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Students can win cash for top essays in Optimists' contest

The Coquitlam Optimist Club is offering $450 in prizes and an opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship in Optimist International's 2011 essay contest. The essay contest is open to students under 19 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2010.

A good evening followed by a good night

Here's a great way to have a good night and sleep tight: Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox Library is offering free evening storytimes for pre-school children and their families on the first Wednesday of every month. The next storytime - Feb.

Babysitters training next week at Pinetree community centre

If you have a young person in your house interested in earning some spending money by babysitting, Pinetree community centre is offering a course.

Recognize champions for the children

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the life of your child? The Tri-Cities Early Childhood Education Development committee would like to honour Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children through its Awards of Excellence program.

Take a walk and win a prize

If you take a walk - inside, out of the elements at Coquitlam's Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex - you can win prizes in the centre's Get Active Walking contest.

Dance for a cause at Zumba school fundraiser

A Coquitlam school is taking a high-energy approach to fundraising next week. Walton elementary, located in the Canyon Springs subdivision, is hosting as a fundraiser an hour-long Zumba class Jan. 26.

Kids, sign up for spelling bee

Spelling enthusiasts who are in Grades 4 or 5 are invited to showcase their skills by competing in the Tri-Cities libraries' fifth annual spelling bee in the new year. The libraries are accepting registrations for four spelling bees to be held Jan.

Understanding is key to compassion for homeless, say Charles Best students

A group of Dr. Charles Best secondary school students has a resolution they want Tri-City residents to adopt for 2011.

Making a connection was in the cards for Charles Best student

More than three weeks have passed since Christmas and the cards, tinsel and other holiday trappings have long been stored or recycled. But for a group of students at Coquitlam's Dr.

Coquitlam workshop on dying - and living - begins next week

Tri-City residents facing the death of a loved one can now benefit from an innovative six-session workshop called Making Dying Liveable featuring author John Izzo.