The Tsawwassen Sun Festival, including the Rotary Parade on BC Day (pictured), returns July 30 to Aug. 1 after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. (City of Delta photo)

The Tsawwassen Sun Festival, including the Rotary Parade on BC Day (pictured), returns July 30 to Aug. 1 after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. (City of Delta photo)

Happening around Delta: week of July 28

Weekly events and community listings for North Delta and beyond

COMMUNITY

• 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.

• Tsawwassen Sun Festival: July 30 to Aug. 1; Winskill Park; This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Tsawwassen Sun Festival! Don’t miss out on this favourite community festival happening the BC Day long weekend. Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary milestone include a softball tournament, movie night, live bingo, beer garden, food trucks and market place, children’s midway, classic car show and more. As always, the pride of the Tsawwassen Sun Festival is the annual Rotary Parade, which heads down 56th Street from 16th Avenue to Winskill Park on Aug. 1, starting at 11 a.m. Sponsored by dozens of companies and featuring hundreds of local individuals, clubs and businesses, the Rotary Parade brings together the whole festival. For event details, visit sunfestival.ca.

• Summer Fun @ the Park: Aug. 1-5, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wade Road Park, 6500 Wade Rd.; Hosted by Community of Hope Church. People are so disconnected these days, so we’re hosting some fun at the park to bring people back together. Come out for games, crafts, music and snacks — free for all ages. Register online at gethope.ca/summer-fun-the-park-2022 to be entered into the door prize draw and to join in the BBQ on the last day. We are grateful for this year’s community sponsors: Leah Bach & the Abodwell Team, Coast Capital, Bandra Café, Krispy Kreme, The Home Depot, Cobs Bread, Subway and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.

• Delta Community Animal Expo: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Ladner Memorial Park; The Delta Community Animal Expo presented by FortisBC is back! This annual family fun event brings awareness and fundraising to the Tollie Fund, which helps the shelter go above and beyond to provide veterinarian assistance, behavior rehabilitation or other types of support to help Delta’s shelter animals have a chance at a healthy adoption. Bring your leashed friendly dog(s) and check out the local vendors and pet organizations, and participate in games and contests including the Poop Through the Hoop Contest, Rubber Ducky Relay and, new this year, Plinko. There will also be demonstrations in dog agility, training and scent tracking (courtesy of the Delta Police Department), all while enjoying the food trucks and learning about amazing animals and pets for adoption. For more information, visit deltacommunityanimalshelter.ca.

•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.

• 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. Stay tuned for more details on sponsorship opportunities.

KIDS/TEENS

• Babytime: Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th St. (moving back to the George Mackie Library on Aug. 4); 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: Fridays 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th St. (moving back to the George Mackie Library on Aug. 5); 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.

• SRC Performer — Will Stroet of Will’s Jams: July 18-31; online; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Will Stroet is a Juno-nominated musician, nationally recognized educator and former CBC Kids TV star. His high-energy rock-pop music in English and French is full of witty wordplay and sing-along choruses, inspiring kids to be active, creative, caring and community-minded. This four-part performance (“Rock n Roly Guacamole,” “Imagine It,” “Reading Revival” and “Colour It”) is pre-recorded and available to watch on demand via YouTube (https://bit.ly/3bcgtiV).

• SRC Peformer — Elspeth Bowers’s Prince Marvin Puppet Show: Aug. 1-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).

• SRC Artist Visit — Elaine Chen: Aug. 17, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Inspired by the idea of community and togetherness, join picture book illustrator Elaine Chen for an hour long virtual workshop where the kids ages 7 to 12 will be invited to observe the world around them through shapes and, most importantly, have fun drawing together. Chen is a Vancouver-based painter, illustrator and video game artist. Her family immigrated to Canada in 2001, where she fell in love with Canadian summers and grew up in the Toronto area. She completed her degree in animation at Sheridan College and has so far illustrated three picture books: My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Lee; Amelia, The Not-So Small Superhero by Stephanie Lecce; and This is Pomi by Mitchel P. Kennedy. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

• 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

• Evening Book Club: Aug. 9, 7 p.m. to 7:45 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.

• 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.

WRITING/POETRY

• Poetry Reading: Second Wednesday of the month (Aug. 10), 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. An opportunity for local authors across the Fraser Valley to share their poetry with the FVRL community. Each poet will be given up to five minutes to read a poem of their choosing with the group. This program is open to all ages so please keep that in mind when planning your material. Register for free at fvrl.ca.

MUSIC

• Open Mic: Last Friday of the month (July 29), 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.

• Concerts in the Park — Gingembre: Aug. 5, 7 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Enjoy an evening of music in our local parks and public spaces. Events will be cancelled in inclement weather. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair. For full concert series lineup and info, visit delta.ca/community-culture/happening-delta/events-calendar/concerts-park. Gingembre is an alternative/indie chill rock band from Surrey/North Delta. They began collaborating in February 2020 during the early stages of the pandemic. Thanks to a clash of fate, Amber met Kev through a Craigslist ad for a guitarist seeking a lyricist, vocalist and songwriting cohort. So far, Gingembre has released three original singles, “Neither Am I,” “Adrenaline” and “Lovely.” With the recent addition of Brendan on the drums, they look forward to sharing a mix of covers and original tunes around the local music scene. Check them out on Instagram @gingembre.music or your favourite streaming platform.

• The Delta Ukulele Circle: First Saturday of the month (Aug. 6), 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.

• Concerts in the Park — Flashpots: Aug. 10, 7 p.m.; Memorial Park; Enjoy an evening of music in our local parks and public spaces. Events will be cancelled in inclement weather. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair. For full concert series lineup and info, visit delta.ca/community-culture/happening-delta/events-calendar/concerts-park. Flashpots are recognized as one of Vancouver’s top live music bands. Blending hits from the 60s British Invasion and 70s California folk-rock with a dash of 70s Canadian rock anthems, the five-piece band covers all your favorite classic rock songs.

• 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. 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.

FILM

• Emergence — Out of the Shadows: Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; The city of Delta is hosting a screening of the award winning documentary Emergence: Out of the Shadows at the North Delta Centre for the Arts, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Satwinder Bains. For Kayden, Jag and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience. Denial, shame and despair haunted their youths, even threatening their lives. Yet, they’ve emerged. In this gripping feature documentary, their disparate journeys candidly converge around a shared sense of compassion and healing as they bravely convey their often heart-wrenching stories. Confronted with tradition and taboo in their Punjabi Sikh cultures, resisting silence, Jag’s parents and Amar’s mother choose love over rejection, offering courage and inspiration to individuals and communities struggling with acceptance. Tender, thoughtful and teary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows asserts a potent and transformative voice in support of marginalized queer youth and their families. Watch the trailer at youtube.com/watch?v=VNjT3g1bf_Q. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and are available for purchase online at http://ow.ly/LVHh50JWY9E.

HERITAGE

• Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre Private Gallery Tour: July 28, 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. 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.

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.

SUPPORT GROUPS

• 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.

• 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.

• Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group: Last Saturday of the month (July 29), 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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