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Chef Dez shares his family recipe for cherry soup. (Chef Dez/Special to Black Press Media)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez offers up cherry soup – serve hot, warm or chilled

Grandma’s recipe was created to help stretch the amount of cherries

  • Jul 21, 2021
The restaurant did a soft opening and has no immediate plans for a grand opening. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Sammy J’s opens its Maple Ridge doors

The restaurant has three other locations in B.C.

The Snowbirds will be flying over Maple Ridge this afternoon. (Special to The News)

Watch for the Snowbirds jets over Maple Ridge this afternoon

Between 3 and 4 p.m. the formation team will do a flyover

The Snowbirds will be flying over Maple Ridge this afternoon. (Special to The News)
The Youth Lounge is back in Pitt Meadows.

Programs for youth reopening in Pitt Meadows

Youth Lounge is back, games in Harris Road Park

The Youth Lounge is back in Pitt Meadows.
The Happenings, organized by Maple Ridge City’s parks, recreation and culture department, was held at the Memorial Peace Park. The first event was on July 9. (Fred Armstrong/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge local striving to promote live music scene in city

Arts lover hopes to revitalize the spirit of residents post-pandemic restrictions

The Happenings, organized by Maple Ridge City’s parks, recreation and culture department, was held at the Memorial Peace Park. The first event was on July 9. (Fred Armstrong/Special to The News)
The Pitt Meadows Summer Serenade concert series will be held Wednesday evenings. (City of Pitt Meadows/Special to The News)

Pitt Meadows hosts summer concert series

Free concerts every Wednesday evening at Spirit Square

The Pitt Meadows Summer Serenade concert series will be held Wednesday evenings. (City of Pitt Meadows/Special to The News)
Hannah Everett and Tyler Boe (of Pitt Meadows) star in Theatre in the Country’s upcoming production of Salt-Water Moon. (Reg Parks/Special to The News)

After months away, Pitt Meadows actor back on stage before live audience

Theatre in the Country revives live stage shows with Salt-Water Moon

Hannah Everett and Tyler Boe (of Pitt Meadows) star in Theatre in the Country’s upcoming production of Salt-Water Moon. (Reg Parks/Special to The News)
Chef Dez offers tips for selecting and baking with cherries.

ON COOKING: Cherries the chef’s utmost favourite fresh fruit

When buying cherries, make sure they’re fully ripe as they don’t ripen after harvest

  • Jul 5, 2021
Chef Dez offers tips for selecting and baking with cherries.
Chief Joe Pierre of the Katzie with a net full of eulachon in 1968. (Maple Ridge Museum and Archives P13406)

Maple Ridge Museum marks National Indigenous History Month

Old photos feature First Nations people from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Chief Joe Pierre of the Katzie with a net full of eulachon in 1968. (Maple Ridge Museum and Archives P13406)
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News columnist Chef Dez expects his newest book, Cooking Around The World, to be shipped July 9.

ON COOKING: COVID inspired book shares recipes from around the globe

News’ columnist, Chef Dez, prepares to release his latest cookbook next month

  • Jun 27, 2021
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News columnist Chef Dez expects his newest book, Cooking Around The World, to be shipped July 9.
A crowd gathered for a concert at the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park in 1994. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P14267/Special to The News)

Music on the Wharf is back, but different…

Starting in mid-July there will be a series of 4 COVID-conscious concerts at Memorial Peace Park

A crowd gathered for a concert at the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park in 1994. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P14267/Special to The News)
The Celtic band Happy Hour will be part of the online concert Friday night. (Special to The News)

Multiculturalism theme of Happenings in Maple Ridge

Virtual concert Friday night at 6 pm features Celtic and Venezuelan bands

The Celtic band Happy Hour will be part of the online concert Friday night. (Special to The News)
The City of Pitt Meadows is inviting the public to a place of reflection at the Rising Spirit Eagle, beside the Katzie First Nation flag in Spirit Square. (The News files)

Pitt Meadows plans to observe Canada Day

Many of us are thinking of our indigenous friends: mayor

The City of Pitt Meadows is inviting the public to a place of reflection at the Rising Spirit Eagle, beside the Katzie First Nation flag in Spirit Square. (The News files)
Big Splash water park is located in Tsawwassen. (submitted photo)

Big Splash reopens Canada Day with changes to keep the water park ‘safe for everyone’

Executive Hotels & Resorts has owned and operated the attraction since 2017

Big Splash water park is located in Tsawwassen. (submitted photo)
Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)

VIDEO: Chilliwack escape artist Matt Johnson dazzles judges on America’s Got Talent

Johnson brought a packed auditorium to its feet with a death-defying stunt

Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)
Before propane, many people used charcoal briquettes in their barbecues. Chef Dez recommends lump charcoal, a different product that enhances what’s being cooked. (Black Press Media files)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez says don’t lump all barbecue fuels in the same category

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows barbecues would benefit from use of lump charcoal

  • Jun 8, 2021
Before propane, many people used charcoal briquettes in their barbecues. Chef Dez recommends lump charcoal, a different product that enhances what’s being cooked. (Black Press Media files)
Julian Taylor’s title song, The Ridge, reflects on memories of visiting his grandparents’ farm in Maple Ridge as a child. The album of the same name, earned him two JUNO nominations this past weekend. (Julian Taylor/Special to The News)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge-inspired album earn musician two JUNO nominations

Summers at his grandparents’ local farm spawn song and namesake CD garnering national recognition

Julian Taylor’s title song, The Ridge, reflects on memories of visiting his grandparents’ farm in Maple Ridge as a child. The album of the same name, earned him two JUNO nominations this past weekend. (Julian Taylor/Special to The News)
The cast of Footloose at Maple Ridge Christian. (Special to The News)

Footloose on stage at Maple Ridge Christian School

Audience can watch full broadway production from their vehicles, listen on FM

The cast of Footloose at Maple Ridge Christian. (Special to The News)
Laura Johnson is working on her new mural at Haney Builders’ Supplies. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Scenes of old Maple Ridge captured in mural

Local artist putting mural on Haney Builders’ Supplies.

Laura Johnson is working on her new mural at Haney Builders’ Supplies. (Neil Corbett/The News)