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Special Events for February 2007

 
 
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February 2 - 4, 2007
Vancouver International Story Telling Festival.  The Vancouver Storytelling Festival celebrates its 15th year with twenty-three daytime performances over the course of three days, a gala evening show, a storytelling cabaret, workshops, a French concert, and lots of kids’ programming…featuring a very diverse range of tellers from Vancouver, across Canada and as far away as Egypt. Hear stories and music from a variety of traditions…be enthralled by the epic quest of an Inuit hero, or transported across the world through folktales from Nigeria, the Congo, South Africa and Siberia. From Arabian Nights to railroading tales of rural Saskatchewan, the theme is “Getting Your Bearings: A Sense of Place.”  Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, http://vancouverstorytelling.org

February 2 - 10, 2007
Adrift on the Nile.  A group of old friends get together every night on a Nile River houseboat to get really baked and thumb their noses at a crazy, chaotic world. When a crusading young journalist invades the group, however, the Cairo houseboat starts to feel like its been transplanted to flood-ravaged New Orleans. The Big Chill with Simone de Beauvoir in a hijab.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 3, 2007
Amadeus - Atlantic Ballet of Canada.  Composer Antonio Sallieri is driven to the brink when the young prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives at the Austrian Court. Two men, opposites on every plane, have one inescapable bond – their obsession to create great music. A gripping look at envy and genius, and an inspired interpretation of the life of a brilliant artist and musical maverick. Conceived and choreographed by Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy, AMADEUS is a gripping work exploring envy, greed and isolation.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 3, 2007
Mari Anne Aunt Martha¹s Funeral Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents a hilarious interactive play ­ an afternoon or evening of entertainment for everyone involved. The mourners (audience) attend the ŒFuneral¹ of our beloved Aunt Martha, a passionate, larger-than-life, rock-climbing, hang-gliding, motorcycle-riding and adventure-loving character! The FVGSS cast portrays a colourful array of Aunt Martha¹s close family, friends and associates, performing a tongue-in-cheek (yet respectful) service, with humour at every quirky turn of events. Following the ŒFuneral¹ is a reception, where the actors bring everything to a hilarious conclusion. With this interesting mix of people, anything can happen, and does, with comical results.http://www.fvgss.org February 3, 2007 7:00 pm Surrey Art Centre Studio Theatre 88th and King George Highway. Tickets $20 + $1.50 service charge. How to order: Monday - Sunday: 12 noon - 5 pm; Thursday: until 7pm By Phone: 604-501-5566 (pay by VISA or MasterCard) In Person: at The Surrey Arts Centre Box Office 88 Avenue/King George Hwy. (pay by cash, debit card, VISA or MasterCard)

February 3, 2007
North Shore Cheerleading Invitational.  The top Cheer and Stunt teams from across BC will compete once again at the 5th Annual North Shore Cheerleading Invitational hosted by Argyle's own Cheerleading program and the North Shore cheerleading club Seaside Cheer Athletics. There will be approximatley 60-70 teams ranging from Tiny Teams (4 year olds), to Open National Teams that compete across North America. Bring the whole family! There will be a concession, raffle, 50/50 and local vendors on site for spectators as well. Admission is $5 with program and parking is free! Argyle Secondary School, North Vancouver.  More information will be posted soon at www.seasidecheer.com (http://www.seasidecheer.com/) and www.argylecheer.com (http://www.argylecheer.com/)

February 3, 2007
Flea Market.  Here's your chance to clean out your cupboards or find yourself a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items are on display to comb through. Note to vendors: Please register in person at Confederation Centre and choose your table (maximum one table per person plus one table for a friend. $17.50 per table). Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:30am-2:00pm, February 3. Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone 604.294.1936 or 604.294.701

February 3, 2007
Monster Jam.  See the monsters, meet the drivers and take photos with your favourite monster truck at the Pit Party from 3-5pm. Must have a Pit Pass and an event ticket to enter.  BC Place Stadium. (630) 566-6100 or www.monsterjamonline.com.

February 4, 2007
EcoWalk: Hidden Ecology of the Winter Landscape.  Renowned botanist Terry Taylor will look at plants, trees and logs along the trails and move from what is visible into the invisible realms that actually run the natural world.  Stanley Park Ecology Society, (604) 681-7099.

February 4, 2007
Children’s Swap Meet.  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, Coquitlam; For more information, call 604-933-6048 or email: poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca

February 4, 2007
STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. Le Centre is the official Francophone partner for the 15th Vancouver Storytelling Festival. The library will host an afternoon of professional storytelling for adults in French. Featuring tellers as: Egyptian-born and London-based Chirine Al Ansary; Haitian-born and Montreal-based Joujou Turenne; Comfort Adesuwa Ero originally from Nigeria and Jean-Pierre Makosso with roots in Congo, both from British Columbia. Ticket: $15.  604.736.9806, www.vancouverstorytelling.org

February 5 - 11, 2007
The 6th Annual Talking Stick Festival.  This year’s Talking Stick Festival, from February 5-11, 2007, will unite a diverse and talented community of Aboriginal artists, cultural leaders and audiences from all backgrounds. Vancouver will play host to this city-wide celebration of the extraordinary talents found within the Aboriginal community, as expressed through performance and art. The sixth incarnation of this annual event will give voice to local, national and international Aboriginal artists through theatre, storytelling, reading, writing, music, dance and the visual arts.  The 2007 festival will also feature performances by Wayne Lavallee, homegrown singer/songwriter, winner of the Western Canada Music Award, and Juno Nominee in Concert, Ravenspirit Dance with Michelle Olson, choreographer of the Vancouver Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, amongst many others. The interdisciplinary and internationally renowned 'Talking Stick Festival' features displays of both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artistic methods and techniques, and serves to introduce and showcase home-grown Aboriginal talent to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences alike. This celebration will illuminate five different venues and promises to be the most vibrant, thought provoking, amusing and inspiring Festival yet, promising something for everyone to celebrate and enjoy.  http://www.fullcircle.ca

February 6, 2007
Biodiversity and Garry Oaks Seminar Lecturer: Dr. Mark Vellend Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2007 Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm Location: UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre Cost: Free Seminar Details: Dr. Mark Vellend is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Conservation Biology & an Assistant Professor with the Departments of Botany, Zoology and the Biodiversity Research Centre. Dr. Vellend will provide a seminar on biodiversity with respect to his research on deciduous forests in eastern North America and the Garry Oak ecosystems of British Columbia. Please Note: Bring a bag lunch. Coffee supplied. This lecture will begin a half hour later than our usual start time of 12:00pm. If you arrive at 12:00pm please enjoy a short walk in the Garden plus some coffee, hot chocolate or tea while you wait. Please call 604-822-3928 in advance to book a seat.

February 6 - 8, 2007
John Deere Days/BC Spring Holstein Show.  Come see the latest in John Deere, Honda and Sthil agricultural and power equipment products. Free Parking, Free Admission, Free Hot Dogs.  Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-864-9844, www.friesenequipment.com

February 7 - 11, 2007
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, 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 7 - 17, 2007
Thicker Than Water.  A raucous comedy following the hilarious examination of a brother/sister love/hate relationship against the backdrop of a cops and robbers caper.  Performance Works, Granville Island, 1218 Cartwright St; www.yoricktheatre.ca

February 8, 2007
THE FORT WINE COMPANY presents The Language of Love.  604-857-1101,www.thefortwineco.com

February 8 - 10, 2007
DEMOCRACY. United Players makes its Vancouver Playhouse debut with a remount of their critically acclaimed production of DEMOCRACY by Michael Frayn. While Chancellor Willy Brandt is trying to find a way to end the cold war in 1970’s West Germany, a deadly attacker is quietly at work: Brandt’s personal assistant, Gunter Guillaume, is a communist spy. Vancouver Playhouse, 604-224-8007.

February 9, 2007
Le Carnaval 2007.  Free winter event bringing families together for a unique cultural and educational celebration. Lots of activities from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  Richmond City Hall, 604-233-8910.

February 9, 2007
Wayne Lavallee with Art Napoleon.  Wayne Lavallee’s music walks a path between Led Zeppelin and Robbie Robertson and rides a trail from rock anthems and country/folk storytelling to traditional aboriginal chants thousands of years old. Juno nominated and Aboriginal Music Award winning First Nations singer songwriter, Wayne's haunting melodic approach creates a contemporary take on old world Native mysticism.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 10, 2007
Ivy Busters.  Remove alien invasive plants smothering our native vegetation! Bring plenty of water and wear solid footwear. Dont let showers dissuade you; we'll be here rain or shine!  Stanley Park Ecology Society, (604) 681-7099.

February 10, 2007
ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA.  And all of your favorite SMACKDOWN Superstars including: Matt Hardy, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, MVP, William Regal, Dave Taylor and the SMACKDOWN Divas!  PNE Coliseum, 604-280-4444.

February 10, 2007
Spirit of BC Skate.  Bring your family and enjoy this exciting community event to help celebrate sport and recreation in your community. Admission and skate rentals are FREE (limited number of skates available).  1:30 - 5:00pm, Minoru Arenas, Richmond;

February 10, 2007
Valentines Dance.  Bring your favourite person or sweetheart to our dance. There will be a live band (Rinlanders), refreshments, door prizes, 50/50 draw and most of all lots of fun. $5 per person.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

February 10 - 11, 2007
Sweets Expo Vancouver.  Some refer to Sweets Expo as an interactive three-ring circus, others say it’s a place where everyone can be a kid for a day. Whatever you think, there’s no doubt that it’s a complete indulgence for every sense. While some shows "tolerate" children, Sweets Expo embraces them! Where else can you bury your face in chocolate pudding to catch the elusive gummy worm or put your family's best chocolate chip recipe to the test? Where else can the whole family be continuously entertained by the endless variety of international talent, from circus performers to world champion dance presentations? In what other venue can you pick up trade secrets on how to create your favourite sweet treat from world-renowned pastry chefs? Every moment you spend at Sweets Expo is filled with new and exciting discoveries. The many entertainment stages set up throughout Sweets Expo create a festival atmosphere that is unrivalled! An event that will bring a smile to the faces of old and young alike! An opportunity to sample a universe of sweets all under one roof! Sweets Expo is destined to become the premier family event in the country.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, http://www.sweetsexpo.ca

February 11, 2007
The Golden Violin.  Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore. Journey with Calvin Dyck’s Golden Violin through Amsterdam in 1807, Dusseldorf in 1853, Paris in 1895, Venice in 1930 and New York in 1955 before ending up in the present-day Pacific Northwest. Enjoy traditional music by Beethoven and Mozart to favorites by Copland and Gershwin. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 11, 2007
The Valley Bridal Expo.  The Valley Bridal Expo-The Fraser Valleys Premier Bridal Event-will be held on Sunday, February 11-07 at Heritage Park, just outside Chilliwack, minutes from Abbotsford and serving the entire Fraser Valley. Show hours are from 9:30-5:30 and tickets are $10 and available at the event doors. Exhibitor information available through our website. Bridal couples will have the opportunity to meet the Fraser Valleys wedding industry professionals who are ready to assist them in answering their questions and ready to help them weave together the wedding of their dreams. The Valley Bridal Expo's featured Fashion Showcase will highlight all the hottest bridal fashions and will be brought to us by Silk and White Satin Bridal Salon. Brides, again, have the opportunity of winning a Dream Wedding sponsored by 98.3-The Valleys Lite Rock. It will be the wedding event not to be missed.  www.valleyexpo.ca

February 13, 2007
Judith Williams: Clam Gardens.  The Necessary Voices series presents a lecture by Judith Williams. She will relate a narrative concerning the recent revealing of the widespread existence of ancient aboriginal mariculture on the Pacific Northwest Coast. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society).  Vancouver Public Library, (604) 331-4044, www.necessaryvoices.org

February 14, 2007
Beer My Valentine's.  Beer & Chocolate! What better way to spend a romantic evening gazing into a lover's eyes or meeting that new special someone! Just Here For The Beer.Com becomes cupid? Not quite, but we will help you celebrate Valentine's Day in style with our unique chocolate and beer pairing workshop. February 14th, 2007 on St. Valentine's Day! Time: 7:00-11:30 pm (beer and chocolate pairing starts at 8:00 pm) Just Here For The Beer.Com is Vancouver's local source for Beer Tasting and Education. Have the Beer Experts teach you everything you wanted to know about beer in Canada and beer from around the world. We offer Beer Education workshops at various community centres and at the UBC mini-school!  Granville Island Taproom at the Granville Island Brewery, 778-227-8977.

February 14, 2007
Valentine's Day.  Named in honour of the 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 - 19, 2007
This year, the celebration is from Feb 15 to 19th, 2007, and we will be ringing in the year of the Pig.  Come experience Chinese New Year festivities at the temple!  From Feb. 15-19th (10:00AM to 5:00PM), we will be holding a Chinese New Year celebration and bazaar in the Meditation Hall.  There, visitors can appreciate auspicious flower arrangements, calligraphy emonstrations, traditional snacks and foods, various cultural gift items and much more.  International Buddhist Temple, Richmond;  (604) 274-2822 Ext. 138, www.buddhisttemple.ca (http://www.buddhisttemple.ca/)

February 16, 2007
The Seycove Drama Association in partnership with the Seymour Art Gallery will be hosting a Wine Tasting Festival.  Seymour Art Gallery 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver; 604-924-1378.

February 16, 2007
VOC Soul Gospel Choir - Valentines Day & Black History Month 2007.  The goal of the Vancouver Outreach Community (VOC) Soul Gospel Choir is to unite people of different cultures and beliefs to deliver an inspirational musical message of Peace, Hope and Healing. A great way to celebrate Valentines Day and Black History Month, the 130-member choir, featuring men and women of all ages, ethnicities and religions performs on February 16th, 7:30 pm at Michael J. Fox Theatre (7373 MacPherson Ave Burnaby). Led by music director Checo Tohomaso, the high-energy concert will merge the melodies of soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae into a soulful performance of seasonal favorites. Admission is by minimum donation at the door starting at 6:45 pm.  Michael J. Fox Theatre,  604 876 3363.

February 16, 2007
Wild at Art 2007.  Wild at Art is an annual February festival preparing for 2010 and beyond.  In 2007 the festival will last for 10 days and 17 days in 2010.  The Art Gallery will be at the Railway Heritage Park with Budd cars connecting it to the downtown for wonderful performances, workshops, movies and more.  The festival will culminate on the last weekend with Ndidi Onukwulu at the Eagle Eye Theatre, the Main Stage Performance tent the Market Stroll tent with crafters, food and fun and much more.  Squamish, www.wildatart.ca

February 16, 17, 21 - 24, 2007
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.  “The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is a fine festival of climbing and adventure programs that remains true to the heart of climbing and the spirit of mountains. It is a relaxed gathering of sport climbers, alpinists and mountain wanderers.” - Greg Child, festival presenter, world-class climber, mountaineer and award-winning writer.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 17 to March 3, 2007
7th Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts.  Comedy, music, theatre and cutting-edge dance are just a few of the highlights of the seventh annual Chutzpah! Festival. Designed to celebrate established and emerging professional Jewish artists and their collaborators from around the world, Chutzpah! has earned an admirable reputation for its innovative and eclectic programming.  http://www.chutzpahfestival.com

February 17, 2007
Countdown at the Coliseum. oin Mayor Sullivan and special guests for a celebration of the Coliseum as the 2010 Winter Games figure skating and short track speed skating location. This FREE event for all ages features FREE public skates from 10-noon and 2-4pm (bring your own skates as there are no rentals); a Figure Skating, Ice Dancing and Speed Skating Ice Show; Hip Hop dancing and lessons; a Fitness Walk around the fairgrounds; a Four Host First Nations craft workshop; face painting; interactive games; exhibits and demos, and lots more. Drop in or stay all day. EVERYONE WELCOME - come and have fun!  PNE grounds, 604-871-6749.

February 18, 2007
Chinese New Year Parade and Public Day: Sunday, February 18th; Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

February 18, 2007
February Fun Fly.  Everyone welcome. Bring your sweetheart and a kite, and join us for a day of flying.  Single, dual and quad line flying. Garry Point Park, Richmond.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

February 18, 2007
O.W.L. Show at the Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

February 18, 2007
Valentines Nature Walk: Ducks in Love.  Unlike most other bird species, ducks start their courtship now, so they're all in fine new plumage. Join birder Cathy Aitchison on an easy walk to observe what works for female ducks and how male ducks respond. $10 public, $5 members/student.  Stanley Park Ecology Society, (604) 681-7099.

February 18, 2007
Chinese New Year Sustainable Energy magic show performing at Crystal Mall.  "Kids" from ages 6-to-96 are invited to the Sustainable Energy magic show at   Crystal Mall's main stage between 2:30 and 3:00pm on February 18, 2007, Sunday. This  magic show will demonstrate that "Anybody Can Make Energy" in a fun way. (604)739-7717,http://solar-ovens.blogspot.com/

February 18, 2007
Climb the Wall: The Stairclimb for Clean Air. Join individuals, teams, lower mainland firefighters, and many more, as people of all ages and abilities climb Vancouver's tallest building, the Sheraton Wallcentre, on February 18th. All proceeds go to fund BC Lung Association projects and research. Go towww.stairclimb.ca (http://www.stairclimb.ca/) to find out more. Register today and put your legs to the test! You can also contact us by phone at 604 731 5864. Don't miss out on this once a year unique event!

February 18, 2007
Passport to the Past.  Celebrate Fort Langley ’s history.  Enjoy exhibits, crafts, games and refreshments as you journey through different local historic sites. At Derby Reach Regional Park , experience a traditional welcome from Kwantlen First Nation drummers, singers and dancers, then view displays of handicrafts by Kwantlen artisans. View the beautifully restored historic buildings and learn about life for those early Hudson’s Bay Company employees who established the first trading fort in the Fraser Valley.  Walk or cycle the beautiful five-kilometer Fort-to-Fort Trail which connects the participating sites.  This event is sponsored by GVRD, Parks Canada, Township of Langley and Langley Heritage Society.  604.530.4983, www.gvrd.bc.ca

February 18, 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.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, www.21cpromotions.com

February 18, 2007
Standing Wave.  Standing Wave will present a concert featuring compositions by Canadian composer, Tony Wilson and by international composers John Cage, Zack Browning, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Thomas Ades. This will be a program of works that are virtuosic and dramatic.  Hornby Island-based Tony Wilson is known as the 'king of Canadian avant-garde guitar.'. John Cage is generally regarded as one of the most important composers of his era. Thomas Ades is an innovative young British composer who has become a 'hit' on the European contemporary music scene. Zack Browning's Impact Addiction has received worldwide recognition. Luciernagas ('Fireflies') by Mexican-born, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has been described as 'a hard-driving quintet...practically burst with energy, its quick, darting melodies punctuated by tense, breath-holding solo trills [and] a brilliant marimba solo.'.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 20, 2007
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: PAMELA WALLIN. Pamela Wallin's career as one of Canada's most accomplished and respected journalists spans 30 years and several continents. A reporter with the Toronto Star; a national political producer and commentator for CBC Radio; and the long-time host of CANADA AM, she became the first woman in Canadian network television history to take on the role of Parliamentary Bureau Chief. Dedicating much of her professional career to coverage of Canada/U.S. relations, it was a natural fit when she was appointed Consul General to New York in 2002. It has been a fascinating journey for a woman who started out as a social worker at the Prince Albert Penitentiary in Saskatchewan. Join us for an evening with one of Canada's most respected women. Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

February 20, 2007
Victoria Tour.  The natural beauty of Vancouver Island must be seen to be believed!! enjoy the many attractions of the inner harbour of Victoria. $28 plus GST for one session. Tour includes transportation only. If you are under 65 there will an extra charge for ferry.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

February 20, 2007
Langley Bus Tour (35+ years).  Spend the afternoon exploring the old part of Langley. There are many interesting shops, restaurants and historical sites to see. $18/person Cost of tour includes transportation only.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

February 21 - 25, 2007
BC Home and Garden Show. Visit over 400 fabulous exhibitors and discover great ways to create your own space. You'll get advice from celebrities and experts, uncover fabulous finds in our market, and take home tons of ideas for your home and garden. www.bchomeandgardenshow.com

February 22, 2007
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! series presents Bale Brazil. Laura Monteiro and guests bring the high-energy rhythms, spectacular costumes and joyful exuberance of samba centre stage, in a show which captures the rich history, culture and spirit of Brazil . We guarantee you won’t be able to sit still! Presented as part of Black History Month. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Tickets $9/$7 students, seniors and children from 604 231 7535 www.ticketstonight.ca. Info: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca.

February 23 - 24, 2007
PBR - Professional Bull Riding - 2007.  Featuring some of the best bullriders in North America. Doors open at 6pm The Bullrider's Bash (dance) takes place Saturday night at 9:00pm. You must be 19 years of age or older to attend the Bash. Band is "Blackwater" Tickets are available at Chilliwack Heritage Park or by calling 604-824-9927 starting Feb. 1, 2007 Adults $25.00 Senior 60+ $20.00 Students(10-18yrs) $20.00 Children 9 & under free. Dance $15.00 (19+only)

February 23, 2007
World Poetry 6th Anniversary Gala.  The program includes guest speakers and presenters, World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award presentations, a tribute to Black Heritage Month, "World Poetry for Peace" group poetry reading, music, and entertainment. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, (604) 331-4044.

February 23, 25, 2007
The Vancouver Cantata Singers with The Turning Point Ensemble present Stravinsky.  Experience Stravinsky- the dynamic performance that pays tribute to the rich legacy of the unrivaled Russian composer. The Cantata Singers and Vancouver's chamber-music group, The Turning Point Ensemble, present February's brilliant program - a celebration of the musical genius of one of the leading composers of the 20 century.  www.vancouvercantatasingers.com

February 23 to March 17, 2007
Firehall Arts Centre Presents BANANA BOYS.  The Banana Boys are five Canadian buddies trying to get through university, find love, and establish themselves. But they're also figuring out what it means to be a "yellow guy" in the Great White North. Banana Boys is a smart and wickedly funny play which balances the joys of beer and video games with the frustrations of being caught between cultures. Based on the critically acclaimed first novel by Toronto author Terry Woo, the plot twists when one of the boys meets a bizzare death. A smart and wickedly funny play.  Firehall Arts Centre, www.firehallartscentre.ca

February 23, 2007
Vegetable Gardens For Beginners Course.  A beginner's guide to vegetable gardening in the Lower Mainland provided by Tony Maniezzo, a UBC Botanical Garden horticulturist that specializes in the care of the UBC Botanical Garden Food Garden. How to get started and what to grow for early success? Class Size 20 people maximum. Please Note: Dress for the weather. Advance registration is required by: email at botg@interchange.ubc.ca, phone at (604) 822-3928, or visit our offices at 6804 SW Marine Drive between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays. Please have your credit card information and your Garden Membership number (if applicable) available. Cancellations and no-shows will be refunded but a $5 service charge will be applied.  UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research,  (604) 827-4536.

February 23, 2007
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/)

February 24, 2007
Remembering Hogan's Alley and the Black Urban Landscape.  The Hogan's Alley Memorial Project and Volume Music Series Co-present Black History Month Celebration: "Remembering Hogan's Alley and the Black Urban Landscape"   The Hogan's Alley Memorial Project is a grassroots cultural organization, dedicated to memorializing Vancouver’s historic black neighborhood and the wider Vancouver black experience. This event will feature keynote speakers David Hilliard and Dr. Afua Cooper, who will focus on the topic of black urban sites in different North American contexts and will illustrate the commonalities of the experiences of black Canadians with the cultural legacy of the Black panther party and their agenda for empowering black communities in the US. The event will also be a means of raising the profile of Vancouver's black community while also linking this community to others.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 24, 2007
Terrarium Course Instructor: Kevin Kubeck Date: Saturday, February 24, 2007 Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre Cost: (General) $60.00 or (Garden Members) $55.00 Course Details: Learn about the components of terrariums and how to build your own. Additional details TBA. Class Size 15 people maximum (additional dates will be offered if course fills). Please Note: Advance registration is required by: phone at (604) 822-3928, or visit our offices at 6804 SW Marine Drive between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays. Please have your credit card information and your Garden Membership number (if applicable) available. Cancellations and no-shows will be refunded but a $5 service charge will be applied.

February 24, 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

February 24, 2007
VECC Kids’ Series presents Axis Theatre Company’s The Emperor’s New Threads.  An Emperor falls prey to two tricksters who boast their clothes are so fashionable that only those who are ‘cool’ will be able to see them. Worried about appearing to be ‘uncool’, the Emperor and everyone else pretend to see what isn’t there- everyone, that is, except on small child who is not afraid to tell the truth. This witty adaptation of Hans Christina Andersen’s classic fable is created and staged by Melody and peter Adnerson for Axis Theatre Company.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 24, 2007
Mardi Gras.  Join us for our version of the infamous New Orleans Celebration.  We will have a variety of activities for all ages, followed by swimming at Chimo Pool. (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)  Chimo Pool and Centennial Room, Coquitlam; 604-933-6090.

February 25, 2007
Birding In Stanley Park.  Join naturalist and bird watcher Cathy Aitchison for a 2-hour tour in Stanley Park to identify migratory and resident birds and learn bird watching skills. By donation. Stanley Park Ecology Society, (604) 681-7099.

February 25, 2007
VFS Game Design Open House. The video game industry in Canada has exploded in the last decade, than 130 gaming companies to the Vancouver area alone. The VFS Game Design program is a key provider of new talent to this rapidly growing industry. Sunday Open House, February 25th, is a free event at the VFS 420 Homer Campus. Sample a number of classes from the Game Design program, meet the faculty and alumni, play games that previous VFS students have designed, and check out the campus. Register to win the EA sponsored $25,000 scholarship contest to the Game Design program. Vancouver Film School , 604.631.3590, www.gamedesignexpo.com (http://www.gamedesignexpo.com)

February 25, 2007
Kids Only Swap Meet, West Richmond Community Centre;604-718-8400.

February 25, 2007
Kidstuff 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 maternity clothes as well as used items for children age 12 and younger. Free admission for buyers. Registration begins 9:00am, January 12 for tables ($15.00). Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm, February 25. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue. Phone 604.299.1446.

February 26, 2007
A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki.  Merton scholar Donald Grayston presents a screening of "A Zen Life". This film by Canadian Michael Goldberg is the story of D.T. Suzuki, pre-eminent Zen scholar and friend of Thomas Merton. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by the Merton Society of Canada).  Vancouver Public Library, (604) 331-4044, www.merton.ca

February 27 to Marvh 4, 2007
Broadway Across Canada presents THE PRODUCERS.  Based on Mr. Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, THE PRODUCERS, the new MEL BROOKS musical is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than needed for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca

February 27, 2007
Nature Art Lecture. Alex Waterhouse-Hayward is a renowned Vancouver-based commercial and fine art photographer whose work has appeared in various publications (New York Times, Vanity Fair, Globe and Mail, etc.). He will offer a unique lecture and presentation of his work, specifically his nature photography. UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre.  Please Note Bring a bag lunch. Coffee supplied. Please call 604-822-3928 in advance to book a seat.

February 2007
Are you a parent concerned about sustainability and global warming? Consider enrolling your kids at a Silbury Connector/Solar Power Roadshow workshops at William Osler Elementary School, 12:30pm-1:30pm, beginning January 24, 2007 and runs for 8 Wednesdays.Build solar and sail cars, wind turbines, ocean and tidal wave energy generator. Fuel cells. Study Stirling engines, and generate watts with its electronic version, the thermoelectric module. Revive dead batteries using a solar panel even on a cloudy day. Survival game! In a simulated Arctic crash scenario, students will build solar ovens from pieces of a downed airplane to melt frozen chocolate bars and thereby save themselves from starvation. Solar-charged stress meters enhance brain activities. Race to build a mystery solar-powered device. Use tap water to run clocks and calculators. Edu-fun magic show.  (604) 261-4695.

March 2 - 4, 2007
15TH ANNUAL WELLNESS SHOW.  West coast residents learn how to find balance in life at the 15th Annual Wellness Show with over 270 exhibitors presenting a wide-range of products and services focusing on all aspects of health and vital living.  Wellness Show attendees have an opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, watch demonstrations and attend special workshops at this annual three day event.  The Wellness Show, the West Coast’s premiere consumer health show, is held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. 604-983-2794, www.thewellnessshow.com (http://www.thewellnessshow.com/).

March 3 - 4, 2007
Gwen Kallio Presents FESTIVAL DU BOIS.  Festival du Bois, the Lower Mainland’s premiere celebration of francophone music, dance, craft, food, heritage and culture today announced the spectacular line up of music artists for this year’s event, scheduled for the weekend of March 3 and 4 at Coquitlam’s Blue Mountain Park.  Known for being a showcase venue for some of the finest Québécois, francophone, world and folk music artists performing today, the festival is also a uniquely accessible and fun cultural, community and family event that offers a wealth of great activities and exhibits for folks of all ages and backgrounds. With music and dance at the core of the weekend’s presentations, festival audiences can also wander the site to sample maple taffy, tourtière and other culinary fare, learn about local settler history in a fun and interactive way, play games or shop at an array of unique artisan booths. This year, the festival has also added a workshop component, offering opportunities for audiences to delve deeper into the music and culture. Whether out-and-about the site, or under the roof of the massive Grand Chapiteau (Main Tent) or Petit Chapiteau (Kids’ Tent), the ambience is one of friendship, celebration and superb entertainment.  Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam;  http://www.festivaldubois.ca

March 10, 2007
Highlands Preschool's Annual Children's Sale Saturday March 10th 2007 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Gently used children’s clothing, toys, equipment and more! Highlands Church 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver. Admission: $2.00

March 10, 2007
Huge Kids Toy and Clothing Sale, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050-176 Street, Cloverdale; 604 588 9919.

March 16, 2007
Will Millar's Party for St. paddy's.  Will Millar, the world's most famous Irish rover roars into town with his band of merry Irish musicians, singers and dancers. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than by joining in this 'fierce evening of fun' with Ireland's best ambassador.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

Ongoing to March 20, 2007
Kids' (ages 8-14) sustainable Future Tech workshops offered at Capilano College.  Get young future leaders actively engaged in the battle against Climate Change and Peak Oil.  604-984-4901, http://sustainablevancouver.blogspot.com (http://sustainablevancouver.blogspot.com/)

Ongoing to April 8, 2006
Vancouver Canucks, Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer.  General Motors Place, check game schedule at http://www.canucks.com

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents So You Think You Can Improvise... a parody of the TV hit So You Think You Can Dance.  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

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 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
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.comFebruary 11, 2007
The Golden Violin.  Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore. Journey with Calvin Dyck’s Golden Violin through Amsterdam in 1807, Dusseldorf in 1853, Paris in 1895, Venice in 1930 and New York in 1955 before ending up in the present-day Pacific Northwest. Enjoy traditional music by Beethoven and Mozart to favorites by Copland and Gershwin. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

February 11, 2007
The Valley Bridal Expo.  The Valley Bridal Expo-The Fraser Valleys Premier Bridal Event-will be held on Sunday, February 11-07 at Heritage Park, just outside Chilliwack, minutes from Abbotsford and serving the entire Fraser Valley. Show hours are from 9:30-5:30 and tickets are $10 and available at the event doors. Exhibitor information available through our website. Bridal couples will have the opportunity to meet the Fraser Valleys wedding industry professionals who are ready to assist them in answering their questions and ready to help them weave together the wedding of their dreams. The Valley Bridal Expo's featured Fashion Showcase will highlight all the hottest bridal fashions and will be brought to us by Silk and White Satin Bridal Salon. Brides, again, have the opportunity of winning a Dream Wedding sponsored by 98.3-The Valleys Lite Rock. It will be the wedding event not to be missed.  www.valleyexpo.ca

February 13, 2007
Judith Williams: Clam Gardens.  The Necessary Voices series presents a lecture by Judith Williams. She will relate a narrative concerning the recent revealing of the widespread existence of ancient aboriginal mariculture on the Pacific Northwest Coast. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society).  Vancouver Public Library, (604) 331-4044, www.necessaryvoices.org

February 14, 2007
Beer My Valentine's.  Beer & Chocolate! What better way to spend a romantic evening gazing into a lover's eyes or meeting that new special someone! Just Here For The Beer.Com becomes cupid? Not quite, but we will help you celebrate Valentine's Day in style with our unique chocolate and beer pairing workshop. February 14th, 2007 on St. Valentine's Day! Time: 7:00-11:30 pm (beer and chocolate pairing starts at 8:00 pm) Just Here For The Beer.Com is Vancouver's local source for Beer Tasting and Education. Have the Beer Experts teach you everything you wanted to know about beer in Canada and beer from around the world. We offer Beer Education workshops at various community centres and at the UBC mini-school!  Granville Island Taproom at the Granville Island Brewery, 778-227-8977.

February 14, 2007
Valentine's Day.  Named in honour of the 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 - 19, 2007
This year, the celebration is from Feb 15 to 19th, 2007, and we will be ringing in the year of the Pig.  Come experience Chinese New Year festivities at the temple!  From Feb. 15-19th (10:00AM to 5:00PM), we will be holding a Chinese New Year celebration and bazaar in the Meditation Hall.  There, visitors can appreciate auspicious flower arrangements, calligraphy emonstrations, traditional snacks and foods, various cultural gift items and much more.  International Buddhist Temple, Richmond;  (604) 274-2822 Ext. 138, www.buddhisttemple.ca (http://www.buddhisttemple.ca/)

February 16, 2007
The Seycove Drama Association in partnership with the Seymour Art Gallery will be hosting a Wine Tasting Festival.  Seymour Art Gallery 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver; 604-924-1378.

February 16, 2007
VOC Soul Gospel Choir - Valentines Day & Black History Month 2007.  The goal of the Vancouver Outreach Community (VOC) Soul Gospel Choir is to unite people of different cultures and beliefs to deliver an inspirational musical message of Peace, Hope and Healing. A great way to celebrate Valentines Day and Black History Month, the 130-member choir, featuring men and women of all ages, ethnicities and religions performs on February 16th, 7:30 pm at Michael J. Fox Theatre (7373 MacPherson Ave Burnaby). Led by music director Checo Tohomaso, the high-energy concert will merge the melodies of soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae into a soulful performance of seasonal favorites. Admission is by minimum donation at the door starting at 6:45 pm.  Michael J. Fox Theatre,  604 876 3363.

February 16, 2007
Wild at Art 2007.  Wild at Art is an annual February festival preparing for 2010 and beyond.  In 2007 the festival will last for 10 days and 17 days in 2010.  The Art Gallery will be at the Railway Heritage Park with Budd cars connecting it to the downtown for wonderful performances, workshops, movies and more.  The festival will culminate on the last weekend with Ndidi Onukwulu at the Eagle Eye Theatre, the Main Stage Performance tent the Market Stroll tent with crafters, food and fun and much more.  Squamish, www.wildatart.ca

February 16, 17, 21 - 24, 2007
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.  “The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is a fine festival of climbing and adventure programs that remains true to the heart of climbing and the spirit of mountains. It is a relaxed gathering of sport climbers, alpinists and mountain wanderers.” - Greg Child, festival presenter, world-class climber, mountaineer and award-winning writer.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://ww

February 17 to March 3, 2007
7th Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts.  Comedy, music, theatre and cutting-edge dance are just a few of the highlights of the seventh annual Chutzpah! Festival. Designed to celebrate established and emerging professional Jewish artists and their collaborators from around the world, Chutzpah! has earned an admirable reputation for its innovative and eclectic programming.  http://www.chutzpahfestival.com

February 17, 2007
Countdown at the Coliseum. oin Mayor Sullivan and special guests for a celebration of the Coliseum as the 2010 Winter Games figure skating and short track speed skating location. This FREE event for all ages features FREE public skates from 10-noon and 2-4pm (bring your own skates as there are no rentals); a Figure Skating, Ice Dancing and Speed Skating Ice Show; Hip Hop dancing and lessons; a Fitness Walk around the fairgrounds; a Four Host First Nations craft workshop; face painting; interactive games; exhibits and demos, and lots more. Drop in or stay all day. EVERYONE WELCOME - come and have fun!  PNE grounds, 604-871-6749.

February 18, 2007
Chinese New Year Parade and Public Day: Sunday, February 18th; Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

February 18, 2007
February Fun Fly.  Everyone welcome. Bring your sweetheart and a kite, and join us for a day of flying.  Single, dual and quad line flying. Garry Point Park, Richmond.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

February 18, 2007
O.W.L. Show at the Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

February 18, 2007
Valentines Nature Walk: Ducks in Love.  Unlike most other bird species, ducks start their courtship now, so they're all in fine new plumage. Join birder Cathy Aitchison on an easy walk to observe what works for female ducks and how male ducks respond. $10 public, $5 members/student.  Stanley Park Ecology Society, (604) 681-7099.

February 18, 2007
Chinese New Year Sustainable Energy magic show performing at Crystal Mall.  "Kids" from ages 6-to-96 are invited to the Sustainable Energy magic show at   Crystal Mall's main stage between 2:30 and 3:00pm on February 18, 2007, Sunday. This  magic show will demonstrate that "Anybody Can Make Energy" in a fun way. (604)739-7717,http://solar-ovens.blogspot.com/

February 18, 2007
Climb the Wall: The Stairclimb for Clean Air. Join individuals, teams, lower mainland firefighters, and many more, as people of all ages and abilities climb Vancouver's tallest building, the Sheraton Wallcentre, on February 18th. All proceeds go to fund BC Lung Association projects and research. Go towww.stairclimb.ca (http://www.stairclimb.ca/) to find out more. Register today and put your legs to the test! You can also contact us by phone at 604 731 5864. Don't miss out on this once a year unique event!

February 18, 2007
Passport to the Past.  Celebrate Fort Langley ’s history.  Enjoy exhibits, crafts, games and refreshments as you journey through different local historic sites. At Derby Reach Regional Park , experience a traditional welcome from Kwantlen First Nation drummers, singers and dancers, then view displays of handicrafts by Kwantlen artisans. View the beautifully restored historic buildings and learn about life for those early Hudson’s Bay Company employees who established the first trading fort in the Fraser Valley.  Walk or cycle the beautiful five-kilometer Fort-to-Fort Trail which connects the participating sites.  This event is sponsored by GVRD, Parks Canada, Township of Langley and Langley Heritage Society.  604.530.4983, www.gvrd.bc.ca

February 18, 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.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, www.21cpromotions.com

February 18, 2007
Standing Wave.  Standing Wave will present a concert featuring compositions by Canadian composer, Tony Wilson and by international composers John Cage, Zack Browning, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Thomas Ades. This will be a program of works that are virtuosic and dramatic.  Hornby Island-based Tony Wilson is known as the 'king of Canadian avant-garde guitar.'. John Cage is generally regarded as one of the most important composers of his era. Thomas Ades is an innovative young British composer who has become a 'hit' on the European contemporary music scene. Zack Browning's Impact Addiction has received worldwide recognition. Luciernagas ('Fireflies') by Mexican-born, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has been described as 'a hard-driving quintet...practically burst with energy, its quick, darting melodies punctuated by tense, breath-holding solo trills [and] a brilliant marimba solo.'.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 20, 2007
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: PAMELA WALLIN. Pamela Wallin's career as one of Canada's most accomplished and respected journalists spans 30 years and several continents. A reporter with the Toronto Star; a national political producer and commentator for CBC Radio; and the long-time host of CANADA AM, she became the first woman in Canadian network television history to take on the role of Parliamentary Bureau Chief. Dedicating much of her professional career to coverage of Canada/U.S. relations, it was a natural fit when she was appointed Consul General to New York in 2002. It has been a fascinating journey for a woman who started out as a social worker at the Prince Albert Penitentiary in Saskatchewan. Join us for an evening with one of Canada's most respected women. Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

February 20, 2007
Victoria Tour.  The natural beauty of Vancouver Island must be seen to be believed!! enjoy the many attractions of the inner harbour of Victoria. $28 plus GST for one session. Tour includes transportation only. If you are under 65 there will an extra charge for ferry.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

February 20, 2007
Langley Bus Tour (35+ years).  Spend the afternoon exploring the old part of Langley. There are many interesting shops, restaurants and historical sites to see. $18/person Cost of tour includes transportation only.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

February 21 - 25, 2007
BC Home and Garden Show. Visit over 400 fabulous exhibitors and discover great ways to create your own space. You'll get advice from celebrities and experts, uncover fabulous finds in our market, and take home tons of ideas for your home and garden. www.bchomeandgardenshow.com

February 22, 2007
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! series presents Bale Brazil. Laura Monteiro and guests bring the high-energy rhythms, spectacular costumes and joyful exuberance of samba centre stage, in a show which captures the rich history, culture and spirit of Brazil . We guarantee you won’t be able to sit still! Presented as part of Black History Month. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Tickets $9/$7 students, seniors and children from 604 231 7535 www.ticketstonight.ca. Info: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca.

February 23 - 24, 2007
PBR - Professional Bull Riding - 2007.  Featuring some of the best bullriders in North America. Doors open at 6pm The Bullrider's Bash (dance) takes place Saturday night at 9:00pm. You must be 19 years of age or older to attend the Bash. Band is "Blackwater" Tickets are available at Chilliwack Heritage Park or by calling 604-824-9927 starting Feb. 1, 2007 Adults $25.00 Senior 60+ $20.00 Students(10-18yrs) $20.00 Children 9 & under free. Dance $15.00 (19+only)

February 23, 2007
World Poetry 6th Anniversary Gala.  The program includes guest speakers and presenters, World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award presentations, a tribute to Black Heritage Month, "World Poetry for Peace" group poetry reading, music, and entertainment. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, (604) 331-4044.

February 23, 25, 2007
The Vancouver Cantata Singers with The Turning Point Ensemble present Stravinsky.  Experience Stravinsky- the dynamic performance that pays tribute to the rich legacy of the unrivaled Russian composer. The Cantata Singers and Vancouver's chamber-music group, The Turning Point Ensemble, present February's brilliant program - a celebration of the musical genius of one of the leading composers of the 20 century.  www.vancouvercantatasingers.com

February 23 to March 17, 2007
Firehall Arts Centre Presents BANANA BOYS.  The Banana Boys are five Canadian buddies trying to get through university, find love, and establish themselves. But they're also figuring out what it means to be a "yellow guy" in the Great White North. Banana Boys is a smart and wickedly funny play which balances the joys of beer and video games with the frustrations of being caught between cultures. Based on the critically acclaimed first novel by Toronto author Terry Woo, the plot twists when one of the boys meets a bizzare death. A smart and wickedly funny play.  Firehall Arts Centre, www.firehallartscentre.ca

February 23, 2007
Vegetable Gardens For Beginners Course.  A beginner's guide to vegetable gardening in the Lower Mainland provided by Tony Maniezzo, a UBC Botanical Garden horticulturist that specializes in the care of the UBC Botanical Garden Food Garden. How to get started and what to grow for early success? Class Size 20 people maximum. Please Note: Dress for the weather. Advance registration is required by: email at botg@interchange.ubc.ca, phone at (604) 822-3928, or visit our offices at 6804 SW Marine Drive between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays. Please have your credit card information and your Garden Membership number (if applicable) available. Cancellations and no-shows will be refunded but a $5 service charge will be applied.  UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research,  (604) 827-4536.

February 23, 2007
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/)

February 24, 2007
Remembering Hogan's Alley and the Black Urban Landscape.  The Hogan's Alley Memorial Project and Volume Music Series Co-present Black History Month Celebration: "Remembering Hogan's Alley and the Black Urban Landscape"   The Hogan's Alley Memorial Project is a grassroots cultural organization, dedicated to memorializing Vancouver’s historic black neighborhood and the wider Vancouver black experience. This event will feature keynote speakers David Hilliard and Dr. Afua Cooper, who will focus on the topic of black urban sites in different North American contexts and will illustrate the commonalities of the experiences of black Canadians with the cultural legacy of the Black panther party and their agenda for empowering black communities in the US. The event will also be a means of raising the profile of Vancouver's black community while also linking this community to others.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 24, 2007
Terrarium Course Instructor: Kevin Kubeck Date: Saturday, February 24, 2007 Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre Cost: (General) $60.00 or (Garden Members) $55.00 Course Details: Learn about the components of terrariums and how to build your own. Additional details TBA. Class Size 15 people maximum (additional dates will be offered if course fills). Please Note:  phone at (604) 822-3928, or visit our offices at 6804 SW Marine Drive between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays. Please have your credit card information and your Garden Membership number (if applicable) available. Cancellations and no-shows will be refunded but a $5 service charge will be applied.

February 24, 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

February 24, 2007
VECC Kids’ Series presents Axis Theatre Company’s The Emperor’s New Threads.  An Emperor falls prey to two tricksters who boast their clothes are so fashionable that only those who are ‘cool’ will be able to see them. Worried about appearing to be ‘uncool’, the Emperor and everyone else pretend to see what isn’t there- everyone, that is, except on small child who is not afraid to tell the truth. This witty adaptation of Hans Christina Andersen’s classic fable is created and staged by Melody and peter Adnerson for Axis Theatre Company.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

February 24, 2007
Mardi Gras.  Join us for our version of the infamous New Orleans Celebration.  We will have a variety of activities for all ages, followed by swimming at Chimo Pool. (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)  Chimo Pool and Centennial Room, Coquitlam; 604-933-6090.

February 25, 2007
Birding In Stanley Park.  Join naturalist and bird watcher Cathy Aitchison for a 2-hour tour in Stanley Park to identify migratory and resident birds and learn bird watching skills. By donation. Stanley Park Ecology Society, (604) 681-7099.

February 25, 2007
VFS Game Design Open House. The video game industry in Canada has exploded in the last decade, than 130 gaming companies to the Vancouver area alone. The VFS Game Design program is a key provider of new talent to this rapidly growing industry. Sunday Open House, February 25th, is a free event at the VFS 420 Homer Campus. Sample a number of classes from the Game Design program, meet the faculty and alumni, play games that previous VFS students have designed, and check out the campus. Register to win the EA sponsored $25,000 scholarship contest to the Game Design program. Vancouver Film School , 604.631.3590, www.gamedesignexpo.com (http://www.gamedesignexpo.com)

February 25, 2007
Kids Only Swap Meet, West Richmond Community Centre;604-718-8400.

February 25, 2007
Kidstuff 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 maternity clothes as well as used items for children age 12 and younger. Free admission for buyers. Registration begins 9:00am, January 12 for tables ($15.00). Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm, February 25. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue. Phone 604.299.1446.

February 26, 2007
A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki.  Merton scholar Donald Grayston presents a screening of "A Zen Life". This film by Canadian Michael Goldberg is the story of D.T. Suzuki, pre-eminent Zen scholar and friend of Thomas Merton. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by the Merton Society of Canada).  Vancouver Public Library, (604) 331-4044, www.merton.ca

February 27 to Marvh 4, 2007
Broadway Across Canada presents THE PRODUCERS.  Based on Mr. Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, THE PRODUCERS, the new MEL BROOKS musical is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than needed for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca

February 27, 2007
Nature Art Lecture. Alex Waterhouse-Hayward is a renowned Vancouver-based commercial and fine art photographer whose work has appeared in various publications (New York Times, Vanity Fair, Globe and Mail, etc.). He will offer a unique lecture and presentation of his work, specifically his nature photography. UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre.  Please Note Bring a bag lunch. Coffee supplied. Please call 604-822-3928 in advance to book a seat.

February 2007
Are you a parent concerned about sustainability and global warming? Consider enrolling your kids at a Silbury Connector/Solar Power Roadshow workshops at William Osler Elementary School, 12:30pm-1:30pm, beginning January 24, 2007 and runs for 8 Wednesdays.Build solar and sail cars, wind turbines, ocean and tidal wave energy generator. Fuel cells. Study Stirling engines, and generate watts with its electronic version, the thermoelectric module. Revive dead batteries using a solar panel even on a cloudy day. Survival game! In a simulated Arctic crash scenario, students will build solar ovens from pieces of a downed airplane to melt frozen chocolate bars and thereby save themselves from starvation. Solar-charged stress meters enhance brain activities. Race to build a mystery solar-powered device. Use tap water to run clocks and calculators. Edu-fun magic show.  (604) 261-4695.

March 2 - 4, 2007
15TH ANNUAL WELLNESS SHOW.  West coast residents learn how to find balance in life at the 15th Annual Wellness Show with over 270 exhibitors presenting a wide-range of products and services focusing on all aspects of health and vital living.  Wellness Show attendees have an opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, watch demonstrations and attend special workshops at this annual three day event.  The Wellness Show, the West Coast’s premiere consumer health show, is held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. 604-983-2794, www.thewellnessshow.com (http://www.thewellnessshow.com/).

March 3 - 4, 2007
Gwen Kallio Presents FESTIVAL DU BOIS.  Festival du Bois, the Lower Mainland’s premiere celebration of francophone music, dance, craft, food, heritage and culture today announced the spectacular line up of music artists for this year’s event, scheduled for the weekend of March 3 and 4 at Coquitlam’s Blue Mountain Park.  Known for being a showcase venue for some of the finest Québécois, francophone, world and folk music artists performing today, the festival is also a uniquely accessible and fun cultural, community and family event that offers a wealth of great activities and exhibits for folks of all ages and backgrounds. With music and dance at the core of the weekend’s presentations, festival audiences can also wander the site to sample maple taffy, tourtière and other culinary fare, learn about local settler history in a fun and interactive way, play games or shop at an array of unique artisan booths. This year, the festival has also added a workshop component, offering opportunities for audiences to delve deeper into the music and culture. Whether out-and-about the site, or under the roof of the massive Grand Chapiteau (Main Tent) or Petit Chapiteau (Kids’ Tent), the ambience is one of friendship, celebration and superb entertainment.  Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam;  http://www.festivaldubois.ca

March 10, 2007
Highlands Preschool's Annual Children's Sale Saturday March 10th 2007 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Gently used children’s clothing, toys, equipment and more! Highlands Church 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver. Admission: $2.00

March 10, 2007
Huge Kids Toy and Clothing Sale, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050-176 Street, Cloverdale; 604 588 9919.

March 16, 2007
Will Millar's Party for St. paddy's.  Will Millar, the world's most famous Irish rover roars into town with his band of merry Irish musicians, singers and dancers. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than by joining in this 'fierce evening of fun' with Ireland's best ambassador.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

Ongoing to March 20, 2007
Kids' (ages 8-14) sustainable Future Tech workshops offered at Capilano College.  Get young future leaders actively engaged in the battle against Climate Change and Peak Oil.  604-984-4901,http://sustainablevancouver.blogspot.com (http://sustainablevancouver.blogspot.com/)

Ongoing to April 8, 2006
Vancouver Canucks, Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer.  General Motors Place, check game schedule at http://www.canucks.com

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents So You Think You Can Improvise... a parody of the TV hit So You Think You Can Dance.  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

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 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
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
 






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