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Weekend events

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – If the damp weather is getting you down, there are plenty of events around the Lower Mainland this weekend to raise your spirits.

Kick up your heels and help save a furry friend at the BC SPCA Whiskers Wine & Dine Gala Saturday night at the River Rock Casino Resort. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, live music and a silent auction.

Help raise money to feed the homeless and families in need this Christmas. Check out the One More Time Dine, Dance, Auction Saturday evening at the False Creek Yacht Club.

The 13th annual Rockin’ for Research, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation happens Saturday at the Hyatt downtown.  Dinner will be served, there will be dancing, live entertainment and a live and silent auction.

If it’s music you’re in the mood for, a special performance of more than 100 musicians, actors and actresses will present a phenomenal Cantonese opera show Saturday at Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Cantonese Opera Gala at the QE Theatre.

It’s the perfect mix of supporting national athletes and a lovely evening out on the town. Motionball is hosting a charity gala Saturday at Vancouver Urban Winery to raise money for Canada’s Special Olympians.  Great food and drink will be served. There will be entertainment and celebrity guests.

If you like sweet treats you’ll want to visit the Baker’s Market at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre on Prince Albert.  There will be fresh breads, cakes, cookies, pies and tarts – even vegan and ethnic baked goods. The market is open every Saturday until December 8 and admission is free.

You can surround yourself in culture at the 9th annual Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival which is on from November 3-10 at various venues around the Lower Mainland.

Those itching to hit the slopes can get ready for the upcoming ski season Sunday at the Mountain Equipment Co-Op Snowfest in North Vancouver.  They’re going to have demos, clinics, a gear swap, plus all the latest products you’ll need before you hit the slopes.

Getting married next spring? Know someone who is? Then you’ll want to check out the Creme de la Creme Grand Wedding Showcase Sunday at the Four Seasons.  The latest fashion trends will be featured in a fashion show, plus makeovers, manicures, a photo shoot – and of course – cocktails and appetizers.

Acclaimed Punjabi singer Mika Singh performs Sunday at the QE Theatre.

Some big names — including James Lloyd of Futurama – will be at Vancouver Comic Con Sunday at Heritage Hall on Main Street.

Get ready to laugh your face off when ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham plays the Pacific Coliseum Sunday.

Put on your best orange and black gear and head out to BC Place Sunday to cheer on the Lions when they host the Roughriders.

It’ll be music to your ears this weekend as Alondra de la Parra conducts Mozart and Brahms this weekend with the VSO at the Orpheum.