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Things to Do: Charity walks and rides, May Day fest opens

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Gleneagle secondary in Coquitlam presents Guys and Dolls.

Friday, May 5


Teens can visit the Landing Youth Centre in Coquitlam’s Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way) from 4 to 6:30 p.m., where there will be a free barbecue meal, games and activities to celebrate BC Youth Week. The event is hosted by the Pinetree and Poirier youth staff. Call 604-927-6924.


Help the Royal Party kick off the 94th annual May Day Festival at the Port Coquitlam recreation complex (2150 Wilson Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. See the installation of May Day Queen Ava Dickson, ambassador Daniel Harvey, first princess Katrina Herrera and record bearer Jayden Jin. And see on elementary students taking part in the traditional May Pole dance. Electronic artist Chersea of PoCo will entertain. Meanwhile, over at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind city hall), check out the Art Focus Art Association art show in The Outlet from 7 to 9 p.m. (it also runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and its group show, titled May Day Art Explosion, in the Gathering Place. Visit


Catch Stage 43 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) as the theatre company wraps up its Canada 150 season with the comedy Bingo, by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor. Directed by Coquitlam’s Lisa Pope, the final performances are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. Partial proceeds from ticket sales support the I Am Someone anti-bullying society. For admission at $22/$18, call the box office 604-927-6555 or visit


Theatre students at three Tri-City secondaries present musicals this weekend: Dr. Charles Best (2525 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam) is offering Bye Bye Birdie tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $15/$12. Call 604-461-5581. Over at Gleneagle (1195 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam), the teens are showing Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway tonight. Tickets are $15/$8. Call 604-464-5793. And at Heritage Woods in Port Moody, All Shook Up runs tonight and Saturday in the theatre  (1300 David Ave.). Tickets are $12/$10. Call 604-461-8679.


Saturday, May 6


Get up early to cheer on the cyclists in the annual Wheel 2 Heal campaign for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Coquitlam Town Centre Park (off Pinetree Way) with participants riding between 15 km and 100 km — the longest crossing three bridges: Port Mann, Golden Ears and Pitt River. To donate, visit


The Dogwood Garden Club marks Canada’s 150th year with a special plant sale in the Centennial Room at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) from 9 a.m. to noon. Pick up some perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, vines and grasses grown or purchased by the club members. Proceeds from the sale pay for club activities including a scholarship for horticultural students at Kwantlen University. Visit


Drop off gently used clothing, household items and electronic gear for the Salvation Army to recycle. Its event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Real Canadian Superstore (1301 Lougheed Hwy., Maillardville). Donate a bag of clothes and be entered to win a Superstore gift card. 


Take advantage of BC Water Week (May 7 to 13) by purchasing a rain barrel at the Austin Service Centre (500 Mariner Way, Coquitlam) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visit


Help Pinetree Way elementary (1420 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) raise $6,000 for student laptops at its carnival and kids swap meet, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free (attraction tickets are $1). Visit


Popular children’s entertainers Bobs and Lolo are back in Port Moody for the 25th annual fingerling festival. The four-time Juno-nominated singer-songwriters will perform in the PoMo recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Hosted by the Port Moody Ecological Society, the fest and fundraiser for the Noons Creek hatchery will also include a release of 40,000 salmon fry and displays by more than 70 environmental groups. Call 604-469-9106 or visit


Bring your gently used shoes to a lemonade stand at 983 Allandale Ave., Port Moody, in support of Ruben’s Shoes — a charity that collects footwear for people in need. The event is open from noon to 4 p.m. Visit


Tuck into pie and ice cream — and visit the bake, craft and plant tables — at St. John’s Anglican Church (2206 St. Johns St., Port Moody) for its spring tea, from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $5. 


Sit back and listen to classic songs from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and the Beatles with Caviar and Lace at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody). Dinner is at 7 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets at $25 are available by calling 604-937-0998 or visiting


Get moving to Latin music with Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler in the rehearsal room at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10 and parking is free. Or take the Evergreen Line to Lafarge Lake-Douglas. Call 604-725-4654.


Sunday, May 7


The first Coquitlam Farmers’ Market of the season opens at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.). It’s the 21st year for the Coquitlam group, which this year scooped prizes at the provincial conference. Join the society’s board members, Mayor Richard Stewart and city council for the opening reception at 10 a.m. And have a chat with the area’s three provincial candidates. Visit


Crossroads Hospice Society hosts its 15th annual fundraiser at Port Coquitlam’s Hyde Creek recreation centre (1379 Laurier Ave.) at 9 a.m. Visit


The Hoy Creek fish hatchery (off Town Centre Boulevard, Coquitlam) sends off coho smolts to the Pacific Ocean at its annual release from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit


Make Memories Matter is the slogan for the annual Walk for Alzheimers, which kicks off at 1 p.m. at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.). Registration begins at noon for the 5k trek. Visit