BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for January 19-25

This week in BC: Indulge in gluten-free baked goods at Fairy Cakes, journey from relaxation to celebration with Yoga Rave in Kelowna, audition for Dragons' Den, and more

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Boeing-Boeing — Jan. 24 to Feb. 24

Talk about a crash and burn! In Boeing-Boeing, the latest play to take flight at Vancouver’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, a Parisian playboy in the Swinging Sixties juggles the hearts of three air hostesses: Gloria, Gabriella and Gretchen, a.k.a. “America,” “Italy” and “Germany.” He’s got them jetting in and out of his bachelor pad on such a precise schedule that when Boeing introduces a faster jet, his romantic timetable goes way off course. Turbulence is expected, so buckle up for a bumpy ride, from January 24 to February 24.

Yoga Rave Kelowna — Jan. 25

Giving down-doggers something to rave about, Yoga Rave Kelowna invites you to a soul-stirring night of music, meditation and movement on January 25 at Laurel Packing House (1304 Ellis St). And unlike traditional raves, this one offers a substance-free environment where you’ll journey from relaxation to celebration and back again, thanks to a highly crafted sequence of sights, sounds and high-energy music, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Call 778-478-0325 for tickets or purchase online.

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Jim Byrnes & Babe Gurr — Jan. 25-26

A hockey hiatus that put the NHL on ice for over half the season may have left you hungering for classic Canadiana of a different sort. You’ll find it at North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, welcoming two of the country’s most respected recording artists — Juno-winner Jim Byrnes and special guest Babe Gurr in a special fundraising concert for First Impressions Theatre on January 25 and 26, where they’ll share their respective songs, stories and journeys, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 online or by phone at 604-929-9456.

Dragons’ Den BC Auditions — Jan. 25, 26, 30, 31; Feb. 2, 9; Mar. 1, 2

Fancy yourself the next Jim Pattison? You’ll get a chance to prove it when Dragons’ Den producers launch a 40-city audition tour to uncover Canada’s best up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Be ready to pitch your business plan in under five minutes, and if you wow producers, you’ll get a chance to seal the deal with the Dragons themselves during the show’s upcoming season. Check it out in Prince George on January 25, with more B.C. audition dates listed online.

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Burnaby Public Library Writing Contest – Until Feb. 28

Hey, teens: Are you hoping to become Canada’s next Michael Ondaatje or Margaret Atwood? Then practice your prose by entering the Burnaby Public Library Writing Contest, open to entrants from grades eight to 12. Submit an original short story based on the theme of “It’s Possible,” and you just might win top honours and a $100 gift certificate for the store of your choice. Deadline is February 28, with full contest details available online or by calling 604-297-4803.

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Lego! Lego! Lego! — Sidney Museum, until Mar. 3

Do you know a kid who loves LEGO? Then you’ll score major brownie points by taking ’em to Vancouver Island’s Sidney Museum, site of a new exhibition called Lego! Lego! Lego! Fans will find more than 250 models spanning from the 1970s to the present, including everything from Star Wars and pirates to racecars, castles and even a 6,000-piece Taj Mahal. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until March 3, for a suggested $5 donation at the door.

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Fairy Cakes, Vancouver

Whether you’re lactose intolerant or have gluten allergies, food-restricted diets are not much fun. So good news: Fairy Cakes has alighted in Vancouver (at 3586 Fraser Street) to bring a little bite of magic to sweets lovers. The freshly baked morsels are dairy, gluten and nut-free so allergy sufferers can have their cupcake and eat it too. Choose from vanilla or chocolate, each topped with a hefty twist of icing in over a dozen delicious flavours, including pina colada, creamsicle and blueberry.

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Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Christmas is over, but ’tis still the season for snow to foul up flight plans. For travellers who would rather be safe than sorry, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel invites you to sleep in luxury right on the grounds of YVR, just 99 steps from the U.S. departure gate. And for extra convenience, sun seekers can store their bulky winter woollies at the hotel and pick them up post vacay for free. Rates start from $199 per room, per night, by calling 1-800-441-1414.

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Soirette, Vancouver

One way to warm up the dreary days of winter? By cozying up for a tête-à-tête over High Tea at Soirette, a jewel-box of a bakeshop (1433 West Pender, Vancouver). Choose from over 30 exquisite loose-leaf teas then sample savories such as salmon-and-dill quiche, tandoori chicken cucumber cups and roasted Mediterranean vegetable sandwiches, followed by delicious desserts including handmade macarons, lemon meringue tartlets and mini eclairs. Book your High Tea reservation, available on weekends for $27 per person, by calling 604-558-3308.

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Tod Mountain Ranch, Thompson Okanagan

Planning your next family reunion or team-building retreat? You can’t beat the backdrop of Tod Mountain Ranch, especially when you’ll have it all to yourselves from now through March 31. Located 45 minutes north of Kamloops, the rustic retreat is offering a Take Over the Ranch package that includes full use of the 3,000-square-foot Okanagan-area lodge, complete with eight cabins, three recreation and dining facilities, a commercial kitchen and an outdoor barbecue pit, all for $1,250 per night.

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