Coming events: All-candidates debate, English gardening trends and more



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All-candidates meeting on environmental issues will be held at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Reading Buddies is a six-week program at Ladner Pioneer Library that pairs children in grades K-3 with high school student volunteers for 45 minutes of reading practice each week. It is a great way to improve reading skills in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Registration now underway and the program starts on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited.


Ambassadors-Tsawwassen Mills Toastmasters will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15 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). The meeting theme is "Dream Big." The club guarantees it will be an evening of laughter and learning. For more information contact Leah at


South Delta Garden Club meets on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to hear Thomas Hobbs speak on Trends in English Gardening: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at Ladner Christian Reformed Church, 4594-54A St. All members and paying guests welcome.


Boundary Bay Quilt Guild meets on the third Tuesday of each month from September to June at Sacred Heart Church hall in Ladner from 7 to 9 p.m. Upcoming meeting dates are: Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. Visit


Recent loss due to suicide and want the support of others in similar circumstances? Join a free adult Suicide Grief Support Group where you can share your feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, learn about coping strategies and resources, and develop community with others. Group meets at Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner on eight Tuesdays, Oct. 15 to Dec. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to pre-register, call 604-948-0660.   


Delta Community Living Society is co-hosting a workshop with PLAN Institute for families supporting people with developmental disabilities on “Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning.” The workshop will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. For more information, visit or email


The Probus Club of South Delta, a non-profit club for retired and semi-retired people who wish to gather with others to enjoy learning and fellowship, will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. Guest speakers will be the candidates running in the federal election. Members and their guests are welcome. Call Dick Williams at 604-940-6542 for information.


SD Newcomers welcomes members (new and current residents) from Ladner, Tsawwassen and Point Roberts. Their next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:15 p.m. at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen. Const. Lee Chapman from the Delta police Community Watch program will talk about their innovative philosophy to a safer community and sharing ideas how to avoid being targeted by scams.


Running on Climate is the final film in this year’s GreenFlix series. It takes you behind the scenes to see how, against all odds, a landslide Green Party victory was won right here on our doorstep. Presented by the Delta South BC Greens. Free event but donations appreciated. Film screening followed by discussion at Ladner United Church on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Watch a trailer or the entire film at


Delta Community Living Society is hosting a workshop for families supporting people with developmental disabilities on “RDSPs.” The workshop will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. For more information, visit or email


Low Vision Support Group meets at the Ladner Pioneer Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Monday of most months. Upcoming meeting dates: Oct. 21 (ML Burke on seniors’ issues in Delta), Nov. 18 (Tactile Creativity) and Dec. 16 (social).


A Parkinson’s support group meeting will be held at KinVillage in Tsawwassen on Monday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.


To salute World Polio Day, Rotary Club of Ladner is holding “Pumpkins for Polio” sales events on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with proceeds going entirely to the Rotary’s End Polio campaign: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ladner Leisure Centre and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Delta Secondary where there will also be a pumpkin carving contest. More at


News & Views discussion group meets at the Tsawwassen Library on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Discussion of current events on global, American, Canadian, British Colombian and local issues.   


The Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen at 7:15 p.m.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The meeting is open to the public. Guest speaker is Priye Iworima, the 2019-2020 winner of the CFUW Ecole Polytechnique Commerative Award.


All Saints Anglican Church in Ladner hosts a free monthly community meal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.


Intermediate level Spanish conversation meetings take place in the Tsawwassen Library every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 22. They are not classes and are not suitable for beginners. For more information call or text Aidan at 360-350-9155.


The South Delta Caregivers’ Network offers a six-week education series and support group twice a year. The next series starts Wednesday, Oct. 23 and runs once a week from 1 to 3 p.m. The one-time fee of $40 includes the six sessions with coffee and refreshments as well as unlimited monthly drop-in support groups. The series is held at the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner. Call 604-948-0660 to register.


Mental Health Resiliency Support Group offered by Canadian Mental Health Association welcomes anyone who lives with a mental illness/mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. The group provides a safe environment to share your struggles and triumphs. Peer facilitators lead the group, provide support and educate on topics that help members to cope and move forward in an encouraging way. Group meets twice a month on Thursdays in the Ladner office. Call 604-943-1878 or email for more details and to register before your first meeting.


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.


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.




Volunteers needed for customer service desk and café at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre. Contact Jacqui at 604-946-1411 for more information.


KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen hosts a Harvest Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets $14 for members, $16 for guests.


Shari’s Saturday Social Dance at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen on Saturday, Oct. 12. The theme is safari so put on your favourite African print (dress style optional). As always, dance to a wide variety of great CD music. Tickets available at the door are $12 for members, $14 for guests, and include mid-evening assorted goodies, tea and coffee. Cash bar. To reserve a table call Shari at 604-943-8755.


Free arthritis information session presented by Debbie Cheong will be held at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m.


McKee Modellers Club is starting up again Oct. 22 and it’s looking for new members. Contact Stewart Goodfellow at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre for more details.


Free medical cannabis education presentation will be held at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Must be 19+ to attend.


Free chronic conditions self-management workshop presented by UVic will be held at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre on Thursdays, Oct. 24 to Nov. 28, at 9:30 a.m.


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.


Free men’s health workshop presented by Delta seniors support co-ordinator will be held at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre on Monday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m.


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.


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.




Kinsmen Club of Ladner/Tsawwassen presents its Kin Crab and Corn Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Harris Barn in Ladner. Doors at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 draw, pumpkin carving contest and lots of Kin fellowship. The evening is in memory of Con and Marna. Tickets are $40. Call Dave to purchase at 604-943-8829.


Tsawwassen United Fall Fair is on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fair will include frozen fruit pies, New to You, silent auction, crafts, plants, bottle bar game, lunch and much more.


T.A.G. Challenge (Sport Showdown) on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. is seeking teams for friendly competition at Delta Gymnastics. Team building event based on an obstacle course that offers laughs, prizes and tons of fun. Teams of seven to 12 people, any gender, age or ability level, $195. Individuals can register for $25. Call 604-943-0460 or email


Family Fright Fest takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ladner Community Centre, McKee Seniors Recreation Centre and area. Haunted house, trick or treating, face painting, crafts, games and more.


Artists of all types are welcome to sell their handmade wares at the KinVillage Christmas Market on Saturday, Nov. 16. Six-foot tables only $35. Call 604-943-0225 or stop by the community centre (5430-10th Ave.) weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to reserve your spot.




Halloween at the Cottage. Visit the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe, 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen, for a spooky selection of Halloween costumes and accessories.  Unique costumes and décor items available.




Artfully Anonymous… until you buy it is a South Delta Artists Guild fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen. Every 10x10-inch original art piece by talented guild members as well as donations by worldwide known artists is only $100. More information at


The Happy Wanderers are looking for singers, any age, male and female, who would like to join the group for a “singalong” of old type group for seniors four times a month for one hour. Group starts on Sept. 5 and will sing every Thursday at 2 p.m. Call Ann Baranszky at 604-940-0423.


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.  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


Loades of Music daytime concert band has commenced a new season. Band rehearses Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Saviour Lutheran Church, 4737-57th St., Ladner. Registration fee is $50 per year. This year the band would like to add players to its brass section that play either trumpet or trombone.


The Coming Events column is published every Thursday as a community service. If you have a non-profit event, e-mail (, mail or drop off the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations. No phone calls, please.




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