• Conversation Circles: Nov. 26, 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 where we read and discuss articles from the West Coast Reader online. Also available on Dec. 3. Register at fvrl.ca.
• North Delta Minor Hockey Bottle Drive for B.C. Flood Relief: Nov. 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sungod Arena parking lot, 7815 112th St.; North Delta Minor Hockey Association is holding a bottle drive this Sunday, and all proceeds will be donated to help support families in Merritt as they work through difficult times after the recent floods. Bottles can dropped off at Sundgod Arena’s parking lot, or contact the association on Twitter or Facebook to arrange a pick up. Cash donations will also be accepted.
• Art & Craft Auction for B.C. Flood Relief: Dec. 9 to Dec. 11; online; North Delta Artisan & Gift Market, a group of over 50 artisans and small businesses in the North Delta area, is hosting an online silent auction to support B.C. flood victims. Forty-nine items by local artist and crafters are up for grabs, with all with proceeds being donated to the Canadian Red Cross. “Please join us, the crafters have donated some beautiful pieces to be auctioned — our way to give a little from our community in this difficult time for many in our province,” says NDAGM founder Sharon Poetker. Bidding opens at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 and closes at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11. Auction items can viewed now at 32auctions.com/NDartauction2021. Donations are also being accepted by e-transfer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or cash (drop off at La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique, #148 – 6350 120th Street, Surrey).
• Watershed Artworks Deck the Halls Christmas Market: Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre, 11415 84th Ave.; Watershed Artworks Society will be hosting its 9th annual Christmas market in halls A and B of the North Delta Rec Centre. Admission is by food or cash donation towards Deltassist’s Christmas Hamper Program. Proof of vaccination is required for everyone 12 and older, and masks are required for ages 5 and up. Vendor tables are limited and reservable on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a table, contact June Bergen-Holt at email@example.com. Co-hosted by the City of Delta.
• North Delta Potters Guild Christmas Sale: Dec. 11 and 12; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; North Delta Rec Centre, 11415 84th Ave.; The North Delta Potters Guild is holding a Christmas pottery sale the weekend of Dec. 11-12. Proof of vaccination and masks required. For more information, visit northdeltapotters.ca.
• 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.
• Sphero SPRK+ Challenge — Speed Coding: Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for this month’s fun Sphero-centered event: The Speed Coding Challenge. It’s a race against the clock! Coding tasks will be given to contestants (e.g. making your Sphero change colour from red to green) and points will be awarded based on the speed at which each task is completed. (Pssst! We won’t tell you the tasks before the program starts, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the Sphero and what it can do.) Space is limited; register and place a hold on one of the library’s Spheros at fvrl.ca.
• Grinch Trivia: Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Journey through Whoville and get in the holiday spirit with our Grinch Trivia event. Participate by yourself or gather together with the other Whos in your household and play as a team. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Guardians of the Galaxy Trivia: Jan. 11, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Are you a Guardians of the Galaxy fan? Turn up the Awesome Mix and test your knowledge of the galaxy’s favourite band of misfits with our Guardians of the Galaxy Trivia Event. Fly solo and participate by yourself or assemble your own Ravager crew and team up with your whole household. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Write On Contest: Nov. 1 to 30; online; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. It is safe to say we all love books, but where would we be without our favourite authors writing those books? To celebrate Author’s Day (Nov. 1), National Novel Writing Month (@NaNoWriMo on Twitter) and the authors we love, and to start a conversation in our communities, FVRL is proud to present our Write On Contest. Enter online at fvrlwriteoncontest.lndg.page/Mxfhg7 by telling us your your favourite author and why you love them for a chance to win the grand prize of a $150 Indigo gift card or one of three $50 Indigo gift card runner-up prizes.
• Virtual Author Visit — David A. Robertson: Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; online; Join BC Interlink Libraries for a special event with David Alexander Robertson. A member of Norway House Cree Nation living in Winnipeg, Robertson is the 2021 recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award and author of many award winning books, including picture books When We Were Alone and On the Trapline, children’s novel The Barren Grounds, and The Reckoner trilogy for teens. This program is open to the public and classrooms, but will geared towards students in Grades 6 to 8. The presentation will be live at youtube.com/watch?v=F5wnJXQvQYQ (no registration required) and there will be some time for questions in the chat. This event will not be available to view after it airs.
• Virtual Author Visit — Carla Funk: Dec. 1, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join B.C. author Carla Funk for a discussion of her new memoir, Mennonite Valley Girl. Funk was born and raised in Vanderhoof, the geographical centre of British Columbia and one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in the province. Though she left Vanderhoof after high school and has lived on Vancouver Island ever since, she still returns in her writing to her childhood hometown, her family, those long Sunday sermons, and the rumble of her father’s logging truck coming down the drive. Suitable for adults. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Stories with Storyteller Kung Jaadee: Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; online; Students in kindergarten to Grade 12, and the general public, are invited to attend this special program with Kung Jaadee, a traditional Haida storyteller, singer, drummer, teacher and children’s book author. Kung Jaadee will share her telling of Squamish legends popularized by Indigenous activist and poet E. Pauline Johnson’s book Legends of Vancouver. The legends she’ll share may include Siwash Rock, Two Sisters (The Lions mountains), and how the Squamish People came to be. Hosted by BC Interlink Libraries. The event will be available to view live (no registration required) at youtube.com/watch?v=0-LjSrBxyvQ and will include a Q&A. This presentation will also be recorded and available for 48 hours after the broadcast.
• Virtual Author Visit — Stacey Chomiak: Dec. 4, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join Chilliwack author and illustrator Stacey Chomiak for a reading and Q&A about her new memoir, Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story. In this young adult illustrated memoir, Chomiak tells the true story of her teenage and young-adult years: of heartbreak, family conflict, trying to become ex-gay, wrestling with her faith, and finding love. Suitable for adults and teens. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Virtual Author Visit — Uma Krishnaswami: Dec. 7, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Dec. 8, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; via Microsoft Teams; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join Uma Krishnaswami for a spirited discussion of her work, Book Uncle and Me, which has been selected as a Reading Link Challenge title for 2021-22! (For more info about Reading Link Challenge, visit readinglinkchallenge.ca.) Krishnaswami has been writing and publishing books, poems and short stories for young readers since the last century — her story collection, The Broken Tusk, has been in print continuously for 20 years. Krishnaswami’s historical middle-grade novel, Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, is a South Asia Award Honor Book and a Junior Library Guild pick. Her chapter book, Book Uncle and Me, is on the USBBY Outstanding International Books list. Krishnaswami teaches writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Victoria, B.C. Individuals or classrooms are welcome to attend. Registration is required at fvrl.ca. This program is presented in conjunction with Surrey Public Libraries.
• Sharing is Caring Book Share: Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Is there a book you are dying to tell people about? Do you have an old favourite that didn’t get the attention it deserves? Or are you just looking for a new book to read? Then join us for an evening of sharing and discussion! Come with a book to share or with just an open mind. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Afternoon Book Club: Dec. 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. December’s meeting will discuss Goodnight June by Sarah Jio. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Holiday Greetings: Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a crafty hour where we will make homemade holiday greeting cards. Come prepared with paper and drawing supplies. Also happening on Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register at fvrl.ca.
• Cookbook Club: Dec. 9, 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! Each month we will explore a culinary theme. At our December session, we will be diving into a discussion of holiday treats. Please come prepared to share your favourite holiday treat recipes, cookbooks, magazines or websites with the group. Register 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 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.
• Ukulele Jam: Nov. 30, 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. To register and/or to place a hold on one of the library’s ukuleles, visit fvrl.ca.
• Joy! Joy! Joy!: Dec. 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; South Delta Baptist Church, 1988 56th Street, Tsawwassen; Delta Choral Society is thrilled to present Joy! Joy! Joy!, a Christmas choral showcase. The society’s traditional in-person Christmas concerts returns with a heartwarming seasonal event featuring three wonderful choirs performing an eclectic mix of choral music — from intimate a cappella pieces to full brass and percussion anthems. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and free for children 10 and under, and available online now at deltachoral.ca or at the door while quantities last. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for entry.
• Uke Jam — Holiday Songs!: Dec. 21, 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. For the month of December, we will be playing holiday songs! Register at fvrl.ca.
• DocuFilm Club: Dec. 16, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a discussion of the documentary film The Russian Five, available via Kanopy. The film depicts the Detroit Red Wings organization enticing five Russian hockey players to defect and sign on with the failing Detroit hockey team during the Cold War. The perspectives of the Red Wings’ owner, GM and five players are portrayed through interviews, dramatizations and ice time. Suitable for adults. Register at fvrl.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.