• How Enhancing Habitat Benefits Fish and Wildlife: Aug. 23, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office, 5225A Ladner Trunk Rd.; As part of its environmental commitment, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority creates, restores and enhances habitat to benefit the region’s fish and wildlife. It has been enhancing habitat for more than 20 years. Join us for this free presentation to learn more about the habitat enhancement program with guest speaker Charlotte Olson, P.Geo., PMP, manager of infrastructure habitat development at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
• Ginalina: Aug. 24, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Be part of a musical adventure celebrating nature, family, friends and more. Gina is a Juno-nominated children’s singer-songwriter who writes rollicking, roaring and ridiculously catchy songs for the whole family to sing together. Part of the library’s Summer Reading Club. This is a ticketed event, so registration is required. Please pick up your tickets at the library beginning Aug. 17.
• Consultation on Canada’s New Youth Policy: Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72nd Ave., Surrey; The organizers of For Youth With Youth, a wholly youth led and organized initiative, are excited to be coming to Surrey to consult people on Canada’s new youth policy. We look forward to hearing the policy ideas, inspirations and viewpoints of youth across six broad themes: health and well-being; environment and climate change; justice, human rights and equality; reconciliation and Indigenous rights; jobs and the economy; and international assistance and affairs. We intend to bring as many perspectives together as possible to render the policy as applicable in reality to today’s Canadian youth. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more at youthconsultation.com.
• Teen Night — Pizza & Games: Aug. 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Do you love to play board games? Are you between 12 and 19 years old? Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies.
• Day at the Farm: Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westham Island Herb Farm, 4690 Kirkland Rd., Ladner; Join us for the 13th annual Day at the Farm. Our goal is to help educate our communities about the nature and importance of agriculture and non-market environmental services that it provides. The event will feature the very popular hay-wagon farm tours (led by 3rd generation farmer Gordon Ellis), as well as local music, a talent show, a mini-auction, homemade food contest, potato dig, food trucks and so much more. Admission is free or by donation to the food bank. As this is a working farm, please leave your dogs at home.
• MP Carla Qualtrough’s Community BBQ: Sept. 8, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Annieville Lions Lark, 9150 112th St.; Delta MP Carla Qualtrough is hosting her annual community BBQ. All members of our community are invited for a free BBQ to celebrate the end of summer. Lunch will be served by the North Delta Lions Club. Back to school items will be collected for students in need. RSVP at cqualtrough.ca or call us at 778-593-4007.
• Luminary Festival: Sept. 8, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunstone Park, 10400 Delsom Cresc., North Delta; It’s a special, sparkling end-of-summer festival. Illuminate yourself with costume and lights, and create a lantern to light the way. Featuring the jazz, funk and soul rhythms of Soulstream; performers and buskers; costumes and lanterns; art and light displays; food trucks and vendors; kids activities and crafts; and the Parade of Lights at 8:30 p.m. We encourage you to wear an illuminated costume and make your own lantern to bring to the event. Please use glow sticks or solar/battery-powered lights in your lanterns. The use of open flames is prohibited. No on-site parking. A shuttle will run from North Delta Recreation Centre starting at 6 p.m.. If it’s a downpour rainy night, find us indoors at the rec centre.
• Learn to Skate — Sungod Skating Club Open House: Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Want to learn to skate? The Sungod Skating Club will be hosting their annual open house and skate sale on Sunday, Sept. 9. Free skating and skate rentals, with coaches providing on-ice assessments and special guests in attendance. Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Registration for the fall/winter session of CanSkate/Learn to Skate will be on site. For more information call 604-839-0950, email email@example.com or visit sungodskatingclub.com.
• Passport to Kennedy: Sept. 10-15; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88th Ave.; Come check out what the Kennedy has to offer to during this week-long open house. Admission is free, as are various fitness and drop-in programs. There will be daily draws for Café 88 gift cards and guided tours between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Be sure to visit Café 88 on to sample the wares of new chefs David and Lucy, especially on Thursday when free coffee and baked goods will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And come for the fresh produce available during Farm to Table Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more info contact the Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre at 604-594-2717.
• Behind the Scenes Tour: Harbour Link Container Depot: Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office, 5225A Ladner Trunk Rd.; Ever wonder about those stacks of containers you see when you’re driving along Highway 17? Join us on this free tour of two Delta companies involved in Canada’s global container trade. Harbour Link Container Depot: Witness first-hand how shipping containers are tracked, stacked, repaired and prepped for their next journey and find out how those stacks of containers represent Canada’s trade with the world. Seaspan Tilbury Terminal: See how this commercial ferry on the Fraser River is a vital link in the supply chain to and from Vancouver Island.
• North Delta Senior Secondary Class of 1976 Reunion: Sept. 15, 6 p.m. to closing; Central City Brew Pub, 13450 102nd Ave., Surrey; Well, we missed our 40th class reunion, so better now than later. Hope to see the Class of ‘76 gather together, and if the classes of ‘75 and ‘77 would like to join in we would welcome you. Please spread the word however many ways you can. There is no cost to this event, just for your individual beverages and food. Here’s looking forward to seeing everyone. For those who can’t make it, you can send us a message via the “70’s North Delta” Facebook group.
• North Delta Senior Secondary Class of 1988 30-year Reunion: Sept. 22, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 20393 Fraser Hwy., Langley; Come join us for a fun-filled evening of mingling, eating, dancing, brief remarks and lots of reminiscing. Event is 19+, tickets cost $60. Head to facebook.com/NDGradsof88 for more info. Hope to see you all there!
• Peatlands for People, Revisited: Oct. 11-13; Kwantlen Polytechnic University conference centre, Cedar Building, 12666 72nd Ave., Surrey; Peatlands for People Revisited, co-hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is an exciting and groundbreaking conference on peatlands, wetlands and species at risk, with keynote speaker Dr. Hans Joosten, University of Greiswald, Germany, and secretary-general of the International Mire Conservancy Group. Check out burnsbog.org/conferenceandcelebration for updates. Special rates are available for students and seniors. Contact Nathalie Scott-Hsiung at 604-572-0373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Burns Bog Conservation Society 30th Anniversary Celebration: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.; Eaglequest Golf, 7778 152nd St., Surrey; Join the Burns Bog Conservation Society in celebrating 30 years of working to save Burns Bog and other peatlands through education and research. There will be entertainment, a silent and live auction, a 50/50 draw and surprise guest speakers. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. for tickets visit burnsbog.org/conferenceandcelebration or call 604-572-0373.
WEEKLY AND BI-WEEKLY
• Kids Grieve Too: Mondays, Sept. 24 to Nov. 5 (no group on Oct. 8), 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; If you know or have a child who is grieving the loss of significant person, consider Kids Grieve Too, counsellor-led bereavement support groups for children aged 7-12. These groups apply expressive arts and play to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief and loss, and provide support through connection with others. For more info and to pre-register, contact the centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.
• Shopping & Cooking for One: Tuesdays, Oct. 16 to Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; Are you recently bereaved with limited shopping and cooking skills? Are you lacking confidence in the kitchen? Would you like to meet other adults in similar circumstances? Then join this home-cook-led demo/hands-on group to learn cooking basics in a safe and fun environment. Not appropriate for those with significant food allergies. For more info and to pre-register, contact the Centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.
• Settlement Workers – Punjabi/English: Alternate Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Are you a newcomer to Canada who needs help adjusting to your new life? Free and confidential services are offered to help newcomers with all their needs during the process of settling into their new community. Settlement and integration services are free for immigrants, refugees and their families in B.C.
• Recovery International Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; North Delta Evangelical Free Church, 11300 84th Ave.; Recovery International is a weekly community-based self-help mental health group that offers tools and techniques that participants can use to deal with depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger management and a variety of other nervous and mental health issues. Meetings are led by trained group leaders.
• Adult Walking Group: Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; If you have been recently bereaved and would like to be physically active and informally connect with others who have experienced a significant loss, then this group is for you. Join others on gentle walks with the option to share your experience of grief and loss. For more info and to pre-register, contact the centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.
• Bridge at East Delta Hall: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; East Delta Hall, 10379 Ladner Trunk Rd.; The Duplicate Lite Bridge Clubs will be conducting their games in Delta starting in September, 2017. Cost is $8 per session, including refreshments. First time players are invited to come give bridge a try. Register by emailing email@example.com or calling Lynda Simpson at 604-788-4721. For more info about the bridge clubs, visit duplicatelite.ca.
• Adult Grief Group: Wednesdays Oct. 24 to Nov. 28, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one? Then consider joining a safe and supportive group led by a bereavement counsellor where you will have opportunities to share with and listen to others in similar situations, and to learn to navigate your grief process. For more info and to pre-register, contact the centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.
• Conversation Circle: Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library; If you are learning English and want to practice speaking with other people in a friendly, casual place, then join us on for weekly guided discussions about Canadian culture, food and current events.
• Supporting Family Resilience Group: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Delta office – Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser, 4871 Delta St.; The Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers a no-cost support group for parents and caregivers of youth and young adults who are working through mental health and/or substance use concerns. Facilitated by both peers and counsellors, the group meets weekly at our Delta office. Attendees please register prior to your first meeting by phone: 604-943-1878, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Restorative Yoga for People Living with Cancer: Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; If you are living with cancer and would you like to release muscle tension, increase your flexibility and balance your body/mind connection, then join this restorative yoga group. Restorative yoga supports the body in poses both lying down or seated, in stillness with breath awareness. For more info and to pre-register, contact the centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.
• Bereavement Self-Care/Relaxation Group: Thursdays, Oct. 25 to Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; If you are an adult who has been recently bereaved and would like to explore and implement self-care practices, then join this music-therapist-led group where you will learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation to help you address feelings of depression, exhaustion and anxiety as they relate to grief. For more info and to pre-register, contact the Centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.
• Mental Health Resiliency Support Group: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; South Delta; Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers a mental health resiliency support group in South Delta for individuals living with a mental health concern or experiencing symptoms. Please call the Delta office at 604-943-1878 or email email@example.com to register for your first meeting.
• North Delta TLC Hiking Club: Sundays through Sept. 30, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Rd.; Want to get out and meet local North Delta families while taking in the west coast on day hikes? Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a hiking club, open to all North Delta families. If interested, please join the TLC Sunday Hiking Group Facebook page. We will post the location and details of the hike prior to it and will meet in the parking lot of the church at noon to arrange carpooling and to go over any details. We look forward to meeting you on our next hike.
• Community Games Drop-in: Third Sunday of the month, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Rd.; Swing by for badminton, ping pong and board games. It’s fun for all ages, but kids under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Admission by donation of one non-perishable food item per person for the Food Bank.
• Prostate Cancer Support Group Surrey: Last Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (except July and Dec.); Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72 Ave., Surrey; PCSG Surrey provides awareness, support and education for the prevention, treatment and cure for men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in Delta, Surrey, Langley and White Rock. Spouses and guests are welcome. For additional info visit procansupport.com or call 604 574-4012.
• Crossroads United Church Monthly Community Dinner: Fourth Saturday of every month, doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 5 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 120th St.; Crossroads United Church invites you to their monthly community dinner. Come and enjoy this free nutritious meal served in a casual, safe environment. It is a sit-down served meal and is open to anyone who would benefit from good food in a safe, family-friendly setting. For more info go to crossroads-united-church.ca.
• Delta Scottsdale Lions Club: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month; The Lions Club is a service club that welcomes both ladies and men. If you would like to be involved in helping in your community, join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (not mandatory) at the Delta Golf Course. For more info call Al at 604-594-8783.
• Canadian Federation of University Women, North Delta/Surrey: CFUW is a national non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace. North Delta/Surrey club meets monthly and is open to all women graduates, students and associates. Call Barb (604-594-6145) or Eleanor (604-589-3631), or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
• North Delta Newcomers and Friends: NDNF is a ladies social club. Please call and arrange to attend some of our morning walks, coffee times, stitch-and-chats, card games, par-3 golf, potlucks and monthly dinners. For more info please call Kathy (604-583-3691) or Diane (604-543-7345).