21 things to do this weekend

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, April 12

The Willy Blizzard Band returns to the Crossroads Coffeehouse for a show in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside Port Coquitlam city hall). Admission at $5 is donated to the Crossroads Hospice Society. The stage opens at 7:30 p.m. while the headliner begins at 9 p.m. Visit crossroadshospicesociety.com.

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Elite teams from the Pacific Northwest are at Planet Ice (2300 Rocket Way, Coquitlam) for the Pacific Spring Showcase - Inside Edge Hockey Tournament this weekend. Call 604-941-9911 or visit psshockey.com.

The Artistic Gymnastics BC Provincial Championships marks its 50th year in Coquitlam with a showcase of emerging athletes at the Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way) this weekend. Call 604-927-6960 or visit gymbc.org.

Test your know knowledge of history, literature and Canadiana at the 16th annual Friends of Coquitlam Public Library trivia night, starting at 7 p.m. at the City Centre branch (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Questions will be posed by Mayor Richard Stewart, with proceeds supporting new family-friendly technology at the library. For tickets at $25, visit the City Centre or Poirier branches, call 604-937-4130 or email friendsofcpl@library.coquitlam.bc.ca.

Sing along to the biggest songs of the 1980s at Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam) where Terry Fox secondary students — under the direction of drama teacher Dan Tilsley and choreographer Riley Langford — perform the musical Rock of Ages tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Call 604-941-5401 or visit ravenstheatre.com.

The Port Moody Film Society rolls The Florida Project — a rated-R movie about a group of friends who live on a strip that caters to Disney World tourists — at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Admission is $5 plus a $5 society membership for the year. Visit pmfilm.ca.

Cancer survivor Stephanie Morin-Robert recounts her life as a seven-year-old girl in the comedy Blindside, which runs tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. (and Saturday at 3 p.m.) at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.


Saturday, April 13

Circle the Lakeview Trail — a moderate 11-km hike in the Buntzen Lake recreation area — with members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Mark at 604-552-0727.

Grab your gloves and boots for the Lower Mainland Green Team invasive species pull of blackberry bushes, happening from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Nelson Creek in Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Register online by clicking here: http://goo.gl/WRx6jr.

Help volunteers with the Hyde Creek Watershed Society in Port Coquitlam set free thousands of coho smolts into the river, at an open house at the Hyde Creek Education Centre and Hatchery (3636 Coast Meridian Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Park at the Hyde Creek recreation centre. Visit hydecreek.org.

Academic researchers, community advocates and other experts are at PoCo Heritage (150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam) for an inaugural “Arborium Symposium” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event coincides with the museum’s current exhibit The Secret Life of Trees. Horticulturalist James Bobick also leads a walk at 1 p.m. from PoCo city hall to describe the magnolia and cherry trees along the Donald Walkway. No cost. Visit pocoheritage.org.

City of Coquitlam archivist Emily Lonie returns to Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) for an encore workshop on photo and document preservation. The event, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, is hosted by the Coquitlam Heritage Society. No cost. Visit coquitlamheritage.ca.

Katherine Dennis, curator of the Art Gallery at Evergreen, leads a tour of the current exhibition, where the hour floats by Amalie Atkins, at 12:30 p.m. at the Coquitlam venue (1205 Pinetree Way). Stay for the monthly Westminster Savings Family Day fairytale photo shoot, from 1 to 4 p.m. No cost. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Folk rockers Madeline Roger and Logan McKillop play the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) at 8 p.m. Call 604-937-0998 or visit gallerybistroportmoody.com.

Comedians Mayce Galoni, John Cullen, Myles Anderson and Jacob Samuel deliver their acts at the 4th annual Laughing Matters, an adults-only fundraiser for the Gaby Davis Foundation, at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). Tickets at $40 are available by calling 604-464-4229 or visiting gabydavisfoundation.com.


Sunday, April 14


Wildlife photographer Vladimir Jan leads happy snappers on a two-hour photo workshop around the Blakeburn Lagoons in Port Coquitlam, starting at 10 a.m. on Elbow Place. Visit burkemountainnaturalists.ca.

The Port Moody winter farmers market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit makebakegrow.com.

Easter is the theme for the next open house at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.), which has crafts and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No cost. Visit pomoarts.ca.

Slip on your hiking shoes for the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s second tree tour of the season. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building on the Lougheed Highway grounds. No cost. Call 604-290-9910 or visit rhcs.org.

The city of Port Moody has a number of activities for Earth Day, from 2 to 5 p.m., including: a bird walk along the Shoreline Trail with the Burke Mountain Naturalists (meet in the Galleria at 2 p.m.); an art project with city resident artist Sara Graham; and an eco-sculpture planting. Visit portmoody.ca.

Learn about bats at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street in Port Moody) with experts from the Burke Mountain Naturalists. Meet at the spray park at 7:30 p.m. Visit burkemountainnaturalists.ca

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