⚓ New West Family Place is home

Plus: a Christmas event in October, and meet a local arts collective

Happy Tuesday, New West—Ria here.

It feels as if we are accelerating towards the end of the year with great speed: early yesterday morning—as I was dropping my husband off at work—I noticed an ad on the big billboard near the Queensborough Bridge for the local Remembrance Day ceremony. If you’d like to learn more about the event, be sure to check the City’s page out for more details. 

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Wednesday: ⛅️ 11°

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Congrats, New West Family Place!

New West Family Place has officially started settling into their new Quayside location! The not-for-profit had been searching for a home after losing their space at Ecole Qayqayt Elementary. 

For those who don’t know what New West Family Place is all about, the group aims to help connect local families who have children to events and workshops that encourage socialization, connection, and community.

Not all of their programs will be operating out of Quayside though, so be sure to check out their updated schedule before you head on down to any New West Family Place events.

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📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🎃 Test your knowledge. Halloween trivia night is coming up at Hops Northwest. It’s happening on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and the fun gets underway at 7pm. Plus, best costume wins a prize.  

🐺 Halloween Howl. Support the Skwo:wech Elementary Parent Advisory Council’s Halloween Howl, happening on Friday, Oct. 27. There will be games, a photo booth, and a sensory-friendly area, too!

⭐️ Parol making workshop. New Westminster’s Philippine Festival Society will be hosting a parol making workshop on Saturday, Oct. 28. A parol is a Christmas lantern, typically shaped like a star. Spaces are limited, and registration is strongly recommended for the workshop.

🥳 Grand opening. Vici Learning will have its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 6pm, and everyone is invited. Find New West’s newest business at 773 6th St., unit 103.

🎟️ Register to say farewell to Centennial Community Centre on Nov 5. Take a self-guided tour, collect a souvenir, and gather in the outdoor space with a food truck.*

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🗞 In other news

What’s that? You may notice some lights on the facade of City Hall. It’s an art piece called Friction Ridge, and it’s expected to stay in place for about six months. You can learn more about it—and how to participate—by checking out the City of New Westminster’s info page.

Can you help? New West Animal Services says its shelter is full of kittens. They’re encouraging folks to check out their page on Petfinder to see if there may be a paw-fect match for you!

Reminder. The City of New West is still looking for members to join its Community Advisory Assembly. Deadline to sign up is next Tuesday, Oct. 31. 

Possible impairment. Mounties in Burnaby are looking for witnesses as they investigate a crash that happened early Sunday morning near Willingdon Avenue and Still Creek Drive. (CityNews Vancouver)

Crosswalk defaced. A local in Langley is speaking out after he says he heard someone vandalizing a rainbow crosswalk late Friday night. The same crosswalk—at Glover Road and Mary Avenue—has been vandalized many times. (CTV Vancouver)

Alleged fraud. The Law Society of BC has filed a petition to stop Jasmeet Dhaliwal of Surrey from practicing. A former client says she did about 140 hours worth of cleaning in exchange for law-related services which were never delivered. (CBC Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

Their name is Spanish for ‘Daughters of the Sun,’ and they’re a collective whose work you may have seen around New West. The group includes New West-based Clarissa Banos: she’s also become a staple at the Spanish reading events that Kinder Books has been hosting at the River Market.

“One of my inspirations…is to be able to share my culture,” Banos says in a video by Arts New West, in which she talks about her El Salvadoran heritage. “And the way I do it is through my artwork.”

Be sure to check out the collective’s work and give their Instagram page a follow. 

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🍴 Where to eat and drink

Ninja Bubble Tea. It may be referred to as a bubble tea stop, but did you know you can get food there, too? The shop offers a mac and cheese, and it’s made from scratch.

Dragon Bowl. This new spot recently had its soft open—this is the same Dragon Bowl that you can find in Vancouver. They’re open seven days a week from 11am to 9pm.

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💸 Local deals and specials

Stefano’s. This spot offers different specials for each day of the week. We love their souvlaki, which is on special Monday nights. You can also get a deal on their roast lamb dinner every Tuesday evening, and enjoy a calamari dinner on Thursdays. Each of these is $20 or less. 

Rozzini’s. Don’t want to cook dinner? Take advantage of this Queensborough restaurant’s combo specials. We’re eyeing their $32 pasta combo, which includes a caesar salad, fries, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and garlic toast.

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🗓️ Things to do

Best of the crawl. The Cultural Crawl is still going in the form of an exhibition show, on at the Gallery at Queen’s Park to the end of this month. Be sure to check out the gallery hours of operation before you head out.

Dog Man: the Musical. Happening on Saturday Oct. 28, this production tells the story of the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and all hero! Be sure to get your tickets to this fun, family-friendly show.

Halloweekend. Enjoy this event at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, which will dive into invasive species and even mold and decomposition. Grab your tickets for this two-day extravaganza, taking place on Saturday Oct. 28 and Sunday Oct. 29.

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