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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 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.

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 be collecting pet food and supplies, 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.

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.

Carol Ships Parade of Lights 2011: Ships will be in the Ambleside/Dundarave area on the evening of Dec. 18. There will be bonfires and activities at Dundarave Park. Info:

Christmas Concert: The West Vancouver Seniors' Choir will be performing a concert where the audience will be encouraged to sing along, Sunday, Dec. 18, 1: 30-3: 30 p.m. at the West Vancouver Seniors' Centre, 695 21st St. Admission: $5.50 which includes refreshments.

Christmas Crawl: Members of The North Shore Celtic Ensemble and guest musicians will perform in three different Lynn Valley locations on Sunday, Dec. 18. The annual crawl will start at The End of The Line General Store at 2 p.m. then move to The Lynn Valley Legion at 3: 30 p.m. and finish at Waves Coffee House at 4: 40 p.m. Admission is by donation. The group will be raising money for The North Shore Harvest.

Christmas Pantomime - Aladdin: A pantomime version of this classic tale will run Dec. 18 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

Laudate Singers will hold a free family Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. at St. David's United Church, 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver and 4 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Vancouver. No tickets required. Info: 604-729-6814 or

Spot Santa on Seymour: Santa will bring holiday cheer to Mount Seymour Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Enquist Lodge at the SnowPlay Park. Bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and have your picture taken with Santa for a free.

The Nutcracker: The Royal City Youth Ballet will present a full length performance of this traditional ballet Monday, Dec. 19, 1 and 4 p.m. at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Admission: $30/$24. Tickets: www. or 604-984-4484.

Cinderella: A pantomime version of this classic tale will run Dec. 20-23, 27-30, 7: 30 p.m. and Dec. 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

Festive Music performed by pianist Jerri Mercer will take place Dec. 20, 11-11: 30 a.m. and 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.

Rejoice: Chor Leoni Men's Choir will perform a holiday concert with special guests A touch of Brass Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7: 30 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church, 2061 Esquimalt Ave. Admission: $30/$25/$15. Tickets: www.chorleoni. org or through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Info: 604-263-7061.

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. Info:

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:

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 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. To volunteer: 778-288-8996 or

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