REC REPORT: Winter Carnival on the way

Winter Carnival is this weekend and there’s lots of fun and excitement planned!

Winter Carnival is this weekend and there’s lots of fun and excitement planned! With Canada AM broadcasting live for the Eastern Canada audience, the community is encouraged to come out and enjoy the festivities at 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning. No, that’s not a typo! Friday morning at 2:30 a.m., the streets will be alive with the revelry of Winter Carnival – including over 15 retailers, the Rail Jam, Ice Carvers, Bobsled-Shine and Show and of course free coffee and hot chocolate to keep everyone warm! The Winter Carnival continues all weekend with lots of activities planned. Please check the website, at www.rosslandwintercarnival.com .

Red Mountain has night skiing and boarding, every Thursday night from Jan. 17 through to Feb. 21. The Red Carpet and T-Bar are open from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday. If you want to make an evening of it, Rafters is open with their family friendly dinner menu, available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Please contact Red Mountain at 250-362-7384 for pricing or check their website at, www.redresort.com.

If you’re interested in renting ice at the Rossland Arena, please give us a call. We have several available spots this coming weekend!

If you’re new to town and wondering about drop in hockey, there are several opportunities to lace up your skates and join the locals! On Thursdays you can play from 1:45-3:15 p.m. with Johann’s Hockey. On Tuesday nights the 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. Sr.’s Hockey is running in the arena on Friday mornings from 9:30-10:45 a.m. This ice time is for Senior and/or “laid back” players who are committed to ensuring a fun and safe game of hockey. Players are expected to play in the spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship. All abilities are encouraged and welcome! For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Mike Ramsey at m.ramsey@telus.net. The Saturday Co-Ed Rec Hockey has cancelled, so make sure you take advantage of the Tuesday /Thursday/Friday/ Sunday ice times.

The Hip Hop & Jazz classes start this week and will run until the first week of March. The classes are offered in the MacLean Annex on First Avenue between St. Paul and Monte Christo. Classes are on Tuesdays from 3-3:45 p.m. for 5-6 year olds, 4-5 p.m. for 7-9 year olds, 5-6 p.m.m for 10-13 year olds. On Wednesdays, classes for teens run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and adults from 6:45-7:45 p.m. The classes are taught by Meg Wadsworth and are guaranteed to be high energy, addictive and fun!

Public Skating for the week of Jan. 21 to 27 is on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Friday Jan. 25 from 5-6:30pm and Sunday, January 27 from 6:00-7:30pm. For more information about admission prices and skate rentals, please log on to the City’s website, at www.rossland.ca. The information can be found under the City Hall, Arena page.

The winter session for Karate has begun and runs until March 2013. The program is for Youth as young as 12 years old and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the MacLean Gymnasium from 6:30-8 p.m. If you’re a karate beginner, the instructor will provide separate instruction until you can manage the basics. The Rossland Shotokan Karate Club has been operating continuously since 1996 and new students are accepted in the months of September and January.

If you’re a parent of a preschooler, there’s a new Parent & Child Mother Goose Program running on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting Jan. 12 and running until March 16. This program is offered through the public library for babies 6-18 months and their parents. To reserve a place, please contact the Children’s Librarian, Lynn Amann, at children@rossland.bclibrary.ca or by phone, at 250-362-7611.

The outdoor rink is located on Third Avenue, between Spokane and Washington and weather permitting is open to the public. Red Mountain also has an outdoor ice rink for the public’s use and the rental department has a small fleet of rental skates available.

The Rossland Public Library is offering a 3 p.m. “Movies & Munchies” program, every third Wednesday of the month. Kids will enjoy five different cartoons from the National Film Board – quirky, interesting independent films – while enjoying a healthy snack! For more information, contact the library, at 250-362-7611 or info@rossland.bclibrary.ca.

The recreation department is working on the Spring Brochure, which will be available mid-March and cover the months of April, May and June. 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. If you represent a local organization and you have events during that time period that you’d like to advertise, please email us with the information, at recreation@rossland.ca

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