• Teens are invited to the Maple Ridge Library for the Teen Summer Reading Club wind-up party at 3 p.m. Bring a book to trade with other club members, enjoy snacks and games, and help us pick the winners of the local teen reading club prizes. Info: 604-467-7417.
• Kanaka open mic features Darren Exley, winner of the Ridge Meadows Got Talent this year from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kanaka Creek Coffee, #101-24155 102nd Ave., Maple Ridge. Info: 604-463-6727.
• Conquer your fears... express your ideas... succeed! Caution: joining Blue Heron Toastmasters Club may include a few side effects: increased self-confidence, enhanced leadership ability, polished social skills and much more. Blue Heron Toastmasters meets every Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30 at Pitt Meadows City Hall. Info: Andrew Thompson at 604-460-0339.
• 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 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.
August 24 & 25
• Monty Python’s Spamalot, presented by Odeum Theatre, will be at The ACT in Maple Ridge on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 5 and 8 p.m., performed with the Ridge Meadows Orchestra. Tickets are $15 at the door, and $12 in advance or 4 for $40.
• Hammond Neighbours are organizing a lot cleanup on Friday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the District of Maple Ridge, Hammond Neighbours and the Katzie are partnering to clean up the empty lot on the corner of 203rd Street and 118th Avenue. Come join us for our first hands-on neighbourhood improvement project. Everyone welcome. Bring gloves and garden clippers and shears if you have them. Garbage pickup supplies will be provided.
• Emerald Pig Theatrical Society holds its annual garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 12046 234th. St.
• Soroptimist (means “best for women”) International of Ridge Meadows are participating in a community garage sale at the Royal Canadian Legion, 12101-224 Street, Maple Ridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds go towards helping Women and Girls in the community. Soroptimist Ridge Meadows meets the second Tuesday of each month. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-657-7236.
• The Maple Ridge Better Breathers Club will hold its annual yard sale starting at 9 a.m. in front of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88, 12101 224th St. Proceeds will go towards a student scholarship for a respiratory therapist.
• Discover what downtown Maple Ridge has to offer at the Summer Pet Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Memorial Peace Park next to the Haney Farmers Market. Join in the Doggie Parade and contests at 11:00 a.m. Does your puppy have the longest ear, the waggiest tail, the biggest bark? Also, Haney Farmers Market hosts the Fraserview Art Group in the bandstand. Gourmet Grannies are talking about beets and chard. Broken String Theory entertains. Sizzling Smokey Dogs are back. All in Memorial Peace Park on 224th in downtown Maple Ridge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Thrifty Foods will be sponsoring a neighbourhood barbecue and family fun day with Hammond Neighbours to mark the end of summer. The barbecue takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hammond Community Centre, 20601 Westfield Ave. All Hammond residents are welcome – participants should bring their own plate and cup.
• Parks and leisure services want families to be active and play together and invite them to free Summer Sunday fun in the park! Games and activities like giant checkers, Connect 4, chess, table tennis, badminton, beach ball soccer, face painting and more take place from 12 to 3 p.m. with a Zumba class from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants should bring their own skates. Info: Maple Ridge Leisure Centre at 604-467-7322.
• Music on the Wharf presents Good for Grapes performing by the Fraser River just below the Port Haney West Coast Express Station at 7 p.m. Bring a chair to sit on.
• The Summer Reading Club finale takes place at the Memorial Peace Park bandstand at 11 a.m. Kids who have been reading all summer will receive their medals. All members of the Read to Me and Summer Reading Club are invited to attend this wrap-up party with food, crafts, a book swap and much more. Info: Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.
• The Maple Ridge Community Foundation (MRCF) presents its inaugural “Community FORE Charity” golf tournament at Swan-e-set Bay Resort & Country Club. For those interested in registering a team or individual to play golf, call Brandee McWhinney at 604-454-7961, or email her at email@example.com. For those interested in sponsoring Community FORE Charity, call Lori Graham at 604-880-1181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: www.mrcf.ca.
• Hominum, 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 604-462-9813 or Don 604-329-9760.
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.
• Think you know downtown Maple Ridge pretty well? Your knowledge of the community will come in handy in the Amazing Adventure, an “amazing race”-type event running now until Aug. 31. Find clues, complete tasks, and discover downtown Maple Ridge, all for the chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Complete the adventure at your own pace or, if you’re feeling competitive, register for the timed race beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 25 at the BIA tent in Memorial Peace Park. Figure out where the clue is telling you to go, complete a task inside each business, and receive the clue for the next leg of the course. At the first stop, you’ll receive a map and the rules (also available at downtownmapleridge.ca). Clue #1: Find the place you can buy supplies for your tea party in Haney Place Mall.
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, 2012. 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.
40 Under 40
• The TIMES and Ridge Meadows Recycling are looking for 40 community members under the age of 40 who are known for their environmentalism. Nomination deadline is midnight, Sunday, Sept. 30. Nominees must be 39 years or younger as of Dec. 31, 2012 and be a resident of either Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, or Katzie. Categories are child, youth, and adult. Nomination forms are available online (rmrecycling.org), at the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society’s depot in Albion, and The TIMES, #2-22345 North Ave. Completed forms can be dropped off at either the recycling depot or at The TIMES office before the Sept. 30 deadline.
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.
Pitt Meadows Museum Heritage Thursdays
• The 17th annual Heritage Thursdays summer program at the Pitt Meadows Museum starts soon. Children ages five to 11 are encouraged to participate in this fun educational program, which runs weekly from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays this summer. Attendance is $6, with a discount for registration in all sessions or group registration. They are also running free Ice Cream Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month this summer, again for ages five to 11. Info: Pitt Meadows Museum at 604-465-4322 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is recommended.
August Lunchtime Concert Series
• Bring your lunch for a free hour of musical entertainment by local performers in Memorial Peace Park every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. The schedule is available at downtownmapleridge.ca. The following performers are lined up: Aug. 16: Peter Tam; Aug. 21: LA & the SDAs; Aug. 22: Paul Garay; Aug. 23: Darren Exley; Aug. 28: Lydia Querengesser; Aug. 29: Land of Deborah; Aug. 30: The Green Room.
September 1, 2 & 3
• There will be free swims at the Hammond Outdoor Pool. Afternoon swims are 12:30 to 4 p.m., evening swims from 5 to 8 p.m. The pool is at 20601 Westfield Ave. As the season winds down, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services is offering free swims at both the Hammond & Harris Road outdoor pools.
• FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual food celebration and fundraiser, Feast of Fields, will be at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge from 1 to 5 p.m. The feast highlights the connection between farmers and chefs who offer mouth-watering creations using the freshest local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Accompanied by B.C. wines, beers and spirits, Feast of Fields is a gastronomic picnic for the palate. The cost is $85 per person.
• The Port Haney Neighbourhood Change Initiative is holding Port Haney Day from noon to 4 p.m. at Haney House, and in Callaghan Park. This second annual Port Haney Day will bring neighbours together to celebrate the neighbourhood, and to get to know each other better. There will be a Thomas Haney photo booth, artists, musicians, refreshments, draw prizes, Haney House tours, historical displays, and heritage games for kids.
• 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: “I love you but I detest your behaviour.” 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.
• Discover Hammond Bike Ride takes place at 10 a.m. Join HUB and other cyclists to ride around the neighbourhood and discover what makes Hammond unique – heritage houses, beautiful gardens, neighbourhood parks, and much more. .
• Bergthorson Academy of Music will host a Bluegrass Mini-Festival to celebrate the 101st birthday – if he had lived – of bluegrass godfather Bill Monroe. There will be workshops from 4:30 p.m. onward and the main event with headliner John Reischman & The Jaybirds begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.bergthorson.com.
• Terry Fox Run leaves from the Hammond Community Centre soccer field, 20601 Westfield Ave. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m. There are 10-km, five-km, and one-km runs and walks. The event is suitable for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, and rollerblades; dogs on leash are welcome. Info: www.terryfox.org/run.
• The Lower Mainland Green Team will be planting native plants 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, go to www.meetup.com/The-Lower-Mainland-Green-Team/events/71420142/ Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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
• 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 467-2420 or visit downtownmapleridge.ca for more information.
• 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 in Maple Ridge.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 our website at www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the crisis line.
• Volunteers 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 smentoring.mr.@issbc.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.
• St. Andrew’s United Church 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.