THREE THINGS TO DO: Markets open at North Surrey rec, Zaklan farm

Also: Player piano new to Surrey Museum, pool opens at Granview Heights

Gemma McNeill and Doug Zaklan at Zaklan Heritage Farm in Newton.

1. Outdoor market season has kicked into high gear, with Surrey Urban Farmers Market (Surreymarket.org) opening on Wednesday afternoon (June 8) for a summer of fresh fruits and veggies at North Surrey rec centre plaza. In Newton, the weekly market at Zaklan Heritage Farm (Zaklanheritagefarm.com) gets going on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 13278 84th Ave. “Come for the fresh produce, grab a locally roasted coffee and visit with the chickens and animals,” market administrator Gemma McNeill told the Now.

2. Check out an old musical instrument new to Surrey Museum, home to a Landsdowne player piano made in the early 1900s and recently donated to the Cloverdale facility. “It’s a special piece,” curator Lana Panko explained. “Player pianos were once an important entertainment device for families. From 1890 to about 1920, they were the equivalent to Netflix today.” Peter Chittim donated the beloved piano to the museum because his family no longer had space for it. Staff are being trained to play the piano but, unfortunately, museum visitors aren’t allowed to plunk its keys. Below, see video of the piano in action, and visit the museum at 17710 56A Ave.

 

3. A grand-opening celebration at Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre is set for Saturday, June 11. The event, which will include free swimming, food and more, will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16855 24th Ave., South Surrey. Also, a new piece of public art, “Circulation” by Pierre Sasseville and Jean-Francois Cooke, will be unveiled. Highlights of the award-winning facility include a 10-lane, 50-metre competition pool, diving facilities, a “lifestyle” pool with a “lazy river,” spray features and tots’ area. The facility also has two hot tubs, a waterslide, steam room, dry sauna, spectator seating, a universal change area, an 8,500-square-foot fitness area and more.

 

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