Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Canada Day Celebrations in New Westminster

Join the Fun!

  • Canada Day celebrations at Queen's Park, 11:30 - 3:30.
  • Fireworks over the Fraser starting 10pm.
    (The Fireworks display will be set off from the tip of Port Royal in Queensborough. For best viewing, please proceed to any location on the west side of New Westminster, or the far west end of the Quayside Promenade.)
Fireworks are brought to you by the City of New Westminster, in partnership with the New Westminster Hyack Festival Association, and are sponsored in part by Starlight Casino and STC Design and Communications.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Westminster Bike Tour Celebrates City's History and the Opening of the New Central Valley Greenway, June 27

The much anticipated Central Valley Greenway (CVG) will be officially opened on Saturday June 27th. As part of this event, and to celebrate the 150th Birthday of the City of New Westminster, the New Westminster members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition will be leading an historical theme bike tour from Hyack Square, along the CVG, to the official opening at the new overpass at Winston and Sperling in Burnaby.

The total length of the tour will be 13 km at a leisurely pace and is suitable for novice riders and above. Participants are asked to gather (with helmets) at 9:30 am at Hyack Square. Prior to departure the riders will be able to examine the City's 150th anniversary display which celebrates the history of the oldest city in western Canada, and coffee and refreshments will be available to everyone getting ready for the ride. The tour will be accompanied by Rob McCullough, the curator of the New Westminster Museum at Irving House. Rob will provide an historical narative as we travel along the CVG which passes through the historic heart of New Westminster.

The Central Valley Greenway in New Westminster is an ideal new route for novice and experienced cyclists to parallel the Fraser River safely and comfortably along well-marked bike lanes, quiet, residential streets, and separated greenway paths. The route connects the New Westminster Quay in the City's urban and historic downtown to Sapperton and Hume Park.

The route passes near many venues of interest to cyclists, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, provides stunning vistas of the river and mountains, and allows riders to connect with nature and recreation in the Brunette River Valley. The CVG is regionally accessible from several SkyTrain stations which can serve as staging or terminating points for day trips. The CVG continues westward through central Burnaby to Vancouver-Science World connecting with the Seawall to False Creek and Stanley Park. Within New Westminster the CVG offers connections to the BC Parkway, the Crosstown Greenway and other City bike routes. The CVG can be used by commuters, recreational riders and anyone who'd like to see and enjoy our City and region at the pace of a bicycle.

The VACC-New Westminster invites everyone to come out and celebrate the opening of this amazing new transportational and recreational facility in MetroVancouver.

Please see the Central Valley Greenway bicycle tour blog on Translink's Buzzer.

Farmers Market Open

The Royal City Farmers Market is now open for its second season.

Every Thursday from 3-7pm at Tipperary Park (next to City Hall), the Farmers Market provides a great opportunity to support local food producers and get high quality and fresh produce.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"In My Backyard" Fair, June 13

IMBY Fair: Connecting Seniors to Services

Saturday, June 13 from 10am - 2pm
Century House
620 Eighth Street, New Westminster

Come to this FREE event to learn about health, housing, recreation, safety & more!

11 am: Chuck Puchmayr, former city councillor and retired MLA, will speak about "The Miracle of Organ and Tissue Donation".

12 noon: Enjoy Pacific Showtime's barbershop harmonies!

Free bus service will go between Sapperton & Downtown & Century House.
(Space is limited, so call 604-520-6621 for schedule and reservations.)

For more details, contact 604-515-1718.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Green Drinks in New Westminster - Wednesday, June 3rd

From: Matthew Laird
New Westminster Environmental Partners

REMINDER: Green Drinks in New Westminster this Wednesday, June 3rd

Drop by New Westminster's monthly Green Drinks Sustainability Discussion at The Heritage Grill in the newly renovated Back Room!

Green Drinks is a monthly gathering of sustainability professionals and others who are interested in discussing environmental and sustainability issues over their favorite drink, whether that be a
pint of beer, fruit smoothie or Green Drink! The Green Drinks movement began in the UK in 1989 and over the years has spread worldwide, coming to Canada in 2005.

Originally oriented towards just environmental professionals, participants now also represent all ages, backgrounds and group affiliations, including non-profit organizations, academia, government,
small business, big business, the self-employed, volunteers, students, concerned citizens... and everything in between.

There's no agenda or formality at the gatherings – only the opportunity to meet to chat, debate, socialize and connect with others in the Burnaby/New Westminster, Tri-Cities and Surrey areas who are passionate about environmental and sustainability issues. Whether the subject is
green buildings, sustainable energy, organic gardening, or something else entirely, participants are likely to find some expertise in the room.

New Westminster Green Drinks are held every 1st Wednesday of the month at
The Heritage Grill
447 Columbia Street, New Westminster

5:45–8 p.m.

The Heritage Grill is half a block from the Columbia Skytrain Station, with bike racks nearby for cyclists.

Contact: NWEP (http://www.nwep.ca)