Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for May 2010
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
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May 1, 2010
MISS SWEET PEA SPRING PAGEANT. The Miss Sweet Pea Pageant offers a wide variety of exciting prizes including CASH SCHOLARSHIPS. Our winners will also receive crowns, sashes, pageant trophies, prizes and more! Sashes are also awarded in each of our optional categories. This event is fun and affordable for everyone! WWW.SWEETPEAPAGEANTS.COM

May 1 - 2, 2010
Make It! The Handmade Revolution. Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from 100 of Canada’s hottest urban artisans and designers! Make It fuses indie shopping, a fully licensed bar and music spun by top Vancouver DJs to create a dynamic, upbeat experience! There will be something for everyone from fashion, accessories, art, jewelry, baby items and home decor. The First 25 Shoppers get a free goodie bag! (each day) $5 at the door (kids under 12 are free!). Croatian Cultural Centre,

May 1 - 6, 2010
Dine Out Vancouver.  A showcase of Vancouver's renowned food & wine scene. Participating restaurants will offer special 3-course dinner menus to allow visitors to sample the best of local cuisine at an exceptional value.

May 1 - 8, 2010
City of Bhangra Festival. Dance, sing, watch and learn asthe City of Bhangra Festival: April 29 to May 8, 2010. Events across Metro Vancouver: drum circle, art exhibit, an intercultural dance mash-up and the finale Bhangra Competition.

May 2, 2010
22nd Annual Burnaby Rhododendron Festival. Highlights of Burnaby's quaint, "green" festival include a variety of musical entertainment & interactive arts activities, site rovers, mini educational workshops, horticultural, nature tours & commercial plant sales. A silent auction, artisan & pottery sale are always favourites. Shadbolt Centre For The Arts (Deer Lake Park);

May 2, 2010
BMO Bank Of Montreal Vancouver Marathon. Explore beautiful Vancouver while pushing your physical limits. The 42 km marathon takes participants from Concord Pacific Place by BC Place Stadium through False Creek to Stanley Park & the Kitsilano neighbourhood. The course, which has added roadside entertainment this year, is a Boston Marathon & New York Marathon qualifying event. Check website for up-to-date race information.

May 2, 2010
Coal Harbour Community Centre - 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver - is having an all day, all ages event on Sunday, May 2, 2010. Kids ages 0 to 6 can enjoy Music with Marnie ( from 10:30 to 11:15 AM and free playtime, arts & crafts and ballet. Parents can go to Kardio Kickboxing, Felting and Button Making and Watercolour Art. Everything is free and starts at 10:30 AM until 2:00 PM. More details at

May 2, 2010
Crossroads Hospice Society will host the 8th Annual Hike for Hospice on May 2, 2010. People from across Canada will gather pledges and then hike to raise public awareness for hospice palliative care. This family and pet friendly fundraising initiative will help advance the hospice palliative care initiatives in your local community.  Prizes, ice cream, entertainment and a By-Donation barbeque are also features. 100% of funds stays in our community. Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Coquitlam; )

May 2, 2010
Got Craft? Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair is kicking off the 4th annual Spring show with 50 local and handmade vendors. There will be giveaways, live demonstrations by YUDU silk screening and a DIY table hosted by Spool of Thread Sewing Lounge to make your own crafts. Royal Canadian Legion – 2205 Commercial Drive (at E. 6th Ave);

May 2, 2010
Salmon Send-Off.  Join us for some fishy fun at Tynehead hatchery.  Release salmon fry, see the volunteer-run hatchery, take part in children’s activities, and experience a walk along a river habitat. For a small fee try trout fishing and feeding the salmon fry. Enjoy the reasonable priced food at the concession. Drop by between 11 am and 3 pm; allow at least one hour to complete most activities. Meet at Tynehead Hatchery located at the 96th Avenue entrance between 160th and 168th Streets in Surrey . Presented by Serpentine Enhancement Society in cooperation with Metro Vancouver.

May 3, 2010
Monday Showcase Concert  (FREE EVENT).  Join Dal Richards, marching bands, jazz combos, choirs, string quartets, Juno-nominated artists and 500 schoolchildren as they perform on three stages in support of music education in Canada. This national event will see 700,000 students across Canada perform Serena Ryder’s “Sing, Sing” at 10 am Pacific Time. Vancouver Art Gallery. Visit

May 3, 2010
Music Monday Fundraising Concert. Yale Hotel. Luke Doucet headlines a fundraising concert featuring Kinnie Starr, Veda Hille, Adaline, James Lamb and the Weekend Warrior house band. Proceeds support the Coalition for Music Education, which works to protect and support music programs in schools. Visit Tickets available at Ticketmaster, Tom Lee Music, Long & McQuade stores,, and at the door.

May 5, 2010
Blackthorn is a Celtic band that saw its first inception back in 1989 when a small group of expats found a common interest in a music that wasn’t all that common in Vancouver at the time. Since then, the group has travelled a long road through the streets of traditional and not-so-traditional Celtic music, expanding their repertoire and musical skills along the way. Blackthorn can rip up a reel, bounce along with a jig, pull your heart strings with a mournful ballad and have you laughing and singing along to a favourite old tune all in the course of a performance. They play in their own style, with their own interpretation of the music and it is very apparent when watching them, that they have fun and enjoy what they are doing. Tickets are available on-line at or email

May 7 - 9, 2010
West Coast Chuckwagon & Chariot Racing. Dust is gonna fly at Heritage Park with action in the oval! Chilliwack Heritage Park,

May 8, 2010
Evergreen Garden Club Plant Sales,  9 am to 1 pm, 5258 Saratoga Drive, Tsawwassen;

May 8, 2010
Nature Tea Party – FREE Family Event!  Treat your mom to a special celebration for Mother’s Day! Decorate cookies and enjoy a cup of nature-inspired tea in the forest. Take a walk down a nature trail to finish off your morning. Rain or shine. The Surrey Nature Centre is located at 14255 96th Avenue in Surrey.  For more information about the Surrey Nature Centre and its programs, events and location please visit our website at  or phone 604.502.6065 or email

May 9, 2010
Celebrate the day that is set aside to honour Mothers on a jet boat river tour with Fraser River Safari. The Mighty Fraser has been luring explorers for more than 9000 years and today is host to some of the best, scenery, and diverse wildlife in our region.  The heated and fully covered “Safari” craft makes traveling in any weather comfortable and fun, so treat Mom to a unique way to discover the Valley. This expedition leaves Historic Mission Harbour . (Just one hour east of Vancouver ) Enjoy a delicious hot lunch is on us today! Adults $110 Seniors $90 Children $70 Children under 4 are free. Tel# 1-866-348-6877 (prices include all taxes)

May 9, 2010
Mother’s Day Tea & More.  A Mother’s Day tradition for all ages, enjoy tea and scones from COBS Bread – Suter Brook on our 1921 railcar while listening to the music of the 1940s.  While you’re here, learn to make traditional yarn dolls and experience our beautiful heritage garden by planting a vegetable and receiving a free flower for your own garden courtesy of Art Knapp. Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray St., Port Moody; 604-939-1648

May 13 to July 11, 2010
Arts Club Theatre Company presents Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.  “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away”—the list of hit songs penned by Buddy Holly goes on and on. By his untimely death, the legend had already changed popular music forever. Vibrant and celebratory, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story highlights the talent and passion that lives on in his music and continues to thrill audiences long after they dance out of the theatre!

May 14, 2010
Stars on Ice. The Sears Stars on Ice Presented by Samsung Tour, founded and produced by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, is one of the premier family entertainment events in Canada. Cast members performing in the 2010 20th Anniversary Tour also include Four-Time World Champion & Four-Time Canadian National Champion Kurt Browning, Olympic Medalist, World Champion & Three-Time Canadian National Champion Jeffrey Buttle, World Silver Medalist, Six-Time Canadian National Champion & 2010 Olympic Team Member Joannie Rochette, Three-Time Canadian National Champions & 2010 Olympic Team Members Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, and Two-Time World Silver Medalists & Five-Time Canadian National Champions Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon.

May 14 - 16, 2010
Every Woman in the World Conference. Held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, this 7th annual conference opens the door for women to a variety of new sports and interests including yoga, gymnastics, mountain biking, belly dancing, Pilates, meditation, boot camp and spontaneous art. For more information see our website.

May 14 to September 26, 2010
Museum of Vancouver presents Fox, Fluevog and Friends. Meet John Fluevog, Peter Fox and Ken Rice: friends, collaborators, trend-spotters, businessmen, and artists. This fashion retrospective explores the story behind their footwear companies, from their early days making the scene in 1970s Gastown to acclaim and powerful brand loyalty on an international scale. Approximately 150 shoes dating from 1968 to 2000 are featured, complemented by photographs, catalogues, newspaper articles, sketches and customer comments.

May 15, 2010
Fathers' Run Presented by Scotiabank.  We all have a father, a brother or a friend who we can run for. That’s what this youth initiated event is all about. Join event organizer and high school student, Julia Tikhonova, for the first annual Fathers’ Run presented by Scotiabank and in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. This is a 10km fun run on the Traboulay Port Coquitlam Trail (Victoria & Cedar) for all ages. For more information call 604-927-7981 or email us at

May 15, 2010
Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society and Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden present Stringing Zithers 2010.

May 15, 2010
West Coast All Canadian Girl Pageant. We are NOT A BEAUTY PAGEANT! Out girls don't just walk across a stage and get judged on how they look! Our program offers children and young ladies ages 0-19 the opportunity to be recognized for being an incredible and beautiful NATURAL girl, both inside and out. In fact, personality is worth more points in our system than anything else!  Our participants compete on a local preliminary level, where they have the opportunity to win crowns, trophies, sashes and other fun prizes! They can also earn their entry fees paid to our Provincial Pageant!  Our girls also have the opportunity to be in parades and other events throughout the year. Burnaby/Coquitlam. Please visit: for all details!

May 16, 2010
'In The Bag'. The 17 member FORT LANGLEY ARTISTS GROUP (FLAG) presents their first show of the 2010 season featuring the theme "In the Bag". Drop by the Flagstop Gallery at the Langley Heritage Society's CN Station in Fort Langley (on the corner of Glover & Mavis) to see how the artists have interpreted this challenging and amusing theme. The show features a wide variety of mediums and styles including painting, drawing, photography, clay, printmaking, mixed media and others. All art is locally made and 100% original. Support local artists by visiting the gallery to see what this talented group has to offer.

May 16, 2010
2nd Annual Tri-Cities Wheel to Heal Ride. Presented by Cap's Westwood Cycle & benefiting the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. The 2nd Annual Wheel to Heal Ride is a great way to get active and have fun with family, friends, or as an individual. There are 3 courses to choose from (10km, 40km, 80km) so there is something for all levels of cyclists. There are tons of awesome prizes to be won, including a $2000 bike from Cannondale and a $500 team Gift Certificate. Everyone gets a t-shirt, water bottle, and swag bag, plus it is all for a great cause. Join the ride today!

May 16, 2010
3 Alarm Adventure Race "Heal The Burn". The 3 Alarm Adventure Race is an incredibly fun & challenging 3-4 hour, 4-member team adventure race, based in the “side-country” of Abbotsford, BC. There will be mud, trails, mountain bikes, orienteering, canoes, water, sweat, mystery events & more! Softcore & hardcore adventurers are encouraged to participate & in doing so, raise money for the Abbotsford Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, a charity dedicated to assisting the recovery of burn survivors. Grassroots Adventure Company will be directing the race, in partnership with the Abbotsford Fire Fighters and local adventure-based sponsors. Join us and “Heal the Burn”! https://www.grassrootsadventure.wordpress

May 16, 2010
Hello! 2nd Annual Wheel to Heal Ride. This is a fun bike ride and with 3 courses to choose from (10km, 40km, or 80km) there is something for everyone! Spend a morning biking the marked trails and routes enjoying the sights and sounds of the Tri-Cities! Great event for friends, families, co-workers and teams! Kids under 8 are free and even adults are only $35 to register, you get a free t-shirt, water bottle and swag bag! Plus it's for a great cause - all proceeds go to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation! Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way Coquitlam BC)

May 16, 2010
May Fun Fly at Garry Point Park, Richmond. British Columbia Kitefliers Association,

May 16, 2010
Spring into Summer.  Join at the season opening of the Burnaby Lake Nature House. Take a guided walk with a park interpreter to learn about our spring avian visitors and to see some of the summer’s first plants. Visit displays or make a craft to take home; enjoy the view from the viewing tower overlooking Burnaby Lake .

May 17 - 24, 2010
Vancouver International Children's Festival 2010. A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. Jam-packed with music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus arts and much more, the Vancouver International Children's Festival embodies the buoyant spirit and endless curiosity of children all over the world. Kids of all ages can try something new or just have some fun at one of our more than 20 colourful site activities!

May 19, 2010
Free The Children celebrates young global change makers in BC at West Fest 2.0. Join Free The Children for a night of renowned speakers, inspiring youth leaders and rockin’ live performances at West Fest 2.0. This exciting event marks the one year anniversary of our west coast headquarters and showcases the exemplary achievements of youth in B.C. Made possible by the hard work of Free The Children staff and volunteers – West Fest 2.0 invites youth, schools groups, families and community members to share in the celebration. The Vogue Theatre,

May 21 - 22, 2010
May Long Weekend - Official Patio Season Opener and Benefit for Children’s Hospital.  Hamilton Street Grill officially opens their patio with a BBQ benefiting Children’s Hospital.

May 21 - 24, 2010
Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair. This 4 day event hosts some of the world's top cowboys & cowgirls as well as tons of family-friendly fun, including BC's largest travelling midway. Enjoy live entertainment, education, exhibitions, arts & crafts competitions, rodeo action & more. All ages are guaranteed a memorable Victoria Day Long Weekend.

May 24, 2010
21st Annual Edition North Shore Spring Triathlon. Join us for the 21st anniversary edition of the North Shore Spring Triathlon on Monday, May 24, 2010 (Victoria Day). This year's race features a spectator friendly course, Legendary Race Announcer Steve King & long-sleeved technical garments for all participants. Downline a copy of the 2009 entry form at our website. There is a course for everyone: kids 7 & under, 8-11 & 12-15; adults.

May 27, 2010
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon hour series comes to a close with Mascall Dance’s innovative show, Homewerk. What is home? Is it a physical place or a feeling? Is it family background, your job or language? Choreographed by Jennifer Mascall, Homewerk investigates stories of home and belonging through high-energy dance, rhythmic music and inventive props. Concepts of shelter, comfort and acceptance are split open by the superb dancers in this delightful but thought-provoking performance about how people live throughout the world. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver. Tickets  Info

May 27 - 30, 2010
CIRCUSWEST PRESENTS AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. This year the world came to Vancouver. In May, CircusWest brings you to the world in a unique circus adaptation of Jules Verne’s  Around the World in 80 Days. Join CircusWest performers as they embark on a magical journey flipping, flying and flirting with gravity across the globe to London, Paris, Barcelona, the Taj Mahal in India, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Japan and Canada.  This original show was created by CircusWest's Artistic Director Jay Nunns. Tickets and information: or (604) 252-3679.

May 28, 2010
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 (

May 28 - 30, 2010
EAT! Vancouver - The Everything Food + Cooking Festival, this year takes place May 28-30 at the new Vancouver Convention Centre.  The festival hosts over 200 food and cooking exhibitors and about 15 top tier Vancouver restaurants within our BITE of Vancouver restaurant pavilion. Our show also includes the ever popular Food Network Stage that hosts various Food Network celebrities. Some of the hosts we've had in the past include: Bob Blumer, Anna Olson, and Anthony Sedlak. .

May 28 - 30, 2010
EAT! Vancouver, Food + Cooking Festival. Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food & beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, & many others from the culinary world will come together for a 3 day public extravaganza at the Vancouver Convention Centre. EAT Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations & intense culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage & cooking related exhibits; & of course fantastic shopping opportunities.

May 29, 2010
13th Annual European Festival 2010. Explore 32 European countries in 1 day! Gates open 10 am. Cultural displays, marketplace & childrens tent until 6 pm. Stage entertainment & food booths until 8 pm. Beer garden. Dance 9 pm.

May 29, 2010
Garden With Me! – FREE Family Event!  Want to grow your own plants and vegetables this season? Bring your entire family and learn how to garden with your children. Our fun and simple activities are designed to get you growing right away! Equipment provided. Rain or shine. The Surrey Nature Centre is located at 14255 96th Avenue in Surrey.  For more information about the Surrey Nature Centre and its programs, events and location please visit our website at  or phone 604.502.6065 or email

May 29, 2010
Huge Kids Swap Meet - Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Excellent opportunity to buy or sell new & used infant to teen items. Sellers selling everything from maternity items, clothing for all ages, toys, video games, furniture, strollers, bikes, sports equipment and more. Definitely a must see and well worth the drive. There is a Concession and ATM on site; 604 588 9919.

May 29, 2010
Huge Kids Swap Meet at Cloverdale Fairgrounds. New/ used kids items everything for baby - 10 years old. Well worth the drive.  9 am - 1 pm. 6050 176 Street, Cloverdale; 604-588-9919,

May 29, 2010
The Diversity Health Fair is a free community event where multi-ethnic families and youth can learn about various health programs, from mental health to diabetes.  As obesity is one of the main factors in the development of chronic health conditions, the 2010 Diversity Health Fair will focus on the theme of healthy weight from healthy eating and active lives.  Over 50 exhibitors share information in a culturally conscious way by using interpreters or providing resources translated in multiple languages from Chinese and Farsi to Japanese and Spanish.  Our Fair will also feature multicultural entertainment, fitness and cooking demonstrations, interactive games, health screenings and tests as well as a kid’s activity area.  A new addition to this year’s Fair will be an outdoor activity tent! Croatian Cultural Centre,

May 30, 2010
THE WALK TO FIGHT ARTHRITIS. The Arthritis Society’s Walk to Fight Arthritis presented by the makers of TYLENOL® is about walking and fighting back. By registering and raising pledges, you’ll be helping to fund cutting-edge research and essential programs that support those living with arthritis. Walk for yourself. Walk for someone you love. Walk for the over 4 million Canadians with arthritis. Join us Sunday May 30th at Vancouver's Langara Park together with 17 other Canadian cities in the fight against arthritis! Great entertainment, refreshments, prizes, and family fun! Visit our website to register and for more details. 604-714-5553

May 30, 2010
The Walk To Fight Arthritis, Langara Park ( West 49th Ave at Columbia St, Vancouver );, If you have any questions, please contact

May 30, 2010
WESTCOAST Motorcycle Ride To Live. We are proud to present the “Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live” which will be held on Sunday May 30th, 2010.  Our ride has been helping raise funds for prostate cancer for the last two years, with the funds raised going to research, support and awareness in British Columbia.  Our ride starts off with the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team leading the Ride to Live motorcycle parade at 9 AM sharp from Trev Deeley Motorcycles to Port Moody. The parade will be a closed route from Vancouver to Port Moody, this means no stopping and all intersections are controlled by police members; Vancouver Police and RCMP. For more information please visit ( or call 604-574-5100

June 5, 2010
PoCoMo Mom’s HOST Twins and Multiples Swap Meet at Trinity United Church. On Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Admission is FREE!  Get there early for best selection. Find great deals on baby and children’s clothes, toys, books and equipment geared to parents of Multiples.  Everyone welcomed! 604-942-0022

June 20, 2010
Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer. Prostate Cancer Foundation BC is proud to present the Father’s Day walk/run for Prostate Cancer “celebrating the 12th Anniversary of the Do it for Dad”.  This year’s Metro Vancouver event is Sunday June 20th. To date we have raised over $1.1 million dollars and last year was our best ever with a total of $220,000 raised in the Metro Vancouver area.  For more information please visit  or call 604-574-4012.

June 26, 2010
Open Mic Night. PYM Volunteers are hosting an Open Mic Night!  This is a fundraiser for Point Youth Media’s media programs & workshops with youth in Kampala, Uganda in May 2010. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about Point Youth Media and our initiatives. So, come out and discover some of the great talent Vancouver has to offer!

July 16, 17, 18, 2010
BC Renaissance Festival. King James’ Court returns to Steller’s Grove having been attacked by Pirates at sea. Have Charity and her crew turned on the King, or is there a Spanish plot to overthrow the throne of Scotland? Does King James have a dark secret from his past? Only one person knows for sure, but will all be revealed before war is declared? Come experience the 4th Annual BC Renaissance Festival! Shop the marketplace, enjoy the stage performers, and spend some time with the characters of Steller’s Grove. Thrill to the excitement of the Joust and join us in song at the end of the day. More to see and do for all ages. Come for the day, or visit us all three days, and immerse yourself in the 16^th century! Live The Revelry! Thunderbird Show Park, 24550 72nd Ave, Langley;

September 12, 2010
"Enjoy a day in the country without leaving the city" The 9th annual Southlands Country Fair on Sunday September the 12th from 10:00-4:00 is fun for children and adults alike.  There will be pony rides, petting farm, horse entertainment, food fair, farmers market, silent auction, live music, and carnival games. The day runs rain or shine and entry is by donation. Some activities may cost a small fee, while plenty of others are free. There is always lots of free parking. For more information please see our website

Ongoing until June 30, 2010
Vancouver Biennale. The Vancouver International Biennale is a free 22-month open air exhibition featuring the world’s most prominent sculptors and New Media artists. The Biennale is a bi-annual public art event featuring monumental public sculpture installations along the beaches, walking and bike pathways surrounding Vancouver and West Vancouver’s 12 waterside neighbourhoods and urban plaza’s while showcasing New Media installations via billboards, transit shelters and rapid transit. In this New Media component we have partnered with Pattison Outdoor, Canada’s largest billboard advertiser, and CBS/Viacom, to expand the Biennale’s reach throughout the province.

Ongoing to September 23, 2010
VancouverArt GalleryOffsite: Ken Lum -- January 23 to September 6, 2010. For his sculptural installation from shangri-la to shangri-laat Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, artist Ken Lum will construct scale replicas of three squatter’s shacks from North Vancouver ’s Maplewood Mudflats settlement. Located along the area’s intertidal zone from the early 20th century until 1971, the mudflat community was home to a number of artists, writers and activists. For his project, Lum will recreate the cabins of renowned writer Malcolm Lowry, artist Tom Burrows and Greenpeace leader Dr. Paul Spong. Propped up on stilts over the surface of the Offsite reflecting pool, the huts will strike a sharp contrast with the surrounding downtown architecture. Located at the foot of theShangri-La Hotel, Vancouver’s tallest building, these structures evoke the character of the mudflat community and draw attention to the advance of urban development in the Lower Mainland.

Beat Street Community Drum Circle.  Enjoy call-and-response songs from around the world, rhythm games and hand drumming with the freedom to try out a huge selection of percussion instruments and toys.Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave.; Every Sunday 3-5 pm,, 604 736-6487

Community Lunch.  A free lunch of soup and sandwiches is offered weekly in North Vancouver in a safe, friendly, wheelchair accessible place where you can share a free meal with children, youth and adults. All are welcomed!  St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges, North Vancouver; 604-985-0408,

For the last 12 years I've been running a non-profit organization in Delta called Air Time Canada.  We offer a free Aviation Camp where kids (and adults) learn how to co-pilot an airplane and get a chance to try it out for real.  It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.  Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.  You can find out a lot more at:  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;

MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $8.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2009.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.

Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248,

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