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. Dec. 3: Mighty Fraser Big Band with Steve Maddock and Amanda Wood; Dec. 10: Jen Hodge and Company B.
“Landscapes: A Northern Odyssey”: Local ensemble Borealis String Quartet debuts “a unique program that takes Surrey audiences on a journey across the northern hemisphere in an evocative sonic journey, on Sunday, Nov. 26 (3 p.m.) at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre, featuring a Surrey-premiere composition written for the quartet by Vancouver composer Owen Underhill. Info: tickets.surrey.ca, 604-501-5566, borealisstringquartet.com.
Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir performs annual Christmas concert at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage on Tuesday, Dec. 5, featuring nearly 80 voices in four-part harmony. Info: 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca.
“The Gift”: Surrey-based Young People’s Opera Society of BC presents a reading of the Christmas classic, “The Gift of the Magi,” interspersed with traditional and new holiday songs, plus Christmas marketplace, punch and baking, from Dec. 8-10 at Bethany-Newton United Church, 14853 60th Ave., Surrey. Tickets $20/$15, eventbrite.com.
“Sounds of the Season”: Surrey Youth Orchestra performers “an evening of festive favourites and joyous music” by the Junior Strings, Intermediate Orchestra and Senior Orchestra, on Sunday, Dec. 10 at Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 7 p.m., 10238 168th St., Surrey. Tickets are $18/$12 at surreysymphony.com and at the door.
“Oh What a Night – The Christmas Show” at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 6250 144th St. Cast of an internationally renowned tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “celebrates the Christmas season with a brand new show that definitely creates holiday sparkle.” All tickets are $59.50, 604-507-6355, bellperformingartscentre.com.
“A Traditional Christmas” featuring Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and guests, at Bell Performing Arts centre on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. “Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lower Mainland’s most beloved Christmas music tradition. Kick off your holiday season on the perfect note.” Info and tickets: 604-507-6355.
Cloverdale Legion #6 Ladies Auxiliary Annual Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 17567 57th Ave. (back door), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bake sale, silent auction and handcrafted items. Lunch $7.
Christmas sale at Trinity Lutheran Church (11040 River Rd, North Delta) starting at noon on Saturday, Dec. 2. “Lots of wonderful baking (including Norwegian treats), gift baskets and a soup and sandwich lunch.” Info: 604-584-0111.
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.
“Enchanted Evening: 18th Annual Gala of Hope” hosted by The Centre for Child Development on Friday, Nov. 24 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, in support of the organization’s programs. Champagne reception begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets $300 each. Info: the-centre.org, 604-584-1361.
Surrey Hospice Society hosts 75th Birthday Roast and Toast for home-expert broadcaster Shell Busey on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Mirage Banquet Hall in Surrey, in benefit for new Shell Busey’s Toolbox thrift store in Cloverdale, for used tools. Event info and tickets: surreyhospice.com, 604-584-7006.
“Season of Giving” Toy Drive on Sunday, Nov. 26 at Valley View reception centre, 14660 72nd Ave., Surrey, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “In the spirit of Christmas we are collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to our community. To help kick off our toy drive, join us for a delicious continental brunch.” Donations accepted until Dec. 5. Toys will be distributed by the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society. Info: 604-596-8866.
Birding Walks at various parks in Surrey hosted by Surrey Nature Centre (604-502-6065, firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
“The Nutcracker”: Royal City Youth Ballet Company returns to Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage with this holiday dance classic, from Dec. 8-10 (five performances), featuring Tchaikovsky’s score. Info: tickets.surrey.ca, 604-501-5566, royalcityyouthballet.org.
Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights on Sunday, Dec. 3 in Downtown Cloverdale, 5 p.m. start. Big rigs and other vehicles are lit up for annual event through Surrey, with funds raised for local organizations. Info: 604-576-3155, surreysantaparade.com.
Pioneer Christmas: Annual event at Historic Stewart Farm on Dec. 9. “Leave city sidewalks and blinking stop lights behind and come to the farm for its annual holiday gathering. Sing along with classic carols, indulge in sweet Victorian treats, and craft vintage Christmas décor, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.” Info: 604-592-6956.
Gingerbread Village event organized by Downtown Surrey BIA, with prizes up to $1,000. “We invite participants from around the city to construct their very own piece of a Gingerbread Village.” Entries will be displayed at Central City Shopping Centre from Dec.14-16. Five competition categories, including “People’s Choice Award.” Info: 604-580-2321, downtownsurreybia.com (entry form must be in no later than Dec. 1).
“Nothing Up My Sleeves”: Magician/entertainer Matt Johnson blends illusions, sleight-of-hand, mind reading, the power of suggestion and audience interaction for show at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage theatre on Friday, Dec. 1 (7 p.m.), as part of Surrey Civic Theatre’s Family Series. Info: 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca, urbandeception.com.
“Wrong Turn at Lungfish”: Surrey Little Theatre presents dramatic comedy written by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz, to Nov. 25. “The story of a blind and bitter college professor and his encounter with a saucy, streetwise young woman who volunteers to read to him in the hospital. The clash of intellect and wit takes the two from animosity and fear to friendship and understanding.” Info: surreylittletheatre.com.
“The Little Mermaid: the Panto:” FVGSS: A Musical Theatre Company presents annual musical-comedy show at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3 (select dates). “Young Calypso is obsessed with the world above the waves. This causes problems in the undersea world ruled by the sea witch Ursula especially since Calypso is a mermaid. Even worse, she has fallen in love with a human prince she rescued from a terrible storm!” Info: fvgss.org, 604-501-5566.
“Campground: A Murder Mystery”: Lucas Myers’ observational humour and character work on stage at Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, 13750 88th Ave. “When a man goes missing, a police officer follows clues from iPhone videos and Facebook posts. Was there foul play? More importantly, did anyone remember toilet paper?” Info: 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca.
“Sinbad, the Pirates and the Dinosaur”: Traditional British pantomime staged by Royal Canadian Theatre Co. and written/directed by Ellie King, from Dec. 14 to 26 at Surrey Arts Centre. Info: 604-501-5566, rctheatreco.com.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas Show”: Surrey Little Theatre staged story written by Charles M. Schulz and based on the TV special, from Dec. 14 to 17, featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the “Peanuts” gang. Info: surreylittletheatre.com, 604.576.8451.
Surrey’s annual Tree Lighting Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25 at City Hall Plaza. Entrance to the festival is free. Join Surrey’s mayor and others as they light up the 55-foot tree, with a variety of performers (including headliner Ruth B.) and holiday-themed attractions. Info: surrey.ca/treelighting.
Artist Talk with Sean Alward, who created new “Fern Façade” glass art at Newton Recreation Centre, 13730 72nd Ave., on Monday, Nov. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the rec centre. “Inspired by the indigenous plants growing in ‘The Grove’ beside Newton Recreation Centre, artist Sean Alward’s ‘Fern Façade’ invites us to rediscover our natural environment. Fabricated from frit glass, the design is highly functional, helping to maintain and moderate the temperature of the building by filtering sunlight as well as reduce bird-window collisions.”
Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, Surrey.ca/artgallery. “Ground Signals,” to Dec. 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. On view to Jan. 7: “Marianne Nicolson: The Way In Which It Was Given to Us.”
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 email@example.com
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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Caroline Myss in “The Power of Your Words” workshop at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 11, featuring the American author and speaker in the fields of human consciousness and mysticism. “Learn how to choose the right words when we speak to ourselves and to others, and to be mindful of the words that we use to interpret the experiences of our lives.” Tickets from $57 to $197 via 604-507-6355, iamgenie.org/carolinemysscanada.
“Breakfast Dialogue on Millennials” event hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on Friday, Nov. 24 at Guildford Golf & Country Club (7929 152nd St.). “What does Surrey have to offer to assist businesses to attract and retain young talent? Once here, what can we do to encourage them to stay, grow, and succeed in Surrey?” Panelists are Tracey Arnish (Coast Capital Savings), Dan Bregg (Buy-Low Foods), Rocky Ozaki (BC Tech Association), Craig Crawford (BC Housing) and Bill Roche (PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs), with facilitator Dr. Greg Thomas (G3 Consulting). Info: 604-581-7130.
Surrey Development Industry Forum hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on the morning of Friday, Dec. 1 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. Networking event with industry and business leaders as “they take part in development industry dialogue encouraging investment in Surrey and reducing red tape for progress.” Admission: $40 members, $60 general admission. Info: businessinsurrey.com, 604.581.7130.
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.
Peacock Bar & Grill: Live music, open-mic nights and more at all-ages venue in Whalley, 10257 King George Blvd. Info: 604-584-1388.
Elements Casino: Live music and special events at 300-seat licensed venue, 17755 60th Ave., Cloverdale. Info: Elementscasino.com.
The Taphouse Guildford: Upscale music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey, featuring DJ nights and some live 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.
“Guardians of the Arena” skate sessions at Cloverdale Arena (Friday, Nov. 24 from 6:15 to 7:45pm), North Surrey Arena (Saturday, Nov. 25 from noon to 1:30pm) and Surrey Sport & Leisure Arena (Sunday, Nov. 26 from 1 to 2:30pm). “Help us save the day from the evil Dr. Heat who is planning on melting the ice! Try some fun challenges and meet superheroes during this enjoyable family skate. No skates? No problem! We have rentals available for a small fee.”
“Rogers Hometown Hockey” event in Surrey features hockey-related activities and attractions as part of Sportsnet/CBC TV broadcast, on Dec. 9 and 10. Info: Facebook.com/RogersHometownHockey, twitter.com/hometownhockey_.
The Comic Strippers return to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 9 with improv-comedy show, a parody of male-stripper genre. Tickets ($37/$42) and info: bellperformingartscentre.com, 604-507-6355.
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 email@example.com or call 604-542-9300.
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.
Pyrogy and cabbage roll sale held on last Saturday of every month (depending on availability) at Ukrainian Catholic Church, 13753 108th Ave., Surrey, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as fundraiser for church activities. Call to confirm date: 604-583-8591.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 this fall. Info: surreylibraries.ca/services/teens/coast-capital-savings-reading-buddies.
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 email@example.com. 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.
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.
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. with open rehearsals starting Sept. 12 and 19. Contact artistic director Carol Sirianni at email@example.com or 604 595 6029.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
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.
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.
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.