B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, February 9



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George Mackie Library: Our North Delta


George Mackie Library on Saturday, February 9 from 2-3:30 p.m.: second session of Our North Delta: Annieville’s Fraser Fishing Fleet. At the end of the 19th century folk said that there were so many salmon in the Fraser River that you could walk across on the backs of them. Fishermen arrived at Annieville, many from Norway. Canneries were built and employed people from many nations. Come and hear the story of the Fraser Fishing Fleet. This is a presentation by members of the North Delta Advisory Group for the Delta Heritage Society.


Muriel Arnason Library: Year of the Pig


Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Muriel Arnason Library on Saturday, February 9, 2-3 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the library staff and some special artists to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Come and enjoy the Chinese dance and music, displays, make a craft and a lucky envelope, 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.

South Asian Seniors: Experiences of Journey to Canada


Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend a talk show on sharing the Experiences of Journey to Canada by the members / participants on Sunday, February 10, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Museum of Surrey Punjabi Exhibition: Public Input


Museum of Surrey is gearing up to feature Punjabi stories of Surrey as its first major community-led exhibition in the new feature gallery. This dynamic cultural showcase will run October 2 to December 22, shining a spotlight on the unique story of the Punjabis here in Surrey. In addition to having exhibitions, programs and events that attract visitors from all over the province, the recent 15.7 million-dollar expansion allows for the facility to be a ‘people museum’ – a community hub that celebrates the people and communities of Surrey. The Museum encourages Surrey Punjabis to be part of history in the making by adding their input to the exhibit. Community sharing sessions will be held throughout the city in January and February for people to share stories and photos of personal objects to be considered for display. The remaining info sessions are scheduled as follows: * February 10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Grandview Aquatic Centre classroom * February 17, 12–4 p.m., Museum of Surrey, Program Rooms 1 and 2. Contact email Colleen Sharpe, curator of exhibits, at colleen.sharpe@surrey.ca or call 604-592-6959 for more info.  The site, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey, is also home to Heritage Square, where the Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School are situated. Free admission to Museum of Surrey is sponsored by the Friends of the Museum and Archives Society.


Surrey Board of Trade


The Surrey Board of Trade will be hosting a lunch event on the Economic Future of Metro Vancouver on Wednesday, February 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection, 13475 Central Avenue, Surrey. Time: Registration and lunch – 11:30 a.m.; Program 12-1:30 p.m. The Chair of the Translink Mayor’s Council and New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté and Metro Vancouver Board Chair, Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, will speak to how they will be engaging the business community in decision making.


Newton BIA: Notice of AGM


Annual General Meeting of 2019 and elections for next year’s executive positions. All businesses and property owners within the Newton BIA area are invited to attend (no charge). Coffee and light refreshments will be served throughout. 11:30 a.m. – Doors open. 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Registration / Networking. 12 p.m. – Annual General Meeting. Location: Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Avenue, Surrey. When: Thursday, February 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is required. Call for nominations: Being involved in the Newton BIA is a highly rewarding and fun experience which provides members with an opportunity to engage with peers, professionals and the community. Nominating for a Board Member position shows your willingness to be a crucial part the Newton BIA team for 2019. You are committing to attend a minimum of one Board meeting a month. Nominations are now open. Nomination deadline is February 11. You are required to be present at the AGM in order to be voted in.


Enhanced Settlement Services for Women (ESSW) Program


The Enhanced Settlement Services for Women (ESSW) Program at MOSAIC in Surrey is available for vulnerable newcomer women living in the Surrey area. Services include: basic counselling support; information and orientation; information on rights; referrals; monthly educational workshops. All Surrey newcomer women are welcome to the ESSW free monthly workshops from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: * Family Law: February 19 * Self-Care: March 18 at #200-7134 King George Boulevard, Surrey. Phone: 778-591-9334, ext 193. Contact Torfeh: tjahanbakhsh@mosaicbc.org. Women only group. Bring your ID for registration. Bus tickets and light refreshments provided. Interpretation Services available (to be booked in advance). * 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: comprehensive intake and needs assessment; basic counselling and emotional support; information and orientation; referrals to community services; monthly topical workshops. To learn more about the free and confidential services, call and speak to the Women’s Support Worker, Torfeh Jahan, at 778-591-9334, ext. 193. Location: #200-7134 King George Boulevard, Surrey.


Punjabi Language Celebration


Punjabi Language Education Association (PLEA) in partnership with Deepak Binning Foundation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) observe 16th Annual International Mother Language Day on Saturday, February 23, 1:30-4 p.m., at Spruce Building Atrium – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (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 two individuals for their important role in promoting Punjabi language education * PLEA invites everyone to come and be part of the annual celebration of their mother tongue Punjabi. Free event with refreshments. For more information, contact: Balwant Sanghera – 604-836-8976, Sadhu Binning – 604-437-9014, Parvinder Dhariwal – 778-838-1121 or Paul Binning – 778-889-8255.


SANSAD: Book Launch


Book launch: “Culture and Resistance” by Edward Said and David Barsamian on Saturday, February 23, 2-4 p.m., in Room 7000 at SFU Harbor Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. The late Edward Said left an indelible mark on post-colonial studies with his book, “Orientalism” and taught generations to recognize the West’s constructions of its “other,” particularly in the Middle East and the Islamic world. Moderator: Joanne Naiman. Main Speaker: David Barsamian, an investigative journalist, broadcaster and author. Panelists: Hanna Kawas, Adel Iskandar, Sana Janjua. Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), Canada Palestine Association, Independent Jewish Voices, and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) with support from Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation and the Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University.


17th Annual Shakti Awards Nomination


The Shakti Awards are an opportunity for us to recognize these women, quite often the unsung heroes, and share their vibrant stories.  If you would like to nominate a woman that embodies Shakti, use the information below and email your nomination to shaktisociety2000@gmail.com no later than February 24. The Shakti Awards will be presented at the Shakti Awards Dinner Gala on Saturday, March 9 at Bollywood Banquet Hall at 6:30 p.m. We are expecting approximately 500 attendees. Tickets are $50 each. For tickets, donations and sponsorship enquiries, call 604-307-8796. Nominations must be submitted via email. Categories: Academic Achievement Award (High School or University / College student); Public Service / Volunteer Award; Business Entrepreneur Award; Artistic Achievement Award; Sports and Recreational Award; Resilience Award – A woman who has overcome adversity and has used her personal journey in a way to inspire and motivate others to be positive despite challenges and setbacks. * Nomination Information: Name; Age; Address, phone number(s) and email; Name, phone number and email of nominator; Brief summary of reason for nomination – how the nominee’s accomplishments relate to the stated category, the impact of their role, and why they should be chosen to receive a specific award; Identify how the nominee will contribute to Shakti: Empowerment of Women, Children and Families Society.


Pacific National Exhibition


The Pacific National Exhibition is calling for new food and product vendors to apply to be a part of the 2019 Fair at the PNE. Along with its share of mini donuts and cotton candy stands, the PNE prioritizes a range of healthy options including fresh fruit and salad stands, protein shake vendors and freshly grown vegetables from its Chef’s Garden. Submissions will be evaluated on a number of criteria: * Uniqueness of food * Presentation and quality of food * Level of high-volume food vending experience (restaurants welcome) * Use of locally sourced products * Sustainable business practices. Beyond food, the PNE is also seeking applications for marketplace vendors. The Fair at the PNE prioritizes vendors who are selling innovative, quality products that can enhance guest experiences. Those wishing to submit a vendor application should visit: https://www.pne.ca/exhibiting-space/ For more information about the 2019 Fair at the PNE, visit: www.PNE.ca.


Tsawwassen Library: Getting to Know Dementia


If you, a family member or friend are experiencing, or know someone who is in the early symptoms of dementia, register for Getting to Know Dementia.  Enhance your basic knowledge about dementia on Tuesday, March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library and learn about the different types of support services, education and information available at any stage of the journey.  Registration required.  To register, contact the Alzheimer Society of BC at 604-449-5000 or email info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. If you are a caregiver or person living with dementia looking for information or assistance, call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.


Dhahan Prize Submissions


Submissions are now open for the Dhahan Prize, the world’s signature prize in Punjabi literature. Authors who have published novels or short story collections in 2018 in either of the Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi, are invited to submit their works for the $25,000 CDN grand prize.  Two finalist prizes of $10,000 CDN will also be awarded.  The deadline for submissions is March 31. In addition to the Dhahan Prize Award, financial support will be provided to winning authors for transliteration and publication of their book into Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi scripts. Submissions will be accepted via the Dhahan Prize website, www.dhahanprize.com.  Eligible works of fiction must be received for review by March 31. For more information, visit www.dhahanprize.com or join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook. To submit, send an application to submissions@dhahanprize.com and mail three hard copies to: Dhahan Prize Book Submission, #1058 – 2560 Shell Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 0B8, Canada.


Neha Kakkar in Vancouver


Neha Kakkar who recently regaled audiences worldwide with her stint as judge at the Indian Idol Season 10, is coming with all her popular songs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday, April 1. Accompanied by Indian Idol singer and talented Mumbai musicians with her latest Aankh Maare and Kaala Chashma and many more upbeat songs. Tickets available at www.vtixonline.com and www.kvpentertainers.com or call Kamal Sharma of Kamal’s Video Palace and KVP Entertainers at (604) 833-1977 or (604) 592-9777.



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