Family Days coming in August

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Plans for two days of summer fun continue to grow and evolve, thanks to a growing number of sponsors and community donors.

Family Days will be held on two Saturdays, August 14 and 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Baker Field. Organizer Sheena Durflinger has brought together local and regional organizations and businesses to sponsor an array of activities for both kids and grownups.

“I’ve also had 21 community members personally donate funds to make this a fun way for our community to get together,” Durflinger said.

The Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a little baker station, where kids will get a cookie and a piping bag to decorate their treat.

Ladybug Nursery is sponsoring the garden bees station, where kids will get a pot, a plant and soil. “They can decorate their pot with stickers and take their plant home with them,” Durflinger said.

Optimum Contracting will be sponsoring the master crafters station, which will feature a different craft activity each of the two Saturdays, starting with bird houses on August 14.

Edge Logistics of Blaine is sponsoring a large bouncy castle, and the International Marketplace is sponsoring face painting on August 14 and balloon art on August 21. “There will also be a reading area to relax with lots of books and volunteers to read to kids,” Durflinger said. Volunteers interested in reading can contact Durflinger at dreameventsbysd@hotmail.com.

A teen area supported by community donations will feature a Jenga competition and a dunk tank. Each evening there will be a family activity, starting with a scavenger hunt on August 14. “A family does not have any barriers, so as long as you have a group of people you can be a family,” Durflinger said.

Whidbey Telecom is sponsoring the pop-up market area, where local non-profits and artisans can share information with community members or sell their creations. The Sugar Shack Ice Cream Truck will be present on August 14 and Durflinger hopes to secure other food vendors.

The main stage is sponsored by Home Hardware Building Centre in Tsawwassen and Delta Youth Theater from Ladner and will feature local talent starting at 5 p.m. followed by headliners at 7 p.m. JP Falcon Grady from Bellingham will headline on August 14 and local musician Mike Bell will be featured on August 21. “All forms of local talent are welcome and they can contact me at dreameventsbysd@hotmail.com to get signed up,” Durflinger said.

When the event at Bakers Field wraps up at 8 p.m. the fun isn’t over. The music performances will be followed by an outdoor movie night with free punch and popcorn at 488 Marine Drive. A family-friendly movie will be shown at 8 p.m. followed by an adventure or drama feature for more mature viewers at 10 p.m.

“Bring your own chair and a blanket,” Durflinger said.

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