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Celebrate The Grand Opening Of Museum Of Surrey On September 29

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This weekend marks an important milestone in Surrey’s journey as an evolving, thriving city – the September 29th grand opening of Museum of Surrey located at 17710 56A Ave is a bash you will want to bring the whole family to! This fun-filled day is an opportunity to become acquainted with the 36,000 sq. ft hub that is proudly accessible for all who wish to explore, engage or simply relax in an inviting space. The dynamic exhibits, the TD Explore Zone and the Indigenous Hall set the stage for hands-on learning and connection through storytelling. A long-awaited, cultural space like this is sure to enhance your experience as a Surrey resident – so join the celebration!

The space will officially open at 11 am when the ribbon will be cut and an Indigenous welcome given by Mayor Linda Hepner and Surrey City Council members. Visitors will be treated to performances by popular children’s artists Bobs & Lolo, as well as cultural dances by Van City Bhangra, Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance, and Ache Brasil. The performances and ceremonies will wrap up by 3 pm.

At some point during the day, be sure to visit the Textile Centre where fall programming is already scheduled for children and adults who wish to learn the arts of sewing, rug hooking, weaving and more, taught by industry experts. You can also witness the unveiling of the Photo Mural Project with approximately 2000 photos provided by Surrey residents, like yourself.

And of course, you’ve likely already heard about the blockbuster exhibit: Dinosaurs Unearthed! Exciting and interactive, this exhibition showcases a range of feathered and fierce dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. But they’re only around for a limited time so make it a point to stop by this fall or winter before they go extinct! Don’t miss this chance to hear the roars of dinosaurs, dig in the dirt pit, slide out of a T-Rex skull and touch fossils. If you like the extra thrill of an after-dark behind-the-scenes tour of the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit (featuring live music and alcoholic/non-alcoholic refreshments), circle November 15 on your calendar and register online, by phone or in person. (Details below).

To get you egg-cited over this exhibit, you may have noticed giant dinosaur eggs resting outside of recreation centres across Surrey. Did you know that if you take a photo of yourself with one of the eggs, post it online tagging @MuseumofSurrey and #MoS, you’ll be entered to win $500? You have to be quick, though. The eggs are going to hatch this weekend. Friday September 28 is the deadline to post your pics. The winner will be announced on Saturday at the grand opening. You can find the eggs at Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Guildford Recreation Centre, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Newton Recreation Centre, North Surrey Recreation Centre and Surrey Sports & Leisure Complex.

The events calendar at Museum of Surrey is already teeming with vibrant drop-in programs that are always free (thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Museum & Archives Society). Be sure to grab their brochure at the grand opening to find what appeals to you. With such offerings as  Sketching with Dinosaurs to a Latin Fiesta to A Very Vintage Christmas there is sure to be something for everyone.

In addition to the exhibitions, drop-in events and programming, Museum of Surrey is a public space available for rentals and special events. Situated in Heritage Square which includes the Anderson Cabin, the 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School, it really is a special part of our city, and a fitting space for moving forward as a community.

Whether you are a student looking for an inspiring place to study (with free WiFi and a café onsite), a parent hoping to foster wonder and imagination in a child, or simply a proud Surrey resident eager to enjoy a world-class facility in your own backyard, we hope you join the Museum of Surrey in welcoming this special part of your story.

Museum of Surrey Grand Opening:

Saturday September 29, 2018 from 11 am – 3 pm

17710 56A Avenue, Surrey BC

Admission is FREE!

For more information, check out www.surrey.ca/museum

To register for programs, visit www.surrey.ca/register, call 604-592-6956 or visit any Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture facility.

 

Taslim combines her love of writing and social change by telling the stories that build bridges among people. Her motivating forces are her 3 children and her INFJ personality. Taslim is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada and Yummy Mummy Club, and a columnist for Peace Arch News. She has romantic notions of travel writing across European countrysides and historic African towns but her heart belongs to Surrey, B.C. You can connect with Taslim on Twitter and Instagram @taslimjaffer.

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Surrey Celebrates Multiculturalism With Virtual Surrey Fusion Festival And Cultural Video Series

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Surrey, BC – In participation with Culture Days, this year’s Surrey Fusion Festival took place virtually followed by a month-long interactive cultural video series on social media. The livestream surpassed 60,000 views on Facebook and YouTube Live, and cultural video series collectively garnered over 45,000 views on Facebook and Instagram.

“This year’s Surrey Fusion Festival celebrations reminded us about the importance of community connection and coming together to celebrate our culturally diverse City,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We were able to bring our community together during this uncertain time by providing a virtual interactive, inclusive, and accessible platform to celebrate the food, music and culture of this great city of ours.”

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the free family-friendly livestream featured cultural entertainment by 20 performers including BC World Music Collective, Buckman Coe, Mad Riddim, and Indigenous hoop dancer and influencer James Jones.

Additional highlights included musical entertainment, Surrey history, Indigenous education, kids craft making, cooking segments, and participation from the City of Surrey’s Museum, Heritage and Civic Theatres departments. The livestream also included personal photos and videos submitted by residents across Surrey and the Lower Mainland.

“This event could not be possible without the support of our long-time presenting sponsor of Surrey Fusion Festival, Coast Capital Savings,” said Councillor Laurie Guerra, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. “We are thankful for their continuous support and contributions over the years that make this wonderfully diverse event possible.”

Following the livestream, Surrey Fusion Festival continued the festivities through an online cultural video series featuring 30 educational videos posted on Surrey Fusion Festival’s social media accounts. The series featured a variety of cooking tutorials including how to make Ecuadorian ceviche, Nepalese momos, Indigenous bannock, Guatemalan horchata, as well as dance, arts and crafts tutorials such as how to Metis jig, tie an Indian sari, make Japanese origami and play the traditional Nigerian game Ayo. All videos posted from September 25 to October 25 are available online at surreyfusionfestival.ca.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada in addition to community sponsors. For more information including a full list of videos, visit surreyfusionfestival.ca

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Halloween Spooky Cans

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Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

For more craft ideas, visit eLivingtoday.com.

Watch video to see how to make this craft!

Spooky Bat

  • 1 soup can
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 bottle black acrylic paint
  • 1 white fabric marker
  • 1 black foam sheet
  • 1 scissors
  • 1 white foam sheet
  • 1-2 hot glue sticks
  • 1 hot glue gun
  • 2 googly eyes
  1. Remove label from soup can.
  2. Using paint brush, paint soup can with black paint. Let dry. Apply more coats, if needed, drying between each coat.
  3. Using white fabric marker, draw bat wings and bat ears on black foam sheet. Using scissors, cut out bat wings and bat ears. Set aside.
  4. Using scissors, cut two small triangles from white foam sheet for bat fangs.
  5. Load hot glue stick into gun and allow to heat up. Apply glue on large edge of bat wing and press onto soup can. Repeat with second wing. Apply hot glue to bottoms of bat ears and apply to front inside of soup can. Apply hot glue to bottoms of bat fangs, turn upside down with points toward bottom and press onto soup can. Apply hot glue to backs of googly eyes and press onto soup can.

Frankenstein

  • 1 soup can
  • 2 paint brushes
  • 1  bottle green acrylic paint
  • pinking shears
  • 1  black felt sheet
  • 1  white foam sheet
  • 1  bottle white acrylic paint
  • 2  cork screws
  • 1-2 hot glue gun sticks
  • 1   hot glue gun
  • 2   googly eyes
  1. Remove label from soup can.
  2. Using one paint brush, paint soup can with green paint. Let dry. Apply more coats, if needed, drying between each coat.
  3. Using pinking shears, cut one circle from black felt sheet 1/4-inch larger than soup can.
  4. Cut two small rectangles, one slightly shorter than other, from white foam sheet for teeth.
  5. Using other paint brush and white paint, paint cork screws. Allow to dry.
  6. Load hot glue stick into gun and allow to heat up. Apply glue to teeth and place on soup can.
  7. Cut thin sliver of black felt for lip line. Glue above teeth.
  8. Glue googly eyes onto can above mouth.
  9. Put line of glue along top of soup can. Place felt circle on top of glue area. Place glue bead along upper side of can to bend over felt to create hairline.
  10. Glue cork screws to either side of bottom of can.

Mummy

  • 1 soup can
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 bottle white acrylic paint
  • 1 hot glue gun stick
  • 1 hot glue gun
  • gauze dressing (enough to wrap around can)
  • 2 googly eyes
  1. Remove label from soup can.
  2. Using paint brush, paint soup can with white paint. Let dry. Apply more coats, if needed, drying between each coat.
  3. Load hot glue stick into gun and allow to heat up. Apply glue to top of can and place start of gauze dressing. Wrap gauze dressing around can, applying glue and more gauze as needed. Glue end of gauze to soup can.
  4. Allow for space in eye area to apply eyes.
  5. Glue googly eyes to space left within gauze.
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An Outside-the-Box, DIY Halloween Costume Combination

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Even though Halloween may look a little different this year for many families, there are still ways to make the most of popular seasonal traditions, like costumes, spooky decor and festive treats.

Rather than venturing out to look for a costume, get creative at home with everyday craft supplies and delivery boxes to make unique, low-cost costumes – or “boxtumes.” Not only are boxtumes a simple way to save money by upcycling delivery boxes you’ve accumulated, but making them can be a fun activity for the whole family.

Your creations can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. Turn an everyday hero into a Halloween superhero this year with a DIY Fire Truck Boxtume, or make it a duo costume perfect for siblings by adding a DIY Fire Hydrant Boxtume to match. With Amazon Prime’s fast, free shipping, any crafting supplies or candy you may need – and the box for your DIY creation – could be just one order away.

Share your upcycled box creations on social media using #Boxtumes, and find more inspiration and simple how-to guides at amazon.com/boxtumes2020. Members can also extend their spooktacular fun with Halloween-themed movies, books and music available through Amazon Prime’s entertainment benefits.

DIY Duo Firefighting Boxtumes

Projects courtesy of Michelle Nhu

Fire Truck Supplies and Instructions:

  • Amazon Prime boxes, variety of sizes
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers, variety of colors (optional)
  1. Have your child sit in different size boxes to find one that fits comfortably. Save other boxes for later.
  2. Using scissors, cut out top and bottom of box to create truck shape.
  3. Using reserved boxes and scissors, cut out two ladders, six medium circles and six smaller circles for wheels, rectangles for front and back windshields, six small squares for windows and equipment doors, four circles for headlights and seven thin rectangles for grill.
  4. Using paint brush, paint large box mostly red or get creative and use separate paint brushes to paint white stripes down sides of box and half of front gray for grill. Then paint ladders, grill pieces and medium wheel circles black. Paint small wheel circles and equipment doors gray and windows and lights white.
  5. Once paint dries, use hot glue and glue gun to adhere each piece to fire truck as desired. Use markers to outline windows and add dots to small wheel circles and equipment door handles, if desired.

Fire Hydrant Supplies and Instructions:

  • 2 Amazon Prime boxes
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3 empty tape rolls
  • 1 cotton headband
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Blue pants or skirt
  • Blue tulle (optional)
  • Blue felt pieces (optional)
  1. Select box that fits around your child’s torso.
  2. Using scissors, cut box into eight equal-sized rectangles.
  3. Assemble rectangles vertically into octagon and glue together using hot glue and glue gun.
  4. Using scissors, cut holes for arms on two sides of octagon. Glue two empty tape rolls to outside of arm holes and one on front to mimic nut on fire hydrant.
  5. On flat piece of another box, draw dome shape that will fit your child’s head. Use scissors to cut it out then glue bottom to stretchy, cotton headband.
  6. Using paint brush, paint cardboard pieces red. Use separate brush to paint black stripes on corners of octagon.
  7. Once paint dries, boxtume is complete. On blue pants or skirt meant to mimic water, glue pieces of blue tulle and blue felt pieces to look like water droplets, if desired.

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Group of Seven Paintings Depicting Vancouver Go Virtual Through McMichael Canadian Art Collection And Google Arts & Culture Partnership

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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Today, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Google Arts & Culture released a digital collection of Canadian art, including iconic pieces from Canada’s Group of Seven. As part of a global effort to make art more accessible, citizens around the world can now enjoy pieces of the McMichael permanent collection on the Google Arts & Culture website, including Sawmills, Vancouver by Emily Carr and Night Ferry, Vancouver by Fredrick Varley.

The Group of Seven were drawn to Vancouver and the beauty of Canada’s west coast landscapes. In fact, Frederick Varley accepted a teaching job in Vancouver in 1926. There he became involved with one of his students, Vera Weatherbie, who inspired many of his paintings and influenced his use of colour.

The Group of Seven brought Canadian art to the forefront internationally with their depictions of Canada’s rugged wilderness. The group is a source of pride for Canadians, with many people visiting the real-life Canadian locations that inspired their paintings. Here are some of the highlights from the virtual collection:

Night Ferry, Vancouver by Fredrick Varley

Sawmills, Vancouver by Emily Carr

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Che’ Semiahmah-Sen, Che’ Shesh Whe Weleq-sen Si’am: Semiahmoo First Nation Exhibit Comes to Museum of Surrey

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Surrey, BC – A dynamic new exhibit curated by Semiahmoo First Nation opens October 22 in the Museum of Surrey’s Indigenous Hall. Che’ Semiahmah-Sen, Che’ Shesh Whe Weleq-sen Si’am (I am Semiahmoo, I am Survivor of the Flood) explores the ways that the Nation has flourished since the Great Flood at the end of the last Ice Age.

The exhibit features two large dioramas created by archaeologist Don Welsh, showing the sophisticated technology of reef net fishing and a summer fishing village. Also, on display will be several woven cedar pieces, including a violin case made by Matilda Charles of Semiahmoo First Nation on loan from Museum of Anthropology, video interviews and more.

“Semiahmoo has and will continue to flourish on our land. We have always been here. We will always be here,” said Chief Harley Chappell.

The Indigenous Hall is a designated space at the museum designed and programmed with consent by Semiahmoo, Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.

“With respect and gratitude, we acknowledge that the Museum of Surrey is built on the traditional unsuceeded territories of the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie Nations,” said Museum of Surrey Manager, Lynn Saffery. “We are honoured to work and learn on land they have stewarded since time immemorial. We recognize their enduring presence on this ancient land.”

Free pre-registered, one-hour self-guided tours of the museum are available from Wednesday to Saturday. The museum follows all citywide COVID-19 safety protocols.

Museum of Surrey is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity. It is a people museum, with a mission to connect people and stories through engaging events, interactive exhibits, programs, textiles and local, national and international exhibitions, as well as public space for rentals.

The site, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey, is also home to Veterans Square, where the Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School are situated.

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