Community

Lizzie Porter, Beatrix Koch, and Adia Richert spent hours knitting hats, making ornaments, and creating one-of-a-kind jewellery for their recent sale efforts in Fort Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

From Langley to Kenya, 3 girls helping friends from miles away

Trio of fine arts student spent holiday selling handmade items on the streets of Fort Langley

Lizzie Porter, Beatrix Koch, and Adia Richert spent hours knitting hats, making ornaments, and creating one-of-a-kind jewellery for their recent sale efforts in Fort Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley Toys R Us staff presented Aldergrove Food Bank volunteers with donations. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Need and donations to Aldergrove Food Bank rise

One in four food banks in Canada has seen a 50-per-cent rise in demand

Langley Toys R Us staff presented Aldergrove Food Bank volunteers with donations. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Father and son, Dave and Sunny Sharma, are hosting their second free Christmas dinner this week. (Special to The Star)

Father and son back with free meal for Aldergrove residents on Christmas Day

Hot food will be served at Veerji’s Fish ’n Grill during the afternoon of Dec. 25

Father and son, Dave and Sunny Sharma, are hosting their second free Christmas dinner this week. (Special to The Star)
Young fan takes in the energy of the Shaw Charity Classic in 2018. 

The Shaw Charity Classic: A Canadian fundraising success story

The annual community support event continues to grow as one of Canada’s most impactful fundraisers

  • Dec 20, 2021
Young fan takes in the energy of the Shaw Charity Classic in 2018. 
Waceya Metis Society president Kelly Sears stands in Waceya’s new office in Cloverdale. The groups location will serve Metis in Surrey, Langley, White Rock and Delta. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Waceya Metis Society opens its doors in Cloverdale

Society to serve community needs in Surrey, White Rock, Langley, and Delta

Waceya Metis Society president Kelly Sears stands in Waceya’s new office in Cloverdale. The groups location will serve Metis in Surrey, Langley, White Rock and Delta. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times file)

Late fines ending at all Fraser Valley library locations

FVRL says those with old fines can take advantage of upcoming promotion

Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times file)
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Four-year-old Miya from Willowbrook posed with Santa at Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Sunday, Dec. 5, part of a sensory-friendly photo session for kids who can get overwhelmed by the sounds and sights of Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A quiet photo with Santa at Langley shopping centre

Sensory-friendly sessions for kids who can be overwhelmed by Christmas sights and sounds

Four-year-old Miya from Willowbrook posed with Santa at Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Sunday, Dec. 5, part of a sensory-friendly photo session for kids who can get overwhelmed by the sounds and sights of Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
This year, a tree of lights went up in Aldergrove’s temporary public plaza to mark Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Tree of lights welcomed in Aldergrove public plaza

‘It lifts my spirits,’ says resident

This year, a tree of lights went up in Aldergrove’s temporary public plaza to mark Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Kelsey Carignan was surrounded by toys in November of 2019, the year the ‘Kindness for Kids’ toy drive collected $4,000 worth for B.C. Children’s Hospital. After taking a year off due to COVID, the campaign returned. (file)

Bring some toys, do some yoga, watch some hockey, help sick kids

Fifth annual ‘Kindness for Kids’ toy drive in Langley for Children’s Hospital

Kelsey Carignan was surrounded by toys in November of 2019, the year the ‘Kindness for Kids’ toy drive collected $4,000 worth for B.C. Children’s Hospital. After taking a year off due to COVID, the campaign returned. (file)
William Bush, 5, used a pickup tool to drop trash into a bag held by his dad, Jon, during a June 2021 community cleanup event that started at the historic Fort Langley CN train station. Volunteers are wanted for a Saturday, Dec. 4 effort. (Langley Advance Times file)
William Bush, 5, used a pickup tool to drop trash into a bag held by his dad, Jon, during a June 2021 community cleanup event that started at the historic Fort Langley CN train station. Volunteers are wanted for a Saturday, Dec. 4 effort. (Langley Advance Times file)
About 200 people attended at the first Thank You For Caring Society Christmas tea fundraiser in Langley since the pandemic. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: First in-person Langley Christmas Tea since pandemic rated a success

Thank You for Caring Society fundraiser features boxed high tea and reduced numbers

About 200 people attended at the first Thank You For Caring Society Christmas tea fundraiser in Langley since the pandemic. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
A unique fitness slide at Langley’s Mudo Academy will be used to raise funds for Ishtar Women’s Resource Society (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Sliding to fight domestic abuse: Langley’s Mudo martial arts academy holds fundraiser

Held in collaboration with Tennis Center Langley and Langley RCMP

A unique fitness slide at Langley’s Mudo Academy will be used to raise funds for Ishtar Women’s Resource Society (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A sample of what will be on sale at the first West Langley Elementary School market since the pandemic hit. It is set for Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

West Langley Elementary School Christmas Market is back

Organizers of fundraiser for school had to sit out 2020 due to COVID

A sample of what will be on sale at the first West Langley Elementary School market since the pandemic hit. It is set for Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Dr. Grace Park has worked with seniors for years, and is now working on a Community Connector programs around the Lower Mainland. (Fraser Health/Special to Langley Advance Times)

New service aims to give seniors social connections vital to health

Longer, healthier lives are linked to healthy social lives

Dr. Grace Park has worked with seniors for years, and is now working on a Community Connector programs around the Lower Mainland. (Fraser Health/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Earth Ninjas harvested four bags of trash during a Halloween morning patrol of Fraser Highway in Aldergrove. Valerie York, Jocelyn Titus, Marie Puls stand behind York siblings Taylor and Kali, in the skeleton suit.(Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Earth Ninjas harvested four bags of trash during a Halloween morning patrol of Fraser Highway in Aldergrove. Valerie York, Jocelyn Titus, Marie Puls stand behind York siblings Taylor and Kali, in the skeleton suit.(Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley Weavers and Spinners are holding their annual juried Artisan Show and Sale in the West Langley Community Hall on Nov. 6 and 7, 2021. (Maureen Dones/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley Weavers and Spinners are holding their annual juried Artisan Show and Sale in the West Langley Community Hall on Nov. 6 and 7, 2021. (Maureen Dones/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Leah Kwas, volunteer with Acts of Kindness. The mom once counted on the free moms oil change held at Church in the Valley. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
Leah Kwas, volunteer with Acts of Kindness. The mom once counted on the free moms oil change held at Church in the Valley. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
On Saturday, Oct. 16, a crew from Gandy Installations replaced a non-functioning furnace with a state-of-the-art replacement, part of the ‘Feel The Love’ initiative by Lennox. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: ‘Feel The Love’ initiative comes to the aid of Langley family left without heat

Gandy Installations and manufacturer Lennox install new state-of-the art furnace, for free

On Saturday, Oct. 16, a crew from Gandy Installations replaced a non-functioning furnace with a state-of-the-art replacement, part of the ‘Feel The Love’ initiative by Lennox. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)