Township celebrates Youth Week May 1 to 7

Warrior Course, Board and BBQ, basketball tournament part of annual event

Carter Smith performs a kick flip at the Walnut Grove Community skate park during “Skate Jam” in 2015. Langley Times file photo

Young people from all walks of life are invited to have fun, be active and make some new friends during a week being held especially for them.

Youth Week is an annual event that runs from May 1 to 7 to celebrate youth around the province and across Canada. The Township of Langley is joining in the celebration by offering a number of events and activities for young people, who are invited to come out and play.

“We are really excited to be putting young people in the spotlight during Youth Week 2018,” said Township youth recreation programmer Silisha Ali.

“Not only are these events a lot of fun, they will help build a strong connection between young people and their community. The Township of Langley wants to acknowledge their contributions and accomplishments, and also empower them to become leaders.”

One of the highlights of Youth Week will be the Langley Walk Warrior Course. Youth are encouraged to unleash their inner warrior for a special obstacle course that will be held in conjunction with the Langley Walk on Sunday, May 6. Participants aged 13 to 18 years old can conquer a climbing structure, take an inflatable boot camp course and try parkour. Check-in starts at 12 p.m. at the George Preston Recreation Centre in Brookswood, at 20699 42 Ave. The event is free.

“The Warrior Course is going to be a lot of fun to do – and watch – so come out, bring your friends, and challenge yourself,” Ali said.

Another Youth Week event that has become a favourite over the years is Skate Jam. The annual skate event will be presented by the Township and Coastal Riders on Friday, May 4, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Participants aged 11 to 18 can enjoy skateboarding, music, video games, and a barbecue and vie for prizes. The free, drop-in event takes place at the Walnut Grove Skate Park at 89 Avenue and Walnut Grove Drive.

Other Township of Langley Youth Week events include:

Wednesday, May 2: Board and BBQ

Youth aged 11 to 18 are invited to learn a new skate trick and stay for a hot dog at the George Preston Recreation Centre, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. A skateboard instructor will be on hand to do demos and break down tricks. The free, drop-in event will include food, music and prizes.

Thursday, May 3: Games and Pizza Party

Outdoor activities, games, pizza, Wii, and more will be offered to 13- to 18-year-olds at the Willoughby Community Centre, 7888 200 St. The event is free and youth can drop in from 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, May 4: 4 on 4 Basketball Tournament

4 on 4 is the new 3 on 3. Sign up a team of up to five players aged 13 to 18 to compete for prizes. Register at the Walnut Grove Community Centre, 8889 Walnut Grove Dr., or contact Silisha Ali at 604-533-6090. The tournament runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and the cost is $5 per player.

Monday, May 7: Art Attack

Youth aged 11 to 18 can drop in and try a variety of different art activities, including painting ceiling tiles, at the Walnut Grove Community Centre, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event is free.

For more information on Youth Week 2018, visit tol.ca/events/2018-youth-week.



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