Dessert concerts to herald Christmas

Maple Ridge Secondary School hosts annual event Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at the ACT.

The MRSS jazz band will be performing at the Dessert Concert series at the ACT Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.

Maple Ridge secondary will put you in a Christmas mood next week with a series of concerts at the ACT.

Organized by Joe Crowell and other parents, the annual event will feature several choirs, ensembles, jazz and concert bands. It will end with a finale of Silent Night to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

The evening also includes dessert, beverages and a silent auction to raise funds for the  high school’s music department.

Besides coordinating the entire event for the past couple of years, Crowell adds a little of his own Christmas cheer by quietly buying the two front rows of the balcony for both concerts and then joins other volunteers to drive seniors from Sunwood Manor, and Willowbrook Manor to attend the events.

Crowell has been helping to fundraise for the concerts in just about every position for almost a decade as his two children made their way through the music department.

• The Dessert Concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the ACT. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $9.50 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 604-476-2787 or visit


Brass players needed

Experienced brass instrument players are needed to supplement Garibaldi secondary’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Rehearsals take place every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  at the school, 24789 Dewdney Trunk Road. For more information, call Rebekah Bell at 604-463-6287 or visit

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