Local clubs come together for registration night

Families invited to Cranbrook Curling Centre on Wednesday, September 4 to sign children up for activities

Choosing an activity for your child to take part in can be overwhelming, especially when you aren’t quite sure what kinds of activities are available in Cranbrook.

To give families all the info, the City of Cranbrook and the Cranbrook Curling Centre are coming together to hold a free Fall Community Registration evening on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Around 30 or 40 clubs, businesses and community groups will have a table set up at the Curling Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 4, to show what they offer people in Cranbrook.

“The advantage is that parents don’t have to go out and track down these organizations to get their children involved,” said Sherri Kearns of Cranbrook’s Leisure Services Department.

She added that people aren’t obligated to sign up for anything on the night; they can simply browse, then go away and think about it before they make a decision.

“They don’t have to use it as a registration night, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to gather information, pick up brochures, ask questions, see demos. That way, when everything is presented together like that, people can make decisions about what they want to register their children in.”

So far, tables have been reserved by the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, 4-H Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cranbrook and District Arts Council, dance groups, swim clubs, skating clubs, gymnastics club, highland dance groups, and martial arts companies.

“There has been as many as 50 in the past, but we are hoping for 30 to 40 this year,” said Kearns.

Clubs are charged $10 to register a table; the deadline is August 30, but Kearns said that as long as there is space, Leisure Services will continue to accept table reservations.

“It’s a good way for clubs and organizations to get word out about themselves, because they have limited funding to advertise and otherwise get the word out about where they are located and what they have to offer,” she said.

The information is not just for children.

“There are things for adults too,” said Kearns, adding that she hopes local theatre and performing arts groups will get involved.

“It’s for everybody, for sure – youth, teenagers, children, moms, dads – there’s something there for everyone.”

For more information or to register a table, contact Leisure Services at 250-489-0220.