Nechako Valley Winterfest

Come and help us celebrate the one year countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Winterfest Event Schedule

Seasonal Affective Disorder got you down? How about taking in some of the wacky and fun Winterfest events taking place at a variety of venues all around town throughout February. It’s time to drag out your dancing shoes, turn on your smiley muscles and set your moodometer on ‘fun.’ Come out and celebrate Spirit of BC Week from February 6-14 and then enjoy the Annual Sterling Sturgeon Film Festival the following weekend and the NVSS drama performances Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20.

The District of Vanderhoof’s new Recreation Coordinator Sarrah Storey has listed so many events in February’s Winterfest manual that you’ll have to take time off to fit them all in. Sarrah has been working on the huge list of activities since Christmas time, and from all indications, there’s an event planned for every interest, for every age group and for every resident of the valley.

The Winterfest events kick off with skating, curling, hockey, a children’s festival, art activities and Aikido – all planned for the first weekend, Feb 6-8. The children’s festival on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be so much fun your children may never want to leave the McLeod Elementary Gym. If your interest is more into forms of self defense and peace of mind, then a visit to Sensei Moyer’s Aikido drop-in at NVSS from 9 a.m to 1 p.m might be more to your liking. With winter nipping at everyone’s heals, a few hours of spiritual enlightenment with Sensei Moyer and learning how to gain control over your opponent using your energy may just be what the doctor ordered.

The events that continue after the opening weekend, are a snowshoe scavenger hunt, carpet bowling, dancing, singing, art, aerobics for seniors, dog sledding, more hockey and skating and the top-off event on Friday the thirteenth – a Winterfest (alcohol-free) Family Dance open to all families. To learn more details on all these exciting events, place a call to the District of Vanderhoof office and refer to the detailed events calendar in this issue.

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Art for Kids - Arts Unlimited

Winterfest Events

Monday Feb 9th - Friday Feb 13th *Art for kids *(3pm- 5pm)
Arts Unlimited
Drop in free
Call 250-567-9011 for more information

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Carpet Bowling for Seniors

Winterfest Events Monday, Feb 9th

Carpet Bowling for Seniors (1pm - 3:30pm)
Nechako Senior Citizens Friendship Centre

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Winterfest Events February 10th

Tuesday, Feb 10th
Rhymes and Songs (10:30am - 11:15am)
Vanderhoof Public Library
For parents and children ages 9 months to 35 months

Belsham Dance Arts - Drop In Classes
Located at Nu Growth Therapeutics

Muppets Creative Dance, 2:30-3:00 (Ages 3-5 $5)

Tap Brats Dance, 3:30-4:30 (Ages 6-8 $10)
(*must wear hard sole shoes if you do not have tap shoes available)

Modern Dance, 5:45 -6:45 (Teens and Adults $10)
Contact Trish Belsham at 250-567-5767 for more information

Seniors Gentle Aerobics (10am -1pm)
Nechako Senior Citizens Friendship Centre
Wednesday, Feb 11th

Parent and Tot Skate (1pm-2pm)
Vanderhoof Arena
Free admission

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Winterfest Events February 11th

Wednesday, Feb 11th

Family Movie Night (7 pm)
Grand Reo Theatre – Regular Admission
Bedtimes Stories with Adam Sandler rated G
Free large popcorn per family

Game Night (7pm – 10pm)
Nechako Senior Citizens Friendship Centre
Different game every Wednesday
Call 250-567-2667 for information

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Winterfest Events February 12th

Winterfest Events for Thursday, Feb 12th
One Year Olympic Countdown Event
Vanderhoof’s Olympian Tuppy Collard will be visiting Elemen-tary Schools and will talk about the upcoming 2010 Olympics and her experience in the Biathlon at the 1998 Nagano Olym-pics

Storytime (10:30am – 11am)
Vanderhoof Public Library
Ages 3-5

Carpet Bowling for Seniors (1pm- 3:30pm)
Nechako Senior Citizens Friendship Centre

Drawing with a Model (6pm - 8pm)
Arts Unlimited
Free Admission
Call 250-567-9011 for more information

Art Demonstrations (2pm - 5pm)
Arts Unlimited
Artists will demonstrate art techniques in a variety of mediums including, tissue art, tape transfer, papier-mâché, and more.
Free admission and free to try, families welcome!
Call 250-567-9011 for more information

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Winterfest Events February 13th

Winterfest Events fo Friday, Feb 13th

Dog Sledding (6pm)
Riverside Park
Come and join the HSP Ranch and enjoy the great outdoors
Free Admission

Seniors Aerobics (10am - 1pm)
Nechako Senior Citizens Friendship Centre

Cookies and Kisses Winterfest Family Dance (7pm - 12pm)
Elks Hall
Every age welcome, come singles, come families, come all!
Alcohol Free Dance, mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages, spot dance prizes, and door prizes
Tickets $2.00 per person
Music provided by DJ Source

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Winterfest Events February 14th

Winterfest Events for Saturday February 14th

Saturday, Feb 14th

1st Annual Winterfest Tub Pull Snow Races (1:30pm weather permitting)
Riverside Park
Participant agaes 12 and up
Top three time’s win a cash prize and trophies 1st $150.00, 2nd $75.00 and 3rd place $50.00
Trophy and $50.00 cash prize for the team with the best cos-tumed theme
Tubs or sleds have to weigh a minimum of 15 pounds and can be any design, but should be between 3 and 5 feet long and non- motorized.
This Crazy Little Preschool and their team “The Barrel of Monkeys” challenge all competitors to push, pull or drag your team through an obstacle course (Teams must have 5 members, one in the tub, 4 on the ground) $10 per team.
Please register by Thursday, February 12th at the District of Vanderhoof Office or call 250-567-4711

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Winterfest Events February 19 & 20th

Winterfest Events for Thursday Feb 19th & Friday, Feb 20th

Drama Festival Performances (7:30 pm)
NVSS Small Auditorium
Admission: $5.00 at the door

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The 3rd Annual Sterling Sturgeon Film Festival

Winterfest Events for Friday, Feb 20th - Sunday, February 22nd

The 3rd Annual Sterling Sturgeon Film Festival
The Grand Reo Theatre

  1. Friday, Feb 20th 7pm -Fifty Dead Men Walking Saturday
  2. Feb 21st 7pm -Secret Life of Bees Sunday
  3. Feb 22nd 4pm - Religulous Sunday
  4. Feb 22nd 6pm - Passchendaele

Weekend passes available at Wallace’s Portrait & Frame and Earthen Ware: senior/student $30 adult $35

Single movie tickets available at the door:
senior/student $8 adult $10

Please bring a donation for the food bank. Proceeds from the season are donated to local charities

For more information contact:Lorne Clarke at 567-2807, or visit our website

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Caledonia Classic Sled Dog Race

March 6-8, 2009

Race in the heart of British Columbia

Thursday March 5th
Mushers meeting for mid-distance and qualifier race

Friday March 6th
200-mile long distance race starts
Day 1 of 150-mile stage race

Saturday March 7th
200-mile race continues

Cottonwood Park Events
Day 2 of 150-mile stage race

  • 4, 6, and 10 dog sprint races
  • Junior musher race
  • Kid ‘n Mutt race
  • Kids games, concession, meet ‘n greet
  • Mushers banquet

Sunday March 8th
200-mile race finishes

Cottonwood Park Events
Day 3 of 150-mile stage race

  • 4, 6, and 10 dog sprint races
  • Junior musher race
  • Concession, meet ‘n greet the mushers

For more race information or if you wish to come volunteer with this event contact:
Fort St. James Sled Dog Association
Craig Houghton
250-996-7159 Phone

visit our website

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Minerals North 2009: 21st Annual Conference

Minerals North 2009: 21st Annual Conference
April 21-23 2009, Fort St. James, BC
Fort St. James is looking forward to hosting the 21st Minerals North Conference from April 21-23 2009.

The conference brings the minerals industry together with a broad spectrum of people in northern BC communities: municipal and aboriginal representatives, business people, contractors, students and environmentalists.

Online Registration is now open. To register via fax or mail visit the registration information page.

The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Establish contacts and build working relationships
  • Inform communities about mining and exploration projects and issues
  • Hold a dialogue on the impacts and benefits of mining

Minerals North is sponsored by a different community in northern BC each year and attracts 200-400 people. Past conferences have been held throughout the north in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers, Houston, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Prince George, Stewart and Tumbler Ridge. Any surpluses from the conference are re-invested in ways that will contribute to the sustainability of the host communities, the region and the industry.

The warm hospitality that derives from community involvement ensures that Minerals North is distinct from any other mining conference in British Columbia. We hope you can participate!

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