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

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Surrey Food Bank: Surrey Vaisakhi Parade


Bring a loonie to donate at Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday, April 22. Every $1 donation buys $3 worth of food. Look for our volunteers or drop off your donations at any RBC Branch in Surrey throughout April. www.surreyfoodbank.org


Surrey’s Party for the Planet


The performance schedule, activity site map and tree and plant sale details for Party for the Planet—BC’s largest Earth Day celebration—happening Saturday, April 22 at Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey. are now available for download at www.surrey.ca/partyfortheplanet. The free family-friendly festival includes performances by headliner Shawn Hook, Virginia to Vegas, Willa, Kutapira, Ben Dunnill, Will Stroet and more. In addition to over 80 activity booths, food trucks, a rock climbing wall and four concert stages, attendees can visit the new Canada 150 Zone and Environmental Extravaganza activation. The cash and carry tree and plant sale, featuring a variety of fruit, deciduous, flowering and evergreen trees for $20 and plants for $2 and $4, opens at 9 a.m. The main festival is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Attendance is expected to reach over 20,000. Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle or take public transportation.


Surrey Art Gallery: Vaisakhi


Passionate Colours: April 22−July 14. Opening reception and Vaisakhi celebration on April 26, 7−9 p.m. Just in time for the spring harvest festival of Vaisakhi, the South Asian Artists Guild will be launching an exhibit at Surrey Art Gallery that embodies a zest for life and passion for colour. The artists in Passionate Colours are: Shital Anmol, Gunwant Bassi, Sanjoy Das, Vipin Kapoor, Baljit Kaur, Bindoo Matharu, Jay Panesar, Jarnail Singh, Navalpreet Rangi, Neeti Singh, Parminder Singh, and Mandeep Wirk. Surrey Art Gallery at 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey. Phone: 604-501-5566 / surrey.ca/artgallery. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. / Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. / Sunday 12-5 p.m. / Closed Mondays and holidays.


South Asian Seniors: Playing Cards


Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults and seniors to come and play cards in groups of four to help preserve mental health and positive changes to the brain (memory) on Sunday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple at 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Tea and snacks will be served. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Surrey Board of Trade: New BC RCMP Leader


On Tuesday, April 25, the Surrey Board of Trade will host a business luncheon event featuring Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr, the new leader of the BC RCMP.   Attendees will learn more about who Butterworth-Carr is, her background, her plans for the BC RCMP under her leadership, and will discuss the business community’s role is in crime prevention and public safety. Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Avenue, Surrey). Time:  Lunch and Registration 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Program 12 – 1:30 p.m. Admission: $50 + GST each (member) or $65 + GST each (non-member).


Vancouver Sun Run


The 2017 Vancouver Sun Run will be taking place on Sunday, April 23 at 9 a.m. in downtown Vancouver.  The 2.5K Shaw Mini Sun Run starts at 8 a.m. For more information, visit vancouversunrun.com or call 604-689-9441.


Surrey Board of Trade: Election Candidates Business Dialogue


The Surrey Board of Trade, in partnership with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, is holding a Provincial Election Candidates Business Dialogue on Wednesday, April 26.  Time: 5:30 p.m. – Registration; 6-8 p.m. – Program. Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey. Free, but registration required at info@businessinsurrey.com or online. Hear candidates from the Green Party, Liberal Party and NDP of all nine Surrey ridings answer questions from the business community. There will be no questions from the floor. Send your questions to anne@businessinsurrey.com by Friday, April 21 for consideration.


South Asian Seniors: Energizing Chair Yoga


Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites all members to attend a special extra class – Energizing Chair Yoga for Seniors by new yoga instructor Meenakshi Kalsi on Thursday, April 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple at 8321 140th Street, Surrey. This is in addition to the regular yoga classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Chair Exercise class on Fridays. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


2017 Delta Career Fair


The Corporation of Delta invites you to the 2017 Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is a free event. Situated throughout the spacious arena at Sungod Recreation Centre and in the surrounding parking lot, you can expect dozens of exhibitors offering hands-on introductions to a variety of new and unique careers. In addition to the many interactive exhibits the Show Stage is bringing along with it a variety of fascinating presentations, including the tantalizing artistry of the White Spot chefs, as well as frank, motivational talks on women in trades.The Job Fair will host different organizations with immediate job opportunities that they are looking to fill now. From 4 to 8 p.m., come interview ready and armed with your resume. The Boat Race will give students in grades 10 through 12 the chance to work alongside marine industry professionals to construct a vessel that can withstand the wild waters of Sungod’s aquatic centre. Learn more about the exhibitors, Boat Race, and Job Fair at Delta.ca/CareerFair.


Dance Canada in Richmond


Celebrate Canada’s rich multicultural diversity with Dance Canada: A Celebration of International Dance Day in Richmond on April 28 and 29. Aberdeen Centre has partnered with Sudnya Dance Academy and Clarkson Events to host this year’s celebration. The community is invited to learn a variety of culturally diverse dances through free workshops on Friday, April 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a free performance showcasing dance traditions from around the world will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Both events are open to people of all ages and abilities and will take place in the Central Atrium at Aberdeen Centre. For more information, visit iddrichmond.wixsite.com/iddrichmondbc.


S.A.F.E.S.: Film “Peepli Live”
S.A.F.E.S. will be screening the movie “Peepli Live” (2010) on Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m., at Room 4955, SFU Goldcorp Centre, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. In this satirical comedy directed by Anusha Rizvi, an impoverished farmer threatens to end his life, inviting attention from politicians and the media. The screening will be followed by a discussion.


Sai Japa


All devotees are invited at Hindu Cultural Society and Community Centre of B.C., 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Japa / Bhajans on Saturday, May 6 at 5 p.m. Program: 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. – Bhajans / Kirtan. 6:30 to 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 Mandir at 604-299-5922.


The Kids Help Phone


The first annual Surrey – Walk so Kids Can Talk event will be held on May 7 in Holland Park. This will be a fun family oriented event with lots of entertainment including the RCMP Marching Pipe Band, Celtic fiddle guitar duo “even Steven”, and featuring local teen sensations Ava Carich and Richard Tichleman. There will also be mascots, face painting, sports games, photo booths, a bouncy castle, food trucks, a BBQ and much more. Every year more than 10,000 youths from 183 B.C. communities reach out for help and advice from the free professional counsellors at Kids Help Phone, provided across Canada on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis. The callers have a full range of mental health issues, from anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings to bullying, harassment and family problems. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Walk starts at 11 a.m. The Kids Help Phone toll-free line is 1-800-668-6868. Website: http://org.kidshelpphone.ca/. To register for the Walk and / or donate go to https://walksokidscantalk.ca/.


Richmond-Vancouver Walk for ALS


Volunteers and families gather each year to show their support for Canadians living with ALS.

Every year, volunteers from all around the province team up with the ALS Society of BC to organize and lead a Walk for ALS. This year’s Richmond-Vancouver Walk will be held on May 13 at Garry Point Park in Steveston, Richmond. The Walk will start at 10:30 a.m., with check-in at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited and welcome to join this family friendly event.The 5km walk gives people the chance to raise funds and awareness for those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and their families. Leading up to the event, walkers collect pledges from family, friends, and colleagues who wish to sponsor them. On the day of the Walk, participants can enjoy various activities organized by the volunteers. Proceeds from the Walk for ALS go to the ALS Society of BC to provide support for people living with ALS and to invest in research to make the disease treatable not terminal. Register today at www.walkforals.ca


B.C. Children’s Hospital


On Saturday, May 13, B.C. Children’s Hospital will be having its 18th annual Balding for Dollars main event to raise awareness and funds in support of children with cancer and blood disorders. The event is a family-friendly event, open to all ages. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CFRI building on the north side of BC Children’s Hospital.  Around 50 brave individuals will be coming up on stage to shave their heads or chop their locks in support of BC’s young cancer warriors and their families. There will also be live entertainment, a photobooth, fun games, great food, facepainting, Disney Princesses, arts and crafts and so much more. This is a free event to attend with food and participation in certain stations by donation. For more information, visit www.baldingfordollar.com, find us on Facebook or contact Christine Tulloch, Balding for Dollars Administrator, at ctulloch@cw.bc.ca


Free Income Tax Clinic


At Richmond Multicultural Community Services. Call 604-279-7160 to book an appointment or email karamjit@rmcs.bc.ca.


Free Income Tax Filing: Muriel Arnason Library


If your return is straightforward, and you have a low income, visit or call the library staff to book an appointment with a community volunteer to get your tax return filed free of charge. The program will run till April 24. Muriel Arnason Library is located in the Township of Langley Civic Facility at 20338 65th Avenue. Phone: 604-532-3590.


South Asian Seniors: Filing Income Tax Returns Free


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey informs South Asian seniors that during the tax filing period they can help you to file your income tax returns for the year 2016 free of cost through the community volunteer program of Canada Revenue Agency from now to May 2 – if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria are as follows: 1. Single individual with annual income limit up to $ 30,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $ 40,000. 3. Adult with one child annual income up to $ 35,000, add the income limit by $ 2,500 for each dependent child. Interest income not over $ 1,000 and this income will be included as total eligibility. With no investment income, no rental income, no business or partnership income and no capital gain or loss. SIN card and photo ID will be required for proof. If you are eligible, contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


ESL Book Clubs: Surrey Libraries


If you would like to practice your English and make new friends, join Surrey Libraries’ ESL Book Clubs. Come practice reading, speaking, and listening in English. Readers are welcome at any level from beginners to advanced.  Library books will be provided (Levels 1-4). Call or visit the libraries to register. * City Centre Library: Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30 p.m. May 24, June 21 * Fleetwood Library: Saturdays, 1:30 – 3 p.m. May 17 * Guildford Library: Thursdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m. May 4, June 1 * Newton Library: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. April 27, May 25, June 22 * Semiahmoo Library: Thursdays, 1 – 2:30 p.m. May 18, June 15. www.surreylibraries.ca


Surrey’s 150+ Summer Day Camps


Registration is open for City of Surrey’s 150+ fun, affordable and safe summer day camps designed to keep children and teens (ages 3–18) active and engaged over the school break. Parents have the option to pay 50% of the cost at the time of registration and the remaining balance on the first day of camp. Early registration is recommended as popular day camps fill up fast. In addition to Summer Fun 1-1 and Youth on the Move for youth ages 13–18 with disabilities, City of Surrey’s variety of unique day camps include: fun zone, pre-teen road trip, leadership, 3D animation, forest adventures, ready-set-paint, photography fun, basketball, and swim and skate. Free one-to-one staff support is available for children ages 6–13 with disabilities for a limited number of weeks. Extended camp hours are available through the Camp Connections program. For complete details, visit www.surrey.ca/daycamps or call 604-501-5100.


PICS: Free Self Employment Program


Are you unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week? Are you thinking of launching your own business? Join PICS for an information session on PICS’ Self Employment Program at one of PICS Offices: * Suite 205, 12725 80th  Avenue, Surrey – every 2nd Wednesday of the month, or * 8153 Main Street (near Marine Drive), Vancouver – every 3rd Wednesday of the month. All info sessions are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This program offers * Business Start-Up Training * Business Plan Writing * Business Advisor Support * Networking Events * Support During Business Launch Period. To attend a session, pre-register at Katarina.Low@pics.bc.ca or 604-596-7722, ext. 150


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