Jan. 21-22, 2012

For Families: Take a walk on the wild side at Toronto Botanical Garden’s Owl Prowl. Travel around the Lawrence East park in search of the hooting birds, and even meet an owl close-up. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. Jan. 21. 6 p.m. $10. torontobotanicalgarden.ca

For Visitors: Celebrate the New Year once again as Evergreen Brick Works rings in the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese New Year’s celebration includes live music by the Toronto Chinese Orchestra and a lion dance performance. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue. Jan 21. 10 a.m. Free. evergreen.ca

For Singles: Enjoy a skate at one of the multiple free rinks around the city. If music and lights are more your scene, check out DJ Skate Night at the Harbourfrount ice rink.  Or take a spin at Nathan Phillips Square. Click here to see a full list of the city’s outdoor rinks, including maps. toronto.ca

For Charity: If you’re even considering a 600-kilometre bike ride from Toronto to Montreal, this is the event for you. The Friends For Life Bike Rally isn’t until July, but the group will get together to answer all your questions. Plus, face-painting! The Carnival-themed event, like the race, supports the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. 519 Community Centre,  519 Church Street, Jan. 22. 4 p.m. Admission is free but bring money for raffle tickets, etc. bikerally.org

For Kicks: When’s the last time you saw Akira? If it’s been too long, check out the Anime mini-fest, part of a larger anime festival presented by Across Oceans. Summer Wars will also be shown. Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West, Jan. 21 and 22. Show times vary. $15. acrossoceans.org

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