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July 31st. 2016

Reasons Why New West is the Best on BC Day

We know that this long weekend has been one for the books. That’s why you should end it off right! Why spend your Monday off cooped up in the great indoors?

We have 4 reasons why you should be out and about, especially in New Westminster.

  1. Free Fitness Classes

Did you spend this weekend lounging around on the patio? Get your summer-bod back in a hurry with the River Market’s Free Fitness for Families on the Fraser. From 1 pm – 3 pm try on some boxing gloves and throw a few punches; 1 pm – 2 pm experience Abda Capoeira with Mastre Rasta; and from 2 pm – 3 pm join Sensei Bill Hunter (Tashu Martial Arts) in karate. You don’t have to spend any money, or even get up early! Getting out there has never been so easy.

Free Fitness for Families on the Fraser River

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  1. Outdoor Patios, Lounges, and Seating

New West has a variety of patios to chill out and have a snack on. From Uptown to the heart of Downtown, we’ve got plenty. There are also a variety of outdoor seating areas throughout the city. Keep your eyes peeled for the red chairs in front of the Anvil Centre, the library, the parklet on 6th, and the Queensborough Community Centre. There’s also the hammocks and tanning loungers at Pier Park! What better way to kick back and relax than in a hammock by the Fraser River?

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  1. Outdoor Swimming Pools and Water Parks

New Westminster has three outdoor pools. Moody Park and Hume Park pools are open from 1:30 pm until 7:55 pm. Grimston Park also has a wading pool with a lifeguard on duty from noon to 4 pm daily. Alongside these great swimming holes, there are a variety of different water parks in the city. The different locations include Westminster Pier Park, Moody Park, Queens Park, Sapperton Park, Ryall Park, and Hume Park.

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Queens Park

  1. Museums and Heritage Buildings Galore!

This city was BC’s first capital, so it’s only fitting that we have heritage buildings and museums to explore. The most well-known of which is the 1865 mansion, the Irving House. Located at 302 Royal Avenue, the Irving house is open from 12 pm to 5 pm on BC Day. Alongside this heritage house, you can also visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre from 10 am to 4 pm, and the Samson V from 12 pm to 5 pm (on BC Day) – both located on the New West Quay. Our Visitor Centre will be located at the Fraser River Discovery Centre for the day, as well!

July 20th. 2016

The Best in New West – Sushi Edition

New Westminster has a large variety of ethnic foods from Thai to Francophone. But did you know that the city has a total of 18 sushi restaurants? We have done our (tasty) research and have the low down on the best sushi in New West!

Here are some of the best sushi locations (in no particular order) in the city:

To start off our list we have [a staff favourite] Sushi Well (Okonomi Sushi) on Fourth Street beside the Columbia SkyTrain Station. This sushi restaurant has the benefit of being both unique and spectacular. With helpful and friendly staff, good prices, and sushi that not only boasts being good for you, but is also generally yummy Sushi Well is one of the greats. They use a different kind of rice vinegar to make their rolls, so the sushi is pink! They also sell scrumptious deep-fried treats like ice cream and bananas for dessert. Sushi Well, we will be back.

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Deep Fried Ice Cream at Sushi Well.

Next on our list is Ki Sushi located on 8th Street across from the New West SkyTrain Station. This restaurant has a great lunch special where you pick three items and get miso soup for only $8.95. Not to mention, we think the quality of this sushi is on fleek. Easy access from the SkyTrain station, good food, and good company for $8.95?! Who could resist.

With 4.7 stars on Google reviews, Sushi Yen on 6th Street is hitting it out of the ballpark. This Japanese restaurant is more than just another restaurant. It is another staff favourite because of their yummy rolls and signature dessert. They also offer Korean-style fried chicken, Japanese hot dogs, and a few other distinctive items. Located on 6th Street, ya-gotta-eat-here!

Alongside the utterly fab typical sushi choices at Kojima Sushi on 6th Street you can also order fried rice, curry rice, and coconut juice! The menu is almost endless at this restaurant, so you’re sure to find something that you like. Kojima Sushi also has the added benefit of being able to order online, or even having your sushi delivered! Sushi straight to your door? What more could you want. Maybe to live life like the Kardashians, but we think this is a pretty good start.

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Bara Sushi & BBQ in Uptown New Westminster has the most beautiful décor and creates an ambiance that will really allow you to enjoy a meal. Alongside this they have great prices for their bento boxes. The bento boxes have great combinations including mixed tempura in most. Who could say no to good vibes and good food?

Tora Sushi in Queensborough is a quick and easy sushi grab. They have pretty sweet combos and a tiger roll that is simple, but to die for. If you’re shopping the outlets this is a great place to stop in for a quick bite with super friendly service.

Other Sushi Restaurant locations in New West include:

  • Victoria Sushi
  • Ikoi Sushi
  • Tora Sushi
  • Sushi Farm
  • Bluefin Sushi
  • Sushi Heaven
  • Woomi Sushi
  • Sushi Tang
  • Hi Dojo Sushi
  • Togo Sushi
  • Hi Sushi
  • Hayashi Sushi
  • Lucky Sushi

So the next time you’re in the mood for sushi, head on over to New West! We have the best.

July 13th. 2016

Film Locations in New Westminster

It’s a common fact that Twilight’s New Moon was filmed in New West’s downtown. But did you know that it has also played host to the TV series Supernatural, and blockbuster hits like I, Robot? It has even been turned into New York City! We’ve got the scoop on visiting your favourite TV and movie film locations here.

Film Locations by TV Series or Movie

The Good Wife (2009 -)

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New Westminster’s City Hall has been the backdrop for the TV show The Good Wife. In 2009 the first episode of The Good Wife, Showcasing the city hall, began seven seasons of a Golden Globe award winning TV show.

Prison Break (2005 –)

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Ever popular, Prison Break, filmed earlier this year in front of the city hall. It has also shot at a variety of other New Westminster locations over the years, with the latest being June 26th, 2016. There are a few possible upcoming shoots for the TV show in the city coming up soon! Keep your eyes peeled.

Supernatural (2005 -)

The TV show Supernatural has been filming in New Westminster since 2005. They have showcased a variety of different venues within the city and BC’s lower mainland. Notable New West locations include Old Terminal Pub and Clarkson Street. The show has been set to film in the area until April of 2017.

New Moon (2009) and Eclipse (2010) – Twilight Saga

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The uber-successful Twilight saga was filmed in good old, you guessed it, British Columbia! New Westminster’s Columbia Street played a key role in the filming of the movie, as well as McKenzie Street and Front Street. Front Street was also showcased in Twilight’s Eclipse.

The Killing (2011 – 2014)

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Columbia Street, one of New Westminster’s most iconic and historical areas was once again used as set to a TV series. The Killing aired in 2011 and filmed within the city until 2014. The American drama was cancelled after the 4th season, but can still be found on Netflix.

This Means War (2012)

The Reese Witherspoon film showcased both Front Street and a few Columbia Street businesses. This thrilling chick flick not only brings the action, but also helps to #DiscoverFrontStreet!

Other movies and TV shows that showcase New Westminster include

We have also heard a rumour that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants cast has reunited… Does this mean there will be a third movie? Only time will tell. Keep your eyes peeled for the cast in and around Greater Vancouver and New West.

Some other popular film locations…

in the city include the old Keg building (which was originally a train station), the Anvil Centre, The Paramount, and various houses in Massey Heights.

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So, the next time you’re out and about in New Westminster, check out what is being #MadeInNewWest.

July 4th. 2016

The Best in New West – Ice Cream Edition

The best ice cream in New West is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. You may not think of New Westminster as an ice cream destination, but oh is it ever! Gelato, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sprinkles galore! New Westminster is the perfect stop for a sweet treat in the summer heat.

Here are the 6 best places (in no particular order) to keep cool with an ice cream cone this summer.

Eats at the Pier

Our journey through delicious frozen treats begins with Eats at the Pier in Westminster Pier Park. Eats at the Pier not only has a variety of great ice cream flavors, but also a great view and many of places to sit. On a hot summers day, what could be better than sitting in the park’s tanning chairs with an ice cream cone in hand? Keep cool while enjoying a frozen treat.

Eats at the Pier ice cream

Tre Galli Gelato

Next up on the list of ice cream destinations is Tre Galli Gelato in the River Market at the New Westminster Quay. This gelato is made from a secret Gallo family recipe. The three Italian-born brothers Max, Saveiro, and Salvatore Gallo will make you feel right at home with their sweet and savory flavours. For a true taste of Italy, head over to the River Market for some gelato!

Anny’s Dairy Bar

Anny’s Dairy Bar is a family owned business local to Uptown New Westminster on 6th Street. With a 4.5 star rating on Zomato and a 4.7 star rating on Facebook it won’t disappoint! Widely known for their Maple Twist soft serve, poutine, and milkshakes, this French Canadian Restaurant is sure to hit home with true Canadian eats.

Maple Twist soft serve ice cream

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RainCity Juicery

RainCity Juicery has been around for one whole year now! Established in 2015, the juicery is celebrating their anniversary by selling you edible happiness – Rocky Point Ice Cream. If you have ever visited Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, or are from the tri-cities, you know how incredible these flavours and ice creams are. Make it guilt-free by grabbing a healthy cold-pressed juice or cleanse package on your way out.

RainCity Juicery ice cream

Marble Slab Creamery

We are all familiar with Marble Slab Creamery. This ice cream destination in New West’s Smartcentre (Queensborough) allows for you to create your own bowl or cone, gives you options for delicious combinations, and even allows you to make your own sundae. Ice cream cakes are also for sale at this franchise. We heart Marble Slab.

Menchies

Last, but certainly not least, for all of you frozen yogurt lovers is the one, the only, Menchies! Menchies is truly one of the most loved frozen yogurt bars in any city. The franchise has tiny bowls for you to sample a variety of flavors while the larger bowls and waffle cups are there for your filling pleasure. Unlike other build-your-own ice cream bars, Menchies’ pricing is based on weight, not size. This place is irresistible. The trip to Columbia Square Plaza couldn’t be sweeter.

June 30th. 2016

The Best in New West – Patio Edition

We’re serving up more than just cold beers! New Westminster is home to a variety of beautiful patios for you to spend a summer day on. Here are a few that we think are worth coming to visit.

New West Patios

Longtail Kitchen

Serving up a variety of Thai creations, Longtail Kitchen is a great place to grab some lunch and relax on the patio while you’re at it. This patio is right on the Fraser River; ideal for spending some time with friends in the sunshine.

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The Hub Restaurant

Located in the Shops at New West Station, The Hub has happy hour, brunch on weekends and holidays, and daily drink specials. Along with the great Ocean Wise seafood and good company, this hidden gem also has a great patio with a New West kind-of-view like no other.

Wild Rice Restaurant

Wild Rice is cooking up grandma’s traditional Chinese recipes with a local, farm-fresh, Ocean Wise seafood, and hormone-free spin. With gluten-free and vegan options, they use the best ingredients to cook you a meal that your taste buds and tummy will love. They also have a variety of BC beers on tap, local wines, and other 1 oz. and 2 oz. drinks to keep you cool this summer.

Relax on the Wild Rice patio on the Fraser River. Soak up the sun, enjoy a drink, and have some good eats!

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The Met Bar & Grill

This quiet garden patio located adjacent to The Met Hotel has an ever-changing drink special, and to-die-for food specials. They also have a brunch menu for you early-risers!

Featuring a large variety of craft beers and a diverse menu of cocktails and liquors, a summer’s day on the patio couldn’t get any better.

 

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The Boathouse

Known for the views of the water, the Boathouse patio will not let you down. For the summer only, the restaurant is featuring a BBQ menu. What else says summer time like some good ol’ barbecue?

On Quayside Drive, connected the the Inn at the Quay, The Boathouse is the place to be!

Public Spaces

Alongside these fabulous New West patios, there are a variety of great public spaces to hang out at on a hot summer day as well!

A few include:

  • The new parklet in Uptown New Westminster on the corner of Sixth Street and Belmont Street
  • The movable (red) furniture throughout the city including in front of the Anvil Centre
  • The hammocks in Pier Park along the Fraser River
  • The picnic shelters in both Queens Park and Port Royal Park

No matter where you find yourself in New Westminster, there’s a place to appreciate the sunshine and have a #MadeInNewWest day everyday!

June 27th. 2016

Canada Day fun and more—top 5 things to do in New West this week:

An abbreviated work week doesn’t mean any shortage of fun! There’s plenty to do in New West this week, from Canada Day celebrations to a performance by a legendary Canadian band. Here are our top 5 picks:

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Last Monday at the Movies: A Brilliant Young Mind

What: The Arts Council of New Westminster presents last Monday at the Movies. This month’s flick is A Brilliant Young Mind: Struggling to build relationships with others, a teenage math prodigy (Asa Butterfield) develops a budding friendship with a young girl (Jo Yang) while competing at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue.

When: June 27th 2016, 7:30-9pm.

Cost: $8-10.

 

Gateway to Downtown New Westminster Public Art Unveiling

What: rorschach/sentinel is based on a profile of a large merchant ship that was vital to the Allied war effort. Such ships docked at the New Westminster port and contributed to the labour history and economic development of the city. The artwork also refers to the iconic Rorschach test. The contemplation of ‘found’ images and patterns, edited in some way – by selection, placement, juxtaposition – alters meaning, each of us selecting and interpreting what we see.

Artists will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

Where: The median on Columbia Street.

When: June 29th 2016, 4:30pm.

Cost: Free.

 

Canada Day at Queen’s Park: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Canadian Women’s Suffrage

What: Join the City of New Westminster for a day of fabulous fun, celebrations and performances for the entire family in Queen’s Park! Enjoy exciting entertainment, interactive community display booths and our celebrated ‘Pick-a-Box’ silent auction. Free Admission.

Where: Queen’s Park Bandshell.

When: July 1st 2016, 11:30am-3:30pm.

Cost: Free.

 

New West Multicultural Fest 2016

What: Celebrate the rich cultural diversity that exists in our community today! This family friendly event marks the start of summer! Cultural groups representing the countries of their birth bring their unique traditions of celebration through music and dance interpretation and taste.

Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive.

When: July 1st 2016, 1-10pm.

Cost: Free.

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Pointed Sticks at the Columbia

What: For the first time in their almost 40 year history, Vancouver punk/pop legends the Pointed Sticks will be bringing their brand of infectious 60’s influenced dance music to the Royal City! Supported by We Found A LoveBird and Tayt Modern, this promises to be a great evening of music and fun at the beautiful Columbia Theatre. Dress for success, be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

Where: The Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street.

When: July 2nd, 2016. Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.

Cost: $20.

June 22nd. 2016

12th Street Music Festival Has Been Cancelled!

According to the New Westminster Record, the 12th Street Music Festival had to change its dates from the original July 24th to July 17th in 2016 due to Uptown Live being the same day.

With this change, the festival was not gaining the traction that it usually does. Interest levels from both the community and the usual vendors were at an all-time low. Luckily, the hosts of the 12th Street Music Festival in New Westminster, are planning to go forward with it for next year. In 2017 they are going to bring it back to its original dates of the 4th Sunday of July. 2017, we are eagerly waiting for you!

For more info check out the Record: here.

But don’t worry! Here are two other musical outings to experience in New West for July 17th, 2016:

Mike Van Eyes at the Heritage Grill

From 12 pm until 4 pm, enjoy the musical styling of Mike Van Eyes the Heritage Grill! It’s opening night for the boogie-woogie rock ‘n’ roll piano player. He has toured with of The Clash and is sure to impress.

The Famous Players Band at the Starlight Casino

The Famous Players are playing all the hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, including the most current top 40 at the Starlight Casino’s RedBar Lounge. With Famous Players Band, you aren’t getting an act you’re getting an experience that you’ll want to re-live again and again.

They may not be the 12th Street Music Festival, but you can still get your musical fill. Boogie and dance your way out to New Westminster, you won’t want to miss these!

June 20th. 2016

Cultural events, comedy, and live music—oh my! Top 5 things to do in New West this week:

New West is full of cultural events, comedy, live music, fundraisers and more! From the hilarity that is sure to ensue at the Columbia to a Bollywood and musical benefit, you’re sure to have a unique and memorable experience in our city! Here are our top 5 events this week:

National Aboriginal Day

What: National Aboriginal Day events take place from coast to coast, and New Westminster is no exception. Anvil Centre hosts Spirit of the Children Society for a day of unique programming celebrating the diverse cultures of Canada’s Aboriginal populations.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

When: June 21st 2016, 11am-4pm.

Cost: Free.

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Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged

What: 37 plays in 97 minutes. 1,222 characters and 3 actors to rule them all! Alchemy Theatre is proud to present the most heinous act committed against William Shakespeare and English majors everywhere. For one weekend only, June 24th to 26th, in the elegant Columbia Theatre in New Westminster, Alchemy Theatre brings you a most offensive play where audiences can enjoy dinner and beverages throughout the show. Each show will also have a special performance by local comedian, Tiffany Anderson.

Where: The Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street.

When: June 24th-June 26th 2016.

Cost: $20-25.

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Bollywood at Queensborough Community Centre 

What: Bosley’s Columbia Square and Columbia Square Animal Hospital are going Bollywood on June 25th for the New Westminster Animal Shelter! Join them for a Bollywood Street Party at the Queensborough Community Centre from 6pm to 10pm. There will be a band, dancing, Indian Street food, henna and crafts for kids.

Where: Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Avenue.

When: June 25th 2016, 6-10pm.

Cost: Free.

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Beatles and Abba Tributes at the Massey Theatre

What: Hey Jude its Mamma Mia! Relive and reminisce, sing and dance to the music of the top bands of the sixties and seventies. This is the ultimate Beatles and Abba platinum hits concert event. One night only!

Where: Massey Theatre, 835 Eighth Avenue.

When: June 25th 2016, 7-9:30pm.

Cost: $29-49.

 

Royal City Musical Theatre Fundraiser at El Santo

What: Here’s your chance to relive the magic of Royal City Musical Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof! Join cast members for an intimate performance, great food and drinks at this unique fundraiser! 

Where: El Santo, 680 Columbia Street.

When: June 26th 2016, 7-9pm.

Cost: $100.

June 16th. 2016

What to Buy Dad for Father’s Day

Don’t know what to buy Dad for Father’s Day?

Don’t sweat it! We’ve got you covered. Here are the top 5 last-minute things to buy for him in New Westminster.

  • What goes together like peanut butter and jam? Dads and beer of course! Steel & Oak has a variety of different brews to suit every taste. Come on in, fill up a growler, and have some fun while you’re at it! You could even buy Dad a couple differ
    ent brews to see what he likes best.
  • From furniture to journals, the Urban Man Cave has everything your father has secretly been wanting. Finish off his new man cave with a clock, or a bar stool for his favourite sports team. The possibilities are limitless. (Father’s Day BONUS: Free 21 Function Multi Tool with $50 Purchase. While supplies last).
  • Brick & Mortar has some awesome New Westminster T-shirts that are perfect for Dad. Why don’tcha give your Dad the gift of style this Father’s Day and bless him with a new shirt.
  • Check out the Banana Lab in New Westminster, or shop online through their Etsy page. They have various rustic phone cases and a variety of leather key chains that are perfect for Dad! Or, if you have more money to spoil him with, check out some of their furniture. What father wouldn’t love a new chair to relax in?
  • Queensborough Landing is the home to New Westminster’s Smartcentre. The shopping centre boasts a plethora of brand names including a few that Dad will love. Some stores to check out for Father’s Day include Quiksilver, Calvin Klein, Lindt Chocolate, Moores, Tommy Hilfiger, and Roots.

Whether you are looking for furniture, clothing, or beer for Father’s Day, New West has something for everybody. We hope to see you, and your Dad, soon!

June 13th. 2016

Celebrate New West! Here are our top 5 things to do this week:

Don’t let the rain get you down! It’s still summer and summer in New West means everything from an abundance of free music to celebrations of our waterfront and our public art! Here are our top 5 things to do this week (and don’t forget to celebrate dad on Sunday!):

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Dueling Pianos at Match

What: Every Wednesday is Dueling Pianos at Match Eatery & Public House at Starlight Casino! Request your favourite songs and get ready to sing along! Music starts at 7pm.

Where: Match Eatery & Public House at Starlight Casino, 350 Gifford Street.

When: Every Wednesday at 7pm.

Cost: Free.

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Art in the Streets: Rob Matharu

What: Art in the Streets aims to highlight local artists, enhance public space and provide context to the area and activities that occur within the community. This year’s selected artist is Rob “Shockk” Matharu whose designs will be exhibited on street banners along 6th Street, from Columbia Street to 5th Avenue. Light refreshments will be served and the artist will be in attendance.

Where: New Westminster City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue.

When: June 17th 2016, 4:30pm.

Cost: Free.

 

Music By the River: Cranky Molluscs

What: The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the City of New Westminster and River Market presents MUSIC BY THE RIVER.

This busking-style music program featuring weekend performances by selected musicians at River Market.

Cranky Molluscs are an acoustic instrumental duo that performs a variety of world folk music. From waltzable french tunes to fiery tangoes, The Molluscs are a fun and dynamic bunch.

Donations are welcome.

Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive.

When: June 18th 2016, 12-2pm.

Cost: Free.

 

Queensborough Children’s Festival

What: The 5th annual Queensborough Children’s festival is a fun filled family event celebrating children of all ages! Join us for interactive play, amazing entertainment such as “Music with Marnie”, craft stations, food and more! The event goes rain or shine.

Where: Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Avenue.

When: June 18th at 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Cost: Free!

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Pier to Landing

What: The City of New Westminster hosts Pier 2 Landing, a celebration of its waterfront on Father’s Day! The event includes live entertainment, artisanal market, barbecue, bike decorating, sandcastle building, community art projects, Live5210 Playbox, a pop-up museum, historical and environmental walking tours, the Paper Girl art program, cycling tours, and a bike rodeo.

Where: Westminster Pier Park, Front Street, and Sapperton Landing Park.

When: June 19th 2016, 11am-2pm. 

Cost: Free.