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March 1, 2008
FREE Sitting Volleyball Clinic.  SITTING VOLLEYBALL is a fast-paced, competitive sport, sitting volleyball played by thousands of people around the world. It was first introduced in Canada in 2006 at the national level. Optimum Volleyball is please to present the first community-level Sitting Volleyball program in the country. Sitting Volleyball can be played by people with or without a physical disability. If you can sit and use your hands to move and position yourself on the floor, than you can play the game. OPTIMUM VOLLEYBALL is having a six week TRAIN & PLAY CLINIC at Windermere Secondary School in Vancouver. The clinic, led by experienced volunteers, is designed to provide a fun mix of instructions and game play. There will be a FREE trial on March 1st, from noon to 4 pm, at Windermere for people who are interested. People can sign-up online at www.optimumvolleyball.com or by calling Travis at 778-329-7040.

March 1, 2008
Sharpey's Bike Season Start Up.  Sharpey's is having a special bike season start up event to celebrate their new ownership on March 1, 2008 . The event will include bike trials displays by professional rider Ryan Leech, autograph signing by Ryan Leech and other top pro riders, Norco tents, BBQ, entertainment and draws for a bike and other biking accessories...its going to be HUGE and we welcome all to come and join us for the festivities! Sharpey's Cycles located at 6661 Hastings (Hastings/Sperling) and has undergone MAJOR changes and upgrades to turn it into a new funky and modern version of its former self. This now family run business is turning the store into a biking hub for North Burnaby.

March 1, 2008
100th Birthday for Fire Hall No. 6.  100th Birthday Party for this Heritage fire hall building. Displays, free cake, open house, Fire Fighters Band, Fire Department Honor Guard.  Nelson and Nicola Streets; 604-665-6070.

March 1, 2008
Kayak Nicomekl River, 10am-1pm. The Nicomekl River is an important fresh water artery that is tidal influenced. The area is the hunting ground for heron, loon, eagle, osprey, sandpiper and a number of migratory water fowl. Paddle along the banks of this sheltered water way to see why it is an important stopping ground for many bird species. Howard Zatwarnitski, (604) 535-7985, www.kayak.bc.ca.

March 1 - 2, 2008
Festival du Bois.  Join the celebration of Canadian folk, Celtic and world music,dance, craft and food... All with a French twist! Join the celebration of Canadian folk, Celtic and world music,dance, craft and food... All with a French twist! Great fun for the whole family at Mackin Park come rain or shine! The festival site opens at 11 am on Saturday, and at 10 am on Sunday. Event ends at 5pm on Sunday. Mackin Park (at Brunette Avenue & King Edouard) Coquitlam, 604.936.0039, www.festivaldubois.ca

March 1 - 2, 2008
2nd Annual Sea to Sky International Cheer and Dance Championships.  2nd Annual Sea to Sky International Cheerleading Championship brought to you by the International Cheer Alliance. The International Cheer Alliance is committed to hosting a quality cheerleading championship that unites an international cheerleading community. Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, http://www.internationalcheeralliance.com/

March 1 - 8, 2008
2008 WIFFBC Women in Film Festival, BC.  The 3rd Annual Women in Film Festival, BC takes place in conjunction with International Womens Day to celebrate the accomplishments of women in film. The festival begins with the Female Film Frenzy, a 48 hour film contest, and culminates with the Spotlight Awards Gala, honouring key contributors to our local industry. Over 50 films from around the world will be screened, showcasing womens voices and stories. The full schedule is available at www.wif the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dale Kirby is the author of one of Canada's most widely-read blogs about trends, issues, preactices and problems in the field of post-secondary studies: http://post-secondary.blogspot.com (This event is free admission. Co-sponsored by The Canadian Council on Learning).  Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver  (604) 331-4001, http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca

March 4, 2008
FREE WINTER NOON HOUR SERIES - Nurturing Courage.  How can we manifest more courage into our everyday lives? Must we build greater personal strength and resourcefulness, or develop an inner capacity that's altogether different? DIANA CAWOOD, MSc, and JOAN ARNOTT are experienced facilitators and consultants who help people and organizations live and work more authentically.  UBC Robson Square, www.lifeandcareer.ubc.ca

March 4 - 9, 2008
Streamlight Productions presents EDGES.  Edges is a modern musical theatre revue about the trials and tribulations of moving into adulthood and the search for love, commitment and meaning. The show is filled with modern pop songs that deal with growth and self-discovery while delivering themes of shedding fears and hope. Inspired by such works as Jacques Brel& and Songs for a New World, Edges is relevant, humorous, provocative, hip and contains the now famous Facebook Song. It is a fantastic show featuring 4 of the best young singer/actors in Canada accompanied by a pianist and a percussionist.  Autumn Brook Gallery, 604.631.2872.

March 6 - 8, 2008
Godspell.  Corpus Christi College is excited to present the Broadway musical GODSPELL -the musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. Evening Performances: 8pm; School Matinee (Thurs & Fri.): 1pm Tickets prices: Student/Senior: $10; Adults: $20; Norman Rothstein Theatre, 604-822-6862 Ext 111

March 7, 2008
Avril Lavigne at GM Place.?http://www.tickco.com

March 7, 2008
Owling Prowl at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, 7pm - 9:30pm. Prowl the night forest for the Great Horned and Barred Owl, which are several of the common local residents. Please dress warmly as we will be standing still for periods of time. Leaders Al and Jude Grass and Roy Tomson. Note: this program maybe cancelled due to poor weather.  Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club 1284184th Street, Surrey; Pre-registration required.? (604) 538-8774

March 8 - 29, 2008
Free Tax Clinics.  Volunteers trained by Canada Revenue Agency will be available by appointment to assist individuals to fill out and file their tax returns. For more information or to book a free appointment, please contact the church office. The clinics will be held every Saturday afternoon in March. Tenth Avenue Alliance Church, 604-876-2181

March 8, 2008
Eaters of Others - The Raptors of Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, 10am - Noon. Come and join the Wild Bird Trusts Nature Walks with Al and Jude Grass at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area. The walk will focus on the common Hawks, Eagles, and Owls. Free family event. Wheelchair accessible. Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia, 604-538-8774.

March 8, 2008
International Women's Day

March 8, 2008
Nature Walk along the Fort to Fort Trail, North Langley, 10am - 1pm. Join the Langley Field Naturalist for a walk along the Fraser River on the Fort-to-Fort trail that provides good views of both forest birds and waterfowl along the shore. In addition, we will visit the original site of Fort Langley - the first capital of mainland British Columbia and then visit quaint historic Fort Langley!  Langley Field Naturalists, 604-888-1787. 

March 8, 2008
Penny Lang with special guest Brooks Kenna "Canada's grand dame of folk-blues". From tranquil folk songs to rustic country blues, Parisian jazz to Celtic who of musical history including Furry Lewis, Henry Townsend, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, and Ray Charles. With House of Refuge, Jim Byrnes has let this life wash over him and come up with perhaps the most inspired and soulful album of his already accomplished and storied career. 604.631.2872.

March 9, 2008
Harrys Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer.  With a goal of raising $130,000 for prostate cancer research at The Prostate Centre at VGH, Harry Rosen Inc. is proud to announce the second annual Harrys Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer will take place on Sunday, March 9th in Stanley Park. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer threat to Canadian men. It will afflict one out of six men in their lifetime  approximately 20,500 men this year alone. Men over the age of 45 are encouraged to speak to their doctors about testing. To register for the Run and sign up for online fundraising visit www.canadarunningseries.com/spring8k

March 9, 2008
Flea Market at Trout Lake Community Centre; 604-257-6955

March 9, 2008
Music with Marnie. Marnie and her sparkling, energetic band pump out a mix of tunes that gets children moving and grooving. Meet Mumbu the Monkey, Tula the Kangaroo, Jethro the Cowboy and others. A high energy, lively performance sure to have you dancing in the aisles! Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 10, 2008
5th Annual Quick Flick Challenge.  What is the Quick Flick Challenge? It`s your opportunity to write, shoot and edit a 5 minute video based on an `inspiration package` over the course of a single weekend  February 29th through March 2nd, 2008. Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody; 604-931-8255, 5th Annual Quick Flick Challenge

March 11, 2008
FREE WINTER NOON HOUR SERIES - Forbidden Conversations.  All families have topics that are important but difficult to talk about. Explore how and why certain issues become loaded and consider some new and respectful ways of inviting conversation. CLARISSA GREEN, MSN, RN, is a former Associate Professor of Nursing at UBC, and a family therapist with special interest in the impact of aging and illness on family relationships. Seating limited. Please call 604-822-8585 to reserve a seat.  UBC Robson Square, www.lifeandcareer.ubc.ca

March 12 - 14, 2008
Edgewater Casino CelticFest Vancouver 2008.  Western Canadas premier Celtic celebration is ready to roll out for a fifth great year, with a new title sponsor and a spectacular international lineup! From March 12 to 16, 2008 , the 5th Annual Edgewater Casino CelticFest Vancouver will bring visitors and locals together for a diverse celebration of Celtic performance and culture, featuring hundreds of gifted performing artists from around the world and at home. The 2008 festival will offer more than 50 events at dozens of popular venues  including several outdoor stages along Granville Street and a new stage at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver . Headliners this year come from Scotland, Ireland and France as well as Eastern and Western Canada, and include Scotlands Battlefield Band, Celtic guitar virtuoso Tony McManus, all-Britain Uilleann pipe champion and virtuoso bodhran player Steafan Hannigan, Cape Bretons Wendy MacIsaac & Patrick Gillis and Vancouver favourite Spirit of the West, plus the international supergroup Celtic Fiddle Festival. There are also?FREE Celtic music and dance workshops, an interactive Celtic Music Session, a downtown Weekend Street Fair and?shows for  the whole family ?and the Celitc Village on Granville Street, downtown.  And don't miss the ever-popular 5th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade on Sunday, March 16 at 11 am.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT? www.celticfestvancouv and aerial acrobatics, among others. CirKids alumni  have gone on to the National Circus School, Cirque du Soleil, and to become professional  circus performers around the world. 604.631.2872, www.cirkids.org

March 14 - 15, 2008
Margie Gillis - M.Body.7 Canadian contemporary dance superstar Margie Gillis celebrates her thirty-fifth season of dance with M.Body.7, two evenings of new choreographies starring seven of Canada's most fearless dancers, including Gioconda Barbuto, Anik Bissonnette, Holly Bright, Laurence Lemieux, Emily Molnar, Rise Steinberg, and Margie Gilils herself.? M.Body.7 highlights the energy and creativity of one of Canada's most visionary and iconic choreographers.? This celebration of contemporary dance is not to be missed! Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 15, 2008
Night of the Mummy- A Family Overnight Adventure.  Explore the Vancouver Museum by flashlight, dig for artefacts and examine a real mummy  Open to ages 7+. We require one adult for every 4 kids.  $50 per person, members $40, includes a snack and light breakfast  To register: T: 604.730.5307E: register@vanmuseum.bc.ca (/ym/Compose?To=register@vanmuseum.bc.ca)

March 15, 2008
Night Quest.  Experience the magic of the park as it transitions from day into night! Follow a two-kilometre, lantern-lit trail through the forest for fun and exercise. Visit discovery stations and read inspirational poetry posted along the route. Watch for shadowy forms and glowing eyes; inhale the fragrance of cedars, and listen for night sounds. Then gather around a bonfire to enjoy entertainment. Bring a flashlight or lantern. Allow at least one hour to complete the quest, rain or shine. The Girl Guides of Canada will provide refreshments. This event is wheelchair and stroller accessible.  PACIFIC SPIRIT REGIONAL PARK.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

March 15, 2008
Pressed Plants: Creating Botanical Art from Your Garden.  Pressed flowers and foliage can become beautifully framed botanical art. It is also a wonderful way to display and enjoy the beauty of your garden beyond the spring and summer, preserve a botanical keepsake as a memory from a vacation destination, or create a unique gift. In this course, participants will learn the history & purpose of botanical collections, observe the tools and techniques for successfully preserving plant specimens, participate in an outdoor collecting demonstration, and create unique pieces of botanical art. Instructor: Linda Jennings, collections manager at the UBC Herbarium. Visit the UBC Herbarium website at: www.botany.ubc.ca/herbarium/. Cost: (General) $40.00 or (Garden Members) $33.00. Course Maximum: 15 Participants. Please Note: Advance registration required. For information or to register contact (604) 822-3928 or email botg@interchange.ubc.ca. Dress for the weather.

March 15, 2008
The Linear Animal.  Putting a modern spin on an antique form of household entertainment, The Linear Animal utilizes recent technologies to create a one-of-a- kind performance. Through live narrated voice, live video, and an improvised score of recorded sounds, the story unfolds alongside a childrens train set that circles in front of the audience, carrying on it the cut-out characters of the story. The narrative behind The Linear Animal is one of history, family, adolescence, love and memories; but most of all it is a story that explores different views on the often conflicting and perplexing idea of home. Featuring: Andreas Kahre, writer narrator, performer; Kenneth Newby, music and live sound processing; Aleksandra Dulic, live video proces table per person plus one table for a friend). Registration begins 9:00am on August 15. Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:30am-2:00pm, March 15. Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone 604.294.1936.

March 15, 2008
Spring Break Theatre Festival at various locations, Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, and West Vancouver.  For more information check the following websites: www.artsclub.com, www.arts.surrey.ca, www.kaymeekcentre.com, and www.shadboltcentre.com

March 15 - 16, 2008
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 15 - 20, 2008
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. BC Place Stadium.

March 15 - 23, 2008
SPRING BREAK AT THE FORT. MARCH 15th to MARCH 23rd, 2008. Its spring! Time to get your hands dirty in the sands of time at Fort Langley. Celebrate 150 years of British Columbia in our Big House, where BC was born. Were offering guided tours everyday with special tours just for kids at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Listen to a storyteller weave a tale at 2:00 pm daily, then participate in a Fur Trade Wedding at 3:00 pm. Bring a picnic lunch and stay the whole day!

March 16, 2008
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET.  Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more...NEW! Appraisal Clinics All Day - Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details - General Admission $3 at Door - Children Under 13 Free - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive at 16th Avenue, Vancouver

March 16, 2008
Little Campbell River Paddle, 10am-1pm. The Little Campbell River is steeped in history dating back to the early 1900s. Running through the Semiahmoo First Nations Reserve it provides a glimpse of the local area prior to urbanization. The banks of the Little Campbell are a home to many shorebirds, herons, Belted Kingfishers and Bald Eagles. Experience Level required: novice - paddling subject to some waves based on wind conditions. Natural West Coast Adventures, Howard Zatwarnitski, (604) 535-7985 www.kayak.bc.ca.

March 16, 2008
March Fun Fly at Ambleside Park, West Vancouver; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

March 16, 2008
St. Patrick's Day Parade.  The 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is set to march in downtown Vancouver on March 16th, 2008. Put on your green gear or kilt and get ready to cheer on Vancouver's most colourful and action packed parade. Plan to spend the rest of the day at the Celtic Village on Granville Street and discover Celtic treasures, hear some of the best Celtic musicians/dancers and catch plenty of free entertainment for kids and adults alike. www.celticfestvancouver.com

March 16, 2008
A Music 2008
The Village Scavenger Hunt, noon-4:00pm. Times: Noon-4:00pm. daily?? Admission: $5.25 per person, includes carousel rides. Come take the challenge! The Village Scavenger Hunt takes you throughout the village looking high and low. Be sure to watch the blacksmith, catch a movie in the theatre and tour the Interurban Tram display while on you search for answers. And, of course, a ride on the carousel is a must. The Ice Cream Parlour will be open with light menu options available. Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

March 18, 2008
Circus Cowboys presents Wanted.  In this hilarious show, Sheriff Scott is following the trail of Riff Raph the bandit, who is constantly disguising himself. Trained at the National Circus School , the Circus Cowboys, Scott and Raphael, will dazzle the audience with their skills including lasso tricks, bike riding, acrobatics and more. This one-of-a-kind cowboy farce combines comedy, dance and theatrics with crazy circus skills and audience participation. Yee-haw!  Evergreen Cultural Centre is located at 1205 Pinetree Way , Coquitlam BC   For tickets call the Box Office at 604.927.6555 or buy online at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

March 19 - 20, 2008
DuffleBag Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty.  The nearly world famous DuffleBag Theatre returns to Evergreen with two fun filled improv show. The companys refreshing adaptations of well known fairy tales have young audience members (and a few parents) join them on stage. The resulting excitement and spontaneity creates a hilarious experience for all. With DuffleBag Theatre, the dream of living a fairy tale actually does come true.  Evergreen Cultural Centre is located at 1205 Pinetree Way , Coquitlam BC   For tickets call the Box Office at 604.927.6555 or buy online at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

March 18 - 20, 2008
Spring Break Festival. Attention parents! Evergreens Spring Break Festival is the answer to your March Break woes. Three delightful shows play in repertoire starting with the hilarious duo Circus Cowboys in Wanted and two improv shows by the nearly world famous DuffleBag Theatre - Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan. Shows run at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Check the website for details. Spring Break Festival!  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

March 18 - 22, 25, 2008
Vancouver History Gallery Tours.  Vancouvers stories from the early 1900s to 70s; 604.736.4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

March 19, 2008
Interior Design Show West, Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, 604.730.2060, www.idswest.com

March 20, 2008
Chile's Neighbour Argentina.  Join us: * learn about Argentina * meet the Consulate * taste the award winning wines * listen to the traditional music * tantalize your taste buds with regional food * Giveaways Call Now!! Billy Bishop Hall, (604)-678-3525

March 21, 2008
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The UN declared the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to be observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

March 22, 2008
Easter Eqgg Hunt. Get EggCited about Easter. Children up to 8 years can participate  in an Easter egg hunt, play egg games, decorate eggs and make Easter crafts. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Register early. Limited space and no drop-ins.   Place Maillardville Community Centre, 1200 Cartier Ave women of all ages, ethnicities and religions, will perform high-energy, six-part harmony and merge the melodies of soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae into a soulful performance. The vibrant delivery results in an audience that cant resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping! Our goal is to unite people of different cultures and beliefs to deliver an inspirational musical message of Peace, Hope and Healing.  Broadway Church, 2700 East Broadway, Vancouver; www.VOCSoulGospelChoir.com

March 22, 2008
Easter Egg-stravaganza.  Hop on down to the North Surrey Recreation Centre for an egg-cellent time! The East swim will include activities such as egg hunts, crafts, face painting and much, much more. 604-502-6300.

March 22, 2008
Bunny Hop Skate. Regular admission and rental rates apply. Saturday, 12:45-3:15pm, March 22. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby. Phone 604.291.1261.

March 22, 2008
Easter Eggstravaganza - 2-10yrs.  Rain or shine! There will be a Magic Show, face painting, crafts, door prizes and our famous egghunt. There will be a play area set up for younger siblings. Children less than 6 yrs must be accompanied by an adult. $4-child and children under 2yrs are free.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

March 22, 2008
Easter Eggstravaganza. At this Eggstravaganza, families can have breakfast, create some Easter crafts and have a mini egg hunt! Children must be accompanied by adults. All adults and children attending the event must be registered. No drop-ins. Registration begins 9:00am, February 22, 2008. No refunds after March 15. $6.50 per person, all ages (barcode 137336). Saturday, 10:30am-12:00noon. Willingdon Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue. Phone 604.299.1446.

March 22, 2008
Easter Eggstravaganza. Register early for this annual sold out event. Join us for crafts, games, entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny. There will also be a concession at which you can buy hot dogs and refreshments. Pre-registration is mandatory. Don't miss this hopping good time. Suitable for children 8 years and under. Cost is $5/child. Champlain Heights Community Centre, 604-718-6575.

March 22, 2008
Easter Fair. Join in Easter fun for the family with colouring, making bonnets, and an egg hunt for the little ones. Learn about the real Easter Bunny and friends as you meet rescue animals, from rabbits and hamsters to Shar-pei dogs, greyhounds, parrots and an assortment of cats. Surrey Museum, 604-592-6956.

March 23, 2008
IKEA Easter Scavenger Hunt. Join FLAXYBIRD on the hunt for cool prizes! Early bird gets the prize, so come early and pick up your scavenger hunt. Limited number of scavenger hunts available, first come, first served, so be sure to get here early! Be sure to check online for more details in March at www.IKEA.ca/coquitlam.  IKEA Coquitlam, 1000 Lougheed Highway.

March 23 - 24, 2008
Join Fraser River Safari on a fun filled trip that will take guests on an exploration of the Mighty Fraser towards the magical Harrison/Fraser Confluence.? Search out the wildlife on the river and then play with the farm animals during our stop over where the big hunt for Easter eggs will be taking place. Great family fun- Our family pack is reduced for this special expedition to only $200.00. (a family pack consists of ?2 adults, 2 children? boat tour, entrance fees & GST included in price? Tours leave Mission at 10:00am Duration 4 hours www.fraserriversafari.com (http://www.fraserriversafari.com/) Toll Free 1-866-348-6877

March 25 to April 20, 2008
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  Let the cherry blossoms inspire you! The 3rd annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off with a free lunch-time concert, Cherry Jam Downtown Ma Canadian, the Juno nominated Pavlo was strongly encouraged and inspired by his family to develop his love of music and guitar.? This passion has developed into his own signature style best described and Mediterranean music, combining influences of Flamenco, Latin, Classical and Greek Bouszouki.? His music will fill you with the warmth and passion of the Mediterranean! Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.

March 28 to April 6, 2008
Vancouver International Auto Show. The 89th Vancouver International Auto Show is Canadas third largest Auto Show, and one of Western North Americas premier automotive exhibition events, featuring over 270,000 square feet of automobile manufacturer and supplier exhibits. BC Place Stadium. For more information call (604) 214-9964 or go to www.bcautoshow.com.

March 29 - 30, 2008
Spring into the Vancouver Orchid Festival and Bloom for the Cure!  Spring into the Vancouver Orchid Festival and buy an orchid to add beauty to your home while giving a little TLC to A Loving Spoonful and VanDusen Botanical Gardens! This unique orchid plant sale event blooms March 29 and 30, 2008 at the Vandusen Botanical Gardens Floral Hall. With easy access to and from downtown Vancouver and Richmond, plant lovers and orchid enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see and buy an exclusive selection of orchids plants. Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, www.orchidfest.com

March 29 - 30, 2008
Wedding Trends 2008 (formerly Bridal Trends).  Experience the romance, the excitement, and all things trend setting in the world of weddings. Immerse yourself in the unique style & ambiance that is the Bridal Trends showcase. Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, 604.251.9491, www.weddingfair.ca

March 29, 2008
Beach Party Skate. Regular admission and rental rates apply. Saturday, 12:45-3:15pm, March 29. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby. Phone 604.291.1261.

March 29, 2008
CANDLELIGHT TOURS.  Find yourself taken back to November 19, 1858. It is the day of BCs Proclamation and the fort is full of excitement and commotion. Share in the anticipation by helping the fort get ready for this historic event. Experience the stories of this momentous occasion with a series of colourful vignettes as you make your way around the fort. For tickets and information please call 604-888-4956. Hosted by the Friends of Fort Langley nonprofit organization.

March 30, 2008
Health Action Network Society presents Cancer - Natural Approaches for Prevention and Healing. All day event with expert speakers on: The Cancer Smart Consumer, Nutritional Secrets to Cancer Free Living, Breakthroughs in Scientific Research, Getting you Head Around Cancer - Hypnotherapy and EFT, Energy Medicine, Integrating Evidence- Base Natural Medicine in Cancer Care. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

March 31, 2008
Bruce Springsteen at GM Place; http://www.tickco.com

April 11 - 12, 2008
Abbotsford Children's Theatre presents The Bookworm Club Classics.  This is a favourite for many audience members and features The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin & Peter Pan.? Suitable for ages 5 and up. Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford; For more info:? www.abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org

April 20, 2008
Family Festival: Music for a New World.  This incredible collaboration brings together 17 of Vancouvers best world music artists in a one of a kind partnership in which influences from around the world mix into a melting pot of sights and sounds. Centred on a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, Music for a New World celeb special premiere play from Vancouver's own Theatre Bagger. Comedy for kids is flying in from Britain's James Campbell and Quebec's Theatre de L'Aubergine. Special guest, author Kenneth Oppel, will give an illustrated talk about his latest book, Darkwing. And who could forget last year's hit BIG NAZO, the human-sized puppet rock and rollers from New York? And that's not to mention all our amazing on-site acts and activities! Visit our website for information on all our mainstage artists: www.childrensfestival.ca.

May 23 - 25, 2008
Eat Vancouver is Canada 's largest consumer food, beverage and cooking show, expo, festival. This Vancouver food festival will take place at BC Place Stadium, downtown Vancouver , BC on May 23, 24 and 25, 2008. The food expo features hundreds of food, beverage and kitchen goods exhibitors, wineries, breweries, restaurants, chocolatiers, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors, chef competitions and barbecue and chili cook-offs. 604.689.8651, web: www.eat-vancouver.com

Ongoing until March 2, 2008
Canstruction Vancouver 2008 Where: Canada Place - Cruise Ship Terminal When: Feb 24 - Mar 2, 2008, 10am-5pm from Sun to Wed, 10am - 8pm from Thurs to Sat Contact Information: www.canstructionvancouver.com Description: It starts with one can...to feed the hungry, to lift the spirit, to change the world...and ends with amazing sculptures! Teams sign up to build sculptures made entirely of canned goods or food. This is a Public Exhibition and Admission is by cash donation or food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. February 24 - March 2, 2008, 10am - 5pm from Sun to Wed, 10am - 8pm from Thurs to Sat

Ongoing to March 2, 2008
The Green Living Show. Information...Innovation...Inspiration...everything you need to green up your life is right here under one roof. Featuring speakers and exhibits showcasing simple and practical "greenovations", hundreds of new products and earth frie

Ongoing to March 3, 2008
Chutzpah! Festival. Comedy, music, theatre and cutting-edge dance are just a few of the highlights of the annual Chutzpah! Festival. Designed to celebrate established and emerging professional Jewish artists and their collaborators from around the world, C

Ongoing to March 8, 2008
VIBC's City of Bhangra Festival.  From February 29 to March 8, Bell presents the City of Bhangra 2008 Festival in Metro Vancouver. Dance, listen, watch and sing as Bhangra fever takes over the city. This year's festival includes nine events, ranging from Bhangra dance workshops and an outdoor concert, to an interactive, multicultural drum circle and the grand finale Coast Capital Bhangra Competition. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.ca For more info visit www.vibc.org or call 604.315.2599.

Ongoing to April 2008
Vancouver Winter Farmers Market.  Eating locally in the winter is possible! Enjoy local, fresh BC produce, prepared food and crafts at this festive indoor and outdoor event, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from Novemebr to April. Call 604.879.FARM for details.  WISE Hall 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver; 604.879.3276, info@eatlocal.org

Ongoing to April 6, 2008
Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence Within Diversity.  Experience contemporary craft with the newest exhibition of the Craft Association of British Columbia at the Vancouver Museum from February 7 to April 6. Celebrate the diversity of over eighty artisans using mediums of fibre, glass, wood, metal and ceramics to create vibrant pieces with west coast flair. General admission is $10, students and seniors $8, youth $6.50, and child admission is Free. Vancouver Museum is located at 1100 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park. For more information visit www.vanmuseum.bc.ca It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.? Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.? You can find out a lot more at: http://www.airfun.org  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;

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

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

Ongoing
Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248, http://www.coastalpeoples.com

 






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