- Ridge Meadows Autism Information and Support group welcomes MLA Michael Sather to provide information on his role in supporting children and families in our community. There will be an opportunity to book one-on-one follow up appointments with him as needed. The group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, 11641 224th St. Sather will be at the meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. For more info or to RSVP: Tracy.Hewgill@rmacl.org or 604-467-8700 ext. 119.
- 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.
October 30 & 31
- Ridge Meadows Hospice Thrift Store is holding a Halloween blow-out sale - all remaining Halloween merchandise will be 50 cents. Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The thriftstore is at #3-12011 224th St. (behind Haney Sewing & Sound). Info: 604-463-7711.
- Dewdney Animal Hospital is putting on a kids safe Halloween event from 4 to 6 p.m. Join the staff and animals at Dewdney Animal Hospital at 11965 228th St. for a fun tour through the clinic including the reptile petting zoo. Kids get to help the doctors fix a teddy bear that ate a few too many Halloween treats. This free event will have hot chocolate and Halloween treats for the kids. Reservations required as space is limited.
- Join local financial planner Jeffry Frison at the Maple Ridge Library at 7 p.m. to learn about the Basics of Budgeting. Discover the real benefits of careful budgeting and learn about tracking income and expenses and other budgeting and savings fundamentals. Info: Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Caregivers Support Group - 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. Info: call or email Elinor Verkerk at 604-467 -2768 or email@example.com.
- Blue Heron Toastmasters Club meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Pitt Meadows City Hall. Info: contact Andrew Thompson 604-460-0339.
- Maple Ridge Christmas Parade Society is putting on a fundraiser concert, the Benefit Celtic Concert from 8 to 10 p.m. at Burnett Fellowship Church, 20639 123rd Ave. The concert lineup includes Tam and Shelley Gordy -of the Navvies, Jesse Kazimer and Emmalene Van Meel with the North Shore Celtic Ensemble, Lydia Querengesser with the Young Peoples Opera Society of B.C., Brian Nash of the Welsh Men's Choir. Senior accompianist for the evening is Lillian Cumberbirch from the Wilson Seniors Centre Honey Combs, and emcee for the evening is Cristin Bostrom and the concert's musical director is Nigel Tucker. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 apiece and all proceeds go to pay for the free parade that takes place Dec. 1. Info: www.mapleridgechristmas.ca.
- St. Patrick's Parish in Maple Ridge presents Mozart's Requiem in D Minor by the Handel Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Johan Louwersheimer. The concert is at 8 p.m. at St. Patrick's Parish, 22561 121st Ave., Maple Ridge. Tickets are $20 or $15 for seniors and students. Contact St. Patrick's Parish for more information and tickets at 604-463-7148.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join the Haney Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Golden Ears United Church (formerly St. Andrew's Haney United Church) at Dewdney Trunk Road and 222nd Street for the autumn market. Lots of vendors, inside and outside. There will be a pancake breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Give a Haney Farmers Market Gift Certificate for Christmas. Info: www.haneyfarmersmarket.org or 604-467-7433.
November 3 to December 1
- Maple Ridge Library will be running a four-session PiÂ¤ata Making Workshop on Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10, 24, and Dec. 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn how to build a own piÂ¤ata in preparation for the library's Posada festival on Thursday, Dec. 13. This workshop is open to all ages, however participants ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
Teens are invited to come to the Maple Ridge Library at 7 p.m. for Teen Quiz Night. Bring your competitive spirit to the library. This free event features snacks, prizes, fun and more. Form a team or come alone. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- Alouette Field Naturalists are going to Cliff Falls Park. They meet at Lougheed Highway and 228th Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Info: Alison at 604-463-3902.
- 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 next meeting of the Garibaldi Art Club is at 7 p.m. in the Craft Room, third floor, at The ACT. Members will be discussing plans for the fall show, which takes place from Nov. 16 to 18. Bring an item for the gift baskets that will be raffled at the show. Deadline for fall show registration forms is Nov. 6. A G.A.C. membership is $50 and $40 for seniors. New members are welcome. Info:www.GaribaldiArtClub.com.
- Coquitlam Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group invited people from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows experiencing prostate problems to its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Coquitlam Pinetree Community Centre. All those involved with prostate problems are encouraged to come and share their concerns and experiences in a strictly confidential atmosphere. There is no charge (donations are accepted). Info: Norm at 604-936-8703 or Ken at 604-936-2998.
November 6 & 8
- The Craft Ladies will hold a fall craft sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St. There will be handmade fall and Christmas crafts.
- The Maple Ridge Library presents an information session on eBooks and eReaders at 7 p.m. Learn about the variety of eReaders available and how to download free library eBooks. For more information, please call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- A town hall meeting is being organized to discuss Kinder Morgan's plans to its Trans-Mountain pipeline from 7 to 9 p.m. at Golden Ears United Church at 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd. The meeting is put on by Fraser Valley Pipeline Watch, Tanker Free BC, and the Wilderness Committee.
- Alouette Field Naturalists meet at the Ridge Meadows Activity Seniors Centre, 12150 224th St. at 7:30 p.m. Info: Duanne at 604-463-8743.
- 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 email@example.com or go to www.rmcyclist.info.
- Ex-Service Women meet at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 88, 12101 224th St. Lunch is at noon and the meeting with elections begins at 1 p.m.
- Dal Richards and the Dal Richards Orchestra will be at The ACT on Remembrance Day. 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.
- Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild meet at Whonnock Lake Centre at 7:30 p.m. They encourage visitors, guests, and new or potential members to join them. Besides spinners and weavers, they welcome felters, knitters, basketmakers, and anyone interested in any other fibre arts. Info: Marie at 604-462-9059.
- 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.
- Stay on top of cutting-edge social media by learning the basics of Flickr and Pinterest at the Maple Ridge Library at 7 p.m. Learn what these popular visual media sites are all about and how to use them, with easy tips and tricks. Registration required. 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 the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St. This meeting is open to all persons with Parkinson's, their caregivers, families, and friends. Info: Peta Purdy at 604-463-1332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Movies for Mommies, Canada's original mom and baby movie event is starting at the Hollywood Cinema in Pitt Meadows. New parents and their babies are welcomed into an infant-friendly environment where they can escape into a current movie, nurse in the dark, and network with other new parents (caregivers and grandparents welcome too). Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Parents can come early for a free baby-photo-shoot from a local photographer. Movie starts at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 (includes popcorn and a drink). Babies are free.
- The Maple Ridge Library presents Introduction to Microsoft Word at 7 p.m. Learn how to create new documents and edit existing ones. Bring questions and have them answered. Registration required. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
The Maple Ridge Library celebrates Diwali at 1 p.m. Join the library and the Family Education and Support Centre to learn about the stories and customs of this joyous day, enjoy classic dance performances, taste Indian food and much more. For more information, call the Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
- 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).
- St Patrick's School is holding its annual Christmas Craft Fair from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. For those that are crafty or have some fabulous items to sell, tables are $25. To register a table or for more information email email@example.com. Admission is $2 at the door. St Patrick's school is at 22589 121st Ave.
- 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 Maple Ridge Archery Club is holding a Turkey Shoot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beef Barn at the Albion Fairgrounds at 105th Avenue and Lougheed Highway. com. There will be a concession and door prizes. Info: mapleridgearchery@gmail.
- The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS) at The ACT present Monsieur Lazhar starring Mohamed Felleg, Sophie Nlisse, and Âmilien Nron. At a Montral 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).
- Ridge Meadows Autism Information and Support group welcomes Perry Bateson of Yuen's Family Martial Arts to provide information on bully-proofing your special needs child. The group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living. Bateson will be at the meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information or to RSVP: Tracy.Hewgill@rmacl.org or 604-467-8700 ext. 119.
- Golden Ears Gogos are hosting an African-themed dinner in the cafeteria at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary, 10445 245th St. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. for $20 per person. Contact a Gogos member or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to purchase a ticket. Tickets must be pre-purchased. Bring cash or a cheque for the silent auction. All profits go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support grandmothers in Africa caring for their grandchildren.
- 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 Arts Council. Everyone is 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, Ccile de France, Jrmie 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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: email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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: email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com or 604-460-0035 or Andrew Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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.
Pitt Meadows Library
- One-on-One Computer Help runs every Monday until Nov. 26, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Need help setting up an email account or formatting a word document? Staff can offer one-on-one help for some of those tougher problems we all encounter. Call the library at 604-465-4113 or drop by to register.
- Babytime runs every Tuesday until Nov. 27 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Come for a unique drop-in program for babies, newborn to 23 months. Introduce baby to the wonderful world of children's literature, song, rhyme, and rhythm.
- French storytime runs every Friday until Nov. 2 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Kids of all ages and stages can enjoy a variety of stories, rhymes and songs in our weekly french storytime. This is an excellent way to prepare children for French immersion.
- Family Games Night at the Library runs every Wednesday until Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A variety of board games will be set out around the library for everyone to use. Anyone can bring their own board games to share. The more the merrier.
Call for artists
- The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is seeking submissions for their annual Ensemble 2012 exhibition, and the deadline is Monday, Nov. 5. The submission process is open to everyone, and forms along with further information are available at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery website; hard copies are available in the gallery and at the ticket centre at The ACT. The opening reception for the Ensemble 2012 exhibition will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is at 11944 Haney Pl.
Until October 31
- Thrifty Foods is donating $1 from every pumpkin sold to the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society as long as quantities last.
- Pacific Parkland Foundation and Kanaka Education and Environment Partnership (KEEPS) are competing for a grant of $100,000 to $150,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to build the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre, and they need votes to make it happen. To vote for the KEEPS grant, go to ww.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13552.
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