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THINGS-TO-DO GUIDE: Find your roots at Festival du Bois

The Festival du Bois is without a doubt this weekend's main event in the Tri-Cities but it's not your only chance for dancing, singing, comedy and theatre. So check out the fest but check out some of these other events too.

The Festival du Bois is without a doubt this weekend's main event in the Tri-Cities but it's not your only chance for dancing, singing, comedy and theatre. So check out the fest but check out some of these other events too.

TODAY: Friday, March 4

Best of the West: A Comedic Extravaganza features five of western Canada's premiere funnymen at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Damonde Tschritter, the first Canadian winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition, Paul Myrehaug, winner of the Yuk Yuk's Great Canadian Laugh-Off, and Toby Hargrave, voted the funniest comic in town at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, will all share the ECC stage for a side-splitting evening. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and $32 for students and are available in person at the Evergreen box office or online at

Heritage Woods Music Theatre presents All Shook Up, a musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley at Heritage Woods secondary school (1300 David Ave., Port Moody). Directed by Shanda Waters, choreographed by Fiona McIntyre and with musical director Ingrid Gay, the show runs through Friday and Saturday and all next weekend, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults. For tickets call 604-461-8679.

Saturday, March 5

This weekend, Maillardville's 22nd annual Festival du Bois, celebrating Quebecois, Acadian and Celtic culture, is the place to be in the Tri-City area. With the Mackin Park grounds opening at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, there will be arts and culinary workshops, storytelling circles, a children's tent, music, theatre and comedy performances, vendors in the park and in the adjacent Mackin House museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). The nearby Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave.) is also hosting a special Bistro des Arts event celebrating French-Canadian cuisine. The individual performers and workshops are too numerous to list here but a complete line-up can be found at Tickets range from $12 for an adult daytime pass to $30 for a Saturday evening pass and are available online at, by phone at 604-515-7070 or at the festival gates on the day.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you're invited on a leisurely stroll with neighbours through the trails, dikes and canals of the Coquitlam River at Colony Farm Regional Park (Lougheed Highway at Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam). An easy walk is promised with only one set of stairs to summit. Cost is $5.50 for adults, $3.25 for youths and seniors and registration is required by calling 604-432-6359.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church is hosting a Mardi Gras dinner and dance from 6 to 11:45 p.m. at Archbishop Carney regional secondary school (1335 Dominion Ave., Port Coquitlam). Entertainment will include Korean drummers, Hawaiian dancers, a buffet dinner and more. All are welcome to attend this "Fat Tuesday" celebration, with all the proceeds raised going to the St. Joseph's Parish building fund. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for youth and $5 for children. For tickets and more information, call 604-461-1369 or email [email protected].

Sunday, March 6

From 12:30 to 3 p.m., a special yoga and fitness boot camp session will be held at the Klahanie Canoe Club (501 Klahanie Dr., Port Moody). The event is a fundraiser for the family of Charlene Reaveley, who taught fitness boot camp classes at Klahanie. In addition to yoga, pilates and Zumba, there will be tons of children's activities as well as hot dogs, burgers, cupcakes, popcorn and cotton candy available by donation. Several silent auction items have also been donated for the event, including five-star vacation packages, home appliances, gift baskets, gift cards, spa packages and more. For more information, call Chrissy at 604-773-9304.

The Port Moody Winter Farmers Market is back today at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). As always, this winter market is rife with produce, preserves, face painting and crafts for sale. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all are invited to come on down and sample the best of what local farmers, bakers and artisans have to offer.

Country Rocks: Girls Edition is a brand new fundraising event for Variety - The Children's Charity featuring five hot country music acts from across B.C. beginning at 7 p.m. at The New Boone, formerly Boone County Country Cabaret (801 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Performers at the 19+ event include Whiskey Jane, Karen Lee Batten, A.J. Woolworth, Emily Taylor Adams and The Higgins. Tickets are $27.50 and are available at or in person at The New Boone. For more information, call 604-320-0505.

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