Pool re-opens with a party

Synchro swimmers perform at Dan Sharrer

Summer may be over but there is still plenty to do in the Upper Fraser Valley.

The Dan Sharrer Aquatic Centre in Hope reopens today after its annual maintenance closure. To mark the opening, tonight there will be a Diving for Gold Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with games. Cost is $3.25.

The celebrating will continue through the weekend, with a performance by the Kamloops Sunrays Synchronized Swim Team on Sept. 10 from noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $2, which includes pool admission.

Also on Saturday at the Recreation Centre, will be a ceremony for the official opening of a new addition, which includes renovated and new change rooms and a multipurpose area.

Of course, there will be plenty to do this weekend at Hope Brigade Days; see page 4 for more details.

Other highlights around Hope this fall include the restart of league play at Sunshine Lanes, on September 12. Leagues play on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

And on September 14, take a trip to Africa. Or at least, visit the Hope Library, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and take in a presentation by photojournalist John Gordon. “On Safari In Kenya”  will take you on a visual safari through Kenya to visit Lake Nakuru, home to thousands of  flamingos & the Samburu National Reserve, where the lion is king. See amazing photos of the mountain elephants and the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve.

If dancing is your thing, then take in Square & Round Dancing at the OthelloTunnels. There will be dancing in the tunnels at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. See www.squaredance.bc.ca for details.

In Agassiz, it’s fan appreciation night at the races. Head to Agassiz Speedway on September 10 for prizes, giveaway and activities for the fans, along with the usual, adrenaline fueled races.

And on September 24, explore local folklore at Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills. Their B.C. Legends Day

will feature presentations on First Nations legends, the Sasquatch, Ogopogo and B.C. ghost stories. There will be experts in these fields giving presentations, plus they will be on site for the day to answer questions and hear visitors’ stories.

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