The Hidden Valley Lake Children’s Activities Club focuses on planning and hosting a variety of fun and safe activities for children and their families to enjoy. Volunteers are welcome!
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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s INDEPENDENCE BIKE PARADE.
Children’s Activity Committee
Update for October and More
October is always the busiest month of the year for the Children’s Committee, and this year was no exception! Not only is it our busiest, we also host two of our largest events. This year we were very fortunate to have great weather for both!
The Haunted Hayride is our largest event, and the one that helps us raise money for our other events and other items we purchase for the neighborhood. This year we had close to 1200 riders between 5-10pm – that’s about 240 riders an hour! No event is perfect, but we continue to get many comments that people love this event. If it weren’t for the following people who all VOLUNTEER their time (not one of us is paid to do this), it wouldn’t happen:
Bill Dillaha, Richard Higgins, Robert Burgess, Dave Wingate, Mike Moore. Matt Stelle (who also donated a trailer). Kevin Griffin (who also donated a trailer), Matt Paul, Scott Jackson, Nate Turner (who also donated a trailer)
Bryant Dold (B&B Scapes) – 2 trailers, Casey Knigga, Dave Hafner, Chris Riggs – 2 haywagons, Hoeting Realtors – trolley, Jay Muffett
Residents scaring along the route
It is always amazing how much time and effort our residents along the route put into this hayride. These people do this on their own dime, and we can’t thank them enough. This year we split the prize money for best house among the residents of Cravenhurst. Every year they come together to make an awesome display! Each resident on Cravenhurst that participated got a $50 Visa gift card. Thank you to ALL the residents that volunteer to do this each year!
Volunteers and Donations:
- This year Sherilyn Reynolds and her team at Caldwell Bankers Real Estate sponsored the hayride. They donated $150 to go towards the drivers gas cards. THANK YOU!!
- Floyd Ogden and VRUC for allowing us to use their generator.
- Jennifer Dutton and Mady Carnes for scaring along the route
- Jared Lischke, Bella Meadows, Luke Farmer, Boone Farmer and friends for scaring along the route
- The kids from St. Lawrence and their parents for scaring along the route
- The HVL Maintenance team for helping before and after with hay, garbage cans, cones, tables. Etc.
- The HVL deputies for helping out in many areas that night
- The HVL Golf Course for letting us decorate and scare on the property
- Steve and the Willies team for putting up with us in the parking lot
- Eric Johnson, and Eric Airgood for all your help before, during and after the hayride.
- The vendors for selling all sorts of food and goodies (we hope you made a good profit!)
- Bruce Keller and the POA for your ongoing support and help
Anyone else that helped but we forgot to mention! We have a GREAT community and so many of you made this event happen. THANK YOU for stepping up!
And finally, the Children’s Committee who worked MANY hours to make the event happen!
We had a great day for our annual Halloween walk on Sunday, October 21st. We had lots of kids and their families join us and show off their costumes to get some Halloween treats. Kids age 10 and under were invited to collect candy and other goodies from 50 stations along Longview. And special guests Rosie Red and Mr. Reglegs joined in on the fun! We had a great time and hope everyone else did too! Thank you so much to Paige Wurtz for helping organization the event, and to all the residents on Longview, the Bright Fire Department, and all the volunteers who passed out candy!
Last event of the year – Santa’s Workshop!
Our last event of 2018 is “Santa’s Workshop”. Here are the details:
On Sunday, December 2ndthe event will be held in Willies basement from 2-4pm. During this time, families are welcome to come anytime (similar to an Open House) and see Santa. We will have cookies to decorate along with a drink (juice & water), a craft to make, and a special gift from Santa. Bring your own camera and take pictures of your child(ren) with Santa.
The great thing is, since it is an event where people can come and go, we are not limited in the number of people that come like years past! However, YOU MUST RSVP so we can prepare and manage the event appropriately. Cost is $3 per child age 1-10. Children older than age 10 are welcome to get a picture with their younger siblings/families for no additional cost.
There are three ways to RSVP:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and ages of the children. We will confirm your reservation and provide instructions on how to pay.
- Private message us on our facebook page (Hidden Valley Lake Childrens Committee). We will confirm your reservation and provide instructions on how to pay.
- Buy your wristband and confirm your spot ahead of time! Date/time will be determined soon.
As always, if you would like to volunteer to help with any of our events, or if you have any ideas or questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Shawnee, Korry, Jill, Deana, Autumn, Yalonda, and Karen
Events we all enjoyed last year
October is always the HVL Children’s Committee’s busiest month. In addition to the 8 other events we host every year, our two largest events fall in this month.
2017 Haunted Hayride
The turnout for the Haunted Hayride is always large, and this year was no exception. We accommodated about 1200 riders between 5 – 11pm! This event gets rave reviews, but requires much effort and coordination. If it weren’t for the following people who all VOLUNTEER their time (none of us are paid to do this), it wouldn’t happen:
Jay Muffett (who also donated a trailer)
Nate Turner (who also donated a trailer)
Guy Shybly (who also donated a trailer)
Andrew (sorry, don’t know his last name!)
Bryant Dold (B&B Scapes) – donated 2 trailers
Casey Knigga – donated a trailer
Dave Hafner – donated a trailer
Residents scaring along the route
This year we had more residents than ever put a LOT of effort into decorating and/or scaring along the route. These are the ones we know of, but I am sure we missed others (sorry for not mentioning you!).
John Sterwerf, David and Michelle Wilhelm, Kathie Smid, Darlene Zacarias, Cathy Stevens, Jamaine Smith, Steve and Denice Siereveld, Shandy Stath, Carrie Brewer, Theresa Reddell, Chris Knosp, Amy Delp, Phil Dunham, Tina Minnick, Phil and Elaine Heit, Pennie Shuler, Brandon Cable, Kristen Day, Robert Montazemi, Kim Lewis, and Justin Egan.
Thanks to Volunteers and Donors
Floyd Ogden and VRUC for allowing us to use their generators
Tony, Tyler and Zach Morris for scaring along the route
Eric Johnson, and Eric Airgood for all your help before, during and after the hayride
The HVL Maintenance team for delivering hay, garbage cans, cones, and other items
The deputies for helping out in many areas that night
Lawrenceburg Student Council and Key Clubs for helping out and scaring
Pat Sullivan for use of the golf course
Bruce Keller for his ongoing support and help
Steve and the Willies team for putting up with us in the parking lot
The vendors for selling all sorts of food and goodies (we hope you made a good profit!)
And anyone else who helped but we forgot to mention! We have a GREAT community and so many of you made this event happen. THANK YOU for stepping up!
And finally, thanks to the Children’s Committee members, who worked MANY hours to make this event happen!
2017 Halloween Walk
It wasn’t the best day weather-wise for the annual Halloween Walk. Still, about 300 kids and their families braved the cold for a chance to show off their costumes and get some Halloween treats. Kids age 10 and under were invited to collect candy and other goodies from 50 stations along Longview Drive. And as a special surprise – Rosie Red and Gapper joined in on the fun!
We had a great time and hope everyone else did too!
Thank you so much to Paige Wurtz for helping organize the event, and to all the residents on Longview, the Bright Fire Department, Little Red Academy, Linda Rasp and family, Linda Miller and family, Ashley and Darryl Howe, all the other volunteers who passed out candy!
2017 Santa’s Workshop
We had a wonderful turn out this year and Santa was overwhelmed with the wonderful kids we have in our community.
Great Gifts were made, wonderful ornaments were created and some Christmas Cards all will remember.
Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers for their effort in making this another simply fantastic Santa’s Workshop
Korry, Jill, Deana, Autumn, Yalonda, Karen, and Shawnee
Upcoming 2018 Events
Outdoor Movie Night: Saturday, June 9th FREE EVENT!
Dusk @ Ballfields
The movie for this month is “FERDINAND” WATCH THE TRAILER
Independence Day Bike Parade: Wednesday, July 4th FREE EVENT!
Outdoor Movie Night: Saturday, July 21st FREE EVENT!
Dusk @ Ballfields
Walt Disney’s “Coco”
Back to School Beach Bash: Sunday, August 12th FREE EVENT!
2pm @ HVL Beach
Outdoor Movie Night: Saturday, August 25th FREE EVENT!
Dusk @ Ballfields
Walt Disney’s “The Incedibles” (Original)
Outdoor Movie Night: Saturday, September 15th FREE EVENT!
Dusk @ Ballfields
Haunted Hayride: Saturday, October 13th $4 per person
5pm@ Willies Parking Lot
Halloween Walk: Sunday, October 21st $3 per child
2pm@ Beach (along Longview)
Santa’s Workshop: Sunday, December 2nd $3 per child
2pm @ Willies basement
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s events!
-Shawnee, Korry, Jill, Deana, Autumn, Yalonda & Karen