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People wanting to help ICAN's rescued animals are invited to an Open House on May 29th to learn more.

Invermere Companion Animal Network Looking for Volunteers

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Helping Invermere’s smallest furry companions, the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) works hard to provide animals with the best care. That care is provided by ICAN president Lana Banham and her team of 25 volunteers. However, the animal rescue group is in need of more volunteers and will be holding an open house on Sunday, May 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the ICAN headquarters at 455 Panorama Drive to recruit them.
“It’s a volunteer fair, a recruitment open house. We’re having a barbecue with snacks and drinks to show …

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Titans Tourney-- A scene from the 2015 Clash of Titans soccer tournament in Invermere. 
File photo by Katie Watt

Third annual Clash of the Titans kicks off

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


For the third time in as many years, the Columbia Valley Football Club will be hosting the Clash of the Titans Soccer tournament from May 27th to 29th.
The tournament first started in 2014, drawing in approximately 30 teams in the U12 and U14-U18 age groups from Alberta and British Columbia to play in the tournament. The following year, the tournament swelled to include 45 teams. This year, the tournament maxxed out, said club chair Cheryl Maybuck, with 67 teams coming from places as far as Edmonton to compete in the …

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The Rotary Club of Invermere has named Janet and Ray Brydon Citizens of the Year for 2015. The couple are long-term valley residents well-known throughout the valley for their extensive volunteer work.

Rotary Club of Invermere Names Citizen of the Year

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


The Citizen of the Year award is given to a person or — in this year’s case — persons dedicated to the Columbia Valley community.
“We’re looking for people who contribute to the betterment of the community here in the valley,” said Milt Deck, president of the Rotary Club of Invermere.
Each year, the club asks for nominations of people they believe fit the criteria of this award, which includes work that is not related to the person’s business, and Rotary Club members are not allowed to be nominated. This year, …

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Flush with Funding: (Left to right) RDEK Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke, Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett, RDEK Area F Director Wendy Booth, and RDEK Chair Rob Gay in Fairmont Friday, May 20th for the Fairmont flood mitigation funding announcement.

Province provides help in Fairmont Flood Mitigation Project

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


After experiencing two devastating floods back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, the Fairmont Hot Springs area will receive the funding it needs to ensure such a vital economic area is protected against future flood damage.
As part of the public safety funding announced in the 2016 provincial budget, the Province is committing $1.47 million in funding toward a flood mitigation project near Fairmont Hot Springs that will protect it from flood damage caused by debris. In both 2012 and 2013, debris flow in the area caused considerable damage with the earlier …

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Out & About

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Friday May 27th
• 12 p.m.: Soup lunch at the Edgewater Legion. $6.
• 6:30 p.m.: United Dance studio’s Freedom showcase. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 available at Inside Edge, Avenue or call 250-341-8525.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: Madeline Tasquin performs jazz, French & originals on piano, guitar & ukulele live at Strands Restaurant. $5 cover. Reservations recommended.Call 250-342-6344.
• 7 p.m.: Music For Life at Christ Church Trinity. Musician Arne Sahlen, joined by area musicians young and old. Admission by donation.
Saturday May 28th
• Jumpstart Day at Canadian Tire. …

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Norm Macdonald

Local MLA stepping away from politics, into education

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by


With less than a year until the next provincial election in British Columbia, Columbia-River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald has informed the public that he will not be seeking re-election and instead will transition back to the classroom.
Before becoming an MLA in 2005, Mr. Macdonald was the principal at Nicholson Elementary School in Golden with more than 20 years of teaching experience under his belt. He said that he has been thinking of returning to the classroom for a while now.
“It was always my intent that there would be a period of …

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2016, May 20 – Out & About

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


Friday, May 20
• Copper Point Resort 5th Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy a weekend filled with family friendly activities. Visit the Adventure Centre for a detailed schedule of weekend events.
• 10 a.m.: The Purcell Mountain Painters are celebrating the Grand Opening of their studio located at 503 – 7th Ave, Invermere. Just up the stairs at the north end of the building next to Grant’s Foods. The studio will be open from May 20th thru May 29th. No admission; everyone welcome.
• 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Grand opening of The Fire Vixen …

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2016, May 13 – Out & About

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by


Friday, May 13
• Wings Over the Rockies runs May 9th to 15th. Complete event schedule and online registration at www.wingsovertherockies.org, in person at the registration office in Pynelogs between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or call 250-342-2473 for more information.
• 6:30 p.m.: Baked Chicken Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 p.m.: Strand’s Old House Restaurant hosts Madeline Tasquin Streicek who will be performing a unique blend of jazz, folk and French music. Cover is $5.
Saturday, May 14
• 9 …

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2016, May 6 – Out & About

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Friday, May 6
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre (SYC) YCC Challenges program.
• 6:30 p.m.: Mexican Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations Recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 p.m.: An evening of entertaining Improv at DTSS Theatre. Watch the hilarious antics of talented students in a number of improv games. Entry by donation as a fundraiser for an upcoming theatre festival trip.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: Fresh Fridays Open Mic at Pynelogs. Showcasing young talent from the valley. All ages, licensed bar. First Friday …

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Arts in perpetuity — Pictured, left to right, are CVCF board chair Roberta Hall, CV Arts executive director Jami Scheffer, and CVCF executive director Laurie Klassen holding the new donation agreement between CV Arts and the CVCF. Photo by Greg Amos

New Arts and Culture Fund assists Columbia Valley Arts community

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
Creating a lasting legacy to support visual arts, music, performance and much more is now possible in the valley, thanks to the establishment of the new Columbia Valley Arts and Culture Fund.
Rather than donations to the Columbia Valley Arts Council (CV Arts) being spent directly on projects and programs, the new endowment fund, managed by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation (CVCF), allows gifts to the arts to keep giving through the power of investment vehicles including stock markets, mutual funds, and more.
“The purpose of this …

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Burlesque Show returns to Radium

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A tantalizing burlesque show featuring a seductive art form from the prohibition era will be coming to life in Radium Hot Springs this weekend.
The Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery will be hosting a Burlesque Show for adults with music provided by DJ Blair Van Riesen starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd.
“There was a big demand,” said Mike Gray, owner at Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery, while adding that his clients were so excited about the first burlesque show held in Radium Hot Springs over Halloween. …

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2016, April 22nd – Out & About

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


Friday, April 22nd
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Celebrate Earth Day at the Groundswell Network Society’s community greenhouse Interactive open house, adjacent to DTSS.
• 2 – 8 p.m.: Craft and Home Based Business Fair at Christ Church Trinity.
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre (SYC) YCC Challenges program.
• 6:30 p.m.: Turkey Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 6:30 p.m.: Kick Up Your Boots DTSS athletic dept fundraiser. Silent auction, door prizes, refreshments and snacks. Music by The Flatliners and …

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2016, April 8th – Out & About

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


Friday, April 8th
• Slow Food Canada National Summit, April 6-10th — Feeding the Future, hosted by Slow Food Columbia Valley. Event schedule and information at slowfood.ca. Tickets available at Circle Health and Circle Cafe.
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre (SYC) YCC Challenges program.
• 6:30 p.m.: Baked Chicken Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7:30 p.m.: SYC Karaoke night.
• 9 p.m.: The Small Town Dirtbags with Oso Simple, live at the T-Bar & Grill in Panorama. No cover.
Saturday, …

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2016, April 1 – Out & About

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by


Friday, April 1st
• 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Fresh daffodils to be sold at Sobeys, AG Valley Foods and in Radium at Mountainside Market by Canadian Cancer Society volunteers. Put a little spring in your home and help fund the CCS in its research, patient support and public education.
• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The Invermere WorkBC Employment Services Centre and EK Employment would like to formally invite all Columbia Valley residents, employers and community associations to join us at our Open House celebrating four years serving local job seekers …

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2016, March 25 – Out & About

Posted on March 25th, 2016 by


Friday, March 25th
• March 25th – 26th: Link to Rink (more green-to-ice action!). For more information, contact the Invermere Curling Centre by calling 250-342-3315, emailing invermerecurling@shaw.ca, visiting www.curlinginvermere.ca or going to “Invermere & District Curling Centre” on Facebook.
• 9 p.m.: Panorama’s T-Bar and Grill hosts Aaron Pollock and his four piece band. No cover.
• 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Invermere Columbia Garden Village. Bereavement Information Session hosted by the Columbia Valley Hospice Society. No charge; tea and cookies will be served. For more information call 250-688-1143.
• 12 p.m.: Soup lunch at …

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2016, March 18 – Out & About

Posted on March 18th, 2016 by


Friday, March 18th
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre (SYC) YCC Challenges program.
• 6:30 p.m.: Roast Beef Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations Recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 9 p.m.: Live music by the Swillbillies in Fairmont at Bear’s Paw & Grill. Food & drink specials all day.
Saturday, March 19th
• Art from the Heart Art Pre-Show at Copper Point Resort from March 19th – 27th. Displays and offering pre-bidding on silent auction items of the 20 pieces that were donated by the students …

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2016, March 11 – Out & About

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by


Friday, March 11th
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre (SYC) YCC Challenges program.
• 7 p.m.: Join the SYC in a Foosball Tournament.
Saturday, March 12th
Thermography clinic being held at Renaissance Wellness Centre, 505A 7th Ave Invermere. To book an appointment call 250 801 7900 or visit www.thermographyclinic.com.
• 2 – 4 p.m.: The Go-Go Sisters annual St.Patrick’s Day Tea and Bake Sale at Christ Church Trinity benefiting the Stephen Lewis Foundation. There will be draws for pottery, afghans and more. Admission by donation.
• 6:30 p.m.: Evening of Therapeutic Yoga is …

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LANGUAGE LEADER —Akisqnuk First Nation member Alfred Joseph was presented the 2015 Community Literacy Award at the Little Badger Early Learning Program for his work revitalizing the Ktunaxa language. Photo submitted

Mr. Joseph recognized for literacy efforts

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by


A 63-year-old Akisqnuk First Nation resident and elder has been recognized for his efforts in the community.
The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) in Windermere Valley recently presented Alfred Joseph with the 2015 Community Literacy Award for his work in cultural literacy and for promoting the Ktunaxa First Nation language bi-weekly at the Little Badger Early Learning Program at the Akisqnuk First Nation.
“I was surprised,” said Mr. Joseph, who offers Ktunaxa language lessons to adults and families, Akisqnuk staff, youth, and conversation classes in his own home. “I didn’t …

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March 4 – Out & About

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by


Friday, March 4th
• 9 – 10 a.m.: Coffee Fest, Bean There Packed That with Kicking Horse Coffee. This event includes a tour of Kicking Horse Coffee. See roasting and packaging. Learn about sustainable coffee production fair trade and organic. Explore coffee varieties, geographies, roasting, decaffeination, and cupping. A wonderful seminar. For information and to register visit www.invermerecoffeefest.com.
• 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Coffee Fest, Monogram Brewing Academy – Barista Basics at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. One-day academy, students learn fundamentals required to produce a perfect espresso-based beverage. For more information …

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February 26 – Out & About

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by


Friday, February 26th
• 12 p.m.: Soup lunch at the Edgewater Legion. $6. Last Friday of each month.
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre (SYC) YCC Challenges.
• 6 p.m.: SYC Karaoke Night.
• 6 p.m.: Ted Alexander will be playing the Invermere Legion. Also, there will be a Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 – 9 p.m.: Starlight Challenge evening races at Fairmont Hot Springs ski area every Friday in February. Come as a team of 4, or race solo. Great prizes!
• 7 – 9 p.m.: 1st Annual East Kootenay Distillery Festival …

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