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THINGS TO DO: Music and more to explore

It's said that the third week of July is prime holiday time but if you're sticking close to home, make a stay-cation of the weekend at these great events here in your own back yard.

It's said that the third week of July is prime holiday time but if you're sticking close to home, make a stay-cation of the weekend at these great events here in your own back yard.

Friday, July 20

SHOP SPIRIT SQUARE

Whether company's coming, you're searching for inspiration for a quick Friday night meal or just want to find the best in local, seasonal produce, the Coquitlam Farmers Market at Spirit Square (3000 Burlington Dr., across from city hall) is the place to be. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m.; visit www.makebakegrow.com for more info.

SINGLE IN THE CITY

Revel in your single status with these great clubs, both of which are meeting tonight. Circle of Friends, a 50+ singles social club, meets at the PoCo Legion (2675 Shaughnessy St.) at 7 p.m. Call 604-941-9032 for details. The Tri-City Singles Club welcomes new members (40+) to its 7 p.m. meeting at the Port Moody Legion (2513 Clarke St.) Call 604-466-0017 or email tricitysingles@hotmail.ca for details.

HISTORY REVEALED

Explore a unique aspect of Port Moody's history at the Port Moody Station Museum's Chinese Legacies: Building the CPR in BC exhibit. The museum (2734 Murray St.) is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exhibit runs to Nov. 16. Visit www.portmoodymuseum.org for details.

Saturday, July 21

GRASSLAND SAFARI

Got tots? Check out this hide-and-seek adventure at Colony Farm Regional Park, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., where kids aged three to five can search for vole trails, neat spiders, grasshoppers and ground-nesting birds. Cost is $12/child and adult pair; register by calling 604-972-4386 with barcode 392288.

GOOD VIBRATIONS

Port Coquitlam's Village Vibe Series continues at the Leigh Square bandshell (behind PoCo city hall, 2253 Leigh Sq.), with performances by Johnny Gallant, a crooner inspired by the likes of Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley, and a comedy improv show by Second Storey Theatre. Village Vibe is free, wheelchair accessible and runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

ADANACS ACTION

The Coquitlam Adanacs host the Nanaimo Timbermen in a Western Lacrosse Association contest at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. The A's are currently tied for second at 8-6-0, while the 6-6-1 T-men sit just three points back in the tight seven-team loop.

DINNER & A SHOW

The Evergreen Cultural Centre mixes a hot 'n' spicy Mediterranean menu with serious soul music in the latest installment of the Music on the Grill series. Head to the patio for dinner at 7 p.m. and watch the action around Lafarge Lake while enjoying pre-show entertainment by the Leo Bae Ensemble. Head indoors to the theatre for Soultrax: A Tribute to George Benson and Jimmy Smith, performed by the likes of Olaf de Shield (guitar/vocals), Chicago native Fran Jaré (B3 organ), Brent Gubbels (acoustic/electric bass), Don Powrie (drums), Dave Say (saxophone) and Derry Byrne (trumpet). Tickets are $50 for dinner and concert or $30 for the concert only, available at 604-927-6555 or at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Sunday, July 22

MUSIC IN THE PARK

Lions Park will be buzzing when singer-songwriter Babe Gurr performs her signature blend of roots, blues and pop. With a warm, sultry voice, stand-out vocals and an energetic stage presence, this show, from 2 to 4 p.m., isn't to be missed. All ages are welcome for the free event. Visit www.portcoquitlam.ca for more information.

GO INCOGNITO

That is, go to Rocky Point Park this afternoon and listen to one of the West Coast's top R&B bands, Incognito. The band has been playing for some 20 years, and is joined in Port Moody from 2 p.m. by Nadine States. Visit www.summersundays.ca for details.

WHAT'S COOKING?

The Coquitlam Farmers Market hosts a cooking demonstration and book signing with food writer Stephanie Yuen, who will talk about her latest book, East Meets West. She'll be showcasing some favourites from her Asian cuisine repertoire. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dogwood Pavilion parking lot (624 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit www.makebakegrow.com for more information.

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