Faculty Concert, Volunteerfest, Open Houses and More

I’m still digesting turkey, so I’m having a hard time coming up with a clever intro. To sum up: there are lots of events happening this week in the Tri-Cities, and this is the place to read about them. What more can I say, really?

What: Evergreen Line Public Consultation
When: Wednesday, October 13 from 6-9pm (Coquitlam) & Saturday, October 16 from 11am-2pm (Burquitlam)
Where: Coquitlam City Hall (Coquitlam) [map] & Cameron Recreation Complex (Burquitlam) [map]
The skinny: The Station Area Design Consultation Discussion Guide presents information and seeks feedback on key aspects of station area design, appearance and function; features of each station area, including parking, bus facilities and pedestrian, vehicle and bicycle access; landscaping at Evergreen Line stations; and traffic management during construction of the Evergreen Line. Feedback gathered during this consultation will help finalize the design of the Evergreen Line in advance of beginning construction in early 2011.
More info: 604.927.4452 or info@evergreenline.gov.bc.ca

What: E-Mail Class
When: Thursday, October 14 from 10-11am
Where: Poirier Library [map]
The skinny: You must already know how to scroll, click, and use the address bar to go to a website. You should also only take this class if you do not have an email account. In this class, we will all sign up for an account on Gmail, and you will also learn how to send, receive, and reply to an email. Accounts are free and can be used anywhere you have access to the Internet. Registration is required for this free program, as space is limited.
More info: 604.937.4144

What: Mackin Park Open House
When: Thursday, October 14 from 5-8pm
Where: Poirier Library [map]
The skinny: The City of Coquitlam is undergoing a master planning process to update Mackin Park in the Maillardville Neighbourhood. The City is now seeking input from area residents and neighbourhood organizations with an interest in the park and we invite you to join us at an Open House. The Open House will highlight the project steps, present the programming ideas arising out of the public consultation process thus far and collect feedback on the conceptual designs.
More info: 604.927.3550 or jcowan@coquitlam.ca

What: Place des Arts Opening Reception
When: Thursday, October 14 from 7-9pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny: Join painter Regina Seib and photographer Chris Mackenzie for the opening of their exhibitions at Place des Arts. Regina’s A Human Journal comprises acrylic on canvas paintings featuring abstract human forms partaking in artistic pursuits. Chris’ exhibition entitled Liminal explores a broad subject range, with an emphasis on still life, marine photography, sea and landscapes. Both artists will be in attendance. This event is free.
More info: 604.664.1636 or info@placedesarts.ca

What: The Importance of Being Earnest
When: Thursday, October 14 – Saturday, October 23
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: This masterpiece is probably the most famous of all Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It revolves wittily around a most ingenious case of “manufactured” mistaken identity. It’s presented by Stage 43 Theatrical Society.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Crossroads Coffehouse
When: Friday, October 15 at 7pm
Where: Gathering Place @ Leigh Square [map]
The skinny: The Lynn Canyon Band is a lively, acoustic roots/folk band that offers up an eclectic repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk music as well as original tunes written by the artists. The band members, Paul Coulter-Brown, Bill Mullaly, Bob McMillan, and Julia Peters, are particularly noted for their effective harmonies combined with great guitar work and the driving rhythm of the mandolin and bass. If you’ve heard them, you know they make for a really enjoyable evening.
More info: 604.945.0606

What: Bret Michaels
When: Friday, October 15 at 8pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny: As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Bret Michaels has sold over 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 Top 40 singles including “Talk Dirty to Me”, “Nothing But a Good Time”, “Unskinny Bop”, “Something to Believe In” and the timeless #1 smash, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. Michaels – whose recent television appearances include ABC’s The View, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and the season finale of FOX’s American Idol – is currently touring with his record setting “Custom Built” concert tour.
More info: 280.4444

What: West Coast Chocolate Festival
When: Friday, October 15 – Wednesday, November 10
Where: Venues throughout the Tri-Cities and across the Lower Mainland
The skinny: No ordinary chocolate event, this festival inspires, informs, surprises, entertains, and above all celebrates chocolate. Events can be savoured individually, or experienced successively for the ultimate chocolate experience … the indulgent little escape we all need once in a while. And as if that’s not enough, your mere presence grows our mission: mentoring work experiences for youth, showcasing emerging artists and performers, and modeling our mindfully appreciative approach to chocolate and to life. At the West Coast Chocolate Festival people support youth and the arts ‐ just by showing up for chocolate!
More info: 604.939.8068 or info@chocolatefestival.ca

What: Volunteerfest
When: Saturday, October 16 from 9am-6pm
Where: Coquitlam Centre Mall [map]
The skinny: 30 non-profits and YOU! Take your pick of ways to make a difference in YOUR community at the biggest annual gathering of local non-profits in the TriCities. Whether you want experience & skills, or just want to help out, volunteering is waiting for you.
More info: 604.529.5139 or cvcinfo@volunteerconnections.net

What: Spying on Spiders
When: Saturday, October 16 from 10am-12pm
Where: Belcarra Regional Park [map]
The skinny: Don’t be afraid – come closer to find out what makes spiders so fascinating. Learn how to identify different species, examine the artistry of web making and watch the struggle that takes place among the sticky strands. Ages 6+, registration required.
More info: 604.432.6359

What: Quilts Galore: A Quilt Show
When: Saturday, October 16 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, October 17 from 10am-4pm
Where: Montgomery Middle School [map]
The skinny: Over 100 quilts, tea room, raffle quilt, vendors and members’ boutique. Admission is $5, under 12 is free. The event is wheelchair accessible – no strollers please. (Editor’s note: Don’t worry, my stroller and I will be steering clear, pinky swear).
More info: 604.461.4267 or wsquires@telus.net

What: Customer Appreciation Day
When: Saturday, October 16 from 11am-3pm
Where: Terry Fox Library [map]
The skinny: There’s lots to see and do at the library. Drop by and meet retired Canada customs officer, Bob Klassen, author of “I Do Declare”. Bob has collected fascinating stories about some of the irate travelers, exotic animals, smuggling and strange weapons he dealt with in his 35 year career. View the Art Focus Artist’s Association group exhibit and chat with one of the local artists. Enjoy books, songs and puppets during Family Storytime at 11am. Join us as we greet and thank all our valued customers. Enter to win a prize.
More info: 604.927.7999

What: Special Effects Make-up Workshop for Teens
When: Saturday, October 16 from 2-4pm
Where: Terry Fox Library [map]
The skinny: Terry Fox Library hosts a John Casablancas instructor and movie industry veteran Tracy Lai for a workshop on Halloween special effects makeup. Age 12 and up. Materials provided. This program is free, but registration is required.
More info: 604.927.7999

What: Thunder from Down Under Wine Tasting
When: Saturday, October 16 – doors open at 6:45pm, event starts at 7pm
Where: Gathering Place @ Leigh Square [map]
The skinny: “Thunder From Down Under” will be featuring bold wines from the Southern Hemisphere. Tease your palette with fine vintages from Argentina, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The event kicks off with an introduction to wine tasting, led by John Gerum. As a bonus the first 25 guests will receive an autographed event poster. Take your wine encounter to the next level with an introduction to Southern Hemisphere wines. Learn tips on how to properly appreciate the wines and pick new and interesting food pairings.
More info: 604.927.7611 or pocoheritage@portcoquitlam.ca

What: Faculty Concert – A Celebration of Czech Music II
When: Saturday, October 16 at 7:30pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny: Featuring violinist Roger Mangas and his guest, pianist Monica Pfau. Enjoy rare musical gems from the Czech and Slovak Republics. Roger (violin) and Monica (piano) will perform music by well-known Czech masters Antonin Dvořák, Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů and will introduce some re-discovered treasures by Vitězslav Novák and Josef Foerster. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $11.00 for students and seniors (plus HST).
More info: 604.664.1636 or info@placedesarts.ca

What: Career Firefighter Information Session
When: Sunday, October 17 from 1-3pm
Where: Coquitlam City Hall [map]
The skinny: If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career as a professional firefighter and you are a motivated, team oriented community-focused individual wanting to join a progressive, growing City dedicated to serving the needs of the community, please join us. This will be your opportunity to meet with the City of Coquitlam’s Fire Rescue personnel and municipal staff who will provide information about the career Firefighter position, including qualifications required (e.g. skills and abilities, education, etc.) and steps involved with the application process.
More info: 604.927.3000

What: Grandparents Family Storytime
When: Monday, October 18 from 10:15-10:45am
Where: Terry Fox Library [map]
The skinny: Calling all Grandparents! Bring Grandma and Grandpa to our popular Grandparents storytime series. All ages welcome.
More info: 604.927.7999

What: Who You Gonna Call?
When: Wednesday, October 20 from 7-8:30pm
Where: Terry Fox Library [map]
The skinny: A lead investigator with the Vancouver Paranormal Society discusses what they do during their investigations to explain mysterious happenings around the lower mainland. Adults only. The program is free, but reservations are required.
More info: 604.927.7999

What: The Healthy Brain and Memory Loss: What you Need to Know
When: Wednesday, October 20 from 7-8:30pm
Where: City Centre Library [map]
The skinny: Katherine Guilbride, Support and Education Coordinator from the North Fraser Alzheimer Resource Centre will use a Power Point Presentation to discuss ways to reduce your risk factors for developing brain disease; how to keep your brain healthy, when to be concerned about memory loss, and what services are provided by the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia. The program is free, but reservations are required.
More info: 604.937.4155

Have a great week!

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