Canada Day hike up Mount Roberts

The Canada Day hike is this Friday, July 1! To celebrate Canada’s birthday, join the annual hike to the top of Mount Roberts. Every year over a hundred hikers ranging in age from four to 84 converge at the top for a picnic lunch and to sing the National Anthem while the flag is raised. Most hikers start before 10 a.m. in order to be at the top for the official flag raising at noon. The trail head is accessed on the Cascade Highway at approximately the 3-kilometre mark. Hikers should be prepared with appropriate shoes, clothes, a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray and lunch.

The Rossland Marlins Swim Club starts next week, on Monday July 4 at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for kids to become stronger, more confident swimmers, without the stresses of completing Red Cross levels. The club works on stroke development, endurance, critical thinking, common sense and lifesaving skills. Children only have to be able to swim one lap in order to join.

Early morning lap swim at the Rossland Pool is now on Tuesday mornings, from 7-8 a.m. Cost is $2 for members and $5 for non-members. Interested in private lessons for yourself or your little one? We offer half-hour, private lessons for $15. Please contact the pool or the recreation department to discuss available times and instructors.

If you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, the Kootenay Sailing Association is starting a Youth Sailing Club on Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. Come down to the Prestige Hotel dock to register and to check out the club’s new boats. In order to get the opportunity to come sailing on the KLSA boats all you need is a 2011 KLSA membership which is $30 for a youth, $50 for one adult or $65 for a family.  The club has 3 Optis for kids under 130 lbs., 1 Albacore large dingy and a West Wight Potter 19 which is a nice little cruising boat. If you have any questions, please contact David Oosthuizen at 250-352-1312.

The Rossland Public Library has their Summer Reading Club information out and this year’s theme is “Savour Each Word … discover the deliciousness of reading.” With games to play, crafts to make and stories to tell, there’s lots of fun to be had. For more information about age groups and times, please contact the library at 250-362-7611 or rplsrc@gmail.com

AquaTot lessons at the pool start on Tuesday June 21 and run for the duration of the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. This half hour lesson is for parents and tots to enjoy social time in the water and introduce skills like buoyancy, movement, floating and active water play. Tots will be assessed on the Red Cross Preschool levels Starfish, Duck and Sea Turtle. Once your little one has shown mastery of certain skills, they’ll move up to the next level. The guards will keep track of your little person’s progress. When one level is completed, you’ll receive your child’s first Red Cross Swimming Lessons booklet to keep track of their progression for the next few years. The lessons are drop in and parents can enjoy coming as often or as little as summer holidays permit. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for non-members.

Interested in playing softball with other families? The recreation department has set aside Cooke Avenue ball field in lower Rossland, on Friday nights, from 5-7 p.m. Grab your gloves, your bats and your kids and head out to Cooke Avenue field for a casual, relaxed game of softball. This is a co-ed, multi age, recreational, fun game organized by the families that show up. Tell your friends! The more families who show up, the more fun you’ll have! Adults will be responsible for ensuring safety, common sense and fair play.

If you’re interested in adult roller hockey at the Rossland Arena, a new co-ordinator has started up the sport. Days of the week and times may change in the future. If you’re interested in playing, please contact Hart Joron at joron_k12_hart@hotmail.com Hart will be able to answer any questions about drop in fees and equipment required.

Junior roller derby in the Rossland Arena has started up, with regular, weekly practices on Sundays from 5-6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Darlene at darjamin@telus.net.


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