Gingerbread Village 2018

The Downtown Surrey BIA’s Gingerbread Village is back! This event adds some creative fun to the holidays and raises money for the Surrey Christmas Bureau. Plus, you could win some sweet cash prizes (including a $500 People’s Choice Award).

How It Works:

Build a Gingerbread Creation of one of your favourite buildings in the area or something that you would like to see in Downtown Surrey – A carousel? A playground? LRT? Now is the perfect time to get creative! The entries will be on public display during mall hours from Saturday, December 8th to Sunday, December 16th.

The deadline to register is November 30th, 2018. If you would like to participate, please email the entry form to info@downtownsurreybia.com. You can also call 604.580.2321 for more information.

Important Dates (Please Read):

  1. Entries must be delivered to Central City Shopping Centre on December 7th between 10am-3pm.
  2. Entries must be picked up at Central City Shopping Centre on December 17th between 9:30am-12pm. We cannot store entries after that date/time.    
       If you do not want to pick your entry up, please let us know in advance. We will display it as part of a Silent Auction.    All the money raised will go to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
  3. There will be an Award Reception. The date will be announced later.

 Cash Prizes:

The entry categories and cash prizes are as follows:  

  • Elementary Schools: $500, $250
  • High Schools: $750, $500, $250, $100
  • Universities, Colleges: $500, $250
  • Charities/Non-Profits: $500, $250
  • Service/Community Groups: $500, $250
  • Professional/Post-Secondary Culinary Programs: $500, $250
  • Businesses: $500, $250
  • Open: $500, $250

 

The winners in each category will be selected by our panel of community judges. To sweeten the deal, all entries are eligible for the $500 People’s Choice Award. Everyone who visits the display can vote for their favourite entry with a cash donation. Following the end of the display, the entry that receives the most donations will win the People’s Choice Award.

The donations will be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau, a local non-profit that helped over 4000 children celebrate the holidays last year with toys and food. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on Facebook on December 18, 2018.

Gingerbread Village 2018 – Entry Form

Movies Under the Stars – August 11: It’s on!

The movie scheduled for tonight (Saturday, August 11) is ON! We are not going to let a few clouds and drizzle stop us from showing “COCO” a popular Academy Award-winning family film. Fun starts at 5pm. Movie will start at dusk (with the clouds in the sky, that should be between 8:50-9:00pm).

Remember to bring your chairs!

 

 

Civic Election: All Candidates Meetings

Come and learn what the candidates have to say. Make your vote an informed vote.

1. All Candidates meeting – Mayoral – Wednesday, September 26 at Civic Hotel at 6:30pm.
2. All Candidates meeting – Council – Thursday, September 27 at Whalley Legion at 6:30pm
3. All Candidates Meeting – School Board – Friday, September 28 at Chuck Bailey Rec Centre at 7 pm

 

Central City’s Noontime Notes

Spend your lunch break with sunshine and tunes. Central City’s Noontime Notes has returned to the Central City Plaza. On July 3 to August 3, enjoy live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This 24-concert series is free for all ages.

Discover a variety of musical offerings—from rock and country, to jazz and folk. Discover local musicians like rock artist Taylor James and Celtic folk guitarist Pat Chessell. For a full schedule, visit centralcity.ca/event/noontime-notes.

Community Safety Breakfast

On July 11, Knight and Day Restaurant is hosting the annual Community Safety Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The breakfast and seminar will take place at 9677 King George Boulevard.

Learn how to spot counterfeit bills from guest speaker Farid Sajli. As part of the Bank of Canada’s currency awareness and education team, he is experienced in detecting various forms of counterfeit. Farid has taught police and merchants how to identify fake bills and prevent debit card, cheque and other currency fraud.

This event is free for Downtown Surrey BIA members—anyone that runs a business within the DSBIA boundaries.

RSVP at safetybreakfast2018.eventbrite.ca.

Glitter Unicorn Festival

Ryley and Chloe are back with another fun-raiser! This time, it’s full of sweets, sparkles, and sunshine.

Come out with your family and friends to the Glitter Unicorn Festival on July 14 at Forsyth Park from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Delight in unicorn-themed crafts like glitter tattoos, unicorn slime, and face painting. Cool down with frozen treats while enjoying fun games and upbeat music.

Bring your empty bottles and cans for recycling. All proceeds will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.

Canucks Autism Network Birthday Festival

The Canucks Autism Network is celebrating their 10th Birthday Party at the Surrey Civic Plaza on July 7. This inclusive, free event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

Enjoy outdoor inflatables, family-friendly activities, vendors and food trucks, photo opportunities with the Canucks mascot (FIN), and a chance to meet local celebrities.

The Birthday Festival will also host sensory-friendly hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This session will offer smaller crowds, shorter line-ups, and reduced volume to accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities. RSVP to attend sensory friendly hours at canucksautism.ca/bdayRSVP.

 

Whalley’s Corner Community Festival

Are you ready for an afternoon with music, delicious food vendors, and local businesses?

Come out on Saturday, July 7 for the fourth annual Whalley’s Corner Community Festival. Find us at the corner of 108 Avenue and King George Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Explore the unique history of the Whalley community. Photos and newspaper articles will give you a snapshot of Whalley’s past at the Whalley Historical Tent. There will also be a Vintage Firetruck from the Surrey Firefighters.

Want to see what your local business vendors and organizations have to offer? Visit the variety of booths at the festival for the opportunity to support local businesses and buy well-made crafts and other goods.

If you’re feeling hungry, try out one of the many ethnic food vendors that will be on site. Be sure to pick up your fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market. Visit the Kid’s Area for a chance to play fun games. Spend the day enjoying live music performances as you experience all these wonderful activities.

Come enjoy this free, family-friendly event and get to know your Whalley community.

Placemaking Returns with Pop-Up Beach

For two summers, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) has created placemaking activities for positive community participation. You may have seen some: the #LOVE ball, Sweet Surrey or the live piano music at Surrey Central Skytrain Station.

This summer will be no different. The DSBIA wanted to create something beyond the concrete buildings of Downtown Surrey where there is an existing variety of coffee shops, parks and restaurants.

What is something Downtown Surrey doesn’t have? A beach!

With that, we introduce the Pop-Up Beach. You bring the sunglasses, we bring the beach.

This pop-up simulates a mini beach with a beautiful backdrop of the oceanside. It will include beach props such as chairs and a variety of pool accessories. To make the experience more immersive, there will be sounds of ocean waves and perhaps even the occasional seagull call.  

Did you know that studies suggest that taking a vacation increases productivity? Even more, it decreases stress and improves overall mental health. We’re bringing a vacation to you and going to the beach has never been so easy. Pop by for quick break during work or summer school. We all want to enjoy paradise, so take a photo at the pop-beach and share it with your friends.

Pop-up beach is happening on Tuesday, June 12. From 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., find us in front of the North Surrey Recreation Centre near Surrey Central Station.

CELEBRATE COMMUNITY AT 20th ANNUAL SURREY FEST DOWNTOWN

What if you could find children’s activities, delicious bites, and live music – all in Downtown Surrey?
Surrey Fest Downtown has it all!

Kick off your summer by attending one of Surrey’slargest community festivals. Join us at Holland Park on Saturday, June 16th to celebrate the 20th Annual Surrey Fest Downtown: A Celebration of Community.

Bring your dance moves as you listen to incredible local entertainment at the main stage of Surrey Fest. This year will feature Mazacote, a six-piece band that will energize you with their Latin dance beats. The Springman Family Band and John Welsh Band will also take the stage to share their wonderful music and talent.

Stroll through the tents to check out some of the great products of our vendors. Bid on a variety
of great prizes when you visit the Silent Auction. You can also take the opportunity to meet not-for-profit groups operating in the Surrey community, learn about their positive initiatives
and work, and see how you can get involved.

Surrey Fest Downtown would not be complete without a Kids Zone where there will be an abundance of free activities for families and children. A large bouncy castle will have kids leaping for joy in the summer weather. Visit Whalley Daycare’s tent to become transformed into a superhero or butterfly by a talented face painter. There is also fun glitter tattoos and beautiful henna. Want to be creative yourself? Bring out your inner artist in our arts and crafts section.

During all this festival fun, don’t forget to take a break and relax in the cool shade while the Surrey Central Lions Club cook up lunch on the barbeque. All proceeds will be donated to local charities and organizations.

Surrey Fest Downtown runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is organized by the Whalley Community Association and sponsored by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

Whether it’s food, community or fun, there’s something for everyone. Join us for a funfilled
Saturday and let’s celebrate the Surrey community together.

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