Half of the year's shortest month is over already, so it's time to get out and enjoy some new things to do in Burnaby. We're continuing with our popular feature - our staff's Top 5 (Or More) Things To Do This Weekend, and this week, there's a good mix of activities in the city.
1 Get into Edmonds for two special events this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 15, the Forever Edmonds Black and White Ball celebrates 40 years of Edmonds excitement. This semi-formal event features entertainment, dinner and dancing, plus the first look at the newly unveiled Edmonds yearbook. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and admission is $25. To register, call 604-297-4400. The next day, the Forever Edmonds Capsule Countdown is a free, family-friendly event, running from 10: 30 a.m. to noon, which celebrates the rich heritage of the Edmonds' community.
2 Get learning about French on Saturday, Feb. 16 for an open house at the Burnaby French language playschool, from 10 a.m. to noon in the portable at Marlborough School at 6060B Marlborough Ave. Come visit this non-profit, parent participation preschool. Meet the wonderful qualified bilingual teachers and discover the benefits of early language learning. For more information, call 604-432-1323 or visit www.bflp.org.
3 Get treasure hunting at the seventh annual Treasure Hunt Flea Market and Book Sale at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. This free community event is a way for community members to find high-quality second hand items, often including unique and rare Japanese items, at bargain prices. For more info, call 604-777-7000 or go to www.nik keiplace.org.
4 Get listening to the Burnaby Clef Society recital on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in studio 103 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, located at 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Come and enjoy a recital of one of Vancouver's oldest established music studios, the Jean Lyons School of Music, to see and hear the exciting future stars of the world's stage. Tickets are available at the door, $12 for adults and concession rates for seniors and children. Members of the Burnaby Clef Society get in free. There's also free parking, and refreshments will be served at intermission.
5 Get cooking with a Caribbean cooking workshop on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. at Byrne Creek Secondary in South Burnaby. Do you want to cook Jamaican? If so, you are invited to join a chef from the Caribbean in preparing and tasting some mouth-watering dishes. This adults' course is offered by Burnaby Community and Continuing Education and will be both demonstration and hands-on. Register by 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 by calling 604-6648888. Cost is $59.
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