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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Gordy Robson and his family have opted to close their Webster’s Corners golf course instead of ‘battling’ the municipality in court.

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“We’ll take people at their word. The important thing for us is that newcomers get a chance to see firsthand what a great community we live in. And what exemplifies that better than Ridge Meadows Home Show?” he said. Closing in on 40 years in the community, the home show has earned the distinction as one by Roxanne Hooper of Western Canada’s largest consumer shows. rhooper@mrtimes.com This year, it’s being staged at Planet Ice and It’s an understatement to say Tom Manion the Albion Fairgrounds on May 2, 3, and 4, believes in the Ridge Meadows Home Show with close to 400 exhibitors booths. and all that the single largest annual commun“It’s shaping up to be a great show,” said ity event offers. Manion, who first partnered with the home He just bought a thousand tickets to the show as organizers of the annual headshave show, and working fundraiser for Ridge with The TIMES, he will Meadows Hospital and spend the next two hospice. months handing them “As a director, I’ve out to newcomers in the come to see the inner community. workings of this event “It’s one of Western and the huge impact it Canada’s largest home has on our community. shows, it’s a stellar Beyond its economic event, and it proengine, it’s just plain motes local business,” fun,” he said. said the president of The idea to purchase Manion and Associates a block of tickets for Financial Services, who newcomers arose out first became involved of a conversation about with the show when he “the good old days” opened up his business when the show was Roxanne Hooper/TIMES 18 years ago in Maple free and 30,000 people Ridge. came from all across Tom Manion, of Manion & Associates, bought tickets to Purchasing the tickthe Lower Mainland to give away to newcomers. ets is something people attend. wouldn’t expect, Manion “It was just way too admitted. In part, that’s why he did it, that and many people to park and manage,” Manion wanting to “open his arms” to newcomers. said, “so charging an admission was the next By newcomers, he means people who have step. Our newcomers missed out on our days moved into Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as a free show – so this is our way of giving within the past five “or so” years and have yet them what everyone else had – a great show to take in the show. for no charge.” “It’s not an exact science,” said Manion, who Newcomers can pick up their tickets from is also a home show director and the title spon- Manion at 22374 Lougheed Hwy. • More at www.mrtimes.com, search “Manion” sor for the second consecutive year.

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Richard Heier helped his friend Brent Scott remove snow from the front of a residential and commercial space up for lease at the corner of 223rd Street and Lougheed Highway on Sunday. On The TIMES Facebook page, followers were asked if local businesses are closed on Sundays, are they still responsible (legally or ethically) to ensure the sidewalks out front of their businesses are cleared of snow – even if they’re not open to the public. The question sparked some heated reactions pro and con. The question remains open through The TIMES website “poll question.” GET A

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Mounties and the District of Maple Ridge’s social planning committee want to connect vulnerable cyclists with resources rather than enforce

the Motor Vehicle Act. In a report to council, District staff summarized the positions of the committee and the police by saying Social Planning Advisory Committee members “agreed that supporting the RCMP approach to continue to connect vulnerable populations to services will be most effective rather than wide spread

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enforcement of the MVA with respect to the use of bicycle helmets and proper illumination.” In November, council discussed concerns about cyclists with poor lights and without helmets in the downtown area, and asked for comments from the two groups.

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Bandstand in need of facelift The Maple Ridge Concert Band continues to advocate for an icon in Haney.

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Poetry, pics judged Entries are now being accepted in the second annual Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest and the inaugural Celebrate Earth Day Youth Photography Contest. Poetry must be submitted by April 5 to joe.robinsmith@live.ca. Photos should be submitted by April 19 to the Facebook page or to r.davies@shaw. ca. More info on Earth Day is on the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge Facebook page and at www.rmrecycling. org. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Verity Howarth delivered a “pink slip” to the federal government on Saturday.

Protesters fed up About fifty people were outside MP Randy Kamp’s office on Saturday to express their displeasure at issues like pipelines and Canada Post cuts. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Soprano at The ACT Soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen will give a concert Wednesday, March 5 at The ACT, preceded by coffee and treats. Tickets are $20. Coffee, tea, and treats are served at 10 a.m. and the 75-minute concert starts at 10:30 a.m. Info: www. theactmapleridge.org. • More at www.mrtimes.com

by Troy Landreville tlandreville@mrtimes.com

The Maple Ridge Concert Band wants to give one of the community’s most iconic structures a spit and polish. And band members are looking for help from the community to make it happen. MRCB president Gale Yip hopes to have some of the refurbishments to the bandstand at Memorial Peace Park done in time for the structure’s 20th anniversary bash on June 14. “We’re planning to canvass the community for donations to go towards the beautification of the bandstand,” Yip said. The bandstand officially opened on May 7, 1994. Through the years, it has been used for a variety of purposes, among them, musical performances including the MRCB’s Pops In The Park evening concerts and hundreds of community events. “I’d say it’s a huge focal point of the community,” Yip said. “It’s easily recognizable.” Yip is hoping the District of Maple Ridge will help with renovations. She was scheduled to make a presentation to Maple Ridge council on Monday. “Hopefully, if we do fall short

with any repairs necessary, that they [the District] are aware of it,” Yip said. She also wants to raise awareness that the MRCB had a huge hand in putting the bandstand in place. The band’s longtime trombonist Tom Walker designed and donated many hours of structural

and building engineering towards the project’s design. The bandstand was financed primarily with private and corporate donations through fundraising efforts from George Price and members of the band. Part of the planned beautification of the bandstand includes cleaning and treating the band-

stand’s copper dome, supplying and installing a wooden octagonal rosette for the ceiling, and supplying and installing eight ornamental brackets. For more about the beautification project, the planned birthday bash, or to contribute, email Yip at wgyip@shaw.ca.

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Playing in front of the Memorial Peace Park bandstand were Maple Ridge Concert Band members Colin Murray, alto saxophone player and band treasurer; Gale Yip, euphonium musician and MRCB president; and Noreen Moss, clarinet player and MRCB director.

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Ineke Boekhorst is trying to get sports groups to apply for grants from the Meadow Ridge Rotary’s facilities fund.

Meadow Ridge Rotary Club has cash to give away. But after a year of trying, they’ve had no luck getting sports groups to apply for up to $75,000 to build facilities. The local service club ran the Rotary Sports Banquet for more than a decade, but this was discontinued last year. But over the years, money has accumulated in a fund meant specifically for sports facilities in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows. For a year, the Rotary club has been reaching out to sports groups and asking them to apply for the funds, but to no avail,

explained Rotarian Ineke Boekhorst. The funds are meant for facilities, for example, a track, a locker, or a field, she added. The Meadow Ridge Rotary club is accepting applications until the end of March, and at that point they have to think of alternatives ways of using the funds. Boekhorst is baffled at why no one has yet to come forward to apply for the funds “These funds were specifically raised for sports facilities so that’s where we want them to go,” Boekhorst said. “There’s all sorts of organizations that need funds.” Applications don’t have to be for the entire amount, rather, they can be for smaller amounts. Applications stating the intended purpose of the money and how much is needed should be sent by the end of March to: Meadow Ridge Rotary Club, P.O. Box 29586, Maple Ridge, B.C., V2X 2R3. For information, call Boekhorst at 604-467-2420.

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“Online bumping place” has become a discussion forum about Maple Ridge’s oldest neighbourhood. by Maria Rantanen

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A plan to develop a plan for Hammond, the oldest townsite in Maple Ridge, is in the works. Council was considering whether to give the go-ahead to start developing a Hammond Area Plan with an expected timeline of 12 months – a decision whether to proceed was expected Monday after The TIMES’ deadline. A neighbourhood group in the area, Hammond Neighbours, is buzzing about the news.

Members of the group have been waiting for “official movement” on the Hammond Area Plan, said Leanne Koehn, one of the founders of the group, adding that it’s “very exciting to see this first step toward it actually happening.” The Hammond Neighbours group has a Facebook group, and there has already been a lot of discussion about topics such as traffic safety and the heritage aspect. Koehn called their Facebook page an “online bumping place” where people can get to know each other and different opinions can be voiced about topics that may be part of the consultation process. “Hammond neighbours are definitely not shy about stating their opinions, so the consultation process should be pretty lively and interesting,” Koehn said. The plan is to collect information about the area and consult with the community.

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“Personally, I’m looking forward to helping create a vibrant, diverse, familyfriendly, heritage neighbourhood that’s safe, welcoming, and inclusive,” Koehn said. “The residents who live here are the feet on the ground and know the issues and problems we will need to address to create that kind of neighbourhood.” The Port Hammond Junction townsite was established in 1883. Two years ago, Hammond residents were before Maple Ridge council commenting on an application for a 36-unit apartment building in the neighbourhood. At that point, some residents asked for an area plan, something that staff then put into the work plan for 2014. Hammond Neighbours meet the last Friday evening of the month at Dartford Social House.

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Six hundred and fifty Laity View Elementary students and 75 staff members assembled on the school’s field on Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 26, to take a stand against bullying.

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Surveillance video has captured the image of the man Mounties believe is responsible for an arson fire in Pitt Meadows last fall. Last week, the police released a distorted and grainy picture from the video. Ridge Meadows RCMP are looking for help identifying the people suspected of trying to torch a home in the 11700 block of Wildwood Crescent North at about 4

a.m., Sept. 1, said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop. Fortunately, Dunlop said, homeowners extinguished the fire before it caused much damage and no one was hurt. “This incident could have had dire consequences for the occupants of this home,” she elaborated. The suspect is described as a Caucasian man wearing blue jeans, runners, sweater or dress shirt, and a wide-brimmed hat. Anyone with information can call Const. Brad Gibson at 604-467-7645.

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Our readers choose wisely Once again, The TIMES asked readers to tell us which are the best businesses in town – which restaurant has the tastiest food and friendliest servers, which tire shop will get you back on the road fastest, which bookstore has the best selection – and once again, the people of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge have picked their favourites, and we present them to you: our – or rather, your – Readers’ Choice Award winners. While we try to celebrate as many of the efforts of the community’s members as we can in the pages of The TIMES, the Readers’ Choice Awards gives us the opportunity to shine a light on a broad swathe of enterprises. The growing number of categories reflects the fact that we are all part of a growing community, served by a growing number of businesses. That’s nice for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents who like to shop close to home and support local jobs. A shopping trip doesn’t always mean having to cross one bridge to Coquitlam or another to Surrey or Langley. The growth of local business is a sign our community is becoming more important and more self-sufficient, and we needn’t be just a suburb to bigger towns. Beyond the wide variety of retail, commercial, and service opportunities, we have one of the most communityminded business populations in the Lower Mainland, with numerous youth team sponsors, hundreds of charity fundraisers and donations… it would be hard to get anything done in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows without the support of small and medium-sized businesses here. It’s the customers of those businesses who make the Readers’ Choice Awards decisions, by voting each year. It’s a way of rewarding good local business practices – and also helps raise awareness about the many diverse businesses right here in our community. – B.G.

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Oscar takes hard look at B.C. I grew bored with Sunday the pre-game show (borne out by night’s Oscar presentations – with the two Supreme Court rulings in its interminable, long-winded, their favour – although not yet and pretentiously disconnected to their avail – over the past 12 speechifying punctuated by overyears). hyped, overproduced, and underOr perhaps the deniers of basic talented between-award acts scientific precepts have infiltrated – several years ago. the Academy of Motion Picture Like NHL hockey – whose graArts and Sciences, and decided tuitous gloves-off violence left to go after another of nature’s me ice-cold long ago – it’s been immutable laws. a long, long time since I’ve been After all, Evolution may be by Bob Groeneveld able to drag myself into watching easier to deny, but Gravity is less either. controversial. The similarities between Oscar There are other titles on the and the NHL go further – particularly the politics Oscar nominations list of peak productions that behind the inaction: movie producers have been have piqued my interest, and may just get me known to spend as much on securing an Oscar into my armchair to have a peek. nomination as they did making the movie they If it were up to me, for instance, B.C.’s public wanted nominated, while the NHL regularly school students would have won the Academy blabs about reducing dangerous violence… as Award for actors in a supporting role, for their long as the perpetrators aren’t big enough stars part in Prisoners. to put a dent in the box office. And I’d like to see the documentary expose It’s all entertainment, and it has become more of just what happened to Adrian Dix’s election important than real life. strategy in 20 Feet from Stardom. Hey! How’s that for interminable, long-winded, And speaking of last year’s provincial elecand pretentiously disconnected? tion, I can’t wait to catch the political pollster’s And I have the temerity to complain about explanation of their work in The Missing Picture. actors’ verbal diarrhea! B.C. politics seems to have been a prominent But I’ve got more. feature in the nominations list. As it happens, Gravity was the only one of all Surely, it’s former education minister (circa the films, shorts, etc. nominated for Oscars this the aforementioned 2002) and current Premier year that I’ve actually seen. Christy Clark who is at the centre of Room on Except for that one – which, truth be told, I the Broom, with current Education Minister Peter saw only because Donna wanted to watch it – Fassbender adding a masterful supporting role. I’m normally quite content to wait for everything But let’s not forget the feds, shall we? else to show up on our free listings. Especially Steve Harper as Iron Man 3, who is Having seen it, however, I’m surprised that already grooming himself to take the lead role it didn’t win (er, I mean, “receive”) the Best for Iron Man 4 in 2015. Picture nod. And then there’s Toronto’s Rob Ford. All sorts Either 12 Years a Slave (which I suspect must of titles from the Academy nominations list jump be the story of B.C. teachers who had their out at me: there’s Feral and Jackass Presents: contracts unilaterally torn up by the provincial Bad Grandpa, not to mention Helium (I’m sure government in 2002) is truly worth a watch… he’s tried that, too). or it had a better political machine activated in Ford: the epitome of Star Trek into Darkness.

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Politicians’ excrement worst

Dear Editor, I have read with interest the letters to the editor on the great poop debacle brewing in our fair town: HORSE versus DOG! I would like to weigh in with the most caustic excrement of them all: political crap. It is being flung everywhere you look.

It comes from all directions, left and right. It’s often delivered with a foul-smelling noise and gets on everything we touch. The worst is, it soon becomes invisible, and you don’t know you have it all over you until it’s too late. Good luck avoiding it. Gord McBeath, Maple Ridge

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Dear Editor, There is a diverse group of politicians, past and present, that has an association with Bilderberg [Postal service losing to Bilderberg agenda, Feb. 27 Letters, TIMES]. They include Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, former New

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Brunswick premier Liberal Frank McKenna, Mike Harris, Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Jean Chretien, and Paul Martin. Though federal Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair is not an attendee, prominent corporate attendees, including Onex Corporation,

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Dear Editor, the Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea’s claim to science-based decision-making, transparency, and “actions consistent with Cohen recommendations” [Feds prepare to exploit aquaculture benefits, Feb. 24 Letters, www.mrtimes.com] are not supported by the facts. The courts had to intervene when Minister Shea overrode the recommendations of her own scientists and opened a herring fishery on Vancouver Island. Despite DFO committing to making data available to the public, Canadians have not seen fish health and disease data from open net salmon farm monitoring since 2010. Rather than effort going into creating a smoke-screen for inaction, DFO needs to get down to the work of implementing the Cohen recommendations. Dr. Craig Orr, Watershed Watch Salmon Society Eric Hobson, The SOS Marine Conservation Foundation [Note: A fuller version of this letter is online at www.mrtimes. com. Click on Opinion/Letters, or search the writer’s name.]

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Barrick Gold Corporation, Scotia Capital, and CIBC World Markets, donated generously to Mulcair’s leadership campaign. They are pretty much all the same. And Ms. Neufeld [Rich get richer at poor’s expense, Feb. 27 Letters, TIMES] is confused. I did not compare a Liberal in Canada to a Liberal in the U.S. I was answering Mr. Clark, who has said he is a Liberal/ Centrist. I used wealthy philanthropists from other countries as examples, but advised to google wealthy Canadian philanthropists, which are legion. As to income taxes, the top one per cent of income earners pay 21.2 per cent of the total federal and provincial taxes in 2010. The top 10 per cent paid 54.8 per cent of all taxes, while the bottom 50 per cent paid four per cent. Cherryl Katnich, Maple Ridge [Note: A fuller version of this letter is online at www. mrtimes.com. Click on Opinion/Letters, or search the writer’s name.]

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Middle class slide carefully planned Hard to smile?

Dear Editor, Your commentary is dead on [Middle class is sliding down, Feb. 25 Our View, TIMES]. The wealth of our nation is being transferred into the hands or pockets of

the rich and corporate elites. And it’s not by mistake. It is a carefully crafted plan of the Harper government to pay back CEOs and other rich elites who fund negative election campaign ads

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Dear Editor, I have used the Whonnock post office for more than five years. One day, I complained that I had a hard time getting there during the office’s hours. The postmaster gave me the store phone number, and said she’d open the post office for me if needed. That’s the Canada Post we all remember. Too bad it’s a thing of the past – but it’s still alive and well at the Whonnock office. Rick Clements, via Facebook

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and help the Conservatives win elections. The use of deceit and lies to beguile the populace at election time is their particular brand of tactics. Unfortunately, it seems to work with most of the people who are not properly informed on what’s really happening here. Our nation’s wealth is slowly being transferred into the hands of the rich. Canadians now have the highest rate of personal debt in our history, because we are being made to pay more and more for everything. So we run to the banks and have our credit lines extended, all part of the plan to enrich the banks at our cost. It is a well thought-out strategy by the right-wing governments of Harper and the BC Liberals. We are being taken for a ride. We are not better off under these governments, only the rich are. Check your debt levels if you do not believe me. John E. McKenzie, Maple Ridge For more letters to the editor visit... www.mrtimes.com – Click on Opinion/Letters.

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TIMES 14th annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Winners on hand for accolades At a special reception at Wings last Tuesday night, the best businesses in town – as voted by TIMES readers – were honoured. Awesome Carpet Cleaning Bean Around Books

Armada Mortgage Services

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Derek Magennis (Marv Jones Honda)

Lotus & Lemongrass Gifts Mark’s Work Wearhouse Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change Centre

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nough is enough! age system was minimal, In the 1950s our famand the blue clay subsurface ily planted its roots proved to be a drainage nightat Webster’s Corners. mare. During the past 50 years, we It was 2004 and the municihave been looking for a suspality and ALC knew exactly tainable farming model that what we were doing. would allow us to hold back Everything was fine until urban sprawl and keep the 2010, when we discovered lands green forever. that, through our laziness, the by Gordy Robson In the 1990s we planted BC Assessment Authority had hundreds of hazelnut trees. In changed our assessment from 2003, experts said our trees were stunted. farm Class 9 to Class 8, which was nonDrilling and soil reports showed we have profit recreation, and we were challenged been wasting our time. All of our lands are by an ALC inspector that we were therefore on a deep layer of what Maple Ridge calls an illegal operation. We appealed and won. blue clay covered by a few inches of topsoil. A year ago, the municipality decided our What’s worse, aside from there being no agri-tourism operation violated bylaws and organic material, there is no drainage. told us to “close to the public.” We pointed In the fall of 2004 a comment from my out that an agri-tourism operation “must not dad asking me to build him a couple of golf be prohibited by any local government.” holes to go along with his fishing pond led It is disheartening that Mary and I – under me to some interesting discussions with direction of mayor and council – are being the Department of Agriculture and the personally sued by the municipality. So far Agriculture Land Commission (ALC). My it has cost us more than $50,000, and last desire to preserve and improve the land was week we were told the suit could go on for met with enthusiasm. another two years and cost another $50,000. Early in 2005, the ALC informed me it Our lawyers are, of course, very confident could not give me a permit to bring in we will eventually prevail. 500 truckloads of donated sand for a golf One of the most nasty parts of the dispute course, but it could give me a permit if the is that the Maple Ridge bylaws department primary use was for agriculture. is demanding our agri-tourism activity stop, They directed me to Policy 4, which covthough our business licence for more than ers agri-tourism, and to paraphrase, “The eight years has said “agri-tourism.” following activities are designated as farm Through FOI (Freedom of Information use for the purpose of the act and may be documents obtained as a result of the law regulated, but must not be prohibitive by suit, Maple Ridge has claimed it has no any local government bylaw...” agri-tourism policies, procedures, or regula“Agri-tourism activities on land that is tions, and there is no zone in Maple Ridge classified as a farm under the Assessment for agri-tourism. Act (Class 9), if the use is temporary and So like I said, “Enough is enough.” seasonal, and promotes or markets farm Heather Hills Farm is closed to the public products grown, raised or processed on the by order of mayor and council, and the 29farm is allowed.” plus acres on six lots with five houses, a After legal opinions, we were convinced sheep farm, and a “private golf course” is we could build an agri-tourism operation. for sale. Just saying… The topsoil scrapped to prepare a drain• More at www.mrtimes.com. Click on Opinion/Just Saying

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Maple Ridge Art Gallery:

In Wait February 15 – March 15, 2014 Seven contemporary printmakers who call themselves Full Circle Art Collective share ideas and concerns around the experience of waiting - for the tide to turn, a crisis to pass, or broken connections to become re-established. Seasons in the Park March 22 - April 26, 2014 The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is pleased to welcome back the local Garibaldi Art Club for its spring 2014 exhibition. The many seasons of Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge will serve as the inspiration for this year’s show. Opening Reception Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Peggy Peat Preview 2014 Sunday, March 2 – 10:00 a.m. Peggy Peat School of Dance PRESENTS “Preview Show 2014.” Dancers from the age of 7 to 17 will be performing a variety of group routines from Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Jive, Contemporary, Lyrical, Song and Dance & Production. This is a high energy show suited for all ages. Classical Coffee Concert with Sarah Hagen and Robyn Driedger-Klassen Wednesday, March 5 – 10:00 a.m. A lovely way to spend a mid-week morning. Classical Coffee Concerts is a new series hosted by acclaimed pianist and producer Sarah Hagen. Each morning begins with coffee, tea and treats in the Studio Theatre at The ACT followed by a 75 minute classical concert. Fred Penner and the KC Kids Choir Thursday, March 13 – 7:00 p.m. With music that is “more than just fun,” acclaimed children’s entertainer, Fred Penner, has delighted families with his live performances, JUNO Award winning recordings and television series. On March 13 he returns to The ACT with new songs and old favourites for all ages to sing along to. Arts Club ON TOUR: Chelsea Hotel Saturday, March 15 – 8:00 p.m. Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel. With extraordinary new arrangements, six performers play seventeen instruments in this concert, a tribute to the remarkable writer. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and the honesty of his lyrics, you will be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost. Le Vent du Nord Sunday, March 16 – 7:30 p.m. Juno Award winning Le Vent du Nord, featuring Simon Beaudry, Nicolas Boulerice,

Réjean Brunet, and Olivier Demers, know how to turn the lost past into intensely listenable performances that push their roots in striking global directions. Drawing from yesterday and today, this concert stirs emotions and touches the heart and soul! Ballet Kelowna: Innovation Sunday, March 23 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet Kelowna launches its second decade with a ground-breaking program featuring Canadian choreographers and composers. From pioneering works to a cutting edge commission, Innovation will challenge ideas of contemporary ballet. ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS Wednesday, March 26 – 7:30 p.m. Elvis Presley last performed in Canada on August 31st, 1957 at Empire Stadium in Vancouver… He’ll rise from the dead three times during the up-coming concert tour. Snowbird: Tribute to Anne Murray Thursday, March 27 – 7:00 p.m. Starring fellow Nova Scotian Laura Gillespie along with her amazing band, together compliment and deliver a genuine reproduction. “Snowbird” is a cavalcade of non-stop hits and Imagery that will instantly transport you through time. GEMS Movie Series: Unfinished Song Monday, March 31 – 7:30 p.m. Grumpy pensioner Arthur honours his recently deceased wife’s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. Rated PG-13. Lobby Nights at the ACT Join us on select Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. for a free evening of entertainment, including Spinning with the Whonnock Weavers, SFU Philosophers Café, and Celtic Jam with Nigel Tucker. Visit www.theactmapleridge.org/lobby-nights for schedule. Friday Night Dance Check out our website for the Friday Night Dance Schedule with Robyn Picard, everything from Ballroom to Swing! Drop in classes. Singles welcome! Want to try something new over Spring Break? Sign up for Creative Fusion and learn four different types of performing and visual arts. All day camps for ages 6-12, March 17-21st. Visit www.theactmapleridge.org for schedules. Register at recreg4u.ca or 604-465-2470. Find us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date info on events at The ACT!


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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 activities at 7 p.m. in the Alouette Room, Maple Ridge Library. Info: 604-970-8404.

March 4: Forum

• A public forum to discuss the prescription heroin controversy, including the documentary Anyone for coffee and heroin? takes place at Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Ave. at 1 p.m. Info: Dale Hardy at 604-466-6555.

March 4: Art workshop

• A free art workshop is being held at the CEED Centre, 11739 223rd St., Maple Ridge, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring supplies.

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March 6: Seniors

• A Seniors Helping Seniors meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge.

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• Garibaldi Art Club meets at 7 p.m. in the craft room, third floor of The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge, in preparation for the club’s spring art show. Info: www.GaribaldiArtClub.com.

March 4: Support group

• Prostate cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. in the Coquitlam Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way. Info: Norm at 604-936-8703 or Ken at 604-936-2998.

March 4: Poets

• The Holy Wow Poets hold their spring St. Patrick’s recital at The ACT at 7 p.m.

March 5: Concert

• A classical coffee concert takes place at 10 a.m. at The ACT with a classical concert featuring soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen. Tickets and info: www.theactmapleridge.org or 604-476-2787.

March 6: KEEPS

• KEEPS holds its AGM and an info session about Kanaka Creek and its stewardship

• The library’s student council helps people figure out their gadgets. It Won’t Byte takes place at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre, 12150 224th St., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Register: 604-4677417.

March 7: Day of prayer

• World Day of Prayer service will be held this year at Golden Ears United Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd. at 1 p.m.

March 7: Glenwood Elementary

• Glenwood Elementary School, 21410 Glenwood Ave., holds its annual Rainy Day Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Vancouver Tumblebus, Mad Science, a bouncy obstacle course, raffle baskets, and a cake walk.

March 8: Hospice

• Ridge Meadows Hospice Thrift Store holds a 50-per-cent-off sale. The thrift store is at #312011 224th St. Info: 604-463-7711.

March 8: Women’s Day

• Believe Yoga is holding an open house on International Women’s Day from noon to 3 p.m. and a book signing with local author Janet Love Morrison. Believe Yoga is at #10919070 Lougheed Hwy., Pitt Meadows. • Full list: www.mrtimes.com

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High school basketball

Marauders claw to B.C. tournament

Pitt Meadows Secondary’s senior boys will play in the prestigious provincial championships, which tip off March 12 at the Langley Events Centre.

Pitt Meadows Marauders point guard Elijah Lapurga tried to cut past Sardis Falcons guard Cam Servatius Saturday at the Langley Events Centre Field House. The Falcons beat the Marauders 99-70 in the final game of the Fraser Valley senior boys Quad A basketball tournament for both teams. The Falcons and Marauders took the fifth and sixth qualifying spots, respectively, from the Fraser Valley, and as a result are headed to the B.C. championships March 12 to 15 in Langley.

by Troy Landreville

tlandreville@mrtimes.com

BC Winter Games photo

Ridge Meadows Racer Tahlon Flamma during a race.

Racers succeed Every member of the Ridge Meadows Racers speed skating club achieved a personal best and /or collected hardware, while representing Zone 3 Fraser Valley at the recent BC Winter Games in Mission. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

RMMLA medals Ridge Meadows minor lacrosse teams brought home two medals, a bronze and a silver, at the recent lacrosse provincials in Burnaby . • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Golden Ears hosts The B.C. women’s curling championship is returning to Maple Ridge, after an 11-year hiatus. It takes place from Jan. 18 to 25, and showcases B.C.’s top female curlers. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Send your scores and game reports to sports@mrtimes.com

The Pitt Meadows Marauders collected their golden ticket on Friday. What they do with it once they get to the B.C. senior boys Quad A basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) is entirely in their hands. Ranked ninth in B.C. amongst Quad A teams, the Marauders qualified for the 16-team tournament from what many consider to be the toughest zone in the province. They guaranteed themselves at least a top-six finish in the Fraser Valley – and with it a spot in the coveted B.C. tournament running March 12 to 15 – by grinding out a 72-67 win over Heritage Woods on Friday (Feb. 28) at the Langley Events Centre. The top six teams from the Fraser Valley qualify for provincials, and after a tough 99-70 loss to the Sardis Falcons Saturday in Langley, the Marauders slotted into the sixth and final spot. “We reached our goal to get to the B.C.’s and we did not have much left for Sardis,” said Mauraders veteran head coach Rich Goulet. It was a daunting road to the provincials for the Marauders, who went 3-2 at the Fraser Valley tournament. They beat Semiahmoo 73-62 Feb. 21 at Holy Cross High School, lost 79-68 to the Holy Cross Crusaders at Holy Cross on Feb. 24, and edged North Surrey 72-69 Thursday (Feb. 27) at Fleetwood Park Secondary before their aforementioned victory over Heritage

Troy Landreville/TIMES

Pitt Meadows Marauders Grade 11 post Graham Smith manoeuvred with the ball against the Sardis Falcons Saturday. Smith scored 27 points in a losing effort as the The Falcons defeated the Marauders 99-70 in the game deciding the fifth- andsixth-place finishers in the Fraser Valleys. Troy Landreville/TIMES

Woods. Marauders Grade 11 post player Graham Smith was “huge” in the Fraser Valleys, according to Goulet, and his stats show this to be true. The 6’5” Smith tallied 34 points

against Semiahmoo, 37 versus Holy Cross, and 31 against North Surrey. He then racked up 40 points, pulled down 20 rebounds, and registered seven blocks against Heritage Woods. Versus Sardis, Smith led the

Marauders with 27 points and eight rebounds. Also hitting double figures in scoring for Pitt Meadows was Elijah Lapurga (11) and Hakeem Wewala (10). Goulet said that while there are other strong teams from other zones, listing Vancouver College, Churchill, Kelowna, and Claremont as examples, “the Fraser Valley was so deep and tough this year.” “This might have been the toughest group of teams from the Fraser Valley that I have ever seen,” he said. The Marauders open the B.C. Quad A tournament March 12 against Vancouver College. Opening tip-off is 1 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.

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