What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: The Man in Black, Sunday Coffee Concert, The Kerplunks and More!

Earth Hour Port Coquitlam

Enjoy the weekend with some live jazz music at the final installment of the Sunday Coffee Concert Series.  Perhaps you enjoy a bit more country;  then there is a unique movie and concert event honouring the late Johnny Cash.  Or support some local students as they perform at Crossroads Coffeehouse this week.  There’s a PoMo Centennial Art Exhibition, youth spring break camps, The Kerplunks stopping by to entertain the little ones and more.  Enjoy the week and don’t forget to turn off your lights Saturday night from 8:30-9:30pm; it’s Earth Hour!

What:   Opening Reception – Port Moody Centennial Celebration Exhibition
When:  Thursday, March 21 from 6:00-8:00pm
Where:  2425 St Johns Street (map)
The skinny:  Join the Port Moody Art Gallery for their Port Moody Centennial Celebration Exhibition.  The exhibits will feature ceramic work from local artists and a series of displays and a commissioned work celebrating Port Moody’s Centennial including photographs, artifacts and contemporary art.  Exhibition runs from March 21 – April 21, 2013. Admission: Free
More info:  604.931.2008

What:  My Father and The Man In Black – Your Complete JOHNNY CASH Experience
When:  Thursday, March 21 from 7:00-9:00pm< Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Blvd. (map)
The skinny:  See the movie everyone is talking about. Then experience the “voice” behind the “Man in Black”! Rock.It Boy Entertainment and Encore Music Live present your Complete Johnny Cash Experience: My Father and The Main In Black – The Movie and David James & Big River – The Band. Providing the voice of Johnny in the film, David James proves he is the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute artist in the business. A living prodigy to one of history’s true phenomenon, he is … almost Johnny Cash! Following the film, James will take to the stage with his own three-part band, Big River. James has the stage presence and the characteristic sound of Johnny Cash nailed down.  Even with your eyes open, the spirit of the “Man in Black” is definitely in the room.  Tickets: $29.50 plus service charges.
More info: 604.523.5361

What:  Crossroads Coffeehouse – Voice Studio
When:  Friday, March 22 from 7:30-10:00pm
Where:  1100 – 2253 Leigh Square (The Gathering Place) (map)
The skinny:  For over twelve years local musicians from across the Lower Mainland have joined Crossroads to help raise funds and awareness for the Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice. Today their “Unplugged at the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse” series is set in a casual atmosphere centered on acoustical performances from a wide range of musical genres.  $5 admission at the door Doors open at 7:00 pm, open stage 7:30 pm and feature performer 9:00pm.  Feature Performer:  Elizabeth Cushnie Voice Studio is a Port Coquitlam vocal program designed for students that show aptitude in becoming professional singers. You’ll likely hear a range of singers from classical though pop and maybe some groups, too. The Voice Studio has singers from ages 9 and up.
More info: info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca

What:  Crossroads Hospice Society’s Thrift Store Collectibles Sale
When:  Saturday, March 23 from 9:30am-4:30pm
Where:  Crossroads Hospice Society Thrift Store, 2780 Barnet Highway (map)
The skinny:  The Crossroads Hospice Society thrift store is having a unique one-day sale of fine art and collectibles and at the heart of the sale will be the artwork of Alaskan artist Rie Munoz. The collection of work for sale includes 30 framed limited edition prints and other small original paintings that show the day-to-day activities of Alaskans and the legends of Alaska’s Native people. This sale is to help raise funds for the Inlet Centre Hospice.  The sale will also feature a selection of jewellery, vinyl records, and women’s fashion.
More info: 604-949-0459

What:  PoCo Earth Hour 2013
When:  Saturday, March 23 from 8:30-9:30pm
Where:  Port Coquitlam, BC (map)
The skinny:  Port Coquitlam residents and businesses are urged to turn off their lights and appliances from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, as part of a global climate-change initiative called Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a one hour lights out event, created by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) that mobilizes millions worldwide to show support for action on climate change. Earth Hour is designed to help show people how they can be a part of the climate solution and that every day actions can add up to make a real difference. This will be Port Coquitlam’s sixth year to join in the global climate-change initiative, during which all non-essential lights and power sources are turned off for an hour. During Earth Hour, City Hall and all other City facilities will turn off all non-essential lighting and appliances. Businesses and homes around the City are urged to turn off their lights and any non-essential appliances.
More info: 604.927.5411

What:  Holy Fascinator: Re-Interpret Your Easter Bonnet
When:  Saturday, March 23 from 1:00-3:30pm
Where:  Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Come to Mackin House Museum for Holy Fascinator: re-interpret your Easter bonnet with a handcrafted fascinator. Ilona Marshall will show you how it is done. All supplies provided. Admission is by donation. Registration is required.
More info:  604-516-6151

What:  14th Annual Sunday Coffee Concert Series
When:  Sunday, March 24 from 2:00-4:00pm
Where:  Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate (map)
The skinny:  This is the final concert of the Sunday Coffee Concerts series. Enjoy an afternoon of Swing and Jazz music by The Dal Richards Band.  Stay after the concerts and meet the performers over refreshments. Adults- $12.00; Seniors – $10.00; Students – $6.00; Children 12 & Under
More info: 604.927.8400

What:  Place des Arts Spring Break Youth Intensives
When:  Monday, March 25 from 8:45am-3:45pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Ave. (map)
The skinny:  Four half-day art intensives for Grades 6-9 are designed specifically for youth, allowing them to delve more fully into the chosen art form. Intensives for 2013 are: Art Bootcamp; Spring Break Pottery Intensive; Fibre Arts Sampler; Animation & Cartooning.  Register in advance.
More info:  604.664.1636

What: Spring Break: Study with the Pros!
When:  Monday, March 25 from 9:00am-3:35pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  New this year, Place des Arts is bringing in the pros! Teens in grades 9 to 12 who are serious students of the theatre, TV and film can choose from four full-day workshops taught by leading professionals in the field. Study with the Pros Workshops include : Acting for the Camera, Beating up Actors – Stage & Film Combat, Makeup for Stage & Screen and Directing for the Theatre.  Register in advance.
More info:  604.664.1636

What:  The Kerplunks
When:  Tuesday, March 26 from 11:00am – 1:00pm and Wednesday, March 27 from 11:00am-1:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Canada’s Hippest New Children’s Entertainers! The Kerplunks are multi-award winning children’s entertainers and Gold winners of the Parents’ Choice Award. This lively group brings high-energy, colourful performances to the stage playing an assortment of instruments – trumpet, banjo, kazoo and drums to name a few. The Kerplunks play catchy upbeat tunes guaranteed to get kids engaged and singing along. Tickets: $18, $14
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Corporate Wellness Wednesdays – Stress Management
When:  Wednesday, March 27 from 1:00-2:30pm
Where:  Chamber Boardroom 1209 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Join the Tri-Cities Chamber for the second session of their popular Corporate Wellness Wednesday series with Dr. Gil Desaulniers of Optimum Family Chiropractic. This session will focus on stress management; understanding what stress is and why it causes most chronic diseases (like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes) and what you can do about it. Fees/Admission: Free for Members & $20 for Non-Members.
More info:  604.464.2716

What:  Port Moody Naturally
When:  Wednesday, March 27 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  Organic gardeners understand that soil is more than dirt! Join Heide Hermary, natural gardener extraordinaire from the Society for Organic Urban Land Care to learn about your lawn and garden needs.  Do you want the freshest and most nutritious food for you and your family? Why not try growing some of you own food?  Learn to make home food gardening fun, easy and sustainable. This presentation is for both single family homes (with yards) and multi-family homes (with balconies). Tickets: Free, no registration required.
More info:  604.469.4572

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