Beginning in September, Peace Arch News will resume publication of Datebook - an events calendar listing offered at no charge for non-profit groups and events.

Beginning in September, Peace Arch News will resume publication of Datebook - an events calendar listing offered at no charge for non-profit groups and events.

Peace Arch News community calendar to return in September

Start emailing event listings to datebook@peacearchnews.com

We’re bringing back the Datebook section.

Dedicated readers have likely noticed the community-calendar section of this newspaper has been absent for the past few months.

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision was made by Peace Arch News to temporarily nix the section. In part, it was an effort to avoid creating confusion among readers. And, at the time, it would have been more appropriate to list the number of community events that had been cancelled due to COVID-19, rather than list upcoming events.

But that is beginning to change.

As residents of the community have adapted to a “new normal,” so have event co-ordinators. Many events have been moved to the virtual world, and others have found creative ways to host charitable events within the health guidelines set out by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

With that in mind, we plan to resurrect the Datebook section come September, and we’re starting from scratch.

Starting today, we invite community organizations, event co-ordinators, governments, and residents to submit a listing for their upcoming non-profit event, whether it’s to be hosted online or otherwise. Priority is given to events that are charitable in nature.

But more than that, the Datebook section isn’t strictly for events. It’s a suitable place to advertise, free-of-charge, community-minded groups, causes and resources for support.

We’re only accepting events through email – please, no phone calls – at datebook@peacearchnews.com.

For those without email access, we will accept written submissions, which can be mailed or dropped off at our office, #202-15850 24 Ave., Surrey BC V3Z 0G1

Entries are to be a maximum of 50 words and will be cut or edited accordingly.

Entries must include the name of the event, location (website address if applicable), time, date and a contact phone number or email address for further information.

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