Welcome Week offers many free events for Revelstoke winter season newcomers

Chowing down at SOUPALICIOUS event. Photo: Keri Knapp

If you’re new to Revelstoke then you should definitely plan to check out Welcome Week, taking place Saturday, Nov. 23 to Saturday, Nov.30. Filled with free and low cost activities, it’s a chance to check out the town’s facilities and services while enjoying a plethora of events from yoga and axe throwing to concerts and family-friendly activities. Not just for newbies, the week also provides an opportunity to connect with those who already call Revelstoke home, and discover why we’re so passionate about the community.

“It’s an opportunity for all of us to share our passion for Revelstoke and inspire newcomers to get involved – whether they’ve been here for three years or three months,” Jill Zacharias, city of Revelstoke social development coordinator said in an email.

This year’s Welcome Week boasts the highest number of events yet. You can check out all the details here, or see the Welcome Week brochure events schedule here.

Highlights of the week include:

Saturday, Nov 23

Soupalicious @ Revelstoke Community Centre, 12–3 p.m.

Cost: $10, free for kids 12 and under

Bring a bowl and spoon to sip, slurp and savour a medley of soups created by local restaurants and organizations. The zero waste event is a fundraiser for the Community Connections Food Bank. The Potter’s Guild will have bowls for sale and there is a kids toy and craft areas. Reconnect with friends, meet new people and enjoy a tasty bowl of soup!

Check out La Vent Du Nord at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Nov. 24. Photo: Revelstoke Arts Council

Sunday, Nov. 24

La Vent Du Nord @ Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25, tickets at revelstokeartscouncil.com, the Revelstoke Visitor Centre, or at the door

This award-winning, highly acclaimed band is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk music. Drawing from traditional sources, rooted in Celtic diaspora and original compositions, the result is hard-driving soulful music.

Monday, Nov. 25

Route planning and navigation @ RCU Community Room, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join Girls Do Ski and make a route plan, read a map and compass, gaia and Google Earth. Be sure to bring a Revy topographical map, notebook, compass and your phone.

Jill Pratt of Okanagan College settlement services chats with a potential volunteer. Photo: Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Community dinner & volunteer fair @ Revelstoke Community Centre, 4–7 p.m.

Cost: $5 for dinner, everything else is free

Meet, greet and eat while checking out the many volunteer opportunities in Revelstoke. The event also includes information on overdose awareness — learn to recognize the signs of overdose and how best to respond.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Staying Alive @ Revelstoke Community Centre, 5–9 p.m

Cost: Free

This annual event targets newcomers to Revelstoke’s backcountry with a tradeshow and presentations on avalanche awareness and mountain safety. Learn more about the event here.

The annual Christmas Shop at Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre includes works by local artists. Photo: RVAC.

Thursday, Nov. 28

Christmas Shop & Open Studio @ Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: Bring a donation for the food bank

Revelstoke has a thriving arts community. The annual Christmas Shop is a chance to look at some of the best local arts and crafts, enjoy open studios, live music, artist demos and kid-friendly activities.

Friday, Nov. 29

Moonlight Madness @ Downtown Revelstoke, 6–10 p.m.

Cost: Free (unless you decide to buy something)

Join friends for an evening of shopping and festivities in Revelstoke’s downtown.

Snowboarding on opening day 2015 at RMR. Photo: Ian Houghton/Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Saturday, Nov. 30

Opening Day @ Revelstoke Mountain Resort, 8:30 a.m.

Cost: Various, visit RMR’s website for more information

Oh yeah! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Get your gear on and head up to the hill. The line-ups may seem long, but it’s the perfect chance to catch up with friends and meet new people!

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com