Gone Country

Briefs: Downtown Langley offers free art activities

Art in the Plaza brings out the creative in everyone in McBurney Plaza.

Downtown Langley is bringing art to everyone in the family on Saturday, July 25 during Art in the Plaza at McBurney Plaza from noon to 3 p.m.

Painters, sculptors, carvers, and other will work onsite and show their own unique methods.

For those aged eight and up wanting to try art themselves join Rosemary Wallace of Freedom Arts Collective for mixed media lessons. Just take a space when it becomes available.

Zealous Arts will offer painting lessons at noon, 1 and, 2 p.m. Sign up at it’s information table.

Children who created artwork for the Celebration of Imagination Gallery will be able to see their artwork displayed as post of a showcase in the plaza.

Prizes will be awarded and visitors can vote on their favourite piece of art.

Going country for a cause

The third annual Gone Country event will be held on Saturday, July 25 with headliners like Langley’s Karen Lee Batten, Blackjack Billy, and Tebey at Millennium Park in Cloverdale.

Jamie and Chris Ruscheinshki of Twins Cancer Fundraising began the event after losing their mom and a close friend to cancer.

The outdoor music festival drew 4,000 attendees last year and funds raised are intended for the BC Cancer Foundation for an endoscopic ultrasound processor to provide better detection and characterization of a patient’s lung or gastro-intestinal cancer.

The goal of this year’s event is to raise $200,000.

Tickets for Gone Country can be purchased through www.twinscancerfundraising.com.

Batten releases single

When Karen Lee Batten plays the Gone Country fundraiser this weekend, fans might hear her newly released single Big Love which was announced Tuesday.

The country singer has had a self-described amazing year with the release of her latest album Cause a Scene, video shoots, awards, and tours.

In addition to Gone Country, Batten will be found at a number of local events this summer.

Music School in the money

Langley MLA Mary Polak announced $23,000 in funds from the BC Arts Council for Langley Community Music School.

Funds will help cover the school’s annual operating costs.

“LCMS is a focal point of culture in our community,” said Polak. “As a former student, the fact that the BC Arts Council recognizes the important work done by LCMS to foster local talent is a testimony to the school’s standard of excellence.”


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