B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, December 1



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BC Cancer Breast Screening


BC Cancer Breast Screening’s digital mobile mammography service will be visiting The Indo-Canadian Senior Centre, 7050 120th Street, Surrey, on December 1. To book your appointment, call Saroj Ludhera at 778-564-3760. Mammograms are available for women ages 40 and over. Visit www.screeningbc.ca to learn more.


Sai Baba’s 93rd Birthday


All devotees are invited at Hindu Temple, 5420 Marine Drive, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Baba’s 93rd birthday on Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. – Bhajan / Kirtan.  6:30-7:15 p.m. – Sai Japa. 7:30 p.m. – Priti Bhojan. Contact Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989 or the Temple at 604-377-0307.


Children’s Food and Toy Drive


Join us in our third year of the Jarnail Singh Food and Toy Drive. Last year we raised over $100,000 in food and toys for the Surrey Food Bank and the Vancouver Children’s Hospital making it one of the largest organized efforts towards donating food and toys for the less fortunate. Hope you can come and contribute to this good cause on Sunday, December 2 between 12 and 4 p.m. at Bollywood Banquet Hall, # 201 8166 128th Street, Surrey.


South Asian Seniors: Bingo


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to come and play bingo for the sake of entertainment and make some new friends, on Sunday, December 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Bring only $2 to play two games. Members will explain how to play. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Santa to visit Delta Libraries


Introduce children to the love of books and language with a festive Christmas Storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more.  Storytime prepares children to learn to read.  Suitable for ages 2-5.  Don’t forget to bring your camera as Storytime will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus. *Tuesday, December 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at George Mackie Library *Wednesday, December 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library *Friday, December 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Tsawwassen Library.


Vancouver Christmas Market


The Vancouver Christmas Market officially opened last week at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron), and runs until December 24 with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures. The Vancouver Christmas Market’s Children’s Wish Week runs until December 7 in hopes of raising 10K to make Maddi’s holiday wish come true. Nine-year-old Maddi was diagnosed with both Sottos Syndrome and Cancer. However, after enduring treatment, Maddi is now stable and her greatest wish is to visit Disney World with her family. The Children’s Wish Weeks schedule includes: * Tuesday, December 4: Foodie Tuesday – a chance to try more for less featuring bites and beverages from select vendors that are $4 and under. * Wednesday, December 5: Deluxe Date Nigh – enjoy 2-for-1 entry at the gate as well as ‘deals for duos’ including 2-for-1 carousel rides, pretzels, ciders, and other paired discounts at select vendors. * Friday, December 7: Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson visits the Market (5-6:30 p.m.) – Gudbranson will be on site to help raise $10,000 to make a deserving child’s Christmas wish come true. Visitors who provide a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation will have the chance to go head-to-head with Erik as they try to score against him.


CBC Vancouver: Open House & Food Bank


On Friday, December 7, the whole community is once again invited to kick-off the holiday season at CBC Vancouver’s annual Open House & Food Bank Day at 700 Hamilton Street. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy a variety of activities including newsroom tours, live radio broadcasts featuring musical guests and meet-and-greets with local and national CBC hosts and reporters, including the new CBC Vancouver News team. For more details, visit the Events Section of our website at voiceonine.com


Open House with MLA Rachna Singh


Holiday Open House with Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers, on Thursday, December 13, 5-8 p.m., at 100 – 9030 King George Boulevard. Phone: 604-501-8325. Join us for snacks, crafts and pictures with Santa. If possible, bring a non-perishable food item for the Surrey Food Bank.


Ghirra Family: 12th Annual Toy Drive


Benevolent Brotherhood Society is helping Ghirra Family, the Cooperators Insurance agencies and Vancity Credit union to organize a toy drive in memory of Victor Ghirra. Over 25,000 toys collected and distributed to more than two dozen charities. Bring new and unwrapped toys to Riverside Banquet Hall, 14500 River Road, Richmond, all the Cooperators Insurance agencies in the Lower Mainland, and all participating Vancity Credit Union locations in the Lower Mainland. For more info, contact Bobby Ghira at 604-244-7755 (bobby@riversidehalls.com) or Harvey Kooner at 604-671-4180 (harveykooner1@gmail.com). Richmond Grand Toy Count at Riverside Banquet Hall on Saturday December 15, 12-3 p.m. Join the family event, bring toys and get a picture taken with Santa.



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