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

 

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October 1, 2003
Voices of the Future: Two Operas by children, James Cowan Theatre, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby; Admission by donation, 604-205-3020.

October 1, 2003
Pilgrimage: The Canadian premiere of Pilgrimage, Josh Lowell's incredible new climbing movie starring Chris Sharma. Join Sharma, the world's greatest rockclimber, on a bouldering pilgrimage to the sacred village of Hampi, in the south of India, where ancient Hindu temples nestle among thousands of unclimbed granite boulders; 604-984-4484.

October 1, 2003
International Day of Music [Re-Generation]: For-Youth, By-Youth conference and festival; Capilano College, North Vancouver;

October 2, 2003
Chasing Spring around the World: Join everyone’s favorite TV gardener, David Tarrant, as he fills you in on the behind-the-scenes scoop of his latest project – Spring, a 13-week TV series to be aired on HGTV. David had the "onerous" task of filming the glories of spring as it arrived around the world. Springtime in Paris, London or South Africa takes on a whole new meaning. Van Dusen Garden, Vancouver;

October 2, 2003
Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huckjam: Take the best skateboarders, BMX riders and motorcycle riders and turn them loose!  GM Place, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

October 2 - 4, 2003
The Vaudville Experience: The 1920s were a different time, a time when people were working, they had a thirst for entertainment and Vaudeville provided it! Experience the same entertainment that Vancouverites did in the 1920s. The Vaudeville Experience is a multi-act Vaudeville performance that will give the patron a true experience of old-time entertainment. The show has song, comedy, plays, magic and much more.   Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island; 604-257-0366.

October 3 - 4, 2003
Hot Springs Blues:  Up-beat, high energy music by some of Canada's hottest musicians.  Harrison Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs.

October 3 - 5, 2003
10th Annual Dixie Festival: 28 hours of Dixieland jazz, Large wooden dance floor, Friday evening swing dance, free Sunday jazz gospel! Sheraton Guilford Hotel;  604-987-6544.

October 3 to November 2, 2003
The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train, 6 pm - 10 pm every night, information at 604-257-8531 or http://city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/ghosttrain/

October 4, 2003
6th Annual Put A Little Love In Your Heart Benefit Concert: A benefit concert in aid of abused children. Featuring world-class tributes to : Elvis, Tina Turner, The Judds, Kenny Rogers, Ed Sullivan with special guests: March Hare, Vixens n dees Guyz, & Mike Kinnell.   Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 10238-168St. Surrey; 604-280-4444.

October 4, 2003
Musical Roots - Sarita Galves and friend: Join us and listen to extraordinary world music. Talented musicians from around the world will play their traditional instruments in the lobby during various event at Renfrew. Sarita Galves and friend from Guatemala will be playing pan pipes and percussion during the Free Family Fall Artfest. Jointly sponsored by the Vancouver Boards of Parks and Recreation and the Renfrew Park Community Association.  Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

October 4, 2003
Free Family Fall Artfest:A one time only chance to see artisan displays and try out some different creative activities: nature printing, puppet making, handmade books and more! Experience something new - you'll be amazed at what you can do! Children welcomed with adult supervision, please. This event is made possible with funds from the Neighbourhood Small Grants Project through Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the Vancouver Foundation. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

October 4, 2003
Spying on Spiders: Fall fields and forests are full of spiders! Don’t be afraid — come closer to find out what makes these creatures so fascinating. Identify different types of local spiders and discover the difference between male and female. Examine the artistry of web making and watch the life and death struggle that takes place among the sticky strands.Belcarra Regional Park, Port Moody; 604-432-6359..

October 4, 2003
Fall Forest Frolic:Share the magic of an autumn afternoon with your youngster. Find gigantic maple leaves, shuffle through leaf-littered trails and discover who hides in fallen leaves. Join the hands-on activities and games. Minnekhada Park, Coquitlam; 604-933-6000..

October 4, 2003
Puppet Performance and Interactive Activities by Puppeteer Extra Ordinaire Guillermo Serrano.  Burnaby Gallery at Ceperley House.

October 4 - 5, 2003
Model Railroad Show:  The first weekend of October is slated annually for the Lynden Lions Club Model Railroad Show, held at the Northwest Washington Fair grounds; 360-354-5995,

October 4 - 5, 2003
Baby Fair: Baby Fair is an exciting event geared towards new and expectant parents, showcasing the latest infant and toddler products, services and information. 2003 Show Highlights include: Keynote speaker Kathy Lynn from radio talk show Parenting Today, fashion shows, contests, prizes, free samples, private feeding and changing areas and wide aisles for strollers. Tickets available through Ticketmaster or at the door. Call (604) 280-4444 to charge by phone or on-line

October 4 - 5, 2003
Visit the new Greenpeace ship ''MV Esperanza', Come and tour the new Greenpeace ship, the ''MV Esperanza''. Meet the campaigners and crew. Please call the telephone number to re-confirm ship location a couple days' prior to the event. We look forward to seeing you there! 604-253-7701.

October 4 - 5, 2003
Cloud Mountain Fruit Festival: Enjoy fruit sampling with over 100 varieties of apples, European pears and kiwis. There will be live music, cider press demonstations and information and resources about making hard cider. Experts will be available to answer landscaping questions and door prizes will be given away.6906 Goodwin Road, Everson, Washington; 360-966-5859.

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2003
Grandma's Toys and Games: Spend a Saturday afternoon with your family, playing with the games and toys Grandma had in her toy box.   Surrey Museum, 604-502-6456.

October 5, 2003
The Wedding Show: Fashion Show, Brunch, Exhibitors, Prizes. Newlands Golf 7 Country Club (Langley),  604-533-3288.

October 5, 2003
Oktoberfest 2003: experience an authentic German Oktoberfest at Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops! Polka the afternoon away with music by The Rheinlanders and feast on hearty German food and beverages! Free facepainting for kids in the Kinder Zone. Proceeds go to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.  Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver;  604-985-6261.

October 5, 2003
CIBC Run for the Cure: The official kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single fundraising event in Canada, supporting the advancement of breast cancer research, education, diagnosis and treatment. For more information visit www.cbcf.org or call (604) 689-2829. BC Place Stadium.

October 5, 2003
Fred Penner and the 4 Corners: North America's most beloved children's entertainer is back by popular demand and this time its a family affair! Hayley Penner joins her dad along with her high-powered a cappella quartet, The 4 Corners, for a celebration of harmony and the beauty of musical expression. These four gifted prairie teenagers are a huge hit and you'll want to get in on the act and sing along! Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

October 5, 2003
Bertrand Creek Celebration (Part of WaterWeeks activities). Meet the Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society members at Vanetta Park and celebrate the stream that flows through the heart of Aldergrove. Hotdog barbeque by donation, fundraising prize draw, stream ecology demonstrations and kids' craft table. Vanetta Park, 268th Street and 32nd Avenue, Aldergrove; 

October 8, 2003
Bringing the past alive - why museums are important [SFU Philosopher's Café], With guest James Delgado, Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  Vibrant street-level discussions on the burning issues of the day. No formal philosophy training required; real-world experience desired. Come early, stay late.  West Vancouver Memorial Library, admission $5.

October 8 to November 1, 2003
The Canterville Ghost [Halloween], A wonderful ghostly romp adapted from the original story by Oscar Wilde. Great Halloween fun for the whole family.  The Burr Theatre, New Westminster; 604-523-2877.

October 9, 2003
Ache Brasil:Bring the whole family to the Massey Theatre and experience 12 thrilling capoeira (kappo-era) performers! A spectacular Afro-Brazilian form, known as the secret dance of Brazil, capoeira is an astonishing display of acrobatics, breath-taking kicks and self-defense tactics performed to the rhythms of drums and Berimbau. Ach Brasil brings to life the culture, traditions, music and movement of the people of Brazil. Massey Theatre, New Westminster; 604-517-5900.

October 9, 2003
Return of the Salmon:  Search Kanaka Creek for flashing chum and coho salmon. Salmon are returning from their incredible journey in the Pacific Ocean to spawn on the rocks and then die. Meet members of the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society and learn about their efforts to protect Kanaka Creek. Discover how fish are counted, collected and transported to the Bell-Irving Hatchery. Allow 30 minutes to complete fishy crafts and family activities.  Free, drop-in. Kanaka Creek, Maple Ridge; 604-432-6359..

October 9, 2003
The Council of Parent Participation Preschools of British Columbia presents...Who's in Charge Anyway?  How Parents Can Teach Children to Do the Right Thing.  An exciting and inspiring presentation by popular parent educator, author and broadcaster Kathy Lynn. Engineers' Auditorium, 4333 Ledger Avenue, Burnaby;604-435-4430.

October 10 - 25, 2003
A Bad Year For Tomatoes - An hilarious play dealing with the misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town. Unfortunately, the ever-present, star-struck neighbours prove to be a worse irritation than the paparazzi of Hollywood. In an attempt to shoo the locals away, she invents “Sister Sadie” a mad, homicidal sister who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off any unwanted visitors. The ruse works well enough, until a local handyman develops affection for the murderous sibling. The uproarious doings of the nosy, uninvited townspeople will keep you laughing right up to the final curtain, and then some! Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver; (604) 929-3200.  

October 10, 2003
Hunter Moon Walk: Stroll along dusky trails as the sun sets and the full moon rises. Discover nocturnal creatures and how to identify their calls from other night sounds. Bring binoculars to look at the moon and hear tales of moon myths and hunter legends. For everyone six and older who can walk two hours in the dark.  Burnaby Lake, $7/person; 604-432-6359.

October 11 - 12, 2003
Thanksgiving Day Tea, 12-4 pm at London Heritage Farm, Richmond; 604-271-5220.

October 11 - 13, 2003
The Way of the Flower" created by the Vancouer Sogetsu Ikebana Branch:  Ikebana, the Japanese word for flower arrangement, was introduced in Japan in the 6th century by Chinese Buddhist missionaries, but the formalization of the Art occurred through many generations of devoted Japanese Masters. The symbolism of the passage of time is of importance and is evident to the discerning eye. No arrangement would be acceptable if it did not in some way suggest the time and season; vital arrangements in the spring, full and psreading arrangement in the summer, sparse and thin in autumn, and dormant and somewhat dreary for winter. Enjoy these living sculptures. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207.

October 11, 2003
CRANBERRY FESTIVAL - FORT LANGLEY, 8th annual event with activities all day throughout the Village including cranberry vendors and field tours, scarecrow contest, canoe regatta on the Bedford channel, music, family entertainment and more. For more information call Lynn at 604-888-8835

October 11, 2003
Cranberry Harvest Festival: Celebrate Canada's largest cranberry harvest at the Richmond Nature Park. 604-718-6188.

October 11, 2003
Ancient Persian (Zoroastrian) Music Festival at Capliano College, North Vancouver; 604-926 9891.

October 11, 2003
Indoor Flea Market at Killarney Community Centre; 604-718-8200.

October 11, 2003
Cops Country Rock: All Proceeds Go To: Sunshine Dreams For Kids - making dreams come true for children ages 3 - 19 who are challenged by severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illness.  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 859-6765.

October 11, 2003
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: WHAT IS HABITAT? Mudflats, salt marsh, mixed forest, grassland . . . a closer look at who needs what - and when! At Maplewood Flats Conservation Area. 2645 Dollarton Hwy. Rain or Shine. For information call 604-924-2581.

October 12 - 13, 2003
Table Tennis Tournament at Killarney Community Centre: The tournament will take place in the Killarney gymnasium and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners and runner-ups. ITTF rules and regulations will be in effect and the 11-point scoring system will be used. For complete details, please pick up an information/entry form at Killarney Community Centre. Event Sponsored by the Canadian Chinese Table Tennis Federation. There is no age limit for entries; 604-718-8200.

October 12 - 19, 2003
Body, Soul & Spirit Expo at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre: Showcases a holistic and spiritual lifestyle with 110 categories of products, services and resources that fosters the individual quest for a greater self-understanding and improved well-being. Includes everything from acupunture, aromatherapy and astrology to Yoga and Zen Buddhism;  604-662-8186.

October 12, 2003
CBC Radio Orchestra presents East Meets West: A fascinating exploration of converging cultures. Erhu virtuoso George Gao joins the orchestra for the ravishing Converto based on music from the hit movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by the brilliant Chinese/American composer Tan Dun. the music of Colin McPhee evokes the Javanese gamelan while Toru Takemitsu conveys some of the universal sounds of nature. Host Bill Richardson reflects on his experiences as a Westerner living in the midst of a Chinese culture in excerpts from his Chinatown Diary, Chan Centre for the Arts;

October 12, 2003
Wild Mushroom Show:View hundreds of species of wild mushrooms, cultivation displays and demonstrations, food and more!  2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham; 360-738-0896.

October 12, 2003
"One Sky, One World" Kite Fly for Peace  Vanier Park, Vancouver;

October 13, 2003
Granville Island Turkey Trot (10k race), more info at www.turkey-trot.com

October 15 - 18, 2003
Tao: Inspired by last seasons highly commended Nebula, Vancouvers Wen Wei Wang has created Tao, a new full length work. An uncommon three weeks of production development in residency in the Firehalls theatre supports the creative process and realization of a complex, visually rich highlight of the upcoming dance season. As memories and ghosts from the choreographers life in China haunt him in his dreams, Wang draws on them to sculpt a new vision depicting the richness of experience texturing his new life in Canada. Transformed by cultural shifts, personal relationships, individual courage and the oppression of history, five dancers interpret Wangs trademark subtlety of gesture and technical prowess framed by exacting, sophisticated design elements. Firehall Arts Centre;  604-689-0926.

October 16 - 18, 2003
Fall Antique & Craft Show, Lynden, Washington; 360-966-5573.

October 16 - 19, 2003
BC Home Show at BC Place Stadium; 604-661-7373.

October 16 - 18, 2003
Harvest Festival: More than 70 scarecrows decorate the streets of Lynden with the merchant’s annual scarecrow contest. Hayrides, a huge hay maze and apple pie baking contest are a sampling of annual events associated with the festival, held the third weekend of October.  Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995.

October 16, 2003
 Lantern Festival at West Richmond Park, 604-718-8400.

October 17 - 18, 2003
Oktoberfest: Whistler's European-style alpine village is the perfect place to celebrate Oktoberfest. This fall celebration of beer and bratwurst includes a Munich-style beerhall with traditional oom-pah-pah music and folk dancers. There's even a rootbeer garden for the kids! FREE and ticketed events; 604-938-2799.

October 17 - 19, 2003
11th Annual Surrey International Writer's Conference: With over 400 people expected to attend, the 11th Annual Surrey International Writer's Conference will host writers from Canada, the U.S. and many other parts of the world. Some of the guests expected this year include: Diana Gabaldon, Jack Whyte, Don Maass, Bharti Kirchener and many others. A trade show and book fair will be featured again this year.  Sheraton Guilford Hotel; (604) 589-2221.

October 18, 2003
Searching for Salamanders: Shy, timid salamanders are often found under autumn leaf litter. They hide by day and hunt insects and other small invertebrates by night. Search for and learn about these intriguing amphibians.  Belcarra Regional Park, Port Moody; $7/person, 604-432-6359..

October 18, 2003
Connecting Children with Nature: Teachers, group leaders and parents – discover how to enrich children’s outdoor experiences. Engage your senses in this hands-on workshop with simple, powerful nature activities and games used by GVRD Park interpreters. Evening activities will be explored in this session. Handouts provided.  Burnaby Lake, $10/person; 604-432-6359..

October 18, 2003
4th ANNUAL STORM THE NORTH SHORE ADVENTURE EVENT, (an anyone can do it paddle, bike and hike adventure event on a secret North Van race course, starting at Rice Lake parking lot in LSCR.) 604-987-6460, www.STORMAdventureRacing.com (http://www.STORMAdventureRacing.com)

October 18, 2003
Mount Cheam Lion's Club 6th Annual Model Railway & Hobby Show. Bigger & Better to include more hobbies.  Heritage Park, Chilliwack; (604) 824-1757.

October 18, 2003
 Once Upon A Pumpkin, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

October 18, 2003
Bats: Creatures of the Night, at the Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

October 18, 2003
Kids Only Swap Meet at Thompson Community Centre, Richmond;  604-718-8422.

October 18, 2003
Harvest Festival at at Delta Reycling - Earthwise Garden - 7046 Brown St., Delta.  Come & enjoy this fun, family event featuring a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, vegetable tasting and displays, and much more! Admission by donation; 604-946-9828.

October 18, 2003
Central Bog 3 Hour Interpretative Tour: Starting at noon at the entrance to the Vancouver Landfill. Group tours may be arranged for other days by calling the Burns Bog Conservation Society office at 604-572-0373 or 1-888-850-6462. VISA and MasterCard accepted over the phone. Tours may be cancelled due to low attendance, so please call and register, 604-572-0373 or 1-888-850-6462. Costs: $15 non-members, $13 members, $8 children within family membership $10 children with nonmembers.

October 18 - 19, 2003
Abbotsford Collector Car Show and Auction at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford; 604-514-2277.

October 19 to November 29, 2003
LIVE 2003: Biennial of Performance Art: LIVE 2003s theme, Performance Art and the Academy, focuses on performances rocky road through the halls of academia. Through publications, artists talks and panel discussions as well as performance presentations and exhibitions, (most free) our aim is to increase the profile of performance internationally and increase the participation of Canadian artists within this international dialogue.  Various locations around Vancouver; 604-875-9516.

October 19, 2003
21st Century Antiques Fair at the Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver; 604-925-3159.

October 19, 2003
The Vancouver Symphony Kids Koncerts presents Music Director Bramwell Tovey (a.k.a. Inspector Tovey) as he casts his magnifying glass over the magic of making music. http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/theatres/

October 19, 2003
Place des Arts invites the community to take a walk through history.  Join us at Place des Arts at 1:00pm for the launch of the self-guided walking tour brochure.  Follow a guided tour, taste a sample of francophone pioneer's traditional cuisine, enjoy  dance & musical performances, games, clowing, carmel apples & crafts. You are also  invited to come dressed as the pioneers would have during 1910s and 1920s.  Place des Arts is located at 1120 Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam. This is a free community event! 604) 664-1636 or visit www.placedesarts.ca (http://www.placedesarts.ca)

October 21 - 26, 2003
Vancouver International Writers Festival: Annual event features appearances by more than 70 writers, including Lloyd Axworthy, Nick Bantock, Wayde Compton, Douglas Coupland, Ivan E. Coyote, Brian Fawcett, William Gibson, Tomson Highway, William Deverell, M.G. Vassanji, M.A.C. Farrant, Aislinn Hunter, Bill Richardson, Spider Robinson, Jane Urquhart, and Irvine Welsh.  Granville Island; www.writersfest.bc.ca/ or 604-681-6330.

October 22 - 25, 2003
Vancouver New Music Festival: The fifth Vancouver New Music Festival focuses this year on contemporary music and performances from, and inspired by, Asian and South Asian artists, music and practices.  Various venues around Vancouver;  604-655-0861.

October 22 to November 2, 2003
Dracula: The spine-chilling tale of Bram Stoker’s nocturnal monster rises from the grave in time for  Halloween. This eerie and captivating rendition of the classic gothic horror created by  choreographer Michael Pink has awed Colorado Ballet audiences and critics for two consecutive seasons.  The Centre In Vancouver For Performing Arts; 604-280-3311.

October 23 - 26, 2003
Haunted Deer Lake Walking Tours,  604-293-6501.

October 23 - 26, 2003
Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers Show: Canada's Largest Dog Show, All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trials will see dogs, owners and handlers from across North America.  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 599-6992.

October 23, 2003
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar:  The daughter of legendary musician Ravi Shankar performs with the Orchestra for the first time. Shankar will play the Sitar Concerto No. 1 written by her father. Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for her "Live at Carnegie Hall", Anoushka is a unique artist with tremendous talent and understanding of the great musical tradition of India.  Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-876-3434.

October 25 - 26, 2003
Halloween Haunted Woods at the Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

October 25 - 26, 2003
Bats Family Adventure: For families with children over 4 years old. What animal loves Halloween, flies at night, and finds food with its ears? Bats! Look for bat habitat in the Garden and play some batty games. Bat costumes optional.Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 604-878-5860.

October 25 - 31, 2003
HOBGOBLIN EXPRESS: Family fun and entertainment, with train rides through the park to see all the jack'o'lanterns carved by local ghosts & goblins. West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish; (604) 898-9336 or www.wcra.org

October 25, 2003
ALDERGROVE FESTIVAL DAYS OKTOBERFEST/HARVESTFEST; 604-856-6229 for more information.

October 25, 2003
VECC Kid's Series presents: Al Simmons: He’s a musician! He’s an inventor! He’s an award-winning nut with a collection of catchy tunes. Suitable for all ages, Vancouver East Cultural Centre; 604-251-1363.

October 25, 2003
The Parade of Lost Souls: The Parade of the Lost Souls is an annual neighbourhood celebration to honour the dead, wake the living and chase away bad luck. Hallowe'en, the Day of the Dead and All Saints Day are traditional celebrations in many cultures. For some cultures, this celebration marks the end of the year. The Parade of the Lost Souls is an attempt to regain some of the significance of these seasonal celebrations. A colorful torch-lit procession makes its way through neighbourhood streets and alleys. Spectral brides dance under the street lights. The spirits awake and and everyone takes part in a grand finale featuring torch choreography and fireworks.   Grandview Park, 1200 Commercial Drive; 604-879-8611,

October 25, 2003
Spook-tacular Halloween Carnival for 3 - 12 year olds; Killarney Community Centre, 604-718-8200.

October 25, 2003
Fun with Fungus: Discover mushrooms, bird’s nest fungi and Witch’s Butter. Learn how to make spore prints, search out colourful and fragrant fungi and find out which fungi damage trees and which help them grow. Burnaby Lake.  Co-sponsor – Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. To register call 604-421-5225.

October 25, 2003
A Salute to Austria: Sinfonia presents A Salute to Austria with a collaboration with brilliant and versatile soprano, Ingrid Mankhof. Ingrid will sing familiar and charming selections by Johann Strauss, Jr., Franz Lehar, and Mozart. Sinfonia will be featured in 'Tales of the Vienna Woods' and 'Die Fledermaus', 'The Gold and Silver Waltz', and 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'. What a celebration of Austria's National Day!  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

October 25, 2003
All Hallows Eve: It's time to get ready for the scariest night of all! There are spooky stories to hear and scary masks to make! Age 5-10yrs. Surrey Museum, 604-502-6456.

October 25, 2003
Where the Wild Things Are - Halloween at Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

October 25 to November 2, 2003
Scarecrow Festival - A Harvest: This fun display of weird and wonderful scarecrows showcases the creativity and energy of the little folks in kindergarten through grade 6 from Lower Mainland schools. VanDusen Botanical Gardens; 604-878-5860.

October 26, 2003
Pumpkin Event at Maplewood Farm:: The first 101 families to arrive with kids in costume receive a free pumpkin. There will be a home-grown pumpkin judging in four categories.Bring down your pumpkin for judging by 11:45am. The day also includes a food concession and pony rides.  Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver, (604) 929-5610, http://www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

October 26, 2003
Eric Bibb: Son of the acclaimed Vancouver performer Leon Bibb, Eric grew up immeresed in blues and gospel music. Now, his original music blends these two great styles with his unique voice to create songs that you'll be singing long after the concert ends. Last year's concert with Eric was a highlight and it is a pleasure to welcome him back.  Capilano College Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-990-7810.

October 26, 2003
The Artists Party for CIMA Abandoned Kids-Peru: A gala Venetial Carnival with great and sizzling entertainment from many cultures and artistic avenues.  The Roundhouse, 604-251-6964.

October 26, 2003
Halloween Celebration in Chinatown, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 604-682-8998.

October 26, 2003
Dal Richards and his Orchestra at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, 604-984-4484.

October 26, 2003
Kyung-Wha Chung:  For more than three decades, Kyung-Wha Chung has been a hugely acclaimed performer and is acknowledged as one of the violin worlds biggest stars. Uniquely expressive, savagely energetic, and colossally exciting, she appears regularly with the worlds most prestigious orchestras and top conductors. Don't miss her triumphant return to the acoustical splendour of the Chan Centre. Chan Centre for the Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver.

October 29 - 30, 2003
The British Hitchcock x 2: As a supplement to our presentation of How To Be Eccentric: The Films of Richard Massingham, Pacific Cinmathque is pleased to present two of Alfred Hitchcocks best and most beloved British films The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes both marvelously witty thrillers chock full of memorable characters needing few lessons in How To Be Eccentric. Pacific Cinematheque. 604-688-FILM;

October 29 - 30, 2003
How To Be Eccentric: The Films of Richard: British Film Institute compilation of 15 archive shorts by Britains forgotten comic genius, the man who taught 1940s Britain how to cross roads, sneeze into a handkerchief, bathe in five inches of water and post early for Christmas. Along with these uniquely idiosyncratic information films, the selection also includes cinema advertisements and training films. Pacific Cinematheque. 604-688-FILM;

October 31, 2003
Halloween Party at the Zoo: Local merchants will be setting up tables and giving away candy to trick or treaters. Gates open at 3 p.m, free to kids in costume and their parents. Greater Vancouver Zoo, (604) 856-6825.

October 31, 2003
Halloween House, Trethewey House, Abbotsford. his popular event held at Trethewey House featuring a costume contest, haunted house and other fun events; (604) 853-0313.

October 31, 2003
Fireworks Minoru Park Oval, Richmond; 604-718-8422.

November 1 - 2, 2003
Best of the West Antique Show at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 800-667-0619.

November 1 - 3, 2003
Vancouver Storytelling Festival, Various venues around Vancouver; 604-876-2272.

September 28 to October 4, 2003
West Coast Chocolate Festival: Where arts and culture meet nature and chocolate is magic! Chocolate demonstrations and tastings, performances, factory tours, movie night, chocolate dessert buffet, library programs, poetry slam, photography & more. Savour, learn, enjoy, and be inspired by "the food of the gods." Funds raised support youth art programs. Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody area, 604-939-8068.

Ongoing until October 8, 2003
Fine Chinese Wood Carving & Works of Art: Wood carving is a traditional Chinese art form. One can find various forms and styles of wood carvings at historical sites all over China. These wood carvings not only reflect the characteristics of different regions, they also show the differences in ethnic backgrounds. As early as 6000 years ago, the Chinese already used wood carving to decorate buildings. The development of crafting style and technique progressed rapidly through Ming and Qing Dynasties. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207.

Ongoing until October 10, 2003
Vancouver International Film Festival: This festival presents more than 500 screenings of 300 films from more than 50 countries, making one of the largest film festivals in North America. Various venues, 604-683-3456.

Ongoing until October 15, 2003
Port Moody Farmers Market Farm-fresh produce, direct from local farmers, beautifully hand crafted items, fresh baked goods, and the usual array of delights and surprises.  Prot Moody Social Recreation Centre.  Every Wednesday, 604-318-8966.

Ongoing until October 19, 2003
Echoes of the Ancestors : An exhibition featuring accomplished artist David Neel. Neel whose career has spanned eighteen years and various mediums has created a new series of paintings that give a bold contemporary interpretation to traditional oral legends.  North Vancouver Community Arts Council, (604) 988-6844.

Ongoing until October 12, 2003
Grouse Mountain’s World Famous Lumberjack Show: presented by Kodak -Featuring a crew of champion performers showcasing their skills atop Grouse Mountain. The 45-minute show offers fast paced entertainment and features log rolling, a 60-foot tree climb, two-man peg and raker saws, axe throwing, and an exciting springboard chop - the only three-board event in North America.   604-980-9311 or www.grousemountain.com







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