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 & Trial Programs
Dunbar Games Room
Free activity room for all ages – pool table, ping pong, foosball, TV and more.
VPL Film Screenings: The Apology
In recognition of Asian Heritage Month, Vancouver Public Library Dunbar Branch, in collaboration with the Dunbar Community Centre, presents a screening of a 2016 feature documentary from the National Film Board of Canada that explores a dark chapter in 20th-century Asian history. The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women
kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film is shown at Dunbar Community Centre.
F May 4 2:30pm-4:30pm
Love to sing? Come join our group every other Wednesday. Sing a wide range of pop music, traditional and current hits. Excellent guitar accompaniment provided. New members and musicians always welcome.
W May 9-Jun 27 7:00pm-9:00pm
163116 FREE/4 sess
Topics covered include: Recognizing the early signs of hearing loss and the importance of early detection.
Knowing the link between hearing loss and dementia as well as types of hearing loss Information will be clear and easy to understand. Please preregister.
W May 23 1:30pm-2:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Katarina Vavrovicova
Book Club for Adults
Meets on the 1st Monday of each month. The group chooses the books to be read, and then discussions follow. You must register at the Front Desk.
M May 7-Jun 4 7:30pm-9:30pm
163075 FREE/2 sess
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 May 9 7:00pm-8:30pm
Mapping Wonderous West Side
A Participatory Creative Mapping Project. When does space become place? What makes a place a home?
What is a sense of place? Where is your place in this city? Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society invites you to a participatory creative mapping project where we explore the relationship between place and our identities and discover an interesting way of knowing and expressing the spaces we make and use in everyday life—and the relationships that they create, through our own poetry, sounds, images, and movements. A new way of engaging with the Vancouver West Side will emerge and become an interactive online map to be shared with the world. People of All Ages, Backgrounds, and Abilities are Welcome. Sessions are 2nd Mondays.
M May 14-Aug 13 4:00pm-6:00pm
163108 FREE/4 sess
Instructor: Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society
Weaving Our Way
Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society
(VACS)’s community art project “Weaving Our Way (WOW)” is well underway. Integrating Musqueam weaving artistry, story-telling, and community organizing to share our heritage in the form of contemporary woven art, two local artists, Debra Sparrow and Dawn Livera, are working side by side with the public to co-create a collaborative blanket, a unique local artifact that will reconstruct our local identity and reclaim our living heritage. Come join us! Sessions are 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month. * Tue
Jul 3 instead of Mon Jul 2, Tue Aug 7 instead of Mon Aug 6).
M May 7-Aug 20 4:00pm-6:00pm
163106 FREE/8 sess
Instructor: Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society
Wills: Is Your Estate Really Protected?
What if…what you know and what you are relying on, just isn’t so? Are you aware of how recent changes in wills legislation may impact your wishes for the future? Is what you intend to happen going to happen? Come learn about how these changes may affect you, how to avoid common pitfalls and other alternative planning strategies to preserve your dignity today and your legacy for the future. Presented by a lawyer and a financial advisor.
Tu May 15 6:30pm-8:00pm
Tu Aug 14 6:30pm-8:00pm
Instructor: Nancy Lee
Real Estate & Wealth Planning Workshop
If you are planning on downsizing, looking to retire, integrating real estate into your wealth portfolio, or
just planning on making a move in the near future, why not have 30+ years of real estate and financial expertise on your side? This workshop is designed to help you learn about the current Vancouver Real Estate Market from some of the best. In addition to becoming more informed, you can expect to receive some helpful tips and tricks when looking for a home, considering an investment property, discovering the financial opportunities downsizing presents, and have industry experts available to answer questions you may have to help you make the right decision when it comes to your greatest asset.
Sa Jun 2 10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: The O’Brien Group
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 knowing what to watch out for are keys to making informed decisions. In this educational seminar, we’ll review market conditions, the best markets for buying and selling, the steps in buying and selling a home, financing, all aspects of downsizing, and what
you should expect from your Realtor® to ensure your interests are protected. Please note that this is an educational seminar, not a sales seminar.
W May 30 7:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: Maureen Stout
Health Drop In
Bring your Healthy Living questions to our volunteer nurse (retired) at the Health Drop-in table in the Lobby. Have your blood pressure checked and find out about programs and services at Dunbar Community Centre and in the Community.
Th May 3-Aug 30 9:30am-11:00am
Senior Peer Counselling Training
Learn how to be a Senior Peer Counsellor and offer support to others. Classes take place at the Jewish Seniors Alliance. Graduates may volunteer in the Dunbar area. For information and to sign up for the next training program, please call Grace at 604.267.1555.
Man in the Moon (0-18 mo)
In partnership with the Dunbar Branch of the Vancouver Public Library we are offering a unique program for dads, uncles, step dads, foster dads, granddads, and all male caregivers with children (birth to 18 months). Language play for very young children and the men who love them. Program takes place at the Dunbar Community Centre. Registration required.
Sa Apr 7-May 26 3:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Dunbar Library
After School Volunteers (14-18 yrs)
Dunbar Community Centre is looking for reliable youth volunteers to help oversee our Games Room after school. Volunteer shifts will be available M-F from 3:45-5:45pm. Shifts will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis, so register fast to pick your days first! Must be available to attend a mandatory orientation session on Wednesday, May 2nd, 3:45-4:45pm at Dunbar CC.
M-F May 2-Jun 22 3:45pm-5:45pm
Special Events Youth Group (14-18 yrs)
The Special Events youth group will engage in local community events with support from the Community
Youth Worker. This Spring, we will collaborate on events including Youth Week and Salmonberry Days.
Meetings are held on Fridays from 4:30-5:30pm. Volunteer hours will be awarded at the last meeting.
F May 11-Jun 22 4:30pm-5:30pm
Junior Youth Group (11-12 yrs)
The Junior Youth Group is a wonderful opportunity for young leaders to gain hands-on leadership experience in a community-based setting. This is a project-specific youth group; participants will learn goal setting and teamwork by working together on a group project. Meetings are held on Fridays from 2:00-3:30pm. Volunteer hours will be awarded at the last meeting.
F Jul 6-Aug 24 2:00pm-3:30pm
Youth Volunteer Orientation (13-18 yrs)
This orientation session introduces new volunteers to our volunteering program. 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 pre-register.
Sa Apr 7 9:30-11:00am
Day Camp Volunteer Orientation (16+ yrs)
Interested in volunteering for summer day camps? Join us for this mandatory volunteer training for all Dunbar summer day camp volunteers. Active participation is required as this orientation will include icebreaker activities. Please bring your July and August availability.
Sa Jun 23 9:30-11:00am
Work on balance, rhythm and flexibility, all while getting a great workout. We’ll do 30 minutes of barre
work, a mat session of stretch and conditioning, and then centre exercises. No experience necessary. Open Level provides more challenging adaptations to exercises. Beginner $15, drop-in $17.
• Beginner – Free Trial
W Apr 4 7:00pm-8:00pm
• Open Level – Free Trial
F Apr 6 10:30am-12:00pm
Adult Beginner Tap
Learn the basics of tap dance in a fun, feel-good atmosphere. A low-impact class that combines rhythm and coordination to upbeat music. No tap shoes? That’s fine, just bring some nonmarking, flat shoes to your first class. Eventually, you’ll want to invest in some tap shoes to hear your percussive sounds.
• Free Trial
W Apr 4 8:05pm-9:05pm
Adult Musical Theatre
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. Each class will start with a short physical and vocal warm up followed by learning and staging numbers for an optional performance at the end of the term. Opportunities for solo and duet vocal lines will also be available.
• Free Trial
F Apr 6 12:15pm-1:45pm
Belly Dance • Beginner
Enjoy moving to the sensuous melodies and dynamic rhythms of the Middle East with Rahma, a Professional dancer and experienced teacher of teachers. We will break down movements so they’re easy to learn for dancers of all levels. 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.
• Free Trial
Th Apr 26 7:30pm-9:00pm
Spanish Flamenco Dancing
Flamenco is a dynamic art form originating from Southern Spain that now reaches a worldwide audience.
This is a fun cardio class that challenges both the body and the mind. We will focus on the fundamentals of flamenco and the basic techniques of floreo (hand work), zapateado (footwork), palmas (clapping), and musicality.
• Free Trial
W Jun 6 11:00am-12:15pm
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 May 10-Jun 28 3:30pm-5:30pm
163072 FREE/8 sess
Instructor: Sahba Imani