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‘Family Four’ marks century

Sisters Maggie Simpson, Dinny Robertson, Shirley Lowes and Dianna Ponting (nee Sloggett) are all products of the Sloggett Farm. - Submitted photo
Sisters Maggie Simpson, Dinny Robertson, Shirley Lowes and Dianna Ponting (nee Sloggett) are all products of the Sloggett Farm.
— image credit: Submitted photo

This weekend, the Family Four Centennial Celebration Art Show will honour the 100th anniversary of the Sloggett farm in Bradner.

The Sloggett family purchased the land in Bradner when the logging was finished, then referred to as a stump farm. For 100 years they have worked this land. In the early years it supplied their food; cows for milk products, beef, chickens, pigs and wild game for meat and always a huge garden for vegetables, fruit and flowers.

When Fred Sloggett began a trucking business hauling Langley and Abbotsford milk to the dairy his wife Marie continued with the farming on a smaller scale. She was a regular exhibitor at the Fall Fair and both were very involved in the community. After many years raising beef the land has come full circle, as it is now the Sloggett tree farm.

Sisters Maggie Simpson, Dinny Robertson, Shirley Lowes and Dianna Ponting (nee Sloggett) are all products of the Sloggett Farm along with other artistic sisters, brothers, mother, grandparents and even great aunts many of whom have come and gone since the family set down roots here in 1914.

The Art and Antiques Show runs on the farm, located at 28551 - 58 Ave., West Abbotsford in Dianna’s Vanishing Heritage Studio Gallery, on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call Dianna at 604-856-2063.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Movie in the Park - free family presentation of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Saturday, August 16, showtime at dusk at Aldergrove Athletic Park, next to Aldergrove High School, 20770 - 29 Ave. Barbecue and concession on site, also kids’ activities. Info: aldergroveba.ca

Take Off Pounds Sensibly - daytime group for TOPS is starting Tuesday, Sept.  2 at 10 a.m. at St. Dunstans Anglican church, Aldergrove, 3025 - 264 St. Info: Lynda 604-856-8014.

Fab Forts Day - Aug. 17. Celebrate the building of our nation with historic weapons and family activities. Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders. Info: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 23433 Mavis Ave., 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

Fort Farm Fest - Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch our cooper make a barrel, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demos. Info: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 23433 Mavis Ave., 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

Fraser Valley Watercolour Society - exhibition at The Reach, July 17-September 28. Artists’ Reception Thursday, July 17, 7-9 p.m. at The Reach Gallery, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford. Theme is “Celebration: 25 years of fun, friendship and painting together”. Society welcomes new members. Members meet weekly. Info: Carol Portree at 604-850-9694 or Anne White at 604-855-5363.

David James & Big River - tribute to Johnny Cash with special guest Darla Kendrick as June Carter, Saturday, August 23 at the Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd, White Rock. Tickets are $42.50 (plus facility fee and service charges) at the Coast Capital Playhouse Box Office. Charge by phone 604-536-7535 online: www.whiterockplayers.ca

Hope Brigade Days - presents Aaron Pritchett with special guests Roger “Schmidt” Dalton and Me And Mae, Friday, September 5 at the Hope Sports Bowl in Hope. Tickets are free with your fair admission. Reserved seating is available for $30 (plus service fees) at Ticketweb. Charge by phone at 1-888-222-6608 or online at www.ticketweb.ca

George Canyon - Decade of Hits Tour with special guest Jordan McIntosh, Wed., Oct. 15 at Hub International Theatre at Chilliwack Cultural Centre; Thurs., Oct. 16 at the ACT Arts Centre & Theatre, Maple Ridge; Fri., Oct. 17 at the Clarke Theatre, 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission.  Tickets are $37.50 (plus facility fee and service charges) available at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

Cool Cartoons! - Learn how to draw cartoons, create a cartoon strip, and discover the library’s awesome comic book collection! All supplies are provided. Registration required. Fort Langley Library, Wed., Aug. 20, 2-3 p.m.

Uzume Taiko - Children are invited to experience Japanese taiko drumming combined with beautiful flute melodies and storytelling. Registration appreciated. Aldergrove Library, Sat., Aug. 23, 1-1:45 p.m.; City of Langley Library, Tues., Aug. 26, 2-2:45 p.m.; Fort Langley Library, Wed., Aug. 27, 2-2:45 p.m.

Kira Isabella - with Autumn Hill and special guests Me & Mae, Sunday, Nov. 2 at Gabby’s Country Cabaret, Langley. Tickets $30 (plus service charges) at TicketWeb. Charge by phone at 1-888-222-6608 or online at www.ticketweb.ca.

Glen Valley Watershed Society – Is the future of our local streams health important to you?  Join a group of interesting, passionate people that are looking for others with the same interests in NE Langley/NW Abbotsford - to protect our waterways to ensure a healthy environment for all animals, from the smallest mayfly, salmon and other fish species, birds of all sizes, small rodents to large mammals such as deer and bear. Info: Lisa at stewardship@leps.bc.ca

Langley Community Farmers Market - Fresh, local and organic. Every Wednesday, 2-6:30 p.m. until Oct. 8. Fill your basket and feed your soul at Langley’s tastiest outdoor market with over 40 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it” selling the very best this region has to offer. Kwantlen University Campus Courtyard, 20901 Langley Bypass with 30 minutes free parking. See website: www.lcfm.ca

Aldergrove Pensioners and Seniors - Exercise in the Aldergrove OAP Hall  with a certified instructor will be starting again Sept. 4. Cost is $6 a person per session. Also starting Sept. 19 Carpet Bowling scheduled at the Aldergrove  OAP Hall on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Cost per person is $1.

Casting Crowns - with Mandisa and Sidewalk Prophets, Sunday, September 28, 6 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $15, $30, $40, $65 (Plus FMF and service charges), available at: abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, House of James & Blessings (Langley & Chilliwack), by phone 1-855-985-5000.

Chicago Experience - featuring Kenny Cetera, Monday September 22 at the Cascades Casino Summit Theatre in Langley. Tickets are $42.50 (plus Facility Fee and Service Charges) from Casino Guest Services.  Charge by phone at 604-530-2211 or online at www.ticketweb.ca

Brad Paisley - with special guests, Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $59.50, $89.50 (plus FMF and service charges), available at: abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, phone 1-855-985-5000.

Christmas with Michael W. Smith - Sunday, December 21, 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $35, $50, $60, $75 (Plus FMF and service charges), additional $5 charge for day-of door sales. Tickets are available at abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, By phone 1-855-985-5000.

Aldergove Leaders Club Toastmasters Group - meets every Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at Aldergrove’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 26245 28th Ave Aldergrove (no church affiliation). During the summer months the club will only meet on July 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, and Sept 19. If you’re 18 years or older, and have always wanted to improve your self-confidence and public speaking skills, please join us for an evening of great laughs and ongoing enouragement. Info: email KarinZinner@gmail.com; website at www.leadersclubtm.org

WWE Live - Summerslam Heatwave Tour, Saturday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $20, $35, $65, $95 (plus FMF and service charges), available at: abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone 1-855-985-5000.

Alan Jackson - with special guests, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $39, $69, $79, $89 (plus FMF & service charges), available at abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone 1-855-985-5000

John Fogerty - Friday, Nov. 28 at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets $20-$74.50 at Ticketmaster outlets.

Doobie Brothers - Sunday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $35.25, $45.25, $65.25 (plus FMF and service charges), available at: abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone 1-855-985-5000.

Langley Art Tour - registration is open. Organisers of the 6th annual Langley art studio tour is now issuing a call to all artists to join on Sept. 20-21 and 27-28. Artists who do not have their own studio can be placed with those who have. Info and registration forms visit their website at langleyartstudiotour.ca or email langleystudiotour@gmail.com

Partners Bridge - every Friday except second Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 - 273 St.Newcomers welcome. Cost $2. Info: 604-607-0504.

TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a non profit weight loss support group, meets Monday night in Aldergrove. Info: Susan at 604-856-1138.

Seniors Fitness Exercises - with qualified instructor, every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 - 273 Street. Cost is $6 per week.

Aldergrove Toastmasters - meets every Monday, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove Community Secondary School in room 125. Boost your self confidence; become a better speaker and have fun. Info: Vicki Austad, 604-856-5970.

Volunteer Drivers Needed - to help seniors. No special insurance needed. Kilometres reimbursed. Call Janice at 604-530-3020 Ext 302.

Seniors Carpet Bowling - every Thursday afternoon, 1:30 p.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3025 - 273 Street. Cost is $1 per week.

Square Dance Classes - Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, Fraser Hwy. at 273 Street. Singles and couples welcome, free admission, first three dances no experience. Info: call Tyler, 604-590-9039.

Aldergrove Art Club - join our friendly group every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the OAP Hall, 3015 - 273 St., Aldergrove. Info: Laurie at 604-856-6990 or Sheila at 604-539-0225.

People in Pain Network - non-profit organization which assists people living with all types of chronic pain. A new, free Fraser Valley support group at Aldergrove’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church, on the third Tuesday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at 26245 - 28 Ave., Aldergrove. Info: Dick e-mail at dick@pipain.com, or 604-928-0486.

Aldergrove ESL Classes - Free English as Second Language classes every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Dunstans Anglican Church, 3025 - 264 Street, Aldergrove. All are welcome.

Classics Book Club - Join the lively discussion at this new book club and get acquainted with the great books of world literature. Meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. at Murrayville Library. Coffee provided.

Fort Langley Library Knitting Circle - Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Drop-in. Bring your knitting to the library and enjoy the companionship of working with others on your project. Beginners welcome. Info: www.fvrl.bc.ca

Fraser Health Crisis Line - recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. Visit website www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line.

Post Abortion Healing Services - If you are interested in post abortion healing support, please contact Tanya at Your Pregnancy Options, Aldergrove - info@yourpregnancyoptions.ca, 604-856-9151, www.yourpregnancyoptions.ca

Langley Amateur Radio Association — meets first Thursday of month at 7 p.m. at Brookswood Firehall #5, 20355 32nd Ave., Langley. Coffee and sweets provided. Info, email: Don dondee@shaw.ca

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