Things to Do: Mountain film fest, wind music

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Feb. 22 to 24.

Friday, Feb. 22

Young pianists tickle the ivories at Trinity United Church (2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam) in the second week of the CDMF Performing Arts Festival piano division. The contest continues Saturday and Sunday. Visit

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Take a walk through Port Coquitlam city hall during Heritage Week, Feb. 18 to 24, with members of PoCo Heritage. The free one-hour tours start at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Visit

Spend Pro-D Day with the kids by talking about Coquitlam’s roots, which date back to the early 20th century and the opening of Fraser Mills. Tour Mackin House — a home once used by senior mill staff — and make a craft; light refreshments will be served. Tours run at the house (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. and parental attendance is required. Register at $5 per family via

The DreamWorks Animation flick How To Train Your Dragon rolls for Pro-D Day, at 2 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre (inside Port Moody city hall, 100 Newport Dr.). No cost for admission and kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit Meanwhile, the Coquitlam Public Library rolls the Disney/Pixar show Incredibles 2 at both library branches at 1:30 p.m. Visit

Musician Tony Prophet takes to the Crossroads Coffeehouse stage, in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside Port Coquitlam city hall), for a show to benefit the Crossroads Hospice Society. The event runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Visit

Check out the talent with Moving Mirror Productions, which hosts a fundraiser at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. that includes a sneak peek of the company’s upcoming presentation of Mary Poppins Jr. Tickets are $20/$30. Visit

Theatre students at Riverside secondary (2215 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam) — under the direction of Nicole Roberge and Glenda Ottens — show the Disney production of Newsies tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 via (River’s Edge Newsies) or $12 at the door on show night. Call 604-941-6053.

Port Coquitlam comedian Ed Hill — a Pinetree secondary graduate — records four shows tonight and Saturday at the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr., Vancouver) for his third album, Son of Smiley. For tickets to the tapings at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night, visit



Saturday, Feb. 23

Slip on your gloves and boots for the last invasive plant pull of the month at the Noons Creek hatchery (behind the Port Moody recreation complex, 300 Ioco Rd.). Meet members of the Port Moody Ecological Society at the hatchery at 9 a.m. To volunteer, call 604-469-9106. Visit

Volunteer with the Burke Mountain Naturalists, who from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will clean nest boxes in Widgeon Reserve Park. Meet at the Quarry Road parking lot of Minnekhada regional park. Call 604-937-5379 or email

Take your unwanted documents to the Poirier branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (575 Poirier St.) to be shredded in a fundraiser for the Friends of the Coquitlam Public Library. The event with Green Machine Shredding runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Minimum donation is $5. Visit

The PoCo Heritage Society leads a walking tour through downtown Port Coquitlam as part of Heritage Week. Meet at the museum (150-2248 McAllister Ave.) at 1 p.m. for the free spin around town. Visit

Grab a seat at the Inlet Theatre (inside Port Moody city hall, 100 Newport Dr.) and watch daredevils climb big hills and overcome the odds, at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. It opens at 2 p.m. with the Best of: Mountain Sports series followed by Mind vs Mountain at 7:30 p.m. The fest continues Sunday with Best of: Adventure at 2 p.m. and Himalayan Show at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit

Wild Blue Herons — aka Darlene Ketchum, Bill Sample and Steve Hilliam — give a nod to the music of Nancy Wilson in a show at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 604-937-0998 or visit

Music director David Branter leads the 45-member Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) through a program commemorating revolutionary and social change. The concert at 8 p.m. includes pieces from Dmitri Shostakovich, William Schuman, Mark Camphouse and Eric Whitacre. Call 604-927-6555 or visit


Sunday, Feb. 24

Hammer a spike, make a conductor’s hat and enjoy the tunes from musician Nigel Tucker at a Heritage Week event at the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.) from noon to 4 p.m. No cost for admission. Visit

Music students at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) show their talent in a free concert starting at 3 p.m. A social with the musicians will be held afterward. Call 604-664-1636 or visit

Metamorphosis is the show title for the World of Puppets, an Icelandic theatre company that will be at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 3 p.m. The event is part of the venue’s Family Series. Call 604-927-6555 or visit

The Sullivan Heights Chamber Choir is the guest at the Greater Vancouver Youth Music Academy’s symphonic wind ensemble presentation, Equus. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Call 604-927-6555 or visit

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