Plenty of action on ice, on court
and on the hill this weekend

It’s another full sports weekend — a Family Day weekend at that — in the Osoyoos community.

The fun all starts this afternoon at Osoyoos Secondary, where the Rattlers are hosting their Desert Classic.

The eight-team tourney runs through Saturday night. After the first round, the eight teams will head in two directions, either to the championship bracket or to the consolation draw.

The Rattlers open this afternoon against LV Rogers of Nelson; game time is 1:30 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, at the Osoyoos International Curling Club, the club’s annual Ladies bonspiel hits the ice with 16 rinks this evening. The first draw is at 6:45, with a second scheduled for 9 p.m.

The bonspiel continues Saturday morning. The A Event championship is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Also on the ice, the Osoyoos Coyotes host North Okanagan Saturday evening, returning from play in Summerland tonight.

The Yotes come into the game as Okanagan division regular-season champs, earning that distinction with a Kelowna Chiefs 9-0 win over Summerland Tuesday evening.

However, there’s still the matter of conference bragging rights — and top seed in the playoffs — to settle, which means the club’s four remaining games are still important.

Game time Saturday evening is 7:35 p.m.

The Sun Bowl ice gives way to a more placid pursuit Monday when the Town of Osoyoos hosts its Family Day Disco skate.

From noon to 2 p.m., everyone is invited to shake their groove thing — on skates.

Admission is free — as are the hot dogs, fountain drinks and cup cakes. General rules of public skating apply. The event is also sponsored by the Osoyoos Coyotes hockey club and Osoyoos AG Foods.

If being outdoors is more your thing, Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue will be at Baldy Mountain Resort Saturday to provide Backcountry and Avalanche Awareness.

Stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and check out some of the equipment used in winter rescues and some of the equipment recommended for a trip into the backcountry.

OOSR is planning to do companion rescue and probe line demonstrations as well.

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