THREE THINGS TO DO: ‘Open studio’ pottery opportunity at Newton PopUp Gallery

Also: Sounds of Summer concerts begin Wednesday, Pioneer Fair set for Saturday

Hands-on pottery is happening at an art gallery in Newton.

1. Ever wanted to give pottery a try? Until Sunday (July 3), go ahead and get your hands into some clay during the Fraser Valley Potters Guild exhibition happening at Newton PopUp Gallery. Members of the long-established guild are in “open studio” mode as part of the interactive working studio and exhibition, daily from noon to 4 p.m. Of course, the featured work is available for purchase at the gallery, located in the 7300-block of 137th St. For more details, visit or click on

2. The flower-filled setting of Glades garden park is first up in the City of Surrey’s Sounds of Summer music series, which gets going on Wednesday (July 6) with a performance by the Calvin Dyck-led West Coast String Quartet. Admission is free at the event, at 561 172nd St., South Surrey, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Looking ahead, next up in the annual series are the gypsy-swing sounds of Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars, in concert at Surrey City Hall Plaza on July 13. More details are posted at, or call 604-501-5050.

3. Old-time music, dance, games and costumes are promised during Historic Stewart Farm’s Pioneer Fair, set for Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Performers at the four-hour event include The Re-Enactors theatre troupe, Michael Viens and Rosie Carver of the band Blackthorn and Brigadoon Highland Dancers, with an interactive bee workshop, family portrait photo ops, an “Along the Shore” talk about the local shoreline, hand-churned ice cream and a visit from The Place Next Door food truck. Admission is free at 13723 Crescent Rd., South Surrey.

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