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charming At last, spring is here! It's time to recharge your wardrobe with the freshest prints and textures. Florals are always on trend for the spring fashion season, whether they come in the form of a lively burst of colour or something more subdued. Florals can also take a sophisticated approach when done as an appliqué overlay on a sexy white mini dress – just dinner. right for a romantic dinner Pair with some bold accessories – such as an armful of copper or jewel-toned bangles, or a pair of strappy sandals – and you're set to go.

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the freshman Try out your career before it begins It was voted best news media promotion in North America, and now Abbotsford’s biggest marketing competition, The Intern, has undergone a facelift. Introducing the new kid in town - The Freshman. Based on the reality show, “The Apprentice,” the idea is to provide students from the University of the Fraser Valley (including International students) who are primarily studying business or marketing, with the opportunity to put their education to practice and win the ultimate internship. Twenty students in teams of two will be assigned to a local participating business with the chance to gain real life experience over the course of the five-week program. The students will produce Have a better look online! a marketing plan for their www.abbynews.com partnered business using

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The Heroes Hockey Challenge is coming to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on April 7 at 2:45 p.m. The event was developed to raise funds that support wounded military members and their families and families of the fallen. The HHC events feature a game of hockey between soldiers and former NHL players including Pat Quinn, Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Dave “Tiger” Williams, Ryan Walter, Ron Stern, and Gino Odjick. For information visit abbotsfordcentre.ca

The BC Classic and Custom Car Show takes place at Tradex April 19-21. You can see cars, stars and guitars during this great family event which features hot rods, custom cars, Karen Lee Batten and the stars from American Graffiti. For information visit fvtradex.com

April 18-21 Fraserway RV is hosting an open house and visitors can enter for a chance to be a finalist in the Great Fraserway RV Treasure Quest contest. Top prize is $5,000.

April 23 Motley Crue will rock the AESC on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Abbotsford concert is part of the group’s 2013 Canadian tour which marks the most expansive run of Canada in the band’s history. Hailing from Los Angeles, the quartet of Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, has been rocking for more than three decades. For information visit abbotsfordcentre.ca

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Cristina Rennie Her curiosity for animals was paralleled by her curiosity for people. With more than 25 years experience and education, Cristina Rennie decided to open the barn doors of Shamrock, a place where humans can come to be healed through the use of horses.

Shamrock Counselling Cristina Rennie, founder of Shamrock Counselling, has found a way to bring her love of horses and humans together.

“I work a lot with the effects of trauma, which comes from ruptures in connection,” explains Rennie. “As the synergy between horse and human become stronger, we use this to build new experiences that often times have not been given space to grow.”

“I was one of those typical stories where a young girl falls in love with horses at first sight,” says Rennie, who grew up on a farm in Matsqui prairie. “Both sides of my family were farmers, so animals and the ethics of farm work were always a part of my life.” Rennie considers her first pony a “harsh teacher,” but explains that although it bit her, kicked her and bucked her off, she never gave up on their relationship.

Rennie uses the horses to form a bond of trust, allowing people to release themselves from the stranglehold of trauma. “The horses are willing to engage with us without force, and they can provide a physical closeness that is powerful,” remarks Rennie. “They say things to people without talking.”

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I have found that one of the most satisfying things to grow in small space format in the summer is lettuce. There is something about making a salad from greens picked at your doorstep, and as an added bonus the containers of lettuce are often visually attractive. Minter Gardens also carries a number of dwarf berry bushes so you can harvest fruit in your own small yard. Farmers markets are a great place to buy your flower and vegetable seedlings in the spring. By purchasing from local growers, your plants will have a good chance of survival since they have been grown in this climate. If you are starting your plants from seed, there is a great opportunity this time of year to attend a local seed swap. The Seed of Diversity website (www.seeds.ca) is a great resource to find out about “seedy events”. The Mission Farmer’s Market is hosting an event on March 23rd.

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