18 things to do this weekend including the Teddy Bear Parade

Weekend events for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, June 7


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Circle the Galleria at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) to see the 400 paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces created by Evelia Espinosa’s students. Her annual Children’s Art Festival is on until June 12, with live art demos on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Visit portmoody.ca.

Cruise over to Centennial secondary (570 Poirier St., Coquitlam) for the high school’s annual car show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free; however, burgers and hot dogs will be sold for a donation with proceeds supporting student scholarships. Call 604-936-7205 or visit sd43.bc.ca/school/centennial.

Meet the current and former students of Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) as they show their artwork in an annual display at the three galleries, until June 26. The opening reception for Student Exhibition, Alumni Exhibition and Images and Ideas is from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 604-664-1636 or visit placedesarts.ca.

Port Moody’s Caulfield School of Dance marks 30 years with a student show at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam). The production runs tonight at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. Call 604-469-9366 for tickets at $20 or email admin@caulfield.bc.ca.

Cheer on the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs as they play a home game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) against the Langley Thunder, at 7:30 p.m. Visit adanacs.bcjall.com.


Saturday, June 8

Take a four-hour hike along the Woodland Walk Trail to mark 24 years since Pinecone Burke Provincial Park was created by the provincial government. The 11.5-km guided walk, which includes a view of Saw Blade Falls, leaves at 8 a.m. and rises to an elevation gain of 300 m. Call 604-939-4039 to register.

Bring your unwanted confidential papers and tax documents to the Rotary Club of Port Moody’s shred-it event, happening in front of Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Donations accepted. Visit portal.clubrunner.ca/257.

Join young environmentalist Aniela Guzikowski of Coquitlam as she clears Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) of cigarette butts on World Oceans Day. Meet at the nest sculpture at 9 a.m.; tools will be provided. Visit shorelinecleanup.ca/cleanups.

Hike up the 4.4-km Coquitlam Crunch for the Backpack Buddies, a program to fill the tummies of Metro Vancouver students in need. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry is $10 (no cost for kids 12 and under). Call 604-807-0347 or visit backpackbuddies.ca/crunch.

Bring on Summer is the name of Birchland elementary’s free community festival, running from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school (1331 Fraser Ave., Port Coquitlam).

The year-end show for young musicians in the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra — under the baton of Reg Quiring — starts with a junior concert at noon in the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) followed by senior ensemble (featuring Linus Fong on cello) at 1:15 p.m. and the intermediates at 2:45 p.m. (with solos by Rannie Xiong and Esther Van Rooi). Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Learn how to make jam and pickles at a workshop in one of Coquitlam’s oldest homes, Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.). From noon to 3 p.m., the Coquitlam Heritage Society will lead a Jam & Pickling 101 class for participants ages 16 and up. The cost is $30 per person. Call 604-516-6151 or register online at coquitlamheritage.ca.

PoCo Heritage opens its new exhibit, Naturally PoCo, at the museum (150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam) at 1 p.m. Curated by Kelly Brown, the show features images from amateur and professional photographers of flora and fauna around the city. Light refreshments will be served at the reception, which runs until 3 p.m. Call 604-927-8403 or visit pocoheritage.org.

Take the kids to Coquitlam Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) for the free Teddy Bear Family Concert with Tony Prophet (3 p.m.), the Wild Moccasin Dancers (3:45 p.m.) and Music with Marnie (4:30 p.m.). Visit festivalcoquitlam.ca.

The Coquitlam Sr. Adanacs face Burnaby for a home game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Visit adanaclacrosse.com.


Sunday, June 9

Take a seat along Pinetree Way — between city hall and Trevor Wingrove Way, on the west side of Coquitlam Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) — for the Teddy Bear Grande Parade, by Festival Coquitlam. The procession runs from 9:45 to 11 a.m. and is followed by a family picnic at the north end of the park; no cost for kids 3 and under. Visit festivalcoquitlam.ca.

Help to raise funds for the Coquitlam branch of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC as it hosts a short walk from the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Pavilion Ave., Coquitlam) at 11 a.m. A raffle and silent auction will be available, with music from Greg Hampson. For forms, email kbortolin@coquitlam.ca or visit the seniors pavilion.

Singers with the Coastal Sound Music Academy wrap up their season with two shows at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam): Stand Together, featuring Susan Kiddie of the Blakeburn Singers, at 3 p.m., and Surf’s Up, a celebration of 30 years of the Coquitlam-based organization, at 7 p.m. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

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