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Surrey events calendar: October 23rd – October 31st

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Surrey events calendar:

October 23rd – October 31st

Halloween Activities

 

Sibling Rivals Halloween Ripper

Join us at Ocean Park Hall on October 28th for the best Halloween Party in the ‘hood!

Legion of Sound is proud to present for a special Halloween Ripper one of the peninsula’s own notorious bands – The Sibling Rivals, featuring White Rock legends Jim and Rice Honeywell.

They will be playing a Halloween Ripper at Ocean Park Hall on Saturday, October 28th.

Location: 1577 – 128  St., Surrey, BC

Doors at 7:00 pm, Show starts at 8:30 pm

Tickets: $20 CDN (19+ only, All drinks $5)

Halloween Family Dance

There will be music, crafts for the kids, and prizes for the best costumes. Dress up and gather your friends and family for some festive fun. Register in advance to book your spot!

  • Fleetwood Community Centre
    Friday October 27 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm
    Cost: $5.00 – Dinner included! – Register with code # 4553384

Register Here

Halloween Family Fun

Halloween family fun afternoon with games, crafts and a costume parade and contest!

  • South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
    Sunday October 29 at 1 pm to 3 pm
    Cost: $3.50 per person – Register with code # 4549747

Register Here

55+ Halloween Activities

Join us for a fun afternoon with live entertainment, light lunch, desserts and halloween activities! Dress up in your best costume for a chance to win a prize.

  • Guildford Recreation Centre
    Tuesday October 31 at 12:00pm to 1:45pm
    Cost: $10/Members, $15/Non-Members – Register with code # 4547477
  • Fleetwood Community Centre
    Tuesday October 31 at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Cost: $10/Members, $15/Non-Members – Register with code # 4561377

Register Here

Halloween in the Forest

Dress up for some fun at Halloween in the Forest! Bring your family and friends to this indoor/outdoor event and:

  • Meet the Forest Fairy and her forest creature friends
  • Check out our “Pumpkin Path” scavenger hunt
  • Learn about bats, owls and spiders
  • Carve a pumpkin (while supplies last)
  • Enter the costume prize draw

Where: Surrey Nature Centre – Saturday October 28 at 10 am to 2 pm 

Cost: Free

Haunted Farm Family Day

A shadowy barn, creaky floorboards, rustling trees – visit our haunted farm if you dare! Haunted Farm Family Day shares old-time All Hallow’s Eve traditions, crafts and spooky treats.

  • In the kitchen, sip hot chocolate while you have your fortune read with “fate cakes”
  • Have your fortune read further by palm reader upstairs
  • Take part in a spooky scavenger hunt to find things like rats, bats and eyeballs throughout the house
  • Head to the barn for an even spookier scavenger hunt
  • Finish the hunts and be rewarded with candy
  • Play Halloween themed games like Monster Charades, Flies in the Web,and Shoe Toss Fortune
  • Take photos with our infamous cardboard horse, Horace, who will be in costume for the occasion

Where: Historic Stewart Farm – Saturday October 28 at 12 pm to 3 pm 

Cost: Free

Contact: 604-592-6956

Halloween Howl Pool Parties

Come practice your tricks and treats with us and have a good time in the pool! There will be games and activities for everyone to enjoy. Regular admission applies.

Saturday October 28 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex
  • South Surrey Indoor Pool
  • North Surrey Indoor Pool

Sunday October 29 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Newton Recreation Centre

Halloween Skates in Surrey

Grab your wand or broom and head out to one of our fun haunted public skates! This spooktacular event will have fun games and a costume contest. Suitable for all ages. Regular admission applies.

  • Cloverdale Arena – Friday October 27 at 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm
  • South Surrey Arena – Saturday October 28 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – Sunday October 29 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train

Each child who paid an admission will receive a treat to enjoy on the pumpkin express train as it travels through the decorated forest.

As they depart from their adventure they will be given a child size pumpkin to remember their day. (Adults and children under 2 years old do not receive pumpkins)

Location: 13750 – 88th Avenue at King George Blvd. Surrey, BC

When: October 13 6:30 PM – October 31 10:00 PM

Cost: $11.00 per person – Adult or Child (2 years old – 12 years old) including tax.

The Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy a hayride down to our pumpkin fields and pick out your own pumpkin, or choose from an assortment of already-picked pumpkins.

Hay wagon rides go from 10:00-6:00 on weekends, holidays and professional days, and 3:00-6:00 on weekdays throughout October.

We also have mini-pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and hay bales available for sale at the farm stand. Don’t forget your winter veggies from our general store!  Finish off your day with a visit to our cows and chickens.

TIPS FOR YOUR PUMPKIN PATCH VISIT:
  • If you want to get your pumpkin from the field, plan at least an hour for your visit.
  • We have parking available on our farm, with overflow parking on the road. But make sure to check our lot first!
  • Make sure you visit our cows and chickens – children love to see our animals up close.
  • The best time for families with young children to visit is on weekdays from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.   We find that visiting the Pumpkin Patch while things are quieter will help your toddler have a more enjoyable experience!

When: October 1 10:00 AM – October 31 6:00 PM

Location: Rondriso Farms, 8390 172 Street, Surrey, BC

Family Pumpkin Carving

October 26, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm

Come join us for an evening of Halloween treats, crafts, and pumpkin carving!

FREE (but need to register 4574349); you can register over the phone at 604.501.5100

1 pumpkin per person

Where: Chuck Bailey Rec Centre

Halloween Fun

Families are invited to come to Central City from 4 pm to 6 pm on October 31 for a spooktacular time at the centre’s free Halloween Fun Event! Kids ages 12 and under dressed in costume can take part in centre-wide trick-or-treating at participating stores (while limited treats last).

Plus, families can enjoy Halloween craft activities, face-painting, balloon artists, entertainment, story-time, and more (near Winners).Visit Centralcity for more information

Location: Central City Mall: 10151 King George Highway Surrey, BC

 

Community:

Family Movie Night

October 24, 2017 6:00-8:30 pm

Come join us for an evening of crafts, treats, and Halloween movie fun! Movie starts at 6:30pm.

FREE (but need to register 4574350); you can register over the phone at 604.501.5100

Where: Chuck Bailey Rec Centre

  Immigrant Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair 2017

The 2nd annual Immigrant Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair will bring together knowledgeable business professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners as they share their challenges, triumphs and words of inspiration to start and grow a business in Canada.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in these activities:

  • Featured Panel Discussion – 3 successful entrepreneurs who were once new to Canada will share their challenges, triumphs and words of encouragement for aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs.
  • Immigrant Entrepreneur Grant for 2017 – 3 winners of the $1000 entrepreneur grant will be announced! Event participants can discuss with small business/start-ups owners and get inspired by their business ideas and implementation plan.
  • Exhibitor Booths – where sponsor organizations showcase their business and self-employment services which are available to assist in aspiring entrepreneurs’ journey to become successful business owners.Community Art Planning Sessions

Location: SFU Surrey – Mezzanine, 13450 102 Ave

Date & Time: October 27, 2017; 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Contact:
Florence Kao
604-547-1662
fkao@dcrs.ca

Cost: Free

Website: 2017 DIVERSEcity

Florence K, An Evening of Jazz –

AFS 30th Anniversary

Enjoy the soothing sounds of Florence K, the Montreal jazz singer whose latest book sold over 200,000 copies. On stage, Florence invites us to discover her universe with this intimate performance, sharing her story through her new compositions.

Opening this evening is Éléa Saunier and her band, Chic Soirée. This jazz ensemble hails from Vancouver, and has toured in various cities with their expanded repertoire of jazz and French songs.

Location: Centre Stage – Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Date & Time: October 28, 2017; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Contact:
Erika Taverni
604-597-1590
info@afsurrey.ca

Cost: $20

Community Art Sessions

Are you interested in group art projects and events? Do you want take leadership in your community? Come join the Community Art Planning Team. This is a great chance to meet new people and share your creativity. No art skills required. Open to young people ages 15 to 30. Food and beverages provided.

Visit Community Art site to see examples of the types of projects this team creates.

Location: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Ave

Contact:
Edward Westerhuis
604-591-4194
communityart@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

When: October 26th at 6.30 pm – 8.3- pm (Room: Youth Lounge)

Scarecrow Festival

Art’s Nursery’s Annual Scarecrow Festival is a fundraising community event for the whole family in support of 3 local charities, running from September 23-October 31.

Art’s Scarecrow Festival kicks off with a full day festival September 23rd including a DIY Build-a- CROW station, music, crafts and activities, and DIY demos to create a festive fall. In the spirit of our fabulous local outdoor markets, local vendors will be on hand providing artisan crafts and foods for all to enjoy. A special thanks to over 50 local businesses for sponsoring the creative and crazy scarecrows to be found throughout the nursery!

Location: Art’s Nursery, 8940 192 St

Date & Time: September 23 to October 31, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Contact: 604-882-1201

Cost: Free

Website: Art’s Nursery’s Scarecrow Festival

Newcomer Youth Employer Connection

Come to the Newcomer Youth Employer Connection afternoon.

  • Learn about new youth education and employment programs.
  • Connect with reputable employers and make meaningful connections.
  • Win door prizes

Refreshments provided.

Register Here

The Newcomer Youth Employer Connection afternoon is part of Surrey Newcomer Employment Week (NEW) and presented by Pacific Community Resources Society and DIVERSEcity.

Location: Fleetwood/Guildford WorkBC Employment Services Centre, 10334 152A St

Date & Time: October 25, 2017; Noon – 4:00 PM

Cost: Free

Westcoast Harmony Chorus Open Rehearsals

Do you love to sing? Join Westcoast Harmony Chorus for seven open rehearsals of Christmas songs in four-part harmony, acappella style. Receive music, learning aids, weekly musical education, and the opportunity to sing with us at our Christmas Sing-a-Thon on December 9th.

Location: Parkland Church, 9574 160 St

Date & Time: October 25 to December 6, 2017; 6:45 PM – 10:15 PM

Oct 25 | 6:45 – 10:15 m
Nov 1 | 6:45 – 10:15 pm
Nov 8 | 6:45 – 10:15 pm
Nov 15 | 6:45 – 10:15 pm
Nov 22 | 6:45 – 10:15 pm
Nov 30 | 6:45 – 10:15 pm
Dec 6 | 6:45 – 10:15 pm

Contact:
Nancy Stewart
membership@westcoastsings.com

Cost: Free

Website: Westcoast Sings

9th Annual Youth Speak Up Forum

Youth ages 13 to 18 are invited to speak up and have their say! Help make Surrey a better place to live and come discuss community issues at the 9th Annual Youth Speak Up Forum.

Lunch will be provided to all participants. Attendance also qualifies for volunteer hours.

For more information, visit the Surrey Youth Website.

Location: Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Date & Time: October 27, 2017; 8:30 AM – 3:15 PM

Cost: Free

Parks and Environment:

Releaf Community Tree Plantings

Join us in your local parks as we grow Surrey’s urban forest! Plant trees and shrubs to help create wildlife habitat, improve air quality and make Surrey a more beautiful place for all of us.

Bring your friends and family – everyone is welcome to volunteer! No experience needed; tools, training and light refreshments provided. Dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. Groups of 5+ please RSVP by e-mailing environment@surrey.ca.

Drop-in, rain or shine. Parent participation required for children ages 13 and under.

Cost: Free

When: Saturday, October 28  at 11 am – 1:30 pm

Hazelnut Meadows Community Park

Bulbs for Beauty Community Plantings

Drop by and help plant flower bulbs to brighten one of Surrey’s parks for spring! Everyone is welcome to these free community planting events. Events run rain or shine. Tools provided. Bring a mug for hot chocolate after the planting.

Locations:

  • Bryan Place Park – 8969 King George Boulevard (Friday, October, 20th; 11 am – 1 pm)
  • Forsyth Park – 10632 139 Street (Saturday, October, 28th; 11 am – 2 pm)
  • Queen Elizabeth Meadows – 9400 134 Street (Friday, October, 30th; 2 am – 4 pm)

Cost: Free

Grand Opening:

Forsyth Park

Come out and celebrate the official opening of Surrey City Centre’s newest park. Drop by to get this know this special place and:

  • Explore the new TD Nature Play Area
  • Enjoy family-friendly entertainment
  • Walk your dog in Surrey’s newest dog off-leash area
  • Go on a scavenger hunt (and enter a prize draw)
  • Plant a tree

Location: Forsyth Park, 10635 140 St

Date & Time: October 28, 2017; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Contact: 
604-502-6065
environment@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

Public Meetings and Open Houses:

Regular Council Public Hearing Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Public Hearing meeting and speak to the following applications.

Review the Public Hearing Brochure to learn about the public hearing process, what to expect before, after and during the Public Hearing, and review some helpful hints.

Location: City Hall Council Chambers

Date & Time: October 23, 2017; 7:00 PM

Contact:
City Clerk
clerks@surrey.ca

Arts:

Artist Talk with Thomas Nelles

Thomas Nelles grew up in Surrey and is a graduate of Sullivan Heights Secondary School and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He also created the mural Cultural Synthesis in Newton Town Centre. He is the winner of an open call to artists to create a temporary mural to surround the construction hoarding of the Surrey Central SkyTrain station while TransLink does upgrades.

His two-part artwork titled Chrysalis and Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged are now installed and will be on display throughout the construction period.

Location: City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr

Date & Time: October 24, 2017; 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Contact: publicart@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

Artist Talk with Marianne Nicolson

Marianne Nicolson will talk about her practice in relation to her new work developed for UrbanScreen. She will be joined in conversation by writer Siku Allooloo, and artist respondents Brandon Gabriel and Peter Morin. The event will open with Semiahmoo welcoming remarks by artist Roxanne Charles, and will be moderated by the Gallery’s Curator of Education and Engagement Alison Rajah. An online publication with a commissioned essay by Siku Allooloo, as part of the Surrey Art Gallery Presents series, about The Way In Which It Was Given To Us will be available.

Location: Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time: October 26, 2017; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Contact:
Surrey Art Gallery
604-501-5566
artgallery@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

Website: surrey.ca/urbanscreen

God is a Scottish Drag Queen

A two-act comedy of biblical proportions! Dressed in a floral power suit, God comes to skewer religion and pop culture—everything from circumcision, Scientology, and Adam & Eve to Justin Bieber and Star Wars. Mike Delamont delivers an unforgettable night of laughter!

Buy Tickets (Part of the Comedy Series, with special pricing.)

Audience advisory: mature themes and strong language

Running time: approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, including intermission

Location: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Date & Time: October 26, 2017 at 8 pm

Contact:
Box Office
604-501-5566

Cost: Zone A $35; Zone B $25

Sound Thinking 2017: Sounds for Action

Founded in 2008, Surrey Art Gallery’s Sound Thinking symposium is an annual event that brings together practitioners and professionals in sound art. The symposium features leading sound artists, scholars, and researchers in the field of sound studies, along with visual artists who use sound as key components of their practice and musicians who experiment with the limits of music and sound.

Sound Thinking is part of Surrey Art Gallery’s Open Sound program and relates to the sound artworks on display during the year.

The presenters in Sounds for Action examine the relationships between identity and place, memory and history, performance and ritual, language and song, and local and global. Traces left on the land by lived experience, or industrial incursion, are as important as art-historical legacies embodied in the pictures of nationhood typically found throughout art history.

Location: Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave

Date & Time: October 28, 2017; Noon – 4:00 PM

Contact: 604-501-5566; artgallery@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

A Salon of Cultural Trailblazers

An evening salon featuring innovative cultural trailblazers and word-artists (literary, theatre, music, poets & multidisciplinary) with time for socializing, stimulating conversation and frivolity. Refreshments and no host bar.

Date and time: Thursday, 26 October 2017; 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: South Surrey Arts & Rec Centre – 14601 – 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC

Cost: Free

Business:

Build Your Business 101

Learn how you can grow your business by attending this free workshop in partnership with Public Service and Procurement Canada and Export Development Canada. You will learn about how to access grants to build capacity for your small business, how to do business with the federal government and learn to export to access new markets internationally.

Registration ends October 25th

Register

Location: Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave (Community Room 1 E (A&B)—Ground floor)

Date & Time: October 31, 2017; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Contact:
Kiran Kooner
604-591-4151
kkooner@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

Meditation and Yoga:

Empower: Nurture the Power Within

Shakti Society presents its 5th Annnual Wellness Day, a mini retreat where you can participate and learn various ways to keep yourself healthy, physically, mentally and spiritually. Workshops on various self care techniques will be presented and health care practitioners will be on site to demonstrate their products and services.

Date and time: Sunday, 29 October 2017; 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Bollywood Banquet Hall & Convention Centre Ltd, 8166 128 Street, #201, Surrey, BC

Cost: Free

Meditation for Beginners (free Yoga event)

Join us for a Free Meditation session every Saturday at 4 pm
Classes are always free, open to anyone and everyone who has an interest in meditation – young and old, beginners and seasoned pros.
The purpose of the classes is to provide instruction on simple meditation techniques to anyone who wishes to learn and to come together to enjoy meditation as a group. It helps reduce stress, increase wellness and maintain balance. Experience universal connection and joy!
In each of our free weekly classes, we perform guided meditation led by one of our many experienced volunteers, Watch videos that relate to our experience and learn about our inner subtle system consisting of channels and chakras which govern our well-being on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Discover how to awaken your own inner spiritual energy called Kundalini and heal yourself from within. Perform Chakra cleansing techniques, including Chakra workshop. Experience through meditation how we can improve our overall well-being and become a more balanced personality.
You don’t need to bring anything to the classes just wear clothing that is comfortable. As always, newcomers are always welcome so please feel free to bring along family or friends.
 
Location:  Laxmi Narayan Mandir (Shanti Niketan Hall)  – 8321 140 Street, Surrey, BC

Date and time: Saturday, October 28, 2017; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Cost: Free

 

RajYoga Meditation Foundation Course

Brahma Kumaris RajYoga Meditation Foundation Course. Learn how to stay in positive state of mind all of the time. Learn to make life peaceful and happy. RajYoga meditation is a form of meditation that is accessible to people of all backgrounds. It is a meditation without rituals or mantras and can be practiced anywhere at any time.

 

Location: #101 – 8268 120 Street, Surrey, BC

Date and time: Monday, 23 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Monday, 27 Nov 2017, 8:30 PM

Cost: Free

Alie Slabenko is a local writer and poet passionate about human rights. She recently completed the New Media Journalism Program at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters in Tax Crimes from Russia and PDD in Marketing from Douglas College in Vancouver. Alie has volunteered for the YVR airport magazine as a creative contributor and written several travel and lifestyle articles for an online Russian magazine. She is a traveler by heart and has visited Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, China, and the USA. In her free time Alie likes to paint, take photographs, write poems, and manage her social justice oriented website. Alie is a human rights advocate who seeks to serve people through her journalistic skills focusing on racism, transgender rights, women rights, and human trafficking.

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Surrey fruit trees neglected no more: Sources Food Hub offers free pruning workshop

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To kick off the 2020 growing season, Sources Food Hub is offering a new and free resource. Fruit tree owners in Surrey are invited to attend a pruning workshop to learn how to take better care of their fruit-bearing trees while supporting our community at the same time.

This workshop, to be held on January 25 (1 to 3 p.m.) at the Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey, is part of Sources Food Hub’s Community Harvest Program – a gleaning service to actively rescue food that might otherwise be wasted.

“During the growing season in Surrey and with the support of volunteers, we pick plums, apples and other fruit from the trees of residences and farms, who are unable or too busy to harvest it or simply happy to donate the fresh food,” said Denise Darrell, Executive Director of Community Services at SOURCES.

Tree owners can keep one-third of the harvest if they want, and the rest is distributed to local charities including Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank, where fresh produce can be challenging to provide for the more than 600 people who use their services each week.

“The harvested produce that our Food Bank receives from the Food Hub is a blessing, as it allows us to offer healthy, fresh choices to the people who come to us for help. It’s a win-win – the tree owners also stand to gain from healthier trees, better fruit, and bigger yields,” Darrell said.

Interested fruit tree owners are asked to contact foodhub@sourcesbc.ca or 604-596-0973 to register for the workshop. Residents who are interested in becoming a volunteer or donating the fruit from their trees to the Sources Food Hub this summer are also encouraged to get in touch. Learn more about Sources Food Hub at www.sourcesfoodhub.ca

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DID YOU KNOW?

In Canada, most recent estimates set the annual waste of edible food, across the farm to fork system, at about 11 million tons. Divide that number by Surrey’s population, and edible food waste in Surrey equals almost 170 million pounds each year. That’s enough to feed half of Surrey’s population for the next year!

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DFSIN BC Excellence Awards A Fun Filled Event

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B.C. philanthropist and businessman Perminder Chohan, Managing Director of the Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network (DFSIN) BC, organized the annual DFSIN BC Excellence Awards on January 4th, 2020 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of his advisors at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall in Surrey, BC. The gala took off with a VIP reception for the advisors and some respected members of the community.

The evening was filled with fun, great food as many advisors were recognized and awarded for their achievements and milestones in the network.

Chohan made a special announcement about presenting his son, Armaan Chohan with a new title of Vice President of Sales and Business Development of DFSIN BC.

There were many special dance performances to entertain the guests, followed by everyone enjoying some good times on the dance floor, moving to the tunes of some upbeat Bollywood and Punjabi music.

More about DFSIN BC:      https://www.dfsin.ca/bc#main-content

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2019 Christmas Shopping in Surrey

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Fairy lights, Christmas carols all around, its the time for Christmas. And it feels magical. It gets better when Surrey fills with scores of events where you can delight your senses. So, if you are behind on Christmas shopping or cannot seem to find the perfect gift, you are in luck. You can get a ton of gifts and memories from these events. And while you are at it, you can borrow some ideas on decorating your home in readiness for Christmas. So whether you are looking for Christmas gifts for her, or hoping to bathe in Christmas anticipation, you are sorted for this holiday. Venues in and around Surrey will have events running one after the other, leading up to this joyous day. Here are some of the places you can visit in preparation for the holidays:

Glow: Indoor Christmas Festival

From 21st November, people living in Surrey and its environs have been able to take part in the largest indoor Christmas Festival. It takes place in Vancouver, and it will be in full gear up to 5th January 2020. That means you get enough time to glow and get Christmas presents for your loved ones.

This event will run for forty days, and it is all about having illuminated fun at the Harbor Convention Center. If you want a way to bond with your loved ones while seeking shelter from the cold, this is it. The arena spreads over a whopping 50,000 square feet, presenting an ideal environment for family and friends.

The theme for 2019 is Santa’s Lost Presents, and kids will have fun searching for clues in the trails. As they do this, adults can enjoy live music and drinks by the bars. At least one point five million guests will grace this event. What a delight!

Charity Gift Wrap Centre

From 7th December 2019 through to the 24th, you can have your gifts wrapped at the Charity Gift Wrap Center. It is part of a charity event, and all the proceeds from the sales will go to the Surrey Food Bank. Lions’ charities will also benefit from the same. Thus, you get to hit two birds with one stone. You give back and put a smile on your loved ones’ faces at the same time. Wrapping starts at two pounds, and you will find a wide selection of bag options.

Photos With Santa

This tradition never gets old, and you are probably reminiscing those days you sat on Santa’s lap. What was it you wanted back then? Did you get it? Well, Santa is around this year and has been as of 15th November. The fellow will be taking photos with the naughty and nice children till Christmas Eve at Central City Mall. You have ample time to come up with a wish list by then and present it to him. Have you been nice?

This year, Santa will be taking family photos, and you can book your place online. All you have to do is show up with your loved ones, not forgetting your pets. They, too, are family and should be part of the memories. Santa Land will be abuzz with activity at the mall center near Tim Hortons. Note, though, that he will operate during select hours. So you had best make it to the venue while he’s around. You can also book an evening photo session for your pets with the man in red. How cute is that!

There are many other events you can attend. Holiday shopping in Surrey has never been this easy and fun. Be sure to join in!

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You’re Invited To The Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy Wrap-Up Event

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It’s no doubt that climate change is a hot topic (no pun intended) and it should be. The proof we have of the planet’s rising temperature and Nature’s response to it is undeniable. We are proud to be living in a city that not only accepts our dire situation but proactively works to alleviate further destruction. One of the ways the City of Surrey is by developing a Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) through a multi-phase community driven process. Over a busy and productive 3 years, the City has been helping residents, businesses and communities prepare for a changing climate in various capacities.

One of the initiatives of this program was to explore ways to increase the resilience of coastal communities, like Crescent Beach. We are happy to share that the CFAS is now complete.

Over 2000 people including residents, stakeholders, partners and international experts participated in CFAS. Join fellow Surrey residents and supporters on at the CFAS Wrap-Up Event Thursday November 28, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the South Surrey Rotary Fieldhouse at 2197 148 St. Learn more about the strategy and 13 capital projects that the city will be taking immediate action on to improve flood resilience within the coastal floodplain.

Surrey Wins Climate & Energy Action Award for CFAS

On September 25, 2019, the City of Surrey was awarded the Climate & Energy Action Award by the Community Energy Association for its leadership on climate resilience. Our city is the inaugural winner of the new Climate Adaptation award category for the Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy and we couldn’t be more proud.

We know our readers are concerned about the environment and curious about what we as individuals and communities can do to protect our homes and businesses from rising sea levels, as we work toward lessening the damage incurred to our planet. We encourage you to take part in these civic dialogues to better understand how our City’s planning and implementation fulfills these needs.

Learn more about the CFAS Wrap-Up Event and mark Thursday November 28 on your calendar!

 

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Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is Bigger and Brighter than ever

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Free family event offers new light displays and Youth Dance Showcase feature

Surrey, B.C. – Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, announced today the new attractions guests can expect to see at this year’s free annual event. Additional attractions include a Light Tunnel, Enchanted Forest, Candy Cane Dance Tent, North Pole Stage, expanded Holiday Market and Village and a variety of new light installations. Surrey’s 60ft tall Christmas tree will light up at 6:30 p.m. live on CTV.

The entrance to the Holiday Fun Zone on University Drive will now include a Light Tunnel where guests can walk through and take photos. The area will also offer magical features and activities including an Enchanted Forest of illuminated trees and a Candy Cane Dance tent with an LED dance floor. Additionally, visitors can escape the cold and enjoy family-friendly and festive holiday activities in the Holiday Market and Village tent located on Civic Plaza. The tent will feature over 30 local vendors and crafters, activations, live performances and new interactive light features.

In partnership with Surrey Youth Dance Services, this year’s free event will feature pop up breakdance performances and dance showcases throughout the day. A 30-minute breakdance battle with a live DJ set will take place at 4pm at the Candy Cane Dance Tent where youth are encouraged to participate to win prizes. Located on University Drive, the North Pole Stage will showcase a blend of hip-hop and breakdancing acts alongside cultural dance performances including Indigenous youth group Kwel Eng Sen Dancers, the Mexican Dance Ensemble and female dance group Brazilian Swag.

“With the continuing growth of Surrey’s youth dance community, we are thrilled that we can offer a platform for youth to showcase their talent. We have some gifted youth in our community, and what better time to bring them together than the holidays,” says Mary Rukavina, Manager of Special Events and Film. “With the addition of the youth dance showcase, spectacular light displays and expanded features this year, Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival will be one of the most memorable holiday traditions to attend.”

Additional highlights include a Ferris Wheel, live music, amusement rides, inflatables, family activities, road hockey, children’s crafts and cookie decorating at the Just Cakes Treat Zone located in the Holiday Market & Village Tent.

Surrey Tree Lighting takes place on Saturday November 23, 2019 at Surrey Civic Plaza. To allow for additional viewings of the light features, the festival will run an hour later from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information and performance schedules visit www.surrey.ca/treelighting.

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