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Special Events for October 2005

 

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October 1, 2005
Cap 'n Folk Roots Series presents THE WAILIN' JENNYS.  The Wailin' Jennys, three of Winnipeg's best female singer/songwriters, are known for uniting classic and contemporary folk as well as a mix of alt pop, Celtic, and country for an earthy urban folk sound. Though unique in their individual expression, the Jennys' original songs refer to similar hopes in life, a desire to highlight our common humanity and a wish for unity.  Capilano College Theatre, 604-990-7810, http://www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

October 1, 2005
Flea Market. Here’s your chance to clean out your cupboards or find yourself a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items on display to comb through. Note to vendors: Please register in person at Confederation Centre and choose your table (maximum of one table per person plus one table for a friend). Table rental: $15.00. Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:30am-2:00pm, October 1. Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone: 604-296-70110 or 604-294-1936.

October 1, 2005
International Championship Wrestling at the Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale; 604-530-2580.

October 1, 2005
Port Moody City Hall 10th Anniversary.  Port Moody Community Band, puppet show, kids activities, cake, and more!  Port Moody City Hall & Library; 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

October 1, 2005
SFU Alumni 40th Anniversary Celebration.  Join us for the biggest alumni party of the year! It’s a full day of fun and entertainment. Reconnect with familiar faces, check out your old hangouts and visit new spots on campus. Be there or be square – like the AQ! October 1, 2005, Convocation Mall, SFU Burnaby campus. 10:00 am – midnight Complete event and registration details at http://www.sfu.ca/alumni/40th. For more information, e-mail alumni@sfu.ca or call 604-291-4049.

October 1, 2005
THE BEST ITALIAN VARIETY SHOW - EVER!  Get ready for a good dose of splashy entertainment in this brash evening featuring comedians, game shows, masked characters, sexy dancers, opera divas and hosts bigger than their own egos.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 604-205-3000.

October 1, 2005
The Proclaimers.  Richards on Richards - 1036 Richards St. Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

October 1, 2005
Scrapbooking Retreat.  Tired of not having enough time to scrapbook your pictures? Sign up for an all-inclusive weekend of scrapbooking and fun at Harrison Lake; 604-220-6414, info@scrappingaway.com

October 1, 2005
Ballet British Columbia and the National Ballet of Canada present SWAN LAKE.  This production features a full orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's transcendent score and sets and costumes by Academy Award nominee Santo Loquasto. Choreographed by the National Ballet's Artistic Director, James Kudelka, this version breathes fresh life into the most beloved of all classical ballets with new logic and powerful archetypes to make it moving and relevant to a new generation of dancers and audiences.  The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, http://www.balletbc.com

October 1, 2005
Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents HANDSOME BLUE SKY.  Originally commissioned by the JADE Tokyo Dance Festival, this piece is a deep investigation of the works of Tatsuma Hijikata, the founder of Butoh, in a contemporary context. The title itself was taken from the title of one of Hijikata's essays. Through this piece, Ko Murobushi not only rediscovers the origin of Butoh, but also explodes with new possibilities.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-280-3311.

October 1, 2, 2005
Naomi’s Road.  Set during World War II, Naomi’s Road tells the touching and dramatic story of nine-year-old Naomi’s journey, with her Japanese Canadian family, from Vancouver to an internment camp in the interior of B.C. In a sensitive, visually evocative production filled with emotion, humour and soaring melodies, Naomi and her older brother Stephen struggle with the harshness of war, racism, bullying and loss of family. Ultimately brother and sister triumph over their fears and discover the gifts that sustain them: music, words and love. Their resilience of spirit offers hope for the future and will lead audiences to discover the power of understanding and the beauty of compassion. Vancouver Opera is pleased to present four public performances of this production before its province-wide tour to elementary schools and community venues. Performances will be sung with piano score.  Norman Rothstein Theatre, 604-280-4444.

October 1, 2, 2005
Playland.  Amusement park features 30 rides and attractions.  Weekends and holidays only, 604-253-2311, http://www.pne.ca.

October 1 - 2, 2005
Canadian Sport Horse Classic, Agriplex in Cloverdale; 604-530-2580.

October 1 - 2, 2005
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. Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

October 1 - 2, 2005
Snowbird RV Show & Sale.  Largest Fall RV Show in greater Vancouver. It features 180,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor display space, including many exclusive lines of recreational vehicles, motorhomes, campers, vans, trucks, parts & accessories from all the top dealers. Outdoor exhibits include sales of privately owned recreational vehicles. Hourly interactive seminars and "How-To" demonstrations on winterizing, solor power, camping tips, traveling to Arizona and Mexico, fishing on the Fraser River and much more.  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford, 604-850-1976, http://www.rvshowsbc.com

October 1 - 2, 2005
The "Taste of Health 2005", Vancouver's only vegetarian friendly food & lifestyle show.  Come and  explore the taste of plant-based foods in a fun, informative and inviting fashion and discover lifestyle items that fit earth-friendly living.  Workshops, try-it and buy-it exhibitors, keynote speakers, food demonstrations, Silent Auction - Vegetarian Food Offerings - Entertainment - Book Fair.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-731-5885, http://www.tasteofhealth.com

October 1 - 31, 2005
13th Annual Open House Harvest Extravaganza.  Tour our Dried Flower Farm gardens & view our amazing "upside-down" garden in our drying room-FULL with thousands of flowers. Bulk bundles or ready made gifts.  Location: Dried Flowers by Judy, 604-823-6274, http://www.driedflowersbyjudy.com

October 1 - 31, 2005
Pumpkins and Pickles. This harvest celebration of the circle garden highlight historic and modern uses for late fall fruits and vegetables.  Greenhill Acres Farm in Ryder Lake, Chilliwack area; 604-858-9917, http://www.greenhillacres.com

October 2, 2005
John Scofield plays "The Music of Ray Charles".  Scofield's most recent project, "That's What I Say -- John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles," is an ambitious and inspiring tribute to one of the most-loved musicians of our time. Scofield took great care when choosing the songs for this album, and the result is a collection of classic Ray Charles tunes that have been infused with Scofield's unique flavour. Profoundly influenced by Mr. Charles, Scofield states on his website: "This is music I've known since I first started to play the guitar. Ray's music was one of my inspirations: he was a super soul-music man, but he was also a jazz musician, too. I see him as the height of honest expression." Check out the hot, soulful lyricism of Scofield's band -- Meyer Statham lead vocal/trombone, John Benitez bass/congas/percussion/vocals, Gary Versace electric piano/Hammond B-3, Steve Hass drums/vocals.  Commodore Ballroom - 868 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-872-5200.

October 2, 2005
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. B.C. Place Stadium, 604-689-2829, http://www.cbcf.org

October 2, 2005
Minnekhada Farm Open House.  Historic Minnekhada Farm is normally closed to the public, so don’t miss this special opportunity to visit the farm, built in the 1930s by Lieutenant-Governor Eric Hamber. Walk around the buildings and imagine life in a different era as you try tasks typical of the time. Admire the restoration of historic structures done to date and learn about future plans. Take part in a ‘heritage hunt’ and watch while children make a heritage craft to take home.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 2, 2005
The 7th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival.  You can get to Apple Heaven while still on earth! Become a Salt Spring Island Apple Connoisseur for a day. Get to explore our incredible island, the Organic Gardening Capital of Canada. Details at http://www.appleluscious.com/

October 2, 2005
Vancouver Maritime Museum presents  9 YEARS ON THE 7 SEAS BOOK LAUNCH.   Anne Brevig and Martin Vennesland return to share some of the highs and lows of their nine-year circumnavigation on their 40 ft yacht, /Nor Siglar/ cruising 61,000 nautical miles to 81 countries and island nations. On Sunday, October 2 at 1.30 pm at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, they will launch their newest book "9 Years on the 7 Seas."  Vancouver Maritime Museum, http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2005
Roedde House Sunday Tea and Tours.  Spend a Sunday afternoon at the turn of the last century. Enjoy a guided tour of this beautifully restored and redecorated home and learn about Victorian family life. The tour is followed by complimentary tea and goodies. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students and children, and free for children under 5.  Roedde House Museum, http://www.roeddehouse.org/public.html

October 3, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents THE WORLD POETRY READING SERIES.  The VPL's City Poets Series presents The World Poetry Reading Series program, featuring poetry from around the world, presented bilingually.  This month's poets: Nicola I Campbell, Ashok Bhargava, Mandana Rastan, Kagan Goh, and Joe Ruggier.

October 3 - 13, 2005
Top Chefs in Vancouver's Hottest Dining District Dish Out Delicious Deals for Ten Days at the Taste of Yaletown. Food and wine lovers are invited to take their seats this fall and eat up the deals offered by Yaletown’s top restaurants during a ten-day dining promotion October 3 - 13. The first annual Taste of Yaletown event, presented by American Express, will highlight the quality, variety and hospitality of the area’s creative chefs.  http://www.yaletowninfo.com

October 4, 2005
The 9th Annual Taste of the TriCities.  Executive Plaza, 405 North Road, Coquitlam; http://www.societyforcommunitydevelopment.com

October 4 - 8, 2005
British Installation Theatre Week.  Unforgettable and innovative British Productions which take you on a sensory trip of a lifetime. Performed to audiences of one (yes one at a time) and four. Plays range from four-minutes to 40-minutes long. An incredible opportunity not to be missed.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

October 5, 2005
201 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Grilse.  The Canadian Cadet Organization is for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age. We do many activities from sailing, drill, and camping to instructional technique. Our corps is also involved with Biathlon, Drill Team, Band, Sail Regattas etc.  It's a great program to be involved with and there are many opportunities for the cadets such as summer camp, exchanges, scholarships and high school credits. The program is free of charge and the uniform is lent to the cadet. Lt(N) Shannon McGee - 604-939-0301 or co.201sea@cadets.net

October 5, 2005
Hip Hop Dance for Youth.  For ages 10-15 years. This program will teach you the latest dance moves. A great chance to impress your friends on the dance floor. Sign-up today!  Call 604-4694556 to register, amanda.tesluck@cityofportmoody.com

October 5, 2005
In the House Performance Series presents “Fireside stories” on October 5. Treat yourself to some delectable stories around a cozy fireplace. Wrap yourselves in the flames of imagination, and let the tellers’ magic take you away. Finish off the evening with a dazzling fire show. Performers include: Philomena Jordan, Melanie Ray, evenSteven, Kai Simpson with Amiel, Flett-Brown, Mary Gavan, and ErinGraham; 7pm at 5430 Oak Street, Vancouver.  More information on the performers and future events are at http://www.inthehousefestival.com

October 5, 2005
Meditation Classes.  These classes introduce meditation to everyone regardless of background or previous experience. Through meditation we can begin to establish inner peace in our lives. Each class consists of a talk, meditation and discussion. Drop-in is welcome.  Tilopa Buddhist Centre, 604-221-2271, info@tilopa.org

October 5, 2005
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society BEING CARIBOU - Multi Media Lecture.  Wildlife biologist and adventurer Karsten Heuer set off in April 2003 to document the Caribou’s side of the story in the decades-old debate over whether or not to develop the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil. Come hear stories, view slides, and watch clips from the couple’s award winning film as Karsten recounts the epic 1,500-kilometre experience of Being Caribou.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 5 - 8, 2005
Applause! Musicals in Concert presents  COLE PORTER'S JUBILEE.  A witty musical about a royal family who celebrate their silver anniversary by impersonating commoners in order to dodge their majestic duties. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Moss Hart.  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 604-205-3000, http://www.applausemusicals.com/

October 5, November 2, December 7, 2005; January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, 2006
STORIES AROUND THE WORLD.  Kids Around the World Children's Museum Society presents local poet Jacinda Oldale as she shares stories from here, there and everywhere! Each session will end with a sleepy-time story and a snack to send the little ones off to dream land...7 pm (kids can come in pajamas so they can go straight to bed after!).  Hastings Branch Library, 2674 Hastings Street, Vancouver; 604-708-2298, http://www.kidsaroundtheworld.ca

October 6, 2005
Presentation House Theatre presents MAKING IT HAPPEN: A MOUNTAIN BIKING FILM NIGHT FOR THE SPIRIT BEAR.  The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition...join them for an evening of mountain biking adventure films and hear local environmentalists speak out for BC's white Kermode Bear.  Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver; http://www.phtheatre.org

October 6, 2005
Swap Meet  at Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080.

October 6, 2005
The Alternative Universe Ltd. The Spiritual Power of Divine Wisdom with Dr. Len Horowitz.  By providing an open mike and inviting audience participation, join Dr. Len Horowitz for this "one evening only" spiritual empowering topic of Divine Wisdom. Dr. Horowitz contends that we are evolving (electrogenetically) into superhumans despite massive attempts to stop us. Join Dr. Len Horowitz for an explosive, powerful evening.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 6, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH CONCERT.  You are invited to meet and hear Vancouver's funkiest musicians from the Folk, Irish, and Classical communities as we celebrate Women's History Month with music composed by women from the past and present. Featuring the No Shit Shirleys, as well as flautist Miranda Clingwall, violist Martina Smazal, singers Heidi Mundel, Alison Nystrom, Dawn Pemberton and others. Hosted by UBC Learning Exchange Music Co-ordinator and pianist, Karen Lee-Morlang. 7:30pm, VPL - Central Branch.

October 6 - 23, 2005
San Diego.  San Diego is a lyrical and emotionally charged look at modern society and our universal longing for a sense of home, comfort and belonging. Professional actors Alexander Ferguson, Allan Gray, Patrick Keating and Stuart Pierre join the senior acting students of Studio 58 for this much-anticipated North American premiere. Norman Armour, Artistic and Managing Producer for Rumble Productions, explains further, “ It is for me a great honour to be given the chance to work with the dedicated team of students and instructors at Studio 58. The fact that this co-production comes at a time when both Studio 58 and Rumble Productions are celebrating significant milestones in their history is yet another unique feature of this opportunity.”  Studio 58 - Langara College, 604-257-0366.

October 6 to November 12, 2005
Arts Club Theatre Company  presents Mom's the Word. After 10 years of international success, the creators of Moms the Word are back. Older and wider, this time they bring their tales of torment and teenagers! The Moms tackle trickier tests and raging hormones with intense humour, bringing everyone back into the fray of the worlds oldest unpaid profession.  Arts Club Granville Island Stage, http://www.artsclub.com

October 6 to November 12, 2005
Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged.  After 10 years of international success, the creators of Mom’s the Word are back. Older and wider, this time they bring their tales of torment and teenagers! The Moms tackle trickier tests and raging hormones with intense humour, bringing everyone back into the fray of the world’s oldest unpaid profession. And don’t worry if you haven’t seen the first Mom’s the Word—or if you aren’t a mom. You’ll still find that you only relate to EVERYTHING!  Granville Island Stage, (604) 687-1644.

October 7, 2005
Barn Owls - Hands On Scientist Series.  This program is the first in GVRD Parks new Hands On Scientist Series. Join wildlife biologist Lorraine Andrusiak for an in depth look at the lives of this species at risk. During a slide show, Lorraine will share her many years experience studying these beautiful and mysterious night time predators. Find out what scientists learn when dissecting owl pellets, then take one apart yourself. Finally, do some behavioural research of your own as you go in search of barn owls resident in the park.  Campbell Valley Regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 7, 2005
Patrick Zimmerli Quartet.  New York saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli has been active in jazz and classical music since 1986. His early work in jazz was recognized when he won the first Thelonious Monk Composers Competition in Washington in 1993. His recent commissions include the LifeMusic commission from the Ying Quartet; Piano Trio No. 2 from the Seattle Chamber Music Festival; the 2003 Gil Evans Fellowship Commission; the Piano Concerto No. 2 for the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra; and an hour-long suite for the Belgian ensemble Octurn. He has also worked in commercial music and film, orchestrating music to films such as The Deep End.  VCC King Edward Campus, 604-872-5200.

October 7 - 10, 2005
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL SALSA CONGRESS.  his year's Congress in Vancouver is a 4-day Latin dance extravaganza beginning on October 7th, when Congress artists and guests will pour into the city from as far away as France, Mexico, and Japan to attend 4 evening dance parties, more than 30 daytime workshops (including Salsa On1, Salsa On2, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Bachata.), 2 nights of live dance shows and performances, and a qualifying round competition for the 1st Annual World Salsa Championships. Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 604-999-5588, http://www.VancouverInternationalSalsaCongress.com

October 7 to November 2, 2005
THE STANLEY PARK HALLOWEEN GHOST TRAIN.  Wake the Living! The Stanley Park Hallowe'en Ghost Train is Vancouver's autumn must-see and must-do family event. Thousands of passengers show up at the Ghost Train each October to experience a thrilling ride deep into the heart of the forest. This year, The Ghost Train veers south to Latin America for an adventurous journey into the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) created by Mortal Coil Performance Society . This brilliantly colourful salute to the ancestral spirits features dancing skeletons, ghostly serenades, and countless other scary surprises. Come and party with the spirits and rattle your bones as you embrace the beautiful and macabre extremes of life and death. Honour the dead and celebrate the living - add to the fun and come in costume!  http://www.vancouverparks.ca

October 8, 2005
Cranberry Festival.  In Langley we love to "Celebrate the Cranberry"! The Village of Fort Langley hosts this annual event that features a scrumptious pancake breakfast, cranberry-wares, field tours, a scarecrow contest and a canoe regatta on the Bedford Channel. For more information contact Fort Langley BIA 604-888-8835

October 8, 2005
Cranberry Sale Fundraiser at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188

October 8, 2005
IKEA Fall Family Festival.  This popular event promises to be fun for the whole family! Do a little square dancing, get your face painted, or try one of our fun activities! IKEA Coquitlam, (604) 636-1000, emily.tang@memo.ikea.com

October 8, 2005
Join the Moray Nairn & Banff Association of BC as it celebrates 75 years of Scottish community involvement in the Lower Mainland by hosting a gala event at the Scottish Cultural Center, 8886 Hudson Street (at 73rd) in Vancouver.  The evening features a full buffet meal, with entertainment by Rob Stuart and the Gala Band, plus a special appearance by the internationally acclaimed Delta Police Pipe Band.  Reception at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm.  Dress is black tie or business suit.  Tartan is, of course, welcome (and encouraged).  Ticket price $30 per person.  Contact Marlene or Ken Rogerson at 604-435-4722 or e-mail therogersons@telus.net

October 8, 2005
Out On The Fraser River.  Looking for a new way to explore regional parks? Sign up for this specially chartered boat trip along the historic Fraser River between Steveston and Annacis Island.  Settle into your cushioned seat on Steveston Seabreeze Adventures' covered boat and enjoy the scenery as you learn about the significance of this waterway to the nature and economy of our region. Watch the water for seals feeding on returning  salmon. Journey around estuarine mashes looking for grebes and cormorants. Sail past charming fishing villages and secluded houseboat communities and hear how the Fraser connects these communities together. Pass by massive freighters and working docklands and witness modern uses of this ancient transportation route.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 8 - 29, 2005
The Syringa Tree.  Six-year-old Elizabeth loves shimmying up the Syringa tree, her nanny Salamina's wedding songs and her lush South African home. She can't understand why certain districts are off-limits or why the neighbours say she's going to hell. The crucible of apartheid is heating up around her as Elizabeth navigates the wonder and darkness of her world.  Vancouver Playhouse, 604-873-3311.

October 8, November 5, December 3, 2005
Blacksmithing for Beginners.   Over 4 hours, learn about the history of the trade and blacksmith shop safety, proper tool use and forging techniques. Participants will have ample time at the forge under the guidance of an experienced Museum blacksmith and will each produce a dinner triangle with their newly acquired skills. Steel-toed boots must be worn.  Googles, aprons and all materials are aprovided. Instructors: Jeff Chenatte or Lorne Gray, $50.00, 1 session; Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

October 9, 2005
One Sky One World Fun Fly at Vanier Park, Vancouver. World Wide day to fly for peace. Single, dual and quad line flying.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

October 9, 2005
Vancouver Maritime Museum presents ARCTIC MARITIME HISTORY. Celebrate Canada's Arctic maritime history at the Maritime Museum. Discover more about exploration of the Northwest Passage, the Inuit, and the RCMP's role in Canada's north. Special guided tours (including the engine room) of RCMP vessel St Roch will also be offered. http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

October 9 - 10, 2005
Thanksgiving at Kilby. Celebrate the holiday the old fashioned way with Apple Cider Pressing demonstations at 2pm and Turkey Dinner served up for lunch in our restaurant.  Kilby Store and Farm, 604-796-9576, http://www.kilby.ca

October 9 - 10, 2005
The Way of the Flower: Ikebana exhibition. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It began in China where monks made offerings to Buddha of branches and flowers. It has since been formalized by centuries of devoted Japanese Masters. A unique aspect of this art is the ability to enjoy the beauty of a single flower and to convey the symbolism of passing time, seasons and events.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

October 9 - 11, 2005
Cap Theatre Series presents SUDS: THE ROCKIN' 60S MUSICAL SOAP OPERA.  Set in a Laundromat, SUDS virtually overflows with nostalgia, comedy, and more than thirty songs of the 1960s, including favourites such as Please, Mr. Postman, Johnny Angel, Chapel of Love, and Its My Party. SUDS provides squeaky-clean fun for the entire family and practically guarantees that youll leave the theatre singing.  Capilano College Theatre, http://www.capcollege.bc.ca/theatre

October 9 to December 31, 2005
Museum of Anthropology presents DEMPSEY BOB.  Consisting of 14 panels of text and photographs, this exhibit also features three of this world-renowned Tahltan artists most recent bronze sculptures; http://www.moa.ubc.ca

October 10, 2005
7th Annual Granville Island Turkey Trot.  The race that beckons Fall and helps keep your Thanksgiving dinner at bay, the 7th Annual Granville Island Turkey Trot 10k race is just around the corner.  http://www.turkey-trot.com

October 10, 2005
Thanksgiving Day

October 10, 2005
We are pleased to welcome back Science Works Interactive to mystify and amaze you with some Halloween experiments. Participants can watch pumpkins foam and witches brew bubble during the show. Please buy tickets in advance at the Kerrisdale Community Centre. $4.00/person or $15.00 for a family of four. Bring an extra toonie and make glow in the dark slime in the science lab! Kerrisdale Community Centre, 604-257-8100.

October 11, 2005
Museum of Anthropology presents HIDDEN DRAMA: CANTONESE OPERA COSTUMES.  Cantonese opera has been a vital part of Vancouvers cultural life for more than 100 years, a history unknown to most local people because of its early confinement to Chinatown due to anti-Chinese sentiment. The troupes that performed here left an important legacy in Vancouver: brilliantly ornamented costumes, props, stage fittings, and the distinctive red wooden trunks that were used to bring them from China. In this talk, curator Elizabeth Johnson explains how senior Cantonese opera specialists shared their knowledge so that these materials, which date from 1910-1940, could be identified; 7:00pm, free, http://www.moa.ubc.ca

October 12, 2005
Harlem Gospel Choir Ensemble is infamous for sold-out Sunday soul brunches at New York's B.B King Blues Club.  Commodore Ballroom, 604-280-4444.

October 13, 2005
Olivier Widmaier Picasso Picasso: The Real Family Story.  Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso, the author of the recent bestselling biography Picasso: The Real Family Story, presents an intimate portrait of his “very complicated” grandfather. In researching his book, Olivier Picasso, son of Maya Picasso, spoke extensively with relatives, friends and contemporaries of the artist, and discovered littleknown information about Picasso’s life.  UBC Robson Square Lecture Theatre, 604-662-4717.

October 13 - 14, 2005
Jann Arden. Canadian singer-songwriter celebrates new self-titled release.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444.

October 13 - 15, 2005
Fall Antique and Craft Show, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

October 13 - 16, 2005
Vancouver Home and Interior Design Show.  The Vancouver Home & Interior Design Show is the one place where you'll find hundreds of quality products and services for home remodelling, redecorating, landscaping, recreation at home and fine home living. Plus, you'll enjoy entertaining features and special guest speakers. B.C. Place Stadium, 604-433-5121, http://www.vancouverhomeandinteriordesignshow.com

October 14, 2005
Oktoberfest.  Come and join the choir for the annual fundraiser-a fun-filled Bavarian evening. A silent auction will be held in support of Vancouver Cantata Singers' upcoming season. Enjoy a performance by the Cantata Singers, dancing to an authentic oompah-pah band and a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drice, Vancouver, 604-730-8856, http://www.cantata.org

October 14 - 15, 2005
Harvest Festival.  More than 70 scarecrows decorate the streets of Lynden with the merchant’s annual scarecrow contest. Hayrides, a huge hay maze are a sampling of annual events associated with the festival, held the third weekend of October.  Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

October 14, 15, 21, 22, 2005
Burnaby Village Museum presents HAUNTED DEER LAKE WALKING TOURS.  Visit five ominous-looking buildings on Deer Lake where mysterious happenings and hauntings have been reported, including the Ceperley mansion. Includes a walk through Burnaby Village Museum. For adults & teens.  604-293-6500, http://burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

October 15, 2005
Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Finals Night.  A spoken word Cabaret/Showcase plus a Poetry Slam/Spoken Word competition; 4 teams of 4 poets competing. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

October 15, 2005
Checo Tohomaso and the VOC Soul Gospel Choir are pleased to announce our upcoming Fall concert on Saturday, October 15th. Checo brings a wealth of musical experience to the VOC Soul Gospel Choir. Born in Florida and raised in Hawaii as well as Okinawa Japan, he has entertained with many notable performers throughout his career.  Checo was honored to play keyboards, percussion and sing background vocals for the last European tour of Motown legend Marvin Gaye. As a keyboard player and background vocalist for the Green Machine, the band providing the sound for The Commodores and Lionel Ritchie, he continued to tour the world extensively until Expo '86 brought Checo to Vancouver.  Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Ave, Vancouver; 604-876-3363, http://www.vocsoulgospelchoir.com

October 15, 2005
Vancouver Pars National Ballet.  Celebrating 15 years of Iranian folk and traditional dancing. Journey through Iran with soul music, sensual folk and traditional moves and artistic set and light designs.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 15, 2005
‘What-Gas-Crisis?’ Electric Bike Show.  ‘What-Gas-Crisis?’ Electric Bike Show  will be held on October 15th 10am-5pm, Saturday, at Kingsgate Mall, Broadway at Kingsway, Vancouver. Did you know Vancouver has more electric bike developers than any other city on this continent? A team of UBC students have prototypes that race up to 70kph. Also, you’ll see an electric scooter with a trailer that replaced a petrol-burning van, to deliver donated bread to Vancouver's homeless. Free ebike and scooter test rides. Prizes for first 10 people arriving on any non-gasoline-burning vehicle, courtesy of Swiss Bakery and The Balloon Lady.  Kingsgate Mall, Broadway at Kingsway, robert04mat@yahoo.com

October 15 - 16, 2005
Abbotsford Collectors Car Show & Auction is a premier collector car show. Over 250 impressive cars on display. Some of the different types of vehicles you will see are antique cars, hot rods, restored cars, custom cars, street rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, race cars, light trucks, lowriders and hydraulics. Memorabilia Auction Saturday at 6:00pm. Classic Car Auction Sunday at 11:00am.  Live entertainment Saturday only at 1:00, 3:00 & 6:00. Tradex Centre, 604 514-2277, http://www.abbotsfordcollectorcarshow.com

October 15 - 22, 2005
The Vancouver International Comedy Festival, returns with a new look, new location in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  100 comics - 17 venues - 50 shows, featuring; the Trailer Park Boys, NBC Last Comic Standing, International comics and many more! For more information email info@comedyfest.com or visit http://www.comedyfest.com

October 15 - 22, 2005
West Coast Chocolate Festival - Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam Area.  No ordinary chocolate event, this festival inspires, informs, surprises, entertains, and above all celebrates chocolate.  Events can be savoured individually, or successively for the ultimate chocolate experience... the indulgent little escape we all need once in awhile.  Funds raised in this delectable event support ArtsConnect’s youth arts programs in the host cities.  For ticket and event information, please visit our website at http://www.chocolatefestival.ca/

October 15 - 31, 2005
Fall-oween Fall Festival at  Minter Country Garden Centre, 604-792-6612, http://www.mintergardens.com

October 15 - 31, 2005
Once Upon a Pumpkin, Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188

October 15, 2005 to January 15, 2006
Protean Picasso: Drawings and Prints from the National Gallery of Canada. Picasso's monumental fame will be forever linked to his development of the abstract style that came to be known as Cubism. As a constant innovator, Picasso worked in numerous artistic styles of his own invention, resulting in the creation of many iconic masterpieces that were made famous for their break with aesthetic traditions. This fall, the Vancouver Art Gallery will launch a remarkable Picasso project that brings together the full scope of the artist's career through examples of his drawings, prints and paintings. For the project, the Vancouver Art Gallery will jointly present Protean Picasso: Prints and Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada and Selected Paintings from International Collections, a rare grouping of eleven Picasso paintings, which have been loaned to the Gallery from a number of international collections.  Vancouver Art Gallery - 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, 604-662-4700.

October 15, 2005 to January 2, 2006
CLASSIFIED MATERIALS: Accumulations, Archives, Artists.  In a world characterized by an abundance of information that circulates rapidly through a complex set of networks, the processes of assembling and ordering materials hold a distinctive resonance as the basis for artistic activity. This exhibition examines some of the ways in which artists employ, transform or challenge the processes of ordering and classifying through which conceptions of the world, and our individual positions in it, are deeply embedded. Classified Materials spans two floors of the Gallery and combines an extensive selection of works from the collection with contributions by more than 45 internationally regarded contemporary artists from Vancouver, Asia, Europe, the United States and the Middle East.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4700.

October 16, 2005
21st Century Flea Market: From shabby chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, http://www.21cpromotions.com

October 16, 2005
Community Living Day.  The Richmond Society for Community Living will celebrate persons with developmental disabilities and the individuals that support them in the community, at this annual event at the Richmond Centre Mall on October 16th from 11am to 6pm. Activities include stage presentations recognizing local community supporters, speeches from local dignitaries and Richmond Socitey staff, martial arts and dance performances, interactive games, display booths, arts and crafts, information booths, and last but not least, free cake! To liven up the festivities, this year's event will have a tropical theme, so put on your Hawaiian shirt and come celebrate COMMUNITY LIVING! Richmond Centre Mall.

October 16, 2005
Mary Celeste, Ghost Ship.  Just off the coast of the mysterious Caribbean island of Haiti, “The Sea Hunters” dive to explore a conch shell-covered reef that could contain the last remains of another fascinating shipwreck…Join “The Sea Hunters” as they use sophisticated search equipment to find the last remains of a world famous ghost ship, the Mary Celeste.  Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue In Vanier Park.  Visitor information 604 257-8300, website: http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

October 16, 2005
Pied Pumkids (Shari Ulrich, Rick Scott & Joe Mock). Family Festival Series.  Slightly organic and eternally orange, Vancouver's legendary folk trio Pied Pumkin’s combination of dulcimer, guitar, violin, mandolin, flute and piano in a smorgasboard of folk, rock, jazz, blues and country create flawless harmonies, fearless arrangements and a toe tapping sound completely original and endearing.In the mid 70's Pied Pumkin defied categorization and made the group (Rick Scott, Shari Ulrich, Joe Mock) a West Coast favourite. Now, they’ve reunited for Pied Pumkids – toe-tapping family concerts based on Rick Scott’s award winning children’s repertoire.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 16, 2005
Public Tree Tour - Riverview.  The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society will host a Guided Tree Tour at 1 pm, Sunday Come visit this World Class Collection of Trees(Arboretum). The tours last for about 2 hours, depending on weather and walkers preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. We go rain or shine.  Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, 604-290-9910.

October 18 - 22, 2005
US.  American performance artist Tim Miller explores home, exile and injustice in this deeply personal monologue—with Broadway show tunes. Miller's partner of nine years is Anglo-Australian, and, as a gay couple in the United States, he and Miller have no legal means of applying for legal citizenship status. An angry, embittered and hilarious farewell to the US and an impassioned indictment of its prejudice. Nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363.

October 18 - 23, 2005
Vancouver International Writers Festival.   Experience a “World of Words” this Fall, with six days of lively readings, interviews and performances with outstanding writers from Canada and around the world, in intimate venues on Granville Island. Popular events at the Festival include the Literary Cabaret, the Poetry Bash, the Sunday Brunch and the Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture (this year featuring Margaret Atwood). For more information call (604) 681-6330 or visit http://www.writersfest.bc.ca

October 18, 2005
Beer Tasting & Education.  Nothing like a cold frosty one after a hard day of school! Not quite a wine connoisseur? This course is for you! This is the original UBC and Vancouver Beer Tasting and Education Class! Taste dozens of beers from around the world. Explore several domestic, import, specialty, and micro brewery beers, learn subtle differences, in colour, aroma, and TASTE! We have a great selection from local Micro Breweries and Macro Breweries from around the world. We explore the history of beer, the brewing process, the different types of beer, the marketing of beer, how to match beer with food, cooking with beer, and the sociology of beer in Canadian Society. We sample 6-8 beers per class (or more) and provide snacks! At the end of the class you will become a beer expert and impress all your friends!  The University of British Columbia, 604-822-9342, http://www.justhereforthebeer.com

October 19 -22, 2005
Vancouver New Music presents INTERFRENCE: STATIQUE X-STATIQUE / STATIC X-STATIC.  Fred Frith headlines this years Vancouver New Music Festival 4 days of musique actuelle from Montral and improvisation featuring Kaffe Matthews and Janek Schaefer, Montrealers Magali Babin, Michel Ct, Jean Derome, Aim Dontigny, Erick DOrion, Bernard Falaise, JP Gauthier, Joane Htu, Dianne Labrosse, Alexandre St-Onge, Pierre Tanguay, Vancouverites Ron Samworth and Dylan van der Schyff and a host of local favourites who join Frith in an ensemble concert.  Various venues, 604-280-3311, http://www.newmusic.org

October 19, 2005
Alice Cooper, at the Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

October 19, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents CANDY FROM STRANGERS: KIDS AND CONSUMER CULTURE.  Marketing is blamed for everything from childhood obesity to youth violence. Candy from Strangers goes behind the headlines to offer an unbiased and in-depth look at the subjects of kids and mass media. Are children victims of the marketing world...or could they in fact be sophisticated participants in consumer culture? Refusing to offer easy answers, Stephen Dale raises the rarely-voiced concern that our handwringing about media and its effects on kids may distract us from the truly important issues facing future generations; VPL - Central Branch.

October 19 to November 18, 2005
Bridges, Ranjan Sen.  Ranjan Sen was born in West Bengal, India, in 1941. He has studied at the Universities of New Delhi, Manitoba, and Pennsylvania State, and has received many awards, scholarships and gold medals. He has illustrated great works of Eastern and Western literature such as Easop’s Fables, The Hymn of Creation (Rg Veda), the Rubayat of Omar Khayyam, Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Song of Song and the Gita Govinda. For the last thirty years he has made his home in Vancouver, where his series of paintings of the Lotus was chosen to adorn the new Hall of a Hundred Rivers at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for its gala opening in June 2004. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

October 20, 2005
Waters and Forests: from historical controversy to scientific debate.  Dr. Younes Alila, professor and researcher, UBC Department of Forest Resources Management, Watershed Hydrology Laboratory.  Dr Alila will discuss the nature of hydrology, providing us with an understanding of the basics, and then relating those concepts to management of our drinking water supply.  Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 20 to November 12, 2005
Pacific Theatre presents THE ELEPHANT MAN.  1884. John Merrick is rescued from the brutalities of a London freak show. As this gentle monstrosity becomes the toast of Victorian society, his ambitious saviours are confronted with the deformities of their own souls. A searching classic of the contemporary stage.  Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver; http://www.pacifictheatre.org/season0506.html

October 21 - 22, 2005
Rocky Horror Show.  Based on the cult movie, this musical play is about Brad and Janet who stumble upon the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Further, a mad scientist from the planet Transexual.This is the night that a "beautiful creature", Rocky, created for the release of Frank's "tension" is to be born.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 21 - 23, 2005
Canwest Wood Working & Tool Show.  In the Agriplex, Cloverdale; 1-888-999-5513, http://www.canwestshows.com

October 21 - 23, 2005
The Mane Event is an equine education expo and trade fair offering over 85 hours of equine educational clinics and demonstrations plus an equine trade fair. Clinics include Jane Savoie - Dressage; Beth Underhill - Jumping; Peggy Cummings - Connected Riding; Tim Kimura - Competitive Trail; Richard Shrake - Resistance Free Riding and more. Plus a Trainers Challenge - pitting Chris Irwin; Doug Mills and Jay O'Jay in a challenge. Visit http://www.maneeventexpo.com for details or call (250) 578-7518. Heritage Park - Chilliwack.

October 21 - 23, 2005
Vancouver Snow Show at Canada Place; http://www.vancouversnowshow.com

October 22, 2005
Wild Thing Event at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188

October 22, 2005
Barn Owls - Hands On Scientist Series.  This program is the first in GVRD Parks new Hands On Scientist Series. Join wildlife biologist Lorraine Andrusiak for an in depth look at the lives of this species at risk. During a slide show, Lorraine will share her many years experience studying these beautiful and mysterious night time predators. Find out what scientists learn when dissecting owl pellets, then take one apart yourself. Finally, do some behavioural research of your own as you go in search of barn owls resident in the park. Minnekhada Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 22, 2005
Diwali Festival Celebration. Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Join us to celebrate this Festival of Light with traditional decorations, entertainment and lavish South Asian cuisine. All are welcome. Please preregister; sorry no refunds. $10.00 per person. Saturday, 12:00noon-3:00pm, October 22. Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone: 604-296-70110 or 604-294-1936.

October 22, 2005
Kids Swap Meet, Shannon Hall & McKay Building, Cloverdale; 604-513-8880.

October 22, 2005
The Mud Bay Jugglers.  Based in Olympia, Washington, The Mud Bay Jugglers juggle genresas easily as objects, weaving theatre, dance, performance art, physical comedy, and juggling into a creative and infectiously entertaining presentation. Jugglers World Magazine called them one of the most original and creative juggling troupes performing today.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

October 23, 2005
7th Annual Family Series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.  Mortal Coil presents Lava & Bones.  Puppetry, stilt dance and song bring geological events to life as two characters travel back in time in search of a dinosaur. Along the way, they enlist the audience to help make an earthquake and marvel at a 45-metre timeline ribbon showing human history. When they discover a newly hatched baby Styracosaurus, they don't know they are being watched by the feared T-Rex, a 14-foot stilted beast with teeth to match!  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, 604-927-6555, http://www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

October 23, 2005
Kidstuff Only Swapmeet.  Our swapmeets are perfect places to clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain. If you’re thinking of selling, please note that we accept only used items for children age 12 and younger as well as maternity clothes. Free admission for buyers. Table rental: $17.71, in person only starting September 24. Pick up a number at 7:30am, return at 9:00am, and your table registration will be processed in numerical order. Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm, October 23. Bonsor Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. Phone: 604-439-1860.

October 23, 2005
On Sunday October 23rd, 2005, the North Vancouver Outdoor School Alumni Society will be holding a fundraiser at the Indigo Books store, located at 1025 Marine Drive in North Vancouver.  The event will take place from 7pm-9pm. 10% from all sales will go directly to the Alumni Society for the Outdoor School for Kids Bursary Fund.  Refreshments, live music, face painting, crafts, a pick a pumpkin patch with pumpkins by donation and other children’s activities will be taking place.  For more information and invitations visit http://www.nvosas.ca/indigoflyer.pdf

October 23, 2005
Return of the Salmon, Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Fish Fence.  Witness the return of spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek at this Maple Ridge fall classic, held at the 240th Street fish fence in the park. The sights and sounds of splashing salmon amidst the golden fall colours make this a unique and unforgettable experience. To get to the fish fence from Dewdney Trunk Road, turn south on 240th Street, follow park signs and turn right on Kanaka Creek Road. The parking lot is on your left. From the Albion Ferry and Lougheed Highway, turn right off the ferry and cross Lougheed Highway on 240th Street. Travel north on 240th Street until you cross the creek. Turn left on Kanaka Creek Road and left again into the parking lot.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 23, 2005
The Lions are coming!! That's right; some of your favorite BC Lions will be making an appearance here in New Westminster through Athletes in Action at Connaught Heights Pentecostal Assembly. Come and see what puts the roar in these guys' lives. There will be a question and answer time, autograph session, games and free ice cream sundaes! Join us October 23, 2005 at 6:00 pm. 2201 8th Avenue, New Westminster. For more info call our office at 604-526-5505

October 24 - 25, 2005
World Kindness Concert.  Featuring Brock Tully, Shari Ulrich, Leora Cashe, Sue Leonard, Bill Sample, and more.  The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604-251-1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

October 25 to November 9, 2005
Megakins Productions presents ALLEY CATS.  Alley Cats begins with Hilda Heckarott (Lea DeLaria) in the gambling lair of "Big Kitty". Hilda owes "Big Kitty" $50,000. and she's told to pay up or else. Hilda leaves and "Big Kitty" calls in Lee who she orders to collect the debt. Lee heads over to the alley behind Hilda's caf called "Bettykins". Lee first meets Eunice and Estelle and mistakes them for Hilda and her waitress, Betty. Eunice and Estelle run a cat ministry from the alley and get quite excited when they incorrectly believe that Big Kitty is their new cat food sponsor.  Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver, http://www.alleycats.ca

October 26 -30, 2005
Hobgoblin Express: Ride the 3km miniature train through a field of decorated pumpkins and displays.  West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish; 604-898-9336, http://wcra.org

October 27, 2005
The Dance Centre presents ARAB WOMEN, ARAB DANCE: MIDDLE EASTERN.  Five diversely accomplished Arab women give a unique and powerful presentation of Middle Eastern dance, reaching beyond popular preconceptions to reveal Arab dance as a rich and evolving art, a source of personal identity, and an integral part of daily life.  Scotiabank Dance Centre,  604-257-0366, http://www.thedancecentre.ca

October 27 - 30, 2005
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. Approximately 6000 dogs from over 100 breeds with compete for the coveted red, white & blue "Best in Show" rosettes. 60 trade show booths with thousands of products. This event raises money for a number of charities, including the SPCA, Variety Club & Canadian Seeing Eye Dogs. Pug dog chuckwagon races - Sunday at noon. Please note that only dogs entered into the show will be allowed into the building.  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford, http://www.lowermainlanddogfanciersofbc.com

October 27 to November 20, 2005
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre  presents JEFF WAYNE'S THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.  The live theatrical laser and light multi-media musical. http://www.thewaroftheworlds.ca

October 28, 2005
Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore.  This Friday night concert features Sinfonia’s timpanist, Phillip Crewe. In the classical period, concertos for several big kettledrums were interesting yet lightweight, but today, in the hands of a dynamic performer like Philip, the Concerto for SIX Timpani by Druschetzky is a real tour de force. In their annual tribute to Austria, Sinfonia will perform the famous serenade Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by their favourite Austria composer. They will present a lovely assortment of waltzes, marches and polkas by none other than Johann Stauss, Jr., Lehar and Lanner.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 28 - 30, 2005
Burnaby Village Museum presents HAUNTED VILLAGE.  For all brave families! Wear your costumes and bring your flashlights and cameras. Come rain, gloom, or waning moon. See the Ghosts, Witches and Goblins lurking in the village streets. Go trick-or-treating at the houses of the ghoulish village folk. Hear the Devils blacksmith at the anvil; 604-293-6500, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

October 29, 2005
14th Annual 101 Pumpkin Event. First 101 families to arrive with a ghost, goblin or other scary creature will receive a free pumpkin. There is the North Shore News Giant Pumpkin weigh off as well as the 'normal' pumpkin contest, carved and uncarved. There is face painting, concession, pony rides and new last year the popular scare crow building workshop. Milking demo at 2:15PM. Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; http://www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

October 29, 2005
2nd annual presentation of a musical variety show entitled: Music X'Po 2005 Vol 2 " Musical Enchantment "  to be held at the Inlet Theatre, 100 Neweport Drive, Port Moody.  The program will showcase some of the finest entertainers in Canada with an array of musical repertoire from Jazz, Opera, Pop, Blues, Standards and tribute acts. The musical variety show is a fund -raising event  for the benefit of the BC Lupus Foundation Society, (604) 931-2008.

October 29, 2005
Children's Halloween Magic Show at the Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080.

October 29, 2005
CLOVERDALE HALLOWEEN COSTUME   PARADE & CONTEST,  Downtown Cloverdale, 604-576-3155 or 604-574-9802.

October 29, 2005
Computer Swap at Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale; 604-521-6304, http://www.geocities.com/turnbuckle99

October 29, 2005
East Richmond Community Lantern Festival at the  Cambie Community Centre; 604-233-8399

October 29, 2005
Halloween Hoopla. This spine-tingling event features ice skating, creepy crafts, face painting and ghostly games on and off the ice. Costumes are optional; skate and helmet rentals extra. $3.35 child, $4.15 student/senior, $5.19 adult. Saturday, 12:45-3:15pm, October 29. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue. Phone: 604-291-1261.

October 29, 2005
Masquerade Ball Fundraiser at Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080.

October 29 - 30, 2005
Halloween Haunted Woods at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

October 29 - 30, 2005
Dog Star Sports Event at the Agriplex, Cloverdale; 604-888-7090.

October 29 - 30, 2005
Haunted Halloween. Children enjoy a wonderful Halloween celebration in our 99 year old General Store Museum. How scary is that? Games, Prizes and treats for everyone! Kilby Store and Farm, 604-796-9576, http://www.kilby.ca

October 30, 2005
Halloween Harvest Public Skate  at Centennial Arena, White Rock; 604-541-2171.

October 30, 2005
Piratical Halloween Bash. Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to dress in their fearsome pirate best and join us for an afternoon of treats and treasures! Special pirate activities included free with admission to the Maritime Museum for kids under ten dressed in costume (children must be accompanied by a paid adult); visit to a haunted ghost ship with lots of spooky things inside; fun crafts and ghostly activities in the galleries and of course, pirate loot to take home. Museum is open from noon to 5 pm. Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, 604 257-8300, http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/

October 30, 2005
Vancouver Maritime Museum presents SHIVER ME TIMBERS. Bring your little swashbucklers and join the Halloween festivities on October 30 for treats and treasures. Experience a haunted ship and such activities as ghostly stories, pirate hats, Treasure Island maps and pirate loot. A real Halloween gem, free for children ages 4 to 10 in their best costume when accompanied by paying adult (non-member) and free for Museum members.  Vancouver Maritime Museum, http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

October 31, 2005
MSA Museum, Halloween House.  The MSA Museum is hosting their annual Halloween House on October 31st from 4 - 8pm. Don't miss the thrills - fun for the whole family! There will be costume contests, games, treats and a scarey house.  Tretheway House -2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford.

Ongoing until October, 2005
B.C. Lions CFL Football, BC Place Stadium, http://www.bclions.com/.

Ongoing until October 2, 2005
BC Fashion Week.  Twice each year, concurrent with the two annual fashion seasons, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter, the industry comes together to present ready-to-wear lines to a focused target audience. Globally recognized as "Fashion Week", these events are scheduled in major fashion centres around the world. It is an opportunity for the entire industry to collectively showcase the upcoming seasons collections to trade buyers (retailers, buying houses, distributors, wholesalers, agents, potential franchises), the media and individual buyers, for the upcoming season.  Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St. Granville Island.

Ongoing to October 8, 2005
Don't miss another fabulous season of the Yaletown Funky Farmers Market.  The market kicks off every Saturday  rain or shine  starting June 11th to October 8th in Bill Curtis Square located at the corner of Mainland and Davie, just across from Starbucks and the Opus Hotel in Yaletown.  Find truly unique handmade crafts including pet fashions, jewellery, soaps and home décor Yaletown style. Enjoy farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and a selection of gourmet prepared foods. Enjoy the hip urban atmosphere of historic Yaletown with its fresh array of modern lifestyle shops and cutting edge restaurants. Stroll the docks and take your pick of patios for brunch before or after the market. For information contact Gary at: 604 683-7473 or projects@yaletowninfo.com

Ongoing until October 8, 2005
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market.  Held Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, May 7th to October 8th, in Historic Downtown Abbotsford, this market is a showcase for BC growers, artisans and entertainers in a street fair setting.  Being designed not only as a shopping place but also as a social community venue, the market will feature cooking demonstrations, musicians, and performance artists.  For further information check the website at: http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

Ongoing until October 9, 2005
Broadway In Vancouver presents MAMMA MIA!  A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle youll never forget! Over 20 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! The story-telling magic of ABBAs timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyones having the time of their lives!  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444, http://www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca

Ongoing until October 10, 2005, 2005
Enchanted World of Sand. Displays of 20 scenes from magical myths, legends and fairytales, carved from sand by Canadian master sculptors.  $5/adult, $2/child aged 6-13, Harrison Hot Springs.

Ongoing until October 10, 2005
World Championship Sand Sculpture.  Individual and team carvers from around the world transform the shores of Harrison Lake into a magical land of sand sculptures! The sculptures stay on display for about 3 weeks, creating a unique outdoor gallery.  Competition: September 06-11, 2005, exhibition: until October 10, 2005.   For more information visit http://www.harrisand.org

September 29 to October 14, 2005
Vancouver International Film Festival.  Screening a total of 261 feature films and 85 shorts, the Vancouver International Film Festival is one of Vancouver's most successful event.  It is a must see event!  Held at various venues in Vancouver; (604) 685-0260, http://viff.org

Ongoing until October 16, 2005
Ritual Ecologies.  In conjunction with New Form's Festival 2005, MOA is exhibiting three multimedia works by New Forms artists Emilie Monnet, Doug Smarch, Skawennati Fragnito and Jason Lewis for one month. Museum of Anthropology, 604-822-3825, http://www.moa.ubc.ca

Ongoing until October 23, 2005
Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Diary of Anne Frank.  In this gripping new adaptation, from the original stage play by Goodrich and Hackett, recently discovered writings and survivor accounts are interwoven to create a contemporary, impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. All the while, Anne maintains her grip on reality by celebrating the simple joys of growing upa new school year, her first pair of high heels, and her first kiss. Share her timeless story that will never be forgotten.  Stanley Theatre, 2780 Granville Street, Vancouver; http://www.artsclub.com

Ongoing until October 30, 2005
Burnaby Art Gallery presents PRIOR EDITIONS: 10 YEARS OF CANADIAN PRINT MAKING.  The exhibition features works from the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, Prior Editions Studio Limited and several private collections. Works by artists such as Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, Molly Lamb Bobak, Gathie Falk, Toni Onley, Otis Tamasauskas, Robert Young, and Carel Moiseiwitsch highlight this expansive retrospective exhibition. http://www.burnabyartgallery.ca

Ongoing until December 16, 2005
Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre: 11:00 Mystery of the Nile, 12:00 Vikings, 1:00 Cosmic Voyage, 2:00 Vikings, 3:00 Mystery of the Nile, 4:00 Vikings, 5:00 Cosmic Voyage (Sat/Sun/holidays), 7:30 Sunday Evening Double Feature: Mystery of the Nile & Vikings; Science World, 604-443-7443, http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca

Ongoing
Family Fun at the UBC Museum of Anthropology: Poles of the Northwest Coast.  This program is offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 1:00-2:30 pm. MOA welcomes families and individuals interested in learning more about NWC First Nations cultures. This new program is free with admission to the Museum. Family admission of $25 includes two adults and up to four children. The program lasts 90 minutes and is suitable for children 6-12 years. For more information visit: http://moa.ubc.ca/programs/index.php

Ongoing
MOMS WANTED! Ever feel under-appreciated? Does someone you know think they have a better idea of how to raise your own children? How would you like to put them to the test? Put that know-it-all family member or special friend in your shoes while you enjoy a weekend getaway! Paperny Films is looking for moms (or dads) with multiple children to star in "Crash Test Mommy", an insightful and entertaining television series for Life Network on the realities of parenting. If you know a mum (or dad) who really deserves a break and who has something to prove, call 604 228 1960 or e-mail us at mum@papernyfilms.com for more information.

Ongoing
You Say You Want A Revolution.  Groove on Vancouver as the hippie capital of Canada. Visit the hippies’ communal house, try on some macrame finery, and listen to great Vancouver bands from the late 1960s. Look for your mom or dad, or yourself, in swinging footage of the Stanley Park Be-In and the Retinal Circus nightclub. Follow the action as Vancouverites –both hippie and straight –fought the freeway and saved their neighbourhoods.  Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The Imprentice. The Imprentice isnt about Money, Money, Money, Money its about Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny when an all-powerful host, with impossibly bad hair, runs a competition where a group of improvisers must employ all their formal training, their street-smarts, their improv-chutzpah in this ultimate boardroom battle. Who will hear those dreaded words Youre fired! and which one will be hired to be the Improv Apprentice. It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,  www.vtsl.com

 







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