B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, January 27



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Anniversary of Quebec Grand Mosque Massacre


Vigils are being held all across Canada to mark the first anniversary of the massacre at the Grand Mosque in Quebec last year. On January 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette murdered six men while they were praying at the mosque. The Coalition Against Bigotry-Pacific will be holding two vigils. There will be a public forum for addressing White Supremacy, Fascism & Oppression in the Downtown Eastside on Saturday, January 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. This will be followed by the first vigil at Victory Square Park at 5:30 p.m. A second vigil will be held at Holland Park in Surrey on Saturday, February 3 at 4 p.m.


South Asian Seniors: Workshop on Dementia


Vedic Senior Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend a workshop on dementia to promote better health in the community by Dr. Leena Jain on behalf of the UBC  iCON (Intercultural Online Health Network) on Saturday, January 27, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Dr. Gulzar Cheema will be promoting the UBC iCON Project and will introduce the iCON Team. Hilary Low, a research assistant, and other staff from UBC will be on hand to help. You can ask questions concerning dementia. Tea and pure vegetarian light refreshment will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.


World Interfaith Harmony Week


The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is helping to kick off World Interfaith Harmony Week in Surrey on Sunday, January 28. Working in partnership with Daughters of the Drum, the Naad Foundation, Multifaith Action Society and Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, WSO is helping to host the event “Celebrating Our Differences: Creating Positive Change in a Divided World”. Through stories and songs from many spiritual traditions, the program will explore how to create positive change in a time of great uncertainty and fear and how individuals can positively empower themselves going forward. The event is being held at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara at 8115 132nd Street.  Doors will open at 3 p.m.; program will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m., with Langar, the traditional Sikh communal meal, from  to 6 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information please contact info@worldsikh.org or Navneet Kaur at 250-600-3894 or Bhavjinder Kau at 778-385-1247.


Be Your Own Best Friend (BYOBF) Network


With the average age of a woman’s first pregnancy in BC recently surpassing 31, egg freezing and fertility treatments are a viable option for reproductive or family planning. On Tuesday, January 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Be Your Own Best Friend (BYOBF) Network is teaming up with Genesis Fertility Centre to present Fertility Info Session: What Are Your Options. Attend the event at Genesis Fertility Centre, 1367 West Broadway, Unit 300, Vancouver. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 from www.meetup.com/Be-Your-Own-Best-Friend-South-Asian-Womens-Networking/


Surrey Libraries: Lunar New Year Celebration


Celebrate the Year of the Dog with Surrey Libraries on Saturday, February 3, 12-3:30 p.m., at Guildford Library. Join them at this free, fun family event for cultural performances, fortune wheel, face painting, storytimes, crafts and more. Presented in partnership with Tzu Chi Foundation and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.


English Conversation Circle


MOSAIC: Facilitator: Jane Shim. Topics: Federal and provincial government * Illness and medical care * Banking * Library and post office * Work * Food. Language requirement: Minimum English Level 3. Wednesdays until February 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contact: MOSAIC at 304-2730. Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Shaima: 604-438-8214. sjaff@mosaicbc.org


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.


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.


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.


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