SATURDAY, MAY 12
What's Wriggling in Your Rhubarb?, a free forum about UNIBUG and the biological control of insects in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, fourth floor, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave. 1 p.m. At this free forum, put on by the college's Institute of Urban Ecology, you'll learn about UNIBUG - the User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden - and how to become involved with fighting insects the natural way: through planting flora that attract beneficial biological insects - or good bugs that eat bad bugs - to your garden. Guest speakers are Renee Prasad and Rick Kool.
MONDAY, MAY 14
Tillicum Toastmasters meeting, to improve your public speaking ability. Check out our club and have fun, guests are welcome. 7: 20 to 9: 30 p.m., Unity in Action Hall, 1630 Edinburgh St. Info: http: //tillicum. freetoasthost.ws or call 778-822-9212.
MONDAY, MAY 21
Tillicum Toastmasters meeting, to improve your public speaking ability. Check out our club and have fun, guests are welcome. 7: 20 to 9: 30 p.m., Unity in Action Hall, 1630 Edinburgh St. Info: http: //tillicum.freetoasthost.ws or call 778-822-9212.
Mom's Playgroup, moms with small children meet for playdates and conversation. Search groups at www.NewWestCommunityGuide.ca for the group closest to you.
Kiwanis Club of New Westminster, holds luncheon meetings the first and third Tuesday of every month at Boston Pizza, Columbia Square, 1005 Columbia St., at noon.
Info: Marge Ashdown, 6045218567.
Western Society for Children, holds a parent support group in New Westminster, Wednesdays from 6: 30 to 8: 30 p.m., with onsite child-minding on request, for parents with children 12 and under who have diverse learning needs. To register, call Wanda Gendron at 604-515-0810.
Codependents Anonymous Freedom Group, 12-step program for people who want a healthier, more functional relationship with themselves and others. Meetings are every Friday, 7: 30 p.m. at Royal Columbian Hospital, Sherbrooke Centre, 260 Sherbrooke St. in the main floor lounge. Info: Sue at 604-580-8889 or CoDA Info line at 604-516-5585.
Canadian Mental Health Association's Simon Fraser Branch, run and walk club, all welcome. Info: Madeleine Hawkins at 604-516-8080 or email@example.com.
Volunteers needed, for Harmony Court Care Centre and Estate.
If you are patient and enthusiastic and enjoy working with seniors, opportunities are available. Call Mary Aaaron at 604-527-3322 or e-mail maaron@ agecare.ca.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Group B.C. 612, meets at RCH Sherbrooke Centre, Monday evenings, 6: 30 to 8 p.m., dedicated to taking off pounds sensibly through basic food exchange program and moderate exercise. Call Judi at 604-525-0613 for more information.
Sapperton Pensioners, meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 318 Keary St. New members welcome. Info: 604724-9722.
Netherlands Association, speak Dutch with others and celebrate your heritage. Visit www. dutchnetwork.ca or contact Edie, firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-536-3394.
Royal City Communicators, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Cameron Recreation Centre, 9523 Cameron St., Burnaby, helping those who are afraid to speak in public. Information: 604-939-5088.
Al-Anon and Alateen, helps those whose lives are affected by someone else's drinking. Call 604-688-1716.
Free beginners' computer tutoring, one-on-one, for low-income women, Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Elizabeth Fry Society women's drop-in centre, lower level, 402 East Columbia St., 6045201166, email@example.com.
Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations (COSCO), an advocacy group devoted to improving the quality of life for seniors, invites membership and affiliation from seniors' organizations, associations and individuals. Info: Ernie Bayer, 604-576-9734 or ecbayer@ shaw.ca.
Burnaby/New West Newcomers and Friends Club, welcomes women who are new to the area, as well as longtime residents, giving women of all ages and cultures a chance to make new friends. Meets the second Wednesday of each month. Info: Lenore, 604-294-6913.
Fraserside Employment Resource Centre, offers oneto-one support with employment counsellors, connecting people to no-cost career and job search services and helping people develop a plan to reach their job or career goal. Call 604-522-9701 for appointment.
Parkinson's group meets first Tuesday of the month, Century House in Moody Park, 1 to 3 p.m. Info: Margo Prentice 604-526-1997.
New Westminster Family Place, is a free family resource centre for parents with children six and under. There is a bright, action-packed playroom filled with toys, games, puzzles and crafts and staffed by early childhood educators and a family support worker. There is a parents' room for relaxing, and parenting classes are available. Drop-in hours are 9: 30 to 11: 30 a.m. Monday through Saturdays and Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 604-520-3666 for info on upcoming programs.
Writers Discovery Group, meets the second Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon, on the lower floor of New Westminster Library. Info: 604-522-9147.
Pregnancy Outreach Program, offering weekly support groups including lunch, vitamins, group discussions, support, educational information, resources, child care and more, offered by Burnaby Family Life at Olivet Church (New West) on Tuesdays, 11: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration required, free. Call 604-659-2225.
Ukrainian nights, for kindergarten and children ages six to 11, with Friday evening sessions in language, culture and faith. Everyone welcome, at Holy Eucharist Cathedral, 501 Fourth Ave. Info: 6045269198.
St. Barnabas thrift store, now newly refurbished and open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A few more volunteers also sought. Call Sandy, 604-526-3033.
Moms' group, meets Wednesdays from 9: 30 to 11: 30 a.m. at Olivet Baptist Church, Seventh Street and Queens Avenue. Moms can relax, enjoy adult conversation and enjoy a craft, demo or speaker. Children up to age five have their own quality time out. Open to moms of all ages and religions. Info: Marion, 604-526-9394.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), West End chapter meets Wednesdays at Connaught Heights Community School, 7 to 8 p.m., with weighin at 6: 30 p.m. Membership is $30 per year; teens and pre-teens are free when accompanied by an adult. Info: Visit www.tops.org or call Jean, 604-525-4971.
Networking meeting, every Wednesday at 7: 30 a.m. at the Waffle House. Enjoy breakfast with other business people, share leads and build your business. Guests welcome. RSVP to 778-986-9186.
Book Club CafÃ©, New Westminster Public Library, fourth Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. in the Plaskett room at 716 Sixth Ave. Info: 604527-4667.
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