Pageant day approaching for New West ambassadors

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Hyack Ambassadors are a step closer to the crowning of Miss New Westminster.

The 2015 Hyack Ambassador candidates recently presented their finished speech project to the Thornbridge Garden community as a bit of a “dry run” for the pageant weekend festivities.

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The Miss New Westminster Hyack Ambassador pageant weekend kicks off with speech and talent presentations on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park. Tickets are $20 and will be available at

A night later, the Miss New Westminster Hyack Ambassador pageant and awards presentation takes place at 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre. Tickets are $20 and available at the Hyack office at 204 Sixth St. or at

Deb Wardle, who’s involved with the program, notes that visiting ambassadors from Nanaimo, Vernon, White Rock, North Thompson, Summerland, Oliver and Osoyoos will be attending the pageant. The retiring 2014 Hyack Ambassadors have planned a weekend of showing off our Royal City to the visiting ambassadors.

New West set to welcome event industry experts

Folks working in the event industry will soon be soaking up the ambiance of Anvil Centre.

The Vancouver chapter of the International Special Events Society is holding a “hot topic debate” event at Anvil Centre on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is geared towards people connected to the event industry, including those offering venues and hotels, caterers, designers, event technology, décor, and event and wedding planners.

A panel of experts will be offering their two cents about trending topics in the event world. Panelists include: Angela Braun, West Jet’s regional manager in planning and development; Corinne Kessel, principal at Greenscape Design and Décor; Eileen Bistrisky, vice president of Erickson Coaching International; Shelley Johnson, president at SLJ Productions; Darren Dreger, director of sales and events at B.C. Event Management; and Christopher Jodoin, president and creative director of Christopher J Designs. Jodoin may be familiar to some locals as he once ran Favourite Things Art and Giftware on Columbia Street.

Anvil Centre is a member partner in the International Special Events Society.

Community connections

An upcoming event will provide details about all kinds of resources in the Royal City.

MOSAIC is holding a free community resource fair that features lots of family fun and giveaways. People will be able to access information about English conversation circles, youth programs and summer camps, job search programs and continuing education, volunteering and recreation programs, seniors’ activities and family programs, with information being available in a variety of languages.

The New Westminster Community Connections fair is taking place on Saturday, March 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Royal City Centre, 610 Sixth St.

Save the date

The New Westminster Museum and Archives is preparing a hairy history of New Westminster.

April 23 is opening day for the museum’s next exhibit: Hair Apparent – A Hairy History of New Westminster. The exhibit shines a spotlight on the city’s barbershops, salons and hairstyles of years past, as well as the diversity of contemporary hairdressing in New West.

A number of events are planned as part of the exhibit including a walking tour, a museum book club and a presentation by fashion historian Ivan Sayers about hairstyles from the 1850s to the 1970s.

Stay tuned for more details about events closer to the April 23. The exhibit will run from April 23 to June 21 at the New Westminster Museum and Archives in Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St.

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