Community calendar: Spoken word, high school reunions, Ukrainian soul food and more!
Celebrating the Spoken Word
Stories come alive at Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., with drop-in events featuring writers and open mic opportunities. This new event will be held the last Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with a different theme each month. March 29 is Spring and New Beginnings; other themes TBA. Come join tellers and listeners while we share Surrey's talent and culture. Presented by Surrey Libraries in cooperation with Sylvia Taylor, author/editor, with regional writers and storytellers. For more info, contact Sylvia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ukrainian Soul Food
Perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch will be available on Friday, March 30 at a fundraiser from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108 Ave, Surrey. Eat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer. For information, call 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313.
Finding Your Scottish Roots
If you have a passion for Robbie Burns poems or the sound of bagpipes then this is the workshop for you! Presented by Lorraine Irving, an experienced researcher, on Sat. March 31st, 10:30 am – noon at Cloverdale branch of Surrey Libraries (5642-176A St). This presentation will cover basic sources including birth, marriage, death records, church and census records, cemetery records, and websites. Lorraine will also discuss wills, sasines, and military records.
Charge: $10. Please pre-register by calling 604-598-7328, or emailing email@example.com
HOMINUM Fraser Valley Chapter is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. We meet on the last Friday of every month; our next meeting is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. For information and meeting location, call Art 604-462-9813 or Don 604-329-9760.
Lord Tweedsmuir 100th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, June 2, at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, 180 St., Surrey. The 100th anniversary reunion for Surrey High School/Lord Tweedsmuir staff and students. All former students and friends of Lord Tweedsmuir are invited to attend. Cost $12. Call 604-574-7407 for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Program Volunteers Needed at Historic Stewart Farm
Are you interested in history? Do you like working with children? Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey needs volunteers to lead programs for elementary students on Surrey’s history in a heritage farm setting. Full training provided. For more information and to register for orientation please call 604-502-6461.
Langley Concert Band
The Langley Concert Band meets Monday nights, 7-9 p.m., in the band room at RE Mountain Secondary School, 7755 202A St., Langley. Always accepting new members with a least one year's experience. Have fun while learning! Info: email@example.com
Opus One Women's Ensemble
The Opus One Women's Ensemble meets Wednesday nights, 7-9 p.m. in the choir room at RE Mountain Secondary School, 7755 202A St., Langley. This three-part women's choir accepts new members (no experience necessary) throughout the year. No audition. This group is lots of fun! For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity, visit our website at www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts soon.
Old Time Dance
Sunnyside Hall, corner of 18th Ave at 154 Street in South Surrey. Live music. All seniors welcome. At 1 p.m. every Monday from Labour Day to the end of June. For more information, call 604-538-5657 or 604-575-8236.
As seniors, entertaining our community and giving back is part of what we do. We need some new blood in the group and Cloverdale is our base of operations. Give us a call at 604-613-3116 or drop in to the Cloverdale Legion any Monday at 12 noon and ask for Susie. Having fun is our priority, come see us and find out what we are all about. Our oldest member is 90 and trying for 100.
Heritage Garden Volunteers
Help visitors discover Surrey’s agricultural past when you become a volunteer in the Historic Stewart Farm’s heritage flower, herb and vegetable gardens. Heritage garden volunteers plant and care for the gardens organically, and save seed from these old varieties to share with the public. Volunteers must have good basic gardening knowledge. For information call 604-502-6461. Historic Stewart Farm is located at 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey.
Welcome to all gardeners!
The Cloverdale Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the month, September to June, at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70 Avenue, at 7 p.m. We have different speakers each month, go on a bus trip each year, and have an annual auction in June. We have a plant sale in May. Drop in fee is $3, yearly membership is $20. If you love gardening and wish to share your passion, please join us! For more info call Lynne at 6045-576-6338.
Is food a problem for you? Do you eat when you're not hungry? Do you go on eating binges? Is your weight affecting your life? Overeaters Anonymous offers help. No fees, no dues, no weigh-ins, no diets, We are a fellowship. We meet every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Cloverdale United Church basement, 17575-58A Ave., Cloverdale. Everyone welcome.
Toastmasters international is a non-profit organization that helps people develop public speaking, organizational and communication skills, and leadership training. Overcome your fears of public speaking. Learn how to communicate effectively. We are a fun and encouraging group that can help. Meetings are 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Clayton Heights Secondary, 188 St. and 70 Ave. For more info, visit http://cloverdale.toastmastersclubs.org or call Evelyn at 604-842-8005.
The Oneness Gogos of White Rock/Surrey group is working under the auspices of the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support African grandmothers raising children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. We meet on the fourth Monday of the month upstairs at White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Ave. Newcomers welcome. Our next meeting is Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. Guest speaker Susan Janetti, who plans to return to Zimbabwe February and will share her experiences working with communities. For more info, email email@example.com.
The Surrey Historical Society meets at 10 a.m. at the Surrey Archives on the second Saturday of most months. You are welcome to hear our speakers and share your knowledge. Membership is $10/year. For details, call John at 778-294-1515.
Interested in gardening?
Why not join the South Surrey Garden Club? Visitors welcome; $3 drop in fee credited to annual membership of $20. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at St. Marks Anglican Church at 12953 20 Ave. Guest speakers, field trips, workshops. For more information contact Gillian Davis firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Surrey Soul Sisters
The newly formed South Surrey Soul Sisters meet the third Thursday of the month. We are working, under the auspices of the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support the African grandmothers who are raising an estimated 14 million orphaned children. Please come and join us – all welcome – you do not have to be a grandmother. Info: email@example.com.
The Silvertone singers are a group of men and women 55 and older. We will reconvene on the second floor of the Cloverdale Recreation Centre Thursday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. Practices continue every Thursday from September to June. You may have already heard us sing as we perform in the community several times a year. Come on out and enjoy singing and socializing with a great group of people. If you require more information, please phone our capable director Marli at 604-574-0962.
Look good and feel confident on any dance floor, even if you've never danced before. Learn the two-step, jive, waltz, triple time, cha cha, and more every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cloverdale Legion Branch 6. Starting April 1. For singles or couples. No charge. Bring your feet and a desire to dance.
Bowl for the Animals
Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. at the Xcalibur Bowling Centre are fundraiser bowling days/nights for the Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals. A $20 package includes two games, shoes (non vegan), and a meal. You must call ahead one or two days in advance to reserve a lane and say you're bowling for CATCA: 604-580-2600. At Xcalibur Bowling Centre at 12350 Patullo Place, Surrey. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hominum Fraser Valley Chapter
The Hominum Fraser Valley Chapter is a support and discussion group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. We meet on the last Friday of the month. For information and meeting location call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.
Wonderful Widows and Widowers Club
Wonderful Widows and Widowers Club meets every other Saturday night. Come out and have fun. Lots of activities. For more information, call Trudy at 604-574-7103.
Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild
We meet Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 17710 56A Ave., Surrey. Phone (604) 592-6950. Free tea and coffee. Teach, mentor and promote Fibre Arts knowledge. Visitors welcome.
Cloverdale Wood Carving Club
Meets from September to June Tuesday evenings at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School 6151 180 Street from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. The woodwork shop is in the back of the school.
The Cloverdale Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of each month from Sept. to June at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70 Avenue from 7-9 p.m. Monthly guest speakers, field trips, raffle, etc. For further information please call Linda at 604-539-0068.
Surrey Little Theatre
The Surrey Little Theatre invites you to get involved in the fun, whether as a volunteer or patron, there's something for everyone at "the little theatre that could." Email email@example.com for more information.
Parkinson's Self Help support group
In Surrey, White Rock and Langley for people with Parkinson's, their family and friends. The groups provide an atmosphere of mutual trust for sharing tips and strategies for living a full life with Parkinson's. Volunteers needed. Contact Robbin at the Parkinson Society of B.C., firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-668-3330.
TOPS Take off Pounds Sensibly — A non-profit weight loss support group. For information about TOPS in the Langley/Cloverdale area phone Lynda at 604-856-8014.
Stamp Club Seniors interested in stamp collecting are invited to join the Cloverdale Seniors’ Stamp Club. Meet second and fourth Monday of month at 1 p.m. Info. John at 604-574-3182.
La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, meets monthly in the Langley Cloverdale area. For meeting or breastfeeding information call call Marie 778-574-7669 or Heidi 604-574-5812. Visit www.LLLC.ca.
Surrey Newcomers and Friends
Meet for coffee and a chat, dinner out, cards, crafts, luncheons and other social activities. The club welcomes women of all ages and cultures. Come out and meet new people and make friends. For more details call Barb at 604-951-4948, e-mail to Surreynewcomers@hotmail.com or visit surreynewcomers.weebly.com