THREE THINGS TO DO: ‘Spooktacular Newton’ event returns Saturday

Also this week: A special dinner at Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre and a new-look Kids Gallery at Surrey Museum

A scene from last year's 'Spooktacular Newton” event.

1. Last year’s inaugural “Spooktacular Newton” was a spooky hoot, and it’s happening again this Saturday (Oct. 22) from noon to 4 p.m. at 7327 137 St., Surrey. Newton Business Improvement Association’s Halloween event, held in partnership with Envision Financial, includes many free and fun activities in an “urban pumpkin patch” environment, with 1,000 pumpkins “free” for the taking with a donation to Surrey Food Bank. The event will include a petting zoo, a Spook Theatre, haunted train rides, photo booth, trick-or-treating, games, crafts and facepainting. For more event details, visit

2. A dinner and concert on Saturday (Oct. 22) will celebrate 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Whalley. “We are trying to reach out to all those second and third generations who have parents and grandparents who immigrated to Canada but have lost touch with their roots but would be interested in having  an opportunity to participate and learn something of their culture,” event co-ordinator Katherine Miske told the Now. Event tickets are $30 per person by calling 778-292-0239. Event details are posted at, under Upcoming Events.


3. New food-focused interactive displays are featured in the recently revamped Kids Gallery at Surrey Museum, with info about where food comes from and how it impacts the environment. The gallery, which opened a year ago, features a tree house, a play farm house, a pipe wall and many other “interactives” designed to keep children of all ages engaged as they learn. “We expect the play garden to be a great addition for toddlers,” said Lynn Saffery, museum manager. “They can plant wooden carrots and other veggies while their older siblings take in the interactive on another level, learning about the environmental impact of greenhouses versus farmer fields.” Look for more gallery info at, or call 604-592-6956.


Just Posted

SFU president talks about Surrey campus expansion, need for more student seats

While the provincial government promised to double SFU’s student spaces from 2,500 to 5,000 by 2015, that hasn’t happened

Five years jail for plea in South Surrey shots-fired case

Court records show Cameron Barton pleaded guilty to four of 17 charges

VIDEO: Surrey’s newest purpose-built rental building opens in City Centre

People started moving in Nov. 1, developer expects building to be completely rented by April

OIPC audits White Rock’s handling of FOI requests

Findings to be released tomorrow morning

South Surrey child Holocaust survivor ‘just cannot forget what happened’

Alex Buckman one of two presenters to address Earl Marriott teens

Feds give formal notice for law to end Canada Post strike

Trudeau government ready to legislate employees back to work after five weeks of rotating strikes

Getzlaf lifts Ducks to 4-3 win over skidding Canucks

Vancouver now winless since Nov. 8

Pressure builds for B.C. to recognize physicians assistants

“We can make a difference and I think we’re being overlooked.”

Senators urge Trump to expedite congressional vote on USMCA

The 12 Republican senators are warning of the dangers of getting the trade pact approved in 2019

Bill just one tool to deter foreign interference in Canadian elections: Gould

Bill C-76 is just one means to deter outside interference in Canadian elections

Investigation into B.C. legislature officers began in January

RCMP brought in months after former prison administrator started

Legal challenge filed over high-stakes competition to design $60B warships

The federal government had originally said it wanted a “mature design” for its new warship fleet, which was widely interpreted as meaning a vessel that has already been built and used by another navy.

‘There has to be accountability’: victims of sterilization demand action

Morningstar Mercredi says she woke up from a surgery at 14 and immediately broke down when she discovered the baby she once felt inside of her was gone.

Former B.C. crime reporter pens debut children’s book

Thom Barker channels his giant dog’s phobias into theme exploring critical thinking

Most Read