What’s Up in the Tri-Cities: Lantern Affair, Jingle Bell Jog + More!

Suter Brook Winter Festival Port Moody 2011

Ready for Christmas yet? This week in the Tri-Cities brings us more Christmas events as well as some great music performances and theatre events. You can also burn off all those holiday cookies you’ve been eating at the 2011 Jingle Bell Jog that starts at the Coquitlam Centre. Enjoy!

What:Â National Film Board of Canada Thursday Matinee – Prosecutor
When: Thursday, December 1 from 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Coquitlam Library – Poirier [map]
The skinny: This fascinating film with extra-ordinary inside access follows the first trials of the newly formed International Criminal Court. Luis Moreno-Ocampo investigates and prosecutes some of the world’s worst criminals for some of the world’s worst crimes.
More info:Â 604.937.4141

What: Maillardville Open House
When: Thursday, December 1 from 4:00-8:00pm
Where: Place Maillardville [map]
The skinny: Residents, businesses and community groups in the Maillardville neighbourhood will get their chance to provide their ideas and input on future growth and change in their neighbourhood. The first community Open House at Place Maillardville, will present ideas for housing choices, historic preservation and expression, multi-family housing opportunities, parks and recreation and more.
More info: 604.927.3403

What: Suter Brook Winter Festival
When: Thursday, December 1 from 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Suter Brook Village [map]
The skinny: A fun and festive evening for you and your family to celebrate the Christmas season by rejoicing in the 35′ Suter Brook Village Christmas tree. Have your picture taken with Santa Claus, take a ride on a horse drawn carriage, listen to the sounds of the carolers and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies!
More info:Â www.suterbrookvillage.ca

What:Â Jill Barber
When: Thursday, December 1 at 8:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Inspired by greats Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, Jill Barber’s recent career has been reaching starry heights. She gained acclaim as a 2008 double-Juno nominee and multiple East Coast Music Award winner for previous releases For All Time (2006) and Oh Heart (2004). She has since released two more albums, Chances (2008) and Mischievous Moon (2011). This sparkling concert will feature a mix of Christmas songs and originals from her latest CD backed by a magnificent six piece band.
More info:Â 604.927.6555

What: 31st Annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Sale
When: Friday, December 2-4 from 5:00-9:00pm
Where: 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam [map]
The skinny: 120 vendors with a variety of locally made items from jewellery, ceramics, woodworking, glassware, sewing, food and much more!
More info:Â 604.469.9669

What:Â Skate, Movie & Pizza
When: Friday, December 2 from 7:00-10:00pm
Where:Â Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex [map]
The skinny: 7-10 year olds are invited to attend this exciting and popular program.
More info:Â 604.927.7970

What: Unplugged at the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse
When: Friday, December 2 at 7:00pm
Where: The Gathering Place [map]
The skinny: Stringz Aloud is Susan Vigneux & Don Kellett РA tasty m̩lange of musical styles from swing and jazz to traditional tunes played on guitar, mandolin and steel guitar.
More info:Â info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca

What: Under the Christmas Tree
When: Friday, December 2 at 8:00pm
Where: Second Storey Theatre [map]
The skinny: Evening Show (PG) – Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm (Dec. 2nd – 17th)
A mix of improv comedy, music, videos and sketch; this show pokes fun at everything Christmas – from family gatherings to Santa’s Christmas day. A show with guaranteed laughs during this holiday season!
Tickets are available at the door.
More info: 778.285.0109

What: Breakfast with Santa
When: Saturday, December 3 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Place Maillardville Community Centre [map]
The skinny: Join Santa for pancakes and sausages and enjoy carols and crafts. Offered in partnership with Club Bel Age, food prepared and served by Maillardville Lions. Register early, limited space, no drop-ins. This is a bilingual event.
More info:Â 604.933.6146

What: Winter Celebration – Make A Wish
When: Saturday, December 3 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Newport Village [map]
The skinny: Join us as we partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Port Moody Fire Hall for our 1st annual toy drive and pancake breakfast. There is also a Santa Photo Contest, Holiday performances and a $500 Prize Draw.
More info: www.newportvillage.net

What:Â Christmas Concert featuring the Dogwood Songsters
When: Saturday, December 3 from 2:00-2:45pm
Where: Coquitlam Library – Poirier [map]
The skinny: Ring in the season with the festive spirit of the Dogwood Songsters. Enjoy Christmas songs and light refreshments. There is no charge for this program and registration is not required.
More info:Â 604.937.4141

What:Â Light up the Square: A Lantern Affair!
When: Saturday, December 3 from 4:30-7:30pm
Where: Carré Heritage Square [map]
The skinny: Bring the whole family to Carré Heritage Square on Saturday, December 3 from 4:30PM to 7:30PM for Light up the Square: A Lantern Affair! This free community event is hosted by Place des Arts, Mackin House Museum and Gare de Fraser Mills Station. Light up the Square: A Lantern Affair embodies the true spirit of the season, bringing the whole community together for fun arts & crafts activities, high-quality entertainment and delicious food.
More info:Â 604.664.1636

What:Â A Hillbilly Christmas – Broadway Bound
When: Saturday, December 3 at 7:30pm
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The skinny:Â Broadway Bound presents their 7th annual Christmas Show, filled with fun, thoughtful and sometimes hilarious performances. A delightful show for the entire family.
More info:Â 604.468.9403

What:Â Sing With Joy
When: Saturday, December 3 at 7:30pm, December 4 at 2:00pm
Where:Â Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Come and enjoy an evening or an afternoon of classical, traditional and contemporary music. From “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to Handel’s “ Hallelujah Chorus”, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Join in a sing-a-long and maybe take home a Christmas poinsettia.
More info:Â 604.927.6555

What: Jingle Bell Jog
When: Sunday, December 4 at 8:30am
Where: Coquitlam Centre [map]
The skinny: Wearing their red technical t-shirts and Santa hats, over 200 runners will run from Coquitlam Centre around Lafarge Lake and back. The Reindeer Runners will run around Coquitlam Centre in their antlers and reindeer noses. There will be music, prizes and refreshment. For more information and to register for this fun family run go to runnersden.ca. And, remember to bring a food or toy donation!
More info:Â 604.540.7223

What:Â Microcosmos String Quartet
When: Sunday, December 4 at 7:00pm
Where:Â 34 Shoreline Circle, Port Moody [map]
The skinny: Yarilo Music Ensemble presents the Microcosmos String Quartet – violinists Marc Destrubé and Andrea Siradze, violist Tawnya Popov and cellist Peggy Lee – in a performance of Bela Bartok’s String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2.
More info: 604.936.9752

What: Finding the Perfect Food & Wine Match Workshop
When: Monday, December 5 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre [map]
The skinny: Food and wine matching isn’t just for fancy dinners anymore. Find the wines that pair with everyday fare such as burgers, pasta, salads and chicken. Learn techniques and guidelines so you can make the right connection. We will sample and discuss four wines that will be matched with four basic foods to illustrate these points.
More info:Â 604.931.2008

Have a great week!

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