Weekend: Pro-D day and leap year

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Feb. 28 to March 1.

Friday, Feb. 28

Port Moody property owners have until the end of today to pay their annual utility bills — or face a 5% fine. Visit portmoody.ca/utilities

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School District 43 students on a Pro-D Day can swim, skate and watch movies around the Tri-Cities today: 
• Coquitlam: Swing on the rope, dive off the boards and climb the WIBIT obstacle course at the City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way) from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a special Pro-D Day celebration. Call 604-927-4386. Also, starting at 12:30 and at 2 p.m., there are two toonie skates at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.) — each lasting one hour and 15 minutes. Admission at $2 also includes skate and helmet rentals. Visit coquitlam.ca. As well, the Coquitlam Public Library rolls Dora and the Lost City of Gold at its City Centre (1169 Pinetree Way) and Poirier (575 Poirier St.) branches at 1:30 p.m. Visit coqlibrary.ca.
• Port Coquitlam: Watch a matinee in the Terry Fox Library in the new Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) at 2 p.m. No cost for the drop-in movie. Call 604-927-7999. And, from 10:15 to 11 p.m., there’s the youth late night skate at PCCC in Arena 3. Entry is $3. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.
• Port Moody: Kids ages 8 to 12 can learn the basics of coding by using Scratch, a block-based programming language, at a Pro-D Day Code Camp at the Port Moody Public Library (ParkLane Room in city hall, 100 Newport Dr.) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register by calling 604-469-4575 or visit portmoodylibrary.ca. Also at 2 p.m. is the start of the Disney movie The Lion King featuring the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Beyoncé. No registration is required; doors to the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.) open at 1:30 p.m. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca.

Cheer on the Coquitlam Express hockey team as they battle the Langley Rivermen in the first playoff game of the post season, at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit coquitlamexpress.ca or call 604-936-4625 for the time and tickets.

It’s the last night to see the high school version of Chicago, at Riverside secondary school (2215 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam). Presented by River’s Edge Theatre with direction by Nicole Roberge, who is also the choreographer, the musical starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets at $13, visit brownpapertickets.com or purchase them at the door.

The musical James and the Giant Peach — based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl — comes to life at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam), a production by students and staff at Archbishop Carney regional secondary school. Directed by drama teacher Charles Harris, the show runs tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. For tickets at $15, visit acrss.bpt.me or email tickets@acrss.org. Call 604-942-7465.


Saturday, Feb. 29

Gwenessa Lam and Hyung-Min Yoon open their new art show, Trace, at the Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The pair will be on site from 2 to 4:30 p.m. to talk about their work. The display is up until April 26 and is part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program. Visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Watch the award-winning documentary The Pollinators and talk about bees, butterflies and beetles with pollinator experts — Egan Davis, Brian Campbell and Marika van Reeuwyk — afterwards in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). There is no cost for entry; doors open at 3:30 p.m. with the screening at 4 p.m. Guests have a  chance to win a prize pack featuring the book Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees by Lori Weidenhammer. Visit portmoody.ca/pollinators or email environment@portmoody.ca

Hear band and choir students at Gleneagle secondary — under the instruction of Ed Trovato — as well as professional guest musicians at the school’s 12th annual jazz gala dinner and silent auction, a fundraiser for the Gleneagle music department, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Call 604-464-5793.

Mike Henry brings his “funkdalicious” sound to the Asylum Sound Stage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) for a show starting at 9:30 p.m. Visit hardrockcasinovancouver.com.

Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szfler with the Hot Salsa Dance Zone host a Dominican-themed night in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; a beginners’ dance class will be held at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.


Sunday, March 1

Tell Port Coquitlam city council how you want it to spend your property tax dollars. Today is the last day to give feedback on the draft 2020 operating budget. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/2020budget. Meanwhile, the city also seeks nominations for volunteer awards. The deadline is Monday. Go to portcoquitlam.ca/volunteerawards to name a leader in the following categories: arts, heritage and cultural awareness; caring and safety; environmental protection and enhancement; sports and recreation; youth programs; U21; and lifetime volunteer.

Load up on fresh vegetables, meats, baked goods and coffee at the weekly Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit makebakegrow.com

Swing by the Place Maillardville community centre (1200 Cartier Ave., Coquitlam) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to shop for baby and kids’ clothing and toys at a swap meet. Entry is $1 at the door (no cost for children). Visit placemaillardville.ca.

The Coquitlam Express players meet the Langley Rivermen again at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) for the second BCHL playoff game. Visit coquitlamexpress.ca or call 604-936-4625 for the time and tickets.

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