1. Check out Returning, a documentary film about the Salish Sea by award-winning cinematographer Mike McKinlay and scientist/author/professor Rob Butler. Over two years in the making, Returning is being screened on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St. Butler will be on hand to do a post-screening talk and Q&A.
2. Support local charities at the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ annual hanging basket sale on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West End Pharmacy’s parking lot 2004 Eighth Ave. (at Eighth Avenue and 20th Street).
3. Shop for new-to-you treasures at the Queen’s Park neighbourhood’s annual garage sale in support of Canuck Place children’s hospice. It’s on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at homes throughout the neighbourhood.
4. Head to Queen’s Park for the grand opening of the new New West skate park on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. The event includes DJ Vinyl Ritchie, tricks for cash, a barbecue and giveaways.
5. Dance, socialize and support local kids at The Spring Fling on Saturday, May 11 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Queensborough Community Centre. Dancing to a live band begins at 8 p.m., but the event also includes live and silent auctions, a raffle, and complimentary late-night pizza. Tickets for this event, hosted by Royal City Rotary Club, are $35 and proceeds go to KidSport New West. Queensborough Community Centre is at 920 Ewen Ave. Tickets at Eventbrite.ca (search for The Spring Fling).
6. Throw some bowls or chat about lawn bowling at the New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club’s open house on Saturday, May 11 from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Moody Park. It’s free and open to anyone aged 15 to 115.
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