Angelo, 7, reads to Grover, 3, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, during the Paws 4 Stories event at the George Mackie Library on Sept. 24. The program, which aims to promote improvement in reading skills for kids aged six and up, returns to the library this week. (Boaz Joseph photo)

Happening: week of July 13

Events, courses and clubs listing for North Delta

THIS WEEK

• Andrew Dalziel: July 14, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Magic happens at the library! Join magician Andrew Dalziel and his assistant Rocky the Raccoon for a magical walk on the wild side that’s fun for the whole family. Tickets are required and are available for free at the library for pick up in person starting July 7.

• Paws 4 Stories: July 15, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Paws 4 Stories is a St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog community service that promotes improvement in children’s reading skills. When a child reads with a dog, they start to relax and forget about feeling nervous about reading. (Dogs make very supportive listeners.) Therapy dogs and their volunteers will listen to children who want to practice reading aloud. This is a free program for ages 6 and up. Space is limited. so please register by phone or in person after 10 a.m. on the day of the program for your 15-minute reading session.

• Poetry Night in Punjabi: July 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Come hear two published poets/authors read and discuss their work and answer questions from the audience. This evening is offered in collaboration with Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Uttari Amrika and Punjabi Lekhak Manch – Vancouver.

• Understanding Dementia: July 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120th St.; A diagnosis of dementia affects an entire family, and more and more Delta families are being affected. That’s why the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering a free education session for family members in Delta who are caring for a person with dementia. This free workshop will provide an understanding of how communication is affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Participants will explore effective ways of facilitating communication and providing support to the person with dementia. Pre-registration required by calling 604-449-5000 or emailing info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. More dementia resources are available at alzheimerbc.org.

COMING UP

• Walk on the Wild Side with Elspeth: July 21, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Wild and crazy! Wild and hilarious! Wild and woolly! Wild and free! Come and experience master puppeteer and storyteller Elspeth Bowers as she takes us on a Summer Reading Club walk on the wild side with stories, songs and a puppet show.

• Boundary Bay Airshow: July 22, 12 p.m.; Boundary Bay Airport; Airshows are full of raw energy and excitement, and they always draw a crowd. As one of Delta’s most popular events, the Boundary Bay Airshow is no exception. Come enjoy exciting aerobatic performances and static displays, food vendors and community booths, and the Port of Vancouver Family Zone. Admission is free and gates open at 11 a.m. Please bring your own chairs. Sorry, no pets. Visit boundarybayairshow.com for further information.

• Pop-Up Button Making Workshop for Teens: July 22, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Drop in for our workshop and leave with shiny new buttons. Create images inspired by your favourite books or your own artwork, using coloured markers, pencils and collage materials. All supplies will be provided, just bring your ideas.

• Jog for the Bog: July 23, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Delta Nature Reserve; Come for the run and stay for the fun. Jog through the bog in the morning, enjoy a pancake breakfast, then stay for music, dancing and booths. Registration opens at 8 a.m., jog and festivities start at 9:30 a.m. All-ages. Early bird (before June 24): $40 for 5km, $45 for 10km. After June 24th: $45 for 5km, $50 for 10km. Cost includes breakfast and a marathon quick-dry t-shirt. Visit jogforthebog.org for more info.

• Teen Night: Pizza and Games: July 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Do you love to play board games? Are you between 12 and 19 years old? Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies.

• Urban Safari: July 28, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Creeping, crawling, leaping, flying – Urban Safari’s rescued wild animals move in all kinds of ways. Come meet some animals and hear their stories. Learn how to protect and care for animals in the wild. Tickets are required and are available for free at the library for pick up in person starting July 21.

• Summer Nights with Appies and Friends: July 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors’ Recreation Centre, 11760 88 Ave.; Join us for an entertaining evening of great nibbles and live music. We will be serving up hot and cold appetizers, plus some sweets. Enjoy the first drink — alcoholic or non-alcoholic — on us. A cash bar will also be available. Then relax and enjoy a return engagement by The Summertime Band, who played at our very successful Seniors Week Dinner. Tickets are limited and only $18. Call 604-594-2717 for more info.

• Mad Science: Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Up, up and away! Join the Mad Scientists and investigate the power of air with hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft. Be amazed as you discover some of the wild and wonderful behaviours of air. Tickets are required and are available for free at the library for pick up in person starting July 28.

• Pop-Up Button Making Workshop for Teens: Aug. 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Drop in for our workshop and leave with shiny new buttons. Create images inspired by your favourite books or your own artwork, using coloured markers, pencils and collage materials. All supplies will be provided, just bring your ideas.

• Poetry Night in Punjabi: Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Come hear two published poets/authors read and discuss their work and answer questions from the audience. This evening is offered in collaboration with Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Uttari Amrika and Punjabi Lekhak Manch – Vancouver.

• Dog Days of Summer: Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760 88 Ave.; We’re celebrating our second annual Dog Days of Summer with a fun afternoon which will include a visit from some special four-legged friends. Come and meet local assistance and therapy dogs with their handlers. Enjoy tea, coffee and ice cream with fresh blueberries. Tickets are only $4. Call 604-594-2717 for ticket information.

• Kellie Haines: Aug. 16, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Walk on the wild side with ventriloquist Kellie Haines and her puppet friends Magrau the Bird and Kamilla the Frog. Enjoy stories, songs and dancing. Watch and wonder just who is doing all the talking. Lots of laughs and opportunities to join in the fun with this show. Tickets are required and are available for free at the library for pick up in person starting August 9.

• Paws 4 Stories: Aug. 19, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Paws 4 Stories is a St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog community service that promotes improvement in children’s reading skills. When a child reads with a dog, they start to relax and forget about feeling nervous about reading. (Dogs make very supportive listeners.) Therapy dogs and their volunteers will listen to children who want to practice reading aloud. This is a free program for ages 6 and up. Space is limited. so please register by phone or in person after 10 a.m. on the day of the program for your 15-minute reading session.

• Teen Night: Pizza and Games: Aug. 29, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Do you love to play board games? Are you between 12 and 19 years old? Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies.

ONGOING

• Parent Child Mother Goose: Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Discover fun with rhymes, songs and stories with this interactive program for caregivers and babies 15 months and younger. Mother Goose helps your baby learn speech and language skills. Healthy snacks are provided. (Due to funding this program is open to Delta residents only.)

• Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120 St.; We have a friendly group to help you lose weight. For more information, call Arlene at 604-588-3949.

• Storytime: Tuesdays through Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Suitable for ages 2 to 6.

• Settlement Workers – Punjabi/English: Alternate Tuesdays (July 18, August 1, 15 & 29), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Are you a newcomer to Canada who needs help adjusting to your new life? Free and confidential services are offered to help newcomers with all their needs during the process of settling into their new community. Settlement and integration services are free for immigrants, refugees and their families in B.C.

• Delta Scottsdale Lions Club: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month; The Lions Club is a service club that welcomes both ladies and men. If you would like to be involved in helping in your community, join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (not mandatory) at the Delta Golf Course. For more info call Al at 604-594-8783.

• Recovery International Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; North Delta Evangelical Free Church, 11300 84th Ave.; Recovery International is a weekly community-based self-help mental health group that offers tools and techniques that participants can use to deal with depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger management and a variety of other nervous and mental heath issues. The self-help systems used were developed by the late neuro-psychiatrist Abraham A. Low M.D. and have been helping people for over 70 years. Meetings are led by trained group leaders.

• FVRL Book Clubs: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and fourth Thursday of the month, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.

• Supporting Family Resilience Group: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Delta office – Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser, 4871 Delta St.; The Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers a no-cost support group for parents and caregivers of youth and young adults who are working through mental health and/or substance use concerns. Facilitated by both peers and counsellors, the group meets weekly at our Delta office. Attendees please register prior to your first meeting by phone: 604-943-1878, or email: info.delta@cmha.bc.ca.

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Group: First Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; North Delta; Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) group for individuals with OCD and/or their friends and family. Our facilitated groups offer emotional and social support, encouragement and education in a confidential, non- judgmental setting. These groups are free and available to the public – no matter which city you live in. Please call 604-943-1878 or email info.delta@cmha.bc.ca for dates, times and locations and to register for your first meeting.

• Babytime: Thursdays through Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Make language fun! Start early with Babytime. Help your baby develop speech and language skills – enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Suitable for babies 23 months and younger.

• LEGO® Club: Thursdays through Aug. 10, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Love LEGO®? We provide the LEGO®, you bring your imagination! Come play, create, and experiment. LEGO® Club is a fun afternoon program for kids. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult.

• Book Clubs: Fourth Thursday of the month, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.

• Walk and Talk: Thursdays through Aug. 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Practice speaking English and meet new friends while enjoying weekly evening walks together.

• Mental Health Resiliency Support Group: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; South Delta; Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser offers a mental health resiliency support group in South Delta for individuals living with a mental health concern or experiencing symptoms. Please call the Delta office at 604-943-1878 or email info.delta@cmha.bc.ca to register for your first meeting.

• Knit & Stitch: Fridays through Aug. 25, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Pack up your needles and yarn and head to the library. Knitting, crocheting, quilting and weaving are fun ways to connect across the generations. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques and good conversation.

• Monthly Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting: Last Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72nd Ave., Surrey; The Surrey PCSG provides awareness, public education, advocacy, support and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer for men in Delta, Surrey, White Rock and Langley. Men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer, their spouses and guests are welcome. For more info on the Surrey PCSG visit pccnsurrey.ca or call 604-355-4188.

• Crossroads United Church Monthly Community Dinner: Fourth Saturday of every month, doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 5 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 120th St.; Crossroads United Church invites you to their monthly community dinner. Come and enjoy this free nutritious meal served in a casual, safe environment. It is a sit-down served meal and is open to anyone who would benefit from good food in a safe, family-friendly setting. For more info go to crossroads-united-church.ca.

• Canadian Federation of University Women, North Delta/Surrey: CFUW is a national non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace. Every year, CFUW and its clubs award close to $1 million to women to help them pursue post-secondary studies and also provide funding for library and creative arts awards. CFUW clubs provide learning and fellowship through lecture series, book clubs and issues groups, work to prevent violence against women and child poverty, and promote early learning and child care. North Delta/Surrey club meets monthly and is open to all women graduates, students and associates. Call Heather (604-591-7678) or Eleanor (604-589-3631) for info.

• North Delta Newcomers and Friends: NDNF is a ladies social club. Please call and arrange to attend some of our morning walks, coffee times, stitch-and-chats, card games, par-3 golf, potlucks and monthly dinners. For more info please call Kathy (604-583-3691) or Diane (604-543-7345).

• Sungod Community Garden Plots: McKitrick Park, 7815 112th St.; Plots are 10’x10′, garden tools and water source provided, and cost $30 to rent. Come and enjoy a peaceful pastime with the added bonus of growing healthy vegetables, flowers and camaraderie from fellow gardeners. Contact our membership coordinator at sungodcommunitygarden@gmail.com.

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