Archives for August 2009

Art in the Park a Big Success


During the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd, the first annual Art in the Park Festival was held in Minnekhada Park. There was live music, performers, a guided nature walk, food, and artist demonstrations. A total of 629 participants came and enjoyed the festivities. The photos are courtesy the event organizer, Manfred Kraus. Manfred is […]



Buntzen Lake: A Great Tri-Cities Getaway


I have been pretty grumpy lately. We all have times like that in our lives when nothing seems to be going our way. But I’ve discovered that one sure-fire way to turn my bad mood around is to get out of the house and into nature with the kids. If I can also cool off […]



Still Summer in the V3H


August might be drawing to a close, but it’s still summertime here in the V3H. There are still plenty of chances to get out and enjoy it while it lasts, too. Especially because with a late return to school this year the kids have a whole extra week of vacation time to enjoy. On Thursday […]



The Evergreen Line – Will Translink Make It Happen?


Our friends at Translink have had a busy few months. First it was the opening of the Golden Ears Bridge linking Langley and Maple Ridge. Last week we saw the launch of the Canada Line, linking Skytrain from Downtown Vancouver to the airport and downtown Richmond. Here’s a video that let’s you ride the whole […]



Cat Crisis at the Coquitlam Shelter


The Coquitlam animal shelter is experiencing a cat crisis this summer. The shelter has room for up to 25 cats, but as of the end of July the occupancy was far above that. So the shelter is calling on area residents to consider adopting or fostering one of these furry felines by declaring August ‘Cat […]



Minnekhada Madness


If you’ve never visited Minnekhada Park in the Northeast corner of Coquitlam, it’s definitely worth a visit [map]. The park got its start in the 1930s as a hunting retreat for Lieutenant Governor Eric Hamber. Eventually the province sold it to the GVRD and it became a regional park. The lodge remains, and features a […]



Wheel to Heal for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation


Grab your bike and fill out your pledge form, the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation will benefit and great fun will be had by all. The inaugural ERHF Wheel to Heal takes place this Sunday, August 23rd. The event begins and ends at Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, Coquitlam. It’s a bike ride where you […]



Port Moody Public Library’s Links to Literacy


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The Port Moody Public Library’s 9th Annual Links to Literacy Golf Tournament and Banquet is coming up on Monday, August 31. The tournament will take place at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, with registration at 11:00am and a shotgun start at 12:30pm. Links to Literacy is relaxed and fun, and everyone is welcome.

The day will be capped off by an evening banquet, complete with prizes and an auction. The items up for auction include a trip for two to the Port Moody Police firing range, a location portrait session by In view Images, and a dinner for four at Pasta Polo Restaurant. CTV’s Jason Pires will do the honours as Master of Ceremonies, and Canucks play-by-play announcer Johns Shorthouse will fill the role of auctioneer. If you absolutely don’t golf (and I’m sheepishly raising my hand on this one) you’re welcome to come out just for the banquet and auction.

As its name implies, the tournament raises money to support literacy in Port Moody. Funds from last year’s tournament allowed the library to bring literacy experts, such as David Bouchard and Dr. Gabor Mate, to the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody for a special evening lecture series. Proceeds from the tournament were also used for library enhancements such as an easy reading collection and computer listening station for our special needs patrons, and a talking book reader and talking books for our visually disabled patrons. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be directed at creating a portable computer lab to provide basic and advanced training on Internet, email and other electronic resources.

Tickets for the tournament and banquet are a steal at $165 each. Tickets for the banquet and auction only are even more of a steal at $40. And of course, you can donate or sponsor the event without having to show up at all. Could there possibly be an easier way to support our local library? I don’t think so.

To register, or for more information, call 604.469.4686 or email dayna.solem@cityofportmoody.com. Get out there, support the library, and have some fun!



A Weekend of Elvis and More


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This weekend is all about Elvis in the V3H. Which is odd, because the King had no particular connection to Port Moody that we know of, but I’ve decided to run with it. So here it is, a hunka hunka summer fun.

On Friday, August 14th Steve Elliot and Patsy Bartholomew will be taking to the stage at the Inlet Theatre in a tribute to Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline [map]. The Elvis and Patsy Show is presented by Elite Productions and runs from 7:30 – 10:30pm. Tickets are $22.50. Of course, the question whenever someone is paying tribute to the King of Rock and Roll has to be, which Elvis? And the answer in the case is Young Elvis from the 1950s. So there won’t be any phoenix suits, but there will be a great time. For more info contact Elite Productions at 604.793.4581 or the Inlet Theatre at 604.931.2008.

On Sunday, August 16th Elvis will be paying another visit to the area, stopping by the Festa Italiana in Newport Village [map]. The Italian Festival Main Street event will take over the village from 11am – 5pm. There will be crafts, games, and entertainment for the kids, as well as watermelon and spaghetti eating competitions. And Ben Preslee Klein will provide an excellent Elvis Presley tribute. How could you go wrong?

You would think two Elvis sightings in the area would be enough, but you would be wrong. The King will also be making an appearance at the Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show on Sunday, August 16 in downtown PoCo [map]. The cars will be on display from 10am – 4pm, and entertainment will continue until 6pm at Leigh Square. Elvis Within will take the stage from 10:30 – 11:15am, and then will be on walkabout for the rest of the day, but there will be lots of other acts, too [complete schedule]. The event is free to spectators, and it costs only $20 to register your car. Visit the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association to download the registration form, or call 604.464.1490 for more info.

If your tastes run less towards Elvis and more towards film, check out the Port Moody Film Society‘s double header on Saturday, August 15. They are showing two films at Inlet Theatre, with the first film showing inside the theatre and the second outside [map]. The first film is Adam’s Apples, a Danish film with English subtitles, which is a festival favourite with 15 wins. The second film is Death at a Funeral, a comedy from the UK and the USA. Admission is $5 per film, and a $5 annual membership is also required. For more info call 604.469.4571.

If you want to commune with nature, you can stop by the Riverview Hospital Grounds on Sunday, August 16 for a Public Tree Tour [map]. The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society runs the free walks, although you can join the society or make a donation if you wish. The walks are led by a volunteer arborist, and leave the HEY building at at 1pm. They generally last about 2 hours, depending on the weather and the group. Children and dogs on leash are welcome. For more information you can call the horticultural society’s answering service at 604.290.9910.

So check out of Heartbreak Hotel and have some fun this weekend in the V3H!



Korean Heritage Day Festival


We have a new post for the 2010 Korean Heritage Festival Here This Saturday the largest and most celebrated event for the local Korean community takes place in Coquitlam. The Korean Heritage Day Festival showcases Korean heritage through cultural performances, community gathering, the finals of Korean Fest Idol, and some awesome food. Here’s 2 of […]

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