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Happening in Richmond, Nov. 13 to Dec. 2
By Don Fennell
Published 1:35 PST, Tue November 12, 2019
Last Updated: 3:27 PST, Mon November 18, 2019
Windows of Hope
Presented by the Richmond Auto Mall, Windows of Hope returns Nov. 20 from 3 to 8 p.m. Over the past 15 years, the event has generated nearly $300,000, including a record-breaking $37,000 in 2018 for the Richmond Christmas Fund. Join the fun and support the cause by spending an evening at the mall painting holiday scenes on the windows of car dealerships. To show their gratitude, the dealerships each make a donation to the Christmas Fund.
Christmas Fund Indigo FUNDraiser
The Richmond Christmas Fund is all about convenience, always looking for new and easier ways for people to support the program.
This year, when you shop online at indigo.ca through Dec. 7, three per cent cash back on your purchases of books, home decor, paper products, fashion accessories or children’s items will benefit the Christmas Fund. And when you purchase electronic gift cards, 20 per cent will go to the Christmas Fund. To donate go to https://indigo.flipgive.com/teams
See Yah In The Morning! Fundraiser
Inspired by her son, Richmond author Kaye Liao Banez wrote a book to help young children develop communication skills. She’s donating partial proceeds from each book sold to local charities, and this fall the beneficiary is the Richmond Christmas Fund. Through Dec. 14, each purchase through bammstellacreations.com will see $2 donated to provide grocery vouchers, toys, books and gift cards to low-income families to help them celebrate the holidays.
Dixon Craft Fair
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the annual Dixon Elementary School (9331 Diamond Rd.) craft fair. Dixon’s fabulous makers dazzle with their talents, while culinary artists tantalize your taste buds in an evening of gleeful merry-making starting at 6 p.m.
Friends of the Richmond Library is hosting a mini-sale at Richmond Public Library (Cambie Branch) at 150 – 11590 Cambie Road, Richmond on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm. A great selection of quality children’s books and adult fiction will be on sale at $2 each. Cash only. Please bring your own bags or boxes. All proceeds benefit Richmond Public Libraries.
Holiday Craft Sale
Christmas Crafters, a group of senior ladies who knit for charity, will be holding a holiday craft sale at Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Ave. on Nov. 21 and Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Sales are cash only. Last year, some $1,200 was raised.
RAPS Holiday Party
The Regional Animal Protection Society is hosting the RAPS Holiday Celebration Pub Night Nov. 30, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Buck & Ear Pub, 12111 3rd Ave. in Steveston.
Tickets are $20 each, including a burger and drink. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, a 50-50 draw, games and fun. Bring the gang and make it a family affair.
Richmond Pottery Club
Joining forces with the Richmond Weavers & Spinners Guild, the Richmond Pottery Club is holding its 2019 Christmas Sale Nov. 15 to 17 at the Richmond Arts Centre, 180-7700 Minoru Blvd. Times are Friday 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Christmas Classic Car Cruise
Watch the wheels roll through Steveston Village Dec. 1 from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. The annual parade of hot rods, roadsters, muscle cars and custom creations will ultimately end up at the Buck & Ear parking lot, where the cars will remain on display until 2:30 p.m. In addition to revving their engines, drivers will also rev up their generosity by making a toy or cash donation to the Richmond Christmas Fund.
Celebrate Christmas with students and faculty from the Richmond Music School with a matinee concert Nov. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Music School Society recital hall, 11371 No. 3 Rd. Admission is free, but please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Richmond Food Bank.
London Heritage Farm, 6511 Dyke Rd., reflects the holiday season from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15 as the historic home is transformed to celebrate a Victorian Christmas. While there, you can also enjoy a cup of cider, learn about the London family, and visit the gift shop for a perfect present.
South Arm Christmas Fair
Here’s a unique way to get your holiday shopping taken care. Visit the craft fair, featuring homemade items from more than 70 vendors, beginning at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16 at South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Rd.
A Not So Silent Night
The first-ever A Not So Silent Night generated over $65,000 for the Richmond Christmas Fund. This year’s second annual is set for Nov. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jaguar Land Rover of Richmond, located at the Richmond Auto Mall. Once again combining festive fun and stylish elegance, the event will be highlighted by a delectable selection of appetizers and desserts, courtesy of Pacific Gateway Hotel.
Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop
Go green this Christmas by making your own reusable food wraps out of beeswax. Learn a few techniques to ditch the plastic wrap for food storage, and discover a few recipes while you’re at it at this special workshop Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. at The Red Barn, 2631 Westminster Hwy.
Senior Peer Counsellor Training
Each Friday, through to Nov. 22, Richmond Cares Richmond Gives (RCRG) is hosting a senior peer counselling program, training volunteers to provide emotional support to older adults experiencing worry, frustration or loss. The program is unique since the volunteers are older adults themselves, so are able to relate to what their clients are going through.
The next sessions are Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but space is limited so register early at 604-279-7020 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raise the Roof
St Alban’s Church, 7260 St Albans Rd., is home to a weekly community meal, serving on average 180 people. Donations are always welcome at 604-278-2770 or at email@example.com.
Chronic Conditions Self-Management
The Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program is a free six-session workshop that is designed to help people with chronic health conditions and their caregivers to better manage symptoms and activities of daily life.
A six-week session began Oct. 22 and will continue each Tuesday through Nov. 26 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1 Rd.
To learn more, contact Self-Management BC at 604-940-1273.
Decoda Literacy Conference
Richmond will host the Decoda Literacy Conference 2019: Literacy for a Better BC Nov. 21 and 22 at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Rd.
The conference will bring together the province’s literacy network, including leaders in adult learning, key members of the public and private sector, and literacy practioners for interactive, dynamic and informative learning sessions.
Join Richmond Gogos for an afternoon of lively music, featuring the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir, Nov. 23 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 No. 1 Rd. While you're there, visit the market and choose from an array of crafts. Tickets are $10 (children) and $22 (adults) through Joan Richards at 778-434-5146.
Steveston Folk Guild
The Steveston Folk Guild presents “a genuine B.C. treasure,” the Brian Robertson Trio Nov. 21 at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, 5180 Westwater Dr. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with tickets $10 at the door.
Join the Gum Ying Richmond Archery Club for an introductory lesson with the Richmond Archery Club. This one-hour beginning session, with a recurve bow, will teach you about the equipment and how to hold the bow. The lessons are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at 150-6851 Elmbridge Way.
International Wheelchair Bonspiel
Since debuting at the Winter Paralympic Games in 2006, wheelchair curling continues to grow in popularity. From Nov. 20 to 24, the Richmond Centre for Disability will be hosting its 13th annual tournament—the 2019 Canadian Open—at the Richmond Curling Centre, 5540 Hollybridge Way. Play at the week-long event is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Richmond Sockeyes have several home games scheduled over the next few weeks. The Pacific Junior Hockey League club welcomes White Rock Whalers to Minoru Arena Nov. 14, Ridge Meadows Flames Nov. 21 and Aldergrove Kodiaks Nov. 28. All Thursday games, the face-off time for each is 7 p.m.
Softball Canada Congress
Softball Canada holds its annual general meeting and congress Nov. 13 to 17 at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, 7571 Westminster Hwy.
The congress usually consists of a board meeting and a staff forum, workshops and a hall of fame and awards night. Workshop topics range from national championships to long-term player development to coaching to new initiatives.
Karate BC Provincials
Top athletes from across B.C. compete for top honours at the 2019 provincial championships, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
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