• 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
VISAC Gallery has invited artists from throughout the West Kootenay to submit their own blue interpretation. Opening gala goes July 22 from 6-8pm.
• Music in the Park resumes July 21 at 7 p.m. at Gyro Park with rock band No Excuse.
• The Compassionate Friends is a self-help support group for parents and families who have lost a child, at any age from any cause. Three cell groups meet monthly: in Fruitvale, the last Monday of the month at 1p.m. 1414 Green Rd., in Trail, the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Trail United Church and in Nelson, the second Wednesday 7 p.m. at Mountain View Village. Please call Joan for summer meeting plans and any further information 693-2281
• Trail in Bloom 2011 Garden Contest is taking off and the highlight – Teck/Community in Bloom’s Tea will be served July 23 at the Teck Guest House in Tadanac. Limited tickets available so pick up tea tickets at Century 21, firstname.lastname@example.org or at Ferraro Foods on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m, before they’re gone. Tickets $10.
• 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.
Littlefest the greatest little music festival in the Kootenays goes July 23-24 at Little Slocan Lodge in Slocan. This year’s line-up features, Juno Award winners Alex Cuba and Bedouin Soundclash, plus The Handsome Family, Horse Feathers, Hillstomp, Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party, Plaid Tongued Devils, Scott Dunbar, Magic Arrows, The Rembetika Hipsters, The White Crows of the New Apostolic Church and Val Kilmer and the New Coke. Also features a beverage tent, kidzone and lots of good local food. Weekend pass tickets are $90 advance, $110 at the gate. Adult day tickets are $55 in advance, $65 at the gate. Special rates for kids and seniors can be found on the Littlefest website or at ticket vendors. Free camping on site. Tickets available at Rossland Chamber of Commerce or at www.littlefest.ca.