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Fall is the Perfect Time to Explore Langley

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Fall is here, and our thoughts have turned to all of the season’s familiar comforts: baked goods fresh out of the oven, leisurely walks in nature, and markets brimming with colourful local produce.

All this — and much more — is waiting for you right now in Langley. Only 45 minutes (or less) by vehicle from Vancouver, the postcard-perfect town of Langley is an ideal destination for those seeking to get away from it all for the day while still keeping close to home. There are activities, attractions and culinary temptations for all ages. So whether you bring the family, a special friend, or simply yourself, Langley is primed to give you a day to remember this season. Here are some of the highlights waiting for you here:

Harvest Tour at The Bog at Riverside Cranberry Farm

Langley is famous for its cranberries. Take in a self-guided tour and enjoy a restorative stroll in the crisp autumn air around Riverside Farm’s cranberry bog. Snap some unforgettable photos, learn about the rich tradition of cranberry farming, and bring home your own freshly harvested cranberries in time for Thanksgiving. And if you like, venture right into the bog! (We provide the waders, or view it from Riverside’s own flat-bottom boat.) Oct. 7–10. Tickets $11 (children), $19 (general admission); booking and info at riversidecranberries.ca

Aldor Acres Family Farm

True to its name, visitors of all ages will love Aldor Acres Family Farm. On foot or in your vehicle, you can explore the farm’s 4-kilometre loop. Get up-close with friendly animals, scores of pumpkins, and more! Until Oct. 31, 9am–6pm daily. Starting from $20 per vehicle (Drive-Thru option, Oct. 10 & 28 only) or $10 per person (if walking); booking and info at aldoracresfamilyfarm.ca/

Eagle Acres ‘Safarmi’ Pumpkin Patch Drive-Thru

From the comfort of your vehicle, marvel at more than 200 animals from nine different species. Then step out into Eagle Acres’ sprawling pumpkin patch and choose from more than 15 varieties of pumpkin. Oct. 1–31 (excluding Oct. 5, 13, 19, 26), 2–5pm weekdays, 10am–5pm weekends and Thanksgiving Day. Starting from $12 per vehicle (pumpkin prices vary); booking and info at eagleacres.ca/pumpkin-covid

Krause Berry Farms

From the centre of a beautiful 200-acre estate, Krause Berry Farms is serving up fresh, hot waffles (including pumpkin flavour) at its walk-in waffle bar, featuring outdoor covered and garden seating. Or, on weekends only, Krause offers a drive-in waffle bar — so you can devour them in your car, create a picnic in the grass, or take them to go! Pumpkin waffles available until Oct. 31. Hours: Wed–Sun, 9:30am–5pm (drive-in Sat–Sun only, 9am–2pm). And be sure to find the perfect pumpkin to take home from the market or ‘U-pick’ field. Info: krauseberryfarms.com

Harvest High Tea at Tracycakes Bakery Café

Everything you love about High Tea — with a comforting fall theme. Enjoy seasonal “babycakes” and dainties, pumpkin scones with Devonshire cream & jam, and savoury finger sandwiches. $30 per person. Until Oct. 31. Reservations recommended; call 604.427.1424 to reserve your spot. Info: tracycakesonline.com

Grave Tales at the Fort Langley National Historic Site

A beloved Halloween tradition just for adults (18 and up)! Join the Fort’s expert storytellers as they share a two-hour program of spine-chilling stories while you walk through the Fort Langley village under cover of night. Oct. 8–30 (Thurs–Sun); 7, 8 and 9pm. Tours in English only; one French tour will be held Oct. 28, 7pm. Please note that each tour is limited to 10 guests; distancing protocols will be in effect and all guests are required to wear a mask. $22 per person, tickets from gravetales2020.brownpapertickets.com

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Be sure to stop off at Driediger Farms Market (open daily 9am–5pm) for U-pick pumpkins, beginning Oct. 2. And make the day complete with a delicious meal in the bistro at JD Farms Specialty Turkey (Mon–Sat, 9am–6pm; Sun 10am–5pm) — not forgetting to bring home a turkey for Thanksgiving!

For more information, visit tourism-langley.ca.

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Halloween Spooky Cans

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Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

For more craft ideas, visit eLivingtoday.com.

Watch video to see how to make this craft!

Spooky Bat

  • 1 soup can
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 bottle black acrylic paint
  • 1 white fabric marker
  • 1 black foam sheet
  • 1 scissors
  • 1 white foam sheet
  • 1-2 hot glue sticks
  • 1 hot glue gun
  • 2 googly eyes
  1. Remove label from soup can.
  2. Using paint brush, paint soup can with black paint. Let dry. Apply more coats, if needed, drying between each coat.
  3. Using white fabric marker, draw bat wings and bat ears on black foam sheet. Using scissors, cut out bat wings and bat ears. Set aside.
  4. Using scissors, cut two small triangles from white foam sheet for bat fangs.
  5. Load hot glue stick into gun and allow to heat up. Apply glue on large edge of bat wing and press onto soup can. Repeat with second wing. Apply hot glue to bottoms of bat ears and apply to front inside of soup can. Apply hot glue to bottoms of bat fangs, turn upside down with points toward bottom and press onto soup can. Apply hot glue to backs of googly eyes and press onto soup can.

Frankenstein

  • 1 soup can
  • 2 paint brushes
  • 1  bottle green acrylic paint
  • pinking shears
  • 1  black felt sheet
  • 1  white foam sheet
  • 1  bottle white acrylic paint
  • 2  cork screws
  • 1-2 hot glue gun sticks
  • 1   hot glue gun
  • 2   googly eyes
  1. Remove label from soup can.
  2. Using one paint brush, paint soup can with green paint. Let dry. Apply more coats, if needed, drying between each coat.
  3. Using pinking shears, cut one circle from black felt sheet 1/4-inch larger than soup can.
  4. Cut two small rectangles, one slightly shorter than other, from white foam sheet for teeth.
  5. Using other paint brush and white paint, paint cork screws. Allow to dry.
  6. Load hot glue stick into gun and allow to heat up. Apply glue to teeth and place on soup can.
  7. Cut thin sliver of black felt for lip line. Glue above teeth.
  8. Glue googly eyes onto can above mouth.
  9. Put line of glue along top of soup can. Place felt circle on top of glue area. Place glue bead along upper side of can to bend over felt to create hairline.
  10. Glue cork screws to either side of bottom of can.

Mummy

  • 1 soup can
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 bottle white acrylic paint
  • 1 hot glue gun stick
  • 1 hot glue gun
  • gauze dressing (enough to wrap around can)
  • 2 googly eyes
  1. Remove label from soup can.
  2. Using paint brush, paint soup can with white paint. Let dry. Apply more coats, if needed, drying between each coat.
  3. Load hot glue stick into gun and allow to heat up. Apply glue to top of can and place start of gauze dressing. Wrap gauze dressing around can, applying glue and more gauze as needed. Glue end of gauze to soup can.
  4. Allow for space in eye area to apply eyes.
  5. Glue googly eyes to space left within gauze.
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An Outside-the-Box, DIY Halloween Costume Combination

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Even though Halloween may look a little different this year for many families, there are still ways to make the most of popular seasonal traditions, like costumes, spooky decor and festive treats.

Rather than venturing out to look for a costume, get creative at home with everyday craft supplies and delivery boxes to make unique, low-cost costumes – or “boxtumes.” Not only are boxtumes a simple way to save money by upcycling delivery boxes you’ve accumulated, but making them can be a fun activity for the whole family.

Your creations can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. Turn an everyday hero into a Halloween superhero this year with a DIY Fire Truck Boxtume, or make it a duo costume perfect for siblings by adding a DIY Fire Hydrant Boxtume to match. With Amazon Prime’s fast, free shipping, any crafting supplies or candy you may need – and the box for your DIY creation – could be just one order away.

Share your upcycled box creations on social media using #Boxtumes, and find more inspiration and simple how-to guides at amazon.com/boxtumes2020. Members can also extend their spooktacular fun with Halloween-themed movies, books and music available through Amazon Prime’s entertainment benefits.

DIY Duo Firefighting Boxtumes

Projects courtesy of Michelle Nhu

Fire Truck Supplies and Instructions:

  • Amazon Prime boxes, variety of sizes
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers, variety of colors (optional)
  1. Have your child sit in different size boxes to find one that fits comfortably. Save other boxes for later.
  2. Using scissors, cut out top and bottom of box to create truck shape.
  3. Using reserved boxes and scissors, cut out two ladders, six medium circles and six smaller circles for wheels, rectangles for front and back windshields, six small squares for windows and equipment doors, four circles for headlights and seven thin rectangles for grill.
  4. Using paint brush, paint large box mostly red or get creative and use separate paint brushes to paint white stripes down sides of box and half of front gray for grill. Then paint ladders, grill pieces and medium wheel circles black. Paint small wheel circles and equipment doors gray and windows and lights white.
  5. Once paint dries, use hot glue and glue gun to adhere each piece to fire truck as desired. Use markers to outline windows and add dots to small wheel circles and equipment door handles, if desired.

Fire Hydrant Supplies and Instructions:

  • 2 Amazon Prime boxes
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3 empty tape rolls
  • 1 cotton headband
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Blue pants or skirt
  • Blue tulle (optional)
  • Blue felt pieces (optional)
  1. Select box that fits around your child’s torso.
  2. Using scissors, cut box into eight equal-sized rectangles.
  3. Assemble rectangles vertically into octagon and glue together using hot glue and glue gun.
  4. Using scissors, cut holes for arms on two sides of octagon. Glue two empty tape rolls to outside of arm holes and one on front to mimic nut on fire hydrant.
  5. On flat piece of another box, draw dome shape that will fit your child’s head. Use scissors to cut it out then glue bottom to stretchy, cotton headband.
  6. Using paint brush, paint cardboard pieces red. Use separate brush to paint black stripes on corners of octagon.
  7. Once paint dries, boxtume is complete. On blue pants or skirt meant to mimic water, glue pieces of blue tulle and blue felt pieces to look like water droplets, if desired.

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Group of Seven Paintings Depicting Vancouver Go Virtual Through McMichael Canadian Art Collection And Google Arts & Culture Partnership

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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Today, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Google Arts & Culture released a digital collection of Canadian art, including iconic pieces from Canada’s Group of Seven. As part of a global effort to make art more accessible, citizens around the world can now enjoy pieces of the McMichael permanent collection on the Google Arts & Culture website, including Sawmills, Vancouver by Emily Carr and Night Ferry, Vancouver by Fredrick Varley.

The Group of Seven were drawn to Vancouver and the beauty of Canada’s west coast landscapes. In fact, Frederick Varley accepted a teaching job in Vancouver in 1926. There he became involved with one of his students, Vera Weatherbie, who inspired many of his paintings and influenced his use of colour.

The Group of Seven brought Canadian art to the forefront internationally with their depictions of Canada’s rugged wilderness. The group is a source of pride for Canadians, with many people visiting the real-life Canadian locations that inspired their paintings. Here are some of the highlights from the virtual collection:

Night Ferry, Vancouver by Fredrick Varley

Sawmills, Vancouver by Emily Carr

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Che’ Semiahmah-Sen, Che’ Shesh Whe Weleq-sen Si’am: Semiahmoo First Nation Exhibit Comes to Museum of Surrey

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Surrey, BC – A dynamic new exhibit curated by Semiahmoo First Nation opens October 22 in the Museum of Surrey’s Indigenous Hall. Che’ Semiahmah-Sen, Che’ Shesh Whe Weleq-sen Si’am (I am Semiahmoo, I am Survivor of the Flood) explores the ways that the Nation has flourished since the Great Flood at the end of the last Ice Age.

The exhibit features two large dioramas created by archaeologist Don Welsh, showing the sophisticated technology of reef net fishing and a summer fishing village. Also, on display will be several woven cedar pieces, including a violin case made by Matilda Charles of Semiahmoo First Nation on loan from Museum of Anthropology, video interviews and more.

“Semiahmoo has and will continue to flourish on our land. We have always been here. We will always be here,” said Chief Harley Chappell.

The Indigenous Hall is a designated space at the museum designed and programmed with consent by Semiahmoo, Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.

“With respect and gratitude, we acknowledge that the Museum of Surrey is built on the traditional unsuceeded territories of the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie Nations,” said Museum of Surrey Manager, Lynn Saffery. “We are honoured to work and learn on land they have stewarded since time immemorial. We recognize their enduring presence on this ancient land.”

Free pre-registered, one-hour self-guided tours of the museum are available from Wednesday to Saturday. The museum follows all citywide COVID-19 safety protocols.

Museum of Surrey is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity. It is a people museum, with a mission to connect people and stories through engaging events, interactive exhibits, programs, textiles and local, national and international exhibitions, as well as public space for rentals.

The site, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey, is also home to Veterans Square, where the Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School are situated.

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Council Greenlights Cloverdale Production Set For New Superman TV Series

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At Monday’s Regular Council meeting, Surrey City Council approved a three-year Temporary Use Permit for the use of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds as a production set for the new TV series “Superman and Lois.” The Cloverdale Fairgrounds will be transformed into Smallville, the hometown of Clark Kent (aka Superman).

The set of the Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) will consist of paved roads with storefront facades. Special buildings such as the Train Station, Post Office, and the Gazette, will be built to accommodate indoor shooting of scenes. The cost of this expansive set is estimated at more than $1.5 million.

“With COVID-19 impacting the traditional use of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, securing such a high-profile production makes good economic sense for our City,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “It’s fitting that Cloverdale has been chosen for ‘Superman and Lois’ as it was the previous location of the long running Man of Steel series, ‘Smallville.’

The economic and employment spinoffs for Cloverdale and Surrey will be immediately felt with the construction of the backlot and will continue once filming begins on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. On behalf of City Council, I want to give a warm welcome to the cast and crew of Warner Brother’s newest superhero show.”

WBTV will have more than 200 people working to build the backlot set working in the areas of construction, painting, set dressing, electrical and lighting. Additionally, specialty contractors, such as concrete and asphalt, will be on site. Once complete, the production will see up to 275 cast and crew on location depending on the needs of the scene.

More information can be found here.

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