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

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Special Events for June 2012
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
Does your organization, club, or business have a family friendly event planned? For your free listing, send particulars to Kelmar.

 

June 1, 2012
Close to the Tracks - An Evening at the Hamilton. The Hamilton Building hosts a night "close to the tracks". Galleries and Artist studios open to the public, June 1, 5-10pm. A night of music, creativity, sunsets, and trainspotting. We will also be openning our studios Sat June 2nd for "1st Saturday" 12-5pm www.firstsaturday.weebly.com

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June 1, 2012
Skill Exchange Community Potluck. What would you like to learn? What could you teach others? From gardening, knitting, canning, languages, organizing, basket weaving...the possibilities are endless! Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. St. Mark's Anglican Church (1805 Larch Street). 604.736.3588, nikki@kitshouse.org

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June 1 - 2, 2012
This year the Goh Ballet Presents Coppelia. A playful fairy-tale revealing a comedic test of true love. The performance features award winning dancers from international Ballet competitions and festivals. This production will be performed June 1 & 2, 2012 at 7:00pm. The event is being held at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 601 Cambie Street in Vancouver, BC. Tickets for the event are available online at ticketstonight.ca or at the Goh Ballet Office, 604-872-4014 or info@gohballet.com

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June 1 - 3, 2012
EAT! Vancouver, Food & Cooking Festival. Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food & beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans & many others from the culinary world will come together for a 3 day public extravaganza at BC Place. EAT Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations & intense culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage & cooking related exhibits; and of course, fantastic shopping opportunities. http://www.eat-vancouver.com

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June 1 to July 22, 2012
Feast. Predator-prey relationships in the natural world. To eat or be eaten? Through stunning photographs, internationally acclaimed nature photographer Brad Hill presents an intimate look at animals feasting in the wild. Whether in the air, on land, or in water, Brad addresses the challenge of photographing wild and unpredictable animals at one of their most fundamental behaviours. A photography exhibit by Brad Hill. Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, Vancouver).www.naturalart.ca

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June 1 to September 27, 2012
Port Coquitlam Farmers' Market - Port Coquitlam. A busy and colourful downtown Farmers' Market with fresh produce picked that morning, fruits when in season, seafood, sausage, pickles, jams, jellies, conserves, eggs, fresh baked bread and cookies, fair trade coffee, fine art, fibre art, woodworking and so much more. A children's craft and lively entertainment will encourage you to stay and relax awhile. Thursday, 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam;

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June 1 to September 29, 2012
Mission City Farmers' Market - Mission. Mission City Farmers' Market has been in existence since 1996. For our outdoor markets, we provide a small town ambiance in the midst of shade-offering trees and the calming flow of Lane Creek. We offer a variety of in season products as well as some talented local artisans and entertainers. Mission City Farmers Market has an atmosphere that will make you smile and take you back to a quieter time. Come visit us and see for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you!  Saturdays, Lane Creek Park, Mission

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June 1 to October 3, 2012
Langley Community Farmers' Market - Langley. The Langley Community Farmers' Market invites residents of the Langleys to come discover a traditional "make it, bake it, grow it" market where the people selling their products have had a direct hand in growing and producing them. Join over 30 vendors offering an amazing array of in-season produce and fruit, processed foods and quality arts and crafts. 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley

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June 1 to October 13, 2012
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market. The Market remains a premier shopping experience offering an array of fresh produce, processed foods, garden plants, arts & crafts. The selection changes from week to week as fresh produce, fruit, plants & other agricultural products come into season. Montrose Ave & North Of George Ferguson Way, 604-996-1542,
http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

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June 1 to October 27, 2012
Burnaby Farmers' Market - Burnaby. Every Saturday from May through October, Burnaby Farmers' Market has a large variety of farmers selling organic & non-organic produce, fruits, berries, plants, fish, cheese & meats, as well as prepared food vendors selling breads, honey, jams, sauces, pickles, pastas, pita bread, dips, salsas, ethnic foods, baking & pet treats. Our crafters sell jewelry, pottery, furniture, iron work, natural cosmetics, photography, baby wear, herbal skin care, knitting & much, much more. Burnaby Village Museum

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June 1 - October 27, 2012
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market - North Vancouver. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment.

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June 1 to October 28, 2012
Ambleside Farmers' Market - West Vancouver. Every Sunday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm May through October, Ambleside Farmers' Market has a great location by the water at the entrance to Ambleside Park. We have a good selection of organic & conventional farmers selling produce, fruits & berries, plus prepared food vendors with breads, fish, jams, beef, honey, vinegars, pickles, salsas, pastas & baking, as well as a great variety of crafters selling jewelry, pottery, artwork, skin care & much more.

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June 1 to October 28, 2012
Coquitlam Farmers' Market - Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Farmers' began in 1997 as a small summer market with a few vendors, and has grown to boast a weekly Sunday market from Mother's Day to Halloween; and a twice a month Winter market from November to March. Each week you will find a diverse mix of vendors, kids crafts, local entertainment, and strong involvement by community groups who provide education to the public on local programs and services. A variety of events, such as our Salmon BBQ, are held monthly, focusing on eating and supporting local! Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot. Coquitlam;

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June 2, 2012
Hats Off Day. Hats Off Day is a party along Burnaby's Hastings Street, as Heights Merchants and the community 'take their hats off' to their customers, locals and visitors alike. Join us for Burnaby's favourite festival, featuring a colourful parade, a vintage car show, and a street festival featuring food, music and fun for all ages. 604-294-9060, teri@burnabyheights.com

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June 2, 2012
Champlain Heights Summer Fair (3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver). There will be non-stop fun and activities for the whole family. Amusement Rides, Giant Slide, Bouncy Castle, Cake Walk, Clowns, Live Entertainment, and Concession.For more information,please call 604-718-6575 or visit www.champlainheightscc.ca

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June 2, 2012
Race for Kids. Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC (BGC) has a brand-new event: Race for Kids! This event is the perfect combination of The Amazing Race and Minute to Win It! So get your team of five together, register online, and come join us on June 2nd at stunning Queen Elizabeth Park! First Place team will each receive an iPad 64G, case, and a $250 Future Shop gift card! See you on June 2nd! www.raceforkids.ca

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June 2, 2012
Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race - Burnaby. The MOMAR is an incredible weekend experience that will test your mental and physical limits. You will navigate your way through a series of checkpoints on either the 30 km Sport Course or on the 50 km Enduro Course. This race features mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and kayaking! Celebrate your accomplishments at the infamous MOMAR After Party! http://www.mindovermountain.com

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June 2, 2012
Book Launch. Hanatare Bozu: Runny-nosed Brats of Greenwood. Runny-nosed Brats of Greenwood is a story of Nikkei children living in post-war era in an internment camp town of Greenwood, BC. These children of the ‘50s lived in much simpler times when they had to explore and utilize resources around town to create new games. The first edition sold out even before copies reached the Nikkei National Museum shop. Join us to celebrate the 2nd edition of Hanatare Bozu, which is considerably more detailed and complete with rare photos from the Greenwood Museum and the Fransiscan Sisters Archives, and includes many more humorous anecdotes. Author Chuck Tasaka will be in attendance. The book will be available for $25. www.nikkeiplace.org

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June 2, 2012
Tree Buddies.  Minnekhada Regional Park. Discover the native trees in your neighbourhood! Use your senses to learn about leaves, bark and buds, during a walk in the woods. Share an outdoor experience with your child and play tree games. $12/child, adult pair. Registration required, call 604-927-4386 and quote barcode 392280. Co-sponsored by Coquitlam Parks, Recreation & Culture Service. 10 – 11:30 am. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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June 2, 2012
Car Trunk Sale - Environment Week Edition. oad up your cars, trucks and minivans with used items you no longer need and stake your claim in our parking lot. Edmonds Community Centre. Edmonds Community Centre

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June 2 - 3, 2012
MS Bike Tour - Fraser Valley Grape Escape. Cyclists spend 2 days pedaling through the scenic Fraser Valley with visits to great local wineries. On Saturday, June 2, join us for Vegas in the Valley, an evening of celebration Vegas-style! Enjoy delicious food, lots of dancing and some fun costumes. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Collect pledges to be eligible for fundraising rewards. Riders must raise a minimum of $250 to take part in the event. Money raised supports MS research and vital services for people living with MS. http://mssoc.convio.net

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June 2 -3,  9 - 10, 2012
Day Out With Thomas: Mystery On the Rails Tour 2012 Sir Topham Greets a Fan. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will take a ride along with their favorite engine friend on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities.  Squamish, http://www.ticketweb.ca/dowt

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June 2 to July 29, 2012
Art Show: ReVision@Creekhouse 2012 presented by ReVision – the Art of Recycling Society. Location: Creekhouse complex - Granville Island, 1551 Johnston Street, Vancouver, B.C. ReVision – the Art of Recycling presents a public art show featuring juried exhibits and special festival events showcasing art made from recycled, salvaged, scrounged or repurposed materials. Owing to the success of last year’s show, we are excited to be returning to the Creekhouse complex on Granville Island for two months this summer. All events are free. www.ReVision-theArtofRecycling.com

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June 3, 2012
Earth Run Vancouver 5K/10K.  Participants in the 2012 Vancouver Earth Run can choose from a 5K run/walk or 10K race. All proceeds will go to environmental nonprofits in the Vancouver area working to protect our ocean and watershed. Registration includes music, food, raffle prizes, exhibitors, a souvenir shirt, and - best of all - a beautiful run along our coast! Jericho Beach, andrea.earthrun@gmail.com

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July 3, 2012
Young Explorers Summer Camp : Begins July 3, 2012 9am – 4pm. Send your child on an adventure exploring nature and biodiversity. Campers spend a week learning about the natural world through participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and games with new friends. Children will explore our 44.5-hectare (110 acre) botanical garden and will also discover other amazing sites on the UBC campus including the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC Farm and UBC Aquatic Centre. http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/summer-camps

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June 3, 2012
27th Annual ChildRun. As the largest family fun run in Vancouver, ChildRun inspires participants to raise funds for childhood cancer research and treatment areas at BC Childrens Hospital. On Sunday June 3rd, 2012, the 27th Annual ChildRun presented by the Wilson Family will host runners and walkers of all ages and abilities on an exciting run, where participants can choose between a scenic 5 km route through Queen Elizabeth Park or the Thrifty Foods 1 km Fun Run, followed by a carnival celebration. Last year over 5,500 participants came out to support the event. Thanks to our wonderful fundraisers, donors, sponsors and supporters, we have been able to raise a staggering $1 million for two consecutive years. Please join in the fight against childhood cancer and help us reach our goal of raising over $1 million in support of pediatric oncology at BC Childrens Hospital. Donate Now or Register as an individual or as a team for this cant miss event at www.childrun.com.

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June 3, 2012
10th Annual Heritage House Tour. Join us for the 10th Annual Heritage House Tour! The Heritage House Tour is a one-day self-guided tour of heritage homes in Vancouver. Tickets purchased in advance are mailed out in early May 2012. Your ticket is a guidebook that describes each home's history and architecture, and will guide you through some of the city's most fascinating neighbourhoods. $40 + $4.80HST. 604-264-9642, mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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June 3, 2012
The Friends of Semiahmoo Bay society and the City of Surrey invite you to attend World Ocean Day on June 3. Celebrate the ocean that sustains us and learn about the crabs, snails and the trillions of tiny baby animals that cling to beach rocks in the spring breeding season. A very low tide at 11 am allows us to offer two guided beach walks in addition to other nature and bird walks. Test your crab and bird knowledge with the quiz in the attached press release. See gentle, caring kids care for that tiny pregnant crab at http://youtu.be/Sc-uSpXs1oE, 604-346-0003

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June 3, 2012
An Afternoon with former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Christopher and Hedvig Alexander. ome spend an afternoon with former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Chris Alexander. Chris is joined by his wife, Hedvig Alexander. Hedvig spent 7 years in Afghanistan doing International Development work. They will be speaking about their respective experiences while there. There will be a meet and greet, Marketplace and book signing starting at 12:30PM. Followed by the talk at 2:00PM. Price is $20.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased thru our website at http://cw4wafghan-vancouver.eventbrite.ca Funds raised from this event will go to education projects in Afghanistan. Van Dusen Gardens. Please check out our website at www.cw4wafghan.ca

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June 3, 2012
Habitat: A Community Performance Project is the final performance from the artists-in-residence program. Artists Julia Carr (Contemporary Dance), Meghan Goodman (Contemporary Dance), and Maggie Winston (Puppetry) have enlisted community members to create healthy habitats within the Community Centre. Showcasing visual arts, dance, martial arts, an aquatic dance and a giant water dragon puppet in the pool! Join us for a unique site specific spectacle celebrating our community.
Open to all ages. Kensington Community Centre. Free. www.lostandfoundpuppetco.com

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June 3, 2012
East Feast Vancouver. East Feast is a community meal that raises funds through ticket sales to directly fund an artist or artist group. Grass Roots microfunding at it's best. Call For Artists or for more information on this event please email: eastfeastvancouver@gmail.com; Feast Tickets are $20. Attendees of the Feast wll enjoy a meal prepared by a local chef, entertainment and an opportunity to listen and meet 3 artists who will give a 5-7 minute presentation during the event. At the end of the meal participants will then vote on which artist will receive funding. Tickets are available at the Britannia Info Centre & Pool; Online www.britanniacentre.org/programs; Phone (604)718-5800

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June 3 to September 30, 2012
Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market - Steveston. The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open May 20 and operate every Sunday bi-weekly until September 30 (Except July 1). This popular market, now in its 5th year, includes fresh local produce, organic sausages, beef, turkey and chicken, artisan breads and baked goods, cheese, honey, jams and jellies, artisan salts, plants, natural soaps, body cream, unique art and so much more. Come for the day and enjoy the music, children's activities and delicious food like organic beef burgers, sausages, chili, waffles, fresh juices and much more and the Chef in the Market demos too. Rain or shine. 3rd Ave & Moncton St

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June 6, 2012
Zing! Children's Choir invites singers between ages 5 - 18 to join us for 2012-2013 season! Under the direction of Heather Christiansen, we are looking for kids who love to sing and perform! We have sung with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Chor Leoni, Elektra Women's Choir, and the Juno-Award winner, Brad Turner!  Shaughnessy Heights United Church. For more information, check out:www.zingvancouver.ca or contact choir manager, Monica Kim, 604-790-5056;  zingadministration@gmail.com

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June 6 to October 3, 2012
Main Street Station Farmers' Market - Vancouver. Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish. Expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market - everything from produce, meat and cheese, baking and more!  Every Wednesday.

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June 7, 2012
Music in the mornings with Professor Banjo! Sing-a-longs, dancing games, and just a bit of focused learning. Parents and kids can go beyond "Old MacDonald" and learn traditional songs to sing at home. Explore simple rhythm instruments or bring your guitar, uke, etc. and learn to play along. At Green Room Yoga (2645 East Hastings). This series is four sessions long: Thursday mornings June 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, from 9:30 to 10:15. $50 per family. For questions, or to register, e-mail Paul at professorbanjo@gmail.com

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June 7, 2012
The Six Perfections: The insanity of anger, the beauty of patience. Six essential spiritual practices that we can integrate into our daily life and practice wherever we are and whatever we are doing. They lead us along the path to enlightenment and, combined with compassion, become part of the Bodhisattvas way of life. Cost* $10 per class, $40 for 5 classes. Free for Centre Card holders. Tilopa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 604.221.2271.

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June 8 - 9, 2012
Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films. Our goal is to inspire and stimulate people to explore their relationship with the ocean by bringing together local and international filmmakers and presenters in a multimedia event and film competition. Celebrate World Oceans Day as we present three shows of world class documentaries at the VIFF Vancity Theatre. For 2012, we are very proud to be partnering with the Georgia Strait Alliance. All profits, after expenses, will be donated to them to assist in their mission to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters and communities. http://www.vfof.ca

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June 8 - 10, 2012
MEC Bikefest North Shore. Join us for a weekend of cycling fun for everyone. Bikefest will feature vendors, community groups, workshops, guided rides, stunt shows, kids' activities, demos, races, art, food and more! Inter River Park, North Vancouver; 604.990.4417, nvnbikefest@mec.ca

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June 8, 15, 22, 2012
All Over The Map Returns This Summer 2012. Free outdoor dance and music series.All Over the Map is back for its ninth season at Granville Island , bringing you the best in free, outdoor cultural events in Vancouver . The series will offer six performances over three days at Ron Basford Park , on Sundays July 8, 15, and 22 with showtimes of 1:00pm and 3:00pm. visit www.newworks.ca

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June 9, 2012
St. Faith's Annual Boulevard Sale. St. Faiths Anglican Church is holding their Annual Boulevard Sale on Sat. June 9, 2012 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at 57th & Cypress Street (opposite Choices). There will be Pre-owned Book Sale, Home-made baking,Hot dogs, ice creams & drinks, a Pumpkin Seeds Quilters Display and Sale and Bedding Plants. A portion of funds raised go to the St. Faith's Outreach Fund supporting local community and global caring ministries. West 57th Ave at Cypress (near West Blvd), 604-266-8011.

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June 9, 2012
Vancouver Draw Down. On Saturday June 9, 2012, 18 different arts and cultural organizations across Vancouver will host a total of 27 diverse, hands-on drawing workshops in community centres, museums, art galleries and on the street! You can add to a mural, do a pinprick drawing, doodle, sketch, improve your still life or life drawing techniques, create your own font, draw inside a 12-foot high paper tunnel, and much more. The workshops are designed with a come-and-go atmosphere, and participants are encouraged to move around to different events throughout the day. FREE http://www.vancouverdrawdown.com/

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June 9, 2012
You're Invited! The Face of Our Community: Vancouver Draw Down at ArtStarts. Vancouver Draw Down is an annual, daylong celebration of drawing that challenges everyone—young and old—to dispel their preconceptions about drawing, touch a pen to a piece of paper, and make a mark. On June 9, visit the ArtStarts Gallery for fun, free drawing activities...ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street; www.artstarts.com/events

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June 9, 23, July 14, 21, 2012
Introduction to Geocaching. Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm
June 9 Pacific Spirit Regional Park
June 23 Capilano River Regional Park
July 14 Iona Beach Regional Park
July 21 Deas Is land Regional Park
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by all ages, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. GPS equipment provided. All ages. $21.25/person. Registration required, call 604-432-6359.

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July 9 to August 24, 2012
Animal Adventure Safari Day Camp. Animal Adventure Day Camps for kids ages 6 to 12 years old. Learn about Bugs, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Mammals. Build bug catchers, have a tortoise race with real tortoises, do spider art, carve soap stone, bird watching, feed lizards and frogs and much more in these action packed week long day camps. 604 299-6963, www.cinemazoo.com
4 week long camp dates to choose from:
July 9 to 13 - for 6 to 8 yr. olds
July 23 to 27 - for 9 to 12 yr. olds
Aug. 6 to 10 - for 6 to 8 yr. olds
Aug. 20 to 24 - for 9 to 12 yr. olds

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June 10, 2012
Walmart Walk For Miracles. Join thousands of people across the country and raise crucial funds for Children's Miracle Network member hospitals in the 9th Annual Walmart Walk For Miracles, on June 10th. Last year, over 15 thousand people of all ages took part in Walk-related activities, raising a record $5 million. This year, with your help, there's no limit to what we can achieve! Take part in a 1 km or 5 km walk around Stanley Park. The route is suitable for wheelchairs, strollers or wagons. Join us after the walk for some refreshments and entertainment to celebrate a successful event. A selection of various local artists will contribute to the celebration. (Please note: In keeping with Walmart's zero waste goals, filtered water will be available onsite. Please bring your reusable drinking container). 604.875.2444, info@bcchf.ca

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June 10, 2012
SOCKEYE RUN CAR SHOW & SHINE. The Richmond Lions are pleased to announce our 22nd Annual Sockeye Run Car Show & Shine will be held on June 10, 2012 at Steveston Park, Richmond BC. We are happy to continue this important fund-raising event at our “home” location where the Lions Sockeye Run has been held for 20 of the past 21 years. http://www.richmondlionsclub.org/fundraisers/sockeye-run.html

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June 10, 2012
2012 Island City, by Bike Tour. Island City, by Bike Tour is a free, annual event that takes advantage of Richmond’s on and off street cycling network to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling for fitness and fun. This year will feature long (18 km) and short (7 km) rides with both groups reconvening for refreshments and a raffle prize draw. Helmets required. http://www.richmond.ca/services/ttp/cycling/news.htm

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June 10, 2012
Storytelling for Social Change Vancouver International Storytelling Festival. Please join us for a panel discussion in conjunction with the 19th annual Vancouver International Storytelling Festival: "What Stories are Made of". Zaccaheus Jackson, Comfort Ero, Laura Simms and Terry Shea will lead a discussion on the applications of storytelling for social change. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver Society of Storytelling.)  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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June 10 to September 9, 2012
Ladner Village Market - Delta. Located in historic Ladner Village, this 3 block long, open-air market runs rain or shine and has over 140 vendors from all over the southern province. As the vendors vary each Sunday the market is never the same twice! Shop 'til you drop as you peruse the fresh produce, plants and garden accessories, hand-made jewellery, soaps, crafts, and so many more original creations. 48th Ave Between Delta & Elliot St.

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July 11, 2012
Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix p/b Allstream. Canada`s greatest criterium. Watch North America’s top men and women cyclists race wheel-to-wheel on Gastown’s thrilling 1.2-km course with the hairpin corner. Women’s race 30 laps. Men’s race 50 laps. Action starts 5:45 pm. Part of BC Superweek. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.globalrelayggp.org

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June 11 - 15, 2012
Arts of Conscience. Vancouver International Song Institute, in partnership with Instruments of Change and VanCity Theatre, presents Arts of Conscience a five-day series of talks and films exploring the power of art as a catalyst for positive social change - June 11 to 15, 2012 at VanCity Theatre. Each evening will feature a 5:30pm talk by leading project directors in Art Activism and Social change, followed by an 8pm screening of powerful documentary films, including Wasteland and Favela Rising. Innovator lectures are $5; film screenings $11. Full speaker & film info at: www.songfire.ca

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June 12 - 14, 19 - 21, 2012
Beach Bonanza. 10 am – 2 pm. Boundary Bay Regional Park. Uncover the secret lives of underwater creatures during a discovery walk, or peer into an aquarium. Look for park interpreters at Centennial Beach. Weather permitting. Information or to register groups: 604-224-5739. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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June 12 to August 14, 2012
Baby & Me Hiking Club on North Shore. Tuesdays, June 12 to August 14 OR Thursdays, June 14 to August 16. 10:30 am – 12 Noon. Capilano River & Lynn Headwaters Regional Parks. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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June 14, 2012
Michele Landsberg. One of the most respected voices in Canadian feminism, two-time National Newspaper Award-winning journalist Michele Landsberg reads from her new volume "Writing the Revolution." For 25 years, between 1978 and 2005, Landsberg wrote a highly influential column in the Toronto Star, recording and interpreting history from the front lines of the feminist movement. In Writing the Revolution she brings us a collection of her favourite columns. With her trademark blend of kindness, toughness, bluntness and humour, she reflects on when she was right and when she was wrong, what was happening behind the scenes and what has happened since. Looking back over the years Landsberg ponders the present and future of feminism. (Admission is free. Seating is limited.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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June 15 - 17, 2012
2012 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. The Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival centers around the Dragon Boat races. The Festival was created to show off Vancouver's growing cultural diversity and to promote racial harmony among Canadians, new and old. Twenty-four years later the festival still fulfills its mandate to promote cultural harmony and has developed into one of Vancouver's most anticipated summer family events. The Festival supports a marketplace with art, international products, delicious food and drinks. There is something for everyone at this annual event. Various Locations Around False Creek. http://www.dragonboatbc.ca

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June 15 to July 2, 2012
VELOPALOOZA ! Bike Fun for Vancouver. Many themed rides that everyone can enjoy. Almost all are free. www.velopalooza.ca

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June 16, 2012
Saturn-5 Saturday - Blast off to Fun! Family-fun Saturn-5 Saturday runs on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Space Centre. Each month has a different space-themed activity. Collect the secret code words of at least 6 sessions for an invitation to our Mission Accomplished wrap-up party on Dec 15. Visit www.spacecentre.ca for details.

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June 16, 2012
Dog Days of Summer.  Campbell Valley Regional Park. Round up your pooch and join us at this 3rd annual Dog Days event. Try a mini obedience class, run an agility course and learn new ways to exercise with your dog. Enter to win prizes for best dressed hound, best dog–owner look alike or best dog trick. Allow an hour for activities and please, all dogs must be on a leash. Look for event signs at 200th Street and 8thAvenue, Langley. 11 am – 3 pm http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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June 16, 2012
Women of Roedde House Museum Tour & Reception. Join 3 guides on this museum house tour: *Lorraine Irving, (BC Genealogical Society & Mt View Cemetery tours) speaks on murdered nurse Anna Roedde. *Jolene Cumming, (Herstory Cafe & Stanley Park History Group) speaks on women & bookbinding, domestic service & West End leisure activities. *Roedde House docent speaks on the Roedde family. $10 per person (Max 20 people) Includes Reception & light refreshments. (Order tickets early as we expect this event to sell out) www.roeddehouse.org

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June 16 - 24, 2012
GearUp4CF. GearUp4CF is a fundraising bike ride dedicated to raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. With three distances available this year, GearUp4CF is open to riders of all ages and abilities! Join the 9 Day Marathon Team and ride from June 16-24th starting in Vancouver, BC and finishing in Banff, AB: a total of 1200 km! Alternatively, join us for the Weekend Challenger on June 16-17th from Vancouver to Manning Park (235 km) or the Kick-Off Century Ride on June 16th from Vancouver to Chilliwack (100 km). Enjoy a beautiful fully supported ride and help us breath life into the future of those living with cystic fibrosis. Early bird registration is $175 and fundraising is required for riders participating in the 9 Day Marathon or the Weekend Challenger. Register by May 15th to get the early bird rate! We are also looking for volunteers! For more information or to register as a rider or volunteer please visit www.gearup4cf.org

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June 16, 2012
Austin Heights - Daisy Day Festival - Coquitlam. Fun! Food! Friends! FREE! A free Pancake Breakfast served up with a side of toe-tapping music, exciting entertainment, loads of prizes, kid's activities and crafts. The 2nd Annual Daisy Day Festival is a family oriented community event sponsored by the Austin Heights BIA and its members. Come celebrate our neighbourhood. Rain or shine. Pancake Breakfast runs until 10:30 am, entertainment and activities until 3:00 pm Music and entertainment by Tony Prophet, Five on a String Bluegrass Band, FAT Jazz, Sung Hang Do, Jeff Huggins, Bailey Rathbone, Hanfu Traditional Chinese Dancers, Russian House Entertainers, Korean Drummers Group and much more. 1033 Austin Ave.

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June 16, 2012
Test of Metal Mountain Bike Race. An unforgettable day for everyone involved. For those in the saddle it is in every way a test of mettle. The unrelenting course takes the fastest just over 2 hours, the average competitor 3-4 & the humans 5-6. Brennan Park Recreation Centre, Squamish; http://www.testofmetal.com

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June 16, 2012
The Women of Roedde House Tour - Vancouver. "The Women of Roedde House Tour" will be featuring three guides: Jolene Cumming of Herstory Cafe and the Stanley Park History Group will be speaking on women and bookbinding, on domestic service, and on West End leisure activities of the era. Lorraine Irving, of the BC Genealogical Society and Mt. View Cemetery tours, will be speaking on one of Gustav Roedde's daughters, the murdered nurse, Anna Catherine Roedde. One of our own docents will be speaking about the Roedde family's journey to and life in Vancouver. Admission is $10.00. To purchase tickets, call 604 684-7040. 1415 Barclay St.

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June 16, 2012
Fraser Valley Kids Fair, 10am-5pm at Bakerview EcoDairy; www.fraservalleykids.com

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June 16, 2012
14th Annual Surrey Fest Downtown. There will be concerts all day including Beetles tribute band Fab Fourever headlining.  There will also be a motorcycle show and activities for all ages!  And the best part is free admission! The Surrey Fest will be located at Central City Plaza, right beside Surrey Central Skytrain Station. For more information check out http://www.surreyfest.com

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June 16, 2012
Kidstuff Only Swapmeet. Our swapmeets are perfect places to clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain. If you’re thinking of selling, we accept only maternity clothes and used items for children age 12 and younger. Free admission for buyers. Willingdon Community Centre.

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June 16, 2012
The 7th annual Teddy Bear Picnic is coming up on June 16th 2012 from 1030-2pm and is located at St. Andrew's Park on 1044 St. Georges Avenue, North Vancouver. There will be many activities such as face painting, a bouncy castle, a parade, a clown, a BBQ and much much more. All proceeds will go towards children's activities in the community. Entrance is free as well as cookies, tea and coffee. I was wondering if you could put this in your community Calendar. Also there is another community event coming up called the Acapella Chorus Voices of Hope Concert. It will be located at St. Andrew's United Church on 1044 St. Georges Street, North Vancouver from 4-6 pm. This afternoon of music will include pop music by the beatles, coldplay, pink, Sarah McLachlan, Bedouin soundclash and more. This event is on May 27th, entry is by donation and all proceeds will go towards the Save Your Skin Foundation, a local non profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about melanoma skin cancer. We would love if you could include both of these events in your community events calendar. Please contact me if for more information. 604-985-1999

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June 16 - 17, 2012
Car-Free Vancouver Day. This year on Saturday June 16th in Kitsilano and Sunday June 17th (Father's Day) at the other festival locations, you and your neighbours are going to help us transform your communities into an amazing car free carnival! Find out how you can get involved as a volunteer, performer or vendor at the festival sites.

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June 17, 2012
SPLASH! BC Family. Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Bring your family to this free fishing experience as you try to catch rainbow trout at Rice Lake. Enjoy the exhibits, take a bus tour or bike up to the Old Growth Trail and Seymour Falls Dam, buy a BB Q lunch, and enter to win great prizes. The LSCR is three kms north of Capilano University on Lillooet Road. 10 am – 3 pm, http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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June 17, 2012
Sunday in the Park. 9 am – 12 Noon. Boundary Bay Regional Park. Enjoy the 12th annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast at Centennial Beach, near the playground site. Take in the fun and live entertainment with your family as you help celebrate the grand opening of the new food service building and washrooms. Breakfast: $5/adult; $2/child. Breakfast hosted by Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay Lions Club in association with the Cammidge House Committee/Boundary Bay Regional Park Volunteers. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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June 17, 2012
Seek the Peak 2012 - North Vancouver. The challenging 16-km course starts on the beach at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, winds its way through North Vancouver, then heads up the legendary Grouse Grind® to the Peak of Vancouver. Seek the Peak is not strictly a race for elite athletes. Participants are primarily motivated by the symbolic overcoming of a significant obstacle, reflecting the ongoing fight against breast cancer. This event is about rethinking what matters. It's about rethinking our pain thresholds and our ambitions. More than this, it's about rethinking our priorities. Support Rethink and together we will overcome breast cancer.

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July 19 - 22, 2012
BC Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance returns this summer at the 6th Annual BC Renaissance Festival!  Come join the village of Steller’s Grove for a weekend of thrills and merriment! After the arrest of Charity, Cobbs, and Firth, life returns to normal for the villagers of Steller’s Grove.  Even Charity’s abandoned crew seems to be settling in.  But what brings King Henry back to the shire, and who is the mysterious widow that has just arrived?  Is there foul play afoot? Shop the marketplace, enjoy the stage performers, and spend some time with the characters of Steller’s Grove.  Thrill to the excitement of the Joust and join us in song at the end of the day.  More to see and do for all ages.  Come for the day, or visit us all three days, and immerse yourself in the 16th century! Thunderbird Show Park, 24550 72nd Ave, Langley; http://www.bcrenfest.com

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June 19 to August 21, 2012
Silver Sneakers Hiking Club – Level 1. 9:30 – 11:30 am. Capilano River Regional Park. Explore Capilano Canyon with like minded people during easy two-hour guided hikes that run rain or shine. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Ages 50+ $20/person/series. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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June 21, 2012
Tom Wayman & Kate Braid. Award-winning authors Tom Wayman and Kate Braid present a dynamic evening of poetry. Wayman reads from "Dirty Snow", which unflinchingly considers the impact of the Afghan War: its absence and presence in Canadians everyday lives as citizens of a nation at war. Braid reads from several collections, including a new edition of "To This Cedar Fountain", which presents a rich, lyrical portrait of the life and work of artist Emily Carr. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Harbour Publishing). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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June 21, 2012
National Aboriginal Day. Learn about First Nation’s values, customs, language and culture as you experience a feast of maple glazed salmon, bannock (fry bread), wild rice pilaf, baby greens with seasonal berries and a delectable dessert on this the longest day of the year, summer solstice! Edmonds Community Centre. 604-297-4400.

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June 21, 2012
Aboriginal Day At Fort Langley - Fort Langley. Taste, see and hear the traditions of BC's Aboriginal communities that played a key role at Fort Langley. Join us to share in the rich culture, history and traditions that live on in BC today. Taste salmon baked over the fire, enjoy Aboriginal dancing, drumming and storytelling, and discover the traditions of our land. 23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley.

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June 21, 2012
Make Music Vancouver // Fête de la Musique Vancouver. Local musicians, amateurs and pros alike, will be performing in the streets of Gastown all evening. From baroque to rock, all genres and all levels of ability will be represented. Over 200 bands - yes, you read that right - will be giving 1-hour performances (not all at once, thank goodness!) The best part? It is entirely free. No tickets, no admission, just fun. All you have to do is show up in Gastown between 5:00 and 10:00pm, and enjoy the show. Check out http://www.makemusicvancouver.com/ for all the locations.

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June 21 to September 16, 2012
Klahowya Village back for 2012. Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village and join the excitement in 2012. Klahowya Village in Vancouver's Stanley Park is an authentic Aboriginal tourism experience like no other you've seen. We welcome you to visit, celebrate and experience our vibrant culture through song, dance, art and cuisine!  More information will be available soon at http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village/

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June 22 - 24, 2012
Carnaval del Sol - Vancouver. Attracting over 45,000 people in 2011, Carnaval del Sol is certainly one of Vancouver's biggest summer festivals! With the goal of promoting Latin American culture through sport, art, music, and food, this event is broadly welcomed by the city mayor and consulates. June 24th is a family oriented event divided into six main activities: soccer tournament, food market, sustainability presentations, childrens activities, music and art performances and fashion shows. Carnaval del Sol is an free, eco-friendly event. Granville St.

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June 22 - 24, 2012
Point Grey Fiesta. The Point Grey Fiesta for families is happening Jun 22-24, 2012! Starting with carnival rides on Friday, Saturday begins with a parade on West 10th avenue, and the celebration continues in Trimble Park (2250 Trimble Street @ W 8th Avenue) with stage performances, silent auction, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and childrens activities are free of charge. Please check out our website for more information: www.pointgreyfiesta.org/

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June 22 to July 1, 2012
TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Vancouver's signature festival & BC's biggest music showcase will animate the city for 10 days - June 22 to July 1, 2012. From noon to the wee small hours, a rich tapestry of jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion, electronica & world music will fill the air at venues big, small, indoor & outdoor across this city. By taking the music to concert halls, parks, community spaces, clubs, public plazas & neighbourhood streets, the Jazz Festival electrifies Vancouver with over 400 concerts, and stirs the souls of more than 500,000 people each year. David Lam Park stage. http://www.coastaljazz.ca

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June 23, 2012
Artstravaganza! - Canadas most exciting gala auction in support of the arts! Come join us on June 23rd at the Westin Bayshore, downtown Vancouver for artstravaganza! - Canadas most exciting gala auction in support of the arts! artstravaganza!! unifies for the first time, over 45 of the most respected arts groups in British Columbia under a single umbrella and a single spectacular fundraising event. Guests will be able to bid on a variety of select arts items, from tickets to the arts, to exclusive arts events, to works of art, to unique experiential offerings, to cultural tourism opportunities, to premium goods, artstravaganza!! will assemble a roster of the most compelling arts and arts-related items BC has ever seen! www.artstravaganza.org

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June 23, 2012
Bugs, Snails and Spider Trails. 10 – 11:30 am OR 1 – 2:30 pm. Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Experience a fun, hands-on introduction to invertebrates with your child. Explore the world of insects, spiders and other creepy-crawlies. Join a bug hunt, follow a snail and count spider legs. $12.23+HST/child, adult pair Registration required, call 604-421-5225 and quote barcode 269063 for the 10 am program, or barcode 269064 for the 1 pm program. Co-sponsored by Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

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June 23, 2012
BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival - Coquitlam. Ever wanted to watch men toss a tree? Want to know why Scottish men wear a kilt? What is haggis anyway? Travel back in time at the BC Highland Games, the largest celebration of Scottish culture in BC and immerse yourself in all things Scottish. Witness fierce athletic competitions equal in stature to what took place centuries ago across the highlands such as the caber toss and hammer throw. Savour the thunderous sounds of championship bagpipe bands marching in unison. This year's event includes expanded children's activities, workshops of Scottish culture & heritage. Percy Perry Stadium.

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June 23 - 24, 2012
Invitation to VECTOR Field Day: Come talk to amateur radio operators around the globe! The Vancouver Emergency Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR), which provides back up communications for the City of Vancouver during emergencies and disasters, is inviting the public to see what their organization is all about. An annual international Amateur Radio event that has participants attempting to make contact with as many operators as possible in a 24 hour period, Field Day affords VECTOR the opportunity to practice establishing a temporary communications facility in order to better serve the needs of emergency management in Vancouver. When: Saturday June 23 (11:00 am) to Sunday June 24 (11:00 am). QE Park, info@vectorradio.ca

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June 23 - 24, 2012
Tough Mudder - Whistler. Tough Mudder events: hardcore 16-19 kilometre (10-12) mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, & camaraderie. Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you'll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, & discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that's experienced all too rarely these days. This year's event will take place at Whistler Olympic Park. After you finish the course, grab a beer & hang out with your fellow Mudders. There'll be a band & lots of food for sale. Whistler Olympic Park.

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June 24, 2012
Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k Run - Vancouver. Join us June 24, 2012 for the 14th annual Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k Run/Walk, Canada's easiest scenic half-marathon, running past beaches, mountains in the background, finishing in Stanley Park, a net drop of 76 m (250 ft). 7 am start for half marathon, 9 am start for 5 km. For registration details go to our website for all race information. http://www.canadarunningseries.com/svhm/

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June 24, 2012
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR. 175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, mid-century Modernist decor, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day Visit the Website for Full Details - General Admission 10am-3pm $5 at Door - Special Early- Bird Admission 7am-10am $20 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible. www.21cpromotions.com

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June 24, 2012
A Midsummer Fête. Colony Farm Regional park. Spend a whimsical afternoon enjoying art activities, music, dance performances,community garden tours, a labyrinth, storytelling, farmer’s market and an afternoon tea party. Chat with experts about the history of the farm, therapeutic gardeni ng, plant medicines and sustainability issues. Allow 2 hours. For all ages and abilities. Admission by donation. Join us at the end of Colony Farm Road, off of Lougheed Highway. 1 – 5 pm. Information: 604-432-6359 or www.publicdreams.org Presented by The Public Dreams Society in partnership with Metro Vancouver.

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June 24, 2012
Eagle Watch - Steveston. Richmond is home to over 15 pairs of nesting bald eagles. At these sessions, telescopes and binoculars are available to view one nest from Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Steveston. Britannia Heritage Shipyard. http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/ptc/naturepark/about.htm

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June 26, 2012
Psychology Salon: Put off Procrastinating! If you procrastinate from time to time, rest assured that you are not alone! While most of us can identify with the desire to put things off, for some people the occasional procrastination can turn into a habit that prevents them from leading a fulfilling life. In this presentation by psychologist Dr. Ekin Blackwell, gain insight into the thinking traps that keep us procrastinating and learn some practical strategies to break free from the procrastination cycle. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Changeways Clinic). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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June 27, 2012
Wild Women Canoe Adventures, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm. Deas Is land Regional Park. Gather your girlfriends for a summer canoe adventure. Learn basic paddling techniques and tour the serene, sheltered waters of Deas Slough as you hear stories of the Fraser River’s past. View eagle nests, herons and bog orchids as you paddle by farmland, fishing boats and rich estuary wetlands. Ages 13+, $20+HST/person. Registration required, call 604-952-3000 and quote barcode 275685. Co-sponsored by the Corporation of Delta.

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June 28, 2012
19th Annual George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation. Please join us for the presentation of the 19th Annual George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award to Daphne Marlatt for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. To mark the 100th anniversary of George Woodcocks birth, the event will feature short readings or remarks from Jerry Zaslove, Stephen Collis, Wayde Compton, Maria (Gladys) Hindmarch and Ryan Andrew Murphy. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by BC BookWorld, The Writers' Trust of Canada and Dr. Yosef Wosk. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

June 29,  2012
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

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June 29 to July 1, 2012
Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival 2012. Entering into its sixth year, the Taiwanese Film Festival (TWFF) in Vancouver is back again this summer! Just as the larva of Papilionoidea will metamorphose into butterflies, so will one see and experience change everywhere, great and small. This summer, we would like to bring to you the theme of transformation in Taiwanese cinema. We will be screening six transformational films. www.twff.ca

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June 30 to July 7, 2012
BC Bike Race. BC Bike Race is a seven day mountain bike adventure that takes 500+ international participants from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, down the Sunshine Coast & via Squamish to finish in Whistler. In its 6th year, the BC Bike Race has become a cultural phenomenon in the cycling world & is often referred to as 'The Best Week of My Life' by participants. Whether you are a world champion or an adventure enthusiast, this is far more than a race. It's a tour of BC's West Coast-the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. Largest multi-day mountain bike race in the western hemisphere; most mountain bike singletrack in the world. http://www.bcbikerace.com

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June 30 to July 9, 2012
Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship - Surrey. The 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship will be held in Surrey, British Columbia and promotes the development of the sport of fastpitch by helping young female athletes reach for their personal best. This year will be exceptionally promising, as we have extended invitations to national and elite club teams. Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch welcomes hundreds of college and university scouts to the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship. This tournament provides players with an excellent opportunity to be considered for scholarships to some of the top schools in North America. Various Locations Surrey.

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July 5 to September 16, 2012
Free watershed tours. Want to find out where our water comes from? Take a tour and see what makes our water mountain fresh and world class. Metro Vancouver manages three closed watersheds to provide 2.3 million residents with a clean, reliable supply of drinking water. Every summer, we open the Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds to the public by hosting watershed bus and walking tours. Advanced registration required, call 604-432-6430 or  http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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July 9 - 13, 2012
This summer kids will take over Pacific Theatre! From July 9-13th, kids aged 9-12 are taking over Pacific Theatre in the first ever PT KIDS Summer Theatre School! Lead by professional actor Kaitlin Williams (Doubt), kids will learn a range of performance skills through improvisation, theatre games, music, dance, and storytelling. This is the perfect opportunity for parents who want a little vacation during their kids’ vacation and for kids who love to perform in a fun and supportive environment. For more information or to register visit www.pacifictheatre.org, or contact Kaitlin at 604.731.5483 or kaitlin@pacifictheatre.org.

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August 3 - 12 , 2012
The 22nd annual Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, turns the West Vancouver waterfront into an open-air celebration of the arts. Visitors can enjoy the expanded Art Market, sponsored by Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism, which takes place both weekends of the Festival; art exhibitions in the park; artist talks and demonstrations; movies under the stars with Cinema in the Park sponsored by West Vancouver Optometry and over 70 bands and performers bringing music to the waterfront. Salsa by the Sea and dynamic dance showcases also light up the waterfront festivities. The very popular Best of the West, sponsored by Park Royal Shopping Centre, returns for a second season of unique wine and culinary tasting on the Ferry Building Landing Pier on August 8, 2012.  This year’s Wine Garden, sponsored by Grosvenor Americas, is open every day of the Festival.  Sip beverages and dine in this intimate venue, while grooving to some of BC’s local gems. www.harmonyarts.ca

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
That which makes us Haida: the Haida language. This exhibition documents the last remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language and explores the three remaining dialects found in Alaska, Old Massett and Skidegate through portraits taken by Vancouver-based photographer Farah Nosh over the last eight years and interviews with the last fluent speakers in these communities.These men and women (the youngest is now 65 years old) who grew up with active, fluent speakers in their homes, are dedicating their time to save this linguistic isolate from extinction by teaching in schools, creating a written orthography and orally documenting all the vocabulary they know. They speak of how the language has influenced their relationship to the land and the sea, and shaped their ability to feel and understand their relationship to the earth and all beings through respect for all things. A full-colour catalogue, with a foreward by renowned anthropologist Wade Davis, and a CD accompanies the exhibition (Haida Gwaii Museum Press). Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
The 17th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market. The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is a shopping extravaganza including Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & tasty ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before. Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, starting May 18 to September 9, 2012. Takes place in Vancouver's Chinatown, 100 & 200 block of Keefer Street (between Gore, Main & Columbia Street). 604-682-8998, http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca

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Ongoing to September 16, 2012
The Summer Night Market. Summer Night Market features more than 200 vendors. The venue includes unique merchandise from around the world and delicious foods and drinks. Plus entertainment, street performers, exhibitions, eating contest, dog show, baby crawling contest, Play Zone for kids and multicultural performances. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit The Summer Night Market. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond; http://www.summernightmarket.com

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Playland Amusement Park. Get ready for another season full of fun as Playland opens for the 2012 season! This year you'll get a full season of ATMOSFEAR as well as all your favourite rides like the classic wooden roller coaster, the Corkscrew, Revelation, Hellevator and Drop Zone. And don't miss all the midway games and your favourite foods like cotton candy and mini-donuts. If you don't have your season pass yet, visit www.pne.ca now! Located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver on Hastings St at Cassiar.

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Ongoing to October 8, 2012
The Richmond Night Market. The Richmond Night Market 2012 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just one block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 08 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests and hundreds of give-away prizes. Come and spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping and eating paradise with us! http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

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Ongoing until November 12, 2012
Exhibit Opening “Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia”  The Port Moody Station Museum is proud to present the exhibit Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia from May 14th to November 16th, 2012.  This traveling display was created by the Revelstoke Museum & Archive in partnership with the Revelstoke Railway Museum and portrays the history of the Chinese labourers who contributed to the building of the CPR between Port Moody and Craigellachie, BC.  In order to celebrate the arrival of this exhibit, the Museum will be hosting weekly family days every Sunday in July and August starting Canada Day weekend. The exhibit recounts the difficulties that faced the some 15,000 Chinese workers between 1880 and 1885 and includes a diorama of a typical Chinese worker’s campsite, artefacts such as opium pipes, coins, incense burners, as well as a slide show of historical photos.  It is estimated that between 600 and 2,200 workers lost their lives due to malnutrition, dangerous working conditions, and disease during this time. Discrimination was a daily reality for these workers, who would be paid half the salary of the white workers and were forced to do the most dangerous work in the camps. Port Moody Station Museum, www.portmoodymuseum.org













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