B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, September 8  


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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.


Wanted: India Clothing for Charities


Wanted: Indian clothing and accessories for men, women and children: suits, sarees, lenghas, kurtas, bangles, bindis, etc. Win prizes. Support local charities. Let your loved clothing be loved again. Items should be in very good / like new condition – no tears / stains / missing buttons. We pick up (5 items minimum). Call / text Renu at 604-992-7368.


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.


Indian Ex-Servicemen Society British Columbia


The highest gallantry battle honour day of the epic battle of Saragarhi is being celebrated at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall at 8388 128th Street, Surrey. All ex-servicemen of the Indian Armed Forces are requested to attend the occasion with their wives. Confirmation to attend is requested by September 10. For more information, contact Capt. Mohinder Singh Jaswal, President, at 604-501-3939.


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


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.


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.


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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