Spring break is coming up soon! The two-week break from school falls from Monday March 14 to Friday March 25. We have several gymnastics camps planned for March 16 and 17. If your little one hasn’t had a chance to try the gymnastics classes through the recreation Ddpartment, this is a good opportunity to learn some gymnastics and have fun during spring break! Kids will learn gymnastics fundamentals through instruction and games with a circuit format set up in the Annex gym. Classes for three and four year olds is from 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.; the class for five and six year olds is from 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.; the class for seven to nine year olds is from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and the class for 10 to 12 year olds is from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Spaces are limited. Don’t delay if you want to register!
It’s still winter, but the Rossland Pool opens relatively soon and will need to hire qualified lifeguards and nstructors for the 2011 season. Staff needs to have a minimum of their NLS, CPR C and WSI 1 & 2. Individuals who have previous experience and who also have their LSI are encouraged to apply. Working through the summer at an outdoor pool is a great way to spend a summer! The Rossland Pool is a terrific pool to learn the skills of lifeguarding and instructing and a great place to work. Please drop off a resume at the recreation department at city hall if you’re interested in applying.
If you have a child who is interested in participating in a league or club in Trail, like Stingrays or baseball, please check out the City’s website (www.rossland.ca) for information on the financial assistance policy. The policy is called the “Financial Assistance for use of Facilities, Pools and Parks Policy” and its purpose is to provide financial assistance for use of recreation facilities and complexes in another municipality in the Greater Trail Area. Rossland council may provide financial assistance to members and volunteers of non-profit groups and clubs whose purpose is recreation and competitive programs. Applicants must fall into one of three categories — children up to the age of 18 years, physically and/or mentally challenged individuals, or senior citizens over the age of 55 years. The policy guidelines and application forms are on the city’s website. If you have any questions about the policy, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
We have an exciting set of hip-hop classes running right now! Meegan Wadsworth is a talented and accomplished dancer, having studied with several large dance companies around the world. Her classes will get you grooving to some hip-hop songs and learning lots of fun moves. This class is a fun, no-pressure way to dance and get fit. The class will include a warm up, isolations, a break down of some popular hip hop moves, a choreographed hip hop routine and cool down stretches at the end. The class for kids six to eight years of age is on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., starting Feb. 15 and running for five weeks until March 15. The class for kids nine to 11 years of age is also on Tuesdays, from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., for five weeks. The adults and teen class is on Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., starting Feb. 17 and running for five weeks, to March 17. All classes will be held in the MacLean Annex, located between St. Paul and Monte Christo, on 1st Ave.
On Sunday, March 6 the Rossland REAL Food group and the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is hosting a seed swap and films night at the Miners’ Hall. The Seed Swap is from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and is free. If you have seeds you’d like to trade, sell or give away, or if you would simply like to buy locally produced seeds for your 2011 garden, then this is your opportunity. At 6 p.m. the films “Fresh” and “Dirt” start. Admission is $10.00 per person, and covers both films.
The Rossland REAL Food group is also hosting a native bees workshop on March 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., at the Rossland Arena lounge. Bees pollinate our food plants but unfortunately, their numbers are decreasing globally! Bee specialist Dr. Lynn Westcott will present information on native pollinators, explaining their importance and why their populations have decreased. Participants will make their own bee nesting blocks and can use them to help increase the populations of native pollinators. Participants must register for the course by calling Hanne Smith at 250-362-7767.
There’s an excellent conference for parents, teachers, childcare professionals and grandparents coming up in the Kootenays. The West Kootenay Early Years Conference “Connecting for Children” on April 8 & 9 offers workshops and discussions on a wide range of topics. For more information about the conference, or to register for it, please log on to; www.thekoop.ca and click on Early Years Conference.