B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, November 24



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Surrey Tree Lighting Festival


Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival taking place Saturday, November 24 between noon and 7 p.m. at Surrey Civic Plaza. The lighting of the 58-foot tall Christmas tree—adorned with giant holiday decorations, lights and a star tree-topper—will be aired live on CTV Vancouver at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the free annual community event will host a holiday market featuring local vendors and crafters, free photos with Santa, cookie decorating and a variety of family-friendly attractions. The Holiday Fun Zone on University Drive will offer food trucks and action-packed activities, including road hockey, soccer, inflatables and amusement rides. In addition to free activities, attendees will be treated to free live musical performances and children’s entertainers. Urban gospel and R&B singer Warren Dean Flandez will be joined by a 10-piece choir to headline the Main Stage before and after the inaugural tree lighting. Additional performers include soul singer Dawn Pemberton, award winning children’s performer and songwriter Jessie Farrell, and indie soul-pop band Lovecoast. Holiday choirs will perform on the Tree Riser Stage, Snowflake Stage and in the City Centre Library. The Surrey Food Bank, Surrey Christmas Bureau, Sophie’s Place and the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society will be on site collecting donations. For more information and performance schedules, including Santa’s arrival time, visit surrey.ca/treelighting



Fraser Health: Dementia Forum for South Asian Community


Punjabi / English on Sunday, November 25 at Grand Taj Banquet Hall, 8388 128th Street, Surrey. Open House: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free Forum: 12-2 p.m. Open House Health Fair. Keynote speaker: Dr. Leena Jain. Join local health experts to learn about dementia, diagnosis and management, information and services for patients and caregivers. Ask questions. Take home free resources.


BC Cancer Breast Screening


BC Cancer Breast Screening’s digital mobile mammography service will be visiting The Indo-Canadian Senior Centre, 7050 120th Street, Surrey, on November 30 and December 1.

To book your appointment, call Saroj Ludhera at 778-564-3760. Mammograms are avialbel for women ages 40 and over. Visit www.screeningbc.ca to learn more.


Sai Baba’s 93rd Birthday


All devotees are invited at Hindu Temple, 5420 Marine Drive, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Baba’s 93rd birthday on Saturday, December 1 at 5 p.m. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. – Bhajan / Kirtan.  6:30-7:15 p.m. – Sai Japa. 7:30 p.m. – Priti Bhojan. Contact Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989 or the Temple at 604-377-0307.


CBC Vancouver: Open House & Food Bank


On Friday, December 7, the whole community is once again invited to kick-off the holiday season at CBC Vancouver’s annual Open House & Food Bank Day at 700 Hamilton Street. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy a variety of activities including newsroom tours, live radio broadcasts featuring musical guests and meet-and-greets with local and national CBC hosts and reporters, including the new CBC Vancouver News team. For more details, visit the Events Section of our website at voiceonine.com


Ghirra Family: 12th Annual Toy Drive


Benevolent Brotherhood Society is helping Ghirra Family, the Cooperators Insurance agencies and Vancity Credit union to organize a toy drive in memory of Victor Ghirra. Over 25,000 toys collected and distributed to more than two dozen charities. Bring new and unwrapped toys to Riverside Banquet Hall, 14500 River Road, Richmond, all the Cooperators Insurance agencies in the Lower Mainland, and all participating Vancity Credit Union locations in the Lower Mainland. For more info, contact Bobby Ghira at 604-244-7755 (bobby@riversidehalls.com) or Harvey Kooner at 604-671-4180 (harveykooner1@gmail.com). Richmond Grand Toy Count at Riverside Banquet Hall on Saturday December 15, 12-3 p.m. Join the family event, bring toys and get a picture taken with Santa.



(For more events, visit the “Events” section of our website at voiceonline.com)