Learn to Fish

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“Fishing on the Fraser” is a partnership program with the Sapperton Fish and Game Club. It’s a way for people to connect with the river in a very fundamental way as it has been an important river for both food and transportation. Sarad Renyard, a Recreation Leader at the Queensborough Community Centre started the first session last year and hopes to have an opportunity for 50+ fishers to teach and mentor kids and families on how to fish along the Fraser River.

“I was introduced to fishing at a young age and it has been something I enjoy and something that I think people should have the chance to experience,” says Renyard.

The program provides an outdoor recreational opportunity in an urban setting, and it is free thanks to a sponsorship by Family Fishing Weekend BC in terms of rods, reels and tackle. The City of New Westminster ran a fishing program earlier this year on Father’s Day weekend in the Sapperton area and it returns due to popular demand. This time the event is at Queensborough, at the Port Royal Beach on August 21 and 24 from 2pm to 6pm. They are looking for both mentors to teach fishing and also students to learn! This event is good for all ages though you need to get a fresh water license if you’re over 16 beforehand, and Renyard says he’s more than happy to help. Contact him at 604-525-7388. 20160619_125412 20150824_154712

Fishing on the Fraser

Uptown Unplugged

You may have caught a piece in The Record or may have seen Councillor Jonathan Cote’s tweet regarding a “parklet” going in in front of Westminster Centre. A parklet is essentially a small, temporarily installed urban park. And by small, I mean teeny. Westminster Centre, in collaboration with the very busy folks at Hyack Festival Association, are working to liven up Uptown. This, together with their recent launching of www.MyUptown.ca, an investment into street banners, as well as the second (very successful) run of Uptown Live, is really doing its part to make the Uptown neighbourhood particularly liveable, lively, and inviting.

The parklet is but one part of Uptown Unplugged, a weekly summer series of music and street performers that launched July 13th and is ongoing on both Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 until August 25th. With an eclectic, varied, and interesting mix of performers, there is something for everyone. I mean, check out the line up for this weekend – it is pretty amazing.  You can check out the Facebook Page for details, but I guarantee, you should pop on buy, grab a beverage from one of the local shops, and enjoy the free entertainment.

(Disclaimer: the company I own with BrianaHyack Interactive, was hired to help develop a portion of content on www.MyUptown.ca, and the work, while mostly complete, is ongoing as new listings are added. I’d write this article no matter what though – parklets and free entertainment that make a community more liveable are my kind of thing.)

Amanda Marino belting it out
Amanda Marino belting it out
Gorgeous day for hanging out and listening to music
Gorgeous day for hanging out and listening to music

 

Ladybird
Ladybird