Coming events: Tai chi classes held in both Tsawwassen and Ladner

CLUBS AND GROUPS

 

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Santa comes to the library. After a festive Christmas Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Tsawwassen Library, Santa will appear at 11 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

 

The Canadian Lifeboat Institution is holding a Christmas dinner and fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Beach Grove Golf Club. Tickets for the buffet dinner are $75. A silent auction will be held to support the organization’s dedication to saving lives at sea. For tickets call John or Mary Horton at 604-943-4399.

 

Parkinson’s support group meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at KinVillage in Tsawwassen. 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.

 

All Saints Anglican Church in Ladner hosts a free monthly community meal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

 

Want to practice your Spanish conversation? Intermediate level Spanish conversation meetings take place in the Tsawwassen Library every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. Next date is Dec. 17. They are not classes and are not suitable for beginners. For more information call or text Aidan at 360-350-9155

 

Work as a family to make and decorate your own gingerbread house. Registration is required for Family Gingerbread Decorating on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Visit www.fvrl.ca to register.

 

South Delta Newcomers would like to wish the blessings of Christmas on all members. In lieu of a meeting this month, club members will gather for a Christmas dinner to celebrate the gift of friendship and share the spirit of the season. The club has an exciting lineup of activities for the New Year.

 

Celebrate-a-Life tribute card event at Delta Hospice’s Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner is an opportunity to honour those who are important to you whether they have passed, or are in your minds and hearts during difficult times. Visit between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, until Dec. 31.

 

Delta Falcons junior field hockey spring registration is now open for U10 Boys & Girls/U11-18 Girls. Early bird discount until Jan. 1. Visit www.falcons.ca for more information.

 

Taoist tai chi is a set of gentle movements for people of all ages to improve health and balance. Beginning classes are held in Tsawwassen on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon at St. David’s Anglican Church and in Ladner on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ladner United Church. Beginners can start anytime. Arrive 15 minutes early and bring cheque or cash to register. For more information call 604-681-6609 or visit www.taoist.org.

 

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: brenda.ruby@icloud.com.

 

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 www.rcmsardelta.com or email info@rcmsardelta.com.

 

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.

 

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 info.delta@chma.ca for more details and to register before your first meeting.

 

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.

 

50+/SENIORS

 

Christmas Variety Show at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. Get warmed into the season with music, dance and singalong. Admission by food or cash for the food bank.

 

Better Living: The Importance of Social Connectedness, a free presentation by Barb Mikulec of the Council of Senior Citizens' Organization of BC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Wexford, 1737-56th St., Tsawwassen. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at 604-948-4477.

 

Bring in the New Year with a spectacular dinner by Chef Adrian, then dance the night away to a variety of live music, from ballroom to rock and roll, by Scott Robertson’s Swing Patrol on Tuesday, Dec. 31at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Dinner at 7:30 p.m., dancing from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Door prizes, party favours, 50/50 draw. Tickets are $60 for members, $65 for guests.

 

Free fitness classes to start 2020 will be offered for members at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner: Pilates on Mondays, Jan. 6 and 13, Zumba Gold on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and 15, Muscle Max on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and Thursday, Jan 9. Call 604-946-1411 to register.

 

Computer Help Desk for six Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Are you stuck with a computer problem or would you like to learn a new tip to make navigating your computer, iPad or phone a bit easier? Make your 15-minute appointment by calling 604-943-0225. Our motto: Solutions by donation.

 

Shari’s Saturday Social Dance is on Jan. 11at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The theme is Canadian country casual. Dress style optional. Dance to a wide variety of CD music, including waltzes, jives, cha cha, mambo, soft rock and roll, and more. Tickets available at the door; cash or cheque only. $12 for members, $14 for guests. Mid-evening tea, coffee and assorted goodies. To reserve a table, call Shari at 604-943-8755.

 

Bingo anyone? KinVillage Community Centre hosts the longest running and richest bingo in Tsawwassen. Play 11 games, including Bonanza, for only $7.50 every Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Before you play you can enjoy great food at reasonable prices in the on-site Buenos Dias Café.

 

A mix of gentle chair yoga, meditation and stretch is offered from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Thursdays at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. $5 for members or $6 for non-members per class or purchase a 10 punch card for $40 or $60.

 

Volunteers needed for Fridays in the KeeCafe at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre and at the front desk (computer skills required). For further information, contact Jacqui at 604-946-1411.

 

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Former Olympic swimmer Elaine Tanner-Watt, who now lives in Tsawwassen with her husband John, will be spreading some Christmas cheer in the community. She will be signing free copies of her book Monkey Guy and The Cosmic Fairy on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Springs Golf Club main lobby. All are welcome.

 

ARTS

 

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 cjband7@gmail.com.

 

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 (events@delta-optimist.com), 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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