Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for December 2008
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December 1, 2008
JoAnn Dionne: Author Reading.  JoAnn Dionne spent seven years in China where she taught elementary school. The students and people she met there became the basis for her first book, Little Emperors: A Year with the Future of China.  Central Library, 350 West Georgia St, 604-331-4044.


December 1 - 7, 2008
The Princess and the Pea - FVGSS.  The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society's musical panto is back for another exciting season! Everyone will want to be a Princess or be a Pea at the Surrey Arts Centre this November and December. 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. Wednesday November 26 to Sunday December 7th, 2008. Special rates for Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada and their families on Wednesdays and Thursdays. General admission Friday nights, two shows on Saturday and a matinee on Sundays;  Surrey Art Centre Main Stage, www.fgvss.org


December 1 to December 7, 2008
The December Man by Colleen Murphy.  Come and watch the Vancouver premiere of Colleen Murphy's Governor General award winning play. The play, which is based on the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique tragedy, brings you into the lives of Kathleen and Benoit, the parents of one of the men ordered out of the classroom. At first the family felt lucky that their son's life was spared, but young Jean's life became unglued as he grappled with the guilt brought on by not intervening. The December Man (L'homme de decembre), a heart breaking play leaves you speechless, and at the edge of your seat as you witness the aftermath and devastation of how a family tries to, or not to, cope with tragedy. For tickets: ticketstonight.ca or 604-684-2787 Students pay what you can at the door. Performance Works, Granville Island; www.greenthumb.bc.ca


December 1 to December 19, 2008
LEGO® Winter Wonderland.  Master LEGO® brick builders from the Vancouver LEGO® Club return to Surrey with a winter wonderland of block creations. Marvel at this miniature world in snow, festive celebration and the movement of seasonal MOCS (My Own Creations). Duplo®, brick blocks, motorized miniatures and robotics showcase the simplicity and complexity of LEGO® as it transforms the gallery into a festive world of winter. Surrey Museum, 604.592.6956, www.heritage.surrey.ca


December 1 - 21, 2008
Christmas at London Heritage Farm.  London Heritage Farm has been all dressed up, inside and out, for an old fashioned Christmas. Includes an extended Throughout December the Christmas gift shop hours have been extended, Christmas tea times are being offered and there will be free live entertainment on Sundays in the Tea Room.  For more information visit http://www.londonheritagefarm.ca


December 1 - 21, 2008
HOP ON, HOP OFF AND SHOP THE STOPS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Grab a FREE ride on the Holiday Shopping Trolley and support shops along the future Canada Line.  To connect shoppers with the unique and interesting merchants along the future Canada Line on Cambie Street, Granville Street and in Yaletown. For the route map and shopping directory, please visit www.shoptheline.ca.


December 1 to December 21, 2008
Holiday Craft Fair at White Rock Museum; 604-541-2222, http://www.whiterock.museum.bc.ca


December 1 - 31, 2008
Arts Club Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life.  IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE on the Granville Island Stage - By Philip Grecian - Based on the classic film by Frank Capra - Director Dean Paul Gibson “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings” In this holiday heart-warmer, George Bailey’s guardian angel swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful. For more information please visit: http://www.artsclub.com/20082009/onstage/wonderful-life.htm


December 1 - 31, 2008
Carousel Theatre presents Seussical. THE CAT IS BACK! Carousel Theatre is proud to be bringing back Horton the Elephant, Jo Jo, and everyone’s favourite Cat in the Hat! Join us for an amazing show featuring over ten different Dr. Seuss stories – who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?! Over 13,000 people came to see Seussical – the show sold out and it will be back for more! Not just for little ones, this hilarious show is sure to make everyone laugh and dance in their seats! At the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. www.carouseltheatre.ca


December 1 - 31, 2008
heritage christmas at Burnaby Village museum.  Enjoy the boughs, red bows and all the other old-fashioned ornaments and decorations throughout the village and farmhouse. The season features traditional entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits from the early 1900s. The daily craft is a popular with children as is a chat with Father Christmas. Complete each visit with a whirl on the C.W. Parker Carousel.  Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


December 4, 2008
Parks Canada Speakers Series.  FARMERS “MAKING GOOD”: The Development of Abernethy District, Saskatchewan, 1880-1920.  Between 1882 and 1920 settlers from Ontario established a new society and economy at Abernethy, Saskatchewan that reflected their early dominance on the Canadian prairies. In this illustrated lecture, author Lyle Dick presents scenes from the newly-revised edition of his award-winning book, explaining the settlement process and challenging some of the myths of prairie agricultural history. Lyle Dick is the West Coast Historian with Parks Canada in Vancouver and the author of Farmers “Making Good” (Clio Prize) and Muskox Land (Innis Prize). Vancouver Public Library; 604-331-3603, or www.vpl.ca


December 4 - 6, 2008
Anne of Green Gables presented by Abbotsford Children's Theatre. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel in this dramatization by Joseph Robinette.  Find out what happens when the unforgettable Anne Shirley enters Avonlea and touches the lives of everyone she meets.  Suitable for ages 5 and up. All shows take place at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way.


December 4 - 6, 2008
Anne of Green Gables.  Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel, Anne of Green Gables, in this dramatization by Joseph Robinette. Find out what happens when the unforgettable Anne Shirley enters Avonlea and touches the lives of everyone she meets. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Presented by the Abbotsford Children’s Theatre. 604-853-5065, www.abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org


December 4 - 7, 2008
Whistler Film Festival.  The Whistler Film Festival is a four-day, action-packed celebration of film, featuring 90+ films, special guests and big prizes, as well as innovative opportunities for filmmakers and cool events including a free outdoor screening. 604-935-8035, www.whistlerfilmfestival.com


December 4 - 31, 2008
Christmas at Canada Place: On the Sails. Come see Canada Place in a whole new light! This year marks the 21st annual Christmas at Canada Place event. Bringing a new twist on an old favorite, Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre proudly present Christmas at Canada Place: On the Sails. In celebration of the holidays, our ionic sails will shine like never before. Canada Place will feature an incredible nightly light show, right on the sails in a display of festive scenes, vibrant colours and inspiring designs. In the spirit of Canada Place, the light show will both amaze and inspire, while raising funds and awareness for charity. http://www.canadaplace.ca/christmas/


December 5, 2008
CHEECH AND CHONG.  CFOX, Rock 101 and the Georgia Straight present the Cheech and Chong Light Up Canada tour featuring legendary comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong live in concert. QE Theatre. Tickets 604-280-3311


December 5, 2008
Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet with James Delgado.  Special evening with Dr James Delgado as well as activities for the whole family. Jim's will talk about his newest book, Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet - the seafaring adventure of the Mongol Empire. Holiday refreshments, craft activities and stories for children, free gift wrapping in Maritime Store. Free Museum admission. Special evening with Dr James Delgado as well as activities for the whole family. Jim's will talk about his newest book, Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet - the seafaring adventure of the Mongol Empire. Holiday refreshments, craft activities and stories for children, free gift wrapping in Maritime Store. Free Museum admission. 604 257 8300.


December 5, 2008
5TH ANNUAL MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS PARADE AND COUNTRY CHRISTMAS. Magic Lights Parade: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This delightful parade will travel west up Fraser Highway from 207th Street to 204th Street, and then over to the Douglas Crecreation Centre at 20550 Douglas Crescent for a fun filled Country Christmas. Bring a food bank donation and receive a free hot chocolate to warm you up after the parade. Country Christmas at Douglas Recreation Centre (20550 Douglas Crescent): 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm. Free Admission. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm: Pictures with Santa. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for an evening of entertainment, caroling, crafts, tasty treats and more. To register for the parade or for more information please call 604-514-2865.


December 5 - 6, 2008
Ladner Carol Ships.  Gaily decorated fishing vessels and pleasure boats, some with choirs onboard, sail slowly along the Fraser River from Wellington Point to the Ladner Government Wharf. Ladnerites and others greeting you, who have paraded from celebrations in the Village, singing carols with a large choir performing on the wharf. This is what you’ll experience during the Ladner Carol Ships event. Those staying at the Duck Inn and other riverfront B and B's have front row seats, but anyone can join the festivities in the village. 604-946-7521, www.duckinn.net


December 5 - 31, 2008
Celebrate the winter season at the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Highlights include Santa’s Living Room, Community Choir concerts, and Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake. Stroll down Candy Cane Lane and enjoy the spectacular light displays, and keep your eyes open for the Christmas Elves. VanDusen Botanical Garden, 604-878-2974, http://vancouver.ca/Parks/parks/vandusen/website/events/fol.htm


December 6, 2008
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 festive season.  Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby; 604-291-6864, www.shadboltcentre.com


December 6, 2008
Christmas Market | Christmas dinner 7pm.  Santa Claus will put in a special appearance to spoil your children with presents and treats. You can admire the work of artisans of British Columbia and enjoy great musical entertainment. We hope to see you all there. Plan to bring cash for your purchases. Studio 16 and the lobby of the center Tickets : $2 | Free of charge for children under 10 years of age. Christmas dinner | 7pm | Studio 16 Tickets : $27 member | $32 non member. Served by Salade de Fruit. Le Centre Culturel francophone, 604.736.9806.


December 6, 2008
National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.  Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.


December 6, 2008
Shoe Memorial.  Come join us at the Robson Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery to honor the women and girls who have been victims of violence. On Dec. 6th the shoe memorial will return to the Vancouver Art Gallery from 8am to 3pm A short service will be held at 1pm. Stairs of Vancouver Art Gallery, pkelln@telus.net


December 6, 2008
The 5th Annual Light up the Square at Carré Heritage Square , 1120 Brunette Ave. , Coquitlam. This FREE family event features a lighting ceremony, arts and crafts activities for all ages, artisan demonstrations and sales, yummy seasonal fare at the Noel Café and lots of lively entertainment. This year’s highlights include a reading of the Dylan Thomas classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales by actor Russell Roberts, How the Grinch Stole Christmas Circus Style, and storytelling in Mackin Museum . The Tri-Cities Potter’s will also hold their first show and sale. Don’t forget to visit the Christmas Boutique for locally made, hand-crafted artisan gifts. For more information, visit www.placedesarts.ca or call 604.664.1636.


December 6, 2008
VFS Makeup Design for Film & Television Open House.  Hear from Head of Department Stan Edmonds (The Butterfly Effect, Unforgiven) and instructors, and see students demonstrating amazing prosthetic and application techniques while learning more about Vancouver Film Schools Makeup program. To register, email openhouse@vfs.com or call 604.631.3590. For more information about the program visit www.vfs.com/makeup.


December 6, 2008
Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert  ‘A Festive Potpourri’.  Get the chance to interview and photograph members and conductors of this renowned youth orchestra, prior to their Christmas concert on December 14th (concert release attached). Sit in on their dress rehearsal from 3:30pm – 4:30pm, with opportunities for interviews at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Photography and filming welcome at any time during the media call. St. James Hall – 3214 West 10th Ave., Vancouver;  604.317.6892.


December 6 - 7, 2008
5th Annual Persian Cultural Film Festival at Vancouver International Film Centre.   www.oshihan.org/ziff


December 6 - 7, 2008
Emotions Puppet Show.  Join Marla Rosen, a Montessori teacher, as she performs Emotions, her interactive puppet show and sing-along concert. Children are invited to explore their feelings in this fun-filled musically and visually enriching show. Emotions CDs are available in Kaleidoscope. www.emotionsbook.com.  Science World British Columbia, 604.443.7470, www.telusworldofscience.com/vancouver


December 6 - 7, 2008
Heritage Hall Christmas Craft Fair.  Heritage Hall presents our 12th annual juried Christmas Craft Fair on December 6 and 7 from 11 am to 5 pm. We'll feature 50 tables of fine quality, BC-made art and crafts in one of Vancouver's most delightful public buildings. Hand-made items include blown glass, sweaters, pottery, chocolate, jewellery, cards, hand bags, hats, jam, toys, woodturning and much more. Heritage Hall is located at 3102 Main Street (at 15th Ave) in Vancouver. $2 admission, kids free. Proceeds will benefit Heritage Hall. Information (604) 879-4816.


December 6, 14, 2008
The Vancouver Convention Centre's Breakfast with Santa.  Join Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre for Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, share your wish list with Santa, and enjoy festive family entertainment. Be sure to reserve your spots early as this event sold out last year! Tickets available at www.canadaplace.ca/christmas/santa_breakfast/. Proceeds from ticket sales to Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children Program.


December 6 - 21, 2008
Christmas in Kerrisdale.  Christmas in Kerrisdale Community Event. Weekends in Kerrisdale, Saturday Dec 6,2008 to Sunday Dec 21, 2008. Location: West 41st Ave between Larch & Maple Street. Santa, Horse & Carriage rides (Saturdays and Sunday Dec 21) Quartets etc. Contact: Terri Clark 604-266-9875 or go to www.kerrisdalevillage.com


December 6 - 21, 2008
Santa Claus at International Village! International Village, 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver; 604-647-1137.


December 6 - 31, 2008
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge is fast becoming a holiday tradition. The signature maple tree, draped in shimmering snowfall lights, invites guests to enjoy the magic of 200,000 lights – from the sparkling suspension bridge and star-reflecting rainforest pond to the brightly lit park and Treetops Adventure. Glass blower Malcolm MacFadyen is back by popular demand adding extra twinkle, teaching guests how to blow glass icicle ornaments. Decorate your own gingerbread man and sing along with the festive carolers. This rain or shine event will certainly lift your holiday spirit!  604.985.7474, http://www.capbridge.com


December 7, 2008
Santa Comes to Cammidge. Bring your family and a camera to Cammidge House for a visit with Santa. Refreshments will be available along with treats from Santa for the kids. Information: 604-948-9908 Admission by donation. Presented by Cammidge House Committee/ Boundary Bay Regional Park Volunteers and local merchants. 604-948-9908.


December 7, 2008
Christmas Nature Walk at Burnaby Lake Regional Park. 1pm - 3pm. Come on a brisk, guided winter walk along forest trails to discover wildlife and birds in the park. Then, return to the Nature House for delicious complimentary refreshments. Burnaby Lake Park Association volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the park’s natural history. You can support the association by purchasing goodies at their Christmas bake sale table. Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave., off Winston Street. FREE! 604-520-6442.


December 7, 2008
Cool Yule.  Presented by Harmony, with special guests the Inlet Jazz Combo.  Harmony, a 10-voice women's vocal ensemble, offers up a program off jazz and pop numbers, along with traditional holiday favourites, to usher in the Christmas season.  Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont St., Coquitlam; 604-469-1641.


December 7, 2008
Port Moody Station Museum - Holiday Ginger Bread Houses. A fascinating display of Gingerbread houses will be hosted in the Museums Historical Kitchen reflecting the versatility of Ginger Bread. Admission by Donation. (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum


December 7, 2008
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...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html for Full Details - General Admission $4 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Cafe/Snack Bar.  Croatian Cultural Centre.


December 7, 2008
Rogers Santa Claus Parade.  The first Sunday in December is the official date of the Rogers Santa Claus Parade. Santa's early visit to Vancouver on Sunday, December 7th, 2008 is the perfect kick off to the holiday season! The Rogers Santa Claus Parade features over 60 marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators. Produced by Rogers Retail, Rogers Wireless and Rogers Radio, the televised Parade is the Lower Mainland's biggest winter event lining the streets of West Georgia and Howe. A very special part of the Rogers Santa Claus Parade is celebrating the Spirit of Giving. Each year, Rogers volunteers collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. In the past four years, over $22,000 and 26,500 pounds of food have been collected from generous Parade audiences. Come join in the magic, fun and festivities at the 2008 Rogers Santa Claus Parade! www.rogerssantaclausparade.com


December 7, 2008
SANTA'S PARADE OF LIGHTS.  Cloverdale Town Centre, 604-576-3155 or 604-574-9802, http://www.cloverdalebia.com


December 7, 2008
got craft. Featuring 50 local artists, got craft is a modern twist on the conventional craft fair. Support Vancouver’s handmade revolution and buy local. Visit our website at www.gotcraft.ca for more information and a full list of participating vendors. Royal Canadian Legion – 2205 Commercial Drive (at E. 6th Avenue).


December 8, 2008
Chris Czajkowski: Talk and Slide Presentation.  A slide presentation by Chris Czajkowski, author of A Mountain Year: Nature Diary of a Wilderness Dweller. In 1988 she walked into BC's Central Coast Mountains to build a homestead, a business and a life. The presentation will feature artwork from her book, A Mountain Year, offering an awe inspiring glimpse into the life of this independent spirit and the life that she calls home. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Public Library Services Branch, BC Ministry of Education).  Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., 604-331-4044.


December 8 - 10, 2008
ROBIN WILLIAMS. QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE.  Donald K. Donald proudly presents legendary funny man/director, Robin Williams, live in concert, on his Weapons of Self Destruction tour. Tickets 604-280-3311


December 9, 2008
Peter C. Newman.  Award-winning journalist, author and political commentator, Peter C. Newman talks about his new biography, Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul. (Free admission but limited seating - no reservations required, seating will be filled on a first come basis).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


December 9, 2008
Vancity Theatre presents Cuba: The Value of Utopia .  This rare opportunity to see the stoic beauty of Havana is matched by thoughtful commentary from a group of elderly Cubans whose belief in the cause of social justice remains as vivid and impassioned as it was almost 50 years ago. Whether they're bemoaning the vapidity and lack of ideological values in the younger generation or dancing and singing in the streets, these aging revolutionaries keep on keeping on. Chief among them is Fidel Castro himself, whose reminiscences provide a remarkable window into the reality behind the myth of the revolution. Cuba: The Value of Utopia restores respect and dignity to the revolutionaries and the ideals that drove them, and serves as a necessary corrective to the ossified received opinions that have sprung up over time. http://www.viff.org.


December 11, 2008
Old Fashioned Musical Christmas.  Join in an evening of music and carols in a magical setting and relax with your friends around the bonfire.  Join in the singing, share warm wishes with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and treats. Please 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. Tickets available at the door or for pre-purchase. Please call 604-513-4777 for details or to purchase tickets. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada; 604-513-4777, www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


December 12, 2008
Annual Wreck Beach Christmas Party Fundraiser.  Dance the night away to fabulous Wreck Beach bands! Enter to win exciting trips for two. Buy your Christmas gifts early from a wide selection at the Wreck Beach store. Refreshing beverages available. Heritage Hall, Main St., Vancouver.  Raffle tickets and admission tickets sold at the door. Information: www.wreckbeach.org For adults Presented by the Wreck Beach Preservation Society.


December 12, 2008
Chris Humphreys.  Author Chris Humphreys will read from his recent adult novel, Vlad - The Last Confession, the true history of Dracula. This is the tale of the man behind the myth, as it has never been told before. (Free admission.).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


December 12, 2008
Vancity Theatre presents The Animation Show.  Returning to the Vancity Theatre after a successful 2007 run, The Animation Show is an annual feature-length compilation of the best animated shorts from around the world, exclusively curated by Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge. The Animation Show launched in 2003, making it the first festival of animation created and produced with actual animators at the helm. A sister series of high quality DVDs now supplement the theatrical tour with additional insights and brand new lineups of films—while the main Show remains a unique and unforgettable annual program that is usually gone forever once it is out of theatres. This year's Animation Show is anchored by especially commissioned work from animators around the world. The show will include the films listed below, plus special surprises. http://www.viff.org.


December 12 - 13, 2008
The distinguished Goh Ballet Academy presents the perennial holiday favorite, the Nutcracker, just in time for the holidays ~ December 12 and 13, 2008 at  7pm at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave. Burnaby. Tickets $28 at Goh Ballet, 2345 Main St. Vancouver, (604) 872-4014, www.gohballet.com.


December 12 - 13, 2008
Winter Hay Ride.  Enjoy a wagon ride around the Village of Steveston while singing carols. Hot drinks included. Wear warm clothing, bring a blanket and flashlight.  This event is for all ages!  For more information contact the Steveston Community Centre at 604-718-8080.


December 13, 2008 to January 5, 2009
Holiday Festivities at the Fort.  Cozy up next to the fire in the Cooperage and share some hot apple cider this holiday season! Whether you create your own holiday craft, or engage in an old-fashioned game of draughts, it’s a wonderful place for the whole family.  Guided tours are offered daily. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada; 604-513-4777, www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


December 13, 2008
ALDERGROVE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT UP PARADE. For more information please visit www.aldergrovefestivaldays.com.


December 13, 2008
BCSPCA Toy Drive for the Animals. Pancakes by donation served all day. The Tim Hortons Community Cruiser will be providing hot drinks and timbits. There will be face painting for the kids and pet pictures with Santa. We are asking the public to please bring in quality toys and food for our shelter animals-dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, birds. Vancouver shelter - 1205 E 7th Ave; www.spca.bc.ca/vancouver


December 13, 2008
Bird Walk at the Mouth of the Little Campbell River. 9am - 11am. Discover the birds that make the mouth of the Little Campbell River home with naturalist Lynn Pollard. Walk for beginners to intermediate birders. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them. Wear comfortable waterproof foot wear, dress warmly. Walk will go rain or shine. 604-501-5158, www.naturematters.surrey.ca


December 13, 2008
Home for the Holidays:  A Winter's Day at Maplewood is always full of wonderful surprises! 10am - noon. Please join us as we explore the sanctuary to discover a fine variety of birds that have settled in the winter, including waterfowl, raptors and songbirds – and hopefully, a surprise or two. Bring binoculars, if you have them, and dress for the weather. Walks go rain or shine. The Conservation Area at Maplewood is located at 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver; 604-538-8774.


December 13, 2008
Iron Scientist. One mystery material, one mystery task, endless possible inventions…come and test your creativity with this all-new Iron Scientist challenge. Compete to win great prizes! 2pm.  Science World British Columbia, 604.443.7470, www.telusworldofscience.com/vancouver


December 13, 2008
Pacific Ice 2008 Annual Synchronized Skating Christmas Gala.  350 skaters on twenty-three teams from throughout British Columbia and Washington State will be participating, representing all Festival Synchronized Skating Categories, from Pre Juvenile to Masters, as they debut their 2009 competitive programs for a crowd expected to exceed 1000. Our 2008 Gala will support the Surrey Food bank. General admission for the Gala is by donation of non-perishable food items.  South Surrey Arena, pacificice@sk8bc.com


December 14, 2008
Birding with a Purpose. 2pm - 4pm. Build your birding skills and witness the start of the fall migration as shorebirds, gulls and ducks begin to congregate in Boundary Bay. The first in a series of trips (next Dec. 14) that will help with identification and counting techniques, and serve as an introduction to monitoring our bird populations. Bring Binoculars if you have them. 604-940-4696


December 14, 2008
The Nutcracker.  Seymour Dance presents our annual youth production of the traditional ballet, The Nutcracker. Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.  For more information, please call us at 604-929-6060, or visit our website @ www.seymourdance.com.


December 14, 2008
The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra presents A Festive Potpourri.  Ring in the season as the Intermediate and Senior divisions of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra – with conductors Roger Cole and Jin Zhang – present a sparkling selection of traditional and contemporary Christmas favourites, featuring Peter Tchaikovsky’s much loved Nutcracker Suite. Guests Vancouver Voices Youth Choir will join the Intermediate Orchestra for a choral set of English composer John Rutter’s compositions, including For the Beauty of the Earth. Seasonal favourites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Greensleeves,” a little Franz Lehar and even a Johann Strauss polka round out this diverse musical celebration.  Kay Meek Centre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver; For more information and a complete season schedule, please visit www.vyso.com or call 604.737.0714.


December 14, 2008
West End Multicultural Heritage Celebration.  Follow the route of the BC Electric Cars to learn about the Blue  Blood Alley, Robsonstrasse, the Mole Hill block, and see how settlers in the 1800’s lived by touring Roedde House Museum. Enjoy a multicultural buffet and listen to new local musicians Melissa Endean, Sillken, Ranj Singh and Marlin Ramazzini.  Tour and Buffet: Adults $5.00 children ages 5-12 yrs $2.50.  Please call Gordon Neighbourhood House to reserve a spot before 4 pm December 9th by calling 604-683-2554 or visit us at 1019 Broughton St., Vancouver


December 17, 2008 to January 4, 2009
“Ellie King’s MOTHER GOOSE” - PANTO RETURNS!!! An extravaganza overflowing with magic, music, merriment and mayhem – a sparkling trip to fairyland starring Mike Roberds, TV's UncleFester and BC's favourite 'Dame' Alan Cedargreen, this hilarious production is full to the brim with good guys you can cheer and bad guys you can boo; lavish costumes; spectacular sets; silly jokes and fine music. Presented by The Royal Canadian Theatre Company, benefitting local charities. Surrey Arts Centre, 604-501-5566, www.rctheatreco.com


December 19, 2008
BEST DANCE CREW TOUR. Four of North America's Best Dance Crews are coming to Canada for 6 exclusive high energy amazing shows with Special Guest DJ Wish One from the Jabbawockeez. The dance phenomenon that is routed in the streets has hit the mainstream with millions of fans and MTV/MuchMusic favorites the Jabbawockeez parachuting to stardom. The new roster of Best Dance Crews is no exception with Fanny Pak, Super Crew, Supreme Soul and So Real Cru offering their own flavor to this popular dance style. Tickets 604-280-4444


December 19, 2008
CPR Holiday Tea. Foot of Queens Street - Port Moody. Train arrives: 9:15 pm. Displays, entertainment, hot apple cider, crafts and more begin at the Queens Street plaza at 8:00 pm. Port Moody Station Museum, (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum


December 20, 2008
A Charles Dickens Evening at Roedde House Museum. Come join us in a series of intimate fireside reading by Cam Cathcart, Don Mowatt, and Carolyn Finlay. The evening promises to be filled with enchantments as piano music accompany the retelling of some of Charles Dickens' most famous works inside our restored turn of the century house museum. Call 604-684-7040 for more information, or check out our website at www.roeddehouse.org


December 20, 2008
Nutcracker 3D - IMAX Theatre @ Canada Place.  Everyone loves the classic play, the Nutcracker, but imagine it in 3D! Come out and celebrate the winter spirit at IMAX, part of the Christmas at Canada Place 2008 festivities. The Nutcracker 3D features a wonderful enchanted kingdom of spun sugar, ruled by a wooden soldier prince, which springs to life through the magic of IMAX technology. Set in present day London, and featuring a cast of more than 150 performers, it is a grand interpretation of the original. The IMAX Theater at Canada Place, 604-775-7200, http://www.canadaplace.ca/christmas/


December 20 - 21, 2008
Holiday Tea on the Venosta. Enjoy tea, treats and Holiday Music with Nigel Tucker on our vintage 1921 refurbished railcar. Port Moody Station Museum, (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum


December 21, 2008
WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL.  Celebrate Winter Solstice in your own neighbourhood. Free community evening featuring fantastic performers, the amazing Swedish Fire, hot chocolate and a beautiful 600 candle Labyrinth of Light. In addition, the In House Festival offers a series of concerts in several East Side homes. Lanterns will be sold for the neighbourhood procession, or you can make your own lantern at one of the several lantern making workshops offered in early and mid-December.  www.secretlantern.org and www.inthehousefestival.com


December 26, 2008
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)


December 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009
Wild Safari Adventure. Join Safari Jeff and Shannon on their Great Green Adventure. They will bring fantastic rare beasts from all over the world right to our stage! This will be a safari adventure you won’t want to miss. Science World British Columbia, 604.443.7470, www.telusworldofscience.com/vancouver


December 28 - 29, 2008
BUGS ON BROADWAY.  The Wascally Wabbit is back! The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Global ComedyFest are proud to present Bugs Bunny on Broadway – a unique and extraordinary concert experience that celebrates the world's favourite classic Looney Tunes cartoons and their real classical scores. The large video screen show cartoon jewels like What's Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville , Long Haired Hare and a Corny Concerto while the Orchestra plays the classical soundtracks on stage. This roller coaster ride of a concert has sold-out the world's greatest concert halls from The Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House (and in the past, the Orpheum and Queen Elizabeth Theatre!) and created an enthusiastically-devoted international audience of animation fans and classical music lovers alike.  Orpheum; Tickets 604-876-3434 Vancouver Symphony (http://www.vancouversymphony.ca)


December 28 -31, 2008
Ballet BC's The Nutcracker.  Celebrate the holidays with Ballet BC's beloved family tradition the Nutcracker, December 28 to 31, 2008 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. A charming Russian tale performed by the Moscow Classical Ballet, Nutcracker follows Masha and her adventures with her Nutcracker Prince. December 28, 29, 30 at 7:30pm & December 29, 30, 31 at 1:30pm. Tickets from $35.75 at www.ticketmaster.ca, 604-280-3311, or www.balletbc.com, 604-432-5003, ext. 207.


Ongoing to December 31, 2008
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: Gallery Opening.  The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art will open its doors to the public on May 10, 2008, with the opening exhibition Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art. Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art runs through 2008, featuring highly interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Permanent installations include: The Raven's Trove: Gold Masterworks by Bill Reid; the monumental bronze sculpture Mythic Messengers, Reid's masterful composition of eleven intertwined figures recounting traditional Haida myths; a monumental cedar tribute pole carved by Haida Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) honouring Reid, who died in 1998. Two of the exhibition spaces feature rotating exhibitions of Northwest Coast art, cultural performances and lectures. Although the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is just steps away from one of Vancouver's busiest intersections, Georgia and Burrard, visitors find it amazingly secluded by the cloister-like setting of the courtyard.


Ongoing until January 7, 2009, 2008
Banner Years  - Hidden Hockey Treasures.  This hockey season be sure to take a break and check out the newest exhibit at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Banner Years - Hidden Hockey Treasuresis like a look into an old hockey bag; you never know what you'll find. So now's your chance to get up close to items representing British Columbia's great hockey heritage. Here's a list of just a few items on display in the exhibit:  - Five Original Vancouver Canucks' banners,  Hockey cards from the ultimate hockey card collection, Giant signed "white towel" from 1982, A look at the stories of the 8 hockey teams and 26 players inducted for hockey; http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/


Ongoing to February 15, 2009
The Unnatural History of Stanley Park.  We interfered with, altered, and rearranged Stanley Park's forests, creatures and people to make nature more 'natural'. With "The Unnatural History of Stanley Park" exhibit, the Vancouver Musuem sheds some light on puzzling blind spots in our romance with this national treasure, which turns 120 this year.  The exhibit showcases souvenirs collected by park visitors over 120 years, behind-the-scenes stories of the park's plants, animals, people and landmarks, and a selection of proposals to 'improve" Stanley Park - a list that includes the bizarre, amazing, and scary, as well as the sublime. Vancouver Musuem, 604-736-4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca 


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
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2008.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.


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
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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