Community Calendar: Aboriginal dance

The Museum of Anthropology plays backdrop to the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival March 8 to 11.

The annual Dancers of Damelahamid event gathers a diverse array of aboriginal performance groups from across B.C., the Yukon, Alaska and abroad to share indigenous cultures and dance traditions through a series of school workshops, evening presentations and afternoon festival stage performances. Festival performances are included with admission to the museum, while tickets to watch the dances must be purchased at

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Growing up in Chilliwack I was priviledged to attend many First Nations festivals and events, so I know how spectacular the dancing and regalia can be. If youve never witnessed the ceremony of an aboriginal dance festival, you should go. For more information and more photographs, go to

Feb. 20 to March 4

First Nation dancers will also be performing during the 11th Annual Talking Stick Festival, which runs at various venues across the city for the next two weeks.

This years festival, In Full Voice, provides a stage for national and international aboriginal artistsestablished and emergingwholl be performing live music, dance, theatre, story telling and multimedia and performance art. For more event information and tickets go to

Feb. 19

The University Womens Club of Vancouver at Hycroft hosts Shall I Come Sweet Love to Thee: An afternoon of Renaissance and Baroque Love Songs. Sounds civilized.

The music, which hails from the 16th to 18th centuries, is sung with lute accompaniment and piano. The concert takes place at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19 at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave. Reservations are needed by calling 604-731-4661.

Feb. 25

Brother Guy Consolmagno presents Pluto and the Vatican: How do science and religion each handle changes in our understanding of reality at the HR Macmillan Space Centre, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The centre is located at 1100 Chestnut St. By donation.

Brother Guy will also present the free talk Discarded Worlds: Astronomical ideas that were almost correct, at 7 p.m. Feb 27 at the UBC Theatre, 2045 East Mall.

Until April 25

Organizers of the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society are reaching out to schools, community and sports groups, and corporations for volunteers for the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

There are more than 4,000 volunteer opportunities available, including manning aid stations and course marshals.

Volunteers will be greatly rewarded with prizes, including a coveted race T-shirt, and other incentives. For more information visit

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