What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Salmon, Youth Week, Unwined and more!

Fingerling Festival Port Moody

This week is all about the great outdoors, so let’s kick off Spring right here. Port Moody’s Fingerling Festival sees the start of a salmon’s epic journey to the ocean, and Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden shows young and old how to take care of the natural world. For more outdoors appreciation, sign up for a Back Yard hike at Riverview, or ramble to raise funds in the annual Hike for Hospice.

If the great outdoors really isn’t your thing then there’s plenty going on indoors; “Salmon Confidential”, a documentary on Alexandra Morton’s work, is screening at the Inlet Theatre, or sip and savour at Coquitlam Centre’s delicious annual fundraiser, Unwined. Or you could dance your socks off celebrating Port Coquitlam’s birthday. Your choice – there’s lots to do this week in the Tri-Cities.

What:  Tri-City REACH Awards
When:  Thursday, May 2 from 6:00-8:00pm
Where:  Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Just one of this year’s 2013 Youth Week activities, the REACH Awards recognize local contributions to making the community youth-friendly.
More info:  604.927.6920

What: Amazing Coquitlam Youth Race
When: Friday, May 3 from 4:15-5:45pm
Where: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny: Another 2013 Youth Week event where teams of four race around Town Centre Park to complete challenges against the clock. Entry is $8 per team. Barbecue to follow.
More info: 604.927.4386 (to register)

What: 90th Annual May Day Opening Ceremony
Friday, May 3 from 5.30pm
Where: Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue (map)
The skinny: Greet the Port Coquitlam May Day Royal Party amidst traditional May Pole Dancing by local schoolchildren as Port Coquitlam kicks off its May Day ceremonies this year.
More info: 604.927.5411 (more on PoCo’s May Day celebrations)

What: Noons Creek Fingerling Festival
When: Saturday, May 4 from 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: Noons Creek Hatchery and Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road (map)
The skinny: Celebrate with the community as young salmon are released to start their journey to the Pacific. Fun activities for the whole family plus appearances by popular children’s entertainers, Bobs and Lolo.
More info: portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com

What: Garden and Soil Care
When: Saturday, May 4 from 10:00am
Where: Inspiration Garden, Guildford and Pipeline Road, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: Two gardening workshops for adults (16y and up) will bring keen green fingers up to speed with soil basics (10:00am-12 noon, $10) and pesticide-free lawn/garden care (2:00-3:00pm, $5).
More info: sign up online, or phone 604.927.4386

What: Clay 2013: Functional Vessels and Sculptural Artifacts
When: exhibition runs May 4 to June 1, opening reception Sunday, May 5 from 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny: Fraser Valley Potters Guild presents its annual juried exhibition, showcasing the unique and contemporary angles members take with their art. Evergreen members ($5) and non-members ($20) can take part in a clay master class running from 12 noon to 3:00pm before the opening reception.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Unwined: Sip, Savour and Mingle
When: Saturday, May 4 from 7:00-10:00pm
Where: Coquitlam Centre, 2929 Barnet Highway (map)
The skinny: Spend an enjoyable evening sampling food and beverages from local sponsors while raising educational funds for Douglas College and the Coquitlam Foundation in Coquitlam Centre’s third annual fundraiser. Tempting dishes from local restaurants mingle with sips of wine, craft beers and cider coolers while the sounds of cool jazz build atmosphere in this adult-only, after-hours event. Tickets available from Coquitlam Centre Guest Services ($35 to May 3; $40 at the door).
More info: http://thev3h.com/2013/04/sip-savour-and-mingle-at-unwined/

What: Dancing through the Decades – Centennial Edition
Saturday, May 4 from 7:00pm-midnight
Where: Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue (map)
The skinny: 
Dance along (in period costume, if you like) to live band, Luna Rossa, and celebrate PoCo’s 100th birthday with an appies buffet and birthday cake. Two left feet? don’t worry; Caydance will be giving some old timey 1913 era dance party instruction  before you hit the floor. 19+ only, $25 per person (tickets here), cash bar.
More info: 604.927.8403

What: 17th Annual Korean Dance Festival
When: Saturday, May 4 from 7:00pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Boulevard (map)
The skinny: The Vancouver Korean Dance Festival presents “Festival”, a celebration of multi-culturalism and diversity. The evening will feature new and old styles, including the Fan dance and a Gangnam-style Sword dance.
More info: http://www.koreandance.ca/

What: Children’s Swap Meet
When: Sunday, May 5 from 9;00am-1:00pm
Where: Poirier Community Centre, 930 Poirier Street (map)
The skinny: Attend the Swap Meet and browse through more than 60 tables of gently used clothes, toys and accessories.
More info: 604.927.4386

What: Take a Hike … for Hospice!
When: Sunday, May 5 from 9:00am-Noon
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Avenue (map)
The skinny: Hikers, ramblers, walkers – join the 11th Annual Hike for Hospice to raise funds for Crossroads Hospice Society and its work supporting people with terminal illness and their families in our community.
More info: 604.945.0606

What: Riverview Back Yard Walk
When: Sunday, May 5 from 1:00pm
Where: Riverview Hospital, 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: Hosted by Riverview Hortocultural Centre Society and Burke Mountain Naturalists, this guided walk winds through the hospital grounds with a volunteer arborist. Meet at the Henry Essen Young building. Admission free, donations welcome.
More info: 604.290.9910

What: Naomi’s Road
When: Sunday, May 5 from 2:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny: Based on a story by Joy Kogawa, Vancouver Opera for Schools presents the story of a young Japanese-Canadian girl’s experiences as her family is sent to an internment camp in BC’s interior during World War II.
More info: 604.927.6555 (box office)

What: Salmon Confidential – screening and discussion with documentary filmmaker, Twyla Roscovich
When: Sunday, May 5 from 7:00pm
Where: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:
 A 70-minute documentary about biologist Alexandra Morton’s research into why BC’s wild salmon populations are decreasing, and her struggle to bring this critical information to official attention. Salmon Confidential is a film for all Canadians. Admission by donation.
More info: 

What: Is it a pest, pollinator, or predator?
When: Tuesday, May 7 from 1:00-2:00pm (3-5y) and 3:30-4:30pm (6-10y)
Where: Inspiration Garden, Guildford and Pipeline Road, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: Going on a bug hunt, children and their accompanying adults learn about beneficial bugs and their importance in the garden. $5 per child.
More info: sign up online or phone 604.927.4386

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  1. Vicki Allesia says:

    Great article Amanda and I look forward to seeing more of your excellent writing on these pages!

  2. 🙂 thanks