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

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Special Events for October 2008
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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October 1, 2008
Flush and then what? - Tour - WaterWeeks event.  Discover how our waste wastes away at this Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour. You'll be proud to know that Langley hosts a unique bio-filtration system to manage our wastewater. Find out how it works! Northwest Langley Treatment Facility, 10321 - 201 street, Walnut Grove, Langley; www.leps.bc.ca

October 1, 2008
Starting in October 2008, Metro Vancouver, in partnership with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board, will upgrade the Jervis Pump Station and finish installing a sewer main (called the Jervis Forcemain) from Sunset Beach to Vanier Park. Drop by the open house to talk with Metro Vancouver staff and learn more about: • Jervis Pump Station upgrades; • sewer main installation; • construction schedule; and • impact mitigation measures. Central Presbyterian Church, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/constructionprojects 

October 1 - 31, 2008
UBC FARM. Farm Market - selling local, organically-grown produce from  Vancouver's last working farm. When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, every Saturday through October, rain or shine  Where: at the UBC Farm, 6182 South Campus Road (see  http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm/contact.php for directions)

October 2, 2008
Combating Global Poverty.  International Human Rights: Canada's Role in Combating Global Poverty. Professor Stephen J. Toope. A free public lecture on federalism, human rights and international relations by the President of the University of British Columbia. The Dr. Richard B. Splane Lecture at Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room, 6476 Northwest Marine Drive, UBC. Parking at Rose Garden Parkade off Marine Drive or Fraser Parkade, Memorial Road off Marine Drive. Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by United Nations Association in Canada, World Federalist Movement of Canada, UBC School of Social Work; (604) 732-0448.

October 2 - 4, 2008
Ballet British Columbia presents Nine Sinatra Songs & Schubert.  An upbeat ballet that celebrates the joy of pure dance! Gloriously lush and unabashedly romantic, Tharp’s choreography to these Sinatra anthems is a swirling kaleidoscope of moves. Seven couples, men in tuxedos and women in gorgeous gowns by renowned American fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, perform ballroom dances beneath a glittering mirror ball (on a similar double edge of present and previous ages.) http://www.balletbc.com/

October 2 - 6, 2008
Refugee camp in the heart of the city. The Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City exhibit is an outdoor reconstruction of an actual refugee camp, where experienced MSF staff (doctors, nurses, logisticians) guide visitors through a 40 to 60 minute interactive tour, explaining crucial elements for survival in a refugee or IDP crisis. Each visitor learns some of the challenges a refugee or IDP faces in trying to access food, shelter, water and medical care. Vancouver Public Library; www.refugeecamp.org or 1-800-982-7903 for more information

October 3, 2008
Meet Sofi Hindmarch, a masters student studying wildlife ecology, for an in-depth look at Barn Owls. Through a slide show and other activities, Sofi will share her insights on these beautiful nocturnal raptors. Learn to dissect an owl pellet and search for barn owls living in the park. Ages 5+ $10/person. Campbell Valley Regional Park; 604-432-6359

October 3 - 4, 2008
Dan Joffre’s Comedy Produced by That’s Hilarious Entertainment. Dan Joffre is an actor, comedian, Just For Laughs Improv Comedy Award winner and 2008 Canadian Comedy Award nominee for best Male Improviser (the winner will be announced on October 4). Not a stranger to Shadbolt Centre, Dan has hosted the ruckus filled Men OutRagin‘ cabarets in 2006 and 2007 as well as performed in his own riotous show The Dan Joffre Comedy Escape in 2007. His company, That’s Hilarious Entertainment has been producing entertainment for those who ”need funny“ since 2004. Shadbolt Centre is a proud participant in eyeGO to the Arts, a program encouraging high school students to experience the arts. We offer seats for just $5 to qualified students. Read about it at www.eyego.org/about

October 3 to November 4, 2008
Circle Craft Shop & Gallery presents 35th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market Preview & Show. Circle Craft Co-op, Granville Island; http://www.circlecraft.net

October 4, 2008
Kids Only Swap Meet.  Community Swap Meet with a focus on used children's toys and clothing.  For more information visit http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/centres/thompsoncentre/thompson.htm  This event is for all ages!  Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond.

October 4, 2008
Attention Seven and Eight Year Old Spellers!  Local spellers are invited to register for Willowbrook Shopping Centre’s third annual Willowbrook Jr. Spelling Bee, taking place on Saturday, October 4th at 1pm. All Spelling Bee participants will receive gifts and certificates for participating and having f-u-n! The grand prize winners will receive a $100 Willowbrook Gift Card and the title of Willowbrook Jr. Spelling Bee Champ.  For more Spelling Bee details, visit http:\\shopwillowbrook.com

October 4, 2008
Celebrate Heritage Apple Day with volunteers from the Derby Reach/Brae Island Park Association. Take a guided tour of rehabilitated apple trees and taste delicious varieties of heritage apples. Experts will be on site to answer all your apple questions. Kids can have fun playing games and making crafts. Members of the Royal Engineers will provide a glimpse into Derby’s past. Information: 604-888-3783 or 604-530-4983 Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Park Association.  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

October 4, 2008
Children and adults are invited to celebrate World Teachers Day at the Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room on Saturday, Oct 4, 2008 at 2 PM and hear Pamela Proctor present her inspiring new book, Honouring the Child: Changing Ways of Teaching. There will be activities for children and then Pamela will discuss her lifelong work as a Vancouver teacher and her transformative journey from traditional methods to more child-sensitive practices. There will be a short reading as well as time for questions, book signing and perusing a display of photos and handouts. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

October 4, 2008
Fall forests are full of spiders! Don’t be afraid – come closer to see what makes these creatures so fascinating. Learn how to identify different kinds of spiders. Examine the artistry of web making, and watch the life-and-death struggle that takes place among the sticky strands. Ages 5+ $7.50/adult; $4/child/youth/senior; $20/family; 4:00 PM, 604-432-6359.

October 4, 2008
Guided, leg stretching experiences where you’ll get active and discover amazing park features. Ages 13+ $5/adult; $3/youth/senior; $14/family Admire the water views along Sasamat Lake on this challenging hike. Hike up the forest trail to Woodhaven swamp through Douglas-firs and cedar trees, listen to chattering squirrels and spot remnant White Pines with foot-long cones. Belcarra Regional Park, 604-432-6359.

October 4, 2008
Harlies on the Beach - but NOT the loud kind with wheels! 1pm - 3pm. A close-up look at wintering Harlequin Duck including some basic biology, molt phenology, numbers and trends, and find out about the connections with breeding grounds in the interior of province with a research scientist studying this duck. Following the illustrated talk we will walk down 1001 steps to the beach to see Harlequin Ducks and other wintering waterfowl in Semiahmoo Bay. Free, 604-940-4682.

October 4, 2008
Heritage Apple Day at Derby Reach Regional Park, 10am - 1pm   Come celebrate Heritage Apple Day with the Derby Reach/ Brae Island Park Association. Join us for a guided tour of our rehabilitated heritage apple trees and taste different varieties of heritage apples from Derby Reach Regional Park and the local community. Apple experts will be on site to answer your questions. Children can enjoy games and crafts. The Royal Engineers will provide a glimpse into Derby’s past. Visit www.metrovancouver.org  to learn more!

October 4, 2008
Langley Green Tour - WaterWeeks Event. Hop on a HYBRID tour bus and visit some innovative projects using ‘smart growth’ principals happening right here in Langley! An on-board lunch will be provided. Free, 604-532-3511, www.leps.bc.ca

October 4, 2008
Old-growth Night Walk.  This guided night walk is your opportunity to journey on a safe trail through an old-growth forest in this wonderful wilderness environment. Feel your senses heighten as you listen to the peaceful evening sounds of forest and streams, take in the cool dark air, and quietly observe the transition of day into night. Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. $7.50/adult; $4/child/youth/senior; $20/family.  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve; 604-451-6506 (ext. 2).

October 4, 2008
RESIDENTIAL HOUSE TOUR. Visit 5 modernist houses ending with a wine reception at the last house.  1 – 6 pm, $100 + gst   ($50 Tax Receipt). The Vancouver Heritage Foundation, 604.264.9642, www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

October 4, 2008
Rock Band : Battle Of The Bands.  Folks, this is the official Rock Band : Battle Of The Bands tournament held at Electronic Arts' Gaming Studios and the Roxy Nightclub. What's on the line? Over $5,000 in prizes and the coveted Best Rock Band In B.C. Trophy that solidifies your spot in the Rock Band Hall of Fame, an achievement all Rock Band fans are sure to want to accomplish.  Electronic Arts - Main Gaming Studio (Burnaby); www.rockbandvancouver.com

October 4 - 5, 2008
The Drift 2008, Art on Main street.  The Drift Art on Main street 2008 is the 4th annual arts & culture festival taking place along Vancouver's trendy Main Street in artists' studios and participating local shops, cafes and restaurants.  Drift along Main Street and see an eclectic variety of fine art and original handcrafts from over a 100 established and emerging local artists including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, woodcarvings, collage, mixed media, glass works, jewelry, film, clothing design, textiles & multi-media compositions. Visit www.thedrift.ca for additional information, including a printable Drift 2008 festival map and a list of participating artists and retailers.

October 4 - 5, 2008
The Yoga Month Health Festival October 4 and 5 (10am-10pm) Vancouver Public Library (October 4) Semperviva City Center and Sea Center Granville Island (October 5) Entrance Fee: $0.00 The Yoga Month Health Festival will feature yoga masters, green vendors, a kids enrichment and fun zone, yoga for kids, and a soul-stirring musical celebration led by Wade Morissette, Hemalayaa and MC Yogi.   The festival is free (advanced workshops have a nominal fee); donations are appreciated and will benefit Yoga Outreach, a registered charity that provides free yoga classes to underserved communities.   This a FREE and FUN event for the entire FAMILY!   For more information, visit www.yogamonth.org. Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Vera AlexanderYoga Month 818-762-4767

October 5, 2008
Terra Nova Nature Walk.  Walk through the wetlands of the new Terra Nova Rural Park. 10:00 - 11:30 am, Richmond Nature Park; This event is FREE!

October 5, 2008
Hike the West Creek - Wetlands Tour, 1pm - 3pm. Visit this newly acquired, not-yet-publicly-accessible parkland! One of the largest areas of wildlife habitat in Langley, nearly 170 animals use the site, including up to 18 endangered or threatened species. Running through the property is West Creek; one of BC’s designated “sensitive” streams, with healthy stocks of Coho and Chum Salmon. Wildlife rich, Wood Duck Lake in the northern part of the property is maintained by the dam-building activities of a beaver population. See for yourself what the fuss is about as you tour this 160 acre gem, located in Glen Valley, North Langley. www.leps.bc.ca

October 5, 2008
IOCO GHOST TOWN DAYS.  Ioco Ghost Town Day will bring back the old-time fall fair with a pie contest, performances, crafts and heritage games.  This annual popular & free family event will take place rain or shine. On the Green at Ioco Road & First Avenue, Port Moody; Noon to 4pm. http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum

October 5, 2008
It Takes a Neighbour Intergenerational Fall Festival in Crescent Beach, South Surrey Oct 5/08 2-5 pm at Crescent Beach Community Services at Camp Alexandra 2916 McBride Ave. A community event with A Family A Fair Resource Fair for families with children 0-6. Fun activities for children 0-12, everyone welcome! Bouncy Castle, Crafts, Storytelling, Music Workshops and more! Come and enjoy a new family tradition! Bring your Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends   www.campalex.com

October 8, 2008
Sustainability Community Breakfasts - Creating Walkable Communities.  From creating lively and interesting communities to addressing obesity issues and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the benefits of walkable communities have been embraced by people in health, urban planning, community development and more. However, many of our communities are still being built without walkability in mind. Cheeying Ho from SmartGrowth BC will present a newly developed walkability index and planning guidelines that provide direction to local governments and health professionals. Eva Robinson will discuss how BCRPA is also engaging local governments, planners, developers and health professionals to implement Active Transportation planning. SPARC of BC’s Nancy Henderson will address the importance of designing communities that support mobility for all citizens. British Columbia Institute of Technology, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver; http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/breakfasts

October 8, 2008
The Changing Faces of Canada.  A screening of Simon Fraser Universitys Seniors Outreach interactive video project, featuring a roundtable discussion of the changes in our country brought about by immigration of various nationalities. Seniors are invited to participate in a discussion following the screening. (Co-sponsored by SFU Seniors Outreach. Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

October 8 - 11, 2008
Train  A Theatre Replacement Production. Based on personal histories and the blurred line between truth and imagination, Train is written and performed by Maiko Bae Yamamoto, with musical accompaniment by her father Minoru Kofu Yamamoto. “He is a master of the Japanese flute,” says Maiko of her father, “but he is not a performer”. Yet, the 30-year-resident of Burnaby , who never dreamed he would be performing on stage with his daughter, did just that in the play’s premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects’ PlayRites Festival. Maiko is a graduate of Simon Fraser University ’s School of Contemporary Arts and is the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement. Shadbolt Centre is a proud participant in eyeGO to the Arts, a program encouraging high school students to experience the arts. We offer seats for just $5 to qualified students. Read about it at www.eyego.org/about.

October 8 - 11, 2008
Vancouver International Improv Festival 2008.  The 9th annual offering from the Vancouver International Improv Festival will feature groups from around North America including some outstanding ones from our own city! Come and see a wide variety of companies and performers explore the wildly popular and highly entertaining form of theatre! Roundhouse Community Centre; www.vancouverimprovfest.com

October 9, 2008
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) launches its second season of The Live Sessions (formerly Show-by-Show), featuring three intimate back-to-back Thursday performances with BC’s hottest musical talent. Company B Swing Band headlines the third and final performance on October 9, 2008 at 5pm at the Telus Studio Theatre. A vocal trio and jazz band in the style of the Andrews and Boswell Sisters, they will captivate the audience with their uncanny ability to incite dance and smiles through fun arrangements of classic swing-era hits. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with valid ID (plus applicable taxes), and may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 604.280.3311 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca (http://www.ticketmaster.ca/) or in person at the Chan Centre Ticket office, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC. (M-F: 12 noon to 5pm, Performance Days: 12 noon to intermission). Info: 604.822.2697, or www.chancentre.com (http://www.chancentre.com/).

October 9 to November 1, 2008
Creatures of the Night Walks begin at 7pm. The program is an introduction to some of the nocturnal animals living in Stanley Park. Many of the featured animals are portrayed by volunteers in costume. Event begins 7pm and the walks are 30 minutes long and run every ½ hour. www.stanleyparkecology.ca

October 11, 2008
Cranberry Sale Fundraiser.  Purchase your fresh local cranberries at the Richmond Nature Park and help support our educational programs. This event is for adults (Ages 18-54). Richmond Nature Park, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

October 11, 2008
13th Annual Cranberry Festival.  In Langley, we love to celebrate the Cranberry. The Village of Fort Langley hosts the 13th annual event featuring a scrumptious pancake breakfast, large marketplace, canoe regatta, entertainment, activities, contests with prizes and of course, cranberry sales. Fall harvest is a great time to visit Fort Langley and the cranberry festival is a wonderful opportunity for families to have a fun day together here in the jewel of the Fraser Valley.

October 11, 2008
Canada Ice Dance Theatre kicks off new season with a party!  On Saturday October 11, 2008 we are inviting everyone to a special Open House at the West End Ice Rink, 870 Denman Street Vancouver, BC; from 11:00 am- 1:00pm for a free skating session, refreshments, school registration and AGM. Canada Ice Dance Theatre ( CIDT ) is a non-profit organization that teaches children and adults to skate. www.canadaicedancetheatre.com

October 11, 2008
Millipedes, Slugs & Bugs. Which vegetarian has four legs per segment and lives underground? Discover friendly millipedes, banana slugs and other invertebrates that live near the ground in autumn. Join your child in a bug hunt, nature games and outdoor activities. Ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult $12.84/adult/child pair. Burnaby Lake Regional Park, 604-432-6359.

October 11, 2008
World Breastfeeding Challenge and Celebration 2008, 10 am – noon. Mothers are invited to help Vancouver Coastal Health set the world record for the most mothers breastfeeding at one time and in one place. The Breastfeeding Challenge is a global event that supports breastfeeding and its many health benefits. Mothers and babies will attend events across Canada , the U.S. , the Philippines and several countries in Europe in this friendly competition for the claim to breastfeeding fame. Join our teams at the Trout Lake Community Centre or the Lynn Valley Village at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 11 for a family friendly event with refreshments and prizes. The winning region from around the world will be announced during the event. This event is part of the celebrations for World Breastfeeding Week in Canada and is sponsored by the Quintessence Foundation, a non-profit group providing education to parents and professional about breastfeeding. For more information and to find the challenge site closest to you, visit www.babyfriendly.ca.

October 11 - 13, 2008
Cranberry Festival, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Cranberries don't come from a can! At Fort Langley, First Nations people brought canoe loads of cranberries to trade. These were then shipped to San Francisco to be sold to gold prospectors - a vital source of vitamin C long before oranges were widely cultivated in California.  Come celebrate our proud berry history by enjoying the cranberry harvest at the 13th annual Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley on October 11th. Up at the Fort we have a cranberry-packed weekend of activities for the young and the not-so-young including games, challenges, stories, cooking, and more. 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley; www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

October 11 - 13, 25 - 26, 2008
North Vancouver, BC  Capilano Suspension Bridge celebrates the Harvest Festival this October.  The park will be decorated with a Harvest theme and will offer musical entertainment.  Both Thanksgiving Weekend (October 11, 12, & 13) and Halloween Weekend (October 25 & 26) are packed with special activities for the whole family. Visit www.capbridge.com or call 604-985-7474 for more information.

October 12, 2008
KCTS 9 Open House.  KCTS 9 Open House with special guest Rick Steves. Vancouver Convention Center, 999 Canada Place. Free admission, but seating is limited. Reserve your space by calling 604.685.7375 or by e-mailing your name, phone number and the number of people in your party to events@KCTS9.org.

October 12 - 13, 2008
Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday and Monday. Come out and join us for our annual traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. There will be apple press demonstration on our 100 year old press, demonstrationsat 2 pm daily. On Sunday the Agassiz Harrison multi-cultural singers will be on site to entertain you. Call 604-796-9576 or visit www.kilby.ca for more information, or to book you reservation for lunch!

October 14, 2008
Cross Border Pollination.  The Vancouver Public Library and the American Writers and Poets Organization presents an evening of poetry and book launches. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

October 14, 2008
Making Your Own Luck. Everyone is welcome to our free noon hour series this fall. Series 2 of 4 is: "Re-Inventing Yourself in New Places" - Speakers: Barbara Martinez and Dan Badulescu. Barbara and Dan, a talented and energetic couple, relates the story of moving their family from Mexico. How they both found careers in their new homeland that nurture their professional talents and transcend international borders seems like a stroke of luck. Space is limited. To register call 604-822-8585. UBC Robson Square.

October 14 - 26, 2008
2008 Taste of Yaletown.  The 2008 Taste of Yaletown (http://www.tasteofyaletown.com) is being held October 14th till October 26th. This 4th Annual event is featuring over 20 restaurants in the Yaletown area. Wine and food enthusiasts will have 3-course tasting menus to choice from, ranging from $25, $35 and $45 dollars. A portion of each dinner will also be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Make sure you reserve your table early, as this is an extremely popular event. www.tasteofyaletown.com

October 15 - 25, 2008
West Coast Chocolate Festival - For the Senses & the Soul.  No ordinary festival, our events inspire, inform, surprise, entertain, and above all...celebrates chocolate. Savour them individually, or experience them successively for the the ultimate 'food of the god's' experience. Various locations in Coquitlam, http://www.chocolatefestival.ca

October 16, 2008
Harvest Lantern Festival.  A celebration of the fall harvest. Includes a variety of activities, which is capped of with a lantern parade. This event is for all ages! West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No 1 Rd, Richmond. 6:30-8:30pm

October 17 to November 1, 2008
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours. An evening of murderous tales and infamous hauntings. This year, StanleyPark ’s dark secrets come alive at the Vancouver Museum ’s haunted gallery. Then, Vancouver ' s eerie ghost sightings and murder mysteries are told as the trolley manoeuvres its way through the streets. Main Stops: Mountain View Cemetery, home to over 145,000 interred remains, and the Old City Morgue, to witness a simulated autopsy.Suitable for ages thirteen and older. Tours depart between 6pm-9:40pm, from the Vancouver Museum. www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

October 18, 2008
Big Computer Swap Meet and Pop Culture Collectibles Fair, 10am-4pm, Croatian Cultural Centre; http://www.geocities.com/turnbuckle99/

October 18, 2008
Hands-on-Scientist - The Secret Lives of Small Mammals. Uncover the secret lives of small mammals with UBC mammologist, Jake Goheen, and biologist Kym Welstead. Discover how the critically endangered water shrew walks on water, and learn how you can help ensure that shrews and other small mammals continue to thrive. Ages 8+ $10/person; Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 604-432-6359.

October 18, 2008
Paddle the Fraser River - WaterWeeks Event, 9:30am - 11am. Travel in a 10-person Voyageur canoe guided by the Fort Langley Canoe Club for a unique paddle on the Fraser River! PFD’s, paddles and instruction provided. No experience required! www.leps.bc.ca 

October 18, 2008
Searching for Salamanders.  Shy, timid salamanders are often found under leaf litter. They hide by day and hunt insects and other small invertebrates by night. Search for and learn about these intriguing amphibians. Ages 6+ $7.50/adult; $4/child/youth/senior; $20/family.  Belcarra Regional Park, 604-432-6359.

October 18 - 19, 2008
18th Annual Apple Festival.  Visit and experience everything APPLE at the 18th Annual UBC Apple Festival. Over 30,000 pounds of organic, conventional and heritage apples for sale, 20 varieties of Apple trees for sale, taste over 40 varieties of apples, Apple Pie, Apple Cider and Apple Juice for sale. UBC Botanical Garden, 604-822-4529, www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

October 18 - 19, 2008
Cycling BC's Learn to Race Cyclo-Cross.  The sight of a competitor struggling up a muddy slope with a bicycle lurched over his shoulders is the classic image of cyclo-cross. The sport combines the speed of road racing, the thrill of mountain biking, and new obstacles into one fast paced event. Cycling BC is offering a free Learn to Race Cyclo-Cross Clinic for beginners on October 18 in Musqueam Park. The day will be divided into three two hour clinics: Women 9-11am, Junior (u19) 12-2pm, and Open Men 3-5pm. Cycling BC will also be providing onsite coaching and support to clinic participants at West Coast Racing Cross BC Cup on Sunday, October 19 in Vanier Park; www.cyclingbc.net

October 18 - 19, 25 - 26, 2008
Ghost Walks. Evening Event: Join us for our 2nd annual Ghost Walks Tour. Starting at the Fort, your costumed guide will take you on a chilling historical tour of Fort Langley village where the tales of long dead residents come alive. Watch your back though! So mesmerizing are the stories, that the ghosts have been known to follow along too!  Warm up at the end with hot chocolate and treats. 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley;www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

October 18 to November 1, 2008
Here Be Monsters Collective presents Carnival of the Arts.  Established in 2006, Here Be Monsters Collective ventures into uncharted territory to rouse the creatures that lurk in the depths. This third and largest CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS features JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years, SHOWOFF Festival, visual art, roving and installation performances, DJ's, dancing & more.  http://www.herebemonsters.ca

October 19, 2008
DANCE ALLSORTS.  New Works is pleased to present Kababayang Pilipino as part of Dance Allsorts. Praised for its “desire to promote deeper understanding of the spirit,” Kababayang not only displays the rich heritage of various Filipino folk dances, but the unique social, cultural, and artistic dynamics that the group maintains and upholds. Conceived for youth by youth, Kababayang is inspired by each new generation, eager for discovery of themselves through knowledge of the Philippines, a country to which they are tied in culture, bound in heart and indelibly marked in spirit. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

October 19, 2008
Nicomekl Hatchery Tour - WaterWeeks Event, 10am - noon. Join the Nicomekl Enhancement Society and learn how a salmon hatchery works. You will see the egg incubation room, cap troughs and fish condominiums! Stroll along their boardwalk and enjoy views of the river. Refreshments provided. Nicomekl Hatchery, 5263 - 232 Street, Langley.

October 19, 2008
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Croatian Cultural Centre.  Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html for Full Details

October 19, 2008
Return of the Salmon. Witness the return of spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek at this Maple Ridge fall classic. Come to the 240th Street fish fence to experience the sights and sounds of splashing salmon amidst golden fall colours. Information: 604-462-8643 Presented by Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS).  Kanaka Creek Regional Park.

October 21, 2008
Literacy Festival to Support Langley Students.  The Langley School District Foundation and Willowbrook Shopping Centre are proud to present a Literacy Festival for kindergarten to grade 7 students and their parents. Families are invited to come to Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Tuesday, October 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. for an evening of fun and learning. Explore the history of literacy throughout time and around the world! Write with quills, reeds, stick pens and Chinese brushes. Learn with Leonardo. Print your name in Braille. The Time Tunnel Literacy Festival consists of 24 stations with fun learning activities for the whole family.

October 21 - 26, 2008
Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.  The 21st Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island offers a world of ideas to explore, with 100 writers from around the world. This is your opportunity to attend readings, discussions, debates and poetry bashes, and to meet an eclectic array of writers from Canada and around the world. You can rely on several things - that Festival events will get you thinking, introduce you to new authors and, if your aspirations are to write, you are sure to be inspired. Granville Island, 604.681.6330, www.writersfest.bc.ca

October 22, 2008
Kathy Knowles.  Founder and Director of the Osu Childrens Library Fund, Kathy Knowles is a remarkable figure. By building 170 libraries in the West African country of Ghana she has transformed the life of thousands of Ghanaian children. Come and hear Kathy speak about her highly successful literacy project half a world away. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Osu Children's Library Fund); Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

October 23, 2008
Cranberry Pumpkin Farm Trip.  Take a tour of the cranberry harvest at Tilsonberry farms, then enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch.  This event is for 55+ (Ages 55 and over).  Richmond Nature Park,  9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

October 24 - 26, 2008
Kilby’s Haunted Halloween—Noon to 8 pm. Test your bravery in our chilling 100-year-old general store!  Fear levels vary according to your age on a scale from 1 to 10 as you venture up the creaking stairs to the Manchester House Hotel. So no matter what your age, you are bound to have lots of fun. Be prepared to be scared! Call 604-796-9576 or visit www.kilby.ca for more information

October 24 - 26, 2008
Samsung ISU World Cup Short Track 2008/2009.  As Host City for the 2010 Winter Games, Vancouver wants to help create unique and lasting memories for our city. Thats why the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Park Board, the PNE, your local community centre and the Samsung ISU World Cup Organizing Committee are teaming up to offer discounted tickets to this exciting event - just $8 plus GST per person. To order individual tickets, visit www.vancouverparks.ca or drop by one of the following community centres: Britannia Dunbar Hastings Marpole-Oakridge Renfrew Riley Park Roundhouse Trout Lake False Creek Discounted and complimentary tickets are also available to Vancouver community groups. For more information, send an e-mail worldcupshorttrack@vancouver.ca. To purchase tickets to the repechage and final events on October 25 and 26, please visit www.vancouvershorttrack2008.com.

October 24 - 26, 2008
What does the Fraser River , eagles, salmon and a haunted house complete with ghosts have in common?  Fraser River Safari!  Join the crew as we explore the largest river in B.C. in a cozy and comfortable jet boat. Help spot the wildlife as we travel to a very special destination.  At the half way point your adventure will lead to a spooky site where ghosts and ghouls have been waiting over 100 years to have some fun with you.  Perfect for everyone of all ages. Don’t miss the boat, Book Your Spot Today. Daily launch time 11:00amtel#1-866-348-6877 or www.fraserriversafari.com

October 25 - 26, 2008
An eerie allure will envelope The Roundhouse Performance Centre on Oct 25 to 26, 2008 at 8pm when JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble's "Ghost Project" takes to the stage to explore the rituals and customs related to the belief of ghosts. A cultural combination of music, dance, media arts, and installations will fuse with ancient mythology, Chinese calligraphy, Indonesian, Canadian, and Taiwanese folk tales, and abstract paintings to consider the philosophy of yin and yang while searching for a connection between humans and the spirit world. Get ready for a night with mystical creatures and esoteric spirits from around the globe! Tickets $18 regular, $15 students/children/seniors at www.ticketweb.ca, through TicketWeb toll free number 1-888-222-6608, or at the door from 7pm on the days of the shows. The audience is encouraged to attend in ghostly costumes!

October 25, 2008
Hallowe'en Haunted Hike. The forest is home to a host of critters including some that give you the creeps! Follow “Witch Hazel” on a ramble to look for the sticky, prickly and slimy things that live in the forest. Perhaps some of your notions about these critters will be dispelled. Take home a creepy craft, if you dare. Ages 5+ $7.50/adult; $4/child/youth/senior; $20/family. Campbell Valley Regional Park, 604-432-6359.

October 25, 2008
Halloween Haunted Hike at Campbell Valley Regional Park, 1pm - 3pm. The forest is home to a host of critters – some that may give you the creeps! Join “Witch Hazel” on a ramble through the woods to look for the sticky, prickly and slimy things that live there. Perhaps some of your notions about these critters will be “dispelled”, or not. Take home a creepy craft, if you dare.  Special Note: Wear clothes suitable to the weather and sturdy water-resistant walking shoes or boots. Be prepared to venture across wet, muddy fields. Program will run rain or shine. www.metrovancouver.org

October 25, 2008
Halloween Spooktacular.  Calling all ghost and goblins! Carnival games, crafts, parent and tot play station, and lots of treats for everyone! Trout Lake Community Centre, 604-257-6955.

October 25, 2008
UBC BOTANICAL GARDEN - BOOOTIFUL BOTANY HAUNTED HALLOWEEN EVENT.   This exciting event will begin with a trick-or-treat  scavenger hunt where parents and children can work together to find a  number of spooky plant stops in the garden. At each plant stop they’ll  learn some weird or unusual facts and stories about plants while  receiving Halloween treats. Following the scavenger hunt, parents and  children can enjoy Halloween crafts and games. Free, 604-827-4536.

October 25, 2008
Vancouver Health Show.  The annual health show at Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre offers scores of exhibits displaying tempting health products, as well as workshops and seminars covering all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. http://www.healthshows.com/vancouver/

October 25, 2008
Wild Things. Brave a night walk on a spooky bog trail and meet creatures from the deep dark woods. Find out what's scary, what's not. This event is for all ages! 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Richmond Nature Park. This event is FREE!  

October 26, 2008
The Vancouver Mycological Society's MUSHROOM SHOW.  Mushrooms are Everywhere! The show provides displays of  identified mushrooms and other fungi, with their edible, poisonous or  dubious status. Also we have displays, speakers, slide shows, books and  roving experts on cultivation, preservation, gourmet cooking, medicinal  use, hunting, ecology, and cultural use. Bring your own specimens for  identification! Vandusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, West 37th and Oak;  www.vanmyco.com , 604-878-9878

October 27, 2008
Patrick Brown. Award-winning journalist Patrick Brown reads from his new book, "Butterfly Mind: Revolution, Recovery, and One Reporter's Road to Understanding China." A fascinating, revelatory, and politically astute memoir, Patrick Brown explores his education as a journalist over the past twenty-five years and his parallel struggle with alcoholism in the context of the major political events of the past quarter century that he witnessed and covered. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

October 28, 2008
Asians, First Nations and the History of the Vote in British Columbia.  A panel discussion about the history of exclusion from voting and how it has impacted British Columbians. (Free admission but registration is required by e-mail: info@cchsbc.ca. This event is co-sponsored by the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

October 28 - 31, 2008
Terror Hall.  At the East Richmond Community Association's "Terror Hall" guests tempt their fate with a terrifying trip through the haunted hall and a startling walk of the grounds outside. Proudly sponsored by Richmond Steel Recycling Limited.  East Richmond Community Hall, 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond, 5:00-9:00 pm.

October 29 to November 9, 2008
With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the 5th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. This year’s festival features twelve days of music, theatre, opera, film, drumming, readings, poetry, food, radio, forums, cultural celebrations, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media viewings, art talks, history talks and history walks. Most events are free or pay as you can. Visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.

October 31, 2008
Richmond Halloween Fireworks Festival.  Celebrate the festive spirit of Halloween at the City of Richmond's Halloween Fireworks Festival. The event features clowns, jugglers, a magic show, fire dance performances, and fireworks. This event is for all ages! Minoru Park, 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond.

October 31, 2008
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

October 31, 2008
Halloween belongs in the neighbourhood, and nowhere is this more true than on the Heights where it is safe, fun and a celebration of a good spooking! Join us this season for the fun, festive and not too frightening Halloween on the Heights.  4 to 5:30 p.m. – Trick-or-Treating with Merchants - Heights merchants with a pumpkin in their window will be giving out treats to little ghouls and goblins. 6 to 9 p.m. - Halloween Trains in the Dark will be running at Confederation Park's Burnaby Central Railway (Willingdon & Penzance). 8 to 8:30 p.m. - Licensed Pyrotechnic Fireworks at Gilmore Community School (50 S. Gilmore Ave.). Visit www.burnabyheights.com for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing to October 10, 2008
27th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).  Critically acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema," the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) brings you films from 60 countries. More information visit: www.viff.org

Ongoing until October 1, 2008
Sins of the City Guided Walking Tours.  This two hour walking tour takes participants through the oldest parts of Vancouver, exploring the early (and roguish) history of our city. Covering ten city blocks, the tour visits numerous locations, including the site of one of Vancouver’s oldest brothel districts, the location of the city’s first saloon as well as the first police station (and jail). More information visit: www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

Ongoing until October 16, 2008
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offers guided tours of the world famous architect's garden.  Tours every Thursday at 5:00 PM from April 17 to mid-October (or at other times for group of 4 or more by special arrangement). Cost is $10/person. Reserve at 604-738-4195 or by e-mail at aegarden@telus.net. The compact garden set on 2 residential lots reflects Erickson's passion for Japanese gardens. For more information visit our website at www.ericksongarden.org

Ongoing to December 31, 2008
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: Gallery Opening.  The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art will open its doors to the public on May 10, 2008, with the opening exhibition Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art. Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art runs through 2008, featuring highly interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Permanent installations include: The Raven's Trove: Gold Masterworks by Bill Reid; the monumental bronze sculpture Mythic Messengers, Reid's masterful composition of eleven intertwined figures recounting traditional Haida myths; a monumental cedar tribute pole carved by Haida Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) honouring Reid, who died in 1998. Two of the exhibition spaces feature rotating exhibitions of Northwest Coast art, cultural performances and lectures. Although the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is just steps away from one of Vancouver's busiest intersections, Georgia and Burrard, visitors find it amazingly secluded by the cloister-like setting of the courtyard.
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Ongoing to February 15, 2009
The Unnatural History of Stanley Park.  We interfered with, altered, and rearranged Stanley Park's forests, creatures and people to make nature more 'natural'. With "The Unnatural History of Stanley Park" exhibit, the Vancouver Musuem sheds some light on puzzling blind spots in our romance with this national treasure, which turns 120 this year.  The exhibit showcases souvenirs collected by park visitors over 120 years, behind-the-scenes stories of the park's plants, animals, people and landmarks, and a selection of proposals to 'improve" Stanley Park - a list that includes the bizarre, amazing, and scary, as well as the sublime. Vancouver Musuem, 604-736-4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca 

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

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

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

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










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