Talent’s Emerging All Over the Place

There are a lot of talented folks of all ages here in the V3H. We have singers, dancers, actors, artists and athletes. This week there are more than a few chances to check them out, and maybe participate yourself.

The Coquitlam Public Library will run the information session Healthy Brain and Memory Loss: What You Need to Know on Wednesday, January 20 from 7-8:30pm at the Poirier Branch [map]. Katherine Guilbride, Support and Education Coordinator from the North Fraser Alzheimer Resource Centre, will discuss ways to reduce your risk factors for developing brain disease, how to keep your brain healthy, and when to be concerned about memory loss. The event is free and space is limited. Please call 604.937.4155 to register or for more information.

Emerging Talent XIII, an annual exhibition of works by local grade 12 students, opens on Thursday, January 21 with a preview from 4-6pm at Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. All of the exhibiting students are committed to continuing their art education at a post secondary institution following graduation. Works on display range from paintings to photography to sculpture to mixed media and more. This exhibition offers a surprising look inside the psyche of our freshest crop of emerging artists. The show runs from January 22 – March 13, and the opening reception will take place on Sunday, January 24 from 4-5:30pm. For more information on the show or the gallery you can contact Evergreen Cultural Centre at 604.927.6550.

The always fabulous Jelly Bean Dance is happening again on Friday, January 22 from 6:15-9:15pm at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]. Students in grades 4 through 6 can enjoy a night of fun-filled activities including door prizes, carnival games, a professional DJ and supervision. Tickets are available at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre or the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex the Sunday prior to the dance for $5, or for $7 at the door. For more information call 604.927.7946 or email kulhanekj@portcoquitlam.ca.

The Crossroads Coffeehouse presents Doug Rolling and “Blues Got the Dog” on Friday, January 22 at the Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam [map]. Doors open at 7pm, and the open stage starts at 7:30. At 9pm, featured performer Doug Rolling takes to the stage – we realize he is scheduled for March 12, but we have it on good authority he swapped dates with Tony Prophet. Doug describes himself as having his “heart in the country, but his soul in the blues”. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information email info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca.

The Port Moody Public Library will be offering How to Submit Magazine Articles in the 21st Century on Saturday, January 23 from 9:30am-12:30pm in the ParkLane Room [map]. Local author and trainer Julie Ferguson has written five books for writers and twelve other non-fiction books. Ferguson has guided hundreds of aspiring authors towards publishing success. The session is free but space is limited. Please call 604.469.4577 for more information or to register.

By popular demand the Terry Fox Library presents Game Overload with Dave Strutt on Saturday, January 23 from 12-4pm [map]. Join the folks at the library for hours of fun, games and snacks. Dave Strutt, the mastermind behind the games at Imperial Hobbies, will present and demonstrate a variety of cool games to patrons aged 13 and up. For more information or to register call 604.927.7999.

Port Coquitlam is holding a Webkinz Swim on Sunday, January 24 from 1-3pm at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]. There will be Web Ginz-themed fun, games and prizes throughout the event and you can enter to win a Web Kin. For more information call 604.927.7946 or email parksrec@portcoquitlam.ca.

If you have a budding essayist between the ages of 9 and 13 you might be interested in Port Moody Public Library’s Olympic Torch Celebration Essay Contest. The City of Port Moody and the Minnesota and Port Moody Rotary Chapters are hosting an Olympic Torch Relay Celebration Night on Thursday, February 11. The evening will be filled with free family fun, including a hockey match between our local Junior B Black Panthers and the Minnesota Twin Cities Northern Lights. Winners of the essay contest will receive a prize pack containing 4 tickets in the VIP Section for the hockey game, a book prize bag from the Port Moody Library, signed memorabilia from the teams as well as a chance to meet the players. To enter, kids are invited to write an essay of 1000 words or less on “What Peace Means.” Include your name, age, telephone number, address and school and email your submission to OlympicEssayContest@gmail.com by January 24, 2010. For more information email maryn.ashdown@cityofportmoody.com or call 604.469.4635.

Canadian acapella group HOJA performs on Sunday, January 24 at 7pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. HOJA has recorded five CDs and has performed in over 3000 concerts from BC to Ontario. Their repertoire is filled with favourite songs from the 50s to the present that span every style of music, from doo wop to rock to country to disco. For more information, or to buy tickets, call 604.927.6555.

Have a great week! Now I’ll leave it to HOJA to sing us out:

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