Dec. 31: Quiring in the New Year with the Quiring Chamber Players, with special guests Catherine French and Joel Moerschel, is at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
Dec. 31: Hot Salsa Dance Zone hosts a dance party at Evergreen Cultural Centre, with music starting at 9 p.m. and going until 2 a.m., with champagne at midnight. Tickets are $35 (by Dec. 20), $45 (by Dec. 30) or $55 at the door. Visit www.hotsalsadancezone.com.
Jan. 1: Start 2012 off with a chilly dip in Burrard Inlet at the annual Penguin Plunge, starting at noon at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Visit www.portmoody.ca for details.
Jan. 12: Mackin House Museum discusses A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, at its Historical Book Club meeting at 2 p.m. Call 604-516-6151 or visit www.coquitlamheritage.ca.
Jan. 21: ArtsConnect's ArtistCircle 5th anniversary celebration at the Port Moody Arts Centre, 1-3 p.m.
Jan. 21-22: Community banner painting festival at the Port Moody city hall galleria, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: Heritage Evening features Steve Smith on the Alaska Highway, 7 p.m. at the Outlet at Leigh Square.
Jan. 3, 17, 31: Off the Grid - Improvised Music Series runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gathering Place at Leigh Square. Visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/arts.
Jan. 12: Sacred Economics: An evening with Charles Eisenstein, is presented by Kushala Yoga, runs 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at #303-130 Brew St., Port Moody. Visit www.kushalayoga.com for details.
Jan. 21: Steve Kaldestad Quartet plays the Place des Arts faculty concert, 7:30 p.m. at Place des Arts.
Jan. 22: Yarilo Series House Concerts presents Edison Quintana, concert pianist, featuring an all-Mexican program spanning 1880-1980, 2 p.m. at 34 Shoreline Circle, Port Moody. Visit www.oryarilomusic.com.
Jan. 27: Laila Biali Trio plays Evergreen Cultural Centre at 8 p.m.
Jan. 12-15 and Jan. 18-21: A Talent for Murder, a "whodunit" by the Stage 43 Theatrical Society, is at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Call 604-927-6555 or visit www.stage43.org.
Jan. 13: Port Moody Film Society presents MicMacs (France, comedy/crime) at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Moody Inlet Theatre. Visit www.pmfilm.ca for more information.
Jan. 19-22: Undiscovered Theatre presents John and Jen at the Port Moody Inlet Theatre. Visit www.undiscoveredtheatre.com.
Jan. 28: The Ultimate Comedy Show, with host Roman Danylo and guests Toby Hargrave, Jason Bryden, David Milchard and members of Canadian Content, 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
Jan. 29: Dianna David: Take a Closer Look, a dynamic show about a girl at a new school, 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
Jan. 31-Feb. 4: Don Quixote, presented by Arts Club on Tour/Axis Theatre Company, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
Evergreen Cultural Centre: Kovan Photo Club, Light on the Mind, to Jan. 7. Emerging Talent XV, Jan. 13-Feb. 18 and Emerging Talent Festival Jan. 22, 4-7 p.m.
Place des Arts: Kwai Sang Wong, When Imagination Meets Clay...; Rachael Ashe, Transforming the Book, Jan. 5-28, and Karin Vengshoel, Expansions, Jan. 5 - Feb. 25. Opening reception Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
Leigh Square Community Arts Village: Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence for Book Design in Canada, Marcus Fahrner - Uncovering the Book, to Jan. 16. Art Focus - Community Spirit, Jan. 19-Feb. 20; opening reception Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Port Moody Arts Centre: Maegan Elise - Goodnight Goodluck; Chris Mackenzie - Stones, Chestnuts and Snow; Rosemary Burden - Breeding Ground; Angela Gooliaff and Tony Chu - Cabinet of Curiosity, Jan. 5-Feb. 19. Opening reception Jan. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Port Moody Public Library: Pacific Digital Photography Club; Trudy Geernaert and Renelle Acres - jewelry.
Port Coquitlam city hall: Art Focus artists.
Vancity at Suter Brook Village: ArtsConnect's featured artists Rick Glumac & Nathania Vishnevsky.
The Conversation Language Arts Community: Jungyeup Lee - selected works (#8-3130 St. Johns St., Port Moody, 604-917-0107).