Things to Do: Early voting, M*A*S*H at Evergreen

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, Oct. 12.

You can vote in Coquitlam, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Victoria community hall (3435 Victoria Dr., Coquitlam). Visit To hear the candidates and read their profiles, visit

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Shades of Green is the headliner for this week’s Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse, held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside Port Coquitlam city hall). Admission is $5 at the door. Visit

Chilliwack Chiefs hockey players take on the home team, the Coquitlam Express Jr. A club, at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and research. Visit

A photo club, a fibre arts group and a watercolour artist open their new shows at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Call 604-664-1636 or visit

A drama set in northern Turkey unfolds in the movie Mustang, an Academy Award nominee that will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.), courtesy of the Port Moody Film Society. Admission is $5 plus a $5 society membership. Visit

Join captains Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce and “Trapper John” McIntire — and other characters from the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (or MASH) — as Stage 43 opens its first production of the season, M*A*S*H, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The show runs tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call 604-927-6555 or visit


Saturday, Oct. 13

Coquitlam and Port Moody voters have another early voting opportunity available today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Coquitlam, at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.) and Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way); and in Port Moody, at city hall in the Parkview Room (100 Newport Dr.). Visit for details about the candidates.

Head out with Larry Cowan and Nature Vancouver members to explore Blakeburn Lagoons Park in Port Coquitlam from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the south end of Elbow Place. Visit

Slip on your gardening gloves and boots to help the Friends of DeBoville Slough and the city of Coquitlam staff tackle Japanese knotweed, from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough (4110 Cedar Dr., Coquitlam). Volunteers under the age of 19 will need a parent to sign a waiver. Visit

Emily Lonie, the city of Coquitlam’s archivist, shares tips on your to make your photos and documents last, at a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Admission is by donation. Register a spot via

Stock up on home baking, crafts and other treasures at the Club Bel Age’s gathering, at Place Maillardville (1200 Cartier Ave., Coquitlam) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 604-933-6169.

Crime writer and editor David Tocher will speak about how to write dark fiction at the Tri-City Wordsmiths’ meeting, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Terry Fox Library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam). Admission is free. Register by calling 604-927-7999. Visit

Michelle Martin, the assistant curator at the Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam), offers a free tour of the show, Home Made Home, from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Visit

Professionals will judge youth on their singing, dancing and performing abilities at the semi-finals of the Youth Talent Search BC contest, which runs today and Sunday in the Inlet Theatre at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) at 3 p.m.; the finals are on Nov. 25. Visit

Place des Arts piano teacher Maria Jung leads a tribute to the music inspired by events of the First World War, in a recital at 7 p.m. at the Maillardville facility (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Entry is $21/$16 by calling 604-664-1636 or visiting

Cut a rug in the rehearsal hall at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) at the weekly Hot Salsa Dance Zone party, happening from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; a one-hour dance class begins the event. Free parking. Admission is $10. Visit


Sunday, Oct. 14

Thanksgiving may be over but there’s still lots of harvest fare available from Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley farmers at the Coquitlam Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Kids can stop by the craft table to make a masking tape mummy for Halloween while adults can chat with candidates running in the elections. Visit

Spark your creativity at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.) at an open house — geared for teens and adults only (16 and over). From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., instructors will lead six one-hour sessions: drawing techniques; drawing, collage and mixed media; easy decor painting; fluid art; oil painting; and zen doodling. The cost is $20 per class. Register at 604-931-2008 or visit

Non-profit groups and charities will be scouting for helpers at the annual Tri-Cities Volunteer Fest, happening 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Coquitlam Centre mall (2929 Barnet Hwy.). Sign up and be eligible to win one of three mall gift cards at $100 each. Call 604-529-5139 or email

The Nanaimo Clippers are visiting Coquitlam for a home game against the Express hockey club. The match at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex is at 3 p.m. Visit 

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