Welcome to summer. Summertime is all about freedom, for kids anyway – no school, no structure. You can make up each day as you go and every day can be different. Whether you’re on your own or with your friends, outside or inside or upside down, summer is the time for fun and play. The Big Valley Library would like to invite you to the Summer Reading Program. Join us at the library every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, beginning Tuesday, June 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for stories, games, crafts, and prizes. All children are welcome to attend (those under 5 years of age must be accompanied by an adult). For more information stop by the Big Valley Library, phone 403-876-2642 or check us out on facebook.com/bigvalleylibrary.
July 4, 2015 marks the fifth year where family, friends and volunteers come together for laughs, memories and mulligans. The Fifth Annual Kastik Cup will be held, once again, at the Big Valley Golf Course. This challenging, quaint course is run by dedicated volunteers who truly enjoy the sport. The course boasts finely manicured Prairie Wool and some of the finest and most challenging sand greens in Alberta. Last year’s Kastik Cup was such a great success; we are hoping to surpass it this year. The family has decided that the proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Big Valley School to cover costs of sending the students on the yearly Outdoor Education Program, and to the Big Valley Fire Department, in support of the great service they provide for our community and surrounding area. Everyone is welcome to come out and join in. Please call Scott (403)741-7806 or Sandra (403)741-6633 to register. Don’t miss out; limited spots are available.
This coming weekend will have trains arriving on Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28. The Saturday train arrives at approximately 4 p.m. and departs at 6 p.m. Sunday’s train arrives at approximately 12:30 and leaves about 2:30 p.m. It is always nice to see the train visitors arrive and also great to see the many local and drive-in visitors. Lately, we are seeing an increase in visitors which is always good for the village shops and venues.
Recently, the Historical Society has been having a bit of a pigeon problem at the museum—first in the equipment shed and lately in the elevator. So if you notice a number of “owls” hanging from the rafters, they have been put up with the hope of discouraging the pigeons from roosting. Cleaning up the splotches on the tractors and other equipment is quite a job that no one feels like doing very often.
Don’t forget to come out for the Canada Day BBQ in the village again this year. We hope all of the new people moving into Big Valley will feel welcome to come out and enjoy this family oriented ‘block party’ style community event. Everyone is invited to come out to the Jubilee Hall, enjoy some hotdogs and watch the kids play super fun games. Be sure to poke your head outside at around 11 p.m. and watch the fireworks display down by the ball diamonds. Hope to see you all there.