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We're continuing with our popular feature - our staff's Top 5 (Or More) Things To Do This Weekend. We've moved publication to our Friday editions.

We're continuing with our popular feature - our staff's Top 5 (Or More) Things To Do This Weekend. We've moved publication to our Friday editions. This week, we've got a garage sale, a Christmas audition, astrology and spirituality, an early Halloween surprise and a great safety tip. Here's our Top 5 for this weekend.

1 Get bargain hunting on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a garage sale, running from 10 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. at the Queens Avenue United Church at 529 Queens Ave. There will lots of great bargains at this event. For more info, call 604-525-4073 or 604-597-3894.

2 Get auditioning for the Vagabond Players' Christmas production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. Auditions are on the nights of Oct. 16 and 17, from 7 to 10 p.m., first come, first served. The group is seeking a whole host of actors for both lead and ensemble parts. For more info, check out the audition notice at or visit the group's Facebook page - search for Vagabond Players. The production, directed by Katherine Bethell, runs at the Bernie Legge Theatre from Dec. 15 to Jan. 7.

3 Get into Halloween with Derrick Thornhill's annual pumpkin patch. Thornhill, a real estate agent with Park Georgia Realty, will be holding his annual pumpkin patch on Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Queen's Park picnic shelter. Residents are invited to drop by and pick one of the thousand or so pumpkins that will be scattered around the picnic area, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and some Timbits provided by the Tim Hortons community cruiser. The event also features pumpkin carving, a colouring contest, a "guess the pumpkin weight" contest and free popcorn and grab bags. Guests are invited to wear their cutest, scariest or most original costume; prizes will be awarded and complimentary photos will be taken. The event is free, but donations are accepted in support of Monarch Place, a transition house for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The event runs rain or shine.

4 Get astrological with Robert Hand, an astrologer and scholar of medieval history, who will be making a rare appearance in New Westminster. The Fraser Valley Astrological Guild is hosting an upcoming lecture and workshop series as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. Hand will be presenting at the International Spiritualist Alliance at #201-317 Columbia St. Hand will be speaking about the principles of astrology and Western magic on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. He will also be presenting a workshop about ancient philosophy and spirituality and their impact on astrology on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, call 604-574-9545 or go to

5 Get testing your fire alarm and replacing your smoke alarm batteries because it's Fire Prevention Week. Running from Oct. 9 to 15 and fully supported by your local New Westminster firefighters, this is a great event to get people young and old into the basics of fire prevention.

Email your Top 5 ideas to calendar@ or send them to alau@ You can also check out our full arts and events calendar listings at