Wednesday, Dec. 28
Take the kids to Port Moody Public Library (inside Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr.) for a drop-in winter crafts session. The unsupervised event runs all day in the children’s area, starting at 9 a.m. No registration is required.
Hit the stage to belt out your favourite tune at Fraser Mills Fermentation Co. (3044 St. Johns St., Port Moody). The karaoke machine will be one from 6 to 10 p.m.
LIGHTS AT LAFARGE
See the million colourful lights at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) in the City of Coquitlam’s free annual light display: Lights at Lafarge. The city’s Park Spark team has several pop-ups during the evenings this coming week. Tonight, enjoy the Snow-themed Night with snowman games and a snowball toss. On Dec. 29, take a Winter Wonderland Walk with a “passport”; turn in the card to Park Spark staff at the TD Community Plaza to get a prize. On Dec. 30, there’s the Get Ready to Ring in the New Year and write down your new year’s resolutions. And on Dec. 31, the lights will be on until midnight. Take SkyTrain to the Large Lake–Douglas station as parking is limited. Food vendors include FIFO Falafel, Gordo Mini Doughnuts and Rocky Point Ice Cream (also from Thursday to Sunday, Mom’s Grilled Cheese and The Praguary).
Thursday, Dec. 29
Blue Train will perform at Live Music Nights at C Market Coffee (110 Village Dr., Port Coquitlam). The show is from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free.
Friday, Dec. 30
The Braidwood Band is at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam), tonight from 7 to 11 p.m., and for New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The six-piece party band What’s Next headlines the Asylum Sound Stage, in the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam), at 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission; however, guests must be at least 19 years old.
Saturday, Dec. 31
Join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Tri-Cities. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the group will be out — for its 28th year — in teams at one of 14 assigned areas such as Colony Farm Regional Park, Como Lake Park, Inlet Park, Lafarge Park and along the Coquitlam River. You can also count birds from your home by watching your bird feeder (if your yard is within the count circle). Registration is required.
NOON YEAR’S EVE
Celebrate “Noon Year’s Eve” at the Port Moody Public Library (inside Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr.) at 11:30 a.m. with the family. There will be a dance party, craft station, photo booths and other fun to mark an early turn to 2023. The all-ages event is a drop in, so no registration is required.
It’s the last public skate of 2022 in the City of Port Coquitlam. Lace up your skates at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave., Port Coquitlam) for a spin around the rink from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (barcode 75051) or from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (barcode 75052). In Port Moody, the New Year’s Eve skate in the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody) is from noon to 3 p.m. in Arena 2.
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QUIRING IN 2023
Coquitlam musicians Reg Quiring (viola) and Rosemary O’Connor (piano) are back at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for their 14th QuiRing in the New Year, a celebration of classical music — with a focus on cello music. They’ll be joined by guests Catherine French (violin), Lucia Roh (violin), Sungyong Lim (cello) and Cristian Marko (cello). Tickets are $44/$39/$16. A sparkling wine reception will follow the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
ROCK N ROLL
Rebel Beach heats up MyPub (formerly the Frog and Nightgown, at 1125 Falcon Dr., Coquitlam) with a New Year’s Eve performance starting at 8 p.m. The bash includes a special dinner menu.
Sally & The Melo Hearts — with Jay Patterson on guitar/vocals, James Lee on bass/vocals and Rod Senft on drums — are live at the Arms Pub (3261 Coast Meridian Rd., Port Coquitlam) from 8:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. The pub will serve AAA Angus beef prime rib for dinner. Tickets are $20.
Ring in the new year at the Asylum Sound Stage (inside the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) with a prime rib dinner and live music special. The party starts at 8 p.m. with DJ Euno at the turntable followed by Playlist at 9:30 p.m. to perform the hits. Guests must be at least 19 years old; table seating will be limited.
It’s a Dam Naughty New Year at the refurbished Giggle Dam (2616 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam). Tickets for the celebration include a four-course meal and a musical comedy show, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 1
Start off 2023 with a blast of cold water at the annual New Year’s Day Penguin Plunge. The Pleasantside Community Association hosts the dip at 1 p.m. at the Rocky Point Park pier (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody); registration opens at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person or $10 for a family of four. The event is a fundraiser for the association.
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Choral Connections, a non-auditioned adult community choir in the Tri-Cities, invites singers of all voices for weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals at Trinity United Church (2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam). The choir, led by director Ingrid Gay and accompanied by pianist Vincent Lo, is marking its 10th year. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.