Classrooms at Thompson Rivers University will be transformed into a fun-filled gaming arena on Sunday, April 7th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, as participants compete against each other in the Wii Olympics. This is an all-ages family event.
(Photo: 'Olypmic' medals distributed at the 2012 Wii Olympics.)
Celebrate Spring on Sunday, April 7th by joining in the 23rd annual Nutrition Fun Walk and Run. This 5km event starts at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 11:00am and travels gently through the residential neighbourhoods of the city.
The Nutrition Run is a great opportunity to load up your stroller or bicycles and bring your children along. Families and friends will enjoy the nutritious refreshments and fabulous prizes.
By Michael Toay
The Young Gunz Trick Riding team will be riding into town to perform as part of the April 19-21 indoor rodeo held by the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association.
The Young Gunz Trick Riders, known for fast horses, dazzling costumes, inspiring music and, more importantly, being able to perform some of the sports' most difficult maneuvers, are all under 11 years of age. Trained by world-renowned trick rider Jerri Duce, the Young Gunz put full trust in their horses and perform daredevil tricks that most riders wouldn't dare attempt.
The local branch of Western Financial Group presented a $5,000 cheque today that will go towards the new pool project at the Cariboo Memorial Complex in Williams Lake.
(Left to right: Allison Sutherland-Mann, Western Financial Group branch manager Angela Williams, Chris Douglas-Fish, Area 'E' Director Joan Sorley, Jennifer Finch, Mayor Kerry Cook and City Councillor 'lovely' Laurie Walters)
By Michael Toay
Much revered fly fishing expert Brian Chan hosted a workshop in Williams Lake this past weekend. The course was attended by roughly 50 intermediate to advanced fly fishers, though the subject matter was something even beginners could glean something from.
Brian Chan does up to a half a dozen of these workshops per year. He’s done them at 100 Mile House a few times, Quesnel, Prince George and even Fort St. John, but never here in Williams Lake. “It was fortunate that Jack Simpson of Sandpiper Fly Fishing in Williams Lake was able to put this one together,” he says. "Thompson Rivers University is the perfect venue, too."
Interestingly, the workshop was not about fishing and not about how to cast a fly. Instead, the course focused on understanding how lakes function, realizing the biology of lakes, and then marrying that information with different trout food sources and how to fish those food sources.
The Canadian Cancer Society is Celebrating 75 years of providing support and funding to cancer patients and research. The Williams Lake Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society will be hosting a celebratory tea at Sunset Manor on Thursday, March 28th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm, located at 60 Westridge Drive just off Highway 20.
Past and present volunteers for the Cancer Society will be sharing refreshments, stories and memories. If you volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society in any capacity in Williams Lake since it’s inception in 1946 please stop in.
If you would like more information on this event, please call the unit office at 250-392-3442.
An open house to provide details on the proposed New Prosperity Mine attracted more than 200 people in 100 Mile House recently showing strong support for the proposed $1 billion gold and copper mine. The event was sponsored by the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce that invited proponent Taseko Mines along with both supporters and opponents.
The Canadian Environmental Review Agency will hold public hearings this spring into the New Prosperity Mine that would create 700 construction jobs and 550 mine jobs as well as an estimated 1,280 indirect jobs in the Cariboo. New Prosperity is the largest undeveloped gold and copper deposit in Canada, seventh largest in the world.
By Michael Toay
Attending a Vancouver Canucks game is a breeze -- assuming you have tickets. Having sold out every home game since 2002 (Canucks.com puts the number at 400 games over 10 years, with 41 home games every year), the Canucks are ranked #1 in the NHL on the list of Top 20 Active Sellout Streaks in North America.
But thanks to an anonymous donor, you can bid on two tickets to a Canucks game and do some good in the process.
The two tickets to the Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames hockey game on Saturday, April 6, 2013, are for Section 117, Row 9, Seats 9 and 10 -- that’s just 7 rows up behind the Flame’s bench.
(Click on the poster to enlage.)
The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin hosted a standing-room only tea in celebration of Williams Lake’s 84th birthday today.
Guests of all ages enjoyed sandwiches, tea and coffee served by Williams Lake Stampede Royalty contestants, Karina Sukert (Miss Rotary Club of Williams Lake), Kyra Stuart (Miss M.H King Excavating Ltd. ) and Rachel Abrahamse (Miss Daybreak Rotary).
President of the Museum, Sheila Wyse, welcomed guests and introduced dignitaries MLA Donna Barnett, City Councillors Danica Hughes and Surinderpal Rathor. Members of the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society as well as staff from the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association were also present.
On February 25, 2013, the first annual Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) Parent Teacher Night was held in the community of Sugar Cane, in the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium.
The event was attended by representatives of Williams Lake Senior Secondary (WLSS) (including the Vice-Principal, Academic Counsellors, numerous teachers and First Nations Support Workers), parents of WLIB students, and members of WLIB Council. Also present as special guests were members of the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment.
This year the Williams Lake Field Naturalists have an extraordinary treat for those who attend their annual Fundraising Banquet on April 5.
Award-winning teacher, broadcaster, author and videographer Briony Penn shares her stories and the science on why getting trapped inside is really bad for us and is impacting life expectancy and quality of life for our children. Spending more time outside in nature makes us happier and more resilient to the upheaval caused by climate change.
(Photo: Briony Penn.)