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Special Events for October 2004


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October 1, 2004 
Hansel and Gretel: This fast-paced 45-minute production of the Engelbert Humperdinck opera - based on the classic children's tale by the Brothers Grimm - has been specially adapted for young audiences by stage director Ann Hodges and Vancouver Opera's Chorus Director Leslie Dala. It is performed in English, with an evocative and colourful set and exuberant costumes. Free public performance of Vancouver Opera's popular school touring production, in celebration of UNESCO's International Music Day; Renfrew Park Community Centre, 

October 1 - 3, 2004 
Drift: Art on Main Street: Sixty artists, whose works include mixed media painting,textiles, steel sculpture, 3-D wood construction, photomontage, glass art, metal furnishing, textual mixed media, layered collage, digital prints and more, will be showing in 23 open studios in the Main Street area, as well as in 31 galleries, restaurants, cafes and shops along (and just off) Main Street from Industrial Avenue to 33rd. Meet the artists at a kick-off party at the Western Front (E. 8th and Scotia) on Friday evening, October 1 from 7 to 11pm. It's a great opportunity to view a sample of each artist's work, pick up a map, and plan your tour of the studios and shops on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a raffle, door prizes, a cash bar and live entertainment by local musicians push 3. 

October 1 - 3, 2004 
Peace Ed 2004 - Building a Culture of Peace: We need to be educating not just the mind but also the heart. Educating the hearts of young people leads to peace in the future - Dalai Lama; To further the goals of peace education in our province. Our goal for this important 1st B.C. Peace Education Conference is to find out where we are now, and where we want to go in building a "culture of peace in B.C.". Our conference will focus on building the capacity of peace initiatives in B.C., including national and international issues. This is an opportunity for educators, organizations and citizens to help define priorities for the future of peace education in B.C.! Simon Fraser University; 

October 1 - 31, 2004 
HARVEST PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: Join the Anderson family at Aldor Acres (24990 - 84th Ave, Langley) for a fall visit and a ride in the hay wagon to the pumpkin fields. Visit the many farm animals and other exciting displays at a cost of $4 per person. Pumpkins cost extra. Call 604-888-0788 

October 2, 2004 to January 3, 2005 
Massive Change: The Future of Global Design: We live in a world where design affects all aspects of our lives and holds the possibility of changing the very nature of human life itself. Massive Change: The Future of Global Design is an exhibition that examines how design is changing the world. Curated by internationally renowned designer Bruce Mau, the exhibition invites viewers to consider the dynamic future of design culture and the choices we must make. By presenting the new capacity, power and promise of design, Massive Change poses the question: "Now that we can do anything, what will we do?" Massive Change is a project by Bruce Mau Design and the Institute without Boundaries, commissioned and organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and will tour internationally to six venues in North America, Europe and Asia. Vancouver Art Gallery, 

October 2, 2004 
Autumn Interlude Rotary Wine Festival: The Rotary Clubs of Surrey and Guildford present an evening of wine tasting, food sampling, music, live and silent auctions to benefit South Fraser Child Development Centre and Rotary charities. Guildford Town Centre, 

October 2, 2004 
Compass Crazy, Map Madness and Hiking Essentials: Do compasses leave you mystified and maps make you scratch your head? Learn how to use a compass and map your route. Find out how to read and make a map, and discover what to pack for a safe, successful hike. Belcarra Regional Park, Port Moody; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359. 

October 2, 2004 
Country Dance with The Sybarites: We welcome the Sybaritic String Band for the second time this season for another called country dance. Dress is casual, wear comfy shoes. No partner required. Beginners and expert dancers welcome. St James Hall, Vancouver; 604-736-3022 or 

October 2, 2004 
Darts Hill Garden Open House: Fall is a wonderful time to visit the garden with its huge variety of mature trees and shrubs that are ablaze with spectacular fall colour. Looking for seasonal interest in your own garden? Be prepared to be overwhelmed with the choices available to the West Coast Gardener. Be impressed by the many exotic fruit that can be found at this time of year. Darts Hill is home to many unusual and rare plants as well as good old fashioned easy to find favourites. Guides will be on location to answer all your questions. Darts Hill Garden Park, 604-501-5067, 

October 2, 2004 
Harvest Fair: Kids activities, jams and jellies, attic treasures, baking, books, candy, plants, refreshments. Family Fun! St. Andrew's United Church, North Vancouver; 604-985-0408. 

October 2, 2004 
Wine Festival Under the Stars: Wine Festival Under the Stars is a fundraiser for the Kids Can Free the Children organization and all proceeds will be donated toward the construction of an elementary school in Kenya. Science World, 

October 2 - 3, 2004 
Model Railroad Show: The first weekend of October is slated annually for the Lynden Lions Club Model Railroad Show, held at the Northwest Washington Fair grounds. Lynden, Washington. For more information 360-354-5995, or 

October 2, 22, 30, 2004 
BC Lions Football at BC Place Stadium; October 2 - Winnipeg @ 7:00 pm, October 22 - Calgary @ 7:00 pm, October 30 - Saskatchewan @ 7:00 pm. 604-589-ROAR. 

October 3, 2004 
CIBC Run for the Cure: The official kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single fundraising event in Canada, supporting the advancement of breast cancer research, education, diagnosis and treatment. BC Place Stadium. For more information visit or call (604) 689-2829. 

October 3, 2004 
Harvest Fair, 11 a.m. ? 3 p.m. at the London Heritage Farm, Richmond; 604-271-5220 

October 3, 2004 
Ioco Ghost Town Day: A community celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of Ioco Townsite becoming Heritage Conservation Area, the Ioco Ghost Town Day will feature fun for all. Ioco Ghost Town Day is presented by the Friends of Ioco Townsite and the Ioco Heritage Lawn Bowling Association. Pie Baking Contest, heritage apples, Heritage Fashion Show, Hat Parade, Games, Lawn Bowling, music, dancing and more; 604-469-1823. 

October 3 - 11, 15 - 17, 22 - 3, 2004 
Fright Nights at Playland: It's baaaack - your Halloween Headquarters! Enjoy Haunted Houses, Rides & great food at Playland. 

October 4, 18, 2004 
Vancouver Poetry Slam at Cafe Deux Soleils; 604-708-0670. 

October 6 - 30, 2004 
Dracula, The Silver Scream. The traditional story of Dracula as portrayed in the 1929 Broadway play (the vehicle that brought Bela Lugosi instant fame and established him as the all-time Dracula icon) meets the somewhat suspect movie-making style of Ed Wood in this darkly funny, film noir take on the well-known vampire legend. Burr Theatre, New Westminster; 

October 6, 2004 
Harry Manx: Harry Manx has been called an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to. Blending Indian folk melodies with blues, a sprinkle of gospel and compelling grooves, Manx's "mysticssippi" flavour is hard to resist yet easy to digest. Concert fundraiser for the Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival Society. Maple Ridge Art Centre & Theatre, 604-476-ARTS (2787), 

October 6, 2004 
Indo-Jazz Connections: Featuring Hari Pal - tabla Jared Burrows - guitar and Karen Graves - soprano saxophone. A unique trio in a concert program of compositions and improvisations blending the great traditions of Jazz and the music of India. Roundhouse Community Centre, 604-713-1800. 

October 8 - 9, 2004 
DANCING IN THE LIGHT - THE JOURNEY TO NIRVANA: Dancing in the Light, is a magical story of a soul's journey to Nirvana. Featuring a unique blend of theatre and contemporary ballet that ride a superb concert of world beat, jazz, Indian classical and Latin music. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; Tickets 604-280-3311  

October 8, 2004 
Football: Annual Shrum Bowl [SFU Clan @ UBC Thunderbirds]. Lower Mainland rivalry continues. SFU is the perennial favourite in recent years, but UBC opened its 2004 season with an upset road win over Manitoba after a winless 2003. Thunderbird Stadium, UBC; 

October 9 - 10, 2004 
Rivers Edge presents: 2nd Annual CHUM Derby: Dawn to dusk. Over $1200 in Prizes including prizes for Ugliest Chum, Heaviest Fish, Longest Fish and Combined Heaviest/Longest Fish. (Winners/Participants may be subject to a polygraph test). Sign up at River's Edge or Cheeky Bar & Grill. Then bring in your catch to be verified. Kids prizes too! Proceeds to the Cops for Cancer Tour for a Friend charity. Squamish, check special events at 

October 9 - 30, 2004 
Joni Mitchell: River: Explore the heartache and happiness of romantic love through the music of Joni Mitchell, one of Canada's greatest singer/songwriters. This theatrical concert of songs traces the arc of a love affair, from giddy first love to an older and wiser heart. Three vocalists and a four-piece band bring new meaning to such beloved hits as 'Big Yellow Taxi', 'Both Sides Now', 'Free Man in Paris' and 'Woodstock'. Vancouver Playhouse, 604-280-3311. 

October 9 - 30, 2004 
JONI MITCHELL: RIVER: The Playhouse theatre company presents Joni Mitchell: River created by Allen MacInnis. The varying stages of romantic love are set to the music of Saskatchewan's most famous folkie. Mitchell's songs are the foundation for a series of vignettes covering the arc of a love affair, from giddy first love to an older and wiser heart. For performance dates and times, check with The Vancouver Playhouse at 604-873-3311. 

October 9 -10, 2004 
The Way of the Flower: Ikebana Arrangements: Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It began in China where monks made offerings to Buddha of branches and flowers. It has since been formalized by centuries of devoted Japanese Masters. A unique aspect of this art is the ability to enjoy the beauty of a single flower and to convey the symbolism of passing time, seasons and events. All are beautiful living sculptures with countless variations and materials suggesting the mood of the day, the person, season and event. Learn the "how to's" of ikebana through a demonstration on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00pm by Hollis Ho and commentary by Nancy Garrett. Free for members and special guests. A 2-for-1 discount will be offered on general admission for non-members. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, 

October 9, 2004 
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: Antibalas is an afrobeat juggernaut. The thirteen-member strong orchestra overwhelms the stage with monstrous horns and bass, polyrhythmic beats and funky breaks, and furious lyrics in English, Yoruba and Spanish. Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver; 604 872-5200. 

October 9, 2004 
CRANBERRY FESTIVAL (Fort Langley): 8th annual event celebrating the cranberry. Activities all day throughout the Village including cranberry vendors and field tours, scarecrow contest, canoe regatta on the Bedford Channel, music, family entertainment and more Pancake breakfast 8 am and barbeque lunch from 11 am at the IGA parking lot. Community Hall hosts official ceremonies. Vendors galore 9:30 - 4:30 at Mary Ave. showcasing crafts and gourmet foods. Fort Wine Company hosts cranberry fields and winery tours - phone 857-1101 for info. - Paddlewheeler riverboat one hour cruise at 2 pm - tickets at Riverside Centre - Firemen and kids hose coupling event with hands on fun at Mavis and Church - Langley Centennial Museum has fun activities from 11 - 2 with Celtic music. Call 888-3922 for info. - BC Farm Machinery Museum is holding a bake sale and machinery demos 10 am - 4 pm. - Fort Langley National Historic Site 10 am - 5 pm with games, demos, crafts and music call 513-4777 for more info. - Great Canadian Quilt Challenge on display at Pat's Quilting at 9217 Glover Road. - Scarecrow fun hunt with forms available at the Community Hall info centre. - Pony rides from 10 am - 4 pm at the Fort Langley Mall. - Aldor Acres pumkin patch - see farm animals and more with parking and trolley buses. - Fort Campground RV and camping sale swapmeet with parking. Call 888-3678 for more info. - Heritage CN Station model railroad will be on display inside the caboose. Also the railcar will be open for visitors. Contact Lynne at 604-888-8835 for more information. 

October 9, 2004 
CRANBERRY SALE FUNDRAISER: Stock up on fresh cranberries at the Richmond Nature Park Society's drive-through cranberry sale. All proceeds go to support educational and public programs throughout the year; 604 718-6188 

October 9, 2004 
IPMS Vancouver Fall Model Show: 34th Annual Model show hosted by the Vancouver chapter of the International Plastic Modellers Society. Nearly 500 models of all description including automobiles, aircraft, armour, figures, etc. Bonsor Recreation Complex, Burnaby; 604-274 5513, 

October 9, 2004 
Millipedes, Slugs and Bugs: What has four legs per segment, is a vegetarian and lives underground? Discover friendly millipedes, banana slugs and other invertebrates that live under and around the ground in autumn. Join your child in a bug hunt, nature games and outdoor activities. Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; 604-501-5100. 

October 9, 2004 
Cranberry Sale Fundraiser Richmond Nature Park 604-718-6188 

October 9, 2004 
Sting and Annie Lennox at General Motors Place, Vancouver; 604-280-4444. 

October 10, 2004 
One Sky One World Fun Fly: World Wide day to fly for peace. BC kite flyers association, Vanier Park, Vancouver; 

October 10 - 17, 2004 
Heart of the City Festival: First annual festival in the Downtown Eastside includes more than 45 events in venues ranging from Victory Square to the Ukrainian Hall. Events include visual arts exhibits, concerts, theatre, history walks and talks, film, forums on arts-related social issues and an urban barn dance; 604-665-2213, 

October 11, 2004 
Flower Notes featuring Silk Road Ensemble: Produced in association with the Carnegie Community Centre & Vancouver Moving Theatre as part of the Heart of the City Festival. Flowers inspire music as well as art. Silk Road presents a concert all about flower notes in the Garden's new Hall of One Hundred Rivers. Silk Road - an award winning ensemble - takes Chinese music in daring new directions, incorporating jazz improvisation, Latin rhythms, French Canadian folk elements and Celtic strains. These world musicians are Qiu Xia He (pipa), Zhi Min Yu (ruan), Feng Jun Wang (vocals), Willy Miles (bass and vocals) and Andre Thibault (guitar, oud, percussion). Tickets are the price of general admission to the Garden. A special offer in recognition of the first annual Heart of the City Festival to local area residents is 2 for 1 discount for this concert. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, 

October 13, 2004 
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifications: Canada's third home game of the CONCACAF semi-final round qualifications for 2006 FIFA World Cup GermanyTM against Costa Rica will be played at Swangard Stadium, Burnaby; 604-280-4444, 

October 14 - 16, 2004 
Harvest Festival: More than 70 scarecrows decorate the streets of Lynden with the merchant?s annual scarecrow contest. Hayrides, a huge hay maze and apple pie baking contest are a sampling of annual events associated with the festival, held the third weekend of October. Lynden, Washington. For more information 360-354-5995, or 

October 14 - 17, 2004 
Vancouver Home & Interior Design Show: A unique marketplace for home owners to shop, compare and save for new ideas, expert advice and a total selection of home related products for remodeling, decorating and new homes. B.C. Place Stadium, 604-661-7373. 

October 14 - 28, 2004 
New Forms Festival 2004: Technography, An International Festival of Media Arts. The New Forms Festival is an international festival that showcases emerging new media artists from around the world. This year, the festival runs from October 14th to 28th at eight different venues around the Lower Mainland. The festival features an exhibition, a performance/events series, and a conference consisting of keynote addresses, panel presentations, and workshops. Volunteers are needed: submit an online application at or phone 604 648 2752 ext 3. 

October 14, 2004 
October 14 Lantern Festival West Richmond Community Centre 604-718-8400 

October 15 - 17, 2004 
Vancouver Snow Show: Billed as the largest show for ski and snowboard equipment and travel in Western Canada; Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, 

October 16, 2004 
Connecting Children with Nature: Teachers, group leaders and parents, this workshop is for you! Discover how to enrich children's outdoor experiences with simple, powerful nature activities and games used by GVRD park interpreters. Activities for autumn and winter will be explored in this session. Handouts provided. Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; 604-501-5100. 

October 16, 2004 
Cranberry Harvest Tour, Richmond Museum, 604 231-6460. 

October 16, 2004 
CRANBERRY HARVEST TOUR: View the wet harvest of local cranberries, Richmond Museum; 604 231-6460 

October 16, 2004 
October 16 Kids Only Swap Meet Thompson Community Centre 604-718-8422 

October 16 - 17, 2004 
Abbotsford Collector Car Show & Auction: Restored & antique cars, 50's custom, 60's muscle cars, street rods, race cars, motorcycles, light trucks, lowriders, bicycles & pedal cars. Entertainment daily. New and aftermarket products and the Collector Car Auction. Great fun for the whole family. Admission $8.00 per person, per day $12.00 per person - weekend pass, Children 10 & under free when accompanied with an adult. For further information call (604) 514-2277, or 604 230-7833, 

October 16 - 17, 2004 
CRANBERRY CANOE REGATTA AND LONG DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Up to 200 paddlers will be competing from Washington, the Interior and Vancouver Island, for the Provincial Championships. You can also enjoy watching the voyager races as they finish off the season with some fun competitions. For more information check out their website at or call Grant at 604-888-0129. 

October 16 - 31, 2004 
ONCE UPON A PUMPKIN: An exploration of Hallowe'en and its origins in nature. Richmond Nature Park, 604 718-6188. 

October 17, 2004 
21st Century Antiques Fair: 150 tables and booths of 19th and 20th century antiques and collectibles; Croatian Cultural Centre, 

October 17, 2004 
Burnaby Lake Weedbusters: English Ivy Removal. Join the GVRD and the Burnaby Lake Park Association to help remove invasive English ivy from areas of the park; Burnaby Lake Regional Park, 604-520-6442. 

October 17, 2004 
PUNJABI CULTURAL SHOW: Jagtar Singh Sidhu presents this public event at the Vancouver Playhouse; Tickets 604-507-9041. 

October 17, 2004 
Port Coquitlam, Trails and Rivers Half Marathon: The race will begin at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre and follow the Traboulay Poco Trail out past the Pitt River Boat Club, out under the Pitt River Bridge and turn around at Peace Park just off of the Mary Hill Bypass Industrial Park and return to Hyde Creek Rec. Centre. Our event will start with the walking group going out at 7:30 am and the runners will start at 9:00 am . For more information, or if you would like to volunteer for our event, please call Kurt at 604-339-5404. 

October 17, 2004 
VSO KIDS' KONCERTS: CLASSICAL KIDS - BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS: Vancouver Symphony presents the Classical Kids entertainers in a story about how a young boy's life is turned upside down with the arrival of an eccentric boarder, Ludwig van Beethoven! Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; Tickets 604-280-3311. 

October 18, 25, 2004 
Bolts of Fiction: Open mike for prose followed by an armchair chat with a featured author. Coming up: Oct. 18: "The Rec Room" anthology of emerging talents and Oct. 25: Caroline Adderson. El Cocal, 604-254-0355. 

October 19 - 23, 2004 
Sixteenth annual laughs October 19 to October 23 at Granville Island venues. From lunchtime to way past your bedtime split your sides laughing for 17 hysterical days at the annual Vancouver International Comedy Festival. With some of the best performers from down the block, down south, and way down-under, there?s something to tickle every funny bone in town. Granville Island, (604) 683-0883, 

October 19 - 24, 2004 
Coquitlam is proud to be a Community Partner in this years West Coast Chocolate Festival. Stop by the many locations to enjoy the many chocolate demonstrations and tasting, factory tours, performances, Library programs, poetry contest, dessert buffet and movie night. 604-939-8068, 

October 19 - 24, 2004 
Vancouver International Writers Festival: Literary stars and promising new writers from across Canada and around the world will delight audiences with their creations. Granville Island, 604-681-6330, 

October 19, 2004 
An Evening with Martin Short: Comedic genius, star of films, television, theatre and Broadway, SCTV and Saturday Night Live alumnus Martin Short brings his hilarious stand-up and improvisational talents to the Orpheum Theatre for an evening of music and comedy. Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-4444. 

October 19, 2004 
MARTIN SHORT: Vancouver Symphony Society presents comedic genius and star of films, television, theatre and Broadway, Martin Short. Orpheum Theatre, Tickets 604-280-3311. 

October 20, 2004 
SOHO-SME Business Conference and Expo: Trade event for business professionals, executives and entrepreneurs, held during Small Business Week. Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1-800-290-SOHO. 

October 21, 2004 
DR. JANE GOODALL: Spirit Bear Youth Coalition presents an evening with noted environmentalist and primate researcher Dr. Jane Goodall. Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver. For information call 604-922-3999. 

October 22 - 24, 2004 
4th Annual West Coast Women's Show: British Columbias largest womens event promises to be bigger than ever in 2004. The 2004 West Coast Womens Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford, October 22 - 24, will feature even more of the advertising and promotions, entertainment, product sampling and excellent exhibitors that made the 2003 West Coast Womens Show such a success. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 604-298-7469, 

October 23, 2004 
Naturalist Sampler: Are you interested in learning about natural history, but don't know where to start? Here's your chance to sample natural subjects from bugs to birds and trees to tracking. Let a professional park interpreter lead you on a guided walk that awakens your curiosity and opens your eyes and ears to natural wonders. This hands-on program is a general introduction to common flora and fauna. Reference handouts provided. Belcarra Regional Park, Port Moody; Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359. 

October 23 - 24, 2004 
HALLOWEEN HAUNTED WOODS: Look for signs of Hallowe'en in the haunted woods of the Richmond Nature Park.; 604 718-6188 

October 24, 2004 
Halloween Hissteria: Don't get hissssterical about reptiles! The Westcoast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles will visit the Ecology Centre. You'll be able to see, touch, and learn about these amazing animals. Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, North Vancouver; 604-981-3103, 

October 24, 2004 
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: Brave a night walk on a spooky bog trail and meet legendary creatures from the deep dark wood of fairytale lore. Find out what's scary, what's not. Richmond Nature Park, 604 718-6188. 

October 25, 2004 
Fall Country Hoedown Festival: Join us for our Rootn' Tootn' Foot Stompin Family Country Hoe Down. We'll be doin' lots of dancin', swimmin', eatin', makin' crafts, face paintin' and much more. Tony Prophet will be entertaining. Join us for this drop in event which will include crafts, dancing, and swimming. Event runs from 5:30 - 8pm (swimming from 6:30 - 8:30 pm). Will get one hotdog, drink, and a bag of chips for dinner. Need to purchase wristbands and pick up food tickets from Poirier Community Centre or Chimo Pool in advance to participate in all activities. Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam; 604-933-6000  

October 26, 2004 
Will Millar's Ireland: A musical show that features song and dance of Ireland. Will Millar, formally the leader of the Irish Rovers, and one of the world's best singer storytellers, leads an exceptional cast of Irish singers, musicians and dancers. Will sings songs and tells stories accompanied by the Irish harp, uilleaun pipes, fiddle, low whistles and guitars. Accompanied by veteran dancers of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. 

October 27, 2004 
Lunar Eclipse: Join GVRD and astronomers from the HR MacMillan Space Centre for a total lunar eclipse. See the eclipse and view other space phenomena through telescopes provided by amateur astronomers. Children can make an astronomical craft to take home. Program runs rain or stars. Bring a chair, binoculars, a mug and flashlight. A concession will be provided by the Colony Farm Park Association. Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam; 604-432-6359. 

October 27 - 31, 2004 
NEW! The Haunted Village: For all brave families, get the creeps at the Haunted Village! Wear your costumes and bring your flashlights and cameras. See the Ghosts, Witches and Goblins lurking in the village streets. Go trick-or-treating at the houses of the ghoulish village folk. Hear the Devil's blacksmith at the anvil. Marvel at the fire show in the Misty Meadow. Spin back in time on the carousel. Tremble at the spooky show in the Abandoned Church. October 27-31, 5:30-9:30pm daily at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. Special admission rates apply: Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10, Children (4-12 yrs) $8, Family $32 (max. 2 adults, 3 children). Carousel rides $1.50 each. No discounts or promotions are applicable. Presented in association with Public Dreams Society. 

October 28 - 31, 2004 
Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers Show: Canada's largest dog show - All breed show and Obedience Trials will see dogs, owners and handlers from across North America. Approximately 6000 dogs from over 100 breeds to compete for the coveted red, white & blue "Best in Show" rosettes. Sixty trade show booths with thousands of products. This event raises money for a number of charities, including the SPCA, Variety Club & Canadian Seeing Eye Dogs. Great fun for the whole family; (604) 534-6928, 

October 28 - 31, 2004 
The Great Big Boo: The Great Big Boo! - the largest Halloween show and trick or treat experience for children ever created is coming to Vancouver this October! Featuring a fantastical cast, the Great Big Boo is a spectacular event designed for children aged 2 - 10. After the show there will be special appearances by your favourite TV and movie characters - Spiderman, Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob Square Pants! Enjoy this family trick-or-treat adventure. Especially for this event, the historic Agrodome at the Pacific National Exhibition will be lit up as Vancouver's largest jack-o-lantern, transforming it into the "Hallowdome." 604-280-4444 or 

October 29, 2004 
Eerie Old Trails: Wander eerie forest trails (if you dare!) and pick up some tricks and treats. Listen carefully for animals that hunt or go bump in the night, and for spine-chilling sounds. Learn a few night creature survival tricks. For everyone six and older who can walk two hours in the dark. Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam; 604-933-6000.. 

October 30 - 31, 2004 
Oct 30-31 Halloween at the Cannery Gulf of Georgia Cannery 604-664-9009 

October 30, 2004 
13th Annual 101 Pumpkin Event: Every year the Farm gets Spookier for this fun dress up event. The first 101 families to arrive with a ghoul, goblin or other scary creature in Halloween costume will receive a free pumpkin. There is a pumpkin judging contest, entries must be in by 11:45am. The day includes face painting, family straw play area, food concession and pony rides. Milking demonstration at 2:25pm. Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; 604-929-5610, 

October 30, 2004 
CLOVERDALE HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE & CONTEST, 2 pm, Downtown Cloverdale, Info: 604-576-3155 or 604-574-9802 

October 30, 2004 
Extravaganza! Fall Fair: Something for everyone to do, buy, enjoy or assist with art, displays, performances, bake sale, handicrafts, lunch and a silent auction. Proceeds will go to the work of SHUC. Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 604-733-9329, 

October 30, 2004 
Fun With Fungus: Discover mushrooms, coral fungi and Witch's Butter. Learn how to make spore prints, search out colourful and fragrant fungi and find out which fungi damage trees and which help them grow. For everyone who can walk for two hours. Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359. 

October 30, 2004 
Parade of Lost Souls: An annual neighbourhood celebration to honour the dead, wake the living and chase away bad luck. A colourful torch-lit procession makes its way through neighbourhood streets and alleys. Grandview Park, 1200 Commercial Drive, Vancouver; 604-879-8611, 

October 30, 2004 
Volunteer Vancouver Fall Fair: Vancouver Public Library and Volunteer Vancouver invite you to their 11th Annual Fall Volunteer Fair. Many different not for profit organizations will be in attendance on each day, with information about a wide range of volunteer opportunities in the Vancouver area. Senior centres, cultural organizations, health programs, youth organizations, social services, neighbourhood centres, support groups, and more will all be present at the fair. Central Library, (604) 331-3603. 

October 31, 2004 
Halloween Carnival, 1pm - 2:30pm, Join in the fun of this spooktacular event. Highlights include a haunted house, carnival games, children's entertainers and more. Wear your costume for a chance to win prizes! Limited space available. $3 per children. All kids will get a treat bag. False Creek Community Centre, 1318 Cartwright St. For more info call (604) 257-8195. 

October 31, 2004 
HOBGOBLIN EXPRESS: Family fun and entertainment, with train rides through the park to see all the jack'o'lanterns carved by local ghosts & goblins. West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish. (604) 898-9336, 

October 31, 2004 
Kids Market Spooktacular Halloween Party. 11am - 3pm. Free hotdogs for kids in costumes, trick or treats, games, prizes, entertainment and more. For more info, call (604) 689-8447. 

October 31, 2004 
MSA Museum Halloween House: The MSA Museum presents their Annual Halloween House. For more information please call 604.853.0313 or see 

October 31, 2004 
The Mark of Zorro - A Special Hallowe'en Silent Film Presentation: Celebrate Hallowe'en night with the original costumed hero! Long before Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas, legendary silent film icon Douglas Fairbanks made the adventures of Zorro famous throughout the world. Fairbanks stars as Don Diego Vega, a Spanish nobleman who secretly masquerades as Zorro, the dashing masked hero infamous for his famous sword-carved Z. The Mark of Zorro, a silent film classic with live accompaniment by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-876-3434. 

Ongoing until October 2, 2004 
Yaletown Funky Farmers' Market: Rain or shine, shop for local crafts, farm-fresh produce, gourmet prepared foods and fashions from local independent labels. Every Saturday; 604-839-3605. 

Ongoing to October 3, 2004 
Riverdance:Clear Channel Entertainment presents the internationally-acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song and dance. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; 

Ongoing to October 8, 2004 
Vancouver International Film. This festival presents 300 films from 50 countries making it one of the largest film festivals in North America. Various venues around Vancouver; 604-683-3456, 

Ongoing until October 31, 2004 
Mayday - The Risky Business of Fishing: MAYDAY The Risky Business of Fishing presents a thrilling series of dramatic real-life Search and Rescue stories from the West Coast Fishery. Each tale is brought alive through dynamic illustrations, sound-effects and exhibits containing the tools of survival in an unforgiving marine environment. As they experience the exhibit, visitors learn why fishing is called the most dangerous job in the world and are left with a new appreciation of those who brave the elements to bring in the catch, and those who assist them when they run into trouble. Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston; 604-664-9009. 

Ongoing until December 18, 2004 
Growing Up in Surrey. Relive your childhood with a visit to this exhibition! Through collection objects, photographs and stories collected from community members of all ages, visitors will explore childhood and youth activities from 1900 to present day. Surrey Museum, Phone 502-6456 for more information; 

Ongoing until December 31, 2004 
The Young Black Stallion: In Disney's first dramatic feature made specifically for the giant screen, Walt Disney Pictures is proud to present the continuation of a family favorite and a story that has enthralled generations of readers. The Young Black Stallion, a prequel to the 1979 classic, presents the horse's adventures with a young girl named Neera, who has been separated from her father in Arabia by WWII. Left alone in the desert, she befriends the wild colt, whom she names Shetan. Once reunited with her father, however, Neera remains haunted by images of the "lost horse of the desert" -- one of a few stallions of legend, rumored to be "born of the sands, sired by the night sky, drinkers of the wind." The original writer and producer of The Black Stallion have returned for this production, which will bring giant screen audiences the wonder, excitement, and magic of Walter Farley's equine hero as they have never seen it before. Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre, Science World; 604-443-7443. 

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Chinese Culture Through Papercuts. Traditional papercutting demonstration and display by Mrs. Rong Fang Wu. Watch Mrs. Wus skillful fingers shape beautiful butterflies symbolizing love along with Chinese characters and symbolic flowers, animals, and landscapes from classic myths and legends. Every Tuesday afternoon from 11am -2pm. 

Communication: Explore the similarities and confusing differences between languages. Use a fiber optics to watch a video. Adjust a satellite dish to send and catch your own image, and control a computer with the loudness of your voice. These and other hands-on experiences will help you better understand today's information society. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7440. 

100 year Anniversary of Flight Program: With an emphasis on Canadian innovation and aviation technology, follow the history of flight from early Greek legend to the Wright brothers and beyond. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver; 604-738-7827. 

Ghosts of the Abyss 3D: Academy Award winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. Using state-of-the-art technology, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. At the CN Imax at Canada Place; 604-682-4629. 

India: Kingdom of the Tiger: Journey across India, a breathtaking land shaped by a myriad of cultures, customs and traditions. Inspired by the writings and experiences of Jum Corbett, a pioneer of Indian wildlife conservation. A glorious tribute to this magnificent land, and to its greatest ambassador - the mighty Bengal Tiger. At the CN IMAX at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX. 

The 50s Gallery: Do you remember the 50s? Bobby socks and poodle skirts; milkshakes and rock and roll. Few decades have made such an impression on popular culture. Admire the mint-condition 1955 Ford Fairlane, check out the neon, or put a quarter in the jukebox and listen the music of the decade that gave birth to the teenager in this, the latest addition to the history of Vancouver. Vancouver Museum, 604-736-4431. 

Beyond the Grain: Delve beyond the grain in this compelling collection of contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations artwork and discover the deep-rooted traditions that mold each unique piece. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery presents a group show of master works exhibiting the rich range in form and style of our coastal communities including such artists as Henry Green, Tim Paul, Norman Tait, Dale Campbell, Susan Point and Chuck Heit; 604-685-9298. 

MisAdvenutres in 3D: The Professor and Max, are back in action in Misadventures in 3D: More 3D Mania. This film finds the Institute of 3D Technology's Professor Turcinovic and his trusty robotic assistant Max caught in an unknown zone between the 2nd and 3rd dimensions - with seemingly no way out! Misadventures in 3D demonstrates how 3D technology works by exploring the principles behind visual perception. Amazing processes that we take for granted such as perspective, occlusion, and relative motion take on new meaning once experienced in 3D on the giant screen! In fact, after seeing Misadventures in 3D, you'll never look at the world the same way again. CN IMAX Theatre, 604-682-IMAX. 

Sea Stories and Symbols A timeless portrait of ancient myths and folklore: ainter dElaine Ann Herard Johnson has always been inspired by the wonderment of the sea. Her first solo exhibit as a first-grader during the 1930s depicted a cutaway view of the submerged mysteries underwater. Today, myth and lore of the worlds oceans come to life in an exhibition of paintings by now internationally acclaimed artist dElaine Johnson now showing in the J Torben Karlshoej Gallery at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. 604-257-8300.

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