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Special Events for February 2015
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February 1, 2015
Sun Belt: Cabalcor (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
Presented by PuSh Festival with Theatre Conspiracy at Club PuSh (Performance Works). Sun Belt's debut album is adapted into an invented multimedia history of an imaginary tar sands company town on the verge of becoming a desert wasteland. Preceded at 7:00 pm by a documentary screening of Kiss the Rabbit, about the PuSh Festival's 10th anniversary year.
Performance Works, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 1 - 8, 2015
Human Library (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
Presented by PuSh Festival with ZeeZee Theatre. A simple yet compelling premise: borrow a book, discover a life. Engage in an eye-opening conversation with a 'human book' with topics like "Hitchhiker" and "Invisible Minority." Free event.
Vancouver Public Library, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 1 - 8, 2015
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival - Vancouver
Various Venues
In 2015 the PuSh Festival marks its 11th edition at venues across Vancouver. This year's festival includes works by artists and companies from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and the United States. The 2015 festival features almost 200 performances and events over 20 days, including 22 Main Stage shows, three weeks of performances at Club PuSh, networking events at the PuSh Assembly, the free PuSh Film series, dinner/theatre experiences with Dine Out Vancouver, and many artist talks and other ancillary events.
604-605-8284, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 1 - 13, 2015
Taste White Rock Restaurant Festival - White Rock
ou can sink your teeth into complete three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35 at restaurants in White Rock at this restaurant festival, running throughout White Rock. This annual event attracts diners from all over the Lower Mainland to enjoy the creativity and imagination of the chefs from eateries in White Rock and along Marine Drive - White Rock's renowned 'restaurant row'.  Eateries In White Rock. http://www.tourismwhiterock.com

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February 1 - 15, 2015
Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By Grace Schwindt, presented by PuSh Festival and Contemporary Art Gallery. A film installation that challenges viewers to question the notion of freedom and who has access to it. Nothing is neutral; every word and gesture has social, political or economic implications. Free event.
Contemporary Art Gallery, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 1 to March 5, 2015
Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada - Vancouver
FlyOver Canada is proud to bring back the popular flight ride experience Flight of the Dragon for a second season! After the success of the first season of Flight of the Dragon in 2014 we're happy to announce that this unique experience will be coming back in our back-to-back flight ride experience with FlyOver Canada. Included with the regular admission price! First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China's most spectacular landscapes & scenery. Then, stay seated & take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents & mist. 604-620-8455, http://www.flyovercanada.com

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February 1 to March 5, 2015
Some say that every culture in the past has created stories to comprehend the world around them. Myth is the manifestation in symbolic meanings, metaphorical images and the explanation of life energy in all living things. Classically trained painter and sculptor Evie Katevatis attempts to breathe life into the more obscure characters and stories of Greco-Roman mythology through dream-like images. The show runs January 20 to March 5 at Il Museo: Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St. Vancouver, BC Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm , 604-430-3337

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February 1 to April 26, 2015
North Delta Winter Market & Food Truck Festival - Delta
Sunday's from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm is farmers market day in Surrey & North Delta at Sunbury Hall. Check out the Food Truck Fest and farm fresh produce featuring a harvest of delicious local fruits & veggies, the best bakery breads and pastries with gluten free and organic options, SPCA certified organic chicken & eggs. All this along with a plethora of gourmet foods, lovely handcrafted fashions, gifts and jewelry.  10409 Dunlop Rd., http://northdeltawintermarket.flavors.me/

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February 3, 2015
Unique Lives: Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
For 25 years, Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army terrorized Northern Uganda. Children were stolen from their families and brainwashed to be soldiers. Girls were degraded to sex slaves for Kony's officers. The gunfire has ceased but one battle remains: the battle to restore the future of the children of Uganda. This is the story of one woman's fight to bring hope back to her nation. Armed with only a sewing machine, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe openly defied Joseph Kony. Through her vocational school in Gulu, Uganda, she uses practical skills to restore dignity, independence, and hope to over 2,000 formerly abducted women. http://uniquelives.com/vancouver

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February 3 - 4, 2015
Sea Sick (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
Presented by PuSh Festival. Journalist Alanna Mitchell tells the story of our oceans and the huge risk their degradation poses to human life. Personal, scientific and political - on all three counts it's a revelation.
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 3 - 8, 2015
Broadway Across Canada presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to you! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Visit Website  http://vancouver.broadway.com/

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February 4 - 8, 2015
Cinema Imaginaire (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By Lotte van den Berg, and presented by PuSh Festival and the Contemporary Art Gallery. In small groups, at an outdoor location, we are taken on a sensory adventure. A reintroduction to the pleasures of the senses. Beauty is all around us-all we have to do is look. Supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.
Meeting Point: 110 - 750 Hamilton Street; http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 4 - 8, 2015
Steppenwolf (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By Fight with a Stick, presented by PuSh Festival. Inspired by Herman Hesse's novel of self-reflection, the audience is seated before a row of mirrors. Somewhere within the reflection, the story begins and viewers become the viewed.
Russian Hall, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 5, 2015
EATINGTHEGAME (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By Hong Kong Exile, presented by PuSh Festival and Theatre Conspiracy at Club PuSh (Performance Works). A theatrical keynote exploration about advancements in foreign property investment, cultural exchange, and policy-making changing the face of international trade. Preceded at 7:00 pm by Lang(Lang)guage, an interactive installation and recital investigating mass-scale Chinese piano ownership and worship.
Performance Works, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 5 - 7, 2015
Cineastas (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By Mariano Pensotti, presented by PuSh Festival with SFU Woodward's. The lives of four Argentinian filmmakers, and the four movies they create, are the premise of this inventive work about art as a part of life, as the creation of life. A comedic farce celebrating the human spirit. SFU's Goldcorp Centre For The Arts, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 5 - 7, 2015
The Road Forward (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By red diva projects with Visceral Visions, presented by PuSh Festival, The Cultch and Touchstone Theatre. A multimedia blues/rock musical inspired by BC's groundbreaking Native Voice newspaper. Rollicking singing, music and historical images come together in a powerful evening. York Theatre, http://www.pushfestival.ca

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February 6 - 8, 2015
The 2015 Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo - Abbotsford Tradex
Over 250 exhibits about everything related to your home and garden.  Seminars with Kathy van Gogh, Fossil Paintologise, Brian Minter, Bert The Mole Man and Edgar Lopez, level Tech Concrete Finishing! This show is a must see and a great show to bring the family for BC Family Day weekend. http://www.exposureeventsltd.com

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February 7, 2015
Roedde House Museum Presents Stanley Park Postcard Secrets
Roedde House Museum presents Stanley Park Postcard Secrets An illustrated talk by Stanley Park History Group founder Jolene Cumming. Discover hidden stories about the Jewel of Vancouver's fascinating past through Stanley Park historical postcards and over 60 rare photographs. Admission includes light refreshments and museum admission. Limited seating. Advance RSVP is required Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 2:30PM   Roedde House Museum 1415 Barclay Street Vancouver. Visit Website  http://www.roeddehouse.org

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February 7, 2015
Winter Wander at Vanier Park
10am-5pm, Price: $5. Kids under 5 years old are free!
This Family Day weekend, bring your family down to Vanier Park for a day of music, history, science, and art - with live performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students and Bard on the Beach's Young Shakespeareans. Plus, enjoy face painting, local food vendors and enter to win prizes. Best of all? Your $5 admission includes entry to: Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives. More information: www.winterwander.com

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February 6, 2015
Purple for #PEDAW!
Presented by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign.
Wear purple February 6th & show your support for Eating Disorders Awareness!
Tweet @loveourbodies or share photos wearing purple on our Facebook event page: bit.ly/Purple4PEDAW
bit.ly/Purple4PEDAW  or pedaw@familyservices.bc.ca

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February 7, 2015
Family Day Open House – a fun, free day at the Port Moody Arts Centre.  Meet the artists, make some artwork, create a ‘Clay City’ and try your hand at different art forms. 11am to 2pm. Free!  Information via www.pomoarts.ca

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February 7 - 9, 2015
Looking for something unique to do on Family Day? Learn to make pysanky Ukrainian eggs the traditional way with beeswax and dyes with local expert Joan Brander. This two and a half-hour workshop is appropriate for families and kids of all ages and is offered on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at Baba's Beeswax Pysanky Studio in Richmond.
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/2015BCFamilyDayWorkshops.pdf

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February 7 - 9, 2015
Red Mitten Weekend at the BC Sports Hall of Fame
BC Sports Hall of Fame Presents Red Mitten Weekend Hey kids do you remember where your RED MITTENS are? Be sure to find them and wear them to the BC Sports Hall of Fame over Family Day Weekend for FREE admission. RED MITTEN WEEKEND at the BC Sports Hall of Fame includes: • - Kids wearing RED MITTENS receive FREE admission (12 and under) - Celebrate the upcoming 5th Anniversary of Vancouver's Games in the Vancouver 2010 Gallery  Visit Website  http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/

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February 8, 2015
Grouse Mountain Presents Snowshoe Grind Challenge
Grouse Mountain Presents The Snowshoe Grind Challenge Whether you're looking for the fun and exhilaration of testing your skills against other active snowshoers or looking to get out and have some social fun, the Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind Challenge provides a unique experience for snowshoers of all levels. There are tons of great prizes and categories for all skill levels and age including a brand-new costume category.  Visit Website www.grousemountain.com/events/

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February 8, 2015
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH // Cinema Sunday @ The Cinematheque
ALL AGES! Adapted from the 19th-century page-turner by Jules Verne, this wonderfully campy sci-fi staple is a what-if tale of CinemaScope proportions. After the movie, join the Pacific Museum of Earth for a virtual tour below the Earth's crust. Hosted by Michael van ben Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Community Sponsors Videomatica Sales, Kidsbooks, and Golden Age Collectables.
1131 Howe Street, Vancouver; http://www.thecinematheque.ca/cinema-sunday/journey-to-the-center-of-the-earth

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February 8, 2015
Music Share Concert Fundraiser - Fun for the whole family!
Confederation Community Centre, Burnaby
Live music by the Taxmen Beatles Band, refreshments, silent auction, and 4Cats Capitol Hill Burnaby community art activity. Come support children's outreach music programs operated in partnership with Burnaby Family Life & the music therapy program at BC Children's Hospital Foundation! Tickets $10 (12 yrs & under free with adult) in advance at Staccato Studios or at the door 604-421-3753
www.musicsharesociety.com 604-421-3753

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February 8, 2015
Steve Maddock in a concert of hot jazz for a cool season
Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada's most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he?s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that's honest and fresh. Come join Steve for an afternoon of hot jazz for a cool season. Refreshments included.  St. Mark Ocean Park, 12953 20 Ave, Surrey; 604-535-8841, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1147796

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February 9, 2015
Family Day at ArtStarts
Join us on Family Day at ArtStarts as we come together as a family and as a community! We will be open from 10am to 4:30pm on Monday, February 9 with lots of special family activities taking place throughout the day, including yoga, storytelling, art-making and a movie. From the tiniest to the full-grown in your pack, come and stretch as a family! Once you're all invigorated from yoga, engage in arts based activities that explore family identity, explore your imagination for some storytelling and finally unwind and laugh together with a movie screening!  Learn more at http://artstarts.com/events

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February 9, 2015
Family Day at Sunset Community Centre
Join us for a FREE fun filled family day at Sunset Community Centre. Activities include playgym with a bouncy castle, magic show with Woops-A-Daisy, family hula workshop, face painting and Mike Critters!
604-718-6505

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February 9, 2015
Nature Fun by the Fire at Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Hear wildlife stories and songs, and roast marshmallows at a toasty campfire. Learn tips form the animal world on how to thrive during a West Coast winter.
Everyone is welcome to this FREE event.
1 to 4 p.m.
4915 West 16th Avenue (400 m west of Blanca Street) in Vancouver
604-224-5739

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February 9, 2015
Celebrate Family Day by checking out wild families.  Which animals mate for life, which ones make summer commitments and which animals have either male or female single parent. Drop by the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.
programs.info@metrovancouver.org or 604-432-6359 or
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Start/Start.asp

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February 9, 2015
Families, come to Willlowbrook Shopping Centre's World Play Day event from 11am to 6pm on Monday, February 9! This indoor, kid-friendly event will feature fun multiculturalism activities, demonstrations, and exhibits. Highlights include:  Entertainment Zone Featuring dance, music, and sports demonstrations from cultures across the world like Highland dancing, Karate, and African storytelling.
The first 500 children to complete Willowbrook's event passport will receive a goodie bag and all children?s passport entries will be entered for a chance to win a fabulous kid's prize package. Full contest rules on-site.
For more information, visit www.shopwillowbrook.com.

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February 9, 2015
Celebrate Family Day in New Westminster!
On Monday, February 9th, 2015 from 11:00am - 3:00pm the City of New Westminster will be hosting FREE activities, arts and crafts, and entertainment at three sites downtown. Enjoy arts and culture at the Westminster Savings Family Fun Zone in Anvil Centre. Explore and educate at the Fraser River Discovery Centre and check out food and leisure at the River Market. For more information, and a detailed schedule, please visit the event calendar at www.newwestcity.ca or contact Michelle Dean at 604-515-3827.

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February 9. 2015
BC FAMILY DAY at the JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRE OF GREATER VANCOUVER
Children's entertainer - ALEX KONYVES and JCC Family Fun!
Performing at the 3rd annual BC Family Day Celebration at the JCC is Alex and his band! Alex is a loved artist and children?s performer in our community! His interactive musical show will get you and your kids moving and grooving.
Alex the Moose, Jeff the Giraffe, Jesse the Cheetah, and Emma the Bunny will take you on a musical journey that will be sure to get everyone moving! Hear and see the guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and didgeridoo at this interactive show where the focus is set on having fun, dancing, and singing-a-long!  950 West 41st Ave., https://www.jccgv.com/content/family-day-concert-alex

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February 9, 2015
Wild Families
12 noon - 3 pm
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Celebrate Family Day by checking out wild families. Which animals mate for life, which ones make summer commitments and which animals have a single parent? Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston St.
Free, Drop In, All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

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February 9, 2015
Children's Arts Festival
10am-4pm
Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
The Richmond Cultural Centre will be transformed into a vibrant and colourful festival atmosphere involving fully interactive workshops, activities and performances tailored for children ages 2 thru 12. Through music, visual, literary and performing arts, professional artists will unleash the inner Picasso of every participant using a healthy balance between an organized learning environment and a happy chaos.
www.childrensartsfestival.ca, festivals@richmond.ca

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February 13, 2015
The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue - Chilliwack
The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue returns to Chilliwack with their special brand of glitter, glamour and giggles! The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue keeps audiences coming back for more - more laughs, more tease and more body confidence. They're known for their high energy acts, comedic timing, dazzling costumes and girl-next door accessibility, so don't miss these stand-out performers when they get under the limelight at the Cultural Centre! Adult material and situations - may not be appropriate for all audiences. Call the box office at or visit us online for more information or to purchase tickets.  http://www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

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February 12 - 14, 2015
Visit Willowbrook Shopping Centre's Charity Gift Wrap Centre this February to get your loved ones? Valentine's Day gifts wrapped and help the Langley School District Foundation at the same time!  100% of the proceeds from the gift wrap services will benefit the Langley School District Foundation to support innovative and essential school programs for Langley students.
The Valentine's Gift Wrap Centre will be open February 12 to 14, 2015.  It will be located in the north side of Willowbrook Shopping Centre next to Michael Hill Jewellers.  Gift wrap services start at just $3!
For more information, visit www.shopwillowbrook.com.

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February 13 - 15, 2015
23rd Annual Wellness Show 2015
For more information, please visit www.thewellnessshow.com.

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February 14, 2015
Valentine's Day with the Dal Richards Orchestra - Chilliwack
Dal is not one to sit back and bask in the memory of magical days gone; he's always looking ahead to the next gig. One of the busiest and most acclaimed Vancouver musicians of all time, this Hall of Famer will bring back the glory days of the Big Band with this fantastic Valentine's Day concert! A truly romantic and uplifting evening, the Dal Richards Orchestra is guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face with those timeless jazz numbers from the thirties and forties, rock and roll classics, and dance and pop tunes. Call the box office or visit us online for more information or to purchase tickets. http://www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

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February 14, 2015
Treat your sweetheart to a picnic at VanDusen!
VanDusen Garden Valentine's Day
VanDusen Garden Valentine's Picnic
Take a romantic Valentine's Day stroll through the beautiful 55 acres at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. Enjoy classic tunes, snap a sweet selfie, and dine al fresco amongst the trees or overlooking one of our picturesque lakes! This package includes garden admission for two people and a delicious picnic basket from Truffles Café filled with two gourmet sandwiches, two cold drinks, and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert! All ages, $40. 604-257-8463

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February 14, 2015
9th Annual Nikkei Flea Market and Japanese Book Sale
Someone’s GARAKUTA (junk) is another’s OTAKARA (treasure)!
10:30am-4:30pm
Admission: Free
On Saturday, February 14, 10:30am-4:30pm Nikkei Centre presents the annual Flea Market and Japanese Book Sale. We welcome everyone to our 9th annual flea market!  Join the hunt and discover YOUR treasure! Thousands of used items are available, including Japanese books, comics and magazines, all for amazing bargain prices. There will be a Kids Zone, as well as local food trucks and vendors serving up delicious delights.
Nikkei Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby (Kingsway & Sperling)
604.777.7000 | www.nikkeiplace.org

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February 15, 2015
Weaving with Invasive Plants and Garden Waste Workshop with Sharon Kallis (Adults 16+)
Learn the fundamentals in how to  discover the "good" weaving plants in your own environment. What to look for, how to assess a plants weaving characteristics, and a few basic weaving techniques will be introduced. No experience necessary. 10:00am to 3:30pm
Registration and information:  http://register.asapconnected.com/EventDetail.aspx?pk=358120

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February 16, 19, 23, 2015
Snowshoe Seymour Watershed
Mount Seymour
Enjoy a moderately strenuous, 3.5 hour snowshoe tour around First Lake.  Learn about local plants and animals, and the role of these mountains in the collection and storage of your drinking water. 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM,  604-432-6359, programs.info@metrovancouver.orghttps://onlineca.activecommunities.com

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February 16 - 22, 2015
Heritage Week 2015 - Vancouver
Heritage BC is proud to announce the new theme for Heritage Week 2015 in British Columbia - Main Street: At The Heart of the Community. The week kicks off with the national Heritage Day designated by Heritage Canada The National Trust.
Hundreds of communities, large and small, enjoy downtown Main Streets with historic buildings. We recognize heritage as a vital asset to attract tourists, stimulate investment and provide a rich and lively setting for a vibrant mix of social and commercial exchange. Various Locations, http://www.heritagebc.ca

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February 17 to March 1, 2015
14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival
14th Annual Talking Stick Festival Explore Aboriginal Culture through the Arts Full Circle First Nations Performance presents the Annual Talking Stick Festival from February 17 - March 1, 2015. This vibrant citywide festival provides a stage for extraordinary Aboriginal artists; established and emerging, national and international, performing live theatre, music, dance and storytelling.
http://www.talkingstickfest.ca/

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February 18 - 22, 2015
BC Home and Garden Show 2015
BC Place Stadium, www.bchomeandgardenshow.com

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February 19 - 20, 2015
2015 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations - Richmond
River Rock is bringing in this special Year of the Goat with a spectacular FREE event with an 80 member performance team of 9 lions and a dragon to ring in the New Year. Don't miss out on this amazing event and experience the culture of authentic costumes, traditional music and ceremonial practice of eye dotting the new baby lions! For more information on all the fantastic Lunar Year celebrations happening at River Rock Casino Resort visit our website. http://www.riverrock.com

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February 19, 2015
Lunar New Year Celebrations 2015 - Richmond
From extravagant multi-course feasts at acclaimed Chinese restaurants to poignant spiritual celebrations at the largest Chinese Buddhist temple in North America, it's easy to see why USA Today declared Richmond, BC as one of the top places to celebrate Chinese New Year. With more residents of Chinese ancestry than any other Canadian city, Richmond's extensive two-week Chinese New Year celebrations offer visitors an authentic taste of traditional Lunar New Year festivities - minus the jetlag. Thousands will flock to Richmond's Golden Village on February 19 to welcome 2015, the Year of the Sheep, with fireworks, live music, countdowns, Chinese flower and gift fairs, colourful lion and dragon dances and, of course, delicious authentic food. Gung Hay Fat Choy! The Golden Village. http://www.tourismrichmond.com

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February 19 to March 15, 2015
2015 Chutzpah! Festival
2015 Chutzpah! February 19 to March 15 Music-Dance-Theatre-Interdisciplinary Tickets: chutzpahfestival.com 604-257-5145 (pronounced: ho'ots-pä) Chutzpah! is the quality of impudence. The word derives from a Hebrew word meaning "impertinence." The modern English usage of the word has taken on a wider, positive meaning to express admiration for non-conformist but gutsy audaci... Visit Website  http://chutzpahfestival.com/

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February 20 to March 1, 2015
Vancouver International Wine Festival - Vancouver
One of the world's premiere wine festivals, this event is a unique opportunity to learn about & enjoy some of the world's finest wines. The event features wine tastings & pairings, gourmet dinners & luncheons, educational seminars & culinary competitions.
Various Locations, http://vanwinefest.ca/

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February 20,2015
LunarFest celebrates Lunar New Year showcasing Asian arts and culture in a two-day festival! This year the festival features a Parade of Dragon Dances from Taiwan, and an exhibition of the World?s Little Shepherds, an outdoor installation including hundreds of sheep helping us ring in the Year of the Sheep! From mouth-watering Dumpling Fest to the Great Wall of Lanterns, Meeting of Drums, and Lunar arts and crafts, LunarFest has got something for everyone!
www.lunarfest.org

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February 21,2015
Stories by the Campfire
DERBY REACH REGIONAL PARK
Cozy up to a campfire, listen to storytellers and bake some bannock. Bring a mug,please. Meet across from the Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, app. 2km north of 96th Ave. Information: 604-530-4983
Presented by Metro Vancouver and Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association.
Free
Drop In
All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

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February 21, 2015
Join Marnie and her Rock n' Roll Band and all of their fun and furried Characters at Kerrisdale Community Centre. This 3 time West Coast Families Magazines Readers Choice Gold Winning Children's Band is bound to put ants in your pants. Their high energy catchy tunes inspire everyone to move and groove. Come join their musical mosh pit Saturday Feb 21st and boogie away your winter blues. Mumbu the Monkey, Tula the Kangaroo and Jethro the Cowboy will be there too! The perfect family event.
Tickets and INfo: www.MusicwithMarnie.com

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February 21 - 22, 2015
Seedy Sat/Sun brings together gardens of all levels, urban farmers & seed savers who are passionate about gardening.
Bring your seeds to swap, visit garden, seed & plant vendors, workshops and best of all we have 8 wonderful speakers over 2 days.......including BRIAN MINTER & THOMAS HOBBS. Please see blog for dates & times of speakers/ workshops.
For the KIDS?....Feb. 22 at 12:30 pm we have the talented Kim Greenwood teaching a children's garden workshop on how to plant and take home a wonderful planter .....$75 for cost of supplies.
10 am to 3 pm.
Admission by donation.    Door prizes
Historic Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Dr, Ladner.
Harris Barn is located on bus route 601
For more info: ladnercommunitygarden.blogspot.com

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February 22, 2015
Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade - Vancouver
During Chinese New Year, more than 50,000 people line Chinatown's streets to watch traditional lion dance teams as well as marching bands and dance troupes. Pounding drums and firecrackers help ignite the excitement. This year's parade will celebrate the year of the ram. Chinatown, http://www.cbavancouver.ca

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February 25, 2015
The Study and Go Abroad Fair Spring 2015
The Study and Go Abroad Fair Spring 2015 Canada's largest international university and student travel expo is back! Meet with top-ranked universities from around the world to find out more about studying abroad for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, certificate or diploma. Learn about admission requirements, scholarships, program options and exciting destinations. Visit the Travel Zone for Gap Year options, volunteering, internships, language travel and work abroad. FREE ADMISSION. Visit Website  http://www.studyandgoabroad.com/

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February 25, 2015
The Study and Go Abroad Fair- Spring 2015
Canada's largest international university and student travel expo is back! Meet with top-ranked universities from around the world to find out more about studying abroad for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, certificate or diploma. Learn about admission requirements, scholarships, program options and exciting destinations. Visit the Travel Zone for Gap Year options, volunteering, internships, language travel and work abroad. FREE ADMISSION and free seminars held throughout the day. Check out our website www.studyandgoabroad.com for more information.

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February 26, 2015
Steven Galloway With Magician David Gifford - Vancouver
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents multi-award winning novelist Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo) with magician David Gifford as part of the Beyond Words series at 7:30 pm in the intimate Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre. Steven Galloway's newest literary work, The Confabulist, beautifully tells the tale of the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini using themes of intrigue, love and, illusion. Magician David Gifford joins Galloway on stage as they collaboratively explore this motif of magical misconception. http://www.chancentre.com

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February 27, 2015
14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents A Taste of Metis
A Taste of Metis In Association with Compaigni V'ni Dansi All Ages For the whole family! Stop by for some soup and bannock, check out the vendors, and learn to play the spoons or call a square dance with Jeanne Pelletier. Kick back and stay awhile! Join the fast stepping Louis Riel Métis Dancers, fiddlers Ron Gerard, Keith Hill, JJ Lavallee & Kathleen Nisbet and Emcee Maureen Belang... Visit Website http://www.talkingstickfest.ca/

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February 27 to March 1, 2015
Festival du Bois - Coquitlam
Festival du Bois is synonymous with traditions, highlighting the French-Canadian pioneering heritage and the strength of the community today - a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre with connections across Canada and beyond. This Festival successfully combines a world-caliber music festival with an entertaining and affordable family-friendly community celebration. With 10,000 + visitors gathered for a three-day festival, the event remains the largest francophone event west of the Rockies. Every year, it gives the community the opportunity to share and take part in celebrating the heritage and traditions of its French Canadian culture. The event elevates the community's sense of pride where younger and older generation find their place in the cultural mosaic.
1046 Brunette Ave., http://www.festivaldubois.ca

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February 27 to March 1, 2015
Pet Lover Show - Abbotsford
Western Canada's largest pet show, the Pet Lover Show, returns to Abbotsford's TRADEX. The highly anticipated third annual event will host fun, educational seminars and exhibitors showcasing thousands of the newest products and services from the pet industry. http://www.petlovershow.ca

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February 28, 2015
Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour at BC Place Stadium
www.monsterjam.com

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February 28, 2015
Axis Theatre Company is proud to present the West Coast premiere of STELLA, QUEEN OF THE SNOW, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's new stage adaption of the award-winning book by Marie-Louise Gay.  Geared towards 3-8 year olds STELLA, QUEEN OF THE SNOW tells the story of two children as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam's questions and Stella's answers as they discover the world of winter together. This hour-long production incorporates Marie-Louise Gay's whimsical characters, wonderfully translated from page to stage through bold imagery, scenic effects and Mermaid Theatre's stunning puppetry.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AT THE TERRY FOX THEATRE, PORT COQUITLAM (1260 Riverwood Gate); http://www.axistheatre.com/

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Ongoing to February 10, 2015
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Gigaemi
Gigaemi grew up in North Vancouver and belongs to the Squamish Nation Band.  In his youth he spent a fair amount of time in Europe visiting galleries and museums, which later inspired him to attend the Vancouver School of Art.
Gigaemi;s approach to his art practice is playful and explorative. He often incorporates vibrant colours, loose strokes, shapes and layers that embody the traditions and myths of his culture.
District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library
1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
604.988.6844  exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca  nvartscouncil.ca

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Ongoing to February 28, 2015

Robson Square Ice Rink Open for Free Skating

The Government of British Columbia’s Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver will be open all through the Christmas Holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. The Robson Square Ice Rink is open until February 28, 2014.  For more information about events at the Robson Square Ice Rink visit
www.RobsonSquare.com

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Ongoing until March 16, 2015
ing-Yueh Chuang
Ying-Yueh is originally from Taiwan and has lived in Canada since 1990. Her work has a strong focus on hybridized materials influenced by her hybrid existence living between two cultures.
The Flower Series focuses on bridging two major craft media, clay and textile. This body of work was inspired by visits to fabric stores in the traditional market during a four-month residency in 2011 in Jingdezhen, China. She selected fabric patterned with two-dimensional flowers, and replaced them with three-dimensional porcelain flowers of her own creation. Ying-Yueh juxtaposed the two materials to address social issues such as equality. Before Mao, Imperial porcelain representing the social elites was used only for royalty. Conversely, the affordable and decorative fabric associated with the poor was used for household or ordinary dress purposes. These works contrast cheap labour and mass-produced fabric for the lower classes with expensive, hand-built porcelain for the upper classes.
CityScape Community Art Space
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC  V7M 2G3
T: 604.988.6844 W: nvartscouncil.ca E: exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca

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Ongoing until March 28, 2015
Sharing Our Stories Exhibit
The exhibit, Sharing Our Stories, features oral histories and memory boxes highlighting the experiences of some of our Canadian Iranian residents. They speak to why they chose to live here, and about their challenges creating new lives on the North Shore.
3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver, http://www.nvma.ca

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Ongoing until March 28, 2015
From Seabeds to Cityscapes, An Exhibition of Young People's Art
From Seabeds to Cityscapes is an exhibition of young people's art that explores how where we live and how we inhabit that space shapes our experiences, our culture, and even who we are. Dwellings invites you to explore the many ways in which students across BC have reflected on their immediate surroundings and examined the concept of dwelling in both human and natural worlds. Investigate how creatures in different habitats interact with the spaces they inhabit, envision the human body as a dwelling space, imagine habitations for people in the future, and delve into many other creative contemplations on where we dwell.  ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver, http://artstarts.com/gallery

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Ongoing until March 30, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery Presents: Offsite - Robert Youds - Vancouver
Victoria-based artist Robert Youds' light installation, For Everyone a Sunset, draws upon the architectural vernacular of downtown Vancouver. Youds references the urban surroundings by using their associated materials-aluminium framework, salvaged glass, LED lighting-to construct a sculptural query that creates a space for audiences to contemplate the urban experience.  Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite is located on West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets in downtown Vancouver. http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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Ongoing until April 4, 2015

PigaPicha! A Century of Portrait Photography in Nairobi

In the exhibition 'PigaPicha!', the East African photo tradition is presented and documented as a chapter of its own in the international history of photography. 'PigaPicha!' highlights the history of portrait photography in Nairobi and gives a comprehensive overview of this form of urban culture, which is one of the most creative fields in modern East Africa. The exhibition is produced by Iwalewa-Haus and the Afrikaarchiv (DEVA) of the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Join us for a special opening party on November 25 at the Museum of Anthropology.
Museum Of Anthropology, http://www.moa.ubc.ca/home.php

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Ongong until April 31, 2015
Discover New Westminster's indoor farmers market!
Over 100 years ago settlers came from great distances to shop the Royal City Winter Farmers Market. www.rcfm.ca

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Ongoing until October 13, 2015

Movies in the Morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum

Tuesday. Lowly little Tuesday. Too early in the week to be loved, not early enough to be dreaded, Tuesday can be a little slow for all of us. What makes Tuesday better, though? Movies! And what can make movies even better? Watching them in the morgue, of course! The Vancouver Police Museum is proud to present Movies in the Morgue, a monthly series of film screenings held right here at the old Vancouver city morgue. Come join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a gritty drama, a classic comedy or a heart-pounding action film, all while surrounded by the ghosts and gadgets of Vancouver’s past.  Recurring monthly on the 2nd Tuesday, http://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/movies-in-the-morgue/

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Ongoing until January 3, 2016
DTES Street Market - Vancouver
A great flea market in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Operating for almost 5 years at Pigeon Park, our event has over 150 vendors and thousands of customers every Sunday. The market vendors are all from the low income population of the DTES, and display found items and local arts and crafts in a garage sale type atmosphere. Weekly on Sunday January 11, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016; 300 Carrall Street, 778-323-5415, http://dtesstmkt.blogspot.ca

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Ongoing
Kid's Meditation, Sundays 10-11:15 am
All parents wish for their children to be happy. In an uncertain and busy world, children and parents need a place to go together to learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to help calm our minds and strengthen our families. The Kid?s Meditation Class is designed for children ages 4 to 11.  We learn about giving, sharing and loving everyone. Activities include a spiritual topic, story time and arts and crafts. Classes are taught by experienced Dharma practitioners. Parents are welcome to stay with the children or enjoy Prayers for World Peace being offered in the adjacent meditation room. There is no charge for this class.  Donations are accepted but not expected.  Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver, http://kmcvancouver.org/

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March 3, 2015
The second annual Curry Cup competition returns as eight acclaimed BC chef teams prepare unique curry dishes and compete for the ultimate Curry Cup Championship. Join us as the competition unfolds and taste flavours of curry from around the world.
the Heritage Hall at 3102 Main St., 6:30pm- 9:30pm
https://chefstablesociety.com/

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March 6 - 17 , 2015
11th Annual CelticFest Vancouver
CelticFest Vancouver organizers have announced the dates and events lined up for the 11th Annual CelticFest Vancouver in 2015. From March 6-17, concert venues, pubs, clubs and city streets will come alive with the sights, sounds, and vibrant spirit of Celtic culture. An expanded festival promises 12 event-filled days of music, dance, family fun, spectacle and discovery for folks of all ages and backgrounds. Western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration offers the best of traditional and contemporary Celtic culture in all its diversity, and vitality – and everyone is invited! www.celticfestvancouver.com

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March 9 – 13, 16 – 20, 2015
Dan Miscisco’s Spring Break Basketball and Volleyball Camps for grades 3 – 9. Fun has always been the focus at "Dynamic" Dan Miscisco's All-Star Camps. Now Celebrating 45 years of giving youngsters a solid foundation in life skills through basketball, volleyball, multisport and FutureSmart motivational camps. Miscisco and his professional educator-instructors remain committed to providing each camper with the most enjoyable spring camp experience. www.dynamicdancamps.com

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March 7, 2015
Eyes on Owls
1 - 4 pm
CAMPBELL VALLEY REGIONAL PARK
Learn about owls as you examine feathers, bones and beaks. Enjoy displays, crafts and a guided walk.
Meet at the Nature House, at 8th Ave and 204th St in Langley.
Information: 604-530-4983
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

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March 10, 2015
Tracking Animal Signs
11 am - 3 pm
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Dissect owl pellets, examine fur, feathers and scat, and make your own "slug" slime to take home. Allow an hour to complete.
Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue,off Winston St.
Free, Drop In,All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

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March 11, 2015
Spring Nature Tune-up
1:30 - 4 pm
CAMPBELL VALLEY REGIONAL PARK
Tune up your senses and skills for nature explorations. Go on a 1km walk to look for signs of spring and learn about plants and animals at discovery stations. Allow 1 hour to complete.
Meet at the 16th Ave entrance, beside the kiosk in the parking lot.
Free
Drop In
All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
604-432-6359

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March 11 - 13 & 18 - 20, 2015
CSI Vancouver:
Do You Have What it Takes to be a Junior Detective?
Dust off that lab coat and pull on some blue gloves, because we need your help to crack the case!
Designed especially for aspiring Junior Detectives aged 8-13, CSI Vancouver at the Vancouver Police Museum is a unique and exciting opportunity to get involved in real crime scene investigation and forensic science techniques. Over 3 days, kids will have the chance to participate in an in-depth, hands-on investigation, and learn from the specialists who do this for real every day. Highlights of the camp include learning from trained Vancouver Police Department officers - like those in the Dog Squad, Forensic Identification Unit, and others - and some serious hands-on crime solving.
To register, please call us at 604-665-3346, email us, or simply and securely book online using PayPal: http://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/csitrainingcamp/
Vancouver Police Museum
240 East Cordova Street

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March 12, 2015
The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! noon series, featuring Vancouver?s JC Dance Co. in a showcase of Ballroom and Latin dances. The company?s performance team will be joined by competitive ballroom dance students in a selection of classic dances including the Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba and Jive. There will also be a question-and-answer session with the dancers. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver. Tickets $14/$12 students, children and seniors.
www.thedancecentre.ca

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March 12, 2015
Animal Architects
11 am - 3 pm
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Search for nests, sneak through a giant spider web, make a mason bee craft and build a marshmallow treat by a campfire.
Allow an hour to complete. Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue,off Winston St.
Free, Drop In, All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
604-432-6359

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March 14, 2015
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at Mackin House
This year we welcome Irish dancers from the Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy as part of our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Join us for an afternoon of Irish music and dance.  1pm-3:30pm. 1116 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam, 604-516-6151, www.coquitlamheritage.ca

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March 14, 2015
Spring Nature Tune-up
Saturday, March 14,2015
1:30 - 4 pm
DERBY REACH REGIONAL PARK
Tune up your senses and skills for nature explorations. Go on a 1km walk to look for signs of spring and learn about plants and animals at discovery stations. Allow 1 hour to complete.
Meet at the Heritage Area on Allard Crescent,app. 2km north of 96th Ave.
Free, Drop In, All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
604-432-6359

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March 21, 2015
Spring Nature Tune-up
Saturday, March 21,2015
1:30 - 4 pm
ALDERGROVE REGIONAL PARK
Tune up your senses and skills for nature explorations. Go on a 1km walk to look for signs of spring and learn about plants and animals at discovery stations. Allow 1 hour to complete.
Meet at the Blacktail Group Picnic Area.
Free, Drop In, All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
604-432-6359

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March 28, 2015
Hippity, hoppity, spring has sprung! On March 28 from 10am-12pm - join the Easter Bunny at Coal Harbour Community Centre (480 Broughton St, downtown Vancouver) for an Easter egg hunt, arts & crafts, and play time. The excitement will also include a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon making, a photo booth, and Mike's Critters! Please pre-register by phoning Coal Harbour CC at 604-718-8222 ($5/child, $6/child on the day-of event). 2-6 years, parent participation is required.
Coal Harbour Community Centre: 604-718-8222 or www.coalharbourcc.ca

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April 4, 2015
Eco-Easter Egg Hunt
10 am - 12 noon
COLONY FARM REGIONAL PARK
Search for Easter eggs while discovering egg-laying species at the park. Bring your Easter basket.
Information: 604-520-6442
Hosted by the Colony Farm Park Association.
Free, Drop In, All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

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April 6,2015
Critter Capers? Who's Crashing in My Tree Cavity?
12 noon - 4 pm
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Who's in chickadee's tree cavity? Solve the mystery by examining fur, saliva and other evidence. Allow at least one hour.
Ages 6+
Free, drop-in.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House,4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street.
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
604-432-6359

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April 26, 2015
Goodbye Chums
11 am - 3 pm
KANAKA CREEK REGIONAL PARK
Release salmon fry into Kanaka Creek, visit the hatchery, see displays, play games and make crafts. Meet at Bell-Irving Hatchery on 256th St, south of Dewdney Trunk Rd.
Information: 604-530-4983
Presented by Metro Vancouver and Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society.
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

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April 26, 2015 - May 3, 2015
EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival.
New hands-on workshops, exclusive guest chef dinners and special events throughout the city. EAT! Vancouver at BC Place May 1st to May 3rd with over 250 exhibitors including celebrity chefs celebrating all things food, drink and cooking. http://eat-vancouver.com/

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May 9, 2015
Salmon Send-off
11 am - 3 pm
TYNEHEAD REGIONAL PARK
Release salmon fry, tour the hatchery, eat at the concession and do children's crafts.
Allow one hour. Meet at the 96th Ave entrance by the Tynehead Hatchery.
Presented by the Serpentine Enhancement Society with Metro Vancouver.
Free, Drop In, All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
604-432-6359

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May 9, 2015
International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 9, 2015
1 - 4 pm
COLONY FARM REGIONAL PARK
Join us for displays, kid's activities, a history tour at 1 pm and birding walks at 2:30 pm. Look for the tents at the end of Colony Farm Road. Hosted by the Colony Farm Park Association.
Free, Drop In,All Ages
https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
604-432-6359

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May 16, 2015
Forest Fairy Gathering
11 am - 3 pm
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Visit the "Gnome Depot" to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting. Fairy attire welcome. Meet at the Burnaby LakeNature House, 4519 Piper Avenue,off Winston St.
Free, Drop In, All Ages
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