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CBSA Traffic Advisory
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) informs travelers of temporary construction to repave and resurface the commercial processing areas at the Pacific Highway port of entry (POE) from now to October 5. During this time, various areas will be impacted and may result in delays. Commercial drivers should watch for personnel on site for instructions as the clearance process has changed to accommodate the construction. To facilitate the process, follow all signage and directions as advised. Alternatively, commercial drivers may consider re-routing to the Aldergrove POE, open Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to midnight. For more information, please call the Border Information Service line at 1-800-461-9999 within Canada or 1-204-983-3500 outside Canada.
Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society
The Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society is celebrating Diwali 2017 on Saturday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at Khanna Banquet Hall, 11267 125A Street, Surrey. Tickets: Adults – $20; Children 6-11 -$10; Children 5 and under – free. For tickets contact: Sheila Omaid at 604-438-9158, Ram Ramsaroop at 604-722-5892, James Prasad at 604-644-3751 and Shama Ramnarine at 604-936-3194.
Newton Recreation Centre
Newton Recreation Centre’s (13730 72nd Avenue) grand re-opening to view the newly renovated facility on Saturday, September 30, 1-4 p.m. Official ceremony and ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m. Renovations to the centre include: 410 square feet of additional lobby space, a new children’s play area, wave pool improvements, a new public art installation, and an expanded 8,000 square foot fitness centre which is double its original size. This is a free community event featuring public swimming from 1-4 p.m. Additional family-friendly activities will include live entertainment, wrestling demos, children’s games, giveaways, mini golf, face painting, a bouncy castle, and facility tours.
South Asian Seniors: Bingo
Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to come and play to come and play Bingo for the sake of fun and make friends on Sunday, October 1, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Bring only two dollars with you to play two games. If you do not know how to play, members will explain the game to you. Tea and light snacks will be served after the game. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more information.
Vishwa Nirmala Dharma
Sahaja Yoga music and meditation as taught by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi with Shaj Yuva Shakti on Sunday, October 1, 4-6 p.m., Bear Creek Pavilion, 13820 88th Avenue, Surrey (near Surrey Arts Centre). Free and open to all. For info: 778-683-2372. Meditatetoregenerate.org.
Thakore Visiting Scholar Award
The Thakore Charitable Foundation, The Institute for the Humanities and the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University celebrate the 26th annual Gandhi Jayanti Celebration with the Thakore Visiting Scholar Award to John Volken for his work in helping provide long-term residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment and life-skills training to young men and women ages 19 to 34 recover from addiction. The celebration will be in the form of two separate events (both events are free and open to the public): * The Garlanding Ceremony will be held on October 2 at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi located in the Peace Square on the SFU Burnaby campus (south side level 3 of the Academic Quadrangle) from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Parking at SFU Burnaby campus for the garlanding ceremony is free in the parkade under the convocation Mall. For directions, parking instructions and more information, visit www.gandhijayanti.com. * The Gandhi Commemorative Lecture and presentation of the 26th Thakore Visiting Scholar Award and the annual Gandhi Student Peace Award on October 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SFU Harbour-side (downtown) campus (515 West Hastings). More information is provided on the Gandhi website (www.gandhijayanti.com).
Surrey Board of Trade: TransLink CEO
On Wednesday, October 4, the Surrey Board of Trade will host TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond at Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152nd Street, Surrey). Also speaking at the event will be Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, Vice Chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. The speakers will discuss regional transportation needs and Surrey Light Rail Transit. Attendees will hear from the leader of Metro Vancouver’s transportation network to learn about: * His vision for South Fraser transportation needs, including the anticipated Light Rail Transit system in Surrey * Opportunities & challenges for TransLink * Experience and transportation knowledge – what makes sense for Metro Vancouver * Road pricing perspective. Time: Lunch and Registration at 11:30 a.m.; Program from 12-1 p.m. Admission: $50 + GST each (Members) or $65+ GST each (General Admission). For further information, contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at email@example.com or at 604-634-0342.
Prime Minister of Fiji Dinner Event 2017
Presented by Fiji Canada Business Association on Wednesday, October 4 at 6 p.m. at Crown Palace Banquet Hall, 12025 Nordel Way, Surrey. Ticket: $40 / per person. Limted seating available. Table sponsors are available for $600 for a table of 8. Preferred seating with acknowledgement on screen. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of the Republic of Fiji. For ticket info, contact Kavin Chand at 604-562-4569, Chandra Sharma at 604-720-6965, Kamini Prasad at 604-868-8513, Arvind Prasad at 778-918-4188, Ganesh Murti at 604-315-3166
Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture
Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation and Gursharan Singh Memorial Committee are organizing their 5th Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture on Friday, October 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the SFU campus in Surrey in Room # 3310, 250 – 3450 – 102nd Avenue. This year’s lecture will be devoted to the 70th year of India’s partition and will be delivered in Punjabi by Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, who has written scholarly books about this period of our history. Among his much talked about publications are: The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed, Pakistan: The Garrison State, Origins, Evolution, Consequences (1947-2011). For more info, contact: Harinder Mahil at 778-995-5851; Sukhwant Hundal at 604-644-2470; or Sadhu Binning at 778-773-1886.
Global Peace Alliance, Surrey Society
The 2017 ‘Give Peace A Chance’ (GPAC) Surrey Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2-5:30 p.m., at Fleetwood Community Centre, 15996 84th Avenue, Surrey. This is the second in a series of annual GPAC festivals to commemorate “International Day of Peace” set by the United Nations. People come together to enjoy exotic music, songs and dances as well as to look at exhibits of varied cultures around British Columbia, and beyond. Many supporting organizations will be on hand with information and display booths. At the same event GPA will recognize, with certificates and trophies, the participants and winners of its 2017 peace-themed arts & literary contests. These contests are used to create and annually expand a ‘Dictionary of Peace” for children and a data base of conflict transformation and peace-building ideas for adults. Winning works are exhibited in public venues. There will be fun for the young, such as face-painting, origami peace doves and poetry. This is a free event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
250 Years of Heer
Featuring Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar on Saturday, October 7 at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104th Avenue. 6 p.m.: Dialog with Dr. Anne Murphy, UBC. 8 p.m.: Performance.
UFV College of Arts
University of the Fraser Valley, College of Arts: A performance of “Umraan Langhiyan Pabhan Bhar” (A Lifetime on Tiptoes), a play written and performed by Mazhar Tirmazi in Punjabi on Sunday, October 8, 2-3:30 p.m., followed by Q&A, at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. It focuses on the separation from homeland and longing for it in the context of Partition of 1947. Tickets: Reserved $20; General $10; Seniors and Students $5. For info or tickets, email Prabhjot.Parmar@ufv.ca or call 778-552-1652. * A roundtable and poetry reading by Punjabi poets / writers at the University of the Fraser Valley on October 5, 3-6 p.m. A light meal will be served. This is a free event open to the community.
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70th Anniversary of Partition Film Screening
SAFES and SANSAD present three films on Partition of India on Sunday, October 8, 12-5 p.m. at 4955 SFU Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. * A Thin Wall, directed by Mara Ahmed, 65 min. A documentary about memory, reconciliation and the partition of India. Shot in Delhi, Lahore, and New York. * Milange Baba Ratan De Mele Te, director Ajay Bhardwaj, 95 min. A lyrical feature documentary focusing on the Dalit Sufis of Bhatinda that explores the continuities of local cultures and the crossings of religious identities in post-partition Punjab. * Sky Below, director Sara Singh, 75 min. A poetic portrait of the borderlands of Pakistan and India in which the landscape of ruins of past civilizations and the rhythms of local life intersect to question the lines of national borders, while the interviews with those who lived through partition offer reflections on the bordering. Ajay Bhardwaj will be present for Q & A. There will be discussion following screening. Admission is free.
Shakti Society’s 5th Annual Wellness Day on Sunday, October 29, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Bollywood Banquet Hall, 8166 128th Street, Surrey. Cost: Free. A mini retreat for the mind, body and soul, a day of interactive workshops to enhance your physical, mental and spiritual well-being with yoga, meditation, Zumba, financial information and many other life enhancing modalities. Light and healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks; yoga session; inspiring talks and workshops on topics related to health and wellness, personal growth and practical tools for success; variety of modalities to experience including massage, aromatherapy, vaastu. Booths can be booked for a nominal fee of $50. To learn more, call 604-307-8796 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org. First 100 early bird tickets will be entered into a draw to win some fabulous prizes.
GirlKIND asked the B.C. Government to mark October 11 day in conjunction with the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child as “Every Girl Matters Day,” in B.C. They are hosting a celebration to mark this occasion on October 11 from 4-6 p.m. at The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford. The day will be officially proclaimed as Every Girl Matters Day. This is a free event open to the public to come network with others. Live performance by “Her Brothers,” an alternative rock band from Langley who are standing up for women and girls by spreading their message through their music. The public can take part in their community art project where they will be able to create their very own inspirational quote on canvas which they can take home, all supplies will be provided.
Careers in BC Cleantech
Cleantech needs engineering, IT and other technical professionals for jobs that often have above-average salaries. The industry also needs innovative entrepreneurs. Join this free conference to learn more from cleantech CEOs and start-up experts. Gain insight into an industry leveraging renewable materials and energy, decreasing natural resources use, and reducing emissions and waste. Participating employers include: BC Public Service Agency, Acuva Technologies, Awesense Wireless, Axine Water Technologies, ChopValue Manufacturing, Delta-Q Technologies, Ecotagious, Evok Innovations, Loop Energy, Pangaea Ventures, Corvus Energy. Seats are limited; register in advance to secure yours. On Thursday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), at Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. To register, visit bit.ly/careersincleantech.
VAST: Immerse Gala
VAST is hosting their 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala, Immerse, on Thursday, October 12, 7-11 p.m. at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver. Immerse Gala will welcome guests into a cultural experience. All proceeds will go towards supporting their programs and services. VAST supports the mental health of refugees who arrive in British Columbia with psychological trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Gala includes: Entertainment by Fame Art Group and Kizomba dancers; Food by Tayybeh, Nuba, and Chickpea; Henna Artist station; Silent auction and raffle. http://vast-vancouver.ca. For more information on event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1789818144639751/ For tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/immerse-gala-tickets-33301398379
Fiji’s 47th Independence Day Celebration
Presented by Fiji Canada Business Association on October 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Crown Palace, 12025 Nordel Way, Surrey. Special performance by We Are One. MC: Shanel Pratap. Includes entertainment with dinner and dance. Ticket: $30. For ticket info, contact Kavin Chand at 604-562-4569, Chandra Sharma at 604-720-6965, Kamini Prasad at 604-868-8513, Arvind Prasad at 778-918-4188, Ganesh Murti at 604-315-3166 or Kamila Singh at 604-537-5123.
Heart for Africa Fundraising Committee
Heart for Africa Fundraising Committee of BC of invites you on Saturday, October 14 at Roma Hall (Queensborough), 940 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster. Doors open and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Dancing to follow. Tickets: $100 per person. For more information contact Lianne Gentile at (604) 527-1161 or email@example.com.
An evening of hope of dinner, wine, live and silent auction, door prizes, education and dancing all to benefit Project Canaan Academy in Swaziland, providing care and hope for the future for children in this small African nation. Special celebrity host: Carmen Ruiz y Laza, Host of Carmen TV on Joy TV. DJ services provided by Girl on Wax, DJ Emilita. www.heartforafrica.ca. Free shuttles available from 22nd Street SkyTrain Station (running from 5 p.m.-1 a.m.) $50 charitable donation tax receipts will be provided for every ticket purchased.
MOSAIC’s Immigrant Professionals Conference
2017 Theme: Take Control of Your Career! Find out how other immigrants succeeded in Canada; ask experts about practical next steps in your profession; get advice and inspiration
Conference is free – lunch included. On Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Hilton Hotel, Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby. Register at ipc.mosaicbc.org/register. Space is limited.
Abbotsford Police Foundation Fundraiser
Abbotsford Police Foundation presents its 3rd annual breakfast fundraising event “Crime is Toast” on October 25, 7-9:0 a.m., at Tradex in Abbotsford, raising funds in support of the Abbotsford Police Department’s community programs. Building on the success from last year’s event, the APF hopes to achieve a fundraising goal of $50,000. Every dollar donated to the APF helps ensure APD special initiatives are a success. APF President Kevin Boonstra invites you to attend and bring along your colleagues, family and friends to show support for the great work of the brave men and women of the Abbotsford Police Department. In accordance with their donation policy, the APF provides a charitable receipt for every qualified donation over $100. Supporters who purchase a table (8 seats) will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the total. This link http://abbypf.ca/crime-is-toast/ has details about the event including ticket sales (individual and tables) as well as sponsorship and donation information.
Sanjha Vehra Women’s Association
Presents their 13th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Friday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, #230 8166 128th Street, Surrey. Entertainment, door prizes, dinner and dancing. Cash bar. All proceeds go to Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation. Tickets: $30. For more information and tickets, call Rani mangat at 604-506-6123, Balli Hairan at 778-862-1556 or Tirath Sarai at 604-760-7235.
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