PoCo April 15th, 2016

Friday: Photo by Dave Worden beside the Pitt River Bridge featured in Vancity Buzz. “It was really kind of a fluke shot when “Molly” (not my dog) jumped in the water as I was trying to take a long exposure shot of the bridge as the sun came up. Made for my best picture of the day.”

News & Stuff

PoCo Garden Club: Providing unique opportunities for horticulture students – The PoCo Garden Club promotes innovation and student success.  The PoCo Garden Club, based in Port Coquitlam, has been digging up support for the Horticulture program at the University of the Fraser Valley since 2001. Fifteen years of generosity has supported the purchase of horticultural equipment….

TC News:  Modest improvements in SD43 budget – Plan is to keep teachers and support workers — even add a few — thanks to fees foreign students pay as well as some surplus and efficiencies

PoCo City:  Congrats to all of our Volunteer award winners as well as our volunteers in our community who really are priceless and we thank you for all that you do in this community. We thank you!! U21 – Ashely Laurino and Haaris Mahmood, Arts, Heritage & Cultural Awareness – Geoff Scott, Caring and Safety -Sandy Burpee, Environmental Protection and Enhancement – Shane Peachman, Sports and Recreation – Eric Svingen-Jones, Youth Programs – Tonya Pankratz, Lifetime volunteer award -Irene Brown

Port Coquitlam Farmers Market:   Well we are working hard on getting all the vendor applications data entered and organized. We have a fantastic line up of farmers and food producers. Lots of your favourites are returning with new product lines and crafts. Keep your eye on the web page….will be updating that shortly so you can see the whose who of the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market.

Hope Lutheran Christian School:  Grade 7 students removed purple policeman’s helmet, an invasive species, at Kanaka Creek Regional Park.

Mayor Greg Moore:  Cllr Pollock doing a great job serving at our Seniors Volunteer Appreciation lunch at Port Coquitlam Rec Centre.

TC News:  Commercial power washing OK at Stage 2: Port Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam city council will follow the rest of the region when it comes to water restrictions this year.

Evergreen Cultural Centre:  This is an open casting call to all students in Tri-Cities area from aged 10 – 21 who would like to be a part of this historic production. We are looking for actors, singers, dancers and martial artists of all levels and experience levels. Auditions will be held at Evergreen Cultural Centre on May 15 2016 from 2-6pm. and May 21 from 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

PoCo City:  Meet our 2016 May Day Royal Party! Congratulations to them all and we are looking forward to the upcoming festivities coming up soon. Check out the list here: www.portcoquitlam.ca/mayday

Birchland PAC:  Attention Birchland Families: Are you the parent of a Grade 5 Student or do you know someone who is? Please help spread the word … The Grade 5 Parent Committee needs a Baby photo of each grade 5 student for the slide show which will be shown during the leaving ceremony. Please send your pictures to birchlandgrade5sGmail.com and please put the subject line as the students name so we know who’s photos we have received


TC News:  Editorial: Drug overdose bill will save lives – Private member’s bills usually fail, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act should succeed


7:20 am & 4:20pm   Catching Up With Cathy “The who’s who and what’s what of the Tri-Cities” on Tri-City Radio CKPM 98.7 FM

All Day:  PLAY BALL!! McLean Park has been busy busy in this first week of the season. Please pop over and cheer us on the weekend of April 15-17 for our PoCo Minor Softball Ice Breaker Tournament!

8:00 am – 5:00pm:  Pro-D-Day Martial Arts Camp @ Excel Martial Arts

9:30 – 11:30 am  Tools for Trauma @ Waves Coffee House #300A- 2748 Lougheed Highway – Do you have a son or daughter that is showing symptoms of anxiety? Or do you feel anxious and can’t seem to get a handle on it? Are you at a loss in understanding how to help them? Has it seemed that you have “tried” everything? Then you’ve come to the right place. I invite you to come out, enjoy a coffee, learn more about anxiety and walk away with some practical tools to help you help your children!

10:15 am  Storytime @ Terry Fox Library

12:00 – 4:00 pm  Leigh Square Arts invites you to the Muck Sisters workshop of Pinch Pot Critters on both Friday April 15th @12-4pm, AND Tuesday April 19th @12-4pm! @ The Outlet!

1:00 pm  DOWNSIZING TALK (50+YRS) @ Wilson Centre – Join Tami and Susi from The Royal Bank for an hour presentation on downsizing. This talk will cover what to consider when downsizing, stats on local real estate, what home staging looks like/general cost, financial planning around downsizing and retirement.

1:30 – 3:30 pm  Kids Movie Matinee @ Terry Fox Library

3:00 – 6:00 pm  Crossroads Hospice Arms Pub Meat Draw @ The Arms Pub

6:00 – 10:00 pm  Coquitlam RCMP invite you to drop by Twitter tonight to check out our Tweet-Along. We’ll have Cst. Phillipson live tweeting from the Operational Communications Centre and Constables Graham & Newman tweeting from the road.

6:30 – 9:30 pm   MealsAWeight Grand Opening Party @ 10-1750 McLean Ave

7:00 pm   PoCo Youth Music Project Open Mic Night @ The Gathering Place


April 16th:  Pacific All Canadian Pageants – The All-Canadian pageant system gives every contestant boy or girl a chance to shine on stage. The idea is to come out for fun meet friends, while increasing your confidence and developing an outgoing personality.

April 16th:  Nothing exciting planned for this Saturday night? Why not come to Leigh Square and enjoy the musical styling’s of Jack Garton & the Demon Squadron!  Performing from 7-9pm in the Gathering Place and tickets are available online (www.experienceit.ca ) or at the door and are quite affordable! See you there!

April 17th:  Westwood Cycle invites you to Ride with Jens Voigt. He is a German former professional road bicycle racer for several teams, the last one being UCI ProTeam Trek–Segafredo. Voigt wore the yellow jersey of the Tour de France twice!

April 21st:  Join PoCo Heritage for our General Meeting, followed by our Annual General Meeting. Elections for Board of Directors positions will be held during the AGM. Both events are open to the public, however, only PoCo Heritage members in good standing, who have paid their 2016 membership fee, may vote in the Board of Directors elections. Membership fees may be paid at the General Meeting. Refreshments will be served.

April 21st:  SD #43 offers Tips on disciplining kids with dignity – Talk for parents planned in Port Coquitlam, child care available with advance registration (TC News)

April 22nd:  Deadline for PoCo City Poetry Contest entries.

April 22nd, 23rd:  The Groove playing @ the Gillnetter Pub 8pm

April 24th: Join United Way Avenues of Change for our next community clean up at Wellington Park and bring your neigbours!

May 1st:  On Sunday, gather your friends, family, children, community members, work colleagues, neighbors – we invite everyone to participate in the Investor’s Group 10th Annual Walk for Alzheimer’s.

May 3rd:  DPAC Pub Night Social! ALL Parents are Invited!

May 10th:  Tri-Cities Chamber is extremely excited to announce the second annual Economic Summit featuring keynote address from Dr. Sherry Cooper, Chief Economist of Dominion Lending Centres and three expert panels on leadership, technology and energy. Featuring industry leaders from nationally acclaimed companies such as Envision Financial, Finger Food Studios, Uber and many more, this event is set to be the premier event in the region.

Business & Jobs

Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital:   We are so pleased to be able to offer ON LINE SHOPPING for all your pets’ needs! From food to toys to kitty litter to beds, visit myvetstore.ca to request an account and then once you’re signed up, you can shop ’til you drop for your furry friends! Any time of day or night!  www.myvetstore.ca/coolvet

 Tri-Cities Chamber:  Check out one of the newest restaurants on the block, Dinakis Mediterranean Grill! Their extensive menu gives you with a number of traditional dishes to choose from. Their vast selection of mediterranean cuisine provides an option for everyone! Enter for a chance to have your next meal free! Visit http://www.dinakis.com/ and tell us what city Dinakis delivers to for your chance to win!

PoCo Running Room:  Spring Fashion Show Saturday at 10 am. Meet the models- Wendy, Caron and Janice (Jack missing from photo)!!

Sincerely Cafe:  My review for Sincerely Cafe Just off the T.C. trail in Port CoQuitlam. Sweet space, quality coffee.

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