Comings & Goings On – Spences Bridge standing up against violence

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan's monthly column about community news and events in Spences Bridge.

Currently the sun is shining and it’s a balmy 7 degrees. A long shot from the sub-zero temperatures we were experiencing last week. That’s the thing about February – spring one minute, still winter the next!

One Billion Rising

Feb.14 was a lovely day for those that stepped out and partook in the “One Billion Rising” stand against violence against women. Eight women spent some time rehearsing the dance and although far from perfect, as there were a few mistakes here and there, the performance was so heartfelt and energetic it more than made up for the mistakes! Pink, red and purple colours flashed and the drums beat as we all took a stand to break the chain of violence against women, and honoured the survivors.

Feb.14 is also a day to honour and remember missing and murdered Indigenous women. Our group also marked the day by mentioning that global gathering and our signs included honouring the murdered and missing women. I hope by bringing attention to the ongoing struggles of women around the world that changes to anti-violence policies can be made, there will be better supports for abused women, and that more is done to solve the missing and murdered women cases.

It was nice to see Jackie Tegart, our MLA, join us in drumming along and saying a few words. Thanks to all, and especially John Kidder for all the support – music and banner setup and more!

Movie Nights, Farmers Markets

Movie night is a go! The location is yet to be finalized – either at the hall or at Cook’s Ferry. The first movie is An Unfinished Life, rated PG. This film was shot around Ashcroft and stars Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, and showcases a few locals. Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 pm – please check Facebook, watch for posters, or phone to confirm location. There will be popcorn, door prizes, and it’s FREE!

Another new idea was discussed at our last meeting: a farmer’s / flea market. How often? what day of the week? Costs? and so on will be discussed by a committee and brought back to the SBCC membership for final approval. How exciting!  Anyone wishing to get involved in the committee is very welcome – watch Facebook, or call me.

Desert Daze planning

The Desert Daze planning committee will be holding the first meeting of the year to plan the 5th (yes 5th) annual festival. We’ll be meeting at the hall from 2:30-3 on Sat., Feb. 22.

More Seniors activities

The New Horizon’s Seniors Program continues with a very full schedule! All funds must be spent by the end of March, and we are right on target.

Qui Gong continues for two more Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and 26 from 10:30-11:30 at the old school. There are still one or two glass frames up for grabs if anyone would like to start a glass mosaic project – it’s not too late to join the workshop – Wednesdays 1-3:30 old school. The NHSP Elders Council meets on Feb. 25 at 10 am. Community pot luck dinner also on the 25th at 5:30 pm. The theme this month the heart

Medicine pouch making is the next workshop being held on Feb. 25 and 26. Come and learn some leatherwork skills and some of the history behind the medicine pouch. Please look for a flyer in the mail or call for all the details.

Mondays the crew heads to Merritt to swim! Leaving at 9:40 Band Hall, 9:45 Post Office, return from Merritt 2 – swim, sauna, aqua fit, weight room, shop, lunch, library; your choice.

Next meeting

Our next regular meeting is Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm at the hall. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan