EVENTS GUIDE for Nov. 20 to 26 (Surrey, White Rock and North Delta)

CONCERTS

54-40: Veteran local rock band in "History Unplugged" performs at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios, three shows Nov. 21-23. Sold out. 604-542-3055.

North Bluff band in concert 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Elks Hall in White Rock, 1469 George St., info 604-538-4106, Whiterockelks. ca.

IBC Fundraiser staged by White Rock Blues Society on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Rhumba Room bar at Pacific Inn Resort, South Surrey, featuring Dalannah Gail Bowen Owen and Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band (both will represent the society and the entire province next January at blues event in Memphis). Tickets $20, show 8 p.m. Tickets: 604-501-5566, Tickets.surrey.ca. Gospel Blues Christmas concert featuring John Lee Sanders and special guests, on Sunday, Nov. 30 at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave., White Rock. Fourth annual event staged by Peninsula Productions. Tickets and info: Tickets.surrey.ca, 604-501-5566.

Classical Coffee Concerts: Pianist Sarah Hagen hosts 75-minute classical concerts on select Thursday mornings at Surrey Arts Centre’s studio theatre, to April 2, 2015. Coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m., concert start time 10:30 a.m. For list of performers and ticket info: 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/theatre. Featured on Nov. 20: pianist Sarah Hagen and violist Tawnya Popoff. White Rock Trad Jazz Society: Presents three-hour concert/dance events Sunday afternoons (select dates) at Crescent Beach Legion, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 2643 128th St., South Surrey. Admission: $8/10. Info: 604-591-7275, Whiterocktradjazz. com. Nov. 23: Casey Tolhurst and Red Beans and Rice.

SHOWS

Murray "Celebrity Magician" shows Friday, Nov. 28 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. "Show is a combination of fun-filled audience participation and comedy magic that will blow your mind." Info and tickets: Bluefrogstudios.ca.

OPEN MIC

Delta Arts Council open mic night held on last Friday of every month at Firehall Centre for the Arts (11489 84th Ave., North Delta). "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: www.deltaartscouncil.ca.

THEATRE/STAGE

"Santa Claus: The Panto": Fraser Valley Gilbert Sullivan Society brings seasonal production to Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7, 13750 88th Ave., Surrey, at Bear Creek Park. "Santa has decided that he needs to change with the times, but how will the world react to a low-fat, smartphone-using, yoga-practicing Santa Claus? And what happens when a clever coal salesman tries to convince Santa that every kid in the world is more naughty than nice?" Tickets and info: Tickets.surrey.ca, 604-501-5566.

"Babes in the Wood": Christmas panto written by Jack Horner staged by White Rock Players’ Club from Dec. 3 to 27 at Coast Capital Playhouse, White Rock. Show dates Wednesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., plus weekend matinees. Tickets range from $12 to $20, 604-536-7535, Whiterockplayers.ca.

Ellie King’s "Sleeping Beauty": Pantomime production staged by Royal Canadian Theatre Co. at Surrey Arts Centre from Dec. 20 to 28. For tickets and info, call 604-501-5566 or visit Arts.surrey.ca.

FOOD/BEVERAGES

Ukrainian "soul food" (perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch) will be available on Friday, Nov. 28 at a fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Surrey. For information, call 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313. Boar’s Head Medieval Dinner with The Lyric Singers, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at Bethany Newton United Church, 14852 60th Ave., Surrey. Tickets $40, 604-599-6803.

CHRISTMAS

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival: Annual event staged by City of

Surrey at new city hall plaza on Saturday, Nov. 22, featuring headliner Alyssa Reid, Fred Penner and others, plus a wide variety of family-friendly attractions. Info: Surrey.ca/treelighting. Season of Trees Holiday Fundraiser hosted by Sources, with decorated trees on display to Dec. 10 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey. Reception and auction night event 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 (tickets $30 or two for $50). Info: sourcesbc.ca.

Santa arrives at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre (South Surrey/White Rock) on Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., with the help of Magician Ray Medway. "Pick up your magic glasses for Santa’s arrival at Customer Service now. Plus, make sure to make a Christmas Star Magic Wand at the craft workshop starting at 4 p.m. Nov 21 to help make Santa appear." Everyone who visits Santa gets a free Christmas apple from Save-On-Foods.

Christmas on the Peninsula Festival on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave., White Rock. An annual community event presented by Christmas on the Peninsula Society celebrating the spirit of Christmas in the style of European tradition, with Christmas market, concession, entertainment, candlelight sing-along, caroling in Victorian costume, crafts and more. Info: Christmasonthepeninsula.com, 604-729-9615.

Prospera’s Big Rigs for Kids event (lighted truck parade) on Sunday, Dec. 7 at Holland Park, Surrey, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parade will consist of trucks all dressed up in bright and colorful Christmas lights. Starting from Cloverdale Town Centre at 5 p.m., the convoy will then move toward Downtown Surrey, concluding at Holland Park. Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Chistmas Bureau will be on site starting at 5:30 p.m. The Surrey Lions will be selling hot dogs and hot chocolate. Carollers will also be singing Christmas Carols starting at 6:15 p.m. Pictures and vote for your favorite truck, by donation. Info: Downtownsurreybia.com, 604-580-2321.

Santa Window Walk: Annual event hosted by Downtown Surrey BIA on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., north of 104th Avenue and King George Blvd., Surrey. "The Santa Window Walk is a fun holiday event that connects local businesses with charities/non-profits for a fun lunch hour of music, art, and holiday spirit. Each charity/non-profit will be paired with a business.

Artists from local high schools will then paint the window of the business with a holiday theme that represents that charity/nonprofit." Map and other details: Downtownsurreybia.com, 604-580-2321.

Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program event on Friday, Dec. 5 at Save-on-Foods at Hillcrest Village Mall, from 1 to 7 p.m. Donations of food and goods welcomed at collection site. For more details, call 604-574-4001, ext. 107, or email cloverdalechristmashampers@gmail.com.

FILM EVENTS

White Rock Social Justice Film Society shows documentary movies with themes of social justice at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave., White Rock, by donation. Info: whiterocksocialjusticefilmfestival.ca. Featured film on Nov. 28: "The World According to Monsanto."

VISUAL ART

InFlux: A social night of art action, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at Surrey Art Gallery, featuring live music, poetry, visual art, puppetry and video projection. Event intended for young adults ages 19 and up; no tickets needed- donation at the door of $5 minimum per person. Beverages will be available for purchase. Performers include Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie (of Elfin Saddle), singer and rapper Kimmortal, dancers Kim Padilla and Joshua Ongcol, DJ Wundrkut.

Surrey Art Gallery: "Flora and Fauna: 400 years of Artists Inspired by Nature" exhibit, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, is on view to Dec. 14; Crescent Beach Photography Club: "Global Views," exhibit from Nov. 22 to Feb. 8. "Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom" on view to Dec. 14. Gallery is located at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey. ca/artgallery.

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.

Featured during month of November: Walter Jorimann’s "Walters’ Woods" – "beautifully turned and carved pieces from woods native to the pacific northwest."

SPORTS

Bubble Soccer event Friday, Nov. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Enver Creek Secondary, Surrey. Fee $18 per person in a group, $20 per individual. "25toLife is a joint project between SFU students and the Canadian Cancer Society which aims to raise $27,500 for cancer research." Info: Twentyfivetolife.ca, 604-353-8604. Derby Night in Canada: The Mainland Misfits present a Movember-themed night of roller derby, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Alice McKay Building, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050 176th St., Surrey. "Come watch the women and men of the MMRDA play 4 fast and hard hitting periods of this intense and exciting sport." Event is 19+ (beer garden and bake sale). Info: Email growlieyowie@hotmail.com, call 778-878-2778.

Monday Night coed drop-in soccer (18+) at KPU Surrey, 6 to 8 p.m. Event fee is $5 by debit/credit. Beginners welcome.Info: Email kimateah@hotmail.com.

BUSINESS

Seasonal Sizzle event hosted by Surrey Board of Trade: Christmas business reception on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5-8 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 Street, Surrey). "The event promises to be a great evening of networking, delicious food and an interactive trade show. This year’s theme is A Rock ‘N Roll Christmas, featuring live entertainment and festive activities. Please bring cash or non-perishable food donation for the Surrey Food Bank." Info: Call 604-581-7130.

NETWORKING

Valley Women’s Networking Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 11:30 a.m. start, at Eaglequest Golf Club, 7778 152nd St., Surrey. "Join us for networking, friendship and tell us what you are passionate about." Guest speaker is Nafissa Shireen, profitability expert. "Learn how to make more money and keep more money in your business." Info: Valleywomensnetwork.com.

HEALTH

Mental health and suicide prevention community meeting hosted by MP Jinny Sims and MLA Sue Hammell, in the meeting room of Strawberry Hill Library (7399 122nd St., Surrey) on Nov. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. "The public are invited to listen to the perspectives and ask questions of provincial and federal representatives on the issues as well as the guest speakers who will speak to their knowledge." "Osteoporosis: Not Just a Woman’s Disease": Free seminar presented by Osteoporosis Canada, Nov. 25 at Kennedy Seniors’ Centre, 11760 88th Ave., North Delta. Get the latest diagnosis and treatment information and learn how to live well with your osteoporosis. Event runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-register at 604-594-2717. This seminar is relevant for both men and women.

SALES/CRAFTS

Second Annual Holiday Craft Fair at Camp Alexandra at Crescent Beach, on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2916 McBride Ave., Surrey. Free admission, coffee and bake sale, 35+ vendors.

Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) hosts its annual Show Sale event on weekend of Nov. 22 and 23 at Bear Creek Park venue. Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to the varied selection of original work by artists and artisans from around the Lower Mainland and Gulf Islands featured in the Gift Shop, the adjacent Studio Theatre will host more than 20 artists showcasing new work. Info: 604-501-5187.

Semiahmoo Potter’s Christmas Sale 2014 takes place at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre on Saturday, Nov. 22 (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 23 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), at 14601 20th Ave., South Surrey.

Zimbabwe Gecko Society’s Art and Craft Sale, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ocean Park Hall, 1577 128th St., South Surrey. "Featuring unique paintings, art pieces, trays, craft items, fabrics, baskets, pottery, and beaded ornaments, all handmade by Zimbabwean artists." Sales support orphans and widows in Zimbabwe. Coffee and refreshments will be available. Info: 604-531-3654, Zimbabwegecko.com.

"Deck the Halls:" Watershed Artworks’ Annual Christmas Artisan Market: Event Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at North Delta rec centre, 11415 84 Ave., North Delta. To reserve a table, contact June Bergen-Holt; june. bergen.holt@gmail.com.

Admission: Food donation for Deltassist Christmas Hamper Program. Backdoor Christmas Bazaar and Craft Sale: The Ladies Auxiliary to Branch #6, Cloverdale Legion, hosts annual event Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Silent auction, baked goods, cake raffle, $5 lunch, door prize. Raffle tickets are available, with all proceeds to Surrey Memorial Children’s Hospital. Legion at 17567 57th Ave., Cloverdale. Maple Green school fair Nov. 29 at 84th Ave./149th St., Surrey, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event hosted by school PAC and Latinos in Action. Vendors wanted, email info@latinsummerfest.com to book spaces at $25.

St. Helens Anglican Bazaar takes place on Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10787 128th Ave, Surrey. "Raffle, baking, lunch, crafts, toys and much more." Info: Call Aileen, 604-951-9581.

Trinity Lutheran Church (11040 River Rd., North Delta), is having its big Christmas sale at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6. "Lots of wonderful baking (including Norwegian treats), gift baskets and a soup-and-sandwich lunch." Info: 604-584-0111.

BOOKS/LIT

Mike McCardell: Author/broadcaster at book signing event 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Black Bond Books in South Surrey, 15562 24th Ave., with copies of new "Cardboard Ocean: A Memoir" book. Laura Michelle Thomas, B.C. author and creator of the International Junior Authors Contests and Conferences, will be at Chapters store at Strawberry Hill on Saturday, Nov. 22 to meet with aspiring writers and promote her latest novel "The Naked Storyteller." At #100-12101 72nd Ave., Surrey, from noon to 5 p.m. Info: 604-501-2877, Laurathomascommunications. com.

Authors Among Us: Keep Calm and Carry On: Overcoming Life Challenges: Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Guildford Library, 15105 105th Ave., Surrey. "Meet authors who have written about and/or experienced life’s curveballs, big or small. Explore the different ways we can cope and triumph over them in an increasingly complex world." Authors include Gina McMurchy-Barber, Trudy Davies, Megan Williams, Evelyn H. Lazare, Debbie Holmes. Call 604-598-7366 to reserve seat.

FUNDRAISERS

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox returns week is from Nov. 17 to 22 at Surrey Alliance Church. "Bring your shoebox packed with school supplies, hygiene items and toys." At 13474 96th Ave, Surrey. For times and info, call 604-584-7617, email surreyshoeboxes@gmail.com. London Drugs "Meet and Greet" with the 2015 Hall of Flame Firefighters, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at London Drugs at Guildford Town Centre, Surrey. "Customers are encouraged to stop by with a camera and get their 2015 Hall of Flame Calendar signed."

LIBRARY EVENTS

Annual "Family History Show Tell: Show Us Your Roots" event on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Cloverdale libary, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free admission, donations welcomed. "This year the theme is ‘home movies’. Bring your digitized home movies or digitized slides/photos and share with all." Visitors without stories are welcome. "You might discover a great Christmas gift idea, or simply be inspired! Light refreshments provided." At 5642 – 176A St., Surrey, call 604-598-7327 or email familyhistory@surrey. ca.

"Telling Our Stories" event with music by Beth Southwell at George Mackie library in North Delta, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Telling Our Stories brings together people from different cultures and backgrounds, each providing the audience with a brief intimate glimpse into worlds and experiences that they might never otherwise discover." Info: 604-594-8155 or email georgemackielibrary@fvrl.bc.ca.

YOUTH

SASSY Awards: Gala event Friday, Nov. 21 at Surrey Arts Centre. Organizers of fourth annual event (Service Above Self Surrey Youth) to present awards in seven categories (community service, environmental leadership, international service, overcoming adversity, performing and visual arts, sportsmanship and youth leadership). Cash prizes, plus all award nominees have chance to win "trip of a lifetime" courtesy of White Rock Travel and G Adventures. Info: www.sassyawards.ca, www.facebook.com/SASSYAwards, www.surrey.ca/youth.

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