Pottery, Music and Film in the Tri-Cities

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope the luck of the Irish is with you and all that jazz. In fact, I think it must be, because you have found a proverbial pot of gold filled with great events happening this week. Read on to find out more!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style by catching the Irish Rovers on Wednesday, March 17 at 8pm at the Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]. The Irish Rovers are the international ambassadors of Irish music and have charmed and entertained people all over the world. Over 45 after they formed, the Rovers are still passionate about performing and continue to tour and entertain their legions of fans throughout North America and New Zealand. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit Ticketmaster or call 280.4444.

The Fraser Valley Potters Guild presents their show, Clay 2010, beginning this week at the Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]. It kicks off on Thursday, March 18 with a preview from 4-6pm. The exhibit itself opens on March 19, and runs until April 24. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place from 4-5:30pm on Sunday, March 21. Over 100 artists compete to show works that will offer an extraordinary showcase of many different firing and finishing styles including burnished pit-fired earthenware, raku, electric, gas and wood-fired stoneware and electric-fired crystalline porcelains. For more information on the exhibit call 604.927.6550.

The Port Moody Film Society‘s 10th Annual Canadian Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, March 18 at 7pm with a Gala at Inlet Theatre [map]. Over Thursday, Friday and Saturday they will show five feature films and many short films. The films are all Canadian, and they cover a broad range of themes and genres. For more information call 604.469.4571 or email info@pmfilm.ca.

We gave you a heads-up on the Water’s Edge Festival a couple of weeks back. The event is running this weekend at Evergreen Cultural Centre [map] and it looks great, so be sure to check it out!

On Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, Showstoppers Academy of Performing Arts is presenting Dear Edwina Jr. at the Terry Fox Theatre [map]. Dear Edwina teaches us many “how to” life lessons, such as how to save your money, how to set the table, how to be polite and how not to be shy. Join the cast of more than 50 local 5 to 12 year olds as they put on a wonderful show for all ages. For more information, or to buy tickets, call 604.477.9922.

Norm MacDonald is coming to town on Friday, March 19 at 8pm at the Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]. Perhaps best known for his offbeat delivery of the ‘fake news’ on Saturday Night Live, Norm MacDonald is a major comedic presence. The Quebec City-born actor and comedian began performing in comedy clubs across Canada in the mid-80s. Today, MacDonald can be seen as a frequent guest on late-night television and performing his stand-up comedy throughout North America. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit Ticketmaster or call 280.4444.

Back in February we talked about dog parks in the Tri-Cities, and mentioned that Port Coquitlam’s dog park was scheduled to officially open following the Olympics and the Coast Meridian Overpass opening. Both of those events are now complete, and the park’s official opening is set for Saturday, March 20 at 11am at Shaughnessy Park [map]. Fido can now run free in a designated area of Port Coquitlam. The unfenced forest trail circuit and parking lot are now open, and the other amenities will be completed for the official opening and ribbon cutting, including a fenced area, benches and permanent garbage receptacle. For more information on the park or the opening call 604.927.7920 or e-mail myersr@portcoquitlam.ca.

Dr. Seuss fans will enjoy the Cat in the Hat Splash on Saturday, March 20 from 1-3pm at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]. Bring all of your friends down for some “green eggs and ham” type fun! For more information call 604.927.7946 or email parksrec@portcoquitlam.ca.

Check out an Organic Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 20 from 2-3:30 pm at Terry Fox Library [map]. Join expert gardener Christine Cummings for tips and tricks to maintaining a healthy organic garden. The workshop is free, but registration is required. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call 604.927.7999.

The Tri-Cities Literacy Committee presents the Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series in the Elm Room at Winslow Centre [map]. The sessions begin at 12pm as everyone gets settled, and the 30-minute session starts at 12:15. A microwave is available on site, and coffee/tea are provided. The next session is on Tuesday, March 23, discussing Full Day Kindergarten. Nancy Carl, Elementary / Early Learning and Literacy Coordinator, and Andrea Hunter Early Learning Support Teacher from School District 43 will discuss the expectations around literacy and instruction in full-day kindergarten classrooms. For more information, or to RSVP, call 604.817.6462 or email jrioux@sd43.bc.ca.

The Coquitlam Public Library is presenting a workshop on Computer Mouse Skills on Tuesday, March 23 from 3-4pm at the Poirier Branch [map]. This is the course you need if you want to attend the library’s Beginner’s Internet course. You will learn how to click, scroll, drag and drop, and more. The workshop is free, but registration is required as space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 604.937.4144.

Starting on Tuesday, March 23 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.

Have a great week!

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  1. I’ve always been fascinated by Ireland and irish stories, the magical lands and characters they depict, the wonderous adventures and all the other fabulous elements. Too bad St. Patrick’s Day is not celebrated around here, I really feel that I’m missing on a lot.