What does Pride mean to you?

Pride is personal. It is celebratory. It is protest. It is acceptance. It is courage.

This year’s Pride Week in New West mark ten years of celebrating Pride in the city. In our small city this event has grown over the years and welcomes community members from near and far to celebrate how we are unique and yet share a connection with each other.

This year’s Pride Week in New West mark ten years of celebrating Pride in the city. In our small city this event has grown over the years and welcomes community members from near and far to celebrate how we are unique and yet share a connection with each other.

Pride means something different to everyone that attends. For some it is an awakening, for others it is about education and for a lot of people it’s about celebrating themselves in a safe space surrounded by love.

I could write an extensive list of what Pride means to me and others but this year is a special year for me. Pride 2019 means experiencing and releasing grief, love and memories. On April 6th my uncle, Keith Fryer, concluded his battle with cancer. A battle that far too many people go through. During my visits with him while he was in hospice we talked a lot about New West and our community. We talked about the incredible networks we have and how people show up when the call is made. How for such a small city he and I shared connections across interests and neighbourhoods. He lived in the Brow of the Hill while I’m in Glenbrooke North. We both sit (sat) on boards of volunteer community organizations. Keith served on the Board of Directors with the New West Pride Society 7 years and this year I am volunteering my time to help with the event.

Keith Fryer

Pride means a lot of things to a lot of people. This year is a special one and I hope you can join in on the celebration.

For full event information visit the New West Pride 2019 Schedule. The Street Party kicks off at 3pm on Columbia Street at Fourth Street.

Downtown New West BIA – Public Space Activation Program

The Downtown New West BIA proudly launches a brand new placemaking program to inspire our community in activating local public spaces!

In partnership with the City of New Westminster, we invite individuals, businesses and not for profits to submit your proposals for unique and innovative activations in Downtown New West public spaces. We’ll pick 3 to fund and support this year.

We’re looking to YOU to come up with creative ways to activate public spaces, get people outside, foster social connections, build community, and make Downtown New West more fun and inclusive. Maybe it’s a pop up dance party, or an art installation, or a family friendly event – or maybe (hopefully!) it’s something we’ve never even thought of.

Program Goals:
Foster activations in public spaces that are safe, welcoming and inclusive
Build community by encouraging people to connect with each other in public spaces
Test new ideas and help identify/remove barriers that discourage activations of public spaces

Funding:
We’re looking to fund 3 projects in 2019 for up to $3,500 each. The Downtown New West BIA will also provide promotional support, and guidance in acquiring necessary permits with the City of New Westminster.  

Deadline for submissions is March 25th. See full criteria, details on the application process and the online application form here: https://downtownnewwest.ca/Public-Space-Activation-program

Fridays on Front Street
Ice cream on Fridays on Front Street

Tis the Season – Winter Celebrations at Anvil Centre

It’s being described as a ‘cornucopia of entertainment for everyone.’ And after checking out the event listing I can confirm there is something for everyone. There’s a hip-hop dance party, musical performances, singalongs and art installations, yoga and an Indigenous Circle – Storytelling and Tea.

Winter Celebrations kicks off on December 18th at 1pm at the Anvil Centre with an evening of joyful choir performances followed by Quayside Voices.

And Christmas isn’t complete without a reading of the Dickens classic, ‘A Christmas Carol.’ On December 21st and 22nd New West Performing Arts Collective will perform this staged reading.

There truly is something for everyone. Be sure to check out the website for a full breakdown of events.

Many of the events held on the main level of the Anvil Centre are free however tickets for events held in the theatre range from $10-$20 with some lower prices for students. Ticketsnw has them available for purchase now!

Women on Wednesdays brings new workshop to New West

Women on Wednesdays (WoW), a local group established to create space for women to gather and strengthen their participation in the democratic process, is hosting an exciting workshop in two weeks on Wednesday, December 5th.

See Something, Say Something: Confronting Harm for Women in Leadership is an event being held jointly by New West’s own WoW (Women on Wednesday) and FACEBC (Feminist Association for Collaborative Education).

After a moment where they didn’t know how best to speak up, WoW’s organizers Councillor Nadine Nakagawa and Trudi Goels realized there is a great opportunity to learn. They partnered with FACEBC and both are excited to host this important event in New Westminster.

In this workshop, participants will examine some of the tools that women in leadership roles can use to draw attention to someone’s harmful behavior, or draw the community’s attention to harm. What is a call in? What is a call out? What other ways can we confront harm? When is each method of confronting harm appropriate and what are the risks associated with each? This workshop will explore the ways we can have these difficult discussions in compassionate and community building ways.

This workshop is reserved for women-identified, transgender and non-binary folks.

There are tickets available through the FACBC website https://www.facebc.org/ on a sliding scale and free tickets are available by emailing Amanda@FaceBC.org. Your ticket includes a hearty vegan meal (sorry it is not allergen free).

The event details are:
Wednesday December 5th
7:00 to 9:00 PM
350 Columbia Avenue – New Westminster
The venue is accessible with a ramp at the front door, elevator to get between floors, and the bathrooms will be marked gender neutral for the evening.

For more information:
womenonwednesdays.org
facebc.org

Craft fairs are coming to town

The holiday season and craft fairs go hand-in-hand. And craft fair season is upon us people – get  yourself ready because there are quite a few in New Westminster in the next month.

I spotted a few signs around town this past week and thought that a compiled list of New West – based fairs would be beneficial to everyone. (Note: If you know of one and want me to add it please email hello@tenthtothefraser.ca).

Here they are in chronological order so you can add them your calendar:

Herbert Spencer Craft Fair
605 Second Street
Saturday, November 24th
10am-4pm

Thornbridge Gardens
649 8th Avenue
Saturday, November 24th
10am-5pm

Christmas Crafts in Support of the Deaf-Blind Community of Vancouver
Hosted at the River Market
Saturday, November 24th
10am-4pm

St. Peter’s Church Bazaar
330 Royal Avenue
Saturday, November 24th
9:30am-3:00pm

New West Craft – night market!
Hosted at the River Market and 100 Braid Street Studios
Saturday, December 1st
6pm-9:30pm

Fridays on Front (under the parkade)
Friday, December 14th
4pm-9pm

New West Craft
Hosted at the River Market
Saturday, December 15th
11am-4pm

And while it is technically in Burnaby the craft fair held at St Thomas More Collegiate is along Tenth Avenue:
Knights Christmas Market at St Thomas More Collegiate
November 24 & 25th
10am-4pm

The New West Farmers Market primarily hosts food vendors but also has a small selection of artisans.
Saturday, November 17, December 1st and December 15th
Belmont Street
11am-3pm

Glenbrook Ravine Clean-up: Fifth edition

Attention New West Glenbrook Ravine restorers!

Fall has arrived, my favourite season. Leaves changing, warm days and cool nights, and best of all, a great time to remove invasive species!

On Saturday, September 29th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, we will be having our fifth day in the ravine of the year. Depending on your perspective, we’ve had some good weather or bad weather in the form of rain for most of our events this year. This often keeps the number of people down, but we work rain or shine, and those who have shown up on wet days have really enjoyed themselves. (The rain helps keep you cool!)

This will be the last invasive species removal of the year, as we will be preparing the site for our native species planting event in October. We have ordered a lot of plants, so the more people out to prepare the site, the better!

As always, this is a family friendly event, and we have ways for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and contribute. The work is not that hard, and refreshment, socialization breaks are welcome and encouraged. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday the 29th!

Note:

  • Free parking is available at the Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre (76 Jamieson Ct.); we will not be meeting here, but rather, we will meet at the site. For any first timers, just walk down the path from any entrance into the Glenbrook Ravine, and you will find us.
  • Anyone can join for as long or as little as they like, anytime during the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm window. If you arrive after 10:00 am, you can simply follow the trail up the ravine until you find everyone.