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West Coast Tagore Festival 2014


At Richmond Cultural Center, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond: Saturday, September 6, 12-4:30 p.m. You are invited along with your families, friends and acquaintances to attend the festival. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/895112497185613/ Web: www.VancouverTagoreSociety.org


South Asian Seniors: Parkinson Disease


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and non-members to attend a presentation by Dr. Gulzar Cheema on “Parkinson Disease, symptoms and treatment” on Sunday, September 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. There will be a question-and-answer session. Tea and snacks will be served. Phone Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Farmers Appreciation Day: Surrey


On Wednesday, September 10, join the Surrey Urban Farmers Market at Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104th Avenue, in celebrating Farmers Appreciation Day, featuring live music, a corn roast, and pie and ice cream. The Surrey Urban Farmers Market is hosting its first annual Farmers Appreciation Day in light of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets Farmers Appreciation Week – a week dedicated to raising awareness of how local food and farmers enrich our lives. There will also be guest speakers, a photo booth, vegetable stamp painting and a “guess that squash” activity, as well as an opportunity for shoppers to write a note thanking their farmers. Surrey Urban Farmers Market: from now until October 8, Wednesdays from 12 to 5 p.m. Phone: 778-228-3276. www.surreymarket.org. Twitter: @surreymarket


Introduction to Canadian Citizenship


This free program in Punjabi / Hindi caters to permanent residents who are applying for Canadian Citizenship. An introduction will be provided on topics like Canada’ History, Geography, Government and much more. Participants will learn on how to study “Discover Canada”. Every Thursday from now until September 11, 1-2:30 p.m. At South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Drive at 49th) in Vancouver. Free Child minding and refreshments will be provided. For more information and registration, call: 604-324-6212, ext. 134.


Parkinson SuperWalk


Family, friends and co-workers are teaming up to fight Parkinson’s. Join our community heroes at the 19th annual Parkinson SuperWalk on Sunday, September 7 at 10 a.m. in Vancouver’s Stanley Park (Ceperley Playground). Participants can register by visiting www.parkinson.bc.ca. 110 communities across Canada and 21 communities throughout BC (including Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver) will join the fight to find a cure.


Suicide Prevention Panel Discussion


Suicide Prevention Panel Discussion and Photo Exhibit to mark Suicide Prevention Day at Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 72nd Avenue, Surrey, on Wednesday, September 10, 7-9 p.m. Panel members include one of the artists of the exhibit, individuals who can speak to the loss of a family member to suicide, a representative from Fraser Mental Health and Jackie Yurick.


Indian Ex-Servicemen Society B.C.


The highest gallantry battle honour day of the epic battle of Saragarhi is being celebrated on September 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Signature Banquet Hall, 13030 76th Avenue, Surrey. All ex-servicemen of the Indian Armed Forces are requested to attend the occasion with their wives. Confirmation to attend is requested by September 10. For more information, call Capt. Mohinder Singh Jaswal at 604-501-3939.


Recovery Day Vancouver


Recovery Day Vancouver for Lower Mainlanders in recovery from addiction takes place September 13, noon-3 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza at Vancouver’s Cambie and Georgia streets. Speakers and music will help build awareness, challenge societal stigma and celebrate the role recovery plays in improving lives of individuals, families and communities. A march through downtown streets will follow the rally attended by thousands in past years. Guest speakers include comedian and photojournalist Donovan Mahoney and Mixed Martial Arts U.S. national champion Janae Noonan.


Muslim Association of Canada: Vancouver Chapter


Would like to invite you and your whole family to Maher Zain’s Songs for Hope brought to you by Islamic Relief Canada. All proceeds will go to children relief around the world. When: Saturday, September 13 at 6 p.m. Where: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road., Richmond. Tickets: balcony: $30 (sold out); ground floor: back – $40, front – $50. For tickets or for more information, contact Randa at 778-229-7004, Yusuf at 778-374-3824 or Sis. Fatima at 778-998-6222.


Public Forum on Sufi Legacy in South Asia


Public Forum on Spirituality, Humanity, and the Marginalized: The Sufi Legacy in South Asia: Saturday, September 13, 2-5 p.m. at 7000 SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Panel: * Keynote address: Dr. Nile Green (UCLA), (“Mazars for the Marginalized: Reflections from the Pilgrim’s Road.”) * Seemi Ghazi (UBC), “The Doctrines and Practices of the Sufis.” * Zahid Makhdoom, “The Poetry of Bhitai.” * Madan Gopal Singh (Delhi University), “The Songs of Waris Shah and Bulleh Shah.” * Enakshi Chatterjee (Sunandan, Kolkata), “Sufis and Bauls in the songs of Rabindranath Tagore.” * Moderator: Zahid Makhdoom. This is a free event but requires registration by RSVP: cbanerjee@telus.net. This event is part of a larger program (September 6-20) organized by Hari Sharma Foundation with the help and support of many other organizations.


Job Options BC Program 


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society’s Job Options BC program in White Rock / South Surrey is providing opportunities for unemployed non-EI British Columbians 18 years of age or older. Eligibility criteria: * Unemployed British Columbians who are landed immigrants or Canadian citizens and aren’t attending school * Non-EI receivers who haven’t established a regular Employment Insurance claim in the last 3 years; and haven’t established a maternity or parental claim in the past 5 years * Individuals who are most likely to benefit from long term job search help, supported work experience and follow-up support services. Funded through the Canada – B.C. Labour Market Agreement, the program offers: * 4 to 6 weeks of facilitated group work followed by 4 to 6 weeks of work experience options to a maximum of 10 weeks * Training allowances for 4 to 6 weeks of group work * Preparation for employment, or where appropriate, further training and up to 6 months follow up support * Opportunity to train and work with a BC employer. The next session starts on September 15 and intake is ongoing. For more information, contact us at Job Options BC Program (PICS Society) #206-1461 Johnston Road, White Rock, V4B 3Z4, 604-531-8299, Fax 604-531-9057, danny.pendhall@pics.bc.ca.


Muriel Arnason Library: Venice ‘City of Water’


Wednesday, September 17, 7-8 p.m. Some call it the most romantic city in Europe, others the most historical. Venice is a city in northeastern Italy, sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced wood piles, which were imported from the mainland. Most of these piles are still intact after centuries of submersion. The foundations rest on the piles, and buildings of brick or stone sit above these footings. Join Langley photographer John Gordon, the winner of both provincial and national photography awards, for a photographic journey to this fabled city. The program is free but registration is required. Call 604-532-3590 or visit Muriel Arnason Library to reserve your seat.


Metropolis at Metrotown: Shopping Night Out


Metropolis at Metrotown is getting you ready for fall with its Shopping Night Out, an exciting night filled with one-night only discounts, gifts with purchase, and swag bags to the first 150 shoppers who spend $150 or more. Taking place Thursday, September 18 from 5 to 9 p.m., shoppers will experience in-store and mall-wide activities including a pop-up nail bar, selfie stations, and much more. This one-of-a-kind shopping experience continues with the Shopping Night Out VIP area for shoppers looking for more than just deals. A new addition to this year’s shopping bonanza, with the purchase of a VIP ticket at $5 each, and an array of sweets, treats and sips to your night. 100% of the ticket sales awarded to local charities. Limited tickets are available at either Customer Service counter during regular mall hours now through September 18. The chance to win prizes continues with SONiC Nation, live on location, giving shoppers the opportunity to use the hashtag #MetropolisSHOPS in photos, on either Twitter or Instagram, for a chance to win one of many gift cards.


Aamer Rahman Comedy Show


The Truth Hurts: Aamer Rahman Comedy Show. Comic sensation Aamer Rahman is ending his North American comedy tour “The Truth Hurts” in Vancouver. Rahman has sold out shows for the award-winning comedy duo “Fear of Brown Planet” and his recent piece “Reverse Racism” has gone viral internationally. At York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, on Friday, September 26. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 Advance / $30 Door plus applicable box office service charges. Ticket purchase: Charge by phone 604-251-1363 or website http://tickets.thecultch.com/ Box office will be open by week of September 10.


Metropolis at Metrotown: Retail Job Fair


Metropolis at Metrotown will hold its 7th Annual Retail Job Fair on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the shopping centre’s Atrium and Grand Courts. Over 30 retailers will be participating in this year’s Job Fair including Hudson’s Bay, H&M, Toys “R” Us, Michael Kors, Boathouse, Bench, Banana Republic, MEXX, T&T Supermarket, Forever 21 and Best Buy Mobile. With the busy holiday season just around the corner, retailers will be looking to fill over 500 part-time, full-time, entry-level, or managerial positions. Hundreds of young job seekers are expected to attend, many of them seeking their first job experience. Candidates are encouraged to bring several resumes and make a list ahead of time of the retailers they are interested in visiting. As some retailers will hold on the spot interviews, candidates should arrive prepared for discussion with hiring managers and dress accordingly. For a complete list of participating retailers visit www.metropolisatmetrotown.com.


Career, Education and Settlement Fair


Canadian Immigrant magazine and Scotiabank, in association with IDP-IELTS, are presenting the second Career, Education and Settlement Fair for newcomers to Canada in Vancouver. The free, day-long immigrant expo, which will take place on Monday, October 6 at the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., aims to help newcomers succeed with a tradeshow of exhibitors including employers, settlement agencies and educational institutes; inspirational speakers; an IELTS master class; an onsite resume clinic; speed mentoring; and more. Information on the fair will be updated regularly at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/careerfair/vancouver.


MOSAIC Seniors Club


MOSAIC Seniors Club is now accepting registrations for free fall (September–December) activities. The club provides free services for seniors aged 55+. Activities include English conversation and computer classes, workshops, field trips and more. Volunteers provide language assistance in a number of languages. All activities and services are free of charge, but registration is required. Due to funding, priority is given to permanent residents, but all are welcome. For enquiries / registration, call 604-254-9626; for Burnaby, call 604-438-8214.