⚓ New school superintendent will come to New West

Plus: a gift card giveaway from Uptown New West, and nearly two dozen events

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New West Schools to get new superintendent

Karim Hachlaf. Handout/Burnaby School District

New West Schools announced earlier this week that current superintendent Karim Hachlaf will be leaving New West for Burnaby—though it won’t be happening right away. Hachlaf will stay in his New West post, then make the switch by April 1.

“Karim has provided exemplary leadership to our district since beginning as superintendent in 2018,” explains School Board Chair Maya Russell. “Whether it was his commitment to consultation, engagement and collaboration, his remarkable communication to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, or his leadership on anti-racism in schools, Karim has brought integrity, professionalism and courage to our work. New Westminster Schools has changed for the better through his leadership, in profound ways.”

In his own statement, Hachlaf said he was leaving to pursue work in the district he lives in.


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Think local first

This holiday season, consider giving gifts from local suppliers! Activities, retail, services... you name it - New West businesses offer many choices. You can support the local economy right here in the city without having to fight traffic or the crowds at the big retail centres. Not every item can be purchased here - we get it - but if you think local first, it can go a long way to supporting business operators who support local too, and who provide employment to locals and make our community stronger. Win-win-win. Want more reasons? Check out the City's website with links to more info and stats.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🚪 Check it out. Housing Values is now open. Everyone is invited to stop by and check out the exhibition at the New West Museum and Archives. It’s on until April 2024.

🍦 Giveaway! Uptown New West is giving away a $50 gift card to Rocky Point Ice Cream. All you have to do is enter through Facebook or Instagram. All the details are on their X page. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 23.

🖥️ How two bloggers became mayors. In case you missed it, our sister publication Fraser Valley Current came out with a story about New West Mayor Patrick Johnstone and Langley City Mayor Nathan Pachal’s use of blogs in the lead-up to their latest posts.

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Piva announces three more Jazz at the Anvil concerts

The local restaurant says it will be hosting three more of its Jazz at the Anvil shows in January, February, and March. The dates and performers are as follows:

You can follow their events page to keep up with when tickets go on sale, though tickets for January’s show are up for grabs.

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Dec 14-31: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Don't miss Tony-Award winning Broadway musical..

Experience the timeless tale like never before at Gateway Theatre! This adaptation has been contemporized for the stage, with a new focus on female empowerment and resiliency. Don't miss the extravagant costumes, live music, and magical transformations.


Today, Dec. 21

  • Winter Solstice: A Celebration Through Art. Last day! Gallery hours. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Holiday crafts. For those 6-12 years old. 1pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Winter Solstice science. For youngsters aged 3-12. Registration required. 1:30pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Winter Solstice celebration. Free family event, registration required. Half hour time slots available starting at 3pm, ending at 8pm. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Downtown Shop Nights. 5pm. Downtown New West.

  • Ignite the Night: Solstice s’mores. For youth aged 13-18. 6:30pm. New West Youth Centre.

  • Winter Solstice wreath making. Event is for those 16 and older. 6:30pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Trivia night. 7:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

Friday, Dec. 22

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Saturday, Dec. 23

  • D&D. 1pm. The Union Jack.

  • Light Up the Night family skate. Admission: free for those under 3. 4+ years: $3.75 each. Skate rentals available for a fee. 6:30pm. Moody Park Arena.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Sunday, Dec. 24

  • The Tannenbaum Christmas dinner. Reservations required. The Tannenbaum.

Monday, Dec. 25—Christmas Day 🎁 

Tuesday, Dec. 26

  • Open mic: standup comedy. 6pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • Trivia night. 6:30pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Name that tune! 7pm. Hops New West.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.


  • Housing Values. Museum hours. New Westminster Museum and Archives.

  • Winter Discovery Days. On until Jan. 7. Centre hours. Fraser River Discovery Centre.

  • Shine Bright New West. Various times and dates. Check out this online page for all the events.

  • Winter Wonderland. On until Dec. 31. 10am. New West Public Library—main branch.

  • The Wishing Tree. Operating until Jan. 28. Moody Park.

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