GRAPEVINE – ‘Bring it home’ exhibit wraps up Friday

Events & happenings in the Lower Columbia


• Friday is the final day of VISAC Gallery’s “Bring It on Home” an exhibition exploring the colour “blue” in all its many faceted glory. The culture of blue is diverse: it can convey importance and confidence, conservatism and stability, love and trust. Exhibition runs 1-4 p.m. Monday to Friday at the VISAC Gallery.


• Enjoy Kootenay Savings Music in the Park and groove to the infectious and fun music of Vancouver’s The Carnival Band as they play their original tunes and distinct style of samba, calypso, jazz and funk at 7 p.m. at Gyro Park tonight. They’ll carry on afterwards at the Rex Hotel starting at 9 p.m. and host a benefit concert for La Nina Shelter and Kate’s Kitchen at the Columbo Piazza at 2 p.m. Friday. Next week Music in the Park welcomes folk pop musicians Saskia and Darrel.


• The Columbia Phoenix Players are holding auditions for their Christmas play, “Scrooge’s Christmas Carol,” a comedy based on the Dickens’ classic. The auditions go Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement hall of the St. Andrews Church on Pine St. in Trail.


• The Kidney Foundation of B.C. is hosting its annual Kidney Walk to raise funds and increase the number of donors to help stem this debilitating disease. Walk, volunteer or sponsor a walker. Register at 9 a.m. at Gyro Park Aug. 28, walk starts at 10 a.m.

• The Compassionate Friends is a self-help support group for parents and families who have lost a child, at any age from any cause.Please call Joan for summer meeting plans and any further information 693-2281.


• The West Kootenay Kennel Club will be hosting their 35th annual All Breed Championship Dog Show, obedience trials and rally obedience trials from Friday to Sunday. The new location is the Castlegar Community Church soccer field at the old Kinnaird Middle School – 1250 26th Street, Castlegar.

• The Antiques Appraisal Fair is heading to Christina Lake. Antiques Road Show regular Hugh Balmer will be at the Christina Lake Community Centre from 9 a.m.-noon, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday to appraise antiques and collectables. The cost is $20 per item or two for $35. Admission to public is $5; call 447-7368, 447-6517, or 447-6405 to have items appraised. No jewelry or large furniture items.


•The Friends of the Rossland Range continue their community hikes to Old Glory peak.

Learn about the history of the Old Glory Forest Service Lookout, the highest weather station in Canada and enjoy a beautiful hike to the highest peak in the Rossland Range.

Arrive prepared for a strenuous hike of 5-8 hours. Bring a lot of water, a lunch and be bear aware. Hiking clothes advised (layers, jacket, no jeans). Meet at 9 a.m., the Old Glory Trailhead, seven km from Rossland on Hwy 3B, Aug. 27. Call Suzanne and Rejean Paquin 362-6809 for info.

• Author Dr. Art Hister of Global T.V. News will be in Genelle Sept. 2 and will offer tips on how to live a longer and healthier life – come be enlightened and entertained. 7 p.m. at the Genelle Hall. Tickets available at the Hall or at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Castlegr, $15.

• Mark your calendars for Slocan’s 110th Birthday Celebration coming Sept. 4.  This is an all day event, starting with a pancake breakfast and followed by a parade, birthday cake, stage events, displays, a beer garden, live music and a celebration dance.

• Join the fun-filled family festival, aka Rossland’s Golden City Days, on Sept. 10 and 11. Pancake breakfast, inflatable fun park, climbing wall, parade, children’s acitivites, chain-saw events, food and craft vendors, outdoor stage entertainment, Fall Fair, and much more.