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CLUBS AND GROUPS Join us at Deltassist's Annual General Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Deltassist's North Delta office - 9097-120th St.

CLUBS AND GROUPS

Join us at Deltassist's Annual General Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Deltassist's North Delta office - 9097-120th St. In addition to the business of the AGM, the Seniors Community Planning Team will be presenting on seniors issues in Delta. Light refreshments will be served. Come and hear about Deltassist's past and present accomplishments. For more information access www.deltassist.com.

The Ladner Single Parents Support Group wishes to invite single parents with dependent children to a free dinner at the Ladner Christian Reformed Church, 4594-54A St. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Doors open at 5:10 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. For further information please contact Tanya (778-389-0654).

Get a better understanding of your child's impulsive/defiant/anxious behaviours at a workshop for parents and caregivers on Friday, Sept. 30 with Carol Griffiths B.A. (Hons) M. Ed. at Ladner Christian Fellowship from 7 to 9 p.m. $10 per person, $15 per couple/family. Call 604-946-4430.

Expectant parents, new parents, grandparents and families are invited to attend the inaugural South Delta Baby Fair to celebrate the arrival of our newest baby citizens. This free event is on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ladner Community Centre 4734-51st St., Ladner. For more information contact Muriel Kerr at Muriel_kerr@telus.net or 604-267-7380.

French classes for adults (beginners and advanced level) are available at public French School - Ecole du Bois Joli in Tsawwassen starting Oct. 3. Please call 604-948-7077 or contact via e-mail mpennors@telus.net for more info.

Let wildlife photojournalist John Gordon take you to the rocky retreat of the Farne Islands just off England's northeastern coast. Delight in magnificent photos of the unique puffin bird and the beautiful landscape. His Puffins of the Farne Islands presentation is set for Thursday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. For more information about this free drop-in program, contact 604-943-2271.

Join the Delta Nats after your Thanksgiving dinner on Monday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. We meet at Cammidge House at Centennial Beach on Boundary Bay. There is no cost and we welcome everyone. For more info contact Joanne at 604-946-2240.

Deltassist presents: FAIR 1 (Freedom from Abuse In Relationships) - A Group for Women. Start date: Oct. 12 to Dec. 14. Time: Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: 9097-120th St., Delta For more information go to http://www.deltassist.com/workshop2.html.

A fall volunteer training program will take place at the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner starting Oct. 13, running Monday and Thursday mornings until Nov. 17. If you are interested in becoming a trained Delta Hospice volunteer, please call coordinator of volunteers, Chris Colero at 604-948-0660. A pre-course interview will be scheduled so that participants will have a clear understanding of the course and the expected commitments.

Tsawwassen United Church will hold a Fall Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 693-53rd St. (across from high school). Baking, crafts, pies, Grannies Attic, food and much more.

Family Grief Group Program - Children & Parents: Dr. Heather Mohan, RCC, will be holding a Children's Grief Group for children 5 to 12 years old who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling , grandparent or other significant person. A Parent's Grief Group, facilitated by Marg Fletcher, RCC, will be held at the same time. The groups, starting Oct. 18, run on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00pm every other week throughout the school year. All participants must pre-register in advance by calling Heather Mohan at the Supportive Care at 604-948-0660.

Parkinson Society British Columbia is pleased to announce the opening of the Tsawwassen Parkinson's Support Group. Are you a person with Parkinson's? Are you supporting a person with Parkinson's? You are invited to join others in your community to share information and resources, coping strategies, ideas for living well with PD, good humour and more. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the KinVillage Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room, 5430-10th Ave. For more information contact: Robbin Jeffereys, Parkinson Society British Columbia at 1-800-668-3330 or 604-662-3240 or rjeffereys@parkinson.bc.ca.

The Delta Photo Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the KinVillage Recreation Centre. Join photographers of all skills levels at these fun and informative weekly photo meetings. For further information, please contact Karoline at publicity@deltaphotoclub.com.

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a non-profit international women's organization, is accepting new members. We are of all ages and our motto is "Life Learning and Friendship." Call Joyce at 604-940-0106 or Alice at 604-946-4998 if you are interested in joining.

The Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Driver program in Ladner/Tsawwassen is in need of more volunteer drivers to take patients to and from their treatment. Training and dispatch are provided. Time commitments are flexible. If you are interested in further information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Christian Chenard, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at 604-533-1668 Ext 338 or email fvrvolengagement@bc.cancer.ca.

There are free drop-in programs for children 0-6 years and their parent/caregiver at South Delta Family Resource Centre/Ladner ECD Hub at unit 205-5000 Bridge Street. Activities include crafts, snack, play-based activities, stories and rhyme time. Open daily from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Open throughout the year. Call 604-946-3933.

The Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society runs a number of units within our hospital that provide services to patients and their families as well as staff. We are currently looking for volunteers skillful in office work, merchandizing for the Dogwood Gift Shop, and food services to coordinate the Courtyard Cafe. If interested in any of these roles, please contact the Auxiliary office at 604-946-1121 extension 783597.

Are you interested in making a real and profound difference in the lives of people caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? Come join the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s team of dedicated support facilitators. A commitment of three to six hours a month over a one-year time period is required. Training is provided. Contact Anthony Kupferschmidt for more information: 604-238-7390 or e-mail: anthony@alzheimerbc.org. To learn more about our programs and services, please visit www.alzheimerbc.org.

Volunteer Grandparents is a non-profit organization that does valuble work in the Lower Mainland, for families and the community. Our two programs, the Family Match Program, and School Grandparent Program allow for children without the presence of seniors in their lives to appreciate and gain further understanding of other generations, and have positive elderly role models. Call 604-736-8271 for more information.

Special Olympics BC - Delta needs volunteer assistant coaches for our upcoming 2011-2012 season. Our Fall/Winter programs include floor hockey, curling, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, 5-pin bowling, basketball and alpine skiing. Most of these programs begin in October and run until early March. For more information please go to www.sobcdelta.blogspot.com or e-mail us at sobcdelta@yahoo.com.

The Hospice Cottage Thrift Store in Tsawwassen is looking for volunteers for morning, afternoon and evening shifts on any day of the week. There is also a need for volunteers interested in books to join the book team. Please call

604-948-0660 and leave a message for Sandy Schmidt at ext.333.

The volunteer "Delta Marine Unit" needs volunteers for organizing fund raising and events. Crew volunteers are also needed to train for this important humanitarian service. Saving lives and property at sea. If you love boating and the sea, you'll love this. We operate an enclosed all weather fast response lifeboat. We are based in Ladner Harbour. If you want to help, please call Chris Scurr at 604-946-7641 for details.

Lutins du Bois, non-profit French Language Preschool/Prematernelle francophone, located in Tsawwassen has still space available for September 2011. Non-French speaking families are welcome. For more info call 604-948-7077 or e-mail lutinsdubois@yahoo.ca.

The Ladner/Tsawwassen Kinsmen Club invites new and old members to join us, the first and third Mondays of each month at Kin House in Ladner. Join the only all-Canadian service club. Come have fun, meet our neighbours and help make our community a better place to live and raise our families. Supper is at 6:30 p.m., the meeting is a 7 p.m. and the fun follows. There is no age limit for members as there was in the past. For more information please call 604-946-8711. Leave a message.

Paperny Films is looking for Delta families to take part in Consumed a new HGTV Canada series about how stuff can clog up our lives. Contact Rachel at consumedtv@gmail.com or 604-873-9777 ext 251 to find out more.

Supportive Care - for people with cancer, other life-threatening or progressive illness and those who are grieving. Relaxation Group (Drop-in, Tuesday at 10 a.m.), Bereavement Walking Group (Drop-in Wednesday at 10 a.m.), Caregivers'

Group, and Grief Groups. Call the Centre for Supportive Care at 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner; 604-948-0660 for more information.

Family Support Groups will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Education Room at Delta Hospital, 5800 Mountain View Boulevard, Ladner.

Depression/Bipolar Support Groups shall be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 p.m. at the CMHA Delta Branch office, Unit 14 - 1835- 56th Street, Tsawwassen.

Strong Start in French (Franc-Depart) is a free family drop-in program for children from 0-5 years old in French, including free play, healthy snack, story time, gymnasium and more. The program is located in the Public French School/ Ecole du Bois Joli at 785-49th Street in Tsawwassen and open Tuesday/Wednesday/ Thursday from 9 to 12. For more info e-mail francdepart_boisjoli@csf.bc.ca or call 604-948-2385.

Tsawwassen Badminton Club welcomes new adult players - all ages and capabilities. We are a sociable group with various levels of play. We meet on Monday evenings at South Delta Secondary School and on Friday evenings at Ladner Christian School (Ladner Trunk). 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. both evenings. Call Peter Edwards on 604-940-0844 for additional information or email pedwards7@cs.com.

The Knitting Sisters is a group of ladies that love to knit and crochet for as many worthy causes as possible. We make many items such as hats, toques, scarves, slippers, blankets, baby items and more. If you would be interested in participating please contact Alice Gisborne at 604-946-3060 or email agisborne@dccnet.com. Webpage is user.dccnet.com/agisborne. Drop in sessions are on first and third Saturdays of every month at the McKee Centre in Ladner from 10 a.m. to noon. Donated yarn would be very much appreciated.

Learn to Row sessions for adults and youth are beginning soon at Delta Deas Rowing Club. Call 604-946-3074 or visit deltadeas.com for more information.

The Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at Royal Oaks Social Room, 1100-56th Street 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 at 604-943-4634 or Anna at 604-943-0042.

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is accepting volunteer applications. Be a part of this highly skilled group of men and women that provides a service to the community by performing marine search and rescue. All new members are provided with in-depth training and all abilities are welcome. Visit deltasar.bc.ca for more information.

The Winskill Otters Masters Swim Club, for ages 18 and over, welcomes swimmers all abilities. It meets Sundays from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m., or 8 to 9 p.m. For more information visit: www.winskillotters.com or call 604-940-3375.

Delta Hospice invites you to join our energetic Hospice Cottage Thrift Store Team. Volunteer opportunities seven days a week, including Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Drop by for an application or call 604-948-0660. Hospice Cottage Thrift Store 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen.

The wheelchair dance program is underway at KinVillage Community Centre, 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen. The group meets alternate Fridays. Wheelchair users of all abilities are welcome as are volunteers. Call 604-862-8761 for further information.

The Delta Stamp Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. New members are always welcome.

Drop-in Bereavement Walking Group - Be physically active, receive peer support and socialize with others who have experienced the loss of a significant person. Join men and women of all ages for fresh air and a short or longer walk, followed by refreshments at the Centre for Supportive Care (4631 Clarence

Taylor Crescent, Ladner). For more information call 604-948-0660.

Drop-in Relaxation Circle - Are you living with Cancer? Are you a caregiver? Are you grieving a death? Join the Relaxation Circle Tuesdays at 10 am. Using music and guided imagery, learn to relax, improve your focus, and reduce your stress. For more information call the Centre for Supportive Care (4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner) at 604-948-0660.

The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity, visit our website at www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts soon.

Toastmasters in Tsawwassen Do you want to gain confidence in public speaking? Do you want to learn leadership skills? Ambassadors Toastmasters Club meets twice a month in Tsawwassen. For more info, see: www.AmbassadorsToastmasters.org.

Canadian Mental Health Association Delta Branch offers free, facilitated family support meetings for family and friends supporting a person living with a mental illness. The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Delta Hospital Education Conference Room, 5800 Mountain View Blvd., Ladner. Call 604-943-1878.

Canadian Mental Health Association Delta Branch offers free, facilitated support meetings for people with Depression/Bi-Polar or with symptoms. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at 14-1835-56th St., Tsawwassen (CMHA Delta Branch office). Call 604-943-1878.

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a non-profit international women's organization, is accepting new members. We are of all ages and our motto is "Life Learning and Friendship." Call Elenor at 604-943-2868 or Dede at 604-946-3119 if you're interested in joining.

If you like a good read and a lively discussion, the Book Ends are welcoming new members to their monthly book club meeting. Meeting held the second Thursday of the month. Call Hanna for details at 604-940-1264.

An RAOB GLE Buffaloes group has formed locally and is looking for new and old members. Contact Jeff at 604-946-4794 for more information.

Ladner Early Child Development Hub, 205-5000 Bridge St., hosts the following:

Drop in programs Monday to Friday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Mother Goose on Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. Mom's Group on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Call 604-946-3933 for details.

The DYSL Discoveries Thrift Store, 1308-56th St., Tsawwassen, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Visit www.dyslsociety.com.

The South Fraser Gogos meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to hear what groups of Canadian grandmothers are doing to help African grandmothers left to look after their orphaned grandchildren on little to no resources. For more information contact Jesse Pringle at 604-946-1012 or gogojess@telus.net.

Ladner Business Association weekly meetings have moved to the Royal Canadian Legion #61, 4896 Delta St., Ladner. All members and those interested in our local business community - see you Thursdays at 8 a.m.

Do you want to be a speaker people listen to? Do you want your presentations to be strong and convincing? Do you want to fill a room with laughter, and move a crowd to tears? Do you want to participate and learn in a supportive club atmosphere? Then join Deltones Toastmasters in Ladner every second and fourth Wednesday from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the Fraser Health Unit (beside Delta municipal hall). Call David at 604-946-4048 for more information or visit deltonestoastmasters.ca.

Delta Potters are accepting new members. To register for the coming year contact Carole Clancey at 604-943-5987. For more information visit deltapotters.com.

Gateway Society, Services for Persons with Autism has been providing outreach and residential services to adults and children throughout the province for 31 years from our base in Ladner. The group is looking for volunteers to sit on its Board of Directors. Accounting, business, legal or fundraising experience would be particularly valuable. Contact Barbara Baydala at 604-946-0401 for further information.

Delta Deas Rowing Club is offering interested youths and adults an opportunity to learn to row. This is your chance to try a great sport. For more information call 604-946-3074 or visit www.deltadeas.com.

The Tsawwassen Writing Group meets every second and fourth Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Tsawwassen Library. Admission is free. Limited seating. For more information call Belle Curd at 604-948-5441.

Moments for Moms, a morning out for moms in the community to be encouraged as a parent, meets at the South Delta Baptist Church every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Contact South Delta Baptist Church at 604-943-8244 to attend. For more information contact Donna Makelki at 604-948-5443 or dmakelki@telus.net.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Beach Grove Golf Club.

The Delta Rock and Gem Club meets every third Monday of the month at the South Delta Recreation Centre. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. There are educational programs and workshops. For more information call 604-943-4568.

Boundary Bay I.O.D.E., a ladies Canadian charity organization, meets the second Tuesday evening each month. New members welcome. For information contact June Langsford at 604-943-2296.

Delta Chess Club welcomes players of all abilities for games on Thursday at 7 p.m. at South Delta Library. Contact Chris Ludwig at 604-275-4762.

SENIORS

A September birthday lunch will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. at the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre, 5155-47th Ave., Ladner. Chicken noodle casserole with salad, dessert, tea or coffee. Members: $6; guests: $7. Fashion show by Delta Hospice Cottage Thrift Shop. Accessories for sale.

Dine and Dance with Sincerely Yours on Saturday, Oct. 15 at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre, 5155-47th Ave. Cash Bar: 5 p.m. Dinner: 6 to 7 p.m. Dance: 7 to 10 p.m. Members: $15; guests: $18.

There's a South Delta Seniors' Travel trip to Vancouver on Monday, Oct. 17. Lots of time to look around Granville Island, lunch at Culinary Arts Institute restaurant and then off to Gastown. It costs $57 for members and $62 for non-members. Tickets available at KinVillage Community Centre (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday) and at McKee House (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday). Call 604-943-0225.

The Circle of Friends offers social events to active seniors like movies, theatre trips, potlucks and walks. Meet at McKee House on the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Call Lesley at 604-946-9180 for more information.

Try your luck with Bingo every Wednesday at KinVillage Community Centre, 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cash prizes offered. 604-943-0225.

SPECIAL EVENTS

FUND RAISERS

The fifth annual Charitable Pub Night Fundraiser, sponsored by Ladner and Richmond Jazzercise, is set for Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Sundance Pub banquet hall, 6574 Ladner Trunk Rd. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Steak dinner. Tickets are $20 per person. For tickets call Zoe at 604-839-1067 or Janice at 604-813-3990.

ARTS

The Delta community music school is sponsoring an art sale with works by the late Raine Leagh, who founded the Delta Arts Council and taught at Delta Secondary School for many years. Available for sale will be drawings, intaglio prints, oil and watercolour paintings. Cash & cheques only please. The sale is on Sunday, Oct. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. at Kin Room at the music school at McKee Heritage House, 4705 Arthur Dr., Ladner. For further information call Maureen t 604-833-0804.

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