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CLUBS AND GROUPS Canoe the Slough: Fraser River Stories Wednesday, July 27, 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Deas Island Regional Park. Hear stories of the Fraser River's past as you tour the serene, sheltered waters of Deas Slough.


Canoe the Slough: Fraser River Stories Wednesday, July 27, 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Deas Island Regional Park. Hear stories of the Fraser River's past as you tour the serene, sheltered waters of Deas Slough. Explore local features as you paddle by farmland, fishing boats and rich estuary wetlands. View eagle nests, herons and bog orchids. Basic canoeing instruction and equipment will be provided. At Deas Island, please bring life jackets for children under 23 kg. Ages 6 + Cost $21.25/person Call 604-432-6359 to register. Advance registration is required. To find out about other Metro Vancouver programs, visit the events calendar at

Are you experiencing the early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, a related dementia or mild cognitive impairment? The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers an Early Stage support group in Delta that provides a forum for education and information, sharing common experiences, feelings, practical tips, and strategies. For more information and to register, contact: Anthony Kupferschmidt at 604-238-7390.

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 [email protected].

The Purple Pirate knows the recipe for a delicious, fun filled library program - one Purple Pirate, one part magic, one part storytelling, one part dance, two parts comedy and three parts audience participation. In his energetic interactive show, award-winning performer Dustin Anderson will have kids of all ages thrilled about reading for pleasure. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Shows are: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library and Wednesday, Aug. 3, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library.

Does your son or daughter have a favourite stuffed animal? Have your child bring "Teddy" or "Fuzzy" to your local Delta library to register between now and July 31 for the Stuffed Animal Pet Parade in August. Don't delay, as space is limited! Each animal will receive a special prize ribbon. Stuffed Animal Pet Parade: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2 to 3 p.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library; Friday, Aug. 12, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tsawwassen Library.

Twice monthly car boot sale at Centennial Beach Parking lot, 8:30 a.m. every

second and fourth Saturday (weather permitting). Only $10 for space. Bring ground sheet to display goods. Hosted by Cammidge House Committee Boundary Bay Regional Park. For more information call Murray at 604-943-0828 or Beth at 604-940-9824. Following sales are: Aug. 6, 20 and possibly Sept. 3, 17.

Hospice Cottage Jewelry Sale - The 'best' jewelry, watches and sunglasses for sale Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Hospice Cottage Thrift Store Back to School Sale starts Tuesday, Aug. 23 at

1521-56th St., Tsawwassen, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Delta Seniors Community Planning Team (DSCPT) invites the public to come and view the film screening of The Remaining Light: A documentary film about how we care for seniors on Tuesday, August 23, at 10 a.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. For more information contact DSCPT co-ordinator, Kay Dennison at 604-596-2149 or [email protected].

The Delta Photo Club that meets weekly at the KinVillage is on summer break. We resume on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Come out and join us with all your new wonderful ideas and images. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Karen at [email protected].

Yoga in the Garden. Start your Saturday right with yoga in the beautiful Earthwise Garden. Date: every summer Saturday! Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Cost: $10 Please RSVP to let us know you will be coming 604-946-9828 or [email protected].

Support Group Volunteers - Ladner. 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 3 - 6 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: [email protected]. To learn more about our programs and services, please visit:

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 [email protected].

BC Guide Dog Services is looking for volunteer boarding homes in Ladner for our dogs in training. Dog Lovers needed to board our guide dogs training for approximately six months while they undergo advanced instruction. The dogs are training with our instructors Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are picked up and dropped off daily. Please e-mail [email protected] if you are interested in this rewarding opportunity.

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 [email protected] 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.

Do you want to work, but have difficulty finding a job? You must be 15-30 years, out of school, and not be working more than 20 hours/week. Warning: The program runs from mid-April to mid-September, it pays $8/hour and it may result in employment. Contact your local employment resource centre to inquire, or call 604-946-8674 (Lisa or Melanie).

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 [email protected] or call 604-948-2385.

Tsawwassen Badminton Club welcomes new adult members - if you have played before, just drop in and play in this social and friendly club. Meeting on Friday evenings at Ladner Community Centre, 51st Street, Ladner from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Contact club secretary Peter Edwards at 604-940-0844 for further information.

The PAC of Ecole du Bois Joli in Tsawwassen is organizing evening classes of French for adults. For more info call PAC of Ecole du Bois Joli at 604-948-7077.

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 [email protected]. Webpage is 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 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 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: 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 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:

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

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 [email protected].

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

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

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

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 [email protected].

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.


A July birthday lunch will be held on Friday, July 29, at 12:30 p.m. at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre it costs $6 for members and $7 for guests.

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.

Singles over Sixty. Call Lloyd at 604-948-4933.


The next Outdoor Movie Night is set for Aug. 6 at Diefenbaker Park. Food, music and entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. while the movie starts at dusk. Event is weather dependent. Visit for latest info.


Emma Lea Farms will be hosting a Blueberry and Ice Cream Fundraiser on the B.C. Day weekend. On Sunday, July 31 and Monday, Aug. 1 we will be serving blueberry milkshakes, sundaes, smoothies and hotdogs to raise money for the Delta Hospital Foundation and the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Please join us on these days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emma Lea Farms 2727 Westham Island Road, Delta. Call 604-946-8216.

Please join us for the 14th annual Golf for Guide Dogs/Autism Support

Dogs - hosted by Howie and Leah Meeker - on Friday, Aug. 26 at Beach Grove Golf Club. All proceeds of this fun golf tournament go to BC Guide Dog Services and their sister charity, Autism Support Dogs. Enjoy a great day of golf, lunch and buffet dinner for $175. Sponsorship opportunities still available. If you would like to play or otherwise support this great cause, please call 604-940-4504 or visit for more details.


South Delta Artists Guild cordially invites you to their annual juried and award winning Oil & Water show. Reception with artists in attendance & light refreshments served on Thursday, July 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Longhouse Gallery 1710-56th St., Tsawwassen. Call 604-943-3313. Show runs until Aug. 28.

Are you 8-13 years old and love to sing? Join us in the SING OUT Summer Choral Camp and learn to sing a variety of music from musicals to world music to pop music. This Ladner camp runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon for the months of July and August. For more info and registration: contact [email protected] or call 604-720-3392. For 5-7 years old, singing circle jam from 9:30 to 10 a.m. No previous experience necessary - just a love of singing with others.

The Coming Events column is published every Wednesday as a community service. If you have a non-profit event, mail, drop off, fax, or e-mail ([email protected]) the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations (no phone calls, please).