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THINGS TO DO: Spring break
Friday, March 14
The 14th annual Port Moody Film Festival continues tonight with the documentaries Watermark and Stories We Tell — both of which will be preceded by short local films. On Saturday night is Cas & Dylan and Lawrence and Holloman, while Sunday night concludes the festival with The Art of Steal, starring Kurt Russell. Admission is $7 per film (plus an annual $5 society fee). Visit pmfilm.ca.
Saturday, March 15
The city of Port Coquitlam will carry on last year’s centennial celebrations with a birthday party for city hall, which was built in 1914. Tour the heritage building (2580 Shaughnessy St.) from noon to 3 p.m. to see displays and take part in activities — for free. And that night, community groups and sponsors will be recognized at city hall during a fundraiser for the PoCo Heritage and Cultural Society. Advance tickets at $25 can be bought though PoCoParty.ca.
Decorate a Shamrock-shaped sugar cookie — made from a 1915 recipe — at Coquitlam’s Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave.) from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is by donation and registration is required by calling 604-516-6151. Visit coquitlamheritage.ca.
Latin beats will mix with Celtic tunes at the Hot Salsa Dance Zone’s St. Patrick’s Day party, happening 7 p.m. to midnight in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Beginners can take a salsa, bachata and merengue lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is licensed and parking is free. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 604-725-4654 or visit hotsalsadancezone.com.
IN VINO VERITAS
Sip on wine, sample olives and fine cheese while painting on a 20 by 20 canvas at Place des Arts’ inaugural Palette: eat, paint, create! at 7:30 p.m. The Tri-City News-sponsored event at the Maillardville arts hub (1120 Brunette Ave.) is $25 per person or $40 for two. Supplies are included; there is a cash wine bar. Call 604-664-1636 or visit placedesarts.ca.
Sunday, March 16
Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society as it hosts its first tree tour of the season on the historic grounds that were once used as a mental health institution — and are now set to be redeveloped. Meet at 1 p.m. at the upper entrance of the Henry Esson Young building. Call 604-290-9910 or visit rhcs.org.
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