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SURREY EVENTS: Winter Ice Palace skating continues in Cloverdale until Jan. 7

A guide to Surrey-area events, entertainment and attractions
Cloverdale’s Winter Ice Palace is open until Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, with pre-registration required for the skating sessions on the “pond.” See listing under Recreation. (File photo: Malin Jordan)


Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Hour-long concerts at Northwood United Church on select Sundays, 3:30 p.m., at 8855 156 St., where “jazz meets the Spirit in a time of reflection and prayer.” Suggested donation $10. Info:, or call 604-581-8454. Jan. 14: Wild Blue Herons with Marcus Mosely; Jan. 28: Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst; Feb. 11: Diane Lines Quartet; March 3: Ruby Lane Organ Trio; March 17: Nick Apivor & Friends; April 7: Inlet Jazz Band; April 21: Trevor Whitridge Quartet; May 5: Kim Greenwood & Friends; May 26: The Caribbean Rhythms of Sweet Pan.

Perfectly Petty tribute concert starring Dave D. as Tom Petty, on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Oceana PARC Playhouse, White Rock. Tickets are $57.50 (plus $6 in fees), 604-536-7535 or

The Fab Fourever (“Canada’s Premiere Tribute To The Beatles”) on stage Friday, Jan 12 at the Oceana PARC Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock. Tickets are $57.50 (plus $6 Facility Fee & Service Charges) at the Box Office. Charge by phone at 604-536-7535 or online at

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Surrey Nights series: “Dvorak and Avi Avital”: Concert Sunday, Jan. 21 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. “The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Israeli prodigy Avi Avital is a Vancouver fan favourite. He returns with a rare Canadian performance of Pulitzer prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s new Mandolin Concerto, written expressly for Avital.” Tickets and info:, 604-507-6355.

Coffee Concert: Reflections, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m., at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage, a Surrey Civic Theatres presentation. “Canadian cellist, Cameron Crozman, crowned ‘Canada’s next big cello star’ by CBC Music, joins the Bergmann Duo in a concert featuring a magnificent array of works for the cello and piano.” Social hour starts at 10 a.m. with coffee, tea, and goodies. A Surrey Civic Theatres presentation. Info:, 604-501-5566.

Music City Showcase on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre, Bear Creek Park. FUSIONpresents and Surrey Civic Theatres present the second annual concert. “Come and enjoy the outstanding talent we have right here in our beautiful city – sure to be a memorable night for all.” Info and tickets: 604-501-5566,

West Coast Chicago: Tribute band concert Friday, Feb. 23 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage, 13750 88 Ave., presented by The Agency. “West Coast Chicago captures and replicates the authentic sound of Chicago’s over two-decade span of hits from 1969 to 1991.” Info on, 604-501-5566.


“Beneath Springhill”: An Arts Club on Tour production of “a powerful story of a Canadian hero, told through song like never before,” Jan. 10 to 20 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage. Created by Beau Dixon, music and lyrics by Rob Fortin and Susan Newman. A Surrey Civic Theatres presentation. Info:, 604-501-5566.

“Slow Food”: Dinner-theatre production by Royal Canadian Theatre Company tells the story of a vacationing couple who celebrate their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs – but will the marriage survive the service? Staged Jan. 27-28 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel during Dine Out festival. Written by Wendy MacLeod, directed by Crystal Weltzin. Tickets/info:

“Waves”: Family-friendly shows at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, a Surrey Civic Theatres Presentation via Surrey SPARK Stages. “Step into the magical story time tent for an enchanting seaside tale in an underwater world of make believe. A perfect introduction to live performances for little ones aged 18 months to four years old.” Info: 604-501-5566,

“Moonglow”: Pivot Theatre presents a play by Kim Carney at Bethany-Newton United Church (14853 60 Ave., Surrey), with seven show times from Feb. 15-24. “Maxine is a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s patient who doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility. But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change.” Tickets/info:

“The Wilds” by Wonderheads: Award-winning show features the company’s signature masks in a story of when Wendell discovers that both his wife and their beloved tree have vanished from their backyard, Feb. 23-24 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre. Presented by Surrey Civic Theatres. Info: 604-501-5566,

“Made In Italy”: Arts Club on Tour production of Farren Timoteo’s comedy about Italian immigrants in Jasper, Alberta, and Frank Martin’s dream of becoming a crooner, Feb. 28 to March 9 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage. Info and tickets: 604-501-5566,


Fleetwood Park Secondary School Dry Grad Christmas Tree Chipping, Bottle Drive and Clothing Drive, Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 7940 156 St., Surrey. “If you cannot drop off your tree, bottles or clothing, please email for pickup.”


ASW pro wrestling returns to Cloverdale’s Alice McKay Building Saturday, Feb. 24 for “New Blood” event, where “classic stars and new stars collide. Relive nostalgia and see the future stars of wrestling in one night.” Bell 7:30 p.m., tickets: (range $12-$30).


Winter Ice Palace at Cloverdale Arena until Sunday, Jan. 7. “Experience a winter wonderland in a Surrey arena with festive lights, decorations and music. Holiday fun for the whole family. Admission is free with an Annual Recreation Pass or Family Fun Pass, or $4.75 per person. Sign up opens 72 hours in advance via, phone 604-501-5100. For private party bookings, email


TEDxSurrey: A dozen guest speakers are featured at this Saturday, Jan. 20 event at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, joined by entertainers and more for the sixth edition curated by Alan Warburton at Sullivan Heights Secondary theatre. For tickets and list of speakers visit


Museum of Surrey: At 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info:, 604-592-6956. “Everything is Still Awesome” LEGO exhibit, to March 2024.


Surrey Muse: Interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group meets on fourth Friday of each month except December (5:30-8:30 p.m.). Gatherings feature an author, a poet and an artist/performer at varying levels of artistic development, followed by an Open Mic session. Virtual gatherings continue for now. Info:,


Surrey Art Gallery: Multiple galleries at Bear Creek Park, 88 Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, “Kampala to Canada,” to Jan. 28; “Josh Hite: A Vista,” to April 21, 2024.

Newton Cultural Centre features works by local artists at 13530 72 Ave., at venue of the Arts Council of Surrey. For calendar visit, or call 604-594-2700.

Thursday Artist Talks: Events hosted by Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) on the first Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 604-501-5566, On Facebook.surreyartgalleryassociation. Jan. 11: Taslim Samji, “Artist To Curator and Kampala To Canada: Journey of a Storyteller.”


Yuk Yuk’s comedy club at Elements Casino Surrey, with shows Friday/Saturday at 17755 60 Ave., Cloverdale. For calendar and tickets, visit or call 1-800-899-9136, ext. 0. Ron Josol; Dec. 29-30: Damonde Tschritter.

Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Surrey Arts Centre on Thursday, Jan. 25, featuring Erica Sigurdson, Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinn and Paul Myrehaug. Tickets and info:, 604-501-5566.

The Comic Strippers male-stripper parody and improv-comedy show (19+ only) Feb. 9 at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre, 8 p.m. “The award-winning improv comedians are back with a new show, more moves and even quicker wits.” Info and tickets: 604-507-6355,


Donegal’s Irish House: Live music and more at 12054 96th Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-584-2112,

Whalley Legion’s Vimy Lounge: Live music Friday-Sunday and Tuesday karaoke at #102-10626 City Parkway, Surrey. Info: (604) 582-0697,

Dublin Crossing: Live music on stage at 18789 Fraser Hwy. 604-575-5470, online at

Mojitos: Latin music and more at The Turf Hotel, by bands and DJs, 12411 King George Blvd. Info: 778-223-6936,

Taphouse Guildford: Music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-583-8828, DJ Paul the Wall (Fri./Sat.).

Brewster’s Pub: Live music Saturday nights at 7380 King George Blvd. No cover. Info:,


Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford: 15051 101 Ave. 604-581-1716, Info:

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


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 3 p.m. at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, off 176 St. (Hwy 15) and 62 Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-837-1676,


“Hollywood, Nebraska”: Surrey’s Naked Stage Productions Society needs actors for play written by Kenneth Jones. “In the Great Plains of Nebraska, two actresses return to their dying hometown.” Six roles in the “readers’ theatre” play, audition is Saturday, Jan 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72 Ave., Surrey. Rehearsals start Jan. 17. performances Feb 23-25. To schedule a 15-minute audition time for Jan. 13, email producer Kelly Thompson,


Surrey Board of Trade is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Surrey Women in Business Awards, presented by Prospera Credit Union, “to recognize the fabulous women leaders that are making Surrey an opportunity city.” The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 17, in seven categories. Visit for info or email Rhona Doria at

Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards: Surrey Board of Trade asks for nominations for the 14th annual awards, deadline Feb. 14. “Winners will be chosen based on a subjective analysis of their business or community achievements, leadership ability, community involvement, professional achievements, and the uniqueness of their business or community projects.” Email Heather Booth at for info.


State of BC Transportation Update event hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on Jan. 30 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, featuring Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Dan Coulter, B.C. Minister of State for Infrastructure and Transit. Tickets and info:

Economic Forecast Lunch hosted by Surrey Board of Trade Feb. 1 at Northview Golf Course, 6857 168 St, Surrey, featuring guest speaker Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC. Tickets and info:

Surrey Mayor’s State of the City on Feb. 15 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 11 a.m. start. Mayor Brenda Locke will deliver her first State of the City Address to outline her economic vision for Surrey. Event hosted by Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce and Surrey Board of Trade. Tickets and info:, or call 604-581-7130.


Networking@Night at ThoughtsWin Systems in Surrey Board of Trade-hosted event, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. “ThoughtsWin Systems helps organizations leverage data and artificial intelligence to make smarter decisions and elevate modernization and digital enablement. Enjoy delectable food and drinks, make new connections, and discover the innovative services they offer,” at #204-9900 King George Blvd., Surrey (in Coast Capital Savings Building). Admission is free. Info:


Nature Work Parties: “Help care for Surrey parks by removing invasive plant species, cleaning up litter, and enhancing habitat within the park. Remove invasive plant species, clean up litter, and enhance habitat within the park. Tools and training are provided. Bring your family and friends; all ages are welcome.” For info and dates, visit


Authors Among Us: Surrey Libraries hosts local authors for online Q & A sessions. For a detailed calendar of events/authors, visit


The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) is offering free 3-hour online workshops every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm. “The goal of the workshop is to learn to identify different types of abuse, support survivors of abuse and learn how to find additional supports and resources for survivors of abuse.” Email nevr@kpu to register for a free VIP workshop. Info: 604-599-2267.


MYzone and MYgame After School Drop-in Programs run from October to June at seven locations across Surrey. “These fun programs provide children ages 8-12 the opportunity to explore a variety of activities during critical after-school hours in a safe and fully supervised environment.” MYzone and MYgame are included with the purchase of a MY Fun Pass or annual children’s pass, via City of Surrey. To register for MYzone and MYgame without the purchase of a MY Fun Pass, a one-time fee of $27.75 per child and $16.75 per child, applies respectively. Info:


Guided Nature Walks at Surrey Nature Centre on various dates:“Join a Surrey Nature Centre team member for in-person guided walks to learn about nature and the diversity of Green Timbers Urban Forest. Walks are designed for all ages and will go rain or shine.” More info: 604-501-5100.

Surrey Trekkers Volksport Club: “A friendly walking club where everyone is welcome. We have a proud heritage as an associate of International Volkssporting with regularly scheduled walks throughout the Lower Mainland.” Walks are on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, most statutory holidays. Info:

Surrey Walks Together: City hall initiative encourages residents to “reconnect with others while walking to improve both mental and physical health.” Meeting locations are posted to Surrey Walks website ( along with other walking resources including trail maps, information on self-guided walks, walking groups, charity walks and more.


Senior’s bingo every Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Whalley. Cards are 25 cents each. Telephone registration is required: 604-598-5898.

Surrey Singles Over Sixty: “We are a group that meet for dinners, card games, bowling, dancing, picnics etc. We are based in the North Surrey/North Delta area. New members (fully vaccinated) are welcome.” Call Georgie at 604-585-7304 or Bob at 778-545-5350.

TALK (Third Age Learning at Kwantlen): Program promises “creative and stimulating educational activities” for the 50-plus age group in Surrey and surrounding cities, with a mix of in-person and online events. TALK courses are “ideal for retirees who want to continue learning.” Fees range from $15 to $30, plus $10 annual membership fee. Info:, 604-599-3077.

Seniors Centre Without Walls: Join various presenters for telephone-based exercises, literature or coffee clubs, learning mindfulness or estate planning. View details for information about the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls initiative by Seniors Come Share Society and register by calling 604-531S-9400 ext. 205 or


Surreys Heritage Rail: One-hour rides start at Cloverdale Station. Arrive at least 15 minutes before departure to be able to enjoy all the rides. The adventure is accessible. Parking is available at the station, at 17630 / Highway 10. Info:

Bear Creek Park Train and MiniGolf: Mini train rides through the forest at Surrey’s largest park, 13750 88 Ave. For hours and rates, call 604-501-1232 or visit


Surrey Knights: Junior A hockey games at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex, 10950 126A St., in PJHL league action. Home games Thursdays, 7 p.m. Schedule:

Surrey Eagles: Junior hockey games at South Surrey Arena. For schedule and tickets, visit or call 604-531-GOAL (4625).


Surrey No Longer Alone Nar-Anon Family Group (for people affected by someone else’s drug use) in-person meetings on Monday evenings, from 7-8 p.m. at Bethany-Newton United Church, 14853 60 Ave., Surrey. Entrance at north side of the church.

Recovery Canada: “We are a free, in-person, self-help support group for people experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. In-person meeting Tuesdays 1:30-3pm at St. Cuthbert Anglican Church, 11601 82 Ave, Delta BC. For more info contact Anita at or 604-788-4633. The virtual meeting will continue Thursdays 7-8:30 pm. Contact Gilles at for more info, or visit

Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings on last Saturday of month at Valley View Memorial Gardens 14644 72 Ave., Surrey (no meetings July and December). “Everyone is invited who are interested in knowing more about prostate cancer. Coffee & cookies provided. Call 604 594-5257.”


READ Surrey/White Rock Society’s Partners Program offers free, one-to-one tutoring for adults who want reading, writing or math support. “If you or someone you know needs literacy help, call Shanti at 778-242-7323 or email” Info at


Surrey Air Cadets: 278 Cormorant RCACS, launched in 2017, welcomes new members aged 12-18. “We parade (train) on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. from September to June of each year,” at Princess Margaret Secondary School, 12870 72 Ave, Surrey. Info:, 778-832-0278.


Peace Arch Chorus: A capella group rehearses at Newton Cultural Centre under direction of Elvera Collier and assistant director Bev Feick. “Auditioned members are provided with excellent musical education and vocal coaching.” Chorus welcomes women to join. Info:

Aequitas Singers: ”Located in Surrey, Aequitas Singers is an adult-only, non-auditioned choir that sings to bring hope, to raise awareness of social justice issues, and to have fun.” New singers can attend rehearsals Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; for details, email Info:

Soundscape A Capella Chorus: A mixed-voice, auditioned community chorus for adults. Rehearsals Tuesday evenings at Fraser Heights Secondary, Surrey. Info:

Handel Society Choir invites new members. Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. at Cloverdale Canadian Reformed Church, on 174 Street and 60 Avenue. Soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices wanted.” Phone 604 202 7801 for information.

Westcoast Harmony Chorus: Group rehearses in Surrey at Parkland Community Church (9574 160th St.) on Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. “A group of women and people of marginalized genders who love to sing and are personally committed to excellence and lasting friendships.” New members sought. Visit for info.

South Fraser Community Band welcomes new members, particularly needing brass/horns. Rehearsals Thursdays 7:30-9:30 p.m., September to June, at Earl Marriott Secondary, 15751 16 Ave. Email, visit


Surrey Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has provided volunteer services and fundraising since 1947. “We manage the hospital gift shop, the lottery booth and hospital gift cart. All funds raised go towards enhancing patient comfort and promoting patient welfare, assisting with much needed hospital expansions and equipment, fostering good relations between Surrey Memorial Hospital and the community.” Visit the gift shop to learn more. Info:

Bell Performing Arts Centre seeks new volunteers. “Our volunteers gain experience in box office sales, ushering, concession sales, working with the public, and more. Get a backstage view of the arts in your community. Learn about teamwork, and experience the joy of giving something back to your community. Volunteers of various ages and all cultural backgrounds welcome.” For info call 604-507-6355. Application form on

Volunteer Cancer Drivers organization needs drivers in Surrey and other cities. Anyone wishing to become a volunteer driver can find more information at

Community Thrift Store: “Can you spare 4 hours a day to volunteer at Newton’s Community Thrift Store, a joint project of Surrey Hospice Society and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society?” At 7138 King George Blvd. Call Donna at 604-599-9930 or visit to learn more.

Surrey Art Gallery docent program seeks volunteers to lead weekday school group tours of contemporary art exhibitions. Visit “Volunteering at the Gallery” page on or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator,, 604-501-5198.

READ Surrey/White Rock Society is recruiting volunteer adult literacy tutors for their fall training. Info:

Fraser Health Crisis Line is marking 50 years of operation this year; that’s 50 years of 24/7 service delivered by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Fraser Health Crisis Line:

Tom Zillich

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