Roxanne Hooper

Elliot Morrison of Maple Ridge has been one of the TIC crew helping transform the new space at the Langley Vineyard Church for double duty. He’s helping build sets, but also helped modify other parts of the building, including the stage, to better facilitate community theatre. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

VIDEO: Upscale dinner party goes awry on new Langley theatre stage

Still relatively new to Langley, Theatre in the Country settles into its new digs in a City church.

Elliot Morrison of Maple Ridge has been one of the TIC crew helping transform the new space at the Langley Vineyard Church for double duty. He’s helping build sets, but also helped modify other parts of the building, including the stage, to better facilitate community theatre. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)
Shane and Pam Rochon were both excited to receive awards for their role with Langley Players and specifically the drama club’s production of The Foreigner. (Special to the Langley Advance)

Langley couple share in community theatre accolades

Shane and Pam Rochon, as well as Dave Williams, were lauded for their involvement in The Foreigner.

Shane and Pam Rochon were both excited to receive awards for their role with Langley Players and specifically the drama club’s production of The Foreigner. (Special to the Langley Advance)
Hundreds of riders from around the globe come to Thunderbird Show Park (tbird) each year to compete in various show jumping competitions. The most elite events are the Nations Cup in May/June and the World Cup, which happens in August. (Langley Advance files)

tbird receives infusion of provincial loot in aid of marketing

Thunderbird Show Park gets $200,000 from the province to help promote the Nations and World Cups.

Hundreds of riders from around the globe come to Thunderbird Show Park (tbird) each year to compete in various show jumping competitions. The most elite events are the Nations Cup in May/June and the World Cup, which happens in August. (Langley Advance files)
VIDEO: Langley singer brings home national country music bling

VIDEO: Langley singer brings home national country music bling

Walnut Grove superstar Dallas Smith earned male artist and video of the year titles at the CCMAs.

VIDEO: Langley singer brings home national country music bling
MINI car enthusiasts are expected to converge on the Langley dealership Sunday for the start of the second annual poker run and birthday bash. (Special to the Langley Advance)

MINI-acs hit Langley streets for second annual poker run

Car enthusiasts flock to Langley this weekend for the Cruise-In, but MINI lovers are here to drive.

MINI car enthusiasts are expected to converge on the Langley dealership Sunday for the start of the second annual poker run and birthday bash. (Special to the Langley Advance)
WHAT'S IN STORE: Bakery and turkey store fundraise for cancer

WHAT’S IN STORE: Bakery and turkey store fundraise for cancer

In this week's business column, Roxanne Hooper tells of a few cancer-related fundraiser on Saturday.

WHAT'S IN STORE: Bakery and turkey store fundraise for cancer
Once the frontman for Default, Langley country music star Dallas Smith is joining the band for a reunion tour this fall. (Langley Advance files)

VIDEO: Langley singer returns to ‘default’ position

Country star Dallas Smith hits the road again this fall with the resurrected rock band, Default.

Once the frontman for Default, Langley country music star Dallas Smith is joining the band for a reunion tour this fall. (Langley Advance files)
Langley’s own Mitch Merrett, producer, manager, and musician has recently helped form a band called Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion. He’s been shortlisted for the BCCMA awards. Next stage of voting cuts off Sept. 13. (Langley Advance files)

Langley’s country musicians place prominently on list of B.C.’s best

Names of Langley artists are plentiful on provincial music awards nomination shortlist.

Langley’s own Mitch Merrett, producer, manager, and musician has recently helped form a band called Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion. He’s been shortlisted for the BCCMA awards. Next stage of voting cuts off Sept. 13. (Langley Advance files)
Langley Advance publisher Lisa Farquharson (left) helped contest winner Heather Green (right) load up all her purchases, as well as balloons and signs that were presented to the winner from participating businesses during Green’s 1,000-second and $1,000-shopping spree. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

VIDEO: Langley City woman scoops up lots of luxury in Advance’s $1,000 shopping spree

Heather Green called it an 'amazing experience' going on a buying binge with someone else's money.

Langley Advance publisher Lisa Farquharson (left) helped contest winner Heather Green (right) load up all her purchases, as well as balloons and signs that were presented to the winner from participating businesses during Green’s 1,000-second and $1,000-shopping spree. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)
In early August, JVR Dental hosted a spin to conquer cancer event to help raise funds for their ride and to raise awareness for oral cancer. (Special to the Langley Advance)

Behold the rider in the Batman cape pedalling for cancer

Langley's Mauritz Lundt will join hundreds cycling for the BC Cancer Foundation this weekend.

In early August, JVR Dental hosted a spin to conquer cancer event to help raise funds for their ride and to raise awareness for oral cancer. (Special to the Langley Advance)
Project Potluck is a community feast designed to bring people together simply to get to know one and other. (Robin Horn/Special to the Langley Advance)

Culture Thursday: improv comedy and a new art exhibition on tap in Langley

Among a few upcoming community happenings, Langley prepares for its second Project Potluck Sunday.

Project Potluck is a community feast designed to bring people together simply to get to know one and other. (Robin Horn/Special to the Langley Advance)
WHAT'S IN STORE: Welcome back to Langley - times two

WHAT’S IN STORE: Welcome back to Langley – times two

A favourite event and a familiar face are both returning, plus find out about food and furnaces.

WHAT'S IN STORE: Welcome back to Langley - times two
UPDATE: Singers' golf tourney and concert raises close to $140,000 for babies in need

UPDATE: Singers’ golf tourney and concert raises close to $140,000 for babies in need

From country music celebrities to NHL alumni, many famous faces hit the links a Langley golf course.

UPDATE: Singers' golf tourney and concert raises close to $140,000 for babies in need
L.J. Tidball and Concetto Son were working out at tbird last week, hoping to secure a spot in this Sunday’s Longines World Cup. If the Langley riders makes it to this next level of competition, she said the course is not going to be a walk in the park. Course designer Alan Wade, she said, always creates technical and “hard” courses, but she hopes to be ready. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Langley rider looks for hometown advantage if she makes World Cup

It won't be known until Friday if Langley's L.J. Tidball qualifies for the Longines FEI competition.

L.J. Tidball and Concetto Son were working out at tbird last week, hoping to secure a spot in this Sunday’s Longines World Cup. If the Langley riders makes it to this next level of competition, she said the course is not going to be a walk in the park. Course designer Alan Wade, she said, always creates technical and “hard” courses, but she hopes to be ready. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)
Karen Lee Batten listens to some of the same records she did as a youngster, including Etta, Aretha, Frank (Sinatra), The Beatles, and The Police. “Although I’m pretty sure every time I went to my grandma and grandpa’s the Handel’s Messiah was playing on their machine, that I own now. Remember the huge wall sideboard style with the speakers out the front and the wooden lid on top. She’s the one.” (Special to the Langley Advance)

Singer becoming fixture at tbird’s world-class shows

A self-proclaimed cowgirl knows she'll never ride at tbird, but is excited to perform there.

Karen Lee Batten listens to some of the same records she did as a youngster, including Etta, Aretha, Frank (Sinatra), The Beatles, and The Police. “Although I’m pretty sure every time I went to my grandma and grandpa’s the Handel’s Messiah was playing on their machine, that I own now. Remember the huge wall sideboard style with the speakers out the front and the wooden lid on top. She’s the one.” (Special to the Langley Advance)
The Langley Rams mascot spent time with the crowd before the action on the field. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Final 40 seconds change the game for Langley Rams

The local football team fell 35-34 to the Vancouver Island Raiders, in a last-minute comeback.

The Langley Rams mascot spent time with the crowd before the action on the field. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)
A section of 56th Avenue, at 224th Street was closed to traffic Sunday afternoon following a serious crash that saw one child airlifted to hospital. (Curtis Kreklau/South Fraser News Services)

VIDEO: Child airlifted to hospital after crash in rural Langley

Jaws of life were used to cut off the roof of a car and free its occupants from a two-car accident.

A section of 56th Avenue, at 224th Street was closed to traffic Sunday afternoon following a serious crash that saw one child airlifted to hospital. (Curtis Kreklau/South Fraser News Services)
Flip City operates out of the industrial area in north Langley, under the Golden Ears Bridge. (Google Maps)

Langley trampoline gymnast off to Peru for world qualifiers

The gymnastics club is holding an open house this Saturday, Aug. 18, with free drop-in sessions.

Flip City operates out of the industrial area in north Langley, under the Golden Ears Bridge. (Google Maps)
A large chunk of real estate in the Willowbrook Shopping Centre is being taken over by HM, a clothing retailer. The store is set to open at 11 a.m. on Thursday. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

New Langley mall owners have multi-use vision in mind

H&M opens in Willowbrook Thursday, offset some of the space left vacant by the departure of Sears.

A large chunk of real estate in the Willowbrook Shopping Centre is being taken over by HM, a clothing retailer. The store is set to open at 11 a.m. on Thursday. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)
Brooke deBruin left her equipment sales job for a new career as an artist. Her first exhibition will be at this Saturday’s Arts Alive. Since taking up art only four years ago, she started drawing with pencil and charcoal and now primarily paints with acrylics. (Special to the Langley Advance)

Spontaneous pencil shopping at WalMart leads Langley woman to art career

For the first time ever, Brooke deBruin will be displaying her art publicly at Arts Alive.

Brooke deBruin left her equipment sales job for a new career as an artist. Her first exhibition will be at this Saturday’s Arts Alive. Since taking up art only four years ago, she started drawing with pencil and charcoal and now primarily paints with acrylics. (Special to the Langley Advance)