Things to Do: Shakespeare, sounds in city parks for mid-summer

Weekend events and activities happening in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, July 27

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Tour the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.) to see the new First World War exhibit on loan from the Royal BC Museum. British Columbia’s War 1914-’18 features 12 panels, artifact replicas and a video paying tribute to Great War soldiers. Visit

Place des Arts’ summer teen theatre troupe updates Romeo + Juliet in a performance at the TD Community Plaza in Coquitlam Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) today at 1 and 7 p.m. as well as Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Visit Meanwhile, enter the My Place des Arts online story contest by July 31 for a chance to win a facility gift certificate and Visa gift card.

Bring the family to Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) between 3 and 6:30 p.m. for Mayor Mike Clay’s summertime celebration. Members of the Port Moody Firefighters’ Association will fire up the grill to serve free hot dogs — courtesy of Thrifty Foods — for visitors; freezies and juice boxes will also be available. Magician Mike Norden will perform at 4 p.m. while the Beauty Shop Dolls are on at 4:45 p.m. and Clavinova Nights at 6 p.m. Visit

It’s market night in the parking lot of the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.) where several vendors — including Western Sky Books, Canvas Candles and Parole Chocolates — will sell their wares at The Market at Brewers Row, from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit

Young musical theatre students in Lindbjerg Academy’s summer intensive will show their new skills in two shows at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam), starting at 6 p.m. For tickets to Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Hairspray Jr. at $22, go to the theatre an hour before showtime. Visit


Saturday, July 28

Kids can cheer on Captain Underpants and Dog Man at the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Dr.) at 1:30 p.m. and play games like diaper toss followed by a screening of the animated movie. The flick rolls at 2:30 p.m. Call 604-469-4577 or visit

Sharpen your listening skills by taking a guided walk around Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) as part of the art gallery’s do it exhibit. Members of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collection will interpret Max Neuhaus’ Listen (1966) instruction for the international display, which runs in the gallery until Sept. 2. The walk launches at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call 604-927-6555 or visit

Check out performances by Acapocalypse and Tony Prophet at the bandshell at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside Port Coquitlam city hall) between 2 and 4 p.m. The shows are part of the city’s Village Vibe summer series and presented by Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse. Visit

Join staff from the New View Society — a mental health service in Port Coquitlam — at Coquitlam Town Centre Park (near the TD Community Plaza, 1299 Pinetree Way) for games and a free barbecue from 3 to 8 p.m. Visit

The second installment of the 10th annual Music on the Grill series at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 PInetree Way) features the Albertan tunes of the Travelling Mabels. Tickets for the al fresco dinner and/or the 8 p.m. concert are available by calling 604-927-6555 or visiting

Jeremy Wong will be at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) for a jazz show at 8 p.m. with fellow musicians Juan Encinales (drums), Stephen Edwards (bass) and Alvin Brenda (guitar). For tickets, visit

Heat up the dance floor with Alberto and Teresa of the Hot Salsa Dance Zone as they host their weekly dance lesson (8 p.m.) and party (until 12:30 a.m.) in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Entry is $10. No partner or experience needed. Visit


Sunday, July 29

Bring your shopping bag to the Coquitlam Farmers Market where fresh produce, baked goods and meat is sold in the parking lot at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit

Leisure Club is this week’s entertainer for the city of Port Coquitlam’s Music in the Square summer series. The pop band — made up of Daniel Ruiz (drums), Jamie Smail (vocals), Rob Cameron (bass), Sean Bayntun (keys) and Graham Madden (guitar) — released their self-titled album last fall. The show starts at 2 p.m. Visit

Juno-nominated blues and rock musician David Gogo, who has played with the likes of B.B. King and Bo Diddley and opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top and The Tragically Hip, is on the PCT Performance Stage in Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) at 2 p.m. for the weekly Summer Sundays concerts. Donations accepted for the Crossroads Hospice Society. The show is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Visit

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