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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: Constable Shylo Pruyn, Surrey RCMP , Lauren Johnson Counsellor – Psychotherapist * Self Defense : Giselle Bobinski, Angel Hands Wellness * 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. Closing remarks: Mayor Dianne Watts. 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


Surrey Mandir: Karva Chauth Celebration


All are invited to attend Pooja and Katha on Saturday, October 11, 2-8 p.m., at Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Surrey, 8321-140th Street. Register to volunteer at surreymandir@gmail.com. www.hindumandirsurrey.com


PCCA BC: Women Eid Celebration


Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association of B.C.’s  Women Eid Celebration on Sunday, October 12 at Royal King Palace, Unit # 365, 8158 128th Street, Surrey. PCCA BC takes on the very important role of accentuating the vibrant and rich Pakistani culture; we highlight our cultural heritage, folklore, music, arts and tradition. Pakistani ethnic cuisine and high-end entertainment. Child minding available for free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers served 5:30-6:15 p.m. Show begins at 6:30 p.m. Ticket: $20. Children under 5 years of age: Free. Event is exclusively for women and boys under 10 years of age. Check campaign advertisement on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/107560724


Ek Shaam Radha Krishn Ke Naam


Attend a beautiful evening of soulful classical bhajans coming up on Thursday, October 16 with Swamiji Dr Satya Prakash at Vancouver’s Fraserview Hall at this fundraiser event for building of the new temple in Burnaby, which is now nearing completion at Marine Drive, next to Hare Krishna temple. You can have tables reserved for $500 or tickets of $100 per person. All proceeds are going towards temple completion. 7 p.m. – Pooja. 7:30 p.m. – Concert. 9:30 p.m. – Dinner.


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.


Diwali Fest


The Diwali Celebration Society presents “Unity in Diversity” at the 2014 Diwali Fest from Friday, October 17 to Sunday, October 26 at various venues throughout Vancouver and Surrey. To celebrate the official launch, IndiGlam Opening Gala – “Indiglam” – will be held on Friday, October 17 at 6 p.m. at Crown Palace Banquet Hall (12025 Nordel Way) in Surrey. This opening gala will feature a number of South Asian delights including dinner, dance performances by the internationally renowned Shiamak Dance Group, live music, and a fashion show followed by a late night dance party.  Tickets for IndiGlam are $45 and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/739540 * Diwali Downtown Surrey – October 18 at Surrey City Hall: This is the first year for Diwali Downtown Surrey.  This free event brings together the best of contemporary and classical Indian culture for the entire family.  This year’s event will include over fifteen different music and dance performances as well as an Indian bazaar featuring South Asian crafts and food. * Chai House – October 23 at the Orpheum Annex: This ticketed event is an intimate cabaret performance highlighting a number of talented performers in music and dance.  Chai House is for true lovers of Indian performance. * Diwali Downtown Vancouver – October 25 at the Roundhouse Community Centre: This is a free event that brings together the best of contemporary and classical Indian culture for the entire family.  This year’s event will include over 15 different music and dance performances, an Indian bazaar featuring South Asian crafts and food, and a room-sized rangoli. * Diwali Workshops – Pre-Fest – October 11-26 at various venues in Surrey and Vancouver: The Diwali Workshops are extremely popular.  New this year as pre-fest activities include workshops on yoga, the history of Diwali, and Ayurveda.  Other workshops offered during the festival are rangoli design, diya lamp painting, Bollywood dancing, sari wrapping, and mehndi hand painting.  * Diwali Style Cooking Classes – Pre-Fest – October 5 & 11 at the Roundhouse Community Centre: This is a perfect pre-fest activity.  Get into the Diwali spirit through some exciting and tasty cooking classes.  Learn how to make authentic South Asian cuisine just in time for Diwali. For further details on these events and information on Diwali Fest, visit www.diwalifest.ca


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.


Parenting Your Senior Parents


Richmond Public Library will host a free program on “Parenting Your Senior Parents” on Monday, October 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 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. Learn different approaches to dealing with the challenges of seniors who want to stay independent and remain at home. Information on home services and nursing homes will be provided. Presenter is Patricia Cruz, home care manager with 23 years’ experience in seniors’ services.


MOSAIC Settlement Services


Canadian Citizenship Preparation: October 20 & 21, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tommy Douglas Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. Call Roja at 604 522 3722, ext. 155.


Celebration of Light – Diwali in Mission


Tuesday, October 21. Food, entertainment, fun at the Clarke Theatre at Heritage Park Centre in Mission. This year the theatre lobby will be transformed into a marketplace where patrons will be able to purchase jewelry and other accessories, sample foods, and have their hands painted by a henna artist.  Photobooth picture fun is also available. Dinner, which is free, will be served in the cafeteria starting at 5:30 p.m. and features a vegetarian meal and sweets. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Korean Drummers and includes performances by the students of Dashmesh Punjabi School, a local dance group and the University of the Fraser Valley Bhangra team. Event by Mission Community Services Society (MCSS). For more information and sponsorship opportunities, call MCSS Settlement and Integration Department at 604-826-3634.


Langara College: Vancouver Mayoral Debate


Langara College in partnership with the Globe and Mail in hosting a debate between the five candidates for Vancouver’s 2014 mayoral race. The event will be moderated by columnist Gary Mason, and livestreamed on the Globe and Mail website. Wednesday, October 22, 3:30-5 p.m., at Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Student Cafeteria. Participants: Bob Kasting, Independent; Kirk LaPointe, Non-Partisan Association (NPA); Gregor Robertson, Vision Vancouver; Colin Shandler, Independent; Meena Wong, Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE).


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.


Career Choices for Students


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



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.


Surrey Board of Trade


The Surrey Board of Trade is asking business leaders, their staff, and the community to meet Surrey mayor and Council candidates in advance of the November 15 election. Two free sessions will take place. * City Councillor All Candidates Dialogue. Date: Wednesday, October 29. Time: Registration – 5:30 p.m.; Panel session – 6-8:30 p.m. Location: Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152nd Street, Surrey). Admission: Free – advance registration is requested. * Mayoral All Candidates Lunch. Date: Tuesday, November 4. Time: Registration – 11:30 a.m.; Panel session – 12-1:30 p.m. Location: Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 Street, Surrey). Admission: Free – advance registration is required. To register for these events, call Jo-Ann Huber at 604-581-7130.


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


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