Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for June 2006

 

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June 1 - 3, 2006
Surrey Children's Festival.  Three Fun Filled Days of Creative Exploration through Exhilarating Performances & Fantastic FREE hands on Activities. Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre, www.surreychildrensfestival.ca

June 1 to September 24, 2006
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.  Bard on the Beach is a professional summer Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The irresistible magic of the city, sea and mountains provides the magnificent backdrop to our productions.  A Midsummer's Night Dream (Mainstage tent), Measure for Measure (Mainstage tent), The Winter's Tale (Studio Stage tent), and Troilus and Cressida (Studio Stage tent).   For Information call 604-739-0559 or visit http://www.bardonthebeach.org

June 1 - 30, 2006
PORTUGUESE HERITAGE MONTH.  Portuguese Heritage Month is a celebration of anything and everything relating to the Portuguese-speaking world. From arts & culture events including film, literature, theatre, dance, music and visual art exhibits to sporting events, conferences and picnics, join the community at large celebrating a world of wonder.  www.portuguesecanadian.com

June 2, 2006
B.C. Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at (604) 280-4400, www.ticketmaster.ca, or at the door. For more information visit www.bclions.com or call (604) 589-ROAR.

June 2 - 3, 2006
Voices of the Fraser.  The history of Deas Island finds its voice in this entertaining, walk-through theatrical experience. Travel through the many transformations this land has witnessed in the half-century between 1870 and 1920: abundant salmon runs and the fishing industry that built up around them, European settlement and agriculture, and the role of First Nations peoples and immigrants in the workforce of the canneries. Meet the characters and hear their stories as you live their experiences.  Deas Island Regional Park, Delta. 604.432.6359, http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/voicesofthefraser/

June 2 - 4, 2006
Cultus Lake Canoe Fest, Main Beach ,Cultus Lake; 604-858-6902.

June 3, 2006
Downtown Street Sounds - Downtown Langley City,10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Features music by local jazz and blues bands, as well as a swing dance performance in downtown Langley City. Call 604-539-0133 for more information. 

June 3, 2006
Behind the Scenes Curator’s Tour.  Explore areas of the museum and other heritage buildings that are not normally open to the public with our Curator as your guide.  Then try your hand at our museum trivia challenge! Our Jr. Merchant Playroom will be open throughout the day, located in the sub-basement of the General Store. Educational artifacts will be provided for children to use their imaginations as they learn of inventions of the 1920s. Enjoy home style cooking in our quaint Harrison River Restaurant with a lasagne and Caesar salad feature. There will be old-fashioned fudge tasting in our Waterloo Farm Gift Shop today… a splendid way to sweeten your visit!  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

June 3, 2006
Vancouver Landfill is having its 6th Annual Open House between 9:30am-3pm. Uncover the mystery of what happens to your garbage! Jump on a half-hour bus tour to peek behind the scenes. Explore gardens demonstrating Naturescaping. Learn about the Landfill's environmental protection system. Discover how landfill gas generates electricity and heat. Hop in actual Landfill equipment. Check out educational displays on waste reduction, recycling, Burns Bog and more. Watch the bird control hawks in action, Enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Take home a free bag of compost. Kid's activities include crafts, plant potting, a giant sandbox, balloon twisting, face painting and musical entertainment.  Vancouver Landfill, 5400 72nd Street, Delta; 604-326-4600.

June 3, 2006
Flea Market. For Hispanic Christian Organization. Tables are available. Free Admission for shoppers. Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 2551 E. 49th. Ave. Vancouver, (604) 324-8014.

June 3, 2006
2ND ANNUAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - "DOWNTOWN STREET SOUNDS".  The Downtown Langley Merchants Association is happy to announce that the 2nd Annual Downtown Street Sounds Music Festival featuring Jazz & Blues Music will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006. This year's event will build on the success of last year when hundreds attended the Friday Night Downtown Strutter's Ball at the Summit Theatre and thousands attended the all day Saturday - all free - jazz and blues event in the downtown core. This year there will be five music venues and a venue in the park for children. For more information contact the Downtown Langley Merchants Assocoiation at 604-539-0133 or visit these websites: www.downtownstreetsounds.com or www.downtownlangley.com.

June 3, 2006
3rd Annual Main Days - fun for the whole family. Come join and support the Main Street retailers and celebrate with live music, children's entertainment, dance exhibits, sidewalk sales and more. On Main Street between 25th & 30th Avenue. Hope to see you there! 604.970.4393

June 3, 2006
A World of LEGO  Exhibit. LEGO is returning to the Surrey Museum by popular demand, not just for two days but for two months! Kids of all ages are invited to join in the opening celebration for this incredible new exhibit. Includes fun, activities and play for the whole family. Get your hands on some LEGO and play till you drop! Surrey Museum, 604-592-6956.

June 3, 2006
Celebrate Mount Pleasant.  Come join our annual festival at Guelph Park and celebrate our GROWING community. Enjoy live entertainment, community group displays, a parade to 1 Kingsway, a flea market, a childrens area, a mini-soccer tournament, and more! Concession will be available. Volunteers are needed. Please call 604-713-1881 to participate.

June 3, 2006
Farmers' Day.  The Farmers Day Parade is a long - standing tradition honoring the economic and social impact of the agriculture industry on the community of Lynden and it’s surrounding area. Since June is Berry Dairy month, the Farmers Day Parade is scheduled on the first Saturday in June to start the celebration.  Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

June 3, 2006
Healthy Kids Day at the Tong Louie Family YMCA.  The Tong Louie Family YMCA in Surrey, is hosting Healthy Kids Day free to all families that features health and family related information booths paired with fun and safe activities for the kids.  14988 57th Avenue, Surrey, vanymca.org

June 3, 2006
Japanese items SALE.  Lots of unique and beautiful Japanese items for Sale. Vintage kimono, haori coat, yukata, geta sanadals, fashion accessories made with kimono fabric ie. handbags, scarves, belts, original clothes, as well as cushion covers, washi paper lamps, etc.  Nikkei Heritage Center, 6688 Southoaks Cres, Burnaby;

June 3, 2006
Mornings are for the Birds.   Be an early bird and experience the break of day at Burnaby Lake. Enjoy the busiest time for the park’s many songbirds and other wildlife. After a guided walk, refreshments will be served at the Nature House. Meet at the Nature House, end of Piper Avenue, south of Winston Street. 604-520-6442

June 3, 2006
Second Annual Sturgeon Tournament for Charity — June 3, 2006. Join us on the Mighty Fraser River for world class Sturgeon Fishing! Net proceeds to benefit the Kent/Harrison Search and Rescue. Call 604-796-1210 to reserve your spot!  Fraser River Fishing Lodge, http://www.fraserriverlodge.com

June 3, 2006
The Sweetest Event of the Year.  Join There She Goes.ca and ten fantastic lower mainland stores for the second bake sale fundraiser for the Vancouver Food Bank. We will be selling our favourite treats and sharing secret recipes in another adorable cookbook. Storeowners will be baking up a storm, and the more guests eat, the more shelves we can fill at the Food Bank. Bars, squares, cookies and cakes - it is a delicious way to spend an afternoon.  Vancouver Museum, (604) 736 - 4431, www.thereshegoes.ca

June 3 - 4, 2006
Alcan Dragon Boat Regetta. This is a preview of some of the Lower Mainland teams for the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.  This event is free and takes place by Science World.

June 3 - 4, 2006
In The House Festival.  A multitude of performances within people's living rooms and back yards. Performances include music, theater, dance, spoken word, film, story-telling, comedy, and much more.  The proximity of the audience to the performers creates a warm sense of intimacy that is rarely if ever found in traditional venues. A relationship is created and both the artist and the audience come out with a new appreciation for what the performance means. www.inthehousefestival.com

June 3 - 4, 2006
Second Annual Animal Voices Filmfest.  Featuring: “The Emotional world of Farm Animals” a delightful documentary for viewers of all ages about the thinking and feeling side of farm animals. The Canadian premier of “Mad Cowboy” based on Howard Lyman’s book linking contemporary farming practices with the current threat of mad cow disease. A rare appearance and book signing by author and renowned activist Howard Lyman to promote his new book "No More Bull".  The second annual Animal Voices Film Festival includes two informative days of movies, speakers, presentations, musical entertainment by Dana Lyons, food, prizes, and the opportunity to socialise and speak with sponsoring non profit organizations. Day passes are a nominal $6.00 and $5.00 for members of sponsoring organizations.  H.R. Macmillan Space Centre. For the film line up, sponsoring and other details see www.animalvoices.org/filmfest or phone 604 924 4966

June 3 to September 2, 2006
Port Moody's 4th Annual Market (every Saturday) at Port Moody Queens Street Plaza; Fresh produce, gourmet foods, beautiful hand made crafts, live entertainment, artists at work. psabean@shaw.ca

June 3 to September 2, 2006
ARTISTS LOVE MARKET IN THE PARK. The next stage in the evolution of Market in the Park begins on Saturday June 3, 2006 in Douglas Park, Langley. Inspired by an influx of jewelry designers and fine artistsover the last three years, the Market has taken on a life of it’s own as an exciting assembly of fine arts and high quality handicrafts interspersed with farm products and fresh baking. There is an ever-changing, eclectic selection of artists along with a core group of regulars making each week a new experience for shoppers. Local artist Robert Chapman has found a following at the market. Robert displays his paintings, paints and can often be found giving lessons on a sunny afternoon at the market. Each week he is joined by a variety of sculptors, potters or photographers showcasing their talents. 604-514-2866, khilton@city.langley.bc.ca

June 3 to September 2, 2006
Market in the Park.  If you make-it, bake-it or grow-it, come sell your wares at this farmer's market/craft fair. Beautiful Douglas Park (Park Lane and Douglas Crescent in Langley), is the site for the City's Market in the Park which will take place each Saturday from June 3rd to September 2nd.. For more information contact the Douglas Recreation Centre at 604-514-2865.

June 4, 2006
CITY OF LANGLEY "COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM" 2006 GARDEN TOUR. Sunday, June 4th - Tickets $10.00 For tickets call 604-514-2865 or purchase online at www.city.langley.bc.ca./reconnect or in person at the Douglas Recreation Centre.

June 4, 2006
Different Spokes Uni's. Bike & Trikes Festival. Different Spokes Uni's, Bikes & Trikes sponsored by Dick's Lumber. All sorts of bikes and trikes, from the historical to the state-of-the-art, from the common to the unique will be part of demonstrations and displays.  The Kris Holm Invitational Unicycle Competition (Sponsored by Kris Holm and Caps Bicycle Shop). Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-293-6501.

June 4, 2006
HSBC childrun.  HSBC Childrun – Is taking place June 4th, 2006. A fun-filled morning of exercise, healthy food and family entertainment. www.childrun.com. Sign up and raise money for BC Children’s Hospital Oncology Department.  BC Children’s Hospital, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver.

June 4, 2006
Minnekhada Lodge Open House, Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam; Take this opportunity to view the magnificent interior of this heritage building. Wander through the rooms of this former lodge built by Lt.-Gov. Eric Hamber, admire views of the Pitt River from the veranda and indulge in a snack from the concession. 604-432-6359, http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/checkitout

June 4, 2006
Open Vancouver Heritage House Tour.  This is a one-day, self-guided tour of 10 heritage houses in Vancouver with visitors using a 36 page guidebook detailing history of each open site.  For ticket orders or more information about the event, please visit our website at www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org, or call us at 604.264.9642.

June 4, 2006
Slugfest, Richmond Nature Park. Slippery, slimy, wonderful slugs. This is your day! Fun and games for slugs and their people. Contests include beauty, heavy weight, largest and smallest. The Grande finale is the great Richmond Slug Race. All slugs must be accompanied by a human.  Sponsored by the Richmond Nature Park Society. Call 604-718-6188 for information.

June 8, 2006
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: ROBERT REDFORD.  As a distinguished actor, director and producer, Redford believes in making films of substance and of social and cultural relevance. Join us as he reflects on his life, his career and his tireless commitment to the environment and natural resource conservation. Tickets 604-280-3311  Unique Lives (http://www.uniquelives.com)

June 9 - 11, 2006
Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival.  A weekend filled with live music in the parks and venues throughout Gibsons Landing. www.coastjazz.com

June 10, 2006
BROOKSWOOD VILLAGE SUMMER FEST. Fun entertainment for the whole family. For more information contact Mary @ 604-533-4128 or Marie @ 530-5777

June 10, 2006
Bugs, Butterflies and Beetles Family Nature Program, Burnaby Lake Regional Park; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

June 10, 2006
Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life.  The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is a celebration of survival, a tribute to the lives of loved ones and a day of fun, friendship and fundraising to beat cancer. In joining us, you are helping to make cancer history. The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life involves teams of up to 12 people who participate in a non-competitive Relay. Participants take turns walking, running, or strolling around a track. Mahon Park - North Vancouver; 604-985-8585.

June 10, 2006
Champlain Country Summer Fair.  Great Family Event. Includes pony rides, carnival games and amusement rides. Live ongoing entertainment, demonstrations and displays and lots of food!  Champlain Rec Centre, 604 718-6575.

June 10, 2006
Children’s Voices raised in Song for Place Maillardville.  Coquitlam’s own Coastal Sound Children’s Choir with the Cochise Children’s Choir, Tucson, Arizona and the Victoria Children’s Choir, Victoria, BC, are raising their voices in concert for Place Maillardville Community Centre. Proceeds to Place Maillardville Community Centre Programs. 604-927-6555, www.coastalsoundmusic.com

June 10, 2006
East 19th Block Garage Sale.  East 19th Residents - 800 Block Garage Sale!, mfung@vcn.bc.ca

June 10, 2006
Fundraising Dinner Theatre.  The Fraser Heritage Society presents an evening of theatre.  Join us for the three top picks from the UCFV Theatre’s Director’s Festival and a buffet dinner with all of the trimmings.  Tickets are $40 each and all proceeds go to Kilby Historic Site.  Please Phone (604) 796-9576 or Email info@kilby.ca.  1995 School Road, Harrison Mills.

June 10, 2006
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Strides for Change.   five-kilometre walk from Keith Wilson and Tyson Roads to the Vedder trail to Vedder Road and back to Building 1036 on Keith Wilson. A fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Barbecue, prizes, victims tribute area, kids area, fun for the whole family. Call 604-847-3784, upperfraservalley@telus.net

June 10, 2006
Newton Community Festival.  Mark your calendar and come on down to the 11th Annual Newton Community Festival! Live entertainment along with over 40 interactive displays and community resource booths will keep you entertained during the day. Bring down the entire family and have your face painted by a clown or enjoy a delicious treat from one of the many food vendors that will be on site. Newton Recreation Centre, www.newtonfestival.com

June 10, 2006
The Squamish Teen Test of Metal cross-country mountain bike race has been resurrected! This event is focused on providing 12-17 years-olds with a fun and challenging race in the Cheekeye Fan trails of Brackendale, BC with the same flavor as the classic Test. Entries are limited to 250 riders on a first-come first-served basis. Day of event registration is open from 9:00 am until Noon. $20.00 for pre-registration $25.00 day-of-event registration. Visit www.testofmetal.com

June 10 - 11, 2006
Pacific Rim Kite Festival.  Two days of kite flying backdropped by the Coast Mountains, English Bay and downtown Vancouver.  Vanier Park, Vancouver; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/info@bcka.bc.ca

June 10 to September 17, 2006
Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art.  This landmark survey exhibition of Haida art will feature more than 200 works, including some of the finest examples of Haida art produced over the last two hundred years. From monumental poles and exquisitely carved masks and argillite to remarkable spruce root weaving, the exhibition will reveal the importance of narrative in Haida Art, as well as the importance of the land and waters of Haida Gwaii within Haida cultural expression. The exhibition traces the development of traditional Haida form and will also explore new directions in Haida art, including works by the late Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Isabel Rorick and other contemporary Haida artists. http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

June 11, 2006
14th Annual Little Mountain/ Riley Park Festival.  Celebrate the spirit of our community with friends and neigbours. Browse through the craft tables, enjoy main stage music, visit the food fair and enjoy the thrill of seeing your children experience festival delights! If you are interested in selling your unique hand made crafts at our fesival or booking a community information table, pick up a vendor information package at the centre office or call 604-257-8545. $15.00 per table.  Riley Park Community Centre, rileyparkcc@vancouver.ca

June 11, 2006
21st CENTURY ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of 19th & 20th Century Antiques & Collectibles! Decorative arts, vintage & estate jewelry, country collectibles, ephemera, mid-century Modernist decor, old dolls & toys, Christmas items, tins, art pottery & glass, native crafts, hand-painted china, textiles & linens, depression-era kitchenware, primitives, records & memorabilia, chintz, period lighting & fixtures, nautical, old books, and much, much more...Special Early Bird Admission 8am-10am - $20 at Door / General Admission 10am-3pm - $3 at Door / Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission / Free Parking / Cafe & Snack Bar.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, http://www.21cpromotions.com/

June 11, 2006
6TH ANNUAL WALK TO CURE DIABETES. A cure for a chronic disease is within reach. Be a part of history by participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Nationally this event has raised over $42 million to fund research for a cure for this disease that impacts over two million Canadians. Registration 12 noon, Start 2:00PM. For more information on participating in this event contact Angela at 604-320-1937 or by email at ahomer@jdrf.ca

June 11, 2006
Coquitlam's Teddy Bear Picnic Parade.  The parade leaves from Coquitlam Centre, and winds up at Town Centre Stadium, the site of Teddy Bear Picnic. Contact Jan for further information. janjewell@telus.net

June 11, 2006
Creek Classic Triathlon & Duathlon.  short course triathlon, long course triathlon, duathlon (run/bike/run), team relay (junior and adult), middle school challenge, corporate challenge.  Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Port Coquitlam; 604-782-5432,  trioevents@shaw.ca

June 11, 2006
Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion.  On Sunday, June 11, 2006 people of all ages and abilities will wheel, walk or run to raise awareness and funds to improve the quality of life of men, women and children with spinal cord injury (SCI) and related disabilities.  Plaza of Nations, 604-709-6551.

June 11, 2006
South Indian Classical Dance (Bharata Natyam) recital.  Vancouver SaPaSa, a registered non-profit society dedicated to the promotion of South Indian classical music and dance in the Lower Mainland is presenting a South Indian Classical Dance (Bharata Natyam) recital on Sunday, June 11, 2006 starting at 4 PM. This recital will feature two young dancers, Anjali and Ramya Kuchibatla from California, USA. This event will be at the Capilano College Performance Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. Admission is free and all are welcome. To obtain a free entry pass, please call Dr. Krishnamurti at 604-904-9168. Light refreshments will be provided. For more details email VancouverSaPaSa@yahoo.com or visit their web site at www.VancouverSaPaSa.org

June 14 - 26, 2006
At the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, The Footprints Project will bring together community groups and the public who are: Interested in the future of our planet and our society. Like to dance , make art or celebrate with others. Willing to engage in dialogue with members of the community about our shared future? Want to contribute and learn with others?  The Footprints project involves many artists, partners and sponsors that share a vision for a sustainable future. http://www.roundhouse.ca/footprints/partnersandsponsors.html

June 15 - 17, 2006
FraserFest.  FraserFest occurs annually over a weekend in July, and celebrates the Fraser River, BC’s mightiest river and most important inland waterway. This annual event takes place along the boardwalk of Westminster Quay lining the river, and brings together the public, community groups, cultural organizations, businesses, and a flotilla of working and historic vessels. FraserFest is a family event coordinated by a group of dedicated individuals who live, work and play along the Fraser River.  604-522-6894, www.hyack.bc.ca

June 15 - 24, 2006
Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival 2006.  This year, the Festival is thrilled and honoured to host the legendary Quebec performer, Robert Charlebois. His show Tout Écartillé will take you back – or perhaps introduce you for the first time - to his repertoire from the 60s and 70s, with renditions that rock more now than ever before! This show has been a smash hit ever since it opened in Quebec.  To mark the occasion of Portuguese Heritage Month, Le Centre is joining forces with the Alliance Française and the Portuguese Benevolent Society to celebrate the Music Fest with Suzana Da Camara, a singer from Ontario with Portuguese roots. And of course, like every year, this year’s Francophone Summer Festival will close on a joyful note with the traditional Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebration.  Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver (CCFV) - 1551 7th Avenue West, Vancouver; 604-736-9806 

June 15 to September 9, 2006
FREE Capilano Watershed Tours.  The GVRD manages three forested watersheds to provide Lower Mainland residents with clear, pure drinking water. The watersheds are closed to the public to safeguard the water supply. Every summer, the GVRD hosts free bus and walking tours in the scenic Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds. These tours provide unique natural and cultural history insights into the evolution of the region's water supply. Bring your camera and enjoy these popular tours! About CAPILANO tours: - Offered Thursdays to Saturdays - Offered twice a day, at 8 am and 12:30 pm, rain or shine - 4 hours in duration - Guided, conducted in English - Adult-oriented - Bus tours & Walking tours Registration is required. Call 604-432-6430 or e-mail toursreg@gvrd.bc.ca

June 16, 2006
B.C. Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at (604) 280-4400, www.ticketmaster.ca, or at the door. For more information visit www.bclions.com or call (604) 589-ROAR.

June 16, 2006
LUCIANO PAVAROTTI - THE FAREWELL TOUR. This June, Luciano Pavarotti will take his final bows as an operatic performer, paying tribute to the millions of Canadian fans who have shared his passion for music for the last four decades.  General Motors Place, 604.280.4400

June 16 - 18, 2006
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.  From its beginning as a rain ceremony on southern China's river banks to Vancouver's own multicultural celebration on the shore of False Creek, dragon boat racing and its attendant festivities have changed considerably over the centuries. Today, through continuing such ancient traditions as the Taoist Dragon Blessing Ceremony, we honour what today's dragon boaters like to call "the spirit of the dragon", which is the spirit of coming together and working as a team for a common goal.  Held at False Creek in Vancouver, 604-688-2382, http://www.adbf.com

June 16 - 18, 2006
The 4th Annual Taste of Harrison One Taste is Never Enough.  This year, the Taste of Harrison lasts all weekend long, giving passport holders the freedom to shop and explore the day away, enjoy a leisurely dinner/dance and then spend the night in one of our luxurious Hotels or quaint Bed and Breakfasts. NEW for 2006 - Saturday MARKET PLACE at the St. Alice (located at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa). Enjoy samples from local producers of food and beverages. www.Harrison.ca

June 16 - 25, 2006
Hellenic Cultural Week and Greek Day on Broadway.  Family Street festival celebrating Hellenic Culture Past, Present and Future.  Location: Broadway Avenue betwwen McDonald & Blenheim; www.greekday.com

June 16 to October 28, 2006
BC Lions Football at BC Place Stadium; 604.661.3626, www.bclions.com

June 17, 2006
2nd Annual Jazz In The Park Fundraiser.  This popular fundraiser promises to be another sell out with some of Vancouver's best entertainers, carriage rides throughout Stanley Park, Hors d'oevres, chocolate fountain, Wild Bill's casino and games room and much much more.  Highlights this year include hosts Senator Larry Campbell and Fred Lee, Vancouver Courier & CBC Radio's "Man about Town", Vancouver Fire Fighters "Fire in the Kitchen" dinner for 8 live auction item, back is the popular Air Canada Trip for 2 raffle including an overnight stay at the Delta downtown, limo ride, massage and 4 piece luxurious luggage set.  Stanley Park Pavilion, www.bcadoption.com/pdf/jazz.pdf

June 17, 2006
Huge Kids Swap Meet, Heritage Hall, Pitt Meadows 9am to 12:30pm Call Gina to book a table 604-307-3734.

June 17, 2006
6th Annual Community Days Parade and Celebration. Fraser Highway between 200th & 206th Street & Douglas Park, Langley; The Country Style Days Parade and Community Day come together on Saturday, June 17th. The Langley Parade starts at 10 am along the Fraser Highway; come cheer on the floats, marching bands, horses and decorated bicycles! Community Day will follow in Douglas Park, featuring interesting displays, live entertainment, delicious food and children's rides and activities. For information call 604-514-2800. 

June 17, 2006
6th Annual Dog Day Afternoon!  The 6th Annual Dog Day Afternoon! Join us for a spectacular dog-centric day of fun! Help us kick off the event at 11am with the Walk of Honour around the lake and then browse through our Doggie Mall of vendors and highly informative booths. Check out the interactive displays, observe different demosntrations and sign up your canine family members for some exciting contests with many prizes to be won!  Trout Lake Community Centre is located at 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, 604.257.6965

June 17, 2006
Cammidge House Committee Car Boot Sale at Boundary Bay Regional Park; 604-224-5739, http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/checkitout

June 17, 2006
Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for the Kids.  There is no other event like The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay and you won’t want to miss it! There’s an incredible amount of fun, games, live music, volleyball, Ultimate, people watching, food and bevies, camping and much, much more.  So, if you want to have an excellent time while making a difference in the lives of BC children with disabilities then don’t wait. Grab your friends, colleagues and/or relatives and make a team. You'll join 130+ teams, made up of over 4,000 participants, raised almost $1.4 million; Swangard Stadium, Central Park, Burnaby, 604-873-1865,  www.24hourrelay.com

June 17, 2006
Fun for Father's Day.  A fun, family event to celebrate DAD! Take part in the arts and crafts activities, enjoy the light refreshments, and get the little ones to play on the tot equipment. Buy your tickets in advance! $4/child and $5/adult.  Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 604-713-1888.

June 17, 2006
LANGLEY COUNTRY STYLE DAYS PARADE AND COMMUNITY DAY IN THE PARK.  The City of Langley invites you to this celebration of country heritage includes a main street parade, music, food, live entertainment and children's rides and activities. Community Day follows the parade in beautful Douglas Park. Parade location: Fraser Highway between 200 and 206 Streets. For more information contact: Langley City Hall - 604-514-2800.

June 17, 2006
Stanley Park Bike Festival on June 17th "Brockton Point again plays host to thousands of cyclists as the Stanley Park Bike Festival returns for a fourth year. On *Saturday, June 17th from **8am till 2pm*, just about everything is FREE at this celebration of cycling - even the power supply comes from pedal generation. Bike racing, stunt riding, safety classes, Bike maintenance workshops and tons of kids events. Join us on a guided ride to the festival from departure points around Greater Vancouver, or on a guided ride of the Stanley Park trails. Details at www.stanleyparkbikefest.ca  In keeping with the car-free spirit of the Festival, we are organising rides from different community centres around the Lower Mainland to Stanley Park on the morning of Saturday, June 17. Check the website http://www.stanleyparkbikefest.ca for complete details. 604-638-9232, http://www.antipodes-expeditions.com

June 17 - 18, 2006
RONA MS Bike Tour – Fraser Valley “Grape Escape”. Help pedal towards a cure for MS in the RONA MS Bike Tour Fraser Valley Grape Escape. BC's Fraser Valley wine region (Starts in Abbotsford).  This fun-filled all inclusive two day cycling wine adventure happens June 17 & 18. Gear up for the Challenge and register today at www.msbiketours.com or 1-800-268-7582. Registration fee $55 – plus minimum $200 in pledges.

June 17 - 18, 2006
Strawberry Festival.  We are celebrating our 3rd anniversary at the Winery with a Strawberry Festival, there will be family fun, food, crafts for the kids, arts & craft on sale, face paining for the kids, strawberry shortcake (by donation) wine Tasting for the Adults and of course Upick Strawberries.  Bissett Farms/Westham Winery, 2170 Westham Island Road, Delta; 604-940-9755, http://www.westhamislandwinery.com

June 17 - 18, 2006
Test of Metal Weekend.  Annual mountain bike race and weekend full of events including Test of Metal Cross-Country Race - Brennan Park Recreation Centre on Saturday, June 17, The Mini-Metal, presented by Corsa Cycles, Squamish Station Shopping Centre, Sunday morning, June 18. The Stars of Tomorrow race on a short course specially designed for kids. All abilities are welcome, from tricycles to training wheels to budding mountain bike racers, Rockstar Invitational Freeride, Smoke Bluffs, June 18. Top riders compete on steep, technical, gnarly downhill terrain and Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Company North American Trials Championship Series, June 18.  www.testofmetal.com

June 18, 2006
Black Powder Father’s Day, 11:00am  5:00pm. Treat your Father to a splendid old-fashioned way to celebrate his special day! Dad enjoys free admission to the site today. We will have local gun collectors dressed in period costume who would be delighted to show off their guns and share their knowledge on this subject. Blacksmithing demonstrations will also be on site, with a professional blacksmith showing off his talents and wares. A knife and tomahawk throw will be taking place in one of our pastures, and a Trader’s Row will be set up in the Orchard, featuring crafts and wares that every settler would need. Hearty buffalo chili and homemade bread will be featured in our Harrison River Restaurant. Or take dinner home… the Waterloo Farm Gift Shop is offering “gently grown” T-Bone sirloin steaks on sale.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

June 18, 2006
Antique & Collectibles Fair, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Lots of vendors and lots of antiques.  London Heritage Farm 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond; 604-271-5220

June 18, 2006
Father's Day Tea, Big scones, lots of jam and coffee. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  London Heritage Farm 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond; 604-271-5220

June 18, 2006
Supersunday.  On the third Sunday of each month, the Vancouver Art Gallery is transformed into a fun filled hands-on learning environment for families with school aged children. There are activities on all four floors based on the current exhibitions. Free for children 12 and under. Suggested donation of $2 for materials

June 18, 2006
Father’s Day Family Fun Run/Walk.  At the PNE / Playland; www.fathersdayrun.ca

June 18, 2006
BC Oldsmobile Car Show, Waterfront Park (north side), North Vancouver.

June 18, 2006
Vancouver Alpha Romeo Car Show, Waterfront Park (south side), North Vancouver.

June 19 to September 6, 2006
Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club.  Great Fun, Great Value...Great Prices! See great baseball with the Vancouver Canadians, at the prettiest little ball park in the world, Nat Bailey Stadium.The Canadians, the Northwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are proud to offer their fans the most affordable sports entertainment in the Lower Mainland.  604.872.5232, http://www.canadiansbaseball.com/

June 21, 2006
National Aboriginal Day (Canada).  A national day of solidarity for First Nations people.

June 21, 2006
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY.  Celebrate our country's aboriginal heritage at Fort Langley National Historic Site by discovering the First Nations people's role in Fort Langley's history. Hear First Nations stories and try some new activities. Regular admission fee or use your season's or ambassador's pass. For more information contact 604-513-4777.

June 22, 2006
Cirque du Soleil - Varekai!  The Story of Varekai. From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.  Concord Pacific Place - NE of False Creek; along Quebec Street, Vancouver; Cirque du Soleil - Varekai! (http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/showstickets/varekai/intro/intro.htm)

June 23 - 25, 2006
Can-Am National Car Show.  Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden, Washington; (360) 398-1327, www.canamnationals.com

June 23, 2006
Fuse.  6 to 11 pm, in the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Stay up late with the Gallery to enjoy the renowned Haida dance troupe, Rainbow Creek Dancers, a book signing with Vancouver architect Richard Henriquez and a mix of contemporary and traditional dance by FUSION2 First Nations youth.  Admission: $10

June 23 - 25, 2006
Pemberton Folk Fest.  The Pemberton Folk Festival organizers are pleased to provide their audience with a lasting musical experience. The founder Richard Doucet has built the Festival around the principal of showcasing established and promising musicians. The creation of a new venue that supports original music where the audience can interact with the songwriter’s craft. The diversity of music styles you will hear at the Pemberton Folk Festival will inspire all listeners even the most seasoned festival enthusiast. The Pemberton Folk Festival is a family event that brings the community together to celebrate music and the arts.  www.pembertonfolkfestival.com

June 23 - 28, 2006
Vancouver World PEACE Forum 2006.  The World Peace Forum 2006, June 23 - 28 is a major international gathering promoting peace and sustainability in Vancouver this June. The 6 day Forum will feature over 200 speakers, seminars, panels, and cultural events. Global and local citizens are coming to Vancouver to share in the one goal for World Peace. Portions of the Forum that are open to the public, including a 100,000 person Peace Walk and Festival - Saturday, June 24th, an Art installation from Yoko Ono and a major exhibition on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Storyeum running through June. See the full program - Register to be a delegate - Make a financial donation - Become a Forum volunteer - Become a home stay host. For more information visit www.worldpeaceforum.ca

June 23 to July 2, 2006
TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. For 10 days and nights extraordinary music electrifies the entire city. From Gastown to David Lam Park, from hip bistros to great concert halls you can hear a wide variety of jazz, blues, groove, world music, improv and popular artists. Featuring 1,800 musicians from Canada and around the world. The Jazz Festival touches all parts of the city, with many free performances including large-sale public events, eight major indoor concert series, and a host of nightclub shows. Over 460,000 people attended last year’s Festival. www.coastaljazz.ca

June 23 - 24, 2006
9th Annual Art in the Park Maple Ridge.  Over 32 Artists on site. Watercolour, Oils, Acrylics, Pottery, Jewellery, Garden Art, Glassworks, Woodworks, Stone carvings, Wearable Art.  Great Food and Entertainment on site. Admission 2.00   Children under 12 free. Location: Trice Farms Ponds and Nursery, 24565 Dewdney Trunk - Maple Ridge.  Contact Lyn at 604-462-8380 or visit our website at http://www.myartclub.com/artinthepark

June 24 - 25, 2006
Strawberry Tea, Umm, umm good-scones, berries and cream. Noon - 5:00 pm  London Heritage Farm 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond; 604-271-5220

June 24 - 25, 2006
The 32nd Annual North Shore Folkfest.  Folkfest is a free community celebration that showcases a diverse selection of quality ethno-cultural performances. Free Event!  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

June 24, 2006
2006 BC Highland Games.  The largest Highland Games in BC (and largest event in Coquitlam). For ample parking drive to the Coquitlam Centre Mall for a free shuttle service to the games. Come and hear Scotland's Traditional Young Musician of the Year - Shona Mooney play the fiddle with her band. See the massed pipes and drums. Lots of kids activities.  Coquitlam Town Centre Stadium. Coquitlam Town Centre Stadium, 604.927.6960,  www.bchighlandgames.com

June 24, 2006
Artists Among Us Studio Tour Richmond: Affordable guided bus and walking tours for seniors, adults and children. A knowledgeable guide will help participants understand contemporary artwork, process and artistic intent. Visit local Richmond artists working in a wide range of media: watercolour, acrylic, oil, Chinese brush painting, pastel, etching, glass, clay, jewellery and more. Support artists in your community! Transportation, complimentary coffee or tea, and lunch is included in the price. 11am - 4pm. $28/person    604-231-6457 and quote: GA-30601

June 24, 2006
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CANADIAN LAND MINES COALITION CONCERT. The World Peace Forum proudly presents this special concert featuring Folk icon Buffy Saint-Marie and rap artists K'naan. Orpheum Theatre. Tickets 604-280-4444 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca) World Peace Forum (http://www.worldpeaceforum.ca)

June 24, 2006
Celtic Harp Workshop.  Place des Arts is pleased to be hosting the 6th annual Celtic Harp Workshop on Saturday June 24. Presented by accomplished Celtic harpists Rebecca Blair and Alys Howe, this intensive workshop is designed for both harp novices and intermediate students. The day will offer both beginner and intermediate classes which will include a mix of technique, improvising and learning by ear, left hand accompaniment, relaxed hand position and music theory as needed.  The workshop runs from 10 am to 5 pm. The cost is $94 plus GST with a $4 registration fee. For more workshop information call 604-664-1636 or visit www.placedesarts.ca

June 24, 2006
City Square Heritage Walks.  Highlighting Vancouver's history: Led by local author and heritage expert, John Atkin, these unique tours showcase the rich heritage of surrounding areas. The tour starts from City Square’ Food Court at 10am and lasts about two hours.  Walkers are asked to meet at City Square Mall’s Food Court at 10am. Space is limited so get there early. Walks are $10 per person, kids under 12 are free. Contact City Square administration at 604-876-5165 or the Vancouver Heritage Foundation at 604-264-9642.

June 24, 2006
Driven to Perform.  BC Place Stadium.  Join us for fashion shows, entertainment, the best in performance cars and bikes, plus the loudest sound systems to hit the streets. Tickets are available at the door. For more information go to www.driventoperformevent.com.

June 24, 2006
Open House at The National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre.  The National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre on 6688 Southoaks Crescent is opening its doors to the public free of charge for its second annual Open House day event.  Please join us just past the Japanese Garden on Sperling and Kingsway from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on June 24, 2006, for a day of martial arts, cooking and adventure. rmiki@nikkeiplace.org

June 24, 2006
Resurrection of Stonewall.  The Vancouver Pride Society is endeavouring to resurrect the Stonewall festivities with a Festival to be held in the East Side of Vancouver. The Festival will take place in Grandview Park.  For more information on Vancouver Pride Society events, please check: http://www.vanpride.bc.ca/home.htm

June 25, 2006
German Car Festival at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver.

June 25, 2006
16th Annual Kitsilano Soap Box Derby.  The Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce invites you and your family to attend the 16th Annual Kitsilano Soap Box Derby on Sunday, June 25, 2006. Provincially regarded as a reminder of a past era, this event showcases 60 children aged 9-13 who have built old-fashioned soap box cars with their families and friends. Share in the community spirit as these home-made cars race down West 4th Avenue between Burrard and Yew.  604.731.4454, admin@kitsilanochamber.com

June 25, 2006
The Random Acts of Art festival will be hitting the streets of Edgemont Village in North Vancouver.  This unique event showcases the artistic talents of youth visual and performing artists. It runs from 12pm-6pm and is sure to be an excellent kick-off to the summer.  Random Acts of Art features: Bands, Youth, Choir ensembles, Dancers, Painters, Crafters, Photographers, Arts and Crafts, and more.  For more information please visit our website: www.randomactsfestival.com

June 25, 2006
Bullhead Children's Fishing Derby, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080

June 25, 2006
Burkeville Daze, Sea Island, Richmond; 604-718-8000

June 25, 2006
CHEVELLE CLUB PICNIC SHOW N' SHINE.  The Fort Wine Co. and Chevelle Club invite you to join they for this popular event. A great event for car enthusiasts and collectors. This year offers a bigger show with cars from BC, Alberta, Washington, and Oregon. This year's event features lots of great things for kids - mini golf, an Air Castle for bouncing in, face painting, caricature artist, as well as on site food vendors and wine tastings for adults. Free Trolley service from Country Fair Jewellers on Glover Road out to the Fort Wine Co. (Fort Langley)

June 25, 2006
Greek Day On Broadway, Mcdonald to Blenheim Avenue on West Broadway.  The grand finale to Hellenic Cultural Week will be the Greek Day Street Festival in the heart of Kitsilano. A five street block family festival celebrating Hellenic Culture Past, Present and Future. Highlights include: Main Stage, Cooking Stage, Demonstration Booth, Free Kids Zone, Art, Folklore, Music and lots of Greek Food.Last years successful and long awaited return of Greek Day saw over 50,000 people attend this wonderful cultural street festival; 778 688 7252, jenny@greekday.com, www.greekday.com

June 25, 2006
Trans Canada Trail Challenge 2006.  A personal non-competitive adventure challenge of 11, 22, 29, 35, 44 or 53 km. On interesting and varied routes along shoreline, forest and urban trails. For participants of all ages and abilities. Cyclists, walkers, runners and equestrians are all welcome. Rocky Point Park, Port Moody; 604-942-6768, Trans Canada Trail Challenge 2006

June 25, 2006
Trans Canada Trail Challenge 2006.  Cyclists, walkers, runners and equestrians – you’re invited to a fun-oriented, non-competitive/personally challenging event of 11, 22, 29, 35, 44 or 53 km. This year’s route is from Haney Centre to New Brighton Park in Vancouver. Travel atop dikes, through forests and along urban trails with spectacular views from the valley floor and on Burnaby Mountain. There’s so much to see: bird habitat – especially herons and ospreys – three salmon-bearing streams with fish hatcheries, farmlands, parks, port activity and more. New this year: cycle a portion and walk the rest. 604-942-6768, Trails BC (http://www.trailsbc.ca/).

June 25, 2006
Village Classic Car Show.  Five Corners Plaza, Chilliwack; 604-792-4576.

June 25 to September 10, 2006
FREE Coquitlam Watershed Tours.  The GVRD manages three forested watersheds to provide Lower Mainland residents with clear, pure drinking water. The watersheds are closed to the public to safeguard the water supply. Every summer, the GVRD hosts free bus and walking tours in the scenic Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds. These tours provide unique natural and cultural history insights into the evolution of the region's water supply. Bring your camera and enjoy these popular tours! About COQUITLAM tours: - Offered Sundays, June 25 to September 10 - Offered twice a day, at 8 am and 12:30 pm, rain or shine - 4 hours in duration - Guided, conducted in English - Adult-oriented - Bus tours & Walking tours - Registration is required. Call 604-432-6430 or E-mail toursreg@gvrd.bc.ca For more information: www.gvrd.bc.ca/water/watershed-tours.htm

June 26, 2006
ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS WITH ALLEN TOUSSAINT. The TD Canada Trust International Jazz Festival proudly presents versatile Rock Hall of Famer Elvis Costello and his New Orleans Horn Section with pianist Allen Troussaint in a tribute to New Orleans. This fantastic collaboration between Costello and Toussaint will see 11 musicians (including horn section) take the stage for a night of unforgettable sounds.  Tickets 604-280-3311  Coastal Jazz & Blues (http://www.coastaljazz.ca)

June 28, 2006
THUNDERBIRD SHOW PARK'S WEST COAST CLASSIC. Thunderbird Show Park invites you to join them for their summer schedule of shows. The public is welcome, but classes on the last day of each show are some of the most exciting! For more information on the shows please visit their website: www.thunderbirdshowpark.com.

June 28, 2006
TONY BENNETT. The TD Canada Trust International Jazz Festival is very proud to present the legendary Tony Bennett, live in concert. For over 50 years, Bennett has interpreted the works of Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, and Irving Berlin, among others, with a unique imagination and passion that has earned him the admiration of millions of fans around the world. Orpheum Theatre. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster Coastal Jazz & Blues

June 29, 2006
Canoe the Slough: Fraser River Stories, Deas Island Regional Park; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

June 29, 2006
Sara Tavares - Portuguese Cape Verdian Sounds.  Born of second generation Cape Verdian immigrants, Sara Tavaras as initially known as an accomplished singer and composer of Gospel, Funk and Soul, and has gradually incorporated more of her African music in her compositions. After a long wait of five years, Sara has finally released her new album Balancé, written, composed and produced by Sara herself. Balancé is a beautiful record in which Sara shows to be a very talented contemporary singer/songwriter who has managed to combine in a subtle and honest way contemporary music with her African roots.  This event is also part of the Portuguese Heritage Month festivities.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

June 30, 2006
B.C. Lions vs. Toronto Argonauts.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at (604) 280-4400, www.ticketmaster.ca, or at the door. For more information visit www.bclions.com or call (604) 589-ROAR.

June 30, 2006
LANGLEY CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS - DAY 1.  Rides, vendors, concessions, displays, activities, entertainment and musical performances highlight this 10th Annual event at the McLeod Athletic Park, across from the Langley Regional Airport. Call 604-522-6232 (604-5-CANADA) for more information or visit their website: www.langleycanadaday.ca.

June 30, 2006
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/)

July 1 - October 31, 2006
Harvest Extravaganza and Garden Tours.  Tour the Award Winning Dried Flowers Farm gardens and see row after row of specialty flowers in bloom through summer till fall.  Come to get garden inspired!  Held in Yarrow at 4655 Community Street; 604.823.6274, www.driedflowersbyjudy.com

July 1, 2006
Canada Day at Coal Harbour.  Join us from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coal Harbour Community Centre to celebrate what makes Canada great! Multicultural entertainment, food, art, activities and more! Lots of fun for kids, seniors and everyone in between. At beautiful Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton St., Vancouver. For more information, call 604-718-8222 or visit our website www.coalharbourcc.ca.

July 1, 2006
Canada Day Celebration. Celebrate Canada’s birthday with children’s activities, games, entertainment, information booths and, of course, birthday cake for everyone at Richmond Park (behind Eastburn Centre)! Bring a picnic or sample some tasty treats. Free admission. Saturday, 11:00am-2:30pm, July 1. If the weather’s wet, the party moves indoors to Eastburn Centre. Phone 604-525-5361 or 604-525-1671 for more information. Co-sponsored by Eastburn/Edmonds centres and local community agencies.

July 1, 2006
CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN ALDERGROVE. All day event for the whole family! Start with a pancake breakfast from 8:00am to 11:00am, then take in the flag raising at 11:30am. Free birthday cake and ice cream at 3:00pm! Fun and entertainment goes on all day - magician, clown, bands, mini golf, face painting and much more! See you at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Heritage Park (32 Avenue between 271 Street and 272 Street).

July 1, 2006
Canada Day Fun Fly. Come come celebrate Canada's 137th Birthday; Garry Point Park, Richmond; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/info@bcka.bc.ca

July 1, 2006
FORT LANGLEY CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS.  Celebrate Canada's birthday at Fort Langley National Historic Site with music, family activities and a giant birthday cake. Discover how Fort Langley's history helped shape Canada's boundaries in the west. Park once and take in activities at several attractions in town, including the Langley Centennial Museum. Not to be missed. No admission fee. For more information call 604-513-4777.

July 1, 2006
LANGLEY CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS - DAY 2. Celebrate Canada's birthday in style at McLeod Athletic Park, located at the corner of 56 Avenue and 216 Street. There will be fun for the whole family, with the much anticipated fireworks after dark! Call 604-522-6232 (604-5-CANADA) or visit www.langleycanadaday.ca for more information.

July 1, 2006
Steveston Salmon Festival.  Be a part of Canada's Biggest Little Birthday Party! 61st Annual Steveston Salmon Festival.  Festival highlights include attractions such as the Japanese Cultural Show, the Craft Fair, Trade Show an awesome Children's Festival, as well as the usual crowd pleasers like the midway and rides; www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca

July 1, 2006
The Trek Red Truck Beer Racing Team is pleased to announce the second annual Yaletown Grand Prix bicycle race on Saturday, July 1st in the heart of Vancouver's Yaletown. Bicycle racers will pass every few minutes on this technically challenging course, reaching speeds as high as 70km per hour! Stay tuned for more. www.trekredtruckracing.com

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2006
Chinatown Arts & Cultural Festival.  Art and culture enrich the heart of historic Chinatown! The Chinatown Arts & Cultural Committee presents four colorful and diverse cultural showcases on Saturdays in July (July 1, 8, 15, 22) at the Sun Yat Sen PARK courtyard in order to further enhance Vancouver Chinatown’s role as the host of arts and cultural events in the City, promote the diversity of art forms, and strengthen neighborhood collaborations. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Park Courtyard, 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

July 1 - 9, 2006
Canada Cup.  The Canada Cup gets underway Saturday, July 1 and winds up Sunday, July 9 with opening ceremonies, special promotions, prize draws and family entertainment in between - all adding to the value and festival atmosphere of this very special sports spectacular!  Held at Softball City 2201 -148th Street , South Surrey. (604) 536-9287, http://www.softball.bc.ca/softcity.html .

July 2, 2006
ANTIQUE DAY IN THE VILLAGE (Fort Langley). Knowledgeable appraisers, auction, sales and vintage displays. For more information phone 604-888-8835

July 15, 2006
The 4rd Annual Whiskey Creek Music Festival takes place Saturday July 15, 2006 from Noon to 11pm at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds. This Music Festival features top Tribute Artists known throughout North America for their spectacular performances. This year's Festival includes tributes to  Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi and many more! This 11 hour musical extravaganza costs $20 for the entire day, with children aged 12 and under admitted free. Admission is by advanced ticket purchase or at the gate on July 15, 2006. Gate opens at 11am - overnight camping on Saturday is free with admission; www.whiskeycreekmusicfestival.org

July 16, 2006
A Very Berry Country Fair.  Enjoy a funfilled day for the whole family with live entertainment from the TomCats, playing popular hits from the 50's, 60's, 70's,80's...was ther anything beyond that? 18 hole miniature golf presented by Bells & Whistles, Bouncy Castle, hands on candy making at the Maple Sugar Shack, a 'no Hands' strawberry shortcake eating contest, face painting by Seastar, and our Famous Mr. Bubbles the Singing Clown will all be there to entertain the kids. Freybe gourmet Foods will be on site with their ever popular and fabulously deicious barbeque available 11am-3pm, an amazing array of market vendors, and many berries, including 'very berry' wine tasting from the award winning selection of the Fort Wine Co..Come celebrate sunshine, laughter, music and kids with us! The Very Berry Country Fair also celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Fort Wine CO., see ya'there.  10am - 5pm, The Fort Wine Co. Farm, 26151 84th Ave., Fort Langley Contact info; myeniko@yahoo.ca  or www.thefortwineco.com

August 20, 2006
Latin Summer Festival at Trout Lake, Vancouver; www.latinsummerfest.com

September 2 - 4, 2006
Taiwanese Cultural Festival.  Located at the Plaza of Nations, http://taiwanfest.ca/

September 9 - 10, 2006
Courageous inspired Canadians, challenging physical limits, through night and day, to raise money and awareness for those living with cancer. This is the essence of Step Up for the Cure. It is a 24-hour stair climbing marathon with the goal of running vertical meters for each Canadian battling this disease. Every 4 minutes in Canada, a Canadian is diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, the challenge for each participant is to run 1 set every 4 minutes (or 15 sets an hour) for the duration of the event. Our goals for 2006 are to: Run 1 million stairs in each of the three participating cities (MONTREAL | OTTAWA | VANCOUVER). Run 1 set for each Canadian diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Raise $60,000 for the Cancer Research Society in order to create a "Step Up for the Cure" research grant. Locations Montreal September 16-17, 2006 12:00 PM (noon) - 12:00 PM (noon) Location: Molson Percival Stadium (475 Pine Ave. West) Ottawa September 23-24, 2006 12:00 PM (noon) - 12:00 PM (noon) Location: TBA Vancouver September 9-10, 2006 12:00 PM (noon) - 12:00 PM (noon) Location: Swangard Stadium

Ongoing until June, 2006
Jericho Hill Community Drum Circle, lead by Lyle Povah - 8th Year! An intergenerational, multicultural and weekly rhythmical celebration, all ages and stages welcome, first-time-beginner-friendly, wheelchair accessible, drums and instruments provided. Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Avenue, Sundays drop-in (September-June), 3-5 p.m. Adults $5, 4-18 years and seniors $3, under 4 years free. Info 604 736-6487 or lyle_povah@codacom.com

Ongoing until July 1, 2006
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents OUR VANISHING SKY.  By simple definition, light pollution is light that is not needed or wanted, including lighting that is too bright. Through educational text display panels, looped video presentations, interactive activities and a Planetarium show demonstrating the before-and-after impact of night light pollution on major cities around the globe, Our Vanishing Sky educates visitors about the disturbingly negative effects of light pollution on their lives and what they can do about it.  604-738-STAR, www.spacecentre.ca

Ongoing to June 10, 2006
Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents BEAUTIFUL VIEW.  A play about joy and pain, misunderstandings and connections and how one moment can alter the whole world. It is a play about love. In da da kamera's minimalist trademark style, Beautiful View plays out the story of the relationship between Michael and Liz: how they came together and how they've drifted apart. As Michael and Liz embark on a journey to find new scenarios for the rest of their lives, we are drawn into their world and asked to see things from different points of view. The result is a beautifully acted, intense and dynamic theatrical experience; 604.280.3311, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

Ongoing until June 18, 2006
Robert Genn: Robert Genn is one of Canada's most accomplished painters, and a long time resident of Surrey. He is considered to be continuing in the Canadian landscape painting tradition of bold painterly techniques and strong design, often on site in the wilderness he loves.  Surrey Art Gallery - 13750 - 88 Ave., Surrey; 604-501-5566.

Ongoing until June 23, 2006
Free 18-week In-Depth Meditation Course.  SAHAJA YOGA is the spontaneous, effortless untion with the Spirit. Pure meditation allows you to get in touch and cleanse your inner being. Achieve balance and a deep sense of joy. Everyone is welcome to join!!! Every Friday 7pm at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Family Room, Joyce Skytrain Station, 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver; 604-597-8440, http://www.sahajayoga.ca/vancouver/

Ongoing until July 2, 2006
Judy Cheung - Free Link.  This multi-media installation explores tele-transportation, social organization, public and private interaction and the desire to find secure ways to connect globally while maintaining distinct regional and cultural identities. Inspired by a 30 year-old engineering scheme – the Bering Straight Bridge proposal to join Alaska and Siberia – the freeLink project will be a simulated environment exploring how voyagers might travel from continent to continent via one single land and bridge based highway.  Surrey Art Gallery - 13750 - 88 Ave., Surrey; 604-501-5566.

Ongoing until June 4, 2006
The Wizard of Oz.  Come join Dorothy as she meets interesting characters and has exciting adventures as she journey's down the yellow brick road to find her courage, intelligence and love to find her way home! Familiar music and fun costumes will make this an event for every family member!  The Port Moody Arts Centre.

Ongoing until July 6, 2006
Vancouver Whitecaps Women's Soccer. Swangard Stadium. www.whitecapsfc.com

Ongoing to July 9, 2006
Arts Club Theatre Company presents CABARET.  Deliciously gaudy and sinfully bawdy, wilkommen to the Kit Kat Cluba brassy and carefree world that is doomed to crumble. Set in Berlin in the early 1930s, Sally Bowles blindly performs in the smoky spotlight, unaware of the fact that peoples lives are about to be changed forever with the rise of the Nazi regime. Featuring the bold showstoppers Wilkommen, The Money Song, and the title song, Cabaret will transport you back to a time when the gin was dry and the emcees slithered in the night. 604.687.5315, http://www.artsclub.com

Ongoing until August 27, 2006
75 Years of Collecting: First Nations Myths and Realities.  This permanent collection exhibition examines the representation of First Nations peoples in art from first contact to the present. The show explores how First Nations have historically been depicted and their culture used as subject matter by non-Native artists in British Columbia and others who visited the province. It also contrasts the imagery by non-Natives with work created by First Nations peoples – works that celebrate and expand Aboriginal cultures to offer a bracing counterpoint.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing to August 28, 2006
Community Grass Volleyball Leagues.  Trout Lake - John Hendrey Park.  (604) 255-2832, www.tfcvolleyball.com

Ongoing until August 31, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents MUSIC OF THE WHOLE WORLD.  The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra will present a free, six-part series on the ways that inter-cultural music has been and is being developed. Various musical traditions including those of Asia, India, Latin America and the Middle East will be explored through demonstration, lecture and discussion. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, (604) 331-4001, http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca

Ongoing until September 4, 2006
Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses until September 4, 2006.  Profiling the work of eight leading designers in the field, the exhibition presents the latest and most exciting developments in progressive “prefab” home design. Challenging negative perceptions of prefab as cheap, shoddy and homogenous, the exhibition explores sustainable solutions and innovative designs offered by a new generation of architects. Vancouver Art Gallery, 604.662.4719,  www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing until September 10, 2006
Arthur Erickson: Critical Works.  Arthur Erickson: Critical Works presents 12 major projects from the past 40 years through a broad array of photographs, architectural drawings, models and films. From Simon Fraser University, which first brought him international recognition in 1963, to more recent projects, the exhibition explores Erickson’s ideas of landscape, public space and social value that have made him one of Canada’s preeminent architects. Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing until September 10, 2006
The Vancouver Whitecaps Men's Soccer at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby; 604.669.9283, www.whitecapsfc.com

May 19 to September 10, 2006
Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.  Spend the summer nights at the Chinatown Night Market - the first of its kind in North America! A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & tempt your taste buds with ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before -on every Fri., Sat. & Sun. Check our website.  www.vcma.shawbiz.ca

Ongoing until October 7, 2006
ABBOTSFORD FARM & COUNTRY MARKET 2006 (every Saturday).  In West Railway parking lot by Essendene. The local farm and country market is abuzz with lively entertainment and demos, people socializing, and shopping for quality products made, baked or grown by the vendors. It’s THE place for fresh farm produce, baked goods, specialty products, unique crafts and artwork, along with contests and prizes. 604-850-6547, Abbotsford Farm and Country Market

Ongoing until October 9, 2006
East Vancouver Farmers Market.  Opening for its 12th season with a "Dig In" Garden Festival is the Farmers Market. Alongside fresh, local produce, flowers, herbs, honey, preserves, baked-goods, arts and crafts and live music will be a wide variety of shrubs, plants, flowers and veggies starters plus community garden info, composting displays and seeds for sale. Saturdays at East 15th & Victoria Dr, Vancouver.  For more information call 604-879-3276 or visit http://eatlocal.org.

Ongoing until October 29, 2006
Coquitlam Farmers Market (every Sunday).  Celebrate the Bounty of BC with the Coquitlam Farmers Market. Enjoy farm fresh produce, direct from local farmers, beautifully hand crafted items, fresh baked goods, live music and special events.  Dogwood Pavilion 624 Poirier Street, 604.318.8966, Coquitlam Farmers Market  (http://www.makebakegrow.com )

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

Ongoing
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

Ongoing
Deep Sea: The Ride.  Visitors to Deep Sea are taken aboard a submersible in search of the two great monsters of the deep ocean: The Giant Squid and the Sperm Whale. Two kilometres beneath the Ocean's surface, where pressure makes the environment more inhospitable than the surface of Mars, we follow a Sperm Whale through a spectacular hydrothermal vent community that teems with exotic life. It is a scene that has been observed by only a handful of ocean researchers. But there is more! Finding ourselves in the midst of a shoal of squid, we are amazed to see a Giant Squid up close. Hold on tight as our submersible is crushed between these two monsters as they jostle in a titanic struggle to survive. HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver; Please contact the Space Centre for showtimes, as schedule can vary at 604-738-7827.

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents VTSL FAMILY MATINEE SERIES.  Instant Improv is improvised sketch comedy at its very best. The audience provides the inspiration in the form of suggestions, and the improvisers provide the entertainment in the form of hilarious improvised scenes. Whether the improvisers reconstruct the story of an audience members first day at school or a recess mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.  New Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island.  604-738-7013, www.vtsl.com

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

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

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

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

 






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