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Special Events for November 2010
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November 1, 2010
Grant Lawrence. Popular CBC personality Grant Lawrence reads from his first book, "Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound", a memoir of his experiences spending his summers growing up in the coastal Wilderness. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Harbour Publishing. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

November 1- 30, 2010
Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and the Prostate Centre are proud to present a new initiative called the Hair Affair.  The Hair Affair is a new fundraising project that will run in the months of October and November that raises money and awareness for Prostate Cancer in British Columbia. For more information or to register please visit our website or you can call us at 604-574-4012

November 3, 2010
Linda McQuaig & Neil Brooks: The Trouble with Billionaires.  Please join us for a fascinating talk by the authors of "The Trouble with Billionaires: Why Too Much Money at the Top is Bad for Everyone." The glittering lives of billionaires may seem like a harmless source of entertainment but such concentrated economic power reverberates throughout society, threatening the quality of life and the very functioning of democracy. Award-winning journalist Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks, professor of tax law, spark the debate about the kind of society we want. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Penguin Canada. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

November 3, 2010
The Poltics of Climate Change: Martin Toren.  Global warming may be the biggest threat to the human race. Though scientific evidence seems quite compelling, effective action to deal with climate change has been lacking in most of the world. Stake-holders in various industries, particularly the energy sector, have launched formidable campaigns against action to mitigate the causes of climate change. We will examine arguments for and against reducing carbon emissions and the roles governments, private enterprise, NGOs and individuals can assume in this urgent matter. The 55th Langara College Community Lecture series: "Globalization, eh?" is presented by current and retired Langara College faculty. Admission is free.  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

November 3 - 7, 2010
Vancouver Fashion Week 2011 Spring/Summer Collections.  Join us November 3 - 7, 2010 for Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) as we celebrate our 10th anniversary! Held at the Empire Landmark Hotel in downtown Vancouver, designers from around the globe will be featuring their Spring/Summer 2011 collections on the runway. Experience international fashion exploding onto the catwalk from countries such as Britain, India, the United States and Brazil. Hailed as the West Coast's most prestigious industry event, VFW brings together consumers, buyers, media and industry professionals all under one roof for a culturally diverse clothing week. This event is open to the public and tickets go on sale October 10, 2010. For show and ticket information, please visit

November 3 - 7, 10 - 20, 2010
Touchstone Theatre opens their 35th Anniversary Season with the wickedly funny musical Mimi (or A Poisoner’s Comedy). Directed by Katrina Dunn with Jennifer Lines in the lead role as France’s infamous poisoning Marquise. Mimi plays the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from November 3 to 7 and the Firehall Arts Centre November 10 to 20.

November 4, 2010
Nitobe Memorial Garden, 1973. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nitobe Gardens, the Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to present these beautiful photographs by Trevor Martin on the 2nd floor of the Centre. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre.

November 4 , 5, 2010
Centennial Theatre and the Vancouver Tap Dance Society present Savion Glover – Bare Soundz.  After making his Broadway debut at the age of 12 alongside Sammy Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines, Savion Glover has become a legend of Tap. Winning a Tony Award in 1996 for the Broadway smash hit ‘Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk’, Glover has picked up accolades for a series of diverse projects. He has collaborated with P Diddy on pop videos and worked on a film with Spike Lee. He was the co-choreographer and the central motion-capture dancer for the main character ‘Mumble’ in the 2006 animated release ‘Happy Feet’. Tickets are $62 for adults, $60 for seniors, and $48 for students. Available through the Centennial Theatre Box Office (604) 984-4484, or in person at 2300 Lonsdale Avenue , North Vancouver . Monday to Saturday, noon to 5:00 pm

November 4 - 5, 2010
Centennial Theatre and the Vancouver Tap Dance Society present Savion Glover – Bare Soundz. Savion has developed a contemporary, funked-up and post-bebop street style that pays discreet homage to past masters while pushing his chosen form of expression into the future. Savion’s ‘Bare Soundz’ unleashes an exhilarating blast of percussive footwork that is refreshingly free of any trace of showbiz glitz. Tickets are $62 for adults, $60 for seniors, and $48 for students. Available through the Centennial Theatre Box Office (604) 984-4484,

November 4 - 14, 2010
Solo Collective presents LOVE FIGHTS, a night of two One-Acts about love and death. The Trolley Car by Amiel Gladstone and Coffee Makes Me Cry by Adam Underwood. November 4 to 14 (November 3 preview) at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island. Tickets available at VancouverTix, 604-629-VTIX.

November 5, 2010
The Clean Bin Project: Documentary Film.  The Clean Bin Project is a feature documentary film about a regular couple and their quest to answer the question "is it possible to live completely waste free?". Vancouverites Jen and Grant go head to head in a battle to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least landfill garbage in an entire year. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the sobering problem waste in North American society.  Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their seemingly minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”.  Featuring interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert, Captain Charles Moore, The Clean Bin Project presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action.Fri, Nov 5th at 7pm at SFU Woodwards.  Ticket $10 @ the door or online @

November 7, 2010
Bash The Trash Family Event.  Bash the Trash. Sunday, November 07, 2010. Showtimes 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM. The Environment, Story-telling, Instrument- building and Music making! For over 20 years Bash the Trash has been delighting audiences with their sold-out interactive programmes, collaborating with such institutions as New York's 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall and Mister Roger's Neighbourhood. Meet this group of New York-based musicians and educators who build and perform on instruments made from re-used and re-cycled junk. Their interactive workshop/concert for children aged 3-6 years is a journey into sound, science and instruments - all the while showing them how to keep the Earth clean. In Clunk the Junk children will explore the Percussion Family - instruments that can be shaken, scraped and struck. Audience members will be able to build their own musical instruments and join the Bash the Trash band in a rousing musical story.

November 7, 2010
History of Chocolate and Reception.  This family event features activities for all ages. Upon arrival at 2:00 pm, Chocolate Festival partners will have samples galore for everyone to enjoy.Kids & youth in attendance will have a special area that is all about them - organic chocolate milk, chocolate tastings, chocolate-influenced foods, ice cream & chocolate activities.At 3:00 pm our guests will be invited into the 200 seat theatre, where guest speakers will entertain & inform. Local youth from various choirs, dance studios, theatre groups & musical centres will perform for the next hour. From 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, there will be more samples & tastings. 100 Newport Dr, Port Moody Galleria At Port Moody City Hall. 604-939-8068.

November 8, 2010
Shadbolt Centre's  Black Box Film Series Presents the Poignant Mao's Last Dancer.  This is the inspirational true story of Li Cunxin, adapted from his best-selling autobiography and telling how, amidst the chaos of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, he was chosen to leave his peasant family and sent on an amazing journey … as it turned out towards freedom and personal triumph. or Box Office: 604-205-3000 

November 12, 2010
Day of the Arts: Once Upon a Time.  Day of the Arts: Once Upon a Time features a variety of fairy-tale-themed art classes. Kids can shape and decorate a magical fairy tale castle from clay, make a crown or tiara suitable for a king or queen, weave an enchanted daisy, bring to life a dramatic fairy tale and more. To view the full time-table and class descriptions, visit  or pick up a brochure at Place des Arts. Registration is now open by phone at 604.664.1636, online at  or in person.

November 13, 2010
Benefit Concert for the Scholarship for Advanced Musical Studies. Place des Arts’ senior piano students present an exquisite evening of music. Come and hear these amazing young talents perform piano works by Grieg, Pinto, Mozart, Pepin and Bartók. Special guests the Place des Arts String quartet will join in, playing works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. All proceeds support the Scholarship for Advanced Musical Studies awarded annually to a Place des Arts music student studying at the grade 10 or ARCT level.

November 13, 2010
Craft Fair.  This is the time to sell your hand made items. Book your table for only $28! Fair takes place on Saturday November 13, from 10:00-3:00pm. Admission Free! Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388.

November 13, 2010
The Kerplunks Concert. Award winning entertainers who bring high energy, colourful performances to the stage - and are committed to educating children through musical creativity! When they start playing, the kids are soon dancing and following along with the actions. Even parents cant resist getting up out of their seats! The Kerplunks two albums: The Kerplunks and Walk on are both Juno nominated and The Kerplunks have won the Canadian Folk Music Awards Childrens Album of the Year and the Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Childrens Recording. For more information about The Kerplunks, please visit Membership NOT required. Please note: there is no online registration for this concert. Tickets: $9/person (2yrs+) or $30/family of four.

November 14, 2010
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 $4 at Door - Children Under 13 Free - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar.  Croatian Cultural Centre

November 15, 2010
Ghosts: Film Screening.  Please join us for a screening of "Ghosts", Morvary Samares powerful documentary about the fragile balance between democracy, human rights and national security. Three Arab-Canadian men are detained and tortured for months in years in Syria in Egypt. Upon their release they return to Canada struggling to find some answers as to why they were detained and tortured. An internal inquiry into their cases, the Iacobucci Inquiry, reveals that the Canadian government was complicit in their detention and torture. The camera team follows the lives and cases of the men for a year and a half as the men fight to leave the horror of torture behind them. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Cinema Politica).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

November 17, 2010
Drawing Life, The Universe & Everything: Drawing Graphic Novels 101.  Learn how to illustrate your own guide to life, the universe and everything with graphic novel artist Julian Lawrence. No experience necessary. Materials provided. Open to all ages. Admission is free but registration is required - call 604-331-3607. A One Book, One Vancouver event. Now in its ninth year, One Book, One Vancouver is Vancouvers city-wide book club, promoting reading and encouraging discussion. From September 26 to November 30, join Vancouvers award-winning One Book, One Vancouver program and enjoy the seriously funny, out-of-this-world classic The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Read the book and check out some inspiring intergalactic events you wont soon forget. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

November 17 - 21, 2010
Welcome to the 37th Annual Christmas Market which will take place November 17-21, 2010 at the new West Building of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Shoppers & attendees will find gorgeous clay work, the newest & hottest of Canadian fashion & jewellery design, stunning glass work, handmade candles & soaps, unique clothing & toy items for children & an assortment of amazing home décor items. 265 artisans from coast to coast.

November 18, 2010
Positively Petite and Christmas Boutique Gala Opening Reception.  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue , Coquitlam |  Join us at the gala opening reception of Place des Arts’ Positively Petite miniature exhibition and seasonal Christmas Boutique. Enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers while you browse in peace amidst beautiful high quality, handcrafted items and view exquisite miniature artworks.All are made by talented local artists and are a sustainable alternative to mass-produced, foreign-made products shipped from across the globe.

November 18 - 21, 2010
Christmas at Hycroft - Winter Wonderland. This is the 38th year the heritage mansion called Hycroft will be decorated for Christmas; showcasing local non profits and artisans with Christmas items for sale including culinary creations of james, jellies etc; local entertainment; cafe; raffles/silent auction; art gallery. 1489 McRae Ave, 604-731-4661

November 20 - 21, 2010
10th Annual Nikkei Place Craft & Bake Fair.  Celebrate Christmas with a Japanese flair! From gorgeous traditional textiles to fun and funky contemporary items as well as home baking, the always popular Craft Fair has something to suit every taste in this year’s expanded two-day fair. Check out different vendors on each day.

November 20 - 21, 2010
Urban Academy’s Christmas Magic at the Manor Craft Fair.  Urban Academy School (formerly Robson Manor) is proud to present its annual craft fair, Christmas Magic at the Manor. Join us in the exquisitely decorated mansion for quality, handmade crafts, tea and treats in the enchanting tea room, and a chance to win some fabulous prizes. All this and more wrapped up in a weekend! Admission by donation. Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 from 10am – 5pm, 101 Third Street, New Westminster;

November 21, 2010
Family Day at Place des Arts. In the spirit of the season, our November 21 Family Day is FREE! Gather up the family and tour the annual Positively Petite miniature exhibition. Participate in a floor talk and portraiture workshop with Sandrine Pelissier based on her exhibit The Landscape of the Face. Then celebrate small in a variety of all-ages, drop-in style workshops. Create a miniature sailboat, a mini waterless snow globe, and your very own lantern with artist Liz Summerfield that you can use at our holiday event, Light up the Square: a Lantern Affair on December 4. This is going to be a busy event! Reserve your spot by calling 604.664.1636 before Tuesday, November 16. 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam |

November 21 - 20, 2010
Annual Eagle Fest Kilby Park on Harrison Bay.  There are several stops on route, but Kilby Historic Site on Harrison Bay is one of the best wildlife viewing areas for the approx 1,200 eagles returning each year to the Harrison; Chehalis area each year. Just down the road at the museum you can warm up with a hot cocoa or some homemade soup at the Harrison River Restaurant or visit the 1906 General Store & working farm. The museum is always very educational & provides a fun craft for the kids. Regular admission applies.

November 24 to December 24, 2010
Vancouver Christmas Market.  For the first time ever, a German Christmas Village comes to Canada. Located in front of Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Christmas market brings unique holiday shopping experiences, seasonal entertainment & traditional food right to Downtown. The festively decorated outdoor Village features rows of illuminated wooden huts & thousands of sparkling Christmas lights. The sound of bells & trumpeters & the delicious aromas of mulled wine & spicy gingerbread make the Village an unforgettable experience for the whole family. More than 40 vendors from Germany and Canada offer traditional handmade arts & crafts, Bavarian and German-style food & drinks.

November 25, 2010
Lighting of the Douglas Park Tree.  Join us for this annual tree lighting event and watch as we light the park! Make your own lantern, carry it through the labyrinth and watch the lighting celebration. Enjoy complimentry hot chocolate too. All ages are welcome. Please purchase tickets in advance. Dress warmly. Thu Nov 25 5:30-7:00 pm $8/family or $4/person. 604 257 8130

November 26 - 27, 2010
Red Cross Craft Fair The fair will raise money to support medical equipment for children and youth in our short term loan program. The event will be on Friday Nov 26 (3pm-7pm) and Saturday Nov 27 (10am-3pm) at our Burnaby location at 3400 Lake City Way Burnaby. 604-709-6685

November 26 to December 31, 2010
The Vancouver Park Board and British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund invite everyone to nights of magic and illumination for the thirteenth annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park. More than two million twinkling lights transform the forest, the train and children’s farmyard areas in the middle of the city’s wondrous Stanley Park. Bright Nights is enhanced by entertainment, dozens of delightful animated displays and more — carrying on the tradition started with the first Christmas Train over thirty years ago. For more information or to make a donation, please visit

November 26, 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 (

November 28, 2010
Children's Toy & Clothing Market.  Buy or sell used childrens toys and clothes. Tables are $12 and go on sale Oct 16. In person registration only. Only used materials can be sold. No merchants or businesses. Sunday November 28 10:00am -1:00 pm Free Admission. Douglas Park Community Centre - 801 West 22nd Avenue. 604 257 8130.

November 27 - 28, 2010
Christmas at Kilby.  November 27 & 28 Christmas at Kilby The quaint, country charm of this area is especially vibrant at this time of year. Various locations from the Agassiz-Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour will be celebrating Christmas in the Country this weekend. At the Harrison River Restaurant we will feature a Christmas Ham dinner for lunch.

December 1 - 4, 2010
EXTRA EXTRA. A fast-paced powerhouse of explosively charged images and rich, multifaceted textures. Choreographed by Judith Garay, artistic director of Dancers Dancing. Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street.

December 4, 2010
This year, Heritage Square’s free holiday event Light up the Square is a lantern affair, complete with loads of fun activities and performances for the whole family. Make your own glowing lantern with which to deck Place des Arts’ Leonore Peyton Salon; bring a donation for the food bank to put under the “wish” tree, make an ornament to hang on it, and warm up with free hot chocolate at the Station Museum; partake in heritage baking and cookie and gingerbread decorating; enjoy yummy seasonal treats in the Noël Café; take a tour of Mackin Museum; and visit with Père Noël. The grand finale features a live presentation of the Christmas episode of Radio Maillard: a Vaudeville. Visit for more information.

December 5, 2010
7th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade. This year’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade will feature its’ largest ever number of marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators. Produced by Rogers Communications Inc., the televised Parade is the Lower Mainland’s biggest winter event lining the streets of West Georgia and Howe.

Ongoing to November 10, 2010
West Coast Chocolate Festival. This not-for-profit festival remains an ambitious, dynamic, volunteer-driven operation dedicated to providing work and mentorship experiences for youth while showcasing emerging talent in the local arts and chocolate industries. The Festival offers something for everyone, and upholds the idea that adults want to support youth. At the West Coast Chocolate Festival people support youth and the arts - by just showing up for chocolate. What is the goal of the festival? The festival thrives upon a passion for empowering youth through mentorship initiatives by providing positions for students in various festival projects, which cover a wide variety of areas of study. Sign up to volunteer and be part of the West Coast Chocolate Festival Team! Mission Statement The West Coast Chocolate Festival Society is a non-profit organization that empowers youth by creating mentored work experiences through chocolate inspired

Ongoing to December 11, 2010
Back by popular demand!  The Baker's Market is a Saturday market starting up again on Oct. 2 - Dec. 11.   Inspired by farmers markets (no veggies please), just lots of sweet & savoury baked goodies. 11am-3 pm.  Enter through the back door at #115-408 East Kent Avenue South , Vancouver , BC   V5X 2X7 . for more info.

Ongoing to December 31, 2010
Vancouver International Biennale. Celebrate sculpture, new media & performance in public spaces. Themed "IN-TRANSIT-ION", the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale expands beyond monumental scultpure installations along park, bike lane & urban plazas, to include a range of works on the new Canada Line Rapid Transit system. Bringing internationally renowned artists to our communities, the Vancouver Biennale acts as an open air museum, where art is accessible 365 days a year for all to enjoy. See our website for locations throughout the city.

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