REC REPORT: Office back online, but event bookings may have been erased

The Recreation Department is working through some challenging computer software issues.

The Recreation Department is working through some challenging computer software issues that have resulted in the loss of all data for the period Aug.12 to the end of September. Although the loss of information is complete, we are prioritizing the issues and are working through a system of re-entering the information. At the top of the list of concerns, are Miners’ Hall and arena bookings. If you have booked an event with the department for a date in the future, during the months of August and September – for any of the facilities in Rossland – including the Miners’ Hall, arena or arena lounge – please contact our department. If you have ANY concern that we may no longer know about your booking – be it a Birthday Party, Wedding, Reunion, Special Event, Musical performance – please call to confirm. Our number is 250-362-2327.

With regard to programs that are starting in September or October and you registered for it in August or September, we no longer have record of your (or your child’s) registration. Please ensure you keep your receipts that you received at the time of booking, in case you need a refund in the future and also for your taxes, next year. We are working as quickly and as efficiently as possible to mitigate any disruption to the recreation services. Thank you to the community for your assistance in providing us with information and patience. We appreciate your understanding!

Enough of the overwhelming and dreadful……’s some fun and exciting stuff coming up in Rossland and our area, in the next few weeks!

The Youth Film Making Workshop is next week, on October 9 & 10 (Tuesday & Wednesday) from 3:30-6:30pm in the KAST Office Boardroom at #108 -2196 LeRoi Avenue. Open to Youth ages 13 to 18 years, (but 11-12 is ok too!) this workshop is taught by Amy Bohegan of Watershed Productions, from Nelson. The course covers the basics of storyboarding, shooting, editing and production, giving the students the necessary skills to bring their unique point of view to the big screen. All materials are provided to the students.

Guides has returned to Rossland with three new Leaders! Guides is for girls in grades 4, 5 and 6 and meets on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. at RSS, in the cafeteria. For girls ages 9 to 11 years, Guides provides girls with opportunities to start developing leadership abilities by making decisions about unit activities, learning to organize events and teaching each other new skills. The Guide program includes activities that deal with cyber-safety, anti-bullying, self-esteem, health and fitness and environmental sustainability. Guides also have opportunities to take a stand on issues important to them and to make the world a better place through community service projects and volunteering at local events. For more information, please contact Tammie at .

If you’re interested in registering your child with BlackJack Cross Country Ski Club, the co-ordinator’s position has changed hands and Jenn Schleppe is now co-ordinating the programs for kids 4-12 years of age. Jenn’s phone number is 250-362-7377 and her email is

If you’re a parent of a teenager, consider heading to Trail on Thursday, Oct.18 to hear Gary Anaka, a brain based learning facilitator, talk about the Magical Teenage Brain. His talk includes information about how today’s high schools are full of teenagers struggling with learning challenges, fragile brain issues, boredom or stress. He’ll share information about how teachers and parents can unlock and engage the adolescent “digital” brain. The teenage brain is undergoing huge changes and is a work in progress! If you have a teenager and are looking for answers and information – make sure you take advantage of this free session. Gary will be presenting in the Theatre at Crowe, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Admission is with a donation to the local food bank.

Introduction to Recreational Gymnastics for 5-6 year olds and 7-9 year olds, starts next week, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the MacLean Annex. The younger kids’ class (5-6 years) is from 3 – 4 p.m., from Oct. 11 through to Nov. 29. The older kids’ class (7-9 years) is from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Both classes are full. We would love to offer more gymnastics classes or create larger classes – if you know of an available gymnastics coach, please contact our office.

Senior’s Duffer Hockey starts next week, on Friday Oct. 12 at 9:30 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!

Co-Ed Kids REC Hockey starts next week too! For little ones between the ages of 5-10 years, this fun, non contact hockey program provides kids with the opportunity to learn skills and drills and enjoy a short game of scrimmage hockey at the end of each session. Children will be required to have full hockey equipment – including a helmet and mouth guard. The program runs on Thursdays, from 3:45-5 p.m. at the Rossland Arena. If you have registered for the hockey program, don’t forget to put your name in a draw at the Rossland News, for a full “Co-Ed Kids Rec Hockey Scholarship”. For the second year in a row, a generous community member and enthusiastic hockey player has provided the funds for two lucky players. The draw is on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

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