What’s Happening in the Tri Cities: Wood You, Should You Downward Dog-in-the-Dark?

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It’s summer and it’s quiet? No, not really – just a lot of events recurring every week. Makes it that much more relaxing to get your much-more-relaxing vibe happening in the Tri Cities. Listed below are some one-off singular happenings, but otherwise there’s music in just about every park in the ‘hood.

For more on the regular events happening each week, don’t forget to check out The V3H Events Calendar.

What: Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery Opening: Celebration of Wood
When:  Thursday, July 18 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where:   Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. John’s Street (map)
The skinny:   Port Moody Arts Centre pushes the boat, er, in for their opening reception. Celebration of Wood: Function and Form comes with not one, but three wooden boats on display in the gallery. An intriguing array of twisty furniture, musical instruments, boxes and more showcase the contributing artists’ interpretation of the many forms and functions of wood. This is the companion exhibition for Saturday’s upcoming Wood Fair. Admission is free; artists in attendance; cash bar, though not necessarily in that order.
More info:  604.931.2008

What: Kick for a Cure 2013
When:  Saturday, July 20 from 8:00am – 12:30pm
Where:   Town Centre Park, 1301 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  The 6th annual soccer tournament fundraiser for the Michael Cuccione Foundation kicks (groan) off this weekend. Teams of players compete and donate to raise awareness for childhood cancer research funding. Captains can register their teams on the website. Spectators can enjoy the footie, as well as a Canadian Tire Family Fun Zone, refreshments from Mr. Mike’s and a kids’ soccer clinic among other attractions.
More info:  from the Kick For A Cure website

What: Celebration of Wood Fair at Port Moody Arts Centre
When:  Saturday, July 20 from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where:   Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. John’s Street (map)
The skinny:   Port Moody Arts Centre continues the City’s Centennial spirit with this free family event, the Celebration of Wood Fair. Reflecting on Port Moody’s historic logging and sawmilling past, artists and artisans will showcase the many wonders of trees through displays and demonstrations. A children’s activities tent, entertainment, and barbecued goodies served by the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam completes the day’s schedule. Am I allowed to say it ‘wood’ be silly to miss this?
More info:  604.931.2008

What: Quilters Out of Bounds Exhibition Opens
When:  Saturday, July 20 from 2:00 – 4:00pm
Where:  Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square Place (map)
The skinny:  A little bit more of “if you go down to the woods today …” as The Quilters Out of Bounds group explores the tree, its cultural metaphors and the forest it stands in, all through textile art. Prepare to encounter community and isolation, magic and predictability, danger and safety. Do not feed the bears.
More info:  604.927.8400

What: Music on the Grill at Evergreen: the Shari Ulrich Trio
When:  Saturday, July 20 from 6:30 – 10:00pm
Where:   Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   Juno Award winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Shari Ulrich is heading tonight’s menu, as diners enjoy al fresco BBQ-and-rhythm before moving into the studio theatre for the main dish. Tickets are $50 for both dinner and the concert, and $30 for the concert only, or save 10% with a group of 8 or more
More info:  604.927.6555

What: Evergreen Gallery Opening Reception – Michael Abraham: Apologues
When:  Sunday, July 21 from 3:00 – 6:00pm
Where:   Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   The latest gallery exhibition opens with a talk by artist, Michael Abraham at 3pm followed by a reception at 4pm. The show, described as a public retrospective on the artist’s own website, promises an intriguing observation of society and politics at play.
More info:  604.927.6555

What: Candlelight Yoga
When: Wednesday, July 24 from 8.30 – 10:00pm
Where: Coquitlam Inspiration Garden at the corner of Guildford and Pipeline (map)
The skinny: The return of om in the dark. Candlelight downward dog returns to this tranquil corner of the Tri Cities and returns weekly until the end of summer. Possibly the only chance to wear Those Lululemons without embarrassment. 12 years and over; $10; please register in advance.
More info: 604.927.4FUN (4386)

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