What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Port Coquitlam’s Birthday Party, Christmas Tree Recycling and More!

Christmas Tree Recycling Tri-Cities

Happy 2013!  It’s a quiet week in the Tri-Cities and I’m sure you are all enjoying every moment of that down time.  But, if you feel like getting out for a bit on Friday, there’s going to be a party going on to launch the yearlong celebration of Port Coquitlam’s 100th Birthday.  Other than that, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of some weekly drop-in activities that Leigh Square Community Arts Village offers in case your New Year’s Resolution was to try something new.  And to help you with your last little bit of clean-up from the holidays, drag your Christmas tree down to one of the Tri-Cities recycling events happening this weekend.

What:  Port Coquitlam’s 100th Birthday Launch Party
When:  Friday, January 4 from 5:00-9:30pm
Where:  Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Join Port Coquitlam as they kick off a year of PoCo Pride and celebration for their 100th birthday! Come dressed in costume from your favourite era. There will be free displays and activities from 5-7pm and a community dinner with 5 pm and 6 pm seatings. Dinner tickets are $5 and deadline to purchase them was on December 31.  If you didn’t get a chance to grab some tickets, you can still enjoy from 6:30-9:15pm, free on-ice entertainment with the amazing Timebenders, bringing you 50 years of music and 22 costume changes!  There will be free public skating and the bleachers will be open for viewing.
More info:  604.927.7900 or 100years@portcoquitlam.ca

What:  Christmas Tree Recycling
When:  Saturday & Sunday, January 5 & 6
Where:  Multiple Locations
The skinny:  Give your Christmas tree back to nature. This holiday season, reduce waste by recycling your natural Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree chipping site. Trees must be tinsel and decoration free. Tree chipping is by donation to support community groups (minimum donations required at some locations).
Coquitlam Locations:
– Canadian Tire, 1200 Seguin Drive (off Lougheed Hwy) 9:00am-3:00pm
– Town Centre Stadium Parking Lot 9:00am-4:00pm
– Mundy Park Gravel Lot (off Hilcrest Ave) 10:00am-4:00pm
Port Moody Location:
– Firehall #1 Ioco Road
Port Coquitlam Locations:
– #1 Fire Hall, 1725 Broadway Street 9:00am-4:00pm
– Art Knapp Plantland & Florist, 1300 Dominion Avenue 10:00am-4:00pm (running from January 2-20)
More info:  www.coquitlam.ca, www.portmoody.ca, www.portcoquitlam.ca

What:  Centralized Recycling Day 
When: Saturday, January 5 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Heritage Mountain Community Centre, 200 Panorama Place (map) or Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street (map)
The skinny:  You’ve unwrapped all the gifts and all that’s left is a pile of wrapping paper. Time to take advantage of Port Moody’s Centralized Recycling Day! Drop off your excess holiday recycling at Heritage Mountain Community Centre or Kyle Centre parking lots. Please note that excess garbage will not be accepted.
More info:  Heritage Mountain:  604.469.4556 or Kyle Centre:  604.469.4561

What:  Styrofoam Recycling
When:  Saturday & Sunday, January 5 & 6 from 9:00am-4:00pm
Where:  #1 Fire Hall, 1725 Broadway St. (map)
The skinny:  New this season, Port Coquitlam residents can bring the styrofoam packaging from their gifts to #1 Fire Hall for recycling. Residents are requested not to drop off styrofoam outside of these days. Styrofoam for the remainder of the year must be taken to a recycling depot. Visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/recyclingdirectory for a list of locations.
More info:  604.927.5405

What:  Felice Women’s Choir
When:  Thursday, January 3 from 10:30am–1:00pm
Where:  2253 Leigh Square (map)
The skinny:  Under the tutelage of music conductor and director Mr. Hyun Jung Kim, this community based choir pursues excellence in performance and celebrates a varied repertoire from classical to folk and pop. Have fun meeting new people while enjoying the art of choir singing! Every Thursday, 10:30-1pm @ Leigh Square. Free to watch practice.
More info:  To participate, contact Mr. Andrea Kim at 604.949.1486.

What:  Artist Open Studio
When:  Tuesday, January 8 from 10:00am-3:30pm
Where:  2253 Leigh Square (map)
The skinny:  These drop-in sessions for emerging to mid-career artists working in a variety of media offer a chance to meet, interact and share ideas while working on any project. No need to pre-register. Afternoons dedicated to drawing and painting portraits from clothed live models. Just come with your latest project and have a good time creating with others! Every Tuesday, 10am-3:30pm @ Leigh Square. FREE
More info:  604.927.8400

What:  Tai Chi Social Club for Enthusiasts
When:  Tuesday, January 8 from 11:00am-12:00pm
Where:  2253 Leigh Square (map)
The skinny:  This meet up of Tai Chi practitioners is open to those who already know a form of Tai Chi or are a beginner. Those who know a form can teach those who don’t, and those who know a form can learn another! Come and meet new people, learn new tips, and enjoy the art of Tai Chi. Only open hand and push hand Tai Chi allowed.  Every Tuesday, 11-12pm@Leigh Square. FREE
More info:  604.927.8400

What:  Off The Grid
When:  Tuesday, January 8 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  2253 Leigh Square (map)
The skinny:  Experience the creation of “Instant Sonic Art.” Musicians perform compositions and freely improvised pieces with an emphasis on listening and reacting spontaneously to other players and the overall sound that is produced. New musicians and listeners are welcome to drop in! Every 2nd Tuesday, 7-9pm @ Leigh Square FREE
More info:  604-789-3456. www.myspace.com/otgensemble


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