Holiday events at South Surrey Rec Centre

The Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 12 was a great way to kick-start our community spirit of giving for the holiday season.

The Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 12 was a great way to kick-start our community spirit of giving for the holiday season. It was a day filled with artisans, crafters, potters, candy makers and jewellers surrounded by community shoppers eager to start their early Christmas shopping. True to the meaning of community, the local public supported our South Surrey food bank with honour.

A proud total of 349 lbs of non-perishable food items were collected as well as $760 in cash donations. It was a very successful day for everyone.

Food bank representatives were extremely pleased with the public support and, to everyone who participated, we extend a large ‘thank you’ from both the staff of South Surrey Recreation Centre and Sources Community Services.

We will continue to collect food at the SSRC throughout the season for your convenience – just look for boxes located at different areas inside the building.

The next event will be our Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17, which is quickly filling up. Lots of family fun with Santa’s elves and a hearty pancake breakfast prepared and served by the Kiwanis Club of South Surrey.  Contact the recreation centre at 604-592-6970 to reserve your family spot.

Our Christmas Lights bus tour, with Enjoy, is so popular that we have booked an additional tour on Thursday, Dec. 15.

This holiday tradition will start at Canucks Place Children’s Hospice, continue to St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope and then to Bright Nights in Stanley Park, which includes a ride on the Christmas Train. The bus will pick up at both Cloverdale and South Surrey, but space is limited so don’t wait to book your seat.

Contact 604-592-6970 or drop into the recreation centre in person and quote registration number 4278520.

Looking for a Christmas activity for your three to 10-year-old child? Santa’s Workshops will be available starting Dec. 12.  Get your children ready for Christmas with creating and wrapping gifts for family and friends.

Parents can enjoy some last-minute shopping while their children are here at the recreation centre enjoying the Christmas spirit.

How about Gingerbread Fun on Dec. 15 and 18 at either Kensington Prairie Community Centre or the South Surrey Rec Centre?

So many wonderful activities to help you and your child enjoy the season together. Contact the recreation centre for more information for preschool activities at 604-592-6970.

Christmas Break camps are available for three to 18-year-olds starting Dec. 19 and offer a range of creative, science and sports activities to assist your family with the Christmas break. Check them out online at www.surrey.ca/recreation and book some fun into your holiday break. Our Winter Leisure Guide is available now for you to plan your New Year’s activities either online or at the recreation  centre.

Have a wonderful holiday season and see you at the centre.

Terri Focker, a community service assistant for the City of Surrey, writes monthly on seniors activities.