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Special Events for August 2014
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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August 1, 2014
Retro Video Game Exhibition Coming to Centre for Digital Media Summer 2014
Evolution of Gaming is a retro video game exhibition happening at the Centre for Digital Media this summer. The event will feature games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders and aims to celebrate the history of video games and Vancouver's role in shaping the industry. Evolution of Gaming will feature lots of interactive, hands-on exhibits and will explore how games have shaped our culture, defined a generation and set the foundation for the games of today and tomorrow. The event will also highlight France's unique role in the industry.
Location: 577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver BC
Admission is FREE, but space is limited. There are three time slots available per day for the public visits: 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm-4 pm and 5 pm-8 pm. There are 100 spots per time slot available. Register now.
For more information visit: http://evolutionofgaming.ca/

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August 1, 2014
Twilight Canoeing
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Enjoy evening canoeing on Burnaby Lake.  Geared to people who want to practice basic canoe skills.
Ages 13+, $21.25/person, Register online

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August 1 - 3, 2014
Bull's Eye Canadian National BBQ Championships
From local legends to world champions, the BBQ Championships pit the best of the best against each other at Dusty's Bar & BBQ in Whistler Creekside. Come see the pros in action, enjoy family entertainment, sample some of the best BBQ you will ever eat & enjoy free music throughout the weekend by Ruckus Deluxe, Guitar Doug, The Hairfarmers, FOMO, The Matinee & Whole Lotta LED. The BBQ competitions include the 12th Annual Backyard Burger Championship, the CASI Canadian International Chili Championship, Budweiser King of the Grill, Pork Butt, Ravenswood Cork & Pork, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Ribs & award ceremonies on both Saturday & Sunday
2040 London Lane RR 2, Dusty's Bar & BBQ, Whistler, 604-905-2146

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August 1 - 4, 2014
57th Annual Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Squamish Days is a weekend full of excitement, fun & action aimed to make every member of the family smile. There are music events, children's activities, a parade, wacky bed races, a 10 km run, pancake breakfast & 2 world-class Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world. This event showcases not only Squamish's rich heritage, but also it's strong & vibrant community spirit. We look forward to seeing you this summer.  Howe Sound Secondary School, http://squamishdays.ca/

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August 1 - 4, 2014
Abbotsford Agrifair & Rodeo
Agrifair: It's More Than You Thinki! The pride of the valley venue will be busting at the seams again. There will be something for everyone from the ever popular Demolition Derby, Go Carts, Midway, 3-day Mighty Fraser Professional Rodeo, Main Stage: all headliners to be confirmed. Tradeshow both indoors & out, over 75 exhibitors. Antique farm machinery demonstrations, West Coast Lumberjacks. Check our website for more information and updates. Abbotsford Exhibition Park, 32370 Haida Dr, Abbotsford, 604-852-6674

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August 1 - 4, 2014
Brigade Days
Join HBC workers, Aboriginal traders, and trappers as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. The weekend features a large period encampment, and the "Arrival of the Fur Brigades" canoe re-enactment at 1:00 pm Monday. Stay for the free concert on Monday evening! 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders).
23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley, 604-513-4777, fort.langley@pc.gc.ca

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August 1 - 10, 2014

Harmony Arts Festival - West Vancouver
For 10 days every August, the West Vancouver waterfront transforms into a celebration of music, art, food and culture during the Harmony Arts Festival.
This year's event is better than ever and has something to please every taste, from kids to seniors and everyone in between.
The festivities kick-off at 2 p.m. on August 1 and run until August 10.
Harmony Arts website

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August 1 - 30, 2014
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Urbanity
Artists:  Thompson Brennan  l  Mark Ollinger  l  Jon Shaw  l  Scott Sueme
This exhibition features paintings, sculpture and graffiti by four artists who are inspired by the 'writers' who colourfully mark our urban landscape.  Each artist presents a unique approach to graffiti; an intrigue of urban decay and beautification, the traces of presence left behind; and the writers themselves who are compelled to leave their mark on an urban canvas. Often controversial, graffiti can be observed as enhancing the mundane, defacing the ubiquitous or a making thought provoking statement. Undeniably, there is amazing artistic talent that exists in this realm.
North Vancouver Community Arts Council CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue
604.988.6844, www.nvartscouncil.ca

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August 1 - 31, 2014
2014 BC Cultural Crawl
The BC Cultural Crawl is a self-guided tour of community-initiated events: music, theatre and dance performances, visual arts, festivals, museum and heritage exhibitions, culinary arts, community art walks and more. Your self-guided exploration of SuperCultural British Columbia begins here. Browse August & Year round events, cultural crawls, and community art walks.  http://art-bc.com/bc-cultural-crawl.php

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August 2, 2014
Like to sketch? Or want to learn how? Join artist Karen Yurkovich for our Family Sketching Program this Saturday, August 2nd at 1pm. Paper, drawing materials, and fantastic specimens all provided by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca/the-herbarium-project, 604.827.4955;

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August 2, 2014

Honda Celebration of Light 2014

The Honda Celebration of Light is not only Vancouver's biggest event,  but it's also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. Operated by the Not For Profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. DATES Saturday, July 26, 2014 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Saturday, August 2, 2014 The show will kick off right at 10:00PM on each night of the event, and each show will last 25 minutes.  English Bay and Sunset Beach;  Visit Website

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August 2 - 3, 2014

The leisurely self-guided Slow Food Cycle Tours provide an educational and culinary experience exploring many farms; some that are open to the public for the Tour!  Get a rare chance to meet the farmers, learn about agriculture and pick up fresh produce in the Fraser Valley.  Each tour is 25km along flat public roadways.  Please bring cash as most farmers are unable to accept credit cards.
8th annual Agassiz Summer Cycle Tour, https://www.fraservalleycycletours.com/agassiz-tour - Saturday, August 2nd
6th Chilliwack Summer Cycle Tour, https://www.fraservalleycycletours.com/Chilliwack-Tour - Sunday, August 3rd.  
All farms open 9am-4pm.

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August 2 - 3, 2014
38th Annual Powell Street Festival
400 Powell Street (@ Jackson Street), Vancouver, British Columbia V6A
The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese-Canadian festival in the country!  Celebrate Japanese Arts, Culture and Heritage with:
Live Music from over 20 artists Vast array of Delicious Japanese Food  Taiko Drumming  Sumo Wrestling Competition Dance Performances Visual Arts Craft Vendors  Martial Arts; Oppenheimer Park (Vancouver); Powell Street Festival

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August 2 - 4, 2014

Tsawwassen Sun Festival

Celebrate all that British Columbia has to offer at this year's annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival at Winskill Park & the South Delta Recreation Centre. Attracting upwards of 8,000 people over this three-day period each year, the Tsawwassen Sun Festival is the largest community festival in South Delta. There's fun for the whole family including a parade, children's midway, antique fair, marketplace, slow pitch tournament, BMX air show, bingo, main stage entertainment, fireworks, food vendors & much more. 604-952-3000, http://www.shoptsawwassen.com/sun-festival.php

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August 2 - 23, 2014

Movies Under the Stars

Weekly on Saturday August 2, 2014 to Saturday August 23, 2014
It wouldn't be summer without Movies Under the Stars at Holland Park. Since 2005, the Downtown Surrey BIA has been hosting Movies Under the Stars. What started as a single summer event in 2005 at Station Tower at Gateway Skytrain Station grew in 2009 to four consecutive evenings of entertainment & activities ending with a movie at the beautiful Holland Park in Downtown Surrey. The movie starts at dusk (as soon as it is dark enough - usually between 8:45-9:15 pm) but come early - there is family-friendly entertainment & activities starting at 5 pm.  http://www.downtownsurreybia.com

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August 3, 2014

36th Annual Vancouver PRIDE Parade

The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status last year in 2013 as it is now considered one of the Vancouver's flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as on of the largest and most successful events in the world, in support of LGBTQ communities.  The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street. 12:00PM - 3:00PM; http://vancouverpride.ca/2014-events/

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August 3, 2014

Sunset Beach Festival & Market

Over 150,000 Pride partiers take in the Festival and Market, which is a great place to be before, after, and even during the Parade. This celebration includes live music by local performers and the local market provides a great mix of products, services, and community organizations. This is a pedestrian event for the general public who can come and enjoy the day, watch live performances, purchase food from one of the food vendors at the picnic zone or in the food court.  http://vancouverpride.ca/2014-events/

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August 3, 2014
Blueberry Sale and Tea
The blueberries are ripe and ready to enjoy! Savour the best blueberry pie in town or purchase fresh scrumptious berries. Proceeds support the Richond Nature Park Society. Richmond Nature Park,  604-718-6188, http://www.richmond.ca/naturepark

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August 3, 23, 2014
Ponies in the Park
Giddy up on over to the Nature Park for a pony ride through the woods. Suitable for children 4-12 years. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis on event day only. Cash only. This event is for Child (Ages 6-12) & Disability access is available.  604-718-6188, http://www.richmond.ca/naturepark

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August 4, 2014

BC Day at the BC Farm Museum

BC Day: another special day with many display engines running, plus 'must see', the Garden Scale Model Trains (some steam) operating for 4 days, Friday through Monday.
9131 King Street, Fort Langley, 604-888-2273, http://bcfma.com

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August 4, 2014

Kilby Pirate's Day - Harrison Mills

Shiver me timbers - the Kilby Historic Site would like to invite you to our annual Pirate Party. Whether you are a Buccaneer or Privateer we will be having a contest for the best pirate costume. Enjoy a full day of crafts and activities, including games and a Treasure Hunt.
215 Kilby Rd, Harrison Mills, 604-796-9576, http://www.kilby.ca

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August 5, 2014
Unbreakable: The Ujjal Dosanjh Story
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1
Douglas P. Welbanks first met Ujjal Dosanjh as college students in Vancouver in the 1970's. Their friendship has lasted more than four decades. This is his authorized biography of B.C.'s former attorney general and premier. This book tells the inside story behind the public face of a man of determination, and courage.  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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August 6, 2014
Canoeing at Deas Slough
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Dip your paddle and learn the basics of canoeing while enjoying the sights and sounds on the river. Deas Island Regional Park
$21.25/person, Ages 13+, Register online

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August 6, 2014
Beaver Wetland Paddle
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Glide along calm waters, spot beaver lodges, wren's nests and dragonflies.  Learn about beaver-created wetlands that support other creatures. Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Ages 13+, $21.25/person, Register online

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August 6, 2014

Snowbirds Fly Over White Rock

They're back this year! The Snowbirds Fly over White Rock for CH.I.L.D. featuring formations and manoeuvres designed by the team along with new choreography created each season. This free family event is sure to create a lasting memory for everyone of every age. http://www.inwhiterock.com/event/snowbirds-fly-ch-l-d-white-rock/

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August 7, 2014

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars

Thursday August 7th 2014 Doors open: 7:00pm Program time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm with 15 minute intermission The band has been swinging around Vancouver since the 70's sharing their Django inspired gypsy-jazz.  Deanna Knight is their longest running chanteuse joining the band in 2002.  http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/

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August 7, 2014
Initiated by up-and-coming artist Jamie Smith, ROVE is a gallery crawl that promotes local artists around Main Street. Drawing on response from the community, Smith's exhibit, Words to live by, will use visual art to depict the mantras that inspire our daily lives. Attendees are encourage to start at one of eight galleries and pick up a map and then
http://www.cressey.com/meccanica/revolvingdoor-yvr/
WWW.JAMIESMITHSTUDIO.COM/ROVE

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August 7 - 9, 2014

Rockin' River Music Festival

The Rockin' River Music Festival is back and we are getting ready to party with Rascal Flatts, Terri Clark, Gord Bamford, Hey Romeo and many more amazing artists! We invite you and all your friends to join the party with 20+ bands, 3 stages and 3 days of amazing country music and memories!  http://www.rockinriverfest.com

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August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
Movies at Civic Square, Burnaby
Bring a blanket and enjoy free movies in the park. Event runs rain or shine.  8:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
For more information visit www.burnaby.ca/civicsquareevents or call 604-297-4572.

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August 8, 2014

Downtown Walking Tour International Style

The Architectural movement known as International style was born in Europe during the 1920s, in a leap away from classicism and an exploration of new forms and lines. Its Modernist manifestations grew in multiple directions for several decades, including to the renowned West Coast Modernism style. However some of its products remain a source of contention. Such is art and architecture.  10:00AM, http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/take-a-tour/walking-tours/

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August 8 - 10, 2014

Richmond Maritime Festival

The Richmond Maritime Festival is taking over the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site from August 8-10, 2014. Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage with great food, music, artists, storytellers, and meet all manner of unexpected characters. But whatever you do, don’t forget to visit the bounty of beautiful boats and ships moored at the 190-metre (600-ft) dock. Free and fun for all ages.  http://www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca

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August 8 - 10, 2014

Abbotsford International Airshow

Abbotsford International Airshow began in 1962 when the recently formed Abbotsford Flying Club decided an airshow would be an effective way to promote flying from Abbotsford Airport. The Airshow is an aviation festival that has grown well beyond its borders over the past 5 decades. With a role from very early on as a significant stop on the 'Airshow Circuit,' Abbotsford has distinguished itself as an event on aviation excellence, aerospace advancement & community participation. The line-up includes fighter jets, experimental aircraft, cargo planes, vintage, helicopters, small corporate jets & speciality surveillance planes. http://www.abbotsfordairshow.com
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August 8 - 10, 2014

Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo

Come help us celebrate our 142nd birthday! We're focused on affordable fun. The Chilliwack Fair is a family friendly agricultural exhibition, offering all the classes, exhibits & entertainment you expect from a classic fair. Highlights: watch the Open & 4-H livestock & canine competitions, cheer your favourite cowboy at the daily BCRA rodeo & enjoy the antique tractor pulls, the logger sports show & all the free entertainment. Visit The Field Trip Building for an informative chat with the people who grow the foods we eat. Fabulous fair eats, treats & plenty of affordable or free family entertainment. http://www.chilliwackfair.com

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August 8 - 10, 2014

Spirit of the People Pow wow

The Spirit of the People Powwow Society has assembled a powerhouse of talent featuring drummers and dancers from all over North America and is sure to be one of the largest Powwow's in BC. Host Drum Eya Hey Nakoda from Morley, Alberta will be driving the beats of tradition calling on Nations to gather and the general public to assemble to witness the celebration of our culture.
Day passes are $2 per day and $5 for the weekend. Tickets are available at the door. Donations are welcome and tax-deductible.
46770 Bailey Rd. Chilliwack; 604-845-5234, http://www.facebook.com/events/678765108813298/

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August 8 - 10, 2014

Squamish Valley Music Festival

Squamish Valley Music Festival (formerly LIVE at Squamish) is the hottest festival ticket in Western Canada.
A 2-day music festival engulfed in the true spirit of British Columbia. Surrounded by forests & mountains in the clean fresh air, we have multiple stages of the best & latest electronic, indie & rock music. In a relaxed tree-lined & grass environment, there is plenty to explore with art installations including live art demonstrations & multiple food & beverage options.
Logger Sports Grounds & Hendrickson Fields, http://www.squamishfestival.com

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August 8 - 17, 2014

Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival

When Crankworx rides into town, Whistler makes its annual transformation into the Colosseum of freeride mountain biking. In a stadium of dirt sculpted out of raw mountain, a hedonic convergence of riders & bike lovers from all around the world gathers to crown champions & revel in the mountain biking revolution. Home to hundreds of game-changing moments in freeride mountain biking's history, Crankworx is a 10-day festival of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air & vertical-dropping riding. The phenoms, the veterans, the aeronauts, the tricksters, the speed-freaks, the enduro-maestros - all the best mountain bike athletes answer gravity's call.
Whistler Bike Park, http://www.crankworx.com

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August 9, 2014
An Intertidal Wonderland - Discovery Walk
Pack your rubber boots and head down to the water with the Stanley Park Ecology Society! Be prepared to be blown away by the bizarre life in Stanley Park's intertidal zone. From orange armoured sea cucumbers to red feather duster worms, you might forget what planet you are on!
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: $10 per person or $5 for SPES members
Meeting place: TBA - stay tuned to www.stanleyparkecology.ca events board for more details
Contact Celina at 604-718-6522 or programs@stanleyparkecology.ca

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August 9, 2014
Stanley Park Young Naturalists: Beach Exploration
Where do beach crabs come from? How does seaweed hold on without roots? Join the Stanley Park Young Naturalists and head down to Lumberman's Arch beach to uncover the incredible world of intertidal plants and animals. For accompanied children ages 5-14. To preregister, email ync@stanleyparkecology.ca
Time: 10:00am to noon
Cost: $25 for a family membership (includes 12 programs/year)
Meeting place: TBA - stay tuned to the www.stanleyparkecology.ca events board for more details
Contact Celina at ync@stanleyparkecology.ca or 604-718-6522

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August 9, 2014
Kensington Community Fair
Join us for a beautiful day outdoors at Kensington Park. Talented on-stage musicians, face painting, crafts, games, community activities, displays and a barbecue lunch. Event runs rain or shine. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Sponsored by the North Burnaby Community Association, City of Burnaby and Volunteer Burnaby.

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August 9, 2014
Annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival
Join us for Burnaby's annual musical Blues + Roots Festival!
The fifteenth annual year, Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival returns to Deer Lake Park for another family-friendly day filled with amazing music. This year’s lineup includes some familiar faces and first timers: Big Sugar, Matt Andersen and the MelloTones, Bettye LaVette, Imelda May, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Wide Mouth Mason, Shakey Graves, Blind Boy Paxton, Steve Kozak, Chic Gamine, Rich Hope and His Evil Doers, and Miss Quincy.
For up to date event information, please visit www.burnabybluesfestival.com

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August 9, 2014

Art Deco - Walking Tour with Maurice Guibord

Art Deco - Walking Tour with Maurice Guibord The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Impacting fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray. 10:00AM - 12:00PM, Walking tour

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August 9, 2014
Car Boot Sale
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
You never know what you'll find at the ever popular Car Boot Sale.  $10/site for sellers.
Boundary Bay Regional Park - Centennial Beach parking lot
programs.info@metrovancouver.org, http://www.metrovancouveronline.org

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August 9, 2014
How to Be More Human
Come and explore ways that you can expand your humanity and your ethical connection with the natural world through a thought-provoking examination of the relationship with our biological kin, the great apes (gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos.) Prof. Shawn Thompson, author of The Intimate Ape.  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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August 9, 2014
Survival Strategies for Digital Self-Publishing in the Internet Era
Never has it been easier to publish your own writing digitally through online companies like Amazon, and yet never have the choices been so complex or the chances for success so unpredictable. Have a look at the wild new frontier of digital self-publishing with book author and journalist Prof. Shawn Thompson. Prof. Thompson worked as a newspaper journalist for 17 years and is the author of six books. He is working on a book about Jane Goodall, apes and ethics, and travels extensively in Southeast Asia.  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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August 9 - 10, 2014

14th Annual TD Chinatown Festival 2014

The annual 2014 TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival is one of the biggest multicultural, family-friendly events in Vancouver. This year’s Chinatown Festival theme will revolve around the healthy and sporty choices to reflect the active and athletic lifestyle of Vancouverites. In addition to fun-filled activities related to this year’s theme, the festival also includes a myriad of fun. Keefer St and Columbia St, 12:00PM - 6:00PM; Chinatown Festival

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August 9 - 10, 2014

11th Annual New West Cultural Crawl

Each August arts & cultural enthusiasts travel to New West to visit artists, studios, galleries, live music venues, restaurants, theatres & historical locations throughout the city, exploring the "new" New Westminster & discovering upcoming & professional talent. The Royal City represents a largely undiscovered arts & cultural community that ranges from emerging artists to several Federation of Canadian Artists members with local & international acclaim. This year's crawl will include two days jam-packed full of open studios & local artists featuring their work & culture & heritage destinations in New Westminster. http://www.newwestculturalcrawl.com/

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August 9, 15, 23, 2014
Salsa Cruise Series
Join us as we celebrate another anticipated Salsa Cruise Series aboard the MV Britannia commencing June 28th, July 12th, August 9th, 16th & 23rd & September 13th.
3 levels. 3 Djs. A complimentary salsa lesson and a dance show taught by some of Vancouver's top instructors. Take part in the excitement or sit back and watch the view either way this will be a night to remember. Food is available for purchase by Patron Tacos & Cantina and Saltenas.
Tickets $28 in advance. Group discounts are available.  604-312-6772

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August 10, 2014
Storytime
Join us for storytime on Sunday Aug 10 - 2-4pm
Y's Books - 4307 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
The book featured is: The Indigo Queen and the reading will be with the author - Susan Forest. The Indigo Queen is an epic adventure where three young people have been chosen to stop the destructive forces of darkness. The heroine - young Ruby - is joined by the Silver Wolf and a reluctant Gryphon on a quest to help humankind!  *Limited Seating so RSVP is mandatory for this FREE event**
This event will be of interest to readers in grades 4-7 but all are welcome - just email: sandybeau.sb@gmail.com to save your spot!

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August 10, 2014

Chariot Fest of India 2014

The 41st annual Chariot Festival of India also known Jagannath Rath Yatra taking place in Downtown Vancouver. This colourful and fun-filled Cultural Parade starts at 11:30AM from Beach Avenue at Howe Street (under the Granville Street Bridge) and travelling along Beach Avenue culminates at Stanley Park 2nd Beach 1:00PM. Featuring: Entertainment on 2 Stages; Music & Dance; Live Theatre; http://vanchariotfest.com/

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August 10, 2014

Dancing in the Street #3 with Air Mail Special

Learn to swing dance & enjoy live music for FREE! Dancing in the Street offers two free drop-in beginner swing dance lessons (1-1:30pm & 2:30-3pm), with 2 hours of social dancing to small group swing music by AIR MAIL SPECIAL in between (1:30-2:30 & 3-4pm). No partner & no previous dance experience is necessary! All are welcome!  Granville Street @ Robson (on the street); http://www.vanswingsociety.ca

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August 10, 2014
Wreck Beach - Bare Buns Run and Buns Across the Border
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Run 1km or 5km, or in the slowpoke/family category.  Run starts at 12 noon. $20/youth//senior; $25/adult. Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Wreck Beach; 604-856-9598, http://www.wreckbeach.org

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August 10, 2014
ome celebrate the Maple Ridge Museum's 40th anniversary with us! This all ages event includes food, games, free tours of the museum, and live music by Gary Comeau & the VoodDoo Allstars. There will also be numerous market vendors, including Steeped Tea and Lupita's Mexican Food, and a display of antique cars. It will be held at the Maple Ridge Museum and Jim Hadgkiss Park, and is by donation. See http://mapleridgemuseum.blogspot.ca/ for more information.

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August 10, 2014
Participate in the Vancouver Scenic City MS Bike Tour on August 10th! Riders of all ages and skills are welcome to join our 15km, 30km, and 60km routes around the city. From beautiful heritage residential neighborhoods to breathtaking waterfront bikeways, the tour offers participants the chance to explore Vancouver while supporting a wonderful cause!
To take part in the event, riders must collect pledges of a minimum 75$ for youth cyclists and 300$ for adults. The money raised helps fund MS research, as well as vital services for people living with MS.
Location: Clark Park 1500 E 14th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5N 3R3
For more information, visit our website at www.msbike.ca or contact Paula Duhatschek at Paula.duhatschek@mssociety.ca/604-602-3221 for details.

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August 10, 2014
Meet your local firefighters

Fire Hall No. 19 Open House
All ages, Free
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is hosting open houses at fire halls across Vancouver throughout the summer. Meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have, and enjoy refreshments and demonstrations.

Date and time
August 10 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location
Fire Hall No. 19 , 4396 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

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August 10, 2014

Delta Animal Expo

The 6th Annual Delta Community Animal Expo is on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Ladner Memorial Park.
It is a fun, family and pet-friendly event! Event vendors and activities include pet organizations and services, animal welfare exhibits, pet health and safety education, exotic animals, animals for adoption and the Tollie Fund Activity Arena. 604-940-7111, 6th-annual-delta-community-animal-expo

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August 11 - 15, 2014
Sculpting Experiments
9:30 am- 12:30 pm
Teacher: Jeri Sue Engen
Who says sculpting needs to be limited to clay? Explore and discover a variety of other materials to create 3 dimensional works including paper, wire, plaster, found objects and more! Take your ideas to another dimension.
From Design to Stage
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Teacher: Andrea Unrau
Learn about all the elements of putting on a theatre production! From costumes and props to staging and performance, campers will participate in putting together a small scale performance that is big on creativity.
All camps are for kids 6-10 years old.
Maplewood House, North Vancouver
604.988.6844, www.nvartscouncil.ca, programmes@nvartscouncil.ca

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August 13 -15, 2014
Junior Detective Summer CSI Training Camp
The 3-day CSI Training Camp at the Vancouver Police Museum features unique and exciting opportunities for kids to get involved in real crime scene investigations and forensic science activities. Junior Detectives will have the chance to participate in a series of hands-on investigations, cracking codes in an effort to solve mysteries. Highlights of the program include learning from trained VPD officers in various units - Dog Squad, Identification, and others - as well as hands-on crime solving.
Camps run from July 9th-11th, and August 13th-15th. $50 per day, or $120 for the full Wednesday-Friday workshop.
Call 604-665-3346 or visit our website to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited and extremely popular, so reserve yours today!
FIELD3:  For more information, call us at 604-665-3346, email info@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca, or reserve online at http://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/csitrainingcamp/

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August 14, 2014
Willingdon’s Community Fair & 50th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for Willingdon’s annual summer celebration and 50th Anniversary! Rain or shine, we’ll see you here to enjoy fun for the whole family with live entertainment, carnival games, raffle draws, community information displays, craft tables and barbecues. There is a small fee for refreshments and some activities. Free admission (no pre-registration required).  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Willingdon Community Centre
For more information, please call 604-297-4526.

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August 14 - 24, 2014

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

The 2014 Vancouver Queer Film Festival will take place from August, 14-24! With the Playhouse confirmed as this year's opening venue, and the opening gala party booked at FanClub, the 2014 Queer Film Festival team is busy creating a line-up that you are going to love. With parties that will include pop-up performances, daliances and fire-breathing dragons (the latter promised by Richard, Corporate Giving Officer), and a film line-up that will have you salivating, mark the date on your chose... Visit Website (http://outonscreen.com)

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August 15, 2014
Bat Watch
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
See bats flying out of their nursery colonies and learn about their importance in our ecosystem.  Minnekhada Regional Park
Ages 6+, $4.25/child/youth/senior, $8/adult, Register online

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August 15 - 17, 2014

BC Renaissance Festival

Live the Revelry at this historically themed outdoor event. Vendors, stage performers, food and horses providing a taste of the past.
23448 105 Ave, Maple Ridge, 778-926-3378, http://www.bcrenfest.com

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August 15 - 17, 2014

Howe Sound & Spirit Festival - Bowen Island

Howe Sound & Spirit Festival is an outdoor music and holistic festival 40 minutes from Vancouver. Headliner performances include award winning Adham Shaikh, socially conscious Hip Hop trio Luminaries, Violin-Bass DJ Michael Fraser, AppleCat, Greenskeeper and Perkulat0r to name a few. Workshops from Yoga to 5 Rhythms, Zen to Tai Chi by renowned teachers Danielle Hoogenboom, Bettina Rothe, etc. Food, drinks, activities, art and performances. Seeking to promote a healthy but cool, holistic but fun lifestyle, the event encourages a participatory, transformational and creative environment. This event is fundraiser for the 'Neurological Wellness Association', whom do holistic treatment funding where Health Canada cannot. http://www.howesoundspiritfestival.ca

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August 15 - 17, 2014

Squamish 50

Trail Running Festival featuring 50 mile, 50 km and 23 km ultra trail runs, great aid stations, challenging courses, technical t-shirts for all runners, finisher's medals, plus a trail running film festival woven into a great weekend in Squamish. http://www.squamish50.com

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August 15 - 17, 2014
Join Grassroots Yoga Festival for the perfect weekend of yoga, music, community and fun for the whole family! Grassroots Yoga Festival is the first ever of its kind in the Lower Mainland: a 3-day celebration bringing together our community's local & likeminded individuals and businesses all in a loving and supportive setting. They focus on Yoga, eating well, being green, creating awareness, showcasing likeminded companies & artists and; most importantly, encouraging connection.
info@grassrootsyogafestival.com, www.grassrootsyogafestival.com, held at Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach - 2916 McBride Ave, South Surrey;

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August 15 - 17, 2014
Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival presents Detention
Detention is a non-verbal physical comedy for all ages - no translation needed! This fresh example of classic Hong Kong humor translates to all audiences without words. The piece is an acrobatic comedy combining clowning, martial arts and percussion. Performed by a group of talented comedians, drummers, tap dancers, xiqu (Chinese Opera) performers & even a Kung Fu master!
Gateway Theatre Box Office: 604-270-1812, boxoffice@gatewaytheatre.com
http://www.gatewaytheatre.com/shows-events/201314-201415-seasons

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August 16, 2014
Bobs & Lolo at Highstreet
Treehouse regulars Bobs & Lolo are coming to Highstreet's Central Plaza.
And it's free! Bring your lawn chair and let Bobs & Lolo entertain, educate and inspire your kids with singing, dancing and fun.
Preshow popcorn by Envision Financial @ 10:30AM
Grab a bite after the show or stop by the playground to keep the fun going!
For more information contact Guest Services at (604) 381-3934 or info@highstreetfv.com.

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August 16, 2014
The QUAYSIDE COMMUNITY BOARD (QCB), BOSA Properties invite you to the 'largest outdoor recycling event in the lower mainland'. Our motto is Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle & ReSELL! Both treasure hunters (until August 4th, 2014) and sellers are welcome.
OVER 200 TABLES & BOOTHS|10,000+ TREASURE HUNTERS|3 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT STAGES|FOOD|KIDS ZONE|DOG WASH & PET CENTRE|SPECIAL DISPLAYS & ACTIVITES|CHARITY FUND-RAISING RAFFLE|COMMUNITY & CHARITY SERVICES. Visit quaysideboard.com for and more info.
For complete event details please visit www.quaysideboard.com

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August 16, 2014
Geocaching by Canoe
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Joni a high-tech treasure hunt; learn about geocaching and basic canoeing strokes.  GPS equipment provided. Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Ages 13+, $21.25/person.  Registration required.  Barcode 5743, Register online (http://www.metrovancouveronline.org)

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August 16, 2014

Arts Alive Festival - Langley

If visual and performing arts are your pleasure, Downtown Langley is the place to be! The streets of Downtown Langley come alive with over 100 participants including the fine arts, artisans and crafters, a multicultural venue and an exciting children's activity area. See artists demonstrate their techniques and talented musicians being featured on three entertainment stages. This free, fun for the whole family event is a great way to spend your day. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. http://artsalivefestival.com

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August 16, 2014

CLOVERDALE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL & SHOW N SHINE
The 11th Annual Blueberry Event is the largest event of the year in the business area of the Cloverdale Town Centre just south of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The Festival has a variety of components which are spread throughout the area like the Surrey Show N Shine (custom car/truck/motorcycle) which is on the downtown streets, Amusement Rides, 3 live entertainment stages, charity blueberry pancake breakfasts & BBQ’s, Farmers Market (especially fresh blueberries), Blueberry Pie Eating Contests, Blueberry Arts Festival, Shuttle Bus Rides and a variety of exhibitors which are located at the Surrey Museum Plaza and Clover Square Village. 
http://www.cloverdalebia.com

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August 16, 2014

Cloverdale Blueberry Festival

Welcome to the 11th Annual Cloverdale Blueberry Festival! Please enjoy your visit, we have compiled a list of activities & their times so that you can see as much of the Festival as possible. The event continues to grow & we are very thankful for all of the sponsors & participants who have helped with this year's festival. Please note that all of the events are free to attend. On behalf of the business community of Cloverdale, the Cloverdale Business Improvement Assoc. & the Cloverdale Dist. Chamber of Commerce would like to make your visit memorable & wish you many happy returns!  604-576-3155, http://www.cloverdalebia.com

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August 16, 2014

Just Another Bike Race (JABR)

The last of the Test of Metal Group of Events, this 40km race winds it's way through some of the best single-track Squamish has to offer and always tries to include a few new trails. Squamish, http://testofmetal.com

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August 16,2014
Come experience one of Vancouver's best outdoor yoga events at Jack Poole Plaza on Saturday, August 16, 2014
What would it be like to experience Yoga like an outdoor concert, hundreds of us flowing in beautiful asanas to the cool coal-harbour  breeze with a gorgeous backdrop of the mountains.  Nine of Vancouver's finest yoga teachers will lead us in their unique styles with music evolving from drums (base chakra) to string instruments(heart chakra) to wind instruments( throat chakra) to silence(with ambiance of the waves) ? A yogic journey from sound to silence - .from movement to stillness.  Cost: $25, 778.840.8364, http://www.yogathon.org/city/vancouver/

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August 16 to September 1, 2014

Fair at the PNE

The Fair at the PNE is Vancouver's annual end-of-summer send-off. For the last two weeks of August (through Labour Day Weekend), the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) & Playland Amusement Park host The Fair at the PNE, featuring more than 50 rides & attractions, nightly concerts, live performances, agricultural & animal displays, games & food. Runs August 16-September 1 from 11 am-11 pm (closed August 18 & August 25)
It's fun for all ages!  http://www.pne.ca

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August 17, 2014
Adaptation and Evolution in Stanley Park - Discovery Walk
Fascinating relationships like those between pollinators and plants, or trees and mycelium, are the result of a millenia?s worth of selective pressures. Take a guided walk with the Stanley Park Ecology Society and learn about where these and other unique adaptations have come from and where they might be going.
Meeting Place: Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, 1:30 to 3:30
Cost: $10 per person or $5 for SPES members
Contact Celina at 604-718-6522 or programs@stanleyparkecology.ca

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August 17, 2014

Sunday Morning at Maxine’s

Join us at the newest JJ Bean location on Bidwell and Davie, the site of the much fabled and historic Maxine’s Beauty School. The morning includes JJ Bean coffee and a muffin, a bag of JJ Bean coffee to take home, and a coffee tasting and talk about the history of JJ Bean and their newest space led by founder and owner John Neate. John Atkin will then lead a walk in the West End that starts with the history of Maxine’s.   Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 9:00AM.  1209 Bidwell St, Vancouver; Visit Website

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August 17, 2014

The 2014 Latin Summer Fest

Mark August 17 on the Calendar ! " the Original Latin Outdoor city celebration" Latin Summer Fest 2014 - Trout Lake Park - Victoria @ 15th > MUSIC all day > Artisan Market > Latin Food   This is a free family event. Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 11:00AM - 7:00PM Trout Lake, Vancouver, BC For more information please visit http://www.latinsummerfest.com/

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August 17, 2014
Learn to Fish Programs, a Fraser River Experience
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn about fish and fishing techniques along the banks of the Fraser River.  Equipment provided.  Glen Valley Regional Park
Ages 7 - 15, $5/child.  Registration required; call 1-604-504-4716 or email visitfraservalley@gofishbc.com

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August 17, 2014
Richmond Raptor Festival
Get up close to some of the fabulous birds of prey that make Richmond their home through interactive exhibits and activities. Experience breathtaking falconry displays at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Follow signs from Westminster Hwy & No.1 Rd. This event is for All Ages. Partial disability access is available. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 604-244-1208, Event Website

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August 17, 2014
A Day with Evelyn Roth
Evelyn Roth is a self taught community artist, specializing in environmentally sensitive events and art gallery exhibits. There’s a plaque at 2nd and Stephens titled “Living Large” honouring her work in our neighbourhood. She was the first artist to make art from recycled videotape. Kits House has commissioned Evelyn to facilitate a workshop to teach people how to crochet with recycled video-tape.  St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 1805 Larch
Registration form and workshop information can be found at http://kitshouse.org/recycled-videotape

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August 17, 2014

London Family Farm Day - Richmond

Come out & enjoy London Heritage Farm's biggest summer event! Each year, London Family Farm day boasts a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting, live entertainment, Richmond Art Gallery's "Art Truck", bake sale, craft fair, demos, concession & much more! Most of the Fair activities are free with gate admission.
6511 Dyke Rd, Richmond, http://www.londonheritagefarm.com

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August 17, 2014

Quilt Walk and Car Show - Ladner

This annual Ladner Business Association event draws thousands to the streets of Ladner Village. Hundreds of colorful quilts and vintage cars adorn 48th Avenue and Delta Street. Visit the Ladner Business Association website to enter your vehicle or register your quilt for the show.
Ladner Village, http://www.ladnerbusiness.com

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August 17, 2014
Fab Forts Day
Celebrate the building of our nation with historic weapons and family activities. Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.
Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley BC
604-513-4777
Fort.langley@pc.gc.ca
www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

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August 18, 2014
Part of the ongoing Music on the Wharf Concert Series, this evening will feature the Whisky Minstrels. Come out to the Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge at 7pm for this night of live music! Concert is by donation.
http://mapleridgemuseum.blogspot.ca/, mrmeventplanner@gmail.com

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August 18 - 22, 2014
Act, Move and Sing!
9:30 am- 12:30 pm
Teacher: Andrea Unrau
Have fun learning the skills to put together group musical performances with movement, acting and singing! We will work in the sunshine on performance technique and use our imaginations to create original musical numbers.
The Adventures of Me!
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Teacher: Julian Lawrence
In this cartooning class students will create an original 6 panel page of cartoon art describing themselves, their family and their culture. Cartooning tips and techniques such as sketching, penciling, composition, inking and
lettering will be demonstrated and discussed.
All camps are for kids 6-10 years old.
Maplewood House, North Vancouver
604.988.6844, www.nvartscouncil.ca, programmes@nvartscouncil.ca

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August 20 - 22, 2014
Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival presents The Isle
A poetic reflection on love. The Isle, written by leading Hong Kong playwright Paul Poon, depicts one couple's encounter on a remote island where their past and present overlap
Ticket Price: Adult $35, Festival Pass $125, student and group rates available.
Venue: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, BC, V7C 3V4
Website: http://www.gatewaytheatre.com/shows-events/201314-201415-seasons

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August 22 - 24, 2014

Anime Revolution 2014
Anime Revolution is a three-day convention hosted in the Vancouver Convention Center, Canada. Catering to a wide range of activities, exhibits, panels, and performances. These include art, animation, comics, costuming, cultural displays, dance, gaming, musical performances, and others. Our goal is to provide people of all ages with entertainment, education, and cultural exchange.
For more information, please visit www.animerevolution.ca.

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August 22 - 24, 2014

Fire of Desire (Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival)

Ten acts of passion. Based on the classic 1900 play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler (better known by its French title La Ronde), The Fire Of Desire updates the setting to present day Hong Kong, where five men and five women (all played by the same two actors) explore their frustrations and perspectives on love, marriage, and sex in ten different scenes, each scene taking place in a room with a different man and woman.
6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond, http://www.gatewaytheatre.com/shows-events/201314-201415-seasons

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August 22 - 24, 2014
Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival presents Fire of Desire
Ten acts of passion. Based on the classic 1900 play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler (better known by its French title La Ronde), The Fire Of Desire updates the setting to present day Hong Kong, where five men and five women (all played by the same two actors) explore their frustrations and perspectives on love, marriage, and sex in ten different scenes, each scene taking place in a room with a different man and woman.
Ticket Price: Adult $50, Festival Pass $125, student and group rates available.
Venue: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, BC, V7C 3V4
Website: http://www.gatewaytheatre.com/shows-events/201314-201415-seasons

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August 23, 2014

Book Signing: MY HOMETOWN, MY FURUSATO by Chuck Tasaka

Chuck Tasaka, author of the popular Hanatarebozu: Runny Nosed Brats of Greenwood, launches his newest book exploring a family history of Greenwood-Midway. Tasaka narrates the trials and tribulations of families who settled in Greenwood – Midway, originally as pioneers in the late 1800’s and then some forcibly during internment in the wake of WWII. 11:00AM - 2:00PM, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre;  http://centre.nikkeiplace.org/my-hometown-my-furusato/

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August 23, 2014
Car Boot Sale
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
You never know what you'll find at the ever popular Car Boot Sale.  $10/site for sellers.
Boundary Bay Regional Park - Centennial Beach parking lot
programs.info@metrovancouver.org, http://www.metrovancouveronline.org

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August 23, 2014
Learn to Fish for Adults
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Spend an evening fishing on the banks of the Fraser River, just before sunset.  Learn about fish and fishing techniques.  Derby Reach Regional Park - Edgewater Bar. Ages 18+, $5/person, Registration required.  Call 1-604-504-4716 or email visit.fraservalley@gofishbc.com

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August 23, 2014

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest - New Westminster

Get Trucked Up in Downtown New West! The province's largest food truck festival will have 50 foot outlets, beer gardens, entertainment, and is a super fun street party. Easily assessible via SkyTrain and free admission!
Columbia Street, New Westminster, 604-524-4996, http://www.downtownnewwest.ca

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August 23, 2014

White Rock Princess Party

If you have a little princess or prince, this is an event you will not want them to miss. Watch as your child is: Greeted by a fairy godmother; Enchanted by a play date with Queen Elsa; Explores a shiny red fire truck; Shares special moments with White Rock Royalty; Enjoys many activities and crafts, face painting, hair artist; Hot dogs & juice by donation; raffle. Dressing up is encouraged. Your child will believe this day is created just for them. All our activities are built on bringing out the best in children. This is a White Rock Firefighter Charity event. http://www.wrprincessparty.com

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August 23 - 23, 2014

LULULEMON SEAWHEEZE HALF MARATHON 2014
Some would call it a half marathon, but we prefer to call it yoga. run. party. Much more than your average half marathon, SeaWheeze is an out of this world weekend where you’ll get your yoga on, crush your running goals, and celebrate it all with family and friends at the best outdoor concert of the summer.  SeaWheeze 2014 will be on Saturday Aug. 23. Start is 7am. The race is now full, stay tuned for training which starts in May!
For more information, please visit www.seawheeze.com.

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August 23 - 24, 2014

Corn & Peach Festival

Join us for our popular event for the whole family! We'll be up to our ears in fun while we bask in the sun and enjoy some of our favourite products from our own farm. Stop by for plenty of fun for the kids, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch featuring Lepp's gourmet meat products, take part in our corn eating contest and much more!  As always, proceeds from our BBQ will proudly be donated to Matthew's House in Abbotsford.
33955 Clayburn Rd, Abbotsford, http://www.leppfarmmarket.com

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August 24, 2014
6th Annual Garlic Festival
This event, hosted by the Richmond Sharing Farm, includes trying fresh, locally-grown garlic along with pickled garlic scapes, fresh garlic bread, oven-baked pizzas and garlic ice cream! This event is for All Ages. Partial disability access is available. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Terra Nova Rural Park,  604-244-1208,  Event Website

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August 24 , 2014
Inspire Health is hosting Paddle With InspireHealth on August 24th! This event is inclusive to all forms of paddling and has a focus on health and wellness. A Beach BBQ Celebration with awards and prizes will be held after a great morning on the water! Participants can register and use one of the kayaks or stand-up-paddle boards provided or bring their own. Begin the journey, and support integrative cancer care! http://paddleforinspirehealth.kintera.org

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August 24, 2014

Paddle with InspireHealth

Paddle With InspireHealth is inclusive to all forms of paddling and has a focus on health and wellness. After a great morning on the water, join us for a Beach BBQ Celebration with awards and prizes! Register and use one of the kayaks or stand-up-paddle boards provided or bring your own. Begin the journey, and support integrative cancer care! Visit our website to learn more about the event, register or donate.
1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, 604-734-7125, http://www.inspirehealth.ca/paddle-vancouver

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August 24, 2014

Pet-A-Palooza

PET-A-PALOOZA, West Coasts largest outdoor pet friendly, pet festival, downtown Victoria and now in Vancouver at Coopers Park, August 24th. We will have over 50 exhibitors, ranging from holistic pet products, to amazing pet accessories and services, attractions such as Running of the Bulls, a hilarious 20 ft French and English Bulldog race where the dogs will compete for a year's supply of bull wrinkles. http://www.petapaloozawest.com

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August 25, 2014
10 Steps to Pulish and Succeed - Jill Ronsley
Find out how to navigate the paths and avoid the pitfalls of self-publishing and get your questions answered. As an editor, book designer, publishing consultant and eBook producer, Jill Ronsley has assisted mainstream publishers, best-selling authors, self-publishers and budding writers for over 15 years.  Admission is free. Seating is limited.  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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August 25 - 29, 2014
Creature Capers
9:30 am- 12:30 pm
Teacher: Cath Hughes
This camp will explore the realms of your imagination, creating fabulous creature characters that we will bring to life using papier mache, mixed media and found materials. Develop new skills, bring your drawings to life in three dimensions, and have lots of fun.
Creative Safari
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Teacher: Gloria Rodriguez
Young artists will explore how to recreate master Surrealist art by using materials they find around Maplewood House. The safari will be the journey but the adventure will be to discover how the surroundings can be an inspiration to the design and the artwork. Let the quest begin!
All camps are for kids 6-10 years old.
Maplewood House, North Vancouver
604.988.6844, www.nvartscouncil.ca, programmes@nvartscouncil.ca

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August 27, 2014
Sun Down Walk
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Evening to night is when many animals are stirring.  Learn about beavers, bats, flying squirrles and other creatures.  Minnekahda Regional Park. Ages 6+, $3.35/youth/senior; $5.50/adults. Register online

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August 28, 2014
10 km Trail Running Series
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Derby Reach Regional Park - Marpole Picnic Shelter
Fun, cheap 10 km trail run (5k option available for some runs).
Prizes for top male and female runners! Door prizes! Food! Music!$5 if you register in person at Peninsula Runners, #1-20349 88 Avenue, Langley, BC
$8 if you register online (www.metrovancouveronline.org) using the 4 digit barcode (5707), $10 drop-in
See meeting locations at www.metrovancouveronline.org

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August 29, 2014
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/)

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August 29 - 31, 2014

2014 Squamish Nation Youth PowWow

At the beginning of each day the Grand Entry has the Squamish Nation leading in, with full regalia, all the dancers from all over the parade in a big circle. Don't miss the multiple dance competitions and traditional food served all day. Lots to see with crafters and games for kids.
100 Mathias Rd, North Vancouver; 778-228-6501, http://www.aboriginalbc.com

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August 29 - 31, 2014

True North Fraser Bluegrass Music Festival - Maple Ridge

Good ol' mountain music, fiddles, banjos and plenty of parking lot picking. A main stage featuring international, regional and local talent. Plus an all day open stage, instrument and vocal workshops, slow pitch jam sessions, kids zone fun, Strings and Things marketplace, plenty of RV and camping space, free hot buttered corn on the cob every night. Come to listen, or bring your acoustic instrument and join in the jam sessions.  604-943-0522, http://www.truenorthfraserbluegrass.com

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August 30, 2014
Summertime Free Family Days at the Contemporary Art Gallery
On the last Saturday of every month from 12-3pm, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. This new initiative is presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays.  For more information visit: http://artstarts.com/weekend or http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/events/family-day/

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August 30 - 31, 2014
Free arts workshops for kids
Join artist Colette Lisoway to explore printmaking processes and techniques while learning about our seasonal birds, their behaviours and local habitats. You'll move around to different printmaking stations where you'll be able to make your own printing plate, print with lino blocks and stamps, and give screenprinting a go. Using layers of images, patterns and text printed on to cloth, you'll create a bird flag for yourself or for our community art installation. Be prepared to have some fabulous fun, get crazy creative and marvelously messy.
Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11am and 1pm (2 sessions) at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver
Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 11am and 1pm (2 sessions) at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Sessions start at 11am and 1pm. Free! No pre-registration necessary. Ideal for kids 4 and up, but all are welcome!
For more information, visit http://artstarts.com/weekend

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August 30 - 31, 2014

Bands on the Beach - Harrison Hot Springs

The 4th annual Harrison Bands on the Beach presents some of the best music in the Fraser Valley including our own Todd Richard. Free on the beach.
Stay connected to our website where we will be posting the musical lineup as soon as details are finalized!
Come out and celebrate the last long weekend of the summer.  604-796-5581, http://www.tourismharrison.com

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August 31, 2014
Birds of a Feather: Say Goodbye and Say Hello
The birds that have graced Stanley Park with their presence this summer are starting to head south. At the same time other birds are arriving from the north. Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society for a two-hour easy walking exploration to learn about bird identification and behaviour. Participation by donation.
Meeting Place: Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, 9:00am to 11:00am
Contact Celina at 604-718-6522 or programs@stanleyparkecology.ca

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August 31 to September 1, 2014
Hey Vancouver, where do you find a festival that you can enjoy a symphony on movies showcasing the great film makers including the likes of Ang Lee, watch a great culinary battle in Rice vs. Noodle, check out how puppets have in common with anime, cosplay and superhero, learn to make your own scarecrow, do floral arrangement, make your own tea or play with the super-sized pinball machines, experience the magic of Chinese medicine and finally taste some of the best street foods on earth?  TAIWANfest at Vancouver Art Gallery and Granville Street is the place to go on August 30th till September 1st.  http://www.taiwanfest.ca

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August 31 to September 1, 2014

Fort Farm Fest - Fort Langley

Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson's Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley's workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch our cooper make a barrel, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demonstrations. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, 604-513-4777, http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/

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Ongoing until August 2, 2014

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Red Rock Diner

Location: Granville Island Stage
RED ROCK DINER By Dean Regan Vancouver's Rock ‘n' Roll Musical ARTS CLUB CLASSIC Vancouver, 1957. Five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the the biggest hits of the time- from the raucous "Great Balls of Fire" and "Jailhouse Rock" to ballads like "Diana" and "Crying."  Visit Website

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Ongoing until August 10, 2014

KARAOKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Karaoke World Championships is the world's biggest karaoke event. It brings together singers from all over the world, regardless of race, nation or religion. KWC is the opportunity for aspiring singers to become stars. Prizes: The Men's and Ladies BC provincial champion win airfare to Red Deer, Alberta to compete at the National Final Oct. 25th & 26th, 2014. Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:30PM Vancouver FanClub, 1050 Granville Street. Free Admission. Visit Website

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Ongoing until August 15, 2014
Registration Open for Summer Camps for kids with Learning Disabilities:
The Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver, which services Metro Vancouver, offers summer day camps for children and youth aged 4-17 with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities. Choose from Arts Expression Camp, Music and Movement Camp, Early Childhood Literacy Camp, or Connect-U Urban Social Skills Camp. We also feature a youth employment-preparedness camp called LEEP (Leadership Education & Employment Program.) Bursaries may be available.   Visit http://www.ldav.ca/news-events/ or call 604-873-8139.

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Ongoing until August 23, 2014
Theatre Under the Stars
Theatre Under the Stars presents a pair of toe-tapping, laugh-inducing productions this summer with Shrek: The Musical and Legally Blonde: The Musical, running July 11 - August 23, 2014 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park's picturesque Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, Theatre Under the Stars promises a blonde-tastic, ogre-ific season filled with surprise, delight, and non-stop fun for the whole family.
Tickets from $20-$45 at www.tuts.ca or 604.696.4295. Info: www.tuts.ca.
 
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Ongoing until August 23, 2014

Gu Xiong: a journey exposed

Location: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
The 2nd Summer exhibition of the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art opens. Entitled “Gu Xiong: a journey exposed”, the show, curated by Astrid Heyerdahl, will showcase the work of Gu Xiong, a transcultural artist with a strong sense of global interco... Visit Website

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Ongoing until August 24, 2014

Summer Sunday Concerts - Port Moody

Weekly on Sunday July 6, 2014 to Sunday August 24, 2014
Free concerts every Sunday in July and August at 2:00 pm at Rocky Point Park. Featuring some of Vancouver's top R&B, soul and funk bands.
2800 Murray Street, 604-341-4813, http://www.summersundays.ca

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Ongoing until August 28, 2014
Scotiabank SCENE presents Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place:
Come out to the North Point** every Thursday evening this summer to watch a movie under the stars, featuring great Canadian talent! Bring a blanket and a lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show.
The movie schedule is as follows:   
July 10 - Back to the Future (featuring Michael J Fox)
July 17 - Liar Liar (featuring Jim Carrey)
July 24 - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (featuring Mike Myers)
July 31 - Uncle Buck (featuring John Candy & Dan Aykroyd)
Aug 7 - Ghostbusters (featuring Dan Aykroyd)
Aug 14 - The Notebook (featuring Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams)
Aug 21 - The Hunger Games (featuring Donald Sutherland)
Aug 28 - Star Trek II : Wrath of Khan (featuring William Shatner)
*Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a date in September. This is a family-friendly event. No smoking or alcohol permitted.
For full event details, visit http://www.canadaplace.ca/Events/Summer_Series

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Ongoing until August 30, 2014
This summer, budding young gardeners are invited to grab a bucket and trowel, and dig in for the Junior Master Gardener's summer camps at the Earthwise Garden and Farm in Boundary Bay.
Programs are for children aged 7-12 and will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am until 3 pm for 8 weeks starting July 8. Each week has a different theme. 
Children will have a chance to plant their own sunflowers, beans and many other yummy plants, or learn to identify common backyard birds and build their very own wooden birdhouse!
Other weeks focus on water creatures found in ponds, wiggly worms and slimy slugs, and the world of creepy crawlies in the soil. Kids will lend a hand to some of the more helpful bugs by building a beautiful bug hotel! For the science buffs out there, one week will be all about Plant Science with real scientific experiments. Find out how to make two kinds of fruit grow on one plant!
For one special evening Earthwise will be hosting a Nocturnal Camp to discover which animals lurk around the farm and garden at night and go on a bat walk using real bat detectors.
For more information and to register please email info@earthwisesociety.bc.ca, visit www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca or call 604-946-9828.

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Ongoing until August 29, 2014

Music at the Cannery

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society's annual summertime evening concert series returns on July 4th! Join us every Friday night at 6:30 pm in July and August for an evening of music. Every week will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical tastes, from blues, jazz, folk and much more! Friday nights at 6:30 pm, through July & August. Admission is by donation. Cash bar will be available. Concerts are held outdoors on the Cannery's Tank Deck, so please dress warmly for our cool summer evenings. 604-664-9009, http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

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Ongoing until August 29, 2014
Friday, July 4th, kicks off the 5th annual Take-Off Fridays summer series at YVR. From 9:00am to 3:00pm, every Friday from July 4th to August 29th, both children and adults are able to enjoy all the fun that YVR has to offer from free entertainment, delicious food samples, tours of the Public Observation Area, shopping deals, face-painting, caricaturists, and much more!
Additionally, fast approaching is the return of the legendary YVR Take-Off Fridays' Paper Airplane Competition on July 11th at 11:00am. Participants of all ages and wannabe pilots alike will be coached by BCIT Aerospace Technology instructor Ralph Heldt, and will compete to win huge prizes, including a $1,00 travel gift card courtesy of Uniglobe Travel. For more information, I've also attached the media advisories for both these exciting events.?
Here is a dropbox link from the Take Off Friday 2014 festivities: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c32sgyoy4fsfq38/AAAJyq76wnfTGllqdLg3yPpia?

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Ongoing until August 30, 2014
Go backstage at the historic concert hall

Summer tours of the historic Orpheum
The tour reveals some of the secrets of the Opheum's history and even some ghost stories. “We delight groups by taking them from the top of the iconic dome and then right down into the basement where the original ice-block air conditioning room was first installed in 1927,” says Rob Haynes, President, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. The restored opulent Orpheum has over 140 original Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, and the tour shows how the glorious chandelier is hung from the iconic dome.
12 years and up, $10 cash; 604-665-3470
More details

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Ongoing until August 30, 2014
Timescapes at the ArtStarts Gallery
This exhibition showcases how students across BC examined how time is marked in the natural world through explorations in felt, clay, printmaking and other artistic mediums. Also grounded in language arts, these explorations enabled students to develop a deep understanding of natural cycles and their relevance to their own communities.
The ArtStarts Gallery is the first in Canada devoted exclusively to young people's art. Since the gallery opened in 2006, exhibitions have celebrated the exciting artwork that emerges when students, educators and professional artists work together to deepen learning, creativity and community connections.
The ArtStarts Gallery is located at 808 Richards Street (at Robson) in downtown Vancouver. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
For more information, visit http://artstarts.com/gallery

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Ongoing until August 30, 2014

The Surrey Night Market

The Surrey Night Market will be an open air summer market for local residents and small businesses to sell and enjoy a variety of local foods, services and goods. This night market will be a multicultural, family friendly event for all the residents of Surrey and neighbouring cities. It will be located at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds and will begin Saturday, July 5th. The following weekends it will be open every Friday and Saturday evening from 6:00 pm-11:00 pm, until the end of August. Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids under 10 and parking is free.  604-805-3440, http://www.surreynightmarket.com

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Ongoing until August 31, 2014
Free Waterfront Zumba at Canada Place:
Get fit and have fun at this outdoor, Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow dance party every Monday this summer at the North Point! No dance experience or partner is needed for this fun fitness class that is guaranteed to have you smiling. Mondays @ 5:30pm, July and August, beginning July 7th, 2014. For full event details, visit http://www.canadaplace.ca/Events/Summer_Series

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Ongoing until August 31, 2014

Museum of Vancouver presents Rewilding Vancouver

he first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, videos and photo interventions that challenge our perception of what is natural to Vancouver. Visitors will discover a changing-of-the-guard when it comes to the region's wildlife, with ravens, wolves and elk fading as crows, coyotes and black-tailed deer settled in.
Rewilding Vancouver also challenges us to envision new streetscapes that feature unearthed fish-bearing streams long hidden below city streets. A life-sized creation of the now extinct Steller's Sea Cow is one of many highlights of this exhibition. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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Ongoing until August 31, 2014

Summerfest at Lonsdale Quay Market

The North Shore's favourite waterfront festival is an 11-week celebration of music, dance, culture and community. A spectacular outdoor festival featuring local talent, cultural dance, live concerts, Artisan Farmers Market, and kid's activities. SummerFest is a free community event and is in support of local charities; donations will be accepted on site. Please visit our website for a complete Festival schedule. http://www.lonsdalequay.com

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Ongoing until August 31, 2014

Science World presents "Journey to the South Pacific - OMNIMAX® Film"

Journey to the South Pacific Take an adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua and join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes you on encounters with whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth, highlighting the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home. ELUS World of Science, Vancouver. Visit Website

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6/26/2014Ongoing until August 31, 2014
Food Cart Fest will take place every Sunday in the Summer from 12pm-5pm at 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village). The site is next to the Seawall and a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station, the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock, and major bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, and West 2nd Avenue.
http://www.foodcartfest.com/#home

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Ongoing until September 1, 2014

The Klahowya Village in Stanley Park

Location: Stanley Park Miniature Train
Discover the journey of the Salmon.  The word "Klahowya" means welcome, and each summer Aboriginal people from across British Columbia come together to build Klahowya Village in Stanley Park to welcome visitors from around the world, and share authentic Aboriginal experiences, traditions and culture. The Klahowya Village in Stanley Park is an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience like no other you've ever seen! Visit Website

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Ongoing until September 1, 2014

Vancouver Foodie Tour presents Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour

Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour 5 Courses, 12 Tastings, 8 Stories, 3 Hours of Pure Bliss Treat your discerning taste buds to a slice of heaven. The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour showcases the best of Vancouver Cuisine! You will be tempted with gourmets worth selling your soul for! Enough food will be served ensuring that your taste buds will have the energy to savor each stop of the tour. Check your will power at the door. Duration: 3 hours Tours run on: Fridays to Mondays, 2-5pm. Daily. Visit Website

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Ongoing until September 1, 2014

Vancouver Foodie Tours presents World’s Best Food Truck Tour

5 courses, 7 tastings, 9 stories, 2 hours of tantalizing fun. Gourmet hot dogs that'll have you panting and drooling for more. Canada Top Chef's favorite Vancouver food cart, achingly fresh seafood plucked from our waters, and chocolate chili cookies are just some of the things that will go down on this tour. Get ready to experience Vancouver street food like never before. All tastings included. Tour Information Duration: 2 hours. Monday to Friday. Visit Website

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Ongoing until September 1, 2014
Vancouver Art Gallery Presents: Douglas Coupland
This is the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work and will be presented from May 31 - September 1, 2014. Douglas Coupland is an artist based in Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. The title of the exhibition, 'everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything', refers both to Coupland's deep engagement with place and cultural identity and, simultaneously, his recognition of a growing ubiquity as access to information, images and technology becomes more readily available to the masses. 604-662-4700, customerservice@vanartgallery.bc.ca

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Ongoing until September 1, 2014

Rewilding Vancouver at the Museum of Vancouver

The first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, sound scapes, videos and photo interventions that challenge our perception of what is natural to Vancouver. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

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Ongoing until September 2, 2014

The Chevron Summer Cinema Series presents Free Outdoor Movies Vancouver 2014 at Stanley Park

One of the most popular summertime events in Vancouver is back! The Chevron Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park - "in the park after dark" free outdoor movies - returns every Tuesday from July 8 to September 2, 2014. Second Beach's Ceperley Meadows will be outfitted with a four storey inflatable movie screen, transforming it into an outdoor cinema. Stanley Park's Ceperely Meadow (between Second Beach Pool and the children's playground). Visit Website

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Ongoing until September 3, 2014

Sunset Combo Tour to Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain

Enjoy a Trolley tour, a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain & a sunset aboard the Vancouver Trolley Company. You & your party will be picked up at your hotel in downtown Vancouver between 4:35 pm & 4:45 pm. After a drive through Stanley Park & over the Lions Gate Bridge you will visit Capilano Suspension Bridge & end your evening on top of Grouse Mountain.  http://www.vancouvertrolley.com

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Ongoing until September 7, 2014
Ladner Village Market - Delta
Located in historic Ladner Village, this 3 block long, open-air market runs rain or shine and has over 150 vendors from all over the southern province. Visitors will have a variety of fresh produce, meat, plants, garden art, handmade jewelry, soaps, furniture and crafts. They can also sample an array of food and beverages from restaurants and market vendors. Market is open 2 Sundays per month - check website for updates. http://www.ladnervillagemarket.com

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Ongoing until September 8, 2014
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Ilze Bebris, Bust
City Atrium Gallery
The installation considers the vocabulary of marks and symbols used in map making and how we negotiate or fail to negotiate this complex code. This work is an evolution of her piece, Archipelago.
‘Bust!’ contemplates the moment of explosion of data, the point where accumulation of information becomes overload. It is a moment of surge and eruption in the enormous centrifuge of information when “things fall apart, the centre cannot hold”.
Materials: vinyl, paper tape, paint samples size: 120 " x 80 "
North Vancouver Community Arts Council CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue
604.988.6844, www.nvartscouncil.ca

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Ongoing until September 14, 2014

The International Summer Night Market

12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday
The International Summer Night Market (iSNM) is an annual tradition that has built its reputation as a truly diverse event over the past five years and is now recognized as a world class landmark attraction in Richmond, BC, Canada. The Night Market presents multiple types of attractions suitable for all ages! Excite your taste buds with exotic mouth-watering delights from all around the world. Visit Website

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Ongoing until September 14, 2014

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green April 30 to September 14, 2014 Morgan Green introduces breathtaking examples of hollow-form jewelry in her solo exhibition Ts'msyen Transforming. The exhibition reveals sophisticated works of art and personal adornment, in which Green honours the values, classical art and design of the Ts'mysen people, while using classic European gold smithing, bronze casting and fashion design techniques. Visit Website

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Ongoing until September 14, 2014
North Delta Firehall Farmers' Market
Come out for fresh and local produce, baked goods, seasonal artisan gifts, hand-crafted works by local artisans, the hottest food trucks, cooking demos and more! Free parking with playground beside the market; leashed dogs welcome. Market opens at 10am to 2pm. Every 2 weeks on Sunday. Firehall Centre for the Arts, 11489 84th Avenue, Delta, 778-688-3663

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Ongoing until September 15, 2014
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

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Ongoing until September 15, 2014
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

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Ongoing until September 15, 2014
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

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Ongoing until September 15, 2014
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

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Ongoing until September 15, 2014
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

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Ongoing until September 15, 2014
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

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Ongoing until September 20, 2014

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2014

Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. Visit Website

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Ongoing until September 21, 2014

Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market

The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open May 4 and operate every Sunday bi-weekly until September 21. This popular market, now in its 6th, artisan breads and baked goods, cheese, honey, jams and jellies, artisan salts, plants, natural soaps, body cream, unique art and so much more. Come for the day and enjoy the music, children's activities and delicious food like organic beef burgers, sausages, chili, waffles, fresh juices and much more and the Chef in the Market demos too. Rain or shine.  http://www.sfam.ca

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Ongoing until September 25, 2014

Port Coquitlam Farmers' Market

A busy and colourful downtown Farmers' Market with fresh produce picked that morning, fruits when in season, seafood, sausage, pickles, jams, jellies, conserves, eggs, fresh baked bread and cookies, fair trade coffee, fine art, fibre art, woodworking and so much more. Children's crafts and lively entertainment will encourage you to stay and relax awhile.
2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
604-318-8966, http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org

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Ongoing until September 26, 2014

Shipyards Night Market

Shipbuilders' Square, 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
The North Vancouver Night Market is in a class of its own with over 15 food trucks, live music, around 100 vendors, and a beer garden with locally brewed beer on tap. Stop by Shipbuilders' Square for the Shipyards Night Market on Friday Nights for great food, art, music, entertainment and shopping. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5pm on Friday nights. On the Shipbuilders' Stage there is live music until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC.  Visit Website

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Ongoing until October 1, 2014

Main Street Station Farmers' Market

Weekly on Wednesday June 4, 2014 to Wednesday October 1, 2014
Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish. Expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market - everything from produce, meat and cheese, baking and more!
Thornton Park (Main & Terminal), http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing until October 2, 2014

YALETOWN FARMERS MARKET

YALETOWN FARMERS MARKET Back by popular demand! Discover a traditional outdoor farmers market with fresh produce direct from the growers, artisan foods and baking, as well as non-food merchandise. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings.  Thursdays, http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html

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Ongoing until October 8, 2014

Surrey Urban Farmers Market

The Surrey Urban Farmers Market will now be located at the Surrey City Hall Plaza.  Our market features an amazing array of fresh local produce. Between 22-28 vendors set up each week with a focus on produce. You can find some amazingly delicious food from several food carts, and fresh baked goods. We also offer tons of community information, and you can enjoy weekly music, a battery drop off, water bottle refill and answers to your gardening and food growing questions. http://www.surreymarket.org

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Ongoing until October 8, 2014

Langley Community Farmers Market

Fill your basket and feed your soul at the Langley Community Farmers Market! The LCFM is pleased to welcome vendors and customers alike to participate in Langley's tastiest outdoor market. Throughout the Spring and Summer each Wednesday from 2 pm-6:30 pm at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus you will find more than 40 vendors that "Make it, Bake it or Grow it" selling the very best this region has to offer. http://www.langleycommunityfarmersmarket.com

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Ongoing until October 11, 2014

Forbidden Vancouver presents Prohibition City Walking Tour
Be an undercover newspaper reporter on a mission to explore prohibition-era Vancouver. You will tackle the mysteries of our city's greatest buildings like the Sun Tower and the Dominion Building. Learn true Vancouver stories of speakeasies, showgirls, corrupt mayors and mobsters. And do battle against your fellow reporters to be crowned ‘top newshound', with a grand prize on offer.  Every Thursday, Saturday, departs from Cathedral Square, Opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral; www.forbiddenvancouver.ca

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Ongoing until October 11, 2014

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market

Vancouver Farmers Markets are always in season! Join us at the markets this summer to find delicious locally made food. Enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings.  Visit Website

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Ongoing until October 12, 2014

Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

Guelph Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, Vancouver
Vancouver Farmers Markets are always in season! Join us at the markets this summer to find delicious locally made food. Enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. Visit Website

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Ongoing until October 12, 2014

Richmond Summer Night Market

8351 River Road, Richmond, BC
The Richmond Summer Night Market gets quite busy on the weekend, with the lineup for hurricane potatoes stretching across the park. It's a good idea to get there early or late if you want to avoid the crowds. This night market also offers rides, live entertainment, and tons of booths to shop from. Hours or Operation Friday - Saturday @ 7:00PM - 12:00AM(midnight) Sunday & Stat Holiday  @ 7:00PM - 11:00PM Admission $2.00  Visit Website

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Ongoing until October 14, 2014

The Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market 2014 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just 1 block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 8 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests & hundreds of give-away prizes. Come & spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping & eating paradise with us!  http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

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Ongoing until October 18, 2014
West End Farmers' Market
Weekly on Saturday May 31, 2014 to Saturday October 18, 2014
Located in the heart of Vancouver's busy West End, the West End Farmers' Market looks onto beautiful newly-renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee onsite as well. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard!
1100 Block Of Comox St
http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing until October 18, 2014

Trout Lake Farmers Market

Vancouver Farmers Markets are always in season! Join us at the markets this summer to find delicious locally made food. Enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farmers Markets in urban settings, the Society and the Markets have become Vancouver plazas of fun. http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html

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Ongoing until October 19, 2014

Kitsilano Farmers Market

Vancouver Farmers Markets are always in season! Join us at the markets this summer to find delicious locally made food. Enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. Every Sunday, Kitsilano Community Centre, http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html

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Ongoing until October 25, 2014

Sins of the City walking tour

240 Cordova St East, Vancouver
Experience the world of a cop in the 1920s when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs, booze and organized crime. Your 90-minute walking tour takes you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This is a must-see tour for anyone looking for the edgier side of this great city! Sins of the City tours leave promptly on Wednesdays at 4:00pm, and on Saturdays at 11:00am.  Visit Website

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Ongoing until October 25, 2014

Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market

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

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Ongoing until October 25, 2014

Summer Farmers Market
Enjoy the best of Squamish every weekend throughout the summer on Saturdays between 10am-3pm, May through October. Featuring local artisan wares and fare, local produce, live entertainment and music. http://squamishfarmersmarket.com

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Ongoing until October 26, 2014
Coquitlam Farmers' Market
The Coquitlam Farmers' began in 1997 as a small summer market with a few vendors, and has grown to boast a weekly Sunday market from Mother's Day to Halloween; and a twice a month Winter market from November to March. Each week you will find a diverse mix of vendors, kids crafts, local entertainment, and strong involvement by community groups who provide education to the public on local programs and services. Weekly on Sunday, 604-318-8966.
Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot, 624 Poirier St, Coquitlam

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Ongoing until October 26, 2014
Ambleside Farmers' Market
Every Sunday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm May through October, Ambleside Farmers' Market has a great location by the water at the entrance to Ambleside Park. We have a good selection of organic & conventional farmers selling produce, fruits & berries, plus prepared food vendors with breads, fish, jams, beef, honey, vinegars, pickles, salsas, pastas & baking, as well as a great variety of crafters selling jewelry, pottery, artwork, skin care & much more.
Bellevue St &13th St, Parking Lot Behind Police Stn, West Vancouver
604-628-8226, info@artisanmarkets.ca

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Ongoing until December 20, 2014

Abbotsford Farm & Country Market

The Market remains a premier shopping experience offering an array of fresh produce, processed foods, garden plants, arts & crafts. The selection changes from week to week as fresh produce, fruit, plants & other agricultural products come into season. http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

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Ongoing until December 21, 2014

Weekly Family Programs - Art & Education at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Weekly Family Programs Every Sunday throughout the year, the Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families. Join the team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place, to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities. Weekly Family Programs are free with Gallery admission. *Sundays FREE for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery

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Ongoing until December 31, 2014

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth

Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology, O'Brian Gallery
Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth looks at the diverse ways urban Aboriginal youth are asserting their identity and affirming their relationship to both urban spaces and ancestral territories. Unfiltered and unapologetic, over 20 young artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world define what it really means to be an urban Aboriginal youth today.  Visit Website

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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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September 8, 2014
The ultimate golf experience is back! Our 18th annual MS Golf Challenge is happening on Monday September 8th. Join us for a day of golf at the Northview Golf & Country Club, home of the most exciting and challenging golf courses in British Columbia. The MS Golf Challenge is a unique and prestigious event which raises funds to support MS research and vital services for people living with MS here in B.C. Golfers are treated to a V.I.P. experience while golfing to support a great cause!
Want to participate as an individual or as part of a team? Contact stephanie.mosher@mssociety.ca

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September 13, 2014
The Dance Centre presents the 13th annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 13, 2014, 11am-5pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street (at Granville), Vancouver
Free admission
From contemporary and flamenco to ballet and bhangra, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of free open classes, studio showings and events. Participating companies and artists include Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art, Kinesis Dance somatheatro, Karen Flamenco, TomoeArts and a diverse selection of local dance artists and companies working across many different dance traditions.
More information at: (604) 606-6400, info@thedancecentre.ca, or www.thedancecentre.ca

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September 13, 2014

Place des Arts’ Family Open House
Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | placedesarts.ca

Discover all that Place des Arts has to offer for 2014/15! Enjoy fun arts activities, take a tour of the centre, participate in hands-on teacher demos, win fabulous door prizes and get a discount on class registration during the event (one per family). Programmers and teachers will be available to answer questions.  2 – 4pm. Admission is free! Click here for details.

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September 13, 2014
Treasured Bulb Sale @ UBC Botanical Garden
Great Bulb selection: garden favourites for all seasons, rare and unusual bulbs.
Tea and goodies, demonstrations, food and more!
11am-3pm, Free admission
6804 SW Marine Drive @16th Ave
604-822-4529
botanicalgarden@ubc.ca

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September 15, 2014
Trying to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle can be challenging. With school, an abundance of screen time and busy family life, kids are spending less time being active and as a result, many are above a healthy weight. In fact, over the past 25 years, rates of Canadian childhood overweight and obesity have doubled to one in four children.
Helping kids grow up strong and healthy is why the YMCA exists. That?s why we offer MEND, a program that empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier. This free program is fun and interactive and supports 7-13 year old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Who can participate?  MEND 7-13 is for children aged 7-13 who are above a healthy weight (body mass index (BMI) of 85 per cent or higher). Calculate your child's BMI with the BMI Calculator for children and youth.
What happens at the MEND program? Parents/caregivers join their children in each session to learn about how to choose healthier foods and spend more time being physically active. Twice-weekly sessions are a mix of family activities where participants learn how small changes can make a big difference. The program also includes:
After 10 weeks, you and your family will be well on your way to a healthier life!
http://www.vanymca.org/health/mend.html
phone: 604-320-5826
mend@gv.ymca.ca

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September 19, 2014
Day of the Arts Pro-D Day Art Camp: Pop Culture Craze
Kids from Kindergarten to grade 5 will have fun exploring the pop culture theme during this Pro-D day art camp in a variety of visual and performing arts classes. 8:45am – 3:45pm. To view the full time-table and class descriptions, visit placedesarts.ca or pick up a brochure at Place des Arts. Register now online, by phone at 604.664.1636, or in person at 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam.

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September 21 - 27, 2014
RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser
Celebrate BC and World Rivers Day in New Westminster with RiverFest. Inspired by the river, RiverFest will kick off with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and wrap up with a free, family-friendly festival consisting of art exhibits, interactive activities and crafts, live music and dramatic performances, River Tours, the annual Salmon Chowder Cook-Off, and the famous Lucille Johnstone Work Boat Parade. RiverFest is free to the public and will be held on the boardwalk at the New Westminster Quay.
For more information, visit www.fraserriverdiscovery.org

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September 27, 2014
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 the website for more information.  East Ballroom at Convention Level, Vancouver Convention Centre; www.studyandgoabroad.com

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September 28, 2014
Family Day at PdA: Canada Culture Days Edition
1:30 – 3:30PM

Place des Arts is proud to offer our September Family Day as part of Canada Culture Days, a free national grassroots arts and culture event that is being celebrated in every province and territory in Canada. Come and tour the exhibitions and then drop in on a variety of art activities inspired by the artworks you’ve seen! Visit http://www.placedesarts.cafor details on how to register. Admission is by donation
Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
604.664.1636 | www.placedesarts.ca


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October 18 - 19, 2014
Apple Festival @UBC Botanical Garden
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits, the apple. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot of fun doing it!
11am-4pm, $4 cash entry (Children under 12 free)
6804 SW Marine Drive @16th Ave
604-822-4529







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