REC REPORT: Spring break art classes on now

The recreation department and art instructor Shelley Painter are running Spring Break Art Camps.

The recreation department and art instructor Shelley Painter are running Spring Break Art Camps to help keep the kids busy and having fun over 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. This week is the second week of spring break and the classes end on Thursday, March 28. This week the themes are Block Printing on Tuesday, Shadow Puppets on Wednesday and Cartooning on Thursday. The classes are held at the arena lounge, accessed up the exterior stairs on Third Avenue at the back of the arena. Classes are $18 per day and drop in is possible, but pre-registration is preferred. Golden Bear Childcare Centre is offering an excellent Spring break childcare option for children five years and up!

Daily drop-in cost is $35/day. Hours of operation are (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) Monday through Friday. Contact Ketna at Golden Bear for registration: 250-362-5856.

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.

If you’re thinking about becoming a lifeguard and you’ve already taken your Bronze Medallion, there’s a Standard First Aid coming up in May, with the NLS right behind it. Contact the Castlegar Community Complex to register for the two day Standard First Aid course which runs Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. The National Lifeguard Service Award starts two weeks later and runs over a month. The Castlegar Complex can be reached at 250-365-3386.

CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy) is offering two, FREE! Seniors Computer Workshops in April. Workshop #1: Learn how to use Facebook: In this hands-on workshop you can set up your own Facebook page, upload photos, and find friends and more! This workshop is located at Rossland Public Library on Wednesday April 17 from 11 a.m. To 1:30 p.m. Workshop #2: Learn all about shopping safely online. In this workshop you will learn safe online practices, get helpful tips, and much more. Come and practice your shopping skills! The course is located at the Rossland Public Library on Friday, April 19 from 1p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register now as seats are limited! Only ten seats per workshop. To register, please contact Tiffaney (Greater Trail community literacy co-ordinator) at 250.921.7289.

There are lots of great new programs coming up! Check out Indoor Soccer for Ages 5-7 year olds with Jorge Rivas! This is a great opportunity for children 5-7 years old to have fun and learn some new soccer skills and drills while the fields are drying out. Soccer is a great way to become a team player while learning appropriate sporting behavior! Parent participation is encouraged! There will be a $2 drop-in opportunity for the first two classes for children who want to try out this new program. If there are any parent helpers interested in volunteer coaching with Jorge or would like to coach 8-10 year olds please contact the recreation department for details. There will be an interest list at the recreation department for 8-10 year olds until a coach is confirmed. Start-up date is Tuesday, April 9 – May 21, 2013, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at MacLean gymnasium. Cost is $20/seven classes. A minimum of eight participants is needed to run the class, so register now!

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 Table runner quilting course, a gorgeous painted Wall Hanging course, a Scrapbooking workshop and a Pottery Lasagna Pan Course.


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