B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, September 23



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Dr. Naurang Singh Mangat in Surrey


Dr Naurang Singh Mangat, the founder of free shelter-cum-nursing home for the poorest of the poor, is visiting Surrey and adjoining areas from now until September 25. During this visit he will stay at Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Surrey. This free shelter-cum-nursing home is being run under the non-profit, non-political, registered charitable Trust “Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram” founded by Mangat in August 2005. The charity has been looking after the homeless, disabled, mentally sick, paralyzed, terminally-ill and the poorest sick people for the last 12 years free of cost. Mangat, a former professor and scientist of PAU, Ludhiana, University of Windsor, and Morrison Scientific Inc. Calgary, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society of London (UK), says that on completion of three more floors of the ashram, it will be catering to hundreds of such needy people in the future.  For more information, Mangat can be reached on his cell phone at 403-401-8787 or at nsmangat14@hotmail.com, or visit www.apahajashram.org.


Vancouver Fashion Week


Vancouver Fashion Week is taking place from now until September 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 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.


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Gold Ribbon represents the cause.  Attend our blood donor drive of oncology family and friends on Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 4750 Oak Street. Every year approximately 250 children are diagnosed with a childhood cancer in BC alone. These children are in constant need of blood transfusions and some will need a bone marrow transplant.  We have joined forces this year again with the Canadian Blood Services and Onematch to make the public aware and also help the much-needed cause. Donate blood with Partner ID BCG)159678 to show our childhood cancer kids how much you care. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcgoldribboncampaign/


Pacific Oral Health Society


Free oral cancer screening: The Surrey Newton Rotary Club in partnership with Dr. Harinder Dhanju and the Dental Team of Pacific Oral Health Society affiliated with UBC Dentistry are providing a free community oral cancer prevention and screening clinic on Sunday, September 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Unit 300 15850 24th Avenue, Surrey, at the Pacific Oral Health Centre Building. Pre-registration is required: Call 604-536-2700 to make your appointment. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Harbhajan Parhar, President, at 604-307-7447 or Perminder Chohan, President-elect at 604-518-7300. The goal of the clinic is to help reduce the barriers to oral cancer screening and support the prevention and early detection or oral cancer and pre-cancer. Last year, this event had been a great success as over 260 people pre-registered for the clinic and over 200 patients were examined by the dental team. The data collected by the Pacific Oral Health Society (POHS), indicated that 20 people were found to be at high risk of having oral cancer and 5 cases showed positive signs for oral cancer.


2017 Walk for Reconciliation: Vancouver


Multifaith Action Society: Walk for Reconciliation, Sunday, September 24. * Walk for Reconciliation at 9:30 a.m., Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Cambie Street,Vancouver * Reconciliation Expo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Strathcona Park, 857 Malkin Avenue, Vancouver. At the end of the walk, the Reconciliation Expo will feature a full-day of activities including community reconciliation booths, experiential cultural activities, a place for children to play educational games, a space for Indigenous craft making, as well as a variety of Vancouver based food-trucks serving ethnically diverse foods. The main stage will feature captivating performances running throughout the afternoon. These performances will include live singing, dancing and various displays of local artwork.


South Asian Seniors: Playing Cards


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 cards in groups of four to help preserve mental health & positive changes to the brain (memory) on Sunday, September 24, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Tea & light snacks will be served after the game. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more information.


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 September 25 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.


Alzheimer’s Learning Day Public Webinar


To mark the beginning of World Alzheimer’s Month, Home Instead Senior Care office serving Richmond, Surrey and North Delta will be offering free Alzheimer’s friendly business training and a free public webinar featuring a panel of senior care experts on September 26, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Alzheimer’s Learning Day Public Webinar. Sign up at: www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.ca/AlzLearnDay//. For tips about how to respectfully and compassionately interact with someone with Alzheimer’s, and for more information about this initiative, visit AlzLearn.ca.


Fiji’s National Federation Party Event


The leader of Fiji’s National Federation Party, Professor Biman Prasad, will be in Metro Vancouver this month for a meet and greet event. He will be accompanied by party president, Lt-Col (retired) Pio Tikoduadua. Organizers say the NFP wants true democracy to return to Fiji and all restrictions on individual and media freedom to be immediately removed. There will be a free public meeting on Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Khanna Banquet Hall at 11267 125A Street, Surrey


Cancer Care Workshop in Surrey


InspireHealth’s one-day cancer care workshop in Surrey is being held on Wednesday, September 27, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Canadian Cancer Society, Surrey / North Delta Office, #150 10362 King George Boulevard. All programs are available free of charge. Have you or a loved one been touched by cancer? If so, join medical doctors and nutrition team for a free workshop on supportive cancer care. Practical and evidence-based sessions will cover topics including: nutrition, exercise, stress management, emotional support. Participants will learn empowering information and tools to take charge of their health and well-being. Open to all adults (16 years +) with a current or past cancer diagnosis and their supports. To register, call 604-734-7125.


Burnaby Art Exhibition for Culture Days


Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby presents a curated art exhibition of the works of 13 local artists as part of the 2017 celebration of culture days. The diverse group of artists share stories of immigration and their roots trace back to England, Ireland, France, East, West and South Africa, Middle East, South Asia from Gujrat, Punjab and Bangladesh. The exhibition opened on September 14 and runs till October 23. This interdisciplinary presentation includes an interactive piece that compares the migration patterns of eight international bird populations with the migration routes of local residents and their families to Burnaby. Exhibition Title: Migration: Birds & People on Friday, September 29: Art Tour & Talk by Taslim Samji, 7 p.m. Culture Days Reception, 8 p.m.


Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society


The Indo Caribbean Canadian Cultural Society is celebrating Diwali 2017  on 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.


Thakore Visiting Scholar Award


The Thakore Visiting Scholar Award is presented annually to outstanding persons who have made the welfare of society their lifetime work. This year 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 an 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. Mahatma Gandhi and his legacy have been honoured at SFU since the unveiling of his memorial bust in the Simon Fraser Peace Square in 1970. Each year the Gandhi Jayanti celebration brings members of the local Indo-Canadian community together with others. 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 anita@businessinsurrey.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.


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.


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.


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.



Nepali Cultural and Spiritual Center


Nepali community of BC is planning to establish a Cultural and Spiritual Center – Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath temple in the Lower Mainland, preferably in Surrey at the earliest. Hindu Buddhist Foundation of Canada (HBFC), which is registered as charity with Canada Revenue Agency under Income Tax Act, is appealing everyone to donate generously and support this objective. This will be the first Nepali Cultural and Spiritual Centre in Lower Mainland providing a venue for not only cultural and spiritual activities but also for life rituals and prayers. HBFC will issue tax receipt for the donations received, and ensure transparency by regularly publicizing the name of the donors and amount of donations made. Donation can be made by cash, cheque, e-transfer or Paypal. For further details, visit website http://hbfcanada.org/about.html or email: hbfcanada.bod@gmail.com or contact by regular mail at PO Box 33635 Central City, Surrey, BC, V3T 5R5.


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