Free Bobs & Lolo concert at Royal City Centre Nov. 26

Bobs & Lolo
Bobs & Lolo

British Columbia tot pop stars Bobs & Lolo are coming to New Westminster for a free concert to kick off Royal City Centre‘s Christmas activities this year.

On Saturday, November 26 the Juno-nominated sweet-voiced duo will perform a special family show starting at 11am. The mall will also offer free face painting by Mrs. Picasso, 12noon to 4pm. You can preview some of the tunes they’ll sing on the Bobs & Lolo YouTube channel.

The mall will also be offering pet photos with Santa every Sunday between November 27 and December 18 from noon to 4pm.

Anachronistic thrills at Festival of Volunteers

I have had the rare pleasure of having a local newspaper delivered to my door (seriously, our paperboy must be stockpiling them for a Piñata-making party), and after reading through the agenda in the two-page ad for the Festival of Volunteers, I see now that they’ve buried the lede.

My co-author Jen has already covered the altruistic reasons to head out to Royal City Centre this Saturday for the Festival of Volunteers. But even if you have zero interest in volunteering, it will be worth it to come out to see Mayor Wayne Wright take Gov. James Douglas (d. 1877) to task for allowing cheeky Victoria to steal away our birthright as capital city of British Columbia.

Up until 1868, New Westminster was the capital city of British Columbia, before that honour was snatched away by Victoria. Find out how such a historic injustice could have occurred! Join Mayor Wayne Wright for a spirited discussion with Governor James Douglas (first Governor of B.C.) on the merits of restoring the Royal City of New Westminster as B.C.’s rightful capital.

Source: Festival of Volunteers ad, page B2 & B3 of The Record

Actors from The Royal City Engineers Living History Group will play Sir James Douglas, Lady Amelia Douglas, riverboat captain John Irving, New Westminster’s first Sheriff Chartres Brew and a Royal Engineer. It gets better: Colin Barrett of the Delta Police Pipe Band (warning: autoloading audio files if you follow the link) will play a period bagpiper, skirling away! 

The historical re-enactment portion of the Festival of Volunteers is from 11am to noon. The actors will be available for photos by donation, with proceeds going to support The Royal City Volunteers. 

Other events include: 

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7th Annual New Westminster Festival of Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering some of your time to a good cause but aren’t really sure what sort of opportunities there are in New Westminster? 

The 7th Annual New Westminster Festival of Volunteers is happening this Saturday, January 31st, at Royal City Centre. There are a whopping 43 different organizations registered to be a part of what is a fun and interesting event for all members of the family. You can find out about volunteer opportunities right here in our community, as well as find out more about many different local organizations. 

The festival runs from 9:30AM to 3:30PM and as in previous years, attendees can have a special Passport to Volunteering stamped at all the booths for their chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Royal City Centre. 96.9 JACK FM will also be there, broadcasting live. 

Getting out in the community to help your neighbour is sometimes hard, because it’s difficult to determine exactly where to start. The Festival of Volunteers is a great place whatever your interests are to give you the information you need to get going.

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