16 things to do this weekend

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, April 5

Cheer on the pickleball competitors playing this weekend in a tournament at the Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m., are the singles events while Saturday are the men’s and women’s doubles, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Sunday is the mixed doubles, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit pickleballtournaments.com.

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Take the kids to the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) where Alex Zerbe, a two-time Guinness World Record holder, presents his show Zaniac, at 7 p.m. A juggler, dancer, musician and comedian, Zerbe was described as “the total package” on America’s Got Talent. For tickets, call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.


Saturday, April 6

Trio Sport Events hosts the annual Up the Creek 5- and 10-km runs from the Hyde Creek recreation centre (1379 Laurier Ave., Port Coquitlam) at 8:30 a.m. Visit trioevents.ca.

Take part in Slow Art Day, a global movement that aims to get people interested in creative forms, happening from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Participants are asked to look at three visual art pieces for 10 minutes each then discuss with a group and Evergreen curator Katherine Dennis. Admission is free; however, registration is required by emailing programs@evergreenculturalcentre.ca. Call 604-927-6555.

Textile artist Margot Calvert leads a chicken scratch embroidery workshop for kids at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. Hosted by the Coquitlam Heritage Society, the class includes a talk about the technique — made popular during the Depression — and a demonstration on how to make three stitches. Suitable for kids ages eight to 12. The cost at $18 includes snacks. To register, call 604-516-6151 or visit coquitlamheritage.ca.

Coquitlam author — and former Ranch Park elementary teacher — Eileen Holland signs copies of her debut chapter novel for kids, Sophie Trophy, at the City Centre of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 2 p.m. Visit coqlibrary.ca.

Artist Ella Marshak opens her new solo show, Emerging of the Feminine, at 2 p.m. at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody). Call 604-937-0998 or visit gallerybistroportmoody.com.

Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West reads the questions for the annual Friends of Terry Fox Library trivia night — the last quiz event in the current library building before it gets demolished to make way for the new recreation complex. The fundraiser starts at 7 p.m. at the library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam). Prizes will be awarded and snacks will be available. Get tickets at $20 from the library or call 604-927-7999.

Soprano Lambroula Pappas and pianist Matthew Ma present songs from the American classical music catalogue in a faculty concert at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) titled Bernstein, Beach and Beyond. Tickets at $21/$16 for the 7 p.m. show are via brownpapertickets.com or call 604-664-1636.

The 1993 drama Farewell My Concubine rolls at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 7:30 p.m., courtesy of the World Film Festival and Forum Society. The movie is in English with Chinese subtitles. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.


Sunday, April 7

Beginner hikers can join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists on a trek through the Riverview Forest and Mundy Park in Coquitlam, from 9 a.m. to noon. Register via the city of Coquitlam: coquitlam.ca/outdoors or call 604-927-4386. Call Ian at 604-939-4039.

Bring your binoculars for a Birding for Beginners lesson at Colony Farm regional park, with members of the Colony Farm Park Association. The event, from 9 to 11 a.m., is free and suitable for participants ages 13 and up. Register via Metro Vancouver Parks at onlineca.activecommunities.com, using the barcode 7647.

See the stars of tomorrow, today, as this year’s provincial representatives of the CDMF Performing Arts Festival showcase their musical and speaking talents at the Honours Concert. The event starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Trinity United Church (2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam). Refreshments to follow. Visit cdmffestival.ca.

Students from Burnaby North secondary premiere their short film about Vimy Ridge at 1 p.m. at the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.). John Goheen will also give a historical talk about the WWI battle in France. Call 604-939-1648 or visit portmoodymuseum.org.

Music students at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) perform their pieces in a concert at the Maillardville facility at 3 p.m. Call 604-664-1636 or visit placedesarts.ca.

O-Celli — a group of eight cellists — plays the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 7:30 p.m. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca

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