B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, September 9



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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.


UBC Infant Studies Centre


At the UBC Infant Studies Centre, we study how babies learn languages. For our current study, we are looking for babies exposed to South Asian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, etc. We have a new fun study for babies * between 0 and 12 months * whose parents speak a language listed above at home. Come to UBC for a 30-minute-long, one-time visit and receive a UBC Baby Degree Certificate and an Infant Scientist T-shirt for your baby. Sign up online at http://infantstudies.psych.ubc.ca/southasian/ If you are coming by car, we provide free reserved parking; by transit, we provide single-use compass tickets. Email: infants@psych.ubc.ca Phone: 604-822-6408.


Vancouver Park Board’s Fall Tree Sale


The Vancouver Park Board has kicked off its annual fall tree sale with 1,500 trees available online for $10 apiece. Trees are only available to Vancouver residents and can be purchased at vancouver.ca/tree-sale with a maximum of three per household. Tree pick up is on Sunday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Centre. A limited number of trees, including some selected varieties from the Park Board’s tree farm, will also be available for cash purchase between 2 and 4 p.m.


Conference on Nuclear Threat


Gathering in the Shadows of a Nuclear Winter Conference on Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1700 SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. The goal of the conference is to focus on the existential threat facing us by bringing together in conversation nuclear scientists, scholars, writers, and anti-nuclear and peace activists from India, Pakistan, Canada, and the US. Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) with support from Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation and Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University. Co-sponsored by Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) and School for International Studies, SFU. Admission is free, but registration required. RSVP Chin Banerjee, cbanerjee@telus.net.


Sai Japa


All devotees are invited at Hindu Cultural Society and Community Centre of B.C., 3885 Albert  Street, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Japa / Bhajans on Saturday, September 9 at 5.p.m. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m. Bhajan / Kirtan; 6.:30-7:15 p.m. Sai Japa; and 7:30 p.m. Priti Bhojan. Contact Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989 or the Mandir at 604-299-5922.


Hear Me Now Film Festival


Hope for Youth presents Hear Me Now Film Festival on Saturday, September 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Shadbolt Theatre, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby. Silent auction. Special performances. Ticket by donation. For more information, contact Kabir Qurban at 604-446-8141 or kabir@muslimfoodbank.com / Nidha Yaqub at 778-808-1520 or safespace@msulimfoodbank.com.


“Ek Shaam Rafi Saheb Ke Naam”


SBR presents “Ek Shaam Rafi Saheb Ke Naam” – An evening in Surrey for Rafi Saheb on Sunday, September 10, 1-5 p.m., at Punjab Bhawan, 15453 Fraser Highway, Surrey, in memory of the legendary playback singer of the Indian film industry. There will be fundraising for the Canadian Red Cross for the BC Wildfire victims. Donations can be given directly to the Canadian Red Cross representative present at the event.


South Asian Seniors: Carpet Bowling


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to come and enjoy carpet bowling free of cost and make some new friends, on Sunday, September 10, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Even if you have never played it before, you will be taught how to play. Tea and snacks will be served. Contact coordinator Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more information.


Public Forum: Islamophobia & White Supremacy


As we mark the 16th anniversary of the events of 9/11, Al-Jamia Mosque at 655 West 8th Avenue will host a public forum on Islamophobia and White Supremacy at 5 p.m. followed by a vigil at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 10. Al-Jamila Mosque in collaboration with Islam Unrivalled and Siraat has organized this public forum to foster a dialogue with the communities affected by this recent rise of Islamophobia and white supremacy. A panel will talk about strategies on how to work with different communities and agencies to organize a response to the promotion of hate in Vancouver putting diverse communities at risk. At the vigil, community and political leaders will speak to how we can work together to challenge white supremacists organizing in our communities.


Saragarhi Battle Commemoration


The highest gallantry battle honour day of the epic Battle of Saragarhi will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 12 at the Riverside Signature Banquet Hall at 13030 76th Avenue in Surrey. All ex-servicemen of the Indian Armed Forces are requested to attend with their wives. Confirmation of attendance is requested by September 9. For more information, contact Captain Mohinder Singh Jaspal, Secretary, at 604-501-3939.


Support Diabetes Canada


On Wednesday, September 13, Diabetes Canada is encouraging B.C.’s workforce to leave work at 3 p.m. to get active while helping to put an end to diabetes by participating in Free at 3. The goal of the event is to educate individuals on why incorporating physical activity into their daily lives can help reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Yoga, an office boot camp, a walk on your lunch break—all count. Get your organization onboard and start planning your Free at 3 activities. For more information or to register, visit diabetes.ca/freeat3.


Surrey Board of Trade Awards


The Surrey Board of Trade will announce the winners of the awards at its 11th Annual Surrey Environment and Business Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 14 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Avenue, Surrey). Time: Lunch and registration at 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Program 12-1:30 p.m. Admission: $50 + GST each (member) or $65 + GST each (non-member). For further information, contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at anita@businessinsurrey.com or at 604-634-0342.


Sangam Temple, Delta


Sangam Temple at 9326 116th Street, Delta, is inviting everyone to join Perutassi pooja which begins on Saturday, September 16 at 7 p.m. The pooja will be on every Saturday: September 23, September 30, October 7 and October 15.  Starting time will be at 7 p.m.  For further information, call 604-584-0958.


Free Eye Health Clinic


Canadian Eyesight Global Free Eye Health Clinic at Dashmesh Darbar, Surrey, on Sunday September 17, 1-4 p.m., supported by Rotary Club of Surrey-Guildford , Rotary Club of Burnaby and dedicated volunteers. Everyone is welcome. Anyone interested sponsoring a free eye camp and implant lens surgeries lens  in their village in Punjab or any part of India, may contact Anup Singh Jubbal, President, Canadian Eyesight Global, at 604-582-0579 or email: nfo@CanadianEyesight.org. www.CanadianEyesight.org


Vancouver Fashion Week


Vancouver Fashion Week is taking place from September 18-24 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 week will begin with the Opening Gala on September 18. 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.


Sangam Temple, Delta


Sangam Temple, 9326 116th Street, Delta, invites everyone to join Navratri which begins on Wednesday, September 20 and ends on Thursday, September 28.  Starting time is 7 p.m. every day. For further information, call 604-584-0958.


#TalkDelta Public Open House


The #TalkDelta Public Open House returns to the North Delta Recreation Centre on Wednesday, September 20, between 4 and 8 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn about important departmental services and initiatives, as well as transportation issues affecting your community. Be sure to take part in the Transportation Townhall at 7 p.m. with Mayor Lois E. Jackson, which includes a special presentation and Q & A session on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project with Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie.


BC-India Business Network: Diwali Gala


2017 Annual Grand Diwali Gala – an evening filled with excitement and powerful networking. Also have a chance to win four Air Canada YVR-Delhi premium economy tickets. On Friday, September 22 from 6:30 p.m. onwards at “Ballroom” Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 900 Canada Place, Vancouver.


World Alzheimer’s Month


To mark the beginning of Home Instead Senior Care is on a mission to educate Canadians by encouraging them to pledge to learn more about the disease. The Home Instead Senior Care office serving White Rock will be offering a free public webinar featuring a panel of senior care experts on September 26: Alzheimer’s Learning Day Public Webinar on September 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Sign up at: http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.ca/AlzLearnDay//


Canada India International Expo: Rescheduled


CIIEXPO 2017 has been rescheduled and will now take place from October 12 to 15 at Cloverdale Rodeo & Fairgrounds in the Agriplex and Showbarn in Surrey.


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.


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