Category Archives: Children and Babies

Griz Days Is Coming – February 25-March 3

Griz Days 2015 Fernie Winter Festival parade - The Griz, Mayor Mary

There’s always so much going on, you can’t keep it all straight, but there is a website for Griz Days and the whole schedule is on it. www.ferniegrizdays.com.

This year’s fashion is jean on jean so get those jean jackets out of those boxes in your basement closet and find some nice hoodies to go under it because jean jackets are typically not that warm.

Here’s a write up from the website:

“This year the Griz is getting his Canadian Tuxedo out to celebrate Fernie’s 42nd year of Griz Days. The Powder King of the Lizard Range is embracing our Canadian fashion tradition of jeans and jean jackets for Griz Days Gone Denim 2019. This year’s winter festival, from March 1-3, will celebrate our casual, rugged style in the same legendary party fashion.

Through partnerships with various community organizations, new events were added to the weekend party in 2018 – these will return bigger and better. By hosting activities and participating in the Griz Days Most Wanted more than $8000 was raised by local non-profit societies.

The festivities will start during the week with events like a community scavenger hunt, with daily opportunities to win great prizes, and a cross-country ski challenge. This year the focus is on offering new and creative family events, that encourage getting out into our great Canadian winter.

Of course the Griz will be roaming the community in his best “Denim on Denim” outfit starting with a visit to local schools and a ski trip around Fernie Alpine Resort on Friday, followed by a special visit to the Fernie Arts Station’s family friendly Griz Story Time that night. And for the adults the popular Griz Days Pub Crawl will be back – a taste of Fernie for the foodies out there.

Many of Saturday’s staple events like the Griz Days Craft Fair, the Griz Baby Crawl, and, of course, the Extreme Griz Challenge to crown the King and Queen of the Mountain will return.

The Junior Griz Training Ground will be back for its second year. This is the perfect opportunity for Fernie’s young people to see if they have what it takes to compete for the title of the Griz. Set up with a series of fun, skill-testing activities the Junior Griz Training Ground is for kids of all ages.

Saturday’s festivities then focus in Station Square in downtown Fernie. Starting in the late afternoon and continuing into the evening the square will be the location of the lumberjack show, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and, of course, spectacular fireworks.

One of the most popular events, the Griz Days Parade, will be the highlight of the evening as it winds down 2nd Avenue in the early evening. Building on last year’s expanded participation there will be more floats, more horses, more organizations and more of everything in this crowd favourite.

The Dummy Downhill, held at Fernie Alpine Resort on Sunday, is a chance for the more tactile and creative to see if they can build the ultimate ski jumping machine. These creations, built from cardboard to paper mache to wood, slide down a steep runway on skis or snowboards in an attempt to fly the highest and go the farthest – and to have the most spectacular crash.”

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Fernie Family Literacy Day – January 24th

Fernie Family Literacy Day - Fernie Heritage Library

From Facebook:

“A special event to celebrate family literacy for ALL AGES – from early years to seniors. Join us for a night of pizza, writing, storytelling and making! We will be creating books with family stories, written from our roots. Writing stations, prompts and all materials provided. Brought to you by the Fernie Heritage Library and Fernie Early Years Team
REGISTRATION REQUIRED (or for more info) email fhlprogrammer@gmail.com. Limited spaces available.”

January 24th, 5:30-7:30pm
at Fernie Heritage Library

Fernie’s Visual Arts Club For Kids 7-11 Starts Today

The Abstract Lions art club is on! Our weekly Wednesday after-school arts club begins today and Raegan and I are super excited to get started. We will start with Line and continue each week with a different element of art. Drop-ins are welcome at $16/session but the kids still need to be registered. You can do that by going directly to: The Abstract Lion Art Club.

If you know anyone that might be interested, please feel free to pass on the information. Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45, upstairs at The Arts Station, for kids 7-11 years old (but if your kid is keen on participating we won’t turn anyone away) from January 23rd to March 13th.

Elements of Art - Arts Club for Kids in Fernie BC - multi-media visual arts

A Christmas Story

Orphan Christmas in Fernie BC - a small house, 7 families, loads of kids.

For days leading up to Christmas I was a bit worried about having 29 people at our small house for Christmas day dinner. 7 families, 14 kids, 15 adults, many beyblades ripping. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough food. I was worried the kids would be so crazy and wild, we wouldn’t be able to think straight. I was worried I didn’t have enough for people to do. All for nought! The party was great, the kids were civilized, the food was amazing and somehow, almost like a miracle, there was way too much to eat. My dessert plate was just as full as my dinner plate. I love when things just work out, with the help of 29 other people, that is. I’ll try and worry a little less because every holiday ends with a magnificent feast and fabulous company.

None of us have our families around but it’s much less noticeable when you have such a great Fernie family. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Fernie Heritage Library’s Dicken’s Christmas Party

Dickens' Christmas Party Fernie BC Library

From the Facebook event page:

Dickens’ Christmas Party: Saturday, Dec 22nd, 2:00-4:00 pm

Join us for cider, stories, treats, and activities for all ages. This annual library event is a wonderful chance to connect with your neighbours. The afternoon concludes with a rousing community Christmas carol led by local community musicians. All are welcome.”

I’m a big believer in the Fernie Heritage Library and their programs but this is, honestly, one I try to avoid because it’s so popular. I’m not a fan of so many people in tight spaces. But I do know it’s a good time and hosted by amazing people.

Did You Know : Fernie’s Outdoor Rink

did you know - city of fernie news

Official Opening Day – Monday, December 17, 2018

The Outdoor Rink is an NHL-size ice surface located next to the Fernie Aquatic Centre at 250 Pine Ave.

The ice-surface is free for the public to use and is open daily, weather dependent, from daylight until 10pm.

For private bookings, please contact our Community Services Department at 250.423.2245.  All bookings must be made with 48 hours notice.

Schedule for 2018/19 Season

DAILY USE IS AVAILABLE DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:


WEEKDAYS

10:00 am -11:00 am Maintenance as required

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Parent & Tot / Open Ice *NO STICKS*

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm General Public Skate / Private Bookings

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm General Public Skate / School Bookings

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Flooding & Ice Maintenance (estimated time)

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm General Public Skate

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm General Public Skate/Private Bookings

 

WEDNESDAYS

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Youth Shinny (12 years and under)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Youth Shinny (13 – 17 years old)

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Adult Shinny (18 years +)

 

SATURDAY – SUNDAYS

10:00 am -11:00 am Maintenance as required

Daylight – 10 pm General Public Skate / Private Bookings
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Flooding & Ice Maintenance (estimated time)

 

Lights for Outdoor Rink will be shut off at 10:00 pm

 Code of Conduct

If the flag is GREEN, Rink is Open, and Skating is Allowed.

If the flag is RED, Rink is Closed, and Skating is NOT Allowed. 

These flags are located on the Zamboni Shed and are visible from the parking lot.

  1. Skate at your own risk
  2. Use only when ice is safe and in good condition
  3. Please follow posted schedule
  4. Helmets are strongly recommended
  5. Children 12 and under should be supervised
  6. Please clean up after yourself (no glass bottles, no food on the ice)
  7. No unauthorized motor vehicles in the park or on the ice surface
  8. No slap shots
  9. No alcoholic beverages permitted
  10. Please assist us by shovelling the ice whenever required, shovels on site.
  11. Ice programming may be affected due to condition of ice, watch for flags. Flooding and Maintenance requirements may impact booking times.

Report damage or maintenance issues to Arena Facility Operator 250.430.1767

Did You Know : Holiday Public Skating

did you know - city of fernie news

From Facebook:

“The Fernie Memorial Arena will be open over the holidays for you to enjoy with your family.

Public Skating Holiday Schedule:
December 24, 25, 26 from 1pm – 4pm
December 30 from 2:15pm – 3:30pm
December 31 from 1pm – 4pm

Full December schedule and rates here: http://ow.ly/M9r230mZqwG”