Youth Week events in Port Coquitlam

A host of fun and community-building activities will be taking place in Port Coquitlam as the city celebrates Youth Week at the beginning of next month.

The annual event, which recognizes contributions made to the community by young people, has been held in Port Coquitlam since 2007 and this year is expected to be the largest celebration to date.

Things get started May 1 when the Green Tree Initiative comes to Wellington and Birchwood parks. Between 4 and 7:30 p.m., youth will clean up the parks and plant trees. To register, contact Rob Loxterkamp at 604-927-7938 or

On May 2, a three-course dinner will be prepared by youth for seniors at PoCo’s Wilson Centre between 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $2 for youth and $4.50 for adults, and can be purchased by calling Sarina Mawji at 604-927-7938 or emailing

A youth carnival will be held at Riverside secondary on May 4 between 3 and 6 p.m. organized by the school’s leadership students.

There will also be a dance party for Grade 7 and 8 students at the PoCo rec complex on May 5 between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 or $4 with a youth access card.

Skateboarders will get an opportunity to see professional demonstrations, win prizes and get a few tips from the pros at the Railside skateboard park on May 6 between noon and 4 p.m. It is free to participate and skateboarders can register between 11 a.m. and noon prior to the event.

The week will wrap up with a floor hockey tournament at Kwayhquitlum middle school on May 7 between 6 and 9 p.m., which will feature youth, RCMP officers and firefighters. Admission is free and people can register by May 1 by calling Keith Holloway at 604-927-7952 or emailing

For more information about Youth Week 2012 events, go to or call 604-927-7938 or 604-927-7962.

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