New Westminster families are being invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The city’s Shine Bright festivities are continuing through January as residents prepare to welcome the Year of the Tiger starting Feb. 1. Here are a few of the highlights:
FAMILY SKY LANTERN WORKSHOP
You can explore storytelling, celebrate the Year of the Tiger and decorate your own take-home sky lantern, with an instructor provided by the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association.
It’s happening Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Anvil Centre in Studio 411, with 45-minute sessions starting at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
All supplies are included, and it’s free, but you need to sign up ahead online or call 604-527-4640.
TAKE-HOME CELEBRATION KIT
Families can register ahead to pick up a take-home celebration kit including Lunar New Year-themed activities and family-oriented crafts. All you’ll need at home are scissors, glue and colouring tools. Pickup slots are available at Queensborough Community Centre on Monday, Jan. 24 and Centennial Community Centre on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Note that pickup slots are limited, but there’s a waitlist if all spaces are filled.)
THURSDAY TUNES: LUNAR NEW YEAR EDITION
On Thursday, Jan. 27, everyone’s invited to drop by Sapperton Plaza to enjoy Thursday Tunes: Lunar New Year edition. Dress for the weather, and bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks as the duo of Amber Tsang and Alvin Brendan offers up entertainment between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The two young up-and-coming jazz musicians offer up arrangements designed to breathe new life into timeless jazz standards and the American Songbook.
FORTUNE IN YOUR HANDS: VIRTUAL ART WORKSHOP
Two virtual sessions are being offered via Zoom on Sunday, Jan. 30 (at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.). You’re invited to celebrate the Year of the Tiger with traditional paper cutting as you create your own unique “fortune” banner. You can use your own paper or pick up special red velvet paper that will be available to registrants in advance at Centennial Community Centre.
It’s aimed at people aged seven and up, and households are encouraged to participate together.
Register ahead (one space per household).