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Family Day for Family Fun

Hemlock will be open for skiers on Family Day, Feb. 11. - Submitted photo
Hemlock will be open for skiers on Family Day, Feb. 11.
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FAMILY DAY WITH HORSES

Family Day Open House will be held Monday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. hosted by Empowered By Horses, 29592 Galahad Cres., in West Abbotsford. This awareness event is for all ages and the cost is only $10 per family.

What does Family Day mean to you? Connection, Love, Gratitude? Empowered by Horses invites you to celebrate your family at their farm. Leave your computer at home and cell phone in the car. Spend time in nature with horses and learn about their programs for 2013. For more information see their website: www.empoweredbyhorses.com. Pre-registration is required. Contact Carla at email: carla@empoweredbyhorses.com or call 604-809-3494.

FAMILY DAY AT THE ZOO

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is celebrating both the Chinese New Year and Family Day this weekend, Feb. 8-11.

The Chinese New Year has no fixed date and is celebrated in accordance with the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is calculated by the time it takes the moon to go around the Earth. Every year the date changes, although Chinese New Year usually falls in either January or February. This year is the "Year of the Snake" and the zoo is celebrating the Chinese New Year for 2013 starting on Friday, Feb. 8t through to Monday Feb. 11, Family Day.

On Friday they have a class from Douglas Park Elementary School in Langley, who are going to show off their martial arts skills. Demonstrations will take place outside the zoo's information booth near the entrance and if we are graced with some liquid sunshine, then their indoor Animalasium Learning Centre will host this group. Show times are: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and will last approximately 10 minutes.

From Friday through Monday, the following are the zoo's planned activities for the weekend: Meet a Snake in honour of Year of the Snake at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Animalasium Learning Centre; and story time and crafts are offered in the Animalasium Learning Centre at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

FAMILY DAY ON THE SLOPES

The snow is plentiful at Hemlock Valley Resort and so are the activities. For skiers and boarders the lifts will be open on Monday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Tube Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Family Day. In addition, every Friday is Family Day with the special rate of $20 for a family of two adults and two children to use the lifts between 4 and 8 p.m. You can also explore the beautiful backcountry scenery with their snowshoeing treks. For updates on conditions and details on rates see their website: http://www.hemlockvalleyresort.com/ or call 1-866-567-6866 local 222 or 223.

FAMILY DAY AT ALDERGROVE ICE ARENA

The Aldergrove Community Ice Arena is offering a Family Day Public Skate  session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come by and join an all ages and all skill level drop-in ice skating session. It will be followed by a Drop-in Stick and Puck session from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages six and up. Grab your skates, gloves, and helmet and drop in for an hour or two to work on stick handling. All participants must wear a helmet and gloves. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for minor participants. The arena is located at 2882 - 272 Street and the phone number is 604-530-1323. For admission fees see the website: http://www.tol.ca/Parks-Recreation/Recreation-Admission-Fees

TOP PIANIST PERFORMS

The Valley Concert Society is delighted to present the outstanding Canadian pianist Ang Li on Friday, Feb. 8. Ang Li will be performing a program with two themes. One is the marvellous romantic repertoire of Schubert, Brahms, and Chopin. The second half will feature 20th century composers, several of whom have a local connection. She will perform Souvenirs d'Europe, by Burnaby native and UBC grad Jared Miller. Ang Li gave the world premiere performance of this work in Carnegie Hall. She will also perform music by Vancouver-born Alexina Louie. The concert will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. For tickets call 604-859-5192.

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