This Week in the Tri-Cities: Play On!, Golden Spike and Canada Day


Play On 2015 Coquitlam

Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening this week in the Tri-Cities. As always, there are even more events in The V3H listed on our Events Calendar.

What: Safety for Seniors
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:00pm
Where: Poirier Branch, Coquitlam Public Library
The skinny: Nicole Cairns, Coquitlam’s Community Police Station Coordinator, will give a presentation on personal safety for seniors. Learn signs of danger, when and why to make a report to the police and how to identify a scam. To register for this free program, please leave a message on the library’s registration line.
More info: 604.937.4155

What: Coquitlam in Bloom
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:00–7:00pm
Where: Victoria Park, Coquitlam
The skinny: Join the fun at Victoria Park for one of the the most awesome events ever! Organizers will have eco-sculpture planting, banner painting chalk art, yarn bombing and more. There’s something for all ages and abilities. Drop by and have some fun connecting with nature and neighbours. There’s nothing else like it!
More info: www.coquitlam.ca/cib or 604.927.6312

What: Gallery Opening Reception
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre
The skinny: Experience the 2015 Student Exhibition, A Space in Time and Stories Before We Sleep. Artists will be in attendance. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
More info: www.pomoarts.ca or 604.931.2008

What: Teen Quiz Night
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: City Centre Branch, Coquitlam Public Library
The skinny: Are you and your friends good at trivia? Pull together a team for the annual Teen Quiz Night. For teams of up to six teens in grades 8 to 12. Movie theatre gift cards will be awarded to the winning team. Register in advance.
More info: cmiller@coqlibrary.ca or 604.554.7339

What: From Small Town to Big City: The Fabulous 50s in Port Coquitlam
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30pm
Where: Terry Fox Library, Port Coquitlam
The skinny: Port Coquitlam underwent an amazing amount of change in the 1950’s, expanding and growing during this tumultuous era. Join Bryan Ness from the Port Coquitlam Heritage Society as he takes us back to this amazing time period through fascinating historic photographs and videos. Registration appreciated.
More info: www.fvrl.bc.ca/locations/terry_fox_library.php or 604.927.7999

What: Kyle Summer Luncheon
When: Friday, June 26, 2015 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Kyle Centre, Port Moody
The skinny: Enjoy lunch with friends, entertainment, good food and prizes! Presented by Pacific Coast Terminals. Advance registration is required.
More info: 604.469.4556

What: Golden Spike Days Festival
When: Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, 2015
Where: Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
The skinny: Port Moody kicks off summer in style every year with Golden Spike Days. Admission is by donation, and there’s lots to see and do at this family-friendly event. There’s loads of entertainment, from perennial favourites Tony Prophet and the Golden Spike Can Can Dancers, to Nearly Neil and Tri-Cities Got Talent. There’s also food, a marketplace, kids activities and a whole lot more. Plus, new this year, the “Sundae” Afternoon Delight 3K Family Fun Run. You’ll be rewarded at the end of the race with delicious ice cream sundae.
More info: goldenspike.ca or 604.931.8852

What: Greg Drummond “Drive” CD Release Party
When: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8:00pm
Where: Inlet Theatre, Port Moody
The skinny: To celebrate the release of his sophomore album Drive, Greg Drummond will be playing with an 8-piece band in his hometown of Port Moody. Drive is a stunning indie folk-rock album that establishes Drummond’s evolution as a Canadian songwriter. He tackles a wide variety of subjects including sleepless nights, drinking alone, finding redemption in love, soul searching and pushing forward in the face of ongoing challenges. You’ll also hear 2015 Last Band Standing winners Bowen & The Uproar. Plus, enjoy craft beer from Moody Ales and food truck This Little Piggy.
More info: www.gregdrummond.com or 604.469.4722

What: Port Moody Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
When: Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 2015 from 8:00am–12:00pm
Where: Inlet Centre Fire Hall
The skinny: Firefighters are volunteering their time to make breakfast for charity! Enjoy pancakes, sausages, yogurt, tea, coffee and juice. They’ll be donating the money raised to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and Crossroads Hospice. Make sure to see the fire trucks on display.
More info: 604.469.7795

What: Play On!
When: Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 2015 from 8:00am–5:30pm
Where: Coquitlam Centre
The skinny: Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is Canada’s official street hockey tournament and largest sports festival. No matter your gender, age, or skill level, Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is for you. This 4on4 street hockey tournament festival offers both recreational and competitive street hockey tournament divisions for all. Anybody can play! Is your team in?
More info: www.playon.ca/events/vancouver or 778.558.1104

What: Coquitlam in Bloom
When: Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 2:00–5:00pm
Where: Como Lake Park, Coquitlam
The skinny: Join the fun at Victoria Park for one of the the most awesome events ever! Organizers will have eco-sculpture planting, banner painting chalk art, yarn bombing and more. There’s something for all ages and abilities. Drop by and have some fun connecting with nature and neighbours. There’s nothing else like it!
More info: www.coquitlam.ca/cib or 604.927.6312

What: The Fixx
When: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 8:00pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino, Coquitlam
The skinny: British New Wave rockers The Fixx are gearing up for a North American tour this summer. Formed in London in 1979 by college friends, frontman Cy Curnin and drummer Adam Woods, the band originally called themselves The Portraits before changing their name to The Fixx in 1980. After being signed to MCA Records the following year, they released their debut album, Shuttered Room in 1982. The album featured the singles, “Stand or Fall” and “Red Skies”. Today’s line-up consists of Curnin, Woods, keyboardist Rupert Greenall, guitarist Jamie West-Oram and bassist Dan K. Brown.
More info: www.ticketmaster.ca or 604.516.7113

What: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and 14th Annual Fishing Derby
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:00am
Where: Lions Park, Port Coquitlam
The skinny: Enjoy a great start to Canada Day with a delicious breakfast served by the local Lions Club. $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10 years. Check out the fishing derby, as well. Children under 10 get to fish in the Coquitlam River at this fun annual event. Bring your rods and enter prize draws. Free admission!
More info: www.portcoquitlam.ca/canadaday

What: Celebrate our Community Heroes
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum
The skinny: This unique, one day event, is free to all visitors. oin their special guests, Mrs. Carol Todd and Gloria Cuccione along with Korean War veterans, in a fun and exciting day of musical and cultural performances and displays. Performances will range from Vancouver’s Palomars Rockabilly and Swing Band to the amazing Korean Hapkido Kangho Martial Arts Demonstration Team and the World Class Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band. There will be tours of the McKnight Trench throughout the day! More than 25 groups and entertainers are ready to make this event one of the most enjoyable and unique Canada Day celebrations.
More info: portmoodymuseum.org or 604.939.1648

What: Canada Day in Port Moody
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
The skinny: This year Golden Spike days does not coincide with Canada Day, so Port Moody is doing something a little different. It promises to be a fun, family-oriented day of entertainment and activities. You’re invited to pack a picnic and join them. There will be live entertainment all day on the PCT Performance Stage. However, you may want to be sure you’re there for the Canada Day Ceremony at 1:10pm, followed by cupcakes and refreshments at 1:30pm. You can also borrow fun family games like badminton, ring toss, bowling, horseshoes and more. Stop by the city tent for details.
More info: www.portmoody.ca

What: Canada Day in Coquitlam
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 12:00 to 10:30pm
Where: Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
The skinny: This fabulous, free event is immensely popular, and it’s easy to see why people return year after year. It starts off with a big Canada Day party at Town Centre Park from 12:00-9:15pm and it finishes off with a bank with fireworks at 10:00pm over Lafarge Lake. Taste food from around the world at the Taste of Coquitlam and get active in the Adventure Zone. Explore the Cultural Village, make Canada a little bit more eco-friendly by picking up tips in the Green Village, and find out what’s happening in your own backyard in the Community Village. Find out more about local businesses in the Marketplace, and enjoy arts activities. There will be entertainment on site as well.
More info: coquitlam.ca/canadaday

What: Canada Day in Port Coquitlam
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 12:00 to 10:30pm
Where: Castle Park, Port Coquitlam
The skinny: Following the Opening Ceremonies and Cake Cutting at noon, the Community Showcase, Children’s Activities and International Bazaar run from 12:30-5:00pm. If you didn’t completely fill up on pancakes check out the fabulous (and immensely popular) Firefighter’s Salmon Barbecue starting at 2:30pm. It’s $10 a plate and it usually sells out. Evening Entertainment is planned for 5:30-10:00pm. It promises to be an eclectic line-up, sure to please everyone. But that’s not all. The grand finale is the fireworks show at dusk, which should happen at approximately 10:10pm. Bring a blanket and take it all in.
More info: www.portcoquitlam.ca/canadaday

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