REC REPORT: Celebrate Canada Day this weekend

Rossland’s Canada Day Celebrations are this Sunday, July 1. The community hike to the summit of Mount Roberts starts at 9 a.m.

The Summer Brochure can be viewed online, at www.rossland.ca.  You can also pick up a hard copy at city hall, in the recreation department. If you’re wondering about the pool schedule, the June schedule is in the Brochure on page 4 and the July/August schedule is on page 5.

Rossland’s Canada Day Celebrations are this Sunday, July 1.  The community hike to the summit of Mount Roberts starts at 9 a.m. with the flag raising scheduled for 11:30 a.m. From 12 – 3 p.m. the celebrations continue at Pioneer Park. The Rossland pool will be open as well, with public swimming available from 2 – 5 p.m. For more information about the festivities, please contact the Chamber of Commerce, at 250-362-5666.

On Friday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m., the 8th Annual Fundraising Garden Art Show is being held, at Coombe Cottage – 1930 Monte Christo and corner of Leroi, in Rossland.  This is an annual Garden Art Show hosted by Martine Bedard and Andy Holmes.

There are some new Art Camps at the Rouge Gallery, this summer, for little people ages 5-9 years. During the week of July 9-12 and July 30 – August 2, Stephanie Gauvin will be holding art camps that focus on birds, butterflies and animals. To register for the art camps, please contact Stephanie at 250-362-9132.

The pool staff are working hard to provide the community with lessons this month – in the rain and occasional patch of sunshine!  A huge “Thank you” to the staff at the pool for being such hard working, enthusiastic employees under such difficult weather conditions! Thank you also to the hardy mountain children who have faithfully shown up each day, rain or shine. We sure raise some tough kids in this mountainous environment!

If you have a 16 year old teenager who currently holds their Bronze Cross and is thinking about aquatics, please encourage them to keep moving forward with their certifications.  They need to take their Standard First Aid, before registering for the NLS. Selkirk College is putting together a Standard First Aid course for some local Rossland Youth in the next week.  For more information about dates and times, please contact Heather Johnston at info@hlfimages.com

The next National Lifeguard Standard (NLS) course in our area is being offered by the City of Trail. They are holding an NLS from Monday July 9 – Friday, July 13, from 9 -5 p.m. each day. Course fee is $275.

If you would like to discuss the courses that are required as a Lifeguard or Swimming Instructor, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Another great opportunity for local teenagers is the Skateboard Instructor Course, coming up in Castlegar on July 7. Ben Wixon is coming to Castlegar from his home town of Portland, Oregon to share his skills in skateboard coaching. For $20 (which includes the manual) Drop In to Skateboarding provides sound strategies and lesson plans for integrating safe skateboarding programs into a variety of public settings including schools, recreation programs, and public skateparks.  Spaces are limited to 20 people. Bring your skateboard, helmet and your thoughts on the future for skateboarding in the West Kootenay. The course is being offered on Saturday, July 7 at the Castlegar Skatepark. The cost is $20 and includes a manual. Requirement include a keen attitude to learn, bring your own skateboard/helmet (some extra helmets and boards will be available). To register by way of facebook, click here or Email: bcskateboarding@live.com

If you’re interested in having a booth at the Rossland Mountain Market, the first one is on Thursday, June 28 from 3-6 p.m. Due to the construction, the location has changed to Queen Street between the Red Roof Church and the old Firehall. If you are interested please contact the market coordinator in advance. Please visit www.rosslandfood.com for more information including contact details.

The Trail Aquatic & Leisure Centre is hosting a Kids Triathlon on Saturday, July 7. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 4 and each participant receives a t-shirt, swim cap, water bottle, race number, participation award and a healthy food and beverage post-race celebration for the whole family! For more information, please contact Lisa at 250-364-0888.

The Gold Fever Follies are hard at work rehearsing for another great summer of live theatre.  Their opening night is Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.