Craft beer fest & KidSport sale this weekend

Weekend events guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody

Friday, Sept. 6

Tonye Aganaba opens for the R & B Allstars at the last Summer Concert Series show of the season for the city of Coquitlam. Bring your blanket, snacks and dancing shoes to boogie to the free entertainment, which starts at 7 p.m. at TD Community Plaza at Town Centre Park (east side of Lafarge Lake, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Visit

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The Coquitlam Weavers and Spinners Guild join members of PhotoClub Vancouver and painter Sandra Yuen MacKay for the opening of their exhibits at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). The free reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. The three displays are up until Oct. 3. Call 604-664-1636 or visit


Saturday, Sept. 7

How fast can you run up the Coquitlam Crunch? Put your endurance to the test in the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge for Diversity, a fundraiser sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. The Stair Master competition starts at 8 a.m. and will be followed at 9 a.m. by Make It or Break It, a contest to see how many times participants can walk/run up and down the stairs in four hours. At 10 a.m. is the recreational challenge. Kids can also get prizes in the new Crunch Quest. To register, volunteer or donate, visit

KidSport Tri-Cities had its best spring sale ever in March, collecting more than $32,000 from the sale of used sporting gear to subsidize sports registration fees for families in need. Today, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the non-profit group will host its fall event at the Poirier Forum (618 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Admission is by donation or with a non-perishable item for the Share food bank. To volunteer, visit

Take your broken furniture, bikes, jewlery and electronic gadgets to the third Repair Café at the Port Coquitlam public works yard (1737 Broadway St.) where volunteers will help you fix your wares — for free — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit To volunteer as a handyman, email

Coquitlam kids who signed up for the Summer Reading Club at Coquitlam Public Library — and completed their assignments — can collect their medals at one of two ceremonies in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier branch (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam): 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Visit

Peter Chan (pictured above) brings his shadow puppet show, the Flying Moon Lady, to Henderson Centre (1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 11 a.m. for its mid-autumn festival. Call 604-552-6130.

Concern about improper installation of child safety seats has prompted police to hold an education and enforcement event in collaboration with ICBC. From 1 to 5 p.m., in the parking lot near the water park at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam), parents can get advice from child passenger safety technicians and Mounties. Call 604-945-1550.

Bring Fido to Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) for the annual pARTy@PdA: PAWcasso! Dogs must be on a leash and up to date with vaccinations to participate in the event that runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $26 per person and pooch, or $42 for two people and their pets. Non-toxic paints will be used in the social. Call 604-664-1636 or visit

Instructor Kim Dinh of the Vietnam Society of Canada will be at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) to show visitors how to make a lantern during the mid-autumn festivities. The workshop is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $5 per person. Kids ages five and under will require parent participation. Visit Meanwhile, the society will also have a lantern making session in The Outlet at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam — for kids ages eight and up — at 2 p.m. Visit

Author Linden Carroll returns to Chapters (2991 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam) to autograph copies of her historical novel Olive and to preview her new book Full Circle. The author will be at the book store from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit

Check out the fitness facilities and programs at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) as the city offers free classes during the day: Cycle Try-it at 1:45 and 2:30 p.m.; New to Fitness information session at 3:15 p.m.; and Pilates Try-it at 4:15 and 5 p.m. Call 604-927-4386 or visit

Sample the suds by Port Coquitlam brewers — and cidery — at the inaugural Brew-HaHa, a fundraiser for PoCo Heritage, which needs a climate-controlled storage space to preserve the city’s historical collections. The fest featuring beverages from Northpaw, Taylight, Patina, Tinhouse and West Coast Cider is from 3 to 7 p.m. at Leigh Square (2253 Leigh Square Pl., beside PoCo city hall). Advance tickets are $45, or $50 at the door. Designated drivers pay $10 at the gate; kids are $5 for entry. Visit

Support families that have a relative with mental illness at the Music for the Hearts fundraiser, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Musicians and members of UBC’s School of Music will entertain for the cause; a buffet dinner will be served. Admission is $15. Visit

Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szfler return to the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for their weekly salsa dance class at 8 p.m. and party, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Entry is $10 and parking is free. Visit


Sunday, Sept. 8

Learn how to repair your garments in a workshop with The Stitchery, at 10 a.m. at the Poirier Street Farmers Market held in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). The class cost is $30. And don’t forget to bring your shopping bag to discover what the Metro Vancouver vendors have for sale at the weekly market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit

Put your pooch on a leash and take a walk around Lafarge Lake to support the BC SPCA Tri-Cities branch as it hosts its annual Paws for a Cause, at noon at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The education and adoption centre has set a $30,000 goal from the 1-km walk. The registration fee is $20/$10. Yellow Dog Brewing will serve up its craft beer. Call 604-468-4044 or visit to sign up.

Gabi & Jules Bakery owners Patrick and Lisa Beecroft want to raise $20,000 to sponsor and name a litter of PADS puppies. And, from noon to 4 p.m., the couple will host a meal at their Port Moody business (2302B Clarke St.), serving burgers, drinks and a slice of their homemade pies. Tickets are $40/$20 and visitors can also enter a raffle ($25 per ticket or five for $100) for a chance to win airplane tickets for two, anywhere in North America. Visit

Celebrate Grandparents Day at the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) as the centre host activities for Coquitlam residents and their grandkids, from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is $2 per person. Call 604-927-4386 or visit

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