Cloverdale Calendar: Old time dances, spring sales, concerts and Celtic fun

The Cloverdale Reporter's complete, unabridged community events listings for the week of Thursday, May 2, 2013.


Old Time Dance

The Surrey Old Time Fiddlers host an Old Time Dance, Thursday, May 2 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Clayton Hall, 18513 70 Avenue, Surrey. (One half block north of Fraser Hwy on 184 St.). Admission $3. For more information call 604-576-1066 or 604-538-3363.


Family Caregiver Series

April/May 2013 workshop, a three-session series for family members who are caring for a person with dementia. Learn about dementia, practical coping strategies and early planning. April 18: Understanding Dementia, April 25, Understanding Communication May 2: Understanding Behaviour. Thursdays, April 18, 25 and May 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 200-20644 Eastleigh Cresc. Langley. Cost: by donation. Registration required. Call 604-533-5277 or email


GriefShare Recovery Seminar and Support Group

Meets Thursdays, April 4 to June 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 125 at Willoughby Church, 20525 72 Avenue, Langley. GriefShare features national recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include: The Journey of Grief, the Effects of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Your Family and Grief, Why? And Stuck in Grief. More more information, call Willoughby Church at 604-530-5959.


Spring sale

Saturday, May 4 at Surrey Covenant Reformed Church, 17400 64 Avenue, Cloverdale, entrance at the back of the building. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade raisin bread, cake loaves, cookies, pies, jams and also mulch and plants. Gently used goods and a lot more. Come for homemade soups and buns. Free Coffee. All proceeds to the Surrey Covenant Reformed Church.


Spring concert

The Cloverdale United Church Choir presents annual Spring Concert Singspiration!, Saturday, May 4. Two performances: matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 seniors and students. And $35 for a family of four. Tickets available from choir members or from the church office, at 17575 58A Avenue, Cloverdale. Call 604-574-5813 for more information.


Celtic Fun Night

Sing and dance along to the rousing music of Blackthorn with guests the Vancouver Police Pipe Band. Hosted by the Tartan Pride Highland Dance Team at the Cloverdale Catholic Parish Hall, Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets and info: 604-576-1619 or 604-513-8407 or


Artswest Multi Media Spring show and sale

Members of Surrey’s Artswest Society host a spring show and sale May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Elgin Hall, 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey. Works by new, emerging and experienced artists. Artists will be in attendance. The long-standing group has been meeting in Surrey for more than 30 years and currently represents more than 60 artists.


Annual Mother’s Day Tea

The Cloverdale United Church Women Annual Mother’s Day Tea is May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. at the Church, 17575 58A Avenue, Cloverdale. Plants and flower baskets, bake table, lunch and door prizes. Everyone welcome.


Langley Community Chorus Spring Concert

Langley Chorus presents its 2013 spring concert, A Musical Menagerie! Our entire program will consist of songs about our friends, the animals. Tunes children will love, plus a whole selection of great songs for adults to enjoy, and some of you will want to sing along with us. With special guests The Langley Community Music School Fiddlers. Two performances: Evening concert Saturday, May 11 (7:30 p.m.) at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, 205525 72 Avenue, Langley, and an afternoon matinee Sunday, May 26 at Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Road, Langley. Tickets at the door or from Chorus members. Adults $15, students $10, children under 6 free. For more information, visit


Kids Swap Meet

Saturday, May 25 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. New and gently-used kids items for sale. Everything from baby equipment, books, clothing, toys, maternity wear, movies and much more. Rent a table. Info: Michelle at, or call 604-588-9919.




Volunteer drive

Surrey Crime Prevention Society is looking for volunteers to support our Community Safety Volunteer Tours and Speed Watch Programs in the Cloverdale and Clayton Heights areas.  Community Safety Volunteer Tours walk or cycle designated areas in pairs to observe and report suspicious activities. Volunteers are issued equipment such as bicycles, two-way radios and reflective visibility jackets. Volunteers never get involved in situations, but observe and report from a safe distance. Volunteers are expected to commit for a minimum of one year at one two hour shift per week. Speed Watch Volunteers work with a team and set up a speed reader board that tracks vehicles driving at excessive speeds in playground areas, school zones and high risk crash sites.  This program assists with traffic and speeding issues through data collection and public awareness. Volunteers gain valuable experience and perspective through traffic safety initiatives and are invited to Speed Watch training events throughout the year. Volunteers are expected to commit for a four hour shift once a month – weather permitting. Interested applicants can contact Jen Samuel at”


No Time for a Garage Sale?

The White Rock Museum & Archives is hosting their 1st Annual Treasure Hunt, April 5-21. For a $100 fee book a table plus a 15 percent commission on sales, display and sell your treasures at the Museum for a two week period which includes 3 busy weekends in April.  The best part is you don’t need to be there!  Contact Lauren Boni, 604 541 2222 or email for further details or to book your table.


Heritage Railway Volunteer drive

Do you enjoy engaging with people in a fun environment; do you like trains; are you interested in heritage preservation? Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society ( will begin passenger service from Cloverdale to Sulllivan Station on week-ends and holidays starting June 22 until October 14, 2013. We will need volunteers to greet and guide passengers, sell tickets and souvenirs, and assist in boarding passengers. For more information contact Myrna, Volunteer Coordinator at 604 597-9704 or register at


Open Mic Music Night

Every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Coventry Wired Monk, 184 Street and 64 Avenue. Singers and musicians welcome. You will have to supply your own instruments. For more information, email, or call 604-575-1043, or 604-671-6521.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Clayton Heights Secondary, 188 St. and 70 Ave. For more info, visit or call Evelyn at 604-842-8005.


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.


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


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 is pleased to announce the opening of a special peer support group for Parkinson’s caregivers. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month (starting May 2), from 1:30-3 p.m. At Douglas Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Cresc. Langley. Please join us for an exchange of information and resources, support, tips for self-care, and more. Come and share your story. A small donation ($2 or $3) is required to cover room rental costs. 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 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.


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 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 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