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.
Hall Pass: Free indie-band music festival on Saturday, May 28 at Shannon Hall, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., featuring “Vancouver’s most talented emerging artists,” including Actors, Star Captains, Louise Burns, Fashionism, Don Moxon Trio, Catlow, The Prettys, Eric Campbell & The Dirt and The Faceplants. A 19+ event ($5 cans of beer, plus food trucks). Bus transportation from Skytrain by donation. Free entry with mailing-list signup at Freeshows.ca.
West Coast Jazz Invitational 2016: Big-band jazz festival/concert Saturday, June 18 from 11 am to 10 p.m. at Northwood United Church, 8856 156th St., Surrey. Admission is $20 for evening headliner, free day concerts. “This community-driven festival returns for a pre-summer time slot, bringing together many of the community jazz big bands and jazz orchestras of the Lower Mainland for a day of performances.” Featured bands include The Vancouver Groove Orchestra (Vancouvergroove.com), Mighty Fraser Big Band, The Other Big Band, Deep Cove Big Band, Inlet Jazz Band, Bruce James Orchestra, New Westminster & District Jazz Band, South Van Big Band and The Jazz Connexion. Info: Westcoastjazzinvitational.com.
FVDED in the Park: Annual festival features cutting-edge music on three stages at Surrey’s Holland Park on July 2 and 3, featuring Jack Ü, Zedd, Travis Scott, Bryson Tiller and more. All ages, with 19+ VIP area. Event produced by Blueprint Events/Live Nation Canada. Tickets and info: Fvdedinthepark.com.
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC on Tuesday, May 31 from 2:30 to 3:15 pm, starting at rear of Surrey City Hall and going to RCMP Headquarters, 14200 Green Timbers Way. “Come out and cheer for local law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes as they run together with the Flame of Hope to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC.” More info: Specialolympicsbc.ca/letr.
8th SPIDS Annual Philippine Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, June 5 at Bridgeview Park Community Centre, 11475 126A St., Surrey, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Family event features Santacruzan, a parade of queens and flowers (a Philippines tradition), local artists, food concessions, more. Info: Facebook.com/SPIDSGroup.
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: Deltaartscouncil.ca.
Surrey International Children’s Festival: 12th annual event held from May 26-28 at Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park. Free site entrance, some ticketed shows. For show info, visit Surrey.ca/childrensfestival.
Surrey Greek Food Festival: Annual event held from June 3 to 12 at Greek Orthodox Church at 13181 96th Ave., featuring Greek food, folk dancing representing various regions of Greece and performances from around the world. More info: Facebook.com/SurreyGreek.
All-Star Wrestling presents “May Mayhem” event on Friday, May 27 at Alice McKay building at Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Bell time 7:30 p.m. For event info and tickets, visit Allstarwrestling.ca or call 604-710-0872.
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.
Danny Bhoy: Scottish comedian returns to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Oct. 28 with “Commonwealth Comedian” show, 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info: Hahaha.com/dannybhoy.
“Coalesce”: New work by Surrey-based Diskordanse company staged June 4 at Surrey Arts Centre. “In a steampunk-meets-supervillain world, the performers tread lightly between fantasy and a possible reality as they journey through glimpses of one’s psyche.” Tickets and info: Diskordanse.ca, Tickets.surrey.ca.
Coastal City Ballet Presents “Swan Lake” at Surrey Arts Centre on Friday, June 10, 8 p.m., 13750 88th Ave., Surrey. “Coastal City Ballet celebrates its 5th anniversary season with the Canadian premiere of ‘Swan Lake.’ This illustrious and beloved ballet features choreography by Irene Schneider, the beautiful score of Pytor Tchaikovsky and the diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet. Glorious costumes and imaginative sets brings this heart-wrenching love story to life. Schneider delivers a modern twist to this must see timeless classic that the whole family will love.” Tickets range from $25-$45, with discounts for Groups 10 or more. Info, tickets: Coastalcityballet.com, 604-501-5566.
Surrey International Folk Dancing meets Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm at Walnut Road Elementary, 16152 82nd Ave., Surrey. “No partner or costume required. Beginners welcome. $4 drop-in fee.” Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-496-4236, Surreyfolkdance.org.
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 $4. For info, call 604-576-1066.
Scottish Country dance classes are held on Wednesday evenings each week (from September to end of April) at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd St., Surrey, starting at 7 p.m. First class is free for newcomers. For info, call Maureen at 604-536-1367 or visit Wrscdc.org.
“Latin Friday Nights” on second Friday of each month at Amor Fitness, 8 p.m. to midnight at 8056 King George Blvd., Surrey. All ages, admission $10. “Spicy dance party featuring all night dancing with REAL Latin music. Dress to impress.” Info: 604-725-4654, 604-808-2311, Hotsalsadancezone.com.
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.
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.
Book launch for “You Can Call Me Vodka: A Cambodian’s Story of Life after the Killing Fields,” on Saturday, May 28 from 1-3 pm at George Mackie Library, North Delta. “Local author Mary-Jo Glen Ohl met In Sam Oeun, nicknamed Vodka, on a trip to Cambodia in 2014, and struck up a friendship via Facebook. She shares his story as a young boy in the war-torn nation, how he and his family struggled to survive though civil warfare, dangerous jobs, land mines and government injustice.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase; all proceeds will be given to Vodka, in Cambodia, to improve the lives of him and his family.
“Maker Meetups” held on Friday nights at City Centre Library (6:30 to 8:45 p.m.), encouraging people to “learn arts and science concepts by making actual objects” 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.
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.
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.
Surrey Art Gallery: “Nep Sidhu: Shadows in the Major Seventh,” to June 11; “Paulo Majano: I Was Here,” to June 12; Gallery is located at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/artgallery.
PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub: Gallery space in Newton features local artists and collectives, at 137th Street and 72A Avenue. Info: Facebook.com/PopUpNewton.
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, In lobby of North Delta Recreation Centre, 11415 84th Ave. Info: 604-596-1029, Watershedartworks.ca.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com, 604-581-3758) or Barb (778-373-0284).
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 Shirley Dean Pavilion, 9634 King George Blvd., Surrey (East entrance). For more information, call Katie: 604-585-5666, ext. 772534.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
North Delta Football Midget Skills Camp on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John Oliver Park, North Delta. No cost to register for event, for 16-18 year olds. “Bring your cleats, bring out a friend, wrap up the day with a Hot Dog Lunch. Welcome to another great year of tackle football.” Info: Northdeltafootball.com.
WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship: One of the largest women’s world championships in Canadian history comes to Surrey from July 15-24, featuring close to 2,000 athletes from multiple countries. Info: Surrey2016.com.
“Champion of the Crescent” Stand-up Paddleboard race/event in support of Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation, on July 24 at Blackie Spit Park at Crescent Beach. 10KM competitive race, 5KM recreational race, Kid’s Race, corporate relay and SUP exhibition and Family Activity Zone. Event info: Championofthecrescent.com.
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.
Glades Garden openings: Special events on Saturday, May 28 and Saturday, June 11 (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at this special woodland garden, home to many species of rare and unusual rhododendrons, azaleas and fine heritage trees. Sorry, no pets. Most trails are not suitable for wheelchair access. Note: new parking lot will be accessible south of the garden, at 561 172nd St., Surrey. Info: 604-501-5050.
Surrey Environmental Extravaganza: A variety of annual environment-related events held in Surrey until June 8, in partnership with the City of Surrey. Info: 604-502-6065, or search Surrey.ca.
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.
Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards: Thursday, May 26 at Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 St., Surrey) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. “The event will celebrate the incredible initiatives of Surrey’s youth under the age of 25.” Keynote speaker is Leah Goldstein, world champion kickboxer, ultra-endurance cyclist, Israeli undercover police officer. Event info: Businessinsurrey.com or call 604.581.7130.
Kevin Desmond, CEO of Translink, speaks at Surrey Board of Trade event in “an interactive and exclusive sofa chat” at noon Tuesday, June 7 at Sheraton hotel in Guildford. “Attendees will get a chance to know the leader of Metro Vancouver’s transportation network.” Info: Businessinsurrey.com or call 604-581-7130.
Business Safety Breakfast in Guildford: Surrey Board of Trade event Wednesday, June 8 to focus on crime and safety issues for businesses in the Guildford neighbourhood. The morning event will feature speakers from the Surrey RCMP, the City of Surrey, and Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. This important event is free to attend. Program from 8 to 10 a.m. at Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria (10355 152 St., #1001). Info: Businessinsurrey.com.
“The Business of Legalizing Marijuana”: Surrey Board of Trade event focuses on aspects of federal government plan to legalize marijuana, with panelists from WorkSafeBC and law firm McQuarrie Hunter, on Friday, June 10 at Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 152nd St., Surrey. Program at 8 a.m., info 604-581-7130, Businessinsurrey.com.
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.
Antiques off the Roadshow event at Surrey Art Gallery on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 3 p.m. “Rummage through the attic, check out the storage area in the garage, and gather up the old gold jewelry you’re planning to sell.” Verbal appraisal by experts knowledgeable about jewelry, antiques, collectibles, antiquarian books and Asian, European and First Nations art. Cost is $10 for the first item and $5 for each additional item. This is a drop-in event; registration is not required. Observers are welcome. Parking is free. This event is sponsored by Surrey Art Gallery Association. Info: 604-501-5566.
North Delta Farmers Market: Events on Sundays at North Delta Recreation Centre, 11415 84 Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to Oct. 30. Food trucks, live music, vendors, more. Info: Northdeltafarmersmarket.com.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Auditions for “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Sunday, May 29 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Ave., Surrey. Young Peoples’ Opera Society is auditioning singers aged 10 to 30 for principal roles for its December production. “This is an opportunity for aspiring singers to sing in an opera about a disabled boy who is visited by three kings at the time of the birth of the baby Jesus.” This production will be fully staged and costumed. For more details, contact Patricia Dahlquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-594-9506.
Surrey Youth Theatre Company (SYTCO) is holding auditions for its upcoming 20th-anniversary season, on Wednesday, June 1 (ages 8-12 are from 3:30 to 5:30, ages 13-17 are from 5 to 6:30). Pre-registration and materials are required. Register forms are on the website, Surreyyouththeatre.ca. For information, email email@example.com.
Peninsula Productions is hiring four actors for its upcoming summer project, NextGen: “This troupe of young actors will create and perform theatre in and around the Semiahmoo Peninsula. As this is a Canada Summer Jobs initiative, we are looking for actors between the ages of 17-30 who were in full-time school in the spring semester and are returning to full-time school in the fall.” Info: Peninsulaproductions.org or send us a picture and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “NextGen” in the subject line.
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: Doloresscott.com.
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 Mapleleafsingers.com. Ask Anne Baird about joining at via email, email@example.com.
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.