Kids off from school today for the district-wide Pro-D Day can lace up their skates for a skate at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) from 1 to 3 p.m. Hot cocoa will be served off ice. The cost is $2 per person. Visit port moody.ca. Or tonight, at the City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam), enjoy a free dip in the pool courtesy of Westminster Savings. Call 604-927-6999.
ALL THAT JAZZ
The PoMo ArtsFest officially kicks off with a gala reception at 7 p.m., featuring the sounds of smooth jazz pianist/percussionist Kristian Alexandrov and his singing partner Shannon Gaye — both residents of Port Moody — and special guest Jens Lindemann, an internationally acclaimed trumpet player who heads up brass studies at UCLA. Tickets at $35 are available by calling 604-931-2008 or visiting pomoartsfest.ca.
Join the Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society as the group hosts its annual general meeting at 10 a.m. at the Poirier Street branch of the Coquitlam Public Library. Hear about the Christmas tree-chipping event and funding projects. Newcomers are welcome. Call 604-417-0912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the history of Maillardville during BC Heritage Week with a walking tour of the French-Canadian enclave and a tea to follow. Meet at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., beside Place des Arts) at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 604-516-6151 or visit coquitlamheritage.ca
Artist Joyelle Brandt will lead a Quote Art workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. John's St.) to talk about how one word has shaped her year, for the past four years. Participants can create their own visual reminder of their chosen word or quotation. The session is open to all levels and supplies are included. Visit oneword365.com.
A new show featuring the work of 15 female artists opens at Port Coquitlam's Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind city hall) at 1 p.m. The exhibit, titled How Nice to Have a Hobby, takes aim at gender bias in the art world. Curated by Deanna Fogstrom and Danaca Ackerson, the display runs until March 31. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.
TO THE BEAT
Music students from Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Trinity Western University — under Robert Caldwell — will be joined by Boris Sichon for a drumming and percussion show as part of the PoMo ArtsFest. Titled Percussionworks!, the concert starts at 2 p.m. at Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). The cost is $15. Call 604-808-9624 or visit pomoartsfest.ca
Piano, vocal, violin, guitar and bass students with the Tri-City School of Music will host the centre's inaugural recital at Port Coquitlam's Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind city hall) from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The three-man electronic orchestra Digital Guise will use high-tech tools to create an educational and entertaining show for the PoMo ArtsFest at Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 through the Port Moody Arts Centre at 931-2008. Visit pomoartsfest.ca
Place des Arts' faculty members Roger Mangas (violin) and Monica Pfau (piano) will wrap up their series of rare Czech music pieces at a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Maillardville facility (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Tickets at $15/$13 are available by calling 604-664-1636.
• Sunday, Feb. 23
ALL THINGS KIDS
Kids are the theme for the winter farmers’ market outside the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) today. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., organizers will have a marketplace made up of young entrepreneurs selling handmade cards, jewellery, photography and more. As well, the Port Moody Arts Centre will host a kids’ craft area and there will be a cookie decorating station. Or come by and just enjoy the musical entertainment. Visit makebakegrow.com
As part of the PoMo ArtsFest, members of the Port Moody Art Association will sell their original works from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Best of all, the show will change throughout the day as the paintings sold will be replaced with new ones on the wall. Art Cards will also be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free. Visit portmoodyartassociation.com
SUNDAY AT CITY HALL
Wrapping up the PoMo ArtsFest at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) is Russian music by pianist Anna Levy, clarinetist Johanna Hauser and cellist Natasha Boyko, at 11 a.m. for $15; a classical music afternoon with tea and scones, courtesy of Soko Tea House and Cobs Bread Suter Brook, at 1 p.m. for $12; and the world-music ensemble Silk Road Music and modern dancer Wen Wei Wang, at 7 p.m. for $20. Visit pomoartsfest.ca
Head over to the Poirier community centre (630 Poirier St., Coquitlam) to get bargains on baby and kids wear at the Children’s Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterward, enjoy a twoonie swim at the nearby Chimo Pool. Call 604-927-4386.
The city of Port Coquitlam’s Sunday Coffee Concert series next features Deanna Knight and The Hot Club of Mars, at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate) at 2 p.m. Entry is $12/$10/$6 (kids 12 and under are free). Call 604-927-7529 or visit experience it.ca
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