Night cycling races launch a weekend of summer fun

Get your cowbells out for the annual PoCo Grand Prix

Friday, July 12

Catch professional cyclists race for thousands of dollars in downtown Port Coquitlam in the fourth annual PoCo Grand Prix, one of the stops in the BC Superweek series that ends July 14. Presented by Dominion Lending Centres and sponsored in part by The Tri-City News, the event pushes off at 4:30 p.m. with the Elite Men’s CAT 3/4 pro race around the 1.3-km circuit and finishes at around 10 p.m. with the Men’s and Women’s Pro awards and podium presentations. The popular kids race (for 3- to 12-year-olds) launches at 5:15 p.m. while the BC Superweek Youth Race is at 6:25 p.m. A children’s play area on McAllister Avenue runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. while the main entertainment stage — sponsored by the Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre — will crank out the tunes from 4:30 to 11 p.m. To volunteer or host a rider in your home, visit

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Oliver and the Elements opens the city of Coquitlam’s annual Summer Concert Series at the TD Community Plaza at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The free show starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by the headliners, Quickness, at 8:15 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, bug spray and snacks or grab a meal from an onsite food truck. Visit

Don’t miss out on the documentary The Salt of the Earth about photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s travels around the world. The movie from France/Brazil is presented by the Port Moody Film Society at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a $5 society membership for the year. Visit


Saturday, July 13

Bring your gloves and boots as the Friends of the DeBoville Slough rid the area of Japanese knotweed with Coquitlam city staff from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the kiosk on the north side at 9 a.m. Tools will be supplied. Visit

Port Coquitlam’s Iconic Carz returns to the parking lot of Save On Foods (1430 Prairie Ave., PoCo) for its 11th year for a BC Children’s Hospital fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event also includes a show ’n shine, photos with the 501st Legion Outer Rim Garrison (for a charge), prizes and a concession. Visit

Port Coquitlam historian Bryan Ness leads a one-hour walking tour —and photo expedition — of the downtown at 1:30 p.m. as part of PoCo Heritage’s new photo display, Naturally PoCo. The museum is located at 150-2248 McAllister Ave. Call 604-927-8403 or visit

Musicians Barry Wilson and Bob Richard liven up Lions Park (2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam) at 1 p.m. for the city’s Music in the Park free series. Visit

Burn some calories — and view the wildlife — while riding the trails at Colony Farm regional park in Port Coquitlam, with members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists. The roundtrip cycle starts at 2 p.m. and covers 15 kilometres. Call 604-939-4039.

Join former Coquitlam resident Kevin Michael Murphy and Holly Schmidt at the Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 2 p.m. as they open their new group exhibition, Mantle, with artists Diyan Achjadi, Sean Alward and Tsema Igharas. The display about geology, resource extraction and First Nations heritage told through sculptures, photos, videos, drawings and paintings runs until Sept. 1. Visit

The Coquitlam Sr. Adanacs face the Nanaimo Timbermen for a home game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Visit

“Blues evangelist” Harpdog Brown brings his Uptown Blues Band to the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) to open the facility’s Music on the Grill summer series. They are joined by Blue Moon Marquee, a gypsy-blues ensemble made up of A.W. Cardinal and Jasmine Colette. The barbecue portion of the package is now sold out but tickets are still available for the show at 8 p.m., at $39. Visit

The Tim Burton-directed film Dumbo will roll at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) as part of the Panatch Group’s Summer Cinema Series, which also includes Footloose on July 27 and Captain Marvel on Aug. 31. The show begins after sunset, at around 9:15 p.m. Visit


Sunday, July 14

Pick up a box of fresh blueberries at the Poirier Street Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Visit

Master gardener Amanda Smith leads a tour of the Coquitlam Munch project through the Austin Heights neighbourhood and shares her tips about urban gardening. Meet at 10 a.m. at the old post office site on Nelson Street and Ridgeway Avenue. Visit

Explore what lies beneath the waves at Belcarra regional park as Metro Vancouver Parks staff host a free class for families called “Creatures of the Not-So-Deep,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the picnic area. Call 604-432-6359 or visit

Learn about the arboretum on the grounds of the historic Riverview Hospital with members of the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. The walking tour starts at 1 p.m. from the front of the Henry Esson Young building. Visit

Bring your ukulele to the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) where the Coquitlam Ukulele Tiny Instrument Enthusiasts Circle will hold their monthly meeting and jam, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $3.50. Visit

Incognito takes the PCT Performance Stage at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) at 2 p.m. for the second instalment of the Summer Sundays concerts, a fundraiser (sponsored in part by The Tri-City News) for the Crossroads Hospice Society. The Dutch blues pianist Mr. Boogie Woogie (aka Eric-Jan Overbeek) headlines at 3 p.m. Visit

Music, dancing and activities will fill Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for the Tirgan festival, hosted by the Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society, from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Visit

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