Things to Do: Make a splash in 2019

Activity and events guide leading up to Jan. 1, 2019.

If you’re out for New Year’s Eve, catch a ride with volunteers from Operation Red Nose Tri-Cities, who will be on-call from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dec. 31. Phone 778-866-NOSE.

Friday, Dec. 28

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Rock and Roll Hame of Famers Cheap Trick take to the Molson Canadian Theatre stage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) for a show to perform such hits as I Want You to Want Me and Surrender. Visit

Tour the biggest free outdoor light display in Metro Vancouver and take part in the city of Coquitlam activities this weekend. From 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, throw a lighted frisbee, play badminton or balance on walking poles at Light Up the Night Sports. On Dec. 29, there’s a scavenger hunt around the lake for a chance to win prizes and, on Dec. 30, a special event for new year’s. Meet at the TD Community Plaza (east side of the lake at Coquitlam Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way). Visit


Saturday, Dec. 29

Antoinette Libelt and Cover2Cover play the Unlisted Lounge and Asylum Sound Stage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. Visit


Sunday, Dec. 30

Slip on your Coquitlam Express jersey to support the home team as they battle the Langley club at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 3 p.m. in their last game of 2018. Visit

If you’re already thinking about 2019, celebrate it early with the cast and crew of the Giggle Dam, which has its Australian New Year’s Eve show tonight with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $75 include a feast, champagne and party favours. Or see their Icons of the Airwaves “time warp” performance on Dec. 31, with tickets at $125. Visit


Monday, Dec. 31

Take the family to the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) for a special New Year’s Eve skate and ice games, from noon to 3 p.m. Entry is $3.50 per person and hot cocoa will be served. Visit Meanwhile, at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam), there are two rounds for the NYE skate: 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and 1 to 3 p.m. Visit And Port Coquitlam also has a public skate from 12:30 to 2 p.m. — and again at 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. — at the recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave.). Visit

Enjoy a swim at the City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) where the city hosts a New Year’s Eve game day with leaders. Participants have a chance to win prizes from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit

The “King of Waltz” maestro André Rieu records a New Year’s Eve concert from Town Hall in Sydney, Australia, that will be live streamed around the world — including at SilverCity Coquitlam (170 Schoolhouse St.) at 4 p.m. Visit

It’ll be a long night so why not make the most of it by dancing 2018 away with the Hot Salsa Dance Zone, which has its annual New Year’s Eve party in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 8 p.m. (for a one-hour dance class) to 2 a.m. Early-bird tickets at $20 are available before Dec. 30 via

Coquitlam violist Reg Quiring hosts his 11th annual QuiRing in the New Year at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) with guests Rita Costanzi (harp), Mark Takeshi McGregor (flute) and Lucia Hyunsil Roh (violin). The recital, which starts at 8 p.m. and includes a sparking wine reception afterward, will feature compositions from the Renaissance era, Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Debussy. For tickets at $42/$38/$15, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit

Ring in the new year with the Moon Coin Band, playing cover tunes of ABBA, Elton John and more. Its ABRA Cadabra act — which includes Coquitlam drummer Toshi Takahashi — has toured the world for the past 15 years. The show starts at 9 p.m.; a buffet dinner is available at 7 p.m. Visit


Tuesday, Jan. 1

The Club, a social space for people aged 50 and up, will host a game of Crocinole from 10 a.m. to noon at the centre (101 Noons Creek Dr., Port Moody). And, from 1 to 3 p.m., volunteers will show you how to knit. Visit

Brave the cold and sport a fun costume to wash away 2018, in the annual Penguin Plunge at the Rocky Point Park boat launch (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody). The event typically sees more than 100 swimmers taking to the Burrard Inlet waters. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with the official dip at 1 p.m. Entry is $10 for a family of four, or $5 per person, with proceeds supporting programs at Old Orchard Hall. Visit


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