EVENTS GUIDE for Surrey (Dec. 15 and beyond)

Christmas events, concerts, theatre shows and more in our weekly calendar

Vancouver-based 'The Comic Strippers” show

COMMUNITY

Winter Solstice Celebration at Newton Medicine Wheel and PLOT Garden on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 3 to 6 p.m., starting at Newton Seniors Centre, 13775 70th Ave., Surrey. “From 3 to 3:30pm, come to create a simple lantern to take with you to the Medicine Wheel; from 3:30/3:45, lantern procession and ceremony (weather permitting), and 4:30-6pm, return to Newton Senior Centre for potluck snacks, readings, songs, visiting. Wear warm clothes for being at the Medicine Wheel. Bring finger food for potluck sharing. Drums welcome.” Info: Theplot.ca.

Groundhog Day in Newton event on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at 13730 72nd Ave., Surrey. “Join Lou Jack the Groundhog in the Newton Grove for a pajama party to celebrate an early Groundhogs Day! Complete with crafts, games and hot chocolate, the third annual (event) is sure to have something for everyone. Start the day off with a free pancake breakfast. Get a chance to learn a more about the Newton community and see if winter is ending early. Stick around for live entertainment with Ginalina Music and Surrey Dance Company.” Info: Newtonbia.com.

CHRISTMAS

Festival of Trees, a Seasonal Fundraiser for Children’s Literacy, at City Centre Library:“Come in and vote for your favourite tree, and be entered to win a grand prize basket during the month of December. Check out our giant LEGO Christmas tree. Holiday choirs, storytimes, and fun activities to celebrate the season!” Info: Surreylibraries.ca. Proceeds support children’s literacy and the Read to Baby Program.

Seniors Christmas Dining Out Series hosted by the City of Surrey’s recreation department. “Socialize with friends while enjoying Christmas festivities, a delicious meal and great entertainment that’s sure to bring out a sleigh full of holiday spirit. Bring your guests – the more the merrier this holiday season.” Final event of series on Friday, Dec. 16 at Guildford Recreation Centre (a Christmas luncheon with the Jammers). Register online or by telephone at 604-501-5100. Info: Surrey.ca/culture-recreation/21374.aspx.

Winter Ice Palace indoor skating sessions at Cloverdale Arena from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. Annual event features old-fashioned pond setting, at 6090 176 St., Surrey. Open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission (2+ years): $4.50; skate rentals: $3.25; helmet rentals: $1.75. Info: Call 604-502-6410.

“Vintage Christmas” event at Surrey Museum on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Visitors can expect a ‘50s-themed Christmas event, complete with the Society of Versatile Entertainers with show times in the lobby at 1:45pm, 2:45pm and 3:45pm. The local group, a favorite among children and seniors alike, is putting on ‘Magical Christmas’ with dancing, singing and overall family friendly entertainment.” At 17710 56A Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956, Surrey.ca/heritage.

Pet Photos with Santa event at Urban Safari Rescue Society on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m., at 1395 176th St., South Surrey. “For a minimum donation of $15 you get a digital image emailed to you, 5×7 print to take home and a free visit to Urban Safari. All money raised goes directly toward the care and housing of our 350 unwanted exotic animals.” Details: Urbansafari.ca, (604) 531-1100.

“Grandma & Me Christmas Tea” event on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Guildford Recreation Centre, 15105 105th Ave., Surrey, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. “Celebrate the Christmas season with your grandkids (ages 3 to 7 years) and join us for a morning of holiday festivities. Enjoy making a Christmas craft, decorating cookies and warming up with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. There will also be storytelling and a magic show presented by Surrey Libraries. Grandpas are welcome to join the fun too.” Cost per child is $7 (child must be accompanied by an adult), and cost per grandparent is $3. Pre-registration is required and we encourage participants to secure their spot before December 10. To register, call 604-501-5100.

BUSINESS

8th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards: Surrey Board of Trade is now accepting nominations for event, presented by Vancity. “Nominate a Surrey businesswoman in one of the five award categories: Entrepreneur, Corporate/Leadership, Professional, Not-for-Profit Leader, or Social Trailblazer.” Nomination deadline is Feb. 8; event date is Thursday, March 9. Info: Email heather@businessinsurrey.com or luke@businessinsurrey.com, call 604-581-7130.

Surrey Board of Trade’s annual New Year’s Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in office at #101-14439 104th Ave., Surrey, from 5 to 8 p.m. “We hold this event every January to celebrate the successes of the past year in business, and to wish all our members a Happy New Year!” Info: Call 604-581-7130.

Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi organized by Surrey Board of Trade starting on April 3, 2017. 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.

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.

“A Traditional Christmas”: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual concerts at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 4:30 and 8 p.m., featuring Christopher Gaze as host, UBC Opera Ensemble and EnChor. Info: Vancouversymphony.ca, 604-876-3434.

Supernatural: A Santana Experience concert on Friday, Jan. 6 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, featuring guitarist Doug Towle and band. Tickets $39, bluefrogstudios.ca.

“Blues for the Bank”: Annual benefit concert for Surrey Food Bank’s Tiny Bundles program features the band Agent C and Top Secret, on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey. “Music, dancing, adult beverages and more.” Tickets are $30 via Thornley Creative and the food bank, 604-581-2827.

FUNDRAISERS

Clayton Heights Secondary Dry Grad 2017 Tree Chipping and Bottle Drive on Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 8, daily from 10 am to 2 pm at 7003 188th St., Surrey. By donation. For info, call Kelly at 778-384-1963.

St. Matthew’s Parish’s annual Christmas Tree Chipping and Bottle Drive (by donation) on Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 8, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 16079 88th Ave., Surrey. Info: visit Kofc9534.org or call Doug, 604-218-2722.

COMEDY

“The Comic Strippers” adult-only show offers a male-stripper parody and improv comedy for audiences of all genders, on Jan. 28 at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre. “Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.” Tickets and info: Bellperformingartscentre.com, 604-507-6355, Thecomicstrippers.com.

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.

THEATRE/STAGE

“Ellie King’s Beauty and the Beast” traditional British panto produced by Royal Canadian Theatre Company, at Surrey Arts Centre from Dec. 16 to 26 on select dates. Comedy suitable for all ages. Tickets and info: 604-501-5566, Tickets.Surrey.ca, Rctheatreco.com.

“The (Post) Mistress”: Tomson Highway script about an effervescent, charismatic postal worker in the fictional town of Lovely, from Jan. 11 to 21 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage. An Arts Club Theatre Company production presented by Surrey Civic Theatres. Info: 604-501-5566, Tickets.surrey.ca.

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. “No partner or costume required. Beginners welcome. $4 drop-in fee.” Info: dale.c.adamson@gmail.com, 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 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

“The Beginning of a Conversation,” a public forum designed to strengthened conversations that will affect end-of-life choices, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 am to 5 pm, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “Specifically we are reaching out to our diverse community and discussing how culture plays an important role in meaningful end-of-life transitions.” Free presentations, workshops and exhibitors. Open to the public, all-day. Info: Contact Tricia Keith, tricia@surreyhospice.com or 604-584-7006 ext. 104.

SENIORS

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.

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

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.

CALLS

Clayton Heights Optometry is looking to feature Local artists at office, 103A-19151 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. “Are you an artist looking for a place to display your art? We feature an artist every few months on our waiting area wall with complete info on the artist. If you would like your painting, drawing, or photographic art displayed, email us at claytonhtsoptometry@gmail.com for consideration.”

AUDITIONS

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, information@mapleleafsingers.com.

VISUAL ART

Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery 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.

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.

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

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

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

Digital Screening Mammography, Pap Test and STI Testing at Surrey Women’s Centre on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 10075 Whalley Blvd. “B.C. residents, please call 778-387-3056 or email guglaniritu6@gmail.com to book an appointment.”

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.

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 (tcheryl@telus.net, 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.

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.

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