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Tri-Cities: Things to do this Weekend

Blog by Rod & Rhea Hayes | March 1st, 2012

THINGS TO DO: Francophone festival


Welcome to the weekend, folks. Whatever the weather, there is something to keep you and yours busy, and keep the winter blues at bay.

Friday, March 2


Help the Terry Fox secondary music students raise money for a trip to Cuba this spring, and get fit, too, at a Zumba (a Latin-dance style fitness class) and beauty event tonight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (1260 Riverwood Gate, PoCo) and the event runs until 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance (contact cstouten@shaw.ca or Curves at 604-472-1025 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-472-1025 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) or $15 at the door.

Saturday, March 3

Join Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart on a walk through Mundy Park this morning at 8 a.m. The free event is open to people of all ages (and dogs on a leash) and will be lead by a fitness trainer. Meet at the Spani Pool parking lot.


Central Community School (2260 Central Ave., PoCo) hosts a fundraiser swap meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and promises something for everyone. Entrance is $1 before 11:30 a.m. and free after that. Tables are still available ($25 or $35 for commercial vendors). Contact centralschoolfundraising@gmail.com. Gleneagle secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam) hosts a Kids Helping Kids swap meet to raise money for a school in Ecuador, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.


Be ready for an emergency by taking one of Port Coquitlam’s free emergency preparedness seminars, on today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants (open to PoCo residents) will learn to survive without aid for the first three days, identify unsafe conditions, basic fire suppression and more. Space is limited; register at 604-927-5466 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-927-5466 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or at www.portcoquitlam.ca/ep. The next seminar is May 26.


Bring the little ones to the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, PoCo) for Tiny Tots: Sailing the Musical Seas with Lisa and Lucy. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presentation gives kids (and their parents, too) a chance to jump and clap, swing and sing with Presto the Porpoise and Largo the Tortoise. Shows run this morning at 10 and 11:30 p.m. Visit www.terryfoxtheatre.com or call 604-927-8400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-927-8400 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for tickets.


It’s the 23rd annual Festival du Bois, full of foot-stompin’ francophone fun for the whole family. The festivities get started at noon today, with young Squamish fiddler Jocelyn Pettit wowing crowds from the main stage. Music continues throughout the day, so be sure to stick around for a poutine dinner and the evening shows by Tanga and La Ligue du Bonheur. Get back to Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for all-day entertainment, starting with Les Echos du Pacifique. And don’t forget to drop by the workshop and children’s tents for interactive activities. Visit www.festivaldubois.ca for a full schedule and tickets.


Two great things — bingo and meat — come together at the PoCo Legion (2675 Shaughnessy St.), which is hosting a free bingo session at 1 p.m. and a meat draw at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome; call 604-942-8911 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-942-8911 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for details.


The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble gets with it with a pop/rock-inspired concert, featuring everything from the “pretty to the gritty to the Zappa-esque,” tonight at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way). For tickets, check 604-927-6555 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-927-6555 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or www.pswe.ca.

Sunday, March 4


The Felice Women’s Choir takes audiences on a musical journey featuring everything from country to gospel, jazz and even Latin tunes, today at 1:30 p.m. at the Terry Fox Theatre. Tickets are $10/$5, available at 604-927-8400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-927-8400 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or www.terryfoxtheatre.com.


Vancouver Opera in Schools presents a dark, enchanting version of this classic fairy tale at the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 2 p.m. The show is based on Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera version of the Grimm Brothers’ fable. Tickets are $18/$10, at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca or 604-927-6555 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-927-6555 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Please send Things-To-Do guide submissions to spayne@tricitynews.com.