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What's happening this weekend in New West? Our top picks for December 2 to 4

Watch pianist Michael Kaeshammer perform live, learn to make a wreath, and join an art walk, this weekend in New West.

The countdown to the holiday season has begun — which means all your video calls probably have a Christmas tree in the backdrop, and all your weekend to-do lists probably have a visit to the local craft market as part of them.

But if you are on a look out for more ideas, here are the top five must-do events in New West this weekend.

Friday, Dec. 2

Learn to make customized holiday wreaths at a workshop presented by Braid St. Studios and Pacific Breeze Urban Winery. For a registration fee of $115, you will get all the materials and the necessary guidance to make the quintessential Christmas decor that captures your family’s holiday spirit. The event is between 7 and 9 p.m. 

Buy tickets through Pacific Breeze Winery website.

Keen on drawing human figures, but don’t have a model? Sign up for Arrieta Art Studio’s (707 Front St.) Live Model Drawing session and get an uninterrupted three hours to capture every intricate detail of a clothed model onto your drawing sheet. While a small selection of drawing utensils can be borrowed from the studio, it is recommended that participants bring their own art supplies to the event. Tickets are priced at $25 per person.

Details: Visit Arrieta Art Studio website.

Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4

New West’s Front Street is turning into an open art gallery next month. Artists from across the Lower Mainland will feature their works on the walls of businesses that line up the street — including the Old Crow Cafe, The Wine Factory, Wonderpup Academy, and Arrieta Art Studio — as part of Shine Bright Front Street Art Walk between Dec. 1 and 31.

Details: Visit downtownnewwest.ca

Saturday, Dec. 3

Can’t pick between classical, jazz, boogie-woogie, blues and pop? What if we said you could attend a concert that’ll give you a mix of all five? Internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Kaeshammer’s 2023 release Turn It Up is touted to be a crossover of the many genres of music, and you can get a preview of it at his live performance at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.) between 7.30 and 9.30 p.m. 

Buy tickets (priced between $35 and $50) at www.ticketsnw.ca.

Looking for handmade quilts, pottery and art to gift someone this holiday season? Century House (620 Eighth St.) is hosting the Shine Bright: Winter Craft Sale where visitors can check out unique gift items done by the members of the seniors’ community centre. The event is on between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and open to all ages. Besides the gifts galore, the fair will also feature home-baked goods, courtesy of the Century House DragonBoat team.

For details, call 604 519 1066. 

 

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