The Ashcroft HUB

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An ongoing series of informational entries

Ribbon Cutting

April 21 2018

Thanks to NDIT, we now have new tables and chairs as well as sound proofing curtains in the gym.  There was a small group on hand to officially unveil the new curtains and to enjoy cake and a free movie on the big screen.

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The HUB - an introduction

The Hubub March 2018

Spring is in the Air

When the weather thaws, the plants bloom and the days get longer, it’s spring—and the best time of the year to take your fitness regimen outside. Some benefits of exercising outdoors are:

You work harder

When people exercise outside, they tend to spend more time doing it. One study found that older people who were active outdoors did at least 30 minutes more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week than those who only did it inside. It also made them feel healthier.

Being in nature lowers blood pressure

Spending time outside is also good for the heart. A recent study estimated that nearly 10% of people with high blood pressure could get their levels under control if they spent at least 30 minutes in a park each week, partly because of the heart-related benefits of getting fresh air and lowering stress.

It spurs cancer-fighting cells

Some research suggests that when people are in nature, they inhale aromatic compounds from plants called phytoncides. These can increase their number of natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell that supports the immune system and is linked with a lower risk of cancer. In one study, researchers found that people who took a long walk through a forest for two days in a row increased their natural killer cells by 50% and the activity of these cells by 56%. Those activity levels also remained 23% higher than usual for the month following those walks.

It can feel more fun

When people exercise outside, they feel better and enjoy the exercise more. Enjoyment is an important pathway to the mental health impacts of physical activity. A review of research found that people who exercised outside reported feeling more revitalized, engaged and energized than those who did it indoors. The researchers also found that people who exercised outside felt less tension, anger and depression.

Your mental health may improve

Nature has a way of making people feel calm, and exercising outside can strengthen that effect. A small 2015 study found that people who walked for 90 minutes outside were less likely to ruminate on their problems and had less activity in the brain area linked to depression, compared to people who took similar walks but in urban areas. Nature becomes a major distraction from all the stresses of life.


Community Connect Expo

Coming April 14 – Community Connect Expo

The purpose of this event is to provide community with tools, resources and education in order to get them connected with community & to aid them in trauma recovery.

The Expo includes a full day of speakers, workshops as well as an expo featuring programs, services, clubs, and resources available to the communities in the Ashcroft, Cache Creek and area.

Coming Events

March 4 – Introduction to Photography 10am-4pm

March 10 – ISPARC Softball camp. 10 am – 2 pm register at:

March 10 – The Hutch Small Project Workshop. To register call 250-457-0073

March 15- Caramel Candy Workshop

March 17 – The Hutch Sign Workshop. To register call 250-457-0073

March 23 & 25 Movies at the HUB. This month’s features TBA watch our Facebook page. New movies every month on the last Friday and Sunday!

March 25 – Spring Stamp a Stack. Contact Sandra Nixon to register

We have added Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30-8pm for drop in sports(age 16+) as well as Wednesday 1-3pm Pickleball.

Community Coffee - Valentines day

Feb 14’s Community Coffee Luncheon was a huge success. More than 60 people enjoyed a lunch and music by Jenny and the Gents.

Volunteer Extraordinaire

This month’s volunteer extraordinaire is Pam English. Pam volunteers her time entering the sign in sheets for all the activities at the HUB and files all the paperwork. She is always willing to lend a hand where needed. Thank you, Pam.

The Hubub February 2018

Stay Fit

February is Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the Canada. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer. Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.

Every step you take is part of your journey to good heart health. In fact, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Did you know that from the HUB office to Merv’s gym and back is 100 meters, do that 10 times and you have walked 1 km. Come walk inside the HUB!

Racket sports boost the cardiovascular system which helps prevent many of the unwanted problems of older age like hypertension, stroke and heart attack. Pickleball gives you a good aerobic workout without as much stress and strain on joints and muscles. The HUB offers pickleball for ages 16-106 Monday and Friday 7-9 pm and Tuesdays 1-3. Come on Monday Feb 5th or 6th for your free introduction to pickleball. Come out and give it a try.

Upcoming Events


There is no pressure in my classes and no experience needed. Try it, I know you will love it .. Classes are $50 all supplies included. Different picture each session!

Dates: February 3rd and 16th from 9 am to 1 pm


Lead by local candy specialist LeClair.

$10 per person 

Date: February 8th from 11 am – 1 pm


Date: February 16th from 6 pm – 9 pm

Market - crafts, baking, home businesses

Swap n’ Shop – children’s theme, swap, sell or buy children’s items.

To register for any of the events please call the office 250-453-9177


Enjoy a movie in a theatre like setting.

Admission only $3 per person


Show time 7 pm  | Doors open at 6:30

Sunday Feb 25- FERDINAND

Show time 2 pm  |  Doors open at 1:30

The HUB will be offering 2 movies per month ! 


Thank you to the United Way for the funding our Teen program for the renovations of their room. Our Teen program leader River Windwood along with artist Hanna Franes and helpers have been hard at work on the mural.

The Hubub September 2017

Keeping Fit on a Busy Schedule


1. Calm before the storm:

• Mornings can be rough with little ones. Pre-plan and prepare breakfast the night before. Wake up 30 minutes early and get a quick 20-30 minute workout. The energy boost you get from exercising and becoming more fit will more than make up for the lost 30 minute of snooze time.

2. Commercial-cizing

• Can’t miss your favorite TV show or the big game? Instead of sitting on the couch with your favorite snack food, mix up a tasty branch chain amino acid blend and exercise during commercial, do as many reps or exercise as you can. In a 30 minute sitcom, you can get up to 9 minutes of exercise.

3. The Night Cap

• Full day of work, running the kids, making dinner. You’re exhausted. Fight the urge to hunker down. Choose a workout to help you unwind. It can be on a treadmill, a body weight circuit, dumbbells or bands. If you have a hard time settling down from night time workouts, do something calming like yoga or stretching.

4. Practice Pump-up

• If you’re at a rec center or park during your kid’s sporting events use the available resources. Many times practices there are an hour or longer. A devoted parent could use the first half of practice to get a good half hour training session and still have the ability to watch their child the last part of practice.

Back to School

Are you ready for the start of another school year? Time to prepare ourselves for the early mornings, the afterschool snacks, the homework sessions, and the hectic dinner scheduled around the kids’ activities. Oh, and school lunches. Question is, how to keep it healthy? Here are some helpful hints:

1: Get your kids involved

• Give your kids healthy food options from each food group and let them make the final decision on what goes in their lunch

• Take your child grocery shopping with you and let them have a say (to a certain extent) in what goes in the cart

• Designate part of your kitchen as the “lunch packing station” and spend some time there with your kids the night before to get lunch ready for the next day.

2: Turn healthy food in to fun foods

• Use cookie cutters to make shapes out of bread

• Use kid-friendly skewers to make colorful food kebabs

• Create a theme for the day and have all of the foods in their lunch relate to the theme

3: Make your own snacks-limit processed ones. Kids rely on snacks for energy. Take control of what is in those snacks by making them yourself. Here are a few examples:

• No bake energy bites

• Ants on a log

4: Incorporate all food groups:

• Fruits: fresh, frozen, dried, canned, baked, or pureed

• Vegetables: fresh, frozen, baked

• Protein: baked chicken, deli meat, hard boiled eggs, beans

• Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt

• Grains: pita, bread, tortillas, wraps, pastas

5: Encourage Hydration: It is recommended that school-aged children drink between 6-8 cups of water a day. Let your child pick out their favorite water bottle and encourage them to drink the whole thing at least twice at school. They’ll be more inclined to do it if they feel like they are completing a challenge.

• If the “flavor” of water is too boring for them, throw in a few pieces of frozen fruit to sweeten it.

Upcoming events

EPICENTER: Our afterschool active and creative afterschool program for kids in grade one through grade 7. This program offers sports, indoor and outdoor activities, baking and much more. It will be starting September 13 till November 29. Children must be pre-registered. The cost will be $25 per month, this fee will include a snack. We will pick children up from Desert Sands Community School. & bring them to The Hub.

SEWING CIRCLE: Would you like to learn to sew? How about getting a head start on some handmade Christmas gifts. Session 1 is wheat bags and aprons, session 2 is coasters and placemats, session 3 is crazy quilt stockings. To register drop by The Hub’s office.

TEEN NIGHT: A free drop-in night for teens ages 12-18. Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm. Indoor and outdoor activities. Come hang with your friends for a fun night.

KRUSH DANCE: this company offers tap, hip hop and more. See event schedule for dates and times.

COMMUNITY COFFEE WEDNESDAYS: our newest addition to The Hub is a community coffee on Wednesdays at 1:30 to 3:30. Here we will offer coffee, tea, baked goods, card and board games, and senior wellness information and activities.

The Hubbub August 2017

Thank You!

This past month has been a month to be very thankful to all the hard working people, volunteers and neighbours who went above and

beyond to help during the wildfires. We are very fortunate to live in a province where you can count on your neighbours, near and far in time of need. A huge shout out to a group from Nanaimo and surrounding area that brought delicious sockeye salmon to feed the communities Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and 100 Mile. Hub City Fisheries, Roger Paquette, Rick Tyson, Country Grocer, Corey Pace, Lee’s Chicken, Howard’s Food North Oyster Fire Rescue and BC Ferries. Thank you to Desert Hills Ranch, Arrow Transportation and Safety Mart for their donations as well.

Save On Foods and The United Way have also been amazing with their support. Words cannot express the gratitude the communities have felt.

Images by Gary Winslow

Summer Camps at the HUB

The HUB has been filled with kids enjoying all sorts of camps all summer long. Art camp, Dance camp, Sports camp, and Camp Dine and Dash all took place this summer.  


Ashcroft HUB

711 Hill St, PO Box 599, Ashcorft BC

250 453 9177



 Monday to Friday  7 am to 9 pm

Saturday 9 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

Closed all holidays