Things To Do: Pier cheer & Hanukkah

Weekend guide listings for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

I f you’re heading out this weekend and plan to have a cocktail, be sure to call Operation Red Nose Tri-Cities for a ride, which is running Friday and Saturday: 778-866-NOSE (6673).

Friday, Nov. 30

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Hear from female leaders speaking at the TEDWomen 2018 talks in Palm Springs, which will be streamed live at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) in the boardroom from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 127. Visit

The 38th annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair — run by Julia Zado and Tabitha McLoughlin — opens tonight from 5 to 9 p.m., and continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Poirier Forum (618 Poirier St., Coquitlam); dress for cool weather. More than 100 vendors will sell their handmade jewlery, metal work and prepared foods and drinks. Entry is $3/$2; no cost for children 12 and under. Call 604-842-4619 or visit

Follow Sparky the Firefly around Lafarge Lake (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for the first pop-up activity in the city’s annual Lights at Lafarge festival. Meet Sparky at 6 p.m. at the TD Community Plaza (on the east side of the lake) and grab a glow stick and candy cane for the procession. The lights are on nightly until Jan. 20. Visit Be sure to share your photos using the social media hashtag #parkspark.

The youth council of Liberal MP Ron McKinnon (Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam) face off against the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge youth council of MP Dan Ruimy’s, on the topic of Canada’s opioid crisis, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coquitlam campus of Douglas College (Room C1008, 1250 Pinetree Way). Call 604-927-1080 or visit

Support the BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education and Adoption Centre at its annual Wine and Whiskers gala, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Tickets at $45 include appies, one drink, games, entertainment and auction items to bid on. Call 604-468-4044 or visit

Theatre students in Tri-City high schools this week will vie for a chance to represent School District 43 at a provincial competition next spring. Their one-act plays for METFest — adjudicated by Paul Moniz de Sa can be seen at Heritage Woods secondary (1300 David Ave., Port Moody) tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Meanwhile, Best Players at Dr. Charles Best secondary (2626 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam) host their own one-act play fest — featuring Unmasked, This Is A Test, Scapino, Baby and Me Among Them — tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10/$8 at the door. Call 604-461-5581.

The Cat Murphy Band headlines the Crossroads Coffeehouse, playing pop, blues and folk melodies in aid of the Crossroads Hospice Society. The concert starts at 7 p.m. in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside Port Coquitlam city hall); admission is $5. Visit

Tri-City teens can slip on their ice skates to tour the Green Arena at the Port Coquitlam recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave., PoCo) from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. Admission is $3 for a skate and rentals. Visit


Saturday, Dec. 1

Bring the kids to Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) to decorate a graham cracker house with icing. The one-hour event, which is part of Reflections, runs three times during the day: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation. Registration is required by calling 604-516-6151 or visiting

If you’re shopping in NewPort Village in Port Moody today, be sure to catch a song or two from Amy Newman and the Christmas Revelers who will be entertaining visitors from noon to 3 p.m. Visit

Learn about the connection between salmon, trees and people during a walk with Port Coquitlam Coun. Laura Dupont. Meet at PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives (2248 McAllister Ave., PoCo) at 1 p.m. then hike over to the Coquitlam River for the family activity, which is part of the Secret Life of Trees museum exhibit that’s co-organized by PoCo Heritage and PoCo Heritage Trees. Call 604-927-8403 or visit

Scott Hargrove, the CEO of the Fraser Valley Regional Library, will talk about publishers, writers and libraries at the Tri-City Wordsmiths monthly meeting, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam). Free admission but library registration is required by calling 604-927-7999. Visit

Port Moody and west Coquitlam constituents of NDP MLA Rick Glumac can join him at his holiday open house at his community office (2708 St. Johns St., Port Moody) from 3 to 6 p.m. Talk about provincial policy over appies. And join him for a walk to Rocky Point Park afterward for the city’s 2nd annual Cheer at the Pier. Visit

Santa Claus will make an early visit to Port Moody for the city’s 2nd annual Holiday Cheer at the Pier at Rocky Point Park (2800 block of Murray Street, Port Moody), from 6 to 8 p.m. Sip hot cocoa, snack on a sugar cookie, hear the carol singers and ride the Candy Cane mini train. At 6:30 p.m., the pier and gazebo will be lit. Be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Port Moody Fire/Rescue’s toy drive in aid of Share Family and Community Services. Visit

Take a walk around Lafarge Lake (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) wearing your ugliest Christmas threads as part of the city’s Park Spark fun during Lights at Lafarge. Prizes will be handed out for sweaters that light up. Meet at 6 p.m. at the TD Community Plaza. Visit

Members of the Coquitlam Chorale will launch the holiday month with Christmas tunes in their show, There Shall A Star, at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit

DJ Mixxx hosts a merengue class and spins Latin dance tunes in the rehearsal hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Visit


Sun., Dec. 2

The kids craft table is where the action is for this week’s Port Moody winter market, running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Make a cotton ball snowman and a reindeer ornament at the Christmas craft station. Caden Knudson is back to entertain. Visit

Santa will pose for snaps with your pet from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at the BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education and Adoption Centre (1-2565 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam). The minimum donation is $20, with proceeds supporting branch operations. Appointments can be made by calling 604-468-4044, or drop in from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Visit Meanwhile, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., cat owners can bring their felines to the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital (2129-2850 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam) for a photo with Santa; all pets are welcome from noon to 3 p.m. Call 604-945-4949. Images are a $5 minimum donation to the Network for Animals.

Singin’ and Ringin’ is the title for the Sound Wave Handbell Choir and Harmony Women’s Vocal Ensemble concert, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Heritage Woods secondary (1300 David Ave., Port Moody). Admission is $20 with no charge for kids 12 and under. Tickets are at the door or call 604-469-1641.

Take a break from the pre-Christmas rush by joining a meditation hosted by Sahaja Yoga Meditation Tri-Cities, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Studio B at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Bring a shawl or blanket and warm socks. Visit

The 30th annual Vancouver Jewish Film Festival concludes its run today at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., inside Port Moody city hall) with the flicks Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel at 4 p.m. and, at 6:45 p.m. The Last Suit. Be sure to stay during the intermission as officials light the first candle for Hanukkah. Visit

Snap a selfie with the city of Coquitlam’s Park Spark team during the annual Lights at Lafarge. The pop-up activity starts at 6 p.m. at the TD Community Plaza (east of Lafarge Lake, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Visit

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