B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, January 25

(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.

South Asian Seniors: Financial Advice

Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian seniors to attend a presentation on “Protection, Liquidity, Growth Planning for Seniors after Retirement” by Mr. Raman Chopra of Freedom Financial Solutions Surrey on Sunday, January 26, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey.     Learn ways to generate enough income during retirement to live comfortably. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.

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. Musicians Tejaswita Mohan, Raj Toora and Swaran Dhaliwal will perform Bollywood songs. Dr. Birendra Kumar Sahu will sing old Hindi songs. 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.

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.

20th Annual Shakti Awards 2020 Nomination Form

(All submissions are due on or before February 23.) Do you know a woman who deserves to be recognized as a leader, advocate, artist, visionary or a source of strength? This is your opportunity to have her celebrated by nominating her for the Shakti Award. The women who have displayed Shakti amongst us represent an inspiring account of positive social, cultural and economic change in the world. 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 23. The Shakti Awards will be presented at the Shakti Awards Dinner Gala on Saturday, March 7 at Bollywood Banquet Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. For tickets, donations and sponsorship enquiries, call 604-307-8796. Note that nominations must be submitted via email. Submissions sent through other means (social media, in-person or phone / text messages) will not be considered.

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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