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Vivek Canada 2019 Scholarships
To promote gender equality and empower local youth, Vivek Canada is awarding two scholarships of $1,000 each to female students of South Asian heritage enrolled in a post-secondary institution in British Columbia. The scholarship recipients will be recognized at Vivek Canada’s “Gala of Hope” on Friday, September 6. To apply, visit their website and submit your application online by August 9 at www.vivekcanada.org.
Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha: Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Birth Anniversary
As a part of the year-long celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Vancouver) will be observing this auspicious occasion on Saturday, July 27 at its place of worship, Guru Ravidass Community Center, 7271 Gilley Avenue, Burnaby, at 10:30 a.m. All members of the congregation and the general public are invited to participate in the special occasion. High Commissioner of India, Vikas Swarup will also be participating in the celebrations. The special program will include reciting of the Holy Shabads, Kirtan, greetings from dignitaries, and serving of Langar (communal meal). On Sunday, July 28, the Sabha plans to host its 37th anniversary and honor the contributions made by its founding members and good wishers. Everyone is also invited to the celebrations on Sunday. For more information, contact Bill Basra at 604-725-4048.
Honda Celebration of Light
Presented by Z-95.3, the internationally renowned Canadian world-music group Delhi 2 Dublin will be performing on the stage on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay on Saturday, July 27. Multi Grammy award winning artist Speech, founder of the legendary hip-hop group Arrested Development will be performing on Saturday, August 3. These two exceptional acts join a lineup of world-class artists like Vidya Vox (Saturday, July 27), Scott Helman (Wednesday, July 31), and Canadian hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall (Saturday, August 3). For a complete schedule of events visit: https://hondacelebrationoflight.com/ The Park Stage at Second Beach, B.C.’s largest beachside festival, will feature more than a dozen diverse and talented musical acts. Performances by artists like Virginia to Vegas, The Funk Hunters, and The Boom Booms, will headline a day full of live music leading up to the fireworks on July 27, July 31, and August 3. To round it all off, two new artists, Biawanna and Adrian Chalifour, will performon the Park Stage at Second Beach during the fireworks festival. The Park Stage at Second Beach is a free, family-friendly festival site featuring live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license. Back by popular demand, the Pete McLeod Airshow Presented by Red Bull returns with his jaw-dropping airshow every night at 7:45 p.m. over the shores of English Bay. Rain or shine, the fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. from the barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on Z-95.3, the Breeze 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app, which event organizers encourage attendees to download in advance from the iTunes and Android App Stores. Given the large volume of festival guests and limited parking in the area, Honda Celebration of Light is encouraging attendees to walk, cycle or transit to get to the event. Note that extensive road closures are in effect from 6 p.m. in Kits Point and 7 p.m. in the West End. For a full schedule, event details and tickets visit www.hondacelebrationoflight.com
South Asian Seniors / Adults: Food Thy Medicine / Medicine Thy Food
Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and non-members to attend a presentation on “Food Thy Medicine / Medicine Thy Food” by Dr. Arun Garg on Sunday, July 28, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. The topic will cover the importance of nutrition to prevent or cure disease. There will be a question-and-answer session after the presentation. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa, Coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.
MLA Rachna Singh’s Annual Summer BBQ
Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Rachna Singh’s Annual Summer BBQ on Sunday, July 28, 12-2 p.m., at Bear Creek Pavilion, 13750 88th Avenue. Free food, kids’ activities. Contact her office at 604-501-8325. [email protected]
Bangladesh Summer Festival
GVBCA is organizing a new event, Bangladesh Summer Festival, on Sunday, July 28, from 1-8 p.m. at Fraser River Park, 8705 Angus Drive, Vancouver. It is going to be an action-packed day with fun and entertainment.
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.
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
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.
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.
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