• Day at the Farm: Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Westham Island Herb Farm, 4690 Kirkland Rd.; Hosted by Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust in partnership with Westham Island Herb Farm, Day at the Farm is a family-friendly event that invites community members from around the region to learn and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of growing quality food here in the Fraser River delta. Visitors can learn more about how farmland supports an abundance of local wildlife and helps to make the Fraser River delta such a special place. Come browse the food vendors, take a hay-wagon ride, watch farrier demos, visit with live farm animals, dig for potatoes, take in (or take part in) the bread and jam contests (entry is free), and enjoy live music from local talent Thorn and Sparrow. Note: there will not be an ATM on site so please bring cash, and dogs are not permitted at the event. More info at deltafarmland.ca/a-day-at-the-farm.
• Luminary Festival: Sept. 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunstone Park, 10400 Delsom Cres., North Delta; The Luminary Festival is a special, sparkling, end-of-summer event. Illuminate yourself with costume and lights, and create a lantern to light the way at this free annual community festival. This year’s edition includes music and dancing, circus performers and buskers, lantern making, beautiful light installations and interactive activities, LED novelties for sale and food trucks, with the Lantern Parade around the site starting at 8:30 p.m. and main stage concert at 9 p.m. Note: there is no parking at Sunstone Park, however free parking is available nearby at the North Delta Recreation Centre and a free shuttle service will run between the two locations starting at 6 p.m. The bus will have room for walkers, wheelchairs and scooters, and is equipped with an automatic lift.
• Shred-A-Thon: Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Circle the date! Start pulling your loose papers together and bring them all down to our fundraising shred-a-thon. Shredding is by donation with tax receipts given for $25 or more. This event is open to the public. For more info call 604-594-2717.
• Delta Studio Stomp: Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; various locations in North Delta; The Stomp returns! On the weekend of Sept. 23-24, 2023, artists in North Delta will open their studios and welcome the public to visit, view their work and chat about art. This annual event includes eight studios/galleries and over a dozen artists. Plan to take the North Delta gallery tour, collect stamps in your tour passport and enter the draw for great prizes. This is a free event, but a portion of any art sales will be donated to the Delta Hospital Foundation. Visit deltastudiostomp.com for more info, including this year’s locations and bios of participating artists.
• Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program: Wednesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Delta Manor Education Centre, 4750 57th St., Ladner; The Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program teaches you how to become personally prepared for a minimum of 72 hours following a disaster and teaches neighbours how to plan and train as a neighbourhood to respond safely and effectively as organized teams during a disaster. NEPP is presented in co-operation with Delta Police, Delta Fire & Emergency Services, the City of Delta and Delta School District, with instructors from Delta Fire Department, Delta Police, Emergency Social Services and Delta Amateur Radio. Register for six-session program ($20 fee) at cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/publicconnect/DeCourse.aspx?id=PD149&prog=PD.
• ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Trivia: Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Ahoy mateys! Think you know about pirates, do you? Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day and test your knowledge of the most dastardly band of swashbucklers on the high seas with our Pirates of the Caribbean trivia event. Participate by yourself or assemble a crew and work together. Just remember to watch out for the kraken! Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Family Games Night: Last Thursday of the month (Sept. 28), 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Kids, teens and young adults are invited to drop by for a night of board games. Different board games will be provided for participants to enjoy. It is a great social time to be with friends or even meet new friends!
• Tim Burton Trivia: Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 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 for free at fvrl.ca.
• Delta Photo Club: Wednesdays, 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.; via Zoom; The Delta Photo Club is dedicated to improving photography and photographic art in its various forms within the Surrey, North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen communities, including our neighbours in Point Roberts. Meetings are currently held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, September through May. For more information, visit deltaphotoclub.com.
• Knit ‘n’ Stitch: Fridays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Pack up your needles and yarn and head to the library. Knitting, crocheting, quilting and weaving are fun ways to connect across the generations. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques, and good conversation.
• Ready, Set, Pull!: Sept. 9, 16 and Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; various locations; The City of Delta is inviting everyone who lives, works or plays in our city to volunteer for our community weed pull events at North Delta Community Park (Sept. 9), Ladner Harbour Park (Sept. 16) and Winskill Park (Oct. 15)! Amazing progress has been made and we hope to continue the trend. Snacks, gloves, equipment and training will be provided, so even if you have never done a weed pull before, you are more than welcome to come. Delta will also be offering prizes to those who come out for more than one event. Community weed pulls are an awesome way for you to learn about our natural ecosystems and take an active role in their protection. High school students: participation counts as part of your volunteer work hours! Register at delta.ca/community-culture/happening-delta/events-calendar/ready-set-pull-2. To learn ivy is being removed, check out the video Invasive Species - English Ivy on the city’s YouTube page.
• Delta Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop: Sept. 23-24; Cory Drive Park, 11700 Cory Dr., North Delta; The BC Wildlife Federation’s Fish Habitat Restoration and Education program presents the Delta Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop, an opportunity to get involved in your local community and learn valuable skills to help promote conservation. Join BCWF to learn about freshwater fish life histories and physiologies (including Pacific salmon and trout), fish habitat, fish identification, freshwater invertebrate sampling and identification, stream morphology and hydrology, riparian vegetation, invasive species, and watershed connectivity.The workshop will span two days and include interactive presentation-style education sessions and hands-on activities. We will be joined by guest speakers, along with members of Kwantlen First Nation. For more info or if you are interested in attending, visit bcwf.bc.ca/fish-habitat-restoration-education.
• Virtual Raptor Meet & Greet: Oct. 6, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join OWL Rehabilitation Centre to learn about local raptors like hawks, eagles and owls, the dangers they face, and how we can help them. Plus, get the chance to meet some live raptors up close on camera and ask all your burning questions! Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Pro-D Day Science Storytime: Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a special version of Storytime during Science Literacy Week as we learn all about math skills the fun way — through stories, rhymes, songs and puppets.
• The Secret of Bees: Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. What are the differences between wasps and bees? Why do bees sting? How can we avoid getting stung? Join presenter Cassie from the Honeybee Centre as she answers these questions and more. Learn all the cool things that bees do!
• Playground Open House: Sept. 23, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. The Playground at FVRL offers customers of all ages free access to fun and engaging STEAM-related learning experiences. Curious about what it has to offer? The Playground features lending collections and in-library experiences. Drop in and explore!
• Joan Galat Author Talk — A Rat, A Rocket and Science: Oct. 3, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Discover how scientific facts and imagination mix, and what happens when a journal-keeping lab rat starts thinking about colonizing Mars. We’ll talk about research, misinformation, and correcting mistakes — both in writing and friendships — in this lively and informative session based on the STEM-themed novel Mortimer: Rat Race to Space. Register for free at fvrl.ca. Joan Marie Galat (joangalat.com) is the award-winning author of more than 25 books. Her writing career began at age 12 when she was hired as a newspaper columnist by an editor who may not have known her age. Joan’s recent book is about a journal-keeping lab rat on the International Space Station who sets out to use science and YouTube to prove his species should be the one to colonize Mars. Written for middle-grade readers, Mortimer: Rat Race to Space is nominated for the 2024 BC Children’s choice Red Cedar Award.
• George Mackie Library Teen Advisory Group: First Tuesday of the month (Oct. 5), 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is for students between the ages of 13-19. TAG members help staff develop teen oriented programs and assist at the bigger library events. They will also act as a library representative in North Delta’s teen community. The monthly meetings are a time to socialize and plan. Membership is a resume booster and helps earn volunteer hours. All teens in North Delta are welcome. Refreshments are served. Registration is required. To join, pick up and fill out the application form and drop it off at the George Mackie Library.
• Aboriginal Storytime and Mask-Making Craft: Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a special Aboriginal Storytime to learn about Aboriginal culture and language and honour the oral tradition. After Storytime, learn about Aboriginal masks and their importance to the culture, then create your own mask.
• Spooky Stuffie Storytime and Sleepover: Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Wear your Halloween costume and join us for a slightly spooky Storytime with one of your favourite stuffed animal friends, then leave them with us for a library sleepover. Stay tuned the next day to see what shenanigans they got up to! Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Starting Your First Job: Oct. 23, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; via Zoom; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us for a 60-minute virtual presentation from the Canada Revenue Agency on handling the financial basics of your first job. Learn about social insurance numbers, TD1 personal tax credits, T4 slips, and pay stubs. Recommended for youths ages 15+. Register for free at fvrl.ca.
• Babytime: Mondays starting Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. 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. This program is best suited to children ages 0 to 2. Looking for more Babytime fun? Check out our on-demand content on Facebook or YouTube.
• Lego Club: Tuesdays starting Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Love Lego? We provide the Lego, you bring your imagination! Come play, create and experiment. Lego Club is a fun afternoon program for kids. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Storytime: Fridays and Saturdays, 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. Learn more at fvrl.ca. Looking for more Storytime fun? Check out our on-demand content on Facebook or YouTube.
• Kennedy Seniors’ Centre Open House: Sept. 5-8; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Happiness is being a member of Kennedy! Our open house will include free drop-in activities, a BBQ lunch and pub night on Friday, and much more. For more information, visit delta.ca/kennedy.
• Choose to Move Program Info Session: Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Choose to Move is free three-month program open to the public that is designed to introduce inactive older adults (50+) to the habit of physical activity and healthy lifestyle changes. It is the perfect program for individuals who are not regularly physically active, unsure how to start, but are interested in enhancing their lifestyle. To participate in the info session, pre-register by calling 604-594-2717 by Sept. 12. The eight-part program will run Sept. 20 to Nov. 29.
• Pickleball 101 for Beginners: Sept. 18 and 25, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Curious about Pickleball? Come and give it a try. We are not official coaches, but we will help you build your confidence by learning the basics of the game. Pickleball is a physical sport; for your safety, proper athletic footwear is required. If you need to get new shoes, please look for indoor court shoes with non-marking soles. For more information and to register, please call the Kennedy at 604-594-2717 or visit the customer service desk.
• Coffee with a Cop: Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Join Const. Joe DeSilva, North Delta’s community liaison officer, for a presentation on the volunteer programs the Delta Police Department offers the community. Free coffee will be provided.
• Diabetes Self-Management Course: Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; This course is brought to you by Self-Management BC of the University of Victoria Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health. The Diabetes Self-Management Program is a free six-session workshop designed specifically for persons experiencing Type 2 diabetes, although people with Type 1 diabetes have also found the program beneficial to better manage symptoms and activities of daily life. Caregivers are welcome. Participants receive the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions companion book. Participants should attend all six sessions to get the maximum benefit. For more information and to register, please call the Kennedy at 604-594-2717.
• Greek Islands Dinner and Dance: Sept. 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Dine on a Mediterranean feast of Greek salad, rice and potatoes, chicken souvlaki, pita bread and tzatziki, provided by Coast Country Catering, then be entertained by Brian Zalo and his band Long Run. There will be a 50/50 draw, a cash bar and door prizes throughout the evening. Doors open and buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m., with live entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $28 for members, $33 for guests, and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tue, Aug. 29. Call 604-594-2717.
• Healthy Eating for Seniors: Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Healthy eating is a key part of aging well. It is a way for you to stay healthy and strong, which is important to maintain your independence and quality of life. In this free workshop presented by Fraser Health, learn how your nutrition needs change as you get older, and about available resources to support your decisions about healthy eating. For more information and to register, please call the Kennedy at 604-594-2717 or visit the customer service desk.
• Bus Trip to Fisherman’s Wharf/Steveston Village: Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Take a trip to Richmond’s Steveston Village and stroll the walkway, shops and eateries on Steveston Landing. Join us for a guided tour of the Georgia Cannery, a National Historic Site built in 1894 that echoes the days when it was the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia. Enjoy lunch at one of the many local restaurants or purchase a bagged lunch from Kennedy’s Café Eighty-Ate to take along. The bus will leave Kennedy at 10 a.m. and leave Steveston Village at 3 p.m. to return to Kennedy at around 4 p.m. Cost is $28 (must be a member of Kennedy to participate). For more information and to register, please call the Kennedy at 604-594-2717 or visit the customer service desk.
• Oktoberfest Dinner & Dance: Oct. 21, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Let’s roll out the barrel and raise a stein for a great dinner/dance! Enjoy a delicious meal featuring chicken schnitzel, and settle in with our live band Max Eleven, back by popular demand. There will be a 50-50 draw, a cash bar and door prizes throughout the evening. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for guests, and go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., buffet dinner is served at 5:30 p.m., and live entertainment runs from 7-9 p.m. For more information and to register, please call the Kennedy at 604-594-2717 or visit the customer service desk.
• Seniors Weekly Golf: Mondays and Tuesdays, 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 Nick Parker at 604-597-6719, or the Tuesday co-ordinator Jerry Sampson at 604-765-5123.
• Drop-In Technology Help: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Tsawwassen Town Centre, 1249 56th St.; ElderCollege Delta offers drop-in technology help most Wednesdays. These sessions are free to members and non-members alike. Drop-in sessions are not intended to be full-blown lessons, rather a little something to help you out with hurdles that you may be encountering while using your device — for example attaching files, saving pictures or purchasing tickets online. Registration is not mandatory but appreciated. For further information or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday Afternoon Book Club: Third Thursday of the month (Sept. 21), 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.
• 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 email@example.com.
• Settlement Workers at the Library (English/Punjabi/Hindi): Second and fourth Tuesday of the month (Sept. 12 and 26), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Are you an international student, work permit holder, refugee, refugee claimant, permanent resident or a Canadian citizen who needs help adjusting to your new life? Do you need help accessing resources or finding the support you need to thrive in B.C.? Free and confidential services are offered to help newcomers and citizens — with all their needs — during the process of settling into their new community. Settlement and Integration Services are free for those who need them in B.C.
• 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.
• Settlement Workers at the Library (Dari/Pashto): First Tuesday of the month (Oct. 3), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St.; Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library. Are you an international student, work permit holder, refugee, refugee claimant, permanent resident or a Canadian citizen who needs help adjusting to your new life? Do you need help accessing resources or finding the support you need to thrive in B.C.? Free and confidential services are offered to help newcomers and citizens — with all their needs — during the process of settling into their new community. Settlement and Integration Services are free for those who need them in B.C.
• 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.
• Singles Social Walking Club: Singles Social Walking Club welcome singles 55+ for walks in Surrey, Langley, etc. on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. Walk start at 10 a.m., followed by brunch 11 a.m. For more info, call Sherry at 604-531-4427 or email email@example.com.