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Weekend guide: Celebrate Mother's Day at the 'museum of the future' in Coquitlam

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for May 7 to 9, 2021.
An image from "Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’/We Extend the Rafters," a touring show by Skawennati that will open May 8 at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Friday, May 7


Teens in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam can take part in BC Youth Week activities in their cities. In Coquitlam, the city’s Park Spark team will be at Blue Mountain Park (975 Blue Mountain St.) until 7 p.m. And on Saturday, the crew is at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave.). Registration is required for a one-hour visit at the pop-up sites. Park Spark is also inviting youth ages 13 to 18 to help plant the bee-shaped eco-sculpture and a yellow garden to celebrate the international colour of hope, for Communities in Bloom 2021. To sign up for these and other programs, go to Meanwhile, PoCo Youth hosts a murder mystery night, via Zoom, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. as well as a youth drop-in at the Hyde Creek recreation centre (1379 Laurier St.) from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Register via


Saturday, May 8


Vancouver artist Sasha Lozaic shows you how to paint a portrait, as part of the Art Focus Artists Association demonstration. The online video by the Port Coquitlam group, which was posted on April 28 and can be viewed for free, is via


A “museum of the future” installation geared for kids ages five to 11 opens today at Coquitlam’s Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way). Titled Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’/We Extend the Rafters, the show by Skawennati — who identifies as an urban Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) woman and a cyberpunk avatar — asks viewers to “(re)learn history from an Indigenous perspective and imagine how all people can contribute to the world of tomorrow.” Created in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, the touring display is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Visit


Kids can join a free online workshop — via the city of Port Coquitlam — to make a Mother’s Day card for tomorrow’s celebrations. Led by an arts instructor, the Zoom course runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Register in advance at And don’t forget to check out the virtual performances for 98th annual May Days, from Krystle and the Dueling Pianos Vancouver.


Sunday, May 9


The Coquitlam Farmers Market returns to the parking lot behind the Poirier library branch (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam) for its second run of the season, featuring fresh food and crafts from Metro Vancouver farmers and vendors. The market goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit