Patrick Arnott of Aldergrove dancing in the Let's Go Crazy - Retro Dance Party

High-stepping at the Fair/ Star Calendar of Events

Patrick Arnott of Aldergrove dancing in the Let's Go Crazy - Retro Dance Party, Saturday, August 23 at the 2014 Fair at the PNE.

Patrick Arnott of Aldergrove dancing in the Let’s Go Crazy – Retro Dance Party, Saturday, August 23 at the 2014 Fair at the PNE.

The annual summer fair features over 700 shows, exhibits and attractions that are free with general admission, bringing together family and friends from generations of British Columbians.

The 2014 Fair at the PNE runs daily, except Mondays August 18 and 25, through Labour Day, September 1.

***** CALENDAR OF EVENTS *****

Guided Bike Tour Along The Fraser River – Saturday, Sept. 6, 1:30-4 p.m. at Matsqui Trail Regional Park, Abbotsford. Bike through the scenic countryside along the banks of the Fraser River on 10 to 15 kilometres of gravel trails. Gain insights to the natural and cultural history of the landscapes with a knowledgeable guide. For all ages with the ability to cycle 7-10 kilometres. Free, registration required. To register, go to www.metrovancouveronline.org or call 604-432-6359, use barcode 5775.

Learn To Fish, A Fraser River Experience – Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-12 noon at Matsqui Trail Regional Park, Abbotsford. Learn about fish as well as fishing techniques. All fishing equipment provided. Adults must purchase a tidal water sport fishing license. Meet at Mission Bridge main park entrance. Presented by Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and Metro Vancouver. Adults must accompany kids and fill out a free tidal water sport fishing license for each child. To apply, please contact the BC Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licence Office at 1-877-535-7307. For ages 7-15 years. Cost: $5/child, parent is free. Advance registration required. To register, email visit.fraservalley@gofishbc.com, or call 1-604 504-4716.

The West Fine Art Show – Sept. 5-7 at Thunderbird Show Park, 24550 – 72 Ave., Langley. Fifth annual exhibition featuring some of the finest artists is the west, plus special guests Red Robinson, Shell Busey, and musicians John Gilliat and Exit 58. In support of Langley Hospice Society. Sept. 5 from 7-10 p.m., Sept. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: www.westart.ca

J.D. Farms Fall Festival – Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 24726 – 52 Ave. Cooking demos, food andd beverage demos and tastings, music by 32nd Avenue Band and children’s activities.

Ukrainian Soul Food – Perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch  available on Friday, Aug. 29 at a fundraiser from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 – 108 Ave, Surrey. Eat-in,  take away, or ready for your freezer. Info: 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313.

Well Seasoned BBQ Off The Bypass – Get your tongs, skewers, and smoker racks ready as the 9th annual event returns Sunday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a new location, #117-20353-64 Ave., Langley. The event is free to the public with live music, unique displays, tasty vendors and delicious BBQ samples.

Aldergrove Summer Farmers Market – every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 30 Avenue at 272 Street. Weekly summer farmers market featuring local farm products and foods, spices, jams, hand-made soaps and B.C. arts and crafts. New vendors welcome. Info: info@aldergrovefarmersmarket.com or 604-728-2080.

Gallery 7 Theatre Open Auditions – for William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the theatre’s first production of the 2014/2015 Refined by Fire Theatre Season, on Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m. Open to all male performers ages 12-40 at Gallery 7 Theatre’s new rehearsal hall at Huntington Station, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave., Abbotsford. Visit www.gallery7theatre.com for details.

Lisa Brokop – on September 3, the star of Canadian country music will be making a return to the Lower Mainland for a performance at Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets: call the Centre Box Office at 604-391-SHOW(7469) or visit www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

Fort Farm Fest – Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch our cooper make a barrel, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demos. Info: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 23433 Mavis Ave., 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

Fraser Valley Watercolour Society – exhibition at The Reach, July 17-September 28. Artists’ Reception Thursday, July 17, 7-9 p.m. at The Reach Gallery, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford. Theme is “Celebration: 25 years of fun, friendship and painting together”. Society welcomes new members. Members meet weekly. Info: Carol Portree at 604-850-9694 or Anne White at 604-855-5363.

Hope Brigade Days – presents Aaron Pritchett with special guests Roger “Schmidt” Dalton and Me And Mae, Friday, September 5 at the Hope Sports Bowl in Hope. Tickets are free with your fair admission. Reserved seating is available for $30 (plus service fees) at Ticketweb. Charge by phone at 1-888-222-6608 or online at www.ticketweb.ca

George Canyon – Decade of Hits Tour with special guest Jordan McIntosh, Wed., Oct. 15 at Hub International Theatre at Chilliwack Cultural Centre; Thurs., Oct. 16 at the ACT Arts Centre & Theatre, Maple Ridge; Fri., Oct. 17 at the Clarke Theatre, 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission.  Tickets are $37.50 (plus facility fee and service charges) available at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

Abbotsford Women’s Connection – Un-Birthday Party Breakfast, Wed., Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower Azalea Room, 2825 Clearbrook Road. $11. Featuring Dr. Ken Gaglardi of “Illusions”, and speakers Eunice Gaglardi and Carla Sieb sharing “Forgiveness”. Everyone gets a birthday gift. Reservations: Joyce 604-744-5159 or Rose 604-852-8240 or abbyconnectreservations@gmail.com

Kira Isabella – with Autumn Hill and special guests Me & Mae, Sunday, Nov. 2 at Gabby’s Country Cabaret, Langley. Tickets $30 (plus service charges) at TicketWeb. Charge by phone at 1-888-222-6608 or online at www.ticketweb.ca.

Glen Valley Watershed Society – Is the future of our local streams health important to you?  Join a group of interesting, passionate people that are looking for others with the same interests in NE Langley/NW Abbotsford – to protect our waterways to ensure a healthy environment for all animals, from the smallest mayfly, salmon and other fish species, birds of all sizes, small rodents to large mammals such as deer and bear. Info: Lisa at stewardship@leps.bc.ca

Langley Community Farmers Market – Fresh, local and organic. Every Wednesday, 2-6:30 p.m. until Oct. 8. Fill your basket and feed your soul at Langley’s tastiest outdoor market with over 40 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it” selling the very best this region has to offer. Kwantlen University Campus Courtyard, 20901 Langley Bypass with 30 minutes free parking. See website: www.lcfm.ca

Aldergrove Pensioners and Seniors – Exercise in the Aldergrove OAP Hall  with a certified instructor will be starting again Sept. 4. Cost is $6 a person per session. Also starting Sept. 19 Carpet Bowling scheduled at the Aldergrove  OAP Hall on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Cost per person is $1.

Casting Crowns – with Mandisa and Sidewalk Prophets, Sunday, September 28, 6 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $15, $30, $40, $65 (Plus FMF and service charges), available at: abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, House of James & Blessings (Langley & Chilliwack), by phone 1-855-985-5000.

Chicago Experience – featuring Kenny Cetera, Monday September 22 at the Cascades Casino Summit Theatre in Langley. Tickets are $42.50 (plus Facility Fee and Service Charges) from Casino Guest Services.  Charge by phone at 604-530-2211 or online at www.ticketweb.ca

Brad Paisley – with special guests, Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $59.50, $89.50 (plus FMF and service charges), available at: abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, phone 1-855-985-5000.

Christmas with Michael W. Smith – Sunday, December 21, 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $35, $50, $60, $75 (Plus FMF and service charges), additional $5 charge for day-of door sales. Tickets are available at abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, By phone 1-855-985-5000.

Aldergove Leaders Club Toastmasters Group – meets every Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at Aldergrove’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 26245 28th Ave Aldergrove. During the summer months the club will only meet on July 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, and Sept 19. If you’re 18 years or older, and want to improve your self-confidence and public speaking skills, join us. Info: email KarinZinner@gmail.com; website www.leadersclubtm.org

Take Off Pounds Sensibly – daytime group for TOPS is starting Tuesday, Sept.  2 at 10 a.m. at St. Dunstans Anglican church, Aldergrove, 3025 – 264 St. Info: Lynda 604-856-8014.

Alan Jackson – with special guests, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $39, $69, $79, $89 (plus FMF & service charges), available at abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone 1-855-985-5000

John Fogerty – Friday, Nov. 28 at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets $20-$74.50 at Ticketmaster outlets.

Doobie Brothers – Sunday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $35.25, $45.25, $65.25 (plus FMF and service charges), available at: abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone 1-855-985-5000.

Langley Art Tour – registration is open. Organisers of the 6th annual Langley art studio tour is now issuing a call to all artists to join on Sept. 20-21 and 27-28. Artists who do not have their own studio can be placed with those who have. Info and registration forms visit their website at langleyartstudiotour.ca or email langleystudiotour@gmail.com

Partners Bridge – every Friday except second Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 St.Newcomers welcome. Cost $2. Info: 604-607-0504.

TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a non profit weight loss support group, meets Monday night in Aldergrove. Info: Susan at 604-856-1138.

Seniors Fitness Exercises – with qualified instructor, every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 Street. Cost is $6 per week.

Aldergrove Toastmasters – meets every Monday, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove Community Secondary School in room 125. Boost your self confidence; become a better speaker and have fun. Info: Vicki Austad, 604-856-5970.

Volunteer Drivers Needed – to help seniors. No special insurance needed. Kilometres reimbursed. Call Janice at 604-530-3020 Ext 302.

Seniors Carpet Bowling – every Thursday afternoon, 1:30 p.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3025 – 273 Street. Cost is $1 per week.

Square Dance Classes – Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, Fraser Hwy. at 273 Street. Singles and couples welcome, free admission, first three dances no experience. Info: call Tyler, 604-590-9039.

Aldergrove Art Club – join our friendly group every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 St., Aldergrove. Info: Laurie at 604-856-6990 or Sheila at 604-539-0225.

People in Pain Network – non-profit organization which assists people living with all types of chronic pain. A new, free Fraser Valley support group at Aldergrove’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church, on the third Tuesday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at 26245 – 28 Ave., Aldergrove. Info: Dick e-mail at dick@pipain.com, or 604-928-0486.

Aldergrove ESL Classes – Free English as Second Language classes every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Dunstans Anglican Church, 3025 – 264 Street, Aldergrove. All are welcome.

Classics Book Club – Join the lively discussion at this new book club and get acquainted with the great books of world literature. Meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. at Murrayville Library. Coffee provided.

Fort Langley Library Knitting Circle – Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Drop-in. Bring your knitting to the library and enjoy the companionship of working with others on your project. Beginners welcome. Info: www.fvrl.bc.ca

Fraser Health Crisis Line – recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. Visit website www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line.

Post Abortion Healing Services – If you are interested in post abortion healing support, please contact Tanya at Your Pregnancy Options, Aldergrove – info@yourpregnancyoptions.ca, 604-856-9151, www.yourpregnancyoptions.ca

Langley Amateur Radio Association — meets first Thursday of month at 7 p.m. at Brookswood Firehall #5, 20355 32nd Ave., Langley. Coffee and sweets provided. Info, email: Don dondee@shaw.ca

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