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CLUBS AND GROUPS Bats of Burrvilla takes place Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Deas Island Regional Park. Follow the flight of these fascinating mammals.


Bats of Burrvilla takes place Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Deas Island Regional Park. Follow the flight of these fascinating mammals. Listen to their hunting sonar using a bat detector as they dash and dart in search of mosquitoes and moths. Learn about the mysteries of their nocturnal life as you experience their world. Ages 6+ $4.25/youth/senior, $8/adult, $21.25/family Registration required, please call: 604-432-6359. To find out about other Metro Vancouver programs, visit the events calendar at

Always a big hit, Mad Science is back to wow you with their incredible Fire and Ice show. Discover the cool chemistry behind the states of matter, and learn the intriguing basics of air pressure. Scissors will unexpectedly sizzle and carbon dioxide will bubble as the chilling properties of dry ice are revealed. Be amazed when a ball is suspended over the audience, and marvel at the strength of your own lungs with radical air pressure experiments. One hour of pure family entertainment. Shows are Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at George Mackie Library, 1 to 2 p.m. at Tsawwassen Library and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library.

DIGIVATIONS is holding Train Like an Astronaut full-day programs at Delta Gymnastics in Ladner from Aug. 7 to 10 and Aug. 20 to 24. NASA Mini-Academies will be held at the Point Roberts Community Center August 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Register at

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 Aug. 8. Open to members, non-members, all experience levels of therapeutic touch and to anyone interested in learning about this modality as an introduction/information session. To register please call Frances (604-948-1652) or Selena (604-953-4175).

Sports equipment is for sale at the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe. Shop early for hockey and skating equipment at great prices. Hospice Cottage open Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 4 p.m., sidewalk sale Monday - 1521 56th St. Tsawwassen.

Troubled by someone's drinking? Al-Anon Support Group meets in the 'Penland Room' of the Clubhouse at Sacred Heart Parish, 3900 Arthur Drive (South side, past Hall, at rear of property behind Monastery).

Celebrate Recovery is a non-profit meeting held every Friday night at South Delta Baptist Church starting at 7 pm. We are an "umbrella" group meaning we deal with any "hurt, habit or hang-up" and we come together to heal together. For more information contact or Kristin Kozar at 604-780-8317.

Breastfeeding? Pregnant and wanting to learn more? Get the information and encouragement you need to meet your breastfeeding goals. La Leche League Canada's South Delta Group meets for discussion the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at Ladner United Church, 4960-48th Ave. Babies and young children are welcome. Between meetings phone help is available from Ruth at 604-948-3284 and Darcie at 604-244-0284.

Devon Gardens Elementary School (the district's only Montessori elementary school) is currently accepting registrations for primary K-3 Montessori classes for the upcoming 2012/2013 school year. Please contact Devon Gardens Elementary School at 604-581-6185 or for more information or to register.

The Delta Youth Support Line Society (DYSL) is looking for fabulous, friendly people to volunteer at the DYSL Wearhouse Thrift Store in Tsawwassen. This is an amazing summer opportunity to learn and develop marketable skills all while being part of a great volunteer team! For more info, or to fill out a volunteer application, contact Brenda at or

The South Delta Therapeutic Touch Practice Group meets the second Wednesday of every month at Natural Comfort Wellness Centre in Tsawwassen. The meetings are open to all practitioners with any level of TT training who want to practice their skills as well as members of the public who want to learn more about this healing modality. Call Selena for more info 604-952-4175.

IODE Boundary Bay Chapter is looking for new, enthusiastic women to join our local charitable fundraising organization. We are a fun group of women who strive to make a difference in our community by focusing on support for children, youth, seniors and those in need. Through several fundraising initiatives, our chapter supports organizations in the South Delta community.

IODE is a registered charity. If you are interested, we welcome you to attend one of our monthly meetings and consider joining. Our national website is We also accept donations. Contact Diane at 604-948-3198 or e-mail

French classes (beginners advanced and conversation) are available for adults at Ecole Bois Joli, 785-49th St., Tsawwassen. For more info call PAC of Ecole Bois Joli at 604-948-7077.

One-to-One individual help is available for Internet, email and library database questions at the Tsawwassen Library, 1321A 56th St. Call to make an appointment. Tsawwassen Library: 604-943-2271.

AL-ANON Family Groups announces that the Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. meetings have relocated to 5061-12th Avenue in Tsawwassen.

South Asian Ladies, meet and share your morning with other South Asian women. Compare recipes, share stories and meet new friends. Tea and snacks provided. Join us Monday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon at Deltassist, 9097-120th St., North Delta. For more information, call 778-686-0453. A partnership between Deltassist and Sahara Services Society.

The Delta Photo Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the KinVillage Recreation Centre. Join photographers of all skills levels at these fun and informative weekly photo meetings. For further information, see or contact Karoline at

Always wanted to write your personal history? If you don't do it who will? Join the Tsawwassen Writing Group at Tsawwassen Library the second and fourth Thursday morning each month at 10:30 until noon. Phone Belle Curd at 604-948-5441 or just show up.

Wondering about your breast cancer risk? Join our free group sessions on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. to learn how to prevent breast cancer through healthy lifestyle changes. Limited space available - reserve by phone 604-603-5140 or email The Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic is a project of the CCS-UBC Cancer Prevention Centre and receives funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon. The clinic is located at BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre.

Do you have OCD? Are you supporting someone with OCD? Canadian Mental Health, Delta Branch offers a support group on the first Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm @ 11715-72nd Avenue (house). The group is facilitated by a counselling psychologist with specialized training in the treatment of OCD. Meetings are free, please call 604-943-1878 to register for your first meeting.

Feeling down? Depressed? Suffering from bipolar disorder or some symptoms?

Help is close at hand. A Support Group led by a peer facilitator meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month from 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are held at the CMHA's new location, 4871 Delta St., Ladner. Need informative brochures? The office is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Call 604-943-1878.

Are you helping/supporting someone with a mental health disorder? Or are you concerned about someone displaying some symptoms of mental health problems? Plan to attend the Family Support Group that meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Education Conference Room, Delta Hospital, 5800 Mountain View Blvd., Ladner. Call 604-943-1878.

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.

Do you enjoy volunteering? Interacting with pre-school age children in a social/recreational "play-school" setting? Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC is seeking volunteers to help out in our Family Resource Centres in North Delta and Ladner. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, Monday to Friday Volunteer screening includes a criminal record check, two references and volunteer orientations. For more information please contact Donna Burke, Volunteer Coordinator, 604-591-9262, extension 131 or e-mail:

B.C. Guide Dog Services needs volunteers to help raise a future guide dog for the blind or autism support dog for a child. The dog will live with you from seven weeks-15 months of age. 24/7 staff support. Food and vet expenses covered. Adult must be at home during the day or be able to bring dog to work. or call Linda at 604-940-4504.

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 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 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.

Deltassist presents at no cost "Positive Parenting Workshops" for parents of children 5-12 years. Workshops are currently being offered every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:15 p.m. until March 20 at the Deltassist office in North Delta - 9097-120th St. Please call 604-594-3455 for more information.

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

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.

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

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: To learn more about our programs and services, please visit

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.

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

Knitting Sisters Group. If you would like to knit or crochet for worthy causes please contact Alice at or 604-946-3060. Drop in sessions first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 am - noon at the McKee Senior Centre in Ladner. Donated yarn always welcome and appreciated.

Learn to Row sessions for adults and youth are beginning soon at Delta Deas Rowing Club. Call 604-946-3074 or visit 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 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: or call 604-940-3375.

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 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre will be closed from Saturday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 12, inclusive for interior painting and maintenance, re-opening Monday, Aug. 13.

South Delta Seniors' Travel hosts a trip to Minter Gardens and Harrison Hot Springs Monday, Aug. 13. It includes a buffet lunch. Members only $60 - all gratuities included. Call 604-943-0225.

Delta Seniors Planning Team is offering a free workshop for seniors on reducing health risks and maintaining good health through physical activity. It will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at KinVillage Community Centre at 5430- 10th Ave., Tsawwassen. Presenter is Sepia Sharma, Community Health Specialist, Fraser Health Authority. Discussion to follow about good walking routes in Tsawwassen. For more information call 604-946-9526 or

The Kin Jam band invites everyone to listen and/or dance to their music the second and fourth Tuesday of each week from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. At KinVillage Community Centre. Admission is free.


On Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre, 11760-88th Ave., North Delta, a Penny Carnival and Barbecue will be held by the Kennedy House Seniors Society to benefit the B.C. Childrens' Hospital.

Admssion is free and events are by penny donations. All pennies will collected will be matched by the Kennedy House Seniors Society and donated to the B.C. Children's Hospital. Carnival games - Clowns - Snow Cones - Cotton Candy

Featuring the Delta Police Bicycle Rodeo from 1 to 2 p.m.


Twice monthly car boot sales at Centennial Beach Parking lot, 8:30 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday (Weather permitting) Only $10 per space. Next sale: Aug. 11. Sell treasures - buy treasures! Hosted by Cammidge House Volunteer Committee Boundary Bay Regional Park. For more information call Beth 604-940-9824.

Delta Community Animal Expo takes place Sunday, Aug. 12 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Ladner Memorial Park. Come spend a fun filled day in the sun with your family (leashed dogs and other pets welcome too!) The Delta Animal Expo has over 40 exhibitors which include dog rescue groups, animal wellness businesses and more! The Expo will host an interactive and educational Show Stage, Pet Look-A-Like Contest and this year we are excited to expand our guest experience by having the Tollie Fund Activity Arena. The Activity Arena will have fun games and events that you can get involved in with your dog! More details about the Expo available at Check the DCAS Facebook for the Pet Look-A-like contest entrants and submit your entry now.


The Tsawassen SunFest Music Festival takes place over the B.C. Day-long weekend from Aug. 3 to 6 with bands, musical events and concert performances at the Winskill Park Main Stage, the Tsawwassen Arts Centre and various outdoor venues around town including Earthwise Garden, Petra's and Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall. Bands include No Sinner, Bocephus King, Sargent Ginger, and Christine Magee's Chocolate N' Vanilla Affairs. See the full festival line up, dates and show times at

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 ( the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations (no phone calls, please).