Don’t miss the Canada Day celebrations at the Heritage Park and the Legion in Ashcroft on July 1. Photo: Jared Grove

Local News Briefs: Celebrate Canada Day in Ashcroft

Plus upcoming concerts, free legal services, the Kids’ TRYathlon, and more

“Garth Brooks” at Ashcroft Legion

Multi-talented singer/musician Steve Hillis brings his “Garth Brooks and the Voices of Legends” tribute show to the Ashcroft Legion on Saturday, June 29. The show will also feature an “all request” dance/party set.

Hillis can vocally imitate many singing legends, including Brooks, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Engelbert Humperdinck, Willy Nelson, Johnny Cash, and more, and the show features multiple costume changes as Hillis brings these stars to life. He’s been selling out shows across Canada, so be sure to get your tickets ($20 each) soon, as seating is limited. Visit the Legion to get tickets, or call (250) 453-2423 to reserve.

Canada Day in Ashcroft

The Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society is once again hosting a Canada Day celebration at the Heritage Park in Ashcroft on Monday, July 1. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a kids’ bike parade, then continues with a Canada Day ceremony, live music, free hot dogs, cake, and ice cream, face painting, and more. There will also be free swimming at the Ashcroft pool all afternoon starting at 1 p.m., courtesy of the Village of Ashcroft.

Following the WRAPS celebration, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #113 (Ashcroft) will be hosting its annual Canada Day event. All are invited to the Legion for food and beverages, and don’t forget to BYOB—bring your own banana—so that you can create your own banana split (ice cream and toppings supplied).

The Ghostly Hounds

UniTea Café and Lounge in Ashcroft welcomes The Ghostly Hounds in concert on Saturday, July 6. The group, which is based in Montreal, combines strings, horns, and powerful vocals to create a dark, jazzy sound. They’ve toured the country from coast to coast, and last year’s concert at UniTea sold out, so make sure to get your tickets soon, to avoid disappointment.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 each, and can be purchased at UniTea; for more information or to reserve tickets, call (250) 457-1145.

Kids’ TRYathlon

The seventh annual Kids’ TRYathlon is coming up on Saturday, July 13 for anyone aged 3 to 18. Participants swim, bike, and run a course whose length is geared to each age group (for example, kids aged 3 to 5 bike 1.5km, while those aged 16 and up bike 10km).

Registration is only $20, and each participant gets a T-shirt, a finishers’ medal, and the chance to win some fabulous prizes. The deadline for registration is Thursday, July 11 (there will be no registrations on the day of the TRYathlon), and can be done at the Ashcroft HUB office or online at For more information call the HUB at (250) 453-9177 or email

Free legal services

The TRU Community Legal Clinic operates in Kamloops, but on Tuesday, July 23 it will be coming to the Ashcroft HUB from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The TRU CLC is the first student-staffed free legal clinic in the B.C. Interior. The students work under the guidance of a team of supervising lawyers to provide legal assistance and advice in a range of areas to those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.

The service is free. To be accepted, clients must meet low-income financial eligibility requirements. As well, a law student will conduct an initial interview to determine eligibility based on the nature and scope of the client’s issue.

TRU CLC is able to assist with various legal issues, including residential tenancy, employment standards, small claims (civil claims under $35,000 only), and wills for estates worth less than $25,000 and that do not contain real property. It can also draft certain types of legal documents, including demand letters, powers of attorney, and (in family law) documents for uncontested desk order divorces and financial statements for use in Provincial Court or Supreme Court.

For more information about the service, visit the website at To book an appointment at the Ashcroft clinic, call the Kamloops clinic at (778) 471-8490.

Writer in Residence wanted

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library (TNRL) is inviting applications for its first Writer in Residence opportunity. Following on the successes of many other residencies across Canada, the TNRL Writer in Residence will work with writers from across the regional district to help encourage and shape the development of the written arts in the TNRD.

The Writer will provide assistance to writers by email and phone, as well as through in-person consultations and workshops. The Writer will deliver public reading programs in-library and throughout TNRD communities, and will have the opportunity to work on their own personal writing projects.

In September, the Writer will also take part in Words Alive Kamloops as one of the featured authors for 2019. Produced by the Kamloops Society for the Written Arts, Words Alive Kamloops is the only festival of its kind in the Kamloops area. For more information about Words Alive Kamloops visit

The Writer in Residence term runs from September to November 2019. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 5 at 4 p.m. For full details on the position and how to apply, go to

For questions about the Writer in Residence program, contact Catherine Schmidt, Coordinator, Adult Services, Thompson-Nicola Regional Library at or (250) 372-5145.

Walhachin water meter information

Residents of Walhachin can learn about the ins and outs of the residential water meter installations at an upcoming public information meeting being held in the community. It’s part of the first round of several meetings that will be conducted as water meters are being installed in all 11 TNRD-administered water systems over the next two years.

TNRD staff will be on hand to discuss the process, how installations will work, answer any questions, and discuss the next steps. There will also be information on the utility system and general water conservation at the meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers Memorial Hall.

For more information about TNRD water metering, go to For more information about the meeting, contact project manager Renata Harry by phone at (250) 377-6301 or email

New bridges at Cherry Creek

Permanent bridges are now open, and reinforcing armour is in place, on two roads in the Cherry Creek area that were washed out by spring flooding. These upgrades will improve safety and stability during future flooding.

In spring 2017, the culverts on Rodeo Drive and Greenstone Road in Cherry Creek were washed out, with additional damage to the shoulder of Highway 1. The new creek crossings include rock armouring designed to protect them from potential damage during future flooding. The cost for this flood recovery work is approximately $3 million.

A temporary structure remains on Beaton Road near Cherry Creek, where the crossing was washed out in spring 2018. The replacement design has been finalized, and work is expected to begin this fall and finish by spring 2020.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has completed a prioritized risk assessment and is working with a qualified environmental professional, who will help residents who are considering work on their properties to reduce the effects of future flooding.

The ministry appreciates the patience of all drivers and residents in the area affected by the flooding and repair work.

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