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Special Events for March 2002


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March 2, 16, 23, 2002
Slope Style Event Series: Amateurs and pros will defy gravity at the first series of its kind on the North Shore; Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver; 604-980-9311.

March 3, 2002
The Michael Cuccione Foundation 2nd Annual Skate-For-A-Cure, Planet Ice, 2300 Rocket Way, Coquitlam; 604-464-0625.

March 3, 2002
Judy and David, Boom Box from Ontario, at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; (604) 984-4484.

March 3 - 14, 2002
2ND ANNUAL HOWE SOUND MUSIC FESTIVAL. This is an adjudicated festival. The festival is open to all musicians in the Howe Sound Corridor, from Britannia Beach to Pemberton. Event winners will participate in the gala concert and the end of the weeks events. Events will held at various location throughout Squamish & Whistler. 604-898-5981.

March 5, 2002
Petersen Quartet at the Vancouver Playhouse; 604-437-5747.

March 8, 2002
International Women's Day

March 8, 2002 to April 2, 2002
Lava Furniture Group II: Contemporary furniture in wood, metals, glass and salvaged materials, at Circle Craft, Granville Island; 604-669-8021. 

March 8, 2002 to August 30, 2002
Journey Into Amazing Caves: lace 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.

March 8 - 9, 2002
Sewing & Craft Show. Beginners to Experts – discover the latest in sewing, crafts, quilting, tailoring, knitting, spinning, needlework, serging, home décor, and more. Many exciting seminars featuring celebrity speakers, TV Stars, authors and designers eager to share their trade secrets. Shopping at over 75 exhibitor booths with unique and innovative products. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford. 1-888-245-6777.

March 9, 2002
Nuts About Squirrels. Bring your preschooler on a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed adventure. Search the forest for squirrel homes, listen for squirrel calls and find squirrel food. Share the fun with your child as you play squirrelly games and do nutty activities. For children three to five accompanied by an adult. Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; To register, call 604-502-6340.

March 9, 2002
Hike for Hunger, organized by Scouts Canada and Guides Canada, this is a food drive for the Surrey Food Bank. The hike begins at the Superstore at 76th Ave. and King George Highway and ends at Bear Creek Park. Bring a food donation and join in the fun! 604-596-0884

March 9, 2002
Celso Machado (Brazil), Qui-Xia He (China) and Andre Thibeault (Canada): Experience unique traditional and contemporary expressions of music from around the world, with some of Canada's top performing artists. Roundhouse Arts Centre, Vancouver; 604-734-7907.

March 9, 2002
Vancouver Telemark Festival at Mount Seymour, North Vancouver; 604-986-2261.

March 9, 2002
Science Carnival: Visitors to Science World will have the opportunity to experience a grab-bag of science-fun as UBC student teachers team up to present over 25 interactive displays and presentations on a variety of wild, wacky and wonderful science and technology themes. This ‘festival of fun’ is included with general admission to Science World and features displays ranging from ‘playful’ chemical compounds, to walking magnets, and even visiting alien scientists. Learn about intriguing phenomena such as bubble-magic, magnetic forces and giant atoms. Also discern the science behind the chicken and the egg controversy by discovering the fascinating process of egg-hatching. Science World; 604-443-7443.

March 9 - 10, 2002
Festival du Bois at Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam. Celebration of Francophone culture features main stage concerts, triathlon race (March 9), maple taffy on snow, maple syrup breakfast and other food specialties. Daytime musical and amusing children's entertainers include RenÈ Turmel, Gerald Laroche, Feletta Fish by Sand Northrup, and Les Bucherons. 604-936-0039.

March 10, 2002
2001 World Pipe Band Champions Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and soloists, the SFU Dance Team and Celtic musicians in a concert that includes selections from the critically acclaimed concert CD "Down Under". At the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

March 10, 2002
Kids' Koncert: Vancouver Symphony presents the musical tale inspired by the childrens' classic "The Little Prince." Orpheum Theatre. 604-280-4444.

March 10, 2002
Shaolin Wheel of Life. Kung fu, martial arts and theatre, featuring 25 soldier monks of China's ancient Shaolin Temple, whose art enables them to break iron bars against their heads, split foot-thick blocks of wood with their hands, balance their bodies on sharpened spears and perform amazing contortions. Queen Elizabeth Theatre; 604-280-4444.

March 10, 2002
Spring Birds. The birds are coming and going. Renowned birder Al Grass will give us a tour of Stanley Park’s migrating birds. Lost Lagoon Nature House; 604-257-8544.

March 10, 2002
Spring Birds. The birds are coming and going. Renowned birder Al Grass will give us a tour of Stanley Park’s migrating birds. Lost Lagoon Nature House; 604-257-8544.

March 10 - 12, 2002
Uniquely BC Show, at BC Place Stadium; 604-854-5530.

March 12 - 15, 2002
Daniel Binelli & Linda Lee Thomas: Bandoneon & Piano, at the Vancouver Academy of Music; 604-873-4612.

March 14, 2002
Sikh New Year's Day (Nanakshahi)

March 14, 2002
Tiller's Folly: the West Coast Celtic Group are presenting a Celtic Extravaganza featuring the world renowned Comerford Irish Dancers and celebrating the CD release of A Ripple in Time and St. Patrick's Day. Chandos Pattison Auditorium, Surrey; 604-581-2981.

March 14 - 15, 2002
Sonic Boom 2002, Annual Festival of New Music. Roundhouse Community Centre; 604-739-8047.

March 15 - 17, 2002
Vancouver Supercross: Arenacross features the top professional motorcycle riders in a grueling motocross race on an indoor track. The Friday and Saturday events include non-stop professional races, the Dash for Cash, and the extreme jump off contest The Sunday Arenacross event is open to amateur riders only. BC Place Stadium, Tickets: 604-280-4444;

March 15 - 17, 2002
Fraser Valley Home & Garden Show. 170 Exhibitors. Features: Home Improvements with Shell Busey, Interior Designer and broadcaster Cheryl Gillespi, Garden & Landscaping feature with Brian Minter. Adults $6, Youth (13 to 19) and Seniors (65) $5, Children under 12 free. Seniors Special $3 before 3 PM – Friday only. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 1-800-316-7366.

March 16 - 17, 2002
Boardroom Slopestyle. A two day lifestyle festival featuring a world class freestyle snowboard contest, music, equipment demos, BBQ and more. Pro riders compete on Saturday, and amateur riders on Sunday. Awards party wraps up each day. At Mount Seymour. 604-986-2261.

March 16 - 17, 2002
Exotic Reptile Show at the Richmond Nature Park. The Westcoast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles will be at the Nature House with a hands-on show of exotic reptiles; 604-718-6188.

March 16 - 17, 2002
Maple Ridge Health and Wellness Show at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society Recreation Complex; 604-467-9979.

March 16 - 18, 2002
3rd Annual Pow-Wow - Langley Fine Arts School. Held at Langley Fine Arts School, 9096 Trattle Street, Fort Langley. traditional dance demonstrations and competitions, arts and crafts exhibits. Admission by donation; 604-888-2488.

March 16 - 21, 2002
Mouse, at The Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island. 5th Annual Spring Break Theatre Festival for young audiences. Arts Theatre Tickets: 604-687-1644.

March 16 - 24, 2002
Enviro-Fair 2002: This eight-day event will feature various community organizations and highlight efforts to educate the public about issues surrounding the environment–and climate change in particular. H.R. Macmillan Space Centre; 604-738-7827.

March 16 - 24, 2002
Spring Break Events at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park (1-800-722-1233): Colouring Contest March 16 24 Enter as many times as you want. Winner to receive Family Membership or $50.00 Gift Certificate for WCRHP Gift Shop. Draw Date March 24th, 4:00pm; Peggy O’Rose and Cousin George present “Shamrock Express” Two concerts of songs, stories and silliness about trains. 1:00pm & 3:00pm; Sunday, March 17th, 2002 $3.00 per person Thomas the Tank Engine Video Marathon March 18 22 Come and watch a variety of Thomas the Tank Engine Videos on our large screen TV 11:00 4:00 Daily FREE Easter Egg Decorating Saturday, March 23 10:30 12:00 1:00 3:00 By donation 2nd Annual Easter Scavenger Hunt Sunday, March 31 12:00 3:00 Come and explore Western Canada’s largest collection of heritage railway equipment. Admission by Donation MiniRail $2:00 per person All participants will receive an Easter treat once hunt in completed Draws and prizes Lots of fun for the whole family! 

March 16 - 24, 2002
Spring Break Activities at the Vancouver Maritime Museum: Each day from noon to 4 pm for family crafts and activities. Free with admission to the Museum. Hours: Daily 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Alcan Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, Canada’s famous RCMP schooner St. Roch, pirates, shipwrecks and so much more. Lots to do for everyone. Phone 604 257-8300.

March 16 - 24, 2002
Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man: This unique and beautiful film creatively combines circus art, dance, music and spectacular imagery unlike any other circus performances. Relying solely upon the energy and skills of human beings, the Journey of Man demonstrates through graceful and athletic prowess, man's capabilities throughout life. Science World; 604-443-7443.

March 16 - 28, 2002
The Canadian Craft & Design Museum will host the third biennial Project Empty Bowl.  This event is a fundraiser for A Loving Spoonful, a charity organisation that provides nutritious meals for men, women and children living in the final stages of AIDS. The event is based on the premise of the empty bowl needing to be filled.  Canada's best ceramists, glass and wood artists are invited to donate bowls to be
sold at auction. The bowls will be exhibited at the CCDM for one week prior to the event.  Canadian Craft & Design Museum, Vancouver; 604-687-8266.

March 17, 2002
Fish Tales. Ever heard of the Salish Sucker? Did you know that Aldergrove Lake Regional Park is home to an endangered species? This secretive fish was left behind in the region by retreating glaciers long ago. Walk along beautiful Pepin Brook, play some fishy games and learn about this little sucker's battle to survive in a changing urbanized environment. Aldergrove Lake. 604-432-6359.

March 17, 2002
St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2002
Back in Time to O’Brockton Point: Discover the secret buried treasure in Stanley Park with history buff Gordon Thompson. Lost Lagoon Nature House. 604-257-8544.

March 17 - 23, 2002
Carousel Capers 2002: Come to the Burnaby Village Museum for some Spring Break fun with Carousel Capers 2002. There will be unlimited carousel rides for this Spring Break event. The Blacksmith and General Store will be staffed with Interpreters, some exhibits will be open for viewing, the Ice Cream Parlour will be open with ice cream cones and hot dog combos (hot dog, pop & chips or popcorn), and the Friends of the Carousel have provided spot prizes and Carousel jigsaw puzzles; 604-293-6500. Children’s Entertainers will perform twice daily from 1:30pm to 2:00pm and from 2:30pm to 3:00pm: March 17 - Ralph Shaw - Children's entertainer March 18 - Juan Garcia - Magician March 19 - Amazing Sling - Juggler March 20 - Trevor Waters - Magician March 21 - Alex Elixir - Juggler March 22 - Loren Bagelman - Children's entertainer March 23 - Bobbie Looney - Magician

March 18, 2002
St. Patrick's Day Tea at London Heritage Farm; 604-271-5220.

March 18 - 19, 2002
Storytales at The Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island 5th Annual Spring Break Theatre Festival for young audiences. Performed by Vancouver TheatreSports League. Tickets 604-687-1644.

March 18 - 19, 2002
Comment Deven Parfait En Trois Jours at The Revue Stage, 1685 Johnston St. Granville Island. 5th Annual Spring Break Theatre Festival for young audiences. Based on the book 'Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days.' Performed in French.Tickets: 604-687-1644.

March 18, 2002 - April 13, 2002
The Rainmaker: An American Classic about the power of hope and the need for faith in oneself. Vancouver Playhouse; 604-873-3311.

March 19, 2002
Unique Lives and Experiences: Where there’s a will, there’s a way, come down for an amazing evening with South Pole breast cancer survivor Dr. Jerri Nielsen. Orpheum Theatre; 604-280-4444.

March 19, 2002
Norwuz-Iranian New Year: This 2500 year old festival is celebrated in the first week of Spring and is designed to bring family and friends together to welcome the end of Winter; Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver; 5 pm - 11 pm; 604-685-1937.

March 19 - 22, 2002
5th Annual Spring Break Theatre Festival.  Calling all kids and their families! Three community Arts Centres are set to host the 5th annual Spring Break Theatre Festival while the school year takes its yearly springtime hiatus. From March 19 to 22 The Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby and The Surrey Arts Centre present five outstanding professional theatre
companies who create theatre especially for young audiences. Each Arts Centre will present between six and eight lively and engaging performances for the young and young at heart from Axis Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Treehouse Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième and the Vancouver TheatreSports League. All shows are appropriate for ages from five all the way up, and the tickets are all $8 or $6 each for groups of ten or more.  In the Tri-Cities area call The Evergreen Cultural Centre at 604-927-6555, for Burnaby shows call The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 604-205-3000, and for Surrey shows call The Surrey Arts Centre at 604-501-5566.

March 20, 2002
The Boy in the Treehouse at The Revue Stage, Granville Island, 1585 Johnston St. 5th Annual Spring Break Theatre Festival for young audiences. Performed by Carousel Theatre Company. Tickets: 604-687-1644.

March 20 - 24, 2002
Play Dome: Canada's Largest Indoor Carnival. Over 45 rides and attractions! Ride All Day for One Low Price! Dome Pass $16, Guest Pass: $6, Ultimate Pass: $35 (multi-day Dome Pass). Tickets available at the door. Sponsored by Global, Z95.3 and Pepsi. BC Place Stadium; 604-444-DOME

March 21, 2002
Fraser Foreshore Tour, Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

March 22, 2002
Beaver Watch. Beavers come out to play and work after dark. Find out about these master builders of ponds, dams and canals. Listen for warning slaps, watch for beaver swimming patterns, learn about other night animals and discover which are friends and which are foes of the beaver. For everyone six and older who can walk two hours in the dark. 604-432-6359.

March 23, 2002
Bunny Tales. Hoppin' down the nature trail doin' the bunny hop and the blossom bop. Share the magic of spring and new beginnings through hands-on nature activities, games and a craft. Bundle up for this outdoor experience. For children three to five accompanied by an adult. To register, call 604-952-3000.

March 23, 2002
Boarding For Breast Cancer. Mount Seymour Board-a-thon fund raiser supporting breasts cancer research. Live music, skiing and snowboarding, BBQ, and breast cancer education; 604-986-2261.

March 23, 2002
Kids' Stuff Only Market. Attention all parents and kids! Free admission to hunt for great bargains on kids' stuff. Or, get rid of all those clothes and toys your kids no longer use by getting a table. Tables are $12. Riley Park Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-257-8545.

March 23, 2002
Welcome the Light: Celebrate the Spring Equinox by making a lantern and sharing cultural traditions of springtime when the light returns. Surrey Museum. Fee: $7 (7yrs+). Please pre-register by calling 604-502-6456.

March 23, 2002
Night Quest: Celebrate spring equinox with silent footsteps along lantern-lit trails leading to secret forest gathering spots. Learn about creatures that haunt the night, meet the Pacific Spirit and finish with a hot drink around a crackling bonfire. Allow at least one hour to complete the quest. Wheelchairs and strollers welcome. Presented by the Pacific Spirit Park Society and GVRD Parks. Everyone welcome. Free, drop in, registration not required. Start your journey anytime between 6 and 8 pm at the Park Centre on 16th Avenue, 400 m west of Blanca in Vancouver. 604-432-6359.

March 23 - 30, 2002
Of Mice and Men: based on John Steinbeck's classic novella and play of the lost and disenfranchised, was adapted for the operatic stage by one of North America's greatest living composers. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-3311

March 24, 2002
Easter Eggstravaganza. Jump into Spring with the Easter Bunny on his special day! Families will have a great time with an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter crafts, children's carnival games and lots more!! Coal Harbour Community Centre; 604-718-8222.

March 24, 2002
Minter Gardens' Opening Day. Minter Gardens Discover new and exciting spring bulbs for 2002! Blossom will be welcoming folks to a brand new season with a gift of free seeds! In the afternoon, enjoy the big band sound of our Community Band in the Courtyard. 1-888-MINTERS.

March 24, April 28, 2002
Spring for the great outdoors! Come discover the wildlife at Burnaby Lake Regional Park every fourth Sunday of the month. Share the knowledge and enthusiasm of Burnaby Lake Park Association volunteers at Piper Spit. Learn to use binoculars and identify some resident bird species on and around the lake. On rainy afternoons, visit the displays in the Nature House. In February and March, get involved in volunteer work days to clean and inventory nest boxes. Everyone welcome; 604-520-6442.

March 28, 2002
Giant Planets in the East: Join GVRD Parks and the astronomers from the HR MacMillan Space Centre for a night under the stars and planets. View the sky through powerful telescopes. Find the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn. Watch an astronomical slide show. Colony farm, Coquitlam. Call 604-432-6359 to preregister.

March 29, 2002
Good Friday

March 29 - 30, 2002
Tall Tales at Capilano Suspension Bridge: featuring popular local storytellers, who will be telling folktales and ghost stories appropriate for people of all ages, from 11:00am to 3:30pm on both days. Storytelling sessions will be 25 to 35 minutes in length, and are free with admission to the suspension bridge. And, for BC residents, one-day admission tickets are good for a whole year! 604-985-7474.

March 31, 2002

Ongoing until March 9, 2002
Anne, based on Anne of Green Gables, at the Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island; 604-685-6217.

Ongoing until March 10, 2002
Chutzpah Festival The Lisa Nemetz Showcase of Jewish Perfoming Arts is an annual festival that celebrates both emerging and established artists as well as new and existing work. The festival takes place from February 23rd to March 10th at the Norman Rothstein Theatre at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. There are over 25 different shows with some of the best local and international artists - coming from Paris, London, Tel Aviv, San Francisco and New York - featuring a wide variety of events including theatre, dance, music, storytelling, workshops, lectures, panel discussions and children's programming. There is even a site-specific performance in our swimming pool. Don't miss out - there's something for the whole family; 604-257-5111.

Ongoing until March 15 , 2001
Masks: What lies beneath: This exhibit displays more than 100 masks by emerging an internationally-renowned Native artists, Hill's Native Gallery, Vancouver; 604-685-5422.

Ongoing until April 28, 2002
Long Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The concept of time is a persistent and provocative subject of art. This exhibition of more than 75 works offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the diversity of this theme; (604) 662-4722.

Ongoing until May 5, 2002
Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters: This exciting exhibition is a head-spinning, stomach-churning exploration into the science behind your all-time favourite midway ride, as you learn about physics, physiology and psychology - all while trying to keep your lunch down, at Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until May 5, 2002
Thrill Ride, the Science of Fun Be prepared for a white-knuckle adventure that puts you in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created. The ultimate ride-film, Thrill Ride not only traces the history of rides, past and present, but also details how the development of motion simulator rides have become one the most exciting innovations in recent film history. Alcan Omnimax Theatre at Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until May 5, 2002
Lost Worlds, Life In The Balance Ongoing In celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity (2001), Lost Worlds seeks to understand the mystery of our natural environment. Take a journey from the fantastic Table Mountains of Venezuela, through the kelp forests of the Pacific, up to a world high above the streets of New York City, down into the soil of the Catskill Mountains and beyond. Weaving together different worlds and their life forms, the film provides insight into biodiversity and the varied relationships of living things, and ultimately into the puzzle of human survival itself. Alcan Omnimax Theatre at Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until May 21, 2002
China’s Mariners - Rare Glimpse Into One of the World’s First Maritime Cultures: the Vancouver Maritime Museum takes a rare look at China’s ancient mariners, from the Neolithic Period more than 4,000 years ago, to the fabled Ming Dynasty in the 1500s. Visitors will learn about the construction of Chinese ships and boats, from ancient depictions on jade and lost ships excavated by archaeologists, to modern shipbuilders on the banks of Yangtze. Examine the evidence and make up your own mind – did ancient Chinese mariners visit America before Columbus? At the Vancouver Maritime Museum, 604-257-8300. 

Ongoing until May 26, 2002
The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture. The Uncanny is a wide-ranging exhibition that explores historical and contemporary representation of the cybernetic body - the combination of human and machine - in the visual arts and popular culture. Vancouver Art Gallery; 604-662-4700. 

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. 

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