Rivers, Trails, Sustainability and Much More!

Happy Wednesday, V3H. I hope you’ve had a good week. If not, take heart – next week is bound to be great, with all the cool events that are happening in our back yard. Read on to find out more.

What: Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues
When: Wednesday, September 22 from 11am-2pm (lunch from 11:30am-12pm)
Where: Executive Plaza Hotel [map]
The skinny: Metro Vancouver Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues are back! Help shape the future of the region by sharing your thoughts with other local experts on innovative solutions to challenging regional issues. The Coquitlam session is on a green regional economy. Some suggest that the way to stimulate economic recovery is through a focus on the green economy. But what is a green economy and does it truly exist in our region? Should the focus be on green jobs or, as suggested by some, should we forget the green and just focus on jobs? What opportunities are presented by our new economic reality and how can we facilitate a shift toward a healthy, prosperous and resilient regional economy?
More info: 604.436.6993

What: Public Art Unveiling
When: Thursday, September 23 from 4-4:30pm
Where: Old Port Moody Firehall [map]
The skinny: Join artist Denis Dowdall at the unveiling of Port Moody’s latest public art piece: a mural on the garage door of Port Moody’s Old Fire Hall. Because of the Noons Creek Bridge construction project, please allow extra transportation time.
More info: 604.469.4605 or kristin@cityofthearts.ca

What: Jelly Bean Dance
When: Friday, September 24 from 6:15-9:15pm
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]
The skinny: The Jelly Bean Dance is back! Come enjoy a night of fun-filled activities – door prizes, carnival games, professional DJ and supervision for children in Grade 4, 5 or 6.
More info: 604.927.7946 or 604.927.7970 or kulhanekj@portcoquitlam.ca

What: Crossroads Coffeehouse
When: Friday, September 24 at 7pm
Where: The Gathering Place @ Leigh Square [map]
The skinny: Bugsy Jive is an exciting Quintet with three lead instruments and all five members singing. Band members Devon Kazulin, Jamey Cloete, Kevin Penner, Scott Jorgenson and Matt Savourd perform an eclectic mix of southern rock to roots and blues.
More info: info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca

What: Port Moody Festival of the Arts
When: Friday, September 24 – Sunday, October 3
Where: Venues around Port Moody
The skinny: This festival is a great way to see what the City of the Arts has to offer, and to support local arts and culture. We hope to see you there!
More info: 604.931.2008 or festival@pomoartscentre.ca

What: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
When: Saturday, September 25 from 8:30-11am
Where: Noons Creek Hatchery [map]
The skinny: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a grassroots conservation program that promotes understanding and education about shoreline litter issues. It does this by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. The program influences Canadians to act, becoming better environmental citizens. The Port Moody cleanup starts at the Noons Creek Hatchery, and completes a circuit down to the estuary and back via the soccer field.
More info: portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com

What: Family Literacy Celebration
When: Saturday, September 25 from 10am-1pm
Where: Spirit Square [map]
The skinny: The Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, in partnership with the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee, is hosting a Family Literacy Celebration, rain or shine. Everyone is welcome to join us for this fabulous, free event packed with family fun. There will be storytellers, activities, displays and a pancake breakfast.
More info: 604.817.6462 or jrioux@sd43.bc.ca

What: Appreciate Chinese Opera
When: Saturday, September 25 from 1-4pm
Where: Poirier Library [map]
The skinny: In celebration of Culture Days, the library is pleased to welcome Ms. Rosa Cheng and members of the Vancouver Cantonese Opera for this exciting program, presented in Chinese and English. From 1-3pm, observe the makeup process of a Chinese opera performer and get a close look at the beautiful costumes, just as if you were visiting the backstage of a theatre before a performance. And then from 3-4pm, learn about the history of Chinese opera, the different roles of opera characters, basic performance techniques, and the meaning of hand gestures in Chinese opera. A short performance will follow. Seats are limited and registration is required.
More info: 604.937.3221

What: Safari Swim
When: Saturday, September 25 from 1-3pm
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]
The skinny: Bring your friends down for some jungle time in our pool.
More info: 604.927.7946 or parksrec@portcoquitlam.ca

What: Evening of Caring Gala 2010
When: Saturday, September 25 at 6pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny: Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation is celebrating its 20th Annual Evening of Caring. Last year $232,400 was raised for urgently needed equipment. This year, funds are going towards their very busy Emergency Room – the only one located in the Tri-Cities. It’s a fabulous, black tie optional event, and a great way to show our community that you care.
More info: 604.469.3128

What: Trail River Run
When: Sunday, September 26, registration from 7-8:30am, start times at 8am, 9am and 9:15am
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]
The skinny: This race winds along the very scenic Traboulay PoCo Trail. This unique event occurs on over 90% soft surface. Enjoy a truly spectacular route, which includes the DeBoville Slough, Pitt River Dyke, and Peace Park. Dogs, bikes and strollers are prohibited during this event. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water.
More info: 604.927.7946

What: Rivers and Trails Festival
When: Sunday, September 26 from 12-4pm
Where: Peace Park [map]
The skinny: Come enjoy great outdoor fun in celebration of Port Coquitlam’s many rivers and trails. Activities at this free community event in Peace Park include hands-on displays, entertainment, informative nature walks, demonstrations and more! This event is held in conjunction with the provincially celebrated BC Rivers Day.
More info: 604.927.7935 or battles@portcoquitlam.ca

What: Family Day at PdA
When: Sunday, September 26 from 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny: Place des Arts is proud to offer the September Family Day free of charge as part of Culture Days, a national grassroots arts and culture event that is being celebrated in every province and territory in Canada this September. So gather up the family and release your inner artist. Don’t be intimidated by art, get engaged in it!
More info: 604.664.1636 or info@placedesarts.ca

What: Family Fun Night
When: Tuesday, September 28 from 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Port Moody Library [map]
The skinny: Help your child get ready for kindergarten! Build important pre-reading skills with alphabet stories, activities and early literacy tips. Ages 3-6 with parent/caregiver, registration required.
More info: 604.469.4577 or askthelibrary@cityofportmoody.com

What: Tealicious
When: Tuesday, September 28 from 7-8pm
Where: Terry Fox Library [map]
The skinny: Come sip some tea with us. Learn about teas from around the world with Nancy Prokosh. Nancy is a tea sommelier and owner of Tealicious Tea Company. Tealicious is free, but registration is required.
More info: 604.927.7999

What: Family Play and Learn at Coquitlam Centre
When: Wednesday, September 29 from 6-8pm
Where: Coquitlam Centre Mall, on the lower level in front of London Drugs [map]
The skinny: Children aged 3 to 10 and their parents are invited to join Tri City librarians at Coquitlam Centre Mall for free Family Play and Learn Nights. Imagine, play and learn through stories, songs arts and more. No registration required, please drop in. This month’s theme? Healthy Harvest.
More info: 604.464.1414 or 604.937.4142

Have a great week!

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  1. Helen Brown says:

    Hi, you seem to be a person who is interested in the communities that are near your home. Have you concerned yourself with the Draft regional plan that has been underway for almost two years and is Metro Vancouvers (previously known as GVRD) design for how cities in Metro Van should develop as members of Metro. The Plan is now known as the Sept version and can be read in its entirety on the internet. Some of us who live in Coquitlam are extremely concerned with our city response to Metro, in part requesting that all our city parks of less than 25 acres, all riparian areas, Westwood Golf course and other important green spaces , be designated by Metro as General Urban and not Conservation?Recreation. Please read metro draft plan for definitions of these and other designations.

    If matters such as this are in your sphere of concern and interest you may wish to get on the email list of Coquitlam City Watch. Our communities are in dire need of residents who are able and willing to watch and report on the activities of our local governments. I am sure you are aware of how much local decision making effects our lives and property values not to mention the well being of wildlife.
    These local governments do not have an official opposition > Anyone can run for local office unless they have a criminal record!. Anyhow, enough said for now. What do you think?