Vancouver Events – January – 5

Here’s the fifth alert for events happening in Vancouver BC before the Winter Olympic Games start there next month.

___ Today, Monday, January 11 “Resolutions for Biodiversity”

2010 is the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity. This lecture will provide an overview of biodiversity statistics, threats to biodiversity and what you can do to help. It is an introduction to 2010’s themed lectures on biodiversity at University of British Columbia (UBC) Botanical Garden.

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre, near the main entrance
Cost $5.00

Please bring a bag lunch, and coffee and tea are supplied. The fee collected at the door. For more information: see link below.

___ On January 13, attend An Evening at the Penthouse. You can join Heritage Vancouver for a behind the scenes tour of the Vancouver landmark. There will be talks by Danny Filippone and Reid Shire.

The Penthouse, 1019 Seymour
January 13, tours at 6:15 and 7 p.m. talks 7:45, $30
(includes South Asian cuisine buffet, one drink and cover charge for the show, 604-331-8430)

___ Thursday, January 14 – “Introducing the Beaty Biodiversity Museum” at University of British Columbia.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is scheduled to open on the UBC campus in late spring, and it will showcase the incredible biodiversity that is found throughout the province.

As part of VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Cedar Series Lectures , in January, Beaty’s Outreach & Exhibits Manager, Kim Woolcock, will give an introduction to the museum and its collection of more than two million specimens of plants, insects, fish, vertebrates, fungi and fossils.

VanDusen Botanical Garden in the Floral Hall at 7:30pm
Cost: $10 for Garden Members / $15 for Non-members.
Tickets available at the door or in advance by calling 604-878-9821.
VanDusen Botanical Garden:
5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6M 4H1
More information: links below.

___ January 15, ScienceWorld After Dark. Explore ScienceWorld without the kids! Take time to play in the galleries, sip some wine and take in local comedians.

ScienceWorld,
1455 Quebec
January 15, 7-10 p.m., $19.75

This is one of the last chances to visit ScienceWorld until March 2010, as the museum did extensive research to explore options during the Olympic time period. They discovered that:

· Access to their location will be difficult due to security measures and traffic restrictions.

· Interest of the local community and customers alike will be focused on the Olympics.

They decided to take advantage of an incredible opportunity to showcase their building to the world and capitalize a profile for the future so for February,  “Sochi 2014” , the organizing committee for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games (to be held in Sochi, Russia), will be using the museum’s building for the duration of the Vancouver 2010 Games, hence an extended closure.

Members (and possibly those who have cards from other institutions usually honored at ScienceWorld) will receive benefit because the Museum has arranged with local attractions to give special admission offers to ScienceWorld members — usually about 50% off admission.

Those offers are in effect only for the month of February 2010 unless otherwise specified — so just present your valid Science World Membership Card to take advantage of the offers. Be sure to check their website closer to February for an updated list of participants. The link is below.

___ Plan January 19, Taste BC. This is a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital-Oak Tree Clinic. It features British Columbia’s finest wine, beer and spirits with fare from local restaurants, live music, door prizes, and a silent auction.

Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Jan. 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.,
tickets at Liberty Wine Merchants, $49.99.

LINKS:
Resolutions for Biodiversity
Vandusen Garden
Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver

ScienceWorld – closures, options in February.
ScienceWorld, Canada

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver travel article archive!

Vancouver Useful Links Archive from TravelVacationReview

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