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October Events in the North Shore

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Halloween at Lonsdale Quay Market

When: Friday, October 31
11:30am – 5:30pm
Take your little ones in their Halloween costumes to Lonsdale Quay Market and enjoy a day filled with Halloween activities. There will be Halloween story time, kids crafts and pumpkin decorating, trick or treating on the retail level, face painting (for a small fee) and a Halloween movie with FREE popcorn!
Where: Lonsdale Quay Market 123 Carrie Cates Court

See our Halloween in the North Shore post for trick or treating times in the malls and a summary of events in the North Shore for Halloween.

Friday Night Live Tricks & Treats

When: Friday, October 31
6:00 – 10:00pm
$10/children under 12 are FREE. Admission 1/2 price if you are in costume.
Friday Night Live invites the community to come to a Community Halloween Party with fun, treats (and a few tricks) for the whole family. The doors will open a tad earlier to allow for trick-or-treating as well as some games and activities for the little ones. At 7:30pm, the Friday Night Live cast will step onto the stage for their live improv comedy & music performance. At 8:45 the dance floor is opened up for anyone who is interested in dancing the night away!
Youth/ family rates are available in advance. It is not church, but a completely different way to gather as community, sharing in a common experience that, like life, unfolds in the moment, completely unscripted.
Where: Lynn Valley United Church 3201 Mountain Highway

Dracula Presented by Ballet Victoria

When: Thursday, October 30
Based on Brahm Stoker’s infamous vampire, Ballet Victoria brings a new twist to the story in this world premiere choreographed by Ballet Victoria’s Artistic Director, Paul Destrooper. Music by Elgar, Beethoven, Part, Piazzola, as well as a few more contemporary classics. Here’s a peek at what to expect – video.
Where: Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Sharing Our Stories: Preserving Multicultural Histories on the North Shore

When: October 30th – March 28, 2015 Tuesday – Saturday
12:00 – 5:00pm
North Vancouver has undergone many changes in recent years. We see this in changing skylines, advertisements about new businesses and festivals, and in the diversity of people now residing within our community. It is important to recognise and document the multicultural history of our dynamic community. This is being done through the Diversifying History Project, a North Vancouver Museum & Archives’ oral history initiative which documents the arrival stories of new Canadians. The display, Sharing Our Stories, features reminiscences shared by some Canadian Iranian North Shore residents about why they chose to live here, and about their experiences creating new lives and memories on the North Shore.
Where: Community History Centre 3203 Institute Road

Cap Classics – Two to Tango

When: Friday, October 31
Pianists Scott Meek and Ross Salvosa perform a selection of dances from South America.
Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts 2055 Purcell Way

Growing Absolutely Fantastic Teens

When: Tuesday, October 28
6:30 – 9:00pm
Join Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc for a presentation and discussion on how families, schools and communities can support positive mental health among young people. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Saewyc, who will be joined by professionals supporting youth in our community. There will also be an information fair where parents and young people can connect directly with service providers in our community. The event is free but registration is required. To register or for more information please email rsvp@cnv.org.
Where: Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue

A Happy Haunting

When: Sunday, October 26
10:00 – 11:30am & 12:30 – 2:00pm
$7.50 2 adults & 1 child, $2.50 each additional child.
Take your little ghouls and goblins to this fun Halloween event. Wear your costumes and enjoy all sorts of games, crafts, stories and activities to get your little creatures ready for Halloween. Registration is required, course number: 330669, 330670.
Where: Lynn Valley Community Recreation Centre

Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano Quintet: Sound Prints

When: Sunday, October 19
It’s been over 10 years since Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano performed at the Kay Meek Centre and this time he’ll be joined by two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas. Each masters of their respective instruments in the world of modern jazz, they continue to lead the way in jazz improvisation and composition while fully embracing the work of the masters from the past. As co-leaders of the renowned SFJAZZ Collective they paid tribute to living icon Wayne Shorter. Through this catalystic experience they formed their quintet, Sound Prints which features an all-star cast including pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Joey Baron. Performing new repertoire as well as brand new Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with Shorter, the quintet is less a homage to Wayne Shorter and more of a unique fusion of musical paths.
Where: Kay Meek Centre 1700 Mathers Avenue

North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre 40th Anniversary High Tea

When: Sunday, October 19
1:00 – 4:00pm
$10 per person
The North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre is celebrating 40 years on the North Shore, assisting every stroke survivor to recover to the best of their ability and preserve their independence. Take your family and friends to this special high tea and enjoy tasty treats and fantastic company. Space is limited so please call to reserve your spot.
Where: Holiday Inn 700 Old Lillooet Road

Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation 5km/10km Run

When: Sunday, October 19
Adult $45, under 19 $30, f amily $85, kids under 8 FREE
To date, this event has raised over $160,000 for at-risk youth! The 5km fun run winds up and down through the scenic streets of the Capilano Highlands. Children, strollers and dogs are welcome.
The 10km hill run is a challenging course as it features a 1.7km climb up the scenic Mosquito Creek trail and gains 212m in elevation.
Where: Handsworth Secondary School 1044 Edgewood Road

The Wiggles Presents: Ready, Steady, Wiggle! Tour

When: Sunday, October 19
1:00pm & 4:30pm

CONTEST: Win a family pack of 4 tickets and a meet & greet with the Wiggles! Visit the NVRC Facebook page for full contest details.

After more than 23 years together, 7 million albums, 23 million DVDs and 8 million books sold, The Wiggles have performed to millions of fans across the globe. To put that into perspective, in the past 43 years, The Rolling Stones have done 987 shows. In 21 years , half that time, The Wiggles have performed in excess of 6000 shows! In late 2012, the original all-male Wiggles line-up stepped aside to allow a new cast to take over their kid-errific work. Since then, the world has embraced the new group, Anthony, Lachy, Simon and Emma, with open arms and dancing feet.
Where: Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Loutet Farm Pumpkin Patch

When: Saturday, October 18
10:00am – 1:00pm
The best pumpkin patch on the North Shore! We’ve planted more pumpkins than last year to make sure we can meet the demand! Bring your family along to choose a pumpkin from the patch, watch apple press demonstrations, go on a Farm Tour, or listen to GoGo Bonkers perform. Pumpkins vary in sizes, and cost $5-10 (cash or credit card)
Where: Loutet Farm East 14th Street & Rufus Avenue

Lynn Valley Elementary School PAC Pumpkin Patch

When: Sat. October 18
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The PAC’s October Pumpkin Patch is fun for the whole family! (And it’s also the PAC’s biggest fundraiser of the year).
Choose your favourite pumpkin from the huge Pumpkin Patch, bounce in the castles, sample the hot food from the LV Lions/Save-On cookshack, and try your hand at the fun carnival games!
Where: 3220 Mountain Hwy, North Vancouver @Lynn Valley Elementary School

The Great Pumpkin Patch at LVPPP

When: Sat. October 18
10:00am to 2:00pm
$15 per family
This is the annual LVPPP’Pumpkin Patch fundraising eventThe school will be transformed inside and out into a Halloween/Fall carnival for all of our preschool students and will also welcome the entire community. Bring your whole family for another year of fun! Wear your costumes, enjoy the activities and cherish spending time with your children as they explore their “spooky” preschool.
Includes a Haunted House, face painting, apple bobbing, balloon animals, cookie decorating, crafts, games, a spooky science experiment, a bake sale and one pumpkin per family.
Where: 3220 Mountain Hwy, North Vancouver (beside Lynn Valley Elementary)

Gigantic Flea Market

When: Saturday, October 18
9:00am – 3:00pm
This is the largest fundraiser for Highlands United Church, but also serves as a recyling and reusing centre for all of the North Shore. It provides low-cost household items and clothing for the entire community. You’ll find anything and everything at the sale: antiques, jewelry, linens, books, clothing, furniture, kids toys, sporting goods and more. Anything left over after the sale is donated to local charities.
Where: Highlands United Church 3255 Edgemont Boulevard

Mad Science

When: Saturday, October 18
9:30 – 11:30am
$2 per person
This is a Science and Discovery event for kids aged 2-6yrs and their families! Kids will have ooey gooey fabulous fun getting messy and mucky experimenting and discovering science! Mix-it station, bubbling test tubes, flubber and more! Registration required, course number 335741.
Where: John Braithwaite Community Centre

Street Soccer Exhibition Game

When: Saturday, October 18
Street soccer is an important program which reaches out to individuals who have been homeless, are currently homeless, or are at risk of homelessness, as well as individuals who feel marginalized within their communities, or are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. The issues of homelessness, marginalization, and addiction are addressed through inclusivity and soccer; believing we can enhance all of our lives through the principles of fair play, community building, supportive partnerships, and health and safety. Everyone is invited to attend and show your support by cheering on the teams.
Where: John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street

An Evening with The Odds

When: Saturday, October 18
Enjoy an evening with Canadian alternative band, The Odds. This is a benefit concert and silent auction for the North Shore Disability Resource Centre.
Where: Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Halloween Party

When: Saturday, October 18
11:00am – 1:00pm
Join in the party at this great family event. There’ll be real pumpkin decorating (limited quantities), Halloween crafts, entertainment, snacks, treats and more. You’re welcome to dress up in your Halloween costumes!
Where: Lynnmour Jaycee House 1251 Lillooet Road

Moody Amiri – Live Music

When: Friday, October 17
With Amir Amiri on santur (72-string hammered dulcimer) and Richard Moody on viola, cultural borders fall to the wayside in this eclectic and electric mix of east and west. A classically trained musician from Tehran, Amiri has worked with musicians such as Edgar Meyer, Hugh Fraser and Mike Murley and performed on movie soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings. A master of violin and viola, Canadian Richard Moody comes from a family of musicians, including sister Ruth Moody, and has performed with bands such as The Wailin Jennys and The Bills. From two seemingly disparate worlds Moody and Amiri find a way to create an evocative new musical landscape in their newly released album, Safar, that is both refreshingly new and deeply familiar all at once.
Where: Presentation House Theatre 333 Chesterfield Avenue

The Government Inspector

When: Wednesday, October 15 to Friday, October 17
2:00pm & 8:00pm
The Mayor, Judge, Chief of Police, Hospital Director, and a vast array of public servants on the take fear jail time as news reaches their small ‘Podunk’ that a Government Inspector is in the area and taken on a disguise in order to discover how badly corruption has spread through the countryside. They learn that there is a newcomer in the hotel and swiftly take action to shower him with bribes, gifts and romance in order to buy a positive report. But could a case of mistaken identity sabotage their efforts? This madcap satirical adaptation of Gogol’s classic exposes the corruption in a provincial town with biting hilarity.
Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts @ 2055 Purcell Way – North Vancouver

Rebel Women – Theatre

When: Thursday, October 9 to Sunday, October 12
2:00pm & 8:00pm
Early 20th century London. A poor cotton mill worker is best friends with the daughter of a Viceroy of India. An illiterate cockney housewife is teaching a Canadian university graduate; a young girl who is being coached to convert British Columbia to the cause. Women carry hammers in their muffs. What is going on? War! But war waged as women want it waged. Called to battle by a diminutive, delicate lady, as battle scarred and hardened as any grunt, the front line of the militant suffragettes contained a motley bunch of women. Join these and their fellow rebels as they are swept up in the maelstrom that will alter their lives forever, cause governments to fall, and shape democracy for us all. Rebel Women is a theatre verbatim play: the women’s actual words and songs, insightful and sometimes hilarious and always searingly truthful, are used to create the play.
Where: Presentation House Theatre 333 Chesterfield Avenue

Blood Donor Clinic – SPECIAL APPEAL

When: Saturday, October 11
10:00am – 5:00pm
An official appeal has been launched by the Canadian Blood Services to urge Canadians to donate blood immediately to increase the critically low blood inventory. All blood donors are needed, in particular those with type O and A blood.  If the trend is not reversed, Canadian Blood Services will have difficulty meeting the expected hospital demand across the country. This could mean deferring elective or routine treatments. We all have had friiends or family members that have needed blod at one point or another!Roll up your sleeves and donate – it’s in you to give.
Where: North Lonsdale Church 3380 Lonsdale Avenue 1-888-2-DONATE

Back the ‘Pack’ – North Vancouver Junior Wolf Pack

When: Saturday, October 11
Thanksgiving special – 1/2 price admission with non-perishable food donation
Head Coach Matt Samson, a West Van Minor Hockey Association alumni, believes in giving back to the north shore community. The Wolf Pack, a member of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), is the only junior hockey team located on the north shore providing an opportunity for 11 north shore residents’ to hold roster spots this season. After five weeks of high level competition, the ‘Pack is currently in first place and have every intention of maintaining momentum throughout the balance of the season. “Back the ‘Pack” and cheer on our local hockey players at our weekly family-friendly sporting event.
Where: Harry Jerome Arena 123 East 23rd Street

Friday Night Live

When: Friday, October 10
$10/children under 12 are free
A hilarious mix of improvised storytelling and music that will get you thinking and make you laugh, Friday Night Live is unique and thought provoking. A special guest appearance by a broad spectrum of entertainment performers makes each show completely new while remaining family friendly. Find out how funny living in the moment can be!
Where: Lynn Valley United Church 3201 Mountain Highway

Artists for Conservation Festival

When: Friday, September 26 to Sunday, October 5
The Artists for Conservation Festival is a 10-day international art and environmental education event, featuring a world-class art exhibit and sale, film premiere, lectures and workshops by master artists. The event also includes guest lectures, workshops for youth and adults, documentary films, live painting demos, music and cultural performances. Entrance to the exhibit is free once you are at the top of the mountain.
Where:Peak Chalet on the top of Grouse Mountain

A Night at The Museum: Featuring Rebel Women

When: Thursday, October 2 6:45 – 10:00pm

A suffragette themed fundraiser for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. An evening of theatre, fun, appetizers, desserts and more. Meet Museum Director Nancy Kirkpatrick, enjoy listening to the stories of playwright Joan Bryans at a pre-show reception with appetizers, see the acclaimed theatrical performance 0f Rebel Women, enjoy more appetizers and intermission then after the show meet the cast and enjoy dessert.
Where: Presentation House Theatre 333 Chesterfield Avenue

MEC North Vancouver Race Four

When: Saturday, October 4 9:00am

This is the first official trail race of the MEC 2014 running series and it will start and finish in Lynnmouth Park. There are 3 distances available, 5k, 10k and 16k. The top 3 overall finishers in each distance will receive a custom medal. Coffee, bananas and massages are available for everyone at the finish line.
Where: MEC North Vancouver 212 Brooksbank Avenue

Lions Gate Sinfonia Presents: Silverman, Beethoven and the Emperor

When: Saturday, October 4th 7:30pm

Big, sonorous, and richly scored, Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto is aptly nicknamed for its majestic grandeur, profound expression, and joyous outbursts. The “Emperor” offers no better showcase of one of Canada’s best-loved pianists, Robert Silverman, as he bids farewell to the concert stage. We pair this grand statement with one by Johannes Brahms – his sublimely rousing Variations on a Theme by Haydn boasting a spectacular tour-de-force finale. Lions Gate Youth Orchestra joins LGS for Bach’s “Little” Fugue in g minor, one of Bach’s best-known compositions featuring his most recognizable tune.
Where: Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Savour at Lonsdale Quay

When: October 2-5, 2014

Explore the array of fine foods and experts who prepare them, from locally grown produce to imported delicacies. Rediscover the taste of Lonsdale Quay Market with cooking demonstrations, guided Market taste tours, kids activities, contests and much more.
Where: Lonsdale Quay Market,