CLUB HAPPENINGS: Sunshine Quilters prep for another year

The Sunshine Quilters Guild is a group dedicated to the art of quilting. The members learn from each other and outside instructors and enjoy sharing their skills and works of art.

Sunshine Quilters Guild

The Sunshine Quilters Guild is a group dedicated to the art of quilting.

The members learn from each other and outside instructors and enjoy sharing their skills and works of art.

The 2011/2012 year starts with a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Focus on Fibre building at 8120B Donaldson Road, Grand Forks, B.C. (the old SPCA).

Activities planned for the coming year include quilting workshops, in-guild projects/instruction, local weekend retreats, an open house and sale, pot luck meals, games, challenges, holiday festivities, hosting the 2012 West Kootenay Quilt Conference, and more.

We serve the community of Grand Forks in several ways. A bursary is provided to a graduating student of Grand Forks Secondary School every year.

We contribute to the local Christmas Hamper fund annually, our quilt raffle proceeds benefit local charities and quilts are made and given as needed in the community.

Funds raised through our bi-annual quilt show support these activities as well as promote quilting and the fibre arts in general.

The guild is a member of the local Focus on Fibre Association, Boundary District Arts Council and the Canadian Quilting Association.

Our dues are $30.00 per year. Activities usually take place on Tuesdays (daytime) at the Focus on Fibre Association building.

We have one business meeting a month on the second Tuesday evening.

New and returning members of all skill levels (even if you’ve never sewn a stitch in your life) are always welcome. We also welcome men as members.

For more information please call Stephanie at (250) 442-8493

– Submitted Stephanie Alcock

Grand Forks Bridge Club


A brand new season begins for the Grand Forks Bridge Club on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with play starting at 7 p.m. at the Anglican Church on 7th Ave. in Grand Forks.

Since 1964, Grand Forks bridge players have been contesting annually for the Archer Davis Trophy. This year, the eight-week tournament will commence on Oct. 18 and conclude on Dec. 6. The winner will be presented with the trophy at a Christmas banquet on Dec. 13.

Regular players, as well as newcomers to the Boundary area, are asked to call Peter at 250-442-0681 for seat reservations.

– Submitted Peter Dixon

Grand Forks Choral Society

It just might be time to plan time for yourself on Wednesday evenings for the next few months.

The Grand Forks Choral Society begins its 2011/2012 season with the first practice Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the band room at Grand Forks Secondary School from 6:45 to 9 p.m.

This is a non-auditioned choir that welcomes new members. At this time, the choir is also looking for accompanists. Why would you want to sing in a choir?

Experiencing and making music have been linked to lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure and reduced stress.

Research reports have found that adults that sing on a regular basis require fewer doctors’ visits and medication, have improved respiratory function and are less likely to be depressed.

Singing in a choir may be just the ‘happy pill’ you are needing.

The Christmas concerts will be Dec. 10 and 11. Joan Thompson, our musical director, is incorporating the reading of Dylan Thomas’ classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales, set with traditional and contemporary Christmas carols.

We will also be joined by The Sopraninos, The Sopranos and West Boundary’s “The Singing Kettles”.

If you have ever considered joining a choir to harmonize, socialize, and feel alive now is the time. New singing enthusiasts, young and mature, are welcome as mentioned.

Joan offers incredible musical knowledge as the music is learned.

For more information to join the choir, please phone Nanci Gillmor 250-442-3935 or Joan Thompson 250-666-0113.

– Submitted Nanci Gillmor