B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, December 21

(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.)

Call For Blood Donors

Blood donations between December 23 and January 5 are essential to collect platelets, which are a vital blood component many patients living with cancer or a blood disorder may need for treatment. But platelets have a short expiry of seven days. Statutory holidays in December impact Canadian Blood Services’ collection hours, so every blood donation counts during the holiday season. In 2020, Canada needs over 100,000 new blood donors to keep up with demand. There are many ways to donate. As a national registered charity, Canadian Blood Services also welcomes financial donations prior to the December 31, 2019 tax deadline. Financial contributions are another option for people who want to support Canada’s Lifeline and want to make their blood or platelet donation go further, or for those who are ineligible to donate blood. To make an appointment, download the GiveBlood app, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book now at blood.ca. Walk-in appointments are also available at all locations.

Protest Against India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill

Indians Abroad for Pluralist India calls upon everyone to join them to raise your voices against the Citizenship Amendment Bill brought by Modi government in India on Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m. at Holland Park in Surrey. For more information, call Gurpreet Singh at 778-862-2454 or Parshottam Dosanjh at 604-512-8371.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market, returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary season at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron), Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, from now to December 24, 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. (December 24: closes at 6 p.m.) The authentic German market amplifies its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures, coupled with large-scale activities and live entertainment. This season, the Vancouver Christmas Market partners again with Children’s Wish Foundation, BC & Yukon Chapter. Ticket Prices: Online admissions: Adult $12.99, Seniors $10.99, Youth $6.99 (includes free 2019 Season Pass. Upgrade to Fast Pass for $3.99). Gate Admissions: Adult $15, Seniors $13, Youth $9 (Children 6 and under are free). Upgrade to a Fast Pass on site for $5.

Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Surrey City Hall: Development Cost Charges

Come Have Your Say: Development Cost Charges (DCCs) Open House on Wednesday, January 8, 6-8 p.m. Interested in, or affected by, Development Cost Charges (DCCs) in Surrey? The City is conducting a review of the DCC bylaw to provide the necessary rate adjustments to fund its 10-Year Servicing Plan and the Parkland Acquisition Program. DCCs are collected from land developers and pay for infrastructure related to growth including roads, storm drainage, sanitary sewer, water and parkland. Join in to learn more and share feedback on proposed rates.  

PLEA Poetry / Short Story Youth Contest

Punjabi Language Education Association (PLEA) is inviting original poems and / or short stories (in Punjabi) from people aged 21 and under. Stories and poems can be submitted via e-mail to Balwant Sanghera (b_sanghera @yahoo.com) or Sadhu Binning (sadhu.binning @gmail.com) on or before February 7, 2020. A panel of experts will select the top six stories / poems. The writers of these works will be invited to share them with the audience on February 22, at the International Mother Language Day Celebration to be held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Participation. Selected top six writers will receive Certificates of Participation and other prizes including cash. For further information, contact Balwant Sanghera at 604-836-8976 or Sadhu Binning at 778-773-1886.

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