A hub of activity for New Westminster

The Network Hub's New Westminster location is seeing a significant amount of growth since it opened at the River Market last fall.

The Newtwork Hub has a Vancouver location as well.

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The business offers a variety of options for workspace rental in an open concept office.

Since opening, the New West campus has grown to 28 part-time and full-time members.

The campus is seeing a great demand for private workspaces, with nine businesses and associations currently on the waiting list to use the space, according to an update from the company.

Offering more than a co-working space, The Network Hub also hosts events and social meetups. For more information, visit http: //www. thenetworkhub.ca.

RIVER OF FUN

Speaking of the River Market, the team there was pleased with the turnout for the Country Fair fundraiser held the last weekend of June.

"Everyone said they had a very enjoyable time and were pleased that proceeds from a fun weekend were going towards a good cause," said a media release from Melissa Balfour, River Market events coordinator. "Thursday night's 150 and Going Strong had everyone dancing, eating tasty food and playing carnival games. Dale and Archie Miller did a wonderful presentation on the hospital for us, which really tied in well with our theme for the evening. Pacific Breeze Winery were wonderful sponsors of the event, and their participation was hugely appreciated."

Friday night was a bit more casual and laid back as people dropped in to catch Footloose (the original movie) on the "big screen" set up inside the market, Balfour wrote.

"Re-Up BBQ created a special popcorn that was popped in bacon fat leading to several twitter jokes about a Bacon with Bacon evening," she said. "Saturday saw square dance volunteers perform as well as a Jazz Quintet from NWSS that truly rocked the house.

"Our very own Vancouver Circus School performed to an eager crowd and outside KJM Urban Gardens we had very special animal visitors from the main KJM location."

Re-Up BBQ also held a super spicy chili-eating contest.

"I think the most pleasant surprise of the weekend was that 77 people came to Sunday's pancake breakfast at the Paddlewheeler Pub," Balfour said. "We weren't sure how many would attend due to its early time and it being Canada Day, but families and friends showed up to support RCH and the wonderful staff at Paddlewheeler Pub were kept very busy."

The fundraising marathon raised $3,000 in support of Royal Columbian Hospital families whose newborns receive care at the neonatal intensive care unit.

NEXT IN LINE

Local networking group N.E.X.T. New West is hosting a patio pub crawl today (Friday).

"Who's got what it takes to own the title of Best Patio in New West? Let's check out some local hotspots and see which pub can claim this accolade," says a media release about the upcoming event.

Everyone is welcome for this summer sippin' party train that starts at 5 p.m. The groups picked six pubs within walking distance.

Those who want to join the patio pub crawl must RSVP the group's Facebook page or via Twitter at @nextnw, @Tej_Kainth, @jordenfoss, @sandonfraser, nextnw@ gmail.com or phone/text: Tej Kainth 604-839-7603.

Here is a breakdown of how the night is expected to unfold:

? 5 to 6 p.m.: Dublin Castle (319 Governors Crt.)

? 6: 15 to 7: 15 p.m.: Brooklyn Pub (250 Columbia St.)

? 7: 15 to 8: 15 p.m.: The Met Bar and Grill (411 Columbia St.)

? 8: 15 to 9: 15 p.m.: Wild Rice at River Market (#122810 Quayside Dr.)

? 9: 15 to 10: 15 p.m.: Paddlewheeler Pub at River Market (#126-810 Quayside Dr.)

? 10: 30 p.m. onwards: Terminal Pub (115-12th St.)

Have an item for Movers and Shakers or know of a unique business in New Westminster? Send details to reporter Niki Hope by email at nhope@royalcityrecord. com or by fax to 6044443460. Connect with her online at www.twitter.com/ nikimhope.

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