1. Connect with nature at this year’s first ecological enhancement of Glenbrook Ravine event, a family-friendly event for folks of all ages and abilities who want to help remove evasive species. It’s on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The work isn’t hard, and volunteers are encouraged to take socialization and refreshment breaks.
2. Celebrate the literary word at LitFest New West, which features informational and entertaining events including readings, workshops, art installations and more on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at various venues around town. Details and registration www.litfestnewwest.com
3. Support Lord Kelvin Elementary School and enjoy a tasty dinner at a spaghetti dinner and dance, 1010 Hamilton St. The event includes a dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m., a dance to DJ music from 7 to 9 p.m., as well as prizes and a raffle. Tickets are $3 each. Proceeds are going toward the parent advisory council’s efforts to raise money to build a new swing set for the community
4. Take a trip down memory lane at Relive the Music: 50s and 60s, a chronological trip that features music performed by a live band dancers, costumes and video imagery. It includes music history, trivia and memories of the 50s and 60s, is at the Massey Theatre on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 and available at 604-521-5050.
5. Enjoy Sips N’ Scripts at Anvil Centre, where you can enjoy a beverage from a cash bar and watch a reading from a once-censored comedy Lysistrata (or read supporting roles alongside professional actors from City Stage New West). The reading will be followed by a short talk-back session that looks into the play’s censorship and social impact. It’s on Friday, April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. (Mae West’s Sex will be featured on June 14 and George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession is set for Oct. 11). The events are free (for ages 16 and up) but seating is limited so registration is encouraged at anvilcentre.com/events or 604-527-4640.
6. Laugh it up at the seventh annual Hyack Football Comedy Night on Friday, April 26 at Lafflines Comedy Club at the Columbia Theatre. Kevin Foxx will headline the show that is raising funds to support the NWSS Hyack Football program. Tickets are $25 (or $125 for a group of six) and available online at www.nwss.hyackfootball.com, at the door or by contacting Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Search for treasures at the Fraser Valley Antique and Collectible Club’s annual sale at Queen’s Park Arena, where you’ll find more than 200 tables with all types of antiques and collectibles. It runs on Friday, April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $20 for Friday’s early-admission pre-show (which is good for the entire weekend) or $5 on Saturday and Sunday.
8. Head to Queens Avenue United Church for Bells and Cream Tea, featuring music the Queens Avenue United Church Memorial Bell ringers, and a traditional English cream tea with homemade scones, Devon cream and strawberry jam. It’s on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students, and available at www.queensavenue.org.
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