FRIDAY, SEPT 27 The Coquitlam Needle Arts Guild is participating in National Stitch in Public Day at the Michaels Arts and Crafts store, 2755 Lougheed Hwy. in PoCo, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Members will demonstrate different forms of embroidery stitching and share tips with members of the public. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, SEPT 28 Lower Mainland Green Team, in coordination with the City of Coquitlam, will hold an invasive plants removal event, 9:45 a.m.. to 1 p.m. at Coquitlam River Park, 1190 Shaughnessy St., Coquitlam. No experience necessary, with tools and gloves provided. To participate in this fun, outdoor exercise, go to: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/132217702/.
Coquitlam Heritage Society, in conjunction with Société Francophone de Maillardville and Place des Arts, host its annual Mackin House Open House, noon to 4 p.m. at 1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam. Help celebrate Canada Culture Days with an afternoon of games, crafts and museum tours.
Schill Insurance hosts a shred-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 435A North Rd., Coquitlam. Bring your confidential documents for secure on-site destruction, by donation to the SHARE Society. RSVP to the event and have your name entered to win an earthquake kit. Info and RSVP: 604-937-7731.
Coquitlam Chapter Order of the Eastern Star holds its annual shopping gala at 2660 Shaughnessy St. in PoCo (in the Masonic Hall south of underpass) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jewellery, seasonings, clothing, kitchenware, cosmetics, cookware, home baking, fine dining, cleaning products, lingerie and other ideas for gift giving. Entrance is $6 and includes a homemade lunch. Info: Karen at 604-931-3708.
RCCG Trinity Chapel invites children, ages five to 12, to City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam for a free community swim, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided. RSVP by Sept. 26. Info: 604-474-3131.
Port Moody Ecological Society and Rocky Point Kayak team up for a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event by canoe and kayak on from 9 to 11 a.m. at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Members of the public welcome. Info: email@example.com.
Salina Cheng Music Academy presents a concert featuring young musicians from throughout the Tri-Cities from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. For info, call 604-944-3081 or see salinachengmusicacademy.com.
SUNDAY, SEPT 29 The Ioco Days Festival features a Vintage Radio Show, 4 p.m. at the Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Dr., in Port Moody. Hear the dramatic and fun stories of Port Moody's past, performed by Rebel Haunt Theatre. Tickets required. Info: 604-939-1648.
MONDAY, SEPT 30 Leigh Square Community Art Village hosts the Comic Shop Youth Drop-In, 4 to 5:30 p.m. for youth 13 to 18 years old interested in illustration, storytelling and creating a personal comic project. Offered every Monday until late November at 1100-2253 Leigh Square Place in PoCo. Free to attend, with supplies provided. Info: 604-927-8400.
TUESDAY, OCT 1 Coquitlam Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group holds its monthly meeting, 7 p.m. in the Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. All those involved with prostate problems are invited. Info: Norm at 604-936-8703, or Ken at 604-936-2998.
WEDNESDAY, OCT 2 Terry Fox Library stages an evening devoted to cat care and ownership from 7 to 8 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Reps from Canadian Animal Rescue and Extended Shelter will be on hand to help you learn about, care for and interact with your furry friends. Info: 604-927-7999.
Kiddies Korner Preschool presents a Basic First Aid for Children class led by Vital Link First Aid rep Karen Clark at 7 p.m. at 2111 Prairie Ave. in PoCo. Clark's presentation will cover choking, bleeding, falls, burns, seizures and poison. Admission is $5. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, OCT 5 Metro Vancouver Parks staff lead a hike through Minnekhada Regional Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 15 and up. Enjoy moss strewn rainforests, quiet marshes and natural granite knolls. The "moderate" hike will cover hills other steep terrain. Cost ranges between $3.35 and $5.50, and registration is required. Info: 604-432-6359.
SUNDAY, OCT 6 St. Clare of Assisi Parish hosts a "blessing of the animals" event at 2 p.m. at 1320 Johnson St., Coquitlam. All pets are welcome except, snakes. Donations of cash, pet food, collars, leashes, old towels and any other pet supplies will be given to a local animal shelter. Info: 604-941-4800.
Riverview Horticultural Centre Society hosts the last guided tour of the 2013 season on the Riverview Hospital grounds at 1 p.m. Tour leaves from the upper entrance of the Henry Esson Young Building. This tour will focus on the heritage aspects of the site, however, if there is enough interest in a Tree Tour that will take place as well. For a site map visit www.rhcs.org or for more info call 604-290-9910.
TUESDAY, OCT 8 Burke Mountain Naturalists hold their October meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Como Lake United Church, located on the corner of Marmont Street and King Albert Avenue in Coquitlam. Guest speaker and ornithologist Derek Matthews will give a slide presentation on the bird monitoring and banding program at Colony Farm Regional Park. Free and all are welcome. Info: 604-936-4108 or 604-461-3864, or see www.bmn.bc.ca.
THURSDAY, OCT 1O Coquitlam Foundation holds its annual general meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way. Info: www.coquitlamfoundation. com.
Women's Connection Luncheon kicks off at noon at the Executive Inn, 405 North Rd. in Coquitlam. The featured presentation is "Pets - Matter Foster Care Society," while speaker Frieda Isaac will lead a discussion on new beginnings. Reserve a space by calling Frieda at 604-937-7198 by Oct. 7.
ONGOING MOSAIC Kindness Club needs host volunteers to help newcomers adjust to Canadian life. Commitment is for two hours a week for 13 weeks. Info: 604-254-9626.
Nar-Anon, a support group for those affected by someone else's addiction, meets Tuesdays 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Lions Hall, 12479 Harris Rd. in Pitt Meadows. Info: 604-465-0872.
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