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.

Glenbrook Ravine Restoration – Saturday, August 25th, 10am start

Attention New West Glenbrook Ravine restorers – keep your Saturday morning clear on August 25th,  our next day of ecological enhancement the ravine.

On Saturday, August 25, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, we will be having our fourth day in the ravine of the year. Our first day in April was pretty wet and soggy, but the weather in May was beautiful. In June we took some time to tend to the native species we planted last year. The next two days (August 25 and September 29) will be to prepare the site for planting native species in the Fall (October 27).

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 the 25th!

Kyle

Additional Info:

  • 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.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 25th!

Project Area Outline, (Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre in red circle):

The Kids Are All Right: Youth Week in New Westminster

On May 2nd, the New Westminster Youth Awards will celebrate New West Youth.

These awards are a ceremony designed to identify and recognize the accomplishments of youth within the City of New Westminster.  There are six categories for youth accomplishments as well as one category for adults that have supported youth in their work towards success.

The Youth Awards themselves originated from the definition and purpose of Youth Week in B.C. which is to highlight and promote youth throughout our province during the first week of May each year. This celebration provides the opportunity and backdrop for an awards ceremony dedicated to youth who have accomplished great things within our community. The ceremony also provides a forum for promotion and identification of the positive contributions the youth demographic has made to the New Westminster community on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. An additional purpose is to establish and maintain a positive environment and outlet for youth accomplishments within the New Westminster community. The categories and criteria are heavily Parks & Recreation based with intent to highlight youth accomplishments while in our programs, facilities, and community events.  It is a chance for youth to stand out and be noticed for the positive contributions they have made.

You can get more info about all of the events at NewWestYouth.ca, including the BBQ today after school.

Stop. Hammer Time.

(Who doesn’t want to be able to start a post that way?) 

Join the Spare Parts Adventure Society at Hammer Time! A Pop-Up Fundraiser on April 27, 2018 at 7:30 at New Westminster’s River Market. Tickets are $20 per person and all money raised go directly to helping the Spare Parts Adventure Society bring more pop-up playground events to New Westminster’s parks and events.

The fundraiser includes a building contest where everybody is invited to use spare parts and their imaginations and creativity to build something exciting. Parents often remark that their kids have a load of fun building and creating at Spare Parts Adventure pop-up playground, so now everybody will have the chance. The best creations will win prizes such as a Steel & Oak gift pack and swag from Patterson Brands.

There is also a silent auction with over 20 incredible items generously donated by local companies such as Wild Rice, The Wine Factory, and Cartwright Jewelers. And if you like theatre and live entertainment, come out and bid on packages from Massey Theatre, Bard On The Beach, Out On Screen, and the Vancouver Symphony.

Dedicated to offering children and youth access to free child-driven educational opportunities, Spare Parts Adventure holds workshops and day activities where kids build their own playgrounds using raw materials such as rope, tarps, pvc pipe, wood, tires, or anything that enables a child’s imagination to flourish. Since 2016 Spare Parts Adventure has put on workshops for youth in various New Westminster neighbourhoods, helping them to develop self-reliance by taking risks and experience active play in barrier-free environments while developing their problem solving and teamwork skills.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available through Eventbrite — search for “Hammer Time” at eventbrite.com. More information about Spare Parts Adventure can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sparepartsadventure/