B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, September 22



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Pacific Oral Health Centre


The Pacific Oral Health Society in collaboration with The Rotary Club of Surrey-Newton will be offering a free Oral Cancer Screening Clinic on Sunday, September 23. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pacific Oral Health Center building located at: Unit #300 -15850 24th Avenue, Surrey. This free clinic is open to the public. To pre-register for a free screening appointment call 604-536-2700. The goal of the clinic is to help reduce the barriers to oral cancer screening and support the prevention and early detection or oral cancer and pre-cancer. Last year, this event had been a great success as over 400 people pre-registered for the clinic and over 400 patients were examined by the dental team. The data collected by the Pacific Oral Health Society (POHS), indicated that 20 people were found to be at high risk of having oral cancer and 5 cases showed positive signs for oral cancer. The organizers hope to reach more people this year and help save as many lives as they can with early detection.


Free Eye Health Clinic in Surrey


Free Eye Health Clinic will be held by Canadian Eyesight Global, sponsored by Rotary Club of Surrey, on Sunday September 23, 1-4 p.m., at Dashmesh Darbar Gurdwara,12885 128th Street, Surrey. A team of eye surgeon Dr. David Neima and associates will participate. Everyone is welcome. First come, first served. Anyone interested sponsoring an eye camp in their village in Punjab or any other part of India, may contact Anup Singh Jubbal, President, Canadian Eyesight

Global, at (604)582-0579, Email: info@CanadianEyesight.org. www.CanadianEyesight.org.


Dr. Naurang Mangat Visiting Surrey


Humanitarian Dr. Naurang Singh Mangat is now in Surrey and will be here until September 25. During his visit, he is staying at Canadian Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Surrey. For the last 13 years he has been looking after and trying to save lives of the destitute, homeless, blind, disabled, mentally challenged and poor sick people lying on the roadsides and other places in Punjab. His efforts have taken the shape of a well-known Punjab charity called “Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram”. Its two-storey building is located near village Sarabha of Ludhiana district. It is a registered and charitable trust with whole property in the name of the trust. All patients living in the ashram are provided food, clothes, medical treatment, nursing care and other necessities of life free of cost. Dr. Mangat who is a former professor and scientist of PAU, Ludhiana, University of Windsor, and Morrison Scientific Inc. Calgary. He says that on completion of two remaining floors of the building, the ashram would be able to house hundreds of such needy people in the future. For more information, he can be reached on his cell phone 403-401-8787 or at nsmangat14@hotmail.com, or one can visit www.apahajashram.org.


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.


Vancouver Mayoral Candidates Townhall


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) are hosting a pre-election townhall with Vancouver mayoral candidates on Sunday, September 23, from 2-4 p.m. Q&A period – approximately 3:45-4 p.m. Six candidates will be answering pre-selected questions submitted by the public on the following topics: access to culturally appropriate services; affordability; community security; culturally appropriate care for seniors; immigration; inclusion; and transportation and accessibility. Location: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Choi Hall, 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver.


Surrey: All Candidates Meeting


The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Task Force is hosting a meeting for Mayoral and Council candidates on Tuesday, September 25, 6-8 p.m. at Surrey Centre Library, City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Room 120. Everyone welcome. Call 778-836-6504 or email: shhtfcoordinator@shaw.ca


Surrey Municipal Elections Candidates Meetings


September 26, 27 & 28 for mayoral candidates, council candidates and school board candidates, respectiovely. Time: September 26 & 27 at 6:30 p.m., September 28 at 7 p.m. Where: September 26 – Civic Hotel, 13475 Central Avenue, Surrey. September 27 – Whalley Legion, 13525 106th Avenue, Surrey. September 28 – Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue, Surrey. Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is the host.


Canadian Citizenship Preparation in Surrey


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


State of Newton


Hosted by Newton BIA and MLA Harry Bains with keynote speaker, Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. State of Newton is an opportunity for the business community to engage in a dialogue that showcases the upcoming investment opportunities for Newton. Thursday, September 27, 8:30-11 a.m. The Offices at Newton, 7327 137th Street, Surrey. Business casual. Breakfast will be served.


Museum of Surrey


City of Surrey invites members of the public to a free grand opening celebration for the new Museum of Surrey, located at 17710 56A Avenue, on Saturday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The prehistoric party for all ages will feature an Indigenous welcome, live entertainment, stilt walkers, face painting and Surrey Firefighters barbecue (by donation). Performers will include Bobs and LoLo, Smile Band, Vancity Bhangra and Aché Brasil. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the brand new facility, which includes dynamic exhibits, such as the TD Explore Zone for kids, Textile Centre and Indigenous Hall, as well as the temporary blockbuster exhibition, Dinosaurs Unearthed. For more information, including the full grand opening schedule, visit surrey.ca/museum.


South Asian Film Education Society (SAFES)


Free public film screening and discussion: “No Easy Walk to Freedom” (2014) on Saturday, September 29, 2-5 p.m., Room 4955, SFU Goldcorp Centre, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver. The film tells the story for the decriminalization of homosexuality in India. Filmed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow and rural India, the film exposes the human rights violations under section 377, the growth of LGBT activism in India and the historic legal battle to overturn section 377.  The screening will be followed by a discussion.


Surrey Canadian Cancer Society: CIBC Run for the Cure


Sunday, September 30, 8 a.m. to noon at Bear Creek Park, 13820 88th Avenue. The Canadian Cancer Society #CIBCRunfortheCure is a 5k or 1k walk or run that raises funds for breast cancer at the Canadian Cancer Society. We invite you to run or walk with us for the CIBC Run for the Cure in Surrey. Registration: 8 a.m. Opening Ceremonies: 9 a.m. Survivor Parade:  9:30 a.m. Warm-up:  9:45 a.m. Start: 10 a.m. (5k or 1k walk or run). Awards & closing ceremonies: 11 a.m. Contact information:  604-644-9934. Email: surreyrd@ccscloud.com. Sign up to Volunteer: https://cbcf.volunteerhub.com/lp/surrey/events. Sign up to run / walk 1km or 5km as an individual or as a team: http://cibcrunforthecure.com/surrey. Team Registration—10 members or more receive t-shirts with your team’s name on the back – deadline September 13.


Substance Use Among Youth & Smoking Cessation


Programs at the George Mackie Library. Do you want to better understand youth substance use?  Learn ways to keep your children from harmful use, discover communication strategies and get information about typical drugs and warning signs.  Presented by the Delta Advisory Committee, this free program – Talking With Our Kids:  Alcohol and Drugs – is offered at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Monday, October 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and at the George Mackie Library on Tuesday, October 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  No registration is required. 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.


Surrey Students NOW


Surrey Students NOW are hosting a fundraiser, meet and greet on October 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Ultimate Banquet Hall. 8072 120th Street, Surrey. Tim Hortons plaza. Dress code: business casual. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Tickets: $25. Tickets can also be purchased at the door or by e-transfer: info@surreystudentsnow.com. Call 604-307-8796 for more information or to purchase tickets.


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.


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.




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