Let’s light up the trail on Halloween

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week and are enjoying our fall weather. Bundle up out there as the forecast is calling for some cooler temperatures. 

The 2020 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl is this weekend, Oct. 23 to 25, and there are many incredible artists showcasing their creations. Although most artists are participating through virtual media, some locations will be open to the public. There are 20 artists listed in the Art Crawl in Halfmoon Bay, a few of whom can be visited in person, with COVID-19 protocols in place. Go to suncoastarts.com/art-crawl/ for all the details. 

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As most of us know, a provincial general election has been called for Saturday, Oct. 24. All eligible voters should have received their voting card in the mail by now. The card lists the various locations on the Sunshine Coast where you can vote. Voters can go to Coopers Green Hall on election day where all COVID-19 protocols will be in place and signage will be posted to guide you through what to do. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at this location. It is suggested to wear your mask, use your own pen/pencil and don’t forget to bring your ID and Voters card. 

Wendy White, Halfmoon Bay Community School coordinator, shared some information regarding Halloween. “So much has changed as we navigate through different seasons in the face of COVID-19. A group of dedicated HMB community members got together to discuss what Halloween could look like this year.” The Lohn/Hart Trail in Welcome Woods is a great spot for some physically distanced, outside fun with your family. Community residents are encouraged to carve a pumpkin, add a tea light and place it on the trail any time before 4 p.m. on Halloween day. Wendy says, “Let’s come together as a community and light it up brighter than ever! For this, we need everyone’s help!” Volunteers will light or turn on the tea lights just before 4:30 p.m. Carved pumpkins can also be dropped off at the school before Oct. 31. Please contact Wendy to make arrangements, call 604-551-8461 or email wwhite@sd46.bc.ca. When using the trail, please be kind and stay to the right to avoid contact with other families. 

The community encourages those wanting to trick-or-treat to stay with their immediate family and to have only one family approach the house at a time. It is suggested to start at 4:30 p.m. and finish by 7:30 p.m. Some neighbours may not be comfortable with trick-or-treaters coming to their door, so it is suggested to not turn on your outside lights during this time. If giving out candy, be sure to remain as safe as possible by using tongs to give out treats and be outside. 

Exciting news from the Halfmoon Bay Community Association. Don Cunliffe, fundraising director, advised, “We now have $279,000 and counting in donations going towards the new Coopers Green Hall! Donations received to date have had a huge impact as others in our community now want to join in.” Don said that donors span a wide geographic area, from Wood Bay to Sargeant Bay, and almost every neighbourhood in between. Four businesses in Halfmoon Bay are also giving support; one has pledged in-kind labour and materials and the others through donations. Well done, community! For information, please contact Don at doncunliffe@gmail.com. 

To have your say at the Bay, please contact me before 5 p.m. on Mondays. cindy.kisser@telus.net. Be kind, be gentle, be safe.


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