• English Conversation Circles: Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 3:00 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.
• Ladner May Days: May 27-29 2022; Memorial Park, 5010 47th Ave.; One of B.C.’s largest free family fairs, this three-day event features live bands, free entertainment, a petting zoo, food fair, craft fair, carnival rides and a beer garden for adults. Culminating activity is the 1.5-mile traditional May Queen float parade (Sunday at noon) and the May Queen crowning ceremony. The theme of this year’s festival is “Neighbours Helping Neighbours” as we celebrate and show appreciation for Delta’s frontline workers. Visit ladnermaydays.com for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Public Hearing on Proposed Federal Electoral Boundary Changes: June 9, 7 p.m.; Coast Tsawwassen Inn, 1665 56th St.; The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission of B.C. is holding a series of public hearings to gather comments and feedback on proposed federal riding boundary changes, with one sitting in Delta on June 9. Everyone is invited to attend, and those wishing to make a presentation at the hearing must give notice to the commission no later than one week before, either by mail (Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia, 1055 West Hastings Street, Suite 300, Vancouver, B.C., V6E 2E9), email (email@example.com), by filling out a notice form online or by using the interactive mapping tool at redistribution2022.ca. To see the proposed changes, head to redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca/com/bc/prop/index_e.aspx.
• Delta Fire Open House: June 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fire Hall No. 1, 4645 Harvest Dr.; Delta residents are invited to the 2022 Delta Fire & Emergency Open House. Meet your local firefighters, tour the trucks and watch our firefighting demonstrations and enjoy a barbecue cooked by Delta firefighters. The open house is free for everyone.
• Library at Home — Consumer Research: June 17, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Are you preparing for a big purchase? Just received a new health diagnosis? Have a challenging legal question? We can get your research started with some trusted sources. Join us for an overview of some of the amazing library resources that are only a click away, including Consumer Reports, Consumer Health Complete and the Justice Education Society. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Delta Fire Open House: June 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fire Hall No. 3, 11375 84th Ave.; Delta residents are invited to the 2022 Delta Fire & Emergency Open House. Meet your local firefighters, tour the trucks and watch our firefighting demonstrations and enjoy a barbecue cooked by Delta firefighters. The open house is free for everyone.
• North Delta Family Day Parade and Festival: June 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; North Delta Community Park, 11311 84th Ave.; North Delta Family Day is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Enjoy the parade starting at 11 a.m. and then continue the celebration at North Delta Community Park from noon to 4 p.m. The festival will feature children’s activities including bouncy castles, a Lion-themed slide, a blow-up obstacle course, a kiddies’ paddle boat pool and a dunk tank, as well as a stage show with Bhangra dancers, magician Mike Norden, country rock band The Beaten Path and more. There will also be roving entertainers and a caricature artist on site, and exciting high-level softball from Delta Fastpitch. Community groups, sport organizations and businesses interested in taking part in the parade can email firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a field display for the festival, go to northdeltalions.org.
• Delta Amateur Radio Society Field Day: June 25-26; North 40 Park Reserve, Churchill Street at 72nd Street; Operators with the Delta Amateur Radio Society gather each summer for a 24-hour exercise where they try to make contact with as many far-flung amateur stations worldwide as they can. DARS will be establishing seven radio stations from 11 a.m. Saturday through to 11 a.m. Sunday using voice, data and Morse code. The event is used to hone the members’ skills as they set up and operate their equipment in a remote location independent of existing power and communication infrastructure, a useful skill as the society also helps with the city’s emergency communications in the event of a disaster. The park is open to the public and all are welcome to attend for free. For more info, head to deltaamateurradio.com.
• Storytime: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Fridays, 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 social at facebook.com/ReadLearnPlay.
• Babytime: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; 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.
• Financial Literacy for Kids — Needs & Wants: May 28, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Kids are invited to join us and volunteer Chartered Professional Accountant online to learn the differences between needs and wants. Activity includes listing and comparing a chart of needs and wants. For kids ages 8-11. Register for free at fvrl.ca. Once you are registered, families will receive an email with the relevant documents needed for the workshop.
• Teen Paper Crafts: June 2, 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. We will talk about different materials, methods, resources, art makers and share our results. Each month will have a paper craft-themed idea, and for our June session we will discuss paper celebration-making, with festive ideas using paper to make garlands, lanterns, mobiles, masks and hats. Join us for mindful and positive making ideas. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• The History and Future of Pride: June 3, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. FVRL is excited to welcome award-winning author Robin Stevenson for a virtual Pride Month program. For LGBTQ+ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honour the past, protest injustice and celebrate a diverse community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colourful, but there is a lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. In this engaging and interactive presentation, Stevenson will talk about the history of the LGBTQ+ movement, the challenges still faced by LGBTQ+ people and communities today, and the important work being done by activists to carry Pride forward into the future. Using images and and anecdotes from the book, Stevenson will share historical photographs, stories of contemporary teens and pictures from Pride celebrations around the world. This program is intended for kids in grades 6-12. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Kid Activists — Find Your Voice, Change the World: June 8, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Drawing on the book Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change, this presentation focuses on activism. The book’s award-winning author, Robin Stevenson, will share art from the book, quotes from activists, and stories that emphasize themes from the book. She will talk about how activists experienced or witnessed injustice, how they learned from role models in their lives, and how their work was fueled by a vision of a better future. Stevenson will emphasize the importance of activism being grounded in hope and in the belief that change is possible and worth fighting for, as well as the idea that there are many different ways to be an activist. She will talk about her writing process, discuss how writing itself can be a form of activism and encourage kids to think about what issues they care about and how they might use their own voices to take action on those issues. This session is intended for students in grades 3-7. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Financial Literacy for Teens — Savings & Bank Accounts: June 11, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Kids are invited to join us and volunteer Chartered Professional Accountant online to learn the benefits of saving when making daily financial choices. For tweens and teens ages 11-14. Register for free at fvrl.ca. Once you are registered, families will receive an email with the relevant documents needed for the workshop.
• Financial Literacy for Teens — Goal Setting: June 25, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Kids are invited to join us and volunteer Chartered Professional Accountant online to learn the importance of setting goals to help make dreams tangible and achievable. For teens ages 14-17. Register for free at fvrl.ca. Once you are registered, families will receive an email with the relevant documents needed for the workshop.
• Free Parenting Seminar — Supporting Kids’ Needs: May 31, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunshine Hills Elementary, 11285 Bond Blvd.; Hosted by the Delta School District. Kids are falling through the cracks right now both in education and in our mental health system. Both parents and educators need tools that are rooted in research and psychology for a firm foundation to support the complex needs our kids are facing right now. This seminar, “Bring Them Closer” with Connie Jakab, will cover how to manage anxiety, how to support kids with depression/anxiety/suicidal ideation, how to bring our kids out of mental health crisis, how to impact positive behaviour, and how to help hurting kids flourish. Register in advance: at eventbrite.ca/e/bring-them-closer-with-connie-jakab-tickets-343262636787.
• Free Parenting Seminar — Supporting Kids’ Needs: June 2, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Delta Secondary, 4615 51st St.; Hosted by the Delta School District. Kids are falling through the cracks right now both in education and in our mental health system. Both parents and educators need tools that are rooted in research and psychology for a firm foundation to support the complex needs our kids are facing right now. This seminar, “Bring Them Closer” with Connie Jakab, will cover how to manage anxiety, how to support kids with depression/anxiety/suicidal ideation, how to bring our kids out of mental health crisis, how to impact positive behaviour, and how to help hurting kids flourish. Register in advance: at eventbrite.ca/e/bring-them-closer-with-connie-jakab-tickets-344322015417.
• 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.
• InkWellTold: May 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; In partnership with Delta Literary Arts Society and the City of Delta, 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. Save your spot by registering online at deltareg.ca.
• Author Visit — Dan Santat: June 6, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Meet Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Dan Santat! His many books include The Adventures of Beekle, After the Fall, The Aquanaut, and the illustrations for Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series. Dan Santat will talk about his work, his process, his life and answer questions from the audience in the chat. This presentation for Grades 1 to 4 is sponsored by Public Library InterLINK and will be streamed on YouTube with a livechat for Q&A — no registration required. To access the livestream, head to youtube.com/watch?v=4VyN6_E-bnY.
• Read Around the World — Scandinavia: June 10, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Read around the world with us! We’ll announce a new theme/country each month. Read something from that area of the world, then drop in for a summary of books from library staff and share your own favourites. Travel guides, novels, memoirs, cookbooks… the sky’s the limit. June’s destination is Scandinavia. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Afternoon Book Club: June 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. The title for June is Small Island by Andrea Levy. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• ‘Let’s Get Factual’ Non-Fiction Book Club: Last Tuesday of the month (June 28), 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 will meet on the last Tuesday of each month to discuss an interesting non-fiction title. The selection for June is Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Visit our library catalogue to place a hold on a copy. To register for free and place a hold on a copy of the book, visit fvrl.ca.
• Teen Poetry Café: May 30, 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all teen 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, learn about different poetry styles, and even try your hand at writing a poem of your own. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Young Writers: June 8, 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 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. This program for children ages 9-12. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Poetry Reading: Second Wednesday of the month (June 8), 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.
• Creative Writing Workshop with Robin Stevenson: June 15, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. FVRL is excited to welcome award-winning author Robin Stevenson for this writing workshop. Participants will explore how they can use their own experiences and curiosity to create compelling writing and convincing characters, discuss strategies for finding story ideas, develop their skills at creating complex and believable characters, and discover how well-developed characters can help uncover new story possibilities. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Poetry Reading: July 13, 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.
• Whole Lotta Art: June 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre, 11415 84th Ave.; Whole Lotta Art is back! Please join us on Saturday, June 11 when artist and artisan members of Watershed Artworks Society, and well as members of the community, will be showing and selling their wares. If you would like booth space, please inquire at email@example.com. More info at watershedartworks.ca.
• Open Mic: Last Friday of the month (May 27), 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: May 31, 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 (June 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.
• Ladner Bandfest: June 4-5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Memorial Park, 4690 Garry St.; After a two-year absence due to COVID, this remarkable music event is happening again! Ladner Bandfest brings over 500 amateur adult musicians playing in 17 community concert bands to Memorial Park in Ladner for continuous free 40-minute concerts on two stages all day throughout the weekend, with the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band performing Sunday at 4 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an old-fashioned weekend of concert band music in lovely Ladner, with food services on site by local non-profit TOOB. Event goes ahead rain or shine. Full details at ladnerbandfest.org.
• Spider-Man Trivia: June 14, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Think you know Spider-Man? Test your Spidey senses with our Spider-Man trivia event. Play by yourself or assemble all the heroes in your household and participate as a team. We’re sure to open up a multiverse of fun. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Music Trivia Night: June 23, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a fun night of music trivia! Test your knowledge of popular music from a variety of decades. Play as an individual or as a team (from one device). Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild Open House: May 28, 1 p.m to 4 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Rd.; Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild is celebrating its 45th anniversary with an open house this spring. There will be quilt displays, member vendors, sales of books and magazines, raffles, prizes, a tea corner and much more! For more information about the event and the guild, visit fvqg.org.
• Meet the Playground — Tech Time: June 22, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Do you love cool tech? Join us for an introduction to some of the amazing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning items you can borrow with your library card, including Spheros, Specdrums and more. Get ready to play along with us! Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Summer Solstice 5K: June 22, 7 p.m.; Ladner Leisure Centre, 4600 Clarence Taylor Cres.; Celebrate the summer solstice by participating in a five-kilometre run or walk followed by food and entertainment for the whole family on the grounds surrounding Delta Police Department headquarters. Come out to celebrate summer in our great community while supporting the Delta Police Foundation and their efforts to make our home even better. We have a fantastic race package planned including a custom Brooks running cap for first 190 registrants featuring a design by local Tsawwassen First Nation artist Karl Morgan, a water bottle, plus loads of goodies from our race sponsors. Register now at raceroster.com/events/2022/60186/summer-solstice-5k. Package pick up is at The RunInn (#125 – 1315 56th St.) June 19-21 or on location the day of the race.
• Learn About Amazing Bats!: May 30, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for an engaging presentation online through Zoom from a local bat specialist and discover the value and many amazing characteristics of bats. As co-ordinator of the Burke Mountain Naturalists bat program in Port Coquitlam, John Saremba and a team of volunteers have studied bats in local parks and nature spaces. This presentation will provide information about basic bat biology, what bat species occur in our area, where they live, threats to bats, and bat conservation efforts. Participants will be surprised to find out just how important these species are to our local environment. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Seed Starting: June 26, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Douglas J.Husband Discovery Centre, 4450 Clarence Taylor Cres.; Hosted by the City of Delta. Have you wanted to plant a garden to harvest in the fall and winter? Join us for free to learn some garden tips and tricks to get through the winter and enjoy harvesting some of your winter favourites. Includes hands on seed starting and a 10% off coupon for the West Coast Seeds store at 4930 Elliot St.
• Cookbook Club: June 16, 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 will explore a different culinary theme. At our June session, we will be diving into a discussion of Chinese cuisine. Please come prepared to share your favourite cake 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Self-Esteem Workshop: May 31, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; via Zoom; Deltassist presents an engaging two-hour workshop which provides a brief introduction to self-esteem. It focuses on gaining knowledge and skills with regards to our self-esteem. Individuals will take part in discussions and activities while receiving support from our trained counsellor and peer support specialist. Pre-registration is required by calling 604-594-3455 ext. 104 or emailing email@example.com.
• Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group: Last Saturday of the month (May 28), 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 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.
• Anxiety and Depression Support Group: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; St. Cuthbert Anglican Church, 11601 82nd Ave.; Feeling anxious or depressed? Then come join Recovery Canada’s free, confidential, self-help support group. The Delta chapter meets in-person Tuesdays afternoons (contact Anita at email@example.com or 604-788-4633 for more info) and also virtually Thursday evenings (contact Gilles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-872-8069 for more info). For more info about Recovery Canada, visit recoverycanada.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.
• 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.