The South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association needs referees, and is holding a referee clinic on March 24. Stock photo.

Local News Briefs: An upcoming soccer referee clinic is upen to all aged 12 and up

Plus Spring Into Action in Cache Creek, a Spring Fling paint night, St. Paddy’s Day music, and more

Community potluck

Residents are invited to break bread together at the first of several Community Potlucks to be held at UniTea Café and Lounge in Ashcroft, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Being social in our community is needed for our collective well-being. All are welcome at the event; come on down with a potluck dish and get to know other community members.

Spring Into Action

The fifth annual Spring Into Action event comes to the Cache Creek Community Hall on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event brings together local vendors and sports and activity groups, and attendees can see all that Cache Creek has to offer; there will also be softball registration. Tables are $15, with all proceeds going to the Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Department; there will also be a concession. Admission is by donation to The Equality Project. To book a table, contact Marcie Down at (778) 207-6957.

Spring Fling youth paint

Artist Jo Petty will be holding a Spring Fling painting event for youth aged 10 to 16 on Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ashcroft HUB. The cost is $40 per person, and instruction, as well as all the necessary supplies, are provided.

Pre-registration is required, and a minimum of eight people are needed for the session to run. For more information, or to register, call the HUB at (250) 453-9177, or email

Celtic music for St. Patrick’s Day

Come to UniTea Café and Lounge in Ashcroft on Saturday, March 16 to enjoy Celtic music at a St. Paddy’s Day Social with Brian and Julie. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 each. Call UniTea at (250) 457-1145 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Soccer referee clinic

A soccer Referee Clinic has been scheduled for Sunday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ashcroft HUB. You must be 12 years old and up to referee games. However, if your child would like to sit in on the clinic to prepare for next season they are more than welcome to.

The South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association is in need of referees for the U16 league, and asks that anyone who would like to referee this season attend the clinic. Refereeing is a great way to make some extra cash, so please spread the word. If you have questions, contact Diana Johnson-Hoggard at (250) 457-0777.

Android tablets and smartphones class

Come to the Ashcroft Library on Saturday, March 30 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. for a class on tablets and smartphones that run the Android operating system. Patrons will learn the basics of using Android touchscreen devices, including how to open and close apps, connect to Wi-Fi, access notifications, and manage settings. The class also covers how to find and download new apps from the Google Play Store.

The free class is open to everyone, but space is limited and pre-registration is necessary. Contact the library at (250) 453-9042 to reserve your space. Please bring your Android device with you to the class.

Stampin’ Up workshop postponed

Please note that the Stampin’ Up workshop which was scheduled for Sunday, March 24 at the Ashcroft HUB has been postponed until Sunday, April 14. The cost is $30 per person, which includes all materials, instruction, and refreshments. Participants will each create 10 unique all-purpose cards.

Pre-registration is required, so contact the HUB, or call Sandra Nixon at (250) 457-7439.

Dry Grad at BC Liquor Stores

BC Liquor Stores are again giving dry graduation events the “thumbs up”, as part of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch’s annual Support Dry Grad fundraising campaign.

Throughout the month of March, BC Liquor Stores customers are encouraged to donate a dollar or more to support alcohol-free graduation celebrations in their communities. In return, customers will receive a bright “thumbs up” sticker to write their name on and display in-store to show their support for dry graduation events.

In 2019, 55 school districts, equating to 338 schools, will benefit from the proceeds of the Support Dry Grad campaign. All donations go to the local school district in which the BC Liquor Store is located, and are distributed to public high schools and participating independent schools that are planning alcohol-free graduation activities.

Contributions by liquor store customers top up funds raised by parents, students, and teachers who work all year to raise funds for dry graduation celebrations. Last year, BC Liquor Store customers raised more than $275,000 to help students in more than 340 high schools around the province celebrate their graduations with fun, alcohol-free events and activities, such as skating, bubble soccer, karaoke, and excursions to the Vancouver Aquarium.

Since its inception in 2001, the campaign has raised more than $6.82 million towards alcohol-free graduation events.

TRU consultation

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is interested in hearing from the public as it embarks on a year-long process to establish a new vision and set of strategic priorities.

The process to establish a new vision and strategic priorities, Envision TRU, officially began last week with the launch of a new website,, which includes the first question to begin the conversation. Individuals are encouraged to go online and provide their thoughts.

“It’s important we have as much input into this process as possible, to ensure the vision we arrive at truly reflects our hopes and aspirations for TRU,” says Fairbairn, who encourages individuals to check the website often for updates. There will be a number of ways for people to participate, including online conversations, as well as smaller, in-person focus group sessions. includes information on project phases, timelines, ways to participate, reference materials, and easy access to an online and interactive platform.

Have your say to make communities more walkable, bike friendly

British Columbians are encouraged to share their ideas to make walking, cycling, and other kinds of active transportation safer, easier, and more attractive.

Active transportation—whether it is on foot, bike, skateboard, or wheelchair—gives people more options to get to their destinations safely and efficiently.

By improving access to active transportation, people can be helped to get out of their cars, helping to relieve congestion, improve air quality, and reduce pollution.

The Active Transportation Strategy is part of the provincial government’s CleanBC plan, launched last year to put B.C. on the path to reduce pollution, power the future with clean energy, and create new opportunities for people in a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

Over the next four weeks, people are encouraged to participate online and share ideas on ways to make active transportation options more convenient and easier to use, including bike lanes, walking paths, and connections to transit.

All feedback received will result in a provincial approach with measures to support new infrastructure, education and incentive programs, and safety improvements for people using active transportation.

Comments are being accepted until 4 p.m. on April 15, 2019, at

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura ( is a website that bills itself as showcasing “Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations” from around the world. Now and then one of the sites is close to our region, so travellers might want to check it out next time they’re in the area.

Travellers to Oregon who are prepared to hike a round trip of 15.2 miles (24km) are treated to the beautiful site of No Name Lake, which is on Broken Top Mountain.

As ice and snow melts, it pools to form the lake, which is a beautiful turquoise colour, setting it apart from the surrounding landscape. Visitors can also get spectacular views in all directions of some of Oregon’s valleys, mountains, and forests.

The lake is only accessible on foot, and the hike is described as difficult, with undulating terrain. Visitors should be well-prepared, with a compass and a lot of water. Dogs are allowed on-leash, and visitors can camp at the side of the lake as long as they remove all traces of their stay before they leave.

Because of its elevation, the lake is usually only accessible between April and September, and visitors can almost always still see snow on the top of Broken Top Mountain.

For more information about No Name Lake and how to get there, as well as pictures, go to

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Oregon’s No Name Lake offers stunning views to anyone prepared to make the hike to it. Stock photo.

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