So much to do at Winter Carnival

Lots going on this weekend! The Rossland Winter Carnival has lots of opportunities to get out, recreate, socialize and enjoy the community. Check out the festivities at www.rosslandwintercarnival.com and see a full schedule pull-out in today’s Rossland News (pages 8 & 13.) The 2011 Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships take place this weekend too — check out www.bcpondhockey.com for volunteer opportunities and the schedule of events.

Lots going on this weekend! The Rossland Winter Carnival has lots of opportunities to get out, recreate, socialize and enjoy the community. Check out the festivities at www.rosslandwintercarnival.com and see a full schedule pull-out in today’s Rossland News (pages 8 & 13.) The 2011 Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships take place this weekend too — check out www.bcpondhockey.com for volunteer opportunities and the schedule of events.

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Consider making some beautiful soap for Valentines Day — for yourself or a loved one, using vegetable oils, essential oils and some natural additives to make long lasting, gentle, cold process soap. If you’re interested, Tricia Rasku has a class coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

The State of Rossland survey runs until Jan. 28. You can fill out a hard copy at city hall or go online to www.surveymonkey.com/s/DC73T5J. Individuals completing the survey will be eligible for one of two prize draws of a $100.00 gift certificate to a Rossland business of their choice. The survey collects information on six indicators — sense of community, participation in recreation and satisfaction with governance.

Do you have a young person who wants to play soccer? Youth soccer in our area is huge, and is run by the Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association. Due to overwhelming popularity and sheer numbers, their registration is early this year. Registrations will not be accepted after Feb. 25 and are done online. To register, please visit, www.kootenaysouthsoccer.com, for registration, information on clinics, select tryouts and more. KSYSA and its member clubs are run by volunteers — people like you, who don’t necessarily know anything about soccer, but have a child who really, really wants to play. To help you help the kids, KSYSA hosts coaching and referee clinics so that parents can better understand the game. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy or lose a few pounds — this could be a win-win for you and for the kids. The success of soccer in our area depends on volunteers. If you can, please consider helping out.

We have some great felting classes for kids coming up. If you have a young person who enjoys the arts, Tricia Rasku has a Kool Aid dying, felt class on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. How about a 3D felting class on Monday, Jan. 31, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m? This class creates a three-dimensional piece of felt which can be made into a hat, bowl or tea cozy and teaches the students how to make an invisible seam. The felted scarves class is on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and teaches felting techniques using either fine wool or a silk and wool blend.

The Tuesday / Sunday Co-Ed Rec Hockey nights have been SO popular, (and FULL!) we’ve added a new night to help get you on the ice! The extra ice time starts this Saturday, at 8:45 p.m. Dates and times over the next few weeks are; Saturdays at 8:45 p.m. — Jan. 22, Feb. 5, 12, and 19. Spaces fill quickly and there is a maximum number of players per night — if you would like to play, please ensure you arrive early!

Tumbalina for preschoolers has started up again on Wednesdays, from 4 – 4:45 p.m. in the MacLean Annex. This parent participation class is an introduction to gymnastics skills and apparatus in a fun, non-competitive environment. The class focuses on increasing physical strength, flexibility and co-ordination by exploration of circuits set up in the gym. The last 15 minutes includes songs and games that encourage self expression, spatial awareness and large motor skills.

The Mom, Dad and Me Program is a weekly playgroup at St. Andrews United Church, Rossland. It is an opportunity for caregivers to come together and share their experiences and find support and friendship while their children play. Caregivers are responsible for their own children. Tea, coffee and a snack are provided. The baby group (0-18 months) and toddler group (0-5 years) have been amalgamated for a trial period from Jan. 13 – Feb. 10 and will be held from 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays. Cost: $3 drop-in fee per family with toddlers or $2 drop-in fee per family with babies (18 months or younger.) Dates: Jan 4/5 to Apr 26/27. If participation warrants we will offer two separate sessions again in the future. If you are interested in volunteering, or for more info please contact Ona Stanton at 250-362-0081.

There’s a new indoor soccer option in Rossland! Grab your water bottles and indoor running shoes for a great game of co-ed soccer in the RSS Gym, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.