What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Momtrepreneur Morning Market, Field to Fork, Kids Shopping Night and More!

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This is the season to give and there are some events happening in the Tri-Cities over the next few days to raise funds for some great charities.  And, if you weren’t brave enough to face the crowds at the Unwrapped shopping event at Coquitlam Centre last night, you might want want to try out the Kids Shopping Night with your little ones next week.  The season is not only about shopping but also eating. You know you’re going to have one-too-many eggnogs and sugar cookies before the year ends so you might want to attend the Field to Fork event to learn about eating locally grown foods or attend the Open House at Pinetree Community Centre Fitness and start your New Year’s Resolution of exercising early;  might make you feel less guilty for the indulgence that is about to ensue in the next few weeks.  But hey, Christmas comes but once a year so enjoy!

What:  Field to Fork: Creating Community Through Food
When:  Thursday, November 22 from 6:00-8:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  An evening with a distinguished panel to discuss the benefits and challenges of purchasing and eating locally grown food. Also learn how individual food choices influence the health and long term sustainability of our food system. Panel includes Alisa Smith (Co-author of The 100 Mile Diet and co-host of The 100 Mile Challenge television series), Peter Ladner (Former Vancouver City Councillor and author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the way we Feed Cities), Chef Andrea Carlson (Former Executive Chef from Bishop’s Restaurant and now partner with Harvest, a local food grocer & café), Stephen Gallagher (Farmer at Nathan Creek Organic Farm Community Supported Agriculture) and Janis Magnuson (Facilitator, L.L.B./J.D. and food security, and co-housing advocate). Local food and beverage tasting at 6:00 p.m. Speakers start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets Individual: $20.00 each Groups of 10 or more: $15.00 each
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  An Evening of Philanthropy, Artistry & Oenology
When:  Saturday, November 24 from 6:00-9:00pm
Where:  Beyond the Grape, 3030 St. Johns Street (map)
The skinny:  Hosted by Beyond The Grape On-Premise Winemaking and local artist Melanie Cossey, this night is to benefit the Share Food Bank through their art and business partnership and to kick off the holiday shopping season. Melanie Cossey will be showcasing many new art pieces and will also feature some students’ works to demonstrate what can be achieved through her private art lessons while Michael and Sandra look forward to answering your wine questions and providing tours of the facility. There will be a draw for those who bring in non-perishable items. A donation of $10 from any wines purchased that night will go to the Share Food Bank, as will 10% of any original art piece sold. Get some Christmas shopping done while taking advantage of the promotions that will be offered that night.
More info:  604.461.8891

What:  Brighten Up!
When:  Saturday and Sunday, November 24 & 25
Where:   Carré Heritage Square (map)
The skinny:  Place des Arts, Mackin House and Fraser Mills Station Museum are brightening up the dark days of autumn with a seasonal celebration of arts and heritage! Gather up family and friends and enjoy a variety of activities taking place at Carré Heritage Square throughout November and December.  Coming up this weekend…
Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm:  Baking & Decorating Christmas Ornaments at Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC (map) – All supplies will be included, just bring your creativity! Space is limited. Please register by calling 604-516-6151. Admission by donation.
Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm:   Lantern Making Workshop at Place Maillardville Community Centre, 1120 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC (map) – Make a beautiful lantern to adorn your home for the holidays at this free workshop.
More info:  604.664.1636

What:  Crossroads Hospice Society’s 19th Annual Treasures of Christmas Fundraising Gala
When:  Saturday, November 24 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Blvd. (map)
The skinny:  Let the season begin with your invitation to Crossroads Hospice Society’s 19th Annual Treasures of Christmas Fundraising Gala. Proceeds from this event help to raise important funds to help provide dignity, choice and compassionate support for those living with a terminal illness in the Tri-Cities, Anmore, Belcarra and New Westminster.  This year features five stunning Christmas trees, Live and Silent Auction, Vacation Raffle and Jewelry Raffle. This year’s entertainment includes Darren Lee – Elvis Presley Tribute Artist, Ken Able Jazz Quintet and performers from Theatrix Youth Theatre Society. Once inside take a chance on our Tinsel Raffle an event-only exclusive chance to win glamorous prizes. We believe Santa will make a guest appearance as well.  Doors open at 6:15pm. Gala Begins at 7:00pm.
More info:  604-945-0606

What:  Light the Hall
When:  Sunday, November 25 from 2:00-5:00pm
Where:  3003 Burlington Drive (map)
The skinny:  Celebrate the holiday season with this free family event that will light up City Hall and Spirit Square for the holiday season ahead. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. The event will be held rain or shine. If the weather permits, we will enjoy the winter season outdoors at Spirit Square and Buchanan Square or indoors within the festive surroundings of City Hall. Underground parking will be available. Enjoy entertainment and activities including holiday sounds of Coastal Sound Music Academy Choirs and Gentlemen of Fortune Barbershop Chorus.  Purchase a special gift from the Christmas Market.  Take home a free family holiday photo.  Create great holiday crafts & get your face painted.  Visit with Santa and more!
More info:  604.927.3000

What:  Open House: Pinetree Community Centre Fitness
When:  Sunday, November 25 from 1:00-4:00pm
Where:  1260 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Try our new fitness programs for free! Come celebrate our 15th anniversary and try our new and trending fitness programs which will be offered next year. This is a free event and is available for adults 18 year and older. Register for the entire event and then on the day of the event sign up for three different, thirty minute try-it sessions in: Yoga, Zumba, Tabata, Weight Power Aerobics, etc. Enter to win a raffle for a Pinetree Community Centre one month fitness pass as well as a free registration in one adult fitness program. Childminding will be available for children ages 3 to 5 year & 6 to 10 years for a $2.00 fee per child. Please register prior to the event. Parents participating in the Fitness Open House must remain on site.
More info:  604-927-3000

What:  Lunch with Premier Christy Clark
When:  Tuesday, November 27 from 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where:  Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting a luncheon with Premier Christy Clark. Tickets are $40 + HST for members, $50 + HST for non-members.
More info:  604.464.2716

What:  Musical Mornings with Sarah Hagen & Guests
When:  Wednesday, November 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Musical Mornings is a new series of five salon-type concerts hosted by acclaimed pianist and producer Sarah Hagen. Each morning begins with coffee, tea and treats followed by a 75 minute classical concert let by Hagen and featuring world class musical artists. It’s intimate. It’s casual. It will become one of your favourite morning rituals. Featuring Ariel Barnes, cello and Sarah Hagen, piano.  All seats: $22 Best Deal: 4+ CONCERTS $20 each
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Kids Shopping Night
When:  Wednesday, November 28 from 5:00-8:00pm
Where:  Coquitlam Centre, 2929 Barnet Highway Coquitlam, BC (map)
The skinny:  Kids, come in your pajamas for a chance to win prizes and enjoy holiday fun! This event is created with children’s holiday shopping needs in mind (of course, they will bring along their parents and grandparents to join in the fun). The focus of the event is family-friendly fun, providing a unique holiday experience for our young customers. The event kicks off with a Mascot Parade! Kids will have a chance to come dressed in their pajama’s and enjoy holiday activity stations including: milk and cookie decorating station, arts and crafts station, face painting, balloon tying, free gift wrapping, letters to Santa station, story time station, photos with mascots, and much more. Admission: FREE
More info:  604.464.1414

What:  2nd Annual Momtrepreneur Morning Market
When:  Wednesday, November 28 from 9:30 – 11:30am
Where:  2601 Spuraway Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Help support local momtrepreneurs (mom + entrepreneur = momtrepreneur) and join us for our 2nd Annual Momtrepreneur Morning Market. Stop by for a visit with the flourish ladies, enjoy a latte, learn about Babyanne’s Mansion, peruse the wares of many talented community moms, all while your little ones enjoy an activity and snack with our childcare providers. This event takes place in the lower auditorium at Coquitlam Alliance Church. Child Care available for $5/child or $10/family. Admission is by donation to BabyAnne’s Mansion (an orphanage in the Philippines). RSVP for childcare: www.cachurch.ca/flourish-moms
More info:  More info: marinermoms@gmail.com


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