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

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Special Events for October 2009
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October 1, 2009
Margaret Atwood. The event will feature a dramatic reading by Ms. Atwood from her forthcoming novel 'The Year of the Flood', accompanied by three of Vancouver's top actors and a choir that will sing hymns written for this performance by Ms. Atwood. Tickets: $17/$15 (students, seniors). Service charges will apply. Tickets are now available through VancouverTix or from September 11 to 30 at the VIWF box office (1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island). This event is presented with the participation of Playwrights Theatre Centre. St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, (Burrard at Nelson), www.writersfest.bc.ca


October 1, 2009
Addiction: But its not about drugs. What video games, shoes, alcohol and Twitter have in common. Why is addiction spreading so fast and how do we turn the tide? A workshop series consisting of six sessions focused on exploring addiction locally and globally and exploring solutions to addiction problems on a personal, institutional and societal level. Attendance at all six sessions is recommended. Snacks will be provided. The Gathering Place, 609 Helmcken Street; To register, please call 604-665-2391.


October 1, 2009
Film Screenings. Free screenings of four fantastic feature films with a winter sports theme. Check www.vpl.ca for film titles. Oakridge Mall Auditorium, 650 W. 41st Ave.


October 1 - 16, 2009
Vancouver International Film Festival 2009. One of the largest film festivals in North America and critically acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema," the 28th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) presents over 350 films from 80 countries, Oct. 1 – 16, 2009. For a complete list of films and festival information go to www.viff.org


October 1 - 31, 2009
Homeopathic Flu Immunization Clinic, only $5. To find out more about homeopathic flu immunizations, go to http://www.littlemountainhomeopathy.com/homeopathic-immunizations/flu-immunizations Call now to book your appointment: 604-677-7742


October 1 to December 17, 2009
VOICE I with Trish Allen. You will learn to speak with confidence, find your powerful voice, open the body, free emotions and improve articulation. These classes also work with vocal exploration and text work. TRISH ALLEN is one of Canada's top voice coaches. She is in demand by producers to work with top television hosts. Trish is also an accomplished actor and director. She is a caring instructor who works regularly in film and television. To register call Kirsten @ 604.408.8550 or email info@schoolcreative.com


October 2, 2009
Meet the Author Readings: Linda Bailey. Award-winning author Linda Bailey brings The Farm Team alive. For families and kids aged 7-10. Kensington Branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews; www.vpl.ca


October 2 - 4, 2009
The 5th Annual Drift- Art on Main Street.  ee local established and emerging artists in their studios and in Main Street shops, galleries, cafes. Drift 2009 event maps available in September at all participating Main Street locations. www.thedrift.ca


October 2 - 5, 2009
Ghost Walks. Weekends in October Evening Event Join us for our 3rd annual Ghost Walks. 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! Advance tickets available and recommended, as this event. Tickets 604-513-4777.


October 2 - 23, 2009
Community Quilt Project. The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts is offering free drop-in workshops on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1-4 at the Interurban Gallery at 1 E Hastings. The Downtown Eastside and Vancouver community are invited to create a fabric art square for the community quilt. All supplies provided & no experience necessary! The fabric art squares will be merged together as a collaborative, community-based project celebrating diversity; inspiring creativity and positive community spirit in our city. The Community Quilt Project workshops are currently running, the project culminates with an exhibition and a live and silent auction in October 2009 at the Interurban Gallery. For more information please contact lisa@decentreforthearts.com or go to www.decentreforthearts.com


October 3, 2009
Artists for Animals Charity Auction. An auction of paintings, prints, photographs, scuptures, jewelry, ceramics and fabrics by Canadian artists. All proceeds to animal rescue groups in BC to pay veterinarian and medical expenses for animals in crisis. Viewing begins 11:00am, Silent Action begins 1:00pm and Live Auction at 2:30pm. This charity auction is a related event of The drift - Art on Main Street. View event catalogue at http://artistsforanimals.blogspot.com


October 3, 2009
Heritage Apple Day Event at Derby Reach Regional Park,11am –2pm.Celebrate Heritage Apple Day with the Derby Reach/Brae Island Park Association. Enjoy guided tours of the heritage orchard, sample different varieties of apples and talk with experts. The visiting Royal Engineers will provide a glimpse into Derby’s past. Fiddlers from the Langley Community Music School will make you get up and dance. There will also be games and crafts for children. 604-530-4983, http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/maps/Maps/Derbymap.pdf


October 3, 2009
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. 4-6:45 Harvest Fair - Slocan Park. Bring the best of your garden and enter to win prizes in the harvest fair 6:45-7:15pm Lantern Parade: Slocan Park to Renfrew Park. 7-9pm Lanterns, music, tea and mooncakes at Renfrew Park. 8:30pm Final performance on Renfrew Field. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.


October 3 - 4, 2009
The GEEE! in GENOME. Join us for the opening of our fall feature exhibition, The GEE! in GENOME. You’ll have a chance to experiment with real DNA, decode the genetic alphabet to spell your own name and lots more. All day in the feature gallery. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7443, http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca


October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2009
Come and join us at the Baker’s Market.  If you have a “sweet-tooth”, this is the place for you.  Inspired by traditional farmer’s markets, this market is even better since it is indoors with lot of free parking too.  You’ll find talented bakers selling cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, scones, breads, pies, tarts.  Rent a table for only $35. #118-408 East Kent Avenue South, www.bakersmarket.com


October 4, 2009
Burnaby Art Gallery Presents In the B.A.G. - Free Family Sunday Programs. Join us for an interactive experience that combines the current gallery exhibit with a free, hands-on studio activity starting every half hour from 1:00-3:30pm.  No registration required, all ages welcome.   Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. For more information about the Gallery's exhibits, programs, tours or program registration call 604.297.4422 or visit www.burnabyartgallery.ca. Located in the beautiful surroundings of Deer Lake Park, the Burnaby Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm.  Admission is free.


October 4, 2009
BIKEnnale. BIKEnnale October 4, 2009: Celebrate art in public spaces with a day of cycling in the city! The Vancouver Biennale and MEC Great Rides invite you on a cycle tour that will take you along some of Vancouver's most beautiful beaches and parks to explore the monumental outdoor sculptures of the Vancouver Biennale. For more information visit www.greatrides.ca or www.vancouverbiennale.com.


October 4, 2009
Community Living Carnival.  Howe Sound is hosting the first annual Community Living Carnival in conjunction with October being Community Living Month. Bring the entire family down to Performance Works on Granville for an afternoon of activities for everyone. Try doing an everyday activity with a disability. Meet the Vancouver 2010 Mascots from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. There will be live music, entertainment, sumo wrestling, bouncy castle, carnival games, kids corner, food and refreshment and a raffle prize draw. Purdy's, Tim Hortons, and Wired Monk Bistro will be onsite. Performance Works on Granville Island, 778.988.2295, www.howesound.net


October 4, 2009
Ioco Ghost Town Day. Recapture the spirit of the past at the historic Ioco town site. Activities for all ages. Listen to 50s jazz and enjoy a variety show. Try your hand at horseshoes and lawn bowling. Bake and bring the prize winning pie or sample BC grown apples. Kids can decorate and take their own jack o lantern, make a heritage craft or play heritage games. Lots to see and do at this community event. Ioco Lawn Bowling Green (Ioco Rd. and 1st Ave.). For more information: visit www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum/news.html or call 604-939-1648.


October 4, 2009
Kayak Nicomekl River. The Nicomekl River is an important fresh water artery that is tidal influenced. The area is the hunting ground for heron, loon, eagle, osprey, sandpiper and a number of migratory waterfowl. Paddle along the banks of this sheltered water way to see why it is an important stopping ground for many bird species. Experience Level required-novice. nfo. & Registration:  Howard 604-535-7985 email: nwcakayak@xplornet.com


October 4, 2009
Solve it. Odyssey of the Mind and the Creative Problem Solving Society invite you to try your hand at some mind-boggling problems. Discover your creativity and see the new, unique solutions only you can create. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7443, http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca


October 4, 2009
Voyageur Fraser River Paddle. Paddle in a 10 person Voyageur canoe guided by the Fort Langley Canoe Club for a unique hands-on look at the Bedford channel. PFD’s paddles and instructions provided. Registration required. 604-532-3511.


October 5 to December 13, 2009
Calvin Hunt Canoe at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.  A magnificent 38-ft canoe carved by Calvin Hunt will be on display in Gallery 3, adjacent to the Great Hall. Born in 1956, Hunt is the youngest son of Kwagu’l hereditary chief Thomas Hunt, and grandson of renowned carver Mungo Martin and grandmother, Abayah. Born into a wealth of traditional knowledge, Calvin started carving at the age of 12. He continues working with wood, as well as silkscreening, jewelry-making, and stone carving. http://www.moa.ubc.ca/exhibits/upcoming_exhibits.php


October 7, 2009
When Memoir and History Collide.  Everyone has a personal history, but our understanding of it can change as we learn more about the past. Have we lived the lives we think we have? To what extent are memoirs reliable history? Join Eric Damer, the author of "Discovery by Design"; co-author of "UBC: the First One Hundred Years" (with Herbert Rosengarten) and moderator Katherine McManus, Program Director, Writing and PUblishing Program, Simon Fraser University. (Free admission. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 7, 2009
“LOVE ON A LEASH” – A fundraiser for S.A.I.N.T.S. (Senior Animals In Need Today Society).  Stand up food and wine event for dogs and their owners – Yes, dogs are invited! Ticket price includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beverages and canine catering from Three Dog Bakery. Featuring Double Dog Dare Wines with a silent auction, dog treats, photo/portraits and more.Prizes include a Dog-Cozy™. Gift bags for the first 100 to book.The Smoking Dog French Bistro, 1889 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver; Book by credit card at info@loveonaleash.ca or in person at the Smoking Dog


October 9, 2009
Local Birds in Our Area. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388


October 9 - 11, 2009
Fraser Valley Bead Show. The largest bead show in Western Canada is back! With over 50 vendors, there are plenty of beads and also classes for you to string your creativity together. There is also a lot of unique jewelry from artisans across Canada. The Cascades Casino & Convention Center, 20393 Fraser Highway, Langley; http://www.fraservalleybeadshow.ca/


October 10, 2009
Community Diwali Celebration.  The festival of Diwali is a unifying celebration with different significance, but equal importance in many communities. People give expression to their happiness with earthen diyas (lamps). The lighting of lamps is a way of paying obeisance to God for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valor and fame. Doors will be open at 5pm. There will be display booths, Henna, Diya painting and entertainment. Includes dinner and door prizes.$5/Adults Free/Children & Youth; Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.


October 10, 2009
Cranberry Day. Entertainment, cranberry product tastings and tour of the Cranberry bog await you at Cranberry day, the final event of the season at Meadows Maze. Regular admission rates apply. For details and rates call 604-460-0603 or visit Meadows Maze (http://www.meadowsmaze.com/events.php) on-line.


October 10, 2009
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival. In Langley, we love to celebrate the Fall harvest of cranberries. The Village of Fort Langley host this annual event featuring cranberry sales, special presentations on the history of the cranberry industry, live music, entertainment, activities, contest and prizes, a scrumptious pancake breakfast, food vendors and a market with dozens of retail vendors. Also, get down and watch the canoe regatta on the Bedford Channel! This Festival is a FREE community event and is attended by 15 - 20,000 visitors annually. http://www.cranberryfest.ca/


October 10, 2009
Iron Scientist. One mystery material, one mystery task, endless possible inventions. Come and test your creativity with this all-new Iron Scientist challenge. Compete to win great prizes! 2pm in Contraption Corner. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7443, http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca


October 10, 2009
Kayak Nicomekl River & Serpentine River Estuary.  The large mud flats that separate the Nicomekl and Serpentine Rivers draw a host of birds and mammals that are often seen foraging in the tidal flats looking for good within the basin area. The mud flats are a great paddling destination at high tide where you can get into all the tidal nooks that are best accessed by kayak. The colours in October will only add to the added paddling experience. Experience Level required-novice. Info. & Registration:  Howard 604-535-7985 email: nwcakayak@xplornet.com


October 11, 2009
Birding with a Purpose, 1:30pm–3:30pm. Build your birding skills and witness the start of the fall migration as shorebirds, gulls and ducks begin to congregate in Boundary Bay. The first in a series of trips (next Dec. 13) that will help with identification and counting techniques, and serve as an introduction to monitoring our bird populations. Bring binoculars if you have them. FREE. Meet at parking lot at corner of 12 Ave and Beach Grove Rd in Tsawwassen. 604-940-4696


October 11, 2009
Explore Sundays - St Roch.  Explore Sundays are an opportunity to take part in a special guided visit of a unique part of the Museum not normally open to the public. St Roch engine room tours is a guided tour of the engine room and main hold of RCMP Arctic Schooner. St Roch Tours are offered from noon to 4 pm and are included with admission to the Museum. (604) 257-8300, info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com


October 11, 2009
Fall River Tours with a Thanksgiving Theme. When Thanksgiving is near there is always a fabulous turkey luncheon involved.  Tours on this weekend take guests on a river expedition to one of B.C.'s National Treasures. Our fully enclosed climate controlled boat will keep you warm and comfortable as you enjoy the best of B.C. Lunch is served hot and delicious at the Waterloo Restaurant and today folks lunch is ON US!! No family pack offered on these days. Adults $110 Seniors $90 Children $70 (jetboat tour, site entrance fees, lunch and all taxes included) contact Fraser River Safari 1-604-826-7361 or visit the website www.fraserriversafari.com


October 11, 2009
GF Strong 60th Anniversary Community Open House. 60 YEARS OF REHAB AND STILL GOING GF STRONG! Our doors are open! Join us for a fun, festive & informative look at the world of rehabilitation, education, health care & technology that assists peole with a severe physical disability to lead healthy, active & meaningful lives. This is a great opportunity for students, care providers, employers, educators, volunteers, donors, families & the community at large to explore everything rehab-ranging from lung function tests to a wheelchair obstacle course & a pinball machine that can be played through a straw. Featuring: passport style tour of highlights from our team; GFS alumni-inspirational speakers, including Paralympic athletes. 604.734.1313.


October 11, 2009
One Sky One World Fun Fly, World Wide day to fly for peace. 11 am - 4 pm, Vanier Park, Vancouver; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca


Ongoing to October 12, 2009
What's Afloat: Boats on the Fraser River.  A new exhibit opening at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS. If you've wondered about the myriad of different boats on the river, and what they all do, this exhibit will answer your questions. Visitors will also have a chance to buy the boat spotter's guide that goes along with the exhibit. In addition the Cannery will be alive this summer as Joe Kovacs, along with interpreters & volunteers, builds an all-wood lapstrake skiff. This is a summer long, major project that will introduce all visitors to traditional techniques that were used in Steveston's wooden fish boat building industry. http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com


October 14, 2009
Helena Gutteridge, Vancouver's first "Alderman".  A Women's History Month celebration. Special Herstory Cafe event at City Hall presented by Councillor Ellen Woodsworth and the Women's Advisory Committee. Vancouver's champion for women's rights, Helena Gutteridge (1879-1960) was; a suffragette, a social, labour and political activist and Vancouver's first woman Alderman (1937). To mark her life and contributions historian Irene Howard, author of her biography, "The Struggle for Social Justice in British Columbia, Helena Gutteridge, the Unknown Reformer" and Katherine Howard. Free, open to the public, seating is limited. Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Ave, www.herstorycafe.ca


October 14 - 18, 2009
Dance In Vancouver. BC's contemporary dance scene takes centre stage in Dance In Vancouver October 14-18. This biennial event provides a great opportunity to experience contemporary dance by local artists, with eleven companies performing excerpts of new works and recent hits in five programs. The 2009 edition features Animals of Distinction (directed by Dana Gingras of The Holy Body Tattoo), MovEnt, Karen Jamieson Dance, Kinesis Dance, Co. ERASGA and more. Visit www.thedancecentre.ca for the full schedule of events and ticket info.


October 14 - 18, 2009
The Dance Centre presents the 7th biennial Dance In Vancouver. A showcase of BC’s contemporary dance scene. Vancouver’s contemporary dance scene takes centre stage in Dance In Vancouver October 14-18. This biennial event provides a unique opportunity to experience the energy and innovation of contemporary dance generated by local artists, with eleven companies performing excerpts of new works and recent hits in five rich programs. The 2009 edition features some of the West Coast’s most renowned companies, including Animals of Distinction (directed by Dana Gingras of The Holy Body Tattoo), MovEnt, Karen Jamieson Dance and Co. ERASGA, as well as fast-rising new voices including the plastic orchid factory, the 605 Collective and MOVE: the company. Organized every two years by The Dance Centre, BC’s resource centre for dance, Dance In Vancouver is unique for its concentrated focus on promoting the province’s contemporary dance talent, not only to local audiences, but also to dance promoters and scouts who come from around the world to sample West Coast dance. Information: 604.606.6400 www.thedancecentre.ca


October 15 - 31, 2009
Vancouver food and wine enthusiasts are invited to discover and enjoy the fantastic offerings of Yaletown’s premier restaurants during the 5th Annual Taste of Yaletown event happening October 15th – 31st, 2009.  Taste of Yaletown 2009 will include over 20 of Yaletown’s fabulous restaurants offering special three-course tasting menus for set prices of $25, $35 and $45. A portion of the proceeds raised from each participating restaurant will be donated to The Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Please visit www.tasteofyaletown.com (http://www.tasteofyaletown.com/) for a list of all participating restaurants and menus.


October 15 to November 10, 2009
West Coast Chocolate Festival.  Stimulate your senses and feed your soul at this years West Coast Chocolate Festival, a flavourful and enlightening array of events and experiences October 15 to November 10, 2009 in Coquitlam, Port Moody & Port Coquitlam, and this year expanding to locations around the Lower Mainland, including Pacific Culinary Institute at Granville Island  - www.chocolatefestival.ca


October 15, 2009
Canyon Sam. Writer and activist Canyon Sam reads from her new book, "Sky Train: Women on the Edge of History." This lyrical memoir spans more than twenty years. Traveling on the newly opened Beijing-to-Lhasa train in 2007, Canyon Sam crossed the Himalayas to find women from her earlier oral history project. She reveals unexplored stories of women's resistance, courage and spiritual resilience through fifty years of Chinese occupation, and gives a first hand account of the changes brought by the controversial new railroad. (Admission is free. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 16, 2009
The Amazing Kreskin. From an early age, Kreskin demonstrated the remarkable ability to harness the unique capacity of his mind to find hidden objects and reveal the unspoken truth. Over the years he has honed this astonishing gift and captivated audiences around the world with his legendary performances. (604) 984-4484, www.centennialtheatre.com


October 16 - 17, 2009
17th Annual Harmonica Blast Hosted by Incognito. The 17th annual Harmonica Blast hosted by Incognito will feature performances by Mark Dufresne and Keith Bennett on Friday evening and Steve Bailey, John Marshall and Gary Preston on Saturday evening. Friday and Saturday night admission is $12 at the door. The Yale, 1300 Granville Street; www.theyale.ca


October 16 - 31, 2009
Fright Nights at Playland. Fright Nights will creep you out in a brand new way with four bigger and better, all NEW, haunted houses designed by the premier North American manufacturer in the haunt industry. As Fright Nights takes over ALL of Playland this year, learn about the eerie history of execution, as shown on The History Channel and look for new shows as well as your favourites like the Monsters of Schlock and The Great Orbax. Your favourite Playland rides will be there with a ghostly twist. It will be a Halloween Spectacular that is not to be missed and must be experienced. http://www.pne.ca/fright-nights/fright-nights.php


October 16 to November 13, 2009
From Liveable to Sustainable: The Mike Harcourt Sustainable Cities Seminars. In this five-part seminar, join Mike Harcourt to benefit from his decades of experience guiding sustainability programs at the local, national and regional level. Learn from Mike, special guest speakers and from other participants about how to work through complex political, social, economic and environmental issues to make sustainable cities and regions a reality. Through dialogue and group breakout sessions, this seminar provides valuable information for opinion-leaders, business professionals, strategists and planners in both the public and private sectors who wish to create sustainable futures for our cities and communities. The sessions are interactive, and allow participants to implement new knowledge to their most pressing sustainability challenges while focusing on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits. Seminars are scheduled over five consecutive Fridays, October 16-November 13, 9am-12pm. Classes are conveniently located in downtown at UBC Robson Square. www.cstudies.ubc.ca/sustainablecities


October 17, 2009
Harrison River Kayak Trip – Salmon Migration Tour, 9am – 4pm. This trip starts at Harrison Lake and continues down the Harrison River channel to Kilby Historic Park. The paddle is an opportunity to witness the fall migration of the salmon as they work their way into Harrison Lake. The salmon attract seals and eagles who feast on the spawning fish as they try to rejuvenate another cycle for future generations of fish. This is an event that is great to see and even better to witness from the cockpit of a kayak. Experience Level Required: Prior kayaking experience an asset. Natural West Coast Adventures. Info. & Reg.:  Howard (604) 535-7985 email: nwcakayak@xplornet.com www.kayak.bc.ca


October 17, 2009
Preschool for a Day at Kiddies Korner Preschool (2211 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam). Free!  Parents and children (30months-5 years) are invited to join experienced (and award winning!) teachers to experience a day of preschool...including: crafts, playtime, snack and circle time.  A great way to make some new friends and see what preschool is all about. contact: info@kkp.ca for more information


October 17, 2009
Return of the Salmon. 11am – 3pm. Witness the return of spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek at this Maple Ridge fall classic. Experience the sights and sounds of splashing chums amidst golden fall colours. FREE Family event. Meet: at the fish fence located on 240 St - north of the Lougheed Hwy in Maple Ridge. 604-530-4983.


October 17 - 18, 2009
Apple Festival. Over 60 varieties (30,000 lbs.) of heritage apples for sale, both conventional and organic. Over 40 varieties of apples to taste. Over 20 varieties of apple trees. BC Fruit Tester's display of 100 varieties of apples -Apple identification. UBC Botanical Garden 6804 SW Marine Drive @16th Ave Vancouver; 604-822-4529, www.friendsofthegarden.ca; www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org


October 18, 2009
A Tribute to Alice Munro. On Sunday, October 18, the Vancouver International Writers Festival presents a special tribute to Alice Munro. Five internationally-acclaimed authors Richard Ford, Alistair MacLeod, Amit Chaudhuri, Joan London, Elizabeth Strout (the 2009 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) pay tribute to Ms. Munro. Eleanor Wachtel host of CBC Radios Writers & Company will moderate the event. Alice Munros latest collection of short stories is titled Too Much Happiness. Her 13 previous books have won countless national and international awards, including two Giller Prizes. In June 2009 she was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for her outstanding contribution to literary fiction. Tickets: $45 adults; $40 students/seniors; $35 VIWF members; www.writersfest.bc.ca


October 18, 2009
Diwali Downtown.  Roundhouse Community Centre. Sponsored by Coast Capital Savings. Spend the afternoon in a Punjabi market atmosphere. Diwali Downtown is a day-long extravaganza that blends the best of traditional/classical South Asian arts with the most cutting edge of contemporary/fusion forms, all with an emphasis on showcasing and promoting the best local South Asian artists. Our popular dance series presents styles that range from Bharatnatyam to Bollywood and Keralanadanam to Bhangra. Diwali Downtown showcases a wide assortment of musical styles from Hindustani to Hip-Hop and Classical Persian to Punjabi Rock. Enjoy henna painting, rangoli design, Indian food, and of course, an incredible line-up of some of the region’s best-known folk and contemporary South Asian musicians, singers and dancers. Over 50 performers including UBC Girlz, Sunee Dhaliwal, Sangha, Daksh Kubba, Shan-E Punjab, FootEdge, this phenomenal one-day event is not to be missed. Great for families and all ages. Full details at www.vandiwali.ca. Free admission.


October 18, 2009
Family Day at PdA. When you hear the names Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael do you automatically think, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Does the thought of touring an art gallery leave you cold? Do you think you have to be an “artist” to create art? Gather up the family and blow the dust off those notions at Place des Arts’ Family Day at PdA! Take a tour of the exhibitions with guest artist Eleanor Hannan, and then participate in fun, interactive art activities with genial host Michael Fera . Family Day at PdA is artful fun for the whole family! Don’t be intimidated by art, get engaged in it! www.placedesarts.ca


October 18, 2009
Juan Martin, Flamenco Guitarist - A Benefit for the Mission Folk Music Festival. St. Andrew's United Church, 7756 Grand St, Mission. Contact MFMF Office @ 604.826.5937 or missionfestival@shaw.ca. www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca


October 18, 2009
Kidstuff Swapmeet, 10:00am-2:00pm. Free admission  Clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain! If you’re thinking of selling, we accept only maternity clothes and used items for children age 12 and younger.Bonsor Complex


October 18, 2009
King Arthur’s Kitchen. Inspired by some of the famous King Arthur tales, playwright Leslie Mildiner has created a unique new play from the perspective of the King’s overworked kitchen staff. King Arthur is celebrating his birthday with the Knights of the Round Table and down in the hustle and bustle of the Camelot basement kitchen the cook regales his bedraggled staff with stories of how young Arthur became king. Tickets for King Arthur’s Kitchen and all of our Censational Sunday matinees are available through the Centennial Theatre Box Office (604) 984-4484, www.centennialtheatre.com


October 18, 2009
Last year over 725 visitors welcomed the salmon back home to Maple Ridge. Join KEEPS and Metro Vancouver as they once again welcome the salmon home to the Kanaka Creek Fish Fence on 240 Street. For details or to volunteer visit KEEPS (http://www.keeps.org)


October 19, 2009
FREE NOON HOUR SERIES: Where Strangers Become Neighbours. Join us for a screening of "Where Strangers Become Neighbors", a fifty-minute NFB documentary (2007) about Collingwood Neighborhood House and the transition of Collingwoods predominantly Anglo-European community to one of Vancouver's most culturally diverse. LEONIE SANDERCOCK, film producer and professor in UBCs Department of Community and Regional Planning offers commentary and responds to questions. UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street; 604-822-8585, lifeandcareer@cstudies.ubc.ca


October 19, 2009
Francis Mansbridge: Hollyburn. Francis Mansbridge presents his new book, "Hollyburn: the Mountain and the City" which is the first book to be published on the rich and diverse history of Hollyburn. The area's combination of natural beauty and proximity to a large urban centre has provided a stage where many of the dialogues that have shaped our priorities for the environment have been played out. (Admission is free. Space is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 20 - 25, 2009
22nd Annual Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Presenting A World of Words The Vancouver International Writers Festival is one of North America's premiere literary events, held annually over 6 days in late October. It was inaugurated in 1988 as the brainchild of founding Artistic Director Alma Lee. Visit the website at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca  for the entire festival schedule and more information!


October 22, 2009
Robson Reading Series Presents Patti Gully. In the late 1930s, as the world moved closer to war, three vivacious females defied gender perceptions by becoming pilots. Driven by a fierce independent spirit, they realized their dream of flying, completed barnstorming goodwill missions across the Western Hemisphere, and captured the imagination of all those whose lives they touched. Despite their success, their relationships with men were checkered and stormy, leaving behind the wreckage of broken marriages and the children they abandoned-the price they ultimately paid to realize their dream of flying. Sisters of Heaven offers a rare look at a lost era in aviation history, gender studies, and the history of China and the West. Lillooet Room (301) at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre; Free, please reserve for a seat at: allan.cho@ubc.ca or 604-827-4366


October 23 - 24, 2009
Vancouver Short Film Festival. The Vancouver Short Film Festival is committed to the promotion of the vibrant community of short film, video and new media artists in the province of British Columbia. By showcasing the films of post- secondary students, alumni, and professionals in the same festival, we hope to build ties between emerging and established filmmakers, allowing BCs film industry to grow and flourish. We provide an arena where all levels of short filmmakers and artists can screen their films in public and support the work of their fellow colleagues. VIFC Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street; sandra@vsff.com


October 23 - 30, 2009
Kilby’s Haunted Halloween. Our 103 year old General Store and Hotel is the perfect setting for a bone chilling night of fright!  Our ghouls can spook you on a scale from 1 to 10, so it’s great fun for all ages.  Our Haunted Hotel’s theme this year is “Zombie Attack”. Other activities on the museum grounds include making crafts, a Halloween movie and of course we will have treats! Be prepared to be scared! Admission is $5 each. Children 3 and under are free! 215 Kilby Rd, Harrison Mills–604-796-9576–www.kilby.ca


October 23, 2009
Day of the Arts at Place des Arts. Place des Arts’ Day of the Arts is a Haunted Happening! Kids from kindergarten to grade 5 will have phantasmic fun moving to a ghostly groove, acting out spine-chilling stories and creating a variety of Hallowe'en-themed art projects. Kids from grades 1 to 5 can choose from 5 full-day blocks of fun, while Kindergarteners have their own full-day block designed specifically for them. Registration is now open and may be done online at www.placedesarts.ca, in person at the centre, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam or by phone at 604.664.1636.


October 24 - 25, 2009
Haunted River Rides. 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 Today. Daily launch time 11:00am Family rate has been reduced to $250 for this weekend. For more information tel# 1-866-348-6877  or www.fraserriversafari.com


October 24 - 30, 2009
The Ghost Ridge™ Haunted House is held annually as a fundraiser for charities in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.  It's spooky fun for the whole family! 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Firework Finale will be held October 30th. Albion Fairgrounds. 604-463-6922, www.ghostridge.org


October 24, 2009
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House 3rd Annual Autumn Fair. Come join in all the fun on October 24th 2009, 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. It is our 3rd annual Autumn Fair, being held at West 7th and Vine. This includes a costume contest, pancake breakfast, pie eating contest, local wellness market, pumpkin patch, music, square dancing and much more! Kitsilano Nieghbourhood House, 7th and Vine, 604 736 3588.


October 24, 2009
The 3 Profs Chem Show! Celebrate National Chemistry week with three SFU chemistry proffessors. They will show off their super science with bangs, blasts and booms! 12:20 and 2:20 at the Peter Brown Family Centre Stage. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7443, http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca


October 25, 2009
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...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html for Full Details. Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive at 16th Avenue.


October 25, 2009
Vancouver Tap Ensemble. New Works is proud to present a rare treat to its Dance Allsorts audience -  the Vancouver Tap Ensemble! Developed by the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and featuring their key senior dancers, this ensemble was created out of a desire to build a platform for local, professional tap in Vancouver . Working creatively as a collective, this performance stays true to the tap art form, and features innovative choreography that is rich in rhythms and stylistically varied. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre; 604-880-0527.


October 27, 2009
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Why? Is it about politics or religion? Or is it economics or geography? Could it even be sibling rivalry? Debra Vanden Dungen, an instructor in SFU's Seniors Program, has taught and developed curriculum with Palestinian youth in Bethlehem and shot a short film in Lebanon. She will present a concise history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and will respond to questions after her talk. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the Building Bridges Society). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 28 - 30, 2009
Haunted Village, 6:00-9:00pm. The circus is coming! Village ghouls are hosting a traveling circus. Problems ensue. Join the dead-folk and help solve the mystery. Fun for all brave families. Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


October 29, 2009
The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! noon dance series: MOVE: the company. Josh Beamish's dynamic young company, formed four years ago when he was just 17, has taken Vancouver - and North America - by storm with its audacious blend of contemporary and jazz dance, and prolific output. Sold Doubt is inspired by vibrant strings covers of the music of iconic band No Doubt, an ensemble work for seven dancers. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St (at Granville), Vancouver . Tickets $10/$7 from 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca (http://www.ticketstonight.ca/). Info www.thedancecentre.ca (http://www.thedancecentre.ca/).


Ongoing until October 29, 2009
Arthur Erickson Garden Tours.  Guided tours of the Japanese-inspired West Coast garden of Canada's celebrated architect every Thursday. Admission $10. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. 604-738-4195, aegarden@telus.net


October 30, 2009
All Souls. All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery was created to provide opportunities for the public to commemorate their dead in a family oriented community art event. Artists and neighbours come together to create a sanctuary for remembrance and reflection. 604-325-2646, mountainview.cemetery@vancouver.ca


October 30, 2009
All ages Halloween Dance. This is a free, all ages Halloween Dance with spooktacular decor, music & dancing. Prizes for best group & individual costumes. Display of artful jack o'lanterns. Cupcake & cookie decorating and even ghoulish punch. All are welcome. Strathcona Community Centre, milisa@honeybeephotography.ca


October 30, 2009
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 to November 1, 2009
Superhero Halloween. Join us this Halloween for the Science of Superheroes! Can someone’s DNA really mutate to turn them into Spiderman? Can a chemical really turn you into The Incredible Hulk? Come dressed as your favourite superhero, check out some wacky science and test the limits of science fiction! All weekend throughout the building. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7443, http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca


October 31, 2009
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE + PUMPKIN POWER. Annual Event which gathers children at the Surrey Museum Plaza to trick or treat at Clover Square Village/176 St. downtown and then enter a draw to win prizes for various age categories.2pm, http://www.cloverdalebia.com


October 31, 2009
Yaletown Trick or Treat Parade. For the annual Trick or Treat Parade through Yaletown dress up in your creepiest costume and enjoy the event! Yaletown merchants will be handing out treats for all neighbourhood kids. www.yaletowninfo.com


November 3 - 4, 2009
Disney’s High School Musical 2 Based on the 2007 Disney Channel Original Movie. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com


November 15, 2009
New Works presents local dance star Amber Funk Barton and her exciting, brand new contemporary dance company, the response! Designed for a new generation of dancers and audiences, this show will investigate the athleticism, dynamics and energy of urban dance and culture with the fresh, exhilarating and athletic choreography for which Barton is known. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. www.newworks.ca


November 15, 2009
CRÈME DE LA CRÈME.  The fifth annual Crème de la Crème presents Vancouver’s most intimate and luxurious wedding show with an unmatched Haute Couture fashion show, a taste of exquisite style and trendsetting designs and a showcase of products and services that are catered directly to the discerning bride. www.cremedelacreme.ca


November 26, 2009
The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! noon dance series: Rahma Haddad and Lynette Harper are renowned as two of BC's most outstanding Middle Eastern dance exponents, and make a welcome return to the Discover Dance! series to present Bekaa Valley Girls: A Lebanese Saga. Performing a vivid array of dances bursting with sensuality, expressiveness and joyful grace, Haddad and Harper explore their shared Lebanese roots and their Arab-Canadian identities, providing a personal and cultural context for experiencing contemporary genres of Arab dance. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St (at Granville), Vancouver . Tickets $10/$7 from 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca . Info www.thedancecentre.ca .


November 29, 2009
Centennial Theatre proudly presents Censational Sundays, Cycology Featuring Linsey Pollak. Have you ever heard bicycle music? Professor Squealy Deetbum is the world’s leading researcher in Cycology – the art of playing the bicycle. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com


December 20, 2009
Centennial Theatre proudly presents Censational Sundays Featuring renowned children’s performer Charlotte Diamond & the Hug Bug Band. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com


Ongoing
Beat Street Community Drum Circle.  Enjoy call-and-response songs from around the world, rhythm games and hand drumming with the freedom to try out a huge selection of percussion instruments and toys.Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave.; Every Sunday 3-5 pm, www.lylepovah.com, 604 736-6487


Ongoing
Community Lunch.  A free lunch of soup and sandwiches is offered weekly in North Vancouver in a safe, friendly, wheelchair accessible place where you can share a free meal with children, youth and adults. All are welcomed!  St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges, North Vancouver; 604-985-0408, www.st-andrews-united.ca1


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: $8.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2009.  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
The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition is now presenting the “End of Empire”. This shows the rise and fall of the British motorcycle industry and what caused it. There are 60 antique and vintage motorcycle on display in an exhibition setting. It is open seven days a week. The hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Tours are available on request. Admission is by donation. The Exhibition is located at 1875 Boundary Road and 2nd Avenue in Vancouver BC . For more information call 604 293 2221. www.deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca


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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