There’s something inviting about grabbing a blanket or lawn chair and heading out to the park to watch a free outdoor movie.
This month, there’s at least two opportunities to catch a flick in the park.
The first is this Friday, Aug. 11. Cinema Under the Stars will be held at Willoughby Community Park (7782 200th St.).
Prospera Credit Union presents the 2016 movie called Sing.
Organizers say that while the show is free, “but since this night is about families,” they will be taking donations on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley.
“You bring the blankets, we’ll bring the starts,” they added, noting the movie will be shown on a three-storey-high screen.
Activities starts at 6 p.m. with movie beginning at dusk.
Movie in Aldergrove
The next movie night is being held Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Aldergrove Athletic Park (26845 27th Ave).
This event is being presented by the Aldergrove Business Association, Aldergrove Credit Union, and Otter Co-op.
On this night under the Aldergrove stars, organizers are presenting The Lego Batman Movie.
Again, while festivities get going at 7 p.m., the movie actually starts rolling at dusk (at about 8:45 p.m.).
The pre-movie festivities in Aldergrove will also feature entertainment by the local band, Her Brothers.
This Langley group recently took part in Township of Langley’s free summer music series at the Willoughby amphitheatre, where they fundraised $600 for wildfire victims.
Both these movie nights are family affairs. Participants are asked to be respectful, and refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol.
Art at Timms and Township
(Breaking News: After this story was initially published, LAC announced cash prizes were up for grabs for the Canada 150 juried art exhibit. The first-place winner will come away with $100, and second-place winner will come away with $50! These awards will be handed out during the opening reception – the date still to be announced.)
Members of the Langley Arts Council (LAC) have a summer-themed exhibit currently on display at Langley City’s Timms Community Centre and the Township’s civic facility. Both exhibits run until Sept. 7, as part of LAC’s Arts in Found Spaces initiative.
Deadline for the next exhibit, themed Food for Thought, is Monday, Aug. 21.
“Growing food is an ongoing part of the Canadian fabric,” said office manager Amy J. Dyck, hoping these displays will help celebrate 150 years of Canadian food growth.
“The practices vary over time and space, ranging from large scale farming to small gardens, from rooftops to backyards,” she elaborated.
The arts council will accept up to three 2-D pieces that will be juried by three local artists.
“Art must reflect the growing of food, ranging from past to current day,” Dyck added, offering examples such as wartime victory gardens, community or kitchen herb gardens, family or large-scale farms.
“They can focus on any stage of the process from seed to growing, to harvesting to eating.”
Details and submission criteria are available at www.langleyarts.ca.
LAC on the prowl for directors
While LAC is looking for artists for these exhibits, they’re also looking for board members to join the council.
The term would begin in October, and the directors are currently looking for people with a variety of skills including fund development, business, and accounting.
Any interested individuals are invited to send a letter of intent and resume to the arts council at email@example.com before Sept. 15.