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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 16 : Issue 3 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

November 2019

Skating at sunset on Nickel Plate Lake Photo by www.preservedlight.com

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank

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By Brad Nunes Hello friends. Thanks for joining me ‘in the bank’ again this month. We are getting there. I can nearly start to talk about actual, first hand skiing stories instead of just coming up with off-season fluff. Unless that is why you come here? Maybe some come for the off-topic fluff and others hope I talk about white powder fluff. I guess either way you cut this sausage I call a column you are into fluff. That is, of course, unless you are into furries. I’m not here to yuck anyone’s yum, but that just isn’t where we go with THIS fluff article ... yet. So, last time I checked the mountain weather report, we were still sitting at just shy of 60cm at our base. I think last year that was considered enough snow to open the mountain! I mean we aren’t ‘there’ yet, but by golly it feels like it could be good. I mean I don’t want to jinx anything. I have a bit of a history of running my mouth and bringing bad luck. I once made a comment that my brother, famous goaltender for the then Osoyoos Storm, was on track for a shut out. The collective ‘SHUUUUSH’ from the home team crowd would have silenced Don Cherry. I can’t remember if he got the shut out, but I remember the tongue lashing, and the shame I brought to 5 generations of my family. For the rest of the season, I kept my mouth shut and the team went on to win the world (or at least BC interior) famous Cyclone Taylor Cup. Anyway, the moral of the story is, we are not going to talk about what may or may not come to pass as far as snow conditions go. We are just going to nod knowingly and pray long and hard for more powder.

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Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach Registration is now open for Apex Carvers! Apex Carver’s is an entry level program suited for kids from 5-12 years of age. The program runs for 11 weeks starting in early January. As always, we will have Christmas Break Camps, which have been very popular over the years. Early registration is key to deliver a quality program. The club has simplified the registration process via www.apexskiclub.com. If you have any questions, please ask through the website and you’ll receive a prompt email response. For the Early Bird Savings, register by November 15th. Welcome to the Club Brent Schleppe! Brent will be the Club’s U14 Coach. Brent has moved to the Penticton area from Jasper. We are excited to have Brent join our Apex Ski Club Team. Brent is very excited to ski at the best resort in the country. Warren Miller Movie Night is November 15th ~ Brought to you by Dr. Tom Evans of Eckhardt Dental. Visit with ski friends and enjoy the trade show in the foyer prior to the 7 pm show. $15 tickets are available at Apex Ski Shop, Freeride, Pentagon, and Hoodoos.

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager

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It Will Be A Great Season Ahead By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer

With the snow already beginning to fly and the trails already being groomed, it is shaping up for yet another great season. This summer’s training was much spent on long, scenic runs up glaciers and with distance roller skis in the early morning to the late afternoon. This winter, I have some very exciting upcoming races with World Junior Trials out east at Mont St. Anne, Quebec and a three week long racing trip to Europe capped off by Nationals held in our neighboring club of Sovereign Lake. What a wicked season it will be.

OWB (Older, Wiser, Better) Wednesdays is for Adults and Masters. If you already know how to ski, but want to refine your technique, this group is for you. Designed for adult skiers of all ages who can already skate and classic ski. We’ll help take your skiing to the next level. Whether you’re preparing for master’s racing or simply wanting to be more comfortable out on the trails, this casual group can help. We will meet Wednesdays from 9-11 am starting December 4th and running until March 25th. Each week will include formal instruction and drills on a specific skill, coupled with situational feedback and coaching tips out on the trails. The emphasis will be on learning, practicing and applying skills in real life skiing situations. We will be skiing, so don’t worry about being stuck on the teaching grid. The leader for this course will be Rick Watson, who has years of experience as a competitive skier, biathlete and biathlon coach to back up his Level II CANSI certification. Rick’s really excited about leading this group and commits that participants will come away with specific learnings to improve their skiing. He will help you look at your skiing from different perspectives, becoming more aware about how you think about and visualize skiing. We’ll get lots of skiing in, and of course, have fun (that’s mandatory!). For more information about this course or to register, please contact us via email to info@nickelplatenordic.org. More details are available on our website at nickelplatenordic.org for pricing and Christmas Break. We are planning to Open on November 23rd, snow permitting of course. We have a photo contest underway for our membership cards. There is no prize other than the acclaim you receive for having your photo on our membership cards. Photos can be sent to membership@nickelplatenordic.org or go to our Facebook page to upload it there.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Chris Garwah, Head Coach

The Nickel Plate Junior Racer’s season is well underway with most of the athletes participating in the dry-land program. The team supports the Long Term Development Framework model and encourages multi-sport participation at the Learning to Train ages. Consequently, many of the younger athletes are also training hard at other sports, such as swimming, volleyball, basketball or their school’s cross country running program. To complement their development, the focus of our dry-land training has been foot speed and power. Two skills typically lacking in younger skiers. A few of the older athletes have had more sport specific training sessions, as they move up the model to the Training to Train and Training to Compete levels. You might catch a glimpse of some of these athletes on the road roller skiing beside you. The team ran a very successful Ski Swap in October raising almost $1000 for the team and helping local cross country enthusiasts obtain equipment at a substantial discount. A special thanks to The Bike Barn for hosting the Swap, Jenny Albrechtson for organizing, all the volunteers and those of you who dropped off equipment. The Team would also like to thank Fresh Air Experience in Kelowna for their support getting us kitted up for upcoming race year. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails.

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Thank You From “Skiing is Believing!” By Alec Henderson I would like to say a “BIG THANK YOU” to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts in our “Skiing is Believing” event. You really knocked our socks off with all of your support! The dinner and silent auction were a huge success! We had fun with many friends and family. DJ Spill came out and donated his time and tunes, which always makes for a fun party. We are truly amazed by all of your support. Thank you!

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250-490-7952 Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

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My next step is to use these funds to go to Mt. Sima in the Yukon, North West Territories. I fly out on November 17th and will be training and competing there until December 1st. The training camp will run from November 17th - 26th, and then the Canada Cup is from November 28th - Leo (on left) and brother Owen Walden are December 1st. Alec’s little friends and supporters. I have been training at the gym, trampolining, air bag training, skateboarding, and I cant wait to be out training on snow in the Yukon. Thank you for following my journey. Stay tuned for what’s next, and if you like, follow me @alec_henderson_ on Instagram.

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Caution! Side effects include smiles, laughter, new ski buddies, awesome knowledge of Apex Mountain Resort and amazing ski skills for life! Winter Programs are filling up, register today! www.freestyleapex.com WHAT’S NEW? ~ Apex Freestyle Ski Club is looking for a new home in Penticton for our Trampoline & Dryland Training. New regulations have forced us out of our current training facility and we are looking to relocate to a space with high ceilings for our Fall 2020 trampoline training programs. The trampoline training environment is essential for the safety and success of freestyle athletes. Our freestyle programs employ over 15 part-time coaches and has trained more than 1000 local athletes in its time. A potential space would be a warehouse, gymnasium, barn or large/tall shop. The space needs to be available from September 1st to November 30th, annually. Anyone with suggestions or ideas, please contact Tanya Callon via email headcoachafc@gmail.com or phone 250689-1924.

Welcome To Eskala Mountain Sports EVENTS ~ Apex Freestyle is gearing up for our first event of the season, Canadian Selections on December 14th & 15th, 2019. By Claudia Reyes, Store Owner If you would like to volunteer and have front row seats to watch We are a proud new local business serving Penticton and the some of the best mogul skiers in the country, head over to our South Okanagan. It is our mission to provide exceptional customer website to sign up! service and a positive friendly experience to those seasoned and FUNdamentalz Coaching Course at Apex Mountain Resort - new adventure seekers alike. December 21st & 22nd. Register today at https://freestylebc.ski/ Eskala Mountain Sports carries a variety of quality gear and apparel event/fundamentalz-coaching-course-apex-2019/ from today’s leading outdoor industry brands, such as MSR, Black WE ARE HIRING! ~ We are still looking for 2 more part-time freestyle coaches. Looking for a fun and rewarding part-time job? Want to inspire and develop skiing skills in young skiers? Freestyle Apex is looking for dedicated FUNdamentalz Jumps & Bumps coaches to add to our COACHING TEAM. Our club believes in developing great coaches and will help support those interested in taking freestyle coaching courses. Please contact Tanya Callon, if you are interested by emailing headcoachafc@gmail.com.

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Who’s That On The Hill? Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone Time to meet this month’s patroller, James Spain! Sorry about the photo folks, but he insists it is the correct way up. What is your name? James ‘The Scotsman’ Spain Where were you born? James claims to be from Melbourne, Australia, but because nobody can understand what he says we aren’t really sure. How many years on patrol? This is his third year and he is still going strong. Ski/Board/Tele/Other? Because he hates yard sales, he sticks to a single board strapped firmly to his feet. Favorite run? He isn’t telling, but it may involve some trees on the north side. Also, being Australian, I’m pretty sure their north is south, so good luck finding it. What do you like most about patrolling? Grabbing fresh lines with fellow mountain enthusiasts living life to the fullest. He also likes helping out folks who went a little ‘too’ hard, getting them patched up so they can get back out again.

Should people hunt for you on Tinder? The very fire conscious James, was worried that Tinder may be dangerous in fire season. He is married with two little kids, making him a very hard immigrant to deport. I guess we are stuck with him ... for now ...

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Skier’s Thumb By Paul Girard, PT, CHT, & Carmen Eberle, PT, CHT Frequently in our Penticton hand therapy clinic, we see the unfortunate results of hand injuries that were dismissed as inconsequential. Not that it’s always a bad thing after an injury to suck it up, rub a little dirt (or snow) on it, and soldier on - these are things we try to teach our kids every day. However, if an ignored injury becomes a long-term disability, then it was a poor decision to not properly address the problem earlier. The following article concerns a common injury you will find during this winter season at Apex - Skier’s Thumb. It’s a good idea to know about this, as proper management can mean the difference between a normal hand and a nagging problematic hand. About half of upper extremity ski injuries involve the thumb. When you think about it, the thumb is pretty cool. As it comes around and “opposes” to hold onto things, it is actually turning to face toward the fingers. This is useful when you want to grab something like a ski pole. But it does leave that thumb out there at times, where it can get hung up on stuff. One problem event can occur when a skier or boarder falls onto an outstretched hand. Given the obvious uncontrolled environment of a fall - and maybe even the leverage of a ski pole - it’s quite possible to stretch a couple of bones in the thumb too far apart. This stretching often happens at the middle thumb joint located near the web space between your thumb and index finger. It’s called the metacarpal phalangeal joint, or MCP joint, and it is usually well-stabilized and kept in check by ligaments. Ligaments act as straps to keep the thumb bones at this MCP joint from moving too far apart - and that keeps the joint aligned and painfree when grasping onto things. When a certain ligament on the So, if you do sustain the very common skier’s thumb sprain, don’t inside of this MCP joint (specifically, the ulnar collateral ligament or dismiss the injury without some consideration. Avoiding re-injury UCL) fails, it’s called a sprain. in the first 10 days is critical. You could ski without poles, since Skier’s thumb sprains come in that lessens the potential to again leverage your thumb away different varieties, based on how from your index finger. Use a brace to mechanically support your bad the ligament damage is. Grade thumb - we build these custom splints all the time. Seek some I sprains are the equivalent of a mild medical attention in our hand therapy clinic, if your problem seems over-stretch. You’ve suffered some significant or does not resolve in the first couple of weeks. As with microscopic damage in the ligament any injury, appropriate rehabilitation helps prevent future problems. fibers, but it will heal to normal in 3-6 weeks if not stressed more. Paul Girard and Carmen Eberle are registered physical therapists with You will have some painful grip, but all should be fine. Grade Certified Hand Therapist designation. They operate their Hand Therapy II means a greater degree of “partial tear” of the ulnar collateral Clinic out of Dale Charles Physiotherapy. ligament at the MCP joint. Your thumb is likely to be a bit “sloppy” with the ligament not able to cope with stressful grip and pinching Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry for two or three months. This is a time to protect the thumb with a splint, because sucking it up and continuing to stress the ligament Helping the may cause long term instability. Grade III means you have Do-It-Yourself successfully separated the ulnar collateral ligament into two pieces Homeowner ... it is no longer stopping the bones at the MCP joint from moving too far apart. This will be chronic (still with you all those years later Jay Mallach jaymallach@gmail.com when you try to pick up your great grandchildren) unless you seek No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured help. The result is not good if you just leave it. With a Grade III 250.490.6343 LetsFinishIt.ca skier’s thumb, you’re going to get to know a surgeon.


Hey Girls ... Follow Me! By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventures & Chute Lake Lodge I’ve been a Guide now for nearly 20 years. I have led young girls on 5-day trekking trips, week-long canoe trips, team building days, ladies wilderness weekends, kayak excursions and survival courses. I once took a group of 20 women rappelling where my oldest client was 82! She was beaming from ear to ear when she got off that rope and then immediately turned to me with all the seriousness in the world and said, “Thank you, but don’t you dare tell my husband I did that”. I laughed and it stuck with me as another classic story from my outdoor office. In life my goal has been to have an impact, no matter how big or small it is important to me to leave this world knowing that I did something to create positive change or growth. I have now been in business for over 12 years and that business is completely community focussed. Its purpose is positive change and growth. A few weeks ago, I was recognized with an award, ‘Young Business Leader of the Year’. I joked about being recognized for being young and inside myself thought, “not too bad for starting off with a few kayaks in my garage. Good on me.” But it wasn’t until a young lady made a comment that I really realized the impact that award was having for others. She said to me, “When you got that award that made me so proud for women you are representing, thank you.” For someone so focused on making a positive impact, I never looked at it that way. It was such a good reminder that I am representing and in a world of screen time and distractions, there are always eyes on me, and that impact is happening sometimes when I don’t even know it. So, for all you girls out there paying attention to our female leaders, in whatever form she may come, remember someone could be watching you too. So, take pride in your accomplishments, don’t be afraid to tell your husband, to tell the world what you’ve achieved, because you too are representing and making an impact, whether you know it or not, now is a time for us to make waves on this Earth, even if all we have to keep us afloat when we start out, is a kayak.

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Cold Laser & Concussions By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND The crisp air, darker days, and turning of the season all signify one thing ... skiing is near. The fall for me is a time of brushing up on my first aid skills with the ski patrol. Intermingled with refreshing my bandaging skills and toboggan procedures, I can be found at the side of a soccer field cheering for my son. All of this brings thoughts of concussions to the forefront of my mind. This year, I am going to do a 2 part article on novel treatments for concussion.

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Concussions occur. They can happen in extreme sports. I have seen it happen after motor vehicle accidents or simply slipping on an icy sidewalk. So, we are all at risk. The good news is that there is more awareness around concussions ... from the average Joe, to the athlete and their coaches. This month, I am featuring Dr. Forrest Cooper, DC. Like Dr. O’Neill, as the winter season approaches, I begin dusting off skis and getting all my winter gear ready to go. Growing up skiing every weekend at Apex and spending many hours racing down the mogul course only to hike back up it takes a toll on the body. Not to mention the countless times I didn’t land a jump or the many near misses and falls while racing through the trees. As a Chiropractor, I now understand the ability our bodies have for healing themselves after Dr. Cooper is a chiropractor at our many injuries and accidents. Skaha Chiropractic. Throughout my training and first-hand practice experience with bodily injuries, I have seen countless patients benefit immensely from traditional chiropractic care along with several new techniques to speed up their rate of healing, reduce symptoms and decrease the incidences of reinjury. One such technique is the application of Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or cold laser. Cold laser is a technique that in recent years has made a name for itself in its tissue healing and symptom relief affects. Specifically, for patients with concussions as well as other sporting injuries causing tissue damage. Cold laser is the application of low-power light energy, for therapeutic purposes. Cold lasers work by supplying the body with billions of photons of light at very specific wavelengths. The body absorbs this laser light on a cellular level and transforms it into chemical energy, which the body then naturally uses to repair its own tissue. The bio-stimulating effect causes a decrease in both pain and inflammation, and an increase in tissue regeneration and accelerated healing, in those patients experiencing the stiff neck, brain fog and sensory sensitivity due to concussion.

For more information or to book a consultation, call 250-4927220 or email reception@skahachiro.ca. To learn more about my practice, visit our website at skahachiropractic.com. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.

Apex Community Association Update By Caroline Lachapelle, ACA President We had 35 people from the community attend our first Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, October 26th in the Apex Cafeteria. The community elected 10 directors for the board as follows: Caroline Lachapelle as President; Jill Lindsay at Vicepresident; Laurianne Lafontaine as Secretary; Nicola Williams as Treasurer; Gabe Lavoie as Mountain Safety Director; and Peggy Bird, Andrew Drouin, Neil Edwardson, Erica Fletcher, and Richard Gallagher as Directors At Large. We have heard the community’s wishes and concerns and have taken them into account to build on at our next board of directors meeting. Some of these were; permanent paintball field, community watch, childcare, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, events at nickel plate, and more. We will be consulting with our local government officials in regards to a “Parks and Recreation Committee” working with the province. Overall, it was a fantastic meeting with a lot of positive feedback from the community. Andrew Drouin, one of our Directors At Large, has donated his time to build us a website. This will be our hub for information we will utilize in the future to share upcoming projects, events, fundraisers, meeting minutes and more with our Apex Community. For more information or to volunteer with upcoming events and community programs, please contact the Apex Community Association via email to apexcommunityassn@gmail.com.


APOA Road Committee Update By Gail Lannard, APOA Road Committee Since May 1st of this year, road maintenance for the Apex area, as well as the North and South Okanagan, has been taken over by a new company to the region - Acciona Infrastructure Canada (AIM for short). AIM has had road maintenance contracts in other parts of Canada including Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. In awarding the new contract, the Ministry has set higher standards for the maintenance of roads in the service area. This should result in better maintained roads to and around Apex this winter. In our conversation with the AIM spokesperson, we were assured that personnel operating the equipment were the same as those previously employed by Argo, so there should no adjustment period for them to become familiar with the terrain and the needs of the area. Since a member of our Road Committee had previously met regularly with management from Argo, we hope that a meeting can be arranged with representatives from AIM in the near future. The winter road maintenance shift schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or dangerous road conditions, please call AIM at 1-866-222-4204. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CONSULTANT

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Did you know that if you own a dog while at Apex Mountain you must follow the RDOS Dog Control Bylaw No. 2671, 2017? You can view a copy of this Bylaw at www.rdos.bc.ca by visiting the “Regional Bylaws” page and clicking on “Bylaw Enforcement”. Your dog should always be on a leash for its own safety. The bylaw requires Subrina Monteith that all dogs must be under the control Director of of a competent person when off their RDOS Area ‘I’ owner’s property. Also, Apex Mountain Resort requests that dogs be on a leash when in the village, as loose dogs cause dog excrement to not be picked up in the village, can scare children, can chase skiers and boarders, and create havoc on the mountain and in the village. Dog owners are required to promptly remove and dispose of the feces. Be a responsible owner and clean up after your dog! If you cannot produce a bag when asked by an Animal Control Officer, you will likely face a fine.

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All calls and complaints with respect to dogs at large are fielded by calling 250.490.4113 and complaints can be emailed to info@ sossecurity.ca. All dogs 24 weeks of age or older require that the owner obtain a dog tag. Dogs found at large (not under control of the dog owner or the owner not in sight) may be impounded or a ticket/fine issued. All impoundment fees and any outstanding fines must be paid and the dog must have a current dog tag prior to being released. Any questions or concerns, call: Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator ~ 250.490.4130 Noise Complaints ~ 250.492.0911 | Animal Control ~ 250.490.4113 The Apex Waste Transfer Station will be taken over by the RDOS on December 1st. A grand opening will be announced in December, as we are waiting on the delivery and installation of the compactors and bins from Ontario. Stay tuned for more on this next month. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca ApexMatters.com | November 2019 | Page 11


Apex Volunteer Fire & Rescue Update By Caroline Lachapelle, AVFR Fundraising Coordinator “If you want to see the good in humanity ... volunteer.” Training ~ October was a month filled with growth and change for us. We spent the better part of an entire weekend of 2 1/2 days training to become certified exterior structural firefighters. It was an eye-opening weekend held by our fire chief and the help of Skylar Noe-Vack from Naramata Fire, volunteering his time to help teach us. This was the last of three mandatory certifications the firefighters from the brigade are now mandated to hold; wildland, rural rescue and exterior structural. We learned that although we do not have all of the equipment we need, or enough space to house our equipment, we do have a team of dedicated volunteers that have so much heart and soul for this community. Our members pushed themselves past their comfort zones to learn the skills necessary to operate this fire brigade safely and efficiently. Fundraising ~ A few weeks ago the Sheeprock Lodge Strata started a challenge to the community to help fundraise 5 lots of medical gear. These lots totalled $7000 and were raised in 48 hours. We were moved to tears to see the community come forward with this life saving equipment. We are now fundraising to complete this package with a bank rope rescue gear set. As many of you may know, the road coming up to Apex can be a concern if you were to get into an accident and slide off of the edge down a bank. With this bank rope rescue gear, we will now be able to respond to calls in a timely manner. A call which may result in life-saving efforts. A rescue kit of this nature usually costs $10,000-$15,000, but we were able to source this equipment at a fraction of the cost for $5500. We invite you to follow the Go Fund Me link provided below. Every dollar counts. We also received donated extrication tools from the Black Pool Fire Department this past month. A donation which includes the “jaws of life”. We feel that with our training and our equipment, we can now begin to offer the Apex community proper rescue services. Getting Involved ~ We are proud of what we have built these past six months. Many of you would like to help out, but do not wish to join the brigade as a firefighter. We recognize this and would like to reach out to you by asking you to contact us via our email provided below. We have many jobs that can be done by just a few simple hours a week, such as; helping us with fundraiser tables for an upcoming pancake breakfast, helping us to do boot drives this winter, or in case of an emergency being a member “C” providing water to firefighters and traffic control with the brigade. Please email apexfirerescue@gmail.com if you can help. For up-to-date information on where we are and what we’re up to, we invite you to follow us on Facebook: @apexfirebrigade and Instagram: @apexfirerescue. Go Fund Me link is www.gofundme. com/f/bank-rescue-equipment-for-the-apex-fire-brigade.


South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

The Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts requires volunteers for weekday (Monday - Friday) evenings 6 pm - 8 pm to assist students during class transitions and letting people in and out of the building. E: director@pentictonacademyofmusic.ca.

City of Penticton is seeking 20 Volunteers to help out at the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 7th down Main Street! Volunteer duties will include manning road closure barricades along the parade route to ensure the community’s safety. The parade will start at 4:30 pm and volunteers are needed for 3:30 Find more info on these and other volunteer opportunities at pm to help close the proper intersections and man the barricades. To help out, please contact: Shawna Guitard, Event Planner, City www.volunteercentre.info. of Penticton. T: 250-609-2445, E: Shawna.guitard@penticton.ca. The Brain Injury Society is seeking Expressions of Interest in serving on the Board of Directors Documents are available at Habitat for Humanity-Penticton ReStore is a thrift retail where all the SOSBIS office or at www.facebook.com/SOSBIS/ Deadline donations can go directly to the affordable home ownership build to return the completed Expression of Interest document is project. Flexible shifts, No training necessary. Fun. Meaningful Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm. Other volunteer work. Learn new skills and/or mentor others. Seniors, youth, opportunities are also available. #2 - 996 Main Street, Penticton, physically challenged persons, and special needs persons are welcome. Contact E: lorraine.richmond@hfhokanagan.ca, P: 778P: 250-490-0613, E: info@sosbis.com. 755-4346, W: www.hfhokanagan.ca. Summerland Festival of Lights, Nov 29th. The Summerland Festival of Lights is looking for volunteers in many areas; Family Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s “Volunteer Gathering” where Fun Zone Activities Helper, Festival Ambassador Marshall, Green volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking Team, Shutterbug, Site Set-Up & Tear-Down. This is a great event on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Next for you to meet people, expand your skills and get in the holiday Team Gathering is Wednesday, November 27 from 11:30 am spirit. Volunteers receive a woolen toque with logo, in a particular - 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by job specific colour to be worn on November 29 and yours to keep. Friday, November 22 to info@volunteercentre.info. Mark your calendars for November 22 to December 1, 2019. The Volunteer Centre is hosting a Holiday Season On-Line Auction where you can bid on dozens of gift items and support Volunteerism. Info@volunteercentre.info

The Penticton & District Community Arts Council requires a couple of volunteers to assist with office duties such as; answering phones, greeting the public, receiving payments / issuing receipts and letting the public know about what’s happening at the Leir House. Mondays and Tuesdays: 10 am - 2 pm & 2 pm - 6 pm (4 hours each shift). E: programs@pentictonartscouncil.com

Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by Browsing Opportunities at www.volunteercentre.info. Please register as a volunteer to receive updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. ApexMatters.com | November 2019 | Page 13


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November 23 ~ Country 2 Step (Yahoo)

December 14 ~ Slow Waltz (Christmas dance)

Winter 2020 group social classes commence January 9th in Penticton and January 10th in Summerland. Classes are 8 weeks long. Bring a partner please. Fast track to success: Private lessons are always available to learn or refine your dancing skills. Getting Married? For more information, please call me at 778-516-7272 or visit our website at www.briansdanceclass.ca. Call or email to register and pay with your Credit Card. There are no registration or payment capabilities online. Thank you.

Jay’s Tunes To Turn To

Artist ~ Goth Babe / Track ~ “Weekend Friend” We all want a ski or snowboard “weekend friend” to ride with and enjoy all that Apex has to offer. But, there are moments when you have to leave your friends behind, because it is a deep fresh powder day. (I’m sure you know the old saying on that one!) There is a great way to start a weekend coming up soon. It’s the Warren Miller Movie Night on Friday, November 15th at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton. Time to gather with all your weekend friends and get stoked for the upcoming winter season. Bring it on Ullr! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun.

Little Black Dress Event

The annual “Little Black Dress” event is coming up Thursday, November 28th at the Penticton Lakeside Resort starting at 5 pm. During this event, 100 Women don their little black dresses, Change your life for the better with new skills, exercise, meet heels and styling looks to do good in our community. We drink a new people, have fun. Let me introduce you to dancing in the little wine, celebrate with each other and shout over the hum of Okanagan. conversation. Then we learn about 3 charities that can use our help. Collectively the members make our donations count, as we GET READY, GET SET, GET DANCING! choose a cause for over $5000 that evening. Want to make things better and have a great time doing it, there is Brians.Dance.Class@gmail.com 778.516.7272 www.briansdanceclass.ca no better time. Guests are encouraged to come and see how we work. Better yet ... just take the leap and join as a member. RSVP Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom Dance Lessons at admin@cfso.net. Find out more details about 100 Women Monthly Dance Parties ~ Certified Instructor Since 2004 Who Care on our Facebook page at 100WomenSouthOK or at Page 14 | November 2019 | ApexMatters.com www.100womensouthokanagan.com.


100 Men Who Care Take Money To The Bank 100 Men Who Care met at Slackwater Brewing on Martin Street in Penticton on Wednesday, September 25th and three charities, Princeton Search & Rescue, Vermillion Forks Field Naturalists and the Summerland Food Bank presented to the 100 Men and explained how they would use a donation to improve their communities. The group raised $7,100 in one hour and after hearing from the charities, the group donated $5,680 to the Summerland Food Bank. The other two charities also received $710 each. Members of 100 Men meet four times a year and each member commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to present at the meeting where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and whom it will help. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each. All of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. To date, thirty-nine charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region have received $87,100 in donations from the 100 Men Who Care organization. The next meeting of 100 Men will be in late November. For the location, date and more information, visit 100menpenticton.com or you can email info@100menpenticton.com.

Great Cabin Recipes Lemon-Pepper Chicken and Couscous By Dee Martens I’m not going to lie ... when I think of couscous, I often think of bland dishes without much sustenance. This meal, however, is the opposite of boring and it is sure to impress your taste buds. In fact, the recipe that I am about to share with you has been fine-tuned, as I have made this meal not once, not twice, but three times in the last two weeks. This meal is perfect for cooking ahead of time for meal preparation, while also making the perfect meal for date night or a meal for the entire family to enjoy (just double this recipe to feed 4 instead of 2). Before starting, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Begin by dicing one bell pepper (a sweet one - red, orange or yellow), one red onion and thinly slicing a large clove of garlic. Mix peppers, onions and garlic with 1 tsp. of salt and pepper, 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and ½ Tbsp. of lemon-pepper seasoning. Roast your veggies on the middle rack until they are golden brown, about 12 minutes, flipping once half-way through to avoid sticking. While your veggies are baking, pat 2 chicken breasts dry and sprinkle with 1 tsp. of salt and pepper and ½ Tbsp. of lemonpepper seasoning. Heat a large pan over medium heat, adding 1 Tbsp. of oil. When hot, cook chicken until golden-brown on each side (approximately 3 minutes per side). Once your veggies are golden, add ½ cup of cherry tomatoes and your browned chicken on top of your veggies, returning the pan to the oven and baking for an additional 12 minutes (ensuring that your chicken is thoroughly cooked).

While the chicken and veggies finish cooking, bring a kettle of water to boil. Zest and juice a large lemon before setting half of the juice aside. Stir ½ a cup of couscous, ½ tsp. of salt, and the lemon zest in a large bowl. Add 2/3 cup boiling water and half of your lemon juice. Cover until the liquid is absorbed completely, approximately 5 minutes. While waiting for your couscous, roughly chop ¼ cup of parsley. When your couscous is completely hydrated, stir in your roasted veggies, most of the parsley (saving some for garnish), remaining lemon juice, ½ Tbsp. of balsamic reduction and ½ Tbsp. oil, seasoning after with salt Left to Right: Mary Masiel of the Vermillion Forks Field Naturalists; John Bubb of the and pepper to taste, tossing Summerland Food Bank; and Paul Fyfe from Princeton Search & Rescue receive their until completely mixed. donations from 100 Men Who Care.

CatMatch Meet Chevy Chevy's my name ... belly rubs are my game! I am just out of the hospital and fully recovered from a bit of illness. I think it was because our family's living conditions were not the best, but I love helping to clean up now that I understand how much healthier that is. In fact, I may have a bit of voyeurism in me now, as I love when the mistress of the house rubs my belly with the broom. Is that kinky or just good clean fun? If you don't mind participating in a good belly rub, come see me and my brothers, Tank and Ford, at this lovely Bed and Breakfast in Penticton known as Bosley's. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

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To serve, slice the chicken breasts thinly. Divide the couscous and your chicken evenly between plates. Crumble ¼ cup of feta evenly over both dishes before finishing with remaining parsley. This meal pairs perfectly with a crisp, light red wine such as a Pinot Noir. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2019 through April 2020. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 16th season in print! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval is requested before being published. © 2019 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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