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Free Basketball Camp in January


Fraser Valley Basketball Association (FVBA) is a federal non-profit community organization which is committed to the enjoyment and development of basketball among children. They are conducting FREE basketball camps in the month of January: January 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 . Camps are absolutely free. They believe that every child deserves to play. The camps will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Gym location:  6962 124 Street, Surrey. For more info, call 778-833-3822. basketballfv.com


Richmond Celebration of Longest Night


In anticipation of the longest night of the year, families are invited to the Richmond Nature Park on Saturday, December 20. Between 1 and 4 p.m., visitors to the park can mark the occasion by drumming and roasting marshmallows. They can also create lanterns to light up the night sky, write a wish on paper to toss in the fire to set it free, decorate the wildlife tree to help birds survive the winter and make evergreen door swags to take home. In addition, there will be face painting and storytelling. The event wraps up with an easy winter walk by lantern light through the park led by the Frost Fairy. Admission to the event is by donation, with proceeds supporting nature education programs. While at the Nature Park, take a stroll through the trails to enjoy the unique bog setting. The Richmond Nature Park is located at 11851 Westminster Highway. For more information, call 604-718-6188 or visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms.


South Asian Seniors: How To Improve Cognition


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend a powerful presentation – How To Improve Cognition (Memory) In Seniors by Amit Kumar, Director, Consultant Occupational Life Skills Therapy, on Sunday, December 21, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple at 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. There will be a question-and-answer session also. Tea and snacks will be served Call Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


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.


Mourn Our Slaughtered Children in Pakistan

South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) express their profound grief and outrage at the slaughter of 132 children and sixteen teachers and staff, in a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, by the Islamist group, Tehreek-e-Taliban-i-Pakistan (TTP), on December 15. They call on the South Asian community in Metro Vancouver, people of all faiths and national origin to come together to mourn our murdered children in Peshawar. Public meeting at Strawberry Hill Library, 7399 122nd Street, Surrey, on Sunday, December 28, 3-5 p.m. Contact: Chin 604-421-6752; Saif 778-987-0813; Shahzad  604-613—0735.


Langley’s International Festival Society


5th annual Multicultural Gala Dinner & Awards evening on Saturday, January 31 at 6 p.m. at the Langley Golf and Banquet Centre at 4343 – 216 Street, Langley. The celebration recognizes the individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Spirit of Cultural Diversity to the Langley community through their activities, volunteer work or employment. There will be four awards in four different categories including Youth, Seniors, Community Services Award, and Education. Please think of a Langley resident or Langley based organization or an institution that you would like to nominate that has made an outstanding contributions to the Langley community through their activities, work or employment. Nominees must be current residents and / or has employment / business proprietors within Langley. Nomination forms and details for submitting the applications are available on website: www.internationalfestival.ca/. The nominations must be submitted latest by January 5. 

If you are interested in attending this entertaining evening, reserve your seat online at www.internationalfestival.ca/ or email at gala@internationalfestival.ca or call 778-298-7703.


Surrey Women in Business Award Nominations


The 6th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards organized by the Surrey Board of Trade with presenting sponsor, Vancity, is taking place in March. Nominations are now open. Nominate a Surrey businesswoman in one of the four award categories: Entrepreneur, Corporate / Leadership, Professional, or Not-for-Profit Leader.  Go to: www.businessinsurrey.com for details. Nomination deadline:  Friday, February 6. For additional information about the event or assistance with completing a nomination, contact Brianne Colbert, Event Marketing Coordinator, at the Surrey Board of Trade, at brianne@businessinsurrey.com or 604-634-0347.


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