- By Jane Bakewell
"Get ready for Rio" – the count down for Rio 2016 Olympics in August begins. The BVI Olympic Committee has planned an Olympic Day for Saturday, June 25th at the Tortola Sports Club from 2:30pm to 6pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. You can learn a sport such as Archery, Squash, Taekwondo or Rugby. A special presentation at 4pm will be followed by a 2-mile run/walk at 4:45pm that goes to Road Town and back. Virgin Gorda residents will have their run/walk early at 6:30am from the HLSCC /VG campus. Free T-shirts, entertainment by a local DJ and refreshments by RTW all included. Free registration begins at 2:30pm. For more information call 494-6920.
Evening of the Arts
The Elmore Stoutt High School's Department of English, Literature and Theatre Arts is hosting a grand "Evening of the Arts" at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, HLSCC on Monday, June 27th.The theme is "Building a Culture of Literacy through Art." There will be presentations of poetry, music, dance, storytelling and visual arts by local authors, artists and poets, highlighting the cultural contributions of Eileene Parsons, Dr. Quincy Lettsome, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wheatley, Foxy Callwood and others. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Front Office at the High School. The event begins at 7:30pm. For more details call 468-6706.
Anegada Pursuit Race
The annual Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit race is scheduled for this weekend, on Saturday, the 25th.Yachts will take off from the RBVI Yacht Club at 9am and sail the 16-mile stretch to Anegada. There will be fun, games on the beach and a prize-giving ceremony at 6:30pm followed by dinner and entertainment at the Anegada Reef Hotel. Sailors take an easy cruise back on Sunday, the 26th. Registration is on Friday, the 24h at Peg Leg's Beach Bar, Nanny Cay.
Gen Y Factor Competition
Based on the popular X-Factor format, eight talented contestants, whittled down from an original 32, will be competing in song for a wonderful set of prizes at the Eileene Parsons Auditorium, HLSCC on Saturday, the 25th. The event sponsored by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports is geared to showcase the talent of the youth in the Territory. BVI's won Melanie Amaro, an X-Factor winner will be one of the judges. The show begins at 6:30pm. Tickets - Adults $15 Children $10.
Kids @Tortola Pier Park
A family "fun day" is planned at Tortola Pier Park for Saturday, June 25th from 11am to 4pm. There will be bouncy houses, and slides to keep the active little ones going, as well as face painting, prizes and music by DJ Millenium King. There will be food and refreshments available. Admission is free.
Dance – Summer Sampler
The BVI Dance School is offering eight days of dance in a special "Summer Sampler" offer. Beginning Tuesday, June 28th (6:30 -7:30pm), Brazilian Samba, Wednesday, June 29th (7:30- 8:30pm) Belly Dance. Other classes include Modern, Hip Hop, West African and Irish Step, as well as partner classes in Ballroom Dance and Latin Dance. $15 per class or $60 for two weeks of unlimited dance classes. All classes held at Prospects Studio. For more information call Diandra Jones at 546-2459.