Anne Vriend performs at Harrison Festival this month.

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Ann Vriend will play at the Harrison Festival of the Arts on July 14 and 15.

Ann Vriend will play at the Harrison Festival of the Arts on July 14 and 15.

Vriend will take the stage at the Harrison Festival of the Arts a few times this year, once in the evening on the beach (July 14, 7 p.m.) and once in the afternoon on the beach (June 15, 2 p.m.) She says she’ll be playing with one other artist, as a duo.

The music on the beach runs throughout the nine-day festival, and those wanting to sit and watch can purchase a button for $2 right on site.

Other beach performing musicians this year include Los Morenos, Jackie Essombe, Kunaka, New Country Rehab, Leela Gilday, the Fito Garcia Afro-Cuban Bass Project, Andrea Koziol, Navaz, New Directions: An Aboriginal Collaboration, Redgy Blackout and Kytami.

For a full list of the entertainment planned at this year’s festival, visit www.harrisonfestival.com or phone 604-796-3664.

OTHER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:

BC Lung Association Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath – Saturday, Sept. 10 to Sunday, Sept. 11, for 350 riders of all ages, from White Rock to Cultus Lake. Participants must fundraise minimum $475. Registration fee $25. All proceeds support vital lung health and air quality research, education and advocacy. For info and to register, visit www.bicycletrek.ca or call BC Lung Association at 604-731-5864.

Erikson’s Daylily Gardens – 10th annual Open House, Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10. The gardens will be in full bloom, along with displays by local merchants, the VanDusen Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions, harpist playing light music and the Aldergrove Daylily Society with fun auction and refreshments. Admission by donation to C.A.R.E.S. Animal Rescue Shelter in Langley. Info and directions: 604-856-5758 or see website www.eriksonsdaylilygardens.com

Teen & Tween Glee Clubs – forming two groups to rehearse and perform popular songs from Glee. 12 sessions run through July and August. Call Todd Brewer School of Music in White Rock for info: 604-538-2295.

Nature at Night – Wednesday, July 13, 8-10 p.m. at Aldergrove Lake Regional Park. Night hike with a Metro Vancouver Regional Parks interpreter, catch a glimpse of the critters that hoot, howl and scurry around parks in the dark. Wild animals have extraordinary features to help them survive at night including night vision, super powered hearing and a great sense of smell. Ages 6 and up, $4.25 youth/child/senior, $8 adult, $21.25/family. Registration required: 604-432-6359, website www.metrovancouver.org.

Feast of Fields – FarmFolkCityFolk’s annual fundraising gourmet harvest festival. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of B.C.’s chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans – a 40-course meal paired with wine and beer. Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-5 p.m. at Krause Berry Farms, 6179-248 St., Langley (www.krauseberryfarms.com) Tickets $85 (children 7-12 $15; children 6 and under free) online at www.feastoffields.com or in person at all Choices Markets and Krause Berry Farms. Event website: www.feastoffields.com and info: 604-730-0450 ext 304.

Thunderstruck – the ultimate tribute to AC/DC, Thursday, July 21 at Cascades Casino Summit Theatre in Langley (604-530-2211). Tickets $24.50 at www.ticketweb.ca and Casino Guest Services. Charge-by-Phone at 604-530-2211.

Chess Get Together – free for adult men and women on Wednesdays at Aldergrove Library. This is for adults who already know how to play chess. The time will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. The date it starts will depend on response. Bring your own board and if you have a timer bring that as well. Info: Marlene Hopkins, 604-857-4137 or email goodagent2000@yahoo.com or contact: rand.walker@fvrl.bc.ca

Rockin’ River Music Festival – 2 days of country music at Mission Raceway Park, 32670 Dyke Rd., Aug. 12-13. Friday: Sawyer Brown and Lonestar. Saturday: Travis Tritt, Julian Austin. More performers announced soon. Onsite camping available. Two-day tickets $139, $129 and $99. One-day tickets available. Info: www.rockinriver.com or 604-733-2235.

Funding Your Post Secondary Education – free information session presented by Service Canada Centre for Youth, Wednesday, July 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m., City of Langley Library, 20399 Douglas Crescent, 604-514-2855. Discover great resources and tools to help you plan for your education. Please call or visit to let us know you are coming.

Laughter Yoga – at Muriel Arnason Library, join yoga teacher Nicole Worden to celebrate laughing for no reason, and just for the health of it. A technique of breathing and easy movement exercises designed to teach the body to laugh without depending on jokes or humour. Wednesday, July 20, 7-8 p.m. Registration is required: visit the library or call 604-532-3590.

Call For Artists – entry deadline July 15. Tour dates: Sept. 24-25 & Oct. 1-2. Back for the third year, the Langley Art Studio Tour will again be showcasing art studios and artists in Langley City and Township. Artists will open their studios to visitors who will follow a guide-map to the various locations during tour hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Don’t have a studio? Apply anyway. Many Langley artists are willing to share their studio space. Applications from artists who live outside Langley will be considered as space permits. For information and registration forms visit www.langleyartstudiotour.ca or call Vivian at 604-856-4433 or Deborah at 604-534-5578.

Crash Course in Songwriting – Have you ever written a song? Would you like to? Here’s your chance. Max Tell, singer and songwriter, will help teens find the tune, the rhythm, the rhyme, and the words to their own song. You’ll write it. You’ll sing it. You’ll wow your friends. Please call or visit to let us know you are coming, Saturday, July 16, 2-3 p.m., City of Langley Library, 20399 Douglas Crescent, 604-514-2855

Big River Tribute To Johnny Cash – live at Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Friday, August 5. Advance tickets available for $27.50 at Centre Box Office, 604-391-SHOW (7469), or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

Fraser Health Crisis Line – recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience needed; extensive training and on-going support is provided. Pick up an info package at Options Community Services, 9815 – 140 St., Surrey or e-mail claudiak@scss.ca

Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security – Join a representative from Service Canada for an informative seminar about various benefits under each programSaturday, August 20, 2-3 p.m., City of Langley Library, 20399 Douglas Crescent, 604-514-2855. You will learn about eligibility, when to apply, how to access, required documentation and how to contact the right people to assist. Please call or visit to let us know you are coming.

Singalongs – at the ASA  Drop-In Centre in Abbotsford with the A-Tones playing “the old tunes”. Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Acoustic instruments are invited (piano available) at the Centre on Cyril St. between Essendene and Ferguson Way. Info: Ed Wilson at 604-853-8624.

Langley Elks #259 – volunteers wanted to assist with our community ventures to support our children’s charities. Join us at meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 8 p.m. at Langley Elks Plaza, #6 4044 – 200B St. Langley. Info: Ray Wojtas 604-533-7517 or Dave Sallenback 604-856-3559.

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