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Special Events for December 2007
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December 1, 2007
Computer Swap Meets.  Get all your new & used monitors, printers, hardware, software, parts, games, cameras, printer refills...and lots more!  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive; (604) 521-6304, funpromo@shaw.ca

December 1, 2007
Craft Fair at Minoru Place Activity Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8450

December 1, 2007
Guest Speaker David Hancock on Eagle Expedition on the Fraser River.  Renowned author and biologist David Hancock joins the crew today as a guest speaker. Learn about the majestic bald eagle and its special relationship with the Fraser River all in the cozy comfort of the custom built safari craft. Today's river tour comes complete with a hot buffet style lunch at Kilby. Partial proceeds go to the Hancock Foundation. Telephone #604-826-7361  email: info@fraserriversafari.

December 1, 2007
Pop Culture Collectibles Fair.  New & Vintage Comics, Toys & Collectibles, Records - CD's - VHS - DVD's, Manga - Anime - Books, Jewelry - Magazines - Star Wars, Hot Wheels - Wrestling - Canucks; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Free Admission, Free Parking, Croation Cultural Centre; (604) 521-6304, funpromo@shaw.ca

December 1, 2007
ST. ALBANS CHURCH PRESENTS A Good Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar.  Crafts, baking, raffles, childrens games and much more. Help us celebrate 100 years of service in our community.  St. Albans Church, 7717 19th ave bby. For more information call 522-6228

December 1, 2007
Subway Bowl High School Football Championships, BC Place Stadium; www.bchighschoolfootball.com

December 1, 2007
The Santa Shuffle is a 5km Fun Run and 1km Elf Walk. This merry event helps The Salvation Army to assist families and individuals in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year. Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park.  To register please visit your local Running Room or go to www.santashuffle.com

December 1, 2007
West Coast Express Santa Train, http://www.westcoastexpress.com

December 1, 2007
MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS PARADE AND COUNTRY CHRISTMAS.  Come to downtown Langley and see the colourful floats, majestic horses, lively music and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Christmas lights, holiday spirit and sounds of the season will kick off your Christmas in fine style and delight children of all ages. Follow the parade to the Douglas Rec Centre for Country Christmas. Join Santa and Mrs. Clasu for an evening of entertainment, caroling, crafts, tasty treats and more. Bring a food donation and receive a free hot chocolate to warm you up after the parade. Call 604-539-01333 or visit www.downtownlangley.com for more information.

December 1 - 2, 2007
4TH ANNUAL ARTISANS CRAFT FAIR.  At the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Entrance to the fair is free. 604-888-3943 or 604-888-4956.

December 1 - 2, 2007
Heritage Hall Christmas Craft Fair.  11th Annual Christmas Craft Fair featuring 50 tables of fine quality, BC-made art and crafts in one of Vancouver's most delightful public buildings. Blown glass, sweaters, pottery, chocolate, jewellery, cards, hand bags, hats, jam, toys and much more. $2 admission, kids free. Proceeds to a special project or purchase for Heritage Hall; 604 879-4816, mgilmour@heritagehall.bc.ca

December 1 - 2, 2007
Christmas at Kilby.  Various locations from the Agassiz-Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour will be celebrating Christmas this weekend. There will be festive celebrations on site, a craft for the children and some wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts. Several venues are taking part in this event so plan to spend the day in the District of Kent. The quaint, country charm of this area is especially vibrant at this time of year.  604-796-9576, http://www.kilby.ca

December 1 - 21, 2007
HORSE AND CARRAGE RIDES.  Starting Saturday, December 1st and every Thursday and Friday evening until Christmas. Tour the Village of Christmas and savour the seasonal lights in a Vis-à-Vis Style Coach - why travel to Stanley Park and pay double the price to enjoy this romantic favourite or bring the whole family and make a memory! Don't worry about the weather, the coach is covered for your convenience and we'll provide the hot chocolate to help keep you warm. Seats up to 4 passengers. 15-20 minute tours for $30. For more information visit: www.fortlangley.com

December 1 - 22, 2007
Christmas in Kerrisdale.  Visit beautiful Kerrisdale which will be all decked out for the holiday season. Events are in December Saturdays between 11 am and 4 pm. Free horse & carriage rides, roving quartets, Santa and his elf. Special Decoration Day Event (Yew St & West 41st) Saturday December 1st starting at 10 am. Beautiful wreaths, cut greens, swags and trees to dress up your home for the holidays at cut rates and all to benefit a local charity! 604-261-5846, www.kerrisdalevillage.com

December 1 - 24, 2007
Start a new family tradition.  Choose and Cut your own special Christmas Tree on the farm. Organic Christmas trees, Noble, Fraser, Douglas, Grand, Norway Spruce from $15-$150 M and H Evergreens 9140 Stave Lake Street, Mission, B.C. 604-826-2348 adobebb@shaw.ca  Open 9AM til Dusk Daily

December 1 - 29, 2007
Arts Club Theatre Company presents It's a Wonderful Life.  Arts Club Granville Island Stage; 604.687.1644, http://www.artsclub.com/20072008/onstage/wonderful-life.htm

December 1 - 30, 2007
Annual Nature Comes to Light. A holiday light show in the woods that gets more popular each year. This is something you and your family wants to see. All donations to charity.  Richmond Nature Park  604-718-6188.

December 1 - 31, 2007
FIRE AND ICE. Fire and Ice will again be running for the entire month of December. This very popular light display and activities is provided by the Aldergrove Fire Department on 30A Avenue just west of 264th Street. It will include the annual Festival Days Carol Sing on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00PM. For more information visit our website: www.aldergrovefestivaldays.com

December 1 - 31, 2007
Heritage Christmas.  A Christmas to Remember - A Storybook Christmas is Brought to Life Step inside the pages to experience Christmas traditions from the past: sparkling decorations, the smell of pine and cedar, and sounds of carollers remind visitors of their own Christmas memories.  Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

December 1 - 31, 2007
Christmas Carol Ship Parade. Boat owners from around Greater Vancouver decorate their vessels and cruise around the waters of Vancouver Harbour. 604.878.8999, www.carolships.org

December 1, 2007 to January 3, 2008
Bright Nights in Stanley Park.  More than a million twinkling lights transform the forest, train and Children's Farmyard. Explore the woodland paths leading to enchanting, animated displays and holiday sounds. A Christmas family tradition for over 20 years, the train wends its way through the forest past Santa's workshop, an international village and the much loved Moose in the middle of the glistening waterway.  The Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund have together created nights of magic and illumination in the middle of wondrous Stanley Park.  604-280-4444, http://vancouver.ca/parks/events/brightnights/index.htm

December 1, 2007 to January 25, 2008
CANADA AT PLAY: BC ON ICE Presented by Act Now BC and our Community Partners: Global BC, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, and The Beat 94.5 FM. BC Sports Hall of Fame, Gate A, BC Place December 1, 2007 – January 25, 2008 10am-5pm Daily Showcasing “Canada at Play”, an exhibit profiling 100 years of winter sports, toys and games on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum, and explore BC’s rich sport heritage on ice. Visitors will participate in fun interactive activities based on the stories and collection of figure skating, hockey, speed skating and curling. Educational Programs available for schools and community groups including a choice of guided tour or self guided passport tour and post visit worksheets. Adults $10 Youth, Students and Seniors $8 604-687-5520 sportsinfo@bcsportshalloffame.com

December 2, 2007
2nd Annual Santa's Parade of Lights.  An exciting evening celebration to welcome Santa Claus to Surrey!  Entertainment, Food, Face-painting & Children's activities.  This year's evening parade will include over 20 semi rigs decorated plus a variety of other floats all lit up! Cloverdale Town Centre, 604-576-3155, cloverdalebia@telus.net

December 2, 2007
Breakfast with Santa at the Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080

December 2, 2007
Children's Used Clothes & Toy Market at Douglas Park Community Centre.  Buy or sell used children’s toys and clothes. Tables are $10.60 and go on sale Oct 21. In person registration only. Only used materials can be sold. No merchants or businesses.  Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue (at Willow), Vancouver.  Please call for more information: 604-257-8130.

December 2, 2007
PIONEER CHRISTMAS.  Explore the museum's decorated galleries as a family, and enjoy trying many different pioneer and traditional crafts - there are lots of activities to keep little hands busy. This annual family event is always a hit and gets you into the spirit of the holidays. Registration is not required. Admission by donation. For more information: 604.888.3922 or visit: www.langleymuseum.org

December 2, 2007
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR .  175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...NEW! Appraisal Clinics All Day -- Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details - General Admission $4 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admision - Free Parking - On-Site Cafe/Snack Bar, Croatian Cultural Centre.

December 2, 2007
VSO KIDS' KONCERTS: THE TWINS AND THE MONSTER. The Vancouver Symphony presents an all-original, 100% Canadian creation with a story bay Tanzanian-born Governor General Award-winner Tolo Mollel, and a truly heroic score by John Estacio. This beautiful story, told by a single African-Canadian performer using masks, movement, lighting and text. It is a timeless, terrific Christmas-time fireside story.  Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca) Vancouver Symphony (http://www.vancouversymphony.ca)

December 4 - 9, 2007
MOVIN' OUT.  Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary director and choreographer Twyla Tharp have joined forces to create this spectacular new musical portrait of an American generation. MOVIN' OUT brings 26 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades.  QE Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca)

December 5, 2007
In the House presents a magical Middle Eastern evening.Enjoy an Arabic dinner followed by storytelling from the Arabic, Jewish and Christian traditions. Finish the evening with some gorgeous Gospel and catchy Klezmer music!  3555 Quadra Street, Vancouver; 604-874-9325, www.inthehousefestival.com

December 6, 2007
Old Fashioned Musical Christmas.  Join in an evening of music and carols in a magical setting. Relax with your friends around the bonfire. Join in the singing, share warm wishes with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and treats. Dress for the weather. No charge for annual pass holders. Guests with an ambassador pass get in free of charge when accompanied by paying guests. 23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley, BC. More Information Phone: 604-513-4777 email: fort.langley@pc.gc.ca or visit: www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/ne/index_E.asp

December 6, 2007 to January 6, 2008
Arts Club Theatre Company presents DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 604.687.1644, http://www.artsclub.com/20072008/onstage/beauty-and-the-beast.htm

December 6, 2007
12th Annual Seasonal Celebration.  Join us for the 12th Annual Seasonal Celebration. This family event features music , dance and theatre, hands on family activities and the ever popular wreath-making workshop to celebrate this special season.  Deer Lake Park, Burnaby  (604) 205-3000, www.shadboltcentre.com

December 6, 2007
OLD-FASHIONED MUSICAL CHRISTMAS.  Join us for an evening of music and carols in a magical setting. Relax with your friends around the bonfire. Join in the singing, share warm wishes with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and treats. Dress for the weather. Daily regular admission rate applies. Free for annual pass holders. For more information: 604.513-4777 www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

December 6, 2007
Seasonal Celebration.  Come and celebrate the best of the season with us at this family-friendly annual event - featuring choral and instrumental music performances, dance and theatre, hands-on family activities and the ever-popular wreath-making workshop.  This is a free event at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby, located at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby; www.shadboltcentre.com/

December 7, 2007
2nd Annual Peace on Earth 2007.  Escape into a world of cultures with an evening of food, wine, art & entertainment. Centre-stage will be song and dance from a myriad of cultures, acrobatics from ground to air, and a special performance by Bluebird North – a rare concert experience showcasing Canadian songwriters. Appearing are John Mann (Spirit of the West), Shari Ulrich (Pied Pumkin and UHF) and Norman Foote.  Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, 604-522-4306

December 7 - 8, 2007
Beauty & the Beast by Vera Morris presented by Abbotsford Children's Theatre.  This show features the talents of countless dedicated children and youth actors.  Don’t confuse this show with the Walt Disney cartoon – it’s even better!  Audience members are invited to join some favourite characters from the classic tale, and even some new ones, in this dramatic rendition of the story.  www.abbbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org

December 7 - 8, 2007
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.   Bayview St & Moncton St  604-271-8280

December 7 - 8, 2007
Winter Hay Ride at the Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080

December 7 - 30, 2007
The Enchanted Garden Christmas Light Show !  One of BC's Most Spectacular Christmas Light Shows Featuring: A Million Lights! Massive Themed Lighting Vignettes Largest Nativity Scene In Western Canada Animated Displays such as 'A Night at the Circus' Unique Features & Wow Trees This wonderful drive through experience is guaranteed to delight friends and family, young and old, and will assist local charities. The drive through is over one kilometer and can be viewed in the comfort of your own vehicle with FM musical accompaniment. As part of the experience, visit our garden centre and marvel at incredible new poinsettia varieties and stunning Christmas displays. Catch the holiday spirit at Minter Country Garden! Admission: Standard carload : $10 Vehicles of 8 passengers of more : $2.50 pp Train Rides $5 pp per ride(children 2 years and under are free). Please note ticket sales close at least 15 minutes prior to closing, depending on volume. Driving Directions: (only 10 minutes off Highway #1) Eastbound Highway #1: Take Exit #119 Chilliwack turn LEFT for Chilliwack, at the 3rd light turn Right on Airport Road. Turn LEFT at the first light, Young Road. Drive through downtown Chilliwack, after crossing a small bridge you will see Country Garden on the LEFT - 10015 Young Road. Map Westbound Highway #1: Take Exit #120 - the Young Road exit, turn RIGHT on Young Rd. (North), drive through downtown Chilliwack - after crossing a small bridge you will see Country Garden on the LEFT - 10015 Young Road. Map For further information please contact us: Phone: (604) 792-6612 Toll Free: 1-800-661-3919 Email: mail@mintergardens.com

December 7 - 31, 2007
Festival of Lights VanDusen Botanical Gardens.  The central acres of VanDusen Gardens are transformed into a holiday magic land with seasonal displays and more than 20,000 twinkling lights. 604-878-9274, www.vandusengarden.org

December 7 - 31, 2007
Festival of Lights VanDusen Botanical Gardens.  The central acres of VanDusen Gardens are transformed into a holiday magic land with seasonal displays and over 20,000 twinkling lights; 604.878.9274, www.vandusengarden.org

December 8, 2007
ALDERGROVE CHRISTMAS "LIGHT UP" PARADE. Come and enjoy the lights and music of our annual "Light Up" Parade. The parade starts at 6:00 PM and runs along Fraser Highway from 273rd to 269th Street. For more information, please visit our website: www.aldergrovefestivaldays.com or contact Mike at 604-607-7790

December 8, 2007
Breakfast with Santa at Thompson Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8422

December 8, 2007
Hanukkah Party!  Light up the Night - Light up the World!  Saturday, December 8, 7:30pm, Autumn Brook Gallery, 1545 W 4th Ave, Vancouver.  Live Music!  Latkes!  Door Prizes!  Book signing!  Everyone welcome!  Info: Ahavat Olam Synagogue, (778) 882-4913, www.ahavat-olam.ca

December 8, 2007
Breakfast with Santa at St. Albans Daycare. DEC 8th 9-12. Join us for our annual fundraiser. Tickets are $6.50/person and children under3 are free. We will have crafts, silent auction, baking and of course SANTA.  It is a great family event.  St. Albans Church, 7717 19th Ave Burnaby.  For more information call 522-6228

December 8 - 9, 2007
A Classic Christmas.  Jubilate! Chamber Choir presents A Classic Christmas, a concert to celebrate the festive season on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm at Oakridge United Church (305 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver) and Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 pm at West Vancouver Presbyterian Church (2983 Marine Dr., West Vancouver); 604-526-6396, www.jubilate.ca or www.vtix.com

December 8  - 9, 2007
Santa’s StablePhotos with Santa at his Stable of Horses & Ponies.  For a unique holiday experience the Horses & Ponies of  PRDA invite you to have your photograph taken with Santa at his stable in the heart of  Langley’s countryside  We welcome all individuals, families, groups both days.  Photos for pets with Santa will be on Sunday and pets must be leashed and on good behaviour.  Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA), 1088 208th Street, Langley; 604-530-8717, executivedirector@PRDA.ca

December 8 - 31, 2007
Christmas at Canada Place.  "Deck the Halls," presented by Canada Place Corporation and the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre brings holiday magic to the heart of Vancouver's waterfront. From December 8, 2007 to January 1, 2008 take a stroll down the Holiday Promenade and view the historic Woodward's Windows, thousands of twinkling lights and larger than life holiday decor. Meet Santa and post your letters in the world's largest mailbox. New this year is Breakfast with Santa - tickets sold in advance. www.christmas.canadaplace.ca

December 9, 2007
2nd Annual Cultural Celebration.  Bring your family and celebrate the multicultural diversity of our city through sport demonstrations, arts & crafts, ethnic foods and performances - it's fun for the whole family!  Guildford Recreation Centre, 604-502-6362.

December 9, 2007
CHRISTMAS WITH THE BACH CHOIR.  This immensely popular annual concert brings together all the choirs of the Bach Choir organization. The adult choir, the Children's Chorus and the Youth Choir take to the stage en masse for this wonderful family celebration. Each choir sings separately and joins together in a choir of over 400 voices for traditional Christmas music accompanied by organ and brass and conducted by Bruce Pullan and Marisa Gaetanne.  Orpheum Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca) Vancouver Bach Choir (http://www.vancouverbachchoir.com)

December 9, 2007
Breakfast with Santa at the Sea Island Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8000

December 9, 2007
Christmas Gifts for Pets Workshop.  This holiday craft-making workshop is for all ages (parent attendance required).  Make a special home-made toy for your best friend or for a shelter animal.  Drop by the SPCA and learn how to make a variety of toys and treats for dogs, cats and small animals.  All materials supplied.  Surrey Branch, 604-681-7271, www.spca.bc.ca/kids

December 9, 16, 23, 2007
HOLIDAY TEA ON THE VENOSTA.  Once Again, The Port Moody Station Museum will host its Annual Holiday Tea on the Train.  On Sundays, community guests are invited to enjoy tea and treats on our 1921 Railcar the Venosta.  With Christmas Carols and Holiday Music in the background, its a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, 604.939.1648, www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum

December 10, 2007
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Colin James: A Big Band Holiday with the VSO! Orpheum Theatre, www.vancouversymphony.ca

December 14, 2007
THE FAB FOUR: THE BEATLES TRIBUTE - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.  Showbiz Productions proudly presents what has been called the "best Beatles band in the world", the Fab Four. From mop tops and tailored suits to psychedelic uniforms and shaggy hair, the group re-creates everything from I Want to Hold Your Hand and A Hard Day's Night to Revolution and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  QE Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca) www.thefabfour.com

December 14 ,2007 to January 6, 2008
Winter Wonderland Public Skating, Minoru Arenas, Richmond; 604-718-8465

December 15 - 16, 2007
MAGICAL MUSICICAL CHRISTMAS TALE FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS.  Introduce your children this Christmas to Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera for children presented by the North Shore Unitarian Church. Starring Kathryn Nicholson (Director of the Universal Gospel Choir) as the mother and introducing Eric Fast as Amahl as they spend one starry night with Three Kings and their gifts for a newborn babe. Saturday Dec 15th or Sunday Dec 16th at 7 PM. Tickets $8/Adults & $2/Children available at the door. 370 Mathers West Vancouver, BC 604-926-1621. www.nsuc.ca (http://www.nsuc.ca/)

December 15, 2007
Association of Neighbourhood Houses of Greater Vancouver PRESENTS… AT Kitsilano Neighbourhood House 2325 West 7th Avenue EMOTIONS Puppet Show & Concert by well-known kids entertainer MARLA Date: Saturday, December 15 Time: 2pm Advance Tickets ONLY: $25/Family $10/Individual CALL: 604-736-3588 www.emotionsbook.com www.kitshouse.org Best, Marla Rosen 778-322-7442 http://www.emotionsbook.com Big Dip Productions EMOTIONS The Book & CD Come check me out on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/emotionsbookandcd AND http://www.myspace.com/emotionsbook

December 15, 2007
A Pioneer Christmas.  Explore Christmas customs from pioneer days, including crafts for the whole family, sip some traditional Christmas punch, nibble on treats, and sing carols. Surrey Museum, 604-592-6956

December 15, 2007
West Coast Express Santa Train, http://www.westcoastexpress.com

December 15, 2007
Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore presents Sinfonia Family Christmas.  Now a well-established North Shore Christmas tradition, Sinfonia's annual Family Christmas concert this year features     the brilliant and beautiful soprano, Heather Pawsey. She'll bring new life and meaning to Christmas classics like O     Holy Night, Gesu Bambino, Rejoice Greatly, and gospel songs like Sweet Little Jesus Boy and Mary, Did You Know? And, as always, Sinfonia counts on the audience, singing the beloved Christmas carols along with us, to make this traditional Christmas concert the best kind of seasonal treat.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 16, 2007
NYG's (Nigerian Youth Group, BC) annual Christmas event geared towards raising awareness of African culture and presence in British Columbia.  The Funfair will feature various traditional elements of African holiday life including: an appearence by Kente Claus (andAfrican Santa), playing fair-like games with volunteers and other children, listening to "tales by moonlight” (by reknowed playwright and story-teller Madame Comfort Ero), and participate in a masquerade show while enjoying African food and snacks.  Bonsor Recreation Complex, www.nygbc.com

December 17, 2007
World Poetry.  Poetry and music from around the world. World Poetry hosts are Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, (604) 331-4044.

December 18, 2007
CPR HOLIDAY TRAIN.  Join the Port Moody Station Museum for hot apple cider at the CPR Holiday Train visit.  The train will be arriving at Queens Street Plaza in Port Moody on Tuesday, December 18 at 9:15pm with entertainment beginning at 9:30pm.  This is a fundraiser for food banks throughout the Tri-City area so bring down your donations of non-perishable food items.  All food collected here stays here!  The Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, 604.939.1648, www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum

December 21, 2007 to January 5, 2008
Ellie King's CINDERELLA.  BC's crowned and renowned 'Queen of Panto' is back this year with "Ellie King's CINDERELLA", presented by The Royal Canadian Theatre Company, this is family fun at its finest, filled to the brim with magic, merriment, music and mayhem.  Bell Performing Arts Centre, 604-507-6355, www.rctheatreco.com

December 22, 2007
Free Nature Walks in Hastings Park.  The HASTINGS PARK CONSERVANCY will continue to host FREE MONTHLY NATURE WALKS in the SANCTUARY at HASTINGS PARK through December 2007. These will be on the fourth Saturdays of the month at 10 am. We meet at the North East corner of the Sanctuary in Hastings Park, rain or shine. Discover our urban wilderness! We now have over 100 bird species on our checklist since the Sanctuary was restored to green space only 8 years ago. Bring binoculars if you have them, but please leave your dogs at home. Walk ends at about noon. Take public transit to Hastings & Renfrew Streets or there is free parking on site if you tell the parking attendant that you are going to the Sanctuary.  www.hastingspark.ca

December 22, 2007
Cinderella - by Royal Canadian Theatre Company.  Cinderella - a British Panto performed by the renowned Royal Canadian Theatre Company. A family affair supporting Surrey Foundation, Surrey Christmas Bureau and Surrey Food Bank. Information at www.surreyfoundation.org

December 22, 2007
Winter Harp in Concert - Vancouver.  The musicians, in medieval attire, perform a hauntingly beautiful collection of music from well-known carols to Celtic, medieval and even flamenco. Dozens of candles light the stage, providing a backdrop for the golden Celtic and classical harps, drums, tambourines, temple bells, violin and an assortment of rare 12th century instruments.  St. Andrew's Wesley Church, 604.231.7535, http://winterharp.com

December 22, 2007
VOC Soul Gospel Choir  -  Soul Gospel Christmas 2007.  The 130-member choir featuring men and women of all ages, ethnicities and religions, will perform high-energy, six-part harmony and merge the melodies of soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae into a soulful performance of seasonal favorites. The vibrant delivery results in an audience that can’t resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping!  Glad Tidings Church, 3456 Fraser St, Vancouver; 604 876 3363, www.VOCSoulGospelChoir.com (http://www.vocsoulgospelchoir.com/)

December 23 - 30, 2007
BALLET BC & MOSCOW CLASSICAL BALLET: NUTCRACKER.  The world-renowned Moscow Ballet will celebrate its 15th anniversary this holiday season. With its all-Russian cast, known for exquisite dancing and choreography by Artistic Director Anatoli Emelianov, spectacular scenic design by Valentin Fedorov, the Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see production of 2007. This is pure classical ballet, with its roots firmly planted in the rich tradition of grand Russian ballet. The hand-painted sets are nothing less than magnificent, the choreography brings the athleticism of dance to a whole new level, and the music is beyond moving -- but it's the larger-than-life puppets, measuring some 12-feet high, that will keep even the youngest audience members riveted.  QE Theatre. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca) Ballet BC (http://www.balletbc.com)

December 24, 2007
Santa Claus Parade.  Celebrate Christmas in Steveston and watch the parade!  Steveston Community Centre  604-718-8080.

December 26, 2007 to January 2, 2008
5th Annual BMO Financial Group Mini-Soccer Festival, 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. Deadline to enter is December 2nd. Call (604) 465-5286 or go to www.premiersoccerexp.com for more information.

December 28 - 31, 2007
Ballet British Columbia and Alberta Ballet present The Nutcracker.  With the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Ballet British Columbia and Alberta Ballet return with the world’s most popular ballet. After a wooden Nutcracker comes to life in the form of a handsome Prince, little Clara is taken on unforgettable journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. The Nutcracker is the undisputedly the most beloved classical ballet of the Christmas holiday season.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604.665.3050, http://www.balletbc.com

December 29, 2007
MOCHITSUKI DAY at the NATIONAL NIKKEI HERITAGE AND MUSEUM CENTRE DECEMBER 29, 2007,  12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. - Fun for the whole family. Come and join in Mochi pounding and mochi tasting. There will be mochi, manju and other Japanese foods and goodies, all at the NikkeiCentre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby.  Everyone is invited to come and join in this traditional Japanese end-of-year festival. Admission is free.  604-434-6260

Ongoing to December 21, 2007
Place des Arts’ Positively Petite exhibition and Christmas Boutique offer gifts for eco-minded shoppers looking to reduce their carbon footprint. From November 8 to December 21, the public is invited to avoid crowded shopping malls and browse in peace amidst high-quality, handcrafted and affordable fine-art gifts. And all are made right here in the Lower Mainland.  1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam.  Contact information:info@placedesarts.ca or www.placedesarts.ca

Ongoing to December 24, 2007
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain.  Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees.  Grouse Mountain, 604.984.0661, www.grousemountain.com 

Ongoing to December 31, 2007
Rice is Life. Cultivated for over 5,000 years in more than 100 countries, on every continent except Antarctica , rice sustains two-thirds of the world’s population.  The exhibit explores the agricultural, spiritual and artistic significance of rice.  Vancouver Museum, 604.736.4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

February 1 - 3, 2008
Find your balance at the 16th Annual Wellness Show: February 1, 2 and 3 at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Sample, shop and learn from close to 300 different experts in the fields of health, fitness and food, while celebrating living well.  www.thewellnessshow.com

February 8, 2008
Port Moody Night Marketfair and Magic Show will be held at Heritage Woods Secondary School. This is the second annual event and over 2000 people are expected to attend this pre-sold ticketed event. It is a perfect opportunity for Valentines and Asian New Year gift sales. Vendors are asked to email Roberta at beckandbeck@telus.net for information. Roberta Beck beckandbeck@telus.net 604-469-2170

Ongoing until February 8, 2008
West Vancouver Museum Presents BEHIND THE WIRE: THE WARTIME DIARY AND ART OF ROBERT BUCKHAM.  Buckham concealed his precious diary and drawings in old milk cans in order to protect them during the months he and over 10, 000 other PoWs endured a forced march in the dead of winter westward through Germany in front of the Russian advance. Those who survived were eventually liberated and in 1945, Buckham returned to Canada to resume his career as an illustrator and artist. His drawings of Canada’s countryside and cityscapes graced the pages of the Globe and Mail for many years. His art was inspired by nature and local landscapes, as well as his frequent travels. 604.925.7179, http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com

Ongoing to April 2008
Vancouver Winter Farmers Market.  Eating locally in the winter is possible! Enjoy local, fresh BC produce, prepared food and crafts at this festive indoor and outdoor event, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from Novemebr to April. Call 604.879.FARM for details.  WISE Hall 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver; 604.879.3276, info@eatlocal.org

Ongoing until April 5, 2008
Vancouver Canucks: Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer. General Motors Place, 604.899.4600, http://www.canucks.com

Ongoing until May 10, 2008
DANCE ALLSORTS 10th SEASON 2007-2008.  New Works is proud to announce the tenth season of Dance Allsorts: Vancouver’s most diverse dance series. Presented by New Works in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre, this popular, inexpensive series exposes audiences to all sorts of dance.  604.893.8875 www.newworks.ca

Ongoing
Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248, http://www.coastalpeoples.com

Ongoing
For the last 12 years I've been running a non-profit organization in Delta called Air Time Canada.  We offer a free Aviation Camp where kids (and adults) learn how to co-pilot an airplane and get a chance to try it out for real.  It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.  Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.  You can find out a lot more at: http://www.airfun.org  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;

Ongoing
Vancouver Public Library presents OPEN MIKE FOR TEENS.  Are you tired of singing in the shower or reading poetry to your cat? We are too and we're here to do something about it! On the first Monday of every month between October and June, teens are invited to come on stage in the Peter Kaye room at Central Library and do their thing!  Anything goes, from stories to poetry to songs. It can be your own material or someone else's. It doesn't matter who wrote it, we wanna hear it.  Library Square, 604.331.3691.

 






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