B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, May 18



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Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair


The 73rd annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 131st annual Country Fair returns to the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds May 17-20. Rodeo fans and visitors alike will be treated yet again to world-class entertainment and fun. Cowboys and Cowgirls from Canada and around the world are getting ready to compete for large cash prizes at The Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo, which features four rough stock rodeo events: Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, and Ladies Barrel Racing. Furthermore, Cloverdale’s youngest athletes will get their chance to compete when Mutton Bustin’ takes centre stage during all five Rodeo performances, happening all-weekend long. For more information including event schedules, a rodeo competitors list, featured attractions and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cloverdalerodeo.com.


South Asian Seniors: Bingo

Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to come and play bingo for the sake of entertainment and make some new friends on Sunday, May 19, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Bring only two dollars to play two games. Members will explain the game to you. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Pakistan-Canada Association


Iftar at Vancouver Jamia Masjid – 655. West 8th Avenue, Vancouver. Iftar is served every night of Ramadan at Vancouver Jamia Masjid. If you would like to sponsor an Iftar, contact Haroon Khan at 604-720-8054. * Ramadan Spirit Campaign – Saturday, May 25: For close to a decade Pakistan-Canada Association has been providing meals to the homeless of the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. This year’s event is taking place on May 25 between Asr and Maghrib at the corner of Main and Hastings. We are always looking for volunteers to help serve meals and for kind donors to provide food for this event. If you would like to donate or volunteer, contact Haroon Khan at 604-720-8054.


Walk For Drugs and Gangs Free Surrey


PICS Society is organizing a “Walk For Drugs and Gangs Free Surrey” from the Surrey City Hall to Holland Park on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Route: Surrey City Hall – Central Avenue – University Drive – Holland Park. Duration of walk: 30 minutes. This is an excellent opportunity to bring together families, educators, and community partners. As part of the agenda for this year’s walk, we are focusing on highlighting the stories of the individuals and families affected by drug and gang violence.


Indians Abroad for Pluralist India


Indians Abroad for Pluralist India invites everyone to come to honour human rights defender from India, Deepika Singh Rajawat, on Saturday, May 18 at Room 120, City Centre Library, Surrey, between 2-4 p.m. Rajawat stepped forward to help the family of eight-year-old Asifa Bano, a Muslim nomad girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir in January 2018 by Hindus. She will be honoured at the event where she is coming to give a keynote address on the current situation in India under the rightwing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party government. For more information, call Gurpreet Singh at 778-862-2454 or Parshotam Dosanjh at 604-512-8371.


Hindu Temple Burnaby: Food Thy Medicine


The next Seniors Medical Seminar is scheduled for Sunday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m., after lunch, at the Hindu Temple Burnaby, on the Second Floor Hall. Topic: Food Thy Medicine – Prescription From Your Doctor For Health. Presenter: Dr. Arun K. Garg. Assisted by Dr. Saroj Kumar and Aven Sidhu of Fraser Health, South Asian Health Research. * Seniors’ Birthday: Those seniors who were born in the month of May should contact the Temple and there will be a celebration. After the event, snacks and tea will be served in the dining hall downstairs. Seniors Social & Support Centre, Hindu Temple Burnaby (Phone: 604-649-6619). For further information contact any of the following: Vikas Gautam: 604-377-0307; Vanita Puri: 604-861-9088; Roshan Kochhar: 604-253-4191.


SAFE Anti-Gang Town Hall and Fair


Date: Wednesday, May 22. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex, Multi-Purpose Rooms. Ken Hardie, MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, will be available at this time for comment on how families can get connected to programs to help prevent youth gang violence.


Indian Summer’s Annual Dinner


Indian Summer’s annual Dinner by Starlight gala fundraiser: This year’s guest of honour is renowned geostrategist and bestselling author Dr. Parag Khanna. The evening’s theme will be “The Future is Asian,” in honour of Dr. Khanna’s just-released book of the same name. Date: Saturday, May 25. Location: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 999 Canada Place. Time: 7-11:30 p.m. Event website: www.indiansummerfest.ca, or specifically https://www.indiansummerfest.ca/event/dinner-by-starlight-the-future-is-asian/ The evening’s meal is curated by celebrated chefs Vikram Vij and Karan Suri. Creating an exquisite, one-time only meal, reflecting the theme “The Future is Asian” – with Indian sushi, Thai-style Mulligatawny (it’s like a soup), and rosewater macarons.


Surrey Libraries


Active Mt. Meager Presentation on Saturday, May 25, 2-3:30 p.m. at Semiahmoo Branch, 1815 152nd Street, Surrey, in Meeting Room. Canada has active volcanos.  Mt. Meager is Canada’s Mt. St. Helens, located 160 km NW of Vancouver.  It erupted 2,430 years ago and is currently emitting gas through its ice-capped summit. Join us for a presentation by SFU Professor Glyn William-Jones.  Suitable for ages 8 and older.  Children under 10 with caregiver. Phone: 604-592-6908. Drop in.


BC Bereavement Helpline


Event in support of National Victims & Survivors of Crime week (May 26 – June 1). “The Power of Collaboration – Helping Victims & Survivors of Crime” is supported by Moving Forward Family Services, Valley View Funeral Home, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and through funding from the Department of Justice. Date: Thursday, May 30. Time: 5-9 p.m. Location: Taj Park, 8580 132nd Street, Surrey. Dinner, educational presentations and information booths on the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families will be provided. Up to 30-40 community organizations will be represented at this event. Presenters: Gary Thandi of the Moving Forward Family Services counseling organization – speaking on Trauma-Informed Care; Jasmine Bhambra – Jasmine lost her sister to homicide. She will talk about her grieving process, what she tried and what worked; Dr. Alana Abramson, Department. of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Board of Directors – BC Bereavement Helpline – speaking on Restorative Justice.


South Asian Family Association (SAFA)


SAFA presents Annual Mother & Daughter event on Thursday, May 30 at the Fraserview Banquet Hall, 8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver. Door opens at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per adult and $25 per child 5-18 years. Free for children under 5 years. This is ladies only event. Bring your mom or daughter and experience a night of food, dance and shopping. There will be prizes for the best mother & daughter dance, best song / poem and best traditionally dressed person. There will be a variety of vendors showcasing their products and services. Tickets are available by calling 778-688-3996 or 604-321-4366. In Vancouver, tickets can be purchased at the New Vision Hair Design at 6683 Fraser Street, Grace Beauty Salon at 6692 Main Street or Clique Boutique 1505 West 66th Avenue, Vancouver.


2nd Annual Women’s Wellness Day


An Evening with Dr. Pushpa Chandra on Friday, May 31, 5-9 p.m., at Fry’s Corner Beestro, 7480 176th Street (by Fraser Highway), Surrey. She has run over 500 marathons and ultra-marathons, and is one of only 18 women in the world who is a ‘North Pole Grand Slammer’- one who has run marathons or longer races on all seven continents plus the North Pole. Check out full details and how you can reserve your seat at www.facebook.com/3EOrganization/ Cost: $20 per person (includes refreshments).


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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