The recreation department is working on the Spring Brochure in the next two weeks. If you would like to run a program with the rec department, please give us a call or drop by to discuss your ideas. The deadline for submitting a program description is Friday, Feb. 10.
The recreation department has purchased pickleball equipment and will be scheduling the sport into one of our available gymnasiums within the next few weeks. Pickleball is North America’s fastest growing sport and is particularly popular amongst seniors. The sport is a combination of tennis and ping pong with a much smaller playing and travelling area. If you’re interested in playing pickleball, please contact our office to be put on the interest list. Once a time, place and co-ordinator are set, we’ll contact everyone who’s expressed interest.
Hey teens! There’s a Hip Hop and Jazz dance class just for you on Tuesdays, from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the MacLean Annex. Think you’ve got some good moves? Have fun, get some exercise and hang with your friends!
On Friday, Feb. 3 at Rossland Secondary School, a group of Selkirk College Students are hosting the annual Rice and Beans Fundraising Dinner. A group of 14 Selkirk College students are travelling to Guatemala this Spring for a community health practicum as part of their curriculum within the nursing program at Selkirk. The traditional Guatemalan dinner on Friday, Feb. 3 at RSS starts at 6 p.m. The funds raised will help pay for their trip expenses. There will be entertainment, a silent auction, lots of great raffle prizes (including two 2- for-1 lift tickets donated by Red Mountain) and a slide show made by the group who went to Guatemala last year. Cost is $10 at the door and everyone is welcome!
Spring Break is still a few weeks away, but if you’re looking for something for the kids to do over the break – Shelley Painter will be running some March Break Art Classes! Running Monday to Friday, March 12 to 16 and then again from March 19 to 23, these two-hour long classes run from 2 – 4 p.m. Each day will be a different project and some days will explore more than one project, using a specific technique. Participants can come to one class or all the classes – whichever works best for your child’s schedule. Suggested ages are 6 to 12 years, but 3-5 year olds are welcome to come with a parent or babysitter for the first hour only. Please contact us for more info on pricing and specific projects.
Public Skating for the week is Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2:30-4 p.m. and again from 6 -7:30 p.m. If you can’t get enough skating and want more than we’ve scheduled, enjoy the outdoor rink, located on Third Avenue, between Spokane Street and Washington Street. There is also a fire pit and benches! Red Mountain also has an outdoor skating rink to enjoy.
Friends of the Rossland Range (FORR) is hosting a lecture about climate change, on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Miners’ Hall. The lecture will discuss the potential impacts of climate change to ecosystems, trees, snow and wildfire in the West Kootenay region, including a primer on why the climate is changing. Guest speakers Craig DeLong and Greg Utzig have worked for many years as forest ecologists specializing in ecosystem dynamics, disturbance ecology and forest conservation. Tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the FORR. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Powderhound in Rossland, Gerick’s Cycle and Ski in Trail or at the door the night of the event.
The PAC at RSS has purchased a beverage container recycling bin for donations of CLEAN beverage containers. The bin is located in the parking lot at the back of the school. Signage will be donated by Interior Signs in Trail in the next few weeks. Funds will go towards travel and competition expenses for RSS sports teams and clubs, as well as new equipment for the school.
Hip Hop and Jazz has started and still has room for drop ins! Kids ages 6-8 years can enjoy Hip Hop on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. and kids ages 9-11 years on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Teens have an hour to themselves on Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. The adult class runs on Wednesdays from 7-8: p.m. Classes are running in the MacLean Annex.
Senior’s Duffer Hockey on Tuesday mornings runs from 9:30-10:45 a.m. This is a great program for enthusiastic seniors who would like to learn how to play hockey or know and want to get out and play.
If you enjoy backcountry and cross-country skiing at the Nancy Greene summit, stop by the recreation department to pick up a topographic map of the area, complete with locations of all the cabins.
The recreation department is looking for Instructors who are interested in offering courses for local youth. If you enjoy working with teenagers and would like to discuss an idea for a program, please contact our office.