What’s Happening in the Tri Cities: Chill Out, Beware and Fundraise.

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It’s a great week for business and non-profits alike … but not so wonderful for fish. Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting two events to get members mixed and de-stressed, while professional women can sit back and learn how to get the most from life. Eagle Ridge Hospital, the Golden Spike Days and Port Moody Arts Centre are running their annual fundraisers this week so choose from tea with the medics, sweet harmonies from local songmeisters or wine among the arts, or go to all three – your community will thank you.
For more events, check out The V3H Events Calendar.


What: Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce – Members’ Mixer
When:  Thursday, May 23 from 5:00 – 7:00pm
Where:   Maple Leaf Self Storage, 77 Fawcett Road, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:   This is a great event to get your networking and mingling on, with hosts from Maple Leaf Self-Storage and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce crew. A must-attend event for all business folks in the area. Tickets are $10 for non-members; members, included with your annual fees. Please register.
More info:  jordan@tricitieschamber.com

What: The Merry Month of May
When:  Thursday, May 23 from 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where:  Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:   A lively evening of multi-cultural songs, featuring Korean, Japanese, European and more tunes. This evening’s entertainment is served up by the community-based Felice Women’s Choir (check out their practice sessions every Thursday morning at Leigh Square). Tickets are $20 (adult), and $10 (students and seniors).
More info:  778.554.9917

What: The Changing Consumer – free digital seminar
When: Friday, May 24, 7.30am – 9:00am
Where: Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam
The skinny: Shelly Wilson will be speaking about incorporating digital marketing tools to promote your business and monitor customer reports. Free breakfast meeting sponsored by The Tri Cities NOW. Please register. RSVP before 4pm Wednesday, May 22 to dsinclaire@thenownews.com or 604.444.3031
More info: see above

What: Centennial Public Works Day
When:  Friday, May 24 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where:  Port Moody Civic Centre Galleria, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  A sure-fire hit with kids who adore garbage trucks and an excellent primer for adults wanting to know more about how Port Moody takes care of clean water, safe streets and traffic flow. Today is 2013 Public Works Day – spend it with your Public Works team for interactive displays, presenters and lots of fun stuff. And sewage. Admission free but please bring a donation for SHARE Food Bank.
More info: 604.469.4500

What:  Golden Spike Days Fundraising Concert
When:  Friday, May 24 from 7:00 – 11:00pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:   Fundraising for the annual Golden Spike festivities kicks off in style with a concert featuring Pacifika and Greg Drummond. Tickets ($22.19, from Eventbrite) in advance; cash bar during the intermission. Dinner before the show? Local restaurant, Rodos, is offering patrons 20% discount on meals between 4:00 and 6:00pm. Make a night of it.
More info: 604.469.4722

What: Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse 2013
When:  Friday, May 24 from 7:30pm
Where:  The Gathering Place, 1100 – 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  The Crossroads Hospice “Unplugged at the Coffeehouse” series continues with Stringz Aloud, and their gypsy jazz/Latin/Trad set to engage all comers. Doors open at 7:00pm and the stage is open until 9:00pm when the band set starts. Tickets $5 at the door.
More info: info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca

What:  Music for Young Children Open House at Place des Arts
When:  Saturday, May 25 from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Join instructors at Place des Arts, one of the Tri Cities’ most enthusiastic arts-nurturing environments, to learn about their popular music series for 4-9 year-olds. During this parental-participation program, children get hands-on learning for keyboard skills, sight-reading, composing and more. Admission free; registration for 2013-2014 classes available.
More info: 604.664.1636

What: FREE Shredding Event and Neighbourhood Swap Meet
When:  Saturday, May 25 from 10:00am – 2:00pm (shredding ceases at 12 noon)
Where:   Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court (map)
The skinny:   Get your shred on – safely. Dispose of personal documents and out-of-date administration in a secure environment and avoid identity theft. And then go and see what others are disposing of in the swap meet. Simples! Tables $12 in advance; please register.
More info:  604.927.6940

What: Friendly Forest Parent Cooperative Preschool Spring Concert
When:  Saturday, May 25 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Where:  Anmore Elementary School Gymnasium, 30 Elementary Rd (map)
The skinny:  Mr. I and the Rainbow singers are on hand to entertain visitors during the Spring Festival. Ice creams and fun activities take care of the rest of the afternoon. Tickets $10/person or $35 for a family of 4 (children 2 years and under are free) available online.
More info:   armitagelisa@hotmail.com

What: Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary Spring Tea and Silent Auction
When:  Saturday, May 25 from 1:00 – 3:30pm
Where:  Parklane Room, Eagle Ridge Hospital, 475 Guildford Way (map)
The skinny:   Please help support your local hospital by attending this fundraising event to contribute to the Auxiliary’s goal of $5000 for equipment and patient comforts. You could win VSO tickets, a whale-watching trip or PNE gate admission passes at the Silent Auction. Tickets are $12 each and are available from the hospital gift shop or their new thrift store (2811B Shaughnessy, Port Coquitlam). Parking at the hospital will be free for the Tea hours in lots 4 & 5 only.
More info: 604.544.1470

What:  The Best of BC Wines Uncorked – Fundraiser for Port Moody Arts Centre
When:  Saturday, May 25 from 7:00 – 9:30pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:   Philanthropy while you sip – another cracking fundraiser from the Port Moody Arts Centre Society bringing vino from more than 35 of BC’s top wineries for your delight. Co-hosted by West Coast Wine Education, expect an evening of tastings and savoury delights from local sponsors in an atmosphere of live pop and jazz guitar. Sophistication and community support will set you back a mere $45 per ticket (online bcuncorked.ca or in person Port Moody Arts Centre). Treat yourself!
More info: 604-931-2008 x0

What: Colour Me Diva – Harmony Women’s Vocal Ensemble
When:  Saturday, May 25 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where:   Riverside Secondary School, 2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:   An evening of song channeling famous divas through the ages from Judy Garland to Cyndy Lauper, in the company of Harmony and special guests, the Halau Hula Ka’Uhani o ka Pakipika Dancers. Tickets $20 adults; $10 children.
More info:  604.469.1641

What: Como Lake Fishing Derby
When:  Sunday, May 26 from 7:00am – 12:00pm
Where:   Como Lake, Gatensbury Street, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:   Awesome fun as long as you’re not a fish. Free for those non-fishy participants 16 years and under. There are prizes, including one for the strangest catch of the day, and a pancake breakfast to start you off. Bring your own pole and bait.
More info:  http://www.festivalcoquitlam.ca/events/como-lake-fishing-derby

What: Coquitlam Farmer’s Market
When:  Sundays, until October 27 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where:   Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot, 624 Poirier Street (map)
The skinny:   Just in case you didn’t know … Farmer’s Market season is off to a flying start. Coquitlam market is a cornucopia of fine produce, artisan work, plants and other locally grown/made treats. Fun and nutrition for the whole family – it’s a great Sunday morning destination.
More info:  604.318.8966

What: Level Up – information event for professional women
When:  Tuesday, May 28 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where:   Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   A presentation for professional women seeking the tools to take them to the next level in their personal and professional visions. Come out and meet a group of local experts who can give you insight from the motivational, financial and organizational perspective to help you identify the right path to achieve your goals and dreams. TIckets $10
More info:  604.927.6555

What: Stress Management/Corporate Wellness
When:  Wednesday, May 29 from 1:00 – 2:30pm
Where:   1209 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:   Presented by the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce, this Corporate Wellness session has been brought back by popular demand (and rising stress levels?). Dr. Gil provides a good overview and practical tips on how to combat workplace problems. Registration required (free for members; $20 for non-members).
More info:  Jordan Moe, Special Events Manager

What: SFU Philospher’s Café: The “Herding” Effect
When:  Wednesday, May 29 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where:   Coquitlam Library – City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   “Humans like worms, birds, and every other species “herd”. They follow a “leader” for competition of resources giving the “leader” control of the herd. What would a world where everyone thought independently and did not follow the “leader” look like?” Hal Weinberg, professor emeritus and former mayor of Anmore, leads this informal discussion exploring human society. Admission free.
More info: 778.782.8000

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