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

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Special Events for March 2013
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, 2013
Birds in Focus - A Visual Presentation.  Jim Martin, Peter Holmes and Connor Stefanison will show their digital presentations of the wonderful birds that migrate through the Lower Mainland and beyond. They are all expert bird photographers and will present familiar and exotic birds, including Snowy Owls, Snow Geese, Northern Hawk Owl and other visitors plus birds outside this region. All ages, $5.00 drop in fee. Tsawwassen Arts Centre. 604-530-4983, Programs.info@metrovancouver.org

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March 1, 2013
Celebrate the remarkable women in your community.  Celebrate the remarkable women in your community with a free poster making workshop. In this free two-hour workshop, participants will work with facilitators to create posters of women they would like to honour in their community. Bring photos, drawings or other images of women you would like to honour, as well as a short biography of the woman. Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Blvd.

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March 1, 2013
National Ballet of China: Swan Lake
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia
The National Ballet of China come to Vancouver on their first Canadian tour. http://www.balletbc.com/swan_lake.html

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March 1, 2013
VSO Tiny Tots - Gallop & Go
Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir
Ages: 0-5. Let Your Music Shine childrens' entertainers Lisa and Linda make learning about music fun. http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/concert/12TOTS03/

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March 1, 2013
Help us create beautiful and magical lanterns that will shine bright for Night Quest 2013! Come out with friends & family for this fun evening of lantern making!
Jules Quesnel Elementary School- 3050 Crown St. Vancouver
http://goo.gl/maps/oWzcr, info@catchingthespirit.com / 604-562-0583

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March 1 to April 9, 2013
Circle Craft Cooperative 40th Anniversary.  Circle Craft Co-operative, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, is pleased to present a Group Ceramics Exhibition in their gallery located in the Net Loft on Graville Island. The exhibit will feature artists, Mary Fox, Judith Burke, Laurie Rolland, Gordon Hutchens, Rachelle Chinnery, Tanis Saxby and Jeremy Hatch. 1666 Johnston Street, Net Loft, Granville Island. http://www.circlecraft.net

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March 2, 2013
"It's like seeing the Police before they broke in '77. A band with this much drive is unstoppable."
-David J. Taylor
7 PM - 10PM - All Ages show
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford BC
With Special Guests - Redick Sultan
Straight out of the -40 degrees Celsius Yukon, Lead vocalist/guitarist/pianist, Graeme Peters, brother and bassist Jody Peters and Ian March on drums form the power trio Speed Control. The 3 members all come from a jazz and classical background but have turned to their true passion - rock n’ roll!
pb.lakshmimedia@gmail.com, http://speedcontrol.ca/site/

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March 2, 2013
The Talking Stick Festival presents the Great Mountain, a Red Sky Performance.
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
The Great Mountain is an eco-adventure story in the guise of an action-packed play that entertains and empowers the imaginations of children and families alike. When Nuna starts hearing things she can’t figure out, her Grandmother realizes that she has inherited the ability to hear the spirits of rushing rivers and soaring mountains. This begins a journey across a raging river to a melting glacier where the spirit of the great mountain weeps.
www.redskyperformance.com Contact Full Circle First Nations Performance at 604-683-0497 or email: marketing@fullcircle.ca Website: www.fullcircle.ca

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March 2, 2013
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre presents two short films:  REIKO’S HINA DOLLS and KIMIKO MURAKAMI
Reiko’s Hina Dolls
It’s 1935. A Japanese family making their start in Canada receives a special gift from the country they left behind – a beautiful set of Hina dolls. The dolls take on a conflicted meaning as the family struggles to adapt to their new home. When war breaks out with Japan, the family is faced with a punishing choice. In English with Japanese subtitles. Written, directed and produced by Komaki Matsui. Original story by Yumiko Hoyano. 28 min. 2012.
Kimiko Murakami: Triumph over Internment
Mary Kitagawa tells how her mother Kimiko Murakami and family were relocated from their farm on Salt Spring Island to internment camps in the interior of British Columbia after the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941. Written, directed and produced by Susan Poizner. 23 min. 2005.
604.777.7000, www.nikkeiplace.org

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March 2 - 3, 2013
Family Road Rally!
Jigsaw Casting is seeking a Vancouver based family to participate in a fun and safe road rally featuring the 2014 Subaru Forester.  The chosen family will participate in training in the morning and then have their new skills filmed on a specially designed course!  Families wishing to apply should visit the event page listed below and follow the instructions.  The chosen family will be compensated approx. $1000 per family member.  Please note that participating children must be 8 years of age or older.
http://www.facebook.com/events/333825516735455/
http://www.jigsawcasting.com
416-360-0336

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March 3, 2013
12th Annual Climb the Wall: The Stairclimb for Clean Air.  The BC Lung Association's 12th Annual Climb the Wall: The Stairclimb for Clean Air takes place at downtown's Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. More than 500 participants will go one-on-one with BC's tallest staircase in support of clean air and lung health, climbing all 739 steps and 48 storeys. http://www.stairclimb.ca

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March 3, 2013
LIVE OWL SHOW.  Owls wear a cloak of mystery with their uncanny ability to hunt in the dark and fly without
making a sound. Meet live owls, and investigate their unique nocturnal adaptations at the
Richmond Nature Park on Sunday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the Richmond Nature Park at 604-718-6188 or visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms

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March 4, 2013
Renfrew Ravine Park Open House
Renfrew Community Centre, 2929 East 22nd Ave
Join Park Board staff at an open house to review the results of the November 2012 open house. In summary, the respondents’ visions and goals for both the park and the ravine are primarily ecosystem-stewardship focused. They include a number of environmentally restorative enhancements such as removal of invasive species and replacement with native species, slope stability and water quality improvements, increased nature education and interpretation opportunities, and increased trail access to the less environmentally sensitive areas.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/improving-renfrew

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March 5, 2013
Your Liver, Your Health – a Love Your Liver Lecture given by hepatologist, Dr. Edward Tam and Carolyn Klassen, RN of the LAIR Centre. SFU Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Theatre, 515 West Hastings Street. Cost:  free

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March 5, 2013
Essential Series: Taming Toddler Tantrums Workshop
$15 members, $20 non-members, $30 couple (family members & nannies are welcome). Includes workshop, treats from COBS Bread & refreshments from Bean Around the World. This workshop with Desiree Cluff of Rockababy will give you a bunch of tools and techniques to use as your toddler goes through this big phase of life. Discussion points will include what to do when your toddler starts having a tantrum in public, pros & cons of having a “time out” and whether they work, how to empower toddlers in a way that works for parents, techniques & strategies to help make key toddler transitions more successful, including how to implement them, build kids’ confidence, and create new healthy routines. 778-229-3843, www.modernmama.com/northshore

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March 5 - 23, 2013
Vancouver International Dance Festival.  The 13th annual Vancouver International Dance Festival features companies from New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark and Canada informed by techniques and styles as diverse as Butoh and Gitxsan dance. Roundhouse Community Centre, http://www.vidf.ca

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March 6, 2013
Crime free multi-housing training workshop
Justice Institute of BC, 715 McBride Blvd, Cost: $75.00
Do you own or manage a rental apartment building? Keep your multi-family property safe and crime free for residents. Register for an all-day workshop to learn about preventing crime, screening applicants, working with police, identifying illegal activity, and more. The training course is part one in a three-part certification to become a Crime Free Multi-Housing Program member. Training is provided by the New Westminster Police in partnership with the BC Crime Prevention Association.  http://www.bccpa.org/pdf/

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March 7, 2013
Earthquake Preparedness Workshop: Be Prepared, Not Scared
Trout Lake Community Centre , 3360 Victoria Dr
If you would like to learn more about preparing yourself, your family, and your pets for an emergency, sign up for a free City of Vancouver emergency planning workshop. In the workshops, you will learn to prepare for, respond to, and recover from earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters. You can also learn how to reduce possible damage to your property. http://vancouver.ca/home-property, 604-257-6955

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March 7, 2013
PEP Talks: Lenore Skenazy
Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir, Cost: $41.20
The 2013 PEP Talks Series brings an exciting mix of world-class speakers to Vancouver. Lenore Skenazy presents Free-Range Kids: Why Does an Old-Fashioned Childhood Sound so Radical? http://www.peptalkseries.com/

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March 7, 2013
Patricia Schultz, Best-Selling Travel Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Speaks at Free Vancouver Event, Hosted by Trafalgar. Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com) invites those with a love for travel to join Patricia Schultz, New York Times best-selling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® (www.1000Places.com) on an insightful journey through some of the world's most famous and spectacular locations. The travel icon will provide travel tips and personal insider experiences, along with a stunning visual presentation highlighting the many European and worldwide destinations from her famous books. Patricia’s speaking engagement will include a Q&A session for the audience, followed by a meet and greet, and exclusive book signing. She will also be available for media interviews while she is in Vancouver. The 1,000 Places event will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) in the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral, located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown area at 690 Burrard St. Those interested in attending can RSVP at: http://conta.cc/VKYG2Q

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March 7, 8, 15, 16, 2013
Walking tour and workshop focusing on West End commercial streets
The West End’s four commercial streets (Davie, Denman, Robson and Alberni Streets) are part of the community planning process. Attend a “walkshop” where you will be encouraged to think about the design elements that make up a vibrant, active and viable commercial street. Learn about the history and character of these streets, and observe and discuss how these important commmunity places are designed.  The walk is followed by a two-hour facilitated workshop where you will have an opportunity to share what you think is working, and where there are opportunities for improvements.
Alberni Street
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
For more information and to register: http://alberniwalkshop.eventbrite.com
Davie Street
Friday, March 8, 2013, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
For more information and to register: http://daviewalkshop.eventbrite.com
Robson Street
Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
For more information and to register: http://robsonwalkshop.eventbrite.com
Denman Street
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
For more information and to register: http://denmanwalkshop.eventbrite.com

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March 8 - 9, 2013
MOA & Dancers of Damelahamid: Coastal First Nations Dance Festival Signature Evening Performances.  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, music, and culture from March 6 to 10 at the Museum of Anthropology. The annual event gathers a diverse array of Aboriginal performance groups from throughout BC, the Yukon, Nunavik, 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. 8 & Mar. 9 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 for Adults; $20 for Students, Seniors, & MOA Members.  Get your tickets at http://moa.ubc.ca/eventtickets. For more information on the Festival visit http://damelahamid.ca/coastal-dance-festival

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March 9, 2013
March 09 - Eyes on Owls.  Meet at the Campbell Valley Regional Park Nature House at 8th Avenue and 204th Street in Langley, via the South Valley entrance. Explore the mysterious lives of owls and discover facts from folklore. Examine feathers, bones and beaks to find out about the life of owls. Enjoy displays, crafts and take a guided walk to investigate prime owl habitat. 604-530-4983, Programs.info@metrovancouver.org

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March 9, 2013
Aliens Among Us Grand Opening Event.  Aliens Among Us is a Royal BC Museum travelling exhibition on British Columbia’s invasive plant and animal species. American bullfrogs, Scotch Broom, Smallmouth Bass and Purple Loosestrife are just a few of the species featured in Aliens Among Us. Richmond Nature Park. For more information, call the Richmond Nature Park at 604-718-6188 or visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms

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March 9, 2013
Kids Only Swap Meet. Come and find great deals on Children's clothes, toys and equipment at this Community Gathering. Steveston Community Centre. 604-718-8080, http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/centres/

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March 9, 2013
Kidstuff Only Swapmeet.  Our swapmeets are perfect places to clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain. If you’re thinking of selling, we accept only maternity clothes and used items for children age 12 and younger. Willingdon Community Centre.  For more information, please call 604-297-4526.

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March 9, 2013
L’Arche Greater Vancouver proudly holds its 4th annual The Art of Being Together at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Cresent). This event features works of art by some of Lower Mainland’s emerging and leading artists along with inspiring pieces created by teams of people with and without developmental disabilities.
There will also be a silent auction plus a variety of musical performances throughout the afternoon.
It’s a fun-filled afternoon that’s perfect for the entire family to attend. Admission is by donation.
Yuki Ihara, 604-435-9544, development_assistant@larchevancouver.org
For more event details and to view artists' profiles, Like our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/taobt
Follow L'Arche on Twitter: http://twitter.com/larchev
Highlights from previous events: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-erd-tsWMqg

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March 9 - 17, 2013
CelticFest Vancouver. It’s never too early to mark your calendar with the dates of the biggest and best-loved celebration of all things Celtic in Western Canada! The 9th Annual CelticFest Vancouver is coming to concert halls, clubs, pubs and streets in and around downtown Vancouver from March 9 - 17, 2013 to deliver music, dance, comedy, revelry and a healthy dose of that magical Celtic spirit. For lovers of Celtic culture in all its many expressions (and who isn’t?), 2013 is already looking to be one of the most exciting years yet. At various venues in downtown Vancouver. www.celticfestvancouver.com

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March 10, 2013
Roedde House Presents: The Vancouver Viols.  The Vancouver Viols bow in on March 10th. This consort, made up of some of the area's finest early music players, presents a programme of assorted repertoire.  The viol, also known as a viola da gamba, is a Renaissance and Baroque precursor to the instruments of the modern orchestral string section. Known for their distinctive "softer, sweeter sonority," the Vancouver Viols will transport you to an earlier time of sweete musick. For more information visit http://www.roeddehouse.org

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March 10, 2013
Kids Stuff Only Market - Coal Harbour Community Centre
480 Broughton Street, Vancouver BC
FREE ADMISSION to the event or if you wish to reserve a table to sell items - $19.00 per table.
If you have children’s toys, clothes, or books you no longer use then this is your chance to sell these items. Tables are sold by first come, first served. No merchants or businesses. Please call 604.718.8222 for full details and regulations.

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March 11 - 12, 2013
Great Canadian Craft Proudly Presents Spring Fling! A one of a kind showcase by unique, independent artisans. Come visit western Canada's largest spring showcase of independent artisans. From handcrafted jewelry to delectable chocolate and everything in-between! From live music, children's' entertainment and yes, even a "Men's Section", we've got you covered! Come help support local makers and artisans! Over 500 Exhibitors, Fresh Farmers' Market, Silent Auction / Live demonstrations / Door prizes and so much more. Canada Place. http://www.greatcanadiancraft.com

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March 12, 2013
Vancouver Opera: The Magic Flute
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia
Mozart's beautiful music blended with gorgeous First Nations designs.
http://www.vancouveropera.ca/Magic-Flute-2012-13.html, 604.682.0222

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March 12, 2013
Vancouver International Dance Festival: Black Grace
Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamiltion Street at Dunsmuir
Black Grace, a New Zealand dance company performs three works fueled by explosive rhythms, energy, spirit and passion.  https://app.ticketturtle.com/index.php?ticketing=vidf, 604.662.4966

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March 13, 2013
Pink Floyd Experience.  Years since their last live performance, Pink Floyd's appeal continues and spans the generations. Their shows were described as theatrical with mind-blowing lights and unsurpassed sound. In keeping with this tradition, The Pink Floyd Experience is a full-on sensory assault - interpretive videos, plane crashes, flying pig, helicopter - it's all there, LIVE!  Abbotsford Centre. 866-977-2372, http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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April 13, 2013
Join the Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC (CHSC) at their annual Sing A Long concert, where all funds raised will benefit the Audiology Program at the Centre. You can help deaf and hard of hearing children in BC to reach their full potential at school, at home and in society. This year, we are featuring Will Stroet and the Backyard Band at The Performance Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC).
Early bird tickets are $10 for children 17 and under, $12 for adults 18 and older and $40 for a family with 2 children under 17 until February 28th, 2013.
For more information about Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC or how to purchase tickets, please visit www.childrenshearing.ca.

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March 16, 2013
Canadian Diabetes Association's BMO St. Patrick's Day 5k.  The BMO St. Patrick's Day 5k in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  Run/walk a fun and scenic 5k in Stanley Park and then enjoy the famous GIB After Party with beer, Irish stew, cupcakes, DJ and more! For registration and more information visit www.stpatricks5k.com

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March 16, 2013
Explore the magic and mystery of the park at night. Make your way along 2 km of lantern-lit trails to discover more about the creatures who live in the forest darkness. Then join the community for some storytelling, drumming and campfire fun! Bring a lantern or flashlight and allow 1 hr to complete the quest. FREE, and bring a mug & change for the Girl Guides concession. This event is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Presented in partnership with the Pacific Spirit Park Society. Location: Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 16th Ave Park Entrance (400m west of Blanca) 604-224-5739, http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/SpecialEvents/

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March 16, 23, 2013
Mackin House Museum.
1) St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Saturday March 16th we will be marking St. Patrick’s Day with Lucky Four Leaf Clover cookie baking –with green icing!! Come by from 1pm-3:30 to decorate some cookies. Admission is by donation. Please register by calling the museum at 604-516-6151 or emailing us at info@coquitlamheritage.ca.
2) Holy Fascinator: Re-Interpret Your Easter Bonnet
On Saturday March 23rd from 1pm-3:30pm, come to Mackin House Museum for Holy Fascinator: re-interpret your Easter bonnet with a handcrafted fascinator. Ilona Marshall will show you how it is done. All supplies provided. Admission is by donation. Registration is required. Please call the museum at 604-516-6151 or email us at info@coquitlamheritage.ca.
http://www.coquitlamheritage.ca/

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March 16 - 24, 2013
Spring Break Activities.  Explore the exciting fur trading post, first built in 1827! From March 10-25, drop-in between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and enjoy family activities, including the Xplorers program where kids earn a special surprise. See some cute baby animals, help plant the heritage garden, watch a baking demonstration at noon, and hear the historic weapons demonstration at 3:30 pm. Just $3.90 per youth, $7.80 per adult, $19.60 per family, or free with your annual pass (on sale for 20% off). 604-513-4777, http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

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March 16 - 24, 2013
The Villager Scavenger Hunt.  Storybooks - Heroes, villains and quirky characters and places from children's stories - come to life through a scavenger hunt, crafts and performances. Special Event pricing includes carousel rides.  Burnaby Village Museum, 604-297-4565, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

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March 16 - 31, 2013
Get active in our play area, the Participation Zone
- Test your knowledge with the “Ultimate Trivia Challenge”
- Be inspired by heroes Terry Fox, Rick Hansen and more!
- Take a peek inside BC Place through our gallery window
- Relive the excitement of the 2010 Games and take your photo on a 2010 podium!
Book your visit today!
Explore. Experience. Be proud. Be inspired.
Open 10AM – 5PM daily
Gate A, BC Place
777 Pacific Blvd South
Vancouver, BC
V6B 4Y8
Visit  www.bcsportshalloffame.com or call 604.687.5520 for more information.

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March 17, 2013
MythBusters. "MythBusters: Behind the Myths," presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. With this show, for the first time, fans join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science. Abbotsford Centre. 866-977-2372, http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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March 17, 2013
Birds in Focus - Photography Workshop.  Join photographer Ursula Easterbrook and explore basic to advanced photography skills, techniques and more.  Bring your camera for a practice session in the park. Boundary Bay Regional Park.  604-530-4983, Programs.info@metrovancouver.org

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March 17, 2013
Great Blue Heron Nature Walks.  View the herons as they begin to gather on the fields in preparation for the mating season. Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association and Burke Mountain Naturalists to discover why Colony Farm is so important for herons and other birds. 604-530-4983, Programs.info@metrovancouver.org

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March 18, 2013
55+ Antique Appraisals. Al Bowen of Bowen and Associates, who has appraised antiques for many museums in BC, visits Confederation to appraise at least three of your personal items. Confederation Community Centre. For more information, please call 604-294-1936.

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March 18 - 22, 2013
Place des Arts Spring Break Camp & Youth Intensives
Register from Monday, January 28, 2013 online here, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam Kindergarten - Grade 5 | March 18-22.  This art camp for K-grade 5 is filled with fun and inspiring activities in the visual, literary and performing arts sure to keep kids enthused and engaged over the break. Children can choose one full-day block of six activities for the week. Grades 6-9 Art Intensives | March 18-22 and March 25-28. Four half-day art intensives over two weeks are designed specifically for youth, allowing them to delve more fully into the chosen art form. Intensives for 2013 are: Art Bootcamp; Spring Break Pottery Intensive; Fibre Arts Sampler; Animation & Cartooning. View the Spring Break Camp brochure for kindergarten to grade 5 and grades 6 to 9 here.

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March 18 - 22, 2013
Hip-Hop Spring Break Dance Camp at Fort Langley National Historic Site.
Calling all dancers! NEW this Spring Break, Fort Langley is offering a hip-hop dance class. Instructor Emma Willey (2012 Dancer of the year, Shine Dance Festival North Vancouver) will twist, turn and twirl, teaching new and more experienced dancers the art of hip-hop. The class runs 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and is open to youth aged 13 – 18 years. Only $229.50 per person includes: 5 days of dance instruction and lunch at the Full Barrel Café. Call 604.513.4777 to book now as registration is limited. 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

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March 22, 2013
Dance House: Carte Blanche - Corps de Walk
Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir
Norwegian modern dance group Carte Blanche performs a new piece by Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Bachar. http://dancehouse.ca/event/carte-blanche/, 604.801.6225

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March 23 - 24, 2013
Exotic Reptile Show. Drop-in to see this reptile show that includes 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. This event is FREE! Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188, http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/

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March 23, 2013
Shooting Stars Foundation presents: Motown Meltdown.  Inspired by the critically acclaimed film “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown”, over 25 hot-shot Canadian vocalists, backed by a scorching 12-piece band, will heat up the dance floor, each bringing to their solo tune their own style and talent!  The Motown songbook is as familiar to most people as nursery rhymes; “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” - you can barely say the titles without singing them. Commodore Ballroom.  Produced by the Shooting Stars Foundation for the 11th year in a row, this event raises funds for direct Service HIV/AIDS organizations.  For more information visit http://shootingstarsfoundation.org/event_motown.php

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March 23, 2013
2nd Annual Walk/Run for Heritage
The Agassiz–Harrison Museum and Kilby Historical Site have partnered to host this fun-run fundraiser. Participants have a choice of either 3Km, 5Km or a 10Km walk/run through the streets of Agassiz. Registration is available the day of the race or in advance. Agassiz Agricultural Hall 6800 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz.
Kilby Historical Site 604-796-9576 or Agassiz- Harrison Museum 604-796-3545 www.kilby.ca

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March 23 - April 1 2013
Easter at the Stanley Park Miniature Train
Runs March 23 – April 1 2013 (10-5pm daily) Rain or Shine
Admission to Easter at the Miniature Train is $8.75(incl. tax) per child (3 – 12) and includes the train ride, Easter egg hunts, visit from the Easter Bunny and Crafts.  Easter egg hunts take place multiple times each day, so you should easily catch one (as long as you arrive before 4:30pm).   Adults are free to supervise Egg Hunt and cost $3.50 per adult to ride the train.  Just remember: Kids need to bring their own basket for collecting the eggs.
For more Info please Call 604-257-8531 or visit our website at www.Vancouverparks.ca

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March 26 - 31, 2013
Vancouver International Auto Show.  The Vancouver International Auto Show is in its 92nd year of annual presentation by the New Car Dealers Association of BC (formerly the BC Auto Dealers Association). The event is Canada's third largest auto show, and one of Western North America's premier automotive exhibition events. http://www.vancouverinternationalautoshow.com

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March 28, 2013
Volunteer orientation for the Vancouver Volunteer Corps
Trout Lake Community Centre, 3350 Victoria Drive
Volunteering with the Vancouver Volunteer Corps is a rewarding way to share and develop skills. Find out how you can help during emergencies and public events. Attend a volunteer orientation at your local community centre.
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/, 604-257-6955

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March 28, 2013
The Lulu Series: Art in the City with Sans Façon. With the participation of artists, can urban infrastructure designs be re-imagined to renew the relationship between citizens and their environment? Artist and architect duo, Sans façon, explore the relationship between people and places through site-specific projects such as performances and permanent pieces in public spaces, and strategies that involve artists in the rethinking of specific places. This is the first of three talks in The Lulu Series: Art in the City 2013, featuring engaging discussions on Art in the City and its importance to establishing connections between citizens and their communities. 604-204-8672, http://www.richmond.ca/luluseries

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March 28, 2013
“Knock, knock…It’s Your Liver” is a comedy fundraiser taking place at comedy clubs across Canada.  The Vancouver show will be at Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver, featuring headliner Jeff McEnery, "Best Stand-Up Newcomer" at the 2007 Canadian Comedy Awards, along with Darcy Michael (CBC's "The Debaters") and Karen O'Keefe. Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver, 2837 Cambie Street

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March 29, 2013
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/)

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March 30, 2013
Introduction to Geocaching. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The idea is to locate outdoor hidden containers, called geocaches and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. GPS equipment will be provided. Pacific Spirit Regional Park. 604-530-4983, Programs.info@metrovancouver.org

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March 30, 2013
Bunny Hop Skate. Let’s get hopping for the Easter season. The Easter Bunny is coming! This event features ice skating, face painting, colourful crafts and hoppin’ games. Bill Copeland Sports Centre. For more information, please call 604-297-4521.

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March 30 to May 4, 2013
If you have a "sweet tooth", the Baker’s Market in Vancouver is the place for you. We are currently seeking enthusiastic, talented budding, professional or home bakers specializing in freshly baked gourmet cookies,
hand made chocolates, brownies, cupcakes, cake pops, scones, organic muffins, gluten-free, vegan baked goods, preserves, tarts, granola, fondant cupcake toppers and much more!
The Baker’s Market is a gathering of professional, amateur, student & Mommy bakers who get together to buy and sell their baked goods to the community. Inspired by farmers markets (no veggies please), just lots of sweet & savoury baked goodies. Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, (2 blocks east of Fraser St. at East 60th), Vancouver. The Baker's Market takes place indoors with lots of free parking too. www.bakersmarket.com

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March 31, 2013
Easter Egg Hunt.  Easter Egg HuntThe Easter Bunny is stashing treats at the pool! Seven-year-olds and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water; bring your bathing suit. CG Brown Memorial Pool. For more information, please call 604-297-4520.

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March 31, 2013
Easter Scavenger Hunt, 10 am – 5 pm;  Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada.
Calling all little bunnies! On March 31 get ready for our NEW all-ages Easter Scavenger Hunt. Your mission: complete the activities of the scavenger hunt and earn chocolate treats. The all-ages scavenger hunt includes fun activities that will take you exploring around the fort and earning chocolate as you go. The scavenger hunt will take place around the
grounds within the fort walls and will be available all day from 10am –  5pm. At 12pm & 3pm kids 5 & under can participate in the “Egg Scramble,” find as many eggs as you can on the giant map of British Columbia. The egg scramble will last until all the eggs have been found. Plus, do fun Easter crafts all day and enjoy an Easter Brunch at the Full Barrel Café, open from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Just $3.90 per youth, $7.80 per adult, $19.60 per family, or free with your annual pass (on sale for 20% off). Information: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley 604-513-4777.

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March 31 and April 1, 2013
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Join us for a traditional Easter celebration! We will be having our annual Easter egg hunt (Sunday and Monday) on the grounds of the historic site starting at 11:00 am and as always splendid crafts for the children throughout the day. Event is free with admission to the Kilby Historical Site, 215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
Kilby Historical Site 604-796-9576 www.kilby.ca

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April 2, 2013
Billy Elliot the Musical
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia
Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true.
http://vancouver.broadway.com/shows/billy-elliot-baa/

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April 5 - 13, 2013
Us & Everything We Own. PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St, Coal Harbour, Vancouver.  www.twentysomethingtheatre.com

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April 6, 2013
Mis Hermanas: Thicker than Water, My Sisters and I.  Vancouver Playhouse, Hamilton & Dunsmuir.  Mis Hermanas tells the personal story and recalls the memories of Rosario Ancer growing up in Mexico, her dreams of becoming a dancer, her journey to Spain and her arrival to Vancouver, Canada. In Monterrey, Mexico seven sisters get together every Tuesday for coffee - only one left home to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. She now wants to tell you her story before the west coast rains wash away her memories. 604.737.1273. Tickets available at www.flamencorosario.org

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April 11, 13, 14, 2013
ARTISTS IN OUR MIDST is a free annual event, now in its 21st year, run as a non-profit society by its volunteer members, who are dedicated to promote art education and appreciation in the community. The Opening Exhibition & sale will be held at the Roundhouse in Yaletown on Thursday, April 11th, 2013, from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm. The Opening Reception is between 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. on the same day. The Open Studio Tour will be held on April 13 and 14 from 11AM-6PM , a map of the studios will be provided at the Opening Exhibition day.
Roundhouse Community Centre, Davie and Pacific, Yaletown, Vancouver
Free event/ Wheelchair accessible/Family event
www.artistsinourmidst.com

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April 20 - 21, 2013
The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts festival that celebrates the creative energy of our local artists and creates cultural vitality. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity. We engage, inspire, and transform the North Shore through inclusive, creative alliances amongst artists and the community.
This is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to display their work and to educate the public about their artistic talents. It is a very exciting and novel way to get their names out in the community. For the galleries the Art Crawl is a venue for publicity and a means to attract many different people to your location who are wishing to view and purchase art. For the people living on the North Shore this is a great opportunity to meet many diversely talented artists and view their creations at your doorstep.
http://nsartcrawl.ca/

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April 21, 2013
EarthFest
Celebrate Earth Day with a visit to the EarthFest family nature festival being held on Burnaby Lake. The free event, organized by the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, offers a range of activities for nature lovers including canoe rides on Burnaby Lake, the opportunity to make and take home your own bird or bee box, and guided walks around the park. 11:00 – 3:00 pm. Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby
info@wildliferescue.ca

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April 27, 2013
Suburban RUSH kids adventure race, Ages 3-7, 11:00 am, Buntzen Lake, Anmore/Port Moody
$20 with all proceeds to www.childrenshearing.ca
info@suburbanrush.com or www.suburbanrush.com

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May 9, 2013
The BC Centre for Ability will host its Annual Dining for Dreams Dinner and Auction this year on Thursday May 9th, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. The BC Centre for Ability is a not for profit organization that serves over 3,700 children, youth and adults with disabilities every year and has been instrumental in the development of people with disabilities and their families. I invite you to support this event with an in-kind donation that will help raise dollars in our silent or live auction during the night of the event.
Dining for Dreams explores the ability of five special Heroes of Ability to Nurture, Grow and Thrive despite physical, developmental and neurological challenges.  By making a donation you will help our Heroes of Ability answer the question: Do I have what it takes? The answer is YES – given the right supports we can all have what it takes.
604 630 3028

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May 11, 2013
Spring is here and so is UBC Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale! A Growing Affair, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale, as the name suggests, includes more than just plants for sale. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines informative displays and fun demonstrations for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase. There are even activities for children to inspire the next generation of gardeners.
Plants available will include heritage strawberries and tomatoes, blueberries, fruit trees, small shrubs, native plants, grasses, popular perennials, as well as limited quantities of rare and unusual plants. The event will also feature plants from the Garden’s “From our Garden to your Garden” program. The list of plants available at the sale will be posted at botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/a-growing-affair days before the event to help customers research plants before their arrival at the sale. The Shop in the Garden will also be well stocked with garden accessories, tools, supplies, soil, the widest selection of gardening books in the city and… more plants! Don’t miss this mainstay Vancouver gardening event, there is a reason it’s been a must for local gardeners for over 20 years.
604-822-4529 Free admission & on-site parking
UBC Botanical Garden
6804 SW Marine Drive @ 16th Avenue, Vancouver
fogs@interchange.ubc.ca
www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events
NO Pets on site please

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May 18 - 19, 2013
Buy, Sell, Trade - New and Used Vinyl Records  (and Vintage Turntables!) 2 DAYS - MAY LONG WEEKEND - VANCOUVER, BC.  Cambrian Hall - 215 East 17th Ave, Vancouver BC
2 Days- Over 40 Vendors - DIFFERENT GROUP OF VENDORS EACH DAY - with all new collections and selections of vinyl records for sale! www.VinylRecordFair.com

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May 26, 2013
Join us at Richmond Olympic Oval on Sunday May 26th, 2013 to support SOS Children's Village BC. Collect pledges and participate in the Family Walk, 5K or 10K Walk/Run to help make a difference for over 9,000 BC children and youth in foster care. The 2K is recommended for families and slow walkers. If you are interested in putting together a team or sponsoring this event, or for any other information about the Run, please contact Janet Anderson at infososrun@gmail.com. http://sosbc.org/run

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Ongoing until March 16, 2013
First Impressions Theatre Proudly Presents The Canadian Premiere of Holmes & Watson Save the Empire!
Director & Choreographer Jahanna Beecham and Musical Director Malcolm Hillgartner
Starring Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts
Accompanied by Chris Robson (guitar, vocals, actor) and Renée Bulat (violin)
Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver. For Tickets call 604-929-9456 or www.firstimpressionstheatre.com

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Ongoing until March 26, 2013
Peterson Turgoose – Art Exhibition
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Peterson Turgoose at the District Library Gallery.
Peterson’s work aims to mesh elements of urban landscapes from different perspectives throughout British Columbia. He applies the constant construction-renewal process that has become a trademark of a transitory city like Vancouver. He fuses core natural colours and textures with a plasticity of the city’s image. He manipulates viscosity levels in the acrylic glazing to allow him to maneuver the medium in a myriad of ways. The result is multi-layered with a textured liveliness and dimensional quality that ultimately showcases the image in transition.
District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Avenue,
North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
604.988.6844 /exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca/ nvartscouncil.ca

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Ongoing until April 21, 2013
The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to present two offsite exhibitions, Ashley Culver and John Stocking: Upon Close Observation and Jack Akroyd: Works from the Burnaby Art Gallery Permanent Collection. Bob Prittie Library (Metrotown), 6100 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby.

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Ongoing until April 28, 2013
Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market
4610 Ontario St, Nat Bailey Stadium Parking Lot
Check out our Winter Farmers Markets. Everything from organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese and seafood, preserves, baking and bread. Plan to grab lunch from our on-site Creperie or sausage vendor. Warm up with a hot coffee on a cold winter day and start shopping. We'll also have select craft vendors selling high quality craft items for gifts and treats for yourself. Don't forget your reusable bags and parking in the area is limited so walk, bike or take transit if you can. Every Saturday. http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing until May 1, 2012
The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is launching a flashmob contest and needs participants! Groups perform a flashmob dance (we have a choreographed video available upon registration) in a location of your choice, film yourselves, and help bring awareness to building healthy body image and self-esteem.  Participation is free and there are prizes!  Winners receive our Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristbands, and Perfect is Boring t-shirts. Register your class/group by emailing pedaw@mail.com with the subject “Flashmob Registration.”  Indicate contact name, school/group name, city.
pedaw@mail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/loveourbodiesloveourselves
Twitter:  @loveourbodies

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Ongoing until June 9, 2013
Joe Average's Photographic Works. Joe Average has delighted Vancouverites and the world with his bold, whimsical and exuberant paintings and prints since the 1980s. More recently Joe turned to photography, proposing new encounters with familiar Vancouver scenes and reminding us that nature and humans constantly interact with each other in the city. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca








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