The Week in Literature

It’s Wednesday again, which means that I am about to run through the many exciting ways you can spend your week here in the Tri-Cities. So read on, and just see if there isn’t something that tickles your fancy.

An Olympic-themed Family Fun Night will be taking place on Wednesday, January 27 from 6-8pm outside the Toy Jungle in Coquitlam Centre Mall [map]. Children aged 3 to 10 and their parents are invited to join local librarians for this free Family Play and Learn Night. Imagine, play and learn through stories, songs arts and more. No registration required, please drop in.

Port Moody needs a new Fire Hall, and they will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, January 27 at Inlet Theatre [map]. There will displays put up at 6:30pm, and the presentation starts at 7pm. The Fire Hall is the top priority City-funded capital project for 2009-2014. This meeting is the first step in gathering public feedback for the construction of a new Fire Hall #1. If you can’t make the meeting, you can also submit your feedback using the online comment form.

The Tri-Cities Literacy Committee is running a ‘Lunch and Learn’ series beginning on Thursday, January 28. The first session will be all about the Read-a-ma-Tazz! family literacy program, and it runs from 12-1pm in the Elm Room at Winslow Centre [map]. This exciting program is designed for families with children ages 0 – 5. Everyone is welcome, and RSVP is requested. A microwave is available on site, and coffee/tea will be provided. For more information or to register, please email or call 604.817.6462.

The City of Port Coquitlam is holding a Climate Action Plan Open House on Thursday, January 28 from 2-4pm at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]. Find out how the city is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, learn about the emission targets, view displays, speak to staff and provide feedback. The Virtual Open House, including comment forms, draft plan and project info boards will be posted on January 26th. For more information call 604.927.5424 or email

We’ve already shared the info about the Save the Golden Spike Days fundraiser on Friday, January 29 with Barney Bentall and Nikki Werner. I hear tickets are going fast!

The Coquitlam Public Library is offering a Beginner Internet Class on Saturday, January 30 from 10-11am at their Poirier branch [map]. Participants will learn the basics of the Internet, and must be able to click and scroll using the mouse. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, call 604.937.4144.

(Aside – I toyed with whether or not to add this event, since if you are reading this information you probably don’t need a beginner’s internet class. But maybe a friend or family member does, so I included it. These are the issues that keep me up at night as I try to keep you informed.)

The Tri-Cities Spelling Bee takes place on Saturday, January 30 from 2-4pm at Inlet Theatre [map]. Students in grades 4 and 5 will be competing to see who comes out on top. Register in advance at the Port Moody, Terry Fox or Coquitlam library, or just come out and see the spellers in action.

Comedian Roman Danylo is bringing his hilarious comedy show to Evergreen Cultural Centre on Saturday, January 30 at 8pm [map]. Danylo is ‘Roman around the country’ with his quick witted, interactive sketches, high energy observational stand-up, and improv. Topping off the night with a little comedic chaos, Danylo will invite local improvisers to join him onstage for a short jam. Danylo’s partner for the evening will be Vancouverite Ellie Harvie. For more information, or to buy tickets, call 604.927.6555.

Port Coquitlam’s Sunday Coffee Concert Series kicks off with Latin Explosion on Sunday, January 31 at 1:30pm at Terry Fox Theatre [map]. Rumba Calzada will perform a powerful blend of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms with drums, percussion, congas, timbales and trombones. They have an original sound that is guaranteed to make you move! After the concert, stay and meet the performers over coffee courtesy of Tim Hortons. Admission is pay what you can, and children 12 and under are free. For more information call 604.927.8440 or email

Have a great week!

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