• Breakfast with Santa and Children’s Workshop: Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Come join us for a breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and a fun children’s workshop from 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets now on sale: adults $6, and children three to 12 years old $4. Call 604-594-2717.
• A Morning with Santa: Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; South Delta Recreation Centre; Enjoy an event for the whole family, including breakfast, photos with Santa, crafts, photo booths and skating. All those attending must purchase a ticket at your local recreation centre. Tickets $10.50 per person.
• Paws 4 Stories: Dec. 9, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Paws 4 Stories is a St. John 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 to book your 15-minute reading session.
• Does Religion Promote Extremism?: Dec. 9, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Baitur Rahman Mosque, 9570 River Rd., Delta; The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Women’s Auxiliary is holding its annual interfaith symposium, with this year’s topic being “Does Religion Promote Extremism?” In this ladies-only event, prominent scholars from the Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh faiths will present their viewpoints on the topic. The conference will be moderated by Delta Coun. Sylvia Bishop. An open dialogue and a question-and-answer session that aims to provide the tools and methods necessary to maintain peace in society will follow the presentations. Admission is free; daycare and refreshments are provided.
• North Delta Minor Hockey Bottle Drive: Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Come out and help support the North Delta Minor Hockey Association H3. Please drop your empty cans and bottles at the Sungod parking lot. Bottle drive goes ahead rain or shine (hopefully shine).
• Canada 150 Free Skate and City of Delta Celebration: Dec. 10, 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Delta has partnered with the North Delta Minor Hockey Association to host a free skating party. As part of the event, Delta will unveil an interpretive timeline of its history in two forms – a static display and a digital kiosk – designed to highlight significant milestones and successes in Delta’s history.
• Blue Christmas Worship: Dec. 10, 3 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 120th St.; Crossroads United Church welcomes all who are struggling, all who are grieving, all who feel just a bit out of step with the “ho-ho-ho” of this season for a service called Blue Christmas. A gracious space is created in which it’s okay to feel however you’re feeling, and there’s time and space in which to reflect. It’s a quiet, meditative service, with carols, prayers and Scripture readings, and room for each person present to name their losses and light a candle in memory of a loved one. A brief time of fellowship with refreshments will follow the service. For more information visit crossroads-united-church.ca/event/blue-christmas-worship, or call 778-593-1043.
• Wake Up Santa: Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Santa awakens from a long winter’s nap … oh no! Has he missed Christmas Eve? No, there’s still time. Come and find out what happens in this Christmas puppet show. Fun for the whole family.
• Delta Concert Band Christmas Concert: Dec. 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Join the Delta Concert Band for a Christmas concert. Everyone welcome, admission by donation at the door.
• Skate in Whoville: Dec. 14, 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Not feeling the holiday spirit? Channel your inner Grinch this season at Skate in Whoville. This themed skate will be decorated in Whoville fashion and you can expect to take some selfies with the Grinch himself.
• Delta Music Makers Christmas Concert: Dec. 16, 2 p.m.; All Saints Anglican Church, 4755 Arthur Dr., Ladner; Enjoy an afternoon with some Christmas favourites and a sing-along with the Delta Music Makers. Admission by donation.
• Mushaira: Dec. 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; The public is invited to participate in Mushaira, an open mic session where poets gather to perform their works. This is a cherished tradition in Pakistan and North India that allows both the invited poets and members of the audience to perform.
• Holiday Open Mic Night: Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Join us for our open mic, holiday edition. Singers, musicians, poets, actors and dancers are invited to take part in this variety show emceed by Patti McGregor. The general public is welcome to come. Admission is $5 for both performers and members of the audience. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free coffee and teas will be available. For more info call 604-581-6270 or 604-752-3072.
• Winter Wonderland Skates: See Delta’s ice arenas transformed into twinkling winter wonderlands! Join us at North Delta Recreation Centre or South Delta Recreation Centre for skating and holiday cheer with friends and family. Regular drop-in fees apply. Schedule: Dec. 23, 27-30 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 31 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 1 — 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Jan. 2-5 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Polar Bear Frozen New Year’s Day Swim: Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Celebrate the new year with a splash and frozen challenges at your local pool. Family admission rates apply. All ages welcome. Also available at the Ladner Leisure Centre and Winskill Aquatic & Fitness Centre.
• 38th Annual Polar Bear Swim: Jan. 1, 1 p.m.; Boundary Bay Regional Park; Start your new year off with a polar bear plunge into the chilly waters of Boundary Bay. Plus, enjoy children’s activities and entertainment for the entire family. Registration opens at 12 p.m.
• New Year’s Day Skates: Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Start the new year off right with a skate on New Year’s Day. Family admission rates apply. Also available at the Ladner Leisure Centre (1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and the South Delta Recreation Centre (1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
• Lions Christmas Tree Chipping: Jan 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; The Delta Scottsdale Lions Club will once again be providing Christmas tree chipping services by donation, with all proceeds going back to causes within the community.
• Drive-in Movie Afternoon: Tuesdays, Dec. 19 through Jan. 2, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Movie buffs are invited to Drive-in Movie Afternoon at Sungod every Tuesday.
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