The local “Fun in the Sun” committee keeps coming up with fun events leading up to Canada's 150th birthday, including an outdoor Zumba class tomorrow (June 17).
Jenna Nowak, of Zumba with Jenna, will lead the class starting at 4 p.m. at the Point Park office to help raise funds for the Canada Day celebration here in two weeks.
“People can expect an awesome outdoor fitness session," pledged Nowak, who led a "glow in the dark” Zumba fundraiser for FITS back in April at the Memorial Sports Centre.
“It's great for anyone to attend even if they're new to Zumba,” she explained.
"It's about moving to the music and having fun while burning calories.
“It's geared towards adults for this event but really the age range can be 13-85,” added Nowak, noting even her grandmother, Jean Richards, does Zumba.
There's variations to the moves so it can work for almost anyone, she said.
“Sunshine and dance fitness is what this fundraiser event is going to be about,” Nowak enthused.
“I wanted it at the Point because it's raising money for Canada Day and that's where the action will be!”
For those new to Zumba, all you need is comfy dance clothes and a water bottle—and to bring all your friends, Nowak advised.
Beginners or advanced dancers are welcome.
“And it's not just for women,” Nowak hinted.
Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the “door.”
The event is being sponsored by Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice—Epicure with Jolene.
If the event is cancelled due to weather, refunds will be offered to those who have pre-purchased tickets (unless they instead choose to donate that money towards “Fun in The Sun.”
Tickets can be purchased from Jolene Richert via e-transfer to Jolene-Elizabeth@live.com or by contacting a FITS committee member.
Nowak said she hopes everyone comes out for the Zumba session.
“When I was last in Fort for the glow Zumba event, it was such a success that it was almost am easy choice to come back for another one,” she remarked.
“I'm really hoping we get a great turnout like last time because I'm hoping to really help with the Canada Day costs,” added Nowak.
"Being the 150th year, it's one that should be memorable.
“The committee puts so much time and energy into Canada Day that I just want to do what I can to help with their planning and budget,” she noted.
“They put so much in so that the town can enjoy an awesome day of activities, so I love seeing support from the community.”
Pair of contests
Meanwhile, the FITS committee is hoping local residents will show their Canadian pride by decorating their homes or businesses in red-and-white-and-maple all over.
FITS chairperson Cynthia Donald said it's not unusual to see Americans go all out and decorate for Independence Day each year, and it would terrific, especially with it being Canada's 150th anniversary, if local patriots pull out all the stops this year.
Decorations might include red-and-white balloons, red-and-white streamers, or just about anything that symbolizes what it means to be Canadian, she added.
There will be prizes for the best decorations, with the winners to be announced on Canada Day.
The FITS committee also is holding a cursive writing contest for students in Grades 4-8 on Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre.
They'll be asking entrants to write out the lyrics to “O Canada” by hand, with prizes going to the best writers.
Penmanship used to be a high priority in schools in years past, noted Donald, and the committee thought it would be a fun way to get kids to practise their handwriting.
The words to “O Canada” will be provided at the contest.
Participants can register now or show up at the event.
To let the FITS committee know that you're decorating for Canada Day, or to sign up for the cursive writing contest, call Donald at 274-3384.
Looking ahead to Canada Day, a Grade 7-8 basketball tournament at the La Place Rendez-Vous parking lot is nearly confirmed.
To keep up to date on activities, or have questions answered, visit the Fun in the Sun page on Facebook.