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Sai Birthday


All devotees are invited at the Hindu Cultural Society and Community Center of B.C. (3885 Albert Street, Burnaby) to participate in Lakhshacharan on Saturday, November 29 at 5 p.m. for Sai Birthday. Also being celebrated is 25 years of Lakhshacharan in Vancouver at VHP Temple. Program: 5:15-6:15 – Sai Bhajan / Kirtan; 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Sai Japa; 7:30 p.m. – Priti Bhojan. Contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327- 8259, Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958; Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989, or VHP Temple at 604-299-5922.


Richmond Fire-Rescue: Community Lighting of Fire Halls


Each day from December 1 to 5, one of five fire halls will open its doors to everyone in the community to come out and enjoy the season. One lucky visitor will be chosen to turn on the switch to bring the lights and decorations to life at each of the participating fire halls. Blaze, the Richmond Fire-Rescue mascot, will be greeting people, and fire fighters will be sharing important fire safety information including kitchen safety, smoke alarms and seasonal fire safety. Visitors can peruse displays and a video and take home helpful handout. In addition, visitors can enjoy the holiday season with cake and refreshments, crafts and more. The Lighting of Fire Halls takes place each day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The schedule: * Monday, December 1: Brighouse Fire Station, 6960 Gilbert Road * Tuesday, December 2: Steveston Fire Station, 11011 No. 2 Road * Wednesday, December 3: Sea Island Fire Station, 3911 Russ Baker Way * Thursday, December 4:  Shellmont Fire Station, 9400 No.4 Road * Friday, December 5: Hamilton Fire Station, 22451 Westminster Highway. For more information on fire safety, call 604-278-5131 or visit www.richmond.ca/safety/firerescue


Learn About Personal Financial Planning


Richmond Public Library will host the free program “Investing in Canada – Smart Money Series” on Monday, December 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is sponsored by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and is in English with Mandarin translation. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program will provide participants with an overview of RRSPs, RESPs, TFSAs and RRIFs. The speaker is Susan Fugman, Certified Financial Planner specializing in helping newcomers with financial life in Canada.


Learn About Home Care Services for Seniors


Richmond Public Library will host a free program on home care services for seniors: “The Seven Secrets of Home Care Services” will focus on how home care can provide safety, comfort, independence and peace of mind to seniors and their families. This program will take place on Monday, December 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. Both programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Presenter is Patricia Cruz, home care manager with 23 years’ experience in seniors’ services.


Surrey Libraries


On Wednesday, December 3, 7-8:30 p.m., as part of Surrey Libraries’ Authors Among Us Series, join local authors at the Guildford Library for a panel discussion on overcoming life challenges. Meet authors who have written about life’s curveballs, big or small. Explore the different ways we can cope and triumph over challenges in an increasingly complex world. Call 604-598-7366 to save your spot. Authors featured: * Gina McMurchy-Barber, author of Free as a Bird, the Peggy Henderson Adventures, and When Children Play: The Story of the Right to Play * Trudy Davies, author of Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure * Megan Williams, author of Our Interrupted Fairy Tale * Evelyn H. Lazare, author of The Ladies Who Don’t Lunch and The Ladies Who Still Don’t Lunch * Debbie Holmes, author of How to Help Others without Losing Yourself. www.surreylibraries.ca


Kendriya Vidyalya / Central School


Kendriya Vidyalya / Central School is holding a reunion on Friday, December 5 at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall. This reunion is for all locations of Central Schools across India. Tickets are $25 each. The event also includes dinner, dance, entertainment and door prizes. To buy tickets or to get more information, contact Dave Rai at 604-808-7373 or Charanjit Rai at 604-360-7616


Surrey: Big Rigs for Kids – Lighted Truck Parade


On Sunday, December 7, the 6th annual Lighted Truck Parade will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holland Park and Old Yale Road from University Drive (13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey). A host of Big Rig trucks will be on displayed decked out in festive holiday lights. Citizens are able to vote for their favourite lighted truck display by donating. At the end of the night the truck with the most votes will receive an award and all proceeds raised will go to the Surrey Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Food Bank. The North Surrey Lions Club will be serving up hot dogs and hot chocolate to keep you warm. Carollers will wander around, singing festive songs. Everyone can look forward to a variety of games and activities such as face painting. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be stopping by for a visit.


Richmond Nature Park: Owl Show


Meet rehabilitated owls and their handlers from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) at this weekend’s Owl Show on Sunday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A representative from the Urban Owl Conservation Project, sponsored by the Science and Technology Branch of Environment Canada, will show you how owls are tracked by radio. The Owl Show is suitable for all ages. Photos are permitted and children can create an owl mask to take home. While in the park, visit the Nature House to check out Nature in your Neighbourhood, an exhibit featuring Richmond’s urban wildlife like racoons, coyotes, skunks and crows. The Richmond Nature Park is located at 11851 Westminster Highway. Admission to the Owl Show is by donation, with all proceeds supporting educational programs provided by the Richmond Nature Park Society. For more information, call the Richmond Nature Park at 604‑718-6188 or visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms


British Columbia Boys Choir


Presents ‘Musical Joy!’ on Sunday, December 7, 4 p.m. Special Guest: Ken Lavigne, Tenor. Director: Tony Araujo. At Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th, Vancouver. Tickets Advance: Adults $24, Student $12. By phoning Toll Free: 1-888-909-8282. Tickets at Door: Adults $28, Student $16.


Urban Older Workers (55+) Program


Starting from December 15 until June 2015 for 4 Sessions. If you’re 55 or older, living in Surrey or Delta / White Rock areas, and you want to get back into the job market, then Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society has an employment program for you: Job Options BC: Urban Older Workers (55+) employment program is seeking participants for its upcoming sessions. This program partners with local community and business employers, to generate job placements for participants. To qualify for this program, you must be: * 55 years old or older * Unemployed * Non – EI eligible (or EI-Reach Back) * Out of school * Looking for a job * Permanent Resident or Citizen * Living in either Surrey or Delta / White Rock. In this program, you will: * Increase your employment skills * Get valuable job search experience * Access to training allowances. The next session starts on December 15 at the Surrey Office located at #205-12725, 80th Avenue, Surrey. For more information, contact K. C. Chau at 604-596-7722, ext. 117, or via email at kcchau@pics.bc.ca


Delhi-ite Get-together


It’s time to celebrate our common heritage, roots and traditions by getting together for yet another Delhi-ite Get-together: Fun-filled night with Tambola, Karaoke, Musical Chairs and much more. Full course dinner with dance on Sunday, December 26 at 7 p.m. at Fraserview Banquet Hall, Fraser & Marine Drive, Vancouver. Tickets: $ 25/Adults, $ 15/Children 12 & under. For more info: Kamal Sharma at (604) 833-1977.


PICS Kids Club


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society has launched the PICS Kids Club for students in grades K-12 who need a little extra help with their school work and studies. The tutoring sessions are $20/hour and they run every Wednesday between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. at PICS Society head office, 205-12725 80th Avenue, Surrey. For more information, contact Sunita Dhaliwal at 604-596-7722, ext. 141.


Unemployed, Non E.I. receiver, Looking for a Job?


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. If you’re looking to get into the job market, then this program is for you. The eligibility criteria for Job Options BC program are: * 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 January 12, 2015 and intake is ongoing. For more information, contact Job Options BC Program: PICS Society #206-1461 Johnston Road, White Rock. Phone: 604-531-8299, Fax 604-531-9057, danny.pendhall@pics.bc.ca