Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for October 2006

 

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October 1, 2006
Earthsave Canada's Taste of Health.  Western Canada's largest annual vegetarian food festival. September 30 & October 1, 2006 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive). Speakers, cooking demos, free product giveaways, restaurants, book fair, workshops. Experience and learn about the vegetarian lifestyle! http://www.earthsave.bc.ca, 604.879.0154

October 1, 2006
Eensy, Weensy Spiders parent and tot nature program, Colony Farm Regional Park;  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 1, 2006
Mozart's The Magic Flute: Quest for the Box of Shadows presented by Vancouver Opera.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 1, 2006
The 12th Annual Celebration of Dixieland Jazz at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, 15269-104 Ave., Surrey http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vdjs/dixiefest.html - it's awesome!

October 1, 2006
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Presents A MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL CELEBRATION.  The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will host a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to celebrate the second biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar. We invite everyone to take part in this exciting event. The Garden’s celebration will include moon cake sampling (traditional round pastry served especially for this festival filled with red bean, lotus paste, egg yolks, or nuts) generously donated by Keefer Bakery and craft activities for the young and young-at-heart with prizes sponsored by VanCity.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com, 604.662.3207.

October 1, 2006
World Habitat Day Walk.  Enjoy a stroll with biologist David Cook and learn how keystone wildlife species in the park relate to each other and how they have adapted to and taken advantage of a close association with humans. Cost $10 public, $5 students/members.  Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, Stanley Park Ecology Society; 604-718-6522.

October 1, 2006
You Have the Power: Showcasing a Successful Community Stewardship Project free drop-in event; Pacific Spirit Regional Park; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2006
Ambleside Farmer’s Market,10am-3pm,14th St. & Marine Dr., West Vancouver; amblesidefarmersmarket@telus.net

October 1 - 31, 2006
Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia.  Explore the artistic styles, craftsmanship and traditions of South Asia's diverse cultures. Learn how the people of this region have interacted with the world through their artistic skills and age-old crafts.  Surrey Museum, 604-592-6956.

October 1 - 31, 2006
Pumpkins and Pickles. This harvest celebration of the circle garden highlight historic and modern uses for late fall fruits and vegetables. The Woodshed store is full of the farm harvest with local products and our own pickles and jellies, soaps and old fashioned candies.  Greenhill Acres in Ryder Lake, 604-858-9917, http://www.greenhillacres.com

October 1 - 31, 2006
The Reapers Haunted Attraction. One of BC's oldest and largest Haunted Attractions. It is very scary by night (8 years+ only), but there are Boo (family) Tours during the day. There is also a pumpkin patch and fun activities for the little ones.  Fantasy Farms, 604-792-8572, http://www.reapers.ca

October 1 to December 14, 2006
Tigers and Dragons - China and India for Kids.  Bring the kids in your life to this colourful hands-on exhibit! The words China and Chinese and India and Indian gain meaning as children: *Pretend to shop in our Chinese Market *Play in our Discover India Area *Explore the globe in our Where in the World Are You from section *Have fun our Dress Up Area8 And cozy up in our Book Nook Public visits on Saturdays 11-5 from September 30 - December 9 (11-5, $3 per person over two years old). School and other group visits Tuesday-Friday, October 3 to December 14 (see our web site for details). Our longer-term plan is to build a permanent children’s museum to celebrate countries and cultures from across the globe!  http://www.kidsaroundtheworld.ca, 12 Water Street, Gastown, 604.708.2298

October 2 - 31, 2006
“Reviving the Revolutionary Spirit”, RISE UP! THE 1956 PROJECT Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution An exhibition of artifacts from the Uprising will be one of the world’s finest – on the 6th floor of Vancouver’s breathtaking downtown Public Library, we will feature hundreds of rare and authentic items from the Hungarian Revolution. Admission is free, and the exhibit will be open for the entire month of October.  Vancouver Public Library 350 West Georgia Street Vancouver; 604-733-9948.

October 3, 2006
10th Annual Taste of the Tri-Cities.  Do you enjoy a variety of culinary delights? Come tempt your taste buds with samples from our communities.  Executive Plaza Hotel located at 405 North Road, Coquitlam.  604-777-2394 or visit our web-site at www.societyforcommunitydevelopment.com

October 4, 2006
Beer: Gotta Love It!  Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Canada's favourite beverage in this fun & informative 3 hour workshop. Topics include: differences between Lagers & Ales, a brief history, the brewing process, beer & food pairings, cooking with beer & more! Taste and explore 8-10 different beers including specialty imports, regional microbrews, & local brewpub beers. Take home your own tasting sheet and other fun beer information. Course fee includes snacks and prizes!  Riley Park Community Centre, 604-257-8545.

October 5, 2006
Pre-Teen Internet Safety Workshop.  The Internet is adding a new twist to the age-old tug-of-war between a preteen's growing need for independence and a parent's understandable concern for safety. With virtual realities, chat rooms, blogs and other communication vehicles becoming the norm for our children and foreign for parents, discover a way to work with your children in this new era and still provide education, safety and independence. $15/1 session.  Riley Park Community Centre, 604-257-8545, www.vancouver.ca/parks/cc/riley

October 5, 2006
The Voices of Flamenco.  Traditional flamenco takes the stage side by side with amazing blends of flamenco and world music. The magic and power of music and dance come together in this captivating show.  Along with traditional dance, see how flamenco sounds blend with the beat of the tabla with Tambura Rasa and how Chinese instruments can bring an exciting twist to flamenco with Silk Road Music Duo. 907 W. 33rd Ave, Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased on-line or can be reserved by calling 604-874-9325 or emailing info@inthehousefestival.comwww.inthehousefestival.com

October 5, 2006
Tickle Me Pickle Improv Show, West Richmond Community Centre, 604-718-8416

October 5 to April 8, 2006
Vancouver Canucks, Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer.  General Motors Place, check game schedule at http://www.canucks.com

October 6, 2006
B.C. Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders.  BC Lions Football at BC Place Stadium; 604.661.3626, www.bclions.com

October 6 - 12, 2006
Creatures of the Night.  In the midst of a dark forest a face-to-face encounter with some inhabitants of the shadow could change your life forever. Walk with some of the most elusive night creatures in Stanley Park! Great for families, children, teens and adults.  Stanley Park Ecology Society, 604-718-6522.

October 6 - 31, 2006
Stanley Park Ghost Train.  Wake the Living! The Stanley Park Halloween 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 and stunning views deep into the heart of the forest. 604-257-8400, http://vancouver.ca/parks/events/ghosttrain/index.htm

October 7, 2006
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 7, 2006
Welcome to Cranberry Festival at the Fort Wine Co. Cranberry farms at 26151 84th Ave., located minutes from the village of Fort Langley. This established satellite event runs in conjunction with the village. Trolley service is available to & from both locations and includes a tour of FWC cranberry fields preparing berries for harvest. Featured at the site will be live entertainment with The Hard Times Bluegrass Band, best bluegrass music around. Special feature for the kids, Tarkov's Haunted Gallery which offers 6,000 sq.ft. of twisting halls containing pre-halloween thrills and excitement. Also on site 18 hole miniature golf presented by Bells & Whistles. A scarecrow exhibit and competition, face painting and other fun will also be available. Bulk cranberry sales from the Fort Wine Co.'s own farm as well as wine tasting from award winning selections. Freybe's Gourmet foods will be in attendance with a barbeque lunch with specialty products designed especially for the season. Free parking available at site on 84th Ave. Free admission to event. We'll be waiting for you! For more info contact; Eniko 604-881-2255 or visit http://www.thefortwineco.com

October 7, 2006
Hunter Moon Walk registered family nature program.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 7 - 8, 2006
1st Annual Soulful Thanksgiving Dance.  Help 'Amaranth' Stamp out Diabetes PROUD SUPPORTERS OF CANADIAN DIABETES RESEARCH PRESENTS: BILLY DIXON'S SOUL TRAIN EXPRESS. Gizeh Shrine Temple, 3550 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby, B.C. (east of B.C.I.T.).  604-271-8347.

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2006
Dundarave Farmer’s Market, 10am-4pm, Dundarave Village, West Vancouver; 604-921-1814

October 8, 2006
Arrivals & Departures.  October is a transition time in the park as the last of our summer birds leave for the south and winter birds arrive from the interior and north. Join birder Cathy Aitchison to look for late warblers, early ducks and year-round residents as we walk around Lost Lagoon. Cost $10 public, $5 students/members.  Stanley Park Ecology Society, 604-718-6522.

October 8, 2006
Diwali Show 2006.  Darji Cultural Society of B.C. (DCS) presents its annual Diwali Show! Diwali is India ’s annual festival of lights. Join us for a show full of culture, bollywood entertainment and Gujarati drama, and be a part of this great DCS tradition.  Surrey Arts Centre, Main Stage, 604.501.5566.

October 8, 2006
Join Mad Innovations to support Charity with an 18th Century Masquerade Extravaganza & Fashion Show at Storyeum. The evening will highlight some of the cities newest designers including New World Designs. One of Vancouver  hottest Drag Queens, Carlotta Gurl, will host the event with appearances by Burlesque Dancer Little Miss Risk and a surprise celebrity. Enjoy an evening of fun with Jugglers, fortune telling, henna artistry, prizes, DJ music, dancing and more. Watch out for our Corset Auction where you have control- make the highest bid on your favourite corset that our models will be wearing and take it away with you right there.  Dress code: Costume Dress is preferred, formal evening wear acceptable.  Tickets are $60 in advance & include: buffet, a beverage and mystery package. Tickets available at Storyeum 142 Water St Gastown in person and at www.Clubzone.com (http://www.clubzone.com/) More information at www.madinnovations.com (http://www.madinnovations.com/)   Partial proceeds go to the ALS Society of Canada/BC Charity.

October 8, 2006
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  A romantic outdoor Chinese cultural celebration including a colourful lantern festival, myth telling, music and complimentary tea and mooncakes.  Info at 604-662-3207 or visit www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

October 8, 2006
One Sky One World Fun Fly.  World Wide day to fly for peace.  Vanier Park, Vancouver; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/ info@bcka.bc.ca

October 8 - 9, 2006
Kilby’s Thanksgiving Weekend. 11:00am  5:00pm. Come out and join us for a traditional Thanksgiving Day. There is always lots of interest in seeing our apple cider making demonstration on our century old cider press. These demonstrations will be held at     1 pm daily. The Harrison River Restaurant will be serving up hot apple cider and a pumpkin cheese cake special. Our main feature, and fast becoming a Kilby tradition, is our full course Thanksgiving dinner! Due to the popularity of this event reservations will be required for both Sunday and Monday. Prices vary according to age, adult plates are $14.50, seniors are $10.50 and children’s plates are $8.00.   Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

October 11 - 22, 2006
The Pathways Project.  The arts of theatre creates a global pathway between 3 indigenous plays from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, that reveals both similarities and diversities in cultural histories and in contemporary societies.  The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, 604-689-0926, www.firehallartscentre.ca

October 12, 2006
10th Annual SOHO-SME Business Conference and Expo!  The SOHO-SME reaches out to thousands of small & medium sized businesses and connects them to the most valuable tools, resources, business products/services and how-to knowledge to support the success and growth of their business.  Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, www.soho.ca/sohosme, contact ask@soho.ca for more details or call (604) 929-8250

October 12, 2006
10th Annual Spirit of Community Awards.  Do you know an individual or group who deserve recognition for all they do for the community? Then, you need to join us at the Spirit of Community Awards held at the Port Moody Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody.  604-777-2394 or visit our web-site at www.societyforcommunitydevelopment.com

October 12 - 14, 2006
Fall Craft and Antique Show, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com;  Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

October 12 - 15, 2006
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.  BC Place Stadium, 604.433.5121, http://www.vancouverhomeandinteriordesignshow.com

October 12 - 28, 2006
Gateway Theatre presents THE FLYFISHER'S COMPANION.  Don and Wes have survived war, marriages and each other's company for over half a century. But things have changed since these two old friends started fishing together. Lures, (f)lies, and the big ones that got away aren't the only topics of conversation at the cabin this weekend. A touching comedy about two old farts wishing they could remember some things better, abd others they'd rather forget.  Gateway Theatre, Richmond; 604.270.1812, http://www.gatewaytheatre.com/

October 13, 2006
The 1st annual Festival of the Future is the future of multi media shows. Combining film, hot new artists, musicians and new technologies under one roof. This year we are presenting 2 films, including the international award winning documentary "1gnb", which follows Canadian Olympic track cycling Champion Lori-and Muenzer on her amazing journey. Muenzer will be presenting, along with some new artists and musicians. www.onegearnobreaks.com.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 13 - 14, 2006
Harvest Festival. Scarecrows decorate the streets of Lynden with the merchant’s annual scarecrow contest (a great photo op). Hayrides, a huge hay maze, fresh local produce, and entertainment are a sampling of annual events associated with the festival, held annually in October.  Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

October 13 - 15, 2006
Art Focus Artists' Association presents  their 12th Annual Fall Show and Sale of Original Paintings at the Elks Hall 2272 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam.  Over 30 artists will be showcased and member artists will give demonstrations at this free event.  604.941.2304, www.myartclub.com/art.focus (http://www.myartclub.com/art.focus)

October 13 - 31, 2006
The Halloween Pumpkin Express.  Ride on our train through our Friendly Spook Alley. This is our 11th year. Children's fare includes a Halloween craft, game, treat and a real pumpkin to take home.  Bear Creek Park Train, 13750 - 88th Avenue, Surrey; 604-501-1232.

October 14, 2006
World Rhythm Concert.  This eclectic event features three leading  percussionists from Greater Vancouver, Hari Pal, Joseph 'Pepe' Danza and Raphael Geronimo. The theme of this event is fusion and integration of world rhythms. Together, they will create unique and complex rhythms of  bongo, conga, djembe , hang , multiple tabla, Udu and other percussion items . After three unique drum solo  items, there will be ensembles to demonstrate a perfect  blending of a variety of world rhythms and also some melodies of hang and set of multiple tablas. Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.  For further information:  www.moa.ubc.ca (http://www.moa.ubc.ca).

October 14, 2006
5TH ANNUAL TUNING INTO OUR TEENS *A one day conference for Girls & Parents. Location: H. D. Stafford Secondary School, 20441 Grade Crescent, Langley. Adults: $10 Girls: Priceless This full-day conference is focused on adolescent girls and their parents (moms and dads!), caregivers, teachers, mentors - connecting, communicating and exploring social issues affecting all of us. Girls are encouraged to bring their friends and find out how to be the best you can be! Parents will explore strategies to keep doors of communications opene between your teen and yourself. Workshop topics include: assertiveness and self-esteem, conflict resolution, lifestyle alternatives, - healthy eating and healthy bodies, healthy sexuality; plus dealing with addictions. Guest speaker: Langley RCMP Superintendent Janice Armstrong, plus keynote speakers Mr. Keith Pattinson and Olympic Bronze Medalist Lynn Kanuka. 13 year old Gabrielle Starr organizer of the Oct 24th walk for the Children of North Uganda www.nighttolightwalk.ca THE FIRST 100 GIRLS TO REGISTER WILL RECEIVE A FLOATING CUBIC ZIRCONIA NECKLACE. AND - KAREN LEE BATTEN, A CANADIAN IDOL FINALIST WILL VISIT AT LUNCH TIME TO SING A FEW OF HER SONGS AND AUTOGRAPH SOME CDS! To register email your name, address, and contact info to tiotlangley@hotmail.com (/ym/Compose?To=tiotlangley@hotmail.com&YY=50682&order=down&sort=date&pos=1) or call 604-530-4816, 604-539-7277, 604-888-9409 or 604-534-1798 Darlene Jamieson SI of the Langleys www.wcsoroptimist.org

October 14, 2006
Chilliwack Riding Club - October Horse Show, Heritage Park, Chilliwack; 604-823-0220

October 14, 2006
DIWALI - FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.  The Aldergrove Library and The Township of Langley Parks and Recreation Division, Aldergrove Community Centre, is celebrating Diwali (Festival of Lights)! Everyone is invited to experience diversity if culture through music, dance, face painting, Mehndi and food in a festive atmosphere. For more information please call, 604-856-6415 or drop into the Aldergrove Library, located at 26770 29 Avenue.

October 14, 2006
H’sao’s energetic performances are a blend of cultures and influences with a magnetic appeal combining gospel, soul, jazz and R&B. This exciting young a cappella renditions, draw inspiration from of their country of origin, Chad, but also from more that 120 African ethnic regions. This evening of high-energy performance will have you feeling the African beat!  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 14, 2006
Searching for Salamanders family nature program, Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 14, 2006
Understanding Climate Change and our Watersheds.  It is well known that the global climate is changing. It is predicted that by the end of the century British Columbia will be 1.50C to 60C warmer than it is now. Bill Taylor, a climatologist with Environment Canada and an expert on the climate of BC, will share from his experience and research to help you understand climate change. He will discuss the causes and the effects on our lives, our local ecosystems, and on watershed management.  Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 14, 2006
VOC Soul Gospel Choir - Soul Gospel Thanksgiving 2006.  Checo Tohomaso and the Vancouver Outreach Community Soul Gospel Choir (VOC) are pleased to announce our upcoming Thanksgiving concert on Saturday, October 14th, 2006.  The dynamic Vancouver VOC Soul Gospel Choir mixes together the sounds of Soul, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Hawaiian, Calypso, and Reggae. The vibrant delivery results in an audience that can’t resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping! Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 604 876 3363, www.VOCSoulGospelChoir.com

October 14 - 15, 2006
Harrison Mills Quilt Show Weekend. 11:00am  5:00pm. Stop by and see our display of antique quilts to compliment the Harrison Mills Community Club’s Quilt Show just down the road at the Harrison Mills Community Hall.  Take time for lunch in our home-style Harrison River Restaurant or enjoy an afternoon tea: scones and jam served up with a pot of tea for only $4.50.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

October 14 - 15, 2006
Mt. Cheam Lions Train Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park; 604-824-1757

October 14 - 21, 2006
West Coast Chocolate Festival - Coquitlam, Port Moody & Port Coquitlam.  Experience the magic of chocolate at the West Coast Chocolate Festival.  Chocolate tasting, celebrity chefs, food & wine pairings, dine-around events, factory tours and poetry contests. More info at www.chocolatefestival.ca or www.festivalduchocolat.ca or call 604-939-8068.

October 15, 2006
Kidstuff 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 maternity clothes as well as used items for children age 12 and younger. Free admission for buyers. Registration begins 9:00am, January 12 for tables ($18.15). Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm, October 15. Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. Phone 604.439.1860.

October 17 - 22, 2006
Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, Granville Island.  Features literary stars and promising new writers from across Canada and around the world. More than 60 guest authors, poets and playwrights will represent 11 countries. More info at 604-681-6330 or visit www.writersfest.bc.ca

October 18 - 24, 2006
Vancouver's International Comedy Festival.  Seventeenth annual laughs at Granville Island venues. From lunchtime to way past your bedtime split your sides laughing for 17 hysterical days at the annual Vancouver International Comedy Festival. With some of the best performers from down the block, down south, and way down-under, there’s something to tickle every funny bone in town.  Held at Granville Island. Phone: 604-683-0883,  www.comedyfest.com

October 19 - 21, 2006
Vancouver East Cultural Centre Presents SOMETHING DARK.  Shot through with lyrical beauty and sharp humour, Something Dark is a blast of light. It is the story Lemn Sissay has always wanted to tell. He spent the first 17 years of his life in state care, and then spent his entire adult life searching for his family. What he unearthed is an incredible tale of betrayal and beauty; what he found was himself.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604.251.1363, http://www.vecc.

October 20, 2006
Autumn Lantern Celebration.  Celebrate the spirit of community, creativity, and diversity at Riley Park with a night of light, magic, and creativity! Come in your costumes and bring your lanterns and join us for the Autumn Lantern Celebration Parade at Riley Park! Please join us for refreshments at 7:30 PM. Riley Park Community Centre, 604-257-8545.

October 20, 2006
WYNTON MARSALIS.  Coastal Jazz and Blues is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winning composer and performer Wynton Marsalis, live in concert.  Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster Coastal Jazz and Blues

October 20 - 22, 2006
The Mane Event Equine Expo.  Don't miss this Expo for horse lovers. Your chance to see over 81 hours of clinics and demos as well as hundreds of exhibitors, entertainment and more!  Chilliwack Heritage Park, (250) 578-7518, www.maneeventexpo.com

October 20, 22, 2006
IBERIA! Music of Spain and Portugal.  Iberia is the name of the historical peninsula which includes Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar. This concert will concentrate on music of the many great Spanish and Portuguese composers of all eras, but will also offer some little known gems from various regions such as Catalan, Galicia, the Basque Country and the Island of Mallorca.  Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue), 604-738-6822.

October 21, 2006
B.C. Lions vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  BC Lions Football at BC Place Stadium; 604.661.3626, www.bclions.com

October 21, 2006
Darts Hill Garden Park - Autumn Open House.  What says autumn better than a colourful walk through a wonderful garden on a cool crisp October day!  Come visit the fabulous Darts Hill Garden Park, the most outstanding plantsman’s garden in Western Canada.   The autumn season is a wonderful time to visit the garden, a time when it shows off exotic fruit and the spectacular colour of its huge variety of mature trees and shrubs. Surrey’s own Darts Hill Garden Park represents a great opportunity to see many unusual and rare plants as well as good old fashioned easy to find favourites. Guides will be on hand to point out plants of special interest and to answer all your questions.16th Avenue at 170th Street.  Contact Parks, Recreation & Culture at 604-598-5767.

October 21, 2006
Deeper Than the Deep Blue. Norman Foote & special guests celebrate our planet, with two concerts in support of Jane Goodall's youth environmental program, Roots and Shoots.  1pm - Children and Family Show, and 7:30pm - For All Ages.  www.rootsandshoots.org  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

October 21, 2006
Harvest Fair.  Experience a traditional fall fair, country line dancers, home preserves, baking, carnival games, crafts, music and much more.  North Surrey Recreation Centre & Sunrise Pavilion; 604-502-6300.

October 21, 2006
Kids Only Swap Meet, Thompson Community Centre, Richmond; 604-718-8422

October 21, 2006
Kids' Fall Swap Meet, North Delta Rec. Centre, 11415 - 84th Ave., Delta; 604-590-1085.

October 21, 2006
Mid-Century Modern Residential Bus Tour & Reception.  Celebrate the City's Modern heritage! Tour the interior of 5 significant Modernist homes built in Vancouver between 1936 & 1962. Travel by bus and end with a reception in the exceptional 1936 Art Moderne home of Robert Lemon and Bob Ledingham.  Register online at www.vancouverheritagefoudnation.org or by calling 604.264.9642.

October 21, 2006
NIGHT TO LIGHT WALK.  On Saturday, October 21st there will be a walk through the streets of Langley to raise public awareness of and donations toward, the daily plight of over 40,000 children in northern Uganda. Each day, kids between the ages of 5 and 16 must walk 17 km twice a day in order to avoid being abducted by members of rebel armies. The Night to Light Walk is a project that has been the inspiration of Gabrielle Star, a 13-year old Langley student. The Walk and festivities afterwards will begin and end at Belmont Elementary School (20390 40 Avenue, Langley). For more information email: helpugandanchildren@shaw.ca or visit: www.nighttolightwalk.ca.

October 21, 2006
Wendy Get Your FA of the Couch.  A fun run on winding trails and back roads of lower Seymour Mountain, North Vancouver. 20km distance. Enjoy the fall atmosphere in a temperate rain forest.   More information: http://www.clubfatass.com/

October 21, 2006
What's in your Drinking Water? - A look at the Treatment of GVRD's Water Supply.  The what, where, how, and why of the treatment of GVRD's water supply. What do take out? What do we put in? Join GVRD Water Treatment Managers to learn about chlorine, soda ash, lime, ozone, UV, and sodium hypochlorite. We will discuss what these things are, where they come from, how they work, and why they are used.  Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 21, 2006
Wild Things Event, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188

October 21 - 31, 2006 
West End Community Centre Halloween Events 

Family Adventure to the Pumpkin Patch: This fun trip includes entertainment, refreshments, a hay ride, an apple and a pumpkin for each child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, Oct 21, 10am-2pm. Meet at West End Community Centre (870 Denman St). $18/person. Info/Registration: 604-257-8333 or www.westendcc.ca

Halloween Howl: Spooky crafts, scary games, ghoulish fun for kids aged 2-6. Wear your costume for a howling good time. Saturday, Oct 28, 10am-noon at West End Community Centre (870 Denman St). $3/child. Info/Registration: 604-257-8333 or www.westendcc.ca

Pint-Sized Pumpkin Party: Get into the spooky spirit and carve a jack-o-lantern. We supply carving tools, ambiance and we clean up! Saturday, Oct. 28, 12:30-2:30pm at West End Community Centre (870 Denman St). $2/pumpkin. Info/Registration: 604-257-8333 or www.westendcc.ca

Coal Harbour Community Centre Halloween Events 

Pint-Sized Pumpkin Party: Get into the spooky spirit and carve a jack-o-lantern. We supply carving tools, ambiance and we clean up! Sunday, Oct. 29, 1-4pm at Coal Harbour Community Centre (480 Broughton St). $2/pumpkin. Info/Registration: 604-718-8222 or www.coalharbourcc.ca

Lil’ Critters Boo Bash & Trick-or-Treat Trek: Come to Coal Harbour for hair-raising fun! Enjoy creepy crafts, terrifying treats, eerie entertainment and more. Before or after the party, visit local merchants on our 2nd Annual Trick-or-Treat Trek to collect candy and other treats. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3:30-7:30pm at Coal Harbour Community Centre (480 Broughton St). $5/child. Info/Registration: 604-718-8222 or www.coalharbourcc.ca

Barclay Manor Halloween Events 

12th Annual Halloween Murder Mystery: Decipher the clues and solve the whodunit. Easy to play, bags of prizes, and scrumptious tea and desserts. Friday Oct 27, 7-9pm at Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay Street). $9/person. Info/Registration: 604-257-8333 or www.barclaymanor.ca

Haunted House at Barclay Manor: Get spooked in a real haunted house! Not for the faint of heart, this spooky tour is suitable for ages 6+. Monday, Oct. 30, drop in between 7 and 9 pm at Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay Street). $3/person. Info: 604-257-8333 or www.barclaymanor.ca

Barclay Manor Halloween Howl: This event is a chance for seniors to see what goes on at Barclay Manor at this spooky time of year. Bring a friend for entertainment, door prizes, refreshments and scary Halloween fun! Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1:30-3pm at Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay Street). $3/person. Please register by Oct. 27. Info: 604-257-8333 or www.barclaymanor.ca

October 21, December 9, 2006
Kids Swap Meet in the Shannon Hall & McKay Building, Cloverdale; 604.513.8880.

October 21, 2006
While observing the “Pirates Code of Conduct” young swashbucklers will discover how pirates work and live together, navigating the open seas and searching for treasure! Program is two hours long for ages 6 –8 years. Cost per child for Museum member $10, non-members $12.  Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, 604 257-8300, http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/

October 21, 2006
"A Time for Tea" takes place on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the beautiful Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver.  A wonderful opportunity for Mothers and Daughters to connect while making a difference in the lives of Canadian women.  This event is open to women from the age of eighteen and older and benefits the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health.  The CFWH (www.cfwh.org (http://www.cfwh.org)) funds research in areas of women's health including but not limited to, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, infertility, maternal-fetal medicine, menopause, and osteoporosis.  The event will feature a delicious afternoon tea menu, guest speaker Klara Kroupa from Savant Style, gift raffles and more.  The cost to attend is $50.00 per person.  Tickets are required and can be purchased by calling 604-831-7137.  For more information please visit www.justbcausebc.homestead.com (http://www.justbcausebc.homestead.com)

October 22, 2006
21st CENTURY ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of 19th & 20th Century Antiques & Collectibles! Decorative arts, vintage & estate jewelry, country collectibles, ephemera, mid-century Modernist decor, old dolls & toys, Christmas items, tins, art pottery & glass, native crafts, hand-painted china, textiles & linens, depression-era kitchenware, primitives, records & memorabilia, chintz, period lighting & fixtures, nautical, old books, and much, much more.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html

October 22, 2006
Green Thumb Theatre's Giant Hallowe'en Costume Sale.  Hundreds of donated costumes from movie, tv and theatre productions, all at bargain prices. Sun, Oct 22, 1-4pm
L'Ecole Bilingue gymnasium (1166 W. 14th Ave), Info: 604-254-4055 or info@greenthumb.bc.ca

October 22, 2006
BONNIE RAITT, QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE.  JACK and Clear FM are proud to present country recording artist Bonnie Raitt, live in concert with special guest Maia Sharp. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster

October 24, 2006
Family Pumpkin Carving.  Lighten up your Halloween! Join families from the neighbourhood for a fun night of wild and wacky pumpkin carving. Pumpkins and utensils are provided. Some spooky music and refreshments are also part of the evening. One pumpkin per family. $8.50. Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm, October 24. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue. Phone 604.299.1446.

October 26, 2006
Halloween Howl. Dive in for a night of frightful family fun, with games, prizes and a haunted house! Costumes are optional but don't forget your bathing suit. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $2.35 per person. Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm, October 26. C.G. Brown Pool, 3702 Kensington Avenue. Phone 604.299.9374.

October 26, 2006
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! series presents Lola Dance. Lola MacLaughlin is renowned as one of Vancouver’s finest contemporary dance choreographers and her works hum with intelligence and offbeat wit. This is a great opportunity to see a preview excerpt from her new piece, and to meet the company. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Tickets $9/$7 students, seniors and children from 604 231 7535 www.ticketstonight.ca. Info: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca.

October 26, 28, 2006
Abbotsford Children’s Theatre (ACT) invites you to our first production of the season, How I Met Anne Frank.  This original production follows the lives of three children throughout the Holocaust:  Kurt - a German boy in the Hitler Youth, Nicole – a skeptical, modern girl who is sent back in time and wakes up as a Jewish girl in the 1940’s, and of course, Anne Frank.  This play is recommended for ages ten and over. Matsqui Centennial Theatre, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford; acttheatre@hotmail.com

October 26 - 29, 2006
Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers of BC.  Join us at the Tradex Building in Abbotsford for the 2006 All Breed Championship Dog Show and Obedience Trials. Fun entertainment at noon hours. Show is being filmed for TV again this year;  www.lowermainlanddogfanciersofbc.com or www.lmdf.ca

October 27, 2006
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm;Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

October 27 - 29, 2006
WARREN MILLER'S "OFF THE GRID". Jeep is proud to present the latest extreme skiing adventure by master filmmaker Warren Miller. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster

October 27 - 29, 2006
Haunted Village. Attention All Brave Families! Come rain, gloom or waxing moon! Wear your costumes and bring your flashlights and cameras. See ghosts, witches and goblins lurking in the village streets, watch the spook show and the fire show. Young children go trick-or-treating at the houses of the ghoulish village folk. Presented in association with the Public Dreams Society. Special event pricing with tickets available at the gates. No coupons or discounts accepted. October 27-29, 6:00-9:00pm. Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. 24-hour info-line 604.293.6501 or phone 604.293.6500.

October 27 - 31, 2006
FILM INDUSTRY HALLOWEEN HAUNT.  Back by popular demand, BC's world renowned film & TV industry spooks up The Bridge Studios for Halloween fundraiser! Take a spine tingling haunted tour of The Bridge Studios in Burnaby on the sets of Stargate SG-1 & Stargate Atlantis. Catch all the scares and surprises as only BC's film and TV industry can! All areas of the industry including lighting and sound, stunts and actors, make up artists and costumers, production designers and set decorators will be lending their talent, time and equipment for the event. All proceeds to Variety the Children's Charity and The International Children’s Village. Tickets are $15 for adults / $10 for kids 14 and under. (not recommend for children under 8 – parental discretion advised). Buy tickets online at www.filmhaunt.com

October 27 to November 24, 2006
Free 5-week Yoga Meditation Course.  Every Friday 7 to 8:15pm in Surrey @ Strawberry Hill Public Library, 7399 - 122nd St. Surrey, BC V3W 5J2 (Near Home Depot on 120th street and 76th Avenue).  SAHAJA YOGA is a simple method of finding inner happiness in your life. It balances your physical, emotional and mental state. You feel more relaxed, stress-free and balanced. It is very easy to learn and always FREE. Everyone is welcome to join. http://www.sahajayoga.ca/BritishColumbia

October 28, 2006
B.C. Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  BC Lions Football at BC Place Stadium; 604.661.3626, www.bclions.com

October 28, 2006
CLOVERDALE HALLOWEEN COSTUME  PARADE & CONTEST.  Downtown Cloverdale;  Info: 604-576-3155 or 604-574-9802. http://www.cloverdalebia.com

October 28, 2006
Halloween Hoopla. Ice skating, face painting, creepy crafts and ghostly games are all part of this spine-tingling day. Regular admission rates apply. Skate and helmet rentals are extra. Saturday, 12:45-3:15pm, October 28. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue. Phone 604.291.1261.

October 28, 2006
Harvest Festival.  Haunted House, Children's Activities, Games, Raffles, Match It Auction, Hot Food, Popcorn, & Entertainment for the whole family.  Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House 800 E. Broadway; 604-879-8208.

October 28, 2006
Parade of the Lost Souls.  Parade of the Lost Souls is an energetic celebration of the circle of life and death.  Grandview Park, http://www.publicdreams.org

October 28, 2006
Haunted Howlawe'en Event, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street, Coquitlam.  Come out to this spooktacular family event.  Be prepared for creepy arts and crafts, haunted music, spooky activities, ghoulicious dinner (hotdogs and drink) and other scary and startling activities.  For more information call 604-933-6048.  

October 28 - 29, 2006
Ghosts of the Fraser Halloween Tours.  Come and scare yourself or somebody else during Halloween at the Cannery.  The Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS 12138 Fourth Avenue  604-664-9009.

October 28 - 29, 2006
Vancouver TheatreSports® League is proud to announce the return of their Family Matinee Series with the premiere of Scary Improv Tales for one weekend only, October 28th and 29th, at the New Revue Stage on Granville Island. Get ready for Halloween with 40 minutes of eerie unscripted fun as Vancouver TheatreSports puts a spooky spin on some fairy tale classics. Prepare yourself and the little ones… as the woods are full of witches and wolves and ogres and giants. Can Hansel and Gretel find their way home? Will little Red Riding Hood stray from the path? Are the three Little Pigs really safe from the Wolf? Only the audience can say because it is their suggestions that will determine the fates of our characters as well as provide fodder for hilariously improvised scenes.  www.vtsl.com

October 28 - 29, 2006
Kilby’s Haunted Halloween. 11:00am  5:00pm. You heard the buzz from last year; come check out our chilling 100-year-old store for yourself!  Fear levels vary according to your age on a scale from 1 to 10. So no matter what your age, you are bound to have lots of fun. Be prepared to be scared!  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca or check our website www.kilby.ca for more details.

October 29, 2006
FRASER RIVER SAFARI HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.  Don’t be afraid to jump on board the Fraser River Safari expedition to the 100 year old haunted house of Harrison Mills.  Come dressed up as you don’t want to look out of place with the other ghouls and ghosts.  Once at Kilby there will be some scary crafts and hauntingly good treats to be had.  Fun for all ages and not too scary for the little ones.  Just you beware of the Captain!!!  PRICE: $30 per adult $25 per child (allow 3.5 hours).  Toll free 1-866-34-TOURS(86877), www.FraserRiverSafari.com

October 29, 2006
The 3rd annual Greater Vancouver Guitar Show 2006 is coming to the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Dr. @ 16th Ave on Sunday, October 29, 2006 from 10 AM to 5PM.  This year the show is structured into two halls at the same location. One featuring vendors, and the other featuring clinics, a player’s competition, and performances; 604-785-5795

October 29, 2006
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 include free 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.  It’s a fun, fabulous, fantastic Halloween party, pirate style at the Maritime Museum. Join us for treats and treasures from noon to 4 pm on October 29.  Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, 604 257-8300, http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/

October 29, 2006
Aberdeen Centre’s Halloween Psychic Fair - Curious about your past life, future outlook on career matters, relationships and much more? Aberdeen Centre is proud to present six best-in-town psychics to give free readings to visitors in the areas of tarot cards, palmistry, numerology, astrology, medicine cards, past lives, and aura. Be sure to arrive early to secure your reading opportunity. *Open to visitors age 16+ only. No exceptions.  2pm - 5pm. www.aberdeencentre.com

October 29, 2006
Happy Trick-O-Treating!  Remember to dress up in your favorite costume and fetch for yummy candies at Aberdeen Centre. Free treat bags will be available for pick-up at the 1/F Customer Service Counter. *2pm.  www.aberdeencentre.com

October 29, 2006
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN DAY.  UBC Botanical Garden - 6804 Southwest Marine Dr. Vancouver.  A Halloween Day for the whole family. Parents can help lead their children through a series of clues on our exciting Halloween themed Garden scavenger hunt from 1-3pm. The stations in the scavenger hunt will involve a series of interesting plants with unique Halloween information. After completing the scavenger hunt parents and children 
can return to the Garden Reception Centre for a demonstration table of weird and unusual indoor plants; a cash only carnivorous plant sale (Venus Fly Traps, Pitcher Plants, Nepenthes & Sundews); an array of interesting crafts, story telling, games, prizes and a gift; 604-827-4536, www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

October 30, 2006
Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue: Transportation.  There's a problem with traffic congestion and goods movement in Greater Vancouver but it's about more than just building roads.  Public meetings.  Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

October 31, 2006
On October 31st the Ambleside-Tiddlycove Lions Club shall once again be handing out Hot Chocolate at Steve's ~ The Pumpkin Man ~ excellent Pumpkin Display at 1488 Palmerston Avenue in West Vancouver. This is just east of 15th Street, two blocks south (below) Upper Levels Highway. This exhibit is by donation (any small or big donation is accepted) and all proceeds through our local Lions are passed on to very needy causes and societies on the North Shore and the Lower Mainland.  Last year almost 500 pumpkins were carved, lit up and put on display. The children and adults alike love it and have a great time and hundreds and hundreds of Hot Chocolates were handed out.

October 31, 2006
Hallowe'en on the Heights.  In the Heights, Hallowe’en is a true folkloric event, as it has been for ages… where kids and families have some fun in the same community that looks after them. The Heights merchants are proud to be part of this tradition and making local children’s memories special. http://www.burnabyheights.com

October 31, 2006
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) annually partners with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre to provide a safe and fun trick or treat route for local children and their parents in Yaletown. With the lack of detached housing in our community, the children don’t have the opportunity for “traditional” door-to-door trick or treating. The event is very successful with Yaletown businesses hosting over 400 children (plus their parents!). This year the YBIA will include a musical procession with the Public Dreams Society. The procession will parade the children from the community centre up to Hamilton St. to begin their trick or treating.  Trick or Treat happens 3:30 – 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween); 604-683-7473.

October 31, 2006
Halloween Fireworks, West Richmond Community Centre, 604-718-8400

October 31, 2006
Annual North Vancouver Family Fireworks Spectacular to be held on Halloween night, October 31. And, thanks to a number of community sponsors, this year’s free family show promises to be the largest Halloween fireworks display in B.C.  The fireworks show will take place on Halloween night (Tuesday, October 31, at 8:30 p.m.) at Inter River Park. Come early and enjoy a hot dog and coffee – served up by donation by the Mt. Seymour Lions Club.  www.dnv.org

October 31, 2006
Halloween Fireworks. South Arm Community Centre, 604-718-8060

October 31, 2006
Singles Halloween's Eve Ghost Walk.  Join Meet Market Adventures Singles as we step back into Vancouver's past to learn of the haunted history of the Gastown area. On the tour you will learn about a terrible curse placed on the original town of Granville. Our guides will share with you the stories of over twenty-five ghost encounters ranging from the friendly and interesting to bone-chilling scares. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear and dress appropriately for the weather as you’ll get the chills with or without cold weather. http://meetmarketadventures.com

Ongoing until October 7, 2006
ABBOTSFORD FARM & COUNTRY MARKET 2006 (every Saturday).  In West Railway parking lot by Essendene. The local farm and country market is abuzz with lively entertainment and demos, people socializing, and shopping for quality products made, baked or grown by the vendors. It’s THE place for fresh farm produce, baked goods, specialty products, unique crafts and artwork, along with contests and prizes. 604-850-6547, Abbotsford Farm and Country Market (http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com)

Ongoing until October 9, 2006
East Vancouver Farmers Market.  Opening for its 12th season with a "Dig In" Garden Festival is the Farmers Market. Alongside fresh, local produce, flowers, herbs, honey, preserves, baked-goods, arts and crafts and live music will be a wide variety of shrubs, plants, flowers and veggies starters plus community garden info, composting displays and seeds for sale. Saturdays at East 15th & Victoria Dr, Vancouver.  For more information call 604-879-3276 or visit http://eatlocal.org.

Ongoing until October 15, 2006
75 Years of Collecting: First Nations Myths and Realities.  This permanent collection exhibition examines the representation of First Nations peoples in art from first contact to the present. The show explores how First Nations have historically been depicted and their culture used as subject matter by non-Native artists in British Columbia and others who visited the province. It also contrasts the imagery by non-Natives with work created by First Nations peoples – works that celebrate and expand Aboriginal cultures to offer a bracing counterpoint.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing to October 28, 2006
BC Lions Football at BC Place Stadium; 604.661.3626, www.bclions.com

Ongoing until October 29, 2006
Coquitlam Farmers Market (every Sunday).  Celebrate the Bounty of BC with the Coquitlam Farmers Market. Enjoy farm fresh produce, direct from local farmers, beautifully hand crafted items, fresh baked goods, live music and special events.  Dogwood Pavilion 624 Poirier Street, 604.318.8966, Coquitlam Farmers Market  (http://www.makebakegrow.com )

Ongoing until October 31, 2006
Harvest Extravaganza and Garden Tours.  Tour the Award Winning Dried Flowers Farm gardens and see row after row of specialty flowers in bloom through summer till fall.  Come to get garden inspired!  Held in Yarrow at 4655 Community Street; 604.823.6274, www.driedflowersbyjudy.com (http://www.driedflowersbyjudy.com)

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

November 29 to December 10, 2006
Hansel and Gretel November 29th to December 10th. Wed and Thursday nights cater to Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada and their family's Are you looking for a fun night out with the family? It¹s become an annual tradition for many people to start their holiday season by enjoying the musical panto presented by the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society. This year the society¹s production ³skipping through the forest² is ³Hansel and Gretel². After you ³follow the bread crumbs² to the Surrey Arts Centre Theatre, Hansel and Gretel, their father and mother, the witch, and some new panto characters, will treat you to a gingerbread house full of laughs. In typical panto style everyone, even the witch, ³lives happily ever after² in the society¹s hilarious adapation of the classic fairy tale. Magical costumes and sets are just part of the eye-candy you¹ll experience as the cast of 37 sing and dance their way into your hearts. Audience participation is also a hallmark of the Society¹s panto productions. ³Don¹t get lost in the woods². Hansel and Gretel is presented at the Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage, 88th Avenue and King George Highway, only from November 29 to December 10. Evening performances, Wednesday to Saturday are at 7:30 pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm. The past 3 society productions sold out, so order your ³hot out of the oven² tickets now! The Surrey Arts Centre Box Office is open Monday to Sunday from noon to 5 pm and Thursday until 7 pm. Purchase tickets in person, online at https://secure1.city.surrey.bc.ca/cgi-bin/tm.cgi, or by phone at 604-501-5566. Get ready for lots of laughs, songs, dancing and fun galore for the whole family. For more information visit the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society¹s website at www.fvgss.org.

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

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

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

Ongoing
Deep Sea: The Ride.  Visitors to Deep Sea are taken aboard a submersible in search of the two great monsters of the deep ocean: The Giant Squid and the Sperm Whale. Two kilometres beneath the Ocean's surface, where pressure makes the environment more inhospitable than the surface of Mars, we follow a Sperm Whale through a spectacular hydrothermal vent community that teems with exotic life. It is a scene that has been observed by only a handful of ocean researchers. But there is more! Finding ourselves in the midst of a shoal of squid, we are amazed to see a Giant Squid up close. Hold on tight as our submersible is crushed between these two monsters as they jostle in a titanic struggle to survive. HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver; Please contact the Space Centre for showtimes, as schedule can vary at 604-738-7827.

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

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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