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The week ahead in New West: What's up February 19 to 25?

Family Day fun and live music are among the offering this week in New Westminster
The New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, seen here in a past concert, is having its first concert of 2024 on Feb. 25.

For families

There’s lots of great activities happening in New West on Monday, Feb 19 for Family Day. Recreational activities and hands-on activities at the city’s greenhouse are among the City of New Westminster’s offerings this weekend. Fraser River Discovery Centre is hosting its Celebrate the Strange events all weekend – and there’s no admission on Monday.

For council watchers

There’s no New Westminster city council meeting this Monday because of Family Day. Council will meet on Feb. 26 – for an afternoon workshop, a public hearing and an evening council meeting.

For school board watchers

There’s no school board meeting this week.

For folks interested in policing

The New Westminster police board meets on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the New Westminster Police Department, 555 Columbia St. As of Friday at 5:45 p.m., the meeting’s agenda had not been posted.

For music lovers

Legends Show features tributes to Hank Williams (Zachary Stevenson), Johnny Cash (Lars Pluto), Roy Orbison (Jesse Arn), and Elvis Presley (Pete Paquette). It takes to the stage at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets and info available online.

The New Westminster Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of 2024 celebrates the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak with a selection of his greatest compositions. Dvorak in Prague: A Concert is on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Queens Avenue United Church, located at the corner of Sixth Street and Queens Avenue. Admission is by donation.

For community-minded folks

Bevvies and Bites, a Rotary fundraiser for folks aged 19 and up, includes an assorted of beverages and bites. It’s on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Royal City Centre, 610 Sixth St. Tickets are $43.93.

For theatre goers

The Vagabond Players present The Last Romance by Joe Dipietro at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park. Running until Sunday, Feb. 25, performances are on Thursday to Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinées at 2 p.m.  Info and tickets available online or 604-521-0412.

Arts Club on Tour presents Made in Italy, a musical coming-of-age story set in the 1970s in Alberta. Inspired by pop culture icons Rocky Balboa and John Travolta, Francesco Mantini, a second-generation Italian teen struggling to find his place in Jasper, Alberta, reinvents himself as Frank Martin: crooner and ladies’ man. It’s on stage at the Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St., on Thursday, Feb. 22, Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets available online.

For commuters

If you normally travel along Front Street, don’t forget that it will be closed starting Wednesday, Feb. 21 as part of the Pattullo Bridge replacement project. Local businesses can still be accessed by the Front Street Mews and Frontage Road.