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

(These are FREE listings. Submit your event / announcement at [email protected] in typed format as early in the week as possible. No posters please.)

Alex Fraser Bridge: Nightly Lane Closures

Two lanes, one in each direction, on Alex Fraser Bridge will be closed nightly beginning Tuesday, August 6, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The closures are expected to be ongoing until August 18 and will allow crews to continue working on improving capacity to the Alex Fraser Bridge with an additional lane and moveable barrier system. Crews will remove the southbound painted lines and then begin applying the permanent lane lines. Drivers are reminded that the maximum speed limit on the bridge is now 70 km/h. For the most up-to-date highway travel information, people should continue to check @DriveBC on Twitter and: DriveBC.ca

Abbotsford International Airshow

Thunder Over The Valley on August 9, 10 &11. The Abbotsford International Airshow features over 14 acres of ground attractions, entertainment, and interactive activities for all ages. 340,000 sq ft of diverse aircraft ground displays including modern military aircraft, historic warbirds, commercial and general aviation. For more information: https://abbotsfordairshow.com/

South Asian Family Association: India Live Block Party

The South Asian Family Association will be holding their annual India Live Block Party – a celebration of art, culture and history in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, August 10 on Granville Street. It starts at 12 p.m. and wraps up at 8 p.m. This event is free for the public and utilizes music, song, dance and visual arts to highlight Vancouver’s intercultural community. There is also a vibrant vendor marketplace that features cultural wares, clothing, gifts and snacks. Family fun for everyone. This year they will be showcasing cultures from all around the world. Stop by and try some delicious food from around the Indian subcontinent and stay for the Bhangra dance party to end the evening. Performances: Fateh is their headliner this year. Fateh Singh better known by his stage name Fateh Doe or mononym Fateh is a Toronto-based Canadian rapper and songwriter of Indian descent. His music career began in 2012 when he was discovered by Dr Zeus. Other various local performances include classical dance, Bhangra, Gidha, Bollywood dancing, instrumental music such as the sitar. Activities include turban-tying by the Sikh Riders of Canada, Gathka by Nanak Sikh Academy, cricket for children by the cricket club, roti-making competition, sari-tying all by SAFA members, yoga workshop, bhangra dance, dhol (Indian drum) workshops will be taking place several times during the day. They will also presenting three scholarships to grade 12 graduating students – excellence in academia, excellence in community service / fine arts and excellence in athletics. Each scholarship is $1,000. The opening will be conducted by a First Nations person.

South Asian Adults / Seniors: Musical Chairs Game

Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults, senior members and also non-members to join them for a musical chairs game on Sunday, August 11, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.

Harpreet Singh’s Town Hall on Crime

Harpreet Singh, Conservative candidate for Surrey-Newton, will be hosting a Town Hall on Crime and Public Safety on Thursday, August 15 at Bombay Banquet Hall, located at 7475 135th Street, Surrey, at 6 p.m. Glen Motz, Deputy Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will be in attendance to hear citizens concerns on topics that will include crime (homicides, assault, property damage, theft, mischief and more), the opioid crisis, as well as other public safety concerns.

Bollywood Under The Stars

The South Asian Family Association presents Bollywood Under the Stars – a free movie from Bollywood in the park this summer. This year’s movie is Gully Boy with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. There will be a variety of vendors on site including food/snacks, so bring your families, lawn chairs and blankets. The movie will be shown with English subtitles on Sunday, August 16, 6-10 p.m., at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey.

11th Annual Garlic Festival

Location: The Sharing Farm at 2771 Westminster Highway, Richmond. August 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This fun community event is filled with fresh local garlicky delights, a farmers market, live birds of prey demonstrations, a kids zone with nature activities, live music, farm tours & garlic ice cream. This event is by donation-all proceeds from the festival go to supporting The Sharing

Farm. More information at https://richmondgarlicfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/430472520888563/

Homicide Support Group for Sikh Community

Valley View Funeral Home is partnering with Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib Temple in Surrey to offer an 8-week Homicide Support Group designed for the Sikh community that will start in September. There will be a free information session on Thursday, August 22 at 3 p.m. at the Temple on how to register. Facilitators:  Danny and Dawn Sandhu will talk about their experience of attending a Homicide Support Group after their 17-year-old son Jaylen was murdered five years ago. They will be there to answer your questions and support you in making that difficult decision about attending a support group. Grief support groups provide a safe confidential place: * To Share your story * The Impact of the death * To help with the intrusion of the community and media * To express feelings * To feel cared about * To feel accepted and to ask for help * To  normalize yet not minimize grief * Honouring the  memory of your loved one.

Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Society AGM Notice

The Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m. at the Society premises (Hall No. 2) located at 7050 120th Street, Surrey. The AGM will take place in Hall No. 2 of the Society. If the hall becomes full, additional meeting space will be provided in the Langar Hall and the Gallery. The AGM will have the following purposes:  (1) to receive the directors report;  (2) to approve the financial statements of the Society for the financial year ended December 31, 2018; and (3) to transact such further or other business as may properly come before the AGM or any adjournment or adjournments thereof. The financial statements of the Society are available for perusal at the Society’s office, which is located at the above-noted address. Only members of the Society are eligible to attend the AGM. Members are only able to attend the meeting in person. Voting by proxy is not permitted. Members are required to bring their Society membership card, along with appropriate identification.  Hardeep Singh Nijjar – President.

BC Cancer Breast Screening

BC Cancer Breast Screening’s digital mobile mammography service will be visiting The Indo-Canadian Senior’s Centre on August 30-31, at 7050 120th Street, Surrey. To book your appointment call Saroj Ludhera of the Sanjha Vehra Women’s Association at 778-564-3760. Mammograms are available for women ages 40 and over. Make an informed decision to screen for breast cancer. Visit www.screeningbc.ca to learn more.

Shree Mahalakshmi Temple Fundraising Gala & Reunion

On Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Fraserview Banquet Hall, 8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver. A Fundraising Gala Evening Dinner and Cultural Program with the intent to have a reunion of Shree Mahalakshmi Temple family, friends and community. Ticket: $35. Table Price: $500 for 8 people.

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