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Special Events for December 2005

 

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December 1, 2005
Bright Christmas at Mollie Nye House.  Start the Christmas season off right with an evening filled with lights, music, refreshments, and a Carol sing-along. Mollie Nye House will be decorated like a giant gingerbread house, and historical tours of the house will be available. Admission is free!  Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver; 604-987-5820, brownj@northvanrec.com

December 1, 2005
Life Without Limits.  Vancouver Marriot Pinnacle Hotel 7:30 PM An insightful evening describing: How to fire up your passion for life. Why you make the same @*#%! choices over and over again. How to leave the Joneses in the dust. ...and so much more; www.freedom-in-vancouver.com

December 1, 2005
The Vancouver Museum will host an Evening of Eminence. Eminent people from around the world gather as students from the Vancouver School Board’s gifted learners program transport you through time to meet an array of fascinating people. As a culmination of their studies of eminent individuals, students will share artifacts they have created to help portray those who have contributed to making our world a better place. Move through the Vancouver Museum galleries to meet and question costumed students as they recreate the people they have studied. Past “guests” have included Canadian heroes such as Rick Hansen, Sanford Fleming and Nellie McClung as well as world famous personalities such as Mozart and Joan of Arc! It’s an evening to remember; 604-730-5308

December 1, 2005
Beer Tasting & Education.  Finally! Learn about the history of beer, the brewing process, how to match food with beer, cooking with beer, the sociology of beer in Canadian Society, and, taste and explore eight specialty beers. You are advised not to drive and participants will be required to sign a waiver form. There will be snacks and prizes, this promises to be an informative and fun evening! Check out the next big trend on the West Coast! Presented by local Beer Experts: Colin Jack, Rick Mohabir & Zayvin Haqq of "Just Here For The Beer" (www.justhereforthebeer.com).  Dunbar Community Centre, 604-222-6060.

December 1 - 2, 2005
Mad Mabel's Christmas: Mad Mabel's Christmas is a modern classic Christmas story; a humorous and heart-warming play for all ages that tells the story of a young girl's quest for the ultimate Christmas present and her relationship with a very quirky and elderly homeless woman. Chilliwack born and raised David Cameron wrote the play and it has been perormed to enthusiastic audiences on Bowen Island and in Vancouver. This production marks Mabel's hometown premiere. Shows Thursday, December 1 at 1:00pm and 7:30pm, and Firday, December 2 at 11:00am and 1:00pm. UCFV Theatre, 604-795-2814.

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 2005
A Night Before Christmas After School Discovery.  Irving House Museum, New Westminster; Between 3:30 and 4:30pm bring your kids to this children's hands on program exploring Victorian Christmas traditions. Call 604 527 4640 for more information.

December 1, 3, 2005
DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES.  The Vancouver Opera presents Francis Poulenc's moving meditation on faith and self-awakening. At the height of the French Revolution, Blanche de la Force, an introverted and timid aristocrat, dares to leave her privileged existence for the peaceful salvation of the Sisterhood. There, through immeasurable inner strugle, she discovers a greater purpose in life. When the outside world desecrates the sisters' sanctuary and condemns them to death, Blanche's belief is tested and she is faced with a fateful choice. In French with English surtitles.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre; Tickets 604-683-0222 Vancouver Opera (HTTP://www.vancouveropera.ca)

December 1 - 3, 2005
Prairie Log Home B&B 14th Annual Craft Sale:  Several different artisans get together and neatly arrange their crafts and creations throughout every nook and crany of the main floor in this B&B. Please visit between 10am - 8pm for all your Christmas needs. 3555 Dixon Road, Abbotsford, 604-850-2671.

December 1 - 4, 2005
Whistler Film Festival.  Whistler's 5th annual celebration of film returns with an exciting lineup of films from around the world. The four day festival features 80+ films and $30,000 in prizes as well as innovative workshops, special events, cool parties and free outdoor screenings.  604.935.8035, http://www.whistlerfilmfestival.com

December 1, 8, 11, 15, 18, 2005
Heritage Valley,The Great Medieval Feast & Fest.  5 special evenings of live interactive entertainment, comedy, music, dancing and wonderful food. Join our waifs and wenches and come as “guests” of our royal troupe! Watch out, that may be you on that horse in a jousting contest! This is our 4th year! This event is so popular that the last 2 years sold out every night. This year we have had some bookings since last 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, our fabulous desserts, tea and coffee. Bring family, friends, or office staff for a party they’ll never forget! THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS *$47.95 p.p.  All events are by reservation only, call today: 604-864-8888, toll free: 1-866-864-8887, email: events@heritagevalley.com

December 1 - 23, 2005
Carol Ships Parade of Lights.  Carol Ships 'Parade of Lights' began over 43 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour off the Bayshore Inn. On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 80 decorated boats, with in excess of 150,000 lights, and carries over 45,000 people during the 23 night festival; info@carolships.org, www.carolships.org

December 1 - 24, 2005
Yuletide Traditions.  Discover Island Magic this Yuletide season at Granville Island. Experience the twinkle of Ìsland lights, visit with Santa and enjoy a free ornament-making workshop. Marvel at the roving performers and sing along with the local choirs, all the while shopping for one-of a kind gifts that are sure to make your holidays sparkle. You can also enter the Granville island – CTV Yuletide Contest and enjoy many more Yuletide Traditions.  Yuletide events will take place each weekend in December. For more information call (604) 666-5784.

December 1 - 10, 2005
Alice in Wonderland.  "Alice" will be "falling down the rabbit hole" on the Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage, 88th Avenue and King George Highway, from December 1 to 10. Evening performances, Wednesday to Saturday are at 7:30 pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm. These popular productions usually sell out, so don't be late! Order tickets now for your voyage into Wonderland. The Surrey Arts Centre Box Office is open Monday to Sunday from noon to 5 pm and Thursday until 7 pm. Purchase tickets in person, online at https://secure1.city.surrey.bc.ca/cgi-bin/tm.cgi, or by phone at 604-501-5566.

December 1 - 10, 2005
Alice in Wonderland.  Tickets are on sale now for the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Exciting Musical Panto, at the Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage. 13750 - 88 Ave. (88th Avenue and King George Highway). Lots of laughs, song, dance and excitement. The audience is encouraged to Boo the bad guy and Cheer for the good guy. Great entertainment for Families and Kids of all ages. You'll be smiling like the cheshire cat.  Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage, 604-501-5566, http://www.fvgss.org/

December 1 - 10, 2005
Alice In Wonderland. Tickets are on sale now for the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Exciting Musical Panto, at the Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage, 13750 - 88 Ave. (88th Avenue and King George Highway). Lots of laughs, song, dance and excitement. The audience is encouraged to Boo the bad guy and Cheer for the good guy. Great entertainment for Families and Kids of all ages. http://www.fvgss.org/

December 1 - 30, 2005
7th Annual Nature Comes to Light, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

December 1 - 30, 2005
7th Annual Nature comes to Light: A holiday light show in the Richmond Nature Park. Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

December 1 - 30, 2005
Pioneer Christmas Parlour: Museum Exhibit at Richmond Museum, 604 231-6460;

December 1 - 31, 2005
A Twisted Christmas Carol.  A very special take on this Christmas favourite! Using your suggestions and Dickens’s holiday classic, five talented, nutty, and inspired actors will improvise their hearts out, and create a new comedy every night. Kids from ages 10 to 100 will love A Twisted Christmas Carol.  Granville Island Stage - 1585 Johnston Street, (604) 687-1644.

December 1 - 31, 2005
Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Twisted Christmas Carol.  A very special take on this Christmas favourite! Using your suggestions and Dickenss holiday classic, five talented, nutty, and inspired actors will improvise their hearts out, and create a new comedy every night. Kids from ages 10 to 100 will love A Twisted Christmas Carol.  Arts Club Granville Island Stage.

December 1 - 31, 2005
Museum Exhibit: Pioneer Christmas Parlour, Richmond Museum, 604-231-6457.

December 2, 2005 to January 13, 2006
Magic Lanterns: Leva Woo & Robin Shaw.  An exhibition of paintings, mixed media and sculptures in celebration of Winter Solstice and winter days by Leva Woo and Robin Shaw.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

December 2, 2005 to January 2, 2006
Bright Nights in Stanley Park.  The Vancouver Park Board and British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund invite everyone to nights of magic and illumination for the eighth annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park. More than a million twinkling lights transform the forest, the train and children’s farmyard areas in the middle of the city’s wondrous Stanley Park. Bright Nights is enhanced by entertainment, dozens of delightful animated displays and more, carrying on the tradition started with the first Christmas Train over twenty-five years ago.  Stanley Park Train & Children’s Farmyard, http://www.vancouver.ca/parks/events/brightnights/

December 2, 2005
Carol Ship Festival of Lights, Waterfront Park, North Vancouver.  A joyful evening of Christmas festivities for the whole family! Brighten your holiday season with a visit to North Vancouver’s annual Carol Ship Festival of Lights. Bright Holiday Music: The V.O.C. Soul Gospel Choir, North Vancouver Youth Band Bell Choir. Sparkling Entertainment: Roving children’s performers, Whimsical craft workshops including Christmas clothespin angels with the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, and the North Vancouver Museum and Archives historic "Bug Lamp" workshop. With a Special Guest Star: It’s Santa! Grab a hot chocolate, cozy up next to the roaring fire and welcome Santa to start the holiday season. Please bring non-perishable food or toys for Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau and the Harvest Project.

December 2, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents CHRISTMAS LUNCH AND DANCE.  oin other enthusiastic seniors in the Exhibition Hall for our annual Christmas Lunch & Dance. Meet Santa Clause, enjoy a delicious lunch and dance the afternoon away, lead by our ballroom dance instructor, Carlton Parfit. No dance partner is needed. Bring your dancing shoes, singing voices and Christmas cheer. Donations for the food bank will accepted; 604.713.1800, www.roundhouse.ca

December 2, 2005
Vancouver Pulbic Library presents HOLIDAY MAGIC WITH THE GREAT SMARTINI.  Get a magical start to the holiday seaon at the Oakridge Library. Come and be amazed by the wonders of the Great Smartini. A show for the whole family!  VPL - Oakridge Branch, 191 - 650 West 41st Ave., Vancouver.

December 2 - 3, 2005
"The War of The Worlds" which is currently happening at the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre. IWe are holding over our live, theatrical, multi-media laser & light show over for 2 extra weekends - 4 additional performances in total ending on Saturday, December 3rd, 2005. Shows will be Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM. Shows run Thursdays thru Sundays till Nov. 20th with 4 additional performances on Nov. 25, 26, Dec. 2 & 3, 2005.  Stephen Bulat Post Modern Productions pmp@thewaroftheworlds.ca (/ym/Compose?To=pmp@thewaroftheworlds.ca&YY=72120&order=down&sort=date&pos=1) (604) 255--6603

December 2 - 3, 2005
Bizarre Bazaar.  Unique, hand-crafted jewellery, pottery, fabric goods, foods, glass and much more from regional artisans.  Whistler Conference Centre, 604-938-9221; info@whistlerartscouncil.com

December 2 - 3, 2005
LADNER HARBOUR CAROL SHIPS.  Ladner Harbour Carol Ships - organized by Ladner Business Association. Starts @ 7:30 PM on Friday and @ 7:15 PM on Saturday. Call for more information: 604-946-7193.

December 2 - 3, 2005
Universal Gospel Choir presents JOYFUL NOISE: A YULE CONCERT.  Renowned for its high-energy performances, spirited repertoire, soulful soloists, dynamic music director, and there-is-no-audience-in-gospel-music participation, the Universal Gospel Choir will warm your body and soul this festive season. With an exuberant blend of gospel and world music, the Universal Gospel Choir (http://www.universalgospelchoir.ca) generates magical concerts through its dedication to building cross-cultural bridges with the healing power of voices raised in song.  Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St. Granville Island, www.universalgospelchoir.ca

December 2 - 31, 2005
Carousel Theatre presents PETER PAN.  Fly to Neverland for exciting adventures and swashbuckling fun as Peter Pan and the lost boys battle with the infamous pirate Captain Hook! This classic story of the boy who won't grow up will thrill young people and those young at heart. Complete with special effects, sword play and a magical flight to Neverland, this unforgettable story is the perfect family adventure. Featuring Stephen Holmes as Peter Pan. For ages 5+; Waterfront Theatre, 1410 Cartwright Street, Granville Island. 604.685.6217, www.carouseltheatre.ca

December 3, 2005
19th Annual Hyack Santa Claus Parade.  The annual parade conveniently travels from Columbia Street Skytrain Station to the New  Westminster Skytrain Station, providing easy access for the public. There will be many floats, live bands playing Christmas music and of course, whether you've been naughty or nice, Santa Clause is coming to town!  604-522-6894.

December 3, 2005
Breakfast with Santa.  Bring your grandchildren to our popular annual family brunch. You can expect delicious food, craft making table, entertainment, and of course, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus (includes child’s gift). $9.00 per person, $30.00 per family of four. Saturday, 10:30am-1:00pm, December 3. Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone: 604-296-70110 or 604-294-1936.

December 3, 2005
Centre A presents A PAISLEY FOR KASHMIR.  A fundraising event to support earthquake survivors, showcasing the literature and culture of Kashmir.  Come and have your hand painted with a henna paisley and linger over the taste of saffron in Kashmiri tea and refreshments.  Centre A-Vancouver Int Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 23 West Pender Street, Vancouver; 604-738-6454, www.centrea.org

December 3, 2005
Christmas Craft Fair.   Enjoy the festive amosphere in the auditorium while you showcase your creations. Only handmade craft please. Food products must be approved by the Health Board. Set up at 8:00 am.  Brennan Park Recreation Centre, Squamish; 604.898.3604

December 3, 2005
Christmas Craft Fair.  See what folks around the Lower Mainland have spent all year creating! The perfect holiday gift is out there waiting for you! Only new, personally handcrafted items can be sold. Admission to craft fairs is free for buyers. Craft Fair: Saturday, 10:30am-2:30pm. Table rental: $10.35/table (limit two per person). Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway.  Phone: 604-525-1671.

December 3, 2005
Christmas Sail Past, White Rock; 604-531-1711.

December 3, 2005
Costal Jazz and Blues Society presents  IKUE MORI / RON SAMWORTH / DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF.   New York-based drum programmer/laptop computer manipulator Ikue Mori joins Vancouver guitarist/composer Ron Samworth and drummer Dylan van der Schyff for sonic adventures. Ironworks Studio & Gallery, 235 Alexander St, Vancouver; 604.872.5200

December 3, 2005
Gentlemen of Fortune presents CHRISTMAS SHOW.  Our featured headliner REALTIME are the current Gold Medal winners of the Barbershop Harmony Society after their brilliant performances at the International Championships held in Salt Lake City last July. Come and hear the flawless harmony and electric performances that generated STANDING OVATIONS each time they crossed the International stage. Whats more this quartet, featured on CBC, CTV and other media channels are from right here in the lower mainland!  Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby; 604.526.2212

December 3, 2005
Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver presents  CHRISTMAS MARKET.  ou will find Christmas decorations, special holiday foods, crafts and original art works, all in a warm and festive atmosphere. Sweets, candles, soaps, Christmas wreaths, childrens toys, greeting cards and jewellery are just some of the ideas for gifts and decorations you will find at the Fair to make this a beautiful holiday season. Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, 1551 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver, www.lecentreculturel.com

December 3, 2005
Mount Baker Ballet celebrates their 30th Season with  "The Nutcracker".  Bellingham's most enduring production of "The Nutcracker" marks the culmination of the Mount Baker Ballet's 30th season, December 3, 2005 at 7pm on the mainstage of the Mt. Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Street in Bellingham. Nancy Whyte is artistic director of the Mount Baker Ballet and producer of this annual holiday performance by the regional dance company; http://www.nancywhyteballet.com/nutcracker/index.html, 360-734-6080.

December 3, 2005
Mysterious Theatrical Rock Concert. Mysterious theatrical Rock. An exciting musical journey with lots of surprizes. High energy with moments of ambient music. Special guest Shawna Beesley. 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby. Order Tix by phone at 604 205-3000. www.myztery.net

December 3, 2005
Myztery - Mysterious theatrical rock concert.  Mysterious theatrical rock concert with Vancouver recording artists Myztery. Special guest Shawna Beesley. First 10 people get in free. "Concert was fantastic." "The last song made me feel happy." - Comments from fans. www.myztery.net Advisory: scenes of simulated gory violence.  Studio Theatre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, 604 205-3000.

December 3, 2005
Pacific Ice Synchronized Skating Association will be hosting it's annual Christmas Gala on December 3rd at Planet Ice, Maple Ridge.  This is a free event for the community and an excellent opportunity to come out and enjoy great skating from teams across B.C. as they debut their new programs for the upcoming competitive season.  This festive event runs from 4:45 pm-7:30 pm.   For more information visit our website at www.pacificice.org or email us at pacificice@sk8bc.com

December 3, 2005
Place des Arts presents LIGHTING UP MAILLARDVILLE.  This holiday season, Heritage Square in Maillardville will be aglow, beginning with the second annual Light Up the Square on Saturday Dec. 3, 2005. From 4-8pm, Place des Arts, Mackin Heritage Home & Toy Museum and the Fraser Mills Station Museum invite the community to Heritage Square for a fun, festive and free holiday event that will celebrate the arts and culture of the Maillardville area.  www.placedesarts.ca, 604-664-1636

December 3, 2005
Plans are underway for the sixth annual Cloverdale Santa’s Parade of Lights for December 3rd 2005 at 6pm. This exciting event will take place rain or shine!  Cloverdale BIA at 604-576-3155.

December 3, 2005
Royal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker.  This Christmas season, the RCYB Company presents the full length ballet The Nutcracker. This traditional ballet loved by all, has beautiful sets by Jean-Claude Olivier – extravagant, colourful costumes by Chris Sinosich and featuring a cast of 100 dedicated and enthusiastic dancers under the direction of Dolores Kirkwood. There are magical soldiers, a Sugar Plum fairy and a growing Christmas tree, all danced to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score. With snowflakes, Snow King and Queen, Waltz of the Flowers, Arabian, Spanish and more.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 3, 2005
Blacksmithing for Beginners.   Over 4 hours, learn about the history of the trade and blacksmith shop safety, proper tool use and forging techniques. Participants will have ample time at the forge under the guidance of an experienced Museum blacksmith and will each produce a dinner triangle with their newly acquired skills. Steel-toed boots must be worn.  Googles, aprons and all materials are aprovided. Instructors: Jeff Chenatte or Lorne Gray, $50.00, 1 session; Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

December 3, 2005
Santa Claus Parade: Parade starts at 5:30 pm, Downtown Chilliwack; 604-702-9507.

December 3, 2005
Santa Paws Is Coming To Town!  Santa will be dropping in at the Animal Shelter on Saturday December 3rd, from 10am-2pm. He will be posing for pictures with your favorite furry, feathered or even finned friend! Pictures are by donation and all proceeds will go directly to the animals. Refreshments will also be available to purchase by donation.  Come out with your pet and have a great start to the Holiday Season!  500 Mariner Way, Coquitlam; 604-933-7387 (933-PETS).

December 3, 2005
Santa’s & Holiday Workshops!  These fun, inter-active workshops hosted by Historic Downtown Abbotsford merchants are at small cost recovery fee.  How To Paint Festive Windows - Sat. December 3rd – 11 a.m. at House of Fine Art (2536 Montrose). $2 donation to Abby Arts Council. 604-853-2400.  The Story of Santa’s Magic Key & Create a Key for your Home - Sat. December 3rd – 1 p.m. at Remember That Antiques & Collectibles (2613 Montrose). Donation to BC Schizophrenia Society. 604-859-3900. Sugar Plum Fairy Decorations & Sweets Santa Workshop - Sun. November 27th – 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. – at Carla’s Academy of Dance (2556 Montrose). $2 pp. 778-808-3691. Make & Take Beautiful Christmas Bags, Tags & Cards- Sat. December 3rd – 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. with Michelle at Quilt Essential Fabrics (2622 Montrose). $10 pp. (incl. all supplies). 604-853-5444.

December 3, 2005
Sinterklaas / Lighted Parade.  Sinterklaas, the patron saint of the Dutch, welcomes in the holidays each year as he enters Lynden at 1 pm atop his white horse, accompanied by helper, Zwarte Piet (Black Peter), and Lynden Klompen Dancers. Children of all ages are delighted by Sinterklaas’ visit the first Saturday of each December. The highlight of the day is the annual Lighted Christmas Parade presented by Edaleen Dairy at 6 pm. A dazzling display of colorful Christmas lights on farm equipment, floats, horses and antique vehicles parade through Lynden, "making spirits bright."  It's quite a sight to see!  Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

December 3, 2005
Sinterklaas.  Celebrate Christmas, the Dutch way. The market welcomes you with extended hours for all your shopping needs. Please call 604 520-3881 for more information or visit http://westminsterquay.com

December 3, 2005
Subway Bowl High School Football Championships, BC Place. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for seniors, & $15 for adults. Children under 10 years are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door. Info: www.bchighschoolfootball.com (http://www.bchighschoolfootball.com)

December 3, 2005
Top Ranked Wrestling.  At the Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale, from 7:00pm-11:00pm; 604.556.1964

December 3, 2005
UBC School of Music presents REQUIEM FOR PEACE.  Requiem for Peace, by UBC DMA composition student Larry Nickel, makes a universal statement honouring the suffering civilians of this world who have been caught in the crossfire between warring nations. Integrating poetry in twelve languages (Latin liturgy provides continuity), it is an international call for reconciliation. In Hiroshima Lacrimosa, for example, the choir sings "Dies Irae, dies illa, solvet saeclum in favilla", (the day of wrath shall consume the world in ashes) while the soloist sings in Japanese, "How could I ever forget that flash of light!. Remembrance, regret, remorse, repentance, reconciliation, redemption, renewal, requiem (rest); these are the themes that run through Requiem for Peace. Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC.

December 3, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents MANDARIN STORYTIME.  Join us Saturdays this fall for Storytimes in Chinese at the Central Branch of the VPL. Storytimes will be conducted in Mandarin and will be held in the Harvey Southam Room on the lower level in the Children's Department. Children of all ages accompanied by their parent and/or caregiver are welcome; VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

December 3 - 4, 2005
19th North American native Art and Craft Festival. 50 Tables. Beautiful and trendy items. Mocassins, gold and silver jewelry, beadwork, painted scarves, native designed clothing, prints, paintings, drums, dreamcatchers, originals, native foods - baked salmon and smoked salmon dinners. CULTURAL and CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT BOTH DAYS. ADMISSION: $1.00.  Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center, 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; nativeartfestival@yahoo.com,

December 3 - 4, 2005
Heritage Hall One-of-a-Kind Christmas Craft Fair.  Over 50 outstanding local crafts vendors will attend the 9th Annual event. Do some shopping at one of Vancouver's most beautiful public buildings and help support a special project for Heritage Hall. $2 admission. Children free.  Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Vancouver; 604-879-4816.

December 3 - 4, 2005
Tsleil-Waututh Nation 3rd Annual Arts and Crafts Fair.  3rd Annual Arts and Crafts Fair December 3 - 4, 2005 60 Vendor Tables available.  604 924-4667, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Gym, North Vancouver;http://www.burrardband.com

December 3 - 18, 2005
Chorals and Carols.  From 1pm to 4pm, enjoy the wonderful musical performances encompassing the festive Victorian Christmas season. Includes pianists, harpists, choirs, bell ringers, and the Irving House Family Music Box recordings. Please call 604 524 4640 for more information. Irving House Museum, New Westminster;

December 3 - 18, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents LANTERN-MAKING WORKSHOPS.  Dont be left lantern-less! Artists from the Secret Lantern Society will work with our neighbourhood to prepare for our celebration. Participants are encouraged to return with their lanterns, friends, and families to add their special light to the night of the Winter Solstice, December 21! All basic materials are provided and participants are encouraged to bring pressed leaves and flowers or other decorative elements.  604-713-1800

December 3 - 31, 2005
The Enchanted Garden Christmas Drive-through Light Show: Nightly from 5pm-9pm (closed December 25) Cost: $10.00 per carload or $2.50 per person for vehicles with eight or more passengers. Get aboard the Christmas Train! Cost is only $4.oo per person per ride. Minter Country Garden (retail store), 604-792-6612, http://www.mintergardens.com

December 4, 2005 to January 29, 2006
Evergreen Cultural Centre presents  SAFETY GEAR FOR SMALL ANIMALS.  Safety Gear for Small Animals is about animal rescue, relocation and rehabilitation. Using the conventions of a traditional natural history museum, Bill Burns combines his tiny rescue and safety items for endangered animals with helpful information that guides viewers through the exhibition.  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam; www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

December 4, 2005
Breakfast with Santa, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

December 4, 2005
21st Century Flea Market: From shabby chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, http://www.21cpromotions.com

December 4, 2005
Children's Toy & Clothes Only Market. Description: Buy or sell used children's toys and clothes. Tables are $10 and go on sale October 22. In person registration only. Only used materials can be sold. No merchants or businesses. Admission is FREE.  Douglas Park Community Centre, 604-257-8130, douglasparkcc@vancouver.ca

December 4, 2005
Christmas Nature Walk Burnaby Lake Regional Park.  How do plants and animals prepare for winter? Join Burnaby Lake Park Association volunteers on a guided “Christmas Nature Walk” along the park’s forest trails to discover winter wildlife. Learn about the challenges faced by overwintering birds, and discover how plants face the cold. After the walk, return to the Nature House for refreshments. Park Association volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the natural history of Burnaby Lake. Meet at the Nature House, at the end of Piper Avenue, south of Winston Street.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

December 4, 2005
Coastal Sound Music Academy,  Christmas by Candlelight Choral Concert, the annual Family of Choirs Christmas Concert. Coastal Sound features eight choirs. Four from the training/apprentice levels; Novisingers, Junior Girlchoir, Girlchoir and Boychoir. Four from the Concert Choir levels; the Adult Community Choir, Chamber Choir, Kairo Youth Singers and Children’s Concert Choir all celebrate Christmas by Candlelight.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 4, 2005
LUNCH WITH SANTA. LUNCH WITH SANTA ON DECEMBER 4, 2005 AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH ON 2025 NAPIER FROM 10AM - 3PM. Come and join Santa for lunch. You can eat, have some fun, sing some Christmas Carols and take your photo with old St. Nick. It's a great way for grandparents to make some memories by enjoying the day with their grandchildren. Call the parish office for tickets. (604) 255-8855. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3.50 for children 2 years old and younger.

December 4, 2005
ORPHEUM: VSO KIDS KONCERTS: BONE BUTTON BORSCHT. Adapted by Barbara Budd, the Aubrey Davis folktale Bone Button Borscht is narrated by Budd to music by Sid Robinovitch. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster Vancouver Symphony

December 4, 2005
Pioneer Chirstmas.  Experience the magic of Christmas past. The Christmas customs and traditions of local pioneer families are yours to discover. Simple pioneer toys, old time Chistmas tree decorations and music put you in the spirit. Call 604-888-3922, Fort Langley.

December 4 - 5, 2005
Christmas Craft Fair.  The Sunshine Coast's largest juried craft fair features unusual and unique gift ideas for everyone. From soup to chocolate, kitchenware to fine furnishings, clothing, toys, accessories. The choices are endless.  Rockwood Centre in Sechelt,  (604) 885-0662.

December 5, 2005 to January 7, 2006
Pendulum Gallery presents  DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION RETROSPECTIVE.  A Retrospective exhibition featuring highlights from the last 3 years of the annual photographic competition, in which local residents of the Downtown Eastside are given disposable cameras and invited to document their lives and the neighbourhood in which they live.  Pendulum Gallery, 885 West Georgia St. (at Hornby), Vancouver; 604-879-7714.

December 5, 2005
Vancouver Public LIbrary presents BRUCE KIRKBY.  The VPL presents adventure travel writer Bruce Kirkby reading from his new book, The Dolphin's Tooth: A Decade in Search of Adventure. When he was twenty-two, Bruce quit his engineer's job to bicycle the Karakoram Highway in northern Pakistan. Miraculously, he survived - and discovered his life's passion. Over the next fifteen years, Kirkby navigated an evermore uncertain and uncommon path, honing his skills on some of the most challenging expeditions the world has to offer.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

December 5 - 6, 2005
Kay Meek Centre presents STEINWAY LEGENDARY PIANOS TOUR.  The Steinway & Sons Legendary Pianos Tour showcases three remarkable pianos. The first, Vladimir Horowitzs concert grand, crafted in the early 1940s, accompanied the pianist on his historic 1986 tour of Russia, as well as on concerts in Japan, Europe, Britain and the White House.  The second piano, a concert grand played extensively by Van Cliburn, is on loan from the pianists personal collection. The final instrument on the Legendary Pianos tour is a brilliant-blue 7-foot Rhapsody artcase piano designed in American art-deco style by internationally acclaimed furniture designer Frank Pollaro to commemorate the 100th anniversary of composer George Gershwins birth.  Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver; 604.257.0366

December 5 - 6, 2005
ORPHEUM Theatre: STUART MCLEAN: A VINYL CAFE CHRISTMAS. Don Jones Productions proudly presents the return of CBC Radio storyteller extraordinaire Stuart McLean. An annual holiday favourite! Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster

December 5 - 8, 9 - 10, 2005
Welcome to Christmas in Williams Park.  This year marks the 15th annual Christmas in Williams Park. This free family event is really two events in one. During the Drive Through evenings you can view the lights and displays from the comfort of your vehicle.  The Walk Through evenings feature hay & pony rides, local entertainment, refreshments and a visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus.  238 Street & 68 Avenue, Langley; http://www.ciwp.net/

December 6, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents LIVING ON THE EDGE.  Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is a remote island archipelago on the north coast of British Columbia. The southern potions of the islands is protected in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Doug Burles has worked as a biologist in these "Islands of Wonder" since 1989. Doug will share stories and pictures of the diverse and spectacular wildlife living on the edge of our continent, paying special attention to the little brown bat and Keen's long-eared bats - a species at risk in British Columbia - to survive in the unforgiving north coast environment.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver;

December 6, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents VOYAGE OF THE DREAMSPEAKER.  The VPL presents Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones, authors of Voyage of the Dreamspeaker: Vancouver-Desolation Sound Cruising Highlights. They will show their Coastal Magic DVD at this program. From the bustling urban marinas of Vancouver's False Creek to the warm and secluded waters off Musket Island Marine Park (near Hardy Island), Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones describe their favourite places to visit from Vancouver to Toba Inlet. Illustrated with unforgettable colour photgraphs and detailed charts and maps, and filled with intriguing stories and colourful characters, this book will inspire even the most cautious of boaters to cast away and explore what BC has to offer.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

December 7, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents TAIAIKE ALFRED.  The VPL and Necessary Voices Society present Taiaiake Alfred, author of Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom. The word Wasase is the Kanienkhea (Mohawk) word for the ancient war dance ceremony of unity, strength and commitment to action. The author notes, "This book traces the journey of those indigenous people who have found a way to transcend the colonial identities which are the legacy of our history and live as Onkewehonwe, original people. It is dialogue and reflection on the process of transcending colonialism ina personal and collective sense: making meaningful change in our lives and transforming society by recreating our personalities, regenerating our cultures, and surging against forces that keep us bound to our colonial past.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

December 7 - 17, 2005
Landmark Christmas Lights Tour (Abbotsford).  The Landmark Christmas Lights Tour will run from December 7th through the 17th. The tour will depart from Homestead Nurseries each evening at 7:00 PM.  For further information contact: 604 855-0800

December 8, 2005 to January 1, 2006
Gateway Theatre presents BRIGADOON.  On just one special day every 100 years, the small Scottish village of Brigadoon becomes visible to the outside world. Preserved for all time unless one of its inhabitants leaves, a tourist jeopardizes the town's existence by stumbling upon the village and falling in love with a local girl. A tribute to simplicity, true love, and goodness.  Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond; www.gatewaytheatre.com

December 8, 2005
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents SEASONAL CELEBRATION.  Join us for the 10th Anniversary of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at the 10th Annual Seasonal Celebration on Thursday December 8th 5:30 8:30pm. What will you experience? The centre will come alive with festive activities for the entire family. Creative options abound and include wreath making, gingerbread decorating or contributing to a themed clay project Celebrating the Arts with Clay. Burnaby Village Museum will present the heritage craft of creating Edwardian Christmas cards and up the hill at the Burnaby Art Gallery you can create your own stained glass candle votive using recycled CD cases, tissue and collage.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby;  www.shadboltcentre.com

December 8, 2005
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 8. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Information 604.291.6864.

December 9, 2005
Cap Jazz Series presents Christmas Classics.  Our annual holiday tradition returns with a festive selection of Christmas standards from our popular big band and vocal ensembles. Special faculty guest artists will also be featured to make this celebration a real gift. Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

December 9, 2005
Neil Cox: Picasso.  Neil Cox explores Picasso’s fascination with fables of the artist and the conjuring up of “old masters” in his work. How seriously or humorously should we take Picasso’s late paintings of artists and models? What does Picasso tell us about the artist in the modern world? Neil Cox is Head of the Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, UK. He has organized exhibitions of Picasso’s work and written on the artist in the context of Surrealism and Cubism. He is currently working on Violence as Culture: A Surrealist History of Art.  UBC Robson Square Lecture Theatre, 604-662-4717.

December 9, 2005
VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE: VSO TINY TOTS: HOLIDAY MUSIC FOR LITTLE ONES. Join professional music educators and performers Identical Harmony for a special program celebrating the magic and spirit of the holidays! Perfect for families with toddlers, Identical Harmony lets the spirit of the holidays shine through music. Note: Identical Harmony performs their award-winning productions without the orchestra. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster Vancouver Symphony

December 9, 2005
Velcrow Ripper: Scared Sacred.  A screening of the documentary film 'Velcrow Ripper: Scared Sacred'.  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia, Alice MacKay Room.  (604) 331-4044.

December 9, 2005
Youth Dance (11-13yrs).  Come and join us for our christmas dance. Admission $3/person.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388, renfrewcc@vancouver.ca

December 9 - 10, 2005
All City Auctions, In the Show Barn (Cloverdale); 604.514.0194.

December 9 - 10, 2005
Christmas - A Spectacle of Lights: The Historic Fishing Village of Steveston will be celebrating Christmas with a twinkling display of lights. This charming community will be fully decked and shining brightly – creating an enchanting waterfront Christmas scene for all.  Steveston, 604-271-8280 or 1-877-247-0777

December 9 - 10, 2005
Winter Hayride, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

December 9 - 10, 2005
Winter Hayride, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

December 10, 2005
"Mad Mabel's Christmas". This delightful play unfolds as Mabel, a woman who lives in a garbage dump, joins forces with the man who runs the local dump, Dave McIntrash, to help his consumer-oriented daughter discover the true spirit of Christmas. Mabel is the perfect holiday theatre experience for the whole family. Tickets: $12/$9. Call 604.927.6555 or online at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

December 10, 2005
7th Annual Family Series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.  Kingbaby Productions presents Mad Mabel's Christmas.  Mad Mabel's Christmas is a play for the whole family that mixes original music, humour and heartfelt drama to create the perfect holiday theatre experience.  Mabel, an old woman who lives in a garbage dump with her feral cat, Raphaella, joins forces with Dustman, Dave McIntrash, to help Dave's consumer-orientated daughter, Anna, discover the true spirit of Christmas. Second show 7pm.  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, 604-927-6555, http://www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

December 10, 2005
Aldergrove Festival Days Christmas Parade, 6pm - 8pm. Aldergrove welcomes you to kick-off the holiday season at the annual Christmas Parade. Floats, bands and other seasonal surprises will be making their way down Fraser Highway to delight the whole family! For more information call 604-671-8948.

December 10, 2005
Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts Winter Concert of Dance .  End of term performances for the students. Boys and girls from Pre-school to Professional Training and Performing Programs will perform Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Flamenco, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. A delightful show, perfect for all ages!  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 10, 2005
Breakfast with Santa.  Don't miss this annual tradition at Riley Park, it's always an exciting event for the whole family. This morning includes a continental breakfast, entertainment and a special visit from SANTA. Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment. Please register in-person at Riley Park Community Centre. $3 per child, $5 per adult. Please call 604-257-8545 for more information.

December 10, 2005
Breakfast with Santa.  Join Santa for a pancake breakfast. A great opportunity to take pictures. Tickets go on sale November 1st. $4/adult & $2/child.  Douglas Park Community Centre, 604-257-8130, douglasparkcc@vancouver.ca

December 10, 2005
Caribbean Christmas Concert.  First Christian Reformed Church, New Westminster; Hear the wonderful sounds of Island rhythms and you will feel like you are in the Caribbean. From 7:30 to 10:30pm. Call 604 525-4022 for more info.

December 10, 2005
Family Breakfast with Santa.  Here's your chance to tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have a great breakfast at the same time! Call 604 520 3881 for more information or visit http://www.westminsterquay.com

December 10, 2005
Santa Claus  Parade.  Starts from Howe Sound Inn and through downtown, ending at the Squamish Station Mall, 604.892.9244

December 10, 2005
Santa's Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar.  FREE pancake breakfast with Santa, singing Christmas carols with the school choir, gift tables with gifts for $1 and $2 only, bottle tables, bake sale and hot drinks, Poinsettias for sale, Mandarin oranges for sale, food baskets raffle: Mexican basket, Italian basket, Asian basket, and Appetizer basket. Come and join in the festivities!  Norgate Community School 1295 Sowden Street, North Vancouver; 604-418-5285, tnt@uniserve.com

December 10, 2005
Skinnydipper Family Nude Swim Night.  Skinnydipper swims are held on the second Saturday of each month. Membership is mandatory, application forms are available on-line or at the swim. Annual dues - $2.00.  Renfrew Community Pool, 604-484-7957.

December 10, 2005
THQ World Supercross GP, B.C. Place Stadium.  Don't miss the world's best supercross riders, including 4-time Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael and more! More info athttp://www.supercross.cc.com/shows/Show.2005-06-10.5654

December 10, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents CANTONESE STORYTIME.  Join us Saturdays at 3:30pm this fall for storytimes in Chinese at the Central Branch of the VPL. Storytimes will be held in the Harvey Southam Room on the lower level in the Children's Department. Children of all ages accompanied by their parent and/or caregiver are welcome;  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

December 10, 2005
Whalley Winter Wonderland.  This year the newly renovated North Surrey Recreation Centre will host its first major winter event! Skating, swimming, crafts, games, entertainment door prizes and much more! A great family event.  North Surrey Recreation Centre, 10275 135th Street, Surrey; 604-502-6343.

December 10, 2005
What Christmas Means to Me-Santa Fly-In Contest.  Squamish Airport, 604.892.9244

December 10, 2005
WV Carol Ships & Bonfires.  Ambleside & Dundarave Beach, 7-8:30 pm; 604-925-7196.

December 10 - 11, 2005
23rd Annual Country Christmas. The farm is decorated for the season and there are sing-alongs in the barn. The Greenhouse is transformed into a winter wonderland with several interactive Christmas figurines. There is the North Shore Christmas Bureau box, face painting, concession and pony rides available all day. Milking demo is at 2:15PM.  Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; 604-929-5610, wellmand@dnv.org, http://www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

December 10 - 11, 2005
Chilliwack Festival Chorus. The Chilliwack Festival Chorus will perform a program entitled " A Jazzy Christmas" on Sat. Dec. 10 @ 7:30 pm and on Sun. Dec.11 @ 2:30 pm. The concerts will not only feature solos from chorus members; Academy faculty member Niki Taylor will join the chorus on trumpet adding a brassy flavor to the jazzy theme. Cost: $12/General; $10/Student and Senior; Free/Academy of Music Students.  St. Thomas Church, 604-792-0790.

December 10 - 11, 2005
Shetland Sheepdog Trials.  At the Agriplex (Cloverdale) Saturday from 7:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 7:00am-6:00pm; 604.987.8550.

December 10 - 11, 2005
Tenth Annual Winter Market at Heritage Hall, 15th & Main Street, Vancouver. … Over 45 vendors per day-each day is different-some stay for both days. … Farm and prepared food products include: cheese, honey, hazelnuts, frozen meat and fish, plants, dried fruit, preserves, herbs, dips, juice, salad dressings, baked goods, sweets, & more!  … Many vendors sell at our summer markets-check our website to find out when your favourites will be there. http://www.eatlocal.org

December 10 - 11, 2005
Victorian Christmas Teas.  Are you a tea lover? Well then you will want to visit the Irving House where you can enjoy traditional tea served in the decanent grandmother's room of the Irving House (New Westminster). Tickets are $40. Please call 604 527-4640 for more info.

December 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 2005
Christmas Lunch, Paddlewheeler River Boat Tours. From 12:30 to 3pm, have a traditional Christmas lunch, including a delicious turkey buffet with all the trimmings. Call 604 525-4465 for more information.

December 10, 11, 18, 2005
Christmas: Pyjama Morning with Santa    1 month and up.  Come and enjoy a family morning in your pajamas with Santa.  Music, crafts and breakfast (pancakes) will fill your morning full of fun. Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam. Winter Wonderland Celebration   6 months and up.  Come out and enjoy Christmas Carol Karaoke, crafts, and swim with Santa!   Children will have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa.    An event for the whole family to enjoy.  Chimo Pool  and Centennial Room, Coquitlam; 604-933-6048, kfenton@coquitlam.ca

December 10, 17, 2005
- The Village of Christmas.  The Village of Fort Langley Christmas Customer Appreciation Days on December 10 and 17. Shopping and dining in a cozy, old fashioned Christmas setting. Phone 604-888-8835

December 10 - 23, 2005
Christmas at Canada Place, "A Traditional Celebration".  Join us for Vancouver's largest holiday event! Back for its eighteenth season, Christmas at Canada Place invites friends, families and community groups to participate in this festive tradition for A Traditional Celebration. See over 30 uniquely decorated trees and our Woodward's Windows while enjoying daily entertainment, riding the Whistler Mountaineer miniature train, or divulging your wishlist to Santa.  www.christmas.canadaplace.ca

December 11, 2005
11 - Aldergrove Festivals Days Presents: "Community Carolling"  6:30pm - 8:30pm. Live band, carolling, cookies & cocoa. For more information call 604-856-6229

December 11, 2005
BabyWorx Studio Christmas Open House.  Join us for a day of fun on Sunday December 11th! There will be free demonstrations of Kindermusik and Baby Signs classes, discounts on registrations, door prizes and more! Register for FREE to guarantee your space in a demo class or just drop in to meet the staff and learn more about our offerings. For more information or to register online please visit www.babyworx.ca or call us at 604.434.9845 In a Kindermusik class, educators lead a group of parents and their children through joyful activities, using music and movement. Parents learn more about their child's unique developmental process, and the shared learning experience creates a unique bond as the child associates learning with fun, musical play. The Baby Signs Program is based on the groundbreaking Baby Signs Research which began an international movement to teach hearing babies to use signs. After 20 years of careful study, Baby Signs Researchers proved that using signs actually enhances language, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

December 11, 2005
Brackendale Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair, 604.898.8358 for more information.

December 11, 2005
Celebration in the Woods.  Celebrate winter at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre! Everyone is invited to the Ecology Centre’s 8th Annual Open House. Loads of family fun: holiday crafts, games, face painting, goodies, and the black light puppet show – A Trickster’s Tale. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. For more information, call 604-981-3103, http://www.dnv.org/ecology/

December 11, 2005
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol  Chase away the holiday "humbug" through the world of storytelling. This  annual special benefit for SHARE's Tri-City area Food Bank features  celebrity readers and Coastal Sound Chamber Choir. Hearing Dickens' classic  story read out loud by our talented readers combined with beautiful music is  truly a gift. All tickets: $10 general admission. Call 604.927.6555 or  online at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca (http://www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca)

December 11, 2005
Christmas Concert / Concert de Noël  with / avec Les Echos du Pacifique.  Come celebrate the season with la chorale Les Echos du Pacifique of Maillardville. Venez célébrer le temps des fêtes en chanson avec la chorale francophone Les Echos du Pacifique de Maillardville! At Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Church, 830 Laval Square, Coquitlam.  Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Celine at 604-764-2808 or Therese at 601-939-0786 or celinegrandmont@yahoo.ca.

December 11, 2005
Explore Sundays – Fall Edition. Join us in Vanier Park as the Vancouver Museum, Vancouver Maritime Museum and HR MacMillan Space Centre team up for Explore Sundays. On the second Sunday of the month one attraction will offer fun, creative special events and paid programs for both kids and adults. Special events are free with regular admission (may be an occasional small charge for materials at some attractions).  Life at sea is full of traditions even around Christmas. Discover more about some of the maritime seasonal traditions and make your own decorations to take home. Special guided tours (including the engine room) of RCMP vessel St Roch will also be offered.Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, 604 257-8300, http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/

December 11, 2005
Finding Your Female Ancestors Workshop. Techniques and guidance for tracing elusive female branches on your family tree. Instructor: Diane Rogers, chair of the Women's History Network of British Columbia and secretary of the British Columbia Genealogical Society. Workshop Fee: $10 pre-registration is required. Maximum 30 seats. Please book early, we expect this workshop to sell out. Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

December 11, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents BREAKFAST WITH SANTA.  Guess whos coming to town? Santas coming to the Roundhouse! After your pancake breakfast, make some holiday crafts and get your face painted. This fun family event will end with an interactive music performance by a childrens performer. Please pre-register as space is limited! Children must be supervised by an adult. Children under 2 years old are free. www.roundhouse.ca

December 12, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents THE WORLD POETRY READING SERIES.  he VPL's "City Poets" Series presents The World Poetry Reading Series program, featuring poetry from around the world, presented bilingually.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

December 12 - 19, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents COMMUNAL LANTERN and RANGOLI CREATION.  In the week leading up to the Winter Solstice, artists from the Secret Lantern Society will be inviting the public to join them in the creation of a giant lantern sculpture - the Tree of Life. We will also be drawing rangolis on the floor with chalk and dyeing rice to use on December 21st at various locations. This is a great opportunity for hands-on learning and creative collaboration on a larger-than-life project. Drop in any time between 12:00 - 8:00 pm. during the week; 12:00 - 4:00 on the weekend. www.roundhouse.ca

December 13, 20, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents  PROCESSIONAL DRUMMING WORKSHOPS.  Registration is required. Rhythm, one of the most universal forms of communication, is the perfect way to bring the community together in the dark of winter. The first hour of these workshops will focus on teaching simple rhythms for beginner and intermediate levels, and the last half-hour will be a drumming circle for all levels. Participants are encouraged to help lead the lantern procession on the night of the Solstice Festival.  www.roundhouse.ca

December 13, 2005
Cap Theatre Series presents WINTER HARP.  We welcome back perennial favourite winter Harp, our most popular seasonal offering. Winter Harp features poetry, song and music played on harps, flutes, percussion and rare medieval instruments. Celebrate the season with a magical, candlelit journey into the heart of winter. We strongly urge you to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver; www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

December 13, 2005
Two Divas Are Better Than One presents  “Behind the Curtain & Into the Spotlight”.  A light-hearted look at the journey of what it takes to BE a DIVA. These two young professional opera singers are on a mission to reclaim their title with humor and flare. You will be escorted backstage for an inside look at the trials and tribulations on becoming an opera star. This evening of operatic selections will be held at the James Cowen Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts next to the Burnaby City Hall Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 8pm. www.lambroulapappas.com (http://www.lambroulapappas.com/), 604.421.4556

December 13 - 15, 2005
Team Canada Selection Camp Inter-squad Games!  Tickets are now available to watch hockey's best Junior players compete for a spot on Team Canada. Don't miss this opportunity to see hockey with real heart as players fight for their chance to play for Canada. The 2006 World Junior Championships are SOLD OUT so don't miss your only chance to see Team Canada in Action as our Junior hockey stars try out to represent the country! Pacific Coliseum; 604.280.4444.

December 14 - 20, 2005
Musica Intima presents The Christmas Concert: Born of Light. Surround yourself with the tender feelings of Christmas, letting the radiant sounds of musica intima wash over you. Joined by harpist Heidi Krutzen, musica intima presents Benjamin Brittens beloved A Ceremony of Carols, and sets the crche tableau with delightful carols old and new. Dont miss the Christmas Concert, an annual must-hear event. Various Venues, http://www.musicaintima.org/experience/index.php

December 15, 2005
The Magic of Christmas.  This variety show is a wonderful evening of seasonal music, dance and comedy, featuring a fantastic line-up of guest stars, live band, dancers, celebrity MCs and children's choirs...all guaranteed to put you and your family in the Christmas spirit, while helping children and families in need. All proceeds from the show will be donated to UNICEF and the Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 15, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents CAROLLING THROUGH THE AGES. The VPL invites you to a special Christmas event. Learn about the history and background of the Christmas carol and enjoy arrangements of carols performed by local musicians, and students and alumni of the UBC School of Music.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

December 15 - 18, 2005
Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents  WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.  Max, a naughty little boy in the audience, is drawn into the world of the storyteller. Together they take us through Max's adventures, as his bedroom becomes the place Where the Wild Things Are.  Children become involved through guided play, as they help Max transform the space with colourful trees and vines into a wild forest, make the sounds of the ocean and create the waves as Max sails away, become Wild Things and attempt to scare away Max, crown Max as King of the Wild Things, and dance during the Wild Rumpus. A holiday treat for the whole family!  www.vecc.bc.ca

December 16, 2005
ORPHEUM Theatre: BARENAKED LADIES  Jack FM presents the Barenaked Ladies, live in concert with special guests.  Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca)

December 16 - 28, 2005
The Christmas Present of Christmas Past.  Sit back and enjoy this magical marionette musical with the Eldwoodettes Marionettes. Please call 604 521 - 0412 for more information.  Bernie Legge Theatre, New Westminster.

December 16 - 30, 2005
Christmas Lights in the Park. Family fun and entertainment. 3km miniature train ride through a festival of lights & displays.  West Coast Railway Heritage Park (Squamish); http://wcra.org

December 17, 2005
Breakfast with Santa. Bring your grandchildren to our popular annual family brunch. Join our merry elves and Santa for a fabulous brunch feast, craft activities and receive a complimentary photograph. Tickets available October 17 at the Cameron Seniors’ hostess desk or by calling 604-415-3555. $5.50 per person, $20.00 per family of 4. Saturday, 11:00am-1:00pm, December 17. Cameron Complex, 9523 Cameron Street.

December 17, 2005
Parlour Concert. Synergy, the 12 voice a cappella ensemble of the Vancouver Men's Chorus will serenade you with holiday classics and contemporary bonbons, all arranged for the rich warm sound of male voices in harmony. Enjoy Roedde House Museum's fine Christmas decorations as you spend an afternoon at the turn of the last century; 604-684-7040, roeddehs@roeddehouse.org, www.roeddehouse.org

December 17, 2005
Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore.  Our favourite time of year will be made even more memorable with the presence of one of the North Shore’s most well known residents, the fabulous singer Dee Daniels. She will bring her gorgeous, velvet tones to the stage with familiar gospel songs such as Amazing Grace, Sweet little Jesus Child and Go, Tell it on the Mountain. No Sinfonia Christmas would be complete without seasonal favourites and traditional carols with audience sing-alongs. For kids of all ages, there might even be a visit from You-know-who in the red suit! Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 17 - 18, 2005
Traditional Tree Trimmings.  From 1pm to 3pm bring your kids to this hands on program exploring heritage Christmas traditions. Your child can help create two traditional Christmas tree decorations. Tickets are $7.25 for children aged 6 to 10 years old. Please call 604 527 - 4640 for more information or to book tickets. Irving House Museum, New Westminster.

December 17 - 24, 2005
Santa is coming to the Greater Vancouver Zoo! Come ride the Miniature Safari Express Train with Santa and his elves. Get your picture taken between 12:00pm and 3:00pm daily. Free Candy Canes for kids and meet one of our friendly Camels for an up-close and personal visit between 1:00pm and 2:00pm daily! $2.00 off Regular Admission with a Food Bank Donation. December 17 to December 24, 2005. Greater Vancouver Zoo, Exit 73 Hwy 1, 5048-264th Street, Aldergrove, BC, Phone: (604) 856 6825, Website: www.gvzoo.com

December 17 - 30, 2005
Trout Lake Winter Fantasy On Ice.  Trout Lake Ice Rink is transformed into a Winter Fantasy on Ice from Dec 17-30/05. The ice is decorated with snow islands, snowmen, tons of trees and lights, toy soldiers, gingerbread men and more. Public Skate sessions available daily. This is a great spot to hold your Christmas Party or Family get together. Call for Rental availability; 604-257-6955, holly.rogers@vancouver.ca

December 18, 2005
Christmas Feeder Bird Count.  All North Shore residents are invited to take part in the backyard feeder bird count. It takes only a few minutes of your time and helps provide important information on changes in bird populations. To receive a bird count form phone: 604-981-3103.

December 18, 2005
Mad Mabel's Christmas.  A quest for the ultimate Christmas present turns into a lesson of compassion and gratitude for a young girl when she encounters the strange magic of an eccentric homeless woman. Mixing original music, humour and heartfelt drama, this holiday theatre experience should be shared with the whole family.Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 18, 2005
Santa's Skating Party, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, admission: $1 per person, Twin Rinks Chilliwack; 604-793-2904

December 18, 2005
Skate with Santa. Get into the festive spirit with an afternoon of ice skating, holiday crafts, Christmas carols and a special visit from Santa. Skate and helmet rentals extra. $2.35 child, $3.15 student/senior, $4.19 adult. Sunday, 2:15-4:00pm, December 18. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue. Phone: 604-291-1261.

December 18, 2005
The Wreck of the Fox: The Arctic Legacy of Franklin. Join James Delgado and “The Sea Hunters” dive team as they travel to the Canadian Arctic to retrace Captain Francis Leopold McClintock’s path as he searched for signs of the lost Franklin Expedition.  Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, 604 257-8300, http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/

December 18, 2005
Vancouver Children's Choir presents CAROL OF THE CHILD. The Vancouver Children's Choir launches their new Christmas CD Carol of the Child with a concert performance on Sunday December 18 (7 pm) at Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St at Georgia). This concert features seasonal music and readings from around the world in a concert the entire family will enjoy.  www.vancouverchildrenschoir.org

December 19, 2005
Portuguese Benevolent Society presents An Evening of Fado.  Fado is Portugal's soul music: what flamenco is to the Spanish, the blues is to the South. Join us for an evening of various generations of Fado singers in Vancouver. Visit www.portuguesecanadian.com for more details.

December 19, 20, 21, 2005
Family Christmas Dinner, Paddlewheeler River Boat Tours. From 6pm to 9pm bring down your family for this event. Please call 604 525 -4465 for more information.

December 21, 2005
12TH ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL.  Come celebrate the dance of sun and earth at the 12th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, a city-wide celebration! Join the False Creek processions and light the longest night with lanterns, singing, drumming, live music and dancing. Indoor performances on Granville Island at both Performance Works and False Creek Community Centre.  www.secretlantern.org

December 21, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents 12TH ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL; www.roundhouse.ca

December 21, 2005
Roundhouse Community Centre presents LABYRINTH OF LIGHT.  Experience a visually beautiful and meditative walk through a traditional labyrinth lit with over 600 candles. Warm yourself in a ceremony intended to help release old attachments and begin to envision new possibilities as the darkest night of the year births a new season.  www.roundhouse.ca

December 21, 2005
Winter Solstice Lantern Festival.  In China, the winter solstice festival, dong zhi, is a time when friends and family gather together, exchange gifts, and eat, drink, and laugh long into the deep, dark night to mark the rebirth of yang qualities of light and warmth as winter waxes and spring approaches. Enjoy a magical celebration of Dong zhi at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sun Classical Chinese Garden & Public Park as we host the Secret Lantern Society's 12th Annual Winter Solstice Festival for Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside from 6:30 10:00pm. Join a procession from Science World or Strathcona Community Centre at 6:00pm. Then, follow the sea of hand-made lanterns and the compelling rhythms of drummers to our magical Garden come to life at night.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

December 22, 2005
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert. Vancouver’s most beloved Christmas music tradition. Maestro Tovey will conduct a beautiful concert that features Brass, Carols, heart-warming music traditionally associated with Christmas, and plenty of audience sing-alongs! Christopher Gaze hosting. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 22, 2005
VOC Soul Gospel Choir - Soul Gospel Christmas 2005.  Checo Tohomaso and the Vancouver Outreach Community Soul Gospel Choir (VOC) are pleased to announce our upcoming Christmas concert on Thursday, December 22nd 2005. The dynamic VOC Soul Gospel Choir mixes together the sounds of Soul, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Hawaiian, Calypso, and Reggae. The vibrant delivery results in an audience that cant resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping!  St. Andrews-Wesley United Church 1012 Nelson Street, Vancouver; 604-876-3363, info@vocsoulgospelchoir.com

December 24, 2005
Santa Claus Parade, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

December 24, 2005
Santa Claus Parade, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

December 26, 2005 to January 5, 2006
2006 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.  PNE and General Motors Place.  World Championship for the ten top U20 junior hockey teams in the World. The 06 World Juniors is a spectacular hockey experience that shares the glory of hockey in its purest form. www.hockeycanada.ca.

December 27, 2005 to January 2, 2006
CIBC Mini-Soccer Festival, BC Place. 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. Call (604) 465-5286 or email pse1@telus.net for more information.

December 28 - 30, 2005
Nutcracker.  And what would Christmas be without Nutcracker? Presented by Ballet British Columbia and Alberta Ballet from December 28-30, 2005, the ballet features dancing mice, a Christmas tree that grows on stage and multitudes of happy children. This magical ride over the rainbow for the young and the young at heart will re-kindle your faith in the sublime fantasy of the holiday season.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-732-5003.

December 29 - 31, 2005
Canadian Squash Invitational at Canada Place; Canadian Squash Invitational

December 29 - 31, 2005
Winter Playland, Centennial Arena, White Rock; 604-541-2161.

December 31, 2005
Abbotsford Recreation Centre Rocking New Year's Eve.  Celebrate the coming of the New Year with non stop pool games and contests. We will be rocking the day away with great tunes and prizes! Come check out the Abbotsford Recreation Centre at 34690 Old Yale Road, 604-853-4221

December 31, 2005
Arts Club Theatre Company presents  NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Ring in the New Year with Belle, Gaston and your other favourite characters from Disney's Beauty and the Beast! This all-inclusive family friendly celebration is a treat for all ages and a great way to spend New Year's Eve. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver; 604.687.1644.

December 31, 2005
Heritage Valley New Year's Eve Bash. Watch our calendar or call for more details on this fabulous evening of games, super prizes, live entertainment, laughter and end the night dancing to a live band. Also includes our renowned gourmet buffet, champagne toast, party favours & late night snack; 604 864-8888, www.heritagevalley.com

January 1, 2006
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.  Held at White Rock Beach, 604-536-6844.

Ongoing until December 3, 2005
Metro Theatre presents A BENCH IN THE SUN.  A delightful comedy about two longtime friends who spend their days ona bench in the garden of a retirement home, mainly bickering. A once-famous actress moves in, giving them something new to argue and compete over.  Metro Theatre, 1370 S.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver; 604.266.7191, www.metrotheatre.org

Ongoing until December 10, 2005
The Tale of Teeka.  This story of survival has been performed around the globe including engagements at LIFT in London England, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the World Stage Festival in Toronto. The Tale of Teeka is the story of friendship between a boy and a goose recalled by the man who once was the boy. This richly textured and visually stunning production traces the emotional journey of a child who is the victim of domestic violence and who is confronted with the nightmare of transmitting that violence to the being he loves most, Teeka the goose.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre - 1895 Venables Street, 604-251-1363. www.vecc.bc.ca

Ongoing until December 11, 2005
You Can’t Take it With You.  Graduate Robert McQueen (Pal Joey, Cabaret) will direct Studio 58 founder Antony Holland and the senior students in this Pulitzer prize-winning American comedy, with special guest star, Studio 58 Artistic Director, Kathryn Shaw. This depiction of a delightfully eccentric family is the root of modern-day situation comedies; without You Can’t Take it With You, there would never have been Frasier, Seinfeld or Friends! Put this show on your ‘must-see’ list this holiday-season!  Studio 58 - Langara College, 100 W. 49th Avenue, 604.257.0366

Ongoing until December 11, 2005
“Clouds” is solo show featuring one-of-a-kind and limited edition contemporary jewellery by Colleen Baran. Select pieces will be accompanied by documentary handmade book-works. Pieces include multi-functional, multi-part and multi-finger rings.  Dream, 311 W Cordova St, Gastown.

Ongoing until December 16, 2005
Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver presents LUNAR CHRONICLES.  Le Centre is pleased to invite you to discover the photography of the French artist Marc Josse on the occasion of the opening of his show entitled Lunar Chronicles.  This talented photographer, who shows his work in Canada as well as in France, will present a series of photos that evoke time and space. For Marc Josse, this work represents his study of an escape from the here and now, into places where time seems to be suspended, into somewhere else that is synonymous with nowhere. Wandering without a destination is really the quest for a place that is bearable. As a drifter, the artist travels through impersonal zones where time is suspended. Places without memories really do exist.  Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, 1551 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver; 604.736.9806, www.lecentreculturel.com

Ongoing until December 16, 2005
Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre: 11:00 Mystery of the Nile, 12:00 Vikings, 1:00 Cosmic Voyage, 2:00 Vikings, 3:00 Mystery of the Nile, 4:00 Vikings, 5:00 Cosmic Voyage (Sat/Sun/holidays), 7:30 Sunday Evening Double Feature: Mystery of the Nile & Vikings; Science World, 604-443-7443, http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca

Ongoing until December 18, 2005
Surrey Art Gallery presents SURREY SCENES.   How do artists see Surrey? This selection of photographs, sculptures, paintings and prints express a range of experiences of Surrey. For example, Bill Rennie recalls the house and yard where he grew up in Newton, in a miniature ceramic landscape. Stella Weinert's photographs document Surrey teens in places they prefer to hang out. Scott Massey's photograph, shot with long exposures at night, captures a landscape just prior to suburban development.  www.arts.surrey.ca

Ongoing until December 18, 2005
Surrey Art Gallery presents REMIXX.sur.RE.  How do Surrey's youth see Surrey? REMIXX.sur.RE engages a team of youth to envision Surrey through a project involving hundred of digital photographs and video documenting Surrey's people and places. Also incorporating historical images of Surrey from the City's archives, the resulting exhibition uses web cameras, interactive software, original audio tracks as well as still prints to create a dynamic portrait of Surrey.   Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey.

Ongoing until December 21, 2005
Burnaby Art Gallery presents SUSAN GOLD: TROPHY ROOM.  Created out of the collection of museum objects, drawings and specimens in the artist's studio, Trophy Room speaks of the ways in which Western culture tries to control and domesticate nature. Paintings and works on paper will be included in the exhibition based on animals and their representation as trophies.  Burnaby Art Gallery, 1895 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby.  www.burnabyartgallery.com

Ongoing until December 23, 2005
A Little Night Music.  A sexy and sophisticated tribute to the foibles of love, Sondheim's most cherished musical romance weds unforgettable songs with a penetratingly witty script. Three mismatched couples waltz through a weekend in the country in search of their perfect partners. Desirée, a famous actress, rekindles an affair with her former lover, now married to a wife half his age. Meanwhile, Desirée's jealous current lover has an acerbic wife of his own to contend with. Rounding out this unforgettable cast of characters are a divinity student in love with his own stepmother, a retired mistress to the rich and famous, an on-the-make housemaid and an illegitimate daughter who asks too many questions.  Vancouver Playhouse - Hamilton at Dunsmuir, 604.873.3311

Ongoing until December 23, 2005
Place des Arts presents CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE.  Place des Arts gift shop is transformed into the incredible Christmas Boutique showcasing a plethora of treasures including: jewellery, pottery, stained glass, hand made paper and cards, decorations, gift boxes, wreathes, glass etchings, soaps, hand knitted and quilted items, glassware, woodcarvings and more. This unique Boutique is a perfect opportunity to discover the talent of local artisans and of course, to find that perfect gift.  Place des Arts , 1120 Brunette Avenue (Historic Heritage Square), Coquitlam; 604.664.1636. 

Ongoing until December 23, 2005
Place des Arts presents POSITIVELY PETITE.  The annual miniature exhibition is a sight to see! Local and regional artists showcase their unique miniature 2D and 3D artworks. Over 250 artworks will be featured in a variety of styles and media including watercolour, oil, acrylic, painted quail eggs, clay, stone and wood carvings and fibre. If you have never purchased an original artwork, this is an accessible and affordable way to start your collection!  Place des Arts , 1120 Brunette Avenue (Historic Heritage Square), Coquitlam; 604.664.1636.

Ongoing to December 24, 2005
The Playhouse Theatre Company presents the sexy and sophisticated, A Little Night Music, a musical based on the book by Hugh Wheeler and suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman, about three mismatched couples who waltz through a weekend in the country in search of their perfect partners, featuring music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim. A tribute to the foibles of love, Sondheim’s most cherished musical romance weds unforgettable songs with a penetratingly witty script told through a cast of 15 actors accompanied by live musicians. For dates and times check with the Playhouse Theatre Company at 604-873-3311.

Ongoing until December 31, 2005
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents A CHRISTMAS FANTASY & SANTA'S LATE!  Escape the frenzy of the mall to our Planetarium Star Theatre for A Christmas Fantasy. Marrying traditional and modern carols with spectacular Christmas scenes, this Vancouver yuletide tradition is a great way to remember what the season is about - family. 604.738.STAR, www.spacecentre.ca

Ongoing until December 31, 2005
Museum of Anthropology presents DEMPSEY BOB.  Consisting of 14 panels of text and photographs, this exhibit also features three of this world-renowned Tahltan artists most recent bronze sculptures.  www.moa.ubc.ca

Ongoing until January 2, 2006
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village.  Come and experience a traditional Christmas. Our beautiful village is decorated with lights and traditional ornaments. Have a visit with Father Christmas. Take in a vaudeville melodrama by the Footlight Theatre Company and enjoy the performances of storyteller Jack Winter. Be sure to sample Christmas baking in the farmhouse. As well, daily children's entertainers, choirs, and exhibits are featured in this step back in time. Burnaby Village Museum, (604) 294-7201 or www.burnabyparksrec.org (http://www.burnabyparksrec.org)

Ongoing to January 2, 2006
CLASSIFIED MATERIALS: Accumulations, Archives, Artists.  In a world characterized by an abundance of information that circulates rapidly through a complex set of networks, the processes of assembling and ordering materials hold a distinctive resonance as the basis for artistic activity. This exhibition examines some of the ways in which artists employ, transform or challenge the processes of ordering and classifying through which conceptions of the world, and our individual positions in it, are deeply embedded. Classified Materials spans two floors of the Gallery and combines an extensive selection of works from the collection with contributions by more than 45 internationally regarded contemporary artists from Vancouver, Asia, Europe, the United States and the Middle East.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4700.

Ongoing to January 15, 2006
Protean Picasso: Drawings and Prints from the National Gallery of Canada. Picasso's monumental fame will be forever linked to his development of the abstract style that came to be known as Cubism. As a constant innovator, Picasso worked in numerous artistic styles of his own invention, resulting in the creation of many iconic masterpieces that were made famous for their break with aesthetic traditions. This fall, the Vancouver Art Gallery will launch a remarkable Picasso project that brings together the full scope of the artist's career through examples of his drawings, prints and paintings. For the project, the Vancouver Art Gallery will jointly present Protean Picasso: Prints and Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada and Selected Paintings from International Collections, a rare grouping of eleven Picasso paintings, which have been loaned to the Gallery from a number of international collections.  Vancouver Art Gallery - 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, 604-662-4700.

Ongoing until January 15, 2006
Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Winner of the 1994 Tony Award for Best Musical, the most beautiful love story ever told comes to life on stage. Brilliantly adapted from the Academy Award–winning animated film, this much-loved spectacle will thrill you with its show-stopping musical numbers, astonishing sets, and lavish costumes. Belle, a feisty young woman confined in her small, provincial town, meets the Beast, in reality a young prince whose lack of compassion has trapped him under a spell. Can Belle teach the Beast to love? Can the spell be broken?  Stanley Theatre, (604) 687-1644.

Ongoing until March 18, 2006
Vancouver Giants Hockey.  Canada's most popular Junior hockey team is ready for another spectacular season! http://www.vancouvergiants.com or 604-4-GIANTS for more information.

Ongoing until April 15, 2006
Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey, General Motors Place, www.canucks.com,  604-280-4400

Ongoing until June, 2006
Jericho Hill Community Drum Circle, lead by Lyle Povah - 8th Year! An intergenerational, multicultural and weekly rhythmical celebration, all ages and stages welcome, first-time-beginner-friendly, wheelchair accessible, drums and instruments provided. Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Avenue, Sundays drop-in (September-June), 3-5 p.m. Adults $5, 4-18 years and seniors $3, under 4 years free. Info 604 736-6487 or lyle_povah@codacom.com

Ongoing until July 1, 2006
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents OUR VANISHING SKY.  By simple definition, light pollution is light that is not needed or wanted, including lighting that is too bright. Through educational text display panels, looped video presentations, interactive activities and a Planetarium show demonstrating the before-and-after impact of night light pollution on major cities around the globe, Our Vanishing Sky educates visitors about the disturbingly negative effects of light pollution on their lives and what they can do about it.  604-738-STAR, www.spacecentre.ca

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,  www.vtsl.com







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