B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, March 31

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 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 2017 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 are: 1. Single individual with annual income limit up to $30,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $40,000. 3. Three persons’ income $42,500. 4. Four persons’ income $45,000, 5. Five persons’ income $47,500. 6. 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 to prove the documents. If you are eligible, contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


PICS & KPU: Learn English


Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP): PICS in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey is offering Free English language classes for newcomers, Canadian citizens and work permit holders. Classes run every Monday and Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants learn about the Canadian work culture such as resume writing, cover letter, job search, interview skills and work expectations through English. Qualified teacher Gita, who is certified to teach English as a Second Language and is highly experienced, entices students to practice English communication while working in pairs or group activities. Hands-on computer activities, visits to the WorkBC centre and presentations by guest speakers are part of the curriculum. Daily news events and other topics of interest to the students are part of the daily routine. Free on-site childcare is available for students with children. Call Eva Touzard at 604-596-7722, ext. 138, to register.


Delta: Parent-Child Mother Goose


A new session of Parent-Child Mother Goose will begin mid April.  There is still space available at the George Mackie Library and the North Delta Family Place locations.  If you are a Delta resident, call the George Mackie Library at 604-594-8155 and talk to a staff member to register.  Discover fun with rhymes, songs, and stories. This is an interactive program for babies 15 months and younger as well as caregivers starting Monday, April 9 and continuing until June 18, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the George Mackie Library or on Fridays, from April 13 to June 15, 12-1 p.m., at the  North Delta Family Place at New Hope Church, 11838 – 88th Avenue.  Mother Goose helps your baby learn speech and language skills. Healthy snacks are provided.


Dr. M.R. Rajagopal’s Visit


The BC Centre for Palliative Care and Victoria Hospice are co-presenting the BC premiere of the feature-length documentary film, Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World, based on the extraordinary life and work of Dr. M.R. Rajagopal. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Rajagopal. The palliative care doctor from India will be in B.C. to talk about his humanitarian work and for the screening of Hippocratic. Date: Tuesday, April 10. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Park Theatre, 3440 Cambie Street, Vancouver. Tickets: $16 per person, available at: https://tickets.demand.film/event/3792


Healthy & Financially Sustainable Meal Plans


Register for Food and Finance and learn how to create healthy and financially sustainable meal plans at the George Mackie Library on Wednesday, April 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. and at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Tuesday, April 17 from 7-8:30 pm.  Sheilagh Cahill, a Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society will share tips on frugal meal plans. Tsawwassen Library will be hosting this program on Tuesday, June 19, 7 pm – 8:30 pm.


Soz: A Ballad of Maladies


84 minutes. Directed: Tushar Madhav and Sarvnik Kaur. Q & A with the directors and discussion following the screening on Saturday April 14, 2-5 p.m. Room: 4955, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Produced after three years of research in the Kashmir valley, this documentary breaks through the official and popular representation of Kashmir to reveal a deeply militarized conflict zone. Tushar Madhav is a documentary filmmaker based in Mumbai. Sarvnik Kaur is a writer and filmmaker who is also based in Mumbai. This is their first film. This is a free event. RSVP: cbanerjee@telus.net


Voices of Muslim Women: VMW Awards Gala


On Sunday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., Voices of Muslim Women (VMW) will be holding their annual VMW Awards Gala, a public event that will be held at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. Hosts this year include Aliza Vellani, of the award-winning CBC series, “Little Mosque on the Prairie”, and UBC Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Dr Ayesha S. Chaudhry. The evening will feature a screening of locally produced films, and an awards ceremony honoring the achievements and contributions of local Muslim women.  Additionally, there will be a photography exhibit featuring award winning photographer, Alia Youssef’s “The Sisters Project”. For tickets, more information or for any inquiries, email gala@voicesofmuslimwomen.com.


Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s


Register and fundraise today at walkforalzheimers.ca: White Rock, North Delta and Surrey – no one should walk alone. Show an estimated 70,000 British Columbians living with dementia and the people who care for them – you stand with them. Join the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s movement to create a dementia-friendly society, by rallying together with your family, friends and colleagues and walking on Sunday, May 6. Location: Eaglequest Golf at Coyote Creek, 7778 152nd Street. Registration: 9:30 a.m. Walk: 10:30 a.m.


CBC Vancouver: Science Fair


This spring, CBC Vancouver launches its first-ever Science Fair on Sunday, May 27. Grades six and seven students from across B.C. and the nation are invited to submit their best hypothesis centred on the themes environment and / or technology for a chance to present their project at CBC Vancouver headquarters, 700 Hamilton Street. When: Sunday, May 27, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton Street in the atrium and room 700. Why: To engage junior students in a community-based Science Fair. In order to apply, interested students are asked to submit a short 100-word hypothesis about their concept for the science fair project, along with key application information on the website at www.cbc.ca/cbcsciencefair by April 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The grand prize is a special CBC Vancouver Science Fair trophy, a $750 gift card from Best Buy, and a spot in one of Simon Fraser University’s Science Al!ve Summer Camps. In addition, Johanna will feature the winner’s project on her CBC TV segment Science Smart. More information: www.cbc.ca/cbcsciencefair.



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