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

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Special Events for February 2009
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February 1, 2009
2009 LunarFest: Lantern-A-Mania.  The feature presentation of the 2009 LunarFest is Lantern-A-Mania. A glowing constellation of lanterns are utilized to showcase Asian culture, as it engages young and old in a celebration of the Lunar New Year in various parts of the world. Lantern-A-Mania brings cultural and artistic expression as a fusion of creativity comes forth in lantern decoration and design resonating with the spirit of Vancouver 2010 and the host nation, Canada.  Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.


February 1, 2009
Paint A Skate Day, presented by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada.  Join us at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for our FREE "Paint A Skate" day. Between 11am and 2pm, kids (age 7+) will have a chance to create their very own one-of-a-kind artwork, using a real skate as their canvas. Also featuring face painting, prize giveaways, and meet & greets with artists and athletes. BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Gate A, BC Place.


February 1 - 28, 2009
Black History Month. Every year Canadians are invited to take part in the festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, during Black History Month in February.

February 2, 2009
PeaceMaker - Peace Through Video Games?  PeaceMaker is a game where one player chooses to be either the Israeli PM or the Palestinian President, reacts to in-game events, and interacts with political leaders and pressure groups to resolve the conflict before his term ends. In this presentation, teacher/facilitator Dave Chang will translate audience votes into player's decisions. If the player scores 100 on both Israeli and Palestinian approval scales, we will have brought peace to the Middle East. (Free admission).  Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Alice MacKay room; 604-709-0883.


February 2 - 8, 2009
ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships® 2009.  Welcome to the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships® 2009. This ISU championship event will bring together competitors from four continents to compete in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, host city of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.  Pacific Coliseum, http://www.fourcontinents2009.com


February 3, 2009
Steve Reich's Drumming.  Following the sold out success of Music on Main's one-night Steve Reich festival in 2006, Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and Music on Main join forces to bring Steve Reich's Drumming to Vancouver for two nights only. It's a rare chance to hear the intricate rhythms of this monument of musical Minimalism. Filling Heritage Hall with the stark and sonorous iterations of its machine-like sonic structure


February 3 to April 12, 2009
Aganetha Dyck: Collaborations.  Aganetha Dyck, one of Canada ’s most renowned female artists, and 2007 Governor General Award winner in Visual Arts is a multi-media artist who frequently collaborates with honey bees. Born in Winnipeg , her work explores notions of feminism, surrealism, and what she has called “the power of the small.” This exhibition will showcase some of the artist’s work as it relates to communication, between humans, and between bees. The exhibition will include works from the Hive Scans series, as well as elements from the brail collaborations between the bees and the artist. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 604-205-3044, www.shadboltcentre.com


February 4 - 8, 2009
Vancouver International Boat Show.  See what’s new at the Vancouver International Boat Show! Western Canada’s largest boat show is celebrating 48 years as the best place to see and buy boats, gear and accessories. From fishing to cruising to family fun, there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget—see everything from motoryachts to kayaks to sailboats displayed on land at BC Place and in-water at the False Creek Yacht Club. Shop booths showcasing the latest in engines, marine electronics and accessories. There’s no better time to buy! The 5-day event is your once-a-year opportunity to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest accessories all at one time!  For more information call (604) 678-8820 or go to www.vancouverboatshow.ca.


February 6, 2009
Magee Market Fair.  The Magee Music Society Presents: Market Fair on Friday February 6 2009, 5-9pm, 6360 Maple St. (at 49th) in Vancouver. There will be: Fantastic Food,Silent Auction, Exciting Entertainment, Fun Games, Used Books, and Much More! Come and experience a night filled with exciting entertainment, delicious food and great deals. A Fun-filled community event not to be missed. See you there!  Magee School 6360 Maple St. @ 49th Vancouver; 604-267-2324.


February 6 - 8, 2009
The Vancouver International Storytelling Festival celebrates its 17th season with a weekend of performances by sought-after professional storytellers from home and abroad, all on the theme of “In the beginning…” Main Street’s Heritage Hall, decorated in the style of a magical, Arabian Nights-inspired Bedouin tent, will be home to origin stories from all over the world, and tales about beginnings of all kinds. Local favourites Kira Van Deusen, Jean-Pierre Makosso, Melanie Ray, Naomi Steinberg, EvenSteven, Wing-Siu Wong, Max Tell, Philomena Jordan and Helen Mintz will be joined by special guests JanetBlake (world-renowned teller from the UK) and PatBraden (from the Yukon). http://www.vancouverstorytelling.org/


February 7, 2009
Free Meditation Workshop.  Come and enjoy a free meditation workshop! Learn how to relieve stress, anxiety or just learn how to relax. Fun and simple. Bring the whole family. Theres limited seating so register now!  Pitt Meadows Library - 12047 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows.  604-465-7356, visit www.freemeditation.ca


February 7, 2009
Lions Gate Chorus presents: ' Inside Out'  A performance by Lions Gate Chorus, 2008 International Barbershop bronze  medallists and winners of the CBC Choral 2008 competition (Special Category:  Barbershop). This show will not only feature Lions Gate’s powerful a capella sound and  exciting choreography, but will showcase the further musical talents within  the 100-voice women’s chorus.  Acts will include classical, pop, percussion  and jazz music, as well as International finalist quartets Mojo and Martini. Michael J. Fox Theatre, 604-986-5459, www.lionsgatechorus.ca


February 7, 2009
Olympicraze! Join us for our one-year countdown to the 2010 Olympics, one event in our Olympicraze series... Get into the Olympic spirit with your family, friends, and neighbours! Try out a winter sport on the Nintendo Wii, play some Olympic themed carnival games, make a medal, pose on the podium, check out some cool displays and more; something for everyone. Free to participate. Made possible by Host a City Happening Grants; sponsored by the Vancouver Park Board and your local community centre association. Mount Pleasant Community Centre; 604-713-1888.


February 7 - 8, 2009
For game industry professional, students of game design, and everyone passionate about games, Vancouver Film School's Game Design program presents the third annual Game Design Expo February 7-8, 2009 in Vancouver, BC, featuring guest speakers and panels with the leading minds in game design and development.  For schedules, tickets, registration, and up-to-the-minute details, visit http://gamedesignexpo.com/


February 8, 2009
Bobs & Lolo - Inglewood Preschool Fundraiser.  Join Bobs & Lolo for an action-packed musical adventure. Come early for a Kids Fair at 2pm: win a cuddly, candy contests, face painting, concession, draw for a $200 kids bike & lots more games & prizes. All proceeds to Inglewood Parent Participation Preschool. West Vancouver United Church, 21st & Esquimalt, West Vancouver. www.lavishandlime.com or www.trendytot.ca


February 8, 2009
Skate for a Cure.  The event will allow registrants to have the chance to skate on the same ice as the Vancouver Canucks if they have reached the minimum fundraising goal of $150. Plus, the first 175 registrants who raise $300 will receive an autograph and photo session with a Vancouver Canucks player. It is $25 for spectators to enter Skate for a Cure. Proceeds will be directed towards helping find a cure for childhood cancer. In addition to the "skate" component there will be an exciting "family fun-zone" located on the concourse level for participants and spectators to enjoy. The area will include entertainment, face painting, and many games and contests for the children.  General Motors Place.


February 9 - 15, 2009
Full Circle First Nations Performance presents the 8th Annual Taking Stick Festival. WISE Hall, Vancouver;
http://www.fullcircle.ca

February 9, 2009
UBC Botanical Garden Lecture: Travels of a Modern Plant Hunter. Although hunting in this case means shooting with a digital camera, for a plant enthusiast like me there remains something of the thrill of the chase. Traveling to new locales, tracking down never before seen species and bringing home trophy photos is for me downright exciting. This talk will describe my 2008 travels in California, Oregon, Ontario and Colorado and will hopefully convey the very real pleasure that wildflowers in their natural state can provide. UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre, www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org


February 11, 2009
25th Annual Heart and Stroke Celebrity Breakfast.  For 25 years, the Heart&Stroke Celebrity Breakfast has been Vancouver's premier event for Heart Month. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us as we bring together business leaders and Vancouver based celebrities for a morning of networking, inspiration and fun.  The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. For tickets and information please contact ppratt@hsf.bc.ca


February 12 - 14, 2009
Lynda Gaudreau/Compagnie De Brune.  The Dance Centre brings internationally acclaimed Montreal choreographer Lynda Gaudreau and her innovative brand of dance to Vancouver with her newest work, 0101. Two dancers perform three versions of the same material, executing simple movements punctuated by the beat of a drummer on stage, in a work of dry minimalist wit which challenges ideas of what dance can be. This examination of details and time is quiet and playful, and full of absurd glimpses.  Scotiabank Dance Centre, www.thedancecentre.ca www.lyndagaudreau.com


February 12 - 21, 2009
VIBC's 2009 City of Bhangra Festival. Rogers Wireless presents VIBCs City of Bhangra Festival! Bringing the cultural world to Vancouver with 9 days of folk, fusion, dance and drums. Joins us for free outdoor concerts and the Coast Capital Bhangra Competition featuring H-Dhami, Heera and Apna Sangeet! Various Venues in Metro Vancouver.  Tickets at TicketMaster.ca or go to www.vibc.org for complete event listings.


February 13 - 15, 2009
LG Mountain Festival.  Swing by the LG Mountain Festival at the Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver from February 13-15 where some of Canada's pro snowboarders will celebrate the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup in style. The festival will feature live music and fashion shows on the LG Stage and a two-story rail jam on the roof. Admission is free and open to the public daily. Park Royal will also be the pick up and drop off site for the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup shuttle heading to and from Cypress Mountain. For times and more info check out www.lgmountainfestival.com


February 14, 2009
Beer My Valentine.  Pairing Granville Island craft beers with Rogers' gourmet chocolates - what two things could possibly go better together. This Valentine's Day pair the obligatory Valentine's chocolate with good beer and lots of fun. You will be lead through the pairings by Vancouver's Beer Experts of Just Here for the Beer.com. Accompanied by live music, snacks, door prizes and lots of Valentine's goodness!!  Granville Island Brewery, 1441 Cartwright Street Granville Island; www.justhereforthebeer.com


February 14, 2009
Free Public Skates.  Free admission and skate rental! Come out to your local rink for a free skate in celebration of Countdown Week. Six community rinks are each hosting two free public skate each. Skate rentals are available, but consider bringing your own to avoid line ups at these popular events. Bring a non-perishable food bank donation for your chance to win great prizes. Athlete and Vancouver 2010 Mascot appearances at selected sessions! Hosted by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver.  6:45 PM - 8:15 PM, Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Blvd. Vancouver.


February 14, 2009
Renfrew Ravine Nature Walk.  Enjoy an early spring nature and bird walk along renfrew Ravine. This will be an easy walk. Dess for the weather. Meet at Renfrew Park Community Centre -Library side entrance. Registration Required. $2/person or $5/family.  604-257-8388.


February 14, 2009
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, gifts, and candy.


February 14 - 15, 2009
The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show. The Outdoor Adventure Show is the ONLY consumer show in Canada that brings together buyers and sellers of outdoor adventure products & services under one roof! Excitement abounds with over 300 exhibitors. Feature areas include: water sports, mountain sports, camping, clothing, education, nutrition, destinations, clubs, associations and MUCH MUCH MORE! Info: 1-800-891-4859 or www.outdooradventureshow.ca


February 14 - 15, 2009
The Vancouver Golf & Travel Show. The Vancouver Golf and Travel show provides consumers with the best and largest selection of golf equipment, accessories and travel opportunities all in one incredible golf marketplace! Golf's leading manufacturers, golf courses and travel destinations will be showcasing what's new and exciting for the 2009 golfing season! Info: 1-800-891-4859 or www.vancouvergolfshow.com


February 15, 2009
Centennial Theatre proudly presents the 2008/2009 Family Festival featuring Jack Pine, A Vancouver Opera World Premiere.  Vancouver Opera brings the World Premiere of this delightful story of the tenacious and truly remarkable Jack Pine to Centennial Theatre before heading out on tour across BC. Sung in English and commissioned specifically for children, this magical 45-minute production will transport children and families deep into Canada’s vast forests and will introduce them to the beauty, relevance and sheer fun of opera.  (604) 984-4484, www.centennialtheatre.com


February 15, 2009
Fort Langley's Historic Half Marathon.  Be among the thousands of participants in the Historic Half Marathon who will cross the most prestigious finish line in British Columbia: the gates of Fort Langley National Historic Site. Participants will be greeted by well-wishers in historic costumes, great food, music, and children’s activities. A Kids Walk and Run 8.5K Event will also take place on Saturday, February 14th.  Visit www.historichalf.ca for more information.


February 15, 2009
Fort Langley: Passport to the Past.  Collect a stamp on your “passport to the past” at all four locations and become eligible to win a great prize. Enjoy activities, exhibits, crafts, games, or refreshments at Fort Langley National Historic Site, Langley Centennial Museum, Derby Reach Regional Park, and the Langley Heritage Society (CN Station). Walk the Fort-to-Fort trail or take the shuttle bus between Derby Reach and Fort Langley NHS.  Visit www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


February 15, 2009
Free Public Skates.  Free admission and skate rental! Come out to your local rink for a free skate in celebration of Countdown Week. Six community rinks are each hosting two free public skate each. Skate rentals are available, but consider bringing your own to avoid line ups at these popular events. Bring a non-perishable food bank donation for your chance to win great prizes. Athlete and Vancouver 2010 Mascot appearances at selected sessions! Hosted by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. Kitsilano Rink, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


February 15, 2009
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Croatian Cultural Centre.  Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html


February 16 - 28, 2009
Witness the return of Ballet BC to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, February 26 to 28, 2009 with the world-premiere of renowned choreographer James Kudelka’s The Goldberg Variations - Side 2: Adam & Eve & Steve. Described as "ballet’s most original choreographer” by the New York Times, Kudelka’s new work will accompany the alluring and tragic love story Carmen. Tickets from $35.75. www.ticketmaster.ca, 604-280-3311, or www.balletbc.com, 604-732-5003, ext. 207.


February 18, 2009
Spoken World.  Embrace the word power of American Regie Cabico, Australia's Morganics, the UK's Lemn Sissay and Vancouver's Kinnie Starr, underscored by the improvised grooves of Sal Ferreras and his band Poetic License and accompanied by the visual pyrotechnics of VJ Candelario Anderade. Tickets: $20/18. More information at: www.writersfest.bc.ca  Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island.


February 18, 20, 2009
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present Spoken World.  Two nights of spoken word with performers Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay & Kinnie Starr underscored by Sal Ferreras and Poetic License along with the visual images of VJ Candelario Anderade on February 18 and 20 at 7:30 pm at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island.  Tickets are $20 adults & $18 students/seniorsplus service charge available from www.vancouvertix.com or phone at 604.629.8849. For more information call 604.681.6330 or visit www.writersfest.bc.ca.


February 18 - 22, 2009
BC 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) 639-2288 or www.vancouverhomeshows.com.


February 19 to March 1, 2009
Chutzpah! 2009.  9th annual Chutzpah! Festival. The LisaNemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts. The 2009 stellar line-up features more than 25 performances and workshops with over 100 international, Canadian and local artists from February 19 – March 1, 2009. Designed to celebrate professional artists from around the world, Chutzpah! continues to excite and has earned a highly regarded reputation for its innovative and eclectic programming. Norman Rothstein Theatre, http://www.chutzpahfestival.com/


February 20, 2009
The Circle of Light in the City.  A one-day event to launch the Winteruptions Festival on Granville Island. The program will consist of a torch-lit water celebration, along with a participatory torch-lit walk in the neighbourhood. The event culminates with a community gathering at False Creek Community Centre to highlight and Celebrate the spirit of the anticipated arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. False Creek Community Centre.


February 21, 2009
2009 Kidswapmeet at Cloverdale Fair Grounds 6050 -176st , Cloverdale. Huge event for parents and those expecting. 9am-1pm Baby to teen itemsClothing , books , furniture, toys ect .Too much to name All name brands you can imagine , FisherPrice , Roxy , Little Tykes , Childrens place and more .See your kids stuff call 604-513-8880 or email kidswapmeets@hotmail.com


February 21, 2009
Diversity Health Fair 2009.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver;www.amssa.org/healthfair2009


February 21, 2009
Diversity Health Fair 2009. The Diversity Health Fair is a free community event that provides a simple way for multi-ethnic families to learn about crucial health topics and encourages the community to adapt healthier lifestyles: over 50 exhibitors, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more! Join us at Canada's largest Health Fair for families of all ages and cultures...Become a healthier, happier you! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604.718.4220.


February 21, 2009
INDOOR FLEA MARKET. Over 50 tables of pre-loved items. Confederation Community Centre, Burnaby; (604) 296-7015


February 21, 2009
Illuminate Yaletown.  On February 21, 2009, for one thought provoking evening, light art will illuminate Yaletown. Cutting edge technology will mix with vibrant music and artistic vision to inspire and impress. All this in the epicenter of Vancouver's hippest neighbourhood. ILLUMINATE yaletown will be a free public event, bringing local and international lighting artists, DJS, musicians and leaders in lighting technology together to create up to 10 contemporary light-art-music installations throughout Yaletown. 604-683-7473.


February 21, 2009
Japanese Canadian National Museum presents Jan Ken Pon! (Rock Paper Scissors) Family Games Day.  Experience over twenty traditional Japanese heritage games and toys at the fifth annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day. Play with colourful tops and a Japanese style cup & ball, make your own sumo wrestlers and beanbags, and run around and burn off some energy. The highlight of the day is a rock-paper-scissors tournament with prizes. This event is suitable for families with children aged 4 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tickets $5 per child. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 604.777.7000 ext 109, www.jcnm.ca


February 21, 2009
Kidswapmeet. Huge event parents and those expecting don't miss this HUGE Clothing & furniture sale for babies to teens . NEW & USED items , all indoor and at bargain prices!!! Arrive at 9am for the best deals. Rent a table and sell your kids stuff, email me for a registration form at kidswapmeets@hotmail.com. See you there! 604-513-8880, 6050-176 Street, Cloverdale.


February 21, 2009
World Wheelchair Curling Championships. Come and experience Curling within the newest Olympic Venue at Vancouver Olympic Centre from February 21-28, 2009. Experience the excitement and fun of cheering on the teams as they battle for the Championship. The top 10 teams from around the world will be here to compete for Gold and to be crowned the “World Wheelchair Curling Champions”.  Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre, http://www.wwhcc2009.com


February 21 - 28, 2009
World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2009.  Wheelchair curling is an adaptation of curling for athletes with a disability. Wheelchair curling began in Europe in the late 1990s, and in North America in 2002. The first World Wheelchair Curling Championships was held in Sursee, Switzerland in 2002, and was won by the host nation who beat Canada 7-6 in the final. It debuted as a Paralympic sport at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in Torino. Canada won the gold medal, beating Great Britain 7-4 in the final. The 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Championships will be held at the Vancouver Paralympic Centre February 21 to 28, 2009.


February 22, 2009
Climb the Wall: the Stairclimb for Clean Air 2009.  The BC Lung Associations 8th Annual Climb the Wall: The Stairclimb for Clean Air takes place at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, in downtown Vancouver. More than 500 participants will go one-on-one with BCs tallest staircase in support of clean air and lung health, climbing all 739 steps and 48 storeys. Cost: $25 registration fee. Sheration Wall Center Vancouver; www.stairclimb.ca


February 22, 2009
Let it Shine in 2009 and share with us in a celebration of Black History in British Columbia and North America.  Music director Checo Tohomaso and the Vancouver Outreach Community (VOC) Soul Gospel Choir are pleased to announce our upcoming Black History Month concert on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009.  The 130-member choir featuring men and women of all ages, ethnicities and religions, will perform high-energy, six-part harmony and merge the melodies of soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae into a soulful performance of seasonal favorites. The vibrant delivery results in an audience that can’t resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping!  Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam) 1:30 pm;


February 22, 2009
MARTA MARTA HOP CONTEMPORARY.  New Works is proud to present marta marta HoP’s workshop presentation of “Twisted,” Artistic Director Martha Carter’s newest creation about dance, scoliosis and personal transformation. This performance reveals a twisted yet comedic journey of living with a crooked spine while pursuing a career in dance. Transcending roots from classical music and ballet, marta marta HoP is known for its hybrid interdisciplinary performances as a reflection of contemporary life. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. 


February 22, 2009
Power of Movement. Power of Movement is the world's largest yoga challenge in support of arthritis. More than 4.5 million Canadians suffer from over 100 different types of arthritis but only 1% of research is dedicated to arthritis. Crofton House School Chan Hall (School Gymnasium). http://www.powerofmovement.ca/register/mega_sessions/vancouver/


February 24 to March 1, 2009
Feb 24th - Mar. 1st, 2009 - the Hockey Canada Cup of Sledge Hockey is an international competion involving 4 of the best sledge hockey teams in the world! A total of 10 games will be played at the new UBC Thunderbird Arena site of the 2010 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The event culminates in the Gold Medal game at 5 pm on Sunday March 1st and is also televised on TSN2. More information on the event is available at  http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/58772/la_id/1.htm


February 27, 2009
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/)


Ongoing to February 7, 2009
Skydive. In this gravity-defying comedy, two brothers tumbling at terminal velocity must untangle the threads of their dysfunctional relationship, long-abandoned dreams, and the Jungian interpretations of Madonna, Van Halen, and Corey Hart. Arts Club Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnson Street, Granville Island; http://www.artsclub.com/plays/20082009/onstage/skydive.htm


Ongoing to February 8, 2009
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2009.  The annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over 20 days each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and various hybrid forms of performance. It attracts acclaimed local, national and international artists and their work  For more information and show descriptions visit www.pushfestival.ca


Ongoing to February 15, 2009
The 22nd Annual St. Valentine's Day Massacre.  Vancouver Theatresports League presents the 22nd Annual St. Valentine's Day Massacre. A ruthlessly funny & cuttingly competitive comedy improv tournament to be held from January 28th to February 15th 2008 at the New Revue Stage on Granville Island.  Visit www.vtsl.com for up to date programming information.


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


Ongoing to February 22, 2009
Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Constant Wife.  Why get mad when you can get even? In this classic comedy of marriage and revenge, the discovery of her husband's infidelity sparks in Constance some rather unusual behaviour! Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage - Arts Club Theatre Company, 1585 Johnston Street Vancouver; http://www.artsclub.com/


March 8, 2009
Red Sky – Raven Stole the Sun.  Red Sky is a dynamic company on the leading edge of contemporary Aboriginal dance, theatre, and music. Based in Toronto, Red Sky has realized a meteoric rise in national and international acclaim for its creative excellence and innovative artistry. Based upon the traditional story of the Tlingit nation and adapted for the stage by  Drew Hayden Taylor, Raven Stole the Sun is a unique and compelling performance for young audiences.Centennial Theatre, (604) 984-4484, www.centennialtheatre.com


March 12, 2009
Dining Out For Life. Eat, drink and be caring: Treat yourself and support others.  Participating restaurants will donate 25% of all food proceeds that day.  Funds raised through Dining Out For Life benefit A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.  These local organizations provide food and support services to people living with HIV and AIDS. www.diningoutforlife.com/Vancouver


March 14 - 21, 2009
Forensics for Kids. Want to learn more about how the police use fingerprints, bullets, bugs, impressions or blood to solve crimes? During Spring Break, the Police Museum will be offering numerous workshops and drop-in activities exploring the science of contemporary police work. The themed workshops require reservations, but you can also drop by the Museum anytime during Spring Break to try solve a crime with your family. We are located at 240 E. Cordova, Vancouver. For more information, call 604-665-3346 or visit www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/SpringBreakForensics.htm


March 14 - 22, 2009
Kids won’t want to miss spending a day exploring this fur trading post!  Play games, meet costumed interpreters, take a tour, and pan for gold.  Curious adventurers will love our new “Who am I?” program – uncover clues  to discover the people who once made Fort Langley hum with activity. Be the  first to try the new bateau and fur press programs, and find out about the  Mothers of the Fur Trade – the First Nations women who made this place a  success!  Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada; (604) 513-4777.


March 15, 2009
SHAKTI DANCE, INDIAN DANCE AND STORYTELLING; New Works and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present Shakti Dance as part of Dance Allsorts this season. This interdisciplinary performance of “Gods, Demons, and Yogis,” which blends Indian classical dance, storytelling, martial arts and live music, emphasizes innovation within tradition. Unique, intriguing and diverse, Shakti Dance focuses on the expressive potential of Indian classical dance and music, and the contemporary relevance of traditional tales. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre; 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca


March 22, 2009
Kids’ Stuff Swap Meet. If you have children’s toys, clothes, or books you no longer use then this is your chance to sell these items instead of keeping them in storage. Tables are sold by first come, first served. Money raised from the tables goes directly towards Children’s Programs.  Coal Harbour Community Centre (480 Broughton Street, Vancouver). 604.718.8222.


April 23 - 25, 2009
The Dance Centre presents EARTH=home, a fast-paced, entertaining and thought-provoking show created by Judith Marcuse which uses theatre, music, dance and multimedia technology to express young peoples’ feelings about the state of our planet and where we are taking it. Featuring a cast of nine, along with video projections, photographs and text, it traces the story of a group of strangers who are forced to find a way to live together in a surreal world of limited resources, exploring issues including the environment, consumerism and social justice. Each performance is followed by a facilitated talkback. Suitable for ages 10+.  Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street , Vancouver; www.thedancecentre.ca


May 8 - 10, 2009
EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Western Canada 's largest green consumer tradeshow and eco-marketplace. Established in 2007, EPIC is produced by GLOBE Events, a division of the GLOBE Foundation. Visit EPIC to learn about environmentally-friendly products and services, as well as the companies providing them. Join this three day celebration of smart living; surround yourself with insightful people, innovative businesses and inspiring ideas. At EPIC, you’ll "Shop and TH!NK".  For More information visit www.epicexpo.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;


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MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2009.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.


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

















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