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

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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.


Surrey Truck Parking Open House


You are invited on Saturday, March 9, 1-4 p.m. at Surrey City Hall’s Atrium, 13450 104th Street to help create truck parking solutions. Learn more at www.surrey.ca/truckparking. Did you know that Surrey City Council has established a new task force to develop creative options and help facilitate equitable and sustainable truck parking solutions in the city? To generate practical and effective options by fall 2019, getting the input of a wide range of local truckers and stakeholders from the start is key. Knowing concerns, priorities, and ideas for solutions is the focus of the first phase of work by the Truck Parking Task Force, and their first event. Information, refreshments and input stations will be the focus at this “drop-in” meeting. Can’t make it to the open house in person? It’s not the only way to get involved. An online survey will be launched March 10-24. It will offer key information, gather preferences, and ask for ideas to help shape possible truck parking solutions in Surrey. Check back at www.surrey.ca/truckparking to participate.


Kids Play Foundation


On Saturday, March 9, over 150 youth will be participating in a free 3V3 Basketball Tournament at Rick Hansen Secondary School, 31150 Blueridge Drive, Abbotsford hosted by Kids Play Foundation. Event: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids Play has attempted to break the negative cycle for youth and has introduced an after school mentorship program that is run by volunteers on a weekly basis. These are young people who care about their peers and choose to spend two hours volunteering their time to make their city a better place to live and work in. Kids Play aims to keep kids away from the life of crime through its various sports programs.


Lohana Cultural Association of BC


Invites all to the occasion of Shree Jalaram Bapa’s  Punya Tithi on Saturday, March 9 at Shiv Mandir, 5600 Dorset Street, Burnaby. 6-7:30 p.m. Bhajan Kirtan followed by Priti Bhojan. For more info, call Vasant Lakhani at (604) 987-1925.


South Asian Seniors: Group Birthday


Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian senior members and guests to attend a group birthday of 15 senior members born between January 6 and March 9 on Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. There will be live entertainment along with snacks and a cake-cutting ceremony. There will also be a vegetarian dinner. Prior registration is required for nonmembers and guests. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for registration.


Mauritius’ 51st Independence Anniversary


Sunday, March 10, 2-5 p.m. at Museum of Surrey, 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey. People of Mauritian descent, together with Canadian friends and families of Metro Vancouver, will be celebrating Mauritius’ 51st Independence Anniversary (Independence Day being March 12, 1968) at the Museum of Surrey. This commemorative event will be organized by the Mauritian Canadian Multicultural Association B.C. (MCMA), and will enable the Mauritian community to showcase the cultural fabric of Mauritius. (Follow on Facebook)



Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI)


Rally on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Holland Park in Surrey to demand that India scrap black laws and free all political prisoners unconditionally. The organizers condemn the recent sentencing of three Sikh activists – Arwinder Singh, Surjit Singh and Ranjit Singh – in Punjab for merely keeping literature that was perceived as “anti-national” by the state police.


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, Coordinatotr, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Surrey Top 25 Under 25 Awards


The Surrey Board of Trade is looking for nominations for the 9th Annual Surrey Top 25 Under 25 Awards.  It is looking for individuals that are 25 years old or younger that are doing great things in Surrey. They could be running their own business, volunteering, working on a community or school project that has made a significant difference in Surrey. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 11. Award Criteria: * Must be working on / worked on a business or community project in Surrey (including students) and / or; * Must be working in the Surrey business community and / or; * Must be contributing / have recently contributed to a business or community related project in Surrey and; * Must be 25 years of age or younger prior to April 24, 2019. The winners will be chosen based upon a subjective analysis of their business or community achievements, leadership ability, community involvement, professional achievements and uniqueness of their business or community projects. The nomination form is available on website: businessinsurrey.com. If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, contact: Melissa Peel: [email protected] or 604-634-0347. The selected winners will be recognized at Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards event on Thursday, April 24, 5:30 – 8 p.m.


Surrey Board of Trade


Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue – Cyber Crime: Protecting Businesses in the Digital Age – with Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services on Tuesday, March 12, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Civic Hotel (beside Surrey City Hall, 13475 Central Avenue). Other panelists: Calvin Engen, Director of IT at F12.net Group of Companies and Level4 Technology; Victor Badejo, Senior Syber Security Analyst at Best Buy Canada; David Izzard, Architecture & Cyber Security Manager at the City of Surrey; and Saurabh Rana, Manager at PwC LLP. For further information, email [email protected] or at 604-634-0342.


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 [email protected] 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.


KPU Talk: Female Objectification in Bollywood Films


Dr. Asma Sayed, Department of English at KPU, will be delivering a talk on Tuesday, March 19, 12-1 p.m., at Surrey Campus Boardroom (Cedar 2110).  The event is open to public. (http://www.kpu.ca/arts/english/faculty/asma-sayed). “I am a tandoori chicken; swallow me with a glass of alcohol”: Female Objectification in Bollywood Films. The depiction of female objectification and sexual violence against women in Bollywood films is indicative of broader socio-cultural issues and rape culture more generally. Taking examples from post-1970s Hindi films, this presentation will open a discussion about the role of popular culture in either upholding or disrupting patriarchal social structures. At the intersection of the fields of Film Studies, Feminist Cultural Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, this talk will be of interest to faculty, staff, and students, as well as cinema lovers generally.

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Surrey Board of Trade


On Wednesday, March 13, the Surrey Board of Trade will host the 10th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon. The winners will be announced at this event at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey. This event recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s business women and their contributions to Surrey. Coleen Christie will join as Master of Ceremonies. Networking and Registration: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Program: 12-2 p.m. Admission: $95 +GST each, $1,045 + GST for a table of 11. For further information, contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at [email protected] or at 604-634-0342.


South Asian Health Forum


Living well with chronic conditions: * Diabetes * Hypertension. On Saturday, March 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forum: 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Garden Park Tower, 101 12815 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Free parking. Register online at www.iconproject.org or on phone at 1-877-357-7611.  Jay: 604-763-6523. * Join our health experts to learn about self-management strategies to better manage your chronic conditions and prevent complications. * Nutrition, medication management, healthy living, exercise, community resources and more. * Caregiving tips and wellness strategies.


International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is observed on March 21, to collectively work towards the elimination of all forms of racism and inequalities, will be remembered on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Langara’s 15th “Stop Racism” event in A130 A theatre organized by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Langara College, and Asian Pulse TV. Come to listen, learn and join in the dialogue on personal, institutional and structural racism, and solutions. The event will open with an Aboriginal greeting, a drum ceremony and an opening prayer from well-respected Rosie White Elk, First Nations elder, medicine woman followed by a keynote, panel with a question and answer period.  Topics covered will include racism in Canada and current geopolitical climates, the Neo-Nazi movements, youth strategies working towards solutions and personal narratives of lived experiences. The event will be moderated by Langara’s Indira Prahst from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Kamilla Singh, Director and Producer of Asian Pulse TV and the Kamilla Singh Show and sponsored by philanthropist Perminder Chohan, Managing Director of DFSIN. Some of the panelists include Minnijean Brown-Trickey, world renowned civil rights activist and Congressional Gold Medalist recipient, Deputy Chief of Vancouver Police, Steve Singh Rai, Shenan, Charania, Transformative leadership and performance coach for youth, and Sukhmeet Singh Sachal, founder of “Break the Divide,” international network of students that connect to create change. Poetry slam artist Jenifer Williams will treat the audience with some of her top anti-racist slam poems and a keynote speaker. Ten $100 certificates will be given out in a draw for any student at the event towards books. Also, three awards of recognition towards anti-racism work will be handed out to people, including one Langara student. This event is free. Light refreshments will be served before the event.  For information, call Indira Prahst at 778-865-3305 and Kamilla Singh at 604-537-5123.


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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