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Children, seniors, and everyone in between were brought together in Oak Bluff on Sat., June 16, when the Oak Bluff Recreation Club put on a Community Day filled with activities, prizes, and food for residents of Oak Bluff.
The event was held on the grounds of Oak Bluff Hall and ran from noon to 11 p.m.
Children’s entertainment reigned outside the hall from noon to 4 p.m., as kids enjoyed a large inflatable slide, participated in gladiator jousting, and tackled an inflatable obstacle course. Face painting, foam bubbles, and horses from West Wind Stables were also available for the children’s amusement.
Hungry families ate at the event’s barbecue. All ages had the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull in the evening.
Mike Vanderhorst, who’s new to Oak Bluff, was enthusiastic about the mechanical bull. He and his wife Melanie volunteered at the event, selling silent auction and food tickets.
Volunteering provided the couple with a way to meet their neighbours.
"We’ve met a lot of awesome families in various stages of life, whether they’re grandparents or new parents or not parents yet. It’s really a nice mixture, a really nice community," Vanderhorst states.
"We felt it was important to bring the community together, meet new neighbours and have fun," says Shannon Boulanger, the community events representative at the Oak Bluff Recreation Club.
Many family and friend groups came out to enjoy the club’s recreational day.
"It has been quite busy, when you look at all of the kids out here playing on the play structures, and we’re selling a lot of tickets for the draw," Vanderhorst said.
The inflatable courses were a big attraction for Oak Bluff kids. Mitchell Westra, a student at Oak Bluff Community School, said the obstacle course, the slide and the joust challenge were the first sites he visited.
"There’s lots of things to go on," Westra said.
In past years, Oak Bluff Recreation Club held fundraisers to supplement the creation of Oak Bluff’s hall, rink, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds. Now, money raised by the club supports future community events.
"We have an outdoor movie night in September. The funds raised at our community day will allow us to expand on our movie night," Boulanger said.
Events like Oak Bluff’s Community Day continue to provide locals with a chance to connect.
"We wanted to get involved in the community," Vanderhorst said, "and what better way than to be at Community Day."
Gabrielle Piché is a community correspondent for Headingley and her. Email her at email@example.com
Community Correspondent — Headingley
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