The Ashcroft Visitor Centre is looking for volunteers for the summer.

The Ashcroft Visitor Centre is looking for volunteers for the summer.

Local news briefs: Ashcroft Visitor Centre looking for volunteers

Plus a youth adventure night, the TNRD writing contest, a special film showing in Kamloops, and sharing stories with School District 74.

Radon detectors need returning

Ashcroft residents who took advantage of the free radon detector kits distributed by the village are reminded to bring the detectors back for analysis. Individual results will be given to the homeowners involved, with general community-wide results given to the village, so that it is made aware if radon is present within the community as a whole.

Tourism volunteers wanted

The Ashcroft visitor centre is seeking volunteers for the upcoming visitor season. Anyone who is excited about Ashcroft, enjoys meeting people, and is personable, reliable, and able to give clear directions is encouraged to become part of the team. Training is simple, and will be provided before June 1. Anyone who is interested should contact Val at (250) 453-9206.

Water restrictions in effect

A reminder that water restrictions came into effect in Ashcroft on May 1, and will run until September 30 (subject to change if conditions warrant it). Odd-numbered properties may water on odd days of the week, while even-numbered properties may water on even days. Hours of watering vary depending on what type of watering system properties have. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2pjKMuj.

Youth adventure night

Youth aged 10 to 18 are welcome to the youth adventure night at the Cache Creek Community Hall on Friday, May 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come on down for games, snacks, and fun; then anyone aged 12 and up (adults included) is encouraged to stay and take part in basketball.

Gold Trail: Sharing Our Story

School District No. 74 (Gold Trail) is encouraging area residents to come to their local school and participate in “Sharing Our Story”. Schools and district staff will share the positive work happening in area schools, and would appreciate hearing from members of the community.

Presentations will focus on schools’ action plans for learning; the Aboriginal enhancement agreement; district sustainability; and district graduation. Sessions will be held at David Stoddart School in Clinton on May 4 (5:30 p.m.; dinner will be available) and at Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft on May 10 (5:30 p.m.; light meal).

Special documentary showing

The documentary film Revelstoke: A Kiss in the Wind will be screening at the Paramount Theatre in Kamloops at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Written and directed by Nicola Moruzzi, the film retraces the steps of Moruzzi’s great-grandfather, who travelled from Italy to Canada in the early 1900s and earned a living working on the Canadian Pacific Railway, from Kamloops and then through the Selkirk Mountains to Revelstoke.

TNRD writing contest

There is still time to enter the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s (TNRD) writing contest, one of several events going on throughout 2017 to mark the TNRD’s 50th anniversary. The contest is open to all residents of the TNRD, and writers may submit fiction or creative non-fiction (up to 1,500 words) or poetry. There are three age categories: elementary (up to Grade 7); secondary (Grades 8 to 12); and adult (19 and older), with three prizes given in each category for each age group.

The first place winners in each category will have their works included in the TNRD’s 50th anniversary time capsule. Entries can be in any genre, and be set in the past, present, or future; they merely have to pertain to the TNRD in some way. For more information, contact Carolyn Black at (250) 377-8673 or cblack@tnrd.ca.