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Special Events for March 2011
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March 1, 2011
Join Georgia Straight Film Critic Mark Harris for a FREE screening of Tim Burton’s acclaimed movie Alice in Wonderland coupled with an exploratory talkback on how Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece paved the way for fantasy literature of the future. Presented by Vancouver Public Library and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the Alice MacKay Room, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. Admission free. Info: or 604.331.6303.

March 3, 2011
Study and Go Abroad Fair.  A 'must visit' event for anyone looking for post-secondary options both in Canada or overseas, and for exciting opportunities for volunteering and working abroad. Meet with the experts - all this and more under one roof! Free admission and free seminars. Vancouver Convention Centre.  778 998 3587

March 4 to April 2, 2011
Street Dance: a record of anonymous performances.  Seven artists observe the subconscious behavior of anonymous individuals in an urban landscape demonstrating a social disconnect influenced by their environment. They accomplish this through drawings, paintings, animation and photographs. Artists: Karen Justice, Alison Keenan, Roksan Kohen, Prajay Mehta, Dennis Rosenfeld, Nick Santillian, & Phyllis Swartz. CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver; 604.988.6844

March 4, 2011
6th Vancouver Women in FIlm Festival.  This year's festival is jam-packed with over 45 feature and short-length films, the return of the Digital Media Forum, Awards, Pitching Sessions, Panels, Networking Events, and a special screening of the Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) short film showcase to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8. For film and purchase information, visit Discounts apply for members of Women In Film & Television Vancouver.

March 5 - 27, 2011
CAROUSEL THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE presents MUNSCHA MIA. Carousel Theatre presents MUNSCHA MIA based on the books by Robert Munsch and adapted by Debbie Patterson. A sensational high-octane play with music based on five Robert Munsch stories including old favourites like Stephanie’s Ponytail, Jonathan Cleaned Up-Then He Heard a Sound and Aaron’s Hair, and new ones like Down the Drain and The Sandcastle Contest. This spectacle will charm audiences, young and old, and have them singing along! Waterfront Theatre. For tickets contact Carousel Theatre Box Office @ 604.669.3410 or purchase online at

March 5, 2011
Prématernelle Pomme d’Api Preschool – Open House & Registration.  If your child is nearing preschool age, have you considered a French Immersion program?  It’s a great way to give your child a head start if you are planning on French Immersion Kindergarten.  We also have Francophone programs for those families whose children already speak French at home.  If you’re thinking about preschool for this coming September, then stop by our annual Open House and learn more about our great school.  This is your chance to meet our teachers and learn more about French Immersion and Francophone Programs.  We will have preschool activities for your children to participate in, and we will be sharing information about our great new space for September 2011. 604.877.1122 |

March 5, 2011
Charting the Uncharted Through the Stars: Celestial Navigation.  Imagine heading out to an unknown sea with little more than a sextant and an understanding of how to use the stars to navigate. Join Dominique Prinet as he shares his insights and passion for the history and present day use of celestial navigation. 8pm General $10.75 / Members $8.75

March 5, 2011
Open Day at the Italian Cultural Centre Museum and Library.  The Italian Cultural Centre promotes Italian culture, language, and values. Did you know that the Centre also has a museum and a library? Join us for tours of our collections and a special story time. Refreshments will be provided with our compliments. Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street.

March 6, 2011
Tibetan Music Concert and Film.  Please join us for this live performance by acclaimed Tibetan musician Jamyang Yeshi, with the screening of Shining Spirit, an award winning documentary film about Jamyang and his family. Proceeds and donations will support the humanitarian initiative to resettle 1000 Tibetans to Canada, from refugee settlements in India. Tickets at the door: $20 ($15 concession).

March 8, 2011
Finding Dawn: film screening.  Please join us for a screening of Christine Welsh's compelling documentary, "Finding Dawn", an epic journey into the heart of Native women's experience in Canada. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 thirty years. From Vancouver's skid row, to the "Highway of Tears" in northern BC, and onward to Saskatoon, murders and disappearance of Native women remain unresolved. Along the road to honour those who have passed, reasons for hope are uncovered as Native activists and communities come together to demand change. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada). 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

March 7, 2011
Film Screening: The Man Who Planted Trees.  he Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents a special screening of Oscar Award winning animated film, The Man Who Planted Trees. Considered to be one of the finest hand-rendered animations ever created, this Canadian film by Frederic Back describes the potential for one person to influence permanent change in the world. This special event will be presented by Vancouver Film School Animation Instructor and Historian, Keith Blackmore and includes a talk on the intrinsic value of trees with Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden. Please reserve your seats ($6 each with delicious Kernels Popcorn) at Tickets will be payable at the door. For more information please visit

March 10, 2011
John Herrington NASA Astronaut. Whether orbiting the Earth or cycling across America, retired NASA astronaut and a member of the Chickasaw Nation, John Herrington's life journey motivates people to reach for their goals. John offers his views on the opportunity and responsibility of living a challenging, adventurous life. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

March 11 - 13, 2011
The Cultch Presents part 2 of its 3-part Family-Time Series DARWIN THE DINOSAUR.  “Taking your kids to see Darwin the Dinosaur teaches them why live theater will never go extinct." New York Post, March 2010. VANCOUVER – What happens to a dinosaur when he is made to feel compassion? The Cultch is proud to present theatre like you’ve never seen it before with Darwin the Dinosaur, coming to the Historic Theatre from March 11th to 13th. Shared through larger-than-life glow-in-the-dark puppets, Darwin is part 2 of the 3-part Family-Time Series happening at The Cultch. https://TICKETS.THECULTCH.COM.

March 12, 2011
Hugh Masekela. Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela performs at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 8pm. Playing tracks from his new album, Phola, coupled with classics that raised international awareness of South African issues and became anthems around the world, the renowned musician will take to the stage with five South African performers for a celebration of world music and jazz. Tickets from $65 at (student/senior/group discounts available).

March 13, 2011
Kids Stuff Only Market - Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver;  Sell old children's books, clothing and toys that you have in storage! Or, find a good deal for that little someone. All proceeds from table sales go to Children Programs. Vendors: $19/table. More information at Coal Harbour Community Centre - 604 718 8222

March 13, 2011
Kids' Stuff Swap Meet. If you have children's toys, clothes, or books you no longer use then this is your chance to sell these items. Tables are sold by first come, first served. Please call 604.718.8222 for full details and regulations. Coal Harbour Community Centre (Downtown Vancouver).

March 16 - 20, 2011
CelticFest Vancouver 2011.  Get ready to celebrate Celtic-style for five days with the return of the biggest and best-loved annual Celtic festival in western Canada. From March 16 - 20, 2011 CelticFest Vancouver will present its 7th Annual Celtic Festival featuring top international and Canadian Celtic recording artists. There are superb singers and instrumentalists, Irish & Scottish dancers and entertaining spoken word performers in the lineup, as well as some of Scotlands best water of life. More than 50 events are scheduled at a dozen popular venues and two outdoor stages in downtown Vancouver, as well as the big St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 20 and the Weekend Celtic Village Street Market.

March 16 - 20, 2011
CelticFest Vancouver 2011. Western Canada’s largest and best-loved Celtic festival returns to rock the city with an extraordinary range of over 50 free and ticketed events over five days. CelticFest’s most popular free event is sure to be the 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by Pacific Centre on Sunday, March 20th. This huge, enchanting spectacle kicks off at 11am in downtown Vancouver with a new parade route. It’s estimated that more than 300,000 people will line the streets to cheer on almost a hundred parade entries with around 2,000 enthusiastic participants. International award-winning pipe and drum bands, marching Colour Guard, Celtic music and dance groups, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and fire brigades, acrobats, giant stilt walkers, rare, vintage cars, youth performers, multicultural displays, distinguished local guests and many more will take to the streets, donning their best green attire, to share the Celtic spirit. For full information and to purchase tickets for all concerts, go to

March 16, 2011
Fundraiser – The Loss of a Son Brings Hope To Youth In Crisis; Father hopes inspirational cookbook will raise funds for Canadian drug addicted youth.  Author and Chef Kevin Snook will be in Canada this March to launch his second cookbook on behalf of the Dan Snook Foundation, with funds to Portage, a residential rehabilitation centre for substance abusing adolescents and young adults, and to announce an education bursary and mentorship program with one of Canada’s top chefs. Celebrating Dan’s life is important to Kevin Snook. His son was just a boy really when he died, only 19. His life was full of spirit. He loved the outdoors, fishing, cooking; the Sea. Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks. 1740 West 2nd Avenue (1/2 a block east of Burrard).  604-688-6755,

March 18, 2011
Night Quest. Lantern-making Workshop. 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Registration required; call 604-224-5739.

March 18 - 19, 2011
Ballet BC is proud to announce the Vancouver performances of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on March 18 and 19, 2011 with two performances at 8 pm and a matinee at 2 pm.  Created by Alvin Ailey in 1958 and under Artistic Director Judith Jamison since 1989, the company is well established as one of the world's favourite dance companies, called by The New York Times "...possibly the most successful modern dance company on the planet." For more information, visit our web site:

March 18 - 19, 2011
Ballet BC is proud to announce the Vancouver performances of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on March 18 and 19, 2011 with two performances at 8 pm and a matinee at 2 pm. Tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 604-280-3311 or online at and range in price from $40-$95 (including HST) with discounts for seniors, students and dance artists.

March 19, 2011
Night Quest.  7 – 10 pm.  Pacific Spirit Regional Park.  As twilight colours fade, shadows lengthen and darkness falls. Gather around a fire to enjoy entertainment and experience the magic of the park and its nocturnal life. Registration required; call 604-224-5739.

March 19, 2011
Japanese Canadian National Museum presents 7th annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day.  Experience over 20 traditional Japanese heritage games and toys at Jan Ken Pon! Play with colourful tops and a Japanese style cup & ball, make your own sumo wrestlers and beanbags, and run around and burn off some energy. The highlight of the day is a rock-paper-scissors tournament with prizes. Old Japanese heritage toys will also be on display. This event is suitable for families with children aged 4 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: $4 before March 12, or at the door: $5 for children over 2 years old. Pre-order your Obento lunch $5 by March 12. Menu: onigiri, chicken, vegi sticks, dessert and beverage. 604.777.7000 ext109,

March 19, 2011
Movies for Mommies Presents Will Stroet for a Family Fundraiser Concert.  Bilingual children’s musician Will Stroet and his Backyard Band will be performing a fundraiser family concert presented by Movies for Mommies on Saturday, March 19 at 11 am at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Ride to Conquer Cancer.  Stroet will sing songs from his newly released album, “Walk ‘n’ Roll,” and previous albums, two of which have been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards. As a former French immersion music teacher in Vancouver, Stroet easily connects with kids and sings about themes such as reading, walking and bike safety, sports, vegetables, animals and personal hygiene. Tickets for the concert are $10 each (children under 1 yr. are free), and can be purchased in advance at or by calling 604-434-7506.. Doors open at 1o:30 am. Come early for play time with Gymboree.

March 19, 2011
PEDDLING PULP: THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION OF POPULAR CULTURE.  Industrially produced culture is ubiquitous; it is in our homes, on our airwaves, and around us at all times. Yet, we rarely think about what and how it means or even how we consume it. Does mass production limit what it can express? Can we think outside of its scope? Does it provide what we want or teach us how to want? Even our folk culture and local communities now echo pulp culture. This forum considers the structure and form of these materials in order to ask how we interact with pulp in daily life and whether mass production renders it interchangeable. We will draw examples from popular culture in a variety of media from the 20th century. James Gifford, PhD, is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and teaches Cultural Studies for Athabasca University. There are no reservations for this free forum; seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis. SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre; 778.782.5212.

March 20, 2011
Scales and Coils Presented by the Reptile Society.  Meet reptiles from all over the world and learn to appreciate these amazing animals.Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre.

March 26, 2011
Giant Flea MarketOver 50 tables of preloved items. Confederation Community Centre, Burnaby.  (604)294-1936

March 26, 2011
Motown Meltdown.  Featuring over 30 artists. Backed by our 12-piece hot Motown band “The Scorchers”! Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St.). Tickets Advanced: $30 (+ s/c) at Ticketmaster (604) 280-4444 or online at or Highlife Records

March 27, 2011
Free Easter Skate in Kerrisdale.  Free Easter Skate sponsored by the Kerrisdale Business Association. Includes free skate rentals while quantities last! Kerrisdale Arena, 778-866-9875.

March 20, 2011
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET.  Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day - Call or Visit for Full Details - General Admission 10am-3pm $4 at Door - Special Early- Bird Admission 7am-10am $20 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible

March 21 - 25, 2011
Place des Arts Spring Break Camp (K – Grade 5). Music, dance, drama and visual arts for elementary school children abound at Place des Arts over spring break. With seven blocks of fun activities to choose from, including cartooning, pottery, dance, drumming, a variety of fine art classes, Musical Theatre and much more, kids will have fun, make friends and learn new skills over the break. Small class sizes and highly skilled teachers make this an engaging art experience. Register after January 31 online at, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam.

March 21 - 25, 2011
Place des Arts Spring Break Mud Sling! (Grades 6 – 8). Youth in grades 6 to 8 will get their hands in the mud and spin up some fun in this weeklong pottery class, which covers the basics of wheel throwing and hand building decorative and functional works of art. Register after January 31 online at, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue , Coquitlam.

March 21 to April 1, 2011
Two-Week Young Shakespeareans Workshop with Bard on the Beach (Grades 6 – 8). Professional actors from Bard on the Beach will lead middle-school-aged youth on a creative journey through an abridged version of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Students will gain a greater appreciation for Shakespeare’s stories and use of language, while learning more about acting, voice and movement for the stage. Family and friends can join in the fun, as the workshop concludes with a final presentation on Sunday, April 3. As an added bonus, each student will receive two tickets to a Bard on the Beach main stage production in the summer of 2011! Register after January 31 online at, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue , Coquitlam.

March 24 - 27, 2011
RWB’s Wonderland.  Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the Vancouver premiere of Wonderland: a visually stunning, dynamic reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale.  Acclaimed choreographer Shawn Hounsell takes audiences on a spectacular trip down the rabbit hole with breathtaking, athletic dance, an original soundscape and a reworking of characters  from the classic story, including Alice, The Queen of Hearts and The Mad Hatter. Wonderland runs from March 24 to 27, 2011, at 8pm and March 27 at 2pm at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts. Tickets from $32.50 at or 604-280-3311.

March 25, 2011
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 (

March 30, 2011
The CAVE Employment Centre Huge Hiring Fair.  The CAVE Employment Resource Centre is presenting a one-day Hiring Fair featuring top employers. The fair runs 11am-4pm, Wednesday, March 30th and is open to the general public. Local and national employers will be accepting resumes for current and future job opportunities. They will also be highlighting career opportunities within their organizations. Representatives will be on-site to discuss their company's employment requirements and training programs. Check our website events page for updates on employers attending at The CAVE Employment Resource Centre is a service provided by The Training Group at Douglas College and is a project funded through the Canada BC Labour Market Development Agreement to provide job search and career resources to people age 15 to 30 who are eligible to work in Canada and are looking for work and/or a career direction.

March 31, 2011
Cherry Jam Downtown. The Festival kick-off concert, Cherry Jam Downtown, Celebrates 125 Vancouver with musical traditions from around the world. It will be a free noon-hour concert featuring Spakwus Slulum - Eagle Song Dancers, Chibi Taiko, Jou Tou and the eclectic Carnival Band. From guitar, sitar, and taiko drums to accordions and keyboards; all ages dance and sing to spring rhythms with local celebrities. Audience participation is welcomes at this jam packed show. Welcome Spring to Vancouver beneath a magnificent canopy of cherry trees in bloom.

Ongoing to March 6, 2011
The stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic tale, "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is being presented live on stage by Imagine That! Productions at The Venue in Langley at 5708 Glover Road in Langley.  Visit for tickets and detailed performance information

Ongoing to March 26, 2011
The Japanese Canadian National Museum presents The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani.  "Make art not war" is Jimmy Mirikitani's motto. Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani is a fiercely independent, 90-year-old Japanese American artist who has survived the traumas of war and homelessness by creating art every day. This remarkable exhibition about his art and life is a poignant exploration of the lasting impacts of discrimination, and the healing power of creativity.

Ongoing until March 31, 2011
Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market.  Check out our Winter Farmers Markets. Everything from organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese and seafood, preserves, baking and bread. Plan to grab lunch from our on-site Creperie or sausage vendor. Warm up with a hot coffee on a cold winter day and start shopping. We'll also have select craft vendors selling high quality craft items for gifts and treats for yourself. Don't forget your reusable bags and parking in the area is limited so walk, bike or take transit if you can.  Saturdays, 4610 Ontario St, Nat Bailey Stadium Parking Lot,

Ongoing until March 31, 2011
The Golden Age of Steam Ship Travel. This exhibit is focused on the Wallace and Madeleine Chung donation of important early 20th century steamship ephemera and artifacts. The exhibition will draw upon more than 600 posters, ship models, and over 4,000 archival items. Collection includes pamphlets, reports, deck plans, promotional brochures, clippings, books and photographs.

April 7 - 10, 2011
We Are The People.  An original musical celebration commemorating 125 years of laughter and tears in the Downtown Eastside – the heart of our city. Ukrainian Hall, 805 East Pender Street,

April 10 - 16, 2011
National Volunteer Week.  Find local volunteer opportunities through Vantage Point,

April 14 - 16, 2011
Vancouver, BC--Ballet BC is proud to announce its 25th Anniversary Celebration with The Turning Point Ensemble at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from April 14-16, 2011. “To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ballet BC as a unique contemporary ballet company, we are delighted to be bringing our Vancouver audiences an exciting evening of new works by Canadian and Ballet BC alumni.  We are also honoured to be collaborating with one of Canada’s leading chamber orchestras, The Turning Point Ensemble. This magnificent program of four new creations promises to be a thrilling experience for both dance and music lovers alike.” says Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar. For more information, visit our web site:

May 3 - 14, 2011
The World Premiere of Prodigals,By Sean Minogue. Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's, Studio T (149 W. Hastings).

May 7 2011
Urban Star Quest.  Celebrate International Astronomy Day with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.  Aldergrove Lake Regional Park. Meet at the Aldergrove Bowl entrance on Lefeuvre Road on the Abbotsford side of the park. Information: 604-530-4983.

May 7, 2011
You are invited to The 10th Annual Sea to Sky Heritage Fair, a multi-media education program developed to increase awareness and interest in Canadian History.  The Fair encourages students from Grades 4-10 to tell stories and share information about Canadian heroes and stories. A jam-packed schedule of entertainers and events, including live music, arts and craft workshops, and vintage vehicles promises to be a fantastic day of education and free fun for the whole community! North Vancouver Museum and Archives’. For more information please contact Ella McGeough, Heritage Fair Coordinator at 604.99.3700 ext 8008 or by email at

May 12 - 14, 2011
Yayoi Theatre Movement Society Presents Identity – Ancestral Memory. Arts Club Revue Stage. 604-629-8849

May 29, 2011
12th Annual PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run. Largest timed 5K race in BC, one of technology industry’s biggest fundraising events. All proceeds to The Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment to support the promotion and development of Science Fair programs throughout the province.

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