Coming events: A Ladner church is putting on a free community meal



The public is invited to the South Delta BC Green Party Picnic at Centennial Beach on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, riding association executives, deputy leader Jonina Campbell, listen to some jazz and have a fun day at the beach. Burgers, hot dogs and pop are available by donation. For more information and to RSVP go to


A Parkinson’s support group meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at KinVillage in Tsawwassen. The group is for people living with Parkinson's and/or the people who care for them. For more information call Gloria at 604-948-0156.


All Saints Anglican Church in Ladner hosts a free monthly community meal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.


Intermediate level Spanish conversation meetings take place in the Tsawwassen Library every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Aug. 20. They are not classes and are not suitable for beginners. For more information call or text Aidan at 360-350-9155.


Discover fascinating facts about Canadian animals and their habitats with Well-worn Trail on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Ladner Pioneer Library (11 to 11:45 a.m.) and Tsawwassen Library (2 to 2:45 p.m.). Well-worn Trail storytellers Rob and Lillian use puppetry, songs and story to kindle the wonder of nature in children of all ages.


Ambassadors-Tsawwassen Mills Toastmasters invites you to an evening of fun and learning on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tsawwassen Mills Training Room (enter at Entrance 4, turn left past Old Navy, and it's between Yogibo Bean Bags & Yogen Fruz). For more information contact Leah at


The Ladner Pioneer Library hosts Teen Night, a fun night of gaming and free pizza, on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There are at least 29 different board games from which to choose. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies.


Cubetto is a friendly wooden robot that teaches the basics of computer programming through stories and activities. On Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 3 to 4 p.m., Tsawwassen Library hosts Snake Art with Cubetto. Kids will learn how to program Cubetto to draw a snake. Program for children three to eight years but families are welcome to participate together.


Family Fun with the Ukulele! will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. Participants will learn about the different parts of the ukulele as well as how to hold, tune and strum. They will even learn some chords and play some songs together. Ukuleles will be provided and registration is required.


The summer car boot sales are held twice a month at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. The next sale is Saturday, Aug. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, weather permitting. Cost is $10 for vendors. Hosted by the Boundary Bay Park Association. Call Tom for more information at 604-940-9296 or see:


Experience some thrills in the Virtual Reality Zone at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Put on goggles and let the real world wash away. VR is an immersive computer-generated, three-dimensional interactive environment. Each play experience will be 15 minutes long. VR is intended for those ages 10+ or taller than 48 inches.


Are you an adult living with cancer or serious illness and would like to relax body and mind? Then join the Centre for Supportive Care’s free Relaxation Circle where you will learn and practice relaxation techniques and experience soothing touch by volunteers, guided imagery and live music by a music therapist. Open to family members and friends too. No need to register, just show up. Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. For more information, call 604-948-0660.


Looking for meaningful volunteer work that supports a culture of caring and respect? Then consider applying to the Delta Hospice Society’s Introductory Hospice Volunteer Training Program that starts on Sept. 30. Volunteers companion/support individuals and families at home and the hospice, work at the Centre for Supportive Care’s reception and lending library, participate in support groups, offer complementary therapies and provide vigils so people don’t die alone. For information, contact Chris at 604-948-0660 or


Restorative yoga for people living with cancer. Join a free yoga group where body, breath and mind come together in fully supported reclining yoga positions. Yoga experience is not necessary. Sessions held at Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner on Thursdays, Sept. 12 to Nov. 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., or Oct. 24 to Nov. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information and to pre-register, contact the centre at 604-948-0660. 


Recently bereaved and interested in self-care practices? Join this free group to learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation to help address feelings of depression, exhaustion and anxiety as they relate to grief. Sessions held at Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner on Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 12 to Oct. 17. For more information and to pre-register, contact the centre at 604-948-0660.


Write a story and then learn how to bind it together into a book at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Drop by the library for Create Your Own Book on Saturdays, Sept, 7, 14 and 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. for inspiration, help getting started and time to complete your creation. Then on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., learn how to bind your masterpiece together into a book. On Sept. 25, drop your completed book off at the library to be part of a display during Culture Days, Sept. 27 to 29. 


The Ladner Pioneer Library invites you to participate in Bad Art Day on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. The library will provide the wacky art material, you make the bad art. Create something truly dreadful and have a chance to win a prize. Ages 12+. Registration required.


Want to be creative and do something for others? Do both at Random Acts of Kindness on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library. Ages 8+. Come again on Oct. 22 and Nov. 26.


Cyclists who want to ride with others for fun and fitness can meet in the Ladner Pioneer Library parking lot Tuesdays and Thursdays weather permitting. The group leaves at 10 a.m. If you can cycle 25, 40 or 65 kilometres at 20 to 30 km/h or aspire to it, contact Bob at 604-943-1603 for more information.


Delta Deas Rowing Club has published its “Learn to Row” schedule for summer 2019. All programs take place at Deas Island Regional Park in Delta. Rowing is a “sport for life” and the club offers programs for high school students as well as adults from 18 to 88 years of age. Sessions are available at a wide range of times during the week and weekend. Information is at or by email at


Kings Links Ladies Golf Club is welcoming new members. The club plays every Tuesday morning until mid-October. Come out and enjoy fun competitions on a challenging course. For more information, contact Jennifer at or Cheryl at


The Knitting Sisters meet the first and third Saturday of the month at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner from 10 a.m. to noon. New members welcome. For information call Brenda at 604-868-6015 or email:


The Tsawwassen Order of Old Bastards (TOOBs) has been quietly helping many South Delta groups and individuals since 1984. The club's fundraising is done through food services at community events such as the Ladner Bandfest and the Tsawwassen Sun Festival. If you are interested in joining a group of energetic volunteers or just interested getting more information about TOOBs, call Norm Sayfy at 604-551-5842.


Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Station 8 Delta is looking for men and women to join the all-volunteer group dedicated to saving lives on the waters around Delta. Those interested in learning the latest in search and rescue, first aid, navigation and seamanship can visit or email


Do you enjoy knitting or crochet? Would you like to get together with like-minded people to share ideas, techniques and good conversation? Knit & Stitch is offered at all three Delta libraries. It runs Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library, Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tsawwassen Library and Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. at George Mackie Library. All ages and abilities are welcome.


The Canadian Lifeboat Institution is interviewing potential volunteers to serve as crew or support personnel for its Delta Lifeboat. Professional training is given in seamanship, navigation, medical, and search and rescue techniques. Contact John at 604-760-5218 for more information.


Have you attended a suicide bereavement support group and want to connect with others with similar experiences on an ongoing or occasional basis? Then join the Centre for Supportive Care’s drop-in, free Suicide Bereavement Alumni Group. Open to all communities. No commitment to attend every month. Group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Must register prior to attending. Call Teresa at 604-948-0660.




The Lonesome Town Painters bluegrass band will perform a concert at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Early bird discount until Aug. 31 is $25 for members and guests. Tickets are $30 after Aug. 31. Call 604-946-1411 weekdays for tickets or come into McKee. Cash bar.


KinVillage Travel will be having lunch at Troll’s in Horseshoe Bay followed by a visit to Lonsdale Quay on Monday, Aug. 26. Bus leaves White Spot in Tsawwassen at 9:45 a.m. and from McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner at 10 a.m., returning at approximately 4 p.m. Cost is $60 for members and $65 for guests. Call 604-943-0225.


KinVillage Travel will be having lunch at Newlands Golf Course followed by a visit to the Greater Vancouver Zoo on Monday, Sept. 9. Bus leaves White Spot in Tsawwassen at 10 a.m. and from McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner at 10:15 a.m., returning at approximately 4 p.m. Cost is $65 for members and $70 for guests. Call 604-943-0225.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre is offering free fall classes: Core Balance Strength (Sept. 10 and 17 from 8 to 9 a.m.), Line Dancing (Sept. 13 and 20 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.) and Workout Warriors (Sept. 13 and 20 from 9 to 10 a.m.). Open to everyone.


A Welcome Back Luncheon will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at KinVillage Community Centre. It will include square dancing and entertainment with professional caller Tyler. Tickets are $14 for members and $16 for non-members. Call 604-943-0225.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre now has “Friends & Food” community table Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at McKee Café. Eat a good meal with a new friend.


Farm to Table at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers selling their goods. Cash sales and bring your own bags.


McKee Walking Club walks rain or shine every Tuesday and Friday. Meet at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre.


KinVillage Travel will be going to Parq Casino Vancouver on Friday, Oct. 25. Bus leaves White Spot in Tsawwassen at 9 a.m. and from McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner at 9:15 a.m., returning at approximately 3:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for members. Call 604-943-0225.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre needs new members for its carpet bowling club that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is only 50 cents.


A Modelers Club meets at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Members build models of all scales, discuss the hobby, and share tips and secrets. Members must have a current McKee membership.




Search and Rescue Safety Day will be held on Sunday, Aug 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ladner Wharf at the foot of Elliott Street. Meet the volunteers of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews from Delta, Richmond and Surrey and tour the RCM-SAR fast response rescue vessels at the dock.





Visit the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe, 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen, starting Monday, Aug. 12 to shop a great selection of fall and back to school clothing.


Visit the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe, 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen, starting Monday, Aug. 19 to shop a great selection of musical instruments. From recorders to guitars, there will be many options for the music lover.




Come to Trinity Lutheran Church in Point Roberts and listen to organ music like you have never heard before. The Concert Series continues on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.   Gifted, talented young player Alex Huneault will wow with a lively performance.


The eCleCtiC café will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre. As summer winds down join Howard Solverson and his guest as they present an eclectic mix of live music in a comfy coffee house setting. Members $5; non-members $7. Coffee, tea and goodies will be served.


Did you have fun playing in a band in high school? If so, dust off your instrument, contact Curt Jantzen, and then join us in Ladner Tuesday evenings starting Sept. 10.  The Delta Music Makers Concert Band is a fun group of adults who love to rehearse and play concerts in the community. Especially needed now are trumpets and clarinets, or any instrument except alto sax (that section is full). Contact


If you love music and have a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument, then join Loades of Music Concert Band. Share the joy of making music with other adult musicians. Annual fee is $50 with regular attendance and home practice encouraged. Cultivate a love of playing band music every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Saviour Lutheran Church, 4737-57th St., Ladner. Contact


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