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Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation


Presents the Gundecha Brothers, India’s leading performers of the ancient classical style of Dhrupad, the oldest and most serene form of Indian classical music, on Saturday May 31 at 7 p.m. at Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, New Westminster. General Admission: $28. Free underground parking. Tickets: PJSOM Office: 14 East Broadway 604- 879-8319; Kamal’s Video (Surrey): 604- 592-9777; Zubeida Rattansi (North Vancouver): 604-988-1708. Contact us by Email: alohia@telus.net or sujata@shaw.ca. Stay updated on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pjsomf


Man-Up Against Suicide Photo Exhibit


Man-Up Against Suicide photo exhibit, a project led by UBC professor and men’s health expert, Dr. John Oliffe, from now until June 29 (Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m.) at 1445 West Georgia Street, Vancouver (former Buschlen Mowatt gallery). Suicide is the leading cause of death among men aged 25-29 and 40-44, as well as a preventable and common cause among other age groups. Men in BC commit suicide at a rate of 17.5 per 100,000. This exhibit illuminates this stigmatized issue by placing cameras in the hands of men and women of different ages and backgrounds who have been affected by male suicide. Their photographs and narratives will be exhibited across Canada as a means of de-stigmatizing men’s mental illness and raising awareness about men’s suicide.


“Connection Through Spirit” Youth Workshop


The Multifaith Action Society of BC, in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, is offering an empowering, interactive, and completely free workshop to the youth of your spiritual community. With its unique combination of exploratory dialogue, fun-filled activities, and practical resources, “Connection Through Spirit” presents a wonderful opportunity for youth to broaden their spiritual awareness, develop their leadership skills, and learn how to clarify and act upon their values for the good of their communities and the planet. Participation is free, and our facilitators are happy to bring the workshop to any venue of your choosing. Free take-home resources will be provided. While ideal for youth aged 15-25, all age groups are welcome to participate. For more information or to book your workshop, contact Marcus Hynes at the Multifaith Action Society: 604-321-1302 / admin@multifaithaction.org


Doors Open Richmond 2014


The best of Richmond’s arts, heritage and culture will be showcased across 42 sites through Doors Open Richmond 2014 on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. Visitors can have a unique experience through four themed bus tours exploring nature, faith, family and history. On Saturday, June 7 the Nature Bus Tour will leave at 10 a.m. to visit the Sharing Farm and Terra Nova Nature Park, Gina Page Seawrack Press Home Studio and Science of Spirituality Meditation and Ecology Centre. At 1 p.m. the Faith Bus Tour will leave for the Nanaksar Gursikh Temple, Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre and Lingyen Mountain Temple. On Sunday, June 8 the Family Bus Tour will leave at 10 a.m. to stop at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Interurban Tram Building and Steveston Fire Hall No. 2. The History Bus Tour will depart at 1 p.m. on the same day for the Steves Family Farm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and Branscombe House. Each bus tour will depart from the Minoru Boulevard book drop at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. The cost is $5 per person per tour. Space is limited. Register by calling 604-276-4300 before Sunday, June 1. Use the following program numbers for tour registration: nature-#643308, faith-#643208, family-#643258 and history-#643358.  Due to safety reasons, children under 40 pounds cannot travel on the buses. For more information, visit www.richmond.ca/doorsopen.


Surrey Art Gallery: Family Day


We all have stories of travelling with our families, whether to visit relatives or to move from one place to another. Children and families have an opportunity to tell those stories and imagine new ones through exciting, hands-on art activities on the theme of “journey” during Family Day, Sunday, June 8, 12-4 p.m., at the Surrey Art Gallery at 13750 – 88 Avenue. Drop-in art-making activities are inspired by the exhibition Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru. Visitors will make passports that offer clues for artistic discoveries on their creative journey. They’ll mark their family’s journey on a large world map, then they’re off to sculpt clay animals they might see on an ocean voyage, create a colourful collage of what they would pack in their suitcase, and make a paper boat to sail on a stream of dreams. At 2 p.m., families can join Lapis (Rup Sidhu and Mohamed Assani) for a sizzling, interactive musical adventure from sitar to hip hop (seating for the performance is limited). The suggested donation for Family Day is $4 per child. Children must be with an adult. Everyone is welcome.


Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


People with ongoing health issues may know what they ‘should’ do for better health, but find it difficult to get started – or lose motivation when they run into problems. Richmond Public Library is hosting a free six-week “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program”, offered by the University of Victoria, Centre on Aging, Mondays from June 9 – July 21 from 1 to 3:30 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. To see the program evaluation report or for more information on the program go to www.selfmanagementbc.ca


Subsidized Housing Workshop


Free workshop at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. Contents: Affordable housing or rent supplement for low income families, seniors, or persons with disabilities. Rental Assistance Program. Who is eligible to apply? How to apply. On June 10 (Tuesday), 1-2:30 p.m. in English and Punjabi. Bus tickets (for eligible clients only), free child minding and refreshment will be provided at the workshop. Bring your PR card number with you. For more information and registration, call: 604-324-6212 ext. 134.


Special: BC Victims of Homicide


Are you living with the traumatic loss of a loved one? Are you in need of support? The BC Victims of Homicide, an initiative of the BC Bereavement Helpline, is hosting an eight week traumatic loss grief support group for the South Asian community in Surrey in partnership with Valley View Funeral Home. When: Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., from now until June 25. Cost: Free – but registration is required. Space is limited. Languages: Punjabi, Hindi and English. Facilitators: Jas Cheema and Manjeet Singh. To register or for more information, contact Jas Cheema by phone at 604-561-2700 or by email at: jascheema@shaw.ca. Please refer this group to your network or to anyone who may benefit from it.


Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


Richmond Public Library will be hosting the six-week program “Chronic Disease Self-Management” in English on Mondays from now until June 16 from 1-3:30 p.m. The program will take place 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 workshop is designed for people with one or more chronic conditions. It will teach you to better manage your health, discover useful tips to maintain an active lifestyle, and communicate effectively with your health care team. Family members and friends can also attend.


‘Violence Against Women: A Male Perspective’


Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.

Shakti Society, a non-profit society that is committed to empowering women, children and families in the community, are hosting a community café in June to address violence against women. They have held community cafes in the past to address this issue and to get the community engaged in conversations that we hope will bring about societal change starting from a personal level. This year, they want men to get involved in taking responsibility for this ongoing issue and to look at how they can bring about positive change.

With this aim, they are hosting their third community café – ‘Violence Against Women: A Male Perspective’. They have planned this café closer to Father’s Day as an acknowledgement of a day that is beloved to most, yet could mean much more than a superficial acknowledgement of a Hallmark holiday.

The event takes place on Wednesday, June 18, 5:30-8 p.m., at Bollywood Banquet Hall, 8166 128th Street, Surrey. There will be a panel of speakers with brief presentations, followed by discussion moderated by Imtiaz Popat. The n there will be café style small group discussions.

This forum is a free event and is open to men and women of all backgrounds. Shakti Society is particularly asking men to participate and support this initiative.

Refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. Childminding will be provided upon request.

For additional information or to confirm your participation, contact Sonia Andhi at 604-307-8796 or email shaktisociety2000@gmail.com.


 7th Uganda Medical Mission


Indo-Africa Charitable Society (Canada). Venue: Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited – Lugazi: medical, dental & eye camp from August 4-15 to provide primary examinations and treatments to needy Ugandans. Donation: US$650 (non-refundable) or equivalent in other currencies per person. Register by May 31 by contacting Vasant Lakhaniv (H) (604) 987-1925, vasantlakhani@gmail.comwww.indoafricacharity.com,www.vasantlakhani.com. All participants arrive by August 3 committed fully till the end of the mission.


Samarpan Meditation


You can heal your life with meditation. Free of charge. www.samarpanmeditation.org. June 5-12, 7-9 p.m. daily. Call 604-812-7628, 604-505-2100 or 778-882-5448 and register to confirm your spot. Inside Laxmi Narayan Temple Plaza in Shanti Niketan Hall, 8321 140th Street, Surrey.


Canada India Education Council


Presents “The Business of Education” dinner event at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, on Friday, June 6, 5-9 p.m. Learn about BC’s new education quality assurance standards (EQA) and examine the confluence of ‘business’ with education.  How do we measure ‘ROI’? BC is committed to increasing international students by 50% by 2016. Interesting in attending / sponsoring?  To view the agenda / speaker profiles, visit: http://canadaindiaeducation.com/bc/


Chinese Cultural Centre Museum


Opening Reception of Exhibition: Rare Historical Artifacts of Overseas Chinese & Historical Figures of the Ing Clan. Opening reception: Saturday, June 14, 11 a.m. (Free event). Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver. Exhibition dates: June 14 – July 14, 2014, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Mondays and holidays. Free admission on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Admission on Wednesday, Thursday: $3/adult, $2/senior (65+), student. Inquiries:  eventbrite.com, 1 (604) 658-8880, museum@cccvan.com, www.cccvan.com


Indo-Africa Chairtable Society


Invites all to Shivpuran Katha by Shree Giri Bapu in Hindi at All Saints Parish Church, 1405 Como Lake, Coquitlam, from June 30 to July 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. Pooja: 6:30 p.m. by Shree Sharadbhai Shastri. Maha Shivpuran Katha: 7 p.m. Priti Bhojan from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Shri Mukeshgiribapu is known as ‘Giribapu’ among his followers. Along his Shivkatha, Shri Giribapu inspires and motivates for free plantation, literacy, giving up addiction, preventing dowry, preventing infanticide, protecting animals and birds, and being vegetarian. For more info, contact Vasant Lakhani, President, Indo-Africa Charitable Society, at (604) 987-1925.