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

(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.)

Union Gospel Mission Needs Spare Clothing

A BC-based provider of online laundry services has launched a campaign for people in need of warm clothes. The company is collaborating with the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) with the goal of collecting and distributing 5,000 lbs of winter clothing for homeless residents of Vancouver. The initiative promises free laundry service to anyone who donates warm clothes on a pound-for-pound basis. WeDoLaundry picks up laundry, cleans it and returns clean laundry all via a website. Anyone interested in supporting the campaign is encouraged to visit the website and click on https://www.wedolaundry.ca/donate. Donated clothes are delivered weekly to UGM for further distribution.

Vedic Seniors Parivar Center: Group Birthday Celebration

Vedic Seniors Parivar Center will on Saturday, February 1 be celebrating group birthday of 16 members born between October 25 and February 1. The celebration will be held at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entertainers include musicians Tejaswita Mohan, Raj Toora, Swaran Dhaliwal, Dr. Birendra Kumar Sahu and Suman Sharma. There will be vegetarian lunch and a cake-cutting ceremony. Register your name for attending this special event. Contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for registration.

Surrey: Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 1, from 12:30–4 p.m. at the Museum of Surrey, 17710 56A Avenue. Ring in the Lunar New Year with exciting traditions, authentic cuisine, and the spreading of good fortune. Cheer on the dragon and lion dances, make festive crafts, sample Chinese Lunar New Year cuisine and sip from the Teapressu Bubble Tea Food Cart. Performances will take place throughout the day. This event is presented in partnership with the Chinese Village Club.

Muriel Arnason Library: Year of the Rat Celebration

On Saturday, February 1, 2-3 p.m. Muriel Arnason Library is celebrating its 12th annual Chinese New Year, and everyone is invited to join the library staff and some special artists to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Come and enjoy multicultural dances, make a craft and a lucky envelope, enter a draw, displays, and taste some New Year’s foods. This is a free, drop-in program. All supplies are provided. Muriel Arnason Library is located in the Township of Langley Civic Facility at 20338 65th Avenue. Phone: 604-532-3590.

PICS Mega Job Fair Vancouver 2020

PICS (Progressive Intercultural Community Society Services) announces the PICS Mega Job Fair Vancouver 2020 on Thursday, February 6 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Free entry. Register now at 604-596-7722 / megajobfair.ca. As a not-for-profit organization, PICS provides Employment Services, Settlement, Senior Housing, Community Services and many other programs throughout the Lower Mainland. The PICS Mega Job Fair is the flagship event for its Employment Services Programs. It gives job seekers the opportunity to meet employers on a one-to-one basis and discover what is available in the Labour Market in a proactive way.

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. 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.


The ESSW is a unique program available for vulnerable newcomer immigrant women living in the Surrey area. Sometimes, the settlement process can be hard on families, and newcomer women may find themselves faced with challenges and/or in an unhealthy relationship. A Woman’s Support Worker can provide: * Basic counselling support, information and orientation * Monthly educational workshops * Information on rights * Referrals to Community Services Call if: * You are a newcomer woman in the Surrey area * You want to learn about your rights in Canada * You want to increase your ability to function in the community. Weekly Sessions for Women – Every Tuesday 1- 2 p.m. Educational and Informative Weekly Sessions for Women by ESSW: * Information on Rights in Canada * Relationship Dynamics * Settlement Support * Safety Planning * Building Confidence. Monthly Workshops: deliberately designed workshops for women with guest presenters: * February 13, Thursday, 12:30-2 p.m.: Learn Your Legal Rights in Canada: Immigration Law and Concerns. * March 12, Thursday, 12:30- 2 p.m.: Family Law and Legal Advice. * April 8, Wednesday, 12:30-2 p.m.: MCFD: Role and Support. For registration, call or e-mail Shivani at 778-591-9334, ext.193 / sraheja@mosaicbc.org. Location: #200-7134 King George Boulevard, Surrey.

Punjabi Language Celebration                                                                                                                    

Punjabi Language Education Association’s (PLEA) in partnership with Deepak Binning Foundation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU): 17th Annual International Mother Language Day on Sunday, February 23, 1:30-4 p.m. Location: Spruce Building Atrium – KPU, 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey. Discussions: Ongoing efforts to promote Punjabi Language education in BC. * Young Punjabi learners will share poetry, songs and stories. * PLEA will honour individuals for their important role in promoting Punjabi language education. * PLEA invites everyone to come and be part of the annual celebration of our mother tongue Punjabi. Free event with refreshments. For more information, contact: Balwant Sanghera at 604-836-8976, Sadhu Binning at 778 – 773 – 1886 or Paul Binning at 778-889-8255.

Surrey Board of Trade: Surrey Police Transition Update

With Keynote Speaker, Wally Oppal, Chair of the Surrey Police Transition Task Force. With a Provincial Task Force in charge of the proposed Surrey police transition, Surrey’s business community will hear a progress update on Wednesday, February 26, 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Program begins at 8 a.m.) Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey. Pre-registration required for admission. To register for this Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue, go to  https://business.businessinsurrey.com/events/details/february-26-2020-surrey-police-transition-update-10881 or call the Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130.

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