I guess on the bright side, we are getting all our plants and lawns watered in for the winter, but spotting that first flash of snow on Mount Thompson when you drive to work in the morning is always like a good, crisp slap across the face reminding you to start rolling up hoses and getting everything in place for when the white stuff inevitably will arrive at our elevation. We actually have hoses that hadn’t even been rolled out yet and here we are rolling them back up. All in all, it was one of our better summers, in my opinion.
As expected, things here have ramped up for the fall season and once the pool opened from the annual shutdown a few weeks ago, we are back in full swing. Our main banquet room is booked for every weekend in October, November and part of December, but if you need a space, try us anyway as we have Rotacrest Hall and possibly some Sundays here and there. Preparation for the winter leisure guide has started and we fired up the compressor for the curling rink surface last week so the Creston Curling Centre can start its season Oct. 10. Thinking you want to try curling? It can be a blast and they have a beginners clinic on Oct. 12 and 13. Call Terry at 250-428-5627 for more info on that.
October has some key public events to note as well as the regular stuff — the Health and Wellness Fair is Oct. 26, as well as a free community skate sponsored by Overwaitea Foods and Century 21 Veitch Realty, followed by the Halloween pre-party Slime Swim Oct. 26 and then Halloween Hysteria Oct. 31. Since I have started my pre-Thanksgiving turkey fasting program (to make more space for food), I am also obligated to mention we have the regular great fitness and aquatic programs happening all the time for situations such as these. We hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving and gets a chance to kick back on the couch and visit with family after a sumptuous meal. Or at least doze together waiting for pie.
On the trend watch front; we are offering TRX suspension training, which is a harness-type affair that clips to the wall and allows you to leverage gravity and your own bodyweight to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. While we have had a couple TRXs in the fitness track for a while now, we have outfitted the Kootenay Room with mounts so a full class can be held. In reading the literature, apparently it was developed by the Navy Seals and can be found in the locker rooms of major and national league baseball players, Olympic-level swimmers, cyclists and runners, as well as UFC fighters, which, because of the abundance of those people in our community, was the main reason we offered it. Kidding! It actually is beneficial for all ages, of which we have a broad cross-section in our first filled class, and with the instructor providing modifications for different abilities, the reviews have been very good. Check out page 18 in the leisure guide to see a photo of what it looks like or come up to the fitness track and have a peek.
Neil Ostafichuk is the recreation supervisor at the Creston and District Community Complex.