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Pakistan-Canada Association


Celebrate the Republic Day of Pakistan at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall at 8388 128th Street, Surrey, on Saturday, March 28. Meet Pakistani Music Legend Arif Lohar. Tickets are $20, with children 5 and under free.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the event beginning immediately after Maghrib.  Appetizers and a full course meal will be served.


All Star Wrestling: March Madness


Saturday, March 28 at Cloverdale Fairgrounds – Alice McKay Building, 6050 A 176 Street, Surrey. Doors open at 7 p.m. Bell at 8 p.m. Website: www.allstar-wrestling.com Phone: 604-710-0872. Tickets available at * Central City Comix, 10221 King George Highway, Surrey (604-584-2664) * Comic Scene, Evergreen Mall, 8912 152nd Street, Surrey (604-582-2877) or online.

$20 Front Row and $15 General Admission.


South Asian Seniors: Bingo


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and non-members  to come and play bingo for the sake of fun and make some new friends, on March 29, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall  8321 – 140th Street, Surrey. Bring only two dollars with you to play two games. No need to worry if you do not know how to play, members will explain that to you just for the sake of fun. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further details.


Kids Play and Canadian Pressure Organization


Present “Parents as Preventers: Understanding and Responding to Teen Drug Use and Gangs” on Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grand Taj Banquet Hall, 8388 128th Street, Surrey. Speakers include police officers, doctors, former gang members and gurdwara representatives. Parent presentation and Question Period. For more information, call Sarbjit Sandhu at 604-825-2147 or Lucky Dhaliwal at 604-318-3870.



MOSAIC: Free Multilingual Tax Clinics


For low income individuals and families filing basic 2014 tax returns. Service languages include: English, Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin and Spanish. By appointment only. Visit www.mosaicbc.com/settlement-services for more information. Burnaby (Permanent Residents only): 778-3215406. Vancouver (Permanent Residents, Naturalized Citizens and Work Permit Holders): 604-254-9626.


PICS Society: Volunteer Income Tax Clinic


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society in partnership with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinic Program of CRA is offering free income tax filing services until the end of April. This program helps individuals 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 are located at the following locations: * PICS Head Office, #205—12725—80 Avenue, Surrey. * PICS White Rock Office 9by appointment only), #206—1461 Johnston Road, White Rock * PICS Vancouver Office (by appointment only), #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.


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 now 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.


Terry Fox Training Run


On Saturday, April 4, residents of British Columbia’s Tri-Cities and the surrounding communities will have the opportunity to do just that while raising funds for cancer research. They will take runners along the same 10 mile (16 kilometre) route he took through the streets of Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody. The event takes place at Westwood Elementary School in Port Coquitlam with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. The run will start at 7:30 a.m. The opening ceremony, which includes the unveiling of the permanent route signs, will begin at 9:45 a.m. The community walk will begin at 10 a.m. Visit www.terryfoxtrainingrun.com to register for the run or walk. There is no fee to participate in this event and donations are greatly appreciated. Registration will also be accepted on the morning of the run. Shirts to commemorate the event are also available on the website and at the event for $35.


MOSAIC: Free Community Workshops


Canadian Citizenship Preparation: * April 6 & 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Brentwood Community Resource Centre, 2055 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby. Phone: 604-292-3908. * April 8 & 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, 350 W. Georgia Street, Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level. Phone: 604-254-9626


Shakti Society: 13th Annual Gala


Friday, April 10 at the Aria Banquet Hall in Surrey. To celebrate International Women’s Day and the accomplishments of women in our community. This year 13 awards will be given out to women who have been nominated for their achievements. The evening will be hosted by CKNW talk show host Maureen McGrath. An inspiring keynote address from Vicki Waters. Brand new Indian styles will be showcased in a fashion show by Resham Couture, coordinated by Mannu Sandhu. Come early to check out various different and unique vendors, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Tickets: $50 each or Table of 10 for $450. Tickets are available now. Contact the organizers or KVP Entertainers\ Kamal Sharma located in Surrey 604-592-9777 or Main Video Ltd located in Vancouver 604-322-5551. All proceeds will go to Shakti: Empowerment of Women, Children and Families Society.  For further information about Shakti Awards or Shakti Society, contact Sonia Andhi at 604-307- 8796. Website: http://shaktisociety.com/ home/. https://www.facebook.com/events/940310892646407/


Free Eye Health Clinic


Canadian Eyesight Global has partnered with the Canadian National Institute of Blind (CNIB) and is organizing a free eye health clinic on Sunday, April 12, 1-4 p.m., at Richmond’s Nanak Niwas Sikh Temple, 8600 No.5 Road. A dedicated team of eminent eye surgeons including Dr. David R.S. Neima, Vice President, Canadian Eyesight Global, will participate in the free eye health clinic. Patients with serious eye problems will be referred to the specialists for further investigation and treatment. Free eye drops will be given to needy patients. www.CanadianEyesight.org. Phone: 604-582-0579 for more information.


Indo-Africa Charitable Society: Mother’s Day Celebrations


Fun filled celebrations with live entertainment on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Riverside Signature Banquet Hall, 13030 – 76 Avenue, Surrey. Tickets – Adults: $30 per person; Table of 10: $275; Children under 12: $10. Gujarati style meal. Cash bar. All net proceeds to serve homeless in Vancouver and less fortunate in India and Uganda. For more information, contact Vasant Lakhani at (604) 987-1925, vasantlakhani@gmail.com, www.indoafricacharity.com, www.vasantlakhani.com; or Rotary Club of Burnaby-Deer Lake’s Nasim Jiwa at 604-761-5492.


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