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February is the month for love and family! See below for details on a special Valentine’s Day event like the Love is Blind Wine Tasting at Township 7 Winery and a garden event on Family Day at Darts Hill Garden Park. 

There’s lots of hockey too. We’ve only listed a few games so if you are interested check out the Vancouver Giants, Langley Rivermen, and the Abbotsford Canucks.

Abbotsford Events

Abbotsford Canucks

Abbotsford Canucks vs Stockton Heat
Stockton Heat at Abbotsford Canucks at Abbotsford Centre on February 4, 2022
Date: Fri, Feb 4, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Location: Abbotsford Centre 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford, BC
Website: https://abbotsford.canucks.com/
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/abbotsfordcanucks/

2022 Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo
Date: Fri, Feb 11, 1:00 p.m.–Sun, Feb 13, 9:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex – 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC

RV Show

Earlybird RV Show
Pick up your free campground guides at the Earlybird RV show in Abbotsford, BC, at the Camp and RV BC booth. See you at the Tradex! Read more on Camping & RV in BC
Date: Thu, Feb 17, 7:00 a.m.–Tue, Feb 22, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/campinbc/

Chris LaneChris Lane is coming to the Abbotsford Centre on February 19th, 2022. Do you and a friend want to go? See website below.
Date: Sat, Feb 19, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Location: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford, BC
Photo – Facebook
Website: https://www.jrcountry.ca/contest/45119/info/

Chilliwack

marc atkinson trioMarc Atkinson Trio
Melodic, captivating, this virtuosic group, the marc atkinson trio, is one of the most captivating string trios in the world! Read more on Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Date: Feb 4–25
Location: Hub International Theatre 9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack, BC
Website: https://www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca/event/the-marc-atkinson-trio/#.YfG8rfVKi3I
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/marcatkinsontrio/

Langley Events

Vancouver Giants vs Kamloops Blazers – BCLC Community Heroes Night
Take in some WHL action at the Langley Events Centre watching the Vancouver Giants battle the Kamloops Blazers!
Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Langley Events Centre Ticket Office 1 hour before puck drop or online at vancouvergiants.com/tickets Throughout the season, the Vancouver Giants and BCLC will be recognizing different groups of community heroes. All community heroes in attendance will be entered to win a special “Community Hero” game-worn jersey.
Date: February 4, 2022, 7:30 pm
Location: Langley Events Center
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/whlgiants/

Langley Rivermen vs Coquitlam Express
Head to The Lodge to watch the Langley Rivermen take on the Coquitlam Express!
Single-game tickets can be purchased at the George Preston Recreation Centre “The Lodge” box office 45 minutes before puck drop and by calling 778-246-2245 or emailing tickets@langleyrivermen.com or purchase online at HappsNow.
Photo: https://happsnow.com/event/Langley-Rivermen-WK

Township 7 Love Love is Blind Wine Tasting
Visit our South Langley winery and treat your Valentine (or galentine) to a premium blind wine tasting. You will be greeted with a taste of our exclusive sparkling rosé wine, and then you will choose a blind tasting of either red, white or mixed flight of 4 wines. Enjoy your blind tasting paired with charcuterie and sweet treats.
Available Friday – Sunday, February 11 – 13 from 11 am until 5 pm.
Price $34.97 +tax. Reservations Required
Date: February 11-13, 2022, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Township 7 Vineyards & Winery – South Langley, 16 Avenue, Langley Township, BC, Canada
Website and photo: https://township7.com/reservation/type/love-is-blind-langley/

makersmessMakersmess Jewelry Workshop
They say… “today we forge sterling silver, give her texture, feed her love, adorn her with a bauble and admire this authentic piece you created with your own hands. this workshop covers our basic fundamentals of understanding precious metal, how it responds and how to move it. you will design, size, fire, forge, texture, solder and polish. trust in yourself! no experience required, all levels welcome!”
Date: February 26, 2022, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: 21999 96 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
Website and photo:  https://www.olympiakomianos.com/events/bangle-workshop-february-26

Mission Events

Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook
World, Latin/Salsa, Jazz The acclaimed guitarist Jesse Cook has spent a lifetime traveling the globe and absorbing rhythms from the diverse cultures of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. His exotic…Read more on Bellingham Events
Date: Fri, Feb 25, 7:30–11:30 p.m.
Location: Clarke Foundation Theatre 33700 Prentis Ave, Mission, BC
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/musicianjessecook/

Surrey Events

Musical Morning: Oboe d’amour
While away the morning listening to the enchanting sounds of the piano and oboe with the Bergmann Duo and Emma Ringrose. Simply Splendid!
Date: February 3, 2022 11:00am – 12:30pm
Loation: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue
Tickets & Pricing – $29
Website: https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/musical-morning-oboe-damour

The Lost FingersThe Lost Fingers in Concert
Enjoy a night of fabulous music with French-Canadian band The Lost Fingers!
Date: February 9, 2022 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue
Tickets & Pricing – Zone A $45, Zone B $35, Zone C $25.
Website: https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/lost-fingers-concert
Photo: @lepinch

Family DayFamily Day at Darts Hill Garden Park
Join us for a special winter opening on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 11 am to 3 pm , and take part in free family-friendly activities celebrating Family Day. Event activities are free with entry to the garden.
Date: February 19, 2022 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: 1633 – 170 Street
Tickets & Pricing – Entry by donation
Website and photo: https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/family-day-darts-hill-garden-park

FOOTNOTES
featured Image – Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash
Langley Events – https://www.tourism-langley.ca/events/
Photos – No copyright infringement intended. Please contact us for credit or removal rod@impactintl.net
Surrey Events – https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events

This sure sounds like fun!

Guildford Town Centre Winter Festival

Enjoy some old-fashioned fun at the Winter Festival at Guildford Town Centre and skate for a cause!

  • The North parking lot will be transformed into a magical skating rink, with food trucks and a life-size snow globe.
  • All proceeds from skate rentals will be donated to the Surrey Hospital Foundation.
  • Life size snow globe with tunes from Virgin Radio 94.5 broadcasting live on Saturday, February 8th, and face painting during Family Day Weekend, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.*
  • Valentine’s Day Date Night on Friday, February 14th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Register online and your skate date will include a gift of a photo at the kissing booth, two long stem roses, and a $10 food voucher for the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival trucks at the event.*

Location:
Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street, Surrey

Dates:
February 7 to February 9
Friday: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 8:00 pm

February 14 to February 17
Friday: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Monday: Noon to 8:00 PM

FOOTNOTES
*Source Miss 604
Winter Festival photo – Guildford Town Center Facebook page.
Main photo (skates) – Unsplash

Have BC‘s new Covid-19 regulations changed your plans for the holidays?

It seems like we were beginning to get back to semi-normal as far as gatherings are concerned and that maybe gatherings during the Holidays weren’t going to be too restricted, but the Omicron variant has prompted additional COVID-19 measures in British Columbia. In other places in the world like Ontario, Quebec, and the United Kingdom officials are taking strong action to block the variant from spreading and they are implementing new regulations.

On Tuesday there were 1308 COVID-19 cases and one death in British Columbia. There have been 756 cases of the Omicron variant in the province.

Starting at 11:59 PM tonight (Wednesday) bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios will have to close, and all seated events will be reduced to 50% capacity. Indoor gatherings including weddings are being canceled.*

Author’s note: Our daughter lives in Toronto and has a case of COVID-19, so she won’t be coming to see us this week. Also, my brother and his family live in Nova Scotia and they decided to cancel their plans to travel after hearing about the rise in cases and the stronger regulations. All of this has us wondering what to do about family gatherings that are still planned.

So, with the holidays approaching we were wondering, how will this impact your holiday plans? Did you have something that you were looking forward to that will now be canceled or changed in some way? Enter into the discussion on Instagram see https://www.instagram.com/fvlifestylemag/

Footnotes
*Source – The Globe and Mail
Photos: Canva

Want to start journaling, but not sure what to say? Whether you list, write or draw it out, these prompts will help get your wheels turning!

RELATIONSHIPS
• What are your strengths and challenges in relationships?
• What are the top lessons you’ve learned from past relationships?
• What is working in your current relationships, and what could improve?
• How can you better support your loved ones?

CAREER
• Describe your dream job. • How would you like to improve your work performance?
• Is your work draining or overwhelming? How can that be changed?
• What is meaningful to you about your current work?

GOAL SETTING
• What are your goals for the year? The month? The next 10-days?
• How have your goals changed over the years?
• What can you do each day to move toward your next milestone?
• What do you want to accomplish most in life?

PERSONAL GROWTH
• Define your top core values.
• What did you learn from a difficult experience?
• What would you tell yourself from 10 years ago?
• What are your thoughts of self-doubt, and how can you change them to be encouraging?

Downlod pdf version – December_eReport_C (1)

© 2021 Buffini & Company. All Rights Reserved. RMMK DECEMBER EREPORT C

Photos: Unsplash

Looking for something to do in the Fraser Valley in December? You have come to the right place. From Holiday lights, to plays, to concerts, to holiday parties there is something for everyone on the list below.

Abbotsford

13th Annual Trees of Hope

The Trees of Hope is a community event introduced in 2009, which provides Abbotsford businesses the opportunity to share in the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This is a fantastic opportunity to ‘brand’ a Christmas tree showcasing your business while supporting the Abbotsford Police Foundation. The decorated trees will be displayed in the common area of Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.
Date and Time: Tue, Nov 16 – Wed, Dec 29, 2021, All-day
Learn More and Photo Credit

LangleyGlow

Glow Langley
November 18, 2021 – January 1, 2022 – 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm Experience a family-friendly drive-through winter festival as you enjoy towering light gardens and magical landscapes all under the twinkle of a million lights. Given last year’s success, our team is back with an even better drive-through event! This year, Glow Langley invites you to “A Fairytale Christmas“: a magical world surrounded by our beloved fairytale characters. Take a leisurely 20-minute cruise into an illuminated wonderland that brings winter dreams to life! Munch on some tasty treats while you cruise along this one-of-a-kind journey. Every ticket comes with popcorn and mini donuts, on us! And of course, it wouldn’t be Glow without our poinsettias! This seasonal favourite can be ordered in advance with your admission ticket and will be conveniently delivered curbside, upon your arrival.
Learn More
Photo – @glowlangley

Christmas in Williams ParkChristmas in Williams Park
November 26 – December 19, 2021 – 5;00 – 9:00 pm
The event this year will run every night from November 26 to December 19 from 5 to 9 pm. This extended time will mean there should be no need to purchase tickets and have extensive traffic controls. Come check out the beautiful Christmas light displays set up in Williams Park! The event will be DRIVE THROUGH only with no access to parking or washrooms so please attend to your needs before you come to the park. There is no fee to enter (and if it’s not busy you are free to go around the park more than once) but we are always happy to take any financial donation you can spare to keep the event alive…. we will again provide a tap option to donate for those who do not carry cash…. and that keeps us touch-free!
Learn More and Photo Credit

Vancouver Giants vs Victoria Royals – Chevrolet Teddy Bear TossVancouver Giants https://www.instagram.com/rjmedia.tech/

Take in some WHL action at the Langley Events Centre watching the Vancouver Giants battle the Victoria Royals! Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Langley Events Centre Ticket Office 1 hour before puck drop or online at vancouvergiants.com/tickets. Bring your stuffed animals to the game and after the first Giants goal, toss them onto the ice from the stands! All stuffed animals will be donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.
Date: December 10, 2021, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: Langley Events Centre, 200 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
Website: https://vancouvergiants.com/
Photo Credit

Dead Frog Brewery Customer Christmas PartyDead Frog Brewery
“Happy Holla Days!🎄🎅 It’s the 1st day of December and the holiday season is officially here! We’re throwing a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 11 to say THANK YOU to all of our amazing customers! It’s been a crazy year, and we want to say thank you to everyone that stuck by us and supported us through it all! 🌟”
Date: December 11, 2021, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Location: Dead Frog Brewery, 201 Street, Langley Township, BC, Canada
Website: https://deadfrog.ca/tasting-room/customer-christmas-party-2021/
Photo Credit

 

Chistmas ParadeAldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade
Christmas Times’ A Comin’ to Aldergrove on Saturday, December 11th.
Elks Children’s Christmas Celebration, Aldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade and Carol Singing in the Aldergrove Plaza. The Aldergrove Food Bank will be on-site to collect donations.
Date and Time: December 11, 2021, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 27214 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
Website: http://aldergrovefair.ca/

Smugglers TavernNew Years Eve Party
The Smugglers countdown to 2022 is on! Join us at the Brewery + Tasting room on December 31st, 2021 for Langley’s best New Year’s Eve experience! We’ve put together an awesome night featuring live music with Six Gun Romeo to keep things hopping all night long! Tag your buddies and secure your tickets to welcome in the New Year, Smugglers style! For full menu details and to purchase your tickets, check the Eventbrite link HERE!
Date and time: Fri, 31 Dec 2021, 7:00 PM – Sat, 1 Jan 2022, 1:00 AM PST
Location: Smugglers Trail Brewery and Restaurant 9339 200A Street, #Unit 140, Langley Township, BC V1M 0B3
Photo Credit

Surrey

stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Markholiday giftset
You choose whether to shop virtually or in person! In partnership with the stɑlə̓w̓ Arts & Cultural Society.
Shop Virtually or In-Person
stɑlə̓ w̓ Arts & Cultural Society and Museum of Surrey are delighted to offer a virtual and in-person craft market in 2021.
Virtual Fair: November 12 – December 19, 2021
In-Person Fair: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Learn More
Photo – Facebook

Music for 17 Pedals and 287 Strings!
Coffee Concerts are Back! Spend a Morning Listening to the Melodic Sounds of the Piano and Harp with the Bergmann and Otake Duos…Perfection!
Date: December 10, 2021 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Studio Theatre, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave.
Buy Tickets
Photo Credit

Christmas Carol

A WONDERHEADS Christmas Carol
The holiday classic you love brought to life in a way you never imagined possible!
Date: December 11, 2021 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue
Buy Tickets
Photo Credit

 

FOOTNOTES
Abbotsford Events  – https://www.abbotsford.ca/community-events/events-abbotsford/events-calendar
Langley Events – https://www.tourism-langley.ca/events/
Surrey Events – https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events
Main Photo  Unsplash
Photos – Please contact us for credit or removal rod@impactintl.net

This year, we want to encourage you to support organizations that are providing aid to flood victims in Southern BC. As we speak, flooding is happening in Southern BC and in and around Abbotsford where many FV Lifestyle readers live.

What is Giving Tuesday?

“GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.” https://givingtuesday.ca/about

CanadaHelps is the online platform that we use for other projects for donations. They provide a safe and secure platform for donations and make sure that organizations are legitimate non-profits. For today only they will add $2 to any donation of $20 or more.

CanadaHelps also has a list of organizations that are providing relief for the flooding in British Columbia. You can see their list CLICK HERE

FOOTNOTES

Photo: Red Cross https://donate.redcross.ca/page/94172/donate
All photos – Please contact us for credit or removal rod@impactintl.net

The extensive flooding and flood damage in BC and the Fraser Valley has created many needs for both humans and animals, but there are ways to help. Some charitable groups and agencies have already taken action by providing services and collecting donations of blankets, money, and food.

The City of Abbotsford lists these donation locations:

Archway Community Services: Archway is accepting donations of food only. Visit Archway.ca/Flood to find out what the most needed items are.

MCC Clothing Etc. located at 31872 South Fraser Way
MCC is accepting donations for the flooding evacuees. Please NO large appliances or furniture due to their location and space.
Monday – Friday 9-4
Saturdays – 9-12
604-854-4174

MCC – Thrift located at 33933 Gladys Avenue
MCC Thrift is accepting donations for the flooding evacuees.
Tuesday – Saturday 9:30-2
bcthrift@mccbc.ca
MCC will be giving all evacuee’s a gift voucher of $25.00 for them to come in and spend at either of their thrift store

Abbotsford Flood
Photo @delightfilledart

The City of Abbotsford lists these agencies as places to make financial donations:

Provincial emergency assistance
If you have been impacted by the storm may be eligible for assistance through the BC Government.

Help for animals
If you have been listening to the news, you will have heard that animals have been hard hit by the flood too. There are a number of local agencies offering to help with shelter and food.

The BC SPCA is offering shelter for animals. On Twitter, they say… #ALERT: Many communities across BC are experiencing extreme rain which may be forcing some families from their homes. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency boarding for their animals during this time, please contact our Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722 #BCSPCA #bc

There are a number of other agencies helping with animals as well. See their websites for more information:
Vancouver Humane Society
Aide for Paws & Rescue Society
Langley Animal Protection Society

CLA Church
Photo @clachurch

CLA Church Transporting Items to Hope Via Helicopter

Many local churches are helping out. CLA Church in Abbotsford is literally going above and beyond. They say… “As we continue to work together with @skyhelicopters, transporting items of need to Hope, we are now asking for donations of NEW blankets. This is a big need right now. See Instagram https://www.instagram.com/clachurch/ @clachurch

Evacuation Orders and Alerts

To keep up on the latest evacuation orders and alerts for areas impacted by the flood see https://www.abbotsford.ca/alerts/evacuation-order-and-alerts-issued-localized-areas

FOOTNOTES
Source – DH NEWS
Source – The City of Abbotsford
Photo Credit – @delightfilledart
Photo Credit CLA – @clachurch
All photos – Please contact us for credit or removal rod@impactintl.net

Heading into the Fall we felt the need to warm up a bit, so we thought we would ask you, our readers, what some of your favorite Fraser Valley Coffee Shops and Cafes were.

Here are your choices…

Laura’s Coffee Corner in White Rock

Laura's Cafe
Laura’s Coffee Corner

They say… “Home of the best coffee in White Rock Welcome to Laura’s Coffee Corner, home of the best coffee in White Rock! Everything we serve is made in-house and from scratch. We’re proud of the vibrant, warm space we’ve created and invite you to come see for yourself how stopping in at Laura’s feels like coming home. We’re located at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Fir (one of the historic Five Corners).”

Website – https://laurascoffeecorner.ca/
Instagram – @lauras_coffee_corner
Photo – @lauras_coffee_corner

 

Grounds and Greens in White Rock

Grounds and Greens

They say… “A vegan cafe dedicated to building a community that will embrace a plant-based lifestyle. grounds & greens cafe was the result of a love story between two accomplished chefs, Mannel and Ben Kilford. Their mission in opening a plant-based cafe was to build a community of people and families who value kindness and are committed to improving themselves, the community, and the environment. At Grounds & Greens Café, you will find plant-based dishes that were created with quality and creativity in mind. As their guest, you can trust to find nutritionally balanced menu items meant to nourish and sustain your body, and the elevated taste is meant to inspire plant-based eating. All dishes are made in-house with high quality, often locally sourced ingredients.”

Website – https://www.groundsandgreenscafe.com/
Instagram – @groundsandgreenscafe
Photo – @groundsandgreenscafe

Verandah Cafe by the Beach in White Rock

Verandah Cafe
Verandah Cafe

They say… “Scenic and serene – a boutique cafe with the best view on Marine Drive. At Verandah, we are pursuing our passion to create a unique experience in White Rock, inspired by the rich and flavorful culinary heritage of the Indian subcontinent. In particular, we want to evoke the delights of street foods by serving quirky and creatively put-together dishes.”

Website – https://www.verandahcafe.ca/
Instagram – @verandahcafe
Photo – @verandahcafe

Oldhand Coffee in Abbotsford

Oldhand Coffee

They say… “Now, in Abbotsford BC, where we were born and raised, our dreams come true every day. Oldhand Coffee is the dream we get to share with our reclaimed community, where we believe people want to create stronger bonds with their friends and neighbours over artfully prepared food and drink. We are grateful to be raising our daughters Else and Ingrid among the families and culture-lovers who visit us every day at Oldhand Coffee. As the Dutch say, heel gezellig, or ‘we will make every detail of our time together perfect.’ ~ Kristina and Johannes van Bommel van Vloten”

Website – https://oldhandcoffee.com/
Instagram – @oldhandcoffee
Photo – @oldhandcoffee

EverBean Cafe on the South Surrey/White Rock Boarder

Everbean Cafe
EverBean Cafe

They say… “A small group of service enthusiasts who are passionate about great coffee and awesome food, made with love and served with care. EverBean Cafe is designed with the idea of prospect and refuge in mind. Located in the lobby of the busy Hilltop Medical/Abby Lane Health Centre, it is a prospect where local information can be relayed; daily news can be exchanged, and spontaneous meetings can be facilitated. With spacious seating, plenty of natural light, and an outdoor garden patio, it is also a refuge where daydreams are protected; self-care is encouraged, and spirit can be recharged.”

Website – https://www.everbeancafe.com/
Instagram – @everbeancafe
Photo – @everbeancafe

Honorable Mention…

Cafe Amarti Abbotsford
Cafe Amarti

Abbotsford – Cafe Amarti Photo – @cafeamarti
Chilliwack – Cultivate Cafe
Langley – Blacksmith Bakery
Maple Ridge – Gratia Bakery and Cafe
Mission – The Penny
Surrey – Prado Cafe

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES
Main Photo – @oldhandcoffee
All photos – Please contact us for credit or removal rod@impactintl.net

Looking for something to do in November? Judging by the following list the holidays are here! See all of the great winter holiday-related events below along with many other wonderful and interesting things to do.
See events in Abbotsford, Langley, and Surrey.

ABBOTSFORD

Remembrance In Place: Remembrance Day Ceremony
Thu, Nov 11 2021, 10:30 – 11:30am
The Abbotsford Legion and the City of Abbotsford would like to encourage our community to honour our veterans and respect their health by watching the ceremony online, wearing a poppy, and placing a poppy in their window.
Date: Thursday, November 11th
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Live Stream: abbotsford.ca/remembrancelive
Tune in to the live stream on November 11 at abbotsford.ca/remembrancelive
See pdf – CLICK HERE 

Drive-Thru Food Truck Festival
Sat, Nov 13 2021, 11am – Sun, Nov 14 2021, 6pm

You asked, we answered! Back by popular demand, we are hosting the Drive-Thru Food Truck Festival at the Tradex Exhibition parking lot (1190 Cornell Street). Check us out on November 13th and 14th and eat from the best of BC’s food trucks. Stay tuned for lineup sneak peeks coming soon! This will be one of our BIGGEST drive-thrus yet with 24 food trucks over 2 days!
Learn more at Greater Vancouver Drive Through Food Truck Festival
Photo – Instagram – @gvfoodtruckfest

13th Annual Trees of Hope
Tue, Nov 16 – Wed, Dec 29, 2021, All-day
The Trees of Hope is a community event introduced in 2009, which provides Abbotsford businesses the opportunity to share in the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This is a fantastic opportunity to ‘brand’ a Christmas tree showcasing your business while supporting the Abbotsford Police Foundation. The decorated trees will be displayed in the common area of Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.
Learn More and Photo Credit

 

SURREY

Bear Creek Park Lights
November 5 – November 19 2021 4:30 – 9:30 pm

The City of Surrey is proud to present the new Bear Creek Park Lights, a free illuminated nature trail experience at Bear Creek Park. Book your tickets now.
Learn More 
Photo –  @thecityofsurrey

Heritage Kitchen: Whipping Cream Scones
A virtual, interactive cooking lesson straight from the farmhouse kitchen. Victorian Virtual Baking! Join us digitally in the kitchen of Historic Stewart Farm as we learn how to make old-fashioned scones like the Stewarts used to. Watch a costumed guide lead you through the recipe and learn handy tips and tricks to use at home.
This interactive program is for people 19+ or families who want to invite the kids to learn about baking.
How to Register – Registration is required to receive the participation link. Register online or call 604-501-5100.

Virtual Surrey Remembers Ceremony
November 11, 2021 10:30am – 11:30am
The annual ceremony at the cenotaph in Cloverdale will take place virtually this year. Tune in to Facebook Live to pay your respects. A small group from the Cloverdale Legion will lay wreaths in an intimate ceremony to commemorate the day. In the interest of COVID-19 safety, the public is not invited to gather at Veterans Square. Instead, we invite you to pay your respects by watching the small, live event on Facebook.
Learn More

stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market
You choose whether to shop virtually or in person! In partnership with the stɑlə̓w̓ Arts & Cultural Society.
Shop Virtually or In-Person
stɑlə̓ w̓ Arts & Cultural Society and Museum of Surrey are delighted to offer a virtual and in-person craft market in 2021.
Virtual Fair: November 12 – December 19, 2021
In-Person Fair: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Learn More
Photo – Facebook

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Experience the 11th annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market at Surrey Civic Plaza on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, Surrey Tree Lighting Festival returns brighter than ever! Residents and visitors are invited to kick off the holiday season by experiencing immersive light displays, live music, a Holiday Market, food trucks, free hot chocolate, and family activities.
Learn More
Photo – @surreybcevents

Heart to Home Holiday Market
Do your holiday shopping in person this year with Surrey Art Gallery Association’s fun and festive 2-day market.
Saturday, November 27 – 11 am–5 pm Sunday, November 28 – 12–4 pm

It’s that time of year again! Bring a friend and browse some beautiful one-of-a-kind creations from local artists who are part of the Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA). Art is a wonderful gift for the holidays. The SAGA Gift Shop and their Art Rental Program is a great source of inspiration for gift-giving, with items ranging from handmade silk scarves and original paintings to intricately designed jewelry, funky sculpture, well-crafted pottery, functional woodworks, homemade jams and jellies, and more. Members receive 15% (memberships available on site). The Heart to Home Holiday Market takes place in the Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre.
Learn More (and Photo Credit)

LANGLEY

iMADE Pop Up Market
November 6 and 7, 2021 11 am – 4 pm

iMADE pop up market supports and advocates for the local BC artists, artisans and micro businesses and has been hosting events since 2017. This year, we have taken iMADE local on the road to the Township of Langley at the beautiful Fort Langley Community Hall located on Glover Rd. Come support local small businesses and shop small. It just feels good. Admission is FREE and masks are required but not vaccine cards as we are not a ‘seated’ or ‘ticketed’ event.
Learn More
Photo – @imadelocal

Vancouver Giants vs Kamloops Blazers – Country Night
November 13, 2021

Take in some WHL action at the Langley Events Centre watching the Vancouver Giants battle the Kamloops Blazers!
Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Langley Events Centre Ticket Office 1 hour before puck drop or online at vancouvergiants.com/tickets It’s Country Night! Everything at the game will be country-oriented. The JR Street Team will be on location as well. Remember to wear your boots and plaid!
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Photo – 📸: Steve Dunsmoor @whlgiants

Glow Langley
November 18, 2021 – January 1, 2022 – 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Experience a family-friendly drive-through winter festival as you enjoy towering light gardens and magical landscapes all under the twinkle of a million lights. Given last year’s success, our team is back with an even better drive-through event! This year, Glow Langley invites you to “A Fairytale Christmas“: a magical world surrounded by our beloved fairytale characters. Take a leisurely 20-minute cruise into an illuminated wonderland that brings winter dreams to life! Munch on some tasty treats while you cruise along this one-of-a-kind journey. Every ticket comes with popcorn and mini donuts, on us! And of course, it wouldn’t be Glow without our poinsettias! This seasonal favourite can be ordered in advance with your admission ticket and will be conveniently delivered curbside, upon your arrival.
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Photo – @glowlangley

Sip & Shop Night
Nov 18, 2021 5:00 – 9:00 pm

The 3rd Annual Sip & Shop is back at Roots and Wings Distillery!
Support local this year and enjoy a curated boutique shopping experience while sipping a festive cocktail. What could be better?

Vendors for the night:
Goat & Pebble Co – Linocut Prints & more
Gwendolyn’s Paradise – Bath & Body
GWD Leatherworks – Wallets & more
Ravens Edge Design – Home Decor
TwentyTwo Decor – Candles, Pots & more
Carolyn McClaren Ceramics
Boodles’ Cuddlers – Quilts
Riverside Bog – All things Cranberry
Make sure you come hungry as there will be fresh oven-roasted pizza available for purchase from The Raving Gamer!
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Photo – @rawstillhouse

Christmas in Williams Park
November 26 – December 19, 2021 – 5;00 – 9:00 pm
The event this year will run every night from November 26 to December 19 from 5 to 9 pm. This extended time will mean there should be no need to purchase tickets and have extensive traffic controls. Come check out the beautiful Christmas light displays set up in Williams Park! The event will be DRIVE THROUGH only with no access to parking or washrooms so please attend to your needs before you come to the park. There is no fee to enter (and if it’s not busy you are free to go around the park more than once) but we are always happy to take any financial donation you can spare to keep the event alive…. we will again provide a tap option to donate for those who do not carry cash…. and that keeps us touch-free!
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Fort Langley Park and Buy Christmas Art and Maker Tour
Nov 27, 202111 am – 4 pm

Hop in your car and tour the Fort Langley area, stop and visit Artists and Makers. Look for the red Art Fort Langley teardrop flags as you go. We want to make this event as Covid friendly as possible so some of us may be set up outdoors or in our garages. Please social distance and consider wearing a mask. More Artists and Makers may be added so check back before you start.
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Artisan Christmas Market
December 3 – 5, 2021 – 10 am – 5 pm
Join us for a very special 3 day Christmas Market hosted by Kensington Prairie Farm & Spring Acres Farm!
*** Features ***
– Amazing Local Vendors to shop from
– Free Alpaca information session every hour, on the hour
– Live Music
– Food Truck
– Christmas Spirit
All are welcome, masks are required for these events. No pets, please. $5 ENTRY FEE can be purchased in the store on site.
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Photo – Unsplash

FOOTNOTES
Abbotsford Events  – https://www.abbotsford.ca/community-events/events-abbotsford/events-calendar
Surrey Events – https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events
Main Photo by Steven Van Elk on Unsplash
Photos – Please contact us for credit or removal rod@impactintl.net


Wear a Halloween costume and get entered to win a prize at Farm Country Brewing

They say…

This coming Saturday kicks off Halloween weekend at Farm Country!

This means it’s time for a costume contest. It’s pretty simple; show up in costume and you’re entered to win a boozy gift card prize pack from us and some great local businesses!

Get creative with your costumes, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

We will also have our Dark Horse Czech Dark Lager back on tap and in cans as well as live music from @musicbyalmostfamous!

Cheers! 👻

For more information see https://www.instagram.com/farmcountrybrewco/

FOOTNOTES
Please visit their website before attending.
Photo via @farmcountrybrewco
Please email rod@impactintl.com for credit or removal.