The Richmond Hospice Association will put on a free presentation, Grief and the Holidays, on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Caring Place (Room 340, 7000 Minoru Blvd). The evening is hoping to bring solace to those who have lost a loved one and are facing the first holiday without them. Register by calling 604-279-7140.
CHIMO Community Services, the Canadian Federation of University Women Richmond and the Richmond Women's Resource Centre co-host the screening of Finding Dawn on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (until Dec. 10). The screening takes place at the Ralph Fisher Auditorium in Richmond Hospital from
6:30-9 p.m. Cherry Smiley from Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry and Chris McDowell from Remember Our Sisters Everywhere will speak after the screening. The event is free.
The Minoru Chapel Opera series closes its fall 2013 season on Wednesday, Dec. 4 with a concert by Vancouver Opera. The holiday concert features arias, duets and ensemble numbers. It takes place at Minoru Chapel, 6540 Gilbert Rd. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Call 604-276-4300 (quote #436308 for 2 p.m. show and #436358 for the 7 p.m. show). Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for students/seniors.
The Richmond Public Library offers residents its latest digital service: eVideo @yourlibrary. Cardholders now have free access to a variety of online movies and television shows. Cardholders can borrow up to eight items a month, and can stream the videos on their computer or download them. The library is featuring an eVideo booth at Ironwood, Cambie and Steveston branches until Sunday, Dec. 8. For more information, visit any branch, call 604-231-6413 or visit www.yourlibrary. ca/hoopla.
Thursday Financial Consultant Raman Gill from Desjardins Financial Independent Network will be hosting a free RESP workshop called Build Your Child's Future on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7-8 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary. ca/progs. Quote program # 980.
Richmond Fire-Rescue will be opening their doors to the community for the annual Lighting of the Fire Halls event until Friday, Dec. 6. People can meet Blaze, the mascot and local fire fighters, as well as learn about fire safety. The Hamilton Fire Station, 22451 Westminster Hwy., opens its doors on Thursday, Dec. 5 and the Shellmont Fire Station, 9400 No. 4 Rd., on Friday, Dec. 6. Both days are from 3:30-5 p.m. There'll be refreshments, crafts and a bouncy castle. For more information, call 604-278-5131.
The Kwantlen Faculty Association will be hosting a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Friday, Dec. 6 at noon. Ceremonies will take place at each campus, including in Richmond, 8771 Lansdowne Rd. The day coincides with the death of 14 young women tragically killed because of their gender at l'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
The Richmond Cultural Centre will hold a public forum on Senate Reform or Abolition on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-8:45 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) The purpose is to look at solutions. For more information, contact Doug Symons at 604-277-2674.