Nothing brings a neighbourhood together like a community club. The Labour Day long weekend was a prime example of how to do it, with the Valley Gardens Community Centre (VGCC) hosting Family Fun Days.
VGCC organized an amazing celebration starting on Aug. 30 through to the end of Aug. 31.
The two-day event offered a variety of wonderful events for all members of the family.
The weekend began with a movie on Friday at dusk, and started again early Saturday morning with a bike rally and parade that ended at the VG auditorium with a marvellous pancake breakfast. It was a delight seeing all the wonderfully decorated bikes travelling from John de Graff School to VG. On a personal note, helping with breakfast was great fun as it reminded me of my last teaching position, where I was in charge of the school breakfast and lunch programs. I had a wonderful time serving with the amazing volunteers who prepared our delicious breakfast.
Afterwards, Ronald McDonald provided a magic show for the youngsters while parents were able to enjoy that second cup of coffee. You could really see a community coming together — everyone chatting as they were meeting old friends or getting to know new folks from the neighbourhood.
Saturday continued with a great variety of outdoor attractions and activities. There were craft kiosks, contests with prizes and the ever-popular kiddie bouncer. As the afternoon drew to a close, families were invited to stay for a spaghetti dinner. And in true Winnipeg fashion, a fundraising social brought this excellent community event to a close.
The success of VG’s Family Fun Days is the result of a hard-working VG Board of Directors, headed by president Cindy Elliot and a group of dedicated volunteers. A big thank you to the many folks who gave their time and energy to make sure the weekend was fun and jam-packed with activities.
Family Fun Days was a great warm-up for fall and winter programs, as Valley Gardens Community Centre runs activities for all ages. With $50,000 in provincial funding going towards a future outdoor basketball court, VG will soon have even more recreational opportunities to offer. My suggestion would be to check the VG website at www.valleygardenscc.com. I am sure you will find an activity or program for every member of your family.
If there is anything else I can help you with, please contact my office at 204-667-7244 or by email at Erna.Braun@yourmanitoba.ca.