B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, September 1

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The Fair at the PNE


From now until September 3 (closed August 20 and 27), 11 a.m.-late, at PNE Fairgrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver. Admission: Gate – Regular $18; Senior (65+) $9; Child (13 and under) free. Online – Regular $15; Senior (65+) $7; Child (13 and under) free.


Annual Abbotsford Nagar Kirtan


On Sunday, September 2, Gurdwara Sahib Kalgidhar Darbar will be hosting the annual Nagar Kirtan (Sikh Parade), starting at 10:30 a.m. The event will include religious celebrations, open to all citizens to come and enjoy. The celebration has had thousands attend from neighboring cities, including the United States. The gurdwara management anticipates the same this year. The gurdwara is situated at 30640 Blueridge Drive in Abbotsford. Phone: 604-504-5530 or 778-808-7042. www.kalgidhardarbar.com.


South Asian Seniors: Health Issues


Vedic Senior Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and non-members to attend a presentation by Dr. Gulzar Cheema on “How Important is Pap Test, Screening Program for Prostate, Mammography & Colon for seniors to save their lives” on Sunday, September 2, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Cheema will answer questions regarding your health concerns after the presentation. Tea and snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for more information.


West Coast Tagore Festival


The musical dance-drama, ‘Raindrop: A Quest for Love’, will highlight the 8th annual West Coast Tagore Festival on September 8. The story of the dance-musicale revolves around two parallel plots of love and nature. The dance-drama encompasses live presentations of some iconic musical compositions by Nobel winning lyricist Rabindranath Tagore. Noted Rabindrasangeet singer Shankhanaad Mallick directed this musical. Vancouver Tagore Society, a not-for-profit organization that promotes multiculturalism, diversity, and sustainable environment through artistic endeavors, is hosting the Festival with cultural project grants from the City of Richmond and BC Arts Council. Admission to the Festival is free and any amount of donation would be appreciated. The Festival is taking place at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond on Saturday, September 8 from 6 to 8:15 p.m.


Surrey Board of Trade: TransLink CEO


On Tuesday, September 11, the Surrey Board of Trade will host TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond to talk about TransLink’s Regional Transportation Strategy and Investments in Surrey and the South Fraser region. Time: Registration and Lunch – 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Program – 12-1:30 p.m. Location: Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152nd Street, Surrey). Admission: Member $50; Table of 6 $300; Corporate Table of 6 $500; General Admission $65. Admission is GST applicable. Corporate tables include logo recognition at the table and on-screen during the event.


Gujarati Society of B.C.: Entrance Scholarship


Two scholarships of $1,000 each to be awarded. The GSBC Entrance Scholarship recognizes individual’s academic excellence, extracurricular achievements and extraordinary community service and volunteer work.  The scholarship is open to BC high school students about to graduate with their Dogwood Diploma and are enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution or are possessing an enrollment letter stating their acceptance in a full-time post-secondary program. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: * Be in their graduation year with graduation to occur by August 31, 2018 * Be eligible for a BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) by August 31, 2018 * Have at least a “B” (73% or above) in all subjects * Have volunteered or have registered at least 20 hours with their school, community or any organization over the last two years * Registered in a full-time, first-term program at a recognized post-secondary institution for fall 2018 or possess an enrolment letter stating their deferred acceptance in a full-time first-term program at a recognized post-secondary institution. You must complete the application form which includes a written statement about your academic and community service history and your future career goals (details at www.gsbc.ca/scholarship) Completed applications must be submitted online on GSBC website no later than Friday, September 7. Scholarships will be awarded at Diwali Celebration on November 10.


George Mackie Library


The George Mackie Library (8440 112th Street, Delta) will be celebrating the launch of its new art display space Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m. with an exhibit by Canadian artist Jarnail Singh. Recognized as a ‘Civic Treasure’ by the City of Surrey in 2008, Singh will be available to meet and answer questions between 1 and 3 p.m. The new display space serves as one small way the library can help connect local residents with artists who live and work in their area. Submissions for the Art @ the Library exhibit space are accepted throughout the year.  Works in two-dimensional media, e.g., paintings, drawings or photography will be considered, however our space cannot accommodate sculptures. Selected artists will be granted a two-month showing with preference given to exhibitors who live or work in the city of Delta and artists who have not displayed recently at other Delta libraries. Interested artists can contact Sidhu at the library at 604-594-8155, ext. 225, for more information or to submit samples of their work for consideration.


Canadian Citizenship Preparation


English with Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi support: Join us for a two-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship. The sessions will be facilitated by MOSAIC staff. We 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. September 26 & 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at MOSAIC Surrey Office, #200-7134 King George Boulevard. Contact Attif at 778-591-9334, ext. 126.| aihsan@mosaicbc.org


Chetna Association of Canada


2018 Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lectures and Dr. Ambedkar Chetna Awards Night from October 11 to 14 at various venues in the Lower Mainland. Special guest will be Santosh Das, a human rights and equality campaigner based in the United Kingdom, who will be coming to Vancouver to deliver the lectures on Thursday, October 11 at UBC, and Saturday, October 13 at SFU in Surrey. Das will also attend the Dr. Ambedkar Annual Awards Night being planned for October 13. Nominations for the following awards will remain open until September 30 and can be submitted by email at jpbirdi@gmail.com: * Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award * S. Tara Singh Hayer Journalism Award * Dr. Ambedkar Arts & Literature Award * Dr. Ambedkar Lifetime Achievement Award * Dr. Ambekdar Leadership in Innovation Award (new category for 2018).


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.



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