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The week ahead in New West: What's up Feb. 12 to 18?

It' not quite Family Day - but the long weekend is coming.
Students in NWSS bands, choirs and ensembles will be performing at Music Mayhem on Feb. 15.

It' not quite Family Day - but the long weekend is coming. While there's lots of family-friendly activities happening next weekend, there's plenty happening in New West throughout the week - including an event in honour of Black History Month, live entertainment, school board meetings, and some mayhem (of the musical variety) at the high school.

Here's a look at some of what's happening in New West from Feb. 12 to 18.

For council watchers

There’s no meeting for New Westminster city council this Monday. Council’s next meetings are on Feb. 26, when a workshop, public hearing and evening council meeting are scheduled.

For school board watchers

The New Westminster school board’s education policy/planning committee meets on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in person at Ecole Herbert Spencer Elementary School, 605 Second St.

Later that day, the board’s operations policy/planning committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. – that’s a hybrid meeting that can be attended online or in person at the New Westminster school board office, 811 Ontario St.

For music lovers (and folks who want to support local students)

Music Mayhem – formerly known as the Band-a-thon – features an evening of music performed by students in New Westminster Secondary School’s band, choir string and guitar programs. A fundraiser for the music department and the students’ trips, Music Mayhem is on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. at NWSS, 820 Sixth St.

For families

With Family Day coming up on Monday, Feb. 19, the city of New Westminster has a whole host of activities planned for the Feb. 17 to 19 long weekend. A visit to the city’s greenhouse, sports and recreation activities, and a family dance are among the many events free scheduled for next weekend.

Celebrate the Strange is the theme of Family Day events happening at Fraser River Discovery Centre. Activities run Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 788 Quayside Dr.  Regular admission rates apply on Saturday and Sunday, but there’s free admission on Monday, Feb. 19.

For everyone

Toward Housing Justice for Black and Indigenous Communities is a workshop taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Massey Theatre complex. It will feature a light dinner, an opportunity for relationship-building for attendees, and a chance to hear a conversation about “Black and Indigenous solidarity in the struggle for dignified housing” – including information from the folks involved in the new housing project on Sixth Street for members of the Swahili and Indigenous communities. Registration required

For theatre goers

Bunny, Hannah Moscovitch’s acclaimed play, which explores love, lust and social inhibitions, is now showing at Anvil Theatre. Details and tickets are available online.

The Last Romance, the latest production by the Vagabond Players, is on now at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park. Shows run from Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., until Feb. 25. Info and tickets at