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SURREY EVENTS: Barracuda’s rocking tribute to Heart, and more

Concerts, plays, Christmas events and more in our weekly events guide
Barracuda, a Heart tribute band that features Layla Vaugeois, left, and D.L. Car, plays Donegal’s Irish House in Surrey on Saturday (Dec. 21). See listing under Nightlife. (Photo:

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Christmas Tree Festival at Museum of Surrey to Dec. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. daily. Free admission. “Walk the museum to see trees custom decorated by Cloverdale businesses and vote for your favourite. Local Cloverdale businesses will decorate their own trees throughout the museum. Where else can you find a free, family friendly, indoor Christmas festival that runs the whole month of December?” Event contact: Sandra Borger, 604-592-6952.

“Merry Makers” event at Museum of Surrey on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., 17710 56A Ave. “Be a maker family! Create festive stocking stuffers, hand-crafted ornaments or anything else the special people in your life might enjoy.” Drop-in event. Info: 604-592-6956.

Winter Ice Palace: 22nd annual skating sessions at Cloverdale Arena from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5. “Join us for a seasonal skate in Surrey and get into the Christmas cheer. The arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland with festive lights, decorations and music. It’s the perfect way to enjoy holiday fun with your family. Opening Night Celebration on Dec. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m., with holiday games, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus.” Rentals available. Info: 604-502-6410. Full schedule: For private rentals, call 604-501-5877.

“Christmas with Bollywood Music” event at Vedic Seniors Parivar Center of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey, in a social gathering on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Shanti Niketan hall of Lakshmi Narayan Temple, 8321 140th St., Surrey, from 11am to 3 pm. “There will be live entertainment program with hilarious jokes and Bollywood music. Appetizers will be served in the beginning, Vegetarian Pizza and dessert will be served for lunch. Dr. Sunil Bhatt will entertain all of us with his melodious old Bollywood Hindi songs.” Info: 604-507-9945.


Coffee Concert: More with Fewer: Series concert at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 16, starting at 10 a.m. with a “social hour,” followed by 11 a.m. performance. The Bergmann Piano Duo will be joined by violinist, Mark Fewer former Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster. Info: 604-501-5566

Jazz Vespers at Northwood United Church: Hour-long concert events from September to June, on second and fourth Sundays at church, 8855 156th St., Surrey, 4 p.m. start, Jan. 12: Kristian Alexandrov & Shannon Gaye Quartet.


Donegal’s Irish House: Live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 12054 96th Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-584-2112, Dec. 21: Barracuda (Heart tribute); Jan. 11: Legends of the ‘50s and 60s, featuring music of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis and others.

Dublin Crossing: Live music and more at Irish-themed bar, 18789 Fraser Hwy. 604-575-5470, Dec. 20-21: The Attractions.

The Taphouse Guildford: Music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey, featuring DJ/dance nights (Thurs.-Sat.), live music (Sun./Tues.), karaoke (Wed.), trivia (Mon.). Info: 604-583-8828,

Elements Casino: Live music and special events at 300-seat licensed venue, 17755 60th Ave., Cloverdale. Info:


The Grind open-mic coffee house: Event held on the last Friday of every month at Bethany-Newton United Church from 7 to 9 p.m., with music, poetry and more in a relaxed setting, with featured guests to start the evening. At 14853 60th Ave, Surrey.


Fraser Valley Comedy event at Elements Casino Surrey on Saturday, Jan. 4, featuring headliner Steve McGowan and guest Kevin von Helvete, plus Kelly Brandow, Aaron Arya and host Yo Trieu. Info:


Winter Solstice Gathering 2019 at Newton Arena on Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon to 4 p.m., in event hosted by PLOT Sharing Garden caretakers. “Join Grandma Amy, a Cree elder, and the PLOT and Medicine Wheel team to celebrate in community the turn of the season as we honour both this time of rest and welcome the returning of light.” Info:

North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex grand opening event on Jan. 18 from noon to 3 p.m., 10950 126A St. “Join us for the grand opening of Surrey’s newest recreation facility,” with free public skating, free skate and helmet rentals, skating demonstrations, entertainment and more. Info: 604-591-4410.


Cloverdale Antique & Collectible Show at Shannon Hall and Alice Mackay building on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6050 176 St., Surrey. Admission is $5. “One of B.C.s’ biggest and best Antique & Collectible shows is back. Many new and first-time vendors from all over Western Canada will be attending this show. This event is a must for any collector looking for glassware to records, home decor, toys to advertising.” Earlybird admission $10 at 8 am, General admission $5 for 9-3. Info:, 778-347-6794.


Artist Garage Sale hosted by Youth Arts Council of Surrey on Jan. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., at Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Ave., Surrey. Admission by donation, light refreshments, door prizes. Sell new or gently used art supplies and art-specific items, such as instruments, dance gear, paint brushes, frames, tools and more. Tables are $10. To book a table, email

The Cloverdale Market: “Your Weekly Treasure Hunt” in two buildings with 200 tables and 100+ outdoor spots, open every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, off 176th St. (Hwy 15) and 62nd Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-837-1676,


Ellie King’s “Snow White” at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage from Dec. 20 to 29. “A classic British pantomime written by the incomparable and irreplaceable Ellie King with music written by her brilliant husband and partner-in-crime, Geoff King. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Panto! Original script and original music form the basis of this magical, sparkling, toe-tapping family show.” Presented by The Royal Canadian Theatre Company. Box Office: 604-501-5566.

“One Man Stranger Things: A Parody” at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave., on Jan. 9. “Charles Ross single-handedly fuses all the characters, dialogue, special effects, music, and Eggos of Stranger Things into one superb, upside-down show. This master of the one-man parody show has received great acclaim for One-Man Star Wars and One-Man Lord of the Rings. Come enjoy his take on this Netflix sensation.” Tickets: Zone A: $35, Zone B: $25, 604-501-5566.

The Shoplifters”: An Arts Club Theatre Company production written by Morris Panych, at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage from Jan. 15-25. “Meet Alma, a career shoplifter who prefers the ‘five-finger discount’ over any senior citizen’s deal. When a grocery store theft goes awry, her elaborate life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous security guard and his affable mentor.” Tickets and info: 604-501-5566,

“God is a Scottish Drag Queen 2”: Scripted comedy featuring award-winning comedian Mike Delamont’s irreverent alter ego, at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage on Jan. 31, 8 p.m. ”Dressed in your favourite floral power suit, God descends once more to deliver a new testament.” Box office:, 604-501-5566.

“The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue”: At Surrey Arts Centre’s Main stage on Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Award-winning show has toured the world. “Armed with a sassy-silliness and a g-force of glitter, these girls pack a sparkly punch that will make your heart happy and leave you loving the skin you’re in.” Box office:, 604-501-5566.


New Year’s Eve party at Elements Casino Surrey to feature a DJ and performances by The Neurotics. Ticket includes buffet dinner, champagne toast, party favours and more, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. doors at The Dragon Lounge, 17755 60 Ave. Tickets $90 plus taxes + fees. Bonus gift up to $40 value for Encore members. Info:


Surrey Fire Fighters’ Annual Tree Chip at Newton Athletic Park, 7395 128 St, and also Guildford Town Centre (150 St. & 105 Ave.), on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Each year, more than 40 fire fighters volunteer at the event to remove the trees from your vehicle, and toss them into the chipper. Trees are accepted with a small cash donation.”

Surrey Central Lions Club host tree-chip event at Central City Shopping Centre (10153 King George Blvd.) on Sunday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. By Donation. Proceeds to Surrey Food Bank. Info: Anna Piccolo (, 604-946-1998).

At Holy Cross High School, Christmas tree chipping by donation on Saturday, Jan. 4 and Sunday, Jan. 5 from 10am to 4pm at 16079 88 Ave., Surrey. All proceeds to local charities and youth. Event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus 9534, St. Matthew’s Council. Info: 604-836-5747.


Bear Creek Park Train and MiniGolf: Train rides through the forest at Surrey’s largest park, 13750 88th Ave. For hours and rates, call 604-501-1232 or visit


Development Cost Charge Update Open House at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave, 1E Committee Room A, on Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The City of Surrey is proposing a revised series of Development Cost Charges (DCCs). DCCs are levied on new development to help pay for transportation, water, sewer and other things.” Info: Samantha Ward, 604-591-4326,


Surrey Libraries Reading Buddies: “A time to practice reading together, for kid readers and teen volunteers. Children are paired with a teen volunteer who will spend time reading together in a safe, supportive environment. Reading Buddies happens twice a year, in the spring and fall.” Program is not designed to teach children how to read. Info:


“Because We Are Girls”: Acclaimed documentary about abuse of B.C. girls to be screened at KPU Surrey on Jan. 30, at the Conference Centre. “This is a free screening and open to the public but attendees must reserve a seat.” Special guests to include Jeeti Pooni, Kira Pooni, Salakshana Pooni and documentary director Baljit Sangra, plus keynote speaker Karen Snowshoe. Info:


Surrey Sharks Field Hockey Club: Early-bird registration for the 2020 Minis (U6-U10) and Junior Girls and Boys (U11-U18) season is now open, until Dec. 31. Regular registration will open Jan. 6. Registration includes your player’s annual FHBC membership. Info: Club’s open house is planned for Saturday, Feb. 1 in conjunction with men’s and women’s games at Tamanawis.

2020 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship hosted by Curl BC at Cloverdale Curling Club from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, featuring the best wheelchair curling teams in the province. The winner of the event will get the chance to play at nationals in April at Club de curling de Boucherville in Boucherville, Que.

Surrey Eagles: Junior A hockey club, a BCHL franchise, plays home games at South Surrey Arena on various dates, at 2199 148 St. Schedule and ticket info at, or call 531-GOAL (4625).

Surrey Knights: Junior B hockey club, a PJHL franchise, plays home games Thursday nights, 7 p.m. start, at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex, 10950 126A St. Info:


Family Nights in Cloverdale: “Looking for plans on Friday nights? Join us for an evening filled with family-fun at recreation facilities in Cloverdale. All events are free to attend,” at Don Christian Recreation Centre, Cloverdale Recreation Centre and Clayton Hall. For dates and other details, call 604-598-7960 or visit


Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) offers “creative and stimulating educational activities for adults over 50,” with special evening events at KPU campus in Surrey. Info:


Valley Women’s Network Luncheons held on last Wednesday of every month at Eaglequest Golf Club, 7778 152nd St., Surrey. Event fee $27, or $30 at door for non-members. “Come share your business successes, goals with us and let us help one another.” Info:, 604-940-9355.


New Year’s Eve Pizza Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is $20/child and $25/adult, includes a 3-course dinner, pizza making for the kids, balloon twisting, face painting, and an early countdown. At Unit 105-5570 152nd St. Info: 604-372-1297 or

Ukrainian “soul food” – perogies, cabbage rolls and borscht – available for sale on the last Friday of each month as fundraiser at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Surrey, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Eat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer.” Info: 604-531-1923, 604-581-0313.

Holy Cross Ukrainian Church (13753 108th Ave., Surrey) can provide pyrogies and cabbage rolls for your large family gathering or reunion any time. Sales are held on the last Saturday of every month, except for December, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For big orders, call 778-707-9105. Can deliver.


Newton Talks events hosted by Newton BIA offer dialogue about events and issues in the community. Info: 604-593-2294,


Surrey Hospital Foundation’s fifth annual Celebration of Care Gala at Aria Banquet Hall on Feb. 22, with Virgin Radio host Nira Arora, and emcees from CTV, Keri Adams and Jason Pires.Gourmet Peake of Catering dinner, raffle prize of a car courtesy of Surrey Honda, live auction with showman Fred Lee, and dance party with Dr. Strangelove Band. Tickets and info:


Arts Council of Surrey’s next general meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7:15 p.m. at Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72 Ave. in Surrey. Attendance of 6 meeting is required in order to be eligible for grant applications. For info, call 604-594-2700 or email


Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, “How Green Is Your Muse?” to Feb. 2 “Steve DiPaola: Pareidolia,” to Feb. 2, 2020.

Thursday Artist Talk: Events hosted by Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) on first Thursday of every month at Bear Creek Park facility, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Info: 604-501-5566, Jan. 9: “About the Creation of Graphic Novels” with artist PJ Patten.

Newton Cultural Centre showcases works by local artists in gallery at 13530 72nd Ave, Surrey. Info: 604-594-2700,

Surrey Urban Screen: Digital art shown on screen on side of building at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, at 13458 107A Ave. Exhibit can be viewed from 30 minutes after sunset until midnight. Info: 604-598-5898,


Museum of Surrey: At 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info:, 604-592-6956. “Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story,” shines a light on Surrey’s Punjabi community, to Feb. 23.

Historic Stewart Farm: Facility located at site of 1894 farmhouse and heritage gardens, at 13723 Crescent Rd., South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956,

Surrey Archives: Info: 604-502-6459 or 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.


White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club events at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd St., Surrey, on Wednesday evenings weekly, starting at 7 p.m. “Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Lively music,fun and good exercise. Info: Call 604-586-1367 or visit

Pre-teen Dances at six locations across Surrey on select dates. “We have great concession, awesome light shows, and music that you and your friends will love to dance to.” Info: 604-501-5100,

Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Don Christian Recreation Centre, 6220 184th St., Surrey, on first Tuesday of every month, except July and August, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $4. Call Evan, 604-576-1066.

Dance Without Limits (Surrey) on Thursdays at Chuck Bailey Rec Centre, 13458 107A Ave., Surrey. “The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is offering a free, inclusive art program for children and youth 5-15 years old with any type of disability. Family members, siblings and friends are welcome. The program is run on a drop-in basis.” Info:

Learn to Square Dance events at Chuck Bailey rec centre on Thursday evenings (Sept. to June), 6:30 p.m. start, 13458 107A Ave., Surrey, hosted by Wheeling 8’s Square Dance Club. “We are a wheelchair square dance club that do square dancing in wheel chairs. We welcome people in wheelchairs and their caregivers and any other people that would like to learn. We are a busy club going out to different places to show off our dancing skills.” Contact: Darlene,, 604-358-2841.

T.W. Twirlers Square Dance Club hosts events every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly Church, #110-12332 Patullo Place, Surrey. All-ages event, first night is free admission. “It is ‘Friendship Set To Music.’ Come out and have fun learning to dance and meet new friends, for a social, fun night out.” Info:, 604-358-2841.

Surrey International Folk Dancing meets Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm at Walnut Road Elementary, 16152 82nd Ave., Surrey, from September to June. “First time free, no partner required. Wear comfortable shoes.” $4 drop-in fee. Info: Call Dale, 604-496-4236,


January Marie Lapuz Youth Leadership Award: Applications now accepted for this award, sponsored by DiverseCITY Community Resources Society. Cash prizes of $1000, $600, $400, and $200. A framed certificate and letter of congratulations will also be provided at the awards ceremony. Deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. Winners will be announced in January 2020. Click on “Youth Award” at


Jamming at Fleetwood: Those aged 55+ are invited to join group of senior musicians that meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 15996 84th Ave. “We play for the sheer pleasure of entertaining a dedicated audience who come in to listen or dance, every week. Lunch is available for purchase, and you can try your luck at winning a 50/50 draw.” Info: contact Mildred, email or call 604-789-5037.


“Perfect Arrangement” auditions at Surrey Little Theatre (7027 184th St.) with director Cathie Young, on Jan. 12-13 for run from April 23 to May 30. Play is set in 1950, Washington, D.C. “As the Red Scare looms large, two State Department employees, Bob and Norma, receive orders to expose moral turpitude within the government. But the coworkers are both gay and have married each other’s partners, Millie and Jim, in a picture-perfect façade of domestic, mid-century bliss separated, literally, by a shared closet door.” For info, visit or email Non-equity production, cold read from the script.


Surrey Board of Trade’s annual New Year’s Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at its offices (#101-14439 104 Ave, Surrey) from 5-8 p.m. “We hold this event every January to celebrate the successes of the past year in business, and to wish all our members a Happy New Year. This year’s event is generously sponsored by the Tien Sher Group of Companies and Secure Defence Corporation.” Info:

2020 Surrey Entrepreneur Showcase Series: The Entrepreneurial Journey - What Worked and What Didn’t: Surrey Board of Trade and StartUp Surrey present the first event of the series, featuring Surrey business leaders in different industries and business sizes, 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at Civic Hotel (13475 Central Ave., Surrey). Panelists include Charan Sethi (Tien Sher Group of Companies), Dr. Ryan D’Arcy (HealthTech Connex) and Sara Forte (Forte Law). To register, call 604-581-7130.

Surrey Board of Trade 2020 Economic Forecast Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Civic Hotel Autograph Collection with keynote speaker Pierre Cléroux, Chief Economist of Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). “You will hear what’s expected for our local, provincial, federal, and international economies and what this means to your business or not-for-profit association.” Tickets and more info:, 604-581-7130.

Surrey Women in Business Awards: Nominations sought for 11th annual event, to feature keynote speaker Erin Brockovich on March 12. Nomination deadline has been extended to Jan. 6, in seven award categories. Info: email or call 604-634-0344.


Preschool Open Houses at several sites in Surrey from Jan. 18 to 29. “Drop by a free preschool open house, meet our staff, and tour a facility near you to see for yourself why people choose the City of Surrey for their child’s care.” Registration for preschool programs opens Monday, Feb. 3 at 8:30am. First open house is Saturday, Jan. 18 at Fleetwood Community Centre, 1pm-3pm, also Thursday, Jan. 23 at both Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre and Guildford Recreation Centre (both 5:30-7:30pm). Info:

Free Family Education Series every Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Newton area. Contact Semone Trautman for location details (, 778-240-5431). “This is a free education series for families/natural supports who are supporting an adult loved one with a mental illness.”

Surrey English Language Centre provides free English language classes for new immigrants to Canada with proof of permanent residence, age 17 or older. “We offer full-time and evening LINC classes year-round, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.” To register, call 604-582-7479, email, visit 9801 King George Blvd. (suites #111 and #350), Surrey.

Free “English for the Workplace” classes at PICS in new Project Based Language Training Program (PBLT). “Students will learn and develop soft skills, job search, resume writing, interview skills, networking and much more.” Call 604-596-7722, ext. 138. Free childminding on site.


North Surrey Horticultural Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on third Monday of the month, March through October, in the basement of Grace Community Church, 14618 110th Ave. “We have guest speakers on a wide variety of topics, a show bench, a sharing table, and like to get together and have fun and learn about gardening. We welcome all who are interested in gardening. Come by and drop in to a meeting and join us for coffee.” Info: 604-588-8977.

Cloverdale Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the month, from September to June, at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70th Ave., Surrey. Annual membership is $20, drop-in fee is $3. For information, contact Nancy, 604-530-4197.

South Surrey Garden Club: The club meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday (except August and December) at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 12953 20th Ave. “We have a very active and full program with great speakers, field trips and workshops.” Info: Contact Kathy Starke at 604 535 8264 or visit


Discovery Day at Surrey Nature Centre on Friday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey. Free admission, for all ages. “Enjoy one of the last days of the winter break at the Surrey Nature Centre. Kick-start your nature adventure outside with guided activities and story time in the park, then head inside to explore the Sky room drop in space. This free event is perfect for families.” Info: 604-502-6065, email

Nature Work Parties held at Hazelnut Meadows Community Park, 14069 68 Ave., on select dates including Jan 11 and Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. “Join others in caring for Surrey’s unique urban forest by removing invasive plants and litter from our parks. Everyone is welcome to participate - no experience is required. Tools, training and light refreshments are provided. These events are drop-in, rain or shine.” Contact or call 604-590-7242 with questions.

Birding Walks at various parks in Surrey hosted by Surrey Nature Centre (604-502-6065, Free to attend. “Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks (September through May) to discover Surrey’s birds.” Info:


Divorce Care service program for those going through divorce or separation. Group sessions in Surrey every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. One-time charge of $25 to cover cost of manual/study book. Email or call 604-542-9300.


Navy League of Canada Cadets program welcomes boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 11 to learn good citizenship, leadership, a sense of duty, self-discipline, teamwork, healthy living and respect for others. “Come join us. We parade every Thursday,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1284 184th St. Small administration fee. Contact Ryan Martin,, 778-985-5597.

Ubuntu Ogogo (Compassionate Grandmothers) brings support to grandmothers in Africa who are raising millions of children orphaned by AIDS, by fundraising and increasing awareness in our local community. “We meet the second Wednesday of each month at Fleetwood Villa, 16028 83rd Ave., Surrey, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. New members are welcome and if you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Kathy Cuthbert at or 604-319-1195.”

Surrey Singles Over Sixty: “We are a smaller group that meet for dinners, card games, bowling and dancing, picnics, etc. We are based in the North Surrey/North Delta area. New members are welcome.” Please call either Lyla at 604-594-2860 or Bob at 604-594-3773.

Surrey Trekkers walking club hosts walks for all ages. First five walks are free, then $1 or $2 depending on type of walk, with socializing after walks. Info:

Surrey Beekeepers Association meetings held on third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. start at Honeybee Centre, 7480 176th St., Surrey. Contact Don or Fran Carter, 604-591-3262. “All welcome to attend and learn about bees.”

CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) North Delta/Surrey is a club open to all women graduates, students and associates who support the mission and ideals of CFUW, which provides annual scholarships and bursaries to deserving female graduates who are going on to university. The club meets monthly from September to June. Contact Heather at 604-591-7678 or Eleanor at 604-589-3631.


Surrey No Longer Alone Nar-Anon events Tuesday evenings, from 7:45-8:45 pm, at Newton Bethany United Church, 14853 60th Ave. Free. “The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you.” Info:

Next Steps walking program for stroke survivors held Tuesday mornings at the food court of Central City Shopping Centre, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 10153 King George Blvd., Surrey. “A fun, friendly, easy walking group for stroke survivors. Weekly participation can help you to set goals and stay motivated. Participants walk at their own pace and distance in a safe environment with easy access to washrooms, seating areas and other amenities.” Info:, 778-926-8341.

Peer Family Support Group meets on the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 9803 140th St., Surrey (Newton area). 19+, free. “This is a free support group for families/natural support people who are supporting an adult loved one who struggles with mental health.” For details, contact Jennifer Hopkins (, 778-241-6825).

Mental Health Family and Friends Info Night: “Support and information for friends and family of people struggling with mental illness. New members are always welcome,” on first and third Thursday of every month at SMH- Psychiatry Board room, 4th floor. For more information, call Hardeep 604-574-1976 or

Al-Anon: “When you don’t know where to turn because someone drinks too much, Al-Anon family groups can help.” Call 888-425-2666, M-F, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or visit

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program, on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Elim Village - The Oasis, 9008 158th St., Surrey. “A self-management program designed for people who have completed treatment and are living with or have been affected by cancer. Caregivers are also welcome to attend.” Info:

Surrey Multiple Sclerosis support meetings held on the last Wednesday of every month, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church, 9165 160th St., Surrey. Info: Contact Cheryl (, 604-581-3758) or Barb (778-373-0284).

Tao Healing Group (formerly Soul Power) Surrey: “Learn simple but powerful self-healing techniques for any aspect of life, with Certified Healers and Teachers. Receive free healing and blessings.” Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., “Everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is necessary.” By donation, info: 778-379-9920.


The Versatiles seek retirees to join their ranks – those who like entertaining, singing, dancing or just acting out. Call 604-613-3116 for more information on the group, and for time and locations of rehearsals.

Peace Arch Women’s Chorus rehearses Wednesdays at Newton Cultural Centre from 7 to 10 p.m., 13530 72 Ave. “We are a women’s singing group – we perform a cappella, barbershop style. Visitors, guests, and interested women of all ages are welcome to drop in. Come watch us sing, warm up with us on the risers, find out if you are a Sweet Adeline in waiting.” Info: or contact Jude, 604 892 4997.

The Vaudevillians senior’s entertainment troupe rehearses Mondays at Surrey Free Methodist Church on 96th Avenue. Contact Alannah Jacques at 604-594-6645 or

The Aequitas Singers, a community-based, non-auditioned choir, seeks new members (19+). With philosophy of “justice, respect, equality,” choir meets at David Brankin Elementary, 9160 128th St., Surrey, on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. (at back of the school, near grass field). Contact artistic director Carol Sirianni at or 604-595-6029.


Crime Stoppers is looking for volunteers in Surrey to support ongoing anonymous tips program and crime prevention activities in the area. Interested volunteers may email Anissa Lau at

Whalley Better at Home program seeks volunteers to assist in transportation, grocery shopping and friendly visiting. “This program is designed to help seniors live in their own homes by providing non-medical support services. People with clean criminal background and clean driving record can apply. The selected volunteer will transport seniors to/from their appointments and will help them in grocery shopping. Volunteers must agree to work for at least 6-8 hours per month. Mileage cost will be paid and volunteer training will be provided.” Info: 604.596.7722,

Volunteer Cancer Drivers organization seeks drivers in North Surrey/North Delta and other communities. “We have over 100 volunteer drivers but need more to meet the increasing demand for service to cancer patients.” Info: or phone 604-515-5400.

Guildford Lions Club seeks new members for its work in the community. Club meets on second and fourth Tuesday of month, 6:30 p.m., at Boston Pizza restaurant, 15125 100th Ave. For info, email or contact Joe Brown, 778-319-9606.

Surrey Hospice Society: “Gain confidence by giving back to your community, develop skills for working in Social Work, Counseling, Mental Health professions. We have opportunities for you to join our expanding palliative and bereavement programs.” Info:

Volunteer docents sought at Surrey Art Gallery: Volunteers needed to lead weekday school group tours of gallery’s contemporary art exhibitions. Info: or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Co-ordinator, at or 604-501-5198.

The Learning Disabilities Association of BC is recruiting volunteers for its fall tutoring program to help children and youth learn to read or do math. Training provided. Call 604-591-5156 for info, or email

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland needs volunteer mentors throughout the Lower Mainland, especially in Surrey. “As we grow to support more girls in Surrey, so too must we grow our pool of volunteers.” Info: 604-873-4525,

Fraser Health Crisis Line needs volunteers: “We operate 24/7 and recruit year-round with 5-6 training sessions per year. We are 90 per cent volunteer-based relying on over 27,000 volunteer hours annually to answer nearly 45,000 calls per year. Develop skills for social work, counseling, mental health, policing, E-Comm 911, grad school and so much more.” Info:, 604-584-5811, ext. 1309.

Canadian Cancer Society: “Campaign volunteers and Community Office Support volunteers are needed at our Surrey office at 10362 King George Blvd. For more information, contact or apply directly at

Alzheimer Society of B.C. seeks volunteers to help Surrey families live well with dementia. The society is looking for a volunteer to facilitate its local caregiver support group. “This involves leading a monthly meeting, maintaining group attendance records and using Society materials to provide information to the group.” A time commitment of three to six hours per month is required. Training is provided. Contact the Resource Centre at 604-449-5000 or Info:

Surrey Hospice Society, which offers programs and services in hospice, palliative and bereavement care (all offered free of charge), needs volunteers and also donations to support its programs. To help, call 604-584-7006, email or visit #1-15243 91st Ave., Surrey.

Surrey Art Gallery Association seeks volunteers for its gift shop at its Bear Creek Park facility. “If you enjoy meeting new people and local artists, being around unique and finely crafted artworks by artists from around the Lower Mainland, this is the place for you.” Contact Joan Owen, 604-531-8118.


Hollywood 3 Cinemas: 7125 138th St. (Newton Centre, near 72nd Ave., Surrey). 604-592-4441.

Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716,

Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72nd Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400.

Tom Zillich

About the Author: Tom Zillich

I cover entertainment, sports and news stories for the Surrey Now-Leader, where I've worked for more than half of my 30-plus years in the newspaper business.
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