Warm summer days can give a couple of hours of relief for tenants longing for community and entertainment. The Society of Hope has a handful of short, Covid-friendly events planned! (These are OUTSIDE in the large Pettit Garden area, between Apple Valley 2 and Apple Valley 3 buildings – where the historic flume is located.) Building by building, tenants are invited to stand out on their balconies overlooking the courtyard to participate, or encouraged to wear a mask and come down to the garden and sit 6 feet apart from their neighbours. The first week found Ray Turner belting out some well received tunes. He played on various instruments while tenants enjoyed an ice cream social. On Aug 14th a nostalgic BBQ was hosted. Here we see some gloved and masked up volunteers ready to serve at the vintage car grill, donated by Boyd Autobody. The band 'Smitten's groovy sounds and fun atmosphere also brought many smiles. One event will feature our very own Apple Valley Singers – fitting to celebrate this month's birthdays with a piece of cake to go! And coming up in early September we will welcome back Ray Turner and his 'not so oldies' music. There will be a well-spaced, single serving, hygienic dessert bar. To quote Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer, "Be kind, be calm, and be safe!"