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Cutie Circle Offers Free 4-Week Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners at 411 Seniors Centre Society

Cutie Circle is pleased to partner with the 411 Seniors Centre Society in Vancouver to offer aspiring ukulele players a free 4-week Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners on Monday afternoons this fall.

Intended for absolute beginners with little to no background in music, this workshop will give participants some basic knowledge to begin a journey into music using the happiest instrument on earth from September 10 to October 1. The workshop will conclude with a performance to celebrate our National Seniors Day before the final class.

Date: Mondays, September 10 to October 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 704 – 333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver.
Admission: Free
Registration is required. Please contact Mariko Takashina at 604.684.8171 or by email at mtakashina@411seniors.bc.ca.

Workshop Requirements

Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukulele, music stand, digital tuner and copy of the textbook, Ukulele for Dummies, 2nd Edition. (Please do not be offended by the title of this rather good publication.)

Free Ukulele Lessons and Sing-a-longs at the 7th Annual Bees and Blueberries Festival

Cutie Circle volunteers will be holding free ukulele lessons and sing-a-longs at the 7th Annual Bees and Blueberries Festival in Pitt Meadows on August 18 and 19. Come celebrate the importance of bees and taking care of the environment! Admission is free or by donation to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation for this family friendly event.

Bring your uke and sing with us. Learn to play a song on the ukulele in one minute! Participants taking part in our ukulele lessons will receive certificates of completion. Get your free stickers and/or hand stamped with a ukulele. Our Cuties will be on hand to share their ukulele passion and stories with you.

This post has been updated to include a video from the festival.

The Festival will be giving away some honey and fresh blueberries to early-birds! Be there or be square!

Learn more about bees by taking part in the free guided tours which include a live bee hive opening! Also come see what you can do to keep bees healthy and support our planet by heading over to the planting corner to take home your very own free bee-friendly flower. There will also be free pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo if you want to connect with nature one step further.

Visit the main stage to enjoy a lineup of performers and local favourites, including Dilly the Clown and Juno-nominated children’s singer-songwriter Ginalina. Children entering grades 1 to 4 in September can enter the Sylvan Learning Centre’s spelling bee contest. Pie fans can register for the blueberry pie eating contest. Last but not least, be sure to stick around for a LIVE bee beard performance at the end of both days.

Festival Schedule

Saturday Floor Plan

Sunday Floor Plan

Directions

There will be onsite parking.

Cutie Circle’s 2018-2019 Calendar

Cuties’ Song Circle Dates for the 2018 – 2019 Season

Cutie Circle’s Regular Meeting Dates

We’ll be meeting from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on the following dates.

August 12, 2018
September 9, 2018
October 14, 2018
November 11, 2018
December 16, 2018 ** (moved back due to room availability)
January 13, 2019
February 10, 2019
March 10, 2019
April 14, 2019
May 12, 2019
June 9, 2019
July 14, 2019 (Cutie Circle’s 5th Year)

Complete Event Calendar

Venue Location – Address, Directions and Facility Map

The Evergreen Cultural Centre’s address is 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC.

We’ll be meeting in the Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. As in the past, we will have free parking on Sundays and evenings.

DIRECTIONS

TransCanada Route
From Hwy# 1 take exit 44 and take Highway #7 NORTH (Lougheed) towards Coquitlam Town Centre. We are located just north of Coquitlam Shopping Centre at the corner of Guildford and Pinetree.

Barnet Route
From Barnet Hwy travel east through Port Moody, (along St Johns Street), and Coquitlam (along Barnet Hwy). Turn north (left) on Pinetree Way just east of Coquitlam Shopping Centre.

The Evergreen Cultural Centre is located on the northeast corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way, four blocks north of the Coquitlam Shopping Centre.

PARKING

Evergreen Cultural Centre has a north and south parking lot operated by the City of Coquitlam. Parking is free on Sundays and statutory holidays. Parking is also free in the designated 30-minute parking spaces.

North Lot (Studio Theatre/Art Gallery/Box Office)
Travelling northbound on Pinetree Way, turn right at the traffic control signal at Town Centre Boulevard. Travelling southbound on Pinetree Way, turn left at the traffic control signal at Town Centre Boulevard.

South Lot (Rehearsal Hall)
NEW – note that there is no longer access to our south lot (backstage lot) from Guildford. Access to the lot via the North Lot and then via the driveway on the west side of the building.

NEW LOT – there is a new City of Coquitlam PAID parking lot located at the SE corner of Pinetree and Guildford. Parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays and statutory holidays.


TRANSIT

Beginning December 2, 2016, patrons will be able to travel to the Evergreen Cultural Centre on the Evergreen Skytrain Line extension. We are located immediately adjacent to the Lafarge Lake – Douglas station at the north end of the Evergreen Line.

For more information and a transit schedules, please visit the Translink website.


ACCESSIBILITY

Evergreen Cultural Centre is an entirely wheelchair accessible facility. There are three wheelchair parking spaces next to the drop off area and in close proximity to the centre.

Facility Map

Once you arrive at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, refer to this Facility Map for finding the parking lot, the ramps, the Rehearsal Hall and the Studio Theatre. (Click the image below for a larger version.) The doors to the facility will be opened 15 minutes before our meeting time.

Evergreen Cultural Centre Facility Map

Cutie Circle Ukulele Jamboree on Culture Days 2017

Join the fun and discover a new instrument as you learn to play a song on the ukulele in just five minutes at our Culture Days events. For a complete listing of all the Tri-Cities’ Culture Days happenings, download this 2017 Culture Days Guide.

Cutie Circle volunteers will be celebrating Culture Days on September 30 from 1 to 4pm in the Michael Wright Art Gallery of the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam and on October 1 in Room 789 at Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam.

We will have on hand ukuleles for curious aspiring musicians to try their hands at strumming and singing!

On Saturday, Cuties will also be performing twice at Leigh Square as part of the unveiling of the Canada 150 Mural at 12:15pm and 12:35pm. Come sing and/or strum with us!

Cutie Circle Performs during Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Unveiling
Time: 12:15 – 12:25pm; 12:35 – 12:45pm
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Location: Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Bring your ukulele and join us in the performances as the City of Port Coquitlam unveils its Canada 150 Mosaic Mural.

Cutie Circle Ukulele Jamboree in Port Coquitlam
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Location: Michael Wright Art Gallery, Gathering Place, 2253 Leigh Square, Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Come for a free ukulele lesson between 1:00 and 3:00pm. Bring your ukulele and come for our open jam from 3:00 to 4:00pm.

Cutie Circle Ukulele Jamboree in Coquitlam
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Location: Room 789, Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Come for a free ukulele lesson between 9:00 and 11:00am. Bring your ukulele and come for our open jam from 11:00am to 12:00 noon.

We’ll have on display a fresh-off-the-factory-floor Populele, a smart ukulele that helps ukesters learn new songs.

Check out Canada’s only Conchalele and be immersed in the tropical island-feel!

Better yet, bring your uke and attend our open jam.

We thank Leigh Square of City of Port Coquitlam and the Pinetree Community Centre of City of Coquitlam for sponsoring our events. Special thanks go to Place Des Arts for including us in the Tri-Cities promotion.

Cutie Circle Celebrates Three Years of Ukulele Fun

The Coquitlam Ukulele Tiny Instrument Enthusiasts (Cutie) Circle will be hosting a ukulele birthday bash on Sunday, July 9, to celebrate its third birthday!!!!

There will be cake, a couple of prizes and lots of strumming and singing with friends! First-time visitors are welcome to join us for free this weekend! We’ll be bringing a few extra ukuleles for brand new players to try out at the Circle!

Come between 2 and 4pm this Sunday to the Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Let us celebrate this milestone with family and friends who have supported us the last three years to put on ukulele workshops, concerts, community outreach for newcomers to Canada, ukulele documentary film screenings, and the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Uke ‘N Play public ukulele lending initiative, just to name a few.

We are especially grateful to the many participants of our free 7-Week Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners who have gone on to spreading joy by volunteering their time to host ukulele circles in their own communities and workplace including in Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Vancouver and soon in Maple Ridge this September.

As we look ahead to the coming season, we invite you to be a part of our community outreach at the City of Coquitlam’s Multicultural Day on July 15, 2017 at the Glen Pine Pavilion. We’ll be performing on stage and giving our very popular, free mini-lessons on the ukulele to the public.

We’ll also be celebrating Culture Days with ukulele activities fit for the entire family on September 30 at the Michael Wright Art Gallery, in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam and on October 1 at the Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam.

We would like to thank the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, especially the folks at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and Leigh Square, for the support we receive and look forward to many more happy times shared at these outstanding venues.

As we contemplate the amount of ukulele fun we have had, we send our gratitude to our mentors, including Azo Bell, Jim D’Ville, Manitoba Hal, Kimo Hussey, Zanuck Lindsey, Ralph Shaw, and Jake Shimabukuro. We are thankful to our friends and local ukulele leaders, Gary Cyr, Braden Deans, and Ron Usher who have generously lent their hands from the very start to make sure the Cutie Circle would thrive! We finally thank all the Cuties who volunteered and/or participated in ukulele activities of all manners. Your enthusiasm inspires us daily to spread the ukulele spirit and passion to a larger audience! Thank you for your friendship!

See you all at the Birthday Bash!

 

 

Cutie Circle’s 2017-2018 Calendar

Cuties’ Song Circle Dates for the 2017 – 2018 Season

Cutie Circle’s Regular Meeting Dates

We’ll be meeting from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on the following dates.

July 8, 2017 (We’ll be celebrating Cutie Circle’s Third Birthday.)
August 13, 2017
September 10, 2017
October 15, 2017 ** (moved back for Thanksgiving)
November 12, 2017
December 17, 2017 ** (moved back due to room availability)
January 14, 2018
February 18, 2018 ** (moved back for Family Day)
March 11, 2018
April 8, 2018
May 13, 2018
June 10, 2018
July 8, 2018

Complete Event Calendar

Venue Location – Address, Directions and Facility Map

The Evergreen Cultural Centre’s address is 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC.

We’ll be meeting in the Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. As in the past, we will have free parking on Sundays and evenings.

DIRECTIONS

TransCanada Route
From Hwy# 1 take exit 44 and take Highway #7 NORTH (Lougheed) towards Coquitlam Town Centre. We are located just north of Coquitlam Shopping Centre at the corner of Guildford and Pinetree.

Barnet Route
From Barnet Hwy travel east through Port Moody, (along St Johns Street), and Coquitlam (along Barnet Hwy). Turn north (left) on Pinetree Way just east of Coquitlam Shopping Centre.

The Evergreen Cultural Centre is located on the northeast corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way, four blocks north of the Coquitlam Shopping Centre.

PARKING

Evergreen Cultural Centre has a north and south parking lot operated by the City of Coquitlam. Parking is free on Sundays. Parking is also free in the designated 30-minute parking spaces.

North Lot (Studio Theatre/Art Gallery/Box Office)
Travelling northbound on Pinetree Way, turn right at the traffic control signal at Town Centre Boulevard. Travelling southbound on Pinetree Way, turn left at the traffic control signal at Town Centre Boulevard.

South Lot (Rehearsal Hall)
NEW – note that there is no longer access to our south lot (backstage lot) from Guildford. Access to the lot via the North Lot and then via the driveway on the west side of the building.

NEW LOT – there is a new City of Coquitlam PAID parking lot located at the SE corner of Pinetree and Guildford. Parking is free after 6pm.


TRANSIT

Beginning December 2, 2016, patrons will be able to travel to the Evergreen Cultural Centre on the Evergreen Skytrain Line extension. We are located immediately adjacent to the Lafarge Lake – Douglas station at the north end of the Evergreen Line.

For more information and a transit schedules, please visit the Translink website.


ACCESSIBILITY

Evergreen Cultural Centre is an entirely wheelchair accessible facility. There are three wheelchair parking spaces next to the drop off area and in close proximity to the centre.

Facility Map

Once you arrive at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, refer to this Facility Map for finding the parking lot, the ramps, the Rehearsal Hall and the Studio Theatre. (Click the image below for a larger version.) The doors to the facility will be opened 15 minutes before our meeting time.

Evergreen Cultural Centre Facility Map

Generous Sponsors Help Cutie Circle Amass 50 Ukulele Kits to Start Public Lending Collection at the Fraser Valley Regional Library

ukes

Do you know that starting in October, music lovers from Port Coquitlam to Boston Bar can partake in the joy of ukulele by borrowing the world’s happiest instrument from their local library?

That’s right! Fifty cheerful ukuleles complete with digital tuners and gig bags contributed by Cutie Circle, Empire Music, King’s Music, Ohana Music and our good friend, Linda Thiessen, are coming to the 25 branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) Uke ’n Play Collection (FVRL’s media release). The generous sponsors are committed to bringing music to the people and supported this project right from the start! The dream of putting one uke in every home is getting one step closer to reality!

Thanks to the friendly ukulele players at the Terry Fox Library (who disguised themselves as smiley librarians) in Port Coquitlam, the Cuties and FVRL collaboration was formed in February!

Library

Serving a population of 700,000, the FVRL will add the joy of making music to its offerings. In its typical library fashion, the FVRL will include ukulele instruction books to the lot and assemble them nicely into carrying bags to round out the 50 ukulele kits!

The ukulele lending collection includes a variety of styles and colours to suit different tastes and levels of playfulness. From the standard figure-eight shaped brown soprano ukuleles, to their red glossy cousins, to the huggable pineapple cuties, to the thin-line arched back travel-size ukes decorated with abalone and pearl inlays, there is a ukulele to appeal to every aspiring ukester!

Here’s a sample of the fun collection.

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Ukulele #02

uke23

Ukulele #23

uke38

Ukulele #38

uke50

Ukulele #50

What’s more? The strings of each uke have been carefully stretched by members of the Cutie Circle. In fact, the Cuties have lovingly strummed a handful of happy tunes into the tummy of each and every uke to get the instruments well on their way to meeting their new friends in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. The hope of the Cuties is, of course, that all the people the ukes will touch can then build on these happy vibes and spread the music to their friends and families.

The Cuties also had a farewell party for the ukes to give these babies a grand send-off.

Courtesy of Jerry S.

Courtesy of Jerry S.

The official launch of the lending collection will take place at five of the FVRL locations:

Uke ’n Play launch events will be held at five FVRL locations. Please contact the library for more details.

The ukuleles will be in your neighbourhood in October!

Are you ready?!