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Sonu Nigam Concert: Klose To My Soul


Sonu Nigam performs at Vancouver’s PNE Coliseum on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.organized by KVP Entertainers & Kamal’s Video Palace. Singing classics from Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Talat and ghazal legends like Jagjit Singh and Mehdi Hassan, Sonu promises an unforgettable experience of 3.5 hours. Tickets at $35, $45, $55, $65, $75 & $100 can be purchased from Kamal’s Video Palace at (604) 592-9777 or (604) 833-1977 or bought online at www.ticketleader.


Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


Richmond Public Library will be hosting the six-week program “Chronic Disease Self-Management” in English on Mondays from now until June 16 from 1-3:30 p.m. The program will take place 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 workshop is designed for people with one or more chronic conditions. It will teach you to better manage your health, discover useful tips to maintain an active lifestyle, and communicate effectively with your health care team. Family members and friends can also attend.


Special: BC Victims of Homicide


Are you living with the traumatic loss of a loved one? Are you in need of support? The BC Victims of Homicide, an initiative of the BC Bereavement Helpline, is hosting an eight week traumatic loss grief support group for the South Asian community in Surrey in partnership with Valley View Funeral Home. When: Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., from now until June 25. Cost: Free – but registration is required. Space is limited. Languages: Punjabi, Hindi and English. Facilitators: Jas Cheema and Manjeet Singh. To register or for more information, contact Jas Cheema by phone at 604-561-2700 or by email at: jascheema@shaw.ca. Please refer this group to your network or to anyone who may benefit from it.


Fundraise for Variety – The Children’s Charity


On Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Amenida Seniors’ Community will hold their 4th annual Shred-A-Thon event at the Newton Town Centre, 72nd Avenue, Surrey, with proceeds from the fundraiser benefitting Variety – The Children’s Charity. Super Save Shredders have once again donated their shredding trucks and staff and will shred paper documents for a donation to Variety. Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains will attend the event at 10 a.m. to lend his support. The event also includes hot dogs, face painting, goody bags and cartoons at the Hollywood 3 Cinemas for the kids. Variety helped the Manji family, owners of the movie theatre, with funding to help their son Kaden who needed speech and language therapy. If you or your business would like to fundraise for Variety, contact Andrew Forshner, Manager, Fundraising Events and Campaigns andrew.forshner@variety.bc.ca or call 604-320-0505.


Indo-Africa Charitable Society Charity Event


For the past seven years, Indo-Africa Society has been raising funds to provide free essential services to the poor in rural Gujarat, India, and rural Uganda such as medical camps, medication, water wells, meals and other amenities that we in the west take for granted. Free meals are also offered on a monthly basis to the homeless in Vancouver. On Saturday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Riverside Banquet Hall, 14500 River Road, Richmond. Tickets: Adults – $25. Children under 12 – $10. Table of 10 – $225. Keynote address by Dr. Banthia and Dr. Bhanji, Gujarati-style meal, entertainment by Vancouver singers Sheila Siekham, Pravin Narottam, and Anzoom Nathani accompanied by DJ Sham, cash bar. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Vasant Lakhani at 604-987-1925 or email: vasantlakhani@gmail.com or visit www.vasantlakhani.com.


Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile symposium


On May 10 and 11. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode Surrey Art Gallery, On Main Gallery, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Fine Arts Department are collaborating to present a two-day symposium Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile. These institutions are turning to visual artists to guide a conversation on the power of art to critically address cultural stereotypes and experiences of migration. The symposium takes place on May 10 at Centre Stage at Surrey City Centre (City Hall) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on May 11 at Surrey Art Gallery from 12 to 5:45 p.m. This event is free – donations are gratefully received.


#NoEnbridge Pipeline Rally


Join us for the #NoEnbridge Pipeline Rally on Saturday, May 10 at Sunset Beach in Vancouver. Last November over 5000 people flocked to Science World on a chilly winter afternoon to stand up to Harper and his toxic pipeline proposal. This May, we’re planning to top that with the biggest action on Enbridge this province has ever seen. Canadians across the country will come together on May 10 in a National Day of Action to Defend our Climate and Defend our Communities.


Surrey RCMP Open House: District Offices


In celebration of Police Week (May 12-18), the Surrey RCMP will be hosting Open Houses at its five District Offices on Wednesday, May 14, 11 a.m.-2p.m. * District 1 City Centre – 10720 King George Boulevard * District 2 Guildford/Fleetwood – 10395 148 Street, Surrey * District 3 Newton – 7235 137 Street * District 4 Cloverdale/Port Kells – 5732 – 176A Street * District 5 South Surrey – 100 – 1815 152 Street. There will be no Open House at the Main Detachment this year. Local residents, business owners, and media are invited to come and meet some of the police officers, community safety officers, staff and volunteers who work at each Surrey RCMP District Office.  Each office will have different police vehicles on display, entertainment, community safety information, and kids’ activities available. For more information on the Open Houses, contact your Surrey RCMP District Office.


Anthology in English of South Asian Writers


South Asian Literary Society of Canada is exploring the possibility of publishing an anthology  of selected original poems of South Asian writers in English translation. For this, a meeting is being held on May 17, 1-4 p.m., at Studio 7, 15437 Fraser Highway in Surrey.  All writers are welcome. For further information, call Acharya Dwivedi at 604-507-3099 or M. Rafiq at 604-596-7781.


Quran Memorization Competition


Muslim Association of Canada is holding the 12th Annual BC Quran Memorization Competition: * Preliminaries: Saturday, May 17 * Finals: Saturday, May 24. At MAC Masjid & Community Centre at 2122 Kingsway, Vancouver. The competition is open to participants of all ages, males and females, from all parts of the province. Participants may register for both memorization and recitation. Sponsors needed for the Quran Competition Awards – call 604-434-7526 or email: mac.centre.vancouver@gmail.com. Registration deadline: May 10 at 11:59 p.m. Information and registration: quran.islamicinfocenter.org.


Annual Show of Gujarati Seniors


The annual cultural program for all ages is on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at Michael J Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Avenue, Burnaby. Tickets: $20. Light refreshment (1-2:30 p.m.). Tickets: Contact Sarojben Desai at 604-523-9360 and Rameshbhai Gandhi at 604-294-0360.


Surrey International Children’s Festival


The Surrey International Children’s Festival is celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Festival dates: May 22-24. Thursday / Friday: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Surrey Art’s Centre box office. The Arts Centre Box Office can be contacted at 604-501-5566.


South Asian Mental Health Community Forum


Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, May 25 at 3:15 p.m. at Princess Margaret Secondary, 12870 72 Avenue, Surrey. Doors open at 9 a.m. Featuring: Workshops on wellness: – Meditation and Mindfulness – Yoga – Myths & Medication – Counselling & Therapy – Nutrition & Exercise. Presentations on the most prevalent mental illnesses: – Depression & Bipolar Disorder – Anxiety Disorder – Substance Use / Addiction / Alcoholism – ADHD and more. Resources and information in English, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu. Free event, open to the whole family. Lunch and refreshments provided.


Indo Caribbean Arrival Day Dinner & Dance


The Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society of British Columbia holds a celebration of Indian culture in the Caribbean on Saturday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at Canadian Auto Workers Hall, 707 – 12th Street, New Westminster. Tickets: $16 per person. Children under five years: Free. Children from 6 to 12 years: $8. Authentic and delicious Indo Caribbean food; dancing; music and songs; and special guest speakers; 50/50 draw / door prizes / open dance floor after dinner – dance to DJ music  after dinner. For tickets and information, contact: James Prasad at 604-278-1704 / 604-644-3751, Annette Bacchus:  604-529-9079, Ram Ramsaroop:  604-581 -590 / 604-722-5892, Sheila Omaid:  604-438-9158, Hari Singh:  604-731-4354 / 604-790-0920,            Shama Ramnarine:  604-936-3194, Molly Sharma: 604-434-3807.


The Dance Centre


Presents Discover Dance! Flamenco Rosario + Mandala Arts and Culture on Thursday, May 29 at 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street (at Granville), Vancouver. Tickets $12 / $10 students, seniors and children from Tickets Tonight at 604-684-2787 www.ticketstonight.ca Info: 604-606-6400. www.thedancecentre.ca. Presented as part of explorASIAN – Vancouver Asian Heritage Month. www.mandalarts.ca. www.flamencorosario.org


Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation


Presents the Gundecha Brothers, India’s leading performers of the ancient classical style of Dhrupad, the oldest and most serene form of Indian classical music, on Saturday May 31 at 7 p.m. at Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, New Westminster. General Admission: $28. Free underground parking. Tickets: PJSOM Office: 14 East Broadway 604- 879-8319; Kamal’s Video (Surrey): 604- 592-9777; Zubeida Rattansi (North Vancouver): 604-988-1708. Contact us by Email: alohia@telus.net or sujata@shaw.ca. Stay updated on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pjsomf


7th Uganda Medical Mission


Indo-Africa Charitable Society (Canada). Venue: Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited – Lugazi: medical, dental & eye camp from August 4-15 to provide primary examinations and treatments to needy Ugandans. Donation: US$650 (non-refundable) or equivalent in other currencies per person. Register by May 31 by contacting Vasant Lakhaniv(H) (604) 987-1925, vasantlakhani@gmail.comwww.indoafricacharity.com,www.vasantlakhani.com. All participants arrive by August 3 committed fully till the end of the mission.


Canada India Education Council


Presents “The Business of Education” dinner event at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, on Friday, June 6, 5-9 p.m. Learn about BC’s new education quality assurance standards (EQA) and examine the confluence of ‘business’ with education.  How do we measure ‘ROI’? BC is committed to increasing international students by 50% by 2016. Interesting in attending / sponsoring?  To view the agenda / speaker profiles, visit: http://canadaindiaeducation.com/bc/