Green, White and Yellow

SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN FERNIE!

While there might still be plenty of snow on the mountains for a few more weeks of winter fun, there’s no denying the longer days, the birdsong in the air or the brave spring flowers starting to peek through the dirt. Snowdrops, crocus and daffodils will all be appearing soon – and whether or not we see daffodils on the ground in April, we’ll see them in town regardless as April is Daffodil month for the Canadian Cancer Society. The bright yellow flowers will be worn proudly on lapels to show support for the valuable prevention, information, research, advocacy and support work undertaken by Canada’s largest cancer agency. Support the CCS by picking up your pin by donation and wearing it all month.

The CCS has had representation in Fernie continually since 1955 and the tireless local volunteers will once again be taking to the streets in the annual door-to-door campaign in April. Dig deep for a donation when they come knocking, and support their efforts by ordering your own bunch of fresh spring daffodils. The kick-off event for this month of awareness and fundraising will be the annual coffee morning and fashion show at the Senior’s Centre on Wednesday, April 3. Refreshments and snacks will be served and visitors will enjoy a spring fashion show from Odyssey Clothing as well as an art show of student cancer awareness posters. Entry is by donation and all are welcome. For more information, to order daffodils, donate or volunteer please visit www.cancer.ca or call Bev on 250-423-3665 or Alice on 250-423-7822.

From national to local (with a global flair) the Trashy but Flashy Fashion Show is a local institution celebrating Earth Day in Fernie. Earth Day recognizes the importance of natural environments, preservation and protection of our global resources and is a celebration of ways we can work together to leave a healthy planet for future generations. Set to take place on Earth Day, April 22 at the Community Centre in Fernie, this event brings together all ages to create stunning wearable art out of trash. The costumes that hit the runway are truly one-of-a-kind and clearly made with love and attention to detail, but perhaps the most important thing about this event is the message it sends: Think about what you’re throwing out, where it goes and how you might be able to use things differently. Perhaps consider the impact of packaging and shipping before purchasing or favour reusable packaging over disposable. Think about the way you shop – can you buy that product locally and save a 200km round trip in gas pollution? Do you really need a new cell phone every year? Where do all the old ones go? Enjoy the thought-provoking displays at the Earth Day celebrations and the clever and entertaining fashion show and take home the message to simplify: reduce, reuse, recycle. You’ll be glad you did! For more information please visit www.facebook.com/earthdayfernie.

And while this may be green month, there’s still a whole lot of white to celebrate around Fernie. Head to the hills for the big winter finale at Fernie Alpine Resort – April 13-14 will be your last chance to celebrate while enjoying the spring skiing – and there’s a packed schedule of entertainment and activities planned. Saturday starts off with the popular PPP, putting competitors through their paces as they ski, bike, paddle and run from the top of the ski slopes, to Hwy #3, then down the Elk River and back to finish in style at the Resort Plaza. As the afternoon approaches, family-friendly Fernival begins, featuring Chilliwack – BC’s own homegrown Rock of Ages. Fernival continues Sunday with the Slope Soaker. Crazy competitors strap on their skis or boards and try to wow the crowds with a little self-propelled waterskiing across a giant pool built at the bottom of the slopes. Who knows what will happen? For more information, please visit www.skifernie.com or call 250-423-4655.

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