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Disasters bring out the scam artists, so be careful when you donate; plus how to keep your pet safe in an emergency.

Ashcroft Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre in Ashcroft will be up and running this year in its new location at the Heritage Park on Railway Avenue. Val Parks has stepped in to manage the centre, which is a wonderful source of information for visitors to town, and helps show them what great assets and attractions the village possesses. Volunteers are needed to help run it, and Parks is looking for people who want to educate others about the great area we live in and what they can see and do here, as well as meet and chat with people from all over the world. Just a few hours a week in the air-conditioned centre will help create an informative and welcoming experience for visitors to the area. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Parks at (250) 453-9206.

Tourism workshop

Gold Country Community Society and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association are presenting the “Driving Tourism Together” road show in Merritt on Friday, May 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Anyone interested in hearing local tourism updates, learning about marketing programs and new initiatives in destination development, and much more related to tourism in our region  is invited to attend. The event is at the Civic Centre, 1950 Mamette Avenue; RSVP to support@totabc.com, and quite the reference “MERRITT”.

Disasters bring out scammers

In the wake of the disastrous fires in Fort McMurray, the Better Business Bureau warns that times of need often bring out those who will take advantage of a bad situation for their own benefit. Fake charity websites and illicit door-to-door solicitations are just two ways that scammers siphon off money that good-hearted people donate to help the suffering of others. Avoid a donation disaster by watching out for spam e-mail messages that claim to link to a relief organization; instigate the donation yourself, rather than respond to someone who approaches you; beware of e-mails or websites that contain poor spelling and grammar; make sure the website URL begins with https:// (the “s” stands for “secure”); be wary of anyone who comes to your door claiming to be raising funds for disaster relief; check the Canada Revenue Agency’s list of charities to make sure the organization is legitimate; and beware of claims stating that 100 per cent of donations will assist victims (all charities have administrative costs). If you would like to assist victims, go directly to a reputable group such as the Canadian Red Cross.

Lillooet Outdoors Festival

The Lillooet Outdoors Society is holding an Outdoors Festival May 27–28. Events include a Cultural River Cruise down the Fraser from Lillooet to Lytton; self-guided Seton Lake kayak rental; Sheep Pasture golf; a Xwisten Experience cultural tour which includes a walking tour along the Xwisten fishing grounds, an archaeology tour of the S7istken site, and a BBQ salmon meal; an Ethno-Botanical walk that allows participants to get up close with local plants and wildlife; and a trip on “Canada’s greatest hidden rail trip”, the Kaoham Shuttle. There is a charge for many of the events; to reserve space or find out more, go to www.lillooetoutdoorsfestival.ca.

Daffodil campaign has successful month

The Canadian Cancer Society’s 2016 Daffodil Campaign in Ashcroft and Cache Creek has now ended, and organizers offer a sincere thank you to all who donated. A total of $1,113.00 was raised, which is an increase over last year. The campaign would not have been possible without many businesses making space available on their counters for the familiar blue-and-yellow boxes; locally they were the Ashcroft and Cache Creek liquor stores; People’s Drug Mart; Ashcroft Bakery and coffee shop; A&W; Husky House Restaurant and its gas station; Copper Canyon Chevron; Junction Shell; Herbie’s Drive-In; and Sam’s Diner.

Calling all artists

Lark Productions is searching for creative, confident, and energetic artists who want to showcase their skills and talent on nationwide TV. The company is now casting Canadian artists for a ground-breaking CBC TV series that celebrates art in all its forms, and is looking for artists from a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpting, mixed media, carving, clothing jewellery, animation, and much more. They are specifically looking for artists who want an opportunity to showcase their talent on a televised, national stage; who are enthusiastic about taking on an art challenge outside their specialized medium; who are comfortable on camera and have an outgoing personality; and who aren’t afraid to get a bit competitive. Casting is now open, and artists can apply by sending their name, photo, bio, contact info, and two or three samples of their work to casting@larkproductions.ca.

Emergency procedures for pets

Pets are family too, and during an emergency they will be depending on their owners to help get them through it. Preparing them for an emergency is just as important as preparing family members for one, and pet owners can visit the PreparedBC website to download a Household Preparedness Guide and a Pet Plan Guide. Tips include preparing a pet grab-and-go bag, which should include medical records, a leash, pet treats and favourite toys, and making sure a friend or neighbour has access to your house and instructions to retrieve your pet if you’re out when an emergency occurs. For information go to http://ww2.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc.

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