Spirit and Heritage in the Tri-Cities

This is a big week here in the V3H. In fact, this is a big week in Metro Vancouver, across British Columbia and throughout Canada, as the 2010 Olympic Games kick off on Friday. It is also Heritage Week in BC, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year. There are no shortage of options for celebrating, and we hope that you take advantage of them.

On Thursday, February 11 the Olympic Torch Relay comes to the Tri-Cities. It’s early in the morning, but if you can get out of bed and get to one of the celebrations it is sure to be memorable. For more details read our earlier post about the Torch Relay in the V3H.

The Happy Liver Society provides temporary accommodation for liver transplant patients and their family members who must travel to Vancouver for life-saving surgery. They are presenting their gala fundraiser, Night Out With the Stars, on Thursday, February 11 at Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]. The doors open at 6pm, dinner is at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. The Vegas-style show features AC as the Beatles and Rod Stewart, Jeff Harris as Meatloaf, Kenny Holliday as Bon Jovi and Samira as Tina Turner. For more information or to buy tickets call 778.990.5509.

The Coquitlam Public Library presents Budget Basics on Thursday, February 11 from 7-8:30pm at their Poirier Branch [map]. Yvonne Bauche will be teaching the simplest, most effective money management system on the planet, and how to accelerate your path toward a stress free, early retirement. Yvonne will explain why the “buy now and pay later” mentality can destroy your financial future, and how developing better money habits can help you pay off your mortgage years earlier. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, or for more information, call 604.937.4155.

From Thursday, February 11 to Sunday, February 13 Centennial Secondary’s musical theatre program is presenting The Pajama Game. Shows run at 7:30pm each evening at Centennial [map]. The play is a sassy musical comedy from the ’50s, and it’s sure to delight everyone. For more information or to buy tickets call 604.936.7205.

Friday, February 12 is a Pro-D Day, and Port Coquitlam is offering a couple of events to keep everyone occupied. Students aged 11-16 can participate in a paintball and swimming day camp. The camp runs from 9am-4pm at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]. To register, or for more information, call 604.927.7946 or 604.927.7970 or 604.927.8400. There will also be a Toonie Skate from 1:15-3:15pm at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex [map]. For more information call 604.927.7970 or email parksrec@portcoquitlam.ca.

Coquitlam’s Mackin House Museum will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Friday, February 12 from 1-3pm [map]. The Glen Pine Mandarin Choir will be performing in English and Chinese, and there will be tiger appropriate refreshments. Admission is by donation. For more information call 604.516.6151.

The Crossroads Coffeehouse presents an Olympic-Free Zone Open Stage on Friday, February 12 at the Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam [map]. Doors open at 7pm, and the open stage starts at 7:30. Be ready for a dozen people to entertain you. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information email info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca.

The Port Moody Film Society presents Kitchen Stories on Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm at Inlet Theatre [map]. This amusing story portrays the developing friendship between an aging researcher from Sweden and a Norwegian bachelor, who is the researcher’s subject. The plot is based on a program of research conducted in Sweden in the 1950s in which single males were observed in their kitchens. Although the observer and the subject are forbidden to speak to each other the two aging men become fast friends, sipping coffee, smoking pipes and telling their stories. The film is in Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles. For more information, call 604.469.4571 or email info@pmfilm.ca.

The Coquitlam Public Library is presenting another Beginner Internet class, on Saturday, February 13 from 9:30-10:30am at their City Centre Branch [map]. Participants will learn the basics of the internet and be surfing in no time. You must be able to click and scroll using the mouse. The program is free but registration is required as space is limited. This is an extremely popular program, and the offering two weeks ago filled up fast. To register, or for more information, call 604.927.3560.

As we told you on Monday, the Village International de Francophonie will be running on February 13 and 14. It’s a special edition of the annual Festival du Bois celebration, showcasing all things French. Be sure to drop by Mackin House Museum during the festival, as well, where there will be tours and crafts for the kids.

On Saturday, February 13 a pair of events are running at Terry Fox Library [map]. From 10:30-11am you can Catch the Spirit! with musician Mr. I and the Rainbow Singers, and get in the mood for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This is a drop-in event and no registration is required. Then from 2-4pm check out the Teen Anti-Valentine’s Party. Reclaim February 14th from Hallmark: vandalize romance novel covers, smash heart-shaped pinatas, create black roses and more. Snacks are included. For more information or to register call 604.927.7999.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents Joy of Sax on Friday, February 13 at 8pm at Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. The saxophone reigns supreme on a program of music that will showcase everything that a saxophone is and can be. Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be helped by the Vancouver Saxophone Ensemble and feature members of our own sax section. For more information or to buy tickets call 604.927.6555.

Sunday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day, and Port Coquitlam is offering some events that will give you the chance to get active with your Valentine. From 12:45-4pm the Valentine Skate runs at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex [map]. For more information call 604.927.7970 or email parksrec@portcoquitlam.ca. Or, from 1-3pm the Valentine Swim runs at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]. For more information call 604.927.7946 or email parksrec@portcoquitlam.ca.

On Sunday, February 14 at 1:30 pm the Sunday Coffee Concert Series runs at Terry Fox Theatre [map]. The concert will be a special Chinese New Year celebration with Silk Road Music Ensemble. The show will feature spectacular singing, dancing, and music that combines traditional and contemporary sounds. Come and join the award winning group and share the New Year with all cultures in the community! Then, after the show stay and meet the performers over coffee courtesy of Tim Hortons. For more information call 604.927.8440 or email chuiy@portcoquitlam.ca.

February 15-21 is Heritage Week,and the Port Moody Station Museum [map] offers you a few ways to celebrate. On Sunday, February 14 there will be a silent movie showing from 2-4pm. See a variety of silent movie shorts featuring well known performers. Fee is $10 per person, or free to Heritage Society members. On Monday, February 15 the Community Display Opening Night will take place from 7-8:30pm. Local recreation historian Don Cunnings will give a presentation on the history of sport and recreation in Port Moody and the Tri-City area. Light refreshments provided and admission is free. For more information on either event call 604.939.1648 or email pmmuseum@telus.net.

The Sport Re-Imagined show is running from January 21-March 21 at Leigh Square [map]. On Tuesday, February 16 from 7-9pm the official Opening Ceremonies will take place. Sport Re-imagined is a group exhibition showcasing artists whose work challenges, re-imagines and reinterprets sport and the paraphernalia and constructs that surround it. It celebrates Spirit Week in Port Coquitlam and Canada’s Winter Games. For more information call 604.927.8440.

I hope that you have a great week!

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