Volunteers remove invasive plant species from the Delta Nature Reserve. (Lower Mainland Green Team photo)

Volunteers remove invasive plant species from the Delta Nature Reserve. (Lower Mainland Green Team photo)

Happening around Delta: week of Oct. 21

Weekly events and community listings for North Delta and beyond

COMMUNITY

• Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Webinar: Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Heron Hospice Society, in partnership with Fraser Health and First Nations Health Authority, presents a webinar on medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Join us for a session with MAiD Co-ordination Centre team members, who will share information and experience, and answer questions such as who is eligible for MAiD, how does one request MAiD in B.C., what safeguards are in place, what is the process, and where are helpful resources? Pre-registration is required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hhQPF8HDVwrTy-tJ46JIrtDDu1n1uRqcYbwWCdkDRvc/viewform?edit_requested=true. If you have specific questions that you would like addressed during this session, please email them in advance to info@heronhospice.org.

• North Delta Lions Halloween Drive-thru: Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., registration closes Oct. 22; Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th St. (north parking lot); The North Delta Lions Club is holding its first annual spooky drive-thru fundraiser! The event is intended for children ages 1-11 and will feature cute inflatables, a candy chute into the vehicles, and family photos taken with a costume character outside each vehicle for cherished memories. (This event is completely drive-thru so participants must remain in their vehicles.) This year, the club is collecting donations to reach its goal of $1,000 to go towards Christmas hampers for North Delta residents. Spaces are limited, so the event is for registered participants only. Registration is open now through Oct. 22 at northdeltalions.org/lions_halloween%20event.htm. For more information, contact pumpkins@northdeltalions.org.

• Holiday Craft Market: Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunshine Hills Elementary, 11285 Bond Blvd.; Hosted by North Delta Artisan & Gift Market (on Facebook and at ndartmarket.ca). More than 30 crafters will be selling a wide variety of items — lots of great gift ideas! Admission is by donation, with half of the funds raised going to Sunshine Hills Elementary and the other half going to the North Delta Rotary. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, and the Pork Mafia food truck will be on location too. COVID-19 protocols will be in place — proof of vaccination required and masks must be worn.

KIDS/TEENS

• 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.

• Family Forts at Halloween: Oct. 22, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Grab a flashlight, some blankets and pull the pillows off the couch; it’s family forts at Halloween! Wear your Halloween costume, bring your family’s favourite reads and join us in your cozy fort. We’ll show off our forts and have some fun reading together. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Halloween Pumpkin Decoration: Oct. 27, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Have your pumpkin ready to decorate with us while we share Halloween jokes and stories. Get creative with paints, glitter and whatever treasures you find at home. We will show off our pumpkin creations and have fun reading together. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Pet Parade: Oct. 28, 4 p.m. to 5 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. Don’t have a pet? Bring along your favourite stuffie instead. For this October session, Halloween costumes are welcome. For children ages 6-12. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Tween and Teen Pictionary: Nov. 4, 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. How good are your guessing skills? Join us for the classic game of Pictionary. Test your drawing skills, guess each other’s art, and have fun guessing library staff drawings too! For ages 10-17. Space is limited — register at fvrl.ca.

• Picture Book Club: Nov. 18, 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Connect with other kids and have fun reading and discussing various picture books. Helps your child to focus on the ideas in the story and build reading comprehension. Perfect for ages 5-11. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Sphero SPRK+ Challenge — Chariot Building: Nov. 24, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Test your creativity! Come up with a chariot attachment that allows your Sphero SPRK+ to carry around quarters and enter our official Sphero Quarter Carrying Challenge. (No store-bought attachments please.) Prepare a design before the event, then join us on Zoom to show off your design and to see what other people have come up with. There will be three judging categories: Straight Line (program your Sphero to go in a straight line while carrying the most quarters possible), Turning a Corner (program your Sphero to execute a 90-degree turn while carrying the most quarters possible), and Style (decorate your chariot and let the people decide the best looking design. This prize will be decided by a poll completed by participants on Zoom.) Space is limited; register and place a hold on one of the library’s Spheros at fvrl.ca.

PARENTS

• Online Dating and the Teen World: Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Join the Delta School District for a free education session for parents and caregivers presented by Nidha Yaqub and Mary Stewart, SEY workers at Pacific Community Resources Society. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important for parents and caregivers to be proactive in their young persons life. Our team has recognized that website applications have become a place for young people to connect with strangers, which puts them at risk of exploitation. Our team aims to equip you with the tools to approach your child or youth about these topics, as well as provide you with a toolkit that gives an overview of the signs of exploitation along with resources to support young people and families. Register in advance for this workshop at ca01web.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YsdOGqqDkuGdfgMs_uyV7fP2t%203eNkhMU6c. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop. Email questions for Nidha and Mary ahead of time to Kirsten Hermanson, manger of prevention and school wellness with the Delta School District, at khermanson@deltaschools.ca.

NATURE

• Invasive Plant Pull (North Delta): Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.; North Delta Community Park (112th Street entrance); Help protect our green spaces from invasive plants! The City of Delta’s Climate Action and Environment team is hosting a community invasive plant pull on Oct. 23 at North Delta Community Park. No prior experience is required, just bring a can-do attitude, gloves, and some water and snacks. Register by emailing cae@delta.ca.

• Community Invasive Plant Pull (Ladner): Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Ladner Harbour Park; Join your neighbours in helping protect our treasured natural areas from invasive plants. The forest floor and trees are being engulfed with ivy, threatening the health of the trees and ecosystem. Register by emailing cae@delta.ca, or just show up at the time of the event — no prior experience necessary. Please bring your own gloves and refreshments.

• Bat Nature Walk: Oct. 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Ladner Harbour Park; As an official Bat Friendly Community Delta is celebrating Bat Week (Oct. 24-31) and getting into the Halloween spirit early. Bat Week is all about appreciating these amazing animals and their benefits, including eating insects, pollinating flowers and spreading seeds. Join the Delta Naturalists’ Society for an interpretive walk around Ladner Harbour Park and learn about bats and the habitat that supports them. Email cae@delta.ca to sign up for this free event.

• The State of the World’s Birds and How We Can Help: Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join bird conservationist and researcher Derek Matthews for a presentation all about birds. Learn what challenges birds face and how you can help. See some of the local species and get excited about identifying our birds in all seasons. This presentation, along with a FVRL birdwatching backpack, will get you ready to go out bird watching! To register and/or place a hold on a birdwatching backpack, visit fvrl.ca.

• The Salmon Rainforest: Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join library and Metro Vancouver Park staff in exploring the extraordinary life of salmon and discover how they provide food for the forest and more than 100 animal species, including humans! Learn about the salmon life cycle and its role in temperate rain forests, and find out more about library resources and FVRL Playground items that will keep you exploring the great outdoors. Suitable for kids, teens and adults. Register at fvrl.ca.

EDUCATION

• Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate (Part-time) Free Online Info Session: Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by the Delta School District. This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of those wanting to obtain an Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate while ensuring that they receive a more thorough grounding in early childhood education than just the required single course of training. Please pre-register for this information session at 604-940-5550 or by visiting connect37.deltasd.bc.ca (course code: ECE003-1).

• Early Childhood Education Post-basic Studies for Special Needs and Infant/Toddler Free Online Info Session: Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by the Delta School District. The post-basic studies program provides an opportunity for career and educational advancement for ECE graduates leading to a Certificate to Practice as a Special Needs Early Childhood Educator and/or a Certificate to Practice as an Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Educator, working with children under three years old. Please pre-register for this information session at 604-940-5550 or by visiting connect37.deltasd.bc.ca (course code: ECE002-1).

TRIVIA

• Tim Burton Trivia: Oct. 26, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Halloween is just around the corner. Have some frightful fun and test your knowledge of some delightfully spooky films with our Tim Burton Trivia event. Participate by yourself or gather all the creatures in your household and scare your way through the questions together. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Captain America Trivia: Nov. 16, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Trivia masters, assemble! Test your knowledge of the First Avenger with our Captain America trivia Event. Participate by yourself or assemble a team with the other heroes in your household and conquer the questions together. Register at fvrl.ca.

BOOKS/READING

• Poetry Café: Oct. 21, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Calling all poets! In celebration of Culture Days, 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 at fvrl.ca.

• ‘Turnt’ Tursdays (ie totally teen reads, but only the first chapter!): Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Looking for a good read and don’t know where to start? Each Thursday get “turnt” (exited or energized) about some new teen reads. We will pick the book, we will read the first chapter ONLY, and you will listen, doodle your thoughts down, comment and (only if you like) show off your artwork. Request the book if it piqued your curiosity! We will send registered teens some fun doodle sheets by email before each session. For teens in Grade 7 and up. Register at fvrl.ca. Also available on Oct. 28.

• Afternoon Book Club: Nov. 16, 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. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Reading Spotlight: Nov. 17, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a book lover’s discussion — literary insights optional! Library staff will share their current favorite reads, and if you have a book or two you’d like to tell the group about, we’d love to hear it. All genres welcome. Book titles will be sent to participants after each session. Register at fvrl.ca.

FOOD/COOKING

• Cookbook Club: Nov. 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! Each month we will explore a culinary theme. At our November session, we will be diving into a discussion of Mexican cuisine. Please come prepared to share your favourite Mexican recipes, cookbooks, magazines or websites with the group. Register 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 more information or to register, email Carlee at carleef@deltassist.com.

THEATRE

• Killer Verse: A Night of Literary Terror: Oct. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Ave.; The newly-launched Delta Literary Arts Society is hosting its first event on Saturday, Oct. 23. “Killer Verse: A Night of Literary Terror” is billed as a multi-faceted production featuring actors and costumed “un-dead” ushers. The adults-only event will feature fiction and poetry from Canadian horror writers and include performances by local actors. Tickets are $15 and available through Eventbrite or by emailing deltaliteraryartssociety@gmail.com. Snacks and beverages will be available at the venue.

• All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre: Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; online; Join Burnsview Secondary’s online production of Music Theatre International’s All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. The musical revue will feature a fantastic selection of songs from shows including Matilda, Hairspray, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, High School Musical, Jekyll and Hyde, Annie, Mary Poppins, Godspell, Waitress, Mamma Mia! and more. The performance will also showcase the talent of Burnsview’s current Musical Theatre class and bring back alumni from previous shows for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to celebrate Burnsview’s community and history, as the school is celebrating 50 years of learning in Delta this year. It’s going to be a fun night of memories, music and magic. Tickets are available by donation at eventbrite.ca/e/burnsview-drama-presents-all-together-now-an-online-musical-review-tickets-190556789487.

MUSIC

• Ukulele Jam: Oct. 26, 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.

FILM

• DocuFilm Club: Nov. 8, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. In honour of Remembrance Day, join us for a discussion of the documentary film Monuments Men, available for free with your library card via Kanopy (fvrl.bc.ca/musicandvideo.php). The film details the Nazis’ theft of art during the Second World War, and the Allies’ efforts to track down, save and return those artworks. Register at fvrl.ca.

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.



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