- Grades 10 and 11 students are invited to an information session about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The meeting for interested students and parents takes place at 7 p.m. at Thomas Haney Secondary School, Room 2008. Attending school in another country for one year, starting September 2013. Cost is minimal. Student will be hosted by Rotarian family. Info: Mike Murray at 604-467-3552 (Haney Rotary), or Ineke Boekhorst at 604-467-2420 (MeadowRidge Rotary)
- Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents Abra Cadabra, a tribute to the music of ABBA at The ACT. Tickets can be bought by calling 604-476-2787, by going to www.theactmapleridge.org, or by going to the box office at The ACT in person. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Info: www.rockitboy.com
- Learn all about Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and how they work. The ABCs of RESPs takes place at the Maple Ridge Library at 7 p.m. Local financial planner Jeffry Frison will explain beneficiary requirements, contributions, and withdrawals, and options for when a beneficiary doesn't end up going to school. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Blue Heron Toastmasters meets every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Pitt Meadows City hall. Info: Andrew Thompson at 604-460-0339.
- The Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows is hosting a Blogging for Business workshop presented by the Social Chicks. Members are free and non-members are $10. Info: 604-463-3366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cinema Politica Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows is launching its 2012/13 season with the film White Water, Black Gold on at 7 p.m., council chambers, at Maple Ridge Municipal Hall, 11995 Haney Pl. White Water, Black Gold follows producer David Lavallee, a mountaineer and hiking guide on a three-year journey across western Canada from ice fields to oil fields as he looks at the accelerating production in the tarsands and its voracious demand for water in an era when climate change and shrinking glaciers mean diminishing water availability. The discussion at this screening will be led by Lynn Perrin of PIPE UP! Abbotsford and Carly O'Rourke from the Pitt Polder Preservation Society.
- Time to Tell is an Immigrant Services Society of BC series designed to help immigrants learn about their community and Canadian society. Each session will provide opportunities to tell stories, share views and exchange information around a different theme. The first session, Dialogue Around Culture, takes place at the Maple Ridge Library at 1 p.m. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Hominum Fraser Valley, an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single, meets at 7:30 p.m. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.
- Ridge Meadows Seniors Society presents a Fall Fling Pub Night from 7 to 10 p.m. in the seniors centre lounge. The Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre is at 12150 224th St. Tickets are $4 and are available at the reception desk. No minors allowed. Entertainment is by Don Embree.
- Maple Ridge Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2831 will hold a fundraiser charity concert with dancing and toe-tappin' and finger-snappin' featuring Rob Hess and friends, Roslyn Delmonico, Donna Lum and Rockin' Rick Myers. The fundraiser is at their hall at 23461 Fern Cres. from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a cash bar with beer and wine. Tickets are $12 per person with only 118 tickets available. Ticket pickup at the door (for committed ticket reservations only). Info: Brother Eric Phillips at email@example.com or 604-465-6795. All proceeds go to the Eagles Community Charity Fund.
- A quiz night will be put on by the Friends of the Pitt Meadows Library from 7 to 9 p.m. Come for a fun evening with family and friends. There will be refreshments and prizes. Tickets are available at the library for $10. Info: 604-465-7323.
- Discover what Downtown Maple Ridge has to offer at the Downtown Maple Ridge Summer Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Memorial Peace Park on 224th St. next to the Haney Farmers' Market - enjoy entertainment, kids' activities and local vendors in a fun street market atmosphere. Call the DMRBIA at 604-467-2420 or visit downtownmapleridge.ca for more information.
- St. George's Fall Fair will be held at 23500 Dewdney Trunk Rd. from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. There will be bake sale items, homemade candy, hotdogs, hamburgers, and hot pie with ice cream. Lots of Christmas crafts for sale and many activities for children including fish pond, make-and-takes, and entertainment.
- The ACT will host a Canada Culture Day celebration to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of The ACT from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition to recognizing volunteers and instructors, there will be arts program demonstrations and workshops, entertainment and arts group displays, and food sampling and a cake provided by Thrifty Foods. At 4 p.m. world renowned magician - and Maple Ridge resident - Shawn Farquhar will perform. Tickets for the Canada Culture Day are $20 for adults and seniors, and $10 for children and students. Tickets are available in person at The ACT, by phone at 604-476-2787 or online at www.theactmapleridge.org.
September 29 & 30
- Ridge Meadows Hospice Thrift Store at #3-12011 224th St. is holding a 50-per-cent off storewide sale (select items may be excluded). Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Info: 604-463-7711.
- Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS), Metro Vancouver Parks, and the Bell-Irving Hatchery invite everyone to the 10th annual Kanaka Connections Rivers Day event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kanaka Creek Regional Park's - Riverfront. Riverfront is located east of Lougheed Highway and Haney Bypass, and accessible from River Road. Riverfront offers beautiful walks to the Fraser River, and the area is rich with history. Volunteers will be on hand to explain the flora and fauna of Kanaka Creek as well as providing guided canoe tours. Admission is free. Info: 604-970-8404.
- The Alouette River Management Society will be holding their 19th annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Allco Fish Hatchery, 24959 Alouette Rd. in Maple Ridge.
- Maple Ridge Library is celebrating Canadian Library Month with a customer appreciation event. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library foyer and will include free cake and coffee for the public, as well as a scavenger hunt, a demonstration of some of the latest eReaders and tablets, backroom tours of the circulation area and an instant prize wheel. The goal of this event is to celebrate literacy in our community and to promote the many free programs and services provided to the public by Maple Ridge Library. Info: 604-467-7417.
- The Holy Wow Poets are celebrating their third-year anniversary in the lobby of The ACT at 7 p.m. It's the Fall Season Poetic Party. Their guest of honour is Candice James, president of the Federation of B.C. Writers and poet laureate of New Westminster. Lorre Gibson, singer-songwriter and performer Joe Robinsmith, artist Valerie Barron McRae, and Helene Levasseur will be in attendance. There will be an open mic session. The cash bar/concession of The ACT will be open.
- The next meeting of the Garibaldi Art Club is at 7 p.m. in the Craft Room, third floor at The ACT in Maple Ridge. Members will be discussing workshops and plans for the fall show. Members are asked to bring an item for the gift baskets that will be raffled at the show in November. G.A.C. membership is $50 or $40 for seniors. New members welcome. Info: www.GaribaldiArtClub.com.
- Fraser Health will hold a breastfeeding celebration at 11 a.m. at the Maple Ridge Library, second floor with a "latch-on" at noon. This year's theme is "The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding." Siblings and family members are welcome.
- Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Caregivers Support Group of the Parkinson's Society B.C. meets from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a support group for caregivers, family, and friends of people with Parkinson's disease. For more information please call or email Elinor Verkerk at 604-467-2768.
- Seniors Helping Seniors meets at 9:30 a.m. in the library room of the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St.
- Roman Danylo & Friends will be at The ACT at 8:30 p.m. An ACT favourite, Gemini-nominated Danylo is a master of sketch, standup and improv. This year Roman hosts two of the best stand-up comedians around, Vancouver's own Paul Bae and Charlie Demers. Tickets can be bought by calling 604-476-2787, by going to www.theactmapleridge.org, or by going to the box office at The ACT in person.
- Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows realtors are preparing and serving a Thanksgiving turkey dinner at St. Patrick's Church, 22561 121st Ave. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the dinner is served at 5 p.m. The dinner with local entertainment is open to anyone who not otherwise be able to celebrate Thanksgiving. No reservations needed.
- Maple Ridge Library presents Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2002) as part of its World Film Series. The films are shown every Tuesday until Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. (no film on Oct. 16). Bring some friends and spend a relaxing evening at the library with a must-see film. The Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission.
- The Maple Ridge Library will be hosting Finances for Newcomers at 3:30 p.m. Anyone new to Canada can join Jeffry Frison of Edward Jones to learn the financial basics to get by. Topics include borrowing, debt, budgeting, investment, insurance and planning for retirement. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Public Library at 604-467-7417.
- The Maple Ridge Library presents a BiblioCommons workshop at 7 p.m. Learn about the best tips and tricks of the library's new online catalogue. Find out how to write reviews, summaries and how to connect with other library users in this fun new social media platform. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Parkinson's Support Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre. This meeting is open to all persons with Parkinson's, their caregivers, families, and friends. For more information please contact: Peta Purdy at 604-463-1332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows chapter of HUB: Your Cycling Connection meets in the Maple Ridge Library, Greenside Room from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. The group would like to see cycling in our communities become a mainstream mode of transportation for everyone. Drop by and learn more about what they do and what cycling means the community. Info: email Jackie at email@example.com or go to www.rmcyclist.info.
- The SFU Philosophers' Cafe meets at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl. at 7 p.m. This month's topic: "Philosophy and religion: How are they similar and how do they differ?" Moderator will be Larry Green. This event is co-sponsored by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Council. Everyone welcome. Registration and experience are not required.
- Golden Harvest, presented by the Maple Ridge Agricultural Advisory Committee, will be held at The ACT from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets to this fourth annual event are $25 and are available at The ACT. There will be food celebrating the partnership between farmland and local chefs. Info: www.theactmapleridge.org/golden-harvest-2012.
- Children's Wish Foundation is holding its Wishmaker Walk for Wishes, a fun-filled, family-oriented pledge-based walk, in Pitt Meadows starting at 11 a.m. at the arena. The event attracts individuals of all ages including families, volunteers, schools, community groups, small businesses, and large corporate partners. A non-stop day of excitement, Wishmaker Walk for Wishes is the full family package, complete with entertainment, prizes and food.
- Imagine gold nuggets by the ton. That was the Cariboo Gold Rush, the poor man's best ever chance to strike it rich. Join B.C. historian John Mitchell at the Maple Ridge Library at 1 p.m. as he presents the The Cariboo Gold Rush & the Story of Barkerville through photographs, artifacts and short videos. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Golden Ears Writers Club holds its monthly lobby night at The ACT from 7 to 9 p.m. This month Andrea Lister, a historian, will be talking about research and archival photographs. The lobby nights are free for any writers aged 18 and older. Info: Katherine at 604-467-7198 or facebook.com/goldenearswriters.
The Maple Ridge Library presents Halloween Magic at 6:45 p.m. Kids are invited to come to the library in costume for an exciting evening of puppets, books, songs, and rhymes and early evening storytime magic for the whole family. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Do all the new hand-held toys confuse you? Bring your new gadgets - cellphones, PDAs, hand-held GPS, etc, - and let the technically gifted members of the Student Library Council explain how they work. It Won't Byte takes place at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information and to register, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Maple Ridge Library, together with the Immigrant Services Society of BC, presents Dialogue Around History in the Community at 1 p.m. This workshop is designed to help immigrants learn about their community and Canadian society. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Put your scientific engineering skills to the test! Come to the Maple Ridge Library at 3:30 p.m. for The Great Egg Drop. Create a container to protect an egg when dropped from 25 feet, and then test your invention in the foyer of the library. For children in Grades 3 to 7. Registration required. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- The Fraternal Order of Eagles Dewdney Chapter is holding a pub night at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88, 12101 224th St. Tickets are $20 for New York steak or chicken dinner and first drink. The event start at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds are used to fund our charitable projects for the coming year. Tickets may be purchased from Trudy at 604-467-6654 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Vienna Boys Choir is performing at The ACT in Maple Ridge at 8 p.m. on the main stage. The world's preeminent children's choir has enchanted audiences across the globe with its purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, cherished pop songs and medieval chant. Tickets can be bought by calling 604-476-2787, by going to www.theactmapleridge.org, or by going to the box office at The ACT in person.
- Maple Ridge Library presents Nowhere to Africa (Germany, 2001) as part of its World Film Series. The films are shown every Tuesday until Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Bring some friends and spend a relaxing evening at the library with a must-see film. The Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission.
October 25 to 27
- The Friends of the Library will be holding their annual Fall Book Sale at the Maple Ridge Library. Support your library by purchasing some previously loved books for your winter reading. Book sale hours are Oct. 25 from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale takes place at the Maple Ridge Library #130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd. For more information, call 604-467-7417.
- The Maple Ridge Museum his holding Halloween at Haney House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will crafts and treats - costumes are welcome. Haney House is at 11612 224th St.
- The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS) at The ACT present Salmon Fishing on the Yemen starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. GEMS is presented in cooperation with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival that promotes Canadian and international cinema in communities across Canada. Single tickets are $11, three-film packages are $27, and the full six-movie season is $50. The films are at 7:30 on the main stage at The ACT. The other films are: Monsieur Lazhar (Nov. 26), The Kid with a Bike (Jan. 28), Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster (Feb. 25), The Iron Lady (March 25).
- Maple Ridge Library presents Monsieur Lazhar (Canada, 2012) as part of its World Film Series. The films are shown every Tuesday until Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Bring some friends and spend a relaxing evening at the library with a must-see film. The Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission.
- The Lower Mainland Green Team is removing ivy and periwinkle at Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event takes place rain or shine - no experience necessary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. To sign-up and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/75035442/ Info: email@example.com.
- Maple Ridge Library presents Life, Above All (South Africa, 2010) as part of its World Film Series. The films are shown every Tuesday until Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Bring some friends and spend a relaxing evening at the library with a must-see film. The Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission.
- The SFU Philosophers' Cafe meets at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl. at 7 p.m. This month's topic: "Can an objective morality exist without a god?" Moderator will be Larry Green. This event is co-sponsored by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Council. Everyone welcome. Registration and experience are not required.
- The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows chapter of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition meets in the Maple Ridge Library, Greenside room from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. The group would like to see cycling in our communities become a mainstream mode of transportation for everyone. Drop by and learn more about what they do and what cycling means the community. Info: email Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.rmcyclist.info.
- Maple Ridge Library presents Lagaan, Part 1 (India, 2001) as part of its World Film Series. The films are shown every Tuesday until Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Bring some friends and spend a relaxing evening at the library with a must-see film. The Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission.
- Harry Hooge Elementary is holding a Christmas craft fair with more than 50 vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The school is located at 12280 230th St. in Maple Ridge. Admission is by donation. Info: www.harryhooge.sd42.ca (see the PAC tab).
- Maple Ridge Library presents Lagaan, Part 2 (India, 2001) as part of its World Film Series. Bring some friends and spend a relaxing evening at the library with a must-see film. The Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission.
- Golden Ears Writers Club holds its monthly lobby night at The ACT from 7 to 9 p.m. This month author Cathy Ace will talk about mystery writer. The lobby nights are free for any writers aged 18 and older. Info: Katherine at 604-467-7198 or facebook.com/goldenearswriters.
- The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS) at The ACT present Monsieur Lazhar starring Mohamed Felleg, Sophie N‚lisse, and milien N‚ron. At a Montr‚al public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. GEMS is presented in cooperation with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival that promotes Canadian and international cinema in communities across Canada. Single tickets are $11, three-film packages are $27, and the full six-movie season is $50. The films are at 7:30 on the main stage at The ACT. The other films are: The Kid with a Bike (Jan. 28), Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster (Feb. 25), The Iron Lady (March 25).
- The SFU Philosophers' Cafe meets at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl. at 7 p.m. This month's topic: "What is mental health anyway? Bad brain chemistry, genetic predisposition, personal choice?" Moderator will be Larry Green. This event is co-sponsored by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Council. Everyone welcome. Registration and experience are not required.
- Golden Ears Writers Club holds its monthly lobby night at The ACT from 7 to 9 p.m. This month blogger Andrea Walker will talk about demystifying blogging. The lobby nights are free for any writers aged 18 and older. Info: Katherine at 604-467-7198 or facebook.com/goldenearswriters.
- The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS) at The ACT present The Kid with a Bike starring Thomas Doret, C‚cile de France, J‚r‚mie Renier. Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. GEMS is presented in cooperation with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival that promotes Canadian and international cinema in communities across Canada. Single tickets are $11, three-film packages are $27, and the full six-movie season is $50. The films are at 7:30 on the main stage at The ACT. The other films are: Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster (Feb. 25), The Iron Lady (March 25).
- The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS) at The ACT present Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster starring Scott Speedman, Kelly Reilly, and Kevin Durand.Second World War vet Eddie Boyd is torn between providing for his young family and an unfulfilled dream of becoming a Hollywood star. He discovers a way to do both, but his dream leads him down a path of danger and tragedy. GEMS is presented in cooperation with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival that promotes Canadian and international cinema in communities across Canada. Single tickets are $11, three-film packages are $27, and the full six-movie season is $50. The films are at 7:30 on the main stage at The ACT. The last film in the series is The Iron Lady (March 25).
- The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS) at The ACT presents The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, and Richard E. Grant. An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.. GEMS is presented in cooperation with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival that promotes Canadian and international cinema in communities across Canada. Single tickets are $11, three-film packages are $27, and the full six-movie season is $50. The film is at 7:30 on the main stage at The ACT.
- Katie's Place animal shelter needs volunteers, particularly cleaners for Fridays and Sundays. However, any schedule can be accommodated. Help out some messy but grateful and loving little critters. Info: 604-463-7917 or email@example.com.
- Special Olympics needs volunteers to be coaches and assistant coaches for various sports. They also need a newsletter writer-editor, and a fun basics coordinator who trains athletes in basic skills. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ridge Meadows Hospice Thrift Store requires volunteers to sort, price, and stock shelves. The thrift store has extended its hours and is now open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Info: 604-463-7711.
- What does one hour of your time mean to us? Everything! Cythera Thrift Store has volunteer opportunities for weekend retail cashiers. Shifts are one hour in duration. Full training and support provided. Call Shelley at 604-467-4671. Net proceeds support women and children fleeing abuse.
- The Canadian Red Cross health equipment short-term loan program in Maple Ridge needs volunteers. The depot is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This program lends out basic types of medical equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, and bathroom aids, on a donation basis, for up to three months. A medical referral is required for equipment loan. The Maple Ridge office is located at #5-11435 201A St. and can be reached at 604-465-5050.
- The North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association needs volunteers to come forward to help groom and tack up horses and to either lead or side walk with the riders during their lessons. Horse experience is fabulous but not required. This is the place for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, working with wonderful people of all abilities, and loves animals. Potential volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. For information or to sign up for the orientation, call 604-462-7786.
- 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 on-going support is provided. Anyone interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding experience, visit their website at www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the crisis line.
- Volunteers are needed to be mentors for newcomers to Canada. Settlement Mentoring is looking for volunteers who can act as a community guide and resource person. The time commitment is two to three hours once a week for three to six months. Contact Immigrant Settlement Services of B.C. (Maple Ridge) at 778-284-7026, ext. 1582 or email@example.com.
- A support group for widowed and divorced women aged 55 and older meets the last Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. George's Anglican Church Hall, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Rd. They hold social activities, van outings, presentations about seniors concerns, and grief counselling. Info: Rose at 604-467-8319 or Lil at 604-463-4703.
- Golden Ears Thrift holds a thrift sale every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with household items, clothing, and jewelry. The church is at 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd.
- Grumpy Grandmas' social group has an overflowing activity list. Join them for weekly coffee, cards, games, movies, and overnight get-a-ways. No, they are not grumpy, rather they are a happy group of ladies who have lots of laughs. Their monthly meeting takes place the first Friday of every month. Info: Maureen at 604-476-9794 or Sue at 604-459-8089.
- The Pitt Meadows Community Choir will be practising on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt Meadows Heritage Church (corner of Harris and Ford roads in Pitt Meadows). Info: Kirsteen McLean at 778-866-0871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beginner Hawaiian dance lessons for seniors (55-plus) will be held for a minimal cost of $1 for interested community members. Info: Diana at 604-465-5722.
- English Corner, a group for people with intermediate or advanced English skills, meets regularly to provide the opportunity to meet new people from around the world and learn English. They meet Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at 117-19041 Ford Rd. (in the centre of the housing co-op complex) in Pitt Meadows, on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Maple Ridge Library's Greenside Room, and on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Maple Ridge Library's Alouette Room. There is no fee or sign-up.
- If you are single and over 55 and would like to get out and enjoy B.C. Trails and walks in various Lower Mainland locations, get on the list for free two-hour walks every Saturday morning. Info: email@example.com. No cost to join group, no meetings.
- Hominum Fraser Valley Chapter is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual, and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated, or single. They meet on the last Friday of every month. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9860.
- The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) is an advocacy group devoted to improving the quality of life for all seniors. Seniors' organizations wishing to be affiliated or individuals who want to be members should contact Ernie Bayer at 604-576-9734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For information about emergency planning, visit www.mapleridge.ca and www.pittmeadows.bc.ca and click on visitors/emergency services/municipal emergency program for information. Or contact Barb Morgan, ESS director at 604-467-7301 or email@example.com.
- The Stride to Thrive is a walking group that meets at Jerry Sulina Park for a one-hour walk on the dike every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Meet in the parking lot by the large notice board, rain or shine. This group, sponsored by Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services, is for women of all ages whose lives or the lives of family and friends have been affected by cancer. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Maple Ridge Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a group of moms who have children from birth to kindergarten age. They meet on a regular basis for learning, laughter, support, and encouragement in a casual setting. They meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Maple Ridge Christian Reformed Church, 20245 Dewdney Trunk Rd. Childcare is provided. Info: Jill at 604-466-5948.
- Overeaters Anonymous meets every Wednesday evening at 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd. Use the back door entrance. Their membership incudes anorexics, bulimics, binge eaters, and overeaters. No dues or fees and no diets or weigh-ins. They are a fellowship. Newcomers welcome. Info: 604-878-4575.
- Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Monday except holidays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the library at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre at 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge. Info: Elma at 604-463-4831 or email@example.com.
- Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, 12460 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows. Don't hesitate to call for information. Info: Rena at 604-460-1398 or Eloise at 604-465-7316.
- Singles walking group 45-plus, Happy Wanderers, meets Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. at Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall on Lougheed Highway, Pitt Meadows. Leave at 9:30 a.m. and walk in various areas and along trails on both sides of the river. Info: 604-463-8874.
- The Blue Heron Toastmasters meets every Thursday at Pitt Meadows City hall from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Anyone interested in learning public speaking, effective communication, leadership skills, or how to run a meeting, can come and join the group as a guest in a fun and supportive atmosphere of self-paced learning. Info: Bob Garnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-460-0035 or Andrew Thompson at email@example.com at 604-460-0339.
- Debtors Anonymous meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd. Park and enter from the back of the building through the door marked with the big sign. Hope and recovery for debtors, compulsive spenders, and underearners. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or John at 604-928-9697.
- Co-dependence Anonymous can help those desiring healthy and loving relationships. Meetings are Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the One Way Club Society, 22270 North Ave. in Maple Ridge. Info: 604-836-1217.
- Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is hosting meat draws at the Jolly Coachman Pub, 19167 Ford Rd. in Pitt Meadows every Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to support the hospice society programs.
- Bring your wee one, aged birth to five years old every Tuesday to the Whonnock Lake Centre from 9 to 11 a.m. for playtime, songs and crafts. Come meet others, have fun and connect with your wee one. There is a $2/family drop-in charge. Coffee and tea available for adults, bring a peanut-free snack for your little ones. Info: Kirsten at 604-466-6880 or email@example.com.
- A new Toastmasters club meets at the Sprott-Shaw campus, 204-20395 Lougheed Hwy. in Maple Ridge on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. Learn public speaking and leadership skills. Info: Elmer Thiessen 604-460-0660.
- Positively Speaking Toastmasters meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Maple Ridge Municipal Hall council chambers. Info: 604-463-5519.
- Ladies' Coffee and More mornings where ladies come to share and build friendships, do crafts, and have refreshments, meet at Grace Community Church, 12240 Harris Rd. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Free and no registration required. Info: Lois at 604-941-3543 or Jayne at 604-465-6897.
- Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia can leave those with the disease, and their care partners, feeling isolated. The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers support groups for early-stage parients and family caregivers that meet monthly. The groups offer practical tips, a supportive environment, and a chance to learn from others in similar circumstances. For information on meeting times and locations, call 604-298-0780 or 604-298-0782, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: www.alzheimerbc.org.
- Maple Ridge Japanese Language School is accepting new students. Space is available in their elementary classes with small class sizes and Japanese teachers. Classes include language skills (reading, writing, speaking) and cultural activities (origami, games). Classes are at the Maple Ridge Library in the Fraser Room on Saturday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Info and registration: Susan at 604-465-2894.
- Golden Ears Writers Critique Group meets the first and third Fridays of the month from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Maple Ridge Library (upstairs). Adult writers of all levels and abilities welcome. Bring copies of writing for critique (800 to 1,000 words) or just drop in to find out what they are about. Info: www.facebook.com/goldenearswriters. Organizers ask that participants RSVP to email@example.com or on their Facebook page.
- Moms of Young Children Connect - a group of moms who have young children that meet on a regular basis for learning, laughter, support, and encouragement in a casual setting. Have a hot cup of coffee, socialize, and be inspired. They meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Burnett Fellowship Church, 20639 123rd Ave. Child care is provided at $1 per child per visit. Info: www.momsofyoungchildren.com.
-The Tri-City Singles Social Club welcomes members from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The group provides the opportunity for single men and women over 40 to meet new friends and socialize in a variety of settings. They meet the third Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Call Darline at (604) 466 0017 for the meeting location and more information.
- 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, go to www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line. Next training starts soon.
- Celebrate Recovery Ridge-Meadows, a faith-based recovery program, meets every Friday St. George's Anglican Church, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Rd. in Maple Ridge with dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., a general meeting with teaching, testimony, or guest speaker from 7 to 8 p.m. men's and women's share groups from 8 to 9 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Ridge Meadows Ministerial Association. It exists to serve the community of Ridge Meadows, to provide a safe place where people from all walks of life can share their experiences to give hope and encouragement to one another. Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 604-377-3575, or go to www.celebraterecovery.ca.
- Maple Ridge Lupus Support Group meets every third Friday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fraser View Community Centre, 22610 116th Ave. Info: Diana at 604-465-4466.
- Ridge Meadows Chess Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. at The ACT. Info: Chris at 604-467-2426 or email@example.com.
- Do you play music or love to listen? Come to Kanaka Coffee open mic event, an acoustic evening, open to musicians and audiwence alike at Kanaka Creek Coffee, 101-24155 102nd Ave. every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Come join the Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts' Bluegrass Circle led by the local legend Denis Leclerc. Bring your banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, upright bass, or vocal harmonies on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Pitt Meadows location of the Bergthorson Academy, 12229 Harris Rd. Info: Rob at 778-230-0543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Calling all drummers: The Maple Ridge Concert Band needs percussionists. They practise on Tuesday nights in the Maple Ridge Secondary band room from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Info: Brian Northam at 604-220-7499 or 604-463-4637.
- Ridge Meadows Hospital is looking for donations of current, used paperbacks in good condition for patients and residents at the hospital - no hardcover books. Donations can be dropped off at the volunteer resources office Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Info: email@example.com.
- The Maple Ridge Lions Club holds three local meat draws weekly: By Bailey's and the Witch of Endor on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundays 3 to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays at the Fox's Reach from 3 to 5 p.m.
Women's English group
- The Community Literacy Committee has opened a drop-in office where anyone can come for help with literacy issues. People can ask for help to fill out an application or government form or to have their language levels assessed to be matched with a tutor. They will also be able to offer access to free learning software on the computers provided to the committee by the CEED Centre's computer access program. They are also looking for donations of good quality children's books for families to encourage reading at home and high interest magazines for adults to offer an informal lending library. A free Women's English Group runs every Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This group will give women with basic English skills an opportunity to meet over coffee and learn English with a trained TESL tutor.
Maple Ridge Museum
- The Dewdney-Alouette Railway Society holds an open house in the basement of the Maple Ridge Museum the last Sunday of the month. The group has built models depicting Hammond, Port Haney, and Ruskin as they were during the 1930s. The open house runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the museum, 22520 116th Ave.
Maple Ridge Choral Society
- The Maple Ridge Choral Society Choir starts a new season of song. Registration and rehearsal take place at St. Paul's Church, 12145 Laity St. All singers are welcome. Info: Dennis: 604-465-8038 or Jerry at 604-463-0760.
Ridge Meadows Hospice Society
- Ridge Meadows Hospice Society requires visiting volunteers. Their next training session will begin in February. Call the society office to register or to learn more about how to volunteer at 604-463-7722 or visit their website www.ridgemeadowshospicesociety.com.
Pitt Meadows Library Book Club
- The Pitt Meadows Library Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Drop in and join a discussion about the monthly book choice. The group chooses a book every month. Registration appreciated. Info: 604-465-4113.
Games night at Pitt Meadows Library
- The Pitt Meadows Library holds a games night every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. There's a variety of board games set up and light refreshments will be served. Participants can bring their own board games.
Student Library Council
- Student Library Council members organize programs for teens, volunteer as reading buddies, and help with other library events. In doing so, they earn volunteer work experience hours. The council meets the third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Application forms are available at the second floor information desk at the Maple Ridge Library.
- The Student Library Council runs a philosophers' cafe on the first Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Library where they discuss weighty issues.
Pitt Meadows Community Choir
- Pitt Meadows Community Choir meets at the Pitt Meadows Heritage Church at the corner of Ford and Harris roads every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Registration remains open until Feb. 8. No experience necessary. Info: Kirsteen McLean at 778-866-0871.
- Do you know a child who has experienced the death of a loved one? The Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is offering a six-week Children's Bereavement Support Group. Info: 604-463-7722.
- Ridge Meadows Hospice Society requires visiting volunteers. Their next training session will begin in February. To register or to learn more about how to volunteer, call the society office at 604-463-7722 or visit their website at www.ridgemeadowshospicesociety.com.
Seniors Variety Plus
- The Maple Ridge Seniors Variety Plus is conducting a membership drive. Anyone interested in being part of a musical comedy group is welcome to join - it's not necessary to be a great singer, dancer, or actor. The seniors variety plus group put on shows twice a year at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre. Info: Mae at 604-459-9709 or Gwen at 604-476-9306.
Japanese language school
- Maple Ridge Japanese Language School is now accepting registration for new students. To ensure small class sizes, limited space is available. Classes are taught by Japanese teachers and include language skills - reading, writing, and speaking - and cultural activities like origami and games. Classes are held at the Maple Ridge Library in the Fraser Room on Saturday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Info and registration: Susan at 604-465-2894 or Karen at 604-465-0612.
Family Games Night
- Pitt Meadows Library hosts family game nights every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a variety of board games set up for everyone to use and some light refreshments. Bring board games to share. The new library is at #200-12099 Harris Rd.
World film series
- World Films series begins at the Maple Ridge Public Library and runs Tuesdays, Oct. 9 through Nov. 20 starting at 6 p.m. Bring your friends and spend a relaxing evening at the library with a must-see film. The Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission. N.B. There is no film on Oct. 16.
National Family Week
- To celebrate National Family Week, a free event for moms full of tips and tricks for taking care of oneself takes place from on Oct. 4 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre, 12027 Harris Rd. Be inspired by community speakers Tania Bryan, child and family counsellor from Help for Families Canada, Dr. Hopelyn Brown, life coach with Hopelyn International, Karen Jean, image motivator with Image Dimensions, Michelle Shepherd, registered dietician with Westcoast Nutrition. Participants will learn new, creative ways to answer the question "When and How do you take care of YOU?" To reserve a seat, go to www.helpforfamiliesca.com. Info: Tania Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes Sept. 30.
- The Tri-Hard Walkers is a walking group that meets at Haney Place Mall at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for an outside walk. This group is for men and women of all ages and abilities who would like to meet new friends and enjoy the benefits of regular walking. It's a fun and simple way to participate in regular physical activity and improve your health. The group is sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and there is a $10 annual membership fee. Info: Beverley 467-9407 or meet them inside the mall near Kin's Market and Purdys at 8:20 a.m.
- The North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association is now preparing for their fall 2012 horseback riding program. They need volunteers to come forward to help groom and tack their horses and to lead or side walk with riders during their lesson. Horse experience is great but not required. This is the place for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, working with wonderful people of all abilities, and loves animals. A volunteer orientation session will be held on Sept. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The fall session began on Sept. 17.
- Love, Decay, Repair, an exhibit of hand-hooked rugs and surface design work by Michelle Sirois-Silver, opened at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 8. A public reception will be held on Sept. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sirois-Silver explores the parallels between her fibre art work and the natural world, as she evokes the passage of decay, repair, and renewal. On Sept. 15, Sirois-Silver will do a demo from 2 to 4 p.m. and talk on the rug hooking technique used for work in the exhibition Love, Decay, Repair. On Sept. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m., she will present a slide presentation and talk about the creative process behind the artist's latest body of work.
- Peek-a-Book runs at the Maple Ridge Library from Mondays, Sept. 10 to Nov. 26 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Make reading fun by bringing baby for one-on-one stories, puppets and more. For children 0 to 18 months.
- You, Me and the Li-bra-ry runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 14 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Puppets, books, rhymes and songs with enchant you and your child. All ages welcome. Note: The library will be closed on Friday, Sept. 14.
Child bereavement group
- Do you know a child who has experienced the death of a loved one? Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is offering a six-week Children's Bereavement Support Group. Info: 604-463-7722.
Chamber nominations needed
- The Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows is looking for nominations for its 2013-14 board of directors. Nominations for directors will be accepted from members in good standing and must be delivered in writing to the office no later than Sept. 15. The nominee must consent to the nomination. For a nomination package, contact executive director Jesse Sidhu at the chamber office at 604-463-3366 or email@example.com.