Come out and explore the lights, smells, and sounds of the Christmas season in Abbotsford! Pick up your Passport to Christmas and experience the feel of the holiday season at local farms, boutiques, and shoppes with the entire family. Passport to Christmas assures that you'll find the most unique Christmas gifts and a great experience to boot!

Lastly, by participating in the Passport program you're automatically entered into a draw to win a variety of prizes. With activities, prizes, and shopping this is a can't miss family event over the holiday season!

You can pick up your Passport at Abbotsford's Visitor Centre, download it from the Tourism Abbotsford website (see below), or send an email to info@tourismabbotsford.ca

When: Ongoing until Dec. 24
Where: Abbotsford Visitor Centre
Time: 2-3 PM
Website: http://www.tourismabbotsford.ca/index.php?page_id=291
The Vancouver Guitar Show is a grassroots guitar show which strives to bring the local guitar community together. This year, the event will combine live music performances with a Swap n' Shop which provides musicians with a great oppourtunity to move excess gear, parts and related collectables and merchandise. The show will have a "two hall" format, with the large hall featuring a public exhbition and trade show, and the small hall featuring live entertainment which will run all throughout the day.

Also at this years event, there will be educational clinics for both beginners and expert guitar players. This is the second time that the Vancouver Guitar Show will offer up educational clinics and there will be clinics for electric, bass, and acoustic guitar players.

The show will run from 10am-5PM with the "Shred Off Players" Contest finale happening on the main stage at 4PM.

When: November 28
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre

Website: http://www.vancouverguitarshow.com
What's old is new again, as the Burnaby Village Museum has once again transformed into Heritage Christmas. Step into the 1920's and take a stroll through the decorated streets of the village and meet all your holiday friends including the one and only Father Christmas. While you're there, take a ride on the vintage carousel which is a far cry from the cars and skytrains of today.

There's a variety activities at the Heritage Museum including a "Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt", a visit with Father Christmas, live entertainment, and much much more! There will be lots of holiday decorations up, taking inspiration from "Twas the Night Before Christmas", "The Nutcracker", and "The Gingerbread House".
Don't miss out on this great family event!

When: Nov. 27 - Jan. 2
Where; Burnaby Heritage Museum
Website: http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca/cityhall/departments/departments_parks/prksrc_artsan/prksrc_fclts_brnbyv/bvmevents/Heritage_Christmas.html
Emma Rice's adaptation of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter takes over the Vancouver Playhouse for the next month. The "breathtaking, delightfully funny and tear-inducing show" about the lives of three couples are played out in the famous station tearoom using the words and songs of Noël Coward.

Switching seamlessly between theater and film using a combination of Coward's original stage play Still Life and the screenplay of the classic 1946 film Brief Encounter, Emma Rice takes the audience back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen.

Website: http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com/current-season/2010/noel-coward-brief-encounter.php

When: November 27-December 23
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
Cost: Tickets range from $41-74
No one gets in the holiday spirit more than Stanley Park does! After scaring Vancouver to death with their annual Halloween Ghost Train, they're back again with their 13th annual Bright Nights Train Ride. Join in on the festive spirit and take a train ride through Stanley Park's transformed forest with two million twinkling lights, animated displays, and lots of holiday music as you enjoy hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts. On special nights, professional and community choirs will also be in attendance to serenade all the patrons on train.

After you take a trip through Stanley Park, be sure to go see Santa Claus in his workshop who will be writing his list and checking it twice. The "most spectacular lighting display in Canada" is only here for a month so don't miss out on your chance to go see it!


When: November 26-January 2nd
Where: Stanley Park
Time: 3PM-10PM

For more information, see: http://vancouver.ca/parks/events/brightnights/
The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance presents its 11th annual conference for the B.C. theatre community, featuring Phelim McDermott and Matilda Leyser of the U.K.'s Improbable Theatre. Making a Scene is a 2 day event where YOU design the programme and set the discussion topics which matter to you. This event is for anyone who cares about theatre! Whatever your connection to theatre; on stage, back stage, off stage, on a board, in the audience - you are invited. All sectors and genres; Fringe, Regional, Indy, Commercial, Large, Small, Community, Touring, TYA, etc

Be sure to check out this event, as it's only here for one weekend!

When: Friday November 26 & Saturday November 27, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (PLUS special party/reception from 5:30 - 8:30pm on Friday night)
Where: W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova St, Vancouver BC (the old Storyeum space - click here for map)
Continuing our search for unique talent in the creative arts, we were instantly intrigued by The True Heroines. Having just recently created a sci-fi/drama web-series, The True Heroines follows the lives of three women and takes places in 1951, told through the eyes of the women in this era.

Our three heroines work together through domestic struggles and neighborhood gossip that encompasses their seemingly perfect neighborhood.

Now, back by popular demand they are in Vancouver to perform their live companion show which re-creates the energy and excitement of a live 1940's Cabaret. Songs from the Forties and Fifties tell The True Heroines' story of life as a fifties housewife, showbiz, war, and discrimination. The show is told in two acts accompanied by emcee commentary and featuring some great performers.

It sounds like a blast to us! Fresh,thought provoking, and a great night out at a trendy Vancouver spot!

Tickets for the evening are $10 at the door. Reservations can be made by e-mailing: Trueheroines@gmail.com.

For all details, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115179068544368&index=1

When: Nov 26 and Nov 27
Time: 7:30pm
Where: J Lounge 1216 Bute Street
Here at GNW, we love Granville Island, the unique speciality gifts, restaurants, and what's more, the awesome public market! Although, despite visiting many times, we still can't help feeling a little overwhelmed everytime we go. So much to see, learn and taste! That's what this event is all about!

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts presents a plugged in, Chef Instructor led walking tour of Vancouver's historic and diverse Granville Island. Once plugged into headsets which provide colorful commentary, you will set out to experience Granville Island's breathtaking and seasonal ambience, exploring local passionate artisans, and great food that has been grown, fished, and cooked fresh in the bustling public marketplace. You will also make various stops to learn about what makes Granville Island so special historically and creatively.

A great cultural way to spend your Friday. Book early, space is limited! Visit: http://www.picachef.com/gi_tour.html for all the info

When: November 26, 2010
Time: starting at 10:00am
Where: Bakery 101, 1505 West 2nd Avenue
Since 2002, The Everything Everyday exhibit has been a staple at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This year, the exhibit centers around three themes: Everyday Actions, Everyday Objects and Everyday Encounters.

Everyday Actions includes works based around the simple tasks people perform on a regular basis. Everyday Objects takes ordinary objects (desks, pencils, apples) and makes them the subject. Lastly, Everyday Encounters examines the common interactions that occur in everyday life. Despite the simple nature of the subject matter, the artists in this exhibition manage to provoke surprising and poetic interpretations of the everyday in their work.

This years exhibit will feature several different artists including: Arabella Campbell, Hadley+Maxwell, LAIWAN, Mona Hatoum, Gathie Falk, Ruth Scheuing, Khan Lee, Euan Macdonald, Aganetha Dyck, Diane Borsato, Gabriel Orozco, James Welling and others.

Website: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_everything_everyday.html


When: October 2, 2010- January 23, 2011
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
Come out and have a great time for charity! Shake it for Shelter is locally empowered bass culture benefit for Vancouver's Homeless Community. The event supports Pivot Legal Society and the Red Tent Society. Be sure to get there early as the first 40 people to arrive get free drink!

Where: The Anza Club
When: Thursday, November 25th
Whistler is the first stop in the world cup circuit. For the first time since the 2010 Olympics, you will have a chance to visit the Whistler Sliding Centre and watch the world's olympians and Canadian medalists compete in Bobsleigh and Skeleton competitions.

In many respects, sliding sports are the purest of winter sports. Sliding down a hill on a sled represents taking speed to a whole new extreme. The Whistler Sliding Centre is not for the faint of heart, this track is faster than any other in the world, and it takes the utmost of talent to navigate the steep, and challenging terrain.

This might be a great introduction to Winter! Come out to experience the athletes’ thrill of speed, the thunderous sound of sleds, and the excitement of a hometown crowd!

Tickets are cheap at $10/day

schedule and all details here: http://www.whistlerslidingcentre.com/news/2010FIBTWorldCup/tabid/213/Default.aspx

When: November 25-27, 2010
Where: Whistler Sliding Centre
Unwrapped is a shopper's paradise of one-night only special discounts, entertainment, sneak peek of holiday fashions, food and wine tasting and over $16,000 in prizes to be won! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through participating non-profit organizations and at Coquitlam Centre Guest Services - 100% of all proceeds go to the ticket sellers' non-profit organization.

Limited number of tickets available, so get yours early.

No minors, you must be 19 years or older to attend.
For more information visit coquitlamcentre.com/unwrapped


Where: Coquitlam Centre
November 23, 2010 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
For the love of food! A benefit screening, a family fun night and a chance to mingle with celebrity chefs while trying delicious French food prepared by Chef Scott Jaegar of the Pear Tree Restaurant. Get a taste of all the talents before enjoying the classic animated foodie film, Ratatouille.

There will be other treats catered to parents and kids as well, including popcorn and lemonade provided by Terra Breads, coffee and hot chocolate from Caffe Artigiano, and delicious chocolate mice provided by The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. The Olive Oil Merchants will offer an olive oil tasting and delicious appetizers will be paired with wines from Desert Hills and Saturna Island Estate wineries, with local craft beer from R&B Brewery Co.

Proceeds benefit the Chefs' Table Society of BC. Desert Wine, Olive Oil, Beer, Movie! This sounds like our kind of night!

Visit www.viff.org for tickets and more info

When: Monday, November 22, 2010
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Vancity Theatre and Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street
After playing last night versus the Hawks, it's a quick turnaround for the Canucks as they play again versus the Phoenix Coyotes. Compared to last season, the Coyotes have been rather pedestrian this season as they find themselves currently sitting in 4th place in their division. The Coyotes are lead by their goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who played for Russia at last year's Vancouver Olympics.

What makes this game extra special is that we are expected to get a glimpse of hometown boy Kyle Turris. Turris played his junior hockey here in British Columbia, and he is sure to have a big cheering section at the Rogers Arena for this tilt.

The Canucks went 2-0-2 last year vs. Phoenix, and so far this year they have been stellar on home ice. The last time the Coyotes visited Rogers Arena, the Canucks' top line was on fire, as they combined together to score 3 of the 4 Canuck goals.
Look who finally decided to come back home! After spending the last 2 weeks on an Eastern road trip, the Canucks are back home where they have a date lined up with Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. After winning the Stanley Cup last season, the Hawks have gotten off to rather poor start and are looking to get themselves back on track. Leading the way for the Hawks is forward Patrick Sharp who leads the team in goals, points, and shots on goal.

What makes this game even more exciting, is that the last time the Hawks were at the Rogers Arena, they were torching goaltender Roberto Luongo for 5 goals and eliminating the Canucks from the post season for a 2nd straight year. The Canucks believe that they're a better team from a year ago, and this is a great chance for them to prove that. Arguably their biggest rival, this game is sure to be filled to brim with intensity and will be a must see for any hockey fan.
Don't miss the magic of Santa's journey by sleigh from the North Pole to Coquitlam. Join Santa's Chief Elf in a singalong, with free treats from Purdy's, jingle bells and Rudolph antlers for everyone. Wonderful live performances by Theatrix Youtheatre and Coastal Sound Music Academy. Elves will be providing balloon twisting from noon to 1:00 p.m.

For more information visit coquitlamcentre.com

Where: Coquitlam Centre - Santaland
When: Saturday, November 20, 2010 11:30 am - Noon.
This is our favorite time of the year at Good News Weekly, Christmas =indulgences in tasty treats and deserts. Which means we can head to the delectable Baker's Market without the slightest inkling of guilt!

The market was started to provide a venue and occasion for talented bakers in Vancouver to showcase their yummie treats! And yummie they are!

You'll find talented budding, professional or home bakers selling fresh breads, soft German pretzels, butter croissants, chocolate croissants, cupcakes, yummy cookies, hand made chocolates, brownies, Belgian Liege waffles, vegan cupcakes, mini bundt cakes, muffins, gluten-free baked goods and much more!

Phew, that's almost too much to handle! Visit http://www.bakersmarket.com/ for all the info

When: Every Saturday until December 11, 2010
Time: 11am-3pm
Where: 408 East Kent Avenue South.
Hard to find so make sure to visit the website for specific directions or click the "location" button below for a google map.
This is a Vancouver tradition of 37 years, and just the way to get into the Christmas mood! The Circle Craft Christmas Market is the place to find those unique, and authentic hand-crafted gift items straight from the artisans who make them. Featuring exhibitors from all walks of life presenting products in fashion accessories, clothing, home decor, christmas decorations, beauty products, gifts for children, and lots and lots of interesting food choices available while you shop.

Drop by the stage on the north side behind the Sharing Tree for wood-turning demonstrations, where fascinating art is created from old slabs of tree wood. A donation of $2 at the Sharing Tree will enter you into a contest for a surprise vacation getaway.

Also enjoy free glass-blowing demonstrations by Canada's top glass artists, and browse the Student Exhibition that features the artworks of students in grade 9-12. Finally the entertainment stage will have lots going on all day with dance performances and more!

With a new location in the Vancouver convention centre, Tickets are $12 but right now, you can save $2 by buying online. Visit http://www.circlecraft.net/ for more info.


WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 17th to Sunday, Nov. 21st, 2010

TIME: Wednesday thru Friday 10am - 9pm
            Saturday 10am - 7pm
            Sunday 10am - 5pm

WHERE: NEW Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
Another spectacular performance as a tribute to the arts scene in Vancouver. In this play, A seductive mystery woman, an accusation of murder, a missing finger, and a mad dash to foil foreign spies! Four gifted actors play over 150 zany characters in this Monty Python-flavoured Hitchcock spoof that just might give you vertigo!150 characters! That's some amazing talent.

Hitchcock meets Hilarious, and the rave reviews of The 39 Steps has the team at Good News Weekly intrigued all the way.

We can't wait to check it out, and so should you before the last show on November 21, 2010.

Get tickets at: http://www.artsclub.com/20102011/plays/the-39-steps.htm

When: Playing until November 21,2010
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 2750 Granville Street
Whistler's Celebration of wine and food! It is a chance to mingle, mix and learn from acclaimed chefs, sommeliers, vintners, and restaurant goers.

Cornucopia is for anyone, ranging from experienced food and wine attics to those simply looking to further their knowledge and enjoyment of gourmet delights. There will be hands-on seminars, winemaker dinners, gala tasting events, and sizzling after-parties.

Crush Gala Grand Tasting is Cornucopia's flagship event and an enticing party which will feature wine delights from countless wineries and named the most anticipated wine event of the fall.

But thats not all. There are many other very cool events going on such as free admission to witness Whistler's Chef Challenge, where local chefs go head to head in cooking competitions in pursuit of the crown "King of the Cooks"

Good News Weekly has been looking for an excuse to head up to Whistler and I think we have successfully found it! We will see you there with a glass of wine!

Tickets are selling fast, so visit http://www.whistlercornucopia.com for all the info.

When: November 11- 14, 2010
Where: Whistler, BC
Join us for a day of fun for the whole family! There will be many fun-filed activities including the Burnaby Museum carousel, bouncy castle, face painting, hot dogs and more! Come out and meet other adoptive families and the AFABC staff.

Visit: http://www.bcadopt.com for more info.

When: Nov 7, 11-3
Lets face it! Humans accumulate stuff! How many times have you picked up some shampoo from the store, just to realize you already had a spare bottle sitting at home? Or perhaps you bought a set of winter mittens that you just never wore? Here is your chance to give back!

The Good Drive is a one day donation initiative that aims to gather household items for low-income families and those under the poverty line. With the homelessness rate increasing by 12% over the last two years, the need is great and very present! For you, various household items scattered around your house may not seem that significant, but for low-income families, these items contribute to a better quality of life and may mean the difference between homelessness. Plus, It's a great way to recycle and re-gift gently used household items.

Organized by a group of caring SFU students, The Good Drive is about coming together as a community, building sustainability, and giving back.

For a list of acceptable donation items and more info, visit http://www.thegooddrive.ca

When: November 7, 2010
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Where:Parking lot at Gilmore Ave and Hastings Street
The grueling week which consisted of 4 games in 6 days comes to an end on Saturday, as the Canucks are back home to face the Red Wings. The Red Wings have gotten off to an impressive start this season, as they have been lead by their 1-2 punch of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. What makes this game even more intriguing for Canucks fans is the return of Todd Bertuzzi, who is currently near the top of the Red Wings in scoring with 9 points.

The Canucks are coming off two divisional road games, and haven't played a game on Hockey Night in Canada since their overtime loss to the Kings on opening night. Goaltender Roberto Luongo is expected to get the start in goal for Vancouver.

The Red Wings won both meetings in Vancouver last season.

Event Start Date:
Saturday, November 6, 2010, 7PM
It is time to take the traditional hot dog eating contest to a whole new level. Introducing the first ever Cupcake Eating Contest at the Baker's Market in Vancouver! Yup, it is time to stuff your face with the most delicious sweet treats and prove that you have what it takes to win the ultimate frosted championship.


OBJECTIVE:
To eat as many cupcakes as you can in 5 minutes. This includes cupcakes & frosting...not the paper liner.

RULES:
  • must be in good health
  • must be 18 years or older
  • no food allergies
  • 1 bottle of drinking water will be provided
  • to be considered a semi-finalist, he/she must be able to keep all the cupcakes in their tummy for at least 10 minutes after the contest is over.
  • depending on the number of contestants, up to 3 semi- finalists will compete at a later date for the winning title of FASTEST CUPCAKE EATER at the BAKER'S MARKET - FALL 2010

PRIZES:
  • FREE 1 year membership to Zipcar and a $50 driving credit (value of $150).
  • 48 cupcakes (regular size) for your next birthday or celebration.
  • 2 complete Cupcake Kits = 48 cupcake liners and 48 matching picks courtesy of WEDDING THINGS
  • bragging rights and a trophy declaring you as the FASTEST CUPCAKE EATER at the BAKER'S 
  • MARKET FALL 2010

ENTRY FEE:
$10 per contestant. All fees will be donated to BC Women's Hospital.
There will be limited spots for contestants...so sign up early!
Rest assured...St. John's Ambulance volunteers will be on site in case of any emergencies.

Visit: http://www.bakersmarket.com/cupcake-eating-contest.html  for more info.

When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 2 pm
Looking for something great to do this November?  We have just the event!

Big Hair Big Hearts Big Fun is an 80’s dance party in support of the Vancouver Laughter Mission Society. On November 6, 2010, the ANZA Club will be jam packed with the awesome sounds of Vancouver’s best bands playing nothing but 80’s tunes. Dress in your 80’s best and win the costume contest, try your luck at winning the pot in the 50/50 draw, bid on some super-rad items in the silent auction or just come and dance your legwarmers off!

When: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Where: ANZA Club, 3 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC.
Tickets: Tickets are $40
Call 604.215.8743 or email info@laughtermission.com to reserve your tickets. (Tickets will not be sold at the door)
This is a licensed event. You must be 19+ to attend.
Two distinct and renowned Vancouver artists take to the skies in a ground breaking art exhibit inspired by aviation and in the unique environment of an airplane Hangar. Both Virginia Ivanicki and Arnt Arntzen are well respected artists in Eat Vancouver, and after many years of perfecting their craft, they are joining together to showcase some spectacular art and share their love of flight.

Arntzen's special talent and interest in crafting contemporary furniture designs from old aeronautical parts, helicopter blades, airplane propellers, you name it! This is paired with Ivanicki's fascination of aeronautics with paintings of World War II bombers and seaplanes from the 1940's- 1960's.

There is nothing more inspiring than a passion expressed in art and this is truly what this show is about. Encompassed by seaplanes at the seair hangar in Richmond, you might just be able to soak up a little of this inspiration. The show is only for two days, so don't miss out!

For more details visit: http://www.thehangarshow.com

When: November 5, 2010 5:00pm-9:00pm
            November 6, 2010

Where: Seair Seaplanes Hangar, 4640 Inglis Drive, Richmond BC
Vancouver Fashion Week has going on since Nov 2, and this weekend's finale shows are sure to be memorable! 'Eco-Friendly' is the theme, November 5, and 'Local and International' is the theme for November 6th and 7th. The closing Gala party on the 7th is set to be extravagant and classic.

Vancouver Fashion Week is recognized as a global platform for established and recognized designers. The event has been around since 2000, and focuses on showcasing and celebrating the fashion industry, while providing a platform for international and multicultural designers. Because the world-class shows have drawn the attention of celebrities and high profile media sources, clothing and jewelry designers from around the world are always looking to debut their lines at Vancouver Fashion Week. Hailed as the West Coast's most prestigious industry event, Vancouver is nicknamed Hollywood North and we can certainly see why.

We wanted to get in on the exciting fashion action here at Good News Weekly, and we are thrilled to present our eccentric interviews with UK designers James Steward and Lisa Jayne Dann are posted n our fashion Section. CLICK HERE

This weekend continues with amazing events and fashion shows happening at World Class Venues. For tickets or more info, visit: http://www.vanfashionweek.com/info/index.html

When: November 2- November 7, 2010
Where: Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson Street + Other venues
How can a catchy title like this not spark an interest! We are always searching for unique, quirky, and intriguing performing art and this show is sure to strike that chord. When a man loses his ear in a bizarre cycling accident, he yearns to replace it!

Enter Dr. Egg who assures he can grow a new ear for the man, but must take a DNA sample from his daughter. The man refuses to harm his daughter, but as a daughter filled with love for her father, she finds her way to the lab. Its not a fairy-tale ending and the ear comes at a big cost. The doctor’s magic elixir, and this story, yields a dilemma far more challenging than ‘happily ever after’.

Through stop motion animation, puppetry, and physical performance, the play explores the ethical dilemmas that arise from technological advancements in science, technology, and medicine. Sounds too interesting to pass up? That what's we thought!

Visit http://www.thecultch.com/content/view/275/410 for tickets

When: OCT 26-NOV 6, 2010
Showtimes:Oct 26-30 & Nov 2-6: 8PM
                  Oct 30, Nov 6: 2PM
Where: THe Cultch, 1895 Venables Street
Hair today, gone tomorrow? Not so much with this 2 month long event. Hair Affair BC is a promotion in the month of October and November that raises money and awareness for Prostate Cancer in British Columbia.

To participate in the event, people can do one of the following:

- Colour your hair a different colour
- Cut your hair in a different style
- Grow a mustache
- Grow a beard

In recent years, November has been turned into "Movember", as men all over the province grow mustaches to support and raise awareness for Prostate Cancer.

For more information visit http://www.hairaffairbc.ca

We look forward to seeing all the different hairstyles these next couple months!

When: All of October and November
Broduer vs. Luongo. Need we say anymore?

Anytime these two goaltenders go to head to head, it is a must see for hockey fans. Martin Brodeur brings his NHL record 112 career shutouts to Rogers Arena, as he looks to outduel Roberto Luongo and get his Devils team back on track.

The Devils have stumbled out of the gate so far this season, as many experts had them pegged as an early season Stanley Cup contender. The Devils attack is lead by the two headed monster of Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise, both of whom are among the top goal scorers in the game today.

The Canucks, who have been off for a week since hosting the Avalanche on Tuesday, look to shake off any rust from the layoff and jump on the Devils early. The Canucks will look to Daniel Sedin to continue on this hot start to the season, as he currently leads the team with 7 goals.

When: November 1
Time: 7PM
Where: Rogers Arena


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