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Surrey RCMP: “Doors Open” Public Event


As part of the City of Surrey’s third annual “Doors Open” event, the Surrey RCMP is inviting the public to attend their District Offices in Whalley / City Centre (10720 King George Boulevard), Newton (7235 137th Street), and Cloverdale / Port Kells (5732 176A Street) on Saturday, June 21 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet local police officers, staff and volunteers who work at their community’s police station and learn more about the many services offered at the District Offices. There will be activities for families and kids including photo opportunities with police vehicles and interactive displays. For more information visit www.surrey.ca/doorsopen or see the Doors Open 2014 Event Guide. Follow the hashtag #SurreyDoorsOpen to join in the conversation on social media.


Surrey Doors Open Event


City of Surrey is hosting its 3rd annual Surrey Doors Open event on Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A unique opportunity to be a tourist in your own city, 2014 Surrey Doors Open will comprise 48 locations in City Centre, Bear Creek, Newton and Cloverdale which will open their doors for the community to explore Surrey’s rich culture, history, art and architecture. Sites will offer free activities including guided tours, presentations, children’s activities, food and entertainment. Doors Open guides, complete with maps and information, can be downloaded at www.surrey.ca/doorsopen or by visiting any City of Surrey Recreation Centre or Library.


‘Concerned Citizens of BC’


To show our anxiety and discomfort over what’s happening with our kids, we have arranged a rally in Surrey on Saturday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Holland Park, corner of King George & 100th Avenue.  If you’ve the same concerns and want to register your voice in support of public education in BC, join with us.


Sai Japa


All devotees are invited at Hindu Cultural Society and Community Centre of B.C., 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Japa on Saturday, June 21. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. – Bhajan / Kirtan; 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Sai Japa; 7:30 p.m. – Priti Bhojan. For further information, contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958, Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989, or the Temple at 604-299-5922.


South Asian Health Centre Open House


Sunday, June 22, 2-4 p.m, at 6830 King George Boulevard, Surrey (drop-in format, speeches at 2:30 p.m.). Refreshments will be provided. Come visit us at the South Asian Health Centre to meet our team and learn more about our programs and services. The South Asian Health Centre is working with local physicians, the community and families to help support people in managing their chronic conditions and improving their overall health. For more information, contact: The Surrey – North Delta Division of Family Practice at (778) 985-6630 or susankreis.sndfp@gmail.com


South Asian Seniors


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adult and senior members as well as non-members to attend a lecture on Importance of Samskarams (Sacraments) in our life by Mahant Purshotam Dasji on June 22, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. Your views about the Samskarams will be welcomed after the lecture. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further details.


Candlelight Vigil: Air India Bombing Tragedy


On Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.: A candlelight vigil and Shanti Path at Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Mandir, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. All are welcome.


Special: BC Victims of Homicide


Are you living with the traumatic loss of a loved one? Are you in need of support? The BC Victims of Homicide, an initiative of the BC Bereavement Helpline, is hosting an eight week traumatic loss grief support group for the South Asian community in Surrey in partnership with Valley View Funeral Home. When: Wednesday, June 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free – but registration is required. Space is limited. Languages: Punjabi, Hindi and English. Facilitators: Jas Cheema and Manjeet Singh. To register or for more information, contact Jas Cheema by phone at 604-561-2700 or by email at: jascheema@shaw.ca. Please refer this group to your network or to anyone who may benefit from it.


Conversation: Sufi Singer Sain Zahoor Ahmed


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will welcome the critically acclaimed and internationally admired Sufi singer Sain Zahoor Ahmed, a leading Sufi musician from Pakistan. For years he has performed traditional music from the Sufi branch of Islam to audiences all over the world, with concerts in the United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland, India and Norway. Ahmed will be awarded an honorarium and recognized for his immense contributions to Sufi music at an event hosted by KPU’s modern languages department at KPU Surrey on Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. The event will also include a public conversation between the Sufi singer and the university’s visiting history instructor Dr. Almas Zakiuddin, where Ahmed will discuss his journey, his career as a singer and stories from his life. He will also share insights into Sufism, and answer audience questions. At KPU Surrey conference centre, Cedar Building, 12666 72nd Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.


All Star Wrestling


Cloverdale Fairgrounds on Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Gangrel The Vampire Warrior & Moondog Manson vs Cougar Meat (Collin Cutler & Kyle Sebastian). Travis Sionys vs Gorgeous Michelle Starr. Azeem The Dream & Christopher Ryseck vs The Great Kasaki & Nate Daniels. ASW Ladies Title: Bambi Hall (champion) vs Delilah Lodge. Mister India vs TKO Cody Smith. Dash Venture vs Matt XStatic. Jason Cage with Flex & Vixen managed by the KING vs Nick Price. Tickets are $20 front row, $15 ringside rows 2-3, $12 bleachers. Tickets available at: www.allstar-wrestling.com or at Central City Comix-10221 King George Highway, Surrey, Comics Scene at 8912 152 Street, Surrey. Information: 604-710-0872.


Vancouver International Busker Festival


Coming to Granville Street and the Art Gallery, June 27-29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. In addition to over 100 shows by 27 local, national and international street artists ranging from circus, juggling and mime to tall unicycles, chain escapes, magic, spray paint arts, music and comedy we will also have 16 of Vancouver’s best food trucks and over 20 arts and crafts vendors.


Canada Multicultural Day Celebration


Global Clergy Association of Canada (GCAOC) will be celebrating Canada Multicultural Day on June 27, 7-9 p.m., at Kabir Center, 208, 14770-64th Avenue, Surrey. The celebration will include cultural and spiritual items. Speakers of major faiths have been invited to present their perspective on the theme “Culture & Religion for Sustainable Future.” The event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Dr. Jagessar Das at 604-599-6876 or Acharya S. Dwivedi at 604-507-3099.


All Star Wrestling


Richmond on Saturday, June 28 at the Fridge. This show will feature former WWE Star, Gangrel the Vampire Warrior vs Kyle Sebastian for the ASW Trans Canada Title. ASW Tag Team Titles: The Breakers vs Azeem The Dream & Christopher Ryseck (Champions). ASW Cruiserweight Title: Collin Cougar Meat Cutler vs The Great Kasaki. Toga Boy, Lonewolf McCoy and more. Tickets $18 row and $15 general admission. Meet the Wrestlers after the show at Pioneer’s Pub. www.allstar-wrestling.com. Phone: 604-710-0872.


Langley Canada Day Celebrations


Langley International Festival Society has joined hands with the Township of Langley, Tourism Langley, Langley Events Centre, Langley School District, Fraser Valley Regional Library and many others to put on a four-day spectacular celebration, from June 28 to July 1. Sponsors and vendors are asked to email at info@internationalfestival.ca or visit the www.internationalfestival.ca/ or www.langleycanadaday.ca website for further details.


MADD Metro Vancouver Chapter


Strides for Change is MADD Canada’s annual walk-a-thon. The annual 5 km walk supports Chapters and Community Leaders in their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving and to help victims in their communities. Highlights of the event include a special unveiling of the MADD Metro Vancouver Chapters Memorial Bench. There will be food, refreshment, goodie bags for all participants and exciting raffle prizes. The walk takes place at Bear Creek Park in Surrey on Saturday, June 28.  Registration begins at 10 a.m. Candlelight vigil and Memorial Bench unveiling will take place at 11 a.m. with the walk following. Those who can’t attend in person can still take part as a Virtual Walker and walk from home in your favorite chair, or make a donation online. Visit: www.madd.ca/vancouver to register, donate or get more information.


Multicultural Heritage Festival


Presented in partnership with Vancouver Cantonese Opera, the event will take place on the City stage at the Minoru Plaza outside the Richmond Cultural Centre on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 from noon until 5 p.m. each day, at Minoru Plaza outside the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. The festival is moving outdoors and adding a second day of music, dance and martial arts. Canadian artists from China, Great Britain, India, Japan, Russia, Thailand and the Ukraine will share the stage. For more information, call 604-764-8181 or visit www.multiculturalheritage.ca


BC Summer Reading Club


Surrey Libraries invites kids of all ages to join the 2014 BC Summer Reading Club. It’s free. This year’s theme is Funny Business. Sign up at the library has started. Every child receives a reading log to keep track of their reading. Kids visit the library regularly to collect special weekly stickers for their reading log, enter contests, and win prizes. Kids that read for 49 days receive an official 2014 medal. Kids can participate in many fun free programs from magic shows, to the one-woman circus act, to a sound-effects performer. As well there are family storytimes, craft programs, book clubs, LEGO clubs, computer and games events, and more. For more information, and to learn about other free library programs, contests and activities for kids, call the Surrey Libraries at 604-598-7445 or visit http://www.surreylibraries.ca/5370.aspx


Do Your Kidz Have Talent?


Langley’s International Festival Society presents a contest for Kids Who Have Talent to motivate and showcase young musicians in the community. The kidz will have an opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at Langley Canada Day celebrations on  July 1 at the  Willoughby Community Park (next to Langley Events Centre), located at 7888 – 200th Street, Langley.  If your son or daughter is 12 or under, who can sing, dance or play a musical instrument, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their talent. The outstanding performer will be awarded a scholarship from Langley Community Music School.  You can find the application at www.internationalfestival.ca or www.langleycanadaday.ca . If you have any questions, call Alyssa at 778-298-7703 or e-mail her at office@internationalfestival.ca.


Man-Up Against Suicide Photo Exhibit


Man-Up Against Suicide photo exhibit, a project led by UBC professor and men’s health expert, Dr. John Oliffe, from now until June 29 (Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m.) at 1445 West Georgia Street, Vancouver (former Buschlen Mowatt gallery). Suicide is the leading cause of death among men aged 25-29 and 40-44, as well as a preventable and common cause among other age groups. Men in BC commit suicide at a rate of 17.5 per 100,000. This exhibit illuminates this stigmatized issue by placing cameras in the hands of men and women of different ages and backgrounds who have been affected by male suicide. Their photographs and narratives will be exhibited across Canada as a means of de-stigmatizing men’s mental illness and raising awareness about men’s suicide.


Indo-Africa Chairtable Society


Invites all to Shivpuran Katha by Shree Giri Bapu in Hindi at All Saints Parish Church, 1405 Como Lake, Coquitlam, from June 30 to July 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. Pooja: 6:30 p.m. by Shree Sharadbhai Shastri. Maha Shivpuran Katha: 7 p.m. Priti Bhojan from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Shri Mukeshgiribapu is known as ‘Giribapu’ among his followers. Along his Shivkatha, Shri Giribapu inspires and motivates for free plantation, literacy, giving up addiction, preventing dowry, preventing infanticide, protecting animals and birds, and being vegetarian. For more info, contact Vasant Lakhani, President, Indo-Africa Charitable Society, at (604) 987-1925.


English & Multilingual Canadian Citizenship Preparation


July 2 & 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at New Westminster Public Library, 716–6th Avenue. Free but registration required. Call 604-438-8214, ext. 112. MOSAIC is a multilingual non-profit organization.


YVR Take-off Fridays


Vancouver International Airport (YVR) getting ready to host its 5th summer celebration event YVR Take-Off Fridays at Domestic, International & U.S. Terminals, Departures Level 3. Every Friday from July 4 to August 29, YVR will come alive with fun-filled activities, free entertainment, delicious food samples and deals for travellers and locals alike. Running Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event features live entertainment by local performers and beats courtesy of  the Lower Mainland’s hottest DJs. For the little ones, caricaturists and balloonists will be onsite, complemented by face painting and photos ops with the beloved YVR mascots. Lunch and shopping specials also await visitors. Plus, back for a second consecutive year is the popular YVR Take-Off Fridays’ Paper Airplane Competition, scheduled for Friday, July 11 at 11 a.m. Participants of all ages are invited to vie for the chance to scoop up huge prizes, as they square off to create an airplane that will soar past their competitors. Paper airplane expert Ralph Heldt will coach participants on the aerodynamics of paper airplanes and which folding methods will yield the farthest flights..Enjoy a special YVR Take-Off Fridays parking rate of $5 for up to four hours in YVR’s Parkade, or begin your adventure on the Canada Line and get to the airport in 26 minutes or less.


Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar


On July 5, 5:30-8 p.m., the gurdwara organizers are inviting all communities and faiths to join them for a GNFK (Guru Nanak Free Kitchen) Mediation Evening – Celebrating Community Harmony.  Bring your friends and families – and meditate together for peace and harmony. There will also be activities for children.


Keeping Kids Safe in Vancouver


On July 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Dueck GM Marine, 400 Marine Drive, SE Vancouver.

Dueck GM Marine has made a commitment to families in Vancouver to help keep their children safe with the Safe and Sure Child Car Seat Installation Workshop Program. Chevrolet is working with Parachute, a Canadian charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, to roll out the new Chevrolet Safe and Sure program to help educate parents and caregivers with hands-on instructions on car seat safety. The program offers free one-on-one workshops with a certified car seat technician who will teach families and caregivers how to use and install car seats in any vehicle so children are safe for every ride no matter the make or model of their vehicle. Appointment registration is available in advance of this workshop at www.safeandsure.ca.


Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


People with ongoing health issues may know what they ‘should’ do for better health, but find it difficult to get started – or lose motivation when they run into problems. Richmond Public Library is hosting a free six-week “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program”, offered by the University of Victoria, Centre on Aging, Mondays from now until July 21 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. To see the program evaluation report or for more information on the program go to www.selfmanagementbc.ca



SikhRi Sikh summer camp


Daily program at this Sikh camp will feature a daily diwan, group activities, sports and fun-filled learning classes. The sessions at the summer camp for Sikh kids will be focusing on gurmat, journey through time; vismad, kirtan, creative arts workshop, gatka, and team building activities that seek to inspire the Sikh values. Other principles of universal significance are also incorporated in the Sikh camp that do not disturb the harmony of the Sikh faith. July 21-25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at Khalsa School – Newton Campus, Surrey. Theme: Guru Nanak Sahib Ji. Participants: Children ages 5-16. Donations / Costs: $250 or get the Early Bird discount. SikhRi, a non-profit organization, will provide kids with nutritional snacks and meals during the camp hours. To offset the cost of the camp, following donations are suggested: register by June 25: $225 for the first child; $175 / child for additional children in same family. Email: lali.pawa@sikhri.org or call 604-505-0502. This Sikh camp is supported by volunteers who are passionate about Sikhi and Sikh kids. Consider volunteering.


Chariot Festival of India
The 41st annual Chariot Festival of India also known as Jagannath Rath Yatra is taking place in Downtown Vancouver on August 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Second Beach, Stanley Park, Vancouver. This colourful and fun-filled cultural parade starts at 11:30 a.m. from Beach Avenue at Howe Street (under the Granville Street Bridge) and travelling along Beach Avenue, culminates at Second Beach at 1 p.m. Features: Entertainment on two stages; music & dance; live theatre; mendi hand tattoos; yoga & meditation; face painting; veggie-cooking demos; clowns & balloon artists; free feasting for 10,000; kids fun tents; market bazaar. All families and friends invited. Free admission. Organizer: ISKCON Vancouver. Information: iskconvan@gmail.com