TGIF – May Long Weekend in the YVR ‘Burbs

Closing off another busy week in Real Estate with the May long weekend – how fun! Our adventures won’t stop here just because it’s Friday; we’re thrilled to have some fun showings lined up for eager buyers, and we’ll be welcoming visitors to our open house at 921 Baker Drive on Saturday from 2-4PM. This home is ready for summer entertaining! Move-in ready, and outfitted with a private, sunny pool and upper and lower patios.

Speaking of sunshine, it’s in the forecast for the weekend!

Big thanks to Tri-City News for providing a great roundup of this weekend’s events – we’ve selected some of our favourites!

Here are just some of the fun events happening in the Tri-Cities and beyond over the next few days:

Winnie the Pooh and Seussical the Musical Jr.
Friday and Saturday May 19- 20 7PM
Sunday, May 21st 2PM

Support the students of Coquitlam’s Lindbjerg Academy of the Performing Arts! The centre is hosting a double feature over the weekend at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Tickets at $20 are for sale at the door or at the academy (7-75 Blue Mountain St., Coquitlam). Call 604-777-2211 or email info@lindbjergacademy.com.

Coquitlam Little League Invitational
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday May 20-22

Batter, batter up! Games running all weekend at Mackin Yard at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam).

Visit coquitlamlittleleague.ca for the tournament schedule.

Half-day Birding Field Trip
Saturday, May 20

Bring your binoculars! Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver are headed out on a half-day birding field trip at Colony Farm regional park in Coquitlam! Check out the lazuli bunting and other species such as the western kingbird, band-tailed pigeon and American bittern. The tour departs at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot near the community gardens.

Call 604-307-0931 for more information.

From Japan to Canada

Japanese-Canadian artists are showcased in new exhibit Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St., Port Moody). Take in the beauty of paintings by Port Coquitlam resident Yoshi Kamei and Mitsuko Fujino and Ken Suzuki. As well, you can view an installation by PMAC faculty member Robert Shiozaki and work from Vancouver artist Terry Sasaki.

Call 604-931-2008 or visit pomoarts.ca.

WE ARE COQUITLAM

Learn about Coquitlam from a whole new (historical) perspective! The new exhibit about the city has you covered from 1967 and on. Head to the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) to check it out. Admission is FREE, and the display is happening until Aug. 22nd for Canada’s 150th birthday.

Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

White Salsa and Latin Dance Party
Saturday, May 20th

You’re invited by Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szfler to their White Salsa and Latin Dance Party! Shake it to some Latin tunes in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is just $10, and you’ll want to dress in white. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! Licensed and free parking is available.

Call 604-725-4654 or visit hotsalsadancezone.com.

Coquitlam Farmers’ Market
Sunday, May 21

The second harvest of the season is happening on Sunday from 9am-1pm! Here’s your chance to gather some fresh fare and support our local farmers and suppliers. Held in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion at 624 Poirier St. in Coquitlam.

Visit makebakegrow.com to learn more.

Did we miss anything? Leave a comment on our Facebook page! Better yet – tag us in your weekend pics. We always love to see what you’re up to in the community.

Wishing you a happy, sunshine-filled weekend.
-Sheila and Michelle

TGIF – Happy Mother’s Day!

This weekend we are honoring our mothers, grandmothers and the wonderful influence of motherhood in general. More than 40 countries observe Mother’s Day, not all on the same date, but mostly in May. Canadian Mother’s Day is always on the second Sunday in May.

Mothers have been making a significant difference in the world outside of their families and careers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving have influenced the laws & the justice system as well as supporting victims over the past 30 years. Raging Grannies are constantly raising awareness of issues relating to peace, the environment and social justice. And they do it with humour.

Speaking of humour, it’s time to see ‘Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 empty” – a brand new live show at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage ’till May 27. The same creative team which brought us the first 2 hilarious ‘Mom’s the Word’ shows are now focusing on that time when kids are grown, marriages ‘evolved’ and Moms are getting older. These writer Moms are examining every embarrassing detail of their own history in order to connect and make us laugh. Check in with me for a critique as I am going to see the show this evening.

So… Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

We remain your two real estate Mums keeping you covered.
Sheila and Michelle

Make a Difference on Tuesday, May 9th – Get Out and Vote!

It may not be perfect, but democracy is the best system we have. Having recently celebrated the powerful Canadian contribution to World War 2, we are well aware of the price our fathers and grandfathers paid to maintain our democracy. The other hard fought battle in history concerns the right to vote which for many Canadians began with Confederation (1867) – who has been permitted to vote has evolved since then.

In order to vote in early days, one had to be a male property owner & the property had to be a certain size. In the 4 Western provinces, women were awarded the right to vote in 1916, thanks to the Suffragettes. It wasn’t until 1948 that racial & ethnic groups could not be excluded from voting – and not until 1955, were laws introduced ending exclusion from voting based on religion. Prisoners with sentences below 2 yrs. have been able to vote since 1993, then, since 2002, prisoners with any length of sentence have been eligible to vote.

So with a recent history like this, why doesn’t every eligible voter go to the polls? This is at the heart of democracy – citizens exercising power to select their parliamentarians in free elections. Do we think we can’t make a difference? – surely not, when we watch the returns coming in and the narrow margin by which a candidate might win. Or…is it really that we take our freedoms and human rights for granted? More likely – we need to respect and honour our ancestors’ battle for voting rights, the lives lost in the stark reality of battle and exercise our rights, which don’t exist in so many countries & repressive regimes round the globe.

Just takes a few minutes to get out and vote, but takes years to recover from poor political choices. Make a difference on Tuesday, May 9 – be the power brokers and VOTE! It is the future of our beautiful province.

And…of course when it comes to real estate, we have you covered rain or shine! Have an exciting week.
-Sheila and Michelle

Fantastic Client Event at St. Street Grill!

We had a great time celebrating with our clients of 2016 and 2017 last night! Our team is so grateful for such loyal advocates – we love our family business.

A very special thanks to Jay and his long time amazing staff at St. Street Grilll for the wonderful eats and to Daniela Serena of Serena Mortgages, Angelos Salon and Spa and St. Street Grill for their generous prizes.

- Sheila and Michelle