OSOYOOS SENIORS CENTRE ASSOCIATION CONFIRMS IT WILL TAKE OVER ORGANIZING OSOYOOS STREET DANCES FOR 2013
The Osoyoos Seniors Centre Association (OSCA) has officially stepped in to take over the organization and promotion of the street dances in downtown Osoyoos.
For 26 years, Larry and Frances Sologuk, the owners of Osoyoos Home Hardware on Main Street, had organized street dances in downtown Osoyoos. The dances were a huge hit often attracting hundreds of local residents and tourists alike for some fun family entertainment.
At the end of last summer, the Sologuks announced they would no longer sponsor the street dances and were hopeful another organization would step forward to take over.
At the recent OSCA annual general meeting, board member Val Poelera said town staff had approached the membership at the Osoyoos Seniors Centre several months ago to see if they might be interested in taking over and organizing two street dances for the summer of 2013.
After talk among the membership and board, there is consent for OSCA to organize two street dances – one on July 19 and the second on August 16 – in the parking lot outside the Osoyoos Seniors Centre, said Poelera.
Membership from the seniors centre will hold a fundraising barbecue during both street dances and members of the Better at Home program will sell pop and water, she said.
The town will provide bleachers and chairs and public works staff will help set up a stage for both dances, she said.
“We do need a number of volunteers to help,” she said “The more people we have for both nights, the better these dances are going to be.”
The Sologuks have been kind enough to donate $600 to assist with the organization of the street dances for 2013, she said.
The new upgraded washrooms at Gyro Park are very close by, so the parking lot outside the seniors centre will provide a great site for the street dances, she said.
She urged members of the seniors centre to sign up as volunteers to ensure the street dances remain popular.
“For two hours, it certainly won’t hurt any of you to show up and help out,” she said.
“Let’s all get together and get this going and have some fun.”