Pyrotechnics, tunes for Golden Spike & Canada Day parties

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, June 28

SCHOOL’S OUT
Head over to Spani Pool (655 Hillcrest St., Coquitlam) on the west side of Mundy Park for a city celebration with games from 1 to 3 p.m. Or check out Coquitlam’s new Pop-up Youth Park, where slushies and sushi will be served from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. near the Mundy Park lacrosse box. Visit coquitlam.ca.

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REVAMPED POOL

Take a dip in the newly renovated Centennial Pool (3050 Chester St.) today and Saturday, when the city of Port Coquitlam will have free swimming entry, a DJ, games and family activities at its largest outdoor tank to mark the grand reopening. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/outdoorpools.

SPIKE OPENS
Port Moody’s annual Golden Spike Days takes over Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) for the next four days with music, dancing, food and kids games. Tonight, the festival opens at 6 p.m. with sounds from Toy Zebra and a “Reckless” tribute to Bryan Adams, at 9:45 p.m. The can can dancers also take the stage at 7:15 p.m. Admission is by donation. Visit goldenspike.ca.

BASEBALL TOURNEY
Grab a seat at Mackin Yard (1046 Brunette Ave.) as the Coquitlam Little League plays host to the 9/10 districts, the youngest sanctioned tournament in the district. Whalley is the opponent at 6 p.m. while Whalley and Langley battle on Saturday at 1 p.m.; on Sunday, Langley faces Coquitlam at 1 p.m., and Coquitlam meets Whalley again at 1 p.m. on Canada Day. Visit coquitlamlittleleague.ca.

LAX NEIGHBOURS
Players with the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs face the Port Coquitlam Saints at the PoCo rec complex (2150 Wilson Ave., PoCo) for a game at 8 p.m. Visit adanacs.bcjall.com.

 

Saturday, June 29

FIRE PANCAKES
For the 42nd year, the Port Moody firefighters fundraise for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and the Crossroads Hospice Society by serving a pancake breakfast at the Inlet Centre fire hall (150 Newport Dr., Port Moody) today and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Sausages, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juice will also be available. Call 604-469-7795 or visit portmoody.ca.

HARLEQUIN, PRISM
It’s Day 2 for the Port Moody festival at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) with young performers starting the activities off with Tri-Cities Got Talent, from 10 a.m. to noon. Oxygen Yoga in Port Coquitlam also leads a class on the pier, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The opening ceremonies follow along with the can can dancers (12:30 p.m.) and the second round of the talent competition from 1 to 4 p.m. Dan Hare performs at 4:15 p.m. And, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., Harlequin sings its hits (I Did It for Love, Thinking of You, Superstitious Feeling and Innocence). A second rock band popular in the 1980s, Prism — the Juno award-winning group known for their songs Spaceship Superstar, Take Me to the Kaptin, Don’t Let Him Know and Turn on Your Radar — headline at 9:15 p.m. Admission is by donation. The city will run a free bus shuttle during the festival, looping from the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) to the park every 30 minutes. Visit goldenspike.ca.

LACROSSE ACTION
The Nanaimo Timbermen are in town for a match against the Coquitlam Sr. Adanacs, at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Visit adanaclacrosse.pointstreaksites.com.

 

Sunday, June 30

FARMERS MARKET
Pick up some fresh fare and wares at the weekly Poirier Street Farmers Market — held in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — where Coun. Craig Hodge will be at the councillors’ tent to chat. Visit makebakegrow.com.

BIG SUGAR
Day 3 of the Golden Spike Days at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) in Port Moody kicks off with a 1-km fun run at 8:30 a.m. and a 5-km run at 9:15 a.m., sponsored by Kintec with partial proceeds to Share. Register via eventbrite.ca. Barre Fitness also leads a class at 10:30 a.m. on the pier. Meanwhile, the young competitors in Tri-Cities Got Talent get shortlisted from 2:30 to 4 p.m. while the Famous Players party band heads on stage to light up the crowd at 4:15 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m. Gordie Johnson and his band, Big Sugar, a roots/rock/reggae ensemble known for its hits Diggin’ A Hole, If I Had My Way, Turn the Lights On and Roads Ahead, headlines the party at 9:15 p.m. Admission is by donation. The city will run a free bus shuttle during the festival, looping from the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) to the park every 30 minutes. Visit goldenspike.ca.

 

Monday, July 1

GOLDEN END
It’s the last day of the Golden Spike festival at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) in Port Moody and it includes a Yoga Generation hatha session at 10:30 a.m. on the pier. The opening ceremony is at 1 p.m. and the finale of the Tri-Cities Got Talent contest. The folk-roots band Tiller’s Folly takes the stage at 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. Admission is by donation. Visit goldenspike.ca.

O CANADA!
Coquitlam’s national fete begins at noon at Coquitlam Town Centre Park with nearly 11 hours of activities and performances. The festival site — on the east side of Lafarge Lake — is divided into zones: Adventure Park, Community Drive, Coquitlam Lane, Eat Street, Eco Zone, The Meadow and Vehicle Showcase. The Coastal Sound Music Academy sings at the opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m. while The Blues Berries (featuring Dawn Pemberton) play at 2 p.m. They’re followed on the TD Community Plaza Stage by Coco Jafro at 3:30 p.m., Krystle Dos Santos at 5 p.m., SoundTrack Canada at 6:30 p.m. and, the headliners, Ten Souljers at 8:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on the multicultural entertainment on the Celebrate Stage, which concludes with a show by Aché Brasil at 7:30 p.m. And stay for the fireworks at 10 p.m. over Lafarge Lake. Admission is free. Take the Evergreen Extension to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas station or park your bike with the free valet service. A free shuttle bus will run from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Gleneagle secondary school while limited parking will be at Town Centre Park, Douglas College and Pinetree community centre. Visit coquitlam.ca/canadaday.

DARBY MILLS
The Queen of Scream Darby Mills — the former lead singer for the Headpins — headlines Port Coquitlam’s Canada Day party at Castle Park (2252 Castle Cres.). But before her performance and the fireworks at dusk, it’ll be a full day of family activities starting at Lions Park (2300 Lions Way) where the Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast  (cost is $5/$3 a plate) from 8 to 11 a.m.; kids 10 and under can also win prizes in a free fishing derby. Meanwhile, park your vehicle at the West Coast Express station or in downtown PoCo and catch the free shuttle bus running up to Castle Park from 11:30 a.m. to midnight (cars parked around Castle Park after 6 p.m. will be towed). The Port Coquitlam firefighters will barbecue a salmon meal for $10 a plate — with proceeds supporting the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund — from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. while a cake will be served after the opening ceremonies at noon. PoCo craft brewer Taylight will also have suds on tap. And from 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy the musical acts: Hickelstock, Western Jaguar, Disco Funeral, Destineak and The Darby Mills Project. Afterward, pyrotechnics will blast to music from female Canadian musicians. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/canadaday.
 

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