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

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Special Events for November 2008
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November 1 - 2, 2008
Diwali Downtown.  This family event is a massive showcase highlighting the various classical and folk arts of India featuring the top performing artists from BC. Also featuring handicraft, mehndi, clothing and food vendors, and dance workshops! Stay tuned to this website of this year's line-up of artists! This is family event you don't want to miss. Come see, taste, listen and get all your senses acquainted with the amazing South Asian culture Vancouver has to offer FREE and open to all ages. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Yaletown; www.vandiwali.ca


November 1 - 9, 2008
With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the 5th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. This year’s festival features twelve days of music, theatre, opera, film, drumming, readings, poetry, food, radio, forums, cultural celebrations, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media viewings, art talks, history talks and history walks. Most events are free or pay as you can. Visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.


November 2, 2008
Kids Only Swap Meet.  Sell your children's old clothes, toys, and equipment, and meet new friends and neighbours while you're at it!  10:00am - 1:00pm, West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No 1 Rd, Richmond;


November 2, 2008
Chai House.  Tickets: Donation at the door. Filled with a myriad of fusion arts, the Chai House has the aromas of dance and voice, the heart beat of drums and Indian spirit fueling a night you won't forget. Known for bringing the top North American South Asian artists into one evening this rare event is back for its intimate unplugged session. This highly anticipated cabaret brings back Diwali favorites and new upcoming talent that is on VCD's list artists to watch. Come, sip some chai, relax and jam to the fusion Indian beats inspired by the worlds of hip hop, reggae, pop, funk, classical dance and soul. This night stimulates all the senses including your taste buds with spicy samosas! Stay tuned to this website for a list of your favorite contemporary and traditional South Asian artists. There are only 400 tickets available so come early to get yours! Roundhouse Community Centre, www.vandiwali.ca


November 3, 2008
Peace it Together: Building Bridges.  Please join us for a film screening event. In Summer 2008, thirty Palestinians, Israeli, and Canadian teens gathered in Vancouver to participate in an extraordinary dialogue and filmmaking experience. They lived and learned together for three weeks, discovered new personal strengths and created eight inspiring short films. (Free admission). 7;30 pm, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


November 5, 2008
Louis Riel Day Celebration.  The third annual Louis Riel Day Celebration is a chance to honour Louis Riel, who inspired the rebirth of the Metis nation and celebrate the breadth and vitality of contemporary Metis culture in Canada. Building on the success of last year, this promises to be the biggest and best Celebration so far, featuring Juno-nominated and Aboriginal Music Award winner Wayne Lavallee; traditional story-telling from Winston Wuttunee, one of Canada's premiere aboriginal performers; readings from the acclaimed Metis poet and writer Gregory Scofield; traditional powwow and Metis dance from rising star Madeleine McCallum and a special performance by Yvonne Chartrand of Marguerite, a solo piece inspired by the life of Louis Riels wife. The evening also features the Louis Riel Metis Dancers, with special guest from Regina Jeanne Pelletier, and will conclude with the Red River Jig with every invited to join in. 604 873 6373, Roundhouse Community Centre.  Tickets from Tickets Tonight: www.ticketstonight.ca


November 5, 2008
Robert Bateman TD FEF Calendar Signing.  Join celebrated Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman at a public signing event and launch of the 2009 TD’s Special Edition Calendar featuring winning artwork of the Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest. For the past nine years, Bateman’s environmental program has aimed to inspire Canadian youth to “get to know” their neighbours of other species and celebrate nature through art. Please join us to celebrate this unique environmental initiative with the world’s greatest wildlife artist with special guest Gary Worley and his Great Horned Owl “Hagrid”. TD Pacific Centre Branch.  For more information, visit gettoknow.ca.


November 5, 2008
The 2008 Gala of International Music and Dance.  Raising the awareness of seniors issues in SE Vancouver, while celebrating diversity through music and dance. Featuring: Emcee CTV personality Renu Bakshi, National anthem by Shanise Brown, Singer/songwriter David Campbell, Eire Born Irish Dancers, Chinese fan dancers, Classical Kathak dancer Koyali Burman, Centro Flamenco, Musicians Rene Hugo y sus Amigos, Buffet supper, free shuttle service and much, much more! Fraserview Hall - 8240 Fraser Street; 604-324-6212


November 5, 2008
What a Girl Wants. Women, strengthen, heal, protect and empower families, companies and communities. The liver plays a similar multitasking role in maintaining the integrity of the entire body. Its time to give credit where its due. Thats why the Canadian Liver Foundation would like to take the opportunity to highlight both the importance of liver health and of women as our health guardians. Come enjoy a gala evening including a gourmet meal, silent auction of designer handbags and other luxury items, a complimentary swag bag and entertainment on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at The Vancouver Club located at 915 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C. Tickets for What a Girl Wants are on sale now for $150.00 per ticket with tables ranging from $1,500. Contact the Canadian Liver Foundation office to purchase your tickets at (604) 707-6430 or via email to apoch@liver.ca.


November 5 - 7, 2008
Coquitlam Christmas Craft Sale. 28th Annual Craft Fair: Over 120 crafters have been busy making fabulous gifts for everyone on your list and beautiful home decor items to pamper yourself. This sale supports local charities. Poirier Community Centre - 624 Poirier St.; 604-469-9669, coquitlamcrafts@canada.com


November 5 - 8, 2008
One Man’s…  A Wen Wei Dance Production. A powerful and compelling solo work, One Man’s… is an autobiographical reflection on Wen Wei Wang’s own life and experiences in China and Canada . Drawing on his rich and varied background, Wang integrates movements and storytelling with film by D-Anne Kuby Trépanier, original music by composer Giorgio Magnanensi and lighting by James Proudfoot, to create a stirring commentary on life, loneliness and personal histories. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, 604-291-6864, http://www.shadboltcentre.com.


November 6 - 8, 2008
Ballet BC's The Faerie Queen. Love, lust, and magic will weave their way through the Queen Elizabeth Theatre November 6 to 8, 2008 with Ballet BC’s The Faerie Queen. A spellbinding recreation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Faerie Queen tells a mischievous tale of rendezvous’ gone awry. November 6-8, 2008 at 8pm, with a tea matinee on Saturday, November 8 at 2pm. Tickets from $35.75 at www.balletbc.com, or 604-732-5003, ext. 207.


November 6 - 10, 2008
Cornucopia 2008.  Cornucopia 2008 is Whistler's premier wine and food extravaganza. This annual event, going into its 12th year, is your opportunity to mingle, mix and learn from acclaimed chefs, sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs. Come for the hands-on seminars, fascinating winemaker dinners, gala tasting events and sizzling after-parties. www.whistlercornucopia.com


November 7, 2008
Free Fun Family Sports Fair.  Pick a sport any sport! Join us for Coquitlam's Sports Fair where you can visit tables featuring local sports organizations in Coquitlam. Come and meet our community aquatics, field sports, ice sports and gym sports organizations. Also...Free Sports Games! Including Golf driving range, Top Shot Hockey Shoot, Basketball Shoot, Football Toss, and a Bouncy Sport Arena! With tons of prizes!  Pinetree Community Centre Gym, Coquitlam; http://www.activeCoquitlam.ca


November 7, 2008
Whoooo is Home?  Looking for Owls.  7pm - 9pm, Find out what owls live in the Fraser Valley through a slide illustrated talk, and then go on a walk through the forest to see whoo is home. Bring small flashlight. Wear comfortable waterproof foot wear, dress warmly. Walk will go rain or shine. Audience: 8 and older.  Little Campbell Hatchery - 1284 184th Street (between 16th and 18th) Ave., Surrey; 604-538-8774 , free.


November 7 - 8, 2008
Hargobind International Wrestling Tournament.  Estimated attendance of 300 athletes and 600 spectators. Come and watch Olympic style wrestling at its best! Competitors from around the world will take part in this FILA sanctioned event. Guildford Recreation Centre,  604.502.6360.


November 7 - 8, 2008
B.C.'s Creative Expo.  B.C.'s Creative Expo is the largest Consumer, Educational, Hands-On Trade Show in British Columbia. We are offering over 100 classes with teachers coming from across Canada and the USA to teach you the newest and latest techniques in Scrapbooking, Quilting, Fiber Arts, Beading, Knitting and Crafts. Vendor Mall with lots of make 'n' takes to try and enjoy. Come for one day but plan on coming back as there is so much to do it can't be accomplished in a day!   Vancouver Trade & Convention Center, www.bcscreativeexpo.com


November 7 - 8, 2008
BC’s Creative Expo.  BC’s Creative Expo is a Consumer Based Trade Show showcasing, Scrapbooking, Sewing, Quilting, Fibre Arts, Knitting, Beading and Crafting.  Come take one of 100 classes, enter a contest, shop in our vendor mall, or visit our free stage.  Find our more about the show or Register On-line at www.bcscreativeexpo.com Vancouver Convention Centre


November 8, 2008
Join us for the 11th annual Salmon Homecoming celebration at Bear Creek Park! Bear Creek Park (88th Ave and King George Hwy);604-501-5121


November 8, 2008
After the Storm:  Maplewood's wood heals with the help of an interesting beetle. 10am - noon, Maplewood Conservation Area is full of wonderful discoveries – from marsh to forest, from shore to field. The forest has a fascinating tale to tell about how nature heals after a calamity (a big wind storm last year). Bring binoculars, if you have them, and dress for the weather. Walks go rain or shine. The Conservation Area at Maplewood is located at 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver; 604-538-8774.


November 8, 2008
COURSE: MOSSES AND ROCK ARRANGEMENTS OF NITOBE MEMORIAL GARDEN. Course Details: Indoors, we will focus on moss, its cultural and historic meaning to Japanese people and their gardens. Then, we will tour the Garden to look at its most plentiful mosses and their habitats. Next, indoors, we will look at the history and design of Japanese garden rock arrangements. In the Garden, we will observe the rock arrangements of Nitobe Memorial Garden’s two designers. Nitobe Memorial Garden, 1895 Lower Mall at North West Marine Drive, near the Museum of Anthropology. 604-822-3928.


November 8, 2008
Craft Fair.  et a head start on your Christmas shopping at our Craft Fair. Its a great places to find unique gifts. If you are the crafty sort, come and sell your own handmade items. Table rental - $20 Craft Fair admission is free. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.


November 8, 2008
Hands-on-Scientist - Birding with the Experts.  Go birding with biologist Andrea Pomeroy, who studies Western Sandpipers and their predators around Boundary Bay. Discover why Boundary Bay is designated an “Important Bird Area” and is the region’s best winter birding location. Meet other birders, view a slide show and go on a guided exploration of the foreshore, grasslands and mudflats. Look for sandpipers, eagles, hawks, shrikes, songbirds, waterfowl and more. Ages 8+ $10/person; Boundary Bay Regional Park. 604-432-6359.


November 9, 2008
Family Film Series.  Reel 2 Real brings you the best in children's cinema. Our Family Film Series begins with Bluebird, a film from the Netherlands by Mijke de Jong that tackles the important subject of school cliques and the hardships endured by those who choose not to conform. A FREE film criticism workshop will be offered after the screening from 3:00-5:00 pm. Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Centre; 604-224-6162.


November 9, 2008
Mushroom Talk and Exploration Walk.  Join a naturalist for a mushroom talk and guided walk in the Richmond Nature Park. Learn about the wonders and variety of local mushrooms. This event is FREE! 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond.


November 9, 2008
Rememberance Day Fly at Garry Point Park, Richmond; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca


November 9, 2008
SONIC PLAYGROUND, circuit bending workshop. An afternoon of sound exploration for everyone!  Circuit bending empowers people to creatively engage in sound exploration, listening and in collaborative sound creation…plus you get to open a toy and scramble its circuits! The Western Front – 303 East 8thAvenue (one block east of Main).  For more information about Sonic Playground go to www.newmusic.org or call 604.633.0861.


November 10, 2008
Children's Book Launch: A Boy in War by Jan de Groot.  Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, author Jan de Groot learned firsthand the horrors of war. De Groot's experiences as a child lie at the heart of his memoir, A Boy in War (Sono Nis Press). What inspired him to commit his memories to paper after so many years? "Here in North America a war of this magnitude has never taken place. People do not realize how war affects the civilian population." 7pm, Hourglass Restaurant, 20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley; 1-800-370-5228.


November 11 - 16, 2008
35th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market.  The 35th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market, at the Vancouver Exhibition Convention Centre November 11-16, 2008 is your chance to finish or start your Christmas shopping. Find everything from artists working with clay, wood, and fiber to clothing designers, doll markers, and jewellery creators. Your Christmas shopping is never complete without a stop at the Circle Craft Christmas Market. 604-669-8021, www.circlecraft.net


November 11 - 16, 2008
Hopscotch Festival.  The 12th Annual Hopscotch Festival features has always been a great Scotch, Whiskey and Beer festival on the west coast. From November 11th to 16th come out and admire some awesome spirits and beers. Main tastings will take place November 13th and 14th, from 6 - 11 pm at The Station (1755 Cottrell), with over 50 exhibitors sampling more than 200 products. General tickets will cost $40 (this includes five free tokens, souvenir glass and entry to seminars). VIP tickets will cost $60 (for Friday only, this includes 10 free tasting tokens and early entrance). Festival events include whisky dinners, seminars, tastings, brewery tours and a corporate schmooze. www.hopscotchfestival.com


November 13 - 15, 2008
Trial & Eros: Elegant Heathens.  Deborah Dunn, one of Montreal's most exciting and original dance storytellers, brings her company Trial & Eros to Vancouver with a program of richly visual, imaginative dance theatre. Elegant Heathens is a colourful quintet depicting a family of hedonists in the final stages of their glory; Macbeth's Wife is a solo performed by Dunn herself, an emotional whirlwind circling around the darkest aspects of femininity. Dunn's first appearance in Vancouver for nearly five years, these performances are part of a West Coast tour that also takes in Calgary and Victoria. Scotiabank Dance Centre.  For more information visit www.thedancecentre.ca or www.trialanderos.com


November 15, 2008
Bird Walk at Serpentine Wetlands.  9am - 11am. Discover the birds that make Serpentine Wetlands their home with naturalist Lynn Pollard. Walk for beginners to intermediate birders. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them. Wear comfortable waterproof foot wear, dress warmly. Walk will go rain or shine. 604-501-5158, www.naturematters.surrey.ca; free


November 15, 2008
Vancouver Private School Fair. Canada's most successful, best-attended Private Education School Fairs connect you with representatives from theleading private and independent schools. Every year, Our Kids School Fairs assist thousands of families in searchof the right private school for their children. The next Our Kids Private School Fairs will be held in November, at the Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson St.Vancouver, BC. Admission is free when you register online. http://www.ourkids.net/fairs/regschoolfair.php, http://www.ourkids.net/fairs


November 15 - 16, 2008
Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. On the Kilby Historic Site we will be raising a Welcome Post to honour and celebrate our First Nations neighbors and their importance within the history we interpret. Chehalis carver will be on site on weekends thru September, October and November. Visit www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.cafor more information about this two day event.


November 15 - 16, 2008
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.  Each year at this time British Columbia's Fraser Valley becomes the Valley of the Eagles as North America's third largest population of over-wintering bald eagles returns to the region. Arriving to feast on the remains of salmon spawning in the Harrison and Fraser Rivers, over 1000 of the majestic birds perch high in the cottonwood trees and soar overhead searching for their next meal. The annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival celebrates not only the return of these magnificent birds but the rich and biologically diverse valley which continues to sustain them. At the heart of the event is the opportunity to view hundreds of bald eagles in their natural habitat along the Fraser and Harrison Rivers as well as a chance to learn more about the delicate balance that is needed to sustain a healthy and resilient environment. From Mission to Harrison and Abbotsford to Chilliwack, numerous venues offer excellent eagle watching opportunities and a range of activities and adventures that include jet boat eco-river tours; a diverse abundance of local wildlife; environmental presentations, naturalists and interpreters; historic and ancient aboriginal sites; displays by local artists; family activities and entertainment. www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca


November 16, 2008
A Night for Owls.  A presentation of live owls, from Orphanrd Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, then take a walk in the Park in search of the Nature Parks's resident Owls. 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Richmond Nature Park East, 5991 Jacombs Rd, Richmond.


November 16, 2008
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET.  Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day - Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details.  Croatian Cultural Centre.


November 16, 2008
Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) on location. 11am - 3pm. Visit OWL at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre to see live owls, hawks, and falcons and to find out about the wonderful work they do with injured Birds of Prey.   Free, 1379 Laurier Ave., Port Coquitlam; 604-946-3171.


November 16, 2008
Seawall Waterfowl Blitz. 10am - 2pm. Join Stanley Park Ecology staff and volunteers as they count every bird that they can find along the Stanley Park seawall. This will be a great experience for people learning to identify birds or people who want to gain practice at conducting birding surveys. All experience levels are encouraged to attend. Free, www.stanleyparkecology.ca


November 18 to December 19, 2008
LEGO® Winter Wonderland.  Master LEGO® brick builders from the Vancouver LEGO® Club return to Surrey with a winter wonderland of block creations. Marvel at this miniature world in snow, festive celebration and the movement of seasonal MOCS (My Own Creations). Duplo®, brick blocks, motorized miniatures and robotics showcase the simplicity and complexity of LEGO® as it transforms the gallery into a festive world of winter. Surrey Museum, 604.592.6956, www.heritage.surrey.ca


November 18 to December 31, 2008
Carousel Theatre presents Seussical.  THE CAT IS BACK! Carousel Theatre is proud to be bringing back Horton the Elephant, Jo Jo, and everyone’s favourite Cat in the Hat! Join us for an amazing show featuring over ten different Dr. Seuss stories – who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?! Over 13,000 people came to see Seussical – the show sold out and it will be back for more! Not just for little ones, this hilarious show is sure to make everyone laugh and dance in their seats! At the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. School Matinees available: Nov 28 - Dec 19, 2008. For more information please visit: http://www.carouseltheatre.ca )


November 19, 2008
Douglas Day, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Our big day! BC turns 150 years old today, and it all started right here. On November 19th, 1858 Governor James Douglas read a proclamation in Fort Langley's Big House declaring the territory a British Colony. Celebrate with us the birth of British Columbia at Fort Langley. Enjoy the BC 150 theatre presentation, tours, and more! 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley; www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


November 19, 2008
People Power: The Human Body, Energy, and the Environment. Please join the Vancouver Public Library, SFU and the Canadian Institute for Health Research for a panel discussion. Can burning your body fat influence climate change? Hal Wake will moderate a Cafe Scientifique featuring SFU professors Max Donelan, the inventor of a device that charges batteries as you walk; Scott Lear, an expert on obesity; and Wolfgang Haider, a specialist on parks and recreation policy. Discuss diet, exercise, global warming and government policy. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 778-782-3229.


November 20, 2008
Stephen Hume.  Stephen Hume presents his recent book, "Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia." Journalist and poet, Stephen Hume, followed in Fraser's footsteps and canoe wake for four years. Hume writes with his usual lyrical power based in a profound knowledge of the landscape and history of BC. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Public Library Services Branch, BC Ministry of Education). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


November 20 - 23, 2008
One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale.  Vancouver's Holiday Season is about to get a whole lot more exciting! Premiering at BC Place, One of a Kind Vancouver promises to be an extraordinary shopping experience for all. Meet and holiday shop for exceptional gifts from more than 150 of North America's best contemporary creators, artists and artisans. For more information go to oneofakindvancouver.com or call (604) 730-2062.


November 20 to December 7, 2008
The December Man by Colleen Murphy.  Come and watch the Vancouver premiere of Colleen Murphy's Governor General award winning play. The play, which is based on the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique tragedy, brings you into the lives of Kathleen and Benoit, the parents of one of the men ordered out of the classroom. At first the family felt lucky that their son's life was spared, but young Jean's life became unglued as he grappled with the guilt brought on by not intervening. The December Man (L'homme de decembre), a heart breaking play leaves you speechless, and at the edge of your seat as you witness the aftermath and devastation of how a family tries to, or not to, cope with tragedy. For tickets: ticketstonight.ca or 604-684-2787 Students pay what you can at the door. Performance Works, Granville Island; www.greenthumb.bc.ca


November 20 to December 31, 2008
Arts Club Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE on the Granville Island Stage - By Philip Grecian - Based on the classic film by Frank Capra - Director Dean Paul Gibson “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings” In this holiday heart-warmer, George Bailey’s guardian angel swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful. For more information please visit: http://www.artsclub.com/20082009/onstage/wonderful-life.htm


November 22, 2008
5th annual santa claus parade. 10:00am-2:00pm. Eastburn Centre. Join us along Edmonds Street for the parade. Post parade, visit Santa, enjoy hot dogs, hot chocolate, crafts, games and more! Free admission. www.burnaby.ca


November 21 - 22, 2008
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 are sold. Admission to craft fair is free for buyers. Table registration: in person September 13, 9:00am–12:00noon in Bonsor lobby. Bonsor Community Centre; www.burnaby.ca


November 22 - 23, 2008
Christmas Magic at the Manor 2008 Urban Academy’s Annual Craft Fair.  Crafters, tea room, raffle, and more!  Urban Academy located in Robson Manor, 101 Third Street, New Westminster; magicatthemanor@gmail.com for more information!


November 22 to December 21, 2008
Holiday Craft Fair at White Rock Museum; 604-541-2222, http://www.whiterock.museum.bc.ca


November 24, 2008
World Poetry: Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).   Please join us for a celebration of the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Novel Laureate, winning the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. Participating poets: Ariadne Sawyer, Alejandro Mujica-Olea, Addena Sumter-Freitag, Bernice Lever, Shirley Sue-A-Qwan, Archana Harit, Diego Bastianutti, and Anthony Dalton. Performances by: Korean Kayagum player (Grace Jon Eun Lee), Indian musician (Kalpana Prasad), Indian dancer (Koyali Burman), and Korean Mask Dancers (Chang Hyun Han, Han Bin Im, Sung Rai Kim). (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


November 25, 2008
Mary Lou Finlay.  The former host of 'As It Happens' will talk about her new book, 'The As It Happens Files'. Tickets ($15/$13) are now available online through VancouverTix.com by calling 604-629-VTIX (604-629-8849). Tickets are also available at the Writers Festival box office (in person sales only), 1398 Cartwright Street.Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC; www.writersfest.bc.ca


November 26 to December 7, 2008
The Princess and the Pea - FVGSS.  The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society's musical panto is back for another exciting season! Everyone will want to be a Princess or be a Pea at the Surrey Arts Centre this November and December. Lots of laughs, song, dance and excitement. The audience is encouraged to Boo the bad guy and Cheer for the good guy. Great entertainment for families and kids of all ages. Wednesday November 26 to Sunday December 7th, 2008. Special rates for Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada and their families on Wednesdays and Thursdays. General admission Friday nights, two shows on Saturday and a matinee on Sundays;  Surrey Art Centre Main Stage, www.fgvss.org


November 27 - 30, 2008
Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour.  Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour is a celebration of songs, dance and team-spirited fun inspired by the smash hit Disney Channel Original Movies High School Musical and High School Musical 2. Pacific Coliseum, www.ticketmaster.ca


November 28, 2008
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)


November 28 - 29, 2008
Bizarre Bazaar. Whistler's original artisan market, offering enough goodies, treats and treasures to complete everyone's holiday shopping list. Featuring 100 artisans from the Sea to Sky Corridor, the Lower Mainland and beyond. The 19th annual holiday fair boasts an array of ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass, metal, jewelry, candles and aromatherapy products as well as Christmas decorations. www.whistlerartscouncil.com


November 29 - 30, 2008
West Coast Christmas Pet & Craft Fair.  Kids and pets are welcome to the Christmas Pet Fair. Get your pictures taken with Santa Claus, visit over 30 pet related booths, on-going entertainment with agility fun match, dogwood pacesetters, K9 Drill Team performing between 12pm-12:30pm both days. Come out and support the various rescue organizations. Cloverdale Agriplex, 604-534-2344.


November 29 - 30, 2008
Agassiz-Harrison Mills Christmas. Various locations from the Agassiz-Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour will be celebrating Christmas this weekend. The Agassiz Library will be reading children’s stories in the museum; we will have a craft for the children and wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts. The quaint, country charm of this area is especially vibrant at this time of year.Visit www.circlefarmtour.comclick on Agassiz-Harrison Mills for more information.


November 29 - 30, 2008
St. Thomas More Collegiate 18th annual Christmas Craft Fair. Over 130 crafters in addition to our free childminding, bistro, raffle, bake sale, plant sale, book sale.  Free admission and fun for all ages. 7450 Kingsway, Burnaby  (12th Ave & Kingsway).


November 29, 2008
2ND ANNUAL VILLAGE OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CEREMONY AND PROCESSIONAL, 5:00pm - 7:00pm. The Village of Fort Langley kicks off their Christmas Season with this event. As B.C.’s oldest community, Fort Langley is about history and tradition, and our Christmas season captures the flavour and old-fashioned fun of the season. This event begin with carolers in period costumes, face painting, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and turkey dogs by the fire followed by the processional walk to light up the Village and the Grand Christmas Tree. For more information please visit www.fortlangley.com.


November 29, 2008
Birds and more....Winter Nature Walk at Derby Reach Regional Park. 10am - noon. Explore the winter woods along the Houston Trail as we look for an interesting variety of birds. Learn how birds cope with the rigors of winter. Bring binoculars, if you have them, and dress for the weather. Walk will go rain or shine.  Houston Trail parking lot on Allard Crescent, Langley; 604-882-2020.


November 29, 2008
Craft Fair at Minoru Place, Richmond; 604-718-8450.


November 29, 2008
SVNH Winter Festival.  Fun community event for the whole family includes bingo, raffle baskets, silent auction, Marias preserves and gift baskets, ethnic food concession, storytelling for preschoolers, and children's activities. Free admission. South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 604-324-6212.


November 29 to December 20, 2008
Christmas in Kerrisdale.  Christmas in Kerrisdale Community Event in Kerrisdale Saturday Nov. 29, 2008 to Saturday Dec 20, 2008 Location: West 41st Ave between Larch & Maple Street Contact: Terri Clark 604-266-9875 Visit beautiful Kerrisdale which will be all decked out for the holiday season. Events are last Saturday in November and then December Saturdays before 25th between 11 am and 4 pm. Free horse & carriage rides, roving quartets, Santa and his elf, 604-266-9875.


December 4 - 6, 2008
Anne of Green Gables presented by Abbotsford Children's Theatre. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel in this dramatization by Joseph Robinette.  Find out what happens when the unforgettable Anne Shirley enters Avonlea and touches the lives of everyone she meets.  Suitable for ages 5 and up. All shows take place at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way.


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


Ongoing until January 7, 2009, 2008
Banner Years  - Hidden Hockey Treasures.  This hockey season be sure to take a break and check out the newest exhibit at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Banner Years - Hidden Hockey Treasuresis like a look into an old hockey bag; you never know what you'll find. So now's your chance to get up close to items representing British Columbia's great hockey heritage. Here's a list of just a few items on display in the exhibit:  - Five Original Vancouver Canucks' banners,  Hockey cards from the ultimate hockey card collection, Giant signed "white towel" from 1982, A look at the stories of the 8 hockey teams and 26 players inducted for hockey; http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/


Ongoing to February 15, 2009
The Unnatural History of Stanley Park.  We interfered with, altered, and rearranged Stanley Park's forests, creatures and people to make nature more 'natural'. With "The Unnatural History of Stanley Park" exhibit, the Vancouver Musuem sheds some light on puzzling blind spots in our romance with this national treasure, which turns 120 this year.  The exhibit showcases souvenirs collected by park visitors over 120 years, behind-the-scenes stories of the park's plants, animals, people and landmarks, and a selection of proposals to 'improve" Stanley Park - a list that includes the bizarre, amazing, and scary, as well as the sublime. Vancouver Musuem, 604-736-4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca 


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


Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2008.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.


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


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









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