B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, August 26

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Volunteer Opportunities VIFF 2017


September 28-October 13: Join VIFF 2017 in hosting one of the largest film festivals in North America. Apply now at viff.org: distribution • guest services • hospitality • customer support • special events • marketing  • photography • exhibitions • transportation • videography • set up crew • tech support • sponsorship • development • street team • volunteer services • box office  • administration • servers • translation+language assistance    •  special events • bartenders • photography. Want more? Lead positions available. volunteer@viff.org.


71st India Day


The Vedic Hindu Cultural Sciety of BC (VHCS-BC) is organizing the 71st India Day at Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, 8321 140th Street, Surrey, on Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. onwards with the Indo-Canadian community. The India Day celebrations are dedicated to the 350th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru. The celebrations will include wrestling by Sri Hanuman Wrestling Club, flag hoisting, parade, entertainment and cultural performances. There will also be a performance by Bollywood playback singer Kamal Khan with a band.


South Asian Seniors: India Day Celebrations


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and families to join all devotees of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple Surrey for India Day Celebrations organized by the Society on Saturday, August 26 at the temple grounds at 8321 140th Street, Surrey, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. with a wrestling competition by Hanuman Wrestling Club and musical entertainment by Kamal Khan and Band at 5 p.m. Join us for the India Day Parade of different states of India starting from Brookside Gurudwara Sahib to the temple grounds at 6:30 p.m. Senior Lady Parivar members are needed as volunteers to do seva (service) for preparing food for all devotees in the kitchen around 11.30 a.m. Seniors are needed as volunteers to do seva after 4.30 p.m. for supply of prepared food to all the stalls and for serving snacks and a variety of food items to be served free to all in different food stalls. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for volunteer positions and further details.


Steps For SIDS Walk-A-Thon


Victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are usually found in the crib, beds or sometimes in car seats after going to sleep without any struggle or suffering. Children between 0-24 months of age are most susceptible to being effected by SIDS. The body simply stops, the heart and brain shut off like a light switch. There are no answers to why this happens. Therefore, the family of Azaan Singh Gill, who lost his life to SIDS on February 19, 2011, are donating all the funds to Pathology Research Clinic here at BC Children’s Hospital to help find a cure. They are holding an event to create awareness and raise funds for a cure on Saturday, August 26 at North Surrey Secondary’s school track in Surrey, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register for the event or make a donation at this link:



Newton BIA: Newton Days


Newton Days will be taking over the Newton Grove on Saturday, August 26, 12-4 p.m., at The Newton Grove, 13730 72nd Avenue, Surrey. Open to the community, everything will be free. Complete with a farms’ market, kid fun zone, face painting, food trucks, henna, photo booth and Science World demonstrations. Newton Days is a push to create a more vibrant community within the Newton Town Centre. More info: http://www.newtonbia.com/newton-days


Movies Under The Stars: Beauty and The Beast


On Saturday, August 26, the new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” will be shown on the big screen for the entire community to enjoy. To finish off the summer, join the community at Holland Park for the final free outdoor movie night. The movie will begin right after sundown. Make sure you come early, however, for there will be many fun activities and entertainment to keep everybody in high spirits before the movie starts. Visit the crafts zone to make your very own enchanted rose. Also, stop by the Surrey Library tent to hear a storybook reading. There is even a chance for every little prince and princess to meet the real life Belle, who will be gracing the stage at Movies Under The Stars at 7 p.m. Alongside the featured film, there will be live performances and free popcorn for all attendees. All you need to bring is  The North Surrey Lions Club will be hosting a barbecue, with all proceeds going towards local charities in need. As well, Ryley and Chloe will be quenching everybody’s thirst at The Juice Bar and all proceeds will be donated to The Centre for Child Development.


Talk on Gujarat Atrocities


“The development of fascism in India: Gujarat pogrom 2002 to mob lynchings 2017” by Indian journalist and author Rana Ayub on Sunday, August 27, 3-5 p.m., in Room 7000, SFU Harbor Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. After the talk there will be a walk to the Komagata Maru memorial in memory of the Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus who were denied permission to disembark in Vancouver by a racist Canadian government in 1914. Organized by Radical Desi and Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI). Contact: Gurpreet Singh 778-862-2454; Parshotam Dosanjh 604-512-8371; Ajay Bhardwaj 604-655-4892; Chinmoy Banerjee 604-421-6752.


South Asian Seniors: Annual Picnic at Bear Creek Park


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and families to join all devotees of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple Surrey for their annual picnic on Sunday, August 27, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., organized by Mandir management committee and Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre at Bear Creek Park, Surrey, in the. picnic sheds on 139th Street and 88th Avenue, the entrance from 140th  Street car parking. Seniors team of volunteers will be there to do seva (service) for cutting and preparing fruits for serving and will serve snacks, pop, juice, bottles of cold water, lunch and desserts. There will be a live entertainment program, Antakshiri music competition, music melodies on violin, ladies folk dance, card playing and other activities. Seniors team of volunteers will help to wind up and leave the park area clean after the picnic is over. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more information.


George Mackie Library, Delta


Are you or do you know a newcomer to Canada?  The George Mackie Library offers a number of programs or services.  Punjabi / English Settlement Workers are available every second Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. (August 29) providing free and confidential services for immigrants, refugees and their families in BC as they adjust to their new life in Canada. * During the summer, staff is taking our Conversation Circle outside!  Join Walk & Talk to practice speaking English while enjoying a walk in the open-air on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m.


Abbotsford Annual Kirtan Nagar


Abbotsford’s Gurdwara Kalgidhar Darbar will hold its annual Nagar Kirtan on Sunday, September 3 starting at 10:30 a.m. and wrapping up at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit website www.kalgidhardarbar.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Gurdwara-Kalgidhar-Darbar-694985660637345/ Phone: 778-808-7042.


Fiji Event: Schools Grand Reunion


Let’s Go Back to High School, Ba Master Soccer Association of Vancouver presents its first annual all secondary high schools grand reunion. Included are Khalsa College, DAV College, Kamil Muslim College, Nukuloa College, Xavier College and AD Patel College,  A trip down Main Street of BA Fiji, this is taking place on September 3 at Punjab Banquet Hall in Surrey. Tickets are only $30 per person. For more info, contact Vinish Lal at 604-720-7760, Rajneel Pratap at 604-831-6934 or Ameer Ahmed at 604- 345-5537.


Conference on Nuclear Threat


Gathering in the Shadows of a Nuclear Winter Conference on Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1700 SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. The goal of the conference is to focus on the existential threat facing us by bringing together in conversation nuclear scientists, scholars, writers, and anti-nuclear and peace activists from India, Pakistan, Canada, and the US. Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) with support from Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation and Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University. Co-sponsored by Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) and School for International Studies, SFU. Admission is free, but registration required. RSVP Chin Banerjee, cbanerjee@telus.net.


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, September 9 at 5.p.m. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. Bhajan / Kirtan; 6.:30-7:15 p.m. Sai Japa; and 7:30 p.m. Priti Bhojan. Contact Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989 or the Mandir at 604-299-5922.


“Ek Shaam Rafi Saheb Ke Naam”


SBR presents “Ek Shaam Rafi Saheb Ke Naam” – An evening in Surrey for Rafi Saheb on Sunday, September 10, 1-5 p.m., at Punjab Bhawan, 15453 Fraser Highway, Surrey, in memory of the legendary playback singer of the Indian film industry. There will be fundraising for the Canadian Red Cross for the BC Wildfire victims. Donations can be given directly to the Canadian Red Cross representative present at the event.


Support Diabetes Canada


On Wednesday, September 13, Diabetes Canada is encouraging B.C.’s workforce to leave work at 3 p.m. to get active while helping to put an end to diabetes by participating in Free at 3. The goal of the event is to educate individuals on why incorporating physical activity into their daily lives can help reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Yoga, an office boot camp, a walk on your lunch break—all count. Get your organization onboard and start planning your Free at 3 activities. For more information or to register, visit diabetes.ca/freeat3.


Surrey Board of Trade Awards


The Surrey Board of Trade will announce the winners of the awards at its 11th Annual Surrey Environment and Business Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 14 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Avenue, Surrey). Time: Lunch and registration at 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Program 12-1:30 p.m. Admission: $50 + GST each (member) or $65 + GST each (non-member). For further information, contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at anita@businessinsurrey.com or at 604-634-0342.


PICS WIMI 45+ Program


PICS Society is providing an employment program called Workplace Integration for Mature Individuals (WIMI 45+), offering classes in the following: * Resume and cover letter building * Strengthen job search experience * Mentorship in pairing with local professional of your original profession * Job placement assistance and follow up support * Develop Work Action Plan and employer engagement. This program partners with local community and business employers who provide one to one follow up support, up to date employment trends, and follow up assistance for up to 9 months. Call now to reserve a seat for ongoing sessions in Vancouver and Surrey today: * Vancouver: 8159 Main Street, Vancouver. Ph: 604-324-7733 Ext. 230 * Surrey: #205 – 12725, 80th Avenue. Ph: 604-596 7722 ext. 117 and 124 or via email: kcchau@pics.bc.ca


Richmond Night Market


The international food fair celebrates Canada’s diversity with more variety this year, with over a hundred vendors and over 500 food choices. There’s 200 retail stalls packed with fashion accessories, beauty products, electronic accessories, clothing, household items, etc. The entertainment stage will be sporting a “Canada 150” theme with lots of exciting live, local performances from singing and dancing to magic shows and stunts.  The Magical Dino Park. There’s new rides including Bumper Cars, the Dino ATV Adventure ride, or the virtual Dino Hunter game. Weekend and holiday evenings from now to October 9.  Gates open at 7 p.m. on the corner of Number 3 and River Road, just one block away from the Bridgeport Canada Line station. Go online at: www.richmondnightmarket.com


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