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Unlike last year due to the COVID-19, it looks like it will be safe to gather for Canadian Thanksgiving this year.  With that in mind, you might be starting to think about providing a Thanksgiving meal and the cost of doing so! To try and help you with that, here’s a repost of an article on “How to Plan a Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget.”

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This time of year can be stressful and straining on our finances. There’s Thanksgiving, Halloween, and then Christmas. It’s tough sometimes to stick to a budget, especially when you want to make everything special for your family. Here are some budget-friendly Thanksgiving tips to help you save some money this year! 

Food

  • Make a menu ahead of time so you know what you are having and exactly what you need to pick up from the grocery store. If you go into the store with no plan, you’ll come out with things you don’t need! 
  • Shop sales! There are usually some pretty sweet deals on Thanksgiving staples this time of year. Check prices and see where has the cheapest turkeys.
  • Start early! If you plan your meal a few weeks in advance, you can keep an eye out for other ingredients you need to go on sale. 
  • Make it a potluck! Even if you want to provide the main meal, there are still a lot of other things to consider around a Thanksgiving meal. Have someone else bring drinks, or dessert, or appies, dinner rolls, salad or whatever else you need. Just because you are hosting, doesn’t mean you have to do it ALL. 
  • Keep it simple! You don’t have to go all out. Make larger amounts of the Thanksgiving classics rather than smaller amounts of everything. 
  • Don’t use disposable plates and cutlery. It may save time, but buying it all adds up! 

Decor

  • Again, keep it simple. Try to make some of your decor DIY style. Or even get your kids to help create a centrepiece for the table.
  • Hit up your local Dollar Store. Seriously, they have some pretty nice things. Sometimes just a little tweak here or there can make something so cheap look much more expensive! 
  • Find things from nature! My daughters and I made a really neat looking centrepiece last week. All we did was collect some things from outside like pinecones, rocks, leaves, pieces of wood. Then we arranged it all in a glass vase and voila! We had ourselves a centrepiece! 
  • Use things for multiple purposes. You can decorate some Mason jars with burlap and ribbon, then use them as utensil holders. You don’t have to make things specifically for decor, kill two birds with one stone instead. 
  • Put out a cornucopia or a bowl of fresh, seasonal fruit! These not only look great but if people want an apple or something after Thanksgiving dinner, they can just go ahead and grab one! 

Above all, take the time to enjoy yourself! Be thankful for all the things we have in our lives, be thankful you can host a big dinner. Spend time with family and friends, don’t get too caught up in the details. The memories being created are more important than the perfect centerpiece or creamiest mashed potatoes! 

From a fine art show at the Glass House Winery in Langley to a Country Music show at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, here are several Fraser Valley events you may want to check out in September 2021.

LANGLEY

FOREV CIRCUS SHOW: Join our adventures in life on stage
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 7:30 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 26, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Circus Lab, 19840 96 Avenue, Langley City, Canada
Link and Photo: https://allevents.in/langley%20city/forev-circus-show-join-our-adventures-in-life-on-stage-80-min-pause/10000127527049839

BC8s Event: WrenchFest
Date: Sat., Sep. 18
Location: 19950 46 Ave, Langley, BC
They say: Meet other E31 owners and discuss common problems. Come to work on your car, help someone work on their car
Link and Photo: https://allevents.in/langley%20city/forev-circus-show-join-our-adventures-in-life-on-stage-80-min-pause/10000127527049839

Fall Finale: TBIRD (BC)
Date: Wed., Sep. 22 – Sun., Sep. 26
Location: Thunderbird Show Park – 24550 72 Ave, Langley, BC
Link: http://www.theyegequestrian.com/events/2021-09-22/

The West Fine Art Show
Date: Open Times: Friday, September 17 – 5-9 pm, Saturday, September 18 – 11 am -7 pm, Sunday, September 19 – 11 am -5 pm
Location: Glass House Estate Winery, 0 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
They say: “Presenting our the twelfth-annual Late-Summer edition of the West Fine Art Show. This spectacular destination-art-show, with free admission, will amaze you. We feature 18 exceptional artists in a three-day exhibition making it a perfect weekend adventure. The show also features John Gilliat performing on guitar. Hosted at Glass House Estate Winery at 23449 0 Avenue in beautiful South Langley, B.C., our show is in partnership with the Langley Hospice Society. Partial proceeds of all art sales at the show will be donated by the artists to the Langley Hospice Society.
Link and Photo: https://www.tourism-langley.ca/event/west-fine-art-show-late-summer-edition

Community Heritage Day
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Alder Grove Heritage Society – 3190 271 St, Aldergrove, BC
They say: Aldergrove Community Heritage Day is a chance for residents to come to the museum, learn about the area’s history and see many items that aren’t usually on display. This year we have a special…
Link and photo: https://www.tourism-langley.ca/event/west-fine-art-show-late-summer-edition

SURREY

Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub with Sonora Dinamita
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 9:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 19, 2:00 a.m.
Location: Mojitos Pub – 12411 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC
Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub y Fiesta de Independencia with Sonora Dinamita!
Link: https://allevents.in/surrey/grand-opening-of-mojitos-pub-with-sonora-dinamita/10000166676639315?ref=footer-up-ep-upcoming

Aaron Halliday Light’em Up Tour
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6- 17567 57 Ave, Surrey, BC
They say: Aaron Halliday returns with the release of his new Album Light’em Up! Aaron together with the full band is returning to one of their favorite venues in BC.
Link: https://allevents.in/surrey/aaron-halliday-lightem-up-tour/10000159032844519

ABBOTSFORD


Abbotsford Farm and Country Market
Date: Sat, Sep 4 2021, 9am – 12pm
Location: Weekly on Saturday at 9:00 am until Sat, Oct 30, 2021
They say: Visit the Farmers Market every Saturday from May 1 to October 30, featuring local vendors and fresh, real food.
Located in Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, on the edge of Downtown Abbotsford.
Link: https://www.abbotsford.ca/community-events/events-abbotsford/abbotsford-farm-and-country-market
Photo: Photo by Earl Wilcox on Unsplash

MCC Festival for World Relief – 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex – 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC
They say: Let’s change lives together this September! Join MCC, September 17 & 18 at the Tradex in Abbotsford for the MCC Festival for World Relief.
Link: https://globalnews.ca/event/8099028/mcc-festival-for-world-relief-2/

CHILLIWACK

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 4, 3:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 5, 2:00 a.m.
Location: 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say: Chilliwack Sunflower Festival brought to you by the creators of Chilliwack Tulip Festival on September 4, 2021
Link: https://www.wonderweek.ca/event/55043/chilliwack-sunflower-festival-2021-september-4-8-00am
Photo: @jennihunterphotography

City-Wide Garage Sale
Date: Sat., Sep. 25
Location: 8550 Young Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say:  The City-Wide Garage Sale is a unique opportunity for residents to promote the reuse of materials. There are two City-Wide Garage Sales held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Link: https://www.chilliwack.com/main/page.cfm?id=1204
Photo by Donatella D’Anniballe on Unsplash

MAPLE RIDGE

28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day
Date: Sun., Sep. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Allco Park 13255 Alouette Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: This year ARMS is celebrating the 28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day on September 26th, 2021. The Annual Ridge Meadows Event will be held at ALLCO Park this year.

Bard on the Bandstand
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Peace Park 22407 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12, from 7pm nightly, come see live theatre on the Bandstand at the Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. The show is free, as always.
Link: https://www.mapleridge.ca/Calendar.aspx?EID=6715

FOOTNOTES
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Our publisher Mike Wilson was at the White Rock Market recently and was impressed by the Whisky he tasted from a local Fraser Valley distillery, Mainland Whisky (see more below). That got us wondering about other local distilleries and we discovered that the Fraser Valley is a host to a number of older and newer distilleries that sell a variety of high-quality Spirits including…

Central City Brewers and Distillers have been around for a number of years and are quite well known for their Red Racer Craft Beer, but did you know that they also make Lohin McKinnon Whisky, Sparrow Premium Rum, and Queensborough Japanese Style Gin? Link: Central City https://centralcitybrewing.com/visit-us/distillery

Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford makes Vodka, Rum, and Spiced Rum. The Crows Nest Distillery was started by Stefano Paolone way back in the early 1900s. He brought his winemaking and spirits making skills with him from the old country. Fast forward to today and Daniel Paolone and his friend Ian Jarvis are rekindling the family tradition and combining years of family knowledge to make a variety of spirits using local ingredients found in British Columbia.1 Link: Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford https://www.crowsnestdistillery.com/index.html

Dragon Mist Distillery is in Surrey and they make vodka gin and a number of different liqueurs. They say, “We are proud to distill some of the finest quality spirits made in British Columbia. We follow the craft distillers’ code of conduct when creating all our products. Whether it’s our flagship Baijiu Vodka or Gin or any of our delicious liqueurs we’re confident you’ll find something to delight your palate.” 2 Link: Dragon Mist Distillery https://dragonmistdistillery.com

Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Company is one of the craft spirits and crafted cocktail leaders in the industry in Canada. They make an array of interesting tasty spirits and drinks. Their brands include NUTRL Vodka, Tempo Gin, Goodridge and Williams Canadian Whisky, Sid The Handcrafted Vodka, Yes Guy Hard Iced Tea, and Still Maker Old Fashioned. Link:: Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Co. https://gwdistilling.com

Lucid Spirits uses only BC-grown products to make their base alcohols. They do all of their fermentation and distillation on-site to create their ultra-premium products such as Vodka, Vodka Pina Colada, two types of Gin, and a variety of liqueurs, Rye, and a Spirit called Cinnamon Kiss. Link: Lucid Spirits https://lucidspirits.ca

Mainland Whisky says their craft American-style Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are influenced by American Moonshine recipes. Their small-batch corn Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are made in a hybrid reflux still with organic ingredients in Surrey BC. There are no additives, they are non-chill filtered and they are a craft distillery.

If you want to stop by and have a tasting, you can! At the Mainland Whiskey Cocktail Lounge and Whiskey Shop. They take private bookings for their tasting lounge that has a 15-foot bar and 125-inch projector screen. They have a new cocktail list each month and small snacks are available. They are also open Wednesday to Sunday during the afternoon and evening. Call them at 604-372-4424 for more information or see their website. 3 Link: Mainland Whisky https://mainlandwhisky.com Photo: @mainlandwhisky

New Wave Distilling is in the heart of the Fraser Valley tucked into a garden oasis. At their tasting room in Abbotsford BC, they offer cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass and wine and spirit tasting flights. They also have charcuterie and bistro snacks, a heated patio, and a grassy picnic area. They say, “our product line is inspired by our love for the Fraser Valley and the surrounding mountains.” They are a locally owned and operated family business. Many of their spirits are made from organic blueberries grown and picked on their family farm. Link: New Wave Distilling https://newwavedistilling.com

NorthWest Distilling Co. makes handcrafted Spirits made with British Columbia ingredients. They are owned and operated by “young people” from British Columbia. Their company focuses on a small-batch approach to distilling. They say, “by diligence on quality we aim to create products as beautiful as the scenery we make it in.“ they make Northwest Extra Smooth Vodka that is distilled 10 times before mixing it with “world-famous BC mountain freshwater“. This Maple Ridge company has a lounge coming soon. 4 Link: NorthWest Distilling Co. https://www.northwestdistillingco.ca

Ravens Distillery is a new venture from Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford BC. They say “after the success of our beer we thought we could contribute something fresh to the world of spirits. The first of which is our flagship Vodka.” They also make Gin. If you want to try them out, you can visit their tasting room in Abbotsford. Link: Ravens Distilling https://ravensdistilling.com Photo: @ravensdistillery

Roots and Wings Distillery makes artisan spirits. They are homegrown and handcrafted at their farm in Langley, British Columbia. You can also visit the distillery for tastings and craft cocktails. Roots and Wings Distillery is Langley‘s first craft distillery. They are located in Fort Langley and they welcome visitors to sample and purchase their fine spirits in their tasting room. You can also browse in their vintage bar gift shop. The products include Vodka, Whiskey, Gin, and Absinthe. Link: Roots and Wings Distillery https://www.rootsandwingsdistillery.ca

SR Winery and Distillery makes locally handcrafted rice wine and barley spirit in the Korean tradition. They are a small company founded by Master Distiller Yoo and his family who have been supplying restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver for over 10 years with unpasteurized Makgeolli (Korean cloudy rice wine). With changes in legislation in 2013, it became feasible for craft distilleries to start producing local spirits and master Yoo and his family started to produce better quality Soju (Korean spirit) with local ingredients. “The company’s intention is to help people rediscover the original taste and tradition of High-quality Soju and Makgeolli.” 5 Link: SR Winery and Distillery https://www.facebook.com/MAQsoju

Do you have a favorite Fraser Valley distillery? Let us know in the comments below or comment on our Instagram or Facebook page.

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FOOTNOTES

1 Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford https://www.crowsnestdistillery.com/index.html

2 Dragon Mist Distillery https://dragonmistdistillery.com

3 Mainland Whisky https://mainlandwhisky.com 

4 North West Distilling Co. https://www.northwestdistillingco.ca

5 SR Winery and Distillery https://www.facebook.com/MAQsoju

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When Working from Home

When working remotely, it’s important to stick to the same cyber safety guidelines as though you were in the office. With the FBI reporting an uptick in cybercrime related to coronavirus,1 it’s important to stay vigilant while connected at home.

Use Strong Passwords
Passwords for WiFi and work accounts should be unique and tough to crack. Start with a special phrase that is at least 12 characters. Incorporate uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid including personal information, and don’t use the same password for everything.

Updates Matter
Install the latest updates for all devices, programs, and apps, which typically include improved security measures. Where possible, opt for automatic updates.

Double Up on Security
Multi-factor authentication gives your work accounts an extra layer of security. This feature requires you to confirm your identity by way of another device when logging in somewhere new. Also, consider requiring a password for online video conference calls.

Consider a VPN
If your company does not use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), consider investing in your own. This software secures your network to reduce your risk of a hack. Popular services include NordVPN and ExpressVPN.

Watch Out for Fake Emails!!!

Hackers often target individuals first with personalized fake emails or phishing emails. Before you act:

Review the Sender’s Email Address:
It may look like a message from your bank or a colleague, but a misspelled or incorrect email address indicates it’s fake.

Hover, Not Click:
Place your cursor over the link to read the URL. An unrecognizable site is a big red flag, so don’t click it.

Check the Tone:
Urgent, fearful messages requiring immediate action and a deadline are typically fake — even if they look like they’re from a co-worker.

Report It:
Notify your IT department immediately of the message following company protocol.

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

With schools moving to virtual learning and limits on outdoor activities, kids are spending a lot more time online. Here are some tips to help make sure they use their devices safely.

Know What Your Kid Are Up To
Understand your kids’ Internet habits. Know what sites they visit for school and for fun, and talk to them if you see something unusual.

PRO-TIP:
For the little ones, try installing YouTube Kids instead of normal YouTube on their devices.

Block Dangerous Websites
Talk to your Internet provider if you want to block certain websites from your network.

Set the Ground Rules
Consider asking your kids to stay nearby when they’re using their devices and setting rules for what sites they can visit and when — i.e. YouTube allowed after school hours only.

Keep kids safe online

Have a Conversation with Your Kids

  • Outline the rules and set expectations for responsible online behavior.
  • Educate kids on cyber safety so they understand for themselves the risks of unfamiliar websites, mysterious downloads, and conversations with strangers on the web.
  • Share tips on creating strong passwords, protecting personal information, and using social media safely — especially relevant for teens and tweens.

Download a pdf of this article: Cyber Security PDF 8-9-21

Concerned about privacy online? Click here for an excellent article on The Social Dilemma – 10 Ways to Improve Your Privacy Online.

FOOTNOTES
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1. FBI, “FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic,” March 20, 2020. 2. AVG Survey, 2018

Are things beginning to open up a little? The August events calendar suggests that they might be!
That said, please check into the details of the events listed below before you attend and follow the COVID protocols.
Here are some handpicked events happening in August 2021 in the Fraser Valley.
Have fun!

Abbotsford

Abbotsford Air Show

Abbotsford International Airshow 2021
Fri., Aug. 6 – Sun., Aug. 8
Abbotsford Int’l Airport – 30440 Liberator Ave, Abbotsford, BC
See Website
They say: “SkyDrive brings the aerial excitement of Canada’s National Airshow back to the skies over Abbotsford with a drive-in twist. Airshow fans will enjoy the show from the comfort of their own 400 square foot-space on the airfield alongside their vehicle. Performers include the snowbirds, F-22 Raptor, CF-18 Hornet and F-18 Super Hornet.”
Photo Credit Please see footnote below.

Ryan McCallistar

Sun & Soil Concert Series – Ryan McAllister
Fri., Aug. 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Mt Lehman Winery – 5094 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC
See Facebook  
They say: “This concert series celebrates our Handmade & Homegrown community of Abbotsford by featuring local musicians, local farms, and local food for an intimate and flavourful concert experience.”

Horsepower for Hospice Show & Shine
Sat., Aug. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mt Lehman Winery – 5094 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC
See Facebook
They say: “Join us for this FREE (by donation) Classic Car Show & Shine event at Mount Lehman Winery! There will be fun for the whole family with entertainment, food trucks, prize draws, and of course lots of vintage cars! Register your vintage car for only $35 on our website. The event will take place rain or shine. Join us for fun and support Abbotsford families! Event generously sponsored by TravelandRV”

Langley

Golf for Kids Sake

Golf For Kids Sake 2021
Wed., Aug. 11, 2021
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley – 20538 Fraser Hwy #201, Langley, BC
See Website
They say: “Proceeds from the golf tournament will ignite the potential of young people through the power of mentoring. Funds raised will ensure that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley is able to continue serving over 400 children and youth each year by providing them with another caring and trusting adult in their lives.”

City Summer Beats

City Summer Beats – Concert in Douglas Park
Sat., Aug. 14, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Spirit Square – 20550 Douglas Crescent #4B6, Langley, BCSee: City Summer Beats
See Website
They say: “Enjoy a fantastic lineup of live music at this family-friendly event. Everyone is welcome – Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!”

Twilight Drive In

Twilight Drive-In
Metro Vancouver’s Only Drive-in Theatre
Thu., Aug. 5, 9:10 p.m.
Twilight Drive-In Theatre – 3350 260 Street, Fraser Hwy, Langley Twp, BC
They say: “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent…”
For more information and movies in August see http://twilightdrivein.net

Langley Eats Local
See Website
They say: This annual event celebrates the abundance of our region with a fantastic lineup of local vendors and activities for the whole family. Explore the diversity of what is produced in Langley and nearby, from vegetables to breads, cheeses, berries, wines and more. Join us to celebrate our local farmers and producers who care for this delicious array of ingredients, all the way from their field to your plate.

summerset festival

Summerset Festival
Fri., Aug. 27 – Sun., Aug. 29
Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada 23433 Mavis Ave, Langley, BC
See Website
They say: “Summerset Music & Arts Festival takes place inside the palisades of the Fort Langley National Historic Site on the majestic Fraser River, offering a venue with unsurpassed beauty and history. A former fur trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the “Birthplace of British Columbia”, guests can tour the historic site, enjoying world-class music & art and mouth-watering local food and beverages.

“Summerset has set up a variety of activities throughout the festival including cornhole, a kid’s play centre, food trucks, vendors, and a dedicated merch area. Check out everything Summerset has to offer August 27 – 29th!”

Cambree Lovesy

Live Music Night with Cambree Lovesy
Fri., Aug. 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fraser Valley Cider Company – 22128 16 Ave, Langley, BC
For more events at the Fraser Valley Cider Company see their website
They say: “The five foot firecracker from Abbotsford, B.C. brings an infectious energy with her onto every stage…”
Photo: @cambreelovesyofficial Please see foonote below

Surrey, BC

Summer Pop

Summer POP! — Devon More Music
Fri., Aug. 6, 7:00 p.m. – Sun., Aug. 8, 4:30 p.m.
Darts Hill Garden Park – 16th Avenue and 170th Street, Surrey, BC
See Website
They say: “Bring your own bubble to Dart Hills Garden Park for a POP! Summer Stroll. Take in one of many micro-performances – including a one-woman symphony, built from scratch by Devon – before you stroll your way to the grand finale. 4 chances to stroll by Friday, August 6th – Sunday, August 8th”

Vineyard Lunch

Vineyard Lunch with wine & Rock n’ Roll live music
Sun., Aug. 15, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Vinoscenti Vineyards – 15560 Colebrook Rd, Surrey, BC
See EVENTBRITE
They say: “A long awaited vineyard lunch and music event will be the highlight of this summer. Served in the vineyard & buffet style, the lunch includes multi course items such as roast beef, salmon filet, vegetables, fresh seasonal fruits, and a glass of wine, from 12 noon to 2 pm. Live Rock n’ Roll music begins from 2:15 to 4:30 pm with a break from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.”

YARD

“YARD” Biggest Jamaican African fusion party of the summer
Sun., Aug. 22, 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 13565 105 Ave, Surrey, BC
Get Tickets
They say: “A VIP experience with premium drinks 3 top-class Dj at the turn get your drip & come get lit with us.”

Alfresco Festival

Alfresco Festival 2021
Fri., Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m. – Sun., Aug. 29, 4:00 p.m.
Colebrook Park – 14311 Colebrook Rd, Surrey, BC
See Website
They say… “It’s in the trees and it’s coming – oh it’s coming. Yes, our favourite foray onto the foliage is finally returning and we can’t wait to join our Alfresco family for a three day wiggle in the woods. And with the first announcement of artists wetting our disco whistle just right – how could Daniel Avery, Daniele Baldelli, Lowlife, Crazy P Soundsystem, Sophie Lloyd, Jonjo Jury, Jaye Ward, Tech Support and the many more incoming not? – we’ve got our plans made, our disco bags packed and our festival head ready. Finally. See you in the trees! Alfresco Festival Friday 27th- Sunday 29th August 2021 Colebrook Park, Tunbridge Wells.”

FOOTNOTES
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Summer is officially upon us, with temperatures reaching up to the 30-degree range. And nothing accompanies good weather like a picnic. Today we’ll be taking a look at the best events and catering in the Fraser Valley this year, plus 3 great picnic spots. Read our last article about the 10 best picnic spots in the Fraser Valley here. Let us help you plan the perfect picnic outing. 

Events & Catering  

Dirty Apron Picnic for Two  Dirty Apro

Dirty Apron has curated the perfect picnic basket, complete with two sandwiches, two salads, two cookies, and two drinks, for you and that special someone to enjoy a nice day (or evening) together.  They also offer a Gourmet upgrade, coming with local cheese, crackers, and fruit. Visit dirty apron.com to pick yours up today in preparation for a lovely outing.  

Dirty Apron on Instagram
Dirty Apron Website
Photo: 📸 @kevinclarkstudios @figure1publishing

Olive & ThornOlive & Thorn  

A fine event curator, Olive & Thorn specializes in event decor and design for not only picnics but parties,  proposals, and plenty more. Check out their Instagram (@oliveandthornevents) to find out more. 

We actually ran into Olive & Thorn on Mother’s Day at Elgin Heritage Park and saw firsthand what they can do. They had a beautiful setup and what looked like delicious food.

Photo: 📸 @oliveandthorneven

Haven Events  Haven Events

Another event curator, Haven Events is a go-to if you’re looking to have a lovely setup complete with decor. They’re also an Instagram-based company (@haveneventsltd), showcasing their great work. And you won’t be disappointed. 

Photography: 📸 @diamondsedgephotography
Charcuterie: @indulgedbyher
Floral Arrangement: @thebundlesstudio

Pick Up Picnics  

Here’s a neat one. Stop by Downtown Langley to check out the participating restaurants of this year’s Pick Up Picnic. Meals are complete with your food and drink order, plus a special picnic package. Participating restaurants include Brogan’s Diner, Dal’s Poke, Egg BomB, Hot & Toasty Cafe, and more. 

Poster Design – @renecreative 

 

 

Top 3 Picnic Spots of 2021  

Chilliwack Lake  Chilliwack La

There’s a ton of lake-side spots down Chilliwack lake road, and all make for a nice picnic location. Sit down by the clear water with your family or even just that one special person and enjoy a fun day of outdoor bonding, featuring blue shiny water. 

Photo: 📸 @rempelstilskin 

Boundary Bay  

Bordering between the United States and Canada, Boundary Bay is sure to provide you with the perfect beach for a beach picnic. Relax by the ocean and look out on Washington as you sip your wine, or even just sparkling water (whatever your preference is). But you’re sure to have a good time here. 

Photo: 📸 @sandkeet604

Alouette Lake  Allouette Lake

Located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, Alouette lake is the perfect spot whether you want to go for a  weekend trip or even just a day trip. A great waterfront location as well as hiking and camping spot,  there’s something for everyone at Alouette Lake.

Photo:  📸 @bcvettech

So that’s it for our top spots, events, and catering. Now get out and enjoy this nice weather we’re having. 

Have your own picnic catering and event ideas? Want to share your favorite picnic spots? Let us know in the comments below. 

Credits:
Written by Josh Leowen
Main photo 📸 @haveneventsltd
Please message @rjanz for credit or removal

As we speak it’s hard not to be struck by all of the things going on in the world and some online writers mentioning how difficult it is to think about celebrating Father’s Day this year. We want to honor that and at the same time celebrate the men in our lives Fraser Valley style.

1_ Celebrate Online Many businesses still are trending at full capacity so the typical Father’s Day brunch probably isn’t happening this year. you can still gather just be aware of what the restrictions are in your area and be sensitive to elderly people and whether or not you have been potentially exposed to the virus. you might be getting tired of it but a family Zoom celebration is an alternative especially if you have family members who might have recently been exposed to the virus.

2_ Celebrate Outdoors It’s a little easier and potentially a little safer to gather Outdoors. we expect parks and public places to be quite full so maybe consider celebrating fathers day in your backyard if that is an option.

3_ Celebrate at home  Of course if your family has been living together and you want to celebrate at home you have lots of traditional options to choose from Like having brunch and playing family games.

4_ Hiking or going for a walk Many of the local trails are open to the people who live in the area, so why not go for a leisurely walk with your home crew. Some of our favourite walking trails include some Langley trails like Derby Reach (easy), the Fort to Fort Trail (easy), and Houston Trailhead (moderate). The dikes in Pitt Meadows are flat and have wonderful views. The trails in the lower part of Golden Ears Provincial Park A suggestion for a Golden Ears walk is to park in the Main Corral Parking Lot which is just after the entrance to the park and then follow the signs for the Mike Lake Trail (moderate).

5_ Do a home beer tasting party Pick up beers from your local breweries and do your own beer tasting. You can do this online too. Some of our favorite Fraser Valley breweries include Yellow Dog Brewing in Port Moody, Dead Frog Brewing in Langley, and Fieldhouse Brewery in Abbotsford. There are so many good breweries to choose from these days!

6_ Revisit some of the best games in sports history Many of the sports channels are still forced to show reruns. You can check the channel guide now and schedule recordings of anything that might show up for your Dad’s favorite teams.

7_ Go Fishing You will have to do some research to find out where you can fish in the Fraser Valley because finding a place to fish that is open is a challenge right now. One place to start is the Fishing the Fraser Valley brought to you by BritishColumbia.com. Check out the guide and then contact the location that you think might suit you. It will ruin the surprise, but if the man in your life likes to fish, he will know if his favorite location is open, so you can always check with him first.

8_ Go for a bike ride – Bike sales have skyrocketed during the pandemic. If you have a bike it’s a great way to practice social distancing and get some exercise. One of our favorite Fraser Valley rides is to park in Fort Langley and then head out on River Road for as long as you want. With some maneuvering, you can ride all the way to Abbotsford if you want (difficult)! When you get back to Fort Langley there are all sorts of restaurants, coffee shops, and bistros to visit.

9_ Go on virtual tour – Check out this article from Town and Country on how to do a virtual tour to some of the most spectacular places on earth – https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a31900863/best-virtual-tours/ For an amazing Fraser Valley historical virtual tour see Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley

10_ If you follow FV Lifestyle you know we are big fans of shopping local and wine. The Fraser Valley has some great wineries, so why not pick up some local wine and do an in-person or online wine tasting. To discover Fraser Valley wines see https://winebc.com/discover-bc-wine-country/fraser-valley/ Shout out: If you like blends and are open to recommendations one of our current favorites is Reserve 7 from Township 7

 

Since yet another round of restrictions during the pandemic, many of us are confined to our homes and communities, unable to (legally) go out and explore the Fraser Valley. With the month of May coming up, it still seems unsure whether COVID will calm down. Because of this,  there isn’t a ton of food festivals, concerts, or farmers’ markets to enjoy in the nice pre-summer weather. But not all is lost. There is, however, a small handful of events for Langley and Abbotsford-dwellers to attend this May. So grab out your calendar, and see if any of these events is right for you and your family. 

Please check with the event organizers ahead of time to see if the following events are still on. COVID restrictions are always changing and are impacting events.

Abbotsford

Here are a couple of events happening in Abbotsford in May.

Hanging Basket Sale – Back by popular demand!Hanging Baskets
The annual Telecare Hanging Basket Fundraiser is returning for another year. They assure us that they are doing everything possible to practice safe selling and pick-up including social distancing, wearing masks, and wiping things down with a disinfectant. Telecare’s phone lines remain open and are needed more than ever and they appreciate your support.

If you would like a high-quality hanging basket, drop by Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3215 Trethewey St., Abbotsford on Saturday, May 1 between 9 AM and 2 PM and purchase your hanging basket on-site. To order online see https://www.telecarebc.com/hanging-basket-fundraiser

Food Festival – May 14

(Abbotsford)
Although that seems to be it for our list of Langley events, there’s still a variety of events taking place across the Fraser Valley. This brings us to my personal favourites, The Canadian Brewhouse and Grill are hosting their very own, Lobster Fest 2021. With tickets at 40 bucks apiece, you’ll be sure to get your fill of lobster, baked mac and cheese, and more deliciousness.

Langley Events

Horse show LangleyHorse Shows – May 2, 15, 16, 29  
If anyone here is a fan of English or Western horse shows, Windsum is hosting a small variety of dressage events. Starting with the Summer Classic Dressage Show on May 2, they’re also hosting a Western show on  May 15, an English show on  May 16, and an English/Western on May 29.

More Horses – May 9
Another event for the horse people in the family. Pre Teen Pony Party Night (try saying that ten times fast) is taking place on May 9. It’s a one-hour event (3-4) and includes a mini warm-up lesson, games on horseback, a dance party at the end, and even a place to take selfies with the horses. Wow!

Mothers Day Event – May 9Mothers day
Swing by the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 730pm for a lovely Mother’s Day, and enjoy a show by Ken Lavigne – a tenor singer and composer. If you and your loved one(s) are feeling up for a rather tasteful evening, consider grabbing a table for two at $70, or a table for 4 for $125. If you enjoy a classical music sound, this is worth checking out.

Paintball – May 23
This one is for the Star Wars fans of the family. Blackwatch Paintball is hosting their first Star Wars event, titled “The Beginning” – so keep on the lookout for more of these if you’re into that sort of thing. A less sophisticated choice, but sure to amuse at least one person you know, you really can’t go wrong with Star Wars-themed paint
balling.

Classical ConcertClassical Concert – May 30
And that brings us to the last non-conference or certification-related event in Langley. Taking place on May 30, from 3-4 pm, the Aurora Piano Trio is performing their “Concerts Café Classico” at the Langley Community Music School. Yet another one for the classical music lovers.

If you’re planning to check any of these out or have any other events you know of, let us know in the comments below.

Article Author: Josh Lowen

St. Patrick’s Day 2021: What’s Happening This Year in the Fraser Valley?

One of the first yearly celebrations to be hit by COVID-19 last year was St. Patrick’s Day, so this year we wanted to take a look around the Fraser Valley to see if there is anything that we can do to take part in this annual global celebration of Irish culture.

As you might have guessed, there is very little happening in the way of events. As we contacted the different pubs and event organizers who have done things in the past, the message was almost always the same, “due to COVID we are laying low this year.” But that doesn’t mean that some of the restaurants and pubs, in particular, aren’t attempting to at least give a little nod to remembering St. Patrick.

If you are in the mood for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, here are several things to consider in the Fraser Valley:

Abbotsford

The Canadian Brewhouse – Abbotsford 

Green beer will be available at The Canadian Brewhouse. ON SPECIAL ALL DAY: $8.99 Green Beer Tankards, $8.99 Guinness Tankards

Location: Abbotsford, 3122 Mt. Lehman Rd. Phone: 604-625-5433 Website: https://thecanadianbrewhouse.com/

Langley

Dead Frog BrewingDead Frog Brewery

From the Dead Frog Brewery Website: “Wednesday, March 17th – Looking for a wee bit o’ fun, good eats, and great beer? Look no further! (On) Wednesday, March 17th we’ll have Bangers & Mash, an all-natural green beer crafted by our Brewmaster Cole, and stouts on Nitro! Green beer (naturally green – NO food colouring) $1 off 12oz glasses of Commander Imperial Stout Bangers & Mash! We’re open from 11 am until 10 pm. See you there!”

For more information about Bangers & Mash see https://deadfrog.ca/tasting-room/bangers-and-mash/
Location: Dead Frog Brewery #105 8860 201 St. Langley
Photo: Government of BC

Surrey

Dublin Crossing Dublin Crossin

Normally, Dublin Crossing is the place to go in Surrey on St. Patrick’s Day, but it looks like they won’t be holding a special event this year. They are open, however, so you can always stop by year-round for an Irish pub experience!

Location: 18789 FRASER HIGHWAY, #101-18789 Fraser Highway, Surrey Phone: (604) 575-5470
Website: https://www.dublincrossing.com/
Photo: https://www.dublincrossing.com/gallery/

The Clayton PubThe Clayton Pub

In response to our inquiry to find out what was happening at the Clayton Pub They responded:

“(The Clayton Pub) will have green beer, but with Covid restrictions, it makes it really hard to go further than that. Wednesdays are normally our crab night and we tested an idea to dye our crab legs green in the spirit of St Paddys day, LOL this did not work out, the crab legs looked gross green so we scrapped that idea.”

Location: 5640 188 St, Surrey, BC V3S 4N5 Phone +778-571-1615 Email: info@theclaytonpub.com Website: https://www.theclaytonpub.com/

White Hart Public House

Due to covid restrictions in place the White Hart Public House doesn’t have any events going on this year, however, they will have Green $4.50 pints of Red Truck all day long to celebrate, in the safest manner possible. The White Hart Public House was voted Surrey’s Best Pub, Burger, Appetizers, Happy Hour, Breakfast & Brunch, and Patio Dining in The Surrey Leaders Readers Choice Awards 2020!

Location: 8593 132 St., Surrey Phone – (604) 503-5735

Donegal’s Irish House

Donegal’s Irish House has decided to address the challenges we are facing with COVID in a creative way that many of us have become familiar with their “St Paddy’s Day Party (for 2) in a Box.”

Here’s what they have to say:

“With all that’s going on in the world these days, we’ve set up a St Patrick’s Day Party in a Box for you, so you can celebrate Paddy’s Day in style with your significant other, in the comfort and safety of you own home…..there will be no grand parties this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get all the same goodies you would have if your come and partied with us.

“Order yours now, supplies are limited, and when they are sold out, there will be no more! Email us through this page, or via our Facebook page to order, links to both in the contact tab on this site.”

See their website for more information. https://donegals.pub/promos%2Fevents

This conversation with Rod Clapton, President of the British Columbia Federation of Drift Fishers (BCFDF) and Mike Wilson – BCFDF member and Publisher of Fraser Valley Lifestyle was recorded podcast style by Fuelradio.com. In this episode, we discuss the future of fishing on the Fraser River, particularly for families and drift fishers. You can listen here:

Conversation (paraphrased) with Rod Clapton and Mike Wilson:

Rod Clapton started fishing as a child with his dad. Throughout his teen years, he continued fishing on the Fraser River near the Pattullo Bridge that connects Surrey, BC with New Westminster, BC. Fishing has always been and remains a passion for Rod.

This passion is, in part, what led Rod to get involved with the British Columbia Federation of Drift Fishers (BCFDF), on which he currently serves as President.  

The BCFDF started 25 years ago. At that time there really wasn’t a unified voice for river anglers or an association for drift fishers. Drift fishing is a method of angling separate from stationary bar fishing or fly fishing. It is practiced in rivers where anglers prowl the river searching, as opposed to waiting, for fish to come to them. It is much more active than stationary river fishing.    The idea is to let the current carry your bait or lure through the river using a float or small weights for bouncing on the bottom. It is a highly skilled fishery technique requiring years of experience to master.

Photo BCFDF

Rod has been president of the BCFDF for 25 years. He says, “we’ve attempted to represent an aspect of the fishery, but our membership certainly includes anglers from all other methods. Our mandate is “Protection of Fish Stocks & Preservation of Angler opportunity now & for future generations. 

The BCFDF formed because the other fishing organizations at the time mostly served a narrow, more exclusive group of fishermen and were not inclusive of other types of fishers. There needed to be a more inclusive group.

It is clear that fish stocks continue to decline, especially in the last 10 to 15 years. As part of the drive for resolution, Rod and other federation partners have tried to form  “alliance groups” to further forward stewardship options on our rivers. This is an ongoing challenge.

There is a bit of a pecking order in the minds of “decision-makers” and some groups are being excluded from fishing the Fraser River. While the sport fishery contributes $1.1 billion per year to the BC economy and employs over 9000 people it is one of the groups on the lower end of the pecking order and is being excluded from fishing on the Fraser. 

Photo Unsplash

Rod is a supporter of the heritage value and the social value of family fishing. “It’s priceless! It’s a wonderful experience to teach your kids and grandkids in nature.”

Rod acknowledges that First Nations people have constitutional priority. The ongoing concern is that the heritage of family fisheries are not being considered and not being granted. This is the biggest challenge for the group that he represents.

Over the last two years, family fishing has been denied on the Fraser River. Rod feels like this is a dereliction of responsibility by our fisheries managers.  He believes that fishermen are capable of responsibly fishing selectively and targeting stocks that are healthy, leaving the stocks alone that are of concern.

Rod says the best bonding time he has had with his son is spending the day fishing. It’s a simple and inexpensive pastime.

Mike Wilson of Fraser Valley Lifestyle, also on our call, agrees. He adds that pretty much every time he goes fishing with his son they have a great conversation and have good quality time together. It’s not just about catching a fish. (Many days they don’t catch any!)  It’s also about existing and spending time in the beautiful environment and the excitement of fishing. Mike says he’s been blessed to be a part of that. “We have to have access to the rivers to enjoy these great moments with our families and friends.”

Photo: Unsplash

Rod says it’s imperative that we work with our first nations brothers on these initiatives. He has consulted with First Nation bands, particularly on the Fraser River, recognizing that our goal of preserving the fishery for our children and grandchildren is mirrored by their goals. With the political and public sensitivity to the rights of First Nations peoples, it’s a delicate challenge to raise awareness and allowances for all of the different fishing sectors who would like to fish throughout the province. 

“We’ve tried negotiating with the government and we have made headway with local First Nations people,” Rod explains, “Our biggest issue is with the government. The reality is we’re not getting very far with them.” He thinks the government has failed to manage fish species for all Canadians. The BCFDF has retained legal counsel and says someday the issue of protecting the Public Fishery may make it to the Supreme Court. It may be one of the few avenues left to him and those who share his passion to ensure that their children can take their children fishing.

Today there are many great organizations in addition to the BCFDF throughout the province that are involved in conserving the fishery. If we work together, we can support the great Canadian heritage of family fishing. 

Put these notes after the sign-off and you could include Mike’s gratitude for Rod leading the charge at BCFDF for 25 years. 

Link to website. There is lots of information about all of the details and all of their efforts. They are affiliated with a Fraser River Sports Fishing Alliance. BCFDF was influential in getting that organization up and running. See https://fraseralliance.com/contact/

It costs just $20 a year to join the BCFDF and gives you a voice. Rod says, “Individually we are ignored collectively we are heard.” See https://www.bcfdf.com/

Featured Image: BCFDF