The B.C. SPCA is accepting registration for its week-long summer camps that run from July through the end of August. The camps are designed to help children develop empathy by teaching them to share their world with living beings, not only pets but also farm animals and wild life. These skills are developed through fun and educational activities, including animalthemed games, skits, crafts and guest speakers. For more information and to register for Vancouver camps, visit spca.bc.ca/camp or call 604599-7209.
A Growing Affair Plant Sale takes place May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 Southwest Marine Dr. at West 16th Avenue. Gardeners can expect a great selection of herbs and veggies for sale as well as demonstrations, worm composting and kids activities.
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Vancouver Moving Theatre and Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival are presenting Storyweaving, an event that weaves First Nation memories from the past into the future. The event weaves stories together through personal memories, poems and oral histories from cultural teachings. Participants can also enjoy West Coast dancers and try their hand at the ancient bone game of Slahal. Storyweaving runs May 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1: 30 p.m. Sundays at the Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings. For more details, visit vancouvermovingtheatre.com.
KraftyEntertainment.com and Gman & Rizk present a free showcase of some of the city's top MCs, including SonReal, Sweatshop Union, Evil Ebenezer, Snak the Ripper, CityReal and Def3 all performing 15-minute sets at Fortune Sound Club on Saturday, May 5. The club is located at 147 East Pender and doors open at 8 p.m.
The Firehall Arts Centre is hosting its annual tribute, which celebrates individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the theatre and Downtown Eastside arts community. The Firehall's annual Kudos & Cocktails fundraising event takes place May 9 at 7 p.m. and this year's honourees are photographer Chris Randle, costume designer Barbara Clayden, community activist Sid Tan and patrons of the arts Marlie Oden and Bonnie Allen. Admission is by donation at the Firehall, 280 East Cordova. For information, visit firehallartscentre.ca.
The board of directors for Friends for Life is hosting a fundraising party at 1181 Lounge, located at 1181 Davie St., May 17 from 8 to 10 p.m. The celebration also marks the fifth anniversary of Sheena Sargeant being named executive director of the non-profit, which helps pay for complementary health services for people living with chronic and serious illness. Admission is free and 25 per cent of drink sales during the party will be donated to Friends for Life.
West Side Family Place presents a two-hour education and skills development seminar for parents and caregivers on how to nurture self-esteem in children, May 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. James Community Square, 3214 West 10th Ave. The guest presenter for the talk is Dr. Deborah MacNamara. Tickets are $15 and available at 604-738-2819, wsfp_ firstname.lastname@example.org or westsidefamilyplace.com.