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

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Special Events for September 2009
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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September 1, 2009
Lee Maracle. Join acclaimed Aboriginal author Lee Maracle as she reads from her novel "Will's Garden." A coming of age story, it explores and describes the ceremonial traditions of Sto: loh boys who are becoming men. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. We acknowledge the suppport of The Canada Council of the Arts). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

September 1 - 6, 2009
The Hockey Canada Cup – Women’s Hockey tournament will be held August 31 – September 6, 2009 at General Motors Place. This is the highest level of international hockey and features incredible athletes and intense rivalries.  The reigning 2006 Olympic Champions, Team Canada will be renewing their showdown with Team USA and Olympic finalist Team Sweden as well as a strong team from Finland .  This is one of the only opportunities to see Team Canada in Vancouver prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  Show your support for Team Canada ! www.hockeycanada.ca/HockeyCanadaCup

September 1 - 6, 2009
Villains vs. Heroes.  You will decide if you are a villain or a hero and join your brethren of evil or good. Plotting or celebrating in your lair, you will be fully immersed in this story and experience an event like no other. There will be much comedy, adventure, action, and fun. You will become legend and tales will be told of your exploits this day. Join us. Theatre on the Lake. Trout Lake (North end by the pier near Victoria Drive and East 14th); www.RainforestTheatre.com

September 5, 2009
Steamworks Concours d’Elegance. This display of 75 to 100 Classic and heritage cars will take place in the historic Gastown district of Vancouver on September 5th 2009 from 10AM to 4PM. 604-683-5650, http://www.gastown.org

September 5 - 6, 2009
3rd Annual North Vancouver“Party-at-the-Pier” Celebrating Our Maritime Community.  The Lower Lonsdale Business Association is excited to announce that they will be presenting North Vancouver’s Party-at-the-Pier, Celebrating Our Maritime Community, at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue and the adjacent piers on Saturday & Sunday, September 5 & 6, 2009 (Labour Day Weekend). Everyone is invited to participate and most of the events are free! www.lowerlonsdalebusinessassociation.com

September 5 - 6, 2009
On September 5th and 6th, come enjoy two evenings of mystery, magic and verse.  In the House presents the inaugural performance of the Travelling Alchemist's Outreach Society - a show put together by 5 members of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, and some assorted friends.  The story follows an alchemist who learns how to travel between realms, only to become caught and ensnared in a tangle of memory and regret.  Written in fragmented verse and slippery prose the work is performed by one cast on two stages for two audiences  at once.  Come watch the show as it appears in one world, and then at intermission, get up, change seats and watch the half you missed.  Join us, for an exploration of ambitious theatre, mysterious tales and beautiful verse. Tickets are available on-line at www.inthehousefestival.com

September 7, 2009
Fall Fair.  An old fashioned fall fair complete with games of chance, entertainment, crafts and a parade! Join one of the races, try the corn shucking, or bite your way through the watermelon-eating contest.  Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

September 9 - 20, 2009
Vancouver International Fringe Festival 25th Anniversary.  The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is North America’s most international Fringe Fest and BC’s largest theatre festival. Every year the Fringe delivers an eclectic mix of theatrical offerings consisting of over 500 performances by more than 65 different groups over 11 days. Some of our venues include Vancouver’s best theatres, such as the Granville Island Stage, Performance Works, and the Waterfront Theatre, all situated in the unique setting of Granville Island. The Vancouver International Fringe Festival was voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival for five years in a row by Georgia Straight readers. 604-257-0350, http://www.vancouverfringe.com

September 10, 2009
A Passion For Mountains; the Life of Phyllis Munday.  Legendary BC mountaineer Phyllis Munday, an illustrated talk by historian, archivist and author Kathryn Bridge. The lecture will be richly illustrated with archival photographs from Munday's own collection. Free admission, limited seating. Presented by the Herstory Cafe, City of Vancouver Archives and the Women's History Network of BC. Bring your Munday memorabilia. More info www.herstorycafe.ca City of Vancouver Archives, 1500 Chestnut St (Vanier Park)

September 11, 2009
Come Try Ringette.  Members of the Vancouver Ringette Association are hosting a Free session of "Come Try Ringette" for kids age 4-12, at the New Olympic Trout Lake Arena on September 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Helmets, skates, and sticks will be provided at no charge, along with on-ice instruction by both players and coaches for all those interested in trying this exciting winter sport. Please go to www.ComeTryRingette.com and follow the links!      

September 11, 2009
Meet the Author Readings: Janet Love Morrison. oin us for an animated and intimate discussion with the author of The Crazy Canucks: Canada's Legendary Ski Team who will read excerpts from the book. Vancouver Public Library Joe Fortes Branch, 870 Denman Street; www.vpl.ca

September 11, 2009
Scarf Tying (19+yrs). Scarves can be worn in a variety of ways: as head coverings, shawls, accent pieces, belts, and even as garments. Please register for this workshop. Free. 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver; Cheryl Palidda 604-257-8388

September 12, 2009
An Evening with The Nylons.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

September 12, 2009
Car Trunk Sale. Free admission  It’s a giant garage sale! Load up your cars, with used items and stake your claim in our parking lot. Call 604-291-1261 in advance to reserve your spot and get a copy of vendor guidelines.  Bill Copeland Sports Centre, Burnaby;

September 12, 2009
Davie Day 2009.  Celebrate the history, culture, creativity, beauty and fun of Vancouver's West End! This family event features food kiosks, vendors, artisans, balloon animals and face painters. Two stages feature live music from Vancouver and beyond. Carriage rides, roaming entertainers, exhibitors, a green zone and an interactive kidzone make Davie Day one of Vancouver's favourite festivals. Come check us out! www.davieday.com

September 12, 2009
Evolution of Song. Discover the role of song in the evolution of birds and in the creation of new species!  Join Davie Toews to learn more and participate in hands-on research in the surrounding forest. Meet at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum , UBC 6270 university Blvd. 9am-noon.  604-432-6359

September 12 - 13, 2009
BC Lung Association 25th Anniversary Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath.  Twenty four years ago a handful of cyclists came together on a sunny September morning to help raise much needed funds for vital lung health research, education programs and clean air initiatives. Unbeknownst to both participants and organizers alike, this inaugural ride would mark the beginning of what would become an annual and ever-growing tradition: The BC Lung Association’s Annual Trek for Life and Breath. In 2008, more than 400 ‘Trekkers’ took part, raising $368,000 towards the cause. Over the past 24 years, participants have raised well over $4 million! http://www.bc.lung.ca/

September 13, 2009
September Fun Fly Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

September 13, 2009
15th Annual Feast of Fields Fundraiser. Prepare your taste buds! FarmFolk/CityFolk's annual foodie fundraiser will be returning to UBC Farm, Vancouver's only working farmland, on September 13th 2009. This extravagant event highlights the many connections between farmers and chefs from across British Columbia. Savour a wide variety of delectable appetizers prepared by the best BC chefs, and quench your thirst with the finest wines from across the province, all the while increasing your awareness of local food. BC's restaurants, wineries, micro-breweries and food producers are getting ready to tempt your palate! Don't miss out on Feast of Fields--Vancouver's gourmet picnic festival. www.feastoffields.com or 604-730-0450

September 13, 2009
29th Annual Terry Fox Run.  Since Terry Fox's 1980 Marathon of Hope for cancer research, the annual Terry Fox Run has continued his goal of fund raising in an effort to find a cure for cancer and raised over $400 million. At least 87 cents of every dollar raised is donated to cancer research. Pledge sheets can be found at www.terryfoxrun.org

September 13, 2009
Flea Market. Clean up your clutter, snag a good deal! Flea Market Sunday September 13 from 10am-3pm at Trout Lake Community Centre. Tables $19/each. Registration begins Aug.17 in person. Admission on the day of is 50cents/each. There will be a small concession available (cash only). Trout Lake front office 604-257-6955.

September 13, 2009
The 2009 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk for the Animals.  Paws for a Cause is the largest fundraising and awareness campaign in support of companion, farm and wild animals in BC. This year, 39 communities are participating provincewide. Visit www.spca.bc.ca/walk to sniff out your local walk.

September 13, 2009
Winners Walk of Hope.  The Walk takes place at 9am at VanDusen Gardens (with post-Walk refreshments, entertainment and short speeches afterwards). The event raises crucial funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada the country's only national organization dedicated solely to ovarian cancer awareness, education and research. The simple 2km or 5km route is open to women and men of all ages and fitness levels. Register at www.winnerswalkofhope.ca

September 14, 2009
The Story of Playground Builders.  Join Keith Reynolds, the founder of Playground Builders for a presentation about building playgrounds for children living in war-torn areas of the world. (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

September 14, 2009
Vancouver English Centre is proud to present our Fall Education Fair! Over 25 schools will be in attendance. Great opportunity to discuss educational plans with representatives from schools throughout North America. Admission is FREE! Guest Speakers / Seminars! Door prizes and Scholarship Opportunities! To view poster please visit:  http://www.vec.ca/pub/VEC.09-07.Fall_Fair_Registration_Form.pdf

September 15, 2009
momcafé presents a casual evening of wine, food, shopping, styling and fun with Alberta's KARLA HEINTZ, nutrition educator and author of "Picky? Not Me, Mom" (available at Chapters). Karla will provide great tips on back to school lunch boxes that stimulate cognitive function, less sugar and fun fruits and vegetables.  Brought to you by momcafé, Planet Claire, Affera Cosmetics and Fresh Fix Catering. www.momcafe.net

September 17, 2009
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts launches The Live Sessions with popular Vancouver indie band Hey Ocean!, September 17, 2009 at 5 p.m. at the Telus Studio Theatre. Fans of all ages will be treated to the band’s infectious melodies and spirited stage presence in a cabaret setting. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for students with valid ID, and $12 for UBC faculty and staff (service charges may apply) at Ticketmaster.ca, or 604-280-3311. Info: www.chancentre.com.

September 18, 2009
ForestSymphony. A musical Engagement awaits you in our majestic forest. Musicians dot the trail and their songs fill the air. The walk begins on Cleveland trail across the street from 16th Ave parking lot. Give yourself an hour to enjoy the walk. 5:30-7:30pm. Metro Vancouver Parks: 604-224-5739

September 19, 2009
Experience a musical tour of the centuries with famed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Chan Centre’s Chan Shun Concert Hall. Under the baton of Anne Manson, the night will include works from Vivaldi, Evangelista, and Duddell, among others. Tickets $45 (service charges may apply; student and senior discounts available) at Ticketmaster.ca, or 604-280-3311. Info: www.chancentre.com.

September 19, 2009
The eighth annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House takes place on Saturday September 19, 11am- 5pm. From contemporary and flamenco to hip hop and classical East Indian dance, this is a great opportunity to see and try a wide range of dance, with free open classes, studio showings and workshops. Highlights this year include an open rehearsal on the outside of the building by Aeriosa Dance, LINK Dance's Breakfast Dances, classes with Mandala Arts and Culture, SVS Style and others, a screening of films from the Festival Transatlantique Montreal/Quartiers Danses, and more. At Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie (at Granville), Vancouver . Info: www.thedancecentre.ca

September 19 - 20, 2009
You’re invited to the International Village Gifts & Craft Fair from September 19-20, 2009 12:00 noon to 5:00pm! The purpose of the event is to showcase local, multicultural artists with hand-made and original work. There will also be a workshop on stage where artists are invited to share some secrets of how their work is produced, with live demonstrations. It will be an indoor event with ample parking. The website is being developed but please feel free to call us for questions. We look forward to having you there! Free admission! http://www.henderson-development.ca/theinternationalvillage/home.php

September 19 -20, 2009
Campbell Valley Country Celebration, Township of Langley. Experience the charm of an old-fashioned fall fair. There will be plenty to see and do: meet all kinds of hoofed, wooly, furry and fuzzy creatures; milk a cow at the mobile dairy classroom; stroll and shop for crafts, preserves, and home baking; tap you toes to live musical entertainment; win great prizes donated by vendors and exhibitors! Campbell Valley Regional Park, entrance off 8th Ave., east of 200th Street Langley. 604-432-6359, www.metrovancouver.org/countrycelebration

September 20, 2009
3rd Annual Surrey Scrapbook Fair.  30+ Vendor tables selling everything scrapbook and stamping related. Find below wholesale scrapbook supplies, newly released products, pre-made pages and cards, as well as make and takes! Each visitor will have the chance to vote on the finalists of this years West Coast Scrapbook Layout & Handmade Card Contest. www.scrapbookfair.blogspot.com  Sullivan Hall (6306 152nd Street Surrey, B.C.)  

September 20, 2009
3rd Annual Surrey Scrapbook Fair. Browse over 30 tables of scrapbook or card making related items for sale. Take part in a make & take or watch a demonstration to get some new ideas. Entertainment for the kids will be provided by Joseph The Magician and lunch will be available to purchase from a food vendor. 604 374-4031, www.scrapbookfair.blogspot.com

September 20, 2009
Children’s Swap Meet.  Parents have been busy cleaning out their baby’s and children’s closets and toy boxes.  Bargain hunters wanting to purchase books, baby accessories and clothes are Coquitlam Leisure & Parks Children’s Swap meet.  Admission is free. Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street, Coquitlam; 604-927-6048 or email: Poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca

September 20, 2009
SOULdiers . The SOULdiers company, under the direction of Kim Sato, hope to inspire people in their community through hip hop culture. This Dance Allsorts performance will consist of various street styles of dance including hip hop, locking, popping, street jazz, house/waacking and dancehall. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca   

September 20, 2009
Sharing Our Wealth Festival.  Come one, Come all – Douglas Park Community Centre is pleased to announce our Sharing Our Wealth Festival.  Fun for everyone!  Entertainment!  Silent Auction! Carnival and Community games!  Face painting!  BBQ!  Community Information Displays!  Kids, come with your ‘harvest themed lego creations’ and enter to win great prizes.  Rain or Shine.  Donations to the Vancouver Food Bank Appreciated.  Everyone welcome.  FREE. 604-257-8130

September 20 to November 29, 2009
Want to learn more about your diverse community? The Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program takes children and families on tours of nine different faith communities in Surrey. Families tour each house of worship, listen to stories, and participate in activities to learn more about the people and practices of each faith tradition. The program empowers parents to raise knowledgeable and caring children in our multicultural and multifaith community. The Fall Session begins on September 20, 2009. For more information and to register, visit www.snfp.ca (http://www.snfp.ca/) or contact David Dalley, Program Coordinator, at: info@snfp.ca  or (604) 502-8661.

September 21, 2009
International Day for Peace.  The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire. Every year, people in all parts of the world honour peace in various ways on September 21st. The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolutions in 1981 and 2001 establishing the International Day of Peace and urging "all nations and people" to commemorate the Day as an opportunity to promote peaceful resolutions of conflicts and to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day. For more information visit the UN's website at www.internationaldayofpeace.org

September 22 - 26, 2009
Vitaly Beckman invites you to experience the sensation of magic and wonder! From ordinary objects levitating through the air, to a paintbrush drawing your thoughts by itself, be prepared to witness the impossible from just a few feet away!  Highlights include Vitaly's attempt to escape from chains using only mind power and to read from an unfamiliar newspaper from 50 feet away! The feats in the show are entirely unique and cannot be seen anywhere else. They combine incredible illusions with story, music and audience participation. Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver. http://sensationofmagic.com

September 22 to October 13 , 2009
Lifestory: Memoir Writing for Seniors.  According to Writer-in-Residence Ivan E. Coyote, history does not solely belong to historians, but to anyone who remembers or writes their history down. Memoir writing is not something you have to be rich, famous or powerful to do, you just have to do it. Join Ivan E. Coyote for a four-part writing workshop for seniors: held on September 22, September 29, October 6 and October 13. Registration is required - email programs@vpl.ca or call 604-331-4041. (Sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts and Friends of Vancouver Public Library)

September 24, 2009
The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! noon dance series: Raven Spirit Dance's distinctive brand of contemporary dance is rooted in an Aboriginal worldview, and asks questions about identity in works full of layered meaning and spiritual resonance.  Gathering Light is Artistic Director Michelle Olson's latest work, an evocative piece for five dancers which explores the journey from seed to flower, and the desire of the flower - and the human spirit - for colour and light. 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 .

September 24, 2009
The Word on the Street.  The Vancouver Public Library invites you to join us for one of Canadas biggest annual book and magazine festivals. Vancouvers Word on the Street is back for its 15th year with another full day of indoor and outdoor author events, exhibits, performances, a marketplace, and all-round books and reading fun and frolic. Admission is free. The Word on the Street 604-684-8266

September 24, 2009
VSO SPECIAL: LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION: A CONVERSATION WITH CAROL WHERE THE AUDIENCE ASKS THE QUESTIONS. The VSO and Global ComedyFest are proud to present a very special evening with legendary and beloved entertainer Carol Burnett. The evening with Ms. Burnett last season was extraordinary, with a sold-out house and multiple standing ovations — the demand for this legendary performer's return has been overwhelming. As a weekly visitor in America's living rooms, Carol Burnett always opened her show with a few minutes of hilarious banter with the audience. LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION: A CONVERSATION WITH CAROL WHERE THE AUDIENCE ASKS THE QUESTIONS is a rare opportunity to talk to Carol in the same enjoyable and intimate audience-interactive format. Come with your questions and share in the fun with one of America's most loved and respected performers. Tickets only available through Ticketmaster. Tickets 604-280-3311 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca/) Vancouver Symphony (http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/)

September 24, 2009
Wills and Estates (19+yrs). This class explains what can and cannot be included in a Will, how to revoke or change a Will, what happens if you die without a Will and the probate of an estate. The duties of the executor and how to settle an estate are briefly discussed. Free.  2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver; Cheryl Palidda 604-257-8388

September 25, 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/)

September 26, 2009
Double Diamond - The Definitive Neil Diamond Tribute. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

September 26, 2009
FLEA MARKET, Confederation Community Centre, Burnaby; (604) 294-1936

September 26, 2009
Vancouver Special Tour. This is a one-day, self-guided tour of 5 local Vancouver Specials. Located in various Vancouver neighbourhoods and lot sizes, each project brings inspiring ideas and personal touches. All privately owned, these homes boast a variety of original Vancouver Special features, layouts and configurations. Visitors use a numbered map-guide/ticket to make their way from house to house in any order they prefer. The map-guide/ticket contains a write-up about each participating house which includes its social history, interior design and architectural features. elana@vancouverheritagefoundation.org tel: 604.264.9642 #303

September 27, 2009
Allco Park: Rivers Day celebrates our spectacular river heritage at Allco Park in Maple Ridge.  Participate in a variety of fun activities, including stage entertainment, children's interactive activities, a delicious barbecue and informative displays that help raise awareness of our beautiful streams and rivers.  Visit http://www.alouetteriver.org for more information. Kanaka Creek Celebrate Rivers Day at the beautiful Kanaka Creek Park.  Events include canoe tours, stewardship displays, walking tours, and interactive children's activities. A lovely way to spend an autumn day! Visit http://www.keeps.org for more information.

September 28, 2009
World Poetry: Celebration of Rumi. An event in celebration of the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi. Featuring Persian scholar Dr. Mehdi Meshgini, recitals of Rumi's poetry translated into different languages, as well as dance and music performances. (Admission is free. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

September 30, 2009
Ballet BC returns to the stage with the celebratory gala IGNITE September 30, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the Playhouse Theatre. A special evening of new beginnings complete with VIP packages, including dinner, best seats in the house and post-show reception. The evening will feature mixed repertoire performed by artists from The National Ballet of Canada, as well as a new work choreographed by Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar performed by Ballet BC dancers. Tickets range in price from $88 to $250, available through Ballet BC, www.balletbc.com, or 604-732-5003, x207.

September 30, 2009
Poetic Intercourse. Two of Montreal's most innovative poets, Carolyn Marie Souiad and Endre Farkas will present their poetic conversations, on a journey from monologue to dialogue. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by The League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts). 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 25, 2009
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. The dance numbers are set to the accompaniment of world and jazz music, played live on stage, creating a performance experience not to be missed! Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre; www.newworks.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 . Info www.thedancecentre.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

Ongoing to September 6, 2009
The 14th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.  There is no shortage of atmosphere at this shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & ethnic snacks that will tempt your taste buds. A shopping experience like never before - on every Fri, Sat & Sun.  604-682-8998, http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca/

Ongoing to September 7, 2009
Fair at the PNE.  Come and experience BC’s largest summer event. This 17 day annual tradition features over 800 performances, such as nightly concerts, kids shows, daily parade, cultural programming, Superdogs, & several great new attractions. Not to mention, over 50 amusement park rides. Don’t forget to pick up your Mini Donuts & enjoy the fun. www.pne.ca

Ongoing until September 7, 2009
Vancouver Museum presents VeloCity: Vancouver and the Bicycle Revolution.  Vancouver’s human-powered revolution that is changing the way people experience and relate to the City, its neighborhoods, and to their own bodies. 604.736.443, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

Ongoing to September 13, 2009
Community Garden Walking & Cycling Tours. This set of walking/cycling tours introduces eight different "pods" of community gardens. Take a guided or self-guided walking tour with 44 gardens to see. On the second Sunday of every month from now until September, take a guided walking tour of the city's community gardens at select sites, between 11 am and 1 pm. Each tour is less than three km one-way, and lets you visit three to six gardens, all with their own unique characters. Please check our website for a complete description and maps of Garden Tours. Community Garden Tour brochures available. http://www.vancouver.ca

Ongoing to September 16, 2009
Free Outdoor Yoga at Canada Place every Wednesday at 5pm.  Overlooking Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet, and the North Shore Mountains, yoga participants can relax, de-stress, and meditate while practicing yoga beneath Canada Place’s brilliant white sails.  This unique evening experience is open to all levels. Classes are free; however, donations are greatly appreciated and benefit Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children program. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat, water and a friend! 604.775.8100.
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Ongoing until September 19, 2009
Vancouver Art Gallery presents Vermeer, Rembrandt, and the Golden Age of Dutch Art.  Touring for the first time in North America, "Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam" will present the extraordinary works of art made by Dutch masters of the seventeenth-century, a period known as the Golden Age of the Netherlands. The exhibition will feature major paintings and drawings by all of the celebrated masters of the period, including Cuyp, Dou, Hals, Rembrandt, van Ruisdael, ter Borch and Vermeer. Also included will be an extraordinary selection of decorative arts, including furniture, silver, glassware, porcelain and textiles. 604.662.4719,http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
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Ongoing to September 20, 2009
Dinosaurs Unearthed at Metropolis at Metrotown. Dinosaurs having taken over BC’s largest shopping destination. Standing 24 feet tall, the awe-inspiring animatronic model of an adult Tyrannosaurs rex is scientifically accurate. And for the first time in Canada, the animatronic model of a young feathered Tyrannosaurs rex will be on display. 604.438.4700, www.metropolisatmetrotown.com
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Ongoing until September 26, 2009
Bard On The Beach 2009 - 20th Anniversary Season.  Every May through September, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-ended performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea, and city skyline. 604.739.0559, http://www.bardonthebeach.org/

Ongoing to September 27, 2009
1st Annual Gastown Farmers Market. The Gastown Business Improvement Society and the Vancouver Farmers Market are pleased to introduce for the first time this summer The Gastown Farmers Market! The market will be open every Sunday from 11AM to 3PM starting Sunday August 2nd until Sunday September 27th 2009. For more information contact the Gastown Business Improvement Society at gastown.org (http://www.gastown.org/) or at (604) 683-5650.

Ongoing to September 30, 2009
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2009
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing! http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2009
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2009
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2009
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing until September 30, 2009
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms. http://www.circlefarmtour.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

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

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.
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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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