The Nicola Valley Transit Society is running its sixth annual Christmas lights tour this weekend, from Dec. 18 to 21.

Each night, the bus will take passengers on an hour-and-a-half tour around Merritt to see the Christmas lights and festive sights.

Seats must be reserved and the cost of the tour is $5 per seat, which will be donated to the food bank.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the day of the scheduled tour, and picked up by noon on the day of the tour.

The bus loads at 5:45 p.m. in the parking lot at city hall and departs at 6 p.m. sharp.

For more information, contact transit manager Jan Oswald at 250-378-4080.

Government seeking rural advisors

The provincial government is looking for up to 18 people to represent rural interests on the Rural Advisory Council.

The council is intended to provide independent advice on government matters of rural development.

Interested community members can submit a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant business, economic development and community experience, as well as their personal vision for supporting rural economies.

The council will be made up of 10 to 18 people form a variety of regions.

Members will be appointed as individuals (not as business or municipal representatives) and the council will be chaired by Donna Barnett, Parliamentary secretary for rural development.

Applications can be submitted at gov.bc.ca/RuralAdvisoryCouncil until Jan. 9, 2015.