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Things to Do: Lights at Lafarge ends, Emerging Talent opens

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Crafting Light by Gleneagle secondary student Dawn Lee. The piece is in the Emerging Talent exhibit, which opens Saturday at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam.

Friday, Jan. 18

Returning, a film directed by Mike McKinlay and co-produced by Rob Butler of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation and the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, rolls in the Inlet Theatre (at Port Moody city hall, 100 Newport Dr.) at 6:30 p.m. No cost. Visit

Hear Fraser Union, which this year marks its 35th anniversary, perform at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) at 8 p.m. Visit

The Coquitlam Express players take on the Langley team in a game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.) at 7 p.m. Visit

See the female version of Neil Simon’s play, The Odd Couple, tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) as presented by Stage 43 Theatrical Society. Call 604-927-6555 or visit

Teens can lace up their skates for a tour of the Green Arena rink during the city of Port Coquitlam’s Youth Late Night Skate, from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. in the PoCo recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave.). Admission is $3. Visit


Saturday, Jan. 19

Talk a walk with Larry Cowan and members of the Vancouver Naturalists on a half-day birding field trip along the Pitt River dyke in Port Coquitlam, starting at 9 a.m. Meet in the main parking lot next to the washrooms at Cedar and Victoria drives (west end of DeBoville Slough) to carpool. Visit

Help the city of Port Moody painting street banners in two workshops today and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in city hall (100 Newport Dr.). Call 604-469-4605 to RSVP.

Check out the Coquitlam Heritage Society’s latest exhibit, Heirlooms and Treasures, as staff host a celebration at 1 p.m. featuring multicultural performances. Admission by donation. Visit

The Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) opens its 22nd annual Emerging Talent display of Grade 12 artwork, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit

Hear the songs of the Scottish Bard, Robbie Burns, as the Celtic band Blackthorn honours the poet on his birthday. The buffet and concert are sold out but tickets are still available for the show only, which starts at 7 p.m. at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Call 604-664-1636 or visit


Sunday, Jan. 20

Kids can make pom-pom painted polar bears while the adults shop for fresh food at the Port Moody Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit

Coquitlam painter Francis Friesen is the guest artist at Place des Arts’ first Family Day of the year, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Coquitlam venue (1120 Brunette Ave.). Register via or call 604-664-1636.

Jolene Higgins — aka Little Miss Higgins — takes the stage at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for a blues and country show at 7:30 p.m. Call 604-927-6555 or visit

It’s the last night for Lights at Lafarge, the largest free outdoor lights display in Metro Vancouver that’s sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Hop on the Evergreen Extension to Lafarge Lake-Douglas to tour the spectacular show with the family. The lights are on until 11 p.m. Tonight’s activity by the city’s ParkSpark team is a photo scavenger hunt from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit

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