From the Centre: Creston community complex preparing for Kraft Celebration Tour

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Neil Ostafichuk is the recreation supervisor at the Creston and District Community Complex.

Neil Ostafichuk is the recreation supervisor at the Creston and District Community Complex.

Hey, are you coming down to the Creston and District Community Complex on Aug. 17 from 1-4:30 p.m.? That’s when the Kraft Celebration Tour will be in full swing and headed up by a free swim from noon-3 p.m. There will be lots of great activities and free stuff, which is why you should check it out — plus you get a chance to see a fairly big television production and crew for our little town. For those of you that have good memories, it will probably be like a mix of the Olympic torch relay and when George Stroumboulopoulos came to Yahk — either way, pretty exciting and lots to see. Parking will be restricted at the complex as that is where they are set up (as well as the baseball field), so you may have to park around the area and walk in or there will be a shuttle service courtesy of BC Transit between the College of the Rockies and Prince Charles Secondary School to the complex. Watch for signs!

The fall leisure guide has hit the printer, so watch for it at the complex or around town over the next week or two. It is a bigger guide this time as it is jam-packed with a plethora of programming and information.

Don’t forget, we are headed toward our pool shutdown from Sept. 1-14, which is a regular feature of operating an aquatic facility. Basically, water gets drained out of all the pools and all deck, pool and changeroom tiles and grout joints are cleaned, checked and repaired if necessary, as well as all mechanical systems are given the once-over. The shutdown time is consistent with the slowest part of the year and is also timed after the ice has gone in and fieldwork has slowed down. Check out the guide for dryland programs that are designed to cover exercise needs of those aquafitters while we dry out. Now we start planning for your winter and spring programs — a bit frustrating since summer just started a month ago and the days are getting shorter…

Also on the “really cool stuff” agenda this weekend is A Black Eye Affair at the John Bucyk Arena at the community complex. This will be Creston’s own roller derby team, the Black Eyed Cherries, hosting their first Creston derby bout and the family friendly event will be a great way to spend an evening. Doors open Saturday at 5 p.m. and the first whistle is at 6 pm, with tickets available at Black Bear Books and the Chad Smoke Shop. Over the year, this core group of local derby girls has started small, set its sights high and is well on its way to achieving some pretty amazing goals in a short period of time with dedication and perseverance. It promises to be an evening rich with entertainment, plus you will be the first group to use the freshly painted arena and bleachers (but not so fresh that you take some home with you.) Keep your eyes on this group as it will be bringing roller derby to Creston in a big way!

Neil Ostafichuk is the recreation supervisor at the Creston and District Community Complex.