Talk to a children’s author, hear from an award-winning artist and join scavenger hunts for chance to win prizes in this weekend’s Culture Days.
The national celebration that runs Friday to Sunday includes a number of events and activities in the Tri-Cities — all of which are free for participants.
Here’s what’s going down in each city:
• The city has a challenge but you have to visit Coquitlam’s four stations along the Evergreen Extension to get the answers. Go to coquitlam.ca/culturedays to sign up for the scavenger hunt and, on Friday at 9 a.m., city staff will email the questions. Here’s a hint: Look for the public art at the four stops — Burquitlam, Coquitlam Central, Lincoln, and Lafarge Lake-Douglas — to fill out the form; entries must be received at city hall by Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. And participants who have all 12 questions perfect are entered to win a grand prize: a $100 gift card to Coquitlam Centre, $100 gift card to Opus Art Supplies and four all-day Compass ride passes. Those who correctly answer six of the questions will have a chance to win a $50 Coquitlam Centre gift card, $50 gift card to Opus Art Supplies and two Compass ride passes.
• Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave.) will run a special edition of Family Day at PdA! on Sunday 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 brownpapertickets.com.
• The city’s artist-in-residence Dorothy Doherty leads a free collage workshop on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Michael Wright Art Gallery in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (next to PoCo city hall). Materials will be provided. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The city hosts its third annual Culture Days scavenger hunt, with visitors looking for clues around public art and historical landmarks. Sign up via portmoody.ca/culturedays for a chance to win prizes. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #portmoodyscavenger2018 during the search.
• Author Kristi Nielsen will sign copies of her new children’s picture books at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.) on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.
• Visual artist Jeff Wilson will be at the Silk Art Gallery (2419 Clarke St.) on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. to talk about social media platforms for artists.
• The Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.) has several music and craft parties on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to check out the venue’s new exhibit, Art 4 Life. Visit pomoarts.ca.
• Artist Claire Sower will show her palette knife-painting skills in a demo on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Silk Art Gallery (2419 Clarke St.).
• See a behind-the-scenes radio show from the 1920s — presented by the Port Moody Station Museum and Expect Theatre — in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.) from 3 to 4 p.m. Visit portmoodymuseum.org.