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Holidays come early to help food bank event

Moonrakers Neighbourhood Pub has helped put some food on the shelves of the local food bank.

Moonrakers Neighbourhood Pub has helped put some food on the shelves of the local food bank.

Owner Mike McKee organized the Christmas in August event, after learning from New Westminster Food Bank coordinator Mona Forsyth that the need for food continues to be high during the summer months.

The pub collected 500 cans of food and raised $500 at the recent event.

MAKE MUSIC

The New Westminster and District Concert Band is on the lookout for new members.

The band welcomes new members - aged 10 to 99 years of age - who want to learn to play a musical instrument (no strings) or already play. The band has three levels of players: Beginners, intermediate and seniors.

The New Westminster and District Concert Band practises on Monday and Thursday evenings starting Sept. 8 at Richard McBride Elementary School gym.

For more information visit www.nwdband.com or call Christine Lange at 604-526-8996

FRASER FOLKS

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society will be inducting Susan and Darwin Baerg into the Fraser River Hall of Fame this October.

The annual award recognizes the significant achievements and contri-butions made by a family, individual, business, corporation or organization to the Fraser River with an induction into the Fraser River Hall of Fame.

Fraser River Raft Expeditions of Yale, owned and operated by the Baergs, will become the 20th inductee into the Fraser River Hall of Fame.

The company will be inducted into the Fraser River Hall of Fame at the Oct. 20 fundraising gala at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. Prior to that event, the centre is giving British Columbians a chance to experience the Fraser River from the water during the Fraser Canyon Adventure weekend that's being held on Sept. 10 and 11.

"Although both events will highlight the Baerg family, their company and the beautiful canyon region of the Fraser River,

they are also important fundraisers for the Fraser River Discovery Centre, a non-profit charitable organization whose mandate is to connect communities in the discovery and celebration of the living, working Fraser River," said Catherine Oulette-Martin, executive director of Fraser River Discovery Centre.

For every person who takes part in a Hell's Gate rafting excursion during the Sept. 10 and 11 weekend, Fraser River Raft Expeditions will donate part of the proceeds back to the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

"But what is a celebration without a party?" asked a press release about the event. "With the sounds of the thundering Mighty Fraser below and the full moon illuminating the canyon walls, the Fraser Canyon Adventure weekend will kick into party mode with a fabulous Hall of Fame celebration dinner held in the spec-tacular setting at Hell's Gate Airtram."

More information about the river raft weekend is available at www.fraserriver discovery.org or by calling 604-521-8401.

TURNING UP THE HEAT

A Sense of History Research Services is turning its attention to the city's fire history for this month's walking tour.

In honour of the New Westminster Fire Department's 150th anniversary, the Sept. 11 walking tour of the Fraser Cemetery will focus on many stories about the department and introduce many people with fire department connections who are buried in Fraser Cemetery. The department is now called New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services. The walking tour will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, starting at 1: 30 p.m. near the office of Fraser Cemetery, 100 Richmond St. The tour runs rain or shine and there's no need to pre-register.

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