What’s Happening in the Tri Cities: Foot-loose and Fancy Free

Riverview Treefest 2013 Coquitlam

Whew! Back to full speed in the Tri Cities this week, with a crossfit challenge fundraiser and The iconic run for a cause. The arts are well catered for this week too, with two gallery openings and two creative open houses to inspire your inner artist. Don’t forget that Hallowe’en gets off to a spooktacular start this week too. Boo!

More events in The V3H Events Calendar.

What: Helping Hands and Hearts In-Home Care Services
When:  Thursday, September 12 from 10:30 – 11:30am
Where:   Coquitlam Library – City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   Caregivers don’t get the summer vacation as time off – they usually keep on working 24/7. Coquitlam Library is hosting a presentation by Helping Hands and Heart so you can learn about options for assistance in your home to lighten your load. Please register in advance for this free event.
More info: 604.937.4155

What: Port Moody Art Centre Exhibition Opening Reception
When:  Thursday, September 12 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where:   Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. John’s Street (map)
The skinny:   The latest trio of exhibitions in your friendly neighbourhood arts centre are based around community. Local drawing group, Suit E has painted portraits of community members to celebrate the city’s Centennial while Korean pottery group, Clay For You highlights its country’s rich traditions. The Arts centre Open Clay Studio shares its collective passion and delight in the magical workings of ceramics in That’s Not What I put in the Kiln! Admission free | refreshments | artists in attendance.
More info:  604.931.2008

What:  Ignite! … an affair with art – adult open house at Place des Arts
When:  Thursday, September 12 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Adults! Come out and play, with paints, fibre, pencils and more. Place des Arts invites you to get in touch with your inner creative spirit in their annual open house for the grown ups. Sip a complimentary glass of wine as you find out more about the classes offered and meet the teachers. This is an excellent way to take that first step to reclaiming your creative spirit. Door prizes, exhibitions and demos – what’s not to like? And you get $10 off your registration fee is you sign up for a class during the open house. Admission free.
More info: 604.664.1636

What: Art Knapp Funland opens
When: from Friday, September 13 to November 3rd, from 9:00am – 6:00pm daily (10:00am – 5:00pm holidays)
Where: Art Knapp in Port Coquitlam, 1300 Dominion Avenue (map)
The skinny: A tradition in the Tri Cities, heralding that summer is so yesterday and Hallowe’en is nigh. Celebrate the morning mistiness and the darker evenings in this scare-a-minute garden-centre-gone-astray setting. A haunted train, pumpkin patch and ghoulish delights await the brave – paid rides and free kids’ activities including a Jungle Gym await the less-so. All of this is undercover so there is no excuse for missing out. Boo!
More info: 604 942 7518

What: Port Moody Film Society: The Master
When:  Friday, September 13 from 7:30pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  Port Moody Film Society presents Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in the brilliant “build-a-cult” exploration of a mythical modern faith-based organization. Disillusionment by the bucket-load. Tickets are available after 6.45pm on the night ($5 membership; $5 per film).
More info: info@pmfilm.ca

What: Ruben’s Throwdown: Community Crossfit Competition
When:  Saturday, September 14 from 8:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Engineered Bodies at 2822 Spring Street, Port Moody (map)
The skinny: A fun family day and crossfit competition, where you can dunk the Mayor in support of local charity, Ruben’s Shoes. Participants will compete in teams of four. Donations and competitors most welcome, and bring the family for face painting, Rocky Point Ice Cream, prizes and the dunking. Giving to charity was never such fun 🙂 
More info: register here or donate here

What:  Treefest 2013 at Riverview
When: Saturday, September 14 from 11:00am-4:00pm
Where:  Riverview Hospital, 2601 Lougheed Highway (map)
The skinny:  Riverview’s annual Treefest for the whole family. Free admission to wander through the arboretum, or take in a heritage tour of the site ($2 admission). A Blackberry tea and food concessions take care of growling stomachs while SPARC Antique Radio Museum, children’s crafts activities and displays take care of the cerebral. Live music, trees, no rain …
More info:  604.290.9910

What:  Family Open House at Place des Arts
When:  Saturday, September 14 from 2:00 – 4:00pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  … and now for the kids. Family Open House is all about what your little ones (and not so mini people) can do to get creative. Place des Arts has a long tradition of guiding artistic spirits, and this is the day to get your first taste of what’s on offer. Programmers and teachers will be on hand to answer you family’s questions, and there’s even a $10-per-family discount for classes booked during the Open House. Admission free.
More info: box office 604.664.1636

What: John Pinette in concert
When:  Saturday, September 14 from 8:00pm
Where:   Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Boulevard (map)
The skinny:   John Pinette in concert … what can I say? Well, thanks to Wikipedia I can tell you he’s an American comedian, who occasionally sings and was advised by his friends to stop being an accountant.  Tickets $29.50/$34.50/$44.50 plus service charge.
More info:  604.523.5361

What: Terry Fox Run in the Tri Cities
 Sunday, September 15 from 8:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Tri Cities
The skinny: No entry fee – no minimum donation – just take part and keep the dream alive. Local run sites will give you all the information for the Coquitlam, Anmore and Port Moody events. And don’t forget the hometown run taking place from Hyde Creek Rec Centre in Port Coquitlam. All you need to do is cover the route, any way you can.
More info: check out the websites in the links

What: Unreal: Evergreen Cultural Centre Gallery Exhibition and Workshop
When:  Sunday, September 15 from 2:00 – 6:00pm
Where:   Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   Join Evergreen for a two-hour collage workshop and then stay on for the exhibition opening reception. The exhibition, Unreal, explores the artist’s journey along the edges of reality, tripping into fantasy and the strange. The workshop earlier in the afternoon explores dreams, emptions and psychology while participants learn about surrealism and its history with a professional artist. Opening reception – free admission; workshop (8+) is $25 for non-members, or $15 for Evergreen members, and $10 for children under 12.
More info:  604.927.6555

What: Who’s the Boss? – Neufeld Parenting Workshop
When:  Wednesday, September 18 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Port Moody Rec Centre, 100 Ioco Road (map)
The skinny: Want to know more about why your kid likes to boss you around? Join authorized Neufeld Facilitator, Bridgett Millar, as she guides you through a video workshop developed by renowned child behavioural specialist, Gordon Neufeld. Parents will benefit from small group instruction, learning to untangle just what makes your alpha child tick from an extremely empathetic teacher. Your parenting is in safe hands. Register online or call 604.469.4556 (course code is #49510) | $80 for four sessions.
More info: bridgett@truegrowthconsulting.ca

What: Life Drawing in the Gallery
 Wednesday, September 18 from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Where:   Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   Led by instructor Shelley Rothenburger, students can work from male and female models posing undraped in the inspiring surroundings of the Evergreen Gallery. Some materials will be supplied but artists are encouraged to bring their own. This workshop will be repeated through the year and is open to Grade 12 students and upwards. Per session costs are $30, or $20 with ECC membership – students are $10 with valid ID.
More info:  604.927.6555

What: Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Writing Workshop
 Wednesday, September 18 from 6:00 – 7:30pm
Where:   Innovation Centre, 1207 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   Non-profits and community organizations should save the date for this useful workshop. Free to participate but please register in advance by phone, in person or online.
More info:  604.927.4386

What: Wine Tasting Club
When:  Wednesday, September 18 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where:   Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. John’s Street (map)
The skinny:   With a minimum of five wines at each meeting to sample, this must surely be one of Port Moody Arts Centre’s tastiest classes. Join the experts from West Coast Wine Education each month to learn about what passes your lips and listen to a series of experts talk about wine–making. Artisan cheeses and breads are included with your six-month membership ($199 + taxes).  Email to confirm your membership.
More info:  604.463.1998

What: Bad Company in concert
When:  Wednesday, September 18 from 8:00pm
Where:   Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Boulevard (map)
The skinny:   Bad Company – in concert – what more can I say (that hasn’t been covered by Wikipedia)?  Tickets $99.50/$109.50/$129.50 plus service charge.
More info:  604.523.5361

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