Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for September 2003

 

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September 1, 2003
Famous Players- Part of the Lonsdale Quay summer festival concert series:  Vancouver based Famous Players is a high-energy dance band consisting of nine "FUNKY SOULZ". Bandleader, Kelly Becker has assembled some of the hottest, young talent in the city. With vocal prowess, smooth arrangements, and a background in jazz and funk, the band's ability to create a festive, party-like atmosphere makes for a highly entertaining event. Famous Players covers all styles of music, and plays the most current top-40 dance hits. From the "gut-bucket" funk of the 70's, to the infectious pop-rock classics of the 80's, or the red-hot sounds of Latin and salsa, to the soothing vibes of Motown, soul and jazz, Famous Players will definitely please the ear and tickle the funky bone. 

September 1, 2003
LABOUR DAY FAIR—An old-fashioned fall fair complete with entertainers, dancers, musicians, baking competitions, a watermelon-eating contest, antique cars, quilters, fortune tellers, master gardeners, face painters and reptile handlers (Aug 30-Sep 1).   Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, 604-293-6500.

September 1 - 30, 2003
HK Ballet Performance Photograph Exhibition at Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia St. (Chinatown; 604-658-8881.

September 1, 2003
"Doggone" Good Time Magnuseen Wave Pool, North Vancouver. Let you dog frolic in the waves. Donations forwarded to the North Vancouver District Animal Shelter. 4:30-6pm.

September 1, 2003
Free Ride Day at Burnaby Village Museum: Rides on the C.W. Parker Carousel are free all day long and are sponsored by CUPE Local 23 and the Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission. Regular admission rates apply. This is the last day of the museum's season until it reopens for Heritage Christmas, November 22, 2003.

September 1, 2003
Generations of Tap: Vancouver Tap Dance Society honours Dr. Jimmy Slyde in a program of high steppin', toe tappin' dance.  Vancouver Playhouse, 604-253-0293.

September 1, 2003
Jazz Festival at the New Westminster Quay Public Market on September 1st.  Live jazz acts, food, prizes and much more - please call 604-520-3881 or see www.westminsterquay.com for more information.

September 1, 2003
Labour Day

September 1, 2003
Labour Day Kite Fun Fly, Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach, Surrey;

September 1, 2003
Vancouver Triathlon: Don't miss your chance to see some of the best athletes compete in a course that will take participants into English Bay and around Stanley Park. www.multisportscanada.com/VancouverTri

September 2 - 7, 2003
Harrisand - World Championship Sand Sculpture: The Exhibition of finished sculpture is Western Canada's largest outdoor art show. It runs from September 8th 'till October 13th, 2003 (Thanksgiving/Columbus Day). The gates are open from 8:30 'till dusk. Adult admission, from Friday on, is only $5.61 (plus tax) per day. Accompanied children under age 13 are only $ 1.00. Student & senior admission is $4.67 (plus tax). www.harrisand.org

September 2, 2003
BC FARM MACHINERY 4TH ANNUAL "OLD & NEW":  Come and see the displays of farm machinery from the past and modern machinery of today. Tractor dealers will be present as well as the Pacific Model Club and Langley Small engine club. Bring your family and friends to see the Alder Acres farm animals. Contact Carel Jongs for more information at 604-888-2273

September 2, 2003
Broadway on Tour - The Full Monty: Broadway's smash hit musical is about six good buddies whose desperate plan to get their lives back together requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves and their clothes. Nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Full Monty features a new book by Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, and direction by Jack O'Brien.  The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, 604-280-4444

September 3, 2003
 2nd Annual Lantern Making Contest:  n celebrating the upcoming traditional Asian Mid-Autumn Festival in September, we are pleased to announce the Lantern Making Contest at Henderson Place, Coquitlam! The joyous Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is one of the most popular, charming and picturesque festivals in Asian culture. Children and adults would eat moon cakes and light up different shapes of lanterns to celebrate the festival. Last year, approximately 100 elementary and high school students in Greater Vancouver participated in the Lantern Making Contest. The lantern designs consisted of everything imaginable: cartoon characters, animals, insects and geometric shapes. The designs were only limited to each individuals imagination! Contest Details: - Contest is divided into two (2) age groups: Group A (age 6-11) Group B (age 12-18) - Lanterns must be originally designed by each respective participant. - Judging criteria is based on: 1) creativity 2) environmental friendliness 3) design quality - Please drop off all entries along with the application form at the Henderson Place, Management Office (2nd Floor) before September 3rd, 2003 (4:00pm); (604)689-8898.

September 4, 2003 to October 2, 2003
Art in Public Places: at the District of North Vancouver Municipal Hall. Artist Reception is scheduled for September 18th, 6:30 - 8:30pm. JAQUELINE ROBINS employs earthenware clay in her Art Nouveau and Art Deco inspired pieces. Her vessels are thrown with hand built alterations and she treats surfaces with a combination of materials, both traditional and inventive. ETHEL GRAY-GRANT creates images from the real-world ranging from tugboats to flowers to street scenes. As an artist who has worked with many mediums, she achieves depth and vibrancy in her current pieces through the use of pastel chalk on paper; 604 988-6844.

September 4 - 10, 2003
Indonesia Festival: This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Indonesia. To celebrate this momentous occasion both the Canadian and Indonesian governments have sanctioned a week long festival to be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Sheraton Wall Center Hotel.

September 4 - 14, 2003
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Over 700 performances and approximately 95 theatrical groups from local, national and international productions.  Various venues around Vancouver; 604-257-0350.

September 4 - 20, 2003
The Long Weekend, Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver; 604 929-9456.

September 4, 2003
Women's Internationall Soccer - the Road To World Cup 2003, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby;

September 5, 2003
Margit lai Wun Juhasz: In 2003, at the age of 14, Margit received the ARCT, Piano Performance Diploma, and was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest standing nationally. She made her debut with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in the "Symphony Splash 2000," and has won numerous awards, including the Canadian Music Centre Award (Piano) and the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Trophy. She was also the featured soloist for Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee Celebration in Victoria.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

September 5 - 29, 2003
Chess in the Iron Age: an exhibit by KeithSkelton, Large scale Chess set of welded metal sculptures; Crafthouse Gallery, 604-687-7270.

September 5 - 21, 2003
Lower Mainland Corporate Challenge:  Finally a fun new event for the Lower Mainland! The first annual Corporate Challenge is a two-week, multi sport, athletic festival, centered around its own tented entertainment village at Burnaby Lake Sports Fields and surrounding areas. The event held September 5 to September 21, will see 150 corporate teams competing in 12 sporting events, highlighted with a skills competition on the finale weekend. Proceeds from the Corporate Challenge will be divided equally between two children's charities: The KidSport™ Fund, and The BC Lions Society's Easter Seal Houses. We invite you and your company to participate as a team and/or sponsor! For more information please visit us at www.vancorporategames.com, (604) 818-7271.

September 5 - 7, 2003
Taiwanese Cultural Festival at the Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; (604) 730-9798,

September 5 - 7, 2003
 LANGLEY GOOD TIMES CRUISE-IN: Join in one of the largest car shows in North America. Over 2,000 cars from Canada and USA. Lots of entertainment. For more information call 604-533-7575, www.langleycruise-in.com

September 5, 2003
BCTIA Fall Classic Golf Tournament represents volunteers comprised from many of BC's leading technology companies. They focus on growing the involvement of all technology companies within BC in assisting them to raise money for BC Children's Hospital Foundation. The proceeds from the event will go towards much needed equipment, research and programs at BC's only Children's Hospital.  Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, Coquitlam; 604-341-3516.

September 5, 2003
CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON & KEITH URBAN: House of Blues presents country artists Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Keith Urban in concert with special guest Jimmy Rankin.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-4444.

September 6, 2003
5th Annual Fleetwood Festival: In the heart of a growing community there comes a time to get together and have fun. Come join us Saturday September 6, 2003 at the Fleetwood Community Centre, 15996 84th Ave., and the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex, 16555 Fraser Highway in Surrey BC, from 10am - 3pm, for the 5th Annual Fleetwood Festival. This community driven event, hosted by the Fleetwood Community Association and its partners, takes place to celebrate the heritage, environment, wellness and spirit of this prospering community, with a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy. From the 6th Annual Thomas Fleetwood 5-10 k Run, Roll or Stroll, (starting at 9am), swimming, tethered hot-air balloon and carnival rides, to crafts and entertainment. All designed to educate and celebrate with energy and enthusiasm the spirit that is Fleetwood. You can call 604-501-5056 for more details, or visit us at www.fleetwood.surrey.bc.ca (http://www.fleetwood.surrey.bc.ca/) to see last years festival.

September 6, 2003
Barn Owl Prowl: The fields of Campbell Valley are patrolled by a ghostly hunter at night. The barn owl is an uncommon resident of the Fraser Valley. See one of these beautiful birds up close. Look for juicy field mice and other owl prey. Walk quietly past an owl roost and see what the GVRD has done to improve their habitat. Take home plans for your own owl nesting box. For everyone six and older who can walk and watch quietly in the dark for two hours.  Campbell Valley Regional Park, 604-432-6359.

September 6, 2003
St. Florian Choir Boys:  musical concert featuring Songs of Austria by the St. Florian Choir Boys. Their rich tradition dates back to 1071. The St. Florian Choir Boys have enchanted millions with their unique charm and exceptional beautiful singing. They have given many concerts around the world. The choir carries on the rich traditions of Austria's musical life, tracing its roots to such figures as Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Bruckner.  Centennial Theate, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

September 6 - 7, 2003
Nibbles & Bites of Richmond: Food, fun, free entertainment for the whole family! Since 1992, local restaurants have offered "nibble and bite" - sized samples of their cuisine to the public in a festive setting that includes free entertainment, a children’s carnival, volleyball tournaments, a craft and exhibitors’ fair and a beverage garden. Thompson Community Centre, 604-718-8422.

September 6 - 7, 2003
The Cultural Wedding Show, Sheraton Guildford Hotel; www.IndianWedding.ca or 604-572-0064.

September 6 -7, 2003
FALL FAIR - ALDERGROVE: This year marks the fair's 88th year. There will be many events planned throughout Aldergrove. For more information call 604-856-2749.

September 6, 2003
BC Provincial Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships, Michael J. Fox Theatre, Burnaby.

September 6, 2003
Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath:  Register now for a 2 day, 200 km ride through the Fraser Valley with hundreds of other cyclists. Food, accommodation, ride support and entertainment is included. Registration is $25 and participants raise a minimum of $375 for lung health programs and research. Check out www.bc.lung.ca., 604-731-5864.

September 6, 2003
Fall Fair at Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; 604-929-5610.

September 6, 2003
Monty Roberts:  Monty Roberts internationally renowned horse gentler and author of the New York Times Bestseller The Man Who Listens to Horses will demonstrate this communication methods during his 2003 tour. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit a local therapeutic riding organization. PNE Agrodome,  604-280-4444.

September 6, 2003
Peace Arch Dedication Day: Join in welcoming the late Samuel Hill and other reenactors to commemorate the Peace Arch's history on its 81st anniversary. You can dress up and join the celebration as the park turns into a living history exhibit. There will be 1920 period costumes, antique cars, and much more!  Blaine, 360-332-7165.

September 7, 2003
Coho Walk: Celebrate the return of the spawning salmon to the North Shore on this walking adventure through the splendour of rainforest trails in Capilano River Regional Park. Along the way, explore the life and death drama of salmon and find out waht you can do to protect this precious resource.  Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver; www.cohofestival.com.

September 7, 2003
Feast of Fields Fundraisers: FarmFolk/CityFolk presents a harvest celebration featuring the best of B.C.'s award-winning chefs, bakers, winemakers, and brewers. Westham Island Herb Farm (Ladner), 604-730-0450.

September 7, 2003
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: The most romantic outdoor Chinese cultural celebration which includes a colourful lantern festival, myth telling, music, and complimentary tea and mooncakes. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207.

September 7, 2003
Paddle For Kids: A dragonboat relay fundraiser for the BC Children's Hospital. Get a team of 20 people together, raise money for the Children's Hospital, and participate in a fun obstacle course race on the waters of False Creek. Lots of fun activities for the family at Creekside Park around Science World. Contact Birgit Reinders at 604-623-3646 for more information or to register a team.

September 7, 2003
Walk and Wag for The B.C. SPCA: Walkathon to raise funds for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. Central Park, Burnaby; www.spca.bc.ca/.

September 7, 2003
BURNABY LAKE ANTIQUES FAIR:  Over 300 tables and booths of Antiques & Collectibles under one roof! Period furnishings, antique & estate jewelry, orientalia, Native arts, Victorian sterling & silverplate, country furniture, vintage kitchenalia, decorative art pottery & glass, militaria, mid-century Modernist design, handmade linens & lace, memorabilia, shabby chic decor, primitives, old dolls & toys, ephemera, paintings & prints, and much, much more...Burnaby Lake Sports Centre; 604-925-3159.

September 7, 2003
Central City Jazz & Blues Festival: Jazz and Blues fans and their families will enjoy a full day of FREE entertainment that will make Surrey proud! A lot of something for everyone- featuring high calibre international and national headliners and bands from the local jazz community to entertain families and serious jazz and blues enthusiasts. Held in cooperation with the North Surrey Recreation Centre. Come on out and join the thousands of other spectators expected and enjoy a day of music! Central City Civic Plaza, 102nd Avenue (formerly Surrey Place Mall); (604) 587-7763.

September 7, 2003
Coho Walk: Celebrate the return of spawning salmon on this hiking adventure. Pick up an event passport and collect stamps at stations along a 4.5 or 7.5-kilometre route. Walk on tranquil rain forest trails, explore the life cycle and drama of wild salmon and find out what you can do to help protect this precious fish resource through interactive learning stations along the trails. Park free at South Park Royal (West Vancouver), where you catch the shuttle bus to the start of the Coho Walk.Everyone welcome.  Capilano River, 604-432-6359..

September 10 - 13, 2003
Lantern-making Workshop: For ages 6 years and up. Prepare for the Night of 2003 Lights by registering for one of these community lantern-making workshops. The $10.00 registration fee covers the cost of making one balloon-style lantern. On arrival at the workshop, lantern-makers can choose to make a more elaborate/expensive lantern. If so, they pay the additional fee at the workshop. Drop-ins are accepted if space permits. $10.00, 4 sessions, bar code 31947. Workshops take place 6:30-9:00pm, September 10-13 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Call 604.291.6864 to register

September 10 - 19, 2003
Sweet Basil Jazz Festival: The Vancouver Sweet Basil Jazz Festival Presented by CIBC will feature a professional array of Canadian and USA artists at the Stanley Theatre, Vancouver Public Library, Roundhouse Community Centre Theatre, Studio 16, Alliance Franaise, Backstage Lounge @Arts Club Theatre, Tom Lee Music and the Hot Jazz Club. With over thirty (30) performances to choose from this year, shows featuring trumpet kings, tenor sax kings, jazz divas, jazz guitar menage trois, public jazz dances, late night romantic Brazilian jazz, tango and flamenco-rumba jazz; guitar, piano and vocal master classes, live jazz ensemble ROLAND recording workshop/Q&A master class and Pacific Music Industry Association Music Business seminar; 604-872-2346.

September 10 - 14, 2003
Guess Warehouse Sale at the North Forum Building, PNE.

September 10, 17, 2003
Night of 2003 Lights Community Jam: Musicians who play a portable brass (trumpet, trombone, etc.) or percussion instrument can join in the Community Jam. Two free musical rehearsals will be held at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 17 from 7:00 to 9:00pm in preparation for a performance at the Night of 2003 Lights on September 20. Preregister by calling Deborah Merlo at 604-205-3003.

September 10, 2003
Wild Side Walk: Trees, Scrub and Remnant Bog: Follow trails through shrubs, old birch and Sitka spruce. Look at some remnant bog plants along the way. Meet at the kiosk at the parking lot to the right of Avalon Avenue off Cariboo Road, Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359.

September 11, 2003
Italian-Canadian Authors: The Vancouver Public Library and The Association of Italian-Canadian Writers welcome Joseph Ranallo, Robert Pepper-Smith and Ralph Alfonso. JOSEPH RANALLO has contributed prose and poetry to a variety of newspapers, journals, and anthologies including The Dynamics of Cultural Exchange and is currently working on a novel. ROBERT PEPPER-SMITH is the author of ''Six Stories'' and a novel entitled ''The Wheel Keeper''. RALPH ALFONSO has been involved with Canada's pop culture for almost 30 years. Currently Ralph is working on his third collection of poetry/essays and his 5th musical CD. (free admission). (604) 331-4044.

September 11 - 13, 2003
The Best Voices of China: In an exclusive Canadian premiere of a program entitled From China with Love, the pre-eminentoperatic voices from China will serenade the audience in a concert of celebrated love songs chosen from both the repertoire of Western opera and Chinese folk songs.  The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts; www.centreinvancouver.com.

September 12 - 13, 2003
MCC Relief Sale & Auction: Bigger and better each year - come and join us for good food, entertainment, an exciting auction, household goods, cars, hand-made quilts, lots of crafts and garage sale booths. A great event for the whole family. For more information contact (604) 857-0011 or go to www.mennonitecc.ca/bc Tradex Centre, Abbotsford;

September 12 - 14, 2003
Greek Festival, 510 E Sunset Drive, Bellingham, Washington;  360-734-8745.

September 12 - 14, 2003
Horse Show:The Arabian Horse Assoc. of BC, will hold a horse show. Agriplex, Cloverdale;

September 12 - 14, 2003
In Harmony Musical Festival: Featuring fundraising performances by Nickel City Slim & Frisco Read, Cozy Bones, the Mud Bay Blues Band, Les Finnigan, Married to Music, the Wheat in the Barley, the Surrey Children's Choir, and Brio String Quartet. Camp Kwomais (1367 128th St., South Surrey), 604-538-9215.

September 12, 2003
Beaver Watch: Beavers come out to play and work after dark. Find out about these master builders of ponds, dams and canals. Listen for warning slaps, watch for beaver swimming patterns and learn about beaver friends and foes that come out at night. For everyone five and older who is comfortable outside in the dark. Burnaby Lake, 604-432-6359.

September 13, 2003
7th Annual Cloverdale Country: Old Car Jamboree, Artists in Action, Petting  Zoos, Arts & Crafts, Pony Rides, Amusement  Rides, Live Entertainment, Antique Farm Tractors, Kids Swap Meet, Surrey Museum Heritage Displays & Exhibits, Farmers Market, Fashion Show, Surrey Firefighters Jr. Combat Challenge  Festival, Cloverdale Town Centre; 604) 576-3155 or (604) 574-9802

September 13, 2003
AGASSIZ FALL FAIR & CORN FESTIVAL, (604) 796-3246.

September 13, 2003
Car Trunk Sale (Garage Sale) at Bill Copeland Sports Centre: Load up your cars, trucks and minivans with items you no longer need, and drive down to the parking lot at Bill Copeland Sports Centre. This is an opportunity to sell your used items in our parking lot and make some money. Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm, September 13. Free admission for buyers. For sellers, parking stalls are available to rent for $10.70 per stall. To register, call 604-291-1261.

September 13, 2003
Clover Valley Soapbox Derby: 100 kids race one of North America’s longest Soapbox hills, Cloverdale’s 64th Avenue, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. FREE for spectators. Hosted by Fraser Valley District Scouting in conjunction with the Cloverdale Festival Days. Be a Volunteer, Sponsor, Racer or Spectator; no excuse not to BE THERE! 604-574-9233.

September 13, 2003
Competitive Trail Ride: Competitive Trail Riding (CTR) is a horseback riding event (it is NOT a race) that involves completing a predetermined course and arriving at a specific time without overly exerting the horse. This sport does not require horse owners to have special equipment, tack or training. The emphasis is on fun, sportsmanship and meeting people with common interests.  Held in Maple Ridge and based out of Allco Park; www3.telus.net/public/a5a00919

September 13, 2003
Coyote Capers: Visit fields and trails that are coyote haunts and maybe spot one of these wily canines. Study the ground closely for signs of coyotes to learn how they live and hunt.  Colony Farm, Coquitlam.  To register call 604-933-6000.

September 13, 2003
Fiesta Latina: Join Sinfonia's inaugural fundraising concert event, a celebration of the vibrant and exotic music, food and culture of Latin America. Come and enjoy the evening's silent auctions, wine tasting and food plus a lively concert of Latin America's musical classics, together with well-known percussionist Sal Ferreras and friends.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

September 13, 2003
Grouse Grind Mountain Run: This Vancouver classic is the true test of your season's training. A thousand hikers race up the rugged 2.9km Grouse Grind Trail in search of a new record, great prizes, and a place in local legend. 604-980-9311.

September 13, 2003
Kid's Swap Meet, Shannon Hall, Cloverdale; 604-513-8880.

September 13, 2003
SORCA – Last Twoonie Race & Wrap Up Party: SORCA and the local bike shops collaborate to put on a fun race series from April through September.  These are smaller scale rides than sanctions races prove to be great training, and are a good meeting spot for local riders.  There is of course an after-race party!  The races run every Wednesday (usally) starting in April at different location in Squamish.   www.sorca.org

September 13, 2003
Super Walk for Parkinson's at Bear Creek Park, Surrey; 604-576-8884.

September 13, 2003
Cloverdale Old Car Jamboree in Downtown Cloverdale; 604-514-2277.

September 14, 2003
2nd Annual Indian Arm Paddle-a-thon: Come out and join us for this fun 17 km paddle in Indian Arm. The event is being hosted by The Land Conservancy of BC and all funds raised will go towards the acquisition of Indian Arm's newest park: Thwaytes Landing. Participants can rent boats or bring their own, and the afternoon activities will include food, music, kids' activities, displays and prizes! Event Website:http://www.conservancy.bc.ca; 604-733-2313.

September 14, 2003
Carnivorous Plant Show & Sale, Richmond Nature Park 604-718-6188

September 14, 2003
Dog Day Afternoon: Calling all dogs! Get training tips from professionals, play doggy games, ask about park wildlife...and lots more! Learn how the Pacific Spirit dog management program helps to ensure a Pawsitive experience for all park visitors. Join us for this fun and informative event at the West 16th Avenue and Sasamat Street entrance.  Pacific Spirit Park, 604-432-6359.

September 14, 2003
LANGLEY CITY'S ANNUAL TERRY FOX RUN; Celebrate Terry's life and accomplishments while raising money for cancer research. Come down to Douglas Park for an old fashioned pancake breakfast and participate in either a 1K, 5K or 10K walk or run. Bring the family down for a fun day! Pledge forms are available at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce office (1-5761 Glover Road), the Langley Library, City Hall and McBurney's Coffee House.

September 14, 2003
Oakalla Prison Site Tour: Come explore the site of the infamous Oakalla Prison, demolished in the early 1990s. View the few remaining features, walk where prisoners once worked, hear exciting stores about inmates and see where capital punishment took place. Oakalla Prison researcher Ed Edkley leads the tour.  To register, call Burnaby Village Museum at 604-293-6500.

September 14, 2003
Rubber Chicken Guy: Comedy with a message. This is a Fall kick off event for our monthly contemporary worship service which is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Admission is $5 in advance or $7.50 at the door. Check out the website at: http://www.rubberchickenguy.com/.  Oakridge Baptist Church, 604-327-3500.

September 14, 2003
Taste of Health Festival: Explore animal product-free, environmentally friendly food options, in a family-friendly environment with live entertainment and fun for all ages! Roundhouse Community Centre, www.tasteofhealth.com.

September 14, 2003
The Terry Fox Run:  Come and join us for a day of fun for the twenty-third Annual Terry Fox Run! It will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2003 with the new theme of "Unbreakable Spirit". Run, walk, bike, or skate at 25 different Lower Mainland locations while raising money for cancer research. For more information, please call 1-888-TFOXRUN(836-9786) or visit www.terryfoxrun.org. 25 sites in the Lower Mainland and 130 throughout BC.

September 14, 2003
Wales Street Heritage Day: Come celebrate the neighbourhood's heritage! Activities include: a free heritage walking tour with John Atkin at 2:00 as well as tours of the dairy all afternoon (at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 and 3:00). Other activities include: vintage cars and trucks on display, a petting zoo and games for the kids, free ice cream for children and seniors, displays by the Vancouver Museum and local community agencies, entertainment by local music and dance troupes and much, much more!  East 43rd Avenue and Wales Street, Vancouver; 604-873-7271.

September 15 - 17, 2003
Whistler Comedy Festival: The most fun you'll have in Whistler without snow! Laughs a Mile High features some of the world's top comedy talent in one of Canada's most beautiful resort destinations. www.tourismwhistler.com.

September 16, 2003
Broadway on Tour - Blast!  Blast! is comprised of 54 brass, percussion and visual performers brought together in a unique explosion of music and theatre. Born on athletic fields across the USA, Blast! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 604-280-4444..

September 17, 2003
North Shore Gardens Contest Society, 17th Annual AWARDS NIGHT.  A slide show and commentary of winning gardens with presentation of awards to winners and door prizes for the audience. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

September 18, 2003
Direct From Las Vegas - The Legendary Rat Pack: Vegas Style Performance Featuring the likeness of Frank, Sammy, and Dean , it will be a Night to Remember.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444.

September 19 - 21, 2003
West Coast Women's Show: This successful Vancouver show has been expanded to now include a fun packed weekend for women in the Fraser Valley! Shopping galore with displays, exhibits with everything from cosmetics & fashion, beauty products & services, gourmet foods, health & fitness, business & career, travel, unique gifts, home decor and much more! Speakers and demos throughout, including fashion shows, cooking and fitness presentations to name a few. For more information call (604) 929-4080.www.westcoastwomen.net (http://www.westcoastwomen.net)  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford;

September 20 - 21, 2003
Artwalk 2003 Studio & Gallery Tour: The Squamish Valley Artisan Guild is a forum that supports the development, education and promotion of   local visual artists. This project will be held in order to create awareness of the artisans living and working within our community.  It will also provide an opportunity to showcase our existing galleries and art pieces placed within our surroundings. It will include studio tours and gallery exhibitions as well as many other " street venues".  Britannia Beach to Squamish and Paradise Valley, (604) 892-6366.  

September 20 - 21, 2003
Country Celebration:  Awaken your senses with the exuberant sounds, smells and tastes of country life at the 24th annual Country Celebration. Winner of the 1999 Canadian Event Industry Award for ‘Best Community Event,’ and nominated for ‘Most Outstanding Event under $100,000’ in 2001 and 2002, this old-fashioned country fair is the GVRD’s largest annual community event. Enjoy music from local artists, exciting games, craft workshops and many other activities. Stroll the open markets for homemade goodies, handmade crafts and fresh farm produce; sit back and relax on a hay wagon ride; and visit the interactive exhibits of stewardship, animal and agriculture organizations. $1 admission contributes to volunteer programs and events.  Campbell Valley Regional Park, 604-432-6359.

September 20, 2003
Night of 2003 Lights: The City of Burnaby, in association with Public Dreams society, presents the Night of 2003 Lights. In the tradition of the Public Dreams Illuminares held at Trout Lake in Vancouver each year, a fantastical community lantern procession will wind its way around Deer Lake Park. Led by the African djembe drum rhythms of a community orchestra, participants will encounter professional entertainers, whimsical performances and illuminated lantern installations along the route. A spectacular fire show finale concludes this magical evening. Pre-event Lantern Workshops will be held at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in September. For more details regarding the lantern workshops and to register call 604-291-6864.

September 20, 2003
A Taste of The City, Plaza of Nations, www.citytv.com.

September 20, 2003
Eensy, Weensy Spiders: Learn about silken spider cradles and ‘ballooning’ spiderlings. Search for garden-cross orb weavers, crab and zebra jumping spiders. Enjoy the world of non-poisonous spiders with your child. Spider games and crafts included. For three-to-five year-olds accompanied by an adult. Tynehead Regional Park.  To register call 604-502-6340.

September 20, 2003
Flea Market at Confederation Centre: Here's your chance to clean out your cupboards or to pick up a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items will be on display to comb through. Please register at Confederation Centre, Burnaby and choose your table (maximum of one table per person, plus one table for a friend).

September 20, 2003
Native Dancers Show at Westminster Quay; 604-520-3881.

September 20, 2003
SCN Canadian Tour (Car Show) at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

September 20, 2003
West Coast Guitar Night , East Vancouver Cultural Centre;

September 20, 21, 22, 2003
GARRICK OHLSSON: Vancouver Symphony Music Director, Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra welcome 2003 Cherniavsky Laureate pianist Garrick Ohlsson in an evening featuring the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Brahms and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

September 21 - 23, 2003
Bright Faces Stage Company presents Twelfth Night: A classic Shakespeare comedy produced by Bright Faces Stage Company.  Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver; www.phtheatre.org

September 21, 2003
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET: Bargains Galore on Deluxe 20th Century Junque! Home decor, books, antiques, kitchenware, dolls & toys, records, china, jewelry, advertising & memorabilia, silver, tools, pottery & glass, sports items, paintings, furniture, collectibles...175 Tables of Treasure-Hunting Fun! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-925-3159.

September 21, 2003
AIDS WALK 2003: Community groups are gearing up for BC's 18th annual AIDS WALK in Stanley Park. AIDS WALK 2003 takes place on Sunday, September 21st. BC Persons With AIDS Society's signature event seeks to raise money and increase public awareness about HIV/AIDS. More than 12,000 British Columbians live with HIV/AIDS. 604-915-9255.

September 21, 2003
Cheerios Mother Daughter Walk for Heart and Stroke:  This special event encourages families to come out and enjoy an afternoon of physical activity, entertainment and fun! All proceeds will go directly to heart and stroke research conducted in British Columbia. Following the walk of either 3km or 6km, there will be food, entertainment and live music, Jericho Beach, Vancouver; 604-730-7354.

September 21, 2003
HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION'S 7TH ANNUAL MOTHER-DAUGHTER WALKl  starting at Langley Willowbrook Mall 3 or 5 km walk in aid of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Register Friday or Saturday in Willowbrook mall or else on day of the walk.

September 21, 2003
Kidstuff Only Swapmeet at Willingdon Centre, Burnaby: Our swapmeets are perfect places to clean out your child's cluttered closets and toy boxes, or pick up a bargain. If you're thinking of selling, please note that we accept only used items for children age 12 and younger, as well as maternity clothes. Free admission.

September 21, 2003
The Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS (ASIA) invites EVERYONE to join AIDS WALK 2003.  On Sunday, September 21, 2003, thousands will trek Stanley Park to raise money for direct HIV/AIDS services in the annual AIDS WALK.  This event is sponsored by the BC Persons with AIDS Society (BCPWA) and is made possible by many strong partnerships throughout the community; 604-669-5567.

September 21, 2003
Toy Run & Poker Run starting at the 99er Restaurant at Britannia Beach; (604) 892-1553.

September 21, 2003
World Peace Day

September 21, 2003
Cheerios Mother Daughter Walk for Heart and Stroke:  In its 2nd year on the North Shore, the event offers the choices of a 3K and 5K walk along the seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon is making a difference here in the community and across the country. The proceeds from the Cheerios Mother Daughter Walk are invested in research and health promotion materials. Families, community groups and businesses can participate as individuals or community teams and individual participants who raise more than $60 in pledges are eligible for great incentive prizes! All those who register before September 5 have their name entered into the draw to win a $1,000 travel certificate! Give our office a call @ 604-983-8492 or log on to www.heartandstroke.ca/walk for more information.

September 21, 2003
Urban Farmers Fall Fair: It's a little bit of country, in the middle of the City! Put on your overalls and your straw hat and get ready to kick back for an old time country fair. Compare your picks with the judges' as local gardeners proudly compete for biggest tomato, most colourful vegetables and tastiest preserves. Buy some fresh-cut flowers, or fruit and vegetables direct from the growers. And don't miss the entertainment stage, where there are performances all day long. Be sure to stay for the pie auction at days end - your chance to bid on the prize winners. Queensborough Community Centre, 604-525-7388.

September 25 -27, 2003
Ballet British Columbia presents The Firebird The Four Seasons:  The Firebird Choreography: James Kudelka Music: Igor Stravinsky Vancouver Premiere In Russian folklore the Firebird is a miraculous bird with eyes that sparkle like diamonds and feathers that shine like gold and silver. At midnight, she illuminates the night sky like a thousand lights. When she sings, pearls fall from her beak and her chant can heal the sick and return vision to the blind. In a dense and mysterious forest, Prince Ivan is hunting when he sees the glittering Firebird and attempts to capture her. Imprisoned by the young prince, she regains her freedom in exchange for a magic feather with which he can summon her in time of danger. When Ivan and his princess are threatened by the evil wizard Kostchei the Deathless, he calls for the Firebird to appear. After destroying the wizards powers forever, the Firebird brings peace to the forest in a final lullaby as she flutters out of view. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-732-5003.

September 25 - 28, 2003
Snowbird RV Show & Sale: The largest recreational vehicle show in Western Canada. Featuring 120,000 square feet of indoor displays, including many exclusive lines of recreational vehicles, motorhomes, campers, vans, trucks, parts and accessories from all the top dealers. Outdoor exhibits include sales of privately owned recreational vehicles. For more information call 1-866-739-4999 or go to www.rvshowsbc.com.  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford;

September 26 - 28, 2003
Vancouver Ski & Snowboard Swap: The 38th Annual Vancouver Ski & Snowboard Swap offers snowsport enthusiasts great bargains on thousands of new and used snow sport products including skis, boards, boots, clothing and accessories, plus, door prizes galore and mountain information booths. Hosted by the Vancouver Ski & Snowboard Foundation, all proceeds go to support snowsports throughout British Columbia. Admission is by donation. For more information go to www.snowswap.com (http://www.snowswap.com).  BC Place Stadium, Vancouver;

September 26 - 28, 2003
International Kennel Show at the Agriplex, Cloverdale; 604-599-6994.

September 26 - 28, 2003
Oceanside Kennel Club:  See all breed championship shows at the Maple Ridge fairgrounds. Call H.E. Moulton for more information at 604-468-7128.

September 26 - 28, 2003
The Vancouver Body Soul & Spirit Expo, Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre;

September 26, 2003
Jessica Linnebach: At 19, Jessica received her Masters of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She has twice won the Grand Prize at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition, and in 2000 was the recipient of the Sylva M. Gelber Music Foundation Award given by the Canada Council for the Arts to the most gifted Canadian musician under 30. She has performed with leading orchestras across North America and will tour Europe in 2003.  Telus Studio Theatre, UBC; www.cvpas.org

September 27, 2003
Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards: Rendered blind since the age of one, Jeff Healey picked up his first guitar at age three. By playing the instrument flat on his lap, he patented a revolutionary technique that went on to become a trademark of his performance. While scoring international status with rock and blues, 2002 marked the introduction of an exciting new project in the launch of his new jazz group, Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards. Jeff’s show is great for traditional jazz enthusiasts and will be thoroughly enjoyed by Jeff Healey fans that are interested in his musical passion and as always, the brilliance that named him Canadian Entertainer of the Year.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

September 27, 2003
The Colossal Christie House Trash to Treasure Sale: Come and join us for this COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE, CRAFT FAIR and ART SHOW all in one! The buying and selling starts at 10.00am and continues until 4.00pm. There are many ways to participate. If you have items you would like to sell, then rent a table and display your wares. You can also donate items for sale through the North Vancouver Arts Council table. All proceeds from this event go towards the completion of the Christie House Arts and Heritage Centre. For more information, to rent a table, or to donate items, please contact or visit the North Vancouver Community Arts Council; 604 988-6844.

September 27 - 28, 2003
Medieval Faire: Experience the glorious pageantry of heroic knights in shining armour, faire maidens, wandering minstrels and the age of chivalry. Relive the Middle Ages and learn about medieval arts and sciences!  Minter Gardens, 1-888-MINTERS.

September 27, 2003
Chinese Cultural Centre-Open House, 604-685-8865.

September 27, 2003
Puget Sound's 17th Annual Toy Show, BEING HELD AT THE NORTHWEST WASHINGTON FAIRGROUNDS IN LYNDEN, WASHINGTON; 360-354-5995.

September 27, 29, 2003
RICHARD STOLTZMAN: The world's greatest clarinest, Richard Stoltzman is joined by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as he interprets the beauty, colour, and grace of Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and Debussy's Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

September 28, 2003
Word on the Street: Favourite events for world nerds and bookworms include Poets’ Corner, Launching Pad, panel discussions, Poetry in Transit, the Canadian Children’s Authors Tent, the Family Stories Tent, and the Kids Only Scavenger Hunt.  Vancouver Public Library, http://thewordonthestreet.ca/vancouver.php

September 28, 2003
A Christian HymnFest: a participatory celebration with breaks for solo and musical numbers. Join your fellow Christians for this musical evening. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

September 28, 2003
Whonnock Lake Day: The annual Whonnock Fall Fair begins with an inter-denominational church service and a pancake breakfast. Food, crafts, children’s activities, a 5 & 10 km run/walk, a 1 km. non-competitive children’s run, and musical entertainment are all part of the day’s activities.

September 28, 2003
3rd Annual PoCo Rivers and Trails Festival: A variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy.  Peace Park (located along Kebet Way), Port Coquitlam; (604) 927-7935.

September 28, 2003
BC Country Music Awards: Celebrating 27 years of great country music! A night of star struck entertainment to honour some of British Columbia's greatest artists in country music. Past winners include Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lisa Brokop, Rick Tippe and many more of your favourites.  Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey; 604-533-5088.

September 28, 2003
BC Rivers Day at Britannia Shipyard, Steveston; 604-718-8050.

September 28, 2003
BC Rivers Day: A special day to celebrate our spectacular river heritage. Allco Park, Maple Ridge hosts this annual event to raise awareness of our streams and rivers.

September 28, 2003
Vancouver Canucks Fan Run 10K/2KEvent: 2nd Annual Canucks Fan run that supports the Canucks for Kids Fund. It has an individual 10K run as well as a family 2K run. Register on-line at www.canucks.com, 604-899-7400.

Ongoing until September 5, 2003
Splash!: Starting June 14, the Granville Island Water Park is open daily 10am - 6pm. Remember, the Water Park has lifeguard supervision. Free. For more info call (604) 666-5784.

Ongoing until September 14, 2003
Sundays from June 22 to September 14, North Vancouver; A Forest through Time - Walking Tour - 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Lower Seymour Watershed - Bus Tour - 1:30 to 4 p.m.;  604-987-1273.

Ongoing until September 14, 2003
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Tours:  Sundays, A Forest through Time - Walking Tour - 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Lower Seymour Watershed - Bus Tour - 1:30 to 4 p.m., Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver; 604-987-1273.

Ongoing until  September 24, 2003
Jade Peony Walking Tour: walking tours every Wednesday at 1:30pm during June, July, August & September. Back by popular demand please join historian, John Atkin for an easy walking tour to discover the stories and history of Vancouver's oldest neighborhood and Chinatown based on Wayson Choy's acclaimed book, ''Jade Peony.'' Explore the colorful markets of Chinatown, get glimpses of the lives of local inhabitants during the last century, and the quaint local neighborhood of Strathcona. The walk begins at the Garden. Tickets are $10 each. Please call the Garden at 604- 662-3207 to register and purchase advance tickets. Non-refundable after purchase. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Ongoing until September 29 , 2003
Chinatown Night Market:  Vancouver's busy streets, especially near Main and Keefer, will be even busier than usual this summer, as the annual Vancouver Chinatown Night Market comes alive. The Market runs until the end of September, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, from 6:30pm to 11:00pm. You can expect to see throngs of people on Chinatown's streets, buying all manner of merchandise - from creative gifts to CDs, toys, trendy clothes, candy and delicious ethnic food.







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