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Democracy Café. 7 to 9 p.m., Waves Coffee, 715 Columbia St. Engage in dialogue about democracy. In what ways do you participate in a democratic process? What benefits (or challenges) do you receive from participation? Other questions will emerge. Contact: Angela at democracycafe@shaw.ca or 604-522-1492.

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Wednesday, Jan. 17

Urban Challenges Forum – Riverfront Remake: What vision is the city crafting and for whom? Free forum is open to the public, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Room 2201 New Westminster campus, 700 Royal Ave. Forum features Eugene McCann, SFU professor of geography; Mark Allison, the City of New Westminster’s manager of strategic initiatives and sustainability; and Rini Sumartojo, an instructor in the department of geography and the environmental at Douglas College (moderator).

Saturday, Jan. 20

Sons of Scotland annual Robbie Burns Supper featuring entertainment, live band and highland dancers, Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets call John Todd at 604-939-3631 or Jack MacLeod at 604-626-1844.

Family Cooking Together, for New West parents and kids aged six to 12 (grandparents and caregivers welcome. Bring your family to our kitchen and cook up something yummy, Saturdays, Jan. 20 and 27 and Feb. 3 and 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Centennial Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Ave. Free, but registration is required. Call Sima at 604-525-9144 ext. 3636 or email ceds-nw@fsgv.ca.

Thursday, Jan. 25

Glenbrooke North Residents’ Association annual general meeting, 7 p.m., Spruce Room at Century House, 620 Eighth Ave. For more information contact Secretary Marya McLellan at 604-525-3975 or or our GNRA Facebook page.

Friday, Jan. 26

Ukrainian perogy supper, Holy Eucharist Church hall, Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street. Perogy sales from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Info: 604-526-0988 or 604-522-7711.

Monday, Jan. 29

Are you a man who is gay, bisexual or just not sure? Need a safe place to talk? HOMINUM Fraser Valley is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual or questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. Meets today at 7:30 p.m. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813.

Ongoing

Friendly and informative Parkinson’s support group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m. at Century House, 620 Eighth St. Updates from members and latest medical help are discussed. Exercise “and coffee pot plus” are part of the program. Family members and friends are welcome. Info: Salli Walker at 604-524-5934

Moms' Daybreak, meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Olivet Baptist Church, 613 Queens Ave. Children are cared for in their own program, while mothers get to relax and enjoy community speakers, demonstrations, crafts and connecting with each other. No registration is required for this free drop-in program. Info: Shirley Fox, 604-521-8097.

Seniors Gay Straight Alliance, meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., Century House, 620 Eighth St. Call 604-519-1066 for more information.

Vancouver Rape Relief, needs male volunteers for group that raises money for the crisis centre and transition house. Contact Louisa Russell at info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca.

Naranon Support Group, a 12-Step program for relatives and friends of those affected by drug abuse and addiction problems. Meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., 323 Eighth St. (group meeting room), New Westminster. All welcome. Call 604-878-8844 for more info.

Al-Anon and Alateen, help those whose lives are affected by someone else's drinking. For meeting info visit or call 604-688-1716.

Netherlands Association, speak Dutch with others and celebrate your heritage. Visit or contact Edie, ediebijdemast@telus.net or 604-536-3394.

Just Pros Toastmasters, meets first and third Saturdays of month, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Justice Institute, 715 McBride Blvd. For advanced Toastmasters. Info:

Overeaters Anonymous, Are you out of control when it comes to food? We can help. Meetings on Mondays from 7 to 8:15 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 335 Seventh St. (enter off Fourth Avenue). Info: 604-520-0703.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lower Mainland chapter, has 16 different support groups running around the Lower Mainland.  The New Westminster support group meets at Royal City Centre’s meeting room, third Friday of each month, 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 604-689-3144.

St. Barnabas Church, located at Fifth Avenue and 10th Street in New Westminster, is seeking committed volunteers for their thrift shop, community lunch program, emergency food cupboard and for the office. Make a positive difference in the community by helping with programs that benefit citizens in need. For more information, please call 604-526-6646.

Burnaby & New Westminster Newcomers’ Friendship Club.  Club welcomes women who are new to the area, as well as longtime residents. Meet women of all ages and cultures to make new friends. Dinner meeting the second Wednesday of each month, plus various events including book club, craft group, social Saturdays, etc.  For info, contact Doris at dorisfriend39@gmail.com, or 604-544-3525 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Website:

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