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THINGS-TO-DO-GUIDE: Bakers and farmers flaunt their goods

With the sun finally making an appearance this weekend it should be an excellent time to get outside and enjoy the many activities the Tri-Cities has to offer.

With the sun finally making an appearance this weekend it should be an excellent time to get outside and enjoy the many activities the Tri-Cities has to offer. Come participate in outdoor activities ranging from farmer's markets to tree tours, events that give local residents the opportunity to take a day-trip in their own backyard.

Friday, June 3

CARNIVAL CRAZE

The annual Blakeburn elementary carnival is happening today from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Blakeburn elementary school (1040 Riverside Dr., Port Coquitlam). Games, prizes, a velcro wall, pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, snow cones, barbecue and everything else you could expect to be at a carnival will be at this one. Admission to the carnival but tickets for rides and food need to be bought at the door for 50 cents.

Saturday, June 4

MY-YARD-VILLE SALE

The Maillardville Residents' Association hosts its Fourth annual giant garage sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (1007 Alderside Ave., Coquitlam). More than a garage sale, this event features French Canadian music, barbecue, chili and more, all in the heart of historic Maillardville. Hundreds of quality pre-owned items are for sale at garage-sale prices. All proceeds go directly back into the community through residents' association activities.

RUN FOR LIFE

Tri-City runners are invited to join the thousands of people in the fight against cancer at the Coquitlam Relay for Life this weekend at Percy Perry Stadium. The all-day event is an opportunity for people to celebrate cancer survivors and honour those who have had their lives cut short by the disease. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. at Town Centre Park. All money raised will be invested in cancer research. For more information go to www.relaybc.ca/coquitlam.

A BAKER'S BOUNTY

In an effort to promote locally made food and engage the community in learning about baked goods, the Tri-City Baker's Community is holding a summer market in Coquitlam on Saturday. Tasty samples, baking demos and contests will all be on hand at the event, which will also include a youth vendors section. "This free community event is a great opportunity to connect talented bakers with the community," said Kimberley Mulla, director of the event. "This will be a fun family activity for locals to buy handmade baked goods and learn from the dedicated people behind all the delicious treats." The event runs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way). For more information go to www.tricitiesbakerscommunity.blogspot.com.

Sunday, June 5

MARKET MADNESS

All the best in local produce, crafts and prepared food will be up for sale at the Coquitlam Farmer's Market on Sunday, as the 2011 summer market season gets underway. Food connoiseurs are invited to the Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow Streets) parking lot between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The summer markets run every Sunday from now until Oct. 30. For more information go to www.makebakegrow.com.

COMMUNITY CADETS

The 2893 Seaforth Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps will be presenting 60 cadets, along with static displays and their pipes and drums band at their 40th annual ceremonial review today. The event will take place at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex (2150 Wilson Avenue). The cadet corps consists of youth age 12 to 18 who primarily live in the Tri-City area and participate during the year in a variety of citizenship, volunteer and fitness activities. The event runs between 12:30 and 4 p.m.

TREE TOUR

History and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a guided tree tour on the Riverview Hospital grounds on Sunday. The walk will leave from the upper entrance of the Henry Esson Young building at 1 p.m. and will cover a large portion of the hospital grounds. For more information and a map go to www.rhcs.org or phone 604-290-9910.

Please send Things-To-Do guide submissions to tcoyne@tricitynews.com.