1. Take in a New Westminster tradition when the Hyack International Parade returns to the streets of New West on Saturday, May 25. Heartland star and New West native Graham Wardle is the parade marshal for the big event, which gets underway at 11 a.m. at Sixth Street and Eighth Avenue, before making its way down Sixth Street to Queens Avenue and continuing along Queens Avenue.
2. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the New Westminster Heritage Homes Tours on Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., when you’ll be able to tour 11 spectacular venues, enjoy guided tours of the Ballet House, take a 45-minute guided walking tour and enjoy all the festivities (including a beer and wine tasting, and food trucks, and a women’s exhibit) at the tour hub in Tipperary Park. Tickets are $35 or $25 for New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society members and available at Royal City Colours (700 12th St.) or online at www.newwestheritage.org.
3. Head to Century House to enjoy Sunshine Place, Golden Age Theatre’s latest production that centres around a residence for independent seniors, where staff and residents handle some unusual situations. It’s being performed on Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. (doors open 30 minutes before showtime). Tickets are $8 for Century House members or $10 for non-members, and available at 604-519-1066 or 620 Eighth St. Refreshments will be served at intermission.
4. Listen to favourite tunes from the 1940s to the 2000s when the Maple Leaf Singers present Don’t Stop Believin’ on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. You’ll hear songs from artists like Journey, the Hollies, Louis Armstrong and Neil Sedaka and more. Tickets and information at www.masseytheatre.com or 604-521-5050.
5. Meet up with friends old and new at Richard McBride Elementary School’s 90th anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at 331 Richmond St. It includes fun activities, tours of the school, treats, beverages and an official welcome in the gym from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Info at McBride90th@sd40.bc.ca.
6. Attend a family community Game Day on Saturday, May 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Shiloh-Fifth Avenue United Church, 1010 Fifth Ave. Bring games to share and play – and bring your own games to sell in a silent auction. Hot dots, chips and drinks will be availbe for purchase and door prizes are up for grabs. Entry is by donation, with half of the day’s proceeds going to a swing project at Lord Kelvin Elementary School.
7. Bring your rakes, shoves and clippers to Queensborough and take part in the Spring Blackberry Knockout shoreline cleanup. It’s on Sunday, May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants (who can enjoy refreshments and win prizes) should wear gloves, boots and weather-appropriate clothing, and meet at Thompsons Landing Park at South Dyke Road and Dockside Court. Register at www.shorelinecleanup.ca/cleanups/ypvpr .
8. Support street dogs and cats in Guatemala at a fundraiser at the Galbraith Manor (131 Eighth St.) on Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m. The event includes appetizers, music by Flashback and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $25 and available by calling Janice at 604-520-6276.
9. Treat yourself to a home-cooked meal at the Ukrainian Perogy Supper on Saturday, May 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holy Eucharist Church hall, 501 Fourth Ave. You can dine in or get dinner to go. Information: 604-522-7711.
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