Creative Current – From Easter Egg Hunts to Belly Dancing

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly roundup of arts, music and theatre in the area.

Community Easter Egg Hunts this Sunday!

The Cache Creek Fire Dept. continues to offer their annual Easter Egg Hunt to the local children, aged 0-12. The free annual event takes place at the Cache Creek Community Park, beginning at 10 am on Easter Sunday (March 31). After the hunt, free hot dogs, juice and coffee for both children and adults.

In Ashcroft, there will be an Easter Egg hunt at the Ashcroft Pool Park starting at noon (also on March 31). There is a registration fee and entrants are guaranteed a prize. There will be hot dogs, face painting and the Easter Bunny. To register your child contact Sherri Worthington at 778-207-7272 or Hayley Stefanek at 250-457-0487.

Next Family Movie Apr 12 with ‘Life of Pi’

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The feature movie this month is the Oscar Award winning movie ‘Life Of Pi’. Bring the whole family to see this wonderful movie on Friday, April 12. Admission at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the Movie starting at 7 pm.

There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council. No outside food or drinks, please. Children must be supervised and remain seated and quiet during the movie please.

Here’s a sneak peek of what the Movie is all about; A 16 year-old Indian boy’s passage to a new life in America aboard a freighter ends in a shipwreck in the Pacific. He is left to fend for himself on a life raft with an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger.

Time capsule treasures wanted

The Cache Creek Library is collecting donations from local clubs, teams, organizations and individuals for a time capsule. The time capsule will be placed in the new Library and will be reopened in 2063. They welcome pictures, annual reports, brochures, a jersey, pins or crests, a flag, favourite recipe, or other small objects you’d like to donate. Enclose your donation in an envelope marked with your contact information and Time Capsule and drop it off at the Library during open hours. They are located at 1390 Quartz Rd.

Belly Dance Workshops and Show with “Gameela”

Kerri Mingo, also known as Gameela, began belly dancing in 2001 and has been teaching for the past four years, and is offering three belly dancing workshops in Spences Bridge next week. She enjoys many different dance styles including Egyptian Saidi, Arabic Pop, Raks Assaya and Tribal Fusion. Kerri is a member of the Baladi Babes Dance Troupe in 100 Mile House and enjoys dancing at community functions and special events.

Have fun learning the beautiful movements of ‘Middle Eastern Dance’ on Friday, April 5 from 7-8:30 pm. Two  “technique” classes will be taught on Saturday, April 6 from 10 am to noon, and again from 1-4 pm. In Gameela’s “dance choreography” class, learn a belly dance routine while getting a great low-impact workout.

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, come and enjoy a fun day out no matter what your age, shape or size. All classes will be taught at the Spences Bridge Community Hall on Hwy 8. Workout clothing such as track pants and t-shirt or tank top or yoga wear is recommended. No jeans, please. If you have a hip scarf or coin belt, please bring it. Bring your own lunch and snacks.

There will also be a Belly Dance Show on Saturday evening at the hall. Doors open at 6 pm, Show begins at 6:30pm. Admission for Workshop participants is free, with a small charge at the door for others. Anyone wishing to perform in the show – please call before April 3.

For more information on prices for individual prices for workshops or a package price for all three and pre-registration please call Kerri Mingo at (250) 395-6157

Spring Extravaganza features five community musical acts

Winding River Arts and Performance Society along with the Sage Sound Singers and The Desert Bells Bell Choir invites you to join a Community Spring Extravaganza featuring five community musical acts from the area. The performance will be at Cache Creek Community Hall on Saturday, April 13. Doors open at 7 pm with the performances starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is by donation with desserts, coffee and tea served during intermission.

Bring the whole family and support music in our schools and community. The night will feature music by the Ashcroft High School Band, The Desert Bells Bell Choir, the Sax Appeal trio featuring Carmen Ranta, and The Sage Sound Singers with pianist Dimiter Terziev.

Musical Director Michelle Reid and Conductor Carmen Ranta are excited about both choirs performances. Get there early as it will be sold out performance! For more info call (250) 453-9100.

Vintage vocal harmony swing band comes to town

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society hosts another fabulous Dessert Concert in downtown Ashcroft. Don’t miss the final show of the Season, on April 27th, with Vancouver-based sextet, Company B Jazz Band. The performance is at St Albans Hall, doors open at 7 pm with music starting at 7:30 pm. Tix in advance at The Ashcroft Bakery, Nature’s Gifts and the Ashcroft Liquor Store or by calling (250) 453-9100 to reserve.

They are a vintage vocal harmony swing band in the style of the Andrews and Boswell Sisters plus other renditions of classics from the 1920s through 1950s. Loaded with personality, the harmonies of the female vocal trio are well-complemented by an instrumental trio of clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass.

Since the their inception in 2007, Company B Jazz Band has been featured at music venues and festivals in all corners of British Columbia, as well as in Washington, Oregon, and California. They are also considered one of the most popular acts in the Lower Mainland’s swing dance community.  Company B has been featured on CBC Radio Two’s Canada Live series, had their recordings played on the Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, have been seen on CBC Television and CTV.

A blend of excellent musicianship, an evident love for the music they perform, tightness, spontaneity, and just the right amount of humour gives the band a broad appeal which keeps listeners and dancers of all ages coming back for more.

Their self-titled debut CD, released in 2009, has received rave reviews from fans and critics all over Canada and the US. The group’s eagerly anticipated follow up recording, Rock & Roll (which takes its title from a 1930s song about being in a boat), was released in November 2011.

Other career highlights include large-scale performances in the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Gastown 2011, Canada Day on Granville Island 2010 and 2008), participating in CBC’s 2011 Musical Nooners outdoor concert series / radio broadcast, and arranging two hours worth of their repertoire for a 12-piece big band on commission from the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival in 2009.

Tix in advance at The Ashcroft Bakery, Nature’s Gifts and the Ashcroft Liquor Store or by calling (250) 453-9100 to reserve. For more info and you tube video of Compan B ‘live’ go to

Celebrate Spring with Spring into Action!

A showcase of our communities healthy living choices. Let’s celebrate Spring and all the wonderful activities, home businesses and local products in Cache Creek and Ashcroft on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am – 2 pm.

For a table call (250) 826-6957 to book. This is the weekend before Mother’s Day and there will be plenty of gift ideas for you to choose from. There will be live music and demonstrations as well as a concession with all proceeds going to the Cache Creek Elementary School PAC.

Nadine Davenport