Coming events: Catch some jazz Sunday at Tsawwassen United Church



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Jane Reid, author of Picked: A Locavore's Love Affair with B.C.’s Bounty, will read from her book at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Thursday, April 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. and at the Tsawwassen Library on Friday, April 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


There will be a Brit Club lunch on Saturday, April 27 at 12:30 at the Tsawwassen Legion. You don’t have to be British to attend, you just have to like Britain. Lunch will consist of soup, sandwiches, light dessert and coffee at a reasonable cost. RSVP to Gwen Halston at 604-940-1269, Roy Bilson at 604-308-3699 or email


Tsawwassen United Church hosts a Jazz Vesper on Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m. featuring homegrown talent Chelsea McBride (woodwinds/vocals/composer/arranger) along with Tristan Paxton on guitar and Wynston Minckler on bass. Rev. Dan Kirkegaard wraps the music in prayers and short, thoughtful reflection.


A financial and estate planning seminar will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Courtyard Café at Delta Hospital. Guest speakers will include accountant Tammy Hansen, lawyer David Severide and investment advisor Sheila Whitehead. Admission is free but RSVP to Angela Turner by April 29 at: or 604-940-9695.


The Boundary Bay Quilters Guild presents its sixth show, Quilts By The Bay, on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the South Delta Recreation Centre. In addition to hundreds of quilts on display, there will be a Merchant's Mall, Guild Boutique, featured quilter, raffle quilts and raffle baskets, live entertainment and much more. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and admission is $6. For more information, go to


Ambassadors-Tsawwassen Mills Toastmasters Club meets every second, third and fourth Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 14. Club meets at the Tsawwassen Mills Training Room (enter at Entrance 4, turn left past Old Navy, and it's between Yogibo Bean Bags & Yogen Fruz). Ambassadors always welcome guests. For more information contact Dawn at


All Saints Anglican Church in Ladner hosts a free monthly community meal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.


Are you recently bereaved with limited shopping and cooking skills? Are you lacking confidence in the kitchen? Would you like to meet other adults in similar circumstances? A home-cook-led demo/hands-on group will teach cooking basics in a safe and fun environment. Not appropriate for those with significant food allergies. The group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner from 10 a.m. to noon on four Wednesdays, May 29 to June 19. To register call 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.


Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one? Then consider joining a safe and supportive group for bereaved adults where you will have opportunities to share with and listen to others in similar situations, and to learn to navigate your grief process. The group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for six Wednesdays beginning June 5. To pre-register, call 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.


Delta Deas Rowing Club has published its “Learn to Row” schedule for spring and summer 2019. All programs take place at Deas Island Park. Rowing is a “sport for life” and the club offers programs for teens 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


Kings Links Ladies Golf Club is welcoming new members. The club plays every Tuesday morning from April to 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.


Deltones Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fraser Health Unit, 4470 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner. Speakers from all levels can benefit from practical, face-to-face learning program. Guests are always welcome. Email or call Lorna at 604-328-6971 for more information.


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


Bereaved and in need of better self-care and relaxation practices? Then join a music-therapist-led adult group where you will learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation to help you address feelings of depression, exhaustion and anxiety as they relate to grief. The group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner for six Thursdays, May 16 to June 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to pre-register, call 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.


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. 


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.




McKee Seniors Recreation Centre is hosting a free emergency preparedness workshop on Monday, April 29 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Register by calling 604-946-1411.


Unique Boutique’s Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held at noon on Friday, May 10 at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Tickets are $18 for members, $21 for non-members. Call 604-943-0225.


The Golden Gloves Garden Club, a new club at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre, will meet on Monday, May 13 at 11 a.m. A summer planting session is open to anyone who would like to help plant summer vegetables and flowers.


Beginners’ ukulele lessons Level 2 classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon for six weeks from May 14 to June 18 at KinVillage Community Centre. Cost is $42 for members, $54 for non-members. Call 604-943-0225.


Shari’s Saturday Social Dance is on Saturday, May 18 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at KinVillage Community Centre. The theme is Red Wine & Roses. Dress style optional but glitz and glamour always welcome. Dance to a wide variety of CD music, including waltzes, jives, cha cha, mambo, soft rock and more. Tickets, available at the door, are $12 for members. $14 for non-members. Tickets include mid-evening tea, coffee and assorted goodies. To reserve a table, call Shari at 604-943-8755.


A presentation titled Understanding Dementia – Effective Communication will be held at KinVillage Community Centre from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Pre-registration is required for this presentation for caregivers. Call 604-449-5000. Free to attend; donations to the Alzheimer Society appreciated.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre is hosting a free Lyme disease workshop on Thursday, May 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Register at McKee front desk.


KinVillage Travel is hosting a trip to Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver on Thursday, May 23. Trip includes lunch at Seasons in the Park followed by a visit to the Bloedel Floral Conservatory. Bus leaves White Spot in Tsawwassen at 10:15 a.m. and from McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner at 10:30 a.m., returning at approximately 3:30 p.m. Cost is $77 for members and $80 for guests. Call 604-943-0225.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre is hosting a free Community Resources, Support Systems & How to Access Them in Delta workshop on Wednesday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to noon. Register by calling 604-946-1411.


A presentation titled Understanding Dementia – Coping with Behaviour Changes will be held at KinVillage Community Centre from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Pre-registration is required for this presentation for caregivers. Call 604-449-5000. Free to attend; donations to the Alzheimer Society appreciated.


KinVillage Travel is hosting a trip that includes lunch at the Sylvia Hotel followed by a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium on Thursday, June 20. 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 $79 for members and $82 for guests. Call 604-943-0225.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner is looking into offering beginners ukulele lessons if there is support from the community. If you are interested, leave your name and phone number at the front desk by calling 604-946-1411.


Line Dancing with Susana, Latin and ballroom-style classes, are offered at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Classes are at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. on Fridays for beginners. No partner required.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner is holding Sing-a-long Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. If you enjoy singing for fun, come by and join in.


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.


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.




Calling all knitters as there’s lots of beautiful wool for sale at the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe, 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen. One hundred per cent wool and Alpaca available.


Visit the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe, 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen, starting May 6 for a great selection of new and gently used camping and sports equipment. There will be equipment for badminton, boating, camping, fishing, hammocks, life jackets, swimming, bocce, boarding, croquet, lacrosse, volleyball and more.




ElderCollege Delta presents Jack the Ripper and the Royal Family on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cedar Park Church in Ladner. Dr. Simon Devereaux will talk about the theories and myths surrounding these crime and their possible link to royalty or senior levels of government. Free to members. Register online at ElderCollegeDelta/KinVillage or at 604-943-0262. Membership is $10 per annum.


ElderCollege Delta and KinVillage present Brass 101 by the Trilogy Brass Trio on Tuesday, April 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. at KinVillage in Tsawwassen. Enjoy the music of three members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra playing classics, jazz and pop music. Some audience members will have an opportunity to accompany the musicians with percussion instruments. This free event is open to all. Register online at ElderCollegeDelta/KinVillage or by calling 604-943-0262.


Delta Friends of the Library will be holding their sixth annual Shred-a-thon in the parking lot of the Tsawwassen Library on Saturday, May 4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is by donation with tax receipts being issued for donations over $20. Money raised will be used to directly support Delta libraries. 


Port Guichon Elementary Spring Fair is Friday, May 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bouncy castle, obstacle course, concession, face painting, balloon animals, games, bake walk, raffle baskets, silent auction, book sale, Mike’s Critters and much more. For more information contact




See, the South Delta Artists' Guild new show, runs until the end of April at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, Gallery 1710 is on 56th Street adjacent to the South Delta Recreation Centre.


Delta Concert Band will perform at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Admission by donation. Doors open at 2 p.m.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre hosts a performance by the Langley Ukulele Senior A Ensemble on Sunday, April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.


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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