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Cloverdale Calendar: A family history mystery, Ukrainian soul food, and spring teas

The Cloverdale Reporter's community calendar listings for the week of Wednesday, April 22.

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‘Truth and Reconciliation’

Surrey Little Theatre presents ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ by Etan Frankel, April 16 to May 16. Running Thurs. to Sat. at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees April 26, May 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. A young doctor provides medical care in Central America and gets caught up in the country’s civil unrest. At the Reconciliation Commission his parents hope to find out the truth about what happened to him. For ages 13 and up. For tickets, visit,, or call 604 576 845.

‘Escape from Happiness’

Langley Players present ‘Escape from Happiness,’ George. F. Walker’s dark, domestic comedy. It runs Thursdays to Sundays from April 16 to May 16 at  the Langley Playhouse, 4307 200 Street, in Brookswood. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Patrons should be aware the play contains some coarse language. For reservations, visit, or buy tickets online at Email or call 604-534-7469.


A Man, A Plan, Japan!

Join photographer and adventurer William Jans for the premiere of his eighth multimedia show about absurd travels in China and Japan. Flashy festivals, insane runs, an abandoned amusement park, going through Buddha’s Nostril, fake food, Bond Island, Rockabilly, radiation, sumo wrestling and more! Thursday, April 23 at The Clova, 5732 176 Street. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. For tickets ($21 online/$23 at the door) and info, visit


Ukrainian Soul Food

Perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch will be available Friday, April 24 at a fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108 Ave., Surrey. Eat-in, take away or ready for your freezer. For more information, please call 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313.


Family History Mystery!

Teens and adults, join us at the Cloverdale Library Saturday, May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For a Family History Mystery. A visiting professorA visiting professor was using Cloverdale Library’s Genealogy resources to do some local Surrey history research. Now he has disappeared!! Based on the clues he’s left behind, can you help us locate him? A fun way to learn about Cloverdale Library’s resources, we will also have some great prizes for whoever solves the mystery the quickest. Family Historians are encouraged to “bring a teen” to get them interested in genealogy. Individual registrants will be assigned a partner.

To register, please call the Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7327, drop in, or email


Precious Blood Business Fair

Join over 16 vendors and the Knights of Columbus for  a business fair and a pancake breakfast, by donation. Free admission, door prizes. Sunday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Precious Blood Parish, 17475 59 Avenue, Cloverdale.


‘Into The Woods’

Able Creative Theatre (A.C.T.) presents ‘Into the Woods,’ Tuesday, May 5, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Pacific Community Church, 5337 180 St. Cost: $10 per ticket. Group rates available. Call 604-574-7441.


Old Time Dance

Hosted by the Surrey Old Time Fiddlers, Thursday, May 7 at Clayton Hall, 18513 70 Avenue (1/2 block north of Fraser Hwy on 184 St.). From 7:30-10:30 p.m., admission $3. For more information please call 604-576-1066.


Mother’s Day Spring Tea

Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cloverdale United Church, 17575 58A Ave., Surrey. Lunch, baking, hanging baskets, plants, books, door prizes. Everyone welcome. Come have fun!


Thank You for the Music

Langley Community Chorus presents its spring concert, Thank You For the Music, featuring soothing and uplifting music performed in the native languages of Russia, Spain, Zulu South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia. Langley composer and professional Marimba, Celtic fiddle and Percussion musician Mr. Bruce Henczel will perform his unique original compositions. Saturday, May 9 (3 p.m.) at Langley Mennonite Fellowship, 20997 40 Ave. Langley, Sunday May 24 (3 p.m.) at United Churches of Langley (Sharon United), 21562 Old Yale Road, Langley. Tickets at the door; $15 adults, $10 students, under 12 free.




The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is holding auditions for its upcoming production, Dracula, on Saturday, April 25. Callbacks are Sunday, April 26. At 17949 Roan Place, Cloverdale. Performance paid; non union. Dracula, by Balderson and Dean, will be directed by Ellie King and presented in Surrey, Vancouver and Maple Ridge in October 2015. Rehearsals in Cloverdale, in the beginning of September. This is the original 1927 Broadway play script that made Bela Lugosi a star. We are setting it in the same time period, in England. We are playing Van Helsing as female. Email





OWL Open House

Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Orphaned Wildlife Rescue (OWL), 3800-72 Street, Delta, B.C. Seventy per cent of the facility will be open to the public offering a behind-the-scenes look at our medical facility and rehabilitation cages. Gift area and interpretation centre will also be open, along with the release of a rehabilitated bird both days. For animal lovers of all ages. More:


Awareness Walk

The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society is a non-profit organization that helps to support BC families and individuals with Down Syndrome. On May 31, we will be hosting our Annual T21 Awareness Walk at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have a great line up of entertainment, food, face painting, etc for the whole family. All walk details can be found on our website at


Entertainers needed

If your dance or musical organization would like to showcase its talents at the upcoming Cloverdale Market Day on Saturday, May 30, please call Judi at 604-579-0123.


Pyjama Storytime

Come in pyjamas with your favourite cuddly for stories, songs, puppets and action rhymes. This is a perfect bedtime activity for the whole family. Drop in, Tuesdays, from 6:30-7 p.m. at the Cloverdale Library. Call 604-598-7320 for more information, or visit


White Rock Community Orchestra

If you love making music, come join us on Saturday mornings. We are welcoming new members. Give Don a call 603-807-0460


The Versatiles

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.


Speed Watch volunteers needed

Surrey crime Prevention Society is looking for volunteers to support the Speed Watch Program. Volunteers work with a team, tracking vehicles driving at excessive speeds in playgrounds, school zones and high-risk crash sites, and gain valuable experience. Applicants must commit to four, three-hour shifts per month. Contact


Surrey Crime Prevention Society

Are you looking to enhance your resume or gain credible volunteer experience? Surrey Crime Prevention Society is looking for self-motivated individuals to help with projects at our head office. Data entry, research, marketing, fundraising initiatives, enhancing membership, and assisting with administrative tasks. Interested volunteers may contact



Food problem?

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.



TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Cloverdale Library, 5642, 176A Street, Surrey, in the upstairs meeting room. For more information, phone LInda at 604-462-9326.


Silvertone Singers

If you enjoy singing and would like to join a 55+, fun, no pressure group, come on out to the Cloverdale Rec. Centre on Thursdays at 1 p.m. The Silvertone Singers are looking for new members – especially male voices and sopranos. All shower singers welcome! Call 604-598-7960 for more information.


Are you Gay, Bi-sexual or just not sure? HOMINUM Fraser Valley is an informal discussion and support 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 every month. For information and meeting location, call Art 604-462-9813 or Don 604-329-9760


Cloverdale Horseshoe Club

Cloverdale Horseshoe Club Pitching Season is April 1  to Sept. 31 with practice nights at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 17886 64  Ave., Cloverdale. Pitching shoes is a healthy activity for all ages. And great family fun, for more information check out our web page at also call Jim at 604 585.6831 or Cheryl at 604.593.8193.


Crafter’s Corner meets at the Cloverdale Legion, 17567 57 Avenue, every second Wednesday of the month, at 6 p.m. Bring your own knitting or crocheting and join us. For more information, call



Cloverdale Lions Club

The Cloverdale Lions Club is looking for new members. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month. Please volunteer your time to assist us in serving our community. Call 604-574-4680 or 604-574-7417 for more information.


Cloverdale Senior’s Stamp Club

The Cloverdale Senior’s Stamp Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1 p.m., at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176 Street. Beginner and advanced collectors welcome. For more information, contact John Jackman at 604-574-3182.

Singers wanted


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


The Wonderful Widows and Widowers Club meets twice a month for fun activities. Call 604-574-7103.


Old Time Dances

Sunnyside Hall, corner of 18 Avenue and 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 phone 604-542-8449 or 604-575-8236.


B.C. Vintage Truck Museum – Help wanted!

The Surrey Heritage Society is looking for volunteers to help out with the new BC Vintage Truck Museum (6022 176 Street) located on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The museum is open to the general public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every week through the year. We will teach you about the history of trucking in B.C. and about the trucks on display in the collection. For more information contact Jim LaBelle at 604-372-4093 or email: or visit our website at


Oneness GoGos

The Oneness Gogos of White Rock/South 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 1-3 p.m. upstairs at White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Ave. Newcomers welcome. For more info, email


Welcome all keen gardeners!

The Cloverdale Garden Club meets the second Thursday of the month, September to June, at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70 Avenue. Meetings run from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition to monthly speakers, we have a monthly raffle, yearly bus trip and a plant sale in May. Drop in fee $3. Yearly memberships $20 per person or $30 per family. So if you love to garden, come and join us, and meet other great gardeners. For more information phone Lynne at 604-576-6338.


Are you Gay, Bi-sexual or just not sure?

HOMINUM Fraser Valley is an informal discussion and support 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 every month. For information and meeting location, call Art 604-462-9813 or Don 604-329-9760


Surrey Square Wheelers

Come square dancing every Tuesday and Wednesday with the Surrey Square Wheelers, from 7-10 p.m. at Brookswood Senior Centre, 19899 36 Avenue, Langley. Tuesdays: Plus level ‘teach’ and ‘review’. Cost is $6. Wednesdays: Beginner level ‘teach’, alternating with mainstream level dancing. Cost is $5. Contact Jerry at 604-838-8821 for more information, or visit


Cloverdale Toastmasters

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 7:15-9:15 p.m. every Wednesday at Clayton Heights Secondary, 188 St. and 70 Ave. For more info, visit


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.


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.


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:


Parkinson’s Caregiver Group in Langley

Parkinson Society British Columbia offers a peer support group for individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease, including caregivers, families and loved ones. The group meets on the third Friday of the month, from 1-3 p.m., at Douglas Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Cresc., Langley. The group offers an exchange of information along with resources, support, tips for self-care and more. Come and share your story. For more information call 1-800-668-3330, 604-662-3240 or email



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 Carvers Club

The Cloverdale Carvers Club is a small group of male and female woodcarvers from all walks of life. From beginners to advanced. The 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. Call Jim at 604-575-7969 for more information.


Enjoy Gardening?

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 more information, email


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 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., rjeffereys@parkinson.bc.cca 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


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 or visit


Square Dance lessons

Beginners welcome through October. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., in Brookswood Seniors Centre, 19899 36 Avenue, Langley. Modern music, casual dress. First three lessons are free. Call 604-2199359 or



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