What to Do in Vancouver This Week (January 22 to 28)

Hit the slopes, watch the silver screen and more great things to do this week in Vancouver.

Ski and Support Local Initiatives

January 22 to March 26

Start your week off right with mountain air and powdery slopes at Shred for the Cause. Every Monday night until March 26, women can ski and snowboard on Mount Seymour for a $15 donation. Partial proceeds will go to The Bloom Group who provide housing, health and social services for individuals in the Downtown Eastside.When: Mondays, 5:30 to 10 p.m.Where: Mount Seymour, 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North VancouverCost: Minimum $15 donationMore info: Mt Seymour

Sip on Fancy Hot Chocolate

January 22 to February 14

Chocolate lovers rejoice! The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back with over 30 cafes and restaurants serving special hot chocolate recipes and desserts. Along with traditional rich chocolates, the adventurous can sip experimental flavours such as the “Wascally Wabbit” carrot cake hot chocolate from Bel Cafe and “At the Movies” from Chez Christophe that includes popcorn-infused whipped cream, corn nut sprinkles and caramel sauce.When: January 22 to February 14Where: Various venuesCost: Prices varyMore info: Hot Chocolate Festival

Celebrate the National Poet of Scotland

Thursday, January 25

Whether or not you know the Scottish poet of “Auld Lang Syne ” fame, you can still enjoy the Scottish party that Robert Burns’ Night is sure to be! The Cascade Room is celebrating the revered poet with a Haggis feast featuring bagpipes, live fiddle music, scotch cocktails and even deep-fried mars bars. “Should old acquaintance be forgot…”When: 4 p.m. (Piping of the Haggis occurs at 5:30 and 8 p.m.)Where: The Cascade Room, 2616 Main St.Cost: No cover, three-course meal for $35More info: The Cascade Room

Watch a Powerful Documentary

Thursday, January 25

Set during the last day of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Luk’Luk’I: Stories of the Downtown Eastside tells the story of five individuals living in the Downtown Eastside. Part documentary, part sci-fi fiction Luk’Luk’I was a favourite at the Vancouver International Film Festival and is being screened by Reel Causes. Proceeds from the screening will go to support the Portland Hotel Society.When: 7:30 p.m.Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodwards, 149 W Hastings St.Cost: Minimum $5 donationMore info: Reel Causes

Get Creative

Saturday, January 27

Bring out your inner artist at the Contemporary Art Gallery’s Family Day. Every last Sunday of the month, people of all ages can partake in tours and art activities based on the CAG’s current exhibitions. This month, Brent Wadden’s striking woven paintings serve as inspiration for textile collages.When: January 27, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.Where: Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson St.Cost: By donationMore info: CAG

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