B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, February 17



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Free South Asian Health Forum


In support of seniors, their families and caregivers, UBC’s interCultural Online Health Network is producing Healthy@Home: Living well with Chronic Conditions on Sunday, March 4. This free South Asian health forum will be delivered in Punjabi with simultaneous interpretation in English. This forum will highlight strategies and best practices for managing these chronic conditions at home through nutrition, medication management, stress reduction, exercise, and more. In addition, the forum will feature the opportunity to ask questions to the experts, health exhibitions, resources and community support programs. Open House: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Where: Grand Taj Banquet Hall, 8388 128th Street. Who: Punjabi-speaking seniors, families and caregivers – everyone is welcome. Free to public. Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/icon-south-asian-health-forum-living-well-with-chronic-conditions-registration-42211406453

By phone at 1-877-357-7611 or Jay Bains at 604-763-6523. For more information, visit www.iconproject.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/iconproject


Surrey: Sanctuary City, Not Detention City


Public Forum on Sunday, March 4, 1-4 p.m., at Surrey Centre Library, Room 120

10350 University Drive, Surrey. Panel: Chelliah Premrajah, Harsha Walia, Mohammad Zaman.

Moderator: Sejal Lal Overture: hospitality in Vancouver: Patricia Gruben with Martin Gotfrit on mandolin. Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD).


One Billion Rising Celebration


Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (GNFK) & Global Girl Power (GGP) join together to take part in the annual Valentine’s Day One Billion Rising Celebration to empower women in need.  On Saturday, February 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Sukh Sagar Gurdwara at 347 Wood Street, New Westminster, GNFK and GGP will be partaking in their 6th annual One Billion Rising Celebration. People all over the world are encouraged to share their stories through dance, art, music, dialogue, service projects and community gatherings to express their outrage for injustices women suffer and demanding an end to violence against women. This year GNFK and GGP have set a goal of handing out 400 care packages to shelters, transition homes and second stage homes all over the Lower Mainland. They will be taking donations of travel size: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, chocolates. Cash donations will also be accepted up to February 17. To donate, contact: 778-320-6038 or 778-789-6558, email gurunanaksfreekitchen@gmail.com.


Muriel Arnason Library: Year of the Dog


Saturday, February 17, 2-3 p.m.: Muriel Arnason Library is celebrating its 10th annual Chinese New Year, and everyone is invited to join the library staff and some special artists  to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Come and enjoy the Chinese dance and music, make a craft and a lucky envelope, and taste some New Year’s foods. This is a free, drop-in program. All supplies are provided. Muriel Arnason Library is located in the Township of Langley Civic Facility at 20338 – 65th Avenue. Phone: 604-532-3590.


Lohana Cultural Association of BC


Lohana Cultural Association of BC invites all to Shree Jalaram Bapa’s 13​7th Punya​t​ithi on Saturday, February 1​7 at Shiv Mandir, 5600 Dorset Street, Burnaby. ​Priti Bhojan will be served from 5:30 p.m. onwards, followed by Satsang and Kirtan from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more info, please call Vasant Lakhani at 604-987-1925.


South Asian Seniors: Bingo


Vedic Senior 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 entertainment  and make some new friends on Sunday, February 18, 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. Contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.


Canadian Labour Congress: Pharmacare Discussion


The Canadian Labour Congress will host a town hall discussion on pharmacare from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21 in the Arbutus Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre  at 711 W Broadway. The event will feature CLC President Hassan Yussuff on why Canada’s unions believe everyone with a health card should have prescription drug coverage. He’ll be joined by pharmacare experts, including the University of British Columbia’s Dr. Steve Morgan, and Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.


5th Annual Delta Idol Competition


Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture: 5th Annual Delta Idol Competition – Delta Idol 2018. Live event: Friday, February 23 at Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172 56th Street, Tsawwassen. If you have a passion and talent for singing, auditions, 2018. Interested in attending as an audience member? Call 604-943-9437 to purchase tickets in advance, $11 each.


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


Delta Students: Training for Emergencies


Are you a Delta resident in grade 10 – 12 and in need of volunteer hours?  Do you have an interest in Emergency Services?  Register for the Teen Emergency Preparedness Program and get trained for emergencies on Friday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will earn 7 volunteer hours while learning how to be prepared and protect yourself, your family and your friends in case of a disaster.  The program held at the North Delta Public Safety Building – 11375 84th Avenue, Delta, is offered by the George Mackie Library in partnership with the City of Delta, Delta Fire and Emergency Services and Delta Police. Registration is required.  For more information, and to register, contact Sylvia Hampton at sylvia.hampton@fvrl.bc.ca or call 604-594-8155.


Psychology Month: Talks in Punjabi


Free public presentation series for Psychology Month: Sunday, February 25, 2-3:30 p.m.: Supporting young adults heading to post-secondary by Dr. Manbeena Sekhon at Newton Library, Surrey, 13795 70th Avenue, Surrey. (For info on more talks, visit www.psychologists.bc.ca or call 604-730-0501.


IHOP Restaurants: National Pancake Day


IHOP Restaurants and Miss Universe Canada partner to provide much needed funds for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In celebration of National Pancake Day on February 27, participating IHOP Restaurants will once again offer guests one free short stack of their famous Original Buttermilk Pancakes, in the hopes that they will pay it forward with a voluntary donation to the Children’s Miracle Network member hospital in their community. To find a local IHOP restaurant, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com


Surrey Board of Trade Business Networking Reception


At The Flamingo at 10768 King George Boulevard, Surrey, on Tuesday, February 27, 6-8 p.m. A short presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy an evening of beverages, appetizers, good music, and great company while networking with Surrey’s growing and diverse business community. This will also be an opportunity to see recent renovations, learn about upcoming events, and venue rental opportunities. David Geertz and the Penmar Community Arts Society have partnered with the Flamingo property owner and developer Charan Sethi of Tien Sher to help create an arts and culture hub at the Flamingo. This is on course to the revitalization of Whalley. Parking: Free at the front and behind the Flamingo buildings. Admission: Free. For more information, contact Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, at 604-340-3899.


UBC Department of Asian Studies


10th Annual Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program: Celebrating Punjabi language and culture at UBC. From March 2 to 4. * Friday, March 2, 7:30-9 p.m. UBC Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver. “Awazzan” (“Voices” 2016): A documentary on the UK-based Punjabi language poet Amarjit Chandan. * Saturday, March 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Downtown Vancouver. “Anhe Godhe da Daan” (“Alms for a Blind Horse” 2011):  A film exploring the experience of marginality in contemporary Punjab. * Sunday, March 4, 4:30-7:45 p.m. Surrey Centre Stage (Surrey City Hall), 3450 104th Avenue, Surrey. Co-organized with the Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture Committee. “Chauthi Koot” (“The Fourth Direction” 2015): A film portraying individuals and families negotiating a space between separatist and state forces amidst the violence of the 1980s in Punjab, India. Awards for student Punjabi-language essay contest winners and for lifetime achievement to a BC-based Punjabi writer will be presented. https://asia.ubc.ca/events/event/the-2018-harjit-kaur-sidhu-memorial-program/


South Asian Film Education Society


The South Asian Film Education Society presents a film screening and discussion of “In Custody” (1993) (‘Muhafiz’). Directed by Ismail Merchant. Starring: Om Puri, Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Sushma Seth. Language: Urdu / Hindi. An Indian university teacher (Om Puri) seeks to preserve the last works of an ailing Urdu poet (Shashi Kapoor). Adapted from the novel by Anita Desai. Venue: Room 4955 – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149  West Hastings, Vancouver, on Saturday, March 3, 2-5 p.m.


PICS: New Child Care Centre, Cloverdale


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is opening a Child Care Centre at 6050 176th Street within Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds premises on March 5. After surveying the community of child care needs in Cloverdale, PICS decided to provide these services to the needy families.  All families are encouraged to register their children at the earliest convenience.  These children should be between the ages of 3 and 5 years. Fees are very reasonable and may vary according to the children’s care schedule. Call Eva Touzard, Community Connections Coordinator, at 604-596-7722, ext. 138, or Devinder Chattha, Director, Language Studies, Settlement & Social programs at ext. 107 to register your child or for any other 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. Phone line opens on March 5. 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


Shakti Film Festival


Through the Shakti Film Festival, we aim to promote and bring an awareness of women filmmakers, including directors, producers, writers, production crew and films that portray women as strong, empowered, and realistic characters. We invite you to join us for the launch of the Shakti Film Festival where we will showcase some clips of empowering films that reflect the values of our film festival. We will have a discussion with local film, media personalities and community leaders about the relevance of this film festival and the role that media plays in shaping society. When: Thursday, March 8, 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Ultimate Banquet Hall, 8072 120th Street. Tickets: $20 (can be purchased via e-transfers or cash.) Includes: Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. For more information or sponsorship enquiries, call Sonia at 604-307-8796 or Alison at 778-896-0294 or email shaktisociety2000@gmail.com


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 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



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