Saturday, Sept. 17
Head to Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) for SK8 Jam, a United Way B.C. event happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the HI NEIGHBOUR initiative designed to empower residents and building leadership.
Tri-City artist Elvira Monteforte is showing her new photographic series at Braid St. Studios and Gallery (701-2071 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam) today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Titled Immersed in Reflections, the display "will speak to locals who frequent walking paths and trails throughout the Tri-Cities." The exhibition is up until Sept. 30, but by appointment only.
SEARCH AND RESCUE
You can meet the Tri-Cities’ heroes and check out their fleet of search and rescue vehicles at an open house at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The Coquitlam SAR team, which is marking its 50th year under its first female president, Helena Michelis, will be near Lafarge Lake from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public can also learn about safety tips while hiking in the region, as well as watch the live demonstrations.
Get your unwanted, confidential documents shred safely with the Friends of the Coquitlam Public Library, which has a shred-a-thon at the Poirier branch (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plastics, photographs and negatives are not accepted. The cost is by donation with proceeds supporting the library.
A ceremony will be held at the Port Moody Legion (2529 Clarke St.) to honour local veterans who served in the Balkan conflict from 1992–2010 and in Afghanistan from 2001–2014. The plaque dedication at the cenotaph takes place at 11 a.m. and a colour party will be on hand.
Families and visitors can check out the annual Ioco Ghost Town Day festival, running from noon to 4 p.m. at Ioco Road and 1st Avenue in Port Moody. It includes music, entertainment, food trucks, vendors and a self-guided walking tour through the historical townsite that was once operated by the Imperial Oil Co. (shortened to Ioco for the residential village).
Coquitlam voters can meet candidates running in the civic election, which takes place on Oct. 15. The gathering at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) is from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is informal; campaign materials will be distributed and light refreshments will be served.
The Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) starts its new season with a celebration of the arts. The party begins in the art gallery to open the latest exhibit, from 5 to 7 p.m.; speeches will be held at 5:45 p.m. Then head over to the Studio Theatre to see and hear the 19-piece big band, the Bruce James Orchestra. Tickets are $25 per person.
JUMP! IN POMO
Pianist and vocalist Diane Lines brings her show Jump!, co-created with Voni Grinder and Tony Chamberlist, to the Inlet Theatre (inside Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr.) to launch the inaugural Inlet Theatre Music Series season. The performance at 7:30 p.m. is a celebration of the music following the big bands but before rock ’n roll hit the scene. Tickets are $30.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Shop for local fare 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 next to Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam).
TERRY FOX RUNS
Honour Port Coquitlam hometown hero Terry Fox and support cancer research at one of the two community runs taking place in the Tri-Cities: Port Coquitlam (Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 10 a.m.); and Coquitlam (Mundy Park at Hillcrest Street entrance, 10 a.m.). Check the website for ways to donate online.
Bring your pooch to Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) for Pawcasso: pARTy@PdA, an outdoor painting adventure. Canvases, non-toxic paints and dog treats will be provided. Tickets in advance are $25, or two for $42. The 19+ event starts at 11 a.m.
You can join volunteers at the Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre (12 Mossom Creek Dr., Port Moody) for Salmon Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Help out with odd jobs and learn about the watershed and fish habitat. The work sessions take place every Sunday at the hatchery.
MARY ANN DOC
Sit back in the Inlet Theatre (inside Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr.) to enjoy the documentary Spirit of Port Moody, featuring the late Mary Ann Cooper. The flick runs from 2 to 3 p.m. and focuses on Cooper’s efforts for heritage preservation and environmental protection around Port Moody. Email to reserve a seat.