Recent railway tragedies, such as the derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que. this summer that killed more than 40 people, makes rail safety in our community paramount in people's minds.
For that reason, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce has invited CN Rail to provide information on rail safety in general, and along the rail corridors in Langley.
Francois Boucher, general superintendent for CN's B.C. south region, is the speaker at next week's chamber dinner.
The monthly meeting is Oct. 15 at Cascades Casino, with registration starting at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30.
Admission is $35 for chamber members, $50 for non-members, and advanced registration is required by Friday, Oct. 11 by contacting the chamber.
Now, speaking of chamber happenings, October is a busy one for the folks at the local chamber.
Tonight, for instance, they're gathering for the monthly Open Late for Business series, where a business hosts a networking session.
Today's session, Thursday, Oct. 10, is being held at Domaine de Charberton Estate Winery at 1064 216th St.
The event - complete with a wine sampling and appetizers - runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. While it is free, the chamber staff ask that you RSVP.
Staff are also gearing up for the 17th annual Celebration of Excellence.
That event, which is used to honour excellence among local businesses, is set for Oct. 23.
The awards evening provides an opportunity to celebrate Langley businesses and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the community spirit, service, and quality of life through leadership, innovation, and success, said chamber president Kristine Simpson.
The event is in the ballroom of Cascades Casino, with the reception at 6 p.m. and the dinner and awards following at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 each, and can be reserved by calling the chamber office at 604-530-6656 or email@example.com.
Two Langley businesses have joined forces in an unusual partnership that will showcase talented young musicians every weekend until March.
The Wickertree, a furnishing company in the 20400 block of Langley Bypass, is working with folks at the nearby Tom Lee Music (on Fraser Highway, across from White Spot) to create a concert series every Saturday and Sunday.
Here's an example of thinking outside the box.
The music store has set up a Yamaha grand piano that is in "centre court" at The Wickertree. Every weekend 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, there will be music performed for shoppers. It's an innovative way to hopefully benefit all involved, especially the young musicians who may be performing in public for the first time.
I like it, and it sure doesn't hurt for the shoppers at The Wickertree, who can enjoy an enhanced ambiance.
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