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

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Special Events for February 2012
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 2 - 3, 2012
Green Development: Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure.  Green development is essential to both accommodate population growth and achieve a community vision for sustainability and liveability. To create greener communities, changes will need to be made to existing land use regulations, design guidelines, construction standards, and more. This event will provide you with expert advice on the current state of green infrastructure and the anticipated impact of future developments. Vancouver Convention Centre, 604.742.8193, www.pbli.com/901

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February 2 - 4, 2012
Andrea Bozic: After Trio A/Beginning. The Dance Centre's Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series features a double bill by the exciting and innovative choreographer Andrea Bozic. Born in Croatia and based in Amsterdam, Bozic creates intelligent and quirky interdisciplinary works which subvert ideas of reality and perception. After Trio A pays homage to Yvonne Rainer's groundbreaking Trio A (1966) and her famous No Manifesto, which defied standard dance conventions: two dancers learn the work live in front of the audience, dissecting and amplifying the choreography and the learning process as they go. Beginning is a live discourse between Bozic and artist Julia Willms, bringing together movement and drawing to create a witty and spontaneous exchange between two disciplines. Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St., www.thedancecentre.ca

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February 2 - 18, 2012
Tempting Providence.  Tempting Providence is an intriguingly-staged story of courage and strength based on the remarkable life of the outport nurse who became known as the Florence Nightingale of the North. by Robert Chafe A Theatre Newfoundland Labrador production. Gateway Theatre, www.gatewaytheatre.com

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February 3 - 6, 2012
Pink Ribbons, Inc. Pink Ribbons, Inc. looks at the pervasive impact of breast cancer fundraising. Where does all the money go, and what is actually achieved? The film offers a completely different take on the pink ribbon success story that has overtaken North America. Denman Cinema - 1779 Comox St, Vancouver. www.nfb.ca/pink

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February 4, 2012
Learn to Meditate in Half a Day. Learning to meditate is the best way to overcome stress and keep a positive, relaxed attitude to life. Through following practical, down-to-earth instructions, everyone can learn to meditate. This course includes guided meditation, advice on using meditation to solve daily problems, and question and answer sessions. Everyone is welcome! Cost: $20. Tilopa Kadampa Buddhist Centre, www.tilopa.org

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February 5, 2012
Women of Roedde House Museum Tour. $5 per person, all proceeds to the Roedde House Preservation Society. Tour followed by a reception & light refreshments. Maximum 20 people. To arrange pre-paid TICKETS contact: (604) 684-7040 or info@roeddehouse.org or email Jolene@herstorycafe.ca (order your tickets early as we expect this event to sell out) TOUR by: Lorraine Irving, (BC Genealogical Society & Mt View Cemetery tours) speaks on the tragic 1925 murder of young nurse Anna Catherine Roedde at Vancouver General Hospital. Lara Campbell, (Herstory Cafe & SFU Womens Studies) speaks on Women & Domestic Service. Jolene Cumming, (Herstory Cafe & the Stanley Park History Group) speaks on leisure & recreational activities of the day. Roedde House docent presents a general house tour. www.herstorycafe.ca

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February 5, 2012
Recipe for a Forest.  Take six conifers, add deciduous trees liberally and blend in shrubs, herbs, and animals. Stir well. With naturalist Murray Lashmar as the interpretive chef, learn how Stanley Park's forest has changed since the land was glaciated, through colonization, competition, succession, and disturbance. Location: Meet at the Nature House on Lost Lagoon, located under the viewing plaza at the corner of Chilco Street and Alberni Street. Pre-registration suggested as space is limited. For more information or to register please visit www.stanleyparkecology.ca or email programs@stanleyparkecology.ca $5 Members/Seniors/Children; $10 Non-member.

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February 7, 2012
Barbara Hand Clow.  Please join us for a talk by Barbara Hand Clow, author of "Awakening the Planetary Mind: Beyond the Trauma of the Past to a New Era of Creativity." This updated and expanded edition is based on Barbara's ten years of work with the Mayan Code and nine dimensions of consciousness. Barbara is the author of eleven popular books on spirituality and new-paradigm discoveries. Barbara and her husband Gerry co-founded Bear & Company Publishers in Santa Fe, NM and have presented workshops worldwide over the past twenty years. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Banyen Books). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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February 8, 2012
It's Now or Never: Langara College Community Lecture.  Times up folks. Peter Prontzos explains how we have to drastically change the way that we think and act now if we are to avoid a host of catastrophes, including environmental devastation, increasing poverty and greater conflict. As anthropologist Marvin Harris understood, we have to get beyond our mystified consciousness and develop both self-knowledge and social knowledge. And then act. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Langara College, www.langara.bc.ca).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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February 8, 2012
Incite @ VPL: Tess Gallagher & Merilyn Simonds.  You are invited to an evening with Tess Gallagher and Merilyn Simonds. American poet, playwright and author Tess Gallagher will read from her latest collection of poems, "Midnight Lantern." Tess is the recipient of two National Endowment of the Arts awards and the Maxine Cushing Gray Foundation award, as well as a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Canadian journalist, novelist and gardener Merilyn Simonds will read from her collection of essays, "A New Leaf: Growing with my Garden." Merilyns previous works have been nominated for the Governor Generals Literary Award for Non-Fiction, translated into several languages, adapted for the stage, and named in multiple literary top ten lists. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver International Writers Festival).  Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Alice MacKay Room, http://www.writersfest.bc.ca

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February 8 - 11, 2012
Vancouver International Boat Show.  Western Canada's premier boat show takes place in one of the most beautiful settings in the world - the new Vancouver Convention Centre. Visit more than 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest boats and marine products on the market at the best deals of the year. The Vancouver International Boat Show runs February 8-12, 2012, at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the False Creek Yacht Club. http://www.vancouverboatshow.ca

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February 8 to April 3, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present:
Bill Adams.  2D - At the urging of his mother in 1975, Bill reluctantly picked up one of her brushes and began to paint a small picture on a small canvas board. Immediately he was hooked and that very day purchased everything required (he thought) to start painting. Since that time Bill’s artwork has grown in size and are now large, bold, acrylic landscapes and florals.  A true realist painter, he have always been in high demand and he has known great success with his artwork both through artwork displayed in galleries and through many commissioned pieces. (www.billadamsart.ca) North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road; www.nvartscouncil.ca.

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February 9 - 12, 2012
City and Slope Festival.  City and Slope is a four-day mountain & music festival that is set to take over Vancouver's three local mountains (Grouse, Seymour & Cypress) & rock its downtown core this February. On the slopes, the focus will be on winter sport activities on each of Vancouver's local mountains, all with a unique theme - from outdoor adventures & 24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain to snowboarding at Mount Seymour & Canada 2010 Olympics at Cypress Mountain. http://www.cityandslope.com

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February 10, 2012
Magee Market Fair.  Family friendly Fair, benefitting the Magee Secondary Music Department. It features jazz bands and other live entertainment, a huge variety of foods and merchants, used books/CDs, a photo booth, games, and a silent auction. Magee Secondary School, 6360 Maple Street; jazzbah88@gmail.com

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February 10, 2012
Arsenal Pulp Press Presents Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova Launch.  Visual artist Stan Douglas will launch his new book Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971, on February 10 in Vancouver. READ Books (Charles H. Scott Gallery) Emily Carr University of Art + Design 1399 Johnston Street (Granville Island) Vancouver. A free event. The new book on Douglas's translucent photo-mural in the atrium of Vancouver's Woodward's complex, and the story of the 1971 Gastown Riot. Includes essays Alexander Alberro, Nora Alter, Serge Guilbaut, Sven Lutticken, and Jesse Proudfoot. www.arsenalpulp.com/eventinfo.php?index=597

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February 11, 2012
Burnaby Giant Indoor Flea Market at Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby; (604) 297-4815

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February 10 - 11, 2012
Illuminate Yaletown.  Illuminate Yaletown returns this February 10th and 11th 2012, as part of the City and Slope festival. Illuminate Yaletown is a free winter party, bringing contemporary light art installations throughout the streets of Yaletown. Come enjoy beautiful lights used in innovative ways, interact with exhibits, and capture Illuminations in photos. As soon as the sun sets on February 10th and 11th, artists will light up their exhibits! Additionally, an ice carving competition will be featured at Yaletown Park. Illuminate Yaletown is a free public outdoor exhibition. Please dress for the weather. 2012 brings City and Slope to unite Vancouvers easily accessible ski areas with the Yaletowns vibrant night life. Be sure to check out www.yaletowninfo.com and www.cityandslope.com for more details.

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February 12, 2012
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, mid-century Modernist decor, 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 Visit the Website for Full Details - General Admission 10am-3pm $5 at Door - Special Early- Bird Admission 7am-10am $20 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible. Croatian Cultural Centre, www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html

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February 13, 2012
The Psychology of Passion.  oin us for a public lecture about passion passion in love, work, play and life. Learn the Fighter method to overcome your fears and start leading the life you want to live. Presented by Patrick Myers, Ph.D., registered psychologist. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the British Columbia Psychological Association). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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February 14, 2012
2nd Annual Cut for the CURE.  On Feb 14th, 2012 we will be hosting our 2nd annual Cut for the CURE and blood donation drive at our salon. at. All of LURE's Team members will be donating their time and talent to offer haircuts and styles with a minimum $35 donation to Cut for the CURE.... All proceeds will be given to the Leukemia Foundation at Vancouver General Hospital in honour of my Uncle and LUREs co-owner, Dan Nguyen. Dan was diagnosed with leukemia on November 30, 2010 and was unable to join us last year for the fundraiser. He is now healthy and happy thanks to the amazing Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant team at VGH and will be joining us in the fight to raise awareness and funds to further research. We at LURE Salon also aspire to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation, especially in the Asian community. Canadian Blood Services will again be hosting a blood donation drive at the salon. 840 Howe Street, info@luresalon.com

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February 14, 2012
Kesu’: The Art & Life of Doug Cranmer book launch.  Join author Jennifer Kramer at the official launch of Kesu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer, celebrating the artist’s elegant carvings and paintings, and his profound influence on generations of Northwest Coast artists. A book signing will follow the reception. Thursday, February 14, 4-5pm at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine Drive . Free – all welcome. Call 604 827 5932 or visit www.moa.ubc.ca for further info.

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February 14 to March 1, 2012
Lifestory: Memoir Writing for Seniors.  History does not solely belong to historians, but to anyone who remembers and to those who write their history down. Memoir writing is not something you have to be rich or famous or powerful to do, you just have to do it. Join award-winning author Ivan E. Coyote for a six-part writing workshop for seniors. Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 14 to March 1. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, please send a very brief sample of your writing (max 500 words) to programs@vpl.ca This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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February 15, 2012
The Mommies N Munchkins Fair is an exciting family event for Lower Mainland parents, expecting parents, babies & children. It is being heldon April 15th, 2012 (10am-4pm) at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road in Langley. Exhibitors and vendors participating in the Fair include maternity and baby health & wellness experts, recreational and educational organizations as well as other local family-oriented businesses. It is an opportunity for families to learn about and meet some great businesses and mingle with each other.  The Fair will also feature onsite services such as a Mom's area (for feeding/changing), entertainment for kids and delicious cuisine. Dozens of door prizes from vendors and sponsors, plus a fabulous Vacation Grand Prize from Harrison Hot Springs will be awarded.  For more information or to contact us, visit www.mommiesnmunchkins.com or www.facebook.com/mommiesnmunchkinsfair

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February 17, 2012
Go out of this world during this Pro-D Day of the Arts! Kids from Kindergarten to grade 5 can mold and shape aliens from clay, explore space and meet alien life through drama games, play cosmic beats on Japanese Taiko drums, draw & paint a sleek flying machine, build a 3D environmental space station and more. To view the full time-table and class descriptions, visit www.placedesarts.ca or pick up a brochure at Place des Arts. Registration may be done by phone at 604.664.1636, online or in person at 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam.

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February 18, 2012
The Sears Great Canadian Chill.  The 2nd annual Sears Great Canadian Chill is coming to Second Beach, Stanley Park on February 18, 2012. This a series of nationwide polar bear dips which raise money for national pediatric cancer research initiatives and the BC Childrens Hospital (BCCH). Fun for the entire family, friends and great team building. Live music, costumes contest & prizing! Be there on the 18th to take the plunge and Stop Kids Cancer Cold. Register now at www.TheChill.ca or call 1.855.93.CHILL(24455).

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February 18, 2012
Subverting Exclusion by Andrea Geiger. The Japanese immigrants who arrived in the North American West in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries included people with historical ties to Japan’s outcaste communities. Andrea Geiger examines the history of these and other Japanese immigrants in the United States and Canada and their encounters with two separate cultures of exclusion, one based in caste and the other in race. Andrea Geiger’s book Subverting Exclusion: Transpacific Encounters with Race, Caste, and Borders, 1885-1928 will be available at the event. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, http://www.jcnm.ca/special-events/speaker-geiger

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February 18, 2012
Saturn-5 Saturday – Blast off to Fun! Family-fun Saturn-5 Saturday runs on the 3rd Saturday (12:30pm-3:00pm) of each month at the Space Centre. Each month has a different space-themed activity. Collect the secret code words of at least 6 sessions for an invitation to our Mission Accomplished wrap-up party on Dec 15. Visit www.spacecentre.ca for details. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC (604) 738-7827.

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February 19, 2012
The Corporation of Delta will be holding a Children’s Swap Meet on Saturday February 18th from 9am -1pm. Tables are still available, to register please call 604-952-3000 or register online at www.deltareg.ca to book a table. The fee to book a regular table is $20 and $50 for Commercial Tables.

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February 19, 2012
The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra presents Eternal Light – a tribute concert in memory of Maestro Wallace Leung, Sunday February 19, 2012 at 7:30pm at The Orpheum. Under the baton of Leslie Dala, the celebration of Leung’s lasting legacy features Beethoven's Symphony #5, Brahms' Violin Concerto, and Estacio's Eternal Light. Tickets: $10 Adults; $6 Students & Seniors. Available at the door or at www.vam.ca/tickets

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February 22 - 25, 2012
Confessions of the Other Woman premieres at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. The moving portrayal of a modern woman driven by passion, racked by questions of integrity, and bound by a legacy of honour. 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, www.shadboltcentre.com

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February 23, 2012
Moonlight Snowshoe for Take a Hike Program. A guided moonlit snowshoe with great people and delectable treats amongst snow-capped trees to raise money to support youth at risk in Vancouver. Register early to be entered into a draw to win fantastic prizes! In addition to a $20 registration fee, each registered participant commits to raise over $150 by collecting pledges from colleagues, friends and family. Incredible fundraising incentive prizes available. With the additional support from the community and our sponsors, our goal for this year is $40,000 to fund two multi-day expeditions and support Adventure-Based Learning for 40 at-risk youth in Vancouver. www.takeahikefoundation.org/?page=events&id=9

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February 24, 2012
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

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February 25, 2012
The second event we will be hosting will be a Baby Fair on Saturday February 25th from 9:30am -1pm @ North Delta Recreation Centre located at 11415 84th Avenue, Delta, BC. 604.952.3054, stcooke@corp.delta.bc.ca

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February 26, 2012
The 11th Annual BC Lung Associations Stairclimb for Clean Air. Its no walk in the park its 48 sky-scraping storeys up one of the city's tallest staircases! You can ascend at your own pace, or race to set a record your choice. Each year hundreds of participants join local firefighters (in full fire-fighting gear) to put their legs and lungs to the test. So kick your new years fitness resolutions into high gear and come out for the 11th annual BC Lung Association Stairclimb for Clean Air! All proceeds support vital lung health research, education and advocacy. To register, donate, or learn more visit www.stairclimb.ca, call 604.731.5864/1.800.665.5864, or email stairclimb@bc.lung.ca. Check out our blog, 739 Steps (http://739steps.wordpress.com/) for updates and training tips, and dont forget to like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Stairclimb) and follow us on Twitter (@stairclimbvan)! Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.

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February 27, 2012
Mighty Jerome: Film Screening. Join us for movie night at the library! Mighty Jerome by acclaimed filmmaker Charles Officer is the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canadas most record-setting track and field star. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the compelling story of what Harry Jeromes university coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman, called the greatest comeback in track and field history. Special guest Selwyn Jacob, producer of the film, will answer audience questions. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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February 29, 2012
The Past Now: Photographic Images by Florence Roy - Langara College Community Lecture. Florence Roy describes how we are attached to the present and look to the future but we revere the Parthenon and Machu Pichu. We commemorate weddings, heroism, life as it was. Join us for an essay in photos. The 58th Langara College Community Lecture series is presented by current and retired Langara faculty. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Langara College, http://www.langara.bc.ca). Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Room

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Ongoing to February 8, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present: District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road.  Roksan is originally from Istanbul Turkey.  Herwork has been exhibited in several galleries and art shows in both Vancouver and Istanbul. She learns about life mostly through drawing and painting. However, while working she does not think but stares into the blank until lines and points appear. She transfers the imagery revealed by personal and collective subconscious. www.nvartscouncil.ca.

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Ongoing until February 15, 2012
Vancouver 2010 Legacy Collection at Museum of Vancouver.  Remember the moments, in sunny February 2010, when the city came together to celebrate and engage in friendly competition with the world in this small sample of the almost 2,000 artifacts that make up the Vancouver 2010 Legacy Collection. Visitors will enjoy reminiscing over the mascots, the Torch Relay, the Four Host First Nations, and more. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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Ongoing to February 26, 2012
Public Ice Skating at Robson Square - Vancouver.  Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square was British Columbia's home for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This winter, Robson Square Ice Rink will be open for free public skating from Noon to 9 pm every day. Rentals are available. http://robsonsquare.ca

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Ongoing to February 29, 2012
Creature Curiosity.  David Camisa. David takes something real and infuses it with a taste of the fantastical, allowing viewers to see something they will most likely never see in real life.  He has always been intrigued by people and all of their complex ways;therefore they are the inspiration in his paintings.  To give an earthy feel he paints on wood panels, thus grounding an otherwise unrealistic scene.  He uses a graphic style that aims to emphasize each character’s traits and personalities, allowing each to convey varying emotions to an onlooker. District Library Gallery, Lynn Valley Main Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

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March 3, 2012
8th Annual Vancouver Diversity Fair. The 8th Annual Vancouver Diversity Health Fair is the largest event of its kind in Canada and has evolved into one of the most exciting and dynamic multicultural events in the Lower Mainland. On March 3rd, 2012 from 10am - 3pm we invite you to attend this FREE event! The Fair was created to provide newcomers, immigrants and ethno-cultural communities with access to a wide range of health and wellness resources, presented in a number of languages including Cantonese, French, Korean, Vietnamese, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish and Mandarin. Croatian Cultural Centre. http://www.amssa.org/healthfair2012

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Ongoing to March 24, 2012
Japanese Canadian National Museum presents Tenugui: Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life.  olourful cloths combine practicality and aesthetics. Tenugui: Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life showcases the roots of this unique art form. It's the original multi-purpose textile. While tenugui literally means ‘hand towel’ in Japanese, these colourful cotton cloths are also used as headbands or scarves, for cleaning, for wrapping gifts, and even for advertising. With over 200 cloths on display, visitors to this special exhibit will be dazzled by the rich colours and endless variety of patterns found in this unique art form. www.jcnm.ca

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Ongoing to March 30, 2012
Exhibition of Student Art Opens at ArtStarts Gallery: Artist residency leverages Vancouver 125 grant to teach kids about the Kingsway corridor. The project and exhibition celebrate the rich history of the Kingsway corridor and the deep learning that takes place through an artist in residence project. Over a three month period, photographer and media artist Anne Marie Slater, worked closely with 120 students in grades 3 to 7 and their teachers at two historic schools in the Kingsway area, Sir Guy Carleton and Charles Dickens Elementary. 808 Richards Street, Vancouver; www.artstarts.com  |  604.878.7144

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April 14, 2012
5-6-7-8…get ready to take part in the funky Cherry Blossom Umbrella Flash Mob Dance and celebrate spring with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  Embrace the rain through superstar Shiamak choreography and bring the joy of dance to Vancouver. Sign up at: www.vcbf.ca

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May 6, 2012
Wheel 2 Heal is a fundraising bicycle ride for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Choose your own safe course of 10 km., 40 km., or 100km. and raise $250 towards important medical equipment for the hospital. Wheel 2 Heal is a great way to give back to a local hospital, get active and have fun with family, friends or as an individual! For more information visit: www.wheeltoheal.ca

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Ongoing to May 21, 2012
Chatwilh: The Craft & Culture of the Squamish Canoe. Chatwilh: The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe Opens November 24 For countless generations, Squamish people hunted, fished, gathered resources, engaged in battle, and welcomed visitors from their canoes. Across the region that would become Vancouver, these were the vehicles that literally bound together life on the land and sea. This special exhibition will take visitors through the lifecycle of a Squamish canoe-from its roots in a stand of local temperate rainforest, through the hands of Squamish craftsmen, and throughout the Salish Sea. Squamish carvers are renowned for crafting seven types of specialized canoes. Discover how these watercraft continue to connect the Squamish people to each other and the wider world. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm - Sunday Noon to 5pm - Closed Mondays to May 14 2012. Vancouver Maritime Museum - 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park.info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

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Ongoing until August 12, 2012
Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver at Museum of Vancouver. Did Vancouver's flashing neon signs signal glamour, excitement and big city living? Or was neon part of a tawdry display that disfigured Vancouver's natural beauty? People were of two minds in Vancouver in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Neon was one highly visible sign of Vancouver's transition from a sleepy west coast port into a striving, happening city. Neon became a lightning rod for critics of change, and at the same time, became the focus of a civic conversation about values in Vancouver. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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Ongoing
Kids Class at Tilopa.  All parents wish for their children to be happy. In an uncertain and busy world, children and parents need a place to go together to learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to help calm our minds and strengthen our families. The children’s class includes a short talk, gentle meditation and arts and crafts activities related to the thought for the week. The class will be taught at the same time as Prayers for World Peace, so parents are welcome to stay with the children or enjoy Prayers for World Peace being offered in the adjacent meditation room. Tilopa Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 1829 Victoria Diversion; www.tilopa.org / 604.221.2271

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Ongoing
Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m. http://rogersarena.ca/arena-tours/about-rogers-arena-tours

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Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  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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