Kicking Off Spring Break in the Tri-Cities

This Friday kicks off Spring Break for students here in the V3H. If you’re looking for ways to fill the week, check out our listing of Spring Break Camps. Or, if you’re just looking for something fun to do one day, then read on.

From Tuesday, March 23 to Sunday, March 27 the Arts Club on Tour brings Salt Water Moon to Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. The show runs daily until March 27. Watch a timeless love story unfold on a moonlit porch in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland in 1926. Young Jacob Mercer (Charlie Carrick) has returned home to win back the heart of his soul mate, Mary (Abbey Creek). But can he overcome the forces that have kept them apart? Will love blossom by the light of a salt-water moon? You’ll have to see the play to find out. For more information, or to buy tickets, call 604.927.6555.

On Wednesday, March 24 from 7-8:30pm there will be an information session on Searching for Jobs on the Internet at the Port Moody Public Library [map]. It will be an informative evening that will teach you how to find the job you want using online and library resources. The program is free, but registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register call 604.469.4577.

Business owners might be interested in two information sessions covering the HST Transition that will be happening at the Coquitlam Library’s City Centre branch [map]. The first is happening on Thursday, March 25 from 6-8pm and the second is happening on Monday, March 29 from 1-3pm. Businesses in that are registered for the GST will be required to collect the HST and will report their HST according to their current GST filing frequency. Retailers and service-providers should begin to upgrade their point-of-sale, cost and accounting systems as early as possible to ensure that they meet the implementation date of July 1, 2010. For more information or to register visit

On Thursday, March 25 from 7-8:30pm the Coquitlam Public Library is presenting a session on Pesticide-Free Gardening at their Poirier Branch [map]. CBC Radio’s BC Almanac organic gardening expert Arzeena Hamir will share simple steps and tips on how to manage a lawn and garden without the use of pesticides. Presented by the Canadian Cancer Society, this workshop will also provide you with information on the non-essential use of pesticides and their links to cancer. The program is free, but registration is required as space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 604.937.4155.

The always fabulous Jelly Bean Dance is happening again on Friday, March 26 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

The Crossroads Coffeehouse presents the Al Foreman on Friday, March 26 at the Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam [map]. Doors open at 7pm, and open mic starts at 7:30, and the feature performer takes to the stage at 9. Al has been entertaining for over forty years. He will be playing a mix of material ranging from blues and boogie woogie to ballads and original material. For more information email

Lisa Shepherd will present Metis Dance on Saturday, March 27 from 10:15-11:30am at the Terry Fox Library [map]. The presentation is part of the library’s month-long Aboriginal Arts Festival. Join an interactive demonstration of the ancient art of jigging. This is an all ages, drop-in event. For more information call the library at 604.927.7999.

The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour is presenting Western Streams in honour of their 85th anniversary as a national organization from March 26 – April 25 in Leigh Square Community Arts Village [map]. The Opening Reception is happening on Saturday, March 27 from 2-4pm. Awards will be presented by Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam and there will be a special presentation by artist David McEowan, one of Canada’s most accomplished landscape watercolourists. Mix and mingle with the artists and find out more about upcoming art exhibits in the city. For more information on the exhibit or the Opening Reception call 604.927-8400.

As we mentioned on Monday, Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 27 from 8:30-9:30pm. Several local municipalities are taking part. So turn off your own lights and Vote Earth!

On Sunday, March 28 at 1:30 pm the Sunday Coffee Concert Series runs at Terry Fox Theatre [map]. This concert features the VOC Soul Gospel Choir. Led by Checo Tohomaso, this dynamic 60 person choir mixes together the sounds of Soul, Gospel, R & B, Jazz, Calypso and more. Their animated delivery results in an audience that can’t resist joining in by toe tapping, singing, dancing and clapping! Then, after the show stay and meet the performers over coffee courtesy of Tim Hortons. For more information call 604.927.8440 or email

Catch Port Moody Naturally on Monday, March 29 from 7-9pm at Inlet Theatre [map]. This is a free seminar on all things “green.” Two plant specialists will discuss gardening and invasive plants. For more information call 604.469.4612.

Catch The Trollsons on Tuesday, March 30 from 10:30-11:30am at the Terry Fox Library [map]. The Trollsons are two high-energy performers who will present a lively and comedic storytelling show based on a folktale from Scandinavia. Join in the action through some great audience participation and become part of this unique storytelling style. This is an all ages, drop-in event. For more information call the library at 604.927.7999.

Have a great week!

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