Arts, Chocolate and Volunteerism


There is a lot going on this weekend here in the V3H. So read on, because I’m sure you’ll find something that will appeal to you.

The West Coast Chocolate Festival kicks off this weekend. The opening gala is taking place in Coquitlam, and there are many other events over the next few weeks here in the Tri-Cities. We wrote all about it a couple of weeks back, so check out our festival primer and enjoy the sweetness.

From October 15 to October 24 the Stage 43 Theatrical Society is presenting The Good Game at the Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. The play was written by BC playwright Roy Teed, and it chronicles the adventures of four over-the-hill hockey players who re-unite after 30 years to play a championship game against much younger competitors. How will they cope with a sudden thrid-period calamity that threatens to scuttle the game? You’ll have to see the play to find out. Tickets are available online, or by calling 604.927.6555.

On Friday, October 16 Crossroads Hospice Society‘s Crossroads Coffee House is running at the Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam [map]. Doors open at 7:00pm, and there is an open stage starting at 7:30. Feature performer Sue Haberger takes to the stage at 9:00. This will be a hootenanny, so you are invited to bring your requests and be ready to sing and play along. For more info call 604.949.2270.

The Tri-Cities Volunteerfest is happening on Saturday, October 17 from 10am – 4pm at Coquitlam Centre [map]. More than 25 local organizations who need you to make a difference will be there. This is a great chance to find out how you can get involved in your community, and share some of what you have to offer. For more information email Community Volunteer Connections at

A couple of events are happening at Place des Arts in Coquitlam this weekend [map]. The faculty concert, Hot Songs from Cool Places, takes to the stage at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 17. Soprano Leanne Koch and pianist David Rogers will present a lyrical and entertaining evening of song. Leanne will sing a broad repertoire ranging from Rachmaninoff to transatlantic cabaret. David will also play several solos, including music by Astor Piazzolla, Edvard Grieg and George Gershwin.

Place des Arts will also be the place to be for Family Day on Sunday, October 18 from 1:30-3:30pm. Hosted by the genial Michael Fera, everyone from kids to grandparents can take an art-filled journey of discovery in a warm, relaxed and non-threatening environment. Created as something for the whole family to do together, Family Day is an opportunity for all ages to learn more about art and engage in creative activities. Exhibiting artist Eleanor Hannan will give a tour of her exhibition and an artist talk, allowing participants to gain an intimate understanding of the background and creative process that went into creating each piece. There will also be drop-in workshops in which participants can make their own pin-hole camera, participate in a live portrait session, and discover the world of improvisation à la Theatre Sports.

Tickets for both events at Place des Arts are available in person at Place des Arts or by calling 604.664.1636.

I hope that you seize this opportunity to get out and enjoy the fall season here in the V3H!

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