Local couple’s journey to explore India featured at library

Star calendar of events and activities in Aldergrove and Fraser Valley in the coming weeks

Muriel Arnason Library hosts a travel program for adults on Wednesday

A Trip To India – Muriel Arnason Library hosts a travel program for adults on Wednesday, March 16, from 7-8 p.m. Enjoy a tour of India with Langley residents Art and Robin Bandenieks, who will share both memories and eye-catching photos from their recent trip to Delhi, Varanasi, Ranthambore, Jaipur, the Khajuraho temples and the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra. Go on a tiger safari, and find out more about the architecture, forts and temples, people, and transportation in India. This program is free, but registration is required: call 604-532-3590, or visit the library, located at 130 – 20338 – 65 Ave.

Owl Hoot-Enanny – Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley, Saturday, March 5, noon to 3 p.m. Celebrate and hoot with live owls! Uncover owl secrets at the skull and feather displays. Guided walks and crafts. Meet at the Campbell Valley Nature House located at 20285 8th Avenue, Langley, via the South Valley park entrance. All ages. Free. Drop-in. To find out about other Metro Vancouver programs, visit the events calendar at www.metrovancouver.org or call 604-432-6359.

The Old Friends Tour – Byrd Dawg and the Vintage Electric Band in the ultimate tribute to two iconic duos, The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel at Chief Sepass Theatre, Fort Langley, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; Clarke Theatre, Mission, April 8, 7:30 p.m.; Blue Frog Studios, White Rock, April 15-16.  Tickets online at ontourtickets.com or phone 1-855-411-7500.

Seniors Old Time Dances – every second Saturday, 1-4 p.m. at Aldergrove Old Age Pensioners Hall, 3015 – 273 Street. $6 admission includes snacks. Dances held every second Saturday with three different bands. March 5 Hazelmere Heritage Fiddlers, March 19 Ukrainian Prairie Band, April 2 Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers, April 16 Hazelmere Heritage Fiddlers, April 30 Ukrainian Prairie Band, May 14 Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers, May 28 Hazelmere Heritage Fiddlers, June 11 Ukrainian Prairie Band, June 25 Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers.

Abbotsford Women’s Connection – Memory Lane Breakfast, March 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, Azalea Room, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost $14. Professional artist Deneige Meyer from Life Castings and speaker Aimee Imbeau sharing “Hope in a World of Hurt.” Reservations: Joyce at 604-792-8090 or Rose 604-852-8240 or abbyconnectreservations@gmail.com

Fraser Valley Wedding Festival – Monday, March 7, 4-8 p.m. at the Cascades Casino Resort, Langley. Dozens of vendors will be present offering the very best of gowns, men’s wear, jewelry, music, wedding cakes/cupcakes and more. General admission is $10 and brides and grooms are free. Mini seminar, with complimentary tastings, special offers, contests, prizes and free giveaways. Visit www.fraservalleyweddingfestival.com for more information and ticket purchase, also available at the door.

Income Tax Clinics – Do you need assistance with preparing your tax return? If your return is straightforward, and you are low income, you can book a half-hour appointment with a community volunteer and have your tax return filed free of charge on Tuesdays, March 15 to April 26, between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Muriel Arnason Library. Appointment times must be booked in advance by visiting the library at 130 – 20338 – 65 Ave. or calling 604-532-3590.  If you are unsure of your eligibility for this program, please contact library staff.

Twelfth Night – University of the Fraser Valley Theatre Department, performances at 7:30 p.m. on March 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, student matinees at 12 noon on March 8 and 9, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20. Purchase tickets online at ufv.ca/theatre/ or contact the Box Office by email at theatre@ufv.ca or phone 604-795-2814. UFV Performance Theatre, 45635 Yale Road (at Airport Road). Box Office hours Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline – musical theatre, March 7, at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets $40 for adults, $37 for seniors, $35 for students; available at The Centre Box Office, visit www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or call 604-391-SHOW(7469) for more information.

Strata Housing Presentation – covers many facets of strata living including strata councils, strata fees, contingency reserve funds, unit entitlement, insurance coverage, bylaws and rules. Wednesday, March 23, 1:30-3 p.m. at Langley Senior Resource and Recreation Centre, 20605 -51B Ave. Please register at 604-530-3020. Drop-ins welcome. Free and open to the public.

BCCMA Hall of Fame Show – feature performances by Denny Eddy, Laurie Thain, Farmer’s Daughter, Tammy Ray, Jess Lee and more, Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. at Cascades Casino Summit Theatre, Langley. Tickets $25 (plus facility fee and service charges) at Casino Guest Services (604-530-2211) and www.ticketweb.ca.

Queens Of Sheba Concert – featuring Heart and special guest, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $59.50, $$79.50, $115. (plus FMF and service charges) reserved seating, all ages. Charge by phone 1-855-985-5000, or ticketmaster.ca, Prospera Box Office,Ticketmaster outlets.

Jann Arden – Everything Almost concert tour, three shows: Saturday, March 12 at Massey Theatre, New Westminster; Monday, March 14 at Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; Friday, March 18 at Clarke Theatre, Mission.  Tickets $78.50 (plus facility fee & service charges) Ticketmaster, phone 1-885-985-5000, online www.ticketmaster.ca.

Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games – Michael Flatley show Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Reserved seating, all ages. Tickets: $46, $56, $66 (incl. GST plus FMF & service charges). Charge by Phone 1-855-985-5000. Tickets at: ticketmaster.ca, Prospera Box Office at Abbotsford Centre, all Ticketmaster outlets.

A Night Of Bowie – the definitive David Bowie tribute, Thursday, March 31 at the Cascades Casino Summit Theatre, Langley. Tickets $39.50 (plus facility fee and service charges) at Casino Guest Services (604-530-2211) and www.ticketweb.ca.

Conversation Circles – at Aldergrove Library. If you are learning English and want to practice speaking with other people in a friendly, casual place then join us for weekly guided discussions about Canadian culture, food, current events and other topics. Held in partnership with Langley Community Services Society. Please pre-register. Thursdays, ongoing, 10 a.m. – noon.

Port Kells Art Club Classes – every Monday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with general meetings third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. New members all levels of experience welcome. Annual membership $30. Club exhibits three to four times per year. Located at 20701 Fraser Hwy. in Langley. Info: Linda Hamilton at 604-287-6799.

ZZ Top – With Guests Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Reserved seating, all ages. Tickets (incl. GST) $35, $65, $85 (plus FMF & service charges). Charge by Phone 1-855-985-5000. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Gord Bamford & Joe Nichols – “Certified Country Tour”  Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Abbotsford Centre. Charge by phone 1-855-985-5000, also available at: ticketmaster.ca, Prospera Box Office at Abbotsford Centre, all Ticketmaster outlets. Reserved seating, all ages. Tickets $39.50, $59.50, $74.50 (incl. GST, plus FMF and service charges).

ESL Classes – free English as a second language classes every Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 2035 – 264 St. All are welcome, no charge. Info: 604-856-5393.

Chris Tomlin – Sunday, May 22, 6 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Reserved seating, all ages. Tickets: $25, $35, $55, $75 (incl. GST plus FMF & service charges). Charge by phone 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca, Prospera Box Office at Abbotsford Centre, all Ticketmaster outlets.

Singalong Songfests – join in or listen while the Autumn-Tones celebrate “the old tunes” with singalongs in Abbotsford, Mondays, 1-3 p.m. All ages, genders and ethnicities welcome. Song lyrics are provided. Instruments invited at the ASAA Drop-in Centre, on Cyril St, Abbotsford. Info: Ed 604-853-8624.

Aldergrove Veterans & Seniors 55+ Drop In Centre – join us at 27247 Fraser Hwy. We prepare a full, hot, home cooked meal including tea, coffee and dessert which we start serving at 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., followed by games. Great place to meet new people, drop in for a coffee to see what we are all about. Open 10 a.m., Tuesday to Friday.

Carpet Bowling – at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 Street, on Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Cost per person is $1.

Partners Bridge – every Friday except second Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 St. Newcomers welcome. Cost $2. Info: 604-607-0504.

Ham Radio Luncheon – open to any amateur radio operator, third Monday of every month; 11:15 a.m. at Andreas Restaurant, 202 St. and 56 Ave. Pay your own bill, talk as long as you like. Info:  604-514-3851.

TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – a non profit weight loss support group meets Monday night and Tuesday morning in Aldergrove.  Info: Susan 604-856-1138 or Lynda at 604-856-8014.

Square Dance Classes – Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, Fraser Hwy. at 273 Street. Singles and couples welcome, free admission, first three dances no experience. Info: call Tyler, 604-590-9039.

Aldergrove Toastmasters Leaders Club – meet the first and third Monday of each month from 6:45 to 8 p.m., upstairs room on the far right, 26245 – 28 Ave., Aldergrove. Info: president Millie McConnell, 604-825-3334.

Yoga in the Country – at Jubilee Community Hall, 7989 Bradner Rd. Abbotsford, Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30. All levels welcome. Drop in fee $6 per session, bring a yoga mat. Certified instructors.

Glen Valley Watershed Society – Is the future of our local streams health important to you?  Join a group of interesting, passionate people that are looking for others with the same interests in NE Langley/NW Abbotsford – to protect our waterways to ensure a healthy environment. Info: Lisa at stewardship@leps.bc.ca

Aldergrove Toastmasters – meets every Monday, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove Community Secondary School in room 125. Boost your self confidence; become a better speaker and have fun. Info: Vicki Austad, 604-856-5970.

Volunteer Drivers Needed – to help seniors. No special insurance needed. Kilometres reimbursed. Call Janice at 604-530-3020 Ext 302.

Aldergrove Art Club – join our friendly group every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 St., Aldergrove. Info: Laurie at 604-856-6990 or Sheila at 604-539-0225.

People in Pain Network – non-profit organization which assists people living with all types of chronic pain. A new, free Fraser Valley support group at Aldergrove’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church, on the third Tuesday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at 26245 – 28 Ave., Aldergrove. Info: Dick e-mail at dick@pipain.com, or 604-928-0486.

Classics Book Club – Join the lively discussion at this new book club and get acquainted with the great books of world literature. Meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. at Murrayville Library. Coffee provided.

Fort Langley Library Knitting Circle – Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Drop-in. Bring your knitting to the library and enjoy the companionship of working with others on your project. Beginners welcome. Info: www.fvrl.bc.ca

Fraser Health Crisis Line – recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. Visit website www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line.

Post Abortion Healing Services – for post abortion healing support, please contact Tanya at Your Pregnancy Options, Aldergrove – info@yourpregnancyoptions.ca, 604-856-9151, www.yourpregnancyoptions.ca

Langley Amateur Radio Association — meets first Thursday of month at 7 p.m. at Brookswood Firehall #5, 20355 32nd Ave., Langley. Coffee and sweets provided. Info, email: Don dondee@shaw.ca