There’s a supplementary winter brochure that the recreation department put out in December with lots of new programs starting in January – including Hip Hop, a computers course, children’s art classes, and a new set of gymnastics classes. The brochure can be viewed online, at www.rossland.ca.
The Joe Hill Coffeehouse starts the New Year with another great show on Jan. 15. As usual, the doors open at 6 p.m., and at 7 p.m. the entertainment begins. Treats will be supplied by the Rossland Secondary School drama club. Admission is $3 for adults and free for students and children. Be sure to get there early enough to grab a good seat!
The line-up includes: Michael Gifford – classic love, cowboy lore, & original tunes- ukulele, guitar, vocals; TJ Worsley, a 12 year old singer; Kerry Kean, a pop singer, guitarist; Kootenay DanceWorks, with dancers Jill Amantea & Cydney Streadwick; Wendy Garbe, a pop singer accompanied by Michael Gifford on guitar; Doug Halladay, Chuck Cram and Dave Rusnell on guitar, bass and vocals; RLOP – showcase excerpts from “Pride and Prejudice” and the Beautiful Losers – Chas “Chips McKie on bass, Corey Hendersmash on guitar, Ian McIntyre on rock banjo, Craig Doherty on accordion and Kyle Buckley with vocals.
Public Skating for the week is Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Friday from 5-6:30 p.m., Sunday from 2:30-4 p.m. and again from 6-7:30 p.m. If you can’t get enough skating and want more than we’ve scheduled, enjoy the outdoor rink, located on Third Avenue, between Spokane Street and Washington Street. The public works department has installed a fire pit and benches – bring some wood to build a fire and enjoy our beautiful outdoor ice rink! Red Mountain Resort also has an outdoor skating rink to enjoy – look for it to the left of the road that goes up to the maintenance department.
Computers for the Rest of Us, starts Jan. 17 and runs until March 6. This class is on Tuesdays, in the MacLean Elementary School computer lab. The class introduces the Mac computer to relative beginners and includes a wide range of topics, including; Word, email, iPhoto, communicating ideas and accessing information.
Hip Hop and Jazz starts on Tuesday, Jan. 24 with different times for kids 6-8 years, 9-11 years and 12 and up. Adults are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. starting Jan. 25. This is a fast paced, energetic class with an emphasis on having fun and feeling good.
Art Classes start this week, with a great selection of interesting and challenging classes for kids. The Preschool Art Class’s theme is “Under the Sea” and children will enjoy drawing, tracing, painting and sculpting using a wide variety of materials. All the projects are based around creatures found under the sea!
For older kids between the ages of 8-12 years, there are two different art classes to choose from. From 4-5 p.m. kids can enjoy the Art across Canada class, which focusses on introducing various mediums, including pencil, pastel, watercolour, clay and screen printing. The second class runs from 5-6 p.m. and focusses on drawing and painting. The first part of the course focusses on improving sketching, techniques, looking at perspective, proportion and shading. Students will work with artist’s pencils, charcoal and pastels. The second part of the course focusses on transferring drawing techniques over to painting with watercolour and acrylic paints.
Senior’s Duffer Hockey on Tuesday mornings runs from 9:30-10:45 a.m. each week. This is a great program for enthusiastic seniors who would like to learn how to play or already know and want to get out and play.
Betty Go Hard is running a Junior Betty’s Snowshoe and Hot Chocolate series for girls ages 8-13 years that starts Friday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. This course runs for three consecutive weeks and has the girls exploring local trails and having fun in the snow. Each evening ends with a gourmet hot chocolate.
If you enjoy backcountry and cross-country skiing at the Nancy Greene summit, stop by the recreation department to pick up a topographic map of the area, complete with locations of all the cabins.
The recreation department will begin working on the spring brochure in the next week. If you would like to run a program with the rec department, please give us a call or drop by to discuss your ideas. The deadline for submitting a program description is Friday, Feb. 10.