Celebrate Chinese New Year, arts and sports this weekend

Blind Date runs through Saturday at Sagebrush Theatre.
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KAMLOOPS — Bundle up to head outdoors this weekend, or you can warm up by taking in some of the many indoor activities this weekend by trotting on up to Sun Peaks to celebrate the Chinese New Year, shooting over to one the city arenas to take in hockey and heading to the Tournament Capital Centre to take in some hoops.

The weather will be below normal all weekend, with highs of -4 to -6 Celsius and lows reaching to -12 C, but will drop even lower heading into next week where highs of -8 C and lows of -15 C will have us bundled up or wanting to sit in front of a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.

The weekend kicks off with a flurry of hockey activity as the Storm take on Sicamous at McArthur Island and the Blazers host Kelowna at Interior Savings Centre, both at 7 p.m. The Rockets will also host the Blazers in Kelowna while the Storm head to Revelstoke for Saturday night games.

Also on tap for Friday and Saturday night is some university basketball action. On Friday Thompson Rivers University women's and men's teams will take on the University of Manitoba starting at 6 p.m. and on Saturday they will host the University of Winnipeg for games starting at 5 p.m.

Friday evening the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Hall is the stage for a perogy dinner fundraiser and on Saturday take the family down the the BIG Little Science Centre to learn about magnetism. Saturday evening Tyler Norn and Amber Lussier perform live at Harper Mountain Lodge from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

You can also plan for spring by taking in Seedy Saturday at Cache Creek Community Hall where there will be a seed exchange, displays, demonstrations and kids activities that are all yard or garden related.

The weekly indoor flea market will take place at the North Shore Community Centre from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. After that, those craving some outdoor action can head out to the North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run and Walk at Stake Lake and then stay for the B.C. Ice Racing Series.

This weekend is also the Chinese New Year and Sun Peaks Resort is offering many different activities to celebrate the Year of the Horse, including Asian-inspired cuisine and cultural activities, a torchlight parade and fireworks display. There will be tai chi sessions, street performers, an ice sculpture, children's activities and drummers as well as a lantern lighting, torchlight parade down the Sundance ski run and fireworks.

The Tournament Capital is living up to its name this weekend with the AAA short course provincial swimming championships taking place at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre through Monday and a mixed curling bonspiel at McArthur Island through Sunday. Saturday and Sunday B.C. Open and Coyote Cup Speed Skating will take place at McArthur Island as well.

For those more in an arts mood Blind Date continues at the Sagebrush Theatre through while Lyn Baldwin's field journal art is on display at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre through Saturday. Melaina Todd's Drawing the Line is still on display at the Wilson House Gallery through Feb. 6 and Chinese Legacies is on display at the Kamloops Museum and Archives through April 30. At the Kamloops Art Gallery exhibits Unlimited Edition, The Waste Land, Beautiful Monsters and Picasso's Beasts are all on display through March 22.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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