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Fraser Valley Basketball Association Free Camps
Fraser Valley Basketball Association (FVBA) is a federal non-profit community organization which is committed to the enjoyment and development of basketball among children. They are conducting free basketball camps in the month of May (May 23-24). They believe that every child deserves to play. The camps will be held on Saturdays and Sundays Gym location: 6933 124 Street, Surrey. For more info, call 778-833-3822. Email: [email protected]. www.fvbball.com
Surrey International Children’s Festival
Tickets for the 11th annual Surrey International Children’s Festival are on sale at the Surrey Arts Centre box office. This year’s festival is being held May 21-23 with seven ticketed headline performances over three days. Tickets are $10 each. A Saturday “All Access Pass” is also available for $12, which allows full access to all performances (subject to show availability) and all arts activities on site. Entrance to the festival is free, as are many community performances and art activities. The Surrey International Children’s Festival exposes children to the arts in a fun and interactive way. This year’s line-up ranges from preschool performances for children as young as six months to intermediate shows for older children, aged 9 and up. Purchase tickets online at www.surrey.ca/childrensfestival or by calling the Box Office at 604-501-5566. Check the website for full festival programming information.
New Generation of Indian Maestros
Caravan World Rhythms & Kamal’s Video Palace are presenting an evening of Indian Classical Music on Saturday, May 23 at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, at 7 p.m. Sitar virtuoso Niladri Kumar, who’s one of the finest young sitarists in India, is going to be accompanied by young tabla player Aditya Kalyanpur. Tickets at $25 (Students $20 & VIP $35) are available at Banyan Books , Highlife Records & Kamal’s Video Palace, and can be bought online at www.brownpapertickets.com
Overseas Friends of Bhartiya Janta Party
Overseas Friends of Bhartiya Janta Party invites everyone with their family to join celebrations on Sunday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at Kensington Community Center (37th and Knight Street, Vancouver) on the occasion of 1st anniversary of BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India. There will be a slide show and light snacks will be served.
South Asian Seniors: Male Mental Health Issues
Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend the presentation – Stigma of Mental Health Among Asian Men in Canada – by Jatinder Dhanju and Nimesh Patel from Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, on Sunday, May 24 from 2 to 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 after the presentation. There will also be registration for the research program. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for more information.
Richmond Public Library
The library is hosting two fitness information programs for adults and seniors at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. “Keep on Moving: Fitness Activities for Older Adults” takes place on Monday, May 25 from 12-1 p.m. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. These programs are free and offered in English. “Keep on Moving: Fitness Activities for Older Adults” will be an active demonstration of three simple fitness activities that can be incorporated into a daily routine in the spring and summer. The program will be presented by Kendrick Uy, a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer, Third Age Instructor, Osteofit Instructor and a Continuing Studies fitness instructor for the Vancouver School Board.
Surrey Libraries: Bike Theft Prevention
Surrey Libraries is hosting the #LoveItLockIt bike theft prevention event on Saturday, May 23 in partnership with the City of Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy, Surrey RCMP, Surrey Crime Prevention Society and HUB – Your Cycling Connection. Event locations: * Guildford Library, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. * City Centre Library, 1:30-3 p.m. The community will learn basic tricks to prevent bicycle theft: * Engrave your ride (engraving kits will be on-site) * Discover your neighbourhood cycling routes * Meet and greet with bicycle enthusiasts * Attend interactive locking demonstrations, learn practical tips and win prizes. The event is a free event open to all.
All devotees are invited at Hindu Cultural Society and Community Centre (VHP 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby) to participate in Sai Japa / Bhajans on Saturday, May 23 at 5 p.m. Program: 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Bhajan / Kirtan. 6:30-7:15 p.m.: Sai Japa. 7:30 p.m.: Priti Bhojan. Contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259, Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958, Kantinbhai Patel at 604-522-7989 or Temple at 604-299-5922.
Canadian Citizenship Preparation: May 25 & 26, 5:30–8:30 p.m., at Tommy Douglas Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. Phone: 604-254-9626, ext. 104. * Internet Security Workshop: May 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at MOSAIC North Burnaby Learning Centre, 103–4181 Hastings Street. Phone: 604-254-9626, ext. 114.
All Star Wrestling: Midget Time 4
On Friday, May 29 at Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Doors open at 7 p.m. Bell time at 8 p.m. www.allstar-wrestling.com. Phone: 604-710-0872. Front row tickets are sold out. General Admission: $15 – tickets available at * Central City Comics, 10221 King George Highway, Surrey. Phone: 604-584-2664 * Comics Scene, 8912 152nd Street, Evergreen Mall, Surrey. Phone: 604-582-2877.
Presents the 5th annual Human Library Program-continuing the theme of religions, beliefs, and spirituality on Saturday, May 30 at the City Centre library, 10350 University Drive Surrey, from 1-4:30 p.m. Readers can have a one-to-one, 20-minute conversation with human “books”- people who are there to share their stories and experiences and in this case, their spiritual beliefs. Register now at City Centre Library or call 604-598-7426. For more details, visit the library or
Move to Extended Facility or Nursing Home?
Richmond Public Library will host the program “Should I Stay or Should I Go: Making a Decision to Move to an Extended Facility or Nursing Home” on Saturday, May 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is free and offered in English. Learn the challenges and benefits for seniors and families when making a decision to move to an extended facility / nursing home with speaker Patricia Cruz, a home care manager with 23 years’ experience in seniors’ services. Also, Geoff Cowman from Golden Transition will discuss facility choices and what to look for in a perfect retirement home.
At Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby on May 30 and 31. Over 30 nations will showcase their art, food and cultural performances. $10 weekend pass lets visitors enjoy a variety of concerts, live performances, food tents, a fully licensed beer garden, a market place, kids’ activities and an arts plaza. Headliner band: Delhi2Dublin on Saturday at 8 p.m. on the main stage. Derrival on Sunday at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Performances by Vancouver Opera and Jocelyn Pettit – and more. Admission: $10 at the gate; advanced ticket of $8 at www.europeanfestival.ca. Children under 12 free. Gates open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Canada India Education Council (CIEC)
ScholarSHIP 2015 Fundraising Dinner on Sunday, May 31, 6:30-10 p.m. in Vancouver. ‘ScholarSHIP 2015’ will take place on board a cruise ship in Vancouver Harbour. Participants will enjoy networking opportunities with dignitaries, education ministers and policy makers, academic champions and key stakeholders, as well as on-board Bollywood entertainment. It will serve as a great way to highlight emerging issues and areas of possible co-operation between Canada and India, as well as governments’ programs and policies in the education sector. [email protected]
MOSAIC: Free Community Workshops
Beginners’ Computer Class: Learn about basic computer skills (using your gadget to save data and to create files), the internet (searching for information online, how to use Google maps and how to chat using Gmail), and sending / receiving emails. From now until June 25, Thursdays, 9:30–11 a.m. at MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway. Phone: 604-438-8214, ext. 112.
The Gutsy Walk: Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
The Gutsy Walk, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s largest single-day fundraiser, is a great way to show you’ve got the guts to make it stop by supporting family, friends and colleagues in our community living with Crohn’s and colitis. One in every 150 Canadians has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – a rate among the highest worldwide. Proceeds raised fuel research, improve the lives of children and adults affected by these devastating, lifelong diseases, and ultimately find cures. The Gutsy Walk takes place in Surrey at Bear Creek Park and Pavillion on Sunday, June 7. For more information and to register, visit gutsywalk.ca, email: [email protected] or call 1-800-387-1479.
Lui Passaglia’s Push For Your Tush
Colon Cancer Canada. Lui Passaglia, former BC Lion, has chosen to officially endorse the event this year and ongoing. Sunday, June 14 at Jericho Beach. Registration: 9 a.m. Walk / Run: 10 a.m. Distances: 1K Toddler Walk, 5K Walk, 10K Run. Fees: Individuals $25 / Family $50 (Family fee includes registration for 2 adults and children under 18 and HST). Registration fee waived if you raise $200 or more. A great day for everyone, with refreshments, t-shirts and more. Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in Canada, yet it is 90% curable if caught in the earliest stages of the disease. Most people who finally choose to discuss their symptoms with their doctors are often already in the later stages. BC is now part of a national screening program. Registration and details are at www.pushforyourtush.ca/vancouver
25th Annual Miss India-Canada Event
Saturday, August 15 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. Contestants are judged on their evening gown, talent, and their ability to speak in public. The show is focused on Indian arts and culture and at the same time blends into the Canadian mosaic. Entries for the Miss India-Canada Event will be accepted until Friday, June 26. For an application form or further information, contact (905) 851-0990 or visit www.MissIndiaCanada.com.
North Delta’s Family Day
North Delta Lions Club and the Corporation of Delta invite you to celebrate North Delta’s 48th Family Day on Sunday, June 28 at North Delta Community Park, 111311 84th Avenue, Delta. Parade: 11 .am.-1 p.m. Festival: 12-4 p.m. Parade info: 604-763-7251 / email: [email protected]. Festival info: 604-596-6458 / email: [email protected].