Computer literacy and beyond …

There are two excellent courses coming up in computer literacy.

If you need your boating certificate, Mike Fairweather is teaching the Boating Basics course—the Canadian Coast Guard accredited boating proficiency course. The all-day course is being held this Saturday in the Arena Lounge, from 9-4:30 p.m. The course objectives are to provide an introductory level of water safety knowledge to improve your enjoyment of boating activities, to provide instruction on your responsibilities as a recreational boater under Canadian law, and to provide you with the knowledge necessary to obtain the Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Are you a Senior interested in becoming more computer literate? There are two excellent courses coming up that will help you to feel more comfortable and confident. CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy) is offering two free Seniors Computer Workshops in April. • Workshop 1: Learn how to use Facebook. In this hands-on workshop you can set up your own Facebook page, upload photos and find friends. This workshop is located at Rossland Public Library on Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. To 1:30 p.m. • Workshop 2: Learn all about shopping safely online. In this workshop you will learn safe online practices, get helpful tips, and much more. Come and practice your shopping skills. The course is located at the Rossland Public Library on Friday, April 19 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Register now as seats are limited. Only 10 seats per workshop. To register, please contact Tiffaney (Greater Trail Community literacy coordinator) at 921-7289.

If you’re a homeschooler, the Library has a new Homeschoolers Support program at the Library, on Friday afternoons. For more information and a schedule, contact Lynn at children@rossland.bclibrary.ca or call 250-362-7611.

If you’re thinking about becoming a Lifeguard and you’ve already taken your Bronze Medallion, there’s a Standard First Aid coming up in May, with the NLS right behind it. Contact the Castlegar Community Complex to register for the two day Standard First Aid course which runs May 11-12. The National Lifeguard Service Award starts two weeks later and runs over a month. The Castlegar Complex can be reached at 250-365-3386.

The Early Spin and Strength class is running at the Out of Bounds Fitness Studio from 6:10-7 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, starting Wednesday, April 3 until Friday, May 10. You can register for six sessions, 12 sessions or pay drop in. Morning Zumba, evening Zumba and Stretch and Strength have all resumed after a break over Spring Break. Morning Zumba is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Stretch and Strength is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and evening Zumba is on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.

The new Spring Recreation Brochure is out and can be viewed online at www.rossland.ca (City Hall, Recreation Department, Program guide). There are lots of great programs coming up, including; Sarah Zanussi’s Lasagna Pan Pottery class on Sunday, April 21 and Sunday, May 26 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Yellow Flower Wall Hanging course that incorporates quilting and painting and is featured on the front cover of the Spring brochure, is running Friday, April 19 from 6-9 p.m. and then Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For little tykes, there’s Preschool T-Ball and Tumbalina with Pam Shirley and Creative Movements with Kootenay Danceworks. For children ages five to 10 years, there’s Little Kids Rugby, REC Gymnastics, Bike Maintenance, Tennis, Mountain Biking Courses and Pottery. For Youth, check out the Babysitters Course and some more advanced Mountain Biking courses. There are also several exciting new Mountain Biking courses, including a Bike Maintenance course for women, offered by Revolution Cycles.