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Things to do: kick it, shred it, shop it

What’s a spring weekend without rain in the weather forecast? But that shouldn’t discourage you from getting out and about to enjoy the many activities being held across the Tri-Cities.
spring blossoms
The rainy weather hasn't kept the trees at Port Moody city hall from bursting into blossom.

What’s a spring weekend without rain in the weather forecast? But that shouldn’t discourage you from getting out and about to enjoy the many activities being held across the Tri-Cities.

Friday, April 13

Gumbo music

Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse presents the Soda Crackers at The Gathering Place, 1100-2253 Leigh Sq., PoCo. The Soda Crackers are steeped in rootsy rhythms, pan-fried in traditional country, then stewed in a gumbo of blues, jazz and western swing. Doors open at 7 p.m.; admission: $5 at the door. Info: 604-945-0606 or

Kick it

The “Kickin’ It Country” fundraiser features a great dinner, great company, and great dance music, all to support the Coquitlam Foundation. There will also be live and silent auctions.  The event goes from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Centennial Pavillion, 620 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Tickets are $50. for more information go to

Saturday, April 14

Sporting sale

Gleneagle secondary school is holding a garage sale to help KidSport BC that provides support for kids and families to be able to participate in sports. Leftover clothing that isn’t sold will be donated to Free Clothing BC. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m. at 1195 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam.

Bottle drive

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers will be collecting bottles in Central Coquitlam from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The collection effort will be concentrated in the area bounded by Baker Drive to the east, Poirier to the west, Fresno to the north and Como Lake Avenue to the south.  They will cover the areas farther west to Crestwood and to the south of Como Lake Avenue down to Foster only if they have time.  They will not have pick-up on either Thermal or Como Lake Avenue due to traffic. Donations can also be dropped at the Scout Hall in Blue Mountain Park (northeast corner of Porter and Winslow) between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Please remember: no milk/dairy containers or nut-based beverage containers or non-refundable containers or garbage please.

Get shredded

Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship and Urban Impact are holding a shred-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for 17 members of a youth group to travel to Houston, Tx., to help that city with its ongoing efforts to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Documents for shredding can be brought to Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship Church, 1160 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam.  The suggested donation is $5 a grocery bag. For more information go to

Food A-Go-Go

The opening event of the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival will be parked at Inlet Park in Port Moody from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event features more than 20 food truck with unique and diverse fare from Malaysian to bacon. There will also be artisan vendors, live entertainment and kids activities. Inlet Park is located on Murray Street. For more information, including links to many of the participating food trucks, go to

In for a song

Could the next big musical superstar be walking amongst us? You may find them at PoCo’s Got Talent, a variety show for all ages that is being held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex. The event, organized by entertainer Toshi Jackson, features local acts from all ages, including musicians, singers, dancers and performers. The show will be held in the Wilson Centre Main Lounge. Tickets can be purchased in person at a city recreation facility, by calling 604-927-7529 or online at Tickets cost $5 for general admission (register using barcode 29206), $3.50 for Wilson Centre members (barcode 29318). Children under 5 are free (barcode 29319).

URBAN fare

Learn to identify local city plants that are useful for food or fibre like stinging nettle, plantain, fireweed, English ivy, blackberry and lamb’s quarter during an interpretive walk that leaves from Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) at 2 p.m. and returns by 3:30 p.m. You will learn what it means to forage and how you can harvest in a respectful manner. Register by calling 604-516-6151.

Fun for 100, Greg

Got a brain that seems to retain trivial facts and information? Between the ages of 13 to 18? Friends of the Terry Fox Library is hosting a teen trivia night at the library (2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam). There will be prizes and bragging rights for individuals and teams of 6 to 10 players. The master of ceremonies will be Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 15

To Market

Fancy something fresh for dinner tonight? The weekly Port Moody winter farmer’s market at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.) features local produce and artisanal food products as well as crafts both indoors and outside the main entrance. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there’s no cost for admission. Visit


Tour de trees

The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society invites you to a Spring Tree Tour on the Riverview Hospital grounds at 1p.m. Meet at the upper entrance of the Henry Esson Young Building. The event is free, but dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as the ground can be uneven. For a site map visit or for more info call 604-290-9910.



Learn to meditate at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 4 p.m. Sahaja Yoga aims to bring meditation into the lives of those who seek a meaningful spiritual experience, peace and joy. Meditation classes are taught in over 100 countries always at no charge.