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GREEN SCENE: Volunteer for Planet Earth all year

It is entirely appropriate that Earth Day (April 22) should follow so closely behind Volunteer Week (April 10 to 16) because many volunteers are outstanding stewards of the environment.

A GOOD READ: Books to help you celebrate Easter

As chocolate eggs and bunnies begin appearing in the stores, we know that Easter is upon us. With all its symbols - from chocolate bunnies and eggs to the more religious symbols of the cross and resurrection - Easter is Canada's main spring festival.

YOUR HISTORY: Early teachers swept the floors - scrubbed them, too

The Little Red Schoolhouse actually existed. It arrived in Coquitlam sometime before 1907 as a result of parents petitioning Victoria for a school in the newly settled community. It was one of hundreds of schools established across B.C.

BOOKS PLUS: Practise French or English, enjoy some music

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: The simple garden pea has a long, sweet history

We take many things for granted today, often not fully appreciating the amount of research, hard work or even the fascinating history behind some of our edible plants. Take the garden pea, for example.

A GOOD READ: Reading, cooking and eating

Struggling with weight gain is my lifetime preoccupation.

SENIORS: Glen Pine Pavilion offers a variety of classes

Glen Pine Pavilion features arts instruction, wellness information and a little bit of dancing this month.

SENIORS: Yoga and pilates for older adults

Yoga and pilates are being combined in a class for people 50 and older starting April 18 at Dogwood Pavilion. Omega Conway will lead this program, which runs Mondays until May 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

SENIORS: Minds in Motion comes to Tri-Cities

A new program aims to exercise people's memories.

SENIORS: Study sheds light on siblings who care for senior parents

Family caregivers who care for aging parents encounter caregiver stress, life-and-death medical crises, financial problems and property disputes.