ARTS IN BRIEF: Learn about craft beers on Father's Day

Join certified cicerone Kate McKinney at a Port Moody brewing company Sunday to learn the art of craft beer.

Join certified cicerone Kate McKinney at a Port Moody brewing company Sunday to learn the art of craft beer.

The course, offered through the Port Moody Arts Centre, gives participants a behind-the-scenes look at Yellow Dog Brewing Co. as well as information on ingredients, fermentation, packaging and beer styles.

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Students will also receive a 5 oz Yellow Dog tasting glass, a light snack and a sample of Yellow Dog beverages.

It runs June 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. A second class is offered Aug. 30. Visit

A newly formed group looking to promote the arts scene in Port Coquitlam will meet on Thursday.

The PoCo Arts Alliance will discuss its future plans at Colour Artist Supplies and Framing (2567 Lougheed Hwy., PoCo) at 7 p.m. on June 18.

The agenda includes proposals for a July social event for PoCo clubs, a downtown entertainment district and artist opportunities. Visit

Ever wanted to learn how to play the cello, tap dance or paint a flower?

Registration is now open for lessons and courses at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts for the 2015/’16 season.

And the Maillardville hub has added a number of new classes for its September to June schedule.

Among them, the Craft of Filmmaking (ages 13 to 17), Digital Self-Portraiture: From Avant Garde to Selfies (ages 13 to 17) and mini workshops for adults such as colour composition, portrait drawing, portrait panting and sketchbook fundamentals.

As well, one- and day-day art classes are on the roster for adults.

New group classes in music are also being offered in drums (ages 8 to 10), fiddling (18 and under) and pop and rock singing (ages 9 to 11). Parents not sure what to enrol their musically inclined kids in can take part in the How to Choose an Instrument for your Child.

As for dance lessons, two new daytime mini-sessions courses are available for adults: contemporary dance and a dance sampler. Visit


A multicultural festival happening next month at Coquitlam Town Centre Park needs volunteers.

Anyone wanting to help in the All Nations Festival that focuses on Coast Salish culture can email or visit

Meanwhile, artists specializing in theatre, visual, literary and media arts can take part in Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary next year.

The city needs creators, facilitators and collaborators to work with the public for the special celebrations and to tell stories about the community. Visit

Sunday may be Father’s Day but it’s also a time to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Canada.

And the Port Moody Heritage Society will mark the event with a drum- and cedar basket-making workshop on June 21 at the station museum (2734 Murray St.).

Alice Guss (Tsawaysia Spukwus) will lead the workshops, which are open to all ages.

Registration is required for both workshops: drum making at 10 a.m. and cedar-basket making at 1 p.m. Call 604-939-1648 or email

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