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

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Special Events for March 2009
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.
 
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March 1, 7, 2009
The Adventures of Bertolt and the Search for the Golden Hanky.  Help Bertolt find the Golden Hanky!  The Golden Hanky has been stolen by a troll and he needs your help to find it.  In this adventure kids and adults are asked to volunteer and play a part in the story as Bertolt goes from beanstalks and balloon animals to disappearing flowers and the Danger Danger forest!  Magic, balloons and a lot of falling down makes this show a unique experience that you or your kids won’t soon forget!  As David Jordan, the Executive of the Vancouver Fringe said, “Bertolt was my son's very first live performance and it made a deep impression on him. Bertolt was his first hero.”  Check out www.bertolt.ca for more info and to watch a preview video of the show!

March 3, 2009
Thomas Merton: Peacemaker in a Time of War. Jim Forest heads the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and is the author of Living with Wisdom, a biography of Thomas Merton. An influential factor in Jim's life was his close friendship with Thomas Merton. They met in 1962 and corresponded until Merton's death in 1968. (Free admission but seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

March 3 - 8, 2009
Annie! The Musical. ANNIE, is back in 30th anniversary tour, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie will be coming to the Centre In Vancouver for Performing Arts in Vancouver, B.C. for eight performances from Tuesday, March 3 through to Sunday, March 8, 2009. ANNIE, with music by Charles Strouse and book by Thomas Meehan, is again directed by its lyricist, Martin Charnin, who brought the original production of ANNIE to Broadway in 1977. Tony Award winning set designer, Ming Cho Lee, has created a fresh look for this new production. www.ticketmaster.ca

March 4, 2009
Digital Design Open House.  Join Vancouver Film School for an evening of screenings and refreshments and learn how our one-year Digital Design program helps designers create award-winning portfolios and design for the future. Hear from Head of Department Sebastien de Castell, see student work that will inspire you, and experience a multi-touch display (imagine the technology of a 27-inch iPhone!) built in the department's own labs. Register for this Open House at vfs.com/openhouse or call 604.631.3590.

March 4 - 8, 2009
Women in Film Festival 2009.  WIFTV presents the Women In Film Festival March 4-8, 2009 at the Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St Vancouver. Over 40 films by women, Opening Night Film, The Baby Formula, free filmmaking public panels, New Media Forum, Spotlight Awards Gala hosted by Molly Parker, and International Women's Day screenings at Chan Centre for Family Health Education at CFRI BC Women's Hospital. info & tix: www.womeninfilm.ca or 604-685-1152.

March 5 - 15, 2009
World Junior Curling Championships 2009. Curling at the World Juniors consists of two events: a womens tournament and a mens tournament. Join the world's best young curlers (age 21 and under) at the first international curling event at the new Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre venue! Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre (Hillcrest Park), 778-328-3125, World Junior Curling Championships 2009

March 6, 2009
Active Dreaming pioneer Robert Moss presents his new book, The Secret History of Dreaming, about how dreams, coincidence and imagination have driven great lives and great events in every field, from war to healing, from science to religion. (Free admission but seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Banyen Books).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

March 7, 2009
Free Goh Ballet Performance at Aberdeen Centre.  Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) presents two free live performances by The Goh Ballet Academy on Saturday, March 7. Taking place at the centre atrium of Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre, the ballet will perform at 1:00pm and 3pm. The Goh Ballet Junior School will perform two pieces of original choreography inspired by the RWB’s upcoming presentation of Peter Pan and select Goh Ballet Festival works. Ticket discounts to Peter Pan will be available on site for one day only.

March 7, 2009
Hear, here! The Intermediate division of the acclaimed Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Jin Zhang, present a sparkling selection of music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Vaughn Williams for their annual Concerto Winners Concert. This diverse program will feature the two concerto competition winners playing their winning solos: Brandon Baek of West Vancouver on Cimarosa’s concerto for oboe and strings, and Alina Khvatova of Richmond on Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in E minor. Centennial Theatre – 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.  For more information and a complete season schedule, please visit www.vyso.com or call 604.737.0714. 

March 7, 2009
Olympicraze.  Get into the Olympic Spirit. Try out a Winter sport on the Nintendo Wii, play some Olympic themed carvival games, make a medal, pose on the podium, check out some cool displays and more-something for everyone. Made possible by Host a City Happening Grants: sponsored by the Vancouver Park Board and Renfrew Park Commuity Association. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

March 7, 2009
Sharpey’s Cycles of North Burnaby is celebrating the start to the bike season by giving back to BC Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit in thanks for their part in saving the owners 5 year old son from inoperable brain cancer. The event will take place March 7th from 11am  5pm and will include bike trial displays by world famous mountain bike trials rider Ryan Leech, bike jump demos, autograph signing by Ryan and other professional riders, a bike sale with partial proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital, and a BBQ by donation with ALL net proceeds going to the Hospital. There will be Norco tents, entertainment, DJ and draws for bike items. We welcome everyone to come and help Sharpey’s Cycles give back to BC Children’s Hospital. 604-298- 9930 Email:nicole@sharpeyscycles.com  For more information on Ryder’s Evans-Brockett remarkable recovery from brain cancer please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryder

March 7 - 28, 2009
Birds of Prey in Flight at the Vancouver Aquarium.  New this spring, the Vancouver Aquarium is proud to offer a special show featuring birds of prey in flight show, daily March 7 thru June 28: the bald eagle, barn owl, red-tailed hawk and turkey vulture. Spectacular flying demonstrations will showcase the raptors’ incredible flight skills and highlight the conservation efforts to protect these amazing birds of prey. Watch an eagle as he soars overhead, then skillfully descends to a perch beside the audience. Feel the breeze as an owl silently glides through the air, and be thrilled as a hawk buzzes past you, demonstrating his amazing aerial agility. 604.659.3474,www.vanaqua.org/birdsofprey

March 8, 2009
3rd Annual Harry's Spring Run-ff 8K at Stanley Park.  Approximately 1,200 runners are expected to run this year, to raise money for prostate cancer research at The Prostate Centre at VGH. This year’s event will be hosted by Scott Rintoul of Team 1040 and features the chance to win great prizes, live entertainment, organic coffee courtesy of Karma Coffee and much more.  To register for the Run and sign up for online fundraising visit www.canadarunningseries.com/spring8k

March 8, 2009
3rd Annual Take a Hike Foundation Snowshow Adventure.  Help Take a Hike Students Break Trail for a Positive Future!  JOIN US at Mount Seymour on March 8th for a snowshoe trek, BBQ, snowcave demo and  more! All ages and levels welcome; there will be six snowshoe groups, from beginner to advanced. www.takeahikefoundation.org/event 

March 8, 2009
Red Sky – Raven Stole the Sun.  Red Sky is a dynamic company on the leading edge of contemporary Aboriginal dance, theatre, and music. Based in Toronto, Red Sky has realized a meteoric rise in national and international acclaim for its creative excellence and innovative artistry. Based upon the traditional story of the Tlingit nation and adapted for the stage by  Drew Hayden Taylor, Raven Stole the Sun is a unique and compelling performance for young audiences.Centennial Theatre, (604) 984-4484, www.centennialtheatre.com

March 8, 2009
International Women's Day. This is an international day to celebrate women. For more information about various initatives and events visit www.internationalwomensday.com to find out what's happening in Vancouver and around the world.

March 9, 2009
Lecture: The Garry oak ecosystem’s (GOE) botanical diversity is at stake as Canada’s at risk ecosystem faces forces that can dramatically alter it. Images of GOE plants are set against periodic questions designed to prompt you to provide your own answers. At the Botanical Garden Reception Centre, 6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver.  604-822-3928 or botg@interchange.ubc.ca in advance to book a seat.

March 11 - 14, 18 - 21, 25 - 28, 2009
Johnny Grant: A Rollicking Adventure Story.  A Fast-Paced Comedy of Mountain Men and Indian Braves, of Wives and Fortunes Won and Lost, of Rebellion, Betrayal, Love, Polygamy, and the Death and Birth of a Way of Life. Not to mention the secret agents. And two guys in a 35 year old van crossing the Continental Divide. Again and again. Upintheairs' new play takes the audience on a thrilling ride to the intersection of History, the Search for Ancestry, and an Excellent Story.  PTC Studio, 3rd Floor, Festival House, 1398 Cartwright St, Granville Island. www.upintheairtheatre.com

March 11 - 15, 2009
CelticFest 2009.  This year’s festival features stellar international and Canadian singers, instrumentalists, dancers and spoken word performers as well as some of Scotland’s best “water of life”. More than 60 events are scheduled at ten popular venues and two outdoor stages in downtown Vancouver. Headliners come from across Canada and Ireland and include Ashley MacIsaac (schedule_tickets.php#sat_17), Lúnasa (schedule_tickets.php#sat_17) (Ireland), the Duhks (schedule_tickets.php#wed_02), Daniel Lapp (schedule_tickets.php#wed_02), and The Paperboys (schedule_tickets.php#fri_02) together with Puro Son (schedule_tickets.php#fri_02) in a groundbreakingCeltic-Cuban Salsa concert (schedule_tickets.php#fri_02). The festival’s 2009 Official Host is Irish-American comedian Maureen Langan (bios_musical_host.php#Maureen Langan), whose impressive CV boasts live performances across North America and numerous television credits.  The largest and most popular of our free events, the 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (schedule_tickets.php#sun_04) travels a new route this year along Georgia Street from Broughton to Howe on Sunday March 15 (schedule_tickets.php#sun_04), as over 80 parade entries with 2,000 participants take to the streets. The Parade includes pipers, drummers, Celtic music groups, the Vancouver police drill team and fire brigades, stilt walkers, collector cars, Irish and Scottish dancers, multi-ethnic groups and much more. Also note the new start time this year – 11:30 am.  http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/

March 12, 2009
Award-winning writer Jan Wong reads from her new book, Beijing Confidential. She will also talk about China, it's recent history and it's current place in the world through the lens of her own experience there as a radical student in the 1970s, as a journalist in the 1980s and 1990s and now as a writer. (Free admission. Limited seating. We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

March 12, 2009
Museum of Anthropology: We ya hani nah Coastal First Nations Dance Festival.  In partnership with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, the Dancers of Damelahamid and MOA welcome you to the second We yah hani nah Coastal First Nations Dance Festival. We yah hani nah brings together the richness and diversity of traditional First Nations dance groups from the coast of BC. The festival is named for a feast song belonging to Chief Kenneth Harris of the Dakhumhast House of the Gitksan Nation, which is used to welcome visitors to witness at a feast.  For specific program details, please visit www.damelahamid.ca/festival/festival.htm, http://www.moa.ubc.ca/

March 12, 2009
Dining Out For Life. Eat, drink and be caring: Treat yourself and support others.  Participating restaurants will donate 25% of all food proceeds that day.  Funds raised through Dining Out For Life benefit A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.  These local organizations provide food and support services to people living with HIV and AIDS. www.diningoutforlife.com/Vancouver

March 12 - 15, 2009
ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships.  The best speed skaters in the world are coming to Richmond in March for the 2009 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships, the premier event on the speed skating circuit leading to the 2010 Winter Games. Canada took home nine medals in the 2008 World Single Distance Championships held in Nagano, Japan in March, four of them gold, placing the home team second in the world only to Holland. Richmond Olympic Oval, 778-296-1400, http://www.speedskatingrichmond2009.com/

March 14, 2009
Attention Seven and Eight Year Old Spellers!  Local spellers are invited to register for Willowbrook Shopping Centre’s fourth annual Willowbrook Jr. Spelling Bee, taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. All Spelling Bee participants will receive gifts and certificates for participating and having f-u-n! The grand prize winners will receive a $100 Willowbrook Gift Card and the title of Willowbrook Jr. Spelling Bee Champ. Last year’s title holders are eight year old Zachary Jennejohn of Langley who beat out 36 competitors with the winning word “machinery”, and seven year old Isabelle Louie of Surrey who competed against 17 spellers and correctly spelled “happily”. To be part of this year’s Willowbrook Jr. Spelling Bee, register today at Customer Service. Space is limited.  604-530-2115, rscott@bentall.com

March 14, 2009
Iranian Information Centre Society present The Greatest NOROOZ festival (Persian new year). Plaza of Nations. (outdoor stage) 750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver; 604.724.9917, info@iranianinfo.ca -www.iranianinfo.ca

March 14, 2009
Spring Break at Fort Langley. Kids won’t want to miss spending a day exploring this fur trading post! Play games, meet costumed interpreters, take a tour, and pan for gold. Curious adventurers will love our new “Who am I?” program – uncover clues to discover the people who once made Fort Langley hum with activity. Be the first to try the new bateau and fur press programs, and find out about the Mothers of the Fur Trade – the First Nations women who made this place a success! www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley/

March 14 - 21, 2009
Forensics for Kids. Want to learn more about how the police use fingerprints, bullets, bugs, impressions or blood to solve crimes? During Spring Break, the Police Museum will be offering numerous workshops and drop-in activities exploring the science of contemporary police work. The themed workshops require reservations, but you can also drop by the Museum anytime during Spring Break to try solve a crime with your family. We are located at 240 E. Cordova, Vancouver. For more information, call 604-665-3346 or visit www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/SpringBreakForensics.htm

March 14 - 21, 2009
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.  http://www.bcplacestadium.com/playdome.shtml

March 14 - 22, 2009
Kids won’t want to miss spending a day exploring this fur trading post!  Play games, meet costumed interpreters, take a tour, and pan for gold.  Curious adventurers will love our new “Who am I?” program – uncover clues  to discover the people who once made Fort Langley hum with activity. Be the  first to try the new bateau and fur press programs, and find out about the  Mothers of the Fur Trade – the First Nations women who made this place a  success!  Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada; (604) 513-4777.

March 15, 2009
New Works and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present Shakti Dance as part of  Dance Allsorts this season. This interdisciplinary performance of “Gods, Demons, and Yogis,” which blends Indian classical dance, storytelling, martial arts and live music, emphasizes innovation within tradition. Unique, intriguing and diverse, Shakti Dance focuses on the expressive potential of Indian classical dance and music, and the contemporary relevance of traditional tales.  Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 604.893.8875,   www.newworks.ca

March 15, 2009
SHAKTI DANCE, INDIAN DANCE AND STORYTELLING; New Works and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present Shakti Dance as part of Dance Allsorts this season. This interdisciplinary performance of “Gods, Demons, and Yogis,” which blends Indian classical dance, storytelling, martial arts and live music, emphasizes innovation within tradition. Unique, intriguing and diverse, Shakti Dance focuses on the expressive potential of Indian classical dance and music, and the contemporary relevance of traditional tales. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre; 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca

March 16, 2009
SOUND DESIGN FOR VISUAL MEDIA OPEN HOUSE.  Meet Head of Department Robert Grieve (Zoolander, The Big Chill), participate in an interactive recording session and discover sound editing, field recording, Foley, game audio, and cutting-edge software in the one-year Sound Design for Visual Media program at VFS. Register for this Open House at vfs.com/openhouse or call 604.631.3591.

March 16 to April 24, 2009
2009 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  With over 36,000 Japanese ornamental cherry trees no other city in Canada is so well positioned to host such a joyous city-wide celebration. This engaging festival provides a happy opportunity to bring people together in Vancouver's natural park settings to experience this miracle of nature.  For a complete list of events during the festival, visit www.vcbf.ca

March 17, 2009
St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick is regarded as the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes from Ireland. Once a pagan himself, St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known figures. St. Patrick's Day is bursting with folklore; from the shamrock to the leprechaun. St. Patrick's Day is commemorated every year on March 17.

March 19, 2009
The Power Project. The Power Project will focus on celebration of the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympics, its ties to anti-racism and a celebration of cultural diversity. Participants from the Broadway Youth Resource Centre are invited to create art and performance pieces. The solo pieces will incorporate Olympic and Paralympic Games values by raising awareness on issues of anti-racism and multiculturalism. Broadway Youth Resource Centre, 604.873.6522.

March 20 - 22, 2009
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the favourite childhood story Peter Pan, March 20 to 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Experience a high-flying spectacular storybook ballet adventure with real flying. Based on J.M. Barrie's famous children's story (published in 1911), Peter Pan tells the heartwarming tale of Peter, who invites Wendy to Neverland to be the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Many adventures ensue, including the near-death of Tinker Bell and a climatic confrontation with Peter's nemesis, the pirate, Captain Hook. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster: 604.280.3311 or www.ticketmaster.ca

March 21, 2009
Celebrating Women and the Spirit of the Cranes commemorates the return of Burns Bog's Greater Sandhill Cranes to Burns Bog, which occurs in conjunction with International Women's Day on March 8, 2009. Our ceremony honours outstanding women who are making a difference in our communities. More Information or to nominate a deserving woman in your life visit: www.burnsbog.org/spirit/.

March 21, 2009
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is 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 21, 2009
On March 21st, spring will be sprung and the groundhogs will have been  replaced by a babbling gaggle of monkeys, clowns, and other various and sundry strange characters (don’t worry, the groundhogs will get a good severance package). What is the occasion of this coup-d’etat? Well not  only is it the first day of spring, but it’s the In the HouseFestival’s (in)famous fundraiser! This year we are presenting “CIRCUS ASTOUNDICUS.” Animals, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, puppeteers, musicians, dancers – in a word, all the right ingredients for a circus – will be present to provide you with an evening of ribald fun, laughs, and pure  unadulterated joy.  St. Mary’s Ukrainian Centre, 3150 Ash St. Tickets are available at Highlife Records on Commercial Dr. or on-line at www.inthehousefestival.com

March 22, 2009
Kids’ Stuff Swap Meet. If you have children’s toys, clothes, or books you no longer use then this is your chance to sell these items instead of keeping them in storage. Tables are sold by first come, first served. Money raised from the tables goes directly towards Children’s Programs.  Coal Harbour Community Centre (480 Broughton Street, Vancouver). 604.718.8222.

March 22, 2009
Kids' Stuff Swap Meet. Have old kids' stuff laying around? Want to get them out of storage? Or know someone having a baby soon? Why buy new stuff when babies and kids grow out of it so fast!  Coal Harbour Community Centre is located at 480 Broughton Street. Call 604.718.8222 for more information. Tables on sale now. Or email coalharbourcc@vancouver.ca

March 22, 2009
The Spirit Fish Project is a watershed awareness and art project under development by Still Moon Arts Society with the Support of Canada Council for the Arts. Get in on creating your own Spirit Fish floating boat lantern! You and your creation can be part of it! There will be live music and other treats at this event. FREE.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

March 23, 2009
Something to eat, a place to sleep & someone who gives a damn. Please join us for a screening of Les Merson and Ken Villeneuve's documentary film on homelessness in metro Vancouver. To be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and experts on homelessness. Find out how you can make a difference. A photographic exhibition on homelessness will be held in conjunction with this event from March 16-30 in the Moat at Central Library. (Free admission. Seating is limited).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca 

March 27, 2009
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/)

March 28, 2009
Crafters Supplies Swap Meet.  We're providing an economical venue for the sale of excess crafting materials & hobby supplies; knitting, rubber stamping, quilting, scrap booking, candle making and much more! You can give someone a fresh start to a new craft by streamlining your supply of craft and/or hobby materials. No finished craft products for sale. Would you like to be a Vendor? Tables for Vendors are on sale now! $11 per table. In person registration only @ Douglas Park Community Centre 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver. Free Admission for buyers.  604-257-8130.

March 28, 2009
Flea Market. More than 50 tables of pre-loved items looking for a new home. Bargains to be had!  Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby; (604) 296-7015.

March 28, 2009
Kid's Stuff Swap Meet, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Gleneagle Secondary School Gym, 1195 Lansdowne Dr. in Coquitlam.  Kid’s toys, clothes, books, games and small furniture. To book a table for yourself, your organization, or your business, call (604) 461-1240 or rosecare@telus.net

March 28 - 29, 2009
Portobello West.  Find original fashion and art at Portobello West market, March 28th and 29th from 12pm to 6pm. Meet over 110 local artists and designers and shop for one-of-a-kind fashion and art. Rocky Mountaineer Station (1755 Cottrell Street). $2 admission (Children 12 and under free), free parking/shuttle. www.portobellowest.com.

March 29, 2009
Flea Market. Everybody loves a bargain! Here's your chance to snap up some deals OR clear your clutter! Table purchase $18.00 (register in person to pick your table location). Admission $0.50/person on day of.  Trout Lake Community Centre @ 3350 Victoria Drive. 604-257-6955.

April 4, 2009
EAGLE RIDGE ELEMENTARY’S 2nd ANNUAL KIDS Items ONLY SWAP MEET, 1215 Falcon Drive (Corner of Falcon and Guildford);

April 4, 2009
L’IL Rascals Kids Swap Meet.  Excellent opportunity to buy or sell new & used infant to teen items. Sellers selling everything from maternity items, clothing for all ages, toys, video games, furniture, strollers, bikes, sports equipment and more. Definitely a must see and well worth the drive. There is a Concession and ATM Machine on site.  Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604 858 4034, lilrascalsswap@telus.net

April 5, 2009
Spencer Skate for Scleroderma.  A memorial skate in the name of Irene Spencer will be held at the Forum (Richmond Rinks), 14140 Triangle Rd., Richmond.  This is a family event - fun for all ages. Come and get your face painted, come in costume or in crazy hats...let your imagination run wild!... Prize categories are not yet complete, but we do know door prizes are courtesy of merchants in the communities of Steveston/Richmond, Ladner/Delta and some very talented BC crafters.  For more information contact Dbyrne@richmond.ca

April 16 - 18, 2009
Awake and Dreaming is the powerful story of a twelve year old girl growing up in poverty with her young mother on the streets of Vancouver.  Theo often retreats to the imaginary world of her books as a way of escaping the harsh reality of her life. She dreams of belonging to a real family, with two parents and brothers and sisters who love her, and is surprised when she wakes up one morning to find herself the honorary member of such a family. The play discusses imagination, friendship, the importance of books, and how we sometimes use our fantasy life to escape from a difficult reality.   Recommended for ages 10 and up. Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. www.abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org

April 19, 2009
Centennial Theatre proudly presents the 2008/2009 Family Festival Series. Featuring renowned children’s performer Flyin’ Bob - Articulate Nonsense.  Flyin’ Bob is an acrobat, balancer, wirewalker, professional idiot and highly skilled goofball. From the rainbow skywriter act to the suspenseful and nearly disastrous finale on the 9-foot  high tightwire, Articulate Nonsense is a riveting celebration of risk taking and goofy charm.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

April 19, 2009
The ever popular Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is back with her highly physical, character-driven solo work that uniquely blends dance and theatre. This Dance Allsorts presentation will be an entertaining journey through a selection of outrageous, energetic, and hilarious grab bag of the personalities occupying Friedenberg's person. Movie Stars, house wives, little boys and manic teenagers populate the stage, expressed through exciting dance, text and comedy.  Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 604-880-0527.

April 19 - 25, 2009
The Gardenia Centre for the Arts will be holding an art exhibit for the students of Douglas Park Elementary School during Arts & Culture Week in April. Arts Expressions from Douglas Park, 5497 Salt Lane, Langley; 604-533-4177, www.gardeniacentreforthearts.com

April 23 - 25, 2009
The Dance Centre presents EARTH=home, a fast-paced, entertaining and thought-provoking show created by Judith Marcuse which uses theatre, music, dance and multimedia technology to express young peoples’ feelings about the state of our planet and where we are taking it. Featuring a cast of nine, along with video projections, photographs and text, it traces the story of a group of strangers who are forced to find a way to live together in a surreal world of limited resources, exploring issues including the environment, consumerism and social justice. Each performance is followed by a facilitated talkback. Suitable for ages 10+.  Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street , Vancouver; www.thedancecentre.ca .

April 26, 2009
Earth Fest.  WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC will be celebrating 30 years of rehabilitating wildlife with Earth Fest, a free, fun-filled event for the whole family.  See wildlife releases, build nest boxes, and visit community group exhibits, plus more stewardship activities, games, and prizes!  Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion.  For more information, visit www.wildliferescue.ca or call 604-526-2747.

May 8 - 10, 2009
EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Western Canada 's largest green consumer tradeshow and eco-marketplace. Established in 2007, EPIC is produced by GLOBE Events, a division of the GLOBE Foundation. Visit EPIC to learn about environmentally-friendly products and services, as well as the companies providing them. Join this three day celebration of smart living; surround yourself with insightful people, innovative businesses and inspiring ideas. At EPIC, you’ll "Shop and TH!NK".  For More information visit www.epicexpo.com

June 20, 2009
Chip's Not Dead Yet is offering a rare opportunity to you and your family: to become part of a little slice of history. The second annual Chip's Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile is scheduled to take place on June 20, 2009, with all proceeds going to the BC Children's Hospital. The one-mile uphill race is run in themed waves. Last June, runners young and old busted up West 10th dressed as rockstars, bridesmaids, in their underwear, and more. (Particularly popular? The Superhero Kids wave.) www.cndy.ca

July 17, 18, 19, 2009
BC Renaissance Festival.  Come experience the 3rd Annual BC Renaissance Festival!  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!  Aldor Acres Farm, 24990 84th Ave, Langley, BC; http://www.bcrenfest.com

Ongoing
Beat Street Community Drum Circle.  Enjoy call-and-response songs from around the world, rhythm games and hand drumming with the freedom to try out a huge selection of percussion instruments and toys.Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave.; Every Sunday 3-5 pm, www.lylepovah.com, 604 736-6487

Ongoing
Community Lunch.  A free lunch of soup and sandwiches is offered weekly in North Vancouver in a safe, friendly, wheelchair accessible place where you can share a free meal with children, youth and adults. All are welcomed!  St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges, North Vancouver; 604-985-0408, www.st-andrews-united.ca1

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

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MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2009.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.

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























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