Delta’s Watershed Artworks Society is holding an online auction fundraiser Oct. 8 to 20, 2021, featuring nearly three dozen items donated by local artists. (Watershed Artworks Society photo)

Delta’s Watershed Artworks Society is holding an online auction fundraiser Oct. 8 to 20, 2021, featuring nearly three dozen items donated by local artists. (Watershed Artworks Society photo)

Happening around Delta: week of Oct. 7

Weekly events and community listings for North Delta and beyond

COMMUNITY

• Silent Auction Benefiting Deltassist: Oct. 15 and 16; online; The Facebook-based Sunshine Hills Community Group is hosting a silent auction to raise funds for Deltassist’s Christmas Fund. Local businesses and neighbours are donating items to be auctioned — 43 so far! If you would like to donate, please contact sshillscommunitygroup@gmail.com. To register/bid, go to 32auctions.com/SunshineHills-Deltassist.

• Conversation Circles: Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Practice speaking English in a relaxed and friendly environment. Register at fvrl.ca.

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.

• Among Us — Teen Games Hang Out: Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. For ages 13-18. Come hang out for an afternoon of tasks and traitors as you play Among Us with teens across the Fraser Valley. Launch into space with your fellow crew mates and help sniff out the impostors. To register, visit fvrl.ca. For this program participants will need two devices: one to join the Zoom call on, and one to play Among Us on. The game is free to download on iOS and Android; PC/MAC/Switch alternatives are also available.

• Literacy Games and Fun: Oct. 14, 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Connect with other kids and do fun literacy-related activities and games to help further develop your child’s literacy and reading skills. Perfect for ages 5-11. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Sphero SPRK+ Challenge — Speed Coding: Oct. 19, 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 color from red to green) and points will be awarded based on the speed with which each task is completed. 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. To register, visit fvrl.ca. Don’t forget to check out or place a hold on a Sphero SPRK+ before the program, and make sure to have fun!

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

NATURE

• Invasive Plant Pull: Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.; Ladner Harbour Park; 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. 2 at Pebble Hill Park in Tsawwassen. No prior experience is required, just bring a can-do attitude, gloves, and some water and snacks. Another invasive plant pull is scheduled for North Delta Community Park (112th Street entrance) on Oct. 23. Register by emailing cae@delta.ca.

• 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

• ‘Turnt’ Tursdays (ie totally teen reads, but only the first chapter!): Oct. 7, 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. 14, 21 and 28.

• Reading Spotlight: Oct. 13, 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.

• Afternoon Book Club: Oct. 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. Register at fvrl.ca.

• 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.

• 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.

ARTS/CRAFTS

• Watershed Artworks Society Virtual Auction: Oct. 8 to 20; online; After 18 months of COVID closure with still mounting expenses, we are running this auction to ensure Watershed stands on solid ground. Due to COVID pandemic protocols, and for the safety of our community, we decided to close our shop in March 2020 and cancel all fund-raising events. The shop remained closed for over a year and a half, and as a not-for-profit society we took a huge hit. The City of Delta and Watershed Artworks are working together to fundraise for the Gallery Shop so we can remain open and offset some of our costs. Our thanks to the City of Delta for their support and for hosting the online auction. The auction will go live Oct. 8 and run until the 20th. To preview the nearly three dozen auction items donated by Watershed Artworks members, head to watershedartworks.ca/auction or visit the North Delta Recreation Centre — the items will be on display in the showcases in the hallway leading to the curling and skating rinks. Keep an eye on facebook.com/watershedartworkssociety for a link to the auction once it opens.

• Art Show and Tell: Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Teens! Join us for a virtual art show-and-tell in celebration of Culture Days. Come prepared to share and discuss one of your art creations (painting, pastel, sculpture, cross-stitch art, etc.) and also learn about Creativebug, a FVRL digital resource for art and craft video classes. Register at fvrl.ca.

• Crafty Creations — Bind Your Own Travel Journal: Oct. 20, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us on Zoom to learn how to bind your own travel journal. A travel journal is your own, handmade notebook that can be used for anything. You can even add and remove booklets to use it over and over again. In this introductory workshop we’ll be getting crafty with the help of Creativebug, a FVRL digital resource for art and craft video classes. You’ll need a needle and elastic cord, leather or felt for the cover, paper, and any art supplies of your choice. Suitable for ages 13+. Register at fvrl.ca.

FOOD/COOKING

• Cookbook Club: Oct. 14, 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. For October we will be diving into a discussion of potluck meals. Please come prepared to share your favourite potluck 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.

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.

CLUBS

• The Canadian Federation of University Women – North Delta/Surrey Club: Our club is open to all women who support the mission and ideals of CFUW to address local, national, and international social justice issues. We advocate for appropriate social policy regarding women’s rights, equality, and education. Our club normally meets monthly from September to June for in person meetings but have now turned to Zoom meetings. Our club was unable to hold our annual book sale for the past two years due to COVID-19. The money raised from these book sales fund our five bursaries for North Delta high schools. We hope to be able to hold a book sale in the fall, if COVID restrictions are lifted. For more information about our club, contact Barb at 604-594-6145 or Eleanor at 604-589-3631.



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