Things to Do: Lunar new year festivities begin

Dances, activities at Henderson, IKEA to mark Year of the Pig

Friday, Feb. 1

Today’s the day for dog owners in Port Coquitlam to renew their annual licences for Fido. The cost is $80 for unneutered or unspayed canines or $32 for neutered or spayed dogs, by Feb. 1. To register online, visit

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Join mixed-media artist Dawn Livera as she leads the pARTy@PdA: Books with Burgundy event at 7 p.m. at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Livera will have the materials ready for participants to make their own book covers; a cash bar will be open serving wine. The cost is $26 per person, or $42 for a couple. Call 604-664-1636 or visit

Hockey players with the Coquitlam Express Jr. A club face the Chilliwack Chiefs at a 7 p.m. game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Proceeds from the event support anti-bullying initiatives with I Am Someone society. Visit

Sing along with musical theatre students at Pinetree secondary (3000 Pinewood Ave., Coquitlam) as Treehouse Theatre presents Monty Python’s Spamalot: School Edition at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 604-464-2513.

Got a bored teen? Send them over to the Port Coquitlam recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave.) for a few late-night loops around the rink, from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. Entry to the Green Arena at $3 includes rentals. Visit


Saturday, Feb. 2

Bring your garden gloves and water bottle to help the Port Moody Ecological Society pull invasive plants near the Noons Creek hatchery (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody). The two-hour session starts at 9 a.m. Call 604-469-9106 or email to save a spot. Visit

Instructor Jessica Yue performs Chinese dances in one of Coquitlam’s oldest homes, Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) in the lead up to Chinese New Year. The multi-cultural celebration, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., also includes a tour of the Coquitlam Heritage Society’s current exhibit, Heirlooms and Treasures, as well as a demonstration on how to make sesame balls or Nian Gao (aka new year’s cake). Admission is $12 per person. Register via

The Tri-City News is a sponsor for the Year of the Boar activities at Henderson Place Mall (1163 Pinetree Way) from noon to 4 p.m., featuring stage performances, exhibits, a kids’ corner and hourly draws for shoppers. Entry to the kids’ corner is $5 per child and includes face painting, balloon twisting, a bouncy castle and wiggle cars; proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The event opens with a traditional lion eye-dotting ceremony and dance followed by lettuce picking. Call 604-552-6130.

Barbara Drozdowich presents a workshop titled 5 Top Ways to Avoid Looking like a Dork on Social Media, at the Tri-City Wordsmith’s monthly meeting. Her talk starts at 2 p.m. at the Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam). Admission is free; register at 604-927-7999 or visit

Bryon Bertam headlines Groundhog Day in Afghanistan, a fundraiser for a family of five with a child recently diagnosed with autism. All proceeds from the event, which starts at 7:45 p.m. at the Inlet Theatre (inside Port Moody city hall, 100 Newport Dr.), will be donated to the family. Also appearing are: Hector Rivas, Danika Thibault, Sean McDonnell and Alfie Rosselli, with Justin Schrump as MC. For tickets at $22, visit

Juno-nominated blues singer and harmonica player Harpdog Brown lands at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) for a concert at 8 p.m. Call 604-937-0998 or visit

Try some new moves for the new year with the Hot Salsa Dance Zone, which hosts a beginners dance lesson in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 8 p.m. followed by a Latin dance party from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10. Visit


Sunday, Feb. 3

Fire and burn injuries are the second leading cause of accidental death for kids aged 1 to 4 — a message the Port Coquitlam Fire and Emergency Services and the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund wishes to drive home during Burn Awareness Week Feb. 3 to 9. To get an update on safety tips, visit

Valentine’s Day is in the air at this week’s Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Kids can make heart crafts at the craft table while musician Delaney Rose entertains. Visit

The Swedish furniture company IKEA will have a lion dance during a traditional eye-dotting ceremony with Chinese drums and gongs to ring in the new lunar year, at 12:30 p.m. at the store entrance (1000 Lougheed Hwy.). 

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