The cast of Aldergrove Secondary's drama presentation

What’s going on around and about town

Romance Writer Kate Austin – will speak on the art of developing character and creating plot, Thursday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. at Murrayville Library, 22071 – 48 Ave.

Phone 604-533-0339 to reserve a seat for this free program.

Don’t Stop Tribute To Journey – Friday, June 3 at Cascades Casino Summit Theatre, Langley (604-530-2211). Tickets $22.50 at www.ticketweb.ca and Casino Guest Services.

Stranded at Westcliffe – Fraser Valley Stage presents original play featuring music of Gilbert & Sullivan, May 11-14, 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee 2 p.m. at MCA, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Tickets $18-$22 (group rates available) at on-line box office, fraservalleystage.com or 604-853-4164.

D.W. Poppy Secondary 20 Year Grad Reunion – Class of ’91 on June 25 at Tall Timbers Golf Course. Info: facebook page “Poppy Grad 91 20 year reunion.”

Willoughby Hall Society – Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 7:45 p.m. in Willoughby Hall, 8280 – 208 St. (corner of 208th and 83 Ave.) Everyone welcome.

Parent-Child Mother Goose Program – at Building 272, 3089 – 272 St., Aldergrove, for 10 Tuesdays, April 26 to June 28, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To Register call 604-857-4662.

Bergmann Piano Duo – Valley Concert Society present Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann in concert on Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Single ticket price $25 at door or phone 604-859-5192 or 604-854-3318.

Spring Show and Sale – hosted by Aldergrove Art Club, with paintings’ pottery and greeting cards, Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 Street, Aldergrove. Great gift ideas, everyone welcome.

Fort Langley Flea Market – May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 9025 Glover Rd, Langley. Tables are available for $25. Admission $2, kids under 12 free. Great food, new and used items for sale all day. Info: www.fortlangleyfleamarket.ca

Abbotsford Genealogical Society – seminar with Lyn Meehan, of Edmonton, on Saturday, May 7, at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $30 before April 15, $35 after. For registration form and details, go to www.abbygs.ca and for info: Donna, 604-855-3693.

From Brahms to Broadway – Langley Community Chorus spring concert series. Evening concert 7:30 p.m., Sat., May 7 at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, 20525 – 72 Ave., Langley. Afternoon matinee 3 p.m., Sun., May 15 at Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Road, Langley. Doors open for ticket sales half hour before concerts.  Tickets: adults $15 students $10 under 6 free. Also available from chorus members. Details at website: www.langleychorus.org

Mother’s Day Breakfast – Sunday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Jubilee Community Club, 7999 Bradner Rd., Abb. The best pancake breakfast, served buffet style, includes sausages, scrambled eggs, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee, tea and all the pancakes you can eat. Special treats for the mothers as well as a chance to win prizes. Only $5. Info: 604-856-4375.

Family Storytimes – Children ages 2-6 and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for a half- hour program of stories, songs, puppets and rhymes at Muriel Arnason Library, Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 at 10:30 to 11 a.m. To register, visit or call your local library.

Babytime – Join library staff for fingerplays, songs, stories and rhymes for babies up to 23 months old. Find out what great resources the library has for new parents. Aldergrove Library, Wednesday, May 18, 10:30-11 a.m. To register, visit or call your local library.

Pajama Storytimes – Enjoy a half hour of stories, rhymes and songs for children aged two to six and their caregivers. Children are welcome to come in pajamas and bring a small soft toy. Aldergrove Library, Monday, May 16, 6:30-7 p.m. To register, visit or call your local library.

Just For Babies – A half hour of songs, bounces and rhymes for babies aged up to 12 months and their caregivers. Find out what great resources the library has for new parents at Muriel Arnason Library, Mondays at 9:30 a.m., May 9, 16, 30. To register, visit or call your local library.

Jake’s Gift – Harrison Festival Society present the profound and often funny one-act play written and performed by Julia Mackey. Matinee performance on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. in Harrison Memorial Hall. Discussion with McKay over desserts, tea and coffee, included in ticket $20, call 604-796-3664.

Big River – tribute to Johnny Cash, Friday, June 10 at Cascades Casino Summit Theatre, Langley (604-530-2211). Tickets $24.50 at www.ticketweb.ca and Casino Guest Services

Annual Spring 2011 Art Show – Fraser Valley Watercolour Society from Tuesday, May 10 to Friday, May 20 at the Clearbrook Library, Abbotsford. Wide range of original new works by local artists. Artists’ Reception on Wednesday, May 11, 7-8 p.m. Free draw on May 20 at 3 p.m. for an original watercolour painting. Contact Library at 604-859-7814 for library hours. Info regarding show or membership, call Carol Portree at 604-850-9694 or Anne White at 604-855-5363.

Community Fun Fair – King Traditional School hosts annual Fun Fair, Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Games, live entertainment, petting zoo, silent auction and lots more fun. 28776 King Road, West Abbotsford. Info: 604-857-0903.

Fire Department Charity Car Wash – Members of Township of Langley Fire Department will be washing cars and selling hot dogs to raise cash for the upcoming Relay for Life and other local charities. Car wash Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Langley School District parking lot, 4875 – 222 St. Info: 604-532-7500.

Classics to Broadway Concert – on Saturday, May 28 at Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church. The program for the evening will be an eclectic mix of music from across the centuries, from the sublime sacred music of J.S. Bach to the toe-tapping melodies of Broadway. Performers will be Jeremy Ludwig, baritone, Julie Ludwig, soprano, and pianist Kinza Tyrrell. Info: www.jeremyludwig.com and www.julieludwig.com

Canadian Geranium & Pelargonium Society Plant Sale – Sat., May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Oak and 37 Ave., Vancouver. Rare and unusual varieties of geraniums and pelargoniums for your garden, sundeck and balcony. Hourly door prizes. Free admission. Info: Barbara at 604-327-3937 or email info@cdngeraniums.com

BC’s Road to Gold – Saturday, May 14, 2-4 p.m. at City of Langley Library. Join historian John Mitchell on a trip back to the 1880s for an expedition along the challenging Cariboo Wagon Road. Call or visit to reserve your spot:  604-514-2855.

Getting Ready for Gardening: Landscape Preparation – Join presenter Nancy Moore, a professional landscape designer, who will cover several aspects of gardening including soil preparation, choosing appropriate plants, and planting bed and lawn maintenance. Bring your gardening questions to Muriel Arnason Library, Wednesday, May 18, 7-8 p.m. Registration is required for this free program: call 604-532-3590.

Stamp Collecting 101 – Saturday, May 21, 2-3 p.m. at City of Langley Library. Learn the basics of stamp collecting from philatelist John Jackman. Call or visit to reserve your spot:  604-514-2855.

Stamp Collection 201 – Saturday, May 28, 2-3 p.m. at City of Langley Library. John Jackman is back to show you how to be a stamp detective! Call or visit to reserve your spot:  604-514-2855.

Stamp Collecting 301 – Saturday, June 4, 2-3 p.m. at City of Langley Library. John Jackman wraps up his series with a session on the tools of the trade. Call or visit to reserve your spot:  604-514-2855.

Jimmy Rankin – Rankin Family founder brings songs from his new CD, Forget About The World, on Tuesday, May 24 at Cascades Casino Summit Theatre, Langley (604-530-2211). Tickets $25 at www.ticketweb.ca and Casino Guest Services.

Rockin’ River Music Festival – 2 days of country music at Mission Raceway Park, 32670 Dyke Rd., Aug. 12-13. Friday: Sawyer Brown and Lonestar. Saturday: Travis Tritt, Julian Austin. More performers announced soon. Onsite camping available. Two-day tickets $139, $129 and $99. One-day tickets available. Info: www.rockinriver.com or 604-733-2235.

Fraser Health Crisis Line – recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience needed; extensive training and on-going support is provided. Pick up an info package at Options Community Services, 9815 – 140 St., Surrey or e-mail claudiak@scss.ca

Singalongs – at the ASA  Drop-In Centre in Abbotsford with the A-Tones playing “the old tunes”. Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Acoustic instruments are invited (piano available) at the Centre on Cyril St. between Essendene and Ferguson Way. Info: Ed Wilson at 604-853-8624.

Jam Session – open microphone night for youth ages 12-17 runs Fridays from 7-9 p.m. at Todd Brewer School of Music in White Rock. Info: 604-538-2295.

Langley Elks #259 – volunteers wanted to assist with our community ventures to support our children’s charities. Join us at Langley Elks meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 8 p.m. at Langley Elks Plaza, #6 4044 – 200B St. Langley. Info: Ray Wojtas 604-533-7517 or Dave Sallenback 604-856-3559.

Bridge – at OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 St., Aldergrove, Fridays at 7 p.m. except second Friday when play is Wednesday partner’s night. Newcomers welcome. Admission $3. Info: 604-856-3029.