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Plant a tree and do origami for free at Burnaby Festival of Learning

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DH Vancouver Staff May 01, 2017 9:00 am 795

The Burnaby Festival of Learning is taking place at Simon Fraser University starting on Sunday, May 7.

Held for seven days, this unique festival is being organized by the university alongside the City of Burnaby, and is set to engage communities across Metro Vancouver.

Regardless of your age, you can go along to learn some new and exciting things about science at Canada’s largest science festival, learn how to make origami, or unleash your inner artist at a retro painting party – for free.

With hands-on workshops, engaging talks, displays, and interactive tours, you’ll definitely find something that interests you. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the cool things you can check out at this year’s Burnaby Festival of Learning.

Science/Burnaby Festival of Learning

Aaron Chapman: “Last gang in town”

Hear local author Aaron Chapman talk about his latest book, The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Police vs The Clark Park Gang. The story follows corruption and murder in Vancouver history, and a year-long issue in 1972 between an east-side gang and Vancouver Police.

When: May 8 and May 11, 7 – 8 pm
Where: Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch – 4595 Albert Street, on May 8 and Tommy Douglas Branch – 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby, on May 11

Origami for adults

Get artsy by learning how to make 3D origami tulips with certified origami instructor, Aiko Matsushiba. After attending this class you’ll be able to impress your friends like never before with bespoke paper creations.

When: May 7, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas Branch – 7311 Kingsway

Science Rendezvous/Burnaby Festival of Learning

From broken slates to Newfie jokes: 150 years of Canadian women’s comedy

English professors at SFU Sean Zwageran and Diana Solomon take a look at some of the issues that can arise when studying comedy. They’ll talk about and address issues female comedians face, featuring two Canadian examples – Mary Walsh, and Anne of Green Gables.

When: May 13, 1 – 2:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Public Library, McGill Branch – 4595 Albert Street

Rhododendron Festival

Find out about long-term sustainability and the ecological health of our communities at this unique, free event. There will be ceremonial tree-planting to celebrate Canada’s 150th and Burnaby’s 125th birthdays. Festival highlights include variety entertainment, rovers, mini-workshops, horticultural and nature tours, plant sales, and interactive arts activities. There will also be a silent auction, along with artisan and pottery sales .

When: May 7, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue

Science rendezvous and international Astronomy Day


As Canada’s largest science festival, Science Rendezvous engages the public through interactive science activities, demonstrations, and laboratory experience. Oh, kids will love it, too.

When: Saturday, May 13, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: SFU’s Burnaby campus

Retro painting party

Channel your inner Picasso with each brush stroke at this quirky painting program. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, you’re sure to have tons of fun spending an afternoon chatting and painting on canvas using acrylic paints. It’s therapeutic.

When: May 7, 2:30 – 4 pm
Where: Cameron Recreation Complex, Maple Room – 9523 Cameron Street

 Try/Catch 2017

This program gives female high-school students an insight into computing science, engineering science, and the incredible possibilities that these fields offer. As women are under-represented in STEM university programs and occupations, this event will allow students to ask questions in a positive environment specifically designed for them.

When: May 13, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: SFU’s Burnaby campus


Burnaby Festival of Learning 2017

When: May 7 – 13
Where: Various locations throughout Burnaby
Price: Free

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