Time on the Water

Hands up! Who has been on the M.V. Native, also known as the Paddlewheeler Riverboat that cruises the Fraser and Pitt Lake? This is one of my favourite New West things to do and it’s one of the things I’d put on my “New West Score Card” for visitors and locals alike to check off. If you haven’t been, you need to go. The owners, Doug and Helga Leaney, are two of the nicest people you’ll meet. 27 years ago, they started this local company with a single boat, and now they offer two boats – the M.V. Native, a 100 passenger replica sternwheeler built in 1988 and the smaller M.V. Beta Star, a 40 passenger catamaran better for cruising shallower waters such as in Pitt Lake.

They offer a lot of really great pre-programmed cruises, many of which are family-friendly, as well as custom designed private charters for family reunions, weddings, corporate team building, and community events. They’re flexible and open to new ideas, too, like this Pitt Lake Bike tour they’ve introduced this year. Continue reading “Time on the Water”

Come One, Come All

Vancouver Circus School is a fixture in River Market. They offer kids classes, drop-in, and adult classes, plus professional level coaching. I have a few friends who attend the trampoline class every week who rave about how fun and challenging it is. They all tell me what a fun community it is. My son has also gone to birthday parties and school field trips there.

VCS also offers some great shows – I’ve happened upon a few of the shows by pure luck and was amazed by the athleticism and strength of the performers.

This time, I feel pretty lucky to have gotten advanced notice of a show and it’s a good one. Vancouver Circus School wants you to join in on the fun! The show is this coming Saturday with a show at 4pm and another at 8pm. It takes place at Anvil Centre.

It’s About Time is the year end production of the Vancouver Circus School Ring Masters. The Ring Masters program is the intermediate level – so they aren’t quite yet professional performers, but this isn’t your year-end recital for the kids. These spectacular circus artists will take you on a trip down memory lane with their own unique style, playing homage to rock and roll, grunge, and more. This is totally family-friendly affair and is fun for all ages, you’ll be sure to want to run away to the circus after you see this show!

Show times are 4 pm and 8 pm at the Anvil Centre and the show runs 90 minutes. Tickets available at www.ticketsnw.ca  and there are group rates for more than 10 people. Call the box office at 604-521-5050.

But wait, there’s more!

(Of course, right?)

Comment on this post with your favourite part of the circus and you could win a pair of tickets, valued at $40. Winner will be drawn by random number generator, and will be notified at 5pm on Friday, June 24. Good luck!


Roses are red, violets are blue … who wants to win an iPad? Maybe you?

P.S. – Post Script Poems for New West – a River Market Arts program in collaboration with Tenth to the Fraser
P.S. – Post Script Poems for New West – a River Market Arts program in collaboration with Tenth to the Fraser

Seek the child’s yellow-chinned delight at the buttercups in the grass – Briana

wistful summer sunset pumpkin faces kissed smooth by river wind dancing laughing -Jen

wild blackberries turn my tongue blue; sandcastles big enough for me and you -mica

Dreams of friends and fireflies whispering long into the night. -Mark

Your every breath a poem, your every laugh a song, oh my summer love – Briana

Mark Shieh, owner of the River Market in New Westminster, is one cool cat. I met him at a meeting of the Quayside Community Board shortly after my daughter was born last fall, and the more I get to know him the more excited I get about what the market will have to offer when its metamorphosis is complete.

Mark’s ambition goes far beyond selling bread and bok choy.  His market is to be a place of culture and community, a place of inspiration. River Market‘s grocer may not officially open its doors until September, but the team behind the market’s renaissance is already reaching out to the New Westminster community through a simple contest in collaboration with Tenth to the Fraser called P.S. New West.

It’s a collection of brief one-line poems about summer and posted online to share with the world. Each one is a cool and tasty thought to linger over on a hot summer night. Read the entries online, star your favourites and write one of your own. The most-starred poet will win a special edition River Market iPad, and one lucky person will win the grand prize and see their poem celebrated in a ‘grand’ way.

P.S. New West is part of River Market’s Arts program, which will include an official Artist in Residence and commissioned public art installations in and around the market. From what I’ve seen of the new plans for the revitalized market, it will be a far edgier, artsier Quay than we had before. It’s just the kind of place New West needs.

CONTEST: Score a spot on the guest list at the River Market launch party

As announced at the last New West Downtown Residents Association meeting, tomorrow is the ‘big reveal’ of the River Market‘s anchor grocer, and an equally mysterious top-secret program called ONE.

We’ll find out what it’s all about tomorrow, but until then, let’s have a little fun. If you’d like a spot on the guest list at an exclusive VIP launch party courtesy of River Market and Tenth to the Fraser, leave a comment on this post with your best guess about what ‘ONE’ could be.

Here’s a hint: a Tenth to the Fraser source says it has something to do with a piggy bank…

Go ahead and take a stab at it. Everyone who comments will win a spot on the guest list for the launch party, and our favourite answer will win a complete set of Tenth to the Fraser’s New Westminster-lovin’ 1″ buttons (coming soon thanks to @punkvspunk‘s Artfag button-press).

Update: the answer was revealed in an email from River Market today. If you want to join us at the pre-opening event, just leave a note on this post and we’ll add you. Thanks to everyone for playing along … and I think dearheart wins the buttons!

Update II: River Market owner Mark Shieh likes what y’all have to say. He says he’ll arrange for personally deliver a specially selected bag of groceries from Donald’s on the Market’s new Bullitt delivery bike to the person who comes up with the best acronym for ONE.