Things to Do: New art exhibits, school theatre shows

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, March 1


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Barbara Tomasic is at the adjudicator's desk for the speech arts portion of the CDMF Performing Arts Festival, which runs this weekend at Trinity United Church (2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam). Admission is free. Visit cdmffestival.


Need a few hours away from your kids? Drop them off at Pinetree Community Centre (1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for some fun art making and science experiments. The city program is open to children aged seven to 10 and runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. — with First Aid-certified leaders in attendance. Admission is $19.85 plus tax per child. Call 604-927-4386 or visit


A cast of 10 students from Archbishop Carney regional secondary brings to life the characters from the Hasbro board game Clue, tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam). The play is directed by Charles Harris, fine arts department head at the PoCo Catholic school. For tickets at $15, visit or email


River’s Edge Theatre — aka the Riverside secondary theatre program — wraps up its run of the Disney production Newsies. Co-directed by Nicole Roberge and Glenda Ottens — with steps by Roberge — the musical starts at 7:30 p.m. at the school (2215 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam). Tickets are $12 at the door on show night or $10 via


See dance and theatre weave a story in a performance titled Prisoner of Tehran, based on the book of the same name by Marina Nemat. The work is a collaboration between Nemat and Motus O Dance Theatre; a question-and-answer period is after the 8 p.m. show, which is part of the Variety Series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). For tickets, call 604-927-6555 or go to


Youth can lace up and take a late-night skate around the Green Arena in the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex (2150 Wilson Ave.) from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. The fully supervised drop-in costs $3 for a twirl and equipment rentals. Visit



Saturday, March 2


Do you know how to put out a fire with an extinguisher? What should you do immediately after an earthquake? These and other questions about emergency preparedness will be taught in a four-hour course, offered by the city of Port Coquitlam. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., take the free Residential Emergency Prep Training course to know how to survive in the 72 hours after a major disaster. The class is held at Port Coquitlam Fire Hall 1 (1725 Broadway St.) Call 604-927-5466 or visit


Lend a hand with members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists as they clean and maintain nest boxes at Minnekhada Regional Park, including around the stables, from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s the Coquitlam group’s last half-day of box updates in the region. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot of the park. Email to volunteer.


The basics of making cheese will be taught at a Coquitlam Heritage Society event, held from noon to 3 p.m. at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Tastings will be throughout the lesson and left overs taken home so bring a container for the nibbles. Register for $30 via


The Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) opens a new exhibit by Saskatoon artist Amalie Atkins called where the hour floats. Her cinematic fable features an all-female cast moving through film and photos in a fantastical way. It is Atkins first time displaying her artwork in Metro Vancouver. The reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. Call 604-927-6555 or visit


Talitha Koum — a society that helps women with addictions and runs two recovery houses in Coquitlam — hosts its annual gala, Set Her Free, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Clare of Assisi church (2888 Delahaye Dr., Coquitlam). Soprano Michelle Koebke, pianist Sylvia Maltby and violinist Pavel Chirac will perform at the fundraiser, which is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. For tickets at $70, visit


Olympic bronze medallists Brittany Timko Baxter (soccer) and Kelley Law (curling) as well as Ironman, cyclist and ultra runner Michelle Reaume share their stories about rising to the top of their sports, in a empowerment and social networking evening at Centennial secondary (570 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Titled Wine Women & Sport, the third annual event from 7 to 10 p.m. is a fundraiser for the school’s senior girls soccer program. Tickets at $40 are via


The Arsen Shomakhov Trio jazzes up the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) with a concert at 8:15 p.m. Artist Zhanna Shomakhova will be introduced at 8 p.m. to launch her new exhibit, Fragments; a set dinner will be served an hour prior. Call 604-937-0998 or visit for tickets.



Sunday, March 3


The Heart of PoCo is the theme for this year’s Volunteer Recognition Awards and the deadline to nominate an outstanding, unpaid helper — in the fields of arts, safety, environmental protection, sports, youth programs, U21 and lifetime achievement — is Tuesday. To fill out a form by March 5, visit


Support growers and vendors in Metro Vancouver by shopping at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit




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