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

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Special Events for March 2012
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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March 1, 2012
Study and Go Abroad Fair.  The Study and Go Abroad Fair is Canada's largest international university fair and one of the most important student events of the year. Universities and colleges from around the world will be coming to Vancouver to showcase their diploma, certificate,undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students who are considering studying abroad. Check out the Travel Pavillion for Gap Year options as well as adventure travel, volunteering, internships, work abroad or language travel. Free Admission and free information seminars throughout the day, starting at noon. Vancouver Convention Centre, www.studyandgoabroad.com

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March 1, 2012
Lifestory: Reading Our Memoirs.  History does not solely belong to historians, but to anyone who remembers and to those who write their history down. Join award-winning author Ivan E. Coyote for an evening of local talent as she hosts the wonderful results of a seniors writing workshop. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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March 1, 2012
The LOLA Projects.  The LOLA Projects, a Victoria-based initiative supporting collaboration between Victoria and Vancouver dance artists, comes to Vancouver for the first time with a program of varied solos by four choreographers - two from each city: Anne Cooper and Iris Wing-Chi Lau from Vancouver, who perform existing works, and Robert Halley and Treena Stubel from Victoria, who have created new pieces in response to Cooper and Lau's, under the mentorship of Joe Laughlin, Artistic Director of Joe Ink. The LOLA Projects are named after the much-loved choreographer Lola MacLaughlin who passed away in 2009, and the evening will also include the presentation of the first $10,000 Lola Award for mid-career/senior choreographers, which was established in her memory. Scotiabank Dance Centre, www.thedancecentre.ca

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March 1 - 3, 2012
Pacific Academy Theatre 12 Presents "Pride & Prejudice". Come and enjoy a night of pride, prejudice and romance! Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice follows the adventures of Elizabeth Bennet, her four sisters and their attempts to find husbands. When a wealthy bachelor and his circle of sophisticated friends take up summer residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz with hope that potential suitors will be in full supply. But once Elizabeth meets up with Mr. Darcy, what seemed at first like a match made in heaven quickly becomes one of the most classic battles of the sexes ever portrayed in literature. Pacific Academy, , 168 Street, Surrey. https://www.pacificacademy.net/patheatre

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March 1 - 21, 2012
Dunn’s Poutine Festival. Poutine Platter - 6 poutine samples to choose from, 3 types of gravy + vegetarian. Sample any 3 for $9.99 or all 6 for $17.99 available anytime or Late Night Special - available starting at 10 pm. A full sized classic poutine Quebecois and draft beer for $9.99. Full poutine menu: http://www.dunnsfamousbc.com/restaurant/menu/poutines

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March 2 - 11, 2012
Vancouver International Dance Festival. Experience a month of adrenaline driven dance. Enjoy local, national & international dance artists in free & ticketed performances & workshops, as well as art & photography exhibitions. March 2-11, 2012. Tickets on sale at The Roundhouse located on the corner of Davie and Pacific Street, and The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, located at 777 Homer Street. 604-662-4966

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March 3, 2012
Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation.  This one day hands-on course is designed to help both professionals and homeowners begin to understand old buildings and provide resources for making decisions about them. Heritage 101 is the core course for Old School Courses. $125 + $15HST. Vancouver Heritage Foundation; 604-264-9642, mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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March 3, 2012
8th Annual Vancouver Diversity Health Fair. The 8th Annual Vancouver Diversity Health Fair is the largest event of its kind in Canada and has evolved into one of the most exciting and dynamic multicultural events in the Lower Mainland. On March 3, 2012 from 10am - 3pm we invite you to attend this FREE event! The Fair was created to provide newcomers, immigrants and ethno-cultural communities with access to a wide range of health and wellness resources, presented in a number of languages including Cantonese, French, Korean, Vietnamese, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish and Mandarin. Free admission, Over 50 health and wellness exhibitors, Free health screenings + onsite tests, Healthy cooking demonstrations, Interactive fitness workshops, Spectacular multicultural entertainment. Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 778-298-4255, kristi@doubleyoubiz.com

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March 3, 2012
E-Fest.  March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM), an annual celebration of engineering geoscience across Canada. Discover engineering and geoscience in your community at E-Fest. E-Fest is a great community event for the entire family. Learn how to become an engineer! Play with interactive displays! See first-hand how the many facets of engineering and geoscience affect our everyday lives. Vancouver Public Library. For more information visit, www.apeg.bc.ca/services/branches/van/efest/index.html.

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March 3, 2012
Rossini’s Ghost. Rossini’s Ghost is a classical music film for all the family. Directed by David Devine, the film opens in a kitchen in Italy in 1862 as little Reliana (Melissa Pirrera) helps her grandmother Rosalie (Frances Bay) make pasta sauce. As steam swirls magically through the kitchen, Rosalie tells the story of an opera composer they once both knew. Soon, Reliana finds herself transported through time back to a theatre in Rome nearly 50 years earlier. Vancity Theatre. http://www.vancouveropera.ca/vo-film-series.html

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March 3, 2012
John Braithwaite Community Centre in North Vancouver is having a special event for parents and children aged 0-5 years old  on March 3rd from 9:30-11:30 AM. It is an indoor Teddy Bear Picnic with tons of games, crafts, songs and snacks. This event must be pre-registered for. 604-982-8183 (press #2), spenway@jbcc.ca

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March 3, 2012
Colony Farm Trails. Walk along dikes, fields and water channels. See overwintering water birds at the wetlands and stroll over the Coquitlam River. Easy walking with one set of stairs. Join us on these guided hikes and discover park features. Colony Farm Regional Park. Registration is required, call 604 432-6359.

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March 3, 2012

Seedy Saturday
. Join seed savers and gardening enthusiasts at this 4th annual event. Local seeds, fruit trees, bee supplies and more are on sale with plenty to trade or for free. Learn how to brighten up a garden by making a seed bomb - a clay ball filled with mixed seeds to be dropped anywhere a lovely garden is wanted.  For more information visit http://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/

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March 3 - 4, 2012
Welcome to the 23rd Annual Festival du Bois,  23e édition du Festival du Bois at  Mackin Park, 1046 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam.  Featuring Quebecois, Acadian, Celtic and World Music, storytelling, great food and much more! Join us under the big tents Rain or Shine!  Soyez de la fête sous les chapiteaux.  Beau temps, mauvais temps! http://www.festivaldubois.ca/

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March 3 - 4, 2012
Family FUSE Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery. At the spring Family FUSE Weekend, enjoy creative and fun performances, workshops, tours and hands-on activities for families. Artists, musicians, dancers and performers will show you creative ways to see the world through other eyes. Gallery Members and children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Regular Admission rates apply. For more information, please phone. 604-662-4719

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March 4, 2012
Power of Movement. Join thousands of Canadians in a celebration of movement with Canada's largest yoga challenge. All funds raised from the event will support the life-changing research of arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Yoga teachers from Canada's leading yoga studios will teach classes designed to build a healthy balance of strength and flexibility. Power of Movement is for anyone who wants to be proactive about their own mobility and support a great cause. Register online today and start collecting pledges through your own personalized fundraising page! The funds raised will help benefit arthritis and autoimmune disease research initiatives across Canada. Creekside Community Recreation Centre, gillian.williams@beatarthritis.ca

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March 4, 2012
Wild guppies are way cool because...hey launched the fish-keeping hobby of millions of people around the world. Every male has a unique colour pattern and remarkably (for a fish) the females give birth to live young. Few males in the animal kingdom spend as much time in acrobatic courtship displays. But where did these fish originate, and who developed all the fancy domestic strains? Why have so many biologists adopted this species as a model system for studying evolution and the origin of biodiversity? For the answers to these questions, join fish biologist Ben Seghers on a virtual voyage to the Caribbean Island of Trinidad in search of the wild guppy. Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 604.827.4955, http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/events

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March 4, 2012

Owl Show
. Drop in to see this show of live owls by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. This event is for all ages!  Take advantage of this opportunity to get some great photos of these amazing birds!  For more information visit
http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/ptc/naturepark/about.htm

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March 5, 2012
Getting Started in Children's Books. Interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers? Join seven professional childrens 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 work, what agents do, what to look for in a book contract and what the financial rewards are. Featuring: Denise Jaden, Julie Lawson, Jacqueline Pearce, Ellen Schwartz, David J. Smith, Max Tell and Kathryn Shoemaker. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the Children's Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia Society). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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March 5, 2012
Play Beach Volleyball at the River District. Registration opens March 5th. Come out and play beach volleyball in the spring and summer with Urban Rec. Get a group of friends or family together or join as an individual. Visit http://UrbanRec.ca for more info.

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March 6, 2012
Historic Stained Glass in Vancouver.  Join historian and author Jim Wolf for Vancouvers art glass history. From the Arts & Crafts masterpieces by the famed Bloomfield studio for West End mansions to the Art Deco windows of the Marine Building! $12incl. Vancouver Heritage Foundation, 604-264-9642, mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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March 6, 2012
Claire Dederer gives talk and book signing at Banyen Books. Join Claire Dederer for a talk and signing on her new book Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses. http://www.banyen.com/events/20120306dederer.htm

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March 7 - 10, 2012

How to Disappear Completely
at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.  The Chop Theatre presents a one-man show which follows the story of a mother’s life and the unique circumstances surrounding her death. www.shadboltcentre.com

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March 8, 2012
Social Enterprise Day of Learning. Social Enterprise MeetUp & Social Enterprise Dragons 2012 will combine for a Day of Learning, during which Enterprising Non-Profits and a group of valued social enterprise advisors will share ideas and lessons to increase social entrepreneurs impact in their communities. Blending social values and core business takes a special set of skills and practices, that must work together for a Social Enterprise to be successful. Vancouver Public Library (&/ SFU Woodwards), 604-871-5421, kim@enterprisingnonprofits.ca

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March 8, 2012
Lean Startup Vancouver: Can We Be Lean In All Stages? We have an impressive array of guest speakers to engage us with an interesting insight into staying Lean whether you are a serial entrepreneur, successful organizer, or a leading voice of Lean in a large corporation. Join us for this exciting event! Speakers: Allen Pike (Steam Clock Software) | @apike Allen is a Founder of Steam Clock Software, where he builds products for iOS and the web. He has worked at Apple, taught at SFU, and founded VanJS. Allen will share his experience of starting technical meetups and what makes them succeed. Jesse Heaslip (Intro-Up) | @jonovision Jesse will share his real world experience using the MVP process to build Intro-Up, a useful app that is like Rapportive for Meetups. ** RSVP required at www.meetup.com/Lean- Startup- Vancouver/events/51905652/ **

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March 8, 2012
International Women's Day Celebration: Women in Trousers: What a difference a pair of pants made! An illustrated talk. Join Alexandra Henriques for a global romp through the past to look at the history of women and trousers. From freedom of mobility, survival and protection strategies, to demonstrate political and personal statements and for practical, romantic and fashion related reasons, women wore britches. The Amazons, Joan of Arc and Marlene Dietrich all wore them. SFU Harbour Centre Campus. 515 West Hastings. Room 2200. www.herstorycafe.ca

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March 9, 2012

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Presents a recital by STEPHANIE NAKAGAWA, soprano JONI CHAN, piano. Canadian soprano, Stephanie Nakagawa and Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music DMA candidate, Joni Chan, perform a recital presented by the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.  They will perform a variety of Japanese and Canadian art songs, opera arias, and solo piano pieces at. info@nikkeiplace.org | www.nikkeiplace.org

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March 8 - 11, 2012
Coastal First Nations Dance Festival. Dancers of Damelahamid, in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology, present the 2012 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival - a week-long celebration of First Nations dance and culture from March 8 to 11 at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. The annual event gathers a diverse array of Aboriginal performance groups from throughout BC, the Yukon, Alaska, and abroad to share a multitude of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions through a series of School Performances, Signature Evening Presentations, and afternoon Festival Stage Performances. Signature Performances take place Mar. 9 & Mar. 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 for Adults; $20 for Students, Seniors, & MOA Members at TicketsTonight.ca. Festival Stage performances are Mar. 10 & Mar. 11 from 1-4pm and are included with MOA admission. 604-922-5277, www.damelahamid.ca/contact/contact.htm

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March 8 - 17, 2012
KISMET one to one hundred. In the spring of 2009, four artists set out across Canada to interview one hundred people, aged 1 through 100 about their experiences and beliefs around kismetfate & destiny. By Emelia Symington Fedy, Daryl King, Anita Rochon & Hazel Venzon A Chop Theatre production. Gateway Theatre, www.gatewaytheatre.com

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March 10, 2012
Seed Swap. Seeds are the heart of our food systems. Help us protect and support diversity in local gardens; come and check out open-pollinated, untreated seeds that are grown without herbicides or pesticides. Youll find fruit, flower, and veggie varieties. We welcome trades or donations of pesticide-free, non-GMO seeds from your own garden! Sat Mar 10 10:00-2:00pm Food Security Institute FREE. Renfrew Park Community Centre. 604- 257-8388 -Ext 3, cheryl.palidda@vancouver.ca

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March 10, 2012
Forgiveness.  In holding on to the past, we create a deep wound in our heart that never seems to heal. Buddha teaches us how to identify the real objects of blame. Through this wisdom, we can learn to forgive others, let go of the past, and move in the direction of healthy, loving relationships and a happy life. $25 including refreshments (free for Centre Card Holders) @ Tilopa Buddhist Centre.   http://tilopa.org

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March 10, 2012
International Women's Day Celebration: E. Pauline Johnson's Tekahionwake Vancouver Days Exhibit.  The display includes historical photographs and other material relating to Canadian icon, poet and stage performer E. Pauline Johnson's life and death in our city from 1909-1913. Find out why Johnson named this body of water Lost Lagoon. This special exhibit also marks Johnson's March 10th birthday. Located at the waters edge under the lagoon viewing plaza, foot of Alberni St. Enjoy a complimentary cup of tea please bring your own mug, if possible. Presented by the Stanley Park Ecology Society and the Stanley Park History Group. Bring your own E. Pauline Johnson memorabilia and share the stories! The first 3 visitors to the exhibit will receive an original Pauline Johnson 1961 Canadian 5 cent stamp commemorating the centennial of her birth. Drop-in only. For one day only. Admission by donation. Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, jolene@herstorycafe.ca, www.stanleyparkhistory.ca

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March 10, 2012
Hawk Eyes and Rabbit Ears. Some say that if a drop of water falls in the forest, a hawk would see it, a coyote would smell it and a rabbit would hear it. Explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of nature with your child. Find out about animal super senses as you test your own. Colony Farm Regional Park. Registration required, call 604-432-6359.

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March 10 - 11, 2012
Dancers of Damelahamid, in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology, present the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival -  a week-long celebration of First Nations dance and culture from March 8 to 11 at the Museum of Anthropology. The annual event gathers a diverse array of Aboriginal performance groups from throughout BC, the Yukon, Alaska, and abroad to share a multitude of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions through a series of School Workshops, Signature Evening Presentations, and afternoon Festival Stage performances. Signature Performances take place Mar. 9 & Mar. 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 for Adults; $20 for Students, Seniors, & MOA Members at TicketsTonight.ca. Festival Stage performances are Mar. 10 & Mar. 11 from 1-4pm and are included with MOA admission. Full info at: www.damelahamid.ca/festival

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March 10 - 18, 2012
CelticFest Vancouver. CelticFest will be back March 2012 bigger, better and greener than ever! Celtic cultural celebration. Entertainment, dancing and even a parade take place on St. Patrick's Day along Granville Street in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district. www.celticfestvancouver.com.

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March 11, 2012

Play a role in conserving, enhancing and protecting Blackie Spit. Activities include picking up litter and removing invasive plants. Blackie Spit Park has a salt marsh ecosystem. The Spit is best known for it's spectacular bird watching. Gloves, tools and refreshments are provided.
The event is on rain or shine. More info and to RSVP directly on the event page:
 http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/

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March 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 2012
Spring Break Pysanky 4 Kids Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Learn to make pysanky Ukrainian Easter eggs using beeswax and dyes with expert and best-selling author Joan Brander of Richmond.  With the proper tools and Joan's widespread teaching experience, anyone from 6 to 96 can learn to make a beautiufl pysanka the traditional way.  A great activity to do with your family and friends. Includes inspiring video, demonstration, teaching aids, one-on-one attention.  This Spring Break workshop is from 3pm to 5pm on March 12, 13, 19, 20 and 21, 2012.  Moms and Dads have their own evening workshops from 7pm to 9pm on Mar 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2012 with the added opportunity to see one of-a-kind Gallery and Library.  All materials supplied. $25 per person.  Ask for a family rate.  Pre-registration required 604-275-8169.  www.babasbeeswax.com/LearnPysanky.htm

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March 15 to April 15, 2012
The Importance of Being Earnest. What happens when two wealthy playboys-one in the city, one in the country-each pretends to be named Ernest so that he can behave recklessly without besmirching his reputation? In this hilarious Oscar Wilde satire, arguably the wittiest play in the English canon, pandemonium ensues when the duplicitous duo find themselves together, both masquerading as the same person, with each wooing a different woman! Arts Club Theatre Company, 604-687-1644

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March 17, 2012

Conserve, enhance and protect the Delta Nature Reserve by removing invasive plants.
The reserve has a wide range of flora (e.g. cedar forest, spruce trees) and fauna (e.g. hawks, eagles and owls). Gloves tools and refreshments are provided. The event is on rain or shine. For more info and to RSVP please go to our event webpage: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/

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March 18, 2012
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 10am-3pm $5 at Door - Special Early- Bird Admission 7am-10am $20 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible

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March 19 - 23, 2012
CircusWest's Spring Break Camp. In this week long camp children will have the amazing opportunity of learning unicycle, juggling, trapeze, trampoline, acrobatics and more. On Friday afternoon the children will showcase their new skills in a one hour show. Family and friends are welcome. A great, fun way to spend Spring Break! PNE Garden Auditorium, 604.252.3679, info@circuswest.com

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March 19 - 25, 2012
The Villager Scavenger Hunt. Puppets & Pageantry. Marionette, paper bag and shadow puppets of all sorts! Explore this unique form of theatre art with a scavenger hunt, crafts and lively performances. Carousel rides are included for this special event. Limited site opening. Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

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March 24, 2012

Conserve, enhance and protect East View Trail Park in Surrey. Activities include: picking up litter, removing invasive plants and planting native trees and plants. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided. The event is on rain or shine. For more info and to RSVP please visit our event website: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/

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March 24, 2012

Kids Only Swap Meet
. Buy and sell children's gently used clothing, toys, sports equipment and other items at great prices. $13 table. For more information visit https://richmond.ca/register  604-238-8080, Steveston Community Centre

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March 24 - 25, 2012

Exotic Reptile Show
. Drop in to see this reptile show with snakes, lizards and geckos presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles. This is a great opportunity to talk with the people who know reptiles best. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for ages 6+.  Richmond Nature Park. For more information visit http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/ptc/naturepark/about.htm

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March 25, 2012
Great Blue Heron Nature Walks. View the herons as they gather on the fields in preparation for the mating season. Join members of the Park Association and Burke Mountain Naturalists to discover why Colony Farm is important for herons and other birds. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, if possible. All ages. Colony Farm Regional Park, 604-520-6442.

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March 26, 2012
Out of the Blue: The Nature and Treatment of Clinical Depression. Depression is one of the most significant public health challenges in Canada. It is, by some measures the single largest cause of long-term disability in the country. But what is it, exactly? What causes it? Is it really just a biochemical imbalance? And, most importantly, how do we treat it? What can someone do on their own to prevent or help overcome the problem? In this talk psychologist and author Dr. Randy Paterson sheds light on this complex disorder, and on some basic self-care strategies that turn out to be surprisingly potent. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Changeways Clinic). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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March 26 to April 30, 2012
Food Skills for Families.  A hands on program that can show you how to prepare nutritious meals that taste great and the whole family can enjoy! Register early, space is limited! Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 604-736-3588, nikki@kitshouse.org

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March 28, 2012
Hastings Park and the PNE.  Join Marta Farevaag, noted landscape architect of Phillips, Farevaag, and Smallenberg, as she discusses the history, evolution, and future of Hastings Park and the PNE during this lunchtime lecture. $12incl. Vancouver Heritage Foundation, 604-264-9642, mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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

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March 31, 2012
The Art of Basketry: Using Local Natural Material.  Learn the art of basketry using local natural material. This workshop will introduce participants to weaving with western red cedar bark, yellow cedar bark, west coast sweetgrass, willow bark and beargrass. We will begin with a discussion about the harvesting and preparation of the materials. Then, we will be weaving a basket with a round base and a diversity of weaving techniques including variations of twining, plaiting and twill weave will be incorporated on the sides. A variation of the fold over rim designed by Joan, will finish off this basket which you are sure to treasure. Please Note: Advance registration required. Class size is 10 people maximum. Participants will need to bring a ruler, scissors with a sharp point, an old towel, spray bottle, awl or packing tool, curved upholstery needle. UBC Botanical Garden, 604-822-3928, www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/2012/courses/Art-Basketry2

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March 31, 2012

Walk Richmond - Richmond Nature Park
. The Richmond Nature Park consists of 200 acres of the raised peat bog that once covered large portions of Lulu Island. The walking trail provides an opportunity to encounter plants and animals in bog, forest and pond habitats. The shortest trail, an elevated boardwalk around the Park pond, is wheelchair accessible. 
For more information visit
http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/sports/walkrichmond/walk.htm

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April 3, 2012

Vancouver’s annual fashion event: “THE SHOW”.
The Faculty of Design is proud to present our annual fashion show, featuring the talents of our graduating Bachelor of Fashion and Technology students. River Rock Show Theatre, www.kwantlen.ca/theshow

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April 3 - 8, 2012
Vancouver International Auto Show. In its 91st 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, 604-214-9964.

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April 14, 2012
5-6-7-8…get ready to take part in the funky Cherry Blossom Umbrella Flash Mob Dance and celebrate spring with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  Embrace the rain through superstar Shiamak choreography and bring the joy of dance to Vancouver. Sign up at: www.vcbf.ca

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May 6, 2012
Wheel 2 Heal is a fundraising bicycle ride for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Choose your own safe course of 10 km., 40 km., or 100km. and raise $250 towards important medical equipment for the hospital. Wheel 2 Heal is a great way to give back to a local hospital, get active and have fun with family, friends or as an individual! For more information visit: www.wheeltoheal.ca

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May 12, 2012

Conserve, enhance and protect hunter Park in North Vancouver. Activities include: removing invasive plants, planting native trees and plants, surveying coho fry and studying stream bugs. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided. The event is on rain or shine. For more info and to RSVP please visit our website: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/

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Ongoing to March 24, 2012
Japanese Canadian National Museum presents Tenugui: Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life.  olourful cloths combine practicality and aesthetics. Tenugui: Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life showcases the roots of this unique art form. It's the original multi-purpose textile. While tenugui literally means ‘hand towel’ in Japanese, these colourful cotton cloths are also used as headbands or scarves, for cleaning, for wrapping gifts, and even for advertising. With over 200 cloths on display, visitors to this special exhibit will be dazzled by the rich colours and endless variety of patterns found in this unique art form. www.jcnm.ca

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Ongoing to March 30, 2012
Exhibition of Student Art Opens at ArtStarts Gallery: Artist residency leverages Vancouver 125 grant to teach kids about the Kingsway corridor. The project and exhibition celebrate the rich history of the Kingsway corridor and the deep learning that takes place through an artist in residence project. Over a three month period, photographer and media artist Anne Marie Slater, worked closely with 120 students in grades 3 to 7 and their teachers at two historic schools in the Kingsway area, Sir Guy Carleton and Charles Dickens Elementary. 808 Richards Street, Vancouver; www.artstarts.com  |  604.878.7144

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Ongoing to April 3, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present:
Bill Adams.  2D - At the urging of his mother in 1975, Bill reluctantly picked up one of her brushes and began to paint a small picture on a small canvas board. Immediately he was hooked and that very day purchased everything required (he thought) to start painting. Since that time Bill’s artwork has grown in size and are now large, bold, acrylic landscapes and florals.  A true realist painter, he have always been in high demand and he has known great success with his artwork both through artwork displayed in galleries and through many commissioned pieces. (www.billadamsart.ca) North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road; www.nvartscouncil.ca.

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Ongoing to May 21, 2012
Chatwilh: The Craft & Culture of the Squamish Canoe. Chatwilh: The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe Opens November 24 For countless generations, Squamish people hunted, fished, gathered resources, engaged in battle, and welcomed visitors from their canoes. Across the region that would become Vancouver, these were the vehicles that literally bound together life on the land and sea. This special exhibition will take visitors through the lifecycle of a Squamish canoe-from its roots in a stand of local temperate rainforest, through the hands of Squamish craftsmen, and throughout the Salish Sea. Squamish carvers are renowned for crafting seven types of specialized canoes. Discover how these watercraft continue to connect the Squamish people to each other and the wider world. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm - Sunday Noon to 5pm - Closed Mondays to May 14 2012. Vancouver Maritime Museum - 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park.info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

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Ongoing until August 12, 2012
Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver at Museum of Vancouver. Did Vancouver's flashing neon signs signal glamour, excitement and big city living? Or was neon part of a tawdry display that disfigured Vancouver's natural beauty? People were of two minds in Vancouver in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Neon was one highly visible sign of Vancouver's transition from a sleepy west coast port into a striving, happening city. Neon became a lightning rod for critics of change, and at the same time, became the focus of a civic conversation about values in Vancouver. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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Kids Class at Tilopa.  All parents wish for their children to be happy. In an uncertain and busy world, children and parents need a place to go together to learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to help calm our minds and strengthen our families. The children’s class includes a short talk, gentle meditation and arts and crafts activities related to the thought for the week. The class will be taught at the same time as Prayers for World Peace, so parents are welcome to stay with the children or enjoy Prayers for World Peace being offered in the adjacent meditation room. Tilopa Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 1829 Victoria Diversion; www.tilopa.org / 604.221.2271

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Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m. http://rogersarena.ca/arena-tours/about-rogers-arena-tours

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MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  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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