The best Canadian films roll in Port Moody for 20th fest

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for March 13 to 15.

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Friday, March 13

PLANT PULL
Friday the 13th is Bad Luck for Weeds Day at Como Lake Park in Coquitlam where, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., volunteers can join city staff to remove invasive plants. Bring closed-toes shoes, rain gear and water. Park in the north parking lot on Gatensbury Street. Save a spot by emailing burkemtnnats@gmail.com.

HOCKEY TOURNEY
Players with the Tri-Cities Female Hockey Association hit the ice for a tournament this weekend at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit tricitiesfemalehockey.ca.

MURDER MYSTERY
Gleneagle secondary’s musical theatre program hosts its annual murder mystery, a fundraiser for the department. The title of the show is Murder at the Eta Pi Sorority Pledge Night, and includes dinner, and prizes for best costume and for guessing the culprit. Tickets at $36 are via the school (1195 Lansdowne Dr.). Call 604-464-5793.

CLEAR THE SMOKE
Mounties with the Coquitlam RCMP crime prevention unit will talk about cannabis and vaping with youth, at the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) during an education fair from 7 to 10 p.m. The free event also includes experts from the RCMP E-Division, youth services and traffic unit, ICBC, Share Family and Community Services, Fraser Health and SD43. Visit portcoquitlam.ca or coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

LATE NIGHT SKATE
It’s the season finale for the youth late night skate at the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) on Arena 3, with games and activities from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.

CANADIAN FLICKS
It’s the 20th year of the Canadian Film Festival at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) and the Port Moody Film Society screens Incendies at 7 p.m. and Les Triplettes de Belleville at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7 per film plus a $5 annual society membership. Visit pmfilm.ca.

 

Saturday, March 14

BOTTLE DRIVE
Drop off your empty bottles and cans at Kilmer elementary (1575 Knappen St., Port Coquitlam) for the 1st PoCo Scouts bottle drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For area pickup, call 604-704-5972.

FRESH AIR
Lace up your runners for a hike of Bert Flinn Park and the Shoreline Trail, with members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 10-km jaunt will see an elevation gain of 305 m. Call 604-939-4039 or visit burkemountainnaturalists.ca.

TOP OF THE MORN’
Run or walk the Traboulay PoCo Trail from Tinhouse Brewing Co (2140-550 Sherling Pl., Port Coquitlam) for the brewery’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k, starting at 11 a.m. Entry at $20 includes a free 12 oz. pour and a chance to win prizes. Proceeds support the West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation. Register via freestylefitnessbc.com/dragonfly-racing.

AUTHOR SIGNING
Remu Parmar signs copies of his book, The Colour of Snow — a story about an Indian family in Canada — at Chapters (2991 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. Call the book store at 604-464-2558 for more details.

QUILTING BEE
Help to work on the Coquitlam Heritage Society’s Heirlooms and Treasures quilt during a bee at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop is open to participants ages 8 and up. The cost is $5 per person. Register via coquitlamheritage.ca.

MEMOIR, POETRY
Author Joyelle Brandt is in the ParkLane Room at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) to talk to amateur scribes about creative non-fiction writing. Participants can share tips and stories during the workshop, which runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca.

POPCORN NIGHT
The 20th annual Canadian Film Festival continues at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) with the 2012 Oscar nominee movie Monsieur Lazhar at 7 p.m. followed by The Snow Walker, starring Barry Pepper, at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7 per film plus the society membership of $5 for the year. Visit pmfilm.ca.

JAZZ GUITAR
Top-notch guitar players Chris Rolin, Michael “Chico” Cham, Simon Jarrett and Tim Porter play their inaugural theatre concert at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The show at 7:30 p.m. also includes music from Steve Hilliam (tenor sax), Chris Norquist (drums) and Rene Worst (bass). For tickets, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca for online tickets.

 

Sunday, March 15

FARMERS MARKET
Homemade pastries, freshly picked vegetables and a cup of coffee can be picked up at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit makebakegrow.com.

PIANO QUARTET
New York-based musicians Adam Golka (piano), Francesca de Pasquale (violin), Luke Fleming (viola) and Andrea Cassarrubios (cello) with the Manhattan Chamber Players perform the second show in the Power Classic Sundays series, at 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The foursome will showcase two pieces by Dvorak (Romance in F-minor and Piano Quartet No. 2, Opus 87) and another Romantic composition by Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3, Opus. 60. Call the box office at Evergreen at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca for online tickets.

NEW DELHI
Amal, the 2009 winner of the Genie Awards for best motion picture and best actor, concludes the 20th annual Canadian Film Festival at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.). The Port Moody Film Society rolls the flick (in Hindi, with subtitles) at 7 p.m. and wraps up its run with a celebration afterwards with sparkling wine and refreshments. Admission is $7 plus a $5 society membership. Visit pmfilm.ca for more details.
 

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