Big Valley’s Pioneer Dinner attracts 147 to Legion

Big Valley’s Children’s Christmas Party fills hall with laughter

By Linda Stillinger Big Valley Bulletin

The 53rd annual Big Valley Legion Pioneer Dinner was held on Saturday, Dec. 9 to honour those who have helped to make our community what it is today. The dinner opened with greetings from mayor Sandra Schell, county councillor James Nibourg and M.C. Lorne Parkin. After pastor Clark delivered the grace, the 147 invited guests were treated to a fine meal of turkey and all the trimmings. While recognizing area residents born before 1942, Lorne Parkin singled out and congratulated Otto Nicklom, born in 1920, who was the eldest guest attending.

Thank you to the Elks, the Big Valley Ladies Community Club, the hall board, the Village of Big Valley, Catrina’s Catering and all the volunteers for contributing to the success of this event.

Big Valley’s annual Children’s Christmas Party, held this past Sunday, Dec. 10, gave local families the opportunity to enjoy some holiday fun with family, friends and neighbours. The community hall was filled laughter as everyone enjoyed Rosco the Clown’s blend of magic and comedy right after lunch. The main attraction of course was the appearance of Santa himself. Children gathered around his feet, eagerly anticipating their turn to sit on his knee, whisper their wishes in his ear and receive an early Christmas gift. Special thanks go to all the organizers, helpers and sponsors who generously donate their talent, time and money to help bring this little bit of Christmas magic to the children of our community every year.

Students and staff of the Big Valley School would like to invite everyone to their annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Big Valley Community Hall. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for the annual bake sale. As usual food bank donations will be accepted at the door. Come on out for an evening of great entertainment and holiday fun.

In an effort to give a little back to the community that continually supports them, the students and staff would like to invite parents, family and community members to join them for a Christmas Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 22 at 9 a.m. at the school.

Big Valley village and rural residents will be coming together to celebrate “Christmas in the Village” on Friday, Dec. 22. Beginning at 5 p.m. Big Valley will be bustling with a variety of family friendly activities and entertainment.

At the community hall enjoy free chili and an assortment of scrumptious cookies and beverages. Check out the last minute Christmas shopping and a children’s craft table organized by the Friends of the Big Valley Library. Enjoy first-rate entertainment brought to us by Rosco, the Big Valley Ukulele Club and our own Original Cowgirls. At the arena, the Big Valley Ag. Society will offer free skating, hot dogs, hot chocolate and a bonfire. Take a hay ride through Big Valley and check out the lights as villagers vie to win the “Best Decorated House Contest”, sponsored by the rodeo association.

Come join us for an evening of family fun in our wonderful village as we celebrate the holiday season in our community.

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