What’s Up in the Tri-Cities: Rick Hansen Relay, Howie Mandel + More!

Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Port Coquitlam Coquitlam Port Moody

This week in the Tri-Cities is a quiet one with Victoria Day coming up but you can kick off the weekend with Rick Hansen relay events in either Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam or Port Moody. Enjoy!

What:  25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay – Port Coquitlam
When: Thursday, May 17 at 1:30pm
Where:  Various locations throughout Port Coquitlam
The skinny:  Port Coquitlam will mark the May 17 arrival of the 25th Rick Hansen Relay with a community celebration, inspiring art and stories, and more. One of the 34 medal-bearers completing a local segment is Bob Whyte, who raised $1,700 in a swim-a-thon to support the Rick Hansen Foundation after injuring his spinal cord in a 1985 ski accident.
More info: 604.927.5411

What:  Opening Reception for Challenging the Myths: Arts & Disability
When: Thursday, May 17 at 4:00pm
Where:  Leigh Square Community Arts Village [map]
The skinny:  Often there are many myths that surround disability, both physical and mental and this exhibition offers an opportunity to hear these voices and share talent, stories and inspiration.  Sometimes the impossible can become possible as many of these community artists will show in their work. The opening reception will take place on the Rick Hansen Relay Day with lots of special activities including performances, mini Farmers Market, face painting, bikes, BBQ and much more on the day.
More info: 604.927.8440

What:  25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay – Coquitlam
When: Thursday, May 17 from 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Spirit Square [map]
The skinny:  On May 17th and 18th, 2012, the 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay will be traveling through the Tri-Cities! Join the City of Coquitlam from at Spirit Square for the end of day celebration. Show your spirit for this “Many in Motion” tour by cheering on the medal bearers as they arrive at Spirit Square to celebrate day 269 of the tour.
More info: 604.927.3000

What:  PM Networking with Maple Leaf Storage
When: Thursday, May 17 at 5:00pm
Where: Maple Leaf Self Storage Port Coquitlam‎ [map]
The skinny:  Connect with the Tri-Cities’ most influential business network. Meet other Chamber members and make new contacts. The Tri-Cities Chamber attracts executives, civic leaders, and professionals from diverse industries. Our networking events are as broad and diverse as our business community.
More info: 604.464.2716

What:  Salon Speaker Series: James Wright
When: Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny:  James Wright has been General Director of Vancouver Opera since 1999. James will present an entertaining and informative audio/visual presentation, including music clips from past operas, to focus on Vancouver Opera’s community outreach programs. These successful outreach programs explore meaningful issues and themes that arise from each season’s operas.
More info: 604.664.1636

What: Theatrix Youtheatre presents Next to Normal
When: Thursday, May 17-19 at 7:30pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre [map
The skinny:  Rock musical concerning a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. Issues such as grieving, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life are also addressed. Was nominated for 11 2009 Tony Awards and won 3 as well as the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama: “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Free Home Buyers’ Seminar For Women
When: Thursday, May 17 at 7:30pm
Where: Keller Williams Elite Realty [map]
The skinny:  Had a chance to catch HGTV’s latest hit “Buy Herself?” Now’s your opportunity to get all the insider information as a woman looking to buy property! Join Justine Legge and Laura MacCormack for this free, women-only seminar on buying a home as they walk you through 1) the first steps to buying a home, 2) first-time home owner rebates and 3) how to qualify for a mortgage.
More info: info@justinelegge.ca

What:  Howie Mandel
When: Friday, May 18 at 8:00pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny:  Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over thirty years. Born and raised in Toronto, he began his career during a trip to Los Angeles in 1979 where he performed on Amateur Night at the legendary Comedy Store.
More info: 855.985.5000

What:  25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay – Port Moody
When: Friday, May 18 at 8:45am
Where:  Port Moody City Hall [map]
The skinny:  The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay rolls into City of the Arts on Friday May 18. On this day, Port Moody will have joined more than 600 route communities across Canada in re-creating Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion cross-Canada Tour. And the City of Port Moody and the PoCoMo Youth Services Society are inviting Port Moody residents and friends to celebrate this moment with us. Come and cheer on Brynn Bishop, a Moody Middle School student who is the Medal Bearer for Port Moody.
More info: 604.469.4500

What: Piano Pinnacle Recital
When: Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm
Where: Place des Arts [map]
The skinny:  Piano Pinnacle, whose performances have been hailed as “a true tour de force” and “an absolute delight” (Musetta Stone), has been selected as the only North American team to take part in the 15th Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Paris in June 2012, and their upcoming recital schedule includes performances in cities such as Seattle, Toronto, Salt Spring Island, and Vancouver. The duo won Third Prize and Audience Choice Award at its debut performance at the International Northwest Piano Ensemble Competition.
More info: 604.440.4126

What: George Thorogood And The Destroyers
When: Saturday, May 19 at 8:00pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny:  As a blues-rock guitarist, George Thorogood never earned much respect from blues purists but he became a popular favourite through repeated exposure on FM radio and the arena rock circuit. It was in 1976 when Thorogood assembled the Destroyers who came out of Delaware with bassist Billy Blough and drummer Jeff Simon releasing their debut self-titled album shortly thereafter.
More info: 855.985.5000

Have a great week!


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