The Buddha's Light International Association will host the 2012 BLIA Environmental and Spiritual Conservation Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13 at the King George Park. Conservation remains the theme of this annual fair, which is designed to promote a sustainable and ethical lifestyle. Admission is free. The fair will feature food, a marketplace and an exhibition on conservation. New for this year is a children's playing area with games to encourage family participation by bringing children to the fair. Also new is an interfaith blessing for world peace by five different religions at the opening ceremony on May 12 at 10 a.m.
Richmond Public Library is hosting a Philosopher's Café in Russian on Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 p.m. in the second floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of RPL, 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: "The birth of Protestantism and the reasons that led to the revolt against medieval Roman Catholic doctrines." Guest speaker is Rev. Boris Bychkov. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.
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. at 6 p.m. Come watch the presentations and get involved. Refreshments served. For more information, visit http: //pwwg.ca.
The Richmond Garden Club meets on the fourth Wednesday at 7: 30 p.m. at the Minoru Sports Pavilion, 7191 Granville Ave. All novice and experienced gardeners are welcome as our guests. For more information, call Gary at 6042788159. Richmond Artists' Guild meets second Wednesday of the month, at 6: 30 p.m. at Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, visit www.richmondartistsguild. com or call Jenni Taylor at 604-241-1120.
Richmond Secondary School Alumni AGM/ luncheon happens on Thursday, May 17 beginning at 11: 30 a.m. with lunch at noon, in the school's multipurpose room, 7171 Minoru Blvd. Tickets are $18. Purchase tickets in advance by calling Beth McKenzie at 604-668-6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you or is someone you know misusing substances or experiencing problem gambling? Richmond Public Library is partnering with Richmond Addiction Services to offer a series of free, drop-in community education programs. The programs will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the second floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Drop in - no registration necessary. The sessions will cover issues related to substance use and misuse, gambling, and understanding what addiction is. The programs take place on Wednesdays May 16, 23. For more information, call Richmond Addiction Services at 604-270-9220.
Jet-Leg Travel presents a Women's Fundraiser for Turning Point Richmond on Friday, May 18 from 7-9 p.m. at #110-12031 2nd Ave. in Steveston. Tickets are $10 + a donation of women's clothing. Attendees are asked to drop off clothes in advance (laundered and in good repair), for the clothes swap. There will be complimentary coolers and light snacks and a free bra fitting clinic and more. Doors prizes and 50/50 draw. You must purchase tickets in advance at Jet-Leg or by calling 604-277-3331 or www.jet-lagtravelfashion. com.
This year's Art at Work Series offers evening workshops. Each is designed to provide practical, inspiring careerrelated advice for professional and amateur artists: May 16: Grant Writing; May 23: Understanding Customers; May 23: Approaching Galleries; May 28: Harnessing the Web. All events take place at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. Prices range from $20-40 per workshop (except Establishing a Non-Profit Society and Grant Writing, which are free to Richmond residents.) Advance registration is required for all sessions and can be done by calling 604-276-4300 or online at www.richmond. ca/register.