Muslims and guests of other faiths join together for an Iftar dinner at the Baitur Rahman Mosque on June 18, 2017. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Muslims and guests of other faiths join together for an Iftar dinner at the Baitur Rahman Mosque on June 18, 2017. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Happening around Delta: week of Feb. 2

Weekly events and community listings for North Delta and beyond

COMMUNITY

• George Mackie Library Teen Advisory Group: First Thursday of the month (Feb. 2), 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is for students between the ages of 13-19. TAG members help staff develop teen oriented programs and assist at the bigger library events. They will also act as a library representative in North Delta’s teen community. The monthly meetings are a time to socialize and plan. Membership is a resume booster and helps earn volunteer hours. All teens in North Delta are welcome. Refreshments are served. Registration is required. To join, pick up and fill out the application form and drop it off at the George Mackie Library.

• 5th Annual Interfaith Dinner: Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m.; Baitur Rahman Mosque, 9570 River Rd.; The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2010 proclaiming the first week of February each year as the World Interfaith Harmony Week. This week reminds us the importance of tolerance, reconciliation, forgiveness, building bridges across the boundaries, having constructive dialogues and achieving sustainable development by promoting interfaith harmony. To celebrate United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at B.C. cordially invites you to the 5th Annual Interfaith Dinner at Baitur Rahman Mosque in Delta. Welcome and greetings from 5:30-6 p.m., program from 6-7 p.m. For more information, email ahmadiyya.bc.outreach@gmail.com or call 1-877-994-7526.

• A Conversation with Mayor George V. Harvie: Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; KinVillage Community Centre main hall, 5430 10th Ave., Tsawwassen; ElderCollege Delta presents a conversation with Delta Mayor George V. Harvie. This is a free event open to the public. Mayor Harvie will begin by talking about the progress the city has made over the last four years and share with us what he and council would like to accomplish in the coming term. You are then invited to ask questions of the mayor. He will be available until approximately 11:45 a.m.. You can also submit your questions in advance by emailing eldercollegedelta@gmail.com by Feb. 10.

MUSIC

• The Delta Ukulele Circle: First Saturday of the month (Feb. 4), 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, or register at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

• The High Bar Gang: Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Genesis Theatre, 5005 45th Ave., Ladner; Since the band was formed in the summer of 2010, The High Bar Gang has been bringing its unique take on old time bluegrass to the people of Western Canada. Vocal harmony is key to the band’s sound, and the blend of Shari Ulrich, Wendy Bird and Kirby Barber along with guitarist Barney Bentall and banjo player Dave Barber is simply stunning. Supported by Rob Becker on bass, and Colin Nairne on guitar and mandolin, the band’s repertoire stays firmly rooted in the golden age of bluegrass music with songs by the likes of Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and Del McCoury. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and go on sale Nov. 10 at genesis-theatre.tickit.ca or by calling 604-940-5550.

• Open Stage: Last Friday of the month (Feb. 24), 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; Entertain and be entertained. Share the stage with a variety of singers, musicians, poets, actors and dancers in this intergenerational monthly evening. Performing not your thing? Then sit back and enjoy the show! Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. Light refreshments served. $5 entry for all. Register for Open Stage at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

• Zodiac Trio: April 21, 7:30 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; Presented by the City of Delta and Vancouver Chamber Music Society. One of today’s premiere clarinet-violin-piano ensembles, the Zodiac Trio is a New York-based ensemble known for presenting masterpieces for their unconventional instrumentation alongside hidden gems and arrangements in a concert experience marked with special gusto, virtuosity and energy. For tickets, visit vancouverchambermusic.com/northdelta.

COMEDY

• Brent Butt: March 3, 7:30 p.m.; Genesis Theatre, 5005 45th Ave., Ladner; One of Canada’s funniest and most recognizable comedians, Butt has performed at the world’s most prestigious comedy festivals, toured internationally, and created and starred in two successful sitcoms (Corner Gas and Hiccups, plus the former’s animated spin-off) and two theatrical comedies (No Clue and Corner Gas: The Movie). Butt also hosts the aptly-named podcast The Buttpod, which kicked off its long-awaited second season in October with guest TV legend Tom Bergeron. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60 and go on sale Nov. 10 at genesis-theatre.tickit.ca or by calling 604-940-5550.

SPORTS

• Arabian Nights: The Story of Aladdin on Ice: March 4, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th St.; Sungod Skating Club invites you on a journey to a magical land with magicians, genies, sultans, flying carpets and princesses. The organization’s 2023 ice show is a journey not to be missed and you will not believe your eyes. Tickets for both showtimes are $20 for adults and $10 for children/seniors/students. Skaters from preschool to our Senior Elite skaters will surely wow both young and young at heart. There will be 50/50 draws, raffle prizes and a great time is anticipated by all. We want to infuse a love of figure skating to all that live in this community. For more show details and to purchase tickets via Eventbrite, visit sungodsc.uplifterinc.com/pages/Ice-show-information or facebook.com/sungodskatingclub.

AUTHOR TALKS

InkWellTold: Feb. 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; InkWellTold is a bi-monthly reading-in-conversation series hosted in partnership by the Delta Literary Arts Society and the City of Delta. Each evening will feature two authors reading and talking about their work followed by a Q&A session. This month’s event features Kyle McKillop — a poet and teacher with a master’s in creative writing whose work has appeared in CV2, Quarandreams, Sustenance and “What I Will Do For Attention” — and Jude Neale, an opera singer, mentor, educator, workshop organizer and facilitator who has written 10 collections of poetry and won the League of Canadian Poet’s Pat Lowther Award. Open to all ages. Register for free at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

HERITAGE

• Punjabi Pioneers in Delta: First 50 Years from 1900-1950: Feb. 25, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; The North Delta Advisory Committee of Delta Heritage Society presents a talk on Punjabi Pioneers in Delta: First 50 Years, from 1900-1950. The presentation will start with the historical background of Punjabi Sikhs in India and their migration to Canada, then focus on the life of Punjabi Sikhs in Delta. Between 1903 and 1908, a total of 5,179 Punjabi Sikhs arrived in Vancouver and Victoria. However, little is known as to how, why or when Punjabi Sikhs moved to the municipality of Delta. After the presentation, the audience will be encouraged to participate in discussion on the subject.

GAMES/TRIVIA

• Word Nerds: First Monday of the month starting Feb. 6, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all humans! Join us for a fun game of word scrambles. Players will be given a series of scrambled letters to make as many words as possible in a set amount of time. Challenge your mind, memory and vocabulary! Compete as a team or as an individual for some wholesome fun! All ages welcome. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

• Thor Trivia: Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Think you know Thor? Test your knowledge of the God of Thunder with our Thor trivia event! Conquer questions on all four MCU movies alone or assemble a team of all the heroes in your household. Whether you’re an Avenger, a Revenger or just looking for some mischief, it’s sure to be a great time. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

• Cars Trivia: March 15, 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Trivia masters, start your engines! Test your knowledge of the world of Disney/Pixar’s Cars with our Cars trivia event. Race through the questions yourself or assemble your pit crew and compete as a team. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

HOBBIES/CRAFTS

• Fraser Valley Quilt Guild Pop-Up Show: Feb. 18, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Come view a display of modern, art and traditional quilts made by both individuals and groups of members. Meet the quilters and enjoy interactive demonstrations of how quilts are made. Questions welcomed. Browse and check out the display of the library’s quilting books too! The Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild is a non-profit society whose purpose is to bring the joy of quilting to the public by way of shows, displays and demonstrations, and to bring ideas and learning experiences to the members by way of workshops, guest speakers and demonstrations. Guests are always welcome, with a free drop-in for the first meeting and a fee of $10 for non-members when there are special guest speakers to help cover costs. Guild meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from September through June, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Rd.

• Knit ‘n’ Stitch: Fridays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Pack up your needles and yarn and head to the library. Knitting, crocheting, quilting and weaving are fun ways to connect across the generations. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques, and good conversation.

• Delta Photo Club: Wednesdays, 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.; via Zoom; The Delta Photo Club is dedicated to improving photography and photographic art in its various forms within the Surrey, North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen communities, including our neighbours in Point Roberts. Meetings are currently held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m., September through May. For more information, visit deltaphotoclub.com.

WRITING

• Young Writers: Second Monday of the month (Feb. 13), 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all young writers! Come explore your imagination and develop your creative writing skills. Join us for creative writing activities, story games, and writing challenges. A program for children ages 9 to 12. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

• Teen Flash Fiction: Last Monday of the month (Feb. 27), 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Flash Fiction is a short, short story, but a complete story, that usually has a surprise last line. Learn how to write flash fiction, which can be as little as six words and as many as 250. Explore creativity and how to come up with ideas, along with different forms of flash fiction, like fan fiction. For teens ages 14-18. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

KIDS/TEENS

• Lego Club: Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Love Lego? We provide the Lego, you bring your imagination! Come play, create and experiment. Lego Club is a fun afternoon program for kids. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

• STEAMpunk Playground: Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Come experiment, craft and get creative with fun activities as we explore Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math (STEAM). Explore how to solve the Playground’s Puzzle Cubes or program an Ozobot, and so much more. Activities vary and are suitable for ages 8-12. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate with their child(ren).

• Babytime: Thursday, 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 Facebook or YouTube.

• Storytime: 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 Facebook or YouTube.

• Cubetto Storytime: Fourth Saturday of the month beginning Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Cubetto is a friendly wooden robot that offers a fun first step into the world of programming while encouraging imagination. Kids aged 3-6 can use Cubetto to learn the basics of coding, logic and pattern recognition. There are no screens to stare at and no reading to do. Join Cubetto for a fun, hands-on storytime.

PARENTS

• Preparing For Kindergarten: March 2 and 8, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; via Zoom; The Delta School District is hosting a pair of free online workshops to help parents prepare for sending their child(ren) to kindergarten. To join either session, go to zoom.us/join and enter code 502 198 9793. For practical tips and short videos to help kids prepare for a successful start to school, visit deltasd.bc.ca/preparing-for-kindergarten.

SENIORS

• Elvis is Back in the Building: Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Come on, Kennedy! Let’s shake, rattle and roll with an encore lunchtime performance by Elvis impersonator Johnathon Hicks. The meal includes pizza, samosas, fresh salads and dessert. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 draw to round out the fun. Doors open at 12 p.m., entertainment runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for members, $18 for guests, and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Call 604-594-2717 for more details.

• 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.

BOOK CLUBS

• Tuesday Evening Book Club: Second Tuesday of the month (Feb. 14), 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.

• Thursday Afternoon Book Club: Third Thursday of the month (Feb. 16), 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.

HEALTH/WELLNESS

• Advance Care Planning Workshop: March 8, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Life happens. Be ready with advance care planning. Advance care planning is a process that supports adults at any stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals and preferences regarding their health and personal care. Advance care planning is for everyone, no matter where you find yourself on your health care journey. Whether you’re a healthy young adult, a senior or someone recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, now is the best time for you to start planning. In a few simple steps you can begin planning that may help ensure you have a voice in your health care now and in the future. 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 at carleef@deltassist.com.

LANGUAGE LEARNING

• Conversation Circles: First and third Wednesday of the month (Feb. 15), 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 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

• 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.

• 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.

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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