Vancouver Bach Choir sings Handel’s popular “Messiah” at Bell Performing Arts Centre this Saturday night (Dec. 8), with Surrey City Orchestra. See listing under Concerts. (submitted photo)

SURREY EVENTS GUIDE for Dec. 5 and beyond

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

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CHRISTMAS

Breakfast with Santa events at various recreation facilities in Surrey from Dec. 8 to 15. “Take your picture with Santa and join him for breakfast and a variety of Christmas themed activities. Breakfast, crafts, and games are included in the price ($8 per child; $4 per adult; children two and under are free). Each person must register individually as a child or adult. For locations and registration info, call 604-501-5100 or visit surrey.ca/culture-recreation/27773.aspx.

NightShift Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 10635 King George Blvd., Surrey. “Enjoy live music, hear a few inspiring stories, have a chance to win some prizes, and even get challenged to take the crown from our current More Than Soup fundraising champion by entering a really fun, easy new contest.” Info: nightshiftministries.org.

Historic Stewart Farm’s annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “This free family friendly annual event has become the site’s most anticipated event of the holiday season, offering live music, performances by the Re-enactors, crafts, tasty treats and a chance to meet and greet Saint Nicholas on his life-size antique sleigh (from 12:30-2:30 p.m.).” At 13723 Crescent Road in South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956 or visit surrey.ca/stewartfarm.

Free CARP Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 pm at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave. “Entertainment, refreshments. RSVP Denice 604-538-5778 or dethomps@telus.net.” Info: www.carp.ca.

“Very Vintage Christmas” event at Museum of Surrey (17710 56a Ave.) on Dec. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Step back in time to a retro holiday party for the whole family. From Bing Crosby to tinsel heavy trees, no era captured Christmas quite like the 1950s.” Free admission. 604-592-6956.

Charity Gift Wrap Centre at Central City Shopping Centre from Dec. 7 to Dec. 24. “Prices start at just $2 and a wide assortment of attractive eco-friendly wrap and bag options are available,” on the south side of the shopping centre adjacent to Tim Hortons. The gift wrap centre is coordinated by the Surrey Central Lions Club and staffed entirely by volunteers. All proceeds benefit Surrey Food Bank and elementary school breakfast program. Visit centralcity.ca or call 604-587-7773.

Gingerbread Village event hosted by Downtown Surrey BIA at Central City Shopping Centre from Dec. 8-16, 10153 King George Blvd., in front of Winners store. “There is no participation fee. Donations from “People’s Choice Award” votes will go toward the Surrey Christmas Bureau.” Info: 604-580-2321, perri@downtownsurreybia.com.

Photos With Santa at Central City Shopping Centre to Dec. 24, at Santa Land on the upper level of the centre, near Tim Hortons. Free treats for kids who visit. Photo packages start at $16.99. “FastPass” payment option is available online “to reduce photo lineup wait time and offer convenient online ordering.” Also “Santa Cares Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience for children with Autism” from 8am to 10am on Dec. 9. Info: centralcity.ca/event/photos-with-santa.

Winter Ice Palace: 21st annual skating sessions at Cloverdale Arena from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6, at various times. “Lace up your skates and enjoy a seasonal skate in Surrey. The arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with an old fashioned pond. This popular skate is a great way to spend time with your family and friends over the holidays. No skates? No problem! We have rentals available on site for a small fee.” $4.50/person; $3.25 for skate rentals; $1.75 for helmet rentals. “If you have a Recreation Surrey Pass, MY Fun Pass or Family Fun Pass, you will receive free access.” At 6090 176 St., Cloverdale. Info: 604-502-6410, surrey.ca/culture-recreation/27608.aspx.

CONCERTS

“Concerto Invierno”: A Coffee Concert Series event at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre featuring guest guitarist Daniel Bolshoy, on Thursday, Dec. 6 starting at 10 a.m. Presented by Surrey Civic Theatres, 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca.

“Christmas Special Event with Elvis” event for seniors on Friday, December 7 at Newton Seniors Centre, 5:30-9pm. “Join us for some holiday cheer with a delicious three course Turkey dinner followed by entertainment with Steve Elliott as Elvis.”Tickets $26/$29, 604-591-4274, surrey.ca/culture-recreation/28020.aspx.

Vancouver Bach Choir performs Handel’s “Messiah” at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. “This year, we bring our beloved production of this time-honoured classic to the Bell Centre in Surrey. Joined by the newly founded Surrey City Orchestra, we celebrate a holiday favourite, in a production that celebrates the depth of local talent we enjoy in the Metro Vancouver area. Join us for a pre-concert talk at 6:45 given by Kwantlen Professor Virginia Acuña.” Info: vancouverbachchoir.com, (604) 507-6355.

“Merry Melodies”: Live holiday-themed music performed at City Central Shopping Centre from Dec. 3 to 9, daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the south side of the shopping centre (near Untag Fashions), 10153 King George Blvd. Calendar of performers is posted at centralcity.ca.

“A Traditional Christmas”: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra returns to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 15 with its annual concert, performed at 4 and 7:30 p.m. “The Lower Mainland’s most beloved Holiday music tradition (will) feature heartwarming music associated with Christmas, carols, and plenty of audience sing-alongs.” Info: vancouversymphony.ca.

Choir Christmas Concert for seniors at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre: “Join the Chuck Bailey Choir for an afternoon of song and music. Refreshments will be served at intermission.” Free admission, donations for the food bank accepted. Event date Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Info: surrey.ca/culture-recreation/28020.aspx.

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, Northwood-united.org. Dec. 9: “Three Queens” with Brad Turner, trumpet, featuring singers Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato and Kate Hammett-Vaughan; Jan. 13: Karen Graves & Mimosa; Jan. 27: Dave Guiney Swing Band.

“VSO at 100”: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concert at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 9 will mark the orchestra’s 100th anniversary with a performance of the very first piece it ever performed – Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture – along with “celebrated works important in the VSO’s history.” Featured are concert host Christopher Gaze, pianist Emma Hoglund and assistant conductor William Rowson. Info: vancouversymphony.ca.

Matthew Good: Local rock singer-songwriter will perform a “solo acoustic” concert at Surrey Arts Centre on Sunday, Feb. 3, as part of national tour. Tickets $50 each, plus service charges, via 1-855-985-5000 and ticketmaster.ca.

The Lonely: Celebrating the Music of Roy Orbison concert at Surrey Arts Centre on Friday, Feb. 8, plus hits by The Travelling Wilburys and Everly Brothers. Info at rockitboy.com, or call 1-855-985-5000.

Fred Penner: “Sing along with one of Canada’s best-loved children’s entertainers and a four-time Juno winner,” at Surrey Arts Centre on Feb. 9. Tickets are $25 each at the box office, 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca.

BARS/NIGHTLIFE

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

The Flamingo: Live entertainment in three bars, 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey. Info: theflamingo.ca/events.

Dublin Crossing: Live music and more at Irish-themed bar, 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. 604-575-5470, Dublincrossing.com. Magic with Rick Mearns on Wednesdays.

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

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

OPEN MIC

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.

SALES/CRAFTS

Bake sale at Christ The King Lutheran Church (13388 104 Ave.) on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 am to 2 pm. For info: check ctklcsurrey.com or call 604-581-9427.

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, Cloverdalemarket.ca.

Artist Garage Sale hosted by the Youth Arts Council of Surrey, as a fundraiser, on Jan. 12 from noon to 3 p.m. at Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Ave., Surrey. Donations wanted of new or gently used costumes, dance shoes, musical instruments, paint, brushes and other art-related supplies. Info: 604-594-2700, email youthartscouncil@gmail.com.

THEATRE/STAGE

“A Grumpy Christmas”: Surrey Little Theatre presents “a musical based on our favorite Dr. Seuss Christmas story” from Dec. 13-16, written and directed by Linda McRae, music by Cale Walde, produced by Nicki Roberts. Tickets available online only (brownpapertickets.com). Visit surreylittletheatre.com for info.

“Ellie King’s Hansel, Gretel and the Strolling Players”: A Christmas-month panto production staged by Royal Canadian Theatre Company at Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage from Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 26-30, 13750 88 Ave. “All your favourite panto characters are here in this, the most traditional panto in B.C.” Tickets: 604-501-5566, rctheatreco.com.

“Blind Date”: An Arts Club Theatre Company production at Surrey Arts Centre from Jan. 9 to 19, featuring Rebecca Northan in a solo show that includes elements of clown, improv, theatre and social experiment. “Experience all the exhilaration and excitement of new love as Mimi goes on a blind date with a different man every night – plucked right out of the audience.” Box office: 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca.

“Frozen”: Peninsula Productions presents a staged reading of play written by Bryony Lavery and directed by Guy Fauchon, at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 23. “Angry, humane, and compassionate, this extraordinary play entwines the lives of a murderer, the mother of one of his victims, and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness, remorse, and change after an act that seems to rule them out entirely.” Info: tickets.surrey.ca, 604-501-5566.

“Night Watch”: Surrey Little Theatre stages a thriller by Lucille Fletcher from Jan. 24 to Feb. 23. “A woman sees a dead body in the window of the abandoned building across the way from her home. Her husband tries to comfort her but believes she is still affected by an earlier tragedy. As a detective begins to investigate, her close friend, the housekeeper, and her rather sinister neighbor all contribute to the deepening mystery.” Info: surreylittletheatre.com.

ATTRACTIONS

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 bctrains.com.

DANCE

“The Nutcracker”: Annual dance show at Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage from Dec. 7-9, in a Royal City Youth Ballet production for all ages, 13750 88 Ave. “More than a hundred talented and enthusiastic young dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s classic score with its favourites such as Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Mirlitons.” Info: 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca.

SPORTS/REC

Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival (“Wickfest”) held at arena across Surrey from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. “Celebrating women in hockey, this female hockey tournament brings together teams from as far as Atlantic Canada and the United States.” Info: wickfest.com.

FAMILY

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 surrey.ca/culture-recreation/23500.aspx.

TALKS

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: kpu.ca/talk.

FOOD/DRINKS

Brew Years Eve Cask Ball at Central City Brewing on Monday, Dec. 31 starting at 5 p.m., at 13450 102nd Ave., Surrey. 19+ event, tickets $45. “The night will filled with finger appys, guest casks, live music and more.” Info: centralcitybrewing.com, 604-582-6620.

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.

FUNDRAISERS

“A Red Holiday” fundraiser presented by Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage theatre on Sunday, Dec. 9, 13450 104 Avenue. “Ring in the holidays and contribute to a worthwhile cause. You’ll be treated to a mix of pop, Christmas and jazz music from the young performers of Vancouver-based O Music Studio plus you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a silent and live auction. Family friendly.” Info: tickets.surrey.ca, 604-501-5566.

Empower Ball 2018: “An evening filled with: food, performances and empowerment” hosted by Camp We Empower and Global Girl Power in support of UN Women, on Monday, Dec. 10 at Aria Banquet Hall in Surrey. “All ages, all proceeds go to sending a student to Camp We Empower. Come and Celebrate International Human Rights Day.” Tickets are $35 on Eventbrite.com.

COMEDY

“Kwantlen Improv” drop-in workshop Mondays at KPU Surrey from 5 to 7 p.m., 12666 72nd Ave. “Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and members of the public are invited to laugh and learn with Daniel Chai every Monday in Birch 250! Come and learn theatre games, communication techniques, make new friends and have fun! No experience necessary.” Free for current students, $5 for alumni & KPU Staff, and $10 for public. Info: thefictionals.com.

The Comic Strippers: All-male comedy improv show returns to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Jan. 25. Tickets $42 via bellperformingartscentre.com, 604 507-6355. ”A male stripper parody and improv comedy show; your favourite comedy bodies are back with a new show, more moves and even quicker wits.” Show info: www.thecomicstrippers.com.

MUSEUMS

Museum of Surrey: “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit on view until March 31, 2019. At 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info: Surrey.ca/heritage, 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, www.surrey.ca/heritage.

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

DANCES

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.ca/culture-recreation/20955.aspx.

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. For info, 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: bccerebralpalsy.com/programs/dance-without-limits.

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, darlmel@shaw.ca, 604-358-2841.

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 Wrscdc.org.

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: darlmel@shaw.ca, 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, Surreyfolkdance.org.

COMMUNITY

The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation encourages local charitable organizations and not-for-profit groups to submit applications for financial support. Applications will be considered by the organizations Board of Directors based on the criteria outlined on the Foundation website, cloverdalerodeofoundation.com.

SENIORS

Christmas Dinner & Dance for seniors at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre on Thursday, Dec. 13. “Join us for our very festive and beautiful Christmas dinner. Door prizes, entertainment and room for dancing.” Tickets $15.50/$17.50. 604-591-4274, surrey.ca/culture-recreation/28020.aspx.

Christmas with the Jammers event for seniors at Guildford Recreation Centre on Friday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Join us for a festive luncheon with the Jammers. Enjoy a delicious lunch and dessert, live entertainment, and an appearance by Santa Clause himself.”Admission $10/Member, $15/Non-Member. Info: 604-591-4274, surrey.ca/culture-recreation/28020.aspx.

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 truderung37@gmail.com or call 604-789-5037.

VISUAL ART

Art Together gatherings at Surrey Art Gallery: “Make art, meet friends, and share your ideas. If you’re a young person, the gallery wants your help planning upcoming projects, programs, and events. This is a unique opportunity to create do-it-together art projects and learn a range of art media shoulder-to-shoulder with emerging to established mentoring artists.” Twice-month events, typically, at gallery. Email artgallery@surrey.ca to get involved, or visit surrey.ca/culture-recreation/21721.aspx.

Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/artgallery. “Kathy Slade: This is a chor­­­­d. This is another,” “Maggie Orth: Moving Towards Stillness,” and “Connecting Threads,” all to Dec. 16; “Impressions: Crescent Beach Photography Club,” to mid-Feb.; “Jim Bizzocchi: Ambient Landscape,” to January 2019.

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, Arts.surrey.ca. Dec. 6: Jordan Strom, “Collecting Art from South of the Fraser”

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

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, Surreyurbanscreen.ca. To Jan. 6: Nicolas Sassoon: “Liquid Landscapes.”

NETWORKING

Newton Talks: Monthly networking events for business and community members in the Newton area. Contact Newton BIA, 604-593-2294, or search eventbrite.ca.

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: Valleywomensnetwork.com, 604-940-9355.

BUSINESS

Focus group of employers: The Surrey Board of Trade, in partnership with Ashton College, invites business owners, operations, and human resource managers to join and participate in a focus group of employers on Friday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. start, at the board’s conference room. The research project needs 15 participants from various sectors. “The focus group will be used by Ashton College to collect information to develop and offer the most relevant and effective trade programs based on ground reality.” To RSVP, contact Rhona Doria at rhona@businessinsurrey.com or call at 604-581-7130.

“Women in Business: Mastermind 90 Day Challenge” workshop hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on Monday, Dec. 10, morning. “In a Mastermind Group, participants raise the bar by challenging each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion.” At SBOT conference room, #101-14439, 104th Ave. SBOT Member Admission: $25 + GST, general admission $40 + GST. Event facilitated by Mona Arora, realtor )(strataqueens.com). Info: businessinsurrey.com.

“Seasonal Sizzle”: Surrey Board of Trade hosts annual networking event on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Civic Hotel, Surrey, with “Great Gatsby” theme. Admission by donation to Surrey Hospital Foundation. Event to feature live entertainment, dancing, wine and whiskey tasting, food, bingo, interactive games, photo booth, prizes and more. Info: businessinsurrey.com.

Call for nominations: 10th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards hosted by Surrey Board of Trade. “Help us celebrate the successful women in Surrey that make our business community such a vibrant place.” Nomination deadline is Feb. 7, event date March 13. For details, including a list of categories and more, visit businessinsurrey.com or call 604-634-0347.

EDUCATION

Free Family Education Series every Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Newton area. Contact Semone Trautman for location details (semone.trautman@fraserhealth.ca, 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 selc@shaw.ca, 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.

GARDENING

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 Southsurreygardenclub.ca.

NATURE

Birding Walks at various parks in Surrey hosted by Surrey Nature Centre (604-502-6065, environment@surrey.ca). Free to attend. “Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks (September through May) to discover Surrey’s birds.” Info: surrey.ca/culture-recreation/24773.aspx.

PROGRAMS

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 johann.breyten@gmail.com or call 604-542-9300.

LIBRARIES

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. Info: surreylibraries.ca/services/teens/coast-capital-savings-reading-buddies.

CLUBS/GROUPS

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 kcuthber@telus.net 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.” Call Roy at 604-593-1918 or Lyla at 604-594-2860.

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: surreytrekkers.com.

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.

HEALTH

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: naranonbc.com.

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: nextstepssurrey@gmail.com, 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 (jennifer.hopkins@fraserhealth.ca, 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 frasersouth@bcss.org

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 Al-anon.alateen.org.

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: Selfmanagementbc.ca.

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 (tcheryl@telus.net, 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.

CALLS

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: peacearchsings.com 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 ajacques@dccnet.com.

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 sirianni_c@surreyschools.ca or 604-595-6029.

VOLUNTEERS

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, pics.bc.ca.

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: volunteercancerdrivers.ca 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 guildfordlions@outlook.com 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: surreyhospice.com.

Volunteer docents sought at Surrey Art Gallery: Volunteers needed to lead weekday school group tours of gallery’s contemporary art exhibitions. Info: surrey.ca/artgallery or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Co-ordinator, at artsvolunteer@surrey.ca 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: volunteercancerdrivers.ca 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 info@ldafs.org.

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, bigsisters.bc.ca.

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: options.bc.ca/program/fraser-health-crisis-line, 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 kristina.gao@bc.cancer.ca or apply directly at Cancervolunteer.ca.

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.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. Info: Alzheimerbc.org.

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 admin@surreyhospice.com 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.

MOVIE THEATRES

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

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

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

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