B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, January 13

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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 fun on Sunday, January 14, 2-3:30 p.m., and make some new friends at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Bring only $2 to play two games. Members will explain how to play bingo. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.


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, January 10 – February 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contact: MOSAIC at 304-2730. Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Shaima: 604-438-8214. sjaff@mosaicbc.org


George Mackie Library, Delta      


At 8440 112th Street, Delta. Tuesday, January 16, 7-8:30 p.m.: Get Ready for Tax Season! Various strategies and tax tips will be reviewed that could be implemented prior to the end of the year in order to minimize income taxes.  Topics will include the selling of investments with accrued losses to offset capital gains realized in the year or the previous three years; advantages of contributing to an RRSP and TFSA; and, paying certain expenses before year end to maximize tax deductions and credits.  In addition, tax tips for business owners will be discussed. * Get together over tea and cake on Wednesday, January 17 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. and become more familiar with the one thing we will all experience one day – death!  Come to the Death Café and be ready to talk or listen about death.  All beliefs will be honoured and no agenda will be forced upon you. All are welcome, at no cost.


2018 Motorcycle Show – Vancouver


Dates: January 19-21. Location: Tradex – Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford. Hours: Friday 12-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults $15; Juniors (6-14) $12; Seniors (65+) $11; Children (5 and under) Free with adult purchase; Family Pass $40 (2 adult & 2 junior passes). SHE Rides Night ½ price ladies only after 5 p.m. on Friday Night. Free parking for all motorcycles. To buy tickets, visit: Vancouver Motorcycle Show at http://www.vancouvermotorcycleshow.ca. Tickets can also be purchased on site during event days.


Punjabi Language Celebration


Punjabi Language Education Association’s (PLEA) 15th Annual International Mother Language Day on Saturday, January 20 at North Delta Recreation Centre, 11415 84th Avenue, Delta. Doors open 1:30 p.m.; Function 2-4 p.m. * Discussions: Recent survey done in the Surrey’s elementary schools and ongoing efforts to promote Punjabi language education. Garry Thind from the Surrey School Board will be present. * Guest Speakers: Jag Khosa will share his experiences about the usefulness of Punjabi in his community work. Dr. Sadhu Singh will talk about the richness of Punjabi language. Sukhwant Hundal will shed light on the importance of Punjabi Wikipedia on the Internet.  * Special Honour:  PLEA will honour Gian Singh Thind for his contribution to Punjabi language in Canada. Two local teachers will be honoured for their dedication to promoting Punjabi schools. Young Punjabi learners will share poetry, songs and ideas. PLEA invites everyone to come and be part of the annual celebration of their mother tongue Punjabi. Free event. Refreshments served. For more information, contact: Balwant Sanghera at 604-836-8976, Sadhu Binning at 604-437-9014, Parvinder Dhariwal at 778-838-1121 or Paul Binning at 778-889-8255.


Travelling Exhibition of Indian Art


Surrey Art Gallery (13750 – 88th Avenue) is the only stop in Canada for you to see the travelling exhibition Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India that runs from January 20 to March 25. Curator’s talk and opening reception: January 20, 6:30−9 p.m.

This collection of boldly coloured and vibrantly patterned paintings features the work of 24 contemporary artists from four major indigenous artistic traditions in India: the Gond and Warli communities of Central India, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal. Free admission.


5th Annual Delta Idol Competition


Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture is currently accepting auditions for the 5th Annual Delta Idol Competition – Delta Idol 2018. Auditions are currently being accepted until Sunday, January 21. Live event: Friday, February 23 at Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172 56th Street, Tsawwassen. If you have a passion and talent for singing, auditions, 2018. Full contest rules and audition submission information can be found at delta.ca/events. The contest is open to Delta residents 12-18 years of age. Interested in attending as an audience member? Tickets go on sale January 2. Call 604-943-9437 to purchase in advance, $11 each.


Dhahan Prize Submissions


Submissions are now open for the Dhahan Prize in Punjabi literature. Authors who have published novels or short story collections in 2017 in either of the Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi, are invited to submit their works for the $25,000 CDN grand prize.  Two finalist prizes of $10,000 CDN will also be awarded.  The deadline for submissions is March 31. In addition to the Dhahan Prize Award, financial support will be provided to winning authors for transliteration and publication of their book into Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi scripts. Submissions will be accepted via the Dhahan Prize website, www.dhahanprize.com.




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