Two local churches are helping provide some free fun for the public.
The Willows Community Church
On Sept. 14, the third annual Community Carnival takes place on the grounds of RC Garnett Demonstration Elementary, 7069 201st St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, which attracted about 700 people last year, features carnival games, bouncy castles, face painting, and cake walks as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, and cotton candy.
Organizers expect the bulk of the attendance to come from people living in the Willoughby area near the school but the event is open to anyone. There is limited parking.
"The purpose of the event is to engage our community through an event that draws us to together and forges authentic relationships," said Lisa Gunn, speaking for the church.
This is an alcohol-free, familybased event that also includes draws and giveaways. Should it rain that Saturday, organizers have plans for the event to move indoors.
Langley Immanuel Christian Reformed Church
The Community Festival runs 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Langley Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 21713 50th Ave.
"This event is focused on building community," said David Bylenga, the volunteer youth leader.
The public is invited to stop by for family-themed fun that includes a bouncy castle, ring toss, and apple bobbing, as well as treats and live music.
"The whole event and all of the games are free," he said. "We will be asking for donations, though, when it comes to the food/barbecue."
"The goal of this event is to draw in members of the local community to come together for an afternoon of games, food, and music," he said. "By doing this we hope to build connections with the local community in Murrayville and Langley."
Unfortunately, if there is too much rain then the event will be cancelled.
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