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Special events for families this week

Dairy Queen’s cool treats benefit BC Children’s Hospital, Arts Alive in Langley City, Farmer's Market and free fishing lessons for youths

Dairy Queen’s cool treats benefit BC Children’s Hospital

A blizzard has been forecast for Thursday, August 14 and it promises to be a sweet one.

On that day, participating Dairy Queen restaurants across B.C. will be serving fans Blizzard treats for the 12th annual Miracle Treat Day in support of Children’s Miracle Network. Full proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold in B.C. support BC Children’s Hospital, one of 14 children’s hospitals across Canada supported by Children’s Miracle Network.

In 2013, Dairy Queen locations throughout British Columbia raised over $379,000 for BC Children’s Hospital. Dairy Queen Canada’s national fundraising goal for this year is $3.2 million.

Tony Lourenco, owner of Vancouver’s Fraser Street Dairy Queen, is also father to teen Lindsey Lourenco, a BC Children’s Hospital patient who passed away in March 2013 after a five-year battle with cancer.

“BC Children’s Hospital is very close to our family’s heart, and we are proud to be a part of Miracle Treat Day every summer,” he said. “We encourage everyone to enjoy a Blizzard Treat on August 14 in support of B.C.’s kids.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Dairy Queen and Children’s Miracle Network. Since the partnership began in 1984, Dairy Queen has become a top contributor to Children’s Miracle Network with $100 million raised to date in support of sick and injured children across North America.

For more information about Miracle Treat Day, visit


It’s been 21 years since the streets of downtown Langley City first sprang to life with the sights and sounds of Arts Alive.

The popular annual street festival, which celebrates art in all its forms, returns this Saturday, Aug. 16.

Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m., the Fraser Highway one-way (between 204 and 206 Streets) will be closed to traffic as artists, artisans, musicians and street performers come together to entertain visitors, during the free, family-friendly event.

This year’s festival will include displays of new work from painters, potters, sculptors authors and jewelry designers and all-day musical performances in McBurney Plaza.

As well, there will be custom furniture, wood art, fashion, photography, ceramics, candles, toys, quilting and fabric art on display.

The Children’s Fun Park will feature balloon twisters, face painters, bouncy castles, free photo booth, chalk art and more.

Stunt magician Wes Barker brings magic, comedy, and crazy stunts together in his hilarious and high-energy shows, which he will perform throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the businesses in Salt Lane have come together to bring Arts Alive visitors a  bit of live music, some fun activities and a wide range of vendors.

For more information, visit


Youths are invited to learn to fish in the “A Fraser River Experience” program this Sunday, Aug. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Glen Valley Regional Park, in the City Of Abbotsford.

Come fish along the banks of the Fraser River and learn more about fish and the various fishing techniques. All fishing equipment is provided. Meet at Poplar Bar.

Adults must accompany kids and fill out a free tidal water sport fishing licence for each child. Adults must purchase a tidal water sport fishing licence. To apply for a BC Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licence, call 1-877-535-7307.

Presented by Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and Metro Vancouver, the program is for ages seven to 15 years. Cost of the program is $5 per child, and parent participation is free.

Advance registration is required. To register, email, or call 1-604-504-4716. To find out about other Metro Vancouver programs, visit the events calendar at