EVENTS GUIDE from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

CONCERTS

New Years Eve Dance Party with Powder Blues Band: White Rock Blues Society hosts event Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Pacific Inn Resort. Tickets are $80 available at Tickets.surrey.ca.

"American Rock Legends: The Music of Bob Seger and John Fogerty": Showcase performance by Dan Hare and his March Hare band, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Tickets and info: Bluefrogstudios.ca.

South End Summit 5: Annual concert fundraiser 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Wheelhouse Theatre at Earl Marriott School in South Surrey. Celebrate Big Band music with award-winning jazz bands from Semiahmoo, Earl Marriott and Elgin Park secondary schools, with featured artist Ben Henriques and emcee David Proznick. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 16, $20/$15 seniors students (including GST) at Tapestry Music (1335 Johnston Rd., White Rock, 604-538-0906) and Semiahmoo Arts, at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre (14601 20th Ave., Surrey, 604-536-8333). More info: Semiahmooarts.com.

“Through The Decades” shows by March Hare Band on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock, featuring music from the 1960s to the 80s and beyond. Info and tickets: Bluefrogstudios.ca, 604-542-3055.

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach: Juno Award-winning multi-instrumentalist launches 2015 with his new album, “Open Invitation,” in concert Sunday, Jan. 11 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Tickets are available at Bluefrogstudios.ca, 604-542-3055.

CLUBS/LIVE MUSIC

The Taphouse Guildford: Live music three nights a week at upscale bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. 604-583-8828, Thetaphouse.ca. Dec. 26-27: Jane’s Blonde. Dec. 31: Groove n Tonic Band.

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

Sawbucks Pub: Live music on select weekend nights, 1626 152nd St., South Surrey. "Almost Famous Karaoke" Thursdays, Trivia Night Tuesdays. 604-536-6420, Sawbuckspub.com.

THEATRE/STAGE

"Babes in the Wood": Christmas panto written by Jack Horner staged by White Rock Players’ Club until Dec. 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.

"The Odd Couple": Arts Club Theatre Company brings Neil Simon’s comedy of mismatched roomies to Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage from Jan. 14 to 24, at Bear Creek Park. Tickets and show info: 604-501-5566, Tickets.surrey.ca.

“Mike the Knight in the Great Scavenger Hunt”: Koba Entertainment brings theatrical production, based on CG-animated TV series, to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Feb. 14. The show will take “audiences on an interactive and eye-opening adventure for the whole family complete with an enchanting world of medieval castles, plucky trolls and flying dragons.” Tickets and info: 1-855-985-5000, MikeTheKnightOnTour.com.

POLAR BEAR SWIMS

Polar Bear Swim in White Rock: At White Rock pier, local Rotary clubs and others are planning the 45th annual Polar Bear Swim, which starts at noon on Thursday, Jan. 1. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at Tourismwhiterock.com.

Polar Bare Plunge: In South Surrey, two local naturist/nudist groups (Skinnydipper Recreation Club and Surreys United Naturists, or SUN) will co-host the ninth annual Polar Bare Plunge on what they call “Nude Year’s Day,” Thursday, Jan. 1 at Crescent Rock Beach, starting at 1 p.m.

Delta’s 35th annual Polar Bear Swim begins at Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen. Festivities begin at 11:45 a.m., swim at 1 p.m. sharp. Prizes. Registration at Delta.ca. Donations of non-perishable food items to the local food bank are appreciated. 

CHRISTMAS

Winter Ice Palace: Skating sessions at Cloverdale Arena from Dec. 20 to Jan. 4. "Arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with an oldfashioned pond. This is an event the whole family can enjoy!" Admission (2+ years): $4.25, skate rentals $3, helmet rentals $1.50. For times, call 604-502-6410 or search for "Winter Ice Palace" at Surrey.ca.

TREE CHIPPING

Christmas Tree Chipping & Bottle Drive on Sunday, Jan. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., at Emmanuel Covenant Church, 17029 16th Ave., Surrey. Info: Emmanuelcovenant.ca.

Enver Creek Secondary Dry Grad 2015 fundraiser (Christmas tree chipping by donation, clothing drive and bottle drive), Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at school,14505 84 Ave., Surrey.

Tree Chipping hosted by Rotary Club of Surrey Guildford on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at North Surrey Secondary School, 15945 96th Ave., Surrey. “We will also be accepting small electronic devices for recycling. All by donation. Info: Rotarysurrey.ca, 778-808-5232.

Knights of Columbus’ annual Christmas Tree Chipping (by donation) on Jan. 3 (10 am to 4 pm) and Jan. 4 (noon to 4 pm) at St. Matthew’s Parish parking lot, 16079 88th Ave., Surrey. “Fundraising with proceeds to local charities.” Info: Call Doug Thomas, 604-218-2722.

FUNDRAISERS

Christmas Tree Chipping Bottle Drive on Sunday, Jan. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., at Emmanuel Covenant Church, 17029 16th Ave., Surrey. Info: Emmanuelcovenant.ca.

Enver Creek Secondary Dry Grad 2015 fundraiser (Christmas tree chipping by donation, clothing drive and bottle drive), Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at school,14505 84 Ave., Surrey.

VOLUNTEERING

Learning Disabilities Association Fraser South: "Become a volunteer tutor and help a child struggling with reading or math in a program sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association Fraser South. Extensive training provided." Attend an information session Jan. 5 or 6 in Surrey and Jan. 7 in Langley. Pre-register at 604-591-5156. More info at Ldafs.org.

MARKETS

White Rock winter market runs every Sunday to Dec. 14 at Elks Hall on George Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: Whiterockfarmersmarket. ca, 604-897-3276.

North Delta winter market happens Sundays at Sunbury Hall, on Dunlop Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Surrey winter market held every second Wednesday at city hall, between noon and 4 p.m., ending in May. Info: surreymarket.org.

SALES/CRAFTS

Charity fundraiser at Star of the Sea Centre, White Rock: More than 90 vendor tables with crafts, antiques collectables, memorabilia, retro, art, household items and more. Vendors from all over the Lower Mainland. Held every first Saturday of the month. 50/50 draw, door prizes, free parking, rain or shine. Hot dogs only $2.00. Next market is Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: Call Brian Hoven, 604-536-1947.

BUSINESS

Surrey Board of Trade’s annual New Year’s Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at #101-14439 104th Ave., Surrey, from 5 to 8 p.m. "We hold this event every January to celebrate the successes of the past year in business, and to wish all our members a Happy New Year!" Info: 604-581-7130.

Surrey Board of Trade 2015 Economic Forecast Lunch at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Ave., Surrey) on Thursday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m. start. Keynote speaker is Douglas Porter, chief economist and managing director, BMO Capital Markets. Topic: What’s expected for our local, provincial, federal and international economies – and what that means to your business or not-for-profit association. Tickets and info: Businessinsurrey.com, 604-581-7130.

VISUAL ART

Semiahmoo Arts presents the "2014 Members Exhibition," to Jan. 5 at The Turnbull Gallery at South Surrey Recreation Arts Centre. "This exhibition is a great opportunity to find that unique gift for someone, and also a wonderful way to discover a wide range of local artists in one convenient location." The opening reception is open to the public, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 14601 20th Ave., Surrey. Info: Semiahmooarts.com.

Surrey Art Gallery: Crescent Beach Photography Club’s "Global Views" exhibit, to Feb. 8. Gallery is located at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey. ca/artgallery.

Surrey Photography Club presents member showcase exhibit from Dec. 31 to Jan. 27 at Firehall Centre for the Arts, 11489 84th Ave., North Delta. Artist meet-greet event Saturday, Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (light refreshments served).

SPORTS  

Free basketball camps: Fraser Valley Basketball Association (FVBA), “a federal non-profit community organization committed to the enjoyment and development of basketball among children,” will host free basketball camps in the month of January (Jan. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25). “We believe that every child deserves to play.” For more info, call 778-833-3822 or visit Basketballfv.com.

Delta Triathlon: Registration for the 16th annual event begins Jan. 5 at 6 a.m.; race day is on Saturday, April 5. Visit Eventsonline.ca for race registration and Delta.ca/triathlon for more information, including volunteer opportunities.

LIBRARY EVENTS

Tracing Your Family History: “Discover your past, discover yourself!” Surrey Libraries’ Cloverdale Library (5642 176A St.) has one of the largest, Canadian family history collections in the country, and our extensive resources, programs and expertise can help you on this path. Winter workshops include “An Introduction to Family History,” 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Free.

Start Writing Your Family History: A Beginners’ Workshop (five lessons) on Saturdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 28 and March 14. Fee is $100 for the series. “This series of five three-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda Smith, addresses each beginning family history researcher’s need for guidance in embarking on a very personal journey.” Register at 604-598-7327 or email familyhistory@surrey.ca.

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