This weekend Oktoberfest kicks off in Vancouver, comedy legend Colin Mochrie takes to the stage,

rivers are celebrated at a free festival in Burnaby, and the Seaforth Highlanders head home.

All of these events and more are listed below for your weekend activity planning.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Colin Mochrie at Vancouver TheatreSports
1st Annual Seniors Carnival, Surrey
Seacity Fitness, Restorative Date Night
Aboriginal History and Cultural Awareness Session
Dish Sample Sale Event
Vancouver Giants Home Opener VS Everett Silvertips
Richmond Night Market
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Feast on the Fraser, New Westminster
IDS West
Word Vancouver
Digital Folk
Snowbird RV Show and Sale

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Etsy Vancouver Market 2016: Made in Canada
Point Grey Village Festival
St Paul’s Brilliant Gala
Dish Denim Sample Sale Event
Teenage Dirtbag with Jacob Samuel
Science Literacy Week, Triple Star Party, Selvey Park Maple Ridge
Science Literacy Week, Triple Star Party, SFU
Metropolis at Metrotown Retail Job Fair
Opening Reception: Art Show with Jessica A. Gihon & Robin Atchison
Seaforth Highlanders Homecoming
Sad Secrets Comedy Show
Vancouver: Every Lake, Every River Paint Night
Art Starts: Culture Remix: Hapa-palooza Art Station
Art Starts: Rumba Calzada, Vancouver
VSO Masterworks: The Rite of Spring
Mid-Century Modern House Tour
CNIB Night Steps at Holland Park
Olde Harvest Fair at Historic Stewart Farm
River District Drive-In Movie
National Tree Day Planting Party, Surrey
Indigenous Plant Use Walks in Stanley Park
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Colorado Rapids
Grape & Grain Wine and Spirits Festival
Burnaby Farmers Market
River District Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Magnificent You Womens Conference
IDS West
Feast on the Fraser, New Westminster
Word Vancouver
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Digital Folk
Snowbird RV Show and Sale

Sunday, September 25, 2016
World Rivers Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Grape & Grain Wine and Spirits Festival
Vancouver Soccer Fives Tournament
Japantown, North Strathcona: Past, Present, and Future
Knox 125th Anniversary Open House, New Westminster
Art Starts: Rumba Calzada, New Westminster
Sunday Soul Brunch at The Emerald
Southlands Country Fair
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Magnificent You Womens Conference
IDS West
Feast on the Fraser, New Westminster
Word Vancouver
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Digital Folk
Snowbird RV Show and Sale

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Mae C. Jemison

—Mae C. Jemison

Mae C. Jemison is the first African-American female astronaut. In 1992, she flew into space aboard the Endeavour,

becoming the first African-American woman in space.

Mae Jemison - Mini Biography
Mae Jemison - Mini Biography (TV-14; 2:23) A short biography of Mae Jemison, who became the first
African American woman in space when she thrust into orbit on the shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Synopsis

Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. On June 4, 1987, she became the first African-American

woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other

astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African-American woman in space. In recognition of her

accomplishments, Jemison has received several awards and honorary doctorates.


Early Life

Astronaut and physician Mae Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama, the youngest child of Charlie Jemison,

a roofer and carpenter, and Dorothy (Green) Jemison, an elementary school teacher. Her sister, Ada Jemison Bullock,

became a child psychiatrist, and her brother, Charles Jemison, is a real estate broker.

The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, when Jemison was 3 years old to take advantage of better educational opportunities there,

and it is that city that she calls her hometown.

Throughout her early school years, Jemison's parents were supportive and encouraging

of her talents and abilities, and she spent a considerable amount of time in her school library

reading about all aspects of science, especially astronomy. During her time at Morgan Park High School,

she became convinced she wanted to pursue a career in biomedical engineering, and when she graduated

in 1973 as a consistent honor student, she entered Stanford University on a National Achievement Scholarship.


Initial Career Choice

As she had been in high school, Jemison was very involved in extracurricular activities at Stanford,

including dance and theater productions, and served as head of the Black Student Union.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the university in 1977.

Upon graduation, she entered Cornell University Medical College and, during her years there,

found time to expand her horizons by studying in Cuba and Kenya and working at a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand.

After she obtained her M.D. in 1981, Jemison interned at Los Angeles County/University of

Southern California Medical Center and later worked as a general practitioner. For the next two and a half years,

she was the area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia where she also taught

and did medical research. Following her return to the United States in 1985, Jemison made a career

change and decided to follow a dream she had nurtured for a long time. In October of that year,

she applied for admission to NASA's astronaut training program. The Challenger disaster of January

1986 delayed the selection process, but when she reapplied a year later, Jemison was one of the

15 candidates chosen from a field of about 2,000.


First African-American Female Astronaut

When Jemison was chosen on June 4, 1987, she became the first African-American woman to

be admitted into the astronaut training program. After more than a year of training, she became

the first African-American female astronaut, earning the title of science mission specialist—a job

that would make her responsible for conducting crew-related scientific experiments on the space shuttle.

When Jemison finally flew into space on September 12, 1992, with six other astronauts aboard the

Endeavour on mission STS47, she became the first African-American woman in space. During her

eight days in space, she conducted experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness on the crew

and herself. In all, she spent more than 190 hours in space before returning to Earth on September 20,

1992. Following her historic flight, Jemison noted that society should recognize how much both women

and members of other minority groups can contribute if given the opportunity.


Honors and Recognition

In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison received a number of accolades, including several

honorary doctorates, the 1988 Essence Science and Technology Award, the Ebony Black Achievement

Award in 1992 and a Montgomery Fellowship from Dartmouth College in 1993. She was also named

Gamma Sigma Gamma Woman of the Year in 1990. Additionally, in 1992, an alternative public school

in Detroit, Michigan, the Mae C. Jemison Academy, was named after her.

Jemison has been a member of several prominent organizations, including the American Medical Association,

the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science,

and served on the board of directors of the World Sickle Cell Foundation from 1990 to 1992.

She has also served as an advisory committee member of the American Express Geography Competition

and an honorary board member of the Center for the Prevention of Childhood Malnutrition.

After leaving the astronaut corps in March 1993, Jemison accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth.

She also established the Jemison Group, a company that seeks to research, develop and market advanced technologies.

 


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Sally Ride - Mini Biography (TV-14; 3:01) Sally Ride studied at Stanford University before beating out 1000 other applicants
for a spot in NASA's astronaut program. Ride joined the Challenger shuttle mission on June 18, 1983,
and became the first American woman in space.