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

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Special Events for October 2011
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October 1, 2011
PEDIGREE ADOPTION DRIVE® CAMPAIGN ADOPTION TOUR. The makers of PEDIGREE® want to show Vancouver residents that shelter dogs are good dogs, and are bringing the PEDIGREE® Adoption Tour, to Toronto Dominion Plaza on October 1, 2011.  Guests will learn how they can help shelter dogs by adopting, volunteering and donating from Langley Animal Protection Society through a variety of fun and hands-on elements. www.mypedigree.ca


October 1, 2011
Harvest organic veggies at Earthwise Society in Delta BC on October 1, 8am-11am. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/16449745/


October 1, 2011
The Fourth Annual Celebrity Dim Sum Event.  Join The CBC, The Vancouver Courier and National Posts own Fred Lee and Global News Sophie Lui on Saturday, October 1, 2011 for the Fourth Annual Celebrity Dim Sum Event! A fantastic event emceed by Fred Lee and Sophie Lui, where Famous Celebrity Pairs will serve carts of Dim Sum to event guests. Guaranteed to be a Dim Sum brunch to remember! Tickets: $50/person or $450 for tables of 10 Tickets available: http://aidsvancouver.ticketleap.com/celebritydimsum/


October 1, 2011
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre. Nikkei Fall Harvest Fair – A Part of Culture Days. Have you ever seen a yo-yo tsuri?  It’s literally fishing for yo-yos made of colourful balloons partially filled with water.  It’s a national pastime popular with children at festivals in Japan.  You can come catch one of your very own at the Nikkei Fall Harvest Festival on October 1st from 11am – 5pm at Nikkei Centre in Burnaby at a vendor table hosted by the Vancouver Japanese Gardeners’ Association.  This is the same group who tend the beautiful gardens at Nikkei Centre all year round. www.nikkeiplace.org


October 1, 2011
Chinese Culture Festival (All ages).  Celebrate the rich diversity of the Chinese Cultural Festival features Asian food, traditional music, Chinese heritage dancing, Lion dance, Chinese martial arts and many other fun things. Pick-up your Free ticket at the Renfrew Community Centre office. Sat Oct 1 4:30-7:30pm FREE.604-257-8388


October 1 - 2, 2011
The second annual Culture Days – a collaborative, grassroots Canada-wide movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities happens September 30-October 2, so mark your calendars! http://www.culturedays.ca


October 1, 8, November 12, 26, 2011
The Tri-Cities Baker’s Community Market is back for the fall! This free event offers sweet treats made by fabulous local bakers, samples and free parking. Come by to stock up on your favourite seasonal indulgences. For more information visit us at http://tricitiesmarket.blogspot.com. Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam


October 1 - 31, 2011
Apple Barn Fall Activities.  Enjoy fall activities at the Applebarn Pumpkin Farm. Enjoy U-Pick Apples & Pumpkins, petting barn, bunnytown, pumpkin cannon, corn gun, jumping pillow, bouncy barn, corn maze, playground hay rides & pony rides. On weekends our concession is open, complete with fresh roasted corn. Open 7 days a week from Sept 1- Oct 31 (pony rides, pumpkin cannon, corn gun & concession open on weekends only). Call ahead for hayride availability on weekdays. http://www.applebarn.ca


October 2, 2011
33rd Annual Vancouver Motorcycle Toy Run.  Parade style ride from Coquitlam Centre to PNE. Open to all makes of motorcycles. Cost is a new toy wrapped in original plastic. Limited number of pins will be available. Please- no stuffed toys. Please remember educational toys and also gifts for teens. Toys will be distributed to other Lower Mainland Christmas bureaus by the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau located in Vancouver. Probably Canada's largest toy run. 604-580-0114


October 2, 2011
Connect Your Kids To Nature.  Join Brian Herrin, creative environmental educator as he shows parents how to engage children in nature with activities geared to inspire and stimulate outdoor discovery. Parents and adults with kids meet at the Stanley Park Nature House at Lost Lagoon. $5-$10. programs@stanleyparkecology.ca


October 2, 2011
That Barista Thing 2011. That Barista Thing 2011 is a celebration of Barista Culture supported by Blenz Coffee. Held in the Library Square Promenade, find many activities for the whole family to participate in, including: Latte Art Etching Workshop, craft tables, free beverages, Fortune Telling Tea Leaf Reading, live artists at work; authentic Japanese & Chinese Tea Ceremonies, and lots, lots more. The signature event on the main stage is The 3rd Vancouver International Latte Art Competition & Etching Competition, awarding the highest cash prize to the winning Barista than any other latte art competition worldwide. This is a free event for all. http://www.thatbaristathing.com


October 2, 2011
Laneway House Tour.  Come see for yourself 7 newly constructed laneways and an infill house which complement existing main houses. To purchase tickets visit www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org or for further questions call our office at 604.264.9264.


October 2, 2011
What: Ioco Ghost Town Day celebrates the unique community that was Ioco. Enjoy a ventriloquist, jazz band, juggler, magician, fiddlers and singers. Take a ride in a Model A car or on a pony. Decorate a pumpkin or see a model Thomas the Train. Don’t miss the Rebel Haunt Theatre or our Ioco Ghosts heritage actors. For more information, contact the Port Moody Station Museum at info@portmoodymuseum.org or 604-939-1648 or visit www.portmoodymuseum.org.


October 3, 2011
The Richmond Nature Park will hold a sale of fresh cranberries on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10 am to 3 pm. Bulk local cranberries will be available while quantities last.  Cranberries, the "miracle fruit" of the bog are rich in vitamins and loaded with beneficial elements. They add zest to your baking and cooking, the colour can't be beat. They'll keep fresh in the fridge for weeks and are practically indestructible in the freezer. Proceeds will benefit the Richmond Nature Park Society.


October 4 - 7, 2011
CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition. This premier wind energy event will bring together over 2,500 experts from all over the world to discuss the opportunities and latest developments in the Canadian wind energy industry. The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the appropriate development and application of all aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy environment. http://canwea2011.ca/


October 4 - 8, 2011
The Cultch presents HEART AS ARENA.  Choreographed by Dana Gingras / Animals of Distinction.  Heart As Arena, a new full-length work from Dana Gingras, explores ideas of receptivity, transmission and the secret language of electricity that animates heart, mind and muscle. www.thecultch.com.


October 6, 2011
Beneath Cold Seas.   The Pacific Coast of North America features some of the most visually spectacular marine life of any ecosystem on the planet. Accompanied by never-before-seen photos from David Halls new book, "Beneath Cold Seas", local marine-biologist Sarika Cullis-Suzuki provides a knowledgeable and passionate perspective on the conservation issues facing our coastal ecosystem. David Halls mesmerizing photographs capture our underwater world in a way that will amaze scuba divers and land-lovers alike. Signed copies of Beneath Cold Seas will be available for purchase after the presentation. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 6 - 22, 2011
Steel Magnolias.  Six southern belles with backbones of steel rely on each other through thick and thin in this funny, heartbreaking story. By Robert Harling In association with Chemainus Theatre Festival. Gateway Theatre, Richmond; www.gatewaytheatre.com


October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2011
The popular Grave Tales are back! Spine-chilling tales of love, mysterious burials and old-school amputations - Fort Langley’s past is depicted at night by our expert storytellers, and will leave you spellbound as you weave through the village from the misty cemetery to the deserted Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Advance tickets recommended. $12.70 per person; annual pass holders save 20%.Tickets, times & info: www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley or 604.513.4777


October 7 - 31, 2011
Stanley Park Ghost Train. Stanley Park's Ghost Train is one of Vancouver's most beloved traditions. A ride on The Ghost Train is a perfectly spooky way to kick off your Halloween festivities. For the price of a train ticket, riders can also enjoy face painting, crafts, pumpkin carving, costume contest & the Haunted Maze. The Ghost Train is re-invented every year with a new scary theme by the creative team at Mortal Coil. Riders can enjoy the splendour of Stanley Park while being spooked by the Circus of Disaster. http://www.vancouver.ca/parks/events/ ghosttrain/index.htm


October 7 - 31, 2011
Creatures of the Night.  Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society for Creatures of the Night a 30-minute lantern-lit walk alongside the popular Miniature Railways Halloween Ghost Train. An educational and thrilling look at elusive wildlife in Stanley Park. Admission $3-$4. For information: 604-718-6522 or programs@stanleyparkecology.ca


October 8, 2011
Burnaby Heights Tour.  Author and historian John Atkin leads you through this vibrant neighbourhood looking at grand houses, churches and modest bungalows. This year's tour features a number of new gems as well as some old favourites. 604-297-4565


October 8, 2011
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival.  Did you know that British Columbia is the third largest producer of cranberries in the world? The village of Fort Langley hosts the annual Cranberry Festival, featuring cranberry vendors, live music, entertainment, prizes, a pancake breakfast, food vendors and a canoe regatta. This annual festival is a free community event and is attended by approximately 15,000 visitors each year. http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortllangley


October 8, 2011
Cranberry Day at Meadows Maze.  Entertainment, cranberry product tastings and tour of the Cranberry bog await you at Cranberry day, our final event of the season.  http://www.meadowsmaze.com/events.php


October 8 - 10, 29 - 30, 2011
Harvest Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge. A month-long festival during October, Harvest Festival celebrates the season. On Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy games, the Rainforest Explorers Program, face painting, crafts & fortune telling. For Halloween, enjoy a jack-o'-lantern display, fortune telling, face painting, crafts, ghost tours & trick-or-treating. The park is decorated with a harvest theme & offers musical entertainment. http://www.capbridge.com


October 9 - 10, 2011
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Kilby.  Prepare to loosen that belt... for our very popular, traditional Thanksgiving Dinner! Your experience includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, brussel sprouts, a fresh homemade dinner roll, gravy, beverage, with your choice of apple crisp or pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Reservations recommended. On-site apple cider pressing demonstration daily at 2:00 pm. http://www.kilby.ca


October 10, 2011
2011 North Shore 1/2 Marathon. Join us on October 10th, 2011 for the 5th Annual North Shore Credit Union Half Marathon. This event that will surely become one of Canada's easiest and most scenic Half-Marathons - a net drop in elevation of over 91 m (300 ft) and spectacular views of the North Shore Mountain's and the most beautiful city in the world: Vancouver, British Columbia. http://www.runthenorthshore.com


October 10 - 16, 2011
Homelessness Action Week 2011.  This year marks the sixth anniversary of HAW (HAW) a province-wide initiative that brings attention to and engages citizens in addressing housing and homelessness issues in their communities. Coordinated through the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH), the City has supported HAW since its inception. The theme for this year is Investing in What Works to build upon the success revealed by a decline of 1% in the overall regional homeless count since 2008 which was especially accented in Vancouver with a 7% decline since 2010. Please visit www.stophomelessness.ca for more information on events in your neighbourhood.


October 11, 2011
Weekday Invasive plant bust at Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver BC on October 11th 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more information please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/26302431/


October 12, 2011
Event Title: Bokeo Development Fund Society 2nd Annual 'Outdoor Sanitation Unit' Music and Arts Evening.  Music and Arts evening to raise funds to build toilets in Laos - Cost $30, children free ($20 tax receipt issued. Performances by the Humming Birds from Galiano Island, Janice Girard - classical pianist, and others. Silent Auction, skype with Paddy Dadson - Laos, Operations Manager. Come join us and bring your club, group, office with you!  PAL Theatre - 581 Cardero; bokeodevelopmentfund@gmail.com


October 12, 2011
Festival MOSAIC. Festival MOSAIC 2011 is a night of sight and sound to celebrate the cultures of our mosaic. Taking place in the recently renovated CULTCH theatre the event will welcome 175 of British Columbias corporate and philanthropic leaders and other members of the MOSAIC community. Guests will enjoy a pre-reception with a silent auction and feature entertainment from around the world representations of the various cultures that MOSAIC supports. The CULTCH, 1895 Venables Street; www.mosaicbc.com


October 13 - 16, 2011
Vancouver Home & Design Show.  esign, renovate & style your life at the 2011 Vancouver Home + Design Show, October 13-16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Over 356 fabulous exhibitors will be ready to help with your design and renovation dilemmas! Look to The Urban Bard Design stage presented by HGTV for live presentations from industry insiders including Jillian Harris, design expert on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, plus Bryan Baumler host of HGTV's Disaster DIY and Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, host of Food Network's Dinner Party Wars. http://www.vancouverhomeshow.com


October 14 - 31, 2011
Fright Nights at Playland.  Fright Nights at Playland is for the far out, freaked out, fun lovers of the Halloween spirit. Dare your friends to ride the roller coaster at night. Double dare yourself to step foot in one of the many horrifying haunted houses. http://www.frightnights.ca


October 15, 2011
Fresh Air Hike- Low Knoll and Addington Marsh Lookout at Minnekhada Regional Park. Walk through moss-strewn rainforests, by quiet marshes, and over natural granite knolls. Spot migrating birds in while you enjoy the views. This is a moderate hike with hill sessions and natural rock stairs. Call to register 604-432-6359 $5.50/adult, $3.25/senior youth. 604-520-6442


October 15, 2011
Remove periwinkle, hops,ivy and scotch broom at Central Park in Burnaby BC on Oct 15, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/27079341/


October 15, 2011
LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK.  Light the Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual walk & fundraising event-a night of solidarity & hope. An event in support of people battling cancer & pating tribute to those claimed by it. Every autumn,friends,families and co-workers gather in cities across North America & walk in twilight, holding illuminated balloons-red for supporters, white for survivors & gold to remember ones lost. Funds raised support vital cancer research & patient services in their communities. Join us and take a step towards a cure. Lumberman's Arch, Stanley Park; www.lightthenight.ca


October 15, 2011
The Vancouver Tuscany Cultural Society invites you to the 41st annual ‘Festa Toscana’.  An evening tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci featuring fantastic Italian cuisine, music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Doors open at 6:15pm, multi-course dinner will begin at 7:00pm. Wine included with dinner (no host bar). The event will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $60.00 per person and must be purchased in advanced. For more ticket information, please call 604-294-2762 or 604-524-3044 or email toscanidivancouver@hotmail.com.


October 15 - 16, 2011
Apple Festival.  A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot fun doing it!Admission is $4. Please leave all furry and feathered friends at home. For more info please visit our website: www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events.


October 15 to November 20, 2011
West Coast Chocolate Festival.  The West Coast Chocolate Festival is a non-profit organization which creates mentored work experiences for youth in chocolate-themed events. Indulge in decadent chocolates in 150 events throughout the lower mainland. Enjoy gourmet chocolates with wine, scotch, and tea pairings. Savour the sweet smooth texture of chocolate while learning more about its benefits for the health. The Festival also features all- ages events which include chocolate- themed cooking classes and factory tours. Bring your friends and immerse in the luxurious enjoyment of one of the world's most popular foods. www.chocolatefestival.ca


October 16, 2011
Listen! Laugh! Enjoy! Stories for YOU! Theme: Skeletons in the closet; Featuring: Erin Graham; Mauretia Holloway; Priscilla Jones; Larry Matier. Host: Nancy Bailey. Location: side door, alley South of St Marks at 1805 Larch/ 2nd Ave, Kits. Parking. www.vancouverstorytellers.ca


October 16, 2011
Rubber Ducky Half Marathon. This beautiful 21.1 km & 7 Mile course circles Burnaby lake, giving you the opportunity to enjoy fresh air, exercise and more chances to view birds and animals in this wilderness environment. Join other walkers & runners on this scenic course throughout the trails of Burnaby Lake. Located in the middle of the city, Burnaby Lake Regional Park is a stunning wildlife sanctuary. 778-908-4321


October 16, 2011
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, holiday ornaments, 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 for Full Details - General Admission $5 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible


October 17, 2011
John Gilmore & Keith Harrison. Please join us for readings by authors John Gilmore and Keith Harrison. John Gilmore reads from his first novel, "Head of a Man" is a poetic narrative. It is a portrait of a contemporary man at a psychological and spiritual impasse. Keith Harrisons most recent work is "The Missionary, The Violinist and the Aunt Whose Head was Squeezed", a remarkable and honest fusion of travel writing, family history, and cultural anthropology which is also a quest for meaning and an understated love story. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. We acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts through the Writer's Union of Canada). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 17, 2011
SFU Philosophers' Cafe at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Where do creative ideas come from? Why do some ideas go to the moon and stars and some go to the garbage can? Comfortable surroundings for vibrant street level discussions on burning issues of the day. No formal philosophy training required; real life experience desired. Come early, stay late. Everyone welcome.  Experience and registration are not required. http://philosopherscafe.net


October 18, 2011
TED Talks & Tea. Julian Treasure - 5 Ways to Listen Better. nognz brain fitness, http://www.nognz.com


October 18 - 23, 2011
Vancouver's International Writers & Readers Festival. The International Writers Festival attracts the world's best writers to Vancouver. Internationally renowned & undiscovered authors mingle with 12,000 readers of all ages in intimate, interactive & informal settings on Granville Island, an urban oasis in the heart of Vancouver. Check website for schedule updates and news releases. http://www.writersfest.bc.ca


October 19, 2011
VAFF 15 Retrospective: Artist Spotlight - Jeff Chiba Stearns. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is turning 15. To celebrate, we're hitting rewind on selected films from past festivals produced by Asian-Canadian filmmakers. Our retrospective series comes to a close with a spotlight on Jeff Chiba Stearns - filmmaker, Hapa, and Post-It Note aficionado. Join us for this special screening of "Yellow Sticky Notes, Ode to a Post-It Note", and "One Big Hapa Family". Jeff will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver Asian Film Festival, http://www.vaff.org


October 19, 2011
What's New in Countries Behind the Iron Curtain: Langara College Community Lecture Series.  Lecture by Lucie Hrabetova. This is a short journey in time and space to a regions consumed with mystery. If you are interested in hearing about the significant events that shaped the former Eastern block nations, as well as the ongoing impact that the Soviet regime had on these nations through their economy, politics, social and cultural life, join us. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Langara College and Vancouver Public Library). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 19 - 30, 2011
7th Annual "Taste of Yaletown".  The tastes, treats, sips, sights and sounds of Vancouver's most desirable neighborhood will come alive again at Taste of Yaletown 2011! The popular community-based event invites the public to discover and enjoy culinary offerings and delectable wines from over 20 of Yaletown's best restaurants, each presenting an exclusive three-course menu at pre-fixed prices of $25, $35 or $45. For the 7th annual Taste of Yaletown, a portion of the profits will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Since its inception, this community-based event has raised thousands of dollars for the Food Bank to provide food and related assistance to those in need. bert@yaletowninfo.com


October 20, 2011
Acorn Series - Richard Littlemore. A new lecture series where you can mix and mingle while listening to the latest hot topics. October's event features Richard Littlemore in a talk on climate control. www.acornseries.net


October 20, 2011
Weekday ivy removal at Mosquito Creek in North Vancouver BC on October 20 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/25529101/


October 20 - 22, 2011
Mystery Mansions of Deer Lake.  These guided walking tours are a combination of history and mystery. Dress warmly - though all the chills are not from the weather. Visit ominous buildings and hear the ghostly stories. Price of admission to the Burnaby Village Museum. http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/


October 21 - 23, 2011
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.  The Art Crawl offers Crawlers access to 108 participating galleries and art studios along the entire Sunshine Coast Highway from Langdale to Lund. We invite Crawlers to come and experience the vibrant arts and culture community on the Sunshine Coast. http://www.sunshinecoastartcrawl.com


October 22, 2011
Meet Local Author Dr. Stephen J. Kiraly Dr. Stephen Kiraly, author of "Your Healthy Brain: A Personal & Family Guide to Staying Healthy & Living Longer" will be at our nognz West Vancouver location to discuss his book. http://www.nognz.com


October 22 - 29, 2011
Vancouver Opera: West Side Story.  A masterpiece of music theatre. VO presents the full-scale Broadway show with Jerome Robbins's original high-energy choreography, a 30-piece live orchestra and a cast of triple-threat singer-dancer-actors who will knock your socks off! This 20th century classic features Leonard Bernstein's most memorable and thrilling melodies: "Maria", "Tonight", "Gee, Officer Krupke".  http://www.vancouveropera.ca/West-Side-Story.html


October 22 to December 10, 2011
Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program.  A FREE parenting program for parents of children 0 to 5 years!! Join us for 8 Saturday Sessions to discuss parenting techniques across cultures, meet new friends and gain community connections. (Sessions in English-UpperBeginnerLevel, Childminding & snacks provided). Because kids dont come with a manual...UBC Acadia Commonsblock; patricia@kitshouse.org


October 23, 2011
Growing Chefs! From Farms to Forks 2. Join us on October 23rd at PICA for the second annual Growing Chefs! fundraising party! From Farms to Forks 2: A Harvest Kitchen Party will pair some of the city's best chefs and bartenders with some of B.C.'s finest growers and producers. Growing Chefs! From Farms to Forks will feature chef and pastry chef tasting stations and cooking demonstrations, passed canapes, cocktail making demonstrations (and tastings!), and B.C. beer and wine pairings. Proceeds from the event will go directly to support the Growing Chefs! Visit www.growingchefs.ca/farms-forks-2 for more information.


October 23, 2011
Vancouver Mycological Society's 32nd Annual Mushroom Show. The Vancouver Mycological Society's 32nd Annual Mushroom Show is at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, in the Floral Hall. 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. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking. http://www.vanmyco.com


October 25, 2011
TED Talks & Tea.  Michael Merzenich - Re-wiring the Brain. A neuroscientist looks at one of the secrets of the brain’s incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. nognz brain fitness, 1517 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. http://www.nognz.com


October 26 to November 6, 2011
8th annual "Heart of the City" Festival.  Here in the Downtown Eastside we have developed close friendships and a deep love and appreciation for this extraordinary community. Here in the Downtown Eastside we have learnt the meaning of the phrase home is where the heart is. And here in the Downtown Eastside it is an honour and pleasure to work with our community to produce this extraordinary open house called the Heart of the City Festival. If this is your home, may you enjoy your festival and what your neighbourhoods and friends are producing and sharing. If you are a visitor, welcome to our home and to our festival: may you be inspired by our stories, history, struggles, hopes and dreams. Listen closely and you will hear the heartbeat of our community, the heart of the city. www.heartofthecityfestival.com


October 27, 2011
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon series presents Aché Brasil. The vibrant culture, music and dances of Brazil take the stage in a thrilling program of Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira - a fusion of dance and martial arts, whose amazing acrobatics are performed in a whirring circle of movement, singing and percussive musical rhythms. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Info www.thedancecentre.ca


October 28, 2011
Family Games Night. Join Andy and the team on the last Friday of the month, and try out the lastest in brain fitness fun! We have demo version of all games and puzzles instore. Bring a friend, or the entire family! nognz brain fitness, http://www.nognz.com


October 28 - 30, 2011
Burnaby Museum Haunted Village. Come have fun with superstitions, legends and the magic of Halloween. Witches, trolls, gravediggers, and undertakers greet you as you walk through our haunted village in the dark of the night. Children - wear your costumes to trick-or-treat; see the latest styles in coffins and get measured for yours; visit the fortune teller; savour tasty toes at the Voodoo cafe; take in the fashions for Dead Victorians; enjoy our circus sideshow; and ride the 1912 carousel. http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


October 28, 2011
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 29, 2011
Childrens Halloween Party (2-10yrs).  Join us for some scary fun! There will be games with prizes, face painting, crafts, and Halloween trick or treat goodie bags. Concession will be run by the Youth Council. Tickets are limited buy them early. Sat Oct 29 12:30-3:00pm $5/child. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.


October 29, 2011
Remove Himalayan blackberry and plant natives trees and plants at Chantrell Park, South Surrey, BC on October 29, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/26691541/


October 29, 2011
APACC 5k Race and Community Run/Walk to Benefit Aboriginal Communities.  Looking for a fun way to support communities and to practice being physically active. Then be involved with the APACC Competitive 5k Race and Community Run/Walk to be held in Musqueam on October 29th 2011. Highlights of this event for the whole family are: A competitive running race to enter (aboriginal only event: First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) or support by drumming on the route! Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each age category and a $500 cash prize to the fastest female or male racer. A community running and walking event open to all. Free for ages 10 and under and 70 and older as well as a free raffle ticket for each participant and a additional raffle ticket for people in costumes All proceeds go towards creating community grants for Aboriginal peoples involved in sports and recreation. aboriginalpacc@gmail.com


October 29, 2011
Halloween Circus Fiesta. Join us at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre and experience Latino's Dia de los Muertos with our circus performances and dance with Latin, French and Italian music! Dress like the Cirque du Soleil or with your best Halloween costume to win a prize and enjoy tantalizing food from Latin America, Italy and France. Be sustainable, bring your own cup and receive 25 cents off each drink. Tickets available online or by phone. http://www.latincouver.ca/event/halloweenFiesta2011


October 30, 2011
Fraser Valley Wedding Swap. Fraser Valley Wedding Swap brings together brides to connect with, sell to, and buy from other local brides who need wedding items for their upcoming wedding day. Sell your gently used tiara, chair covers, candy jars and more to a bride-to-be who is looking for a deal to make her own day special and unique. A wedding swap is a fantastic opportunity to clean out your closets, empty your basement of extra boxes and pass on some of the treasures that you discovered when searching for ways to make your own wedding day memorable. 604-309-2037


October 30, 2011
Spooktacular Scurry; Halloween 5 km Fun Run.  Dance, sing and play! Fernridge hall is booked all night so we can enjoy the evening. Decorate the trunks of your vehicles and hand out candy to the kids (cars please arrive by 3:45 pm), family movie, pumpkin carving contest, race number colouring contest. Dress up! There will be prizes for the best costumes. Langley, 778-908-4321


Ongoing to October 1, 2011
The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to present Monogatari Tales of Powell Street (1920-1941).  We invite you to discover the many monogatari (tales) of Powell Street - the vibrant pre-war commercial and residential district of the Japanese community in Vancouver. By 1921, most of Vancouver’s 4000 Japanese residents lived in or within walking distance of the area. The street bustled with vegetable and fish markets, businesses, traditional Japanese bath houses and food stores. It was a unique mingling of traditional Japanese culture with contemporary Canadian convenience. Labourers found inexpensive accommodations in boarding houses. Baseball fans packed Powell Grounds to watch the Asahi Baseball Team play. Families lived and worked in the area. Children walked in groups to Strathcona School and then on to the Japanese Language School in the afternoon. In 1942, due to racism, political and economic opportunism, almost 22,000 people of Japanese ancestry were uprooted from their homes in BC – almost half of those people came from the Powell Street area. Only a few Japanese Canadians ever returned to the area. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000, jcnm@nikkeiplace.org, www.jcnm.ca


Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment. http://www.lonsdalequay.com


Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Sins of the City Walking Tour.  Come experience the world of a cop in the 1920's. Walk the beat in Gastown and Chinatown, while on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This two hour walk takes you through the oldest parts of the city, exploring the rich history of vice in early Vancouver. This unique tour is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn about the edgier side of this great city. Price includes admission to the museum on tour day. Tour runs on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays through until October. Some additional tours may be offered; call for our current schedule. http://www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca


Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation Tours.  Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offer tours of his Japanese garden in Point Grey, Vancouver, every Thursday at 5 pm through October. Cost is $15 and reservations are required by phone or email. http://www.ericksongarden.org


Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Haney Farmers' Market.  This popular summer event is held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning May and ending October in Memorial Peace Park. The market features locally made, baked or grown products. Visit our website for more details. http://www.haneyfarmersmarket.org


Ongoing October 5, 2011
Main Street Station Farmers' Market.  Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market will replaces the previous market located at Riley Park Community Centre. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish.  Every Wednesday. http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org


Ongoing  to October 8, 2011
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market - Saturdays, August 6 – October 8 – East Boulevard between 37th and 41st across from Point Grey High School. Interactive Market Map: http://www.managemymarket.com/mapping/?marketID=437


Ongoing to October 14, 2011
Vancouver International Film Festival 2011. Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (148,000 and 373 respectively in 2010) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. We screen films from 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems. http://www.viff.org/festival/


Ongoing until October 22, 2011
West End Farmers Market.  Located in the heart of Vancouver's busy West End, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard!  1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow across from Nelson Park in Vancouver's West End. 604-879-FARM


Ongoing until October 22, 2011
Trout Lake Farmers Market.  Visit the Trout Lake Farmers Market located in the parking lot of Trout Lake Community Centre on Saturdays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. http://www.eatlocal.org


Ongoing until October 23, 2011
Kitsilano Farmers' Market.  Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week. 604-879-FARM, http://www.eatlocal.org


Ongoing to October 31, 2011
Maan Berry Farms Abbotsford.  Our local family farm offers a variety of fun events and activities throughout the summer and fall that make it perfect for day trips from the city.  For the kids, we have the friendly animals from our petting zoo, as well as the attractions of our Kidz Corral play area.  For the whole family, there are our scenic hay wagon ride tours, as well as Papa Jo’s Corn Maze and Sunflower Labyrinth in the fall.  In addition to our local strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries (available both through U-Pick and in our country market) we offer fresh garden veggies, homestyle jams, fresh baked pies, and gourmet ice cream.  We also run a day camp throughout the summer and host birthday parties.  Open Mon-Sun, 9 am to 6 pm at 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford.  604-308-2205 or www.maanfarms.com for more info.


Ongoing to December 28, 2011
Dances for a Small Stage 23.  Dances for a Small Stage presents the wildly energized, cabaret-themed evening of cutting- edge choreography at The Legion on The Drive, January 26 to 28, 2011, at 8pm, as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. In the 23rd installment of this unforgettable performance series, artists from Vancouver and beyond showcase provocative, pulsating works on the signature 10-by-13-foot stage. Tickets $20 cash at the door. Must be 19+. Info: www.movent.ca


Ongoing to December 31, 2011
Chinatown Market Tours with Edible Canada.  Edible Canada is proud to introduce visitors & locals alike to one of North America's largest Chinatowns. With an abundance of history & so much to see & smell - not to mention taste - Chinatown is a tour that adventurous foodies do not want to miss. After your walking tour, enjoy a spectacular Guided Dim Sum lunch at one of Vancouver's most authentic Chinese restaurants. This experience is highly recommended! Tour includes a 2 hour tour of Chinatown & surrounding area, followed by guided Dim Sum lunch, Edible Canada recycled tote bag, tastings of regional foods, tips on food, selection & preparation, recipes & EC bottled water. http://www.ediblecanada.com/tours.php#to


November 5 - 6, 2011
ANTIQUE EXPO AT TRADEX.  Antiquing…Treasure Hunting…Bargains galore all at the Antique Expo at Tradex. Get your hands on the coolest stuff ever made. Top Dealers and Pickers from across Canada offering very special inventory...Deluxe Antiques & Vintage Bargains.?They will bring their Best! Something for everyone. This is the Antique Show to attend. Tradex Exhibition Centre 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford; Show information Dennis 604 316 1933 or email tammy@antiquesbydesign.com online at www.antiquesbydesignshows.com


November 6, 2011
Remove Ivy at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam BC on Nov 6, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/27424291/


November 9, 2011
Weekday Ivy removal at Capilano Park in the District of North Vancouver Nov 9, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/26301061/


November 24, 2011
Art Studios Winter Sale & Silent Auction.  The Art Studios, a Vancouver Coastal Health non-profit program, offers art classes to people with mental illness. The purpose of this sale is to raise funds, build awareness and offer great art to the community. We offer unique, original pottery, jewelry, paintings, art cards, crafts and textiles for sale, created by members of The Art Studios. Also included are many wonderful silent auction items donated by businesses and individuals. The proceeds of the silent auction go toward supplies and workshops. Heritage Hall - 3102 Main Street @ 15th Avenue; 604-871-9788


November 17, 2011
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon series presents Spanish Passion Productions. Choreographer and director Eleonora Acuña and her company of dancers bring the brilliance, expressiveness and passion of flamenco to life in Dos Amores – From Classical to Modern Flamenco: a performance which traces the evolution of the art form and its many rich cultural influences. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Info www.thedancecentre.ca


Ongoing
ArtStarts presents:Drumming with Fana Soro.  Don't miss your chance to learn the infectious rhythms of West Africa at this hands-on workshop with master drummer and balafon player, Fana Soro. Drums will be provided. Cost: Free. No registration necessary. 808 Richards St (at Robson), http://artstarts.com


Ongoing
Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m. http://rogersarena.ca/arena-tours/about-rogers-arena-tours


Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.








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