B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, March 23  


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Vancouver Vaisakhi Annual Parade


Khalsa Diwan Society of Vancouver (Ross Street Gurdwara) is holding its Vaisakhi Annual Parade on Saturday, April 13. The parade will leave the gurdwara’s premises by 11 a.m. More than 100,000 people line up along the streets to watch and participate in the procession. This is the only Sikh parade sponsored by the City of Vancouver. The Khalsa Diwan Society is a pioneer Sikh society that was formed on July 22, 1906, in Canada. In 1908, the Society built the first gurdwara at 1866 West 2nd Avenue in Vancouver. The new gurdwara was built in 1970 and completely refurbished and extended in 2018.


South Asian Seniors: Filing Income Tax Returns Free


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey informs South Asian seniors that during the tax filing period we can help you to file your income tax returns for the year 2018, free of cost, through the community volunteer program of Canada Revenue Agency, from now to April 30 if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria: 1.Single individual with annual income limit up to $ 35,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $ 45,000. 3. Three persons income $47,500, 4. Four persons income $50,000 , 5. Five persons or more, add $ 2,500 for additional members. Interest income not over $ 1,000 and this income will be included as total eligibility. With no investment income, no rental income, no business or partnership income and no capital gain or loss. Sin# card and photo identity will be required as proof for documents. If you are eligible, contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Raise Your Hands Against Racism


Fifth Annual Raise Your Hands Against Racism event on Saturday, March 23 at the iconic Surrey City Hall Atrium. The main event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The program will begin with a message on the significance of Holi, followed by cultural performances by Shiamak Davar International, South Asian Arts, and local singers. Individuals who have faced racism or discrimination will also share their stories. RYHAR award recipients this year are Cecilia Point and Niki Sharma, both who will be recognized for their work to eliminate racism in the community. Guests will also be invited to take colorful selfies to support the cause. Light refreshments will be provided.


South Asian Film Education Society


Presents film screening and discussion with director Tarique Qayumi of “Black Kite”. This is a free public screening. At SFU Goldcorp Centre (Room 4955), 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, on Saturday, March 23, 2-5 p.m. Arian loves kites but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban take power and ban kite flying, he all but gives up on his passion. However, to give his daughter Seema a sense of childhood that he once had, Arian risks his life to find and fly kites.  Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/black.kite.film/ Director’s website: tariqueqayumi.com


South Asian Seniors: Carpet Bowling Game


Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and nonmembers to come and enjoy carpet bowling and make some new friends on Sunday, March 24, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Baldev Raj Kohli, who is well trained, will teach you how to play. All are welcome. Tea and snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


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.


Walk for Alzheimer


IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer on Sunday, May 5. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites the public to join us. Time: Registration 9:30 a.m. / Walk 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf at Coyote Creek, 7778 152nd Street, Surrey. Website: www.walkforalzheimers.ca



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