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The Scout List: Soup, weasels and ginger beer

Editor's Note: Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what's happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week's worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated each Monday. See the list in calendar view here.

Soup If you haven't made soup before and you're not sure where to start, UBC Farm is offering a soup-making class this weekend that will sort you out. Learn how to incorporate local, seasonal ingredients into roasted vegetable stocks, miso-based broths, creamy purées and bean and lentil soups. Recipes will be vegetable-based and vegan-friendly, so grab a friend and get learning.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. UBC Farm Centre (3461 Ross Dr.), $45.

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Dance A Better Life Foundation is a Vancouver organization that aims to feed hungry people in the Downtown Eastside. Atira Women's Resource Society is a non-profit organization that works to protect and support women of the DTES. Together, these two organizations want to establish the security of food and women in the city they love. That sort of endeavour takes money, so put on your dancing shoes and make your way to The Imperial (on Main Street between Hastings and Cordova) for a fundraiser where DJ's Rykka & BESTiE will play for a $20 cover.

Friday, Jan. 31, 9 p.m., The Imperial (319 Main St.), $20.

Science The Beaty Biodiversity Museum runs public lectures called The Way Cool Biodiversity Series in which the museum asks specialists to give the public their best pitch about why their area of expertise is rad. Past lectures have covered Jumping Spiders, Strawberry Poison Frogs and Dragonflies, and they've been amazing. This weekend: Weasels. Yes, weasels are cool. At least, Chris Stinson (curatorial assistant of mammals at the museum) plans to convince you. Did you know that a group of weasels is called a boogle? Head out to UBC to hear the continuing list of awesome on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m., Allan Yap Theatre, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

Celebrate the year of the horse Find a way (that doesn't include driving) to get yourself to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade on Sunday. Don't let the huge crowds stop you. The Parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Millennium Gate on Pender and travels east along Pender Street to Gore Street. It then turns south onto Gore, west onto Keefer Street and ends at Columbia Street. For some pre-parade (or post) entertainment, nip in to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens for a wander through the the Year of the Horse Temple Fair, "a hot and noisy [re-nao] public event based on the Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet, celebrate and pray for a prosperous new year." Wear something red (a lucky colour) and expect live performances, traditional Chinese games, crafts and tea.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m., Chinatown, free.

Make Learn how to make ginger beer at the Homesteaders Emporium on Sunday. Head down to the East Hastings Street store to sit in on a workshop on the basics of how wild yeast fermentation works, what sort of equipment is required to make ginger beer at home, and the "the wobbly line between soda and adult beverage." Participants will leave with a hand-crafted bottle of seasonal one-of-a-kind soda.

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Sunday, Feb. 2, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Homesteader's Emporium (649 E Hastings St.), $25.

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