Christmas Countdown - Holiday Entertaining Made Easy: Learn tips, tricks and tools from the experts at Beachside Forno and Liberty Wines Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6: 30 p.m. at Beachside Forno restaurant, 1362 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. There will be five expertly selected wines, with five canapÃ© courses. Chef Jason Harris will be demonstrating dishes to share insider's secrets on serving up freshly shucked oysters, canapÃ©s and unique desserts. Wine expert Kurtis Kolt will have wines from Park Royal's Liberty Wine Merchants to help enjoy holiday cheer. Tickets are $69 and available at 604-926-3332.
Coats for Kids: The Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (GVHBA) will hold its 16th annual campaign in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau until Dec. 9. North Vancouver drop-off locations: Dick's Lumber & Building Supplies, 160 Hanes Ave., Mon-day-Friday, 6: 30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Alchemy Construction Ltd., 1537 Welch St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.4: 30 p.m. and Miccaro Designs, 3022 Markham Pl., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. West Vancouver drop-off location: G.D. Nielsen Developments Ltd., 2405 Bellevue Ave., Monday-Friday, 8: 30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Great Stuff: Giftable art by 35 local artisans, jewellers and craft artists will be for sale Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. until Dec. 17 at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Late night shopping Fridays until 8 p.m.
Charity Tree Lot: Aunt Leah's will be selling Christmas trees at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 220 West Eighth St., North Vancouver. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 19 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aunt Leah's Place provides housing and support for aboriginal teen moms and foster kids.
Christmas by the Sea - Parade of Trees: The North Vancouver Chamber will host an inaugural display of 30 decorated trees until Jan. 7 at Shipbuilders' Square, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Harvest Project and Hollyburn Family Services - Youth Safe House.
Dundarave Festival of Lights: View a forest of decorated trees until Jan. 7 at Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver and make donations to support Lookout Emergency Aid Society's North Shore shelter. On Saturday evenings there will be free family concerts. Info: www. dundaravefestival.com.
Seymour Scouts Annual Christmas Tree Fundraising Sale will take place from Nov. 28 to Dec. 23 at Parkgate Village shopping centre at the corner of Mount Seymour Parkway and Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. All proceeds benefit various scout programs.
Pet Photo Nights with Santa will take place Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. at Capilano Mall, North Vancouver.