A sandbagging bee is coming up in Cache Creek on April 13.

Local News Briefs: Sandbagging bee in Cache Creek

Plus an Ashcroft train trax paint night, free webinars, a health and wellness fair, and much more

Train trax paint night

Join artist Sherri Gagnon as she helps you unleash your inner artist and create a painting of Ashcroft train tracks at UniTea Café and Lounge in Ashcroft. All painting materials are supplied, and Gagnon will guide participants step-by-step through the painting process. Everyone taking part will also have their name entered in a draw to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, and there is a door prize and a gift certificate giveaway.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, and pre-registration is necessary; tickets are $35 each. To register, go to http://bit.ly/2UaHRn6.

Cache Creek sandbagging work bee

The Village of Cache Creek and the Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Department are organizing a sandbagging work bee in preparation for the 2019 freshet. It is intended to help at-risk property owners in the community prepare for flooding, and it’s hoped that there will be many volunteers on hand filling sandbags for people to pick up and take home.

If you live alongside Cache Creek or the Bonaparte River, your property might be susceptible to flooding issues if the river and creek rise beyond their carrying capacities. Forming a sandbag wall is a very effective way to prevent water from reaching certain areas.

The sandbagging work bee will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cache Creek coverall. There will be music playing and a hot dog barbecue afterwards, so come out and help to make the community safe.

If you have questions, please call the Cache Creek Village office at (250) 457-6237.

Navigating Health and Wellness Fair

Learn about health-care resources in and around our communities at a free event at the Cache Creek Community Hall on Monday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be more than 25 stations featuring blood pressure checking, blood sugar testing, a free hearing test sign-up, an opportunity to see how accurate your home blood pressure monitor is, and much more, including food tasting, child minding, hands-on activities, and free transportation.

The event is being sponsored by the Wellness Health Action Coalition, and is open to all members of the public in the region.

Small Business BC webinars

Small Business BC is hosting several interesting free seminars for businesses that are available to view through webinars. Among the upcoming webinars are “Incorporation: Legal and Tax Tips” (March 29); “Getting Incorporated: Essential Steps and Legal Tips” (March 29); “Operations For Small Business” (April 1); and “Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Small Business” (April 5).

For a complete list of available seminars, or more information about each one, please visit https://smallbusinessbc.ca/seminars/.

The cost is usually between $29 and $119 per webinar, but each one is being offered at no charge. Anyone interested should contact Community Futures Sun Country by emailing vision@cfsun.ca or calling (250) 453-9165, where you will receive a unique code that will allow you to access the webinars.

You do not have to attend the live webinar, as you will receive a link once it is completed to replay at your convenience. The link remains live for one week after the seminar. This means you do not have to watch the entire seminar at one time, and can replay any parts that you would like to listen to again.

Confined Spaces certification workshop

Community Futures Sun Country is offering a Confined Spaces certification workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Ashcroft Community Hall. The cost is usually $150 per person, but it is being offered for free through assistance from Western Economic Diversification and the Canadian Red Cross.

Personnel who enter confined spaces using the permit entry procedure must receive training. This operational course covers requirements and conditions for permitted entry; hazard recognition; use of personal protective equipment; entry procedures; and ladder safety and precautions.

The workshop is limited to 12 people, so register early at http://www.cfwildfire.ca/workshops/# or call (250) 453-9165.

Fourth annual Walhaschindig

Mark your calendar now for the fourth annual Walhaschindig, taking place at the Walhachin Soldiers Memorial Hall on Saturday, June 15. This year’s free family-friendly event features the Margit Sky Project and other local musicians, as well as Uncle Chris the Clown, a barbecue, concessions, family fun, door prizes, and more.

If you would like to participate or volunteer, contact Assu Nydam at (250) 318-6100 or at assu@nydam.net.

Cherry Hill coffee recall

Interior Health is advising the public that N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill Coffee in Kelowna has been recalled due to temperature issues in the manufacturing process that potentially failed to control pathogens, including botulism.

If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill or other stores carrying this product in the Interior region of B.C., do not drink it. Either throw out the product or return it to the location you bought it from, with proof of purchase, for a full refund. N7 Nitro cans and kegs have been pulled from shelves at retail stores as part of a voluntary recall.

If you consumed N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee and are feeling unwell, please seek medical advice by contacting your family physician or nurse practitioner.

At this time, no illnesses have been reported.

Excellence in Education nominations sought

The nomination deadline for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education has been extended to April 30.

With spring break here, it is a great opportunity for children, parents, school administrators, and community members of all ages to take advantage of the extra time to nominate a deserving teacher, administrator, or support staff member who has made a lasting impact in the lives of British Columbia’s students.

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education, launched in 2018, are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of public, independent, and First Nations school-system teachers, principals, vice-principals, administrators, and support staff who go above and beyond to make life better for students in B.C. This year, 10 awards will be given out, with six honouring teachers, two open to school and district administrators, and two recognizing support staff members.

The 30 finalists will be announced in mid-May and will be invited to an awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 4, held in conjunction with World Teachers’ Day. Winners will receive a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning, a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning. and a commemorative work of art. Runners-up will receive a certificate of recognition signed by Premier John Horgan and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.

To nominate an education professional for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education, visit www.gov.bc.ca/excellenceineducation.

New freshwater fishing guide

The Province has released the new, updated guide to freshwater fishing in British Columbia. The 2019-2021 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis is available online, and will soon be available in hard copy at FrontCounter BC and Service BC offices, as well as at stores that sell fishing licences.

This synopsis is a comprehensive guide to the regulations, policies, and practices that guide freshwater fishing in B.C. The Province updates the synopsis every two years and regularly posts updates online.

The synopsis also includes important angling-related articles, including information on catch-and-release best practices, preventing the spread of invasive aquatic species, and tips on how to help keep aquatic ecosystems intact and healthy.

Freshwater fishing generates almost $1 billion annually towards the provincial economy. The Province collects $10 million each year from licence fees—money which goes directly to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. The society supports angling-related research, conservation, education, stocking, and improving angler access.

Download the synopsis, or check for updated angling regulations, at http://bit.ly/2EbiObw.


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