John Darras, Delta Pride Society president, at the society’s third Pride picnic in Ladner on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. This year’s event takes place Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Park in Ladner. (Lauren Collins photo)

John Darras, Delta Pride Society president, at the society’s third Pride picnic in Ladner on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. This year’s event takes place Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Park in Ladner. (Lauren Collins photo)

Happening around Delta: week of Aug. 18

Weekly events and community listings for North Delta and beyond

COMMUNITY EVENTS

• Delta Pride Picnic: Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Memorial Park in Ladner; The Delta Pride Society is excited to announce the Delta Pride Picnic! Save the date and come join us for a family-friendly event to celebrate, learn and love. There will be activities, entertainment, resource booths and games, and be sure to bring your picnic basket, a blanket, chairs and sunscreen. The Delta Pride Society and its members acknowledge that we are settlers and that we live, love, work and play in gratitude on the shared, traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people, the sc̓əwaθən (Tsawwassen) and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). We acknowledge our shared fight for equal rights and to seek an end to discrimination in government and society. Are you part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, an ally, a resource, a supportive organization, an artist, a crafter, a foodie, a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker? Vendors are invited to connect with the society to take part in this year’s event.

• Delta Discovery Day: Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre, 4450 Clarence Taylor Cres.; The Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre and the Port of Vancouver present Delta Discovery Day! Explore the discovery centre, take a bus tour to see Roberts Bank port operations and enjoy a hot dog by donation from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This free family event will also have fun games and amazing door prizes. Full event details and tour registration is available at eventbrite.ca/e/delta-discovery-day-tickets-381743895267.

• Day at the Farm: Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Westham Island Herb Farm, 4960 Kirkland Rd.; Hosted by Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Westham Island Herb Farm, Day at the Farm is a family-friendly event that invites community members from around the region to learn and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of growing quality food here in the Fraser River Delta. Day at the Farm features hay wagon rides, live music, horse demonstrations, food trucks, cooking contests and more. Register in advance at eventbrite.com/e/day-at-the-farm-tickets-344349367227 (not mandatory), and visit deltafarmland.ca/a-day-at-the-farm for more information.

• Luminary Festival: Sept. 10, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunstone Park, 10400 Delsom Cres.; Mayor George Harvie and Delta council are delighted to be bringing back the 9th Annual Luminary Festival! Illuminate yourself with costume and lights, and create a lantern to light the way. This free annual community festival features food trucks, performances, crafts and other family-friendly activities. Post a photo of your lantern or costume with the hashtag #illuminatedelta22 to enter to win a Delta six-month Drop-In Admissions Pass. Please note, there is no parking available on site. Free parking will be available at the North Delta Recreation Centre, with a free shuttle running between the NDRC and Sunstone Park starting at 6 p.m. Learn more at delta.ca/luminaryfestival.

• Inaugural Delta Fire Fighters Charitable Society Golf Tournament: Sept. 16; Tsawwassen Springs, 5133 Springs Blvd.; The Delta Firefighters Charitable Society is excited to announce our inaugural golf tournament. Come and join us for a day of golf and entertainment while raising funds for our community. Check out deltafirefighters.com for more details and don’t hesitate to email us at golf@deltafirefighters.com with any questions.

KIDS/TEENS

• Babytime: Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join library staff and other families live on Zoom for Babytime. Make language fun and help your baby develop speech and language skills. Enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Register at fvrl.ca. Looking for more Babytime fun? Check out our on-demand content on social at facebook.com/ReadLearnPlay.

• Storytime: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join our staff and other families live on Zoom for Storytime and introduce kids to the love of books and language. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Register at fvrl.ca. Looking for more Storytime fun? Check out our on-demand content on social at facebook.com/ReadLearnPlay.

• FVRL Virtual Summer Reading Club — Science World: Now through Aug. 29; online; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Explore the fundamentals of environmental science. Adventure through the steps of the scientific method on a virtual field trip through Science World to explore a variety of adaptations, habitats, and ecosystems. Reflect on the diversity of life with a close-up investigation of some of the amazing living organisms currently on exhibition, including insects, geckos, a tarantula and an axolotl. This four-part series is pre-recorded and available to watch on demand via YouTube (https://bit.ly/3bcgtiV).

FVRL Virtual Summer Reading Club — Elspeth Bowers’s Prince Marvin Puppet Show: Now through Sept. 4; online; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join Elspeth and her puppets in the story of Prince Marvin, who is changed into a mouse by a wicked witch and must travel through four different stories to find the solution that restores him to his princely self. It’s a laugh a minute for all ages as the rosy-toed, rosy-nosed, starry-eyed cheese eater searches for a return to normal and learns that things work better when we work together. This three-part series is pre-recorded and available to watch on demand via YouTube (https://bit.ly/3bcgtiV).

• Virtual Raptor Meet & Greet: Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join OWL Rehabilitation Centre to learn about local raptors like hawks, eagles and owls, the dangers they face, and how we can help them. Plus, get the chance to meet some live raptors up close on camera and ask all your burning questions. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

SENIORS

• Seniors Weekly Golf: Mondays and Tuesday, 8 a.m.; Sunshine Woods Golf Centre, 10646 64th Ave.; Seniors weekly golf registration and play begins at 8 a.m. every Monday and Tuesday at Sunshine Woods Golf Centre in Delta. All seniors, ladies and men, 60 and older are welcome. The $10 registration fee covers tournament prizes and handicap maintenance for the season but does not include green fees. For more information, contact the Monday co-ordinator Jerry Sampson at 604-765-5123, or the Tuesday co-ordinator Nick Parker at 604-597-6719.

• Day Trip to the PNE: Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Join us for a fun-filled day trip to the PNE. The bus will leave Kennedy at 10 a.m. and return by approximately 3 p.m. Fill up on all the treats you can eat, learn about agriculture, experience thrill rides, watch chef demonstrations, Super Dogs, and all kinds of fantastic things! Tickets cost: $35.70 (including fair entry) and go on sale Aug 1. Call the Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre at 604-594-2717.

• Kennedy Seniors Rec Centre Open House: Sept. 6-9; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Come by for a chance to check out the activities at Kennedy, and be sure to watch for special events happening during the week. More details to come at a later date.

BOOKS/READING

• Afternoon Book Club: Aug. 25, 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8840 112th St.; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

MUSIC

• Concerts in the Park — Bradley Pedwell with guest Matthew Presidente: Aug 19, 6:45 p.m.; Hellings Park; Enjoy an evening of music in our local parks and public spaces. Vancouver-born Bradley Pedwell is a charismatic singer/songwriter/one-man-band who blends acoustic guitars, harmonies, loops and a powerful vocal. Pedwell commands his crisp, strong vocal with the pop sensibilities of Justin Timberlake and the passionate rock delivery of Rob Thomas. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair; event will be cancelled in inclement weather. The performance will be followed by a screening of the 2020 Robert Downey Jr. film Dolittle at 9 p.m. For the full Concerts in the Park series lineup and info, visit delta.ca/community-culture/happening-delta/events-calendar/concerts-park.

• Concerts in the Park — The Karmichaels: Aug. 25, 7 p.m.; Diefenbaker Park; Enjoy an evening of music in our local parks and public spaces. The Karmichaels are a folk-country-rock group from Delta. Along with original songs, The Karmichaels perform an eclectic mix of music that includes country-rock, country, soft rock and Celtic folk, to mention just a few genres. The style of music performed is reminiscent of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Stan Rogers, often referred to today as ‘Americana.’ Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair; event will be cancelled in inclement weather. For the full Concerts in the Park series lineup and info, visit delta.ca/community-culture/happening-delta/events-calendar/concerts-park.

• Open Mic: Last Friday of the month (Aug. 26), 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; Share the stage with a variety of singers, musicians, poets and actors at this intergenerational monthly event, or sit back and enjoy the talent. Entertain and be entertained. $5 at the door for both performers and audience members. Doors open at 7 p.m., performances start at 7:30 p.m.

• Concert in the Village with Warren Dean Flandez: Aug. 27, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Ladner Village; Hosted by the City of Delta. Join us for a live performance from Delta’s own Warren Dean Flandez. This outdoor performance will be taking place in Ladner Village at 48th Avenue and feature children’s performers and activities. Donations can be made for the Starfish Lunch Program for Delta Kids through the Delta Firefighter’s Charitable Society.

• The Delta Ukulele Circle: First Saturday of the month (Sept. 3), 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; Led by Gary Cyr, the Delta Ukulele Circle is an enthusiastic, welcoming and supportive crowd of music lovers with an appreciation for the ukulele. This tiny instrument provides a unique opportunity for individuals wanting to play and enjoy music together with others in a very social setting. Admission is $5. This is a drop-in program so please do not register. Doors open at 2 p.m, circle starts at 2:30 p.m. More information can be found at deltaukes.com.

HERITAGE

• Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre Private Gallery Tour: Aug. 18, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Douglas J.Husband Discovery Centre Learning Lab, 4450 Clarence Taylor Cres.; Discover some of Delta’s stories, objects, belongings and communities during a free highlights tour through our exhibitions. Each tour features family-friendly activities led by our experienced staff. Tour is suitable for all ages. Register at deltareg.ca.

• Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre Private Gallery Tour: Aug. 23, 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Douglas J.Husband Discovery Centre Learning Lab, 4450 Clarence Taylor Cres.; Discover some of Delta’s stories, objects, belongings and communities during a free highlights tour through our exhibitions. Each tour features family-friendly activities led by our experienced staff. Tour is suitable for all ages. Register at deltareg.ca.

• Heritage Week Scavenger Hunt — South Delta: Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Various locations; Take the scenic route around some of Delta’s most iconic sites and learn about their storied history through one of our Heritage Scavenger Hunts. Drive with your team to the locations indicated on our adventure map. Like the Amazing Race, your team will be given either a Detour or Roadblock-style activity to complete at each location. Complete the activity and you’ll receive your next clue. Come join us and experience Delta’s diverse history and beautiful local landscapes! Event is free to attend by registration is limited to 12 groups of two to six people. Register at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

• Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre Open House: Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre, 4450 Clarence Taylor Cres.; Come celebrate the recently-opened Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre. Listen to free presentations by local experts including artists featured in our North Delta Gallery, the Delta Naturalists Society, and the authors of the popular book, Lord Don’t Want Me, Devil Won’t Take Me – Pansy May Stuttard. Participate in a guided tour around the discovery centre and interact with our community partners at their booths. The event will feature a variety food trucks, drinks, live music and heritage games in the outdoor orchard. For more info, visit delta.ca/discoverycentre.

Heritage Week Scavenger Hunt — North Delta: Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Various locations; Take the scenic route around some of Delta’s most iconic sites and learn about their storied history through one of our Heritage Scavenger Hunts. Drive with your team to the locations indicated on our adventure map. Like the Amazing Race, your team will be given either a Detour or Roadblock-style activity to complete at each location. Complete the activity and you’ll receive your next clue. Come join us and experience Delta’s diverse history and beautiful local landscapes! Event is free to attend by registration is limited to 12 groups of two to six people. Register at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

ENVIRONMENT

• Community Invasive Plant Pull: Sept. 10, 10 a.m.; North Delta Community Park; Do you want to make a difference in your community, help out the environment, get in some exercise and potentially make new friends, all at the same time? If so, join a community weed pull event hosted by the City of Delta! This year, we will also be handing out thank you gifts for participants of multiple events. Contact cae@delta.ca to learn more and register.

COOKING

• Cookbook Club: Aug. 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all cooking enthusiasts! Do you love trying new recipes and sharing your cooking experiences, meal ideas, or culinary tips with others? Join us for Cookbook Club, where each month we explore a culinary theme. At our August session, we will be diving into a discussion about canning. Please come prepared to share your favourite recipes, cookbooks, magazines, or websites with the group! Registration required. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

HEALTH/WELLNESS

• Free Yoga Classes: various days and times; via Zoom; Deltassist is now offering five free online yoga classes each week. Registration is ongoing and you can enjoy the classes from the comfort of your home. The Yoga for Stress Relief program runs Mondays from 6-7 p.m. (Yin Yoga), Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. (Restorative Yoga) and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. (Hatha Yoga). Meanwhile, the Yoga Towards Recovery program runs Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Wind Down Yoga) and Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. (Rise & Shine Yoga). For info or to register, email Carlee at carleef@deltassist.com.

LANGUAGE LEARNING

• Conversation Circles: Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Improve your English by speaking and listening about different topics each week in a safe and friendly space. Meet new friends, while practicing the English language. Suitable for all levels. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

OUTREACH/SUPPORT GROUPS

• S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Settlement Worker at the Library: Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Pashto and Dari-speaking outreach staff from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be at the library offering assistance to individuals and families who are temporary or permanent residents, and people who are already Canadian citizens. Do you know someone from Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran looking for Information? A settlement worker from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. can answer their questions and concerns about different services, such as employment, health, housing, settlement and more.

• Anxiety and Depression Support Group: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (in-person); St. Cuthbert Anglican Church, 11601 82nd Ave.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (virtual); Feeling anxious or depressed? Then come join Recovery Canada’s free, confidential, self-help support group. After summer break, the Delta chapter’s in-person meetings resume on Sept. 13 (contact Anita at anitaendorse@gmail.com or 604-788-4633 for more info), while virtual meetings continue to be held all summer long on Thursday evenings (contact Gilles at gilber005@yahoo.ca or 778-872-8069 for more info). For more info about Recovery Canada, visit recoverycanada.ca.

• MOSAIC Outreach Worker at the Library: Every second Wednesday beginning Sept. 14, 10 .a.m to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; MOSAIC outreach staff will be at the library on the second Wednesday of the month. Discover the free employment programs offered by WorkBC. If you are looking for work and you are a skilled immigrant, Indigenous, a young adult, an older worker, a person with disabilities or barriers, or experiencing homelessness, come to the library to find out what is available for you.

• From Safety to Self-Compassion: Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Deltassist, North Delta office, 9097 120th St.; This group is for women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The group will create a safe environment for you to give voice to your story and feel validated. You will be encouraged to create your own internal and external safety. The group will cover topics like establishing boundaries, consolidating a sense of self, reflecting on the journey and cultivating a future from here on. Please note that this is an in-person group and Deltassist is taking all necessary precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s safety to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. For more information or to register, contact Irene at 604-238-4009 ext.116 or irenem@deltassist.com, or Jasmeet at 604-594-3455 ext. 104 or jasmeetb@deltassist.com.

• Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group: Last Saturday of the month (Aug. 27), 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72 Ave., Surrey; Everyone who is interested in knowing more about prostate cancer is invited to join. Coffee and cookies are provided. For more information, contact Bob Tomyk at 604 594-5257 or surreypcasg@gmail.com.

CLUBS

• Canadian Federation of University Women, North Delta/Surrey: CFUW is a national non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace. The North Delta/Surrey club meets monthly (via Zoom at the present time) and is open to all women graduates, students and women who share the ideals of CFUW. For more information, call Barb (604-594-6145) or Eleanor (604-589-3631) or email northdeltasurreycfuw@gmail.com.

• Surrey Singles Over Sixty: We are a group based in the North Surrey/North Delta area that meets for dinners, card games, bowling, picnics, dancing, etc. New members (fully vaccinated) are welcome. Please call either Georgie at 604-585-7304 or Bob at 778-545-5350.

• Singles Social Walking Club: Singles Social Walking Club welcome singles 55+ for walks in Surrey, Langley, etc. on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. Walk start at 10 a.m., followed by brunch 11 a.m. For more info, call Sherry at 604-531-4427 or email sherrysands4@gmail.com.



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