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THINGS TO DO: Musique, chanson francaise
It’s the weekend of Festival du Bois, which in past years has translated to a mixed bag of liquid sunshine and cloudy skies. Let’s hope we get a few rays for the annual fête in Maillardville on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, March 1
OH LA LA!
Festival du Bois is joining Port Coquitlam’s 100th anniversary celebrations by launching its weekend party at the Terry Fox Theatre. Genicorum will liven up the auditorium (1260 Riverwood Gate) at 7 p.m. with its blend of Celtic and Québécois folk tunes. Tickets for the show, which is part of the city’s 14th annual Coffee Concert series, are $12/$10/$6. Children under six are admitted free. Call 604-927-8400 or visit www.experienceit.ca.
Support Tri-City drama students this weekend. Riverside secondary River’s Edge Theatre, under the direction of Nicole Roberge, mounts Les Misérables tonight and tomorrow with the curtain up at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $10 are available on the night of the performance at the school (2215 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam). And Heritage Woods secondary, under the direction of Shanda Walters, is staging Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The play also runs March 1 and 2, with the opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $12/$10 are available at the door (1300 David Ave., Port Moody).
Saturday, March 2
Learn about safety at a free emergency preparedness training course at Port Coquitlam Fire & Emergency Services (fire hall #1, 1725 Broadway St.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign up, call 604-927-5466 or visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/ep.
JOIE DE VIVRE
Hear French-Canadian music and taste tourtière, sugar taffy on snow and poutine at the 24th annual Festival du Bois in Maillardville. Today, the event runs at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking is available at Ikea, which has a shuttle bus to the park. Tickets are $12/$8/$5. Children under age five are free. Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.festivaldubois.ca.
Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam) will screen for teens the 2008 Batman flick The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, at 1 p.m. Continue the series on April 6 as the library shows The Dark Knight Rises. To reserve a spot, call 604-927-7999.
Raising Change, a folk/rock/blues band. will be playing Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) to build awareness — and raise change — for the Stroke Recovery Association. Tickets are $30 by calling the box office at 604-927-6555 or visiting www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Sunday, March 3
Check out the paintings, mixed-media, photography and graphics by Gleneagle secondary students on display this month at the Port Moody Public Library. The March exhibit features pieces by students at the Coquitlam school under the direction of teachers Melanie Stokes and Mike McElgunn. The library is located in PoMo city hall (100 Newport Dr.) and is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
The Minnekhada Park Association presents Creative Café, an open house where kids of all ages can take part in unique — and fun — learning activities, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Minnekhada regional park (4455 Oliver Rd., Coquitlam). Call 604-432-6359 or visit www.minnekhada.ca.
NET IT FOR BEST
The grad committee at Coquitlam’s Dr. Charles Best secondary will support the game between the Coquitlam Express and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 2 p.m. A tailgate party starts at 12:30 p.m. outside the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.). There will be a raffle sale and frisbee toss at intermission. Email email@example.com for discounted tickets.
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