All sorts of strange creatures are popping up in our communities in the run-up to Halloween; and a lot of events are taking place in celebration.

Local news briefs: Lots of Halloween fun coming up

Plus sports for children, teens, and adults, as well as a free film event and a coaching clinic in Ashcroft.

Coaching clinic

Pacific Sport Interior BC is holding a two-day coaching clinic at a greatly reduced rate at the Ashcroft HUB on October 15th and 16th. The three-module course consists of a “Planning a practice” session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 15, and “Making ethical decisions” (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and “Nutrition” (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) modules on October 16. The clinic is part of the National Coaching Certification program, and the entire course is $30; individual sessions are available at $10 each. To register call (250) 828-3500, or go online at

Free film event

The District Parent Advisory Council and School District No. 74 are sponsoring a free showing of the documentary film Beyond Measure on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft. The 2014 film follows a new vanguard of educators who are pioneering a fresh vision for American schools as they create a new type of classroom. They’re shown leading schools away from a focus on homework, prizes, top grades, and test scores, and making room instead for curiosity, engagement, creativity, collaboration, and independent thinking.

Kids’ creative crafts

The South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society (SCEFS) is holding an after school creative craft program for children starting on Wednesday, October 26. The program will run every second and fourth Wednesday for nine sessions. There is no charge for the program, which takes places at the SCEFS office at 601 Bancroft Street in Ashcroft, and runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so register now by calling (250) 453-9656.

EpiCentre kids and drop in sports

Two after school program for children and youths are being offered every Wednesday at the Ashcroft HUB. EpiCentre Kids, for children in Grades one through 12, runs from 3 to 5 p.m., and features sewing, crafts, baking, and sports. Registration is required (call 250-453-9177), and volunteers are being sought to help out with the different activities. Participants are escorted from the school to the HUB.

From 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday there is a drop in sports program for teens, with anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 invited to come to the HUB and try their hand at a variety of different sports.

Adult badminton

The Village of Cache Creek holds an adult badminton session for those aged 18 and over every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Cache Creek Community Hall. There is a $3 drop-in fee, and the equipment is provided.

Halloween fun

On October 28, there will be a Halloween party sponsored by the Village of Cache Creek at the community hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event, which will feature music, games, cookie decorating prizes, and crafts. Participants are encouraged to come in costume.

On October 31, the Cache Creek Recreation Society is holding an evening event featuring hot dogs, drinks, and costume judging, as well as a fireworks display put on by the Cache Creek Fire Department. All ages are welcome to attend the event, which will begin in the evening once trick-or-treating is over.

Winter hours for some waste facilities

As of October 1, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has shifted to winter hours at some of its solid waste management facilities. The change to the hours of operation will affect the Logan Lake Eco Depot (which will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the Loon Lake Transfer Station (now open Wednesdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

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