• Delta Pride Picnic: Aug. 31, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Memorial Park, 5010 47th Ave., Ladner; This family-friendly picnic is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ families, individuals, and allies to come together and celebrate diversity and inclusion in Delta. Our goal is to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community within Delta and to connect those within the community with one another in a safe, family-friendly environment where everyone — from the young to the young-at-heart — can have fun and enjoy an afternoon “picnic in the park.”
• Sunshine Hills Zero-Waste Ice Cream Party: Sept. 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunshine Hills Park, 11195 Bond Blvd.; Residents of Sunshine Hills! We are excited to invite you and your family to stop by Sunshine Hills Park to enjoy free ice cream (while quantities last), connect with your neighbours and learn about sustainable solutions to inspire your family to join the zero-waste movement. In exchange for free ice cream, we kindly ask that you are indeed a resident of Sunshine Hills; let us send you our little e-guide to zero-waste living, either by email or text; meet a new neighbour and exchange some zero-waste ideas; and consider changing at least one household habit that could help add momentum to the zero-waste movement. Please RSVP at sunshinehillszerowasteicecreamparty.eventbrite.com or email Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. Brought to you in part by Neighbourhood Small Grants and the Delta Foundation.
• Mamas for Mamas Fall Swap: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Cedar Park Church, 5300 44th Ave., Ladner; Please bring your household or clothing donations to be shared with other families in our community. If bringing donations please arrive during setup to lay out your donations on the appropriate tables between 9-9:45 a.m. You do not have to bring anything in order to participate or take items. These events are “no limit” and you are able to take home as many items as you would like. (The more that goes, the less we have to pack up at the end so fill your boots!) If you would like to volunteer or if you can’t make this event and need items picked up, please email Anna Carr at email@example.com to arrange.
• Day at the Farm: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Westham Island Herb Farms, 4690 Kirkland Rd.; Make your way to Westham Island Herb Farm for Day at the Far. This afternoon agricultural fair includes real farms, real farmers and real food! Some of the other activities/attractions include a live local music talent show, a live mini-auction, a homemade food contest, B.C. fresh potato dig, Vancouver food trucks featuring Delta ingredients, antique tractors and farm equipment, BC Dairy Association mobile dairy classroom, B.C. agriculture in the classroom and student chefs preparing local fare, and so much more. Learn more at deltafarmland.ca/a-day-at-the-farm.
• Luminary Festival: Sept. 7, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunstone Park, 10400 Delsom Cres.; The Luminary Festival returns to Sunstone Park. Join us for this free end-of-summer tradition as members of the community gather with their homemade lanterns to enjoy music and entertainment, activities, and food and beverages before the parade of lanterns. Didn’t make a lantern? Come to the on-site lantern-making tent! Note: There is no parking on-site, but a free shuttle service will be available from North Delta Recreation Centre.
• Sungod Skating Club Open House & Swap Meet: Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Sungod Skating Club coaches will be available for on-ice assessments and to help you register. The rental shop will be open for complementary skates; bring your family, friends and neighbours. Register for Canskate at the open house or online by Sept. 8 for the early bird pricing. Sungod Skating Club is also offering a unique opportunity to sell your used skates or skating items. Tables are $30 each with a maximum of 50 items per table. (Suggested 1-5 sellers per table.) All items should be clean, priced and in good condition. We recommend covering skate blades with masking tape and marking each skate with its size. Each seller/group will be responsible to sell all of their own items. All of the profits from the sale will go to each seller/group. The Sungod Skating Club will have a table with items for sale; to donate items, please drop them off with a board member in the lobby by 9:30 a.m. (Please note all the proceeds from this table will go to the Sungod Skating Club.) For more information or to book your table, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Paranormal Investigations at the Library: Sept. 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Have you ever wondered about the paranormal or been spooked by something unexplainable? Are you a fan of shows such as Stranger Things, X-Files and Supernatural? Join us at the library for Paranormal Investigations, an interesting afternoon with one of B.C.’s most reputable paranormal investigation and research teams. This program would be suitable for teens and adults as some of the content may be overwhelming for younger children.
• North Delta Terry Fox Run: Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Everyone is welcome at this annual run/walk fundraiser to celebrate the life of Terry Fox and raise money for cancer research, regardless of age, athletic ability or socio-economic standing. While the run does not have an entry fee or minimum donation, participants are encouraged to fundraise or make a donation. Registration for the event is at 9 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m. There is a 1 km, 5 km and 10 km route, and they are suitable for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and rollerblades. Leashed dogs are welcome. Don’t forget about the pancake breakfast following the run. For more info visit terryfox.org.
• Delta Real Talk Overdose Training: Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; North Delta Evangelical Free Church, 11300 84th Ave.; In B.C., unintentional illicit drug overdose deaths increased from 211 in 2010 to an estimated 1,450 in 2017. The Province declared a state of emergency in response to the surge in drug-related overdoses and deaths. Delta Real Talk in partnership with the Delta Community Action Team presents an evening of education and training about the overdose crisis. Learn how to keep your friends and family safe, what is driving this crisis, who is at risk, how stigma isolates and shames people, and the role you can play in mitigating overdoses, including naloxone training. Tickets are free and include a light dinner. For more info or to register, visit facebook.com/events/2299044623554985.
•Your Legacy Your Library: Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Join us for Your Legacy Your Library, an interactive presentation addressing the advantages of pre-arranging a funeral, including the benefits of planning and the steps involved in the planning process.
• Ladner Village Art & Wine Stroll: Sept. 19, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; various locations; Visit a variety of businesses within easy walking distance as you meet and view the art of many talented artists. At each business you will receive a tipple of wine and some appetizers. Tickets cost $30 per person, open to adults only. To purchase or for more info, visit ladnerbusiness.com.
• Delta Studio Stomp: Sept. 21-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; various locations; Artists throughout North Delta will open their studios and welcome the public to visit, view their work and chat about art. This annual event includes eight studios/galleries and over 20 artists. Plan to take the North Delta gallery tour, collect stamps in your tour passport and enter the draw for marvelous prizes. This is a free event, but a portion of any art sales will be donated to the Delta Hospital Foundation. Learn more at deltastudiostomp.com.
• Science Literacy Week — Coding with Scratch: Sept. 22, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Visit the library during Science Literacy Week to learn beginner coding concepts by creating animations with Scratch, a block-based programming language. No coding experience needed. Bring your own device or use a library device. Ages 8-12. Registration is required.
• Living Well & Leaving Well Workshop: Sept 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; George Mackie Library; You’ve written a will but are all your ducks in a row? Having a will does not mean your estate is prepared. This estate planning workshop, presented by Executor Protection and the Canadian Preplanning Council, covers important topics for you, your family and your executor, such as probate; powers of attorney; wills and executor tips; and cremation or burial preplanning.
• Delta Residents Association All-Candidates Meeting: Sept. 28, 10 a.m.; North Delta Evangelical Church, 11300 84th Ave.; The Delta Residents Association invites Delta residents to come to this important event and hear from all the candidates for Delta in the upcoming federal election.
• NDSS Class of ‘84 35-Year Reunion: Sept. 28, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Cascades Casino Ballroom, 20393 Fraser Hwy., Langley; We hope you’ll join us for the 35-year reunion of North Delta Senior Secondary’s class of ’84. The event includes a cocktail reception with a selection of premium hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and lots of ’80s music for dancing. Tickets cost $60 until Aug. 31, and $75 after Sept. 1. Head to classreport.org/can/bc/delta/ndss/1984 for more info and to buy tickets.
• Delta Chamber of Commerce All-Candidates Meeting (North Delta): Sept. 30, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.; North Delta Secondary School Theatre, 11447 82nd Ave.; The Delta Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to attend a federal all-candidates meeting prior to heading to the polls in the upcoming federal election. The all-candidates meeting is free of charge and will address business and community-related issues relevant to federal issues. You may submit your question(s) by e-mail (email@example.com), phone (604-946-4232), by mail or in person (6201 60th Ave., Delta B.C., V4K 4E2). Written questions will also be accepted from the floor.
• Delta Chamber of Commerce All-Candidates Meeting (South Delta): Oct. 6, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Genesis Theatre, 5005 45th Ave., Ladner; The Delta Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to attend a federal all-candidates meeting prior to heading to the polls in the upcoming federal election. The all-candidates meeting is free of charge and will address business and community-related issues relevant to federal issues. You may submit your question(s) by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (604-946-4232), by mail or in person (6201 60th Ave., Delta B.C., V4K 4E2). Written questions will also be accepted from the floor.
WEEKLY AND BI-WEEKLY
• Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120th St.; A non-profit organization. We have a friendly group to help you lose weight. For more info call Eileen Labron at 604-596-0233.
• Relaxation Circle: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; Are you an adult living with cancer or serious illness and would like to relax body and mind? Then join the Centre for Supportive Care’s free Relaxation Circle where you will learn and practice relaxation techniques and experience soothing touch by volunteers, guided imagery and live music by our music therapist. Open to family members and friends too. No need to register, just show up! For more info, call 604-948-0660.
• 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.
• Lego Club: Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Love Lego? We provide the Lego, you bring your imagination. Come play, create and experiment. Lego Club is a fun afternoon program for kids. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
• 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.
• 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 is conducting their games in Delta. 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.
• Settlement Workers — Arabic/Mandarin/English: Alternate Wednesdays, 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.
• 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. Please register prior to your first meeting by phone: 604-943-1878, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Wind Down to Bedtime Storytime: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Tuck into a story! Children and caregivers will be entertained with stories, songs, rhymes and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and bring their favourite stuffie. Wind Down to Bedtime Storytime prepares children to learn to read and includes some relaxation techniques.
• 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.
• Knit & Stitch: Fridays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Pack up your needles and yarn, crocheting or any other projects and head to the library. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques and good conversation.
• Teen Advisory Group: First Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; TAG is a group of committed teens (ages 13-19) who volunteer their time and energy to help staff develop teen-oriented programs, assist at library events and act as library representatives in North Delta’s teen community. Membership is a resume booster and helps earn volunteer hours. There is time to socialize and plan. Did we mention that there is free food? If interested, apply at the library.
• Evening Book Club: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.
• Poetry Night in Punjabi: Third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Come hear two published poets/authors read and discuss their work and answer questions from the audience. Held in collaboration with Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Uttari Amrika and Punjabi Lekhak Manch – Vancouver.
• Teen Night — Pizza & Games: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 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 provided by Imperial Hobbies.
• Afternoon Book Club: Fourth Thursday of the month, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members welcome and books provided.
• 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.
• Baby Bump Book Club: Last Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Are you a mom-to-be? Have you heard about the new Baby Bump Book Club at the Mackie Library? Check it out on the last Monday of the month. This group is very organic; it can be whatever you need it to be. Drop by on Monday, May 27!
• 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.
• Bereavement Self-Care Group: Thursdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; Recently bereaved and interested in self-care practices? Join this free group to learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation to help address feelings of depression, exhaustion and anxiety as they relate to grief. For more info and to pre-register, call 604-948-0660.
• Restorative Yoga For People Living with Cancer: Thursdays, Sept. 12 to Nov. 28, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or Oct. 24 to Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cresc., Ladner; Join a free yoga group where body, breath and mind come together in fully supported reclining yoga positions. Yoga experience is not necessary. For more info and to pre-register, call 604-948-0660.
• Introductory Hospice Volunteer Training Program: starts Sept. 30; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; Looking for meaningful volunteer work that supports a culture of caring and respect? Then consider applying to the Delta Hospice Society’s introductory hospice volunteer training program. Volunteers companion/support individuals and families at home and the hospice, work at the Centre for Supportive Care’s reception and lending library, participate in support groups, offer complementary therapies and provide vigils so people don’t die alone. For info, contact Chris at 604-948-0660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bereavement Support Group: Wednesdays, Oct. 9 to Nov. 13, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one? Then consider joining a safe and supportive free group for bereaved adults to share with and listen to others in similar situations, and learn to navigate their grief process. For more info and to pre-register, call 604-948-0660.
• Suicide Grief Support Group: Tuesdays, Oct. 15 to Dec. 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner; Recent loss due to suicide and want the support of others in similar circumstances? Join a free adult suicide grief support group where you can share your feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, learn about coping strategies and resources, and develop community with others. For more info and to pre-register, call 604-948-0660.
• Book A Librarian in Punjabi and Hindi: Available by appointment; George Mackie Library; Learn how to download books from the library, find what you need on the library website, research and learn using the library’s computer-based services, what books you might like based on your interests, basic internet and basic computer. Book your personalized 30-minute session by phone (604-594-8155) or in person.
• Delta Music Makers Concert Band: Did you have fun playing in a band in high school? If so, dust off your instrument, contact Curt Jantzen (email@example.com), then join us in Ladner Tuesday evenings starting Sept. 10. The Delta Music Makers Concert Band is a fun group of adults who love to rehearse and play concerts in the community. Especially needed now are trumpets and clarinets, or any instrument except alto sax (that section is full).
• 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. Every year, CFUW and its clubs award close to $1 million to women to help them pursue post-secondary studies and also provide funding for library and creative arts awards. CFUW clubs provide learning and fellowship through lecture series, book clubs and issues groups, work to prevent violence against women and child poverty, and promote early learning and child care. 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).