What’s Happening in the Tri Cities: Feed the Bear and Step Out in Centennial Style


Port Moody All Nations Festival

This week we’re positively encouraging you to feed the bear, a very special bear who gives great support to our community and needs your love in return. And while you’re at it, remember his brothers in the woods and store your trash sensibly. Definitely not trash but bite-size, Evergreen presents the cream of local talent in Shift’s 1-Act festival – your chance to catch several theatre vignettes in one evening (last year’s was a sell-out). Meanwhile, Port Moody continues to shake its Centennial tail feathers with a grand all-out parade that will see participants partying into the dark with the All-Nations Festival.

For more events, don’t forget to check out The V3H Events Calendar.

What: Feed and Free SHARE Bear!
When:  Thursday, June 20 from 12:00 – 6:00pm
Where:  Coquitlam Centre, NE Parking Lot at H&M entrance, 2929 Barnet Highway (map)
The skinny:  SHARE Bear is getting into trouble searching for food; he needs community help to raise his bail money and kit him out with food for the summer. Please join in with the fun and also support your local food bank. SHARE needs your cash and non-perishable food donations to help families and individuals through the summer. Set the bear free and keep him out of trouble for the summer. Grrrrr!
More info:  www.sharesociety.ca

What: Grants and Culture Days Information Session: Port Coquitlam
When:  Thursday, June 20 from 7:00 – 8:00pm
Where:  Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square Place (map)
The skinny:  Learn about your community’s planning for Culture Days, the annual collaborative event celebrating the arts across Canada. This information session is for potential applicants and participants, to inform them of the grants process and the event itself. Please RSVP.
More info:  604.927.8400

What: Shift 1-Act Festival 6
When: runs Thursday to Saturday, June 20 to 22, from 8:00 – 10:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: Billed as three days of rapid risk-taking theatre – this one’s a must-see. Enjoy local youth artists pushing the boundaries of stagecraft in a series of one-act plays. 2012’s season was sold out … get your tickets ($15 each) quickly.
More info:  604-927-6555

What: Kyle Centre Summer Luncheon
When:  Friday, June 21 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where:   The Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street, Port Moody (map)
The skinny:   Lunch with friends, sponsored by Pacific Coast Terminals – what a glorious way to kick off the summer. Adults 55+ with tickets at $6 for Kyle members and $10 for non-members. Please register in advance.
More info:  604.469.4561

What: Jelly Bean Dance
When:  Friday, June 21 from 6:15 – 9:15pm
Where:   PoCo Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Avenue (map)
The skinny:   Another chance for PoCo kids (Grades 4, 5 and 6) to leave the parents at home and whoop it up into the wee small hours in style. Tickets costs $6 in advance (from Sunday June 16 at PoCo recreation centres) or $8 on the night. Admission gets you into the tween hedonism of door prizes, carnival games and a professional DJ to spin the platters (except it’s not vinyl anymore).
More info:  604.927.7946 or 604.927.7970

What: Port Moody Celebrates – Parade, All Nations Festival, and Legion Show and Shine
When:  Saturday, June 22 from 7:00am – 10:00pm
Where:   Port Moody, between the Civic Centre (100 Newport Drive) and Queen Street
The skinny:   Port Moody celebrates! I’ve combined all the day’s events into one listing because Port Moody parties its socks off today. Starting and finishing with the 2013 Show and Shine at the Legion (2513 Clarke Street, map), Saturday kicks off at 7am for registration ($20, includes breakfast for all you car enthusiasts) then opens at 11am for public viewing, a BBQ and events into the evening. Port Moody Parade starts from the Civic Centre (map) at 11am and winds its way to Rocky Point Park in time to catch the All Nations Festival at Rocky Point Park (map). The festival showcases Port Moody and First Nations culture, with over 100 aboriginal artists to entertain and inform. At 1.30pm, the festival starts with the arrival of a traditional canoe and continues into the evening with drums, storytelling, BBQ and campfire. Public admission for all these events is free.
More info:  604.936.7131 (Show and Shine)

What: PoCo Street Banner Sale
When:  Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 from 12:00 – 4:00pm
Where:  Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square Place (map)
The skinny:  Street banner art available for sale – $5 per banner. First come, first served. Reduce, re-use, recycle in style.
More info:  604.927.8400

What: Get on the Air
When: Saturday, June 22 from 12 noon to 4:00pm
Where: Castle Park, 2252 Castle Crescent, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: Help your local EPCom (that’s Emergency Preparedness Communications) team earn points, since points mean prizes in a worldwide amateur radio competition. It’s also a good way of making sure the team is ready for anything as they’ll be eating, sleeping and operating the equipment non-stop through the weekend, showing just how self-sufficient they can be. Your life is in their safe hands.
More info: chriscarr@shaw.ca

What: Strawberry Tea at United Church
When:  Saturday, June 22 1:30 and 3:00pm
Where:   Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:   Strawberry tea in two sittings, served from fine china and continuing a 100-year-old tradition. A haven of calm amongst today’s hustle and bustle. Please reserve your tickets ($7 each).
More info:  604.942.0022

What: Collectible Market at Mackin House
When:  Sunday, June 23 from 12:00 – 3:00pm
Where:   Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny:   Better than your average flea – rumour has it that Coquitlam Heritage has received a vintage toy sewing machine for sale at this event.
More info:  604-516-6151 or info@coquitlamheritage.ca

What: SFU Philosopher’s Café: Why Have People Been Killing Each Other for 2,000 Years?
When:  Wednesday, June 26 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where:   Coquitlam Library – City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   … and how do we stop it? Hal Weinberg, professor emeritus and former mayor of Anmore, leads this informal discussion exploring the darker underbelly of human society. Admission free.
More info: 778.782.5215

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