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

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Special Events for March 2010
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March 1 to May 31, 2010
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is pleased to announce a new Spring deadline for the 2010 Haiku Invitational. While the cherry blossoms bloom this Spring you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced this Fall. Winning poems will be featured during the 2011 Festival. Submit your cherry blossom haiku on line at www.vcbf.ca at the beginning of March 1, 2010 until May 31, 2010. Please visit the festival website to view past winning haiku with tips on how to haiku!


March 3 - 7, 2010
2010 ATCs in Vancouver. This event is from March 3 - 7, from 11am to 5pm. 2010 ATCs in Vancouver is an artist trading card exhibition that encourages artists of all styles and abilities from all over the world to exchange miniature works of art.  The goal of this project is to collect 2010 cards that encourage art that incorporates Olympic and Paralympic themes, such as peace, solidarity, and friendship. Galleries and Shops along 600 Block of East 15th Ave.; 604-293-1634


March 4, 2010
Tax Reduction Workshop for Family Caregivers.  As someone who provides support to a family member or friend who is aging, ill, or living with a disability, do you have questions about your 2009 Tax Return? Join us for a free tax reduction workshop and have your questions answered. Representatives from the DISABILITY TAX RESOURCE CENTRE will be presenting information regarding the Disability Tax Credit, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, and more. Please call 604-877-4699 to register or e-mail: caregiversupport@vch.ca


March 4 - 7, 2010
Vancouver International Salsa festival. Salsa, Cha Cha, Reggaton and Bachata! Don't miss the Vancouver International Salsa festival, March 4 to 7, 2010 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Highlights include four days of performances, two days of workshops with renowned instructors, performances featuring top salsa dancers from around the world, as well as international DJ's to get you footloose. Tickets from $20. Info and tickets at www.salsafestival.ca


March 4 to April 8, 2010
Chutzpah! 2010 .  Music, theatre, comedy and cutting-edge dance are just a few of the highlights of the 10th annual Chutzpah! Festival, The Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts. The 2010 stellar line-up features more than 25 performances and workshops with over 100 international, Canadian and local artists from March 4 - April 8, 2010. Designed to celebrate professional artists from around the world,Chutzpah! continues to excite and has earned a highly regarded reputation for its innovative and eclectic programming.http://chutzpahfestival.com


March 5, 2010
Owl Prowl with Al Grass.  Join renowned birder Al Grass for an evening with the owls in Stanley Park. An indoor presentation will be followed by a walk to Beaver Lake to listen for these secretive and nocturnal creatures. Registration required. Cost: Pay what you can. Stanley Park Dining Pavilion -- 2nd Floor; 604-681-9453, conservation@stanleyparkecology.ca


March 5, 2010
Sport & Society: Sport and Inclusion.  UBC presents Sport & Society - a provocative and timely five-part speaker series featuring Olympic & Paralympic athletes who have used their celebrity to make a difference in the world. The third event in the series, 'Sport and Inclusion', asks whether major sporting events are inclusive of First Nations and discusses the bureaucratic, financial and social barriers preventing talented Aboriginal athletes from participating in the Games. Panelists include: Waneek Horn-Miller, a former Olympic athlete, activist, speaker and television personality, as well as twin-sister duo Sharon A. Firth and Shirley Anne Firth-Larsson, who were among the first Aboriginal women to compete in four Olympic Winter Games, and Valerie Jerome a former Olympic athlete and member of Canada's team at the 1959 Pan American Games where as a 15-year-old she placed 4th in the 100m. These strong role models personal stories are powerful and uplifting. www.chancentre.com


March 5, 2010
Ukulele Unleashed.  From Vaudeville to Folk to Hawaiian ballads, let your ears bathe in the sweet sounds of the ukulele.   Come check out the versatility of this funky little instrument in this once in a lifetime showcase. 3238 Fleming St., Vancouver; www.inthehousefestival.com


March 5 - 6, 2010
FLYING CANUCKS. Its a bird, its a plane, its a skier! This action-packed show (in the Grand Court) features gravity-defying skiers and snowboarders performing live trampoline acrobatics, doing meet-and-greets and signing autographs. Free Admission. Four performances daily (12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30). Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby; 604 637 3041.


March 5 - 7, 2010
BC Boat & Sportsman's & BC Hunting Show.  19th Annual BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show and 7th Annual BC Hunting Show – The biggest and best sportsmen’s show in the country. Over 225 displays for the outdoor enthusiasts. Boats, marine accessories, fishing equipment, lodges & resorts, RV’s, campers, ATV’s and much more. Expert presentations, demos, entertainment & great prizes. No other show kicks off the season like this one. It’s a hands-on event where enthusiasts can try out new fishing gear, see informative presentations and talk to the experts. Get in on the industry’s top show. 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford; http://www.squarefeetevents.ca


March 6, 2010
Celebrating International Women's Day: Women, Sports & Recreation in Stanley Park!  Would you be considered a respectable women a century ago? Explore this question and the intriguing cultural history of Stanley Park with historical interpreter Jolene Cummings. Go to the places where women of the 19th and early 20th century engaged - or no - in archery, hockey, hiking, roller skating and much more. Features rare historical photographs. $10 & $5 SPES Members. **Departs & returns to the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, Rain or shine! 604-718-6522


March 6 - 14, 2010
Spring Break at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  Spring Break Family Crafts - March 6 -14 from 1 pm to 4 pm Visit during Spring Break and enjoy family crafts each day. Activities include pirate hats, flags and treasure chest maps. Free with admission. The Museum will be open on Monday, March 8. (604) 257-8300, info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com


March 6, 21, 2010
Community Happenings Festival.  Join us for this series of FREE festivals that will highlight Vancouvers commitment to sport, culture and sustainability. Each Community Happenings Festival will feature family friendly activities such as arts and crafts, games and sports, cultural performances and food to celebrate Vancouver as the Host City to the 2010 Winter Games. Festival event dates are Saturday, February 6 at Sunset Community Centre, Saturday March 6 at Kitsilano Community Centre and Sunday, March 21 at Killarney Community Centre.


March 7, 2010
Renfrew Ravine Nature Walk.  Enjoy a pleasant, easy walk to look at the fuzzy world of lichens and mosses. Magnifying glasses optional. Dress for the weather. Meet at Renfrew Park Community Centre-library side entance. Registration required. $2/person or $5/family. 604-257-8388, cheryl.palidda@vancouver.ca


March 8 - 13, 2010
FORENSIC SCIENCE FOR KIDS – Want to learn more about how the police use fingerprints, bullets, bugs, impressions or blood to solve crimes? During Spring Break (March 8-13, 2010), 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. An arresting experience. We are located at 240 E. Cordova, Vancouver. For more information, call 604-665-3346 or visit www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca.


March 8, 2010
Get Started with Children's Books. Interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers? Join seven professional children's authors and illustrators to find out how they broke into this exciting and competitive field and how they built their careers. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and get practical information on such topics as how to improve your writing, how to find a publisher and submit your work, what agents do, what to look for in a book contract and what the financial rewards are. Panelists: Gail Banning, Linda Demeulemeester, Lee Edward Fodi, Shula Klinger, Paola Opal, Ellen Schwartz, Crystal Stranagan. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Children's Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


March 9, 2010
Opera Speaks @ VPL: Nixon in China.  Chinese Vancouver, Then and Now: 1972-2010. A panel explores the history of Chinese in Vancouver, with emphasis on the Chinese communities' emergence and development since 1972, the year of President Richard M. Nixon's momentous trip to China. Discover how our city has been shaped and transformed by Chinese culture over the past 38 years. Opera Speaks is an award-winning series of free public forums on the themes and issues arising from the season's operas. The March 9 lecture is in preparation for the Canadian premier and new Vancouver Opera production, of John Adams' "Nixon in China." (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver Opera). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


March 10, 2010
Sport and Challenge: Is Anything Possible? UBC presents Sport & Society a provocative and timely five-part speaker series featuring Olympic & Paralympic athletes who have used their celebrity to make a difference in the world. The fourth event in the series, Sport and Challenge: Is Anything Possible? addresses the power of sport as a vehicle for social change. Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, speaks with Dr. Bruce McManus, Professor at Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC, and Patrick Jarvis, a Paralympian and former President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, who is currently in his second term with the International Paralympic Committee. At The Chan Centre, 8pm. Tickets: $10 at Ticketmaster.ca. Info: www.chancentre.com


March 11, 2010
Robert Graham & Mark Leier. Robert Graham, editor of "Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume Two: The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977)", will recount the remarkable resurgence of anarchist ideas following what many regarded as the historic defeat of the arnarchist movement at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Mark Leier will outline the ideas of one of the founders of that movement, Michael Bakunin, stressing what remains important today. Mark Leier is the author of 3 books on labour history, and "Bakunin: The Creative Passion." (Admission is free. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


March 11, 2010
Speaker Series - Paul Ekman: Compassion.  Dr Ekman on Compassion. Part of the Dalai Lama Centers Speaker Series, this talk will look at the connection between an evolutionary and a Buddhist view of human nature and will provide a new formulation of the nature of empathy, compassion, altruism and heroism. Dr Ekmans work in psychology has led to many international awards and publications, some of which were based on his conversations with the Dalai Lama, and he was named one of last years 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine. Internationally known for his studies on the correlations between facial expressions and human emotions, Dr Ekman is also the inspiration for the television drama series Lie to Me. WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 7:00 pm WHERE: SFUs Segal School of Business, Room 1500 500 Granville, Vancouver TICKETS: $20/$15 for seniors and students, plus applicable service charges, available at www.VancouverTix.com, by phone at 604-629-8849 or in person at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island.


March 11 - 14, 2010
Firehall Arts Centre presents Body and Soul .  14 extraordinary women from all across Canada, with no previous acting experience share stories about life after 45 in this thought-provoking play by award-winning Canadian playwright Judith Thompson. The Cast who auditioned by writing a letter to their bodies, share their personal stories of triumphs, tragedies and life's funny moments, while challenging the audience to look beneath the surface of how society views beauty, aging and women in their second act of life. Firehall Arts Centre, http://www.firehallartscentre.ca


March 12, 2010
Kid’s Spring Fling – FREE Family Event! Join us for a day filled with outdoor games, eco crafts, nature activities and discoveries – just for kids! Hunt for bugs, search for birds, play in the forest, and explore the special places at the Surrey Nature Centre.  Bring your friends and family! Rain or shine. The Surrey Nature Centre is located at 14255 96th Avenue in Surrey.  For more information about the Surrey Nature Centre and its programs, events and location please visit our website at www.surrey.ca/naturecentre  or phone 604.502.6065 or email naturecentre@surrey.ca


March 12 - 21, 2010
VANCOUVER 2010 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES.  The Paralympic Winter Games are the ultimate international competition for world-class athletes with a disability. Shortly after the closing of the Olympic Winter Games, 650 of the world's best athletes from more than 40 countries will converge on Vancouver and Whistler to compete in five Paralympic Winter Sports, in six venues. www.vancouver2010.com


March 12 - 21, 2010
Vancouver Art Gallery. The Gallery will continue this partnership with the Province of British Columbia during the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, March 12 to 21, 2010, enabling free admission for all visitors. http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca


March 14, 2010
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...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day - Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details - General Admission $4 at Door - Children Under 13 Free


March 15, 2010
Carts of Darkness: Film Screening.  In the picture-postcard community of North Vancouver, filmmaker Murray Siple follows men who have turned bottle-picking, their primary source of income, into the extreme sport of shopping cart racing. Enduring hardships from everyday life on the streets of Vancouver, this sub-culture depicts street life as much more than stereotypes portrayed in mainstream media. The film takes a deep look into the lives of the men who race carts, the adversity they face, and the appeal of cart racing despite the risk. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Cinema Politica.)  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


March 16, 2010
Homeopathy for Children: Asthma, Allergies and Eczema.  Introducing Homeopathic Practitioner Sonya McLeod BA, DCH (http://www.littlemountainhomeopathy.com/about) as she presents her first workshop at Hip Baby (http://www.hipbaby.com/home.html): Homeopathy for Children: Asthma, Allergies and Eczema. Learn about this amazing form of natural healing, and most popular alternative method in the world, that can be used safely and effectively alongside traditional medicine. Sonya will introduce Homeopathy and discuss how she discovered the method for herself and how she successfully treats her own family and clients for asthma, allergies and eczema. Q&A to follow.$10 per person and receive a 15% discount card to Hip Baby. For more information or to book, please come to the store or call 604 736 8020. www.littlemountainhomeopathy.com


March 17 - 20, 2010
In Situ. Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Dynamic aerial dance and live music combine in Aeriosa’s breathtaking In Situ! In Situis inspired by physical expression, engagement with the environment, and societal contrasts — themes that permeate Vancouver 's cultural landscape and shape urban life on the West Coast. Starting indoors and unfolding in the seven-storey concourse of Vancouver ’s Central Library, audiences will be enticed to flow around the building during this spectacular aerial dance performance. As the show progresses, the audience travels outdoors, where the artists from Aeriosa Dance, accompanied by live music from the Vertical Orchestra, soar through the air complimenting the serene grandeur of the striking architectural design of the building. 604.893.8875, www.aeriosa.com


March 18 - 21, 2010
LiveCity Downtown.  During the 2010 Winter Games, the City of Vancouver, with support from the Government of Canada, is hosting LiveCity Vancouver - two exciting and distinct outdoor celebration sites (LiveCity Yaletown and LiveCity Downtown) in the heart of the city. LiveCity Downtown an urban gathering place in the heart of the city at Georgia and Cambie Streets. LiveCity Downtown is all about the spirit of sport and competition. A giant screen will show live coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games events as they unfold. This is the place to meet with friends and mingle with visitors from around the world in a lively, urban setting. LiveCity Vancouver is completely accessible to people with disabilities. All facilities are equipped to ensure everyone fully enjoys the LiveCity Vancouver experience. LiveCity Vancouver is completely accessible to people with disabilities. All facilities are equipped to ensure everyone fully enjoys the LiveCity Vancouver experience. Georgia and Cambie Street.


March 20, 2010
Green Thumb Gala – FREE Family Event!  Trade in your tuxedo for a trowel!  Celebrate spring and get ideas for your outdoor space like planting a wildlife or veggie garden and creating a balcony planter.  Play in the Lil’ Sprouts Zone for kids or create a “springy” costume to join the parade.   Visit booths to get inspired by local gardening groups or browse local foods in the Farmers Market.  Rain or shine. The Surrey Nature Centre is located at 14255 96th Avenue in Surrey.  For more information about the Surrey Nature Centre and its programs, events and location please visit our website at www.surrey.ca/naturecentre  or phone 604.502.6065 or email naturecentre@surrey.ca


March 21, 2010
Listen! Laugh! Enjoy! stories for adult listeners.  Stories of LIGHT & SHADOW to celebrate World Storytelling Day: Launch Mary Gavan's CD: Celtic Otherworld Stories; Featured tellers & Open Mike. $7; tea & treats by donation; 1805 Larch/ 2nd Kits; enter alley off St Mark's; parking. www.vancouverstorytellers.vcn.bc.ca


March 21, 2010
Nighthawk Aboriginal Arts and Music Festival.  A fun, free festival celebrating Vancouvers Aboriginal arts and culture during the 2010 Paralympic Games.Portside Park (aka Crab Park), 604-689-2787, dalannah@decentreforthearts.com


March 23, 2010
The Oldtimers Hockey Challenge.  The Old Timers’ Hockey Challenge is designed to celebrate a common joy of the game while giving much needed funds to worthy organizations. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will go to Vancouver Police Union Charitable Foundation & Children Wish Foundation of Canada. Come enjoy a great night of entertaining hockey, laser shows, between period performances, tyke teams, on-ice hilarity and also win great prizes! All fans with an Old Timers’ Hockey Challenge ticket are invited to bring their skates and participate in the Horse Power World Pool Legends Pre Game Public Skate with some of the Legends.http://www.ticketmaster.ca


March 24, 2010
A Father's Life: In the Hands of Fate.  The Ancient Greeks knew that our lives were ruled by Fate. but in today's "self-made" society, we often forget the influences of chance and historical circumstance. Are there some lives to which the co9ncepts of success and failure, our suaul standards of judgement, cannot apply? In this talk, Rachel Mines seeks to present an honest, balanced portrait of her father, an ordinary man caught up in the extraordinary events of the Holocaust and its aftermath. This event is part of the 54th Langara College Community Lecture Series: Success, presented by current and retired Langara faculty. The March 24 lecture is conducted by Rachel Mines, who works in Langara College's English Department. (Admission is free. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


March 24, 2010
Homeopathy for Children: Asthma, Allergies and Eczema. Classical homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that is over 200 years old and is one of the most popular form of alternative medicine in the world, yet it is virtually unknown in North America. Classical homeopath Sonya McLeod first discovered homeopathy after it cured her of food allergies and debilitating fatigue. She will talk about how she has used homeopathy to successfully treat her family and her clients for eczema, asthma and allergies. Learn about this amazing form of natural healing that can be used safely and effectively alongside traditional medicine. There will also be an introductory lecture about classical homeopathy, a discussion of natural eczema creams, and a question and answer period. Lilli Q Cafe, 1268 Pacific Blvd. in Yaletown, downtown Vancouver, BC.; www.littlemountainhomeopathy.com


March 25, 2010
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon hour series showcases the brilliant footwork and virtuosity of flamenco with an exhilarating performance by Flamenco Rosario. Flamenco Ayer Y Hoy (Flamenco Then and Now) traces the development of this dance form with a program of traditional and contemporary flamenco, introduced by Artistic Director Rosario Ancer and Musical Director Victor Kolstee and performed by company dancers. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver. Tickets www.ticketstonight.ca ) Info www.thedancecentre.ca


March 26, 2010
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 27, 2010
ArtStarts on Saturdays. This FREE workshop series for families at the ArtStarts gallery for young people’s art features 45-minute, multi-disciplinary workshops led by some of BC's best children’s performers! MARCH - INDIAN DANCE WITH SUDNYA MULYE. Sudnya Mulye tells stories of India through the classical dance style Bharata Natyam. Join her at the ArtStarts Gallery, where kids and families will explore culture and tradition through dance, movement and expression.  808 Richards St (at Robson) in Vancouver, www.artstarts.com/artstarts/centre.html


March 27, 2010
Huge Kids Swap Meet at Cloverdale Fairgrounds. New/ used kids items everything for baby - 10 years old. Well worth the drive.  9 am - 1 pm. 6050 176 Street, Cloverdale; 604-588-9919, mattie1995@hotmail.com


March 28 to April 29, 2010
Surrey Festival of Dance.  The Surrey Festival of Dance is one of the largest amateur dance competitions held in North America with over 10,000 dancers crossing our stage. Dance disciplines include Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, Jazz, Street, Lyrical, Tap & Stage, Song & Dance. Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88th Ave; http://www.surreyfestival.com


March 30 to April 4, 2010
Vancouver International Auto Show. In well over its 80th year of annual presentation by the New Car Dealers Association of BC the Vancouver International Auto Show is Canada’s third largest Auto Show & one of Western North America’s premier automotive exhibition events.  BC Place, http://www.vancouverinternationalautoshow.com


April 3, 2010
Eco Easter Egg Hunt – Drop in Family Event! Search for Easter eggs in the forest!  Meet some forest friends, learn about baby animals and enjoy egg-themed games, crafts, activities and treats.  Rain or shine.  Only $2/child! The Surrey Nature Centre is located at 14255 96th Avenue in Surrey.  For more information about the Surrey Nature Centre and its programs, events and location please visit our website at www.surrey.ca/naturecentre  or phone 604.502.6065 or email naturecentre@surrey.ca


April 5, 2010
Critter Capers – The Case of the Mysterious Egg? Inspired by programs such as CSI, this new mystery is a fun way to test your detective skills! Visit each of the clue stations along the trail and examine the evidence. Uncover hidden motives, examine stomach contents and listen to bird calls. The goal is to learn the identity of the ‘mysterious egg’. Allow at least one hour to complete the program.  Free Drop-In 11am-2pm at the Burnaby Lake Nature House.  www.metrovancouver.org


April 15 - 17, 2010
BALLET BC: Back Onstage with New Strength and Focus.  BALLETBC is proud to announce the official launch of the renewed and rejuvenated company in Re/Naissance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from April 15-17, 2010; balletbc.com


April 29, 2010
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon series presents a program of dynamic contemporary dance with MovEnt & Friends. MovEnt is well known for bold and kinetic dance creations as well as the hit series Dances for a Small Stage, and Co Artistic Producer Day Helesic’s choreography combines thrilling technical virtuosity and abandoned physicality. This mixed program features an excerpt from Helesic’s ode to New York , Around the Block, plus a sneak peek at new solo works choreographed by company dancers Amber Funk Barton and Shay Kuebler. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver. Tickets www.ticketstonight.ca Info www.thedancecentre.ca


May 1, 2010
MISS SWEET PEA SPRING PAGEANT. The Miss Sweet Pea Pageant offers a wide variety of exciting prizes including CASH SCHOLARSHIPS. Our winners will also receive crowns, sashes, pageant trophies, prizes and more! Sashes are also awarded in each of our optional categories. This event is fun and affordable for everyone! WWW.SWEETPEAPAGEANTS.COM


May 2, 2010
Crossroads Hospice Society will host the 8th Annual Hike for Hospice on May 2, 2010. People from across Canada will gather pledges and then hike to raise public awareness for hospice palliative care. This family and pet friendly fundraising initiative will help advance the hospice palliative care initiatives in your local community.  Prizes, ice cream, entertainment and a By-Donation barbeque are also features. 100% of funds stays in our community. Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Coquitlam; www.hikeforhospice.com )


May 8, 2010
Nature Tea Party – FREE Family Event!  Treat your mom to a special celebration for Mother’s Day! Decorate cookies and enjoy a cup of nature-inspired tea in the forest. Take a walk down a nature trail to finish off your morning. Rain or shine. The Surrey Nature Centre is located at 14255 96th Avenue in Surrey.  For more information about the Surrey Nature Centre and its programs, events and location please visit our website at www.surrey.ca/naturecentre  or phone 604.502.6065 or email naturecentre@surrey.ca


May 16, 2010
Hello! 2nd Annual Wheel to Heal Ride. This is a fun bike ride and with 3 courses to choose from (10km, 40km, or 80km) there is something for everyone! Spend a morning biking the marked trails and routes enjoying the sights and sounds of the Tri-Cities! Great event for friends, families, co-workers and teams! Kids under 8 are free and even adults are only $35 to register, you get a free t-shirt, water bottle and swag bag! Plus it's for a great cause - all proceeds go to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation! Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way Coquitlam BC)


May 16, 2010
Spring into Summer.  Join at the season opening of the Burnaby Lake Nature House. Take a guided walk with a park interpreter to learn about our spring avian visitors and to see some of the summer’s first plants. Visit displays or make a craft to take home; enjoy the view from the viewing tower overlooking Burnaby Lake . www.metrovancouver.org


May 27, 2010
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon hour series comes to a close with Mascall Dance’s innovative show, Homewerk. What is home? Is it a physical place or a feeling? Is it family background, your job or language? Choreographed by Jennifer Mascall, Homewerk investigates stories of home and belonging through high-energy dance, rhythmic music and inventive props. Concepts of shelter, comfort and acceptance are split open by the superb dancers in this delightful but thought-provoking performance about how people live throughout the world. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver. Tickets www.ticketstonight.ca  Info www.thedancecentre.ca


May 29, 2010
Garden With Me! – FREE Family Event!  Want to grow your own plants and vegetables this season? Bring your entire family and learn how to garden with your children. Our fun and simple activities are designed to get you growing right away! Equipment provided. Rain or shine. The Surrey Nature Centre is located at 14255 96th Avenue in Surrey.  For more information about the Surrey Nature Centre and its programs, events and location please visit our website at www.surrey.ca/naturecentre  or phone 604.502.6065 or email naturecentre@surrey.ca


May 30, 2010
WESTCOAST Motorcycle Ride To Live. We are proud to present the “Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live” which will be held on Sunday May 30th, 2010.  Our ride has been helping raise funds for prostate cancer for the last two years, with the funds raised going to research, support and awareness in British Columbia.  Our ride starts off with the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team leading the Ride to Live motorcycle parade at 9 AM sharp from Trev Deeley Motorcycles to Port Moody. The parade will be a closed route from Vancouver to Port Moody, this means no stopping and all intersections are controlled by police members; Vancouver Police and RCMP. For more information please visit www.ridetolive.ca  or call 604-574-5100


June 20, 2010
Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer. Prostate Cancer Foundation BC is proud to present the Father’s Day walk/run for Prostate Cancer “celebrating the 12th Anniversary of the Do it for Dad”.  This year’s Metro Vancouver event is Sunday June 20th. To date we have raised over $1.1 million dollars and last year was our best ever with a total of $220,000 raised in the Metro Vancouver area.  For more information please visit www.fathersdayrun.ca ) or call 604-574-4012.


July 16, 17, 18, 2010
BC Renaissance Festival. King James’ Court returns to Steller’s Grove having been attacked by Pirates at sea. Have Charity and her crew turned on the King, or is there a Spanish plot to overthrow the throne of Scotland? Does King James have a dark secret from his past? Only one person knows for sure, but will all be revealed before war is declared? Come experience the 4th 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 16^th century! Live The Revelry! M&M Connemaras Farm, 24680 80^th Ave, Langley; http://www.bcrenfest.com


Ongoing to March 12, 2010
Keeping it Reel. This event is from February 12 - March 12, from 12-4pm. A series of short videos on Olympic and Paralympic themes and City of Vancouver values. The premiere showings will be timed to coincide with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games' Opening Ceremonies and include a welcoming feast hosted at the Lifeskills Centre for DTES residents, as well as athletes and visitors from around the world. Lifeskills Centre, Cordova St. Oppenheimer Park; 604-678-8278.


Onging to March 13, 2010
Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank.Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank January 16 - March 13, 2010 This compelling collection of photographs by renowned photographers Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank presents two views of Japanese American and Canadian internment and incarceration in the early 1940s. National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre,  http://www.jcnm.ca


Ongoing to March 21, 2010
CUE: Artists’ Videos – January 23 to March 21, 2010, CUE: Artists’ Videoswill present the most innovative and compelling local, national and international artists working in film and video today. Presented on a nearly 20-foot, high-resolution LED screen on the Gallery’s Robson Street façade, the series will run daily from 5 am to 2 am. The adjacent Robson Street Plaza , one of the city’s busiest pedestrian hubs, will be particularly lively during the Olympic Winter Games when the area becomes an official site for live entertainment and a major centre for local, national and international media.


Ongoing to March 21, 2010
The Miss Guides: A Cultural Walking Collective Present: GOLD RUSH! Art, Bars & Speculation. GOLD RUSH! Art, Bars & Speculation is a 1-hour multi-media experience that explores the driving forces of gold, diversion and consumption in Vancouver since its early development. This site-specific walk invokes a unique blend of historical tour, performance art and virtual navigation. (www.themissguides.com). The Gassy Jack Statue, 203 Carrall Street;


Ongoing to March 21, 2010
containR. This event is from February 12 March 21, from 11am-7pm daily. Dont miss this exciting Public Art Event. A winter sports performance and dance mobile film festival screened in reconfigured, recycled shipping containers during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. The installation and film festival will provide the public with the opportunity to celebrate the links and dynamic interaction between physical performance in art and sport. Free and open to the public. Shaw Tower, 1067 West Cordova St: downtown exterior plaza across from Vancouver; info@containR.com


Ongoing to March 29, 2010
Entertainment Industry Kids (EiKids). Calling all Kid Actors & Singers. A new kid's webseries featuring comedy skits, music, bios, reviews, trivia & the 411 on the entertainment industry from a kid's perspective. Join singer/songwriter, Hailey Morgan (http://haileymorgan@haileymorganonline.com/) & actor Cainan Wiebe (http://www.cainanwiebe.com/). (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Sandlot 3) as they star in & host this interactive; educational; & down right FUN show! Come & join Hailey Morgan & Cainan & their friends of course on EiKids. www.eikids.ca . PS. It's FREE!


Ongoing to April 14, 2010
  Celebrate the exuberance, inventiveness and refinement of fine craft at this exhibition of work from Canada and the Republic of Korea. Celebrate the exuberance, inventiveness and refinement of fine craft at this exhibition of work from Canada and the Republic of Korea. Museum of Vancouver, http://www.museumofvancouver.ca


Ongoing to May 2, 2010
Michael Lin: A Modest Veil– January 23 to May 2, 2010. The Georgia Street Plaza , the largest public square in downtown Vancouver , will be backed by nearly 6,000-square-feet of brilliant colour composing Michael Lin’s massive mural titledGeorgia Street Plaza 23.01 - 02.05.10, 2010. Covering the Gallery’s entire northern façade, Lin’s enveloping intervention will dramatically transform this high-traffic area. Thousands of passersby will be invited to reinterpret the altered architecture of the Gallery’s neo-classical building and consider the cultural references and connections created by the artist’s bold floral pattern. Appearing as part of the exhibition Michael Lin: A Modest Veil, Lin’s intervention is joined by a book-wrapping project that will cover hundreds of publications in the Gallery Store and a t-shirt designed by the artist that will clothe frontline Gallery staff.


Ongoing until June 30, 2010
Vancouver Biennale. The Vancouver International Biennale is a free 22-month open air exhibition featuring the world’s most prominent sculptors and New Media artists. The Biennale is a bi-annual public art event featuring monumental public sculpture installations along the beaches, walking and bike pathways surrounding Vancouver and West Vancouver’s 12 waterside neighbourhoods and urban plaza’s while showcasing New Media installations via billboards, transit shelters and rapid transit. In this New Media component we have partnered with Pattison Outdoor, Canada’s largest billboard advertiser, and CBS/Viacom, to expand the Biennale’s reach throughout the province. http://www.vancouverbiennale.com/index.php


Ongoing to September 23, 2010
VancouverArt GalleryOffsite: Ken Lum -- January 23 to September 6, 2010. For his sculptural installation from shangri-la to shangri-laat Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, artist Ken Lum will construct scale replicas of three squatter’s shacks from North Vancouver ’s Maplewood Mudflats settlement. Located along the area’s intertidal zone from the early 20th century until 1971, the mudflat community was home to a number of artists, writers and activists. For his project, Lum will recreate the cabins of renowned writer Malcolm Lowry, artist Tom Burrows and Greenpeace leader Dr. Paul Spong. Propped up on stilts over the surface of the Offsite reflecting pool, the huts will strike a sharp contrast with the surrounding downtown architecture. Located at the foot of theShangri-La Hotel, Vancouver’s tallest building, these structures evoke the character of the mudflat community and draw attention to the advance of urban development in the Lower Mainland.


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;


Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $8.00 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.


Ongoing
Public Ice Skating at Robson Square. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is British Columbia’s home for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Starting Tuesday, November 24, GE Plaza will be open for free public skating from Noon to 9PM every day. Rentals are $3 and include helmets for those 12 and under.


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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