Weekend: Show of Hearts telethon, opera night

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Feb. 7 to 9.

Friday, Feb. 7

Award-winning concert pianist Sarah Hagen returns to the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for a show titled Exultation, a mix of Rachmaninoff and the spoken word of Brendan McLeod, the former Canadian SLAM champion. The event starts at 8 p.m. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

The high-energy party band Rain City 6 plays the Asylum Sound Stage, in the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. No cover for entry. Visit hardrockcasinovancouver.com.


Saturday, Feb. 8

Young children and their caregivers can hear stories, rhymes and songs at the Terry Fox Library, in the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) at 10:15 a.m. Call 604-927-7999.

Learn how to make a fancy Valentine’s Day card with lace ribbons and stamps — the same way as in the Victorian era — in one of Coquitlam’s oldest homes: Mackin House. The Coquitlam Heritage Society sessions start at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the home (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Refreshments will be provided to participants and admission is by donation. Call 604-516-6151 or visit coquitlamheritage.ca.

Author George Opacic talks about taxes for writers at the Tri-City Wordsmiths’ monthly meeting, held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Terry Fox Library in the Port Coquitlam community centre (2150 Wilson Ave.). Admission is free but library registration is required by calling 604-927-7999 or visiting tri-citywordsmiths.ca.

Sharpen your chess skills with other amateur players at the Coquitlam Public Library’s weekly chess club at the Poirier branch (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam). The event starts at 2 p.m. and all ages and skills are welcome. Materials will be supplied. Call the library at 604-937-4141 or visit coqlibrary.ca.

The Coquitlam Express battle the Victoria Grizzlies in a BCHL game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. The Angela Calla Mortgage Team also hosts a fundraiser for Access Youth Outreach Services at the rink. Visit coquitlamexpress.ca.

ViVA Trio — aka the classically trained opera singers Anna Bateman, Erin Fisher and Katya Tchoubar — performs a wide range of genres with their three-part harmony at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 8 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Young students will be put to the test in spelling bees in the Inlet Theatre at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.). Hosted by the Port Moody Public Library, the first event at 11:30 a.m. is geared for young ones ages 6 to 8 while the second bee — for ages 9 to 13 — is at 1:30 p.m. Call 604-469-4577 or visit portmoodylibrary.ca.

Lez Hookup presents a lesbian speed dating night at the Burrard Public House (2414 St. Johns St., Port Moody) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Register in advance via lezhookup.com. Call 604-944-6555.


Sunday, Feb. 9

The Variety - Show of Hearts Telethon returns to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) to raise money for the children’s charity. Now in its 54th year, the televised broadcast runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit variety.bc.ca.

Check out the vendors tables at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). You can also sign up for a workshop with Vivio Flowers to make a table centrepiece. The cost is $35. Visit makebakegrow.com to register for the class.

Have your photo taken with your pet in a Valentine’s kissing booth at Korna Natural Pet Supplies (1-2773 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The photos are a minimum donation of $10 with proceeds for the Small Animal Rescue Society of B.C. Call 604-904-2008.

Kids ages 9 and under can spend the afternoon making Valentine’s Day crafts and taking part in games at Place Maillardville community centre (1200 Cartier Ave., Coquitlam) starting at 3 p.m. Admission is $7 per child and parent participation is required. Call 604-933-6166.

Support the Port Moody Music Society at its annual fundraiser held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the John B Pub (1000 Austin Ave., Coquitlam). The $25 entry includes a burger and a drink, with proceeds supporting the Inlet Jazz Band, Port Moody Community Band and the Port Moody secondary band program. Call 604-931-5115.

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