What to do between Boxing and new year's days in the Tri-Cities

Dec. 26
BOXING DAY SKATE
Burn off that Christmas meal with a skate at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam), which has two entries starting at 10 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. — the latter for families. Call 604-927-4386 or visit coquitlam.ca.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
Sing with the von Trapp family for the Arts Club Theatre Company’s The Sound of Music production, which features Port Moody teen Jaime MacLean as Louisa. The sing-along performance on Boxing Day starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St., Vancouver). The show runs until Jan. 5. For tickets, visit artsclub.com.

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UGLY SWEATER
Wear your green and red threads for The Taphouse’s first annual Ugly Sweater Party, starting at 9 p.m. at the pub (405 North Rd., Coquitlam). The event includes contests, dancing and sounds by Zayden Path. Visit thetaphouse.ca.

 

 

Dec. 27
POCO TREE FEST
Check out the Christmas trees scattered around Port Coquitlam and take part in the PoCo Heritage scavenger hunt and selfie contests for a chance to win prizes. And don’t forget to vote on your favourite tree in the 7th annual fest, on until Dec. 31. Use the hashtag #PoCoTreeFest. Visit pocoheritage.org.

LIVE MUSIC
The Mitz Fitz return to the Coquitlam branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (1025 Ridgeway Ave.) for a show tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Visit rclegion263.ca for details.

JUST DANCE
The Pop Junkies play rock, country and pop songs from the 1960s to ‘90s on the Asylum Sound Stage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) tonight and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Visit hardrockcasinovancouver.com for details.

 

 

Dec. 28
NEW ALBUM
Coquitlam musician Harry Last plays eight songs from his new debut solo album, Think To Myself, at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St., Vancouver) at 9 p.m. The show also includes music from the bands Lillian, Outside Influence and the Naked Gypsies. Visit foxcabaret.com.

TOM, QUEENS
Head over to Meridian Arms Pub (3261 Coast Meridian Rd., Port Coquitlam) to hear a music tribute to Canadian acts Stompin’ Tom Connors, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and more. Call 604-941-4711 to save a table for the 8:30 p.m. show.

 

 

Dec. 29
ICE TIME
Sport your Coquitlam Express jersey as they play on home ice at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) against Chilliwack at 7:15 p.m. Visit coquitlamexpress.ca.

 

 

Dec. 30
TAI CHI

Improve your flexibility at a beginners’ class hosted by the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Canada club, which has its lesson at 7 p.m. at St. Claire of Assisi Catholic Parish Church (2888 Delahaye Dr., Coquitlam). Visit taoist.org to register.

 

Dec. 31
RED NOSE RIDES
Get a ride home from the pub or a party — in your own vehicle — from volunteers with Operation Red Nose. Ride donations go to KidSport Tri-Cities, a charity that pays for sporting registrations for families in financial need. Supported by ICBC, Coquitlam RCMP, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and Coquitlam Centre as well as local eateries, the service runs tonight: Call 778-866-6673 for a lift between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. To volunteer with the campaign, visit operationrednosetricities.com to download an application form.

NEW YEAR’S SKATES
End 2019 with a tour of the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex rink. A public skate starts at 10 a.m. and again at 11:45 a.m. The facility is located at 633 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Call 604-927-4386 or visit coquitlam.ca. As well, the city of Port Moody has a Dec. 31 spin at the recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) from noon to 3 p.m. for $3.50 per person. Hot chocolate and games are served. Visit portmoody.ca. And Port Coquitlam has its final skate of 2019 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with a ring, stick and puck session from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.). Admission is $4 per person. Donations will be accepted for the Share food bank. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/christmas.

 

Jan. 1
PENGUIN PLUNGE

Jump into the freezing Port Moody Inlet — and 2020 — with hundreds of swimmers (in bathing suits and costumes) for the annual Penguin Plunge at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody). Registration at the pier starts at 11:30 a.m. with the dip at 1 p.m. The annual spectacle is hosted by the Pleasantside Community Association. Proceeds from the $5 entry support the group’s programs at Old Orchard Hall. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase and Port Moody firefighters will be on hand. Visit portmoody.ca.

SKATING TIME
For those unwilling to head into the frigid waters, the city of Coquitlam has some ice events on for the family at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam): Stick, Ring and Puck (12 years and under) starts at 10:30 a.m.; family skate (all ages) is at noon and 2:15 p.m.; and adult casual hockey (ages over 18) is at 5 p.m. Call 604-927-4386 or visit coquitlam.ca.

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