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THINGS TO DO: May Days, Mother's Day
Friday, May 9
FILL IT UP
Help those in need by donating food during Share Family and Community Services’ Fill Up! drive, happening during Hunger Awareness Week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. outside Safeway at Shaughnessy Station, Port Coquitlam. Call 604-506-0651.
Get on your walking shoes and tour the historic side downtown Port Coquitlam with guide Bryan Ness. Meet at Heritage at Leigh Square (2100-2253 Leigh Sq., behind PoCo city hall) at 6 p.m. Call 604-927-8403.
The British-based group Vinesong will sing in a concert at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Trinity Chapel (1932 Cameron Ave., Port Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 604-474-3131 or email email@example.com.
Help rebuild the Mossom Creek hatchery by taking part in the first fundraiser of the year: a Zumba workout. Hosted by Younique Fitness, the event starts at 7 p.m. in the gym of Pleasantside elementary (195 Barber St.). Tickets are $20 at the door. Visit mossomcreek.org.
The Best Players presents The Crucible tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Dr. Charles Best secondary (2525 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam). For tickets at $12/$8, call the school at 604-461-5581. And, at Gleneagle secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam), Footloose runs tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12/$8 (no charge for kids under 5). Call 604-464-5793.
Saturday, May 10
Dine on eggs, sausages, croissants, bagels and fruit — for free — at the New View Society community wellness centre (2050 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam) to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. And after the breakfast, which runs 8 to 10:30 a.m., head downtown to watch the city’s annual May Day parade. Call 604-941-3222 or go online at newviewsociety.org.
Dig for great deals during Coquitlam’s annual city-wide garage sale, at residential homes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a full list of participating addresses, visit coquitlam.ca/garagesale. Handouts can also be picked up at Coquitlam city hall, Dogwood or Glen Pine pavilions. Port Moody will also have its city-wide garage sale today. Visit portmoody.ca for a list.
FOR THE BIRDS
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a two-hour birding walk through Colony Farm regional park (off Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam) with the Burke Mountain Naturalists. The free, all-ages event starts at 9 a.m. and kids can plant a pot of flowers for Mother’s Day. Visit bmn.bc.ca.
Coquitlam is promoting Move for Health Day with free activities around the city. At 9:30 a.m., meet at Spirit Square (south of city hall) for a Nordic walk around Lafarge Lake. Or at 9:30 a.m., be at the base of the newly built Coquitlam Crunch stairs (off Lansdowne Drive) for a climb up to officially open the 440-step trail to upper Lansdowne Drive. Meanwhile, Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.) will offer 10% off a five-session personal training package today.
Don’t know what to do with unfinished or expired medication at home? Port Moody Police will help you dispose of it safely during a national drop-off initiative at the police station (3051 St. John’s St.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit portmoody.ca.
Friends of the Coquitlam Public Library hosts its annual book sale of fiction and non-fiction books, children’s reads, DVDs and CDs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Centre branch (1169 Pinetree Way), with proceeds supporting the library’s literacy programs and new equipment. Call 604-937-4131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT’S ALL NATURAL
Residents can learn how to put worms to work — whether they live in an apartment, townhome or house — at a workshop offered by the city of Coquitlam to coincide with International Compost Awareness Week, May 5 to 11. The session runs 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Inspiration Garden (corner of Guildford Way and Pipeline Road) and the cost at $30 includes supplies. Later that day, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the garden will host a workshop called the Benefits of Local Foods. Admission is $5. Register by calling 604-927-4386 or visiting coquitlam.ca/inspirationgarden.
MAY DAY PARADE
Take a seat along the side of Shaughnessy, Elgin, Mary Hill, Hawthorne or Tyner streets for the May Day parade in Port Coquitlam at 11 a.m. The roads will be blocked off at 9 a.m. For a full list of the May Day festival events, go to portcoquitlam.ca.
Branch 119 of the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 Clarke St., Port Moody) hosts a British pub night at 4:30 p.m., featuring British fare and fun. Call 604--936-7131.
Sunday, May 11
Check out the fresh food and goodies from Metro Vancouver vendors at the first Poirier Street farmers’ market of the season, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dogwood Pavilion parking lot (Poirier Street and Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam). Visit makebakegrow.com.
Treat your mother to a brunch served up in the auditorium at the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 Clarke St.) from 9 a.m. to noon. Moms and kids under nine are free but guests will be charged $6. Call 604--936-7131.
Coquitlam residents can get a free bag (per household) of compost at the Inspiration Garden (corner of Guildford Way and Pipeline Road) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of International Compost Awareness Week. Visit coquitlam.ca.
TEA FOR TWO
Sip tea with mom and sample sweet treats on fine china aboard the Venosta rail car, located at the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.). Book your seat from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 604-939-1648 to reserve a spot. Visit portmoodymuseum.org.
Be led on a tree tour of the Riverview Hospital grounds by members of the Riverview Horticultural Society. Meet at 1 p.m. at the uphill entrance of the Henry Esson Young building. For a site map, go to rhcs.org. Call 604-290-9910.
Erica Sigurdson, Patrick Maliha and Ivan Decker will entertain at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) during their stand-up show, Triple Threat Comedy, at 8 p.m. Tickets at $35/$30/$15 are available through the box office at 604-927-6555 or online at evergreenculturalcentre.ca.