Here & Now: Pumpkin Parade not on this year

Sad news for fans of the annual Pumpkin Parade. The event isn’t on this year, as the organizer is having health issues, but it will likely be on again next year.

The Pumpkin Parade takes place in the Heights and involves local residents bringing their used jack-o-lanterns to the park, after Halloween night, of course. Volunteers line them up along a pathway and light the candles. Residents can then walk along the outdoor display of carving. Roughly 250 people came to the first parade in 2014.

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Tenants’ rights

Curious about your rights as a renter? Burnaby Community Services is hosting a free tenants’ rights workshop with a guest speaker from TRAC, the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre. The event will cover renters’ rights and responsibilities, self-protection methods and information on illegal entries, repairs and evictions.

The workshop is on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, at 2055 Rosser Ave. Admission is free, but reserve your seat by calling 604-292-3902 or email

Seniors’ ’60s dance

The Bonsor 55+ Centre is hosting a 1960s-themed dinner and dance for seniors on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. The Day Trippers, a Beatles cover band, are performing, and there’s a lasagna dinner with all the trimmings. Admission is $15 for members, $18.75 for the general public. Pre-register by calling 604-297-4580 and cite barcode 417724. Info: 604-297-4580.

Inclusion festival

Rain shut down their first attempt in June, but the organizers behind the annual Inclusion Festival pressed on and pitched their tents in the pouring rain on Saturday, Sept. 17.

There were snacks, conversation, face painting, dancing and singing.

“It may not have drawn the big crowd we were hoping for, but the mere fact that we pushed through with it despite the weather was a real commitment from the community,” said Phoebe Wong in an email to the NOW. “There were families that came out and I heard from (organizer) Marleni that a particular lady, a refugee, who was prohibited from singing in her own country finally found her voice again during the Inclusion Festival. It was worth it.”

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