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Friday Richmond Public Library and Literacy Richmond are partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer a program for parents wanting to gain workplace skills.

Friday

Richmond Public Library and Literacy Richmond are partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer a program for parents wanting to gain workplace skills. The Learning Together program combines family reading readiness with adult workplace literacy into an all in one program. It runs Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Kids Place Program Room at Brighouse branch. The program is free and drop-in, although it's suggested participants attend regularly. Visit any branch, www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm or call 604-2316413.

Bring a canned donation to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery now until Dec. 31 and receive two-for-one admission on a guided tour.

Donations go to the Richmond Food Bank.

Natural Capital Exhibit is on now until April 30 at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Emily Carr University in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation and OCAD University present an interactive community mapping and storytelling project. Digitial narratives feature stories from diverse community members, highlighting the importance of our vanishing wetlands.

Upcoming

Master Toa Wong introduces the origins and development of Cantonese opera at a free seminar in Cantonese on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Wong will be 99 in early 2013 and is an internationally recognized Chinese musician and teacher.

To register, visit any library branch, call 604231-6413 or visit www. yourlibrary.ca/programs/ adult_prog.cfm.

City of Richmond has an event on Jan. 7 that is a free street-safety and self-defense class at the Minoru Sports Pavilion, 7191 Granville Ave. Register: by phone at 604-276-4300.

Kids session (8yr-15yr): 7: 15-8: 15 p.m. Code #261420. Adult session (16yr +): 8: 15-9: 30 p.m. Code #261416. enRICHed Speakers Toastmasters Club will begin meeting again on Jan. 9, 2013 and on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. in Meeting Room M.1.003 on the main floor of Richmond City Hall. Guests attend for free. For more information call 604-276-4219 or email nwright@richmond. ca. enRICHed Speakers has a supportive and friendly environment and members learn from one another through positive constructive feedback and encouragement.

Touchstone's Restorative Justice Program in collaboration with Peace of the Circle is pleased to announce training in Peacemaking Circles with Dr. Evelyn Zellerer. The two-day workshop will take place on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 from 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. at Touchstone Family Association, 209-6411 Buswell St. The cost is $200. To register, contact 604-279-5599 or email info@touchfam.ca. For more information, visit www.peaceofthecircle. com/events/peacemaking-circle-training-2/.

Career Programs Office at the Richmond School Board is holding an informational event for parents, students and any other interested parties about high school apprenticeship programs in Richmond.

The event is being billed as The Career Programs Skilled Trades Forum and is being held Jan.

23 from 6: 30 - 8 p.m. at Richmond Secondary.

MYVoice (Mobilizing Young men's Voices) is coming to Richmond and begins rehearsals on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at McNair secondary, 9500 No. 4 Rd.

The free program is for young guys aged 12 to 20 looking to find their voices, develop confidence and sing together. The program runs for 11 weeks, culminating in a concert on April 20 called Chor Leoni presents MYVoice: Heroes! For full details and registration, visit www.chorleoni. org/myvoice.

Miscellaneous

Are you gay, bisexual, or just not sure? Need a safe place to talk?

HOMINUM is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. We meet every Monday evening in locations around the Metro Vancouver area.

For more information and meeting location, call Don at 604-329-9760 or Art at 604-462-9813.

The Richmond Gospel Choir meets on Sundays, from 1-2 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St.

Alban church, 7260 St. Alban's Rd. We extend a warm welcome to those who would like to share the joy of singing.

Everyone is welcome, male and female ( all ages).

There are no auditions for this group. This is your opportunity to sing with a livley,enthusiastic group! For more information, contact Kevin Zakresky at: kevinzakresky@ me.com.