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Your Weekend: An evening with Jane Mortifee, a Dessert Night for Uganda

Weekend events for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Feb. 17 to 19, 2023.

Friday, Feb. 17


Tri-City adults can learn about social media channels in a session at the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Dr.) from 11 a.m. to noon in the ParkLane Room.



It’s the last weekend for Lights at Lafarge, the free annual show at Town Centre Park featuring nearly one million lights. Tonight, the City of Coquitlam’s Park Spark crew will host a pirate party that includes a treasure hunt around the lake (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). And on Saturday, also between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., there’s a farewell celebration at the TD Community Plaza that includes games for the family.



Based on a true story about overcoming obstacles, Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life is at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) tonight and Saturday. The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., was selected for the Fringe Encore series in New York in 2019. Keith Alessi is donating his performance fees from the show to cancer and theatre charities. Tickets are $45/$38/$16.



Saturday, Feb. 18


Coquitlam’s community hubs are filled with games and activities leading up to the stat holiday on Monday: BC Family Day. Today, Eco Trekkers (ages 3 to 5) is on from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Mundy Park (641 Hillcrest St.) while family badminton (ages 6 and up) is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Maillardville Community Centre (1200 Cartier Ave.), as well as at the Centennial Activity Centre (578 Poirier St.) from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Or, you can take the kids to see The Croods: A New Age, a movie that rolls at the Maillardville Community Centre from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.



Slip on your boots and old clothes to help the City of Coquitlam remove invasive plants around Como Lake. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., city staff and Burke Mountain Naturalists members will be around the lake; meet in the northern parking lot (730 Gatensbury St., Coquitlam). Tools will be supplied. No experience is necessary.



Try to get three strikes in a row — in a single game — at PoCo Bowl (2263 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam), which is taking part in the inaugural Turkey Bowl across Canada. From Feb. 18 to 20, the first 250 Canadians to bowl a “turkey” and submit their entry have a chance to receive a $50 Visa gift card and be entered in a draw to win one of 10 $500 grocery gift cards for their Easter turkey dinner.



For the fourth year, Coquitlam Heritage celebrates Black History Month Family Day with African dance, crafts and food at Victoria Community Hall (3435 Victoria Dr., Coquitlam). The event from noon to 3 p.m. is free and includes music from Tropical Breeze and Okey Osman. No registration is required.



Families with kids ages eight and up can pop over to the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to play a board game with a new friend. The event takes place in rooms 136 and 137. Registration is not required.



Stop by the Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 2 p.m. to hear a conversation between artist Jin-me Yoon and Euijung McGillis, assistant curator of the photographs collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Yoon opens her solo exhibit at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, titled Long Time So Long, on Feb. 18. The reception is from 3:30 to 5 p.m.



Taste cakes, sip on hot beverages and shop for handcrafted Uganda jewelry at the Abetavu Dessert Night fundraiser hosted by Port Coquitlam residents Carli Travers and Robert Birungi. The couple, who started Abetavu in Uganda 15 years ago, are raising money and building awareness about their safe haven for children and vulnerable families in the African country. The event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church (2329 Fremont Conn., Port Coquitlam). Tickets are $15 or make a donation to the Fund-a-Need via



BC Entertainment Hall of Famer Jane Mortifee performs with a band as part of the Inlet Theatre Music Series at Inlet Theatre (inside Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr.) at 7:30 p.m. Mortifee, who is also an accomplished actor and author, will sing pop, R&B and musical theatre numbers with series co-founders Bill Sample and Darlene Cooper, who are in the band with Tim Porter, Miles Foxx-Hill and Randall Stoll. Tickets are $33.57.



Dance beginners can take a merengue lesson with Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler of the Hot Salsa Dance Zone at the Port Coquitlam Legion (2675 Shaughnessy St.) at 8 p.m. The dance floor opens up at 9 p.m. and goes until midnight featuring Latin beats. The event is suitable for ages 19 and up. No partner is needed. Admission is $15.



Sunday, Feb. 19


Golden Meadows Honey Farm, Mile Earth and Twins Donuts are some of the vendors at this week’s Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot south of the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd.).



The City of Coquitlam continues its Family Day fun with Family Badminton for ages six and up at the Maillardville Community Centre (1200 Cartier Ave., Coquitlam). The event is from 3 to 5 p.m.



Harpist Bess Lu and narrator Rob Muir present The Night Circus, an evening of music and readings to raise funds for the homeless shelter at 3030 Gordon Ave., Coquitlam. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1504 Sprice Ave., Coquitlam). Admission is by donation.



Dance For All is the title of Ballet Jorgen’s show at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 7:30 p.m. featuring excerpts from such classical ballets as Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Anne of Green Gables. Tickets are $35/$32/$16.