OBITUARYIt is with great sadness that we announce that Mrs. Pritam Kaur Puri from Naya Nangal, wife of the late S. Tabassam Singh Puri, passed away on June 15.

Her funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at Five Rivers Funeral Home in Delta.

Bhog and Antim Ardaas will follow at Nanaksar Gurdwara in Richmond.

To express your condolences to the family, please call Mandeep Mani Arora at 604-375-4438 or Sanjeve Singh Puri at 778-833-1314.









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Canadian Cancer Society: Annual Surrey Relay For Life


13th Annual Surrey Relay For Life is being held on Saturday, June 20 in Cloverdale. This is a truly inspirational, fun-filled, non-competitive, 12-hour fundraising event (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) that brings the entire community together to eat, be entertained, have tons of fun but also to celebrate life and fight cancer. All of the proceeds from the Relay For Life events across Canada goes directly to the Canadian Cancer Society and supports the organization in funding critical cancer research, compassionate cancer support programs and leading cancer prevention initiatives.


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.


Yoga Event: Vedic Hindu Cultural Society


International Day of Yoga celebration at the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society’s Temple lawn at 8321-140 Street, Surrey on June 21 at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to join in to celebrate this big day of health and happiness.


South Asian Seniors: International Day of Yoga


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey requests all South Asian senior members and non-members to attend International Day of Yoga organized by the Temple’s management on Sunday, June 21 at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. with yoga exercises by expert yogis on the Temple grounds up to 10 a.m. From 10 to 11 a.m., healthy refreshment of fruits, milk shake and tea will be served. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., a yoga forum will be held by expert yogis inside the main hall. From 12 to 1p.m., a therapeutic yoga demonstration will be held there focusing on specific problems like back ache, pain in the knees and migraine. After Aarti in the Temple, pure vegetarian lunch will be served in the dining hall. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more information.


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


Take Control of Your Finances


The Richmond Library is hosting a free program called “Budgeting 101: Six Easy Steps to Manage Your Money” on Tuesday, June 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 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 program is presented by Lisa Rogers from the Credit Counselling Society.


The Long Long Table


Event: Long, Long Table. Date / Time: Tuesday, June 23 with networking starting at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6:15 p.m. Location: Civic Plaza near Surrey City Hall, 13450 – 104 Avenue, Surrey. Do you need a friend? Join us for our second Annual Friendraiser. Come out and enjoy dinner with 250 community members of all ages and backgrounds. The event will begin with networking from 5-6 p.m. in the Atrium at City Hall. Dinner will follow in the plaza at 6:15 p.m. Participants will be able to enjoy a delicious 5-course meal that relates to our theme: Canada Coast-to-Coast. Guests are asked to dress in red and white to help get into the Canadian Spirit.

Tickets are $35 and are available at the Downtown Surrey BIA (DSBIA) office located at Suite 330 – 10362 King George Boulevard (Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) or email info@downtownsurreybia.com.


MOSAIC Programs


* Canadian Citizenship Application Process: June 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway (604-438-8214, ext. 120) * Crossing The Border: What You Need to Know As Permanent Resident Newcomers: June 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway (604-438-8214, ext. 114) * Getting Your BC Driver’s Licence: Are you planning to get your driver’s licence? Join us to prepare and study for the knowledge test in a group and to familiarize yourself with the signs and rules of the road: June 29, 10a.m.-12:30 p.m. at MOSAIC Vancouver, 2nd floor, 1720 Grant Street (604-254-9626).


Make Music Vancouver: Gastown


Wednesday, 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. Thursday, June 25, 9:30–11 a.m. at MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway. Phone: 604-438-8214, ext. 112.


All Star Wrestling: Girls Gone Wrestling


Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. At Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050 A 176 Street, Surrey. This show will feature a one-night tournament for the vacant ASW Ladies Title. Front Row: $20 / General Admission: $15. Tickets available at * Central City Comix, 10221 King George Highway, Surrey (604- 584-2664) * Comics Scene, 8912 152 Street, Surrey (604-582-2877) * Timeless Treasures, 5754 176 Street, Surrey (604-374-6994). www.allstar-wrestling.com / More info at 604-710-0872 / Meet us after the show at Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar, 17455 Highway 10 (778-574-4446).


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:



Osho Vancouver


“Being Original and Spontaneous” – an evening talk and Q&A with Swami Chaitanya Keerti on Friday, June 26, 7-9 p.m., at 15437 Fraser Highway, Surrey. www.oshovancouver.ca


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.


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


Whalley’s Corner Community Festival


Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Grosvenor Road at the intersection of 108 Avenue and King George Boulevard. There will be family-friendly entertainment including Double Shotzz (formerly known as Drift Away), Authentic Board Supply owner and skateboarder Hippie Mike, dancers from Fit For Women Gym, guitarist Jim Abbott, and fiddler Jessica Arthur.  There will also be a bouncy castle, face painter, and balloon artist for the little ones.


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.


Surrey: 2015 Fusion Festival


July 18-19 at Holland Park. Line-up includes internationally renowned Punjabi singer-songwriter, Jazzy B, known as the “Crowned Prince of Bhangra” and will feature fellow-Punjabi singing sensation, Kaur B, who is best known for her song “Classmate.” Also appearing is Latin performing-artist, Jose Feliciano, deemed by music critics as “the world’s greatest living guitarist.” Feliciano has earned 45 gold and platinum records and nine Latin Grammy Awards. Additional performances include: The Tourist Company, Chin Injeti, En Karma, Matt Hoyles and Haya.


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.