Angelo, 7, reads to Grover, 3, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, during a Paws 4 Stories event at the George Mackie Library. The program aims to promote improvement in reading skills for kids aged six and up. (Boaz Joseph photo)

Angelo, 7, reads to Grover, 3, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, during a Paws 4 Stories event at the George Mackie Library. The program aims to promote improvement in reading skills for kids aged six and up. (Boaz Joseph photo)

Happening: week of Aug. 17

Events, courses and clubs listing for North Delta

THIS WEEK

• Bog Escape – Merlin: Aug. 18-20; Delta Nature Reserve; As Merlin’s apprentices, you’re the first ones called upon when Merlin goes missing. Can you navigate this magical land, using everything he’s taught you, and rescue him before it’s too late? Bog Escape merges two things that the Burns Bog Conservation Society is passionate about: escape rooms and the great outdoors. Invite your family and friends to step outside to solve a series of puzzles while discovering the mystery of the natural world that surrounds you. This adventure accommodates two to six people and takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Please visit bogescape.ca for more info and to book your adventure.

• Paws 4 Stories: Aug. 19, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Paws 4 Stories is a St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog community service that promotes improvement in children’s reading skills. When a child reads with a dog, they start to relax and forget about feeling nervous about reading. (Dogs make very supportive listeners.) Therapy dogs and their volunteers will listen to children who want to practice reading aloud. This is a free program for ages 6 and up. Space is limited. so please register by phone or in person after 10 a.m. on the day of the program for your 15-minute reading session.

• Starry Night: Aug 19; Deas Island Regional Park; Join us at Starry Night for an evening to explore nature and Deas Island Park by starlight, featuring nature discovery stations, crafts, drumming entertainment, and a lantern-lit evening walk along a one-kilometer trail. Bring your flashlight to illuminate hidden surprises. More details to come.

• Trinity Lutheran Kids Camp: Aug. 21-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Rd.; Campers ages 5-12 will experience songs, games, skits and stories of God’s love for everyone. Daily outdoor play, weather permitting. All Kids Camp staff have completed criminal background checks. We respect all faith traditions as we explore the Judea-Christian tradition. Registration and info online at trinitylutherandelta.ca.

• Concerts in the Park: The Flanagans: Aug. 23, 7 p.m.; North Delta Social Heart Plaza; Enjoy a free outdoor concerts within a park setting. The Flanagans bring Canadian folk/East Coast traditional tunes for a wonderful evening. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Concerts are cancelled in inclement weather.

COMING UP

• Little Mermaid Auditions: Aug. 27 and 29; The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society is a charitable organization providing quality entertainment to our communities using local talent, including numerous children. The Society is holding auditions for its 2017 Christmas pantomime, “The Little Mermaid,” running Nov. 23 to Dec. 3 at the Surrey Arts Centre. It is looking for 30 or so people to fill a variety of roles, including leads, singers, dancers and a children’s chorus. Contact fvgssproducer@gmail.com for further information or to book an audition time.

• Teen Night: Pizza and Games: Aug. 29, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Do you love to play board games? Are you between 12 and 19 years old? Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies.

• Future of Delta Libraries Public Engagement Meeting: Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Come discuss the future Delta’s libraries.

• Day at the Farm: Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Westham Island Herb Farm, 4690 Kirkland Rd.; Bring the whole family out to spend a Day at the Farm. Admission is free or by donation to the food bank. Come and see all that your local farming community has to offer, including: hay wagon farm tours, B.C. fresh potato dig, antique tractors/farm equipment, B.C. Dairy Association milking demo, mini live auction, draft horse plowing, wildlife conservation displays, rope-making and farrier demos, fresh local produce for sale and Vancouver food trucks. Don’t miss the musical talent show featuring Delta youth at 11:45 a.m., or prepare your best signature dish using a local ingredient and enter to win our homemade food contest at noon. As this is a working farm, please leave your dogs at home.

• Luminary Festival: Sept. 9; Sunstone Park, 10400 Delsom Cres.; It’s a special, sparkling end-of-summer festival. Illuminate yourselves with costumes and lights, and create a lantern to light the way. This year, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we invite you to wear red and white and light up the night for a chance to win prizes.

ONGOING

• Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120 St.; We have a friendly group to help you lose weight. For more information, call Arlene at 604-588-3949.

• Settlement Workers – Punjabi/English: Alternate Tuesdays (Aug. 29, Sept. 12 and 26), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Are you a newcomer to Canada who needs help adjusting to your new life? Free and confidential services are offered to help newcomers with all their needs during the process of settling into their new community. Settlement and integration services are free for immigrants, refugees and their families in B.C.

• Delta Scottsdale Lions Club: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month; The Lions Club is a service club that welcomes both ladies and men. If you would like to be involved in helping in your community, join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (not mandatory) at the Delta Golf Course. For more info call Al at 604-594-8783.

• Recovery International Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; North Delta Evangelical Free Church, 11300 84th Ave.; Recovery International is a weekly community-based self-help mental health group that offers tools and techniques that participants can use to deal with depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger management and a variety of other nervous and mental heath issues. The self-help systems used were developed by the late neuro-psychiatrist Abraham A. Low M.D. and have been helping people for over 70 years. Meetings are led by trained group leaders.

• FVRL Book Clubs: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and fourth Thursday of the month, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.

• Supporting Family Resilience Group: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Delta office – Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser, 4871 Delta St.; The Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers a no-cost support group for parents and caregivers of youth and young adults who are working through mental health and/or substance use concerns. Facilitated by both peers and counsellors, the group meets weekly at our Delta office. Attendees please register prior to your first meeting by phone: 604-943-1878, or email: info.delta@cmha.bc.ca.

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Group: First Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; North Delta; Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) group for individuals with OCD and/or their friends and family. Our facilitated groups offer emotional and social support, encouragement and education in a confidential, non- judgmental setting. These groups are free and available to the public – no matter which city you live in. Please call 604-943-1878 or email info.delta@cmha.bc.ca for dates, times and locations and to register for your first meeting.

• Walk and Talk: Thursdays through Aug. 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Practice speaking English and meet new friends while enjoying weekly evening walks together.

• Mental Health Resiliency Support Group: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; South Delta; Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers a mental health resiliency support group in South Delta for individuals living with a mental health concern or experiencing symptoms. Please call the Delta office at 604-943-1878 or email info.delta@cmha.bc.ca to register for your first meeting.

• Knit & Stitch: Fridays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie 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.

• Monthly Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting: Last Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72nd Ave., Surrey; The Surrey PCSG provides awareness, public education, advocacy, support and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer for men in Delta, Surrey, White Rock and Langley. Men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer, their spouses and guests are welcome. For more info on the Surrey PCSG visit pccnsurrey.ca or call 604-355-4188.

• Crossroads United Church Monthly Community Dinner: Fourth Saturday of every month, doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 5 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 120th St.; Crossroads United Church invites you to their monthly community dinner. Come and enjoy this free nutritious meal served in a casual, safe environment. It is a sit-down served meal and is open to anyone who would benefit from good food in a safe, family-friendly setting. For more info go to crossroads-united-church.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. Every year, CFUW and its clubs award close to $1 million to women to help them pursue post-secondary studies and also provide funding for library and creative arts awards. CFUW clubs provide learning and fellowship through lecture series, book clubs and issues groups, work to prevent violence against women and child poverty, and promote early learning and child care. North Delta/Surrey club meets monthly and is open to all women graduates, students and associates. Call Heather (604-591-7678) or Eleanor (604-589-3631) for info.

• North Delta Newcomers and Friends: NDNF is a ladies social club. Please call and arrange to attend some of our morning walks, coffee times, stitch-and-chats, card games, par-3 golf, potlucks and monthly dinners. For more info please call Kathy (604-583-3691) or Diane (604-543-7345).

ONGOING – COMING SOON

• Parent Child Mother Goose: Mondays beginning Sept. 11, and Fridays beginning Sept. 15; North Delta Family Place – New Hope Church, 11838 88th Ave.; If you have a baby 15 months and younger, sign up for Parent-Child Mother Goose, an interactive nine- to ten-week program offered through the George Mackie Library that helps your baby learn speech and language skills with rhymes, songs and stories. Call 604-594-8155, ext. 224, to register for the Monday (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) program or the Friday (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) program. (Due to funding this program is open to Delta residents only.)

• Storytime: Tuesdays beginning Sept. 12, and Fridays beginning Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (both days); George Mackie Library; Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Suitable for ages 2 to 6.

• Babytime: Thursdays beginning Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Make language fun! Start early with Babytime. 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. Suitable for babies 23 months and younger.

• LEGO® Club: Thursdays beginning Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie 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 five must be accompanied by an adult.