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Things to Do: May Day parade in Port Coquitlam, and Mother's Day

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Students at Dr. Charles Best secondary (2525 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam) wrap up their Bye Bye Birdie run this weekend at the school.

Friday, May 12


Take a tour of the old landmarks in downtown Port Coquitlam with guide Bryan Ness. Held as part of the May Day festivities lineup, the free casual walk that focuses on the city’s past will leave from PoCo Heritage in Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind PoCo city hall) at 6 p.m. Visit


Enjoy a free outdoor performance by Choral Connections as part of the May Day celebrations, at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village bandshell at 7 p.m. (behind PoCo city hall). The 80-member choir will perform cabaret songs. Visit


Singer-songwriters Barb Fraser and Dennis Henderson headline tonight’s Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse concert in the Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind PoCo city hall). The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 604-945-0606.


Students at Dr. Charles Best secondary (2525 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam) conclude their run of Bye Bye Birdie tonight and Saturday; tickets are $15/$12 at the door. Heritage Woods secondary also wraps up its production of All Shook Up at the school (1300 David Ave., Port Moody) tonight and Saturday; tickets are $12/$10. And Gleneagle secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam) ends Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway tonight; tickets are $15/$8.


The Argentinian comedy/drama Truman will roll at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at 7:30 p.m., a monthly screening by the Port Moody Film Society. Entry is $5 at the door plus a $5 society membership (good until December). Visit


Ace Productions brings Freud’s Last Session to the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. The play imagines a conversation between author C.S. Lewis and Dr. Sigmund Freud, at his London home, on the eve of the Second World War. Tickets at $42/$34/$15 are through the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit


Saturday, May 13


Fill your belly with pancakes and other goodies before the annual May Day parade in downtown Port Coquitlam. The brekkie runs from 7 to 11 a.m. in Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind PoCo city hall). Cost is $4 per plate with proceeds supporting local service groups and the Scouts. Visit


Mark BC Water Week by touring the Coquitlam watershed, at 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Call Metro Vancouver at 604-432-6359 to book a spot on the bus. Tours are restricted to ages 15 and older.


Meet at the Quarry Road parking lot at Coquitlam’s Minnekhada regional park at 9:30 a.m. to learn about bears from nature interpreters. The all-ages, drop-in program is free and is presented by Metro Vancouver. Call 604-530-4983 or visit


Pick up a free bag of compost for your garden during Compost Awareness Week, May 7 to 13. The bags will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Austin works yard parking lot (across from the Coquitlam Animal Shelter at 500 Mariner Way). Composters will also be on sale for $25 plus tax (limit is four composters per household). Proof of Coquitlam residency must be shown to receive a free bag and to purchase a composter. Call 604-927-3500.


Get a spot along Shaughnessy Street — or Elgin, Mary Hill and Hawthorne — to see the floats, marching bands and other performers in Port Coquitlam’s annual May Day parade. The parade marshall is Michael Thompson, for whom Thompson Park is named. Kick off is at 11 a.m. Stay downtown afterward to take in the numerous free activities and entertainment. Visit


Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) presents The Lawless Firm, a string quartet that plays at 8 p.m. For tickets to dinner and the show at $30, call 604-937-0998 or visit


Slip on your dance shoes and jive to Latin music in the rehearsal hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $10; parking is free. Call 604-725-4654.


Sunday, May 14


Take mom to Lions Park in Port Coquitlam for a Mother’s Day pancake breakfast and picnic, courtesy of the Kinsmen Club. The breakfast is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or enjoy a mid-day meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Watch the May pole dancing with the Tiddley Cove morris dancers and entertainment by Gina Lina and Matthew the Magician. Visit


The Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.) invites families to the Mother’s Day Tea on the Train, with seatings at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. There are numerous teas to choose from and Cobs Bread will supply baked goods. Call 604-939-1648 or visit to book a spot.


Take a walk through the Riverview Hospital arboretum with guides from the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. Meet at 1 p.m. at the uphill entrance to the Henry Esson Young building (from Holly Drive, go up on Oak Crescent to the H.E.Y. building, which will be on your right on Kalmia Drive). Call 604-290-9910 or visit