FRIDAY, JAN. 6
See the Coquitlam Express hockey club honour Kyle Turris, a former NHLer now helping his former team. His old #19 Express jersey will be retired at a ceremony before the Express game against the Chilliwack Chiefs, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam).
LIGHTS AT LAFARGE
The City of Coquitlam’s Park Spark team will be at the TD Community Plaza at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) to host Carnival Night, where you can try some games in the Park Spark Zone during Lights at Lafarge. On Saturday, try light-up Frisbee or badminton — or use the lighted walking poles to get around the lake — in Light It Up Sports.
It’s the last week to see the City of Port Coquitlam’s current exhibits in Leigh Square, city hall and the community centre. Until Jan. 10, the following shows will be on the walls: Coastal Sentinels by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki (Michael Wright Art Gallery); Footprints and other Worm Signals by Pierre Leichner (The Outlet); God’s People are Beautiful by Coral Chen (city hall); and Resurgence by Enda Bardell (Port Coquitlam Community Centre).
SATURDAY, JAN. 7
If you’re ready to say goodbye to your live Christmas tree, this is the weekend to recycle it into mulch. A number of non-profit organizations are hosting tree chipping events for a donation, but make sure you take off the ornaments and tinsel in advance. On Saturday and Sunday, the Friends of Mundy Park are at the Spani Pool parking lot (655 Hillcrest St., Coquitlam) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam is chipping trees on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lot A of Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). And, today only, the Scouts francophone de Maillardville will be at the Canadian Tire parking lot (1200 Seguin Dr., Coquitlam) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meanwhile, in Port Coquitlam, firefighters will once again have the machine out on Saturday and Sunday at Fire Hall #1 (1725 Broadway St., Port Coquitlam) for a tree chip. The Port Coquitlam Fire Fighters Charitable Society is raising funds to support its outreach and programs. The cost is a minimum $10 donation, or $20 for Port Coquitlam residents wanting their tree to be picked up from their home (to register, visit the city’s website). And, in Port Moody, IAFF Local 2399 will have its chipper at the Inlet Centre Fire Hall (150 Newport Dr., Port Moody) on Jan. 8 only. The drive-thru is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is a minimum $5 donation per tree with proceeds for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. To have your tree picked up, email email@example.com.
THAT’S A WRAP
Port Moody residents can send their holiday recyclables to the city’s temporary depot in the parking lot next to the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd.). From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., civic staff will be next to the tennis courts to receive paper gift wrap, boxes, Styrofoam, packaging and plastic film (Styrofoam and plastic film must be bagged separately). Ribbons, bows, foil gift wrap, regular household garbage and glass are not accepted.
Sweat off those new year’s pounds at the Salsa and Latin Dance Night party, hosted by Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler of the Hot Salsa Dance Zone in Coquitlam. The pair will be at the Port Coquitlam Legion (2675 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam) from 8 p.m. to midnight; a beginners' lesson starts at 8 p.m. No partner is needed. Entry is $10.
What’s Next, a six-piece party band from Vancouver, plays the Asylum Sound Stage in the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge; however, guests must be at least 19 years old.
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
Get in shape while helping Mother Earth in Port Moody. City staff will meet volunteers by the Shoreline Trail sign (on the northern side of Murray Street, halfway between Klahanie Drive east and west) at 9:30 a.m. to pull invasive plants along the trail near Pigeon Cove. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots and older clothes. The event is rain or shine. Gloves, eye protection and tools will be provided, but bring water and snacks.
If you belong to a community group or non-profit organization that benefits Port Moody residents and businesses, now is the time to apply for city funding. Groups have until Jan. 31 to apply for a community grant; eligible bids will be reviewed by the city’s Citizen Advisory Group. This year, a total of $20,000 is up for grabs.
BaliBites, Keto-Vego and Pastaggio are among the vendors at today’s Port Moody Farmers Market, happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody).