12 things to do this weekend

First weekend of spring brings movies, birding trips in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody

Friday, March 22

MOVIE DAY
Take the kids to the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) where the Port Moody Public Library will roll the film Christopher Robin, from 2 to 4 p.m., during spring break. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; children under 10 must be with an adult. No cost. Visit library.portmoody.ca.

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GRAB A PARTNER
The 30th annual Festival du Bois opens with an all-ages Contra Dance — free to the public — featuring the sounds of The Sybaritic String Band, starting at 7 p.m. in the Grand Chapiteau (Big Tent) at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Visit festivaldubois.ca.

ALL FOR ONE
Students with the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society show The Three Musketeers, a production directed by Sharon Malone, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Tickets are $20/$15 via eventbrite.ca. Call 604-785-1405 or visit emeraldpig.ca.

 

Saturday, March 23

OSPREY WATCH
Larry Cowan and members of the Vancouver Naturalists lead a half-day birding trip around the DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada regional park. Meet at 9 a.m. at the DeBoville Slough parking lot (4090 Cedar Dr., Port Coquitlam) for the free hike. Call 604-307-0931.

TOT LITERACY
Parents and caregivers can bring their babies and toddlers to the Coquitlam Public Library (City Centre branch, 1169 Pinetree Way) to sing songs and read stories, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. No cost. Visit coqlibrary.ca.

FESTIVAL DU BOIS
Dress in plaid and don your frog toque for the 30th annual Festival du Bois, one of the largest gatherings of francophones and francophiles in western Canada. Tuck into Quebecois fare such as poutine, tourtiere and maple sugar pies while enjoying the French Lumberjack Ale — brewed exclusively by Yellow Dog Brewing for the fete. The music in the Grand Chapiteau (Big Tent) at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) starts at 11:45 a.m. with world beats from Jou Tou and wrap up with a performance starting at 7:10 p.m. by Vishten. Meanwhile, La Boussole begins the activities at noon in the Petit Chapiteau (Children’s Tent) that includes entertainment from Jean-Pierre Makosso, Will Stroet, André Thériault and Podorythmie. Meanwhile, workshops will be held across the street in Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) for more intimate music concerts, starting with Jou Tou at 1 p.m. Discount tickets can be bought via festivaldubois.ca.

FAMILY FUN
Parents with kids aged five to 12 can head over to the Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for a city-run play time focusing on “physical literacy.” The free event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit coquitlam.ca.

SAX, GUITAR, BASS
Saxophonist Chelsea McBride joins Alvaro Rojas and Conrad Good for a show at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) with a dinner served at 7 p.m. Visit gallerybistroportmoody.com.

SALSA
Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szfler host their weekly Salsa dance party in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) starting with a beginners’ class at 8 p.m. The dance runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.

 

Sunday, March 24

BUDGET FEEDBACK
If you have property in Port Coquitlam, take 10 minutes out to respond to the city survey on the proposed budget, which calls for a 2.99% lift for the average home assessed at $818,564. Go to portcoquitlam.ca/2019budget by the March 25 deadline.

SO SUCCULENT
Sign up for a succulent planters workshop with Karen and Julia from Port Moody Flowers. Tickets for their classes at 10:30 a.m. and noon at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.), are via makebakegrow.com. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DANSER, MANGER
It’s the last day for Festival du Bois so take in the activities that start with a French mass at 9 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast ($8/$4 a plate, not included in the admission price) from 10 to 11 a.m. The music in the Grand Chapiteau at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. For discount tickets and the complete lineup, go online to festivaldubois.ca.
 

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