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

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Special Events for June 2008
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May 31 to June 1, 2008
11th Annual European Festival.  A truly unique Canadian celebration of European cultures and traditions thriving in British Columbia today. With over 30 countries showcasing, the European Festival offers 15 hours of continuous family fun! Highlights: Folk dancers, singers & musicians in authentic costume performing non stop throughout the day. Cultural Displays, European Marketplace, Childrens tent with face painting, balloon-twisting, crafts & more, European Food Tent, Beer Garden, Dance finale with the S-Bahn! Admission only $7, children under 12 free! Tickets available at gate. Sponsored by the Eurofest B.C. Society, a not for profit volunteer organization.  Scandinavian Community Ctr, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby; 1.866.749.9208, www.eurofestbc.ca


May 31, 2008
Birds, Bugs and Buds on the Bay - A Nature Scrap-booking Workshop. 9:30am. Naturalist Rosemary Taylor presents a workshop using creative ways to record events using photos, artwork, and journal writing. Recommended for ages 12 and over. Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta; 604-432-6359.


May 31, 2008
Driven to Perform.  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. BC Place Stadium.  For more information go to www.driventoperform.ca.


May 31, 2008
Glen Valley Watershed Society Annual Bird Count, North Langley.  Join us for the 6th annual Glen Valley Spring Bird Count, don't worry if you are not an experienced birder, experienced birders will be there to help you sharpen your skills. The Glen Valley Watersheds Society will be hosting a wrap up BBQ following the event to give everyone the chance to enjoy good food and mingle with other birding enthusiasts. 604-532-3517,http://www.leps.bc.ca/


May 31, 2008
Simon Fraser University Open House 2008.  A party, an education fair and a campus experience rolled into one. With music, fun, prizes and hundreds of interactive displays. Contact: Fiona Burrows (778)782-3928 or fiona@sfu.ca


June 1, 2008
All built before 1925, the 10 houses on the 2008 Vancouver Heritage House Tour are alive with the imprints of their past and present owners. From Craftsman bungalow to elegant Edwardian, these unique restored homes mark the evolution of our city – the reshaping of neighbourhoods, shifting architectural trends, and generations of inhabitants – while preserving the legacy of the original built environment. 10 am – 5 pm, 604.264.9642, www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org


June 1, 2008
Beansprouts Day.  Come with the children and celebrate! The side street of 27th avenue will be blocked off and filled with FREE entertainment. So bring the family and check out this fantastic community event. We will have live entertainment with Will Stroet and Bobs and Lolo, Children's Play area and Crafts, Face Painting, Sidewalk Sale, and so much more!  11:00 am - 6:00 pm, 27th Avenue, and Main Street, Vancouver; 604.871.9782, www.beansprouts.ca


June 1, 2008
Join the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the 23rd annual HSBC Childrun for BC Children’s Hospital on Sunday June 1st! Join over 4,000 people in this fun, family-oriented 5K or 1K run or walk. Register on your own, as part of a community, corporate or school team. Funds raised go directly to childhood cancer research and programs at BC Children’s Hospital. Register now at www.childrun.com.


June 1, 2008
The 6th Annual Heritage House Tour is a one-day self-guided tour of 10 unique heritage homes.  Visitors navigate the tour using a 30 page guidebook detailing the history of each house.  www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org


June 1, 2008
The 6th Annual Heritage House Tour is a one-day self-guided tour of 10 unique heritage homes.  Visitors navigate the tour using a 30 page guidebook detailing the history of each house. 10 am – 5 pm. The focus of this year’s tour is on the connection between heritage buildings and sustainability: Pre-Tour lecture ‘ Heritage Buildings & Sustainability’ Vancouver Museum, Tuesday May 20th at 7:30 pm. Free for ticket holders. Public $12. Limited seating. 604.264.9642,www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org


June 1, 2008
The Maple Leaf Singers 40th anniversary show, Listen to the Music, will celebrate 40 years of fabulous music and memories, as well as 150 years of BC history. The dynamic show choir will perform musical highlights from Broadway favourites such as Oliver, The Sound of Music, Grease, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as the Maple Leaf Singers’ renowned mix of pop, gospel, blues, swing, ballads, classical, and folk music. Massey Theatre, 604-521-5050, www.maple-leaf-singers.com


June 2, 2008
Kayak the Little Campbell River, 6pm - 9pm. The Little Campbell River is steeped in history dating back to the early 1900’s. Running through the Semiahmoo First Nations Reserve it provides a glimpse of the local area prior to urbanization. The banks of the Little Campbell are a home to many shorebirds, herons, kingfishers and eagles. This river is tidal influenced and the spawning grounds for a variety of species of salmon. Experience Level required: novice.  604-535-7985, www.kayak.bc.ca


June 2, 2008
Margaret Mitchell.  Margaret Mitchell reads from her memoir, "No Laughing Matter: Adventure, Activism and Politics." (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 3, 2008
Intergenerational Brain Power Game at Minoru Place, Richmond; 604-718-8450.


June 3, 2008
Richmond Temples Trip, Richmond Museum; 604-247-8300


June 3 - 8, 2008
2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships. Held at picturesque English Bay, the week long extravaganza promises to be one for all ages. Whether you come out for the Triathlon Expo to see the Athletic Wear, Sports Equipment and Health Food vendors during the week, the kids triathlon on Friday, the AWAD Athletes competing on Saturday, the best of the amateurs on Sunday, or even to cheer on the elite Olympians themselveswho will race on Sunday,the 2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships are not to be missed. It’s free for all spectators, so come out and support the world’s best Triathletes. For more details go to: www.triathlonvancouver.com


June 4, 2008
Christopher Dewdney. The author reads from his most recent book, "Soul of the World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time", a fascinating and mind-altering meditation on time. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 5, 2008
100 Miles of Appetizers and Wine Tasting, Minoru Place, Richmond; 604-718-8450.


June 5, 2008
Brighouse Heritage Walk, Richmond Museum; 604-247-8300.


June 5, 2008
John Connolly.  Best-selling author John Connolly will discuss his new novel, "The Reapers", as well as touching upon, along the way: the nature of villainy in crime fiction; the problems Irish people face in becoming successful criminals; the difficulties involved in stabbing someone more than five times; and the changing nature of crime fiction. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 6, 2008
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.  The Necessary Visions series presents a screening of the documentary film, "The Power of Community." When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin, with imports of oil cut by more than half and food by 80 percent. The film tells of the struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people as they transitioned from highly mechanized agriculture to using organic farming and urban gardens. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca, www.necessaryvoices.org


June 6 - 7, 2008
VANCOUVER’S ACCLAIMED UNIVERSAL GOSPEL CHOIR, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KATHRYN NICHOLSON, IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR ANNUAL YEAR END CONCERT – SOULSTICE ’08 – COME ON CHILDREN, LET’S SING! 604.737.1545,www.universalgospelchoir.ca


June 6 - 7, 2008
new expressions: youth in motion dance company, 7:30pm,Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, $7.00 per person; Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.


June 7, 2008
Beach Hero Marine Interpretive Walk, 2pm. Explore for amazing animals and plants of the intertidal zone with our Marine Interpreter; all ages welcome! Free stickers, tattoos & activity books for all Beach Heroes.  Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy. White Rock Pier, 604-536-3552 or email cat@birdsonthebay.ca


June 7, 2008
Big Computer Swap Meet Featuring new and used computer items for sale. *Saturday June 7 Hours:11am-4pm Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver,BC Admission : $3.00 Kids under 12 FREE INFO: 604-521-6304 Also: Pop Culture Collectibles Fair featuring Comic Books, Records, Collectibles,Books, Video Games, Toys & much more! Saturday June 7 Hours: 10am-4pm Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver,BC Admisson : FREE INFO: 604-521-6304 WEB:http://www.geocities.com/turnbuckle99/


June 7, 2008
Celebrate Mount Pleasant.  Come join us for games, entertainers, food and more.  Guelph Park; 604.713.1881.


June 7, 2008
Lazuli Bunting Walks at Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam.  Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association on a search for the beautiful Lazuli Bunting.  Colony Farm is the best place to see these stunning blue birds and the only known nesting site in the Lower Mainland.  Walk the easy park trails while watching for these and other birds found here, such as the Western Kingbird.  Dress for the weather. 604-520-6442.


June 7, 2008
THE 4TH ANNUAL LANGLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Free admission. For more information please call 604-825-7045 or visit www.langleyjazz.com.


June 7, 2008
Urban Geography For Kids, Richmond Museum; 604-247-8300.


June 7 - 8, 2008
In the House Festival.  The In the House Festival is 5 years old! Time sure does go fast. The big festival is returning on June 7th and 8th. For those of you who are not entirely familiar with In the House, the concept is to have live performance of all kinds including music, dance, theatre, storytelling, spoken word, puppetry, kids shows, cabaret and so much more inside people’s living rooms and backyards. It’s a wonderful, intimate and multicultural event open to all ages! When do you get to see cancan performed live? And when do you ever get to see it at someone’s house? If you haven’t been before, this is the year to go! So come celebrate Vancouver’s rich variety of cultures, artistic disciplines, and communities all in a heart-warming weekend of mind-boggingly great talent. Come regale your senses and fill your hearts with joy and laughter, music and dance, theatre and poetry, puppets and magic. It’s 2 days, 14 shows, and over 50 acts!  http://www.inthehousefestival.com


June 8, 2008
2008 Teddy Bear Picnic.  19th Annual  Teddy Bear Picnic will take place on Sunday 8th June, 2008 at Coquitlam Town Centre Stadium.  The 19th Annual  Teddy Bear Picnic will take place on Sunday 8th June, 2008 at Coquitlam Town Centre from 11:00am till 4:30pm.  The Teddy Bear Picnic Parade will precede the opening of the Teddy Bear Picnic starting at 10:00am.  The parade route starts at Coquitlam Centre Mall and winds up at Town Centre Stadium kicking off the opening of the Teddy Bear Picnic.  The Teddy Bear Picnic has always provided a day of great family fun, entertainment and adventure.  Admission is $3, children under 3 FREE.  


June 8, 2008
5th Annual ALS Adventure Challenge - helping to raise funds for people suffering from ALS.  The ALS Adventure Challenge is your chance to tackle a new adventure while raising funds for people suffering from ALS, a devastating neurological illness. The ALS Adventure Challenge is designed to guide people of all ages and fitness levels to complete an adventure race. We'll provide you with a training program and offer all the support you need to reach your goals. Once the training is complete and you're ready to race, you'll receive free entry into the ALS Adventure Challenge Race. This is not simply a one day event; we'll support you with training tips, nutrition advice and fundraising support for months leading up to the race. We ask that each participant collect pledges to participate in the challenge. All proceeds go to ALS research and local patient services. In only 4 short years, the ALS Adventure Challenge had raised over $445,000.00 for ALS!  Panorama Park, Deep Cove, North Vancouver; 604-990-9467, www.alsadventure.com


June 8, 2008
On Sunday June 8th communities across British Columbia will come together to take part in Wheels In Motion’s signature event - the Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge. The Challenge is a fun and exciting experience where teams compete in a relay and gain a better understanding of what it is like to navigate through life using a wheelchair. Wheels In Motion is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in your community while having a great time!  Show your support! Get your team, raise money, change lives! Register your team today at www.wheelsinmotion.org  or call 1-866-609-4335 for more information.


June 8, 2008
World Ocean Day at Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach, Surrey. Come discover the exciting world of the ocean at your doorstep!  A free family filled festival with marine touch tanks, birding and marine interpretive walks, rescue demo, crafts and fascinating displays; live music, pottery arts, organic café, storytelling salmon, face painting, Bouncy Octopus, games, prizes and much more.  New this year is the ?Seas the Day? 5k Run or 3k Walk for families. Please contact Cat or Eileen,oceanday@birdsonthebay.ca, 604-536-3552 or visit www.birdsonthebay.ca/wod.htm


June 8, 2008
World Ocean Day.  Friends of Semiahnoo Bday Society and the City of Surrey is proud to join other leading educational institutions in dozens of countries in celebration of our world's ocean. This celebration - held on or around June 8th of each year - will commemorate the15th annual World Ocean Day and the 5th anniversary of World Ocean Day at Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach.  The event offers individuals a chance to learn more about their connection to our ocean and how they can help protect and conserve the ocean through positive changes in their daily lives. Please join us for a fascinating and fun day in celebration of World Ocean Day. Featuring interactive displays, family activities, crafts, face painting, marine creature touch tank, live music, kayaking, scuba, interpretive walks and Sammy the Seagull!  www.birdsonthebay.ca


June 8, 2008
vintage auto day, 11:00am-4:30pm, Burnaby Village Museum. A display of classic beauties.  Regular admission rates apply.  Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


June 8, 22, July 13, 27, August 10, 24, September 7, 2008
Ladner Village Market.  With 140 B.C. artisans, local merchants and outstanding free entertainment, historic Ladner Village is transformed into a bustling European-style street market and festival. Artisans make, bake or grow wares. Rain or shine. Free. www.ladnervillagemarket.com


June 9, 2008
Gretta Vosper.  The author of "With or Without God: Why the Way we Live is More Important than What We Believe" tackles the issue that concerns so many of us today: how to find spiritual fulfillment, comfort and connection in the here and now. (Free admission.)  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 9, 2008
Monthly DIY "Run Your Car On Water" Workshop.  Vancouver Amateur Inventors & Gadgeteers workshops on HHO. HHO is a nickname for "Brown's Gas" or the expired (public domain) Stanley Meyer "Water As Fuel" technology. Monthly - Every second Monday of the month, 8:30pm - 9:30pm. 604-739-7717.


June 9 -13, 6 - 15, 2008
Step Onboard the Nina - Relive Christopher Columbus' Bold Adventure! The Nina, a replica 15th century caravel redonda, is considered the most authentic replica ship sailing today. This elegant ship will make her voyage to Britannia Shipyard National Historical Site where she will be available for school tours from June 9-13 and public tours from June 6-15, 2008. You can tour the Nina and relive Columbus' exciting hourney of exploration to the New World! For more information contact Britannia Shipyard at 604-718-8050. www.richmond.ca/britannia, britannia@richmond.ca


June 10, 2008
Boxing at Library Square!  Authors have read, musicians played and singers sung: and now, boxers will box in the Central Library Promenade. Boxing figures prominently in this year's knock-out One Book, One Vancouver winner, "The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky" by Karen X Tulchinsky. With a boxing ring set up in the Promenade, Vancouver Public Library presents an incredible demonstration of Vancouver's talented boxing athletes. (Free admission. The 2008 One Book, One Vancouver program is presented by Vancouver Public Library with support from Raincoast Books, Book Warehouse, Friends of Vancouver Public Library, Spirit of Vancouver, the Writer's Union of Canada, Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education, Canada Council for the Arts, the Word on the Street Festival and The Vancouver Sun.)  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 11, 2008
Hillview Parent Participation Preschool presents An evening with parenting expert Kathy Lynn on the topic of “I Like Me”: How to help your child develop a positive self-image.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Theatre, 604-264-4905, www.hillviewpreschool.ca


June 12 to July 6, 2008
Corteo - Cirque du Soleil.  Corteo, which means "cortege" in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. 1.800.678.2119 ext 7291, www.cirquedusoleil.com


June 14, 2008
Dog Day Afternoon - Trout Lake's Annual Community Fair.  Kick-off at 11am! Join all the perfect pooches and their owners for a walk around the lake in the doggie parade! Highlights include: Dog Training Demos by Dog Smart Systems; Doggie Mall; Canine Contests; Hot Dog BBQ; Free Draws and Giveaway bags; Emergency Prep Information; Emergency Social Services Information; NIST/Community Web Pages display; City of Vancouver Fire Safety House and Truck; City of Vancouver Animal Shelter booth; and special guest "HugABull".  John Hendry Park (3350 Victoria Drive); 604-257-6955.


June 14, 2008
South Arm Heritage Trip, Richmond Museum; 604-247-8300.


June 14, 2008
Voices of the Fraser.  Metro Vancouver presents the third annual Voices of the Fraser. This fun and educational walk-through theatre program brings to life the history of Deas Island and Delta from 1860 - 1920. Experience live actors presenting stories of the period such as: The accomplishments and challenges of John Sullivan Deas, a free black tinsmith, pioneer and entrepreneur who pre-empted Deas Island and built one of the most productive Fraser River canneries of its time on the island; The importance of First Nations people and immigrants in the workforce of the canneries and fishing industry and some of their opportunities, challenges and contributions to the community; The life and circumstances of some of the early local settlers: the Fishers, Ladners and Burrs; The conditions for students and teachers in a one-room classroom in the early 1900s. Pack a lunch and enjoy this beautiful riverside park. Public show times: Saturday June 14 3:00 – 4:30 pm 7:00 – 8:30 pm Advance ticketing is available - call 604-432-6359 to purchase tickets. Unsold tickets will be available at the gate on performance day. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Cash only please. This event runs rain or shine; walking is involved. Everyone ages 7 and up welcome. Cost: $6/youth 7-18 $8/adults 19+ $35/family $5/person for groups of 15 or more.  Deas Island Regional Park, 604-432-6391, http://www.metrovancouver.org/voicesofthefraser


June 14 - 15, 2008
Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival at Vanier Park, Vancouver; info@bcka.bc.ca


June 14 - 15, 2008
Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay For The Kids.  The 2008 Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for the Kids is more than just a relay running event. It’s 24 hours of fun and festivities. There’s no other fundraising event like it in the Lower Mainland. Teams can win great prizes and fundraising awards for their commitment to just “a little 24 hours”. WHY: Funds raised by the Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay For The Kids support the Easter Seals Camping program for BC children with disabilities. Swangard Stadium, Central Park, Burnaby; www.24hourrelay.com


June 14 - 15, 2008
Francophone Summer Festival.  Every year in June, Vancouver vibrates to the rhythms of the 'Festival d'ete francophone de Vancouver'. Its program is aimed primarily at Francophone music. Established in 1990, the 'Festival d'ete francophone de Vancouver' is today one of the most acclaimed cultural rendez-vous in French west of Ontario. The 'Festival d'ete francophone de Vancouver's program reflects on the multicultural character of the international Francophonie, which includes more than 40 countries around the world having French as one of their official language. It happens in the purest traditional forms of Francophone summer festivals, with exterior stages set up in the heart of the city. As well, our doors are opened to all Vancouverites and tourists alike who are looking to live up to a unique cultural experience on the West Coast!  Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver; 604 736 9806.


June 14 - 15, 2008
Get your corporate or community team registered in the 2008 Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for the Kids today by simply going on-line to www.24hourrelay.com. It’s more than just a relay running event, it is 24 hours of fun with a volleyball tournament, live main stage entertainment, huge kids’ zone, food & beverage area and much more. There’s no other fundraising event like it in the Lower Mainland. Teams can win great prizes and fundraising awards for their commitment to just “a little 24 hours”.  Visit  www.24hourrelay.com  and register on-line or contact the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities at 604-873-1865 or info@24hourrelay.com .


June 15, 2008
BC Family Fishing Day and Watershed Tours Kick-off.  It’s Father’s Day! Let’s go fishing in Rice Lake. Pick up your free day licence and try your luck at catching rainbow trout. Peek under a microscope to uncover what tasty insect treats these trout like to eat. Enjoy your own feast at the delicious BBQ. Explore the picturesque Seymour Valley on a short guided tour. Discover the wonders of the watersheds in your city and find out where your drinking water comes from. Make a craft, play a game, join a fly tying demonstration, and more. Great prizes too! Presented by Metro Vancouver and the Seymour Salmonid Society. Free.  Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, 604-451-6506,  http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/water/LSCR-Events.htm


June 15, 2008
Car Free Days Festival - Kitsilano, Cambie Street, Commercial Drive, Marpole.  On Sunday June 15th (Fathers Day), come out and experience the fun of a car-free future with hundreds of thousands of your neighbours on the first-ever Car-Free Vancouver Day. Please log onto the Discussion Forums now, and help to co-create Car-Free Vancouver Day. As urban congestion increases and air quality declines, smart cities around the world are beginning to move away from car-dependency. Because we know that that less cars means more community, and more community means less cars. And less cars means a healthier and happier city. Car-Free Vancouver Day features six simultaneous Car-Free Community Festivals, each with its own unique flavour and style. This massive event is 100% volunteer produced and organized. It's YOUR party. So get involved! Let's reclaim our city by dancing in the streets.  www.carfreevancouver.org/festival


June 15, 2008
Fraser River Safari’s Father Day Tour.  Today’s tour will take guests exploring on the on the Mighty Fraser River and at the half way point break we will stop in on “Black Powder Day”. This extremely popular event will have you pulling out your holsters and shining your boots as we journey back to the old west.  One never knows what adventure lies around the next bend.  This includes a lunch, history and of course our entertaining crew. Dad’s can climb on board for half price today (accompanied by a full fare passenger)  Cost per adult $120 senior $90 children $70; www.fraserriversafari.com


June 15, 2008
Safeway Father's Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer.  Celebrating the 10th Anniversary "Do it for Dad". Event Day Registration: 8:00am. Start Time: Tot run at 10:00am & general event at 10:30am. Event: Tot run - for all kids aged 3 - 7. New for this year! 2km walk - perfect for younger children; 5km walk/run - perfect for walkers and runners; 10.8km run - a beautiful run around the lake. Post-event activities: Free BBQ for all participants; The So tight Band featuring the powerful vocals of Miss Nadine; Bouncy Castle; face painting; stilt walkers and Mr. Flowers; Hundreds of draw prizes and TOP COLLECTOR PRIZES. $30 Early Bird Registration Fee (register before May 30) or $35 Registration Fee (after May 30). Free registration for participants who submit $100 or more in donations before or on Sunday June 15. Children under age 12 register for free.  Burnaby Lake, 604-574-4012, www.fathersdayrun.ca


June 16, 2008
Gabor Mate. Bestselling writer and physician Gabor Mate talks about his new book, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts." It looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours. (Free admission but seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Banyen Books).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 18, 2008
Eden Robinson.  The author reads from her novel, "Blood Sports", which explores the brutal edges of complicity, where silence is lethal, and secrets can pull down everyone you love. The story is set in Vancouver's Downtown East Side. (Free admission. We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 19, 2008
Kayak the Nicomekl River - Sunset Paddle. 6pm - 9pm. The Nicomekl River is an important fresh water artery that is tidal influenced.  The area is the hunting ground for heron, loon, eagle, osprey, sandpipers and a number of migratory waterfowl.  Paddle along the banks of this sheltered water way to see why it is an important stopping ground for many bird species.  Historic Stewart Farm House, Surrey.  Experience Level required: novice.  604-535-7985 or email nwcakayak@telus.


June 19, 2008
Wild Rose Festival.  The World Rose Festival is being held at the newly expanded Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. This one-time event will provide an opportunity to experience the Rose in its many forms. Learn about growing roses in the mixed garden using informal, easy care, earth-friendly gardening techniques.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre; 604.984.6449, http://www.worldrosefestival.com


June 20 - 29, 2008
23st Annual 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 510,000  people attended last year’s Festival. For more information please visit  www.coastaljazz.ca


June 21, 2008
Slammin Jammin 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.  12th Annual Slammin Jammin 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament-SATURDAY JUNE 21 @ North Surrey Secondary School (160st and 96ave)12pm-6pm EVERYONE WELCOME - EVERYONE'S INVITED. 604-761-4252


June 21, 2008
ABORIGINAL DAY.  Celebrate the key role that local First Nations people played in the history of Fort Langley. Join us to share in the rich culture, history and traditions that live on in BC today. Visit the Kwantlen First Nation exhibit, The River Is Us: the Many Stories of Kwantlen on display in the Big House. For more information please visit www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley.


June 21, 2008
COMMUNITY DAY PARADE AND CELEBRATION.  Parade starts at 10 am along Fraser Highway from 201A to 297 Street, Langley. Following the parade join us for Family Fun at Douglas Park, Langley from noon until 4:00 pm. 604-514-2800, www.city.langley.bc.ca


June 21, 2008
National Aboriginal Day (Canada).  A national day of solidarity for First Nations people. National Aboriginal Day is a Canadian day of recognition of the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis, who are collectively known as Aboriginal peoples in Canada.


June 21, 2008
Rally for Champions.  Get your motor runnin'! MCL Motor Cars has teamed up with Special Olympics BC to challenge driving enthusiasts to rev up their engines in support of a wonderful cause. On the morning of June 21, vehicles will take off on a daylong rally adventure in the third annual Rally for Champions. To participate in this exclusive event, each team must raise a minimum of $1,000 either via pledges or a single payment. Space is limited to 40 cars so act now to ensure your place on our winning team!  604-737-3131.


June 21, 2008
The Urban Bald Eagle with David Hancock, 7:30pm - 9pm. David Hancock is an international authority on bald eagles and other birds of prey.  He was also the driving force behind the famous Hornby Island eagle cam, which received over 10 million hits in 2006.  Marvel at his amazing images of bald eagles and listen to his experiences working with these magnificent birds over the past 50 years. Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188 or email nature@city.richmond.bc.ca


June 21 - 22, 2008
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival has developed into one of Vancouver's most anticipated annual family summer events. Recognized as North America's biggest and best, the Festival is a true celebration of multiculturalism.  False Creek. 604.688.2382, www.adbf.com


June 22, 2008
2008 Vancouver Heel n’ Wheel-a-thon. Presented by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Vancouver Chapter.  Walk, run or stroll along a 5 or 10k beach front route at Locarno Beach, our bike our extended bike route through UBC.  Bring your family and enjoy a BBQ by M&M Meat Shops and face painting by www.Bluebearaware.com.  Locarno Beach, Vancouver; http://www.heelnwheelathon.ca.


June 22, 2008
Bullhead Children's Derby, Steveson Community Centre; 604-718-8080


June 22, 2008
Sapperton Days Street Festival.  The 6th Annual Sapperton Days Street Festival is a non-profit community event Sunday June 22nd, 11am to 4pm located on the 400 block of East Columbia St. in New Westminster. All proceeds raised on the day of the event are donated to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. This year’s Festival will support their Heart to Heart campaign goal to raise $2 million dollars to enhance their Critical Cardiac Care. Come join us to celebrate the beginning of summer. We will be having a craft fair, live performances, demonstrations, bouncy castles, clowns, bike races, a pancake breakfast, a fashion show, and much, much, more. For more information see www.shopsapperton.com


June 22, 2008
Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K. The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk, "Canada's easiest scenic Half-Marathon - running past beaches, mountains in the background and finishing in Stanley Park - a net drop of 250 feet."WWW.canadarunningseries.com/svhm/


June 22, 2008
The 6th Annual Sapperton Street Festival, which donates its proceeds to a prominent Hospital in our community which services the province of British Columbia , Canada .  This years Festival will support their campaign goal to raise $2 million; to enhance their Critical Cardiac Care.  The event will take place on Sunday, June 22, 2008 at the 400 block of East Columbia Street, New Westminster; http://www.shopsapperton.com


June 22, 2008
multicultural festival, 11:00am-4:00pm, Bonsor Complex. Celebrate the cultural diversity of South Burnaby with entertainment from many ethnic backgrounds, children’s arts and crafts from around the world and a variety of tasty treats from different cultures. Event is in partnership with Vancity Credit Union, South Burnaby Neighbourhood House, SUCCESS and the Bonsor Seniors’ Society. Free admission. 604-294-7944, http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca


June 24, 2008
Kalan Porter Concert in Benefit for the BC Centre for Ability.  The BC Centre for Ability is a local charitable organization providing a wide range of services for children, youth and adults with disabilities. The concert is being organized by a Burnaby woman,whose son Dex suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Porter is taking time out from his current tour schedule promoting his new album, Wake Up Living, to offer his support with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Early Intervention Therapy Program. This Therapy Program covers speech therapy and physical therapy for brain injuries. SONY/BMG recording artist Kalan Porter will be performing in support of the BC Centre for Ability on Tuesday June 24, 2008 at the Michael J Fox Theatre. Tickets on sale now through the Theatre at 604-664-8875 or by email to Monika.Vriend@sd41.bc.ca


June 26, 2008
Gordon Bitney.  The author will read from his new book, "Provence, je t'aime" in which he describes buying a villa in Provence, and living there with his wife and two cats. The book explores the outdoor markets, vineyards, Roman ruins and French foods. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


June 27, 2008
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/)


June 28, July 12, July 26, 2008
The Arts in Mill Lake Park ~ Presented by the Abbotsford Arts Council.  Features visual and performing artists:  buy some art, catch a concert, see artists at work  - On the grounds surrounding Kariton Gallery, 2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford;  Free Admission, 604-852-9358 | www.abbotsfordartscouncil.org


June 28 - 30, July 1, 2008
Golden Spike Days Festival.  Fun-filled weekend for the entire family with great entertainment, special events and activities, can can dancers, as well as great food! June 28th is the kick off of the festival with concerts in the evening and back by popular demand; The Port Moody Idol Contest. Visitors can enjoy family-focused events, live shows, family entertainment, sporting events, and children’s rides. Admission by donation. Rocky Point Park , Port Moody.  Check the website regularly for updates on what's planned for this year’s festival http://www.goldenspike.ca


June, 2008
sundays at civic square. 1:00-4:00pm.  Willingdon Avenue & Central Boulevard, Burnaby. Metrotown's Civic Square comes alive this summer with free performances for all to enjoy. This venue is located at Willingdon Avenue and Central Boulevard, east of the Bob Prittie Library. There is free underground parking accessed from Kingsborough Street, 1:00-5:00pm on Sundays. Performances take place rain or shine. 604-294-7944, http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca


July - August, 2008
ALL OVER THE MAP. Outdoor dance and music series at Ron Basford Park, GranvilleIslandSundays at 2pm. Free. 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca (http://www.newworks.ca/)  July 6: World Dance and Music - Silk Road Music and Friends, July 13: African Dance and Music - Miyanda and Kunaka, July 20: Polynesian Dance and Music - Langley Ukulele Ensemble and Kauhane Polynesian Dancers, July 27: Hip Hop - SOULdiers’ Dance, August 17: Flamenco - Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre, August 24: First Nations Dance and Music - Dancers of Damelahamid


July 1, 2008
Canada Day, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. Celebrate Canada Day at the birthplace of BC! Get a slice of the action with barrel races, tug-of-war contests, and cake, of course. Will you strike it rich? Try gold panning and see what you find. See the blacksmith bend steel, or try your hand at assembling a barrel. Watch our new live theatre presentation - BC 150 Years! Celebrate Canada with Canadians new and established, young and … experienced! It's free fun for the entire family, so come spend the day with us! 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley; www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


July 1, 2008
Shriners to put salmon on BBQ in their 39th annual fundraiser. Popular event set for next Sunday afternoon at Ladner Harbour Park.  The Tsawwassen Shrine Club is hosting its 39th annual Salmon Barbecue next weekend at Ladner Harbour Park. Set for Sunday, June 1, the barbecue will run from noon to 5:30 p.m. or until the supply of salmon runs out. It will take place rain or shine. The barbecue consists of a generous portion of salmon, coleslaw, French fries, bun, butter, coffee or juice; 604-943-3548.


July 14, 2008
Champlain Heights Summer Country Fair at Champlain Heights Community Centre - 3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver;  Dust off your cowboy hat and catch all the action at this fun filled annual family event. Activities will include pony rides, swing and train rides, giant slide and much more. The community favorite Los Memories Band is returning and a special appearance of Co Co the clown headline our entertainment. There will also be community display and information booths, food and a few more surprises!! So mark your calendar and help us celebrate our 27th annual Country Fair!!  For more information, please call 604-718-6575.


July 26, 2008
Old-Fashioned Sports Day.  Join in an afternoon of fun, games and outdoor pioneer pastimes on the Museum’s lawn. From well-known classics like marbles, jacks and hopscotch, to the forgotten fun of hoops and sticks, sack races and spinning tops, there’ll be fun for everyone!  Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue; 604-592-6956.


July 27, 2008
6th Annual Classic Car Show at A&W Restaurant 1355 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam; More information: www.galaxieclub.ca or 604-540-8531


August 2 - 4, 2008
Brigade Days, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm.  It was August 2nd, 1858 when the British Parliament passed an Act to establish the Colony of British Columbia. More than three months later the new governor came to Fort Langley to officially proclaim the Act and BC was born. Live historic dramatizations will be taking place each day. Guides and volunteers in traditional garb will demonstrate and reveal a way of life that was coming to an end as the new colony was beginning. The event runs all weekend 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, with the traditional canoe brigade arrival at the waterfront on Sunday, August 4th at 1:00 pm. Stay for the Picnic in the Park concert at 7:00 pm on Monday. 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


August 3, 2008
After a 21 year siesta, we are proud to announce the 2008 White Rock Sandcastle Competition is happening August 03, 2008.  This is an open sandcastle competition – we welcome the world to join in the competition, regardless of skill level. For more information: www.wrsandcastle.com


August 15 - 17, 2008
Richmond Maritime Festival.  Britannia Shipyard is the place to be for a celebration of our maritime heritage. With a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure, this year's festival is expected to be the best yet!  Maritime displays, boat restoration, maritime demonstrations, ships, food, free kids' activities, live entertainment, and maritime music. Folksinger Tom Lewis will be singing sea shanties and tales of a sailor’s life. Bring the whole family for lots of family fun. Get involved! Join the Richmond Maritime Festival Volunteer Crew. Training provided. Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond; 604-718-8050 www.richmond.ca/britannia


August 23, 2008
LANGLEY'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL.  This year's International Festival - is to celebrate our Multicultural Canada - to recognize our diversity and create unity.  We invite people from all nations to participate and showcase their ethnicity through performing and visual arts, international foods, fashion show and marketplace.  This is a free community event - fun for the whole family.  There is a Kids Zone, Youth & Sports Areas and a Senior's Chalet on Saturday, August 23rd. from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm at Douglas Park - 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley, BC. For more information or to find out how to become a participant or sponsor at the festival, please contact Shar Dubas, Coordinator at 604-530-4661 or visit our website atwww.internationalfestival.ca


August 29 - 30, 2008
BC Renaissance Festival 2008.  The BC Renfest is a go for 2008.  At our new location of Aldor Acres in Fort Langley we will be bringing back the joust, continuing the storyline and providing vendors, entertainers and food influenced by The English Renaissance.  For more information please visit: http://www.bcrenfest.com


September 12 - 14, 2008
EAT! Fraser Valley is the largest consumer food, beverage and cooking festival in suburban Vancouver , taking place at Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford BC on September 12-14, 2008. The food show features food, beverage and kitchen goods exhibitors along with wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors, chef competitions and barbecue and chili cook-offs. 604.689.8651.


Ongoing to June 26, 2008
SPECIAL PROGRAM: Tai Chi In The Garden.  This class will introduce the popular Yang Style of T'ai Chi ("Taijiquan"), an internal art that is characterized by slow, continuous and gentle movements. The Yang Style is ideal for practitioners of all ages and abilities (beginners and intermediates). Strengthen your muscles, improve balance, increase flexibility and relieve stress by learning the graceful sequence of 108 postures in this long form of Yang Style. You will also be taught how to cultivate Qi for improved blood circulation, awareness and internal power. UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre, 6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver; email nadine.diner@ubc.ca or call 604-690-5375.


Ongoing to September 7, 2008
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.  100 block of Keefer Street. 604-682-8998, vcma@shawcable.com


Ongoing to September 21, 2008
Bard On the Beach.  Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company that stages four productions in repertory every June through September. Performances are staged in open-ended tents on the waterfront in Vanier Park, against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.  Bard on the Beach's 19th season runs May 29th through September 21st, 2008 featuring the comedy/tragedy pairings of the TWELFTH NIGHT and KING LEAR in the Mainstage tent and THE TEMPEST and TITUS ANDRONICUS in the Studio Stage tent.  Vanier Park, Kits Point, Vancouver; 604-739-0559, www.bardonthebeach.org


Ongoing to September 27, 2008
Schick Xtreme3 Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race.  A Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race is a one day event aimed at challenging the bodies and minds of adventure enthusiasts. Test your limits on a scenic 40 – 50 km of mountain biking, navigation, trail running, kayaking and mystery challenges. Race solo, or in a team of 2 or 4. MOMAR after-parties are legendary – well deserved celebrations after a gruelling race day! Come out to race or volunteer and experience a weekend to remember for years to come. 1-866-912-3331, www.mindovermountain.com


Ongoing to September 28, 2008
Playland. Playland features over 35 exhilarating rides, unique attractions and fun midway games and is also home to Kids Playce, a special zone filled with soft-play areas and rides for children aged 2-8. 604.253.2311, www.pne.ca


Ongoing until October 16, 2008
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offers guided tours of the world famous architect's garden.  Tours every Thursday at 5:00 PM from April 17 to mid-October (or at other times for group of 4 or more by special arrangement). Cost is $10/person. Reserve at 604-738-4195 or by e-mail at aegarden@telus.net. The compact garden set on 2 residential lots reflects Erickson's passion for Japanese gardens. For more information visit our website at www.ericksongarden.org


Ongoing to December 31, 2008
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: Gallery Opening.  The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art will open its doors to the public on May 10, 2008, with the opening exhibition Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art. Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art runs through 2008, featuring highly interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Permanent installations include: The Raven's Trove: Gold Masterworks by Bill Reid; the monumental bronze sculpture Mythic Messengers, Reid's masterful composition of eleven intertwined figures recounting traditional Haida myths; a monumental cedar tribute pole carved by Haida Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) honouring Reid, who died in 1998. Two of the exhibition spaces feature rotating exhibitions of Northwest Coast art, cultural performances and lectures. Although the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is just steps away from one of Vancouver's busiest intersections, Georgia and Burrard, visitors find it amazingly secluded by the cloister-like setting of the courtyard.


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


Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner requierd.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2008.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venabes Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca for more information.


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












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