Craft beer festival, city-wide garage sales this weekend

A list of weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, Sept. 27

The Prickly Pear Trio — aka Kathleen DaLuz, Bill Shannon and Wayne Robins — headlines the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse concert in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square (next to Port Coquitlam city hall) at 9 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the open stage at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit

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Arena 3 at the new Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) is open from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. for the Youth Late Night Skate, for teens ages 11 to 18. Admission is $3 for a twirl and rentals at the supervised drop-in. Visit


Saturday, Sept. 28

Hundreds of Coquitlam homes are part of the city’s inaugural fall garage sale and giveaways, happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Sunday. Visit for a list of participating addresses.

Bring your gloves and boots to help the Friends of the DeBoville Slough and the city of Coquitlam control Japanese knotweed at the slough. Meet on the north side of the slough at 9 a.m. Tools will be supplied. Visit

Sample more than 50 craft brews — including from Port Coquitlam’s Taylight and Patina, Mariner Brewing in Coquitlam and Port Moody’s Yellow Dog — at the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival, a fundraiser for Team Taylor with the Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation and sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. This year’s suds and food tasting is being moved to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam). Visit for tickets to the matinee (12 to 3 p.m.) or evening (7 to 10 p.m.) events. A free shuttle service will run to and from the Braid SkyTrain station and the Greater Vancouver Designated Drivers will be on call to take you and your car home. Call 604-917-0177 to book a time.

The annual general meeting — and barbecue — for the Tri-Cities Community TV is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 3180 Bowen Dr. Visit

Support the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam firefighters’ charitable societies at their Caribbean gala, held from 4 to 11 p.m. in the Riverside Community Church (2329 Fremont St., Port Coquitlam). Attendees are encouraged to wear formal beach wedding attire to the bash, which is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Salt n Sear Catering is serving the nosh while DJ Flip Out of 94.5 Virgin Radio will spin the beats for the dance. Visit

The Coquitlam Express face off against the Salmon Arm team in a home game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Visit

Help the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation raise $5 million to expand the emergency department at the Port Moody hospital, at its 29th annual gala at the Executive Plaza Hotel (405 North Rd., Coquitlam). Visit for tickets or to make a donation.

The Bruce James Orchestra returns to the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) with its big band, jazz and dance sounds. A 45-minute dance lesson will be held at 7 p.m. before the show so bring your most comfortable shoes to boogie all night. For tickets, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit Meanwhile, in Evergreen’s rehearsal hall (on the south side of the building), Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szfler from the Hot Salsa Dance Zone lead a Salsa lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. before the floor opens up for a Latin dance party, until 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10. Parking is free or take the Evergreen Extension to Lafarge Lake-Douglas. Visit


Sunday, Sept. 29

Browse the Poirier Street Farmers Market, held in the parking lot at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and grab a coffee with Mayor Richard Stewart to talk city policies and plans. Visit

Save your empty bottles and cans for the 12th Coquitlam Scouts as they hold their fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in south Coquitlam. Residents from King Albert Avenue, south to Cape Horn Avenue, west to Montgomery Street and east to Mariner Way are asked to put out their donations of refundable containers at their doorsteps in bags or boxes marked “12th Coquitlam.” Drop offs are also at Mundy Road elementary (2200 Austin Ave.). Visit

Lend a hand at Seaview Park (1215 Cecile Dr., Port Moody) from 9 a.m. to noon as part of TD Tree Days, which aims to plant a million trees by 2030 across Canada. Visit to register.

Walk, run or stroll around Coquitlam’s Mundy Park at the fifth annual Empowering Steps, a fundraiser of the Symington Endowment Fund with the Coquitlam Foundation. The start time is 1:15 p.m. around the club house (641 Hillcrest St.). Proceeds will help children with autism and other neuro-developmental disabilities, youth at risk and high performance gymnasts. Registration at $40/$30 is via

Alberni Valley is the visitor at the second Coquitlam Express home game of the weekend. The puck drops at 3 p.m. at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit for tickets and future game dates.

The Burquest Jewish Community Centre (2860 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Coquitlam) ushers in the Jewish new year of 5780 with High Holy Days services starting at 6:15 p.m. tonight with candle lighting. Visit for details.

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