THINGS TO DO: Pinetree finds '50s fave
Welcome the long weekend — B.C.’s first Family Day holiday is on Monday — and some much-needed sunshine with a variety of fun events for the whole family.
Friday, Feb. 8
Centennial secondary’s musical theatre class tackles a fairy tale with some real-world twists in Into the Woods, tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. (570 Poirier St., Coquitlam). The Steven Sondheim musical mixes several fairy tale plots and characters, with a not-so-happily-ever-after ending. Tickets are $15/$12 at the door.
The Port Moody Film Society features a drama/comedy that kicks off with the death of a Romanian immigrant in Israel in The Human Resources Manager (Hebrew/subtitles). When a reporter links the woman’s death to her former employer, the company’s HR manager gets involved with mixed results. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.) are $5. Visit www.pmfilm.ca.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Port Coquitlam’s centennial Spirit Week starts with a family-friendly event at the Royal Bank at Fremont Village (871 Village Dr.) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a free hockey game at the PoCo rec complex (2150 Wilson Ave.) at 6:45 p.m. Events continue throughout the week; visit www.portcoquitlam.ca.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so get a head start on showing your loved ones how much you care by taking part in a traditional Valentine’s Day card making event at the Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Register by contacting the museum at 604-516-6151 or firstname.lastname@example.org/.
LEARN TO WRITE
Join author Ben Nuttall-Smith as he leads a writing workshop at the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Dr.), from 2 to 4 p.m. (following the Federation of BC Writers' inaugural Tri-Cities meeting). Nuttall-Smith's published works include Blood, Feathers & Holy Men, and Secrets Kept/Secrets Told. Call the library at 604-469-4577 to register.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Theatrix Youtheatre presents the Heart and Soul Arts Festival at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam), featuring 120 students from the Theatrix Lunchbox Theatre program at four Coquitlam elementary schools. The public can watch theatre professionals Tony Barton and Tracy Neff work with the young performers from 10 a.m. to noon, finishing with a concert at 2 p.m. Concert tickets are $10 at the box office. Visit www.theatrixyoutheatre.com for details.
PDA FAMILY DAY
Take part in Place des Arts’ Family Day (1120 Brunette Ave.), featuring tours of three exhibitions ranging from a multi-media look at family history to the beauty of nature, followed by a variety of all-ages drop-in workshops, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. You can also take part in a public weaving session for PdA’s Social Fabric Project (bring a special “thread” to weave into the 40th anniversary tapestry). Come back on Monday (and bring photocopied family pics) to celebrate B.C.’s first Family Day stat holiday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to create family collages with Joy Hanser of ARTforce Collective. Admission is by donation but reservations are recommended; call 604-664-1636 or visit www.placedesarts.ca.
Kick off Port Coquitlam’s 14th annual Sunday Coffee Concert series with the sights and sounds of southern Spain, care of the Karen Flamenco dance company. They’ll be performing Snow Queen at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate) at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12/$10/$6. For more info, call 604-927-8400 or visit www.experienceit.ca.
Monday, Feb. 11
FAMILY FUN DAY
PoCo hosts a Family Swim at Hyde Creek (1 to 5 p.m.), a toonie skate at the PoCo rec complex (1:30 to 3 p.m.), Stick and Puck ($4, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. for 4-12 years; 3:15-4:30 p.m. for 13-18 years).
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