Who knew that yoga is so popular in Pemberton?
For the relatively uninitiated (that would be me) itís easy to miss the fact that so many people practice yoga in our town.
Sure, I know that the population of Pemberton is probably more physically fit than the people in a lot of places. Where else can you stand in one spot in town and, within the space of a few minutes, see runners and cyclists pass by, a gang of horses, some paragliders off in the distance, and parents walking their babes while kids in cleats pedal their way to soccer practice?
I also know that there are a number of yoga studios around town, as well as classes at the community centre. But participating in classes in the past couple of weeks at a couple of different studios caught me by surprise when Iíve walked in each time to see that the place was practically full.
Now, having gotten back into a bit of a yoga swing, I am reminded again of just why itís so popular. I know that when I leave a session, I feel a bit taller, maybe even a bit lighter on my feet. As one friend put it, practicing yoga makes you more body-aware ó less slouching at my desk or in the grocery store lineup. But whatever your sport or activity, thereís no denying that Pemberton is a community that likes to get out and move.
Friday night barbecues are back at the Pemberton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Where else can you get (for example) steak or chicken for just $10? Special dinners coming up include the third annual Thanksgiving dinner on Friday (Oct. 5). For the price of $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and under 12, it includes homemade desserts and all the trimmings. Next Friday (Oct. 12), the Pemberton Youth Centre and the Pemberton Seniors will team up to put on a dinner. Menu to be announced.
Pemberton Dart League Registration is now open at the Legion. Regular play starts on Oct. 15.
A new vision for child care in B.C., a solution to the current child care crisis featuring $10 a day child care, and a living wage for child care staff, are all part of the Community Plan for A Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning.
You can find out what all the excitement is about next Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 7 p.m. at the Pemberton Childrenís Centre next to the Pemberton Community Centre when Sharon Gregson, on behalf of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C., will offer a presentation about the plan. The presentation will be one to two hours long, refreshments provided.
All across British Columbia, municipalities, school boards, labour unions, businesses, academics, community organizations, parents and early childhood educators support the plan. They want the provincial government to implement a cap on parent fees of $10 per day, build more child care spaces, and raise levels of training and wages for workers. Next Wednesday, you can find out all about it.
Adventure travel experts Island Expeditions has set up shop in Pemberton. The company, which was previously located in Díarcy, will host an open house and reception at their new digs for the community to meet the team and learn about trips and programs. The open house takes place next Thursday (Oct. 11) from to 4:30 p.m., followed by the wine and cheese reception until 7 p.m. Located at #4 Ė 1385 Portage Road (next to the Pony). Island Expeditions has 27 years of experience leading trips to Belize and the Yucatan.
Fall means flu season. That means flu clinics are coming to Pemberton. Here is a list of flu clinic dates and locations in Pemberton. To find additional clinic information, or to find out if you qualify for a free flu shot, visit the Immunize B.C. website at www.immunizebc.ca or call the flu information line at 604-485-3239.
Clinics will take place in Pemberton at the Lions Villa Seniors Centre at 7420 Flint Street on Thursday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon; at the Pemberton Health Unit drop in at 1403 Portage Road on Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and by appointment (call public health at 604-894-6939) on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Remember to wear short sleeves and bring your B.C. Care Card. And a reminder from Public Health that the flu vaccine is safe, it works, and it protects you and the people around you.
Send comments and event listing ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next Pemberton column will appear Oct. 18.