Festival du Bois kicks off the weekend

Weekend listings for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody: March 6 to 8, 2020.

Friday, March 6

Parishioners with the Coquitlam Presbyterian Church (948 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam) will turn their thoughts to Zimbabwe on World Day of Prayer. The service starts at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Call 604-469-9916.

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Slip on your walking shoes for a history tour of Port Coquitlam’s southside heritage homes. The 90-minute event with guide Bryan Ness starts at 1:30 p.m. from PoCo Heritage (2248 McAllister Ave., behind PoCo city hall). The cost is $5 per person or $10 for a family. Call 604-927-8403 or visit pocoheritage.org.

Cheer on the players in the Ringette U14, U16A and U19A provincial championships, running this weekend at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit ringettebc.ca/events/provincial-championships.

Learn about North America’s geological landscapes — and how we should build on them — at a seminar hosted by the Engineers Geoscientists of BC, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.) in Port Moody city hall. Register online via egbc.ca.

TALONS leadership students at Gleneagle secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam) host the school’s second annual GlenFest, a a showcase from about 30 student musicians in the Tri-Cities, with proceeds supporting the Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter in Vancouver. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets at $7/$5 are at the door. Go to @glenfest43 on Instagram. 

A debut play about a Korean-Canadian family running a Toronto store, which inspired CBC to develop it into a television program, can be seen at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Kim’s Convenience, presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company, is based on the 2018 Pacific Theatre production. For tickets, call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Kick off Festival du Bois at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) with its fourth annual Friday Night Contra Dance featuring the Celtic Lasses and the Sybaritic String Band with Maureen Collier. The dance starts at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Admission is free. The fest is sponsored by The Tri-City News. Visit festivaldubois.ca.



Saturday, March 7

Win prizes and support Share Family and Community Services raise funds through its annual Imagine silent auction, presented by Wesbild. The deadline to place a bid is tonight at 10:15 p.m. Check out the goods via shareimagine.ca.

Got a broken watch, electronic device or bike? The Repair Café at the city of Port Coquitlam’s public works yard is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help you fix your household items for free. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/repaircafe.

Take a look at Port Coquitlam’s first indoor pool for the downtown during a city party in the new community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.). The grand opening of the new aquatic centre at PCCC is at 10 a.m. with children’s activities running until 3 p.m.; the official ribbon cutting is at 10:30 a.m. and the birthday cake — to tie in with the municipality’s 107th year — will be cut at 12:30 p.m. Free drop-in swimming is from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. (maximum 200 people). To see the schedule of events and to save a spot in a fitness class that day, visit portcoquitlam.ca.

Suit up your child — or yourself — with sports gear at the biannual KidSport sale, held at Riverside secondary (2215 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by Westminster Savings credit union, the event admission is by donation (cash or non-perishable food item) for Share Family and Community Services. Cash and credit cards accepted. Proceeds help to register kids into sporting programs in the Tri-Cities. Visit kidsporttricities.ca.

Festival du Bois launches diverse sounds from its main stage and children’s tent at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) and across the street at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.), starting at 11:45 a.m. with The Sybaritic String Band. The fest is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. For online entry tickets, visit festivaldubois.ca.

Celebrate 40 years worth of words by children’s author Robert Munsch by dressing up in your favourite Robert Munsch costume for a Paper Bag Princess party in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). The event by the Port Moody Public Library runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and includes crafts, games and a storytime. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca.

PoCo Heritage staff and volunteers mark the city of Port Coquitlam’s 107th year with a bash from 1 to 3 p.m. at the museum (2248 McAllister Ave., behind PoCo city hall). And don’t forget to check out the museum’s new exhibit: Port Coquitlam’s F Words. Visit pocoheritage.org.

Sample the suds on tap at the biannual Coquitlam Beer Festival at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club (3251 Plateau Blvd., Coquitlam) at one of two events today: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Visit coquitlambeerfestival.com.

Kids ages seven to 12 can get the basics of ukulele playing — including tuning, strumming and three chords — at an introductory session in the ParkLane Room at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) from 3 to 4 p.m. The course is hosted by the Port Moody Public Library; participants must bring a ukulele. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca.

Paula DeWit leads the a cappella group Belle Voci in a sacred polyphony concert, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church (3141 Shaughnessy St.). Entry is by donation. Call 604-795-0521 or visit bellevoci.ca.

Dance to Latin American music at the weekly Salsa night, held in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A beginners class with teachers Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler is at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.


Sunday, March 8

The 31st annual Festival du Bois fete continues at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) and Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) with a mass at 9 a.m. at the Grand Chapiteau followed by a pancake breakfast (for a charge). The music line-up on the main stage starts with Tipsy 3. Visit festivaldubois.ca.

Pull English ivy, blackberry plants and other invasive species from Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) with the Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. No experience is needed and all ages and abilities are welcome. Instruction, tools, gloves and snacks will be provided to participants. Meet along the Shoreline Trail behind the Rotary SK8 park. Register via http://goo.gl/WRx6jr.

Pick up high-quality local food 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.). The Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College will also be on site to lead a workshop on mason bees. Participants are asked to bring an empty two-litre pop bottle or two-litre milk carton to make a bee home. The workshop cost is $10. Register via makebakegrow.com.

Sunshine Coast artist Marlene Lowden leads a blind contour drawing class at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on International Women’s Day. Her current exhibit at the Maillardville hub, titled Blind Contour Homage Series, celebrates under-recognized Canadian female artists. The event is free; however, registration is require via brownpapertickets.com.

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