Earth hours, bottle drives, native pollinators, bike swaps...and more

Rossland Recreation
By Rossland Recreation
March 19th, 2012

The Rossland Arena ice surface is on its way out for the spring season.  Stay tuned for ROLLER DERBY information and bout schedules!

Snow quality and conditions are deteriorating on the Centennial Trail.  In an effort to preserve our grooming equipment, the Centennial Trail will no longer be groomed this season.  A big thank you to Steve Ash for a great season of grooming!

The annual Gerick Cycle Bike Swap is Saturday, April 28, 2011 in the parking lot at Gerick Cycle in Trail (930 Rossland Ave.).  If you have a bike you’d like to sell, drop it off at Gerick Cycle between 8:30-10:00am on April 28.  Bikes will be sold between 11:00am-2:00pm.  Also featuring on location, Rustic Crust Wood-Fire Pizza!  See you there!

Pssst…can you spare an hour?  Earth Hour is Saturday, March 31, at 8:30pm.  Pledge to be a part of the FortisBC Earth Hour Challenge and get set to turn off your lights and electronics for one hour.  Join the millions that are showing they care about how they use power every hour of every day.

Help win $5,000 in energy upgrades for the Rossland Miner’s Hall!The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is asking residents of Rossland to visit www.fortisbc.com/earthhour and pledge to “switch off” during Earth Hour.  If residents of Rossland register the most pledges (per capita), The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture will win an energy upgrade valued up to $5,000 for the Rossland Miners’ Hall!

RSS DRAMA BOTTLE DRIVE!  Help send our award winning drama cast of 27 students (grades 8-12) from Rossland Secondary School to compete at the Provincial Drama Festival in Vancouver this May!  The RSS Drama Bottle Drive is Saturday, March 31st from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Curbside pickup or drop off at the empty lot across from the Prestige.  Contact:  Lisa Henderson 250-362-9063.

If you’re looking for something for the kids to do over the break, Shelley Painter will be running March Break Art Classes!  Running Monday to Friday, March 12 to March 16 and then again from March 19 to 23, these two hour long classes run from 2:00-4:00pm.  Each day will be a different project and some days will explore more than one project, using a specific technique.  Participants can come to one class or all the classes – whichever works best for your child’s schedule.  Suggested ages are 6 to 12 years, but 3-5 year olds are welcome to come with a parent or babysitter, for the first hour only.  For specific information about each day, please log onto www.rossland.ca and look at the Spring Break Art Camp information in the center of the home page.

The Spring Brochure is now online and can be viewed on the City’s website (www.rossland.ca) and also on Facebook.  Hard copies of the Spring Brochure were put into post boxes on Friday, March 2.  The brochure is full of action and activity for all ages as we shift seasons from Winter to Spring.  Heather and Pam are available Monday to Friday at the Recreation desk at City Hall to take your registrations.  Contact them at 250-362-2327 or recreation@rossland.ca to arrange for program registrations!

The Neighborhood of Learning (NOL) and Visions for Small Schools (VSS) committees have created a survey regarding the school configurations in Rossland.  The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/RosslandSchools or in hard copy format at City Hall.  Important decisions are being made in our school district regarding school configurations and they need your input!  The Neighborhood of Learning committee needs to know what Rosslanders want.  It is critical that you make your views known so that NOL committee knows what to fight for and what perspectives to present to the school district.  All views and ideas matter and they want to hear from a diverse range of people.  Make your views known!!   Rossland residents completing this survey will be eligible for a $50.00 draw prize!  Please complete this survey by March 19th to be eligible for the draw. 

If you currently enjoy a recreation program in one of the school buildings, please note:  all Recreation Programs either end before Spring Break (March 12-27) or take a break during the two weeks, resuming when school starts again, on March 28, 2012.  There are no Recreation Programs when school is not in session. 

Rossland REAL FoodPresents:  Native Pollinator Workshops:  A combination of indoor information sessions and outdoor field days, featuring Entomologist Lynn Westcott.

About the Native Pollinator sessions:

The Indoor Information Session will be held at the Rossland Legion Hall from 7:00-9:00pm (starts ON TIME) and will cover:  an introduction to native pollinators and their importance to our local plant and farm communities; specific information about the types of plants and nesting habitat that native pollinators require to thrive here, and a demonstration of how to make and manage nesting blocks. 

The indoor workshop is FREE!!!

Pre-registration is required.

Pre-register for the Rosslandsession by contacting Hanne Smith at 250-362-7767 or smithhanne@gmail.com

There Outdoor Field Days held in conjunction with the Indoor Information Session.  The Low Altitude Field Day will be held Rossland on Saturday, June 2nd and the High Altitude Field Day will be held in Rossland on Saturday, June 16th. 

Funding & other support for these sessions is provided by Columbia Basin Trust, City of Rossland, Communities in Bloom, Selkirk College, Les Carter and local gardening groups.

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