The Southlands Farm Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week now through Oct. 31. Take the kids to see the horses, pet the lambs and pick a pumpkin from the Old Apple Orchard ($5 per pumpkin). Visitors to the farm are asked to drop by the office and pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour. Group tours are also welcome but must make a reservation by calling 604-261-1295. Some of the pumpkins are grown at the farm, while others are supplied by Westham Island Herb Farm and spread across the orchard for easy picking. The pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 6767 Balaclava St., at West 51st Ave.
Anyone working in Vancouver media, marketing or advertising is invited to meet for drinks, dancing and plenty of prizes in support of the National Advertising Benevolent Society, a non-profit support system for Canadian professionals in the marketing and communications industry facing personal, career and family challenges due to illness, injury, unemployment or financial difficulties.
Paranormal Ad-Tivity is a Halloween party so break out those scary costumes — as though working in media in 2013 isn’t frightening enough. Tickets include admission plus a complimentary beverage and appetizer. The action takes place from 5 p.m. to late at the Portside Pub, 7 Alexander St. Costumes are optional. For more information visit ParanormalAdtivity.com and the Facebook event page.
University of B.C.
The University of B.C. Botanical Garden Apple Festival takes place Oct. 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.This family-friendly event offers an opportunity to learn about the diversity of apples and sample heritage apples once common to this region. Look for more than 70 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties for sale. One of the most popular activities at the festival is the tasting tent where curious event-goers can try up to 60 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in B.C. A main stage, children’s activities and food fair round out the event at 6804 Southwest Marine Dr. Visit applefestival.ca for more information. Entry is $4 and children under 12 get in for free.
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The Parade of Lost Souls is back. The 2013 event is being co-produced by mainstay Public Dreams Society and newcomer Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, a regular contributor to the East Side cultural scene for the past six years. As in keeping with tradition, the parade’s location will remain secret until 12 a.m. Oct. 26 when it will be announced on the Public Dreams website. The parade is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Also check out the website for costume making and flash mob workshops. The Parade of Lost Souls Dance Party also returns and kicks off after the parade at the Hanger, 577 Great Northern Way. For more information, visit publicdreams.org.
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