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Special Events for February 2006

 

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January 29 to February 5, 2006
The 2006 Talking Stick Festival promises to warm the soul during those long winter days at various locations throughout Vancouver. Honoring and celebrating the diversity and talents of local, national and international Aboriginal artists through a variety of events including theatre, storytelling, performance and visual art, writers, musicians, forums, and dance. Come share our unique showcase; www.fullcircle.ca

January 31 to February 11, 2006
I'm a little pickled theatre presents SEE BOB RUN & WILD ABANDON.  "Wild Abandon" is a journey through Steve's life and his contemplation with death, his relationship with his parents, a fake mother, all day breakfasts, dancing, crab, a cat, a duck and an egg.  Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver; www.pickledtheatre.com

February 1, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents LUNAR NEW YEAR.  Dunbar Branch, 4515 Dunbar St., Vancouver

February 1 - 4, 2006
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents  SISTERS, SUCH DEVOTED SISTERS.  A shocking and funny insight into the life of a Glaswegian drag queen, Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters won the Carol Tambor Award given to the best piece of theatre on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With its witty, seen-it-all heroine, Sisters is an unnerving and touching experience. It combines a shocking and lonely crime witnessed on Glasgow's gay scene with a bittersweet comic narrative about a young man coming of age, blowing up pigeons, shoplifting, learning to kiss and creating an unlikely identity for himself.  Waterfront Theatre, www.pushfestival.ca

February 1 - 28, 2006
Black History Month

February 1 - 28, 2006
Celebration 2010: Whistler Arts Festival.  A showcase of the performing arts, literary events, film screenings, art exhibitions and street performances throughout the month in support of the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games; 604.938.9221

February 2, 2006
Tickle Me Pickle Improv Show, West Richmond Community Centre, 604-718-8416

February 2, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents LUNAR NEW YEAR.   Welcome the Year of the Dog at the Oakridge branch library with a puppet show, stories and songs.

February 2 - 5, 2006
Early Bird RV Show & Sale.  Over 180,000 square feet of exhibit space, both indoors and outdoors. All kinds of new recreation vehicles on show and for sale. Plus, many, many booth exhibitors including parts and service exhibitors, tow vehicles, resorts, accessories, truck customizing, diesel engines, hitches and more.  Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre, 604-850-1533, www.rvshows.ca/earlybird

February 2 - 5, 2006
SnowBall Classic 2006.  The 18th Edition of the SnowBall Classic. One of the world's top DanceSport / Ballroom Competitions sanctioned by the IDSF. International DanceSport Federation.  River Rock Casino Resort Theatre, www.snowballclassic.com

February 2 - 18, 2006
Gateway Theatre presents Shakespeare's Will.  Few historical facts exist about Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife of 34 years, except that upon his death the mother of his 3 children was bequeathed the "second best bed". The feisty Anne tells her own story of fame, infidelity, and life with and without the great and mostly absent poet.  Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond; www.gatewaytheatre.com

February 2 to March 5, 2006
Arts Club Theatre Company presents  ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR.  Three couples. Three dinner parties. Let the social climbing begin! When three very different pairs take turns hosting three hilariously uncomfortable Christmas Eve get-togethers, dinner disasters and social catastrophes arent far behind. In this wild farce of behind-the-scenes kitchen calamities, tensions are high, fortunes and fates are reversed, and madcap ingenuity ensues. And as anyone who has hosted a dinner party knows, the real comedy always takes place in the kitchen!  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 604.687.1644, www.artsclub.com

February 3, 2006
Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band.  After receiving both critical acclaim and audience ovations for his portrayal of the Emcee in Uncle Randy Productions' Cabaret, Bobby Bruce returns to the role he knows best. A Legend was born in Toronto when Bobby 's incomparable talent for impersonating Neil Diamond was finally realized in 1994. He has never looked back. Bobby has played with some of the biggest shows in the business including a ten-month tour of the US with Las Vegas based Legend's in Concert, and two tours of Australia with Legends of Rock. He has performed at some of the best venues including the Toronto Skydome, selling out Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom and onboard several luxury liners at sea in the South Pacific.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 3, 2006
Vancouver Magazine presents FORK AND GLASS.  A food and wine event where consumers will get a chance to taste the winners of the Vancouver Magazine International Wine Competion. We will pair the winning wines in 10 categories with appetizers from some of Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award winners.  Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings St., Vancouver; www.vancouvermagagazine.com

February 3, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents DREAM POWER.  The VPL presents R.J. Stewart, author of Well of Light: From Faery Healing to Earth Healing. This book is about living consciousness, and how to open our awareness to the consciousness of the land, ocean, and plant.  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver  (604) 331-4001, http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca

February 3 - 5, 2006
The 14th Annual Wellness Show. Need help finding balance in your life? Join us in Vancouver for one of the West Coast?s premiere consumer shows focusing on all aspects of health and vital living. Listed as one of the largest trade & consumer shows by Business in Vancouver and the fastest growing show by the Province, the Wellness Show is the place to showcase, sample and sell your products and services related to the health and wellness industries.  Canada Place Convention Centre.

February 4, 2006
Cap Jazz Series presents KURT ELLING.  Flamboyant, creative and the "real deal", Kurt Elling is a jazz singer for purists and adventurers at heart. He has released six albums of self-produced music for hte famous Blue Note label.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC; www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

February 4, 2006
Chinese New Year Celebration at Denman Place Mall.  Celebrate the Year of the Dog with Denman Place Mall. At 11:00 am, the Shao Lin Hung Gar Kung Fu Association will perform the Lion Dance and a Martial Arts Demonstration, followed by a New Year Reception with Chinese Treats (will supplies last) at 12:30 until 1:30 pm. Complimentary one hour parking with purchase at participating merchants. Gung hay fat choy! 11:00 AM

February 4, 2006
Motor Spectacular at BC Place Stadium; See the monsters, meet the drivers and take photos with your favourite monster truck at the Pit Party from 2-4pm. Must have a Pit Pass and an event ticket to enter.  (630) 566-6100 or www.ushra.com.

February 5, 2006
Bluegrass Jamboree.  The In the House Performance Series presents a toe-tapping evening of bluegrass music with performers Jody and the Lost Hearts, and The Mountain Bluebirds. 333 E. 13th Avenue, Vancouver; www.inthehousefestival.com,

February 5, 2006
Cap Folk 'n' Roots Series presents SPIRIT AND THE BLUES.  A triple bill showcasing some of the best gospel and blues artists in the world, Spirit and the Blues is sure to be one of the year's highlights. No stranger to our series, Eric Bibb has been described as "discreetly awesome" and "a total original". Son of Leon Bibb, Bibb has earned a reputation as a very fine perveyor of soulful acoustic blues. Texan Ruthie Foster has fired up the roots scene with her amazing pipes, stirring gospel-fused blues and highly engaging and dynamic performances. Rounding out our triple bill are the Campbell Brothers, who perform "Sacred Stee" - African American gospel music with electic steel guitar and vocals. Until recent times, this music was seldom heard outside of churches. The Campbell Brothers have successfully introduced this amazing brand of gospel music in concert halls across North America. In a rare coup to bring these amazing talents together for one night, Spirit and the Blues will be sure to raise the roof and your spirits.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC; www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

February 5, 2006
Kids Swap Meet on February 5, 2006 at the South Delta Recreation Centre in Tsawwassen.  The swap meet will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the cost of renting a table is $20 (can be shared by two or more people if desired); 604-940-5361,

February 5, 2006
Parents have been busy cleaning out their children?s closets and toy boxes. Bargain hunters wanting to purchase books, baby accessories and clothes are invited to Coquitlam?s Leisure & Parks Children?s Swap meet.  Poirier Community Centre, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, 604-933-6048, kfenton@coquitlam.ca

February 5, 2006
The In the House Performance Series presents a toe-tapping evening of bluegrass music with performers Jody and the Lost Hearts, and The Mountain Bluebirds.  333 E. 13th Ave., Vancouver; 604-874-9325, www.inthehousefestival.com

February 6, 2006
Federation of Lasermasters (Society).  We teach children how to play basic chess and advanced Lasermaster Game strategies and elementary math.  The Lasermaster School Challenge Program increases strategic thinking skills, stimulates intellectual creativity, dramatically improves a child's ability to think rationally, and improves problem-solving ability.  When students play Lasermaster they must call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities.  Poirier Street Community Centre, Coquitlam; 604-436-0807, laser@intergate.ca

February 6, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents REDECORATE YOUR HOME IN JUST ONE DAY AND DON'T SPEND A DIME!  The VPL presents Dana Smithers. Dana guarantees that if you follow her "10 Step Secret Success Redesign Formula", you will be able to give your home a whole new look in just one day - using your things without spending a dime.  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001, http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca

February 6 - 10, 2006
Cap Theatre Series presents FEMALE TRANSPORT.  This play by English playwright Steve Gooch is a tough, realistic and detailed account of the hardships endured by six female convicts transported to Australia in the early 19th century. The women's development is powerfully depicted, showing their transformation from a disparate group of victims into a tight-knit group of hardened, interdependent women.  Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

February 6 - 12, 2006
Studio 58 presents THE RISKY NIGHTS SERIES.  Previously known as The Fourth Term Project, this week-long series has become so popular we had to rename it! Now in its 7 th season, the Risky Nights Series is designed as a bridge between classroom work and mainstage productions. At the conclusion of their second year of training, students have an invaluable opportunity to create every aspect of an original theatre piece from start to finish with a professional director, and perform it for an intimate audience in Room L002, located in the basement of the Main Building at Langara College. http://www.langara.bc.ca/studio58/future.html

February 7, 2006
Experience a unique, and unforgettable Chinese New Year! On February 7th 2006, New Tang Dynasty Television, an independent and non-profit Chinese TV station, will bring you a truly authentic Chinese New Year Celebration Concert right in Vancouver. Hundreds of Asian and Western artists have been brought together for this spectacular event of music, dance, and world-class entertainment for the whole family. ---Rediscovering the Culture from the Land of the Divine Chinese people believe their ancient culture was a gift from the heavens, so much so that traditional Chinese culture is often simply referred to as the culture of the land of the divine. Titled "Myths & Legends" NTDTV's New Year Gala will bring the beauty and depth of the land of the divine to you and your loved ones. On this magical evening, we invite you to believe! Call now for tickets: 604-280-4444 (ticketmaster) order online: http://www.ticketmaster.ca Hot Line: 604-628-1620 (Mandarin, English) 604-628-0303 (Cantonese, Mandarin) Ticket Prices: $28, $48, $58, $68, $88 (Group ticket discounts are available. Please call NTD hotline for more info.) LUCKY DRAW- Win top prize up to $6,000 value! Queen Elizabeth Theatre, for more information: http://gala.ntdtv.com/2006/en/cities/van/

February 7, 2006
Museum of Anthropology presents ARCHITECTURE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA LECTURE SERIES.  The Future of Machu Picchu, James S. Kus, Professor, Dept. of Geography, California Statue University, Fresno; www.moa.ubc.ca

February 7, 2006
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: CATHERINE DENEUVE. Unique Lives opens its 12th exiting season with French screen icon, Catherine Deneuve, in an exclusive engagement. From her marriages to director Roger Vadim and actor Marcello Mastrioanni to her spectacular film career of over 100 movies, Deneuve is always radiant and somewhat mysterious. Orpheum Theatre, Tickets 1-877-873-8124 Events Unlimited (http://www.eventsunlimited.org) Unique Lives (http://www.uniquelives.com)

February 8, 2006
Doing the Wild Things, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188

February 8, 2006
Vancouver Public Library and Coastal Jazz present TIME FLIES WITH TORSTEN MULLER.  The VPL and Coastal Jazz and Blues Society present Time Flies Session. Join Torsten Muller, Ron Samworth and John Korsud as they investigate the parameters of free improvisation.  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001, http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca

February 8, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents MUSIC OF THE WHOLE WORLD.  In the third presentation of the series, "Musical Marriages of the Far East", Randy Raine-Reusch and Mei Han will highlight the musics of Korea, Japan, Thailand, China and Malaysia and the intercultural connections between them. In addition to music listening and discussion, they will perform on a variety of instruments.  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001, http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca

February 8 - 12, 2006
Vancouver International Boat Show.  The largest boat show in Western Canada, it's the best place to see and buy the latest and greatest in boating and fishing. Featuring everything from canoes, kayaks, inflatables, runabouts, pontoon and deck boats, fishing boats, cruisers and motoryachts, and sailboats! See boats ranging in size from eight up to forty-three feet. Plus, over thirty seminars for new and experienced boaters, and activities for the whole family!  BC Place Stadium, (604) 678-8820 or go to www.vancouverboatshow.ca (http://www.vancouverboatshow.ca).

February 8 - 18, 2006
Firehall Arts Centre presents SUN SPIRITS.  Sun Spirits featuring Caribou Song by Tomson Highway, a story of two Cree children lost amongst a thundering herd of caribou and Raven Stole the Sun by Drew Hayden Taylor, a traditional Tlingit story adapted as a compelling theatre dance piece. Performed by internationally recognized Red Sky Performance and ideal for the whole family!  Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver; 604.689.0926, www.firehallartscentre.ca

February 8 - 18, 2006
Solo Collective presents LANDSCAPES OF THE DEAD.  An aging painter wants to end things but doesn't know how. Her assistant thinks she's crazy. The gallery owners think she's marketable. An art student just wants to be loved. They all come together in this black comedy that explores the meaning of art and celebrates relationships among the living. Landscapes of the Dead is set against the backdrop of Vancouver's visual art scene and features the work of local artists; Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St. Granville Island; www.seeseven.bc.ca

February 9 - 10, 2006
Vancouver Public Library and Kinesis Dance present  DANCE OUT LOUD.  Kinesis Dance proudly presents Dance Out Loud. Effective communication is a pleasure, a priviledge and a responsibility. We communicate all the time, with the conscious and unconscious mind, with the body, the voice, and with the soul. With this workshop, Kinesis Dance intends to demonstrate communication as a journey and a destination, and to leave participants with the tools and the freedom to communicate (and listen) more effectively through the media of dance, movement, voice, and improv.  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001, http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca

February 9 - 25, 2006
Presentation House Theatre presents BEAVER.  Beaver, by Toronto playwright Claudia Dey, is a darkly comic coming-of-age story set in the northern town of Timmons, Ontario. Beatrice is only 12 years old when her mother's suicide leaves her in the care of her dysfunctional but hysterically funny family. When she changes her name to Beaver, her rebellion takes her into dangerous territory and the future seems inevitable. This remarkably touching and poignant play will surprise you. 604.990.3474, www.phtheatre.org

February 10, 2006
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents RANDY RUTHERFORD: WEAVERVILLE WALTZ.  Youth angst and triumphs are subtly conveyed in this engrossing account of Randys childhood and early teens growing up in the 1950s and early 1960s in small town USA. Randy, a pipsqueak Romeo from the wrong side of the tracks, dreams of whisking the Homecoming Queen away on the handle bars of his royal blue Schwinn Flyer.  Ticketing Phone Number: 604.205.3000

February 10 - 12, 2006
Spend on Trend Collective Show & Sale.  Vancouver?s first unique event showcasing indie clothing, accessories and home decor labels.  Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver;

February 11, 2006
Caravan World Rhythms presents SPAIN'S NUEVO BALLET ESPANOL.  Don't miss one of Spain's top contemporary flamenco companies today, led by two award-winning dancers & choreographers: Carlos Rodriguez and Angel Rojas. Carlos and Angel lead a dazzling flamenco company of 9 dancers, backed by 7 superb flamenco musicians in an evening of 21st Century flamenco infused with the passion and traditions of southern Spain.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444, www.nbeflamenco.com

February 11, 2006
Ducks, Everywhere a Duck Duck, Serpentine Wildlife Area Walk & Talk.  Learn about the history of the Serpentine River and habitat management.  Enjoy this 30 minute presentation followed by a 1.5 hour walk around the wildlife area.  Meet at the Ducks Unlimited trailer in the Serpentine Wildlife area, 14334 - 44 Ave., Surrey.  From King George Highway, turn West onto 44th Ave.  (next to Art Knapps Nursery); 10am - 12 noon; http://www.birdsonthebay.ca

February 11, 2006
Kendo Tournament, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080

February 11, 2006
NUEVO BALLET ESPANOL. Caravan World Rhythms proudly presents Nuevo Ballet Espanol, live in concert. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca) NBE (HTTP://www.nbeflamenco.com/)

February 11, 2006
Soul Gospel Valentine?s & Black History Month 2006.  Checo Tohomaso and the Vancouver Outreach Community Soul Gospel Choir (VOC) are pleased to announce our upcoming Valentine?s & Black History Month concert on Saturday, February 11th, 2006.  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 can?t resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping!  St. Andrew?s-Wesley United Church 1012 Nelson St, Vancouver.  info@vocsoulgospelchoir.com

February 11, 2006
Straight from the Heart. Straight from the Heart is a fundraising showcase of various dance featuring the Brazilian style with special guest Artistes, Vinicius Ferreira and Bruno Gregorio from Brazil. http://www.rnbdance.ca, Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 11 -12, 2006
Come and Visit The First Annual She Show, The Show Everything She is About!  Come for the latest in fashion trends, beauty, health and fitness... Stay for the entertainment, guest speakers, on-going information and samples.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre at Canada Place.

February 14 - 18, 2006
Arts Club Theatre On Tour presents MOMS THE WORD 2: UNHINGED.  After 10 years of international success, the creators of Moms the Word are back. Older and wider, this time they bring their tales of torment and teenagers! The Moms tackle raging hormones with intense humour, bringing everyone back into the fray of the worlds oldest unpaid profession.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, 604.205.3000.

February 14, 2006
Valentine's Day. Named in honour of a Catholic saint, Valentine's day now widely celebrates love of partners, family members and friends with the exchange of cards and small gifts.

February 15, 2006
ABBAmania with guests Stayin? Alive - The Bee Gees.  The #1 production of ABBA in the world! Their authentic costumes, vocal collaboration and stage performance which includes a live band, back up singers and members of the Symphony Orchestra exude an extraordinary re-creation of the magic and excitement of ABBA that allows you to re-live those great memories of the 70?s.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 15, 2006
Cap Folk 'n' Roots Series presents BLACK UMFOLOSI.  Hailing from Zimbabwe, Black Umfolosi is an internationally acclaimed harmonic a capella singing and traditional African dance group. With a gentleness of spirit, a joy in singing and exuberance in dance, Black Umfolosi has touched audiences of all ages.  Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver; www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

February 15, 2006
Mount Pleasant Flag Day Celebration. Enjoy this special Parent & Tot Drop-In Gym and celebrate the anniversary of the Canadian flag!  Take part in the gym activities and festive arts & crafts.  For families with newborns to 5 year olds.  $3 per child.  Call Brenda at 604-713-1881 for more information.

February 15, 2006
Travels with a Modern Day Gypsy.  Joei Carlton Hossack has been called a modern-day gypsy. She is one of two and a half million RVers without a home base. For over 16 years, Joei has been touring the world by RV, first with her husband and then solo. She has written six travel books and shows no signs of slowing down. Come to the Poirier Branch to meet the author and hear her tales of adventure on the road.  Coquitlam Library - Poirier Branch, 604-937-4155.

February 15 - 18, 2006
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society presents 18TH ANNUAL TIME FLIES IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL.  his four-night session is a veritable feast for those with an appetite for new and adventurous sounds. Time Flies (inspired by Derek Baileys Company Week) serves a summit meeting for some of the most creative improvisers from Canada and around the world. Eight musicians featured this year include Frank Gratkowski reeds (Germany), Diane Labrosse sampler (Montreal), Kjell Nordeson drums/vibes (Norway), Frederick Lonberg-Holm cello (Chicago), Jodi Gilbert voice (Amsterdam), John Korsrud trumpet, Torsten Muller bass Ron Samworth guitar (Vancouver).  Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver; 604 872-5200.

February 16 - 18, 2006
Pacific Agricultural Show.  The 8th annual Pacific Agriculture Show is the premier event for BC's agriculture industry. It showcases the latest and most innovative equipment and technology for the agriculture industry. Thousands of farmers and agri-food producers join in comparing and investigating what over 200 dealers and manufacturers have to make your operation more efficient. Tradex Exhibition Centre, (604) 291-1553.

February 16, 2006
Black Umfolosi. A powerful mix of traditional Zulu war dances and "imbube" songs from Southern Africa. The group offers their sweet sounds of acapella with their marvellous harmonies and gospel singing as well as their captivating dancing including the gumboot dancing of South Africa.This bare-torsoed, hard-hatted group never fail to captivate their audience. Time: 7:30, Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, 604-796-3664, http://www.harrisonfestival.com

February 16, 2006
Fraser River Trip, Richmond Nature Park, 604-231-6457.

February 17, 2006
Holy Rosary Cathedral presents PIERRE PINCEMAILLE.  Holy Rosary Cathedral presents Pierre Pincemaille - from the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint-Denis - in concert with the 2889 pipes of the Cathedral organ. Pincemaille is widely regarded as the artistic successor of Pierre Cochereau, his own teacher, because of his prowess at, and style of, improvisation. After graduating from the National Conservatory of Paris with five First Prizes, he went on to win several improvisation competitions, including the Improvisation Prize at the famous Chartres International Organ Competition. He pursues a brilliant international career throughout the world and has many recordings to his credit, most recently on the Solstice label; 604.682.6774.

February 17, 2006
Nearly Neil in Concert.  The Trek-Red Truck Cycling Team, in cooperation with the Mark James Group, will be hosting a fundraising concert featuring local legend Bobby Bruce performing his solo Neil Diamond impersonation. Funds from the event will be used to help support the 2006 Harris Roubaix Spring Classic (BC Cup #1).  Maks Fiasco, 2486 Bayswater, Vancouver; www.karelo.com

February 17, 2006
The 9th Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.  VIMFF Festival Opening, presented by MEC: with VIMFF Photo Contest awards and exhibition opening; elusive Alain Robert, the French Spiderman, visiting town, traversing the city skyline, climbing a few skyscrapers along the way, spending a few days incarcerated, and in the end presenting his show on climbing world?s highest artificial and natural towers, all delivered in his unrepeatable style and accent; and screening of VIMFF films.  http://www.vimff.org, Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 17 - 19, 2006
Sasamat Winter Family Camp.  Join us at Sasamat Outdoor Centre for a "family get away" weekend during the fall and winter months.  Scheduled activities include canoe rides, archery, games, and crafts for the kids. During the evening, participate in the traditional Family Cookie Decorating activity. Later, families can snuggle up with their pillows and blankets to watch a family movie. Sasamat Outdoor centre,  604.939.2268

February 17 - 19, 2006
The Advil Outdoor Adventure Show. Don't miss Canada's LARGEST show dedicated to adventure sports and travel! Over 300 exhibitors, featuring everything from Mountain Biking, to Kayaking, Canoeing, Hiking, Camping, Scuba, Adventure Travel, Clothing & Gear, Outdoor Getaways, and MUCH MUCH MORE! Info: 1-800-891-4859 or www.outdooradventureshow.ca

February 18, 2006
Elgin Exploration with Lynn Pollard.  9am - 11am, View winters wonders by the Nicomekl River and practice your ID skills.  Lynn's keen eyes and ears along with his enthusiasm make this a trip not to be missed.  Meet in the park's west parking lot off Crescent Road, between 136 Street and 35 Ave., Surrey; 604-501-5121.

February 18, 2006
Family Movie Night.  Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex - Arena, 16555 Fraser Highway;  Bring you entire family out for an evening of entertainment and fun.  Enjoy one of the latest family videos on our big Projection Screen with surround sound!  FREE popcorn!  Family friendly movies shown; 604-501-5030.

February 18, 2006
Kids' Stuff Swap Meet, Fleetwood Community Centre  15996 - 84 Avenue, Surrey; 604-501-5032.

February 18, 2006
Viva Las Renfrew - Fun Casino Night.   Join us for the second annual casino night fundraiser at Renfrew Park Community Centre. Evening includes a silent auction, door prizes, poker tables, casino games, food and cash bar. All proceeds go towards the new elevator loan repayment. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from the community centre office. Auction items will be on display be advanced bidding on Thursday, Feb. 16th from 2:30 - 8:00.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

February 19, 2006
February Fun Fly at Garry Point Park, Richmond.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

February 19, 2006
Kidstuff Only Swapmeet. Our swapmeets are perfect places to clean out your child?s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain. If you?re thinking of selling, please note that we accept only used items for children age 12 and younger as well as maternity clothes. Free admission for buyers. Table rental: $14.50. Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm, February 19. Willingdon Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue. Phone: 604-299-1446.

February 19, 2006
O.W.L. Show, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188

February 19, 2006
Passport to the Past.  Walk or cycle the beautiful 5 km Fort-to-Fort trail. This family event is sponsored by GVRD, Parks Canada, Langley Township and the Langley Hertage Society. Everyone welcome. Registration not required. Free; regular entrance fees apply at Fort Langley National Historic Site.  Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley; 11:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 604-432-6359, http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

February 19, 2006
The Bigg Show (Trent Arterberry).  Trent Arterberry, engaging storyteller and masterful mime is a collection of endearing, intriguing characters. As ratcheting Roboman he discovers the extraordinary reaches of his own body. As Scuba Dude he fends off sharks in a slow-motion undersea adventure but then nearly succumbs to the pain of a broken heart. As Mr. Bigg, a Las Vegas dance star and two foot tall human puppet he performs to rap and Russian folk songs in a dizzying dance medley.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 20, 2006
Heritage Day.  February is Heritage Month. The 3rd Monday in February is the designated Heritage Day. Heritage Month is an opportunity for people to celebrate Vancouver's unique heritage buildings, landscapes and diverse neighbourhoods. It is also a time to acknowledge the efforts of people and organizations who are helping to preserve our heritage.

February 21, 2006
'Historic Murrayville Bus Tour. Visit the historic landmarks of Murrayville with heritage expert Fred Pepin. Enjoy lunch at Porter's Store located in the heart of the historic five-corners community; http://www.langleymuseum.org

February 21 - 24, 2006
Feb. 21, 22, 23 & 24 at 4 p.m., Chris Kelly or Lynne Wright will take you on Heritage Walks . In this guided tour, which starts at Remember That Antiques, 2613 Montrose Ave, Abbotsford, they will recognize heritage buildings in Downtown Abbotsford, their original function and owners.

February 22, 2006
Antique Appraisal by Al Bowen. Take 2 antiques for appraisal.Hosted by Abbotsford Parks, Recreation & Cultureat Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser). Fee: $5.50 & GST. 604-850-5536.

February 22, 2006
District 43 Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) General Meeting & It Can Happen to Anyone.  Diane Sowden - is the co-founder and executive director of Children of the Street Society. She is a mother of six, a grandmother and a wife who lives in Coquitlam. The Sowden's eldest daughter was recruited to a life of drugs and sex for money when she was thirteen. Realizing that "It Can Happen to Anyone", it has been Diane's mission to help parents and youth prevent this from happening in their families. Diane is actively involved in British Columbia, and has successfully engaged all levels of government and educators.  Gallery Room - Winslow Centre (1100 Winslow Ave. Coquitlam); 604-939-3690.

February 22, 2006
See film footage of old Port Moody and local areas from the 40's and 50's in a 1905 train station. Local film collector Nick Springate discusses his films and their restoration.  Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody;

February 22 - 25, 2006
Applause! Musicals in Concert presents FLOWER DRUM SONG.  Love, generational gaps, and cultural identity are given the RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN treatment in this colourful story set in San Franciscos Chinatown in the late 1950s. Music Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joseph Fields, based on the novel by C.Y. Lee.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby; 604-205-3000, http://www.applausemusicals.com/

February 22 - 25, 2006
Urban Flow Productions presents INJECTED.  INJECTED is a dynamic urban stage show that defines the art of spoken  word through music and dance. Special Guests: Kelly Konno (Dancer with  Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Pink), 2005/2006  National Poetry Slam Team Members Magpie Ulysses and Zaccheus Jackson  as well as MC/Poet Ndidi Cascade.  Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, 604.257.0366, www.thedancecentre.ca

February 22 - 26, 2006
B.C. Home and Garden Show.  The BC Home & Garden Show offers new ideas, expert advice and a total selection of home-related products for renovating, decorating, entertaining and gardening. Ignite your sense of 'refresh - renew - revive'. Info: 1-800-633-8332 or (604)433-5121 or www.bchomeandgardenshow.com.

February 23, 2006
Hands-on Making & Braiding of Bread - An old,, almost lost art form at Olde Towne Bakery (2635 West Railway, Abbotsford). 1:00 ? 2:30 p.m, Fee: $5 pp. 604-850-3591.

February 23, 2006
Our Cultural Heritage Places, Richmond Museum, 604-231-6457

February 23, 2006
Saving the Fraser River:  Can it be Done? Dr. Michael Church Professor, UBC Department of Geography. The Fraser River is the major scenic feature of the rapidly urbanizing Lower Mainland, and a river of major international ecological significance.  But it is being increasingly modified and constrained due to concerns about flood hazard, desires to exploit the resources of the river, and demands to develop riverfront land.  So what is the basis for the extraordinary ecological wealth of the river?  Can it be saved from the demands of society?  Over the past ten years, Michael Church has made many studies of the lower Fraser River, including those involving flow, sedimentation and the production of habitat in the river. Auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 604-538-8774.

February 23, 2006
The Dance Centre presents VIOLET MOORE SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE.  With its sparkling footwork, infectious music and rich cultural roots, Irish dancing has exploded into a global phenomenon. Students from Violet Moore's celebrated school demonstrate these exuberant dances, and Violet herself leads a short introductory class for the audience. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, 604.257.0366, www.thedancecentre.ca

February 24, 2006
Hand-Tempering & Moulding Chocolate at J-B?s Candy Shoppe (2617 Pauline St., Abbotsford). 7:30 p.m, Fee: $3 pp. (incl. take-home). 604-504-2462.

February 24 - 25, 2006
Bullriding Competition/Dance. Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-824-9927.

February 24 - 26, 2006
Winterruption. CMHC Granville Island and the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society announce a new winter arts and cultural festival celebrating the region's creative community. For a schedule of events click here or call (604) 872-5200 for more information.

February 25, 2006
12 Hour Scrapbooking Crop.  Join Scrapping Away for 12 hours of cropping fun at the Croation Cultural Center. Participate in contests, win prizes, get inspired and motivated by those around you, finish lots of pages and have fun. The event includes mid morning coffee and muffins, lunch, dinner, evening coffee. The event includes make 'n takes, goodie bags and access to tools and idea books.  Croatian Cultural Centre, www.scrappingaway.com

February 25, 2006
All Aboard!  Carnival Mardi Gras!  Calypso Hut Entertainment Production proudly presents Maffie and Crew at the Carnival Mardi Gras Show of Trinidad & Tobago, Saturday February 25th, 2006 at the Capri Community Hall, 3925 Fraser Street, Vancouver; 604-280-4440, www.maffie.com

February 25, 2006
Dig in for Birds and Scope the Bay.  West Beach  - White Rock.  Grab your work gloves and Dig in for Birds as part of our West Beach Foreshore Planting day!  Help restore habitat along the foreshore by planting native plant species.  All necessary tools, training and supplies will be provided as well as delicious refreshments.  604-689-0766 x23

February 25, 2006
Mountain Mardi Gras, Capilano River Regional Park, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 604-432-6391, http://www.publicdreams.org

February 25, 2006
Raptors Revealed:  Hawks, Owls and Eagles.  Discover Raptors up close and in the wild by visiting the OWL rehabilitation centre and exploring the Boundary Bay dyke with naturalists Al and Jude Grass.  Meet at OWL Centre classroom, 3800 72nd Street, Delta.  Please bring lunch, a drink and binoculars (optional).  OWL, 3800 72nd Street, Delta; 604-538-8774.

February 25, 2006
Songwriter's Cafe. Featuring Jim Byrnes, Roy Forbes, Babe Gurr& Norman Foote. Harrison Unplugged! An intimate evening with four great BC performers. Time: 8:00pm, Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, 604-796-3664, http://www.harrisonfestival.com

February 25 - 26, 2006
2nd Annual Brackendale Documentary Film Festival.  Exploring and celebrating the wonder and diversity of our natural world.

February 25 - 26, 2006
Abbotsford Collector Car Show & Auction.  "World of Wheels" car show. This annual show is home to premier collector cars. Over 250 cars on display. Come and see antique cars, hot rods, restored cars, custom cars, street rods,  muscle cars, motorcycles, race cars, light trucks, low-riders and much more. Entertainment daily. Memorabilia Auction Saturday at 6:00pm. Classic Car Auction Sunday at 11:00am. Tradex Exhibition Centre, 604 514-2277, www.abbotsfordcollectorcarshow.com (http://www.abbotsfordcollectorcarshow.com

February 25 to March 4, 2006
Burnaby Lyric Opera presents THE MERRY WIDOW.  Love, Vienna style! Hanna Glawari, The Merry Widow, is beautiful, eligible, and very wealthy. But Danilo, her former lover, prefers to spend his days (and nights) with Dodo, Frou-Frou, and the rest of the can-can dancers at Maxim's. The two don't want to admit that maybe they're still in love? Can Zeta bring them together for the sake of the tiny, destitute Balkan nation of Pontevedro? Will Zeta's wife remain faithful in spite of the charms of a determined French aristocrat?  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby; 604.205.3000

February 26, 2006
Kayak the Nicomekl River.  The Nicomekl River is an important fresh water artery that is tidal influenced.  The area is the hunting ground for heron, loon, eagle, osprey, sandpiper and a number of migratory water fowl.  Paddle along the banks of this sheltered water way to see why it is an important stopping ground for many bird species.  604-535-7985.

February 26, 2006
Kids Only Swap Meet, West Richmond Community Centre,  604-718-8400

February 26, 2006
On the Waterfront Tour, Richmond Museum, 604-231-6457

February 26, 2006
Wild at Art Festival. Wild at Art is a celebration of our community?s cultural and artistic diversity through music, dance, theatre and visual art. It began in 2004 and the goal is to showcase the local artists, encourage artistic endeavours and start to develop the celebration for the 2010 events.  Chieftain Plaza, Squamish, www.wildatart.ca.

February 27, 2006
KIDSTAGE THEATRE COMPANY - Drama & Theatre Activity Workshops for Kids. Through the use of theatre games, exercises and stage experience, kids experience enhanced confidence, creativity, teamwork, and socialization skills in a safe and fun learning environment. Various 8-12 week workshops for kids age 4 to 18 will begin end of February in the Vancouver, Port Moody/Port Coquitlam/Coquitlam, and Surrey/Langley areas.  Group, birthday parties, parent and child, and seniors workshops also available.  For more information and to register, please contact Joanna, (604) 595-1565.  www.KidStage.net (http://www.KidStage.net)

March 15 - 19 , 2006
CelticFest Vancouver is celebration of Celtic Culture showcasing local Celtic music, dance, spoken word, film, theatre, food, fare and music workshops.  An outdoor street market and aKidsZone will also be set up on Granville Street between Nelson & Robson Street.  The KidsZone will feature fabulous entertainment for families and children including some daring circus acts by CirKids, story-telling and much more.  Admission is FREE! More information at www.celticfestvancouver.com (http://www.celticfestvancouver.com)

March 19 , 2006
St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Sunday, March 19th, 2006 at 11:00. CelticFest Vancouver presents the 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade - a colourful, festive parade featuring lots of green characters, decorated floats, roving performers, jugglers, unicyclists, leprechauns and much much more. Be sure to arrive early to get a viewing spot.  Free Balloons for the kids. Parade Route:  Granville Street - Starts at Davie and marches northbound to Dunsmuir.  More information at www.celticfestvancouver.com (http://www.celticfestvancouver.com)

Ongoing to February 11, 2006
Playhouse Theatre Company presents VINCENT IN BRIXTON.  Winner of London's prestigious Olivier Award in 2003, Vincent in Brixton is loosely based on Vincent van Gogh's early life in London. It paints the artist as a brash young Dutchman unsure of what he wants to do in life - until he rents a room from an English widow, with whom he shares a passionate relationship, and his destiny is changed forever. Vancouver Playhouse, http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com/currentseason/0506_vincent.php

Ongoing to February 12, 2006
Six Miniature Tragedies.  Celebrated French playwright, director and actor Jean-Paul Wenzel will direct our senior students in his newest work. Six Miniature Tragedies is a series of vignettes using a variety of theatrical forms from cabaret to tragedy to achieve a theater revealing intimate chaos. Six Miniature Tragedies is a satellite production of the 2006 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and a special initiative with theConsulate General of France and the French Association for Artistic Action (AFAA/French Ministry of Foreign Affairs).  Studio 58 - Langara College, 100 W. 49th Ave, Vancouver; 604.257.0366

Ongoing to February 25, 2006
Here on the Flight Path.  In this touching romantic comedy, a newspaper columnist spends most of his time on his apartment balcony near the airport runway chatting up three very different and attractive neighbours. Get ready for a hilarious takeoff when you meet this regular guy with just one thing on his mind, and it?s not what you think!  Granville Island Stage, (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
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents VTSL FAMILY MATINEE SERIES.  Instant Improv is improvised sketch comedy at its very best. The audience provides the inspiration in the form of suggestions, and the improvisers provide the entertainment in the form of hilarious improvised scenes. Whether the improvisers reconstruct the story of an audience members first day at school or a recess mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.  New Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island.  604-738-7013, www.vtsl.com

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

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

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

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







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