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What's happening in New West this weekend? Top picks for Oct. 13 to 15

Art? Music? Theatre? Charity? A community party and a spooky market? It's all happening in New Westminster this weekend
Vehicles, displays, a visit from the Quake Cottage and demonstrations are among the features at this year's New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services' open house.

Friday, Oct. 13

Homelessness Action Week party

Homelessness Action Week in New Westminster is having its first-ever It’s All About Community party. It features music, dancing, food, crafts, interactive entertainment, a chance to meet people from the neighbourhood, and more.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
  • Where: Holy Trinity Hall, 514 Carnarvon St.
  • Details: Free. All welcome.

Strange Advance and the Spoons

Strange Advance and the Spoons, two of Canada’s Juno-nominated new wave bands from the 80s, bring the Strange Spoons Tour to Massey Theatre. The 1980’s-inspired night also includes a special appearance by Kon Kan (Barry Harris). DJ Larry Hennessy (Jack up the 80s on JACK FM) will warm up the crowd by spinning vinyl from the 1980s.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave.
  • Details: Tickets at

Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14

The Mixolydian

Anvil Theatre is presenting A Green Thumb Theatre production of The Mixolydian, which tells the tale of an 11-year-old Anishinaabe/Métis girl who is on a journey through the woods. Reconnecting with her culture and language, Bellevue is accompanied by her “imaginary friend”, a shapeshifter named Thomas. Having recently lost her grandfather (Shoom), Bellevue learns that Shoom’s knowledge lives on in her – and that there is more to her friend Thomas than meets the eye. Suitable for ages 5+

  • When: Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.
  • Where: Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St.
  • Details. Suitable for ages five and up. Tickets $11.50 to $21.50, plus service charges

Saturday, Oct. 14

New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services open house

New Westminster Fire and Rescue is holding a free open house in recognition of Fire Prevention Day. The day’s fun includes equipment displays, community safety booths, demonstrations, a visit from Quake Cottage, a charity barbecue hosted by the New Westminster Firefighters’ Charitable Society, and more.

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Glenbrook fire hall, 1 East Sixth Ave.
  • Details: Because of construction at the əməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre on the adjacent site, no on-site parking is available; attendees are encouraged to walk, bike or take transit.

Ubuntu Hope Giving Gala

The Ubuntu Hope charity is holding a Giving Gala to raise money for its international and local programs. The semi-formal fundraiser includes appetizers and desserts, speakers, dancing, music, a silent auction, an African market and a cash bar.

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • Where: The grand commons at New Westminster Secondary School, 820 Sixth St.
  • Details: Tickets are $75.

Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday Oct. 15

New West Cultural Crawl

The 20th annual New West Cultural Crawl will showcase the works of local artists, artisans, and cultural producers in gallery spaces and businesses with public displays of artwork in venues across the city. They’ll open the doors to their creative spaces this weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15

All Hallows Eve craft market

Sixty vendors will be selling their wares at the All Hallows Eve craft market. You’ll find spooky, witchy, gothic, geeky, nerdy, mysterious, strange and unusual wares at this market.

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 14 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 15 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Where: Sapperton Hall: 318 Keary St.
  • Details: Admission is $2, free for 12 and under. The hall is located a short walk from the Sapperton SkyTrain station.