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There is a new sign bylaw in effect in Surrey. Do you know what signs are allowed and what signs are illegal? The Downtown Surrey BIA is hosting 2 meetings with City of Surrey Staff to help businesses in the area learn about the new requirements and find out what you can do to comply.
Date: Tuesday, September 30 from 8-9am or Wednesday, October 1 from 5:30-6:30pm
Where: suite 330 – 10362 King George Blvd., Surrey (London Station – enter beside Johnson Meier Insurance)
The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association will be hosting All Candidates meetings for the upcoming Civic Election (November 15, 2014).
Mayoral Candidates: Thursday, October 23 at 7pm
Councillor Candidates: Monday, October 27 at 6:30pm
Both events will be held at SFU Surrey (13450 102 Avenue, Surrey).
All candidates will be given a list of questions to answer prior to the event and the answers will be posted on this website. Initial questions to the candidates at the meeting will be based on the answers they provide to the questions given in advance. Written questions will be taken from the floor – note: questions from the floor cannot be directed to one candidate.
If you would like a question on a specific area given to all candidates in advance, please send your area of interest or question to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 9, 2014. We do not guarantee all questions will be included but want to cover the important areas of concern.
Keeping things hot this summer is the Surrey Fire Fighter’s 100k in a Day Bike Ride.
The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society will host a 100-kilometre bike ride around the City of Surrey to support physical and mental health in the community. The 100K in a Day Ride for Community Health will start and end at Central City Shopping Centre on Friday, August 12th from 9AM to 3PM.
Cyclists of all fitness level can ride in one of three levels: Recreation, Intermediate and Challenge. The bike route will include pit stops at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, Morgan Crossing, as well as Guildford Town Centre. Cyclists and supporters can meet at the finish line for a barbeque and refreshments. Not only that, but an antique fire truck will also be waiting there for fun pictures! All proceeds from the BBQ and wind-up event will go towards the Surrey Fire Fighter’s Charitable Society.
The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society started in 1994 to help support and give back to the city of Surrey. For the past 15 years, the Surrey Fire Fighters have been funding programs such as the Nutritional Snack Program to provide healthy food for Surrey students.
Join us at Central City Plaza cheer on the cycling heroes, and enjoy the charity barbeque, fundraising activities and live entertainment. For more information on how to get involved, check out www.surreyfirefighters.com.
For the first time, the BIA has been able to bring on a Sustainability Intern to work on developing a environmental sustainability strategy in Businesses within the Downtown Surrey Area. This summer our Sustainability Education Intern, Maureen Solmundson, has been hard at work researching and compiling a tool kit in order to improve sustainable business practices.
This tool kit, entitled Sustainability Starter Kit: Sustainable Surrey Starts Here, has been designed for small to medium businesses in order to engage and encourage them to adapt environmentally sustainable business practices. Each tool kit would come equip with: Toilet Tank Dye Tablets, a Kitchen Aerator, A Toilet Tank Bank, a Smart Power Strip, and CFL light bulbs, all contained in a reusable package. Solmundson’s goal is to lay the groundwork for environmental sustainability practices in businesses to continually be built upon. She hopes to acquire 200 Sustainability Starter Kits to send out initially.
With the launch of this free starter kit Solmundson hopes to both engage and educate small business owners on the importance of
environmentally sustainable businesses practices further contributing to the creation of a sustainable Surrey.
The DSBIA has applied for a number of grants to fund this initiative and hopes to hear by the end of the year whether the project will go beyond the planning stage.
We live in a bustling urban world. Though we are constantly surrounded, it feels as if we are drifting further apart from each other. In order to help forge new connections and bring together the community, the Downtown Surrey BIA has decided to host an exciting new event The Long, Long Table.
The Long, Long Table is a unique event that aims to bring of all backgrounds and walks of life to come and share a meal together. Held at City Hall Plaza on Tuesday September 9th, The Long, Long Table event invites 500 people who work, live, and learn in Downtown Surrey for dinner. This encourages interaction that would not otherwise occur, enabling opportunities for friendship and networking within the community.
The event will begin with a networking portion started from 4:30-5:30 at City Hall, with everyone seated for dinner at 5:45pm. The dinner will be held in the new City Hall Plaza, which will elegantly decorated. Participants will be able to enjoy a delicious 5-course meal together. From steaming samosas to refreshing blueberry pie, each of the five courses is inspired by different countries from around the world. In addition, while guests feast, background music from different cultures will be featured.
To be a part of this unique experience is easy. Tickets are available online at SurreyLLT.Eventbrite.com. They can also be purchased at the Downtown Surrey BIA office located at Suite 330-10362 King George Blvd. Tickets are available for $35 plus GST.
On Tuesday, September 9th, escape the fast-paced nature of urban life and rediscover the beauty of connecting with your community through sharing a great meal at Surrey’s Long Table.
“Do you want to build a snow man?”
On August 23rd come “chill” at Holland Park as Movies Under the Stars plays the hit film Frozen.
Presented by Prospera Credit Union, and hosted by the Downtown Surrey BIA, Movies Under the Stars transforms Holland Park into a free outdoor movie theatre every year. Movies begin at dusk at Holland Park, but the fun begins at 5pm.
Join Queen Elsa on this extra –special night as she leads our very own Frozen Sign-A-Long. Grab your friends and participate in this fun outdoor sing-a-long by belting out the tunes from the hit song “Let it Go”.
Before the movie starts kids can look forward to face painting, Frozen-themed crafts, and a visit from Queen Elsa herself! Kids also have the chance to win prizes by participating in our trivia contest before the movie and two lucky children will even take home a brand new bicycle courtesy of Whalley Printers.
Grab a burger from the North Surrey Lions Club BBQ and watch some great performances. Be astounded by the magical tricks of popular children’s performer Norden the Magician. Listen as Jr Talent Winner and PNE Showcase Star eight-year old, Tyson Venegas, steals your heart with his soulful charm.
Join us on August 23rd for the fourth and final night of this year’s Movies Under the Stars. Snuggle up under the stars with family and friends and create great summer memories as Frozen is sure to melt your heart.
Movies Under the Stars –Pajama Party World Record
Throw on your favourite pair of PJs, hunt down those onesies, and join the Downtown Surrey BIA as we attempt to break the World Record for Largest Pajama Party.
The current World Record is 1,075 people in pajamas, but with your help we can beat it!
On Saturday August 16th, get comfy in your PJs and come down to Holland Park at 5pm as we kick off our pajama party with some great pre-movie entertainment. We will also be filming a fun short video to submit to Record Setter. The totally number of PJs at our Pajama Party will be will be counted and announced at dusk- right before we begin playing The Lego Movie.
Also, in the spirit of world records and The Lego Movie we will also be attempting to build the largest Lego block out of canned food. Be sure to bring a can or two down and help us construct the largest Lego block possible! All cans of food will then be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.
This August 16 grab your pajamas and a can of food and snuggle up under the stars for a truly unforgettable evening!
Let your adventurous side take flight this Saturday, August 9th as Movies Under the Stars plays Rio 2 as the second feature in this year’s great line-up of family-friendly films. Presented by Prospera Credit Union, and hosted by the Downtown Surrey BIA, Movies Under the Stars transforms Holland Park into a free outdoor movie theatre the first four Saturdays in August. Movies begin at dusk at Holland Park, but the fun begins at 5pm with activities and entertainment.
On August 9th Movies Under the Stars brings the wild to you with Cinemazoo. Cinemazoo will be bringing a variety of exotic animals to Holland Park. Movie goers will have the opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures. Arrive onsite by 6pm if you want to see Cimenazoo.
Catch live performances by artists such as Derrick Fedele and Sung Hang Do Martial Arts Group. Win prizes with our pre show trivia game. Grab a bite to eat at the North Surrey Lions Barbecue. Participate in the Christmas Bureau’s special draw and support a great cause as they help families in need make their Christmas a little brighter.
On August 9th grab a blanket and some friends and escape to the wild as Movies Under the Stars brings you Rio 2!
Eat, Play, Live Well won’t just improve your summer, but your life!
Eat, Play, Live Well is an outdoor street fair which will be held on Sunday, August 24th . This event runs from 11am-4pm at 13686 94A Avenue.
Eat, Play, Live Well is an exciting community festival put on by the Phoenix Society. This one of a kind street fair includes food vendors, activities for children, and live entertainment. What makes this festival unique is it combines education with fun by providing helpful information about the resources available within your community.
This summer be sure to treat your family to this inspiring festival where you can not only eat and play, but learn to live well.