Summer is slowly dwindling to an end and so have the annual summer events that we were lucky to have in our backyard. This coming week might be that perfect time to take a breather as the kids head back to school and routines start to kick in again. Take a casual stroll to one of three farmers markets that are still in full swing in the Tri-Cities. Wind down with a serene night paddle with the gang at Rocky Point Kayak (and dessert at the Boathouse is included after the tour!) or join Elizabeth Russell at the opening reception of her unique art exhibit that showcases the diversity in our community. Chill out and enjoy the week!
What: Blue Moon Paddle
When: Friday & Saturday, August 31 & September 1 from 7:00 – 10:00pm
Where: Rocky Point Park, 2715 Esplanade Ave [map]
The skinny: Come paddle on this rare occasion with Rocky Point Kayak! The water is calm, the sun is shining, there isn’t a cloud in the sky – It’s the perfect night to paddle and explore the barnet inlet under the watchful eye of the BLUE moon. Leave the kids at home, get a baby sitter, and join us on the water. Then come back to the Boathouse Restaurant for a complimentary dessert of your choice. Get your reservation in for our last two full moon tours of the season!
August 31st – Blue moon
September 1st – Full moon
More info: 604.619.2837
What: Opening Reception: ELIZABETH RUSSELL: EXCHANGES
When: Sunday, September 2 from 4:00 – 6:00pm (Artist Talk: 3:00 – 4:00pm)
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny: Exchanges is a community based collaborative project organized by visual artist Elizabeth Russell and the Art Gallery at Evergreen. The exhibition is driven by three public workshops in the Tri-Cities that encouraged participants to share personal stories and memories of home through creative writing and art techniques. After gathering the collaborative works from the workshops, Russell returned to her studio to create installation works for the exhibition that reflect the diversity of this community. Three community groups participated in the exchange project: adults and seniors from Glen Pine Pavilion, art students from Port Moody Secondary and new immigrants of various ages from Immigrant Services Society of BC. Before the opening reception, there will be an Artist Talk with Russell from 3:00-4:00pm (free). Exhibition runs from September 1 – October 20, 2012
More info: 604.927.6555
What: Mayor’s Coffee Talk
When: Wednesday, September 5 from 8:00 – 9:00am
Where: Chamber Boardroom, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, 1209 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny: Sit down and chat with Mayor Richard Stewart of Coquitlam about various topical issues. We supply the coffee, drinks and snacks. Cost: Free. Must be a Chamber member to attend
More info: 604.464.2716
What: Port Coquitlam Farmers Market
When: Thursday, August 30 from 3:00 – 7:00pm
Where: Leigh Square off Shaughnessy Street next to City Hall in Port Coquitlam [map]
The skinny: Blueberry Pancakes fresh off the griddle. This is a lively afternoon farmers’ market bringing freshly picked vegetables and fruit from nearby farms into the downtown. Delicious sweets and savouries are available from many prepared food vendors. Linger awhile and enjoy the music of local young and not-so-young musicians while you have a light supper from Didi’s Greek Pita (try the chicken souvlaki!) and the best coffee ever from Vango Espresso.
More info: 604.467.7433
What: Spirit Square Farmers Market
When: Friday, August 31 from 3:00 – 7:00pm
Where: 3000 Burlington Drive [map]
The skinny: This Friday evening market is located by the Coquitlam Public Library and Cornerstone Cafe, across from City Hall. There’s music, entertainment, and many family activities. Grab some goodies for the weekend, and stay for an evening of local entertainment. This market features many of your favourite vendors from the Coquitlam Sunday market, new faces and a summer concert series. Enjoy local food and live music all summer long!
More info: 604.318.8966
What: Coquitlam Farmers Market
When: Sunday, September 2 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: 624 Poirier Street (Dogwood Pavilion parking lot, Poirier and Winslow Streets) [map]
The skinny: This Sunday market is one of Metro Vancouver’s longest running suburban farmers markets. This weekend Kristen Yarker of Vitamin K Nutrition Consulting will be coming to market. Kristen transforms picky eaters into food-confident kids and helps make mealtime quality family time! Parents and children are welcome to join Kristen for some great advice and tips at 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Parent participation is required. All children will receive $2.00 in market bucks to shop the market for a new fruit or vegetable to try at home! In the music tent the very talented Jesse Kazemir will be performing! As always there will be FREE crafts at our information tent.
More info: 604.318.8966