⚓ Goodbye, Centennial Community Centre

Plus: let's discuss death

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

We’ve got just one day left with the Centennial Community Centre: a reminder that it will be ending its operations tomorrow. There will be an opportunity on Sunday to enjoy a farewell to the space, with an event that will include a 15-minute walk-through of the site (registration required) as well as a spate of activities. You can learn more about Sunday’s event through the city’s site.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌧️ 13°

Friday: 🌧️ 12°

Saturday: 🌧️ 13°

Sunday: 🌧️ 11°

Monday: 🌧️ 11°


Where do I go if I attended a class at Centennial Community Centre?

Youngsters enjoy a recreation class in New West. Photo: City of New Westminster

The city has outlined a number of alternative spaces in the interim if you were visiting Centennial for classes and programs, as the space’s operations wind down on Friday:

  • Active Pass users. You’re asked to head over to the Queensborough Community Centre or Century House for weight training and group fitness programs.

  • Cycling classes. These will be set up at the Queen’s Park boardroom, which, in the meantime is being referred to as the Queen’s Park Cycling Studio. This space is behind the Queen’s Park rose garden.

  • General recreation programs. Depending on the program, you’ll be able to attend these at Queensborough Community Centre, Massey Theatre, and/or Century House.

The new tәmәseẃәtxw is set to open next year. You can stay up-to-date on all things tәmәseẃәtxw through the city’s Your Active New West page. 

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🏘️ New pilot. Announced at council on Monday, the goal is to address homelessness, mental health, and substance issues in the city. Learn more about the project and the array of people and organizations working to make a difference.

🎅 Mark your calendars. There will be a Vintage Christmas Market on Dec. 2 at the Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park. Find more than 20 vendors selling their holiday wares and upcycled gifts.

🎖️ Nov 11—Honour the service of veterans past and present. Attend an outdoor Remembrance Day Ceremony at City Hall or watch the live stream. Event Details.* 

🌲 Discover what's next for the 22nd Street Station Neighbourhood! Drop by Connaught Heights Elementary on November 18 —more info on Be Heard New West.*

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🗞 In other news

The countdown is on. The official decommissioning of the Centennial Community Centre is this Sunday. Be sure to take the time to say farewell to this longstanding spot in New Westminster. Its last day of operations will be tomorrow.

Road closures continue. A reminder if you’re going to be in the area of Sixth Avenue between 14th and 18th Streets, sewer repair work continues for the area. The city says the work should wrap up sometime next month.

Insurance claim. The City of New West confirmed during Monday night’s meeting there was an insurance claim and investigation in relation to the Canada Games Pool. This is related to a leak in the pool’s tank. (New West Record)

Release after raid. A Vancouver business owner says he was released from jail after a raid that happened at his store last week. Get Your Drugs Tested director and co-founder Dana Larsen says he was surprised the raid took place. (CityNews Vancouver)

Dropped. A White Rock-based comedian living with cerebral palsy says he was dropped and injured while trying to leave an Air Canada plane. He says he was only offered $500 in travel credits after the incident. (CBC)

Class-action lawsuit. A woman who went through BC’s foster care system says she is planning to be part of a potential class-action lawsuit against the Ministry of Children and Family Development. (CTV Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

New West Hospice Society

The New West Hospice Society has been hosting a number of events that touch on death and dying—a natural part of life. This year’s Dialogue on Death and Dying has already technically started—there was an arts-related event last month on the topic—but there will be two days of events that touch on an array of topics. Whether it’s “Death, Taxes and Beyond,” to a multi-faith panel on the subject, there’s something for everyone. Make sure to mark your calendars if there’s something you’re curious to learn more about: the events are happening from Nov. 7 to 9. 

If you’re not familiar with the work that New West Hospice Society does, we invite you to read the following stories:

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Today, Nov. 2

  • Farewell to Centennial Centre: cycle through the greatest hits. 9:30am. Centennial Community Centre.

  • New West Farmers’ Market. 3pm. Tipperary Park.

  • Elvis and the Rise of Rock n’Roll. 7pm. Massey Theatre.

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

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

Friday, Nov. 3

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

Saturday, Nov. 4

  • Family storytime. 10am. Kinder Books, River Market.

  • Poppy painting workshop. 10am. Century House.

  • Sapperton Trash Mob. 10am. Sapperton Park.

  • Pecha Kucha. $12. 8pm. Fraser River Discovery Centre.

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

Sunday, Nov. 5

  • Farewell to Centennial Community Centre. 10am. Centennial Community Centre.

  • Queen’s Park residents association AGM. 1:30pm. Bernie Legge Theatre.

Monday, Nov. 6

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

  • Indigenous perspectives on death and dying. 10am. Century House.

  • Death, taxes, and beyond. 1pm. Century House.

  • 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.

  • MAiD conversation and q&a. 7pm. Century House.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 8

  • What happens to my body after death? 10am. Century House.

  • Advanced care planning and workshop. 1pm. Century House.

  • Multi-faith spirituality panel. 7pm. Century House.

  • Crime and safety forum. 7pm. Inn at the Quay.

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


  • The Poppy Project. On until Nov. 10. Various locations throughout New West. 

  • Landscape Portraits. On until Nov. 29. Plaskett & North Wing galleries, Massey Theatre.

  • Nostalgia. On until Nov. 26. Gallery hours. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

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