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GOLDS: Enjoy the birds of winter in the Tri-Cities

With temperatures dipping low at night and the frosty weather upon us, it's time to put up bird feeders in areas where the bears are no longer roaming.

YOUR HISTORY: Sisterhood of the river in Port Coquitlam

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." These words sum up the lives of Eve Forrest Gulliford and Nel Coyle Forrest, two remarkable and durable women who met and became friends, then family, during some often difficult times.

BOOKS PLUS: Christmas programs and large-print books in Tri-City libraries

Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities' three libraries: Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.

A GOOD READ: Teens can try a variety of fantasy book series

Blockbuster movies such as Star Wars , Avatar and Harry Potter have given many teens a taste for the fantasy genre. Action-packed films featuring strong male heroes have a particular appeal for teen boys, who are notoriously hard to choose books for.

BOOKS PLUS: Law info and Christmas fun in Tri-City libraries

Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities' three libraries: Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.

MINTER: Go green(s) at home during Christmas

Mmm! Nothing smells as wonderful for the Christmas season as fresh greens inside our homes. It's good to see a trend towards more traditional Christmas decorating.

A GOOD READ: From Africa, with love

Of late, I have been reading books that contain African characters or settings. I am gently telling myself to go to Africa and am escaping between the covers until I do.

GOLDS: Turtles lost and found in B.C. wetlands

Wetlands are one of my favourite places to enjoy nature. Sadly, at least 75% of the wetlands that once existed in the lower Fraser Valley have disappeared. Their demise has been mainly due to drainage for agriculture and development.

BOOKS PLUS: Book clubs for kids and adults

Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities' three libraries: Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.

MINTER: Is your Christmas cactus really a cactus?

Have you ever wondered why your Christmas cactus always blooms too early or too late for the Christmas season? The simple answer is that you probably don't have a true Christmas cactus.
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