Friday, July 16
Coquitlam youth ages 12 to 17 can head over to Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave., Coquitlam) for some fun and games at the Park Spark pop-up park. To register for a one-hour drop-in session, between 3 and 7 p.m., visit coquitlam.ca/parkspark (select “drop-in youth park spark”).
Saturday, July 17
Swing by Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam (next to city hall) to see the new artwork for the summer. Jen Candela and Lyndsay McKay are showing Support Structures, a series of sculptural and two-dimensional works; that exhibit is in the Michael Wright Art Gallery, in the Gathering Place. Our Terrestrial Spirit by Christina Norberg and Arleigh Wood, a collection exploring our connection to the natural work, is in The Outlet (located next to the Gathering Place). And Elvira Monteforte, one of two artists-in-the-park at Lions Park this summer, has Treasures from the Recycle Bin at city hall. On Saturdays, the displays can be seen without at appointment, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare.
Grab your dancing shoes and partner for the Hot Salsa Dance Zone’s free class and fiesta at the TD Community Plaza at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Instructors Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler show how to move to the Latin steps, starting at 6 p.m., for 45 minutes. The dance floor is open until afterwards, until 9 p.m. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.
Live music is back — but in a physically distanced way. Coquitlam’s summer concerts series returns this weekend but not to Town Centre Park. This year, due to the pandemic, the shows are in the parking lot at Dr. Charles Best secondary (2525 Como Lake Ave.) and as drive-in events. The rock band Redwoods take the stage tonight at 6 p.m. while, at 8 p.m., it’s Duane, Dave and Johanna of The Town Pants, a Celtic-roots-rock ensemble. On Sunday, John Welsh and Los Valientes bring a world beat to Coquitlam at 1 p.m. and the rage-funk group Raincity closes the series with a 3 p.m. performance. For tickets at $5 per car load, visit coquitlam.ca/summerconcerts.
Sunday, July 18
Dairy, meat, and prepared and plant-based foods can be picked up from the weekly Coquitlam Farmers Market, running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Poirier library branch (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit makebakegrow.com for a list of the vendors.