The Chinese New Year is upon us, and local libraries, shopping malls and even the Heights Merchants Association are getting ready to celebrate.
This Saturday, Brentwood Town Centre is hosting an arts and crafts centre near the children’s play area, including a balloon artisan from 1 to 4 p.m.
Lucky lion dance performances will take place in the centre court from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., and there will be a blessing of the merchants from 3 to 4 p.m.
For more information, go to www.brentwoodtowncentre.com.
HMA says Gung Hei Fat Choy
Burnaby Heights will be holding its Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, Feb. 1 from noon to 2:30 p.m.
The association is ringing in the Year of the Horse along Hastings Street with music and dance, including lion dancers performing special blessings to bring luck and prosperity to Heights merchants, according to the association’s website.
Lion dancers will hand out fortune cookies and red envelopes, with special messages and chances to win prizes inside.
Chinese New Year at Lougheed
Lougheed Town Centre is also holding its Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 1.
There will be a Korean drum parade at 10:30 a.m., Korean performances at centre court at 10:40 a.m., a Chinese lion dance at noon, and the lion will bless the retailers at 12:30 p.m.
Shoppers over 19 will get a red envelope containing a $5 Lougheed gift card voucher, while supplies last, according to the mall’s website.
For more info, go to the events page at www.lougheedtowncentre.com.
Metropolis at Metrotown is holding its Chinese New Year celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the grand court. A lion dance will take place at 10 a.m., and the lion will then go through the mall blessing retailers for the new year.
For more information, go to metropolisatmetrotown.com/events/chinese-new-year-celebration-year-horse.
Celebrity spotted at Lougheed
OK, there haven’t been any celebrity sightings at Lougheed just yet. But an athlete-endorsed gym will be opening at the shopping centre this year, so who knows who might show up?
Steve Nash Fitness World is opening at Lougheed Town Centre sometime this year, according to the centre’s website.
Five stores have either relocated or closed to make way for the 18,000-square-foot fitness centre.
For more information, go to www.lougheedtowncentre.com, and check the What’s New section.
New enviro regulations
Confused by the province’s new environmental regulations? The Burnaby Board of Trade is hosting an info session on Feb. 5 to help businesses navigate registering with the new stewardship agency, Multi Material B.C.
As of May, all businesses that distribute printed paper and packaging have to register with the agency and report the amount of paper and packaging they distribute, as well as pay fees to cover recycling costs, according to the board’s website.
The agency’s managing director, Allen Langdon, will speak at the session, which takes place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown.
The session is $10 for members and $25 for non-members.
After hours business mixer
Get together with other Burnaby Board of Trade members at the Great Bear Pub on Monday, Feb. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The first after-hours member mixer of the year is free for members, according to the board’s website.