Diggers, trucks out for Public Works Week

Weekend events guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody

Friday, May 24

Check out the big machines used for big construction projects by the city of Port Moody, which hosts its Public Works Week community open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the works yard (3250 Murray St., Port Moody). The free event (with donations for the Share food bank) will also include demonstrations and activities. Visit portmoody.ca.

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Bring a flashlight for the last family fort night in the current Terry Fox Library building before it moves next door to the new Port Coquitlam community centre. The free event — for all ages — is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., PoCo). Fort materials will be supplied. Register by calling 604-927-7999 or visit fvrl.ca.

Join entertainer Marty Edwards as he salutes Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck and Gary Puckkett and the Union Gap — and other musicians — at a dinner-show at the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). The meal is served at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Call 604–927-4386.

The roots-blues-folk-jazz band Mad for Joy — aka Jocelyn Hallett and Adam Kerby of Gabriola Island — is the headliner at the Crossroads Coffeehouse, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside Port Coquitlam city hall). The duo takes the stage at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit crossroadshospicesociety.com.


Saturday, May 25

Players with the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs lacrosse team will fill your tummies for the morning at their annual pancake breakfast, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Centennial Pavilion (578 Poirier St., Coquitlam). The cost is $5 per plate. Visit adanacs.bcjall.com.

Hundreds of Coquitlam residents have finished their spring cleaning and are now selling their gently used items in the annual city-wide garage sale, running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit coquitlam.ca/garagesale to see the list of participating addresses.

Take a walk around Mundy Park at 10 a.m. for the YMCA fundraiser Walk for Life. Meet at Hillcrest middle school (2161 Regan Ave., Coquitlam) for the one-, three- or five-kilometre treks in support of cardiac health and rehabilitation. Entry is $25/$10 (no cost for kids under 12) includes a light lunch and T-shirt. Call 604-521-5801 or email walkoflife@gv.ymca.ca.

Pick up a sewing needle or try out a sewing machine at a quilting bee at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at Place Maillardville community centre (1200 Cartier Ave., Coquitlam) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community quilt is to commemorate the Coquitlam Heritage Society’s current Heirlooms and Treasures exhibit at Mackin House. Drop is by donation; no registration is required. Visit coquitlamheritage.ca.

See how the city of Port Coquitlam’s public works department runs, at its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public works yard (1737 Broadway St.). The family-fun festivities include children’s games, tractor-pulled hay rides and entertainment. Call 604-927-5411 or visit portcoquitlam.ca/pwweek.

The city of Port Moody is creating a new Climate Action Plan and, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at city hall (100 Newport Dr.), it’s asking for public feedback on how to adapt to climate change and cut greenhouses gases at the municipal level. Participants have the chance to win one of two $100 Compass cards to ride public transit. Visit portmoody.ca.

Shop for crafts, food and fashion at the Tri-Cities Collective Handmade Markets’ spring market in the Kyle Centre (125 Kyle St., Port Moody) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is $3 (no cost for kids) with partial proceeds donated to CAARE Rescue. Visit tricitiescollective.com.

Help volunteers with PoCo Heritage spruce up Gates Park (2300 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. The clean-up is part of the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Naturally PoCo, and has an associated geocaching event. Visit pocoheritage.org.

Create a set of story stones to represent characters, symbols, settings and action at the Westminster Savings Family Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The free event coincides with the current show by Amanda Strong, titled anaamakamig (under the ground), which runs until June 30. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Teens ages 13 to 17 can escape to a galaxy-themed Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the annual Art After Dark. Organized by the facility’s Youth Arts Council, the fun event aims to spark teens’ creative side with art projects and hip hop dancing. Sign up by calling 604-664-1636 or visit brownpapertickets.com.

Cheer on the Coquitlam Sr. Adanacs as they take on the Burnaby Lakers for their first home game of the season, at 7 p.m. at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit adanacslacrosse.com.


Sunday, May 26

Kids ages 16 and under can win prizes in the annual Como Lake Fishing Derby, from 7 a.m. to noon at Como Lake (700 Gatensbury St., Coquitlam). No cost but bring a fishing pole and bait. A pancake breakfast will be available (for a charge). Visit festivalcoquitlam.ca.

Join the Friends of the DeBoville Slough as they take a free nature walk on the north side of the slough, from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the kiosk and walk out to the Pitt River to check out the flora and fauna. Visit fodbs.org.

Have a coffee with Coquitlam city councillors at the Poirier Street Farmers Market, on in the Dogwood Pavilion parking lot (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And don’t forget your grocery bags to pick up from fresh produce, baked goods and meat. Visit makebakegrow.com.

Help to raise funds and build awareness for the MS Society of Canada and the thousands of British Columbians affected by multiple sclerosis, at the MS Walk at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) at 10:30 a.m. The 1.5- and 3-km treks are wheelchair accessible. Call 604-689-3144 or visit mswalks.ca to register.

Cease Wyss will talk about First Nations traditions and culture and show how to make tea from plants at a workshop hosted by the Port Moody Ecological Society and the Welcome Post Project, at 1 p.m. at the Noons Creek hatchery (300 Ioco Rd., behind the PoMo rec complex). Register for $25 via noonscreek.org.

Downtown Port Coquitlam will be filled with traditional Polish dancing, music and food for the Polonez Tri-City Polish Association’s annual fete, from 1 to 9:30 p.m. in Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside PoCo city hall). DJ Drummer will close the festivities with a dance party starting at 8 p.m. Visit poloneztri-city.org.

The Dogwood Songsters mark four decades with a spring show, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Admission is $7 (get tickets at the gift shop or from choir members) and includes light refreshments. Visit dogwood50plus.com.

The Victoria Shamrocks are in town for a lacrosse game against the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs, at 2 p.m. in the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit adanacs.bcjall.com.

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