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Valley Home News for May 18, 2011
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History has been made in Valley Home on Sunday, May 15th with the first party held in the new Valley Home Community Park. The event was a birthday party for Ethan Butler, who has just turned 2 years old. Ethan has an older brother, Noah and his parents are John and Christina Butler. Attending the festivities for Ethan were Grandma “Mimi” Kim Butler and “Papa” Steve Butler who live on Hines Road in Valley Home. The other set of grandparents were also in attendance “Opa and Oma” JoAnn and Nico Beukelman. The birthday boy’s daddy set up a “Bouncy House” inflatable castle, on the lawn area. There were also 2 great grandmothers in attendance at the festivities. In all, there were about thirty people joining in the fun of a sunny, windy, rainy day. Everyone had such fun that no one seemed to mind the crazy weather. The cuisine of the day featured barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers in addition to pot luck dishes brought by all the relatives with cupcakes for dessert. The flag pole was used as a hitching post for all the brightly colored balloons. Eleven vehicles filled the parking area along the boulders bordering the parking area.

The above event was rewarding to the group of dedicated volunteers who have worked so hard to make the area that once held the Thalheim/Valley Home Clubhouse “the Heart of the Community” to become once again the community center for resident activities.


Valley Home residents and silent film buffs are in for an afternoon of fun and comedy this coming Sunday at 3 p.m. when members of St. John’s Church host four silent films highlighting the comedic talents of Laurel and Hardy. This will be an opportunity to view the duo in action comedy prior to their becoming a team. The four films are titled “From Soup to Nuts,” “Leave ‘Em Laughing,” “That’s My Wife” and “Collars and Cuff.” We have previously offered the plots of the first two films and now offer a brief peak at the remaining two films. The third movie, “That’s My Wife” plot has Ollie’s uncle promising him a large inheritance, as long as he’s happily married. Bad timing, however, as Mrs. Hardy has just stormed out on her husband, due to his loyalty to permanent houseguest Stan. Ollie attempts to pass off Stan, dressed in drag, as his wife. The ersatz Hardys and the uncle attend a local nightclub, where the ruse is revealed when a waiter attempts to hide a stolen necklace down the back of Stan’s dress. We were unable to find information on “Collars and Cuffs.” It is a very rare film which takes place in a laundry. We did discover the fact that Stan toured as an understudy for Charlie Chaplin in 1910 and 1920.

The four films listed above are the sixth in the series of Silent Movies hosted by the St. John’s Lutheran church of Valley Home. Dave Moreno of Sacramento will once again be offering musical accompaniment on the church pipe organ and TV personality Matias Bombal will also offer some musical glimpses featuring tunes of the era.

Following the films, guests are invited to enjoy refreshments of homemade pie for $2.50 a slice with homemade ice cream available for topping. Enjoy an opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors.

There is no fee charged for viewing the movies, however, a free-will donation is appreciated. Donations made at last year’s movies went to purchase new tables and chairs of which the church now has 12 new tables and 64 chairs. The group hopes to purchase an additional 32 chairs to complete the set.


Congratulations to the Kindergarten class and our Eighth graders on their graduations this year which will be held on Monday, May 23 in the Gym/MPR building – Kindergarten at 2 p.m. and 8th Grade at 7 p.m. Help us wish them well as they go forth in their school years.


Valley Home School Box Top winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 24th at our End of Year-Third Trimester Awards Assembly. You are invited to enjoy a BBQ’d Hamburger lunch after the Awards Assembly which will take place at 11:30 a.m. with classes being excused at 1:00 p.m. The PTC committee is still in need of volunteers for set-up after the 8:15 bell; food service set up will begin at 11:20 and clean-up at 1:00 p.m. If you are able to help, please email Lisa at or call 840-3178.