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Fresh air: A wander around Stanley Park is always inspiring. On Sunday, take part in a naturalist-led walking tour and learn a little more about the life of the plants and animals of the park. The Stanley Park Ecology Centre will guide you through trails and hidden pockets to explore the variety of ways plants and animals use dead or dying trees to support rich worlds of forest life. This relaxed walking tour meets at the Stanley Park Nature House (on the south-east shore of Lost Lagoon – just below the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street) and will cost $10.
Sunday, March 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Stanley Park Nature House, $10. stanleyparkecology.ca
Pecha Kucha: Pecha Kucha Night goes down this week. As per usual, the gathering of local creatives will present 20 images for 20 seconds each on what inspires/drive/tickles them. This month's line-up includes Malcolm Levy (New Forms Festival), Grant Lawrence (author and CBC Radio personality), Nikolas Badminton (DesignCultureMind), Erin Ireland (To Die For Banana Bread), and several others. It's always inspiring, and it has a habit of selling out, so grab tickets while some are still available. Thursday, March 20, doors 6:30 p.m. Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.), $15. pechakuchanightvancouver.com
Laugh: Order a grilled cheese sandwich and a beer from the concession and settle in for a movie at the Rio on Friday night. The Midnight Movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Brilliant dialogue and side-splitting humour abound. If you're feeling inspired, dress up in a film-related (read: grab some coconuts) costume and take $2 off of the admission price.
Friday, March 21, 11:30 p.m. Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), $8/$6. riotheatre.ca
Sausage party: Rain City Chronicles has joined forces with Chinatown's newest, and German, sausage house, Bestie, to present a German-themed storytelling evening. Das Lexikon will be a fun-filled night of storytelling (inspired by German vocabulary handpicked by Rain City Chronicles), German beer and a delicious bratwurst dinner (vegetarian options also available). And what better place to have it unfold than the Vancouver Alpen Club, an institution with a century's worth of local German history. Rain City Chronicles believes everyone has a great personal story to tell, and create opportunities for our communities to share them. This is going to be priceless stuff. Saturday, March 22, doors 6:30 p.m. Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria Dr.) $38. raincitychronicles.com
Night forest: Shadows, noises, animal calls and the sound of snapping branches – walking through Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night can be an intimidating prospect. It's best to do it in a group. Follow a guide and add more than a few cheerful lanterns and all of a sudden you have a pretty magical Saturday night. This weekend, The Pacific Spirit Regional Park Society hosts Night Quest, a gentle 2km walk along a lantern-lit trail; an outdoor evening of storytelling, campfire music and a bit of wildlife education. Wear your gumboots, pack a flashlight and bring a travel mug as well as a pocket full of change to use at the pop-up Girl Guide concession. Appropriate for anyone interested in the mystery of the forest at night (geared toward kids, but highly recommended for everyone).
Saturday, March. 22, 7-10 p.m. Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 16th Avenue park entrance. metrovancouver.org