Coming events: Band classes rolling out in Ladner



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Ever wanted to see your colouring come alive? Come to the Tsawwassen Library on Friday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for Quiver Colour Fun. See how Quiver colour works and discover augmented reality.


Delta Community Living Society is hosting a workshop for families supporting people with developmental disabilities on Representation Agreements. The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information, visit or email


A Parkinson’s support group meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at KinVillage in Tsawwassen. The group is for people living with Parkinson's and/or people who care for them. For more information call Gloria at 604-948-0156.


Delta Spinners & Weavers invite you to join them on the third Monday of each month. Bring your creative spirit to be encouraged as a beginner or reacquaint yourself with these traditions in a casual setting at Kirkland House, 4140 Arthur Dr., at their next meeting on Monday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. Email: for more information.


Still feeling confused about the electoral reform referendum? Come to an information session on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ladner Community Centre. This event is hosted by the local Council of Canadians chapter with guest speakers from Fair Vote Canada and Dogwood.


Love to create art while spreading happiness to those around you? Kids are invited to #BeKind – Random Acts of Kindness onTuesday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Brighten a stranger’s day by leaving messages of support, hope and encouragement in art form around our community.


The South Delta Garden Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of most months at Ladner Christian Reformed Church, 4594-54A St. Meetings include a guest speaker. Other activities are day tours, workshops and community activities. Amanda Jarrett speaks about common garden mistakes on Oct. 16. Membership is $20 per year. Guests are $5 (may be applied to membership).


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. 17 at Beach Grove Golf Club. It will hear from mayoral candidates for Delta. All members and their guests are welcome. Call Dick Williams at 604-940-6542 for information.


Are you providing care and/or support for a family member or friend who is in poor health, is frail elderly or has a disability or chronic disease causing dependency? The South Delta Caregivers' Network is offering an education series and support group starting Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. once a week for six weeks. Cost is $40. Topics covered include caregiver stress, communication techniques, role and lifestyle changes, accessing community resources, and legal and financial issues. To register call Laurie at 604-943-3921, Sylvia at 604-943-7596 or the Centre for Supportive Care at 604-948-0660.


The South Delta Newcomers meets on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:15 p.m. at the Kiwanis Longhouse Gallery, 1710-56th St., Tsawwassen. Award-winning writer Aaron Chapman, who has an in-depth knowledge of Vancouver’s entertainment history with a special interest in the city’s after dark history and underbelly, will present his book - The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. The Clark Park Gang.


Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions is a free six-week workshop at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon from Oct. 18 to Nov. 22. Self-management strategies for healthy eating, exercise and dealing with stress will be discussed. Persons with any ongoing health condition and caregivers welcome. Register with UVic at 604-940-1273 or


Family Games Afternoon runs every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Dec. 8 at the Tsawwassen Library. Unplug and reconnect with your family by playing board games. Enjoy one of the many games provided by the library or bring your favourites.


Lego Club runs every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library until Nov. 14. Lego Club is a fun afternoon program for kids. Lego provided. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult.


If you know or have a child who is grieving the loss of significant person, consider Kids Grieve Too, counsellor-led bereavement support groups for children aged seven to 12. These groups apply expressive arts and play to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief and loss, and provide support through connection with others. The next group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. from Oct. 15 to Nov. 26. For more information or to pre-register, call 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.


Want to practice your Spanish? Intermediate level Spanish conversation meetings take place in South Delta every Tuesday at 7 p.m. They alternate between the Tsawwassen and Ladner Pioneer libraries. For more information call Aidan at 604-256-4412.


The Knitting Sisters, who knit and crochet for charities, meet as a drop-in from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner. New members are needed and welcomed. Donations of yarn and/or finished articles are also welcomed. For more information call Brenda 604-868-6915 or e-mail


Cyclists who would like to ride with others can meet at the Ladner Pioneer Library parking lot Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. The ride is especially suited for reasonably fit, mature cyclists but everyone is welcome. Contact Bob at 604-943-1603 for more information.


Delta Hospice will offer a Volunteer Training Program from Oct. 1 to Nov. 8. The 30-hour program will run Monday and Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to noon. It provides training for those wishing to join a team of kind, caring volunteers who support people at end of life and in bereavement. Call 604-948-0660 for more information.


Delta Hospice Society offers a Drop-In Relaxation Circle, led by a music therapist, for those living with cancer or serious illness, as well as their family members and friends, every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner. Program is complimentary.


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.


Ambassadors Tsawwassen Mills Toastmasters meet every second and fourth Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The club meets at the Tsawwassen Mills training room and always welcomes guests. Come and see how Toastmasters can help you gain confidence and leadership skills through public speaking in a safe, encouraging environment. For more information contact




ElderCollege Delta courses are filling up fast but there is still room in some: iPad courses on Ebooks and Web Browsing; Editing Photos from your Camera or Phone; Stress Reduction; Solo Travel; Middle East Update; First Nations Health Authority; Science and Ethics; Violin in the Swing Era; and Images of Motherhood in Art History. An invitation is also extended to all for a free showing of the film Plastic Ocean and for upcoming special presentations ($10 membership required) Delta Geology and Geologic Hazards and Murder and Myth: Jack the Ripper and the Royal Family. For details and to register go to ElderCollege Delta/KinVillage or call 604-943-0262.


Shari’s Saturday Social will be held on Oct. 13at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dance to a wide variety of CD music including waltz, jive, mambo, etc. The theme is Safari. $12 for members, $14 for non-members (includes mid-evening assorted goodies). Tickets available at the door.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre hosts Dancin’ in the Country on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with line dancing and social dancing to new and classic country music. Tickets are $7 and available at McKee or at the door. Cash concession available.


KinVillage Travel hosts a trip to the Parq Casino in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 18. Cost is $9. Bus leaves White Spot in Tsawwassen at 9 a.m. and McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner at 9:15 a.m. It returns at approximately 3:30 p.m. Call 604-943-0225.


There will be a Harvest Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Suede Dogs will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $14 for members, $16 for non-members. Call 604-943-0225.


The McKee Seniors Recreation Centre, 5155-47th Ave., Ladner, is hosting a free Lyme disease workshop on Monday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.


March Hare Showband Presents Thru The Decades 60s and 70s on Friday, Oct. 26at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Call 604-943-0225.


The McKee Seniors Recreation Centre, 5155-47th Ave., Ladner, is hosting a free ICBC Safe Driving for Seniors workshop on Monday, Oct. 29 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.


Learn about electric cars at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. $3 admission at the door includes coffee and Timbits. A Tesla will be available for viewing.




Freshwave Ministries is hosting its third annual Hearts of Hope fundraising buffet dinner on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the RiverHouse Restaurant & Pub. The evening will include a silent auction/raffle/door prize. Entertainment by ambiente instrumental and jazz classical musician Michael Connor. Tickets are $45 per person. Call 604-943-8094 or visit





Tsawwassen United Church is hosting a Fall Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafts, baking, books, silent auction, plants, preserves, luncheon, South Delta’s famous fruit pies, jewelry and more.


Take part in a free tour to see firsthand how Delta is a gateway to Canada’s trade with the world. Tours on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Tuesday, Oct. 16. For details or to register, go to or call the Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office at 604-665-9635.


The 40th reunion of the North Delta Senior Secondary Class of 1978 is on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Sunbury Hall. Music, appetizers, bar. Tickets: $45 per person, 1978 grads plus guest/spouse only. For tickets e-transfer funds to


St. Andrew's Church will be hosting a day of teaching and workshops at the Tsawwassen Alliance Church hall on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will focus on the healing of past hurts through God's grace and mercy. Early bird registration fee is $15 (until Oct. 15); after that time it’s $20. Register online at: or call 604-908-8735. For more information, call Rev. Danielle Martell at 604-613-8432.


Sport Showdown on Saturday, Oct. 27 is seeking teams for friendly competition at Delta Gymnastics. Team building event offers laughs, prizes and tons of fun. Teams are made up of eight to 12 people of any gender, age or ability level. Two times: 3:30 to 6 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m. $25 per person. 604-943-0460 or


The 17th annual Light of Remembrance service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Park Church in Ladner. All are welcome to attend and honour the loss of a loved one. It will be an evening of candlelight, music and reflection.


Port Guichon Elementary Winter Market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Knitting, clothing, honey, crafts, books, cosmetics, jewelry, family photos, kids crafts, bake sale and many other things. Table rentals still available. Contact for more information.





Experienced band teachers Curt Jantzen and Margaret Behenna are once again offering two band classes on Thursdays, one for beginners (3:15 to 4:15 p.m.) and the other for advanced players (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.) for children in grades 4 to 8. Children with one or more years of band experience are eligible to enroll in the advanced program. The program is taught at Hawthorne Elementary in Ladner starting Oct. 11. For more information call Margaret at 604-946-7304 or Curt at 604-946-2309.


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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