Greater Trail sports clubs seek support

Greater Trail swim and ski clubs are canvassing communities this week for support for their respective sports.

Greater Trail swim and ski clubs are canvassing communities this week for support for their respective sports.


The Trail Stingrays Swim Club is hosting a community event in hopes of raising funds for its upcoming swim season.

Dubbed as “Stage Fright,” the Halloween-themed event features magician and fundraising guru John Kaplan for two shows at the Fruitvale Memorial Hall on Saturday.

His performances include a variety of music, dance, comedy, and of course magic that have thrilled and delighted audiences across North America for the past 20 years.

Kaplan, of Abracadabra Show Productions Inc., combines performances and fundraising to help community organizations reach their project goals.

His family-friendly show includes audience participation, incredible illusions, and stunning effects, and also is a fun way to raise money for community groups like the Greater Trail Stingrays Swim Club.

“Eighty per cent of what I do is community oriented,” said Kaplan in a release. “What I want is to create a first-class stage show but I would also like to keep those roots. I want to be able to take my magic to people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to enjoy a theatrical magic experience.”

Tickets for the show can be purchased at Country Roads in Fruitvale, The Doorway in Trail, and Bear Country Kitchen in Rossland for $10, or for $12 at the door. Show times are at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Fruitvale Hall.

Black Jack Ski Club

It is looking to be an exciting year for the Black Jack Ski Club as it completed upgrades to its trails, including Ophir trail, this summer, and will host the NorAm-U23 World Championship trials in December.

In addition, Black Jack kicked off its membership drive last week with some added incentive for potential members.

Those cross-country skiers who sign up early will have their names entered into a draw and are eligible for a number of early-bird prizes. The first draw went yesterday, but early entrants are still in the running for draws on Nov. 3, Nov. 15, and the final draw on Dec. 1.

Winning entrants receive goods from local merchants like Mountain Nugget Chocolate, Alpine Grind, Better Life Fitness, Big Red and Gerick Sports. The final draw will net the winner a $350 gift certificate to Gericks, a day of Big Red Cat Skiing at Red, five of Red’s Big Deal three-packs, and some sweet sweets from Mountain Nugget.

Black Jack also has its annual Snow Show and Ski Swap set for Nov. 2 at the Prestige Inn in Rossland.

Equipment drop-off is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sales start at 11 a.m. Skiers can also sign up for all Black Jack programs, get your season pass, and get your skis waxed by the Junior Racers, or order your customized Black Jack hats and toques.

For more info contact Sue at 362-2116 or Diana at 362-7717. Go to to register.