There will be a free screening of the film Smallfoot at the Ashcroft HUB on Feb. 17 as part of the Family Day weekend.

Local News Briefs: Free Family Day weekend movie at the HUB

Plus an ice fishing derby, a Fancy Schmancy Tea Party, the Million Dollar Bursary is back, and more.

Family Day movie

The Village of Ashcroft, with support from the Province of B.C. and the BC Museums Association, is hosting a free screening of the 2018 animated film Smallfoot on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Ashcroft HUB. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 2 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend this Family Day weekend event, which will feature free admission, popcorn, and beverages. There will also be colouring sheets available for children prior to the start of the film.

CADOSA ice fishing derby

Looking for something different and fun to do this Family Day weekend? The Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsman Association (CADOSA) is hosting its annual Ice Fishing Derby on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Beaverdam Lake, northwest of Clinton, from daylight until noon.

CADOSA will provide hot dogs, smokies, burgers, coffee, and hot chocolate for all participants. The entry fee is $10 per person, and all the money collected will be paid back in prize money. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CADOSA is committed to conservation, education, and recreation in the outdoors, and all are welcome to join. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the basement of the Clinton Legion. For more information, check out their Facebook page at Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsman Association – CADOSA.

Bonaparte Watershed AGM

The annual general meeting of the Bonaparte Watershed Society will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Chums Restaurant in Cache Creek. It starts at 11 a.m. with a no-host lunch, and the AGM will follow. It will include an update on Bonaparte Watershed sustainabilty, mitigation, fire and flood efforts, and strategy going forward.

Stakeholders in the Bonaparte watershed are welcome to attend, learn more, and share what they are doing to help this watershed remain sustainable. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Allen Midgley, 3897 Hwy 97 N., Cache Creek, B.C. V0K 1H1, 1-778-207-7468, email

John Treichel Trio at UniTea

The John Treichel Trio from Kamloops is described as funky, bluesy, and jazzy, and they’ll be bringing their music to the UniTea Café and Lounge in Ashcroft on Friday, Feb. 22. Treichel has performed with orchestras, rock, blues, R&B, funk, reggae, country, and folk acts from the obscure to the famous, and the trio covers a lot of territory, from Ray Charles to Miles Davis to Carl Perkins.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. To learn more, or get tickets, drop by UniTea or call (250) 457-1145.

Mobile mammography coming to Ashcroft

The BC Cancer Breast Screening’s digital mammography service will be at the Ashcroft IDA Pharmacy on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

Mammograms are available at no charge for women aged 40 and over. Make an informed decision to screen for breast cancer. Visit to learn more; to book your appointment call 1-800-663-9203.

Fancy Schmancy Tea Party and Storytime

The Fancy Schmancy Tea Party and Storytime at the Cache Creek Library, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 12, has been been rescheduled, and will now take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.

The event is for children aged 0 to 5 and their parents/caregivers, and pre-registration is required (250-457-9953 or go to

South Cariboo Historical Museum Society AGM

The South Cariboo Historical Museum Society will be holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Clinton Library meeting room. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Edith McLorn at (250) 459-7988 or by email at

Million Dollar Bursary

Interior Savings’ Million Dollar Bursary program is still accepting applications, for 2019 with those who apply eligible to receive $1,000 toward their post-secondary education. The program started in 2014 and will continue until at least 2021.

If you are between 17 and 24 years old, and planning to attend full-time post-secondary studies in 2019 or 2020, please submit your bursary application no later than Feb. 28, 2019. Applicants must be (or become) an active member of Interior Savings to apply, but the application process is easy, and student accounts are free.

For more information go to

Cache Creek Seniors’ Drop-in

The weekly drop-in session for those aged 55+ continues at the Cache Creek Community Hall (downstairs meeting room) every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no charge for the sessions, so come by and enjoy a cup of coffee, cards and games, and conversation with others.

For more information, call or text Wendy Coomber at (250) 457-0245.

Oscar fun fact

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 22, and the Oscars will be handed out on Sunday, Feb. 24. In the run-up to the ceremony, here is an Oscar fun fact.

Late last week came news that British actor Albert Finney had died, aged 82. Finney was a respected stage and screen actor, who over the course of his career received five Academy Award nominations for his acting, beginning with his starring role in Tom Jones (1963); his last nomination was for Best Supporting Actor for Erin Brockovich (2000).

Alas, Finney never heard his name read out as an Oscar winner, thus joining a select group of actors who have been nominated for Oscars multiple times but have never won. Of actors with five or more nominations but no wins, Peter O’Toole places first, with eight nominations starting with Lawrence of Arabia (1962; interestingly, Finney had turned down the lead role in that film, paving the way for O’Toole to burst to stardom). Richard Burton had seven nominations but no wins, Glenn Close has seven nominations, Amy Adams, Deborah Kerr, and Thelma Ritter have six nominations, and Irene Dunne and Arthur Kennedy each had five.

While most of those actors have left us, there’s still hope for Adams and Close, possibly on Feb. 24 this year. Close (who is 62) is nominated for Best Actress for The Wife, while Adams (44) is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Vice.

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