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SATURDAY Michael Schratter is coming home. After cycling nearly 40,000 km around the world to raise awareness of mental health issues, the elementary school teacher and advocate will complete his worldwide trek on Saturday, Nov.


Michael Schratter is coming home. After cycling nearly 40,000 km around the world to raise awareness of mental health issues, the elementary school teacher and advocate will complete his worldwide trek on Saturday, Nov. 12 by cycling to three communities, including Richmond. Everyone is invited to cycle with Michael on a historic homecoming ride-along for the final leg of his journey or greet him to celebrate the culmination of his inspirational global odyssey. For more casual riders, the Richmond leg is a 14.2 km stretch from the Richmond Oval, departing at 10 a.m. at 6111 River Rd. He invites everyone who wants to to ride along with him to email ridedonthide@


The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Rose of Sharon Chapel is a new church in the community, and they invite everyone to worship on Sundays at 11 a.m. in Cook elementary, 8600 Cook Rd. Free breakfast is served after the service. Volunteers welcome, including singers, drummer, keyboardist and guitarist. For more information, call 6046008347 or email


Caring Companies Forum is slated for Monday, Nov. 14 at the Sandman Signature Hotel Vancouver Airport. Put on by Volunteer Richmond Information Services, the forum is an opportunity to discuss ways in which companies can work together to meet the needs of the community. To register or for more information, call 604-2797020 or email at info@ or visit


The Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. All RTES students, their parents and caregivers, volunteers and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Its mission is to provide a therapeutic riding program for children and youth with disabilities in order to promote physical, social and psychological well being. It will be held at the South Arm United Church, 11051 No. 3 Rd. at the corner of Steveston Hwy. Ample free parking is available onsite.

The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month through to June, at the Richmond Presbyterian Church, 7111 No 2 Rd, Family members, friends and caregivers also welcome. Come and enjoy a social gathering with new and old friends. For more information, call Pat McKendrick at 604 271 6065 or Mary James 604 277 5977.


In recognition of National Addiction Awareness Week, Richmond Addiction Services presents About Face: De-stigmatizing Addiction in Richmond on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6: 30 - 8: 30 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Join a panel discussion on the perspectives of addiction. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free. No RSVP required. For more information, call 604-270-9220 or email


The Steveston Folk Guild presents guitarist and harmonica player, Glenn Chatten for a soulful journey of jazz, rock, blues, folk and Celtic genres on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7: 30 p.m. at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, 5180 Westwater Dr. Tickets are $8 at the door. Children under 12 free. Visit


Richmond Faith Fellowship, 11960 Montego St. invites everyone to an upcoming presentation with Simone Lis, vice president of the Better Business Bureau on Top Scams in B.C. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Learn how to spot scams to protect yourself. For more information, call 604-278-2241.

Richmond Music School Ensemble Concert, We Play Together, happens on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7: 30 p.m. at 11371 No. 3 Rd. Admission $5, children under 12 are free. For more information, call 604-272-5227.


Richmond's Nurse Next Door offers a new program for seniors. The Pink Heart Club is an activity-based program run by qualified care aides offering all sorts of fun activities such as walks, gardening or anything else a senior might want to do. The cost is $46 a day and the program is offered Monday to Friday. For more information, call 604-644-5524 or visit

Richmond's MotherCare offers a new program to provide new mothers with an opportunity for conversation, skill acquisition and the development of social supports with regards to the emotions and experience of motherhood. MotherCare's premise is that if a mother learns to care for herself she'll be a better mom.

The program fits 10 and meets on Thursday mornings at 8600 Ash St. in Steveston. For more information, call Patsy at 778-317-5914.

The ladies of the Friday Knitting Group at Cambie Community Centre meet once a week to knit for Canada Comforts. They send assorted blankets, bears and dolls, clothing, bandages and sheets for needy children in various countries.

This month they knit for a different cause: the knitters delivered 226 purple hats to Children's Hospital. Find out more about the Period of PURPLE Crying at www. Anyone interested in knitting or learning to knit is welcome to join us Friday at 10: 30 a.m. at the East Richmond Community Hall. For more information call 604-233-8372.