• English Conversation Circles: Fridays, 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. We read and discuss articles from the West Coast Reader online. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• End the Stigma Community Forum: April 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; North Delta Secondary School, 11447 82nd Ave.; With opioid crisis continuing to claim lives here in Delta, the City of Delta, Delta Police Department, Tsawwassen First Nation, Delta School District, Fraser Health Authority and Delta Fire Department are collaborating to bring together this community discussion on navigating the opioid crisis as a family member, opioid user or community partner. Hear featured speakers Curtis Joe, (youth worker/advocate with the Delta School District), Dr. Maulik Baxi (B.C. medical health officer) and Guy Felicella (peer clinical advisor), as well as a panel discussion with the speakers and panelists Katie Alexander (manager, TFN Health and Social Services), Kirsten Hermanson (manager of prevention and wellness, Delta School District), Jackie Just (mental wellness public health nurse, Fraser Health) and Kam Singh (substance use counselor, Mukti Society) and facilitator DPD Chief Neil Dubord. Mayor George Harvie will provide opening remarks. There will also be a Q&A session, naloxone training, and exhibitors who provide crisis, addiction and counselling services in Delta and TFN, including The Little House Society, Deltassist, Fraser Health and the Lookout Society. For more info and to register, head to eventbrite.ca/e/end-the-stigma-community-forum-tickets-288219711917.
• 2022 Delta Youth Leadership Conference: April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Seaquam Secondary, 11584 Lyon Rd.; Hosted by the Delta Police Department and Delta School District. Attention Delta Students! Come join us at the 3rd Annual Youth Leadership Conference. We have a full day lined up with some incredible speakers in the morning — award-winning entrepreneur and author Kendal Netmaker, and bestselling author, personal development coach and Champion UP founder Adrian Starks — followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. The day will start with DJ Baron S (the first female DJ for the Vancouver Canucks), students will have the opportunity to win door prizes, and there will be free lunch provided. All student who attend the conference will receive volunteer hours for their attendance. Register in advance at eventbrite.ca/e/delta-youth-leadership-conference-2022-tickets-224225543637. (This event was originally scheduled to take place Jan. 28 but was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.)
• 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.
• Pet Parade: March 25, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. What makes your pet awesome? Join us for a virtual show and tell and introduce us to your animal companions. Share a story about your pet, or tell us about their favourite tricks and treats. No pets? Bring along your favourite stuffie instead. For children ages 6-12. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Word Nerds: March 28, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all families! 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, family-friendly fun. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Creative Art Studio Demo Sessions: April 2, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (ages 6-11) and 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ages 12-18); North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; Hosted by the City of Delta. Come stretch your creative muscles and meet like-minded artists in this open studio format. Come to class with a project idea or two, or maybe a new technique you want to try. A variety of materials and supplies will be on hand to help make your creative dreams a reality, and our instructor will help facilitate your self-directed projects. These are free trial classes, but registration is still required. Kids aged 6-11 can register for the Jr. Creative Art Studio session at ow.ly/MvQ350In5oE, while youth aged 12-18 can sign up for the Creative Art Studio at ow.ly/2uzI50In5oC.
• Teen Paper Crafts: April 7, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all crafty teens! Join us to learn and share techniques about paper artistry. Each month will have a paper craft-themed idea. We will talk about different materials, methods, resources and art makers, and share our results. At our April session, we will discuss recycling and upcycling paper crafts, including collage. Join us for mindful and positive making ideas. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Geohazards For Kids: April 22, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. FVRL is excited to welcome Eryne and Ryan from Statlu Environmental Consulting for this special Earth Day presentation. Geohazards For Kid will start off with an explanation of geohazards before discussing climate, weather and climate change, then we’ll synthesize our new information with a discussion about the atmospheric rivers we experienced on Nov. 15 and 16, 2021. This presentation is targeted towards students in grades 4-7. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Planning for Post-Secondary with Credit Counselling Society: March 29, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Post-secondary education is an important part of creating your teen’s future; it enhances thinking and social skills and increases employability and income-earning potential. However, the post-secondary system is vast and complex. Navigating the system requires clear goals and significant planning. In this workshop/webinar, you will learn how to identify opportunities to discuss money with your teenager, identify the costs for post secondary education beyond tuition and books, recognize the resources available to your teenager, distinguish between conventional “student” funding and different types of student loans, identify different ways to help pay for school including Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and employment, and identify the pointers and pitfalls that students can encounter when planning for and attending post-secondary school. This interactive and fun workshop will last 90 minutes or one hour in a webinar format. We take a “grab-and-go” approach — grab an idea or two and go try it. All participants will walk away with ideas, resources and the full curriculum upon request. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Seniors Weekly Golf: Mondays and Tuesday, starting March 28/29, 8 a.m.; Sunshine Woods Golf Centre, 10646 64th Ave.; Seniors weekly golf registration and play begins at 8 a.m. on Monday March 28 and Tuesday March 29 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.
• Government Benefits for Older Adults: April 5, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Seniors First BC presents an informative overview of numerous federal and provincial government benefits for seniors, including Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Fair Pharmacare, BC Senior Supplement, and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER). Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• InkWellTold — Writing Beyond the Page: Bi-monthly starting March 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; In partnership with Delta Literary Arts Society, InkWellTold is a bi-monthly reading in conversation series. Each evening will feature two readers and a Q&A session. Open to all ages. Admission is free at the door.
• ‘Let’s Get Factual’ Non-fiction Book Club: Last Tuesday of the month (March 29), 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Is fact really stranger than fiction? Join Let’s Get Factual, our virtual non-fiction book club, and find out. The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month to discuss an interesting non-fiction title. The selection for March is The Library Book by Susan Orlean. To register for free and place a hold on a copy of the book, visit fvrl.ca.
• CFUW Book Sale: April 6-9; Scottsdale Centre, 7031 120th Street; The Canadian Federation of University Women North Delta/Surrey chapter’s annual book sale raises funds to provide bursaries to the five secondary schools in North Delta secondary schools (Delview, Burnsview, North Delta, Sands and Seaquam) and also a bursary for Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Donations of books covering a wide range of subject matter — best-sellers, classics, Canadiana, nature, biography, self help, cook books, hobbies and children’s literature, just to name a few — come from the public and are collected in the months leading up to the annual book sale. Both hardcover and softcover books generally sell for $2 each. Unsold books are donated to Write to Read, which provides books for under-served First Nations communities, and to local thrift stores. To donate books or for more information about the club, contact Barb at 604-594-6145 or Eleanor at 604-589-3631.
• Virtual Author Visit — Ashley Spires: April 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. For Humour Month, FVRL is very excited to present Ashley Spires, who will discuss how making mistakes and trying over and over again is part of the process of making funny books for kids. Spires is the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning children’s books and has created many beloved characters, including Small Saul, Esther the fairy scientist, Burt The Beetle and Binky The Space Cat, who is now featured in his own animated television series. This presentation is directed towards kids aged 7-12. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Read Around the World — South Africa: April 8, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Read around the world with us! We’ll announce a new theme or country each month, read something from that area of the world, then drop in for a summary of books from library staff and to share your own favourites. Travel guides, novels, memoirs, cookbooks… the sky’s the limit! Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• North Delta Lions Annual Easter Egg Hunt: April 17, 2 p.m.; Sunbury Park, 10409 Dunlop Rd.; Calling all egg hunters aged 1-11 years! The 52nd annual North Delta Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt is back and in-person for another memorable year. The event goes rain or shine, with the three age-defined hunt areas opening at 2 p.m. sharp for children to start searching for the candy. No Easter baskets please!
• Afternoon Book Club: April 19, 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. This month’s book is This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Library at Home — Armchair Travel: April 22, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Dreaming of exotic destinations? Did you know that you can do much of your travel research through the library? Join us for an overview of some of the amazing resources that are only a click away, including Global Road Warrior, Mango Languages and Kanopy. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Poetry Café: April 6, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all poets! Join us for a virtual poetry café. Come prepared to recite an original poem you have crafted, share a poem from a favourite poet, or come to listen and enjoy. Suitable for adults. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Writers Circle: April 7, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Share your creative writing in a positive and supportive writers group. Listen to and enjoy readings from other aspiring writers. All forms and genres welcome. To attend this program, please come prepared to share a maximum of three double-spaced pages of your original writing. You will be reading your writing aloud to the group. This group is for adults. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• UNBOUND Poetry Festival: April 9, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; The Delta Literary Arts Society and the City of Delta are hosting the inaugural UNBOUND poetry festival showcasing the talents of many local poets, writers and artists through a variety of workshops and performances. Free all-day events to include a poetry films viewing gallery, an interactive blackout/found/magnetic poetry area, a demonstration of art inspired by poetry, “reading-in-conversation” sessions in the theatre, poetry installations, a haiku contest, publishers and booksellers in the upstairs foyer, a silent Auction, concession and an evening poetry slam. Pre-registered events include adult and children’s workshops, and “Blue Pencil Edits” one-on-one writing consultations. For more information or to register, visit dlas.ca or email email@example.com for more information.
• Poetry Café: April 13, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all poets! In celebration of Poetry Month, join us for a virtual poetry café. Come prepared to recite an original poem you have crafted, share a poem from a favourite poet, or come to listen and enjoy. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Virtual Poetry Reading: April 20, 6 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.
• Disaster in the Valley — Floods, Landslides and Atmospheric Rivers: April 20, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. FVRL is excited to welcome Dr. Drew Brayshaw of Statlu Environmental Consulting, a Chilliwack-based firm specializing in hydrology and environmental geoscience. The presentation will be focused on the effects of the atmospheric river storms we experienced in November 2021, with a brief explanation of atmospheric rivers and why these ones were so damaging. The presentation will include some images of Sumas flooding and landslides in the Chilliwack River Valley. It will also include some general descriptions of ways to avoid exposure to these hazards. The session will end with about 15 minutes for questions and answers. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Open Mic: Last Friday of the month (March 25), 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.
• Uke Jam: March 29, 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. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• The Delta Ukulele Circle: First Saturday of the month (April 2), 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.
• Delta Choral Society Presents ‘Connections’: April 30, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; South Delta Baptist Church, 198 56th St., Tsawwassen; Delta Choral Society are excited to announce two in-person concerts next month at the South Delta Baptist Church. This year’s spring offering, “Connections,” will feature three wonderful choirs and a diverse mix of choral music — from intimate a cappella pieces to full massed choir anthems. Tickets are available online now at deltachoral.ca, from choir members, or may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. Children 10 and under get in free.
• DocuFilm Club: April 11, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a discussion of the documentary film The Iran Job, available via Kanopy. Expectations and reality collide when American pro basketball player Kevin Sheppard takes a job in Iran with the Iranian Super League Team. Please note: the film discussed may include adult content. Please consult with the Motion Picture Association film rating system to see if it is right for you. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Toy Story Trivia: April 12, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Think you know Toy Story? Test your knowledge of all the toys in Andy’s room with our Toy Story Trivia. Play by yourself or gather all the toys in your household and participate as a team. Whether you’re a sheriff or a space ranger, it’s sure to be lots of fun. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• How to Solve Puzzle Cubes: April 6, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us as top puzzle cubers tell all! Discover how to unscramble cuber secrets of puzzle solving. Perfect for beginners and experienced cubers looking to take their skills to the next level. In this presentation, local speed cubers Scout Harris and Vianne Chang will introduce the techniques cubers, both beginners and beyond, use to solve the 3×3 Rubik’s cube. They will provide an inside look at the local cubing community, share how they got started with cubing, and explain how you can — and should — get involved. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group: Last Saturday of the month (March 26), 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 email@example.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jasmeet at 604-594-3455 ext. 104 or email@example.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 are welcome. Please call either Bob at 778-545-5350 or Lyla at 604-594-2860.