⚓ Happy 10th birthday, Steel & Oak!

Plus: nominate a New West teen for awards, and more than two dozen events in the city!

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

Who would have thought that Steel & Oak was TEN years old in 2024?! How is that even possible? This New West gem is celebrating its birthday in a big way, and you’ll definitely want to keep scrolling if you’d like to be a part of it.

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Happy 10th birthday, Steel & Oak!

Steel & Oak’s Arizona Hazy IPA. Photo courtesy: @steelandoak on Instagram

Hard to believe it, but the made-in-New West brewery is essentially a tween. This much-loved community spot is asking locals for help in figuring out which beers it should be brewing again.

“This year we’re ONLY brewing our greatest hits from the past 10 years, or collaborating on new brews with old friends. Each of these beers will be marked with the SO10 logo and will let you know why we love the beer or our collaborators and decided to bring them back,” explains S&O over an Instagram post. “Throughout 2024 we’ll be asking you what beers you’d love to see us brew again.”

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📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🐣 Parent-child Mother Goose. Purpose Society will be launching this program beginning next Monday, Jan. 8. These events are for parents with children aged 3 and under. Registration is required. 

📆 New dates. The City’s calendar for curbside collection of garbage and recycling is available online, in case you didn’t get a copy or wanted to take a look digitally.

⭐️ Who’s your pick? The New West Youth Awards have begun accepting nominations! Be sure to get them in before Mar. 15. Your nominee(s) must be between the ages of 13 and 18 inclusive. 

🫧 Bath bomb workshop. Simon of ‘Simon’s Soapbox’ will lead the way in this event, happening on Jan. 15. Tickets are $30 per person, not including tax. 

🌟 Unite in the glow of our vibrant community! Experience dazzling light displays brightening New Westminster through the end of January. Find light displays.*

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🗞 In other news

Generous donation. Columbia St. Sandwich Co. received a wonderful shout-out from New West Animal Services for a big donation of wish list items for animals in their shelter.

In case you missed it. As we outlined in our Tuesday newsletter, there are officially four people running to fill the vacancy left on the school board. Mark your calendar: the election is set for Feb. 3.

New RapidBus. If you happen to find yourself on the other side of the Fraser and want to get around parts of Surrey and Delta quicker, consider the R6 Scott Road RapidBus. The bus picks up and drops off at Scott Road Station and Newton Exchange.

Meantime. CUPE Local 4500 has issued strike notice. The group represents close to 200 supervisors on local transit. If they go on strike, action in the form of an overtime ban would begin Saturday. (CityNews Vancouver)

Lisa Batstone. The woman convicted of killing her daughter Teagan died in prison on Monday. Teagan’s body was found in a car in Surrey in 2014. (CTV Vancouver)

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Today, Jan. 4

  • Winter Discovery Days. Happening daily to Jan. 7. 10am. Fraser River Discovery Centre.

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

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

Friday, Jan. 5

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

Saturday, Jan. 6

  • Community bottle drop. Brought to you by Royal City Rotary. 10am. 166 Sixth St.

  • Firefighters annual Christmas tree chip. 10am. City Hall.

  • New Year’s circus jam. 6pm. Vancouver Circus School, River Market.

  • Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story. Tickets start at $55. 7:30pm. Anvil Theatre.

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

Sunday, Jan. 7

  • Winter Discovery Days. Final day. 10am. Fraser River Discovery Centre.

  • Firefighters annual Christmas tree chip. 10am. City Hall.

  • Family yoga class. Registration required. For children aged 3-6. Please bring your own mat. Brought to you by New West Family Place and Yoga at the Quay. 11:30am. Yoga at the Quay.

  • New West Gaming. 11:30am. Kelly O'Bryan's & Carlos O'Bryan's New West.

  • Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story. Tickets start at $55. 2pm. Anvil Theatre.

Monday, Jan. 8

  • Poker night. 6:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Jan. 9

  • Blood donation event. All day. Anvil Centre.

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • 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, Jan. 10

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


  • Tangled in Blue. On display until Jan. 24. Anvil Centre.

  • Shine Bright light displays. There are multiple locations across the city. On until Jan. 31. Check out this page for the full list of locations. 

  • The Shape of Life. Artwork by Donna Ross. Operating hours. Second floor, New West Public Library.

  • Autochthonous/Allochthonous. Featuring the works of photographer Amie Le Blanc and multidisciplinary artist Keith Randall. Plaskett Gallery. Massey Theatre.

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