THINGS TO DO: Francophone festival
Welcome to the weekend, folks. Whatever the weather, there is something to keep you and yours busy, and keep the winter blues at bay.
Friday, March 2
ZUMBA TO CUBA
Help the Terry Fox secondary music students raise money for a trip to Cuba this spring, and get fit, too, at a Zumba (a Latin-dance style fitness class) and beauty event tonight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (1260 Riverwood Gate, PoCo) and the event runs until 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance (contact email@example.com or Curves at 604-472-1025) or $15 at the door.
Saturday, March 3
WALK WITH ME
Join Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart on a walk through Mundy Park this morning at 8 a.m. The free event is open to people of all ages (and dogs on a leash) and will be lead by a fitness trainer. Meet at the Spani Pool parking lot.
Central Community School (2260 Central Ave., PoCo) hosts a fundraiser swap meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and promises something for everyone. Entrance is $1 before 11:30 a.m. and free after that. Tables are still available ($25 or $35 for commercial vendors). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Gleneagle secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam) hosts a Kids Helping Kids swap meet to raise money for a school in Ecuador, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
ARE YOU PREPARED?
Be ready for an emergency by taking one of Port Coquitlam’s free emergency preparedness seminars, on today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants (open to PoCo residents) will learn to survive without aid for the first three days, identify unsafe conditions, basic fire suppression and more. Space is limited; register at 604-927-5466 or at www.portcoquitlam.ca/ep. The next seminar is May 26.
FOR WEE ONES
Bring the little ones to the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, PoCo) for Tiny Tots: Sailing the Musical Seas with Lisa and Lucy. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presentation gives kids (and their parents, too) a chance to jump and clap, swing and sing with Presto the Porpoise and Largo the Tortoise. Shows run this morning at 10 and 11:30 p.m. Visit www.terryfoxtheatre.com or call 604-927-8400 for tickets.
It’s the 23rd annual Festival du Bois, full of foot-stompin’ francophone fun for the whole family. The festivities get started at noon today, with young Squamish fiddler Jocelyn Pettit wowing crowds from the main stage. Music continues throughout the day, so be sure to stick around for a poutine dinner and the evening shows by Tanga and La Ligue du Bonheur. Get back to Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for all-day entertainment, starting with Les Echos du Pacifique. And don’t forget to drop by the workshop and children’s tents for interactive activities. Visit www.festivaldubois.ca for a full schedule and tickets.
Two great things — bingo and meat — come together at the PoCo Legion (2675 Shaughnessy St.), which is hosting a free bingo session at 1 p.m. and a meat draw at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome; call 604-942-8911 for details.
The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble gets with it with a pop/rock-inspired concert, featuring everything from the “pretty to the gritty to the Zappa-esque,” tonight at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way). For tickets, check 604-927-6555 or www.pswe.ca.
Sunday, March 4
The Felice Women’s Choir takes audiences on a musical journey featuring everything from country to gospel, jazz and even Latin tunes, today at 1:30 p.m. at the Terry Fox Theatre. Tickets are $10/$5, available at 604-927-8400 or www.terryfoxtheatre.com.
HANSEL & GRETEL
Vancouver Opera in Schools presents a dark, enchanting version of this classic fairy tale at the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 2 p.m. The show is based on Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera version of the Grimm Brothers’ fable. Tickets are $18/$10, at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca or 604-927-6555.
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