Bard in the Valley performers [left] Lauren Trotzuk and Annastasia Unger wowed the audience during live performances at Theatre in the Plaza

Animals coming to McBurney Plaza in Langley

Downtown plays host to a range of creatures this Saturday.

As part of the McBurney Plaza Summer Series, all kinds of animals (and humans) will make their way to downtown Langley for a free afternoon of educational fun on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Event planner for the Downtown Langley Business Association (DLBA), Laura Warren noted the City and the DLBA decided to host the series of free family events, including Animals in the Plaza.

A mobile petting zoo is at the plaza Aug. 8.

“Cinemazoo will be on hand with their mobile petting zoo,” Warren said. “It’s a trailer with a petting zoo set up inside.”

Goats, sheep, rabbits, and other animals will be available to visit with.

Some people like the creepy crawlers more than the fuzzy animals so the Urban Safari Rescue Society will also be on site to do a demonstration and presentation about animal care and animal needs.

“The animals will be in their cages,” Warren said. “You can go and meet them and see them.”

Another part of the event will be Vicki’s Paw Spa.

“She’s a Langley business,” Warren said. “She will do a demo on the dos and don’ts of pet grooming.”

Plus, children who attend are welcome to take part in an animal-themed craft.

Organizers advise visitors to leave their pets at home as it is expected to be a hot afternoon, with many people, and the animals on display can be easily frightened by pets.

Whether the action is at McBurney Plaza or another part of the neighbourhood, there is always something free and entertaining going on, she added.

The next McBurney Plaza Summer Series event will be a circus event on Sept. 26.

Golf funds friends

Newlands is the spot to be to help kids in need of mentoring relationships as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley hold the annual Golf for Kids Sake event.

Executive director Mary Reeves noted this is one of the events that significantly contributes to the work of the local not-for-profit organization.

“Our events are at least a third of our budget,” she said. “We’re really grateful for the sponsors that support this event.”

Shotgun start for golfing is at 1 p.m. on Aug. 13 with food and putting contests beforehand.

“We have room for about two or three more foursomes,” Reeves said.

She added there will be plenty to see and do beyond golf.

“People are really excited about it,” she said. “We have new vendors and there will be something to do on every hole. All of our sponsorships are in place.”

Plus, money raised at the event stays in the community to help local kids.

“We’re all about showing long-term results,” noted Reeves. “The whole focus of this agency is about mentoring and prevention.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters was noted in the 2015 Growing up in BC report published by the provincial representative for children and youth as having a positive impact on youth.

Swim with Nemo

Still looking to find Nemo? Find him at the Al Anderson Memorial Pool on Aug. 8 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for the Dive-in movie event.

Admission is $5 per person and while there are some floatie toys available at the pool, families are invited to bring their own to ensure a comfortable movie-going experience. Finding Nemo will be shown on the pool’s 35’ x 25’ blow up screen, according to Ken Vautour, a clerk at the facility at 4949 207th St.

“There will be a bunch of colouring contests going on and other activities,” Vautour said.

This will help keep fingers from pruning up, as will the opportunity to purchase a hot dog or popcorn at the concession.

“It’s loads of fun,” noted Vautour.

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