City Centennial Hits the Streets

March 14, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2014-03-13
FILE # 2014-02
For further information contact
Erin Mark, centennial Coordinator 604-465-5454
e-mail: 100years@pittmeadows.bc.ca

CITY CENTENNIAL HITS THE STREETS

PITT MEADOWS, BC – City staff, Council and the Centennial Planning Committee will hit the streets on Tuesday, raising awareness of all of the upcoming events and projects surrounding the City's 100th birthday. Armed with posters, centennial pins and sponsorship information, Centennial supporters will visit local business owners in Meadowvale, Meadowtown, Harris Road and Osprey Village.

Centennial Coordinator Erin Mark looks forward to spreading the word about all the celebrations. “This has already shaped up to be a spectacular year, and the buzz just keeps building,” she said.

Representatives from nearly 35 local community and stakeholder groups have been working together on the Centennial planning committee for over a year and are aiming to create a memorable year for young and old alike. The first major Centennial event will be the Heritage Tea hosted by the Pitt Meadows Museum & Heritage Society, which takes place April 12 at the Heritage Hall. More information is available by calling the Museum at 604.465.4322.

The central Centennial celebration takes place April 25 when Spirit Square will come alive with old style carnival games and interactive community displays. The theme is “Travelling through Time,” including displays from Pitt Meadows Airport with an early twentieth-century canvas fighter plane from the Museum of Flight, the Pacific Model A Ford Club with vintage cars, and local adventurer Chris Cooper will be on hand with his Chief of the River canoe which departs on June 1 on an ambassador trip to Alaska.

Attendees will receive a Centennial passport they can have stamped at the Fair activities and can win prizes. Local sponsors have rallied to generously support the event, and organizations including Vancity, the Pitt Meadows Library, Pitt Meadows Museum & Heritage Society, BC Blueberry Council and the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest will offer fun and educational hands on activities.

That evening, Juno award-winning children's entertainer Charlotte Diamond takes to the stage in the Pitt Meadows Family Rec Centre for a free family concert at 6:00pm, followed by local entertainer DaniElle at 7:00pm. Food vendors and the carnival games continue until 8:00pm.

The party continues the next night on April 26 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club for the Gala of the Century. The Gala includes a buffet dinner and dance featuring the music of Canada's Top Party Band, March Hare, who will be playing music from across the decades. Tickets are $100 each and are available through City Hall. Only 250 tickets are available, and the event is half sold already. Guests are encouraged to wear period costumes.

Centennial Coordinator Erin Mark has been overwhelmed with offers of support, sponsorships and volunteers at the various Centennial events, and the participation of residents in Centennial activities and programs so far. The Centennial team has also held two very successful competitions for both the Centennial logo and street banner designs, engaging hundreds of voters and talented local artists. Finalists for the Citizens of the Century and Future Leaders program will be announced later this spring, and a re-enactment of the first Council meeting is being planned for April 25 as part of the Community Birthday Party and Heritage Fair.

Centennial Co-Chairs Michael Hayes, Rick Higgs and Leslie Norman were proud to announce that all school children have received a historical coloring and activity book full of facts about the City, and that the Centennial Committee is also making grants available for neighbourhoods or community events wishing to add a centennial theme to their own celebrations.

“Through the generous support of the City and Heritage Canada and numerous sponsors, the Centennial has allowed both young and old to come together to be a part of something special. We have had calls from across BC enquiring about how they can be involved.” Mark commented.

More information on all the Centennial events and opportunities to get involved is available on the City's Facebook page at facebook.com/pittmeadows and website or by emailing 100years@pittmeadows.bc.ca.
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