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

 

 

Special Events for May 2012
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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May 1, 2012
Pull Focus Summer Open House. Interested in filmmaking? Want to get involved in your community while learning hands-on filmmaking skills? Pull Focus Film School teaches filmmaking skills while empowering students to apply these skills to a greater cause. Come connect with like-minded individuals at the Pull Focus Film School Summer Open House. We'll be bringing together former students, instructors, and other members of the non-profit community to engage in dialogue. This year Pull Focus Film School is excited to announce the first three-day, 12-week documentary filmmaking diploma program. 604-767-4306

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May 1 - 19, 2012
Chátwilh: The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe. The Vancouver Maritime Museum, in partnership with the Squamish Nation, presents, 'Chátwilh: The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe'. This special exhibition will take visitors on a journey of discovery through the life cycle of a Squamish canoe; from its roots in our local temperate rainforests, through the hands of Squamish craftsmen, and throughout the Salish Sea. Across the region that would become Vancouver, canoes were the vehicles that literally bound together life on the land and sea. Visitors will encounter examples of watercraft, related artifacts, and displays that celebrate the enduring traditions of the Squamish Nation. http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/

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May 2, 2012
Southeast Echoes: The Unique Music of Southeast China.  Soloists from the BC Chinese Orchestra will perform the music of Chen-Long Zhou, the renowned orchestral composer from Shanghai. The live music presentation will be guided by Dr. Gloria Wong, co-author of "Yueqi: Chinese Musical Instruments in Performance" (BCCMA). Note: this program will be conducted in Chinese/English. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by BC Chinese Music Association.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 2, 2012
Blues Fiddle Workshop with MICHAEL JEROME BROWNE.  Blues Fiddle for intermediate players (or advanced players who don't play much blues). This is for people who already play the violin (or fiddle) reasonably well and want to learn how to play the blues. We can also take a side trip into Cajun/Creole fiddle. Michael Jerome Browne, Canadian Solo Folk Artist of the Year in 2008, Maple Blues Acoustic Artist Award Winner, International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist, Three time Juno Award Nominee in both the roots and blues categories. Michael is a multi-instumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music. Prussin Music, 604-736-3036.

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May 3, 2012
Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times: A prison of our own making.  A series of talks and meditations shows us how to transform adverse conditions into the spiritual path. This practice is vital since we are constantly surrounded by difficulties, like a candle flame exposed to the wind, blown first from this direction, then from that. There is no way of avoiding difficult situations, but if we can change our attitude towards them they will no longer be problems for us. Instead of allowing adversities to make us unhappy and discouraged we can use them to enhance our experience of the spiritual path, and thereby maintain a pure and peaceful mind all the time. Cost: $10 per class, $40 for 5 classes. Free for Centre Card holders. 604.221.2271, info@tilopa.org

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May 4 - 13, 2012
DOXA Documentary Film Festival. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. 5-1726 Commercial Drive, http://www.doxafestival.ca

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May 4, 2012
The Magical Encounter is a night of Pan-Asian & inter-arts gala performance showcasing both local and visiting artists, and exploring the intersection between music, word, dance, multimedia and cultural traditions. This is the kick-off event of explorASIAN 2012, and will feature a special program to pay tribute to the late Milton Wong. The latter music and dance piece is being organized by the community-at-large with the Laurier Institution & VAHMS as co-chairs. Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Woodwards; http://magicalencounter-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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May 5, 2012
Backyard Bounty Gardening Course. Learn how to grow a healthy, bountiful supply of food from your own yard, no matter how small. This course covers soil preparation and organic fertilizers, planting schedules that produce the most from any garden space all year round, what to grow and how to grow it, simply and cheaply, including crops you can grow in planters and pots. Learn how to adapt your gardening methods to suit different weather conditions, simple methods for protecting winter crops during cold snaps and organic methods for preventing and controlling insects, diseases and weeds. Please Note: Advance registration required. Class size is 30 people maximum. UBC Botanical Garden, www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/2012/courses/gardening

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May 5, 2012
Queen of the Sun. Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? - Film screening 10 am 12:00 noon (doors 9:30am) A beautiful, inspiring film that examines the alarming global decline of bees and the struggle of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers to find solutions. Any money raised will go to UBC Farm bee related projects. Speakers and door prizes. Admission $10, students $6 Meeting Place: The Ridge Theatre, 3131 Arbutus St (at 16th Ave). hannopinder@gmail.com

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May 5, 2012
On May 5th the city's top chefs prepare a spot prawn boil at False Creek's Fishermen's Wharf benefiting The Chefs Table Society. Meet local chefs and fishermen at this 6th annual prawn boil featuring demonstrations from Vancouver's top chefs including Vikram Vij, Tojo,  Ned Bell, Executive Chef of The Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver and The Pear Tree's Scott Jaeger as well as a BC wine tasting, live music and autographed cookbooks. Vancouver Aquarium provides kids exploration of fabulous fish and other cool creatures through hands-on activities, their mobile habitat and other family friendly events and “Ocean Wise” will be giving away 150 children’s pass to the Vancouver Aquarium. Tickets are available on line and advance tickets are recommended as this 11am – 3pm event sells out, last year by 1:30 pm. For further event details and tickets visit http://www.spotprawnfestival.com

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May 5, 2012
The Shiny Kids Family Festival is a one-day event taking place on May 5, 2012, 11am-4:30pm at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert St. @60th Ave). The festival will feature a stage show in which songs, costumed characters, masks and puppets tell a very important story about the ocean, environment, community and helping each other. Children and Parents will be welcomed into this magical world surrounded by fantastical characters to learn about the importance of protecting the ocean, how garbage affects everyone, how rewarding it is to eat healthy and locally and how planting seeds will provide what we need to better our lives. The festival will also feature an interactive Eco-Maze which is a giant inflatable sculpture you can walk inside of. Stories told by some of Vancouver's best storytellers inside the inflatable domes. In addition there will be roving performers, clowning, a costume parade, face painting and collaborative art making. The Festival is a collaboration of The Shiny Collective (local award winning children’s entertainers; Gogo Bonkers, The Lost & Found Puppet Company, The Ta-Daa Lady and Juno award winning Peter Puffin ) in partnership with the Moberly Arts & CulturalCentre.  Admission $5 www.shinykids.ca

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May 5, 2012
Come join the Vancouver Bilingual Preschool as we celebrate our 50th anniversary with games, activities and entertainers. Meet previous preschool alumni and teachers as they walk down memory lane and share stories of the school’s 50 years history.949 West 49th Ave (at Oak St), Vancouver;http://www.vancouverbilingual.com/

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May 6, 2012
Hike for Hospice. Please help us to provide end-of-life care for people from all walks of life, including those most vulnerable in our community. Your gift supports end-of-life counseling, maintenance of hospice facilities and the purchase of supplies and equipment. May's Place, B.C.s first freestanding hospice, and Cottage Hospice in East Vancouver's Burrard View Park are operated by St. James Community Service Society. 604-606-0306, liturner@sjcss.com

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May 6, 2012
Got Craft? is celebrating its 11th show in Vancouver on Sunday, May 6th at the Royal Canadian Legion on Commercial Drive and we hope to see you there! Started in 2007, Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair aimed at bringing together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture. Royal Canadian Legion: 2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver; For more information: http://gotcraft.com | info@gotcraft.com

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May 6 - 13, 2012
Celebrate May Day In Port Coquitlam. The City of Port Coquitlam has been celebrating May Day since 1923. Our community's modern day celebration includes a whole week of fun-filled activities including outdoor concerts, community showcases, May Pole dancing, amusement rides & the May Day Rotary Parade. The 2012 May Day Festival kicks off at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 6, 2012 with the Opening Ceremony at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex. Events continue throughout the week and wraps up with Mother's Day in Lions Park on Sunday, May 13, 2012. 604-927-7935.

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May 7, 2012
Music Monday Concert. The annual Music Monday concert is part of a national movement that spans coast to coast, celebrating the importance of music in our schools. Red Robinson, Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Executive Chef Chuck Currie, Firefighters, Police Officers, Dentists, Lawyers, and Transit Drivers will join elementary and secondary school students in song, all in support of music in schools. Have you ever thought what your life would be like without music in it? Imagine going through school without the opportunity to sing, play an instrument or enjoy the benefits of learning the life skills that studying music can provide. Drop by for a free concert and give the kids an audience. Show your support for music in our schools. Robson Square Plaza, 800 Robson Street; www.musicmakesus.ca/musicmonday

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May 7, 2012
Lhamo Tso: Voicing Tibetan Courage. Public talk by Lhamo Tso. Screening of Leaving Fear Behind, a film made by Lhamos husband, Dhondup Wangchen, to express Tibetans views before the Beijing Olympics. Charged with subversion, he is serving a 6 year prison term in China. Suggested donation: $10. Room C509 - Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue; 778-999-4578, www.facebook.com/events/400542009956

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May 7, 2012
Taras Grescoe. Please join us for an evening with award-winning author Taras Grescoe and his newest book "Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile." Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution. Taras Grescoe is the author of four books and countless articles focusing on world travel. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by HarperCollins Canada). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 7 to June 18, 2012
Arts Umbrella at River District - Drawing, Painting & More. Arts Umbrella is offering Visual Arts programming for the first time at the River District in a 6-week afterschool program. Drawing, Painting and More! This class will explore two- and three-dimensional projects using tempera, watercolour, pastel, chalk, and a variety of found objects. Students will study pattern, texture, and colour as you learn to use clay, wood, fabric, paper, and other materials in unconventional ways. Register your child for a fun afternoon of creative arts! 6 weeks (Mondays, May 7 June 18) No class on May 21 for Victoria Day. $110.00/student, Ages 5-8 years old, 4:00-5:30pm. Space is limited! 604-681-5268, info@artsumbrella.com

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May 8, 2012
FICTIONistas! Spend an evening in the company of some of the top Canadian women authors of our time. Expect lively conversation, great readings, and surprising revelations! Arley McNeney, whose novel "The Time We All Went Marching" was selected for the Globe & Mail Top 100 list, hosts fellow FICTIONistas Sarah Kathryn York ("The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre"), Margaret Macpherson ("Body Trade"), and Alison Preston ("The Girl in the Wall"). Copies of the authors books will be available for sale. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Coteau Books.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 8 - 22, 2012
Financial Literacy/ Money Skills. Increase your knowledge and confidence in daily money management. Topics covered in each of the 3 weeks are: Budgeting, Banking, Credit, and Consumerism. Offered throug partnerships between Family Services of Greater Vancouver and Vancity. FREE. Renfrew Park Community Centre; 604-257-8388 -EX 3, cheryl.palidda@vancouver.ca

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May 9, 2012
Incite @ VPL: Linden MacIntyre & Vincent Lam. CBC personality Linden MacIntyre and prize-winning author Vincent Lam take the stage to discuss their latest works. Linden MacIntyre is a co-host of The Fifth Estate and the winner of nine Gemini Awards for broadcast journalism. Linden will read from his brilliant new novel, "Why Men Lie." Internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Vincent Lam reads from "The Headmasters Wager", a superbly crafted, highly suspenseful and deeply affecting novel set against the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver International Writers Festival, http://www.writersfest.bc.ca) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 9 - 19, 2012
The Mikado. Join the 30th Anniversary Celebrations with this hilarious story of forbidden young love, old begrudging love, and sordid family politics. Featuring the Canucks Mr. Oh Canada, Mark Donnelly as the Mikado. Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Road, White Rock;
katie.naylor@gmail.com

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May 10 - 13, 2012
Blue Sky Circus Presented by CircusWest Performing Arts Society. Follow the adventures of a band of young adventurers - Stargazers - as they defy gravity and soar weightlessly through space and toward the moon. Featuring Acrobatics, Aerial Fabric Routines, Object Manipulation, Unicycles, Rue Cyr and Swinging Trapeze, and the amazing circus talents of circus performers from the Performance and CentreStage programs of Cirkids, Blue Sky Circus will enthrall children from 4 to 104. You MUST be part of this adventure! Shows at 12:30pm and 7:30pm daily. Tickets at www.circuswestshow.com. PNE Gardens - 2901 East Hastings St.

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May 11, 2012
BC Book Prizes: Poetry Finalists Reading. Join us as some finalists for the 2012 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize read from their nominated work. The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievement of British Columbia writers and publishers. (Admission is free. Seating is limited.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 11 - 12, 2012
Join us as we try and figure out what is living at Burnaby Lake Regional Park!  Scientists and Naturalists are racing to find as many species as possible in 24 hours at!  Help them out by learning about the biodiversity of this backyard park. Take part in releasing ladybugs, pond dipping, searching for bugs, listening for frog, meeting live animals, making cool crafts and lots more. Visit for just a little while, or explore for the entire event, there will be lots going on all the time. Check out the website http://bioblitz.burnabylakepark.ca/   to see a full schedule of activites and for more info.

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May 11 - 12, 2012
Imagine That! Productions is very pleased to present: "The Magician's Nephew" a live theatre performance featuring exceptional performances, puppetry and specialized lighting effects, adapted from the story by C.S. Lewis. "It’s a story about something that happened long ago, in London, when your grandfather was a child. It’s a very important story, because it shows how all the comings-and-goings between our own world, and the land of Narnia, first began!" The Venue at 5708 Glover Road, Langley; www.ImagineThatPlace.com

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May 11 - 13, 2012
EPIC - The Sustainable Living Expo. Discover how exciting and innovative the sustainable consumer world can be, from disposable bowls and plates made from pressed palm leaves to handbags made from recycled seat belts. Enjoy locally made organic beers and wines, enjoy fair trade coffee and chocolate, admire stunning eco-friendly fashions and local west coast art or test drive a hybrid Toyota or Lexus. For the young ones is our Kid Zone, where fun and learning go hand in hand. Children will learn about the values of organic food and farming through entertaining and hands on activities. For mom and dad, check out the EPICurian Corner for mouthwatering gourmet foods from world class chefs. Dont forget to stop by the Stanley Park Brewery booth for a nice cold beer on your way out. Be a part of the solution, and love it. Vancouver Convention Centre; haberer.justine@gmail.com

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May 11 - 13, 2012
EPIC 2012. Discover how exciting and innovative the sustainable consumer world can be, from disposable bowls and plates made from pressed palm leaves to handbags made from recycled seat belts. Enjoy locally made organic beers and wines, enjoy fair trade coffee and chocolate, admire stunning eco-friendly fashions and local west coast art or test drive a hybrid Toyota or Lexus.  Vancouver Convention Centre, www.epicexpo.com

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May 11 - 13, 2012
Vancouver Moving Theatre & DTES Heart of the City Festival in partnership with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre proudly present Storyweaving, Weaving First Nation Memories from the Past into the Future.  Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Chief Simon Baker Room, 1607 East Hastings Street.  A multi-disciplinary journey staged in the round.  Honouring First Nations ancestral and urban presence in Greater Vancouver. www.vancouvermovingtheatre.com; www.heartofthecityfestival.com; www.vafcs.org

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May 11 to September 16, 2012
The Summer Night Market. Summer Night Market features more than 200 vendors. The venue includes unique merchandise from around the world and delicious foods and drinks. Plus entertainment, street performers, exhibitions, eating contest, dog show, baby crawling contest, Play Zone for kids and multicultural performances. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit The Summer Night Market. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond; http://www.summernightmarket.com

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May 12, 2012
22nd UBCBG PERENNIAL PLANT SALE. Featuring a wide selection of plants propagated by the Friends of the Garden, the sale has been a popular gardening event in the Lower Mainland for 22 years. Heritage strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes, blueberries, fruit trees, small shrubs, native plants, grasses, "favourite" perennials, and limited quantities of unique plants from the Botanical Garden "From our Garden to your Garden". For further information: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events

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May 12, 2012
Plant Sale: Sat. May 12   9 am to noon. Vegetables, herbs, favorite & specialty perennials ready for Mother’s Day gifts. Ladner Community Gardens located at 6467 Holly Park Dr. Ladner; http://ladnercommunitygarden.blogspot.com

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May 12, 2012
Science Rendezvous 2012. Initiated in the Greater Toronto Area in 2008, Science Rendezvous will celebrate its fifth anniversary, in 2012, as Canadas largest public science festival. Award-winning institutions and organizations have partnered to host events at university and college campuses, research hospitals, cultural, and public sites. Across the country, volunteers and leaders in science and technology play host to tens of thousands of visitors, of all ages. Through interactive workshops, demonstrations, science fairs, competitions, children, youth, and their parents can experience and be entertained by the fascinating accomplishments and applications of world-class research and activities in our changing world. Vancouver, various locations (visit website for details). www.sciencerendezvous.ca/2012/

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May 12, 2012
Salvage Sale. At the sale, you will be able to buy bargain-priced doors, sinks, lumber, hardware, furniture, lights, flooring, moulding, knick knacks and many house parts for your restoration or art project! Salvaged items for sale are all from local homes and buildings donated by the owners. Cash, credit, or carry. 115-7011 Elmbridge Way (Richmond); 604-264-9642, mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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May 12, 2012
A GROWING AFFAIR & SPRING PLANT SALE. A Growing Affair will feature a wide variety of native, perennial and unusual plants, as well as a large selection of edible food plants. Top quality plants are assured as most are grown at the garden by volunteers and staff. The event is designed to inform and empower both new and experienced gardeners to do more with their gardens, patios and balconies, large or small. Included is a Children's Area, where future gardeners can get their hands dirty and take away their own plant. For those who have come to rely on the Botanical Garden's spring plant sale for the spectacular array of plants on offer, they won't be disappointed. www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events
   
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May 12, 2012
Ivan Sayers' Hats and Old Bags.  We are hosting Ivan Sayers, well known Vancouver vintage fashion historian. Tickets $20.00 which include refreshments & door prizes. Limited tickets only & must be purchased in advance. Please call Colbourne House, 604-261-0131 to leave a message OR come by in person (basement door) most Wednesdays from 10:00am - 1:00pm. St. Augustine's Church Hall, 8680 Hudson St. (71st Ave.).

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May 12 - 13, 2012
2012 BLIA Environmental and Spiritual Conservation Charity Fair. The Buddha's Light International Association (Vancouver) will host the “2012 BLIA Environmental and Spiritual Conservation Fair” on May 12 and 13 at the Richmond King George Park. Conservation remains the theme of this annual fair, which is designed to promote a sustainable and ethical lifestyle. New elements are incorporated this year to strengthen the educational value for the visitors. We believe that conservation has to start from within each of us at a personal level. 604-512-3858, http://www.facebook.com/events/322594684443977

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May 13, 2012
Sunday May 13th, 2 - 3:30pm at the Cambrian Hall (215 East 17th.). *Paul Silveria and Shout! WhiteDragon play a family square dance for Mother's Day! Bring your family out to do-si-do to live music, while Paul Silveria teaches and calls all the figures. *$10 per person at the door OR buy one $15 "Family" ticket at  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/240131 and bring the rest of your family for just $5 each at the door!

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May 14, 2012
Isha Judd. Isha Judd presents her new book, "Love Has Wings" which reveals how to remedy three aspects of life that people often bemoan: the daily grind, insecurity and loneliness, and the uncertainty of a world in crisis. Isha Judd is considered an ambassador for peace by international leaders of opinion. Judd imposes no political opinions, dogmas or intellectual concepts, yet she is viewed as a modern day visionary, receiving invitations to speak in international forums, with senators, bishops and jet-setters as well as groups of ex-guerrilla soldiers and high security prisoners. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Banyen Books.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 15, 2012
Incite @ VPL: An Exploration of Books and Ideas. Please join the Vancouver International Writers Festival at the Central Library for "Incite @ VPL", a series of illuminating readings and discussions. You are invited to an evening with Richard Stursberg in conversation with Marsha Lederman. Stursbergs new book, "The Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC", is the ultimate CBC insiders tale which exposes the controversies, successes and dead ends of his time at the top. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver International Writers Festival). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 16, 2012
Artist In Our Midst Studio Tour 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Artists in Our Midst welcomes our 20th anniversary by inviting the public to join us for two popular art events this spring. An exhibit and sale of visual art at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 16 highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and photography that features more than 50 artists. Our Open Studio Walk on May 19- 20-21 invites you to enjoy the diverse creative talents in our community by visiting artists in their studio settings. Explore the stories behind the art and artists. Design your own tour using the map and artist information at www.artistsinourmidst.com. Join us in celebrating the power of the visual arts as a community-based resource! Artist Reception 7pm-10pm Birthday Cake Bash 7:30pm

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May 16 - 20, 2012
FREE Roundhouse Exhibit and Birthday Party on May 16, 2012: Artists in Our Midst welcomes our 20th anniversary by inviting the public to join us for two popular art events this spring. An exhibit and sale of visual art at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 16 highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and photography that features more than 50 artists. Our Open Studio Walk on May 19-20-21 invites you to enjoy the diverse creative talents in our community by visiting artists in their studio settings. Explore the stories behind the art and artists. Design your own tour using the map and artist information at www.artistsinourmidst.com.  Join us in celebrating the power of the visual arts as a community-based resource!

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May 17 - 18, 2012
X-treme Theatre presents Peter Pan the Musical at The Act Theatre, Maple Ridge; http://www.theactmapleridge.org/Extreme-Theatre-Peter-Pan

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May 18 - 21, 2012
Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair. The Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair is the largest event in British Columbia during the May long weekend. The Cloverdale Rodeo is one of the largest rodeos in Canada with an invitation format featuring the World's best competitors in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding & Ladies Barrel Racing events. In 2011 the Cloverdale Rodeo celebrated its 65th anniversary. One of the longest running traditions in BC, the 123rd annual Cloverdale Country Fair features the Fraser Valley's largest midway along with a wide range of family entertainment including the Kidz Zone, Agri Zone & Art Zone, plus live outdoor entertainment all weekend. http://www.cloverdalerodeo.com

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May 18 to September 9, 2012
The 17th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market. The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is a shopping extravaganza including Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & tasty ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before. Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, starting May 18 to September 9, 2012. Takes place in Vancouver's Chinatown, 100 & 200 block of Keefer Street (between Gore, Main & Columbia Street). 604-682-8998, http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca

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May 18 to October 8, 2012
The Richmond Night Market. The Richmond Night Market 2012 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just one block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 08 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests and hundreds of give-away prizes. Come and spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping and eating paradise with us! http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

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May 19 - 27, 2012
Hyack Festival Week. Fireworks, carnival rides, antique fair, street fair & a parade highlight this 9 day, non-stop festival of fun. Takes place in Queen's Park & the Uptown Neighbourhood of New Westminster. 604-522-6894, http://www.hyack.bc.ca

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May 20, 2012
Listen! Laugh! Enjoy! Stories for YOU! theme: Bucket List. Tellers- Doreen Giesbrecht; Philomena Jordan; Tony Rainbow. Also, Kira Van Deusen on her trip to Iran. Guest - Bryant Ross, Spoken Word Supremo. Cost: $6;includes tea; potluck treats. Entrance and parking in alley by St Mark's at 1805 Larch. www.vancouverstorytellers.ca

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May 20, 2012
If your baby could talk she would be asking 4 things. Am I safe? Am I loved? Am I protected? Do you see me and hear me? Come learn about how to provide and environment of safety and protection and create optimal brain development for your baby.A presentation for pregnant couples, new moms/dads, doulas, midwives, doctors, and anyone interested in infant mental health. May 20th 1-3:30pm at Green Room Yoga: 2645 East Hastings St $30 in advance, $30 at the door. To register: www.birthcontinuum.com

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May 21, 2012
Kilby Historic Site Victoria Day Celebrations.  Join us for our second annual Teddy Bear Picnic this Victoria Day holiday. Bring your Teddy Bear and we'll provide the cookies and tea. Included in the price of admission today, both child and bear will enjoy a complimentary tea and cookies, our dress up Tickle Trunk, sing-a-long, a complimentary photo of you and teddy and new this year a Teddy Bear Hospital. http://www.kilby.ca

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May 21, 2012
Bradner May Day Parade. Located just outside of Abbotsford, this annual May Day celebration is one of few left of its kind in the Lower Mainland. We start with a delicious pancake breakfast followed by an exciting parade including the Abbotsford Mayor, Councillors & MLA Mike deJong. After the parade, we host opening ceremonies with May Pole dancing by Bradner Elementary students. The rest of the afternoon is a Country Carnival with exhibits, rides & games. Visit the concession for a burger, some delicious cotton candy or enjoy some homemade desserts with tea & coffee at the May Royalty Tea Room. http://www.bradnerpac.com

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May 21, 2012
Victoria Day - Fort Langley. Watch for our float in the 90th annual Fort Langley May Day Parade (11 am), followed by a community fair. All day, explore the fort, feed the farm animals, and watch historic weapons demos. Free admission. http://www.pc.gc.ca

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May 22, 2012
Psychology Salon: Overload! Create a Less Pressured Life. Do you catch yourself racing from place to place, feeling as though you will never catch up? Has your efficiency doubled but has your workload trebled? Does your life feel like a Reality TV version of Beat the Clock? Psychologist and author Dr. Randy Paterson discusses the sense of being overwhelmed by modern existence and provides concrete strategies designed to help lighten the load while maintaining (and enhancing) a fulfilling life. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Changeways Clinic.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 24 - 26, 2012
Surrey Childrens Festival. Featuring an array of talented performers including artists, storytellers, jugglers, dancers & more for the whole family. The event focuses on stimulating & enriching the minds of children through arts & culture. Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance. Surrey Arts Centre & Bear Creek Park, http://www.surrey.ca/childrenfestival/8097.aspx

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May 25, 2012
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver

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May 25, 2012
"Midway in May" Carnival. A carnival filled with:  Games, Rides, Obstacle Course, Bike Challenge, Climbing Wall, Pony Rides, Velcro Wall, Bouncy Castle, Cake Walk, Basket Raffles, Face Painting, Prizes, Food and more!  Laity View Elementary, 21023 123 Avenue, Maple Ridge.  Visit our website for more info: www.laityevents.com

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May 26, 2012
SFU Open House 2012. Welcome to Simon Fraser University's Open House 2012. An exciting day full of interesting things to see and do, artistic performances and educational demonstrations and explorations at SFU's Burnaby Mountain campus on Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 11:00am - 4:00pm, rain or shine. We're opening our doors to showcase the spirit and essence of Simon Fraser University. Programs and staff from all campuses will participate at the event. www.sfu.ca

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May 27, 2012
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET. Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day - Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details - General Admission 10am-3pm $5 at Door - Special Early- Bird Admission 7am-10am $20 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible

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May 29, 2012
8th Fire Discussion Panel. Did you watch the CBC television series "8th Fire"? Were you compelled to reflect on relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada today? Hear from diverse First Nations voices about their perspectives on the 8th Fire and more broadly on the state of relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Where do we go from here? Join us to deepen the conversation. (Admission is free. Seating is limited.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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May 29 to June 3, 2012
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF), presented by Coast Capital Savings, is setting the stage for its 35th annual event, taking place May 29 – June 3 on Granville Island, with “Celebrate Our Stories” - a focus on storytelling as this year’s theme. Professional performing artists from Taiwan, Italy, UK, USA and Canada will be performing 15 shows, in eight Granville Island venues, including five indoor and two outdoor Festival venues, and one free outdoor stage. In addition, the festival hosts hands-on arts activities such as face painting, sock puppet workshop, circus skills, the Twist & Toddle play area, claymation workshop, a Soundscape and much more. www.childrensfestival.ca

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May 31 to June 10, 2012
Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration 2012. Celebrate the raucous energy and infectious rhythms of Bhangra at the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival. The festival takes place in venues throughout downtown Vancouver and Surrey, with 11 days of free and ticketed events. Highlights this year include a free concert (located at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza), Celebrate the Harvest (an event featuring collaborations between and performances from Israeli folk dance and Punjabi folk arts), interactive workshops, demonstrations and a closing gala. Drawing international attention every year, the festival sees performances by musicians and dancers from Canada, the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark and more. http://cityofbhangra.com

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June 1 - 2, 2012
This year the Goh Ballet Presents Coppelia. A playful fairy-tale revealing a comedic test of true love. The performance features award winning dancers from international Ballet competitions and festivals. This production will be performed June 1 & 2, 2012 at 7:00pm. The event is being held at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 601 Cambie Street in Vancouver, BC. Tickets for the event are available online at ticketstonight.ca or at the Goh Ballet Office, 604-872-4014 or info@gohballet.com

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June 2, 2012
Champlain Heights Summer Fair (3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver). There will be non-stop fun and activities for the whole family. Amusement Rides, Giant Slide, Bouncy Castle, Cake Walk, Clowns, Live Entertainment, and Concession.For more information,please call 604-718-6575 or visit www.champlainheightscc.ca

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July 3, 2012
Young Explorers Summer Camp : Begins July 3, 2012 9am – 4pm. Send your child on an adventure exploring nature and biodiversity. Campers spend a week learning about the natural world through participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and games with new friends. Children will explore our 44.5-hectare (110 acre) botanical garden and will also discover other amazing sites on the UBC campus including the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC Farm and UBC Aquatic Centre. http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/summer-camps

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July 11, 2012
Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix p/b Allstream. Canada`s greatest criterium. Watch North America’s top men and women cyclists race wheel-to-wheel on Gastown’s thrilling 1.2-km course with the hairpin corner. Women’s race 30 laps. Men’s race 50 laps. Action starts 5:45 pm. Part of BC Superweek. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.globalrelayggp.org

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June 16, 2012
Fraser Valley Kids Fair, 10am-5pm at Bakerview EcoDairy; www.fraservalleykids.com

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July 19 - 22, 2012
BC Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance returns this summer at the 6th Annual BC Renaissance Festival!  Come join the village of Steller’s Grove for a weekend of thrills and merriment! After the arrest of Charity, Cobbs, and Firth, life returns to normal for the villagers of Steller’s Grove.  Even Charity’s abandoned crew seems to be settling in.  But what brings King Henry back to the shire, and who is the mysterious widow that has just arrived?  Is there foul play afoot? Shop the marketplace, enjoy the stage performers, and spend some time with the characters of Steller’s Grove.  Thrill to the excitement of the Joust and join us in song at the end of the day.  More to see and do for all ages.  Come for the day, or visit us all three days, and immerse yourself in the 16th century! Thunderbird Show Park, 24550 72nd Ave, Langley; http://www.bcrenfest.com

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

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Ongoing to May 29, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present:
Ishrat Khan- 2D.  Ishrat creates semi-abstracted landscape paintings using free flowing colors with acrylics, oil and oil crayons on either paper or canvas. He utilizes his engineering background as a base and his extensive world travels as inspiration as he strives to capture the feeling of “being there” present in the moment of the scene. Originally from India, Ishrat  immigrated to Canada in 1965 and currently resides in North Vancouver.  He has participated in various art exhibitions throughout his career. www.ishratkhan.com
Viven Chiu – 3D. Viven leads with her passion and then lets her creative concept take charge. She defies tradition by using many mediums and forgoing a signature style as she loves the different experiences and feelings offered by different materials and means.  Through art, she sees herself.  Her motive is to have the public’s heart interact with her own. Originally from Hong Kong, Viven has a background in commercial art and studied sculpture in Toronto and now resides in Richmond. www.vivendesign.com
District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road

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

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

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

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Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.















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