B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, August 17

(These are FREE listings. Submit your event / announcement at EditorVoice@gmail.com in typed format as early in the week as possible. No posters please.)

Pacific Oral Health Society: Free Oral Cancer Screening

 The Pacific Oral Health Society in collaboration with The Rotary Club of Surrey-Newton will be offering a free Oral Cancer Screening Clinic on Sunday, September 8. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pacific Oral Health Center building located at Unit #300 15850 24th Avenue, Surrey. This free clinic is open to the public. To pre-register for a free screening appointment, call 604-536-2700. The goal of the clinic is to help reduce the barriers to oral cancer screening and support the prevention and early detection of oral cancer and pre-cancer. Last year, this event had been a great success as over 400 people pre-registered for the clinic and over 400 patients were examined by the dental team. The data collected by the Pacific Oral Health Society indicated that 37 people were found to be at high risk of having oral cancer. There were five cases that were direct referrals to the cancer clinic that showed positive signs for oral cancer. www.pohs.ca

Alex Fraser Bridge: Nightly Lane Closures

Two lanes, one in each direction, on Alex Fraser Bridge are closed nightly, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The closures are expected to be ongoing until August 18 and will allow crews to continue working on improving capacity to the Alex Fraser Bridge with an additional lane and moveable barrier system. Crews will remove the southbound painted lines and then begin applying the permanent lane lines. Drivers are reminded that the maximum speed limit on the bridge is now 70 km/h. For the most up-to-date highway travel information, people should continue to check @DriveBC on Twitter and: DriveBC.ca

South Asian Seniors / Adults: India Day Celebrations

Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites all South Asian seniors, adults and families to join all devotees of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple Surrey for India Day Celebrations dedicated to the Martyrs of Jalianwala Bagh Massacre (commemorating it’s 100th Anniversary) organized by Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey on Sunday, August 18 at the temple grounds at 8321 140th Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a wrestling competition by Hanuman Wrestling Club, Flag Hoisting Ceremony, Parade, live musical performance by Anubhav Beri and other various cultural entertainment by local artists starting at 2 p.m. Join us for the India Day Parade of different states of India starting from Brookside Gurudwara Sahib to the temple grounds . Senior women Parivar members are needed as volunteers to do seva (service) for preparing food for all devotees in the kitchen around 11:30 a.m. Seniors are needed as volunteers to do seva after 1:30 p.m. for supply of prepared food to all the stalls, to serve snacks and a variety of food items to be served free. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for volunteer positions and further details.

Canadian Eyesight Global Gala Dinner: 30th Anniversary

Canadian Eyesight Global, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Surrey, and supported by the Burnaby and New Westminster clubs, celebrates 30 years of bringing eyesight to the underprivileged in Canada and India at its 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Sunday, August 18.

Rotary International President (2019-20) Mark Daniel Maloney is the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker for the event. Chief guests include Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Grand Taj Banquet Hall, 8388 128th Street, Surrey. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets of $50 per person can be purchased online at www.CanadianEyesight.org. For more information, contact Anup S.Jubbal at (604)582-0579, info@CanadianEyesight.org, or Gary Thind at (604)218-9000, garry@garrythind.com

MP John Aldag’s Free Community Pool Party

John Aldag, MP for Cloverdale-Langley City, is hosting his second free Community Pool Party on Sunday, August 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Port Kells Pool, 19340 88th Avenue, Surrey. Hot dogs by donation to the Surrey Firefighter’s Charitable Society. Phone: 604-575-6595.

11th Annual Garlic Festival

Location: The Sharing Farm at 2771 Westminster Highway, Richmond. August 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This fun community event is filled with fresh local garlicky delights, a farmers market, live birds of prey demonstrations, a kids zone with nature activities, live music, farm tours & garlic ice cream. This event is by donation-all proceeds from the festival go to supporting The Sharing

Farm. More information at https://richmondgarlicfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/430472520888563/

Homicide Support Group for Sikh Community

Valley View Funeral Home is partnering with Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib Temple in Surrey to offer an 8-week Homicide Support Group designed for the Sikh community that will start in September. There will be a free information session on Thursday, August 22 at 3 p.m. at the Temple on how to register. Facilitators:  Danny and Dawn Sandhu will talk about their experience of attending a Homicide Support Group after their 17-year-old son Jaylen was murdered five years ago. They will be there to answer your questions and support you in making that difficult decision about attending a support group. Grief support groups provide a safe confidential place: * To Share your story * The Impact of the death * To help with the intrusion of the community and media * To express feelings * To feel cared about * To feel accepted and to ask for help * To  normalize yet not minimize grief * Honouring the  memory of your loved one.

Vancouver Orchid Society Summer Sale

The Vancouver Orchid Society’s Summer Sale is on Saturday August 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VanDusen Gardens, Floral Hall, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver. Admission is free. The event will feature both commercial and hobby vendors selling orchids, companion plants and growing accessories at great prices.  There will also be a member’s display table, raffle draws on the hour and potting demonstrations. www.vancouverorchidsociety.ca or Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/VancouverOrchidSociety/

Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Society AGM Notice

The Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m. at the Society premises (Hall No. 2) located at 7050 120th Street, Surrey. The AGM will take place in Hall No. 2 of the Society. If the hall becomes full, additional meeting space will be provided in the Langar Hall and the Gallery. The AGM will have the following purposes:  (1) to receive the directors report;  (2) to approve the financial statements of the Society for the financial year ended December 31, 2018; and (3) to transact such further or other business as may properly come before the AGM or any adjournment or adjournments thereof. The financial statements of the Society are available for perusal at the Society’s office, which is located at the above-noted address. Only members of the Society are eligible to attend the AGM. Members are only able to attend the meeting in person. Voting by proxy is not permitted. Members are required to bring their Society membership card, along with appropriate identification.  Hardeep Singh Nijjar – President.

BC Cancer Breast Screening

BC Cancer Breast Screening’s digital mobile mammography service will be visiting The Indo-Canadian Senior’s Centre on August 30-31, at 7050 120th Street, Surrey. To book your appointment call Saroj Ludhera of the Sanjha Vehra Women’s Association at 778-564-3760. Mammograms are available for women ages 40 and over. Make an informed decision to screen for breast cancer. Visit www.screeningbc.ca to learn more.

Vivek Canada Presents Gala of Hope

Vivek Educational Foundation of Canada (Vivek Canada) will be hosting Gala of Hope – a fundraising dinner in support of education for rural children in Uttar Pradesh, India. The event takes place on Friday, September 6 at Khanna Banquet Hall (11267 125A Street, Surrey). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are: $35/adult and $20 for children 6-12. India Cultural Association (ICA) of Vancouver is the organizing partner. The evening will feature live music, cultural performances, scholarships, Indian cuisine and prizes. Vivek Canada will also be recognizing and celebrating Dr. Darbari Lal Sharma with a Lifetime Community Excellence Award for his contributions and service to the community. To promote gender equality and empower local youth, Vivek Canada will award two scholarships of $1,000 each to two female students of South Asian heritage enrolled in a post-secondary institution in B.C. The scholarship recipients will be recognized this evening. For event information and purchase tickets online, visit: https://vivek-gala.eventbrite.ca. To purchase tickets in person, contact: Devinder Sikka at 604-591-2295, Rahul Sood at 604-445-6377, Harmesh Sidher at 604-589-2127 or Neeraj Kumar at 604-363-2370. In 2006, Vivek Educational Foundation of Canada (Vivek Canada) became an incorporated and registered charitable society in B.C. To improve health, sanitation and education services, they work with villagers in remote and disadvantaged regions by encouraging their participation in rural development projects. They provide free elementary school education to girls and boys in remote regions of U.P. For more information about Vivek Canada, visit: https://vivekcanada.org/

Shree Mahalakshmi Temple Fundraising Gala & Reunion

On Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Fraserview Banquet Hall, 8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver. A Fundraising Gala Evening Dinner and Cultural Program with the intent to have a reunion of Shree Mahalakshmi Temple family, friends and community. Ticket: $35. Table Price: $500 for 8 people.

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