REC REPORT: Rossland arena closes this week

The arena closes on Friday. The last opportunities to go Public Skating are Wednesday, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and Friday, from 5-6:30 p.m.

The arena closes on Friday. The last opportunities to go Public Skating are Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. and Friday March 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. For more information about admission prices and skate rentals, please log on to the city’s website, at The information can be found under the City Hall, Arena page. There’s some ice available this week to rent, if you’d like to enjoy one last hockey game or celebrate a special event. Give the recreation department a call if you’d like more information.

The recreation department and art instructor Shelley Painter are running Spring Break Art Camps to help keep the kids busy and having fun over the spring break! Classes are held in the arena lounge from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and each day has a different art theme to look forward to. Some themes include; shadow puppets, block printing, stop action movies, beading and painting. The dates are March 18-22 (five day week) and March 25-28, (four day week). Children ages 6-12 years can register for one day, several days or a full week. Spaces are limited and the Instructor will require advance notice to ensure there are enough materials for each day.

If you’re looking for more activities for the kids during spring break, Red Mountain has three day Ski and Snowboard Camps for every level. Check their website, at or call the Resort at 250-362-7384.

The Rossland Pool doesn’t open for several months, but we’re already looking for qualified, certified staff for the 2013 season. The outdoor pool opens at the beginning of June and closes at the end of August. The Rossland Pool offers a full range of aquatic education – including School Board Lessons, Aqua Tot, Red Cross Swim Lessons, the Bronze courses and Swim Club. Applications will be received by individuals who possess their NLS and WSI. If you are currently working on obtaining your WSI and will have it by June 2013, please forward your resume indicating where you’re taking the course and when you’ll be completed. Resumes should be forwarded to the recreation department as soon as possible.

This Sunday, March 17 from 1-4 p.m. the Rossland REAL Food group is hosting the annual Seedy Sunday. Annual flower and vegetable seeds, plus local seeds grown in the Kootenays will be available for sale! The Seedy Sunday sale takes place at RSS with the local Interact Club providing yummy treats for sale. Everyone is welcome and if you have your own seeds to swap or sell, this is the place to be.

The Spring Brochure has gone to print and will be available in the mailboxes, by the third week of March. If you would like to view it online, please log onto, City Hall, Rossland Recreation, Program Guide. The online version of the brochure will be available by Thursday, March 14. Registration for programs begins Monday, March 18.

There are lots of great new programs coming up! If you need your boating certificate, Mike Fairweather is teaching the Boating Basics course – the Canadian Coast Guard accredited boating proficiency course. The all-day course is being held in the arena lounge on Saturday, April 13. For little tykes, there’s Preschool T-Ball and Tumbalina with Pam Shirley and Creative Movements with Kootenay Danceworks. For children ages 5-10 years, there’s Little Kids Rugby, REC Gymnastics, Bike Maintenance, Tennis, Mountain Biking Courses and Pottery. For youth, check out the Violin/Fiddle course, the Babysitters Course and some more advanced Mountain Biking courses. Gabby Jangula with Out of Bounds Fitness is going to be teaching some courses through the rec department. On Wednesdays and Fridays, starting April 3, Gabby is offering an Early Spin & Strength class in her Studio. From May 14 to June 20, Gabby is running a Corelates course in the Miners’ Hall. This course is an amazing workout using Pilates and core strengthening exercises to tone the entire body. There are also several exciting new Mountain Biking courses, including a Bike Maintenance course for women, offered by Revolution Cycles. If you’re a crafter, there are several exciting new courses – including a Tablerunner quilting course, a gorgeous painted Wall Hanging course, a Scrapbooking workshop and a Pottery Lasagna Pan course.

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