Elks make plans for 85th anniversary

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BIG VALLEY

At their first meeting after the summer break, the Elks spent the evening finalizing plans for several upcoming events. First, they will be celebrating their 85th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 12, with a supper and entertainment featuring local talent.

The event is open to the public. Expected guests include the grand exalted ruler of the Elks of Canada. Speeches are likely to be short, so consider attending. More information will be posted later this month.

The Elks’ ever-popular turkey bingos are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Rumsey and Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Big Valley. Mark your calendars and plan to come to perhaps win a turkey for Christmas.

The club draw was won by Bernard Gendre, while the 200 Club winners were Trevor Kirtley, Paul Elines and Joy Kobi, with $100 going to John Perry.

Big Valley’s annual Christmas Craft Show and Sale is now accepting bookings for this year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Big Valley Community Hall. If you’re interested, contact Andrea at 403-876-2064.

We are pleased to announce the family literacy-based program, “1, 2, 3, Sing With Me,” has started again after the summer break. Parents and caregivers of children five and under are invited to join in every Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Big Valley United Church.

Join Mandeja for a morning of songs, snacks and crafts. It’s free of charge. For more information, call 403-742-2999.

The Big Valley United Church Sunday school would like to thank all the generous individuals who donated items to the Coats for Kids program during last weekend’s drive.

Awards/recognition night for Big Valley students who were in grades 4 to 9 last year is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Big Valley School. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Six players came out for crib at the Drop-In Centre on Sunday. First place went to Lynne Palmer, second to Jim Paul, and third to Bob Boswell, with the booby going to Ron Milton. Crib isn’t scheduled for Thanksgiving Sunday, but will resume Oct. 16.

Big Valley Inn crib got off to a great start, with 12 players coming out for the first game of the season. First place went to Ernie Petrussa, second to Gladys Groat and third to Vi McCarty. The booby prize went to Caroline Pound.

Congratulations to Ernie Petrussa for the perfect all-zero game. There will be no crib on Thanksgiving Sunday. Weekly crib resumes Oct. 16. New players are always welcome.

Don’t forget the Big Valley United Church’s annual fall supper on Oct. 16. All are welcome.

— Linda Stillinger

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