Weekend starts with RibFest

Port Moody Rotarians bring back RibFest to Rocky Point Park for fifth year.

Friday, July 19

The Port Moody Rotary’s annual RibFest returns to Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) for a weekend feast and ribber showdown between competitors Boss Hog’s, Gator BBQ, Misty Mountain BBQ, Prairie Smoke & Spice, Smoke & Bones and newcomers Grizzly BBQ. Friday is “locals day” with special pricing between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ($5 bar tokens, $3 off pork rib entree items). Sponsored in part by The Tri-City News, RibFest runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. The city will run a free shuttle between the Port Moody recreation complex and Rocky Point Park every half hour. Visit portmoodyribfest.ca.

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Learn about the three T’s — trip planning, training and taking the essentials — in a free Survive Outside workshop by Adventure Smart, in the clubhouse at the Port Coquitlam and District Hunting and Fishing Club (5000 Harper Rd., Coquitlam). The open house is from 2 to 6 p.m. Call 604-942-9772 or visit pcdhfc.com.

Port Moody cyclist and percussionist Chris Blaber brings his Changing Planet bike tour to the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) for a masterclass workshop at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and one-hour musical presentation. Call 604-937-0998 or visit gallerybistroportmoody.com.

Cinema Under the Stars rolls How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at Sun Valley Park (3700 Hamilton St., Port Coquitlam) at 8:30 p.m. as part of the municipality’s Summer in the City series. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, bug spray and snacks. If it rains, the movie will be postponed to the next Friday. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/summer.


Saturday, July 20

Tour the parking lot of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) to check out the 300-plus classic, muscle, premier, exotic and specialty vehicles on show for the fifth year, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is free; breakfast is by donation. Visit hardrockcasinovancouver.com/event/ultimate-car-show/.

Use paint, feathers, wood, pinecones, nuts, leaves and other forest materials for Creating Art with Nature, a program at the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives (150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. Entry is $5 per person. Visit pocoheritage.org.

The Radnecks kick off this week’s Music in the Park, a free series by the city of Port Coquitlam at Lions Park (2300 Lions Way) that starts at 1 p.m. The rock band will be followed by Gabriel Palatchi, an Argentinian pianist and composer. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.

A new anthology that will see profits donated to the Share Family and Community Services will come out at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) at an event from 2 to 5 p.m. New Beginnings is a collection of short stories, poems and creative non-fiction by B.C. authors. Visit timbercrestpublishing.com.

The Coquitlam Sr. Adanacs face the Maple Ridge Burrards at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Visit adanaclacrosse.pointstreaksites.com.

Families can listen about wildlife tales — and help count the bats — at Colony Farm regional park (Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam) at 7:30 p.m. during Stories Under the Stars, a program by the Colony Farm Park Association. Admission is free but registration is required (barcode 7727). Visit metrovancouveronline.org.

Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szfler are in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for a beginners dance class, at 8 p.m. The dance floor opens for a dance party an hour later, until 12:30 a.m. Parking is free or take the Evergreen Extension to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas station. Admission is $10. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.


Sunday, July 21

Get some fresh fare at the Poirier Street Farmers Market, in the parking lot at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit makebakegrow.com.

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