Look how easy it is to buy the RIGHT seafood for the planet! 

It is easier now more than ever to find out if your seafood choices are Ocean Wise. Before the World Wide Web, well should I say before Google, easy to use websites, and faster chips (computer chips that is, not potatoes) it was very hard to educate yourself about suppliers used by supermarket and restaurants.  We didn’t know what to ask, and even if we did the staff probably didn’t have an answer. Now it is easy and fun!  Start with the Vancouver Aquarium, they just finished a massive renovation and have so much information to get your started.  It is a great way to spend the day for anyone of any age!  Then you can head to  OceanWise  where you can search by seafood type, supplier, or restaurant. Oh and look who is there?  Pajos!   and then if you want to learn more go up a level to the Canadian site  Seachoice and if you want to find out if the exotic fish on a menu is okay, you can go to the Marine Stewardship council which is a global source.  Other sites are FishChoice and FishandKids or if you want to get involved head to the David Suzuki website.  Download the Seachoice Top 10 Sustainable Seafood Guide or the Seachoice Seafood Guide 

If we stop buying seafood caught in methods damaging to their longevity and the marine environment, we end the demand. No demand, no supply. 

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Summer is near, the days are longer, and the sun has appeared! 

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 The longest day of year is coming soon!  What are you doing to celebrate the Summer Equinox?  

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Coquitlam Farmers’ Market. Building Community thru Local Food. For the month of June the focus is on food and community. In our hectic lives we often don’t find the time to get together with friends and family as often as we would like. We also have trouble connecting with the broader community. Farmer’s markets are ideal spots to do just that. Over the next five Sundays in June we will explore ways of making it easier to connect with each other around local food. Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow) http://www.makebakegrow.com. From 9 am-1 pm 

Port Moody Public Library Book Sale  

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Port Moody Public Library, Newport Drive, Port Moody, BC, Canada (map)

DescriptionBargain hunters and book lovers take note. The Port Moody Public Library is holding a giant book sale on Friday, June 6 (5-8 pm) and Saturday, June 7 (9 am -3 pm). Location is the Port Moody Civic Centre’s Galleria lobby, next to the Library entrance at 100 Newport Drive. Choose from thousands of prime quality used books, CDs and DVDs. You’ll find something for all ages and all interests – and at bargain “cash-only” prices. Hardcover books and DVDs are priced at $1 each; soft cover books and CDs, at 50 cents. Saturday afternoon (noon to 3 pm) anything that’s left goes for just $5 per bag. Please bring your own bags. For more information, contact the Library at 604-469-4577 or go to library.portmoody.ca 

Pilates in the Park – Rocky Point Park that is! Free!!!pilates

 Work your core at this all-level Pilates workout in the park. Please bring a mat and towel. Preregistration is required. Wednesday, June 11, 7:00-8:00 pm. Course #51519. (Weather permitting). Register online or call 604.469.4556 or 604.469.4561 For More Information Click Here

Coquitlam Lafarge Annual Fishing Dayfishing

Saturday June 14th 9am to 1pm  Lafarge Lake, Pinetree Way, Coquitlam (map)  This family-friendly event is open to all levels of fishing enthusiasts. Whether you wish to try the open lake or in the netted area for beginners, there will be lots of fun and opportunities to fish. Experts will be on site to teach fishing fundamentals and techniques. Come early and experience stocking the lake with fresh Rainbow Trout. Visit Festival Coquitlam for more information. Contact Info Here

 

Show and Shine Clarke Street Port Moody! 

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Sat, June 21, 8am – 11pm
2513 Clarke Street Port Moody 
Registration for classic and modified cars ($20.00 includes breakfast and a collector t-shirt). 8-10am  ALL FOOD GENEROUSLY DONATED BY THRIFT FOODS – SUTER BROOK. Entertainment includes DJ John Comeau, Golden Spike Can Can Dancers, and A & W Root Bear Raffles and 50/50 draws – Raffle prizes donated by community merchants, Legion members and patrons Legion membership booth Toonies 4 Troops Get involved and vote for your favourite car. Trophy Presentation at 4pmLOUNGE EVENTS – 19+ 2-4pm – Bob Marlowe – original Teen Angel with favourites from the 50-60′s 8-11pm – Crooner King Ron Boudreau – Frank, Dean, Bobby, Michael, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more! More Information Click Here

TriCities has talent!!singing

Sun, June 22, 1pm – 6pm Where: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, British Columbia V3H 5C3 (map) Semis and finals are held on June 28 & 29 at the Golden Spike Days Festival at Rocky Point Park. $1,200 in prize money to be won! You must register at goldenspike.ca/information/talent to audition. Golden Spike Days Festival – Tri-Cities Got Talent website click here.   For More Information Click Here:

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 Annual Bullhead Derby June 23rd! Please bring your own fishing gear, barbless hooks and bucket! Free Entry! Prizes! #Pajos goodness to be had! 
Open to children age 12 & under and seniors 65+. Click here for more information or call 604.238.8094.  bulljhead

 Fathers Day!! Sunday June 15th fatherBagel and Boat Breakfast! 
Join on Father’s Day for a bagel breakfast, and then build your own model wooden fishing boat to take home. 10am – 11:30am. Click here for more information. 

Richmond Relay for Life!  Saturday June 14th Richmond Olympic Oval!  6pm to 6am!

Relay for Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, fundraising event that brings the community together to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and fight cancer. It has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjoy regardless of age or fitness level. Relay for Life is made for each unique community planned by the community as it is volunteer-led and staff supported. Teams of 10-15 people fundraiser individually and as a team to help the Canadian Cancer Society save lives and support those who are facing cancer now. Relay participants make a commitment to raise funds and are supported with all the tools needed to reach their goals.At Relay, teams gather with cancer survivors at their local track, stadium or sports field and take turns walking laps all night. Each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times, while all around them the party is in full swing. Special Notice: Calling all cancer survivor and caregivers. To show our support of your journey, we would like to invite you to walk proudly in the Survivors’ and Caregivers’ Victory Lap at Richmond Oval. Join us for a fun filled complimentary reception. This event is for All Ages.

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May in the TriCities!! 

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MayIt’s all happening in your neighbourhood this week – see below for thrills, spills, custard-pie eating contests and more. Oh, and May Day Festival kicks off in Port Coquitlam on Friday,you won’t be bored :) More events in The V3H Events Calendarmay_day_2014-600x200

 

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A tradition dating back to 1923 returns this week as the City of Port Coquitlam kicks off its annual May Day Festival. May Pole dancing, a parade through downtown Port Coquitlam, guided walks, a carnival, Youth Week events and more are planned for the annual celebration, running from May 2 to 11, 2014. Plus, as an extra bonus, most events are free.

Port Coquitlam first celebrated May Day as a community in 1923, with May Pole dancing and the crowning of a May Queen. While the festival has evolved and grown over the years, it has maintained many of its original traditions, including May Pole dancing and the crowning of local children as May Day ‘royalty’ – a May Queen and Ambassador along with a Royal Party. “May Day is Port Coquitlam’s most long-standing event and is near and dear to our hearts,” shares Councillor Wright, Chair of the City’s Healthy Community Committee. “I encourage everyone to come out and join in the fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy during the week-long festivities.”

The festival kicks off May 2, 2014 at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex with the evening opening ceremonies, featuring the installation of this year’s Royal Party and traditional May Pole dancing by school children. Events continue throughout the week, culminating in the full weekend of activities on May 10 and 11, 2014, including the annual Rotary May Day Parade and Leigh Square Community Block Party on May 10, 2014, and Mother’s Day event at Lions Park on May 11, 2014. Some other highlights you might want to check out include the PoCo Heritage Salon on May 3, 2014, the Youth Week Floor Hockey Tourney on May 5, 2014 and the Shooting Star Amusement Rides from May 9-11, 2014.   A detailed schedule is available here 

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Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May (May 1 to 7). It is a week of excitement and celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments and diversity of youth across the province. 

Port Moody Youth Week!! port_moody_youth_week_2014-600x200Youth Week   Thursday, May 1 to May 9. Where: Tri Cities The skinny: Youth Week recognises the positive impact that youth in our communities make each year. Check out the City of Coquitlam and the City of Port Moody for special events, ranging from a mini Olympics to a Spring Youth Dance to join in the celebrations. More info: City of Port Moody website 

Richmond Youth Week!!YouthWeekRichmond

As a part of BC Youth Week, The City of Richmond and Community Associations hosts a number of free or low-cost events. These fun and interactive events are a great way for youth to spend time with friends in a safe, youth-friendly environment and celebrate being a youth in Richmond! 

May in Steveston!!

Steveston Artisans Market

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 Don’t forget the ever popular and yummy Steveston Artisans Market.  Next Market day is Sunday May 4th, click here for future dates.

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The Richmond Art Gallery presents
Spring into Art
Saturday, May 24, 2014  

Join us for gourmet treats, entertainment, and a silent auction including art by local artists, gift certificates, tickets or movies & theatre, and more to celebrate art in our community.   The event will include a cash bar, music by DJ Beaubien, cariacture drawings by Corycatures by donation!  
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Tickets: $20:00 ; members $18:00
Dress: Festive Attire (with a hint of green) Tickets may be purchased here or at the front desk of the Richmond Cultural Centre.If you are unable to join us on May 24 please consider making a donation to support the exhibitions and programs of the Richmond Art Gallery

logoHog Shack will be hosting a buffet style dinner complete with whole roasted suckling pig and featuring Boston’s Samual Adams beers to pair with. What a great way to get a head start on BBQ SEASON! INCLUDES full dinner buffet by BBQ Pitmaster John Lim Hing, 2 sleeves of Samuel Adams featured beers.  Click here for more information. 

Swap Meets Everywhere!!  dress

Check out upcoming Swap Meets on the Kids Vancouver Website. (Richmond and Coquitlam swap meets) What is Kids Vancouver? Kids Vancouver is a popular directory offering Vancouver families a vast amount of information, including a list of family events, birthday party resources, fun family things to do in Vancouver, upcoming kid swap meets and much more.

 

 

 

Pajo’s Fish & Chips

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A visit to Steveston isn’t complete without a walk down the pier to the familiar Pajo’s yellow umbrellas. Without even realizing it, you’re just drawn towards that familiar sea salt air and the comforting smell of deep-fried goodness. But for me, what really does it, is the joy that comes from enjoying fish & chips while literally floating on the ocean. As Pajo’s Fish & Chips approaches their 30th anniversary in 2015, they are not resting on their laurels. In fact, they continue to push themselves and by setting the standard for the Steveston business community and across British Columbia.

The Vision for Pajo’s

I had a chance to sit down with Andrew Stokes, Pajo’s Operations Director. We talked (and ate) fish & chips and much more. While today it seems like a no-brainer to have a fish & chips joint floating on the water, it didn’t come about easily. When Patricia Branch, the founder of Pajo’s initially put in the request to have her business there, she was rebuffed numerous times, but she persevered because she knew it was the perfect place. Her husband, Larry was a fisherman and their daughters also worked on boats growing up so she just had a gut feeling about it. 29 years and four locations later, her gut was definitely right.

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The Move Towards Sustainability

Pajo’s is a Steveston institution and takes its role of leading by example quite seriously. The Branch family and Andrew decided that the best course of action was for Pajo’s to become part of the Ocean Wise program and promote the importance of sustainability. However, they felt it was one of those things that you either go all the way or not at all. So, while it did take almost two years of working with their various suppliers to make it happen, Pajo’s only serves fish that is 100% sustainable. In fact, they are the only fish & chips restaurant in the Lower Mainland that is 100% Ocean Wise certified.

Pajo's Big UmbrellaWhile it makes for a good marketing strategy, Pajo’s felt this was simply the right thing to do. In the past, if there was inexpensive halibut to be had at wholesale, it would be purchased because that’s the way it has always been. There wasn’t the information we have access to nowadays how our purchasing decisions have potentially long-last effects. With the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program slowly becoming a part of everyday conversation, businesses and consumers are more aware that their decisions have an impact. Andrew informed me that Pajo’s still receives offers from fishermen who offer a great deal on some fish, but if it’s not sustainable, it’s not going to set foot in their kitchens.

Local, Local, Local

Going sustainable through Ocean Wise was really just a natural progression for Pajo’s. Their fries come from Kennebec potatoes and are grown just a few miles away in Delta. They come straight from the farm and right into their deep-fryer. Everything within their power is bought locally. And really, when it comes to fish and chips, if you’re fish and potatoes are local, you’re pretty much buying everything local!
 
The sense of local doesn’t stop in the restaurant. Pajo’s is quite active in the community, in which they support schools, festivals and events. Pajo’s welcomed all comers last year when they hosted an open invitation party for the Steveston Merchant Association. It’s these types of initiatives that promote local businesses to come out and get to know one another in the hopes of being able to support one another. While the location right on the wharf is what Pajo’s is really known for, they do have 3 other locations. In fact, they have a second location in Steveston right in Garry Point Park. It’s another beautiful setting with tons of free parking as well!

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But when it comes down to it, it’s all about the food! If the scenery wasn’t enough reason to visit Pajo’s, there is also the Canadian Living Best Fish & Chips search in Canada last year in which they came in 3rd place. The recipe for the fish & chips hasn’t changed since they first opened in 1985 and it’s a well-guarded secret! While I am a huge fan of a very crispy batter, the Pajo’s batter is a nice change as it’s much lighter. I sampled the cod, halibut and salmon and I certainly noticed that I was able to appreciate the fish much more as I didn’t have as much batter to go through. While it’s tough to beat a classic piece of halibut, my favourite was the salmon. It may have just been something new that I hadn’t had in deep-fried form before, but I found it much flakier and perfect for dipping into their classic tartar sauce.

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Even though the fish & chips are the bread & butter of Pajo’s, they continue to develop their menu and offer something for everyone. Andrew’s pride and joy is their new seafood chowder and I certainly tasted why. Until recently, they had a chowder that by their own admission wasn’t as good as it could be. Well, they don’t have to worry about that anymore. Their new seafood chowder definitely trumps their previous chowder. It was fantastic and chock-full with chunks of fish, clams and corn which provided a nice crunchy texture.

Salmon Salad Pajo'sPajo’s also didn’t have a salad until recently, but they solved that problem with a Roasted Garlic Salmon Caesar. I was skeptical that a salad needed to be on the menu of a fish & chips joint, but I became a believer. If need be, with a couple squeezes of lemon, that salmon salad would satisfy even the hungriest of carnivores.

With almost 30 years behind them, Pajo’s continues to honour their past, but continues to move forward and lead by example.

About Our Guest Writer: Ethan Adeland is a freelance food and travel writer and the voice behind FeedingEthan. He shares his honest adventures in the kitchen, behind the camera or iPhone and wherever his travels may take him. He has never turned down an opportunity toInstagram a sunset or his next meal.

Spring has sprung!  

Whether you celebrate Passover (April 14 to the 22nd) or Easter April 20, 21) take the holiday time to celebrate Spring, new life, or start the seeds growing for our garden, here is to one of the most important things to do celebrate ….CHOCOLATE!! Happy long weekend everyone!

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Pajos Fish&Chips is proud to announce we are the first & only 100% Ocean Wise Fish&Chip shop in the lower mainland! We are now a fully certified partner with 100% certified Ocean Wise Menu! Sustainable fish stocks mean the WORLD to us!!

Check out OceanWise  for more information.  Follow SeaChoice  if you are finding yourself extremely interested in what is going on in the world of sustainable fishing. The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.  You can support the Vancouver Aquarium, there are many ways to do so!  From their members only events, to events open to the public go to  here  for more information. 

Overfishing is the number one problem facing the world’s oceans…

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and helping them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. The options are highlighted on their menus and display cases with the Ocean Wise symbol, making it easier for consumers to make environmentally friendly seafood choices. The Ocean Wise logo next to a menu or seafood item is an assurance that the item is a good choice for keeping ocean life healthy and abundant for generations to come. Pajos Fish&Chips is the only Fish&Chip multi unit shop that has a 100% Ocean Wise Menu!

 

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Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Chinese New Year January 31st
~ Rich in tradition and custom, the Lunar New Year is the most important holiday for many Asian cultures. Experience a variety of local and exciting events that honour the rich traditions and customs of Richmond’s Asian community. Here is just one great event to participate in! Countdown Night to Chinese New Year of the Horse at Aberdeen Centre from 8pm to 12:30pm at Aberdeen Centre.  This event is a robust night of entertainment and celebration! When you’re not watching the events on the main stage, you can browse the shopping centre or dine at one of the many on-site establishments. Featuring countdown shows by Fairchild Radio and Fairchild TV. Click Here and Here for more information and events around the lower mainland~Aberdeen

  

STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point 

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January 1 to February 24th – Head to Steveston during the cold and wet and have a hot cup of great coffee and hot chocolate and enjoy an Art Show! Dancing in the New Year: Art Show – The show at Rocanini Coffee Roasters Steveston Café

Steveston’s Indoor Farmers & Artisan MarketStevestonFarmersMarket

Richmond’s historic Steveston village hosts this year-round market every other Sunday, featuring foods and fresh produce, handmade jewelry, arts, crafts and live entertainment. In October, the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market is moves indoors at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

 

COME SOAR OVER CHINA! See both Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back! JAN 17 TO MARCH 2, 2014

FlyOver Canada is proud to present “Flight of the Dragon”, a new flight ride experience never before seen outside of China. FlyOver-Canada-Vancouver-Flight-of-the-Dargon For a limited time, guests will get to experience Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver admission price! First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, stay seated and take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents and mist. Click here for more information.

 Port Moody and Port Coquitlam

Sunday Coffee Concerts

coffeeThe line-up for the 15TH SEASON of SUNDAY COFFEE CONCERTS is officially released! Join us on Feb 9th, Feb 23rd, & March 9th for this whirlwind of talent. For tickets, call experienceit.ca or dial 604-927-8400. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount. Click here for more information.

Winter Wine Tasting

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Winter Wine Tasting – Port Moody Being held at the Port Moody Arts Centre One Evening – Thursday, January 30th 7pm to 9pm. Enjoy an evening sampling warm red wines and spiced wine surrounded by winter candles. This unique tasting will feature some of the best wines to enjoy by the fireplace with a good friend or loved one, or at the end of a long work week. Seats are $40 each, plus GST. Purchase your seat(s) through our secure company PayPal account. Your reservation will be confirmed within one business day. Click here to purchase a ticket.

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from the Pajo’s Family to Yours!

 PajosXmas7It’s only early December and already one can feel the warmth and glow that only the holiday season can bring! Surfing around the WEB to see what is happening in the Pajo’s hoods has brought back so many events to attend, it is impossible to list them all.  Read further for a sample of what’s going.

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December  1 – 23 Christmas at The Cannery: Festival of Trees 2013

CanneryXmasThe Steveston Merchants Association, in partnership with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market, is excited to present the 4th annual Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees. See trees decorated by local businesses as you tour the Cannery (seven days a week from 10am to 5 pm). Click here for more information. 

December  5-31 Gateway Theatre Presents – The King and I king2

Anna, an attractive widow, has been hired by the King to teach English and other Western ideas to his many wives and many more children. Little do they know they’re both about to be schooled. Join us for another joyful family classic, with songs you love like “Getting to Know You”, “Shall We Dance?” and “Whistle A Happy Tune”. Tickets $49 per adult, $30 per student. Shows start at 8pm with other afternoon show times available. For more information click here 

December  7 Maritime Pet Photos with Santa at the Britannia Shipyard

Pet-photos-with-SantaCapture a holiday memory with your pet! Donations for the photographs will be taken in support of Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS). Click here for more information.

December  7  – “KAGAYAKI” a presentation of Local Nikkei Artists

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The Steveston Buddhist Temple is celebrating their 50th Anniversary at its present location. As a way of saying “thank you” to the community of Steveston, they are proud to present the art exhibit “KAGAYAKI a presentation of Local Nikkei Artists”. “KAGAYAKI” is the Japanese word meaning “to shine” and the art exhibit will feature works by prominent local Nikkei Artists. Admission is free. Also, later that evening at 7:00pm, enjoy a Gala Evening Concert with Internationally renowned Celtic singer Ms. Denise Hagen. For ticket information please call the temple. Ticket $20 each. Steveston Buddhist Temple. 4360 Garry St. Richmond, BC 604-277-2323

December 18 – Steveston Folk Guild Presents: “The Westwynds”

westwynds Come and enjoy and evening of festive Christmas music, at the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Heritage Shipyard presented in the best tradition of Yuletide carols…with a few lively gospel numbers to add to the holiday atmosphere. The evening’s program will evoke nostalgia for the sing-a-long Christmas repertoire, while also celebrating some of the new spirituals. A great show for all ages. Show Time: 7:30pm, Tickets: $8.00 at the door. Email to reserve seats at dave@stevestonfolk.net or call 604-715-9294. Click here for more information.

 

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December 7, 2013, 4:30pm – A Lantern Affair

lantern A Lantern Affair is a free, all-ages holiday event featuring live music and song, arts activities, crafts, stories, home baking, a multicultural celebration of light and an original performance by Place des Arts’ new Theatre Company. Make your own lantern and participate in the festive lantern ceremony. Visit with Father Christmas, bake up some heritage goodies, tick some items off your gift list.There will be a box for donations to the SHARE food and toy bank as well, so please consider bringing food or a new, unwrapped toy along with you. Click here for more information.  

 

12daysNov 30 – Dec 12 – 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN LEIGH SQUARE 

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Just like the song, Leigh Square Community Arts Village offers a dozen days of wonderful festive holiday events. As a gift to the Port Coquitlam community, the 12 Days of Christmas programs and events will be offered free or low-cost. Come experience the spirit of the holidays and attend musical performances, holiday or portrait workshops, theatre performances, Christmas movies and a visit from Santa! Everyone Welcome! Click here for more information.

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Beautiful British Columbia Autumn is upon us! Maple Leaf on River Bed

 What a glorious Fall it has been! Walking through crunchy leaves, gazing at glorious sunsets, and enjoying Pajo’s Fish & Chips in your warm coat or under the heaters at Pajo’s Steveston Wharf location.  Take a look at all the “goings on” in the Pajo’s hoods over the next few weeks.

STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point 

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Scarecrow Crawl In Steveston Village !! Scarecrow festivals are popular throughout North America, and the Steveston Merchants Association is excited to host the 4th annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl in the village. You will find one-of-kind scarecrows lurking outside of many storefronts and restaurants. We invite you to walk through the village. Bring your camera, photo opportunities await! Contest closes October 31st.

Did you know O’Hare’s is a Richmond family run business? Read more here wineisleresized and take a look at what is going on at O’Hare’s Gastropub and  O’Hare’s Liquor Store 

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the liquor store we have free beer and tastings from 4-6pm.  Every Friday night we tap a new keg of craft beer, so come on down and try something new in the pub! 5031 Steveston Hwy 

Gateway TheatreOctober 10-26

 Gateway Theatre Presents The Highest Step in the World A multi-media experience devised by one of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies, The Highest Step in the World lifts its narrator to the sky and projects our hopes and fears onto a screen behind him. Hear tales of real-life danger and fictional perils, from a death-defying descent from the stratosphere to discovering what drove Icarus so close to the sun. Tickets $48 per adult, $30 per student. Shows start at 8pm check here for more information.

 Halloween in Steveston!!  So much going on, so many events to choose from…the scariest being the Haunted Cannery tour!! World Famous known to scare the pants off of Harry Houdini! (unverified statement by since deceased early paranormal fisherman) 6000016_large

Oct. 26-27  Haunted Halloween Tours 1 to 6pm @the Cannery
Oct. 26-27  Haunted Shipyard Time: noon – 4:00pm  @the Britannia Heritage Shipyard
Oct. 26  Trick-Or-Treating In Steveston Village – This extremely popular event grows larger every year! Costumed trick-or-treaters take to the streets of Steveston in the daylight and visit participating businesses offering treats. Neighbourhood kids are invited to bring their treat bag and have a fun non-scary afternoon. Time: 3 – 5pm.
Oct. 31  Halloween Fireworks Free Halloween fireworks show at various Community Centre parks starting at 8:15 pm. Hot chocolate and coffee served by donation! Hamilton Community Centre in McLean Park, South Arm Community Centre Park, West Richmond Community Centre Park.   City of Richmond Halloween Fireworks Festival Enjoy the festivities at The City of Richmond Halloween Fireworks Festival at Minoru Park. A fun-filled evening featuring a live DJ, fire dancers, a magic show and arts and crafts followed by a 15-minute fireworks show. Time 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  

October 20  StevestonFarmersMarket

Steveston Winter Farmers & Artisans Market – Opening Day. Come and enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers. Market runs from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. www.sfam.ca 604-729-7326.  Gulf of Georgia Cannery 4th   

Port Moody – Rocky Pointzumbathon

October 18th, 2013 Zumbathon Fundraiser for Gleneagle Musical Theatre Department New York 2013 Trip. Join Zumba instructors Toni Da Silva and Krista Lantry on October 18th, 2013 at Gleneagle Secondary School 7:00pm – 9:00pm  $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information or to purchase in advance email: zumba4gleneagledrama@gmail.com Guaranteed smiles, sweat and a great party atmosphere. Not your typical day at the gym.

 

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Save the date for the fall wine tasting fundraiser, Best of BC Wines Uncorked. The event takes place on Saturday, November 2nd at Port Moody Civic Centre Galleria (100 Newport Drive) from 7:00 to 9:30pm. Ticket sales, $45 (inclusive), start Monday, September 16th, and are available online from bcuncorked.com, by phone 604.931.2008 and in person at the Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns Street. Best of BC Wines Uncorked is a semi-annual wine tasting event, showcasing new and current releases from our province’s premier wineries. This fall’s event will feature over 125 wines from 35 of BC’s top winemakers, with participating wineries guiding guests through cellar choices ideal for the Holiday season. PoMoArts

Artist Call: Images for PoMo ArtsFest Posters The Port Moody Arts Centre is seeking images to be used to promote PoMo ArtsFest. The chosen image will be incorporated into a poster publicizing the event. PoMo ArtsFest (formerly Port Moody’s Festival of the Arts) is a highly anticipated community presentation of local, national & internationally acclaimed performers. Submit your images to schoi@pomoarts.ca no later than 5PM on Oct 21. Call for Design – 2014 Community Hand Painted Banner Festival Port Moody, “City of the Arts,” is seeking banner designs that celebrate arts and culture by turning the spotlight on the Expressive Arts. Application forms may be downloaded or picked up from your local library, the Port Moody Arts Centre, or Port Moody City Hall.  For more information click here 

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More Halloween fun!!

haloweenHere is a sample of what is going on on PoCo! on October 26th alone!

Heritage Halloween at Mackin House Museum – A spooktacular event for the whole family! Enjoy traditional pumpkin carving and delicious baking. Please visit Coquitlam Heritage Society for more information. 

Hyde Creek Recreation Centre  – COME DRESSED IN COSTUME FOR SOME FUN!!! • 1 – 3 pm: Swim • 3 – 5 pm: Carnival and Haunted House • 5 – 6 pm: Scarier Haunted House Haunted House $1 – prices are per person Carnival Only $3 – children ages 2 & under FREE Swim Only $2 Or enjoy all activities with an all-inclusive wristband for $5! Only available until Thursday, October 24th. Tickets Available Starting October 1st at: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Avenue Tel: 604.927.7946

November 2, 2013 10am – 2pm
Autumn Expo / Craft Sale

 Location Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Avenue. Come and load up on crafts, baked goods, and one-of-a-kind finds. Entertainment, refreshments, displays, demonstrations, and bargain basement prices on well-used & near-new books! Admission is FREE! Contact Rob Sullivan, Program Coordinator – Adults & Community Access Tel: 604.927.7925 Fax: 604.927.7912 Email: sullivanr@portcoquitlam.ca

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 Rumour has it that the ghost of Pajos has been making random appearances! There have been unconfirmed reports of sightings of this wispy apparition around the shipyards, pacing and searching and looking out to the sea mournfully. Old salty’s who frequent local watering holes whisper tales of  maritime lore of a man who worked at Pajos many years ago.  He was obsessed with the Pirates of the Caribbean and each year swore he would sneak on the Lady Washington and only when far out to sea he would reveal himself and be allowed to travel the 7 seas ever searching for sustainable seafood. While waiting one year for the majestic tall ship to arrive for the  Annual Richmond Maritime Festival, he suffered a freak potatoe accident . While “pretending” to go fetch potatoes from the potato shed he stood in the corner of the shed on a box giving him a perfect view of the incoming ships. Unbeknownst to him, all of his senses directed to watching for the ship, the potato delivery truck opened a hatch in the roof and poured in 800lbs of locally grown potatoes crushing him instantly.  Lucky for Pajo’s guests, none of these potatoes were peeled and deep fried. This year the Lady Washington is back…and so is the ghost of Pajos! 300px-Lady_Washington_Commencement_Bay2

 STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point

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August 9th to the 11th

 The 10th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

Come Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage at the 10th annual Richmond Maritime Festival, August 9 to 11, 2013 at the spectacular Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Learn local lore and try your hand at a variety of arts and crafts. Enjoy food, music, artists, storytellers, dancers, drummers all weekend and a kick-off outdoor concert on Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

August 24th

 Steveston Dragon Boat Festival

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The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival promises to be a great day of fun, entertainment and paddling. The event begins at 9am with dragon boat racing beginning and food, activities and vendor booths opening.  By 11am great entertainment on the main stage begins to celebrate a sizzling summer day. The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival wishes to thank the following sponsors and partners: , 24 Hours Vancouver, AM1320, Kintec Footlabs, Dragon Boat BC, the Richmond Foodbank and the City of Richmond. Come out to watch the races, take in some great entertainment , and support the Richmond Food bank and snack on Cup of Corn and Mr Tube Steak!   Click here for more information.

August 4th

 Steveston Summer Market is on!  StevestonFarmersMarket

Another chance to take in the market that keeps getting better and better each year! The Steveston Farmers and Artisans Summer Market. Come join us for amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers at the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market. Corner of Third Avenue.  Click here for more information. Sunday August 4th from 10am to 4pm. 

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 August 17th 10am to 2pm – Suter Brook Summer Block Party

 Saturday August 17th, 10:00AM to 2:00pm on Brew St. in Suter Brook Village. The Suter Brook Merchant Association is hosting: The First Suter Brook Summer Block Party. A FREE! Family fun event :) You can buy a 1003298_10151565973167153_1693545792_nBBQ Hot Dog by donation with proceeds go to The Share Society Food Bank. There will be , Bouncy Castle, Face-Painting, Dunk Tank, Popcorn, Music and much more!! Come Join us!!

 

 

Port Coquitlam – Gates Park  

August 16-18 Join Port Coquitlam for the party of the century !

Homecoming bannerHomecoming Weekend is sure to be the party of the century, as the City of Port Coquitlam celebrates its 100th birthday with a massive free weekend-long family and music festival. Current and past residents alike are invited to join in the fun and show their PoCo Pride.  Click here for a full details.

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 PAJOS FISH & CHIPS @ GATES PARK for dinner  CINEMA UNDER THE STARS! On August 9th and 23rd enjoy a 26ft tall enormous silver screen, grab some dinner from Pajos Gates Park, bring a blanket and round up some friends or bring the whole family out to Cinema Under the Stars!  

Aug 9   8:30pm        Gates Park   The Amazing Spiderman
Aug 23  8:30pm        Gates Park   Skyfall (Bond, 2012) 

August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th – Music in the Park (In Lions Park – close to Gates Park)

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  In Lions Park every Sunday at 2 pm throughout July & August, Music in the Park features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver playing a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, world fusion, and contemporary.  Performers are selected through an open call for submissions every fall and juried by a community selection committee. All ages welcome. FREE. Lions Park 

 August 4
The Wheat in the Barley offers Canadian roots music with a major make-over. Crack songwriting, brilliant and warped arrangements and stunning instrumental solos unite under the banner of a savvy eclecticism that’s always been the band’s guiding light. The Wheat in the Barley pulls together a lot of great influences into one package: Celtic, Slavic, French Canadian, Yiddish, Cajun and more.  wheatinthebarley.com

August 11
The Belle Game is an orchestral dark pop band consisting of members Adam Nanji, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew, Katrina Jones, and Rob Chursinoff. Over the last two years, the band has been quietly gathering acclaim, playing coveted opening slots for international sensation Gotye and Polaris Music Prize winners Karkwa. Described by The Georgia Straight as “…a mix of pastoral pop and percussion-bombed art rock.” thebellegame.com

August 18
Christa Couture’s new album, The Living Record has made best of the year lists at CBC Music, The Georgia Straight and Radio Regent. Her new album is inspired by personal tragedy, yet features bright, beautifully-orchestrated indie folk songs with sweet vocals reminiscent of artists like Regina Spektor and Jane Siberry and a palette of styles – fuzzy guitar, bluegrass-style pickin’, soulful cello, quirky chorus-like vocal arrangements and a touch of cabaret. The Straight’s Alex Varty describes Couture as “criminally underrated.” You won’t want to miss her! christacouture.com

August 25
Zaac Pick

Zaac’s brand of rootsy folk-pop earned acclaim after the release of his first solo EP, Fierce Wind in 2009. The album’s six elegantly layered tracks gained him a reputation for compelling lyrics and singable melodies.  Zaac spent much of 2011 on stages across western Canada, while breaking ground in Toronto with a top spot during Canadian Music Week, and in the US with two shows during South by SouthWest  in Austin, TX.  In 2012, his new EP was nominated for a West Coast Music Award for Best Solo Roots Recording, the title track added into regular rotation on CBC 3, and the accompanying video on MuchMusic. zaacpick.com

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer ! 

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Dog days of summer….are defined as :
1. the sultry part of summer when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun.
2. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.OR …marked by.. naps in backyard hammocks, frequent spray downs with a hose to keep you cool and spending as much time as possible without shoes on! 

Did you know that 3 out of 4 Pajo’s are dog friendly? Gates Park, Rocky Point and Garry Point have shady, under picnic bench lounging reserved for all of our furry pals.  We sell dog treats and will supply endless bowls of water. If you happen to be at our Gates Park PoCo location, order a doggie ice cream for your best friend! But be warned: A dog never forgets a good thing! 

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July 12th Music at the Cannery 

 Darren Specht and the Bluehawks draw influences from authentic roots mixed with boppin’ jump, rockabilly, Latin jazz, and sizzling funk. Shows start at 6:30, but please arrive early to ensure a seat. Admission by donation.  Click here for more information.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery
12138 Fourth Avenue
Richmond BC - 604‐664‐9009

July 14th Fraser River Boat Cruise

Departing from Britannia’s dock, passengers will enjoy a rare excursion amongst island ecosystems involving nature and wildlife.  July 14, 2013 – July 14, 2013 Venue: Britannia Heritage Shipyard Location: Britannia Heritage Shipyard Address: 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, BC V7E 6P3 Times: From: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM 

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 July 28th Around Richmond Boat Cruise

See Richmond as you’ve never seen it before! This rare opportunity to circumnavigate Richmond by boat includes a naturalist, marine biologist and heritage interpreter onboard. Departs from Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Steveston.TBCCWDisplay

Sunday July 28
9:00am to 1:30pm.
Tickets $109 per person.
Call 604‐276‐4300 to register
Britannia Heritage Shipyard
5180 Westwater Drive,
Richmond, BC604‐276‐4300

 July 20th - Styling the Past

Saturday July 20, 11am – 4pm Steveston Museum, Town Square Park, 3811 Moncton St, Richmond BC Steveston Museum’s Picnic in the Past. Bring a blanket and lunch and enjoy music,heritage demonstrations and hands-on historical activities in Town Square Park surrounding Steveston Museum,3811 Moncton Street. Come and get a fashionable hair “do” from days gone by and find out what people used before modern shampoo was invented.

July 21st Summer Market

StevestonFarmersMarketSteveston Farmers and Artisans Summer Market. Come join us for amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers at the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market. Corner of Third Avenue.  Click here for more information.Corner of third avenue and Moncton Street, Historic Steveston Village, Richmond 2013  July 21  (10:00am to 4:00pm) 

 

   

Port Moody – Rocky Point

July 20th Celebration of Wood Fair 

July 20th Celebration of Wood Fair downloadIn recognition of the wood industry’s part in the historic development of Port Moody, the Port Moody Arts Centre is hosting a “Celebration of Wood Fair” on the grounds of the Art Gallery on July 20th.Come see wood carvers; wood turners; boat and fine furniture builders; musical instrument makers; basket weavers; and paper makers – everything to whet your appetite on a fine summer day! The story of the history of the wood industry in the town will also be told through historical photography and demonstrations of old fashioned tools courtesy of the Port Moody Heritage Society.

  July 26th to 27th Port Moody Centennial Youth Arts Festival 

Port Moody Youth Arts Festival is back! On July 26-27 come and express yourself; if you are between 13-18,yaf_2013a performing or visual artist, writer/poet, volunteer or exhibitor, we want to hear from you! Contact us online,Port Moody Arts Centre/Facebook  

 

 Farmers Market  

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Farmers Markets are community gathering places where local producers sell their goods directly to the public, and where residents can enjoy the talents of local musicians, socialize with their neighbours, and connect with and learn of the resources available within their community.We operate three farmers markets – a weekly outdoor summer market in Coquitlam, a twice monthly indoor winter market in Port Moody, and a new weekly evening market in Port Moody at the Port Moody Recreation Centre. This allows local residents to support BC producers and eat local all year round!! 

Poirier Street Farmers Market Sundays, 9:00am – 1:00pm, May 12, 2013 – Oct 25, 2013 Dogwood Pavilion parking lot (Poirier and Winslow Streets),  624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam Port Moody Farmers Market  Fridays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, June 7 – October 25, 2013  Port Moody Recreation Complex, 300 Ioco Road   

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Cinema Under the Stars

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 PAJOS FISH & CHIPS @ GATES PARK for dinner and ENJOY CINEMA UNDER THE STARS!For an unforgettable Friday night experience, start your weekend off with an outdoor movie night this summer! On August 9th and 23rd enjoy a 26ft tall enormous silver screen, grab some dinner from Pajos Gates Park, bring a blanket and round up some friends or bring the whole family out to Cinema Under the Stars!  

Jul 12    9pm             Sun Valley   Hotel Transylvania
Jul 26      9pm           Sun Valley   Wreck It Ralph 
Aug 9   
8:30pm        Gates Park   The Amazing Spiderman
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g 23  8:30pm        Gates Park   Skyfall (Bond, 2012) 

Music in the Park

Muisc in the park 2013 image  In Lions Park every Sunday at 2 pm throughout July & August, Music in the Park features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver playing a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, world fusion, and contemporary.  Performers are selected through an open call for submissions every fall and juried by a community selection committee. All ages welcome. FREE. Lions Park 

July 14

Hilary Grist is an indie art-pop/torch-folk songstress with a performance style that incorporates elements of jazz, folk, pop and classical. Her captivating, cinematic songs have been featured on 6 national and international TV shows and have won her a notable fan following in Japan and South Korea where she toured in 2012.   http://hilarygrist.com/

July 21
Bend Sinister is a progressive indie rock band formed in 2001 in Kelowna. This quartet has since made a mark in the North American indie scene, playing gigs this year from Seattle to Austin and Montreal to Vancouver. http://bendsinisterband.com/

July 28
Illiteratty is an original folk band playing songs in a rich four-part harmony. Their repertoire embraces a broad spectrum of genres (folk, jazz, celtic, rockabilly, baroque and more) bonded by a common sense of unusual subjects, often quirky humour and always intelligence. http://www.illiteratty.com/

 

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