Birthdays and other news bits

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LOUISE BELLAIR/Botha Booster

Another month has gone by really quickly again, with the ending of another school year.

Hopefully everyone has a great long weekend, with all the Canada Day activities happening around the country.

Also with the ending of this month, we here in Botha area have two special birthdays coming up. We would like to send Cody Morris and a Bob Diprose a special birthday wish.

Cody’s birthday is Thursday June 30, and these wishes come from your grandparents, Dorothy and Don Reiter and Botha residence. Hope you have a great day Cody.

Then on July 2 Bob’s family would like everyone to come out to help them celebrate Bob’s 85th birthday with him. This will be held at the Botha Senior Centre between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday. And they would love to see everyone come out for this. No gifts please. Hope you have a great day, Bob. He will be 85 years young.

With July starting up again, so do the exciting Botha playground activities. These will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of July from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a great month full of activities coming up that really sound like fun. They would like everyone to pre-register before this Wednesday June 28 but will accept children registered after and what activities they would like to attend. They need five kids per day to carry on the activity for the day. Please get a hold of Donna Morris as soon as possible at 403-742-1038 to discuss registration and what is happening each day. All children between the ages of five and 12 are accepted. Snacks are provided but parents are asked to send bag lunches with their children. Thank you.

The first exciting day will be Tuesday, July 5 with the Summer Safari Event. Parents – please send a change of clothes and towel with your children as this is a water activity day and everyone is liable to get wet. It sounds like a fun day for everyone and hopefully the weather cooperates. The start out point daily will be the Botha Hall unless Donna lets the parents know of another drop off and pick up point. But please drop your child off on Tuesday July 5 at the hall. Parents are always welcome to take part in these activities too. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with Donna and she will be glad to talk to you.

On Thursday July 7 they will have a Backyard Barnyard day. It sounds like another great day at the farm. Whether a person lives on a farm or not, it doesn’t mean they can’t play on one. Calling all children to take part in this, as they have a full day of exciting activities planned to do on the farm, and a person gets to see some animals. Who knows? You could take home an animal or two if your parents allow it.

The Botha Hall will get a new face inside paint job as soon as possible. The hall also has new tables so come out and have a look. To reserve the hall for your special event please phone Marsha Mailer at 403-742-2559.

On Thursday, July 14 there will be another centennial meeting at the senior centre to get ready for the upcoming centennial weekend (August 12-14). If you could please attend this meeting it would be appreciated. The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. The centennial weekend really sounds great so please spread the word as they would hate to leave anyone out.

The weekend starts with free camping at the ball diamond, including a water station and a dumping station at the hall for your convenience. Registration will be at the senior centre between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday. An old time dance, with lunch, will follow at the hall starting at 8 p.m. So come on out and enjoy the live entertainment and kick your feet up. A great meeting place to get reconnected with old friends and neighbours. Hopefully everyone who ever lived in or visited Botha can attend the whole weekend and have a great time. There will be a lot of memorable events to see and do. A parade will kick off the Saturday events. Please get in touch with Marie or Dan Barnec at 403-742-3911 if you can enter something. They would like to have fl oats, old trucks and cars, children on their decorated bikes and/or wagons, and whatever else a person can think of to make a great parade. With everyone’s effort we can make a great successful parade for Botha’s centennial.

The big event for this weekend is seeing the Underwood Flying Machine that Bob Erickson and crew have replicated. It’s in memory of Elmer Underwood and his two brothers who invented Canada’s first flying machine in 1865 – a great historical machine to see. It’s a must! Elmer was an active member of Botha area until his passing and raised a family here, who attended the Botha school. Let’s all take the time to remember with his family the great invention of these three guys which went on to what we have today.

Local talent will be on hand for everyone’s enjoyment, and finishing off the great day will be a movie at the park and a beef dinner for everyone to take in.

Closing the weekend will be a pancake breakfast followed by a church service at the Botha Hall. Reverend Susan Bowyer will officiate.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and everyone will have a great Centennial Weekend.

To rent the ball diamond, please get hold of Ken or Wendy at 403-742-8184.

The jackpot is still up for grabs, so come out on Tuesday July 5 at 7:15 p.m. and see if you can take it home. Early Bird Bingo is held every second Tuesday evening at the senior centre. Grab your bingo dabbers and come on out for a great time. Bingo continues throughout the summer months.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. come out to the senior centre for a relaxing time. Coffee time is on again. Come out and visit with your friends and neighbours. This too will continue through the summer months.

There will be no Church services throughout the month of July as Reverend Susan Bowyer is away, but regular church services will continue for the month of August on Thursdays at 7 p.m., except the centennial weekend when the church service will be held at the hall starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday August 14th.

Hopefully everyone has a great and safe long weekend, and enjoys Canada Day activities.

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