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UNTIL DEC. 9 Solo Exhibition of Watercolor paintings by Naoki Totsuka The theme of the exhibition is "the charm of Japanese style buildings through my eyes as a Japanese person.

UNTIL DEC. 9

Solo Exhibition of Watercolor paintings by Naoki Totsuka

The theme of the exhibition is "the charm of Japanese style buildings through my eyes as a Japanese person." The warmth of Japanese culture, filled with the elements of "gentleness" and "healing," is subtly yet unmistakably expressed by Totsuka's watercolour painting method, which is a style he has developed on his own over the years.

Call 604-303-6330 or visit www.rufuslingallery.com for more information.

Location: Rufus Lin Gallery, 415-5811 Cooney Rd.

NOV. 18 - JAN. 15

The lights constellating one's internal sky

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens examine linguistic and pictorial representations commonly associated with economic discourse.

Call 604-247-8300, email gallery@richmond.ca or visit www.richmondartgallery.org for mor information.

Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate

NOV. 21 - DEC. 31

Let's Celebrate Winter

Experience the magic of the holiday season! Learn how different cultures celebrate winter. Play multicultural games unique to this season. Make special winter crafts to take home.

Call 604-247-8300 or visit www.richmond.ca for more information.

Location: Richmond Museum, 7700 Minoru Gate

DEC. 7

Opera Pro Cantanti at Minoru Chapel

Opera Pro Cantanti presents a program of seasonal music by the great opera composers.

Specially selected pieces such as Gounod's Ave Maria, Adam's O Holy Night, and music from Handel's Messiah will be sure to enhance your holiday season.

A surprising number of opera composers lent their talents to compositions for the Christmas season. Our program will delight you with music that is familiar to us as seasonal music, yet not normally associated with the opera stage, or operatic music that has an unexpected seasonal connection.

Opera Pro Cantanti (which translates to "Opera for the Singers") is Canada's only repertory opera company.

Almost every week, this volunteer-run organization presents fully staged performances of major operas such as Verdi's La Traviata, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Bellini's Norma. Its professional and emerging talents include some of the best singers in the region whose technical ability, artistry and expressiveness rival those of singers on the great stages.

Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students/ seniors. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.

Call 604-276-4300 or visit www.richmond.ca/minoruchapel for more information.

Location: Minoru Chapel, 6540 Gilbert Rd

DEC. 8 - 31

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse.

So, how do you solve a problem like Maria? Too highspirited for convent life, the Mother Superior believes the answer is to send Maria off to

work as a governess for a captain with seven children. Maria wins their hearts and melts his by pulling out the perfect song when things get rough.

Experience a night full of your favourite things!

Call 604-270-1812 or visit www.gatewaytheatre.com for more information.

Location: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd

DEC. 9 - JAN. 2

Winter Wonderland Get in the holiday spirit with a skate at the Minoru Arenas Winter Wonderland, all beautifully decorated in a winter wonderland theme. Come skate around the splendour of thou-

sands of lights, real snow banks, festive trees and much more!

Call 604-238-8465 or visit www.richmond.ca/arenas for more information.

Location: Minoru Arena, 7551 Minoru Gate

DEC. 9 AND DEC. 10

Winter Hay Ride

An old-time favourite 30 minute hay wagon ride around the Village of Steveston. Enjoy festive music and local holiday light displays. The fee of $5.25 includes a ride, hot chocolate, and maybe even a picture with Santa! Children under a year are free. Trips leave on the half hour, between 5: 30 - 9 p.m. on the Dec. 9 and between 5 - 8: 30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Location: Steveston Village

DEC. 10

Movie Night

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery will be hosting Christmas movies every Saturday. Come by this Saturday at 2 p.m. for Home Alone. Admission is by donation.

Call 604-664-9009 or visit www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com for more information.

Location: Gulf of Georgia Cannery, 12138 Fourth Avenue

DEC. 11

Richmond Chorus Christmas Is....

Our community partner for this concert is Richmond Food Bank. Visit www.richmondfoodbank.org or www.roca.ca for more information. The concert starts at 4 p.m.

Location: Richmond Pentecostal Church, 9300 Westminster Hwy

DEC. 11

Let's make stuff

This event offers a relaxed, social approach to learning and improving on one's artistic technique or to kick start that project you've been procrastinating on.

Bring your new or continuing projects and materials to work on alongside your fellow artists. This event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Adults only. Free for RAG members and $5 for non-members.

Call 604-247-8300 or visit www.richmondartgallery.org for more information.

Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate

DEC. 15

Steveston Folk Guild at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard

Madd Regaele's Muse Once again SFG welcomes them back with their Xmas program. Madd Regaele's Muse performs popular chansons, madrigals, ars nova and other ditties from medieval times to the present, as well as Celtic folk and original music. This multilingual, multi-talented group consists of up to six members who delight the auditory senses with soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices, accompanied by guitar, recorder, dulcimer, bodhran and other instruments. The group has two albums, the first of which is a mosaic of folk tunes called Love Lust and Libation and the second, a multi-lingual mix of lesser-known Christmas songs, mid-winter carols and original music, called the The Holly King This show is generally sold out, so be early.

The show begins at 7: 30 p.m., tickets are $8 at the door. Children under 12 are free. The show is generally sold out so be early. Email dave@stevestonfolk.net.

Location: Chinese Bunkhouse in the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, 5180 Westwater Dr.

DEC. 17 AND DEC. 18

Christmas Craft Fair and Sale

London Heritage Farm's annual Christmas Craft Fair and collectables sale is ongoing on the weekends throughout November and December. It runs from 12 to 5 p.m. Call 604-271-5220 or visit www.londonheritagefarm.ca

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