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VanDusen Botanical Garden celebrates 40 years

August 16
VanDusen Botanical Garden celebrates its 40th anniversary, with the retro all-day admission price of $2 per person.
Enjoy a fun-filled day at the garden with live music, historical and botanical talks and tours, an heirloom veggie harvest, family entertainment, photo booth, climbing wall, putting green, face painting, tasty treats and more. All entertainment and activities are included with admission. Take transit, bike, or walk as parking is limited. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at 5251 Oak St.
Also taking place Aug. 16 is a special Sunday Supper, which will be followed by a talk by artist Erin Siddall.
Siddall is an artist who works primarily with film, video, photography and installation who researches “how the body can metaphorically emphasize vision and how embodied knowledge can reveal the complexity of processes in the experience in new media, including the problem of where to locate the subject in multiple screen platforms, and how objects speak when remediated through these interfaces.” (What she said.)
There will be some food provided, but please arrive with a dish to share. Dinner will begin at 8 p.m., with the talk at 9 p.m. The event, which is family-friendly and inclusive to all, takes place outdoors so please dress accordingly. Note: To those who attended the last event and had problems hearing, a microphone will be used this time. To RSVP, email ssoutham@gmail.com and you’ll receive location information. This event is co-presented by Iris Film Collective and made possible with the support of the Neighbourhood Small Grants program and the City of Vancouver. Visit specialsundaysupper.tumblr.com.
August 21-23
It’s a simple concept – say hi to a stranger and, hopefully, brighten their day.
The third annual Say Hi to a Stranger initiative joins the Commercial Drive Street Party to encourage Vancouverites to say hello to complete strangers for a weekend and a free opening party at Grandview Park Friday, Aug. 21, from 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live musical performances and check out the #SayHitoaStranger video booth.
The Say Hi to a Stranger closing party takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23, at Creative Coworkers,
B1-343 Railway St. – buzzer #010. Visit sayhitoastranger.com for more information.
August 24
The Vancouver Writers Festival and Minotaur Books presents Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny, who will discuss her 11th Inspector Gamache novel, The Nature of the Beast, with Hal Wake, 7:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Playhouse,
600 Hamilton St.
Penny’s husband Michael was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and she will be speaking about their life since then. Entire proceeds from book sales at the event will be donated by the Writers Fest and Kidsbooks to Paul’s Club, a social and recreational program in the city that helps those living with young onset dementia. If you are unable to make it to the event but would like to reserve a copy of the book, email nita@paulsclub.ca.
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