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Fraser Valley Food Show


The 2nd Gluten Free Living Show within the 7th annual Fraser Valley Food Show is presented by Nature’s Path Foods. Distillers Pride from Toronto Ontario will be showcasing gluten-free spirits from India, including Magic Moments and Morpheus. Their website is: www.distillerspride.com.

Candice Macalino of Nature’s Path and Adam Hart, author of The Power of Food, will present their winning gluten-free recipes on the Gusto TV Celebrity Cooking Stage. Butchers from all over B.C. will demonstrate the art of meat and more on the new Butcher’s Showcase Stage. * Saturday October 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. * Sunday October 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford. Tickets: $9 adults ($7 online), $7 seniors, $5 youth aged 13-16, Free for kids 12 & under. Information and tickets: www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com


Career Choices for Students


With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow. If you’re a high school or university student thinking about pursuing a career as a professional chef or lawyer, then you’ll want to come to Richmond Public Library’s free chat sessions with working professionals. The first  session, called  “How Do I Become a Chef?” takes place on Saturday, October 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. The second session “Law School & Beyond”, takes place on Saturday, October 25 again from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate.  For more information on both events call 604-231-6413 or go to:



Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society of BC


Presents Diwali Celebrations 2014 on Saturday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Royal Palace Banquet Hall, 7845 Edmonds Street, Burnaby. Ticket: $20. Children 6 to 12 years – $10. Children under 5 years – Free. Includes vegetarian dinner. For ticket information, please contact: James Prasad at 604-644-3751, Sheila Omaid at 604-438-9158, Shama Ramnarine at 604-936-3194, Ram Ramsaroop at 604-581-2590, Merle Sharma at 604-434-3807, or Hari Singh at 604-731-4354.


Surrey CIBC Run for the Cure


Join us on Sunday, October 5 in Bear Creek Park, Surrey as we come together to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. For more information about the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, or to register and/or volunteer, visit www.cibcrunforthecure.com


Hindu Temple Burnaby


Diwali Show this year will be held on Sunday, October 5 with a show and a vegetarian dinner between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The show itself will kick off at 7 p.m. at Burnaby’s Michael J. Fox Theatre at 7373 McPherson Avenue and wrap up at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include dinner.


Immigrant Expo: Career, Education & Settlement Fair for Immigrants


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.  There will also be employers hiring on site such as Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, Met West Group, RCMP and more. Various exhibitor booths will be located in the open, main promenade and lower-level rooms of the amazing venue. The keynote speaker at the fair will be Staff-Sgt. Baltej Singh Dhillon, the first RCMP officer to wear a turban. Speed mentors include diversity expert Gobinder Gill, small business coach Iman Aghay, parenting / family counsellor Cheryl Song and settlement expert Afshan Basaria. More information on the fair can be found at



Does your child need practice reading?


October-December: Sign them up for the Coast Capital Savings Reading Buddies program at Surrey Libraries. Your child can improve his / her reading skills in a safe and supportive environment over weekly after school meetings. Trained high school students offer their time and expertise by ‘buddying up’ with a child to read together and engage in fun literacy activities. Free. * Fleetwood Library: October 21 — December 2 (Tuesdays). 4-5 p.m. (none November 11). Register at the Library or call 604-598-7351. * Guildford Library: October 14 — November 25 (Tuesdays). 3:30-4:30 p.m. (none November 11). Register at the Library or call 604-598-7378. * Newton Library: October 14 — November 25 (Tuesdays). 4:30-5:30 p.m. (none November 11). Register at the Library or call 604-598-7413. * Strawberry Hill Library: October 1 — November 5 (Wednesdays). 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-501-5844. * Cloverdale Library: October 22 — November 26 (Wednesdays). 3:45-4:45 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7326. * City Centre Library: October 8 — November 12 (Wednesdays). 3:45-4:45 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7437. * Semiahmoo Library: October 21 — December 2 (Tuesdays). 3:45-4:45 p.m. (none November 11). Register at the Library or call 604-592-6913. Go to: http://www.surreylibraries.ca/4941.aspx


Financial Literacy Workshops


October-November: Surrey Libraries has partnered with Vancity and Credit Counselling Society to help you boost your financial skills and learn how to protect yourself against fraud. * 75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses by Credit Counselling Society: Guildford Library – Tuesday, October 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7366. Fleetwood Library – Thursday, October 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7346. * Seniors Financial Abuse Prevention by Vancity: Guildford Library – Tuesday, October 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7366. * Identity Theft & Fraud by Vancity: Fleetwood Library – Thursday, October 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7346. Guildford Library – Tuesday, November 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7366. * Raising Financially Fit Kids by Credit Counselling Society: Semiahmoo Library – Tuesday, October 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-592-6908. * Understanding Contracts by Vancity: Guildford Library – Tuesday, October 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7366. More topics and sessions in November. Go to: www.surreylibraries.ca


Book Launch: “Unbreakable: The Ujjal Dosanjh Story”


Local author Douglas Welbanks will read from his new book Unbreakable: The Ujjal Dosanjh Story on Thursday, October 9 from 7-8 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free program is for adults. To register call 604-231-6413, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.


Girl Global Girl Power


On October 11, the Global Girl Power Foundation will be hosting a community conference at Kwantlen Polytechnic University 12666 72 Avenue, Surrey, at the Conference Room, 1205 Ceder Building, at 2 p.m. This community conference will feature local experts speaking on 5 areas of concern: * Health: Maureen McGrath – Registered Nurse, Sexual Health Educator, Host of the Sunday Night Sex Show on CKNW 980 am * Violence and Safety: Giselle Bobinski, Angel Hands Wellness & Lauren Johnson, Counsellor – Psychotherapist * Girls & Gangs : Kal Dosanjh – Law Enforcement Officer * Cyber bullying : Carol Todd – Amanda Todd Legacy * Education and Empowerment : Madeleine Shaw – Social Entrepreneur, Women & Girl’s rights advocate & Co-Founder of Lunapads & Pads4girls. The panel will share their expertise and give us insight into the current state and what goals need to be met and initiatives we can take as a community to ensure the prosperity of our women & girls. Tickets are $10 and available online at facebook.com/globalgirlpower or can be reserved via email at info@globalgirlpower.org. Partial proceeds from this conference will be going towards completing Global Girl Powers Clean Water Project in which their local youth ambassador has pledged to raise $5,000 by December 2014 to provide a clean water resource to women in India.


Naad Foundation


Two-day Naad Festival of poetry, music, dance & film on October 11 & 12. *Saturday, October 11: Poetry at 6 p.m. at Naad Foundation, Unit 109, 12414, 82 Avenue, Surrey. Poetry recitals (mushaira) – Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi & English; ghazal recital – Mehdi Rafi. * Sunday October 12: Music, Dance & Film  at 6 p.m. at Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey.  For more info and tickets: Naad Foundation at 778-883-2627, Kamal’s Video Palace at 604-592-9777 or Box Office of Surrey Arts Centre at 604-501-5566. Website: www.naadfoundation.ca


Hindu Temple Burnaby


A musical concert by Swami Dr. Satya Prakash called “Ek Shaam Radha Krishna Ke Naam” will be held on October 16 at Fraserview Banquet Hall, 8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver, at 7 p.m. Contact Naresh Shukla at 604-327-2009 for tickets and more information.


Sanjha Vehra Women’s Association


10th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Friday, October 17 at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, #230-8166 128th Street, Surrey. All proceeds go to Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. Entertainment, door prizes, dinner, dancing, cash bar. Tickets: $30. For information and tickets, call Rani Mangat at 604-506-6123, Shanti Thaman at 778-242-0455 or Tirath Sarai at 604-597-1738.


Surrey Libraries: Celebrate Diwali


Join Surrey Libraries in celebrating Diwali at the Fleetwood Community Centre (15996-84th Avenue) on Saturday, October 18, 1-3 p.m. Drop in. Free. All are welcome. Entertainment: Bhangra & Gidha by Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club; Jaago; Bollywood dance workshop by DiwaliFest. Activities: Mehndi (by donation) by DiwaliFest; Sari wrapping workshop by DiwaliFest; Games for kids. Refreshments: chai tea, Indian sweets, samosas, jalebi, & pakoras. In partnership with Shan e Punjab Arts Club and Diwalifest. www.surreylibraries.ca


Watch and Discuss Films that Inspire


Surrey Libraries presents the Community Shift for Social Change film series Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at City Centre Library (10350 University Drive). Two documentary films, Rafea: Solar Mama and Revolutionary Optimists, will be screened. They focus awareness on issues of social exclusion, but also inspire hope by showing how social entrepreneurship can empower people. Both films will be preceded by short films, and will be followed by opportunities for discussion and connection. Doors open at 11 a.m., with light refreshments and films start at 12 noon and 2 p.m. This film series is in partnership with The Dr. Ambedkar Federation, Village Surrey Transition Initiative and the Surrey Urban Farmers Market.

To register or for more information, call 604-598-7426 or visit www.surreylibraries.ca.


Sai Japa


All devotees are invited at Shri Satya Sai Baba Community Centre, 2510 East Pender Street, to participate in Sai Japa / Bhajans on Saturday, October 18 at 5 p.m. Contact: Sureshbhai Desai at 604-523-9360, Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958 or Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989.


Diwali Celebration: Muriel Arnason Library


On Saturday, October 18, 1-3 p.m., Muriel Arnason Library and the Township of Langley are celebrating their 11th annual Diwali. Everyone is invited to experience diversity of culture through crafts, face painting, Mehndi, Indian music, sari wrapping demonstrations, and refreshments. Also learn a few basic steps of Punjabi folk dance, Bhangra. All Diwali activities are drop-in, free and open to the public. For more information, call 604-532-3590, or visit   Muriel Arnason Library, located in the Township of Langley Civic Facility at 20338 – 65 Avenue.


Surrey Skill Share Fair


The Surrey Skill Share Fair is a one-day festival about teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills. The Surrey Skill Share Fair is on Sunday, October 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way. The Fair is free to attend. The public is invited to participate in specific workshops or ongoing demonstrations. Some workshops may have a materials fee. More information: www.skill-share.ca or info@skill-share.ca.


Benefest for Tibet


A benefit concert for Tibetan refugees at UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, on October 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25. The Dalai Lama will be giving a very special teaching on wisdom and compassion on Octiber 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in the evening, an eclectic mix of well known musical delights is set to go on stage to raise money for the Tibetan refugees. “Benefest for Tibet” fuses together some of Canada’s hottest acts, for a musical experience that’s bound to satisfy a wide array of tastes. From rock to rap, electronic to world fusion, there’s a sound in the mix that pleases everyone.


Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies


A few major events at the CICS:

* “From Lost Childhood to Uncertain Future”- An exhibition commemorating the 30th anniversary of the anti-Sikh pogroms in Delhi. Launch date is Monday, October 27 at 4 p.m. and the exhibition is available for viewing until November 13th. At the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, Room F125.

* Commemorating the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms, a symposium and academic response. On Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, Room F125.

* That Land Beyond the Waves – A Play Performance on the Komagata Maru on Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. and matinee performance on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Tickets: $15 general; $10 for students.


Mandala Arts & Culture


The 5th Annual Dance Festival: “Gait to the Spirit 2014” – Celebrating Classical Dance of India: October 31 to November 2 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street). Tickets are $25 (General) / $22 (Students, Seniors). Available at Banyen Books (604-737-8858 or at 3608 West 4th Avenue). Sunday Matinee Performance is Free (pay what you can). Master Class: Saturday November 1 at 1:30 p.m. Information about the festival and registration for Master Classes: 604-874-8985. www.mandalarts.ca