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Special Events for June 2002


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June 1, 2002
West Vancouver Community Day at Ambleside Beach: Parade, variety of entertainment, food, and crafts; 604-925-7196.

June 2, 2002
15th Annual Fraser River Festival:The Greater Vancouver Regional District is having the 15th Annual Fraser River Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Deas Island. Plenty of fun and festivities to join in during the day, so mark this on your calendar and come on down with the family and friends to a memorable day; 604 432-6359.

June 2, 2002
Caulfeild Days: This annual family event includes children's entertainment, live music, and an outdoor BBQ. Caulfeild Village Mall, West Vancouver; 604-430-2990.

June 4, 2002
Marie Osmond, Behind the Smile. Part of Unique Lives & Experiences, North America's Foremost Women's Lecture Series. 7:30pm, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444. Tickets: 604.280.4444

June 4- 6, 2002
MADDfest:The Delta Arts Council Event, MADDfest 2002 (Music, Art, Dance & Drama) is being held in the newly opened Firehall Centre of the Arts. There will be performances, Art Exhibits, Adjudications and Scholarships being awarded during this festival. Come out for three days of intense culture and see the work of the young new artists, their skill and crafts. Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5, events start at 4:00p.m. through to 10:00 pm. Thursday, June 6, doors open at 6:30 for the Showcase event; (604) 943-9787.

June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002
ALDERGROVE FESTIVAL DAYS: Come out and celebrate the Festival Days Hillbillie Hoedown. The weekend starts with the opening ceremonies, fireworks, business dressup awards, Hida Reddick "Community Volunteer" Award. Saturday starts with a parade at 11:00 am, entertainment, various activities throughout town, night time outside dance. Sunday is the Family Picnic, Bike Roadeo and Soap Box Derby. For more information contact the Aldergrove Festival Days Society - 604-856-6229.

June 7 - 8, 2002
2ND ANNUAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL at Fraser River Heritage Park, Children's activities, 604-826-0277. 

June 8, 2002
Taste of Health at the Plaza of Nations. EarthSave's free food festival with speakers John Robbins and Howard Lyman. All day entertainment; 604.731.5885.

June 8, 2002
The Canadian debut of Import Showoff will showcase hundreds of the most modified import cars from the pacific northwest, a car audio showoff, manufacturer vendor row, live entertainment, cash prizes and much much more!! See what all the hype is all about ... BC Place Stadium, Vancouver. For details please check out ( or (

June 8, 2002
Tour de North Vancouver, The City and District of North Vancouver are hosting this 3rd annual, free, community event. Meet at North Van City Hall (141 West 14th St) from 10a - noon for entertainment, refreshments and prizes! Relaxed bike ride on existing and proposed bike routes follows. Ride is police-escorted and fun for the whole family! Bring your bike and helmet! 604-987-7529.

June 9, 2002
10th Annual Coho Bon Voyage: Join the annual celebration of salmon on Bowen Island. Release young salmon for their journey to the sea. Take a guided tour of the Terminal Creek Fish Hatchery. Find out about the ecological importance of small creeks and the life cycle of salmon. For information, call 604-947-9584.

June 9, 2002
Annual Peace Arch Celebration at Peace Arch Park, South Surrey; 1-800-624-3555.

June 9, 2002
Little Mountain Riley Park Community Festival at Riley Park;

June 9, 2002
SFCDC's 1st Annual Run, Walk & Roll for our Kids! he South Fraser Child Developement Centre (SFCDC) is holding thier 1st Annual Run, Walk & Roll for our Kids! event. SFCDC has been providing services to children with special needs and their families for over 48 years. The Centre provides services to over 1700 children from Delta, Surrey, White Rock and Langley. Call to get your pledge forms or just come out to support those participating! A very worthy cause and a very enjoyable event! (604) 584-1361.

June 9, 2002
Teddy Bear Picnic at Town Centre Park, Coquitlam; 604-473-1616.

June 9, 2002
The Festival Coquitlam Grande Parade on Pinetree Way, Coquitlam; 604-473-1616.

June 9 & 23, 2002
Ladner Village Market Days, Sponsored by Ladner Business Association (LBA). Family fun for children and adults, live entertainment, 100 plus vendors. 10 am to 4 pm 48th Ave. Ladner; (604) 948-2098.

June 12 - September 22, 2002
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park, Vancouver. Featuring the romantic comedy Twelfth Night as well as the powerful drama Henry V and the rarely seen classic, Cymbeline; 604.739.0559.

June 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2002
MISSION FRINGE FESTIVAL at the Mission City Cinema, Theatre & Improv; 604-826-2407.

June 13 - 24, 2002
Festival d' Ete francophone de Vancouver. A celebration of Francophone culture with music on outdoor stages, June 13-24. The 13th annual fest stages Isabelle Longnus & Laurence Jalbert at Coopers Park (Stadium), Company Masabo culture & Zachary Richards (outside Le Centre culturel francophone, W. 7th Ave), and electronic tunes from Stereomovers & Mat Ste-Marie. Held at various venues in Vancouver; 604-736-9806.

June 14, 15 & 16, 2002
PAINTERS IN A POTTER?S GARDEN at Jo Priestley Studio Potter, (Mission area) Art exhibits in a garden setting, Friday 12 - 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 - 5 pm, 604-826-3482.

June 14 - 16, 2002
Vancouver Vibrations at the Days Hotel Surrey Centre. Country Western dance festival featuring competitions, workshops and dancing; 604.669.9504.

June 15, 2002
2ND ANNUAL BUSKERS FESTIVAL, The Downtown Langley Merchants Association invites you to attend this fun family event throughout downtown Langley. Buskers of all kinds will set up shop around town to delight the young and young at heart! For more information contact 604-539-0133.

June 15, 2002
Annual Hospice Garden Tour: The Delta Hospice Society is once again having its hugely popular Hospice Garden Tour. All funds raised support adult bereavement programs. Get your tickets early (tickets on sale starting May 27) to ensure a tour of beauty and design that will surely delight the eye if not the imagination; (604) 948-0660.

June 15, 2002
Cascadia Festival of Moving Images. B.C.'s oldest film fest June 15 at UBC's Student Union Building. Competition open to B.C. students and independent film and video makers. 

June 15, 2002
Family Fishing Weekend: The Sports Fishing Institute will give the public an opportunity to experience fishing, learn new things, and have fun. Ambleside Landing Pier, West Vancouver; 604-689-3432.

June 15, 2002
LANGLEY DAYS: Various family fun activities. For more information phone 604-514-2800.

June 15, 2002
Newton Community Festival; Newton, Surrey. The days entertainment includes: silent auction, children's zoo, crafters, interactive games, acitivities, demonstrations, local entertainers on stage, roving clowns, face painting, Mendi hand painting and much more; 604.572.1216.

June 15, 2002
Peace Arch Rotary Club Car Rally at Peace Arch Park, South Surrey; 604-531-1711.

June 15, 2002
Water Lily Wander, Canoeing: Canoe the tranquil waters of Burnaby Lake. Look for Marsh Wren nests, hear the plop of jumping Bullfrogs and watch for Painted Turtles lazing in the sun; 604-432-6359.

June 15 - 16, 2002
24 Hour Relay For The Kids at Swangard Stadium, Burnaby. An annual, community based fundraising event that challenges teams of runners to run relay style for 24 hours; 604-873-1865.

June 15 - 16, 2002
Vancouver's 3rd Heritage & Antiques Fair at the Historic Seaforth Armoury. Over 70 exhibit booths of antiques, heritage professionals & suppliers as well as on stage demonstrations and seminars. 10am to 5pm. 604-685-4888.

June 16, 2002
2nd Annual Sunday in the Park. Celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Cammidge House with the local community and volunteers. Experience old-fashioned fun set to the backdrop of this 1914 heritage building. Enjoy a Father's Day pancake breakfast at a minimum price from 9 to 11:30 am, hosted by the Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay Lions Club. Enjoy activities, displays and entertainment for the whole family. Boundary Bay; 604-432-6359.

June 16, 2002
ANTIQUE DAY IN THE VILLAGE - FORT LANGLEY, Appraisers, sales and displays of antiques and collectables. Call 604-888-8835.

June 16, 2002
Family Fishing at Green Timbers Urban Forest Lake, Surrey; 604-584-0998.

June 16, 2002
OLD CAR SUNDAY IN THE PARK, Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission. Classic cars for car buffs, Info: 604-463-4298.

June 16, 2002
The Urban Garage Drive for Alzheimer's - Tour of West Vancouver and Show & Shine: This North Shore car rally finishes with a show and shine at Ambleside Park, music and BBQ; 604-913-1999.

June 16, 2002BR>Day in the Park: The Cammidge House Volunteers and GVRD Parks present 'Sunday in the Park' on Fathers Day. Join the local community and volunteers to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Cammidge House. Experience good, old fashioned fun set to the backdrop of this 1914 heritage building in a beautiful beachfront park. Enjoy a Father's Day pancake breakfast, for a fee, from 8 - 11:30 a.m., hosted by the Tsawwassen / Boundary Bay Lions Club. There will be Activities, displays and entertainment for the whole family! Lots of free parking; Boundary Bay Regional Park; (604) 224-5739.

June 17 - September 22, 2002
Stanley Park Shuttle: This free bus service has 14 specially signed stops and hits the park's most popular attractions and natural highlights.

June 21, 2002
The Wiggles, Australia's favourite children's band at the QE Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

June 21 - 23, 2002
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival at False Creek. Take in a weekend of racing and cultural activities. Hightlights include stage entertainment for the whole family; 604-688-2382.

June 21 - 23, 2002
Kitsilano's Community Celebration featuring the 12th Annual Kitsilano Soapbox Derby

June 21 - 30, 2002
du Maurier International Jazz Festival at various venues in Vancouver. Some of the biggest names in jazz take the stage at various venues in the Vancouver area. In addition, a free, two-day New Orleans-style street festival is held in historic Gastown and at the Roundhouse Community Centre; 604-872-5200.

June 22, 2002
7th Annual Test of Metal Mountain Bike Race. A 67km mass start mountain bike race through the streets and trails of Squamish; (604) 898-3519.

June 22, 2002
Huge Kids Swapmeet at the AG Rec Building, Abbotsford; 604-513-8880.

June 22, 2002
SOAP BOX DERBY in Downtown Mission, Soap Box Derby Competition, Info: 604-820-6753. The Mission & District Soapbox Derby Association was incorporated in October of 2000 as a non-profit association for the historical Mission Soapbox Derby. They encourage everyone to come to downtown Mission to watch the races and participate in other fun events. More information about the Soap Box Derby (

June 22, 2002
Start of Summer Community Celebration. The Trimble Park Carnival (9th and Discovery) features marching bands, motorcycle drill team, floats, decorated bicycles, stage performances, Norco mountain bikes, kids games, carnival rides, and lOth Avenue Sidewalk Sales; 

June 22, 2002
Surrey Parks Birding Walks (9am ? 11am) at Hawethorne Rotary Park; 604-501-5175.

June 22 - 23, 2002
FORT LANGLEY RAILWAY DAYS, Sponsored by the Langley Heritage Society. Come and view the exhibits featuring: operating models, displays, vendors and rail memorabilia railroad photography and art displays and much more; 604-856-8908 for more information.

June 22 - 23, 2002
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at the Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby. This annual festival celebrates the arrival of the Vikings to Canada over 1000 years ago and the longest day fo the year. Festival will feature cultural displays, singing and dancing, beer garden, Scandinavian food, free miniature horse rides, 40' Viking ship and many more kids activities and crafts; 604-294-2777.

June 22 - 23, 2002
The sixth annual Art in the Park has been described by Home and Garden magazine as a "destination for the day". Browse a number of displays that include visual artwork, ceramics, furniture, fashions, jewelry, garden art, and metal work. Live music, gourmet food, and a beautiful garden setting make this two-day event a show worth planning your weekend around. Location: 12151 McNutt Road, between 269th and 272nd off Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. For more information 604-462-8380.

June 22 - 26, 2002
Shriners Imperial Council; Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre Tourism Vancouver is proud to host the 128th Shriner Imperial Session by welcoming over 15,000 Shriners to our city. We celebrate the World Greatest Philanthropy. The public is welcome to come on out and watch the parades. Day Parade is on June 25th from 11am to 1pm. Night Parade is on June 26th from 5pm to 7pm. Both will be on Pacific Boulevard from Granville Street to BC Place Stadium; 604-291-7707.

June 22 - 29, 2002
Folk Fest Craft Fair at the Civic Plaza, North Vancouver; 604-988-6844.

June 22 - 29, 2002
Folkfest 2002: Performances at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver (June 22 - 25), and Lonsdale Quay Market (June 22 - 23); Craft fair at North Vancouver civic plaza (June 22 - 29); 604-984-4484.

June 23, 2002
North Delta Family Days Parade, A picnic including baseball tournament, childrens' activities. At Annieville Park. Sponsored by North Delta Lions Club; (604) 948-2098.

June 23, 2002
Children's Clothes & Toy Only Market at Douglas Park Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-257-8130.

June 23, 2002
Country Garden Tour. The Maple Ridge Garden Club hosts a Country Garden Tour of eight spectacular home gardens that have been featured on television, in a magazine or have won Community In Bloom awards. All proceeds of ticket sales go to the Sunshine Dreams for Kids Foundation. For more information call 604-462-9394. ( ( 

June 23, 2002
Family Madhatter Obstacle Course at Central Park, Burnaby. The Family Madhatter Obstacle Course comes back for its 4th year! Make plans to come out. Join hundreds of families for the fun of their lives at our annual event. Make your way around the 3.5 K obstacle course as kids crawl through tunnels, run through sprinklers and lots of new fun this year, including a dangling obstacle!Cost: $5/person (little or big kids!); (604) 689-1331.

June 23, 2002
LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, Enjoy the rodeo at the Langley Riders Arena for younger children and teens. Phone: 604 574-7174

June 23, 2002
North Delta Family Days Parade, Annieville Park;

June 26 & 27, 2002
Low Tide Loungers: Finish the school year with a splash. Discover beach features and creatures during this marvelous low tide. Park interpreters will be on site with a display and walks for drop-in visitors. Boundary Bay; 604-432-6359.

June 28 - 29, 2002
5TH ANNUAL LAVENDER FAIR - TUSCAN FARM GARDENS. Enjoy self-guided walkabouts on the beautiful 80 acre family estate of Tuscan Farm Gardens located at 24453 - 60th Avenue. Enjoy the home-made lavender treats, tea, coffee in a relaxing atmosphere. Call 604 530-1997 for more information.

June 28 - 30, 2002
Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers of BC at the Agriplex building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds; 604-853-6874.

June 29, 2002
Golden Spike Days at Rocky Point Park, Port Moody. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with great entertainment, special events and activities as well as great food! While here, let the kids check out Sun Rype's inflatable obstacle course that is sure to bring great fun! (604) 469-2403.

June 29, 2002
United Scottish Highland Games at Town Centre Stadium, Coquitlam; 604-521-1092.

Ongoing until June 16, 2002
5th Annual Shadbolt Centre Arts Festival, Burnaby; 604-205-3000.

Ongoing until June 28, 2002
World On The Wing: World On The Wing contrasts the grace and ease of the motion of birds with our painstaking early efforts to build a flying machine. From medieval attempts to fly with hand-made wings to the first flight of the Wright Brothers on the sand dunes of North Carolina, On The Wing dramatizes how the human race has gained its boundless mobility, Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre, Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until July 6, 2002
Mom's The World: This play will take delighted audiences on a laugh-filled journey through the treacherous yet deeply touching territory of motherhood: the good, the bad, the ugly. For moms of all ages! At the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island 604-687-1644.

Ongoing until August 30, 2002
Journey Into Amazing Caves. Audiences will wringle through tiny, twisting passages, drop into gleaming blue labyrinths of ice, swim through flooded underground vaults, and enter a world so extreme the microscopic creatures who live there are called extremophiles. CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX.

Ongoing until September 2, 2002
Marconi's Transatlantic Challenge: Explore the 'miracle' of Marconi Wireless in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Marconi, on Signal Hill in St. John's Newfoundland. That day - December 12, 1901 was the beginning of a new way of transmitting information over vast distances, shortening the gap between people and places, a first step towards creating the modern village we call global. In addition to a wealth of historical information two interactive stations contain an actual recording of Marconi's voice announcing the first experiment, in both Italian and English. Marconi's Wireless system has truly changed our everyday lives, affecting how we gain information, how we interact with each other and how we communicate with the rest of the world. Science World, (604) 443-7443.

Ongoing until September 8, 2002
"How can something so heavy seem so light?" "If birds' wings flap, why don't planes'?" Sure these are questions a child might ask, but these are also the same questions grown-up inventors asked a hundred years ago. Flight explores aviation as a springboard to understanding a wide range of science, math and physics principles. Understanding how flight works illuminates the very nature of problem solving and in few other subjects is the result of research so historically rich and visually breathtaking. Sit in the cockpit of a real Stearman PT-17 biplane or a Bell 47D Helicopter, or pedal a Gossamer Condor to find out what it feels like to be the engine of the aircraft that pioneered human-powered flight. Other interactive experiences include a virtual flight on a jet liner, a flyable model helicopter and more. Flight ignites minds - the connections between the ancient dream and its modern fulfillment teaches that knowledge does make dreams possible. Science World; (604) 443-7443.

Ongoing until September 30, 2002
First Nations Textiles: Basketry and Beyond at Hills Native Art Gallery, Vancouver. This exhibit will feature hand-made items crafted by Native artists, such as Cowichan knits, woven baskets, museum-quality beaded baskets, woven jewelry, button blandkets and button vests, plus a selection of topic-related books. Textiles are an important component of First Nations history and culture because of their every day application and specific association with supporting women artists; 604.685.5422.

Ongoing until October 29, 2002
Yuquot, The Centre of Our World. On the west coast of Vancouver Island there is a place of immense beauty in the summer and inhospitable and violent pacific storms in the winter. This place is Yuquot, and it has been the home of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First nations people since the beginning of time and is still The Centre of Our World. Vancouver Museum; 604-736-4431.

Ongoing until December 31, 2002
Space Station 3D. First cinematic journey to the international Space Station, at the CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place; 604-682-IMAX. 

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