Friday, May 14
TAKE A DIP
Coquitlam’s two outdoor pools are now open for a pre-booked swim. Participants can register for a 40-minute individual lap swim (a double lane will be shared by four people) or for a 40-minute family dip (for two to four people from the same household). The admission to Eagle Ridge (2689 Guildford Way) and Spani (655 Hillcrest St.) outdoor pools is $1 for a child/senior; $2 for an adult; and $5 for a family. To sign up and pay, go to coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools.
Saturday, May 15
Find the five “I Love PoCo” signs — on the back of children’s art in Port Coquitlam parks and public spaces — for a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards to a PoCo business of your choice. To enter, take photos with all five signs and add them as a single post on social media using #ilovepoco and #portcoquitlam. And don’t forget to tag or name the Port Coquitlam business you would like to support with a gift card. The month-long scavenger hunt is part of the city’s 98th annual May Day celebrations. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/maydays.
Lace up your runners for two Tri-City fundraisers this month. The Rotary Rush is a self-directed charity walk/run, hosted by the Rotary Club of Coquitlam and sponsored in part by the Tri-City News, to collect cash for youth programs. There are four challenges to choose from, with varying distances to complete over the month. Visit rotaryrush.com. And you can honour a lost loved one and raise money for the Crossroads Hospice Society by taking part in its annual Hike for Hospice — virtually. The society, which has its hospice in Port Moody, hopes to bring in $40,000 through the self-directed walk/run (use the hashtag #chshikingforhospice2021) and through a 50/50 draw. Go to crossroadshospice.org.
SNAP AND SHARE
Starting today, you can head to a Metro Vancouver regional park (in the Tri-Cities: Belcarra, Colony Farm and Minnekhada), take a photo of your environmental discoveries and share them on the app iNaturalist for a chance to win prizes. The family-friendly science program runs until June 13. Go to pacificparklands.com/regional-parks-snap-share.
Sunday, May 16
Grab your grocery bags and head over — with a mask — to the Coquitlam Farmers Market, happening in the parking lot next to the Poirier library branch (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam). From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., some 50 vendors and farmers will offer their wares for sale. Physical distancing restrictions are in place. Visit makebakegrow.com.