What’s Happening in the Tri Cities: Shoes, Chews and Choo-choos

Provincial Swimming Championships 2013 Coquitlam

Channel your inner Thomas with not one, but two vintage train rides this week. With two Tri Cities municipalities celebrating triple digits this year, summer is just fun-packed to the max. If it’s all too much for you, I suggest communing with nature and artists amidst the trees in Minnekhada Park to centre your chakras or whatever.

And don’t forget to check out The V3H Events Calendar for more to do.


What: BC Summer Swimming Association Provincial Championships 2013
When:  from Monday, August 12 to Sunday, August 18 (various times)
Where: City Centre Aquatic Complex (map) and Spani Pool, 655 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: Check out the last of the diving and synchronised swimming at the Aquatic Centre, and visit Spani Pool for the speed swimming heats. Athletes aged 6 to 18 years show off their swim-like-a-fish prowess. Time to polish those speedos, methinks.
More info: 604-473-9447

What: Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary Book Sale
When:  Thursday, August 15 from 10:00am – 4:30pm
Where: Eagle Ridge Hospital, 475 Guildford Way, Port Moody (map)
The skinny: Fundraiser to get new homes for old books. Reading is also a hobby less dangerous than base-jumping or longboarding down busy streets. So, either read to stay safe or read to raise funds for your local ER. Your lifestyle choice, I guess.
More info: 604.544.1470

What: 3rd Annual Mayor’s BBQ
When:  Thursday, August 15 from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Where: 1175 Amazon Drive, Port Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: A fundraiser, BBQ and shoe drive – all rolled into one. Join in the outdoor fun with host, Greg Moore (yes, PoCo mayor, Greg Moore) for burgers and cool refreshing drinks. And while you’re there, feel happy that you are helping a very worthwhile cause. Burger and drink tickets, $25; gently-used shoes (kid or adult sizes) donation; all proceeds going to Ruben’s Shoes. This is summer – go singe some food and help somebody.
More info: Purchase your tickets online: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6948427935

What: Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery Opening Reception and 15th Anniversary Celebration
When: Thursday, August 15 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: 2425 St. John`s Street (map)
The skinny: Celebrate 15 on the 15th. Port Moody Arts Centre is 15 years old and is celebrating with cake at the Arts Centre Society’s Member Exhibition opening this evening. The art work on display is on the theme of architecture, and the sweet treats and savouries (with thanks to Pasta Polo for sponsoring) have designs on your waistline. Come celebrate, look at the art and chat with the artists. Free admission: all welcome.
More info:  604.931.2008

What: Port Coquitlam Homecoming Weekend
When:  Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18 – various times through the weekend
Where: Port Coquitlam (various locations)
The skinny: Welcome back home! Port Coquitlam throws its municipal arms wide open to current and former residents for a Centennial year shindig lasting a whole weekend. There is a free concert, Downtown Car Show, family festival with Bobs and Lolo making another Tri Cities appearance, and more. Ride a vintage train – take in a free swim – enjoy.
More info: the website

What: Suter Brook Summer Block Party
When:  Saturday, August 17 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Suter Brook, Capilano Road, Port Moody (map)
The skinny: A free family event from the village people at one of Port Moody’s newest development corners. Enjoy hot dogs and dunk tanks, and bring a donation for the Share Society Food Bank.
More info: check the Facebook page

What: Minnekhada Art in the Park Festival
When:  Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Minnekhada Park, 4455 Oliver Road, Coquitlam (map)
The skinny: Come see artists in their natural habitat, out in the wilds of nature where the bears (but not the deer and the antelope) play. This annual event is a firm favourite among the local arts scene crowd, and gives you, the public, a great opportunity to chat with the artists in your midst; they don’t bite (unlike the aforementioned bears and herbivores). Admission free. There will be a free shuttle bus from the parking lot if you don’t fancy the stroll to the lodge.
More info: from the website

What: Port Moody Community Picnic and Fireworks
When:  Saturday, August 17 from 12:00 – 10:00pm
Where:   Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray Street (map)
The skinny:   Port Moody digs out its Celebrate the Centennial pants once more, rolling out a community picnic with attitude for its residents. Trundle on down to Rocky Point to take part in music, entertainment, egg & spoon races, puppet shows and a tug-of-war. And then when you’ve got your breath back, try out the unicycle demonstration, skate park and volleyball. Either bring your picnic or purchase it from local vendors in the park. Other activities include Day on the Water activities and free public swimming at the open air pool between 1 and 5pm. Port Moody’s waterside community comes out to play, with representatives from dragon boating, Rocky Point Sailing Association, and the Flavelle boom boats in action at 5pm. The whole big picnic ends spectacularly with a bang – fireworks at dusk. Oh to be one hundred every year.
More info:  604.469.4556

What: CPR Centennial Train Ride
When:  Sunday, August 18 from 9:30am – 4:30pm
Where: departs Port Moody Ioco Spurline (behind Rec Centremap)
The skinny: All aboard a heritage diesel train ride to Mission or back, with Port Moody Heritage Society’s centennial outing on the rails. Tickets are $30 one-way but include a bus trip back home or out to Mission, depending on which train ride choice you make. Morning and afternoon options; purchase tickets at Port Moody Station Museum.
More info: brianne@portmoodymuseum.org

What: Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony
When: Sunday, August 18 from 10:30 – 11:30am
Where: Labyrinth Healing Garden, Port Moody (map)
The skinny: Tea and healing from Soko Tea House, in aid of Crossroads Hospice. Meet at the Labyrinth in Pioneer Park. Bring a yoga mat or towel, a teapot, four cups and some tea. Form a circle. Prepare some tea. Share. This is how community happens. Pre-register; $10 per person; all proceeds to Crossroads Hospice.
More info: 604.492.0101

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