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Surrey Elections Candidates: Forums and Debates:


* All Candidate Councillor Forum, Monday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. at SFU Surrey Campus * All Candidate Meeting, Tuesday, October 28, 6 p.m. at Shannon Hall in Cloverdale * Mayoral Debate, Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m. at Strawberry Hill Hall. There are seven mayoral candidates, 35 councillor candidates and 23 school trustee candidates running for office. Visit the City of Surrey elections website for candidate profiles, events and voting information at www.surrey.ca/elections


Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature Awards Gala


Saturday, October 25. Doors: 6:30 p.m. Awards: 7 p.m. Wine Reception and Gallery Viewing: 8:30 p.m. At the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, 6393 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver.

The Dhahan Prize promotes Punjabi literature on a global scale by awarding $25,000 annually to one best book of fiction. The prize has a mandate to translate the winning books into English to facilitate cross-cultural collaboration and storytelling. The evening will include the awards ceremony, a wine reception, and open viewing of the Museum of Anthropology galleries.


Diwali Fest


The Diwali Celebration Society presents “Unity in Diversity” at the 2014 Diwali Fest from now to Sunday, October 26 at various venues throughout Vancouver and Surrey. * Diwali Downtown Vancouver – Saturday, 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 – now to October 26 at various venues in Surrey and Vancouver. For further details on these events and information on Diwali Fest, visit www.diwalifest.ca


Good Will Walk against Violence


Good Will Walk against Violence, organized by United Sikhs (www.unitedsikhs.org), a UN affiliated, international NGO, on Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., from the Totem Poles (Stanley Park) along the Seawall to the Komagata Maru Memorial, Coal Harbour, Vancouver. The 4 km walk’s slogan is ‘End the Silence on Violence.’ Register at:



Telegu Community: Deepavali Celebrations


Vancouver Area Telugu Association (VATA) is organizing the Diwali Celebrations on Saturday, October 25 at Royal Palace Banquet Hall, 7845 Edmonds Street, Burnaby. Gates open at 5 p.m. Early bird draw for people arriving before 5:30 p.m. Program starts at 6 p.m. and includes performances by children of various age groups, talented musicians as well as adults, Carnatic music, fusion music, classical Bharatnatyam dance, Tollywood and Bollywood dance medleys, singing, great food and much more. Guests include Consul General of India in Vancouver, local MPs and MLAs. This is an excellent opportunity for new comers whose mother tongue is Telugu to meet with fellow Telugu speaking people, get to know them and make new friends.


Celebrate Diwali in Richmond


Come to a family-friendly, fun-filled event featuring dance, music, children’s activities, refreshments and more. On Saturday, October 25, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. For more details: Suresh Kurl -stkurl@telus.net or Alan Hill -ahill@richmond.ca. In the spirit of Diwali, bring a donation of canned food for the Richmond Food Bank.


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:



Sikh Research Institute Canada


4th annual fundraising luncheon on Sunday, October 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Grand Taj Banquet Hall, Surrey. This year the theme focuses on Sikh Character with key presenters – Harinder Singh & Inni Kaur. Harinder Singh, CEO and Co-Founder of SikhRI, is a world renowned Sikh scholar. Inni Kaur, member of the Board of Directors of SikhRI, is a published poet, author and an accomplished painter. This free event is open to the public, however pre-registration is recommended due to limited seats. RSVP at www.SikhRI-fundraiser.eventbrite.com. We welcome your donations and support to ensure we can continue our programs for 2015. For more information, contact: Lali K. Pawa at info-canada@sikhri.org or 604-505-0502.


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.


Surrey Board of Trade: Employment Standards Workshop


Surrey Board of Trade will be hosting the workshop: Understanding the BC Employment Standards Act – Trending Topics in the Workplace. You will learn about the important aspects of the act and how to safeguard your business from costly mistakes. Additionally, you will learn about the relevant Human Rights Code sections that could impact your business. Learn about dealing with long-term, aging employees (the baby boomers), pregnancy in the workplace, medical marijuana in the workplace and protecting themselves as an employer. This workshop is presented by Robert Rogers of Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation. Date: Thursday, October 30. Location:  Surrey Board of Trade office (101-14439 104 Avenue, Surrey). Time: Registration – 7:45 a.m. Program – 8:00 – 10 a.m. Admission: $25 + tax – Members / $35 + tax – Non-members. Pre-registration is required as seats are limited. To register, go online to www.businessinsurrey.com/sidebar-events or contact Jo-Ann Huber at the Surrey Board of Trade 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 28 — December 2 (Tuesdays). 4-5 p.m. (none November 11). Register at the Library or call 604-598-7351. * Guildford Library: October 28 — November 25 (Tuesdays). 3:30-4:30 p.m. (none November 11). Register at the Library or call 604-598-7378. * Newton Library: October 28 — 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 29 — November 5 (Wednesdays). 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-501-5844. * Cloverdale Library: October 29 — November 26 (Wednesdays). 3:45-4:45 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7326. * City Centre Library: October 29 — November 12 (Wednesdays). 3:45-4:45 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7437. * Semiahmoo Library: October 28 — 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: Fleetwood Library – Thursday, October 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7346. * Identity Theft & Fraud by Vancity: Guildford Library – Tuesday, November 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register at 604-598-7366. * 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



LCA of BC: Jalaram Jayanti


All invited to 215th Jalaram Jayanti celebrations with bhajans and kirtans on Saturday, November 1 at 4:30 p.m. at VHP Temple, 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby. Priti Bhojan after Arti.

* All invited to 215th Jalaram Jayanti celebrations with bhajans and kirtans on Sunday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Laxminarayan Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Priti Bhojan after Arti. For further information contact: Vasantbhai Lakhani at (604) 987-1925.


Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation


Presents Indian Classical Vocal Music Concert by Gargee Siddhanta Dutta, accompanied by Mohan Bhide on Harmonium and Sunny Matharu on Tabla, at Burnaby Hall, 7837 Canada Way, Burnaby, on Sunday, November 2, 4-6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Phone 604-879-8319. Gargee will also be offering vocal classes. For tickets and class information, contact: Asha Lohia: 604-879-8319; Teresa Rehman: 604-527-9917; Ravi Video: 101 – 8334 128th Street, Surrey, 604-599-1110; Kamal Video Palace: 8268 120 St #103, Surrey, 604- 592-9777; akhil@shaw.ca; pjsmf.vancouver@gmail.com; www.pjsomfvancouver.webs.com


GVHBA & SBOT: Development Industry and Government


The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association and the Surrey Board of Trade are jointly hosting a lunch featuring keynote speaker, Kevin Falcon, Executive Vice-President with Anthem Properties and former BC Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance on Wednesday, November 5. Topic: The relationship between the development industry and government. He will speak to how developers can engage more effectively with municipal governments, changes needed at city and provincial government levels to support a thriving home building industry and how cities and developers currently engage to produce market-based housing. Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104 Avenue, Surrey. When: Wednesday, November 5. Registration and lunch: 11:30 a.m. Program: 12-1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker at about 12:30 p.m.


South Asian Arts Society


Stand Up! The Original Tandoori Kings of Comedy, featuring two phenomenally funny gents: Sunee Dhaliwal and Hollywood Harv. The extremely funny and talented Munish Sharma, of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken fame is the MC for the night and will kick off the show with his own unique brand of smart and yummy stand-up. Sharma will be followed by Clifford Prang: the “funny gora” as he likes to call himself, and then the lone female comedian of the night: award-winning comedienne Ash Dhawan. Vancity’s legendary party rocker DJ 151 from Decibel Entertainment will be in the house spinning some of the hottest Hip Hop, RnB, Bhangra and Bollywood tunes on the planet in between sets. On Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m.(doors open at 7 p.m.) at Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 Street, Surrey. Tickets: $20 in advance (including service charges), $25 at door. Available at: www.bellperformingartscentre.com or Kamal’s Video Palace (Unit #103 – 8268 120th Street, Surrey). Restrictions: 18+. This show contains mature adult content. Show info: Call 778-706-6224, Email info@southasianarts.ca or visit www.southasianarts.ca.


BC Liberals and MLA Suzanne Anton


2nd Annual Proud of Our Cultures Fundraising Event. Order your tickets now. Event on Friday November 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Fraserview Banquet Hall, 8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver. The last date to purchase tickets is November 14.