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What's happening this weekend in New West? Our top picks for February 2 to 5

From theatre to craft beer to dating, this weekend has something for everyone
Montreal-based Indigenous artist Émilie Monnet performs in Okinum, at the Anvil Centre Feb. 2 and 3.

Now is a good time to start planning your Valentine’s Day. But before you go down the rabbit hole of chocolates, roses and dinner reservations, note that the first weekend of the shortest month has a long list of fun activities.

Thursday, Feb.2 to Friday, Feb. 3

A recurring dream about a beaver pushed Montreal-based Indigenous artist Émilie Monnet to come up with a full-blown theatrical piece. Called Okinum, the play is about language reclamation, reconnecting with ancestral roots and overcoming internal blockages. And yes, it all started with a dream, as Monnet confirmed to The Record. Watch the play in person on Feb. 2 and 3 at the Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St.) or online between Feb. 2 and 5. Tickets are priced at $39 for in-person, and $25 for streaming. 


Friday, Feb. 3

Want to take a break from swiping right and left on Tinder? Paddlewheeler Pub (810 Quayside Dr.) is hosting a speed dating night for anyone between the age of 27 and 36. The event has been a hit — for, as per the pub’s website, its January edition was sold out. Whether your dating experience is a pleasant one or not, don’t forget to order the Friday special, a panookie dessert, at the award-winning pub.


Saturday, Feb. 4

It can be frustrating when your baby outgrows those expensive overalls in just a matter of months. Being a parent means coughing up a ton of money on clothes and other items that are used for a relatively short time — those who share this sentiment can join the ThistleBEA Baby and Tot Swap between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Sapperton Pensioners Hall (318 Keary St.) to buy and sell gently used baby and kid items. While helping reduce the expense for parents, a portion of the net profit from the event will go towards the Tri Cities Moms Group Hamper Program.


If you fancy turning chunks of wool into 3D objects using a needle, jot this event down on your Saturday must-to-do list. Arrieta Art Studio (707 Front St.) which has been organizing BYOB paint nights every weekend, is now holding classes for needle felting. For a registration fee of $40, participants will get all the guidance and materials needed to create a soft woollen item that they can proudly take back home. The event is between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Here’s how to make your Saturday productive and fun — spend the evening networking with people from various backgrounds while also tasting local craft beers at the Rotary Club of New Westminster’s Bevies and Bites fundraiser. Besides the opportunity to sample a bevy of beers, the event will include a chance to have a video chat with the "Soup Nazi." If you are a Seinfeld fan, you probably are already sold; to others, we'll just say, "No soup for you." 

The event will be between 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Royal City Centre (610 Sixth St.). Tickets are priced at $40 per person.


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