The newly formed Upstream Community and Heritage Society has arranged with Thompson-Nicola Regional District to open the Avola schoolhouse every Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., for one year.
All activities are open to all residents and their guests. In the first month, December, 2014, a total of 30 individuals came to participate in activities, visit, learn, enjoy refreshments, borrow books, tak part in the annual cookie exchange, volunteer, and make a Christmas concert.
On Dec. 30, there was a record turnout! Eight people came for fitness, three came for a coffee break, six came to help clean up, and five borrowed books. Six of the people came for the first time.
Upstream Community and Heritage Society had a brief business meeting. Participants planned for the January activity calendar and newsletter.
The Book Club agreed about the permanent collection of books (shelves under the schoolhouse window), the arrangement for an ongoing sale of books (25¢ each) and the rotation of new incoming books (donations).
Below: New Avola resident Willy McLaughlan shares her fitness knowledge in a weekly hour-long session at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. Pictured are (front, l-r) Willy and Dave Mclaughlan, Tracy, Courtney and Taylor Carpenter, (back, l-r) Daisy Sun and Viiga Senecal.