Spring is definitely here and if the weather will cooperate, there are plenty of activities to take part in around the Tri-Cities.
Saturday, May 14
WATCH THE BIRDIE
Enjoy birding? Participate in the Partners in Park event to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, 1-4 p.m. at Colony Farm Regional Park (end of Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam). There will be a community garden tour at 1:30 p.m., nature walk at 3 p.m., displays and potting flowers for children throughout the afternoon. This event is free and open to the public, and hosted by Colony Farm Park Association. Info: 604-937-3483.
RELAX AND UNWIND
Need a break? Coquitlam Centre's first annual Unwined - Sip, Savour & Mingle event, from 7-10 p.m. takes place this evening. All proceeds will go to support educational funds at Douglas College and the Coquitlam Foundation. Tickets are $45 each and are available at mall guest services.
LOCAL PLANT SALE
Get your garden started with a visit to the PoCo Garden Club plant sale today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trinity United Church, (Prairie and Shaughnessy, PoCo.) There will be lots of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, veggies, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, baked goods and a raffle. Gardening advice is also available. Info: Susan, 604-461-5011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GARAGE SALE TIME
Help local shelters and pick up some gently used items during the National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable garage sale in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Locally, the event runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coquitlam office of Royal LePage Coronation West Realty, located at (2185 Austin. Ave.)
Sunday, May 15
RELEASE THE FISH
Help Hyde Creek Watershed Society members move thousands of coho salmon smolts and fry into Hyde Creek during the annual fish release. Families will also enjoy hatchery tours, exhibits and a fundraising hot dog barbecue. The event runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the hatchery, (3636 Coast Meridian Rd., PoCo.) Parking is available at Hyde Creek recreation centre on Laurier Avenue. Info: www.hydecreek.org or 604-461-3474.
MUSIC TO CELEBRATE
Celebrate Life with the 10th annual bereavement celebration featuring Coastal Sound Children's Choir from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Gathering Place, (2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam.) This event is being presented by Crossroads Hospice Society and First Memorial Funeral Services - Burkeview Chapel. Admission is free.
FUN WITH ANIMALS
Get up close and personal with some adoptable animals and learn more about pet care during an open house at the Port Coquitlam Education and Adoption Centre, (104-3278 Westwood St., Port Coquitlam.)Check out education displays, participate in a scavenger hunt, do some crafts, and buy a hot dog and a drink. Hills Science Diet is also partnering with the SPCA to host the open house and there will be pet first aid demonstrations by Walks and Wags at 1 p.m.. and 2:15 p.m.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Looking for a night out that also helps a good cause? The Rochester elementary school Parent Advisor Council is hosting a pub night at the John B. Pub, (1000 Austin Ave.,Coquitlam.) Tickets are $15 for the event which includes food and a beverage. There will also be raffles, draws and games. Money goes to fund activities and supplies for students and staff.
WHEEL TO HEAL
Cycle to raise funds for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Three routes to choose from: 80km, 40 km and 10 km. First ride begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be open on-site on event day for $75. Medical forms are required in order to participate and can be downloaded from the website and brought to registration. For more information, visit www.wheeltoheal.ca
RUN FOR RESEARCH
Join the Coquitlam Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association In Motion event to raise funds for cancer research. Three routes to choose from:2 km, 5 km or 10 km. The event starts at 9 a.m. at Terry Fox secondary school in Port Coquitlam. Teams or individuals can participate and there is no registration fee but participants are asked to make a donation of $10 or more to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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