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

Monday, Feb. 11

Tillicum Toastmasters open house, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Unity in Action Church hall, 1630 Edinburgh St. Free. Includes: introduction to toastmasters (where you can become a confidence communicator and leader); networking (learn success stories from club members); and speeches and constructive evaluations (delivered by club members). Info tillicumtm@gmail.com or www.tillicumtoastmasters.ca.

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Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Wednesday, Feb. 20

The Mainland B.C. Military Family Resource Centre is presenting Mental Health First Aid - Veteran Community, a free two day workshop that enables participants to build the skills and confidence necessary to engage in effective conversations about mental health, learn to recognize the most common mental health problems, and increase their comfort level with helping others. It’s on Feb. 19 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at BCIT, 3700 Willingdon Ave, Building NE22, Room 106. While the workshop has some content specific to issues associated with transitioning out of the Canadian Armed Forces, it can be beneficial for anyone, especially veteran family members or those who work with veterans. To register or for information: veterans@bcmfrc.com.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Ukrainian Perogy Supper, Holy Eucharist Church Hall, 501 Fourth Ave. Perogy sales 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and supper 4 to 7 p.m.  For more information, call the hall at 604-522-7711. (Take note of the new day and dinner hours.)

Monday, Feb. 25

Are you Man who’s gay, bisexual or just not sure? Need a safe place to talk? HOMINUM Fraser Valley is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. Meets today at 7:30 p.m.  For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or email aapearson@shaw.ca.

Saturday, March 2

Knox Presbyterian Church thrift sale, find new-to-you treasures and take time for a coffee break and visit Sapperton, 9 a.m. to noon, 301 East Columbia St.

Ongoing

You Wear it Well... Just for Grads is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk students in New Westminster and Surrey  find grad outfits - at no cost - that make them look and feel their best. Preparations are currently underway for the 10th annual Boutique Day event on Sunday, March 3, where grads will be outfitted. You Wear It Well is always in need of donations of gently-used formal wear (gowns, women's shoes, jewelry, purses, men's suits and dress shirts, men's shoes). Cash donations are also appreciated and tax receipts are available. If you have any items to donate, contact info@youwearitwell.org and if you’re interested in volunteering, email Kathy at volunteer@youwearitwell.org. Info: www.youwearitwell.org.

Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Volunteer at St. Barnabas Thrift Store, 1010 Fifth Ave. No experience necessary. Make your own hours, a minimum of four hours a week is preferred but not necessary. Must be able to follow direction and enjoy helping to clean, dust and sort. The thrift store is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Donna at the store or call 604-526-6646.

Seniors Gay Straight Alliance, meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., Century House, 620 Eighth St. Call 604-519-1066 for more information.

Alzheimer's caregiver support group, meets monthly at Century House, 620 Eighth St. in Moody Park. Info: 604-298-0780.

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, ext. 1, or drop by Century House at 620 Eighth St.

Sunday Dances - every Sunday, September to June, 12:45 to 3:45 p.m., 620 Eighth St. Live Band. Call 604-519-1066 for more information.

Low Vision group, meets the first Tuesday of each month, September to June, 10 a.m. to noon, Century House, 620 Eighth St.  Call 604-519-1066 for more information.

Artists 50+ are welcome to bring their own art projects to Century House every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Gather to draw, paint, share or just have a bright and friendly place to work. The drop-in meets in the Spruce Room and donations are accepted.

Are you a man who’s gay, bisexual or just not sure? HOMINUM Fraser Valley is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. We meet on the last Monday of every month.  For more information and meeting location, call Art - 604-462-9813 or email aapearson@shaw.ca.

Netherlands Association, speak Dutch with others and celebrate your heritage. Visit www.dutchnetwork.ca.

Are you passionate about the Fraser River? Do you enjoy meeting new people and working with children? The Fraser River Discovery Centre is looking for volunteers to help lead its school programs. No experience is required, only an interest in working with children, a desire to learn about the Fraser River, and a weekday morning or afternoon to spare. Info: 604-521-8401 ext. 105 or email Janine McNeilly at jmcneilly@fraserriverdiscovery.org. Info and application forms at www.fraserriverdiscovery.org.

Family Place Sixth Street. Every Monday to Friday from Monday to Friday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. We do our playroom arts, songs and snacks at 93 Sixth St. For more info call 604-520-3666 or nwfamily.bc.ca or email info@nwfamily.bc.ca.

Family Place Kelvin. Every Tuesday, during the school year, we do our little chefs program at the portable at Lord Kelvin Elementary School, 1010 Hamilton St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more info call 604-520-3666 or nwfamily.bc.ca or email info@nwfamily.bc.ca.

Family Place Qayqayt. Every Wednesday, during the school year, we do our baby program at Qayqayt Elementary Early Years Centre, 85 Merivale St., from 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more info call 604-520-3666 or nwfamily.bc.ca or email info@nwfamily.bc.ca.

Family Place Outdoor. On Fridays, rain or shine, we do nature-based programming in Queen’s Park near First Street and Sixth Avenue from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more info call 604-520-3666 or nwfamily.bc.ca or email info@nwfamily.bc.ca.

Dutch books: Do you enjoy reading Dutch? Visit the Dutch library located at 141 East Columbia St. (located in The Holland Shopping Centre). The library is managed by volunteers of the non-profit Netherlands Association “Je Maintiendrai” (NAJM). For info about ongoing local Dutch-Canadian events visit www.dutchnetwork.ca.

Interested in beekeeping? The New Westminster Beekeepers Association will let you get your hands sticky. If you are interested in promoting beekeeping in a community setting and want to increase pollinators in New Westminster, send us an email. NWBA wants to encourage participants in our program to learn about bees and bee keeping. You can promote bees in New Westminster by learning beekeeping, or simply make a donation and get some honey! Info at www.nwbee.ca or email nwbee@shaw.ca.

Burnaby & New Westminster Newcomers’ Friendship Club.  Club welcomes women who are new to the area, as well as longtime residents.  Meet women of all ages and cultures to make new friends.  Dinner meeting the second Wednesday of each month, plus various events including book club, craft group, social Saturdays, etc.  For info, pls. contact Doris at dorisfriend39@gmail.com, or 604-544-3525 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Website: www.burnabynewwestnewcomersclub.com.

The Camp Kerry Society offers child, youth and adult grief support groups on Saturday afternoons in Sapperton.  Call 604-553-4663 or email info@campkerry.org for more details.

Elizabeth Fry Society is looking for volunteers to occasionally help with moving the furniture of their Housing First clients.  If you or someone you know is interested, contact Maryam Khalil, Housing First case manager, at 604-657-8404 or 604-520-1166 ext. 213 or key@elizabethfry.com.

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 out-side source. The group discusses the latest treatment information and coping and stress reduction techniques and offers encouragement 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.

New Westminster Lions Club, meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Boston Pizza, 1045 Columbia St., Columbia Square plaza. New members welcome. Info: www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/newwestminsterlionsclub.ca.

Fraternal Order of Eagles #20 New Westminster Ladies Auxiliary, looking for members who are interested in having fun and raising funds to donate to local Lower Mainland charities. Group holds dinners, dances, events and picnics and would love to hear from you. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact: Marge Ashdown at 604-838-2675.

Friendly and informative Parkinson’s support group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m. at Century House, 620 Eighth St. Updates from members and latest medical help are discussed. Exercise “and coffee pot plus” are part of the program. Family members and friends are welcome. Info: Salli Walker at 604-524-5934.

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 info@volunteergrandparents.ca.

Al-Anon and Alateen, help those whose lives are affected by someone else's drinking. For meeting info visit www.bcyukon-al-anon.org or call 604-688-1716.

Just Pros Toastmasters, meets first and third Saturdays of month, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Justice Institute, 715 McBride Blvd. For advanced Toastmasters. Info: www.toastmasters.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, Are you out of control when it comes to food? We can help. Meetings on Mondays from 7 to 8:15 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 335 Seventh St. (enter off Fourth Avenue). Info: 604-520-0703.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lower Mainland chapter, has 16 different support groups running around the Lower Mainland.  The New Westminster support group meets at Royal City Centre’s meeting room, third Friday of each month, 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 604-689-3144.

St. Barnabas Church, 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 citizens in need. For more information, please call 604-526-6646.

Waves Writers Group, write from the heart, with Ruth Kozak. Meets every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, Waves Coffee House, 715 Columbia St. Bring copies of your work to read. Drop-in fee of $5.

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 604-525-2298.

Pregnancy Outreach Program, a free weekly support group for high-risk women, includes lunch, one-hour education session, and the services of a registered dietician and public health nurse. Food coupons and vitamins available for clients. Offered at Olivet Baptist Church (613 Queens Ave.) and Edmonds Resource Centre (#104-7355 Canada Way, Burnaby). Childcare provided for children over 18 months of age. Registration required. Call 604-659-2228.

Baby and Me, a 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.) and Edmonds Resource Centre (#104-7355 Canada Way). Free. Call 604-659-2228 to register.

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.

New Westminster business 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. Free (you pay for your own breakfast.) Guests welcome. RSVP to 778-986-9186.

St. Barnabas Church, located at Fifth Avenue and 10th Street in New Westminster, is seeking committed volunteers for its 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 citizens in need. For more information, please call 604-526-6646.

Purpose Family Circle drop-in, meets Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for crafts, stories, songs, games and rhymes for babies and children to five years, as well as pregnant moms. Health information available through guest speakers. Light lunch and bus tickets are provided. Held at 40 Begbie St., two blocks east of the New West SkyTrain station. For more info, call 604-526-2522 and ask for Josie or Elizabeth.

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. All tutor training and materials are free. Call 604-527-5409 for information.

Would you like to help an adult learn to read and write? The I-Care adult literacy program at Douglas College is seeking volunteers now. If you are a Grade 12 graduate with strong reading and writing skills, and you are patient and compassionate, we would like to talk to you. Those accepted will receive tutor training (five Saturdays in January and February). Once training is completed, the tutor is available to be matched with an adult learner. Tutors and students meet once a week for two hours in a classroom or library. Call 604-527-5409 for more information.

Sing and sign, free drop-in. Learn sign language through the magic of music, Fridays, 1 to 2 p.m., #101-321 Sixth St. Hosted by PosAbilities Association – Aegis West Day Program. Info: 604-522-5524.

New Westminster Puffers Club, meets every second Monday of the month (third Monday of April), 12:30 p.m., New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave. Anyone with or having friends with COPD, asthma or breathing problems are welcome to attend meetings, which include guest speakers.

Fraser Works Co-op, offers one-to-one support with employment counsellors, connecting people to no-cost career and job search services and helping people develop a plan to reach their job or career goal. Call 604-522-9701 for appointment.

Sapperton Pensioners Association, meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 318 Keary St. New members welcome. Info 604-522-0280.

Just Pros Toastmasters meets on the first and third Saturday of the month, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Justice Institute, 715 McBride Blvd. This is for advanced toastmasters.

Tillicum Toastmasters meets every Monday (except holidays) 7:20 to 9:30 p.m., Unity in Action Church hall, 1630 Edinburgh St. Do you want to get over your fear of public speaking? Do you want to learn the how to's within a supportive environment? Do you want to nail that upcoming interview for your dream job? All guests welcomed for free. No obligation to speak or sign up.

Alzheimer Society of B.C., caregiver support group, meets in New Westminster, third Tuesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m. For registration or information, call 604-298-0780.

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 ecbayer2@gmail.com.

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.

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

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. For year-round registration and volunteer info, call 1-800-565-8111.

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.

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 604-273-4332 or visit www.develop.bc.ca.

Singles social walking club welcomes singles 45+ for walks at various locations, New West, Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langley. Meets Saturday and Sunday, walking at 10 a.m. followed by brunch at 11 a.m. Info: Sherry at 604-531-4427 or Christina at 604-375-7732.

Moms' Daybreak, meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Olivet Baptist Church, 613 Queens Ave. Children are cared for in their own program, while mothers get to relax and enjoy community speakers, demonstrations, crafts and connecting with each other. No registration is required for this free drop-in program. Info: Shirley Fox, 604-521-8097.

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.

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 meeting room), New Westminster. All welcome. Call 604-878-8844 for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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