Balvir Kaur Punia, 75, of Burnaby from VPO Jalaldiwal (Ludhiana) passed away on June 7.

Her funeral will take place on Sunday, June 14 at Five River Funeral Home in Delta at 10 a.m.

Bogh will follow at York Center Gurdwara at 1 p.m.

For more information, please call son Kulwant (Lalli) Punia at 604-727-6407.






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Peoples Drug Mart Walk for ALS


Join us for the 9th Annual Peoples Drug Mart Walk for ALS on Saturday, June 13. This fun filled community event will be kicking off at 10 a.m. at Mill Lake Park, in Abbotsford with the 5 km Walk starting at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds go to the ALS Society of BC to fund research and to provide support for those living with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neuromuscular disease that affects the person’s motor neurons which carry messages to the muscles. When these muscles fail to receive messages, they lose strength, atrophy and die, leaving the person immobilized. Register today: www.walkforals.ca


Cross Cultural Temple Tour


Cross Cultural Temple Tour with Dr. David McLauren on Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A visit to a Sikh temple, Hindu temple, Muslim mosque and a Buddhist temple in Richmond. Registration is $39, includes ethnic lunch. Call (604) 897-4224 or email at:



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 Sunday, June 14, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Just bring two dollars to play two games. Members will explain the game to you. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more info.


Lui Passaglia’s Push For Your Tush


Colon Cancer Canada. Lui Passaglia, former BC Lion, has chosen to officially endorse the event this year and ongoing. Sunday, June 14 at Jericho Beach. Registration: 9 a.m. Walk / Run: 10 a.m. Distances: 1K Toddler Walk, 5K Walk, 10K Run. Fees: Individuals $25 / Family $50 (Family fee includes registration for 2 adults and children under 18 and HST). Registration fee waived if you raise $200 or more. A great day for everyone, with refreshments, t-shirts and more. Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in Canada, yet it is 90% curable if caught in the earliest stages of the disease. Most people who finally choose to discuss their symptoms with their doctors are often already in the later stages. BC is now part of a national screening program. Registration and details are at www.pushforyourtush.ca/vancouver


Anupam Kher at Indian Summer Festival Event


Indian Summer Festival will host “An Evening with Anupam Kher” (Bend It Like Beckham, Breakaway) on Sunday, June 14 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. At this curtain raiser event, Kher will chat candidly about life in Bollywood and his forays into international cinema. More details here:



Surrey Fest Downtown


On Saturday, June 20, Surrey Fest Downtown will be returning for its 17th year. Hosted by the Whalley Community Association and presented by Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association. There is an impressive line-up of entertainment including the musically comedic That DAM Band from the Giggle Dam, Mission-based John Welsh Band, local up and coming girl band, Arium and the renamed Double Shotzz (formerly known as Drift Away). Specifically for the little ones in your life, Will Stroet and the Backyard Band will be our featured children’s musician. While the little ones enjoy the Kids Zone filled with rides, face-painting and bouncy castles, parents can explore vendor booths and the silent auction.  The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the North Surrey Recreation Centre parking lot (on the corner of 102 Avenue and City Parkway) and in the plaza at Central City Shopping Centre.


SANSAD: Mourning Slain Secular Humanists


Mourn slain secular humanists killed in South Asia and build inclusive and pluralist societies in our homelands on Sunday, June 21, 2-5 p.m. at Policy Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Moderator: Zahid Makhdoom. Panelists: Ajay Bhardwaj is a filmmaker and graduate student at UBC; Aden dur-e-Aden is a graduate student at UBC; Anis Rahman is a graduate student at SFU; Harjap Grewal is a human rights, civil liberties, and environmental rights activist. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD): http://www.sansad.org / sansad@sansad.org. For more information: Chin Banerjee at 604-421-6752.


Job Options BC: Urban Older Workers (55+) Program


Register now. Starting from June 22 until September 25 for 2 sessions. If you’re 55 or older, living in Surrey or Delta / White Rock areas, and you want to get back into the job market, then Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society has an employment program for you. Job Options BC: Urban Older Workers (55+) employment program is seeking participants for its upcoming sessions. This program partners with local community and business employers, to generate job placements for participants. To qualify for this program, you must be: •55 years old or older •Unemployed •Non – EI eligible (or non-EI Reach Back) •Out of School •Looking for a Job •Permanent Resident or Citizen •Living in either Surrey or Delta / White Rock. In this program, you will: •Increase your employment skills •Get valuable job search experience •Access to training allowances The next sessions starts on June 22 at the Surrey Office located at #205-12725, 80th Avenue, Surrey. For more information, contact K. C. Chau at 604-596-7722, ext. 117, or via email at kcchau@pics.bc.ca


Make Music Vancouver: Gastown


June 24: Make Music Vancouver is a free live music celebration for everyone to enjoy in the heart of Gastown, showcasing Vancouver’s incredible local musical talent and the power of community. Water Street will be shut down to traffic and host one of the largest outdoor urban music festivals in the city. Our diverse programming includes rock (The Dolls), mystic song (Naad), Reggae Rock (Trysaratops), jazz (Hint of lime), funk (Funk Schwey), country-rock (Woodshed Supply Co), Flamenco (Mashregh), Indie Pop (The Response), Venezuelan Folk Music (Asi Somos) and more. Website:



MOSAIC: Free Community Workshops


Beginners’ Computer Class: Learn about basic computer skills (using your gadget to save data and to create files), the internet (searching for information online, how to use Google maps and how to chat using Gmail), and sending / receiving emails. From now until June 25, Thursdays, 9:30–11 a.m. at MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway. Phone: 604-438-8214, ext. 112.


Metropolis at Metrotown: Interactive “Lightroom”


June 26-September 7: 12-7 p.m. at Metropolis at Metrotown – Grand Court, Lower Level. Cost: Free. Celebrating the International Year of Light with an exciting digital and visual experiential event. Inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored infinity room and the Social Soul experience at the 2014 TED Conference, the “Lightroom” is a unique and artistic installation comprised of a 60-second walk-through experience tied to social media.  The Lightroom measures 20 feet by 35 feet and will immerse the customer in an illusion of thousands of twinkling lights. Customers who upload a photo of their #METlightroom experience to Twitter or Instagram will be entered for a chance to win weekly gift card prizes, VIP tickets to the Celebration of Light fireworks show, and a $1,000 grand prize shopping spree. A stunning 70-foot interactive light curtain will also be on display over the Grand Court elevator. Website:



Newton Community Festival 2015


Saturday, June 27. Location: Newton Wave Pool. Cost: Free. The Newton Community Festival is a free family event, which features a Ferris wheel, live entertainment, diverse food and craft vendors, community and business displays, facility tours and lots of interactive fun activities for all ages. It will feature the following events and attractions: Ferris Wheel; main stage featuring local talent; sponsors and partners display booths and attractions; face Painting and Bouncy Castle; live entertainment; children’s arts, crafts and games; youth zone; and more. Event Details: http://newtonbia.com


25th Annual Miss India-Canada Event


Saturday, August 15 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto.  Contestants are judged on their evening gown, talent, and their ability to speak in public.  The show is focused on Indian arts and culture and at the same time blends into the Canadian mosaic. Entries for the Miss India-Canada Event will be accepted until Friday, June 26. For an application form or further information, contact (905) 851-0990 or visit www.MissIndiaCanada.com.


Multicultural Festival: Minoru Plaza


Multicultural Heritage Festival features an eclectic mix of performances and demonstrations from around the world. Presented in partnership with Vancouver Cantonese Opera, the event will take place on the City stage on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 from noon until 5 p.m. each day, at Minoru Plaza outside the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. Canadian artists representing Chinese, English, Scottish, Indian, Italian, Thai, Romani, Russian and Ukrainian cultures share the stage, bringing celebration and vibrancy to this free event. For more information, call 604-764-8181 or visit www.multiculturalheritage.ca


North Delta’s Family Day


North Delta Lions Club and the Corporation of Delta invite you to celebrate North Delta’s 48th Family Day on Sunday, June 28 at North Delta Community Park, 111311 84th Avenue, Delta. Parade: 11 .am.-1 p.m. Festival: 12-4 p.m. Parade info: 604-763-7251 / email: parade@northdeltalions.org. Festival info: 604-596-6458 / email: displays@northdeltalions.org.


FlyOver Canada


Annual fireworks party on July 1 at 8 p.m. at Canada Place. Adults and families of all ages are invited to the celebration – which sells out yearly – to take in the fireworks show from a private viewing zone on the ‘flight deck’, while enjoying Vancouver’s hottest attraction FlyOver Canada, a simulated aerial adventure over Canada’s most stunning landscapes. FlyOver Canada will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with rides commencing every 15 minutes. Due to high demand on Canada Day, only FastLane bookings are accepted, with some standby General Admission tickets available on the day. As such, FlyOver Canada recommends guests book in advance online. Children must be at least 102cm (40″) to participate on the ride (approximate height of average a 4-year-old). Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older. Tickets to FlyOver Canada’s Canada Day Fireworks Party can be purchased at flyovercanada.com. For a complete list of all Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place, visit: canadaplace.ca.


Walk with the Dragon to Celebrate Multiculturalism


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation’s annual hallmark event, Walk with the Dragon, returns to the picturesque Lumbermen’s Arch, Stanley Park, on Sunday, July 19. This year, the foundation hopes to raise $400,000 from the Walk earmarked to maintain and enhance important S.U.C.C.E.S.S. services and programs for those in needs in the Metro Vancouver communities, particularly seniors and youth. More than 13,000 people are expected to join this year’s Walk which consists of a 7-km trek along the Stanley Park seawall, carnival style game and food booths and colourful stage performances at Lumbermen’s Arch. To coincide with this year’s theme of “Multiculturalism”, stage performances will be represented by different cultures, including Japanese, Philippine, Chinese, Slovak and Mexican.


Global Clergy Association of Canada


The Global Clergy Association of Canada (GCAOC) is a non-profit association which is going to hold a Pre-Parliament Conference on August 8 at Richmond Multicultural Centre with support of interfaith, spiritual, cultural and environment organizations, to promote peace and harmony; to spur and augment inter-religious dialogue; and to offer a taste of the Parliament experience. The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) conference will meet at Salt Lake City in the U.S. from October 15 to 19. The conference is free and open to all. Because of the limitation of seats, you are requested to register by emailing your name, city and phone to President Dr. J. Das at

<dasj.kabir@gmail.com> or Acharya S.P. Dwivedi at <shrinath3099 @gmail.com>  before July 20. For further information, call Acharya S.P. Dwivedi, Chair of the conference, at 604-507-3099 or Dr. J. Das at 604-599-6876.