Be sure to check out the Giants on Granville on your next trip to Vancouver; they might soon be gone.

Be sure to check out the Giants on Granville on your next trip to Vancouver; they might soon be gone.

Local News Briefs: Giants on Granville

Plus lots of happenings at the HUB, a fun food drive at the Ashcroft pool, and more.

Food Drive at Ashcroft Pool!

On Saturday, September 2 the Ashcroft pool will be holding a food drive; but this is a food drive with a twist!

For every item of non-perishable food you donate on September 2 (from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.), you will receive one water balloon ticket. At the end of the swim on September 2, everyone will get their water balloons, with the lifeguards volunteering as targets.

Also, one of the lifeguards will do a belly-flop off the diving board. Who will it be? Vote by donating non-perishable food; and swim free on the day!

The belly-flop and water balloons will take place at 7:30 p.m. All food donated will go to the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society. For more information, call the pool at (250) 453-9031.

Community Coffee Wednesdays

This new weekly event at the Ashcroft HUB on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. is a way for Elders to stay connected to the community while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and playing cards or board games with their friends. This is a drop-in, by donation event. If you need a lift, call the community bus at 1-855-359-3935.

Sewing circle

A sewing circle will be starting at the Ashcroft HUB on Thursday, September 7. All sessions are from 3 to 5 p.m., and supplies and instruction are included in the $20 per session fee.

Session one, on September 7 and 14, will be wheat bags and aprons. Session two, on September 21 and 28, will be coasters and placemats, while session three (October 5 and 12) will be crazy quilt stockings. For more information, contact the HUB at (250) 453-9177, or at ashcrofthub@gmail.com.

EpiCentre Kids

EpiCentre Kids is an after-school program that will be held every Wednesday at the Ashcroft HUB from 3:15 to 5 p.m. starting on September 13.

The program will have both active and creative activities for kids, and the cost is $25 per month. Pre-registration is required, so contact the HUB.

The joy of painting

Spend a few hours learning about the wonders of Chalk Paint and different painting techniques at The Hutch at the Ashcroft HUB, to bring new life to your small project. A small project is whatever you can carry into class. The workshop will be on Sunday, September 17 starting at 11 a.m.

The fee of $45 per person includes instruction, an 8-ounce jar of PIY Chalk Paint for your project (your choice of colour), all supplies needed to work on your project in class, coffee/tea, and a light lunch.

Pre-registration is required. Email thehutchashcroft@yahoo.com, or call (250) 457-0073.

Clinton Museum has reopened

After what may prove to be the worst summer in the museum’s 61-year history, the Clinton Museum is once more open. Volunteers used the unexpected down-time to rearrange and update the barn exhibits, and do a little maintenance around the yard.

Everyone is encouraged to come and take a look. Also, tell your family and friends, and spread the word on social media, that the best museum in Clinton is open again. The museum is currently open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Seniors’ Centre re-opens

The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors’ Centre will be re-opening on Tuesday, September 5 at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come to the centre and enjoy cards, bingo, carpet bowling, and more.

More trades seats added

The Province is supporting increased access to trades training, with 562 additional seats at 13 public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia.

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training provided $1.67 million for the additional trades seats, which includes $111,000 for 48 more seats at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and $57,000 for 16 more seats at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Trades needed by B.C. industries include millwrights, heavy duty mechanics, and carpenters. Students completing their education and training in these trades and many others can expect to find rewarding careers and job opportunities throughout B.C., as there is high demand in many trades.

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura (www.atlasobscura.com) is a website that bills itself as showcasing “Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations” from around the world. Now and then one of the sites is within striking distance of our region, so travellers might want to check them out next time they visit.

Six grain silos overlooking False Creek on Granville Island in Vancouver have become among the most photographed sites in the city, thanks to Brazilian twins Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, who have been graffitiing since 1987.

In 2014 they were commissioned to bring their ongoing mural series “Giants” to British Columbia. Ocean Concrete, which has a long history of community participation, offered the silos for what was—at the time—the brothers’ biggest public mural. They now show six colourful giants; some looking over False Creek, others looking toward the Ocean Concrete plant.

The art was not intended to be permanent, and it costs $17,000 a year to maintain the silos; so unless a private donor steps in, the Granville Island Giants might eventually fade away. If you want to see them, it might be a good idea to act fast.

For more information about the Giants on Granville, go to http://bit.ly/2w8PXQZ.