• Get Ready Delta — Free Personal Preparedness Workshops: Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Are You Prepared? This personal preparedness workshop will teach you the risk, how to make an emergency plan, and what to do in an emergency or disaster. Please register in advance (using registration code 418673) online at deltareg.ca or by calling 604-952-3000. Know the risks, make a plan, get a kit.
• A Morning with Santa — North Delta: Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Take photos with Santa Claus, enjoy a delicious breakfast, make crafts and take part in Creative Critters and, of course, skating. Be sure to bring your camera, imagination, a warm jacket, skates and a CSA multi-impact helmet. Price is $10:50 per person (free for children under one year) and tickets are available at North Delta and Sungod recreation centres.
• MP Carla Qualtrough’s Open House: Dec. 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; #104 – 7511 Scott Rd.; Delta MP Carla Qualtrough invites you to celegrate the holiday season with her at her North Delta office. Please bring a non-perishable item to donate to the food bank. Parking is located in the back of the building and across the street.
• Winter Blues? Inside Enrichment for Your Dog: Dec. 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Delta Community Animal Shelter, 7505 Hopcott Rd.; Learn how to provide enrichment for you dog indoors. Presented by Ocean Park Dog Training. A valid 2018 dog licence number is required for registration. To register, call 604-940-7111.
• Christmas Pottery Sale: Dec. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; The North Delta Potters Guild’s annual Christmas sale features functional to fun creations in clay by guild members. Admission is free.
• Blue Christmas Service: Dec. 9, 3 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 Scott Rd.; This Sunday, Crossroads United Church welcomes all who are struggling, all who are grieving, all who feel just a bit out of step with the “ho-ho-ho” of this season for a service called Blue Christmas. A gracious space is created in which it’s okay to feel however you’re feeling, and there’s time and space in which to reflect. It’s a quiet, meditative service, with carols, prayers and Scripture readings, and room for each person present to name their losses and light a candle in memory of a loved one. A brief time of fellowship with refreshments will follow the service. More information is available at crossroads-united-church.ca/event/blue-christmas-worship, or by calling the church at 778-593-1043.
• Christmas Concert: Dec. 11, 7 p.m.; Ladner Community Centre, 4734 51st St.; Enjoy an evening of Christmas music as Delta Music Makers, Delta Concert Band and our Delta Idol Juniors lead the crowd through a sing-a-long and other Christmas holiday favourites. Admission is free, but a donation to the foodbank will be gratefully accepted.
• MLA Ravi Kahlon’s Open House: Dec. 12, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 8350 112th St.; Join Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon and help celebrate the 2018 holiday season. Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for the Deltassist toy drive. Refreshments will be served.
• A Morning with Santa — South Delta: Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; South Delta Recreation Centre; Take photos with Santa Claus, enjoy a delicious breakfast, make crafts, and take part in Roaming Rascals and, of course, skating. Be sure to bring your camera, imagination, a warm jacket, skates and a CSA multi-impact helmet. Price is $10:50 per person (free for children under one year) and tickets are available at Winskill Aquatics and Fitness Centre, South Delta Recreation Centre and Ladner Leisure Centre.
• Sungod Skating Club Winter Recital & Holiday Party: Dec. 21, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sungod Arena; Come enjoy a wonderful one-hour holiday spectacular show featuring Sungod skaters, refreshments and dessert potlatch, a family and friends skate, and a very special appearance all the way from the North Pole. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this evening of family fun and holiday cheer. Hosted by Sungod Skating Club.
• Winter Wonderland skates: various dates and times, Dec 22 to Jan. 2; various locations; Delta arenas are being transformed into a skating winter wonderland. Join us for a skate while enjoying our seasonal decorations. Regular admission applies. Dec. 22, 23, 27 and Jan. 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Jan. 1: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• 39th Annual Polar Bear Swim: Jan. 1, 1 p.m.; Centennial Beach, Boundary Bay Regional Park; Kick off your 2019 in the coolest way possible, with a plunge into the chilly waters of Boundary Bay. Lots of prizes to be won and entertainment for the whole family. Registration at noon, swim at 1 p.m.
• Delta Scottsdale Lions Club Christmas Tree Chipping: Jan. 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; The Delta Scottsdale Lions Club will be hosting its annual Christmas tree chipping event again this holiday season in North Delta. Other Lions Clubs will also be holding tree chipping events elsewhere in Delta: Ladner’s Memorial Park (Jan. 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Tsawwassen’s South Delta Recreation Centre (Jan. 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Christmas tree chipping is provided by donation with all proceeds going back to the community.
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 Diana Brinton at 778-791-1166.
• Settlement Workers – Punjabi/English: Alternate Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Are you a newcomer to Canada who needs help adjusting to your new life? Free and confidential services are offered to help newcomers with all their needs during the process of settling into their new community. Settlement and integration services are free for immigrants, refugees and their families in B.C.
• Recovery International Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; North Delta Evangelical Free Church, 11300 84th Ave.; Recovery International is a weekly community-based self-help mental health group that offers tools and techniques that participants can use to deal with depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger management and a variety of other nervous and mental health issues. Meetings are led by trained group leaders.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Lynda Simpson at 604-788-4721. For more info about the bridge clubs, visit duplicatelite.ca.
• Conversation Circle: Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library; If you are learning English and want to practice speaking with other people in a friendly, casual place, then join us on for weekly guided discussions about Canadian culture, food and current events.
• Practice English and Learn Skills for the Canadian Workplace: Wednesdays and Saturdays through Dec. 22 , 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Meet at the library twice a week to practice English, learn workplace vocabulary, become familiar with the Canadian labour market and develop networking skills. Each session includes tips and assistance with resume writing, job search skills, websites and Canadian workplace expectations. Taught by a TESOL-certified and experienced teacher, this program is being offered in partnership with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society. Bonus: PICS refers students, if interested, to further education at local colleges or universities. To register, call 604-596-7722 or drop in at the library.
• 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: email@example.com.
• Babytime: Thursdays through Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Make language fun, and start early with Babytime. Help your baby develop speech and language skills — enjoy bouncing, singing, rhyming and stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Suitable for babies 23 months old and younger.
• Parent Time: Thursdays through Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Relax and mingle after the fun, social bonding activity of Babytime. Parent Time provides parents and caregivers an opportunity to meet other parents, learn new parenting skills, and share information and resources. A public health nurse or guest speaker will be attending each month. Suitable for parents of babies 23 months old and younger. On the schedule: public health nurse on Sept. 20 and water safety on Sept. 27.
• Delta Connex Parent Peer Group: Thursdays through Dec. 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 11425 84th Ave.; The parent group is an opportunity fr parents with children who have ADND, FASD or other complex behaviours to come together. At the group you can learn and reflect on your life as a parent of children that may behave in ways that are unexpected and a challenge to understand. You will gain insight in building positive relationships, celebrating your children and focus on your emotional well-being. We provide a welcoming and safe environment to share experiences, knowledge and offer support to each other. This group is led by a trained facilitator. For registration and more information, please contact Robyn Lane at 604-946-6622 ext. 328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
• Chronic Conditions Self-Management: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120th St.; Do you live with a chronic health condition? This free six-week workshop helps people living with chronic health conditions and their caregivers to better manage symptoms and activities of daily life. For more info contact Self-Management BC at 604-940-1273 or visit selfmanagementbc.ca.
• Storytime: Fridays through Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Suitable for ages 2 to 6 years.
• Knit & Stitch: Fridays through Dec. 28, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Pack up your needles and yarn and head to the library. Knitting, crocheting, quilting and weaving are fun ways to connect across generations. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques and good conversation.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Prostate Cancer Support Group Surrey: Last Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (except July and Dec.); Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72 Ave., Surrey; PCSG Surrey provides awareness, support and education for the prevention, treatment and cure for men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in Delta, Surrey, Langley and White Rock. Spouses and guests are welcome. For additional info visit procansupport.com or call 604 574-4012.
• Crossroads United Church Monthly Community Dinner: Fourth Saturday of every month, doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 5 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 120th St.; Crossroads United Church invites you to their monthly community dinner. Come and enjoy this free nutritious meal served in a casual, safe environment. It is a sit-down served meal and is open to anyone who would benefit from good food in a safe, family-friendly setting. For more info go to crossroads-united-church.ca.
• 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.
• Lego Club: Jan. 8 through May 28, 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.
• Babytime: Jan. 10 through May 30, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Make language fun, and start early with Babytime. Help your baby develop speech and language skills — enjoy bouncing, singing, rhyming and stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Suitable for babies 23 months and younger.
• Parent Time: Jan. 10 through May 30, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Relax and mingle after the fun, social bonding activity of Babytime. Parent Time provides parents and caregivers an opportunity to meet other parents, learn new parenting skills, and share information and resources. A public health nurse or guest speaker will be attending each month. Suitable for parents of babies 23 months and younger.
• Delta Scottsdale Lions Club: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month; The Lions Club is a service club that welcomes both ladies and men. If you would like to be involved in helping in your community, join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (not mandatory) at the Delta Golf Course. For more info call Al at 604-594-8783.
• Canadian Federation of University Women, North Delta/Surrey: CFUW is a national non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace. North Delta/Surrey club meets monthly and is open to all women graduates, students and associates. Call Barb (604-594-6145) or Eleanor (604-589-3631), or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
• North Delta Newcomers and Friends: NDNF is a ladies social club. Please call and arrange to attend some of our morning walks, coffee times, stitch-and-chats, card games, par-3 golf, potlucks and monthly dinners. For more info please call Kathy (604-583-3691) or Diane (604-543-7345).