• UBC Geering Up Camps at Trinity Lutheran Church: July 8-Aug. 23; Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Rd.; Week-long science & engineering day camps for children who will be entering grades 2 to 7 in September. Each day is a dynamic mix of hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours, mentors and design challenges. For details and registration, visit geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/camps/delta-steam-camps.
• St. Joseph Middle Eastern Food Festival: July 14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; St Joseph Antiochian Orthodox Church, 11706 96th Ave.; Enjoy hot and fresh Middle Eastern favourites such as chicken shawarma, falafel and ground beef kebab, plus specialty desserts perfectly done and ready to go such as walnut baklava and more. Listen to Arabic music all day, watch Greek folk dance performances and learn how to dance the dabke. Fun for the whole family! Free parking and free admission.
• Tiffany Stone: July 17, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Join poet Tiffany Stone for poems and rhymes about flaming Flamingos, baaaad animals and rainbow-coloured clothes. There will be rhythm and rhyme and plenty of time for everyone to participate in the fun with words. Puppets, poetry and props – imagine the possibilities! Tickets are required for this show and will be available for pickup beginning July 10.
• Jog for the Bog: July 21, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 10389 Nordel Crt.; Come for the run, stay for the fun. The Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Jog for the Bog fundraiser is an annual chip-timed 5K or 10K run or walk through the Delta Nature Reserve. This event raises awareness about local peatland Burns Bog and celebrates International Bog Day. Bring your whole family to enjoy the live entertainment, a delicious pancake breakfast and a variety of exhibitors. All proceeds go towards saving the bog in your backyard. Registration opens at 8, run starts at 9. Entertainment and awards are scheduled for between 10:30 and 11. Head to burnsbog.org/event/jog-for-the-bog-2019 for more info.
• Puppet Show with Elspeth: July 22, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Join master puppeteer and storyteller Elspeth Bowers for a summertime puppet show. A dissatisfied frog finds a library book and decides to change his life! Join the rollicking fun as Webster McRibbit sets out on a hilarious quest to become a prince. He has some surprising and unexpected adventures involving broccoli and a toilet brush before realizing the joyfulness of just being himself. Tickets are required for this show and will be available for pickup beginning July 15.
• Helping to Reduce Shipping Impacts on Whales: July 24, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Port of Vacnouver Delta Community Office, 5223 Ladner Trunk Rd., Ladner; To better understand and reduce the cumulative impacts of shipping activities on whales on the south coast of British Columbia, the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program was developed in 2014. Join us at this free presentation to learn what’s threatening whales in our region, why underwater noise is a focus and what are possible solutions. RSVP required for this event: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-665-9635.
• Burns Bog Conservation Society Book Sale: July 29 to Aug. 2; Scottsdale Centre, 7031 Scott Rd.; Come grab your next summer read.
• SRC Karima Essa: July 29, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Be a Bollywood star! Experience the magic and joy of dance and storytelling as Karima Essa performs Bollywood dance. Learn traditional dance moves with Karima – imagine the possibilities! Tickets are required for this event and will be available for pickup beginning July 22.
• AquaVan Coming to Delta: July 31, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office, 5223 Ladner Trunk Rd., Ladner; Explore the richness of life beneath the ocean’s surface with the Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan. Touch a sea star, examine a sea urchin and be amazed by the wonders of the marine world through their mobile aquarium. The event is free and open to all.
• Batty about Bats?: July 31, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Are you batty about bats? Did you know bats are not flying rats and help humans by eating lots of insects? Join us for a presentation by the “Got Bats?” initiative (a network of community bat projects across B.C.). The network works to protect and increase the number of known bat roost sites. The program will start with a presentation and discussion at the library. The participants can then choose to join the presenter at Tannery Park (10761 Dyke Rd., Surrey) for a walk using echolocation tools to view foraging bats. Please bring a sweater or jacket and a flashlight.
• Well-worn Trail: Aug. 15, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Great blue herons, otters, snowy owls — discover fascinating facts about Canadian animals and their habitats. Well-worn Trail storytellers Rob and Lillian use puppetry, songs and story to kindle the wonder of nature in children of all ages. Tickets are required for this event and will be available for pickup beginning Aug. 8.
• Burns Bog Conservation Society Summer Social: Aug. 15, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; One20 Public House, 8037 Scott Rd.; Come join us for a night of good music, good drinks, and good company. Have fun with your friends and support the bog in your backyard.
WEEKLY AND BI-WEEKLY
• Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Deltassist, 9097 120th St.; A non-profit organization. We have a friendly group to help you lose weight. For more info call Eileen Labron at 604-596-0233.
• Settlement Workers – Punjabi/English: Alternate Tuesdays, 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.
• Lego Club: Tuesdays through July 30, 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 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
• 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 health issues. Meetings are led by trained group leaders.
• Bridge at East Delta Hall: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; East Delta Hall, 10379 Ladner Trunk Rd.; The Duplicate Lite Bridge Clubs is conducting their games in Delta. Cost is $8 per session, including refreshments. First time players are invited to come give bridge a try. Register by emailing email@example.com or calling Lynda Simpson at 604-788-4721. For more info about the bridge clubs, visit duplicatelite.ca.
• Settlement Workers — Arabic/Mandarin/English: Alternate Wednesdays through July 21, 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.
• Practice English and Learn Skills for the Canadian Workplace: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Meet at the library to practice English, learn workplace vocabulary, become familiar with the Canadian labour market and develop networking skills. Each session includes tips and assistance with resumé writing, job search skills, websites and Canadian workplace expectations. Taught by a TESOL-certified and experienced teacher, this program is being offered in partnership with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society. Bonus: PICS refers students, if interested, to further education at local colleges or universities. To register, call 604-596-7722 or drop in at the library.
• 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. Please register prior to your first meeting by phone: 604-943-1878, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Babytime: Thursdays through July 25, 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.
• Parent Time: Thursdays through July 25, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Relax and mingle after the fun social bonding activity of Babytime. Parent Time provides parents and caregivers an opportunity to meet other parents, learn new parenting skills, share information and resources. Suitable for parents of babies 23 months and younger.
• Pyjama Storytime: Thursdays through Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Tuck into a story! Children and caregivers will be entertained with stories, songs, rhymes and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and bring their favourite stuffie. Storytime prepares children to learn to read.
• 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 email@example.com to register for your first meeting.
• Knit & Stitch: Fridays through Aug. 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Pack up your needles and yarn, crocheting or any other projects and head to the library. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques and good conversation.
• Teen Advisory Group: First Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; TAG is a group of committed teens (ages 13-19) who volunteer their time and energy to help staff develop teen-oriented programs, assist at library events and act as library representatives in North Delta’s teen community. Membership is a resume booster and helps earn volunteer hours. There is time to socialize and plan. Did we mention that there is free food? If interested, apply at the library.
• Evening Book Club: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.
• Poetry Night in Punjabi: Third Tuesday of the month, 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. Held in collaboration with Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Uttari Amrika and Punjabi Lekhak Manch – Vancouver.
• Teen Night — Pizza & Games: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 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 provided by Imperial Hobbies.
• Afternoon Book Club: 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 welcome and books provided.
• 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.
• Baby Bump Book Club: Last Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Are you a mom-to-be? Have you heard about the new Baby Bump Book Club at the Mackie Library? Check it out on the last Monday of the month. This group is very organic; it can be whatever you need it to be. Drop by on Monday, May 27!
• Prostate Cancer Support Group Surrey: Last Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (except July and Dec.); Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72 Ave., Surrey; PCSG Surrey provides awareness, support and education for the prevention, treatment and cure for men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in Delta, Surrey, Langley and White Rock. Spouses and guests are welcome. For additional info visit procansupport.com or call 604 574-4012.
• Book A Librarian in Punjabi and Hindi: Available by appointment; George Mackie Library; Learn how to download books from the library, find what you need on the library website, research and learn using the library’s computer-based services, what books you might like based on your interests, basic internet and basic computer. Book your personalized 30-minute session by phone (604-594-8155) or in person.
• 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.
• 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 Barb (604-594-6145) or Eleanor (604-589-3631), or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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).