Cloverdale calendar: Rockhounds, Block Watchers, reading help and more!

Your guide to what's happening in Cloverdale, the week of Oct. 6, 2011 and beyond.


Old Time Dance

Hosted by the Surrey Old Time Fiddlers, Thursday, Oct. 6 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, call 604-576-1066 or 538-3363.


Do you enjoy gardening?

The Cloverdale Garden Club meets the second Thursday of each month, September to June, at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70 Ave., at 7 p.m. This month’s meeting is Oct. 13. We have a different speaker each month, feild trips, raffles & more.  Become a member for only $20 a year and share your passion with other gardeners. For more information, call Lynne at (604) 576-6338.


Surrey Rockhounds Show and Sale

October 15 and 16 at Sullivan Hall, 6302 152 Street, Surrey. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Dealers, demonstrations, club exhibits and sales, silent auction, spin and win, children’s corner, hourly prize draw and more. Admission by donation.


Surrey: Then and Now

See how much Surrey has changed and what remains the same in this visually stunning presentation comparing archival photos with modern images of Surrey. Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. To register, call the Surrey Museum at 604-592-6956.


Day of Remembering

Pregnancy and infant loss Remembrance Day, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Langley Lawn Cemetery, 4393 208 Street, Langley. For further information, contact Susan Simmons, Mourning Mothers, 604-575-0313.


Polio Support Group

The scourge of folks usually in their later years. Post Polio Awareness and Support Society (PPASS) offers encouragement to survivors of this disease. Next meeting: Saturday, Oct. 15 at ABC Restaurant, Fleetwood, from 10 a.m. to noon. Foot, shoes and walking issues with G.F. Strong rehab expert will answer questions. No charge to attend. Call Bob at 604-576-5614 for more information.


Cloverdale Block Watch 25th Anniversary

Help us celebrate the Surrey RCMP’s 25th anniversary of the Block Watch Program, Saturday, Oct. 15 (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Clayton Hall, 18513 70 Avenue. BBQ, cake, coffee and treats. Children’s activities. Meet with local dignitaries, service groups, businesses and block watches. Learn how to put on the ultimate Block Watch party. For more information, call 604-502-6265.


Royal Metal

Join railway historian and author Barrie Sanford as he reveals the history and significance of the 1904 New Westminster Rail Bridge. Saturday, Oct. 22. from 11 a.m. to noon. Register by calling the Surrey Museum at 604-592-6956.


Japanese Canadian Internment in WWII Canada

Join Raymond Nakamura from the Japanese Canadian National Museum to learn about Japanese Canadian history, the Canadian internment of its Japanese Canadian citizens during WWII and his own family’s experiences in this troubling period. At the Surrey Museum, Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. 1 Session, $6; ages 16 and up. For more information and to pre-register, please call 604-592-6956.


Tea and Tour: Two Views Exhibit

Join Surrey Museum staff for a guided tour of the Two Views exhibit to learn the stories behind the images, the history of the Japanese Canadian internment in Canada and the stories of Surrey’s pre-war Japanese Canadian population. Then chat about the photos and this aspect of history over tea. One session, Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information and to pre-register, please call 604-592-6956.


Surrey’s Early Schools

A look back at the days when schools consisted of only one room. Join local historian Jack Brown as he traces the history of Surrey’s early schools. Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon. Presented by the Surrey Archives, 17671 56 Avenue. Pre-register by calling 604-592-6956. Ages 16 and up.


Surrey in the 1930s

Step Back to ‘The Dirty Thirties’ and get a sense of what life was like for Surrey residents during the Great Depression. Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to Noon. Presented at the Surrey Archives 17671 56 Avenue. Pre-register by calling 604-592-6956. Ages 16 and up.



Does Your child (Grade 2-4) need practice reading?

Sign them up for the Coast Capital Reading Buddies program at the Cloverdale Library, Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m., from Oct. 18 to Nov. 22. Your child can improve her/his reading skills in a safe, non-threatening environment. It’s free. High school students offer their time and expertise by ‘buddying up’ with a child to enjoy reading together. To register or for more info, call Lucy Zhang at 604-598-7326. Details at


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 and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts soon.


Be a Heritage School Program Volunteer

Are you interested in history? Do you like working with children? The Surrey Museum needs volunteers to lead programs for elementary students on Surrey’s history and First Nations culture. Full training provided. Orientation is in September and October. For more information and to register for orientation please call 604-502-6461.


Call for entry

Call for entry for holiday art and fine craft sale, A Real Piece of Work, At Ocean Park Community Hall Nov. 19-20. And for the separate jewelry and accessories show, A Real Gem, Nov. 26-27. Jury for handcrafted work is ongoing. Please email for more info.


Crisis Line volunteers needed

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’re interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding experience, visit our website at and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts soon.



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? Spring is here. Visitors welcome; $3 drop in fee credited to annual membership of $20. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at St. Marks Anglican Church at 12953 20 Ave. Guest speakers, field trips, workshops. Call David at 604-533-1142 or email


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? Contact Overeaters Anonymous. No fees, no dues, no weigh-ins, no diets. We are a fellowship. Meetings every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Cloverdale United Church basement, 17575 58A Ave. Cloverdale.


Oneness GoGos

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. Our next meeting is Sept. 26 from 1-3 p.m. Newcomers welcome. For more info, email or call 604-536-9510.


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:


Silvertone singers

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.


Dance Lessons

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.


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.


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.


Surrey Historical Society

The Surrey Historical Society meets every second Saturday of the month during September, October and November. There is a break over Christmas and meetings resume during February, March, April and May. The meeting is held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the lower hall of the Surrey Archives. Enter via the east ground floor door. Park at the Surrey Museum and Walk over.


Cloverdale Toastmasters

Overcome your fears of public speaking and learn how to communicate effectively. We’re a fun and encouraging club that can help. We meet Wednesdays from 7:30 -9:30 p.m. at Clayton Heights Secondary. Regular meetings start in September. For more info call Kai at 604-897-2003 or visit


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


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