Mud Bay (formerly known as Mud Bay Blues Band) celebrates 40 years of making music with a gig at the Flamingo’s Byrd venue on Saturday, April 14, at 10768 King George Blvd. See listing under Bars/Nightlife.

SURREY EVENTS CALENDAR for April 11 and beyond

Concerts, plays, festivals and more in our weekly events guide for Surrey and area

THEATRE/STAGE

“Willy Wonka Jr.”: Musical staged by Betty Huff Theatre Company at elementary school in Surrey, from April 16-19 (7 p.m. nightly) at 13055 Huntley Ave. Tickets are $6, 604-585-3104 and online at bettyhufftheatre.ca.

“Slow Dancing”: Surrey Little Theatre stages its final play of the season and Fraser Valley Zone Festival entry, “Slow Dancing,” by Abbotsford playwright, Shelley Picard and directed by Margaret Shearman, from April 19 to May 12 at 7027 184th St., Surrey. Info: surreylittletheatre.com or call 604-576-8451.

CONCERTS

VSO’s Surrey Nights: “The Music of Brahms and Sibelius”: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in concert Monday, April 16 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, featuring violinist Esther Yoo, the youngest-ever prizewinner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010. Tickets range from $28 to $42, 604-507-6355.

“From Berlin to Hollywood” concert on the morning of Thursday, April 19 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre, featuring Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, aka the Bergmann Piano Duo, with guest singer and actor, Onalea Gilbertson. At 13750 88th Ave. “They’ll perform some of the music (including from the Threepenny Opera, known for the ballad “Mack the Knife”) that emerged from the collaborations between the daring revolutionary German playwright and poet, Bertolt Brecht and composers Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau in the 1920s and early 30s.” Info: 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca.

Peace Arch Chorus presents a barbershop-style A Cappella Singing Sneak Peek Concert with special guests, on Wednesday, April 25 at Newton Cultural Centre, 7:30 p.m., 13530 72nd Ave., Surrey. Free admission. “We will also be hosting a 50/50 draw.” Info: peacearchsings.com.

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. April 8: Cory Weeds; April 22: Kristian Alexandrov & Shannon Gaye; May 6: Mighty Fraser Big Band; May 13: Bill Sample & Darlene Ketchum Quintet; May 27: Karin Plato & Friends; June 10: Doc Fingers Quartet; June 24: Gabriel Hasselbach.

BARS/NIGHTLIFE

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. Apr 13-14: Scots and Soda; Apr 20-21: Ray Roper. April 28: Moving in Stereo (Cars Tribute) with Rock of Ages.

The Flamingo: Live entertainment in three bars, 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey. Info: theflamingo.ca/events. Apr. 11: Like Bears w/guests in the Byrd (Punk Rock); Apr. 13: Potent Party in the Byrd (Hip Hop); Apr. 14: Mud Bay Celebrates 40 Years of Blues in the Byrd, Meatplow w/guests in Blackbird Hall (Rock), Casino Night in the Lounge ($40 Buy In); Apr. 15: Karaoke Hosted by Almost Famous in the Lounge; Apr. 19: Pink’s Comedy Club in the Byrd featuring JUNO Award winner Ivan Decker; Apr. 20: 420 with Luca Mele in the Byrd (Hip Hop/Rap Hall); Apr. 27: Utility Provider w/guests in the Byrd (Hard Rock); Apr. 28: Cawama w/guests in the Lounge (Punk/Garage/Surf).

Dublin Crossing: Live music and more at Irish-themed bar, 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. 604-575-5470, Dublincrossing.com. April 12: Clay Scott; April 13-14: One and a Half Band; April 19: Bruce Coughlan; April 20-21: Dance Mob; April 26: Paul Filek; April 27: Hey Stewey.

The Taphouse Guildford: Upscale music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey, featuring DJ nights (Thurs.-Sat.), live music (Sun./Tues.), karaoke (Wed.). Info: 604-583-8828, Thetaphouse.ca.

Elements Casino: Live music and special events at 300-seat licensed venue, 17755 60th Ave., Cloverdale. Info: Elementscasino.com.

CRAFTS/SALES

Surrey’s Artswest Society hosts Artswest Spring Art Show and Sale, Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd St., Surrey. “Come get your Spring Art Fix and your own special memories. Raffle for original art of your choice, light refreshments and free parking.” More info artswest.ca. Also, Artswest welcomes new members; they meet on the third Monday of the month (Sept. to May) at the Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72 Ave. Spring Meetings: Monday, April 16 and May 21, 6:45pm. Guests are welcome.

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.

AWARDS

VMW Awards 2018: Voices of Muslim Women organization hosts event at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on April 22, including film festival, awards gala, photography art exhibit and performances, 7 p.m. start. Screening of select films showcasing “the narratives and personal journeys of local Muslim girls and women, as well as the VMW Awards ceremony, followed by refreshments, selfies, and hobnobbing.” Tickets range from $20-$40, 604-507-6355. Info: voicesofmuslimwomen.com.

Second annual Surrey Mayor’s Art Awards: “Turning Surrey into a Music City destination will be a major focus for a talent-filled event not to be missed on Friday, June 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. Surrey Board of Trade seeks nominations for businesses and leaders “that have enriched Surrey through arts and culture” (due May 18). For details, contact Rhona Doria at rhona@businessinsurrey.com or call 604-634-0344.

FUNDRAISERS

Enver Creek Secondary Dry Grad Bottle and Clothing Drive, at 14505 84th Ave., Surrey, on Saturday, April 14 (rain or shine!), from 10am-3pm. “Please bring your empty bottles, beer/pop cans etc and gently used clothing and household items. Thank you for supporting Enver Creek Grads of 2018 so they can have a fun and safe Dry Grad Event!”

Desi-Q cultural celebration hosted by Sher Vancouver in celebration of its 10th anniversary, on Sunday, April 22, starting at 6 p.m. at Bollywood Banquet Hall, Surrey. “Sher Vancouver is a non-profit organization for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends, families and allies. Join us for South Asian culture, music, food and history. An Indian buffet dinner will be served. We will also recognize the winners of the January Marie Lapuz Youth Leadership Award.” Tickets by donation (on a sliding scale from $15 to $25+). Search for event title at eventbrite.com, or visit shervancouver.com.

“High Tea for Hospice”: Fundraiser for Surrey Hospice Society celebrates Mother’s Day a weekend early, on Sunday, May 6 in atrium at Surrey City Hall. The gathering will be “an afternoon to celebrate and honour mothers. The tables will be set in traditional elegance, with fancy table linens and fine china. Flowers, music and delicious treats will provide an environment of regal refinement and beauty.” Tickets $38 for adults, $23 for kids 12 and under. Info: tickets.surrey.ca, surreyhospice.com.

FESTIVALS

Surrey Festival of Dance: 52nd annual dance competition and showcase held at Surrey Arts Centre from April 3 to 28, plus No Borders Group Dance Challenge on May 12. Organization’s mandate is “to provide a high-quality forum for dancers to perform, also to improve and expand dance awareness throughout the community.” Info: 604-585-3320, Surreyfestival.com.

Party for the Planet: Surrey’s annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 14 at Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104th Ave., featuring live music, tree and plant sale, “enviro-bungee,” an Adventure Zone, bike-powered smoothie shop and other attractions, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Music by Sam Roberts (acoustic), Bobs & Lolo, Star Captains, Colin Bullock Duo, The Freshest, Rockin’ Robin, Smile Band, Luke Wallace and more. Info: surrey.ca/partyfortheplanet.

COMEDY

Pink’s Comedy Club: New comedy venue at Flamingo Hotel lounge opens with headliner Ivan Decker and show emcee Simon King, on Thursday, April 19. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, 10768 King George Blvd, Surrey. Info: showpass.com/pinks-comedy-club.

Shaun Majumder: Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents Newfoundland-born comedian (“This Hour Has 22 Minutes”) on Tuesday, June 12 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. Tickets are $50, plus fees, via 604-507-6355, bellperformingartscentre.com.

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: 604-531-1923, 604-581-0313.

WRESTLING

“April Armageddon” event presented by All-Star Wrestling at Cloverdale Fairgrounds’ Alice McKay building on Saturday, April 14, featuring six-man tag team and other matches. Info: 604-710-0872, allstarwrestling.ca.

COMMUNITY

“Newton Talks” luncheon event hosted by the local BIA on Thursday, April 12 at Greek Corner (#123-7218 King George Blvd., noon to 2 p.m.). This monthly networking forum, for businesses and community members, welcomes guest speaker Melanie Gaboriault, Surrey LRT Project. “This will be a open forum for you to bring up your questions and/or concerns regarding the project and its impact on the Newton Town Centre.”

Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade: Annual Sikh religious parade and related events on Saturday, April 21 in Newton, to and from Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar (12885 85th Ave.), featuring cultural floats, community performers and live music. “To pay tribute to the harvest celebration roots of the parade, attendees are given free food and drink from hundreds of local residents and businesses.” Info: Surrey.ca/culture-recreation/15046.aspx.

TRAVEL

Singles Travel Club meets on Monday April 16 at 6pm for dinner at Ricky’s Family Restaurant, 19219 56th Ave, Surrey. “We offer group tours for the solo traveler – meet new friends , enjoy the security of travelling in a group & avoid the costly single supplement.” Presentation on trips available for 2018. Info: singlestravelclub.ca, RSVP to Val 604-529-1552.

DANCE SHOWS

“The Art of Dance: An International Dance Day Celebration” presented by XBa School of Dance, on April 29 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre, 7 p.m., 13750 88th Ave. “Surrey’s only professional contemporary dance company, DISKORDANSE, returns with another stunning, ground-breaking performance,” with guests Isidora and Dragan Markovic, of SKUD Zavicaj Serbian Folk Group, and Keri Ring-Ferguson of Keri’s School of Highland Dance. All-ages, tickets $20 at tickets.surrey.ca or 605-501-5566.

EDUCATION

Free Family Education Series every Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Newton area. Contact Semone Trautman for location details (semone.trautman@fraserhealth.ca, 778-240-5431). “This is a free education series for families/natural supports who are supporting an adult loved one with a mental illness.”

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.

VISUAL ART

Art Together gatherings at Surrey Art Gallery: “Make art, meet friends, and share your ideas. If you’re a young person, the gallery wants your help planning upcoming projects, programs, and events. This is a unique opportunity to create do-it-together art projects and learn a range of art media shoulder-to-shoulder with emerging to established mentoring artists.” Twice-month events, typically, at gallery. Email artgallery@surrey.ca to get involved, or visit surrey.ca/culture-recreation/21721.aspx.

Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/artgallery. “Flow: From the Movement of People to the Circulation of Information,” from April 14 to June 10; “Art by Surrey Elementary School Students,” to May 18. “Jim Bizzocchi: Ambient Landscape,” to Aug. 5; “Elizabeth Hollick: Body Politic” from April 14 to June 10.

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. “Alex McLeod: PHANTASMAGORIA,” on view to April 29.

BUSINESS

“Top 25 Under 25” awards hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on Thursday, April 26 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104 Ave., Surrey), from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Info: businessinsurrey.com, 604.634.0347. “The event will celebrate the incredible initiatives of Surrey’s youth under the age of 25.”

SENIORS

Surrey Intercultural Showcase: “Don’t miss out on the 8th event presented by the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table. Experience culture, food, dance and music from diverse communities across Surrey. Visit resource booths and cultural booths, enter for door prizes and enjoy tasty food.” At Guildford Recreation Centre, 15105 105 Ave, on May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: Judith McBride, 604-671-7761.

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 84th 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.

NATURE

Earth Day Pilgrimage at Delta Nature Reserve on Sunday, April 22, 1:30-4 pm, 10389 Nordel Court, North Delta. “Come and show your support for Burns Bog and our global peatlands. Recharge your spirits while surrounded by nature and good company as we walk through the tranquil Delta Nature Reserve. Performers will sing, drum, and dance as we walk the boardwalk path together into the quiet cedar grove. Special guests: Aline LaFlamme and the Daughters of the Drum, Susan Summers and the Sacred Web Singers, & others.” Free/by donation. Info: 604-572-0373, burnsbog.org.

Fraser River Discovery Centre presents a “Walk and Talk,” about Fraser River fish and invertebrates, at Surrey Bend Regional Park on April 29, featuring UBC professor Dr. John Richardson, an expert on foodwebs and biodiversity. Event from 1 to 3 p.m., tickets $5 per person or $15 for a family. Info: fraserriverdiscovery.org/biodiversity_1 or call 604 521 8401.

Birding Walks at various parks in Surrey hosted by Surrey Nature Centre (604-502-6065, environment@surrey.ca). Free to attend. “Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks (September through May) to discover Surrey’s birds. Learn how these amazing creatures are adapted to their habitat and why our local urban parks are so important for their survival.” These walks are drop-in, rain or shine. “Please dress for the weather and bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.” Info: surrey.ca/culture-recreation/24773.aspx.

PROGRAMS

Divorce Care service program for those going through divorce or separation. Group sessions in Surrey every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. One-time charge of $25 to cover cost of manual/study book. Email johann.breyten@gmail.com or call 604-542-9300.

LIBRARIES

Employment Law workshop at Guildford Library Tuesday, April 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., 15105 105th Ave., Surrey. Free admission. “A lawyer will talk about labour and employment law. Learn about work-related legislation, the Labour Relations Code, Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, and the basics of employment contracts. Presented in partnership with People’s Law School for Law Week 2018.” To register, visit the Guildford Library or call 604-598-7366, surreylibraries.ca.

“Demystify Your Bike” event at Guildford Library on Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, 15105 105th Ave., Surrey. “Learn basic bike maintenance tips and tricks. This two-hour session covers the fundamentals of how your bike works and how to keep it running smoothly. Bring your bike if you want to learn with your own bike or come and observe.” Ages 13+. Info: 604-598-7366.

Coast Capital Reading Buddies program at Surrey Libraries: “Parents, does your child need practice reading? If your child is in grades 2-4 and could benefit from reading practice, sign him/her up for this free program,” at various libraries in Surrey. Info: surreylibraries.ca/services/teens/coast-capital-savings-reading-buddies.

WALKS/RUNS

MS Walk at Tynehead Regional Park (Serpentine Fields entrance) on Sunday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10017 168 St., Surrey. “Bring your family and friends together to share in the start/finish-line activities, team awards ceremonies and amazing stories from people living with MS.” Info: surreymswalk@gmail.com, 604-842-5734.

CLUBS/GROUPS

Surrey Singles Over Sixty: “We are a smaller group that meet for dinners, card games, bowling and dancing, picnics, etc. We are based in the North Surrey/North Delta area. New members are welcome.” Call Roy at 604-593-1918 or Lyla at 604-594-2860.

Surrey Trekkers walking club hosts walks for all ages. First five walks are free, then $1 or $2 depending on type of walk, with socializing after walks. Info: surreytrekkers.com.

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.

DANCES

Dance Without Limits (Surrey) on Thursdays at Chuck Bailey Rec Centre, 13458 107A Ave., Surrey. “The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is offering a free, inclusive art program for children and youth 5-15 years old with any type of disability. Family members, siblings and friends are welcome. The program is run on a drop-in basis.” Info: bccerebralpalsy.com/programs/dance-without-limits.

Learn to Square Dance events at Chuck Bailey rec centre on Thursday evenings (Sept. to June), 6:30 p.m. start, 13458 107A Ave., Surrey, hosted by Wheeling 8’s Square Dance Club. “We are a wheelchair square dance club that do square dancing in wheel chairs. We welcome people in wheelchairs and their caregivers and any other people that would like to learn. We are a busy club going out to different places to show off our dancing skills.” Contact: Darlene, darlmel@shaw.ca, 604-358-2841.

Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Don Christian Recreation Centre (new location for event, 6220 184th St., Surrey) on first Tuesday of every month, except July and August, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $4. For info, call Evan, 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.

T.W. Twirlers Square Dance Club hosts events every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Royal Heights Baptist Church, 11706 96th Ave., North Delta. All-ages event, first night is free admission. “It is ‘Friendship Set To Music.’ Come out and have fun learning to dance and meet new friends, for a social, fun night out.” Info: darlmel@shaw.ca, 604-358-2841.

Surrey International Folk Dancing meets Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm at Walnut Road Elementary, 16152 82nd Ave., Surrey, from September to June. “First time free, no partner required. Wear comfortable shoes.” $4 drop-in fee. Info: Call Dale, 604-496-4236, Surreyfolkdance.org.

MUSEUMS

Surrey Museum: Closed for renovations until September 2018. 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.

HEALTH

Peer Family Support Group meets on the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 9803 140th St., Surrey (Newton area). 19+, free. “This is a free support group for families/natural support people who are supporting an adult loved one who struggles with mental health.” For details, contact Jennifer Hopkins (jennifer.hopkins@fraserhealth.ca, 778-241-6825).

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 SMH- Psychiatry Board room, 4th floor. For more information, call Hardeep 604-574-1976 or frasersouth@bcss.org

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.

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 Tuesdays at Bethany-Newton United Church, 60th and 148th St., Surrey. Meetings start at 7:45 p.m.” Info: nar-anonbcregion.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. Caregivers are also welcome to attend.” Info: Selfmanagementbc.ca.

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).

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.

CALLS

CFUW bursaries: The Canadian Federation of University Women is offering bursaries of $3,000 to local women (Surrey, White Rock, Langley) who are in financial need and wish to further their post-secondary education. To apply, visit cfuwwhiterocksurrey.com. Deadline is April 27, 2018.

“Arts 2018”: Entries sought for annual juried exhibition of visual art at Surrey Art Gallery from June 30 to Sept. 1. Prizes to be won in several categories. Entry deadline is May 16. For details, call 604-594-2700 or visit artscouncilofsurrey.ca.

The Vaudevillians are auditioning now for their 2018 show. “If you sing, dance, act, play a musical instrument or have any other theatrical talent, and would like to be a part of this fun-loving group of seniors, then we invite you to come out to a rehearsal and meet the troupe. We rehearse every Monday at Surrey Free Methodist Church on 96th Avenue.” Contact Alannah Jacques at 604-594-6645 or ajacques@dccnet.com.

The Aequitas Singers, a community-based, non-auditioned choir, seeks new members. With philosophy of “justice, respect, equality,” choir meets at David Brankin Elementary, 9160 128th St., Surrey, on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Contact artistic director Carol Sirianni at sirianni_c@surreyschools.ca or 604-595-6029.

VOLUNTEERS

Surrey Hospice Society: Local non-profit supports individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness. “We have opportunities for you to join our expanding palliative and bereavement programs.” Contact Tricia Keith, tricia@surreyhospice.com. Info: surreyhospice.com.

Surrey RCMP accepts volunteer applications “from individuals with a keen interest in public safety and making a positive difference through community and crime prevention programs,” via surrey.rcmp.ca. “Volunteers participate in a variety of crime prevention programs and play a key role at events across the city, hosting Surrey RCMP information booths and providing public safety information.”

Volunteer docents sought at Surrey Art Gallery: Volunteers needed to lead weekday school group tours of gallery’s contemporary art exhibitions. Info: surrey.ca/artgallery or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Co-ordinator, at artsvolunteer@surrey.ca or 604-501-5198.

Volunteer Cancer Drivers organization seeks drivers in North Surrey/North Delta and other communities. “We have over 100 volunteer drivers but need more to meet the increasing demand for service to cancer patients.” Info: volunteercancerdrivers.ca or phone 604-515-5400.

The Learning Disabilities Association of BC is recruiting volunteers for its fall tutoring program to help children and youth learn to read or do math. Training provided. Call 604-591-5156 for info, or email info@ldafs.org.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland needs volunteer mentors throughout the Lower Mainland, especially in Surrey. “As we grow to support more girls in Surrey, so too must we grow our pool of volunteers.” Info: 604-873-4525, bigsisters.bc.ca.

Fraser Health Crisis Line needs volunteers: “We operate 24/7 and recruit year-round with 5-6 training sessions per year. We are 90 per cent volunteer-based relying on over 27,000 volunteer hours annually to answer nearly 45,000 calls per year. Develop skills for social work, counseling, mental health, policing, E-Comm 911, grad school and so much more.” Info: Optionsbc.ca/volunteer-at-options, 604-584-5811, ext. 1309.

Canadian Cancer Society: “Campaign volunteers and Community Office Support volunteers are needed at our Surrey office at 10362 King George Blvd. For more information, contact kristina.gao@bc.cancer.ca or apply directly at Cancervolunteer.ca.

Alzheimer Society of B.C. seeks volunteers to help Surrey families live well with dementia. The society is looking for a volunteer to facilitate its local caregiver support group. “This involves leading a monthly meeting, maintaining group attendance records and using Society materials to provide information to the group.” A time commitment of three to six hours per month is required. Training is provided. Contact the Resource Centre at 604-449-5000 or info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. Info: Alzheimerbc.org.

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. 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.

MOVIE THEATRES

Hollywood 3 Cinemas: 7125 138th St. (Newton Centre, near 72nd Ave., Surrey). 604-592-4441. Hollywoodcinema.ca.

Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716, Landmarkcinemas.com

Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72nd Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400.

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.

South Surrey Garden Club: The club meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday (except August and December) at St Mark’s Anglican Church, 12953 20th Ave. “We have a very active and full program with great speakers, field trips and workshops.” Info: Contact Kathy Starke at 604 535 8264 or visit Southsurreygardenclub.ca.

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.

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Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Tubing, skating, light display part of new winter festival in Vancouver

Set to open Nov. 23, the six-week festival will take over Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Centre

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Regulatory confusion over ‘toxic’ stink near Abbotsford school

Officials sniffing out which regulators responsible for enforcing compliance at neighbouring property

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