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Thousands of people gather on shore and on boats during the annual Celebration of Light over English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia July 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark/REUTERS/Andy Clark)
Thousands of people gather on shore and on boats during the annual Celebration of Light over English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia July 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark/REUTERS/Andy Clark)

Fireworks, oysters, champagne, and an art walk: The Scout List Add to ...

A curious evening: Picture a slow summer wander through a country garden while you are fed freshly shucked oysters and plied with champagne. Sounds pretty heavenly, huh? If you hurry you can still snag a ticket to the Curious Evening in the Garden event at KJM Country Gardens on Thursday. Oysters, champagne, and Scotch will be carted through the picturesque garden centre at the edge of the Fraser River by the dapper gentlemen of Curious Oyster Catering. All you do is slurp and enjoy. Tickets include oysters and a glass of champagne or a dram of whisky and can be purchased in advance at champagneandoysters.eventbrite.ca (Curious Oyster needs to know how many oysters to bring). Thursday, July 25, 6-9 p.m., KJM Country Gardens (7226 Blenheim St.), $34, kjmcountrygardens.com

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Hotel stories: Rain City Chronicles sets up shop in a special location this week. This edition of the cool storytelling evening is themed around hotels, and your ticket gets you a rare opportunity to hang out in the forgotten lounge in the sky at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Expect an eclectic gathering of interesting people telling their hotel-related stories. Add in the view and the old decadence of the venue and you’ve got an amazing evening. Tickets might be hard to come by, but a craigslist search or Facebook inquiries might prove fruitful. Friday, July 26, 7 p.m., Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 W. Georgia St.), raincitychronicles.com

Slow down: Hop on your bike for a relaxing pedal about the countryside. Slow Food Vancouver is holding its seventh annual Cycle Tour Agassiz this Saturday and its fifth annual Cycle Tour Chilliwack on Sunday (both approximately 25 kilometres of beautiful and relatively flat terrain). The Slow Food cycle offers riders a chance to get to know the fine folks who produce food at local farms. Bikers dismount at a variety of locations to take guided tours, gobble up samples or “taste plates” and fill their rucksacks with fresh products purchased from the source. The Agassiz tour offers stops at numerous farms, including Plenty Wild Farms, Tasty Chicken and Canadian Hazelnut Farm, as well as Farm House Natural Cheeses, the Agassiz Harrison Museum and Magpie Bakery. On the Chilliwack tour, hungry riders can stop in at Happy Days Dairy Farm, Greendale Pottery and Angus Beef and Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey. Also, they can take a romp in corn maze and check out a Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. Tours go ahead rain or shine. July 27-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Chilliwack or Agassiz, $15 each or $25 for both, slowfoodvancouver.com

History: If you’re interested in familiarizing yourself with the history (and future, for that matter) of Vancouver’s core, you’ll want to tag along with Michael Gordon, the City of Vancouver’s senior planner for downtown Vancouver, as he leads a walk of Granville and West Georgia streets this Saturday. The tour will kick off at Granville Square Plaza and then roll from block to block touching on ways in which these streets began and grew into not only a transit hub and shopping destination, but also a business, culture, accommodation and entertainment centre. The tour will end in the lobby of the Hotel Vancouver – just in time for tea or an afternoon cocktail. Be sure to register in advance. Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Granville Square Plaza (200 Granville St.), $15, heritagevancouver.org

Pecha Kucha New West: Take a quick SkyTrain ride out to New Westminster on Saturday for an outdoor Pecha Kucha night. The Pecha Kucha format sees a group of interesting, often very accomplished individuals taking the stage to present 20 images for 20 seconds each while talking about what inspires them. It’s a mind-expanding event. This edition will take place under the stars at Westminster Pier Park. Arrive early to grab something to eat (pre-order from Re-Up BBQ or chef Angus An’s Longtail Kitchen) and chill out while listening to music by DJ Trike’s Jonathan Igharas as the last rays of summer sun hit the wooden walkways. Awesome, right? It gets better – The tickets are free. All you have to do is sign up so that organizers know how many people are coming. Saturday, July 27, 9 p.m., Westminster Pier Park (224 Front St.), New Westminster, Free, pechakuchanw.eventbrite.ca

Art: Over the last few years many of Vancouver’s galleries have relocated to a parcel of land between Main Street and Clark Drive just above Industrial Avenue. This area has adopted the name The Flats and the galleries are planning to strut their stuff with a collective summer bash of numerous exhibitions. Monte Clark Gallery will be showing Street View, photographs by Scott McFarland; the Equinox and Winsor galleries will each have a group show on their walls; Macaulay & Co. Fine Art will be showing Cracker-Barrel, another group show (this one is about “the intersection of do-it-yourself aesthetics, and utopian domestic spaces”); and The Pleasure of Devouring That Which Plagues You – an exhibition of hand-carved sculpture by Jonathan Syme – will be at The Wil Aballe Art Project. Saturday, July 27, 3-6 p.m., Various locations in The Flats, east of Main from Industrial to 7th, theflatsvancouver.tumblr.com

Fireworks: Celebration of Light fireworks start this week. First to deliver a grand pyrotechnic expression is the United Kingdom (July 27), followed by Canada (July 31), and Thailand (Aug. 3). Plan accordingly, and don’t try to drive through the West End while the festivities are going on. If you need to be downtown this Saturday, avoid your automobile at all costs. July 27, 31, Aug. 3, English Bay, Free, hondacelebrationoflight.com

Whistler: This is a good weekend to take in Whistler’s Artwalk. Every July and August the Whistler Arts Council puts on a fantastic celebration of the local arts scene. They utilize public and commercial spaces to display everything from paintings and sculptures to ceramics and photographs. This Thursday night is one of the biggest nights of Artwalk. It’s called Block pARTy; an evening event in which Function Junction is closed down for a proper block party complete with food, live music, real-live artists and galleries with open doors. No need to drive; there will be a free shuttle leaving Whistler Village (at the cab loop) every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Millar Creek Road, Function Junction, Whistler, artswhistler.com

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