ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Think Bigg with Trent Arterberry.
ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Think Bigg with Trent Arterberry.

An annual holiday tradition, an annual book festival and free-flowing fun for the kids are all on tap this week on Vancouver stages.

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation turns on this year’s Lights of Hope (Nov 27) display with a community celebration that includes fireworks, food trucks and fun for the whole family.  After November 27, the display will remain on from dusk to dawn until January 12, 2015.  Lights of Hope is an annual holiday tradition built by volunteers using donated materials that include 10 kilometers of lights. Photo above: Brian Smith / Providence Health Care Media Services (Facebook).

The JCC Jewish Book Festival (until Nov 27) continues with an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the US, and Israel. The Festival week is filled with literary events including meet-the-author opportunities, literary readings and panel discussions, a foodie event, the annual book club event, writing and self-publishing workshops, children’s authors, film-screenings and more.  There are also two onsite bookstores – new and used – that will be open throughout the week.

ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Think Bigg (Nov 29), an afternoon of free fun with children’s performer Trent Arterberry.  Children participate both onstage and in their seats as storytelling, mime, music and puppetry blend to create endearing, hilarious characters in this uniquely entertaining all-ages show.  The show repeats the next day at River Market at Westminster Quay.  The non-profit ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.

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