Grassroots sports programs popular

MINTO – Grassroots sports programs are going strong in Minto.

Recreation services manager Matt Lubbers told council on Nov. 19 that Grassroots Hockey is underway and head coach Bill Raynard has over 30 youngsters attending each week.

The eight-week Grassroots Basketball program led by Aaron Bridge began Oct. 1 with as many as 18 participants in attendance.

“It’s just great to be able to offer programs like that free of charge to youth in our community,” said Lubbers.

The town was set to run a babysitter course on Nov. 29 in the Harriston Curling Club Lounge, with 10 to 15 participants expected.

Lubbers also reported pickleball will begin in January at the Clifford Hall. The hall dimensions will allow for two nicely-spaced courts, he noted.

Lubbers stated members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee have mentioned “they have heard good things” about the Try It Sports program and wonder if introducing new sports into the program would be a good idea.

Lubbers reported the Norgan Theatre continues to operate well, with an average attendance of 65 per show. Another successful Live2Lead event took place on Oct. 11 and tickets are going well for the upcoming Celtic Christmas Show.