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November 1, 2006
The Vancouver International Writers Festival Presents AN EVENING WITH DAVE SEDARIS.  The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Penguin Group Canada present An Evening with David Sedaris. Sedaris, a best-selling author, satirist and public radio commentator who Time Out New York says "just may be the funniest man alive" is known for his hugely popular events that regularly sell out to audiences of more than 1,000. Several of his collections including Dress Your Children in Corduroy and Denim have hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. When Sedaris reads one of his stories in his own voice, it is an unforgettable experience.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 604.681.6330, http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

November 1 - 18, 2006
Aumentare Productions Presents POWER PLAYS. POWER PLAYS is a collection of hilarious ONE ACT PLAYS exploring in wildly different styles the exasperating, crazy making human struggles and reversals of power that occur in any kind of relationship. The crazed emotional tugs of war in families, the manipulations and manoeuvres played out between people of different stations, the conflicts and struggles we have within ourselves, are all poked and prodded by the sharp stick of May's and Arkin's comic styles.  Havana, 1212 Commercial Dr., 604.813.9409, http://www.aumentare.com

November 1 - 25, 2006
Touchstone Theatre Presents LIFE AFTER GOD.  Adapted from the short story Life After God by Douglas Coupland, and inspired by his bitingly funny book City of Glass, this new play takes a penetrating look at a generation raised without religion. Both funny and moving, Life After God is a free-wheeling, theatrically spectacular examination of our quest for transcendence in the city of seismic shifts – Vancouver.  604.709.9973, http://www.lifeaftergod.ca

November 1 to December 24, 2006
Arts & Crafts for Christmas.  Come and browse the Mind and Matter Art Gallery where an annual indoor exhibition hosts the works of over thirty artists. There is a wide variety of gift ideas and we look forward to welcoming you. Among the items on display are Christmas wall hangings, jewellery, ceramics, crochet, hand blown Christmas tree balls, candles and a wide variety of art. There are all types of mediums available: paintings, pottery, glassblowing, soapstone sculptures, and of course the wood sculptures of Mr. Mikelson.  The gallery also offers an excellent selection of unique Christmas gift items and stocking stuffers.  Mind and Matter Gallery, 604-536-6460.

November 2, 2006
RIVERSHED SOCIETY OF BC CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY WITH SALMONPEOPLE PERFORMANCE!  Peter Donaldson's performance is a spellbinding work of theatre. It's a one man show with everybody in it; a delightfully disturbing tapestry of homespun economics, character insight, and astounding freehand cartography. At one point, Mr. Donaldson's on-stage persona, Cyrus Jackson, draws the entire map of the bioregion naming a hundred rivers. From memory! With good humour, good science and audacious storytelling, Salmonpeople is an utterly delicious, head-scratching lesson in how the real world works. Writer, director, performer Peter Donaldson is a master storyteller. Salmonpeople reaches all ages, everybody's bottom line, and one big landscape. Don't miss this showcase performance.  James Cowan Theatre, Burnaby;

November 2 - 5, 2006
Amnesty International Film Festival.  The Amnesty International Film Festival is proud to present its eleventh annual program in Vancouver. This is the flagship festival for human rights film nights and festivals in Canada. This year's festival features more than 20 films on important issues facing the global community. We bring you Canadian and Vancouver premieres and award-winning work by Canadian and foreign filmmakers. Often challenging and inspiring, these compelling, powerful stories help us understand what it means to be a citizen. This festival also celebrates the significant contribution made by filmmakers to our understanding of human rights issues. This is your annual opportunity to experience cinema with a social conscience. Pacific Cinematheque, 604.688.8202, http://www.amnesty.ca/filmfest

November 2 - 18, 2006
Pi Theatre presents Werewolves.  A snowstorm leaves a group of mourners stranded at a rural wake. As they gorge on the funeral spread,the walls are torn away to reveal terrifying figures who've come to expose the inner beast in us all. Visit this isolated farmhouse where the supernatural will draw you in to memories of jealousy, cruelty and lust; where an Old World spell will dissolve the boundaries between the physical, mental and spiritual realms.  Performance Works, Granville Island; 604.231.7535, http://www.pitheatre.com

November 3, 2006
Fourth Tri-Cities Women’s Conference.  Tamara Taggart of CTV news is our very special guest and we will be interviewing her  on her early life struggles and how she triumphed to become the positive success that we see today. Also, speaker Tara McIntosh will be talking about “Making Joy Unlimited!” Galleria at the beautiful Inlet Theatre in Port Moody, 604-469-7286.

November 3, 2006
The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society Presents HOULE / LEANDRE / STRID.  Internationally acclaimed clarinetist François Houle is one of Vancouver’s leading artists. A composer as well as a bandleader, Houle explores many facets of modern music—from electronic manipulation to acoustic contemporary chamber music. Also featuring Joelle Leandre, a French virtuoso bassist and composer, and Raymond Strid, a percussionist who came to prominence with the Swedish band Gush, this performance is not to be missed!  Ironworks Studio & Gallery, 604.872.5200, http://www.coastaljazz.ca

November 3 - 5, 2006
The Port Moody Art Association presents THE 39TH ANNUAL ART SHOW AND SALE OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS.  The Port Moody Art Association is proud to present its 39th Annual Arts Show and Sale of Original Paintings, which will showcase framed original paintings by member artists. Artists will be in attendance. Port Moody Social Recreation, 604.469.4565, http://www.myartclub.com/port.moody.art.association

November 3 to December 8, 2006
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Presents TINY TOTS.  TINY TOTS is a 3-concert series for the little ones, from toddlers to four or five years of age, held in the intimate performance space of the Playhouse Theatre. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Identical Harmony, in their own musical presentations for kids.  The Playhouse Theatre, 604.873.3311, http://www.identicalharmony.com

November 4, 2006
Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre Presents ROOTS ON THE RAILS.  Tom Russell plays host as the amiable raconteur in this wonderfully rollicking event that is fast becoming an annual tradition. Roots on the Rails, North America's Moving Music Festival, combines long-distance train travel with on-board live performances by some of the top names in contemporary acoustic music. These names include Stephanie Davis, Sourdough Sim, Rosalie Sorrels and Wylie and the Wild West.  Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, 604.990.7810, http://www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

November 4, 2006
Point Grey Secondary Holiday Craft Fair and Book Sale.  One of the largest Vancouver Craft Fairs and Book Sales - over 120 Crafters and Artisans - representing the best in BC - over 1000 fabulous books - Lunch and treats in our Yummy Tea Room; 604-263-8624.

November 4, 2006
Shopping Bonanza.  For those who love to shop, this is the venue for you! Confederation Centre is hosting a home party and small business fair, an opportunity for you to purchase the latest and greatest assortment of clothing, jewellery, kitchen ware and more all under one roof. Table registration is on August 29 at 9:00am ($20.00). Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:00am-3:00pm, November 4. Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone 604.294.1936 or 604.294.7010.

November 4, 2006
Sustainable energy edu-fun at Nov 4th Salmon Homecoming Everyone is invited to check out the Solar Power Roadshow tent at the City of Surrey's annual Salmon Homecoming from 1pm-4pm on November 4, 2006 at Bear Creek Park. Kids from 6 to 96 can build a Mystery Solar Power machine. Destruction of forests have been linked to salmon stress. Therefore, we'll also bring a mystery tree-saving device that is popular in France but virtually unknown in greater Vancouver. It could easily save every household $250/year while sparing carbon-absorbing forests. Can you guess what it is? Contact Solar Power Roadshow: (604 ) 739-7717.

November 4, 2006
The Tunnels Beneath your Neighbourhood.  Tunnel-boring machines have been launched and are beginning to carve two, 3.7-metre- diameter tunnels in bedrock underneath Mount Fromme and Grouse Mountain for the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant Project. At 160 – 640 metres below the surface, these twin tunnels will be deeper than Vancouver’s tallest building is high! Tunnels expert and mining engineer, Tom Morrison, will share this intriguing project with us from the concept and design, to the pictures and personal accounts of the bedrock environment beneath the North Shore.  Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

November 4 - 5, 2006
WEST COAST PET & CRAFT FAIR, Cloverdayle  Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, (604) 534-2344

November 4 to December 2, 2006
The Alliance Française of Vancouver Presents MEMORIES OF HUMANITY.  Both Alliance Française of Vancouver and the Chinese Cultural Center embrace a similar mission of promoting dialogue between nations. Indeed, the title of the exhibit in itself highlights our planet’s cultural diversity. Memories of Humanity is made of stunning images that celebrate ancestral rites and folk traditions displayed by theme: festivities, daily life, architecture, sport and spare time.  The aim is to focus on those cultures which are presently threatened with extinction so as to promote the safekeeping of cultural diversity and ethnic heritage.  Chinese Cultural Centre;

November 5, 2006
Kids Only Swap Meet, West Richmond Community Centre, 604-718-8400

November 5, 2006
Mushroom Talk & Explorations Walk, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188

November 7, 2006
A Flavour of Spain Presents ART AND COOKING VACATIONS IN SPAIN.  nterested in Art & Mediterranean Cooking Vacations in Spain? Come to a FREE night of TAPAS and information about A Flavour of Spain 2007 Vacations.  Mike and Hilary Powell, of A Flavour of Spain, invite travelers interested in Art, Mediterranean Cooking and Spanish Culture to join them for an evening of TAPAS and to learn more about their ART & COOKING vacations planned for 2007.  Travel Concepts, 604.986.2262, http://www.aflavourofspain.ca

November 7 - 12, 2006
Broadway Across Canada presents ALADDIN. Imagine if you had three wishes and they could all come true! Surely one of them would be to see Wrestling Superstar and King of the Smackdown Bret "Hitman" Hart as The Genie of the Lamp in Ross Petty's spectacular ALADDIN The Magical Family Musical! This fractured-fairy-tale version of ALADDIN takes place in a hip-hop land where a poor young sk8er-boi falls in love with a fresh princess, takes a magic carpet ride, and meets a wise-cracking wizard with some nasty plans. With lots of help from the audience ALADDIN embarks on a riotous adventure full of merry mischief and hilarious antics.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca

November 7 - 19, 2006
GODSPELL presented by Uncle Randy.   To celebrate their 12th anniversary, Uncle Randy Productions is presenting one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, GOSPELL, based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. A modern troupe of performers gather outside a forgotten old theatre. Once inside, their impromptu performances restore the space to its former glory.  This high-energy song and dance extravaganza is a fast-paced musical experience that includes a multitude of genres including pantomime, children’s games, charades, puppetry, vaudeville antics, minstrel shows, tap dancing and soft shoe.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

November 8, 2006
Dixie Chicks : the Accidents & Accusations Tour. General Motors Place - 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver; www.ticketmaster.ca

November 8 - 12, 2006
33rd Annual Circle Craft CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre: 999 Canada Place Way, Vancouver; 604.684.8294, http://www.circlecraft.net

November 9 - 11, 2006
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance presents Making A Scene 2006.  The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance is pleased to present the seventh annual Making a Scene conference in its new fall time-slot November 9-12, 2006 at Granville Island. Guest speakers confirmed for the conference are writer/director/actor/designer Darren O’Donnell of Mammalian Diving Reflex theatre company in Toronto, and Mary Vingoe, Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Granville Island, 604.608.6799, http://www.theatre.ubc.ca/gvpta

November 9 - 12, 2006
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. www.whistlercornucop

November 10, 2006
Lost Lagoon Lantern Festival.  Please join us on Friday evening of the Remembrance Day Weekend, as we celebrate St. Martin's Festival for the 4th time! We will hold a magical procession with lanterns from Chilco/Alberni to the children's Farmyard Picnic Shelter, where will enjoy some yummy Bratwurst & drinks. November 10th, 2006 from 6 to 8 pm.  A part of celebrating St. Martin, the patron saint of the poor, will be to bring along some canned food for the food bank. Also, the sponsored lanterns will be auctioned off at the end of the night. Make this the year you attend! This can be the start of a family tradition that can offer you light & hope in years to come! Held by the DKV Society on behalf of the German Community in Vancouver.  To volunteer, sponsor or pre-order food or drinks, contact Elke at 604 828 8788 or write to: welcome@europeaninhomeservices.com.

November 10, 2006
The Cobblestones and Bobby Evans. Two of Newfoundland’s hottest talents make their Coquitlam debut at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. The Cobblestones and Bobby Evans have been making their mark back east.  Come out and enjoy a great night of nostalgic melodies, light-hearted fun and humour, and that famous “down home music”. Joining them on stage is the Coastal Sound Music Academy’s Children’s Concert Choir.  Studio Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam;  604.927.6555, www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca (http://www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca)

November 10, 2006
Tiller's Folly: Diabetes Fundraiser.  Join us for a fun evening of song & entertainment as we raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Tiller's Folly, a foot-stomping band featuring celtic/westcoast/bluegrass music, headlines the evening. Dancers from the Victoria O'Brien School of Irish Dance and comedian Kenny Shaw complete the show. Guests will also enjoy a unique silent auction and intermission reception. An exciting evening, all for a great cause! Massey Theatre, New Westminster.  Tickets are $58.50 each and available through www.ticketmaster.ca or 604.280.4444.  For further information, contact Shelley Johnson at 604.875.1775 or sljproductions@telus.net.

November 10 - 11, 2006
A Real Piece of Work: Art and Fine Craft Show raises funds for the local food bank and offers unique handmade gifts, just in time for holiday shopping! The 4th annual “A Real Piece of Work” is a showcase and sale of handmade work Features unique work by local artists and artisans Door prizes will include gifts donated from each participant; proceeds to benefit our local food bank After a wildly successful debut in November of 2003, A Real Piece of Work will be held on Friday November 10th, from 7pm-9pm and Saturday November 11th from 10am-4 pm at the Ocean Park Hall in South Surrey (1577-128th Street).

November 10 - 12, 17 - 19, 2006
Heritage Christmas Craft Fair.  The 35th Annual Heritage Christmas Craft Fair returns to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Fridays, 12:00noon-8:00pm. Saturdays, 10:00am-5:00pm. Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm. Free admission. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue.

November 11, 2006
BC Entertainment Hall Of Fame Presents WE'LL MEET AGAIN: MUSIC AND MEMORIES OF THE WAR YEARS.  Dal Richards and his Orchestra will entertain along with dozens of special guests as they recall some of the memorable songs, music, poems and stories linked with WWI & II. Artists will include stars from the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and the Band of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment and the Vancouver Naval Veterans Band.  Orpheum Theatre.

November 12, 2006
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Presents JUAN DE MARCOS AND THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL-STARS.  Sparks fly when some of Cuba's finest musicians take the stage. The Afro-Cuban All-Stars capture the exuberant spirit of Cuban music with a potent combination of musical virtuosity, driving percussion, a powerhouse horn section and incomparable vocals. Led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, the visionary behind the Buena Vista Social Club, this multi-generational big band is at the vanguard of Cuban music for the 21st century. Their mission is to bring the wealth, diversity and vitality of Cuban music to the world. Direct from Havana to the Chan Centre stage, this is a rare opportunity to see these sizzling musicians in action. Viva cubano musica!  604.822.2697, http://www.chancentre.com

November 13, 2006
Candy Making.   A hands-on class to make Almond Roca, Peanut Brittle, and Candied Nuts. Perfect for entertaining and gifts. $20g/1 session.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

November 13, 2006
Remembrance Day Loonie Skate.  Regular admission rates apply. Skate and helmet rentals are extra. Monday, 12:00noon-3:00pm, November 13. Kensington Complex, 6159 Curtis Street. Phone 604.299.0533.

November 14, 2006
Globe Lantern Workshop. Artists from the Secret Lantern Society will help you make a simple globe lantern to carry at the lighting of the Douglas Park Tree. All ages welcome!  This is a fun family activity and several people may choose to work on one lantern together (price is per lantern). All basic materials are provided though participants are encouraged to bring pressed leaves and flowers or other decorative elements. Space is limited - preregistration required!  Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver; 604-257-8130.

November 15, 2006
SLURP & SWIRL – A WINE AND OYSTER CELEBRATION.  Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House presents an evening of oyster sampling, wine tasting, auctions and competitive oyster shucking to benefit the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.  Terminal City Tower Hotel, 604.681.4121, www.joefortes.ca

November 16, 2006
Shop Cocoon, Vancouver's only completely designer run independent design and artist collective, is pleased to announce its first year birthday celebration, Emerge, to be held on November 16th, 2006 from 5pm to 9pm. To thank the community for their continued support there will be a great giveaway draw and not-to-be-missed one day designer discounts. Shop Cocoon will also be accepting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank for the month of November. The event is open to the public. For more information, please visit www.shopcocoon.com.

November 16 - 18, 2006
Ballet British Columbia presents RODEO.  Originally choreographed for Les Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in 1942, Agnes de Mille's "Rodeo" is truly an American classic. Danced to the folk-inspired music of Aaron Copland, "Rodeo" follows the adventures of a tomboyish Cowgirl, hopelessly in love with the Head Wrangler at the Burnt Ranch. This energetic, comedic ballet is filled with tap dancing, square dancing, innocence and romance. A great love story of the American Southwest, Rodeo is sure to delight audiences of all ages.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604.732.5003, http://www.balletbc.com/

November 17, 2006
Enjoy a spectacular night of Elvis on November 17 when the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of British Columbia hosts the Ultimate Elvis - Night of Champions - fundraising show for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Several top performers including former world champion tribute artist Mori Yasumasa, from Japan, Canadian champion Ben Klein, from Spokane Washington and the incredible international title holder Brian "Elvis" Simpson with special guest Aaron Wong. The show takes place at the Kay Meek Centre theatre,1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, staring 730 pm. Tickets only $25 and $20 pre-order, or $30 at door. For more information check out www.lovingyouelvis.com or the theatre at www.kaymeekcentre.com. You can also call the Food Bank, which serves Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver and the North Shore, at 604-876-0659 ext. 103.

November 17, 2006
Santa's Arrival at Richmond Centre, 6551 No. 3 Rd., Richmond; 604-303-7204

November 17 - 18, 2006
Christmas Craft Fair.  See what folks around the Lower Mainland have spent all year creating! The perfect holiday gift is out there waiting for you. Only new, personally handcrafted items can be sold. Admission to craft fairs is free for buyers. Table registration starts Saturday, September 16. Pick up a number at 7:30am, return at 9:00am, and your registration will be processed in numerical order. Table rental: $15.00/table (F), $17.00/table (Sa) (limit two per person). Free admission for buyers. Friday, 2:00-7:00pm, November 17. Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm, November 18. Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. Phone 604.439.1860.

November 17 - 19, 2006
Christmas Craft Market.  This is a well established community event with a broad range of high quality crafts for all ages and occasions. Hours: Fri Nov 17 10am to 8pm, Sat Nov 18 10am to 8pm, Sun Nov 19 10am to 4pm.  Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-792-2069, www.chilliwackartscouncil.com

November 18, 2006
Festival of Voice 2006 - 10th Anniversary.  The concert highlights unique personalities in solos, trios, quartets, group singing and dancing of all ages.  Gateway Theatre in Richmond; 604-270-1812.

November 18, 2006
Go Home 20.  A challenging, beautiful 20K trail loop. A mix of steep ascents and descents, technical terrain and fast, rolling groomed trails with approximately 2500m of vertical change. Run against others, yourself or the clock. Fun Mandatory!  North Vancouver.  More information: http://www.clubfatass.Com/

November 18, 2006
Huge toy and clothing sale, Cloverdale fairgrounds; 604-588-9919.

November 18, 2006
Insingizi.  Founded in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1987, this a cappella trio has won many musical contests and is highly regarded in their homeland. They have tried to affect positive change in their country and one of their songs became a huge anti-AIDS anthem in South Africa.  Insingizi perform Zulu "imbube" music that Festival Society concert regulars will recognize from the Black Umfolosi concert earlier this year. Harrison Memorial Hall, http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

November 18, 2006
Victorian Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting.  Begin the holiday season in exciting style with this brand new community event. The parade of horses, costumed people, and even an ox cart begins at 2:00pm by St Andrews Church on Glover and winds its way through the village of Fort Langley to Mavis Ave, and then up Mavis to the old Hudson’s Bay Company orchard area by the fort’s wooden palisade. Follow the parade to the bonfire, sing carols, take an ox cart ride (small fee), and enjoy the amusing antics of costumed actors.  Take advantage of extended hours to visit the Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada and enjoy additional activities and hot chocolate. At 5:30 pm gather around the oak tree for the Christmas lighting ceremony.

November 18, 2006
Winter Bird Behaviour.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

November 18 - 19, 2006
BC Paintball Championships, Agriplex in Cloverdale; mike@bcppl.com

November 18 - 19, 2006
Eagle Fest. 11:00am  5:00pm. Join us in celebrating the 11th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.  Bring your binoculars to view the eagles that flock to our area. Back by popular demand will be Don Thomson and his bird feeder making workshop. For a small donation you can build your own backyard bird feeder and learn about caring for wild birds over the winter months. The Wild Bird Habitat Store is donating complimentary bird feed with every feeder that is made. The restaurant will be featuring Harrison Harvest Stew, along with our regular country style menu selections. As a special treat we will be baking up fresh cinnamon buns with a beverage included for $4.50.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

November 19, 2006
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET, Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159.

November 19, 2006
3rd Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade.  We’re only in our third year and already the parade has become a family tradition as we head into the holiday season. Our success is a direct result of the community and corporate sponsors who take part and help provide the floats, bands and street entertainers that give the parade its colour and excitement as it makes its way along Georgia and Howe Streets. In true holiday spirit and Rogers Santa Claus Parade tradition, families will once again be encouraged to bring toys and food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. Last year, 9,500 pounds of food and 2,300 toys were collected by parade volunteers. 604.646.3573.

November 19, 2006
Douglas Day.  A 148 years ago, James Douglas, Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Governor of the colony of Vancouver Island, marched from the banks of the Fraser River to the Big House at Fort Langley to proclaim the new colony of British Columbia. Today bring your family for a full day of activities marking this occasion. Build a giant soft sculpture of BC. Enjoy an amusing drama at 2:00 pm. Try on costumes and put yourselves in the picture.  Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada.

November 19, 2006
Think Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol.  The Fort Langley BIA proudly presents in true Victorian style "Fezziwig's Ball." Experience an evening of Christmas entertainment with Dance Trance performing The Nutcracker Suite and The Tobi Crawford Trio in "One Jazzy Christmas Evening", includes silent auction, gourmet foods, refreshments (bar), chocolate Humbugs, and Christmas Passport. Come in semi-formal attire - Victorian preferred.  Fort Langley Community Hall.

November 19, 2006
Tim Conway & Harvey Korman.  Together again! Two legendary comedians unite for one incredible show this fall! Tim Conway & Harvey Korman with guest Louise Duart.  General Motors Place - 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

November 22, 2006
Disney On Ice Presents a Disneyland Adventure.  Join hosts Mickey and Minnie as they take you though non-stop fun at Disney On Ice presents a Disneyland Adventure. Swing through the Jungle, Cruise with Baloo, Fly through Space Mountain with Buzz Lightyear and Spin in the tea cups with Alice and Mad Hatter! See all your favorites, including the Disney Princesses: Snow White and Cinderella, during the Main Street USA parade. Laugh-out-loud fun meets edge-of-your-seat excitement when everyone's favorite super family - Disney/Pixar's the Incredibles experiences an ice show version of theme park attractions like the Haunted Mansion, "It's a Small World" and Pirates of the Caribbean as the action gets a little too crazy, the audience cheers on The Incredibles to save the day!  Pacific Coliseum;  PNE, Hastings Park, Vancouver; 604-251-7787,  http://www.pne.bc.ca/events/schedule/index.html

November 23, 2006
Avan Yu - Jeunesses Musicales.  Beginning his musical studies at the age of five, eighteen-year-old Canadian pianist Avan Yu has distinguished himself by his extraordinary performances and has won numerous awards and competitions in his short career.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

November 23, 2006
Lighting the Douglas Park Tree. Join us for this annual tree lighting event and watch as we light the park! Make your own lantern, carry it through the labyrinth and watch the lantern dancing. Neighbours are encouraged to sign-up for the Globe Lantern dance workshop. All ages are welcome. Please purchase tickets in advance.  Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver; 604-257-8130

November 23 to December 24, 2006
Playhouse Theatre Company presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  Charles Dickens' Christmas classic receives a stunning adaptation from one of Vancouver's most exciting theatrical teams. Following up on their award-winning adaptation of Crime and Punishment, James Fagan Tait and composer Joelysa Pankanea bring fresh life and new meaning to a timeless story of greed, giving and redemption. Simple, moving and imaginative, this Christmas Carol will weave a theatrical spell and bring warmth to the coldest heart.  Vancouver Playhouse, 604.873.3311, http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com/currentseason/0607_christmascarol.php

November 24, 2006
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm;Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

November 24 - 25, 2006
Titan Amateur Boxing, McKay Building, Cloverdale; www.fightinghunger.ca

November 25, 2006
Chilliwack Christmas Craft Crawl.  Last Weekend in November. Collect your maps and shop at 6 various spots all within a few minutes of each other for an interesting adventure in Christmas gift hunting. Prizes, draws, sampling and special entertainment!  Greenhill Acres in Ryder Lake, 604-858-9917, http://www.greenhillacres.com

November 25, 2006
Christmas Craft Market, Yarrow Community Hall, 604-823-6324.

November 25, 2006
Craft Fair, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080

November 25, 2006
Pirate College.  Pirates had to do more then just bury treasure; they had to be able to find it again! Discover more about life on board a pirate ship and learn, through hands-on activities, the skills of charting and navigating in unknown waters. Program is two hours long for ages 9 – 12 years. Cost per child for Museum member $10, non-members $12.  Maritime Museum, 604-257-8300.

November 25, 2006
Sound in Motion WestCoast Celtic - A New Tradition, presented by North Shore Celtic Ensemble.  Original & traditional works performed by The North Shore Celtic Ensemble with special guests Perform Art Studios Youth Ballet Theatre Company.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

November 25 - 26, 2006
Antique Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-514-0194.

November 25 - 26, 2006
Christmas at Kilby. 11:00am  5:00pm.  Get into the Christmas spirit early at the Kilby Historic Site. We will be decorating gingerbread men while carolers stroll around the grounds. The children will enjoy making an early Christmas tree decoration in the Orchard Shed. For a small donation (to cover the cost of materials) adults are encouraged to try their hand at wreath making to decorate your own front door this festive season. Our gift shop will provide you with many unique gift ideas, all locally made by artisans and crafters from our area. Too busy to make homemade traditional Christmas cookies? Our Harrison River Restaurant will be taking pre-booked orders for your Christmas baking needs.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

November 25 - 26, 2006
Eagle Fest.  Come out for the 11th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival! Tour the 1906 General Store Museum & Farm. Build a bird feeder (by donation). The Great Blue Heron Society and the Wild Bird Habitat Store will have educational displays on site. Have lunch in the restaurant or take something to go. Pre-Order your Christmas cookies for the following weekend.  Kilby Historic Site, 604-796-9576, http://www.kilby.ca

November 25 - 26, 2006
St. Andrew's Day Tea, London Heritage Farm 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond; 604-271-5220

November 25 - 26, 2006
St. Thomas More Collegiate Christmas Craft Fair.  This Wonderful Christmas Craft Fair has over 130 crafters, bake sale, plant sale, used book sale, raffles, bistro, free childminding, free admission, passport for doorprizes and more.  A great way to get in the holiday spirit while doing your shopping and supporting our school.  Fun for all ages. 7450 12the Ave, Burnaby.

November 25 to January 1, 2007
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum.  Cedar boughs with red bows and strings of lights adorn the village for the festive season. The whole site is prepared for a 1920s Christmas. Traditional crafts, storytime in the schoolhouse, baking in the farmhouse, choirs, entertainers, demonstrators and special seasonal displays are all part of the experience. Father Christmas has also promised to make regular visits. Regular admission rates apply. Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. 24-hour info-line 604.293.6501 or phone 604.293.6500.

November 26, 2006
FESO.  What do you get when traditional songs and rhythmic dance grooves from Southern Africa are injected with the power and panache of contemporary rock? The irresistible sound of Feso. Using mbiras, hoshos, marimbas and drums, three young artists from Zimbabwe, share their cultural heritage handed to them by elders of the Shona nation.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

November 27, 2006
Future of our Region Sustainability Dialogue: Energy.  New and innovative approaches to energy production are an economic advantage. How can we re-energize our thinking on linkages between energy, land use and transportation?  Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

November 27 to December 31, 2006
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents A CHRISTMAS FANTASY & SANTA'S LATE!  Its another packed holiday season at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre with the return of A Christmas Fantasy and Santas Late! Escape the frenzy of the mall to our Planetarium Star Theatre for A Christmas Fantasy. Marrying traditional and modern carols with spectacular Christmas scenes, this Vancouver yuletide tradition is a great way to remember what the season is about - family.  http://www.spacecentre.ca

November 28, 2006
Boys Choir of Harlem.  The Boys Choir of Harlem perform their own concert production, without orchestra.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

November 29 to December 10, 2006
Hansel and Gretel the Panto.  Are you looking for a fun night out with the family? It’s become an annual tradition for many people to start their holiday season by enjoying the musical panto presented by the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society. This year the society’s production “skipping through the forest” is “Hansel and Gretel”.  Surrey Art Centre, http://www.fvgss.org/

November 30, 2006
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! series presents Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre. The brilliant footwork and breathtaking virtuosity of flamenco come vividly to life in this exhilarating performance, with live music and singing. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Tickets $9/$7 students, seniors and children from 604 231 7535 www.ticketstonight.ca. Info: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca.

November 30 to December 30, 2006
Arts Club Theatre Company presents A CHRISTMAS STORY.  Christmas, 1938. All nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants from Santa is a Red Ryder BB gun, and he’ll do anything to get it—including homework! Despite repeated warnings from his parents, his teacher, and even Santa that he’ll shoot his eye out, Ralphie pines for the gift that “no self-respecting cowboy would be without.” Based on the film that has enchanted many, A Christmas Story is the holiday favourite that is sure to warm the cockles of your heart. Arts Club Granville Island Stage, 604.687.1644, http://www.artsclub.com/20062007/20062007season.htm

December 1 - 2, 2006
Bizarre Bazaar.  Bizarre Bazaar has built a reputation of presenting unique, quality, hand-made crafts from the region for Whistler residents and visitors to Whistler looking for one-of-a-kind treasures. Featuring over 100 artisans from the Sea to Sky Corridor, Lower Mainland and across British Columbia with a wide array of ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass and metal, jewellery, candles and aromatherapy products as well as Christmas decorations.  Conference Centre in Whistler Village, 604-935-8419 or www.whistlerartscouncil.com (http://www.whistlerartscouncil.com)

December 1 - 23, 2006
Christmas Carol Ship Parade.  Carol Ships 'Parade of Lights' Society began over 45 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour off the Bayshore Inn (now the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina). On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 80 decorated boats, with in excess of 150,000 lights, and carries over 45,000 people during the 23 night festival.  604.878.8999, www.carolships.org

December 1 - 31, 2006
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain. Bring your family to Santa’s Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through the mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating in an 8,000 square foot mountaintop ice skating pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees.  604.984.0661, www.grousemountain.com

December 3, 2006
Children’s Toy & Clothes Only Markets.  Buy or sell used children’s toys and clothes. Tables are $10.70 and go on sale Oct 21. In person registration only. Only used materials can be sold. No merchants or businesses.  Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, 604-257-8130.

December 3, 2006
Christmas Nature Walk, Campbell Valley Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

December 3, 2006
Winter Harp in Concert - Abbotsford.  The musicians, in medieval attire, perform a hauntingly beautiful collection of music from well-known carols to Celtic, medieval and even flamenco. Dozens of candles light the stage, providing a backdrop for the golden Celtic and classical harps, drums, tambourines, temple bells, violin and an assortment of rare 12th century instruments.  Abbey Arts Centre, http://winterharp.com

December 8 - 9, 2006
Abbotsford Children's Theatre (ACT) presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet the Herdmans for this humorous story of a Christmas pageant gone wrong, or perhaps the best ever! Suitable for all ages. Three performances: Dec. 8 @ 7pm, Dec. 9 at 1:30pm and Dec. 9 at 7pm. All performances at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford) Tickets: $8 advance / $10 door Abbotsford Advance Tickets Vendors: House of Fine Art, 2536 Montrose Abbotsford Parks, Recreation & Culture, 32315 South Fraser Way United Optical, Clearbrook Town Square. For more info: call 604-853-5065 (long distance from Vancouver)

December 9, 2006
Breakfast With Santa. Join Santa for a pancake breakfast and entertainment. A great opportunity to take pictures. Tickets go on sale Nov 4. Often a sell-out, don’t delay!  Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver; 604-257-8130.

December 9, 2006
Kids Swap Meet in the Shannon Hall & McKay Building, Cloverdale; 604.513.8880.

Ongoing to December 14, 2006
Tigers and Dragons - China and India for Kids.  Bring the kids in your life to this colourful hands-on exhibit! The words China and Chinese and India and Indian gain meaning as children: *Pretend to shop in our Chinese Market *Play in our Discover India Area *Explore the globe in our Where in the World Are You from section *Have fun our Dress Up Area8 And cozy up in our Book Nook Public visits on Saturdays 11-5 from September 30 - December 9 (11-5, $3 per person over two years old). School and other group visits Tuesday-Friday, October 3 to December 14 (see our web site for details). Our longer-term plan is to build a permanent children’s museum to celebrate countries and cultures from across the globe!  http://www.kidsaroundtheworld.ca, 12 Water Street, Gastown, 604.708.2298

Ongoing to April 8, 2006
Vancouver Canucks, Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer.  General Motors Place, check game schedule at http://www.canucks.com

Ongoing
Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248, http://www.coastalpeoples.com

Ongoing
For the last 12 years I've been running a non-profit organization in Delta called Air Time Canada.  We offer a free Aviation Camp where kids (and adults) learn how to co-pilot an airplane and get a chance to try it out for real.  It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.  Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.  You can find out a lot more at: http://www.airfun.org  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents So You Think You Can Improvise... a parody of the TV hit So You Think You Can Dance.  It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,  www.vtsl.com

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents VTSL FAMILY MATINEE SERIES.  Instant Improv is improvised sketch comedy at its very best. The audience provides the inspiration in the form of suggestions, and the improvisers provide the entertainment in the form of hilarious improvised scenes. Whether the improvisers reconstruct the story of an audience members first day at school or a recess mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.  New Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island.  604-738-7013, www.vtsl.com
 






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