Ioco Ghost Town Days and a Whole Lot More to Kick off October

September is almost over. Can you believe it? I can’t. Luckily, though, there are still plenty of ways to get out and enjoy Autumn here in the Tri-Cities. Read on to fine out more!

What: Fall Fashion Show
When: Wednesday, September 29 at 6pm
Where: Hogan’s Restaurant [map]
The skinny: Gather your girlfriends and come out for a great dinner and see Berit Boutique’s new fall fashions. Joye Designs will be accessorizing the outfits with her newest jewellery creations. Tickets $45 includes a gourmet dinner, with $10 from each ticket donated to charity.
More info: 604.939.7400 or 604.939.8688

What: Kateslem Walk to Protect Kids
When: Friday, October 1 at 4pm
Where: Banting Middle School [map]
The skinny: Kateslem After School Program provides vulnerable youth with a positive, consistent, supportive and safe after school environment. Kateslem aims to empower youth through experiences and skill development. The individual’s abilities and needs, in relation to their family, peers, school and community, are valued and respected. The low youth to staff ratio facilitates trust and understanding between youth and program staff. You can pledge your support through this walk.
More info: 604.250.9332 or

What: Pub Night with Vancouver’s Lonesome Highrise
When: Friday, October 1 from 6-10pm
Where: Glen Pine Pavilion [map]
The skinny: Join Vancouver’s Lonesome Highrise band for an evening of dancing to blusegrass and country classics. The sweet vocal harmonies of the Sue Malcolm and Vic Smyth are the centerpiece of this group’s sound, backed up by some of the finest bluegrass pickers in BC.
More info: 604.927.6940 or

What: Whose Live Anyways
When: Friday, October 1 at 8pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny: Join cast members of the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway for a night of unforgettable improv comedy that will leave you laughing days later. 90 minutes of hilarious comedy and song with some of your favourite Whose Line games plus some new ones. Bring your suggestions for the show and you might be asked to join the cast on stage to perform!
More info: 280.4444

What: Lorne Elliott
When: Friday, October 1 at 8pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Storyteller, musician, comedian and all-around entertainer, Lorne Elliott is an Evergreen favourite! With a new stock of tunes and comic tales, the rubber-faced comic with the electric-socket hair comments (or sings) about everything and anything― from the city of Toronto to mosquitoes to hockey. The former host of CBC Radio’s “Madly Off in All Directions”, Elliott is a regular at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and has opened for Jay Leno and Rodney Dangerfeld.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Harvest Festival
When: Saturday, October 2 from 10:30am-4pm
Where: Lions Park [map]
The skinny: Come join the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association (BIA) for the 14th annual Harvest Festival. The annual event is a fun-filled day which supports local businesses, arts and non-profit communities and draws in crowds of all ages from throughout the City. The family oriented festival will feature an array of music, song, dance, games, contests and demonstrations held throughout the day. BIA member businesses, food and novelty vendors, non-profit societies and community groups will be setting up booths within the park. To prevent disruption to mall businesses, please avoid parking in the West Shaughnessy Mall and Shaughnessy Station parking lots.
More info: 604.464.1490

What: Harvest Festival Run
When: Saturday, October 2 at 11am and 2pm
Where: Lions Park [map]
The skinny: In Conjunction with this year’s Harvest Festival, The Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association (PoCo BIA) in partnership with PoCoMotion is proud to offer the 2nd Annual Family Fun Run. This 5km run is an excellent opportunity to take part in some physical activity while attending this year’s Harvest Festival. The run is free, and open to families and individuals of all ages. All participants who complete the run will receive a commemorative medal and be entered to win a great prize. Participants should arrive and register no later than 20 minutes to the scheduled run. Participants are encouraged to warm up for at least 10 minutes prior to the participating in the run. The runs will take place rain or shine.
More info: 604.927.7983 or

What: Canadian Naval Centennial Closing Ceremonies
When: Saturday, October 2 at 11:30am
Where: Rocky Point Park Gazebo [map]
The skinny: Sandra Baron of the Port Moody Commemorative Society will dedicate a commemorative garden. Jim Bodo, President of Port Moody Legion Branch #119 will present a copy of the book The Naval Service of Canada, edited by Richard H. Gimblett, to the Port Moody Library. The Navy flag will be lowered and presented to the Acting Mayor who in turn will present it to the Port Moody Grilse Sea Cadets. Music will be provided by Toby Beaulieu, and by Corbin VanderZalm who will lead in the singing of O Canada along with the Vancouver Naval Veterans Band. A memorial bell will also be unveiled and presented to the City as a standing legacy of commitment to the dramatic story of tradition, perseverance and courage in service to Canada and Canadians. Following the ceremonies, a reception will be held at the Boathouse, and all are invited to attend.
More info: 604.719.1317 or

What: Critter Capers – The Case of the Mysterious Fish
When: Saturday, October 2 from 12-3pm
Where: Colony Farm Regional Park [map]
The skinny: Someone stole the river otter’s catch, but who? Test your detective skills as you visit stations along the trail and examine evidence for clues. Allow at least one hour to solve this fishy mystery. Free drop-in. Meet at the tent at the end of Colony Farm road near the Community Gardens.
More info: 604.432.6359

What: Vancouver Independent Music Showcase
When: Saturday, October 2 at 7pm
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The skinny: Harte Music Productions presents “The Vancouver Independent Music Showcase”. It will feature the best new, up and coming original music and performers and is quickly becoming a must see event for all ages. This “Las Vegas” style show, features the seven piece Harte House band, nationally renowned magician and MC Rod Boss, too many performers to mention, celebrity guests, world video premieres and music and film industry insiders.
More info: 604.838.8342

What: Collective Soul
When: Saturday, October 2 at 8pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny: Hailing from the city of Atlanta, Georgia, Collective Soul gained a special place in the hearts of music lovers when they burst onto the scene in 1993 with the rock anthem, “Shine” from their debut album, Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. In 2008, “Tremble For My Beloved” found Collective Soul on the soundtrack of the blockbuster film, Twilight. And just last summer, they released their most recent album, Rabbit.
More info: 280.4444

What: Barney Bentall, Tom Taylor, Shari Ulrich
When: Saturday, October 2 at 8pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Barney, Tom and Shari came together out of a love for each others’ music, and the sheer joy of sitting down and playing songs together. They draw from all parts of their respective careers in this show. There’s even a couple of covers of songs that they do just because they love them. It’s collaboration at its best – done out of the simple joy of playing songs and sharing them with everyone else in the room.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Ioco Ghost Town Day
When: Sunday, October 3 from 11:30am-3:30pm
Where: The old Ioco Lawn Bowling Green [map]
The skinny: Highlights include living history skits, antique car site tours, roving performers, old time music, pony rides, a pie contest, artisan displays, apple sampling and birds of prey. There will also be lots of crafts, local community groups, a historical photo display and carnival games.
More info: 604.939.1648 or

Have a great week!

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