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Holiday happenings

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, 1-9 p.m. and FridaySunday, 10 a.m.-9 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, 1-9 p.m. and FridaySunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aunt Leah's Place provides housing and support for aboriginal teen moms and foster kids.

Seymour Scouts Annual Christmas Tree Fundraising Sale will take place until 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.

Dog Handlers' Christmas Donations Drive: Local dog walking companies will once again be collecting pet food and sup-plies, as well as funds until Dec. 24 for three Lower Mainland charities: Pacific Animal Foundation (PAF), Action for Animals in Distress and Cross our Paws, who will then distribute them to needy animals. Dog or cat food donations, as well as pet supplies such as blankets, food dishes, towels and kitty litter will be welcomed. For pick-up phone 604-990-9062, 604-986-3405 or 604-319-3647. Drop offs can be made at Village Pet Foods, 5323 Headland Dr., West Vancouver or Korna Natural Pet Supplies, 1174 Marine Dr., North Vancouver.

Parade of Trees: The public is invited to browse through the tree display in the Spirit Gallery on Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver until Dec. 24. Guests are encouraged to cast a ballot for their favourite tree. Admission to the gallery is free; however there is a suggested minimum donation of $2 for those participating in voting.

Stamp Collection Fundraiser: Bring your stamps from Christmas cards into the receptionist at the North Shore News, 100126 East 15th St., North Vancouver. They are collected for the Eastern Star who raise funds (about $15,000 plus yearly) and donate it to be used to prepare bandages and cancer dressings, etc.

Holiday Hi-Light Festival: Park & Tilford will have a display of more than 50,000 lights at the community gardens until Dec. 31 at 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. Donations will be collected at the garden entrance with net proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club.

Canyon Lights: View hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park, across the bridge and treetops adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver until Jan. 1, 5-9 p.m. (except Christmas day). There will also be gingerbread cookie decorating and sing-a-long carols with a Christmas band. Admission: $50 for a family (two adults, two children), $25 for adults and $5 for children ages six-12. Proceeds from admission will be donated to the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. Info: or 604-985-7474.

Festival of Lights: A display of 1.4 million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver will take place every evening, except Christmas day, until Jan. 2, 4: 30-9 p.m. Evenings prior to Christmas will feature community choirs and Santa. Admission: $31 for a family (two adults, two children age 18 and under)/$13.50/$10/$7.50. Tickets: www.ticketstonight. ca, at the garden shop or at the gate. Info: 604-257-8335 or

Village Tree Festival: Over 30 decorated trees will be on display until Jan. 2 near the Taphouse at Park Royal Village. The public is encouraged to vote for the best tree.

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:

Winter Gift Gallery: The Seymour Art Gallery will be selling a selection of holiday gifts by local artists until Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. Info: 604-924-1378 or www.

Festive Music performed by pianist Jerri Mercer will take place Dec. 22, 2-2: 30 p.m. in the Main Hall of the West Vancouver library, 1950 Marine Dr. Come and enjoy pastries and hot chocolate. Free.

Naomi's Tree: Terry David Mulligan will read this prizewinning children's story by Joy Kogawa at the Christmas Eve service Dec. 24, 10 p.m. at West Vancouver Presbyterian Church, 2893 Marine Dr. The story will be part of a celebration of the Christmas birth.

Holiday Hours at the North Vancouver District Public Libraries: All branches will be closed Dec. 25-27, Jan. 1 and 2. On Friday, Dec. 24 they will close at noon. Information:

North Vancouver City Library Christmas Hours: The library will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. On Friday, Dec. 24 it will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: www.

West Vancouver Memorial Library Holiday Hours: The library will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1. From Dec. 27-31 it will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Info:

Community Christmas Day Dinner: Highlands United Church will host a free traditional homemade meal with all the trimmings Sunday, Dec. 25, 1 p.m. at 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. All are welcome. Seat reservations required: 604-980-6071.

Operation Red Nose will drive individuals home in their own car for free Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Call 6046190942 for a ride. Donations will be accepted to support youth programs. The Rotary Clubs of the North Shore still need drivers and navigators. To volunteer: 778-288-8996 or