Getting into the swing of summer

Welcome to summer. Big Valley’s tourist season is well underway.

BIG VALLEY BULLETIN — Welcome to summer. Big Valley’s tourist season is well underway. It is amazing how quickly we all get into the swing of things once the train starts arriving regularly. Between our regular work schedules, the lawns, the gardens and all our home improvement projects, it seems we spend our time preparing to enjoy our all too short summer season and waiting to hear that train whistle.

Summer action has begun at the Historical Society. There have been many visitors to the new tool museum as well as to McAlister Motors. They had another student worker start this past week and the third worker will be starting on Saturday. They should now be able to have both museums open more regularly. By the way, the Historical Society has done a rough count and concluded that there are around 11,000 antique tools on display in the new museum.

It is fairly full and Rod Miller still has a few hundred more tools left at his workshop. I guess the building wasn’t quite big enough for his whole collection. Who’d have thought?

With the beginning of summer “holidays”, everyone begins gearing up to deliver kids’ summer activities.

The Big Valley Library has just hired its summer student workers and is busy preparing for their Summer Reading Program. Beginning the first week of July, join them at the library every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m., for stories, games, crafts, and prizes.

All children are welcome to attend (those under five years of age must be accompanied by an adult). For more information stop by the library or phone 403-876-2642.

Vacation Bible School for children ages five to 12 takes place at the Big Valley Evangelical Free Church the week of July 11 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Salem Acres Bible camp counsellors will be leading a week of fun Bible stories, games, crafts, snacks, songs and silliness. Come out to have fun.

The Lakeview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite hosts their Summer Vacation Bible School for all children ages five to 12 the week of July 18 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join them for Bible stories, crafts, singing and supervised playground games.

The Lakeview Church of God is located nine miles north of Big Valley and two miles east (follow signs). For more information call Eric at 403-323-2435 or Wallace at 403-323-6565.