THINGS TO DO: Pipes, parade to start summer
Friday, June 20
SWIM FOR FREE
Enjoy a plunge in the City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) starting at 7 p.m., courtesy of Westminster Savings credit union. Call 604-927-6999.
Audio Arsenal, The Caravaneers and ADOB rock the Poirier Youth Centre (630 Poirier St., Coquitlam) from 6 to 9 p.m. Best of all, there’s no charge to hear the live music. Call 604-927-4386.
Saturday, June 21
The BC Highland Games returns to Perry Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park (Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for highland dance, piping, drumming, heavy events and caber tossing competitions. See the British car display, hear Scottish music, watch the sheepdogs and throw back a shot of whiskey. The opening ceremonies with the Fraser Highlanders is at noon. Doors open at 8 a.m. Cash only for gate tickets at $15/$10/$5 (kids under six are free). Visit bchighlandgames.com.
FOR THE BIRDS
Learn how to monitor migratory birds with the Vancouver Avian Research Centre during a bird banding at Colony Farm regional park from 8 to 10 a.m. Park at the Shaughnessy Street entrance in Port Coquitlam. Visit birdvancouver.com.
SHOW AND SHINE
Get the camera out for the the 15th annual show and shine at the Port Moody Legion (2513 Clarke St.). Tuck into a breakfast in the Chip Kerr Auditorium from 8 to 10 a.m. then tour the parking lot to admire the antique, classic and modified vehicles. A BBQ meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the trophy presentation at 4 p.m. Enjoy the tunes all day. Call 604-936-1312.
Get your hands dirty with city of Coquitlam volunteers by removing Japanese knotweed — an invasive plant — at 4100 Cedar Dr., from 9 a.m. to noon. Hand tools, shovels and gloves will be provided. Email email@example.com if you plan to bring more than five people.
Austin Heights BIA celebrates its growing neighbourhood with an annual festival, starting at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Music, kids activities — including the Vancouver Tumblebus — and craft-making will be plenty. And don’t forget to give a high-five to the Vancouver Whitecaps’ player. The event runs at 475 Lebleu St. until 3 p.m. Call 604-765-2055 or visit austinheights.ca.
Line Murray Street from Ioco Road to Rocky Point Park to see the performers and floats in this year’s Port Moody’s parade. Starting at 11 a.m., the procession will feature 55 entries. For a spectator map, go to portmoody.ca/parade. Afterward, head over the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.) to celebrate National Aboriginal Day with a salmon BBQ and entertainment until 3 p.m. Call 604-939-1648.
Coquitlam author and social worker Derrick Carew signs copies of his first book, The Killer Trail, at Chapters (Pinetree Village mall, 2929 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam) from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 604-464-2558.
Tour the gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) then join in the summer art activity. The drop-in event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and is by donation. Visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) opens its doors to the public for a free skate, thanks to Westminster Savings credit union, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 to 5 p.m. Only 200 people are allowed per session and wristbands will be handed out 30 minutes in advance. No charge for skate rentals. Call 604-927-4386.
The Hot Salsa Dance Zone throws its sixth anniversary party of salsa and Latin dancing in Coquitlam in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10 at the door. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.
Sunday, June 22
The Coquitlam Farmers’ Market at Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier Street and Winslow Avenue) runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with vendors selling fresh produce and other treats for the family. Call 604-318-8966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support stroke survivors and their caregivers through the Stroke Recovery Association of BC as the Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Branch hosts its fifth annual Strides for Strokes walk at Dogwood Pavilion (624 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 11 a.m. Call 604-927-6093.
Try out for this year’s Tri-Cities’ Got Talent at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr.) from 1 to 6 p.m. Semis and finals will be held on June 28 and 29 during the Golden Spike Days at Rocky Point Park. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. To register for an audition, go online to goldenspike.ca/information/talent.
Ballet and tap students at Place des Arts show what they’ve learned over the past year at a recital at 1:30 p.m. at Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam). And, at 6:30 p.m., see the hip hop, jazz, song and dance and lyrical students take the stage. Admission is $15/$13. Visit placedesarts.ca.