The Goat’s summer events guide!

June 24 – Robson Valley Beekeeper and Wannabeekeepers Meeting McBride Library Annex 7pm Topics of Discussion: 1. Life cycles of workers, drones, and queens. (Who’s emerging when and why?) 2. Swarming potential in the next hot weather spell. 3. Jars for honey storage – where and what to acquire and how to store your honey. Contact: Monica Zieper 250 569-7019

June 27 – CD release party for Samson’s Delilah 7pm at the music festival grounds.

June 26 – The Ozalenka Alpine Club will once again be offering regular Sunday hikes on a wide variety of local trails and mountains. We will start on June 26 with the Lower Goat River Trail (12 km). We rendevous at Koeneman Park at 8 a.m.; bring lunch and water, and carpool from there. For more information contact Al Birnie at 569-4101.

July 1st – the Dunster Ice Cream Social! The social event of the year for the Robson Valley Region. Starts at 7:00 pm at the Dunster Community Hall, with potluck cakes, pies, cookies, squares, and many flavours of ice cream to top things off! Then dance to the Midnight Howlers from Valemount, starting at 9 pm. Admission for social and dance $8 adults $6 ages 6 to 10 and free for kids under 5. Contact: Jullian and Gerry Porrier 250-968-4314.

Canada Day Celebrations, July 1: See P13.

July 3 – Bell Mountain Hike with the Ozalenka Alpine Club. For more information contact Al Birnie at 569-4101.

July 3 & 17 – Gymkhanas at the Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club grounds on Loseth road. $10/horse for members +$5 for non members, become a member and get the lower rate. More information on the Valemount Saddle and Wagon club Facebook page.

July 4-8 – Play it forward basketball camp for youth going into Grade 8-12. Cost $175. Call the Learning Centre 566-4601 to register.

July 8 – Gymkhana is at the Canoe Valley Rodeo grounds, evening start, contact Emelia Cinnamon 250-566-1572

July 10 – Groeneveld Trail with the Ozalenka Alpine Club. For more information contact Al Birnie at 569-4101.

July 9-10 – The Valemount Big 4 Rodeo comes to the Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds in Valemount. Starts 2pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday.

July 11-15 or August 15-19 (two choices) – Active Living Kids Summer Camp for kids aged 6-12 organized by the Canoe Valley Community Association and Kinnickinnickers Family Centre. Camps run 10am to 4 pm each day from Monday to Friday. Activities may depend on the weather. No drop-ins, call 250-566-0008 for info and to register.

July 15 – Maker Mobile Workshop on wheels rolls into the Valemount Library parking lot. All ages. Come and explore the endless possibilities with imagination and creativity. 10am-4pm. Drop in.

July 30 & 31 – Mud Racing at Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds.  North West Mud Racing Association sanctioned events. Saturday starts 2pm; Sunday starts at noon.

Aug. 1 – BC Day (long weekend)

Aug. 7 & 20 –  Gymkhanas at the Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club grounds on Loseth road. $10/horse for members +$5 for non members, become a member and get the lower rate. To sign up or for more info: info@valemountsaddleandwagonclub.ca  More information on the Valemount Saddle and Wagon club Facebook page

Aug. 13 – The Simpcw First Nation will hold the 100th year commemoration of the forced removal of the Simpcw people from Tete Jaune Cache and the Robson Valley area to the then-called North Thompson Indian Reserve 300km away. Event will take place in the Tete Jaune/Valemount area.

Aug. 12-14 – 12th Annual Robson Valley Music Festival, with almost 40 musical and performing acts as well as multi-media workshops and local crafts and artists. Presented by the Robson Valley Music Society. Located at the Festival Grounds (also known as Seth and Shara’s place) in Dunster. Check out ww.robsonvalleymusicfestivalbc.com

Aug. 20 – Blueberry Tea at the Valemount Museum.

Aug. 25-28 – Metalocalypstic Fest, a music festival with female hardcore punk bands with special out-of-country guests. Visit http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks for tickets and line-up.

Sept. 3 & 4 – 35th Annual Fishing Derby at Valemount Marina, with trophies for kids, Ladies and Men, presented by Valemount Marina Association: valemountmarina.com

Sept. 4 – Terry Fox Trek to the peak of Mt. Terry Fox. Details TBA.

Sept. 4 – Gymkhana at the Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club grounds on Loseth road. $10/horse for members +$5 for non members, become a member and get the lower rate. More information on the Valemount Saddle and Wagon club Facebook page

Sept 10 – Mount Robson Marathon, featuring 50km Ultra Marathon,  Half Marathon, Kinney Lake 12km,  Flatlander 5 km run and fun runs for the kids, presented by Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association and BC Parks. Check out www.mountrobsonmarathon.ca for more info.

Sept 10 – Saddle & Wagon Club Poker Ride at Saddle and Wagon Grounds on Loseth road, start time 11am last rider out 1pm. $20/ rider +$5/ extra hand. 5$ per 50/50 ticket ticket sales will go until the last rider comes in, then we draw a winner! more info contact Katy Elliot 250-566-5099 or Karen McKirdy 250-566-5131 More information on the Valemount Saddle and Wagon club Facebook page

Sept 24-25 – De-spooking horse clinic with Debbie Hughes at the Saddle and Wagon Grounds on Loseth road, cost $250 a person, $150 dollar deposit is required to hold you spot. Auditing will be $25 a day. Please contact Ellen Van der Wilk @ 250-566-1779 call or text or email lynnyvdw@hotmail.com.

Ongoing events:

Softball for kids aged 3 to Grade 3, Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 o’clock at the main ball diamond in Valemount.

Fridays from 5-9 – Burger Night & music at the Valemount Legion.

Every night in August at 7:00 pm – Valemount Visitor Center presents Salmon Interpretive talks at the Spawning Grounds (George Hicks Park).

McBride Library Ongoing Events

(569-2411 or library@mcbridebc.org):

– Tuesdays, starting July 5th: Outdoor Learn & Play, ages 2-5. 10:30-11:30am

– Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Music Jam

– Wednesdays, starting July 13: Minecraft/Lego/Wii/Pokemon, 3-4pm

– Fridays, starting July 8th: Fun Fridays, 2-4pm

– Summer Reading Clubs for all ages. Book a Trip and win a prize!

– Robson Valley Explorers. Pick up your maps July 5th!

– Maker Mobile sessions, July 16th. Register at the library!

– Book Discussion Group: Summer Surprises, Thursday July 28th at 1:30 and Summer Reads: Your Choice, Thursday August 25th at 1:30pm

– Thursdays at 10am, Fibre Arts Group meets

Valemount Library Ongoing Events:

Starting July 6th – Free programs at the library :

Wednesdays at 11am Storytime for under 6 year olds

Wednesdays at 1pm Summer Reading Club for 6-12 year olds – Crafts, games, fun!

Sign up at the library.

Markets:

Valemount Farmers’ Market, every Thursday, 4-7pm. Beside the Information Centre. For info call Christine at 566-3766.

McBride Community Market, every Friday for 11 weeks, starting June 24th. At the Pavilion in Steve Kolida Park on Main Street. Sellers Fee – $5.00/week. Home made, Home baked or Home grown or assembled here in the valley. No commercial items. Private used goods are allowed.

Dunster Farmers Market , every Saturday starting July 2nd until the end of September:, 11am to 1pm at Dunster Community Hall just off Highway 16. No sellers fee. Home baking, home grown veggies and fruit, art and crafts, used goods. Volunteers are welcomed. Please call Johanna Layton to put your name down for any Saturday 250.566.1052, either to run the concession or just to help.