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Happening around Delta: week of June 20

Weekly events and community listings for North Delta and beyond
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Delta Amateur Radio Society is holding it's annual Field Day at North 40 Park Reserve June 22-23, 2024. (Submitted photo)

THIS WEEK

• Summer Solstice Run, Walk, and Roll: June 20, 6:30 p.m. at Delta Police headquarters, 4455 Clarence Taylor Cres. Celebrate the summer solstice by participating in a 2K or 5K run, walk and roll, followed by food and entertainment for the whole family, on the grounds at Delta Police headquarters. Come out to celebrate summer while supporting The Delta Police Foundation and their efforts to make our community even better. To register for the event, visit raceroster.com/events/2024/88537/summer-solstice-5k.

• Preparing for kindergarten — Separation anxiety workshop: June 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. The Delta School District presents this free online parent workshop. We know that separation anxiety is a normal part of many children’s early experiences and it’s understandable that kids (and their parents) may be experiencing some unease about starting school. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to prepare for a smooth start to school in September and to help our kids when they do experience anxiety. Please join us for this free online workshop where we will learn together about separation anxiety and share ideas and resources. Parents will be able to begin developing a plan that fits for them and their child. To join the meeting, head to ca01web.zoom.us/j/5021989793. For those not able to make the workshop, related resources can be found at deltasd.bc.ca/preparing-for-kindergarten.

• Pollinator Week Movie: ‘My Garden of a Thousand Bees’: June 20, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at North Delta Centre for the Arts. Did you know that the City of Delta is Pollinator Steward Certified? Come learn about ways to attract pollinators to your home garden or patio planter with a viewing of the documentary Nature: My Garden of a Thousand Bees. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the film starting. Register for free at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

• Delta Amateur Radio Society Annual Field Day: June 22-23 at North 40 Park Reserve. Members of the Delta Amateur Radio Society (DARS) will be participating in the Field Day emergency preparedness exercise June 22-23. The purpose of the exercise is to deploy and operate amateur radio equipment in a remote location, independent of existing power and communication infrastructure. Since its inception in 1933, the annual Field Day event has grown to involve over 35,000 amateur radio operators in North America. Operators, known as “hams,” set up stations in remote locations using emergency power sources such as generators, batteries or solar power, and over a continuous 24-hour period attempt to make contact with as many other amateur stations as possible. DARS will be establishing seven radio stations providing communications using voice, data and Morse code. The park is open to the public and all are welcome to visit from 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday. For more information, please visit deltaamateurradio.com/fieldday. 

• Delta Concert Band Spring Concert: June 22, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at North Delta Centre for the Arts. Come and enjoy a free concert at the North Delta Centre for the Arts performed by our local Delta Concert Band. Donations for goods for the food bank are welcome! Reserve your ticket for free at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

COMMUNITY EVENTS 

• Canada Day at Chalmers Park: July 1, 3 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at 11400 76A Ave. The City of Delta is partnering with the North Delta Lions Club to expand Canada Day celebrations by amalgamating them with the North Delta Family Day parade and festival. This year, Canada Day in North Delta will feature a parade on a new route, opening ceremonies and cake cutting at Chalmers Park, a festival featuring live entertainment with headliners Soulstream, carnival games provided by Delta Church, inflatables, and a cultural corner. The North Delta Lions Club will host their iconic BBQ and the famous Lion Slide inflatable, with Punjabi Maihi Church and Delta Church providing more delicious food options. Also new this year, the event will include an adult beverage garden sponsored by the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society. Capping off the celebrations will be the always-popular fireworks display.

• Canada Day hosted by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at BC: July 1, 2:30 p.m. at Baitur Rahman Mosque, 9570 River Rd. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at BC is once again hosting a ceremony to celebrate Canada Day. This annual event serves as a reminder of our commitment to making this country prosperous and ensuring a better life for all. Following the Canada Day ceremony, a BBQ with vegetarian options will be served. We welcome everyone to join us in this celebration of Canada Day. Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated as it will help us better organize and manage the program: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScP_kL4toLMrbxLxW2N4XZd2y823BkernvtFj_raRKSjGOeeQ/viewform.

• Boundary Bay Airshow: July 13, 12 p.m. at Boundary Bay Airport, 7800 Alpha Way. Alpha Aviation and the City of Delta are thrilled to invite you to the 2024 Boundary Bay Airshow! This year's airshow will delight all age groups with great performances and fan interactions by amazing pilots. A warm welcome to all, especially as we recognize the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Air Force!  Admission is free. Gates open at 11 a.m.

NATURE 

• Pollinator Walk & Talk: June 27, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Douglas J Husband Discovery Centre. Did you know that the City of Delta is Pollinator Steward Certified? Come learn about ways to attract pollinators to your home garden or patio planter, and afterwards take a walk over to City Hall to see an example of a demonstration pollinator garden. Limited to 30 spots; register for free today at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com. 

MUSIC

• Open Stage: Last Friday of the month (June 28), 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 7 p.m., with showtime at 7:30. Light refreshments will be served. $5 entry for all. Register for Open Stage at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com.

• Elise Boulanger: July 5, 7 p.m. at Elliott Street Wharf, 5000 Elliott St., Ladner. Elise Boulanger is a sweet darkness wrapped in orchestral instrumentation. Hailing from Vancouver Island, this chamber-pop artist completely captivates audiences with her haunting avalanche of a voice. Boulanger is a bilingual operatically-trained artist creating cinematic dreamscapes atop bass, cello, violin, piano, drums and ukulele. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Delta Ukulele Circle: First Saturday of the month (July 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. Doors open at 2 p.m, circle starts at 2:30 p.m. Register at cityofdelta.perfectmind.com. More information at deltaukes.com.

• Bossa Dias: July 10, 7 p.m. at Diefenbaker Park, 5579 1st Ave., Tsawwassen. Bob Miller (saxes, clarinet, flute) has been the leader of Bossa Dias since its inception in 2013. The quartet features experienced local Delta musicians (sax, bass, guitar, drums) and plays "chillaxed" Latin jazz ideal for any warm summer evening, coffeehouse or gathering. Think of warm breezes, select beverages, and a warm ocean close by. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Dylan Walker Band: July 13, 7 p.m. at North Delta Social Heart Plaza, 11415 84th Ave. Dylan Walker Band are a pop-rock group based out of Vancouver. They have been praised for their flamboyant stage presence, powerful vocals and sublime songwriting abilities. Since being founded in 2022, they have explored a vast variety of genres including rock, pop, country, punk and blues. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Carly Reirson: July 19, 7 p.m. at Elliott Street Wharf, 5000 Elliott St., Ladner. Carly Reirson transports listeners to a world of nostalgia and timeless emotions with her soaring melodies and honest lyrics. An old soul at heart, Reirson’s music resonates with a deep sense of authenticity, waving tales of love and heartache that transcend generations. Inspired by musical luminaries like Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles and Ella Fitzgerald. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Delta Concert Band: July 23, 7 p.m. at Sunshine Hills Park, 11195 Bond Blvd. The Delta Concert Band is one of the longest-running bands in B.C., currently enjoying its 60th year of providing music for the local community and helping support band students in Delta’s schools via workshops and bursaries. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• The Blueshawkes: July 28, 2 p.m. at Rotary Park, 4550 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner. When one thinks of jumpin', swinging, uptown blues and vintage rock and roll, they might be thinking of The Blueshawks. These four seasoned musical cats will have you tapping your feet and eagerly jumping out of your seat, taking to the dance floor. Dance the night away or sit right back and enjoy the vintage blues sounds of The Blueshawks. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Midnight Honey: Aug. 2, 7 p.m. at Elliott Street Wharf, 5000 Elliott St., Ladner. Midnight Honey is an acoustic cover duo with roots based in Steveston, B.C. Members Brooke and Alana have been singing together since childhood at family band barbecues. With bewitching harmonies, Midnight Honey takes classic songs from a variety of genres, and spins them to create music that's as smooth as honey to the ears. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Rachel Chatoor: Aug. 11, 2 p.m. at Sungod Recreation Centre, 7825 112th St. Rachael Chatoor is a native of Vancouver and has been part of the local music scene since the early '90s. She has worked as a solo artist as well as in collaboration with other musicians as a part of corporate and festival bands such as Hitzone, the Indestructables and Barracuda. She will also be playing at arguably the biggest event Delta has ever seen ever: the second annual Barnside Harvest Festival. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Jana Seale, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. at Diefenbaker Park, 5579 1st Ave., Tsawwassen. Captivating audiences from around the world with her unique, gentle style, West Coast acoustic guitarist/vocalist Jana Seale was a featured full-time guest artist on luxury cruise lines from 2006-2014. Jana’s warm, dynamic delivery returns to the roots of the solo performer, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and the coffeehouses of times gone by. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Karmichaels: Aug. 16, 7 p.m. at Memorial Park, 5010 47th Ave., Ladner. Along with their own original songs, this rock-folk-country group performs an eclectic mix of music that includes country-rock, country, soft rock and Celtic folk, to name a few genres. This group’s musical style is reminiscent of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Mavericks, often referred to as "Americana." Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series, and taking place before Outdoor Movie Night at the park. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Ranj Singh: Aug. 18, 2 p.m. at North Delta Social Heart Plaza, 11415 84th Ave. Ranjit “Ranj” Singh makes music with a distinct Indian-Western flair that draws on the singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist’s love for rock music and heartfelt lyrics. He refers to his unique blend of music as “Indo-Canadian folk.” Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Halifax Wharf Rats: Aug. 23, 7 p.m. at Elliott Street Wharf, 5000 Elliott St., Ladner. This North Delta-based band of high energy tunes features a wide array of the most popular classic rock tunes, Canadian folk classics from the likes of Neil Young, Stan Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot and Stompin’ Tom Connors, plus songs of Atlantic Canada and Irish and Scottish folk and pub tunes. From Johnny Cash to Eagles and The Beatles, The Pogues, Steve Earle, Van Morrison and so much more, Halifax Wharf Rats are perfect for when you want some fun music to sing along and dance to for hours. Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

• Luc LeMans: Aug. 30, 7 p.m. at North Delta Community Park, 11311 84th Ave. Luc LeMans is taking classic grooves back to the dance floor! His original tunes draw on the best musical styles you know and love: '50s rock and roll, '60s soul, '70s disco and '80s synth-pop. You can hear it all when you tune your dial to “Luc LeMans.” Part of the City of Delta's 2024 Concerts in the Park series. Note: the event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

WRITING 

• Writers’ Circles: First Wednesday of the month (July 3), 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the George Mackie Library; First Sunday of the month (July 7), 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Douglas J Husband Discovery Centre. Delta Literary Arts Society hosts these supportive gatherings for writers of all levels with prompts, optional sharing and time for socializing led by caring and creative facilitators Angela Rebrec (Ladner dates) and Anna Eastland (North Delta dates). Sponsored by the City of Delta and Fraser Valley Regional Library.

HOBBIES/CRAFTS 

• 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.

KIDS

• Dragon Racing: July 8, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St. Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Welcome to Dragon Racing, where your imagination takes flight! Design and race your very own paper dragon airplanes. Compete in various challenges, from soaring to the highest heights to navigating the straightest paths. So, grab your paper and fold your wings, because it's time to let your dragons soar and conquer the skies. All supplies provided. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

• Lizards in the Library: July 12, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St. Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Have you ever wanted to see some reptiles up close and personal? Kevin from West Coast Exotics BC is coming with some scaly critters (some are re-homed pets!) to learn about and see if you're brave enough to pet or hold.

• Summer Crafts for Kids: July 18, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St. Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us to make some special summer paper crafts. Activities vary and are suitable for ages 5-12. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate with their child(ren).

• Mysterious Creatures of the Night: July 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St. Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Glowing eyes, moonlit millipedes, and echoes through the forest — what is nature up to after dark? Join a park interpreter from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to discover the mysterious creatures who come out at night. See real specimens and enjoy games/activities. While all ages are welcome, this program is recommended for ages 4-9.

• Tweens Creative Writing with ChatGPT: July 22, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St. Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all aspiring authors aged 10-13! Step into the world of storytelling with ChatGPT! Learn how to use generative AI to craft captivating short stories, explore imaginative worlds, and bring your characters to life. Unleash your storytelling potential through creative writing activities, story games, and writing challenges. Registration is required.

• Parrots in the Library: July 24, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St. Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Lorraine Livesey and friends from Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary will be coming to the library to talk parrots. Do all parrots talk? Are parrots good pets? Why do some birds fly and other birds can’t? Bring your curiosity and questions as we explore the world of parrots. Sherlock, a blue-and-gold macaw, and Huey, a Quaker parrot, will be at the talk as well.

SENIORS

. Senior Saturdays: Weekly from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St. Fraser Valley Regional Library encourages seniors to drop by the the George Mackie for a cup of tea and some conversation every Saturday, beginning July 6.

• Drop-In Technology Help: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Tsawwassen Town Centre, 1249 56th St.; ElderCollege Delta offers drop-in technology help most Wednesdays. For further information or to register, please email eldercollegedelta@gmail.com. 

BOOK CLUBS 

• Tuesday Evening Book Club: second Tuesday of the month (June 11), 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided. 

HEALTH/WELLNESS 

• Yin Yoga: Every Monday, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120th St.; The main goal of Yin Yoga is to open joints, stretch deep tissue and release deep, long held emotion. In Yin Yoga we learn how to better listen to our bodies, by allowing ourselves to slow down enough to listen to the clues from the unconscious mind of what is actually going on we learn everything we need to know. Note: You will want to have a few pillows (couch, bed or throw pillows will work fine), as well as a blanket or two to ensure you are nice and comfy as well as fully supported for your practice. Register by emailing Carlee (carleef@deltassist.com) two days before the class. 

• Restorative Yoga: Every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120th St.; Restorative Yoga is designed to provide support and help the body relax. Often referred to as active relaxation we learn to fully support our physical bodies in order to allow for a gentle opening and softening in to relaxation. Register by emailing Carlee (carleef@deltassist.com) two days before the class. 

• Hatha Yoga, Breath & Mindfulness Meditation: Every Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120th St.; Whether you’re seeking stress relief, improved flexibility, or simply a moment of tranquility in your busy day and life, these classes will provide a nurturing space for you to unwind and connect with yourself from a space of kindness and compassion. Register by emailing Carlee (carleef@deltassist.com) two days before the class. 

OUTREACH/SUPPORT

• Deltassist has many options. For full details, visit deltassist.com/counselling. 



James Smith

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