What: Back for its 23rd year, Dining Out For Life is taking place on Thursday, March 30. This popular fundraiser is an annual dining event that aims to raise money for AIDS service organizers. Participating restaurants will donate 25% of their food sales to support those affected by HIV and AIDS.
What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is Vancouver’s signature springtime event, waking the city up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930s, the cherry blossom now inspires a month-long of 20+ public, mostly free, arts and cultural community events
What: Dance Without Limits offers a safe, active environment for children and youth with all disabilities to have fun while exploring dance, creative movement and games. Please note that participants who may require substantial physical or behavioural support may be asked to attend alongside a guardian or support worker.
Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Avenue, Surrey
When: March 30 from 5 to 6 pm
Cost: Free, inclusive program. Drop-ins, parents and caregivers are welcome!
What: The glamorous Night of Wondersgalais returning for its fourth year in Vancouver to help raise proceeds for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The foundation is dedicated to granting wishes to children between the ages of three and 17 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Where: Autoform Vancouver – 1885 Clark Drive, Vancouver
What: The fentanyl crisis is new, but the opioid crisis is not. Join a frank discussion of how fentanyl fits within a pattern of opioid crises that goes back to the 1970s. Presented by Douglas College, the City of New Westminster and Simon Fraser University.
Where: Douglas College (Room 2201) – 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
What: On Thursday, March 30, all proceeds from sales of Lucky’s Doughnuts’ seasonal Sakura cherry will benefit Dining Out For Life in support of meal and nutrition programs for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and other co-existing illnesses. Lucky’s Doughnuts Sakura is a classic Bismarck-style doughnut filled with a white chocolate and matcha pastry cream, drizzled with a Sakura and strawberry glaze and topped edible fondant flowers and dried Sakura.
When: March 30 from 7 am until supplies run out
Where: Both Lucky’s Doughnuts locations (2902 Main Street and 2198 West 4th Avenue)
What: Sarah Tiana has been a “working” comedian/ex-waitress in Los Angeles since 2003. Sarah wrote and starred in The Burn with Jeffrey Ross for 2 seasons on Comedy Central. She was a correspondent on “The Soup Investigates” and a regular on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable. She has also done over 10 tours of comedy for the troops including Germany, Singapore, Afghanistan, Guam, Okinawa, and several Wounded Warrior Facilities.
Where: the Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
When: March 30 at 8:30 pm, March 31 and April 1 at 8 pm and 10:30 pm