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A GOOD READ: Girls' grand adventures in print

T here are plenty of exciting adventure books for young boys but it can be hard to find appealing novels of that genre for the primary age group that feature strong female protagonists.

MINTER: New varieties add to pumpkin season

P umpkins are often a child's first introduction to horticulture and from their early history in the Americas to their future in space gardening research, they deserve a little more credit than just being a jack-o'-lantern.

BOOKS PLUS: Get philosophical, get published

COQUITLAM Philosophers' Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver.

GOLDS: Riverview, what's next?

T he provincial government has posted a 115-page draft Heritage Conservation Plan for the Riverview Hospital site for review (see and recently hosted two public open houses to solicit feedback.

A GOOD READ: Mad about Mad Men and books

N ormally, I don't associate watching TV with reading. Imagine, then, my surprise when I began to notice books appearing on Mad Men .

SENIORS: Singing, bingo, exercise, games, bridge & lunch

In the Tri-Cities, there are many groups for seniors with focuses ranging from advocacy to activity. Below are some listings from The Tri-City News ' Community Calendar . Silver Chord Choir, for those over 50, meets Mondays, 3-5 p.m.

SENIORS: Computer training at Port Moody library

Got a computer or technology question that leaves you feeling frustrated? Adults can get one-on-one help from teen volunteers at Port Moody Public Library. You can drop in to the library's ParkLane room any Friday through Nov. 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

SENIORS: Rocktober 12th with the Brick Yard Band in Coquitlam

Are you ready to rock? Coquitlam's Glen Pine Pavilion will host the Brick Yard Band Friday, Oct. 12 from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m., featuring the songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty and CCR. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

BOOKS PLUS: Get spooky, get learning at 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.

FITNESS: The personal touch

The road to fitness can be long and bumpy but a personal trainer can be a useful tool when it comes to battling workout boredom, squashing excuses and staying motivated.