Community Calendar: Crawling for art on the East Side

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Artists across the East Side are opening their homes and galleries to the public this weekend for the 17th annual Eastside Culture Crawl.

The crawl is a three-day celebration of visual art, design and crafts, as well as the bohemian spirit of the area. This is a rare opportunity to add to, or start, your art collection or pick up gifts for the holidays with most pieces available for sale from more than 400 artists in 75 buildings. The crawl begins Nov. 15 from 5 to 10 p.m. and runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The artist studios are located between Main Street and Victoria Drive, north of East First Ave. A preview event was also scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at various venues. For more information and locations, visit

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There will be even more creative treasures for sale Saturday, Nov. 16, when Vancouver Friends for Life Society hosts its 20th Annual Art for Life Fine Art Auction at CBC Studio 40, 700 Hamilton St.

Friends for Life is a non-profit organization that provides complementary health services, a daily meal program and in-home, end of life care for individuals living with illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and cystic fibrosis.
Art For Life 2013 was inspired by the evolution of Vancouver’s art scene over the past two decades and features more than 100 works from top local and international artists such as Tiko Kerr, Holly Armishaw and London-based Emily Carr graduate Andrew Salgado. The art was donated by galleries, private collectors and the artists themselves with all proceeds benefiting the society.

The gala includes a silent and live auction and dance performances with music provided by DJ Calhoun. Tickets are still available for the Friend In Deed Award Dinner. Tickets will not be available at the door, so for more information visit  

There will also be treasures available for sale at the Oakridge Seniors Centre Fall Bazaar this weekend, but hopefully of a kitschier variety. Look for homemade goodies, including jams and chutneys, books, household items, kitchenware and knitted items. During a recent visit of the centre I spotted a pile of those knitted slippers for sale — the kind my aunt used to make us for Christmas, which on their own makes a trip to the sale worthwhile.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20th at the seniors centre. The address is 513-650 West 41st Avenue, but the entrance is at the south side of Oakridge Mall near the southwest corner and close to the Bay.

Also taking place at Oakridge Mall is the North Shore Numismatic Society’s coin and stamp fair taking place Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Expect more than 25 collectors from across B.C. to be on hand ready to buy, sell, trade or offer appraisals on collectables. Areas of interest include coins, paper money, exonumia (tokens), bullion, stamps and postcards. The event is free and is easily accessible by transit. There’s also plenty of free parking. The show takes place in the Oakridge auditorium, which has an entrance on the south side of the mall.

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