Community Calendar: Skinny dipping at Lord Byng Pool

West Point Grey
The Wreck Beach Preservation Society holds its monthly swim at Lord Byng Pool this Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The nude swim takes place every third Saturday at the pool, located at 3990 West 14th Ave. Appropriate behaviour is expected and swimmers have an opportunity to socialize at a nearby restaurant following the swim.

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The event promises water volleyball, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a large hot tub and sauna.  Participants must bring their own towels, change for a locker and government photo ID. Kids 10 and younger can swim for free, while the cost for members is $10 and non-members is $12. For more information visit wreckbeach.org.

South Hill
South Hills Neighbourhood Society is holding a community dance Feb. 1, at the Moberly Arts Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St.

If you haven’t seen the arts centre, this is a great opportunity to check out the renovated hall with its sprung dance floor. This free party is an event where the entire family can learn dance moves from around the world. Light refreshments will be served. The party runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Email southhill.neighbours@gmail.com for more information.

Oakridge
A February art show at the Vancouver Unitarian Church will honour and celebrate African grandmothers caring for a generation of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.

Gogo groups from Vancouver, Richmond, Delta and New Westminster, supporters of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, invite the public to be inspired by the 40 pieces selected for the show, Celebrating African Grandmothers, heroes of the continent. “Gogo” is the Zulu word for grandmother.    

The show is a juried art exhibition organized by the Royal City Gogos, based in New Westminster. The call for entries brought 83 submissions from artists across Canada, the United States and Europe.

The pieces selected by the jury tell stories of hope and triumph of African grandmothers, who work to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS in their communities. The exhibition launched in New Westminster last May and has since been on display at 13 locations across Western Canada.

Celebrating African Grandmothers, heroes of the continent, will be on display in the sanctuary of the church, 949 West 49th Ave., from 12:15 to 2 p.m. on Sundays for the month of February. A gala art auction and reception takes March 7 in New Westminster. Special showings for groups of five or more are possible on weekdays between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by contacting welisagogos@gmail.com.

The art show will also be open during two special events, including a reception tea and craft fair Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., and a special hot chocolate tasting evening Feb. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with a no host bar. For ticket information, email richmondgogos@gmail.com.

Shaughnessy
The Society for the Museum of Original Costumes presents Tales and Treasures from the SMOC Collection, Jan. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave.

The show will feature the star attractions of the society’s recent acquisitions and will be hosted by the incomparable Ivan Sayers.

For ticket information visit SMOC.ca.

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