Friday, Aug. 12
Residents new to Coquitlam can learn about the City Centre neighbourhood in a walking tour hosted by the Coquitlam Public Library. Teen guides will lead the 90-minute excursion, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the City Centre branch (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Youth and families are welcome to attend; however, registration is required.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Bring your family and friends — and your appetite — to the inaugural BC Dumpling Festival, happening at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hosted by the Asian Arts and Culture Society, the event includes food trucks, dumpling vendors, a kids’ zone and an art display. It is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News.
Drop in to the Poirier branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (575 Poirier St.) with the kids (ages seven and up) for Board Game Day from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Room. Bring your favourite game or learn how to play a new one.
The last Music on the Grill concert of the summer is tonight at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Singer–songwriter Nick La Riviere, on vocals and trombone, performs original music and covers with Michael Kim on trumpet, Armando Alvarez on sax, Kelly Fawcett on guitar, Chris Van Sickle on keys and vocals, Louis Rudner on bass and Alex Campbell on drums. Based in Victoria, La Riviere has toured with such groups as the Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, and the BC World Music Collective and played with 54-40, Steven Page and The Temptations. The barbecue dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., while the concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69 for the package, or $45 for only the show.
See a movie inside the Inlet Theatre — then head outside for a second flick at Port Moody City Hall (100 Newport Dr.). The Port Moody Film Society will roll the Australian comedy/drama Ali’s Wedding starting inside at 7 p.m. And, at 9:30 p.m., the group will screen The Dish, a historical comedic film also from the Land Down Under. Tickets are $5 per movie at the door, plus a $5 annual membership fee to the society.
Join the summer party in the rehearsal hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for the weekly Salsa Night. A beginners’ class goes from 8 to 9 p.m. with instructors Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler of the Hot Salsa Dance Zone. Dance to the Latin beats until 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14
Pick up some freshly baked goods and seasonal fare at the weekly Coquitlam Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Sunday’s vendors include AW Organics, Ca Croustille Bakery, Loulouz Kitchen, Whistler Harvest and The Butchers Guild.
If you haven’t seen the world-class arboretum at səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview, here’s your chance. The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, which is marking its 30th year, hosts a walk with an arborist through the century-old grounds in Coquitlam (2601 Lougheed Hwy.). The tour starts at 1 p.m. from the parking lot on the upper side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building; look for the signs at the main intersections. Wear comfortable shoes as the hike takes about two hours and involves climbing.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) for the weekly Summer Sundays concerts series that’s sponsored in part by the Tri-City News. At 2 p.m., catch Westcoast Chicago — a tribute band playing Chicago’s hit tunes. Donations to the Crossroads Hospice Society are accepted.