OUT OF THIS WORLD: Retired NASA astronaut John Herrington lives for excitement, on Earth or in space. A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Herrington shares tales of his extra and terrestrial adventures like orbiting the Earth and cycling across America in a free lecture at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut) Thursday, March 10, at 7pm. Info: SpaceCentre.ca.
SPARKLE AND SHINE: Mix fashion and philanthropy at the sixth annual Sparkle Gala Fundraiser benefiting the Starlight Childrens Foundation, Saturday, March 12 at Performance Works on Granville Island starting at 7pm.Hosts from CTV and the Vancouver Canucks organization lead an evening filled with live entertainment, including local jazz band Lesismore and a fashion show hosted by BC Fashion Weeks Vladimir Markovich. Former mayor Sam Sullivan will appear as a special guest, and silent auction prizes include a Greys Anatomy set visit. Tickets: $75 from Heather@StarlightCanada.org.
GOOD VIBES: Yoga in Daily Life founder and internationally renowned yoga master Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda (or Swamiji to devotees) gives two public lectures March 15 and 16 on Yoga the Path to Peace in Turbulent Times. Join Swamiji at the Unitarian Church (949 W. 49th) at 7pm both evenings for lectures followed by meditation. Swamiji will also take part in a Peace Tree planting ceremony March 16 at 10am in Garden City Park in Richmond (Garden City Rd. and Alderbridge Way). Lecture admission: $20. Info: 604-646-0134 or VanYoga.com.
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