Things to Do: Lunar new year festivities begin

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

Friday, Feb. 1

TOP DOGS
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 portcoquitlam.ca/dogs.

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ART WITH VINO
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 placedesarts.ca.

ICE TIME
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 coquitlamexpress.ca.

BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
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.

YOUTH SKATE
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 portcoquitlam.ca.

 

Saturday, Feb. 2

PLANT PULL
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 portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com to save a spot. Visit noonscreek.org.

GUNG HEY FAT CHOI
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 coquitlamheritage.ca.

LUNAR FUN
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.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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 tri-citywordsmiths.ca.

COMEDY NIGHT
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 eventbrite.com.

HARPDOG BROWN
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 gallerybistroportmoody.com.

BACHATA, CUMBIA
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 hotsalsadancezone.com.

 

Sunday, Feb. 3

BURN AWARENESS
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 portcoquitlam.ca/burn.

MARKET HEARTS
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 makebakegrow.com.

LION DANCE
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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