B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, October 6

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Gala for PICS Diversity Village


A gala in support of PICS Diversity Village in Cloverdale is being held on October 6, 6-10 p.m., at Mirage Banquet Hall at 17767 64th Avenue in Surrey. Enjoy performances by local artists and food, and learn how this project will benefit the community. There will be a chance to win door prizes. Learn more at www.pics.bc.ca.


Conference: Supporting Students With Disabilities


Parents, guardians, self-advocates and allies of students with disabilities / special needs, who are looking to support those students in BC’s K-12 education system, can find Strategies and Solutions at a grassroots conference on Saturday, October 6 at the Surrey City Hall – Centre Stage in Surrey. Conference attendees will learn skills and successes through presentations and workshops from a counsellor, lawyer, and other experts, including student and adult self-advocates. It’s all part of the conference from advocacy group BCEdAccess. Tickets and more details are available on website: www.bcedaccess.com


Substance Use Among Youth & Smoking Cessation


Programs at the George Mackie Library. Smoking cessation workshops, led by Fraser Health, are offered on Thursday, October 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library and Thursday, October 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the George Mackie Library. Your readiness will be assessed, you’ll learn strategies to quit and you’ll leave with resources to support your journey. To register, call 604-507-5445.


6th Annual Every Girl Matters Day


GirlKIND and the Reach Gallery Museum have announced the sixth annual “Every Girl Matters Day,” in BC in conjunction with the UN’s Day of the Girl on Thursday, October 11 – a day to call on all communities around the world to recognize the injustices girls face and to celebrate their abilities – at the Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, 4-5 p.m. The day will be officially proclaimed as Every Girl Matters Day. This is a free event open to the public to come network with others, get involved and help celebrate this day. Take part in the “Sticky Notes Project” by writing down your favorite quote or inspiring words, some words that you live by  (everything will be provided) in this collaborative community art project. The notes will be posted on display at the Reach for the month of October; they later will be converted into a book. A great way for you to contribute to a bigger community project. In addition, there will also be a draw where one lucky winner will take home a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. The first 50 attendees walk away with SWAG bags. For more information, visit girlkind.org or call Deesh at 604-825-8088.


Diwali Celebration: Muriel Arnason Library


Saturday, October 13, from 1 to 3 p.m..Muriel Arnason Library and the Township of Langley are celebrating their 15th annual Diwali (Festival of Lights). Everyone is cordially invited to experience diversity of culture through crafts, face painting, Henna, Indian music and dance, displays, and delicious refreshments. The library is located at 20338 – 6th Avenue. Phone: 604-532-3590.


BC-India Business Network


The BC-India Business Network is holding the 2018 Annual Grand Diwali Gala at The Ballroom, Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place, Vancouver, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.


Dr. Ambedkar Awards Night / Memorial Lectures


Chetna Association of Canada: Dr. Ambedkar Awards Night will be on Sunday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at Vancouver’s Fraserview Banquet Hall. The nominations for the following award categories will remain open until September 30 and nominations can be sent by email at jpbirdi@gmail.com: 1. Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award. 2. Dr. Ambedkar Lifetime Achievement Award. 3. S. Tara Singh Hayer Journalism Award. 4. Dr. Ambedkar Arts & Literature Award. The Dr. Ambekdar Memorial Lecture was institutionalized in 2017 in partnership: Chetna Association of Canada, Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation, and various departments of Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia. The guest lecturer will be Ms. Santosh Das, who will share her views on the legacy of Dr. Ambedkar and the efforts being made to counter prevalence of caste based discrimination in the United Kingdom. Das will deliver her lecture at UBC on October 11 at 5 p.m. and at SFU on October 13 at the Surrey campus at 1 p.m. and will attend the awards night as a special guest. October 14 also marks the anniversary day of Babasaheb’s conversion or reversion to Buddhism. To observe this as a special milestone, plans will also be made to garland the bust of Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar installed in 2004 at WAC Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain. For information, email at jpbirdi@gmail.com.


Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation


Two-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship. The sessions will be facilitated by MOSAIC staff. They will talk about topics such as Canada’s history, symbols, government and geography, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Free service. Registration required. October 18 & 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at MOSAIC Surrey Office, #200-7134 King George Boulevard. Contact: Faustin at 778-591-9334, ext. 105 / fbilikano@mosaicbc.org.


Newton BIA: Extraordinary General Meeting


Newton BIA’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of 2018 on Thursday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Avenue. Surrey All businesses and property owners within the Newton BIA area are invited to attend (no charge). Coffee and light refreshments will be served throughout. During the EGM, there will be a vote on the following 3 motions: * To renew the Newton Business Improvement Association for a five-year mandate * To adopt a levy strategy for the next five years as part of the BIA renewal * To adopt the proposed 2019 budget as presented by the Board of Directors of the BIA. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for registration / networking. Registration is required. Coffee and light refreshments will be served throughout.


Hiring Fair in Richmond


On Friday, October 19, 1-4 p.m., at Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch, 100 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. In partnership with Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch, Richmond Multicultural Community Services will have a hiring fair. This is a free event. Job seekers can bring their resume and come to meet potential employers in the community. This event is open for everyone. Permanent Residents bring your PR Card. For registration or more information, contact Mozhgan at mozhgan@rmcs.bc.ca / Bhavana at bhavana@rmcs.bc.ca, or call at 604-248-0433.


Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society: Diwali Celebration


The Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society of BC is holding its Diwali Celebration on Saturday, October 20 at Khanna Banquet Hall, 11267 125A Street, Surrey. Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $10. Children 5 and under: Free.  Vegetarian dinner and entertainment included. For tickets: Sheila Omaid at 604-438-9158, Shama Ramnarine at 604-936-3194, Annette Bacchus at 604-529-9079, James Prasad at 604-644-3751, Hari Singh at 604-731-4354, Sherman Ramoutar at 604-522-2170, Ram Ramsaroop at 604-581-2590 and 604-722-5892.


Altruyouth Association & Song Creative Mentorship


Present a youth conference and networking event to connect with peers and professionals to share your dreams, unlock your passions and discover your pathways at on Sunday, October 28 at Surrey Arts Center, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Non-profit event. Tickets online: $25. Speakers, performers, aspirers, role models, knowledge-sharers, exhibitors, door prizes, photo booth, catered lunch. Keynote: Ravi Singh, Khalsa Aid Founder. www.sparkwithin.org. Phone: 778-835-7898.


Central City: Halloween Fun Event


Families are invited to come to Surrey’s Central City from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 for a spooktacular time at the centre’s free Halloween Fun Event. Kids ages 12 and under, dressed in costume, can take part in centre-wide trick-or-treating at participating stores (while limited treats last).  Plus, families can enjoy Halloween craft activities, face-painting, balloon artists, entertainment, story-time (with Black Bond Books), and more (near Winners). For more information on this free event, visit www.centralcity.ca.



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