Spring must be right around the corner – there are a ton of seed and gardening related activities you and your family can take part in this weekend. From the opening of a brand new seed library to an educational seed-display. Not quite ready to break out your green thumbs? No problem, there are lots of other great events happening around town! Watch a movie, head to a craft fair, go for a skate, or look for owls. And that’s just the start — we’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!
Friday, March 2nd, 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm, Cloverdale Arena, 6090 176 Street, Surrey
Saturday, March 3rd, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, South Surrey Arena, 2199 148 St, Surrey
Sunday, March 4th, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, Surrey Sport & Leisure Arena, 16555 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Yee-Haw! Grab your skates, saddle up and head down to a City of Surrey arena for a public skate with a western twist. All ages are welcome. No skates? No problem! Skate rentals are available at an additional cost.
Canadian First Nation Songs Event
Friday, March 2nd, 7 pm – 8 pm, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Learn a variety of Canadian First Nations social drum, stick, and rattle songs, along with traditional games and cultural teachings by Renae Morriseau, an award-winning drummer. Hide hand drums and other instruments will be provided at this event. No singing experience is necessary, this is a family-friendly event.
Birth Fair 2018
Saturday, March 3rd, 10 am – 3 pm, Cloverdale Agriplex, 17798 62 Avenue, Surrey
The Birth Fair brings together professionals in the Birth & Baby industry and is designed to have you leave feeling educated and empowered! Who is the event for? Anyone thinking of starting a family, pregnant women & their partners, friends & family, anyone with an infant at home, grandparents to be, birth professionals and anyone who has a pregnant woman or baby to shop for.
Richmond Seedy Saturday
Saturday, March 3rd, 10 am – 2 pm, Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Join us for Richmond’s 9th annual Seedy Saturday. Seedy Saturday is an annual celebration of local seeds and foods, gardening and education that supports a healthy, strong community. Come on by to meet local seed growers, farmers, community gardeners, or if you need some new local seeds for your garden this year. This is a family and kid friendly event where there will be lots to do for all ages!
Made by MOM Market
Saturday, March 3rd, 11 am – 4 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
The New West Crat Made by MOM Market returns for a third year! Come out and celebrate MOMs who make. Shop over 35 crafters, makers, and artisans selling locally made goods for babies, kids, moms and more.
Kid’s Movie at the Roundhouse: Ferdinand
Saturday, March 3rd, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Ferdinand is a Spanish fighting bull who prefers smelling the flowers and practicing non-violence than chasing red cloths held by matadors in arenas. But when disaster arrives, he is taken to a fighting stadium like every bull in Spain, and Ferdinand needs to decide if he is a fighting bull or a flower-smelling, generous bull, in order to earn his freedom. Bring your kids to the Performance Centre again for a fun, free movie. Spend your early afternoon watching a movie with others in your neighbourhood.
Saturday, March 3rd, 12 pm – 3 pm, Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
Hoot along with live owls! Uncover the mysterious lives of owls with skull and feather displays, activities and crafts. Meet at 20285 8th Ave, Langley, Enjoy a 5-minute walk to the red barn, following signs that mark the route. Wear footwear that can get wet.
Kerrisdale Seed Savers Club presents Spice Up Your Garden with Garlic!
Saturday, March 3rd, 3 pm – 5 pm, Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Garlic is easy to grow, can thrive in small spaces, and tastes great homegrown! In this Kerrisdale Village Vancouver workshop with Rhiannon Johnson, you’ll cover different types of garlic, soil, planting, care, and what to expect. You’ll learn how to grow garlic in your garden or containers and take home some garlic cloves to plant. We’ll have the Kerrisdale community seed library there – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.
Seed Library Launch
Sunday, March 4th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Come join us on Sunday, March 4 for the seed library kick-off event! Explore their seed collection and sign up for free membership between 1-3 pm, followed by a garden planning workshop from 3-4 pm.
Seed-Dispersing Animals are Way Cool because:
Sunday, March 4th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Join Ellen Andresen, a visiting professor from Mexico on sabbatical at UBC, to find out why plants need to disperse their seeds to succeed, and how animals help them achieve this goal. Did you know – by moving seeds around, animals help plants succeed in life. What does success mean for a plant? It means having as many offspring as possible. Animals often get a reward for their service in the form of food. In many cases, the food is a fleshy part of the fruit that contains the seed, but the seed itself is generally not harmed by the animal. Sometimes, as payment to the animal, the plant sacrifices some of its seeds, which may even become “zombie” seeds. Mammals and birds are the “star” seed movers, but some reptiles, fish, and ants can be very important seed dispersers too. Seed dispersal by animals occurs almost everywhere, but this mutualism between plants and animals is most striking in tropical rainforests.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes