I reached Hope Jan. 9 with 1,549 steps left to put towards my plan of walking to Yahk. Instead of working on the entire amount of steps to reach Yahk (a lot) I have decided to break it down a bit. My first stop will be Keremeos with 258,750 steps to go. Next will be Osoyoos, Salmo and — YAHOO — Yahk.
Keremeos is a village in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The name originated from the Similkameen dialect of the Okanagan language word Keremeyeus meaning “creek which cuts its way through the flats,” referring to Keremeos Creek which flows down from the Upper Benchlands to the Similkameen River that runs by the village. Local legend claims the name means “the meeting of the winds” and joke that the only time it’s calm is when the wind blows equally from all four directions (Wikipedia). Their population is 1,502 from the 2016 census and the Mayor is Manfred Bauer.
Mark your calendars: Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., renowned singer/songwriter Saltwater Hank, a First Nation’s Artist, will be doing a CD release of Stories from the Northwest at Round Lake Hall. Tickets $10 available at the door, inside shoes and snacks to share. For his background check out saltwaterhank.com. On Saturday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. the Hall will be hosting a Korean dinner prepared by Quick Eats, $15 followed at 7:30 by Coffee House, $5 featuring The Caretakers, Pull My Finger and Mark Fisher. Call Judy 250-846-5296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your dinner or if you have questions.
Friday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. or Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. there will be an Advance Care Planning Presentation at the Pioneer Centre on Mountainview Drive led by Sheila Peters, Bulkley Valley Hospice Society Volunteer. Who will speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself? This will be an opportunity for you to begin thinking of planning for your future healthcare treatment and to decide on who can make these choices for you if you are no longer able.
January 17 or January 24 from 9–10:30 a.m. at the Ranger Park Building, 10th Avenue: Choose to Move. If you are 65 or older and looking for motivation to become physically active this will help to introduce the habit of physical activity into your life in ways that make sense for you. A free program hosted by the Town of Smithers recreation director Laura Aspenlind. Call 250-847-1600 for more information or to register.
At the Library: to celebrate Family Literacy week (Jan. 20-27) kids of all ages can practice their reading skills by reading to Radar. He is a local guide dog who loves both stories and kids. If you are just starting to read, he loves to look at pictures and is very attentive. He will be there Monday, Jan. 21 3:30–4:30 p.m, Wednesday, Jan. 23 3:30–4:30pm and Saturday, Jan. 26 11 a.m. – 12 noon. This event is sponsored by Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Corporation.
Closing with: betwixt: between.