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

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Special Events for February 2010
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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February 1 - 28, 2010
LunarFest . This free public exhibit features a Lantern Forest rooted down the middle of the 700 block of Granville Street illuminated with lanterns designed by schoolchildren, five totem lanterns composed of indigenous designs from Canada and Taiwan and public art from a collaboration between international professional artists. lunarfest.org

February 1 to March 21, 2010
CUE: Artists’ Videos – January 23 to March 21, 2010, CUE: Artists’ Videoswill present the most innovative and compelling local, national and international artists working in film and video today. Presented on a nearly 20-foot, high-resolution LED screen on the Gallery’s Robson Street façade, the series will run daily from 5 am to 2 am. The adjacent Robson Street Plaza , one of the city’s busiest pedestrian hubs, will be particularly lively during the Olympic Winter Games when the area becomes an official site for live entertainment and a major centre for local, national and international media.

February 1 to March 29, 2010
Entertainment Industry Kids (EiKids). Calling all Kid Actors & Singers. A new kid's webseries featuring comedy skits, music, bios, reviews, trivia & the 411 on the entertainment industry  from a kid's perspective. Join singer/songwriter, Hailey Morgan (http://haileymorgan@haileymorganonline.com/) & actor Cainan Wiebe (http://www.cainanwiebe.com/). (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Sandlot 3) as they star in & host this interactive; educational; & down right FUN show! Come & join Hailey Morgan & Cainan & their friends of course on EiKids. www.eikids.ca PS. It's FREE!

February 1 to May 2, 2010
Michael Lin: A Modest Veil– January 23 to May 2, 2010. The Georgia Street Plaza , the largest public square in downtown Vancouver , will be backed by nearly 6,000-square-feet of brilliant colour composing Michael Lin’s massive mural titledGeorgia Street Plaza 23.01 - 02.05.10, 2010. Covering the Gallery’s entire northern façade, Lin’s enveloping intervention will dramatically transform this high-traffic area. Thousands of passersby will be invited to reinterpret the altered architecture of the Gallery’s neo-classical building and consider the cultural references and connections created by the artist’s bold floral pattern. Appearing as part of the exhibition Michael Lin: A Modest Veil, Lin’s intervention is joined by a book-wrapping project that will cover hundreds of publications in the Gallery Store and a t-shirt designed by the artist that will clothe frontline Gallery staff.

February 1 to September 23, 2010
VancouverArt GalleryOffsite: Ken Lum -- January 23 to September 6, 2010. For his sculptural installation from shangri-la to shangri-laat Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, artist Ken Lum will construct scale replicas of three squatter’s shacks from North Vancouver ’s Maplewood Mudflats settlement. Located along the area’s intertidal zone from the early 20th century until 1971, the mudflat community was home to a number of artists, writers and activists. For his project, Lum will recreate the cabins of renowned writer Malcolm Lowry, artist Tom Burrows and Greenpeace leader Dr. Paul Spong. Propped up on stilts over the surface of the Offsite reflecting pool, the huts will strike a sharp contrast with the surrounding downtown architecture. Located at the foot of theShangri-La Hotel, Vancouver’s tallest building, these structures evoke the character of the mudflat community and draw attention to the advance of urban development in the Lower Mainland.

February 2, 2010
Kensington Park Skateboard Park.  A skateboarding facility, similar to the ones in place in Strathcona and Quilchena Parks, is planned for Kensington Park. The public invited to an open house to view preliminary design ideas and to make comments. Kensington Community Centre, 604-257-8476.

February 3, 2010
Success if Making it as an Artist in New York City. The 54th Langara College Community Lecture series & VPL invite you to a lecture by Denise Panchysyn. In 1953 a young, penniless Jasper Johns arrived in New York. His cool, deadpan paintings of targets and numbers were a complete departure from the macho and gestural paintings of the reigning Abstract Expressionists who dominated the art scene. By 1955, Johns' show at the Castelli Gallery sold out and he landed on the cover of Art News. This illustrated talk examines those early years of Jasper Johns in New York and the milieu of supportive artists, dancers and musicians who challenged a generation. (Free admission. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Langara College). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

February 3, 2010
The Herstory Cafe Exchange. Researchers, students, educators, historians, writers, genealogists, collectors and others are invited to discuss their latest women's history project in an informal setting in the Rhizome Cafe's meeting room, limited seating, free. More information at www.herstorycafe.ca . Join us for dinner before or during the event. Food and beverages for purchase.

February 4 - 6, 2010
PROJECT:2012. Join the Project Series as they take you on a multimedia (stage & video) roller coaster ride of comedy and drama toward Doomsday - December 21, 2012. Watch how humanity handles the question of its own demise through the eyes of an adventuresome traveler, Army scouts, last minute lovers, a bunker of lottery winners and an overconfident survivalist in the Deep South. You are sure to ask yourself, Is our end in sight? The Tipper Restaurant & Review Room, 604-724-3233.

February 5, 2010
Paint the Town Red Family Skate. Paint the Town Red is an invitation from the Canadian Olympic Committee to join together to cheer our athletes to victory in 2010. Family friendly skates will feature hot chocolate and other fun activities for the family. Regular admission fees apply. Show your support by wearing red and receive a discount on your admission ($2 per person)!  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Kitsilano Ice Rink, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver;

February 5, 2010
Palate's Playground - A fantastical Adventure in Fine Dining. You will never look at food and performance in the same way again. Come play with your food like haven’t done since you were 3! Or maybe it’ll be the food who will play with you... You never know in this magical evening of culinary performance art. For more information on the performers and chefs go to www.inthehousefestival.com

February 5, 2010
Roman Danylo - Star of CTV's Comedy Inc. 8:00pm, James Cowan Theatre. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.

February 5 - 27, 2010
Monkey King - The Musical. Monkey King: Acrobatic dance, driving rock, and high flying martial arts explode on to the stage in Monkey King - the musical. Don't miss out, as the legend comes to life- February 5 to 27 at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. Tickets at Ticketmaster. Visit www.monkeykingthemusical.com for more information.

February 6, 2010
Community Happenings Festival. Join us for this series of FREE festivals that will highlight Vancouvers commitment to sport, culture and sustainability. Each Community Happenings Festival will feature family friendly activities such as arts and crafts, games and sports, cultural performances and food to celebrate Vancouver as the Host City to the 2010 Winter Games. Festival event dates are Saturday, February 6 at Sunset Community Centre, Saturday March 6 at Kitsilano Community Centre and Sunday, March 21 at Killarney Community Centre.

February 6, 2010
Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day at the National Nikkei Museum. Experience over twenty traditional Japanese heritage games and toys at the 6th annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day. This year's event is centered on Setsubun (the eve of the first day of spring); where kids scatter beans to chase away the ogre and bring in happiness. Events include: playing with colourful tops and Japanese style cup & ball, make your own sumo wrestlers and otedamas (beanbags), to learning how to make origami pieces. The highlight of the day will be a rock-paper-scissors tournament; with prizes to be won. The event is suitable for families with children aged 4 to 12 (children must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets: $4 before January 30, or $5 at-the-door. Pre-order your obento lunch box (chicken teriyaki, onigiri rice ball, veggie sticks, dessert, and beverage) by January 30 for $5.Tickets & Information:National Nikkei Museum & Heritage CentreTel. 604.777.7000 ext 109jcnm@nikkeiplace.orgwww.jcnm.ca

February 6, 2010
Multiracial Family Project: Bi/Multiracial Identities Workshop.  This interactive workshop will explore the complex "racial" identities and intermix of ethincity and culutre in the 21 century through photogrograpy, verse, and quilting. The result from the workshop will assist in the creation of a travelling exhibit and resource book. Space is limtied to 25 individuals, if you would like to attend please email freedowning@shaw.ca or call Marlisse 604-944 1230 to register. Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings, Vancouver;

February 6 - 28, 2010
YWCA Hotel 2010 Sport-themed Art Exhibit. In conjunction with the 2010 Olympics, the YWCA Hotel will be hosting an art exhibit of sport-themed paintings created by renowned local artist Ken WESMAN. Called We Rock, the exhibit runs from February 6 to 28, 2010, and paintings available for sale will feature winter sports like hockey and skiing. As a longtime supporter of the YWCA, WESMAN is donating half of the proceeds from the exhibit to YWCA community programs and services. This will be WESMANs second fundraising art exhibit in support of the YWCA. The first, held in December 2005, was inspired by the World Junior Hockey Championships. For more information about the 2010 exhibit, contact Arden Sutherland at asutherland@ywcavan.org

February 6 to March 20, 2010
CONNECT our community our art our show is a unique art celebration, a joint art show organized in partnership by Coast Mental Health and The Gathering Place in a typical Vancouver community. Feb 5 - Mar 20 February times: 1 pm - 8 pm March times: Wed Sat 1 pm - 6 pm CONNECT unites artists from different walks of life: The art comes from the people in the neighbourhood; from those using the social services, residents, small business employees and many others with ties to the community. Presenting the wealth of talent in the Downtown South of Vancouver, the exhibition demonstrates an extraordinary exchange of ideas between people from complete different backgrounds. Some of them have never connected before in any way, until their artistic creations met in this show. Now, they are collaborators in arts, contributing to the cultural development of the community and the entire city of Vancouver. www.coastmentalhealth.com

February 6 to May 2, 2010
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man.  Some of the most important drawings of the human body ever created will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from February 6 to May 2, 2010. For the first time in history, the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci’s Anatomical Manuscript A will be on view in their entirety in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man. Generously loaned from the Royal CollectionbyHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIfor presentation during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition will be free to the public during the 17 days of the Olympic Games as the result of a partnership with the Province of British Columbia. 604.662.4719,http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

February 7, 2010
Children’s Swap Meet. This is the place to pick up much needed items for your children.  Parents and children have been busy cleaning out their closets for this always popular event, which features slightly used clothing, toys, books and baby accessories.  This event will take place in at the Poirier Community Centre and in the Centennial Room – which is located next door to the Poirier Community Centre.  This sale is for used items only, which are suitable for infants and children. For more information, please call 604-927-6048 or 604-927-6046 or email poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca.

February 7, 2010
Lights, Camera, Youth Action! An invitation to members of the public to participate in youth-led media collaboration. Under an open-air tent in Sahalli Park, Leave Out Violence will host an evening of youth-produced films, photography, and live performances that focus directly on the themes of cross-cultural friendships, solidarity, identity and fair play; all contextualized by the question What does 2010 mean to you? 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Sahalli Park at Fraser St. between 7th and 8th Ave.; sara@leaveoutviolence.com

February 7, 2010
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR. 175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call or Visit Website for Full Details - General Admission $5 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Cafe/Snack Bar. Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive at 16th Avenue; www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html

February 8 to March 28, 2010
Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition. Welcome to the home of Canada largest private collection of vintage and relevant motorcycles. Located in the same complex as Canada’s oldest Harley-Davidson® dealership, we offer visitors an exceptional educational and shopping experience. We are proud of our 90+ year history in Vancouver and look forward to welcoming the world during February! We are located on Boundary Rd at E2nd Avenue; www.deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca 

February 8, 2010
Basics of Plant Propagation (Seeds and Cuttings) (Lecture). Series: Gardening Cost $5.00. Please Note Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea supplied. Fee collected at the door. Please call 604-822-4208 or email the UBC Botanical Garden reception desk in advance to book a seat. 604-822-4208; plant-propagation-basics.php

February 8, 2010
Olympic Torch Relay. Celebrate with a full day of activities as we cheer on the torch as it passes through! Admission is FREE for the day. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada; http://www.fortlangley.com

February 8, 2010
UBC presents Sport & Society - a provocative and timely five-part speaker series featuring Olympic & Paralympic athletes who have used their celebrity to make a global difference. Up first, 'Sport, Ethics and Technology', challenging the boundaries of what is considered a level playing field in high performance sport. Richard Pound - former Olympic athlete and World Anti-Doping Agency Chairman, Dr. Jim Rupert - Associate Prof. School of Human Kinetics, and Beckie Scott - former Olympic athlete and member of the IOC explore ideals, ethics, and public scrutiny on the journey to peak performance. At The Chan Centre, 8pm. Tickets: $10 at Ticketmaster.ca. Info: www.chancentre.com

February 8 - 9, 2010
BITE OF THE ROCK” WINTER FESTIVAL. SPECIAL STEAM RAILEXCURSION. VANCOUVER TO WHITE ROCK– RETURN. Presented by the West Coast Railway Association, BNSF Railway and the City of White Rock Business Improvement Association; http://www.wcra.org

February 10, 2010
SFU Philosophers’ Café. Self-determination — the good, the bad and the ugly.  7:00 - 9:00pm. Shadbolt Centre. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com 

February 10, 2010
The Age of Pretence: Reflections on Post-Modernism.  The 54th Langara College Community Lecture Series & VPL present a lecture by Martin Toren. We consider some of the trends of the post World War II period: for example, the decline in deference to authorit; the casual approach to dress; in art and architecture, "the courage to challenge good taste", the "dumbing down of society." These and other trends are part and parcel of Post-Modernism. What is behind these trends? Is there any coherence to Post-Modernism? (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Langara College.). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

February 10 - 11, 2010
Vancouver and Thursday, February 11th in Whistler, families are invited to meet Switzerland’s most famous cartoon character, Globi! Switzerland’s most famous cartoon character, Globi, will be visiting the House of Switzerland Canada 2010 to entertain families and children through his animated story telling. Globi will be reading stories from his first English book, “Globi’s Trip Through Switzerland”. All children will receive a surprise treat. Globi, the blue parrot who wears a black barrette and red checkered trousers, was created in 1932 and has sold over 9 million books worldwide. Globi recently starred in his first full length film, “Globi and the Stolen Shadows”.  For more information visit www.houseofswitzerland.org

February 10 - 28, 2010
Community Display, Port Moody City Hall Galleria and the Port Moody Station Museum. See sports and recreation of Port Moody’s past at the Galleria in City Hall and the Port Moody Station Museum. Historic photos and sports and recreation memorabilia from the Port Moody Heritage Society collection and on loan from local residents will be on display. Admission is free. For more information visit www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum/news.html

February 11, 2010
Greet the World. Come and celebrate the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay with historic Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood. Main St. from 16th Ave. to 7th Ave. 604-874-9816, www.mountpleasantbia.com

February 11, 2010
Make Your Own Torch: Light Up Your Community! Mark your calendars! Vancouver Community Centers are offering free torch lantern making workshops. The City of Vancouver invites you to make your own torch lantern to hold as you watch the Olympic and Paralympic relays pass through Vancouver. The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is a symbol of peace and friendship, and it represents a summons to the 2010 Winter Games. Everywhere the Torch Relay travels, it creates unique opportunities to engage people and communities. During its 106-day journey across Canada, the Olympic Torch Relay will travel through all Canadian provinces and territories, covering more than 45,000 km. This makes it the longest domestic relay in Games history. The Olympic Flame comes to Vancouver on February 11 and 12, 2010, and will visit many historic sites and neighbourhoods. 604 718 8205.

February 11, 2010
Olympic Torch Arrives in Vancouver.  To mark the flames historic arrival in Vancouver, an Olympic Torch Relay Celebration is being planned by the City for the evening of February 11. The celebration will be held LiveCity Yaletown at David Lam Park. 5 pm. Tens of thousands are expected to gather every day at our LiveCity sites to watch live performances showcasing Vancouvers creative excellence and cultural diversity. David Lam Park (Pacific Boulevard between Drake and Homer St).

February 11 -21, 2010
Bamboo Welcome Gates. This event is from February 11 - 21. Bamboo Welcome Gates is an installation in Vancouver's historic Chinatown during the 2010 Winter Games where visitors and residents to Zodiac Square will be invited to write Welcome World Wishes for an athlete and/or country. Wishes will be created and placed onto the Bamboo-Cedar Gateways in colourful red, water-resistant envelopes and be read everyday to groups of visiting school children and Olympic visitors.

February 11 - 28, 2010
Festival du Bois 2010: Village International de la Francophonie. Come and enjoy a real French Canadian Sugar Shack with traditional ambiance, maple syrup delights and French-Canadian folk and world music. This special celebration of the Festival du Bois will explore pan-Canadian francophone culture and more. A great entertainment for the whole family! Mackin Park, 1046 Brunette ave, Maillardville/Coquitlam; 604-515-7070, http://www.festivaldubois.ca

February 11 - 28, 2010
LiveCity Yaletown. During the 2010 Winter Games, the City of Vancouver, with support from the Government of Canada, is hosting LiveCity Vancouver - two exciting and distinct outdoor celebration sites (LiveCity Yaletown and LiveCity Downtown) in the heart of the city. LiveCity Yaletown on the waters edge at David Lam Park. LiveCity Yaletown will feature live local, national, and international entertainment on the main stage in the afternoon and into the night, culminating each evening with a dynamic nightly closing show. Giant screens will show highlights of Olympic Winter Games sport coverage and visitors can enjoy the interactive Olympic sponsor pavilions, Vancouver House, and much more...all for free! LiveCity Vancouver is completely accessible to people with disabilities. All facilities are equipped to ensure everyone fully enjoys the LiveCity Vancouver experience.

February 11 to March 21, 2010
"art=empowerment: The Spirit of 2010 on The Drive". The Spirit of 2010 on The Drive is a multi-venue art show featuring 200 pieces of original art incorporating the Olympic and Paralympic values of friendship, peace, inspiration and empowerment all by individuals living with mental health disabilities. The show will launch at Il Mercato Mall on the eve of the 2010 Winter Games, with artists in attendance. Self-guided art tours will be promoted by a unique passport distributed with a map of The Drive; art locations will be marked by a special poster in store windows; and visitors who get their passports stamped will be placed in a draw for a special prize. 200 pieces of original art will hang in Drive storefronts, coffee shops & restaurants until March 21, 2010. 604-251-9828.

February 12, 2010
Film Festival/Award Winning "Let's Play Boccia!" anada Vancouver Short Film Festival - official selection Best Female Director in A Professional Short Film. This film offers a glimpse into the lives of three Canadian Paralympics athletes. "Let's Play Boccia!" is about finding inner strength and living with dignity through many of life's challenges and adversity. FREE EVENT. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 2929 East 22nd Avenue. 604-257-8388.

February 12, 2010
MG3 – Montreal Guitar Trio, 8:00pm. James Cowan Theatre. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.

February 12, 2010
Passing the Torch in Chinatown. 500 Block of Columbia St. (Columbia & Keefer). 604-632-3808.

February 12, 2010
UBC presents Sport & Society - a provocative and timely five-part speaker series featuring Olympic & Paralympic athletes who have used their celebrity to make a difference in the world. The second event in the series, 'Sport, Peace and Development', explores the way in which sport can be harnessed to promote global peace and development. Johann Olav Koss - Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and President and CEO of Right to Play, Stephen Lewis - Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Wilfried Lemke - Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Benjamin Nzobonankira - former child refugee from Burundi and current Coach Trainer with Right to Play, and Professor Stephen Toope - 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC. At The Chan Centre, 11am. Tickets: $25/General Admission, $15/Senior/Students at Ticketmaster.ca (http://ticketmaster.ca/). Info: www.chancentre.com

February 12 - 28, 2010
Community Living Rooms during the 2010 Winter Games.  Vancouver community centres and neighbourhood houses will be creating a Community Living Room with a 50" plasma television where neighbours can gather to view the 2010 Winter Games. Each site will host a neighbourhood celebration event to open their Community Living Room on February 12. Visit your local community centre or neighbourhood House for program details or go to www.vancouverparks.ca for more information.

February 12 - 28, 2010
VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES.  Approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) the daily Competition Schedules give a day-by-day account of sporting activities over the 17 days of Olympic competition and the 9 days of Paralympic competition. Download the entire Olympic Competition Schedule, or the entire Paralympic Competition Schedule, or view specific sport schedules in the attached link. www.vancouver2010.com for full details.

February 12 - 28, 2010
WinterFest at Lonsdale Quay Market. An inaugural 17-day celebration of Winter spirit. Join the excitement at the City of North Vancouver's Celebration Place. WinterFest will include live concerts featuring local talent, multi-cultural performances, interactive dance classes and performances, live Games viewing on large screens, food fair and community market featuring local artisans and crafters, kid's entertainment and local community displays. Supported by Vancouver's North Shore Tourism Association and the North Shore Spirit of BC, and benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.Check www.lonsdalequay.com for a full entertainment schedule coming soon.

February 12 to March 12, 2010
Keeping it Reel. This event is from February 12 - March 12, from 12-4pm. A series of short videos on Olympic and Paralympic themes and City of Vancouver values. The premiere showings will be timed to coincide with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games' Opening Ceremonies and include a welcoming feast hosted at the Lifeskills Centre for DTES residents, as well as athletes and visitors from around the world. Lifeskills Centre, Cordova St. Oppenheimer Park; 604-678-8278.

February 12 to March 21, 2010
The Miss Guides: A Cultural Walking Collective Present: GOLD RUSH! Art, Bars & Speculation. GOLD RUSH! Art, Bars & Speculation is a 1-hour multi-media experience that explores the driving forces of gold, diversion and consumption in Vancouver since its early development. This site-specific walk invokes a unique blend of historical tour, performance art and virtual navigation. (www.themissguides.com). The Gassy Jack Statue, 203 Carrall Street;

February 12 to March 21, 2010
containR. This event is from February 12 March 21, from 11am-7pm daily. Dont miss this exciting Public Art Event. A winter sports performance and dance mobile film festival screened in reconfigured, recycled shipping containers during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. The installation and film festival will provide the public with the opportunity to celebrate the links and dynamic interaction between physical performance in art and sport. Free and open to the public. Shaw Tower, 1067 West Cordova St: downtown exterior plaza across from Vancouver; info@containR.com

February 13, 2010
Indoor Flea market at Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, 9:30am - 2:00pm; 604 294-1936

February 13, 2010
Olympic Polar Bear Swim. The world is coming to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics on February 12 so there will be a Polar Bear Swim on Saturday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. in English Bay. Vancouver is the original home of the first Polar Bear Swim so let's show the world that swimming is a winter sport, too! PolarBear2010@shaw.ca

February 13, 2010
STRICTLY MURDER by Brian Clemens, is a play with an abundance of bluff and double bluff, plays Wed – Sat until Feb 13, 2010 with an 8pm curtain (two 2pm Sunday matinees on Jan 24 and Feb 7th).  Tickets $15/$18 and may be obtained by calling the Metro Theatre Box Office at 604-266-7191.  More info at www.metrotheatre.org.

February 13, 2010
The Chicken and Egg Dance is a family-friendly evening of music, food and fun. Dance to tunes by the Sybaritic String Band and Marian Rose. The Capri Hall/Subud Centre 3925 Fraser Street; Tickets and information available at http://www.eatlocal.org

February 13, 2010
The world is coming to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics on February 12 so there will be a Polar Bear Swim on Saturday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. in English Bay.  Vancouver is the original home of the first Polar Bear Swim so let's show the world that swimming is a winter sport, too!

February 13 - 14, 2010
Francophone Village 2010. The Societe francophone de Maillardville today announced the plans and artistic lineup for Francophone Village 2010, a special edition of Festival du Bois that will turn Coquitlam’s Mackin Park into a centre for the celebration of francophone and world music and culture. Normally held in early March, the festival dates have been moved up to mid-February to welcome locals and visitors alike to experience this singular event rooted in the French-Canadian heritage and culture of the Maillardville / Coquitlam area. http://www.village2010.com

February 13 - 27, 2010
LiveCity Downtown.  During the 2010 Winter Games, the City of Vancouver, with support from the Government of Canada, is hosting LiveCity Vancouver - two exciting and distinct outdoor celebration sites (LiveCity Yaletown and LiveCity Downtown) in the heart of the city. LiveCity Downtown an urban gathering place in the heart of the city at Georgia and Cambie Streets. LiveCity Downtown is all about the spirit of sport and competition. A giant screen will show live coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games events as they unfold. This is the place to meet with friends and mingle with visitors from around the world in a lively, urban setting. LiveCity Vancouver is completely accessible to people with disabilities. All facilities are equipped to ensure everyone fully enjoys the LiveCity Vancouver experience. LiveCity Vancouver is completely accessible to people with disabilities. All facilities are equipped to ensure everyone fully enjoys the LiveCity Vancouver experience. 11:00 AM-12:30 AM DAILY!

February 14, 2010
Chinese / Vietnamese / Korean New Year. Mayor and Council recognize and celebrate this holiday each year with special festivities at Vancouver City Hall, including a special lion dance performance. The first day after the new (dark) moon is a religious and cultural festival celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans of Buddhist and other backgrounds as New Year's Day for the year 4708 in the Chinese calendar. INFORMATION SOURCE: Multifaith Calendar produced by the Multifaith Action Society of Vancouver. For more information please contact the Multifaith Action Society directly, or visit www.multifaithaction.org

February 14, 2010
Silent Movie Matinee. 2-4pm at the Port Moody Station Museum. Miss the slapstick and corny puns of early cinema? Come by the Port Moody Station Museum for an Valentine’s Day treat. See a variety of silent movie shorts featuring well known performers. Fee is $10 per person, free to Heritage Society members. For more information visit www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum/news.html

February 14, 2010
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 15, 2010
Black Box Film Series:  DEPARTURES, 7:00pm. Director: Yojiro Takita. Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki. Language: Japanese with English Subtitles. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.

February 20, 2010
Art on the Spot: Puppetry, 11:00am. In anticipation of the Erotic Anguish of Don Juan on February 23, this Saturday is all about the magic world of puppets!  While the Old Trout Puppet Workshop production is for an adult audience only, this exciting event is perfect for children of all ages! Please join us in the Atrium. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.

February 20, 2010
HUGE INDOOR KIDSWAPMEET!  Familes and those expecting this is a goldmine , everything from toys to strollers , clothing to baby gates we got it ! Cloverdale Fair Grounds, 6050-176 Street, Cloverdale; 604-513-888, kidswapmeets@hotmail.com

February 21, 2010
Antique Appraisals. 1– 3pm at the Port Moody Station Museum. Have a treasure you think is invaluable? Well known local appraisers Al Bowen of “Bowen and Associates Appraisers” and Ray Stonehouse of “Great Canadian Collectables” on St. Johns Street will be available to appraise your items. This year’s focus is on sports and recreation artifacts and memorabilia. Cost is $15 for two items. Advanced registration required. Contact the Port Moody Station Museum at 604-939-1648 or pmmuseum@telus.net .

February 21, 2010
Do you want your children to be knowledgeable and respectful of all religions? The Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program offers child-friendly visits to different religious gathering places in Surrey. The next session starts February 21, 2010. For more information and to register, visit www.snfp.ca or contact David Dalley, Program Coordinator at info@sfnp.ca or (604) 502-8661.

February 21, 2010
Explore Sundays - St Roch.  Explore Sundays are an opportunity to take part in a special guided visit of a unique part of the Museum not normally open to the public. A guided tour of the engine room and main hold of RCMP Arctic Schooner St Roch. Tours are offered from noon to 4 pm and are included with admission to the Museum. (604) 257-8300, info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

February 21, 2010
Historic Half Marathon at Fort Langley. Run into history as you are greeted by well-wishers in historic costumes! In its third year, visit www.historichalf.ca for more information.

February 21, 2010
Listen! Laugh! Enjoy! stories for adult listeners. Heatful & Hurtful: stories of LUST, one of the Seven Deadly Sins series. Featured Vancouver Storytellers Details: www.vancouverstorytellers.vcn.bc.ca $7 at door; Sunday February 21st 1805 Larch/ 2nd Ave; enter alley by St Marks; parking. Tea and treats at intermission by donation

February 21, 2010
The Cultural Olympiad presents The National Dance Company of Korea: The Scent of Spring.  Chunhyang, whose name means “scent of spring,” is a beautiful young woman who often appears in Korean folk tales. Born to a mother who is a kisaeng, a traditional Korean courtesan, she falls in love with Mongryong, the son of an aristocratic family. Their story of star-crossed love, trial and redemption becomes a world-class piece of dance theatre in the National Dance Company of Korea's ravishing The Scent of Spring. Choreographed by Jung-hye Bae, this national treasure, 50 years in the making, reveals and updates the glamorous, delicate artistry of traditional Korean dance. Queen Elizabeth Theatre . 604.684-2787

February 21 - 28, 2010
Full Circle First Nations Performance presents the 9th Annual Talking Stick Festival. The 9th annual Talking Stick Festival is  a week long celebration of First Nations performance and the flag ship event for Full Circle: First Nations Performance. Over the course of 8 days, in venues across the city, the Aboriginal community gathers to partake in a series of music, dance, writing, and performance events. The participating artists are drawn from as far as Newfoundland, Yukon Territories, New Zealand and as near as Vancouver’s community centres.  Work featured at the 2010 festival includes a variety of styles from a wide range of disciplines – the traditional, contemporary and  blend of the two! Dancing, drumming, hip hop, fiddling, comedy, live music, throat singing, performance poetry, story telling, and much more! http://www.fullcircle.ca

February 23 - 27, 2010
The Cultural Olympiad performance of The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan,  8:00pm, Studio Theatre. Created by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.

February 26, 2010
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 27, 2010
Monster Theatre presents THE CANADA SHOW: The Complete History of Canada in One Hour. This February, just in time for the 2010 Olympics, Monster Theatre will bring back its longest running and most celebrated creation, THE CANADA SHOW for a special one-week run as part of Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival.  In an action-packed sixty minutes, Monster Theatre takes you on a hysterically historical joy ride through 50,000 years of Canada. Through physical comedy, puppetry, and an original live score, THE CANADA SHOW reveals parts of our history few knew existed!  http://www.monstertheatre.com

February 27, 2010
Quantum Bhangra featuring Harbhajan Mann, Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Co-presented by the VIBC Society & Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Quantum Bhangra takes Punjabi folk music & dance to new heights. The VIBC Society, producers of North America’s largest Bhangra festival, collaborates with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad to bring the biggest, baddest, Bhangra mash-up of the season. Enjoy an evening of fascinating music as internationally acclaimed Punjabi singing sensation Harbhajan Mann and guests reveal another side of Vancouver’s heartbeat. The event will fuse rock, funk, hip-hop and jazz, and weave them together with a common thread of Bhangra and Punjabi folk traditions. Shin, founding member of the seminal British band DCS will be collaborating with Vancouver rockers, En Karma. The hip-hop inspired funk of San Francisco’s Black Mahal will feature vocalist and Dhol master Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti. This star-studded ensemble will mix fast-paced Bhangra rhythms with trademark Punjabi ballads, and feature a performance by Punjabi singer and movie star, Harbhajan Mann. Tickets are $38 - $90 and available at Ticketmaster.ca and local South Asian vendors.  For more info visit www.vibc.org .

February 27, 2010
Welcome to Our World: a public celebration. Events will take place at 11 am & 1 pm. Welcome to Our World is a project that brings a professional artist into a local school for workshops over a 3-month period, resulting in the production of graphic novel that celebrates the childrens excitement about the Games. The finished project will be exhibited in ArtStarts Gallery over several months. The events are a public celebration of the project. ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street (at Robson).

Ongoing to February 7, 2010
Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mrs. Dexter And Her Daily. A finely crafted portrait of Mrs. D and Peggy, whose longstanding employer–servant relationship may be coming to an end. The women cross class and cultural boundaries in this tale of love and loss and loyalty, set in Toronto. Arts Club Theatre Company, http://www.artsclub.com/20092010/plays/mrs-dexter-and-her-daily.htm

Ongoing until February 28, 2009
Museum of Vancouver presents Ravishing Beasts. Displaying the Museum’s extensive collection of taxidermy for the first time in decades, Ravishing Beasts investigates this provocative and strangely alluring practice. Whether a hoarding of exotic curiosities, a scientific archive, a hunting trophy, or a stuffed pet, taxidermy always exposes longings to capture animals and tell stories about their significance within human lives. www.museumofvancouver.ca

Onging to March 13, 2010
Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank.Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank January 16 - March 13, 2010 This compelling collection of photographs by renowned photographers Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank presents two views of Japanese American and Canadian internment and incarceration in the early 1940s. National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre,  http://www.jcnm.ca

Ongoing to April 14, 2010
  Celebrate the exuberance, inventiveness and refinement of fine craft at this exhibition of work from Canada and the Republic of Korea. Celebrate the exuberance, inventiveness and refinement of fine craft at this exhibition of work from Canada and the Republic of Korea. Museum of Vancouver, http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

May 16, 2010
Hello!2nd Annual Wheel to Heal Ride. This is a fun bike ride and with 3 courses to choose from (10km, 40km, or 80km) there is something for everyone! Spend a morning biking the marked trails and routes enjoying the sights and sounds of the Tri-Cities! Great event for friends, families, co-workers and teams! Kids under 8 are free and even adults are only $35 to register, you get a free t-shirt, water bottle and swag bag! Plus it's for a great cause - all proceeds go to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation! Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way Coquitlam BC)

Ongoing until June 30, 2010
Vancouver Biennale. The Vancouver International Biennale is a free 22-month open air exhibition featuring the world’s most prominent sculptors and New Media artists. The Biennale is a bi-annual public art event featuring monumental public sculpture installations along the beaches, walking and bike pathways surrounding Vancouver and West Vancouver’s 12 waterside neighbourhoods and urban plaza’s while showcasing New Media installations via billboards, transit shelters and rapid transit. In this New Media component we have partnered with Pattison Outdoor, Canada’s largest billboard advertiser, and CBS/Viacom, to expand the Biennale’s reach throughout the province. http://www.vancouverbiennale.com/index.php

Ongoing
Beat Street Community Drum Circle.  Enjoy call-and-response songs from around the world, rhythm games and hand drumming with the freedom to try out a huge selection of percussion instruments and toys.Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave.; Every Sunday 3-5 pm, www.lylepovah.com, 604 736-6487

Ongoing
Community Lunch.  A free lunch of soup and sandwiches is offered weekly in North Vancouver in a safe, friendly, wheelchair accessible place where you can share a free meal with children, youth and adults. All are welcomed!  St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges, North Vancouver; 604-985-0408, www.st-andrews-united.ca1

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

Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $8.00 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.

Ongoing
Public Ice Skating at Robson Square. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is British Columbia’s home for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Starting Tuesday, November 24, GE Plaza will be open for free public skating from Noon to 9PM every day. Rentals are $3 and include helmets for those 12 and under.

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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