Friday, Feb. 14
School District 43 students have a day off today and there are lots of activities in the Tri-Cities to keep them busy including:
• Drop in to the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) at 1:15 p.m. for a toonie skate; kids 11 and under require a helmet. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/recreation.
• Kids ages 8 to 12 can learn the basics of coding by using Scratch, a block-based programming language, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the ParkLane Room at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.). Registration is required via portmoodylibrary.ca.
• Families can watch Toy Story 4 on the big screen at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) starting at 2 p.m. Seating is first come, first served with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca.
• Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) has a toonie skate at 6:45 p.m. and a youth toonie skate at 8:15 p.m. Visit portmoody.ca.
Swing by the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) this weekend to support the Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association’s Atom A hockey players in their tournament, on until Feb. 17. Visit coquitlamminorhockey.org.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Musical theatre and stage craft students at Centennial secondary (570 Poirier St.) have their final performances of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, today at 1 and 7 p.m. Visit centtheatre.com for tickets.
For those avoiding the lovey-dovey day, there are anti-Valentine’s Day parties at Mariner Brewing (H-1100 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam) from 6 to 10 p.m. and Charlie Hamilton Pub (1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
WINE AND ART
Sip wine and paint with artist Christy Dunsmore at her Adult Create Night with Cabernet, held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.). Register via pomoarts.ca.
Three new art shows open at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam): Blind Contour Homage Series (oil paintings by Marlene Lowden); The Human Landscape (various mediums by Suite E Life Drawing Society); and The Endless Braid… (acrylic paintings by Clarissa Banos). The reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. No cost for entry. Call 604-664-1636 or visit placedesarts.ca.
Hear pop songs from the 1950s in the musical Forever Plaid, a First Impressions Theatre production that runs tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). For tickets, call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Teens (ages 13 to 18) can bring their Valentine to the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) for a spin on the ice, from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. Admission at $2 includes skate and helmet rentals. Visit coquitlam.ca.
The Pop Junkies, a dance band covering pop hits from the 1960s to today, play the Asylum Sound Stage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) tonight and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Visit hardrockcasinovancouver.com.
Saturday, Feb. 15
Drop by Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to check out the technology fair. Try out new gadgets and talk to the experts during the drop-in program. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca.
Coquitlam’s Park Spark team hosts an afternoon of free activities at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) from noon to 3 p.m. for families. The crew will also be at Mountain View Park (751 Smith Ave.) And the Smiling Creek Activity Centre (3456 Princeton Ave.) from 1 to 3 p.m. with games and music. Visit coquitlam.ca.
Celebrate African culture in Canada at Coquitlam Heritage’s Black History Month Family Day, from noon to 4 p.m. at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Members of the African Descent Society of B.C. start the afternoon with a presentation at 12:15 p.m. followed by food demos and samples, crafts and music from Aisha Mac, Fynyx Nation and a drum circle. No registration is required to the free, all-ages event. Admission is by donation. Visit coquitlamheritage.ca.
Author Yabome Gilpin-Jackson is at Chapters (2991 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign copies of her book We Will Lead Africa. Call the store at 604-464-2558.
Kids and their caregivers can create alter ego self-portraits — based on the Emerging Talent 23 exhibit at the Art Gallery at Evergreen — at the free Westminster Savings Family Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
It’s Valentine’s Salsa night in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The Hot Salsa Dance Zone starts with a lesson at 8 p.m. followed by the party from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Entry is $10 at the door. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.
Sunday, Feb. 16
Grab your grocery bags and shop at the weekly Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit makebakegrow.com.
Coquitlam’s Park Spark team returns to Mundy Park (641 Hillcrest St.) and Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way) for some more family fun, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit coquitlam.ca.
Make crafts based on the three new displays up at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) during the facility’s Family Day gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. Exhibiting artist Marlene Lowden will show how to create blind contour drawings. To register for the free event, go to brownpapertickets.com.
LOOK UP HERE
Canadian comics Erica Sigurdson, Jen Grant and Christina Walkinshaw stop in at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for their touring show, My Jokes Are Up Here, at 7:30 p.m. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Monday, Feb. 17
Get moving with music and games at the Park Spark drop-in at Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park (1290 Pipeline Rd., Coquitlam) from 10 a.m. to noon. Or, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy a Family Day party at the Poirier community centre (630 Poirier St., Coquitlam). There are also two Family Day toonie skates at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.) across the street, starting at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Visit coquitlam.ca. Port Coquitlam has free public skates at its new community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. and, over at the Hyde Creek recreation centre (1379 Laurier St.), there’s free swimming for all ages from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/recreation.