• Music in the Park gets rocking at 7 p.m. with local favourites North of 60, Trail’s classic 50s and 60s rock trio featuring Jim Halpin, Jim Stevens, and Peter Makortoff at Gyro Park tonight. Company Jump an Andrews Sisters tribute is the feature act Aug. 11.
• Tom and Mara Moen are hosting another garden concert. Pickled Thistle (Janet and Terry Marshall with Andrew Bennett) will serenade us with their accordion, guitar and fiddle accompanied folk music, followed by Sapo, a Montreal group, playing indie-urban folk in French, Spanish and English on a wide variety of instruments. They’ve been called an acoustic circus in a box. Check it out Saturday at 6:30pm, at 2464-third Avenue in Rossland. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Admission is by donation to the bands.
• From July 22-Aug. 19, the VISAC Gallery presents “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. The exhibition runs 1-4 p.m. Monday to Saturday at the gallery .
• The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is ready to hit the road. Explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Artists from Salmo, Fruitvale, Montrose, Trail, Rossland and Castlegar have opened their galleries. Travel to studios and archives that aren’t normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. Grab a map at tourist information centres and participating venues. Go to www.cbculturetour.com or call the CKCA toll free at 1-877-505-7355 for more info. The tour is generously supported by Columbia Basin Trust funding and runs Aug. 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• On behalf of the Third World Eyecare Society, optometrist Dr. David Kendrick is accepting donated used eyewear for those in need. The society has distributed eyewear in countries such as the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, India, Grenada and Malawi. If you have glasses you’d like to donate please take them to Trail Vision Care on McQuarrie St. in East Trail.
• 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 Gold Fever Follies celebrate 25 years by offering the Golden Ticket. Purchase a $30 ticket and gain access to the Rossland Museum and the Golden City’s rich mining heritage, a free dinner at the Flying Steamshovel and entry to the Gold Fever Follies. Show runs all summer from Tuesday to Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets available from the Rossland Museum, Rossland Pro Hardware and Out of the Cellar.
• The second annual Kids Triathlon heads to the starting line Aug. 13. Organized by Trail Parks and Recreation, the event is open to kids from age four to 12. Different categories compete in a fun swim, bike and run around the Aquatic Centre followed by a celebration luncheon. Parents welcome and needed to pitch in. Registration deadline is Friday, phone 368-6484 or 364-0888.
• The West Kootenay Kennel Club will be hosting their 35th annual All Breed Championship Dog Show, obedience trials and rally obedience trials from August 19-21. 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 Aug. 24 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. Deadline is Aug. 17.
No jewelry or large furniture items.
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