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THINGS TO DO: Happy Gung Hay Fat Choi

Sheila Alwell, Judy Bemister and Nadine Rowat are organizing the first gala fundraiser for Dancing 4 a Change, on Saturday in Port Moody.   - COURTESY OF SHEILA ALWELL
Sheila Alwell, Judy Bemister and Nadine Rowat are organizing the first gala fundraiser for Dancing 4 a Change, on Saturday in Port Moody.

Friday, Jan. 31


Older adults can hear from clinical dietician Jenn Messina at 1:30 p.m. for her Healthy Eating for Weight Management talk at Dogwood Pavilion (624 Poirier St., Coquitlam). The session will include tips to lose weight and keep it off; there will be food samples, recipes and handouts. The cost is $6.25. To register, call 604-927-4386.


Today is the last day of a two-month campaign to throw a ball at PoCo Bowl (2263 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam), which wants to raise $20,000 for Variety - the Children’s Charity through the annual BC Bowls for Kids. The business has collected more than $200,000 for the cause over the past 28 years. Call 604-942-5244 or visit


Kids aged seven to 10 can spend a Friday night at the Hyde Creek recreation centre (1379 Laurier Ave.) as part of the city of Port Coquitlam’s No Fun Friday series, designed to get children active and away from screens. The program, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., includes carnival games, sports, a bouncy castle, music, Lego building and a concession. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 on the day. Registration will close at 6 p.m. on Jan. 31. Sign up by calling 604-927-7529 (barcode 112872) or at


The city of Port Moody is marking the Year of the Horse with a special Chinese New Year skate from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at the PoMo recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Take part in games or sip some hot cocoa. The cost is $3.50; skates and helmet rentals are an additional charge. Visit


Nicola Lipman stars as Miss Daisy while John Campbell is her chauffeur in the award-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, on at 8 p.m. at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) until Feb. 1. And seniors who want a lift to the show can call the Tri-Cities’ transportation service, Driving Miss Daisy (778-237-7433) and get discounted tickets to the production. Call Evergreen at 604-927-6555 or visit



Saturday, Feb. 1


Pictures in a new exhibit this month at the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Dr.) will be for sale, with most of proceeds donated to help rebuild the Mossom Creek hatchery, which recently burned down. Visit


Port Moody’s long-awaited new Inlet Centre firehall will open its doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The party at 150 Newport Dr. (beside PoMo city hall) will include music by the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps GRILSE, tours, fire prevention displays, a blessing, a public art unveiling and a free barbecue and cake. There will also be an auto extrication, rope rescue and live fire demos. Visit


Posture for Peace is a fundraiser and awareness builder for mental health, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Kushala Yoga at Suter Brook (130 Brew St., Port Moody). The company hopes to raise $10,000 for the cause and will offer yoga sessions, music and refreshments during the afternoon. Call 604-461-9642.


Caydance Studios (1585 Broadway St., Port Coquitlam) kicks off its second annual Keep the Beat fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC/Yukon, with a two hour dance-a-thon starting at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 778-999-9796.


Vancouver author Cynthia Flood will talk short story at the Tri-City Wordsmiths’ monthly meeting, starting at 2 p.m. at the Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam). A former SFU instructor, Flood penned the short story, My Father Took a Cake to France, in 1992; she has also written five books including last year’s Red Girl Rat Boy. Call 604-475-2875.


See dancers and singers perform at the first fundraising gala for Dancing 4 a Change, which is collecting cash to help girls and young women who have fled sexual exploitation and abuse. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Tickets are $35 through the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. John’s St.) by calling 604-931-2008 or at the door for $45. Seating is reserved. Visit


Move your hips to Latin sounds at the Hot Salsa Dance Party from 7 p.m. to midnight in the rehearsal hall at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way). Visit


Support the Port Moody Panthers’ Jr. B hockey club as it takes on league champions the Richmond Sockeyes at the PoMo recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). The puck drops at 7:45 p.m. Visit


Sunday, Feb. 2


Jump into your bikini and take a dive at the Chimo Pool (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) for a free swim from 7 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Westminster Savings credit union.


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