Things to Do: Rivers and Trails Fest in PoCo, ghosts in Ioco

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, Sept. 21

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids on their Pro-D Day, grab the skates and helmets for a skate at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) from noon to 3 p.m. Admission and rentals are $2. Visit Also, the two branches of the Coquitlam Public Library (City Centre and Poirier Street) will screen Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at 1 p.m. at no cost. Visit Over in Maillardville, staff and volunteers with Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) will have tours, activities and snacks from 1 to 3 p.m. for kids aged five to 10; parents are required to attend. To register, call 604-516-6151 or visit Meanwhile, in Port Moody, the city’s public library will roll the animated movie Moana in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at city hall at 1 p.m. No cost for admission. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit

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Three-time Juno award-winning guitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo — a native of Guinea in west Africa — shows off his world beats with Naby Camara on balafon and Vegari Cendar on bass and vocals at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) at 8 p.m.; a set dinner is served at 7 p.m. Visit

See Washington State actor Carol Swarbrick portray Lillian Carter — the late mother of former US president Jimmy Carter — in the Canadian debut of the play More Than A President’s Mother: The Lillian Carter Story, tonight at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit


Saturday, Sept. 22

Instructor Jessica Yue will show how to make ice moon cakes at a mid-autumn moon festival at Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event is for participants aged 12 and up. To register, call 604-516-6151 or visit

Dozens of artists are in the annual Art 4 Life, an annual group exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.) that’s geared to inspiring young people with the arts. The reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. No cost. Visit

Alberto and Teresa of the Hot Salsa Dance Zone are on the floor again to lead a merengue class in the rehearsal hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam), at 8 p.m. The salsa and Latin dance party goes from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10 and parking is free. Visit


Sunday, Sept. 23

The BC Association of Farmers Markets presents an Asian greens cooking demo at the Coquitlam Farmers Market, to be held at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Chef and farmer Roger Wood of The Farmhouse Bard will prepare local and seasonally inspired recipes during his mid-autumn cook-up. Guitarist Jack Noble will also entertain. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit

Take the family to the Ioco Ghost Town Festival from noon to 4 p.m. (Ioco Road and 1st Avenue, Port Moody) where Chris Yuill will have a magic show, NewFish and Claire Lundin will entertain and pony rides will be offered for the kids. Visit

The city of Port Coquitlam hosts its annual Rivers and Trails Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at Lions Park (2300 Lions Way). Release some coho salmon into the Coquitlam River, help visual artist Aurelia Bizouard with her live light painting at the park storage building, join guided walks with the PoCo Heritage Trees members and hear entertainers. Visit



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