What’s Up in the Tri-Cities: Water’s Edge, Raffi and More!

Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam

It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for me to fill you in on what’s happening this week in the V3H. Read on for all the info!

What: Laurel Foundation Fundraiser
When: Thursday, February 24 from 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Port Moody City Hall Galleria [map]
The skinny: Services for homeless people struggling with mental illness are in short supply. The Hope for Freedom Society uses the services of a psychiatric nurse whose funding runs out in a month. The Laurel Foundation Gala Fundraiser was created in support of this important cause. All proceeds will benefit The Hope For Freedom Society to ensure the services of the nurse are able to continue. The Gala features a pre-event wine and beer tasting, an epicurean 100 mile meal catered by Pasta Polo, and a unique silent auction. The evening will conclude with a hilarious comedy show presented by The Stand Up for Mental Health comedy team. Their stand up comedy routines help us understand and break down prejudices, stigmas and discrimination that surround mental illness.
More info: 604.942.7574

What: Chinese New Year Concert
When: Thursday, February 24 from 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Poirier Library [map]
The skinny: The library is celebrating Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rabbit, with a concert from members of the Arts Musical Studio who will perform traditional Chinese music to welcome the arrival of spring and the new year. Come and enjoy the festive music! Registration is required for this free program, as space is limited.
More info: 604.937.3221

What: Borrowing Library eBooks
When: Thursday, February 24 from 7:00-8:00pm
Where: City Centre Library [map]
The skinny: Are you wondering how to borrow eBooks from Library to Go, our digital eBook and audiobook collection? Attend a hands-on session, where we will demonstrate how tod ownload and authorize Adobe Digital Editions, search for and borrow an eBook from Library to Go, transfer the book to an eReader and return an eBook. After the demonstration you will have a chance to try it yourself. If you wish, bring your own eReader and fully charged laptop . Please note: library eBooks are not compatible with Kindles.
More info: 604.937.4148 X.2 or jpeters@library.coquitlam.bc.ca

What: Parenting Tips Event
When: Thursday, February 24 from 7:00-10:00pm
Where: Glenayre Community Centre [map]
The skinny: Fran Kammermayer, author of It’s Not a Plot to Drive You Crazy!, will be speaking and offering parenting skills and tips. Tickets are $10.00. Space is limited.
More info: 604.469.4556

What: Heritage Evening
When: Thursday, February 24 at 7:00pm
Where: Gathering Place @ Leigh Square [map]
The skinny: Namibian Journey by PoCo Heritage member and photographer, Steve Smith.
More info: 604.927.7611

What: Water’s Edge Festival
When: Friday, February 25-Sunday, February 27
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: ArtsConnect, Evergreen Cultural Centre and Coastal Sound Music Academy are proud to present the return of Water’s Edge. Originally a festival of music, the new and expanded Water’s Edge will embrace many areas of the Arts, including music, dance, visual arts and design. Main Stage highlights include a Children’s Choir Workshop & Day of Singing, Ballet Kelowna presenting Action Consequences, Dee Daniels in An Afternoon of Jazz, Blues and Gospel, and PechaKucha Night Coquitlam. In addition to the main stage performances, there will be workshops, a drum circle, a guitar jam, the Singer/Songwriter Cafe and an exhibition from the art teachers and alumni of School District 43 in the gallery.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: NFB Friday Matinees
When: Friday, February 25 from 2:00-3:30pm
Where: Poirier Library [map]
The skinny: Catch two documentaries. First up is The So-Called Movie, a feature documentary directed by Garry Beitel about Montreal-based musical wizard Josh Dolgin – aka Socalled. The movie is a kaleidoscopic portrait, offering 18 entertaining short films about Socalled’s creative process. Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a musician, producer, composer, arranger, magician, filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Montreal. Next is Yannick Nezet-Seguin: No Intermission, about a young man; an optimist drawn to dark music and the themes of death and suffering. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has gained a reputation for his dedication, musicality and charisma. Combining documentary and animation, this short film captures his energy and passion, both in performance and in conversation.
More info: 604.937.4141

What: Jelly Bean Dance
When: Friday, February 25 from 6:15-9:15pm
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]
The skinny: Come enjoy a night of fun-filled activities – door prizes, carnival games, professional DJ and supervision for children in Grade 4, 5 or 6! Tickets are available at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre or the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex the Sunday prior to the dance.
More info: 604.927.7946 or 604.927.7970

What: Jeff Dunham
When: Friday, February 25 at 7:30 and 10:00pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny: Ventriloquist and stand-up comedian, Jeff Dunham is a phenomenally successful global entertainment brand. Dunham has of course plenty of help on-stage … his entourage of signature characters who are there to challenge and chastise his every sentence. There’s “Walter”, the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling, NASCAR-loving and resolutely red neck “Bubba J”; the furry and manic “Peanut”; “José Jalapeño”, the spicy pepper from South of the border; and the bumbling skeletal “Achmed the Dead Terrorist”. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham, but his characters have now taken on a life of their own … each with their own legion of fans.
More info: 280.4444

What: Crossroads Coffeehouse – Gillian Hobbs
When: Friday, February 25 – doors open at 7:30pm, feature performer at 9:00pm
Where: Gathering Place @ Leigh Square [map]
The skinny: Gillian Hobbs is one of BC’s finest emerging singer/songwriters. Influenced by Canadian legends like Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan, Gillian’s music is captivating and empowering – we’ve had her at Crossroads twice before so we know!
More info: info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca

What: UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum Field Trip
When: Saturday, February 26 from 9:30am-12:15pm
Where: Noons Creek Hatchery [map]
The skinny: The public, members, and their families are invited to a private tour of the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, meeting at the museum at 10.45am. The cost is $15, children under four are very welcome and are free of charge. UBC’s rich biological collections are housed in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, a new public museum dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of biodiversity, and making the research conducted by the scientists of UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre more accessible to the public. The Museum and the Research Centre are housed side-by-side in the new Beaty Biodiversity Centre building. The tour will be conducted by a museum volunteer, not Dr. Andrew Trites. There is a car pool, so please sign up and indicate you need a ride by email or telephone.
More info: portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com or 778.861.1972

What: Tiny Tots – Garden Full of Songs
When: Saturday, February 26 at 10:00 and 11:30am
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The skinny: Let Your Music Shine – With Lisa and Linda! Spring into the world of classical melodies and original tunes, played by a string quartet. Join Kitty Kitty and Bela the Bunny in this interactive tale featuring the music of Bartok.
More info: 604.468.9403

What: Maillardville Heritage Walk
When: Saturday, February 26 at 1:30pm
Where: Mackin House Museum [map]
The skinny: Did you know that Maillardville is the largest francophone community west of the Rockies? Discover the history of Maillardville! Take a guided walking tour and hear the stories behind the historic houses. The guided tour will be bilingual in French and English. Tea and coffee will be served in the Parlour following the 30-40 minute walk. Registration is required.
More info: 604.516.6151

What: Heritage Week with Heritage Tea
When: Saturday, February 26 at 2:30pm
Where: Mackin House Museum [map]
The skinny: Celebrate Canada’s Heritage Week with tea and scones served in Mackin House’s vintage parlour. Tours of the house will be offered by our costumed volunteers. Seating is limited, so please register in advance. Admission $6.00
More info: 604.516.6151

What: Place des Arts Faculty Concert – Music of the World on the Sitar
When: Saturday, February 26 at 7:30pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny: Travel the globe without leaving home! James Hamilton on sitar with Navarro Franco on percussion and Sarabjit (Sunny) Matharu on tabla play an eclectic blend of South Asian, Middle Eastern and Celtic music.
More info: 604.664.1636

What: Heritage Walk
When: Sunday, February 27 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Lions Park [map]
The skinny: PoCo Heritage will be leading a History of PoCo Parks Walk, starting and ending at Lions Park, rain or shine.
More info: 604.927.7611

What: Antique Appraisal
When: Sunday, February 27 from 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum [map]
The skinny: Have a treasure you think is invaluable? Well known local appraiser Al Bowen will be available to appraise your items at the Port Moody Station Museum. The cost is $15 for two items.
More info: 604.939.1648 or pmmuseum@telus.net

What: Heritage Sunday
When: Sunday, February 27 from 1:00-4:00pm
Where: Minnekhada Regional Park [map]
The skinny: Celebrate historic Minnekhada Lodge. Participate in a scavenger hunt to earn a sweet treat or join a free guided walk of the grounds. Children can make an old fashioned craft to take home. Some parking available off Oliver Road, or park at Quarry Road and enjoy the 15 to 20 minute walk to the lodge.
More info: 604.432.6359

What: Sunday Coffee Concert – The Gospel Experience
When: Sunday, February 27 at 1:30pm
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The skinny: From The Gospel Experience’s first song to their last shout, these gifted singers reach the unreachable with a soul stirring and uplifting message. Incorporating contemporary and traditional Gospel into fresh innovative arrangements that touch the heart and raise the roof! After the concert stay and meet the performers over coffee and refreshments.
More info: 604.927.8440 or chuiy@portcoquitlam.ca

What: Tri-Cities Oscar Night
When: Sunday, February 27 at 5:00pm
Where: Coquitlam City Hall [map]
The skinny: Instead of sitting on the couch in their sweats, a few of the Tri-Cities leading ladies got together and decided to enjoy the event together with you, while raising money for some local good causes. Join the Three Divas – Polly Krier, Selina Robinson and Diana Dilworth – as they light up Coquitlam City Hall to watch the 2011 Academy Awards on the big screen. There will be door prizes for picking the winners, red carpet photos, and a chance to enjoy the show while benefiting the community. Proceeds support the Crossroads Hospice Society, Society for Community Development and SHARE Family and Community Services.
More info: diana@dianadilworth.ca, uspollyk@shaw.ca or srobinson@coquitlam.ca

What: Raffi Cavoukian – Child Honouring: A Universal Ethic
When: Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Raffi Cavoukian’s evolution brings him to the world stage with a bold new paradigm for global change, with an idea whose time has come. Raffi Cavoukian will speak about creating a viable future: a restorative, child-friendly world for ourselves and generations to come. His original philosophy, Child Honouring, is gaining support among eminent thinkers as a systemic remedy for addressing the major issues of our time. Important Note – This is a lecture program for adults not a musical performance.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Douglas College Career Exploration Fair
When: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Where: Douglas College – David Lam Campus [map]
The skinny: Explore your options at the 21st Annual Douglas College Career Exploration Fair. Enter to win the grand prize draw for one Douglas College three-credit course (not to exceed $300). The Career Fair is held in the College’s large central concourse and atrium.
More info: 604.777.6171 or alumni@douglas.bc.ca

What: Raising a Money-Smart Child
When: Wednesday, March 2 from 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Port Moody Library [map]
The skinny: Financial expert, Bryan Stark, provides parents and grandparents the tools they need to teach children how save, spend, invest and donate money. Space is limited.
More info: 604.469.4577

Have a great week!

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