By Lisa Dreves, Glen Valley Watersheds Society
The Glen Valley Watersheds Society (GVWS) will be out with birders from all over the lower mainland on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 @ 6 am for the 12th Annual Glen Valley Spring Bird Count - in search for all the amazing birds that call Glen Valley home in the spring.
If you are interested in giving birding a try or already have a “good ear” – as they say – contact the GVWS at firstname.lastname@example.org, newbys and experienced birders are all welcome!
The dawn chorus starts up a bit before 4am this time of year but the GVWS has a much more reasonable start time of 6am.
The bird count gets underway at Poplar Bar (end of Lefevre Road at River Rd) where everyone is arranged into groups and car pools are sorted out. Everyone is assigned a different area and they head off. Everyone meets back at Poplar Bar at 11:30am for a potluck lunch and to compare notes.
The group is looking for volunteers to join the count and properties to count on. If you are interested in joining the count please contact their coordinator at email@example.com or call 604-546-0336. OR you can count in your own backyard or invite the birders on to your property to count for you.
The bird count area boundary is the Fraser River on the north (but they do include Crescent Island), Armstrong Road and Telegraph Trail on the west, Starr Road (64 Ave in Langley) on the south and Bradner and Ross Road on the east.
Over the past 11 years 126 different species of birds have been counted but on average they see about 73 different species each year. Please feel free to share, we always welcome new birders, recorders, drivers and more of the amazing experts that join us every year. The long range forecast is for mostly sunny with a high of 21oC so it should be an amazing day!
If you haven’t already, please let me know you are coming so we have an idea of the number when we arrange carpools and for the potluck after (we usually have about 16 people out if you are making something for the potluck).
Take care and enjoy the sunshine!
Langley Stewardship Coordinator
Langley Environmental Partners Society
p: 604-546-0336 f: 604.534.6593
By the Bradner Community Club
So…have you noticed the new yellow lines on the tennis court…?
The Bradner Community Hall is excited to announce the introduction of Pickle ball, the white tennis court lines still remain painted also! Special thanks goes to Bradner Community Club Members Stacey Ferguson, Murray Brown, Doug Howarth and Geoff Birnie for their work on transforming the Bradner tennis courts.
What is pickleball you ask..? Well, Pickleball is a sport in which two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels.
Check out this link for more information on the game of Pickleball:
Stay tuned for game times/tournaments. See you on the court!
By the Bradner PAC
THE 95TH BRADNER MAY DAY FESTIVITIES WERE A HUGE SUCCESS!
The Bradner Parent Advisory Council (PAC) would like to extend their gratitude for the amazing show of support from the parents, family members, and community of Bradner for yet another amazing and successful May Day Celebration! There's no place like Bradner!
Here are some of the great members and businesses of our school and community we would like to personally thank and acknowledge for the generous auction/raffle donations:
By The Mount Lehman Garden Club
Most of us are familiar with Gladioli for summer colour, but there are many other summer bulbs that will give a real splash of colour in your garden. Some are hardy, but many have to be lifted in the fall and stored in a cool dry place until the last frost has passed. Many of them are cheap enough to replace every spring if you don't want to store them.
The stars of the summer hardy bulbs are the lilies. There are many different varieties now, such as the Asiatic Lilies. They are short, and face upwards, with many blooms bunched at the top of the stem. They come in a myriad of colours, and there are now double ones. The new Patio Lilies are shorter, and do well in pots. The pots would need to be buried in the garden for the winter, otherwise the roots will freeze. There are also the Oriental Lilies. They are the tall ones - up to 6 feet with blooms opening in succession up the stem. They are usually very fragrant, and winter hardy. Tiger lilies are the old fashioned stars of the garden. They are tall, with spotted blooms with turned back petals that hang from the stems and open in succession. If they are happy where they are, they can have as many as fifty blooms on the stem, and the bulbs will multiply. Trumpet lilies are, as they sound, long trumpet shaped blooms, usually with incredible fragrance. The only thing you have to worry about is the fact that the pollen can stain fabric, so if they are brought indoors the stamens should be cut off to avoid the problem.
Other hardy summer blooming bulbs are Croscosmia (used to be called Montbretia), and Oxallis. Montbretia looks like a small Gladiolus, but the stem is arched and the orange, red or yellow blooms hang down. They bloom for a long time, and multiply readily. Oxallis looks like a shamrock. The leaves have three or four lobes and make a tidy mound about 9 inches high. They can be blue-green or burgundy red. The blooms are usually white or pink, and are flared trumpets. They are quite happy in the shade.
The tender bulbs include Gladioli, with which we are all familiar, and begonias. Begonias do not have to be in pots or baskets. They are very happy in the ground and can light up a darker corner of the garden. A close relative of the Gladiolus is Acidanthera. The flower is almost orchid like, white with dark splotches and the centre of the flower. Canna lilies can lend a exotic look to the garden. They are a large tuber, and can be 6 feet high by the end of the summer. If started off in a pot underwater, they can be put into a pond when the weather warms up. They come in all shades of red and yellow and sometimes the foliage is spectacular. It can be red and green striped, yellow stripes or green and burgundy splashes.
Dahlias are, strictly speaking, not bulbs, but tubers (like the potato), but can be treated as bulbs. They should be lifted in the fall, dried, then stored in peat or vermiculite in a cool, dry place. Don't put into plastic bags as they are likely to rot. Paper bags are fine. They can be separated to make more plants, but it is important that some of the stem is left on the tuber, as the new growth starts from where the stem joins the tuber. There are different kinds of Dahlias. The ones most useful are the bedding types. They grow to about 12" to 14" high and the same wide and are covered in blooms right up to the frost. They are mostly single or semi-double, and put on quite a show. Their big cousins are usually about 48" high and make a big plant. They can be decorative, cactus flowered, pom pom and other different shapes, but are all very free flowering. They may need staking if the weather is wet and/or windy. The largest ones are the dinner plate dahlias. The
flowers can be up to a foot across, and definitely need staking.
There are some small bulbs that can be used to fill the odd nook and cranny. Sparaxis come in a variety of bright colours. They are about a foot high with upward facing crocus like flowers, but many to a stem. Tigridias are just a little taller and have very exotic looking flowers. They face upwards, and have three large flat petals, with a well in the middle of the flower that is a darker colour with dark splotches. Ixias are a little taller, and also come in many different bright colours. The bulbs of all these plants need to be dug in the fall, but they are usually cheap enough that they can be treated like
annuals and planted fresh each year.
The last ones I want to mention are the Calla Lilies. These have the Arum Lily shape of a large funnel. They now come in many different colours, and some have variegated foliage. They are often sold as a pot plants, but can be put into the garden when the weather turns warm.
There are many more summer flowering bulbs, but this selection should give colour for most of the summer. For more information and these and other gardening topics, join a garden club. All are welcome, and the more experienced gardeners are always willing to share their experience.
The Mount Lehman Garden Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Mount Lehman Community Hall,
6418 Mount Lehman Road, at 7 pm. They do not meet is August or December. For more information please call Yvonne, at 604-856-0313
By Marlene Xenis
Oh Happy Day! We are so pleased to tell everyone, we have reached our goal! Everyone who has pledged so far will be receiving the reward they pledged for.
For those of you who have received our previous emails you will know what I am talking about for those of you who did not I will briefly explain. On May 1st, 2015 we launched our "Pinocchio Project" on Kickstarter and so far it has been a very successful campaign. For more information on the Kickstarter program read article here.
We still have until June 30th, 2015 and hopeful we will keep on going as we have some great ideas for several other designs we are working on. We would like to raise enough to purchase a 3D Scanner, so we can offer our collectors and supporters more diversification in the size of dolls and character pieces we produce.
To encourage our collectors to support our project we came up with an incentive that may be of interest to some of you.
For anyone who makes a pledge on our 'Pinocchio Project' we will offer a 40% discount on any other designs not featured on the project. That means our character pieces, 'Einstein' , 'Red Skelton', 'Mark Twain', etc. would be $ 2,160.00 or how about one of our new designs 'Jack & the Beanstock', 'Beauty & the Beast', 'Hansel & Gretel' or 'Sleeping Beauty' plus a new 'Pippi Longstocking goes to Sea' at a 40% savings!!
These are just a few we are working on and would like to have them finished and available for this Christmas season.
To help us get there. Take a look at our website at www.xenis.com and click on the link to our 'Pinocchio Project' and make a pledge... anywhere from $2.00 and up!
Thank you for your support,
28221 Starr Road
Canada, V4X 2C5
Phone: (604) 856-9613
By Marlene Xenis
As we have been asked by several of our friends and collectors how Kickstarter works I thought I should send information explaining just what Kickstarter is and how it works:
You can access our “Pinocchio Project” through the link on our website at www.xenis.com or visit our Kickstarter campaign here.
If you can, please make a pledge for one of our Rewards, we need all the support we can get.
By D. DeForte
DESIGN STUDIO USES THE KICKSTARTER PLATFORM TO BREATHE LIFE INTO DREAM OF PRODUCING MUSEUM-QUALITY WOODEN CHARACTERS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES
Vancouver, BC – (May 1, 2015) The Xenis Gallery, an artist design studio that creates hand-carved wooden characters so exquisite that each piece is considered a stunning work of art, announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, The Pinocchio Project, with the idea of bringing their two new 10-1/2” wooden Pinocchio characters to life at affordable prices.
The studio was founded in 1995 by Bradner resident Marlene Xenis, who was later joined by her two daughters, Tania and Jesse, and a team of highly skilled artisans. Hand-carved out of a variety of woods including Canadian Maple, the Xenis team has turned their love for the arts into unique, eye catching, collectible characters. But times have changed, and this talented design team has taken notice. “We are a small studio struggling to survive in a world geared to mass production,” notes Marlene. “It is our dream to create a new Pinocchio that maintains our high quality standards, yet affordable so that more can share in the joy of owning a finely crafted wood character.”
Xenis believes that people are looking for designer products with an artisan-quality, rather than the plastic replicas found at mass retailers. The studio sources components for their wooden characters from around the world and bring them back to their studios outside of Vancouver to be assembled and given their final, artistic touches, making each assembled piece a true work of art, meant to be enjoyed for years to come. Xenis has cut costs by dealing directly with a wood manufacturer in Italy, whose high-quality standards match theirs, cutting out the middleman, but not compromising design integrity.
Xenis is asking for support to raise funds for The Pinocchio Project to assist them in bringing these loveable characters to life from a single block of wood. Based on the level of funding, backers are guaranteed something special from Xenis. The Pinocchio Project launched on Kickstarter May 1, 2015 and will end June 30, 2015.
Visit our page to learn more and to offer your support.
28221 Starr Road
Bradner Community News
News at your fingertips!
Brought to you by...
The Barker Belongs to Bradner...
The Barker Belongs to Bradner...
The Barker Belongs to Bradner...