Friday, May 27, 2022

Rock Stock 2022 ... something for all as over 50 of Prince Rupert's talented performers take to the stage

Saturday nights all right for Groovin'
Rock Stock 2022 is set for a 7PM curtain rising
at the Lester Centre of the Arts

It's a showcase of performance that highlights the scope of what Prince Rupert has to offer, and tomorrow night  over 50 of the talented students of the Ring Music Studio will show their stuff at the Lester Centre.

RockStock 2022 hits the Lester Stage at 7PM Saturday the local celebration that features solos, duets and group presentations providing for a groove that will appeal to all.

The popular event offers a chance to take the pulse of the musical community and see what has come out of Ian Lihou's laboratory of Sound. Many of his students will go on through the years as featured performers in the community and beyond, making Saturday night a chance to see the rise of yet more stars in the Rupert constellation.

This year picks up from times past, the annual showcase having been suspended in 2021 owing to COVID, making for an extra special night for those working hard on their craft over the last few years of challenging times. 

Admission is by donation, and it you wish to have a ticket the Lester Centre box office is ready to accommodate you.

You can check out some of the past performances from the Ring Music Studio Facebook page.

More notes on the Arts in Prince Rupert can be explored here.

Graduation Day for UNBC

Convocation Day for the Class of 2022 at UNBC in Prince George

Today is one of the biggest days of a lifetime for many across the northwest as the Graduating Class of 2022 takes to the stage in Prince George as the University of Northern British Columbia celebrates their students and their families.

A good number of those taking to the stage today come from the Prince Rupert area as well as around the northwest and Haida Gwaii. Today marking the final day of one chapter of their lives, with new adventures  just around the corner.

Today's ceremonies and other regional ceremonies to come next week mark the 29th Convocation for the University, with the 2022 ceremonies to mark the walk for the 16,000th student at the academic institution.

"It is a momentous occasion to know the 16,000th graduate will be granted credentials at this year's Convocation. This milestone represents a significant individual achievement and also offers a moment of collective celebration for residents across the region, as the potential of a university in the north, for the north continues to be realized. 

We are also excited that circumstances have changed to allow students to gather and celebrate graduation with their classmates, as well as their families and friends that were so supportive during their academic journey.” -- UNBC President Dr. Geoff Payne. 

Next week two ceremonies in Northwest BC will pay tribute to the academic success of students that earned their degrees in the region, with a May 30th ceremony in Terrace and one in Gitwinksihlkw on May 31st.

The 2022 Convocation will wrap up with a June 3rd event in Quesnel.

The list of those participating in today's ceremonies and their hometowns can be reviewed here.

Learn more about the 2022 Convocation from the UNBC website and Social media streams below:

More notes on post secondary education can be explored through our archive pages here.

Port Edward Volunteer Firefighters take on range of scenarios in May training program

Repetition keeps the skills sharp, and in Port Edward, the members of the Volunteer Fire Department have had a busy May training program in place, with the firefighters taking on a number of different themes to their work.

Some of the training took place at the AltaGas Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, with the firefighters refreshing their skills on Industrial fires, with a focus on that of the unique nature of the LPG terminal facility.

District of Port Edward firefighters at a recent training session at
the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal

 Other training took place around the District of Port Edward, with the fire crews familiarizing themselves with the equipment and tools on hand for any calls for assistance.

Some of the work put in towards Fire Streams training

Owing to their location adjacent to Highway 16, the PEVFD also sees its share of Highway related automobile incidents, last year the team took some extensive training on auto-extraction work. The District's Firefighters will be working to expand on those skills as part of a one day course scheduled for next month.

Auto Extraction work from 2021
(All photos above courtesy of #PEVFD)

Also on the local training program for the summer and beyond is some mutual training with the BC Ambulance Service, as well as plans for work with the Local Marine Search and Rescue group.

You can follow the work of the Port Edward Volunteer Fire Department through twitter and the #PEVFD handle which highlights some of their recent work as does their Facebook page.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders across the Northwest can be found from our archive page.

Lions Club looks for some garden donations for Acropolis Gardening plans

The Prince Rupert Lions are looking to continue on with
their planting program at Acropolis Manor this Spring
(photo from PR Lions Club FB)

As we noted earlier this week, this is planting season for many gardeners on the North Coast, this weekend making for the annual Spring Plating weekend for the Sunken Gardens which starts tomorrow morning at 11 AM.

Also looking for some help for a local project is the Prince Rupert Lions Club, which has put out the call for green thumbs to give a hand to their work around the Acropolis Manor, that by way of donation of any spare perennials you have to help put the Manor into bloom later this summer.

The Lions work has provided for a growing collection of flowers and shrubs at the entrance of the Summit Avenue Seniors Residences, providing for a colourful display once the growing season has given way to viewing season.

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Find out more about the project and other Lions Club initiatives through their Social Media page.

More notes on Community Events can be explored here.

Lax Kw'alaams to offer First Responder training for interested residents

The Lax Kw'alaams Band Council is currently taking the names of those in the community that may have an interest in serving as First Responders, with the Band also set to provide for First Aid Courses as a first step.

The Dates of the program to be provided through the St. John's Amublance have yet to be set, but once in motion the program will offer OFA Level 2 or 3 instruction, which will provided the preliminary training towards becoming a First Responder member.

Those that wish to become one, will be required to provide for a one year commitment to the local program. For more information contact Jim at the Lax Kw'alaams Fire hall at 250-625-3233

More notes on the course can be reviewed below:

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For updates on the program follow the Lax Kw'alaams Facebook page.

More notes on Lax Kw'alaams is available from our archive page.

You can follow the work of Emergency Responders across the Northwest here

Anticipation building for July 20th aviation showcase in the Skies at the Northwest Regional Airshow

The famed RCAF Snowbirds will be the star attraction for a day
full of aviation thrills at the Northwest Regional Air Show
Set for Terrace in late July

The countdown is now down to just seven weeks, as the preparations continue for what should be an impressive day in the skies over Terrace, with July 20th the date for the Northwest Regional Airshow.

Organizers for the show that will bring the RCAF Snowbirds, CF18 Demonstration Team and Canadian Forces Skyhawks to the Northwest, have been putting out the last call for vendors this past week as well as to issue a call for volunteers to help put on the much anticipated event at the Northwest Regional Airport.

The famed Snowbirds just wrapped up their Spring Training over the skies of Comox on Vancouver Island and now will make their way across Canada and some points in the USA for the annual airs show season.

The return to the Northwest marking their first show in nearly 20 years in the Terrace region and this years event has a number of additional features beyond the three Canadian Military groups on hand to complete the day.

You can explore what's planned from the Northwest Regional Air Show website here.

To keep up with the Snowbirds on the path to Terrace follow their twitter feed here.

As well, follow along for updates through the Facebook page created for the event.

Tickets are now on sale, with prices ranging from 16-33 dollars. It's noted that there are no refunds should the weather Gods not cooperate with the Airshow plans.

To learn more about how to get your tickets, click on this link.

The Gates to the Airshow site will open at 2PM, the Show itself starts at 5PM

As we get closer to July 20th, the focus on the airshow is gaining some notice across the region.

We'll update those stories below:

May 18 -- Northwest Airshow Ready (video)

Rivers Forecast Centre issues High Stream Advisories from Terrace through the Bulkley Valley

The Rivers Forecast Centre advisory for the weekend for the Northwest
notes of a High Stream Advisory for much of the region 

Travellers to points inland this weekend will want to check the Rivers Forecast Centre updates through the next few days to stay alert to any changing situations, with the provincial agency issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for much of the river networks of the Northwest for an area stretching from Terrace in the West to near Burns Lake in the East.

The most recent bulletin from 1 PM on Wednesday was focused mainly on the Bulkley River area

Along with the Stream Flow advisories, of note this year is a significant snow pack to be considered, with the Rivers Forecast Centre last updating that situation on the 15th of May, noting that this year brings the largest snowpack since 2012.

Snowpack information from the Rivers Forecast Centre
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Warming temperatures could make for a rapid melt, which combined with any significant rainfall could make for a quick change for the alert system for Northwest residents.

A high Stream Flow Advisory is that which notes: River levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible. 

To keep up to date on the Rivers watch, follow the Rivers Forecast Centre here.

More notes on weather related themes can be explored here.