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Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Aaron Chapman: "Last Gang in Town"

Join award winning local author, Aaron Chapman, as he unveils a fascinating account of corruption and murder between Vancouver Police and the east-side gang in his latest book, The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Police vs The Clark Park Gang


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection

Ivana Filipovich on Robert Rauschenberg, Booster Study (1967)

Each talk in Unpacking Art will focus on a single work from the SFU Art Collection and will “unpack” this work out of storage and “unpack” its significance.

This series encourages participation from audiences that are new to visual art and to the SFU Art Collection.    


Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Gardener-in Residence

Speaker: Michael Denhamer, Burnaby Food First Learn how to seed, plant, grow, tackle pests, and ensure bountiful harvests at the Burnaby Food First demonstration garden. The gardener-in-residence is happy to answer your questions about gardens and plants.

All events in the Burnaby Festival of Learning are FREE to attend. 


Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Indigenous Archeology

Learn how First Nations people have made everyday objects out of wood, bone, stone, and cedar for thousands of years from a professional archeologist. Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, Department of First Nations Studies, SFU and member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, will be on site to answer your questions and demonstrate flint knapping—making tools out of obsidian and stone. Drop in, no registration required.


Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Retro Painting Party

Be curious and reveal your inner artist! This program welcomes beginner and experienced painters to participate in a relaxing and fun afternoon spent painting and chatting. Follow along and create your very own rhododendron painting on canvas using acrylic paints. If you prefer, bring any painting projects you are currently working on. Suitable for adults, but children over 12 are welcome. Basic supplies will be provided. Paint can be messy; please wear old clothes.


Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Origami for Adults

Learn how to make 3D origami tulips with certified origami instructor, Aiko Matsushiba.


Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Burnaby Art Gallery Tour

Join the gallery staff for a 30-minute tour of the current exhibit and brief video about the history of the Edwardian-era Ceperley House. Tours start on the hour and half hour mark.

This event is part of the charming annual Rhododendron Festival on May 7th at Deer Lake Park


Monday, May 8, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

History of Burnaby by SkyTrain

Travel the SkyTrain Expo Line for a bird's-eye view of Burnaby's history, while learning about the electric railway line that was built along the same route in 1891. Learn how the electric streetcars of the early 1900s compare to modern-day electric transportation, such as our SkyTrain system. This event is co-presented by Burnaby Historical Society.

Registration is required to attend.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL, WAIT LIST IS ALSO FULL. There are no drop-in spots on the day of. 


Monday, May 8, 2017 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

Science's Secrets to Greater Happiness by Dr. Lara Aknin

What makes people happy? How does Canada rank in comparison to other countries? Come and learn what Science has uncovered about the secrets of human happiness.

Speaker: Dr. Lara Aknin, Psychology, SFU

Seats are limited. RSVP to save a spot


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 10:45am

Storytime for Toddlers

Songs, rhymes and stories for toddlers and the adults who love them at Burnaby Public Library! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families.

No registration is required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.


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