Massey Victory Heights Residents’ Association Family Picnic

Join the Massey Victory Heights Residents’ Association on Sunday September 9 at the Westburnco Reservoir Park on Churchill Avenue from 1-4 for a Annual Family Picnic. BYO-Blanket and picnic, or enjoy free hot dogs. Watch a show: The New Westminster Police Department’s K9 Unit will be putting on a demonstration, and there will be a martial arts demonstration too! For the kids, check out Bell E Buttons balloon clown, the bouncy castle, and races! Check out info from New Westminster Fire Deparment, the Arts COuncil, and the Hyack Festival Association.

Check out the MVHRA website for other info at


Massey Victory Heights Annual Neighbourhood Garage Sale

Queens Park and Quayside aren’t the only neighbourhoods in New Westminster with a neighbourhood wide garage sale! Mark May 7th from 9AM to 3PM on your calendar and check out the Massey Victory Heights neighbourhood for great deals.

Where is Massey Victory Heights, you ask? Way over on the eastern tip of New Westminster, you can find the MVH neighbourhood. It is the area south of 10th Avenue and north of 8th Avenue, east of McBride and west of Columbia Street E, plus the two blocks bounded by Craig Avenue and Colby Street along Columbia Street E border.  Here are some details on the neighbourhood from the 2006 census.

If you’re a resident of the neighbourhood and would like to sign up – check out the residents association website.

If you’re a bargain hunter, check out this list of participants and a printable Google Map (being updated as more people sign up) so you can plan your strategy.


Family Place Expands to the Heights

We’ve talked about Family Place a few times here on 10th, and it’s no secret I have quite the bias for this place. I asked Marjorie Staal, Executive Director, to update me on what’s happening in their world.

“New Westminster Family Place is excited to be able to announce there is a new drop-in at F.W. Howay School, said Staal. “It is every Thursday morning from 9:15 to 11:15.”  Being at the school allows them to expand their offerings, as well. Staal says that whereas in the main drop in centre at 93 Sixth Street there isn’t room for a gymnasium, the F.W. Howay Family Place staff are now able to offer stories, crafts,  gym time and lots of toys for the children’s enjoyment. That precious gym time is something I can really appreciate and while I have also used the provincially funded Strong Start program at McBride Elementary (which does offer gym time) I have recently found Strong Start’s classroom to be too crowded. It’s really great having access to a second program that offers gym time on this side of McBride Boulevard.

The funding for Family Place’s new program is provided through the United Way of the Lower Mainland.  F.W.Howay School is tucked up behind Canada Games Pool, on Cumberland just south of 10th Avenue. It’s accessible by bus using the 154.

Satellite Map

The program runs out of the Daycare Room which is across from the office. Free coffee, free programming and free fun all in one place! It’s win win win.

The main drop in site for Family Place is located at 93 Sixth Street and runs every morning from 9:30 – 11:30 Monday to Saturday and Monday and Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00.  Their main drop in centre also has a library of books and a toy lending library, and regularly offers parenting programs.

“All of our programs are free and we love to meet new families,” says Staal.  “For information call 604 520-3666 or check out our website and monthly calendar at”

Here’s a picture tour of the new site:

From Courtney Crescent
Front doors
Cupboards all decorated
One of the play areas
Great artwork!
Great collection of assorted books

Van Dop Gallery: Carole Arnston

Chasing Spring, by Carole Arnston

The Van Dop Gallery is kicking off a series of open houses to celebrate the season. The first one is this weekend, November 27th and 28th and features new works by Carole Arnston.

“All art is but imitation of nature” (Author Seneca the Younger).

Winter is near and Carole Arnston, the West Vancouver oil painter, is revealing new works that use a seasonal palate at the Van Dop Gallery’s Spirit of the Season Grand Opening Nov 27 & 28 from 11am-5pm.

Best-known for her large- scale floral abstractions and landscape vistas, Arnston’s series: “The Winter Garden” is inspired by nature. Arnston states: “the weather here on the coast this fall has been fabulous for the flora. Low angle sunlight brings out the contrasts of branches, leaves and tonal variations in the darkening blossoms. Lots of dynamics in the brushwork brings the wind, and the heat of a late autumn sun to the canvas.”

Arnston has a multi-faceted background in design. An architect by trade, Arnston has built on the abstract impressionist influences of Bonnard, Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Georgia O’Keefe to develop her own style of lyrical abstraction.  From her studio perched amongst tall cedar trees with ocean vista, she is immersed in the verdant growth of rainforest and exposed to the subtleties of changing skies and rhythms of soft westerly winds and rains.

As the Van Dop Gallery represents Canada’s best contemporary fine artists, there are many treasures to choose from – beautiful Robert Held glass hearts, stunning jewelry by Joanna Lovett, Carole Arnston’s large- scale floral abstractions, inspirational paperweights by Judy Vilmain, and unique Valentine-inspired gifts for you and your loved ones.

The Van Dop Gallery located at 421 Richmond Street. Check out their website at

There are other open houses to follow:

Spirit of the Season Open House Exhibition Dates, all 11am-5pm.

  • November 27       Spirit of the Season Grand Opening
  • November 28       Spirit of the Season Grand Opening – featuring Jan MacLeod
  • December 4          Art of Adornment – featuring jewelry by Joanna Lovett,  Lemon Park and Wendy Scott
  • December 11        Art of Entertaining featuring Keith & Celia Rice- Jones and Angie Au Hemphill
  • December 18        Festive Treasures

PS: The work featured above is available for sale.