What's happening in New West? Events calendar - April 9

Wednesday, April 9

Take an armchair trip to Salt Spring Island, 7:30 p.m., New Westminster Public Library. Gayle Mavor will show her photographs about living your dream on an island, in what for her turned into a three-year, mid-life detour to a Gulf Island paradise. The travel shows are co-sponsored by the library and the University Women's Club of New Westminster. They're held in the library's auditorium at 716 Sixth Ave.

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Learn more about eReaders and how to borrow free library books at the New Westminster Public Library. Sessions are available at 6, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.  Book a one-on-one session with a librarian and receive individual help. Bring in your laptop, eReader, tablet or smartphone and learn how to download the required software and find and download ebooks. To book as session, call 604-527-4665. The New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave. Info: 604-527-4660 or www.nwpl.ca.

Saturday, April 12

Easter bake sale, Holy Eucharist Cathedral, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 501 Fourth Ave. The sale will feature traditional paskas, babkas, perogies, cabbage rolls, borscht, beet horseradish and more, as well as handmade pysanky from Ukraine. Info: 604-526-0988.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Spring Dinner Dance, 707 12th St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6:15 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Enjoy a barbecue chicken dinner with all the trimmings, then dance to Sweet Water who will play tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Door prizes, silent auction, 50/50, toonie toss, bar and more. Tickets are $20 for a single and $35 for a couple. For tickets, call John at 604-657-5600.

Dial-a-lawyer Day, 10 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 to 2 p.m. B.C. residents can call and speak with a lawyer for up to 15 minutes at no cost in the following areas of law: family; wills and estates; tort and MVA; immigration; business; criminal; and employment. In the Lower Mainland, call 604-687-3221. Dial-a-Lawyer Day is part of Law Week 2014.

Monday, April 14

New Westminster Puffers Society meets at New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Anyone with COPD or other breathing problems are welcome to attend.

Codependents Anonymous Freedom Group, a 12-step program for men and women who want healthier, more functional relationships with themselves and others, meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Columbian Hospital, 330 East Columbia St. Neil Russell Room, third floor of Columbia tower. Info: Sue at 604-580-8889 or the CoDA information line at 604-515-5585.

Tuesday, April 15

New Westminster Tinnitus Support Group, meets 7 p.m., Century House, 620 Eighth St., ABC Room. Tinnitus is a ringing, humming, buzzing or other sound in our head or ears that doesn't have an outside source. The group discusses the latest treatment information and coping and stress reduction techniques, and offers encouraged and camaraderie to help combat this debilitating condition. For more information, contact group leader Gerald Blackwell at 604-600-9142 or email nwtinn@inbox.com.

Odysseus Elytis: In Translation, presentation by Royal City Literary Arts Society, 6:30 p.m. Odysseus Elytis was winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1972. Members of the Royal City Literary Arts Society will talk about his life and red a number of his poems, and then Manolis Aligizakis will present and discuss Elytis’s pivotal work Axion Esti. The presentation is cosponsored by the Royal City Literary Arts Society and the New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave. To register for the program, call the library at 604-527-4667 or email secretary@rclas.com.

Wednesday, April 16

Learn more about eReaders and how to borrow free library books at the New Westminster Public Library. Sessions are available at 6, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.  Book a one-on-one session with a librarian and receive individual help. Bring in your laptop, eReader, tablet or smartphone and learn how to download the required software and find and download ebooks. To book as session, call 604-527-4665. The New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave. Info: 604-527-4660 or www.nwpl.ca.

Sunday, April 27

RCM Alumni’s annual scholarship recital, 7:30 pm. Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby (room 102). Enjoy an evening of music by senior students achieving top marks in their 2013 exams. Tickets available at the door - $10 adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $30 for families. Reception to follow.

Saturday, May 3

New Westminster Horticultural Society boulevard plant sale, 520 Fifth St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No early birds please. Runs rain or shine. Cash only.

Tuesday, May 6

Royal Columbian Hospital auxiliary, annual general meeting, 1 p.m., Neil Russell room of Royal Columbian Hospital, 330 East Columbia St., third floor of Columbia tower.  For more information, call Barbara at 604-526-9041.

Ongoing

Books for sale in library, discover new treasures at the New Westminster Public Library's ongoing book sale. Discarded books and gift books that aren't needed in the library are sold for bargain prices ranging from 25 cents to $2. Special books have special prices. In addition to a wide selection of paperbacks, a different topic is featured every two weeks: gardening books - until April 13; travel - April 14 to 23; and biography - April 24 to May 4. All proceeds go toward special projects for the benefit of library users. The New Westminster Public Library, located at 716 Sixth Ave., also sells an environmentally friendly, reusable bag to carry your purchases home in.

ESL for moms and caregivers, Level 1 (Mondays from April 7 to June 16) and Level 2 (Thursdays from April 10 to June 12), 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. No cost to participants. Child minding, snacks and bus tickets available. Program held at Olivet Church, 713 Queens Ave. For information, call 604-525-9144 or email psteiner@fsgv.ca.

ESL for grandparents, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., April 7 to June 16 No cost to participants. Child minding, snacks and bus tickets available. Program held at Olivet Church, 713 Queens Ave. For information, call 604-525-9144 or email psteiner@fsgv.ca.

Single mothers' support group, Wednesday, April 9 to June 11, 5 to 7 p.m. No cost to participants. Child minding, snacks and bus tickets available. Program held at Olivet Church, 713 Queens Ave. For information, call 604-525-9144 or email psteiner@fsgv.ca.

Parenting in Canada, Thursdays, April 10 to June 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. No cost to participants. Child minding, snacks and bus tickets available. Program held at Olivet Church, 713 Queens Ave. For information, call 604-525-9144 or email psteiner@fsgv.ca.

Learn more about eReaders and how to borrow free library books at the New Westminster Public Library. Book a one-on-one session with a librarian and receive individual help. Bring in your laptop, eReader, tablet or smartphone and learn how to download the required software and find and download ebooks. Sessions are available every Wednesday until April 30 at 6, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. To book as session, call 604-527-4665. The New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave. Info: 604-527-4660 or www.nwpl.ca.

Royal City Concert Band welcomes new members to join us in making great music and performing throughout Metro Vancouver. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:45 to 9:45 in the band room at New Westminster Secondary. We are especially seeking percussionists and clarinetists. Contact Bill Walters at 778-866-9908 for more information.

New Westminster Tinnitus Support Group, meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Century House, 620 Eighth St., ABC Room. Tinnitus is a ringing, humming, buzzing or other sound in our head or ears that doesn't have an outside source. The group discusses the latest treatment information and coping and stress reduction techniques, and offers encouraged and camaraderie to help combat this debilitating condition. For more information, contact group leader Gerald Blackwell at 604-600-9142 or email nwtinn@inbox.com.

Naranon Support Group, a 12 Step program for relatives and friends of those affected by drug abuse and addiction problems. Meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., 323 Eighth St. (group room), New Westminster. All welcome. Call 604-878-8844 for more info.

Community kitchens for parents of children under 12, every second Thursday morning beginning Jan. 16, Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave.  Prepare tasty meals using fresh whole foods, meet new people, and learn to budget, plan meals and save time and money. To register contact Patricia Davison 604-525-9144 or email communitykitchens@fsgv.ca.

Community kitchens for adults aged 55 and older, every second Thursday morning beginning Jan. 30, Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave.  Prepare tasty meals using fresh whole foods, meet new people, and learn to budget, plan meals and save time and money. To register contact Patricia Davison 604-525-9144 or email communitykitchens@fsgv.ca.

Parents Connect program, Fridays from Feb. 14 to May 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. No cost to participants. Child minding, snacks and bus tickets available. Program held at Olivet Church, 713 Queens Ave. For information, call 604-525-9144 or email psteiner@fsgv.ca.

Are you gay, bi-sexual or just not sure? Need a safe place to talk? HOMINUM is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. Meets every Monday evening in locations around Metro Vancouver. For information and meeting location: call Don at 604-329-9760 or Art at 604-462-9813.

Writers Discovery Group, meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon, New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave. We welcome all writers wanting to reader their work and meet other writers who would like to discuss their writing style.

Codependents Anonymous Freedom Group, a twelve-step program for men and women who want healthier, more functional relationships with themselves and others. Meetings are every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Neil Russell room, third floor, Columbia Tower at the Royal Columbian Hospital, 330 East Columbia St. For more information call Sue at 604-580-8889 or the CoDA Info Line at 604-515-5585.

Free citizenship classes at New Westminster Public Library, prepare for the citizenship test for free. Classes held first Wednesday and Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The classes are cosponsored by the New Westminster Public Library and MOSAIC's settlement program. To register, phone MOSAIC at 604-52-3722 ext. 155 or email rbagheri@mosaicbc.com, or register through the library at 604-527-4667.

Sapperton Pensioners, meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 318 Keary St. New members welcome. Info: 604-724-9722.

Netherlands Association, speak Dutch with others and celebrate your heritage. Visit www.dutchnetwork.ca or contact Edie, ediebijdemast@telus.net or 604-536-3394.

Royal City Communicators, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Cameron Recreation Centre, 9523 Cameron St., Burnaby, helping those who are afraid to speak in public. Information: 604-939-5088.

Al-Anon and Alateen, help those whose lives are affected by someone else's drinking. Call 604-688-1716.

Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations (COSCO), an advocacy group devoted to improving the quality of life for seniors, invites membership and affiliation from seniors' organizations, associations and individuals. Info: Ernie Bayer, 604-576-9734 or ecbayer@shaw.ca.

Burnaby/New West Newcomers and Friends Club, welcomes women who are new to the area, as well as longtime residents. Gives women of all ages and cultures a chance to make new friends through meetings and other events. Info: Jocelan, 604-520-3646.

Parkinson's group meets first Tuesday of the month, Century House in Moody Park, 1 to 3 p.m. Info: Margo Prentice 604-526-1997.

Writers Discovery Group, meets the second Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon, on the lower floor of New Westminster Library. Info: 604-522-9147.

Navy League and Sea Cadets, holds registration for boys and girls aged nine to 12 at Annacis Island Training Centre, 535 Derwent Way, Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Call 604-589-4313.

Ukrainian nights, for kindergarten and children ages six to 11, with Friday evening sessions in language, culture and faith. Everyone welcome, at Holy Eucharist Cathedral, 501 Fourth Ave. Info: 604-526-9198.

Moms' group, meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Olivet Baptist Church, Seventh Street and Queens Avenue. Moms can relax, enjoy adult conversation and enjoy a craft, demo or speaker. Children up to age five have their own quality time out. Open to moms of all ages and religions. Info: Marion, 604-526-9394.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), West End chapter meets Wednesdays at Connaught Heights Community School, 7 to 8 p.m., with weigh-in at 6:30 p.m. TOPS is a volunteer group that uses nutrition and portion control for effective weight loss. Membership is $30 per year; teens and pre-teens are free when accompanied by an adult. Info: Visit www.tops.org or call Jean, 604-525-4971.

Networking meeting, every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Waffle House. Enjoy breakfast with other business people, share leads and referrals and build your business. Guests welcome. RSVP to 778-986-9186.

Royal City Curling Club, daytime ladies' play, with Tuesday and Thursday leagues, 9:30 a.m. Drop-in clinics will be held on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. for new curlers and experienced players who wish to improve their game. Call 604-522-4737 or visit www.royalcitycc.com for info.

Women needed, to serve as support and outreach volunteers for the Maida Duncan Drop-In Centre run by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver. Volunteers assist clients with finding and phoning shelters or housing, understanding and filling in forms, sorting donations and doing light cleaning. Shift minimum of two hours per week. Call Odessa, 604-520-1166 or e-mail Odessa.tapia@elizabethfry.com.

Parkinson's group meeting, meet the first Tuesday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m. Century House. Info: 604-519-1066. New members and caretakers are welcome.

Tillicum Toastmasters, helps people become better speakers. Come visit, Mondays at 7:20 to 9:30 p.m. at Unity in Action Church, 1630 Edinburgh St. Info: http://3435.toastmasters.org or email artot@shaw.ca.

Access Justice, offers a new free legal clinic in New Westminster for those who cannot afford to seek legal advice. Family law, Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lower Mainland Community Housing, 101-630 Columbia St. Info: 604-525-5376.

Baby and Me, a drop-in support group for moms with babies up to six months, offering lunch, group discussions, support, educational information, child care and more. Offered by Olivet Baptist Church (613 Queens Ave.) on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edmonds Resource Centre (#104-7355 Canada Way). Free. Call 604-659-2228 to register.

Wednesday Walking Club, meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. On odd-numbered days of the month, meet in the parking lot near Century House, with walks through uptown New Westminster. On even-numbered days of the month, meet at Columbia Square with walks through the downtown/Quayside area, meeting at 70 10th St. Walks go from a half-hour to two hours, rain or shine. No charge. Contact NewWestWalking@gmail.com, or just show up on time for the walk.

Family Mediation Practicum Program, offers free mediation to couples who are separating or who have been having ongoing conflicts with their ex about custody, access, guardianship, child support and property matters. Program located in New Westminster. Call 604-516-0788 or e-mail fmpp@drpracticum.com.

Family members of individuals with multiple sclerosis, looking for support, are invited to join the MS Society's family members group, with groups in the Tri-Cities and Vancouver areas. Info: 604-689-3144.

Westcoast Genesis Society - Genesis House, requires unique, mature and patient volunteers to provide community support for male federal offenders impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Call Leanne Mack, volunteer program coordinator, at 604-521-2978 or leannemack@genesishouse.ca.

Parents' Coalition of B.C., supports parents who have had problems with access following marital breakdown, meeting the second Saturday of the month. Call 604-417-4045 or visit www.parentswhocare.ca.

New Westminster Rotary Club, holds its weekly meeting and lunch every Thursday at noon at the Old Bavaria Haus, 233 Sixth St., with guest speakers. Guests and visitors welcome. Information: 604-451-4133.

Breastfeeding, or pregnant and want to learn more? Looking for information or help? Wanting to meet breastfeeding mothers? Contact the La Leche League info line at 604-520-4623 for information about the Coquitlam group, which includes New Westminster mothers.

Single moms' group, meets Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. at New West Family Place, 101-93 Sixth St. Friendly, informal, drop-in group, with discussions on parenting and other issues of common interest. Child care for children under six provided free by trained staff.

Volunteer literacy tutors, sought to work with the Douglas College I-CARE program, which helps English-speaking adults learn to read and write. Volunteers should have excellent English writing and spelling skills. Tutoring can take place any day of the week in the Douglas College region. All tutor training and materials are free. Call 604-527-5409 for information.

Unemployed, and need help making your next career move? Join Transitions, a free three-week career exploration program sponsored by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Program runs monthly. Call 604-434-1177.

Volunteer Grandparents, brings together active, energetic people over the age of 50 with children who need a caring and committed mentor. Families in New Westminster and Burnaby are waiting for volunteer grandparents. To register, contact Volunteer Grandparents at 604-736-8271 or infor@volunteergrandparents.ca.

Developmental Disabilities Association, will collect donations of goods that are no longer wanted. Information about bins, pickup and drop-off opportunities at 604-273-4DDA.

Burnaby-New Westminster Soroptimist Club, invites women to have fun and give back to the community. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby. Info: Doreen at 604-291-0254.

Senior peer counselling program, at Century House, provides emotional support to people who are facing the challenges of aging. They will visit you at home or at Century House. Info: 604-519-1064, or drop by Century House at 620 Eighth St.

Curlers wanted: If you're over 60, curled in the past or want to learn about this roaring game, sign up with the Royal City Curling Club Master League. Play is on Monday and/or Wednesdays. Season fees are $270 for twice weekly, $195  for once a week or $60 to spare. Info: Royal City Curling Club at 604-522-4737 or Wayne Banks at 604-738-5098.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, (TOPS) chapters meet weekly throughout the Lower Mainland. TOPS is a non-profit, low-cost, weight-loss support group promoting sensible food choices and moderate exercise. To find a meeting location near you, call Gail, 604-941-8699.

Canadian Club of New Westminster and Fraser Valley, meets monthly at the Justice Institute of B.C., with meet-and-greet at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and speaker at 8 p.m. Call Earl, 604-520-3889 or visit www.ourcanadian.blogspot.com for more info.

Girl Guides of Canada, year-round registration and volunteer info, 1-800-565-8111.

Meditation and therapeutic touch, offered by volunteer services at the Royal Columbian Hospital, 7 p.m. on Thursday nights. No cost. Call 604-520-4237 for further information.

Food Addicts Anonymous, meets every Monday night in Room 338, Columbia Tower, Royal Columbia Hospital, 7:30 p.m. Contact Michael, 604-930-8338, for information.

Vancouver Rape Relief, needs male volunteers for group that raises money for the crisis centre and transition house. Contact Louisa Russell at info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca.

Urban Aboriginal Young Parents Program, offers a parent-child Mother Goose literacy program, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 to 2 p.m., as well as playgroups for young parents and children up to five years old, Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. All programs free. Call 604-395-4106 or visit 713 Columbia St.

The New Westminster Amateur Radio Club, is looking for new members, and meets every third Tuesday of the month at Century House, Moody Park, with meetings starting at 7:30 p.m. Focus is on emergency radio communications within the City of New Westminster in the event of a disaster. Info: Peter, 604-525-6708.

ESL and preschool program for African women, a course sponsored by Family Services of Greater Vancouver and B.C. Settlement and Adaptation Program, for African mothers with young children, at Olivet Baptist Church, 613 Queens Ave. For more information, call 604-525-9144, ext. 55.

New Westminster Community Gateway, a program that provides reception and orientation services for newcomers, is looking for volunteers. If you are an established immigrant who's interested in helping, call at program coordinator Eman Elmasri at 778-397-1022 or email eman.elmasri@purposesociety.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lower Mainland chapter, has 16 different support groups running around the Lower Mainland. For info on the one closest to you, call 604-689-3144, and ask for the Lower Mainland chapter.

Girl Guides of Canada, units meet weekly around Burnaby and New Westminster. Girls aged five to 18 and women 19 and up can join all year round. Call 1-800-565-8111.

Association for Awareness and Networking Around Disordered Eating (ANAD), provides education through community outreach. Should your community group or school wish a presentation that focuses on positive body image, call ANAD at 604-739-2070.

St. Barnabas, located at Fifth Avenue and 10th Street in New Westminster, is seeking committed volunteers for their thrift shop, community lunch program, emergency food cupboard and for the office. Make a positive difference in the community by helping with programs that benefit those citizens in need. For more information, please call 604-526-6646.

New Westminster Lions Club, meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Boston Pizza, 1035 Columbia St., Columbia Square plaza. New members welcome.

Volunteers needed, to help with the Elizabeth Fry Society women's drop-in centre. If you are a woman who wants to make a difference in the lives of marginalized women and you have two hours a week between Tuesday and Sunday, for four to six months, call 604-520-1166 or e-mail donna.surman@elizabethfry.com.

Support groups, for men or women, aged 19 and up, who were sexually assaulted as children. Group also available for teenage girls, aged 13 to 18, who have been sexually assaulted. Groups held in safe, non-judgmental environment so that you feel free to share as much or as little as you want. Info: www.sarasociety.net, sarasociety@telus.net, 604-584-2626.

Developmental Disabilities Association, collects used houseware items, helping to provide a significant source of income to support its programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Call 604-273-4332.

Scouts Canada, for boys and girls aged five to 17, meeting every Monday at various locations in New Westminster. Early registration for fall programs starting now. Parental involvement needed. Call Gord at 604-524-5780 for information.

ESL conversation circles, held at New Westminster Public Library. Program for all adults runs Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Program for women only runs Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m. at New Westminster Public Library. Free, drop-in program for adults who want to meet people and practise speaking English. Children welcome. Info: 604-527-4660.

Big Sisters, seeks new volunteers. Information sessions held regularly around the Lower Mainland. Call 604-873-4525 or visit www.bigsisters.bc.ca for a listing of information sessions.

Action Employment Services, an employment service for people with disabilities, offers services including needs assessment, career counselling, workshops and more, at 404-737 Carnarvon St. Info: 604-515-9525.

Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C., offers a free at-home pickup service for clothing, shoes and small household goods. Phone 604-515-9467.

Single Again, welcoming men and women who are starting over after a divorce, separation or severed relationship, facilitated by a certified counsellor who has travelled that journey. Info: 604-524-8411.

Al-Anon meetings, weekly, for family and friends of addicts, Thursdays at noon at Olivet Baptist Church, 613 Queens Ave. Ring the bell at the office.

Seniors Services Society of New Westminster, needs volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program, three hours once a week. Also seeking grocery shoppers for the grocery-shopping program. Call 604-520-6621 or e-mail volunteer@seniorsservicessociety.ca, or see www.seniorsservicessociety.ca.

Alzheimer Society of B.C., caregiver support group, meets in New Westminster the second Tuesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., call 604-298-0780. A Chinese-speaking support group meets the third Thursday of the month, 2 to 4 p.m. Info: 604-298-0711.

High Output Business Networking, New Westminster chapter, meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Waffle House uptown. Guests welcome. Call 778-986-9186 for info and to RSVP.

Spoken Word Toastmasters, offers help improving communication and speaking skills, building confidence and self-esteem, meeting Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Royal Oak Community Church, 7175 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby. Guests and new members welcome. Info: Bernie, 604-464-4415 or e-mail thelonepostman@yahoo.ca.

Unattached Singles 50 to 65, a new singles-only group covering the Burnaby-to-Mission area, offers walks and activities weekly. No fees, no meetings. Just show up Saturdays for walks and be on the e-mail list for notice of other events. Info: us5065@hotmail.com.

New Westminster Family Place drop-in at Lord Kelvin Elementary, every Thursday and Friday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1010 Hamilton St. Drop-in includes free play, stories, songs and craft activities. Info: 604-520-3666 or www.nwfamily.bc.ca.

New Westminster Family Place, is a free family resource centre for parents with children five and under. There is a bright, action-packed playroom filled with toys, games, puzzles and crafts and staffed by early childhood educators and a family support worker. There is a parents' room for relaxing, and parenting classes are available. Drop-in hours are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 604-520-3666 for info on upcoming programs.

The Canadian Club of New Westminster and the Fraser Valley, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Justice Institute, 715 McBride Blvd. Meet and greet at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. and guest speaker at 8 p.m. Info: Earl at 604-520-388 or www.ourcanadian.blogspot.com.

New Westminster Photography Club, meets first and fourth Tuesday of each month from September to May (exceptions May and December, first Tuesday only), 7:30 p.m., Centennial Lodge in Queen's Park. Info: nwphoto.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, Are you out of control when it comes to food? We can help. Meetings on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:15 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 335 Seventh St. (enter off Fourth Avenue). Info: 604-524-5244.

Got stuff you don't want? Recycle it with the Developmental Disabilities Association. Bins take cloth items and non-breakable housewares and pickup of dishes, toys and books can be arranged. Call 67-4-273-4DDA or visit www.develop.bc.ca.

ESL Conversation Circles at the library, drop-ins for adults who want to meet people and practise speaking English. Session for all adults take place every Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; sessions for women only take place every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. (children are welcome). The programs are co-sponsored by Family Services of Greater Vancouver and held in the library's auditorium at 716 Sixth Ave. Info and registration: 604-527-4660.

Mom's Playgroup - Moms with small children meet for play dates and conversation. Search groups at www.NewWestCommunityGuide.ca for the group closest to you.

Western Society for Children, holds a parent support group in New Westminster, Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with on-site child minding on request, for parents with children 12 and under who have diverse learning needs. To register, call Wanda Gendron at 604-515-0810.

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