Events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for the first weekend of 2020: Jan. 3 to 5.
Support the Midget A and C players with the Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association as they play in a tournament at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) this weekend. Visit coquitlamminorhockey.org.
Learn about how cultures around the world celebrate the new year at Coquitlam Heritage’s kiosk for Lights at Lafarge, the largest free outdoor winter light display in Metro Vancouver. The team will be at the warming tent by the TD Community Plaza in Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday is Westcoast Family’s host night. Visit coquitlam.ca/lightsatlafarge.
The Vancouver dance and party band Tainted Lovers performs hits from the 1960s to ‘90s on the Asylum Sound Stage at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. No cover. Visit hardrockcasinovancouver.com.
Saturday, Jan. 4
Join the Burke Mountain Naturalists for their annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teams will be assigned to cover one of 14 areas — i.e., Colony Farm, Como Lake, Inlet Park, Lafarge Lake and Coquitlam River. For residents unable to participate but whose homes are located within the circle count, watch your feeder that day and submit the results to the group. Call 604-937-5379 or visit burkemountainnaturalists.ca.
If you’ve got a live Christmas tree — free of ornaments, tinsel and other decorations — haul it to one of several tree chips in the Tri-Cities:
• Port Coquitlam firefighters will turn your tree into wood chips for city parks and trails. Drop off your tree between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Sunday at firehall #1 (1725 Broadway St.) for a minimum $5 donation. Or, for $10, have the smoke-eaters come to your home for a pick-up. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/treechip to fill out the form. Also, recycle Styrofoam, Christmas lights, appliances, power tools, batteries, lightbulbs, scrap metal, plastic bags, cardboard and other blue bin recycling and glass will be accepted by the city ambassadors this weekend at the event.
• Port Moody firefighters host their annual chip at the Inlet firehall (150 Newport Dr.) today and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with proceeds for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Minimum $5 donation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a pick-up service.
If you’ve got lots to recycle after the winter break, pack it up and bring it to one of three sites in Port Moody for the city’s annual centralized recycling day: Heritage Mountain community centre (200 Panorama Pl.); Westhill Park (203 Westhill Pl.); or Kyle Centre (125 Kyle St.). Festive boxes, paper gift wrap, Styrofoam, packing and plastic film will be accepted — at no cost — between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Ribbons, bows and foil gift wrap are not accepted. Visit portmoody.ca.
If you haven’t had time to check out Phase 1 of the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.), take the family for a skate on the Arena 3 rink from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Regular admission rates apply for the drop-in. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.
Sunday, Jan. 5
NEW YEAR FARE
Start the year off right with locally grown and raised food, available from vendors at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market. It runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit makebakegrow.com.
Burn off the calories from the holiday meals with a few laps around Arena 3 at the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.). There are two entries for drop-in public skating: 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Kids under 11 must be accompanied by a skater 16 and up. Regular rates apply. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.