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Globe made from ice

Winter Solstice

Celebrations from around the world
View of the Lions from Cleveland Dam

Never Stop Learning

Honouring Indigenous history and cultures in June and year-round
Year of the ox

Happy Lunar New Year!

Learn about Spring Festival and how to celebrate it
art crawl

North Shore Art Crawl – March 7 & 8, 2020

Inspiring community through extraordinary encounters with art!
Alan Formanek

A Passion for Adventure and Story

Meet Alan Formanek, VIMFF’s Founder and Director
Richard Side

The Creative Side

Meet Comic Veteran Richard Side
Friends at a concert

Your Presence is the Best Present!

Ideas for gifts of shared experience
Story

The Story Box Events

Calling all storytellers and story lovers!
Tunes

Tunes for Tots at Centennial Theatre

Learning rhythm, making noise and having fun
North Shore Connect Day

North Shore Connect Day is October 17, 2019

Helping those without homes

Winter Solstice

Fascinating solstice traditions from around the world

In a culturally diverse country like Canada, I am grateful to be able to live in a community that values diversity, equity and inclusivity. Not only is it vital that we appreciate one another’s traditions, it is also enriching to learn about the different ways we celebrate this time of year. 

Never Stop Learning

June is National Indigenous History Month. As a settler, I have a lot to learn about the true history of Canada, to honour the rich diversity of First Nations, their strength through enormous sufferings, and celebrate their cultures and achievements. So, it was a privilege and a treat to attend the Kw’shétsut Indigenous Knowledge Sharing Workshop and spend time with Squamish Elder Sam Seward. Not only is Sam full of stories from his Squamish and Snuneymexw heritage, he has much joy and wisdom to share.

Happy Lunar New Year!

The Lunar New Year is referred to by different names. In China it is Chunjie or Spring Festival, in Korea Seollal, in Vietnam Tết Nguyên Đán, in Tibet Losar. Masses of people travel from the cities to their home towns to be with family, resulting in the world’s largest annual human migration.  Red envelopes

A Passion for Adventure and Story

VIMFF is the brainchild of Festival Director Alan Formanek. When asked why he thinks VIMFF has become such a popular event, Alan says, “People come to be inspired, to see what’s humanly possible.” (Photo above: Summer rock climbing in Cliffbase, the island of Hvar in Croatia. This amazing route is called "Lost in Bosnia" and is one of Alan Formanek’s all-time favourites, rated at 5.12d)

Your Presence is the Best Present!

Your presence is the best present
I’ve been struggling with holiday shopping this year. I can’t think of anything to get for my family and friends who seem to have everything they need. Indeed, most of us are so blessed to have so much. 
 
For me, the spirit of the Christmas season is connecting with those dearest to us, as well as showing compassion to our fellow man. 
 

Tunes for Tots at Centennial Theatre

Interactive introduction to music and dance for preschoolers
The Centennial Theatre is offering interactive musical mornings for preschool children and their caregivers through the Tunes for Tots series. 

The first session in the 2019/2020 series was on a Tuesday in October with Daniel the Drummer, who set up the room with percussion instruments from different parts of the world. He introduced the audience to cajon drums from Peru, claves from Cuba, and tamborim and caxixi (seeds in reeds) shakers from Brazil. 

North Shore Connect Day is October 17, 2019

Homelessness Action Week
In mid-October every year, communities across Canada host events to raise public awareness, rally for grassroots solutions and help those without homes. Although many of us on the North Shore enjoy a high standard of living, there are also many of us who are struggling. 
 
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a little community love and free or low-cost community services, come and connect on October 17th.
 
Community partnership 

12 Free Fitness Workshops!

Engaging the community in fitness topics
NVRC is promoting public recreation accessibility for everyone with these workshops. The community is invited to come together to discuss and discover current fitness trends as well as learn new exercise techniques to maximize fitness and avoid injuries. Each workshop will be facilitated by NVRC Health & Lifestyle Consultants, who are highly trained fitness experts and educators in the latest exercise science. 
 
The goals of the workshops are to:

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