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THINGS TO DO: Raise a glass to Robbie Burns
Sun and clouds are in the forecast this weekend — but not rain — so take a hike on the numerous trails in the Tri-Cities or tour the art centres. And don’t forget to cheer on our minor ice hockey teams.
Friday, Jan. 24
Today is the last chance to chip your live Christmas tree at Port Coquitlam’s Art Knapp Plantland and Florist (1300 Dominion Ave.). The fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is a minimum $5 donation for the charity. Call 604-942-7518.
The Coquitlam Express Jr. A hockey club hosts the Merritt crew at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $6 to $13 (kids under six are free). Call 604-936-4625 or visit coquitlamexpress.ca.
MUSIC FOR A CAUSE
The Talesmen — a southern rock/blues quintet made up of Devon Kazulin, Jamey Cloete, Kevin Penner, Scott Jorgenson and Matt Savourd — are back for their third appearance at the Crossroads Coffeehouse, which starts at 7 p.m. with an open mic session at the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind Port Coquitlam city hall). The Talesmen take the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5, with proceeds to the Crossroads Hospice Society. Visit crossroadshospice.bc.ca/coffee. To sign up for the open mic, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
The Coquitlam community theatre club, Stage 43, presents A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Tickets are $22/$18 by calling the box office at 604-927-6555 or visiting evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Saturday, Jan. 25
LET’S TALK BUDGET
Port Moody city council and municipal staff will be at city hall (100 Newport Dr.) and the nearby recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk about the upcoming financial plan. The Council Cafes are being held to gauge public feedback before the budget town hall meeting on Monday night. Visit portmoody.ca.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Vancouver author and social worker Barbara Halcrow will speak about her first book, Spiritual Intelligence: How Your Spirit Will Lead You to Health, Happiness and Success, at Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd.) at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP a spot, call 604-927-7999 or visit fvrl.ca.
Raise a glass of scotch for the Scottish poet Robbie Burns while supporting the Port Moody Arts Centre, which is hosting its Art4U gala at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club (3251 Plateau Blvd., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser will pay for PMAC’s expansion to the Appleyard/Centennial House. The cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. with the buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Art demos, live music, Scottish piping and auctions will be aplenty. Semi-formal dress — especially tartan! — is required. For tickets at $150, visit pomoarts.ca.
The Port Moody Panthers’ Jr. B Hockey Club is on home ice at the PoM recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) against the Mission Outlaws. The puck drops at 7:45 p.m. Tickets range from $2 to $8. Visit portmoodypanthers.com.
Sunday, Jan. 26
Load up on fresh grub at the bi-monthly Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market, happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Artisan crafts and baked goods are also available. Visit makebakegrow.com.
FOR THE FAMILY
Take a look at the art at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) and drop in on workshops during Family Day at PdA! from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Workshops include painting on Plexiglas with Bill Edmonds and art fun with Ximeng Guo. RSVP by calling 604-664-1636 or go online to placedesarts.ca.
The third annual Emerging Talent Festival will showcase a remarkable array of visual arts and film from high school students in School District 43. The fest runs from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) with opening remarks for Emerging Talent 17 (the gallery show) at 3:30 p.m. and the film fest at 4:30 p.m. Awards for shorts will be handed out at 5:30 p.m. Call 604-927-6550 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Celebrate the end of 2013 with the Coquitlam branch of the Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada, at a gratitude and blessing ceremony at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.). The event starts at 3 p.m. Call 778-227-6028 or visit tzuchi.ca.
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