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Ron and Paul Mattson have a special display at their house, located at 602 Cottonwood Dr. in Coquitlam. While other displays may have more lights, the music’s the thing at their house.

The Light List: Who’s brightening up the nights in the Tri-Cities With the kids out of school, it’s a good time to check out the Christmas light displays put up thanks to the hard work of Tri-City residents. For a list of such local displays, see page 2. And for more on several of those displays and the people who create them, check out the video at produced by Sarah Massah, a Port Moody resident and BCIT broadcast journalism student.



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is the season and following is a list of large local light displays in the Tri-Cities for Christmas:

COQUITLAM • 2988 Forestridge Pl.: The Bilesky family display features lots of lights and yard decorations, ranging from Disney characters, wise men and angels to a herd of grazing reindeer on the rooftop; a six-foot Santa greets visitors at the front door and another Santa waves as he appears from out of the chimney. Donations accepted for St. Paul’s Hospital. • 2638 Brewster Dr.: Head indoors to check out a spectacular miniature Christmas village display in a heated garage. The village is open to the public Dec. 21, 28 and 30 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome look over the details of more than 200 buildings and 50 animated units, three trains and thousands of blinking lights. There is a Santa parade in the downtown, a North Pole, fishermen’s wharf and a winter sports hillside with snowboarders and a ski gondola. The village also has a McDonalds, an airport and Harley Davidson and Ford dealerships, as well as several flying Santas. • 602 Cottonwood Ave.: Paul Mattson’s display is up again this year. There are more than 12,000 LED lights controlled by computer and co-ordinated to music, with 96 separate circuits. Directions, hours of operation and videos from 2008 and 2009 can be viewed at (2010 videos will be posted mid-December). Donations are collected in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation ( • 646 Claremont St.: Complete nativity

play over the years and there are now more than 20,000 lights, Santa’s workshop at the top of candy cane lane, busy elves and .com Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the yard. Rudolph and his friends are waiting on the roof with Santa’s sleigh of toys and goodies, and you can hear the carollers in the yard. The display is open daily from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and donations will gratefully be accepted for the Empty Stocking Fund. • 1781 Manning Ave.: The Thomas family’s display, a longtime fixture in the area, boasts 2,500 lights, reindeers and blow-up figures. • 1039 Parana Dr.: Karen and Murray Frank invite you to visit their display, which they’ve put to music you can hear by tuning your car radio to FM 107.9 while checking it out. They are also collecting cheques, made payable to the Canadian Cancer Society, for their charity Ironcops for Cancer. (You can view a video of their 2009 display at gallery. • 3970 Cedar Dr.: The Hughes family’s display features more than 50,000 lights and Santa and all nine of his reindeer on the roof, plus window silhouettes, trees, angels, stars and more. It’s open 5 to 11 p.m. daily until Jan. 1, 2011. • 3313 Rae St.: Dale Brindley’s home display will be open daily in December, offering 50,000 lights, several ground displays and even a light show. Donations to the food bank will be accepted.

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For a variation on the Christmas light display, you can check out this indoor miniature Christmas village at 2638 Brewster Dr. in Coquitlam. display, Santa and Mrs. Claus and friends, lots of Christmas trees strung with light, lights flashing to the tune of carols and more — more than 7,000 lights. Open 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 7. Donations will be collected for Knights of Columbus charities. • 927 Lillian St.: The Romas family has a lovely display of thousands of twinkling lights and snowflakes, reindeers, angels, toy soldiers, polar bears, penguins, snowmen, presents, horse and carriage, Santa, candy canes, etc. Open daily from 4:30 to 11 p.m. until Jan. 4. • 678 Folsom St.: As seen on TV and the internet, The Magic of lights live here. Viewed each year by thousands of people,

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this display features 50,000plus lights that, controlled by hundreds of microprocessors and computers, are programmed to twinkle, dance and move in patwww. terns. There are 36 panel displays, a rooftop digital display of lights and Santa waving, not to mention a herd of moving reindeer, shooting stars, bells, rope light displays, spiral trees and much more. • 1440 Cambridge Dr.: Bruce Murphy has done a great job again this year with his light display, complete with an electric train with bells and whistles, electric tram with falling snow, five geese pulling a sleigh and a giant candle. He also has a huge metre wreath and a gingerbread house with all the gingerbread men. There are approximately 30,000 lights with music and a huge nativity scene. Donations are being collected for BC Children’s Hospital. Hours of operation are 5:30 to 11 p.m. daily. • 669 Folsom St.: Check out Diana Wagner’s cheerful window display and old world Santa’s village from 4:30 to 10 p.m. daily. • 1417 Garibaldi Pl.: John and Trudy Wolff invite you to enjoy a display of 120 hand-painted pieces and 5,000 lights featuring both traditional (manger, shepherds, angels, wise men) and contemporary (Santa and reindeer, toy trains, skaters, nutcrackers) Christmas images.

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Gift Ideas When You’re Pressed for Time

Last minute ideas for Children subscription to a children’s magazine would Those who haven’t yet started shopping • Pop into a toy store or a department store also work, seeing as children love getting may feel pressed for time and worry that they will not be able to find gifts for everyone and pick up a cuddly stuffed animal. mail. • Buy an art set for older children, full of • Few kids will turn down a DVD of their on their lists -- at least gifts that don’t look paints and markers. If a complete set can’t favourite television characters. The DVDs like they were afterthoughts. But good gifts be found, make an art package with a bunch can be found in the eleventh hour. Here are should feature an age-appropriateness rating of supplies packed into a gift bag. to make choosing one even easier. some suggestions: • Choose an educational gift that is still Last minute ideas for Teenagers Last minute ideas for Adults fun, like alphabet flash cards or puzzles. A • Visit the local liquor store for a bottle of • Teenage girls may appreciate a gift wine in the price range desired. Wrap it in a wine bag or leave it as is with a nice bow. • Pick up passes to a local attraction, such as an amusement park or a museum. Put together tickets for a play paired with a soundtrack of the production. • Food is often appreciated. A box of fine chocolates or one of those edible fruit arrangements will be a tasteful, and tasty, gift. • Fill a large bowl with a scooper, sprinkles, cherries, and other toppings for making ice cream sundaes. • Pick a gift that embraces the holiday spirit. Holiday music, ornaments or table decorations can be used Christmas is right around the corner. If you have to purchase last-minute gifts, be sure they don’t look like an afterthought. this year or next.

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Shopping for Cameras this Christmas? By David Lai


A picture is worth a thousand words – an expression which means more today than it has in the past. With recent developments in digital technology and camera programming, capturing images is far simpler now compared to the days of film. With so many options available, choosing the right camera is really a decision making process that requires some advance planning. If you’re planning on purchasing cameras over the holidays here are some tips to consider when shopping: How do I know what type of camera to buy? There is a camera for every person’s needs. Choosing the right camera can be similar to choosing the perfect ice cream from a store with hundreds of flavours. Most cameras will fill the simple needs, but to get the most from your investment, one must choose a camera that is best matched for the job. Knowing the intended use and what types or styles of images that the person would like to take will make the selection process easier. Having a clear expectation of what the camera needs to do, will give you the criteria for deciding which cameras to select for a gift or your own personal use. What are the main types of cameras? The two main styles of cameras are compact cameras known as ‘Point and Shoots’, and dSLR’s, which are usually larger cameras with interchangeable lenses. Point and Shoot cameras are designed to be small, compact and easy to use while dSLR’s are designed to be used with many different lenses, flashes and other accessory options. What is the price range of a camera?

Prices will vary from model to model. Prices for a basic compact camera start at around 90 dollars and go into the thousands for the professional SLR’s. A good starting point for a basic compact camera is around the $100-$200 range. At what age are cameras appropriate gifts for children? Cameras are small enough and easy enough to use that almost any individual can use them. There is no recommended starting age, but as a guideline, if the child can communicate with you, then they can operate a camera. My two and a half year old niece often uses one of my compact cameras to take pictures with. She has become quite the accomplished photographer after learning which buttons to press. Although she can not be trusted to carry a camera on an outing, she can be given a camera around the house and will take pictures as she sees fit. For children, I recommend cameras which are designed for more rugged use or are waterproof. There are several models of these rugged compact cameras such as Canon Powershot D10 or Pentax Optio W90 (both available at Broadway Camera). What kind of batteries do I need? Power demands are an important consideration

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Sunny Farm Market A lot of the credit goes to the volunteers. According to Malcolm Kennedy, the ORN Tri-Cities volunteer coordinator, “Our volunteers have been amazing. We put the call out to the community and they’ve delivered. Most nights there have been between 6-10 teams of three

volunteers on the roads.” The service runs the four Friday and Saturday nights leading up to Christmas as well as New Years Eve and while they’re doing well for volunteers for this weekend, Kennedy says they could use some help for New Years. “New Years Eve is always the busiest night and it’s pretty hard to get enough volunteers. If you don’t have

any plans at the moment, why not plan to make a difference in the community by making sure people get home safely and at the same time helping raise money so that kids from needy families get a chance to play sports.” KidSport Tri-Cities Chair, Chris Wilson, says the support from ORN volunteers is amazing. “We rely on the fundraising side of Operation Red Nose every year and this year we really leaned on our supporters. We’ve also had some of the parents of the kids we support volunteering. It’s been great. If anyone can help for New Years Eve, it would make a huge difference” Applications need to be in by Dec 20th. If you’re able to volunteer, email For more information, please contact: Malcolm Kennedy - Malcolm.laptop@ , 604 941-8606, Clive Evans –, or Chris Wilson - cwilson630@ - 604 341-0241

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Tips to Shed Those Holiday Pounds The holiday season is a time of year with many traditions, from family outings to the local Christmas tree farm to get-togethers over holiday meals to gift exchanges with coworkers. However, not all traditions are as popular as gift giving or Christmas vacations. One such tradition that many would like to avoid is packing on a few extra pounds during the holiday season. While that’s certainly the healthiest decision to make, it’s also the most difficult, particularly for those who find themselves spending ample time attending the host of holiday-themed social gatherings throughout the season. For those who find themselves looking to shed a few extra pounds each January, the following plan should help accomplish that first goal of the New Year. • Practice portion control. Oftentimes, many people don’t have a problem with what their eating, but how much they’re eating. Resolving to avoid certain items is likely going to increase desire for those items, which is a recipe for overindulgence should you eventually cave in. When it comes to holiday foods, simply manage your portions and eat every meal in moderation. • Don’t save up your calories. Though it might seem like it doesn’t matter when you get your 2,000 calories a day, it actually does. For example, you can’t forgo breakfast and lunch with the idea of cashing in on your daily calorie intake at dinner. You will end up overeating under such a circumstance, and it’s

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Give the Gift of French Lessons French Lessons for beginners Thursday, 6:30 pm to 8 pm Starting January 13 10 lessons $100

Improving the lives of Women and Girls in our Community and throughout the world.

French Lessons for Intermediate Level

Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities welcomes all business & professional women interested in making a difference in our community.

Tuesday, 6:30 pm to 8 pm Starting January 11 10 lessons $100

contact us at & visit our website for more information

Best for Women

Yoga in French! Monday, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Starting January 17, 10 lessons $100 These activities are offered to Société francophone de Maillardville members. Yearly membership available for $10.

Happy Holidays

Soroptimists of Tri-Cities extend warm wishes for a celebration of peace and joy for the holidays and throughout the new year!

From your friends at

Your Maillardville French For more information or to register: Cultural Centre is located at 604-515-7070 942-B, Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam info@maillardville •

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Sincere thanks to our sponsors, many supporters and especially the children, teachers and parents of Anmore Elementary School for their outstanding dedication to the “Warm Place for Women” event where fun, friendship and support is given to women in need in our community. Would you like to be part of a women’s multicultural friendship group? Contact Colleen @ 604-351-5866

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12 Tri-City News Sunday, December 19, 2010

It doesn’t feel like Christmas when your kids are hungry. F

or many of us, the holiday season is filled with cheer. It’s a chance to spend time with family and friends and to enjoy life. And that’s a wonderful thing. Unfortunately for many in our community, there are daily challenges to face; including getting enough to eat. In the current economic times, there are more and more people who can’t make ends meet. They are the person who sits on the bus beside you each morning or the one who smiles and holds the door open for you as you enter a building. They are the man on the street holding a sign that says: “looking for work” or the woman in the local park whose child plays with yours on the swing. They are our friends and neighbours. They are our community. In these tough economic times, more people turn to the food bank. The SHARE Food Bank needs your support more than ever. Right now, they are providing approximately 1000 families with food relief every two weeks. An incredible 45% of recipients are children. Even with the generosity of the community, the SHARE Food Bank can’t keep up with the growing demand.

The current demand is overwhelming and the SHARE Food Bank needs your help more than ever. No child should ever go hungry. At this festive time of year, we are asking you to think of others in our community. Every donation matters—from the small to the large. Please open your hearts—and your wallets—and help the SHARE Food Bank to help those in need. It may be the best present you’ve ever given. Let’s make it feel like Christmas for everyone. Call SHARE Community Services now with your donation.

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