B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, February 10



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South Asian Seniors: Manage Health, Control Anxiety


Vedic Senior Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend a presentation on ‘Manage your Health & Control your Anxiety’ by Swami Ashwini Prajnaa, a yoga expert from First Humanity Fellowship, New Brunswick, on Sunday, February 11, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. There will be a question-and-answer session. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.


Be Your Own Best Friend (BYOBF) Network


On Sunday, February 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Be Your Own Best Friend (BYOBF) Network is teaming up with Neighbourhood Art Studios to present The Joy of Painting where you can experience a guided painting session. Women will have the opportunity to raise their glass to a new kind of girls’ night. Enjoy an afternoon of creating art over coffee and cocktails at the Pelican Rouge Café at 15142 North Bluff Road in White Rock, guided by a professional artist, Preeti Dhillon. Meet some fabulous women and spend two hours mingling, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. No experience is necessary and all art supplies will be provided. This is a step-by-step guided painting session. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. Registration: $30 (includes art supplies). Register at www.meetup.com/Be-Your-Own-Best-Friend-South-Asian-Womens-Networking/


Psychology Month: Talks in Punjabi


Free public presentation series for Psychology Month: * Thursday, February 15, 7-8:30 p.m.: Supporting young adults heading to post-secondary by Dr. Manbeena Sekhon at VPL South Hill branch, 6076 Fraser Street, Vancouver * 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.


Fundraiser for Surrey students


Bernard Richard, BC Representative for Children and Youth, is the headliner at an upcoming special fundraising event put on by Bright Beginnings Foundation (BBF) and the Surrey Teachers’ Association. “Working Together for a Bright Future” will help raise scholarship funds to help lift impoverished Surrey students out of poverty. The fundraiser will be held Thursday, February 15, 6-9 p.m., at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey. BBF was launched in March 2015 to support high-school graduates in Surrey who are living in poverty, and who possess the academic ability but lack the financial means to pursue a post-secondary education. BBF will be awarding their first full scholarship to a promising Surrey student this school year.

The event will feature top-notch student entertainment, door prizes, raffles, silent auction and an Indian dinner. Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 per person, available at www.eventbrite.ca/e/working-together-for-a-bright-future-tickets-41190603203

For a table of 10 for $450, call Karen at 604-970-5318.


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


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 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.


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.


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


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/


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



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