Events guide

THEATRE/STAGE

"Noises Off!": White Rock Players’ Club produces this Michael Frayn comedy from Oct. 8 to 25 at Coast Capital Playhouse, White Rock, in the company’s seasonopening show. Tickets and info: Whiterockplayers.ca.

"Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII": Monster Theatre’s one-woman comedy features six queens, one king and one actor, Oct. 9 and 10 at Centre Stage (Surrey city hall), 13450 104th Ave., Surrey. Info and tickets: 604-501-5566, Surrey. ca/theatre.

"Avenue Q": Arts Club Theatre Company on Tour brings this "Broadway musical for adults" to Surrey Arts Centre’s mainstage from Oct. 15 to 25. Info and tickets: 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/theatre. "The Giver": Surrey Youth Theatre Company (SYTCO) performs Lois Lowry’s award-winning drama, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at South Surrey Recreation Centre and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at Centennial Park art space, White Rock. Tickets $109 at the door, appropriate for ages eight and up.

"Mary’s Wedding": Peninsula Productions brings Stephen Massicotte’s "Great War" love story to White Rock Elementary’s Black Box Theatre (1273 Fir St.), from Nov. 11 to 15. Directed by Wendy Bollard. Tickets $20 via White Rock Visitor Information Centres (604-536-4951, 604-541-2224). Info: Peninsulaproductions.org.

CONCERTS

Don Alder: Multi award-winning acoustic guitarist performs Thursday, Oct. 9 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Tickets: Bluefrogstudios. ca/newshows.html, 604-542-3055. Mud Bay Blues Band performs fundraiser/party for White Rock city council candidate David Chesney on Friday, Oct. 10 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Tickets and info: Bluefrogstudios.ca/newshows.html, 604-542-3055.

The Timewalkers: Local band performs Saturday, Oct. 11 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Tickets and info: Bluefrogstudios. ca/newshows.html, 604-542-3055. White Rock Chamber Music concert will take place at Crescent Gardens Retirement Residence, 1222 King George Blvd., South Surrey, on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Featured in the program will be: Reynhardt Crause, pianist/baritone; Ida Yang, harpist; Angelina Van Dyke, soprano; Grace Lin, pianist and Ruth Francis-Lyster, violinist. Everyone welcome. Admission $5. Arsen Shomakhov with opening guest Ellie Johnson: Blues guitarists in concert Saturday, Oct. 11 at Pacific Inn Resort, South Surrey, in event presented by White Rock Blues Society. Info: Whiterockblues.com, 604-501-5566. Colin Arthur Wiebe: Musician

best known as singer with Randy Bachman’s band for many years performs Thursday, Oct. 16 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Tickets and info: Bluefrogstudios. ca/newshows.html, 604-542-3055. JW Jones: High-energy blues singer/guitarist performs Saturday, Oct. 18 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. Tickets: Bluefrogstudios. ca/newshows.html.

Jazz Vespers at Northwood United Church: Hour-long concert events on select Sunday afternoons at church, 8855 156th St., Surrey, starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 12: Jennifer Scott (vocals/piano) with Rene Worst (bassist) perform special jazz music and readings celebrating Thanksgiving.

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.

CULTURAL EVENTS

DiwaliFest celebrates its 11th anniversary from Oct. 17 to 26 at sites in Surrey and Vancouver. Opening "Indieglam" gala event 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Crown Palace Banquet Hall in Surrey; Diwali Downtown Surrey event Oct. 18 at Surrey city hall (free, featuring live music, food and more), also Diwali workshops at various venues in Surrey and Vancouver. Info: Diwalifest.ca, Facebook.com/DiwaliFest.

HALLOWEEN

Bear Creek Park Train turns into "Pumpkin Express" (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily) and "Haunted Forest Scream Train" (6:30 to 10 p.m. daily) for the Halloween season, from Oct. 10 to 31. Fee is $9.50 plus tax. Info: Bctrains.com, 604-999-0834.

KIDS/FAMILY

Toopy and Binoo in "Fun and Games," a new musical production from Koba Entertainment, at Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey on Saturday, Oct. 11 as part of a 52-date tour of Canada. Show integrates music, theatre, dance, puppetry and innovative multimedia technology; show times at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets via Ticketmaster. ca and by phone, 1-855-985-5000, 604-507-6355.

The Wiggles perform at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Oct. 18 as part of "Ready, Steady, Wiggle" tour of North America and to celebrate the release of new CD "Apples and Bananas." Shows at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Info: TheWiggles.com, Bellperformingartscentre.com, 604-507-6355.

Jacky’s Village: The Black Box

Theatre at White Rock Elementary will come alive with music on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m, featuring Jacky Essombe. Jacky’s Village features music, dance and percussion by a trio of artists from the African countries of Cameroon, Benin and Guinea. Tickets $10, at Good Day Sunshine Cafe or Peninsulaproductions.org.

Max Ruby: "Nutcracker Suite" show Thursday, Nov. 13 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. Tickets $29 via Bellperformingartscentre.com, 604-507-6355.

SENIORS

Kent Street Activity Centre in White Rock has a Friday luncheon. Entertainment on Oct. 10 will be Michelle Carlisle, flute, piccolo, keyboard, sing-along, and Oct. 17 will be Hummingbird Womens Trio. Everyone over 50 welcome. $7 fee. For free transportation, call Ervin at 604-531-9400, ext. 205.

"Age-ing?…or…Sage-ing?": An interactive workshop that explores the importance of the aging years. Saturday, Oct. 18, Semiahmoo Library Meeting Room, 10:30 am -4:30 pm, cost $39 (lunch and workshop materials provided). Charles James is facilitator (of Sage-ing International, South Surrey resident). To register: 778-984-5249 or charles.james@telus.net.

VISUAL ART

"Art on Display: 40 Years of Art on the Peninsula": Semiahmoo Arts commemorates its 40th anniversary this year. "To celebrate this milestone, 19 local artists who have made key contributions to the community arts council will be featured in this exhibition, offering a broad sampling of the talent in our community," to Oct. 17 at White Rock Community Centre. Free admission. Info: Semiahmooarts.com or call 604-536-8333.

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; "Cascadia: A Juried Exhibit of West Coast Flora and Fauna," on view to Nov. 16; "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 October: Jay James, "Diorama: Life in a Box."

Newton Cultural Centre showcases works by local artists at 13530 72nd Ave. Info: 604-594-2700, Artscouncilofsurrey.ca. On view for month of October: "Mythical Sketches" by Jim Adams.

MUSEUMS

Surrey Museum: "Every River Tells A Story" exhibit on display to Dec. 20 – "People from past and present reflect on how Surrey’s rivers have shaped our identity." Museum is located at 17710 56A Ave. Info: www.surrey.ca/heritage, 604-592-6956.

White Rock Museum + Archives: At 14970 Marine Dr. 604-541-2222, whiterock.museum.bc.ca. Exhibit on view to Oct. 13: "I Do!: The Wedding Stories of White Rock."

Historic Stewart Farm: "Dig This!" exhibit on view to Nov. 1, exploring early practices that are influencing and informing the gardens of today and tomorrow. At 13723 Crescent Rd., South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956, www.surrey.ca/heritage.

EDUCATION

The Surrey Skill Share Fair is a "one-day festival about teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills," on Sunday,

Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way. Free admission. Event organizers are accepting workshop and demonstration proposals through the website, Skill-share.ca.

SHOWS

"Vaudeville 101" show/concert performed by The Vaudevillians seniors entertainment troupe in 11th annual bursary fundraiser, on Nov. 8 and 9 at Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage, 2 p.m. shows each day. Proceeds to the Society for the Preservation of Vaudeville Performing Arts Bursary at Douglas College, New Westminster. Info: 604-501-5566, Vaudevillians.com.

TALKS

CARP presents ‘HerStory’ event Sunday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Morgan Creek Golf Course, South Surrey, celebrating Women’s History Month. Speakers are Helen Burnham, co-founder of Avalon Addiction Recovery Centres for Women, Maggie de Vries, author whose sister was one of Robert Pickton’s victims, and Velvet Steele, politicial activist and transgendered woman. Includes fashion show and luncheon. Door prizes. Tickets are $50 with partial proceeds to Avalon. Call Denice, 604-538-5778. Admission by ticket only (no tickets at door).

CLUBS/GROUPS

White Rock and District Garden Club welcomes new members to its next meeting, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Cranley Hall, 2141 Cranley Dr., South Surrey. Club info: Call Angela, 604-536-3076.

BUSINESS

Surrey Police Officer of the Year and Business Awards on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Ave., Surrey), featuring

keynote speaker Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps soccer club). Emcee is Mark Madryga (Global BC); event supports the Surrey RCMP Youth Academy.Info: Businessinsurrey.com.

BOOKS/LIT

B.C. author R.J. Hepner will be conducting a book signing for his counter intelligence thriller novel, "The Brave One Strikes Back," on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chapters/Indigo book store, Strawberry Hill shopping centre, Surrey.

WALKS/RUNS

National Bank Financial Great Pumpkin Run/Walk is a fundraiser hosted by Peace Arch Hospital Community Health Foundation, event Sunday, Oct. 26. Info: Pahfoundation. ca/runwalk.

CLASSES

"Social Skills Through Drama": Youth get social skills therapy on the sly while learning about acting in class sessions at Surrey Arts Centre this fall. Set 2 begins Oct. 29. For teens age 13 to 18. "This inclusive acting class, taught by theatre professionals, will be both fun and challenging as participants develop self-expression through voice, movement, improvisation, acting games and script work." All abilities are welcome, sessions on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., fee $150. Info: 604-501-5566, Surrey. ca/register.

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.

MARKETS

White Rock Farmers’ Market runs until Oct. 12 at Miramar Plaza, 15154 Russell Ave., on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: Whiterockfarmersmarket.ca.

White Rock winter market runs every Sunday from Oct. 19 to Dec. 14 at Elks Hall on George Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. North Delta winter market happens at Sunbury Hall on Dunlop Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Surrey winter market starts Oct. 29 and will be held every second Wednesday at city hall, between noon and 4 p.m., ending in May. Info: surreymarket.org.

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