Heading into the Holidays in the Tri-Cities


As we head into late November, there is a definite festive note in the air. Personally, I have not even thought about holiday shopping, so I am doing my best to ignore it. But my kids are not – they can’t wait for Christmas. I’m sure I’ll come around soon enough. In the meantime, here are a few ways for you to get out and enjoy yourself this week in the V3H.

What: Positively Petite Gala Opening Reception
When: Thursday, November 18 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny: Our annual Positively Petite miniature exhibition presents 2D and 3D miniatures in a wide variety of media by nearly 50 artists. This year, we are pleased to see many artists from past exhibitions returning to Positively Petite, and excited to welcome several new artists as well. Please join us for the gala opening reception, and view the many beautiful art works, hear live music, and enjoy yummy appetizers, desserts and a glass of Rigamarole wine. While you’re here, be sure to explore the delightful Christmas Boutique and discover the perfect gift for the beauty lovers on your list.
More info: 604.664.1636

What: Coquitlam Leadership Speaker Series
When: Thursday, November 18 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Time Magazine’s Hero for the Planet, Simon Jackson, is the 26-year-old founder and Chairman of the 6 million strong, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and Executive Producer of the forth-coming Hollywood animated movie, The Spirit Bear. Through his 13 years of working to save BC’s endangered white Kermode or spirit bear, Simon has become a model of the power of one. Simon’s message is inspirational, motivational, and educational: Not only will you want to catch the spirit to save the bear, but you’ll be a believer in the power of one.
More info: 604.927.6005 or 604.927.6555

What: Holiday Shopping Bazaar
When: Friday, November 19 from 3:00-9:00pm
Where: Heritage Mountain Elementary [map]
The skinny: This event is a great place to start your holiday gift shopping this year! Over 30 professional vendors will be present. Bazaar visitors will find a variety of items to choose from, including jewellery, kids’ clothing, cosmetics, speciality foods, candles, gifts and and much, much, more. There will also be kids’ games, gently used book sale, raffle (iTouch), toonie jars, and fun stationary. This event is being coordinated and run by parent volunteers from Heritage Mountain Elementary School and is a fundraiser for the school. A great many people take part in ensuring that the event will be fun and create a feeling of community spirit. Please come out and join us!
More info: HMEbazaar@gmail.com

What: Dr. Charles Best 40th Anniversary
When: Friday, November 19 from 4:30-9:30pm
Where: Dr. Charles Best Secondary [map]
The skinny: The BEST community (especially current and former students, staff and parents) is invited to particiapte in celebrations to mark our 40th anniversary as a school (and 10th anniversary as a secondary).
More info: 604.461.5581 or kblakeway@sd43.bc.ca

What: Plastics Recycling Event
When: Saturday, November 20 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Place Maillardville [map]
The skinny: Place Maillardville Community Centre is partnering with Pacifice Mobile Depot to run a monthly plastics recycling program. Accepting STYROFOAM, POLYCARBONATE, ACRYLIC, PLEXIGLASS, POLYPROPYLENE, ABS, SOFT/FILM & HARD/RIGID plastics. They also recycle FOIL-LINED bags, non-refundable DRINK CARTONS & TETRA PAKS , as well as ALL your ELECTRONICS (much more than BC’s Encorp program), as well as BALLASTS & AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES.
More info: jlacroix@placemaillardville.ca or 604.933.6145

What: Coquitlam Presbyterian Church Bazaar
When: Saturday, November 20 from 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Coquitlam Presbyterian Church [map]
The skinny: Be sure to attend our annual Christmas Bazaar! Lots of toys, gifts, silent auction, White Elephant sale, baked goods (arrive early to get those) and lunch. See you there!
More info: office@hiscpc.org

What: Belcarra Arts Weekend
When: Saturday, November 20 from 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Belcarra Community Hall [map]
The skinny: Artists of all ages in the small village by the sea are once again proud to exhibit a wide variety of paintings, photography, 3D art, wood turning, pottery, stained glass, fabric art, and jewellery. For this weekend, the Village Hall is transformed into an Art Gallery for this very fun and social event.
More info: 604.937.0143 or 604.931.7396

What: Santa’s Arrival
When: Saturday, November 20 from 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Coquitlam Centre [map]
The skinny: Santa’s Chief Elf will welcome the boys and girls in Centre Court with a special arrival experience and performances by members of the Theatrix Youth Theatre and Coastal Sound Music Academy from 11:00 am to 11:45 am. After a whirlwind trip from the North Pole, Santa arrives at Coquitlam Centre at noon on his festive sleigh. Santaland will be filled with the sound of favourite holiday singalongs and jingle bells, playful elves, and falling snowflakes – all the magic of the season.
More info: 604.464.1414

What: Living Library
When: Saturday, November 20 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Poirier Library [map]
The skinny: It is said that in order to understand another person, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Living Library is your opportunity to have a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with someone who has had different life experiences than your own. Break free from stereotypes and misconceptions – or just chat with interesting people and learn about their lives. As November 20, 2010 is Universal Children’s Day, this Living Library session will focus on children’s issues, including adoption; home schooling; autism; and bringing up children in multicultural, multilingual, and multireligious families. No registration required – just drop in!
More info: 604.937.4141

What: Saligia: 7 gifts for Clara
When: Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 at 7:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Saligia: 7 gifts for Clara is a sinful twist on a holiday classic. When Aunt Drosselmira drops in uninvited on Christmas Eve, she places seven ‘gifts’ under the tree. Join her and Clara as they get whisked off to the ‘land of sinful suites’ and re-examine the true meaning of Christmas.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Vegas Casino Night
When: Saturday, November 20 from 7:00-11:30pm
Where: Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre [map]
The skinny: In support of the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, a group of very committed & community oriented individuals are coming together to bring ‘Vegas’ to you for a fun filled spectacular evening. This is NOT a gala; this is NOT a black tie affair. During the Vegas Casino Night, an excellent dinner is being served with Vegas Style Dinner Entertainment, there is a ‘Funny Money Casino’, including a Grand Prize to be won! Dress code you ask? Well….VEGAS CHIC! (you figure it out!)
More info: 604.468.0888 or karen@erhf.ca

What: Pet Photos with Santa
When: Sunday, November 21 from 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: Bosley’s Pet Store – Eagle Ridge [map]
The skinny: Don’t miss this chance to get a great photo of your lovely pet(s) and help reduce pet overpopulation in the Lower Mainland! Celebrate the season by participating in the Lower Mainland Network for Animals’ annual “Pet Photos with Santa”.
More info: 604.942.2715 or lmn4animals@hotmail.com

What: Family Day at Place des Arts
When: Sunday, November 21 from 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny: In the spirit of the Season, Place des Arts is offering their November Family Day for FREE! And it promises to be a great one. Gather up the family and tour the annual Positively Petite miniature exhibition. Participate in a floor talk and workshop with artist Sandrine Pelissier based on her exhibit The Landscape of the Face. Celebrate all things small in two all-ages, drop-in style workshops, and get ready for Light up the Square: A Lantern Affair (which is coming up on December 4) by making your very own lantern with Liz Summerfield.
More info: 604.664.1636

What: Marcus Bowcott Opening Reception
When: Sunday, November 21 from 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Marcus Bowcott’s recent paintings draw upon his familiarity with the waterways of the Lower Mainland. Log booms, stacks and bundles of wood pay homage to the clear cut forests, environmental graveyards and nonoculture reforestation that have become features of the British Columbia landscape. Bowcott’s installations and sculptures, included in the show, explore human evolution as well as our natural and altered environments.
More info: 604.927.6557

What: Made in Anmore Craft Fair
When: Sunday, November 21 from 6:00-9:00pm
Where: The Log Cabin [map]
The skinny: Join us in the warmth and intimacy of a traditional Log Cabin. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, or fruit punch, while perusing the many offerings of individual handmade goods, art and craft pieces – all made in or around Anmore. No entry fee charged.
More info: andrea@plushupholstery.co.uk

What: Unwrapped – A Charitable Night of Shopping
When: Tuesday, November 23 from 7:00-11:00pm
Where: Coquitlam Centre [map]
The skinny: During this four-hour event, shoppers take advantage of one-night-only special discounts and offers from participating retailers, get a sneak-peek at hot winter fashion trends, groove to festive tunes and seasonal entertainment, indulge in food, treats and wine tastings from local area restaurants and wineries, get Santa photos and gift wrapping (by donation), have a chance to win fabulous hourly prizes, gift baskets and gift certificates, and be amazed and “surprised” throughout the night! Unwrapped will be a child-free fun-filled night out and, most importantly, a community gathering like no other. Tickets will be $10.00 each and 100% of all proceeds will go to the ticket sellers’ not-for-profit group.
More info: info@shelleysangels.org

What: Coquitlam Transportation Possibilities Workshop
When: Wednesday, November 24 from 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex [map]
The skinny: This workshop will be an opportunity to share your ideas on how we can enhance our streets for walking, cycling, vehicle traffic, public transit and goods movement! We will highlight a number of possibilities to address Coquitlam’s transportation challenges. Listen to Steve Durrant, a leading specialist on sustainable transportation solutions with 30 years experience on helping communities become better places to live. Please RSVP by November 22.
More info: transportationplan@coquitlam.ca or 604.927.3500

Have a great week!

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