A (long) weekend to remember those who served

Events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Nov. 8 to 11, 2019.

Friday, Nov. 8

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Help the city of Coquitlam’s Park Spark team spruce up the corner of Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave., Coquitlam) for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11. Paint a poppy on the lawn around the cenotaph on Veterans Way or tie a message with a yellow ribbon on a tree; after Nov. 16, the notes will be sent to a veterans group. The sessions are today, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit coquitlam.ca/parkspark.

Check out the players in the Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association’s Bantam A hockey tournament, running until Nov. 11 at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit coquitlamminorhockey.org.

Load up on Christmas gifts early at the Baker Drive elementary Christmas Market, running from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the school (885 Baker Dr., Coquitlam). Free admission. 

Mingle with Tri-City artists and artisans at the first-ever Arts Night Social — a kick-off for Saturday’s Cultural Summit at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) — at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to both events is $25. Visit coquitlam.ca/culturalsummit.

Transit, a German-French movie adapted from Anna Segher’s 1942 novel, rolls at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a $5 membership fee to the Port Moody Film Society. Visit pmfilm.ca.

English natives Rob and Sarah Skinner — aka the Red Dirt Skinners — entertain at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 8 p.m. They’re the first act to win at both the British Blues and British Country awards. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.


Saturday, Nov. 9

The 21st annual craft fair at Archbishop Carney regional secondary (1335 Dominion Ave., Port Coquitlam) runs this weekend (Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with more than 150 crafters selling their wares. Admission is $3/$1. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Archbishop-Carney-Regional-Secondary-School-Christmas-Craft-Fair-651443171639426/.

Learn about trends on the Metro Vancouver arts, culture and heritage scenes at the city of Coquitlam’s annual Cultural Summit, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Hear from leaders, take part in roundtable talks and network. Visit coquitlam.ca/culturalsummit for tickets.

Twin Sails Brewing, one of five microbreweries along Port Moody’s Brewers Row, marks its fourth year with an anniversary party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. More than 10 new house beers will be poured at the brewery (2821 Murray St., Port Moody). Seating is limited to 70 people per session. For tickets at $60, visit eventbrite.ca.

Hear about the mass displacement and dispossession of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War at Coquitlam Heritage’s speaker series, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Jordan Stanger-Ross, Kaitlin Findlay, Nick Blomley and Greg Miyanaga of the Landscapes of Injustice Project will speak. Register online by visiting coquitlamheritage.ca. Admission is by donation.


Sunday, Nov. 10

Bring your grocery bag and load up on fresh veggies at the weekly Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody). Visit makebakegrow.com.

The indie-folk band West My Friend showcases songs from its latest album, In Constellation, with the 45-member Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a concert at 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The Victoria-based trio, made up of UVic music graduates Eden Oliver (guitar/vocals), Alex Rempel (mandolin/vocals) and Jeff Poynter (accordion/vocals), are currently on a tour to promote the orchestrated CD. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Support the Tri-Cities branch of the BC SPCA at its 6th annual Wine and Whiskers fundraiser at the Vancouver Golf Club (771 Austin Ave., Coquitlam); the event starts at 6 p.m. and includes vegetarian appies, wine, games and prizes. For tickets at $50, visit spca.bc.ca/events/event/tri-cities-wine-whiskers/.

See how geocinematographers cover their pursuits at the Geocaching International Film Festival, which opens at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Admission is a minimum $5 donation (cash only). Visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Annette Fulford, a family history researcher and writer, talks about the war brides who came to Canada after the First World War as part of a candlelight vigil before Remembrance Day. Her presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St., Port Moody). Call 604-939-1648 or visit portmoodymuseum.org.

Tuck into some sweet treats at the 4th annual Dessert Night in support of Abetavu, the Ugandan orphanage run by Port Coquitlam’s Carli Travers and her husband Robert Birungi. The pair hope to raise at least $10,000 for the centre’s annual (and new) operations. The event at Riverside community church (2329 Fremont Conn., Port Coquitlam) starts at 6 p.m. For tickets at $35, visit buy tickets.at/abetavucommmunity or email traverscarli@gmail.com.


Monday, Nov. 11

There are four Remembrance Day services in the Tri-Cities, starting at around 10:30 a.m.:
• Coquitlam: Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave. at Veterans Way);
• Port Coquitlam: Veterans Park (2580 Shaughnessy St.);
• Port Moody: Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.);
• and Belcarra regional park (2375 Bedwell Bay Rd.).

After the Remembrance Day services, lace up your skates and head to the ice at the new Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave., Port Coquitlam). The rink will be open for the public skate from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Or shoot hockey pucks with family and friends from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. at the other arena (1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 12). Entry is $4 per person. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.



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