THINGS TO DO: Start your appetite engines, the food truck fest revs up Saturday

Keep your fingers crossed for a bit of sun this weekend so that you can hit the food truck festival in style, get some home reno inspiration and kick up your heels on the dance floor.

 

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Friday, March 31

HOME EXPO
The arrival of spring, albeit a soggy one, means it’s time to step back and take a look at your surroundings. Time for a refresh or a big renovation? The Home Expo can help, with inspiration for home improvement and decorating projects. The event features a range of speakers, info booths and demonstrations at the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex today from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.homeshowtime.com for more details. Free admission all weekend.

BOOK ART
Join artist Claire Sarfeld for an opening reception for her latest show, Blue Day Book, at the Michael Wright Art Gallery in PoCo’s Gathering Place at Leigh Square. Born in Ontario and now living in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, Sarfeld draws inspiration from her travels across Canada and the U.S. The reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and the exhibit is on until May 2.

CHAPTER 11
There’s no talent bankruptcy in the musical duo that is Bob Collins and Rob Sheridan, so be sure to enjoy their take on Celtic, classic rock, Canadiana, pop and folk tunes at Port Moody’s Gallery Bistro tonight. Come back Saturday for a show by Ju’s Trio + One (soundcloud.com/juzikal). Tickets for each event are $25 for dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m.; reserve by calling 604-937-0998.

 

Saturday, April 1

MMM, FOOD TRUCKS
Bring your friends, family and a big appetite to the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival at PoMo’s Inlet Field (3200 Murray St.). There will be 25 trucks serving up loads of delicious goodies, an artisan market, live music and family entertainment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.fvfoodtruckfestival.com for more info.

FUTURE STARS
Check out the work of talented teens at the IB Visual Arts Exhibition by Port Moody secondary’s Grade 12 students at PoMo’s city hall Galleria. The students have selected pieces of their work that represent a sample of their artistic inquiries. The show runs to April 4.

LAUGHING MATTERS
Laugh your heart out to raise funds for families affected by childhood cancer at the comedy night gala benefiting the Gaby Davis Foundation. MC John Cullen keeps the giggles going as Ivan Decker deals out jokes with guests Jenny Toews and Kevin Banner. The doors open at the PoMo Inlet Theatre at 6:30 p.m., where there will be a silent auction, balloon pop and wine for purchase, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 at 604-464-GABY.

SALSA CUBANA
DJ Kubanito mixes it up at the Evergreen Cultural Centre for a dance party with a Cuban twist. This Hot Salsa Dance Zone event will feature the unique sounds of Cuban salsa music, a bachata lesson at 8 p.m. followed by an evening of dancing to merengue, cha cha, Cumbia and more until 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10, no partner or experience required. Visit www.hotsalsadancezone.com for more info.

 

Sunday, April 2

GEAR FOR KIDS
Cut out the Craigslist hassle and find great deals the old-fashioned way at the kids’ swap meet at the Poirier community centre from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be tables full of gently used clothing, toys, books and more. Admission is free.
 

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