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SPORTCARD EXPO OFFERS A HOCKEY FIX

There might not be a hockey season yet this year, but collectors of sports cards will have a place to get their fix with the return of the 27th Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

More than 450 vendors will be in Toronto from Friday through next Sunday to offer North America's largest hockey card event, as well as a huge variety of other sports and non-sports items with upward of 900 tables. Hockey greats Gordie Howe, Eddie Belfour and Denis Potvin are among those who will be signing autographs -- for a price (fees range from $20 to $65 for an autographed copy of Howe's book "Mr. & Mrs. Hockey").

This event will be held in the Toronto International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Hours are from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults; $3 for children ages 6-12; free for preschoolers; and $22 for a weekend pass. For info, check out www.sportcardexpo.com.

Robotic fun

No, robots aren't just for those donning pocket protectors anymore. The Ontario Science Centre will be hosting the Eastern Canadian Robot Games, the largest of its kind on Saturday and next Sunday. Watch both Canadian and American competitors clash, chase and race their homemade creations through a weekend sure to be good automated fun.

Tickets are $14 adults; $10 ages 13-17; and $8 for children under 12. For information, go to www.ontariosciencecentre.ca or call (416) 696-1000. The museum is located at 770 Don Mills Road.

Santa parade

Get the entire family into the Christmas spirit when the free Santa Claus Parade celebrates its 100th consecutive year on Nov. 21. Starting at 12:30 p.m. in downtown Toronto, what is called the world's longest running children's parade will weave its way through city streets including Yonge, Bloor, University and Queen.

Watch a procession of 1,500 volunteers and more than three miles of floats, celebrity clowns and musical bands with themes like Harry Potter, Mother Goose and, of course, Santa Claus. For additional information including parade route maps, go to www.thesantaclausparade or call (416) 249-7833.

Yoga and more

It's not a stretch to say that the Yoga Show and Conference, which takes place from Nov. 19 to 21 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will be a worthy experience. It features classes and workshops for beginners to the more advanced, as well as a number of exhibits highlighting organic food, eco-conscious and healthy living. A lineup of speakers will present new ways to improve your overall well-being. There will also be an Indian Market and Bazaar, an Indian cultural demonstration and a photo exhibit of India.

The convention center is located at 255 Front St. West. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19; to 8 p.m. Nov. 20; and to 7 p.m. Nov. 21. For information, go to www.theyogashow.com or call (416) 2-3636.

Aboriginal festival

All are welcome when the Canadian Aboriginal Festival visits the SkyDome from Nov. 26 to 28, to celebrate North America's Native peoples and their culture.

The festival brings an opportunity for an interactive learning experience by offering independent films and videos produced by Aboriginals, PowWows, a market with arts, crafts and traditional foods, workshops, and traditional teachings conducted by village elders and healers.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 27; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28. Admission is $10 adults, $5 for ages 12 and under. For info, check out www.canab.com.
All funds are listed in Canadian dollars.