THINGS TO DO: A parade for Teddy Bear
Friday, June 6
Bargain hunters and bookworms can sift through thousands of gently used books for sale at the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Dr.) today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hardcover tomes and DVDs are $1 while softcover books and CDs are 50 cents each. And on Saturday after 12 p.m., anything that’s left over is $5 a bag (bring your own sack). Call 604-469-4692.
Port Moody’s Caulfield School of Dance presents its 25th annual year-end production, titled Dreams, at Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam) tonight at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. The shows will feature the award-winning dancers, singers and actors of the school including four provincial representatives from this year’s regional festivals. For tickets, call 604-469-9366.
Saturday, June 7
Enjoy a guided two-hour walk with expert birders around Coquitlam’s Colony Farm regional park. There are two times to choose from — 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. — or do both! Hosted by the Colony Farm Park Association, the walks are suitable for the whole family. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road (near the community gardens) and don’t forget to wear study shoes and dress for the weather. Visit bmn.bc.ca.
Dispose of your personal documents and other confidential papers at the Rotary’s Shred-a-thon. Sponsored in part by The Tri-City News and the city of Port Moody, the event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PoMo city hall (100 Newport Dr.). The cost is by donation.
The junior and senior ensembles with the first Coquitlam Youth Orchestra — under the baton of violist Reg Quiring — will entertain at their year-end show, to be held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10/$5 by emailing email@example.com.
Port Coquitlam author Margaret Gunning will lead a writing workshop and speak about her latest offering The Glass Character, published this year by Thistledown Press. Hosted by the Tri-City Wordsmiths, the event takes place at the Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., PoCo) from 2 to 4 p.m. The book launch will conclude with refreshments and a chance to chat with the author and other local writers. Books will also be available for sale. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I AM A PIZZA
Kids young and young-at-heart can join three children’s performers at Coquitlam Town Centre Park this afternoon for a concert. At 3 p.m., Tony Prophet will take the stage while Norma McKnight is on at 3:45 p.m. And don’t forget Charlotte Diamond — and her famous song I Am A Pizza — from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The free show is part of the Festival Coquitlam weekend that includes the 25th annual Teddy Bear Parade and Picnic on Sunday. Visit festivalcoquitlam.ca.
S’MORES, YOU SAID?
The parking lot in front of the Poirier youth centre (630 Poirier St., Coquitlam) will be transformed into a sunny camp lounge, with a camp fire roasting up some hot dogs and s’mores for the crowd between 7 and 9 p.m. Call 604-927-4386.
The Hot Salsa Dance Zone hosts its annual Dress in White Latin dance party in the rehearsal hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Beginners can start with a salsa, cha-cha-cha and bachata lesson at 7:30 p.m. with the dance floor heating up from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. No partner is required. Admission is $10 at the door and parking is free. Call 604-725-4654 or visit hotsalsadancezone.com.
Artistic director David Branter conducts the Coquitlam-based Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (PSWE) in its last show of the season at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) at 8 p.m. Hear lovely music from the 45-member group, including a new piece from the boss himself. Tickets for Pathways are $20/$15/$12 by calling the box office at 604-927-6555 or visiting evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Sunday, June 8
Book a free half-hour workout session with a city of Coquitlam certified personal trainer. Appointments will be taken for 8 a.m. to noon at City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Call 604-927-6004 to register and enter to win draw prizes and giveaways.
Riverside secondary (2215 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam) is the meeting point at 10 a.m. for the Tri-Cities Ridge Meadows Walk for ALS. The Peoples Drug Mart-sponsored walk has brought in more than $59,000 at this location over the past two years. This year’s target is $30,000. Participants will walk, run or cycle along the Coquitlam River. Emceed by Yvonne Schalle of Global TV, the event will include entertainment, food and raffle tickets. Best of all, there is no registration fee. Visit walk forals.ca.
TOUR THE HOMES
Three Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam homes that underwent recent renovations will be open for public viewing as part of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) 21st annual Parade of Renovated Homes, happening today throughout the Lower Mainland. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tour 934 Canyon Ct., Coquitlam (My House Design/Build Team); 1121 Spruce Ave., Port Coquitlam (TQ Construction); and 3936 Coast Meridian Rd., Port Coquitlam (Tuscan Developments). Admission to the 22 professionally renovated homes is by passport, available at each location for $10 per person. Children 17 and under are free. Go online to gvhba.org for the full homes list and the before-and-after photos.
LEST WE FORGET
Veterans from all theatres of war will be honoured at an annual luncheon at 1 p.m., served by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam). This year marks the 70th anniversary since Allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches and several D-Day soldiers will be honoured for their part in the invasion. Call 604-936-9735.
The Port Moody-based air cadets with Phoenix 754 Squadron show what they’ve learned over the past year at their annual ceremonial review, the most important event in cadet training. The review — to be witnessed by Coquitlam RCMP Supt. Claude Wilcott, Coquitlam Fire Chief Wade Pierlot, PoMo Chief Const. Chris Rattenbury and SD43 Supt. Tom Grant — is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dr. Charles Best secondary (2525 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam).