By Tom Read
This seems like the most active July I’ve seen on Texada in years. A LOT of people are putting in a LOT of volunteer time to bring our community so many interesting events and opportunities this month. The highlights below come from the Express Lines, our island’s indispensable monthly guide to community happenings, published by volunteers and distributed free to all PO boxes on Texada:
- Canada Day Celebration at Shelter Point Park (July 1): fun games for kids and adults, a potluck dinner and music into the evening.
- Sandcastle Weekend (July 4 & 5): skim boarding lessons are new this year, plus recurring favourites such as lipsync, moonbags, the parade, bingo, pancake breakfast, ball games, pork roast, sunrise service, beer garden, food and arts vendors and — of course — sandcastle sculpting on the beach at Gilles Bay.
- Texada Action Now (known locally by their acronym TAN) meeting about the Lehigh quarry proposal (July 5): an open discussion on a timely public issue. I’ll have something to say about this issue in a future post.
- Aerospace Camp (July 9 – 11): New this year, and the result of a tremendous amount of preparation, with lots of kids from Texada and Powell River ready for a special hands-on aviation learning experience.
- Star Lab Planetarium and Stargazing (July 9 – 11): Also new, a close cousin of Aerospace Camp, and open to community members of all ages who want to enjoy “an adventure in astronomy” by day and seeing the planets and stars through high-powered telescopes at night.
- Texada Fly-In (July 12): A great gathering at the Texada Airport, where locals mingle with fly-in visitors from all over BC to participate in various activities, including talks by aviation specialists, aircraft displays, food, music and entertainment and a performance by the Fraser Blues precision flying team.
- Texada Library Book Sale (July 19): volunteers are thoroughly reorganizing the Library, resulting in many excellent books available for this special book sale.
This is just a partial list of what’s happening on Texada Island during this particularly busy month. To see the whole rich spectrum of events and announcements you’ve just got to read the Express Lines.