Briefs: Langley has lots of events this weekend

UPDATE: Langley City has cancelled the water fight due to stage 2 water restrictions.

Due to the Stage II Water Restrictions currently being implemented by Metro Vancouver, the City has cancelled the annual Legendary Water Fight at Al Anderson Memorial Pool that had been scheduled for Saturday, July 18th, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After careful consideration, the decision to cancel this very popular event was made in an effort to conserve water and demonstrate leadership by adhering to the water restrictions imposed in Metro Vancouver. Al Anderson staff is currently making alternative plans to have a fun and enjoyable event in lieu of the water fight. The new fun activities will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the regularly scheduled 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. public swim time. Regular pool admission applies. Families who have purchased tickets in advance will receive a full refund and be given free admission into the public swim by handing in their ticket to Al Anderson reception.

Kim Hilton, Director of Recreation, Culture and Community Services – “While the Legendary Water Fight is a hugely popular family fun event, the City of Langley recognizes the need to conserve water at this time. We are confident that the alternative plans being organized will still provide fun for the whole family.”Park it

Parks Day

Metro Vancouver is inviting people to celebrate Canada Parks Day on July 18 at its Langley regional parks, offering distinct activities at each.

Best of all, these programs are all free.

Campbell Valley Regional Park has Nature’s Rhythms and Inspirations, activities from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Park at the Nature House, 20285 8th Ave., and spend the afternoon surrounded by birds, frogs, butterflies and dragonflies. Enjoy live music, stroll the gardens, do crafts, enjoy poetry or take in the other nature-inspired activites.

Brae Island Regional Park, in North Langley on the Fraser River, offers Paddle and Pedal, activities 1 to 3 p.m.

Park at the Day-Use Area parking lot near the park entrance.

Then try out kayaking in Bedford Channel or get into a 12-person voyageur canoe.

On land there’s campsite activities. Pedal a four-wheel bike around a skills course. 

The Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association is hosting this program and all equipment is provided.

For those looking to be more hands-on, Metro Van and the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) invite everyone to help clean up the West Creek Wetland in Glen Valley Regional Park. Help pull invasive weeds and to other work in this ecologically sensitive area. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. Snacks, juice and water are provided (but bring a bottle). It runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This restricted reserve is home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife including birds, beavers, ducks and frogs. After the work comes an opportunity not open to the public – a guided hike to a restricted wetland area, Wood Duck Lake.

This event requires advance registration.

Learn about the various program at www.metrovancouver.org or Metro Vancouver Regional Parks at 604-432-6359.

Outdoor screenings

Want to get outside more but still want to watch movies?

There will be more opportunities this summer to enjoy outdoor movies. For such events, bring blankets (it gets cool after the sun sets), portable chairs and bug repellent.

• First up is Home Church Langley. On July 18 it’s showing the family movie Hoovey, the story of a young boy’s return to live after collapsing at a basketball game. The movie starts at 7 p.m. at Nicomekl Elementary, 20050 53rd Ave., and there’s free popcorn.

Any questions can be directed to 604-514-4773.

• Newmark Group, a Langley-based developer, has started Murrayville House Movie Nights in the Park.

On July 22, the movie is Back to the Future while the animated movie Home is on July 29 and Aug. 5 features Pirates of the Caribbean.

All movies start at dusk at Denny Ross Memorial Park, 4700 Old Yale Rd. but family activities on each day begin at 4 p.m. (temporary tattoos, face painting, glow sticks, bouncy castle, arts area and a hot air balloon).

Moviegoers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army Community Food Bank.

People can go to MurrayvilleHouse.com before each movie to enter draws for special prizes, such as VIP seating and the grand prize of a family and friends movie night.

“Of course, a movie is not complete unless there’s popcorn,” said Newmark CEO Mark Chandler, “and we are providing that for free. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to purchase items from an ice cream truck, a hot dog stand and a food truck that has healthy options. There will also be a water stand.”

People are asked to bring their own water bottles.

• Later this summer there will be the Prospera Credit Union Cinema Under The Star and organizers are looking for volunteers for those Aug. 7 and 29 showings. These outdoor movies benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley.

Anyone who can help or who has questions about what’s involved is asked to contact Leanne at admin.langley@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

The movies being shown those evenings at Willoughby Community Park beside the Langley Events Centre are Home and Cinderella respectively. Learn more at bbbslangley.com.

Chug into station

The Fort Gallery’s 100 Years on Track is a celebration of a century of history behind the CN station and rail travel in the community.

The show runs until Aug. 3 with the opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. on July 17. Nine local artists are in this show with their two- and three-dimensional works. Find out more at www.fortgallery.ca.

Just Posted

From broad principles to specifics: City Nexus plan enters new phase

‘Transformational’ plan required to ready for arrival of rapid transit, CAO says

High school photo exhibit celebrates Aldergrove’s community

ACSS photography students showcased their work at Langley Arts Council’s grand opening last week.

Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society responds to town centre proposal

Society member Andrew Sigalet says the Janda Group’s plan is ‘the best proposal’ he’s seen to date

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

Langley’s supportive housing dubbed Creek Stone Place

The project is set to open this spring to house 49 homeless people.

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious: police

Ben Tyner was reported missing when his riderless horse was discovered on a logging road

Distillers hope federal budget scraps alcohol escalator tax

Tax hike set for April 1, marking third automatic increase in three years time

CBSA warns of delays at South Surrey border

Infrastructure upgrading means lane closures likely, especially March 20-22

Kids found playing darts with syringes in Vancouver Island park

Saanich police is urging people to throw out their syringes properly and safely

5 to start your day

IIO BC probe arrest at Surrey vigil for mosque shooting, Maple Ridge closes homeless evacuation centre and more

‘The whole city has changed:’ B.C. woman in New Zealand reacts to mosque attacks

An expatriate and Muslim students at UBC Okanagan deeply affected by white supremacist shooting

Trudeau condemns hateful, ‘toxic segments’ of society after New Zealand shooting

Prime Minister expressed sorrow at the many attacks in recent years

Air Canada grounds its Boeing Max 8s until at least July 1 to provide certainty

Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week

Most Read