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Special Events for February 2004


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February 1 - 14, 2004 
North Burnaby's Own Professional Theatre Presents The Odd Couple, The Heights Performance Centre, 250 Willingdon; 604-294-4166, 

February 3 2004 
CHRIS HAMILTON, MUSIC FOR KIDS: Starting February 3, 2004, local children’s entertainer Chris Hamilton will be teaching music-related classes especially for kids. In a series of classes called Kid’s Rock, Chris will teach children about how to write their own song lyrics (Kid’s Rock: Songwriting for ages 8 to 13 & Kid’s Rock: Songwriting Junior for ages 6 to 8) and how to design their own CD covers (Kid’s Rock: Making CD Covers). For more information on the above classes, contact the Continuing Education office for South Surrey/White Rock at (604) 531-1515 or consult the Surrey Continuing Education Winter/Spring 2004 guide. 

February 4 - 8, 2004 
Vancouver International Boat Show: Western Canada’s largest and oldest Boat Show features the latest in power and sail vessels, accessories, electronics, canoes & kayaks, fishing gear and lodges, inboards, outboards, trailers, sails, destination travel and the popular concourse marketplace featuring everything from water-skiing to scuba diving. BC Place Stadium, (604) 678-8820. 

February 5, 2004 
Natalie MacMaster: Celtic fiddler from Cape Breton plays tunes from new CD, Blueprint. The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 604-280-4444. 

February 6 - 8, 2004 
Snowball Classic: DanceSport competition, with champions from Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, the U.S., and Canada performing the waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, slow foxtrot, quickstep, and Latin dances. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 604-280-4444.. 

February 7, 2004 
: GIFT CARD STAMPING: 9:30-12:30 at the Langley Centennial Museum learn basic stamping techniques, uses of different papers and inks, embossing and more with $15 pre-registration required - (604) 888-3922. 

February 7, 2004 
On Saturday February 7, 2004, Argyle Secondary Schools' Cheerleading Team is hosting the 2nd Annual North Shore Cheerleading Invitational from 10am-approx.4pm. This cheerleading competition was a huge hit last year with teams from all over BC and outside of the Province. Not only will there be a cheer competition with over 25 teams, but there will be a Raffle with great prizes again, 50/50 and a Concession. Last years N.S.C.I. attracted over 2,000 spectators!!! Cost is $5.00 with program, and all proceeds from the day are going to the Argyle Competitive Cheerleading Team for their first trip to the Canadian National Cheerleading Championships being held in Mississauga, Ontario in May 2004. 

February 7, 2004 
Sato Cup Karate Tournament: One of the largest martial arts tournaments in Canada with more than 500 competitors. BCIT Sportsplex, 604-873-8046. 

February 8, 2004 
The Original Costume Museum Society presents Passion for Fashion: Sweetheart necklines. Romantic lace. Sensuous satin. Join Ivan Sayers as he guides you through a fascinating journey of the history of clothing in celebration of Valentines Day. This historic fashion show traces womens evolution from totally dependent creatures (whose beauty was their only weapon) to the free-spirited independent women of today. Crinolines and corsets, bustles and beaded cocktail gownscome and discover how changing fashions have shaped the female form and the way women live. Vancouver Museum; 604-872-1230.  

February 8, 2004 
Pacific Road Runners "First Half" Half Marathon: Race starts at the Roundhouse, proceeds around Stanley Park, and finishes in David Lam Park. Fundraiser for Variety, the Children's Charity. Roundhouse Community Centre, 604-515-2488. 

February 14, 2004 
RNB Dance & Theatre Arts: This wonderful production will be starring the young and talented RNB dancers and featuring Miss Kristen Glen; formerly of Ballet BC., Alberta Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada, and Miss Vicky Lee; former professional performer of modern theatre in Europe and Malaysia. The show will also feature Mr. Michael Flynn, who has been a professional dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Ballet B.C. and is training with Cirque Phoenix. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. 

February 15, 2004 
Peacemaker:Award-winning play by David Holman about ending prejudice, produced by Green Thumb Theatre. The Red People and Blue People have lived in suspicion and mistrust of one another for years, separated by an enormous wall. When a Red and Blue chance to meet, they discover how much they can learn from one another and enrich each other's lives. A charming parable of our culturally diverse society. Recommended Audience: Children, Ages 4 - 10. Maple Ridge Art Centre and Theatre; 604-476-2787. 

February 17, 2004 
Speaker: Chief Roberta Jamieson, Chief Roberta Jamieson speaks as part of the redoubtable Unique Lives and Experiences series. Jamieson was most recently an unsuccessful underdog candidate for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations—and that was perhaps the only major setback in a remarkable career of firsts. A couple of quick highlights: in 2001 she became the first female chief of the Six Nations Mohawk reserve in Ontario, the largest reserve in the country; before that she had already become the first female native lawyer in Canada, and gained prominence for her determined opposition to the James Bay mega-project in the ’70s. Orpheum Theatre. 604-280-4444. 

February 21 - 29, 2004 
Event: Chutzpah! Festival, A Jewish festival of the arts featuring such classic Hebraic art forms as klezmer music and, um, stand-up comedy. Featured performers include Marc Maron (a regular on Conan O’Brien and Letterman, his mother tells us), a reprise of last fall’s Fringe festival hit Job: A Hip Hop Musical (it just doesn’t seem possible that such a thing could be any good, but people tell us it is), and a dance program by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg that the promotional materials perhaps unfortunately refer to as “piercing”—and more. Norman Rothstein Theatre. 604-257-5111. 

February 21, 2004 
Grouse Mountain is pleased to present the Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Classic, one of Canada's largest snowshoe events. The Snowshoe Classic offers those with an adventurous spirit three different events to choose from: A 10km and 5km event, and for the junior snowshoer in the family, a 1km kids event. Whether you want to test your strength and endurance by entering the challenging 10km course, or are simply looking for a fun outdoor event like th 5km option, The Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Classic will challenge you, inspire you, and provide you with an experience that will leave you smiling!  

February 22, 2004 
Activities and Performances with the Multicultural Artists Circle,The Multicultural Artists Circle presents a day of art exhibitions, puppetry, storytelling and interactive activities for families at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Exhibiting artists include Shavon Cheng, Indy Johal, Khadejha McCall, Aleese Nessler, Ati Sarrafi, Homa Peiman, Oksana Szulhan and the Afghan Sewing and Craft Group. Performances will feature Akbar Jabarkhell with music from Afghanistan (12:30pm); Colombian puppeteer extraordinaire Guillermo Serrano (1:00pm); Association of Italian Canadian Writers Anna Foschi, Ray Culos, Joe Ranallo and jazz poet Ralph Alfonso (2:00pm); and storyteller Comfort Ero with tales from Nigeria (4:00pm). Activities will include fabric printing, Chinese paper flower making, Ukrainian Easter egg writing and video recording. Free admission. February 22, 12:00noon-5:00pm. Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Avenue. 

February 22, 2004 
Al Simmons: He's a musician! He's an inventor! He's a nut! Juno Award winner, Al Simmons, is an undisputed wizard of astounding gadgets and preposterous props. Truly zany, silliness in its purest form, he’s a one-man comedy team with a cast of thousands when singing from his hilarious collection of wacky original tunes. As a creative genius and one of the most popular performers across North America, Al Simmons is too funny to be missed! Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. 

February 22, 2004 
FORT LANGLEY CEMETERY TOUR - OLD SOLDIERS, 2-5 pm at the Fort Langley Cemetery join historian Warren Sommer for stories about the graves of many old soldiers with $15 pre-registration required - call Lindsay 888-3922. 

February 22, 2004 
PASSPORT TO THE PAST ON THE FORT-TO-FORT TRAIL, 1-4 pm walk or bike the 5 km Fort-To-Fort Trail enjoying exhibits, games and refreshments at this event co-sponsored by GVRD Parks, Parks Canada and the Township of Langley; pick up your “Passport To The Past” at the Langley Centennial Museum, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Derby Reach Regional Park or the Fort Langley Train Station at Glover Road and Mavis Avenue - phone further info call 888-3922. 

February 11 - 14, 2004 
Dance In Vancouver: A 5-day showcase of Vancouvers contemporary dance scene, Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver; 604-606-6400. 

February 13 - 15, 2004 
Vancouver Golf & Travel Show: The Vancouver Golf and Travel show provides consumers with the best and largest selection of golf equipment, accessories and travel opportunities all in one incredible golf marketplace! Golf's leading manufacturers, golf courses and travel destinations will be showcasing what's new and exciting for the 2004 golfing season! BC Place Stadium, 1-800-891-4859. 

February 13, 2004 
Howe Sound Arts Association Presents Al Simmons, Inventive Musical Comedy: Al has the Soul of a Vaudevillian... it is as if he was genetically engineered for comedy. From his distant Romanian and Scottish ancestors Al has inherited a quick wit lanky legs, large flipper like feet and a rubber face Howe Sound Arts Association brings you one of Canada's most beloved and zany children's performers. The Eagle Eye Theatre, 38430 Buckley Avenue, Squamish. 

February 13, 2004 
Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir: North Shore News presents "Sharing the Joy", a concert to benefit the North Shore Rescue Team. Hear spectacular voices singing the songs of Wales, Scotland, continental Europe and North America. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. 

February 14 - 15, 2004 
Best of the West Antique Expo - Cabin Fever Edition. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 1-800-667-0619. 

February 14 - 15, 2004 
Chefs Fest: Come watch chefs at work in the Granville Island Public Market. For more info call (604) 666-6477, option 4. 

February 14, 2004 
BRIDGE DESIGN SCIENCE WORKSHOP: Design and make a model bridge then test it. Enter a contest. Richmond Museum; 604 231-6460. 

February 16 - 22, 2004 
Aldergrove Heritage Week: Historic Murrayville Bus Tour, Open House at Murrayville Community Hall, Pioneer Pro-D Daycamp, Passport to the Past, and much more; 604-857-0555. 

February 16 - 22, 2004 
Fort Langley Heritage Week: A number of  heritage-related activities for children, adults, and families are taking place at Langley Centennial Museum in Fort Langley all week long, including self-guided walking tours of the historic buildings and the cemetery; 604-888-3922. 

February 16 - 22, 2004 
HERITAGE WEEK: A week to celebrate local heritage and the achievements of Richmond’s 25 heritage groups. 604 231-6460. 

February 16, 2004 
125th Anniversary Of Incorporation: This exhibit celebrates the incorporation of Richmond as a municipality in 1879 with a focus on the 25 settlers who signed the original petition to incorporate. To November 2004; 604 231-6460. 

February 16, 2004 
Heritage day at Xa:ytem Longhouse: Come celebrate Heritage Day with Miss Teen Canada 2004 at Xa:ytem Longhouse. Xá:ytem is a 9,000-year-old ancient village site that features a sacred transformer stone and B.C.’s oldest house. At Xá:ytem we preserve and present Sto:lo history, culture, archaeology and spirituality. 35087 Lougheed Highway, Mission, :604-820-9725. 

February 17 - 21, 2004 
Heritage Week in Surrey: Plan to visit Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road and the Surrey Museum and Archives; (604) 502-6456  

February 18 - 22, 2004 
B.C. Home and Garden Show: The BC Spring Home & Garden Show offers new ideas, expert advice and a total selection of home-related products for renovating, decorating, entertaining and gardening. Ignite your sense of 'refresh - renew - revive'. BC Place Stadium, 1-800-633-8332. 

February 20 - 21, 2004 
RICHMOND HERITAGE WEEK FAIR: Richmond heritage groups showcase their work at Richmond Centre. 604 231-6460. 

February 20, 2004 
Le Carnaval: Lang Community Park: Corner of Saba and Buswell "Le Carnaval" is an exciting, new winter event, bringing families together for a unique cultural and educational celebration. While assisting in the promotion of Richmond's French Immersion schools, we'll provide an atmosphere similar to the Quebec Winter Carnaval. Come out and experience this friendly, neighbourhood event as we blend art, culture, sports and entertainment; 604-233-8910. 

February 21, 2004 
Scottish Night: raditional haggis and roast beef dinner, entertainment by the Stave Falls Scottish Dancers and the White Spot Junior Pipe Band, door and raffle prizes. Tickets $28 each. Pitt Meadows Hall, 6 p.m. For information and tickets call the Stave Falls Scottish Dancers at 604-462-9935. 

February 22, 2004 
Free Family Sunday Programs: Once a month join us for an interactive experience that combines the current art gallery exhibit with a free hands on studio activity. Burnaby Art Gallery (1895 Willingdon Avenue); 604-205-7332. 

February 22, 2004 
Next Family Sunday, "Animal Masks" Families are invited to join the art educator for a tour of the Art Gallery exhibition, Journey to the Pacific at 1:00pm. Then, following the animal theme of the family show in the theatre, children are invited to drop-in at Studio C and create a colourful animal mask. Coquitlam; 604-927-6555. 

February 22, 2004 
ON THE WATERFRONT TOUR: Learn about the days of tall ships and Steveston’s colourful past. 604 231-6460. 

February 22, 2004 
Tubby the Tuba: oin the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble for an afternoon of storytelling and music for young ears. Wilson Durward will narrate. Kids, bring you favourite stuffed animal for a Carnival of Animals parade in the theatre. Coquitlam, 604-927-6555. 

February 25 - 29, 2004 
7th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival: "The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is a fine festival of climbing and adventure programs that remains true to the heart of climbing and the spirit of mountains” Greg Child, festival Presenter. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. 

February 26 - 28, 2004 
THE MAGIC FLUTE: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs Mozart's The Magic Flute with choreography by Mark Godden. Part of Ballet British Columbia's Dance Alive Series. QE Theatre, 604-280-3311. 

February 28, 2004 
Antique Road Show at Confederation Centre: Al Bowen of Bowen and Associates, who has appraised antiques in most of the museums in British Columbia, is ready to appraise your personal items. Each person is allowed a maximum of two items to be appraised. Spectators welcome. Please preregister as seating is limited. 

February 29, 2004 
Swap Meet at the Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080. P>Ongoing until February 14, 2004 
Arms and the Man: Set in war-torn Bulgaria, Arms and the Man is Shaws slyly farcical attack on the romantic notions of war. This perennially popular play established Shaw as one of the greatest wits in the London drama scene, combining high comedy with  

Ongoing until February 26, 2004 
Richmond Art Gallery presents Explore: Curator: Corrine Corry Artists; Kirsty Robbins, Robin Ripley, Ilze Bebris and Virginia Abbott, and Catherine Shapiro. The artists in this exhibition are using their work to articulate a relationship with the natural world, the built environment, and the social structures which form our contemporary condition. Each artist establishes a space in which they are able to bridge the world of art and another field of understanding. They then proceed to use techniques available in both disciplines to explore their defined territory. Techniques such as observation and examination, gathering and sorting, documentation and imitation lead them to discoveries about our place in the physical world. 604-231-6454. 

Ongoing until February 26, 2004 
Richmond Art Gallery presents Undercurrents: Curator: Corrine Corry Artist; Raymonde Corbeil This conceptual photo-based series of images is taken from the artist's family album. The photographs explore the idea of misplaced narrative and altered contexts. Corbeil sees snapshots as banal: capturing objects as images, yet understanding nothing. This series is not about expanding art into life, but about photography within a contemporary art practice. The archived photographs are used to generate motifs, or themes. Images are reshuffled into new narrative structures. Digital devices such as the dot matrix of a computer screen grid are superimposed to create a visual net to hold the viewers' gaze. Sometimes an out-of-focus image is deliberately used to intensify the feeling of a suspension in time. Corbeil is concerned with engaging the viewer critically.604-231-6454. 

Ongoing until February 29, 2004 
Dirty Blond: Charlie and Jo are lonely New Yorkers. He's a plump, bald film archivist, she is an impulsive, talkative none-too-successful actress. They meet at Mae West's tomb - they have come to pay homage to her on her birthday - and their shared obsession forms the basis of an odd but ultimately romantic friendship. Dirty Blonde is only partly about Mae West, and at least as much about the impact of her legend on other people's lives. Stanley Theatre, Vancouver; 604-687-1644. 

Ongoing until March 12, 2004 
Top Speed: Top Speed explores what goes into the making of speed and what drives certain individuals to go to new extremes in their pursuit of human excellence. By capturing some of the worlds fastest men and women on film, Top Speed literally surrounds the audience with the adrenaline-inducing sensations of speed. From the drama of competitors pushing through pain and fear to attain victory, to the fascinating facts of how friction and acceleration help lead to awe-inspiring world records, Top Speed reveals everything it takes to achieve speeds that once seemed impossible. Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre; 

Ongoing until March 27, 2004 
Cultural Traditions in Surrey: The Surrey Museum is planning a new exhibition and programs about the cultural traditions of Surrey, with a focus on clothing, textiles and crafts. The theme will incorporate elements which reflect the people, places, history, stories and techniques associated with the materials that are to be presented. The museum is looking for participation from citizens in the multicultural community who have a deep interest and knowledge in the theme of the exhibit, and would like to be involved in its planning. For more information, all Lana Panko, curator, at 604-502-6461.  

Ongoing until April 30, 2003 
Open Spaces, 3rd Annual International Sculpture Project: The much anticipated 3rd Vancouver International Sculpture Project -"OPEN SPACES features the installation of 17 works by renowned Canadian, British and American Sculptors. The temporary installations will be interactive and public in nature emphasizing the diversity of the city, both in geography and citizenry, and will be installed throughout the downtown center; 604-682-1234. 

Communication: Explore the similarities and confusing differences between languages. Use a fiber optics to watch a video. Adjust a satellite dish to send and catch your own image, and control a computer with the loudness of your voice. These and other hands-on experiences will help you better understand today's information society. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7440. 

100 year Anniversary of Flight Program: With an emphasis on Canadian innovation and aviation technology, follow the history of flight from early Greek legend to the Wright brothers and beyond. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver; 604-738-7827. 

Ghosts of the Abyss 3D: Academy Award winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. Using state-of-the-art technology, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. At the CN Imax at Canada Place; 604-682-4629. 

India: Kingdom of the Tiger: Journey across India, a breathtaking land shaped by a myriad of cultures, customs and traditions. Inspired by the writings and experiences of Jum Corbett, a pioneer of Indian wildlife conservation. A glorious tribute to this magnificent land, and to its greatest ambassador - the mighty Bengal Tiger. At the CN IMAX at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX. 

The 50s Gallery: Do you remember the 50s? Bobby socks and poodle skirts; milkshakes and rock and roll. Few decades have made such an impression on popular culture. Admire the mint-condition 1955 Ford Fairlane, check out the neon, or put a quarter in the jukebox and listen the music of the decade that gave birth to the teenager in this, the latest addition to the history of Vancouver. Vancouver Museum, 604-736-4431. 

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