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July 2011 Archives

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I'll be on vacation for the next three weeks, and you'll be hearing guest hosts Chris Walker, Matthew Lazin-Ryder and Karen Burgess on B.C. Almanac.  I plan to be somewhere near a lake in the Cariboo or on a Gulf Island -- weather permitting. Please keep your photos coming for the Listeners' Lens. I'll add them after my return on August 8th. Ciao.
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Philup the mascot

P1020032.JPGThe folks (and mascot) from Coquitlam's SHARE Food Bank dropped by earlier today with this message:

"On July 21SHARE Family and Community Services Society in partnership with Coquitlam Centre will be hosting the SHARE Food Bank Fill Up.

From 9:00am till 9:00pm come on down to Coquitlam Centre parking lot on the corner of Barnet & Johnson in Coquitlam with non-perishable food donations for SHARE Food Bank; and join in this fun filled day which includes hotdogs, giveaways, and activities for the kids, including meeting Philup, SHARE's Food Bank mascot.

All non-perishable food items and financial contributions will support SHARE Food Bank. Coquitlam Centre is located at 2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC."

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Summer goes inside

P1020030.JPG The picnic table in front of CBC tells the story. We're moving today's Musical Nooner performance by Locarno indoors. CBC meteorologist Claire Martin tells us this is pretty much normal for the rain coast - made all the more dreary by that cool, wet spring.
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Hollywood North in the summer


Residents of Fort Langley were doing double-takes on Tuesday evening. The front of the community hall is being transformed into a set for another Hollywood North production, "Trading Christmas." Snowball fight anyone?

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Musical Nooners continue


40 concerts in 40 lunch hours here at CBC on Hamilton Street. T.Nile (right) and her pals warm up before their recent show.
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Semi-rural commute

One of the few farms remaining on the northern edge of Langley suburbia (I'm partial to herefords as my grandparents used to raise them.) From this morning's cycle commute to the West Coast Express at Maple Meadows.
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The Barbecue Beckons


Chef Jonathan Chovancek whipped up this wonderful new potato salad with grilled vegetables and halibut cheeks on the barbeque. All fresh, all B.C. The owner of Kale and Nori Culinary Arts will have more tips on sustainable cooking in the days ahead. Find the recipes here.

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Klahowya = Welcome


George Taylor is the enthusiastic leader of the Le-La-La Dancers from the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation on Northern Vancouver Island. He's also part of Klahowya Village at Stanley Park, operated by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C. Jump aboard the Spirit Catcher Train, see live cultural performances, aboriginal crafts and listen to traditional storytelling. With more than 40 different First Nations involved, it's an excellent place to learn more about B.C.'s diverse aboriginal communities. More to come on B.C. Almanac.
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Morning commute

View from aboard the West Coast Express. The Pitt River is a beautiful sight each morning, and running very high with the (late) freshet. A sawmill on the western bank processes the logs waiting in these booms.
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Sojourners at Musical Nooner

Marcus Mosely, Khari McClelland & Will Sanders are The Sojourners and sing gospel music with passion and flair. They'll be performing this lunch hour on the plaza stage here at CBC as part of our Musical Nooners series (40 concerts in 40 days). They're also up for another Western Canadian Music Award.
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Sunshine. Finally.

Sunshine's here, drawing people outside. This is the lower end of Robson Street directly behind CBC; the $365 million B.C. Place renovation and upgrade continues in the background.