Long weekend stuffed with things to do

Stuffed animals will join the live animals at the B.C. Wildlife Park Monday for the annual Teddy Bear Picnic.

KAMLOOPS – Unless you're busy cooking several Thanksgiving meals this weekend you will likely have some time to get out and enjoy the sunny and warm fall weather Mother Nature has decided to bestow on us, and there are many activities planned to inspire you to get outside during this fall long weekend.

Whether you choose to visit the pumpkin patches at Tranquille Farms near the airport and Pete Murray's Corn Farm near Chase or decide to take in one of the many soccer games going on in the city, the Under-16 Canadian Championships are at McArthur Island all weekend and the Thompson Rivers University teams play both Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Hillside Stadium. The weather should cooperate.

With highs of 15-16 Celsius and lots of sun forecast for Saturday through Monday, temperatures should easily reach to just above the normals of 14 C we usually see at this time of year. While it is expected to remain dry the higher elevations along the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector received snow earlier this week and could still offer some driving challenges if you're headed out of town for the weekend.

Saturday through Monday the Adams River Salmon Society will be hosting an open house at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park where you can learn about spawning salmon and watch them as they make their way up river.

Head south of the park to enjoy a Thanksgiving open house at the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society Saturday and Sunday. Aside from meeting the donkeys you can take in spinning wool demonstrations and hot dog barbecue concession during the final weekend the refuge is open to the public for the year.

On Monday you can visit even more animals as the B.C. Wildlife Park offers up the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. With Uncle Chris the Clown, inflatables, teddy bear doctor and barbecue lunch adding to the regular attractions of animal encounters and the miniature train the zoo will be hopping with a mix of live and stuffed animals all day.

If you are looking forward to the cold and snowy weather the Turkey Sale at Sun Peaks can help you get ready for winter, either with shopping or by participating in some dry land training courtesy of alpine skier Elli Terwiel, who is competing for a spot on the Olympic team heading to Sochi in 2014. As part of her fundraising efforts Terwiel will lead a dry land training session Sunday at 3 p.m. in the village square.

If you prefer to be indoors you can take in a Western Canada Theatre presentation of Boeing Boeing, which runs at Sagebrush Theatre from Oct. 10-19 or you can see Reba in concert at Interiors Savings Centre Friday night. There will also be a Kamloops firefighter calendar party Friday evening at Prestons Restaurant and Lounge and the university volleyball team will be at the Tournament Capital Centre for a game at 7 p.m.

The North Shore Community Centre is also hosting a tradition turkey dinner on Sunday (tickets need to be purchased by 4 p.m. Friday) that will include entertainment, 50/50 tickets and door prizes in addition to a meal with “all the fixings including pumpkin pie.”

Thanksgiving Monday the Blazers also take to the ice for an afternoon game, which will be followed up with a free fan skate. The 2 p.m. matinee will see Kamloops take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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