Friday, Sept. 13
Slip on your swimsuit or trunks for the last swim of the season at the Centennial outdoor pool (3050 Chester St., Port Coquitlam). The updated heated tank at Aggie Park is open for a public dip between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/swimming.
It’s the start of the new school year and the city of Coquitlam hosts a celebration for students at Summit community centre (1450 Parkway Blvd.) featuring activities for all ages from 4 to 6 p.m. Popcorn will be served. Call 604-927-4386 or visit coquitlam.ca.
Kids can watch the original Disney version of Pinocchio at Friday Family Films, a series at Trinity United Church (2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam) that rolls at 7 p.m. Drink boxes and popcorn are available and children are encouraged to bring their stuffies. No cost. Call 604-942-0022.
SING A SONG
Burnaby musician Enrico Renz — the frontman for the art rock band Red Herring — headlines the first Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse for its fall line-up. The open stage component starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square (next to Port Coquitlam city hall) while Renz plays at 9 p.m. Admission at $5 supports the hospice. Visit crossroadshospicesociety.com or email email@example.com.
The rated-R comedy/fantasy flick Sorry to Bother You rolls at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at 7:30 p.m. courtesy of the Port Moody Film Society. Entry is $5 plus a $5 membership for the year. Visit pmfilm.ca.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Learn about the area birds with Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver as they guide a walk along the Pitt River dike from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at DeBoville Slough (4090 Cedar Dr., Port Coquitlam) for the free hike; there will be a carpool to the Nicola Place starting point. Call 604-307-0931.
The 1st Port Coquitlam Scouts will collect bottles and cans from south PoCo homes between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for a fundraiser. Empties can also be dripped off at Kilmer elementary school (1575 Knappen St.). Call 604-704-5972 for assured pick-up.
The Canada Vietnam Society hosts its free autumn moon festival party — for young children and their families — at Leigh Square (next to Port Coquitlam city hall) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. featuring lanterns, moon cakes, traditional dancing and story telling. Visit moonfestival-2019.ca.
Parents of newborns — or with babies on the way — can visit the birth fair Baby Talks! at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Educational seminars are $5 each (or $15 for all) and include information about baby/toddler sleeping, infant/toddler first aid, financial planning for new families and breastfeeding. Entry to the marketplace in the Galleria is free; however, reservations for a free car seat inspection require a $20 deposit. Call 778-927-4313 or visit facebook.com/birthfair.
There’s no Treefest this year but BC Housing will host a beautification event at Finnie’s Garden (Kerria Drive) on the Coquitlam hospital grounds from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden tools, plants and lunch will be provided to participants and families can take part in games after the clean-up. Bring a hat and sunscreen. Visit eventbrite.ca to register.
CAKES, LION DANCE
Learn how to make Chinese-style ice and baked moon cakes at Coquitlam Heritage’s demonstration with instructor Jessica Yue at All Saints Parish Hall (821 Fairfax St., Coquitlam) from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 via coquitlamheritage.ca. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m., check out the Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean traditions at the Mid-Autumn Family Day festival; a lion dance by the Shao Lin Hung Gar Kung Fu Association is at 1:30 p.m. Entry is by donation. Call 604-516-6151 or visit coquitlamheritage.ca.
Port Coquitlam history buff Bryan Ness leads a 90-minute tour of northside heritage buildings from the Aggie Park Kinsmen Hall (2175 Coquitlam Ave., PoCo) at 1:30 p.m. Visit pocheritage.org.
Bring your skates and helmet to the new Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) where the city will run a free skate for families from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/pccc or call 604-927-7529.
Hear about what’s on for the new season at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) then enjoy a night of Motown sounds — courtesy of Mike Henry and his Hitsville USA Band; Emma Currie and Paul Kinman will perform before the set. The reception and show starts at 7 p.m. at the facility. And don’t forget to tour the Art Gallery at Evergreen to view the new solo exhibit by Angela Teng, Up a Lemon Tree. For tickets at $20, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Sunday, Sept. 15
TAKE A HIKE
Take a nature bath in Port Moody as the city of Coquitlam hosts an 8-km hike of Bert Flinn Park, from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit coquitlam.ca to register (barcode #653150). Call 604-939-4039 for more details.
TERRY FOX RUNS
The Tri-Cities will see four Terry Fox Runs including the Port Coquitlam event in the national hero’s hometown. The PoCo, Coquitlam and Port Moody gatherings start at 10 a.m. while, in Anmore, it’s at 1 p.m. In Port Coquitlam, MC Bruce Moore kicks off the annual run with organizer Dave Teixeira, keynote speaker (and cancer survivor) Karin Khuong, a Terry Fox secondary student, and the Giggle Dam Band at the Hyde Creek community centre (1379 Laurier Ave.); in Coquitlam, organizers Chris Wilson and Erin Davidson — and MC Greg Harper of Breakfast Television — say goodbye to runners and walkers heading through the Mundy Park trails, from the clubhouse (641 Hillcrest St.); the launch for the Port Moody run is at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) with organizer Mike Clay; and Anmore’s push-off is at the firehall (2690 East Rd.) with organizer Dave McCloskey. Visit terryfox.org.
Admire the world-class arboretum at Riverview Hospital as volunteers with the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society lead their penultimate monthly tree tour of the year of the Coquitlam grounds (2601 Lougheed Hwy.). Meet at 1 p.m. at the Henry Esson Young building, near the front. Visit rhcs.org.