11 things to do in vancouver this week: May 11 to 17

May 11 2020, 2:00 pm

After a weekend of gorgeous weather, it’s time to cool off that sunburn.

We’ve compiled a list of eleven things for you to do from the comfort of your home this week, May 11 to 17.

Free online cycling classes


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What: With physical distancing ruling out group rides and closing gyms and studios, TaG Cycling and RBC GranFondo are providing cyclists of all levels with a free opportunity to train toward the goals they have set for the year, or just to enjoy a good sweat for mental health. Join in on free virtual online training 7 to 8 am every Tuesday and Thursday morning with two-time Olympian Lesley Tomlinson.

When: May 12 and May 15
Time: 7 to 8 am

Happy Every Day Community Festival


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What: To reward fans, Air Miles has lined up a huge list of Canadian celebrities — from sports figures to actors, chefs to musicians — that will be taking over their Facebook page each and every day for the next few weeks. Tune in to the Air Miles Facebook Page daily to enjoy musical performances, live question and answer sessions, and much more.

When: Every day
Time: Various times

Babytime and Family Storytime


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Each Monday, the Richmond Public Library hosts Storytime and Babytime: half-an-hour of songs and stories for kids of all ages. In order to participate, be on the lookout for a Facebook live stream on the Richmond Public Library Facebook page at 10:30 am for storytime and 2 pm for any time.

When: May 11
Time: 10:30 am and 2 pm

Get virtual one-on-one lessons from a Broadway theatre star


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What: Broadway Plus offers up premium one-on-one vocal lessons directly from the famous stars of some theatre’s biggest shows. Students can choose between vocal lessons, acting, dance, dialect, and more. Lessons range from $100 to $300 per hour and include unique experiences and opportunities. The Broadway Plus roster of theatre stars includes notable names like Erika Henningsen (Cady in Mean Girls), Alex Brightman (Tony Award nominee for Beetlejuice), Laura Osnes (Cinderella), Sean Green Jr. (Aaron Burr in Hamilton), and James Snyder (Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Date: Any day
Time: Any time

Camp Bonkers

What: Vancouver company Wind Sun Sky has recently launched Camp Bonkers on YouTube. The camp-themed variety show is aimed towards elementary school kids and encourages imaginative, educational, and active entertainment as friendly camp counsellors lead children through camp-themed activities and videos targeting a wide range of topics including crafts, stem, music, animals, food, sports, dance and more. Episodes air every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4:30 pm.

When: May 11, May 13, and May 15 
4:30 pm

Ask an Astronomer


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What: Ever wonder what would happen if you fell into a black hole? Or whether there might be life on other planets? Join astronomer Rachel Wang at 2 pm on May 7 for the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s “Ask an Astronomer” YouTube live stream session. This week’s theme will be “Our Place in the Universe.”

Date: May 14
Time: 2 pm

Virtual Creator Talk: Chris Mundy


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What: Join the Vancouver International Film Festival for an online conversation with Ozark Showrunner/Executive Producer Chris Mundy as he takes you behind the scenes of season 3 and discusses the benefits of serialized storytelling, taking risks in the writer’s room, crafting and plotting the evolution of central relationships plus delivering that explosive season final. Tickets are $10 and available through the VIFF website.

When: May 13
Time: 5 pm

Kitchen Hacks Challenge

What: Film a short, 60-second or less video of your favourite “kitchen hack” — any tip or trick that makes sharing a meal together easier for families — to share with other families for the chance to win a grand prize of $1000 cash from Better Together BC. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges, including popular food blogger Samantha Gutmanis and celebrity host and cook Art Napoleon of APTN’s Moosemeat and Marmalade. For every entry received by the May 22nd deadline, BC’s dairy farmers will donate $100 to Food Banks BC, up to a total of $10,000.

When: Anyday before May 22
Time: Any time

Go on a virtual tour of British Columbia


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What: While we may not be able to travel right now, you can still experience the magnificent views of dense green forests, idyllic rivers, seas, and lakes, and majestic mountain tops from the comfort of your home through online virtual tours. Click here for some virtual tours of beautiful British Columbia that are sure to take your breath away.

Date: Any day
Time: Any time

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival


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What: The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is heading online this year. Enjoy interviews, workshops, panels, a virtual artist alley, live-drawing, and more taking place online from May 11 to 17.

When: May 11 to 17
Time: All day

Online Reading Challenge


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What: The Richmond Public Library’s Online Reading Challenge provides opportunities for adults and seniors to read or listen to books that fall outside of their usual comfort zone. To keep readers inspired and motivated, the library is sharing book lists plus reading recommendations. Join the Challenge on Facebook and start flipping pages.

When: Any day
Time: Any time

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