Saturday, July 23
The festival grounds at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) will turn into Caribbean 2.0 this weekend for the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of B.C.’s annual Caribbean Days Festival. The free event comes to Coquitlam after 32 years in North Vancouver, bringing a full line-up of entertainment, food and educational learning. Take SkyTrain to the Lafarge Lake–Douglas station and walk 10 minutes to the festival site. The Tri-City News is a media sponsor of the free two-day event.
PARK MASTER PLAN
Help the City of Port Moody shape the future of Old Orchard Park. The municipality will host an open house at the park (630 Alderside Rd.) from noon to 3 p.m. to gain ideas for a 10-year master plan. And, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., city staff will be at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street) to gauge feedback on that public space.
PRIDE IN POCO
Pride in PoCo, an annual event celebrating LGBT2SQ+ communities, is back at Leigh Square (2253 Leigh Sq., Port Coquitlam) with an outdoor party from 2 to 5 p.m. The city event will include displays from the Terry Fox Library, PoCo Lions Club, BIA, Family Smart, PoCo Heritage and RCMP.
MUSIC ON THE GRILL
Melanie Dekker is the second artist for this summer’s Music on the Grill, a musical performance program at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). A roots/pop songwriter from Vancouver, Dekker will be accompanied by the Barnstormer Band, a five-piece ensemble that includes such instruments as the banjo, kazoo, ukulele and clarinet. Tickets are $45 for the show, or $69 for a BBQ dinner and concert. The performance starts at 8 p.m.
CHA CHA CHA
Rip up the dance floor in the rehearsal hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at the weekly Salsa Dance Night hosted by the Hot Salsa Dance Zone. A beginner’s class with Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler starts at 8 p.m., with the party running from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No experience or partner are necessary.
Sunday, July 24
Pick up some seasonal vegetables and fruits from Metro Vancouver farmers and vendors at the Coquitlam Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Among the companies selling are BAK’D Cookies, Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies, Humblebee Meadery and Mama Bear Essentials.
The Laurie Morvan Band, a five-piece blues–rock ensemble from Long Beach, Cali., that’s currently on tour, stops in at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) for a Summer Sundays concert. The show begins at 2 p.m. Donations to the Crossroads Hospice Society will be accepted. The series is sponsored in part by the Tri-City News.