What’s Up in the Tri-Cities – Workshops, Wine and More!

There’s a lot going on this week, so let’s just get right to it, shall we?

What: Fin Donnelly Town Hall Meetings
When: Wednesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 20 at 6:30pm
Where: January 19 at Poirier Library [map], January 20 at Old Mill Boathouse [map]
The skinny: New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly is scheduled to host his second annual town hall meeting series in each of the three communities that he represents. Donnelly will be meeting with residents this week in the lead up to the release of the federal budget in early February. The comments and feedback Donnelly received from participants in the 2010 meetings influenced his work in the House of Commons and led to the introduction of several important pieces of legislation that would strengthen Employment Insurance benefits, ban the use of cosmetic pesticides in Canada and transition open net west coast fish farms to safe closed containment.
More info: 604.664.9229

What: Charley’s Aunt
When: Wednesday, January 19 – Saturday, January 22
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil (where the nuts come from). Canceling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into confusion. What do they do now? The problem is solved by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. ~ What could possibly go wrong? You’ll love finding out!
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Downloading E-Books
When: Thursday, January 20 from 2:00-3:00pm
Where: City Centre Library [map]
The skinny: Find out how to borrow e-books from Library to Go, our digital collection. We will show you how to download and authorize Adobe Digital Editions, search for and borrow a book, transfer the book to an e-reader and return an e-book. After the demonstration you will have a chance to try it yourself. You may bring your own e-reader and fully charged laptop (there are limited power outlets). Registration is required for this free program as space is limited.
More info: 604.937.4148 X.2 or jpeters@library.coquitlam.bc.ca

What: Basic Light Urban Search and Rescue
When: Thursday, January 20 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Port Coquitlam’s No. 1 Fire Hall [map]
The skinny: If someone is trapped in a home during a disaster, do you know how to identify if and how you can help? Learn what to do. Please dress in old, comfortable clothing – this is a hands-on experience.
More info: 604.927.5466

What: Community Banner Painting
When: Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23
Where: Port Moody City Hall Galleria [map]
The skinny: Artists and volunteers will be painting banners based on the theme “Forests”. Watch, or volunteer to paint a banner yourself.
More info: 604.469.4605 or kristin@cityofthearts.ca

What: We ♥ Music
When: Saturday, January 22 at 7:30pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny: A little Chamber Music perhaps? Five of Place des Arts’ music faculty are teaming up in an intimate setting. We ♥ Music features Anna Levy on piano, Johanna Hauser on clarinet, Roger Mangas on viola, Karina Slupski on violin and Aleksandra Dziobek on cello. They’ll be playing the hits from Kormmer, Sumera, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Milhaud. If you’ve never had a chance to hear live Chamber music performed by people who really know their stuff, you’re in for a treat.
More info: 604.664.1636

What: danceLAB Competition Preview Show
When: Sunday, January 23 at 1:00pm
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The skinny: The danceLAB Studios presents an exciting reveal of the solos, duos, trios and groups for the 2011 competition season.
More info: 604.525.5289

What: Opening Reception
When: Sunday, January 23 from 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: EMERGING TALENT XIV, work by School District 43 grade 12 art students. After 14 years, this exhibition never gets boring. It’s an exciting opportunity to see the newest crop of artwork by young emerging artists entering a career in the fine arts, graphic arts, design and new media. The juried exhibition is organized by the district’s Secondary Local Specialists Art Teachers and follows strict guidelines that prepare students for the real world in the art business. Over 135 works will be on display, ranging from 2-D works in acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, digital art and mixed media to 3-D works in clay, found objects as well as three digital animated shorts and a manga book.
More info: 604.927.6550

What: Family Fun Night
When: Tuesday, January 25 from 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Port Moody Public 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.
More info: 604.469.4575

What: Buyer Beware Seminar
When: Tuesday, January 25 from 7:00-9:30pm
Where: Douglas College – David Lam Campus [map]
The skinny: A mortgage broker, a realtor, a lawyer and a financial planner in the same room at the same time, offering a free workshop, and answering all of your questions about purchasing real estate. This unique real estate seminar will provide you with insights to avoid pitfalls and ways to protect yourself as a buyer. Advance registration is required.
More info: 604.202.5775

What: Making Dying Liveable – Quality of Life Education Series
When: Tuesdays, from January 25 – March 1, from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Douglas College – David Lam Campus [map]
The skinny: Fraser Health Tri-Cities Hospice Palliative Care and Crossroads Hospice Society are presenting a 6 session workshop entitled Making Dying Livable. The workshop provides a safe and compassionate venue where information, support and a chance to connect with others is provided by professionals who care for people who are living with a life threatening illness. Participants must be 19 or older. The registration deadline is January 21.
More info: 604.777.7398

What: Wear it Pink Day
When: Wednesday, January 26
The skinny: A staggering one in seven Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancers in their lifetime. National Wear it Pink Day is about bringing attention to these staggering statistics, and raising awareness about the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. To help raise awareness and show your support, wear something pink on January 26.
More info: 604.684.9255

What: Austin Heights Neighbourhood Plan Open House
When: Wednesday, January 26 from 3:00-8:00pm
Where: Coquitlam Legion [map]
The skinny: The draft Neighbourhood Plan will be presented to the public for comment. The draft plan, along with feedback from the public open house, will be forwarded to Council for consideration of first reading and referral to a Public Hearing in Winter 2011.
More info: 604.927.3400 or planninganddevelopment@coquitlam.ca

What: Play and Learn at Coquitlam Centre
When: Wednesday, January 26 from 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Coquitlam Centre [map]
The skinny: Join us at Coquitlam Centre mall for monthly Play & Learn storytimes, songs and crafts! Join us on the last Wednesday of each month near the Toy Jungle, in front of London Drugs. January’s theme is “Play”. No registration is required for these free programs – just drop-in!
More info: 604.937.4141

What: Absolute Beginner: Carmenere & Wines of Chile
When: Wednesday, January 26 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre [map]
The skinny: Carmenere is the signature red grape of Chile. Find out the unique history of this grape and sample some outstanding examples. A few other varietals that stand out will also be explored while we discuss the wine regions of Chile and how they impact the different varietals and styles that emerge. Registration required.
More info: 604.931.2008

Have a great week!

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