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CLUBS AND GROUPS The Hospice Cottage Thrift Store has a Jewelry, Watch and Designer Collections Sale on Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen.

CLUBS AND GROUPS

The Hospice Cottage Thrift Store has a Jewelry, Watch and Designer Collections Sale on Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen.

Calling all residents interested in improving their public speaking! Ambassadors Toastmasters meets at South Delta Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. www.ambassadorstoastmasters.org.

If you are between the ages of 9 - 12 and you love to read and talk to other kids about the books you've read, register for the next Kids' Book Club at the Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683-51st St., Delta (604-946-6215). The club meets on the second Tuesday of the month, beginning February 8. Space is limited.

On Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. join Go Green Delta DVD and Book Group for a discussion of Thomas Kostigen's You are Here. This book explores the link between our actions and how they impact our planet earth. Group meets second Wednesday of each month at the Tsawwassen Library.

The South Delta Therapeutic Touch Network meets every second Wednesday of the month at the Natural Comfort Wellness Centre in Tsawwassen. The next meeting is on Feb. 8. Open to all levels of therapeutic touch and anyone interested in an introduction to this healing modality. For more info and to register please call Frances 604-948-1652 or Selena 604-952-4175.

Free Parent Workshop "Positive Parenting: The Basics and Beyond". A two-day interactive approach to creating a positive, supportive atmosphere for your family interactions. Presented by Reach Child and Youth Development Society. Thursday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3-3800-72nd St., Ladner. Please bring your own nut-free lunch. To register call 604-946-6622 Ext. 343 or email caroly@reachdevelopment.org.

There's a Lady and The Tramp Valentine Dinner at the Tsawwassen Legion, 22-1835-56th St. on Feb. 11. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic toast and dessert. Tickets $10. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Combo tickets available at the bar for this Valentine Dinner and Dance with local band South Side Vibe (http://www.southsidevibe.com/). Cost: $20. Call 604-943-0232.

Join the Delta Naturalists for our meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Cammidge House on Boundary Bay in Tsawwassen. Our speaker this month is Dan Esler. Dan is a researcher and adjunct professor with the Centre for

Wildlife Ecology, SFU. He will be speaking on wildlife population responses to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Two Decades of Research. He will be focusing on the most affected wildlife such as sea otters and sea ducks including harlequin ducks and Barrow's goldeneyes.This research offers lessons for potential risks associated with oil and gas development or transportation in similar environments, such as coastal British Columbia. Everyone welcome, no cost. For more information, call Joanne at 604-946-2240.

Weekend Retreat - An Introduction to The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises from Feb. 16 to 18. (Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. David's Anglican Church - 1115-51A St., Tsawwassen. Cost $45 (limited to 30 people). Facilitator Rob Des Cotes, spiritual director with Imago Dei (www.imagodeicommunity.ca). To register or for more information contact Judi at 604-943-4609 or jcuff@dccnet.com.

Egan Davis, horticulturalist and lecturer at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens is the speaker at the meeting of the Evergreen Garden Club on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Kinsman House, 5050-47th Ave., Ladner. Topic will be "The essence of good gardening". Members and guests are welcome.

The next regular meeting of the South Delta Low Vision Suport Group will be on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Ladner Pioneer Library at 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be John Puspal from CNIB. New equipment will be discussed. For more information contact Matt Yole at 604-946-9934.

Are you responsible for the care of an adult family member or friend at home or in a facility? Trying to cope with the changes that aging and illness bring to a loved one can be a difficult and stressful job. Delta Caregivers' Network is offering an education series and support group starting Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. once a week for eight weeks. Subjects covered include caregiver stress, communication techniques, role and lifestyle changes, accessing and using community resouces, and legal and financial issues. Cost is $25. To register phone The Center for Supportive Care 604-948-0660, Frances 604- 946-7131 or Sylvia 604-943-7596.

The Delta Parent Advisory Committee is hosting a Fundraising Fair on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 12 to 5 at East Delta Hall. The committee is inviting all the community leaders, teachers, PAC members to come browse booths of local vendors to get ideas for fundraisers for their schools. Businesses interested in having a booth can contact jgolby@gmail.com.

The Tsawwassen Tuesday Ladies Golf Club is welcoming new members for the 2012 season. We are currently playing out of the Delta Golf Club on Hwy. 10. Our season opens on April 3 with a breakfast meeting at the new Delta Clubhouse. For more information contact Rita Kendel at 604-535-0932 or ritakendel@hotmail.com.

The Delta Stamp Club meets at the Tsawwassen Library at 7:30 p.m. and talk about, trade or otherwise exchange stamps. The meetings are every second and fourth Tuesdays of every month and last approximately one and a half hours. New members are very welcome, and no one needs to be an expert on philately just interested. Come and check us out, we would love to see you. Contact Nellie at 604-940-3803 for more information.

Tsawwassen Badminton Club welcomes new players of all standards of

play. We are a "drop-in" club and meet each Monday & Friday evening at

Delta Christian School, Ladner Trunk Road, Ladner at 7:30 p.m. Work off some of your unwanted Christmas pounds at our friendly and social club which can offer some levels of informal coaching as well as competitive play. Call Peter Edwards on 604 940 0844 for further information.

The Tsawwassen Tennis Club is looking for ladies to play day or night league spring 2012. Organized competitive fun tennis. For more information email chavdale@dccnet.com or call 604-219-4232.

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is accepting volunteer applications. Be part of this highly skilled group of men and women that provides a service to the community by performing marine search and rescue. All new members are provided with in-depth training and all abilities are welcome. Visit deltasar.bc.ca for more information.

Delta Hospital Auxiliary is looking for volunteers in many areas. We help provide care and comfort to those that need the services of our hospital. We urgently require a coordinator for the following areas: Ways and Means, office, caf and last but not least, the gift shop. We also need a new vice-president. If you can give a few hours a week, we need you! Please call the auxiliary office at 604-946-1121 local 783212.

Get comfortable with using the Internet. Tsawwassen Library offers drop-in hands-on 60-minute courses on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Open to everyone. Registration is not required. Individual help is available at Ladner Pioneer Library and Tsawwassen Library for Internet, email and library database questions. By appointment only. Please visit or call the Information Desk to book an appointment. Ladner Pioneer Library - 604-946-6215. Tsawwassen Library - 604-943-2271.

You are invited to join others in your community to share information and resources, coping strategies, ideas for living well with Parkinson's, good humour and more at Tsawwassen Parkinson's Support Group meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the KinVillage Community Centre, multi-purpose room, 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen. For more information please contact: Robbin Jeffereys, Parkinson Society British Columbia, 1-800-668-3330, 604-662-3240 or rjeffereys@parkinson.bc.ca.

Scrabble Club at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Do you have a way with words? Drop in and test your word power at the Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683-51st St., Delta on the last Tuesday of the month at 5:30 - 8:30 pm. All ages and experience welcome.

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a non-profit international women's organization, is accepting new members. We are of all ages and our motto is "Life Learning and Friendship." Call Joyce at 604-940-0106 or Alice at 604-946-4998 if you are interested in joining.

Are you 15 to 30, unemployed and motivated to find a better job? Our federally funded program supports youth in a six-week in-class training program, followed by a 14-week work placement in a field of their interest. Youth are paid a training allowance during class time, and minimum wage in their work placements. Topics include bettering your job search skills, career counseling and testing, and personal development. Certificates given depending on your training needs. Contact Skills Link at 604-946-8674 for more info or email lisaa@bgccs.bc.ca.

The Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Driver program in Ladner/Tsawwassen is in need of more volunteer drivers to take patients to and from their treatment. Training and dispatch are provided. Time commitments are flexible. If you are interested in further information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Christian Chenard, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at 604-533-1668 Ext 338 or email fvrvolengagement@bc.cancer.ca.

There are free drop-in programs for children 0-6 years and their parent/caregiver at South Delta Family Resource Centre/Ladner ECD Hub at unit 205-5000 Bridge Street. Activities include crafts, snack, play-based activities, stories and rhyme time. Open daily from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Open throughout the year. Call 604-946-3933.

Are you interested in making a real and profound difference in the lives of people caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? Come join the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s team of dedicated support facilitators. A commitment of three to six hours a month over a one-year time period is required. Training is provided. Contact Anthony Kupferschmidt for more information: 604-238-7390 or e-mail: anthony@alzheimerbc.org. To learn more about our programs and services, please visit www.alzheimerbc.org.

The Hospice Cottage Thrift Store in Tsawwassen is looking for volunteers for morning, afternoon and evening shifts on any day of the week. There is also a need for volunteers interested in books to join the book team. Please call

604-948-0660 and leave a message for Sandy Schmidt at ext.333.

The volunteer "Delta Marine Unit" needs volunteers for organizing fund raising and events. Crew volunteers are also needed to train for this important humanitarian service. Saving lives and property at sea. If you love boating and the sea, you'll love this. We operate an enclosed all weather fast response lifeboat. We are based in Ladner Harbour. If you want to help, please call Chris Scurr at 604-946-7641 for details.

The Ladner/Tsawwassen Kinsmen Club invites new and old members to join us, the first and third Mondays of each month at Kin House in Ladner. Join the only all-Canadian service club. Come have fun, meet our neighbours and help make our community a better place to live and raise our families. Supper is at 6:30 p.m., the meeting is a 7 p.m. and the fun follows. There is no age limit for members as there was in the past. For more information please call 604-946-8711. Leave a message.

Supportive Care - for people with cancer, other life-threatening or progressive illness and those who are grieving. Relaxation Group (Drop-in, Tuesday at 10 a.m.), Bereavement Walking Group (Drop-in Wednesday at 10 a.m.), Caregivers' Group, and Grief Groups. Call the Centre for Supportive Care at 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner; 604-948-0660 for more information.

Family Support Groups will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Education Room at Delta Hospital, 5800 Mountain View Boulevard, Ladner.

Depression/Bipolar Support Groups shall be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 p.m. at the CMHA Delta Branch office, Unit 14 - 1835- 56th Street, Tsawwassen.

Tsawwassen Badminton Club welcomes new adult players - all ages and capabilities. We are a sociable group with various levels of play. We meet on Monday evenings at South Delta Secondary School and on Friday evenings at Ladner Christian School (Ladner Trunk). 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. both evenings. Call Peter Edwards on 604-940-0844 for additional information or email pedwards7@cs.com.

The Knitting Sisters is a group of ladies that love to knit and crochet for as many worthy causes as possible. We make many items such as hats, toques, scarves, slippers, blankets, baby items and more. If you would be interested in participating please contact Alice Gisborne at 604-946-3060 or email agisborne@dccnet.com. Webpage is user.dccnet.com/agisborne. Drop in sessions are on first and third Saturdays of every month at the McKee Centre in Ladner from 10 a.m. to noon. Donated yarn would be very much appreciated.

The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity, visit our website at www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts soon.

Learn to Row sessions for adults and youth are beginning soon at Delta Deas Rowing Club. Call 604-946-3074 or visit deltadeas.com for more information.

The Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at Royal Oaks Social Room, 1100-56th Street at 7:15 p.m. With monthly guest speakers and interest groups, the club is dedicated to the promotion of education and improvement of the status of women. New members are always welcome. Call Cheryl at 604-943-4634 or Anna at 604-943-0042.

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is accepting volunteer applications. Be a part of this highly skilled group of men and women that provides a service to the community by performing marine search and rescue. All new members are provided with in-depth training and all abilities are welcome. Visit deltasar.bc.ca for more information.

The Winskill Otters Masters Swim Club, for ages 18 and over, welcomes swimmers all abilities. It meets Sundays from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m., or 8 to 9 p.m. For more information visit: www.winskillotters.com or call 604-940-3375.

The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity, visit our website at www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts January 14, 2012.

The Delta Stamp Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. New members are always welcome.

Drop-in Bereavement Walking Group - Be physically active, receive peer support and socialize with others who have experienced the loss of a significant person. Join men and women of all ages for fresh air and a short or longer walk, followed by refreshments at the Centre for Supportive Care (4631 Clarence

Taylor Crescent, Ladner). For more information call 604-948-0660.

Drop-in Relaxation Circle - Are you living with Cancer? Are you a caregiver? Are you grieving a death? Join the Relaxation Circle Tuesdays at 10 am. Using music and guided imagery, learn to relax, improve your focus, and reduce your stress. For more information call the Centre for Supportive Care (4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner) at 604-948-0660.

The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity, visit our website at www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts soon.

Toastmasters in Tsawwassen Do you want to gain confidence in public speaking? Do you want to learn leadership skills? Ambassadors Toastmasters Club meets twice a month in Tsawwassen. For more info, see: www.AmbassadorsToastmasters.org.

Canadian Mental Health Association Delta Branch offers free, facilitated family support meetings for family and friends supporting a person living with a mental illness. The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Delta Hospital Education Conference Room, 5800 Mountain View Blvd., Ladner. Call 604-943-1878.

Canadian Mental Health Association Delta Branch offers free, facilitated support meetings for people with Depression/Bi-Polar or with symptoms. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at 14-1835-56th St., Tsawwassen (CMHA Delta Branch office). Call 604-943-1878.

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a non-profit international women's organization, is accepting new members. We are of all ages and our motto is "Life Learning and Friendship." Call Elenor at 604-943-2868 or Dede at 604-946-3119 if you're interested in joining.

If you like a good read and a lively discussion, the Book Ends are welcoming new members to their monthly book club meeting. Meeting held the second Thursday of the month. Call Hanna for details at 604-940-1264.

An RAOB GLE Buffaloes group has formed locally and is looking for new and old members. Contact Jeff at 604-946-4794 for more information.

Ladner Early Child Development Hub, 205-5000 Bridge St., hosts the following:

Drop in programs Monday to Friday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Mother Goose on Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. Mom's Group on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Call 604-946-3933 for details.

The DYSL Discoveries Thrift Store, 1308-56th St., Tsawwassen, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Visit www.dyslsociety.com.

The South Fraser Gogos meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to hear what groups of Canadian grandmothers are doing to help African grandmothers left to look after their orphaned grandchildren on little to no resources. For more information contact Jesse Pringle at 604-946-1012 or gogojess@telus.net.

Ladner Business Association weekly meetings have moved to the Royal Canadian Legion #61, 4896 Delta St., Ladner. All members and those interested in our local business community - see you Thursdays at 8 a.m.

Do you want to be a speaker people listen to? Do you want your presentations to be strong and convincing? Do you want to fill a room with laughter, and move a crowd to tears? Do you want to participate and learn in a supportive club atmosphere? Then join Deltones Toastmasters in Ladner every second and fourth Wednesday from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the Fraser Health Unit (beside Delta municipal hall). Call David at 604-946-4048 for more information or visit deltonestoastmasters.ca.

Delta Potters are accepting new members. To register for the coming year contact Carole Clancey at 604-943-5987. For more information visit deltapotters.com.

Gateway Society, Services for Persons with Autism has been providing outreach and residential services to adults and children throughout the province for 31 years from our base in Ladner. The group is looking for volunteers to sit on its Board of Directors. Accounting, business, legal or fundraising experience would be particularly valuable. Contact Barbara Baydala at 604-946-0401 for further information.

Delta Deas Rowing Club is offering interested youths and adults an opportunity to learn to row. This is your chance to try a great sport. For more information call 604-946-3074 or visit www.deltadeas.com.

The Tsawwassen Writing Group meets every second and fourth Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Tsawwassen Library. Admission is free. Limited seating. For more information call Belle Curd at 604-948-5441.

Moments for Moms, a morning out for moms in the community to be encouraged as a parent, meets at the South Delta Baptist Church every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Contact South Delta Baptist Church at 604-943-8244 to attend. For more information contact Donna Makelki at 604-948-5443 or dmakelki@telus.net.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Beach Grove Golf Club.

The Delta Rock and Gem Club meets every third Monday of the month at the South Delta Recreation Centre. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. There are educational programs and workshops. For more information call 604-943-4568.

Boundary Bay I.O.D.E., a ladies Canadian charity organization, meets the second Tuesday evening each month. New members welcome. For information contact June Langsford at 604-943-2296.

Delta Chess Club welcomes players of all abilities for games on Thursday at 7 p.m. at South Delta Library. Contact Chris Ludwig at 604-275-4762.

SENIORS

Valentine's/Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon is on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre. Cash Bar: 5 p.m. Chinese Buffet: 6 to 7 p.m.

Music by Sincerely Yours: 7 to 10 p.m. Members: $16, Guests: $20 Get your tickets early! 604-946-1411.

McKee Computer Club meets Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. at the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre. 604-946-1411.

The Circle of Friends offers social events to active seniors like movies, theatre trips, potlucks and walks. Meet at McKee House on the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Call Lesley at 604-946-9180 for more information.

FUND RAISERS

SPECIAL EVENTS

The 38th Annivesary Delta Leadership Prayer Breakfast is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 a.m. at the Delta Town & Country Inn. RCMP Insp. Tim Shields will be speaking. Contact Linda Frost for tickets 604-943-7775.

St. Andrew's Church, Delta, invites you to a Healing Workshop - The Healing Gifts of God's Kingdom (God's Amazing Grace When It Hurts) on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the lounge at Saviour Lutheran Church, 4737-57th St., Ladner. More info at www.standrewsdeltabc.org. Please register by emailing your name and contact information to events01@standrewsdeltabc.org or call Anita at 604-943-3824.

Focus on the Family - Date Night Challenge. A Valentine Event at Cedar Park Church for all couples (5300 44 Ave. Ladner) on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. (Webcast). Featuring comedian Jeff Allen, singer/songwriter Michael O'Brien and bestselling authors Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley. Door prizes, desserts, coffee/tea. Cost: $10/couple For tickets call 604-946-7410.

ARTS

Battle of the Bands. Are you the best local band around? If so come and play your heart out. There will be judges and prizes for the top band in their category. $20 to register. Friday, Feb. 3 at Tsawwassen Arts Centre. Call 604-943-9437 for more information.

The Coming Events column is published every Wednesday as a community service. If you have a non-profit event, mail, drop off, fax, or e-mail (events@delta-optimist.com) the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations (no phone calls, please).