• Conversation Circles: Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Practice your English in a friendly, informal environment where we read and discuss articles from the West Coast Reader online. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Mamas For Mamas Annual Toy Drive: Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th St.; Join Mamas for Mamas for our second annual toy drive, hosted by Randy Mann Homes. This event will be bigger than last year, with a full drive-thru experience! We have Little oOties Mini Donuts providing one free bag of donuts to each vehicle, and for any additional purchases from Little oOties, $2 from each bag will be donated back to Mamas for Mamas. Come drive-thru and listen to the gingerbread men singing, donate toys and, best of all, Santa & Mrs.Claus will be in attendance! Register in advance at eventbrite.ca/e/mamas-annual-toy-drive-tickets-191316852857 to make sure you receive a free jar of Santa’s Cotton Candy!
• Art & Craft Auction for B.C. Flood Relief: Dec. 9 to Dec. 11; online; North Delta Artisan & Gift Market, a group of over 50 artisans and small businesses in the North Delta area, is hosting an online silent auction to support B.C. flood victims. Forty-nine items by local artist and crafters are up for grabs, with all with proceeds being donated to the Canadian Red Cross. “Please join us, the crafters have donated some beautiful pieces to be auctioned — our way to give a little from our community in this difficult time for many in our province,” says NDAGM founder Sharon Poetker. Bidding opens at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 and closes at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11. Auction items can viewed now at 32auctions.com/NDartauction2021. Donations are also being accepted by e-transfer (email@example.com) or cash (drop off at La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique, #148 – 6350 120th Street, Surrey).
• North Delta Potters Guild Christmas Sale: Dec. 11 and 12; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; North Delta Rec Centre, 11415 84th Ave.; The North Delta Potters Guild is holding a Christmas pottery sale the weekend of Dec. 11-12. Proof of vaccination and masks required. For more information, visit northdeltapotters.ca.
• Storytime: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; via Zoom; 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.
• Babytime: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; via Zoom; 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.
• Morning with Santa: Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre, 11415 84th Ave.; Welcome to Delta’s Morning with Santa! We will have coffee, a hot chocolate station and grab-and-go snacks. There will be a bouncy castle, balloon artist and crafts, as well as fun and games in the gym. A public skate is available, with equipment rentals included. There will also be a special visit from Santa! Please note: there will be no breakfast this year, and the event may be cancelled due to low registration. All public health orders will be followed. Attendees 12+ must provide proof of vaccination. Tickets are $7 per person and available by calling 604-952-3000.
• Sphero SPRK+ Challenge — Speed Coding: Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for this month’s fun Sphero-centered event: The Speed Coding Challenge. It’s a race against the clock! Coding tasks will be given to contestants (e.g. making your Sphero change colour from red to green) and points will be awarded based on the speed at which each task is completed. (Pssst! We won’t tell you the tasks before the program starts, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the Sphero and what it can do.) Space is limited; register and place a hold on one of the library’s Spheros at fvrl.ca.
• Grinch Trivia: Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Journey through Whoville and get in the holiday spirit with our Grinch Trivia event. Participate by yourself or gather together with the other Whos in your household and play as a team. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Guardians of the Galaxy Trivia: Jan. 11, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Are you a Guardians of the Galaxy fan? Turn up the Awesome Mix and test your knowledge of the galaxy’s favourite band of misfits with our Guardians of the Galaxy Trivia Event. Fly solo and participate by yourself or assemble your own Ravager crew and team up with your whole household. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Stories with Storyteller Kung Jaadee: Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; online; Students in kindergarten to Grade 12, and the general public, are invited to attend this special program with Kung Jaadee, a traditional Haida storyteller, singer, drummer, teacher and children’s book author. Kung Jaadee will share her telling of Squamish legends popularized by Indigenous activist and poet E. Pauline Johnson’s book Legends of Vancouver. The legends she’ll share may include Siwash Rock, Two Sisters (The Lions mountains), and how the Squamish People came to be. Hosted by BC Interlink Libraries. The event will be available to view live (no registration required) at youtube.com/watch?v=0-LjSrBxyvQ and will include a Q&A. This presentation will also be recorded and available for 48 hours after the broadcast.
• Virtual Author Visit — Stacey Chomiak: Dec. 4, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join Chilliwack author and illustrator Stacey Chomiak for a reading and Q&A about her new memoir, Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story. In this young adult illustrated memoir, Chomiak tells the true story of her teenage and young-adult years: of heartbreak, family conflict, trying to become ex-gay, wrestling with her faith, and finding love. Suitable for adults and teens. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Virtual Author Visit — Uma Krishnaswami: Dec. 7, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Dec. 8, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; via Microsoft Teams; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join Uma Krishnaswami for a spirited discussion of her work, Book Uncle and Me, which has been selected as a Reading Link Challenge title for 2021-22! (For more info about Reading Link Challenge, visit readinglinkchallenge.ca.) Krishnaswami has been writing and publishing books, poems and short stories for young readers since the last century — her story collection, The Broken Tusk, has been in print continuously for 20 years. Krishnaswami’s historical middle-grade novel, Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, is a South Asia Award Honor Book and a Junior Library Guild pick. Her chapter book, Book Uncle and Me, is on the USBBY Outstanding International Books list. Krishnaswami teaches writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Victoria, B.C. Individuals or classrooms are welcome to attend. Registration is required at fvrl.ca. This program is presented in conjunction with Surrey Public Libraries.
• Sharing is Caring Book Share: Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Is there a book you are dying to tell people about? Do you have an old favourite that didn’t get the attention it deserves? Or are you just looking for a new book to read? Then join us for an evening of sharing and discussion! Come with a book to share or with just an open mind. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Reading Spotlight: Dec. 15, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a free book lover’s discussion — literary insights optional! Library staff will share their current favourite reads. If you have a book or two you’d like to tell the group about, we’d love to hear it. All genres welcome. Book titles will be sent to participants after each session. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Afternoon Book Club: Dec. 21, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. What’s the only thing that’s better than reading fresh and engaging books? Chatting about them in one of the library’s lively book clubs! Join fellow readers in a discussion of timely, topical and noteworthy works of fiction and non-fiction. December’s meeting will discuss Goodnight June by Sarah Jio. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Afternoon Book Club: Jan. 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. What’s the only thing that’s better than reading fresh and engaging books? Chatting about them in one of the library’s lively book clubs! Join fellow readers in a discussion of timely, topical and noteworthy works of fiction and non-fiction. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• December Doodles: Dec. 15, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Do you like to doodle? Join library staff to learn about the creative and mental benefits of doodling and to discover library resources that can give you both practical help and inspiration. Learn how to use FVRL’s newest online resource, Creative Bug, with access to hundreds of lessons. Guest artist Glenda Penner will demonstrate doodling techniques and get you started on some creative doodles for Christmas. Bring along your pens, pencils and imagination for some artistic fun! For ages 8 and up. Register free at fvrl.ca.
• Cookbook Club: Dec. 9, 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 and each month we will explore a culinary theme. At our December session, we will be diving into a discussion of holiday treats. Please come prepared to share your favourite holiday treat recipes, cookbooks, magazines or websites with the group. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Cookbook Club: Jan. 20, 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 and each month we will explore a culinary theme. At our January session, we will be diving into a discussion of soups and stews. Please come prepared to share your favourite soup and stew recipes, cookbooks, magazines, or websites with the group. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com, or Jasmeet at 604-594-3455 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Joy! Joy! Joy!: Dec. 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; South Delta Baptist Church, 1988 56th Street, Tsawwassen; Delta Choral Society is thrilled to present Joy! Joy! Joy!, a Christmas choral showcase. The society’s traditional in-person Christmas concerts returns with a heartwarming seasonal event featuring three wonderful choirs performing an eclectic mix of choral music — from intimate a cappella pieces to full brass and percussion anthems. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and free for children 10 and under, and available online now at deltachoral.ca or at the door while quantities last. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for entry.
• Uke Jam — Holiday Songs!: Dec. 21, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. All “uked” up and no place to jam? All levels of experience are welcome at our fun and relaxed virtual ukulele circle. For the month of December, we will be playing holiday songs! Register at fvrl.ca.
• Open Mic: Jan. 28, 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! Hosted by the City of Delta.
• DocuFilm Club: Dec. 16, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a discussion of the documentary film The Russian Five, available via Kanopy. The film depicts the Detroit Red Wings organization enticing five Russian hockey players to defect and sign on with the failing Detroit hockey team during the Cold War. The perspectives of the Red Wings’ owner, GM and five players are portrayed through interviews, dramatizations and ice time. Suitable for adults. Register at fvrl.ca.
• 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 email@example.com.