I think we can be forgiven for not realizing until now that spring has arrived! It is "Old Man Winter's " fault for staying far beyond his welcome this year. But spring it is now, and it is time to check out what's in store for us.
Of course, there were art shows at the Ranger Station in Harrison Hot Springs since January and the Festival of the Arts has already put on some great concerts at the newly renovated Memorial Hall. The Multicultural Choir has been practicing every Monday without shivering because the new heating system works perfectly and silently! And card and game playing happens every Thursday from 10 am to noon without fail.
But it is not 'til April when our village truly wakes up again. Stores and restaurants are open and lots of events are in the planning. If we want to be fit for the upcoming season, the "Walk/Run for Heritage" is the ideal event to put us in shape. And, while doing this, we will help the Agassiz-Harrison Museum as well as the Kilby Historic Site to preserve our heritage. The Run/Walk will take place on March 31 and starts at 9 a.m. at the Agassiz Fitness Center. Details are listed in the Agassiz-Harrison-Hope Observer, or you can call the Agassiz-Harrison Museum at 604-796-3545, as well as the Kilby site at 604-796-9576.
Should you rather take a leisurely drive to the countryside, Kilby Historic site will be open again on April 5 and the Museum will be opening on Victoria Day weekend in May. Another one of my favourite destinations, Minter Gardens, will open their doors on April 1, when the tulips are ready to greet us! Of course, there will be a new art show at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in April featuring the works of our local children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Prizes will be awarded in Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories so parents encourage your budding artists to get creative!
Some big events are planned for May at the HHS Memorial Hall. Those of us who have attended the Harrison Art Show in former years will not want to miss it this year. As always, it will take place during the Victoria Day Weekend. Just a week later, May 26 and 27, the HHS Hall will host the Harrison Hot Springs Health Fair. There has never been as much concern about our health and healthy living and I am really looking forward to this event. Not to forget — on June 3, at 3 p.m., the HHS Memorial Hall will be the place to come to and hear the HHS Multicultural Choir sing many of their greatest hits, have coffee and cake and meet old friends.
There is one more event I should mention however, because it is important to all of us — the Emergency Preparedness Week scheduled for May 5 - 7. Details will be available soon and we all should make a point to take part and learn as much as possible about the program.
We owe it to ourselves, our families and fellow citizens. Unfortunately, emergencies do not announce themselves, they just happen.
Let's be prepared!
Read Ruth Altendorf's previous column