The Harris family and their dogs stand with Susie Francis (in the Raggedy Ann costume) at Art’s Nursery Oct. 19. For a $12 donation, visitors get all they need to make a scarecrow and all proceeds go to charity. (Photo: Sharon Wilkes)

The Harris family and their dogs stand with Susie Francis (in the Raggedy Ann costume) at Art’s Nursery Oct. 19. For a $12 donation, visitors get all they need to make a scarecrow and all proceeds go to charity. (Photo: Sharon Wilkes)

VIDEO: Do-it-youself scarecrows, for charity

Fifth year of fundraiser by Art’s Nursery in Port Kells

As Rebecca van der Zalm watched a crowd of would-be scarecrow builders assemble their custom-made Halloween decorations, she smiled.

“It’s been absolutely wonderful,” said van der zalm, owner of Art’s Nursery in Port Kells, Surrey.

For five years, the garden centre at 8940 192nd St has been celebrating Halloween and raising funds for local charities by offering a chance to make your own scarecrow.

“Last year, the community built over 400 [scarecrows] and this year we’re hoping to reach 500,” van der Zalm said.

This year, for a minimum $12 donation, builders are provided with a wooden frame, straw for stuffing, a burlap head, face making station, helpful tips and all the tools and equipment needed.

That would mean about $5,000 to be shared between three charities; Inclusion Society of Langley which supports more than 1,500 children with special or developmental needs as well as their families, The Versatiles entertainment troupe, a group of volunteers who travel to seniors facilities and palliative care units to perform, and Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL), dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of raptors.

OWL was there, with an actual owl, for the first day of scarecrow making last month.

They will return on Saturday, Oct. 26th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., displaying two birds of prey.

At 1 p.m. that day, OWL Rehab will be giving a 45 minute presentation about raptors (eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey, owls, and vultures).

Susie Francis, from the Versatiles entertainment troupe, walked around in a Raggedy Ann costume and entertained visitors.

This year, van der Zalm is asking people to bring their own scarecrow clothes, if they can.

“We have clothes for people to use, but we are running out,” she warned.

As of Oct. 20 there were plenty of shirts, but few pants.

Build-a-crow will continues at Art’s until Halloween.

For more info, visit www.artsnursery.com.



editor@cloverdalereporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

For most, the event a fanily affair. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

For most, the event a fanily affair. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A young scarecrow builder was pleased with the results. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A young scarecrow builder was pleased with the results. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Do-it-youself scarecrows, for charity

One of several scarecrows glowers at Art’s Nursery in Port Kells. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

One of several scarecrows glowers at Art’s Nursery in Port Kells. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Do-it-youself scarecrows, for charity

Just Posted

White Rock Public Library (File photo)
Surrey, White Rock literacy leaders kick off Family Literacy Week

Literacy events to take place Jan. 24 to 31

Laura Barnes is to feature some of her artwork at Gallery at Central Plaza next month. (Contributed photo)
New artist showcase coming to White Rock gallery

Laura Barnes work, mixing brights and darks, to be displayed in February

Surrey Community Cat Foundation received funding to assist with medical procedures. (File photo)
SurreyCats receives grant to assist with spay/neuter costs

PetSmart Charities of Canada donates $5,000

Beds are set up at the emergency response centre at the North Surrey Recreation Centre. (Contributed file photo)
26 people test positive for COVID-19 at Surrey emergency shelter

Centre located at North Surrey Recreation Centre

Surrey firefighters respond to a townhouse fire Sunday morning. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Firefighters respond to townhouse fire in Surrey

Fire ‘knocked down quickly’: witness

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

sd
VIDEO: Mission drag racer scores 1st career win, sets world record, makes history in 2020

Justin Bond, founder and owner of JBS Equipment Mission, has break-out year

Most Read