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Surrey Family Day Weekend Celebrations Include Hindu Mahashivratri Festival



The family day long weekend will include an extended celebration for Hindus in Surrey. This is because the festival of ‘Mahashivratri’ falls on February 13th of the Gregorian calendar in 2018. This festival is marked by meditation, chanting and singing hymns through the night along with cultural and traditional customs of offering night long prayers to Lord Shiva. Based on the galactic alignment of the earth’s northern hemisphere, this period is considered uniquely auspicious to experience the universal spiritual energy and seek universal positivity which then leads to success and well-being in one’s material lives.

Hindu temples in Surrey such as the Laxmi Narayan Mandir and the Hanuman Temple welcome the local population to offer their prayers during this sacred festival. It is open to all members of the community seeking to experience the celebration. Priya from Queensborough goes every year to this festival celebration. She says “I look forward to see the depictions, imagery and portrayals of Shiva meditating in the icy cold Himalayan conditions”. Rumu migrated many years ago from Nepal and her perspective is more philosophical, “The collective meditation aligns universal energies with ourselves creating a uniquely powerful aura” she explains.

In cases of overcrowding people can also consider visiting the Hindu temple in Burnaby. Having just moved to its new location it offers a much larger venue to celebrate Mahashivratri, a festival promoting self-restraint, non-violence, peace and social harmony. These spiritual and cultural centres and celebrations also add to the diversity of the community. About 40,000 Hindus are estimated to be residing in Surrey BC based on census statistics.

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Asmita has been blogging for several years about food security, travels, faith, arts and culture. She enjoys community reporting to participate in the local conversation. She founded ‘Culture Chats’ promoting social connections through shared interests in literary and other arts. Asmita has over ten years’ experience in marketing and communications. Her professional interests include business strategy and relations, research and community development. Her family and two little ones are the center of her world.

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Community Board

Pop Up Junk Drop 2018 * July 14



Pop Up Junk Drop is back for 2018

FREE & Easy Disposal

Surrey Operations Centre Parking Lot

6549 – 148 St.

Saturday, July 14,  10am – 4pm

Up Coming dates: Saturdays, July 14

From 10am to 4pm.

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Community Board

Clean Sweep Week, April 21 – 28



Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up your community!

Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to organize their own clean up during Clean Sweep Week,

April 21 to 28, 2018.

Choose a location in Surrey to clean up, gather a group of volunteers and contribute to keeping Surrey clean!

Sign up before the deadline on April 1, 2018. Click on link below.


Multiple locations – you select!



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Newton Days is bringing back the Summer Fun!



Let’s kick-off summer in Newton! The Newton BIA is bringing back Newton days with events all summer. Complete with a farms’ market, kid fun zone, face painting, food trucks, henna and Science World demonstrations, Newton Days has something for everyone.

Throughout July and August, Newton Days will be taking over the Newton Grove on Saturdays from 12-4pm. Open to the community, everything will be free! Each Saturday will feature something different, so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook events for more details.

Newton Days is a push to create a more vibrant community within the Newton Town Centre. Get out, enjoy the weather, enjoy the activities, and get to know your neighborhood! Positive events like these in the community are key to the success of Newton and will be more successful with your support!

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Farmer’s Market
Face painting
Food Trucks
Science World demonstrations
Live Music
Karate Demonstrations

Event Partners

Friends of the Grove
Surrey RCMP
Surrey Fire Prevention
Science World
Zaklan Farms
Black Belt Academy
North Surrey Minor Football
Studio 73
Ranj Singh
Surrey Re-enactors
Newton Recreation Centre
Surrey Parks and Rec
City of Surrey

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Arts and Entertainment

CVR 2017, Canada’s biggest Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Conference is Coming to Vancouver from May 5th-7th



Three-Day VR/AR/MR Convention Featuring the Latest in Cutting-Edge Entertainment and Presentations from Tech Giants Including NASA and Ford

VANCOUVER, April 11, 2017: The Virtual and Augmented Reality community will descend on Vancouver during the month of May as today Archiact announced CVR 2017. The three-day event, which goes from May 5-7, will showcase a world-class selection of top industry experts, the latest technologies, and hands-on demonstrations of the latest products.  The event will be open to industry professionals on Friday and the general public for two days over the weekend.
“We are excited to bring back CVR to Vancouver for another fantastic virtual reality show,” said Anne-Marie Enns, Executive Producer of CVR. “This really is a collection of the best and the brightest products in virtual, augmented and mixed reality – all under one roof. CVR is the biggest AR/VR conference in the Pacific Northwest and it will allow the general public to try out the newest, cutting-edge products right here in Vancouver.”

CVR 2017 is sponsored by BCLC, Creative BC, VEC, Microsoft, YDeams and Cloudhead Games among others, and will feature speakers from some of the biggest companies in the world including NASA, Ford, Delta Airlines and Super Ventures. Representatives from these companies will speak about topics such as solving problems in outer space with VR, designing the future of Virtual Humans, and featuring the latest evolution in entertainment.

“I’m very excited to be presenting at the CVR 2017, the Canadian’s premier VR/AR/MR conference,” said Evelyn Miralles, Lead VR Innovator, NASA, “VR’s a technology that has been with us at NASA for several decades used for astronaut space training. But the technology has now come of age and it’ll be changing the way we interact with people and the environment around us.”

In addition to the VR/AR companies participating, the industry event will be kicked off by welcome remarks from Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.

CVR 2017 will be held May 5-7th, 2017 in West Exhibition Hall A of the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The show hours are as follows:

·      Friday, May 5 (Industry Only): 9:00am-6:00pm

·      Saturday, May 6 (Expo Days): 10:00am-6:00pm

·      Sunday, May 7 (Expo Days): 10:00am-4:00pm

For more information on CVR 2017, such as ticket or specific show programming information, please visit:

About Archiact
Archiact is a premium virtual and augmented reality studio headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with an additional office located in Shanghai, China. Archiact specializes in virtual reality game development, publishing, and custom business solutions. As the host of CVR, North America’s first consumer-facing VR/AR/MR conference and expo, Archiact actively powers the growth of the virtual reality industry for both businesses and customers alike. Founded in 2013, Archiact is now one of the world’s largest dedicated immersive reality studios

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Food & Drink

Surrey Farmer’s Markets are Opening Soon!



Surrey farmer's markets open soon
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Surrey farmer’s markets opening means good times are right around the corner!

Summer is right around the corner for the Lower Mainland and that means it’s almost farmers market season. We are fortunate to have at least 1 major farmer’s market in every city in the Greater Vancouver area, from Surrey to Coquitlam, and that means good, fresh eating all summer long.

We’ve put together this infographic to guide you in your farmer’s market quests this summer. You’ll see on the map, some of the markets sell more than just fruits and vegetables. Many of these markets have food stands where you can find all kinds of specialty dishes. Local artists post up and share their goods and you can find fresh fish and local meats as well.

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Why check out the farmer’s markets?

Farmer’s markets are fun for everyone. It isn’t just food; there are often games, arts and crafts and events going on. But the value doesn’t stop there. By going to farmer’s markets, you can:

  • Eat fresher, better tasting and healthier products,
  • Build ties within your community your neighbors,
  • Meet the people who grow your food,
  • Support our ecosystem and humane treatment of animals,
  • Reduce your impact on the environment by choosing products that travel less distance

Surrey has a number of farmer’s markets, but the most prominent is the Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market. They open June 7th and they are accepting applications for vendors now!

Check it out this summer. Buy local, support your local economy and eat better while doing it. What else could you want?

Big thanks to Ritz Catering, our local caterers in Surrey, for putting together the infographic. #supportlocal

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