Happening: week of Aug. 24

Happening: week of Aug. 24

Events, courses and clubs listing for North Delta

THIS WEEK

• Cancer Drivers Fundraiser: Aug. 26; Delta Lion Pub, 11186 84th Ave.; Everyone is welcome to attend this fundraiser for the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. The society provides free, dependable and safe rides to people receiving treatment and follow-up care for cancer. Tickets cost $20 and include a burger and drink, with partial proceeds going to the society. There will also be lots of big prizes to win. Contact kjfundraiser@hotmail.com.

• 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.

• Fluterrific in South Surrey: Aug. 27, 7 p.m.; South Surrey; North Delta-based flute ensemble Fluterrific will be performing at a summer house concert in South Surrey this Sunday (the venue will remain secret until you reserve your seat). Presented by House Concerts in South Surrey, the show will feature seven performers playing several flutes, piccolos, alto flutes, a fife and even a bass flute. Musical selections will span a wide range of genres, entertaining young and old with music from around the world and throughout time. There will also be various visual artists presenting works for sale, as well as a silent auction. The event includes refreshments and prizes. Tickets are only $20 per person, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/Fluterrific and michellecarlisle.ca/performing-groups/fluterrific. For tickets, email lemcd@shaw.ca or call 604-535-9992.

• 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.

COMING UP

• 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.

• Tour De Duck 2017: Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Deas Island Regional Park; At approximately noon, 6,000 yellow rubber ducks will cruise down the Fraser River river beside Deas Island. The owner of the winning duck will get a fabulous weekend stay for two at the luxurious Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast on Saltspring Island. Runner-up prizes include a White Spot-catered picnic for 30, a complete set of Task Tools kits and many other prizes. This second-annual fundraiser benefits Station 8 (Delta) of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer group dedicated to providing search and rescue to the waters around Delta within minutes of being paged, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The event is free to attend, and duck tickets can be purchased online for $5 each, or five for $20. Go to facebook.com/tourddeduck for more info.

• Luminary Festival: Sept. 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 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 for best costume and best lantern. The Parade of Lights kicks off at 8:30 p.m., then Coco Jafro hits the stage with their blend of funk, soul, jazz and afro-beat rhythms at 9 p.m. Be aware, there is no on-site parking. A shuttle will run from the North Delta Recreation Centre starting at 6 p.m. For rainy day plans, check delta.ca.

• Advance Care Planning: Sept. 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Planning now for end of life care is the best way to ensure the treatment you want and the peace of mind you need. Learn how to ensure that your wishes are followed. Presented by the Vancouver Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada.

• 2017 Harvest Festival: Sept. 16, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Greystone Stables, 6085 64 St.; This year will mark the fifth year of the Delta firefighters’ annual festival and fundraiser. Harvest Festival brings the local agricultural community together with other local businesses and community leaders to celebrate the harvest season while raising money for the Reach Child and Youth Development Society to help them finalize their capital campaign to raise money to complete their child development centre in the heart of Delta. Event features locally sourced food for a buffet dinner, live music courtesy of the Joe Fernandes Band, bull riding, casino and other games, a silent auction and a fantastic group of people committed to having a good time and helping their community. Tickets available at deltafirefighters.com/2017-harvest-festival.

• Poetry Night in Punjabi: Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Come hear two published poets/authors read and discuss their work and answer questions from the audience. This evening is offered in collaboration with Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Uttari Amrika and Punjabi Lekhak Manch – Vancouver.

• Travel the World: Photo Fun with Green Screen: Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Come celebrate Science Literacy Week! Drop in and pose for individual or group shots in a jungle, on the moon, at Hogwarts and other exotic locations using the exciting new green screen technology. Photographs will be emailed to the participants. Keva Planks will be available to play with along with colouring sheets too. Everyone welcome.

• Retirement Planning Workshop: Ready for Life After Work: Sept. 23, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Plan your retirement using various financial planning strategies. Learn which financial practices and tools can help you achieve your retirement goals and maintain them.

• Open Mic Night: Sept. 29, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Join us for for our Open Mic. Singers, poets, actors, writers, musicians and composers welcome. Entertain and be entertained. $5 drop-in. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performance starts at 7:30 pm.

• Origami Workshop for Kids: Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Celebrate Culture Days and learn the ancient art of paper folding. Create animals, cranes, owls, lanterns and other various shapes during this hands-on workshop.

• Advance Care Planning: Sept. 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Planning now for end of life care is the best way to ensure the treatment you want and the peace of mind you need. Learn how to ensure that your wishes are followed. Presented by the Vancouver Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada.

• Baby Oral Health Workshop: Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; George Mackie Library; A fun and informative interactive session where parents/caregivers and children 15 months and younger can learn how to properly care for teeth at an early age.

• Celebrate Diwali: Oct. 15, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Bring your family to North Delta Recreation Centre to enjoy and experience a Diwali celebration. Take part in Rangoli, decorate and take home your own diya, get a henna tattoo, and enjoy sweets. $5 per person drop-in.

• Poetry Night in Punjabi: Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Come hear two published poets/authors read and discuss their work and answer questions from the audience. This evening is offered in collaboration with Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Uttari Amrika and Punjabi Lekhak Manch – Vancouver.

• ShakeOut BC: Oct. 19, 10:19 a.m.; Delta will once again be participating in ShakeOut BC Day on October 19th. Millions of people worldwide will practice how to drop, cover, and hold on at 10:19 a.m. during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

• Family Fright Fest: Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Join us for haunted Halloween fun at this free annual favourite. Wear your costume and participate in a spooky scavenger hunt, crafts and games, tricks and treats, and a marshmallow roast. It’s fun for all ages!

• Quit Now Smoking Cessation Workshop: Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Nicotine from smoking is more addictive than heroin and cocaine. If you want to quit smoking, the hardest thing to do is to try and quit by yourself. If you are thinking of quitting, plan to attend this workshop led by a trained health educator who will help you assess your readiness, make a plan and quit. Delta Libraries, in partnership with Fraser Health and Quit Now, is hosting this free workshop on smoking cessation to help you become smoke free by this winter.

• Driving: What You Need to Know for New and Aspiring Drivers: Oct. 25, 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; An interactive session with Karon Trenaman, ICBC Road Safety and Community Coordinator, for teens/new drivers about a variety of topics that include: how to find items on the website such as online practice tests, information on the Graduated Licensing Program, how to access various ICBC resources, safety information for both drivers and pedestrians, how to buy a safe vehicle, and basics of insurance.

• Halloween Skate and Costume Party: Oct. 26, 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Wear your costume and join us for a ghostly Halloween family skate and costume party at your favourite Delta arena. Regular admission applies.

• Open Mic Night: Oct. 27, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Join us for for our Open Mic. Singers, poets, actors, writers, musicians and composers welcome. Entertain and be entertained. $5 drop-in. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performance starts at 7:30 pm.

• Meditation for Stress Management: Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; We all know how physical exercise is at the core of well-being. We take our body to the gym for burning those extra calories, toning the muscles and sweating out toxins. What about taking your brain to the gym? Did you know that chronic stress changes your brain structure and affects your physical and emotional well-being? Meditation is one self-empowerment tool that helps you take the brain to the gym and cleanse it of stress, as well as help to relieve other mental and emotional toxins that accumulate in our fast-paced lifestyles. Join Dr. Suman Kollipara for a session to know more about the science of stress and the neuroscience of meditation. Take home some of the tools and techniques of self compassion healing meditation to exercise your brain, relax and rejuvenate.

• Halloween Skate and Costume Party: Oct. 29, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Wear your costume and join us for a ghostly Halloween family skate and costume party at your favourite Delta arena. Regular admission applies.

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.