EVENTS GUIDE for Feb. 26 and beyond (Surrey, White Rock, North Delta)

EVENTS GUIDE for Feb. 26 and beyond (Surrey, White Rock, North Delta)


Jim Byrnes with the Sojourners: Local blues performer with musical guests, Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Info and tickets:, 604-542-3055.

InFlux: A night of local talent mixes live music, art and performance, featuring local band The Star Captains, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Surrey Art Gallery. “Discover the ‘art’ in party with a retro-inspired evening of art and live performance, in an immersive experience that mixes a cocktail of DIY art-making, live music, hip-hop dance, spoken word, as well as compelling visual and performance art.” All-ages event, no tickets needed (donation at the door of $5 minimum per person). Beverages will be available for purchase. Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88th Ave., Surrey, BC, 604-501-5566,

18th Annual Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival, featuring Antigoni Goni with special guests Jeff Bowman and Les Finnigan, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Langley Campus Auditorium, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley. Adults $25 (in advance) $35 (at the door)/Students/Seniors $20 (in advance) $30 (at the door). Tickets at: and at all KPU bookstores. Info:

Surrey Youth Orchestra performs world premiere of Jordan Noble’s “Space and Time,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Surrey City Hall Atrium (13450 104th Ave., Surrey) and City Centre Library (10350 University Dr., Surrey). Free admission. Info:

The Irish Club of White Rock kicks off Celtic Month on Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m., at the White Rock Pier. “Wear green and join our flash mob at our outdoor open house, featuring musicians Pat Chessell, Jack Sexsmith & wife Lania, Korki the Clown, Crescent Beach Pipe Band, Irish Dancers and much more.” Info: 604-538-6765.

Led Zepagain: California-based tribute to Led Zeppelin performs Friday, March 6 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock, 7 p.m. show. Info and tickets:, 604-542-3055.

David Sinclair and Keith Bennett: Musical duo performs Saturday, March 7 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Info and tickets:, 604-542-3055.

Darlene Ketchum & The Soul Connections Bands: Concert features an evening of soul, gospel jazz and R&B music, 8 p.m. March 14 at Firehall Centre for the Arts, North Delta. Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors/Students $15, 604-596-4485.

Foggy Hogtown Boys: Canadian bluegrass/roots band performs Friday, March 13 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock. Tickets are available at

St. Patrick’s weekend concert featuring Pat Chessell: Local Celtic/Roots singer performs Saturday, March 14 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock with band – Andrea Taylor (fiddle), Nathan Powell (bouzouki), Tim Renaud (bass) and Rick Chapman (drums). Tickets are available at, info at

White Rock Chamber Music concert Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Crescent Gardens Retirement Residence, 1222 King George Blvd., Surey. “This is a benefit program with funds going toward scholarships for youth in the arts through the Peninsula Arts Foundation.” Feature performers are Dru Yates, two trios, the duo of  Sunny Chan, violin, and Helen Pei, piano. Everyone is welcome. Admission $5.  

Classical Coffee Concerts: Pianist Sarah Hagen hosts 75-minute classical concerts on select Thursday mornings at Surrey Arts Centre’s studio theatre. Coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m., concert start time 10:30 a.m. Info: 604-501-5566, Concert schedule: Feb. 26 (Sarah Hagen and Bergmann Piano Duo); April 2: (Sarah Hagen and Nicholas Wright).

Encore Peninsula Concert series, in partnership with City of White Rock, presents six concerts as part of 2014-15 series at White Rock’s First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave., on Sundays (select dates only) starting at 3 p.m. Info: 604) 501-5566 and press 1 and; tickets can also be purchased at White Rock Community Centre, Kent Street Activity Centre and Centennial Park Leisure Centre. Concerts include March 29 (Sihana Badivuku, violin, Kosovo, and E. Skovorodnikov, piano) and April 26 (Hugues Leclere, piano, France).

Jazz Vespers at Northwood United Church: Hour-long concert events on second and fourth Sundays at church, 8855 156th St., Surrey, starting at 4 p.m.

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,


Delta Arts Council open mic night at Firehall Centre for the Arts (11489 84th Ave., North Delta), on last Friday of each month. “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: Next event on Feb. 27.


“I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!”: Surrey Arts Centre presents an evening of ‘herlarious’ stand-up comics in celebration of International Women’s Day, on Monday, March 9 starting at 8 p.m., featuring Elvira Kurt, Julie Kim, Ash Dhawan and emcee Betsy Bottom. Tickets $25-$40, including all fees. 604-501-5566,


White Rock Irish Festival: Month-long event offers music, poetry, workshops, contests, dance, food, beverages and more during the month of March at various venues, with full calendar of events on the Tourism White Rock website, at Initiative is backed by City of White Rock, Tourism White Rock, the Irish Club of White Rock, Semiahmoo Arts and many other partners, including the ‘Now.’


All-Star Wrestling night Friday, Feb. 27 at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, feat. The Vampire Warrior Gangrel vs. Moondog Manson, Matt XStatic vs. Hurricane Adam Ryder, Don Ciever vs. Disco Fury, The Breakers vs Maximun Overdrive, Bambi Hall vs. Vixen, more. Info:


The Taphouse Guildford: Upscale music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. Mondays: Games Night, 8 p.m. start; Tuesday: Acoustic Night with Andrew Christopher, 8 p.m. Wednesday: Trivia Night; Thursday: Duelling Pianos; Friday/Saturday: live cover bands; Sunday: Country Night hosted by Karen Lee Batten. Info: 604-583-8828,

Pancho’s Nightclub: Live top 40 and classic rock. Tuesday karaoke, Thursday jam night. “Surrey’s longest-running live music venue,” at 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey, 604-583-3536. Band and special-event info:

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

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

Olympia Pizza: Live music, comedy and more at venue in Whalley, 10257 King George Blvd. 604-584-1388, Tues. and Thurs. open-mic night, live band jam night; Wed. “FreeStyle” hip-hop/rap with Rasta Mike. Comedy night on last Friday of month with Dennis Lintonjua.

White Rock Elks Lodge #431: Live music and special events on select nights, karaoke on Fridays, at 1469 George St., White Rock, 604-538-4016,

Five Corners Bistro, 15182 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock,  Wednesday evenings featuring Al Wieb, virtuoso jazz guitarist and guests. Call 604-538-5455 for reservations.

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

Sandpiper Pub: Live music on select nights at 15595 Marine Dr., White Rock, 604-531-7625,

Washington Avenue Grill: Live music Wed.-Sun. at restaurant at East Beach (15782 Marine Dr., White Rock). 604-541-4244,


“Side By Side By Sondheim”: Musical showcase illustrates the wide range of Stephen Sondheim’s abilities and those of his equally amazing collaborators, staged by White Rock Players’ Club to Feb. 28 at Coast Capital Playhouse, White Rock. Tickets are $18 adults, $16 students, seniors, and CCS members, 604-536-7535,

“The Foreigner”: Arts Club Theatre Company On Tour with Pacific Theatre Company’s farce by Larry Shue, at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage to Feb. 28. Tickets are $29 to $46, including all fees. Info: 604-501-5566,, at 13750 88th Ave., Surrey.

“Steel Magnolias:” Peninsula Productions brings Robert Harling story to Coast Capital Playhouse, White Rock, from March 4 to 14, directed by Wendy Bollard. Show times 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., plus 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. Tickets adults $25, or $20 for students/seniors, at 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock. Info: 604-536-7535,


Spring Fundraiser concert and dance hosted by Alexandra Neighbourhood House, Saturday, March 21 at Crescent Beach Legion, featuring music by the band Freedom 95. Doors 7 p.m., with silent auction, draws, more. All proceeds go toward the roof replacement on the longhouse at Camp Alex. “Bring your spouse, partner, friends, family and everyone you know.” Event 19+ only, tickets $15, 604- 535-0015.


Canadian Mental Health Association (Delta) offers an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group for individuals with OCD and/or friends and family, on first Wednesday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., 11715 72nd Ave., North Delta (house). Call 604-943-1878 to register.


Make Believe Birthday Parties: “Celebrate your birthday at Surrey Museum. Invite your friends and choose from themes like Pirates, Dinosaurs, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Ancient Egypt and more.” Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. $12.50 per child (birthday child is free). Must pre-book by calling 604-592-6956.



Curling lessons for Seniors 55+, daytime curling leagues Tuesday and Thursday at Delta Thistle Curling Club. Info: 604-594-2323.

Music Jammers: Seniors (50+) invited to join in lively two-hours of music, dancing and fun, Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Kennedy House Seniors Centre, 11760 88th Ave., North Delta. Drop-in fee 35 cents. “Call ahead to make sure we’re not cancelled that week.” 604-594-2717.


White Rock Social Justice Film Society’s 11th annual film festival Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28 at First United Church, White Rock. Featured films include “Inequality For All” (Friday 7 p.m.), “Salmon Confidential” (Saturday 10 a.m.), “Just Eat It” (Saturday morning, 1:30 p.m.), “Forks Over Knives” (Saturday 3:15 p.m.), “Shane Koyczan: A Spoken Word Artist” (Saturday 7 p.m.), “Peter, Paul and Mary: Carry it On” (Saturday 7:15 p.m.). Admission by donation. Info:

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:

Get Reel: Film series hosted by Semiahmoo Arts at White Rock Community Centre, with screenings held on select nights, 7 p.m. start. Guest speakers lead a discussion following each film. Tickets $10/11; Info: 604-536-8333,


Learn about Surrey’s Public Art & Artists at event 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Surrey City Centre Library. “Learn about the 60 public artworks installed across the city. The event is free and takes place in Room 120; Come and learn about the public art program from Surrey’s Public Art staff and meet the artist Alan Storey who has created wonderful local sculptures such as ‘Out of Thin Air’ and ‘Lingua Aqua.’ He will give an illustrated talk following the introduction to Surrey’s public art.” Info:

Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery celebrates 40th anniversary with exhibits about Surrey and its region, including “Views from the Southbank I: Histories, Memories, Myths” (to March 15), “Re:Source: A Living Archive 1975−2015 (to Dec. 13) and “Taryn Hubbard: Surrey City Centre née Whalley” (to March 15). Also, “Orijit Sen: from Punjab, with Love” mural on view to Aug. 2, and “Art by Surrey Elementary School Students,” to April 26. Gallery is located at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566,

South Surrey/White Rock Art Society, founded in 1959, meets on second Monday of month (except July and August), 7 p.m. start, at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre, 14601 20th Ave., Surrey. Info:

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, March 5: East Vancouver artist Lori Goldberg talks about “limitless boundaries” in many areas of her life that are so important to her creative process.

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, Featured during month of February: Ursula Easterbrook’s “Serendipity” photographs.

Newton Cultural Centre showcases works by local artists at 13530 72nd Ave. Info: 604-594-2700, Featured during month of March: Works of Gail Stephan, photographer, and Deborah Morriss, children’s book illustrator. “Join us on Saturday, March 7, for light refreshments and door prizes.”

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,

Mind and Matter Art Gallery: At 13743 16th Avenue, South Surrey, 604-536-6460,

Coffee Gallery at the Tate: Local gallery with 20 local artists, at #59-7238 189th St. Surrey (facing on 72nd Ave., at 189th). Visit

Cheryl’s Trading Post: Wide range of original Northwest Coast Art, Inuit and Peruvian art featured at gallery, #103-1711 152nd St. (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre), Surrey. Info: email


Surrey Museum: “A Queen and Her Country” exhibit features audiovisual presentations, artifacts and photographs depicting Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship with Canada, to May 16. Museum is located at 17710 56A Ave. Info:, 604-592-6956.

White Rock Museum + Archives: “Critical Care: A history of Hospitals in a Border Town” exhibit on view until May 31. At 14970 Marine Dr. 604-541-2222,

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

Surrey Archives: Facility is closed for maintenance until March 21, 2015. Enquiries at 604-502-6459 or 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.


“Family Fun: Royal Dragons” event at Surrey Museum on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Drop in for Royal Dragons and explore the fascinating history of these scaly monsters with family crafts and a scavenger hunt in the exhibit galleries.”

Heritage Family Days at Historic Stewart Farm: “Figure out what Barbie, liquid paper and the coffee maker have in common on Saturday, March 7 when you drop in for International Women’s Day event. Learn about pioneering women of science and society, from the goddess of drip coffee, Melitta Bentz to Ruth Handler, the inventor of Barbie.” Located at 13723 Crescent Road in South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956,


SFU/Triumf Lectures: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at SFU Surrey, Mezzanine 2, Room 2740. “Using MRI to look inside the human body (Alex Mackay, UBC), monitoring BC Radiation Exposures from Fukushima (Kris Starosta, SFU). Info:, 778-782-4847.

Surrey campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) to host open house on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Future students, local businesses, families and the general public are invited to check out interactive exhibits, attend mini-lectures, take a campus tour, and connect with instructors, students and alumni.” Activities including sculpture creation, an indoor putting green and mini golf, a chemistry magic show, salsa dance lessons and a social media contest. Prizes include $500 tuition waivers and other prizes totaling more than $3,000. Info: 604-599-3030,, at 12666 72nd Ave., Surrey. Parking is free.

SFU Surrey’s Global Community Open House event Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at #250-13450 102nd Ave., Surrey. “Event features a host of interactive exhibits, information on academic programs and an array of cultural performances that celebrate the community’s diversity. Nearly 3,000 visitors typically attend the event, which features interactive exhibits from each of SFU’s eight faculties. Details on academic programs, student services and admission will also be available, along with entertainment, food and games.” Info:

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. We have been helping people adapt to life in Canada for over 20 years through English language training and information on Canada’s laws, government, health care, culture, communities, workplace and more.” To register, call 604-582-7479, email, visit 9801 King George Blvd. (suites #111 and #350), Surrey.


The Surrey-White Rock HUB meeting promoting safe cycling will meet March 3 at 7 p.m. in Newton Senior Centre, 13775 70th Ave., Surrey.


White Rock Youth Ball Hockey league: Register by calling 604.541.2199, for a 14-game season at Centennial Arena. Visit the WRBHL website ( for more information.

Old Timers Hockey Tournament April 6-9 at Planet Ice/Great Pacific Forum (North Delta). Players who are or will be 70 years of age during 2015 are eligible, cost $60. Teams will be selected by a draft of all registered players. “Early registration is requested as we may need to add additional teams this year, need to confirm ice.” Email or, call 604 830-0295.

Delta Triathlon: 16th annual event, race day is on Saturday, April 5. Visit for race registration and for more information, including volunteer opportunities.

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


Mixed Singles over Sixty in White Rock/South Surrey: Social active group offering theatre, dinners out, golf, dancing, walking and much more. For more info, contact Colin at 604-538-7799. On the web:

Surrey Beekeepers Association meetings held on the 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.

Seniors Singles Travel Club: “We offer group tours for solo travellers. Meet new friends, enjoy the security of group travel and avoid the costly single supplement.” Info:, call Val 604-669-6607, ext. 304.

Newcomers Club of White Rock and South Surrey is a club for women who are new to the area. The club meets the first Tuesday of the month (September to May) at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2350-148 St., Surrey. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., meeting from 7-9. First visit is free. Membership is $35 per year. Visit for more information.

Toastmasters by the Sea group meets Sundays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Ave. Info: Bev, 604-536-2175.

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.

North Delta Newcomers and Friends: “We are a ladies social club and if you are new to the area or would just like to meet some new friends, please call and arrange to attend one of our activities (morning walks, coffee gatherings, Par 3 golf, card games, stitch and chat, book club and monthly dinners).” Club info: call Kathy at 604-583-3691 or Pam at 604-597-7974.


Agricultural Industry Reception at Surrey Board of Trade office, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, #101-14439 104th Ave., Surrey). “At this reception we will be announcing a new partnership and the implementation of the SBOT Agriculture Industry Team. Come and network with important stakeholders in this industry and connect with industry leaders and government representatives.” Free admission, register at 604-581-7130.

Surrey Women in Business Awards: Award winners in four categories: Entrepreneur, Corporate/Leadership, Professional, or Not-for-Profit Leader. Event date Thursday, March 5. For info, contact Brianne Colbert at Surrey Board of Trade, or 604-634-0347.


Gold Ribbon Party for Life: Event 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Royal King Palace Banquet, Surrey. “An exclusive gala to raise funds for suicide prevention. Buffet dinner, cocktails, music by DJ 151, poker tables, live entertainment, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $25.” Info: Info: contact Stephanie Cardwell,, 604-872-1811.

Surrey SPCA Branch hosts 11th Annual Animal Lovers Gala Dinner & Auction, Saturday, March 7 at Northview Golf & Country Club, Surrey. Cocktail reception, silent and live auction, gourmet plated dinner and live music. Tickets $125 or $1,000 for a table of 10 or $800 for a table of 8, via or email Free parking is available.


Surrey Board of Trade’s annual golf tournament and networking event on Thursday, June 4 at Morgan Creek Golf Course (3500 Morgan Creek Way, Surrey). Texas Scramble format. “Every year, the SBOT Fun in the Sun Golf Tournament supports a local not-for-profit or charity.” Sponsorship opportunities are available.Email Brianne Colbert at or call 604-634-0347.


Valley Women’s Network Luncheons held on last Wednesday of month (including Feb. 25) 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:, 604-940-9355.


Panorama Children’s Choir, under the direction of Dolores Scott begins their new semester with a focus on World Rhythms. No auditions. Ages K-7 New members welcome Tuesday afternoons at 14853 60th Ave., Surrey. “This is a place to share your voice with friends and shine as one!” Call 604 595-6718 to register. Info:

Maple Leaf Singers: “Meet new people, have fun, and reveal the song in your heart. Join the Maple Leaf Singers, a unique show chorus that includes singers from all parts of Metro Vancouver and performs at a variety of events. Baritone and bass voices particularly needed, but all are welcome. Learn more at Ask Anne Baird about joining at via email,


White Rock Community Policing is looking for bike patrol volunteers: “Be the eyes and ears for the police and make a difference in your community by volunteering for this great team. Successful applicants must pass an extensive security check and be willing to commit approximately eight hours a month. All equipment is provided.” Contact Julia Everett by email,, or telephone 778-593-3600.

Historic Stewart Farm: “Become a volunteer in the Historic Stewart Farm’s heritage flower and vegetable gardens. Heritage garden volunteers plant and care for the gardens and save seed from heirloom plant varieties to share with the public. Volunteers must have good basic gardening knowledge. Flexible commitment, full training provided.” Info at 604-502-6461 or

Volunteer with White Rock Sea Festival: White Rock Events Society welcomes volunteers to help with summer festival. Contact Dave Braun,


Kidswapmeet sale Saturday, Feb. 28 at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050 176th St., Surrey (Shannon & Alice Mckay Buildings). “150 vendors selling New & Gently used Kid’s items. Furniture to clothing – Books to Toys you name it we got it! All indoor. Come early for best selection.” Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission $5 each ( kids are free). Contact Susan, 778-895-8558 or email

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. Event held on the first Saturday of every month. 50/50 draw, door prizes, free parking, rain or shine. Info: Call Brian Hoven, 604-536-1947.


“Gogo with The GOGOS and The Timewalkers” dance Saturday, Feb. 28 at Crescent Beach Legion, South Surrey, with dancing, silent auction, craft sale and snacks in support of local Grandmothers to Grandmothers group (Stephen Lewis Foundation). 1960s attire optional. Tickets $30 per person, 604-542-4775, 604-538-2922.

Swing dance lessons: Drop-in sessions at Jump Joint Swing, #110-12332 Pattullo Pl., Surrey. For event dates, email, call 604-536-0195, visit

Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Clayton Hall (18513 70th Ave., Surrey) on the first Thursday of every month, except July and August, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $3. For info, call 604-576-1066.  

Learn to Square Dance event Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Chuck Bailey Rec. Centre, 13458 107A Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-591-2841, email


“Readings by the Salish Sea” literary series hosted by Semiahmoo Arts: “The series features an entertaining mix of genres from first-rate writers of short stories, poetry and a novel. George McWhirter kick-starts the season early on Thursday, Feb. 26, as he demonstrates why the Irish are widely known as gifted storytellers (Pelican Rouge Coffee Co., 15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock. 7:30 pm. Free); Poets Jennica Harper and Kevin Spenst blend, spice and sauté measured words into poems that sizzle and satisfy (April 16 at 7:30 pm, Pelican Rouge Coffee Co. Free); Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with award-winning author John Vaillant as he introduces his latest book, The Jaguar’s Children (presented in partnership with Black Bond Books, May 5, 7:30 pm at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre. $10). Pre-registration recommended via or 604-536-8333.

“Local Author” events on select dates at Black Bond Books, 15562 24th Ave., South Surrey (604-536-4444,

Zero-360: Open-mic style literary event offers stage to local writers for maximum of 360 seconds (six minutes) each, on second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at Pelican Rouge coffee house in Central Plaza, 16th Ave at 152nd St., White Rock. Event hosted by Semiahmoo Arts,, 604-536-8333.


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:, 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:



“Authors Among Us: Trailblazers and Pathfinders-Making Our Own Way” event 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Guildford Library, 15105 105th Avenue, Surrey. Literary event with local authors Sandy Chernoff, Judy McFarlane, Diana Ng and the Now’s Tom Zytaruk (author of Like A Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story). “Join our panelists to challenge your preconceptions about what we believe to be possible. Call 604-598-7366 to save your spot.”

Canadian mystery and crime writers will share their writing experiences at Fleetwood Library on Saturday, March 7, 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Authors include Dietrich Kalteis, E.R. Brown, Robin Spano and Sam Wiebe. Program is offered in partnership with The Writers’ Union of Canada and Crime Writers of Canada. Authors’ books will be available for sale at the event. To register, call 604-598-7347.

Meet Gerard LaSalle, award-winning filmmaker, teacher, and storyteller, on Tuesday, March 17, 6:30-7:30 pm at Newton Library. Register at 604-598-7406. “Set in the Pacific Northwest, LaSalle’s first novel, ‘Widow Walk’ exemplifies historical fiction with a strong sense of place. ‘Isthmus’ is the sequel.”


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

Caprice White Rock: 2381 King George Blvd., South Surrey. 604-531-7456.

Rialto White Rock: 1732 152nd St., White Rock. Info: 778-878-7786,

Empire Studio 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716.

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