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


(These are FREE listings. Submit your event / announcement at EditorVoice@gmail.com)


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Weekend Lane Closures on Alex Fraser Bridge


Drivers are advised that two lanes will be closed on the Alex Fraser Bridge during the June 1 and 7 weekends to complete joint repair work on the south approach. The closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31, to 4 a.m. on Monday, June 3, and again from 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, to 4 a.m. on Monday, June 10. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. Travellers are asked to expect delays, watch for changing traffic patterns, and follow signs and traffic control personnel. For up-to-date traffic information, follow @DriveBC on Twitter or visit: www.DriveBC.ca (http://www.drivebc.ca/)


Caste in Canada


Saturday, June 1 at C.K. Choi Building, Room 120, 1855 West Mall, UBC-Vancouver. 6:15 p.m. – Reception / Dinner. 7 p.m. – Roundtable. Join a diverse group of speakers to consider caste discrimination and the forms it takes in Canada, including activist and community leader Jai Birdi of the Chetna Association of Canada, an anti-caste discrimination activist group; Sasha Sabherwal, Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, whose work centres on caste and gender dynamics in the Greater Vancouver South Asian community; Satwinder Bains, Director of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley; Anita Lal, Community Relations Specialist at Windmill Microlending who is widely involved in community development and advocacy; and Inderdeep Dhaliwal, recent UBC graduate in International Relations. Moderated by Anne Murphy, Co-Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research.


South Asian Seniors: Playing Cards


Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults and seniors to come and play cards in groups of four to help preserve mental health and positive changes to the brain (memory) on Sunday, June 2, 2-3:30 p.m., at 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm at Shanti Niketan Hall, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.



Muriel Arnason Library


Muriel Arnason Library is celebrating its annual Seniors Appreciation Day on Wednesday, June 5 from 2-4 p.m. Drop in and enjoy refreshments, browse a display of new large print titles, play board games and puzzles, and enter a prize draw. Muriel Arnason Library is located at 20338 – 65th Avenue. Phone: 604-532-3590.


Genocide Art: A Retrospective of Theory and Practice


This year during the first week of June, the largest conference in Canada, the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, will be hosted at the University of British Columbia, where thousands of scholars and the community come together to engage in critical thinking on a range of social issues. Sikh history will be included in an SSS session titled, “Genocide Art: A Retrospective of Theory and Practice.” A unique panel addressing the Armenian, Jewish, Sikh and Japanese atrocities will be examined through art. Sima Aprahamian on “Willed Capital” and post Genocide Poetry by Arpine Konyaliean Grenier,” Karin Doerr, on “ Holocaust Art Today: Intersection of Word and Image, ” Indira Prahst, on “Resistance and transformation in Art reflecting genocidal violence towards Sikh and Michiko Aramaki on “How to Forgive, Collectively”?  On Thursday, June 6, from 8:30-10 a.m. in Room 432 at Henry Angus (ANGU) Building, 2053 Main Mall, University of British Columbia. For inquiries about this panel contact:  iprahst@langara.ca


World Sikh Organization of Canada


Annual Community Dinner on Friday, June 7. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $25 each; $250 for a table; free for students. www.wsobcdinner.eventbrite.com. At Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, #230 8166 128th Street, Surrey. Contact: Aman Singh Hundal at 778-363-1427 / team@worldsikh.org.


Italian Day on The Drive


Sunday, June 9: Join thousands of festivalgoers in celebrating community, Italian heritage and culture in Vancouver’s Little Italy. Location: Commercial Drive (Venables St. to Grandview Cut). Time: 12-9 p.m. (opening ceremony at noon at 2nd Avenue). As the street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Venables Street and the Grandview Cut, it is recommended that visitors walk, cycle, or transit to get to event. Bicycle Valet will also be on site. Given the volume of attendees and summer heat, it is advised that attendees leave their dogs at home. For more information visit www.italianday.ca. Find us on Twitter and Facebook at @ItalianDay, and on Instagram at @italiandayonthedrive.


Surrey Community Action Team


The Surrey CAT is holding a free special event titled “Let’s Talk! Mental Health & Substance Use in Our Communities” on Thursday, June 13 at the Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88th Avenue. The event will be delivered in Punjabi and English. Keynote speaker is Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy, as well as Vicky Waldron, executive director of the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP) and local recovery specialist Gary Sandhu. After the intermission, there will be an interactive discussion between the audience and expert panel. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lets-talk-mental-health-substance-use-in-our-communities-tickets-61840045240.


Surrey Walk to End ALS


The Walk to End ALS is the largest volunteer-led fundraiser for ALS Societies across Canada. Family-friendly and fun, it unites Canadians in their desire to put an end to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This event shows support for the 3,000 Canadians and their families living with the disease; 400 of which are living in British Columbia. Among the 15 walks taking place across BC is the Surrey Walk. Date: Saturday, June 15. Location: Bear Creek Park. Registration: 11 a.m.| Walk start: 12:30 p.m.



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