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12 things to do this weekend

First weekend of spring brings movies, birding trips in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody

Friday, March 22

Take the kids to the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) where the Port Moody Public Library will roll the film Christopher Robin, from 2 to 4 p.m., during spring break. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; children under 10 must be with an adult. No cost. Visit

The 30th annual Festival du Bois opens with an all-ages Contra Dance — free to the public — featuring the sounds of The Sybaritic String Band, starting at 7 p.m. in the Grand Chapiteau (Big Tent) at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Visit

Students with the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society show The Three Musketeers, a production directed by Sharon Malone, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Tickets are $20/$15 via Call 604-785-1405 or visit


Saturday, March 23

Larry Cowan and members of the Vancouver Naturalists lead a half-day birding trip around the DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada regional park. Meet at 9 a.m. at the DeBoville Slough parking lot (4090 Cedar Dr., Port Coquitlam) for the free hike. Call 604-307-0931.

Parents and caregivers can bring their babies and toddlers to the Coquitlam Public Library (City Centre branch, 1169 Pinetree Way) to sing songs and read stories, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. No cost. Visit

Dress in plaid and don your frog toque for the 30th annual Festival du Bois, one of the largest gatherings of francophones and francophiles in western Canada. Tuck into Quebecois fare such as poutine, tourtiere and maple sugar pies while enjoying the French Lumberjack Ale — brewed exclusively by Yellow Dog Brewing for the fete. The music in the Grand Chapiteau (Big Tent) at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) starts at 11:45 a.m. with world beats from Jou Tou and wrap up with a performance starting at 7:10 p.m. by Vishten. Meanwhile, La Boussole begins the activities at noon in the Petit Chapiteau (Children’s Tent) that includes entertainment from Jean-Pierre Makosso, Will Stroet, André Thériault and Podorythmie. Meanwhile, workshops will be held across the street in Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) for more intimate music concerts, starting with Jou Tou at 1 p.m. Discount tickets can be bought via

Parents with kids aged five to 12 can head over to the Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for a city-run play time focusing on “physical literacy.” The free event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit

Saxophonist Chelsea McBride joins Alvaro Rojas and Conrad Good for a show at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) with a dinner served at 7 p.m. Visit

Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szfler host their weekly Salsa dance party in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) starting with a beginners’ class at 8 p.m. The dance runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10. Visit


Sunday, March 24

If you have property in Port Coquitlam, take 10 minutes out to respond to the city survey on the proposed budget, which calls for a 2.99% lift for the average home assessed at $818,564. Go to by the March 25 deadline.

Sign up for a succulent planters workshop with Karen and Julia from Port Moody Flowers. Tickets for their classes at 10:30 a.m. and noon at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.), are via The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s the last day for Festival du Bois so take in the activities that start with a French mass at 9 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast ($8/$4 a plate, not included in the admission price) from 10 to 11 a.m. The music in the Grand Chapiteau at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. For discount tickets and the complete lineup, go online to

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