Local news briefs: Get your ukulele groove on

A drop-in class at the HUB will teach people how to play a uke; plus a Family Day dance in Cache Creek and an Alzheimer's tele-workshop.

Learn to play the ukulele at a new drop-in club at the HUB on Tuesday afternoons.

Learn to play the ukulele at a new drop-in club at the HUB on Tuesday afternoons.

Family Day dance

February 13 is Family Day in B.C.; and the Village of Cache Creek is celebrating with a Family Day Community Dance at the community hall on Friday, February 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dancing from 7 to 9. The music will be supplied by DJ Tom Moe, and the Cache Creek Elementary Parent Advisory Council will provide a concession. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, including the person wearing the most hearts. Come out and celebrate Family Day at this free, all-ages event.

Ukulele club

The Ashcroft HUB is hosting a drop-in Fiddle Club every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.; and now anyone wanting to learn to play the ukulele can take part in weekly Ukulele Club sessions, held at the HUB every Tuesday at 7 p.m. The sessions are by donation, and no playing experience is necessary. Ukuleles are available at the session, so participants do not even need to have their own instrument; just an interest in learning how to play one.

Alzheimer’s tele-workshop

The next tele-workshop from the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. is “Understanding Tax Benefits and Credits” on Wednesday, February 15 at 2 p.m. only. Tax season can be a confusing time for people with dementia and for their caregivers. This workshop walks people through the various tax benefits and tax credits available to caregivers and people with dementia, such as the Caregiver Amount and the Disability Tax Credit.

There are two ways to take part in the tele-workshop: by phone (call 1-866-994-7745 and use participant pass code 1122333) or by internet at http://bit.ly/2kD0heG (enter as a guest).

Nominees sought for province’s highest honour

The province of B.C. is seeking nominations for the Order of British Columbia, the province’s highest honour. It is awarded to individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement, excellence, and distinction in their fields of endeavour. Residents can showcase the dedication and hard work of exceptional people in their communities by nominating citizens in their own back yard.

Since 1989, some 402 British Columbians have received the Order of British Columbia. Nomination forms and submission information are available at http://orderofbc.gov.bc.ca/nominations. Completed nominations must be received no later than March 3, 2017.

TNRD seeks garbage feedback

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is seeking feedback from all TNRD and area municipality residents about their current garbage and recycling services. The survey is part of the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP) review process that is currently underway. The survey closes on February 28, and everyone who fills it out is eligible to win one of two prizes: a $100 Visa gift card or a home composting kit.

Reviews of the RSWMP are done periodically, with guidance from the Ministry of the Environment. The last review was completed in 2008, and the work done over the next 18 months will set the direction for the management of solid waste in the TNRD for at least 10 years to come. The process will include extensive public consultations.

The online survey can be found at www.tnrd.ca. Physical copies of the survey can be picked up at all TNRD libraries, member municipalities’ offices, and TNRD waste sites.

Moose winter tick survey

As part of its ongoing program to monitor and assess the effects of winter ticks on the province’s moose population, the BC Wildlife Health Program is again asking for help from members of the public. Winter tick infestations are generally observed on moose from February through April, and in late winter irritation from the ticks can cause moose to scratch and groom themselves extensively, resulting in hair loss and less time spent foraging, which can lead to weight loss.

Anyone encountering moose while out in the back country is asked to monitor the number of moose with hair loss and assess the amount of hair lost on each animal. The extent of hair loss on a moose can be easily observed from a distance. Survey forms and background information can be found at http://bit.ly/2j6hzAN.