Dunbar is pleased to bring the following free programs to the community this season. Please sign up for these programs on the programs page, on the Dunbar Park Board registration page or call us at 604-222-6060.
Free Preschool Programs
Craft Time for Kids
Join our leader in the lobby to create a fun and exciting craft for Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas! Your child will go home with a beautiful and unique masterpiece that they’ve made. Parent participation is required.
Sa Oct 7 10:00am-11:30am
Sa Oct 28 10:00am-11:30am
Sa Dec 16 10:00am-11:30am
Free Youth Programs
Game On! Boys Group (10-13 yrs)
Game On! Uses a mentorship approach to provide boys & young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles. In partnershipwith Big Brothers of Vancouver. This program is based on trust, inclusion, life skills, workshops and fun! Pre-registration and consent forms required.
F Oct 6-Nov 17 4:00pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Big Brothers of Vancouver
Register: Game On! Boys Group 129391
Leadership & Volunteering
Volunteer Orientation (13-18 yrs)
This orientation session introduces new volunteers to our volunteering program and how to get involved.
Learn about volunteer requirements and current opportunities. Discover how volunteering can be a great
way to develop personal interests, learn new skills and gain experience working in the community. Please
S Sep 16 10:00am-11:30am
Instructor: Volunteer Coordinator
Register: Youth Volunteer Orientation 127355
After School Volunteers (14-18 yrs)
Dunbar Community Centre is looking for reliable youth (aged 14-18 yrs) volunteers to help oversee our Games Room after school. Volunteer shifts will be available M-F (school days only) from 3:45-5:45pm. Shifts will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Must be available to attend a mandatory orientation session on Friday, September 8th, 3:45-4:45pm at Dunbar CC.
M-F Sep 8-Dec 22 3:45pm-5:45pm
Register: After School Volunteers 129419
Special Events Youth Group (13-18 yrs)
The Special Events Youth Group engages in local community events with support from the Community Youth Worker. This Fall, we will be participating in Dunbar’s Trick-or-Treat, Craft Fair and Breakfast With Santa. We meet every Friday, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Must also be available on event dates: Oct 28, Nov 25,
Dec 9 (Saturdays). Volunteer hours will be awarded at the last meeting.
F Sep 15-Dec 08 4:30pm-5:30pm
Register: Special Events Youth Group 127353
Dunbar Games Room
Free activity room for all ages – pool table, ping pong, foosball, TV and more.
Junior Achievement BC
Are you ready to venture into business? Have you dreamed of launching your own company or selling a new product? JA British Columbia can help you get started on the path to entrepreneurship. Learn about business by joining a JA Company with others like you, and try it out for yourself. It’s fun and challenging! With help from JA’s business advisors and your own ideas, you will work with other program participants
to plan your business, build a company, and market a product. Along the way you will learn about teamwork, business ethics, and managing money. It’s a great way to explore career opportunities and meet new people. Participants must be in grade 10,11 or 12, and in addition to attending 2.5 hour weekly meetings should be prepared to spend another 2 hours per week working on their JA business. For
more information go to www.jabc.ca
M Nov 6-Apr 23 6:00pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Achievement BC Junior Achievement
Register: Junior Achievement BC 127343
Free Children’s and Preteen Programs
Video Game Design
Ever imagined designing your own video game? Well this is it! Learn how to design your very own 2-Dimensional Game. Plunge into an exciting course which guides you through the basics of game designing and programming. You will plan, create and then program your very own game from scratch! No experience required. USB stick required. Each session participants will have something cool to take home!
• Free Trial (7-14 yrs)
M Sep 11 3:30pm-5:00pm
Register: Video Game Design Free Trial 125078
LEGO Robotics 2.0 (7-9 yrs) New!
Dive into a hands-on learning experience with the latest technology from LEGO(r). You will create and
program different projects that will challenge you to think like a scientist and an engineer. These exciting new builds will come to life by using smart hubs, gears, motors, and different sensors. No class Nov 13.
• Free Trial
M Sep 11 3:30-7:00pm
Minecraft 1.0 (8-11 yrs) New!
Change the way you play and interact with the Minecraft world by learning how to build and program
modifications! From summoning a dozen creepers at a time to building an entire house out of wood blocks,
there is unlimited potential to what you can do when it comes to creating mods! No class Nov 13. This course is recommended for Minecraft players with no programming experience.
• Free Trial
M Sep 11 3:30-7:00pm
Frst class is free – Badminton • Recreational • All Levels
Enjoy a fun active morning playing badminton. This is an enjoyable and inclusive program for all ages and abilities; families welcome! Plastic birds and informal instruction are provided. Bring your racquet. Protective safety eye wear highly recommended. “Try before you buy!” First visit is free and register afterwards if you would like to continue. Registration is prorated so register anytime during the session. Please Note: There are no DROP-INS, pre-registration is necessary. No sessions Oct 8 & Nov 12.
Su Sep 10-Dec 17 9:45am-12:30pm
Register: 127365 $61.90/13 sess
Instructor: Walter Lanz
Adult Ballet – Free Trial
Work on balance, rhythm and flexibility, all while getting a great workout. Every class will consist of 30 minutes of barre work, followed by a short mat session of stretch and conditioning, and then on to exercises in the centre and across the floor. No experience necessary. Drop-in $15 Wednesdays; $18 Fridays.
Free Trial:W Sep 13-Sep 7:00pm-8:00pm
• Open Level (with live accompaniment)
Free Trial: F Sep 15-Sep 15 10:30am-12:00pm
Adult Beginner Tap – New! – Free Trial
Learn the basics of tap dance in a fun, feel-good atmosphere. A low-impact class that combines rhythm and co-ordination to upbeat music. No tap shoes? That’s fine, just bring some non-marking, at shoes to your first class. Eventually, you’ll want to invest in some tap shoes to hear your percussive sounds.
Free Trial:W Sep 13-Sep 13
Adult Musical Theatre – Free Trial
From Oklahoma to Puttin’ on the Ritz, come strut your stuff and sing show tunes with us. This fun class will improve your vocal confidence and stage presence with encouraging and knowledgeable instructors. No experience necessary. Optional performance at the end of the term. Opportunities for solo and duet vocal lines will also be available.
Free Trial: F Sep 15-Sep 15 12:15pm-1:45pm
Belly Dance • Beginner – Free Trial
Enjoy moving to the sensuous melodies and dynamic rhythms of the Middle East with internationally known Rahma, a professional dancer and experienced teacher of teachers. She is able to break down movements into easily learnable form and is encouraging to dancers of all levels, having a genuine desire for students to learn. Class begins with a slow stretch warm up. Wear exercise clothes, bare feet or dance slippers and bring a scarf to tie around the hips. Drop-in $15.
Free Trial:W Sep 14-Sep 14 7:30pm-9:00pm
Spanish Flamenco Dancing – New! – Free Trial
Discover your passion! Flamenco is a dynamic art form originating from Southern Spain that now reaches a worldwide audience. This is a fun cardio class class that challenges both body and mind. Classes will focus on the fundamentals of flamenco.
Free Trial: M Sep 6-Sep 6 11:00am-12:15pm
HIVES for HUMANITY Honey Harvesting
It’s Honey Harvesting Time! Come join us with Hives for Humanity and help us collect and bottle some tasty honey from our Queen Elizabuzz, Queen Beeanca, and their bees. See you there!
Sa Sep 9 11:00am-1:00pm
English Corner is a FREE and informal way to improve English through conversation and building bonds of friendships. Participants have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings in English. They can also share ideas and discover ways to build community. All English language levels welcome!
Th Sep 7-Dec 7 3:30pm-5:30pm
Prenatal and Newborn Baby Class
This class is offered to pregnant mothers and new mothers with babies up to two months. The class will examine pregnancy, nutrition, labour, delivery and newborn baby care. Topics includes: labour pain management, breast feeding, changes of pregnancy and post-partum recovery. Partners and newborns welcome. Class is facilitated by a registered labour and delivery nurse. This class also offers a chance to meet other pregnant women and mothers in the neighbourhood.
Sa Sep 16 10:00am-12:00pm
Register: 127514 FREE
Sa Oct 21 10:00am-12:00pm
Register: 127515 FREE
Sa Nov 18 10:00am-12:00pm
Register: 127516 FREE
Instructor: Sarah Desbiens
Book Club for Adults
Meets on the first Monday of each month. The group chooses the books to be read, and then discussions follow. You must register at the Front Desk.
Sep: The Year of the Runaways, Sunjeev Sahata
Oct: The All-Girl Station’s Last Reunion, Fannie Flag
Nov: The Marble Collector, Cecile Hearne
Dec: Commonwealth, Anne Patchett
M Sep 4-Dec 4 7:30pm-9:30pm
Register: 127512 FREE
Hosted by the Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS), together with Debra Sparrow and Dawn Livera, please come learn to weave and create your own art, while deepening your sense of connection with your culture and community.
Sessions are 1st & 3rd Mondays.
M Sep 4*-Dec 18 4:00pm-6:00pm
* First session Tu Sep 5 (as M Sep 4 is a holiday)
Articulating Our Heart – New!
Hosted by the Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS), this original workshop series is a part of an explorative community narrative art project, through the art of conversation, reflective writing and storytelling. With each new encounter and experience, our identities evolve and our perspectives shift; as humans, we are in a perpetual state of becoming. Are you ready to explore?
W Sep 11-Dec11 4:00pm-6:00pm
Register: 127520 FREE
Wills: Is Your Estate Really Protected? – New!
This workshop will answer the following questions: Do you know your number? Would you like to know the three areas to look at when considering retirement income? Are you paying too much for your investments? Are you protected against retirement income thieves?
Tu Sep 26 6:30pm-8:00pm
Register: 130740 FREE
Instructor: Nancy Lee & Ka Won Cheung, Financial Advisors
Real Estate Planning Workshop
If you are planning on downsizing, looking to retire, or making a move in the near future, why not have 30+ years of expertise on your side? Learn about the current Vancouver Real Estate Market from one of the best. We’ll teach you tips and tricks when looking for a home, answer your questions, and most importantly help you make the right decision when it comes to your greatest asset.
Sa Oct 21 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Register: 130739 FREE
Instructor: The O’Brien Group, RE/MAX Select Properties
Buying/Selling Real Estate: What You Need to Know
We all know that buying or selling real estate in Vancouver is a high-stakes enterprise. But it is also complex, so understanding the way it works and what to watch for are keys to making informed decisions. Join us as we review market conditions, the best markets for buying and selling, the steps in buying and selling a condo or a house, financing, downsizing, and what you should expect from your Realtor® to ensure your interests are protected. This is not a sales seminar.
W Nov 1 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register: 127508 FREE
Instructor: Maureen Stout, PhD and Paul Richard, MBA
Earthquake Preparedness: Personal & Family
We all witnessed the earthquakes in New Zealand, Haiti and Chile and saw the devastation caused. Living in Vancouver, we too could be faced with an earthquake — yet few of us take the steps to ensure we are prepared. This session covers what is required to develop your family emergency plan, how to conduct a “Home Hazard” Hunt and what to do when an earthquake strikes.
W Nov 1 7:00pm-8:30pm
Register: 127506 FREE
Instructor: CoV ESS
Emergency Social Services (ESS) Intro – New!
When disaster strikes, ESS volunteers will be relied upon to assist those who have been impacted by disaster. ESS Volunteers are trained to operate reception and group lodging centers during emergencies. When activated, these centers provide basic needs to evacuees including food, clothing, lodging, pet services, and other required services. In addition, volunteers can participate in a variety of other committees such as the Volunteer, Pet, Public Education and Exercise planning committees.
W Nov 8 7:00pm-8:30pm
Register: 127507 FREE
Instructor: CoV ESS
Immigration Law • What Temporary and Permanent Residents Need to Know – New!
Do you want to stay in Canada? Do you want to sponsor a family member? Learn about how students can become permanent residents, work options for students, what happens when foreign workers lose their jobs and how to sponsor a spouse or partner. Get the answers to these questions and more from immigration lawyer, Robert Leong. Presented in partnership with People’s Law School.
Tu Oct 24 6:30pm-8:00pm
Register: 129474 FREE
Instructor: People’s Law School/Robert Leong
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) – first meeting is free
We are committed to making healthy food choices and engaging in regular exercise. We meet weekly to give and receive support; to learn about healthy life choices and to work towards our own personal weight goal. Members pay $48/year plus $5/month. Your first meeting is FREE. Come and check us out. Please contact Marjorie Schuman at 778.980.3730 for more information.
Th Sep 7-Dec 21 9:30am-11:00am
Register: 127519 FREE
DUNBAR LIBRARY PARTNERSHIP
Genealogy: Your Canadian Military Ancestors
Learn about records and research tools for exploring your Canadian ancestor’s military career.
Th Nov 9 2:30pm-4:00pm
FREE – Workshop held at the Dunbar library
Film Afternoons at Dunbar Library
In celebration of Canada 150+, Dunbar Library is featuring a different National Film Board production each month during 2017. Join us to view these great Canadian films.
All shows 2:00pm. FREE
Selected films for Fall 2017:
• The Sweater (1980); F Sep 13
• Painting a Province (1963); F Oct 20
• Rain, Drizzle and Fog (1998); F Nov 17
• Edge of Ice (1986); F Dec 15
Author Reading: Susan McNicholl
Susan McNicholl discusses and reads from her book Opening Act: Canadian Theatre History, 1945-1953. Presented in collaboration with Ronsdale Press.
W Oct 18 6:15 pm
FREE – at the Dunbar library
Dunbar Library Book Club
Dunbar Library Book Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00pm beginning Sep 14. All are welcome. Please drop by or contact the Library at 604.665.3968 for more information.