The beautiful Cariboo spring weather Williams Lake has been enjoying has seen many families quick to take advantage of the recently defrosted playground. Here young Nori Rai and her mom BJ Rai seize the day and enjoy the sunshine at Kiwanis Park Thursday, April 4. Patrick Davies Photo.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP; Wide range of events coming to the lakecity this weekend

Be sure to check out some of these great local events this Saturday and Sunday

Williams Lake residents’ event calendars will be full this weekend with a series of roughly a half dozen exciting events.

From fundraisers to open mic nights, bowling to acting, the lakecity spring events season is kicking off in style. Here is a round-up of all the main events happening this weekend with times and dates.

Friday, April 12

Arts on the Fly Presents Ora Cogan and Marin Patnaude

The lakecity and Vancouver Island unite for a night of music at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre this Friday. Featuring Marin Patnaude and Ora Cogan, this Arts on the Fly kickoff is $15 at the door.

Friday, April 12

Williams Lake Film Club presents Free Solo/TNG premieres Ts’eman Te?osh/When the Salmon See Us

Join the Williams Lake Film Club for a double feature as they close out their 2018/19 season with the award-winning documentary Free Solo and helps premiere a new documentary by Trevor Mack and Asia Youngman titled Ts’eman Te?osh/When the Salmon See Us.

Free Solo is the nailbiting story of one man’s harrowing ascent up the 3,200-foot sheer rock wall El-Capitan with no ropes and no partners. A beautifully shot film, it makes for an engaging biopic about a man who talks about falling to his death like you would stubbing a toe.

Read More: Williams Lake Film club ends the year with Free Solo

Tsilhqot’in National Government, meanwhile, is pleased to premier Mack’s newest film Ts’eman Te?osh/When the Salmon See Us at the screening of Free Solo. This short 10-minute long documentary chronicles the efforts of the Tsilhqot’in people to preserve one of the strongest wild sockeye salmon runs in North America, from the mouth of the Fraser River to that Lake Chiko. In it, Mack beautifully interviews Tsilhqot’in elders, conservationists, community leaders and youth about the importance salmon continues to have in their lives and communities.

These screenings will take place in the Gibraltar Room Friday with Ts’eman Te?osh/When the Salmon See Us premiering at 7 p.m. with Free Solo to follow directly after. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with tickets available at The Open Book or at the door.

Saturday, April 13

Vaisakhi celebrations take place this weekend at Gurdwara Western Singh Sabha Temple

Members of Williams Lake’s Sikh community are gearing up for Vaisakhi celebrations this weekend.

At the Gurdwara Western Singh Sabha Temple on Pine Street, Vaisakhi will be celebrated on Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14.

The reading of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib begins at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. The book is read continuously by members of the temple during the three-day celebration until Bhog (or finishing) on Sunday morning.

The traditional flag changing and raising ceremony takes place this year on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The reading of the holy book concludes around 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, which will be followed by singing and prayers until noon when the formal ceremonies are concluded with a luncheon.

Throughout the three-day ceremony, breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be held in the temple’s community kitchen for members, visitors and guests.

The whole community is invited to participate in the celebrations.

April 11 to 13

Bowl For Kids Sake

Join Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Williams Lake this weekend for a fun bowling tournament/fundraiser. While all 70 spots for the event’s three time slots are full, organizers still encourage the entire community to come by and watch the games.

“Come on down and join the fun. Pledge your friend, pledge your neighbour,” Susan Erlandson, executive assistant of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, said. Bowling goes Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. straight till 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Spring Hobby Con

After the success of the first Winter Hobby Con in late 2018, Tim Hurley has resolved to return this weekend with a new Hobby Con focused on passion. Billed as more of an information fair than a pure craft fair, Hurley invites everyone out to this event to come together and share their passions. Doors open at 10 a.m. at Columneetza campus and are open until 6 p.m. with a concession available.

Read More: Spring Hobby Con slated for April 13 at Columneetza

Saturday, April 13

10 Minute Plays Nights

The Williams Lake Studio Theatre invites thespians and community members of all kinds to try their hand at on the spot acting with 10 Minute Plays Night. Both actors and audience members are welcome for this fun night of on the spot script reading theatre. The 10 Minute Plays Night runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Williams Lake Studio Theatre, in the old Glendale Elementary Building, at 4100 Mackenzie Ave. North.

Sunday, April 14

Girl Empowerment Fundraiser

If you have a girl aged 12 to 15, come out to the Glass Slippers Boutique at 72 1 Ave S this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and enjoy some pizza, games, self-care awareness and a photoshoot in a glamorous gown.

This event is in support of Glass Slippers Boutique, a program run by the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District, which loans out tuxedos and gowns for student graduations to those otherwise unable to afford them.

To get involved with this event or to find out how to donate money contact the Boys and Girls Club at 250-392-5730.

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