‘Arena season’ has wrapped up

Spring is in the air, (well, sort of!) and the spring program guide is in the community. If you didn’t receive one in your mailbox, please drop by the recreation department or give us a call.

Spring is in the air, (well, sort of!) and the spring program guide is in the community. If you didn’t receive one in your mailbox, please drop by the recreation department or give us a call.

The “arena season” has just wrapped up and the ice is officially out of the building now. Public Works is readying the arena for Roller Derby, which will be moving in for practices and tournaments as of April 1.

The renovations and improvements to the arena last year were well received by the public who provided us with positive feedback for the recent facelift. The arena itself is enjoying a much busier schedule with increasing numbers of users booking ice time. If you were hoping to acquire ice time next year, the only available time in the evenings, on a semi-regular basis, is Saturday nights.

With suggestions from the public for more daytime hockey next year, we’ll be programming two more adult hockey ice times during the day. We’ve had a request for a 55+ men’s rec hockey and another co-ed rec drop-in hockey. If you’re interested in other opportunities at the arena next year, please don’t hesitate to come by the office to discuss what you would like. We’re excited about how well used the arena is and look forward to working with groups who would like to obtain ice time.

The Rossland Pool opens soon and is currently accepting applications from qualified instructors and lifeguards. If you are currently working towards full certification, please drop off your resume for consideration. There are casual and junior guard positions that can be filled by local youth who are still 16 and/or not finished their instruction certifications. Students and local youth are given priority in the hiring process — if you’re interested in working at the Rossland Pool — don’t delay! Drop off your resume at the Recreation Department, or email it to recreation@rossland.ca.

There are lots of great programs coming up! If you have a creative teenager in the house, check out the “Cartooning for Teens” class that starts April 6 and runs until June 8. The class is for teens 11-14 years and is taught by a certified teacher who specializes in art.

Revolution Cycle is offering a kids bike maintenance class on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and an adult class on Tuesday April 19 and Wednesday May 11.

The violin classes are popular! If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play the violin, this is your chance to give it a try. The beginners class starts April 7 and runs until June 2, on Thursdays from 7 – 7:45 p.m. The Beginners and Intermediate class is on the same dates but starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 8:45 p.m.

With elections in the air, maybe it’s time to start thinking about running for municipal council? Mayor Greg Granstrom is hosting an informative workshop for those considering a position on council. This workshop will answer your questions and provide you with a clear understanding of council’s roles and responsibilities. There are two sessions to consider — the first one is Tuesday, May 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. The second one is Thursday May 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshops are $5 to register, with all proceeds going towards KidSport.

If you have a young musician in your midst between the ages of 3-4 years, check out the “Sunrise 2 Program” starting on April 4 and running until June 6 on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. This is the second level preschool music class in the Music for Young Children music program. MYC is an internationally recognized music program with levels from preschool to teens. The Sunrise 2 class is a great introduction to the curriculum and teaching philosophy. For more information please log on to the website at www.myc.com.

The recreation department will be working on the summer brochure in the next few weeks. If you’re interested in running a summer program, please contact our office. If you would like to run some kids camps, please let us know! We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to keep the kids busy and happy during the summer. Give our office a call, at 250-362-2327 or email us at recreation@rossland.ca.