It’s Screen Smart time — how media savvy are you?

The annual Screen Smart Campaign gets underway Wednesday, May 11, with an effort to teach young people how different media influence everything from the choices they make as consumers to how they perceive themselves.

Consciousness in Consumer Society is a key workshop to be held in the morning for Revelstoke Secondary Students. Besides an examination of the strategies employed by advertisers and media-makers to compete for consumers’ attention.

Presented by Liz Schultze and Wendy Chen of Pacific Cinematique, participants will also discuss the implications of portraying excessive amounts of violence, sex, sterotypes and product placement in film, video games and music videos.

Pacific Cinemateque is a Vancouver-based non-profit organization whose education department aims to develop an appreciation and passion for the art of film, as well as an understanding of the visual media in the world around us. A film and video artist, Schultze is the manager of the education department. Chen is a media literacy specialist who has conducted research in London, Hong Kong and Beijing on issues of media education, civic engagement, and global youth culture.

Schultze and Chen will also lead an evening workshop — Youth, Parents and the New Media Lanscape — for parents at RSS from 7 pm until 9 pm. Pacific Cinematique describes the workship this way:

“In a rapidly changing technological landscape, where interactive and participatory media are a common part of everyday life, how do you connect to and discuss the media your children are consuming and creating?  How do we help young people develop independent and critical thinking skills to better understand and interpret the sophisticated messages that surround them?”

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As al ways there is a host of alternative activities for children during Screen Smart. Here is the complete list of activities:


Wednesday, May 11

Screen Smart Opening Events

8:45-11:30am: Pacific Cinematique presents Consciousness in a Consumer Society for RSS students at RSS.

9:00-12:00: Strong Start for pre-schoolers

7:00-9:00 pm @ RSS: Pacific Cinematique presents Youth, Parents, and the New Media Landscape. How do you connect to and discuss the media children are consuming and creating? This interactive workshop will inform and inspire new ways to engage with media. (for Parents)

Thursday, May 12

9:00am-12:00pm: StrongStart for preschoolers

11:00am-12:00pm: Preschool Acrobats Drop-In Trampoline and gymnastics drop-in time. Cost: $6

3:00-5:00 pm: Pre-Teen City Wide Treasure Hunt. (Grades 5-7). Pick up/drop off @ Community Connections. Free but permission form needed.  Please register by May 11 at 250-837-2920 ex.27

7:00-8:00 High School Acrobats Drop-In Trampoline and gymnastics drop-in time. Cost: $6


Friday, May 13

9:00-12:00 Strong Start for preschoolers

4:00-5:00 pm: FREE Teen Yoga @ Balu (Ages 13-18 welcome).  Must have a parent signed waiver form (pick up at 414 1st St W).  Wear loose fitting clothes. Max 15 people.

7:30-10:30 pm : Revy Rocks on Friday the 13th Open mic night for ages 12 to 17.  Join Caldera at the United Church Hall for this FREE event! All musicians welcome-call Pam at 250-837-7405 or to reserve mic time! Sponsored by Revelstoke Arts Council


Saturday, May 14

10:00am-1:00pm  World Fair Trade Day on Mackenzie Ave.  Activities for all ages! Call 250-837-6426 for more information.

10:00 am -12:00 pm: Screen Smart Children’s Events activities hosted

by the Child Care Society  featuring

Kiki the Eco Elf at 10:30!

10:00am-12:00 pm: Lego Creation Event! Outside Legends-N-Heroes. Bring your Lego to show and enter for

fabulous random draws!

10:00-1:00 Bike Rodeo with the RCMP in Grizzly  Plaza (at 1st Street and Mackenzie Ave)

11:00 am : Run Bike Parade at 1st and Mackenzie. Prizes for best decorated run bike.  For more information contact Mike @ Skookum Cycle and Ski  250-814-0090


Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 1:30

Ecological Sustainability & Environmental Awareness  In Early Childhood Workshop pm

Location: Revelstoke Child Care Society 1401 West 1st street.  Call 250-837-6669 to register   FREE

Join Tanya Lipscomb AKA “Kiki the Eco Elf” as she provides a motivating presentation for early learning and child care providers, teachers, parents and community service providers about how to get kids hooked on ecological sustainability and environmental awareness. Kiki will provide you with games, activities and ideas for implementing the learning opportunities around environmental issues.


Sunday, May 15

1:00-4:00 pm: Railway Museum Event.

Join us for some trackside fun, and bring a model, train or otherwise, to learn tips and tricks from our expert model railroaders! Call 250-837-6060 for info. Admission by donation.

1pm-3pm Scavenger Hunts & Geocaching (GPS provided)Meet us at the Railway Museum and be prepared to tromp around in the woods! Hosted by the NCES and Parks Canada


Monday, May 16

9:00-12:00 Strong Start for preschoolers

3:30: Beruschi Park Opening Celebration!

Join us at the park to celebrate the new playground and revitalization of the park.  The official opening with Mayor David Raven and park founder family members, Maureen, David, Anthony, Benjamin and Theadora Beruschi,  will take place at 3:30 including cookies and juice!  Everyone welcome. Come and play today!


Tuesday, May 17

9:00-noon Strong Start for preschoolers

10:00 Giggle, Sing and Swim at the Aquatic Centre.  Parents and their children under 5 are free.  Info: 837-6669. Thank you to the Aquatic Centre for providing free admission.

3:30-5:30: Teeny Tiny Toonie Theatre Sports: 901 Mackenzie – Teeny Tiny Theatre afternoon drop-in theatre sport workshop for kids over 6.  Join Miranda Allen and Taryn Walker to play a variety of theatre games. Cost: $2

7:00-8:00 Elementary Acrobats Drop-In Trampoline and gymnastics drop-in time. Cost: $6


Wednesday, May 18

9:00-noon Strong Start for preschoolers

10:00-12:00: Spring Fair for Children Born in 2007 @ Mountain View Elementary Gym—for children born in 2007 and their families. Fun activities, circle time,  fabulous giveaways at each station and amazing draw prizes. Call 250-814-2244 for more info.

5:30-7:00 Okanagan Regional Library Games Night – Bingo, Wizard, checkers and more. Grades 3-7. Parents welcome! Info: 250-837-5095.


Thursday, May 19

7:30 pm Screen Smart Closing Event: A FREE screening of the film Play Again at the Roxy Theatre. PLAY AGAIN is an award-winning documentary.  Children today spend more time in the virtual world than the natural world.  What are the consequences of a life disconnected from nature?  Play Again unplugs a group of media savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure to find out.

Thank you to the Roxy Theatre for donating the theatre for this community event!