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“Inclusive Palliative Care for Canadian Immigrant Communities” Study


Invitation to participate in a study entitled: “Inclusive Palliative Care for Canadian Immigrant Communities.” We are doing this study to learn more about the issues and concerns that immigrant families face when seeking palliative care for their loved ones. Your experiential knowledge and understanding will help us to work towards an inclusive model of palliative care. If you agree, we will ask you about the time and the place convenient for a one-hour interview. At the beginning of the study, we will go through the ethics procedures answering questions that you might have. Your confidentially will be fully respected. If you are interested, contact Dr. Parin Dossa (Simon Fraser University) at pdossa@sfu.ca.


Maan Farms Grand Re-Opening Celebration


Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford. To celebrate re-opening for the season and to give back to the community that showed them so much love and support after the devastating fire last year Maan Farms hope that you will all join them. Featuring: Food, music, free family activities and entrance into all of their children’s zones (petting zoo, playground, new adventure zone). Produce, berries and new wines for sale and sampling. New additions to the farm this year: zip-lines, new playgrounds, pedal car track, new animals and more. www.maanfarms.com


Sai Japa


All devotees are invited to Hindu Cultural Society and Community Center  of B.C., 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Japa / Bhajans on Saturday, July 11 at 5 p.m. Bhajans / Kirtan: 5:15-6:15 p.m.; Sai Japa: 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Bhojan: 7:30 p.m. Contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259; Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958; Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989; Temple at 604-299-5922.


Eat, Play, Live Well Street Fair


On Sunday, July 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Eat, Play, Live Well Street Fair, hosted by Phoenix Society at 13686 94A Avenue, Surrey, across the street from Surrey Memorial Hospital, breakdance group DRS will be teaching breakdance basics.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate.


South Asian Seniors: Save Money, Make Money


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian Adults / senior members and also non-members to attend an educational awareness presentation How to Save Money & How To Make Money” by Harjeet Aulakh, Senior Marketing Director with World Financial Group, and Sunil Kumar Kapadia of the same group, on Sunday, July 12, 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. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Standardbred Horse Day and Country Fair


The 2015 Canada Standardbred Horse Day and Country Fair on Sunday, July 12, 12-4 p.m., at Epona Stable and Farms Ltd, 3323 Devon Road, Port Coquitlam (at Prairie Avenue) will provide lots of fun for children with the friendly rescue horses (and free photographs) as well as Hamlet, the rescue pot-belly pig who keeps everyone amused with his oink, oink and antics. The event also features performances and dance lessons by Carly Reid and students (the Canadian champions in Irish dancing) and the Tri-city School of Music. There are mini-tractor rides for the kids, fun outdoor games all during the event in the riding ring, nutritious and yummy goodies, and for the adults, an online silent auction at www.StandardbredFanClub.com with services and products from the event sponsors. Admission: adults $3 / children $1.


PCCA-BC: Grand Chand Raat & Eid Mela 2015


Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association of B.C. has again organized a Grand Chand Raat and Eid Mela (Festival) on Friday, July 17, starting from 5 p.m., at Taj Convention Center, 8580-132 Street, Surrey. There will be the best of Hina (Mehndi) designers, jewelry, clothing and Pakistani and other South Asian food. There will also be indoor and outdoor games, rides and gifts for kids. For more info, call Bilal Tarar: 778-863-6449 (try to text). Toll free: 1-877-401-7222 (PCCA).


Fiji Festival


Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Swangard Stadium, corner of Kingsway and Boundary, Burnaby, with soccer tournament, food, kids rides, fashion show, raffle ticket draw and other entertainment. Free admission. Presented by Jai Fiji Television and Bula! Fiji Association of B.C. For more information, contact Vincent Puran Prakash at 604-434-3920 or email at jaifiji@yahoo.com.


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.


Sikh Motorcycle Club


Dastaar and Dumaala Competition on Sunday, July 19, 12-5 p.m., at Bombay Banquet Hall, 7475 135th Street, Surrey. For registration, call 604-825-2659 or 604-727-4697. Registration deadline: July 12. All ages welcome.


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.


Richmond Rocks!


Grab your runners and yoga mat and join hundreds of people as they get ready to work out at Richmond Rocks!, an outdoor workout at Minoru Park on Sunday, July 19, 12-4 p.m. Benefiting Touchstone Family Association and KidSport Richmond, Richmond Rocks! will feature an inclusive 108-minute bodyweight bootcamp and yoga class in the park to raise support and awareness for children’s overall well-being. Tickets are $20 and are available online through richmondrocks.ca. Each registrant will receive a $30 gift card to Vida Spas, a class pass from YYoga and more, in appreciation of their support of this event. For more information, visit richmondrocks.ca.




* Basic Job Search Skills for Newcomers: July 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Interview Skills / August 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Networking Skills at Bob Prittie Metrotown Burnaby Public Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue. Call Fasustin at 604-438-8214, ext. 112.


Car Seat Safety: Recycling


Car seats that have expired or have been in a car accident are often left on the side of the road.  These car seats are no longer safe for use and could be picked up by an unsuspecting individual.  For this reason on Saturday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ryley and Chloe’s Fun and Games Foodraizer, at 13645 102nd Avenue, Surrey, in the parking lot behind the A&W, child car seats will be accepted for recycling. Donations for the Surrey Food Bank will be accepted. The Red Shirt volunteers from the Phoenix Society will be helping to take apart the seats. Then, Westcoast Plastics Recycling will recycle them properly. It’s important to follow the ICBC, BCAA, and Transport Canada safety guide to correctly use a car seat that meets the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS).


MLA Sue Hammell’s Eid Open House


Thursday, July 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Taj Park Convention Centre (Bear Creek) 8580 132 Street, Surrey. Co-hosted with MP Jasbir Sandhu, MP Jinny Sims, MLA Bruce Ralston and MLA Harry Bains. Halal refreshments will be served.


Surrey Libraries: Young Adult Writing Contest


This summer, be creative, have some fun and win cash prizes. Enter a short story, poem, or comic in Surrey Libraries’ Young Adult Writing Contest.  Cash prizes will be awarded per category and age group. The contest is open to ages 12 to 18 years.  Entries must be in by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4.  It’s free to enter.  Entry rules and forms are available at www.surreylibraries.ca/teens. If you want to improve your writing or share your creativity, sign up for any of these free teen programs. Details in the Libraries or online at



Miss Fiji Canada Pageant


August 7: A red carpet gala with special guest, Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama and the First Lady crowning the winner. This is the first time the prime minister of Fiji will be coming to Canada. Tickets: $50; $25 for children ages 7 to 15. All the proceeds will go to the orphanage in Fiji. For tickets and more info, call 778-918-1496.


PICS Self-Employment Program


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society will deliver the next PICS Self-Employment Program in September. Through this initiative, PICS would be supporting potential entrepreneurs in Delta and Surrey. Self-Employment Services are available through WorkBC Program to British Columbian job seekers who are unemployed and who are legally eligible to work in British Columbia. These individuals may have: * An EI unemployment benefit period that has been established or has ended within the last 36 months (3 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance; or * An EI benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the 60 months (5 years) prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which the individual remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force. * A Persons with Disability designation or Person with Persistent Multiple Barrier status; or, * A Persons with Disability designation who are neither EI nor BCEA clients. Selected clients may be eligible to receive up to $300 per week for 48 weeks. For more information as to how individuals may access PICS Self-Employment Program, attend an information session at PICS Head Office, Unit 205, 12725 80th Avenue, Surrey, on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:30 p.m. When you attend the PICS Self-Employment Program you will develop self-employment skills, including developing a business plan, a marketing plan, arrange start-up funding and managing your cash. Seating is limited. To attend the session you must pre-register at deshpal.grewal@pics.bc.ca or sunil.rawat@pics.bc.ca. For further information, contact Deshpal Grewal at 604-596-7722, ext. 126, or Sunil Rawat at 604-596-7722, ext. 128.


Richmond Police and Fire Team: “Camp Courage” for Youth


The Richmond RCMP, Richmond Fire-Rescue, and the City of Richmond are teaming up to deliver one-day camps this summer that will afford children the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a police officer and firefighter. Children will learn about the training, responsibilities, skills, and equipment involved in policing and firefighting through demonstrations and hands on activities. Camp Courage is a great opportunity for police and fire personnel to communicate with youth and their parents, acting as positive role models, and mentoring youth towards goals of social responsibility and civic mindedness. The camps take place from: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates and locations: * August 19 at South Arm Community Centre * August 26 at Cambie Community Centre. The camps are open to children aged 9 to 12. A small fee of $10 per child covers a T-shirt, supplies, and pizza lunch. Space is limited. Register your child through: * Online anytime at http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/registration.htm * Call the Richmond Community Services Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. * In-person at Richmond’s recreation and cultural facilities


Surrey Libraries: Summer Reading Club


This year’s theme is Build it! Kids of all ages can build an amazing summer with great books, special programs, contests, and more free family fun. Sign up at any of Surrey Libraries’ 9 branches and get a reading record to keep track of summer reading, collect stickers, participate in games and contests, and earn a reading medal. Free. http://www.surreylibraries.ca/5370.aspx


Metropolis at Metrotown: Interactive “Lightroom”


Now until 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: