Getting Blitzed

Intoxication. Exhilaration. Sunshine. Laughter. The sweet scent of early flowers and the sound of birdsong in the air. A heady mix of stolen evenings and sun chasing, spring is Fernie’s drug of choice and we’ve been jonesing since February. After what seems like the longest winter in recent history, Fernie’s golfers and bikers are itching to bare their lilywhite legs and get a hit of the greens and trails.

April 30 is the hotly anticipated opening day for Fernie Golf and Country Club- tread lightly on what is likely to be a very fresh course or hold off just a little longer for Men’s opening on May 7 or Ladies opening on May 17. Community gets a boost at the first Charity Golf Tournament of the year hosted by the Fernie Rotary Club on May 14. In aid of the Ghostrider Adventure Camp and Shelter Box Canada, this year’s event gives you the opportunity to support a great local resource for youth and also send help overseas through Shelter Box. Singles, couples and teams are all welcome and an awards dinner will follow where friends and family are welcome to join the competitors. For more information or to register (deadline May 10) call FGCC on 250-423-4777 or Dave Hamilton on 250-278-6877.

Also on May 14, the 90th Annual East Kootenay Mine Rescue Competition lets you inside the world of the largest employer in the Elk Valley and shows off the skills of the men and women who keep our miners safe. The competition will be held at Mountain View School in Sparwood from 8am-3pm followed by an awards dinner at Fernie Community Centre at 6pm. Spectators are welcome at this exciting community event and competition is fierce for the top spot with the winners going on to compete at the BC Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition. For more information or to purchase dinner tickets please contact Jim Friesen on 250-425-3146.

The biking season officially gets underway with the 3rd Annual Bike Blitz hosted by the Fernie Mountain Bike Club on Saturday, May 28. Since 1990, the FMBC has been dedicated to ‘ensuring the long term development and maintenance of a valuable community asset to be enjoyed by all styles and levels of riders.’ Initially a bike/gear swap, the event has grown to include a full schedule of events based in and around the Elks Hall on 1st Avenue.
The bike and gear swap occupies the earlier part of the day with drop off from 9-10am, sale from 10am-2pm and pick up from 2-3pm. This is a great opportunity to find a bargain and get set up for summer. The Bike Blitz is also an important fundraiser for the FMBC and along with the sale and swap; a bikers BBQ will be available. Come hungry and support the efforts of the trail building and maintenance teams! With a network of over 60 bike trails, resources and volunteers are always needed to help with safety, stability, signage and support. If you’d like to get involved, the AGM at 3pm is your place to speak up. Directors are required for the board and trail maintenance volunteers are always welcome. You can also sign up as a member for just $20 for the year. Membership helps the club obtain grants and funding and helps you stay informed of everything going on throughout the summer.

Just before the AGM the popular Community Bike Parade/Ride at 2pm takes in a loop around Fernie and is perfect for the whole family. Later in the day the Townie Toonie Ride and scavenger hunt is a fitting finale to the day with no limit on how much fun will be had or how much beer will be consumed!

For more information on the Bike Blitz or to volunteer to help out on the day, visit www.bikefernie.ca.

Save the date! The bi-annual Library and Arts Station fundraising spectacular will take place on Saturday June 18. ‘The Gatsby Gala’ will incorporate a moving feast and auction set to a backdrop of 1920’s elegance and Hollywood glamour. Tickets on sale soon. Contact the Arts Station or Library for more info.