Boats, Rocks, Trees and Much More This Weekend


It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for me to run through all of the exciting things to take in next weekend. I keep expecting things to slow down at some point, but the fall season keeps right on trucking, and there are still plenty of options for every taste. I hope you’ll get out there and take a few of them in.

If you’re looking for something to do this evening, the Port Moody Public Library is presenting a slide show called Cruising the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The event runs from 7-8:30pm at Inlet Theatre in Port Moody [map]. During the show authors Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones’ will be presenting a talk which features their new book, A Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Volume Six: The West Coast of Vancouver Island, including Bunsby Islands and the Broken Group. The event is general seating, and no registration is required. For more information please call 604.469.4577.

Friday, October 23 is a Pro-D Day, and so Place des Arts in Coquitlam [map] is running a Day of the Arts called Haunted Happenings to keep the kiddos entertained. The Halloween-themed activities kick off at 8:45am, and continue until 3:45pm. There will be puppet-making, origami, dancing, singing, not-so-spooky stories, and more. And if you need after-hours care, you can sign up for the optional extension to 5pm. For more information, or to register, you can reach Place des Arts online at, by phone at 604.664.1636, or by email at

On Friday, October 23 Douglas College will be holding its 12th annual A Class Act! event at the David Lam Campus in Coquitlam [map]. From 7-9:30 pm, 350 regional business and professional people will gather to mingle around an evening of wines, beers and appetizers from around the world. This year they will feature the magic of the Mediterranean, which does sound rather delicious, I have to say. This fabulous event not only educates and entertains, but proceeds also go to support students who are working to achieve their post-secondary dreams. Sounds like everyone wins. To order tickets, or for more information, please contact Tracy Green by phone at 604.777.6176 or email at

Friday, October 23 also features another Crossroads Coffeehouse at The Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam [map] to benefit the Crossroads Hospice Society. This week the feature performers will be Port na Gael, made up of four musicians who play “mostly Irish most of the time.” Their unique style of vocal and instrumental arrangements, soul-stirring harmonies and lively tunes are their defining characteristics. Coffeehouse doors open at 7pm and the open stage starts at 7:30pm. Then, Port na Gael takes the stage at 9pm. Tickets are $5 at the door and everyone is welcome. For more info email

Friday evening is busy here in the V3H, as it turns out. There will be a live show and film screening called Rowed Trip from 7:30-9:30pm at the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody [map]. The show is part film, part drama and all humour, and it will delight not only the adventurous but anyone who has discovered the joys and challenges of travelling with a spouse [cough] like me [cough]. Using two rowboats, Colin and Julie voyage 7,200 km from the northern tip of Scotland to Aleppo, Syria. Over the course of 7 months they row through 13 countries. The 2 hour show includes a multimedia show, followed by the 57 minute documentary. You will also have the opportunity to win some great prizes, and all royalities for the Rowed Trip book sold will be donated to the Living Oceans Society. What’s not to love? Tickets are $20 each, and are available online or by calling 604.931.2008.

Budding rock hounds and gemologists will be excited to hear about Port Moody Rock and Gem Club‘s annual rock and gem show, Petrified!. The show is running on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 10am-5pm at the Kyle Centre in Port Moody [map]. Featuring local lapidary artists and wonders of nature, our annual rock & gem show is an enjoyable and fascinating event for visitors of all ages. There will be a marketplace, displays and demonstrations, prizes, a lapidary workshop tour, food and more. Kids will enjoy making crafts and rock critters in the creative workshop, panning for gold, and smashing rocks to find a special prize. For more info call 604.323.4273 or email

Are you renovating your home or building a new one? Or maybe you’re interested in using less energy, water and natural resources, or creating a healthier indoor living environment? A green home may be right for you. The City of Port Moody is running two free green home workshops, open to Port Moody residents. During these 2-hour, non-technical workshops, Light House Sustainable Building Centre will teach homeowners how to green their homes. There is a special focus for homeowners renovating their homes to take advantage of federal tax credit incentives. The first session is on Saturday, October 24 from 1-3pm at the Glenayre Community Centre [map]. Or, if you can’t make that one, there is an upcoming workshop on Thursday, December 3 from 7-9pm at Old Orchard Hall [map]. For more information, or to register, call 604.469.4676.

Hot Salsa Dance Zone is running a fundraising Salsa Party on Saturday, October 24 from 6:30-10:30pm at Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam [map]. The party will be raising funds to purchase costumes and studio rentals for their dance troop, Hot Salsa Dance Zone Company. Participants will have a chance to dance salsa, cha-cha-cha, bachata, and merengue. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 604.725.4654 or email

A new exhibit is coming to Evergreen Cultural Centre from October 23 to November 28, 2009. The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social, is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and provides a provocative exploration of the tree’s significance in art spanning time, culture and media. The exhibition showcases over 30 works by 18 artists including Emily Carr, Rodney Graham, Lawren Harris, Jack Shadbolt and Ian Wallace. The works range from photography, oil and acrylic paintings, woodblock, screen print and charcoal drawings. The opening reception is taking place on Sunday, October 25 from 4-5:30pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. For more info call 604.927.6550 or email

Here’s to a great weekend!

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