This weekend will be very busy in Williams Lake with the High School Rodeo and Rotary Exhibition, as well as several exciting events throughout the week:
Friday May 4
The Library hosts Preschool Storytime from 10:30am to 11:15am today for ages 3-6.
The Curvettes Team from Curves in Williams Lake has a fundraiser today to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. There will be a Hot Dog and Bake Sale today on the corner of Oliver Street and 3rd Avenue from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Join the Curvettes in supporting this worthy cause! They will be participating in the Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
There will be a Rotary Exhibition at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex May 4, 5, and 6. There will be a variety of businesses being showcased. The exhibition will be open May 4 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, May 5 from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and May 6 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. For more information, call Mike at 250-398-2222 or Cory at 250-398-8100.
The Royal Canadian Legion hosts their Friday Meat Draw from 5:00pm to 6:00pm this evening. They are located at 385 Barnard Street in Williams Lake. They also have their popular Steak Night beginning at 6:00pm. Steak Night is held on the last Friday of every month, and features live music by 'Perfect Match.'
Saturday May 5
Seedy Saturday, held today in Herb Gardner Park from 10:00am to 2:00pm, is a grassroots celebration of seeds, plants, food and community hosted by the Williams Lake Food Policy Council in partnership with Oliver Street Market. Swap, sell, trade, buy locally grown and saved seeds and seedlings and bedding plants for your garden - everything is GMO free! Enjoy naturally raised beef smokies from San Jose Cattle Company, coffee from the Bean Counter and listen to our fantastic local musicians. Make your own seed tape and seedling pots, try out soil block making with Road's End Farm, and perhaps even experience a worm sex demonstration with the Conservation Society!
The Williams Lake and District Branch of the SPCA has an Open House today from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Visit with the animals available for adoption, take a tour, and check out SPCA information and merchandise. They will have information regarding how to become a volunteer as well. Call 250392-2179 for more information.
Williams Lake Spinners and Weavers will have a Spin-In today at St. Andrew’s United Church. It will be open to the public from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. There will be five vendors selling books, yarn, fibre, spinning wheels, and much more.
There will be an open house and work party today at the Cariboo Lodge Community Garden to beautify the site and get it ready for planting. This event will take place from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and the Cariboo Lodge is located across from the Kiwanis Park tennis courts on 4th Avenue.
The Legion hosts their Saturday Meat Draw from 3:00pm to 5:00pm this afternoon.
My Wife's Quartet, along with special guest Louis Butterfield, will be at the Gecko Tree this evening at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased in advance at the Guitar Seller and the Gecko Tree Restaurant. Call the Gecko Tree at 250-398-8983 for more information.
The Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust has a Wine Tasting Fundraiser this evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in the Gibraltar Room at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $40.00 and are available at RE/MAX in Williams Lake, which is located at #2-85 Third Avenue. The Trust aims to raise funds for a digital mammography machine for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital.
Sunday May 6
The Williams Lake Fire Department welcomes everyone to attend their Open House today, beginning at 10:00am. There will also be a Firefighter Challenge at 12:00pm.
Today from 10:00am to 4:00pm will be a Moto Clinic with the Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association. They will go over bike setup, terminology, body positioning, functions, gear, and track etiquette. There is no charge and lunch is included. Please bring your dirt bike and enough fuel for the day. Mandatory gear includes a helmet, boots, gloves and goggles. Call Irene at 250392-3201 for more information.
Sundays at the Legion, crib and shuffleboard will be available beginning at 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome.
The Hobbit House will host a Herbal Workshop today from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The workshop will be facilitated by Torey Lee of Echo's Bodywork and Complementary Healing. They will discuss a selection of herbal remedies to alleviate common ailments. Participants will learn which plants to use for which ailments, how and when to harvest wild and garden-grown herbs, as well as preparation for use. The cost is $40.00 and pre-registration is required. Call 250392-7599 for more information.
Monday May 7
This week at the Station House Gallery, artist Diana Jensen Vestergaard presents 'Painting the Cariboo' in the Main Gallery. This exhibition features Classical Realist paintings commemorating the Cariboo. Starting at Mile Zero, the artist documents picturesque seasonal landscapes, iconic heritage buildings, rodeo culture, and regional flora and fauna. In the Upper Gallery is Aki Yamamoto's exhibit, 'Swamped'. Swamped is a series of drawings, woodblock prints and carvings inspired by nearly fifteen years of living in a wetland in the middle of a “working forest”. Call the Gallery at 250-392-6184 for more information.
StrongStart is held at Cataline, Mountview, and Marie Sharpe Elementary Schools each week from Monday to Friday. The program is available from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
The Caribou Brain Injury Society has a Coping Strategies Group which meets every Monday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The group aims to help survivors of brain injury learn positive methods of coping with the effects of their injury. To register for this group, contact the Society at 250-392-7772 for an intake meeting, as this group is for victims of acquired brain injury.
Tuesday May 8
150 Mile House Elementary School has the StrongStart Program from 8:30am to 11:30am every Tuesday.
Rhyme and Storytime is available for ages 0-5 and their parent or caregiver at Glendale Elementary School every Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am.
The Library offers Toddler Time from 10:30am to 11:00am every Tuesday for ages 0-3
Today at 11:30am at Boitanio Park is the annual “Walk for Harmony.” For the past 6 years, the Cariboo Mental Health Association-Cariboo Chilcotin Branch has celebrated the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination by hosting a “Walk for Harmony.” The walk includes an awareness march through downtown Williams Lake, followed by refreshments and entertainment including many of our community’s cultural performers. They have had as many as 200 individuals attend the event and many youth are engaged through the school district and through their other programs. Families and daycare providers are welcome. Everyone will walk from Boitanio Park to Spirit Square. Samples of ethnic foods will be provided at Spirit Square. For more information, call the Women’s Contact Society at 250-392-4118.
There is a women's bible study every Tuesday at 1:00pm at the Salvation Army (next door to the thrift store). All interested women are welcome to join.
The Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy and Cariboo Regional District Library are offering ‘Focus on Financial Literacy,’ a series of free workshops at the Williams Lake Library from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Tonight's workshop is 'Home Financing.' Call 250392-8161 for more information or to register.
Wednesday May 9
Chilcotin Road and Nesika Elementary Schools host Rhyme and Storytime each Wednesday for children ages 0-5 and their parent or caregiver. Chilcotin Road hosts the program from 9:30am to 10:15am and Nesika hosts from 11:00am to 11:45am.
The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at C.J.’s Southwestern Grill at 12:05pm.
From 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Wednesdays at the Salvation Army, join Ellen Paynton for a Women’s Only Fitness Class. This is a free program for women and child minding is available. Call the Women’s Contact Society at 250-392-4118 for more information.
There is a Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month. The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Board Room on the main floor.
Thursday May 10
The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) BC Group 4145 meets every Thursday across from Safeway. The meetings are from 8:45am to 10:00am. For more information or directions, call Ada at 250-398-5757 or Corinne at 250-392-4772.
Wildwood Elementary School hosts the StrongStart Program each Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
Drop-In Traditional Rug Hooking Classes are available every Thursday. Join this free class to learn how to make your own rugs from new and recycled fabrics. Call Sharon at 250-296-4432 for more information.
Every Thursday, the Legion Branch 139 hosts Pasta Thursday, a Legion fundraiser. Dinner is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and includes pasta and sauce, garlic bread, and caesar salad, all for just $6.00. The Legion would like to welcome the community to participate in this wonderful evening of good food and great company.
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