Old fashioned sack races will be among the Canada Day sports day fun at the Aldergrove Legion

Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with your neighbours

Canada Day events set for Aldergrove, Langley Township and Abbotsford

CANADA DAY AT ALDERGROVE LEGION

The Aldergrove branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is holding an old-fashioned “sports day” for all ages on Canada Day.

From noon until 4 p.m. this Friday, Canada Day, the outdoor fenced park at the Legion will have all manner of free fun for the families.

Children will earn tokens to win prizes in sports day competitions such as a water balloon toss, three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, an obstacle course and more.

There will also be a bouncy castle, flag tattoos, flags and face painting for the kids, along with the Canada Day cake that will be served to all guests.

Entertainment includes balloon artist Mr. Flowers Jr. on site from noon until 3 p.m., and children’s magician Andrew takes the stage at 2 p.m.

The Legion barbecue will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, salads pop and water.

For the older set there will be dancing inside the Legion to the music of the band Reckless, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Come on down to the Aldergrove Legion, 26607 Fraser Highway, and celebrate Canada’s birthday with your family.

RASPBERRY SOCIAL AT OTTER CO-OP

Otter Co-op is hosting a free Raspberry Social on Canada Day from noon to 3 p.m.

Fresh raspberry shortcake and beverages will be served to guests in the parking lot of the retail centre at 3650 – 248 Street. There will also be hot dogs from the barbecue for sale.

Entertainment includes dancing to the old time sounds of the band Gracie & The Guys. There will also be free rides on the Remax hot air balloon from 1:45 to 3 p.m.

In addition the B.C. Pioneer Truck Society will have vintage and antique vehicles on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY CELEBRATES CANADA DAY

Since 1879, Canadians have been coming together every July 1 to celebrate this great nation on Dominion Day.

In 1982, an Act of Parliament renamed the holiday to Canada Day. Though the name has changed, the festive atmosphere surrounding this national holiday has only grown and the Township of Langley is looking forward to marking the day with free, family-oriented events.

This year, the streets of Fort Langley will once again be filled with patriotic revellers as the Birthplace of BC celebrates in true Canadian fashion. A unique, inclusive event that draws together a wide array of partners from all over the community, the day will feature something for everyone.

The heart of the festival can be found on King Street, where from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Langley Centennial Museum and BC Farm Museum will combine forces to create a lively street festival atmosphere, complete with a main stage offering diverse cultural entertainment.

The rest of the street will be filled with activities, displays, vendors, crafts, and food trucks that will satisfy creative hands and growling tummies. A petting zoo, balloon artist, face painting, games, races, and a stage for children’s performers will ensure little Canadians are thoroughly entertained as well.

More entertainment and activities will be offered all day throughout the village, and a traditional hay ride will take visitors around historic Fort Langley, with four convenient stopping points on the doorsteps of event locations.

The Fort Langley Community Hall will feature the Festival of the Book, a celebration of the literary arts, while Bard in the Valley will offer a free performance of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Further down the street, the Langley Heritage Society will welcome visitors into the CN Train Station.

Lelem Arts and Cultural Café will share Aboriginal culture through live performances at its Billy Brown Road location and music from the M’Girls will be featured at Lelem at the Fort, a second Lelem location inside the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

A short hay ride up the hill will bring visitors to King Street and the National Historic Site, which will once again offer free admission to visitors.

Canada Day festivities for the whole family will also be offered at Willoughby Community Park at 7888 – 200 Street, where the atmosphere will be a little bit country, a little bit barbecue.

The Township of Langley, Langley Events Centre, and 93.7 JRfm are once again partnering to offer the Langley Canada Day JRBQ, presented by C&D Logistics.

The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 1, with free admission, free parking, a spray park, food trucks, and a barbecue with proceeds going to Basics for Babies. A Kids’ Zone will keep little ones busy with face painting, games, races, and inflatables, and a Canada Day ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.

Country music performers will take to the stage to provide continuous live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featured artists include Lanie McAuley, Me and Mae, Bucko and Toad, Hunter Brothers, and Doc Walker.

For more information on the Langley Canada Day JRBQ and a full schedule of performers, visit tol.ca/events.

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP WILL WOW CROWDS AT ABBOTSFORD’S CANADA DAY PARTY

An Aldergrove band is among the impressive evening entertainment lineup booked for this year’s Canada Day evening celebrations in Abbotsford.

This year’s Canada Day 2016 Celebrations, sponsored by Prospera Credit Union, and with funding in part from the Department of Canadian Heritage, will be full of new and exciting entertainers including TEAM T&J, Jada Klein, Her Brothers, and Fionn.

Jada Klein is a 15 year old local singer who won the 2014 Valley Voices competition. She has already released her first single titled “Puzzle Piece.”

TEAM T&J are a fresh dose of active and uplifting family entertainment from Toronto. TEAM T&J will be engaging the Canada Day crowds with creative, inspiring and interactive live music.

Her Brothers have been performing throughout B.C. since 2008, and are made up of three brothers, Gabe, Josh, and Levi. The Aldergrove band recently held a benefit concert for Fort McMurray residents.

Fionn is a twin sister singer/songwriter duo from the City of White Rock, and they perform an eclectic mix of guitar and mandolin based folk, country and pop.

Many great events are planned throughout the day including a parade down South Fraser Way, free family fun at Exhibition Park, entertainment, fireworks and much more. Further details on the events for the day will continue to be updated online at www.abbotsford.ca/canadaday.