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The week ahead in New West: What's happening Oct. 23 to 29?

Around Town: Entertainment and school board offerings happening this week in New Westminster
Halloween fun is coming to Fraser River Discovery Centre this coming week.

For weather watchers:

After last week’s rain, it’s looking like we’ll have a (somewhat) drier week coming up. There’s still some rain in the forecast (especially Tuesday) but there’s several sunny days coming our way. There’ll be a definite chill in the air, with overnight temperatures getting close to 0C.

For the latest weather updates, check out the New West Weatherhood forecast on the Record’s website.

For city council watchers:

There’s no open council meeting next week, but council is having a closed meeting on Monday at 9 a.m. The agenda that’s posted on the city’s website doesn’t state what’s being discussed at the incamera meeting, but staff told the Record last week that council would be considering sign-off of the tentative contract with CUPE on Oct. 23.

For school board watchers:

The New Westminster Board of Education is meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. (in person at the board office at 811 Ontario St. and online via Zoom.) The meeting includes: comment and question period from visitors; a 15-minute question period; reports from senior management; and consideration of reports from the education policy/planning committee and the operations policy/planning committee – including items related to the district’s long-range facilities plan.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board will officially provide notice under the School Act of the resignation of trustee Dee Beattie.

For beer and comedy lovers:

Life Sucks, Let's Tour, A Comedy Tour, featuring comedians Angie St. Mars, Ben Bayfield and Etay Kuperman, is coming to town for one night only. Enjoy a night of laughs (and beer) at the show that’s taking place on Monday, Oct. 23 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Another Beer Co., 30 Capilano Way (in the Braid industrial area). For folks who don’t drink beer, the local craft brewery also serves up assorted non-alcoholic beverages.

For everyone: Community events

  • The second-to-last New West Farmers Market of the season is on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Tipperary Park, 315 Queens Ave. You’ll find fresh produce, plant-based food, food trucks, artisans, prepared foods, alcohol, live music, and family friendly activities.
  • Halloween on the River is happening at Fraser River Discovery Centre on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costumes welcome. Lots of fun activities are planned for the day, including costume selfie stations. Details (including costs) are on the FRDC website. It’s at 788 Quayside Dr.

For performance lovers: Live music, theatre and dance

  • The Impossible Has Already Happened, presented by Anvil Theatre, is a collaborative co-creation between MascallDance (Vancouver) and Footnote New Zealand Dance. It’s on Friday, Oct.  27 at 7:30 p.m. at Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St. A synopsis of this show states: “Inspired by dialogue with climate scientists, activists, and knowledge-keepers, the dance is full of stories for all ages. A fantastic cast of diverse Canadian and New Zealand artists bring laughter and momentum to the challenges of coming to terms with this new world.” Tickets and info here.
  • Dog Man: The Musical, what’s billed as “a hilarious production” based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants and Cat Kid Comic Club, comes to Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. It’s on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 with two shows each day: 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets on Massey Theatre's website.

Do you have a New Westminster happening you'd like to share? Email Theresa McManus at [email protected].