Lots of arts and crafts events coming to Clinton

Plus the fire department is looking for volunteers, curling is starting up again, and there's a children's Halloween party on the 31st.

The Clinton fire department is looking for volunteers.

What a busy week

The week of September 26 to 30 saw Mayor Jim Rivett, CAO Tom Dall, and the entire Village of Clinton council in Victoria for the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) AGM and conference.

This is a week of workshops, clinics, meetings with various Provincial Ministers, and voting on resolutions that have been put forward by numerous municipalities and regional districts. These resolutions are often hotly debated before the final call for a vote.

The many sponsored lunches and receptions give delegates a chance to meet up with, and network with, people from all over the province. It is an opportunity to compare challenges and solutions.

As many of you know, I am a member of the Village of Clinton council. Victoria is a beautiful city and yes, the Royals were in the area when we were there, but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see much as we dashed from one meeting to another throughout the week.

Now it is time to compare notes (Village of Clinton councillors traditionally split up and attend as many different workshops and clinics as possible and share their learnings), and see what we have learned that will benefit our community.

Fire department needs you

Have you ever considered joining your local fire department? It is a great opportunity to gain some training, enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow fire fighters, and give back to your community.

The Village of Clinton Volunteer Fire Department is looking for volunteers. They meet at the fire hall on Lebourdais Avenue in Clinton every Monday (except stat holidays) at 7 p.m. If you think this is something you would like to do you are welcome to drop by and get more information. Both men and women are welcome. A criminal background check will be required if you do decide to become a member, and there is a small remuneration for members.

Quilters and crafters

The Clinton quilters and crafters are once again meeting on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clinton Seniors’ Centre at 217 Smith Avenue.

Bring whatever you are working on and join them. There is a $2 drop in fee to help cover costs.

Clinton council meeting change

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA) will be holding their industry summit and AGM from October 26 to 28 in Clinton.

Clinton council meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, but as council wants to take in the CCCTA event, the October meetings have been rescheduled to the 5th and 19th instead of the 12th and 26th.

Take it off!

The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group meets every Thursday morning at 9:30 in the Clinton Library meeting room. If you would like some support while working to reduce your weight, you are welcome to join them.

Health Care Auxiliary

The Clinton Health Care Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Clinton Health and Wellness Centre. New members, or anyone wishing to learn more about what this group does, are welcome to attend.

Curling club AGM

You know that summer is definitely over when we start talking about curling! The Clinton Curling Club will hold their Annual General Meeting in the curling club lounge on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. Everyone with an interest in curling is urged to attend.

Fall benefit art show

The Clinton Art and Cultural Society is holding a Fall Benefit Art Show on October 14, 15, and 16 in the Clinton Memorial Hall. Both Society members and non-members are welcome to enter their work. The show hours are Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The theme of the show is “water”, which we have all seen an abundance of this year. In addition to the art displays, there will be kids’ art and a kids’ corner, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the 100 Mile House Family Enrichment Centre. Call (250) 459-2976 for information.

Fall craft sale

The Clinton Communities in Bloom committee is hosting its eighth annual Fall Craft Sale on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Clinton Memorial Hall. Over two dozen vendors will be displaying their unique creations. There will also be baking available. This is a great opportunity to see the creativity of our local crafters and artisans. Pick up something unique for Christmas gifts or get a jump on your Christmas baking by purchasing and freezing some of the delicious offerings.

This is the main fundraiser for the Clinton CiB committee. They will have a concession with homemade soups and chili, so you can dine and shop in the same place. The funds will be used to further some of the projects the CiB Committee takes on: the Funky Flowerpot contest (which will be running again in 2017), Christmas light-up, Seedy Sunday, and more.

Clinton Country Artists

The Clinton Country Artists will host an Art Show in the basement of the Legion in Clinton (310 Lebourdais Avenue) from October 21 to 23. There will be artwork, wood crafting, stone carving, a silent auction, and more. Drop by Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You could take in the Art Show and the Fall Craft Sale together on Saturday!

Halloween

As in past years, there will be a children’s Halloween party in the Clinton Memorial Hall on Monday, October 31, followed by fireworks in Reg Conn Centennial Park.

Integris Credit Union held fundraising events throughout the year to raise the funds for the fireworks. Many people donated and the fire department kicked in as well, and the display will be orchestrated by members of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.

If you have pets, please ensure they are indoors throughout the fireworks display. Many pets are terrified of the noise and tend to run if outdoors.

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