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Playdates with a Purpose: Traci Costa, owner of children's playwear line Peekaboo Beans, will be at Mahon Park, 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Feb.

Playdates with a Purpose: Traci Costa, owner of children's playwear line Peekaboo Beans, will be at Mahon Park, 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Feb. 25 with her team to sell boys and girls coats sizes 2-8 for half-price, and make matching donations of coats to a local charity. Costa calls her event Playdates with a Purpose. For more about the company, visit

Hey Day: Park Royal Shopping Centre will host this event this Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the south mall's centre court. Hey Day was created in 2011 by a group of active youths brought together by a common goal: to inspire peers in their community by providing local and global volunteer opportunities. Various organizations will be on hand to answer questions and provide information, including: Rotary Club International, E Recycling Club, Amnesty International, CUSO International. Enjoy a variety of speakers and performances throughout the afternoon in the food court. Hey Day is planned and executed by local North Shore students who work in partnership with the office of MP John Weston and Park Royal. If you'd like to get involved with this event, visit the website www.youthvoc. com. Heritage Fayre takes place this Saturday, Feb. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Park Royal's north mall centre court. This annual event is part of Heritage Week, and this year celebrates West Vancouver's 100th anniversary. Featured will be displays from various community groups like West Vancouver SPCA, Block Watch and the North Shore Black Society as well as photo collages. Music at 3 p.m. Enjoy free samples of Murchies' Queen Victoria blend. The John Deere Crawler, an old tractor that used to take people up the mountain to ski, will be at the mall to Feb. 28.

Grad Fashions: Marilyn's of West Vancouver, located in Caulfeild Village, will host the Ultimate Grad Fashion Show this Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-5 p.m. Featured designers include: Alfred Angelo, Group JS and Laundry by Shelly Segal. Tea, cookies and mimosas. Tickets are $10, $5 with student ID. RSVP: 6049254110. For details, visit www.

Art Deco Chic opens March 8 at the Museum of Vancouver and will feature 66 glamorous garments from the 1920s and '30s. Exquisite designer dresses from Chanel, Lanvin, Vionnet, Patou and Schiaparelli are included in the exhibit, which is co-curated by Vancouver fashion historian Ivan Sayers and features several items from Sayers' own collection. Handbags, hats, shoes and jewelry round out the show and further illustrate the use of geometric shapes to create the sleek, sophisticated designs that were typical of the art deco period. Exhibit closes Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m.5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, closed Monday. Info: 604736-4431. Spring Skate: Park Royal is dusting off the synthetic ice rink it first installed for the 2010 Olympics and setting it up the first week of Spring Break, March 9-18, in the upper level parking area just behind Osaka Supermarket and Staples. Bring your own skates or rent a pair by donation. Various activities are planned. Skating is free. For details, visit

Make way for spring fashions by clearing out unwanted clothing and accessories and donating them to the Canadian Diabetes Association's Clothesline program. Donate now through March 10 and enter to win a Disney family getaway. Enter in the national draw by scheduling your free pickup by phone (1800-505-5525 and mention the word "trip") or online ( or by dropping off your donation at the nearest Clothesline office (visit for locations and receive an entry for each bag donated). There is no limit on entries. Clothesline accepts gently used clothing, all cloth-based items, shoes, boots, books, toys and more. Visit for full contest and program details.

North Shore Needle Arts Guild meets the second Thursday of the month and offers instruction in all types of embroidery and beading at St. Martin's Anglican Church hall in North Vancouver. New members are welcome. Membership info: 604-922-4032.

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