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THINGS TO DO: Welcome to the New Year
Need some help recovering from all that turkey? Check out the online holiday schedules for Tri-City recreation centres, which are open and offering loads of skate and swim sessions for the whole family to get active again.
TODAY: Friday, Dec. 28
The City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) hosts winter break swim camps for three different age groups (from 5 1/2 to 13 years) from noon to 4 p.m. Kids will enjoy holiday-themed games, activities and crafts, followed by a supervised swim. Call 604-927-4FUN (4386) to register (fee is $20), and quote bar code 417989.
Saturday, Dec. 29
HIT THE ICE
Keep the kids busy with a trip to the ice rink. The Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) hosts a public skate from 12:30 to 4 p.m. At the PoMo rec centre (300 Ioco Rd.) Family Stick & Puck (12 & under) runs 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and for teens 12 to 16 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Adults (17+) can lace up for drop-in hockey from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
TAKE A DIP
Take a pre-Penguin Plunge dip at a Family Toonie Swim at the City Centre Aquatic Complex from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and at the Poirier complex from 9 to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 30
It’s fun for the whole family at the Family Skate at the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, so bundle up the kids and haul out the skates for a post-Christmas treat. Regular admission rates apply. There’s also a Family Swim, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Ring in 2013 in style with the Quiring Chamber Quartet at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). This year’s show promises a mix of classical music with a dose of lively jazz, care of special guests Van Django, and stay for the sparkling wine reception afterwards. Get tickets at 604-927-6555 or www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca. Feel like dancing the night away? Also at Evergreen, the Hot Salsa Dance Zone hosts its third annual New Year’s party, starting with a dance class for beginners. Get tickets at 604-725-4654 or at the door.
Bring in the New Year with a (colourful) bang at a New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Maple Creek middle school (3700 Hastings St., Port Coquitlam). The professional show, complete with music, will celebrate the arrival of 2013 starting at around 11:15 p.m. The fireworks show runs from from midnight to 12:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
TAKE THE PLUNGE
Take part in this New Year’s Day tradition with an added celebration, as Port Moody kicks off its centennial year. Join in the photo on the pier for the time capsule, then steel yourself for the icy dip into Burrard Inlet. Warm up by the bonfire with a mug of hot chocolate and check out the historical photo display from the PoMo Station Museum. There will be prizes for best costumes, free cupcakes, face painting and magic. Plungers pay $5 or $10/family. Celebrations kick off at 11 a.m. at Rocky Point (2800-block Murray St.). Visit www.portmoody.ca for full details.
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