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Around Town - Dec. 21, 2011

FRIDAY The Steveston Rotary Santa Claus Parade happens Friday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. The parade will run through old Steveston past Lord Byng elementary, then down Moncton Road to the Steveston Community Centre.

FRIDAY

The Steveston Rotary Santa Claus Parade happens Friday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. The parade will run through old Steveston past Lord Byng elementary, then down Moncton Road to the Steveston Community Centre. Donations of cash or nonperishable food are welcome.

SATURDAY

Local Volkssport club is hosting a non-competitive 5K/10K walk in Steveston area on Saturday, Dec. 24. Free for new participants. For more information, call Verni at 6046828390.

TUESDAY

The Pacific Woodworkers Guild members meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). New members and guests are always welcome! They meet at 11060 No. 2 Rd. Come watch the presentations, get involved in the discussions and enjoy the refreshments.

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.

MISCELLANEOUS

Do two good deeds at once by donating a non-perishable food item when donating blood at one of many Richmond blood donor clinics this holiday season. Bleed & Feed food collection boxes will be at the front reception desk at all B.C. blood donor clinics from now to Dec. 31. In Richmond, food collected will be donated to the Richmond Food Bank Society. There are still 165 donation appointments available at Richmond blood donor clinics. Donors can book appointments to give blood in one of two ways - by calling 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or by booking online at blood. ca.

Big River Brew Pub is hosting a Christmas Food Drive for the Richmond Food Bank from now to Dec. 31. Customers who bring in cans of food to Big River Richmond at 14200 Entertainment Blvd. will receive gift certificates valued at $2 per donated nonperishable food item or a cash donations. Every bit matters. For more information, call 604-271-2739.

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, lunches out 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 Kim at 604-644-5524. To learn more about Nurse Next Door, visit www.nursenextdoor. com. Richmond Family Place welcomes new arrival MotherCare starting Thursday, Jan. 12 from 10 to 11: 30 a.m. at 8660 Ash St. This group focusses on supporting new mothers by providing an opportunity to expand social networks. MotherCare also offers support for the adjustment of becoming a mother by understanding challenging thinking traps and sharing your story. Contact RFP at 604-278-4336 or email Facilitator, Patsy Wilding at groupgrrl@ gmail.com for registration information. 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 babies and toddlers 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.dontshake.ca.

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 Linda at 604-233-8372.

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