagasaki, Butterfly, a beautiful young geisha, defies her family and forfeits her heritage to marry a dashing American naval officer. For her, its a lifelong commitment. For him, its merely infatuation and an oasis of pleasure during shore leave; he soon abandons his new bride and the child they have conceived. Years later, he awakens to the depth of her love and the misery he has caused by his callousness and cultural ignorance, but it is too late. In a supreme expression of sacrifice and hope, Butterfly chooses what is, for her, the only honourable exit from life. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, www.vanopera.bc.ca  

December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 2004
 The Great Medieval Feast & Fest. Heritage Valley Resort hosts The Great Medieval Feast & Fest. Six special evenings of live interactive entertainment, comedy,music, dancing and wonderful food. This event was so popular last year (every event was sold out) that some nights are already starting to fill up this year. This is a perfect event for groups, A lively evening with plenty of food for all including a flaming Hip of Beef, Roast Turkey, fabulous desserts, tea and coffee. Bring the family, friends, or office staff for a party they will never forget!  For more information, contact Heritage Valley Resort (Abbotsford) at 604 864-888 or visit www.heritagevalley.com (http://www.heritagevalley.com)

December 2 - 11, 2004
Tennessee Williams Festival: Tribute to the work of playwright Tennessee Williams, featuring The Night of the Iguana & Summer and Smoke.  The Night of the Iguana Playwrights Theatre Centre, Granville Island Dec. 2-11. Summer and Smoke Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St. Dec. 3-11.  604-689-0926.

December 2 - 18, 2004
The Heights Performance Centre presents: Shaking the Dew from the Lilies. The Heights Performance Centre, 604-294-4166, www.theheightspc.com

December 3, 10, 17, 2004
Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides.  Granville Island continues its tradition of holiday trolley rides around the Island. Hop aboard the Trolley at Triangle Square and see the Island in a new light. Trolley rides are free with a donation to the Food Bank.

December 3, 182004
North Vancouver's Carols Ship Festival of Lights: Brighten your holiday season this year with a visit to North Vancouver?s annual Carol Ship Festival of Lights held in Waterfront Park on Friday, December 3rd at 7:45pm, and December 18th at Panorama Park (Deep Cove). This warm and festive celebration will be filled with live music, roving performers, free holiday craft workshops, blazing bonfires, and of course, beautiful lights. Santa himself may even stop by! Please bring donations of non-perishable foods or toys in support of the family services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau and the North Shore Harvest Project. For more information, please call 987-PLAY (7529). http://www.carolships.org

December 3, 2004
Benefit Concert for Bam.  Amir Koushkani, Darya Dadvar and friends celebrate to send support to survivors of the earthquake that struck the historic City of Bam, Iran.  he concert features Iranian born soprano, Darya Dadvar, who will come to Vancouver from Paris to perform a special repertoire of Persian songs, accompanied on piano by Nima Sarkeshik. The program will be opened by the talented mezzo soprano, Shirin Eskandani of Vancouver accompanied by composer and pianist Farshid Samandari. Climaxing the evening will be the group Safa, which brings together legendary Vancouver artists, Amir Koushkani, Salvadore Ferreras and François Houle and Noushin Abedi. The concert will also feature a media presentation and a silent auction.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484.

December 3, 2004
Christmas Around the World Fair and Bazaar, Squamish Elementary School. Ethnic Smorgasbord, photos with Mr and Mrs Claus, Henna Tattooing, Teach an International Craft Project, Christmas Tree Decorated from Around the World Scottish Bakery, hansel and Gretal Candy Shop, and more. Looking for any Ethnic groups interested in participating - dance, sing, story telling, etc. Call Shanda Dosanjh, 604 815-0876

December 3, 2004
First Friday Forum with Harry Aoki Ensemble.Part of a series of informal free-form exchanges, where world artists delve into each others' cultures through the arts and dialogue.  Part of Vancouver Opera's "Views of Japan," series leading up to its production of Madama Butterfly.  National Nikkei Heritage Centre, Burnaby; 604-266-0154.

December 3, 2004
Granville Island Business and Community Association (GIBCA) is proud to sponsor the launch of Yuletide Traditions in Triangle Square. Highlights (5-8 pm):. · Late night shopping and Customer Appreciation Evening, Horse-drawn Trolley Rides starting at Triangle Square · Holiday Carollers, Holiday Lighting Program (15,000 festive lights), Santa arrives by Trolley, GIBCA Window Decorating Contest. Granville Island Public Market is closed December 25, 26, and January 1.

December 3, 2004
Rogue Folk Club presents The Paperboys, St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver, www.paperboys.com

December 3, 2004
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents: Tiny Tots.  "Goldyhands and the 3 Bows". Identical Harmony entertainers. A fairy tale featuring music from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  This series is suitable for children from birth to age 5.   Playhouse Theatre, 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver, 604-876-3434, www.vancouversymphony.ca

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 2004
2nd Annual Carol Ships Parade: The Royal City Yacht Club & friends will be featuring beautifully decorated Yachts and Workboats on the river. This wonderful fleet will be cruising the Downtown waterfront area on December 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. For your added enjoyment, The Westminster Quay Public Market will open Mrs. Clause?s Kitchen to serve up many goodies and even hot dogs! Enter the children?s colouring contest for great prizes. Don?t miss this spectacular Family Event, hosted by the Market and Riva Café.

December 3, 4, 11, 17, 18, 20 - 24, 2004
Carousel Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: The holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol", takes the stage at the Waterfront theatre in December with a tale of redemption and goodwill as the infamous miser Mr. Scrooge discovers that he does indeed have a generous spirit. This innovative new adaption by Canadian playwrights Lezlie Wade & Kevin J. Etherington features an ensemble cast of five actors and enormous, larger than life puppets designed to thrill audiences of all ages! Waterfront Theatre, 1410 Cartwright Street, Granville Island; 604-685-6217, www.carouseltheatre.ca

December 3, 4, 5, 2004
Coquitlam's 24th Annual Christmas Craft Sale; The most amazing variety of crafts we've ever had. Join the 135 crafters and enjoy a pleasurable day of shopping with us. We have potters, weavers, wood turners, aroma therapists, tole painters, artists, sewers and too many more to list.  Poirier Community Centre 624 Poirier St., Coquitlam;

December 3 - 4, 2004
 Christmas Capers at the Goat Farm.  "Christmas Caper at the Goat Farm" is a winter open house. The farm will be all decorated for Christmas, and their will be musical entertainment for the entire family, a Christmas craft for the children to make, Rudolf the Red Nosed Goat, farm tours, and organic goat milk hot chocolate. So pack up the family and bring you friends for a real country experience. Goat Farm - McLennan Creek Dairy, 30854 Olund Road, Abbotsford; For further information: 604 854-6261, mclennan@organicgoatcheese.ca

December 3 - 4, 2004
 The Rankin Sisters: Caravan World Rhythms presents sisters Raylene, Heather, and Cookie Rankin in a Maritime Christmas concert, with proceeds to the Surrey Women's Centre and the Red Cross. Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey; 604-280-4444.

December 3 - 4, 2004
Whistler Bizarre Bazaar. Whistler's Original Artisan Market featuring over 100 vendors presenting quality hand-made art and crafts. Now in its 16th year, Bizarre Bazaar offers unique, quality, hand-made fine art and crafts featuring local and province-wide artisans. Take home a one-of-a-kind craft including jewellery, bath and body products, ceramics, clothing, preserves, fine art, wood and glass products, candles and Christmas decorations. Bizarre Bazaar is a vibrant and popular annual event that also features live entertainment all weekend. Whistler Conference Centre, 604-935-8419.

December 3 - 5, 2004
Peace Out! International leadership conference for youth ages 10-22.  Learn about international peacebuilding and leadership, and for you to get the tools and motivation you need to change the world in your own way. Choose your own conference schedule and workshops! Conference includes a celebration of the rich culture in Africa, and a benefit concert with recording artists Lotus Child for war-affected youth in Uganda (tickets available at Zulu Records).  UBC, 604-822-5028, http://www.peacechallenge.org

December 3 - 5, 2004
The Centre presents The Graduate at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 777 Homer Street, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

December 3 - 23, 2004
Christmas Carol Ship Parade.  Boat owners from around Greater Vancouver decorate their vessels and cruise around the waters of Vancouver harbour.  For more information call 604.878.8999 or visit www.carolships.org.

December 3 - 24, 2004
A Christmas Carol: Carousel Theatre presents this Holiday Classic for the whole family, featuring Terence Kelly as Mr. Scrooge and enormous, larger than life puppets. Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St. For tickets call (604) 685-6217;

December 3 - 24, 2004
Yuletide Traditions. The 2004 festivities offer visitors the opportunity to experience well known Island traditions such as the magical Holiday Lights, Horse-drawn Trolley Rides (Fridays), Roving Carollers (Saturdays/Sundays), and the Winter Solstice Lantern Procession (December 21). Visitors can enter to win the CTV Christmas Wish Contest. Enjoy holiday family entertainment on the CTV Stage in Triangle Square & Kids Market (Saturdays/Sundays) among many more Yuletide traditions. Yuletide Traditions on Granville Island presented by CTV.  Granville Island, for info, call (604) 666-5784.

December 3 - 31, 2004
Pacific Theatre presents Halo.  The extraordinarily funny and surprisingly touching story of what happens in a Cape Breton community when the face of Christ appears on the wall of the local Tim Horton's. This compassionate new play by one of Nova Scotia's rising starts asks important questions about faith, hope and customer service. Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, 604-731-5518, www.pacifictheatre.org

December 4, 2004
 CHRISTMAS PARADE at 6pm in Downtown Cloverdale; Info: 604-576-3155 or 604-574-9802.

December 4, 2004
 Country Dance with Modal Turpitude.  The 3rd in our series of First Saturday Old Time Country dances, with an excellent fiddle band featuring Mike Schway, Margie Katz and Dave Nerad with caller John Gallagher from Seattle. St James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue), 604-736-3022.

December 4, 2004
 Subway Bowl High School Football Championships at BC Place Stadium; www.bchighschoolfootball.com.

December 4, 2004
10th Anniversary of Dicken's a Christmas Carol.  : What a great opportunity to see the newly restored, renovated Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouvers Oldest Church Building, hear the brand new Kenneth Jones Pipe Organ, listen to members of four of Vancouvers finest choirs, hear five celebrity readers, read the classic Dickens Tale and welcome the Holiday Season in Style.  Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver, 604-682-3848.

December 4, 2004
18th Annual Santa Claus Parade: This years? Santa Claus Parade will be the best event ever. The parade kicks off at 4:00pm on December 4th. Columbia Street will come alive at 3:00pm featuring entertainment, food vendors, roasted chestnuts, balloons for the kids and more. Hosted by the Downtown BIA.  New Westminster;   

December 4, 2004
2ND ANNUAL MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL AND PARADE: Downtown Langley's 2nd Annual Magic of Christmas Carnival and Parade will be a fun filled day of activities on Saturday, December 4th beginning with Breakfast with Santa and finishing the day with a Christmas Sing-Along. This day promises to have something for everyone. Carnival rides, a cookie decorating centre, petting zoo, Christmas stage showcase and Children's Christmas Craft Sale are just some of the events planned for the day. Starting at 5:30pm, our Magic Lights Parade will feature over 30 participants from various associations and local businesses. A variety of pipe bands, horses, floats and of course Santa, will make this a parade guaranteed to delight people of all ages. Call 604-539-0133 for more info or visit the DLMA website at www.downtownlangley.com

December 4, 2004
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Christmas crafts, caroling, hot chocolate and coffee. Contact Langley City Parks & Recreation 604 514-2865.

December 4, 2004
Breakfast with Santa at Place Maillardville, 1200 Cartier Ave, Coquitlam; 604-933-6166.

December 4, 2004
Chasing Spring Around the World: Educational talk by Dr. David Tarrant, UBC Botanical Garden.  Dr. Tarrant is a highly respected horticultural expert, he is in demand both locally and internationally as a public speaker, and has been involved in many special community projects in Vancouver.  IRC Building, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC; 604-822-5675.

December 4, 2004
Children's Christmas Festival, Cedar Valley School (Squamish). Creative children's crafts & activities, handmade crafts, gourmet bake sale, lunch & refreshments. St. John's Church, 1930 Diamond Road, behind the Sea to Sky Hotel. www.squamishwaldorf.com

December 4, 2004
Christmas Craft Market at Place des Arts: The Place des Arts Christmas Boutique expands for this single day event, featuring local  crafters and artisan demonstrations. Place des Arts is located at 1120 Brunette Ave. in Coquitlam. Please call (604) 664-1636 or visit www.placedesarts.ca (http://www.placedesarts.ca) for more information.

December 4, 2004
Craft and Retail Fair.  Crafts, books, CDs, origami, kimonos, greeting cards, floral items, rubber stamping craft supplies and demos, fashion accessories, purses, hats, watches, children's dress-up costumes, silent auction, handwriting analysis, pet toys, jewellery, Christmas items and more.  Japanese United Church, 4010 Victoria Drive, Vancouver; (604) 689-1964.

December 4, 2004
FIRST ANNUAL ARTISAN'S FAIR: The Friends of the Fort are holding an Artisan's Fair on site at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Visitors can walk through the grounds, buy hand made items and enjoy light refreshments. No admission charge. For more information, please contact the Friends at 604-888-3943.

December 4, 2004
Langley Country Christmas. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for an evening of entertainment, caroling, hayrides, crafts and more! Douglas Recreation Centre, Langley; 604-514-2865.

December 4, 2004
Pet Photos with Santa: Pet Owners, please bring your furry loved ones to see Santa, and have a photo taken for a lasting memory. The Lower Mainland Network for Animals? Santa Photo events were previously so successful, they have five dates this year, and include hot dog sales and craft sales. Photos are by donation, and 100% of funds raised are used to provide assistance to homeless, abandoned and abused animals as well as families and individuals experiencing financial challenges who own pets.  Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital, 2129-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam; 604-942-2715.

December 4, 2004
Royal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Presenting the craft of professionals and passion of students, along with beautiful costumes, fantastic sets and the magical story of The Nutcracker under the artistic direction of Dolores Kirkwood. A delightful way to share the holiday magic with your family.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484.

December 4, 2004
Winter Birding at Boundary Bay.  Discover why this designated Important Bird Area (IBA) is the best winter birding location in the region. Meet other birders, enjoy a slide show, relax with a beverage and snack, and then go for a guided exploration of the foreshore grasslands and mudflats. Look for eagles, hawks, shrikes, sandpipers, songbirds and waterfowl.  Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

December 4 - 5, 2004
 Lotusland Vineyards, Open House: Lotusland Vineyards invites you to their open house on December 4th and 5th at their vineyard - 28450 King Road, Abbotsford. This open house marks the second anniversary of the winery. There will be wine sampling, goodies and mulled wine to warm your heart and hands, A door prize will be given away each day. Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For further information: 604 857-4188, info@lotuslandvineyards.com

December 4 - 5, 2004
17th Annual North American Native Arts & Crafts Festival. This year's festival is sure to be another huge success. Swing by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, located at 1607 East Hastings Street. Featuring beautiful Northwest Coast artwork, gold and silver carved rings, bracelets, pendants, cedar wood carvings, prints, and Cowichan Indian Sweaters. Not to mention traditional performances throughout the day, as well as some great food. For more information, contact (604) 253-1020 or visit www.geocities.com/Kakilani2000/nativeartsfestival (http://www.geocities.com/Kakilani2000/nativeartsfestival).

December 4 - 5, 11 - 12, 18 - 19, 2004
CTV Stage in Triangle Square: Join us on Saturdays and Sundays in December for free family entertainment on the CTV Triangle Square stage. There will be carolling, storytelling, and visits with Santa. 11 am - 4 pm.

December 4 - 5, 11 - 12, 18 - 19, 2004
The Carollers: This year roving carollers will sing holiday songs at locations Island-wide.  Granville Island.

December 4 - 5, 11 - 12, 2004
 Pet Pictures with Santa at Pet Food ?N More.  Have your pet?s picture taken with Santa Claus during Pet Pictures with Santa, to be held at all five Pet Food ?N More stores in the Vancouver area.  All well behaved pets are welcome.  Each Pet Pictures with Santa event will take place between 11:00am  3:00pm.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. December 4 - Pet Food ?N More, 20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge; December 5 - Pet Food ?N More, 7380 King George Hwy, Surrey; December 11- Pet Food ?N More, 10th & Alma, Vancouver; December 11 - Pet Food ?N More, 3244 Oak Street at 16th, Vancouver; and  December 12 - Pet Food ?N More, Park & Tilford, North Vancouver; (604) 270-2432.

December 4 - 19, 2004
ALDOR ACRES U-CUT CHRISTMAS TREES: Saturday and Sunday, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 from 9 - 5 at Aldor Acres (8249 - 252nd Street, Langley) cut your own tree and enjoy a wonderful family day with a bonfire, hot chocolate and candy canes, trees $5/ft. http://www.aldoracres.com

December 4 - 23, 2004
Holiday Magic:  Saturdays through Wednesdays kids can visit with Santa at the Kids Market. Thursdays through Sundays, Amanda O?Leary will tell the story of an elf finding her holiday spirit in the Magic of Christmas. Kids will delight in the clowning and magic of Amanda O?Leary as she tells the story of an elf finding her holiday spirit.  Kids Market, Granville Island;

December 5, 2004
21st Century Flea Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre; http://www.21cpromotions.com/

December 5, 2004
FESTIVAL CHRISTMAS - CHRISTMAS CLASSICS: 8 pm at the Fort Langley Community Hall, the Langley Community Chorus directed by Brenda Wilson invites the audience to sing along to some familiar carols with tickets at the door $10, $7 seniors, $5 students and donations to the Food Bank - Phone 604-888-1759.

December 5, 2004
Country Christmas Benefit Concert for Meals-on-Wheels. Featuring Elmer Tippe, the Shovel Playing Man, Rob Hess and many more performers. Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services, in partnership with Kevin Assoun, a local musician is hosting the 2nd Annual Country Christmas Benefit Concert for Community Services? Meals-on-Wheels Program.  The ACT (Maple Ridge Art Centre & Theatre), 604-476-2787.

December 5, 2004
PIONEER CHRISTMAS: Experience the magic of Christmas past. The Christmas customs and traditions of local pioneer families are yours to discover. Simple pioneer toys, old time Christmas tree decorations and music put you in the spirit. Langley Centennial Museum 604-888-3922.

December 5, 2004
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Kids' Koncerts: A theatrical symphony concert that explores the origins of some of our best-loved holiday traditions, from Christmas trees to dreidles, from Santa Claus to Scrooge. More than a few sing-a-longs and plenty of Holiday cheer!  Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434,

December 5, 2004
Year End Fun Fly at Garry Point Park, Steveston.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, info@bcka.bc.ca

December 6, 2004
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2004
Open Mic Night for Teens: Teens are invited to come on stage -- anything goes: from stories to poetry to songs. Prizes each night for audience favourite. Vancouver Public Libary, 604-331-3691.

December 6 - 9, 2004
"SCENIC DRIVE" CHRISTMAS IN WILLIAMS PARK (Langley). From 6 pm till 9 pm December 6-9th view the spectacular show of lights as you drive through the park in the comfort of your own vehicle! *Please no large tour buses in the park *. For more information contact 604-533-6086.

December 7, 2004
Wild Edge Slide Show: A slide show about Clayoquot, Long Beach & Barkley Sound with author Jacqueline Windh.  Mountain Equipment Co-op, (604) 872-7858, http://www.harbourpublishing.com.

December 8, 2004
First Day of Hannukkah: The Jewish celebration of Hannukkah lasts for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah the Maccabee for religious freedom. Hannukkah begins at sundown on the previous day.

December 8, 2004
Mamma Mia!  Readings by Carla Maria Lucchetta, Valerie Sovran Mitchell and Anna Nobile, three contributors to the anthology, Mamma Mia! Good Italian Girls Talk Back.  Growing up an Italian woman in the New World sometimes involves the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. Balancing a respect for tradition with the need to break with it, this collection is a rare and surprising blend of humour and candour.  Vancouver Public Libary, (604) 331-3603.

December 9, 2004 to January 12, 2005
Threads of Jewish Life: Fabric art by Sima Elizabeth.  Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 604 257 5111 ext 244.

December 9 - 18, 2004
 Christmas Lights Tour: A Christmas Lights Tour presented by Landmark Reality. (#100 - 32555 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford) from December 9 - 18th. Tickets $5 per person and proceeds to Abbey Food Bank. For more information call: 604 855-0800.

December 9 - 31, 2004
Gateway Theatre presents The Secret Garden.  The enchanting childrens classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett is reborn as a glorious musical. A spoiled orphan adjusts to a new life on her uncles English estate where a magical boy and a talking robin show her the path to happiness that runs through a once-loved garden.  Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, 604-270-6500, www.gatewaytheatre.com

December 10, 2004
Korean Culture Centre Third Year Anniversary. Experience the traditions and culture of Korea through stage performances and an exhibition of arts and crafts. Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam; 604-415-5711.

December 10, 2004
Vancouver Recital Society presents Yo-Yo Ma, Cello & Emanuel Ax, Piano at the Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC; 604-280-3311, www.vanrecital.com

December 10 - 11, 2004
"WALK & CELEBRATE" CHRISTMAS IN WILLIAMS PARK: Wander through Williams Park (Langley) December 10 & 11 from 6pm till 9pm. There will be Christmas Celebrations with lights on display to view, local entertainment, refreshments, hay & pony rides and a don't forget your visit with Santa! A shuttle service will be available from the parking area to the festivities for free. For more information contact: 604-533-6086

December 10 - 11, 2004
A Spectacle of Lights. The Historic Fishing Village of Steveston will be celebrating Christmas with a twinkling display of lights. Storefronts, houses and boats will be fully decked and shining brightly, creating an enchanting waterfront Christmas scene for all. Steveston, 604-271-8280.

December 10 - 11, 2004
Winter Hayride, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

December 10 - 31, 2004
Festival of Lights.  Be dazzled when millions of twinkling lights turn the centre of the Garden into a realm of sheer wonder. Delight in the effects created along Lake Walk with the Symphony of Dancing Lights set to seasonal music or come listen to the many community choirs that will appear each night on the Deck. VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 604-878-9274, www.vandusengarden.org

December 11, 2004
2004 THQ World Supercross GP.  Dont miss this world-class motorcycle race that will feature several of the worlds most celebrated supercross riders including three-time THQ AMA World Supercross champion, Ricky Carmichael. BC Place Stadium, 604-280-4444, www.supercross.cc.com

December 11, 2004
Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts Winter Concert.  Christmas winter concerts showcasing school students. Matinee performance is A Winter Concert of Dance, Evening performance is The Grinch.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484.

December 11, 2004
Eagle Festival, Totem hall (Squamish). 12:00 - 7:00 pm. Come and celebrate the return of the Eagles. Live performance, first nations art (table rental available), Traditional food for sale, Squamish stories and legends, Art activities. For info call Rose 604 892 5166.

December 11, 2004
Old-Fashioned Christmas Workshops. Vintage decorations, Saturday; handmade cards and wrapping paper, Dec. 4; keepsake gifts, Dec. 11. For ages 6-9 years.  Surrey Museum and Archives; 604-502-6456.

December 11 - 12, 18 - 24, 2004
Wild Christmas at the Zoo. Ride the train with Santa and his elves, see real reindeer and get your picture taken.  Greater Vancouver Zoo, 604-856-6825, http://www.greatervancouverzoo.com.

December 11 - 12, 2004
Country Christmas - 22nd Annual.  Songs of the season spill out of the doors of the Livestock Barn, while farm animals watch from their stalls and Farm visitors sing along from straw bale seating. The Farm is decorated in the spirit of Christmas. The Greenhouse is especially festive with its musical chimes and Santa and Mrs. Clause moving figurines. Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; 604-929-5610 or visit http://www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

December 12, 2004
 Brad May & Friends Hockey Challenge.  The Giants along with a select group of NHL players such as Brad May, Marcus Naslund, Brent Sopel, and Dan Cloutier will take part in a charity game at the Pacific Coliseum. More than $300,000 is hoped to be raised for the Canuck Place Children's Hospice. Pacific Coliseum, 604-280-4400.

December 12, 2004
 DECORATING FOR THE SEASON,1-4pm. An afternoon of festive crafts to decorate your home for the season. Richmond Museum Kids & Family Event; 604-231-6460.

December 12, 2004
Family Winter Carnival: Join us in celebrating the holiday season with our winter carnival. Highlights include continental breakfast, holiday crafts, face-painting, games, bouncy castles and a visit from Santa. Please pre-register.  Killarney Community Centre, 604-718-8200.

December 12 - 23, 2004
Christmas at Canada Place "The Twelve Days of Christmas".  Vancouvers largest indoor Christmas event makes its return to the Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place. New this year, the event will take a new 12-day format and has embraced a very fitting Twelve Days of Christmas holiday theme. Christmas at Canada Place will kick off with a very special Santas Pancake Brunch on Sunday, December 12 and runs to December 23, 2004. The event is expected to attract approximately 50,000 visitors to stroll around our Avenue of Trees and Woodwards Window displays, savour the sounds of young Christmas carollers, or take a ride aboard the miniature train.  Canada Place, www.christmasatcanadaplace.com

December 13, 2004
World Poetry: Poetry from around the world, presented bilingually. Hosted by Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea.  Vancouver Public Library, (604) 331-3603.

December 14, 2004
Talk About Katana (Japanese sword). Meet with the Japanese Sword Appreciation Society for an in-depth and engaging discussion about the katana.  Vancouver Museum, 604-734-7368, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

December 15, 2004
Winter Festival at the West Richmond Community Centre, 604-718-8400.

December 15 - 16, 2004
 Holly Cole's Sultry Seasonal Soiree with the VSO.  Silky-smooth jazz vocalist Holly Cole returns to the VSO stage with her immensely popular Sultry Seasonal Soiree concert. Cole's unique and celebrated vocals will spice up your Christmas, in two performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434.

December 17 - 19, 2004
Ballet British Columbia & Alberta Ballet present Nutcracker.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-3311, www.balletbc.com

December 17 - 19, 2004
The Vancouver Chamber Choir presents: Caroling! A Chamber Choir Christmas.  Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver, 604-738-6822, www.vancouverchamberchoir.com

December 17, 2004
Story time with Mrs Claus. Come in your pjs, bring your teddy and snuggle in for a special visit and story with Mrs Claus. Singing, prizes and hot chocolate. Ages 1-6. $5/child. 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Brennan Park Rec Centre, Squamish;

December 18, 2004
Birding in Richmond, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

December 18, 2004
Handel's Messiah:  It's all hands on stage for the Bach Choir's spectacular performance of Handel's Messiah 8 pm Saturday December 18 at the Orpheum. 150 of Vancouver's finest choristers, plus award-winning soprano Rhoslyn Jones, alto David Lee, tenor Roger Honeywell, bass baritone Aaron St. Clair and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Don't miss experiencing the joy of the Christmas celebrations combined with a powerful musical masterwork; 604-280-3311.

December 18, 2004
Medieval Magic-Winter Harp: Take a magical journey into the warm heart of a special winter celebration. Winter Harp is musicians in medieval attire, performing hauntingly beautiful carols and Celtic music 8 pm Sunday December 18 at St. Andrew's Wesley Church, 1012 Nelson Street. The instruments are as pleasing and intriguing as the music - celtic harps, classical harps, hand drums, bells, chimes and the world's only bass psaltery - a stringed instrument that dates back to Sumerian times. Visit www.winterharp.com (http://www.winterharp.com) for details. For tickets call Festival Box Office 604-257-0366.

December 18, 2004
Skate with Santa: Bring family, friends and those you hold dear to enjoy crafts, games and holiday cheer. $3.30 child, $4.10 student/senior, $5.10 adult, 1 session.  Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue. Phone: 604-291-1261.

December 18, 2004
The VECC and Leaky Heaven Circus Holiday Party (8 pm).  Dancing, fun and Holiday cheer.  Tickets at the door, or call Leaky Heaven Circus at: 604-488-8003.  A Measly $5. Vancouver East Cultural Centre;

December 18 - 30, 2004
Winter Fantasy on Ice. Trout Lake Ice Rink will be transformed into a Winter Fantasy for Christmas. The Rink will be decorated with snow islands, villages, snowmen, tons of trees and lights and more!  Trout Lake Community Centre, 604-257-6955.

December 19, 2004
Charlotte Diamond and the Hug Bug Band: As a Juno and Parent Choice Award winner, Charlotte Diamond's music inspires children to care for each other and celebrate the diversity of our cultural mosaic. Voted one of the most popular children's performers in Canada, Charlotte takes young audiences to amazing places with sing-able tunes and imaginative tales.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484.

December 19, 2004
CP Rail Holiday Train scheduled to pull into Port Moody.  The annual CP Rail Holiday Train will pull into Port Moody, Queens Street Plaza (at Clarke St.), spreading holiday cheer and supporting local food banks. A host of Canadian musicians traveling on the train, including The Moffats, will perform for spectators while hot apple cider, hot chocolate and other goodies will be available. A visit from Santa will top off this fun filled family evening.  Call the CPR Community Connect Line at: 1-800-766-7912.

December 19, 2004
1920s Heritage Tea on the Train: Relax on a restored 1921 CPR railcar, the Venosta, with a heritage tea. Museum admission included. For more information Call (604) 939-1648. Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody.

December 19, 2004
Vancouver Cantata Singers present: A Christmas Reprise. Now a Christmas Tradition, Cantata Singers present a programme including a mixture of chants, Advent music and contemporary arrangements of familiar carols. Maple Ridge Arts Centre & Theatre, 604-730-8856, www.cantata.org

December 20, 2004
Hudson's Bay Company Heritage Services presents a festive afternoon at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.  Bring your friends and family and enjoy a festive afternoon at Fort Langley! Kelly Irwin, Outreach Coordinator for the Hudson's Bay Company Heritage Services, will be on-hand to teach participants how to make ornaments using the famous Hbc Point Blanket. At the end of the day, you'll leave with a completely unique Christmas keepsake! The event will also include a tour of the old Hbc fort and some holiday treats. 1-4 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site Cost: $2.00 per ornament, plus park admission. For more information call(604) 513-4784.

December 21, 2004 to January 2, 2005
 Alcan Twelve Days of Christmas: Once again, with Alcan's generosity, admission for all children under 18 years of age (accompanied by paying adult) will be free over the holidays. Admission to the Museum includes all exhibits and the Alcan Children's Maritime Discovery Centre. Family craft activities will be featured most days from 1 to 4 pm.  Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, 604 257-8300;

December 21, 2004
Roundhouse Community Centre presents Holiday Luncheon.  A great way to get into the holiday spirit! Join Mr. Claus for a light lunch, refreshments, holiday crafts, caroling and a gift exchange. Santa will have something for everyone. Please bring a wrapped gift (value under $10).  Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse, Vancouver, 604-713-1800.

December 21, 2004
Winter Solstice Lantern Procession. Come bring light into the world on the longest, darkest night of the year at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden! Once again the Garden will be a host venue for the Secret Lantern Society's 11th Annual Winter Solstice Procession for Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. Join a procession at Science World, Strathcona Community Centre, or the Carnegie Centre at 6pm. Then, follow the sea of hand-made lanterns and the compelling rhythms of drummers to our magical Garden come to life with lights, lanterns, exhibits, music, and dance. Free event, but donations appreciated. Visit the other Winter Solstice venues at Granville Island, the Roundhouse Community Centre, the West End Community Centre, and the Coal Harbour Community Centre. www.vancouverchinesegarden.com, 604-662-3207.

December 21, 2004
Winter Solstice Lantern Procession: CMHC-Granville Island is proud to present the 11th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Procession (6 pm). Come celebrate the return of the sun with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining along the shores of False Creek. Revellers will be parading their hand-made lanterns around the Island starting at the Public Market courtyard. There will be singing, drumming, live music and dancing. Visit www.secretlantern.org or call (604) 873-5055 

December 24, 2004
Santa Claus Parade, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

December 27 - 31, 2004
 Richmond International Midget Elite AAA/AA/B Hockey Tournament.  You are invited to the 24th Annual Richmond International Midget Hockey Tournament held December 27th to the 31st, 2004. This five day Tournament is considered to be one of the premier Midget Tournaments on the west coast of North America. The Tournament is held at the two Richmond Arenas under the auspices of Richmond Minor Hockey Association and is sanctioned by Hockey Canada, the British Columbia (BCAHA) and the Pacific Coast (PCAHA) Amateur Hockey Associations. Richmond Ice Centre and Minoru Arena, www.midgethockeytournament.homestead.com

December 27, 2004 to January 2, 2005
 CIBC Mini-Soccer Festival at BC Place Stadium. Sign up your team now for one of the premier soccer events of the year. Open to teams in the Under-6 to Under-14 divisions, boys and girls. Register now by calling (604) 465-5286 or email pse1@telus.net.

December 31, 2004
First Night 05.  More than 15 downtown venues will house the music, performance art, theatre and celebrations of First Night Vancouver 2005 to be held indoors and out rain or shine this New Year's Eve 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. 604-872-0928, www.firstnightvancouver.ca

January 1, 2005
Polar Bear Swim. Dive into the ice cold waters of English Bay and start the New Year with a crisp outlook. 604-665-3424.

January 2 - 3, 2005
Tribute to Nat King Cole: Vancouver Symphony presents Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and his trio saluting the beloved Nat 'King' Cole. Conducted by Jeff Tyzik.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434.

January 2, 2005
Polar Bear Swim. Join the locals in this traditional New Year's "jolt to the system" . Registration begins at 10:00am, and the swim takes place at 12:00. White Rock Beach, 604-536-6844.

January 9, 2005
Elvis Gold, The Story of Elvis II.  After the success of last year's production, "The Story of Elvis", this year's second show proves to be even better. "The Story of Elvis" is a high-energy, Vegas style spectacular tribute show that takes you on a nostalgic tour of Elvis' life with live performances by Elvis tribute artists, an orchestra and an outstanding gospel choir. The show is narrated by local legend Red Robinson and accompanied by photographs of Elvis Presley's life.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484.

Ongoing until December 18, 2004
Delta Museum & Archives presents: RSVP - Stepping out in Delta.  Who can resist an opportunity to dress up and look their best? Whether for family occasions such as christenings and wedding receptions, or for dinner parties and community dances, people of all incomes & ages love a chance to put their best foot forward. Social customs and clothing styles may have changed dramatically over the years, but the desire to step out in style is timeless. This exhibit takes a peek into the closets and dressing tables of past generations of party-goers; 604.946.9322.

Ongoing until December 9, 2004
The Richmond Art Gallery presents: Illusion of Sky - Shimmering Spectacles.  Richmond Art Gallery,  604-231-6454.

Ongoing until December 15, 2004
ANNE FRANK - A HISTORY FOR TODAY.  a multi-media display which juxtaposes photographs of the Frank family with documentation of events of the time. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, (604) 264-0499 or visit www.vhec.org

Ongoing until December 18, 2004
Growing Up in Surrey. Relive your childhood with a visit to this exhibition! Through collection objects, photographs and stories collected from community members of all ages, visitors will explore childhood and youth activities from 1900 to present day.  Surrey Museum, Phone 502-6456 for more information;

Ongoing until January 3, 2005
Massive Change: The Future of Global Design. We live in a world where design affects all aspects of our lives and holds the possibility of changing the very nature of human life itself. Massive Change: The Future of Global Design is an exhibition that examines how design is changing the world. Curated by internationally renowned designer Bruce Mau, the exhibition invites viewers to consider the dynamic future of design culture and the choices we must make. By presenting the new capacity, power and promise of design, Massive Change poses the question: Now that we can do anything, what will we do? Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Massive Change will tour internationally to six venues in North America, Europe and Asia.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing until January 8, 2005
Arts Club Theatre presents THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged).  An irreverent, fast paced romp through the Bard's plays; his sonnets are reduced to eight lines, his comedies condensed to a single short sketch, and his tragedies are unmercifully spoofed. Titus Andronicus as a cooking show? Why not? Life is too short, and the complete works of Shakespeare are too long!  Arts Club Granville Island Stage, 604-687-1644, www.artsclub.com.

Ongoing until January 8, 2005
Funny Girl: It has been said that people who see Funny Girl are the luckiest people in the world! The story of fabulous Fanny Brice, and her meteoric rise to stardom as a member of the Ziegfeld Follies, will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. No other dame has ever been as loved, or loved so much.  Stanley Theatre, (604) 687-1644.

Ongoing until February 1, 2005
SASQUATCH!  Follow in the footsteps of local journalist, John Green as he embarks on a 50-year quest to find the truth behind the legend of Sasquatch. Footprint casts, original artifacts and first-hand accounts will bring the legend to life this summer at the Vancouver Museum.  Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431.

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 until December 31, 2004
The Young Black Stallion: In Disney's first dramatic feature made specifically for the giant screen, Walt Disney Pictures is proud to present the continuation of a family favorite and a story that has enthralled generations of readers. The Young Black Stallion, a prequel to the 1979 classic, presents the horse's adventures with a young girl named Neera, who has been separated from her father in Arabia by WWII. Left alone in the desert, she befriends the wild colt, whom she names Shetan. Once reunited with her father, however, Neera remains haunted by images of the "lost horse of the desert" -- one of a few stallions of legend, rumored to be "born of the sands, sired by the night sky, drinkers of the wind." The original writer and producer of The Black Stallion have returned for this production, which will bring giant screen audiences the wonder, excitement, and magic of Walter Farley's equine hero as they have never seen it before. Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre, Science World; 604-443-7443.







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