THINGS-TO-DO GUIDE: Christmas clean-up time
WIth all the holiday hubbub done it’s time to clear out all the Christmas decor then kick back, relax and join in some centennial fun.
TODAY: Friday, Jan. 4
POCO 100th LAUNCH
Port Coquitlam officially launches its centennial year festivities with a free community party at the PoCo recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave.). Bring your skates (or rent them) for the free public skate, with live entertainment from the Timebenders, who promise 50 years of musical hits and 22 costume changes. Just want to sit back and watch the show? The bleachers will be open and available for viewing. Call 604-927-7970 or visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/100 for more information.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Time to pack up the pretty decorations, roll up the light strands and haul that Christmas tree out to one of several locations offering by-donation tree-chipping this weekend:
• Coquitlam: Kinsmen Club/1st Kinsmen Scout Group runs Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Centre Stadium Parking lot; Kinsmen Club/Centennial Music Department runs Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial secondary (570 Poirier St.); Friends of Mundy Park runs Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mundy Park gravel lot off Hillcrest Avenue; Scouts Fracophones de Maillardville runs Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Canadian Tire (1200 Sequin Dr., near Ikea).
• Port Coquitlam: Cedar Drive elementary (3150 Cedar Dr.) runs Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot; Port Coquitlam Fire Hall #1 (1725 Broadway St.) runs Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lights, strands and styrofoam also collected) or call 604-927-5405 to arrange for tree pick-up (minimum $10), proceeds go to BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund; Art Knapp’s (1300 Dominion Ave.) accepts trees daily until Jan. 20, with proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
• Port Moody: Port Moody Fire Hall #1 (200 Ioco Rd.) Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for minimum $5 donation. Coffee, hot chocolate and vehicle vacuuming available; proceeds go to BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
Scratching your head over what to do with the pile of post-holiday empties? Help out the 10th Coquitlam Scouts, who are holding a bottle drive in the Walton elementary (Canyon Springs) area today. Call Wendy at 604-944-7665 for more information.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Now that the new year is here many of us are looking to learn something new, try a fitness class or test our creative abilities. Good thing each of the Tri-Cities offers a wide variety of recreation, arts and sports programs for all ages. Most programs are starting next week so be sure to check out the Winter 2013 program guides for Coquitlam (signmeup.coquitlam.ca), Port Coquitlam (www.portcoquitlam.ca - search for Leisure Guide) and Port Moody (www.portmoody.ca Winter 2013 Happening Guide), available online, to find classes that will inspire and invigorate the whole family.
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