We have a semi-regular summer tradition among some of us at the office. We call it Blizzard Friday, and as the name implies, we splurge once or twice a month at least and pig out on DQ Blizzards or other ice cream treats.
This week, however, we might need to rethink Blizzard Friday.
We might have to rename it Blizzard Thursday.
Given my propensity to tell you about all different â€“ and sometime unique â€“ efforts by local companies to raise money for charity, especially our restaurants, Iâ€™d be remiss if I didnâ€™t share this little nugget of news.
Last week, I told you of White Spotâ€™s Pirate Pak Day, and efforts of the local team to send sick kids to camp.
Well, this week, I need to tell you about a fundraiser that is even more fundamental than that. Itâ€™s to help ensure some of those same sick kids get the health care services and support they need.
Itâ€™s the 12th annual Miracle Treat Day, and full proceeds from every Blizzard sold today will help support one of 14 childrenâ€™s hospitals across the country â€“ in the Lower Mainland, of course, that means the B.C. Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
So, even if weather is not expected to be ideal â€“ namely scorching hot to help justify such shenanigans â€“ weâ€™re going to have to move our DQ treat day to today (Thursday).
Hope you join us. After all, most of us know a child whoâ€™s had to use the services at BCCH (www.bcchf.ca), and we know how critical their services are.
Bring a blanket and watch ET
I know my colleagues in the Langley Advance newsroom have been keeping you abreast of the movie nights happening in and around the community this summer.
In fact, coworker Heather Colpitts was reportedly hunkered down in a lawn chair at last Fridayâ€™s showing of The Lego Movie at Willoughby Community Park. But itâ€™s all rumour. I donâ€™t have proof.
My reason for telling you about an upcoming movie night, however, is a bit different.
I, again, want to commend the folks from the Aldergrove Credit Union who are doing something special for the community.
In partnership with the Aldergrove Business Association, theyâ€™re hosting a community appreciation event Saturday, and as part of this outreach effort thereâ€™s going to be another movie in the park.
While Langley still enjoys one of the few drive-in movie theatres in the province â€“ and if you havenâ€™t ever checked that out, you should â€“ thereâ€™s still something even more â€œmagical almostâ€ about movie nights in the park. Besides the fact that theyâ€™re free, these events are much more inviting and do wonderfully in bringing the community together in a casual, festival-like atmosphere.
Want to check it out? Itâ€™s on Saturday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove Athletic Park, 26770 29th Ave. Theyâ€™ll show ET at dusk. And before that, my favourite country sister act Robyn and Ryleigh are on stage, plus facepainting, balloons, games, exotic animals, and more.
The credit unionâ€™s corporate entity, Aldergrove Financial Group, has a history of supporting our communities.
It extends in many ways and touches numerous areas in the communities where the staff and members live and work, explained CEO Gus K. Hartl.
Last year alone, the credit union invested more than $125,000 into the community through charitable and community outreach efforts like this.
â€œWe hope to see our members and everyone in the community at this event,â€ Hartl said.
â€œWe want to show our appreciation and are thrilled to be part of such a great evening.â€