What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Mother’s Day Treats Galore, Beer-tasting, Thrifting and more!

May Pole 2015 Port Coquitlam

This week it’s Mother’s Day or May Day, or both – Port Coquitlam has it covered with a splendid array of events ending with Sunday’s picnic in the park. Other mom-inspired treats include meeting the seals by kayak or viewing land-based nature on a hike through the Riverview Hospital grounds. Why not make a weekend of it? If peace and quiet is more her thing, then teens – take yourselves off to the Terry Fox Library for an in-costume Read-a-Thon on Saturday; dads – take the little ones off for a spin at the amusement park set up outside PoCo rec centre. Wiser families pamper their moms by setting them free – the city-wide garage sales in Coquitlam and Port Moody take place on Saturday.

What:  May Day Week in Port Coquitlam
When:  events continue this week until Sunday, May 12 
Where:  throughout Port Coquitlam
The skinny:  Port Coquitlam’s May Day celebrations continue this week – take in an evening Heritage Walk thru downtown on Friday, May 10 (6pm, departs Leigh Square) or experience the thrills of an amusement park ride at PoCo rec centre (from 3pm, Friday May 10, noon Saturday May 11 and Sunday, May 12). There’s also a Mini Tyke/Tyke tournament going on at the Rec Centre May 11 and 12. On May 11 start the day with breakfast at the Elks Hall before the pre-parade mile run, then settle down to watch the floats go by. In the afternoon a ‘Back in Time Promenade’ leaving City Hall at noon for Aggie Park, sees a historical Council re-enactment by Second Storey Improv Theatre, followed by afternoon tea. Finish off May Day festival week with Mother’s Day celebrations at Aggies Park.
More info: for full timetable see www.portcoquitlam.ca/mayday

What:  Gallery Opening at Place des Arts
When:  Thursday, May 9 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  The opening reception for two new gallery exhibits at Place des Arts takes place Thursday evening, welcoming the fibre art of rug hooking and hinterglass (literally, “behind the glass”) painting to the exhibition space. The fibre arts exhibitors, members of Gone Hooking, will offer a hand-hooked rug demonstration at the start of the evening. The textile theme continues with a public weaving session for Place des Arts 40th anniversary Social Fabric celebration project. Admission free.
More info: 604.664.1636

What:  The Search for the Perfect Pint
When:  Thursday, May 9 from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  Sup beer, listen to a live jazz band, and enjoy food served by St. James’s Well, Thrifty Foods and Onyx Steakhouse and Lounge. More than 45 beers from 14 breweries will be available at this tasting extravaganza … and then there’s a chance to win a Travel Grand Prize from Port Moody Travel. Tickets ($35, cash only) available from Gallaghers Coffee Bar and St. James’s Well in advance.
More info: info@portmoodyrotary.ca

What: King of Devil’s Island
When:  Friday, May 10 from 7:30pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  Port Moody Film Society presents a film based on a true story set in a Norwegian young offenders’ institution. Starring Stellen Skarsgård, the story is a coming of age epic in a brutal climate where the young inmates rise up against their abuse, eventually going head-to-head with the Norwegian army. Tickets are available after 6.45pm on the night ($5 membership; $5 per film).
More info: info@pmfilm.ca

What: Highrise Lonesome at Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse 2013
When:  Friday, May 10 from 7:30pm
Where:  The Gathering Place, 1100 – 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  The Crossroads Hospice “Unplugged at the Coffeehouse” series continues with music this evening from veteran Vancouver band, Highrise Lonesome. Come out to enjoy bluegrass and roots, and raise funds for your local hospice. Doors open at 7:00pm and the stage is open until 9:00pm when the band set starts. Tickets $5 at the door.
More info: info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca

What: City-wide Garage Sales in Coquitlam and Port Moody
When:  Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where:  various locations, throughout Coquitlam and Port Moody
The skinny:  Promote community recycling by taking part in the city-wide garage sales taking place this weekend. One family’s junk is another’s treasure. For a full list of where to go and how to route plan see the Coquitlam and Port Moody websites, or pick up a copy of the Tri City News May 8 or 10 for full listings. Happy thrifting!
More info:  see the web links above

What:  May Day Mile Run in Port Coquitlam
When:  Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am
Where:  from Shaughnessy Avenue, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  Join a free run along the parade route, through downtown Port Coquitlam and get the whole family moving. This free event is open to all ages, all fitness levels, and takes in the parade route at a slightly faster (though it’s up to you) pace. Prizes, healthy snacks and refreshments (oh my).
More info:  604.927.7983

What:  Teen Read-a-Thon
When:  Saturday, May 11 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Where:  Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  Calling all teens, grades 8 – 12! Spend a day, a whole day! reading … and dressed up as your favourite character. The Terry Fox Library Teen Advisory Group is hosting this Cosplay event, with prizes, snacks and (did we mention?) books.
More info:  604.927.7999

What:  May Day Parade, Port Coquitlam
When:  Saturday, May 11 from 10:30am
Where:  from Shaughnessy and Welcher Avenue, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  The second largest parade in BC kicks off in downtown Port Coquitlam at 11am. So bring your lawn chair and shades to watch over 90 parade entries march past. There will be marching bands, floats, antique vehicles and even a few royals. The event kicks off at 10.35am with the VPD motorcycle drill.
More info:  604.927.7935

What:  Mother’s Day Kayak Paddle
When:  Sunday, May 12 – tours from 10:00am-2:00pm
Where:  Rocky Point Park, 2715 Esplanade Ave (map)
The skinny:  Take to the water and enjoy the inlet from sea level. Bring mom along for an adventure and celebrate a splashy Mother’s Day with Rocky Point Kayak. Guided tour with certified and experienced guides ensures that you and mom have a wonderful 2.5 hours among the seals and other wildlife. Ends not with a ducking but a treat from nearby Rocky Point Ice Cream and Café. Costs $37.50 per person; previous paddling experience not required. Please book in advance.
More info:  604.619.2837

What:  Blossom Time Tree Tour for Mother’s Day
When:  Sunday, May 12 from 1:00-3:00pm
Where:  Riverview Hospital, 2601 Lougheed Highway (map)
The skinny:  Take a hike with mom and wander through the blossoms at Riverview in this guided nature walk. Walks run rain or shine so bring a brolly and waterproofs or sun protection and a floppy hat. Walks are free, open to the public and dogs on a leash (the dogs should be on a leash, not the public). Donations very welcome.
More info:  604.290.9910

What:  Mother’s Day Tea on the Train
When:  Sunday, May 12 from 1:00-4:00pm
Where:  Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody (map)
The skinny:  Tea, on the vintage Venosta rail carriage, served by Girl Guides – a Port Moody tradition 🙂
More info:  604.939.1648

What:  Mother’s Day Picnic in Aggie Park
When:  Sunday, May 12 from 8:30am-3:00pm
Where:  Aggie Park, 3050 Chester Street (map)
The skinny:  Treat mom to a picnic in the park, starting with a pancake breakfast or lunch (depending on how early you get up) served by the Kinsmen (fees apply), and then watch the Maypole dancing, Morris Men or take in the pet competition.
More info:  604.927.7935

What:  Balcony and Patio Gardening
When:  Wednesday, May 15 from 7:00-8:00pm
Where:  Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:  Port Coquitlam’s city gardener, James Bobick, has some tips on maximising your growing space when it’s in short supply, turning your balcony or patio into an urban oasis. Please register.
More info:  604.927.7999

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