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MINTER: Get away from it all - go play outside

One of the great escapes may be closer than you think - maybe even just outside your door. We all need a special place to 'get away' from a very busy and sometimes scary world to experience serenity.

YOUR HISTORY: Coquitlam museum has hair crafts. Really

Keepsakes, souvenirs, memory books. Our need to mark and remember significant moments and events with something tangible is central to the sentimentality in all of us.

BOOKS PLUS: Get audiobooks and eBooks on the go

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.

Swimming indoors and outdoors in the Tri-Cities

AKES & OCEANSIDES Belcarra Regional Park Located off Tum-Tumay Whueton Drive - Port Moody 604-520-6442 Group picnic tables, playground, wharf for crabbing, fishing, scuba diving.

A GOOD READ: Explore other worlds with teen fiction

Ready to move from fairies, magical beasts and wizards to other imagined worlds? There are numerous novels in the teen collection that present a darker side of fantasy bordering on science fiction.

A little history around the Tri-City region

One of the fastest growing areas within the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the Tri-Cities area of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody continues to attract thousands of new residents each year.

Be bear aware in Poort Coquitlam

The point that Vanessa Elton wishes to make clear is that when it comes to black bears, there are no absolutes. "Black bears are just as individual as people are," she said.

Tri-City provincial parks and trails

REGIONAL PARKS Pinecone Burke Mountain Provincial Park Pinecone Burke Mountain Provincial Park protects 38,000 hectares of spectacular Coast Mountains terrain south of Garibaldi Provincial Park and north of Coquitlam.

Arts and history in the Tri-Cities

MUSEUMS Port Moody Station Museum - 604-939-1648, 2734 Murray St., Port Moody, BC Moved from its original site on the mainline track and fully restored, this museum has a collection of pioneer artifacts and railway memorabilia. Wheelchair accessible.

Coquitlam's historical cemetaries

Cemetaries can provide a wealth of information for people interested in family and community history, with headstones and plaques as records of how a community and its residents are born, live and die.