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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


Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Richmond


The City of Richmond offers multiple options to recycle your tree. Residents with curbside Green Cart collection may cut up and bundle trees and place it at the curbside on their regular collection day. The tree should be cut and bundled to a maximum size of three feet by two feet and four inches in diameter. Trees may also be dropped off at two different locations. The City’s Recycling Depot, located at 5555 Lynas Lane, accepts trees between 9 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. The depot is closed on statutory holidays. In addition, trees can be dropped off at Ecowaste Industries, which is located at 15111 Williams Road. For hours of operation, call 604-277-1410 or visit www.ecowaste.com. You can keep the generous holiday spirit going by bringing your tree and a donation to Richmond Firefighters Association’s 28th annual Christmas tree chipping event. Firefighters will help return your tree to nature from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 3 and Sunday, January 4 at Garry Point Park, on the corner of Moncton Street and 7th Avenue, or South Arm Community Centre, located at 8880 Williams Road. Donations will support seven local Richmond Firefighters Society charities. Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations before recycling your tree so it can be created into new resources. For more information, visit www.richmond.ca/recycle, call 604-276-4010 or email garbageandrecycling@richmond.ca.


South Asian Adults / Seniors: New Year’s Prayer Meditation


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend New Year’s Prayer Meditation by Swami Ajay Kaul and his team from Osho Meditation Centre of Vancouver on Sunday, January 4, 2-3:30 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. Swami will answer all your questions about different meditations after the prayer meditation is over. Tea and snacks will be served in the end. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Life After Cancer


Richmond Public Library will be hosting the free program “Life After Cancer” on Monday, January 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor 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. This program is offered in English. Thanks to improving treatment and care, more and more people in British Columbia are surviving after having a diagnosis of cancer. Learn what the BC Cancer Agency is doing to address cancer survivorship issues and what you can do right now as a cancer survivor or supporter. Presenter is Jill Matheson a nurse practitioner who provides care to cancer survivors.


Talk on Palestine Issue


“First Peoples, Palestine and the Crushing of Free Speech.” A talk by Prof. Stephen Salaita, American professor, whose hiring at the University of Illinois was recently reversed because of his tweets about Israel’s war on Gaza. Two presentations: Monday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Segal rooms at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, and Wednesday, January 14, at 5 p.m. in the Coach House, Green College, UBC, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road. Free events. For further information, contact Sheila Delany sdelany@sfu.ca.


 ‘Literacy for Life’ Adult Program


“Literacy for Life” is a free adult program that will be held on Friday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning January 16 until May 15. The first 6 weeks will take place at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Weeks 7-12 will take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Learning Center, Richmond Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is free and offered in English. The first 6 weeks of this program focuses on improving participants’ reading, writing and computer skills with instructors from FIRST Society (Filipinos in Richmond Support Team). The last 6 weeks participants will learn skills to improve job prospects or explore further education opportunities with tutors from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Participants must have intermediate-level speaking and listening English skills. This program is sponsored by the Community Adult Literacy Program of the Province of British Columbia. If participants attend all 12 sessions they will be awarded a KPU Certificate of Completion.


All Star Wrestling


At Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver, on Friday, January 23. Doors open at 7 p.m. Former WWE Star Jinder Mahal vs Travis Sionys; Azeem The Dream vs Mr India; The Great Kasaki vs Fabulous Fabio. Ladies Wrestling: Bambi Hall vs vixen. The Breakers vs Johnny Obsession & Christopher Ryseck. Don Ciever vs Hurricane Adam Ryder. Flexx Payne vs Toga Boy. Meet the wrestlers after the show at Hudsons Landing Pub,1041 Southwest Marine Drive, Vancouver. Phone: 604-263-5445. Tickets prices: $20 for Front Row; $15 for General Admission. Available at: www.allstar-wrestling.com / 604-710-0872 or at: Bruce Guitars, 434 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, (604) 428-9118.


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