GIVE (Giving Individuals Valuable Essentials)

By the end of June, people who are currently living in tents and in local shelters will be moving into the temporary accommodations that have been under construction in the area for the past few months.

As people move into their new home, we want them to get off to a good start. We are helping Lookout Society put together welcome kits to help them get a fresh start. Please GIVE (Giving Individuals Valuable Essentials) what you can – make it a staff initiative!

The DSBIA is offering a space to collect donations. On June 13-14, items can be dropped off at the DSBIA office at 330-10362 King George Blvd. between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact info@downtownsurreybia.com or 604-580-2321 if you require pickup.

International Picnic Day

When was the last time you had a picnic? On June 18th, the City of Surrey will join the world in celebrating International Picnic Day.

Come on out for an evening of music, fun activities and of course, tasty bites.

Surrey Parks will be leading this year’s International Picnic Day by encouraging a get together
outside to enjoy a meal and be in one another’s company.

With the arrival of summer weather, this is a great opportunity to bring your friends, family
and neighbours outdoors to an exciting event.

The fun kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Forsyth Park, lasting until 7:30 p.m. Surrey Parks will host a
light picnic. Since it is on a first come, first serve basis, make sure to come early. You are also
welcome to bring your own blanket, chairs, and any props that you would like to relax with.
During the event, various activities will be provided. There will be mini golf as friendly
competition for of all ages and a bouncy castle that will have kids laughing and
jumping.

For those who would simply like to relax and have some food under the sun, there is also
music for you to enjoy.

With so many beautiful places in the area, events like these create more opportunities
to connect with the rest of Downtown Surrey. Events like these exemplify the community
we know and love.

Guests are free to bring their own food and beverages. Pack your basket and picnic blanket; we will see you there!

 

The Long Long Table 2018

We’ve been cooking up a new look and a new menu for this year’s Long Long Table: Surrey’s Community Social.

What exactly is The Long Long Table?

The Long Long Table is a unique event that invites people of all ages who live, work, volunteer, and study in Surrey to sit at the same dinner table and share a five-course meal together. 

A networking event, The Long Long Table is a chance to expand one’s personal and professional network. Students, residents, professionals, business owners and other people from all walks of life can gather and mingle over a shared experience. Here citizens who would not normally interact with one another find themselves getting to know one another, making it a “friend-raiser” rather than a fundraiser.

With the success of last year’s event, we will be hosting the 4th Annual Long Long Table: A Surrey’s Community Social presented by Civic Hotel on Tuesday, June 26 at Surrey City Hall Civic Plaza (13450 – 104 Avenue). Networking will begin at 5:00 PM and dinner will start at 6:00 PM. Guests will sit at the elegantly decorated long, long table and be served a delicious five course meal that will reflect A Cosmopolitan Experience..

At the start of the meal, you will be greeted with a delicious assortment of appetizers. From port gelée to baked beet salad with bird eye chili dressing, there will be a variety of flavours to suit your taste. The main course will be a Cuban marinate flank steak paired with sage sweet potato whip and chimichurri. You will finish off with Cointreau crème brulée for dessert.

The food will be prepared by Rajeev Arora, Executive Catering Chef at Civic Hotel. A seasoned chef, Arora has cooked at world-class hotels and restaurants all over the globe—from a cooking show on India to an award winning-restaurant in Mumbai.

“I understand how meals can unify, and I love to bring people together around great food,” says Arora.

As a community social, we strive to make the event accessible for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome! To keep the dinner affordable, we have some great community-minded sponsors who have stepped forward. A big thank you to Civic Hotel, VanCity Credit Union, KPU, SFU, SCDC, PWC, David Pel & Company, Eurocan and TD Canada Trust.

Tickets are now on sale for $40 on Eventbrite. Get them while they’re available!

Gingerbread Village – Come & Vote for your Favourite

Thursday December 14th marks the opening of our new signature event, Gingerbread Village! Come check out the display of over 30 entries at Central City Shopping Centre (on the 2nd floor near Winners) and vote for your favourite creation with a cash donation. The creation with the most votes will win the $500 People’s Choice Award cash prize! $1 = 1 vote, so the more you give, the more chances they have to win. The proceeds from all votes will be donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau, so you can feel good knowing you’re having fun and helping out a good cause at the same time.

We have entries in a variety of categories including: Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Post-secondary Institutions, Businesses, Charities, Community & Service Groups, and Open.

Visiting Hours for Gingerbread Village:
Thursday, December 14 from 5-9pm
Friday, December 15 from 10am-9pm
Saturday, December 16 from 10am-9pm

On Friday night (December 15th) we will have a special ceremony to announce the grand prize winners. Stop by between 4-7 pm for face painting, snacks, and entertainment from everyone’s favourite Organ Grinder, Ingmar.

Retail Theft Seminar

 

On Wednesday August 30th, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association hosted a Retail Theft Seminar with guest speaker Stephen O’Keefe.

Stephen is a theft prevention consultant with the Retail Council of Canada.  He presented a very informative Seminar on Retail Theft and its effect on businesses across Canada.  

Business Owners from both small and large scale businesses and Loss Prevention officers from various retail locations were in attendance.  They were joined by volunteer members of the Surrey RCMP who will be taking the information and visiting businesses in Surrey to educate them on current practices to help alleviate this ongoing problem.  

If you missed the seminar and would like to hear what Stephen O’Keefe had to say, you can view the entire Seminar here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k44VeQYIU3w

 

 

DSBIA Renewal EGM

The Downtown Surrey BIA is currently going through the Renewal Process and part of the process is to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). All DSBIA Members are invited to join us on Thursday, September 28 at the City Centre Library at 10350 University Drive, Room 120.

The DSBIA Directors will be available to discuss plans for the future and details about the Renewal Documents from 5:30-6:15pm. At 6:15pm, Members will be asked to vote on:

  1. Renewal of the DSBIA for another five years.
  2. Levy over the next five years.
  3. Budget for 2018.
  4. Changes to the Bylaws to conform to the New BC Societies Act.

Further detailed  information can be found http://downtownsurreybia.com/agm/egm-2017/

Retail Theft Seminar

Wednesday August 30th, 2017

8:00 – 9:30 am
Surrey City Hall

Protect your retail business from theft & shoplifting
Join us and learn how to recognize vulnerabilities and implement low-cost theft prevention solutions

Guest Speaker: Stephen O’Keefe
Stephen O’Keefe was Walmart Canada’s VP Loss Prevention & Risk Management for 15 years. Currently an external consultant for the Retail Council of Canada, O’Keefe advises on loss prevention affecting shrinkage and profitability for retailers. He has over 30 years experience in retail theft prevention with some of Canada’s largest retailers and is currently conducting research on the Economic Impact of Retail Crime.

Coffee and muffins provided.

Register here:  https://retailtheftseminar.eventbrite.ca   

For more information visit downtownsurrey.com or call 604-580-2321

Beauty and the Beast at Movies Under The Stars

The highlight of the summer is BACK! Movies Under The Stars is returning to Holland Park every Saturday in August for fun filled evenings of laughter and games with the family!

To finish off the summer we will be showing the new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” on August 26th. Make sure you come early to make your very own rose, hear a storybook reading from Surrey Library, and watch the real life Belle grace our stage starting at 7:00 pm.

This all-ages event is perfect for movie loving families who are looking for a fun way to end their day each Saturday in August. As always, this event is free for all to attend and enjoy. Each movie will begin at dusk. We encourage attendees to come early to grab a good spot for viewing the movies. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5pm to entertain the crowd until the movies begin. Alongside the featured film will be live performances, free popcorn courtesy of Prospera Credit Union will be provided for all attendees. All you need to bring is your lawns chairs and blankets for a night of entertainment that’s perfect for the whole family.

Want to make it dinner and a show? The North Surrey lions Club will be hosting a barbeque with all proceeds going towards local charities.

Movies Under The Stars is a highly anticipated event, and this year we are happy to announce that we will be showing Lego Batman on August 5th, Sing on August 12th, Moana on August 19th, and Beauty and the Beast on August 26th.

Movies Under the Stars is the perfect summer family night out! There is no better way to connect with family, friends, and neighbours, than over some popcorn and a movie under the stars.

Moana at Movies Under The Stars

The highlight of the summer is BACK! Movies Under The Stars is returning to Holland Park every Saturday in August for fun filled evenings of laughter and games with the family!

Dive into Polynesian culture on August 19th with one of the hit movies of the summer, “Moana”. Susan’s Paradise of Polynesia dancers will be on site showing off their hula moves, and Surrey Sun Hang Do will do an interactive performance where you can learn some mixed martial arts.

This all-ages event is perfect for movie loving families who are looking for a fun way to end their day each Saturday in August. As always, this event is free for all to attend and enjoy. Each movie will begin at dusk. We encourage attendees to come early to grab a good spot for viewing the movies. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5pm to entertain the crowd until the movies begin. Alongside the featured film will be live performances, free popcorn courtesy of Prospera Credit Union will be provided for all attendees. All you need to bring is your lawns chairs and blankets for a night of entertainment that’s perfect for the whole family.

Want to make it dinner and a show? The North Surrey lions Club will be hosting a barbeque with all proceeds going towards local charities.

Movies Under The Stars is a highly anticipated event, and this year we are happy to announce that we will be showing Lego Batman on August 5th, Sing on August 12th, Moana on August 19th, and Beauty and the Beast on August 26th.

Movies Under the Stars is the perfect summer family night out! There is no better way to connect with family, friends, and neighbours, than over some popcorn and a movie under the stars.

 

Sing! at Movies Under The Stars

The highlight of the summer is BACK! Movies Under The Stars is returning to Holland Park every Saturday in August for fun filled evenings of laughter and games with the family!

August 12th will be all about animals and singing, with Urban Safari stealing the show starting at 6:30 pm. Make sure you warm up your vocal cords as we will be having a guess-the-lyrics contest before we show the night’s feature film, “Sing”!

This all-ages event is perfect for movie loving families who are looking for a fun way to end their day each Saturday in August. As always, this event is free for all to attend and enjoy. Each movie will begin at dusk. We encourage attendees to come early to grab a good spot for viewing the movies. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5pm to entertain the crowd until the movies begin. Alongside the featured film will be live performances, free popcorn courtesy of Prospera Credit Union will be provided for all attendees. All you need to bring is your lawns chairs and blankets for a night of entertainment that’s perfect for the whole family.

Want to make it dinner and a show? The North Surrey lions Club will be hosting a barbeque with all proceeds going towards local charities.

Movies Under The Stars is a highly anticipated event, and this year we are happy to announce that we will be showing Lego Batman on August 5th, Sing on August 12th, Moana on August 19th, and Beauty and the Beast on August 26th.

Movies Under the Stars is the perfect summer family night out! There is no better way to connect with family, friends, and neighbours, than over some popcorn and a movie under the stars.

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