Things to Do: A weekend of culture in the Tri-Cities

A happening guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Sept. 28 to 30, 2018.


Toss some bucks or spare change into the boot of a Port Moody firefighter today and Saturday in support of the department’s Muscular Dystrophy Canada drive. Off-duty smoke-eaters will be at various locations around the city including Suter Brook and Newport Village.

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The city of Coquitlam hosts its first-ever Culture Days scavenger hunt — and it’s using the public art along the Evergreen Extension as landmarks. Go to to sign up and the questions will be emailed to you. Entries must be received at city hall by Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Participants who have all 12 questions right have a chance to win the grand prize.

Meanwhile, in Port Moody, the city launches its third annual Culture Days scavenger hunt, with winners clinching cool swag. Register via and don’t forget to use the hashtag #portmoodyscavenger2018 during the search.

The Evergreen Youth Engagement Project blasts off into the galaxy tonight and Saturday with its show The Black Hole, starting at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). For tickets, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit



Volunteer with the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation as they plant trees at the base of Burke Mountain from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Burkemount Place. Register at

The Lower Mainland Green Team needs helpers to remove invasive plants from the Shoreline Trail Park in Port Moody, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.); no experience is necessary. Bring a water bottle, gardening gloves and rain jacket (if necessary). Visit to register.

The second day of the Culture Days weekend continues with activities at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including book signings by author Kristi Nielsen and musical entertainment. Be sure to check out the venue’s new exhibit, Art 4 Life. Visit At the Silk Gallery (2419 Clarke St., Port Moody), painter Jeff Wilson will talk from 10 to 11 a.m. about social media platforms for artists. Visit

Historian and Port Moody Station Museum volunteer John Goheen will deliver a lecture titled The 100 Days Campaign as part of the last year of the centenary of the First World War. He’ll be at the museum (2734 Murray St., Port Moody) at 2 p.m. Ask WWI questions or share your own family history afterward. Call 604-939-1648 or visit

Korean and Chinese drummers will pound their instruments at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way) from 2 to 4 p.m. during the Culture Days celebration; kids can also join First Nations drumming workshops. Visit

Head over to the Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) where youth and adults dancers will show off their skills to the sounds of a DJ. There’ll also be a graffiti art expo during the event, which runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Visit

Maillardville native Michael Viens brings his Celtic guitar to the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) for a show with his band, Quartete a Tete, at 8 p.m.; a set dinner will be served at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 604-937-0998 or visit



It’s member appreciation day at the Coquitlam Farmers Market, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). And students from Centennial secondary’s culinary program will serve up turkey chowder, borscht and cheese biscuits for $4 for members ($5 for non-members). Musician Pernell Reichert will entertain. Visit

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for its last tree tour of the season. The hike is rain or shine and starts at 1 p.m. at the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building on the Riverview Hospital grounds (2601 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam). Visit

Take a nature walk through downtown Port Coquitlam with members of the PoCo Heritage and Archives as well as PoCo Heritage Trees, which have partnered for a new exhibit at the PoCo Heritage Museum titled The Secret Life of Trees. Meet at the museum (2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam) at 1 p.m. Visit

Kids aged eight and up — and a parent — can learn from HUB Cycling to stay safe on the road, at a free workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. in Mundy Park (by the Spani Pool concession). Participants are asked to register via (barcode: 639795) and bring their own bike, helmet and closed-toe shoes. Theory, on-bike skills practice and and a ride are included in the lesson.

Dogwood Pavilion’s South Asian Activity Group hosts a free Bhangra dance lesson for adult beginners, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the facility (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Register at (barcode: 633825).

Meet the mayoral and council candidates running for a seat at the Coquitlam civic table, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in rooms 136 and 137 in the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way). Visit

Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave.) will run a special edition of Family Day at PdA! from 2 to 4 p.m. Tour the art shows to get inspired then take part in at an exhibit-related activity. Save a spot by registering at

Artist Claire Sower will show her palette knife-painting skills in a demo from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Silk Art Gallery (2419 Clarke St.). Go to

Enjoy the days before T.V. and the internet at the Venosta Radio Show, starting at 3 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Get a behind-the-scenes look at how a 1920s radio show was executed. The Expect Exceptional Theatre will perform three vintage episodes of Flash Gordon. The free event is part of the Ioco Ghost Town Day Festival. Call 604-939-1648 or visit




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