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CARP: Town Hall Meeting Invitation


A threat to our community – Increasing Crime in Surrey: “Let the people find a solution.” CARP (South Asian Chapter) invites the residents of the Lower Mainland to attend a Town Hall meeting focussed on identifying the causes of the decline in safety and to develop solutions to mitigate this threat that affects us all. CARP urges all members of the Lower Mainland to come and share their perspectives, their solutions, and pose questions to our panel. CARP will provide this information to those who develop and implement policies / procedures and community programs so that they can become more relevant and effective. You can provide your questions via Facebook and Twitter. In addition, you can register at the meeting with your name and question and CARP will invite you to the microphone to ask your question. Where: Grand Taj Banquet Hall, 8388 128 Street, Surrey. When: Saturday, June 14, 2-5 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, email CARP at hsachal@gmail.com or info@bcbmc.com.


CIBC Soccer Nation Tour


The CIBC Soccer Nation Tour is a cross-country mobile soccer festival, featuring games broadcast outdoors live on the big screen along with fun activities for fans and families, including a Cheer Booth, footballing tips and demonstrations from ‘Masters of Ball Control’ freestyle soccer players and much more. When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. England vs. Italy – match starts at 3 p.m. Where: Victoria Park, 1425 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. Fans are encouraged to show love for their team via #CIBCSoccerNation and track live Fan Standings to see which country Canadians are cheering for.


Free Eye Health Clinic in Surrey


Canadian Eyesight Global is holding a free eye health clinic at the Gurudwara Sahib, York Centre, Surrey, on Sunday, June 15, 1-4 p.m. It is sponsored by Rotary Club of Surrey-Guildford and Rotary Club of Burnaby. A team of eminent eye surgeons will be participating.  The eye screening service is not covered under the BC Medical Plan and eye doctors and eye surgeons charge up to $100 for this service and the waiting period may be up to two to three months. This service is provided free of charge by Canadian Eyesight Global. Free eye drops will be given to patients. Everyone is invited to attend and avail the opportunity. Canadian Eyesight Global, formerly Project Eyesight – India is celebrating its 25th anniversary gala dinner at the Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, Surrey. Your support would be appreciated. Anyone interested to sponsor an eye camp for the restoration of eyesight to help the needy, helpless and less fortunate people in their village in Punjab or any part of India, or for any further information, contact Anup Singh Jubbal at (604) 582-0579, email: info@CanadianEyesight.org or go to www.CanadianEyesight.org


Chevrolet: Keeping Kids Safe in Surrey


Barnes Wheaton GM has made a commitment to families in Surrey to help keep their children safe with the Safe and Sure Child Car Seat Installation Workshop Program. Chevrolet is working with Parachute, a Canadian charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, to roll out the new Chevrolet Safe and Sure program to help educate parents and caregivers with hands-on instructions on car seat safety. The program offers free one-on-one workshops with a certified car seat technician who will teach families and caregivers how to use and install car seats in any vehicle so children are safe for every ride no matter the make or model of their vehicle. Appointment registration is available in advance of this workshop at www.safeandsure.ca. Interviews with certified car seat technicians, who will offer car seat safety tips and training. When: June 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Barnes Wheaton GM, 15250 104th Avenue, Surrey.


Violence Against Women: A Male Perspective


Shakti Society are hosting their third community café – ‘Violence Against Women: A Male Perspective’ – 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. Then 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.


Sai Japa


All devotees are invited at Hindu Cultural Society and Community Centre of B.C., 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Japa on Saturday, June 21. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. – Bhajan / Kirtan; 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Sai Japa; 7:30 p.m. – Priti Bhojan. For further information, contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958, Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989, or the Temple at 604-299-5922.


South Asian Health Centre Open House


Sunday, June 22, 2-4 p.m, at 6830 King George Boulevard, Surrey (drop-in format, speeches at 2:30 p.m.). Refreshments will be provided. Come visit us at the South Asian Health Centre to meet our team and learn more about our programs and services. The South Asian Health Centre is working with local physicians, the community and families to help support people in managing their chronic conditions and improving their overall health. For more information, contact: The Surrey – North Delta Division of Family Practice at (778) 985-6630 or susankreis.sndfp@gmail.com


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.


Canada Multicultural Day Celebration


Global Clergy Association of Canada (GCAOC) will be celebrating Canada Multicultural Day on June 27, 7-9 p.m., at Kabir Center, 208, 14770-64th Avenue, Surrey. The celebration will include cultural and spiritual items. Speakers of major faiths have been invited to present their perspective on the theme “Culture & Religion for Sustainable Future.” The event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Dr. Jagessar Das at 604-599-6876 or Acharya S. Dwivedi at 604-507-3099.


Langley Canada Day Celebrations


Langley International Festival Society has joined hands with the Township of Langley, Tourism Langley, Langley Events Centre, Langley School District, Fraser Valley Regional Library and many others to put on a four-day spectacular celebration, from June 28 to July 1. Sponsors and vendors are asked to email at info@internationalfestival.ca or visit the www.internationalfestival.ca/ or www.langleycanadaday.ca website for further details.


Multicultural Heritage Festival


Presented in partnership with Vancouver Cantonese Opera, the event will take place on the City stage at the Minoru Plaza outside the Richmond Cultural Centre on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 from noon until 5 p.m. each day, at Minoru Plaza outside the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. The festival is moving outdoors and adding a second day of music, dance and martial arts. Canadian artists from China, Great Britain, India, Japan, Russia, Thailand and the Ukraine will share the stage. For more information, call 604-764-8181 or visit www.multiculturalheritage.ca


Do Your Kidz Have Talent?


Langley’s International Festival Society presents a contest for Kids Who Have Talent to motivate and showcase young musicians in the community. The kidz will have an opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at Langley Canada Day celebrations on  July 1 at the  Willoughby Community Park (next to Langley Events Centre), located at 7888 – 200th Street, Langley.  If your son or daughter is 12 or under, who can sing, dance or play a musical instrument, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their talent. The outstanding performer will be awarded a scholarship from Langley Community Music School.  You can find the application at www.internationalfestival.ca or www.langleycanadaday.ca . If you have any questions, call Alyssa at 778-298-7703 or e-mail her at office@internationalfestival.ca.


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.


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.


YVR Take-off Fridays


Vancouver International Airport (YVR) getting ready to host its 5th summer celebration event YVR Take-Off Fridays at Domestic, International & U.S. Terminals, Departures Level 3. Every Friday from July 4 to August 29, YVR will come alive with fun-filled activities, free entertainment, delicious food samples and deals for travellers and locals alike. Running Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event features live entertainment by local performers and beats courtesy of  the Lower Mainland’s hottest DJs. For the little ones, caricaturists and balloonists will be onsite, complemented by face painting and photos ops with the beloved YVR mascots. Lunch and shopping specials also await visitors. Plus, back for a second consecutive year is the popular YVR Take-Off Fridays’ Paper Airplane Competition, scheduled for Friday, July 11 at 11 a.m. Participants of all ages are invited to vie for the chance to scoop up huge prizes, as they square off to create an airplane that will soar past their competitors. Paper airplane expert Ralph Heldt will coach participants on the aerodynamics of paper airplanes and which folding methods will yield the farthest flights..Enjoy a special YVR Take-Off Fridays parking rate of $5 for up to four hours in YVR’s Parkade, or begin your adventure on the Canada Line and get to the airport in 26 minutes or less.


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 now until 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



SikhRi Sikh summer camp


Daily program at this Sikh camp will feature a daily diwan, group activities, sports and fun-filled learning classes. The sessions at the summer camp for Sikh kids will be focusing on gurmat, journey through time; vismad, kirtan, creative arts workshop, gatka, and team building activities that seek to inspire the Sikh values. Other principles of universal significance are also incorporated in the Sikh camp that do not disturb the harmony of the Sikh faith. July 21-25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at Khalsa School – Newton Campus, Surrey. Theme: Guru Nanak Sahib Ji. Participants: Children ages 5-16. Donations / Costs: $250 or get the Early Bird discount. SikhRi, a non-profit organization, will provide kids with nutritional snacks and meals during the camp hours. To offset the cost of the camp, following donations are suggested: register by June 25: $225 for the first child; $175 / child for additional children in same family. Email: lali.pawa@sikhri.org or call 604-505-0502. This Sikh camp is supported by volunteers who are passionate about Sikhi and Sikh kids. Consider volunteering.