EVENTS CALENDAR for Surrey (Feb. 9 and beyond)

Concerts, plays, fundraisers and more in our weekly guide

Candus Churchill sings “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at 100” at the Jazz Vespers concert at Northwood United Church on Sunday

Candus Churchill sings “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at 100” at the Jazz Vespers concert at Northwood United Church on Sunday

CONCERTS

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, Northwood-united.org. Feb. 12: Candus Churchill sings “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at 100,” plus Mighty Fraser Big Band in “A Tribute to Duke Ellington.”

“Bringing Down the Wall”: Tribute to Pink Floyd’s iconic “The Wall” album features the band Our Project in a benefit concert for Sarah McLachlan School of Music, on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Mainstage. Tickets $35 at Tickets.surrey.ca, 604-501-5566.

City and Colour: Canadian folk-rock musician (aka Dallas Green) performs solo concert at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, April 7, Show time 8 p.m., tickets $50.50/$66, Livenation.com.

“Tribute to George Zukerman”: Concert celebrates the lifelong work of the retired artistic director of White Rock Concerts, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, featuring Elmer Iseler Singers, Borealis String Quartet, James Campbell (clarinet), Bergmann Piano Duo. “Hear Mozart, Brahms and Gershwin in a ‘one of a kind’ spectacular evening to honour Mr. Zukerman’s outstanding contribution to classical music in Canada.” Tickets are $30, 604-507-6355, Bellperformingartscentre.com.

“An Evening with Frank Mills”: Concert features music by “Mr. Music Box Dancer,” on Friday, May 5 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. Info: bellperformingartscentre.com, 604-507-6355.

FUNDRAISERS

“Share a Smile”: Fourth annual event is a Valentine’s party hosted by Team Miracle Maya at Surrey’s Bombay Banquet Hall, on Saturday, Feb. 11 with food, dancing, entertainment by hip-hop artist Saint Soldier and more. “Help Team Miracle Maya raise $100,000 in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.” For info, email garyahuja@hotmail.com or call 604-613-5242. Info: Teammiraclemaya.com, Facebook.com/teammiraclemaya.

“The Tides and Torrents Ceilidh”: Fourth annual fundraiser hosted by FVGSS: A Musical Theatre Company, on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Rose Room at Valleyview Funeral Home, Surrey, featuring live music, refreshments and snacks. “The most fun you’ll have at a funeral home.” Tickets $15/$20 via Brownpapertickets.com/event/2750217.

Oscar Night Gala hosted by Royal Canadian Theatre Company as fundraiser for its Youth Mentorship Programs, on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Sheraton Vancouver Hotel in Guildford, 4:30 p.m. start. “The evening is the red carpet/black tie event of the season and features a champagne reception, arts patronage, bubbles and culture in your own backyard. New this year: ages 12 and up are welcome.” Tickets and info: 778-888-7217, Rctheatreco.com.

CULTURE

International Mother Language Day 2017 celebration on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:30-4:30 pm at Bear Creek Pavilion, 13750 88th Ave., Surrey. Free. “KPU’s Department of Language and Cultures will present performances of traditional music to celebrate the languages and cultures of French, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Spanish. Join us for the fun and to cherish your own mother tongue!” Info: 604-599-2544, Kpu.ca/arts/language-cultures/imld.

Black History Month celebration at Surrey Museum on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Entitled ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,’ the lively event will highlight the contributions of the black community in music, sport, politics, human rights and invention. With music spanning African drums, gospel, country, ragtime, jazz and hip hop, the free event is expected to be entertaining for all ages. Free non-alcoholic ginger beer and Jamaican patties, dance art performances, jazz piano by Dominik Heins, Pasi and African Marimba, hip-hop by Blue Team Blue, performances by Embers Moore. Museum is located at 17710 56A Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956, Surrey.ca/heritage.

“Black History Month Celebration by African Stages Association of BC,” on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage, 13436 104 Ave. Entry by minimum donation of $10. “Celebrate Black History Month 2017 with a world renowned Poetic Prophet and dramatized storytelling,” with special guest Neal Hall, a U.S.-based ophthalmologist and multiple award-winning international poet. Info: Africanstages.org, 604-767-1471.

COMMUNITY

Surrey’s 23rd Annual International Women’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, 9457 King George Blvd. “Women are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with an afternoon of fun, entertainment, snacks, refreshments and door prizes. Children are welcome. Pre-registration is required for transportation purposes only.” Facebook.com/Surrey-International-Womens-Day-1535041763440896.

EXPO

The Construction Expo: Event on March 11-12 at Cloverdale Agriplex. “New products, new ideas, new services & new businesses – these are the 4 words that better describe The Construction Expo 2017. Innovation, trends, quality materials, contemporary architecture, green technologies and solutions will be in the spotlight, during the 2 days of the fair.” Info: Theconstructionexpo.com, or call 604-726-0500.

SHOWS

“Under the Big Top” ice show celebrates the 50th anniversary of North Surrey Skating Club on March 4. Info: Northsurreyskatingclub.ca.

FESTIVALS

Ahfomad ‘16: African Heritage Festival of Music & Dance event on Saturday, Feb. 18 (revised date) at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall and atrium, noon to 8 p.m., featuring David J. David, Desiree Dawson, Sister Says, plus food, crafts and more. Tickets ($15) and info: Facebook.com/ahfomad, 604-501-5566, Tickets.surrey.ca.

BOOKS/LIT

“Authors Among Us: Foodie February” event hosted by Surrey Libraries on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, at Guildford Library, 15105 105th Ave., Surrey. “Meet and interact with local authors.” For Foodie February theme, join authors to chat about nutrition, recipes, and everything food-related. Authors are Bharti Saincher, Alan Woo and Claudia Lemay. For more information and to save your spot, call 604-598-7366. Light refreshments will be served.

BUSINESS

“2017 Economic Forecast Lunch: First 100 Days of Trump and Canadian Businesses” event hosted by Surrey Board of Trade, on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey. “Hear from a panel of expert speakers on what’s expected for our local, provincial, federal and international economies – and what that means to your business or not-for-profit association.” To register, visit Businessinsurrey.com or call 604-581-7130.

Surrey Board of Trade invites nominations for 2017 board director election in preparation for AGM in June. “This is your opportunity to initiate new ideas to affect, inform and influence the Surrey business community.” Nomination deadline is March 31. Info: Call Anita, 604-634-0342.

8th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards: Margaret Trudeau is guest speaker at event, Thursday, March 9 at Sheraton hotel in Guildford. Info: Email heather@businessinsurrey.com or luke@businessinsurrey.com, call 604-581-7130. Surrey Board of Trade is now accepting nominations for event, presented by Vancity. Nomination deadline is Feb. 8.

Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi organized by Surrey Board of Trade starting on April 3. Rate of $2,995 for a seven-day trip, for members of SBOT. “Come travel with the SBOT and explore Dubai and Abu Dhabi with like-minded business professionals and owners. The SBOT has worked diligently to set up industry tours in these cities. We are happy to customize your trip to include key business meetings, making this eligible for tax deductions.” Info: Businessinsurrey.com.

WORSHIP

Christ The King Lutheran Church: “Construction of our new church building has been completed and we have returned to 13388 104th Ave., Surrey. We welcome you on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for Worship Services and Sunday School. Family, friends and neighbours, please join us Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. for the dedication service and some refreshments.” Info: 604-581-9427 or visit Ctklcsurrey.com.

WRESTLING

“February Frenzy” event hosted by All Star Wrestling on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Alice McKay Building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, featuring “Mr. Athletic” Jeff Cobb vs. “The Loose Cannon” Kenny Lush vs. El Phantasmo. Tickets and info: AllStarWrestling.ca.

CLUBS/BARS

Peacock Bar & Grill: Live music, open-mic nights (Tues./Thurs.) and more at all-ages venue in Whalley, 10257 King George Blvd. Info: 604-584-1388, Peacockbar-grill.com.

Donegal’s Irish House: Live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 12054 96th Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-584-2112, Donegalspub.com/events.html.

Escape bar at Elements Casino: Live music and more on select nights at 300-seat licensed venue, 17755 60th Ave., Cloverdale. Info: Elementscasino.com.

The Taphouse Guildford: Upscale music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. Tuesday: Acoustic Night, 8 p.m. Wednesday: “Almost Famous Karaoke”; Friday/Saturday: live cover bands. Info: 604-583-8828, Thetaphouse.ca.

Pancho’s Top 40 Rock Club: Live top 40 and classic rock. Tuesday karaoke, Thursday jam night. At 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey, 604-583-3536. Band and special-event info: Panchosnightclub.com.

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

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

COMEDY

“I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!”: Annual comedy event celebrates International Women’s Day on March 9 at Surrey Arts Centre, featuring Sarah Hagen, Katrina Benett, Larke Miller and Kate Davis. Presented by Surrey Civic Theatres, tickets $25-$40, 604-501-5566, Tickets.Surrey.ca.

THEATRE/STAGE

“Twelve Angry Men”: Play staged by Surrey Little Theatre company from Jan. 26 to Feb. 25, based on TV show by Reginald Rose, directed by Lance Peverley. Info: 604-576-8451, Surreylittletheatre.com.

“The Graduate”: White Rock Players’ Club stages story made famous in film starring Dustin Hoffman, from Feb. 8 to 25 at Coast Capital Playhouse. “Don’t miss Benjamin Braddock stumble his way through post-college life and straight into the infamous Mrs. Robinson’s arms. This is your chance to catch a cinematic classic on stage.” Tickets: whiterockplayers.ca, 604.536.7535.

“Bittergirl: The Musical”: Arts Club on Tour production at Surrey Arts Centre from Feb. 22 to March 4. “This cathartic and catchy musical charts the romantic breakups of three women and the lively antics that ensue,” featuring Motown-era hits. Audience advisory: Strong language and mature themes. Tickets and info: 604-501-5566, Tickets.surrey.ca.

“Noel Coward in Two Keys”: Naked Stage, a Reader’s Theatre presents the Noel Coward script at Newton Cultural Centre from Feb. 24 to 26, 13530 72nd Ave., Surrey, starring George Stone, Lorraine Landry, Clive Ramroop and Deanna Vowles, directed by Ed Milaney. Tickets are $15 via Brownpapertickets.com and at the door. Info: Nakedstage.net.

“Belfast Girls”: Peninsula Productions presents Canadian premiere of Jaki McCarrick’s play, about five young women who escape starvation in 1850 Ireland by winning passage on a ship bound for Australia as part of Earl Grey’s “orphan scheme.” At Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock from March 1 to 11. Visit Peninsulaproductions.org.

“Seussical Jr.”: Classic Steps Stage Productions, based in Surrey/Delta, presents play at Newton Cultural Centre on March 3-4, 13530 72nd Ave., Surrey. Show times at 7:30 p.m. March 3 and at 2 and 5 p.m. on March 4. Tickets are $10 minimum donation, via 604-576-9545, or email carol@classicsteps.com.

FOOD/DRINKS

Ukrainian “soul food” – perogies, cabbage rolls and borscht – available for sale on the last Friday of each month as fundraiser at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Surrey, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Eat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer.” Info: call 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313.

DANCES

Surrey International Folk Dancing meets Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm at Walnut Road Elementary, 16152 82nd Ave., Surrey, from September to June. “First time free, no partner required. Wear comfortable shoes.” $4 drop-in fee. Info: Call Dale, 604-496-4236, Surreyfolkdance.org.

Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Clayton Hall (18513 70th Ave., Surrey) on first Tuesday of every month, except July and August, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $4. For info, call 604-576-1066.

Scottish Country Dance classes at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd St., Surrey. Hosted by White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club. “First class free, drop-in fee $5.” Events are held on Wednesday evenings each week, starting at 7 p.m. For info, call Maureen at 604-536-1367 or visit Wrscdc.org.

TALKS/FORUMS

Inclusive City Cafe event on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 6:30 pm, at Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey. “Travel Ban. Shooting in Quebec. Is there a connection? In the last month, Canada has witnessed dramatic changes in the U.S. government and horrific attacks on religious groups in Quebec. How are we affected by the new direction for US immigration policy? What can we do to counter acts of hate and exclusion? How do we create an environment where we honour and value our diverse beliefs? This event is part of the Inclusive City Cafe series in partnership with SFU and the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership.” Info: Cec.sfu.ca/programs/inclusive-city-cafe.

WORKSHOPS

“Ancient Wisdom Of The Lunar Calendar To Create Harmony In Your Daily Life”: Workshop event on Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Knight & Day Restaurant, 9677 King George Blvd., Surrey, in meeting room. Fee is $55. Info: Email Thai.Siew.Liang@drsha.com or call 604-434-6441.

AWARDS

Shakti Awards Gala: 15th annual event celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), on Saturday, March 25 at Bollywood Banquet Halls & Convention Centre, 8166 128 St, Surrey. Fee is $50 per person. “Shakti Awards recognize and honour women who have displayed Shakti-strength and energy, in their community, locally and/or globally. Shakti is the mother Goddess, the source of all and the agent of all change.” Info: Contact Sandhya Prasad, shaktisociety2000@gmail.com, 778-788-6936, Shaktisociety.com.

SENIORS

“March Into Retirement” event on Tuesday, March 7, from noon to 3 pm, at Fleetwood library, 15996 84th Avenue, Surrey. Seniors and families are welcome to hear “step by step seminar to help you transition into a happy retirement.”Host is Comfort Keepers, Comfortkeepers.ca, 604-541-8653.

Jamming at Fleetwood: Golden-agers are invited to join group of senior musicians that meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 15996 84 Ave. “We play for the sheer pleasure of entertaining a dedicated audience who come in to listen or dance, every week. Lunch is available for purchase, and you can try your luck at winning a 50/50 draw.” Info: contact Mildred, email truderung37@gmail.com or call 604-789-5037.

Newton Seniors Centre Tennis Club seeks experienced, senior (55+) tennis players. “We are not a teaching club, so you must know how to play, serve and score.” For information, call Al or Sue at 604-594-8783, or Jan, 604-502-7844.

OPEN HOUSE

Connecting Clayton Open House: Provide your feedback on the future community hub in Clayton at the Connecting Clayton Open House, on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Clayton Heights Secondary, 7003 188 St., from 2 to 8 p.m. ”Initial research and stakeholder workshops have uncovered an opportunity to create an innovative shared-use facility that integrates arts, library, recreation, and outdoor spaces as a community hub in the heart of the Clayton neighbourhood.”

MARKETS

The Cloverdale Market: “Your Weekly Treasure Hunt” in two buildings with 200 tables and 100+ outdoor spots, open every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, off 176th St. (Hwy 15) and 62nd Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-837-1676, Cloverdalemarket.ca.

LIBRARY EVENTS

ESL Book Clubs at Surrey Libraries: “Practice your English and make friends at ESL Book Club. Come practice reading, speaking, and listening in English. Book clubs are free, fun, and friendly. Readers are welcome at any level from beginners to advanced. Library books will be provided (levels 1-4). City Centre Library: Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm on Feb 15, Mar 22, Apr 19, May 24, June 21; Fleetwood Library: Saturdays, 1:30-3pm on Feb 11, Mar 4, April 8, May 17; Guildford Library: Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m. on Feb 2, Mar 2, April 6, May 4, June 1; Newton Library: Thursdays, 10:30-12 on Feb 23, Mar 23, April 27, May 25, June 22; Semiahmoo Library: Thursdays, 1-2:30 on Feb 16, Mar 16, April 20, May 18, June 15.

French storytimes, or “Contes en Français!” at City Centre Library on Thursdays until March 2, from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. “Families can enjoy stories,  rhymes and songs in French. All ages and language levels welcome.” Register at the library (10350 University Dr., Surrey) or call 604-598-7427.

Fleetwood Cook Book Club meets bimonthly at Fleetwood Library on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. “If you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes, grab your apron and sign up for the Fleetwood Cook Book Club. We pick the theme/books, and you select a recipe to make from that book, then we all get together to share a meal.” Call to register: 604-598-7346.

AUDITIONS

Auditions for “Homechild” will take place at Surrey Little Theatre, 7027 184th St., on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2pm and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6pm. “Required are 3 men and 4 women ages 40s-70s and one girl 8 to 10 years old.” For more information www.surreylittletheatre.com or email juneainsworth1@gmail.com.

VISUAL ART

Curator Guided Art Bus Tour: “Hop on our bus to see artwork in Richmond, New West and Burnaby on Feb. 28, 9am−3pm.” Tour presented by Surrey Art Gallery and Surrey Art Gallery Association, with stops at Richmond Art Gallery, New Media Gallery in New Westminster, and Burnaby Art Gallery. Ages 16+. Cost is $39. “Bring a bag lunch or pick something up on site at the New Westminster Quay.” Info: Surrey.ca/artgallery, 604-501-5566.

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.

Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/artgallery. “Scott Billings: A Risky Jump,” to March 19; “Out of Sight: Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton” and “Zoopraxis: Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Kingdom,” to March 5; “Don Hutchinson: From Form to Fantasy,” to March 19. “Federation of Canadian Artists Fraser Valley Chapter,” to Feb. 4.

PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub: Gallery space in Newton features local artists and collectives, at 137th Street and 72A Avenue. Info: Facebook.com/PopUpNewton.

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

Surrey Urban Screen: Digital art shown on screen on side of building at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, at 13458 107A Ave. Exhibit can be viewed from 30 minutes after sunset until midnight. Info: 604-598-5898, Surreyurbanscreen.ca.

MUSEUMS

Surrey Museum: Located at 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info: Surrey.ca/heritage, 604-592-6956.

Historic Stewart Farm: Facility located at site of 1894 farmhouse and heritage gardens, at 13723 Crescent Rd., South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956, www.surrey.ca/heritage.

Surrey Archives: Info: 604-502-6459 or archives@surrey.ca. 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.

MOVIE THEATRES

Hollywood 3 Cinemas: 7125 138th St. (Newton Centre, near 72nd Ave., Surrey). 604-592-4441. Hollywoodcinema.ca.

Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716, Landmarkcinemas.com

Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72nd Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400.

SPORTS/REC

Surrey Eagles Junior A hockey team plays home games at South Surrey Arena, 2199 148 St, Surrey. “Come see future NHL stars today. Fast-paced, family fun.” Info: Surreyeagles.ca, 604-531-4625 (GOAL).

Surrey Knights Junior B hockey team plays home games at North Surrey Recreation Centre. For schedule of games and ticket information, visit Surreyknights.ca or call 604-534-1285.

Free swims sponsored by Westminster Savings, on Saturdays throughout the year. “Join us for our free family swims held once per month at each of our indoor pools. Free swims are part of Westminster Savings’ Project Better Balance.” Events are held at the North Surrey rec centre pool on the last Saturday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m., at South Surrey’s indoor pool on the first Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m., and at the Surrey Sport & Leisure pool on the third Sunday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m.

GARDENS

Cloverdale Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the month, from September to June, at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70th Ave., Surrey. Annual membership is $20, drop-in fee is $3. For information, contact Nancy, 604-530-4197.

CLUBS/GROUPS

Surrey Singles Over 60: “Are you interested in meeting new people and having fun dancing, bowling, cards, dinners, picnics etc.? We are accepting new members based in the North Surrey/North Delta area, so call 604-594-2860 and ask for Lyla or Doug or Roy at 604-593-1918.”

North Delta Newcomers and Friends is a ladies social club. “Our fall activities are in full swing. If you are new to the area or would just like to meet some new people, please call and arrange to attend some of them (morning walks, coffee times, stitch and chat, card games, and par 3 golf, potlucks and our monthly dinners.” Info: call Kathy at 604-583-3691 or Pam at 604-597-7974.

Surrey Beekeepers Association meetings held on 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.”

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.

NETWORKING

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.

VOLUNTEERS

Alzheimer Society of B.C. seeks volunteers to help Surrey families live well with dementia. The society is looking for a volunteer to facilitate its local caregiver support group. “This involves leading a monthly meeting, maintaining group attendance records and using Society materials to provide information to the group.” A time commitment of three to six hours per month is required. Training is provided. Contact the Resource Centre at 604-449-5000 or info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. Info: Alzheimerbc.org.

SurreyCares Community Foundation seeks three volunteers to join the organizing committee for the gala awards event “Serving with Distinction,” on Feb. 28. “Use your skills in organization, planning, or décor to help us to celebrate the charitable work done here in Surrey. Other volunteer opportunities are available.” Email Karen at karenyoung@surreycares.org, or call 604-591-2699.

The Surrey Board of Trade seeks volunteers for three of its advocacy teams (Agriculture Team, Environment Team and Tourism, Arts & Culture Team). Contact anne@businessinsurrey.com or call 604-581-7130.

Surrey Hospice Society, which offers programs and services in hospice, palliative and bereavement care (all offered free of charge), needs volunteers and also donations to support its programs. Volunteers needed for resource centre (reception and general office work), palliative client care at Laurel Place and SMH and thrift store (retail, cashier, stocking, inventory duties). To help, call 604-584-7006, email admin@surreyhospice.com or visit #1-15243 91st Ave., Surrey.

Surrey Art Gallery Association seeks volunteers for its gift shop at its Bear Creek Park facility. “If you enjoy meeting new people and local artists, being around unique and finely crafted artworks by artists from around the Lower Mainland, this is the place for you.” Contact Joan Owen, 604-531-8118.

HEALTH

B.C. Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) hosts mental health education course in Surrey and North Delta: “This 10-week course is open to families who support someone with a mental illness.” Course on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. “The course is free but you must pre-register. Classes will begin late February.” Contact the BCSS regional educator, Hardeep, 604-574-1976 or frasersouth@bcss.org for registration/information.

Mental Health Family and Friends Info Night: “Support and information for friends and family of people struggling with mental illness. New members are always welcome,” on first and third Thursday of every month at SMH- Psychiatry Board room- 4th floor. For more information, call Hardeep 604-574-1976 or frasersouth@bcss.org

Al-Anon: “When you don’t know where to turn because someone drinks too much, Al-Anon family groups can help.” Call 888-425-2666, M-F, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or visit Al-anon.alateen.org.

Nar Anon: “If you have a family member or friend struggling with addiction problems, then Nar Anon may be the place for you. We meet on Tuesdays at Bethany-Newton United Church on the corner of 60th and 148th St. in Surrey. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.” Info: Nar-anon.org.

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program, on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Elim Village – The Oasis, 9008 158th St., Surrey. “A self-management program designed for people who have completed treatment and are living with or have been affected by cancer. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The workshop is facilitated by two trained lay leaders, many who are cancer survivors themselves. Caregivers are also welcome to attend.” Info: Selfmanagementbc.ca.

Surrey Multiple Sclerosis support meetings held on the last Wednesday of every month, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church, 9165 160th St., Surrey. Info: Contact Cheryl (tcheryl@telus.net, 604-581-3758) or Barb (778-373-0284).

Tao Healing Group (formerly Soul Power) Surrey: “Learn simple but powerful self-healing techniques for any aspect of life, with Certified Healers and Teachers. Receive free healing and blessings.” Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., “Everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is necessary.” By donation, info: 778-379-9920.

EDUCATION

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.” To register, call 604-582-7479, email selc@shaw.ca, visit 9801 King George Blvd. (suites #111 and #350), Surrey.

Free “English for the Workplace” classes at PICS in new Project Based Language Training Program (PBLT). “Students will learn and develop soft skills, job search, resume writing, interview skills, networking and much more.” Call 604-596-7722, ext. 138. Free childminding on site.