Phil Jarmin (left) receives his medal from Legion President Lorne Parkin for bugling the Last Post in Remembrance Day ceremonies for more than 30 years.

Santa is already coming this weekend

We are beginning to head into that Christmas celebration time of the year.

We are beginning to head into that Christmas celebration time of the year. Several community dinners will be happening soon as well as the craft fair, the “Christmas in the Village” winter sleigh rides and bonfire and much more. Be sure to watch for the important dates and come on out and have some fun.

The Big Valley School is busy with their annual Christmas concert. The junior high students are giving their teachers a break and have taken over the preparations of their concert this year. The teachers picked the theme, deciding that the Christmas concert will take place in different parts of the world (not literally, though). So, students will be celebrating different traditions from different countries. The Big Valley School Christmas Concert is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Big Valley Community Hall. The students and staff are looking forward to hearing your applause and seeing you in the crowd.

Why not begin the Christmas season at the Big Valley Christmas Craft Show and Sale? This popular annual event takes place this Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Big Valley Community Hall. Come and check out the handmade jewelry, homemade woodcrafts, sewing, the famous Big Valley Royal Purple fruitcakes, our “Big Valley Artists”, school poinsettias and wreaths, hockey calendars, bake tables and so much more. For more information call Andrea at 403-876-2064.

Also on Saturday, Nov. 21, Santa will be at the Buffalo Tradin’ Post on the Boardwalk between 12 noon and 3:30 p.m.

Big Valley’s annual Children’s Christmas Party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 13. As usual, everyone is welcome to attend this popular event, though gifts are arranged only for children 10 and under. To pre-register call or text Brenda at 403-740-6552 or Catrina at 403-741-7320.

A big thank you goes out to Alberta Prairie Steam Tours for the wonderful volunteer appreciation dinner. It is always an anticipated finale to our train volunteer season and it was heartening to hear Bob Willis give a status update and say they had a good year. The train is such an important part of our tourism industry here and it is good to know that “all is well”.

The Big Valley Legion would like to take this opportunity to extend their thanks to all who came out to show their respects on Remembrance Day. Thank you to Christine Rogers, our pianist this year and Pastor Barb Lieurance for the very moving service. A very special thank you to Phil Jarmin for once again doing the Last Post and Reveille. This year President Lorne Parkin presented Mr. Jarmin with a Legion medal as thanks for over 30 years of bugling at Big Valley Remembrance Services.

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