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THINGS-TO-DO GUIDE: Teddy Bears in the Tri-Cities

With summer weather finally here, it shouldn't rain on either of this weekend's parades. Nor should the weather hamper your enjoyment of any of the other arts and entertainment events on this weekend in the Tri-Cities.

With summer weather finally here, it shouldn't rain on either of this weekend's parades. Nor should the weather hamper your enjoyment of any of the other arts and entertainment events on this weekend in the Tri-Cities.

TODAY: Friday, June 10

Alderson elementary school invites Tri-Cities families for a day of fun, games, food, prizes, face painting and a bouncy castle from 3 to 7 p.m. at its spring carnival (825 Gauthier St., Coquitlam). Tickets are $10 for a book of 20 at the door. For more information, call 604-939-8301.

Port Moody Film Society presents Arranged, a comedic drama about arranged marriages and a friendship between a Muslim and an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, at 7:30 p.m. at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Tickets are available at the theatre box office after 6:45 p.m. for $5 plus a one-time $5 annual membership fee.

Saturday, June 11

A not-so-secret flash mob to raise awareness for the Ride To Conquer Cancer is planned at 12:30 p.m. sharp on the lower level of Coquitlam Centre mall near Waves Coffee. Organized by Coquitlam Coun. Selina Robinson, the plan is to dance to Great Big Sea's hit "Ordinary Day," a song that Robinson says helped to get her through her own battle with cancer. The Ride To Conquer Cancer is a charity bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle taking place June 18 and 19 and involving more than 2,000 riders. For more information on the flash mob, call Selina at 604-729-0702.

Learn the art of traditional glass etching with Rick Mercer at the Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). The workshop begins at 2:30 p.m. and space is limited to eight people, so call 604-516-6151 or email to register. Due to safety concerns, children under 16 cannot participate in this workshop.

In celebration of Environment Week, Burke Mountain Naturalists are leading a free and open 9 km hike along the Woodland Walk Trail in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, setting off from the trailhead at the end of Harper Road off Coast Meridian Road at 8 a.m. The hike will cover an elevation gain of 300 m to a lookout offering views of the protected forests of the Coquitlam watershed. Hikers can expect to return to the trailhead by 2 p.m. at the latest. Registration is not required but participants are required to sign a waiver. This easy-to-moderate trail is not suitable for young children due to a few boulder-hopping creek crossings. Participants should wear hiking boots, bring a lunch and water and have appropriate clothing for the weather. For more information, call 604-939-4039.

See the newest exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre featuring 70-plus pieces created by 40 PMAC students from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the centre (2425 St. Johns St., Port Moody). Featuring paintings and interactive displays, the show runs until July 2. For more information, call 604-931-2008.

The Young Actors Project presents the movie premiere of Wonderland High with a special live performance of the high school comedy The Classroom at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Tickets are $8 and are available by emailing

Sunday, June 12

Port Moody's Mossom Creek Hatchery is hosting a half-day art retreat and interactive creativity workshop with Anmore artist J. Peachy at 1:30 p.m. (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody). Inspired by the term "Nature Deficit Disorder," reportedly coined by author Richard Louv, this workshop challenges people to escape "urbanity" and reconnect with nature to stimulate the creative mind. The workshop will include an introduction to the community-run hatchery, a lesson in local ecology, hands-on activities and free time to explore one's own creative space. A minimum donation of $15 is requested but no one will be turned away. Note: Mossom Creek Hatchery is a scent-free environment, so participants are asked to wear no fragrances or perfumes. To reserve a spot, email

The Port Moody-Coquitlam Air Cadets invite you to their 46th annual ceremonial parade at Dr. Charles Best secondary school (2525 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam). The parade begins promptly at 1 p.m. and guests are asked to be seated by 12:45 p.m. The local cadets will be inspected by reviewing officer Claude Wilcott, superintendent of Coquitlam RCMP, and will parade in the formal tradition, demonstrating their high standard of dress and comportment. The cadet band and choir will also be there to entertain while performances from the cadets' biathlon, robotics, first aid and precision drill teams are also planned. Following the parade, guests are invited to meet the cadets and officers at a reception. All are welcome, including those aged 12 to 18 years who may be considering joining the cadets. For more information, call 604-936-8211.

Sunday is the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. A great day of family fun, the Teddy Bear Picnic kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Coquitlam Grande Parade from Coquitlam Centre (2929 Barnet Hwy.) to Percy Perry Stadium (1290 Pipeline Rd., Coquitlam), where there will be games, storytelling, puppet shows, a hands-on circus and musicians until 4 p.m. And, of course, the Teddy Bear Clinic will be offering free annual medical check-ups for all teddy bears. Admission is $3, or free for kids under three years. To avoid lineups at the gate, everyone is encouraged to buy their wristbands in advance at City Centre Aquatic Complex, Chimo Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Pinetree community centre and Club Aviva.

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