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There’ll be beautifully-lit boats at the White Rock Christmas Sail Past this Saturday

White Rock Christmas Sail Past takes place December 8th

White Rock Christmas Sail Past takes place December 8th

Calling all yachties, boat lovers, and Christmas celebrationists alike! This Saturday, December 8th is the annual White Rock Christmas Sail Past.

Starting at dusk, enjoy a beautiful display of Christmas lights on the boats as they sail past the pier.

This is a great annual tradition that is organized by the International Yacht Club of B.C.. For the best view point, stand at the end of the White Rock Pier.

All boat owners are invited to take part – all you have to do is decorate your boat and turn up! There’ll be hot chili at the Blaine Boating Center afterwards.

For further information, please see White Rock Christmas Sail Past.

Don’t miss The Christmas Store at Potters for gifts and decorations

Potters has the largest Christmas store in Western Canada

Potters has the largest Christmas store in Western Canada

For 9 weeks a year Potters convert their 28,000-square-foot greenhouse into the largest Christmas store in western Canada. Greenhouse benches are moved out and store fixtures are moved in, along with everything Christmas. Santa’s workshop is readied and the lights in Santa’s House are turned on.

They shop the world for all things Christmas! Their Christmas Decor is tasteful and unusual with decorations that you won’t see elsewhere. Potters is the largest Christmas store in Western Canada, with over 28,000 square feet of display space. They have locations in Ocean Park, White Rock, Surrey and Langley.

Their line of themed ornaments covers everything from fishing to skiing to baseball to equestrian and more! They have an entire showroom dedicated to Christmas-themed linens and home decor. They also carry an extensive line of decorated Garlands, Wreaths and Swags that are stunning.

If you are looking for unusual gifts for the ‘hard to buy for’ men and women, both gardeners and non-gardeners, no one has the wild and crazy selection of stocking stuffers that they do. Plan on spending a couple of hours here, almost everyone does.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive the last Saturday in November and are there every weekend until mid December. This is their fifth year hosting Santa and kids love him.

Come visit us for everything Christmas. For further information, please see The Christmas Store at Potters.

Don’t miss the Holiday Launch Party at MUSE Social Fashion House

Don't miss the Holiday Launch party at MUSE Social Fashion House

Don’t miss the Holiday Launch party at MUSE Social Fashion House

Launched in October of 2010 and located in the heart of Morgan Crossing, South Surrey, Muse Social Fashion House is a locally owned and operated clothing boutique specializing in head-to-toe styling for the modern woman, aged fifteen to fifty-five.

This Thursday, November 15th, join them for their Holiday Launch Party and an evening of decadent desserts, champagne and style, as Muse celebrates the exciting debut of their Holiday collection.

There’ll be in-store promotions, sweet treats and brand new product all of which make this a must-attend event for your social calendar!

Make it an evening out with the girls, or come on your own and socialize with Muse. As any true Musette knows, these fashionable, festive pieces will not last long!

For further information, please see Muse Social Fashion House Holiday Launch.

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a panto! See what Surrey has on offer

Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents Robinson Crusoe

Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents Robinson Crusoe

Once upon a time here was a seaside village called Chuckling-by-the-Sea. It was a very happy village, full of happy people and every now and then they would all set sail aboard the SS Leaky Lucy for a pleasure cruise. The cruise ship was owned by Mrs Kitty Crusoe and she and her son Billy were in charge of Crusoe’s Cruises.

Unfortunately Billy Crusoe wasn’t a very good pilot and kept crashing the ship.

Enter the dread Captain Blight and his mates. He tells Mrs Crusoe that he will captain the ship so off they all go for their cruise. BUT Captain Blight and his mates are PIRATES!!

Once out on the open main the Pirates show their true colours and try to take over the ship, but a storm comes up and sinks everyone to the bottom of the sea where they meet King Neptune – who is not very happy.

Eventually they all make it to the Island of Linga Longa but there is an evil Witchdoctor about to take over the world. Unless of course Robinson and his friends can stop him …

You guessed it … Robinson Crusoe is coming to Surrey courtesy of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company! Tickets available now.

For further information, please see Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates.

Brighten up your day with the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club

Come and have fun with the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club

Come and have fun with the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club

Laughing is seriously good for you, Carol Ann Shannon and Nicole Worden say.

The pair are instructors in laughter yoga, a discipline developed by a doctor who discovered that deliberate, planned laughing can be a drug-free alternative to antidepressants.

Which is why Shannon, a South Surrey resident, owns two squeaky rubber chickens and a court jester’s hat and why Worden, a White Rock resident, happens to have a Viking helmet of the kind usually seen on old-time opera singers.

They demonstrate a laughter yoga exercise that involves shaking hands and laughing as they do it. If the laughing seems a little artificial at first, that’s okay.

“You fake it till you make it,” Worden says. “Laughter is contagious.”

And what starts as laughing for no reason becomes laughing for its own sake, Shannon explains.

“Sometimes, we laugh so hard that we cry,” Shannon says. “It’s insane fun. You feel divine.”

Shannon says working as a laughter yoga instructor has given her an opportunity to explore her inner child and laugh. Now, the self-described introvert will smile at strangers and say good morning.

Shannon and Worden lead the 20-member White Rock Laughter Yoga Club.

For more information about the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club, visit the club website: www.lafunnygirl.com or email: info@lafunnygirl.com.

Source: Dan Ferguson, Peace Arch News

City of Surrey named Top Employer for Young People

City of Surrey named as top employer for young people

City of Surrey named as top employer for young people

The City of Surrey – which includes South Surrey – has been named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, and has been recognized as a national leader in helping college and university students make the transition from school to work.

“One-third of Surrey’s population is under the age of 19, which means we have a built-in workforce. We want to engage our future leaders and give them the opportunity for growth and progression so they can contribute to our city in a meaningful way,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

The City of Surrey was evaluated on its efforts to attract and retain young people, including partnerships with universities and colleges; opportunities for summer work and coop/work study programs; mentorship and training programs; career management programs; and youth engagement initiatives.

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People competition is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes Canada’s leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations.

Come out and enjoy the first Moon Festival this Saturday in Surrey

The first Moon Festival is being held this Saturday

The first Moon Festival is being held this Saturday

South Surrey’s Mia Chao has a goal. It is a simple goal. She would like to bring us all together for an annual night of friendship, community and love.

This Saturday the night of the brightest moon of the year, Chao has created the magic of a Moon Festival on stage at the Bell Centre.

Moon festivals happen once a year when the moon is at its fullest. This is the first Moon Festival in White Rock and Surrey that has been put together on such a large scale.

The many acts that will be appearing include a local dance group, professional dance performers, and a number of the finest musicians that make up the Vancouver music association who will be joined by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

This will be a very high quality musical performance.

White Rock’s Spiral Dance Company, the Vancouver Music Association and Orchestra Armonia will also appear. Most of the performances will be a celebration of the moon.

For further information, please see Moon Festival 2012.

Fashion lovers don’t miss A Night of Fashion at The Shops at Morgan Crossing

It's going to be a night to remember at A Night of Fashion at The Shops at Morgan Crossing

It’s going to be a night to remember at A Night of Fashion at The Shops at Morgan Crossing

Enjoy great sales, promotions, and free make-overs during a Night of Fashion next Thursday, September 20th at the Shops at Morgan Crossing in South Surrey.

Fashion experts will be on hand to provide style-tips, and the night will be capped off with a fashion show!

Join guest host Erin Cebula to experience a Night of Fashion at The Shops at Morgan Crossing in support of Arts Umbrella.

Enter to WIN 1 of 3 prizes valued up to $1000 in the Grand Prize Raffle Draw in support of Arts Umbrella!

Enjoy tequila tastings, hot shaves for the men, the latest BMW’s and much more fun. Ladies are welcome also. Stop by Howard Clothing to enjoy great promotions, music and whiskey tasting from Highwood Distilleries.

What Not to Wear is presented by Laura. Get the latest Fall fashion tips on how to get more from your wardrobe, fit for your body type and how to shop for less!

There’s also a Winners Pop Up Fashion Show and 2012 Fall fashions from Banana Republic.

This event is free to attend. Some activities are by donation with proceeds going towards Arts Umbrella.

For further information, please see A Night of Fashion.

Don’t miss the party this Saturday at White Rock’s Uptown Street Festival!

Uptown Street Festival Companion dog show

Uptown Street Festival Companion dog show

There’s going to be a party this Saturday, Sept 8th in White Rock at the annual Uptown Street Festival!

The Festival is packed with special events and attractions, including an Art Walk, Todd Brewer Music Stage, Sidewalk Sales, Decorated Bike Contest and Parade, Chili Cook Off Contest, Pirate Encampment and Games and the Art Exhibition (Russell Ave).

One of the favourite events is the Uptown Companion Dog Show! The show will draw top dogs from around the peninsula to compete for prizes and the coveted title “Judges Favourite”.

The only dog show in White Rock will take place at Central Plaza, North Bluff Road, White Rock with the show starting at 2.00pm.

Registration is available on the day. The entry fee for the show is by donation and the money raised for this event will go towards the SPCA and the work that they do. Prizes will be awarded for “Judges Favourite” and best in category for “Small, Medium and Large” Breeds and the favourite audience category “Most Like Owner”.

For further information about the day, please see Uptown Street Festival.

It’s going to be automobile and motorcycle heaven this Saturday in White Rock!

Don't miss the Crescent Beach Invitational this weekend

Don’t miss the Crescent Beach Invitational this weekend

Car and motorbike lovers will be in heaven this Labour Day weekend as collector automobiles and motorcycles will gather on the grassy lawns of Crescent Beach’s Blackie Spit Park for the second annual Crescent Beach Invitational.

Continuing in the spirit of the former Steamworks Concours, the 2012 event will mark the 10th year that they have brought together a Labour Day long weekend gathering of Collector Automobiles and Motorcycles.

This year, as in the past, entrants will come from all over the west coast of Canada and the United States, cover a broad span of makes and years and include vehicles that are often rare and seldom seen by the public.

The Concours will be officially open from 10am until 3pm. There is no admission charge for entrants or the public, although donations to Children’s Hospital at the event will be appreciated.

There will be a reception on Friday evening August 31st preceding the event.

For further information please see Crescent Beach Invitational.

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