THINGS TO DO GUIDE: Christmas cheer, improvised
TODAY: Friday, Dec. 2
FOR THE LOVE OF CRAFTS
Think local, think handmade, and check out the 31st annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Sale running from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 624 Poirier St. There will be 120 vendors with jewelry, pottery, woodwork, glassware, textiles, food and more. Admission is $2; partial proceeds go to charities. Visit www.coquitlamcraft.com.
HOCKEY NIGHT IN COQUITLAM
Watch the Canucks Alumni — with Cliff Ronning, Kirk McLean and Thomas Gradin — face off against Coquitlam Firefighters in a charity hockey game to benefit PoCoMo Youth Services tonight at 7 p.m. at the Poirier Leisure Complex (633 Poirier Ave.). Tickets are $7/adult, $20/family of four, available from the Coquitlam Express or PoCoMo offices (cash only) or with PayPal online at www.pocomo.org.
Kick off the weekend with the musical stylings of Stringz Aloud, featuring Susan Vigneux and Don Kellett playing a mix of swing, jazz and traditional tunes on guitar, mandolin and steel guitar at the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse at the Gathering Place at Leigh Square. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds support Crossroads Hospice Society.
Catch the last installment of MetFest, SD43’s annual one-act play festival, at Heritage Woods secondary. There’s a mix of different plays and each are adjudicated by professional actor and director Michael Fera. Plays start at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3
And help out the 1st Port Coquitlam Scout Group, which is holding a bottle drive at Kilmer elementary (1575 Knappen St., PoCo) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Want yours picked up? Call 604-562-4471.
It’s your last chance to scoop up tasty treats at the Tri-Cities Bakers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Do remember to bring three items of non-perishable food for the Share food bank and you’ll be entered to win a basket of baked goods. Visit tricitiesmarket.blogspot.com.
A Christmas market at the River Springs Recreation Centre (1950 Lodge Dr., Coquitlam) will support the Gaby Davis Foundation, which gives financial grants to families of children with cancer to help them through the holidays. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; admission is free.
The Caulfield School of Dance is hosting a Christmas party fundraiser from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Moody middle (3115 St. John’s St., PoMo), featuring a silent auction, bake sale, entertainment and more.
LIGHT IT UP
Make a lantern and be part of Light up the Square: A Lantern Affair, presented by Place des Arts, Mackin House Museum and Gare de Fraser Mills, starting at 4:30 p.m. The indoor festivities include a musical version of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by RAProductions (5:30 p.m.), storytelling at Mackin Museum and performances by PdA’s students. Check out the arts and crafts demos, cookie decorating, the pottery sale and more. Visit www.placedesarts.ca for a full line-up of events and more information.
SING WITH JOY
Coquitlam Chorale, with director Justin Maller and pianist Lorna Yeates, presents Sing with Joy, a collection of seasonal classics tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Tickets are $20/$10, available from Chorale members or by calling Sherri at 604-970-8070. Visit www.coquitlamchorale.com.
Sunday, Dec. 4
Pick up some winter produce or a fabulous hand-crafted gift at the winter market run by the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Rd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
BLEED & FEED
Yes, December is a busy time, but take a moment to appreciate your health and wealth — and pass it along. The second annual Bleed & Feed event combines a blood drive for Canadian Blood Services and a food drive for Share. There is a tremendous need for blood donors, both for trauma victims and patients undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments, surgeries and transplants, and food donations at this time of year, so do your part. Book an appointment at clinics taking place throughout the Tri-Cities from Dec. 4 to 29; visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE for details.
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