As April and the NHL playoffs kick off this week, we're continuing with our popular feature - our staff's Top 5 (Or More) Things To Do This Weekend. This week, we have some great spring options - that don't involve watching hockey - in the city. Here's our Top 5 for this weekend.
1 Get hammering with a beginner blacksmith course at Burnaby Village. Learn the basic techniques of heating metal in a forge and shaping it with a hammer and anvil. This weekend's course is on Saturday, April 14, running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $75 per session, pre-registration required. For more info, call 604-297-4565 or go to www. burnaby village museum.ca/programs.
2 Get volunteering on Saturday, April 14 for the ninth annual Burnaby Festival of Volunteers, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brentwood Town Centre. Learn about community issues and celebrate the dedication and commitment of volunteers. If you have time and want to help out in the community, this is a great chance to find out what opportunities are out there. For more info, call 604-294-5533 or go to www. volunteerburnaby.ca.
3 Get appreciating the Dennis Chang Manouche Quartet at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. on Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. Virtuoso guitarist Denis Chang will perform a repertoire which is greatly influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt. For tickets and info, call 604-205-3000 or go to www. shadboltcentre.com.
4 Get artistic with the Spring Extravaganza, Burnaby Artists' Guild art exhibition and sale at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6540 Deer Lake Ave. The opening celebrations are on Friday, April 13 at 7: 30 p.m. and show goes from 7 to 10 p.m. Featured artist James Koll and the guild's many talented artists will showcase original artwork in a variety of styles and mediums. Artists will be in attendance and will offer demonstrations. Show includes a raffle for an original painting and a sale of art cards and magnets. Free admission. Free parking. For more info, call 604-291-6864 or visit www.burnabyartistsguild. com.
com. 5 Get cheering for some of the best ringette players in the country as the final games of the Canadian national ringette championships take place on Saturday, April 14. Games have been taking place in Burnaby and New Westminster since April 9 at Bill Copeland Arena at 3676 Kensington Ave., 8Rinks at 6501 Sprott St. and Moody Park at 701 Eighth Ave. in New Westminster. Weekend passes, which include the championship final on Saturday are $20 for two (B.C. resident's rate). For more info and a full schedule, go to www.ringette. ca/crc.
6 Get listening on Saturday, April 14 to the Westminster Church Choir and other talented musicians as they present Sing Alleluia, a retelling of the story of Christ's victory over death, through dynamic new songs, wellknown hymns and gospel songs. The event's at 7: 15 p.m. at Westminster SDA Church, 7925 10th Ave., Burnaby (enter from 11th Avenue off of Sixth Street). The concert is designed for people of all ages and denominations. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. A freewill offering will be taken. For more info, call 604-524-6969.
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