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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, December 14th, 2017 — 12:07pm PST
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Check out some great holiday events attractions around Metro Vancouver this weekend including many free events.

Miss604 is proud to sponsor the following featured attractions: Lights at Lafarge, Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas, and the VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, December 15, 2017
Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir – Good Tidings
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Sponsored by Miss604: Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
Sponsored by Miss604: VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights
Gingerbread Village at Central City Shopping Centre
Ongoing Attractions
Vancouver Christmas Market
GLOW Christmas at Milner Village Garden Centre
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Christmas at Canada Place
Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Theatre This Season
Goh Ballet Nutcracker
Bah Humbug!
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen 4 Secret Santa
The Arts Club Presents: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
The Arts Club Presents: Onegin
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves
Gateway Theatre: A Christmas Carol
Pacific Theatre: Almost, Maine
Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre

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Goh Ballet Nutcracker Review 2017


Friday, December 15th, 2017 — 10:03am PST
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In keeping with our yearly mother-daughter holiday tradition, my mother and attended The Nutcracker, and this time we saw Goh Ballet’s rendition, which was the most dynamic version of the ballet I have seen to date.

Goh Ballet has been producing its version of The Nutcracker for the past 9 years. Principal dancers this year are Elizabeth Murphy (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Jerome Tisserand (Cavalier Prince) from the Northwest Pacific Ballet (out of Seattle). Dancers also include the National Ballet of China’s Dianya Wu (Snow King) and Ziyu Xu (Snow Queen).

The performance had this wonderful layering effect in ability and style, which gave a textured quality to performance that ran throughout the evening. On top of the incredible dancing, I was thrilled to see one of my local favourite Film & TV actors, Jacqueline Robbins, one half of the Robbins twins, who played a very animated and fun Grandmother.

The Vancouver Opera Orchestra performed Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s score live, there was a children’s chorus that sang in one of the scenes, and with the elaborate sets and so much detail given to costume and props (including foam looking like cheese being dropped by the little mice), I was constantly stimulated throughout the evening.

However, what I really liked about attending this performance, was the company—the audience was so diverse in age and culture.

You can still catch The Nutcracker on stage at The Centre on December 15, 18 and 19 at 7:30pm, December 16 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and December 17 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.

Follow Goh Ballet on Twitter and Facebook for information.

Disclosure: Review
Michelle's views are her own. She was given media tickets for review purposes.

A Miss604.com guest post by Michelle Kim

Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Providing write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.

http://www.hapanessmedia.com/

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival: Win Tickets


Thursday, December 14th, 2017 — 12:43pm PST
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This winter the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Canada, will feature 35 illuminated displays transforming over 14 acres of the PNE grounds at Hastings Park into an explosion of light and colours.

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Where: PNE Grounds, enter off the corner of Hastings and Renfrew
Dates: December 15, 2017 (closed Christmas Day) until January 21, 2018
Times: Friday to Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: Available online now through TicketLeader. Children under 3 years old are free. Group Rates available for groups of 10 and more, call 604-252-3663 for more info.

Lantern festivals started during the Han Dynasty, about 2,000 years ago. For centuries, lanterns festivals have been lit on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese calendar to pray for a good harvest, and to gain favor of Taiyi, god of heaven. Today, the lantern festivals are still held each year around the country, with each major Chinese city having its own light festival. In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones.

In modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs such as the ones that will be on display at the PNE. Zigong, hometown of the Lantern Festival, has some of the best lantern artisans in China where skills and a tradition of craftsmanship are passed down through the generations. The Vancouver event will feature Dragon, White Pagoda, Kylin, and Huabiao Column lanterns, each lantern symbolizing a Chinese sage or legend.

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

In addition to the lantern displays, the festival will also include nightly performances in the PNE Amphitheatre: 6:30pm & 8:30pm on Sundays through Thursdays and 6:30pm, 8:30pm & 9:30pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Featuring Face Changing, Acrobatics, Plate Spinners, Folk Dance, Jar Balancing and Erhu. These exciting performances are family friendly, and are sure to wow. The lantern festival will also feature a food and beverage program and additional children’s activities.

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I have a family pack of admission tickets (two adults and two children valued at $55) for the debut of the world-renowned Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Holiday Giving: Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies


Thursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:54am PST
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Earlier this season, I shared the story of BC midwife Jennica Rawstron, a volunteer midwife supervisor with Cuso International in Ethiopia. She worked alongside local midwives, who were helping women through difficult deliveries – often in situations that most Canadian women would never face. As a Canadian midwife, Jennica was tasked with training her Ethiopian counterparts at a hospital.

This season, you can give to the Cuso CAN Fund, which supports Cuso International’s high priority maternal and child health projects in Ethiopia, Benin, Nigeria, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

How to Give

Click here to donate to the Cuso CAN Fund »

This holiday season, you can give pregnant women in Ethiopia the gift they want more than anything else: to deliver their babies safely. Women like Abeba, who arrived at Pawe Hospital, bleeding, in labour and in distress.

Her husband Mulu sat by her side, hoping the bleeding would stop. Praying for her life and the life of their unborn child. Through your support, midwives at the hospital had been learning how to handle birth emergencies from vounteers like Jennica.

Because of their training, they were able to stop Abeba’s bleeding and called a doctor to perform a c-section. Shortly after, Abeba delivered a healthy baby boy.

When you support the health of moms and babies, your gifts will have a ripple effect within families and communities. Healthy mothers can take better care of their children, and they can work to lift their families out of poverty. Healthy children can go to school, realize their potential, and build the future of their communities and countries.

Click here to donate to the Cuso CAN Fund »

In Canada, most mothers and babies have access to the care they need in hospitals, or at home through the services of midwives. But in Ethiopia there are fewer qualified health workers. As a result, Ethiopian mothers and babies are far more likely to lose their lives from causes that are easily preventable with the basic health care and resources.

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Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas


Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 3:54pm PST
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I visited Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas earlier this week, as the lights began to twinkle at twilight. The beautiful lakeside setting, bordered by a babbling brook, is truly magical. I strolled down the village streets under the 1920s style lights and cedar boughs, past buildings adorned with wreaths sporting big red bows.

Burnaby Village Museum

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Address: 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: November 25 to December 15, 2017 Monday to Friday, 1:00pm to 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1:00pm to 9:00pm. December 16, 2017 to January 5, 2018 daily 1:00pm to 9:00pm, closed December 24 & 25.
Admission: Gate admission is FREE! Rides on the carousel are $2.65 each or $31.25 for Baker’s Dozen (which make great stocking stuffers).

Burnaby Village Museum

It was early in the evening but there were still lots of families enjoying a turn on the carousel, and groups of friends taking Instagram-worthy photos throughout the village.

Burnaby Village Museum

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