The Academy Award-wining film Bohemian Rhapsody will be screened at the Ashcroft HUB on March 13 as part of ‘Dinner and a Movie’.

Local News Briefs: Enjoy the Academy Award-winning film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the HUB

Plus a Sea Cadets bottle drive, the CCES PAC dinner and auction, a kids’ movie, and more

Sea Cadets bottle drive

The local branch of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, 347 Avenger, will be holding a bottle drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. If you have bottles to collect, call or text Ramona at (250) 457-4095.

The funds raised will go to help support the Sea Cadets in various activities, including sailing camps, leadership training, and more.

CCES PAC dinner and auction

The Cache Creek Elementary School Parent Advisory Council will be holding its annual dinner and auction on Saturday, March 9. Doors for this 19+ event open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and an auction to follow. The funds raised will go to help revitalize the old playground at the site, with a focus on resurfacing the rink area.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the school, at the Cache Creek Petro-Can, and at Interior Savings Credit Union in Ashcroft.

Trauma and Resiliency session

Parents, community members, and educators are invited to attend a free session about trauma and resiliency on Tuesday, March 12 led by Kim Barthel, a world-renowned therapist and teacher. She will lead participants to a deeper understanding of trauma and the impact it has on children and their behaviour. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of resiliency, and how to support each other in developing the skills needed to be resilient in times of trauma and stress.

The session is sponsored by school District No. 74, and will be held at Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 12. Please RSVP to or (250) 453-9151, ext. 234. For more information about Kim Barthel, visit her website at

Kids’ movie at the HUB

Head to the Ashcroft HUB on Tuesday, March 19 for a screening of the 2018 animated film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. The movie starts at 2 p.m., and admission is $3 per person. A concession will be available.

Dinner and a movie

On Wednesday, March 13 the Ashcroft HUB will be holding a “dinner and a movie” event starting at 6 p.m. Dinner is beef dip, salad, and dessert, and the movie is the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, about the rise to fame of Freddie Mercury of famed rock band Queen. The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and won four, including Best Actor for Rami Malek, who plays Mercury.

Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance. Drop by the HUB office, call (250) 453-9177, or email for information or to book a ticket.

Calling all women and caregivers

Pacific Dawn, the DisAbled Womens Network, will be holding a “Let’s Chat” session at the Ashcroft HUB on Wednesday, March 13 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Did you know that at least 53 per cent of people with disabilities in Canada are women, and that the unemployment rate among women with disabilities is up to 75 per cent? The session will see discussion of these points, as well as how to feel and be safe in your home, health-care, and more. There is no charge, and refreshments will be served.

You can pre-register at the HUB website ( or just drop by. To find out more about Pacific Dawn, visit their website at

Stampin’ Up workshop

The next Stampin’ Up workshop is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Ashcroft HUB. 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.

16 Mile AGM

The 16 Mile Community Society will be holding its AGM on Monday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the restaurant at Historic Hat Creek.

The AGM will feature an update on the program of activities for the upcoming year, a volunteer lot maintenance sign-up, a winter water trailer outfit program outline, crime watch information, and more. For information contact Al Midgley at (250) 457-9288 or

Soccer camp

There will be a three-day soccer camp from March 26 to 28 at the Ashcroft HUB for youth aged 7 to 12. The cost is $100 per person, and each morning session will feature skills training, with the afternoons devoted to a World Cup program. The camp is being run by licensed soccer professionals.

Each session runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and participants each receive a T-shirt. Space is limited, and pre-registration by March 8 is required. For more information, or to register, contact the HUB at (250) 453-9177, or email

Art Exposed Regional Exhibition

All are welcome at the opening night reception of the ninth annual Art Exposed Regional Exhibition. The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Gallery in Kamloops (7 Seymour Street West).

This year’s exhibition showcases the work of more than 120 regional artists, including 20 youth, and contains dozens of original, affordable artworks in a variety of mediums. Anyone attending the exhibition (admission by donation) is eligible to vote for the People’s Choice Award; the winner will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 16, and can be viewed every day at the Old Courthouse Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kamloops SPCA AGM

Do you want to make a difference for animals? The BC SPCA’s Kamloops and District branch invites all interested animal lovers to attend the branch’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Thompson Rivers University room #OM 2515.

Learn more about the BC SPCA’s life-saving work to help the community’s most vulnerable animals and find out how you can get involved, either by working directly with the animals or by offering other skills, such as administrative support, help with fundraising and public events, advocacy on local animal issues, and other activities that support the work of the branch.

Last year, the Kamloops and District SPCA branch helped 1,296 abused, neglected, abandoned, and injured animals.

For more information, please contact the Kamloops and District branch SPCA at (250) 376-7722.

Have your say on B.C.’s employment standards

For the next month, British Columbians are invited to share their views before government makes changes to B.C.’s Employment Standards Act.

This act, which is the law that sets minimum standards for workplaces in the province, was last comprehensively reviewed by government in 1994. Since then, technology has significantly changed workplaces. There are new technologies that drive how and where people work, many more part-time employees, and many more people working remotely, from home or on virtual teams.

To reflect modern workplaces and to ensure that employment standards are evenly applied and enforced, the Ministry of Labour intends to make changes to the act as early as this spring. The BC Law Institute has carried out the Employment Standards Reform Project, which included a public consultation and a final report that outlines a set of recommendations. In addition, the Ministry of Labour has heard from workers, employers, and groups such as the BC Federation of Labour.

Through this feedback, as well as a review of what is in place in other jurisdictions, there are several areas where government is considering improvements, and the Ministry of Labour wants to hear from the public on the first areas of focus under consideration. These include supporting families through difficult times with job-protected leaves of absence, clarifying hours of work and overtime standards, and supporting families through difficult times with job-protected leaves of absence.

For more information about how to participate, visit

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