COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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Once A Week, Every Week …

  • FAMILY STORY TIME ... Every Tuesday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. at Joe Fortes Library, join this program for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes and stories are shared. Suitable for pre-schooled and toddlers of all abilities to enjoy and learn together. 

  • FRIDAY NIGHTS FOR YOUTH @ Coal Harbour Community Centre … Every Friday it’s something different, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. with activities for youth ages 13 - 18. Upstairs in the Multi-Purpose Room. Nov. 2 is Move Night Out ($5); Nov. 9 it’s Taco Friday Fiesta; Nov. 16 Iron Chef; Nov. 23 Jeopardy Night; and Nov. 30 take the Stanley Park Christmas Train. Info at 604.718.8222.

One-Offs & Limited Engagements

A piece from “Escutcheons Proper” by Brooklyn Fink.

ESCUTCHEONS PROPER” BY BROOKLYN FINK

The Mole Gallery
1157 Pendrell
Every Friday through November
1 - 5 p.m.
Free

"Escutcheons Proper" is a solo exhibition by visual artist Brooklyn Fink at The Mole Gallery, a community gallery in the historic Mole Hill block.

A series of “cultural algorithms”, these mixed media paintings apply the visual language of heraldry to explore contemporary notions of truth, justice, beauty, and the love of the home, expressed in “coats” or layers of flat opaque paint.

Brooklyn Fink is a Canadian artist who has exhibited & lectured in Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montréal. She is currently enrolled in a pre-medicine programme of UBC’s School of Kinesiology.

PUBLIC FLU CLINICS

Wednesday, Nov. 7
1 - 4 p.m.
West End Community Centre / Bidwell Room
Free / Drop-In Only

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu and ensure you don’t pass on the virus to others.  And being healthy doesn’t make you immune to the flu. In fact, every year 5 - 20% of adults get the flu — a much larger percentage than people in high-risk groups such as young children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems. And the flu shot is free!

PHILOSOPHER’S CAFE
When Robots Do All The Work

Thursday, Nov. 8
7 p.m.
Joe Fortes Library
Free. No Registration Required.

Thinking the unthinkable, imagining the impossible, and discussing the improbable. That’s the theme of SFU’s Philosophers’ Café series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interests of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas. The November Café at Joe Fortes will address the question of how we will generate our incomes if robots are doing all the work. Mark Battersby will lead the conversation.

FIRESIDE BOOK CLUB

Second & Fourth Fridays (Nov. 9 & 23)
11 a.m. to 12 noon
Joe Fortes Library / Stanley Court Room
Free

Connect with other avid readers to talk doubt what you’ve been reading and why you love it — or didn’t! Every second and fourth Friday of the month. 

Nov. 9 is Reader’s Choice - Potpourri (as is the first meeting every month) when you can discuss whatever book you’re currently reading or recently read and share why you liked it, or didn’t. The Nov. 23 title will be "Longbourn" by Jo Baker

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BIRDS IN RESIDENCE
An Artist in Communities Project

Various Activities, Venues & Times
To Dec. 9
Free

Birds in Residence celebrates our winged neighbours, from songbirds to birds of prey, waterfowl to shorebirds. Through November and December you can take part in numerous events where you can learn about these local avians through nature walks, workshops, song, and dance, with the combined insights of community engaged artists, biologists, ornithologists, and amateur bird enthusiasts. Events include:

Habitat Mapping on Sunday, Nov. 5. Building on explorations of this past summer, help add to the migratory map looking at our neighbourhood from a bird’s eye view. Coal Harbour CC / Activity Room. 2 - 4 p.m.

Avian Encounters on Thursday, Nov. 15. Come and share your bird stories, songs, and poems. It seems everyone has had some kind of interesting encounter with a bird neighbour. Barclay Manor / Piano Room. 7 - 8 p.m.

Bird Felting on Thursdays Nov. 15 & 22. Make your own favourite local bird out of wool to give as a gift or use as a tree ornament. Create your bird from images of local birds using wool and felting needles. West End CC / Stanley Court Room. 3:30 - 5 p.m.

“TRY IT OUT” OPEN MIC

Every Third Thursday (Nov. 15)
7 to 9 p.m.
Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay)
Free

Got a story to tell, a song to sing, a tune to play? Share your interests and your talent in an informal gathering of friends and neighbours, or just come to listen and enjoy. It’s an opportunity to share music, stories, poems, comedy, interpretive dance, or to just listen and enjoy. “Try It Out “has seen first-time performers as young as five and seasoned performers who are — well, ageless! Everyone gets 10 to 15 minutes (enough time for up to three songs) depending on the size of the group. Sign up at 7, first come, first served. One mic, acoustic guitar amp, and piano provided.

COMMUNITY POTLUCK, SEED LIBRARY & WORKSHOP

Sunday, Nov. 18
1 - 2:30 p.m.
West End Community Centre / Bidwell Room
Free

Join the West End Food Network and Village Vancouver at a monthly family-friendly gathering. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation, and meet your neighbours. The community seed library will be there so you can pick up some free seeds for your patio / balcony / window-sill garden, and learn about the other gardening events and activities at the WECC. Advance registration is encouraged. Call 604.257.8333.

 Remember the night Dusty Springfield played Isy’s Supper Club?

Remember the night Dusty Springfield played Isy’s Supper Club?

TALES FROM THE WEST END

Wednesday, Nov. 21
5:30 - 7 p.m.( story telling 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.)
JJ Bean (Bidwell & Davie)
Free / Complimentary Coffee & Tea

"Tales From the West End” is an evening of story-telling where West Enders, past and present, explore and experience our community through stories about our past.    

October’s featured storyteller, historian and author Michael Kluckner will give a talk titled “That’s Entertainment – West End Night Life – 1912 to 1990”, about the history of night clubs in the West End, including some venues that hosted international stars of the day.

Bring your own stories and photos to share with your neighbours. 

ART NIGHT: WILDLIFE IN COLOUR
A Stanley Park Ecology Society Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 22
7 - 9 p.m.
Stanley Park Nature House
$17 members / $20 non-members

Capture the drama and whimsy of Stanley Park’s wildlife in this watercolouring workshop, open to all skill levels! Bea Martin, certified medical illustrator and 2D animator, leads us through tips and techniques to tell stories with colours and characters on paper. Hot drinks will be served by donation.

Register at 604-718-6522 or education@stanleyparkecology.ca. Visit their website here to learn more about the events and activities of the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

WEST END GAMES NIGHT

Last Friday of very month (Nov. 30)
7 - 11 p.m.
Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton)
Free

Looking for a spot to play board games with friends? Or do you want to meet neighbours and learn new games? Join the fun at the West End Games Night, hosted by Young Ideas and Gordon Neighbourhood House. If you arrive solo, the friendly hosts can help form groups, and teach you new games.

Dawn Pemberton.

IN THE LABYRINTH

Music In The Labyrinth
Last Friday of Every Month (Nov. 30)
St. Paul's Anglican Church (1130 Jervis)
7 to 9 p.m.
By Donation

The Labyrinth at St. Paul’s Anglican Church is a full 13-metre replica of the medieval labyrinth laid in the stone floor of the 13th-century Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Chartres, 80Km south of Paris. It is laid on the hardwood upper floor of St Paul's Church Hall in a space once used as a theatre and a basketball court. The Labyrinth is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and Sundays from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

The last Friday of every month the Labyrinth experience is accompanied by a local musician or group. Music on this last Friday, Nov. 30, will be by Dawn Pemberton.

Click here to learn more about the St. Paul's Labyrinth.

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HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Crafters Book Your Table Now!

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 24 & 25
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West End Community Centre
Free

Fifty talented crafters present a wide variety of holiday decor and gift ideas. Only handcrafted items are accepted into this community fair, so you know that every item is created with love.

If tables are still available when you read this, pick up a vendor information package and contract at the WECC front office. Call 604.257.8333 to inquire.