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Halfmoon Happenings: Kindergarten registration open for September

Also, Rods & Trails event is May 22
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Linda McMahon, Halfmoon Bay Community Association president and Marilyn Gratton, HBCA treasurer present a cheque to John Byrnes, vice-chair of One Straw Society and co-owner of The Farm West.

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week. As this spring weather unfolds, temperatures are still hovering in the single digits overnight and barely squeaking above 10 C during the day with plenty of precipitation to add to the mix. Thankful that these cooler temperatures and rainfall will keep our water levels in good supply so as not to begin restrictions too early, right? 

For those who might have wondered how bats sound when they are echo-locating, there’s an app for that. On Saturday, May 14, in Sargeant Bay Park, Dave Stiles from the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project will speak about bats and demonstrate how the “frequency modulating” software works on an iPad. With this app, you can hear and visualize the vocalizations as the bats forage for insects over the ponds. The Sargeant Bay Society will host this evening session at the park, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Be sure to bring a flashlight and park in the lower parking lot. If interested, please send an email to srgntbay.soc@gmail.com as the date may be rescheduled due to poor weather. 

Halfmoon Bay Kindergarten registration is now open for September 2022 classes. Early registration is very important as it allows the school to determine staffing and budget requirements for the next school year. Be sure to register early. Halfmoon Bay families must provide documentation for proof of residency as well as address and child’s age. 

Visit SD46 district website at sd46.bc.ca/kindergarten-information for the most up to date information for Kindergarten registration or drop by the Halfmoon Bay Elementary Community School for a paper package. 

The Halfmoon Bay Community Association (HBCA) is hosting their Rods & Trails event on Sunday, May 22 from noon until 4 p.m. in Connor Park. Whether you want to enter your classic car (1990 or older), hike the Connor Park trails (two races – eight km or two km), or just come to the park to enjoy the fun – everyone is welcome. Hotdogs, baked treats, fruit, coffee and juice will be available. All the registration and information for this event can be found on the HBCA website, halfmoon-bay.ca. Show ‘n Shine inquiries, contact Marilyn at 604-885-4083 and trail race registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. the day of. Discounts are available for HBCA members, go to halfmoon-bay.ca/membership to become a member, $20/year per household. 

Through their Community Initiatives program, the HBCA recently presented a cheque for $3,200 to the One Straw Society for the subsidized crop circle food boxes. This is a collaboration initiative which will bring subsidized food boxes to those in need in the Halfmoon Bay community from June until the end of September. At least a dozen local farmers are working in partnership to provide food for these free boxes. Those in need may be unaware that help is available. For more information and to apply, go to onestraw.ca/cfb, where applications will be accepted until June 21. Spread the word, reach out and start a conversation about this awesome program. Thank-you to everyone involved! 

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Be safe, be gentle, and always be kind.