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

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.

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: www.dundaravefestival.com.

Argyle Music Senior Christmas Concert: Argyle secondary will perform an evening of traditional Christmas music Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7: 30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson St., Vancouver. Tickets at the door: $10/$5. Guests are requested to bring a non-perishable food donation for the food bank drive.

Christmas Family Storytime: Celebrate the season with an evening of Christmas stories and snacks Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. at the West Vancouver library, 1950 Marine Dr. Free. Register in the youth department. Info: www.westvanlibrary.ca.

Cinderella: A pantomime version of this classic tale will run Dec. 14-16, 20-23, 27-30, 7: 30 p.m. and Dec. 17, 18, 26 and 31, 3 p.m. at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. Admission: $14. Info and tickets: 604-929-3200 or www.deepcovestage.com.

Festive Music performed by pianist Jerri Mercer will take place Dec. 14, 7-7: 30 p.m., Dec. 20, 11-11: 30 a.m. and Dec. 22, 22: 30 p.m. in the Main Hall of the West Vancouver library, 1950 Marine Dr. Come and enjoy pastries and hot chocolate. Free.

Winter Harp: Harps, medieval instruments, flute, singers and

percussion will combine to perform festive carols and stories Dec. 14 and 15, 7: 30 p.m. at the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. Admission: $37/$34. Tickets: 6049907810 or www.capilanou.ca/ nscucentre.

Christmas Puppet Show: A show for children ages three to six with songs to get you into the holiday spirit Thursday, Dec. 15, 1: 30 and 4 p.m. at the West Vancouver library, 1950 Marine Dr. Free tickets can be picked up in the youth department. Info: www. westvanlibrary.ca.

Holiday Open Houses: The North Vancouver District Public Library branches will host a free holiday Open House with refreshments and a festive atmosphere. Details: Dec. 15, 24 p.m., Capilano library, 3045 Highland Blvd. and Dec. 15, 2-5 p.m., Lynn Valley library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

Lions Gate Sinfonia Orchestra will hold a free open rehearsal for their Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 15, 7-8 p.m. at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver.

Seasonal Storytime: A free drop-in session for children ages three and older will take place Thursday, Dec. 15, 4-4: 30 p.m. at Lynn Valley library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver.

The Ambleside Orchestra, the North Shore community orchestra, will perform a free Christmas/Hanukkah concert Friday, Dec. 16, 6: 45-7: 45 p.m. as part of its "New Horizons" series at the Lonsdale Quay, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver. Info: 604-922-1035.

Carol Ships Parade of Lights 2011: Ships will be in the Deep Cove/Panorama area on the evening of Dec. 17 and Ambleside/Dundarave area on Dec. 18. There will be bonfires and activities at Panorama and Dundarave Parks. Info: www. carolships.org.

Christmas Concert for Haiti: Seven groups of youth from the North Shore will perform a musical fundraiser Friday, Dec. 16, 6: 30-8: 30 p.m. at the North Shore Alliance Church, 201 East 23rd St., North Vancouver. All proceeds will go to an education project in Haiti. Tickets: $5, purchase in advance from eric_warner@hotmail.ca.

Christmas Pantomime - Aladdin: A pantomime version of this classic tale will run Dec. 16-18 with Friday shows at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. at Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 East 11th St., North Vancouver. Tickets: $10/$5. Reservations: 604-983-2633 or www. northvanplayers.ca.

Operation Red Nose will drive individuals home in their own car for free Dec. 16, 17 and 31 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Call 604-619-0942 for a ride. Donations will be accepted to support youth programs. The Rotary Clubs of the North Shore still need drivers and navigators for Dec. 17 and 31. To volunteer: 778-288-8996 or www.nsorn.org.

A Traditional Christmas: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform an evening of Christmas music and carols hosted by Christopher Gaze Friday, Dec. 16, 4 and 7: 30 p.m. at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Admission: $36.50/$32.75. Tickets: 604876-3434 or www.vancouversymphony.ca.

Christmas Fundraising Gala: The Vancouver Skating Club will host a showcase of skaters Saturday, Dec. 17, noon3: 30 p.m. at Karen Magnussen Community Centre, 2300 Kirkstone Rd., North Vancouver. There will be numerous performances and a family skate with Santa. Proceeds will support the development of the athletes. Tickets: $5 each or $20 per family, available at the door.

From Heaven Came: Musica Intima's holiday concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, 7: 30 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave. Admission: $33/$28/$10. Tickets: www. musicaintima.org or 6047316618.

Mozart and Messiah: Lions Gate Sinfonia Orchestra and North Shore Chorus will perform a holiday program Saturday, Dec. 17, 7: 30 p.m. at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Admission: $39/$35/$12. Tickets: 604-984-4484 or www.centennialtheatre.com.

Pet Pictures with Santa Paws will take place Saturday, Dec. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Whole Foods Market, Park Royal village. Pictures are for a minimum donation of $5. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the West Vancouver SPCA shelter.

Pet Pictures with Santa will be available Dec. 17 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PetSmart, 1325 Main St., North Vancouver. Cost is $9.95 with a large portion of the proceeds going to Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association, to support their work in rescuing stray kitties.

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