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Special Events for May 2004


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May 1, 2004
Spring Craft and Garden Fair: Over 75 local crafters sell items to get your garden started, along with kids' crafts, refreshments and more; Saint Thomas More Collegiate; 604 420-4306.

May 1 - 9, 2004
Port Coquitlam May Day 2004:or more details go to ( or call the Parks and Recreation at (604) 927-7900

May 1 - 12, 2004
La Traviata: n Verdi’s lyrical tragedy, Parisian courtesan Violetta lives only for pleasure. Her reckless pursuit of the high life threatens to kill her, when she meets a man wih a true heart and is shocked into awareness of her own capacity for love. In the short time left to her, she discovers the beauty and strength of pure devotion sustained through sacrifice and forgiveness. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-683-0222.

May 1 - 22, 2004
Triptych Theatricals presents john and jen: A truly original musical that takes a look at the complexities of relationships between brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, john & jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies. This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. With a cast of only two people, john & jen is a tour-de-force for two actors who take Jen and John (both of them) from childhood, through adolescence and beyond. Jericho Arts Centre, 604-731-4430.

May 1 - 29, 2004
Pacific Theatre presents Chickens by Lucia Frangione, A wildly funny barnyard musical from the creator of HOLYMO! Pacific Theatre, 604-731-5518.

May 1 -31, 2004
Mayfair is the 19th Annual Exhibition and Family Fair that brings three days of fun and entertainment to the South Surrey peninsula. Activities held during the fair include exhibits, talent contests, dog shows, midway, pancake breakfasts, a petting zoo, pony rides, Vancouver Aquarium display and a slo-pitch softball charity championship. Fun for everyone! Held at Softball City, 2001 - 148th Street, South Surrey; 604- 536-6844.

May 2, 2004
Adidas Vancouver International Marathon; 604-872-2928.

May 2, 2004
Bell Walk for Kids at Spanish Banks; 604-267-7057.

May 2, 2004
HSBC Stars On Ice. ce-skating show with appearances by Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, Kurt Browning, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, Alexei Yagudin, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, Todd Eldredge, and Jennifer Robinson. GM Place, 604-280-4444.

May 3, 2004
Benefit Concert for Surrey Memorial Hospital at Chandos Pattison Auditorium, Surrey; 604-580-1285.

May 3, 2004
Dia with the Songs of Patsy Cline - Benefit Show, This glittering spectacle of music, theater and ballet is set to the unforgettable songs and ballads of Patsy Cline. A rare opportunity to hear a startling resemblance to Patsys mesmerizing voice in a tender love story. Chan

May 4, 6, 2004
Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Society Heritage Walks, 604-941-8465.

May 4 - 30, 2004
Terracotta Warriors: World premiere of new "Action-Musical". This new Action-Musical, combines extravagant dance and songs with spectacular martial arts in an unprecedented fashion. Adapted from historical accounts of the life of Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of China from 221 B.C., this is a story of rule by terror, loyalty by force, and love by decree. Fight sequences intertwine with scenes of romance and betrayal as the power of the realm clashes with human passion. Elaborate costumes and sets come together with exciting surround sound effects and unique orchestral music to immerse the audience in the emotion, the drama, and the battles of the second century B.C. With a cast of over 70 outstanding artists from China, this world premiere will dazzle the audience with the kind of lavishness and scope that goes beyond traditional Broadway shows. Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 604-280-4444.

May 5 - 16, 2004
New Play Festival: Week-long celebration of extraordinary new Canadian plays and the playwrights who pen them. Granville Island, 604-666-5784.

May 5 - 20, 2004
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival. The longest running Jewish film festival in Canada, the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival’s mandate is to explore the diversity of Jewish life and culture, and promote the discussion of relevant issues and concerns within and beyond the Jewish community. Films are brought in from around the world to contribute to a better understanding of Jewish culture and help dispel hurtful and damaging Jewish stereotypes. Oakridge Cinemas, Pacific Cinematheque and Norman Rothstein Theatre, 604-266-0245.

May 5 - 25, 2004
Students surface to the forefront: Surface uniquely combines student wood work from all 5 of British Columbias leading design schools. See who is conjuring up the latest and greatest furnishings and accents in BC contemporary wood design. Explore their practices from initial concepts and drawings through to completed designs. The versatility and tactility of this natural and precious material is inspiring and inviting. Bring your curiosity, discover at your own pace, and encourage these new designers to the surface. Granville Island, 604-408-2553.

May 6, 2004
Paul Yee: Author of 13 published books discusses the themes and settings of his stories, and how his views have changed. The talk will include slides of the paintings from his books. The event will also launch Paul's latest book, A Song for Ba, to be introduced along with last year's The Bone Collector's Son. Refreshments will be provided. Hycroft, 604-779-6998.

May 6 - 15, 2004
The Butterfly Dream: The Butterfly Dream is the most famous of Chinese plays. When a magician's wife professes eternal fidelity her skeptical husband decides to put her to the test by faking his own death and tempting her as a new lover. This satirical comedy, heightened with traditional costumes and operatic movement, will transport you back to the splendour of the Ming Dynasty. Come celebrate Asian Heritage Month with us! Gateway Theatre, Richmond; 604-270-1812.

May 7, 2004
SWARM: Experimental percussion group featuring 20-foot long strings, water gongs, and video projection on parachute screen. All-ages show. Capilano College; 604-990-7810.

May 7 - 8, 2004
Richmond Regional Heritage Fair Richmond Museum 604-231-6460

May 8, 2004
A Day For All Ages: On Saturday May 8th we will be hosting a community Intergenerational Day Celebration. This is a free event and there will be entertainment, arts and crafts, gardening and all sorts of activities that encourage interaction between young and the young at heart! Come by for a fun-filled, free afternoon for the whole family! The location is Crossreach Centre at 3348 West Broadway and for more information call, 604-732-1477. 

May 8, 2004
BF Goodrich Sport Compact Nights Auto Salon: SCN Vancity will be heating things up on the West Coast with the biggest names in the industry and the hottest rides ready to flood the vast floor of BC Place on this, the first stop of the SCN Canadian Tour. For more information go to ( or call (514) 525-8818.

May 8, 2004
Intergenerational Week Celebration The Safer Kitsilano Committee presents a family-oriented, free community event to celebrate National Intergenerational Week.Crossreach Centre, Kitsilano; 604-732-1477

May 8, 2004
Maple Ridge Mountain Festival: Includes a parade, MR Hospital Foundation bed races, the Lion's Pancake Breakfast, a Senior’s tea, the Family Arts Fair, May Day celebration, a variety of children and youth activities and more. Call 604-467-7325.

May 8, 2004
Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser: The Incredible Race: Modelled after the reality TV show ‘The Amazing Race’, players, in small teams, compete in a fantastic race across Vancouver. Navigating their way to each checkpoint, teams must complete tasks and solve clues to be successful. The race begins in the West End and continues throughout the downtown and surrounding areas. This is no boring scavenger hunt! The race features checkpoints based on the region’s main attractions and will take you and your team on a ride through the best of Vancouver. Speed is only a part of success, players must use strategy and negotiation to accomplish tasks and out do other teams. This event is suitable for all fitness levels; 604-683-2944.

May 8, 2004
Pond Safari: Healthy wetlands act as homes, restaurants and nurseries for a multitude of creatures. Bring your rubber boots to Campbell Valley and explore pond life with a park interpreter. Observe, and then catch and release some very unusual critters. Identify those creatures associated with healthy wetlands. Mosquito-borne illnesses have become a concern in Canada. Learn how wetland species such as dragonflies, damselflies, tadpoles, bats and swallows help to keep mosquito populations in check. Also find out how to reduce mosquito breeding habitat in your own backyard. Ages 5+ $7.50/person Campbell Valley Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

May 8, 2004
Stone Soup Festival: Since 1996, East Vancouver has been celebrating community, food & spring with the Stone Soup Festival. Stone Soup is celebrating its 9th year with the theme of Urban Agriculture - Community Based. In keeping with the spirit of the story of Stone Soup, the community is invited to bring an ingredient for the Soup, which will be served throughout the festival. This year's festival will feature workshops by the Environmental Youth Alliance, story telling, a children's craft area, local crafters, food vendors, farmers, information tables on all things food, master gardeners, plants, and lots of community magic. Britannia Community Services Centre; 604-718-5826.

May 8, 2004
Pond Safari Family Nature Prograrm at Campbell Valley Regional Park. Sponsored by GVRD; 604-432-6359.

May 8, 2004
RICHMOND REGIONAL HERITAGE FAIR: Local students tell stories and share information about Canadian heroes and legends, milestones and achievements, family and community history through this regional showcase of heritage projects; 604 231-6460.

May 8, 2004
Spring Aromas: The sweet smell of spring is in the air. Come to Burnaby Lake and track down fragrant flowers and plants in the park. Use your nose to explore the invisible world of smells. Learn how to save these fragrances by creating your own aroma extract. Burnaby Lake, sponsored by the GVRD; 604-432-6359.

May 8, 2004
Spring into Spring: Plant Sale & Spring Celebration: Native plants for sale, perennials, garden workshops, composting info, Burns Bog speaker and more! Free admission. Delta Recycling, 7046 Brown St., Delta; 604-946-9828 l.315.

May 8 - 9, 2004
Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel presents Opening Weekend & Mother's Day: Burnaby Village Museum reopens for another season with a special welcome by our new Honorary Reeve, Mrs. Pat Cameron. Visit the various buildings, enjoy the tinsmith and blacksmith demonstrations, and get that special shave from the barber. On Mother's Day, enjoy the Canadiana Costume Society's children's clothing display, and demonstrations by other community participants. Kids also get to make their special craft for Mom. The Ice Cream Parlour offers a special Mother's Day luncheon. A carousel ride should just about make it a perfect day! 604-293-6501.

May 8 - 20, 2004
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Garden Sentiments: A joint exhibition of artwork by members of the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. Painting demonstrations on Saturdays & Sundays, May 8, 9, 15 & 16 from 2:00 to 4:

May 9, 2004
Car Boot Sale, Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080

May 9, 2004
Dragon Boat Race: False Creek Racing Canoe Club members race to prepare for this year's Alcan Dragonboat Festival.

May 9, 2004
Place des Arts presents Musical Feats - a celebration of young talent. A Celebration of Youth!! Place des Arts presents Musical Feats - a celebration of young talent featuring two of its dynamic music groups, the Coquitlam Celtic Ensemble and the Place des Arts Wind Ensemb

May 9, 2004
Place des Arts presents Musical Feats - a celebration of young talent featuring two of its dynamic music groups, the Coquitlam Celtic Ensemble and the Place des Arts Wind Ensemble. These talented young musicians will light up the stage with lively Celtic tunes, foot tapping jazz and swing, as well as familiar classical fare. Appealing to all ages, the concert will be held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, at 1205 Pinetree Way, in Coquitlam; 604-664-1636.

May 9, 2004
UBC Botanical Garden Perennial Plant Sale: Thousand of gardening favourites and unusual plants grown by Friends of the Garden and staff available for sale. UBC Botanical Garden; 604-822-9666.

May 12 - 14, 2004
BC Land Summit:The first-ever BC Land Summit presents a unique opportunity to examine the issues,challenges and opportunities facing professionals involved in the many sides of land use across British Columbia and beyond.This event will explore opportunities for collaboration among land use professionals and the benefits that closer ties will bring.Topics include Living with Congestion,Farming in a Metropolitan Region and Innovations in Planning. UBC; dwojnarski@reibc.o

May 13, 2004
More Munsch Madness, Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

May 13, 2004
What Shapes Our Children: Parents, Peers and Genes: Dr. Judith Hall, Dr. Gabor Mate and Dr. Shelley Hymel, in conversation with Hal Wake. UBC Robson Square, 604-822-5675.

May 14, 2004
Rogue Folk Club presents Mad Pudding - The Rogue's 17th Birthday Bash: Mad Pudding, one of the Rogue's most popular bands over the years, makes a welcome return to our stage - this time at St. James Hall - for an evening of musical revelry as we celebrate 17 years of presenting the best in Celtic, Folk & Roots Music in Vancouver.The band features founding member Andy Hillhouse on guitar and vocals, along with his bandmate in another excellent quintet - Cleia - Karla Mundy (accordion, vocals), and long time cohorts in the Pudding - bassist Boris Favre and drummer Allen Dionne. Founding fiddler, the remarkably versatile, talented and imaginative Cam Wilson (also a member of Joe Trio and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) makes a welcome return to the band as well. Mad Pudding's exuberance is contagious and makes dancing impossible to resist! St. James Hall, Vancouver;

May 14 - 15, 2004
Golden Gloves Boxing Championships: 65th annual championship features hundreds of amateur boxers from the west coast of Canada and the U.S. Frank Hurt Secondary School, Surrey; (604) 724-7625.

Mary 14, 28, 2004
Just Dance: Just Dance is a refreshing alternative to the club scene for anyone wanting to dance to a rich and exciting musical library of World Music.  Offered in a freindly, relaxed, alcohol and smoke free environment, this all-ages even is an innovative and positive experience.  April 9 and 23, May 14 and 28, June 11 and 25, beginning at 9:00 P.M. at 2144 West 4th Avenue.  604 264 0559,, or

May 14 - 30, 2004
Arts In The City: Arts In The City is a non-profit arts event which will consist of an Art Show which will hang until the 30th, Music Night and a Film Night; 604-742-9867.

May 15, 2004
Bugs, Butterflies and Beetles: Search for stink bugs, tiger swallowtails and lightning beetles. Discover how to catch and attract different kinds of insects and other invertebrates. Find out why yellow spotted millipedes smell like almonds, why ants lay scent trails and what baby beetles look like. Tynehead Regional Park, 604-501-5100.

May 15, 2004
Chilliwack Exhibition Barn Dance: BBQ, with country music by Ken McCoy, Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker, a silent auction and live auction. Heritage Park, Chilliwack; 604-824-8191.

May 15, 2004
Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore: Sinfonia's season finale - a true celebration of spring, with performances by outstanding vocalists Grace Chan, mezzo-soprano, and Andrew Greenwood, baritone. Both are well-known and loved on the North Shore. Grace and Andy will each sing as soloists, and they will also present several duets from their repertoire of opera, operetta, and musical theatre. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

May 15, 2004
Vancouver Spring Sprint: Walkathon in support of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Fleetwood Park, Surrey;

May 15 - 16, 2004
Wood Carvers Show, Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080.

May 15 -16, 2004
West Coast Adventure Race. Discover the thrill of Adventure racing, and Mountain Bike Orienteering, in a fun and non-competitive way. Try Sprint Adventure (4 hours) and the Short MBO course (12 km) at your own pace, even if you have no experience at all. A perfect opportunity for the family to explore the outdoors and be challenged as a team. Maple Ridge, (604) 671-2931;

May 16, 2004
A Joyful Hymnfest: a participatory celebration with breaks for solo and musical numbers. Join your fellow Christians for this musical evening. North Shore Christian Churches, Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

May 16, 2004
Annual Spring Car Trunk Sale in Coquitlam: Load up your cars, mini-vans or half tonne trucks with items you have wanted to part with for a long time or need to find new homes for. The Car Trunk Sale is especially great for people who do not have a yard or garage, but want to recycle unwanted goods. North end of the LaFarge Lake Parking lot, 604-933-6000.

May 16, 2004
Weed Busters Work Party: Scotch Broom removal at Burnaby Lake Regional Park; 604-520-6442.

May 17, 2004
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma Specials Series: One of the greatest cellists of ours or any time, Yo-Yo Ma's performaces sell out all over the world - and for good reason. An evening in concert with Yo-Yo Ma is a captivating, spellbinding, emotional, and exciting experience. As a special treat, Yo-Yo performs two of the great concerti for Cello and Orchestra - Haydn's Cello Concerto and Dvorak's Cello Concerto. Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434.

May 17 - 24, 2004
Vancouver International Children's Festival. Get ready to immerse yourself in magical music, riotous rhythms, tremendous theatre, spellbinding storytelling and amazing activities at the 27th annual Vancouver International Children's Festival, which lights up beautiful Vanier Park from May 17 through 24, 2004. Featuring the Festival's signature myriad of incredible performances, 2004's artists come from as far away as Australia and Burkina Faso and as nearby as Vancouver Island. You will dance, you will sing, you will laugh and you will be moved at the 2004 Vancouver International Children's Festival, where there is truly something for everyone. Vanier Park; 604-708-5655.

May 18, 2004
Dr. Ruth Westheimer: Unique Lives and Experiences Lecture series features women speaking about their lives and what inspired them. Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-4444.

May 20, 2004
MISSION TRAIL TRIP: Join a naturalist for a walk along “Pilgrims Way” and view the Fraser Valley from the bluffs of Westminster Abbey; 604 718-6188.

May 21 - 24, 2004
Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition: Top cowboys and cowgirls on the professional rodeo circuit compete in traditional rodeo events including bare back, saddle, bronco, and bull riding. Cloverdale Rodeo Fairgrounds; 604-576-9461.

May 22, 2004
All British Field Meet of Classic Cars: VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak Street (at 37th Ave.), Vancouver, BC. More than 400 classic cars are displayed on the Great Lawn; 604-878-9274.

May 22, 2004
Parlour Concert Series. Victor Kolstee (Flamenco guitar). Roedde House Museum, 604-684-7040.

May 22 - 30, 2004
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents The Art of Penjing ; 604-662-3207.

May 22 - 30, 2004
Hyack Festival: his popular festival includes family day, May Day celebrations, an anvil salute, an antique fair, fireworks, and a parade. New Westminter, 604-522-6894.

May 23 - 24, 2004
Burnaby Village Museum presents Victoria Day. Special entertainment all day long. Queen Victoria herrself will receive the gun salute of the Seymour Artillery Company, and will hold her public levee, where you can be properly presented to her. The 78th Fraser Highlanders, the ladies-in-waiting, and the Morris Maypole dancers will take part in the parade. Don't miss the military encampment in the Meadow; 604-293-6501.

May 27, 2004
MUSEUM TALK: SOFRONIO YLANAN MENDOZA: Nominated for Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society’s “living heritage” award (2003), Richmond artist, Sofronio Mendoza reflects on his life and work, from his cultural roots in the Philippines to life in Canada; 604 231-6460.

May 28, 2004
Flamenco Sur, Part of the Jondo Flamenco Festival 2004. Wheelhouse Theatre, White Rock; 604-678-1021.

May 28, 2004
Protecting Biodiversity: From Pacific Spirit to Your Backyard: Enjoy an evening walk to discover behaviour and characteristics of plants and animals and their roles in ecosystems. Find clues that shed light on history and changes to the environment over the last 150 years. Learn about community projects that help sustain healthy and diverse ecosystems. The program includes a look at invasive species and control programs in the park and region. Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

May 28 - 29, 2004
My Brother Sang Like Roy Orbison: This hilarious and heartfelt story told by the talented Rutherford is filled with engaging characters, dazzling details and unexpected twists and turns. "Wonderful, beautifully written..."  ~ Victoria Times. Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam; 604-927-6555.

May 28 - 29, 2004
Relay for Life: Participants stay overnight in Stanley Park during this 12-hour non-competitive relay from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. A night of fun activities and entertainment, a celebration of survival and a tribute to loved ones who have been affected by cancer. Teams of 8 to 12 people walk, raise funds for cancer research and support services. Stanley Park, 604-253-8470.

May 28 - 30, 2004
Vancouver's Tattoo Convention. Vancouver's first tattoo convention. Agrodome, PNE; 604-280-4444.

May 29, 2004
BC European Festival: 7th annual festival with some 25 participating ethnic groups $5 adults children free; Scandinavian Community Centre, 604-291-4272.

May 30, 2004
Free Family Sunday Programs at the Burnaby Art Gallery; Once a month join us for an interactive experience that combines the current art gallery exhibit with a free hands on studio activity. Arts Alive: Art as Work Tour the exhibit from Burnaby School district #41 on your own and join in to experiment in collage techniques to create your own work of art; 604-205-7332.

May 30, 2004
PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run: Help kids set the pace in the knowledge race by joining in the fifth annual run through trails around beautiful False Creek; 604-443-7552.

May 30, 2004
Richmond SOUTH ARM SLOUGH BICYCLING TOUR: Retrace the early history of Finn Slough and the barns and natural features of the South Arm area by bicycle; 604 231-6460.

May 30, 2004
Como Lake Fishing Derby: Derby is free to participate in and open to all Children under the age of sixteen. Hundreds of prizes are awarded each year for all sorts of catches, from the largest fish to the smallest fish or for the strangest catch of the day. The fishing derby attracts hundreds of Children each year and as the children are fishing the parents can enjoy a wonderful pancake breakfast cooked by the Coquitlam Kinsman Club. Como Lake, 686 Gatensbury Street, Coquitlam; 604-931-1505.

May 30, 2004
Steveston Lions Club Car Show, Steveston Community Centre; 604-718-8080.

May 31, 2004
South Arm Slough Bicycling Tour Richmond Museum 604-231-6460

June 4, 2004
Stringfever: Ensemble features 12-year-old fiddle whiz Stefan Thordarson, Doug Thordarson (guitar, viola, violin) and Ron Thompson (guitar). Vancouver East Cultural Centre; 604-280-4444.

June 6, 2004
HSBC Childrun: The HSBC 19th Annual Childrun which benefits the Pediatric Oncology Department at BC Children's Hospital. You can participate in either the 5K run at Queen Elizabeth Park or the Kidzone 1K Carnival around hospital grounds. Schools, corporate, families and individuals are welcome to join! To register ONLINE, visit or call 604-875-2444 for more information. Our email is

Ongoing until May 9, 2004
Smitten : A Midsummer Night’s Dream, TOOBA Studios 154 West Hastings; 604-730-5023.

Ongoing until May 16, 2004
Canvas of War: Masterpieces from the Canadian War Museum: In sending artists to the front during World War I, Canada became the first country to officially sanction a war artists program. During World War II, Canadian artists were joined by their British counterparts in recording the historic conflict. In this national touring exhibition, the Canadian War Museum has opened its distinguished collection to highlight 72 works by such notable artists as Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley and other members of the Group of Seven, Jack Shadbolt, E.J. Hughes, Alex Colville and numerous others. Vancouver Art Gallery, 604.662.4719.

Ongoing until May 29, 2004
Evita: Evita is the story of Eva, a poor Argentine girl who grew up to be the wife of the president of Argentina and to be worshipped by her people. Featuring the songs Don't Cry for Me Argentina, High Flying Adored, Another Suitcase in Another Hall and The Money Kept Rolling In. Stanley Theatre, 604-687-1644. 

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