Running along Farm Road one recent evening just after dusk, in the fog, against any oncoming traffic that might happen my way, I was reminded of just how vulnerable pedestrians are when a truck swerved to avoid me. I was well over at the side of the road, practically in the snow, in fact, and had thought that the glowing, flashing band around my wrist and light-coloured jacket would be enough to make me visible to motorists. But, clearly, it wasn’t. I cursed the driver for not being more attentive, and myself for not wearing my headlamp.
As I ran back to town — avoiding the Meadows Road as the fog and the close call had made me nervous, I was surprised to see several people walking along Collins Road without wearing anything reflective, light or bright. The few cars that went by might have been used to this, as they were pretty slow and cautious. And for that I was thankful.
I realized that if I am going to share roads with cars then I had better be sure that I am as visible as a car. After all, if my car’s headlights didn’t work, I wouldn’t even consider driving around in the dark.
I hope that this Family Day long weekend you and your family stay safe and enjoy all of the great activities and events that Pemberton has to offer.
Were you able to check out the Spud Valley Loppet over the weekend? The annual cross-country ski race took place for the 25th time on Saturday (Feb. 2) with nearly 100 skiers coming out to test their endurance on the 12-kilometre course running from Ronayne Farm to the Lillooet River Forestry Bridge.
This year’s top finishers were a mix of youth and adult skiers, with the five fastest all clocking in less than 30 seconds apart.
Sam Schranz took top honours this year, finishing the route in 35 minutes, 43 seconds and edging runner-up Benita Peiffer by just two seconds.
Jessica Aldighieri placed third on Saturday, while Tony and Alisa Feuz rounded out the top five.
Visit www.spudvalleynordics.com to view the full list of results.
On Wednesday (Feb. 5), the Pemberton Legion will be hosting participants of the Soldier On national ski camp that has moved to Whistler because of the lack of snow at Mount Washington. The Legion has invited the more than 40 participants to come by for an informal dinner and to meet with local veterans and members. Arrival time is 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinners for vets are complimentary; there will be a cost for all others. You don’t need to be a member to attend, but would need to be a guest of a Legion member.
Pemberton Legion members and their guests are also encouraged to come out and enjoy the tribute band A Whole Lotta Led on Saturday (Feb. 15). This band has played the Legion before and sells out quickly, so get your tickets soon. They’re $20 each, include one beverage and are available at the Pemberton Valley Supermarket, the Esso station and the Legion.
Almost anyone can become a Legion member. You can stop by the Legion to find out more.
The Pemberton Library family movie matinee is back this Saturday (Feb. 8) at 3 p.m. at the library. Round up the family, BYOS (bring your own snacks) and stop in to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Family Fun Sled Day at Big Sky Golf and Country Club in Pemberton is happening this Sunday (Feb. 9) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by She Shreds Mountain Adventures, this fundraiser for the Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club will feature a barbeque lunch and sled rides for kids by donation.
The not-for-profit club raises funds to groom and maintain sled access roads to the alpine, donate to Backcountry Snowcats for grooming and maintaining the Hurley Service Road. It also donates money and prizes to community events. The club helps to progress the sport of snowmobiling in the community and works to keep snowmobile zones open.
Have questions? You can call or email Julie-Ann Chapman at 604-935-9004 or email@example.com.
Katie Domries Nelson, a child and family therapist, will be presenting Body-Wise, a presentation that is aimed at parents and childcare providers and focuses on sexual health and setting healthy boundaries.
The workshop will take place this Sunday (Feb. 9) from 10 a.m. until noon at Sea to Sky’s new community space on Aster Street. Snacks will be provided. To save your seat, stop by Pemberton Valley Wellness. Seats are by donation.
Need more information? You can contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or find Growing Great Children on Facebook.
You can still sign up for the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. This free program for babies — from newborns to 18 months — and their families teaches moms and dads to sing and play with their babies, fostering bonding and early literacy. There are 10 upcoming sessions, running from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. —Feb. 17, 24; March 3, 10, 31; April 7, 14, 28 and May 5 and 12 — at Sea to Sky Community Services’ new space next to the vet’s office on Aster Street.
Mother Goose is a free group experience. Facilitators lead the group in learning rhymes, songs and stories with no props or instruments. Snack is provided. This is not a drop-in program; registration is required for the full 10 sessions. To register or for more information call 604-894-6101, or email email@example.com. Enrollment is limited, so register soon to avoid disappointment.
Send comments and event listing ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next Pemberton column will appear Feb. 18.