Featured Community Events

Fernie Women’s Centre Monday Drop-in
The Fernie Women’s Centre is running a drop-in for girls only! Mondays from 3-5 PM will be for girls in grades nine and up. Wednesdays from 3-5PM will be for girls in grades seven and eight. Snacks and munchies will be provided.

Drop ins are going to be a safe, respectful and fun place to hang out, socialize, talk about what is important to you, get answers to all your questions and do lots of fun and crazy activities. The Women’s Centre is planning on activities such as baking and cooking, watching movies, and spa days. They also hope to have guest speakers and visit various places in Fernie. If you want to cover a topic or do a certain activity just let them know and they will do their best to make it happen. This group is all about girls and what they want and need.

All girls are welcome. The Women’s Centre is just up the road from Rotary Park. The address is 691 A 4th Avenue. If you have any questions call 250-423-4687 and ask for Lauren.

Empowerment Lunches for Ladies Tuesday Drop-in
The East Kootenay Addiction Services Society is hosting a lunch every Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Public Library. This lunch is a weekly women’s support group run by Corinne Petrone, the Adult Addictions Counselor, and the Stopping the Violence Counselor Vanessa Oleskow. Lunch is provided, and possible topics include (not limited to) self-esteem, grief and loss, communication, women and anger, sexuality and depression. For more information drop by one of the lunches, or get in touch with either of the counselors via the following:

Corinne at 250-423-4423 or cpetrone@ekass.com
Vanessa at 250-423-4687 or evstv@shaw.ca

Lily and Kirk Fundraiser Febraury 1
Lily is a six-year old Golden Retriever in need of a little community support and fundraising. She is a Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog and together with her handler Kirk Gutzman has been training and working in the Fernie community for the last six years. Lily and Kirk have put in thousands of hours both as an avalanche rescue team member at Fernie Alpine Resort and as volunteers with Fernie Search and Rescue.

At Christmas Lily was diagnosed with cancer and the treatment is expensive. Insurance only goes so far, so Barkside Pets has started a foundation to help Lily and other four-legged friends in financial need. This foundation is holding a Dinner and Silent Auction fund-raising event at the Corner Pocket restaurant on Monday February 1 at 6pm. The set menu of a burger (beef and veggie) with fries or salad is $15.00 per person with half of the proceeds going to help out Lily with her treatment costs.

All proceeds will be collected by Barkside and used to assist Lily in her recovery. The goal is for this to become an annual fundraiser, with proceeds used to assist other dogs with cancer. Please contact Kirsty Morris, 250-531-0469 if you are interested in taking part. Donated items can be dropped off at Barkside Pets at 791 2nd Ave.

Rousselle Family Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction February 6
On Thursday, November 26 2009 Mike Rousselle was tragically injured in a work related electrical accident. Fortunately he survived the accident, however, Mike's injuries were so severe that doctors had to remove his left arm and right leg.

The community came together to raise much needed funds and energy for Mike through a charity hockey game, featuring the Ghostriders past and present. The event helped to support the family, but as Mike’s rehabilitation continues the costs associated with this continue. The family has temporarily moved to Calgary to be closer to Mike through this long and trying period of time.

Once again the community is coming together to host the Rousselle Family Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction, held at the Community Centre. This event includes cocktails and a traditional Italian pasta dinner, door prizes, live music and entertainment and a silent auction. Not only will the event raise additional funds for the family, it will celebrate a strong and inspiring individual within the community. Tickets are available at Jay’s Jewelers, Stop N Shop, Fernie Ford, Fernie Fix and Bulldogs. If you would like to donate any items to the silent auction or door prizes, please get in touch with Charlie Mattersdorfer at 250-423-0507 or Krista Turcasso at Krista@clarismedia.com or 250-423-0897.

2010 Olympics February 12-28
The first Olympic Games were held in ancient Greece from the 8th century BC to the 5th century AD. In the late 19th century Pierre de Coubertin wanted to revive the games and founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894. Just two years later the Olympic Gamers were established in Athens, with less than 250 athletes competing. Now there are over 13,000 athletes that compete at the Summer and Winter Olympics in 33 different sports and roughly 400 events.

The Olympics mean more to Fernie residents this time around, and not only because they are being held in BC. This will be Emily Brydon”s (of Fernie, BC) third time competing at the Olympics. Her races include the Super Combined (Feb 14), Downhill (Feb 17) and Super-G (Feb 20). Dave Ellis of Elkford, BC (current resident of Fernie) is leading the Ski Cross team in their first Olympic endeavor, both the men’s (Feb 21) and women’s (Feb 23) teams. On top of that, Scott Niedermayer of Cranbrook, BC is leading the men’s hockey team as captain, with the preliminary round consisting of games against Norway (Feb 16), Switzerland (Feb 18) and USA (Feb 21). Go Canada, and cheers to our local athletes!

Big Mountain Battle February 13
Helly Hansen's Big Mountain Battle is coming to Fernie and promises to add a little excitement and adventure on a mountain you thought you already knew. They claim they can, “take you to corners of the mountain you may not have been to for years, send you hiking up a climb you would have never thought to do, go searching in the woods for a checkpoint and you get to do it all with your buddy and get tracked in real time GPS.” So, do you have what it takes?

This is a team-based event, open to all ages/levels exploring the entire mountain. Each team of two must cover off all the checkpoints around the mountain that will utilize certain lifts and incorporate hiking sections, being tracked by GPS. The top three teams with the best times to complete all checkpoints, runs and hill climbs will be awarded prizing. The winner at each hill, (Revelstoke, Fernie, Sun Peaks, Smugglers’ Notch, Taos, Squaw Valley, Stevens Pass) win a trip to Aspen/Snowmass to represent their mountain in the final Battle of the Bowls. This grand prize includes airfare, accommodations, shopping at the Aspen HH store and entry into the competition.

For more information visit www.skifernie.com or www.bigmountainbattle.com.

Fernie Skating Carnival Feb 19-20
This year the Skating Club is bigger than it has ever been with approximately 114 skaters, ranging from the little guys in the Can Skate program to the older, more competitive athletes at the highest level in the Test program. The club has the highest membership in the Kootenays and the highest level of skaters. Come out to support these individuals in the popular Carnival! Hosted yearly to showcase the talent of our local skaters, the Carnival is a popular event with a variety of choreographed pieces, involving all levels of skaters. So much work goes into this production behind the scenes, between the coaches, parents and skaters. It’s very rewarding and entertaining to see it all come together!

The club is looking for volunteers to help with different aspects of the Carnival. Visit www.fernieskatingclub.com to learn more about these opportunities, to get in touch with the Board of Directors, and to learn about the programs available in Fernie. The Carnival has Friday and Saturday evening showings, and a Saturday matinee, and don’t forget to purchase your ticket for a chance to win a cruise! The winning ticket will be drawn over the weekend (only 250 tickets are being sold).

Banner Project Submission Deadline February 26
The Banner Project Committee is looking for 36 diverse works of art to showcase on the 2010 City of Fernie Banners and, as the Arts Station is celebrating its 20th anniversary, if art submissions have a historic or 20th celebration theme, it would make for a good match! Selected art will be showcased on high-quality outdoor banners, hung on lamppost along Victoria Ave.

What will the adjudicators be looking for? “Bold colours, striking imagery that stands out from a distance, variation in themes and artistic disciplines,” says Project Coordinator, Pat Mackay. “It has to be eye-catching to the street-level observer.”

What kind of mediums will be accepted? Submissions of paintings, quilts, stained glass, sculpture, pottery and photography are welcome. Artists are asked to submit up to two images, work must be submitted on compact disc, as a jpeg file. Dimensions of the photographed works are the other important consideration. Artwork will need to be cropped to a 1 wide by 2 high ratio. Please supply a 70 word bio/description – including your name – as a file on the CD.

If an artist needs assistance with creating the digital photograph of their work, they can contact Oz Parsons, Arts Station Administrator at 250-423-4842 or Pat MacKay, Project Coordinator at 250-423-4132. Submissions deadline is 4pm Friday, February 26 at the Arts Station.

Senior Girls Basketball Provincial Tournament March 3-6
The Fernie Falcons are hosting the single 'A' Senior Girls Basketball Provincials this March with Sparwood as a co-host. This sixteen team tournament will be held March 3-6 with opening ceremonies on the 3rd and closing ceremonies on the 6th. Each day will see eight games with teams from across British Columbia who have won their zone playoffs.

The senior girls have a full calendar to help prepare them for these upcoming championships. The season started in Calgary and Strathmore followed by a home tournament in which the girls placed first. Recently, the team traveled to Keremeos where they met the stiff competition that will be seen at provincials. The girls still have a busy schedule with tournaments in Invermere, Hanna AB, Nelson and lastly, playoffs in Castlegar.

Hosting a tournament of this magnitude takes a great deal of support from the business community and through volunteer efforts. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact coach John Mill at john.mill.@sd5.bc.ca We invite the community to come cheer on our local girls!