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This Week in New Westminster: What's happening March 4 to 10

22nd Street bold vision, live entertainment and International Women's Day events are among the happenings in New West this week
Frog Belly Rat Bone, featuring puppets and music, is coming to Anvil Centre this week.

For weather watchers:

After some wet snow briefly fell in parts of New West on Sunday night, it seemed we may not have seen the last of the winter weather. But, as of this morning, the forecast is showing no sign of the white stuff in the week ahead.

The Weatherhood forecast is showing a mix of clouds and sun Monday through Thursday, with daytime highs of about 6C and overnight lows down to -3C. Rain will move in Friday, Saturday and Sunday – but it’s early in the week, so that could change.

For council watchers

There’s no New Westminster city council meeting on Monday, March 4, but there is an afternoon workshop today for council keeners.

Starting at 1 p.m. at city hall or online, the meeting has one topic up for discussion: Climate Action Decision Making Framework: Prioritizing Funding for Climate Focused Initiatives. Last summer, the city hired KPMG to develop a climate action decision-making framework which aims to identify and prioritize projects to be supported with moneys from the city’s Climate Action Reserve Fund (CARF).

For school board watchers

There’s no school board meeting this week. The board’s committees met last week, and the next board meeting is on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

For folks interested in community

  • The City of New Westminster has “bold” plans to redevelop the neighbourhood around the 22nd Street SkyTrain station and has sought ideas about what that could look like. This week, the city is holding a drop-in where community members can view a display of preliminary concepts for redevelopment of the neighbourhood. If you want to stop by and take a look, it’s on Thursday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Westminster City hall, 511 Royal Ave.
  • Support the Class of 2024 at New Westminster Secondary School at this week’s pub night fundraiser. NWSS Dry Grad 2024 Pub Night features balloon pops, a 50/50 and a silent auction, including a chance to bid on seating at this year’s grad ceremony. Your $30 tickets includes a burger (beef or veggie) with fries and a house beer/wine or soft drink. It’s happening on Thursday, March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at River's Reach Pub, 320 Sixth St. Tickets are available online.

For family fun

With a name like Frog Belly Rat Bone, how could this not be a fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids? This Axis Theatre Company production incorporates handcrafted puppets and an original pop/rock musical score, with the two local shows being followed by a Q&A with the performers. Shows are taking place on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 (both are 1 p.m. matinees) at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Tickets range in price from $11.50 to $21.50 and are available online at or by phone at 604-521-5050.

For music lovers

Take a trip down a musical memory lane at Relive the Music, which features music history, trivia and memories of the 50s and 60s – and lots of tunes in an event described as a “one-of-a-kind 50’s and 60’s jukebox musical concert with a Broadway feel with band, singers, dancing, tributes, video and trivia.” It’s happening at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.) on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online.

For folks who want to celebrate International Women’s Day

A few events are being held in New West in celebration of international Women’s Day on Friday, March 8. Here are some events worth checking out.

  • Laughter Zone 101 is hosting an International Women’s Day Celebration that features song, music, storytelling, comedy, poetry, rants, and big hugs and smiles. Janice Bannister is hosting this event, which features a diverse lineup of performers. It’s on Friday, March 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in "The Attic" at the House of Comedy BC, 530 Columbia St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 online and at the door
  • The New Media Gallery in Anvil Centre is presenting a Zoom artist talk with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, a multidisciplinary artist whose work The Substitute is featured in the gallery’s new ZOOVEILLANCE exhibition. Ginsberg will be speaking from London, England via Zoom. This presentation is on Friday, March 8, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the New Media Gallery at 777 Columbia St. It’s free.
  • IWD 2024: Women in Technology, being put on by parks and rec, gives course participants a chance to discuss important women in the world of technology, their amazing achievements, and to participate in imaginative and hands-on activities. This event, which is for folks aged 18 and up, is on Friday, March 8, 6 to 9 p.m. in the arts and technology lab at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. It costs $45 plus tax.

For art lovers

Beloved of the Sky, an exhibition featuring charcoal drawings by local artist Sherida Charles, is continuing in the Amelia Douglas Gallery at Douglas College. You’ll find the gallery on the fourth floor north of Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave. It’s open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.