Community news briefs…

The annual Trackside Christmas Party is happening at the Railway Museum on Saturday, November 23, from 12:30 – 3 pm.

The museum will be fully decked out for the Christmas season and the Business Car has been transformed to the Polar Express train.

Santa is scheduled to arrive at 2 pm and will be greeting children in the Simulator.

Please click here to view the poster.


There are about 100 children in Revelstoke who need help this winter and the annual Mitts for Kids campaign is encouraging people to dig deep and plunk some money into the colourful piggy banks located in store and the Royal Bank.

Program Coordinator Carol Sakamoto said the money collected will go towards the purchase of warm mittens for the children. Some will get moe than that.

“We have many angels in Revelstoke that have knitted beautiful slippers for the children again this year,” she said.


In honour of the 90 years of Girl Guides in Revelstoke, a Trefoil Guild has been created here for the very first time.

Never heard of a Trefoil Guild? It is a gathering of women over 30 who are either members, past members, or future members of Girl Guides of Canada.  In other words, it’s open to all women over 30 who would like to share in the Sisterhood of Guiding.

“At our inaugural meeting we made a wish list of activities that we would like to do and we came up with all kinds of ideas,” said Tamara Johnson. “With everything from whitewater rafting, hiking and horseback riding, wine tours and hot air balloons , to quilting, potlucks, teas and knitting sweaters for penguins, this will surely be a lively group.”

She said guild gatherings would happen monthly(ish) and “we will all take turns organizing one meeting per year.”

Fees for the events must be paid by the members, with $5 in dues collected at non-event meetings.

If you are interested in joining us in the Trefoil Guild and haven’t already, please contact Tammie at 250-837-4246 for the forms to get you registered.


The Revelstoke Art Gallery in the Visual Arts Centre at 320 Wilson behind the Days Inn is seeking volunteers to help with its Christmas Shop exhibition which opens on Friday December 13 at 6 pm.

Jackie Pendergast, executive director of the gallery, says volunteers are needed for:

  • Decorating the tree in the Gallery Sunday December 8 at 11 am;
  • Counting the number of visitors Friday December 13 from 6 – 7.30 pm and from 7.30 – 9 pm;
  • Wrapping purchases   from 6 – 7 pm, 7  8 pm, and 8 – 9 pm.

For artists who would like to submit work into the exhibit take in is scheduled for December 5 and December 6 from noon until 4 pm. All work must be available for immediate sale. If you need an entry form please email Jackie at

“This year, instead of having Gifts from the Tree we would like to invite you to make a donation of a non-perishable food item(s) and place it underneath the tree for the Food Bank,” Jackie said in an e-mail. “All items will be delivered to the Food Bank on December 20.”

On a different note, Jackie said artists are being invited to submit works for the very popular Anything Goes exhibition being held at the Gallery on January 31, 2014.

This Spirit Fest event is the major fundraiser for the Visual Arts Centre. Admission is b y ticket only. Watch The Current next month to find out when tickets will be distributed.

“Members are invited to create anything they like on a 12-inch square in any medium to be sold by silent auction on Friday 31st January 2014 starting at 7 pm,” she said in an e-mail. “We ask all artists to sign the back of their work and names are only revealed towards the end of the evening. Artists can choose to donate 50% or 100% of the successful bid to the Centre and tax receipts can be given for donations.

“All the funds raised will go towards the very ambitious landscaping project we have planned to start in 2014. I have the 12-inch square canvases and 5 wooden panels for Anything Goes 4. I am expecting 15 more wooden panels to arrive. If you are interested in participating in this event please collect your canvas/board before December 21st.”