Top 10 Events to Attend in December 2019

December has finally arrived! Celebrate the end of another semester by checking out these great events with friends and family.

December 1: Sturgeon Are ‘Way Cool’ Because…

Sturgeon are one of the oldest living vertebrates on the planet, originally evolving about 250 million years ago. Unfortunately, between human-induced habitat destruction and over-fishing, sturgeon are now one of the most endangered families of vertebrates across the globe. Their endangered status makes them a species of high conservation concern, and as such population supplementation is worldwide. Join Madison Earhart, a PhD student, in learning ways to conserve this species in their fight against extinction. Earhart’s goal is to highlight what makes sturgeon “way cool” and show how you can help save this species.

December 4: Christmas Artisan Fair

The annual Christmas Artisan Fair is back. It features handmade, locally sourced goods from artisans within the Regent College community. You’ll find a wide selection of handmade garments, preserves and original art. Stop by and get a head start to your holiday shopping!

December 5: Tunes at Noon

Tunes at Noon is back for its last show of the year! Tunes at Noon features free performances by UBC School of Music students, alumni and more. This show will be featuring Artemisia Duo, an ensemble comprised of flautist Emily Richardson and pianist Susan Xia. This duo will be bringing the holiday spirit with a variety of Christmas music, so bring your lunch and enjoy.

December 5: Sound House: nêhiyawak

Sound House is the Museum of Anthropology’s new music series, featuring a fantastic and eclectic lineup of Vancouver bands and musicians. It’s a celebration of culture and music set in MOA’s Haida House, against a stunning backdrop of Northwest Coast art and architecture. Gather around the toasty bonfire outside with friends and enjoy the indie-rock and synth sounds of Cree band, nêhiyawak. nêhiyawak focuses on telling their story through rich vocals tied in with strong electronic and analog sounds. They hope to share with the audience their unique expression of Indigeneity through the music that they play.

December 6: Beam of Light Ceremony – 30th Anniversary Memorial

In response to the École Polytechnique massacre of December 6th, 1989, Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day serves as a reminder of the gender-based violence against women in Canada and around the world that persists today. UBC will be one of 14 universities participating in a 30th anniversary memorial event together with the École Polytechnique, which will be simulcast on CBC. Join others in honouring the lives lost.

December 8: 2019 Faraday Show “Fix it with Physics!”

The Faraday show is an annual UBC science lecture that is catered to children, presented by UBC Physics & Astronomy. This year’s show will highlight the ways that physicists might solve daily inconveniences, such as lightbulbs not working or your alarm clock not stopping. Admission is free for children of all ages and also for adults who are young at heart. There will be a donation box for non-perishable food items in support of the local food bank.

December 10 – 12: CTLT Winter Institute

Hosted each year in December, the Winter Institute is a time for faculty to come together and reflect on the impact of their teaching practices on student learning and experiences. The Winter Institute provides an opportunity to network with colleagues, review the practical application of techniques and discuss practices that are successful in varying learning environments. The theme this year is “Sustainable, Inclusive and Thriving Communities”.

December 18: Job Search Strategies

As the new year approaches, so do new job opportunities! Job searching is tough and there are necessary skills to harness in order to do it effectively. Thinking about careers and exploring the job market can be frustrating and might bring up feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. In this workshop, you’ll learn key things that employers look for in potential candidates, discuss the best ways to go about looking for work both online and in-person and even talk a bit about the “hidden job market”.

December 19: Beaty Nocturnal

Bring your friends and come by for a night at the museum! On the third Thursday of every month, the museum stays open late, offering activities until 8:30 pm. Admission is by donation and all ages are welcome. Each month has a unique theme to the night. You won’t want to miss the activities offered, which can include a guided museum tour and hands-on activities.

December 20: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

The classic Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is back this winter, showcasing talented musician Federico Maria Sardeilli. Let Sardeilli, a unique musical personality and one of the world’s leading authorities on Vivaldi, take you back in time to hear the Venetian master in a whole new way.

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