Coming events: Learn the ukulele at KinVillage



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The Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Benediction Lutheran Church, 5575-6th Ave., Tsawwassen, 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 604-943-4634 or Paula 778-434-2227.


Delta Falcons spring junior field hockey registration is open until Jan. 31. The U10 (mixed boys and girls) and U11-18 (girls only) season runs from April to June. Sign up with a friend for fun, fitness and one of the most affordable spring sports offered in Delta. Info and contacts at


Dive into the science of wellness and meditation at Wellness From Within, a free book launch and workshop with Dr. Suman Kollipara, author of Ancient Sage for Silicon Age, on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Explore how ancient self-compassion meditation (Sookshma) can help you fast track healing from stress and illness. The workshop is repeated on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. Registration is required.


Delta Nature presents The Watershed Guardians of the Fraser River, a documentary produced by Jocelyn Demers. The film presents an in-depth view of the rich, interactive ecosystems of the Fraser River watershed and the people who champion their protection. Free event is on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen. Contact:


Kids Grieve Too is a support group for children seven to 12. The 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 group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, 4 to 6 p.m., on Wednesdays from Feb. 6 to March 6. For more information or to pre-register, call 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.


Visit a land of magic, monsters and mortals at Dungeons & Dragons in the Library on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. New and experienced players are welcome. Pizza will be provided. For teens 13+. Space is limited so registration is required. Program runs on the first Thursday of every month from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Delta Hospice Society is offering a volunteer training program from Feb. 7 to March 16. Classes will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and three Saturdays (Feb. 9, March 2 and March 16) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in working with people at end of life or in bereavement, call 604-948-0660 to book an interview with coordinator of volunteers Chris Colero.


Do you have a child in kindergarten to Grade 3 that could benefit from participating in a program that pairs children with high school student volunteers for 45 minutes of reading practice each week? Reading Buddies, beginning Thursday, Feb. 7 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, is a great way to improve reading skills in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Reading Buddies continues until March 14. Registration is required. Call 604-946-6215.


French language preschool Lutins du Bois is having an open house on Monday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Program offers French, yoga, music andarts. Non-French speaking children are welcome. Preschool is at 785-49th St., Tsawwassen (located at Ecole du Bois Joli). Call 604-948-1222 or e-mail


Ambassadors-Tsawwassen Mills Toastmasters Club meets every second, third and fourth Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 has a "Cupid's Arrows" theme. 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


Are you providing care or support for a family member or friend who is in poor health, is frail elderly, or has a chronic disease causing dependency? The South Delta Caregivers' Network is offering an education series and support group starting Wednesday, Feb 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. once a week for six weeks. Cost is $40. Topics include caregiver stress, communication techniques, role and lifestyle changes, accessing community resources, and legal and financial issues. To register phone Laurie at 604-943-3921, Sylvia at 604-943-7596 or the Centre for Supportive Care at 604-948-0660.


The Ladner Pioneer Library invites seniors in the Chinese community to Government Benefits for Seniors in Mandarin on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. Find out about the qualifications, application procedures and other information on pensions, Medicare, social benefits and housing subsidy for seniors. Registration is required. Call 604-231-3344 ext. 2175 or email


Registration for ElderCollege Delta will be commencing on Feb. 15, online at 9 a.m. at ElderCollege Delta/KinVillage or in person from 9 a.m. to noon at KinVillage Community Centre. In person registration continues at KinVillage Community Centre from Tuesday, Feb. 19 to Friday, Feb. 22 and at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Courses are offered in technology, lifestyle, science, history, language and literature. Please watch the Optimist on Feb, 7 for full details of all the classes.


All Saints Anglican Church in Ladner hosts a free community meal every month. The next meal is on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.


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 be held 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. For more information, visit or email


Cancer: Thriving & Surviving is a free UVic self-management workshop for people who have been affected by cancer. It’s offered at Ladner United Church on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting Feb 19. Register with UVic at 604-940-1273 or


SD Newcomers next monthly meeting is Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at Gallery 1710 (1710-56th St., Tsawwassen). It will be a cabaret-style musical interlude. Carol Sawyer and Joel De Stefano, two noted Vancouver-based artists will entertain the group.

Have you had a recent loss due to suicide and want the support of others in similar circumstances? An adult Suicide Grief Support Group allows you to share your feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, learn about coping strategies and resources, and develop community with others. The group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, on Tuesdays, March 26 to May 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact the centre at 604-948-0660.


Restorative Yoga for people living with cancer can help deepen relaxation, increase flexibility and heighten breath and body awareness. Join Delta Hospice’s yoga group where body, breath and mind come together in fully supported reclining yoga positions. Yoga experience is not necessary. The group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thursdays from Apr. 4 to May 9. 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. 


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


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 in Ladner is hosting an Emergency Preparedness for Seniors workshop presented by Delta Fire & Emergency Services. The free workshop is being held on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at the centre or call 604-946-1411.


Ukulele lessons for absolute beginners with instructor Shirley Whitelaw will be held at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Sign up for all four lessons for $28 or drop-in for $8 per session. No musical training required. You will be playing songs after your first class. Bring your own ukulele, tuner, strap and case. Information on buying a ukulele will be available at the first class


There will be a couples bridge tournament on Thursday, Feb. 7 at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Tickets sold in pairs only at $10 per person. Cash prizes. Call 604-943-0225.


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


Shari’s Saturday Social will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing to a wide variety of CD music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The theme is Hearts and Flowers. Dress style optional but glitz and glamour always welcome. Tickets available at the door: $12 for members, $14 for non-members. Ticket includes mid-evening tea, coffee and assorted goodies. To reserve a table call Shari at 604-943-8755.


A free falls prevention presentation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 14from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner is hosting a free Safe Driving for Seniors workshop presented by ICBC on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at the centre or call 604-946-1411.


Piano player Kelvin Ketchum will entertain at a high tea on Friday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. $15 for members, $17 for non-members.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre hosts the Eclectic Café featuring Howard Solverson and guest on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Members are $5, guests are $7. Tickets on sale at the centre.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner is hosting a free CPR Orientation workshop on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at the centre or call 604-946-1411.


KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen hosts a falls prevention clinic on Friday, March 1. Pre-registration required. Call 604-587-7866 for a 90-minute appointment.


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner is hosting a free Chronic Pain Self-Management workshop presented by UVic on Thursdays, March 7 to April 11, at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at the centre or call 604-946-1411.


The McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner is hosting a free CPR Orientation workshop on Monday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at the centre or call 604-946-1411.


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.


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.





A Giant Book Sale, complete with CDs, DVDs and board games, will be held at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen on Thursday, Jan. 31 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 1 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 2 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).


Meet local author Diane Chubb, who recently released her first children’s book Hello World!, at Black Bond Books in Ladner on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Inspired by her daughter Taylor May, Hello World! tells the tale of one little girl as she sets off to explore the seven continents in seven days.


Special Olympics Delta presents a fundraising dance on Saturday, Feb. 16. An evening with Incognito starts at 7 p.m. at the KinVillage Community Centre (5430-10th Ave.). Tickets are $30 in advance: or or you can purchase with cash at the door. There will be a cash bar, silent auction and a 50/50 draw as well.




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


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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