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THINGS TO DO: Countdown to Christmas

Tracy Matthews
Tracy Matthews' fused glass bracelet at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.
— image credit: PLACE DES ARTS PHOTO

Friday, Dec. 13


Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can cut loose with a professional DJ at the city of Port Coquitlam’s Jelly Bean Dance. Try out carnival games and win door prizes at the supervised party starting at 6:15 p.m. at the PoCo recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave.). Entry is $8 at the door. Visit


Farside Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life — The Radio Play runs tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Northside Church (1460 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam), taking the audience to the 1947 radio broadcast of the play. Tickets at $10 include dessert and coffee or tea. Call 604-942-7711 or visit


The award-winning Argentine drama Chinese Takeaway is this month’s offering by the Port Moody Film Society. The Spanish- and Mandarin-language flick runs at 7:30 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) with tickets at $5 (plus $5 for a society membership) available at the city hall galleria after 6:45 p.m. Visit


Youth bands will rock Port Moody’s Heritage Woods secondary for Project Theo. The Student Enterprise Club, a philanthropy and business group at the high school, will raise funds for HeritageForHumanity and Project 24. Alluvium, the Railway Boys and Bluesmoke will perform at the benefit concert. Tickets at $5 are available at the door of the school (1300 David Ave.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show an hour later.


Get your fill of wrestling and help fill food bank hampers at the fourth annual Wrestling with Hunger, presented by Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) at 8 p.m. Bring non-perishable food items, unwrapped toys, warm clothing and blankets to the Elks Hall (2272 Leigh Sq., Port Coquitlam). The more you contribute, the greater your chance of winning prizes. Tickets are $18/$15.


Seventeen young Tri-City dancers are cast in Motus O’s A Christmas Carol, on stage at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) until Saturday. Among those who won parts in the Charles Dickens’ classic tale include Niki Moshirfatemi, who plays the character of Tiny Tim against James Croker’s Scrooge. Tickets at $39/$30/$15 at 604-927-6555.


Saturday, Dec. 14


Have an early meal with Santa Claus — and take part in a sing-a-long and kids’ activities — at the Port Coquitlam recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave.) from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $8 (kids under three are free). Tickets are available at the PoCo rec complex or Hyde Creek rec centre. Call 604-927-7970.


Ride the Santa Trains today by bringing a new, unused and unwrapped toy to any West Coast Express station and, in exchange, you will receive a return ticket for the West Coast Express (to be used the same day). The Santa Trains are sponsored by Black Press, The Tri-City News’ parent company, and Rogers Radio Group. The morning trains, which arrive at Waterfront Station at 11:15 a.m., will stop at Port Coquitlam at 10:39 a.m., Coquitlam at 10:45 a.m. and Port Moody at 10:50 a.m. And they’ll leave Waterfront at 4 p.m., arriving in PoMo at 4:24 p.m., Coquitlam at 4:29 p.m. and PoCo at 4:34 p.m. Call 604-488-8906 or visit


La Société francophone de Maillardville will host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. at Chez-nous Hall (209 Lebleu St., Coquitlam) to welcome area residents in the French-Canadian enclave and to celebrate the holiday season with music and refreshments. Call 604-515-7070 or email


Coquitlam’s Glen Pine Pavilion for seniors (1200 Glen Pine) will entertain with lively holiday songs, skits and dances at its annual variety show from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Grandchildren can also get a visit with Santa Claus. Cost is $5. Call 604-927-6940.


The Coquitlam-based Coastal Sound Music Academy teams up with DragonDiva Opera for two musical “pajama-party” performances at the Eagle Ridge United Church (2813 Glen Dr., Coquitlam). The shows, titled Baby It’s Cold Outside, are at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20/$15/$10 (cash only at the door). Reserve seats by emailing or call 604-552-2762 for information. Come in PJs and win a prize!


Pulse Productions hosts Holiday Magic — An Evening of Song and Dance, at 7 p.m. at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.). Tickets at $15 are available through Pulse Dance Centre by calling 604-474-3466.


Sunday, Dec. 15


The Port Moody Farmers’ Market is back for a special holiday sale outside the PoMo recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 50 vendors will be selling their locally made and grown products. Visit


Lace up your skates and join the bearded guy at the Port Coquitlam rink (2150 Wilson Ave.) for a holiday glide from 12:45 to 4 p.m. Bring your camera and have your photo taken with Santa on the Zamboni. You can also make Christmas crafts and warm up with hot cocoa afterward. Call 604-927-7970 or email


The Dogwood Songsters, a group part of Coquitlam’s Dogwood Pavilion, will host a carol sing-along at the seniors’ facility (624 Poirier St.) at 1:30 p.m. Admission of $5 includes refreshments. Call 604-927-6098 for tickets. Food donations to the Christmas hamper will be accepted.


The children’s act The Blues Berries will have toes tapping with familiar seasonal songs — with a twist — such as I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, The Santa Claus Blues, Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree and Boogie Woogie Santa Claus. The four-piece ensemble will play Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16/$12 through the box office.



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