Four Nepali students studying at B.C. universities have joined forces to create a Hope for Nepal Night, an evening of cultural sharing and celebration. They want to raise awareness and money for six villages in the Himalayan regions of Nurbi and Sindhupalchowk, among the hardest hit by the Nepal earthquake, to get a helicopter with supplies to their families and villagers. The Hope for Nepal Night will include cooking demonstrations, stories, songs, slideshows, a documentary film called Beyond the Gate of Phu, prizes and a silent auction. Refreshments will be provided with Nepali snacks available for purchase. The celebration will run from 7 to 9:20 p.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St. Admission is by donation, $20 suggested. All the funds raised will go to the Himalayan villages of Shyo, Lho, Hinang, Gomnang, Shala, Rhip and Tatopani.
It’s Community Day at Playland, and $10 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Hastings Community Little League. The fourth annual Community Day seeks to raise $25,000 for Hastings. Since 2010, the PNE has raised more than $67,000 to help the little league upgrade its facilities. This year, all proceeds will support the Hastings Little League in hosting the 2016 Little League Canadian National Tournament. Members of the Hastings Community Little League will thank guests for their support at the entrance to Playland from 10 a.m. to noon, so make sure to wish them luck in this year’s season. For more information, see pne.ca.
Lab Art Show is hosting a live painting exhibition outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday. Visitors will see a variety of styles and techniques from 10 international artists from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Robson Street side of the gallery.
The Chinese and Korean Traditional Cultures Festival, Together, will feature Chinese traditional dance shows and costumes, Korean percussion instrument performance, Korean costume show and ceremony of the Korean palace. The event co-hosted by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, KO-CA Foundation for Cultural Exchange Association and the Korea Daily starts with an opening ceremony at 2:30 p.m. and runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, 50 East Pender St. Admission is free but an RSVP is required. See eventbrite.ca.
Fair in the Square returns to downtown Vancouver for a neighbourhood celebration packed with live music, an arts and crafts market and a free barbecue lunch. Performers include singer-songwriter Bodhi Jones, folk/rock group Coldwater Road, singers Wes Regan and Christine Magee, musical theatre from Project Limelight, Aboriginal ensemble M’Girl and Vancouver’s poet laureate, Rachel Rose. Hosted by Central City Foundation in partnership with Vancouver Community College, the celebration includes dozens of community groups with information to share, thousands of burgers and cupcakes prepared by students from VCC’s culinary arts program, kids activities, contests and prizes. You can take part in a photo contest to share How Are You a Neighbour at imaneighbour.ca and meet your neighbours outside Victory Square. Fair in the Square runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hastings and Cambie.
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