Improv, concerts and a book launch this weekend

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, Aug. 23

Cheer on the young players competing in the Canadian Minor Lacrosse National Championships, today and Saturday at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Organized by the Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association, it’s the first time the event has been held in the city. Call 604-927-6027 or visit

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Help visual artist Steve Baylis as he finishes the Pride Public Art project at Leigh Square. Public workshops to paint the tiles around the fountain area are tonight at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Register via for Friday’s session (barcode #38984) or Saturday (barcode #38985). Call 604-927-8442 or visit

Staff at Port Coquitlam’s Design Roofing will turn their company lot (1385 Kingsway Ave.) into a party block for a BC Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraiser. There’ll be a dunk tank, bouncy castle, carnival games, axe throwing and other activities. Proceeds support the Timbermart Heroes Challenge to grant a wish for a sick child. Tickets at $5 can be bought online at

Rock What You Got is the title for The Comic Strippers’ two shows at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.. The 19+ improv show featuring Roman Danylo and his Vancouver TheatreSports friends offers sketches by a fictitious male parody stripper group — with each cast member called “Chip.” Their performance was named Best Live Production at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2016. Call 604-927-6555 or visit


Saturday, Aug. 24

Join volunteers at Noons Creek hatchery (behind the Port Moody recreation complex, 300 Ioco Rd.) for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail and Rocky Point Park. Bring three shopping bags, gloves and boots. Drop in is between 9 and 10:30 a.m.. Registration is required via Visit

Coquitlam’s only brewery, Mariner, will have its second birthday bash at its pad (H-1100 Lansdowne Dr.) from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. featuring limited releases from this year’s most popular exploratory batches, specially brewed cask releases, live music and cake. Visit

If you’ve got kids heading to elementary school next month, head over to Broadway Church (1932 Cameron Ave., Port Coquitlam) where CityReach Care Society will give out free backpacks filled with school supplies to students (registration required). The group, which serves families in East Vancouver and the Tri-Cities, will also host a free barbecue, games and photos plus sell second-hand clothing for $3 a bag, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email to sign up for the free swag.

Skyline Park rocks out at Lions Park (2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam) at 1 p.m. for the city’s Music in the Park series. The band will be followed at 2 p.m. by Bruce Coughlan, a multi-instrumentalist who is one third of the folk act Tiller’s Folly. The shows are free. Visit


Sunday, Aug. 25

It’s the last chance to help the Coquitlam Heritage Society make a community quilt. Mackin House volunteers and staff will be at the Poirier Street Farmers Market (in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion, 1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to show sewers of all ages how to link two quilt squares with a needle and thread. Also Coquitlam Coun. Bonita Zarrillo, who is running for federal office under the NDP banner, will be at the market to chat with constituents. The market starts at 9 a.m. Visit

Minnekhada middle student Madison Reaveley and her stepmom Megan Williams will be at Chapters (2991 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to launch their second publication, I Don’t Want To! — a sequel to their inaugural work Don’t Call The Office, a story about blended families with illustrations by Cathryn John. Call the store at 604-464-2558 or visit

Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues liven up Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) for the penultimate Summer Sundays show of the season. The free concert with the Juno award-winning band starts at 2 p.m. Donations to Crossroads Hospice Society are accepted. Visit

Stage 43 Theatrical Society holds auditions for The Lion in Winter, a play directed by Wayne Nolan that will run in January. Try-outs will be held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit

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