It's parade weekend in Port Coquitlam

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody: May 10 to 12.

Friday, May 10

Bryan Ness leads a free heritage walk through downtown Port Coquitlam as part of the 96th annual May Days celebrations. Meet at 6 p.m. at PoCo Heritage in The Outlet (behind PoCo city hall). Visit

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The 80-member Choral Connections choir, directed by Ingrid Gay, sings show tunes at Leigh Square (next to PoCo city hall) at 7 p.m. Visit

Teachers Brad Case and Brent Hughes wrap up their run of Little Shop of Horrors at Dr. Charles Best secondary (2525 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam) tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$12 are at the door or call 604-461-5581. And, at Heritage Woods secondary, students conclude Cinderella, starring Jade Lim as Ella and Markus Jung as Prince Topher, tonight and Saturday. Tickets at $12/$10 are at the high school (1300 David Ave., Port Moody) or call 604-461-8679.

The French/Germany movie Frantz, directed by Francois Ozon, rolls at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at 7:30 p.m., courtesy of the Port Moody Film Society. Admission is $5 plus a $5 society membership for the year. Visit

Hear Friendly Folk headline at the Crossroads Hospice Society Coffeehouse, which runs in the Gathering Place in the Leigh Square (beside PoCo city hall) from 7:30 p.m.; the band takes the stage at 9 p.m. Proceeds support the Crossroads Hospice Society. Entry is $5. Visit

Aaron Davis directs the Stage 43 Theatrical Society’s last play of its As Seen on Screen season, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way). The production is the company’s entry into the Fraser Valley theatre zone fest, which runs next week at the Coquitlam venue. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit

Coquitlam playwright Frank Watts’ play Down the Tube is on tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. — and Sunday at 4 p.m. — at the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.). The show is presented by Expect Exceptional Theatre. Visit

Al Foreman tickles the ivories at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. Call 604-937-0998 or visit


Saturday, May 11


Chow down on a breakfast served by the New View Society — in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week — before the Rotary May Day parade. The free brekkie is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Port Coquitlam facility (2050 Mary Hill Rd.). Call 604-941-3222 or visit

Join the Friends of the DeBoville Slough to pull Japanese knotweed. Meet at the kiosk on the northside of the slough at 9 a.m. Tools will be supplied. Visit

The 2nd Mundy Girl Guides co-host a car and trunk sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rochester elementary (411 Schoolhouse St., Coquitlam) and a shred-a-thon, starting at 10 a.m. Call 778-918-8480.

North Vancouver Markets and Events hosts its spring urban market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.), featuring skin care products, candles, jewellery, linens and home decor from more than 50 vendors. Entry is $2; no cost for kids ages 12 and under. Visit

The Coquitlam Heritage Society has two seatings for its Mother’s Day high tea: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sip on hot beverages and snack on treats with mom. Register via

Grab a seat along Shaughnessy Street, Elgin Avenue or Mary Hill Road in downtown Port Coquitlam to see some 100 clubs, businesses and VIPs — on floats or in classic cars — in the 96th annual Rotary May Day parade at 11 a.m.; the Vancouver Police Department motorcycle drill squad has a pre-show at 10:30 a.m. Road closures will be in effect. And stay around for the Party in the Square from noon to 5 p.m., featuring the sounds of Dr. Strangelove — a dance party band from Vancouver. Visit

A spring festival to coincide with the Spirit of India group exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre is on at the St. Johns Street facility from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring art demonstrations and cultural performances. Call 604-931-2008 or visit

Les Échos du Pacifique choir rings in spring with traditional and modern tunes at a concert — performed in English and French — at 7:30 p.m. under artistic director Marla Mayson and pianist Rita Attrot. The show is at St. Laurence Anglican Church (825 St. Laurence St., Coquitlam). Tickets are $15/$10 (no cost for kids 12 and under) at the door.

Join Alberto and Teresa in the rehearsal hall at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) for a salsa and Latin dance party that includes a lesson at 8 p.m. No partner is needed and no experience is required. Parking is free or take the Evergreen Extension to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas station. Admission is $10. Visit


Sunday, May 12

Moms are honoured at the second Poirier Street Farmers Market of the season, which runs in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit

The popular Mother’s Day Tea on the Train has three seatings on the Venosta passenger rail car at the Port Moody Station Museum (27634 Murray St.): 10:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15/$10. To book a seat, call 604-939-1648 or visit

Spend the afternoon touring the grounds of the historic Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam. Meet volunteers with the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society at 1 p.m. at the HEY (Henry Esson Young) building, near the front door. Visit

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