Revelstoke, a big hats off to all the volunteers and workers beavering away behind the scenes to make youth (and adult) recreational and cultural programs happen. I stopped by mass registration night at the community centre last Wednesday to learn a bit more about some new initiatives offered by the clubs and groups. If you see one of these volunteers, don’t forget to thank them! 1. Girl Guides leaders Alex Cole, Chris Meade and Roma Threatful say they’re exploring programs for older guides this year. To sign up, ring 250-837-3615. 2. Jacquie Pendergast represented the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. They have a new series of kids art classes on Sundays, taught by herself and Barbara Maye. 3. Louisa Dubasov pipes up support for new drummers and pipers for the Revelstoke Highlanders band. Call 250-837-6385 if you’re interested. 4. Kevin Dorrius (left) and Norm Langlois note tremendous success with the junior program at the Racquet Den squash club. It’s now one of the biggest junior clubs in B.C. Find them online at www.racquetden.com. 5. Cpt. Miken Rienks (right) and Sgt. Alex Tilden say the Cadets, Canada’s biggest youth organization, offers exciting activities like adventure training, canoeing, rappeliing, hiking, and more. They meet once a week and have some weekend activities. There’s no commitment to join the army, they note. Check out their weekly event on Tuesdays at 6:30 at Mount Begbie School. 6. Judo sensei Cornelius Suchy (left), Ted Allain (centre) and Hrvoyka Mordis-Bailey say the Revelstoke Judo Club is an ever-expanding club that produces champions in judo and in life. It’s open to those of all ages. They practice at the Revelstoke Legion. Call 250-814-7184 for more info. 7. Chantal Faucher and Chic Sharp represent Shotokan Karate, teaching self-discipline, physical fitness and flexibility. They have several classes through the week – find them on Facebook. 8. Revelstoke artist Bruce Thomas offers a new series of classes for youths, including teaching graphic novel production, website building and web video creation. The multimedia artist is signing students up now. Contact him at 250-837-2592. 9. Anita Hallewas and Martin Ralph of the Revelstoke Theatre Company are gearing up for auditions for Dear Santa, their winter season play. They also have a brand new program for children and youth acting, starting at ages 3 to 10 & up. Hallewas is a trained drama educator, so the program is laid out in age-appropriate segments. It starts soon; check out the Revelstoke Theatre Company website for more info, www.revelstoketheatrecompany.org. 10. Andrew Payne and Dan Sculnick of the Revelstoke Outdoor Centre at RMR will be leading skiers and boarders on all-mountain focused ski lessons. Starting at age four, they teach you the skills needed to move across all terrain and be safe on the mountain. 11. Revelstoke Acrobats leaders are (clockwise from top left) Heather Cretelli, Jef Kline, Rich Eden, Kim Arthurs, Carolyn Duncan and Aneila Novakowski. They’ve got a lot of momentum going since they moved into the new facility at Begbie View Elementary and encourage new acrobats to come check it out for fun, fitness and core athletic skills. Thanks to these and all the volunteers for sharing about their programs.