Things to Do: Beer and film fests — and KidSport sale

Weekend activities in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for March 8, 9 and 10

Friday, March 8

Until March 31, PoCo Heritage accepts pictures of residents with their favourite tree in Port Coquitlam — and awards prizes for the best photo. The selfie contest is part of the society’s exhibit, titled The Secret Life of Trees. Use the hashtag #MyPoCoTree and tag PoCo Heritage on social media to be entered into the draw. Winners announced every week. Visit

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The Mina Shum-directed flick, Meditation Park, opens the second night of the 19th annual Port Moody Canadian Film Festival, starting at 7 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) and continuing at 9:30 p.m. with Spice It Up/La Cartographe. Tickets are $7 per film plus a $5 annual society membership. Visit

Just Duets — aka Andrea Smith and David Lidstone — headlines the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse, in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside Port Coquitlam city hall). The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with the featured performer on at 9 p.m. Visit

Centennial secondary graduate Scott Perrie stars in Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell, a Firehall Arts Centre presentation that’s on tour by the Arts Club Theatre Company. Sing-along to updated versions of the tunes composed by the Canadian folk icon, tonight at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Call 604-927-6555 or visit


Saturday, March 9

Members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists host their first hike of the year, returning to the Buntzen Lake recreation area and circling the lake via Lakeview and Buntzen Lake trails. The distance for the moderate roundtrip journey is 11 km, rising to a cumulative elevation gain of about 290 m. Meet at 9 a.m. Call 604-552-0727.

Dig through the piles of athletic clothing and gear to suit up for the season, at the biannual KidSport Tri-Cities Used Sporting Goods Sale presented by Westminster Savings. The event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is at Riverside secondary (2215 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam) and helps to pay for club fees for Tri-City families in financial need. Admission is by donation or with an non-perishable item for the Share food bank. Visit

Cheer on the competitors at Douglas College (Building A atrium, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) as they take part in a popsicle bridge building contest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the National Engineering and Geo-science Month. Visit

Bring your ripped clothing to the Port Coquitlam branch of Vancity (2850 Shaughnessy St.) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to have seamstresses show you how to stitch them up yourself. Sewing machines, threads, needles and supplies will be provided on site. To RSVP, visit

Sample new brews — or head into the Quirky Beers tasting room — at the biannual Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival, at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club (3251 Plateau Blvd.) that’s sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Among the vendors pouring are: Driftwood, Fuggles & Warlock and Luppolo Brewing. New for this year is a food market for guests to purchase nibbles to take home. The matinee edition starts at 12:30 p.m. while the evening tasting is at 7 p.m. Partial proceeds support Team Taylor in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Visit

Textile artist Margot Calvert shows the techniques to Brazilian embroidery and teaches a few stitches to beginners in a workshop held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). The event is part of the Coquitlam Heritage Society’s Heirlooms and Treasures exhibit. Register for $30 via

Take in the free shorts program during the Port Moody Canadian Film Festival, at 4:30 p.m. at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). The hour-long line-up includes Prawn, Pumpkin Movie, Veslemoy’s Song, Biidabaan, Three Atlas and The Urge to Run a Lap. Then, at 7 p.m., the festival continues with Giant Little Ones, directed by Keith Behrman, and at 9 p.m., Genesis by Philippe Lesage. Tickets to the latter two movies are $7 each plus a $5 annual society membership. Visit

Share’s annual fundraiser, Imagine, goes tropical for its bash at 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam), which is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Tickets start at $99 and include music by The Timebenders. Visit

The Kwerks — aka Laura and Ryan Koch and their band — promote their latest CD Bigger Badder Dreams and new single Grumpy Business in a show at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody). The concert is at 8 p.m.; a set dinner will be served an hour earlier. Visit


Sunday, March 10

It’s that time of year to push the clock forward an hour for the spring Daylight Savings. Firefighters also want you to use this time to check the batteries on your smoke alarm.

Support Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley farmers and suppliers at the weekly Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, running 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit

Moody Ales (2601 Murray St., Port Moody) pairs chocolate with its beer for a fundraiser in support of Parkinson Society British Columbia. From 4 to 6 p.m., sample six Moody brews and six handcrafted sweets from Take a Fancy Chocolates and meet Julian Zelazny, a BJCP master beer judge, and Becks D’Angelo, a chocolatier. The Ghost of Blood Alley entertains. Tickets are $50 in advance via, or $60 at the door. Visit

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