THREE THINGS TO DO: ‘Party at the PLOT’ in Newton, Holi colours, and more

Events include a Pride Week screening of films at KPU in Surrey

Aerial view of the PLOT community sharing garden in Newton.

1. In Newton, a crafters tent, a “bring your own picnic” invite and live music is part of a “Party at the PLOT,” at the temporary food-sharing garden and medicine wheel created on a vacant piece of property to the south of Newton Arena. The event, set for Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is billed as “a day of creativity, mini workshops, art, music, food and fun.” Check it out at the corner of 71st Avenue and 137A Street, or go online at

2. On B.C. Day (Monday, Aug. 1), dance performances, music, food and, most importantly, bursts of coloured powder are promised during an all-ages Holi Colour Festival at Surrey’s Lakshmi Narayan Mandir (8321 140th St.), from 2 to 7 p.m. The ticketed event – prices range from $5 to $45, or free for those 10 and under – celebrates “a traditional Indian holiday celebrated in our own innovative fashion, adapted to the contemporary Canadian/American scene,” according to a post at

3. A pair of acclaimed CBC documentaries will be screened here as part of Pride Week activities. KDocs Community Outreach, a partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), will bring “How We Got Gay” and “Transforming Gender” to its Surrey campus on Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The post-screening panel discussion will involve KPU students, faculty and community activists. The event is free to attend at 12666 72nd Ave., in the Fir Building. For more details, visit


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