WHAT’S IN STORE: Langley City casino unveils phase one of renos

Sick and struggling kids will celebrate the season with a teddy bear

If you’ve been into Cascades Casino and the Coast Convention Centre lately, you’ve probably noticed a few renovations underway.

Actually, they’ve been going on for some time now – both inside and out.

Well, this past week phase one of the $18-million retrofit was unveiled to local dignitaries and the likes.

Gateway Casinos, the owners, were showing off some pretty snazzy upgrades to the existing hotel rooms, their new bingo hall, as well as the some freshing up done to the banquet space.

Now, the second phase of upgrades is still underway, and will be for a while. Don’t expect that to wrap up until sometime next year, but it will feature a new upscale restaurant and another 3,000 square feet of gaming floor, among other things.

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Maple leaf paws

Langley boozers are among some of the most generous folks. While I’m only joking about calling them boozers, customers at BC Liquor Stores in Langley – especially the Willowbrook store, more than the Fort Langley, Aldergrove, and Walnut Grove stores – are caring people.

When asked to pitch in and help, they do so in spades, be for a wildfire relief effort, a dry-grad campaign, or the latest – a bear program.

In the case of the dry grad, for instance, Willowbrook customers donated the third largest amount of anywhere in B.C., raising close to $6,500.

Now, in the season of giving, the liquor stores are running their Share-A-Bear program – inviting customers to buy a stuffed bear, with plaid hoodie and maple leaf paws, to take home for $11.70. A twin bear is then donated to a local shelter, hospital, or other worthy charity – to brighten the holiday season for a child.

This program’s been going since 1989, and gifted almost 170,000 bears.

Impressive indeed. Thanks Langley.

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