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Special Events for November 2007
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November 1 - 4, 2007
Vancouver Asian Film Festival.  Vancouver's multiculturalism is reflected in this burgeoning film festival highlighting the work of Asian filmmakers from around the world. www.vaff.org

November 2 - 3, 2007
WARREN MILLER'S PLAYGROUND.  Jeep proudly presents Warren Miller's 2007 feature showcasing stunning global destinations from Sweden to Canada, Alaska to Japan, and several others. Warren Miller's PLAYGROUND also exposes the most unlikely winter sports destination, a resort found directly within the Arabian Desert called Ski Dubai. Olympic Gold Medalist, skiing innovator and pop icon, Jonny Moseley narrates.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster

November 2 - 3, 2007
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents VSO POPS "Fabulous Forties" . For popular music, there was nothing like the forties. The airwaves and dance halls were ruled by the likes of Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, Max Steiner, and Count Basie. Truly a golden era that will live again on the Orpheum stage with plenty of singing and swinging to hits like Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, One O’Clock Jump, In the Mood, Night and Day, and music from Oklahoma and South Pacific.  Orpheum  Theatre, www.vancouversymphony.ca

November 3, 2007
Animation workshop and screening.  Join us for a workshop by internationally award winning animator and filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns and a screening of his short animated movies including ‘What Are You Anyways?’ Registration fee $5. Suited for children and youth.  National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre,  604.777.7000 ext.109, www.jcnm.ca

November 3, 2007
Computer Swap Meets.  Get all your new & used monitors, printers, hardware, software, parts, games, cameras, printer refills...and lots more!  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive; (604) 521-6304, funpromo@shaw.ca

November 3, 2007
The Intestinal Disease Education & Awareness Society (IDEAS) is hosting an IMAX Double Feature on Saturday, November 3rd. We’ll be showing The Human Body and Everest, two IMAX films that are entertaining and educational for the whole family. Tickets are $12 for kids 12 and under, or $16 for those over 12. All proceeds from the event will support IDEAS programs, including summer day camps for kids living with intestinal disease. More information can be found on our website www.ideas-na.com or by contacting Marianne Hicks at marianne.hicks@ideas-na.com  or 604 255 9606

November 3, 2007
Flea Market.  Clean out your cupboards or find yourself a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items are on display to comb through. Note to vendors: Please register in person at Confederation Centre and choose your table (maximum one table per person plus one table for a friend). Registration begins 9:00am on August 15. Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:30am-2:00pm, November 3. Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone 604.294.1936.

November 3, 2007
Pop Culture Collectibles Fair.  New & Vintage Comics, Toys & Collectibles, Records - CD's - VHS - DVD's, Manga - Anime - Books, Jewelry - Magazines - Star Wars, Hot Wheels - Wrestling - Canucks; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Free Admission, Free Parking, Croation Cultural Centre; (604) 521-6304, funpromo@shaw.ca

November 3, 2007
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services presents The Music with Marnie Show. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, The Vancouver Courier and The Vancouver International Children's Festival present “The Music with Marnie Show” featuring Marnie Grey, one of the best and beloved children's performers of her generation.  Firehall #10, 2992 Westbrook Mall, Vancouver; 604.231.7535

November 4, 2007
Kids Only Swap Meet at West Richmond Community Centre; 604-718-8400

November 4, 2007
Mushroom Talk and Explorations Walk, Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188

November 6 - 18, 2007
Disney's High School Musical.  The Disney Channel's musical comes to life on stage! Uncle Randy Productions celebrates their 13th season with their production of the smash hit musical Disney's High School Musical!  On the front steps of East High, it's the first day after winter break. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the start of a new year.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

November 7 - 11, 2007
2007 Christmas Craft Market. Yes, the 34th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market is already right around the corner! Start making your gift list because from Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11, 2007 more than 260 Canadian artisans (62 new this year) will gather under the sails of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre to present their wares at Western Canada’s largest one-of-a-kind gift fair.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, www.circlecraft.net

November 8 - December 21, 2007
Place des Arts’ Positively Petite exhibition and Christmas Boutique offer gifts for eco-minded shoppers looking to reduce their carbon footprint. From November 8 to December 21, the public is invited to avoid crowded shopping malls and browse in peace amidst high-quality, handcrafted and affordable fine-art gifts. And all are made right here in the Lower Mainland.  1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam.  Contact information:info@placedesarts.ca or www.placedesarts.ca

November 8 - 11, 2007
Amnesty International Film Festival. The 12th annual Amnesty International Film Festival is pleased to present a program of powerful and compelling films. The 2007 program features many Vancouver and Canadian premieres, two North American premieres, and a side-program of short films by and about Amnesty International.  Vancity Theatre, http://www.amnesty.ca/filmfest

November 9 - 11, 16 - 18, 2007
The 36th Annual Heritage Christmas Craft Fair. Free admission. Fridays, 12:00noon-8:00pm. Saturdays, 10:00am-5:00pm. Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue.

November 10 - 11, 2007
9TH ANNUAL CARNEY CRAFT FAIR will be held at 1335 Dominion Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC. Tables are SOLD OUT! Be sure to come and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and bring your families and friends! Over 100 tables of quality hand-crafted items, as well as raffles, door prizes, and concession. Admission is $1, children and seniors are free. For more information, contact christmascraft@acrss.org or 604 803 0749

November 10 - 11, 2007
Trains 2007.  BC's largest annual model railway meet, Cameron Rec Centre, Burnaby www.bctrains.org

November 11, 2007
On Sunday, November 11, the VIBC presents the NEXT Bhangra Competition, an explosive event featuring the Bhangra dance world's emerging stars. This local, community-based event will bring talented youth on-stage to perform and compete, with a strong focus on creativity and team spirit. Open to performers aged 12-17, the competition will take place at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey, BC, and feature the same high standard of production experienced at the VIBC's City of Bhangra Festival events. for more info visit http://www.vibc.org/next or contact Sukhi Ghuman at sukhi.ghuman@vibc.org or 604 315-2599. 

November 12, 2007
Remembrance Day Loonie Skate.  Admission is only $1.00 per person; free for children three years and younger. Skate and helmet rentals are included in admission fee. Monday, 6:30-8:00pm, November 12. Kensington Complex, 6159 Curtis Street. Phone 604.299.8354.

November 14 - 17, 2007
The Dance Centre presents Dance In Vancouver. Dance In Vancouver celebrates the originality and diversity of our dance scene: join us for five days of stimulating performances and events, showcasing some of British Columbia’s most exciting companies.  Scotiabank Dance Centre,  www.thedancecentre.ca

November 15, 2007
The Canadian Liver Foundation will honour BC’s Liver Transplant Team this year. The Fourth Annual Canadian Liver Foundation Tribute Event will be held November 15, 2007 at the Plaza 500 Hotel & Conference Centre in Vancouver, BC. This is a first for the CLF, honouring a team of specialists who work day to day enhancing and saving the lives of British Columbians with end-stage liver disease. The team encompasses Pre-transplant Coordinators, Surgeons, Hepatologists, and support staff.  Tickets for the Tribute Event are on sale now, starting at $150 each with tables of ten going for $3,000. Please call the Canadian Liver Foundation at 604-707-6430 for more information or to order your tickets today.

November 16, 2007
JUST FOR LAUGHS.  The Lipton Just For Laughs Comedy Tour 2007 returns with the same great stand-up…this time with a twist. Brace yourself for more of the hottest comics on the scene today, in a relationship themed show that dishes the dirt on everything that bonds us and breaks us - Family, Friendship and Love. Featuring Greg Behrendt, Tom Pappa, John Wing, Louis Ramey and Fiona O'Loughlin.  Orpheum Theate, Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca) Just For Laughs http://www.hahaha.com

November 16, 2007
The BC Aviation Council is very please to hold the 15^th Annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Scholarship and Bursary Fund Auction at the new BCIT Aviation and Aerospace Campus in Richmond, BC. This fund raising gala will be the first special event unveiling the brand new BCIT hanger! Every dollar raised will go directly to the BCAC Scholarship and Bursary Fund, supporting the next generation within the Aviation and Aerospace industry. This evening includes a tantalizing dinner and drinks to delight the appetite, a jazz trio for ambience, and fantastic prizes and draws including airfare for two to anywhere in the world to inspire the imagination. Take advantage of our live and silent auctions for your Christmas shopping! We have over 300 exciting items, as well as 100 original art works featuring Salvador Dali, Picasso and Chagall. This is the annual must attend for the BC Aviation industry, and we extend our invitation to the Lower Mainland. www.bcaviation.org / 2007auctiong.bcac@telus.net

November 16 - 17, 2007
Christmas Craft Fair.  See what folks around the Lower Mainland have spent all year creating! The perfect holiday gift is waiting for you. Only new, personally handcrafted items are sold. Admission to craft fairs is free for buyers. Table registration: Saturday, September 15, 9:00am. Table rental: $15.00/table (F), $17.00/table (Sa) (limit two per person). Craft Fair: Friday, 2:00-7:00pm and Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm. Bonsor Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. Phone 604.439.1860.

November 17, 2007
Canyon Quest Walk. Free. Pre-register. 1 pm to 3 pm. Discover the history of the Lynn Creek watershed and go on a watershed treasure hunt.  Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, North Vancouver; 604-981-3103, http://www.dnv.org/ecology/index.htm

November 17 - 18, 2007
On behalf of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Committee we welcome everyone to join us in a celebration of our natural heritage. It is a family oriented weekend of enjoyment with educational events focused on the natural beauty of the Fraser Valley. Every year over one thousand bald eagles return to their wintering grounds along the Harrison River to feed on salmon during the spawning season. The shorelines and adjacent cliffs are often filled with bald eagles searching for their next meal along with a myriad of other birds. The Harrison River is both a spawning ground and a highway for all 5 species of Pacific salmon; chinook, coho, chum, pink and sockeye. Spawning activity in the tributary creeks occurs throughout August to late December. The inter-relationships of Pacific salmon and the life cycle of bald eagles is a fascinating event to observe. Opportunities to view bald eagles and spawning salmon abound during the festival. For more information on our Festival and to see our Sponsors please view our website at: http://www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca/.  This year you can support the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival by purchasing Wolf Blass Bilyara Reserve wines in their new eco-friendly PET bottles during the months of October and November.

November 18, 2007
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, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, silverware, paintings & prints, collectibles & much more; Croatian Cultural Centre, 604.980.3159

November 18, 2007
Museum of Anthropology Presents MOVE IT! Think dance isn't part of your everyday life? Think again. Joe Ink's "Move It!" will pursuade you to find the joy of movement in every moment. Formed in 1995 by Joe Laughlin, Joe Ink is a professional dance company known for creating lyrical, witty, and provocative works that emphasize physical literacy, creativity, confidence, and overall well-being. Inspired by Laughlin's involvement with the South African company, Moving into Dance Mophatong, "Move It!" introduces audiences to the pleasure of shared physical expression. With facilitators Jacci Collins and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.  Museum of Anthropology, www.moa.ubc.ca

November 20, 2007 to April 1, 2008
Music on Main 2007/2008 Main Series at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; 604.231.7535, http://www.musiconmain.ca/

November 20, 2007
Conrad Schmidt.  We seem more determined than ever to work harder and produce more stuff. Why are we so proudly breaking our backs to decrease the carrying capacity of the planet, and what is the solution? A talk by Conrad Scmidt, an advocate of the 32-hour work week and carfree living, is a Vancouver based social actist and writer. (free admission. Co-sponsored by Necessary Voices Society).  Vancouver Public Library, (604) 331-4044.

November 21 - 23, 2007
Disney on Ice Presents: Princess Wishes.  Discover a world where dreams come true! Enter a world of wishes with your favorite Disney princesses in Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes. Tinker Bell represents the magic of Disney, as she whisks you though a collection of enchanting and beloved Disney stories. Pacific Coliseum, 604-280-4444, www.disneyonice.com.

November 22 - 25, 2007
Canadian Christmas Craft & Artisan Market at International Village Mall, 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver.  International Village Mall is a perfect location for the Christmas Craft and Artisan Market 2007. With its spacious and unique architecture, the mall can accommodate exhibitor booths along its lengthy corridors on both levels. On the lower level, there is space to set a stage for workshops and demonstrations.  No Admission Charged to General Public.

November 23 - 24, 2007
Bizarre Bazaar.  Whistler's Originall Artisan Market has built a reputation of presenting unique, quality, hand-made art and crafts for Whistler residents and visitors looking for one-of-a-kind treasures. Featuring over 100 artisans from the Sea to Sky Corridor, Lower Mainland and beyond. The 19th annual holiday craft fair boasts a wide array of ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass, metal, jewerly, candles and aromatherapy products as well as Christmas decorations. Attracting over 5,00 visitors in 2006, Bizarre Bazaar is a vibrant community event that includes live music, a silent auction, dance and food.  604-938-9221, www.whistlerartscouncil.com

November 24 - December 31, 2007
Heritage Christmas.  Historic setting for Christmas activities. The village and farmhouse are beautifully decorated with lights and traditional ornaments for the festive season. A visit with Father Christmas in a must.  Come experience the Christmas season at the Burnaby Village Museum; 604-293-6501, www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

November 24, 2007
4th Annual Santa Claus Parade.  Join us along Edmonds Street for our annual parade. Post parade, visit Santa, enjoy hot dogs, hot chocolate, crafts, games and more! No fee. Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm, November 24. Eastburn Centre, 7435 Edmonds Street. Phone 604.525.5361.

November 24, 2007
A Night for Owls, Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188

November 24, 2007
Craft Fair at Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080

November 24, 2007
Model Car Workshop.  After the Santa Claus parade above, kids learn to build model cars and join in the Hot Wheels racing competition. Please pre-register; no fee. Saturday, 11:00am-1:00pm, November 24. Eastburn Centre, 7435 Edmonds Street. Phone 604.525.5361.

November 25, 2007
Rogers Santa Claus Parade.  The fourth annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade will make its way through downtown Vancouver on Sunday, November 25, 2007, attracting over 300,000 on-site spectators. It's Vancouver's largest and most prestigious winter event with over 60 bands, floats and community groups. www.2007rogerssantaclausparade.com/

November 25, 2007
Compadres - Oscar Lopez & James Keelaghan.  Oscar Lopez’s Latin guitar groove has made him a standout on the world music scene. Never afraid to venture into different genres, Lopez easily incorporates jazz, blues, and even pop sensibilities into his music. For James Keelaghan the inspiration is boundless in the songs he collects or composes himself. Many of his songs are narratives and weave fascinating stories. James’ vocals resonate with the passion of those stories. His guitar work is especially intricate and captivating. Info: 604 938 9221; info@whistlerartscouncil.com; www.whistlerartscouncil.com

November 29, 2007
The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! Vancouver Tap Dance Society.  Get ready for a percussive romp with some of Vancouver ’s top tappers! These accomplished and entertaining dancers promise to ‘lay down some iron’ and engage you in a rhythmic conversation with an art form that is full of zest and charm. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street , Vancouver . www.thedancecentre.ca.

Late November to December 24, 2007
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain.  Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees.  Grouse Mountain, 604.984.0661, www.grousemountain.com

November, 2007
Ho Math and Chess Canada offers unique child education chess program to teach children both math and chess with one fee paid only.  Ho Math and Chess invented the world's first math and chess integrated workbook (patent pending) and unique chess training set for youngsters. This is the only international child education program dedicated to teaching math through game-based teaching method.   Visit www.mathandchess.com for more details and testimonials.

December 1 - 31, 2007
Excalibur the Panto is on stage at the Surrey Art Centre in December.   The whole family will love this take-off of the familiar tale of King Arthur searching for the ‘holey pail’ told in pantomime format. Arthur Penny and Mum, Mummy Penny (007) ‘Licenced to Grill’ run the kingdom as best they can, assisted by Merlin and hindered by almost everyone else.  At the Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage 604-501-5566 (Box Office) How to order: Monday - Sunday: 12 noon - 5 pm; Thursday: until 7pm By Phone: 604-501-5566 (pay by VISA or MasterCard) In Person: at The Surrey Arts Centre Box Office 88 Avenue/King George Hwy. (pay by cash, debit card, VISA or MasterCard) For more information contact the FVGSS at www.fvgss.org 604-531-6084

December 2, 2007
Children's Used Clothes & Toy Market at Douglas Park Community Centre.  Buy or sell used children’s toys and clothes. Tables are $10.60 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 (at Willow), Vancouver.  Please call for more information: 604-257-8130.

December 22, 2007
VOC Soul Gospel Choir  -  Soul Gospel Christmas 2007.  The 130-member choir featuring men and women of all ages, ethnicities and religions, will perform high-energy, six-part harmony and merge the melodies of soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae into a soulful performance of seasonal favorites. The vibrant delivery results in an audience that can’t resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping!  Glad Tidings Church, 3456 Fraser St, Vancouver; 604 876 3363, www.VOCSoulGospelChoir.com

Ongoing to November 3, 2007
BC Lions Football at BC Place Stadium; 604.589.7627, http://www.bclions.com

Ongoing until November 9, 2007
NEW EXHIBITION: Touring exhibition of Japanese pop culture Japanese Canadian National Museum presents Shojo Manga! Girl Power! Girl comics from Japan September 19 - November 9, 2007 National Nikkei Heritage Centre 6688 Southoaks Crescent. Burnaby, BC. Shojo Manga! Girl Power! is an internationally acclaimed exhibition of more than 200 artworks from 23 artists who have contributed to the phenomenon of modern manga in Japan. The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to be the final venue for the exhibition’s successful tour of North and South America and the last chance for Canadians to see these superb examples of graphic art before the show heads to Japan. Designed by curator Dr. Masami Toku to raise issues of gender and representation, the exhibition explores the power of women's aspirations and dreams in contemporary Japanese culture. From its start in post-war era Japan as inexpensive youth entertainment influenced by American comics and Disney animation, to the current immense popularity of manga worldwide, this show traces the history of a medium at the intersection of evolving social roles and innovation in Japanese aesthetics. Shojo Manga! Girl Power! is curated by Dr. Masami Toku, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico. Opening reception: Wednesday, September 19, 7-9pm This event is open and free to the public. Join us for a special opening talk by Dr. Masami Toku. Refreshments will be served, the exhibition catalogue will be available, and manga books will be on sale.  www.jcnm.ca/exhibits

Ongoing to December 31, 2007
Rice is Life. Cultivated for over 5,000 years in more than 100 countries, on every continent except Antarctica , rice sustains two-thirds of the world’s population.  The exhibit explores the agricultural, spiritual and artistic significance of rice.  Vancouver Museum, 604.736.4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

Ongoing until April 5, 2008
Vancouver Canucks: Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer. General Motors Place, 604.899.4600, http://www.canucks.com

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

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

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
 
 






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