Valley-wide event aims to connect communities

If you have an inquiring mind catch the Jan. 20 and 21 Arts, Health and Wellness Expo taking place at the Clearwater Secondary School.

There will be information booths in the gym as well as workshops offered in the pit area and entertainment provided Saturday evening.

“It’s so exciting. We began this endeavor back in October, and the response has been incredible,” said Cindy Wilgosh, hospitality expo booth coordinator.

Displays from up to 35 various commercial and home-based businesses and non-profit groups from throughout the North Thompson Valley will be available to the public.

“Businesses and services interested in providing workshops filled up incredibly fast,” said Wilgosh, “We have been overwhelmed with the response of participants.”

An example of the 14 workshops to be presented are the Red Cross, Body Harmony (Japanese acupressure massage), Shiatsu massage, ballroom dancing and a booth from Service Canada along with many other wonderful small businesses unique to the North Thompson area, from Blue River through to Kamloops.

The expo starts at 10 a.m. both days with workshops offered in the pit area open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Entertainment, Saturday at 7:00 p.m., is wide and varied.

There will be cartoons for the youngsters as well as Uncle Chris the Clown.

The Town Triers have been asked to perform along with such other performers as Howard Mitchell, Lloyd Bishop, a ballroom dance group, a gymnastic group and the Clearwater Secondary Concert Stage Band..

“This is a wonderful occasion to boost community spirit,” said Wilgosh, “It’s not just about being entertained. Our objective is to provide information to all ages, because health and wellness affects us all. The more connected we are, the healthier the valley will be.”

What a great way to spend a wintery January weekend, so lets get out there and show our support.

Admission to the expo is by donation at the door. Admission to the entertainment, Saturday evening is free for children under six, students $2, seniors $3, and adults $5.

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