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SIGN ME UP: Port Moody hatchery needs helpers

The Noons Creek Hatchery is always a busy place and the people who run it are looking for some helping hands. Operated by the Port Moody Ecological Society, the hatchery needs volunteers on weekdays for an hour or more to help with operations.

SIGN ME UP: Babies and books

You can discover the pleasure of reading with your baby at Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox Library with Babytime for children up to 12 months and their caregivers. The program will run on Fridays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 7, 10:15 to 10:40 a.m.

SIGN ME UP: Walk for Life Aug. 21 at Coquitlam's Town Centre

Walk to find a cure and prevent kidney disease during the Walk for Life around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam Sunday, Aug. 21.

SIGN ME UP: Red Cross needs loan help

The Canadian Red Cross' health equipment loan program (HELP) depot in Port Coquitlam is in need of more volunteers. Volunteer support is critical in order to continue to loan health equipment to those in need.

SIGN ME UP: Be your best

Any woman who has experienced abuse needs a little help and Tri-City Transitions is providing that with a support group. Learning to Be the Best I Can Be is an ongoing peer support group for women who have experienced abuse or family conflict.

SIGN ME UP: Hoops, balls and birdies in Coquitlam

The following programs are available for Coquitlam youth: Youth Basketball Get ready for some basketball action in this casual drop-in. Brush up on your skills, learn new ones or join a game of pick up. This program is on Mondays from 5:45-7:45 p.m.

BOOKS PLUS: Medals, get your reading club medals

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: Want a crocus for fall? It's a lily, really

August is the only time of year to plant an easy-to-grow giant crocus that blooms a few weeks later - in September. Fall blooming colchicums go by the name of 'Autumn Crocus', although they are not really a crocus at all.

YORKE: There's more to travel than tourist traps

For a little R&R this summer, I headed to Bangkok with my mother. After balancing four summer jobs in Hong Kong, it was time for a little relaxation and indulgence before I head back to windy Chicago and school.

GREEN SCENE: How do we judge region's ecological health?

If there is one thing government bureaucrats should know by now, it is that summer is the wrong time to consult with the public.
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