REC REPORT: Skate skiing lessons starting in Rossland

Now that Winter is starting to settle in, you might be thinking about learning how to skate ski, or perhaps become a better skate skier.

Now that Winter is starting to settle in, you might be thinking about learning how to skate ski, or perhaps become a better skate skier.  There is a Beginner’s Skate Skiing class starting on Dec. 4 and running for three weeks on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Intermediate and Advanced Skate Skiing class starts the following night, on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and also runs for three weeks. Both courses are taught by Andy Morel, with Kootenay Nordic Ventures.

If you have a young artist in the house, there are two pottery courses starting in November. The Clay Creatures Class for children 5-6 years of age, starts Nov. 21 and runs until Dec. 19, on Wednesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Miners’ Hall Pottery Studio. The Clay Arts Class for youth ages 7-12 runs from 5:15-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and starts on Nov. 21, ending on Dec. 19.

If you’re new to town and wondering about drop in hockey, there are two Recreation times set aside.  The Tuesday night Co-Ed Rec Hockey runs from 9:45-11 p.m. and the Sunday hockey runs from 9:15-10:30 p.m. The drop in fee is $10 per person, or you can purchase a 10X pass at the Rec Department, for $80.

Senior’s Duffer Hockey has started and runs on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 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!

The Rossland Mountain Film Fest is this weekend, with lots of great events taking place. For more information, check out their website, at www.rosslandmountainfilmfestival.com.

Rossland’s Homespun Christmas Craft Fair is this weekend! Almost 40 artisans from across the Kootenays will have home-made wares on sale ranging from Christmas ornaments, pottery, chocolates, painting, glass, jewelry, bath products and more. It’s a great way to get a head start on that Christmas list — high quality work on sale at good prices, and all made here in the Kootenays. The event this year is at the Prestige again, Saturday Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $3 (kids under six free), with all entrants eligible for a wide range of door prizes.

You may have heard the story of Warren McDonald, the double above-knee amputee who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2003, after losing both legs during a backpacking trek in Australia, six years earlier. Warren’s story was featured on the television show, “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” and he was also interviewed on the Oprah show. Warren’s accident occurred when he was climbing to the summit of a peak when he became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall. His companion, Geert van Keulen, a Dutch traveler he’d met the day before was his only hope for survival. As Warren lay crushed, Geert raced down the mountain to get help. Warren’s “test of will” lasted two days before a helicopter arrived, and he was rescued.

Warren will be speaking on Nov. 27 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Rossland Secondary School in the Auditorium. His lecture, “The Challenge of Change” will be an inspiring and eye-opening information session, designed to help motivate and encourage people to achieve their best despite obstacles or setbacks. Tickets are available for $15 at the Recreation Department at City Hall. For more information about Warren and his incredible story, log on to his website at; www.warren-macdonald.com.

Lots of drop in Recreation in Rossland if you’re busy but looking for an opportunity to get some exercise and have some fun!  Basketball is played at RSS on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. in the gym; Indoor Soccer is played on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. in the RSS Gym; Pickleball is also on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. in the MacLean Elementary School gym; Adult Co-Ed Rec Hockey is on Tuesday nights from 9:45-11 p.m. and on Sunday nights from 9:15-10:30 p.m. in the Rossland Arena; Volleyball is played at RSS in the Gym on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. and for those who prefer morning exercise, Zumba is on Monday and Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Miners’ Hall and Stretch & Strength is on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m., in the Miners’ Hall.

The Friends of the Rossland Range, or FORR, are having their annual general meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Hall, in Rossland. For more information, log on to www.rosslandrange.org.

The Recreation Department will start creating the Spring Brochure in the next few weeks. If you’re new to town and interested in teaching a hobby or skill that you enjoy, please contact us to discuss opportunities for running a program.

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