B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, September 1



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Namaste Canada 2017


September 3-4: The Consulate General of India, Vancouver, in cooperation with over 20 Indian-Canadian associations and cultural societies in B.C. is hosting a free mega-cultural event – Namaste Canada 2017 – on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. The objective of the event is to bring together the Indian Diaspora around a common platform annually to celebrate India’s rich cultural heritage and the flourishing ties between India and Canada. The event will show glimpses of India’s culture, music, dances and much more. The program has been put together by artistes, mostly local, who will be performing on a voluntary basis. More details can be viewed in Facebook Event Page of the Indian Consulate at: https://www.facebook.com/events/148513159050462/


UBC Infant Studies Centre


At the UBC Infant Studies Centre, we study how babies learn languages. For our current study, we are looking for babies exposed to South Asian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, etc. We have a new fun study for babies * between 0 and 12 months * whose parents speak a language listed above at home. Come to UBC for a 30-minute-long, one-time visit and receive a UBC Baby Degree Certificate and an Infant Scientist T-shirt for your baby. Sign up online at http://infantstudies.psych.ubc.ca/southasian/ If you are coming by car, we provide free reserved parking; by transit, we provide single-use compass tickets. Email: infants@psych.ubc.ca Phone: 604-822-6408.


Vancouver Park Board’s Fall Tree Sale


The Vancouver Park Board has kicked off its annual fall tree sale with 1,500 trees available online for $10 apiece. Trees are only available to Vancouver residents and can be purchased at vancouver.ca/tree-sale with a maximum of three per household. Tree pick up is on Sunday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Centre. A limited number of trees, including some selected varieties from the Park Board’s tree farm, will also be available for cash purchase between 2 and 4 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.


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 Bingo for the sake of fun on Sunday, September 3, 2-3:30 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Bring only two dollars to play two games. Members will teach you how to play. Tea and snacks will be served. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more information.


Canada India International Expo


CIIEXPO 2017 from September 7-10 at Cloverdale Rodeo & Fairgrounds in the Agriplex and Showbarn in Surrey. CIIEXPO has been endorsed by National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) India. The aim of the CIIEXPO is to bring a unique B2B and B2C Expo aimed at connecting Indian, Canadian and other International Businesses in hopes to witness and establish the longstanding bilateral relationship between Canada and India and expand the outreach of businesses in India and Canada. It is presented by Surrey Board of Trade and B&B Truss Company, and endorsed by the Canadian High Commission in India. High Commissioner Nadir Patel as well as trade commissioners across India, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, MP Deepak Obhrai and others are also participating. Various local business, social, and cultural organizations are also participating.


Hari Sharma Memorial Lecture 2017


Trump, Modi and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism by David Barsamian on Friday, September 8, 6:30-8 p.m., in Room 1800, SFU Harbor Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

David Barsamian is an investigative journalist and runs a weekly radio show Alternative Radio, now in its 32nd year. He has written books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. He was deported from India on account of his work on Kashmir and other revolts and is still barred from traveling there. This is a free event but RSVP required:  Chin Banerjee, cbanerjee@telus.net; Harinder  Mahil, hmahil@telus.net


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.


Sangam Temple, Delta


Sangam Temple at 9326 116th Street, Delta, is inviting everyone to join Perutassi pooja which begins on Saturday, September 16 at 7 p.m. The pooja will be on every Saturday: September 23, September 30, October 7 and October 15.  Starting time will be at 7 p.m.  For further information, call 604-584-0958.


Vancouver Fashion Week


Vancouver Fashion Week is taking place from September 18-24 at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver. Vancouver Fashion Week will be hosting international, and local designers, showcasing their Spring, and Summer 2018 collections. The week will begin with the Opening Gala on September 18. The Vancouver Fashion Week line-up is hand-picked talent from across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and around the world, who will showcase their designs over the seven days. VFW will be showcasing returning designers like Katherine Tessier, and local designer Alex S. Yu, who deliver unique pieces to the runway.


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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