Things to Do: Pro-D, Family Day fun

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Feb. 15 to 17



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Young pianists are converging at Trinity United Church (2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam) for the CDMF Performing Arts Festival, a regional gathering that sees many winners sent up to represent the organization at the provincials. It runs today from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Visit

Be active on Pro-D Day and head over to the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) for a spin around the rink, from 12:45 to 2 p.m. or 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. The cost at $2 includes rentals. Also, at Summit community centre (1450 Parkway Blvd., Coquitlam), the city hosts a day at the circus. No cost. Visit

It’s the last day for Centennial secondary’s 9 to 5, a PG-13 musical directed by Lisa Boddez with Carole Baker leading the pit orchestra. The 1 p.m. matinee at the school (570 Poirier St., Coquitlam) is $10 per ticket while tonight’s performance is $16/$13 via

Wholehearted Musical Productions presents Understood Betsy, a show by Coquitlam’s Caroline Forsyth on tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (with a Saturday matinee) at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Call 604-927-6555 or visit




Roll up your sleeves to help volunteers with the Port Moody Ecological Society as they pull invasive plants from around the Noons Creek hatchery (behind the PoMo recreation complex, 300 Ioco Rd.) from 9 to 11 a.m. Register by calling 604-469-9106 or email Visit

Last week it was Minnekhada regional park and DeBoville Slough. Today, members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will tackle nesting boxes at Colony Farm regional park in Coquitlam, for cleaning and inspection. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road, near the community gardens. Email to volunteer. Visit

It’s the Park Spark Family Day at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) where city staff and volunteers will be offering gardening tips and swapping seeds, from 10 a.m. to noon near the playground. No cost for admission. Visit

Make soaps with herbs, spices and scents with the Coquitlam Heritage Society and instructor Cheryl Theilade, from noon to 3 p.m. at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Registration is open for $40 via

It’s Harry Potter Day at the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Dr.) and young readers can make a wand, potions and compete — in houses — in a trivia contest, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To register, call 604-469-4577.

Layer, colour and draw on acetate sheets to create a photo-filter inspired artwork during the Westminster Savings Family Day, in the Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 1 to 4 p.m.; a gallery tour is at 1:30 p.m. to view Emerging Talent 22, the annual Grade 12 art exhibit that closes Sunday. Visit

North Vancouver author Linden Carroll signs copies of her book, Olive, at Chapters (2991 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 604-464-2558.

The Creole Jazz Band returns to the King of Life Lutheran Church (1198 Falcon Dr., Coquitlam) to light up the audience with sounds of New Orleans — just before the annual Mardi Gras celebrations. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and entry is $15 at the door or via (use TCN as a discount code for tickets). Visit

Get out of the cold and into the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) where the Hot Salsa Dance Zone will have its weekly lesson at 8 p.m. — and party from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — featuring Latin dance sounds. Admission is $10. Visit



Veronica Wahl from the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College leads a workshop about how to care for mason bees, at 10:30 a.m. and at noon at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). To register at $10 per person, visit

Kids can use paints and other art supplies to create animal art like Ronald George Straight, an exhibiting artist this month at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam), during Family Day at PdA; the event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required by visiting Call 604-664-1636 or visit

Stretch your body and chill out with your family during a free Family Day yoga class at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) from 3 to 4 p.m. The class is open to kids aged seven and up. A free yoga session will also be held at the Smiling Creek Activity Centre (3456 Princeton Ave., Coquitlam) at 10 a.m. Visit

Former Canadian SLAM champion Brendan McLeod — a Toronto-based writer, performer and musician — delivers Brain and Other Stories, a show about coming of age, mental illness and mindfulness, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Variety Series. Call 604-927-6555 or visit

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