⚓ Spending a long weekend in New West

🎨 And a local artist goes to Granville Island

Good morning, Thursday.

Along with the heat 🥵 I was stunned to look at my calendar and see we have a stat holiday coming up. (Already?!) That being said, just a reminder that if you’re going anywhere this weekend to check ahead to make sure places are open. And while there are a lot of things to do in New West over the Victoria Day long weekend, if you’re planning on hopping on a ferry, plan ahead for that too.

Otherwise: drink plenty of water, seek that shade, and stay safe!

Ria Renouf

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Between all the heat, and the lure of a break (for some folks, shout out to those who are on the clock over the long weekend) there are things to do without having to leave New Westminster.

Take a look at our suggestions here.


Closure affecting the Pattullo Bridge

A reminder that from Friday, May 19 at 7pm to Tuesday, May 23 at 5am, Royal Ave. in New Westminster will be closed between McBride and the Royal Ave. on-ramp.

There will also be a weekend closure of the Pattullo’s northbound lanes, and vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists will be detoured to Columbia St.—so please plan ahead and leave extra time to get to your destination.


Mayor’s Food Bank Challenge

The mayors of New Westminster, Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver are challenging their communities to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank feed people in need.

Donate today and help Mayor Patrick Johnstone prove that New Westminster is the best at taking care of their own!

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

😥 Tamikrest cancelled. If you had tickets to this show, which was set to happen on May 26, a heads up that it’s been cancelled. For refunds, please reach out to the Massey Theatre at 604-521-5050, or email [email protected].

🏛️ Last chance! Get your tickets for New Westminster’s Annual State of the City Address with Mayor Johnstone at Starlight Casino on May 24.*

🤝 AGM. Save the date: the Royal City Literary Arts Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, June 4. You’ll need to reserve via email: [email protected].

🎉 Win $1,000. The Alzheimer Society of BC is entering participants into a draw to win a cash prize. Sign up for the May 28th walk here.

🚴 HUB Cycling’s annual Bike to School Week: From May 29 to June 2, this event is the perfect opportunity to organize a bike bus and join thousands of students and over 120 schools as they bike, walk, and roll to school.*

*Sponsored Listing

🗞 In other news

Dangerous driving. New West Police say a suspect has been arrested after people in the Uptown area reported spotting someone erratically driving a taxi cab yesterday afternoon.

Smoke en route. Wondering why our sky is looking a little smoggy? Wildfires burning in places like Alberta are partly to blame. (CityNews Vancouver)

Vape rates. According to data from Health Canada’s Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs survey, the number of Canadian teens using e-cigarettes ranks among the highest in the world. (CBC)

Child luring investigation. A 10-year-old girl was the victim in an attempted child luring that happened last week, according to Coquitlam Mounties. The suspects, two women, allegedly asked the child to get into a vehicle, offering her treats. The child got away after spotting a bylaw officer. (CTV Vancouver)

Cone zone reminder. With summer on its way, the Work Zone Safety Alliance is reminding everyone of the rules about driving in construction zones. Penalties range from disobeying a traffic control device ($121) to using an electronic device while driving in a work zone. ($368)

Label checking. A recent poll from Research Co. has found that Canadians aged 18 to 34 are more likely than their older counterparts to consider paying a premium for produce and groceries that are organic or free from genetically modified organisms.

Scammed. The Better Business Bureau is out with a warning after an international student, based in Vancouver, lost close to $6,500 in an employment scam.


A local artist goes to Granville Island

Left: “Vancouver Rain” will be on display beginning June 1. Right: Sherida Charles of New Westminster poses with some of her linocut work. sheridacharlesart on IG.

We’ve had the privilege of following Sherida Charles since the early days of The Anchor.

Vancouver Rain is happening at the Crafts Council Gallery on Granville Island, beginning June 1. The exhibit is a fundraiser for the council, with all proceeds going to the gallery.

“This monoprint, drawing, and mixed media installation presents the viewer with a novel way to experience drawing and mark making. Expanding the drawing process to include multiple viewpoints, motion, irregularity, negative space, intuition, and the suggestion of inspiration beyond the literal are all factors in the construction of this idea.”


Oliver Booth

According to the New Westminster Museum and Archives, Oliver Booth was a long-time city employee who ended his time working for New Westminster as its superintendent of the board of works. Check out this historic snapshot here.

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🗓️ New West events

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  • Romance and Roses. New West artist Marney-Rose Edge aims to bring beauty, falling in love, and romance to the forefront of our conversations. On until May 28. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am to 2pm. Queen’s Park.

  • Hidden Fragments: Layers of Discovery. Six artists recently met at a workshop where they discovered new methods of working with discarded paper and paint. Be sure to check out their work. On until June 9. Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre.

  • Bike donation drive. On until June 30. Cap’s New Westminster. 434A Columbia St.

Today (May 18)
  • Baby and Me yoga and tea. Presented by Move New West. Visit its website for more details and to register. 10:45am. 239 6th St.

  • International Museums Day. The New Westminster Museum & Archives will be hosting an evening of gallery exploration and hands-on fun. 5pm. Anvil Centre, 2nd floor.

  • Perkele Power. Workout to focus on strength, cardio, and mobility. 5:30pm. Queen’s Park.

  • Community bike ride. This 12km ride will take you past the New West Farmers Market, and the Agnes Greenway. Email [email protected] if you’d like to book a spot. 6pm. Meeting place: Century House.

    Dueling Pianos. Dinner, dancing… and dueling pianos, of course. 7pm. Union Jack Pub.

  • Hidden Wonders. The man who fooled Penn & Teller twice brings his show, Hidden Wonders, to a new hidden performance space. Tickets start at $50. 7pm. Secret location.

  • Karaoke Night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local Kitchen and Bar. 250 Columbia St.

  • Trivia Night. Free entry. 7:30pm. Sapperton District Tap House.

Friday (May 19)
  • Hidden Wonders. Tickets start at $50. 7pm and 9:30pm. Secret location.

  • Dance Party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local Kitchen and Bar. 250 Columbia St.

Saturday (May 20)
  • Flash weekend. Reservations must be made directly with artists. Rates and times vary. New Edge Ink.

  • Hidden Wonders. Tickets start at $50. 7pm and 9:30pm. Secret location.

  • Dance Party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local Kitchen and Bar. 250 Columbia St.

  • Sapperton Saturdays. DJ KC will spin live every Saturday night. Entry is free. 10pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

Sunday (May 21)
  • Family storytime. This edition features guests from Gardens4Kids. Parent participation required; this event is for children of all ages. RSVP required for this free event. 9:30am. Second floor, River Market.

  • Flash weekend. Reservations must be made directly with artists. Rates and times vary. New Edge Ink.

  • Paint night: Cactus Sunset. This local favourite tends to sell out fairly quickly, and for good reason: your ticket includes all the supplies you’ll need to create a masterpiece, guidance from a local artist, and a glass of wine or a beer. $43. 1pm. Paddlewheeler Pub.

  • Hidden Wonders. Tickets start at $50. 3pm and 7pm. Secret location.

Monday (May 22, Victoria Day)
  • Baby and Me yoga and tea. Visit the website for more details and to register. 10:45am. 239 6th St.

Tuesday (May 23)

  • Chamber of Commerce AGM. The chamber will toast to new beginnings. An RSVP is required as space is limited. Free for chamber members, $20 for guests. 5pm. Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre.

  • Name that Tune! This is a weekly event. Call or email ahead to book your table and have some fun. 7pm. Hops: A Northwest Pub.

Wednesday (May 24)
  • State of the City. The mayor will be giving his annual address during a luncheon. Tickets start at $34. 11:30am. Starlight Casino.

  • Rainbow Connections Cafe. Coffee, conversations, and community building can be found here. 3pm. Eighth and Eight Spaces.

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local Kitchen and Bar. 250 Columbia St.

  • Trivia night. Brought to you by IQ 2000 Trivia. 7pm. Paddlewheeler Pub.

  • Trivia night. Time TBD. Frankie G’s.

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