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April 2014 vol 3 issue 04

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Meet EyesOnBC Magazine’s Elizabeth Cudmore • 4 Greg Swainson: Strokes Of Colour • 5 Explore Lighthouse Country • 6


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APRIL 2014 vol 3 No 4

MAGAZINE

EyesOnBC Magazine is published monthly

CELEBRATING OUR 10TH YEAR Main Email: info@eyesonbc.com Phone: 250-757-9914 Mailing Address EyesOnBC Magazine, Box 182, Bowser, BC V0R 1G0 Hours: Mon - Thu 10-4 Our Contributors this month: Rita Levitz, Lisa Verbicky, Georgia Nicols, Joanne Sales, Diane Hancox, Bill Veenhof, Aileen Fabris, Linda Tenney, Elizabeth Cudmore On the Internet www.eyesonbc.com & www.facebook.com/eyesonbc Subcriptions In Canada, from $35 CDN incl GST. Inquire about foreign subscriptions, Call 250-757-9914 to subscribe. VISA & MasterCard accepted or go online to www.eyesonbc.com to subscribe. Printed on Vancouver Island, BC Articles and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the writers and published for general information purposes only. Articles are not intended to provide specific advice the publisher will assume no liability. Articles and/or data may not be quoted or reproduced, in part or in whole, without permission from the publisher.

Freelance writers & photographers Queries can be directed to Linda Tenney, Publisher at info@eyesonbc.com

FEATURES 5 Greg Swainson: Strokes of Colour 17 Father, Daughter Team Up to Conquer Blood Cancer

FOOD, DINING, ENTERTAINMENT

6 Explore Lighthouse Country! We Eat Here. We Shop Here. 16 ECHO Players: Mrs. Reynolds & the Ruffian 16 Live Theatre in Qualicum Bay: Tia A Ria

OUTDOORS & TRAVEL

6 Explore Lighthouse Country! Tour of the Highlights. 14 Tide Table COMMUNITY LIFE & BUSINESS 4 Images & Voices: Elizabeth Cudmore - Happiness Found 8 From the Desk of Area H RDN Director, Bill Veenhof 10 Oceanside Hospice: New Speakers Bureau HEALTH & WELLNESS 15 The Art of Conscious Living: Joanne Sales

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In the Stars: Georgia Nicols Horoscope Community Events Classifieds At Your Service - Local Services & Trades

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dog and was on my way. In all, I spent five years within three different branches of that bank.” It was another leap of faith that would bring Elizabeth to Vancouver Island. “I had fallen in love with this community after visiting my parents during their first years of retirement. I knew, at this point in my life, that it was important for me to be here and be near my family.”

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his is probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” says Elizabeth Cudmore, and her bright smile confirms it. “I have the most rewarding and fun job I’ve ever had, working with Linda at EyesOnBC Magazine. I’ve never lived this close to my entire family before and my parents are only 5 minutes away. Living on the Island speaks to me in ways like nothing has before, and when I drive, I don’t care if I go left or right.” Each part of those statements has its own particular significance; each part is a credit to the dues she has paid and the leaps of faith she has taken.

Needless to say, there are probably easier places for a thirty-something person to find work and establish roots, but Elizabeth was not one to give up easily. “The Parksville Career Centre was a huge help. I took advantage of every program offered. As part of that process, I did an ‘informational interview’ with Linda Tenney at what was then the EyesOnBC office in Bowser. We had an instantaneous connection.” Three months later, Elizabeth was living in Deep Bay, working at the Bowser office, and part-time at the Bean Counter and Georgia Park Store. She has the kind of smile, the kind of warmth, that people naturally gravitate towards. “People tell me that I talk to them like I’ve known them all my life. It’s genuine, my affection for people, my interest in people.”

Elizabeth was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1976. “My dad was in the RCMP and when I was young, we moved from Ottawa to Whitehorse and then Winnipeg in a short period of time. I was never a good student, I had difficulties understanding some subjects but not others and reading out loud. I didn’t understand the wording of the questions when taking tests but wrote essays well. In band, I really wanted to learn to play the guitar, but I found I could not read music so I choose to play the drums instead because I was able to mimic the beats.”

This explains the other component that Elizabeth needs in her life to feel satisfied. “I remember when I was living in Edmonton, I was filling out my taxes and got to the line about charitable donations. ‘Hmmm...I don’t have any, and I don’t have the money to donate, but perhaps I can volunteer?’” Elizabeth’s mother, a long-term A life-changing revelation didn’t come until Elizabeth Cudmore • Linda Tenney photo member of Beta Sigma Phi, an much later when Elizabeth met a career counselor in Grade 12 who international women’s service organization, encouraged Elizabeth to suggested a series of aptitude tests. The tests confirmed that her join. “After joining and participating in fundraising events to benefit frustration with learning stemmed from Dyslexia. “I cried when local charities, I was overcome with how good I felt. There’s nothing in she told me. I was just so thankful there was a reason. The pieces life that gives you that kind of satisfaction.” started to fall into place once I was able to pin point how my brain processes and learned how to make simple changes to gain clarity Fast forward to the Island, where Elizabeth transferred her in understanding and communicating. I felt relieved and more membership to the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and where she confident.” heard that the Oceanside Generals, a local hockey team, needed “Before, I could not determine if I needed to turn left or right so anxiety would creep over me when I drove. ‘How could I be lost? I know this city!’ Now, it’s, ‘Let’s try left and see what happens.’ I don’t worry about it. That’s what the awakening gave me. Dyslexia is quite common and I often wonder about the many people who haven’t been properly diagnosed. They just live with the frustration without knowing the root cause.” After high school, Elizabeth worked her way up from coat-check girl to manager of a nightclub in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she spent five years. She then got a job as a bank receptionist and was quickly promoted to bank teller. “At that point in my life, I felt that Winnipeg offered little for me. In a complete leap of faith, I transferred to the branch in Wetaskiwan, Alberta. On my last day in Winnipeg, I got my driver’s license, bought a car, packed up the 4

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help. “I’m an avid hockey fan, having gone to so many games as a kid with my dad. I went to one local game, and I was instantly hooked.” Elizabeth has been volunteering with them for three years now, doing what she has always done--starting at the bottom and working her way up. She is now Secretary, doing marketing, promotions, game-day operations and more.

“The hockey community is like an extended family. I’m so proud to have been part of a variety of fundraising events that have had an impact on the community as a whole, and to have created moments that will be remembered forever.” For her contributions, Elizabeth was just named the Oceanside Generals 2013-2014 “Volunteer of the Year.” “At this point in my life, I have achieved things I never dreamed of before. I’m grateful every day for the people who have been on this journey with me. I feel that I’m finally in the right place at the right time...” ~ M A G A Z I N E

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Relocating from Alberta, Greg and his wife Joan moved to the Saanich area of Vancouver Island in 2005 and, in partnership with lifelong friends, set out to find a property that would be an inspiring place for them all to live. It took several years, but when Bahari Bed & Breakfast was listed for sale, it checked every box on the two couples’ wish lists. “We looked at dozens of properties over the years, but nothing came close to what we needed until Bahari,” says Greg. “We knew the property – we had actually vacationed there.”

Greg Swainson in his studio at Raintree Studio & Gallery • Linda Tenney photo

Under new ownership, the gallery opened its doors in May 2012 following a year of extensive renovations that transformed the property from its previous incarnation of bed & breakfast to spacious residence and elegant art space. The Gallery kicks off its 2014 season on April 25th with a special 10-day show featuring Greg’s vivid landscapes and floral watercolours. “I’ve never held a solo show before,” says Greg, “but I thought it would be a great way to celebrate 30 years of painting.” The show opens at noon on Friday April 25th, with an afternoon reception at 4pm, and continues until Saturday, May 3rd.

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n ornate wrought-iron gate swings wide to reveal a meandering lane snaking through lush woodland. It’s peaceful here. The air is fresh with the scent of our West Coast spring. At the end of the lane lies Raintree Studio & Gallery, an elegant space filled with an eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures, pottery, floral arrangements and woodwork – all by local artists. Afternoon light streams in through the floor to ceiling windows that frame the Gallery’s clifftop country garden - Nature’s own mosaic of forest greens and bursts of Daffodil yellow.

Watercolour artist Greg Swainson lives and paints in this idyllic spot, and 2014 marks his 30th anniversary as a painter. “It was 1984. I had been to art school, had been a commercial artist for two years, and was teaching art to high school students,” says Greg. “I was turning 34 that year and thinking about retirement – wondering what I would do when I retired from teaching at 55? That was the year I took up my paint brush as a painter. I knew it would take me 20 years to get good at it.”

Greg also offers art workshops – teaching watercolour techniques at his inspirational home-studio overlooking the Salish Sea. Students completing his 2014 Spring Workshop series will celebrate their accomplishment at a one-day show on Sunday May 4th, where they will exhibit their own watercolours – many of them created during Greg’s workshop. The full complement of the Gallery’s artists return for the season in full-force on May 8th, with another reception on May 10th. “We’re very pleased with the growth of the Gallery. The workshops are full, and the art is selling. Last year, everybody sold work here,” says Greg, “and more than 800 people came out to see us.” Raintree Studio & Gallery is located on seven acres of rural woodland easily accessible from Hwy 19A just north of Qualicum Beach. Arrive Thursday to Sunday between noon and 5pm to experience everything this unique art gallery and working studio has to offer. See their ad on page 13 and visit their website at www.raintreestudio.ca for further information. ~

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Explore Lighthouse Country QUALICUM BAY, BOWSER, DEEP BAY, HORNE LAKE, SPIDER LAKE

Have breakfast ($5/$8 • 8am to noon) to get your morning started, then browse the flea market for a special treasure before moving on to the next stop on the tour. Leave your car parked ... our next stop is nearby.

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ust 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach, Lighthouse Country offers postcard views of oceans and mountains, easy access to the secret world of rainforest trails, and a bevy of amenities and services offered by local business in the quaint communities of Qualicum Bay, Bowser and Deep Bay. Explore Lighthouse Country; a land of fresh and vibrant wilderness, tamed only on the edges by the people who call it home. Hop in your car and make a day of it on Sunday April 13th. It’s an event-full day we’re sure you’ll enjoy!

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WE EAT HERE!

First stop ... Lighthouse Country welcomes you to its monthly pancake breakfast, flea market and line-up of musicians strumming everything from classic rock to easy folk and original tunes at the Lighthouse Community Centre at 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay.

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Breakfast only lasts so long, and we know you’ll be hankering for lunch or dinner later in the day, so here’s some suggestions to keep in mind during your tour of Lighthouse Country.

Sandbar Cafe & Art Gallery, Qualicum Bay - For breakfast, lunch or dinner, this local favourite specializes in comfort food and scrumptious daily specials. Come for dinner and consider taking home a piece of art from the walls of this delightful cafe Cozy Tudor-style Restaurant and art gallery. If you wander up to the area on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday evening, stop for the live entertainment starting at 5:30pm. It’s where the locals jam!

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Just behind the Lighthouse Community Centre is the Qualicum Bay Lions Den, where you’ll find “Trade Show 2014” – your chance to meet a few of the 130 Lighthouse Country Business Association members showcasing their products and services that day (April 13th • 8:30am to noon). Visit www. lighthousecountry.ca online, and see our outside back cover for event details.

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Henry’s Restaurant, Qualicum Bay - Well known for its Chinese food, Henry’s also offers some excellent Western-style fare. Mushroom Burger – yup! Grilled Ham & Cheese – yup! But it’s the Prawn Chop Suey that speaks loudest to my soul. A dozen plump prawns cozied up with al dente veggies in a savoury sauce will satisfy any seafood-loving soul. Crown & Anchor Pub – Pub fare, liquid libations, and afternoon music on most weekends. This Tudor-style building is a decadescontinued next page

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old Qualicum Bay roadhouse complete with its nothing-less-than charming squeaky floors, vintage windows and period furniture. Enjoy a game of pool, have a drink, play KENO.

WE SHOP HERE!

Bean Counter, Magnolia Court in Bowser - Coffee and tea-lovers will feel right at home in this up-scale cafe. Choose your comfort from an extensive list of coffees and teas, and a display case filled with fresh-from-the-kitchen sweets and inventive lunch specials. There’s something for everyone, including those who prefer gluten-free options or have special dietary concerns. The daily soups dance with flavour. The Veggie Paninis are artfully brushed with a taste-full pesto. And dessert? Well, there’s mile high Carrot Cake, Butter Tarts and a variety of muffins, scones and Danish to satisfy your sweet tooth! Tomm’s Food Village, Bowser. – If you don’t have time for a leisurely lunch, take a quick nip into Tomm’s Grocery Village for a fresh baked croissant, a few slices of deli meat, a round of brie, and a bunch of grapes; a great on-the-road nosh ... or perhaps a picnic on the beach. Ship & Shore Cafe & Store, Deep Bay - Fish & Chip connoisseurs indulge! Picture your plate teetering with lightly battered, crisp and succulent fish fillets accompanied with fresh-cut fries and coleslaw ... you’re about to experience an extraordinary lunch in Lighthouse Country! If Fish & Chips isn’t your thing (but how could it NOT be), try a Hot Dog, Grilled Cheese Sandwich or a Wild Salmon Burger instead, they’re excellent! Inside or outside on the Cafe’s waterfront patio, you’ll sit in awe of the unsurpassed

Lighthouse Gift Shop, Magnolia Court in Bowser - A charming shop featuring unique home decor, clothing, accessories and ‘Bowser’ apparel. From candles to kitchenware, jewellery to greeting cards, balloons to beachwear, this gift shop has a fabulous find for every taste, size, and budget.

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Salish Sea Market, Magnolia Court in Bowser - Artful treasures and inspirations created by artists living around the shores of the Salish Sea. An abundance of wellknown local artists are represented here, offering an eclectic mix of all things ‘art’, including ‘foodie items’ for the discerning palate. The perfect place to pick up a gift or a remembrance of your tour of Lighthouse Country. Lighthouse Feed & Garden, Bowser - It’s that glorious time of year to start contemplating what plants you would like to feature in your garden. Still looking for some ideas? Stop in and browse the variety of seeds and plants available throughout the season. If you own a dog, check out page 12 for a special limited time offer. Things & Stuff, Bowser - Treasure hunters wanted! Two showrooms and a yard filled with just about anything you can imagine; books, clothing, housewares, wrought iron fences, jewelry, garden statues, trinkets, furniture, collectibles and more! Things & Stuff continued on page 23

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From the Desk of the Director BILL VEENHOF Regional Director, Area H billveenhof.com ph: 778-424-2810 bill.veenhof@shaw.ca

Hello to all the Residents of Area H,

announced that the Province intends to pass legislation increasing the term length of local politicians from 3 to 4 years. Local publications have covered this issue well.

These past few months have been quite eventful for both of us and in particular Arlene who had a high seas adventure that she will be happy to tell you about if you see her.

Personally, I am of mixed emotions on this one. As someone new to local politics, I continue to learn and hopefully become more effective. So, if I look at my current term, it would be nice to have another year to exercise my gained experience. But I am not so warm to the idea of an additional year in my second term (assuming I run and then assuming I get elected).

THE SANDBAR CAFE & ART GALLERY HAS RE-OPENED - After the tragic passing of Helen Hallet, the Sandbar was closed until March 1st. I recently enjoyed some great Eggs Benedict there and I hope all goes well for new operators, Ryan & Grace Kim. Welcome to the community!

COMING EVENTS AT THE DEEP BAY MARINE FIELD STATION - The Deep Bay Marine Field Station is an integral part of our community and I always enjoy my interactions with the staff. Their advice has been particularly appreciated. Here’s a few upcoming events – visit their web site for full details:

DOGS ON THE LOOSE - I have received several calls in the last few months complaining about dogs on the loose in various parts of the Area. This, of course, isn’t a dog problem, it is an owner problem. It is particularly topical given the fatal dog attack on a llama in Area F. RDN Staff have asked me to advise you that if you encounter a dog problem, that you contact RDN Bylaw Enforcement (its our bylaw) and they will engage with Coastal Animal Services. Staff can be reached at 1-250-390-6535 or Tom Armet at TArmet@rdn.bc.ca.

• APRIL 3 - A film and lecture on the cougar. • APRIL 10 - An RDN event - “From Silos to Systems: Community Systems.” 9-4pm. For local organizations and Area H community groups and individuals, this workshop will support collaboration to build a healthier

LOCAL ELECTIONS - TERM LENGTH - The BC Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has

community, and the development or implementation of partnership between local governments, health authorities and community organizations. We will focus on identifying areas of shared interest and the unique assets different sectors can contribute to collaborative partnerships. For more information or to register please call 250-757-8118 or 250-248-3252 or email cfinnie@rdn. bc.ca. • APRIL 10 - “Shell-shocked”, a film about oyster extinction and a discussion on Ocean acidification. • APRIL 24 - Discussions on the Whales of Vancouver Island. GARBAGE - There are two issues on garbage that are worth noting:

• 1. For some reason, a handful of people think it’s okay to throw trash out of their cars and at our mailboxes. This is particularly evident on Horne Lake Rd. near the intersection of the fish hatchery. The other day, I noticed two men picking up the trash in this location. I don’t know who you are, but you have my sincere appreciation! • 2. It is never ‘okay’ to dump large amounts of trash in our natural areas. My hero in trying to solve this problem is an RDN employee, Maude Mackey. When informed of a dump, she gets it cleaned up, and if she can figure out who dumped it, she takes CONTINUED NEXT PAGE

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action. The fine for illegal dumping can run up to $200,000. She also puts up signs where dumping happens. If you come across a dump site, please let Maude know at 250-390-6576. You can always contact me as well. MEETING WITH THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT - On March 3, MLA Scott Fraser and I had a great meeting with very senior staff from the Ministry of Transport, (MoTI). I addressed four broad areas of concern for Area H and felt that I got agreement on all of them! We are moving forward on the following:

Firstly, we should all be very optimistic about the signs that we are seeing as it relates to our natural environment. We enjoyed record salmon returns last fall, the seal population is as high as it was in the 1920’s and as a consequence transient Orca pods are exceptionally well fed. At the risk of simplifying a complex interrelated series of ecosystems, there are things that residents have done that have contributed to this positive turn-around. The Nile Creek Enhancement Society has done great things, as has the DFO and the Big Qualicum Hatchery.

I remain very concerned about the seaweed harvest. While I have heard a great deal suggesting that this harvest We will mutually address issues of could be conducted in a sustainable signage, this is particularly important for manner, I have yet to see the science the business and agriculture communities. that supports this point of view. Perhaps because we are accessible, Scott Fraser and We will start the dialogue about building I have become the point of entry for the a walking/hiking trail from the Deep Bay residents concerns related to this activity. Harbour up Gainsberg and then down We will continue to do what we can to 19A to Shaw Hill. represent those concerns. In a recent We will start dialogue on creating a Rest motion to the Board, I asked RDN staff to Area at the intersection of Horne Lake Rd look at any legislative tools we might have and Hwy. 19, with a view to interrupting that could slow this down. Frankly, I don’t tourist traffic and encouraging them to think there is much, but staff and I will explore what Area H has to offer. continue to push. Developing a sense of partnership with MoTI to tackle our mutual issues.

Make no mistake, this is an activity that has been authorized and supported by the Province of BC thru the Ministry of Agriculture, (MoA). This has happened without dialogue with the RDN and the residents. The RDN had, and continues to have, no influence here. Scott and I have remained firm in our position to the MoA. The MoA needs to have public dialogue and the science needs to be understood before any harvest happens. Scott met with senior ministry officials in March and he advised that there has been a bit of progress. They seemed to get that the public concerns need to be addressed although initially they said that there is no legal requirement to do so. They have now moved to the position that they are willing to consider some sort of public process and have agreed to make the licensing decisions readily available to the public. From my perspective, this is a significant change and I appreciate Scott’s support as well as the MoA’s apparent willingness to look at the issue again. I encourage you to direct your concerns to the MoA, and I think the best point of entry is the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Derek Sturko at 250-356-1800 or Derek.Sturko@gov.bc.ca.

Scholarships and Bursaries Available PROMOTE YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS! Preparations for the 2014 Lighthouse Country Fall Fair are underway and we thank those businesses who have supported us in the past. Please consider supporting this popular community event again this year by placing an ad in our 2014 EXHIBIT GUIDE or by donating an item for our silent auction. For more information, contact Lois Curry at 250-757-8088 or Nancy Broslow at 250-757-9266 All ads must be submitted by April 15TH, 2014. •

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Canadian Federation of University Women PQ invites applications for 2014 Scholarships and Bursaries. Nine scholarships are being offered in School District 69 for female high school graduates, university students and for women wishing to upgrade their education. One memorial scholarship is also available for either a male or female student. Deadline June 2nd 2014. For details and eligibility, visit our website: scholarship@cfuwpq.ca

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ducate a man and you educate one person; educate a woman and you educate a whole nation” said Mahatma Gandhi. Women of the Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville Qualicum (CFUWPQ) strongly believe that an educated woman benefits the whole of society. That is why CFUWPQ raises funds each year to provide scholarships for young women to help them pursue their education. Money is raised through an October used book sale, a summer garage sale, member donations, support of Thrifty’s Foods through their Smile Cards and from advertising and publicity assistance from EyesOnBC Magazine. CFUWPQ is currently accepting applications from students who received their education in School District 69. There are ten scholarships and bursaries available for students from first year post-secondary to post-graduate studies. CFUWPQ awards include two $2000 bursaries for women wishing to return to studies after a break of more than two years. Deadline for applications is June 2nd 2014. For further information visit cfuwpq.ca/Scholarships/ Bursaries. ~ submitted

OCEANSIDE HOSPICE SOCIETY INTRODUCES ITS SPEAKERS BUREAU by Diane Hancox, OHS Bereavement Counsellor & Community Educator

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he Oceanside Hospice Society is pleased to offer its new Speakers Bureau service to the community. The Speakers Bureau is a team of trained volunteers that offers talks, information and other services to community groups (e.g., business staff, service clubs, chambers of commerce, church and other organizations). Presentations can be tailored to meet your available time, interest level and number of participants, such as a ‘lunch and learn’ session. Hospice volunteers are currently offering presentations entitled “An Introduction to the Oceanside Hospice Society” or one dealing specifically with “Advance Care Planning.” All services are free of charge. For more information visit www.oceansidehospice.com, contact 250-752-6227 or send email to info@oceansidehospice.com.

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yourself seriously. Do yourself a favour. When you tackle something like a professional, the results will show. Like the pro carpenter, “Measure twice, cut once.” Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This month is full of games, parties, schmoozing, flirtations, goodies will come your way. This is a favourable Aries (March 21-April 19) This is an empowering time except for the chaos and insanity on the home romantic getaways, vacations, games, sports time! The Sun in your sign gives you a chance to events, musical performances, the arts, movies front. recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. and just plain fun. Express your creative talents. It also attracts important people to you as well Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Whether it’s a road trip or Enjoy playful times with children. Take a vacation. as favourable circumstances. Be aware of this jet hop somewhere, you need a change of scenery. The arts, the entertainment world and the blessing and use it to your advantage. Venus will Adventure and the thrill of discovery! Yeah! Do hospitality industry will flourish. You can make soften all relationships with friends and groups; something to satisfy this urge. Travel is a good money from writing and talking. Wealth will however, your ruler fiery Mars continues to oppose choice. Or you might experience something fresh continue to come your way. How sweet it is! you until August, creating arguments with others. by learning anything new or you could sign up Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Now your attention Hey –it’s an opportunity to practice patience. for a course. Recently, I have been discovering turns to home and family. Some of you will want an unfamiliar part of a city I thought I knew and Taurus (April 20-May 20) Your personal year to cocoon more at home or hide. Or you might I’m fascinated! Groovy new places to eat and cool is coming to an end. How do you want your new check out how to modify your home or make secondhand bookshops make me feel like I’m on year to be different from this year? Partnerships basic changes that please you. Partners and close have been a struggle; nevertheless, you’re working vacation. But I’m at home. friends are helpful; and you are ready to part with hard. In addition, your optimism is strong and Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This month will be your hard-earned dough to buy beautiful goodies your hopes for the future are big. These hopes passionate. Sex will be hot. But that’s a given. You for yourself and others. Incidentally, there is a are justified because in about five to six years, will also passionately defend your best interests in chance you can get a raise or a better job. (Be you will reach a career peak or time of harvest sharing anything like an inheritance or a dispute aware of this.) in your life. And late this year and next year, about insurance matters or shared property. Expect will be an excellent time to explore real-estate to be focused on taxes, debt, bills, shared expenses, Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see. Because you’re opportunities. Ka-ching! shared labour and responsibilities for others. Fortunately, everything at work is smooth and cozy. keen to enlighten them about your views and Gemini (May 21-June 20) This is a popular Some will get a raise or praise. Others will strike up ideas, this is a strong month for those who sell, month! Get out and boogie. Talk to people and teach, act or write. You also want to travel, study a work-related romance. Woo, woo! meet new faces. Join classes, gyms, clubs and and explore beyond your sandbox. Buy wardrobe organizations. Not only is this a social month Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The Sun is now opposite goodies. Relations with others will be smooth for you, it’s a time where you will benefit from your sign, which is as far away from you as it gets because Venus will help you to be diplomatic and interacting with others --people will help you! all year. Because the Sun is your source of energy, charming. This promotes your chance to improve Travel for pleasure will appeal plus romance and you are bagged! You need more sleep. Of course your current job or get a better one. Perfect time competitive sports. Your future earnings are bound Librans, more than any other sign, are prone to for short trips. Zoom, zoom. to increase this year and next, perhaps from a crazy sleep habits. Do get more rest. This will be contact you make this month. Enjoy your increased challenging because fair Venus will create parties, Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Money, cash flow, earnings, debt, major purchases and shopping popularity and think about how to make your social occasions and romantic adventures. And dreams come true. feisty Mars is in your sign until August making you sprees are on the menus now. You’re concerned with earnings and how to boost them. (This is a Cancer (June 21-July 22) The Sun is now acting energetically assertive (read bossy and pushy). good time to get a job in the arts, movies, the like a spotlight and this light is flattering. People Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You want to be entertainment world, the game industry, the will admire you and those in authority will give efficient at work; and you want things running hospitality industry and anything to do with you increased responsibilities. This is the time to tickety-boo at home. Many of you will also work working with children.) You express yourself well make your pitch or go after what you want or ask out at the gym because you want to buff your bod now because Mercury is in your sign. Take some for approval or permission. Not only will authority and get in shape. 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At least we can credit Ayn Rand with revealing the dark secrets of the shadow government that can rule inside any one of us. She became a spokesperson for that dark hidden potential. We now know, in detail, the philosophy of a closing heart.

THE PATRON SAINT OF GREED by Joanne Sales

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e like to watch flowers open and close, and open again the next day. Our hearts are like that. They open and close, hopefully to open again. The two most recognizable figures globally in the late 20th century were an unlikely pair: Mickey Mouse and Mahatma Gandhi. A great being like Gandhi inspires our hearts to open, for his own heart was like the sun. His heart did not discriminate; it chose to shine on everyone – Hindus, Moslems, and the English, who at that time ruled India with an iron hand. We are inspired by such a strong heart that may struggle but does not close. Gandhi was assassinated in 1948. Around the same time, on our continent, there was another person who dramatically influenced the 20th century. If Gandhi was a heart opener, she was a heart closer. Gandhi demonstrated a philosophy of compassion, inclusiveness, non-violence and simplicity. This other person promoted a philosophy of greed, selfishness, and indifference to others. While many people today do not know the name of the woman who wrote The Virtue of Selfishness, we are all living in the wreckage caused by her life. I was in my early 20s, sitting in the passenger seat of my mother’s car driving down the streets of Washington, DC. My mother pulled over so I could drop a letter into the mailbox on the street corner. As I got out of the car, the book I had been reading fell off my lap into the gutter and actually went down into the storm drain and disappeared! I pay attention to such clear signs. “I guess I wasn’t supposed to read that book!” I laughed to my mother. What were the chances that a book would not only fall out of the car, but also find the infrequent open storm drain, and enter at exactly the right angle so it could disappear, turn into mush and wash out to sea. Ok! I said to •

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the universe. I hear you. I won’t read Ayn Rand. Ayn Rand was born in Russia in 1905 and died in 1982. If you want to be greedy and selfish, Ayn Rand can be your patron saint. Who was this woman? Many say she was the one who ruined the US economy, and who turned the post WWII ethics of equality and social justice into a ruthless battleground with very few winners (like 1%) and then, well, the rest of us. Ayn Rand was a writer and philosopher who became the guide and excuse for many recent political and business leaders and stock market investors. She was the one who took “greed” off the list of the Seven Deadly Sins and praised its virtues. She wrote two novels (one of them in a Washington, DC storm drain), and lots of non-fiction, promoting her philosophy of free-market greed and individual isolation. You would have to stand up against every one of the world’s spiritual teachers in order to promote such extreme greed and selfishness - and Rand did. Rand taught that a human should be selfish, look out for himself, take as much as he can, and not be concerned about the needs of the pool of losers at the bottom (like me and probably you.) Her books spread just about the time that the Flower Children of the 60-70s were envisioning a new society, based on communal sharing, “brotherly” love, harmony with the earth and with each other. Rand’s virus spread like black spot disease on a rose over the generous vision of those innocent dreamers. By the 80s, love was out of fashion, greed was in. Thank you, Ayn Rand. Rand was an atheist and pro-choice about absolutely everything. (No one should have to answer to any higher authority on this plane or beyond, as to her, there was no higher plane. An individual was supreme.) Many of her followers would be surprised to learn this. E Y E S O N B C

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Her philosophy might work in a sci-fi novel, but in this universe, greed does miserable things to good people. Greed ruins our hearts, our relationships, our livelihoods, our economy - and greed is close to ruining our planet. Why are we talking about Ayn Rand? Because we could follow a trail from Ayn Rand to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, something we certainly don’t need, and which threatens the well-being of everything we cherish. What is at risk here? The coast of British Columbia. Ayn Rand is gone but her legacy of grand scale selfishness remains. But so do the legacies of those who practiced and taught generosity, compassion, kindness, and intelligent creativity – the likes of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and many others. Their wisdom is also who we are. We may disagree on what, or even if, “God” is, but I think we can agree on this: the economy is not God. The economy should serve the humans that create it and the planet that it depends upon. So we have to make a choice to build our economy on expansive principles of concern for all life, or on contracting, self-serving strategies that benefit the few. We make the choice whether to expand or contract, and whether to open or to close our eyes, minds and hearts every day, with every breath. Gandhi or Ayn Rand? Which shall it be? Ayn Rand didn’t have children. You do. Today, the fate of all the children of tomorrow is on the table. Callously going ahead with the Northern Gateway pipeline would be a testimony to our lack of concern for them – as well as our lack of creative intelligence. ~ To read about the concerns raised by scientists about the Northern Gateway Pipeline, visit www.concernedengineers.org Joanne Sales is a freelance writer and blueberry farmer living in rural Qualicum Beach. Questions about her articles ... email joanne@glasswing.com

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ECHO Players presents:

MRS. REYNOLDS & THE RUFFIAN by Aileen Fabris on behalf of ECHO Players

ECHO Players present Gary Owen’s clever, enjoyable play “Mrs. Reynolds and The Ruffian” at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach from April 24 – May 11th.

complex than they appear. Mrs. Reynolds holds to her traditional values while Jay, the ruffian, demands respect but offers little in return. With Aviva Fox as Mrs. Reynolds and Mackenzie Blanchard as Jay the delinquent, Owen’s play subtly makes us confront our prejudices while thoroughly entertaining us with unexpected twists of the plot. Director Arlene Blundell has fashioned a warm, wise, funny and thought provoking play which makes us take a look at the way we live now.

As ECHO’s entry to the Theatre BC North Island Zone Festival to be hosted by ECHO Players in Qualicum Beach in May, the play chips away at the stereotypes of marauding youth and the elderly. Two generations at odds who are both, in their own ways, scared to leave their own homes. Playwright Owen, builds a complex, true and even optimistic story on the premise that challenges the audience to confront themselves and their differences.

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Love & obstacles in an Italian tearoom in New York City in the ‘40s Sat April 5 - evening performance Doors: 5:30 pm • Dinner: 6 pm • Play: 7 pm includes a delicious dinner

Warning: Adult content and language.

Set in England, Mrs. Reynolds is an elderly lady and Jay is a wayward troubled delinquent who mindlessly and spitefully trashes Mrs. Reynolds’ lovingly tended front garden. The authorities attempt to instill “Restorative Justice” forcing Jay to face his victim through an initiative called “Community Payback”.

Sun April 6 - afternoon matinee Doors: 12:30 pm • Lunch: 1 pm • Play: 2 pm includes a delicious luncheon Tickets $25 in advance only Available in Bowser at the Salish Sea Market and Georgia Park Store; in Qualicum Beach at The Shoe Inn and at Mulberry Bush Books in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Jay underestimates the powers of Mrs. Reynolds, who, like him, is a master of manipulation, and he intends to play the system for his own benefit. At first glance this is a simple tale of two stereotypical generations locked in battle – but human beings are more

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FATHER, DAUGHTER TEAM UP TO CONQUER BLOOD CANCER by Lisa Verbicky

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hen Ian MacDonell’s daughter, Jen, emailed him in December to announce her plans to bike 200km from Vancouver to Seattle in this year’s Silver Wheaton BC Ride to Conquer Cancer, his first instinct was to offer to tag along as a support driver. Instead, the 68-year-old Deep Bay resident has found himself in the saddle, logging up to 30km per training ride three times a week, an impressive step for most healthy individuals let alone a person on his 17th cycle of chemotherapy.

“When Jenn said she was going to ride for me, I got pretty emotional. I thought, you know, ‘I’ve got strong legs. I should try this, even if I only make it part of the way. It’s a good way to give back and support the development of new therapies and care programs.’”

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MacDonell has been fighting multiple myeloma, a blood cancer with a high diagnosis rate on Vancouver Island. According to statistics by the BC Cancer Registry and Provincial Health Services, in 2013, there were 75 new cases diagnosed, the second highest incidence behind the Fraser Valley region.

Ian MacDonell and Susan Voerman at Powerhouse Fitness Club in Bowser

MacDonell did his first 5 kms on Christmas Day. He, his daughter and her partner Jeff Beeston, owner of Trail Bikes in Courtenay, have been doing training rides since then. By March, he’d worked up to 30km. After a short break to recover from a cold, he’s now shooting for 40km.

SPRING FEVER REMEDIES FROM THE BOW HORN BAY COMMUNITY CLUB

Along with the three other riders on the Trail Bicycles Team, they are hoping to raise a total of $17,500 to towards research, education, and compassionate care for people with blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. All funds raised will stay in BC.

SYMPTOM: Eyes fixated on the rain running down your windows. REMEDY:

Divert your eyes; find pictures of Spring Flower containers in full bloom!

SYMPTOM: An aimlessly wandering mind questioning – where can starter plants and cheerful containers be inexpensively purchased locally?

MacDonell, who is also co-facilitator with the North Island Multiple Myeloma Support Group, hopes the funds raised will go to support new frontline treatments like the newly FDA approved drug, Pomalyst, that has shown to increase life spans of people fighting this disease.

REMEDY:

Until now, there had been three frontline therapies for Multiple Myeloma. The first is a stem cell transplant, which MacDonell underwent in October of 2011. The second is chemotherapy which can be taken in pill form at home, and the third is an intravenous drug treatment. Pomalyst adds one more option.

No worries! From the Bow Horn Bay Community Club booth at the Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast – Lighthouse Community Hall – 240 Lions Way – Sunday, May 11th, 8am to 12 noon.

SYMPTOM: I am tired of the same old, same old. I want something different this Spring. REMEDY:

Yes, we understand! This year in addition to our fabulous hanging baskets, we are also offering cute little containers with pre-planted flowers. Starter plants can also be purchased individually. We promise satisfaction!

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Community Event Calendar April 2014 Union Bay Credit Union

Annual General Meeting April 12 2014 • 2-4pm Union Bay Community Hall Refreshments • Door Prizes

LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE (LCC) - 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay. FMI Hall rentals Call Sheena McCorquodale: (250) 757-9991. FMI on Events at the LCC visit www.communityhall.ca.

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS GROUP - Needs your help! FMI Call: Val Weismiller: (250) 757-9667. LIGHTHOUSE RECREATION: FMI Call (250) 757-8366 or email shipshore@shaw.ca.

SPRING PROGRAMS FOR LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE LIGHTHOUSE RECREATION PANCAKE BREAKFAST – April 13 - 8am to Noon, Pancake Breakfast, Poultry Swap, GARDENING CLASS SERIES Flea Market. Live Music on the Hall stage. The Qualicum Bay Lions Club will be serving Taught by Master Gardener, Connie up breakfast this day. Kuramoto. $20 per session. 9:30am to12:30pm in the Hobby Room at the LCC. PreLIGHTHOUSE SENIORS #152 – April registration is necessary to ensure enough 7 – Potluck lunch. Come and enjoy an materials are available. FMI Call Phyllis at afternoon of socializing. New Members (250) 757-9363 or email wandptaylor@shaw. welcome! FMI Call Joan (250) 757-9536. ca. LIGHTHOUSE SPINNERS – Bring your Part 3 OF 6) ORGANIC GARDENING BASICS Spinning Wheels and fibre and the – April 13 - In this class you will learn how to Lighthouse Spinners at the LCC. Tuesdays avoid expensive lawn and garden fertilizers at 10:30am. FMI Call (250) 757-8402. as well as toxic pesticides and still have a CARPET BOWLING – 12:45 to 3:00pm at the gorgeous garden. Organic gardening is better for the environment, and better for you, your LCC. FMI Call Layne (250) 757-8217. family, and the garden itself. Other benefits include less work, less insect and disease AA LIGHTKEEPERS - Fridays at 7:00pm at problems, and more time to enjoy life. the LCC. FMI Call (250) 757-8347. Part 4 of 6) BUILD YOUR OWN HANGING BASKET – May 11 – In this class, you will learn about the ideal growing conditions, the care and feeding of your basket, AND plant one LIONS REC HALL – 280 Lions Way, Qualicum of your very own! Cost of materials is $20 on top of the cost of the class and includes 12” Bay. FMI on Hall rentals Call Bert Carter: plastic basket, growing media, plants and (250) 240-4538. fertilizer. Children can participate for free when accompanied by an adult. QUALICUM BAY LIONS CLUB – Meet at 7pm, every second and fourth Tuesday in RDN RECREATION PROGRAMS - Please prethe Lions Den. register for all programs to avoid program cancellation. Call Chrissie at (250) 757-8118, LIGHTHOUSE FLOOR CURLERS – Monday email at cfinnie@rdn.bc.ca or call Oceanside and Friday, 1 - 3pm, Sept. to May at the Place at (250) 248-3252. Lions’ Rec Hall. Come and join an easy to play mixed group activity for all ages, even 8TH ANNUAL GOLDEN SHOE HUNT - April 11 into your 80’s, indoors on a gym floor. Curling rocks supplied. Join the Club for the thru May 16. Join us again to find the Golden Shoe! Clues and instructions for the locations season and enjoy “extra events”. Drop-in $2. FMI Call Fred (250) 752-0216 or Al (250) of both the shoe and Geocache will be posted weekly to www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation and on 738-0646. the RDN Facebook and Twitter pages starting April 11. So get your hiking boots, maps, LIGHTHOUSE COUNTRY SCRAPBOOKERS – Meet 3rd Saturday monthly at the Lions’ compasses or GPS ready! Rec Hall, 9:30am- 4:30pm. $10. Door prizes. FMI Call Jorgie 250-757-8358 or Shirley (250) 757-8384. BRIDGE – Nordin Room 1:00 to 4:00pm Friday afternoons at the LCC. FMI Call: Sheila Steele (250) 757-8307.

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PARKSVILLE & DISTRICT COMMUNITY CHOIR - April 13 “Brahams’ German Requiem”. 2:30pm. Knox United Church.

QUALICUM BEACH GARDEN CLUB - April 8 - 7pm. QBCC. Speaker, Bill McMillan on “Rhododendrons 101”. MID ISLAND FLORAL ART CLUB - April 10 – “Spring Flowers bumped up a notch”. 1:45pm. St. Stephens Church.

EAGLECREST GARDEN CLUB - April 16 - Speaker, Paul Wurz of Hidden Acres Rhododendron Garden. 7pm. QBCC. April 26 Annual Plant Sale. 8am-12pm. 531 Yambury Rd.

QUALICUM BEACH LAWN BOWLING - April 12 – Annual Garage & Bake Sale. 8:30am-2:00pm. April 26 & 27 – Open House. 12:303:30pm.

SPRING CRAFT FAIR - April 27 – 10:00am – 3:00pm. Union Bay Community Hall.

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Last year, the group decided to take on a 5,000 “Burpee” challenge. (A ‘burpee is a calisthenics type move where you jump down into a plank position and then back up.) People started cheering them on and donating money. “We weren’t sure where to pass the money on to. Then, we were told about Ian, and that was that. It was like it was meant to be,” says Voerman. Powerhouse Fitness Club will be hosting another fundraiser for the riders on Saturday, April 12th at 10am when Ian and another team rider will be giving a demo/trial on a stationary bike. Tables will be set up with rider information, a cash donation jar, and info on how you can help or donate formally, as well as information on Multiple Myeloma. “I’m really hoping to raise awareness about this disease. Vancouver Island has ten times the number of incidences of MM than the national average. Yet,

there’s not a lot out there for people looking for support, information and education.”

in this year’s ride for the BC Cancer Foundation on June 14 and 15th. Last year’s event raised 10.4 million dollars. Since its inception in 2009, 50 million dollars have been raised for all types of cancer research, care and education.

There are currently two support groups on the island, one in Victoria and the North Island Group in Courtenay, he says. The Courtenay group meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Holiday Inn at 12:15pm for lunch and then 1:30 to 3pm for group discussion.

For more information on the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer visit www.conquercancer.ca, @TheBCRide on Twitter, or The British Columbia Ride To Conquer Cancer on Facebook. To donate to Ian’s Team visit www.conquercancer.ca and go to the Trail Bicycle’s Team Page, or drop in at the Powerhouse Fitness Club on Saturday April 12th at 10am.

“We started with eight people and now have about 25 coming regularly. We find that they usually come to us right after diagnosis when they are looking for answers.” The North Island Group has recently started a program that helps healthcare practitioners diagnose symptoms, such as fragile bones and pain in the back and rib area.

To learn more about the North Island Multiple Myeloma Support Group in Courtenay contact Linda Latham at lindalathamcr@gmail.com or call 250-923-4055. ~

MacDonell and his team will be joining an expected 2,000 to 3,000 cyclists

Free hearing screenings • The latest in hearing technology Hearing aid repairs • Custom ear molds Custom hearing protection · DVA claims accepted Friendly service • Free Smiles!

REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCALLY, WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!

Call today to book your FREE hearing screening

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FIRST RATE MASONARY – Over 14 years experience providing first-rate, creative workmanship within budget and on time! Old brick restoration. All stone and tile work. Fireplace facing. Retaining walls and pavers. Chimney construction, cleaning and repairs. FMI Call Jason Buxton (250) 802-5515.

KOMBUCHA - Make Your Own Kombucha Workshops offered in Coombs by Joanne Sales who has been making Kombucha for over 20 years. joanne@glasswing.com, www.islandhealing.ca

THE FIX-IT SHOP – Repairs to all makes and models of lawnmowers and ride on lawn tractors, including John Deere. Pickup and delivery available. Used equipment for sale. Call (250) 702-2191 or email fixitshop009@gmail.com PICK-UP AND DELIVERY – Tune-ups and repairs to riding lawnmowers and all small engines. Buy and sell used equipment. Call Ron (250) 240-1971 e-mail: ronmorrison100@gmail.com.

WILDWOOD COMMUNITY CHURCH 113 McColl Road, Bowser

Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am 757-8136

WORSHIP ISLAND GOSPEL CHURCH

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Sundays - 10am Worship

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EASTER SERVICES GOOD FRIDAY - April 18 10:30am - Joint service at Wildwood Community Chruch

DON’S HOME REPAIR – Plumbing repairs and installations, complete renovations, no job too small. Call Don at (250) 7578757 or cell (250) 951-8757.

EASTER SUNDAY - April 20 9:00am - Pre-service Coffee and Muffin 10:00am - Service

FOOTCARE – HYGIENE Soaking feet, cutting nails, filing calluses, treating dry skin – fingernails too. Reflexology – 1 hour sessions. Services offered from Nanoose to Royston. Please call Vikki at (250) 7579244.

90 McColl Road, Bowser, BC (250) 757-8253

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Illusion Lake Sand & Gravel

GROUPS/SOCIETIES/CLUBS THE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF QUESTERS – Next meeting April 28th. For more information call Chris (250) 752-1419.

Off Horne Lake Road

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NELSON'S MUSIC STUDIO Piano/Theory Lessons Parksville/Qualicum Area Beginners to Advanced Your Home or Ours John/Margaret 250-954-5895

For those larger projects… Call for delivery or to Arrange pick-up Trucks for Hire • Pick Up or Delivery

For smaller quantities… Call or stop by our Gravel Mart at 911 Church Rd., Parksville, BC

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interior decorating

Septic Installation

We encourage you to “think local” when looking for products or services

DEJA~VU DECOR CUSTOM DECOR & WINDOW COVERINGS

Call

250-752-8772

Bookkeeping Services Sage Simply Accounting & QuickBooks Free Consulation

250-248-2429 www.hbhorizon.ca

INSTALLATION SERVICE & REPAIRS

Drywall

Heating

PLUMBING • GAS • HEATING

Philip Brown

250-240-4902 • 250-757-8077

Bobcat & Excavator

Land Surveying

surveyor-ark@uniserve.com

Insurance

Custom Renovations

Plumbing

EVENINGS

Picture Framing

Plumbing Gas Heating

Unit 11A, 1009 Allsbrook Rd, Parksville, BC

Yoga

Home Improvement

Bookkeeping

Convenient In Home Appointments

Underhill Trucking Topsoils, Driveway Blue Chip, Fish Compost, All Aggregates (4 yrd loads max.), and Tandem Trailer Moves.

Bobcat & Excavator Service Serving Bowser, Qualicum Beach & Parksville

Call Carey in Bowser

250-757-2089 (H) 250-951-4861 (C)

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RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL Roofing

· Re-roofing · Sheet Metal · Shakes · Tile · Repairs · Maintenance

Electrician

Sani Services

Chimney Cleaning

cjsroofing@shaw.ca Justin Molyneaux (250) 240-3472

Treatment Plant Certified Maintenance Provider Assessments Available

RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL ALTERNATE ENERGY

T.J. Farrell

250 • 240 • 7778

Sand - Gravel - Topsoil

tjfarrell@shaw.ca

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WE PLAY HERE! It’s a nature-lover’s paradise. Keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready for Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Trumpeter Swans, Seals, Sea Lions, and the occasional Orca. They all play in Lighthouse Country! Lighthouse Trails, Qualicum Bay and Bowser - There are two well groomed, dog-friendly trails for those up for a trek. Along the paths you will discover benches, picnic tables, wood carvings, a continuous tapping rail for the visually or balance-impaired and both trails are wheelchair accessible. Access to the North Loop and Wildwood Community Park is located on McColl Road in Bowser. Access to the South Loop is located at the end of Lioness Blvd. in Qualicum Bay, very close to the Lighthouse Community Centre and Qualicum Bay Lions Den.

IRV MUELLER R.O.W.P.

also offers free scrap metal drop off, something to keep in mind when planning your day in Lighthouse Country.

Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Research Station, Deep Bay - Take a self-guided tour of this extraordinary “green-built” facility and learn more about marine conservation issues, observe research currently underway, discover various marine creatures in the touch tanks and view local artists, topical books and conservation-themed art on display. Follow Gainsberg Rd, turn left onto Crome Point Road and follow the signage. Your trail to the facility travels over a road uniquely constructed of oyster shells. (Note that it can be dusty in dry weather, so keep your windows rolled up.) With just a glimpse into Lighthouse Country, explore the highlights on Sunday April 13th, then return for more throughout the coming season. Keep in touch for travel tips through our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eyesonbc and on our website at www.eyesonbc.com. ~

Deep Bay Harbour and Spit, Deep Bay - Beyond its breathtaking view of the harbour, yacht club, mountains and ocean, you’ll find sandy shorelines for picnics, playing fields for bocce ball or lawn darts (bring your own equipment), and easy beach access for swimming at high tide or beachcombing at low tide. Follow Gainsberg Road to Burne Road, turn right, then left at the “T” at Deep Bay Drive. You’ll find the grassy spit at the end of the road. Chrome Island Lighthouse, best view from Deep Bay - Built in 1891, this beacon of Lighthouse Country is currently one of the few remaining manned lighthouse stations in British Columbia. Accessible only by water, past archaeological studies of the island have unearthed petroglyphs and a variety of ancient rock carvings. Follow Gainsberg Road towards the harbour, turn right on Burne Road and then right again on Deep Bay Drive to the parking area at the end of the road. There’s easy beach access, a great view of the lighthouse, and a chance to see Great Blue Herons, Eagles and other seabirds in their natural habitat.

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BOWSER • DEEP BAY • QUALICUM BAY HORNE LAKE • SPIDER LAKE

Trade Show 2014 Sunday, April 13 8:30am - 12:00pm

Qualicum Bay Lions’ Den • 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay

Stroll up from the Pancake Breakfast & Flea Market (the Trade Show is directly behind the Lighthouse Community Centre)

Meet some of your local Lighthouse Country area businesses. The Lighthouse Country Business Association has over 130 members - offering a wide variety of services and products.

www.lighthousecountry.ca

See you there!


April 2014 eyesonbc magazine