A program that helps young girls stay healthy is expanding in Burnaby, and the group that organizes it needs volunteers.
Big Sisters runs a mentoring program called Go Girls!, which focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self esteem for girls aged 11 to 14. The program is eight weekly sessions led by volunteer mentors, aged 19 to 25.
The idea is to help girls build a positive self-image and fulfill their potential.
To get involved, call 604-873-4525 ext. 300 or email email@example.com.
(Full disclosure: I am a volunteer Big Sister, and it's a great program, by the way.)
Bring a couple of blankets, some snacks and get cozy under the stars. There's a free outdoor screening of Big Miracle tonight at SFU's Burnaby campus.
The Scene on the Green event starts at 9 p.m. in the meadow on campus, directly east of the Terry Fox field and the campus security office.
Inspired by a true story, Big Miracle is a family film about a reporter who brings his ex-girlfriend along on a mission to save a family of grey whales trapped in ice.
If you miss that show, there's another free outdoor film - The Lorax - on Aug. 17 at the same location. The Lorax is a computer-animated musical based on Dr. Seuss's famous book of the same title.
For more informa-tion, go to univercity.ca/ venue/the-meadow-at-sfu.
Bonsor Recreation Complex isn't the only place in town holding summer dances for seniors. Confederation Seniors Centre is hosting Monday evening dances until Aug.
9. The entrance fee, which includes refreshments, is $5 for Burnaby seniors members and $6 for guests. The Johnny Hsu Band will be providing the music. The centre is at 4585 Albert St.
Local rockers ARENA are playing a summer
benefit show for Covenant House, a Vancouver shelter for homeless street youth. ARENA plays classic '70s and '80s rock, and Von Tonic will be the opening act.
The show is at the Firefighters' Club, at 6515 Bonsor Ave., on Aug. 5 at 8: 30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and proceeds go to Covenant House. For more on the band, go to www. arenaroxx.com.
Contrary to popular belief, you are not what you eat, according to author Van Clayton Powel.
The Whistler author will be at Burnaby's Willingdon library branch on Monday, July 23 to talk about his new book, aptly titled You are NOT What You Eat. Powel's premise is that poor digestion can lead to serious health problems, and he says he has seven simple solutions outlined in the book.
The talk is free and runs from 7: 15 to 8: 30 p.m. For more information, or to download the first few chapters of the book, go to youarenotwhatyoueat. com.
The NOW received a copy of Yolanda Ridge's Road Block, a story of a girl's attempt to save her grandmother's farm from highway construction.
Along the way, she learns some revealing things about her family.
The booked is geared towards young readers.
The first person to email me with Road Block in the subject line gets the book. The catch is you have to come to our office and pick it up, any time between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
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