Festive Activities at Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake

This year’s Winter Lights Display at Lafarge Lake is bigger and brighter than ever before! You can join in the magic this season by taking part in festive activities including caroling, scavenger hunts, tulip and lantern workshops, and hot chocolate nights.

New this year, Coquitlam’s Park Spark team – including volunteers and local businesses – will be on site to welcome visitors, provide walking route information, and enhance the park visitor experience through interactive activities.

 Hosts will be stationed at a Welcome Tent on the east side of Lafarge Lake, near the Town Centre Park Plaza, from 6-8 p.m. on varying nights each week (Visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark for updates). 

Activities will include:

  • Tulip Workshop: Community members are invited to participate in the Lafarge Lake Winter Lights Display by creating a “pop bottle” tulip. This year, tulips will be installed at the south end of the lake within the Woodland Garden display. 
  • Dogtopia Night: Bring your dog for an evening stroll to take in the lights. Drop in at the Welcome Tent at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 to enter your pet into the most festively dressed dog competition.
  • Scavenger Hunts: Pick up your scavenger hunt cards at the Welcome tent to take part in this fun activity leading participants on a 1.2-kilometre loop around the lake, through 10 themed areas on Monday, Dec. 5, Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 10.
  • Lantern Workshops: Park visitors will be invited to make a lantern, which will be added to the light display along the east side of the lake. 
  • Search for Sparky: Keep an eye out for our Park Spark mascot, Sparky, who will be somewhere along the display on Friday, Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Find him to receive a treat!
  • Caroling: Join us in song for fun caroling nights in the park.
  • Jingle Bell Night: Get into the festive spirit on Wednesday , Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. with group caroling and free hot chocolate. 

All activities take place rain or shine. Dates and times will be publicized in advance online at www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark and through the City’s social media channels.

Lafarge Lake is located in Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) and can also be accessed from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station. Parking is available throughout Town Centre Park off of Trevor Wingrove Way.

Riverfest at the Fraser River Discovery Centre

The Fraser River Discovery Centre is pleased to announce the return of its annual RiverFest, Metro Vancouver’s biggest celebration of the environmental, economic and socio-cultural importance of the Fraser River. Riverfest will run from September 22 – 24th at the New Westminster Quay.

Presented this year by Port of Vancouver, RiverFest 2016 will open with the Canadian premiere of YAKONA, BC Director Paul Collins’ multi-award winning film about Texas’s San Marcos River and its relationship with the world around it.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s festival, which attracts over 10,000 visitors to the Westminster Quay,” said Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) Interim-Executive Director Stephen Bruyneel. “Adding to the excitement is our opening night event – the Canadian premier of BC Director Paul Collins’ stunning film YAKONA.”

YAKONA follows the San Marcos River from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory and documenting this relationship between the natural world and man. The film has won five major international awards since its release, including the coveted SXSW Visions Audience Award at its World Premiere in Austin TX.   

“While YAKONA focuses on the San Marcos River, it can be seen as a metaphor for rivers all around the world,” added Bruyneel. “It serves as a reminder that rivers must be shared and cared for by all users as a tribute to those who came before, and those who have yet to experience their glory.

RiverFest 2016 will continue on Friday night with the annual *click* photos of the fraser exhibit, which brings together an assortment of perspectives of the Fraser River from the Rocky Mountains to the Salish Sea. Each year a new selection of photographs is unveiled on a different theme, which this year is “Time”.

RiverFest is always one of the region’s premier events, both because of its family-focus and due to the fact it is held in conjunction with BC and World Rivers Day,” concluded Bruyneel. “The Fraser River is an economic, environmental and social icon for the Lower Mainland, British Columbia and all of Canada and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating our mighty river!” 

RiverFest 2016 concludes on Saturday with its signature outdoor festival, which includes music, food, activities and the famous Lucille Johnstone Work Boat Parade.

Rhododendron Festival at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

I stopped in to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at Deer Lake for the annual Rhododendron Festival. The best part of the festival was watching all the kids (and adults) flying the little plastic kites that they made there.

Rhododendren Festival
Kite Flying at Rhodo Festival

Another great part of the Rhododendron Festival was the Strawberry Tea service in the Ceperley House which is now home to the Burnaby Art Gallery.

A great day in the burbs.

Park Spark – a new community program Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam has launched Park Spark – a new community program aimed at bringing Coquitlam parks alive.
Park Spark offers meaningful, fun and unique experiences for everyone. The goal of the program is to make the community part of temporary as well as permanent park enhancements with the focus on participation and connection.
Park Spark goes beyond ‘traditional’ volunteer experiences, such as the Adopt-A-Park program (which will continue to run), to create new volunteer and engagement opportunities in Coquitlam’s parks. Staff will also be looking to the community to generate new ideas for events and projects.
Contributors to the Park Spark program could be schools, businesses, service clubs, churches and residents.
Types of volunteer events could include, but are not limited to:
Sweat Equity projects (such as invasive species removal);
Flash Mobs (dances, choirs, jam sessions);
Art in the park (ephemeral or permanent art);
Seasonal lighting (such as the Christmas Lights display at Lafarge Lake); and
Street corner beautification displays.
If you are interested in becoming a Park Spark volunteer, or have an exciting Park Spark idea, please contact parkspark@coquitlam.ca or visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark for more information.

Coquitlam Hosts Neighbourhood Swap Meet & Shredding Event

In an effort to help you with your spring cleaning, the City of Coquitlam is hosting a swap meet and paper shredding event Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Spring is a good time to clean out your closets and find a new home for items that are no longer needed. It’s also a great time to organize and safely dispose of your household paperwork, personal files and tax documents that are old enough to be added to a museum. If paperwork is not properly disposed of, you could be at risk for identity theft and robbery.

The swap meet, hosted at Glen Pine Pavilion (1200 Glen Pine Court), is a great place to find gently used household items, homemade goods and more. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and entrance is free. This is a cash-only event so be sure to bring cash to purchase goods.

If you would like to sell your household items at the swap meet, you must register for a table in advance. Tables are still available and the registration cost is $12.00. Register to sell by calling 604-927-4386.

On the morning of the swap meet from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., you can bring your personal files and paperwork to be securely shredded. This event is sponsored by the Glen Pine 50 Plus Society, Best Shredding, Just Junk, S.H.A.R.E. and Home Instead Senior Care.

For more information about the Swap Meet and Shredding event please call Glen Pine Pavilion at 604-927-6940.

Bullying Prevention Series Planned for Tri-Cities

To follow up on the successful October 24th anti-bullying community forum, the Joint Tri-Cities Family Court and Youth Justice Committee has organized a new series of bullying prevention information sessions.

The first event in the new series is scheduled for this Thursday, January 24th and will be held at Coquitlam City Hall from 7 – 9pm. This event is a reassembling of the expert panel from the Oct 24th session. The panel will answer a selection of the many questions that the audience contributed to the Oct 24th meeting.

To learn more about the events in this continuing series, you can visit the Committee’s Facebook page. To learn more abou the topics of the upcoming sessions and to pre-register for these events you can visit their Eventbrite page.

The committee is strongly recommending you pre-register for the event so that you are not disappointed on the day of.

Coquitlam City Hall is located at 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam.

Bullying; It Ends With You

Bullying and cyber-bullying are challenging our communities more than anyone really understands. Bullying is not normal, it is not acceptable and it hurts everyone.

If you are interested in discussing the impacts of bullying, join the Joint Family Court and Youth Justice Committee and the Canadian Red Cross for a screening of the short documentary movie, How to Help: A Youth Perspective on Bullying

The movie will be screened at the Terry Fox Theatre on October 24th, 2012 at 7pm followed by a discussion led by an expert panel. The panel members will be available to respond to your questions and concerns regarding this challenging issue. The panel will include:

  • Cindi Seddon (Panel Chair), Principal Summit Middle School, Author – Bully Beware
  • Dr. Shelley Hymel, UBC Department of Education and Counselling Psychology & Special Education
  • Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl, UBC Department of Education and Counselling Psychology & Special Education
  • Dr. Brenda Morrison, Co-Director for Centre of Restorative Justice, SFU
  • Dr. Aaron White, School Psychologist/District Counsellor, Student Support Services, West Vancouver
  • Jim Mandelin, Youth Advocate, Author, Public Speaker

Students, parents, educators and anyone interested in learning more about this very important issue are encouraged to attend.

The Terry Fox Theatre is located at 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam.

To pre-register for the event visit: www.eventbrite.ca (online registration)

Or email: bullyingitendswithyou@gmail.com

Bullying is not a normal part of life. Bullying hurts everyone!

Kid Sport New Westminster Fund Raiser

I have heard, although I am awaiting more details, that KidSport New Westminster is having a used sports equipment sale-fund raiser event on August 19th, 10am-2pm. The sale will be taking place at Glenbrook Middle School in New Westminster.

The money raised at this event will be used to help more kids get involved in community sports.

To donate sports equipment to the sale, you can drop off your donations on August 1st, 8th, August 16th between 6 and 8pm. Drops off can be made at the NWSS parking lot (along the 8th Ave side of the lot).

So if you are like people and have a garage full of sports equipment you haven’t used  for too long a time, consider donating it to the KidSport fund raiser.

I currently do not have links to any of the sale information; once I get those links I will post an update. 


Coquitlam’s Teddy Bear Picnic

Tomorrow, that is Sunday, June 10, from 11:00am to 4:00pm there will be fun for all young children at Coquitlam’s Teddy Bear Picnic!

There will be storytelling, puppet shows, rovers, gymnastics and more on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

You can also watch the Grand Parade from 9:45am to 11am on Sunday morning. Bring your teddy bears to watch as the parade marches up Pinetree Way from the Coquitlam Centre to the Teddy Bear Picnic at Town Centre Park!

Admission: $3 for the Picnic, children 3 and under are free.

For a more complete listing of performers and event details you can visit the Festival Coquitlam website.


Coquitlam Hosting a Compost Tea Party

Coquitlam is hosting a very different kind of party on Thursday, May 10, 2012. To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, the City is inviting people to attend a Compost Tea Party.

“The event is aimed at teaching people how to feed their plants and soil naturally with compost,” said Verne Kucy, Coquitlam’s Manager of Environmental Services. “Compost is good for your plants, it’s good for the planet and it’s good for your wallet!”

If you have a backyard or worm composter you can produce nutritious compost for your garden. Put all the food scraps that can’t be placed in your backyard or worm composter into your Green Can and the City will compost it for you. Using the Green Can or your own composter are good options, as food that slowly wastes away in the landfill produces methane, a strong greenhouse gas. It is also cheaper to compost food than to send it to the landfill, so it’s a more cost effective way to manage waste.

For those wanting to learn more about composting, they can attend this fun FREE night of workshops and refreshments. It will be held on Thursday, May 10 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Inspiration Garden in TownCentre Park. No registration is required.

More information on Compost Awareness Week in Coquitlam can be found here: http://coquitlam.ca/city-services/garbage-recycling/environmental-information/composting-and-worm-farming.aspx