Jim Byrnes performs at Langley's Cascades Casino this month.

Star Calendar: Jim Byrnes returns to Cascades

Events and activities in Aldergrove and area this month

Legendary blues man Jim Byrnes returns to the Summit Theatre inside Langley’s Cascades Casino on Friday, April 11. He’ll be joined by special guest Babe Gurr. Tickets are $37.50 plus facility charges, available at casino guest services. Charge by phone at 604-530-2211 or purchase online at www.ticketweb.ca. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Cascades Casino is located at 20393 Fraser Hwy.

ALSO COMING UP:

Start Smart for Small Business – Aldergrove Library, Tuesday, April 22, 2-4 p.m. Have you ever thought about working for yourself? Come to this free program to learn the basics of starting a small business. Join a representative from Small Business BC for an informative two-hour session.

Dahlia Tuber Sale – Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at George Preston Rec Centre, 20699 – 42 Ave., Langley. Fraser Valley Dahlia Society members will have hundreds of varieties available and advice too. Dahlia Show set for Sept. 20-21. Info: www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Wonderful Wetlands Tour – Sunday, April 6, 1:30-4 p.m. at West Creek Wetland Reserve, Township Of Langley. Enjoy an exclusive guided walk through this restricted reserve. This park reserve is home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife. Presented by Metro Vancouver and Langley Environmental Partners Society. Ages 13-up. Free. Advance registration required. To register, visit www.metrovancouveronline.org or call 604-432-6359. To find out about other Metro Vancouver programs, visit the events calendar at www.metrovancouver.org

Aldergrove Art Club Annual Show and Sale – Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bradner Hall. Bradner Road. All-ages event, free. Info: Gail Simpson 604-802-1670.

Saskatchewan: Reclaiming the Prairie Landscape –  local photographer John Gordon in a presentation on the history and future of the Prairie Rehabilitation Program and its importance to the ecosystem. His photos feature the animals, birds and people who work on a community farm near Lanagan, Saskatchewan.  Registration required. Walnut Grove Library, Tuesday, April 1, 7-8:30 p.m.

Pajama Storytime – Tuck into a story! Children and their caregivers are invited to an evening program of stories, songs, rhymes and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and can bring a soft toy. Registration required. Muriel Arnason Library, Wednesday, April 2, 7-7:30 p.m., and Aldergrove Library, Monday, April 7, 6:30-7 p.m.

Babytime – Make language fun! Babies and their caregivers will join in  bounces, songs, rhymes, and simple stories that encourage the development of speech and language skills. Registration required. Fort Langley Library, Fridays, April 4, 11, 25 from 9:30-10 a.m.

Storytimes – Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime! Children five years and younger and their caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Registration required. Muriel Arnason Library, Tuesdays, April 1-29, 10:45-11:15 a.m., or Aldergrove  Library, Wednesdays, April 2-16, 10:30-11 a.m., or Murrayville Library, Wednesdays, April 2-30, 10:30-11 a.m., or Fort Langley Library, Thursdays, April 3-24, 10-10:30 a.m., or Walnut Grove Library, Thursdays, April 3-24, 11:30-noon.

Easter Craft – Spend some time making Easter crafts and enjoy a hunt for some small hidden treats. Registration required. Fort Langley Library, Wednesday, April 16, 3:15-4 p.m.

Abbotsford Genealogy Society – meeting Thursday, April 17 at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. Doors open at 12:30, meeting begins at 1 p.m. You must enter by the side door, not the front door as the Reach is closed to the general public that day. Speaker will be Graham McDonell sharing his research on Tommy Douglas and Keifer and Donald Sutherland, some very well known Canadians. Drop in fee for guests is $2. Info: www.outthere4u.com

Easter Bake Sale – Saturday, April 12, 9-11 a.m. at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 – 108 Ave, Surrey. Traditional Easter breads such as paska and babka, borsch, perogies, and cabbage rolls available. Info: 604-560-0152 or 604-581-0313.

The Drawer Boy – Surrey Little Theatre’s spring play, written by Michael Healey and directed by June Ainsworth, at 7027 – 184 Street, from April 17 to May 17 on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with three Sunday matinees on April 27, May 4 and May 11 at 2 p.m. It is SLT’s entry into the Fraser Valley Zone Festival in May. Tickets are $15 but there is a special two-for-one promotion for everyone attending the productions on April 17 and 18. For reservations call 604-576-8451; email reservations@surreylittletheatre.com; or go to www.brownpapertickets.com. Visit www.surreylittletheatre.com for info.

Abbotsford After 5 – invites ladies of all ages to “Bloom Where You Are Planted” spring dinner on Monday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. at ABC Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd., Abbotsford. Brenda Falk from Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro in Abbotsford will demonstrate how to make a beautiful hanging basket using unusual blooms. Heather Senges from Vancouver will encourage us all to stand strong in the garden of life. Cost: $18. Reservations: Pat at 604-856-7513 or email dfolson@shaw.ca

Light Sensitive – Langley Players spring production, written by Jim Geoghan and directed by Angela Bell, is a bittersweet comedy in which love conquers all. Langley Players entry into the Fraser Valley Zone Festival in May, it runs Thursdays to Sundays from April 17-May 17 at Langley Playhouse, 4307 – 200 St. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. All tickets are $15 but there is a special two-for-one promotion for everyone attending on April 17 and 18. In addition, on those two dates, season pass-holders are entitled to bring a guest for free. For reservations call 604-534-7469. Visit www.langleyplayers.com for info.

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

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