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Community Calendar: First Nations Dance Fest offers traditional & contemporary performances

Sandra Thomas / Vancouver Courier

University of B.C.

The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival takes place March 4 to 9 at the University of B.C.’s Museum of Anthropology. This seventh annual festival features the Dancers of Damelahamid, who will present the diverse stories, songs, and dances of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and beyond.

The festival offers a selection of traditional and contemporary performances through school workshops, evening performances and afternoon festival stage shows presenting internationally renowned artists from across the province, Alaska, the Yukon and Washington State. This year’s festival also welcomes South American dancer Adriana Arruna-tegui in her Canadian debut.

Arrunategui, who has trained extensively in traditional, classical and contemporary dance, will share community dances connected to agriculture and the time of harvest from the Cusco region of Peru.

For a complete schedule and ticket information visit damelahamid.ca.

Downtown

The Vancouver Public Library is offering numerous workshops now through March, including Digital Tattoo: Protecting Your Online Identity ­— Part Two. Learn how to protect your online identity and use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Workshops take place March 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., March 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and March 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Classes take place in the computer training room on level seven of the Central Library, 350 West Georgia St. Workshops are free but registration is required by calling 604-331-3603.

Also at the Central Library is a workshop called How to File Your 2013 Tax Return, which will be conducted in Cantonese. Learn more about Canada’s personal income tax system, how to file personal income tax, what’s new for 2013, and how to report foreign assets.

The workshop takes place March 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Peter Kaye Room. The workshop is free but you must pre-register by calling SUCCESS at 604-684-628. For a complete schedule of events, visit vpl.ca/events.

Kensington- Cedar Cottage

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of B.C. is hosting the 10th Annual Vancouver Diversity Health Fair at the Croatian Cultural Centre on March 1.

The theme of this year’s multicultural fair is dedicated to family health and promoting wellness. The AMSSA is an affiliation of more than 80 member agencies, which provide immigrant settlement and multicultural services in more than two dozen communities across the province. This free fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3520 Commercial Dr.

Various locations

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is celebrating Heritage Week 2014 with several special events this coming weekend, including a walking tour of the city’s downtown waterfront between Burrard and Main streets dubbed Up the Coast and Overseas with historian John Atkin. The tour takes place Sunday, Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

On Feb. 23, history lovers can participate in Sunday Mornings at Hinge Park, a newly-designed public space that combines a century of industrial heritage with the creation of a naturalized wetland in Southeast False Creek. Hinge Park, which has not yet been officially named, is located at 215 West First Avenue.

For a complete schedule of History Week events visit vancouverheritagefoundation.org.

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