December has arrived and with it you can sense the holiday spirit in the air here in Big Valley. Lights are beginning to twinkle all over the village as residents busy themselves with holiday preparations. Shop windows are beginning to sport cheerful decorations and sweet treats are being shared while we mark our calendars for the hectic social season ahead.
The Elks hosted their District Deputy, Lyle Howard from the Hanna area at their November meeting. He passed on greetings from Provincial Command and offered assistance to the Big Valley Lodge if required.
The Annual Turkey Bingos will be in Rumsey on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Big Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Final touches have taken place and good turn outs are hoped for. Hams will be given out for tie breaks, so come out and get your Christmas goodies. The ladies of the Royal Purple will have goodies and baskets to raffle.
Don’t forget the Elks’ December 7 Supper and Show at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall. Country Blend from Manitoba will be entertaining and they feature a super piano player. Supper is at 6:30 p.m. with the show set to begin at 7:30. For more information call 403-876-2779 or 403-876-2775.
The Club Draw was scooped up by Bob Boswell once again and he in turn donated his winning to the Elks’ Fund for Children. Club 200 winners were Sylvia Webster, Larry Meyer, Roy Jamieson and Andrea Webster.
December 8 is fast approaching and invitations for the annual Big Valley Legion Pioneer Dinner have gone out. Invitations were sent to those 65+ who are living or have lived in Big Valley and area. If you have been missed and you meet the eligibility criteria, please call Arline at 876-2231. Hope to see you there.
Big Valley School students are hard at work, rehearsing for this year’s Christmas Concert scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Jubilee Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. Students and staff invite everyone to join them for an evening of great entertainment, good eats and Christmas merriment with family and friends.
Santa Claus will be here in Big Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15! The annual Big Valley Children’s Christmas Party is held at the Jubilee Hall with lunch beginning at 12:00 noon. ROSCO the Clown will be entertaining the children right after lunch then Santa and his helpers will be passing out gifts for children 10 and under. Everyone is welcomed to join in the fun.
December birthday wishes go out to Parker Vanhaga – 2, Brenda Meyer – 3, Russel McCrindle – 5, Raymond McCrindle – 5, David Siegrist – 7, Chanse Stefanik – 8, Samuel Gridley – 8, Lois Miller – 9, Jacob Webster – 13, Franscisco Laisnez – 14, Myrna Saar – 14, Arlyne Hingst – 18, Sharon Watson – 19, Elaine Mc- Crindle – 19, Elaine Skocdopole – 21, Allan Saar – 24, Walter Stefanik – 26, and Rod Couturier – 26.
Happy Anniversary to Les & Yvonne Knapp – 13, Biff & Geneva Balcom – 18, Wilbur & Peggy Stewart – 21, Chris & Shauna Laisnez – 25, and Allan & Gerty Beresford – 28.