1. Surrey has a plethora of Diwali-based events happening this weekend. Kicking off the celebrations this Friday (Oct. 17) is "IndiGlam," a Diwali gala, dinner and fashion show at the Crown Palace Banquet Hall. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at Brownpapertickets.com. Saturday (Oct. 18) includes the Diwali Downtown celebration at the new City Hall from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring bhangra dancing, henna and more. There will also be free crafts at the Fleetwood Community Centre from 1 to 3 p.m. In White Rock, the city will be celebrating its first-ever Diwali Festival on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at West Beach.
2. Be prepared to turn ghost-white if you plan on attending "Evening with the Paranormal Society" on Thursday (Oct. 16) at the (rumoured to be haunted) Historic Stewart Farm. From 6 to 8 p.m., share your eerie experiences and talk about how paranormal investigations are conducted, including analyzing audio and video, with the Vancouver Paranormal Society. Register at 604-592-6956.
3. People looking to learn a new skill, or share an existing one, at Sunday’s Surrey Skill Share Fair may come across some gardening tips, learn some reiki or yoga and perhaps get a leg up on starting a podcast. The free event on Oct. 19 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Surrey Nature Centre (14225 Green Timbers Way). For a workshop schedule, visit Skill-share.ca.