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Players with the Canal Flats Minor Hockey Association receive coaching at the Columbia Valley Hockey School summer camp. Photo submitted

Canal Flats mom fighting to save local hockey program

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


The Canal Flats Minor Hockey Association has been operating with two parents and two volunteer coaches to offer the only organized sport to kids in the community. The hockey program has seen a decrease in excitement for the game in the kids leading to a lack of attendance at practices.
“The end of last season I noticed pretty much all kids were not even showing up to practice. They were dropping out, there was very little interest and I was like, ‘What can we do? I don’t want to lose this, …

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Artist Kimberly Olson depicts different emotions in reaction to sexual assault in her art show ‘The Emotional Journey through Sexual Assault’ that she will now be touring with after her recent exhibit at the Pynelogs Art Gallery. Photo by Jami Scheffer

Sparking conversation with art

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


Every day, people throughout the world become victims of sexual assault. Many of these victims never report the incidents to police. Sexual assault is a crime that is rarely talked about in society because it’s deemed shameful. Kimberly Olson is breaking down the social fear of speaking of sexual assault by bringing her own experiences and healing journey to canvas. Her art show, Emotional Journey through Sexual Assault, features herself as the subject to get people talking.
“The whole purpose essentially, for me, the most important aspect, is getting people talking …

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De Bruces a Mi, a reggae-hip hop-R&B-World Music band from Columbia, is performing at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace tonight for the kick-off of the Invermere MusicFest as part of their 2016 Canada tour. Photo submitted

Outdoor dance party kicks off MusicFest

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


The 2016 Invermere MusicFest is making sure it has something to offer everyone by including a Friday night dance party. Tonight (Friday, August 19th) kicks off the waterfront festival at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace with performances from Love You Miss You, HighKicks and De Bruces a Mi.
“We wanted to offer a Friday night for the locals who have to work on Saturday… we also thought a dance party for the younger crowd would give them an opportunity to see what the Invermere MusicFest is all about,” said festival executive …

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2016, August 19 – Out & About

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


Friday, August 19th
• Effusion Art Gallery Summer Creative Series featuring artist Sarinah Haba. Continues Aug. 20th.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre until Aug. 27th. Cost $5 per child. Parents call 250-347-6525 to register. Drop-ins are also welcome.
• 11 a.m.: Pop-up Story Time at the Edgewater Public Library. Free activities and good stories. Weather dependent. For more details or directions, visit invermere.bclibrary.ca or call 250-342-6416.
• 12 – 8 p.m.: Second Annual Art Walk. Stroll through …

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2016, August 12 – Out & About

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


Friday, August 12th
• Horseback Archery Tournament at Luxor Corrals at Spur Valley. Call Doug at 250-347-9048 for details.
• 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Wild Nature Tours – Grasslands: A Precious Ecosystem, hosted by Wildsight. Rangeland Ecologist Gail Berg guides you along Westside Road, comparing the effects of animal grazing on native vegetation. Kids $15, adults $25. www.wildnaturetours.ca/invermere.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre until Aug. 27th. Cost $5 per child. Parents call 250-347-6525 to register. …

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2016, August 5 – Out & About

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


Friday, August 5th
• 10 a.m.: Free Pickleball Clinic at Copper Point Golf Club. Visit copperpointgolf.com or call 250-341-3392.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre until Aug. 27th. Cost $5 per child. Parents call 250-347-6525 to register. Drop-ins are also welcome!
• 12 – 8 p.m.: Second Annual Art Walk. Stroll through seven Invermere Art Galleries and Studios every Friday until September 2nd.
• 4 – 9 p.m.: Music and Market on Main in Radium every Friday in …

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2016, July 29 – Out & About

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by


Friday, July 29th
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Wild Nature Tours – Sense of Place, hosted by Wildsight. Join “Everyday Explorer” Carol Patterson along the historic Old Coach Road Trail. Kids $15, adults $25; www.wildnaturetours.ca/invermere.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre until Aug. 27th. Cost $5 per child. Parents call 250-347-6525 to register. Drop-ins are also welcome!
• 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Artym Gallery features Cameron Bird and Sandy Graves exhibition. Cameron on site …

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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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