Saturday, September 26, 2009

Save the Burr Coalition: Public Forum

The Save the Burr Coalition cordially invites you to a public form regarding the intended sale of the Burr Theatre.

Wednesday, September 30, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Galbraith House, 131 - 8th Street
New Westminster

Recently the local press has published articles stating that the City intends to sell the Burr and has issued a Request for Proposals ("RFP") to that effect.

The coalition is proposing that the Burr Theatre remain a City-owned facility and be developed as a multidisciplinary arts facility on Columbia Street (see the Vision Statement). This will promote arts and culture in New Westminster and correspondingly will be a boost to business and tourism.

The coalition values your knowledge and experience and would appreciate your attendance. To help planning and arrange for the refreshments, please RSVP either by email, or by phone: 604-525-3244.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, September 23, 2009

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster

On the Agenda

Election of Directors, Officers and various committee representatives
Dues payable. $5 per family per year. Pay now and get a full year of membership!

Guest Speaker
Mayor Wayne Wright

Thursday, September 10, 2009

RSVP: Youth Centre Groundbreaking Ceremony, September 19, 2009

The City of New Westminster invites you to join in the celebration of the Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the City’s first civic Youth Centre.

The City of New Westminster, Province of British Columbia, and Government of Canada have invested a total of $2.752 million to construct this new facility in Moody Park.

Saturday, September 19, 2009
11:00 am
Century House
620 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC

  • Opening Remarks & Introductions
  • Greetings & Remarks from the Government of Canada
  • Greetings & Remarks from the Province of British Columbia
  • Greetings & Remarks from Mayor and Council, City of New Westminster
  • Youth Centre @ Moody Park Fundraising Campaign Donation Announcement
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Refreshments

Volunteers from the City’s Youth Advisory Committee and Century House Association are co-chairing a campaign to raise an additional $200,000 to assist with furnishing and equipping the new Youth Centre.

Please RSVP your attendance by September 16th to 604-519-1066

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Minutes of August 26, 2009 Special Meeting


Chairperson: Lila Wood
Recorder: Miriam Smith

CALL TO ORDER: 7:35 PM in the Lounge of the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, with 22 people in attendance.

Andrew Boyd
Barb Elliott
Judy Ross
Miriam Smith
Lila Wood

M/S/C: To adopt the minutes of May 27, 2009 meeting as circulated.

Request from the City for volunteers for the “Wheelibility Assessment” underway to assess the Uptown and Downtown areas re the accessibility of the streets and sidewalks to persons on wheels, i.e. chairs, scooters, strollers etc.

James Crosty, President of the Quayside Community Board, spoke about the Quayside Community Board, how it is structured and how the Board and the Downtown Residents Association could work together co-operatively. A lively question and answer period ensued.


Stephen gave two interesting presentations on proposed developments in the City.

The Westminster Pier site is a narrow strip of land stretching along the waterfront from the foot of Elliot Street to the foot of Sixth Street. A public park is planned for this site, currently zoned residential, and requiring rezoning to public park and amenities before any development can proceed. The property is presently in derelict and environmentally dangerous condition and will require considerable clean-up and restoration.

The second presentation concerned the redevelopment of the old St. Mary’s Hospital site. A primary school and small park are planned for this location. Our input and concerns are requested and forms for this purpose were handed out, due to be returned to the City by 4:30 on August 28th.

After a lengthy question and answer session it was MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED in favour of supporting the necessary By-Law and OCP changes to allow these two projects to move forward and a letter to that effect sent to the City.



ECD Community Vision Forum, September 30

ECD Community Vision Forum
Wednesday, September 30th 2009
7:00-9:00 pm
Centennial Community Centre, Room 1
600 8th Street, New Westminster
Child-minding available upon request

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Committee is creating a vision for New Westminster and would like your participation in this process. The committee wants Early Childhood Development to be inclusive, connected and well-informed, with families who are supported and have access to the services they need, and with programs, agencies, organizations and businesses that work together.

This forum is being held to inform, to ask for feedback about how to make neighbourhoods more liveable for families with young children, and to enlist the assistance of the community at large in carrying out the action plans.

Background information is available here.

For more information, contact
ECD Community Development Worker
Phone: 604-660-0310

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Douglas College Arts Events for the Fall

The Performing & Creative Arts at Douglas College is excited to announce our fall line up of arts events.
Fall 2009 ImageArts at One
The popular The Arts at One series is held most Thursdays during the semester, starting at 1pm. This series features professional musicians and outstanding Douglas College music students. All performances are held in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. Admission is free
September 10
Jazz Standards
Jared Burrows, guitar
Steve Maddocks, vocals

September 17
The Golden Violin
Calvin Dyck, violin
Bette Suderman, piano

September 24
Parlour Music: Celebrating the Music of Old New Westminster
Robert Silverman, piano
Ellen Silverman, piano
Adele Clark, soprano
Kevin Barrington Foote, narrative
* Sponsored by the City of New Westminster Arts & Cultural Grant in celebration of the City's 150 birthday

October 1
The People United
Corey Hamm, Piano
October 8
Classical Guitar Recital

October 15
Beethoven Trio Op. 38 (After the Septet)
The Vancouver Trio:
Gene Ramsbottom, clarinet
Bo Peng, cello
Keiko Alexander, piano
October 22
Full Circle: Celebrating the Music of the Royal City
EnChor Chamber Choir
Diane Loomer, director
David Gordon Duke, narrative
* Sponsored by the City of New Westminster Arts & Cultural Grant in celebration of the City's 150 birthday
October 29
Keyboard Kaleidoscope
Da Young An, piano

December 3
Student Showcase
Theatre & Stagecraft

November 6-14
Blood Relations
by Sharon Pollock
Studio Theatre
4140 - 700 Royal Avenue
November 13-21
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
4100 - 700 Royal Avenue
For more information about these productions call 604-527-5723. To purchase tickets call the Massey Ticket Centre at 604-521-5050. Tickets will be available by early October.
Unless otherwise posted, performances are 7:30pm nightly with no show on Sunday or Monday evenings. Saturday matinees are 2pm, weekday matinees are typically Monday afternoons at 1pm.
MusicMusic Department
Concerts begin at 7:30pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. Admission to all Music Department concerts this fall is Free.For more information call 604-527-5723
November 27
Douglas College Chorus and Chorale

November 30
Douglas College Jazz Band

December 2
Douglas College Concert Band
December 4
Student Composition Concert

Friday, September 4, 2009

Community Garden Initiative, September 15

New Westminster Community Garden Initiative Presentation
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 from 7 pm

CAW Union Hall
326 12th Street (free parking in lot left of hall)

Those interested in forming a community garden are invited to attend this presentation.