Things to Do: Art show, craft beer & wine fests

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, Nov. 2

Take the kids to see Freddie in the Neighbourhood, a show designed by Grade 3 students for the Little Onion Puppet Company. It runs tonight at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) — with tickets at $10 each. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit

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More than 40 breweries will pour samples of their craft beer at the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival, running tonight at 7 p.m. at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club (3251 Plateau Blvd., Coquitlam) and Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored in part by The Tri-City News, the event benefits Team Taylor with the Ride to Conquer Cancer, for the BC Cancer Foundation. Don’t forget to check out the Women in Beer theme room. Visit

The Vernon hockey players swing into Coquitlam to take on the Express in the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Visit

Coun. Zoe Royer opens the 51st annual art show and sale for the Port Moody Art Association, at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). The exhibit continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring hundreds of original paintings. Visit


Saturday, Nov. 3

Support Place des Arts’ arts education programs by bidding on a prize in its third annual online auction, which ends tonight at 9 p.m. Visit

Port Coquitlam’s Western Sky Books (2132-2850 Shaughnessy St.) is part of the inaugural Used Bookstore Crawl, running today and Sunday around Metro Vancouver. Pick up a passport and get it stamped at each store along the way. Visit

Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver lead a four-hour trip around DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada regional park to look at wintering waterfowl species. Meet in the parking lot next to the washroom at Cedar and Victoria drives, in Coquitlam, at 9 a.m. No cost. Call 604-307-0931.

Hear from Emily Lonie, the city of Coquitlam’s archivist, talk about interviewing parents and grandparents — and documenting their stories — at a workshop offered by the Coquitlam Heritage Society. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) and is open to participants aged 16 and up. Registration is required by visiting Admission is by donation.

Join the city of Coquitlam’s Park Spark Team at Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave., Coquitlam) from 1 to 4 p.m. today and Sunday to prepare for the Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11: Paint a poppy on the lawn along Veterans Way and write a message of remembrance on a yellow ribbon. Supplies are included. Call 604-927-6329 or visit

Port Coquitlam’s Christin Reardon MacLellan is behind the conductor’s podium for the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble season opener at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The concert with the 45-member band is titled The Folk; it starts at 8 p.m. Call 604-927-6555 or visit

The focus is on South American wineries for the second annual Tri-City International Wine and Food Festival, starting at 7 p.m. at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club (3251 Plateau Blvd., Coquitlam) by the same folks that staged the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival. Partial proceeds support Team Taylor on the Ride to Conquer Cancer, in aid of the BC Cancer Foundation. Visit

Alberto and Teresa with the Hot Salsa Dance Zone offer a cha-cha-cha lesson at 8 p.m. in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The dance floor opens up at 9 p.m., with Latin tunes playing until 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10 and parking is free. Visit


Sunday, Nov. 4

It’s opening day for the 10th annual Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit

Try your hand at watercolour painting with exhibiting artist Enda Bardell during Family Day at PdA, at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 2 to 4 p.m. Other art activities are happening during the event. Admission is free. Register via

The Creole Jazz Band, the Bruce James Orchestra and Double Overtime perform special concert, titled A Salute to the Veteran, at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam) from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $20/$10. Proceeds support the Port Moody Legion Branch 119. Visit

In the lead up to Remembrance Day — and on the centenary of the First World War — historian John Goheen will speak about the history of remembering, including those who fell in the Great War. The talk starts at 3 p.m. at the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.). Call 604-939-1648 or visit

Jazz Affair — an a cappella ensemble formed at Laval University in Quebec in 2009 — will sing jazz standards and popular tunes at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) as part of the Coquitlam venue’s TD Music Series. Made up of Luce Bélanger, Marie-Pier Deschênes, Camille Legault-Coulombe, Jean-François Aubin, Louis Laprise and Christian B. Poulin, the award-winning group is on a western Canada tour. For tickets, call 604-927-6555 or visit

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