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

 

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March 1, 2006
Hank Williams Live - September 1952. A loving tribute to Hank Williams, the King of Country Music.  The audience is treated to two dozen Hank Williams tunes: not just his biggest hits but some of his own favorites. It’s an intimate, revealing evening with one of the legends of country music, and he doesn’t hold anything back.  Starring Joe Matheson.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 1, 2006
INUKSHUK LIGHTING to celebrate Vancouver's countdown to the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games!  Join fire twirlers, stilt walkers and drummers for a sunset procession to the official lighting of the stone sculpture that inspired Vancouver's Olympic emblem. Rain or shine.  Sunset Beach to English Bay Beach;

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2006
Museum of Anthropology presents THRESHOLDS OF CURATORSHIP.  The guest speakers are internationally respected scholars, curators and museum professionals. They are known for their progressive theories and practices. Their innovative projects and approaches germinate in the entwined fields of museums, anthropology and art.  604-822-5978, or www.moa.ubc.ca

March 2, 2006
Tickle Me Pickle Improv Show.  Richmond Cultural Centre,  www.ticklemepickle.com

March 2, 3, 4, 2006
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Musical Production.  A magical composure of incredible set, costumes, and performance, H.D. Stafford Secondary's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is an absolute "must see" event! Welcoming audiences of all ages, H.D. Stafford Secondary, 20441 Grade Cres. Langley, 604-534-9285 (Ext 530)

March 2 - 5, 2006
FESTIVAL DU BOIS.  The 17th annual celebration of francophone music, dance, visual art, craft, film, food and culture.  Various venues in Coquitlam and Vancouver, 604-936-0039, http://www.festivaldubois.ca/english/

March 3 - 5, 2006
Boat & Sportsman Show.  BC's Largest sportsmen's event - The 15th anniversary of the Fraser Valley Boat & Sportsmen's Show, Tradex Centre, Abbotsford;

March 4, 2006
Family Tropical Winter Carnival.  Got the winter time blues? Cheer up by celebrating in our Tropical Carnival environment! Join us for crafts, games and swimming. Wear your loudest tacky tropical clothing and come on a vacation with us!  Centennial Room and Chimo Pool, Coquitlam; 604-933-6048.

March 4, 2006
Got the winter time blues? Cheer up by celebrating in our Tropical Carnival environment! Join us for crafts, games and swimming.  Wear your loudest tacky tropical clothing and come on a vacation with us!  Doors open at 5:15 p.m. - activities will start at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner starts being served at 6:00 p.m.  Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam.

March 4, 2006
Mackin Museum at Festival du Bois.  Enjoy the flavour of Maillardville's French connection and visit The Coquitlam Heritage Society tent at Festival du Bois March 4 & 5 at Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam. Photos, tools, and displays from Mackin Museum along with entertainment from Jacques Lalonde. Come see what made Coquitlam into the vibrant city it is today; 604-516-6151.

March 4, 2006
Richmond Orchestra and Chorus presents POP GOES THE ORCHESTRA.  The Richmond Orchestra presents a concert of light classics including Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusic; then it's off to the movies and the bright lights of Broadway. "Pop in" for a fun-filled evening of musical bon bons.  Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 No. 1Road, Richmond; 604.276.2747

March 4, 2006
Turner Music presents TANGO PARADISO.  Tango Paradiso is one of Canadas premier tango ensembles. They perform traditional and post modern tango uniquely and passionately.  From tango classics, to original compositions and arrangements, their sound is fresh and compelling, entrancing audiences and critics alike.  Gallery O - The Art Centre, 2060 Pine St., Vancouver;

March 4, 2006
World of Hidden Animals.  There are animals hiding all around us. Can you spot the clues that show where they have been? Use your senses to be more aware of the natural world while sharing an outdoor experience with your pre-schooler. Fun, sensory-oriented activities help you learn how animals live in nature. Burnaby lake Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2006
Welcome Back Herons. Visit the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve to welcome the Herons back home!  Enjoy a guided walk with an interpreter.  Watch more than a hundred herons as they select a nest, choose a mate and raise a family.  Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays at 2 pm in March.  Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, 5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack, 604-823-6603.

March 4 - 12, 2006
Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents THE INVALIDS.  The coldest night of the year. An empty cafe. The only things that pour more freely than the wine are blood and comedy. The clientele is strange - the service is stranger. And your maitre d' for the evening, "a futuristic cousin to Doctor Strangelove...sets the off-the-wall tone...with a Monty Pythonesque portrayal of a waiter who alternatively serves up wine and whine." - Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press; 604.280.3311, www.vecc.bc.ca

March 4, 18, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents CANTONESE STORYTIME.  Come and enjoy a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays and more - all presented in Chinese. This is an excellent opportunity for children to practice their Chinese language skills in a fun and safe environment. Patrons of all language levels are welcome to attend.  VPL - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

March 4 to April 8, 2006
Centre A is pleased to present this group exhibition of installation, photography, painting, ceramics, film and video showcasing the latest developments in contemporary art by renowned international artists from China, Taiwan and Vancouver. China Trade is intended to encourage a public discussion of the long history and growing importance of Canada's trade with China. It presents an ideal opportunity to engage the business and trade communities in the adventure of contemporary Asian art and to involve the public in trade issues. www.centrea.org

March 5, 2006
House Performance Series presents Dances Around the World.  The event presents dances from India, North America, Spain, and the Middle East.  This is a special event because not only will you be treated to dances from around the world, but your tastebuds will be tantalized with special treats from each of the regions showcased. It's a once in a lifetime experience where at least 3 out of your 5 senses will be dazzled; 2871 W. 5th Ave. (just west of McDonald St.), www.inthehousefestival (http://www.inthehousefestival/), 604-874-9325.

March 5, 2006
Minnekhada Lodge Open House.  View the magnificent interior of this heritage building at an Open House. Wander through the rooms of this former lodge built by Lt.-Gov. Eric Hamber, admire views of the Pitt River from the veranda and indulge in a snack from the concession.  Minnekhada Regional Park  604-432-6359.

March 5, 2006
Museum of Anthropology presents PORCUPINE QUILL WORKSHOP.  Metis artist and educator Ray McKeown presents a two-part workshop exploring the history of quill-working by Native peoples from Alaska to Arizona, focusing on work by the Central Plains tribes of Canada and the US. Following an illustrated talk using quilled objects from the Museum and his own collection, McKeown leads participants in a workshop to create their own bookmark or neck pouch using real porcupine quills; 604.822.5978, www.moa.ubc.ca

March 5, 2006
Mossadegh.  A biography on Mr. Mossadegh who was the Prime Minister of Iran.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 5, 2006
Swap Meet, South Arm Community Centre - Richmond; 604-718-8060

March 5 - 12, 2006
Construction Vancouver. Imagine seeing an eight-foot sculpture entirely from tins of tuna? Now in its fourth year, this innovative charitable event brings together corporate teams drawn from the design, construction and business communities to create and build extraordinary structures entirely of canned food and other non-perishables. All net proceeds are donated to Greater Vancouver Food Banks. Admission is free, but canned food and donations are greatly appreciated!  Canada Place, 604.730.0535, www.canstructionvancouver.com

March 6, 2006
VSO SPECIAL: BURT BACHARACH. The one and only Burt Bacharach performs an evening of some of his greatest hits with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. With more than fifty top-40 hits, multiple Grammy awards and Oscars, Burt Bacharach is one of the most accomplished singer-songwriters in music history. Don't miss this very special evening with a popular music legend! Conducted by Ken Hsieh.  Orpheum Theatre; 604-280-3311.

March 7, 2006
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: VICKY GABEREAU. From her teenage years living with Janet and Pierre Berton to her ill-fated marriage to a circus lion-tamer, Vicky Gabereau's private life has all the ingredients of a "Made for TV Movie". Come and enjoy an evening with one of Canada's national treasures.  Orpheum Theatre, Tickets 1-877-873-8124 Events Unlimited Unique Lives

March 8, 2006
International Women's Day.  The day was created to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.

March 8, 2006
What's Up at Everett Crowley Park?  Join our community stewards for an evening of discovery as we look at the ecological systems that we are working to transform the old city dump into an urban wilderness that will support plant, animal and pond life as well as offer a place for humans and their pets to relax and connect with nature. By donation.  Champlain Heights Community Centre, 604 718 6575.

March 9, 2006
Arts in Action.  Join the participants of the North Vancouver RecCentre Performing Arts Program for an exciting evening of dance and theatre.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 9 - 11, 2006
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents JANIS JANUS.  Jan Kudelka takes a recurring dream of being Janis Joplin, the undisputed queen of bluesy rock, and resurrects her for the performance of a lifetime. She delivers a portrait of the key female icon in an era that witnessed the deaths of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Joplin herself; 604.205.3000.

March 9 - 19, 2006
Presentation House Theatre presents THE MIKADO.  Presented by the North Shore Light Opera Society. A traditional setting of the most popular opera in the G&S canon, now delighting audiences into a third century.  Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver; 604.990.3474, www.phtheatre.org

March 9 - 18, 2006
Cap Theatre Series presents CHILDREN OF EDEN.  From renowned Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz comes Children of Eden, the stunning, epic musical for its BC premiere. Loosely based on the story of Genesis, Children of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous study of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah, and the Father who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message that the hardest part of love is letting go.  Capilano College Theatre, www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

March 9 - 26, 2006
Double Exposure presents THE SNIDES OF MARCH.  Just as Julius Caesar was warned to "beware the Ides of March", celebrities should be on notice to beware The Snides of March, when six of Canada's sharpest wits will take snide aim at politicians, sports stars, and pop-culture personalities of all descriptions.  Waterfront Theatre, www.doublexposure.tv

March 9 to April 8, 2006
Into the Heart of Sangoma.  Renowned performer Ann Mortifee returns to the Arts Club to share this magical journey that will transport you to Africa. This one-woman story, told through music and song, is ultimately an inspiring account of Ann’s spiritual rebirth.  Granville Island Stage, (604) 687-1644

March 10, 2006
Birds in Focus.  Due to popular demand, Ed Dubois, Roy Hamaguchi and John Lowman will reprise their slide and digital presentation of fabulous photos of birds of the Lower Mainland and beyond.  They are all expert bird photographers and will present new images.  Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Please call the GVRD Registration line at 604-432-6359.

March 10, 2006
Night Prowls for Owls! Prowl the night forest for Owls!  Meet at Campbell Valley Regional Park - 16th avenue entrance, Langley.  Pre-registration is required.  Trip size limited to 20 participants, and no children under 8 years of age. Campbell Valley Regional Park, 604-538-8774.

March 10 - 12, 2006
KWANTLEN FIRST NATIONS 8TH ANNUAL POW-WOW.  Admission by donation. For more information contact Kwantlen First Nations @ 604-888-2488

March 11, 2006
Colin Linden.  Colin Linden is a man of many talents, an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. He has played on over 150 albums and produced more than 30 CDs. Colin has worked with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Colin James, Leon Redbone, T-Bone Burnett, and The Band, just to name a few. At the age of 11 he impressed and played with Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf, played guitar on the O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, is a founding member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings and is Canada’s master of Blues/Roots music.  Harrison Memorial Hall, http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

March 11, 2006
International Women's Day / Week celebration in Stanley Park.  Celebrate IWD week with historical interpreter Jolene Cumming on this 2 hour walking tour that examines the lives and experiences of the famous and forgotten women who have lived in or visited the park from 1860-1914.Register at 604-257-8544 or drop in.  Meet at the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion (across from Malkin Bowl). rain or shine. 604-718-6522,  www.stanleyparkecology.ca

March 11, 2006
Spring Birds in Boundary Bay Regional Park - Walk and Talk.  Explore Boundary Bay Park with Delta Naturalist Anne Murray, a renowned birder in the lower mainland.  Resident and Migratory birds will be in attendance.  Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park. Please call the GVRD Registration line at 604-432-6359.

March 11 - 17, 2006
9TH ANNUAL SPRING BREAK THEATRE FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.  Five professional theatre companies specializing in theatre for young audiences will perform at various venues around the Lower Mainland during the Spring Break week. The Festival offers a range of great entertainment for ages 5 to 12.  Various Venues, 604.687.1644, www.artsclub.com

March 11, 18, 2006
Vancouver Public Library presents THE SACK OF TRUTH.  In March, two VPL branches will be hosting an hour-long puppet show presented by the Renaissance Puppetry Troupe. The Sack of Truth, adapted from the folktale Three Perfect Peaches, is a show that is most appropriate for children aged 7 and up. Children of all ages, accompanied by caregivers, are welcome to attend.  March 11 - Marpole Branch, March 18 - Dunbar Library.

March 11 - 19, 2006
Kids Market: Get Crafty During Spring Break.  Join Urban Source and create a multitude of fabulous crafts from recycled materials. Kids Market, 1496 Cartwright St., Granville Island; (604) 689-8447.

March 12, 2006
International Women's Day Special Event.  4th Annual International Women's Day event featuring; guest speakers, gallery talks, storytelling. Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park; www.vanmuseum.bc.ca for more details.

March 12 - 19, 2006
Musica Intima presents The Signature Concert: The Monk and the Hooligan.  French provocateur, Francis Poulenc, takes centre stage in this theatrical concert. Playing in turns the priest and the playboy, Poulenc takes us on a wild ride through his iconoclastic choral music both reverent and irreverent. Directed and designed by Yvan Morissette, this semi-staged concert presents a slice of life in mid-20th Century France.  Various Venues, http://www.musicaintima.org/experience/index.php

March 13, 2006
Bugalicious!  Explore the crazy world of creatures without backbones. Go on a bug hunt; look under logs, on leaf litter and in lake water! Learn about insects, spiders and slugs through exploration, games and “buggy” activities. Burnaby lake regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 13, 2006
Squirrelly Squirrels.  Join a nutty adventure. Listen for squirrel calls, search for squirrel homes and learn all about squirrels. Have bright-eyed and bushy-tailed fun and play squirrelly games. Burnaby lake regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 13, 2006
March 13: 1:00pmTheatre la Seizieme presents Mathieu trop court, Francois trop long by Jean Rock Gaudreault -PERFORMED IN FRENCH- A story about two boys, both twelve years old. On one side, there is Francois who finds his life challenging to live: moving to a different city, attending a new school and trying to make new friends. Then there is Mathieu. He has just lost his mother and must fight against time...and against the disease with which he is afflicted (which he calls "the disease of the hour"). Together, they will forge a new friendship based on understanding and compassion. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, 604.205.3000.

March 13 - 17, 2006
Spring Break Daycamp (6-10 years).  Get ready for Spring Break! The week will be filled with awesome out trips, groovy games, spectacular sports and creative crafts! Please dress your child for outdoor weather and pack a lunch with snacks. $90/child; Champlain Heights Community Centre, 604 718-6575.

March 13 - 17, 2006
Spring has Sprung at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.  Celebrate spring at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.  Daily activities for families and seniors, including planting native shrubs, crafts and interactive displays.  Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, 5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack, 604-823-6603.

March 13 - 17, 2006
Spring Break Theatre Festival for Young Audiences.  Five professional theatre companies specializing in theatre for young audiences will perform during the Spring Break week. Aged 4-12 years. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, 604.205.3000.

March 13 - 19, 2006
Carousel Capers. It’s a week of carousel fun and excitement. Unlimited carousel rides, entertainers and spot prizes make this a fun getaway for kids. Visit the blacksmith and general store for a trip back in time. Take in the toy room and the old-time movie for a good laugh. March 13-19, 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. All ages $6.42 per person (free for season pass holders). Burnaby Village Musuem, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. Phone: 604-293-6500.

March 14, 2006
Carousel Theatre presents The Big League by James Durham. The Big League tackles Canada's favourite sport, hockey from a kid's point of view. The audience follow four actors on roller blades as they stick-handle through the pressures to succeed. Tommy's dad has become so passionate about his son's games that it just isn't fun anymore. Tommy must decide just how far he'll let himself be pushed.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, 604.205.3000.

March 14, 2006
Critter Show.  Come and check out all of Mike's critters. Mike will bring approximately 10 animals from his collection ranging from frogs and rabbits to lizards and snakes. You will be able to observe, handle, ask questions in a safe, interactive and education environment. Parent participant required for children ages 3-5yrs. cost $13.00 per child. Sunset Community Centre, 404 East 51st Avenue, Vancouver;

March 14, 2006
Sikh New Year's Day (Nanakshahi)

March 14 - 18, 2006
Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents THE BLOODY CLEAN UP.  The Bloody Clean Up, or The Lamentable Tale of Marie-Antoinette, is a tragic comedy narrated by the severed head of Marie, who remembers the day of her beheading while remaining in denial about her impending doom. What are the chances of survival? None. Death constantly puts our lives at risk; 604.280.3311, www.vecc.bc.ca

March 15, 2006
The Festival of the Arts.  The Festival of the Arts is a special event where Vancouver Waldorf grade school and high school classes present their artistic gifts. The program includes Eurythmy, Drama, Recitation, Music, Singing, as well as a display of our student's work in handcrafts, woodworking, drawing and painting. This event provides a window into the students' artistic development that is facilitated by the Waldorf curriculum.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 15, 2006
Amphibian Worlds.  Dive deep into the world of amphibians. Learn how these animals have a double life – half in water and half on land. Look for adult salamanders, listen to tree frog calls and try a pond dip. Burnaby lake regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 15, 2006
Celtic Fest Vancouver presents CELTIC COOL I  Welcome to the Official Opening of CelticFest Vancouver 2006! Live musicians and Celtic dancers join the CelticFest leprechaun and last years Queen of the Limerick! Enjoy a taste of all things Celtic in a truly Celtic venue as we toast to the good days ahead. 19+ years.  Morrissey Irish House, www.celticfestvancouver.com

March 15, 2006
Nature Detectives at the Richmond Nature Park. Young sleuths will have fun discovering the science of birds.  Meet at the Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy., Richmond; 604-718-6185.

March 15, 2006
Nature's Balance.  Take nature exploration to the next level! Dive into biodiversity – hike through the park, investigate different ecosystems, observe diverse animals and learn how everything works together. Play new games, and build a bird box to take home. Burnaby lake regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 15 - 19 , 2006
CelticFest Vancouver is celebration of Celtic Culture showcasing local Celtic music, dance, spoken word, film, theatre, food, fare and music workshops.  An outdoor street market and aKidsZone will also be set up on Granville Street between Nelson & Robson Street.  The KidsZone will feature fabulous entertainment for families and children including some daring circus acts by CirKids, story-telling and much more.  Admission is FREE! More information at www.celticfestvancouver.com (http://www.celticfestvancouver.com)

March 16, 2006
Birding Tour in Burns Bog.  Come join a 2 hour birding event in the Delta Nature Reserve of Burns Bog.  You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable birder and a tour guide from the Burns Bog Conservation Society.  Discover the connection between migratory birds and the bog, visit the area with the highest bald eagle population in the Lower Mainland and experience the bog first hand!  Admission by donation. 604-572-0373, www.burnsbog.org

March 16 - 18, 2006
Spring Antique and Craft Show at the Lynden Fairgrounds.  360-966-5573, http://www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com

March 17, 2006
Beaver Watch.  Beavers come out to play and work after dark. Find out about these master builders of ponds, dams and canals. Listen for warning slaps, watch for beaver swimming patterns and learn about beaver friends and foes.  Burnaby lake regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 17, 2006
St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2006
Vancouver Art Gallery presents THING.  How do individuals try to stabilize the significance of their lives through their relationship with things through buying, collecting or consuming them? Thse are some of the questions that precipitate what Bill Brown calls "Thing Theory". Working at the intersections of literary, visual and material cultures, Bill Brown considers hwo the social life of things enables people - individually and collectively - to form and transform themselves. Bill Brown is the Chair, Department of English at the University of Chicago. His most recent publication is Things (2004).   UBC-Robson Square, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

March 17, 2006
St. Patrick's Day Dance at the Vancouver Rowing Club.  The Stone & Sea Band appearances by The Irish Pipers & Drums of the BC Regiment and The Eire Born Irish Dancers.  (604) 687-3400.

March 17, 2006
Troy MacGillivray.  A St. Patrick’s Day Party, Nova Scotia style! Award winning young traditional fiddler/piano player Troy MacGillivray from Antigonish, will be accompanied by fiddler/piano player/stepdancer Kimberley Fraser from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton.  Harrison Memorial Hall; http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

March 17 - 18, 2006
Centennial Theatre presents 77 MINUTES (RUCKUS DANCE/VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL).  77 Minutes imagines a desperate vision of a possible future where a national disaster think nuclear war, terrorism, or earthquake results in a despotic government that imposes extreme censorship on individual expression. Suspected trouble makers disappear under the guise of emergency measures. A group of dancers and musicians decide to take a stand against this repression. In seventy-seven minutes, through hip hop, tap, and contemporary dance driven by a five piece rock band, they sing and dance as though it were the last night of their lives because it will be.  Centennial Theatre Centre, 604-984-4484.

March 17 - 19, 2006
Rogers Play Dome.  Canada's Largest Indoor Carnival with over 45 rides and attractions! Experience Spring Break fun for everyone - under the Dome! One ticket allows you to stay all day and ride as often as you like. One-day Dome Passes are just $20, multi-day Ultimate Passes are $35. For parents and those who just like to watch, Guest Passes are $6. Tickets are available at the door only.  Click here for more information.

March 18, 2006
Car Trunk Sale.  Load up your cars, minivans and trucks with items you no longer want and park 'em at Riley Park Community Centre. You'll get two parking stalls: one for your vehicle and one for a table (you supply your own) for $15. This is perfect for those without the yard space to host your own sale!  Riley Park Community Centre; 604-257-8545.

March 18, 2006
Discover our Rainforest.  Enjoy fresh forest air as you stroll under towering conifers and moss-draped maple branches. Search for all kinds of animals, from slimy slugs on the forest floor to majestic eagles perched in the canopy.  Belcarra regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 18, 2006
Flea Market. Here’s your chance to clean out your cupboards or find yourself a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items on display to comb through. Note to vendors: Please register in person at Confederation Centre and choose your table (maximum of one table per person plus one table for a friend). Table rental: $15.00. Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:30am-2:00pm, March 18. Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone: 604-296-70110 or 604-294-1936.

March 18, 2006
Green Timbers Trek with Lynn Pollard.  Hear, see and learn about the birds who live in Surrey's forest gem.  9am - 11am, Meet at the Green Timbers parking lot on 100 Ave; 604-501-5121.

March 18, 2006
Kids' Stuff Only Market. Location: Riley Park Community Centre. Attention all parents and kids! Join us at our Kids Stuff Only market to find great bargains! Or get a table of your own and get rid of all those clothes and toys you or your kids no longer use! Tables are $15 each. New and used goods welcome! Riley Park Community Centre, 604-257-8545.

March 18, 2006
Navigating the Great Outdoors: Orienteering and more.  Calling all kids and youth groups! Set out on a self-guided adventure. Use orienteering skills to find your way from station-to-station to practise wildlife observations, discover wonders of the environment and prepare for safe, fun, summer hiking adventures. Allow 2 - 3 hours to complete the course. Deas Island regional park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 18, 2006
UBC School of Music presents SALSA NIGHT AT THE CHAN.  Salvador Ferreras, brings together the musicians and masterminds an evening of high octane Cha-Cha, Mambo and Salsa music. Partway through a dancing instructor arrives onstage to teach you a step or two to get you moving and grooving across the dance floor for the rest of the evening. Tapas are included and will be served to those who buy tickets for main floor table seats.  Chan Centre for the Arts, www.chancentre.com

March 18 - 19, 2006
Exotic Reptile Show.  The Westcoast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles will be at the Nature House with a hands-on show of exotic reptiles. For information call 604-718-6188. Sponsored by the Richmond Nature Park Society.

March 18 - 26, 2006
RICHES OF THE RIVER. Have you ever rolled a barrel, pecked a sinker, or panned for gold? During spring break at Fort Langley National Historic Site, it's your turn to discover the riches of the river! Regular admission fee or purchase an early bird season's pass - just $33.00 for a family which is good for unlimited visits during 2006.

March 19 , 2006
St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Sunday, March 19th, 2006 at 11:00. CelticFest Vancouver presents the 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade - a colourful, festive parade featuring lots of green characters, decorated floats, roving performers, jugglers, unicyclists, leprechauns and much much more. Be sure to arrive early to get a viewing spot.  Free Balloons for the kids. Parade Route:  Granville Street - Starts at Davie and marches northbound to Dunsmuir.  More information at www.celticfestvancouver.com (http://www.celticfestvancouver.com)

March 19, 2006
Celtic Fest Vancouver presents THE GREAT BIG SESSION.  The session is right at the heart of the Celtic tradition - when fiddlers, guitarists, penny whistlers, singers and bodhran players sit together to play the music they love. All players, singers, dancers and lovers of great Celtic music are welcome to join in for a pint of Granville Island special brew and a session you'll never forget! Admission Players with instruments and dancers in costume: Free. Friends and listeners: $5 Suitable for families.  Tom Lee Recital Hall, 946 Granville Street, Vancouver.  www.celticfestvancouver.com

March 19, 2006
Persian New Year – Norooz Festival.  Come and enjoy the celebrations of multicultural music, dance, food and visiting local businesses all in one place. “Forgive the past and strive for a stronger relationship as a tradition of reconciliation”.  Centennial Activity Center at 570 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, 778-869-4111.

March 19, 2006
Spring Fun Fly.  Come celebrate the return of Spring.  Ambleside Park, West Vancouver.  Single line, with limited dual and quad line space. Washroom facilities available.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

March 19, 2006
Vancouver Pars National Ballet is throwing the biggest Norouz (Persian New Year) celebration this year! Come let us entertain you with live performances by Vancouver Pars National Ballet and special musical guest Morteza and then dance the night away with DJ Shahram.  Sheraton Wall Centre, 604-986-4086, armi@vancouverpnb.com

March 22, 2006
Ballet British Columbia - A Streetcar Named Desire.  A Streetcar Named Desire tells the story of Blanche DuBois who arrives  unexpectedly at the New Orleans home of her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski. Blanche’s faded gentility violently clashes with Stanley’s animal vitality, setting up a contest of wills between the two, with Blanche vying with Stanley for Stella’s allegiance. Through the course of the story, Blanche finds herself no match for Stanley’s sexual hold over her sister.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 23, 2006
Healthy Kids Preschool Fair. Admission is free to visit a health nurse, play on our indoor playground, take part in activities and crafts and enjoy a snack. Community agencies specializing in preschool services are on hand to answer any questions. Thursday, 9:30 am-12:00 noon, March 24. Bonsor Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. Phone: 604-439-1860.

March 23 - 25, 2006
Messiah.  The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the Vancouver premiere of Handel's Messiah from March 23-25, 2006. Featuring a full orchestra and choir, the work deals with the epic drama of human existence, including hope and fulfillment, suffering and death, resurrection and redemption. Messiah achieves a wonderful blend of elegant melody alternating with virtuoso vocalism for the soloists and unmatched choral sonorities for the chorus, complemented by the choreographic vision of Marucio Wainwright.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-732-5003.

March 24, 2006
Burnaby Art Gallery presents FIRESIDE TEA AND GALLERY TOUR.  Join curator Darrin Martens or public programmer Sharon Kallis for a walking tour of the current gallery exhibition, and then retire to the Fireside Room for a cup of tea or coffee and a sweet. This is a great opportunity to talk about the exhibition as well as other current events in the Lower Mainland arts community.  Burnaby Art Gallery, 604.205.7332, www.burnabyartgallery.ca

March 24, 2006
Jesper Olsen World Run. This is a personal appearance by the first person to complete a fully documented run around the earth. Hear firsthand impressions and analysis with video, slides, equipment and examples from Jesper Olsen.  http://www.worldrun.ca  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 24, 2006
VSO TINY TOTS: CLASSICAL TUNES FOR TINY TOTS. Have you ever seen a Beethoven Butterfly floating high and low? Dance and sing with songs featuring your favorite Classical tunes with the Identical Harmony entertainers.  Vancouver Playhouse. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster Vancouver Symphony

March 24 - 26, 2006
Wings over Water Northwest Birding Festival.  Each spring thousands of Brant Geese and other water birds stage here in the annual migration.  Learn more about this spectacular cycle from biologists, see student project displays, take home some of the wildlife art, hand carved decoys, or many other auction items offered in an evening banquet at beautiful Semiahmoo Inn.  Blaine and Birch Bay, http://www.washingtonbrant.org/events.html

March 25, 2006
Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers, The Still Tickin' Tour. A unique musical and comedic presentation from a renowned Newfoundland trio. Character based sketch comedy, original and folk music and tunes, reflecting a rich and varied heritage and culture.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 25, 2006
Birds, Birds, Birds of Boundary Bay.  oin a GVRD Park Interpreter on a walk and presentation about birds, wildlife habitat, and Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Participate in a variety of program activities that will increase your awareness and understanding of bird behaviour, bird habitat requirements and ecosystem associations.  Discover Boundary Bay as a significant bird habitat and wonderful place to enjoy bird watching.  In early spring, Boundary Bay is an outstanding place to watch raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl.  Phone 604-432-6369 to register.

March 25, 2006
Hummingbird Haven Hike.  You don't need hiking boots for this hike around the McKitrick Garden and surrounding area.  Keep your eyes open for the species of Hummingbirds migrating north and learn how you can create your own backyard Hummingbird Haven.  Pre-register by March 18.  All participants will receive one plant for the start of their own Hummingbird Garden.  Extra plants will be available for purchase.  McKitrick Earthwise Garden, 80th Ave. & 111th St., North Delta; 604-946-9828.

March 25, 2006
Kayak the Fraser River Estuary.  The Fraser River Estuary is a large tidal flat the provides shelter and food for thousands of birds annually.  The water way is a maze of channels and arteries offering great scenery and excellent wild life viewing for birds and marine mammals.  Equally appealing is viewing the community of Ladner from the water where one gets an appreciation of the Pacific Maritime appeal of this historic community; $65.00 plus gst (wet suits provided); 604-535-7985.

March 25, 2006
Museum of Anthropology presents VANCOUVER DANCING QUEEN SOCIETY.  MOA and the Vancouver Dancing Queen Society present an afternoon of Indian classical dance, Kathak, and Bharat Nattyam. The program will also include their own style of Indo-jazz dance a unique mixture of Western hip-hop and classical Indian dance to show the relationship between traditional Indian dance and contemporary dance practices. The Vancouver Dancing Queen Society was formed nearly three years ago to enrich South Asian culture in Canada. It is a non-profit organization promoting South Asian, Western, classical, and folk music and dance.  www.moa.ubc.ca

March 25 - 26, 2006
Custom Motor Cycle Show, Over 200 custom motorcycles on display. 30 different classes of bikes, including foreign, street, British, vintage, radical, specialty and more. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 580-0111, www.westcoastcustom.ca (http://www.westcoastcustom.ca)

March 26, 2006
Birds, Birds, Birds.  Discover Boundary Bay as a significant bird habitat and a wonderful place to enjoy shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors. Your park interpreter will introduce you to bird behaviour, bird identification and why birds spend time in specific habitats. Boundary Bay Regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 26, 2006
Boundary Bay Birds with the International Taiwan Birding Association.  Join Jo Ann MacKenzie and Hank Tseng of the International Taiwan Birding Association and explore Boundary Bay.  Learn why so many birds make this special place home!  Meet at Boundary Bay - the foot of 104th Street, Delta; 604-538-1676.

March 26, 2006
Burnaby Art Gallery presents IN THE B.A.G.: FREE FAMILY PROGRAM.  Once a month, drop by and join us for an interactive experience that combines the current art gallery exhibit with a free hands-on studio activity. No pre-registration required. All Ages.  604.205.7332, www.burnabyartgallery.ca

March 26, 2006
Kids Swap Meet at Hastings Community Center( accross from PNE) on March 26, from 10-2, admission is free.

March 26, 2006
Weedbusters Workshop: Know your Enemy.  Find out why ecologists around the world are warning that invasive species pose the single greatest threat to biodiversity after direct habitat loss. Discover which plants threaten our natural areas and find out what can be done to reduce the threat. Then head outdoors to identify invasive plants and remove a few of the worst invaders. Burnaby lake regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 26 to April 9, 2006
Howe Sound Music Festival.  This adjudicated Festival for choirs, pianists, singers and sometimes bands, is our biggest event of the year. We are entitled to send reps to the Provincials. The Gala takes place in Whistler on Sunday, April 9th at our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church. The Festival runs from March 26th to April 9th,2006.  Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, Squamish;

March 29 - 31, 2006
The GLOBE 2006 International Conference and Trade Fair.  Join nearly 10,000 corporate, government, urban and industry leaders at GLOBE 2006 International Trade Fair and Conference on Business and the Environment. North America’s largest combined environmental business conference and trade fair, hosting over 350 exhibitors and nearly 2000 senior corporate and government executives.  Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, 800 274-6097

March 31 to April 1, 2006
Fibrefest, Fibrefest has many attractions for the whole family.  Featuring a fashion show, raffles, spinning demonstrations, felting, oriental rugs, beading, live animals such as llamas, sheep and goats, natural fibre, workshops, processing equipment, 4-H displays, competitions and much more. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 856-0771, www.fibrefestinternational.com

March 31 to April 2, 2006
2006 Gem and Mineral Show.  The Abbotsford Rock and Gem Club is co-hosting the 2006 BC Gem and Mineral Show.  Ag-Rec Building, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford; www.lapidary.bc.ca/genshow.html

March 31 to April 2, 2006
Brant Wildlife Festival.  Come gander our geese and join the 16th Anniversary Celebrating Nature. The Brant Wildlife Festival marks the arrival of the Pacific Black Brant on its annual migration north.  Qualicum Beach - Parksville, Vancouver Island; http://www.brantfestival.bc.ca

March 31 to April 9, 2006
Vancouver International Auto Show.  The 86th Vancouver International Auto Show is Canada’s third largest Auto Show, and one of Western North America’s premier automotive exhibition events, featuring over 270,000 square feet of automobile manufacturer and supplier exhibits.  BC Place Stadium, (604) 214-9964 or go to www.bcautoshow.com.

March 31 to April 9, 2006
Port Moody Festival of the Arts.  The 9th Annual Port Moody Festival of the Arts begins Friday, March 31st with an official opening reception at the Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, starting at 7 p.m. It continues through April 9, with nightly performances and events at various venues, including the Inlet Theatre and the Civic Centre Galleria. Performing and visual arts abound during this 10-day festival, with music, comedy, art shows, film and hands-on fun at ART 4 U Day; 604.931.2008.

Ongoing until March 4, 2006
February 16 to March 4, 2006 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows) H.D. Stafford Musical Theatre presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a magical show for all ages. Based on the animated Disney film, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of the lovely Belle, her inventor father Maurice and the fearsome Beast who takes her captive in his castle, where the enchantment begins. With a phenomenal ensemble, this show is sure to please. Box Office 604 534-9285 Ext. 530 http://www.sd35.bc.ca/hds/beast.html

Ongoing to March 4, 2006
Burnaby Lyric Opera presents THE MERRY WIDOW.  Love, Vienna style! Hanna Glawari, The Merry Widow, is beautiful, eligible, and very wealthy. But Danilo, her former lover, prefers to spend his days (and nights) with Dodo, Frou-Frou, and the rest of the can-can dancers at Maxim's. The two don't want to admit that maybe they're still in love? Can Zeta bring them together for the sake of the tiny, destitute Balkan nation of Pontevedro? Will Zeta's wife remain faithful in spite of the charms of a determined French aristocrat?  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby; 604.205.3000

Ongoing to March 5, 2006
Arts Club Theatre Company presents  ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR.  Three couples. Three dinner parties. Let the social climbing begin! When three very different pairs take turns hosting three hilariously uncomfortable Christmas Eve get-togethers, dinner disasters and social catastrophes arent far behind. In this wild farce of behind-the-scenes kitchen calamities, tensions are high, fortunes and fates are reversed, and madcap ingenuity ensues. And as anyone who has hosted a dinner party knows, the real comedy always takes place in the kitchen!  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 604.687.1644, www.artsclub.com

Ongoing until March 18, 2006
Mad Duck Equity Co-op presents TITUS ANDRONICUS.  Mad Duck returns to the Jericho Arts Centre to present another great Shakespeare production with some of Vancouvers finest performers directed by Jessie-nominated Jack Paterson.  604-224-8007, www.madduck.immediatetheatre.com

Ongoing until March 18, 2006
Vancouver Giants Hockey.  Canada's most popular Junior hockey team is ready for another spectacular season! http://www.vancouvergiants.com or 604-4-GIANTS for more information.

April 1, 2006
Fame West.  Western Canada’s best fitness athletes, fitness models and natural bodybuilders take to the stage to vie for the championship titale as World Natural Sports stops in Vancouver on the FAME World Tour leading into FAME 2006 World Championships in Toronto in June!  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 2, 2006
Kids Swap Meet in Tsawwassen at the South Delta Recreation Centre (1720  56th St.) on April 2, 2006 from 9a.m. to 1p.m.  Partial proceeds will be donated to the Pacific Postpartum Support Society; 604-940-5361

April 8 - 9, 2006
Come spend the evening on an exotic excursion that blends middle easter folkloric, modern, ballet and jazz in an attempt to bring people in touch with the rich cultural and artistic history of the Middle East. Upbeat and traditional music and bright costumes will be a delight for the whole family. ames Cowan Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby; 604-608-0988;

June 4, 2006
A one-day, self-guided tour of 10 heritage houses with visitors using a 32 page guidebook detailing history of each open site. 10 am – 5 pm, www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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

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

Ongoing until April 15, 2006
Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey, General Motors Place, www.canucks.com,  604-280-4400

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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