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2016, September 30 – Out & About

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Friday, September 30th
• Orange Shirt Day: All residents are encouraged to wear orange shirts to commemorate the injustices that resulted from the residential school program and as a symbol for anti-racism and anti-bullying initiatives.
• 10 a.m.: Project Playtime presents The Great Tickle Trunk Adventure Theatre Show at Invermere Community Hall. Second show at 11 a.m.
• 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Getting to Know Your iPad/iPhone – 7 weekly workshops run until Nov. 25th at the CBAL classroom in Invermere. Contact Leanne Brooks at 250-341-5683 or lbrooks@cbal.org to register; max. 10 …

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2016, September 23 – Out & About

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


Friday, September 23rd
• 4 p.m.: Columbia Basin Trust AGM at Kaslo Hotel, 430 Front St. in Kaslo, BC. Everyone welcome.
• 5 – 8 p.m.: The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council hosts an Open House at Lake Windermere Community Hall. Also at Radium on Sept. 26th and Canal Flats on the 27th. Contact Jessie Paloposki Education Coordinator, EKISC at 250-802-2585, Jessie@ekisc.com.
• Ghost Boy performs at Strand’s Old House Restaurant. $10 cover, reserve a seat by calling 250-342-6344.
Saturday, September 24th
• 9 a.m.: Panorama hosts the 2nd annual Ridge Walk. At the top …

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2016, September 16 – Out & About

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


Friday, September 16th
• 4 – 8 p.m.: Rockin’ on Main at Radium Visitor Information Centre. Market from 4 – 8 p.m., Music featuring Marty & Friends, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Christ Church Trinity is holding a Garage Sale in support of outreach initiatives for a ministry in Nicaragua. 110-7th Ave, Invermere.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: Registration for the Columbia Valley Classics Car Show, Radium Seniors Hall. $25 fee. Friday registration encouraged to promote speedier entry Saturday morning. Visit radiumcarshow.com or radiumhotsprings.com.
Saturday, September 17th
• 7 – …

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2016, September 9 – Out & About

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by


Friday, September 6th
• 12 – 8 p.m.: Second Annual Art Walk. Stroll through seven Invermere Art Galleries and Studios. This is the last one of the season!
• 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Car Club meeting at Rocky River Grill breakfast room. All car enthusiasts welcome! For more info, call Vicki at 250-342-1257.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: John Cronin plays at Strands Restaurant.
• 8 – 10 p.m.: Columbia Valley Twirlers Square Dance Club hosts a Mainstream Square Dance Weekend at the Community Hall in Radium. Guest callers are Rick & Kathy …

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2016, September 2 – Out & About

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by


Friday, September 2nd
• 12 – 8 p.m.: Second Annual Art Walk. Stroll through seven Invermere Art Galleries and Studios. Last one of the season!
• 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 – 9 p.m.: Invermere Roller Rink at the Curling Centre every Friday. Also Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. Cost $5.
• 9 p.m.: Valley Forged plays at the Farside in Fairmont.
Saturday, September 3rd
• 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Invermere …

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Village of Radium chief administrative officer celebrates 25 years of service. Photo by Nikki Fredrikson

Radium CAO recognized

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


The chief administrative officer for the Village of Radium Hot Springs has been honoured by the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) for his service in municipal work. Mark Read was recognized at the Radium Hot Springs council meeting on Wednesday, August 17th with Radium mayor Clara Reinhardt presenting him with a pin from the LGMA commemorating his 25 years working in the industry.
When Mr. Read graduated from York University with a political science and international relations degree, he never dreamed he’d end up working in municipalities.
His original intention was to …

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On Tuesday, August 23rd, local author Elinor Florence (left) presented copies of her second book, My Favourite Veterans, to Jim Ashworth, 97, and Joy Bond, 98 — two of the veterans who Ms. Florence features in her book.  Photo by Nikki Fredrikson

Nine local veterans featured in Florence’s new book

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley is home to many veterans and for some, their contributions by serving the country are being recognized. Elinor Florence’s latest book, My Favourite Veterans, features true stories from Canadian men and women serving in the armed forces during the Second World War, including nine veterans from the Columbia Valley with two of them still living to see the book. My Favourite Veterans is Ms. Florence’s second book (the first being Canadian bestselling novel Bird’s Eye View), which she chose to self-publish, allowing her control over the creation …

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2016, August 26 – Out & About

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Friday, August 26th
• Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club Bugaboo Blast weekend registered clay event. Visit lwdrodgun.com for details.
• Effusion Art Gallery Summer Creative Series featuring artist Caio Paagman. Also August 27th.
• 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. Call 250-347-6525.
• 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Artym Gallery Maya Eventov exhibition with artist in attendance from 5 – 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to …

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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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