Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for November 2003

 

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November 1, 2003 
Antique Road Show at Confederation Centre: Al Bowen of Bowen and Associates, who has appraised antiques in most of the museums in British Columbia, is ready to appraise your personal items. Each person is allowed a maximum of two items to be appraised. Spectators welcome. 

November 1 - 2, 2003 
4th Annual Salmonfest: The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is pleased to present its fourth annual SalmonFest, celebration of Salmon and the BC Hydro Salmon Project in Stanley Park. SalmonFest marks the 3 year anniversary of the opening of the BC Hydro Salmon Steam Project in Stanley Park, a demonstration stream runs from the Aquarium to Coal Harbour. Canada's largest classroom, the stream educates visitors about salmon and the importance of their habitat, as well as restoration projects that are in place around the province. Acitivities for guests include a Salmon Obstacle Course, Gyotaku Fish printing, puppet shows, face painting, crafts, touch tables and tours of the salmon hatchery. Several community groups will also be on hand with special displays, games and prizes. Be sure to Fish for a special prize in our Fish Pond! SalmonFest is free with your paid Aquarium admission. 604-659-3474. 

November 1 - 2, 2003 
Best of the West Antique Show: British Columbia's fall antique spectacular, a major event for antique collectors, home decorators and everyone who loves to experience bygone days. British Columbia's biggest antique and collectibles event. 90 top-quality dealers from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Country, formal and prairie furniture, folk art, native artifacts, 50's decor, art glass, fine china, clocks, oil lamps, etc... New feature this year - Antique Identification Clinic - Get expert expert opinions on your antiques, during the show on Sunday from 10am until 4pm. Bring maximum 2 treasures for appraisal by antiques expert Peter Blundell. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 800-667-0619. 

November 1 - 2, 2003 
Spiders, man!: Family adventure for families with children over 4 years old. What do trap doors, funnels and wolves all have in common? They’re all spiders! Explore the Garden from a spider’s point of view and keep all eight of your eyes open for spiders. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 604-878-5860. 

November 1 - 22, 2003 
Honk! Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale "The Ugly Duckling," transformed into a modern musical comedy. Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island; 604-257-0366. 

November 1 - 30, 2003 
Snow Goose Month at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary; 604-946-6980.  

November 1, 8, 2003 
Redwood Cyclocross Series: European-style bicycle race with 3 short races (30-60 minutes) involving short loops (under 2km) within park, 9am to 11am, Crescent Park Trails, Surrey; Information: jasonfluckiger@yahoo.com 

November 2, 2003 
Family Concert Series featuring 'The Magic School Bus', Queen Elizabeth Theatre; 604-280-4444. 

November 2, 2003 
Let There Be Light: Festival of Flowers: West Gate Florist hosts a fundraiser for the Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Dr. Asante speaks at 1pm, with live music and demonstrations of floral works. Tickets are $12, Youth under 16 free. Maple Ridge. 

November 5 - 11, 2003 
Veterans' Week 

November 5 - 23, 2003 
West Side Story: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, The "American" Jets and the "Puerto Rican" Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, 604-984-4484. 

November 5 - 9, 2003 
Cornucopia, Whistler's Food & Wine Celebration: Join us for gourmet dining, wine tastings, food and wine seminars, and special events. Cornucopia showcases the talents and trade secrets of the region's leading chefs and winemakers. Fifty top wineries from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and an array of industry experts participate in gala grand tastings, winemaker dinners, food and wine seminars, and a wrap-up gourmet brunch. http://tourismwhistler.com/cornucopia. 

November 6 - 22, 2003 
Whinnie-The-Pooh: Christopher Robin’s fat little bear Winnie – the – Pooh would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to ”eat a little something”. However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as Rabbit, Eeyore, and Piglet. It's a fun-loving children’s adventure for the young and the ‘young at heart’ Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield North Vancouver; 604-990-3474. 

November 6 - 9, 2003 
Amnesty International film Festival: The Canadian premiere of several new documentary films, along with many films that have already won awards at festivals worldwide. Pacific Cinematheque, 604-313-4069. 

November 6 - 9, 2003 
Dragon Meets Eagle: This unprecedented dance presentation will contrast East and West. Four of the best award winning Chinese classical dancers will allow their spectacular artistry to be matched with the best of the West. An elite Colorado Ballet corps anchors the western presentation while select Vancouver dance groups demonstrate their local dance prowess. Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver, a world-class architectural firm known internationally for their highly acclaimed designs, will create digital graphics as unique set designs in celebration of this historic moment. Never before has dance been showcased in this manner. Be there to experience and enjoy different styles, athleticism, and gracefulness. The "East meets West" finale performed to unparalleled three-dimensional sound and music will be a historic first. Come celebrate the real meaning of artistic and cultural diversity; The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. 

November 7 - 11, 2003 
Circle Craft's Christmas Market, Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre; 604-669-8021. 

November 7 - 8, 2003 
Musical Review - We'll Meet Again: The Abbotsford Concert Band will present a musical review "We'll Meet Again" at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on November 7 & 8.  Matinees on November 8 & 9th.  The review will be comprised of songs from the era of the two World Wars; 604 852-0012. 

November 7 - 9, 2003 
Vancouver Asian Film Festival: The weekend event will feature a variety of full length productions and short films on big screen by some of today's rising and established North American Asian filmmakers. Cinemark Tinseltown Cinemas, 604-254-7739. 

November 8 - 11, 2003 
Sacred World Music Festival: Featuring performances by the Gospel Experience (Sibel Thrasher and Lovena Fox), Jane Corrall and Treble Five, Chibi Taiko, Jabulani, the Rene Hugo Sanchez Group from Peru, Thione Diop & Yeke Yeke from Senegal, Alpharabius, Ann Mortifee, Catherine Wilson and friends, the Sandy Scofield Band, Marilyn Lerner and David Wall, musica intima, and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. November 8 at First Baptist Church (969 Burrard) & November 9-11 at Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial); 604-732-6632. 

November 8 to December 13, 2003 
Hello Dolly: Book by Michael Stewart Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman Matchmaker Dolly Levi has been hired to find a new wife for businessman Horace Vandergelder. Secretly, however, she schemes to win the wealthy widower for herself, setting in motion a series of hilarious romantic entanglements. Vancouver Playhouse, 604-873-3311. 

November 8, 2003 
"Out of the Blue" Benefit Concert~ presented by the Lower Mainland Downs Syndrome Society: Featured performers include Lynne Taylor Donovan and Don Brown.  Lynne, an internationally recognized Country Rock singer/songwriter from the Okanagan Valley, recently performed at the Mountainfest Music Festival in Merritt and at the Heartland Festival with Alan Jackson.  Don, a Country/Gospel artist from White Rock, is host of CBC's Hymn Sing, and lends his character voice talents to such popular animated shows such as Dragonball Z, Beast Wars and Transformers. More Information: Tickets are $20, including service charges, for adults and $15 for children and self-advocates; 604-507-6355. 

November 8, 2003 
Cap Jazz Series presents Terence Blanchard Sextet: The Cap Jazz Series is thrilled to welcome to our stage for a series debut the Terence Blanchard Sextet. During the past 20 years, trumpeter/ composer/ bandleader, Terence Blanchard has established himself among the most influential jazz composers and players of his generation. With chart-topping CDs and Grammy Award Nominations, Blanchard has emerged in the last decade as the foremost jazz-oriented film composer. Thanks to his natural gift for mood setting and storytelling, Blanchard has left his mark on numerous Spike Lee movies such as Malcolm X and Clockers, as well as works by various other filmmakers. Blanchard was most recently nominated for a Golden Globe in 2003 for Best Original Score for his work in Lee's latest film " The 25th Hour." Capilano College Theatre. 

November 8, 2003 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, St. John's Church, Port Moody; 604-936-7762. 

November 8, 2003 
Chuan-Yun Li: Together. Violin Recital with Robert Koenig at the piano, Chan Centre for the Arts; 604-658-8850. 

November 8, 2003 
Community Craft Fair at the Renfrew Park Community Centre; 604-257-8388. 

November 8, 2003 
Holiday Craft Fair at Killarney Community Centre; 604-718-8200. 

November 8, 2003 
Minoru Craft Fair at Minoru Park; 604-718-8450. 

November 8, 2003 
Palaeontology Show at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188. 

November 8, 2003 
Salmon Watch:It’s autumn, and time for salmon from the Serpentine River to return home to spawn. Walk through the protective tree cover and look in the river for returning spawners. Tour the hatchery. Increase your knowledge and improve your understanding of salmon life cycles through fun, participatory activities. Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; 604-432-6359. 

November 8, 2003 
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: MAPLEWOOD'S RAPTORS, Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver; 604-924-2581. 

November 9, 2003 
Annual Variety Auction and Buy-Low Foods Vintage Market: On Sunday, November 9th the Annual Variety Auction and Buy-Low Foods Vintage Market fundraising event takes place at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina in downtown Vancouver. Last year this is a highly successful fundraising event raised $62,000 for Variety – The Children’s Charity in BC. Over the years Variety and Buy-Low Foods have partnered to raise over $1 million for BC’s children with special needs by hosting a live and silent auction and selling quality grade meets and other grocery products at prices your grandmother used to pay! For 21 years the Variety Auction and Buy-Low Foods Vintage Market has always been the place to start your holiday shopping with such gift giving ideas as wine collections, gift baskets, jewelry, clothing, computer accessories and software, home and garden products and stuff for the kids! All of the money raised at this event will go to support the projects of Variety; Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina, 604-320-0505. 

November 9, 2003 
Little Chamber Music Series That Could: In Europe, Claude Vivier is a composer whose works are given the highest regard, yet he is not well known in Canada. On the 20th anniversary of his death, Vancouver hot new wind quintet will present a concert featuring Vivier’s music as well as that of his most influential teachers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gilles Tremblay. Vancouver East Cultural Centre; 604-251-1363. 

November 9, 2003 
Salmon Come Home: You are invited to participate in the 11th annual welcome home for the Salmon returning to Hoy Creek. Explore the Hoy Creek area on guided nature walks. Observe Salmon spawning and have your questions answered by Hoy/Scott Watershed Society members. There will also be many informative displays and arts & crafts to check out while you are there. Parking at the City Hall or Douglas College, will only mean a short walk to the event area. Hoy Creek, Coquitlam; 604-933-6036. 

November 9, 2003 
Stawa'mus Traditional Veterans Pow-Wow: An invitation is extended to the general public to witness the rich culture of our First Nations here in the Squamish Valley. Watch the Dancers, from all over Canada and the U.S. compete in various dances and age groups. Enjoy the traditional festival and "Bridge the Gap for All People Alike in the Sea to Sky Corridor and throughout Canada." Totem Hall, Squamish; (604) 898-5422. 

November 11, 2003 
MIRO QUARTET:The Friends of Chamber Music presents this stylish, elegant young quartet, winners of the sixth Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and who are the resident ensemble at Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society. Vancouver Playhouse. Tickets 604-280-3311 

November 11, 2003 
Remembrance Day 

November 11, 2003 
Remembrance Day Fun Kite Fly at Garry Point Park, Richmond. 

November 11, 2003 
Remembrance Day Skate at Killarney Community Centre; 604-718-8200. 

November 11, 2003 
Surrey Remembers: Bring your family for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Cloverdale Cenotaph, then come in to the Museum for exhibits featuring the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans, presentations by local school students, crafts, and refreshments. 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM. 

November 13 - 16, 2003 
Christmas at Hycroft: Christmas at Hycroft is the major, annual fundraiser for the University Women's Club of Vancouver with funds going to scholarships, bursaries and continuing maintenance of the heritage house. Vancouver's celebrated Edwardian mansion exquisitely decorated for the festive season. Top designers exhibit their newest trends. Unique gifts and crafts from around the globe. Festive baking in the Coach House. Your ticket entitles you to a chance to Win A Mansion for A Day. Hycroft Mansion, 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver; 604-731-5847. 

November 13, 2003 
British Columbia Conference for Women: This illuminating day is filled with 10 practical, idea-packed sessions. And between workshops, you'll experience meaningful networking at its best! Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre; 800-873-7545. 

November 14 - 16, 2003 
Vancouver International Storytelling Festival: Tales for adults, families, and kids, told by more than 30 storytellers from around the English-speaking world, including Roy Bookbinder, Sheri-d Wilson, Evalyn Parry, and Jean Pierre Makosso. Vancouver Museum and WISE Hall, 604-257-0366. 

November 14 - 22, 2003 
5th Annual Bellingham Storytelling Festival: A week long festival celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. A variety of events featuring local and guest tellers for young and old alike. Before books, movies and TV, tale spinners were the main form of entertainment. Storytellers will convey traditions, teachings and beliefs and how to belong to societies through stories; 360-714-9631. 

November 14 - 22, 2003 
World Weightlifting Championships: Athletes from around the world--including three-time Olympic champions Pyrros Dimas and Akakios Khakiasvillis of Greece and two-time Olympic champ Halil Mutlu of Turkey--compete for the opportunity to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, 604-280-4400. 

November 14 to December 14, 2003 
Singin' in the Rain: You've seen the film - now experience the world's most uplifting musical live on stage. Don, Lina, Kathy and Cosmo light up the stage with song and dance. Featuring great hits like the title song, Make 'em Laugh, Good Mornin', Moses Supposes and You Are My Lucky Star. Stanley Theatre; 604-687-1644. 

November 14, 2003 
6th annual Craft Fair at Leigh Elementary School,1230 Soball Street, Coquitlam; 941-8661. 

November 14, 2003 
Abbotsford Symphony Orchestra, Performance will be at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd, Abbotsford; 604-853-6700. 

November 14, 2003 
Just for Laughs Comedy Tour 2003: Just for Laughs Comedy Tour 2003 is back bringing some of the biggest names in comedy from Canada, USA and the UK to Vancouver. The tour features almuni from the world's most prestigious Comedy event. Hosted by the face of comedy on the CBC writer, actor Rick Mercer (Canada) and featuring Adam Ferrara (USA), John Moloney (UK), Derek Edwards (Canada), Joey Elias (Canada) & more. Orpheum Theatre; 604-280-4444. 

November 14, 2003 
LIGHT UP THE VILLAGE - FORT LANGLEY: Shopping and dining in a cozy, old fashioned Christmas setting. For more information call Lynne Davidson at 604-888-8835. 

November 14, 2003 
The Port Moody Art Association is proud to present its 36th Annual Arts Show and Sale of Original Paintings at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody; 

November 14, 2003 
The Power and Glamour of Professional Women's Tennis Challenge: Featured matches include Maureen Drake vs. Sonya Jeyaseelan; Stefi Gjinel vs. Kirsten Yoon; Lindsay Davenport vs. Anna Kournikova; and a doubles match with Kournikova, Davenport, Drake, and Jeyaseelan. Pacific Coliseum, 604-280-4444. 

November 15, 2003 
Central Bog 3 Hour Interpretative Tour: Starting at noon at the entrance to the Vancouver Landfill. Group tours may be arranged for other days by calling the Burns Bog Conservation Society office at 604-572-0373 or 1-888-850-6462. VISA and MasterCard accepted over the phone. Tours may be cancelled due to low attendance, so please call and register, 604-572-0373 or 1-888-850-6462. Costs: $15 non-members, $13 members, $8 children within family membership $10 children with nonmembers. 

November 15, 2003 
15th Anniversary, First Nations Dinner & Silent Auction, The Delta Firehall Centre for the Arts; 1-604-572-0373. 

November 15, 2003 
Antique Identification Clinic: oin Al Bowen, a renowned Lower Mainland antique and museum appraiser, for a detailed verbal appraisal of two of your heirlooms or antiques. Pre-register by calling 604-502-6456 - no drop ins. Appraisal: $10, View only: $7 Surrey Museum. 

November 15, 2003 
Birding in Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188. 

November 15, 2003 
DRAGON RIVER SHADOW THEATRE: The VECC Kids’ Series continues with Chinese shadow puppetry that uses music and narration to tell folk tales. Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-280-3311.. 

November 15, 2003 
Kids Stuff Toy & Clothing Sale, Brennan Park Recreation Centre, Squamish; 

November 15, 2003 
Secrets of Indian Arm, North Shore Winter Club; 604-733-2313. 

November 15, 2003 
Craft Fair at The Salvation Army North Vancouver Community Church (105 West 12th Street (& Lonsdale), North Vancouver), 10:00am-2:00pm; 604-988-6040. 

November 15, 2003 
The Shrine Magic Fantasy: Get swept away in the wave of laughs and music as world-class illusionists dazzle you with their magic. See Meeks the Clown, Joey Hanlon, Jim Raddysh and many more. Massey Theatre, New Westminster; 604-517-5900. 

November 15 - 16, 2003 
Art by the Lake: 35th Annual Arts and Crafts show put on by nearly 50 members of the Whatcom Art Guild. Located on Lake Whatcom (Electric Ave) in the Bloedel Donovan Field house, the show runs Saturday from 9am-8pm and Sunday from 9am-6pm; 4949 Samish Way #40, Bellingham; 

November 15 - 16, 2003 
Cheese Festival: Celebrate BC's finest artisan - goat, sheep and cow cheeses from regional producers featured at Public Market, Granville Island; 604-666-6477. 

November 15 - 16, 2003 
Christmas Craft Fair, South Arm Community Centre; 604-718-8060. 

November 15 - 16, 2003 
West Coast Christmas Pet & Craft Fair: A great place to shop for that pet owner. Over 40 Pet related booths. Agriplex Cloverdale, 604 541-0085. 

November 15 - 20, 2003 
Jewish Book Festival: Literary festival features readings, book signing, writing workshops, children's programs, sales of new and used books, and appearances by authors Nancy Richler, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Jerry Wasserman, Karen X. Tulchinsky, Kerry Gold, Peter Birnie, Elana Dykewomon, and others. Norman Rothstein Theatre, 604-257-5160. 

November 15 - 20, 2003 
Spiraling Within: Spiraling Within is an odyssey into the mind of a young woman. Kayla "pops" her pills of choice and "trips" through bus rides, raves and psych wards. Written and performed by S. Siobhan McCarthy, Spiraling Within is a bold, innovative multi-media one- woman show that combines statistics, dance, movement and darkly humored scenes to explore mental illness and examine the system from the inside out. Saturday Nov 15th 8:00pm, Sunday Nov 16th 3:00pm, Nov 17-20 1:00pm & 8:00pm Opening Reception to follow Sat Nov 15th Weekday Matinees Available for High School Students; Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver, 604-606-6400. 

November 15 - 22, 2003 
Agnes of God: In this contemporary murder mystery set within the confines of a convent, Agnes is a devout, innocent young nun accused of infanticide. As a psychiatrist, herself a lapsed Catholic, and the Mother Superior struggle over Agnes fate, the play plunges into the mystery of faith and the consequence of truth. Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver; 

November 16, 2003 
4th Annual  Hyde Creek Salmon Festival: Come celebrate the return of the salmon to their spawning grounds. Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam; 604-941-2957. 

November 18 to December 14, 2003 
Plaid Tidings: Plaid Tidings, the celebrated sequel to Forever Plaid, comes to The Centre just in time for the Christmas season! Creator Stuart Ross has brought back his famed characters Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie who dazzled Vancouvers theatre scene for two successful years in one of BCs most successful musicals! In this next episode, these four friends now set off to make their mark in the music industry while tantalizing audiences with their jovial spins on holiday classics. Plaid Tidings is the perfect kick-off for your holiday season come join the cast in singing your holiday favourites! The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts; 

November 18, 2003 
Fairy Tale Jammy Jamboree: Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed toy for an enchanted evening of fairy tale magic. Enjoy a Family Evening Special at the Maple Ridge Library at 6:45 pm -7:15 pm. For more information, call 604-467-7417. 

November 19, 2003 
Douglas Day: Be a part of the 145th Anniversary of the Crown Colony of British Columbia.  Contact the Fort Langley Historic Site for information at 604-513-4777. 

November 20, 2003 
National Child Day 

November 20, 2003 
Stephen Prutsman, Multi-talented Stephen Prutsman, hailed as one of the finest American pianists of his generation, is also a noted composer and arranger. Acclaimed for the brilliance of his playing, Stephen is active as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and conductor. We welcome this impressive and versatile artist to Rush Hour. Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-873-4612. 

November 21 - 23, 2003 
Eastside Culture Crawl: The seventh annual Eastside Culture Crawl is your chance to meet artists such as painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, glass blowers, furniture makers and more in a condensed area of Vancouver teeming with artistic activity. Visit more than 200 artists' studios, most within walking distance of each other, in western Canada's largest studio exhibition and sale. From the traditional to the contemporary, from emerging artists to those of international fame, it's an exciting weekend of art and culture. And it is a free event! Various location in Vancouver; http://www.culturecrawl.bc.ca 

November 21, 2003 
How to Use the Archives: Writing a term paper or a book? Come to this informative workshop to learn how archival materials and their use can assist your research. Pre-register by calling 604-502-6456. $7.50 per person. Surrey Museum. 

November 21, 2003 
Pajama Skate at Bill Copeland Sports Centre: Wear your favourite jammies and bring your friends to the rink for the second annual pajama party. $2.25 child, $2.85 student/senior, $3.80 adult, 1 session. Friday, 7:00-9:00pm, November 21. 

November 21, 2003 
Superstars In Concert: Party with our impersonators of Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Silhoutte Comedian. Fort Langley Golf Course, 604-888-5911. 

November 22, 2003 to January 3, 2004 
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum: Experience an old-time Christmas! The village is decorated for the holiday season and festive entertainment abounds. For entertainment schedules, call 604.293.6500. Regular admission rates apply. 

November 22, 2003 to January 5, 2004 
Lynden in Lights, Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995. 

November 22, 2003 
A Night for Owls, Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188. 

November 22, 2003 
Christmas Craft Fair, Thompson Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8422. 

November 22, 2003 
MURRAYVILLE CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Murrayville Hall (Langley) is the place to be to start your Christmas shopping! There are still a few tables available for the show if you are interested in participating as a vendor ($15 for the day). 

November 22, 2003 
Neon Bus tour: A magical tour of vancouver's neon. Vancouver Museum, 604-736-4431. 

November 22, 2003 
The Crystal Gala: The 5th Annual Crystal Gala has raised over $206,000, over the past 4 years to make a difference in the quality of life for women living with breast cancer and has been a reality thanks to the ongoing commitments of the many sponsors, donators, corporate partners, and the Crystal Gala Society volunteers – to create a brighter future without breast cancer. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 850-5873. 

November 22, 2003 
The Return of the Salmon Festival: The return of the salmon celebrates the return of the spawning salmon to our local rivers. One of their goals is to hoist 150 hand painted windsocks Thanksgiving Weekend along Cleveland Avenue from Squamish Station down to the Estuary. Science and environmental exhibits will be displayed throughout Squamish. Brennan Park Recreational Centre. 

November 22, 2003 
Winter Birds:Victorians used to decorate their Christmas trees with bird ornaments. Bring back this tradition by creating bird ornaments in this family workshop. Pre-register by calling 604-502-6456. $7.50 (5yrs+). Surrey Museum. 

November 23 - 24, 2003 
Bald Eagle Festival: Eagle and other wildlife viewing around the communities Mission and Harrison; (604) 826-6914. 

November 23, 2003 
Herring Sale at Westminster Quay; 

November 23, 2003 
Sun Ergos Company of Theatre & Dance presents “Fables” 
Rich with colour, Baroque music, period costumes and larger-than-life 
animals, the stage is set for ean de la Fontaine’s beloved fables such as 
The Grasshopper And The Ant, The Lion And The Rat and more.  Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam; 604-927-6566. 

November 25, 2003 
Harvest Pumpkin Growing Contest: At this annual Pumpkin Growing Contest there are prizes for costumes, painted and carved pumpkins in the following categories- Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative and most Patriotic. Costumes will be judged in different age groups. The largest pumpkin by weight will win a $50.00 Savings Bond from Peoples Bank. A pumpkin People contest will take place with businesses competing for prizes for the best pumpkin person. The only prerequisite is the head must be a pumpkin, either artificial or real. Ferndale, Washington; 360-384-3042. 

November 25, 2003 
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 

November 25, 2003 
Ken Croswell Lecture - Magnificent Mars at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre; 604-738-7827, ext. 249. 

November 26 - 30, 2003 
Disney On Ice Presents Princess Classics, GM Place; 604-280-4444. 

November 26, 2003 
World Kindness Concert: Come and join local artists from a variety of cultures as well as a multimedia presentation highlighting kindness from around the globe. Proceeds go towards The Invest in a Kinder World Coin-spiracy. More info at www.kindacts.net. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver. Tickets available at all Saje Natural Wellness Stores or call Brock Tully at 604-515-KIND. www.investinakinderworld.com (http://www.investinakinderworld.com) 

November 27, 2003 
12th Annual Craft Sale at Prairie Log Home B&B, Over 40 artisans will be participating, Prairie Log Home B&B at 3555 Dixon Road, Abbotsford; 604-850-2671. 

November 27, 2003 
Shrine Fantasy Variety Show: The Shriners present their annual show in aid of their philanthropic activities. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-681-5779. 

November 28, 2003 
Christmas Tree Lighting, Downtown Abbotsford: The Abbotsford Downtown Business Association rings in the Holiday Season with it’s 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Essendene & West Railway Street. Thousands of children and adults join this celebration of old fashioned carol sing-a-long, Santa’s arrival, roving street entertainers, great live bands and dance performances, free hot chocolate, cookies, and lighting of the giant Christmas tree; 604-850-6547. 

November 28 to December 27, 2003 
It's Snowing on Saltspring: The stockings aren't hung by the chimney with care, and Bill's wife Sarah is 9 1/2 months pregnant and counting. At the point of despair, he is whisked off to Casa Claus for a hilarious rediscovery of the spirit of Christmas-complete with cheeky elves, Mrs. Claus and a certain red nosed you-know-what. Arts Club, Granville Island; 604-687-1644.  

November 28, 2003 
Community Tree Decorating: Bring the whole family to our 4th annual community tree and lobby decorating event. Get into the spirit while decorating cookies, doing Christmas arts and crafts and singing some festive songs. Each child will take home their own creation. Sit back and enjoy some warm refreshments and treats. Parent participation required. Kitsilano Community Centre, 604-257-6976. 

November 28, 2003 to January 4, 2004 
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe: A charming and innovative staging of the twentieth centurys most widely read, greatly loved childrens classic. Captivates the adult imagination as powerfully as a childs with its rich themes and unforgettable images a triumph of the imagination. Weve booked the Norman Rothstein Theatre to accommodate this special Anniversary Celebration production of the most popular show in our companys history; 604-731-5518. 

November 29 - 30, 2003 
Christmas Craft Fair at Steveston Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8080. 

November 29 to December 23, 2003 
Christmas In Kerrisdale: Come to the shopping district of Kerrisdale and enjoy an old fashioned holiday style event. Roving quartets and brass ensembles will fill the air with seasonal music, Santa will be walking the sidewalks dispensing candy canes and chocolates and free horse & carriage rides will be on tap. Main entertainment will run from 12 noon through 4 pm on Saturdays before December 25 with surprise choral groups chiming in on the odd Sunday and weekdays. Kerrisdale will be decked out with its usual array of potted spruce trees, red banners, swags and white lights; 604-266-9875. 

November 29 to December 31, 2003 
Peak of Christmas: Sleigh bells are ringing, choirs are singing. During the month of December, the spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities on top of Grouse Mountain. Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet live reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. Visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy classic Christmas movies on our large high-definition screen. Or listen to joyful Christmas carols sung by the enchanting voices of Vancouver choirs. Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver; 604-984-0661. 

November 29, 2003 
ALDERGROVE FESTIVAL DAYS CHRISTMAS PARADE: The parade commences along Fraser Highway in downtown Aldergrove at 4 pm. For more information call 604-856-6229. 

November 29, 2003 
Flea Market at Confederation Centre:Here's your chance to clean out your cupboards or to pick up a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items will be on display to comb through. This flea market has an old and new Christmas theme. Please register at Confederation Centre and choose your table (maximum of one table per person, plus one table for a friend). Registration starts August 26, 2003 at 9:00am. $12.00/table rental, free admission for buyers. 

November 29, 2003 
No Strings Attached: Flutes and French Horns! Bassoons and Bass Trombones! Sinfonia presents music from the three OTHER families of instruments -music for Winds, Brass and Percussion. With glorious music for Brass from the Renaissance and Baroque eras by Bach, Gabrieli, and Palestrina to the swirling Woodwinds in Dvorak's 'Serenade for Winds' and Mozart's own arrangement of 'Overture to the Marriage of Figaro', music of incredible beauty will pour from the Bells of the Brass and the Reeds of the Winds that will be familiar, but presented by the instruments normally found at the BACK of the stage! Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, 604-984-4484.  

November 29, 2003 
The Romanian Community Centre presents the 3rd annual festival: Celebrate Romania’s National Day. The largest Romanian cultural event in Canada, this year’s festival will feature artists from BC and Romania and will showcase Romanian-Canadian businesses and Romanian Art. Romanian Ambassadors and the Embassy will be in attendance to celebrate this important occasion. Please join us and indulge in Romania’s rich history and culture. Massey Theatre, New Westminster; 604-525-1114. 

November 29, 2003 
Winter Birding At Boundary Bay: Join other birders and a park interpreter to witness Boundary Bay teeming with winter waterfowl and raptors. Discover why this designated IBA (Important Bird Area) has the highest density and diversity of wintering raptors in Canada. $10.00/person; 604-432-6359. 

November 29, 2003 
Winter Celebration: Celebrate Surrey's cultural diversity with the music, crafts, artifacts and stories of South Asian festival of Diwali. Pre-register by calling 604-502-6456. $7.50 (5-12yrs). Surrey Museum. 

November 29, 2003 
World Championship Kickboxing, Pacific Coliseum, 604-434-7777. 

November 30 to December 30, 2003 
Annual Nature Comes to Light, Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188. 

November 30, 2003 
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET at the Croatian Cultural Centre; 604-925-3159. 

November 30, 2003 
Major Conrad Flapps: Major Flapps? Who's that? He's a dashing, courageous aviator with a big red nose and an 8-foot-long scarf. The world's only human airplane! But he can't seem to get off the ground. As Flapp's unsuspecting flight crew, 'take off' with a delightful blend of physical, acrobatic and musical comedy. An astonishing adventure to take you to new heights! Suitable for ages 4 to 12. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, 604-984-4484. 

November 30, 2003 
Vinok Worldance: Vinok Worldance is Canada's foremost professional company presenting an international repertoire of world folk dance and music. Vinok has produced eight different world dance and music productions, 50 choreographies from 40 cultures and has performed more than 750 times since its debut season in 1990; Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts; 

November until 1st Frost, 2003 
Chrysanthemum Exhibition: The chrysanthemum blooms in autumn and provides welcome, brilliant colour after many summer flowers have vanished. Thank you to the Point Grey Chrysanthemum Club for brightening our corridors. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese, 10:00am - 4:30pm. Closed Mondays. 

Ongoing to November 16, 2003 
Rumpelstiltskin's Cupboard: Interactive Fairytale: The work of Cynthia Nugent and Kathryn E. Shoemaker is well known to millions of followers. Both of these artists are making visual portals into the great power of the mythos contained in the versatile fairy tales. Nugent and Shoemaker add a level of personal "take" on each particular myth. With Rumpelstiltskin's Cupboard each artist in her way masterfully brings out the inner child in the inner adult. The children already know almost all we are to discover. They are welcome to experience and play. Burnaby Gallery at Ceperley House; 

Ongoing until November 11, 2003 
Upintheair Theatre Society and Presentation House Theatre present Wedgie: WEDGIE is a whirlwind exploration of propaganda, puberty, and the politics of revenge. Part fairy tale, part parable, part cutting social satire, WEDGIE is a journey into the dark jungle of childhood that speaks to the grown-up within the child in all of us. Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver; 

Ongoing until November 29, 2003 
Footlight Theatre presents Meet Me In St. Louis: Footlight Theatre will open its 38th season this November with "Meet Me in St. Louis" (the final "s" is pronounced!), a stage version of the famed 1944 Vincente Minnelli film which starred Judy Garland. This adaptation has been around for many years, restricted to semi-professional groups only, before finally reaching Broadway in 1990. The famed trio of Hugh Martin-Ralph Blaine songs ("The Boy Next Door", "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") are augmented with old favourites, and combined with a story that includes family quarrels, shocking childhood pranks, young love, a real-live trolley, and the anticipation of the opening of the 1904 World's Fair, it all adds up to a memorable show. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby; 604-205-3000. 

Ongoing until November 29, 2003 
LIVE 2003: Biennial of Performance Art : LIVE 2003s theme, Performance Art and the Academy, focuses on performances rocky road through the halls of academia. Through publications, artists talks and panel discussions as well as performance presentations and exhibitions, (most free) our aim is to increase the profile of performance internationally and increase the participation of Canadian artists within this international dialogue. Various venues in Vancouver; 604-875-9516. 

Ongoing until November 8, 2003 
Over The River And Through The Woods: Gateway Theatre and Western Canada Theatre present Joe DiPietro's comedy about a young Italian-American man whose two sets of grandparents conspire to keep him from moving across the country to further his career. Gateway Theatre, Richmond; 604-270-1812. 

Ongoing until November 8, 2003 
The Haunting of Hill House: North Vancouver Community Players present Shirley Jackson's mystery-thriller about four seekers spending the summer at a reputedly haunted mansion. Theatre at Hendry Hall (815 E. 11th St., North Van.), 604-983-2633. 

Ongoing until November 8, 2003 
Touchstone Theatre presents: Unity 1918, Governor General’s Award Winner for English Theatre, 2002, returns in its stunning original production. Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363. 

Ongoing from November 7, 2003 
Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees: Join us for a giant screen journey into the hearts, minds and world of wild chimpanzees with the world's most famous field researcher, Dr. Jane Goodall. The film chronicles Dr. Goodall's more than 40 years of legendary work among the chimps at Gombe Park on Lake Tanganyka in Africa. Viewers will be led by Dr. Goodall, as well as the new generation of young researchers, into the daily lives of the now famous Gombe chimp families; Fifi and sons Freud and the turbulent alpha male Frodo, along with Gremlin, Gaia and the endearing Galahad. Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre; 604-443-7440. 

Ongoing until November 15, 2003 
The Matka King: In a lyrical story that pits human nature against love and chance, a landscape of betrayal and redemption comes to life in the red-light district of Bombay, India. One very powerful eunuch, Top Rani, operates an illicit lottery through his brothel, and when a gambler who is deeply in debt makes an unexpected wager, the stakes become life and death. Can a fortune-teller and a ten year-old girl beat Top Rani at his own game? Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island; 604-687-1644. 

Ongoing until November 16, 2003 
Rumpelstiltskin's Cupboard: Interactive Fairytale Art, The work of Cynthia Nugent and Kathryn E. Shoemaker is well known to millions of followers. Both of these artists are making visual portals into the great power of the mythos contained in the versatile fairy tales. Nugent and Shoemaker add a level of personal "take" on each particular myth. With Rumpelstiltskin's Cupboard each artist in her way masterfully brings out the inner child in the inner adult. The children already know almost all we are to discover. They are welcome to experience and play. Burnaby Gallery at Ceperley House. 

Ongoing from November 29, 2003 
Delve beyond the grain in this compelling collection of contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations artwork and discover the deep-rooted traditions that mold each unique piece. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery presents a group show of master works exhibiting the rich range in form and style of our coastal communities including such artists as Henry Green, Tim Paul, Norman Tait, Dale Campbell, Susan Point and Chuck Heit. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver, 604-685-9298. 

Ongoing until December 19, 2003 
The Night of the Martians: 40-minute program explores our ongoing fascination with the Red Planet. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre; 

Ongoing until January 4, 2004 
Brewed In Bellingham: Take a photographic journey through the taverns and breweries of early Bellingham. The 1905-06 Polk directory listed 62 saloons in the newly incorporated city. Rising above them all, the Bellingham Bay Brewery was touted as "the finest brewery west of Chicago." This series of historical images depicts the many businesses and their proprietors. Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington; 360-676-6981. 

Ongoing until March 27, 2004 
Cultural Traditions in Surrey: The Surrey Museum is planning a new exhibition and programs about the cultural traditions of Surrey, with a focus on clothing, textiles and crafts. The theme will incorporate elements which reflect the people, places, history, stories and techniques associated with the materials that are to be presented. The museum is looking for participation from citizens in the multicultural community who have a deep interest and knowledge in the theme of the exhibit, and would like to be involved in its planning. For more information, all Lana Panko, curator, at 604-502-6461.  

Ongoing 
Communication: Explore the similarities and confusing differences between languages. Use a fiber optics to watch a video. Adjust a satellite dish to send and catch your own image, and control a computer with the loudness of your voice. These and other hands-on experiences will help you better understand today's information society. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7440. 

Ongoing 
100 year Anniversary of Flight Program: With an emphasis on Canadian innovation and aviation technology, follow the history of flight from early Greek legend to the Wright brothers and beyond. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver; 604-738-7827. 

Ongoing 
Ghosts of the Abyss 3D: Academy Award winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. Using state-of-the-art technology, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. At the CN Imax at Canada Place; 604-682-4629. 

Ongoing 
India: Kingdom of the Tiger: Journey across India, a breathtaking land shaped by a myriad of cultures, customs and traditions. Inspired by the writings and experiences of Jum Corbett, a pioneer of Indian wildlife conservation. A glorious tribute to this magnificent land, and to its greatest ambassador - the mighty Bengal Tiger. At the CN IMAX at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX. 
 







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