Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Remember to call your mom this weekend – or if that’s not in the cards, appreciating any cool mom you know will do just fine. Perhaps take a mom (or yourself) out to see some birds, check out an art show, catch a couple documentary films, or even cheer on some burlesque performers to celebrate the moves and the bods of moms, non-moms, and maybe even cat or dog moms (adopted, I mean. Though if you want to cheer on some actual cats and dogs with kittens and puppies, go right ahead.)

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Who’s In your Backyard This Vancouver Bird Week?

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Did you know that crows will remember your face for up to five years? Or that our city’s quirky little pigeons with their flashy iridescent necklaces who nervously toddle around the sidewalks are actually monogamous cliff-nesting birds in their natural environment – and they care so much for their young that they normally keep them in the nest until almost fully grown? And those little brown sparrows who hop around  on outdoor tables and eat your muffin crumbs are so adaptable that they are found almost everywhere, in almost every garden, all over the world. But these aren’t the only birds living alongside us in Vancouver – there are hundreds of different species of these feathered distant-dino-descendants who live and pass through the city. All you have to do to find them is know how to look (or listen.)

This Vancouver Bird Week, get to know all of the feathered flutterers who share Vancouver’s skies, gardens, and parks with workshops, art shows, art-making, nest box building, and other classes and events such as:

Garden Plants for Birds: Learn what to plant in your garden to attract a parade of different birds just outside your windows. May 7th at Stanley Park

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Vancouver poet wins top poetry prize at 32nd Annual BC Book Prizes

Vancouver writer Raoul Fernandes won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award at this year's BC Book Awards.

Vancouver writer Raoul Fernandes won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award at this year’s BC Book Awards.

The winners of the 32nd Annual BC Book Prizes were announced April 30 in Victoria. Categories include fiction, regional, non-fiction, poetry, children’s lit and more. Nominees come from all over the province, and are selected by the West Coast Book Prize Society.

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Vancouver poet wins top poetry prize at 32nd Annual BC Book Prizes

The 70th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 128th Annual Country Fair, May 20 – 23 (Free Giveaway!)

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One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns for its 70th year this May Long Weekend with more competitions, live entertainment food and fun for fans of all ages.

The Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo will once again feature the World’s best Cowboys and Cowgirls as they compete for cash prizes in roughstock rodeo events like Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding and Bull Riding, as well as Ladies Barrel Racing. Kids also get their turn in the spotlight with the always-entertaining Mutton Bustin’ competition.

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The 70th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 128th Annual Country Fair, May 20 – 23 (Free Giveaway!)

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Slam poetry, stories of motherhood, an operatic tale of Argentinian politics, comedy, a 90s drag show, a live-action graphic novel, and a giant marathon have us running from April to May Day this weekend! It may have cooled off a bit this week, but there is enough going on to keep you thoroughly entertained until it gets warm enough to be content with just sitting outside in the sun again.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

TEDxEastVan 2016

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TEDxEastVan 2016 will take place on April 23rd at the York Theatre, Vancouver. Here is a beautiful trailer for the event that gives a flavour of our East Vancouver community – the place we love – and the upcoming event.

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TEDxEastVan 2016

Ping Pong Pop-Up Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Dustin Baker | Flickr

Photo credit: Dustin Baker | Flickr

Hip ping-pong clubs (yes, ping-pong clubs) are all the rage in cities like London, Chicago and New York. Imagine a pool hall, but with a table-tennis theme. Enthusiasts get down to house music and sip craft beer and cocktails, while facing off at tables.

Now Vancouver is getting its first taste of the hip pong craze. A ping-pong pop-up called Thing/Pong is making its debut May 1 at East Vancouver’s Wise Hall. The brainchild of a local pong aficionado, the “social club style” event features a full day of laid-back table tennis, coupled with art, music and culture (and booze), in one of the funkiest venues in East Van.  Continue reading:
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