EVENTS GUIDE for July 9 and beyond (Surrey, Delta)

CONCERTS

  • "Gone Country: Here for the Cure": Annual cancer-battling benefit concert set for July 25 at Cloverdale’s Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, featuring Blackjack Billy, Tebey, Karen Lee Batten, The Tumblin’ Dice, Dave Hartney, DJ Jaxon Hawks and others. Tickets are $39.99. Details at Twinscancerfundraising.com and Facebook.com/TwinsCancerFundraising.

  • 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.

FESTIVALS

  • Surrey’s Fusion Festival: Annual two-day event at Holland Park on the weekend of July 18-19, featuring guitarist Jose Feliciano, bhangra duo Jazzy B and Miss Kaur and many other performers on five stages, plus 40 cultural pavilions with an emphasis on food. Admission to the festival grounds is free. Other performers include The Belle Game, En Karma, Chin Injeti, Haya, Kuba Ohms, Supernatural: A Santana Experience, The Tourist Company. Info: Surrey.ca/fusionfestival.

OPEN MIC

  • Delta Arts Council open mic night at Firehall Centre for the Arts (11489 84th Ave., North Delta) on last Friday of each month. "Open Mic gives local talent the opportunity to share and showcase." Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $4/person at the door. Info: Deltaartscouncil.ca.

BARS/CLUBS

  • The Taphouse Guildford: Upscale music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. Mondays: Games Night, 8 p.m. start; Tuesday: Acoustic Night with Andrew Christopher, 8 p.m. Wednesday: Trivia Night; Thursday: Duelling Pianos; Friday/Saturday: live cover bands; Sunday: Country Night. Info: 604-583-8828, Thetaphouse.ca.

  • Pancho’s Nightclub: Live top 40 and classic rock. Tuesday karaoke, Thursday jam night. "Surrey’s longest-running live music venue," at 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey, 604-583-3536. Band and special-event info: Panchosnightclub.com.

  • Dublin Crossing: Live music six nights a week at 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. 604-575-5470, Dublincrossing.com.

  • Olympia Pizza: Live music, comedy and more at venue in Whalley, 10257 King George Blvd. 604-584-1388, Facebook.com/olympia.resto. Tues. and Thurs. open-mic night, live band jam night; Wed. "FreeStyle" hip-hop/rap with Rasta Mike. Comedy night on last Friday of month with Dennis Lintonjua.

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

THEATRE/STAGE

  • 39 Steps Cory Haas
    Surrey actor Cory Haas stars in ‘The 39 Steps.’

    "The 39 Steps": Peninsula Productions stages Mathew Bissett-directed comedy, starring Laura Caswell, Ashley O’Connell, Cory Haas and Ben Odberg, at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock, from July 8 to 25. "Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have ‘The 39 Steps,’ a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre." Tickets $13-25, 604-536-7535.

DANCES

  • "Latin Friday Nights" on second Friday of each month at Amor Fitness, 8 p.m. to midnight at 8056 King George Blvd., Surrey. All ages, admission $10. "Spicy dance party featuring all night dancing with REAL Latin music. Dress to impress." Info: 604-725-4654, 604-808-2311, Hotsalsadancezone.com.

SENIORS

  • Music Jammers: Seniors (50+) invited to join in lively two-hours of music, dancing and fun, Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Kennedy House Seniors Centre, 11760 88th Ave., North Delta. Drop-in fee 35 cents. "Call ahead to make sure we’re not cancelled that week." 604-594-2717.

VISUAL ART

  • Surrey Art Gallery: "ARTS 2015" features fifty-one works in various media, to Aug. 22; Also: "Re:Source: A Living Archive 1975_2015 (to Dec. 13), "Orijit Sen: from Punjab, with Love" mural on view to Aug. 2. Gallery is located at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/artgallery.

  • 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.

  • Watershed Artworks gallery shop: Works by local artists featured at North Delta facility operated by non-profit Watershed Artworks Society, at 11425 84th Ave. Info: 604-596-1029, Watershedartworks.ca.

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

MUSEUMS

  • Surrey Museum: "LEGO: A Fraser Valley Odyssey" exhibit on view until Sept. 19. At 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info: www.surrey.ca/heritage, 604-592-6956.

EDUCATION

  • Newcomer Education Series at KPU: "Everything you wanted to know about post-secondary education in B.C., but were afraid to ask." Kwantlen Polytechnic University has launched a free monthly series for anyone who is interested in learning more about educational opportunities at KPU. Each information session is free and open to new immigrants, refugees, settlement workers, parents and members of the community at large. At 12666 72nd Ave. For dates this summer and registration info, visit Kpu.ca/newcomer-registration.

  • 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. We have been helping people adapt to life in Canada for over 20 years through English language training and information on Canada’s laws, government, health care, culture, communities, workplace and more." To register, call 604-582-7479, email selc@shaw.ca, visit 9801 King George Blvd. (suites #111 and #350), Surrey.

SPORTS/REC 

  • Canadian Open Fastpitch International Tournament
    Kaleigh Rafter gets a piece of a fastball in the highly anticipated game between Team Canada and Team Japan at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Tournament on Thursday. Canada defeated the defending fastpitch champions 7-5 in one of the most intense games of the tournament yet. (Photo: JACOB ZINN)

    Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, Canada’s largest fastpitch event and one of the top three women’s fastpitch events in the world, is taking place in Surrey until July 13 at Softball City and Cloverdale Athletic Park. Tournament is hosting over 1,300 elite athletes spanning five divisions. For schedules, results and more info, visit CanadianOpenFastpitch.com.

  • Tour de Delta: Annual cycling event is part of BC Superweek 2015, featuring more than 200 professional cyclists from every corner of North America and around the world. Events include the MK Delta Criterium on Friday, July 10 in North Delta, the Brenco Criterium on Saturday, July 11 in Ladner and the UCI sanctioned White Spot/Delta Road Race on Sunday, July 12 in Tsawwassen. More info: Tourdedelta.com.

FOOD/DRINKS

  • "Soiree en Blanc" dinner event/fundraiser for Surrey Libraries (Literacy for Life) on Saturday, July 11 at Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104th Ave., Surrey. "Dressed in elegant white attire under the full moon, guests will enjoy outdoor dining accompanied by a string quartet, fabulous wines and world class entertainment." Performers include jazz singer Denzal Sinclaire. Info and tickets: Surreysoiree.ca.

  • Zaklan Heritage Farms Longtable Dinner: Inaugural event Saturday, Aug. 15 from 5 p.m., co-hosted by One 20 Public House and Four Winds Brewing Company. Tickets $70 via Eventsbrite.ca.

MARKETS

  • Zaklan Heritage Farm Market: Event on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 13278 84th Ave., in the Newton area. "Come enjoy the farm in the city each Saturday from June to October. We have a flock of laying hens that provide farm fresh eggs for our market as well as a friendly llama that likes to eat kale. Visit our market stand and pick up some of the freshest and tasty veggies Surrey has to offer." Info: Zaklanheritagefarm.com.

  • Surrey Night Market: Open-air market features food, entertainment and more at Cloverdale Fairgrounds (in lot west of Agriplex) to Sept. 20, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission $2 (with exemptions), free parking. Info: SurreyNightMarket.com.

  • North Delta Farmers Market: Events on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th St., North Delta. Food trucks, live music, vedors, more.Info: Northdeltafarmersmarket.com.

  • Surrey Urban Farmers Market: Annual event happens Wednesday afternoons in spring/summer starting June 10 (1 to 6 p.m.) at Surrey Central Civic Plaza, 13450 104th St. Food trucks, vendors and artisans will fill the plaza offering fresh local food and unique gifts. Musical performances and activities for kids. Info: Surreymarket.org.

CLUBS/GROUPS

  • North Delta Newcomers and Friends is a ladies social club. "We invite you to join us, if you are new to the area or would just like to meet some new friends. Please call and arrange to attend one of our activities (morning walks, coffee gatherings, card games, stitch and chat, book clubs and monthly dinners. Our Par 3 golf has returned for the season, also)." Call Kathy at 604-583-3691, or Pam at 604-597-7974.

  • Surrey Beekeepers Association meetings held on the 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."

  • Seniors Singles Travel Club: "We offer group tours for solo travellers. Meet new friends, enjoy the security of group travel and avoid the costly single supplement." Info: Singlestravelclub.ca, call Val 604-669-6607, ext. 304.

  • 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.

BUSINESS

  • Surrey Board of Trade Business Cocktail Networking Reception: "At this popular event, we expect over 300 attendees that will be there to network with new business people, and enjoy delicious appetizers. The famous Montana’s Restaurant is one of the exhibitors," on Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152nd St., Surrey). Info: 604.581.7130 or info@businessinsurrey.ca.

  • 2015 Surrey Business Excellence Awards: Surrey Board of Trade accepts nominations in seven categories for the awards this fall. Deadline is Sept. 16. "The objective of the awards is to help local businesses improve their performance while providing an introduction to business assessment and business excellence models." For the full nomination form and criteria, visit businessinsurrey.com or call 604-634-0347.

NETWORKING

  • "Networking in the Lions Den" event, presented by the BC Lions in partnership with Surrey Board of Trade and Burnaby Board of Trade, on Friday, July 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver). "At this event, you will have a unique opportunity to connect with members from both the Surrey Board of Trade and Burnaby Board of Trade, while enjoying delicious appetizers. You will also hear from the President and CEO of the BC Lions, Denis Skulsky, and General Manager of Football Operations, Wally Buono and cheer on your BC Lions in their home opener." Admission: $36, tax inclusive (includes game ticket and BC Lions hat). To register, contact David Miao, SBOT membership co-ordinator, at 604-634-0348 or David@businessinsurrey.com.

  • 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.

REUNIONS

  • Queen Elizabeth Secondary’s 75th anniversary celebration will take place Oct. 15 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. All past and present students and staff are welcome to attend. "The theme for this alcohol-free event will celebrate the decades." Tickets starting at $6 are available online at Picatic.com/event14301815218356471. For more details, call 604-588-1258.

LIBRARY EVENTS

  • Summer Reading Clubs at FVRL: This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is Build It!, and you’ll find tons of opportunities to build your imagination all summer long at the Delta Libraries. The clubs are free to join and readers of all ages can win fabulous prizes. Info at www.fvrl.ca.

  • "Maker Meetups" held on Friday nights at City Centre Library (6:30 to 8:45 p.m.), encouraging people to "learn arts and science concepts by making actual objects" in an open workshop format. Events held in partnership with Maker Cube, a non-profit organization that aims to create the first Makerspace in Surrey. Info: Surreylibraries.ca/programs-services/5798.aspx.

WALKS/RUNS

  • Jog for the Bog: Annual fundraiser for Burns Bog Conservation Society on Sunday, July 26, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at 10388 Nordel Court, Delta (Planet Ice and Delta Nature Reserve). "5km and 10km run/walk for all skill-levels. The proceeds from the event go towards the educational programming run by the Burns Bog Conservation Society. Live entertainment and many different exhibitors, prizes for participants." Email events@burnsbog.org or visit Jogforthebog.org, call 604-572-0373.

GOLF

  • The Tournament of Champions from the BC Sports Hall of Fame: Event on Thursday, July 16 at Morgan Creek Golf Course, shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. "Meet Hall of Famers and having some fun in the great outdoors," as part of fundraiser golf tourney. Proceeds go to support hall’s education program, Hero in You. Info: Call 604-687-5520, ext. 23.

CALLS/AUDITIONS

  • Vendors wanted for Fleetwood Multicultural Fair, "Celebrating Canadian diversity" on Sunday, July 12. For info, email info@latinsummerfest.com or call 604-593-2448 or search for event on Facebook.

  • Panorama Children’s Choir, under the direction of Dolores Scott begins their new semester with a focus on World Rhythms. No auditions. Ages K-7 New members welcome Tuesday afternoons at 14853 60th Ave., Surrey. "This is a place to share your voice with friends and shine as one!" Call 604 595-6718 to register. Info: Doloresscott.com.

  • Maple Leaf Singers: "Meet new people, have fun, and reveal the song in your heart. Join the Maple Leaf Singers, a unique show chorus that includes singers from all parts of Metro Vancouver and performs at a variety of events. Baritone and bass voices particularly needed, but all are welcome. Learn more at Mapleleafsingers.com. Ask Anne Baird about joining at via email, information@mapleleafsingers.com.

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