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Strongstart program returns Oct. 1

Hello Halfmoon Bay/xwilkway (it is pronounced similar to Whale-Kwy or Quail-Kwy, for those of you who have wondered).
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Hello Halfmoon Bay/xwilkway (it is pronounced similar to Whale-Kwy or Quail-Kwy, for those of you who have wondered). Let me introduce myself: my name is Kim Howcroft and I will be filling in for Cindy Kisser and writing the Halfmoon Bay Happenings while she is taking a well-deserved break and is out enjoying the last bit of summer. Although summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 21, when the kids go back to school, it does trigger the thought of putting away our swim suits and flip flops and digging out our scarves and big comfy sweaters and drinking pumpkin lattes.

Speaking of kids, the Sunshine Coast StrongStart Family Resource Program will be starting up Oct. 1. This drop-in program is a fantastic opportunity for parents and caregivers with children five and under to explore, play and learn in a friendly, supportive environment. The program runs Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Halfmoon Bay Community School at 8086 Northwood Rd. and is free of charge. For more information including health protocols visit www.early-learning.sd46.bc.ca or on Facebook: Sunshine Coast StrongStart or call 604-885-6787. Also a reminder with back to school, please be watchful of kids walking to and from school and the school bus. It is the law that all vehicle drivers must stop for a school bus when lights are flashing and the stop arm is down whether the bus is oncoming or you are behind the bus.

Sadly, the 54th Annual Halfmoon Bay Fair that was scheduled for Sept. 19 has been postponed until the summer of 2022. Linda McMahon, the interim president of the Halfmoon Bay Community Association, announced on behalf of the directors that while it was possible to run the event within the current health restrictions, it has become clear that members of the community are feeling increasingly uneasy about the increase of COVID cases on the Coast. She states that the safety of our friends and family, and community members is our highest priority.

For all the photographers out there, here is your chance to show off our town to the rest of the province. Halfmoon Bay will be featured on Global B.C. Weekend News this weekend in the Our Community segment with weather anchor Kasia Bodurka. Send your amazing photos of our town to weekendnews@globaltv.com @KasiaBodurka #OurCommunity. Your photos could to be on television.

The federal election is scheduled for Monday, Sept 20. If you are registered you should have received your voter information card by Sept. 10. If not, contact Elections BC at 1-800-463-6868 or online at www.elections.ca. Advanced polls open Sept. 10-14 and are located in Sechelt.

If you have any ideas for column content or have a community event or story you would like to see here, please send ideas and suggestions to khowcroft@icloud.com before 5 p.m. on Mondays.

Enjoy your week and be a nice human.