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The week ahead in New West: What you need to know

Get out your calendar and note some highlights for the week starting Feb. 6.
What's happening this week in New Westminster? A little rain (OK, maybe a lot) and a lot of fun.

It's February already — how did that happen so quickly? As we get set for another week, we’ve rounded up this handy list of New Westminster highlights for the week.

For weather watchers: It’s going to be wet

Dig out the rubber boots and the umbrella, ’cause you’re going to get wet. The forecast is calling for wet weather to start the week, as our usual pattern of rain and mild temperatures (highs of up to 8C) returns. We could see some partly sunny skies later in the week, though, so keep watching.

For city hall watchers: New Westminster city council meets Monday

It’s a busy week at city hall, starting with a special city council meeting Monday at 9 a.m. In the afternoon, the culture and economic development task force meets at 1 p.m. (on the agenda: Anvil Centre economic impact study and a public art plan), while the sustainable transportation task force meets at 3 p.m. (on the agenda: Queensborough transportation planning and a bus speed and reliability study). Plus, the week also includes an advisory planning commission meeting Tuesday, an environment and climate task force meeting Wednesday and an arts advisory committee meeting Thursday. Whew.

If any of those meetings catch your eye, you can find all the meeting details, agendas and information about participating at the City of New Westminster website.

For school board watchers: New Westminster school board meets Tuesday

Hot on the heels of a busy school board meeting last week, this week brings committee meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 7: the education committee at 3:30 p.m. in-person at POWER Alternate School (Columbia Square) and the operations committee online via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. You can check out the agendas and find the Zoom meeting link at the board meetings page of the School District 40 website.

For theatre and music lovers: Vagabond Players, Vancouver Men’s Chorus

  • Don’t forget the Vagabond Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Rumors at Bernie Legge Theatre. It runs until Feb. 25, with evening shows Thursdays through Saturdays, plus matinees on Sundays. Buy tickets online.
  • The Vancouver Men’s Chorus brings its annual extravaganza of drag and choral singing to the stage at Anvil Centre on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Get your tickets for Singing Can Be a Drag online now.

For art lovers: Anvil Centre, Plaskett Gallery

A couple more exhibitions to note this week:

  • Fleeting Moments: Check out work from Julia Di Sano and Victoria Klassen at the Anvil Centre Community Art Gallery (third floor at 777 Columbia St.). Both artists “explore the mystery of brief moments in time, of fragmented and fleeting memories that are translated to the canvas as an expression of emotion,” as a show write-up says. Admission is free.
  • Plaskett Gallery: Check out a showcase of young and emerging talent in the gallery at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.) with this all-grade exhibition of work by NWSS students, ongoing until Feb. 28. It features work in a variety of forms and media, representing a cross-section of contemporary art and design. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and during shows at the theatre — or you can make an appointment for a visit at another time by calling 604-517-5900.

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