B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, December 7

(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.)

Gingerbread Village: Surrey

Display Dates: December 7-15. Address: Central City Shopping Centre – in front of Winners (10153 King George Boulevard). Time: Display open during mall hours Cost: No cost to participate, donations from “People’s Choice” votes go to Surrey Christmas Bureau.

MLA Harry Bains: Celebrate Christmas

Where: #105 – 7327 137th Street, Surrey. When: Friday, December 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. What: Celebrate Christmas with MLA Harry Bains and staff. Consider bringing a non-perishable item for the Surrey Food Bank or an unwrapped toy for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

Muriel Arnason Library: Christmas Cheer

Monday, December 16, 3-4:30 p.m.: Muriel Arnason Library presents its annual ‘Christmas Cheer’ event with a new twist. Join the celebration and experience the magic of our green screen: have your picture taken with a Christmas background of your choice. Staff will email you your holiday photo. The event will include colouring sheets and crafts for children. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to seasonal music from the library’s collection. Different cultures celebrate Christmas in different ways. Join us and share how your family celebrates. Enter the draw to win our special Christmas gift. This is a free, drop-in program for all ages.

Muriel Arnason Library is located at 20338 – 65th Avenue. Phone: 604-532-3590.

Shakti Dance Society

Shakti Dance Society invites its members and friends to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, December 20 at 7 p.m. at 2718 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver. In order to vote at the AGM, you must be a current member of the society. The annual membership fee is $10 and may be paid at the door (cash or cheque). A membership form is available on the website at http://www.shaktidancesociety.com/contact. The agenda will include: * Approval of minutes of the last AGM – December 16, 2018 * Financial report – 2018 & 2019 financial statements to June 30 * President’s report * Artistic Director’s report * Election of board of directors for 2020

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

Pattullo Bridge Overnight Closures

The Pattullo Bridge will be closed overnight in one direction from now to December 12 for the continued installation of an early seismic activity and wind warning system. The closures will happen Sunday to Thursday, with the bridge remaining open in both directions on Friday and Saturday evenings. Closures will only affect one direction at a time. * Northbound closure timetable for traffic toward New Westminster (December 8-12): 10 p.m.-5 a.m.

MLA Rachna Singh’s Holiday Open House

Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Rachna Singh is holding a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 12, 5-8 p.m., with snacks, crafts and pictures with Santa. Surrey-Green Timbers Constituency Office, Unit #100 9030 King George Boulevard. If possible, bring a non-perishable food item for the Surrey Food Bank.

Sai Japa

All devotes are invited at Shiv Mandir at 5600 Dorset Street, Burnaby, on Saturday, December 14 at 5 p.m. Phone: 604-254-2624. Program: 5:15 -6:15 p.m. Bhajan Kirtan; 6:30-7:15 p.m. Sai Japa; 7:30 p.m. Priti Bhojan. Contact. Suresh Desai at 604-523-9360,  Raju Parekjh at 604-327-8259 or Vijay Dayal at 604-770-0515.

Help “Pack the Police Car” for Surrey Food Banks

The Surrey RCMP holiday tradition continues: It’s time to “Pack the Police Car” in aid of the Surrey Food Banks. For more than a decade, our community has generously supported those in need by filling police cars with food and cash donations at “Pack the Police Car” events across the city. Over the years, our community has provided tons of food and thousands of dollars in support of our local food banks. Surrey RCMP is inviting the community to “Pack the Police Car” again this year. The remaining events are taking place onThursday, December 19 at two Save on Foods locations: * 4-8 p.m., City Centre / Whalley: Save on Foods (10312 King George Boulevard) * 4-8 p.m., Fleetwood: Save on Foods (9014 152nd Street). Police officers and volunteers will be on-site collecting non-perishable food and cash donations in support of the Surrey Food Bank, Sources Food Bank, and the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program. Local food banks graciously accept donations including grocery gift cards and monetary donations and suggest the following non-perishable food donations: canned protein (fish and meat), canned fruit and vegetables, meals in a tin, wholegrain rice, pasta and pasta sauces, healthy canned soup, and baby formula. The Surrey Food Bank also accepts general baby supplies for its Tiny Bundles program. For more information or to donate, visit the websites for the Surrey Food Bank and Sources Food Bank and Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program.

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