To end of June
Drowning is a leading cause of preventable death in children and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver believes learning to swim is a critical life skill, so the Y is offering free introduction to water safety classes throughout June, or “Splash Month,” for all children ages three to 12. Children who participate in Splash Month seminars will learn basic water safety skills and will be offered a swim level assessment from the YMCA’s highly trained and qualified aquatics staff to encourage continued participation in swimming. Participating families will also be given two week’s access to the YMCA to try programs so they can grow and play together in health. Parents can register their child for a free water safety class by calling the Robert Lee YMCA at 604-689-9622 or the Langara Family YMCA at 604-324-9622.
Douglas Park Community Day will feature inflatables, interactive games, performances and displays showcasing local organizations and community groups. Douglas Park youth will host a food concession to help fund activities at Douglas Park Community Centre. The new, free event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park that’s adjacent to the community centre at 801 West 22nd Avenue. For more information, see douglasparkcc.org.
June 13 to the end of October
A fresh season of the UBC Farm Market will bloom June 13. The multi-vendor market provides customers the experience of shopping locally and organically for produce, herbs, flower and eggs, as well as the opportunity to visit and enjoy the farm where their food was grown. The market features bakers, craftspeople, snacks, kids’ activities, coffee, music and a free guided tour each Saturday at 11:15 a.m. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3461 Ross Dr.
All things Italian will take over Commercial Drive, Sunday, June 14. There’ll be a new third stage at Grandview Park featuring Italian martial art demonstrations by Blood and Iron, improv by Theatre Temp from Templeton secondary school, marionette puppet shows and music performances. The main stage will see special appearances by actor Antonio Cupo, the Cory Weeds quartet, opera, theatre and jazz performances. City Opera Vancouver, Vancouver Opera, Italian folkloric choirs, traditional Famee Furlane dancers, Federico Fuoco and Fire and international singer-songwriter Carmelina Cupo will all perform. Italian Day includes a fashion show, a kids zone and a bocce court. Raffle prizes include a trip for two to Italy, and a Motorino electric scooter, with partial proceeds going to Theatre Temp, which supports youth mentorship through film and theatre. Visitors can dine on patios, at food trucks and see displays that include Italian honeybees and motorcycles. The festivities will run from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, see italianday.ca.
The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes provides individuals touched by type 1, insulin-dependent, diabetes the opportunity to unite with their peers and to raise money for research focused on curing, treating and better preventing type 1 diabetes. The five-kilometre walk starts at Lumbermen’s Arch in Stanley Park. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. The walk starts at 11:00 a.m. For more information, see jdrfca.donordrive.com.