Memories of Stardust

It’s true… not only has Stardust closed but by the end of the summer, the building will be gone forever. There will be one last “Stardust” skate, on July 8 at what is now Central City Arena.

Where you a Stardust “regular”? Did  you celebrate your birthday at Stardust? Did you play hockey at Stardust? Were you part of the Special Olympics Program at Stardust? Did your school class have a Halloween, Christmas or Year End party at Stardust? Did you attend a Night Owl Skate or an All Night Skate? Did you participate in any Air Band Contests or Battle of the Bands? Were you part of the Rollathons to raise money for Variety Club? Did you participate in the 24 hour skate for MADD or Skate for Heart? Who was your favourite band that played at Stardust? Did you skate at Guildford, Whalley, North Van or Richmond – which floor was the best? Did your church or company have a skating party at Stardust? Did you take roller skating lessons at Stardust? Do you remember the horse races and limbo on roller skates? Did you win a prize for doing the hokey pokey or bird dance? Where did you go after skating? Fresgos, Olympia, White Spot (or McDonalds after the All Night Skate)? Did you work at Stardust? Who was your favourite Stardust Staff member? Did you meet or significant other at Stardust?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have a memory of Stardust. And we want to you to share your memories with us. Funny, sad,  goofy, poignant, or just a memory the reflects how Stardust played a role in your life,

Prizes will include a gift certificate for Central City (previously known as Surrey Place), a gift certificate for Fresgos, and a gift certificate for White Spot.

Email all submissions to cheryl@downtownsurreybia.com with the subject line “Memories of Stardust Contest”. Make sure to include your name, email, and which rink you are either talking about (your memory) or what the picture is about to be entered.

Pin Stop: The Downtown Surrey Collection

Stay tuned for the updated Pin Stop map!

Similar to a scavenger hunt, the Downtown Surrey Pin Stop is an unique way to discover businesses, all while collecting little treasures along the way. Start your adventure by visiting the DSBIA website on July 1st for the map with all the Downtown Surrey Pin Stop locations.

Each business on the Downtown Surrey Pin Stop will have a different limited edition Canada 150 pin for you to add to your collection. No two pins will be the same as each pin will be unique to the business. Once you get your pin, don’t rush away; stay awhile. Along with a pin to collect, learn about the Canadian history connection at each stop. Downtown Surrey is a fast growing area with rich heritage just waiting to be explored. With every twist and turn on the Downtown Surrey Pin Stop map, there is a new story to unfold.

Once your pin collection starts to grow, come to the DSBIA office to get your limited edition Downtown Surrey Pin Stop Canada 150 Lanyard. Use the lanyard as a way to display all the pins you’ve collected so far. Just remember to bring in at least five of your pins to get your lanyard started. The DSBIA is open Monday through Friday 9:30am to 5:00pm.

This year’s list of Pin Stops will include the DSBIA, SFU Surrey, Canadian Tourism College, Bozzini’s, Save-On-Foods, Dan the Man, and many more. Its never too late to join in on the party. The Downtown Surrey Pin Stop is always looking for more participating local businesses. Please contact Melissa at melissa@downtownsurreybia.com to get involved.

This is the perfect way to learn more about the place you already love, or discover one that is completely new. The Pin Stop will begin on Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1st, and end last week of August.

The Long, Long Table: A Canadian Affair

Pull up a chair and take your seat at The Long, Long Table at Civic Plaza on June 27th, 2017, for a dining experience like no other.

The Long Long Table brings together community members of all backgrounds to share a unique dining experience. It is a chance for people who work, live, and learn in our downtown core to come together and celebrate community. Additionally, this year The Long, Long Table will also be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Located in the centre of Downtown Surrey, The Long, Long Table will be set up in beautiful Civic Plaza, on June 27th, 2017. With over 200 seats available, diners can look forward an opportunity to build new friendships and connections within our diverse community.

The main feature of this event will, of course, be the food. The five-course meal highlights delicious Canadian cuisine. From traditional bannock and salmon, to fresh Slats Spring Island Salad, this dinner is fit for Canada’s milestone birthday celebration.

Tickets for The Long, Long Table are $40 each and available online until June 26th. Visit llt2017.eventbrite.ca and purchase your tickets today.

Find out about the DSBIA and Plans for the Next Five Years

As a follow-up to our recent survey, we are holding several meetings with DSBIA Members (businesses and property owners).

On March 31, 2018, DSBIA will be renewing its mandate for the next five years. The Board of Directors has drafted a proposal and budget based on the Strategic Plan and we want to give you, our Members, the chance to discuss them.

Join us on Tuesday, May 30 from 4-7pm or Wednesday May 31 from 8-10am or 11:30am-1:30pm. These sessions will take place at the DSBIA offices at 330-10362 King George Boulevard (above the Starbucks at London Station). DSBIA Directors and staff will be at the meetings and look forward to hearing what you have to say about the plans for the next five years.

Follow-up to Impacts on Business Round Table

On April 6, businesses and non-profit organizations in the Downtown Surrey BIA area were invited to attend a round table event to provide feedback on the issues and concerns in the area. 

We promised a follow-up meeting to discuss concerns. The follow-up meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 from 8-9am

There will be a light breakfast of fruit, muffins, and coffee for those who attend.

Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13548 107A Ave)
Wednesday, June  7
8:00AM-9:00AM
Free

For more information, please call the DSBIA office at 604.580.2321

Surrey’s Canada 150 Program Launch

Mayor Linda Hepner kicked off Surrey’s City-wide Canada 150 Program last Tuesday, February 21st at City Hall. As part of the announcement, the City had a number of performers and entertainers, including Laura Grizzly Paws, and a Canadian cover band.

Mayor Hepner announced that for Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, the City of Surrey will feature a number of special concerts and events. On April 22nd, Party for the Planet returns to Surrey City Hall with feature headliner Shawn Hook, best known for his single “Sound of Your Heart.”

On July 1st, the largest Western Canada Day Concert will take place at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre with Canada-based group Hedley, who has garnered over 60 million video views and 17 number one MuchMusic videos.

Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park will be held on July 22-23rd, with the internationally successful Nelly Furtado headlining the event. Furtado has over 16 million records sold world-wide and her two-decade career has reached every part of the globe.

Canada 150 zones will be incorporated at every major event this summer, which showcase our history and include Canadian-themes activities. There will also be local performances by First Nation’s performers, hoop dancers, French-Canadian artists, and more.

Explore The George

Downtown Surrey is growing at an unprecedented pace, transforming into an urban downtown core. “The George,” formally known as King George Boulevard, runs right through a community of businesses, large and small. With a wealth of restaurants and shops, a developing medical technology hub, an expanding financial district, and some of the best post-secondary education in British Columbia, Downtown Surrey is your ideal urban community to work, live, and explore.

There are so many ways you can #ExploreTheGeorge any day of the year. Visit our website to get to know our local businesses and learn how you can start exploring the George!

http://explorethegeorge.com/

All Candidates Meeting

The Surrey-Whalley All Candidates Meeting will take place Thursday, April 27th at SFU Surrey (13450 102 Ave) beginning at 6:30PM for the upcoming Provincial Election (May 9th, 2017). The election for MLA of Surrey-Whalley is held every few years. NDP have held the Surrey-Whalley area since 1986, apart from 2001.

The current incumbent is MLA Bruce Ralston of the NDP, who is running for re-election. Other candidates in the running include Rita Fromholt of the Green Party, Sargy Chima of the Liberal Party, Kristian Sullivan of the BC Libertarian Party, and George Gidora of the Communist Party of BC.

Each of the candidates will be forwarded a list of questions from the Downtown Surrey BIA to be answered at the All Candidates Forum. Each candidate will give a short opening statement and be asked a series of questions from the DSBIA and SFU. The forum will take no longer than two hours.

In attendance at the All Candidates Meeting will be MLA Bruce Ralston of the NDP, Rita Fromholt of the Green Party, Sargy Chima of the Liberal Party, and George Gidora of the Communist Party. All candidates have been asked to answer questions pertinent to our area. Here are their answers.

Sargy Chima – Liberal Party of BC

George Gidora – Communist Party of BC

Rita Fromholt – Green Party of BC

Bruce Ralston – New Democratic Party of BC

 

 

SFU Surrey (13450 102 Ave)

April 27, 2017

6:30PM-8:30PM

RCMP Neighbourhood Safety Meeting

Join the Surrey RCMP and partners for a Neighbourhood Safety Meeting to learn more about crime trends in your neighbourhood. You will have an opportunity to discuss your concerns and make recommendations on ways to improve safety in your neighbourhood. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, please visit the RCMP’s website.

Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13548 107A Ave)
Thursday, April 13
6:30PM-8:30PM

Party for the Planet 2017

Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at City Hall Plaza for Party for the Planet. This free event will take place from 10:00am – 6:00pm and consist of activities, performances, and headlining artist Shawn Hook. Shawn Hook is best known for his single “Sound of Your Heart,” which has over 17 million worldwide streams on Spotify and is certified platinum in Canada.

Party for the Planet is BC’s largest Earth Day celebration. In 2016, approximately 20,000 people attended! The DSBIA will be doing the Kids World eco-friendly arts and crafts booth. There will also be a tree and plant sale, including apple, cherry, pear, fig, plum trees, and many more. Be sure to check out the enviro bungee, rock climbing wall, and Safeway’s bike-powered smoothie stop!

DSBIA Members Get Your Survey In

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is up for renewal in 2018. The current term ends March 31, 2018. As such, The Downtown Surrey BIA is surveying its members to determine the membership’s priorities over the next five years. The BIA provides a way for property owners and businesses to join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of their business district.

We have mailed out copies of the survey via unaddressed ad-mail to all BIA members. Please return the surveys to the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association at #330-10362 King George Blvd or fax to 604.580.6321 or email info@downtownsurreybia.com at your earliest convenience.

The survey is also available online and all surveys will be kept confidential. Take the survey here.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the BIA office at 604.580.2321 or email us at info@downtownsurreybia.com