EVENTS GUIDE for May 21 and beyond (Surrey, North Delta):
Surrey International Childrenâ€™s Festival: Annual event May 21-23 at Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park featuring free and ticketed shows including Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, â€œPeter and the Wolf,â€ Music with Marnie, The Street Circus and more. Hands-on arts activities, roving performers, free site entrance. Info and tickets: 604-501-5566, 604-501-5598, Surrey.ca/childrensfestival.
â€œMidget Time 4â€ event Friday, May 29 at Cloverdale Fairgroundâ€™s Alice McKay Building, 8 p.m. bell time. Feature match between Short Sleeve Sampson vs. Little Prince Akeem. Gen-ad tickets $15 at Central City Comics, Comics Scene, also via Allstar-wrestling.com, 604-710-0872.
FVDED in the Park music festival: Blueprint and Live Nation Canada present inaugural event on July 3 and 4 at Holland Park, Surrey, featuring headliners Deadmau5 and The Weeknd. All-ages event, a variety of genres on two outdoor stages. For full lineup and tickets, visit Fvdedinthepark.com.
â€œGone Country: Here for the Cureâ€: Annual cancer-battling benefit concert set for July 25 at Cloverdaleâ€™s Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, featuring Blackjack Billy, Tebey, Karen Lee Batten, The Tumblinâ€™ Dice, Dave Hartney, DJ Jaxon Hawks and others. Tickets are $39.99. Details at Twinscancerfundraising.com and Facebook.com/TwinsCancerFundraising.
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. May 24: Karen Graves, vocals, brass, Miles Black, piano, Rene Worst, bass, Bernie Arai, drums. â€œA quartet of fine jazz musicians performing classic selections interspersed with poetry/readings.â€
Delta Arts Council open mic night at Firehall Centre for the Arts (11489 84th Ave., North Delta) on last Friday of each month. â€œOpen Mic gives local talent the opportunity to share and showcase.â€ Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $4/person at the door. Info: Deltaartscouncil.ca.
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. Info: 604-583-8828, Thetaphouse.ca.
Panchoâ€™s Nightclub: Live top 40 and classic rock. Tuesday karaoke, Thursday jam night. â€œSurreyâ€™s longest-running live music venue,â€ at 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey, 604-583-3536. Band and special-event info: Panchosnightclub.com.
Dublin Crossing: Live music six nights a week at 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. 604-575-5470, Dublincrossing.com.
Olympia Pizza: Live music, comedy and more at venue in Whalley, 10257 King George Blvd. 604-584-1388, Facebook.com/olympia.resto. Tues. and Thurs. open-mic night, live band jam night; Wed. â€œFreeStyleâ€ hip-hop/rap with Rasta Mike. Comedy night on last Friday of month with Dennis Lintonjua.
Central City Brewing Co.: Live music on select nights at restaurant/bar, 13450 102nd Ave., at Central City, Surrey. 604-582-6620, centralcitybrewing.com.
â€œThe Collectionâ€: Diskordanse company of Surrey brings new work to Surrey Arts Centreâ€™s Studio Theatre from May 29 to 30. Performance â€œexists in a contemporary art gallery where a mysterious â€˜collectorâ€™ has acquired works of art through the ages. From a piece of stained glass dating back to 1350 to a newly painted surreal bird, this collection was intended for a private exhibit; for a moment however, the audience will be whisked in for a sneak peek.â€ Tickets $40, show time 8 p.m., 604-501-5566, Tickets.surrey.ca.
Coastal City Ballet presents â€œCinderellaâ€ at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88th Ave., Surrey. World premiere of Irene Schneider production, music by Sergei Prokofiev. More info: Coastalcityballet.com, 604-501-5566.
Swing dance lessons: Drop-in sessions at Jump Joint Swing, #110-12332 Pattullo Pl., Surrey. For event dates, email email@example.com, call 604-536-0195, visit Jumpjointswing.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
â€œA Taste of B.C.â€™s Finestâ€: Semiahmoo House Societyâ€™s most anticipated and largest fundraiser of the year offers food and beverages, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, featuring more than 43 exhibitors, wine tutorial sessions, door prizes, silent auction, raffle prizes, photo booth and more. Info: Atasteofbcsfinest.ca, 604-536-1242.
Utopia Marketplace event (â€œladies night outâ€) hosted by Semiahmoo House Society on the evening of Saturday, May 30 at 15306 24th Ave., South Surrey. â€œA selection of the most amazing vendors on hand to help you with everything ranging from fashion to make up to your daily household needs.â€ Cash bar. Info: Facebook.com/events/1388608864794898. Donations will be accepted for Basics for Babies and/or the food bank.
Fraser Valley Grape Escape: Cyclists spend two days pedaling through the Fraser Valley visiting award-winning wineries and also Krause Berry Farms, on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. â€œCollect pledges to be eligible for fundraising rewards. Riders must raise a minimum of $300 in order to take part in the event. Money raised supports MS research and vital services for people living with MS in B.C.â€ Info: Contact Jason Hulbert, Scotiabank MS Bike Tour Co-ordinator at 604-602-3211 or email@example.com, also Msbike.ca.
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: â€œCelebrate your birthday at Surrey Museum. Invite your friends and choose from themes like Pirates, Dinosaurs, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Ancient Egypt and more.â€ Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. $12.50 per child (birthday child is free). Must pre-book by calling 604-592-6956.
Surrey RCMPâ€™s Neighbourhood Safety Presentations series continues with events from May 20 to 28 at select Surrey schools. Residents to be given information on local crime trends, current policing initiatives, property crime, and how to report crime and suspicious activity. Attendees will also learn how they can play a role in crime prevention. Upcoming presentations (all starting at 6:30 p.m.) at Greenaway/Cowtown (May 21st at George Greenaway Elementary), Semiahmoo (May 26 at Semiahmoo Secondary, Boliver Heights (May 27 at James Ardiel Elementary) and Chimney Heights (May 28 at Chimney Hill Elementary). Registration is available on the Surrey RCMP website, Surrey.rcmp.ca (click â€œNeighbourhood Safety Campaignâ€ under â€œPolicing Highlightsâ€) or by contacting the Crime Prevention Coordinator at your local RCMP District Office.
A #LoveItLockIt bike-theft prevention event hosted by Surrey Libraries on Saturday, May 23, in partnership with the City of Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy, Surrey RCMP, Surrey Crime Prevention Society and HUB – Your Cycling Connection. Event locations include Guildford Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and City Centre Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Guildford pool grand opening event: Free family event to celebrate the opening of the new pool with a free swim, refreshments and prizes, on Saturday, May 30. See the unveiling of public art â€œSplash,â€ by Michael Krondl. Ribbon Cutting will take place at 1:30 p.m. Also check out the water polo and swimming demonstrations. Event runs from noon to 3 p.m. at 15105 105th Ave., Surrey.
North Delta Family Day Parade to be held on Sunday, June 28. North Delta Lions Club seeks applications to participate in grand parade, an annual event co-hosted by Corporation of Delta and the club. Info: Northdeltalions.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pritpal at 604-763-7251. No entry fee for parade.
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. â€œCall ahead to make sure weâ€™re not cancelled that week.â€ 604-594-2717.
PechaKucha Night Surrey Vol. 3: Innovation And Design event 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at Centre Stage at City Hall, Surrey, exploring the theme of innovation and design. â€œYou will see how design and passion contribute to the creation of innovative products such as buildings, mobile apps, 3D printers, clean technologies, health technologies and manufactured products in Surrey.â€ Presenters to include Michael Heeney (Bing Thom Architects), Eugene Suyu (Tinkerine 3D Printers Studio), Angela Robert (Conquer Mobile) and Noah Li-Leger (Li-Leger Creative Industrial Design). Tickets are $15, Pechakucha.org/cities/surrey, at 13450 104th Ave., 604-501-5566.
Semiahmoo House Extravaganza: Featuring performances by Bollywood Bhangra Dancers, The Rec Rockers Band, Musical Theatre â€œSemi-Mia!â€ and Semi Famous Players â€œSemi-House of Horrorsâ€ in event presented by Semiahmoo House Societyâ€™s Rec & Leisure program, on Friday, May 29 at Surrey Arts Centre. Tickets: $25, or $15 for child (12 and under) or Community Living Self Advocate members. Show time 6 p.m., info at 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca.
How artists living South of the Fraser â€œpictureâ€ this place: Local Artists in Conversation: Artists Lisa Chen, Brandon Gabriel and Jeannette Sirois at event Wednesday, May 27 (7:30 to 9 p.m.) at Surrey Art Gallery as part of current exhibition â€œViews from the Southbank II.â€ The artists will engage in a conversation with each other and the audience, facilitated by Surrey Art Gallery curator Jordan Strom. Free admission, at 13750 88th Ave., Surrey.
Meet the Artists Day at Surrey Art Gallery on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 3 p.m., with introduction to Surrey Art Gallery Associationâ€™s art rental program. A wide variety of artwork by local artists will be on display in front of the gallery gift shop at 13750 88th Ave., Surrey. â€œMix and mingle with the participating artists at this drop-in event, and consider the art possibilities that will enhance your space.â€ Info: 604-501-5566.
Surrey Art Gallery: â€œTales from the Southbank II: Moments, Reflections, Intervalsâ€ to June 14, plus Stephen Fosterâ€™s â€œRemediating Curtis: Imagining Indigeneityâ€ and John Wynneâ€™s â€œAnspayaxwâ€ sound installation. Also: â€œRe:Source: A Living Archive 1975âˆ’2015 (to Dec. 13), â€œOrijit Sen: from Punjab, with Loveâ€ mural on view to Aug. 2. Gallery is located at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/artgallery.
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.
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 the month of May is Lisete Cerqueira, gem cutter and carver:
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 from October to May. Info: 604-598-5898, Surreyurbanscreen.ca.
Coffee Gallery at the Tate: Local gallery with 20 local artists, at #59-7238 189th St. Surrey (facing on 72nd Ave., at 189th). Visit www.CoffeeGalleryattheTate.com.
Surrey Museum: At 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info: www.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 email@example.com. 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.
Surrey Heritage Society, which operates the BC Vintage Truck Museum, is holding its Italian Buffet fundraising Dinner on May 21, 6 p.m., at The Loft Bar and Grill, 5640 188 St., Cloverdale. Dinner includes a drink, silent auction, 50/50 draw and door prizes. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Vintage Truck Museum, 6022 176th St. (entrance off 60th Ave.). Info: Call Anna Dean, 604-576-0181.
Surrey English Language Centre provides free English language classes for new immigrants to Canada with proof of permanent residence, age 17 or older. â€œWe 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 Canadaâ€™s laws, government, health care, culture, communities, workplace and more.â€ To register, call 604-582-7479, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit 9801 King George Blvd. (suites #111 and #350), Surrey.
Free basketball camps on weekends in May hosted by Fraser Valley Basketball Association, at 6933 124th St., Surrey. â€œFraser Valley Basketball Association (FVBA) is a federal non-profit community organization which is committed to the enjoyment and development of basketball among children.â€ For more info, call 778-833-3822, email email@example.com, visit Fvbball.com.
Newton Seniors Centre Tennis Club seeks experienced, senior (55+) tennis players. â€œWe are not a teaching club, so you must know how to play, serve and score.â€ For information, call Al or Sue at 604-594-8783, or Jan, 604-502-7844.
Football & Cheerleading Skills Camp on Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bear Creek Park, Surrey. â€œWant to register your child for Community Football or Cheerleading? Come out to our Registration Day and Skills camp at Bear Creek Park.â€ Football registration from April 1 to Aug. 30. More info: Surreyfootball.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ukrainian â€œsoul foodâ€ sale: Perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch will be available on Friday, May 29 at a fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Surrey. â€œEat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer.â€ For information, call 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313.
North Delta Newcomers and Friends is a ladies social club. â€œWe invite you to join us, 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, card games, stitch and chat, book clubs and monthly dinners. Our Par 3 golf has returned for the season, also).â€ Dinner and fashion show on Wed. June 3. Call Kathy at 604-583-3691, or Pam at 604-597-7974 by Tuesday, May 26.
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. â€œAll welcome to attend and learn about bees.â€
Seniors Singles Travel Club: â€œWe offer group tours for solo travellers. Meet new friends, enjoy the security of group travel and avoid the costly single supplement.â€ Info: Singlestravelclub.ca, call Val 604-669-6607, ext. 304.
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.
Surrey Board of Trade Business Reception hosted by the Coast Surrey Guildford Hotel (soon to be the Four Points by Sheraton Surrey) on Tuesday, May 26. â€œJoin us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Four Points by Sheraton Surrey Hotel! Learn more about the hotel while making new business contacts and enjoying fine food and refreshments.â€ Event from 5 to 7 p.m. at 10410 158th St., Surrey. Info: Businessinsurrey.com.
Surreyâ€™s Top 25 Under 25 awards reception: Annual event â€œcelebrates the incredible initiatives of Surreyâ€™s youth 25 years old or younger,â€ chosen for their business or community achievements, leadership ability, community involvement, professional achievements and uniqueness of their business or community projects. Awards reception on Thursday, May 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152nd St., Surrey). Free admission.
Surrey Board of Tradeâ€™s annual golf tournament and networking event on Thursday, June 4 at Morgan Creek Golf Course (3500 Morgan Creek Way, Surrey). Texas Scramble format. â€œEvery year, the SBOT Fun in the Sun Golf Tournament supports a local not-for-profit or charity.â€ Sponsorship opportunities are available.Email Brianne Colbert at email@example.com or call 604-634-0347.
â€œHiring in 2015: Tools and tips to protect the Employerâ€: Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart presents half-day seminar, which includes accommodation in the workplace, termination and other topics. â€We invite all business owners, managers and HR professionals to join us at this complimentary presentation. A continental breakfast will be provided.â€ Event on Tuesday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Northview Golf & Country Club, 6857 168 St., Surrey. RSVP by Thursday, May 21 to Lynda Wendland (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-580-4757).
Human Library Program at Surrey Libraries: Focus on Religions, Beliefs, and Spirituality, on Saturday, May 30 at City Centre library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Fifth annual event aims to connect people and offer more opportunities for social engagement. Readers can have a one-to-one, 20-minute conversation with human â€œbooksâ€ â€“ people who are there to share their stories and experiences and in this case, their spiritual beliefs. To register, call 604-598-7426; details: Surreylibraries.ca/4920.aspx.
â€œMaker Meetupsâ€ held on Friday nights at City Centre Library (6:30 to 8:45 p.m.), encouraging people to â€œlearn arts and science concepts by making actual objectsâ€ in an open workshop format. Events held in partnership with Maker Cube, a non-profit organization that aims to create the first Makerspace in Surrey. Info: Surreylibraries.ca/programs-services/5798.aspx.
Valley Womenâ€™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. â€œCome share your business successes, goals with us and let us help one another.â€ Info: Valleywomensnetwork.com, 604-940-9355.
Surrey Antiques off the Roadshow: Event on Saturday, May 30 (from noon to 3 p.m.) at Surrey Art Gallery, at Bear Creek Park, Surrey. â€œRummage through the attic, check out the storage area in the garage, and gather up the old gold jewelry youâ€™re planning to sell.â€ Bring items to this annual event for verbal appraisal by experts who are knowledgeable about jewelry, antiques, collectibles, antiquarian books, and Asian, European, and First Nations art. Fee is $10 for the first item and $5 for each additional item. Drop-in event; registration is not required. Observers are welcome. Parking is free. Event sponsored by Surrey Art Gallery Association. Info: 604-501-5566.
Watershed Artworksâ€™ annual Whole Lotta Art Artisan Market on Saturday, May 23. â€œCome between 10-4 for this excellent opportunity to meet local artists and see their art. This free event is family friendly with food, entertainment and fun to be had by all.â€ At Watershed Artworks Gallery, 11425 84th Ave., North Delta. Info: 604-596-1029.
North Delta Farmers Market: Events on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th St., North Delta. Food trucks, live music, vedors, more.Info: Northdeltafarmersmarket.com.
Surrey Urban Farmers Market: Annual event happens Wednesday afternoons in spring/summer starting June 10 (1 to 6 p.m.) at Surrey Central Civic Plaza, 13450 104th St. Food trucks, vendors and artisans will fill the plaza offering fresh local food and unique gifts. Musical performances and activities for kids. Info: Surreymarket.org.
Heritage Banner Design Contest in Delta: Delta residents and artists are invited to enter their original street banner design to this yearâ€™s contest from March 30 to June 1. Photography, digital art, collage, painting and drawing, and printmaking entries will be accepted, and a winner will be selected from each of three categories (North Delta, South Delta, and Child/Youth), one overall grand prize winner of all categories. Each winner will receive a $350 honorarium and a street banner with their design, and grand prize winning design will be displayed on Delta street banners from January to May 2016; contest deadline June 1. Info: Delta.ca.
Surrey Poet Laureate: City of Surrey seeks applications for inaugural position of Surrey Poet Laureate, who will â€œact as an ambassador for the City of Surrey and the people of Surrey, advocating for literacy and the literary arts and helping to raise to status of poetry, language and the arts in the everyday consciousness of Surrey residents.â€ Submissions to be evaluated by committee, co-ordinated by Surrey Libraries. Applications accepted until June 30. For details, visit Surreylibraries.ca/poetlaureate, or phone project co-ordinator Meghan Savage, 604-598-7374.
Vendors wanted for Fleetwood Multicultural Fair, â€œCelebrating Canadian diversityâ€ on Sunday, July 12. For info, email email@example.com or call 604-593-2448 or search for event on Facebook.
Panorama Childrenâ€™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. â€œThis is a place to share your voice with friends and shine as one!â€ Call 604 595-6718 to register. Info: Doloresscott.com.
Maple Leaf Singers: â€œMeet 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 Mapleleafsingers.com. Ask Anne Baird about joining at via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hollywood 3 Cinemas: 7125 138th St. (Newton Centre, near 72nd Ave., Surrey). 604-592-4441. Hollywoodcinema.ca.
Empire Studio 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716.
Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72nd Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400.