Creative Current – Getting the creative mojo working

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of arts and theatre in the area.

Clinton’s Arlen Park provided some of the music for The Wilderness Way Adventure Resort’s open house last Sunday.

AES Fun Fair Fundraiser

Support the 5th Annual Ashcroft Elementary School Fundraising Fun Fair on Thursday, May 23 from 4-8 pm at AES schoolgrounds (711 Hill St.) and gymnasium. Outdoor stage with performances from local musicians, zumba dance demos and a special all day appearance from Uncle Chris the Clown.

Enjoy this year’s many inflatables, including the pirate ship slide & bounce, and sumo suits (my personal favourite!). Games in the gym include a bean bag toss, fish pond, and more. Raffles and draw prizes, cake/dessert walks, food concession by local vendors and Rock Band and other Wii games.

Please come for a great evening of family fun and fundraising. Organized by the AES Parents Advisory Council. All are welcome! See you there!

Movie Night – Escape from Planet Earth

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The feature movie this month is the animated pre-DVD release of Escape From Planet Earth.

Bring the whole family to see this wonderful movie on Friday, May 24. 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; Astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is considered a national hero on planet Baab by the blue alien population. Scorch and his quiet, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA, pull off astonishing feats. When BASA’s strict chief Lena (Jessica Alba) tells the brothers about an SOS from a planet known to be dangerous planet, Scorch ignores Gary’s trepidation about traveling there and sets off on what he believes will be another exciting mission. However, Scorch finds himself in a trap set by the evil Shanker (James Gandolfini) and Gary has to rescue not only brother, but his planet, his wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their son Kip, who’s eager for adventure, just like his uncle.

Ashcroft Plein Air

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society cordially invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint-Out in Ashcroft on May 22-23. Ashcroft and the surrounding area will once again see a number of painters creating works of art from various vantage points around our community. The event saw 34 artists visit our community last year and more are expected this year.

The Society looks forward to welcoming those from near and far to celebrate the beauty of what is often described as a “stunning and unique landscape” where inspiring views and vistas abound. Artists of all levels of experience are welcome. Once again, the focus will be on gathering like minds to enjoy the sheer pleasure of painting. There will be plenty of opportunities to paint as well as gatherings for meals and conversation.

John H. Burrow, award winning artist from last year’s 1st Annual Plein Air Paint-Out states, “While the scenery was beautiful and inspiring, the thing I will always remember about that weekend was the warm welcoming reception from the people of Ashcroft.” Incomparable scenery, gracious hospitality and fellow artists await you! To register or for more info please visit www.windingriversarts.ca or email or to register email ashcroftpleinair@gmail.com

UnderWRAPS Acting Workshops

Winding Rivers Arts And Performance Society presents UnderWRAPS Acting Classes. Come get caught in the act and learn some basics for stage acting in a fun, creative, and encouraging environment! This is a seven class workshop taught by local actor extraordinaire, Gareth Smart.  Starting May 13 and ending June 24, this class with pull out your inner character. Open to all ages!!  For questions, costs, or to enrol, please call Gareth Smart at (250) 457-0538, or email garethsmart0@gmail.com

Skip’s Memorial Charity Run

Ashcroft & District Lions present the 3rd annual Skip’s Memorial Charity Run. Come and walk, run or roll on Sunday, June 2. Registration is at the car wash on Railway Ave. at 7:30 am. The Run starts at 9 am and participants have a choice of 2.5 km, 5 km and 10 km and runs along the Slough Road and back. For pledge sheets, please call Nick at 453-2664 or Vivian at 453-9077.

The run honours Skip Stuart. Money will go towards the Food Bank, Christmas Hampers, Tennis Club, Senior Girls Soccer and a bursary in Skip’s name for a student whose career goal is mechanics.

Music In the Park starts June 12

Get ready for another year of Wednesday night concerts at the Gazebo in Heritage Place Park on Railway Ave. from 7-9:30 pm. Ashcroft summers wouldn’t be the same without Music in the Park, brought to you by the folks of Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society. Pass-the-Hat donations encouraged.

Look for a full line up in my next Creative Current column. The WRAP Society hopes everyone enjoys the music all summer long! Look for posters around town and take home one of the small handouts that will be available at local retailers. Also why not check out www.windingriversarts.ca for info on all the upcoming artists and their music.

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