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MINTER: Dogwoods belong to a large and diverse family

W hen we mention dogwoods, most folks think of our provincial flower, which comes from the native dogwood, 'Cornus nuttallii' or the beautiful pink 'floridas'. But, actually, the dogwood family is large and quite diverse.

A GOOD READ: Books for cooks and eaters

E veryone eats every day so it's no surprise that there's a glut of fabulous books about eating and cooking.

BOOKS PLUS: Poetry slam, Suzuki movie, storytimes and English practice

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: Celebrate trees on Earth Day

F rom my childhood, I fondly remember a piece of my grandmother's cross-stitched embroidery that she had framed and hung for display.

MINTER: Move your vegetable garden for good results

W ell, it's finally here: the beginning of our vegetable gardening season. But before you lift even one shovel full of soil, let me offer a few suggestions on how to achieve better success with your vegetable garden this year.

A GOOD READ: Few words but powerful stories in kids' books

S haring a great picture book with a child can be a magical experience. As you explore together, you learn about the world, about each other and about the world of the imagination.

SENIORS: Dogwood fun includes food & wine, yoga & pilates

FOOD & WINE If you're 50 or older, you can expand your cooking skills and knowledge of food with instructor Monica Hanser on Mondays this month at Coquitlam's Dogwood Pavilion .

SENIORS: Seniors' activities abound in Coquitlam, PoCo, Port Moody

Following are listings taken from the Seniors category of The Tri-City News' Community Calendar : New Age Seniors bingo every Friday, 1 p.m., Mike Butler Room, Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St., Coquitlam; consists of 15 games (5 cents per card).

MINTER: Get ready for June strawberries

I t's hard to imagine a June garden without the mouth-watering flavour of strawberries and the good news is, planted now, both the 'everbearing' and 'day neutral' varieties will produce fruit this year.

BOOKS PLUS: Tri-City libraries mark Earth Day

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.