B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, March10

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Blood Donation


Canadian Blood Services has issued an urgent call for Canadians to give blood. More than 35,000 donors are needed by spring break to ensure all patients continue to have access to the blood and blood products they need. Visit blood.ca, download our GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE and find a nearby donation site. Walk in appointments are also available at all locations.


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 we can help you to file your income tax returns for the year 2017 free of cost through the community volunteer program of Canada Revenue Agency from now to April 30 if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria are: 1. Single individual with annual income limit up to $30,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $40,000. 3. Three persons’ income $42,500. 4. Four persons’ income $45,000, 5. Five persons’ income $47,500. 6. Add $ 2,500 for additional members. 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 identity will be required to prove the documents. If you are eligible, contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


MOSAIC: Tax Clinic


Need help to prepare your tax return? Volunteers can help you prepare your income tax and benefit return if you have modest income and a simple tax situation. Must be a permanent resident and filing for 2017 only. Call for more information and eligibility. Registration is required. Language support available. Dates: March 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at MOSAIC Head Office, 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Contact: Katherine 604-254-9626


MOSAIC Culture Connection


Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Join us for this culture connection activity which takes places every Friday. Connect with other people and learn more about the Canadian culture. This will be conducted in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Fridays, until March 23, 6-8 p.m. at MOSAIC Surrey Office, #200 7134 King George Boulevard. Contact: Attif at 778-591-9334 / aihsan@mosaicbc.org


A Journey Into Islam


Join us on Saturday, March 10, 5:30-10 p.m., for the sixth annual A Journey Into Islam exhibition and open house.  A Journey Into Islam is an initiative undertaken by the youth of the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre, designed to convey the core beliefs and practices of the Islamic faith in an interactive and comprehensible manner. They aim to create a comfortable environment in which guests are welcome to ask questions and engage in dialogue with members of the community. The goal of the event is to showcase our faith through an evening full of interactive exhibits, guided tours of our beautiful Centre, and a tasty ethnic dinner. The exhibits are designed to address various elements of our faith, and to clear misconceptions. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Dialogue in Islam.’ Address:  8580 No. 5 Road, Richmond. Email ajourneyintoislam@az-zahraa.org if  you are interested. For  more information about the event and what to expect, visit http://ajourneyintoislam.org./


The Dance Centre: Discover Dance!


The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! noon hour series features the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam, with a performance by Mandala Arts and Culture. Thursday, March 15 at 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street(at Granville), Vancouver. Tickets $14 / $12 students, seniors and children from Tickets Tonight at 604-684-2787. www.ticketstonight.ca  Info: 604-606-6400 www.thedancecentre.ca


The Raga Experience


A sitar presentation of western and Indian classical music by Sharanjeet Singh Mand (sitar) with tabla accompanist Hriday Buddhdev on March 16 at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104th Avenue. This is part of the celebrations leading up to Juno week.  The program: Pre-concert Reception:  7 p.m. Seating: 7:50 p.m. Concert: 8-9 p.m. Followed by Q&A till 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available at Tickets.surrey.ca


Surrey Board of Trade: ICBC & Money Laundering


Join members of the Surrey Board of Trade for a conversation with Attorney General David Eby on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Avenue). Eby will discuss the changes to ICBC and comment on the B.C government’s efforts to crackdown on money laundering in the province. Event: Breakfast with David Eby. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Program: 8- 9:30 a.m. Admission: Members: $50 + GST ; General Admission: $65 + GST.


Detoxifying Masculinities: A South Asian Conversation


Saturday, March 24, 1-4 p.m. Room A122a, Langara College, 100 49th Avenue, Vancouver. The forum will address three main concerns: how the family reproduces and normalizes masculine aggression; how  society endorses these views of masculinity; and why today it is crucial for  young men to overcome the toxic masculinity and sexism prevalent within our communities. The #metoo campaign has made the issue of toxic masculinities a mainstream concern across the globe. But the recent local convictions of the killers of Maple Batalia, Jassi Sidhu, and Amanpreet Kaur Bahia focus our attention on the ongoing and structural problem of sexism and toxic masculinity within the South Asian community. Presentation by the panelists we will be followed by small group discussion to maximize participation. Organized by SANSAD (South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy) and supported by Langara College.



Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation


In English with Hindi, Urdu & Punjabi language support. Join us for a 2-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship. The session 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. March 28 & 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m. þ MOSAIC Surrey Office, #200 7134 King George Boulevard. Contact: Attif at 778-591-9334 / aihsan@mosaicbc.org


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