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Thousands turned out to see Santa at the tree lighting after the parade in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley City’s annual Christmas festival gets a fresh look

Celebrations will run for two days back-to-back

On Sunday, Nov. 20, in Aldergrove, Fraser Valley Adventist Academy (FVAA) student Soleina Hunter and classmates were collecting donations of non-perishable food at the Aldergrove Plaza. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Aldergrove students gather food for the needy

One of several acts of kindness initiatives encouraged by Fraser Valley Adventist Academy

Bell ringers from Inclusion Langley were taking donations for the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope last year. The annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is underway now. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

Bell ringing volunteers sought for Langley Christmas Kettle Campaign

Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope is trying to raise $180,000 this season

Bell ringers from Inclusion Langley were taking donations for the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope last year. The annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is underway now. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
Walnut Grove resident Garett Hardie, with granddaughter Shaelynn, 2 1/2, were among 740 kids and adults attending a free afternoon with Santa at the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley Regional Airport on Sunday,Nov. 28. . (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

740 turn out for Santa visit to Canadian Museum of Flight

It was free, but visitors still donated $700

Walnut Grove resident Garett Hardie, with granddaughter Shaelynn, 2 1/2, were among 740 kids and adults attending a free afternoon with Santa at the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley Regional Airport on Sunday,Nov. 28. . (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Maddy, a one-year-old lab cross from Cloverdale, bought the whole family to Langley for a photo with Santa on Sunday, Nov. 27. Hosted by the OpenRoad Auto Group Mini dealership in Langley City, the event raised funds for the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Dogs pose for pictures with Santa at Langley fundraiser

Event supported Langley Animal Protection Society

Maddy, a one-year-old lab cross from Cloverdale, bought the whole family to Langley for a photo with Santa on Sunday, Nov. 27. Hosted by the OpenRoad Auto Group Mini dealership in Langley City, the event raised funds for the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Beniamin and Diana Cobaschi with their children Caleb and Alice, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in front of a section of scorched seedlings at the family-owned Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252nd St. in Aldergrove that were damaged by extremely hot weather. “They didn’t make it,” Beniamin said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Beniamin and Diana Cobaschi with their children Caleb and Alice, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in front of a section of scorched seedlings at the family-owned Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252nd St. in Aldergrove that were damaged by extremely hot weather. “They didn’t make it,” Beniamin said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A volunteer loads donations into an ambulance at the Murrayville IGA in 2019, before the pandemic forced the Langley nonprofit to switch to drive-boy donations at a different location, a Walnut Grove warehouse. This year, there will be two weekend collection dates, one at the Walnut Grove site on Dec. 10-11, and a second at the Murrayville IGA on Dec. 17-18. (Langley Advance times file)

Kimz Angels doubles up on donation drives for the needy

Citing increased need, the Langley nonprofit outreach agency will hold two events in December

A volunteer loads donations into an ambulance at the Murrayville IGA in 2019, before the pandemic forced the Langley nonprofit to switch to drive-boy donations at a different location, a Walnut Grove warehouse. This year, there will be two weekend collection dates, one at the Walnut Grove site on Dec. 10-11, and a second at the Murrayville IGA on Dec. 17-18. (Langley Advance times file)
People dropped by throughout the afternoon on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Murray Creek Ranch to drop off toys for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. It was the second annual Magic of Christmas Brad McPherson Memorial Toy Drive, which included pony rides and visits with Santa. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Memorial toy drive more than doubles donations

A charity event in memory of Langley’s Bradley McPherson surpassed family’s expectations

People dropped by throughout the afternoon on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Murray Creek Ranch to drop off toys for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. It was the second annual Magic of Christmas Brad McPherson Memorial Toy Drive, which included pony rides and visits with Santa. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
Canada’s Scott Kennedy, left, and El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla compete for the ball during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Cuscatlan stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about world cup soccer?

Soccer is enjoyed around the world and is played by people of all ages

Canada’s Scott Kennedy, left, and El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla compete for the ball during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Cuscatlan stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Last July’s Aldergrove Fair drew hundreds to the community. The board is now gearing up for the 2023 event and preparing to host its annual general meeting soon. (Christopher Lakusta/Special to Black Press Media files)

Aldergrove Fair prep starts early

While currently focused on Christmas events, organizers look for more volunteers and creative ideas

  • Nov 27, 2022
Last July’s Aldergrove Fair drew hundreds to the community. The board is now gearing up for the 2023 event and preparing to host its annual general meeting soon. (Christopher Lakusta/Special to Black Press Media files)
This Santa letter was sent in 2021 and is from a Grade 1 student at Shortreed Elementary. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley kids can see their Santa letters published in the local newspaper

Public can send in their children’s letters to the jolly ol’ elf

  • Nov 27, 2022
This Santa letter was sent in 2021 and is from a Grade 1 student at Shortreed Elementary. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Satellite Rotary Club of Langley Central Sunset’s president John Meagher handing over the donations to Gateway of Hope’s Nicholas Ivey The local rotary club conduced a warm clothing drive on Tuesday evening, Nov. 22. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Rotary members fill two SUVs with warm clothing

This was the club’s fourth donation drive

Satellite Rotary Club of Langley Central Sunset’s president John Meagher handing over the donations to Gateway of Hope’s Nicholas Ivey The local rotary club conduced a warm clothing drive on Tuesday evening, Nov. 22. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Allard Dental, 21183 88 Ave., is one of the festive local holiday displays for 2022. It is collecting toy and gift card donations for the Infinite Expansion Foundation toy drive. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s list of festive holiday displays is growing

Seen something cool? Is a neighbour all decked out? Send details of local displays worth a look

Allard Dental, 21183 88 Ave., is one of the festive local holiday displays for 2022. It is collecting toy and gift card donations for the Infinite Expansion Foundation toy drive. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Send details about Langley community events and groups to datebook@langleyadvancetimes.com. (Black Press Media files)

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Langley is one busy place

Here’s some of what’s going on around the Langleys, including community- and support-group meetings

Send details about Langley community events and groups to datebook@langleyadvancetimes.com. (Black Press Media files)
Gerald and Ashley Samborski raise funds to honour the memory of Adeline Samborski, Ashley’s mom and Gerald’s wife, who died in 2013 following an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. (file)

Father-and-son campaign against cancer looks for fifth family to help

“Adeline Samborski $5k give away” honours memory of Langley wife and mother

Gerald and Ashley Samborski raise funds to honour the memory of Adeline Samborski, Ashley’s mom and Gerald’s wife, who died in 2013 following an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. (file)
On Sunday, Nov. 20, Alexandra Falconer, garden programs coordinator at Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), was pulling ivy off trees in Aldergrove’s Steele park. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Fight against invasive English Ivy to resume in Aldergrove

Volunteers will be back in Steele park, cutting and pulling

On Sunday, Nov. 20, Alexandra Falconer, garden programs coordinator at Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), was pulling ivy off trees in Aldergrove’s Steele park. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Katrina Kadoski is B.C.’s ‘Cougar Annie’. (submitted)

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Katrina Kadoski is B.C.’s ‘Cougar Annie’. (submitted)
Keian Blundell with dad Ryan and RCMP Staff Sgt. Major John Buis at Canuck Place (Ryan Blundell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Organizations reach out to the community for toy donations

Some bring Santa and celebrities to attract donors

Keian Blundell with dad Ryan and RCMP Staff Sgt. Major John Buis at Canuck Place (Ryan Blundell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Brooklyn Mackenzie, Sarah K, Carina Szabo, Anna H at the seventh annual Willowbrook Mall Charity Shopping Night. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Willowbrook mall’s new concept attracts hundreds to charity shopping night

Rotary and Big Brother Big Sister join hands for a fun night

Brooklyn Mackenzie, Sarah K, Carina Szabo, Anna H at the seventh annual Willowbrook Mall Charity Shopping Night. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)