REC REPORT: Remembrance Day this weekend

The public skating schedule has changed slightly with Remembrance Day falling on Sunday.

The public skating schedule has changed slightly with Remembrance Day falling on Sunday. The arena is closed on Statutory Holidays and the public skating sessions will be cancelled. This week, Public Skating will be on Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. and Fridays from 5-6:30 p.m. Rental skates are available for $2 if you don’t have your own. Please check the city’s website, at; www.rossland.ca, > city hall > arena – for weekly updates.

The minor hockey schedule has changed slightly and there may be ice available for rent on Saturday if you’d like to rent it. For more information, please contact the recreation department to confirm available times and costs.

Senior’s Duffer Hockey has started and runs on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. If you love to play hockey and you’re over 50, this is the game for you! Players with varying skills are encouraged to come out and play with other “older” players in the spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship. All abilities are encouraged and welcome!

The Cardmaking Class that was scheduled for Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. in the arena lounge has cancelled due to low registration numbers. With the computer software issues the recreation department dealt with in the early fall, we have no record of registrations during that time and cannot contact anyone to let them know the course has cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Rossland Light Opera Players annual Dinner Theatre presents, The Songwriter – a musical comedy by Eddie Cope with music and lyrics by Buster Cearly. The play is a delightful and raucous tale of an aspiring artist taken in by crooked con men and the allure of fame and fortune in Nashville, the city of music. The play is being put on at the Miners Hall and tickets must be purchased in advance. The tickets are $35 per person and includes dinner and the show. The Catering is from Brad and Kim, of the Harvest Table and Becky of the Sweet Dreams Cakery. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner service is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Rossland Hardware and Hall’s Printing in Trail. For more information, please contact Janis Anderson, at janisanderson@telus.net.

You may have heard the story of Warren McDonald, the double above-knee amputee who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2003, after losing both legs during a backpacking trek in Australia, six years earlier.  Warren’s story was featured on the television show, “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” and he was also interviewed on the Oprah show.  Warren’s accident occurred when he was climbing to the summit of a peak when he became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall. His companion, Geert van Keulen, a Dutch traveler he’d met the day before was his only hope for survival.  As Warren lay crushed, Geert raced down the mountain to get help. Warren’s “test of will” lasted two days before a helicopter arrived, and he was rescued.

Warren will be speaking on November 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Rossland Secondary School in the Auditorium.  His lecture, “The Challenge of Change” will be an inspiring and eye-opening information session, designed to help motivate and encourage people to achieve their best despite obstacles or setbacks. Tickets are available for $15 at the recreation department at city hall. For more information about Warren and his incredible story, log on to his website at; www.warren-macdonald.com.

Lots of drop-in recreation in Rossland. If you’re busy but looking for an opportunity to get some exercise and have some fun!  Basketball is played at RSS on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. in the gym; Indoor Soccer is played on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. in the RSS Gym; Pickleball is also on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the MacLean Elementary School gym; Adult Co-Ed Rec Hockey is on Tuesday nights from 9:45-11 p.m. and on Sunday nights from 9:15-10:30 p.m. in the Rossland arena; Volleyball is played at RSS in the Gym on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. and for those who prefer morning exercise, Zumba is on Monday and Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Miners’ Hall and Stretch & Strength is on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m., in the Miners’ Hall.

The Friends of the Rossland Range, or FORR, are having their annual general meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Hall, in Rossland. For more information, log on to www.rosslandrange.org.

The recreation department will start creating the Spring Brochure in the next few weeks. If you’re new to town and interested in teaching a hobby or skill that you enjoy, please contact us to discuss opportunities for running a program.

The downtown will be busy with the community Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11. Join the community for a gathering on Columbia Avenue in front of the cenotaph beside the Library at 11 a.m.