The Hip Show plays the music of The Tragically Hip during a pair of shows Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 16-17) at Donegal’s Irish House. Saturday’s event is sold out; tickets for Sunday (7 p.m. start) are $10 at the bar, 12054 96th Ave. For details, call 604-584-2112 or visit

The Hip Show plays the music of The Tragically Hip during a pair of shows Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 16-17) at Donegal’s Irish House. Saturday’s event is sold out; tickets for Sunday (7 p.m. start) are $10 at the bar, 12054 96th Ave. For details, call 604-584-2112 or visit

SURREY EVENTS GUIDE for Dec. 13 and beyond

Christmas events, concerts, plays and more in our weekly calendar for Surrey and area

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Gingerbread Village event organized by Downtown Surrey BIA, with prizes up to $1,000. “We invite participants from around the city to construct their very own piece of a Gingerbread Village.” Entries will be displayed at Central City Shopping Centre from Dec.14-16. Five competition categories, including “People’s Choice Award.” Info: 604-580-2321, (entry form due by Dec. 1).

Seniors Christmas Dining Out Series: “Socialize with friends while enjoying Christmas festivities, a delicious meal and great entertainment that’s sure to bring out a sleigh full of holiday spirit,” from Dec. 7 to 15 at various locations and times. Prices vary at each location and registration is required. Info:

Breakfast with Santa events in Surrey: “Enjoy a delicious Christmas breakfast with Santa at a recreation centre near you,” from Dec. 2 to 16 at various locations and times. Cost: $8 per child, $4 per adult; Children ages 2 and under are free; Registration is required. Info:

Winter Ice Palace at Cloverdale Arena from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7. “Enjoy a seasonal skate around the old fashioned pond and get into the Christmas spirit!” Cost: $4.50/person; $3.25 for skate rentals; $1.75 for helmet rentals. Free admission for Recreation Pass holders. At 6090 176th St., 604-502-6410. Full schedule:

“Christmas Classics at the Clova”: Movies shown at Crossridge Church’s renovated theatre; admission by cash or non-perishable food donation to Surrey Food Bank. Tickets at door only, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for the Will Ferrell/James Caan comedy “Elf” (Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.) and the animated “Polar Express” (Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 and 3:30 p.m.). Outside food and drink not permitted in the theatre; limited concession (popcorn, candy bars, pop). Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, at 5732 176th St., Surrey. Info:


Jazz Vespers at Northwood United Church: Hour-long concert events on second and fourth Sundays at church, 8855 156th St., Surrey, 4 p.m. start,

Classical Coffee Concert: “Winter Dreams” event on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 14 at Surrey Arts Centre’s studio theatre, from 10 a.m. to noon. “Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann (the Bergmann Piano Duo) are joined by duo harpists, Miya and Kaori Otake, to perform an array of enchanting winter-inspired music such as Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons and music from Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel.” Cost: $25 and $32, 604-501-5566,

“Oh What a Night – The Christmas Show” at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 6250 144th St. Cast of an internationally renowned tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “celebrates the Christmas season with a brand new show that definitely creates holiday sparkle.” All tickets are $59.50, 604-507-6355,

“A Traditional Christmas” featuring Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and guests, at Bell Performing Arts centre on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. “Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lower Mainland’s most beloved Christmas music tradition. Kick off your holiday season on the perfect note.” Conducted by William Rowson, and featuring host/storyteller Christopher Gaze, plus EnChor and UBC Opera Ensemble. Info and tickets: 604-507-6355.

Christmas with A Touch of Brass: Celebrate the season with the return of the local brass quintet, featuring members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, on Saturday, Dec. 23, 7:30pm, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2350 148th St., Surrey. Tickets: Adults $24, Students/Seniors 65+ $18, Children 12 and under $5, available at Tapestry Music, 1335 Johnston Rd., White Rock, and at the door. Info: 604-538-0906.

The Good Lovelies: Juno-winning group (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore) showcase their distinctive folk-pop style, on Jan. 27 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage, with special guest Desirée Dawson. At 13750 88 Ave., Surrey, 8 p.m. Info: 604-501-5566,

Led Zepagain: Touring band pays tribute to Led Zeppelin on Sunday, Feb. 4 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. Tickets are $45 (plus Service Charges),, 604-542-3055.


“Out of the Cold” craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 12642 100th Ave., Surrey, from 3 to 8 p.m. Free neighbourhood Christmas market featuring booths, holiday treats, quality goods from local artisans and businesses. “All proceeds go toward supporting local schools, Night Shift, Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness, and a children’s orphanage.” Info:, (604) 259-0170,


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,

Kids Market Day on Sunday, Jan. 14, 1 to 4 pm, at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre. “Come out and support our KidPreneurs as they launch their mini-businesses at this event. This creative bunch of hard-working kids will have a wide variety of handcrafted products for sale and are ready to demonstrate their new sales and customer service skills.” Info:


Blues for the Bank: Annual concert/fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, to raise money for the Tiny Bundles program operated by Surrey Food Bank. Featuring the band AgentC and Top Secret and Surrey-based Aequitas Singers social justice choir as guest. Tickets are $35; 604-501-5566 or buy online at 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.

Pyrogy and cabbage roll sale held on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17 (daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Ukrainian Catholic Church, 13753 108th Ave., Surrey, as fundraiser for church activities. Call for info: 604-583-8591.


Christ The King Lutheran Church and its new pastor, Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford, invite people to worship on Sundays at 13388 104th Ave., Surrey, at 10 a.m. “This Christmas season, we have several additional services, including Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. (“Evening of Christmas Carols,” fellowship & singing of Christmas hymns), Sunday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. (Christmas Eve Candlelight Service) and Monday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. (Christmas Day Worship Service).” Info: or phone 604-581-9427.


“Bodyslams for Toys” annual charity event hosted by All Star Wrestling in support of Surrey Christmas Bureau, on Friday, Dec. 15 at Alice McKay building, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, doors 6 p.m./bell time 7:30 p.m. “With every minimum $10 unwrapped toy you, the fans, will receive a ticket to a 2018 wrestling show.” Info:, Front Row $21, General Admission $15.75. 604-710-0872.


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. Learn how these amazing creatures are adapted to their habitat and why our local urban parks are so important for their survival.” These walks are drop-in, rain or shine. “Please dress for the weather and bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.” Info:


Holiday Art Jam for Youth: “Get into the holiday spirit by hanging out and getting creative. Help make a gingerbread house, block print your own wrapping paper, or explore other holiday-themed arts and crafts,” on Thursday, Dec. 14 at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission, at 13458 107a Ave. Info: Contact Edward Westerhuis, 604-591-4194,


“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”: Peninsula Productions does staged reading of Tom Mula’s tale of “Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts, aided by a Bogle, a malicious little hell-sprite with an agenda of his own. This irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens’ classic with warmth and infectious zest.” Directed by Guy Fauchon and starring Linden Banks, Joan Koebel, Tyler Felbel and Anthony Goncharov, at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $15,,

“Sinbad, the Pirates and the Dinosaur”: Traditional British pantomime staged by Royal Canadian Theatre Co. and written/directed by Ellie King, from Dec. 14 to 26 at Surrey Arts Centre. Info: 604-501-5566,

“A Charlie Brown Christmas Show”: Surrey Little Theatre staged story written by Charles M. Schulz and based on the TV special, from Dec. 14 to 17, featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the “Peanuts” gang. Info:, 604.576.8451.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: Panto production based on Victor Hugo’s classic story staged by White Rock Players Club until Dec. 30 at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock. Shows are at 8 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Boxing Day (Dec. 26). For tickets, call 604-536-7535, or visit

“Misery”: Arts Club Theatre Company production staged at Surrey Arts Centre from Jan. 10 to 20. Play by William Goldman based on the novel by Stephen King. “Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his ‘Number One Fan,’ Annie Wilkes. While Annie nurses him back to health, Paul soon realizes that he is not her guest, but her captive, and finds himself writing for his freedom…and his life.” Info: 604-501-5566,


Winter Fest 2017: “Bring your kids to Winter Fest for a fun day of games and activities,” on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Guildford Recreation Centre. Free admission from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 15105 105th Ave., Surrey. “The event is aimed at children ages 6 to 12, but everyone is welcome to enjoy cookie decorating, holiday crafts, games, treats, sports challenges, a photo station and more. Winter Fest is organized in partnership with MYzone and the Youth Engagement Program. If you are a youth interested in helping with the planning of Winter Fest 2017, contact Saskia Van Eyk at to get involved.”


Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566,

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. Info: 604-501-5566,

Newton Cultural Centre showcases works by local artists at 13530 72nd Ave. 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, On view to Jan. 7: “Marianne Nicolson: The Way In Which It Was Given to Us.”


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

Nar Anon: “If you have a family member or friend struggling with addiction problems, then Nar Anon may be the place for you. We meet on Tuesdays at Bethany-Newton United Church on the corner of 60th and 148th St. in Surrey. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.” Info:

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.


Caroline Myss in “The Power of Your Words” workshop at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 11, featuring the American author and speaker in the fields of human consciousness and mysticism. “Learn how to choose the right words when we speak to ourselves and to others, and to be mindful of the words that we use to interpret the experiences of our lives.” Tickets from $57 to $197 via 604-507-6355,


Business Roundtable with BC Education Minister, Rob Fleming: Surrey Board of Trade hosts event Monday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. at board office (14439 104 Ave). “Ask questions or provide comments on the challenges and opportunities for Surrey’s education system and its alignment for the workforce.” Info: 604.581.7130.

Surrey Board of Trade’s Annual New Year’s Business Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at #101-14439 104 Ave, Surrey, from 5 to 8 p.m. Event sponsor Tien Sher Construction Group, supported by Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel as catering sponsor. “We host this event every January to celebrate the successes of the past year in business, and to wish all our members and stakeholders a Happy New Year.” Info:


Donegal’s Irish House: Live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 12054 96th Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-584-2112,

Peacock Bar & Grill: Live music, open-mic nights and more at all-ages venue in Whalley, 10257 King George Blvd. Info: 604-584-1388.

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

The Taphouse Guildford: Upscale music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey, featuring DJ nights and some live bands. Info: 604-583-8828,

Pancho’s Top 40 Rock Club: Live top 40 and classic rock. Tuesday karaoke, Thursday jam night. At 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey, 604-583-3536. Band and special-event info:

Dublin Crossing: Live music four nights a week at 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. 604-575-5470,

Central City Brewing Co.: Live music on select nights at restaurant/bar, 13450 102nd Ave., at Central City, Surrey. Info: 604-582-6620,


The Comic Strippers return to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 9 with improv-comedy show, a parody of male-stripper genre. Tickets ($37/$42) and info:, 604-507-6355.

“Letterkenny Live”: Touring show based on the CraveTV series comes to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on April 6, starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K Trevor Wilson (Dan) and Mark Forward (Coach) in original sketches and stand-up sets from Wilson and Forward. Ticket range from $35 to $75, plus service charges, via


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.


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.


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.

Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Don Christian Recreation Centre (new location for event, 6220 184th St., Surrey) on first Tuesday of every month, except July and August, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $4. For info, call Evan, 604-576-1066.

Scottish Country Dance classes at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd St., Surrey. Hosted by White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club. “First class free, drop-in fee $5.” Events are held on Wednesday evenings each week, starting at 7 p.m. For info, call Maureen at 604-536-1367 or visit

T.W. Twirlers Square Dance Club hosts events every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Royal Heights Baptist Church, 11706 96th Ave., North Delta. 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,


Jamming at Fleetwood: Golden-agers 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.

Newton Seniors Centre Tennis Club seeks experienced, senior (55+) tennis players. “We are not a teaching club, so you must know how to play, serve and score.” For information, call Al or Sue at 604-594-8783, or Jan, 604-502-7844.


Coast Capital Reading Buddies program at Surrey Libraries: “Parents, does your child need practice reading? If your child is in grades 2-4 and could benefit from reading practice, sign him/her up for this free program,” at various libraries in Surrey this fall. Info:


Surrey Museum: Closed for renovations until September 2018. Located at 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info:, 604-592-6956.

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.


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.


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


Volunteer docents sought at Surrey Art Gallery: “Surrey Art Gallery, the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region, is seeking volunteers to lead weekday school group tours of its contemporary art exhibitions.” Application deadline: Jan. 8. “Using questioning techniques and hands-on activities, volunteer tour guides (also known as docents) encourage students to explore a variety of art mediums including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, videos and sound art.” Experience is not required. Next training session begins Feb. 1. Info: or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Co-ordinator, at or 604-501-5198.

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.

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.


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


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.