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

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Special Events for May 2008
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May 1, 2008
30 Days of Sustainability Café:  Green Office – Learn to create your own Green Team at work.  Are you tired of chucking your values at the office door? Wishing your office would "go green" already? Don't delay - be a leader! This cafe will give you the inspiration, motivation, and tools you need to create your own Green Team at work. Be the change you want to see. Featuring Eric Randall, green pioneer and President of Vancouver-based Next Level Games (www.nextlevelgames.com) and other speakers. 30 Days’ Sustainability Cafes feature key, business and sustainability environmental leaders in an interactive panel setting. Presented by BCIT. For a full listing of over 20 events and inspiring actions under the 30 day long, 30 Days “umbrella” from April 22 to May 21, visit www.30days.ca.


May 1, 2008
Live Benefit Concert featuring Johnny DeMarco & Friends.  Special Guests: Pepe Danza, Navaro Franco, Munkie. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Proceeds to:Heal The Kidz (Supporting Orphaned and Aids infected Children in Kenya, Africa). Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  And visit Johnny's website at: www.johnnydemarco.net


May 1, 2008
One Book, One Vancouver Inaugural Event.  Vancouver Public Library's One Book, One Vancouver's (OBOV) choice for 2008 to be announced on April 23. On Thursday, May 1st please join us for the inaugural event with this year's OBOV author. (Free admission. OBOV sponsors: Friends of Vancouver Public Library, Public Library Services Branch - Ministry of Education, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Writers' Union of Canada, and Word on the Street).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


May 1 - 10, 2008
No Exit.  The Virtual Stage and Electric Company Theatre present the live-cinematic interpretation of French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre's famous masterpiece No Exit. Directed by Electric Company Theatre's award-winning artistic producer Kim Collier, No Exit stars Lucia Frangione, Laara Sadiq, Andy Thompson and Jonathon Young as The Valet. In Kim Collier's vision the characters are literally locked up together and the viewer voyeuristically participates in their isolation through live projection. No Exit runs May 1 to 10 (with opening night May 3).  Centre for Digital Media, 577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver; 604 684 2787


May 1 - 30, 2008
The Sakura Tree.  Paintings by Karen Brownlee created to illustrate the children's book of the same title, written by Carolyn McTighe, published by Red Deer Press. The Sakura Tree is a gently eloquent tale which follows the progress of three "picture brides" who immigrated to Canada in the early twentieth century. Based on extensive research, oral histories and family photo albums, thirty four models and four cultural consultants, Karen's water colours explore and present elements of Japanese Canadian lifecirca 1880-1920 (the so called "picture bride" era) until 1940 in the Lower Mainland.  Karen Brownlee is an Alberta artist with long standing friendships in the Southern Alberta Japanese Canadian community, an interest in exploring history, and a background in Loatian and Chinese brush painting.  National Nikkei Heritage Centre, 604.777.7000 ext.109, www.karenbrownlee.com


May 1 - 31, 2008
Keep Vancouver Spectacular.  May is Keep Vancouver Spectacular month. The city's annual clean up campaign urges citizens to join in and do a clean sweep of litter and garbage in their neighbourhood to help keep our city beautiful, clean, and spectacular! Visit our website to find out how you can organize and/or become a part of a neighbourhood clean up group. keepvancouverspectacular@vancouver.ca


May 2 - 3, 2008
The 3rd Vancouver Whole Bead Show.  The Whole Bead Show is an international cash and carry trade show for beads. We are open to the public, and also sell wholesale to those who resell. $5.00 admission fee. View our website for a list of merchants who will be showing. Wholesale buyers are required to bring a copy of their PST license. No pre-registration available or required. Classes by renowned jewelry designer Elizabeth Knodle. The Empire Landmark Hotel, www.wholebead.com, (530) 265-2544.


May 3, 2008
Surrey Antiques off the Roadshow.  Rummage through the attic, check out the storage area in the garage, bundle up that treasured item and bring it to this 4th annual event. Items will be given a verbal appraisal by experts Linda Devine (antique jewellery), Jim Finlay (antique and contemporary fine art), Ted Pappas (oriental and native arts, gemstones, coins and books), Gale Pirie (collectibles and household items), and Ed Tokarek (antiques and collectibles), who will ask questions such as "Where did the item come from?", "How much did you pay for it?", "Is it a family heirloom?", and "What do you know about its history?"  Surrey Arts Centre - Program Room.


May 3, 2008
Surrey's 4th Annual Arbor Day Celebration at Unwin Park, 13313 - 68 Avenue; For more information, call Environmental Programs at 604-501-5158.


May 3, 2008
Children’s Swap Meet & Garage Sale.  Set up between 9:30-10:30, doors closed from 10:30-11:00am for table renter shopping only.  Any new or used children’s, family or mom’s related items are encouraged to be displayed.  We have some very crafty and talented mom’s amongst us so this should be very interesting.  In addition, Burnaby Central’s volleyball teams are having a plant sale.  Our Volleyball teams have some amazing planters at reasonable prices.  Just in time for Mother’s Day.   You may also bring in your favourite planter and we will fill it up with fresh flowers. TABLES ARE GOING FAST!!!  Burnaby Central Secondary, 604-664-8542, www.central.sd41.bc.ca


May 3, 2008
Come Celebrate the Ukrainian Way!  If words like “pysanky,” “vinok” and “malanka” bring back memories for you or if talk of “holobtsi”, “kobassa” and “pyrohy” make your mouth water, then you should mark your calendar for the 13th annual BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival in Mission on Saturday, May 3, 2008.  Join us at the Clarke Theatre in Mission, BC inside of Heritage Park Secondary School.  Our Festival has something for the whole family to enjoy including:  demonstrations live music, homemade food as well as various displays of arts and crafts.  Open yourself up to a unique cultural tradition.  Admission is only $6.00 for adults and seniors, $4.00 for youth (ages 7-18) and $1.00 for children age 6 and under.  For more information email: bcucfs@hotmail.com or call: 604-576-7970. Visit our webpage at www.vcn.bc.ca/bcucf


May 3, 2008
Fingerling Festival.  Fingerling Festival Port Moody Ecological Society Saturday, May 3, 2008 11am - 3pm (admission: free) Noons Creek Hatchery and arena, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody • Help us release young chum salmon into Noons Creek so they can begin their journey to the ocean. • Musical performances by Bobs and Lolo (www.bobsandlolo.com) - back again by popular demand! • Crafts, wide range of community displays, raffle, fair trade coffee for sale, and more. • Walk, run, bike, carpool or take transit – parking is limited. For more info, call Dave (604)942-8059 or email cynthiavg@shaw.ca www.noonscreek.org


May 3, 2008
HMCS Discovery Public Open House.  Visit your Navy Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship DISCOVERY, home of Metro Vancouver’s Naval Reserve, will be open to visitors on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm on historic Deadman’s Island, Stanley Park. Come and experience a day in the working life of your citizen sailors. • Exciting demonstrations of navy equipment and activities such as seamanship, knot tying, morse code & semaphore, flood-control techniques, and more • Ride in a port security boat • Diving equipment and boats • Listen to military bands and watch drill teams • Metro Vancouver’s only Navy Museum • Fascinating history of Deadman’s Island • Meet your sailors Food and beverages available Parking throughout Stanley Park Free admission Call our information line at 604-225-2545 ext. 2010 The Commanding Officer and sailors of HMCS Discovery look forward to seeing you on 3 May 08.


May 3, 2008
Scrapalooza.  1st Annual Scrapalooza Scrapbooking and Paper Craft Fair with The Scrappin' Sisters. Great Storage Solutions, Organizers, paper, kits, tags, ribbon, fibre, embellishments and much, much more. Come down and check us out at the George Preston Arena in Langley, BC. 20699 42nd Avenue cash only please. For more information please contact birdie3@shaw.ca


May 3, 2008
flea market, 9:30am-2:00pm, Confederation Centre, Burnaby. Clean out your cupboards or find yourself a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items are on display to comb through. Note to vendors: Please register in person at Confederation Centre (maximum one table per person plus one table for a friend). 604-294-1936.


May 3 - 4, 2008
THE MUSIC AND DANCE OF BALI.  From the culturally rich island of Bali in Indonesia, comes a tradition of beautifully intricate music and evocative dance that has been attracting international attention for over a century. Gamelan Gita Asmara (translated as “Gamelan of the Song of Love”) is a Vancouver-based ensemble of 27 musicians and 4 dancers dedicated to performing the music and dance of Bali.  Scotiabank Dance Centre, www.gitaasmara.ca


May 4, 2008
2008 Bell Walk for Kids Help Phone.  Step out and help at the 2008 Bell Walk for Kids Help Phone on Sunday, May 4. Join the thousands of Canadians from more than 55 communities coast-to-coast, who will participate in the seventh annual Bell Walk for Kids Help Phone. This fun event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Kids Help Phone - Canada's only free, 24 hour, anonymous and confidential phone and web counseling service for kids. This year's Vancouver Bell Walk for Kids will be held at the Langara Family YMCA (Langara Golf Course Trail) - registration starts at 10:00 am. For more information on the walk closest to you visit www.bellwalkforkids.ca.


May 4, 2008
20th annual rhododendron festival, 9:30am-4:00pm, Deer Lake Park & Shadbolt Centre. This “green” family event includes arts activities, entertainment, tours, silent auction, plant and pottery sales. Info, visit www.brags.ca. Free admission


May 4, 2008
46TH ANNUAL LANGLEY WALK. The 46th Annual Langley Walk will take place at the Fort Langley Park (corner of Nash Street & St Andrews Ave) Sunday, May 4. There are 2 routes to choose from: 5km & 10km. Registration begins at 10am. The walk begins at 11am. This is a free family event. Enjoy the day as you walk, run, bike or roll your way through one of the routes. Relax afterwards with live entertainment, clowns, refreshments and trophy presentations. First 1000 finishers receive as commemorative crest! For more information call 604-533-6086 or visit www.tol.bc.ca.


May 4, 2008
Beach Hero Launch & Marine Creature Discovery at Beecher Pl., Crescent Beach, Surrey. Enjoy an interpreted walk & a talk with marine images, by Naturalist Lynn Pollard. Get crafty with Cat too! Bring lunch; camera and binoculars optional. Dress for the beach and the weather! Pre-registration required. Please contact Catriona, cat@birdsonthebay.ca, 604-536-3552 or visit www.birdsonthebay.ca.


May 4, 2008
Celebrating Wild Mothers 1pm - 3pm. Join Urban Wildlife Specialist Robyn Worcester to explore the busy mothers (and fathers) in Stanley Park. You will visit the busy Great Blue Heronry, a Bald Eagles Nest, and talk about other mothers that are hard at work. Lost Lagoon Nature House in Stanley Park. Visit www.stanleyparkecology.ca for more information.


May 4, 2008
City of Coquitlam's Children's Swapmeet at Poirier Community Centre.  Parents have been busy cleaning out their children’s closets and toy boxes. Bargain hunters wanting to purchase books, baby accessories and clothes are invited to Coquitlam’s Leisure & Parks Children’s Swap meet. Admission is free and there will be a concession available with light refreshments. Over 75 tables Sold Out!  For more information, call 604-933-6048 or email: poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca


May 4, 2008
Kayak Crescent Beach to White Rock Beach 10am - 1pm.  Paddle the Crescent Beach waterfront to White Rock where Boundary Bay merges into Semiahmoo Bay. This area is one of the best bird viewing areas in British Columbia with spectacular views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Common sighting include harbor seals, eagles, herons and many species of waterfowl. Paddling Experience: Open water subject to wind and waves.  604-535-7985.


May 4, 2008
Rob Kapilow’s FAMILY MUSIK:The Four Seasons. If the bitter sting of icy rain were transformed into music for an orchestra, what would it sound like? If the tenderness of a lilting summer breeze took the form of a dance, what would it look like? Join acclaimed family entertainer Rob Kapilow along with the Vancouver Family Musik Orchestra, a chamber chorus, and two professional dancers for some whirling, twirling, blustery good fun–rain or shine. The most theatrical of Rob’s Family Musik concerts, The Four Seasons has lots of opportunities for kids to participate, including on-stage "improv" with the dancers and in-seat learning, grooving, and laughing. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia; www.musicinthemorning.org


May 4, 2008
Salmon Send-off.  Join us for some fishy fun. Release salmon fry into the Serpentine River, enjoy a hatchery tour, take part in children’s activities and experience a walk through riverine habitat. Allow at least one hour to complete all activities. The Tynehead Hatchery is located at the 96th Avenue entrance to Tynehead Regional Park, between 160th and 168th Streets in Surrey.  11 AM – 3 PM. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca


May 4, 2008
Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Guided Walk 8am. Join Roy Strang on a walking tour to find out about the wonderful flora and fauna of this natural environment. Walk is for all ages. Suitable footwear is recommended and binoculars can be an asset. at the parking lot off 24th Ave. between 148th and 144th Street, South Surrey; 604-535-3507 Admission is Free!


May 4, 2008
got craft.  GOT CRAFT is a fun and unique event that promises to bring a modern twist on the conventional craft fair. Featuring 40 independent and local crafty vendors, GOT CRAFT is a one stop shop showcasing the best talent Vancouver has to offer while providing the general public with an opportunity to purchase one of a kind items. ... because MALL is a four letter word. www.gotcraft.ca Date: Sunday, May 4th, 2008 Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm First 30 people through the door receive a FREE swag bag full of goods! Location: Legion - 2205 Commercial Drive (at E. 6th Avenue) Admission: $2.00 (kids 10 and under are FREE) www.gotcraft.ca


May 5, 2008
ANNE MURRAY. Live Nation proudly presents Canadian Music Icon Anne Murray, live in concert. For over thirty years, her unique voice and heartwarming style have made her a household name. During this time, Anne's recordings have seldom been off the charts. She has sold close to fifty million albums and has won countless awards. QE Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311.


May 5, 2008
Information Session for people who would like to volunteer to help new immigrants.   The YMCA Connections Program is holding an orientation session for anyone who would like to volunteer 2 or 3 times a month to help new immigrants adjust to life in Canada. Monday May 5th, 5:30-7:00 PM. #201-1166 Alberni St. Please register at 604-685-8066 or email connections@vanymca.org. Free.


May 5, 2008
Two Sisters: An Evening with Naomi Steinberg.  Vancouver Public Library's Building Bridges series presents a program by storyteller Naomi Steinberg. Naomi has recently returned from a story-listening journey in Israel and Palestine. Currently the artist-in-residence with the Vancouver School Board, she has developed workshops for schools in Morocco, Switzerland and for the Cortona conference in Tuscany. (Free admission). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


May 5, 2008
Vancouver Poetry Slam Finals Competition.  8 of Vancouver best poetry slammers compete for a chance at making the 2008 Vancouver Poetry Slam team. The night will also have a feature performance from Toronto spoken word artist, Dwayne Morgan. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. This is an all ages event. This night usually sells out so please get your tickets ahead of time. WISE Hall (1882 Adanac: Adanac and Victoria), 604 215 9230.


May 6, 2008
30 Days of Sustainability Cafe: Green Economy - Responsible Investments that Turn a Profit.  With special guest, reknown investing expert and author of “Rewealth!” Storm Cunningham.  Learn about ethically, socially and environmentally responsible investing. Learn how to get a good return on investment without harming the planet. How can we invest in a future through our personal economic decisions to reach outcomes that are ethical and sustainable? 30 Days’ Sustainability Cafes feature key, business and sustainability environmental leaders in an interactive panel setting. Presented by BCIT Downtown. For a full listing of over 20 events and inspiring actions under the 30 day long, 30 Days “umbrella” from April 22 to May 21, visit www.30days.ca


May 6, 2008
Higher Ground, the North Shore's ecclectic womens vocal ensemble directed by Janet Warren, presents Showstoppers! A celebration of hit music across the past century. Join us for our spring extravaganza at Mulgrave School Theatre (Hwy 1 - Cypress Bowl exit in West Vancouver) at 8pm on Tuesday May 6th. Your paper donation will guarantee you a fabulous night of choral music.


May 6, 2008
Mel Hurtig: The Truth About Canada.  Bestselling author Mel Hurtig as he talks about his book, The Truth About Canada. He has combed through world statistics to see how Canada really measures up, and the results are astonishing. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


May 7, 2008
Stars On Ice.  Come on out and experience an exciting night of skating with some of the greatest skaters in the world! Smucker's Stars on Ice "LIVE and in Colour" comes to GM Place on Wed, May 7th at 7pm. Featuring Kurt Browning, Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, World Champion Jeff Buttle and for the first time, Sasha Cohen. This is an event for the whole family to enjoy!  www.starsonice.ca


May 8 - 9, 2008
here and now: continuum dance company in performance, 8:00pm, $7.00 per person; Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com


May 8, 2008
VoxFest - Festival of the Voice '8' Concert for Peace.  Celebrating the marvel and magic of the unaccompanied human voice, and night of artists are pleased to present...Western Canada's premier, professional, A Capella festival, "VoxFest: '8'-A concert for peace". Join us for an exciting evening of eight dynamic vocal groups, featuring music from around the world that inspires peace and harmony among all living things. Pre-show, visit with gifted local visual artists and enjoy their work on display in the lobby. Experience the rousing sounds of human voices soaring together in gorgeous harmonies as, Chroma, Synergy, Lions Gate Chorus, Gentlemen of Fortune, Alita Duprey, the Vancouver Ismaili Muslum Youth Choir, and the Sarah Mclachlan Music Outreach Youth Choir - An arts umbrella project, take the stage. One night only - Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 8:00 PM (Doors @ 7:30PM) For tickets contact: Kay Meek Box Office @ (604) 913-3634


May 9, 2008
Discover and celebrate the French-speaking musical talents of tomorrow! Simultaneously a show and a contest, Pacifique en chanson is a springboard allowing French-speaking artists of British Columbia and Yukon to take their first steps in the world of popular music. Pacifique en chanson is a concentrated overview of the French-speaking culture in Vancouver and we would be pleased to make you discover it.  Waterfront Theatre located on Granville Island, 604.732.5562, www.ccafcb.com


May 9 - 11, 2008
Art in the City.  Come to view and buy from our large selection of visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, pottery, etc.) at our 3rd annual Art in the City event! Bring the family - you're sure to find something for everyone. Plus enter to win our featured door prize. West End Community Centre Association, 604-257-8336.


May 10, 2008
Hall's Prairie Country Market.  9th Annual Country Market at Hall's Prairie Elementary School.  Fun for the whole family!   This year we have a live auction starting at 11:30am.  Also, crafters, a garden centre, bake sale, fraser amusement rides for the kids, a garage sale and a concession stand.  The Country Market raffle this year features a computer for the grand prize.  Second prize is an 8GB iPod and third prize is $100 cash.  This event raises money for the school.  The majority of funds raised at this event will again be going to a new school playground.  Hall's Prairie Elementary 18035 8th Avenue, Surrey; 604-534-8664 or email jill_adamovich@shaw.ca


May 10, 2008
2008 Mitsubishi City Chase Presented by BlackBerry.  The World’s Largest Urban Adventure Series!! City Chase is a unique urban adventure that requires teams of two to exhibit teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they search for ChasePoint challenges scattered in unknown locations throughout the city. Focusing more on the journey than the destination, participants will learn about their city, their teammate, and themselves as they enjoy a full day of Laughter, Adventure and Discovery through an original urban race experience!! Visit our website @ WWW.CITYCHASE.CA for more information and to register your team. Contact: Cory Visser (Event Director) O: 905-282-0770 x229 E: cityguru@citychase.com


May 10, 2008
Asian Heritage Day. Watch colourful demonstrations and performances by local Asian groups, then learn the Japanese craft of origami as you make a paper kimono and samurai helmet!  1:00pm-4:00pm, Surrey Museum; For information, call 604-592-6956.


May 10, 2008
Langara College’s ArtsFest 2008, the 4thannual showcase of student work, finale is Planet of the Arts, a free interactive celebration for the community. The public is invited to perform, design, create, paint, sculpt and direct, as well as view some of the best student work of the year.  Students and instructors from Langara College’s Creative & Applied Arts will be in attendance. Planet of the Artsencourages the community to experience the arts through a hands-on boat building activity. Art supplies will be available to craft boats, which upon completion will be released into the College’s reflecting pond. The most creative vessel wins a digital camera. Other highlights include roaming theatre performers, stunning display designs, film screenings, live music, and lots of prizes.  Planet of the Artsis taking place on May 10, 2008, 1-5 PM outside Langara College’s new Library/Classroom Building, 100 West 49thAvenue, Vancouver. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event and it will be held rain or shine. For more info call 604.323.5037, or visit www.artsfest.ca


May 10, 2008
Partners in the Park & International Migratory Bird Day, 1pm - 4pm. Discover what’s sprouting in the community gardens, take a guided nature walk through meadow trails and tour habitat enhancement projects.  Learn about some of the bird life found in the park – search for the brilliantly coloured Lazuli Bunting or check out the results of an ongoing count of Great Blue Herons.  Join Colony Farm Park Association volunteers on a walk around the two remaining historic buildings and find out about plans for their restoration.  Support the association’s fundraising efforts for the buildings by buying organic seed to plant in your own vegetable patch or flower garden. To get to Colony Farm Regional Park, turn south off Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, near the United Blvd. overpass and look for the tents at the end of Colony Farm Road. 604-520-6442.


May 10, 2008
Plant & Collectibles Sale.  Plant & Collectibles sale, lunch, local artists and house tours of a completely restored and renovated 1912 home.  8743 S.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver (Colbourne House), 604-732-5151, www.marpolehistorical.ca


May 10, 2008
Rotary May Day Parade. The route begins on Shaughnessy Street and Welcher and continues down Shaughness Street to Elgin Avenue, the along Elgin Avenue to Mary Hill Road, then along Mary Hill Road to Hawthorne Street and along Hawthorne Street to Tyner Street.  Port Coquitlam; 604.927.7935.


May 10, 2008
Singing out at the Dawn Chorus, 6am - 9am. Early morning is the best time for this musical showcase so please join Naturalist Al Grass and experience the beautiful choruses of the birds who are setting up their territories and singing to attract mates at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area in North Vancouver.  Maplewood Flats Conservation area, 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver (two kilometres east of the Iron Workers Second Narrows Memorial Crossing)  Walk will go rain or shine. 604-924-2581.


May 10, 2008
Stone Soup Festival.  Celebration of Food and Community! Mini-farmer's market, prepared food vendors, cooking demos, art market and entertainment for everyone! And of course, SOUP!  Britannia Community Centre Site, 604 718-5825, brenda.racanelli@vancouver.ca


May 10, 2008
THE GREAT SALMON SEND-OFF.  Experience the thrill of releasing a baby Coho Salmon into Stoney Creek and celebrate its miraculous journey to the Pacific Ocean and back as a mature spawner. THE GREAT SALMON SEND-OFF is a free, fun-filled community event featuring interactive activities for all ages and opportunities to learn about your environment.  Stoney Creek Community School, 2740 Beaverbrook Crescent, Burnaby; 604-520-6916, anneberting_2003@yahoo.ca


May 10, 2008
The BMO Pacific Spirit Run. The BMO Pacific Spirit Run is the largest trail run in Canada, and part of the Vancouver Sun Run Series. Proceeds from this event support dementia research and care initiatives through the Tapestry Foundation. Dementia is a growing concern. By 2031 more than 3/4 million Canadians will be diagnosed with the disease. Living with it, or caring for someone who has it, takes a lot of courage and support. Money raised through registration fees, pledges, and sponsorship dollars support research and care initiatives that will benefit the many lives affected by this disease.  604-736-6107.


May 10 - 11, 2008
Canadian Geranium & Pelargonium Society Annual Plant Sale & Art Show.  Your opportunity to see and purchase unusual varieties of geraniums & pelargoniums for your garden, baskets and windowsill including standards, dwarf, varigated, scenteds, stellars, hardy, ivy, etc. Hourly Raffle prizes.  VanDusen Gardens, 604-327-3937, www.cdngeraniums.com


May 10 - 11, 2008
Celebrate the day that is set aside to honour Mothers with Fraser River Safari.  Treat Mom to a unique way to see the Valley.  The Mighty Fraser has been evolving for more than 9000 years and carved a rich legacy for British Columbia . T oday the river hosts some of the best fishing and diverse wildlife around.  Our heated and fully covered “Safari” craft makes traveling in any weather comfortable and fun. This expedition leaves Historic Mission Harbour at 10:00am –.  Moms ride for half price (accompanied by a full fare passenger)    Book now  1-866-348-6877 or info@fraserriversafari.com


May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 2008
Free Marine Interpreted Walks on White Rock & Crescent beaches. Explore for amazing animals and plants of the intertidal zone with our Marine Interpreter; all ages welcome! Free stickers, tattoos & activity books for all Beach Heroes!  Wear shoes that you don?t mind getting wet or muddy. No registration required. For more info, please conact Catriona, cat@birdsonthebay.ca, 604-536-3552 or visit www.birdsonthebay.ca.


May 10 to September 27, 2008
Schick Xtreme3 Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race.  A Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race is a one day event aimed at challenging the bodies and minds of adventure enthusiasts. Test your limits on a scenic 40 – 50 km of mountain biking, navigation, trail running, kayaking and mystery challenges. Race solo, or in a team of 2 or 4. MOMAR after-parties are legendary – well deserved celebrations after a gruelling race day! Come out to race or volunteer and experience a weekend to remember for years to come. 1-866-912-3331, www.mindovermountain.com


May 10 to December 31, 2008
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: Gallery Opening.  The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art will open its doors to the public on May 10, 2008, with the opening exhibition Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art. Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art runs through 2008, featuring highly interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Permanent installations include: The Raven's Trove: Gold Masterworks by Bill Reid; the monumental bronze sculpture Mythic Messengers, Reid's masterful composition of eleven intertwined figures recounting traditional Haida myths; a monumental cedar tribute pole carved by Haida Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) honouring Reid, who died in 1998. Two of the exhibition spaces feature rotating exhibitions of Northwest Coast art, cultural performances and lectures. Although the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is just steps away from one of Vancouver's busiest intersections, Georgia and Burrard, visitors find it amazingly secluded by the cloister-like setting of the courtyard.


May 11, 2008
18th Annual UBC Perennial Plant Sale.  6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver. Tel: 604-822-4529 Website: www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org Parking: West Parkade-free shuttle to Garden Mother's Day Sale Treat Mom on her day to check out hundreds of native plants, rare and unusual plants with excellent choice of more than 800 varieties at great prices. Master Gardeners on hand to answer your plant questions; kids’ tent; free tours of the Botanical Garden @11:30, 12:30 & 1:30 and free workshops! Visit The Shop in the Garden too! NO dogs permitted on Site All funds generated from the plant sale support research and educational activities at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research This event is proudly brought to you by the Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden


May 11, 2008
Growing Hope for Africa Sunflower Seedling Sale.  Fourth Annual Sunflower Seedling Fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation organized by local Downtown Eastside Nurses and friends to support Grassroots HIV/AIDS groups in Sub Saharan Africa. Over 30 Ornamental varieties!  2133 East 7th Avenue, 778-330-6770, www.turntothesun.org


May 11, 2008
May Fun Fly Garry Point Park, Richmond; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca


May 12, 2008
30 Days of Sustainability Café: Carbon Tax Explained.  Are you wondering what the carbon tax is all about? What does it mean for you? This informational session is perfect for those people that want to learn more about this new provisional tax, but want to skip hours of researching articles on the internet. Panelists include Graham Whitmarsh, Head, Climate Action Secretariat, James Tansey, CEO and Co-founder of Offsetters and Jotham Peters of SFU. The session will be moderated by Kevin Washbrook of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC). Presented by BCIT Downtown. For a full listing of over 20 events and inspiring actions under the 30 day long, 30 Days “umbrella” from April 22 to May 21, visit www.30days.ca


May 12 -19, 2008
International Children's Festival.  The 2008 Vancouver International Children's Festival runs May 12 - 19 at Vanier Park. Jam-packed with music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus arts and much more. This year's festival puts a cultural spotlight on Korea; there's music from Connie Kaldor, Terrance Simien, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and Sam's Rot'n Pot'n Pan Band; theatre shows from Germany and Denmark, and a premiere from Vancouver's own Theatre Bagger. Comedy from Quebec's Theatre de L'Aubergine, from Britain's James Campbell, and the return of Big Nazo. And special guest, author Kenneth Oppel. Plus all our free on-site activities and entertainment. Tickets go on sale March 8th. Visit www.childrensfestival.ca for details.


May 13, 2008
Who Am I to Speak? A Full Figure Forum.  Stories tell us who we are...but they are not always easy. This discussion forum features a panel of storytellers exploring the value of speaking the truth, even when it's uncomfortable. Topics covered: First Nations and oral storytelling, ownership of stories, how telling - and not telling - stories shape our families and society. Panelists: Meghan Gardiner, Diane Jennings, Helen May, Marilyn Norry, Jessica Wood, Margaret Mitchell. Chaired by Nadine Pedersen. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Full Figure Theatre).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


May 13 - 14, 2008
Teen Village at the VICF.  The 2008 Vancouver International Children's Festival has a day for teenagers only on Tuesday May 12. Jam-packed with music, theatre, comedy and dance shows, and much more. Plus all our on-site activities and entertainment like the temporary tattoo station, our bling station and a hip-hop workshop ! Tickets go on sale March 8th. Visit www.childrensfestival.ca for details.


May 14 - 16, 2008
Annual Tap and Hip Hop/Breakdance Performance; Richmond Cultural Centre  604-247-8300


May 14 - 25, 2008
Iolanthe - Gilbert and Sullivan.  Iolanthe, a fairy, has married a mortal. Horror! For this crime she was exiled by the Queen of the Fairies, and has lived at the bottom of a pond for 20 years. Strephon, her son, has grown up as a shepherd. He wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward in Chancery. She loves him, but does not know he is half fairy. Of course the Lords of Chancery all love Phyllis and want to have her for themselves. Does Iolanthe get released from her exile? Does Strephon tell the truth about his family history? Who gets Phyllis? You’ll have to come see for yourself!  Surrey Arts Studio Theatre, 604-501-5566, www.fvgss.org


May 15, 2008
1964... A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. This tribute takes audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. Hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world, 1964…The Tribute performs songs from the Liverpool lads' pre-Sgt. Pepper era, perfectly recreating an early '60s live Beatles concert. QE Theatre, Tickets 604-280-4444


May 15, 2008
30 Days of Sustainability Café: Green Home - How to Make Your Home Green.  Ready to make those much needed energy-efficient home upgrades? Planning a home reno? Learn green remodelling 101 and discover what it takes to live lighter on the earth. With a guest speaker from the Light House Sustainable Building Centre. Presented by BCIT Downtown. For a full listing of over 20 events and inspiring actions under the 30 day long, 30 Days “umbrella” from April 22 to May 21, visit www.30days.ca.


May 16 - 19, 2008
Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.  The 62nd annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 119th annual Cloverdale Country Fair is an event not to be missed. This Pro rodeo just a few minutes from downtown Vancouver will showcase the top cowboys and cowgirls from around the world. There will be such events as Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc and Bareback events, as well as the top 24 Ladies Barrel Racers will be invited to compete at the Cloverdale Rodeo.  www.cloverdalerodeo.com


May 16 to September 7, 2008
Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.  Spend the summer nights at the Chinatown Night Market - the first of its kind in North America! A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & tempt your taste buds with ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before-on every Fri., Sat. & Sun.  100 block of Keefer Street. 604-682-8998, vcma@shawcable.com


May 17, 2008
All British Field Meet of Classical Cars.  More then 400 classic cars are displayed on the Great Lawn.  VanDusen Gardens. 604.878.9274. www.vancouver.ca/parks/parks/vandusen/website/index.htm


May 17, 2008
BC35th Annual Fiddle contest hosted by the Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers.  ASA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave, Abbotsford; (604) 852-3582.


May 17 - 10, 2008
Victoria Day Weekend.  What better way to enjoy time with the family than at a parade! Enjoy the May Day parade on May 19th in the village of Fort Langley and then come celebrate with us at Fort Langley National Historic Site.  Troll our gift shop for that perfect Mother's Day gift and find out all about the women who sustained the life of the Fort during its heyday.  10:00 am - 5:00 pm. 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley; www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


May 18, 2008
Self-Discovery and Peace.  Discover one of life's biggest secrets - you. Make your own life a revelation, realize your potential, and turn your days into a spiritual quest. Set out on your own journey, learning about the world of thoughts, feelings, emotions, consciousness and the subconscious. Learn to activate consciousness, see the causes of negativity, observe within yourself, interpret your dreams, improve your relationships, develop intuition, overcome problems with drugs, alcohol and addictions, and bring order to your life. Discover the amazing potential each person has for change. See for yourself where to begin, uncovering the ability to respond to life with greater clarity and intelligence - and activate the spiritual within. By investigating the roots of depression, anxiety and all the problems in life, learn to overcome them, finding the source of true peace and wisdom. The course is FREE. Contact us at 1-877-GNOSIS-1 or vancouver@gnosticmovement.com to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!  Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 West 7th Avenue)


May 18, 2008
Terra Nova Nature Hike, 2pm - 3:30pm. A 3 km nature hike through Terra Nova natural area and the new Terra Nova Rural Park. At Terra Nova natural areas parking lot at the west end of Westminster Highway, west of No.1 Road.  604-718-6188.


May 19, 2008
86TH ANNUAL MAY DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL.  Come and celebrate 86 years of tradition at the Village of Fort Langley’s May Day Parade and Festival. The annual event kicks off with a pancake breakfast followed by the parade, a Strawberry Tea, the famous May Pole Dance, kiddie amusement rides and carnival games, live entertainment, vendors and food concession. For more information please visit www.fortlangley.com.


May 19, 2008
Bird Watch along the Little Campbell River, 8am - 11:30am. Who lives in your neighbourhood?  A bird survey on the Little Campbell River.  No experience necessary! Bring binoculars if you have them. A Rocha Field Studies Centre, 512 172nd Street, Surrey; 604-542-9022.


May 19, 2008
Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum.  Pomp. Ceremony. Fun. The setting is the 1920s - a time where pictures of the King George V and Queen Mary are hung in school houses, where the Union Jack flies over the site and where Victoria Day is celebrated in grand style. www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


May 21, 2008
Ivan E. Coyote.  Join author Ivan E. Coyote as she reads selections from Loose End and her novel, Bow Grip. She has developed a repution as one of North America's most disarming storytellers, her tales are rich with their plainspoken, honest truths. (Free admission. We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


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


May 24, 2008
Amazing Chase '08.  Back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual AMAZING CHASE! Be a SuperFamily! This is a fun event for the whole family where teams of 5 individuals (min. one adult) will take part in wacky challenges at facilities around the South Surrey Recreation Centre.  Challenges are geared towards all ages and abilities.  Free Community BBQ for all participants to follow event.  South Surrey Recreation Centre, 604-592-6970.


May 24, 2008
Birds of Prey Talk, 8pm - 9:30pm. A presentation of live raptors by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of BC (OWL). Learn about these remarkable birds that live right on your doorstep.  11851 Westminster Hwy., Richmond; 604-718-6188 or email nature@city.richmond.bc.ca


May 24, 2008
Sheep to Shawl Competition.  Bring the family to cheer on local spinning and weaving guilds as they participate in this traditional competition. Watch as they card, spin, and ply raw sheep’s wool into yarn, then weave a shawl, all in four hours! See demonstrations of sheep shearing, view wool displays, try weaving on heritage looms or spinning on real spinning wheels, or do sheep crafts.  Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue; 604-592-6956.


May 24, 2008
The Canadian Liver Foundation will be hosting its Sixth Annual Stroll For Liver WALK/RUN on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at Vancouver's Stanley Park. Participants can chose between a 5km route, or an 8km route. The Stroll For Liver WALK/RUN is a fun, family-oriented pledge-driven event that offers accessible routes that cater to all fitness levels and allows everyone the opportunity to participate in the fight against liver disease. Last year over 270 people raised nearly $50,000 for this worthy cause at the 2007 Stroll For Liver WALK/RUN. This brings the total raised at this event to nearly $150,000 since its inception only five years ago, with all funds going to support the programs and services of the Canadian Liver Foundation, BC/Yukon Region. All participants will receive a light breakfast before beginning their trek, refreshments at Rest Stops along the way and lunch & entertainment upon their return. All funds raised will stay in BC to support over 400,000 people in our province with liver disease. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Poch, Development Coordinator at 604-707-6430 or via email at apoch@liver.ca
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May 24 - 25, 2008
STEP UP FOR THE CURE.  Courageous inspired individuals, challenging physical limits, through night and day, to raise money and awareness for cancer research. This is the essence of Step Up for the Cure, the premier athletic charity fundraiser. Our mission is to climb one stair for each of the estimated 11 million people who will be diagnosed with cancer worldwide in 2008. Every step counts, and honors the life of someone battling this devastating disease. Thunderbird Stadium.  Register online at: www.stepupforthecure.com


May 24 - 25, 2008
Woodcarver's Show at Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080;


May 24 to June 1, 2008
Pangaea Arts presents THE LIFE OF PAPER An Origami Theatre Event Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre May 24 - June 1, 2008 (2-for-1 Preview May 23) Tues- Sat 8 pm; Matinees May 25 & June 1 at 2 pm, May 28 at 1 pm Show Tickets $22/$18 at www.ticketstonight.ca Admission to exhibition, workshops & other ancillary events is FREE In this ground-breaking world premiere, world-class origami artist Joseph Wu and performers from East and West take audiences on an amazing theatrical adventure spanning centuries, cultures and continents. The Life of Paper traces the ancient art of paper folding from 105 AD China through Korea, Japan, the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Germany, England, France and all the way to contemporary North America and Asia, calling on different theatrical styles (from Chinese opera and Buddhist chant to Japanese magic and Victorian English vaudeville) to illustrate the milestones in paper's long and colourful history. Vibrant characters - artists, professors, musicians, mathematicians, monks and magicians - tell the story, with help from stunning costumes, props, masks, puppets and musical instruments...all made of folded paper.  The Life of Paper is an epic journey; a meditation on how knowledge is passed between individuals and cultures, and how it evolves over time; a reminder that there is magic in ordinary things, and that myriad stories can be told starting with a single small square of paper.


May 25, 2008
Lions Club Sockeye Run Show and Shine, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080;


May 25, 2008
Retro Design and Antiques Fair.  175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html for Full Details - General Admission $4 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Cafe/Snack Bar.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive at 16th Avenue.


May 26, 2008
Women of Distinction Awards.  Tickets are now on sale for YWCA Vancouver's 25th annual Women of Distinction Awards. This gala event honours, encourages and recognizes outstanding women and workplaces in our community. $150 until April 30, $170 after May 1. Westin Bayshore at Coal Harbour.  For more information call 604 895 5825.


May 27, 2008
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: JUDY COLLINS.  At 67 years of age, American folk legend Judy Collins has survived divorce, alcoholism and her son's suicide. Her book SANITY AND GRACE: A JOURNEY OF SUICIDE, SURVIVAL AND STRENGTH, is a deeply moving memoir focussing on the death of her son and her healing process. Most notably known for Joni Mitchell's BOTH SIDES NOW, her career has spanned over 40 years and 40 albums. Through her art, music, writing and meditation, Judy has overcome the adversity and has forged ahead. From her own suicide attempt at 14, to her son's actual suicide, and her divorce from her childhood sweetheart, she has found the strength to grow from every experience. Join us as Judy Collins shares her inner most secrets and shares her songs of inspiration.  Orpheum Theatre; Tickets 1-877-873-8124


May 29 - 31, 2008
Cake and I Scream.  Lunch is Served?! Veteran circus skill performers Kristie Heath and Greg Tarlin will entice you into their show as they weave the tale of Hank and Shirley, novice restaurateurs opening right next to an amusement park! How will they compete with roller coasters and cottton candy?  They spice it up of course! But it's not hot sauce they use: the main dish is on fire, the plates are spinning and the spaghetti is flying !  The big questions is: Will Hank and Shirley's crazy inventions and wild antics make their restaurant a success?  With your help, most definitely... Surrey Arts Centre & Bear Creek Park;  604.501.5566.


May 29 to September 21, 2008
Bard On the Beach.  Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company that stages four productions in repertory every June through September. Performances are staged in open-ended tents on the waterfront in Vanier Park, against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.  Bard on the Beach's 19th season runs May 29th through September 21st, 2008 featuring the comedy/tragedy pairings of the TWELFTH NIGHT and KING LEAR in the Mainstage tent and THE TEMPEST and TITUS ANDRONICUS in the Studio Stage tent.  Vanier Park, Kits Point, Vancouver; 604-739-0559, www.bardonthebeach.org


May 29, 2008
Lawyer's Bike to Work for Access to Justice.  Come and take part in this great event during Bike to Work Week to support Access to Justice in an earth-friendly way ! This inaugural event includes a symbolic ride from the Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch to the Southeast corner of the Law Courts. All proceeds to benefit Western Canada Society to Access Justice initiatives. Not able to join the bike ride? Come and join us at the finish line at the courthouse and show your support! Location Check in: 8:00am. Pushoff: 8:30am. Rally point at the Vancouver Public Library - Main Branch, North Plaza. We will proceed from the North Plaza at W Georgia St. and Homer St. south along Homer St to Smithe St. We will then turn west onto Smithe St. and then south on Howe St. and end at the courthouse at the corner of Smithe St. and Nelson St. Marshals will be directing riders along the route. Please see our website for more information and to register today!  604-518-0061, www.accessjustice.ca/news/event.asp


May 30, 2008
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/)


May 31, 2008
Birds, Bugs and Buds on the Bay - A Nature Scrap-booking Workshop. 9:30am. Naturalist Rosemary Taylor presents a workshop using creative ways to record events using photos, artwork, and journal writing. Recommended for ages 12 and over. Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta; 604-432-6359.


May 31, 2008
Driven to Perform.  Join us for fashion shows, entertainment, the best in performance cars and bikes, plus the loudest sound systems to hit the streets. Tickets are available at the door. BC Place Stadium.  For more information go to www.driventoperform.ca.


May 31, 2008
Glen Valley Watershed Society Annual Bird Count, North Langley.  Join us for the 6th annual Glen Valley Spring Bird Count, don't worry if you are not an experienced birder, experienced birders will be there to help you sharpen your skills. The Glen Valley Watersheds Society will be hosting a wrap up BBQ following the event to give everyone the chance to enjoy good food and mingle with other birding enthusiasts. 604-532-3517,http://www.leps.bc.ca/


May 31, 2008
Simon Fraser University Open House 2008.  A party, an education fair and a campus experience rolled into one. With music, fun, prizes and hundreds of interactive displays. Contact: Fiona Burrows (778)782-3928 or fiona@sfu.ca


May 31 to June 1, 2008
11th Annual European Festival.  A truly unique Canadian celebration of European cultures and traditions thriving in British Columbia today. With over 30 countries showcasing, the European Festival offers 15 hours of continuous family fun! Highlights: Folk dancers, singers & musicians in authentic costume performing non stop throughout the day. Cultural Displays, European Marketplace, Childrens tent with face painting, balloon-twisting, crafts & more, European Food Tent, Beer Garden, Dance finale with the S-Bahn! Admission only $7, children under 12 free! Tickets available at gate. Sponsored by the Eurofest B.C. Society, a not for profit volunteer organization.  Scandinavian Community Ctr, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby; 1.866.749.9208, www.eurofestbc.ca


June 1, 2008
The 6th Annual Heritage House Tour is a one-day self-guided tour of 10 unique heritage homes.  Visitors navigate the tour using a 30 page guidebook detailing the history of each house.  www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org


June 11, 2008
Hillview Parent Participation Preschool presents An evening with parenting expert Kathy Lynn on the topic of “I Like Me”: How to help your child develop a positive self-image.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Theatre, 604-264-4905, www.hillviewpreschool.ca


June 14 - 15, 2008
Get your corporate or community team registered in the 2008 Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for the Kids today by simply going on-line to www.24hourrelay.com. It’s more than just a relay running event, it is 24 hours of fun with a volleyball tournament, live main stage entertainment, huge kids’ zone, food & beverage area and much more. There’s no other fundraising event like it in the Lower Mainland. Teams can win great prizes and fundraising awards for their commitment to just “a little 24 hours”.  Visit  www.24hourrelay.com (http://www.24hourrelay.com/) and register on-line or contact the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities at 604-873-1865 or info@24hourrelay.com .


June 22, 2008
The 6th Annual Sapperton Street Festival, which donates its proceeds to a prominent Hospital in our community which services the province of British Columbia , Canada .  This years Festival will support their campaign goal to raise $2 million; to enhance their Critical Cardiac Care.  The event will take place on Sunday, June 22, 2008 at the 400 block of East Columbia Street, New Westminster; http://www.shopsapperton.com


June 28, July 12, July 26, 2008
The Arts in Mill Lake Park ~ Presented by the Abbotsford Arts Council.  Features visual and performing artists:  buy some art, catch a concert, see artists at work  - On the grounds surrounding Kariton Gallery, 2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford;  Free Admission, 604-852-9358 | www.abbotsfordartscouncil.org


July 26, 2008
Old-Fashioned Sports Day.  Join in an afternoon of fun, games and outdoor pioneer pastimes on the Museum’s lawn. From well-known classics like marbles, jacks and hopscotch, to the forgotten fun of hoops and sticks, sack races and spinning tops, there’ll be fun for everyone!  Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue; 604-592-6956.


August 3, 2008
After a 21 year siesta, we are proud to announce the 2008 White Rock Sandcastle Competition is happening August 03, 2008.  This is an open sandcastle competition – we welcome the world to join in the competition, regardless of skill level. For more information: www.wrsandcastle.com


August 23, 2008
LANGLEY'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL.  This year's International Festival - is to celebrate our Multicultural Canada - to recognize our diversity and create unity.  We invite people from all nations to participate and showcase their ethnicity through performing and visual arts, international foods, fashion show and marketplace.  This is a free community event - fun for the whole family.  There is a Kids Zone, Youth & Sports Areas and a Senior's Chalet on Saturday, August 23rd. from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm at Douglas Park - 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley, BC. For more information or to find out how to become a participant or sponsor at the festival, please contact Shar Dubas, Coordinator at 604-530-4661 or visit our website atwww.internationalfestival.ca


July - August, 2008
ALL OVER THE MAP. Outdoor dance and music series at Ron Basford Park, GranvilleIslandSundays at 2pm. Free. 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca (http://www.newworks.ca/)  July 6: World Dance and Music - Silk Road Music and Friends, July 13: African Dance and Music - Miyanda and Kunaka, July 20: Polynesian Dance and Music - Langley Ukulele Ensemble and Kauhane Polynesian Dancers, July 27: Hip Hop - SOULdiers’ Dance, August 17: Flamenco - Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre, August 24: First Nations Dance and Music - Dancers of Damelahamid


Ongoing to May 10, 2008
The Centre for Design and Communications at Kwantlen University College is presenting a series of events that will explore the connections between fields of design and communications: graphic design, fashion design, interior design, interdisciplinary design, print and on-line journalism. This will include student projects, workshops, movies, lectures, and discussions with prominent Vancouver designers. Join us and explore the changing nature of design, and the way design impacts our lives.  Exhibition Hall, Roundhouse Community Centre.  http://www.kwantlen.ca/applied-design/welcome.html


Ongoing until May 10, 2008
DANCE ALLSORTS 10th SEASON 2007-2008.  New Works is proud to announce the tenth season of Dance Allsorts: Vancouver’s most diverse dance series. Presented by New Works in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre, this popular, inexpensive series exposes audiences to all sorts of dance.  604.893.8875 www.newworks.ca


Ongoing to May 31, 2008
Heron Homecoming. Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, 5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack. Join us for many special events.  Please check the website www.chilliwackblueheron.com for up to date event information or call 604-823-6603.


Ongoing to June 26, 2008
SPECIAL PROGRAM: Tai Chi In The Garden.  This class will introduce the popular Yang Style of T'ai Chi ("Taijiquan"), an internal art that is characterized by slow, continuous and gentle movements. The Yang Style is ideal for practitioners of all ages and abilities (beginners and intermediates). Strengthen your muscles, improve balance, increase flexibility and relieve stress by learning the graceful sequence of 108 postures in this long form of Yang Style. You will also be taught how to cultivate Qi for improved blood circulation, awareness and internal power. UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre, 6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver; email nadine.diner@ubc.ca or call 604-690-5375.


Ongoing to September 28, 2008
Playland. Playland features over 35 exhilarating rides, unique attractions and fun midway games and is also home to Kids Playce, a special zone filled with soft-play areas and rides for children aged 2-8. 604.253.2311, www.pne.ca


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


Ongoing
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


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









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