Gurbax Singh Bal, a very well renowned community worker of Khalsa Diwan Society, Ross Street, Vancouver, has passed away. His funeral will be held at Five Rivers Funeral Home in Delta on Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

Artim Ardas will be held at 12 p.m. at Khalsa Diwan Society Gurdwara, Ross Street, Vancouver.

Family may be contacted at 604-322-2164






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PICS Society: Volunteer Income Tax Clinic


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is establishing PICS Income Tax Clinic this year from the now to April in partnership with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinic Program of Canada Revenue Agency. This program will engage PICS volunteers who have been trained by Canada Revenue Agency to help community members who have low incomes to electronically file their income tax returns. To be eligible to avail this free service, your income must be as follows: * Single Person: $30,000 or less * Single parent with child: $35,000 or less * Each additional child: $ 2,500 * Couples: $40,000 or less * Investment income under: $ 1,000 * You have a simple tax return (no self-employment, no bankruptcy, no forms for deceased, no capital gains/losses and no rental income). * You must attend in person. Income Tax Clinics will be located at the following locations: * PICS Head Office, #205—12725—80 Avenue, Surrey. * PICS White Rock Office, #206—1461 Johnston Road, White Rock * PICS Vancouver Office, #200—8153 Main Street, Vancouver. For more details, contact: Deshpal Grewal (deshpal.grewal@pics.bc.ca) or Manjinder Thandi (manjinder.thandi@pics.bc.ca) Phone: 604-596-7722.


Minerva Foundation for BC Women


Seeking applicants for the next installment of Women Leading the Way – a distinctive, interactive, part-time leadership training program for women who want to have an impact in business, government and community. The deadline for applications is June 1. Women interested in learning more about Women Leading the Way can call (604) 683-7635, ext. 228, or email wlw@theminervafoundation.com. More information and an application package are online at https://theminervafoundation.com/lead/leadership-development/women-leading-the-way


KidsPlay Soccer


KidsPlay 3 on 3 Indoor Soccer Tournament on March 7 and 8 at Guru Angad Dev Elementary (13479 77 Avenue, Surrey). Boys and girls divisions. 12-14 years of age. Website: www.Kids-Play.org


Surrey Libraries: Author Events


* Canadian Mystery & Crime Writers will share their writing experiences at the Fleetwood Library on Saturday, March 7,   11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Dietrich Kalteis, E.R. Brown, Robin Spano and Sam Wiebe.  To register, call 604-598-7347. * Meet Gerard LaSalle on Tuesday, March 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Newton Library. Register at 604-598-7406. LaSalle is an MD, CMO, award-winning filmmaker, teacher, and story-teller.


Vancouver International Women in Film Festival


10th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 4-8. Margarita, With a Straw (Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.) is the gala festival opener. It is an Indian coming of age film about a young college student who struggles with a disability, romance and moving from Delhi to NYC for her studies.  More info about the film on the festival website:

http://www.womeninfilm.ca/2015_Film_Festival_Films.html#Last. The festival is organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a not-for-profit organization to further the careers of women in screen-based media.


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.


Surrey Arts Centre


Presents I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!—an evening of ‘herlarious’ stand-up comics with Ash Dhawan, Julie Kim, Elvira Kurt, and emcee Betsy Bottom Dollar—on March 9 at 8 p.m. Adult material and situations. Tickets: $25–$40, including all fees. 604-501-5566 / https://tickets.surrey.ca / 13750–88 Avenue


South Asian Seniors: Filing Income Tax Returns Free


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey informs South Asian seniors that during the tax filing period we can help you to file your income tax returns for the year 2014 free of cost, through the community volunteer Program of Canada Revenue Agency from March 9 to April 20 if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria are as follows: 1. Single individual with annual income limit up to $30,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $40,000. 3. Adult with one child annual income up to $35,000, add the income limit by $2,500 for each dependent child. Interest income not over $ 1,000 and this income will be included as total eligibility. With no investment income, no rental income and no partnership income, sin# card and photo identity will be required as proof. If you are eligible, contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Multicultural communities are invited to join Asian Pulse TV and Kidsplay to commemorate “The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” to collectively work towards the elimination of all forms of racism and inequalities. This event is free and will be hosted at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Saturday, March 21, 12-3 p.m. Come to listen, learn and join in the dialogue on personal and institutional racism, and solutions. The event will open with Aboriginal greeting by Alana Anderson,  a free lunch,  followed by a panel with a question and answer period.  Topics covered will include, racism in Canada and current geopolitical climates, media representations and terrorist labels, Islamaphobia, neo-Nazi movements, and personal narratives.  Some of the panelist’s include Tony McAleer,  Executive Director of Life After Hate, a former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net, Indira Prahst, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at  Langara and human rights activist, Charan Gill, founder of PICS and  community activist, Jodi Derkson with FAST, and  Sadia Sameeullah, outspoken activist and speaker within the Muslim community. For information call Kamilla Singh at (604) 537-5123.


Zakir Hussain’s Celtic Connections


Chan Centre presents Zakir Hussain’s Celtic Connection on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver. Ticket prices: from $36. Box Office: 604-822-2697 / chancentre.com. In person at the Chan Centre ticket office: open Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Website: chancentre.com.


Shakti Society


The 13th annual Shakti Awards will take place on Friday, April 10 at the Aria Banquet Hall in Surrey. To purchase tickets, sponsor or donate, become a vender or volunteer, contact Sonia at 604-307-8796, Iti at 604-831-7728 or Sandhya at 778-788-6936. All funds raised will be donated to Shakti: Empowerment of Women, Children and Families Society. http://www.shaktisociety.com