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A GOOD READ: Try cookbooks for season's eatings

C hristmas is a week away and, if you're like me, you're looking forward to all of the fabulous food that accompanies the holiday season. Now is the time to get together with friends and family and share delicious meals and fabulous treats.

SENIORS: Tri-City groups aplenty for seniors

Below are listings taken from the Seniors section of The Tri-City News' Community Calendar : Dogwood Songsters meet every Monday, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Dogwood Pavilion; group also visits and entertains at seniors' facilities weekly.

SENIORS: Be a Santa to a senior in need

With the support of area retailers, volunteers and members of the community, the local Home Instead Senior Care office will collect and distribute gifts to seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

BOOKS PLUS: Celebrate the season, coffee talk and Xmas shopping

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.

GOLDS: Christmas is for the birds and those who count them

Y ou might see some people in local parks this weekend scanning the trees with binoculars as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. This year will be the 20th year this event has been held in the Tri-Cities.

YOUR HISTORY: Gifts were handmade and few in early days of Coquitlam

I t is beginning to seem a lot like Christmas at Mackin House Museum, which is dressed up for the season in a look back at life in the early 1900s.

MINTER: Helleborus heck of an alternative to poinsettias

P oinsettias have a long and interesting history, becoming the number one indoor potted plant grown in the world today. The many new varieties and colours produced each year keep them at the forefront as a Christmas season plant.

YOUR HISTORY: Gifts were handmade and few in early days of Coquitlam

I t is beginning to seem a lot like Christmas at Mackin House Museum, which is dressed up for the season in a look back at life in the early 1900s.

FITNESS: What the PoMo regulars do

Presents for parents? Check. Toys for the kids? Check, check. A special memento for your loving spouse who does all the stuff around the house that you don't want to do? Check, check, check.

A GOOD READ: Share seasonal picture books with children

C hristmas is coming and kids of all ages are getting excited about the decorations, the carols, the guy in the red suit oh yeah, and the presents.