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  • Britannia Art Gallery is proud to feature two new exhibits in September.

    Everyday Something Falls by Kelly Haydon
    Haydon studies and experiments with colour and its concomitant relation to space.

    The Port and Beyond by Judith Fairwood
    Fairwood is fascinated by the many different ways of seeing and how this translates into representation in painting.

    These exhibits will be on display from September 5 - 28.

    Artist Talk with Kelly Haydon on September 12 at 7 P.M.

    September 19
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • Join us on the third Wednesday evening of the month for documentaries and discussion.

    Filmmaker Marina Willer traces the journey of her father's family, survivors of the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II.

    Run Time: 127 min

    Watch the trailer here.

    Voucher system in place and available at 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

    September 19
    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Calling all foodies! If you love paging through cookbooks and trying new recipes, then this is the club for you.

    Each month we will choose a different theme and provide a list of cookbooks for you to choose from. Select one or two recipes that appeal to you. Go home and try them out. Then come to our monthly meeting ready to share your experiences with stories and photos!

    This month our theme is Family Favourites. Choose from one of the books on our list, use one of your favourite recipes or have a look at our new books in the food and drink category on the library website.

    If you choose, email us your food photo(s) and recipe(s) by Wednesday, September 12 so they are ready to share at the session. If possible, please include the cover of the cookbook in your image.

    Future dates and themes:

    • October 17th - Soups and Stews
    • November 14th - Edible Gifts
    September 19
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Free Book Launch with John Lockley
    https://www.banyen.com/events/lockley

    The Leopard is one of the most loved and revered animal totems in Africa. 'Leopard Warrior' is a call for people to listen to their inner nature and face their own shadows. For many people it means facing their wounds, their vulnerability and therein lies the alchemy for our transformation. Sangomas are traditional healers/ shamans from South Africa. They are called in a profound, ancient way via dreams and a mysterious illness to become mystic healers.

    John Lockley was born to become a Sangoma and recalls his odyssey from civil war in South Africa, Zen Buddhist meditation in South Korea to prophetic dreams and a ten-year apprenticeship under MaMngwevu, a traditional Xhosa woman from Nelson Mandela's tribe. John talks about 'humanity' (Ubuntu) and his quest to find an end to war which began for him through listening to his dreams and accepting his 'calling illness'. Leopard Warrior is a pioneering book bridging South African traditional spirituality and modern Western Psychology.

    September 19
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • The millennial generation could be the first to experience doomsday impacts of climate change. Geoff Dembicki, author of Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change, explains how the millennial generation is also the last generation able to do anything about it.

    Geoff Dembicki is a journalist and staff reporter for The Tyee, where he writes on energy, climate, and sustainability.

    Moderated by Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver-based environmental 'think and do tank' creating sustainable ways of living around the world.

    In celebration of Science Literacy Week.

    This series made possible by friends and family of Dr. Gregory J. Naus in honour of his memory.

    September 19
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Britannia Art Gallery is proud to feature two new exhibits in September.

    Everyday Something Falls by Kelly Haydon
    Haydon studies and experiments with colour and its concomitant relation to space.

    The Port and Beyond by Judith Fairwood
    Fairwood is fascinated by the many different ways of seeing and how this translates into representation in painting.

    These exhibits will be on display from September 5 - 28.

    Artist Talk with Kelly Haydon on September 12 at 7 P.M.

    September 20
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • Come with your technology questions! Bring your own device or learn on a library computer to practice basic computer skills, email and internet searching, find ebooks and online newspapers with help from library staff and peers.

    Please bring your library card.

    Assistance available in English and Chinese.

    September 20
    1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Practise basic computer skills, email and internet searching. Find ebooks and online newspapers with help from library staff. Drop in any time during café hours. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    September 20
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Need help with cover letters? Come to a free workshop that will give you all the tools you need to write a cover letter effectively.

    Registration required. Please arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the workshop.

    In partnership with WorkBC Employment Services Centre - YWCA.

    September 20
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • In this inspired, genre-twisting feature documentary follow the filmmaker Sarah Polley as she investigates a deeply personal family secret. This playful search for the elusive truth paints a touching and intriguing portrait of a complex family. On the Toronto International Film Festival's list of the top 10 Canadian films of all time.

    Running time: 108 min.

    Watch the trailer here.

    September 20
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Join author and international life transformation leader Daniel Goodenough for a talk and reading from The Caravan of Remembering: A Roadmap for Experiencing the Awakening of your Life's Mission. https://www.banyen.com/events/caravan


    This self-help book is a fictional account of David, a graphic designer in Chicago, who has reached a new low in his supposedly solid life and is ready for change. He meets a mysterious woman who extends an invitation to come to The Caravan of Remembering, a doorway that will change everything. And so begins David's extraordinary journey of exploration toward his Life Mission.

    As readers watch and experience David wrestling with his own life inquiry and his process of awakening to the Caravan's call to transform all areas of material life - career, family community and finance - they are taken through their own parallel experience of immersion in the Life Mission process. Caravan is a guide and inspiration for readers to discover their essence and unique expression of who they are.

    Daniel Goodenough co-founded The Way of the Heart in 1988 to help people live more fulfilled, purposeful lives. Daniel has authored fourteen life-mission courses and trained thousands internationally. His background as a professional musician, scientist, fine artist and designer has contributed to his deep understanding of, and profound commitment to, empowering others to manifest their life missions - and to do so artfully, skillfully and sacredly.

    September 20
    6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.