GRAPEVINE – ‘Decadence’ will be on display at VISAC Gallery


• Check out “Decadence” works by the West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA).

The VISAC Gallery celebrates the 10th anniversary of the West Kootenay chapter of the FCA. This exhibition will host a variety of mediums and expert techniques from local artists. The gallery looks forward to a gala evening Friday, May 27 from 6-8 p.m. Show opens Friday and goes to June 21, Monday to Friday, noon-4 p.m.

• The Kootenay Gallery of the Arts in Castlegar is featuring ‘Young Visions 2011,’ a collection of over 100 works of art by school district 20 teachers and students. The exhibition showcases sculpture, paintings, photography and ceramics by artists from Rossland Secondary, J. L. Crowe and Stanley Humphries. The show runs until May 28, Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more info call the gallery at 365-3337.


• Bike to Work Week starts May 30-June 3, in a healthy effort to decrease our carbon footprint, organizers and sponsors like Kootenay Savings are encouraging workers to register and help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. Sign up online at


• The Arrow Lake Yacht Club is throwing a fishing derby Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Hidden weight

prizes, under-16 fish for free. Sign up at the Yacht Club at 5540 Broadwater Rd. or call 365-6587. Adults $30, lunch included, final weigh in Monday, 1 p.m.

• The 64th Annual USCC Union Of Youth Festival, celebrates “strengthening Doukhobor connections. May 21- May 23. The three-day festival kicks off at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 21, followed by evening variety program at 7:00 pm. Entrance to the Saturday night program is by advance ticket only. For more information contact: or

•Ever thought some of those Alder, or Mock Orange would look good in your yard?  Liked the Saskatoon berry pie your aunt made but not sure if the wild plants would take to your garden?  Eva Johansson is coming to town to help all those would-be gardeners get over their inhibitions about taking on wild plant propagation. The presentation is sponsored by the West Kootenay Naturalists and will take place on Monday, May 30 at 8pm at the Trail Senior Centre.  The public is invited free of charge. For more info call 365-5647.


• Beaver Valley May Days is 100 years old.  Come out to celebrate with us from May 27-29.  Friday evening will honour the citizen of the year and introduce new events to mark the centennial such as a frying pan throwing contest. Party-in-the-Park on Saturday starts at 5:30.  There will be a cake walk, a centennial cake cutting by special guests, live music and Karaoke hosted by “Freaky Frog Sounds” where all ages and all degrees of talent are welcome. Our concession and beaverian garden will be running all weekend.

New events this year include a Three on three hockey tournament, register soon as the number of teams is limited.Columbia Power Corporation will be offering free Guided tours of the Waneta Dam expansion four times on Saturday.

All your old favorites are back with train rides, slo-pitch, fireworks, kids carnival, bingo, parade, poker tournament and lots more; something for the whole family in the Beaver Valley.

• One of today’s true innovators of guitar composition and technique is coming to Rossland’s Miners Hall on June 2nd. Co-presented by the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture, Don Ross is accompanied by his lovely and equally talented wife, Brooke Miller, for a beautiful and intimate evening of acoustic guitar and song. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets $18 adults, $15 seniors available at Out of the Cellar in Rossland or the Charles Bailey Theatre box office.

• The Strawberry Social is coming to the First Presbyterian Church in Trail June 4. Enjoy strawberry shortcake and gospel music while raising money to build a well for an Africa community – 2-4 p.m. only $3.