⚓ Marking Asian Heritage Month

Plus: New West Film Fest gears up for another year

Welcome to Tuesday, New West.

Did you know that there is an organization in New West that puts on a film festival every year in this city? The New West Film Society is gearing up for another great year of cinematic experiences, and while the event isn’t happening until late October, it takes a ton of planning to narrow down which films to screen. Learn more about this wonderful group below.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: ☀️ 14°

Wednesday: ☀️ 16°

Thursday: ☀️ 20°

Friday: ☀️ 22°


It’s Asian Heritage Month

The contributions and culture of Asian communities in Canada is exceptional—and this month is meant to acknowledge that. If you haven’t had the chance to learn about the influences of the Asian community in New Westminster, now is your opportunity.

The City has shared a number of resources related to Asian Heritage Month, within the context of New West. Some of them include:

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🎨 Bargain blowout. New West Artists will be hosting an event this weekend that will include art for sale at two prices: 25 cents or 50 cents. This is taking place at Eighth and Eight’s Studio 1C this coming Saturday and Sunday.

🏘 Luxury awaits at 900 Carnarvon Street Experience urban sophistication with premium amenities and a prime location.*

🍳 Learn how! There will be a spring roll making workshop this Thursday from 5:45 to 7pm at the New West Farmers’ Market in Tipperary Park. You must purchase tickets to attend—they start at $15.

🏈 Hall of Fame. Per The Record, TSN broadcaster Farhan Lalji will be entering the media wing of the Canadian Football Association’s Hall of Fame. Lalji previously received a day named after him in New West. He was also Citizen of the Year in 2012.

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🗞 In other news

Alert ready test. The system will have another annual test this week—so expect your phones and other devices to go off around you this Wednesday at about 10:55am. The system is used to issue warnings related to Amber Alerts and other civil emergencies. (CTV Vancouver)

Gradual reopening. London Drugs is beginning to slowly open some of its stores after last week’s cyberattack. (CityNews Vancouver)

Trucking protest. A rolling convoy that took place on Sunday—moving from Delta to East Vancouver—was meant to be a demonstration against licence changes they say won’t help smaller businesses moving goods throughout the region. (CBC Vancouver)

A royal visit. Princess Anne has been spending some time in BC. Her visit took her to North Vancouver, Esquimalt, and the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. (Global BC/The Canadian Press)

🤩 Community spotlight

Photo courtesy: New West Film Society

New West Film Festival is officially back for another year. The group started accepting applications for this year’s festivities on May 1, and they hope you’ll join them on October 26 and 27 for screenings of shorts, documentaries, and animated films.

“We are the only film-based arts organization in New Westminster, and we strive to build community through film for the people of New Westminster and environs, as well as for the local and international independent filmmakers,” the group explains in an announcement posted online.

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🍴 Where to eat and drink

In honour of our sister publication The Georgia Straight’s recent announcement of Golden Plates winners, we’re recommending the following three restaurants in New West:

Wild Thyme Lebanese. At number three in the New West city category, Wild Thyme made the list for a reason: you’ll arrive hungry, and you’ll leave satisfied—and sometimes with dinner for another day or two. Leave room as the portion sizes are not only giant, but delicious.

El Santo. This downtown New West restaurant came in at number two, and includes a modern take on Mexican food. They recently introduced a Menu de la Casa patrons have been raving about.

Piva. Coming in at number one, this downtown restaurant has made it onto an assortment of lists for everything from its food to ambiance. Much of the restaurant’s fare is inspired by one of the owner’s ancestors, Giuseppe “Joe” Piva, who was based in BC’s Interior. You’ll want to come here for innovative twists on Italian dishes—but we can’t recommend the For Nonna dessert enough.

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