1. Bike race in South Surrey: The SORCE Bike Club (Surrey Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts) gets rolling for the season during its Junk Yard Dog Cross-Country Bike Race, set for this Saturday (April 18) at South Surrey Athletic Park. The eventâ€™s 7K route will attract close to 120 racers (from novice to pro) to the site starting at 9 a.m., with Central City-sponsored beer garden and Papa Murphyâ€™s pizza available near the parkâ€™s water tower. The race is first in the inaugural BC Premier Racing XC season. More details are posted at Sourcebikeclub.org.
2. Outdoorsy attractions in Cloverdale: The BC Rod and Gun Show comes to Cloverdale Fairgrounds this weekend (April 17 to 19) for three days of outdoorsy attractions, plus some killer deals on new and used gear. The hunting-and-fishing fun includes a casting pond, 3D archery (â€œtest your skill and shoot at lifelike targetsâ€), a chance to meet members of the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club, a wild-game barbecue and more. Details are posted at Bcrodandgunshow.com, or call 778-869-4867.
3. Dog on show in Guildford: The public is invited to check out some cute canines this Saturday (April 18) at Guildford Town Centre. The mall held a special â€œcasting callâ€ looking for the most adorable dogs around town. A whopping 3,400 animals were submitted; the top 12 will appear in the mallâ€™s 2016 calendar, and the winners will be announced at Saturdayâ€™s event, at 11:30 a.m. outside the shopping centreâ€™s main entrance (enter from 152nd Street, at 102A Avenue). The calendar will go on sale during the holiday season, with proceeds to the SPCA.