⚓ Yup, we're talking Halloween already

Plus: Homelessness Action Week, clothing and chaat deals, and a mom who wants to affirm inclusivity in New West

Happy Tuesday, New West—Ria here.

Do you like to dress up for Halloween? This year I’m feeling quite inspired by the season, and have three potential get-ups to choose from. No, I don’t want to share—they’re all original or not as likely to get picked for costumes this year. 🤣 

That being said, we’re already hearing of all kinds of haunted ways to celebrate Oct. 31. What are you getting up to? Drop me a line and let me know.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌧️ 12°

Wednesday:  🌧️ 16°

Thursday: ⛅️ 18°


Mom hopes to bring support to New West

Naomi Perks is a mom from New West who says she wants to bring inclusivity to the city. Supplied.

Naomi Perks has a goal of bringing Pride flags to as many homes as possible. The New West mom is planning to bulk order flags for those who are interested—learn more about her why. 



We know, we know…this is from the Pumpkins After Dark display in Burnaby, but it’s worth checking out if you can. Jonathon Hall.

There are just a few weeks before Halloween comes to New Westminster, and there are already events that you may want a heads up about:

🎃 All Hallows Eve craft market. It’s so big—more than 60 vendors are scheduled to be there—the organizers are hosting it over TWO days. Find all the fun this Saturday and Sunday at Sapperton Hall.

👽️ May the Music Be With You. While the name definitely takes its inspiration from Star Wars, this New West Symphony Orchestra will also feature recognizable spooky tunes from films like ET and Harry Potter. Don’t miss the musical magic taking place on Sunday, Oct. 22 at Sanctuary on 6th.

📚️ In Their Own Words. Revisit classics like The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and enjoy an open mic event on Thursday, Oct. 26 at Columbia Square. Brought to you by the Royal City Literary Arts Society. Costumes encouraged!

🌊 Halloweekend on the River. Happening on Saturday, Oct. 28, this event at the Fraser River Discovery Centre will allow you to uncover some of the “scary” things in our local ecosystem—like invasive species? Plus, enjoy a haunted house, and make sure to dress up in your favourite costume.

🙏 Day of the Dead dance party. The event will begin with a service to honour those who have passed on…and then there will be food, dancing, a silent auction, and door prizes. Also happening on Saturday, Oct. 28, it’s taking place from 4 to 9pm at St. Barnabas Church.

💀 Day of the dead workshop. This event is for children aged 5 to 7, and is centred around sugar skull paintings. Participants will be able to learn more about the importance of the day in Latin American culture. This is happening Sunday, Oct. 29 at the New West Public Library.


Help shape your community

Join the New Westminster Library Board or a City advisory committee, including the new Community Advisory Assembly. This is your chance to get involved, provide input, and make a difference!

Learn more at a virtual information session.

Application deadlines are Oct. 20 for the Library Board and Oct. 31 for the rest.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

❤️ Homelessness action week. There are a number of events taking part until Oct. 14 to mark this important topic. Purpose Society, along with other groups is taking part in a clothing drive as well as a hair salon event.

😥 Reminder. New to You is asking folks not to leave donations outside their operating hours for their volunteers to pick up after someone recently did just that. You can leave donations from 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Saturday.

🍺 Tap the cask. As part of the Oktoberfest events on Saturday at Lower Hume Park, acting Mayor Daniel Fontaine got to tap the cask at the event. This fun video includes a little accordion action, too!

🚓 Agnes Street. There’s been an arrest after what New West Police say was a violent assault along Agnes Street in the downtown area. It happened last Friday. This is the second incident in as many weeks in the area: there was a shooting in the same area on Monday, Oct. 2. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

🗞 In other news

Israel. A Vancouver man is missing amid the violence taking place in Israel. According to CTV, Ben Mizrachi is in Israel attending an event. Global Affairs Canada says it’s aware of reports one Canadian has died. (CTV News)

Safety. Vancouver Police confirmed they were stationed outside Jewish places of worship on Saturday amid the conflict in Israel. There were no known threats locally, and the move was considered a precaution. (CBC)

Phyllis Webstad. The woman at the centre of Orange Shirt Day has been given an honorary doctorate by Simon Fraser University.

Unprecedented. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank says it’s seeing some of its highest numbers right now: about five years ago, the not-for-profit was supporting 7,000 individuals, and now that number is at 17,000. (CityNews Vancouver)

Warm feelings. No, it wasn’t the heat from the oven at Thanksgiving dinner: about two dozen communities in BC broke heat records over the Thanksgiving long weekend. (CBC)

No cash for you. As Merritt has struggled to keep the emergency room at its hospital open, the city’s mayor says he is looking at whether it can withhold money paid to the province for the hospital to operate. (Global)

😍 Community Spotlight

The culture crawl is officially here, with tons of local art to check out. The Anchor caught up with Laura Grady, who is the executive director of Arts New West. She says one of the newer things to watch out for is the After Dark events.

“We’re partnering [with spaces like] Moodswing and Arrieta Art Studio. On Oct. 15, Moodswing is going to have arts in their space, but we’re going to have [Social Medium New West] doing some [turntable] mixing…and then Arrieta Art Studio is going to have a poetry slam night.”

Learn about the events that are happening during the crawl, which takes place on Oct. 14 and 15. There are also some really neat events in the lead up to the two days. Oh, and did we mention the Crawl is celebrating 20 years?

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🍴 Where to eat and drink

Yum Gourmet Donuts. This donut shop in Sapperton recently debuted this donut with churros on top. If you can’t get your hands on that, there are tons more options.

El Santo. The restaurant recently posted about their Chile Relleno and…well, you might want to take a look at this delicious, made-from-scratch dish.

💸 Local deals and specials

New to You. This October their specials include 50% off scarves, candles, candle holders, and women’s tops. (Excludes sweaters.) Find the full list of deals on their Instagram page. On to the end of the month.

New Edge Ink. This New West tattoo shop will be offering 50% off piercings and 25% off select tattoo designs on Oct. 27 and 28 only.

4 Seasons Chaat House. This restaurant is offering multiple deals, but one of the ones we’ve got our eye on is the “chaat” deal: anything ending with the word “chaat” is on special for $7.99. On until Oct. 11.

Know an awesome deal New Westies should know about? Reply back to our newsletter to share!

🗓️ Things to do

Neighbour Power. Jim Diers brings his positivity and people-first outlook to New West to talk about unique ways to foster community. You can sign up for one of the two FREE workshops happening today.

Gang prevention info session. Happening on Oct. 11, this is meant to help youth develop the questions and skills needed to stay out of gang life. Brought to you by the New West Youth Centre, Purpose Society, and the New West Police Department.

Jazz at the Anvil. Part of a series celebrating local musicians, the next one is happening next Tuesday, Oct. 17. Enjoy a performance by Cory Weeds, referred to as “the hardest working man in Jazz.” Get your tickets through TicketsNW before they’re gone.

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