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2016, July 22 – Out & About

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Friday, July 22nd
• Invermere Ballfest, Slo-Pitch fundraising event at Invermere Crossroads organized by Invermere Lions Club. This year’s proceeds going to the Westside Legacy Trail. Visit ballfest.ca for details. Runs until July 24th.
• Horizon Unlimited Mountain Madness. Invermere’s first time hosting this off-road, competitive, motorcycle navigation challenge for teams of 2-4 bikes. Visit horizonsunlimited.com/humm/humm-info. Runs until July 24th.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, runs July 1st through August 27th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre. Cost $5 per child. Parents …

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Nicole Rathgeber brings magic to the Valley as Elsa during the Canada Day Parade. Photo submitted

Princess with a Purpose

Posted on July 16th, 2016 by


Invermere has been graced with the presence of Disney princesses Ana and Elsa at various events and markets the past few weekends and it won’t stop there. Nicole Rathgeber works hard to bring joy to the smallest members of our community by impersonating the princesses throughout the summer at events in both Invermere and Radium Hot Springs.
“For me, I do it because I like to see the kids light up and I just like to make their dreams come true. I find it’s very rewarding, it’s fun for …

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2016, July 15 – Out & About

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by


Friday, July 15th
• Effusion Art Gallery Summer Creative Series featuring artist Lynne Harrison. Continues July 16th.
• 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Artym Gallery Client photos become artist Creations exhibition runs until July 21st.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, runs July 1st through August 27th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre. Cost $5 per child. Parents call 250-347-6525 to register. Drop-ins are also welcome!
• 11 a.m.: Pop-up Story Time every Friday in July and August around the valley; July 22nd …

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2016, July 8 – Out & About

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


Friday, July 8th
• 9 – 11 a.m.: 8th Annual Stampede Pancake Breakfast at Fire’D Up in Radium. Cost by donation in support of the Radium Hot Springs Fire Department.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, runs July 1st through August 27th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre. Cost $5 per child. Parents call 250-347-6525 to register. Drop ins are also welcome!
• 11 a.m.: Pop-up Story Time every Friday in July and August around the valley; July 8th, 22nd and 29th in …

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COMPOSTING IS COOL-- Students at J.A Laird participate in Capture the Compost and a Knowledge Building Circle as part of the school's first composting fair on June 14th.

J.A Laird students lead the way in community composting

Posted on July 4th, 2016 by


J.A. Laird Elementary School has a new composting program, set up by Alyssan Gauthier’s Grade 5 students.
The composting program was set up by the students as an inquiry project for Earth Day, and is part of the Beyond Recycling program that has been running at the school with local environmental group Wildsight environmental educator Kim Urbaniak since October.
Ms. Urbaniak said the composting project has been of great educational value to the students.
“They have really learned a lot through the process,” she said, adding the project is also good because schools …

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Jolaine Undershute goes through another hard day of training in preparation for her third appearance at the CrossFit Games coming up on July 19th in Carson, California

The quest to become the fittest woman in the world

Posted on July 4th, 2016 by


All eyes were on Jolaine Undershute at the 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games. It was the final workout of the Games, one which she thought would work in her favour.
But at the bottom of a 15-foot rope, she’s hit rock bottom. After doing three of the required four consecutive rope climbs, she can no longer grip the rope. She tries to scale it once more, but fails, falling nearly 10 feet to the ground, resulting in form failure. After setting out with the goal of a top three finish, she’s …

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David Thompson Secondary School 2016 graduate Amelia Smart   competing during the Ladies Alpine Combined Super-G Hafjell Olympic Slope during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway. Photo: Arnt Folvik for YIS/IOC

From the local slopes to the international circuit

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


From competing at the Winter Youth Olympics in Norway to training internationally and holding a part-time job, David Thompson Secondary School graduate Amelia Smart has accomplished a tremendous amount during her 12 years at school. And she shows no signs of slowing down her alpine ski career upon her high school graduation.
After attending the Canadian selection camp at Sunshine Village in May 2015, Amelia was selected for the team and began training.
“I was named to the team (Canadian National Development Team) last July, so July 2015; it was just …

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David Thompson Secondary School 2016 graduates Japhy Hunt (left) and Matty Helmer (right) will be working on a full-length feature film this summer after graduation. Photo by Nikki Fredrikson

Setting their sights on the big screen

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


It all began with a film project in a Grade 10 gym class where Japhy Hunt and Matty Helmer opted to explore their creativity through film instead of making a poster for a class assignment. The pair began to integrate filmmaking into more of their assignments with the support of the staff at David Thompson Secondary School, and were able to expand on their filmmaking skills to the point where they’re at today, graduating Grade 12 with skills they will use this summer to create a three-hour feature film.
“Last …

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Graham Norquay with Invermere Judo Club head coach Hermann Mauthner after receiving his silver medal. Photo submitted.

Norquay wins silver at judo nationals in Calgary

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


While most high school kids are spending weekends playing video games, hanging out with friends and exploring the outdoors, some are training for their sport. Graham Norquay, 13, has been busy keeping active to be able to compete at the national level in judo.
“Before nationals, it was about four times a week, so I would practice once on Monday, once on Wednesday, and then Friday and Sunday were either going for runs or going for bike rides or swimming just to keep active,” said Graham.
This year, Graham has …

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2016, June 24 – Out & About

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


Friday, June 24th
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Contractor Appreciation Day at RONA North Star Hardware with sales, prizes, demonstrations and free barbecue lunch.
• 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Art Show at Pynelogs featuring Sherry Mallach, Alice Hale, Cat McDiarmid & Jane Murray. Show continues until June 26th.
• 6:30 p.m.: Steak Sandwich Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations Recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 p.m.: Infinity Solstice and Lightning Lix perform at Strand’s Old House Restaurant.
• 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.: The Swillbillies play a …

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FAB DAD — Top: Kendyl Hart with his sons Wyatt, left, and Trystan, right (photo by Nikki Fredrikson)

Hart of Gold: one father shares his passion with his children

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


He’s your biggest fan, he’s the one who motivates you when you’re down, he goes out of his way to see you’re successful and, if you’re really lucky, he’ll share his knowledge. He’s your dad. Not everyone has a great relationship with theirs, but if you’re one of the four Hart children, you’ve probably learned a thing or two about dirt biking from him.
For Wyatt and Trystan Hart, they can both agree that their dad Kendyl Hart is their number one fan when it comes to them and their …

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2016, June 17 – Out & About

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


Friday, June 17th
• Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s (FHSR) Long Drive Competition at Fairmont Airport. See how far you can drive the ball down the 6000’ runway! Open to everyone, $15 for 3 balls ($10 for children 12 & under).
• The Province of B.C. is offering licence-free freshwater fishing this Father’s Day weekend.
• 12 – 8 p.m.: Invermere Art Walk downtown every Friday throughout the summer until September 9th.
• 5 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre Reach Your Peak Climbing Program. A 4 week climbing program with a certified climbing coach. Meet at …

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Parkside Place celebrating with block party

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


The businesses of Parkside Place are teaming up to bring a special event to the community on Saturday, June 18th. The event is a block party, that brings family fun, sidewalk sales and live music to the area for the community to enjoy.
“We Parkside Place folks sat down and came up with some ideas one day at Circle Cafe. June tends to be one month where there’s less going on than May and July, which have long weekends. Just something for people to do in June,” said Bobbi Donahue, …

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Farmers’ Market returns for another season

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Invermere Farmers’ and Artists Market is preparing for the beginning of the farmers market season. The first day of the 2016 market is Saturday June 11th.
The market last year had 65 vendors each week and Ken Carlow of the Royal Canadian Legion said this year there is more.
“It’s everything from produce to things people have made, jewellery people have made, all the historical market folks are there, the ones that have been there for many years,” said Mr. Carlow.
The downtown farmers market is a great place for both locals …

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Larrabee to perform at the Legion

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not catch dinner and a show at the Royal Canadian Legion? Robert Larrabee will be performing at the Invermere Legion both Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th.
“Robert Larrabee was born and raised here and he now lives, I think, in Medicine Hat. He does regularly have shows down in Vegas and he also tours throughout B.C. and Alberta,” said Ken Carlow of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Robert Larrabee is an impersonator and does performances of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, …

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Music Festival Kickoff at market

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


A live performance by Big Eli B blues band, sponsorship opportunities, give aways and more will be at the Invermere Music Festival (IMF) Kickoff, set for Saturday June 11th at the Invermere Farmers and Artist Market location. The kickoff gets underway at 9 a.m. and will go until 1 p.m.
“We’ll be there to sell tickets, we’re looking for volunteers, sponsorship and just general information about the event itself,” said Invermere Music Fest organizer Jami Scheffer.
The kickoff event gives the public the chance to get the super early …

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2016, June 10 – Out & About

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Friday, June 10th
• 6:30 p.m.: Robert Larrabee at the Legion in Invermere. $35 ticket includes a chicken dinner. Reservations Required. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Car Club meeting at Rocky River Grill breakfast room. All car enthusiasts welcome! For info, call Vicki at 250-342-1257.
• 8 p.m.: Invermere leg of the Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game is being held at J.A. Laird Elementary School. Funds support the accessibility and development of Ultimate Frisbee for children, youth and those with disabilities. Bring a red and …

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The Life of Leo Grillmair showing a second time

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


Arriving 10 minutes before the doors opened for the showing of Nine Lives Would Not Do: The Life of Leo Grillmair, Mountaineer seemed like plenty of time, but it turns out I was quite mistaken. The show was sold out almost instantaneously.
“The doors were to open at 6:30 p.m. last night and at (5:50 p.m.), six people were lined up. We didn’t start selling because it wouldn’t be fair. We started selling at 6:30 p.m. and we were sold out at 6:35 p.m.,” said the film’s creator, David Goldsmith, the …

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Radium pub putting community first on Sundays

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


It’s called Give Back Sundays — an opportunity for local charities and not-for-profits to receive proceeds from food sales at Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery in Radium Hot Springs. Owner Patrick Tolchard explains that the program allows for local charities to receive 15 per cent of proceeds from all food sales on any charity’s given Sunday. The idea came about when new owners took over the Horsethief Creek Pub in the fall of 2015 and were trying to think of ways to draw more people in.
“Why don’t we start a …

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2016, June 3 – Out & About

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


Friday, June 3
• 6 p.m.: Canal Days Youth Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Ages 8 to 16.
• 6:30 p.m.: Pork Schnitzel Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations Recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: Fresh Fridays Open Mic at Pynelogs. Showcasing young talent from the valley. All ages, licensed bar. First Friday of every month.
• 7:30 p.m.: La Cafamore performs Music From the Movies and other Internet Lies at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets available at Avenue. …

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