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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 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


South Asian Seniors: Anemia & Role of Iron


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults/ senior members and non-members to attend a presentation on Anemia & Role of Iron and Vitamin Supplements by Dr. Ramesh Avinashi, family physician, on January 25, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. There will be a question-and-answer session after the presentation. Tea and light snacks will be served.


Surrey Libraries: Snail Mail Social


Make someone feel extra special by taking the time to craft a note or letter with your very own hands. They will receive it in the mail just in time for Valentine’s Day. We provide typewriter, fancy pens, decorative paper, envelopes, glue sticks and more. Tuesday, January 27, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Guildford Library. Free. Register at 604-598-7366.


UBC TSA’s Pongal Thirunaal Event 


On January 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at UBC Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard.

Dinner included (vegetarian). Tickets: Members – $10 / Non-members – $20 / Kids 6-12 – $10 (kids tickets are for purchase only at the door). Kids 5 and under – Free. For tickets, contact Nivedha at 778-318-6104. A fabulous play, beautiful dances, fun games for the kids, a delicious meal, and much more.


Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies


If you missed this past weekend’s opportunity to see the launch of the Sikh Heritage Museum’s exhibition: Canadian Sikhs in WWI: The Forgotten Story, there is another opportunity to attend the launch of Duty, Honour, Izzat, The Call to Flanders Field, which is a two-month long running exhibition at the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies. This launch will feature exhibition designer, curator and collector, Steven Purewal of the Indus Media Foundation of Canada (http://imfc.org/) as well as a chance to see some original artifacts of the Great War. Tuesday, January 27, 4:30-6 p.m. at The Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, Uhouse, Room F125, UFV Abbotsford Campus. Refreshments will be provided and all are invited to attend.




Community café addressing violence against women. Our first community café of the year is aimed at bringing organizations and community members together to talk about their challenges in this work and how we can become better organized to end violence against women. With this focus, we are calling our community café – ‘What is violence against women: Why should you care?’ Wednesday January 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Bollywood Banquet Hall 8166—128th Street, Surrey. Panel of speakers with brief presentations. Café style small group discussions. This forum is a free event and is open to men and women of all backgrounds. Childminding will be provided upon request and light refreshments will be served—pre-registration required. For additional information or to confirm your participation, contact Sonia Andhi at 604-307-8796 or email shaktisociety2000@gmail.com.


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. If you are interested in attending this entertaining evening while enjoying live music, dance, delicious food, meeting the dignitaries, networking with the businesses, and appreciating the diversity of our culture, reserve your seat online at www.internationalfestival.ca/ or email at gala@internationalfestival.ca or call 778-298-7703.


All Star Wrestling: Superbrawl


Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale Fair Grounds, 6050 176 Street, Surrey. On January 31: Doors open 7 p.m., Bell Time 8 p.m. Tickets: Front Row: $20. General: $15. Career vs Career; ASW Tag Team Titles with Jinder Mahal & Gama Singh Jr. (Champions) vs Travis Sionys & Nick Price; $1000 Challenge with Moondog Manson vs Nasty Nate Daniels; TKO Cody Smith vs Jorel Nelson; Girls Gone Wrestling with Bambi Hall vs Sunni Daze; Christopher Ryseck vs Hurricane Adam Ryder. Tickets available at: www.allstar-wrestling.com / 604-710-0872; Central City Comix, 10221 King George Highway, Surrey, at 604-584-2664; Comic Scene, Evergreen Mall, 8912 152nd Street, Surrey, at 604-582-2877.


Surrey Kids Read Event


Surrey Libraries honours Family Literacy Day with its annual celebration, Surrey Kids Read, on January 31 at Guildford Town Centre’s Centre Court from 12-3 p.m. The popular free, family event will feature performances by children’s musician Tony Prophet, storytelling by Silly Susie, and a ventriloquist show by Wendy Stuart. Local community groups will be on site to provide face painting, activities, and information for children and families. Surrey Libraries’ mascots, Walter and Jazzy, will be there at noon to greet families and take pictures. To celebrate Family Literacy Day, Surrey Libraries will also be hosting fun free Family Board Games events at all branches during the month of January. To learn more about these events or Surrey Libraries’ many literacy related initiatives, visit www.surreylibraries.ca.


Newton BIA


February 1, 12-2 p.m. at The Newton Grove (next to the Newton Wave Pool / 13730 72 Avenue, Surrey): The first ever Groundhog Day in Newton. A free, family-friendly event. Opening ceremony with City Councillor Vera Lefranc. Giant tree stump with Lou Jack (Early Pioneer) the Groundhog. Crafts table for kids & goodie bags presented by Deserres and the Youth Arts Council. Groundhog photo board for pictures donated by Fast Signs. Groundhog Day coupons / token for promotions at local businesses. Live music performed by Juno nominated local musician Neil Harnett (www.neilharnett.com). Closing ceremony with Lou Jack the Groundhog popping out to determine the length of winter. Plus a free screening of “Groundhog Day” the Movie at Hollywood 3 Cinemas @ 2 p.m.


World Interfaith Harmony Week


The UNO in October 2010 proclaimed the first week of February, every year, the World Interfaith Harmony Week. This year Global Clergy Association of Canada will celebrate in collaboration with the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society and Multifaith Action Society on February 3 at Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 8321-140 Street in Surrey. Program will commence at 7 p.m. It will include prayers and talks from religious representatives of Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Unitarianism and Zoroastrianism, musical items and panel discussion. All are welcome. Dinner will be served to all guests. For further information, call Satish Kumar, President of VHCS, at 604-596-4777, Dr. J. Das at 604-599-6876 or coordinator Acharya Dwivedi at 604-507-3099.


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.


UN World Interfaith Harmony Week


Saturday, February 7, 1-4 p.m., at Surrey City Centre Library, Room 120. The Surrey Interfaith Council is hosting an Interfaith Celebration to wrap up “World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015”. This year we will focus on the spirit of love and devotion, requesting people from various faiths and traditions to offer prayers and blessings by reciting, singing or chanting them. Participants appreciate the opportunity to have conversations with one another. Therefore, this celebration will provide ample time for that to take place focusing on the theme, “Acceptance and Respect for all Faiths.” Dr. Scott Dunbar will give a keynote address to provide focus for the small group discussions. He is an Associate to the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations at Monash University, Australia, as well as a faculty member in Monash’s Centre of Religious Studies.


Sai Lakshacharan


All devotees are invited at Hindu Cultural Society and Community Center of B.C. (3885 Albert Street, Burnaby) to participate in Sai Lakshacharan Japa and Bhajans on Saturday, February 7 at 5 p.m. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. 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 Temple at 604-299-5922.


St. Mark Concert Series


A non-profit event: Steve Maddock in a concert of hot jazz for a cool season on Sunday, February 8, 2-4:15 p.m. at Mark Ocean Park, 12953 20 Avenue, Surrey. Arts & Entertainment, Benefits, Music. Teens, 19+, Seniors: Cost $15.


‘Literacy for Life’ Adult Program


“Literacy for Life” is a free adult program that is being held on Friday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. from now until May 15. The first 6 weeks (January 16-February 20) 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.


SAFA: International Women’s Day


SAFA is presenting International Women’s Day (IWD) with a South Asian focus in partnership with the Langara School of Nursing.  This event will take place on March 8. This year’s theme is “Make It Happen” through education, empowerment and awareness. The day promises to be one of education, promise and fun.  You can participate in this conference via poster or oral presentations. Informational providers have the opportunity to come and share their resources and information via information booths.  Registration fee for service provider is $50. For further information, contact Prav at Pdhaliwal@langara.bc.ca. / Suki at Sgrewal@langara.bc.ca / visit www.safa.ca / Call 778-688-3996.