Light up the night

The Lantern Festival will light up Maple Ridge next week.

To get ready for the parade, the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association has partnered with The ACT and local businesses to host several workshops.

The workshops will show how to make different kinds of lanterns to light up the dark winters skies.

Workshops:

• Saturday, Feb. 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the ACT.

• Kid’s workshop Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Maple Ridge library.

Fire spinning, juggling, twirling, acrobatic dance and contemporary dance, synchronized to music and drums, will feature at the festival this year.

The festival takes place 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Haney Place Mall.

The lantern parade begins at 7 p.m., starting in the mall and proceeding outside through Memorial Peace Park.