It's baseball, dancing for the long weekend

Young baseball players at Mackin Park in Coquitlam for Invitational

Friday, May 17

The Coquitlam Little League hosts the province’s largest little league tournament at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). The Mackin Yard Invitational runs until Monday and includes eight baseball teams in Major AAA and 12 teams in the Major AA division, from around the Lower Mainland. Visit

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The Mini-stars and All-stars with the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts in Coquitlam showcase their talent in two year-end shows at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody): Cinderella and James and the Giant Peach. The family-friendly events run this weekend at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Call 604-777-2211 or visit

Offtopic Theatre Society wraps up the week-long Fraser Valley Zone Festival of Plays with its entry, Chickens The Musical, at 8 p.m. in the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Organized by Claire Pinkett of the Coquitlam-based Stage 43 Theatrical Society, the fest concludes Saturday night with the awards gala, also at Evergreen, when adjudicator Katrina Dunn will announce the zone representative for the TheatreBC Mainstage provincial competition, held in July in Port Alberni. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit

Dominican Arts ambassador Edwin Ferreras of the New York-based Areito Arts leads a Dominican bachata dance workshop with the Hot Salsa Dance Zone in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) with three classes, starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per session or $45 for all three. And, on Saturday night, the Dominican Republic native will be the special guest at the company’s weekly salsa night; a beginners’ lesson is at 8 p.m. with the party on from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10. Visit


Saturday, May 18

Be on the look-out for lazuli bunting, western kingbird, band-tailed pigeon and American bittern — as well as other bird species — during a free walk with volunteers from Nature Vancouver and the Burke Mountain Naturalists, in Colony Farm regional park (Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam). Meet BMN leader Larry Cowan at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot near the community gardens, at the end of the road. Call 604-307-0931 or visit

Learn how to grow organic vegetables — in containers or your garden — at a workshop at the Inspiration Garden (corner of Guildford Way and Pipeline Road in Coquitlam Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way). The three-hour class starts at 9 a.m. Call 604-927-4386 to register.

The 808 Coquitlam Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron has its annual review at 1:30 p.m. at Maillard middle school (1300 Rochester Ave., Coquitlam). The parade is open to the public, at no charge. Visit

Heritage houses on the southside of Port Coquitlam will be the focus of a free guided walking tour by local historian Bryan Ness, starting at 1 p.m. from PoCo Heritage (behind PoCo city hall). Call 604-927-8403 or visit

Fathers can spend time with their tots and preschool-aged kids at Dad Time, Library Time, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam). The free event includes story time, songs and crafts. Visit

Check out what students at Terry Fox, Riverside and CABE secondaries — including April Kornitsky and Shawn Wang — are creating in their art classes at an exhibit titled Imaginings II: A collection of Port Coquitlam Student Artwork, on at the Michael Wright Art Gallery and The Outlet in Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside PoCo city hall). The displays are up until July 29. Visit


Sunday, May 19

Small ensembles from the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra will play during the weekly Poirier Street Farmers Market, on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Visit

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