Puppet play, storytellers and book worms in Hope

Next week a busy one for readers and writers in Hope

It’s going to be a sport-filled weekend in Hope, with the Hoopfest basketball tournament at Hope secondary school today and tomorrow. In the rink, the Atom A1 Minor Hockey Tournament starts tonight and runs through until Sunday. All public skating and casual hockey times are cancelled during the tournament weekend.

Next week is a busy one, starting with the Raven Spirit Youth Crafts program at Boston Bar library from 3:34 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For the quick readers out there, grab a copy of The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd and join in the discussion at the Hope Library Book Club’s meeting on January 17 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Inge at 604-869-9262 for more information.

January 17 is also men’s night at the Blue Moose Cafe. If you are a gentlemen who is in business, planning to get into business, retired, semi-retired, or maybe new to the community this evening is for you. Doors open at 7 p.m. No host bar.

The Hope & District Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is at The River Cafe on January 18, at 6 p.m. (dinner) and 7 p.m. (meeting). For more info call 604-869-3111.

There will be a Tellaround Storyteller’s Gathering at the Hope Library from 7 to 8PM on January 18. Interested in the art of storytelling? Then why not join the inaugural meeting – an informal opportunity to tell a new story to a group of interested listeners. Beginners and advanced storytellers welcome. Drop in. For more info call 604-869-2313

January 19 features BrainSmart! At the Hope Library from 10:45–11:45 a.m. This week’s Senior’s Coffee and Conversation hosts Jill Armit of the Alzheimer Society of BC. Learn about simple ways to improve your brain health and reduce the risk of dementia. It’s never too early or too late to start taking action. Drop in.

Also on January 19, author Nancy Anderson speaks about her new book The Pathfinder, which is about Alexander Caulfield Anderson of the Hudson Bay Company, who laid out various trading route trails and forts in the Hope/Fraser Canyon region. This will be at the Blue Moose at 7 p.m.. presented by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning. Note – this book is for sale at the Hope Visitor Centre & Museum Complex.

The Hope & District Arts Council Annual General Meeting at is on Jan 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hope Arts Gallery (349 Fort Street).

There will be a puppet theatre script-writing program at the Hope Library from 1–2:30 p.m. on January 20. Tamara of Positively Puppets will be on hand to guide puppeteers young and old on how to write a puppet script. Bring your favourite puppet and together you will craft a script and then rehearse for a performance at the Family Literacy event on Friday, January 27. Drop in.

Finally, next weekend (Jan. 20 to 22) is the Annual Men’s Bonspiel at the Hope Curling Club.

This information was compiled by Destination Hope & Beyond Services for the Hope Visitor Centre. It is subject to change without notice so please confirm all dates and times by contacting the event organizers or the Hope Visitor Centre. Organizers of events that wish to be added to this list should forward their information to the Hope Visitor Centre. Contact info is: destinationhope@telus.net;  FAX # 604-869-2160; PH # 604-869-2021 or 1-866-HOPEVIC. The Hope Visitor Centre is located at 919 Water Avenue and is open daily 10AM to 4PM throughout January 2012.