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Jewellery & Up-cycled Furnishings ...and featuring Oceanside’s famous Biscotti Di Notte shortbread & pizzelle ... and other traditional Come in for a sample and order for Christmas! holiday treats. www.facebook.com/reddoorgiftstore.com 702-A Memorial Avenue Qualicum Beach

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Amazing Gifts for the Chef in your life And we gift wrap, too! Real Light Candles • Fat Daddios • Cuisipro • Victorinox • Chef’s Choice • Nespresso • Kitchenaid


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FEATURES

ECHO Players’ Farndale: A Christmas Carol

9 China Steps Emporium 19 Hometown Holiday Gift Ideas

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

7 Travellin’ with Carolyn: Strathcona Park Lodge 17 Thru the Seasons: Our Resident Pheasant 24 Tide Table

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

27 Fraternal Twins - by Michael B. Poyntz 28 ECHO Player’s: Farndale: A Christmas Carol

FASHION & STYLE 10 Holiday Shopping in Qualicum Beach 11 ‘Tis the Season for a Make-over

COMMUNITY LIFE

14 From the Desk Bill Veenhof, RDN Director Area H 24 The Art of Conscious Living COMMUNITY PEOPLE

7 Strathcona Park Lodge

6 Kwalikum Secondary School Honour Students 8 Images & Voices: Madeleine Pletz

HEALTH & WELLNESS

22 Linda Watts: Balance Your Noshing This Season 26 Health & Wellness Matters: Fun & Safe Holidays

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8 Images & Voices: Madeleine Pletz

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December 2012

VOLUME 1 NO 10

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his time of year usually brings more opportunities than any other time of year for families to get together to reflect on the past year and make plans and changes for the New Year. A New Year can be filled with possibilities – a fresh start and an opportunity for change. Some of these changes may include retirement, downsizing or relocating. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) and Transition Consultant has unique training and experience in helping people work through this type of transition. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) understands that the decision to sell your home can be difficult, and can patiently support you through each step, sticking with you for the entire process. Many options are available for today’s seniors whether it’s downsizing from a family home to a patio home or apartment condominium, moving to a care facility or retirement home or aging in place. You can count on a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) to guide you through the process of selling your home, making the transition less stressful and more successful. A Transitions Consultant can work with you to determine the best approach when dealing with your household belongings and downsizing. Together you will create a plan, including what to take with you and how to best deal with the items that you no

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MEET THE HONOUR STUDENTS OF KWALIKUM SECONDARY SCHOOL The Qualicum Beach Honours Society is an independently funded, non-profit organization with a mandate to celebrate “Academic Excellence with Pride in Achievement”. Kwalikum Secondary Grade 12 students apply to become members and are inducted into the Honours Society at a banquet in June if they have kept an 83% average in academic courses throughout the school year. Since 1992, over $115,00 in scholarships have been awarded to these deserving students. During the school year, photos and profiles of each of our student applicants are showcased here in the EyesOnBC Magazine. If you would care to advertise in this space by contributing a minimum of $50 to us for the cost of this page and, in return, receiving a tax deductible receipt from us, please contact Jill Chudleigh at (250) 752-3842 or Len Townsend at (250) 752-1230. SCOTT AUSTIN Overall, KSS has been an enjoyable time of my life, and four years I will always remember. High school has provided great times, from hanging out with friends to playing on sports teams. My plan is most likely to move away for schooling. Although I am ready for the next chapter in my life, it is going to be hard to leave the people who have got me to where I am today.

COLTON DENNIS When I graduated from Grade Eight, I was very worried about going to High School, having to meet new people, and take harder classes. I shouldn’t have been nervous at all. I quickly grew to learn that there were great friends and teachers at KSS to help me along my way. Due to my enjoyable times with Math and English courses at Secondary School, I plan to pursue a Business degree at university, and eventually to go to law school and become a lawyer. RYAN DRAKE I have had a wonderful time at Kwalikum Secondary. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else, I have made many new friends and experienced many new things. I can still remember my first day here; it was spent running around the school trying to finish that scavenger hunt. I would just like to take this time to thank all my teachers and friends who have supported me throughout these four amazing years. After KSS I hope to have joined the Forces and be flying in the Royal Canadian Air Force. JIAYI WANG I really love Qualicum Beach and our awesome KSS.   It provides a good surrounding to me to learn and  practice my English. People at here are nice and warm-hearted. Our teachers at KSS are fabulous. They always encourage me and guide me. I love KSS so much. My plan for post-education is to attend the University of British Columbia next year. I think that UBC will provide me with the challenges and opportunities to sharpen my abilities and realize my potential. I have a huge interest in politics, so my goal is to work as a foreign diplomat. My ultimate dream is to be the Foreign Minister for China. I believe that dreams do not become reality through magic, but rather through determination, hard work, and perhaps a little bit of good fortune.

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NATALIE CHOW Studying in Kwalikum Secondary School has been the highlight of my school life so far. I have never regretted the decision I made back in Grade 10 which was to leave Hong Kong. I decided to study on this amazing island. KSS has changed Natalie to be a better person in many different aspects. Teachers at KSS have great expectations of me and have always been encouraging me to be the best I can be. I widened my horizons, I made friends from all over the world, I gained knowledge that I wouldn't have gotten a chance to gain if I was in Hong Kong. What more could I ask for? I promise everyone that I am going to do my best in the future and paint my life colorful! I want to study psychology in University, which has always been my passion. My goal is to help people with the ability I have! KSS, I can't thank you more for all the changes you have made in my life. Thank you!  MICHAEL DOBINSON These four years at KSS have been an incredible and unforgettable experience. Courses such as Chemistry 12 have truly changed my perspective on what is required to be successful. It has been challenging and I am very excited to finish this coming June. Following that, I plan on attending the University of Victoria to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. KSS has taught me to push myself and always strive for perfection. I hope that these work habits will benefit me in my future education and career. TORI SHEWCHUK The experiences and lessons that I have gained from my time at KSS are some that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I cannot thank my teachers enough for the endless support and  incredible opportunities they have shared with me. Growing up in Qualicum Beach has humbled me beyond words and this I can thank my wonderful community for. I aspire to become an elementary school teacher and aid young children in their learning experiences and in growing into the best person they can be. If I can give those children the same influence I have been given, I'll know that I have succeeded. 

SIYU WANG I am an international student in KSS. I just began my KSS life in second semester of my grade 11 year. KSS is a nice school, the teachers are really friendly, they are really nice, they always helps me when I have some problem with my studies. The people in Qualicum Beach are really friendly, I am so glad that I have this opportunity to be an international student. After I graduate, I will study Hospitality Management in a Canadian university. M A G A Z I N E

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STRATHCONA PARK LODGE: WILDERNESS CLOSE TO HOME

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ig Daddy, Burl Ives, stayed here, as did The Foth, Alan Fotheringham, and countless other visitors from around the world. Now we add our names to the guest book after a brief visit to Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre in November. In this pristine wilderness setting surrounded by the lakes and mountains that comprise British Columbia’s oldest Provincial Park some 150,000 students have learned outdoor leadership skills. As the only casual guests at The Lodge, as it is affectionately known, we are treated like royalty! Sole occupants of Haig-Brown Lodge we enjoy a lake-view room, with queen bed, bathroom with shower and wide deck. It’s back to basics here, no television, phone or VCR. Cell phones don’t work here and I had a problem pulling up the CBC on my walkman. However WIFI is available at the office. Hard to believe that we are only forty kilometres west of Campbell River! Everyone is so friendly here. We walk down to the beach to watch paddling legend and master instructor, Tony Shaw, teach a group of canoers who are just finishing up a three-month course through COLT (Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training). Most paddlers have come from Alberta and BC but one young man has driven up from New Mexico to attend this course. Tony, who lives in Nanoose Bay, moved to Canada from England and fell in love with canoeing northern rivers in 1967 while teaching near the Yukon in Lower Post, BC. Later he and his wife, Doreen, set up Red Goat Lodge and outfitted Stikine River canoe trips for the likes of Pierre Trudeau. Tony Shaw recently was awarded the Brian Creer award by the Recreational Canoeing Association of BC (RCABC) for his significant contributions to the association.

Nanoose Bay’s Tony Shaw (centre front with paddle) teaches students to be Canoeing Instructors at Strathcona Park Lodge. Carolyn Walton photo

clothes” she says. Later when Ross goes in the adjoining room to change he notices it has a picture window view of the lake and view of him changing as well! Myrna Boulding, along with her husband Jim, was way ahead of her time, starting an eco-lodge in 1959. Connecting with nature, offering healthy local food, it was probably the first to offer the 100-mile diet, working with local fishers and farmers. Today the Lodge remains strictly off the grid, generating its own power, filtering its own water, strictly following the three R’s. During the summer months guests have a choice of kayaking, canoeing, hiking to protected bays and beaches, climbing bluffs, high ropes courses and zip lines or wildlife tracking on the property. Within 30 minutes there’s access to whitewater paddling,

At the beach a woman calls out “Hi I’m Angie. Would you like me to fire up the sauna for you?” Ross says he’d love one later and helps her stoke up the exterior wood stove at the nearby cabin. “There’s a change room so just come down in your

mountain biking, and rock climbing, while a little further is whale watching and world class sea kayaking. Or families can just relax, swim, canoe, enjoy campfires and the weekly wild salmon BBQ prepared in traditional First Nations style at the beach front. For anyone wanting to “get away from it all” during the winter months, the Lodge rents the cottages only, each fully equipped with private bathroom, kitchen, living room, deck, electric heat and wood burning stove. Minimum stay, two nights. There’s canoeing in calm waters, bird watching and snowshoeing into the lower Elk Valley to observe herds of Roosevelt Elk. Snowshoes are provided with each cabin. For more information contact the Lodge at 250-286-3122.

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by Rita Levitz

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ou know how the Amish youth have their year out in the world, and the Australian walkabout? My year in Santiago, Chile was almost like that: to fully have my childhood and to fully grow up I needed to go on an exchange.” Although Madeleine Pletz has been back in Qualicum for five months, the time since her Rotary Student Exchange Year has gone by like the blink of an eye. “Now, I’ll be walking down the street, and a memory will flash in my head, and I’m right back there…”

MADELEINE PLETZ: PLANTING A SEED

Carolyn Hateley, Youth Exchange Officer for the Qualicum Evening Rotary Club, is not surprised. “We’ve been sponsoring high school students on Rotary exchanges for thirty-six years. They can go to over twentyeight different countries. Students become world citizens by living in the lifestyle of another country, developing connections and friendships. They come back changed— more independent, more aware of the world beyond their doorstep.” Carolyn has seen all sides of the program: as local exchange organizer, as sending mom, and as homestay mom for students who spend the year in our community. Maddy had also experienced exchanges in a variety of ways before she applied to go. “We had exchange students in our house the whole time I was growing up. My mom went on an exchange when she was a teen, and my sister went also. I figured it was my turn to see the world.” The process between the desire and its fruition has many steps, including interviews and written essays. “I was excited to go, but it just didn’t seem real—even at the airport, I just gave my family a quick goodbye hug. It was only when we were flying over the Andes that I thought, ‘Hmmm, I have no idea what my host family looks like.’”

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CHINA STEPS EMPORIUM

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

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by David Morrison

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ow is your Christmas shopping going? Nearly done, or are you floundering for gift ideas for those perennially ‘difficult-to-buyfor’ people? If that is the case, I know of a store that may hold all the answers. Then again, I guess that would depend on whether the folks in question might appreciate pulling from their stockings such as a strange antique medical device, a dreadful velvet painting, or a preserved puffer fish. If not, perhaps they may enjoy an old rice sack, or a pair of 1930s boxing gloves?

to begin, and I would not wish to spoil the fun of your visit, but here amongst the standard vintage collectables like comics, magazines, toys, video games, records and so forth, one can find, in no particular order, military gear, early Canadian varsity items, Polynesian memorabilia, curious quackery, old vehicle manuals, puppets, antique bottles, nautical paraphernalia, previously enjoyed sports equipment, trapper hats, licence plates, jigsaw puzzles… and on and on, and endlessly on.

This stuff and more – oh, so much more! – is on sale at the extraordinary China Steps Emporium. A classic ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe,’ it is stuffed to bursting point with surely the craziest range of ‘stock’ to be found anywhere on Vancouver Island. Meaning simply, “a retail store, especially one selling a great variety of articles,” the word ‘emporium’ can rarely have been more accurately applied than to this store at the bottom of downtown Nanaimo’s China Steps.

While the China Steps Emporium is far from unique in concept, its proprietor is most certainly a one-off. Standing well over six-feet tall, Jake Niddrie is one of the funniest men I have met in recent times. A wisecracking, super-friendly live-wire who just loves to talk, ‘Trader Jake,’ as he is known locally, is also the only storekeeper one could meet who routinely and frequently (though affectionately) refers to much of his merchandise as “random junk that no one on earth could ever possibly need.” Indeed, his incongruously modern business card proclaims the

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PIZZAZZ Cozy Comfort to Festive Fashion

for yourself or someone special PETITE PIZZAZZ SUGGESTS: • Frilly, lacy, sparkly tops to dazzle wherever you go.

Coats • Sweaters • Seasonal Co-ordinates Party Wear • Holiday Accessories & Jewellery

• French Dressing Jeans for the perfect, figure-flattering fit.

We’d love to help you with all your holiday gift shopping. Come enjoy our attentive, personal service. Shopping ‘til 8pm Thursdays Nov 22nd to Dec 20th

OUR TOP THREE GIFT GIVING IDEAS

• Sporty, dressy and glamorous coats to ward off winter’s chill.

French Dressing Jeans are here!!

Shopping is easy with gifts of glitter and glamour from our beautiful

Styles and fits to flatter the “pleasantly petite” part of you!

PHARMASAVE SUGGESTS: • For the Glamour Girl: a faux fur wrap with pockets. Only $14.99. • For the Fashionista: magnetic clasp sparkle pins. Only $14.99.

WIDE SELECTION • SIZES 4 to 18+ and Small to 2XL 691-A Memorial Avenue Qualicum Beach 250-594-0040 Mon-Sat 9:30-5 • Sunday 12-4

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• For the Fun-loving: fragrances from the Juicy Couture Collection. Prices vary.

Holiday Shopping in Qualicum Beach Festive Fashion Statements With Style! Shop for famous fashion names like ... Non-Fiction • Aventura • Nygard ...and for someone special Bearington Christmas Bears

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SHABOOMS SUGGESTS: • Designer sweaters to dazzle & delight. • Jackets to fit, flatter and function in any wardrobe. • Sumptuous down jackets to keep you warm & cozy.

ARBUTUS EMPORIUM SUGGESTS: • Scarves, scarves, scarves! Versatile Infinity scarves to wear as a scarf, shawl or neck dressing. We’d love to show you how! • Sweaters and sweater coats to keep yourself and loved ones cozy and warm this winter. • Sterling silver jewellery and semiprecious stones to sparkle along with you through the holiday season. •

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR A MAKE-OVER

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omewhere around the age of 50, the dreaded and oh-sosneaky wrinkle begins to arrive with a few of its buddies. Dips and grooves set up camp and spread across a once youthful and perky facade. Not to mention sun damage, dehydration, and a change in skin pigmentation? Just a few of the joys encountered as the decades pass. It happened to me, it may be happening to you. Aging can certainly be a little rough on a gal’s skin! With the holiday season upon us, and approaching my 56th birthday in January, I decided to end 2012 looking a little better than I started it – and a quick make-over seemed the perfect idea. I arrived for an early morning appointment. Not knowing what to expect, I found myself seated in a cozy corner of the Qualicum Beach Pharmasave and in the capable hands of Jennifer Spratt, Cosmetics Manager. Jennifer has been with Pharmasave for ten years, and has helped clients just like me look and feel their best, at locations all across Canada, and now in Qualicum Beach since earlier this year.

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I was very happy to learn that I wasn’t the most wrinkly 55-year old Jennifer had ever seen, and that my skin, although somewhat sun-damaged and showing signs of darkening pigmentation, could still benefit from an array of skincare and make-up products on the shelf at Pharmasave. With a little care and attention, my skin could still look vibrant and healthy again. I would slide into Christmas with a little glitz and glamour, and turning fifty-six may not be so bad! The Elizabeth Arden make-up line, and NeoStrata’s anti-aging products were the order of the day - both very high-quality brands. First moisturizer, then foundation blended to a light and silky finish, a touch of eyebrow powder, eye shadow for a little pop, mascara for definition, followed by blush, lip liner and lipstick in shades that complemented the warm fall colour of my scarf. Throughout the process, Jennifer offered tips and techniques so I’d be able to recreate the look on my own - a very important take-away from the experience.

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A little bit of this, a touch of that and voilà, in the span of an hour, a whole new me. Well...actually the same me, but looking better, feeling better and ready to take on the day with new confidence.

Jennifer Spratt, Manager, Cosmetics Department

I highly recommend a make-over at Qualicum Beach Pharmasave. The results are dramatic – it’s amazing what professionally applied make-up can do! And I was happy to learn about the variety of products available to help slow down the aging process and give my skin a youthful glow. The experience left me eager to care for my skin in a new way, and I must admit that with the easy techniques Jennifer shared with me, my make-up now looks natural and, frankly, doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing make-up.

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FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR

1. I moved that staff organize a seminar for Area Directors where RDN Rural infrastructure needs be defined/ tabled and that funding sources be identified. Staff has engaged on this and the work will be on-going for some time. I will push for public engagement on this.

Hello to all the residents of Area H; Arlene and I would like to wish you all a safe and happy Holiday Season. We are looking forward spending our season with family and friends. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at bill.veenhof@ shaw.ca Town Hall – 10 Dec I asked earlier if you would be interested in a Town Hall meeting and about 20 people indicated that they would. Through the kindness of Helen, I have booked the dining room of the Sandbar Café for the Town Hall on 10 Dec at 2pm. It will be a good opportunity for you and I both to reflect on my first year as your representative. I do not have an agenda for the meeting, nor will I build one. Rather, I think that I will open it with some issues that are important to me (hopefully to you as well) and then just have free flowing dialogue with you. If there are issues you want me to specifically address, let me know. Henry Morgan Park Design issues with Henry Morgan Park have been resolved and as I write this, the park construction is under tender. Hopefully, we will break ground in the not so distant future. Recent Motions At the Regular Board meeting, at the end of October, I made four motions that were not part of the agenda. All these motions passed.  I would appreciate your comments on this. The motions are paraphrased.  

For some time now I have watched as provincial and federal infrastructure monies/grants are announced, but the RDN hasn’t been focused on pursuing these funds. Clearly, if we don’t ask, we are not going to get these grants.  So this is an effort to get staff to focus on grant applications that support the infrastructure needs of all RDN rural areas; to create the energy to make these infrastructure requirements a reality.  From an Area H perspective, I have heard a great deal from you in support of: • Sewage Treatment for Bowser and Qualicum Bay • Walking/cycling trails along the Old Island Highway between Bowser and Dunsmuir • Traffic calming measures on the Old Island Highway, (note that VIU is helping us define what those should look like). • A sidewalk along Gainsberg • An traffic interchange at Corcan and the New Island Highway. • Fish enhancement infrastructure • Horne Lake road improvements I am not advocating for these items, rather it is a list that reflects what you have told me.  I know that we will

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not get them all, indeed we will be fortunate to get one. I would like to hear from you.  Do you agree/disagree with these items, do you have other suggestions?  If we can get traction on going after grants, then you can expect that there will be full public dialogue on associated projects. 2. I moved that the Federal Infrastructure Minster (Lebel) be invited to visit the RDN to discuss our infrastructure needs and the RDN write the Federal Government indicating the RDN’s support of the Federal Infrastructure Funding program.  I was prompted to this motion by a similar to one from the RD of Maple Ridge.  It supports the effort above. 3. I moved that staff brief the Directors, before the budget, on what the costs would be to pay the volunteers, that support RDN Committees and Commissions, mileage and meals.  I was surprised to find out this wasn’t happening and I found I was sitting in meetings with volunteers who were not getting mileage when I was, it didn’t seem right.  Depending on the costs, this could become part of the budget. 4. I moved that staff brief the Directors, before the budget, on the costs associated with holding Electoral Planning Meetings in each Rural Area, once a year.  I feel that it is time we get out of the boardroom and meet the people we represent.  If this goes forward, I will give my fellow Directors a local Area H tour so that they might better understand our issues and realities.  Depending on the costs, this could become part of the budget. All the Best of the Season Bill Veenhof

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continued from page 9 emporium as purveying collectibles, antiques, oddities and, yup, old junk! I am standing in Niddrie’s overwhelming emporium, aware that (at least) two other pairs of eyes are trained on me. Down to my right, poking out from a box of hundreds of postcards and photographs, Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, is smiling at me. And just over my right shoulder, a little too close for comfort, I am almost nose-to-nose with a stuffed wallaby. “He likes you,” chuckles Niddrie, “because you know he’s a wallaby, not a kangaroo.” Open for six months now, 34-year old Niddrie’s wonderful store is a natural conclusion of over two decades of collecting, well, just about anything and everything. “I’ve been collecting since I was a kid,” he begins. “I’d go with dad to the Cedar landfill with a truck full of garbage, but we’d come home with it three-quarters full of garbage, and have to sneak it up the driveway when mom was out back gardening! My dad loved old motorcycle parts and bicycles and, as he was a signwriter, anything to do with advertising and signage. We’d find all sorts of junk all over the place.” “There were people close to where I lived that would fire guns, so I’d go and collect ammunition cartridges, looking for different ones and realizing, that as people had been shooting there for years, the more I dug the earlier and stranger cartridges I would find. It all stemmed from there; I started collecting marbles, sports cards, comics, mini-bikes, bicycles, car parts, broken skateboards, and stuff that has no use at all to anyone on earth! I would do the flea markets selling sports cards and comics, and then with the money buy something else,

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so week after week it would be a revolving door of ridiculous impulse buys. Even if it was broken, if it was affordable and I could see the potential in something, I’d buy it.” There is, however, a touching and very human motivation behind Niddrie’s seemingly compulsive packrat mentality. “Selling certain things is hard,” he says. “I have an emotional connection to everything. It’s not the object itself, but the story it holds; the story of me finding it, the information I got off the person I purchased it from. I buy the story; I want to know who, what, when, where, why, and even after I get it I entertain my own story. Say it’s an early motorcycle helmet: has it been across the country? Was it under the arm of a guy as he proposed to his wife out of a window? It may have been worn a few times and then put in a closet, so holds no real story, but my mind races, you know? And when something is more tactile, it has more value in a sense: does the object have an initial or a name or a number written or carved on it? What do they mean? All this stuff fascinates me.” Born and raised in Nanaimo, Niddrie is particularly enthralled by historical local items that find their way to him, and for which he receives plenty of inquiries. From within the farrago of miscellany cramming the China Steps Emporium he showed me some examples in the forms of a pair of bellows, apparently from Cumberland’s No. 5 Mine; some old souvenir Nanaimo Clippers postcards, and a 1920s mounted bear head from Victoria. How Niddrie came to open his store is perhaps not unsurprising: rather than intent on pursuing a commercial venture, he simply needed more space for his stuff! “I never intended to amass such a collection,”

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he explains. “I go through phases of collecting certain things, and it can get to a level of obsession, I guess! My house got filled; my parents’ basement got filled; other places I had access to got filled, so opening the store was actually a necessity! I was a collector that became a hoarder, and I had too much stuff to display, enjoy or absorb, so although opening the emporium was not a dream or intentional, it was the answer!” Nonetheless, the former plumber, bartender and chef is attracting a lot of attention for what was initially intended to serve as overspill storage, but rightly so, as his emporium is a blast. Most satisfying of all is Niddrie’s obvious joy at how he now makes a modest wage. “I’ve always thought that if I could do it for a living, surrounding myself daily in what I enjoy, I might end up poor, but I’d be happy,” he says. “So I put the rent in my left pocket, and everything in the right pocket gets spent on more junk I don’t need!” Trader Jake might comically term his inventory junk, but in my humble opinion the real junk is the generic trash stacked high for sale in the soulless corporate chain stores of this world. How lovely it would be, would it not, to receive a truly unique gift this Christmas, like a piece of local history, or something yielding a fascinating story?

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Images & Voices - continued from page 8 Maddy went with the determination to be committed for the entire year, a determination she maintained even during a bout of viral meningitis she suffered two months after she arrived. “Everyone asked me if I wanted to go home—the Rotary counselor, my host parents, my own parents, but I felt that if I did I wouldn’t have completed what I’d set out to do. Imagine all I’d have missed if I’d gone home early!” That includes friendships with Chileans and with other exchange students---people she is still in contact with—Rotary-sponsored trips, and the opportunity to grow, explore, blossom… “I’ve a better idea now of what I want my life to be like. You don’t have to follow what everyone else does—you can think for yourself and do what makes you happy. I feel a lot more understanding and accepting of different situations, and open to more options for the future. I’m definitely more out-going; I used to be a bit shy.” “I have a different outlook now. Some people here are way too concerned with

who’s dating who, and being competitive; they’re really caught up in themselves, and not aware of other things happening in our community, and in our world.” Travelling not only allows you to experience the “new,” but can change your perspective on the “known” as well. “I learned a lot about Canadian culture. I saw more racism and homophobia in Chile than here. We’re more accepting of differences, more openminded. We’re not as openly affectionate though. Everyone there hugs each other, gives cheek kisses. People there were not secretive; they don’t keep anything back. I think we could be more open, more inviting of others into our lives. Here, we know each other, but we don’t really know each other.” “I do appreciate Canada and Qualicum more now—I appreciate the individual freedom, the green hills, the huge trees, and the rain, I appreciate the rain too…” “I’d definitely recommend a student exchange, but it isn’t necessarily easy.” Maddy went to a school in the poorer

part of Santiago, a Catholic Military School—the school hours were long, with sometimes eleven subjects in a day. “But it’s very worthwhile; you’re there to learn the language and the culture, and to make friends. There are so many ways to remain in contact, with home when you’re away, and with new friends once you’re back home. All the good things stay in your memory.” “We don’t have anyone for this coming year yet,” said Carolyn. “I need to go to the high school and make a presentation.” “I’ll go with you.” Maddy’s response was immediate. “I’ll help plant that seed.” By now, some lucky young person will be preparing to go outbound, helped by Maddy, by Carolyn and by all the support that the local and worldwide network of Rotary clubs provides. Some lucky young person is about to step into their future…

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OUR RESIDENT PHEASANT

by Nancy Whelan

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feast for the eyes with its studied strut and brilliant array of colours and markings, our Ring-Necked Pheasant is not, alas, one of our native birds. In fact, checking on some of the elegant bird’s details led to dictionary and atlas and an interesting geography lesson with the occasional “a-ha!” moment, not to mention a taste of ancient history. Most successfully introduced to many parts of the world including North America, the pheasant is native to China and that part of East Asia known as Georgia (once part of the U.S.S.R) from which it was brought to other countries as a sought-after game bird. The pheasant familiar to us is the RingNecked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Its name ‘pheasant’ is a derivative of the ancient city of Phasis, now the modern port city of Poti on the Black Sea in Western Georgia and “Colchis” was the ancient name of the country. The pheasant holds the likely distinction of being the most widespread game bird in the whole of the ancient world.

The pheasant’s preferred habitat varies from agricultural land to ditches, marshes, hedgerows, the borders of woodlands and brushy areas. Like most game birds, their diet consists of seeds, grasses, leaves, roots, cultivated grains, insects and wild nuts and fruits. Once seen, the Ring-Necked Pheasant is not likely to be forgotten, especially the male with his brilliant plumage. His green head, red face wattles, the white neck ring, glowing bronze-y brown body with dark markings, and his extraordinary, long pointed tail surely brand him as a ‘dandy’ in

In the US, the Ring-Necked Pheasant was named the state bird of South Dakota – an unusual honour for a non-native bird and one of only three such birds to be so proclaimed.

the bird world. As is usual, outside of human sartorial effects, the female pheasant is smaller, duller, but still classically attractive in shades of grey, fawn, and brown with intricate darker camouflage markings and the same pointed tail. Both have featherless, rather long, ‘chickenstyle’ scaly legs, as do most grounddwelling game birds. Whether his outstanding/outlandish get-up or some inner urge puts the male pheasant in the harem keeper department, he certainly establishes himself as ‘the cock-of-thecontinued on next page

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continued from page 17 walk’. Each spring he will lure as many as a dozen females into his well-delineated and defended territory, and guard them against any aggressive rivals, sometimes entering into vicious battles with beak and spurs. Pheasants build a rudimentary nest on the ground in grass or tall weeds, and do little to furnish it except for bits of vegetation or a few feathers from the female’s breast. The poor hens or ‘harem girls’ are then left to incubate their dozen or so plain olivebrown eggs with no help or attention from the cock. The downy young pheasants hatch with open eyes, leave the nest almost immediately and forage for themselves under the hen’s care. They are able to fly in about two weeks, but stay with the mother for six or seven weeks.

The pheasant is not a bird to be spotted during inclement weather when it stays in its roosting area for days at a time with nothing to eat. In autumn, pheasants get together in large flocks in which they live till the spring ‘sorting’. The male makes a loud “KoorkKOK” sound and both sexes make clucking noises like hens. When startled or flushed by dogs or hunters, the pheasant takes off nearly vertically with a great flurry of wings. It does not fly far, and its main method of escape is a quick dash on its sturdy legs. The pheasant is a tasty bird, no doubt, but perhaps greater pleasure could be taken watching and enjoying this bird go about its natural rounds rather than preparing to consume one ‘under glass’.

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HOMETOWN HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

by Lisa Verbicky

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or those of you who are desperately looking to avoid ‘mall air’ this shopping season, I give to you the ambiance and charm of local gift buying. You can get pretty much anything on your list in Oceanside, and honestly, if the editor would have tolerated it, this list of unique hometown gifts could have been a novel. Below is just a wee skiff of ideas to get you started. Say “Cheese” The holidays are absolutely the time to indulge with a smile and there is no better way to do that with a round of award winning Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Island Brie and a bottle Cranberry Wine from the Mooberry Winery, both located at Morningstar Farm. Visit their farmgate store for a custom basket chosen from sixteen different artisan cheeses, wines, and locally sourced jams, jellies and crackers. (www. morningstarfarm.ca) For the Café Connoisseur Give the people on your list a cup of their favourite hot drink for those cold winter mornings. For the tea drinker, Bowser’s Bean Counter is featuring Harney & Son’s Tea, sold in gorgeous vintage-style tins with flavours like White Christmas Tea with cardamom, vanilla, and almonds. For a little buzz during gift opening, pop a bag of Creekmore Coffee’s best-selling organic, fair-trade, “Buzzrite” blend of beans into the old stocking. Or make up and give out your own ‘brand’ of Karma Coffee to all your friends.(www.karmacoffee.com) Coffee gift cards make great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Goody Gumdrops Kiddies of all generations can relate to one thing over the holidays and that’s candy. Qualicum’s Vintage Candy Shop offers up everything from classic ribbon candy to PEZ dispensers and chocolate coal, and they have everything in between (or out there, including flavoured larvae and crickets) to decorate the most ambitious of gingerbread houses or wreaths. Goodie bags or a candy ‘buffet’ are great ideas for the office party. They also have a few quirky gifts that are noteworthy like the classic Slinky or Rubik’s Cube, metal lunch boxes, and, my favourite, breath spray that will “help you communicate with your father”. (www. thevintagecandyshop.com) D E C E M B E R

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If chocolate is more your thing, organic Denman Island Chocolate makes some great flavors to match the season such as Chocolate Mint, Zesty Orange or Toasted Hazelnut, available at most health food stores. For a taste of Vancouver Island history, you also can’t go wrong with Rogers’ Chocolates (since 1885), available at Qualicum’s Chocolates Plus. They make great gifts for the out-of-towners on your list. Gone Gluten-Free Just because Santa isn’t on board with this one, doesn’t mean your gluten-free family members have to go without. Fill a basket with GF cookies, crackers, chips, chocolate, canned wild salmon, veggie pate, kale chips, and organic apple cider, all available at local area health food stores like Qualicum’s Heaven On Earth, Village Bulk Foods, and Back to Nature. Toss in some beeswax candles, essential oils, a raw foods cookbook, a sprouting kit, or some natural bodycare, and you’ve got a gift that ensures even the most health conscious person on your list will not be left out in the cold. It’s on Me... If putting together a basket is simply too much ‘shopping’ for you, there is no better gift than time off from cooking. Whether it’s morning lattes for your spouse, a 10X smoothie card from Rawthentic for your teenager, Italian for grandma and grandpa at Qualicum’s Giovanni’s, or brunch at Tigh Na

Mara, most local restaurants, bars, and pubs in the area offer gift certificates and cards for the foodies on your list. For something different, put on your babysitting hat and throw a couple of tickets to a local New Year’s dinner event into a card. Also, most local area grocery stores offer gift cards that are perfect gifts for when visitors tend to eat everyone out of house and home. “Serenity Now” There’s nothing like receiving the gift of ‘calm’ after a chaotic season of over-sugared kids, in-and-out visitors, and overindulgence. These gifts will help cure any ‘holiday hangover’ and get your loved one’s started on the right track in the new year. Most local yoga studios all offer gift certificates or gift cards to be used for a variety of approaches, age and skill levels. Or, you can simply pop a punch pass or a membership into a card or stocking. For those at the north end of Oceanside, Bowser Massage Therapy is offering gift certificates for those in need of a little TLC. (250-797-5314) For a more DIY approach to relaxation, pick up a holiday gift basket of Canadian-made

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from rolls, to maki, to nigiri, salads and rice bowls ... and even a scrumptious sounding Scallop Burger. Even the “Sushi nervous” will find this gem perfect for a quick bite by choosing one of the ‘carnivore’ offerings. Everything’s available for take-out, but before long you’ll become good friends with the owners and want to eat-in just to visit. You’ll find Sushi Deco at 261 East Island Highway, Parksville. Telephone: (250) 586-3290. Re-opening December 3rd after a month-long renovation hiatus.

I’ll be returning regularly to work my way through the entire menu. Everything

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PEAR POMEGRANATE SALAD

Linda Watts photo

Serves 4

What You Need

1/4 cup slivered almonds, plus 2 tablespoons 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 small shallot, finely minced (about 1 heaping tablespoon) 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 6 cups of baby-leaf spinach 1 large red Bartlett pear, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, plus 2 tablespoons

BALANCE YOUR NOSHING THIS SEASON

What to Do Place almonds in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat. Toast nuts until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Let cool and set aside.

TRY A PEAR POMEGRANATE SALAD WITH HOLIDAY FLAIR by Linda Watts, Registered Dietitian

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hat are the holidays if they don’t include the enjoyment of the season’s parties, dinners and cocktails? While it’s old news that this time of year can take its toll on our weight, the University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter reports other possible adverse health consequences related to our indulgences – especially if we have pre-existing heart disease or associated risk factors. According to the publication, large highfat meals may raise our heart rate, serum triglycerides, blood sugar and blood pressure. This kind of eating triggers the release of the stress hormone, norepinephrine, which increases blood pressure and heart rate. Our blood vessels’ ability to dilate or expand when necessary can also become impaired. And digesting super-sized meals, of any kind, may elevate our heart rate because of the heightened physiological demands on the intestinal tract.

To balance out our noshing and imbibing over the holidays, stick to lighter fare between feasts. Consider broth-based soups, real juice smoothies, fresh fruit and veggies and salads.

Place olive oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Add shallot, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk well. Set aside. (Prepare at least two hours ahead of time. Vinaigrette will keep in the refrigerator for about a week).

Here’s a winter salad with ruby, gem-like pomegranate seeds and snowy-white tufts of goat cheese, which give it a festive touch. Extracting the seeds from the fruit can be tricky. Although I’ve tried many ways of harvesting these little suckers, my kitchen almost always ends up covered in juice splatters reminiscent of a TV show crime scene.

When ready to serve, combine spinach, pear, goat cheese, 1/4 cup almonds and 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds in a large salad bowl. Gradually add vinaigrette and toss until ingredients are lightly dressed. Garnish with remaining 2 tablespoons of almonds and pomegranate seeds.

The best method I’ve found for avoiding a bloody-looking mess is filling a clean kitchen sink with cool water and while holding the pomegranate under water against the bottom of the sink, carefully cut it in half with a sharp knife. With the fruit still submerged, separate the seeds from the membrane using your fingers. Then, quickly scoop them out of the water to a waiting sieve to drain well.

Linda Watts is a registered dietitian. Send questions or comments to wattslin@gmail.com

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continued from page 19 For a truly local and unique gift, add a famous “screw-ball” bracelet by Emily Ferris at Elements Gallery in Coombs to your list. (www.facebook.com/pages/ Elements-Gallery)

Rocky Mountain Soaps in Sugar Pear or Vanilla Candy Cane scents from Qualicum Beach’s Vintage Bath Soap & Candles. Or pick up a gorgeous, Zen Clock from Mystic Imports in Bowser, to give your at-home yogi a gentle, gong-style wake up from Nirvana. The New You... Get the person on your list a new lease on the New Year with experiences that mold the body and expand the mind. Bowser’s Powerhouse Fitness offers gift certificates for memberships, bootcamps, and personal weight-training to start the new year off right. (778-424-3488) Need a buddy out on the links? Most area golf courses offer gift cards or certificates for anything from green fees to a new golf shirt or a burger in the clubhouse. For the adventurer, Horne Lake Caves offers gift certificates towards caving tours such as their Winter Wet ‘n Wild tour. Finally, a gift certificate for classes at Qualicum’s Let’s Knit or Parksville’s Scrapbooking Adventures is perfect for the crafter on your list. Looking Good... One of my all time favourite fashion gift ideas this season are boot-top stockings. These knee-high socks have a faux-fur lining you can roll over your boots for that old Russian-inspired winter look, available at Dress for Les in Bowser from $40. Qualicum’s MOD Apparel carries great Canadian-made accessories such as hand-painted guitar pic earrings from Comox, Pashmina Cashmere scarves, and ‘Brave’ leather bags and belts. Stuff your Christmas sock with, well, some socks from Sox Trot in a variety of prints at Brown Eyed Susan’s in Qualicum Village. Or pick up some locally made, vintage-inspired, floral jewelry at Wilde & Sparrow in Parksville. Refresh Clothing is also offering up a jewel of a gift this season with sparkling earrings and necklaces by Regina-based Dragon’s Den winner, Hillberg & Berke. (www. refreshclothing.ca)

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the Village Theatre Box Office or www. echoplayers.ca. Qualicum Beach’s The Old School House also offers gift certificates that can be used for memberships, purchases in their store, or art and music events.

Finally, for something to cozy up in, pick up some Merino wool accessories from Qualicum’s Smithford’s or a pair of Bowser ‘bear bum’ long-johns at Bowser’s Lighthouse Gift Shop.

For those looking for original works, Cindy Mawle is one of many artists selling her coastal inspired paintings at a variety of price points, available at Bowser’s Salish Sea Market or the Sandbar Café in Qualicum Bay. Check out her hand-painted wooden ornaments.

For the finishing touches, nothing says “new you” like a gift certificate for a holiday make-over from Qualicum’s Pharmasave. (See Linda Tenney’s article on page ___) For Him For the man in your life, pop a manly gadget into his stocking from Qualicum’s The Outsider or wrap up a classic Woolrich Sweater from Walkabout Clothing Company.

And finally, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book like Cooking Fish, Brewing Tales - Recipes and Stories by Bob and Peggy Burkowsky, available from Mulberry Bush Bookstore located in Qualicum and Parksville.

Unique Gifts for the Home... Give the hostess in the house something sassy with a whimsical strapless apron from Qualicum’s What’s Cooking. Or serve up a holiday buffet on printed table runners and snowman inspired place mats, available at Qualicum’s The Weathered Gate. You can spice up someone’s space by giving a locally designed “Wall Mandala” from The Red Door. For shoppers who have committed to giving recycled or gently used items, pick up an old kerosine lantern for that traditional holiday glow from Bowser’s Things & Stuff. The Artist’s Way... For theatre lovers, Qualicum’s ECHO Players Theatre has gift certificates for season’s tickets, or you can pop some tickets for this season’s holiday farce of “A Christmas Carol” (December 13th - 29th) into your loved-one’s stocking. Available at

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And last, but, not least... For Fluffy Yes, the fur-clad are also part of our families. So this season fill up a sock with organic treats for pooch at Bowser’s Lighthouse Feed and Garden, give a make-over for Rover from Pucci’s Pet Grooming in Bowser, or, for a good cause you can support the Qualicum Cat Rescue by giving one of their cat calendars full of gorgeous photos taken by one of their 11-year-old volunteers. Everything you need to fill this season’s Christmas stockings and gift boxes, is right here in Oceanside. Happy shopping! ~

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WHY OUR EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS SO HEAVY AND SANTA’S BAG IS SO LIGHT By Joanne Sales

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motions – good. Emotional baggage – bad.”  That is obviously a gross generalization, but it gives us a place to start. It was no fun lugging my old suitcase with no rollers on the bus from the ferry to the airport recently, and then I had to pay $25 to get the airline to take over my baggage. But $25 is cheap compared to the price we pay, day in and out, for our emotional baggage. All of us who have been through emotional hell (is that everyone?) know that we need to be on the look out for Get Out of Hell Free cards and share them when we can.  Santa may have one of those cards. 

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Yes, of course, I believe in Santa Claus! He wraps up boxes of Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese and puts them under our tree every year!  I don’t think Santa is generous because he is jolly.  It is more likely that he is jolly because he is generous.  Generosity is one of the 6 Paramitas – “perfected virtues” - in the Buddhist tradition, and all other traditions as well. Generosity makes us happy. Santa has also found good work - useful, harmless, meaningful and interesting.  He gives similarly good work to elves and loves his wild animals.  Also, he saw a need (lonely children), and rather than flounder and freak out, he found something he could do about it. In other words, Santa has his act together.  His bag is light because he is Light.  You and I on the other hand have followed in the lineage of centuries and developed the debilitating habit of hoarding continued next page

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bad memories, and stashing them either in accessible places for constant review or out of sight where they can make us miserable for no apparent reason. Without question, our pasts weigh us down. Santa is an idea, a concept.  Our pasts are concepts as well.  They tell us what we can and cannot do (fly or not fly; give or not give; solve problems or not).  We actually have no idea how much our concepts confine us because we have never been without them. Unpacking our emotional baggage is an experiment worth trying.  Why do we hang onto our old stuff anyway?  Mostly because of attachment.  We confuse our self with our story. Stories-RUs.  While it is possible to have more slippery motives like revenge, in most cases, we keep lugging around our emotional baggage because we are too confused, weak or tired to dump it.  We may not know how, and besides, we wonder, what would I be without my baggage?

its inhabitants, we need everyone’s body, heart and mind fully engaged and present. Imagine what it would be like to start the new year without the old year. As Santa unloads his bag, let’s unload ours.  Offer its contents up to the sun. Dump it into the ocean of grace.  Let it dissolve in the winter rains.  Cast it into outer space.  Tap on it.  Write it all down and burn it up. Release it. Over and done with it! The Mayan Calendar is ending on December 21.  I expect we’ll be around to see the sun rise on Dec 22.  But if we’re brave, we could see the dawn of a new, more compassionate world, A happier, lighter new year for everyone!

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But baggage has a price. To quote the popular Bruce Lipton, cellular biologist, “The simple truth is, when you’re frightened, you’re dumber.” When we feel under attack, our highly refined defense system draws the body’s resources away from the immune system, core vital organs, and from the higher thinking centers of the brain, and makes it all available for fight or flight. That’s a healthy response when we’re running from a lion. But living in a chronic condition of fear, anxiety, depression or anger means a weakened immune system, less energy, and a slew of possible health challenges.

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Our emotions do not merely reflect mental states – but they literally create physical states that affect us down to the cellular level. We cannot be in a state of optimal health, vitality, growth, and balance at the same time that we’re in a state of self -defense, panic, or fear.  Our emotional baggage makes us tired, sad and sick. Back to our oversimplification. “Emotions - good.  Emotional baggage - bad.” Emotions are not a mistake of evolution.  Emotions are life. We can safely welcome today’s emotions with open arms, and let them go with open hands. Emotions are meant to be experienced but not stashed.

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What’s the difference between Santa’s bag and ours? Intention. We’re dragging the past into the present; Mr. Claus is planning on giving everything away in one night.  

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We’re clinging onto old relics in cramped quarters of our secret inner world. Santa has global vision. Imagine holding every child in the world in your circle of concern.  We wouldn’t have time to munch on past insults. What if we forgave our step-father, uncle, gym teacher and ex-everyone? Most likely, we’re only punishing ourselves anyway.  Forgiveness is for everyone’s benefit. Forgiveness and unpacking is work, but help is available.  From traditional methods to newer energy healing modalities, help is here.

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TIPS FOR A FUN AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON prepared by Lucy Churchill, RN

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he holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people may become careless and distracted. Don’t let stresses and excesses of the holidays make you ill.

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Along with parties and presents, the holiday season often brings stress, emotional turmoil, rich food and late nights. All of these can affect your health and well-being. Here are some tips for managing the holidays: Stay hydrated. Water helps your body cleanse toxins and fight germs. With furnaces blasting, lots of party food, alcohol and caffeinated beverages your body can soon become dehydrated, so make sure you drink lots of water, at least 6-8 glasses each day. Wash your hands. You may be getting “sick” of hearing this but frequent and thorough hand washing or the use of alcohol based hand sanitizer is the best way to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses. Remember to keep you hands away from your face especially your eyes.

Medicine Centre offers a computer enhanced program to record and save your readings, with printouts available to take to your physician. Call us today, or stop by, to find out more about this valuable free service

Fit in Fitness. Unfortunately when you are pressed for time you need exercise even more. At least do a few stretches each day and try to walk when going for errands, work or social events. Get the whole family out for a stroll after a big meal. Plan some outdoor activities with the family like skating or tobogganing. Sleep. Another thing you have to fit in to your already busy schedule, if you do not get enough sleep you risk being sick, try to keep a regular time for going to bed and getting up in the morning. Just say NO. You cannot do it all! Choose your priorities and then politely decline commitments that will put you over the top. Adjust your expectations. Everything does not have to be perfect to make a memorable holiday gathering. Simply spending time with family and friends is the most important thing. Stick to your budget. Money matters are a big stress factor. Make a strict shopping list and budget and stick to it. Remember that the stores may be closed over the holidays so make sure you have enough supplies, especially medications. Get your prescription(s) filled before that long weekend/or holiday especially if you are travelling out of town. Make sure you have lots of fun and laughter over the holidays. ~

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Fraternal Twins

The rain has been pounding on my cottage roof throughout the night as if an army of marbles was parachuting in for breakfast. Ah, but what a sleep I had curled up, warm and snuggled under a winter quilt. This must be what jelly feels like in the middle of a peanut butter sandwich. I woke up feeling as if I had slept held within the mist of a gently cascading waterfall. I wonder, is every raindrop distinctly unique in shape and form from the other, like their fabled cousin the snowflake? Are there twin or triplet or quadruplet raindrops? What is the correct term for a thousand identical raindrops…millilets? What are the pragmatic differences between a raindrop and a snowflake?

Raindrops and snowflakes are as similar as a mirrored reflection of two fraternal twins for both fall from the heavens descending in their own cavalier way but upon arrival share a unique commonality as if their whole existence was merely a drop in the bucket

Snow flakes inspire the innate desire to form an angel something…I have never wanted to do in a rain puddle…ever and there are three-year olds everywhere who will enthusiastically try to explain the joy of splashing up and down in a puddle as absolute sheer delight easily as much fun as a great game of hide and seek

Raindrops arrive in the middle of a stormy night like an awkward yet persistent cat burglar whose sole intent was to break into our sleep while the forever elegant snowflake arrives like a Princess amidst a muted entourage of countless and equally beautiful cousins each bearing a cache of treasure that steals our breath away at dawn

We dress fashionably for snow but throw on whatever is close by for rain who would deny that walking in fresh snow is undeniably magical yet searching for a set of car keys under a deluge...is not at the end of a snowfall we gather skies with glee with rain I find myself in gumboots that never seem to fit and I’m not at all sure about people who carry umbrellas I know they are not from my neck of the woods. I am sure that those who live on the foothills and mountain nearby share an affection for snow that would rival mine for our easily predictable unpredictable rain. Heck, they probably have pet reindeer and drink mulberry wine as well! As for me, I hold onto my kinship with rain knowing there are halos out there everywhere and I have never seen a raindrop that required a shovel to move it! Irish

Michael B. Poyntz, author of ‘Dusk to Dusk’ has over 150 poems published on www.poetrysoup.com/Irish. His ‘That Canadian Poet’ greeting cards are available at many gift shops, book stores, and other fine retail outlets on Vancouver Island, and can be also found at all BC Ferry on-board gift shops.

Advisory Committees and Commissions The Regional District of Nanaimo is now accepting applications for appointments to the following advisory bodies in the Lighthouse Country area: Electoral Area ‘F’ Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee -Coombs, Hilliers, Errington

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Electoral Area ‘G’ Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee -French Creek, Dashwood, Englishman River Electoral Area ‘H’ Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee -Shaw Hill, Qualicum Bay, Deep Bay, Bowser

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District 69 Recreation Commission -Electoral Areas E, F, G, and H

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Thank You! The Lighthouse Recreation Commission thanks the following community groups and businesses for their support of another fantastic Lighthouse Family Halloween Party! We couldn’t do it without you!!

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Residents interested in volunteering to participate in these and other advisory bodies outside the Lighthouse Country area are invited to obtain a Board Appointment Application Form from the RDN website, www.rdn.bc.ca, or by contacting the Corporate Services Department at corpsrv@rdn.bc.ca, 250-390-4111, or toll free at 1-877-607-4111. Application forms must be submitted by 4:00 pm, Friday, December 21, 2012 to the Corporate Services Department at 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6N2, or by email to corpsrv@rdn.bc.ca, or by fax to 250-390-4163. D E C E M B E R

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ECHO by Sue Murguly

THE FARNDALE

The Farndale ... Christmas Carol ... a laughout-loud farce with wide seasonal appeal

this holiday classic gets a competent spoof treatment.

At this time of year productions of “A Christmas Carol” are commonplace but ECHO Players hope that no member of the audience is expecting to be entertained in the traditional style. This is “A Christmas Carol” as you have never seen before. Five actors take to the stage with the intention of showing the audience their rendition of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. However, their heroic efforts are soon overwhelmed by real-life calamities that achieve their own unstoppable momentum. But with enthusiasm and determination in stiffupper-lip fashion they refuse to admit that everything is working against them. The show must go on!

The Daily Express critic, reviewing the original production of this play, wrote that, “Not since the Monty Python mob dressed up as The Batley Townswomen’s Guild and re-enacted the Battle of Pearl Harbour with their handbags have I tittered so much at such a deliberately dire show”, while The Guardian critic referred to “Hilarious moments of delightful inventive silliness...”.

It is often said that great skill is required to portray incompetence successfully. Fortunately ECHO is blessed with a very able cast and production crew. Susan Evans, Susan Warner, Belle Warner, Wendy Punter and David Attley portray a variety of characters and achieve a multitude of costume changes as they work their way through Dickens. Set designer Don Punter provides a creative background for the action. Costumes by Dorothy Lupul and Marguerite Stevens, lighting by Ken McCready, and sound by Denise SchutzJones are intentionally quirky. Adding realistic touches are props manager Pat Anderson, and scenic painters Jeanne Ackles-Cardinal and Laura Aikens. Under the inspired direction of Thea Stravroff

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LIGHTHOUSE WREATHS Betsy Poel, Lighthouse Country Business Association

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touch of Lighthouse holiday spirit comes to the businesses along Highway 19A thanks to the students of Bowser Elementary School, the Lighthouse Country Business Association and the creative energy of a few local residents. Back in the 70s the local school children inspired the business association to adopt the name “Lighthouse Country” for this area of Vancouver Island as a result of a colouring program aimed at capturing the essence of the area. beauty along Highway 19A during the holidays as folks travel through and shop in town. Thirty years later the Lighthouse theme lives on and the students of Bowser Many, many thanks to Terri and Brett Bowen for Elementary School are still helping creating the wreath design and for the hours spent out. Volunteers Terri Bowen, Wendy hand painting all of the lighthouses… on both Scott and Valerie Doenz held a fun sides, and then doing the final touch ups to give us ‘wreath decorating program’ with the such beautiful wreaths. Thanks to Tom Paille for students, infused with an instruction on cutting out all of the lighthouses in his cabinetry the historical and cultural background workshop. Thanks to Wendy and Valerie for surrounding wreaths resulting in these supporting Terri during the school workshop and unique Lighthouse themed wreaths. The many thanks to the students at BES and Principal LCBA hopes the wreaths will instill Sheila Spendlove for supporting our vision. See the a sense of community and a touch of wreaths along Highway 19A starting Dec 5th. ~

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LOCAL BIZBANTER THE AKASHA HOUSE OPENS IN QUALICUM BEACH Located between Qualicum Beach and Qualicum Bay, The Akasha House embodies the spirituality and serenity for which Vancouver Island is well known. Here you can replace the busy urgency of your life with Health and Healing, Wellness and Wisdom. Founded by Melanie Young, whose professional career in healthcare and passion for the holistic arts led her from the UK, across Canada and finally to BC, to open a space where women can come together in an environment which both nurtures and stretches. This might be literally and spiritually during our Yoga classes, or by attending the many and varied workshops aimed at helping women embrace their authentic and best self. There is much on offer at The Akasha House; as Melanie says “our goal is to create antidotes to the trials of modern life and to offer guidance and encouragement to move forward. Our workshops are filled with inspiration, hard-won experience, anecdotes and whole hearted advice that work as magic and medicine to heal yourself and heal your life through a compassionate understanding of both”.

FRESH FROM THE SALISH SEA: ISLAND SCALLOPS OPENS EXPANDED RETAIL OUTLET

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oyal local customers of Island Scallops should be thrilled to find their fresh scallops moved into a new storefront from a fridge in the corner of the office. The newly-expanded retail space at the company’s hatchery and processing facility just north of Qualicum Beach will offer not only more area but also a greater variety of local seafood products. The store will continue to feature the award-winning “Qualicum Scallop” developed right here in Qualicum Beach. The “seed’ for this unique scallop is produced onsite, then cultured in the clean, rich waters of nearby ocean farms. Scallops feed themselves by filtering natural microscopic food, so scallop farming is an environmentally-sustainable activity. As a result, the Qualicum Scallop is recommended by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program.

Melanie is joined in her endeavor by her sister, Dr Margaret Hearnden. Margaret’s background in language and communication and her experiences working and traveling in over 25 countries are an ideal complement to Melanie’s expertise. “My observation is that at times, life’s difficulties are as a result of stumbling through familiar conversations and not getting our basic needs met. Just as language barriers get in our way so too do the judgements and evaluations that are based on our own cultural or social norms” says Margaret. “It’s our misinterpretation of another person’s meaning that gets us in to hot water.” Like Melanie, Margaret believes that if we focus on honoring our true selves and communicating with compassion so much more can be achieved. For some people the path to a calm, authentic life might be through receiving or learning Reiki or attending Yoga classes. Other holistic therapies or life coaching might be the way forward for others. For mothers and families-to-be we offer a range of childbirth services that offer a broad perspective and accept birth as part of women’s lives. Whatever you need to propel you forward on your journey in life, The Akasha House is an excellent place to start. ~ www.TheAkashaHouse.com

One of the largest scallops in the world, the Qualicum Scallop is prized for its firm texture and sweet, delicate flavour. Last winter it was featured on the Food Network’s “Pitchin In” with executive chef Lynn Crawford (http://www.foodnetwork.ca/). Check out this episode online (season 3) to view Lynn’s yummy creation of butter-basted scallops served over chanterelles and truffles on a bed of pureed sweet corn and finished with a carmelized onion-bacon jam. A marriage made in heaven! Or simply sear scallops two minutes each side in a hot pan and enjoy on pasta, salad, tacos…. The new storefront is located at 5552 West Island Highway, Qualicum Beach, and is now open seven days a week to better serve fans of fresh local seafood.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) You’ll love this month. You’re the pioneer of the zodiac and you love exploring new activities and meeting unusual people. And that’s what this month is all about. Expect chances to learn something new. Enjoy study, new hobbies or best of all – travelling someplace exciting. The bottom line is you want to broaden your horizons and make life more intellectually stimulating! “Whiskey for everyone and fresh horses for my men!” Taurus (April 20-May 20) You’re the financial wizard of the zodiac. This month, you’ll be interested in the financial resources of others and to handle shared property, debt, taxes, insurance matters and inheritances. Get these loose details wrapped up. Get fuzzy boundaries defined. But on a more subtle level, you’ll want to experience life more deeply. You might become interested in the psychology of who you are and what makes you tick. You know that life is like a 10-speed bicycle and most of us have gears we never use. “On your left!” Gemini (May 21-June 20) This month, the Sun is as far away from you as it ever gets (and the Sun is your source of energy) so you need more sleep! Factoid. However, this opposing Sun also makes you focus more on your style of relating to others, especially partners and close friends. That’s why this is your best chance all year to examine how you fill the needs of others and vice versa. It’s also an excellent time to form partnerships or working units or consult experts on any subject. Looking for a good 24-hour taxidermist? Cancer (June 21-July 22) You’ll find it easy to work this month. You’ll enjoy putting out the effort to get things done. You’ll take pride in being efficient and effective. You’ll be gratified by the results of your efforts. Yeah, yeah, this sounds like a heavy sell to make you work – but it’s the truth. We all love to have fun. But the satisfaction we get from accomplishing something with our own efforts is really special! Get the right tools to do a good job. Buy shelving, file folders, cleaning equipment, paint or whatever you need. Just do it.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) A hey, nonny nonny month ahead! Slip away on a vacation this month. Even if you can’t, you’ll savour leisure time socializing, seeing movies, sports events and enjoying the company of others. Romance and love affairs will sparkle! Many of you will also delight in playful activities with children. Not only will you have a strong drive to get out and have a fun time, you will sense it’s perfectly appropriate to just be yourself. Let it all hang out, babes! Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your focus now shifts to home and family. You might become more involved with a parent. If you’re not involved with family activities, you might cocoon at home. You’ll enjoy being in familiar surroundings because you want to feel snug and secure. Since this is a time when childhood memories will bubble to the surface, some of you might see counsellors or write that tell-all autobiography you’ve been threatening to do. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) This month, your daily pace will accelerate. Actually, you’ll love this fast rhythm as you juggle short trips, run errands, see siblings and relatives and talk to everyone. Plus, you will read and write more than usual. One of the reasons you’re spreading yourself so thin is you have a strong desire to enlighten others about something. You have something you want to say! You’re intellectually alive, mentally alert and very keen to explain your actions and where you’re coming from. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In the next month, you’ll assess your sense of self-worth. We are shockingly self-critical nowadays. I call this the paralysis of the negative. It’s considered chic to criticize movies, the arts, literature and architecture to sound educated or intellectual. I say, phooey! How did we get to the point where we ridicule a positive, sunny, accepting attitude? Yu’re worth everything! Without you, there is nothing. If you want to help others, you have to be strong and healthy. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This month the Sun is in your sign for the first time in a year, bringing you a chance to recharge your batteries for the next

11 months. Plus, this solar energy will attract favourable circumstances and powerful people to you. Yes, it’s all about you! It’s okay to be selfcentered. Put your own needs first. Think about what you want. Acknowledge your need to express yourself, which is just fine. Naturally, this selfcentered focus can create problems with partners. (“What am I, chopped liver?”) Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Your personal year is ending because your birthday is one month away. That’s why this is the perfect time to look back over your shoulder and ponder how well you’re doing at the art of living. Are you pleased with how things unfolded last year? What changes do you want to introduce in your new year? If you write down some of the goals you want to achieve in the coming year, this simple act will make it far more likely that you will actually achieve them. Now you know where you want to go and what you want to do. A plan! Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It’s a popular month and who loves to network more than you? This is not the time to sit at home navel gazing. Au contraire! Leave your home and interact with others. Friendships will be important. Not only that, all kinds of group efforts will stir your blood! You will love joining forces with others to work for a meaningful goal, especially something charitable or something that makes the world a better place. (Remember: A true friend is one who likes you despite your achievements.) Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) This month is the only time all year when the Sun crosses over the top of your chart casting you in the limelight. Others will notice you more than usual, especially bosses, parents, VIPs and – take note – the police. Fortunately, this lighting is flattering so most of these people will see you in positive terms, which is why you will be asked to take on increased responsibilities. This could be one of the best times of the year to examine your life and figure out if you’re headed in the direction you want to go. Hmmm?

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Season’s Greetings from all the Staff, Management and Directors of Union Bay Credit Union. All the Best to You and Yours During this Holiday Season and into the New Year!

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LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE (LCC) Qualicum Bay TAOIST TAI CHI: Classes at LCC and Fanny Bay OAP Hall. New - INFO: LOIS NELSON: 757-9938 beginner classes start September. FMI Call: Susan 250-7572097. LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY HALL PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Sunday, Dec. 9 - 8am to Noon, LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS GROUP needs your help. FMI Call: Val Pancake Breakfast, Poultry Swap, Flea Market. Live Music Weismiller: 250-757-9667. on the Hall Stage until 2:00pm. The Qualicum Bay Lions will be cooking up breakfast this morning. LIGHTHOUSE RECREATION INFO PATTY: FMI Call: 250-7578366 or email shipshore@shaw.ca. LIGHTHOUSE SENIORS #152 – There will not be a meeting in December instead the Christmas Dinner will QUALICUM BAY LIONS CLUB. Through fundraising and other take place on December 3 at the Legion at noon. Tickets activities throughout the year, our mission are $14. FMI Call Shirley at 250-757-2384. is to ‘give back’ to our community. If you would like to become involved in our active group, contact George BADMINTON & MINI-TENNIS - Bowser School, 7:00 pm. Dussault at 757-8422. Activities this year included: food 14 yrs+. Beginners welcome. FMI Call concessions for the pancake breakfast, bluegrass 250-757-8307 or steelehunt@shaw.ca. festival and fall fair, and our ongoing Meat Draw every Sunday at the Roadhouse/Crown & Anchor Pub LIGHTHOUSE FLOOR CURLERS – Join a fun & easy to in Qualicum Bay. We thank the community for their ongoing play activity for all ages! Enjoy, indoors on a gym support so that we can serve others. floor, with a friendly mixed group. Curling rocks supplied. Come play with us Mondays & Fridays, RDN PROGRAMS - Winter-proof Your Health … January 1:00-3:00pm, Sept. to May at the Lions Rec. Hall in programs are just around the corner! Qualicum Bay. Drop in $2. FMI Call: Dennis Leach 250-757-8218 or Fred or Lorraine 250-752-0216. PRESCHOOL & CHILDREN LIGHTHOUSE SPINNERS – Tuesdays 10:30-2:30pm in the ZUMBATOMIC 5-11YRS - Rockin’ out is a blast with instructor Community Centre Board Room. New Shandora Page! You’ll love the fast-paced fusion of Zumba members welcome. FMI Jo 250-757-8402. moves like hip-hop, reggaeton and cumbia. This high-octane workout is designed for kids to max out on fun and fitness. CARPET BOWLING: Commencing October 2, 12:45 to Get into the Zumbatomic Groove! Bowser Elementary School 3:00pm at the Lighthouse Community Hall. FMI Tuesdays 3-4pm Jan 29-Mar 5. $35/6. Call Layne 250-757-8217. ADULT AA LIGHTKEEPERS: PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME - Fridays at 7:00pm at the Lighthouse Community HATHA YOGA - Use principles of breath, alignment and space Centre, 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay. FMI Call: 250-757- to balance softness and strength in this gently guided class. 8347. This program is suitable for beginners and beyond. Instructor: Brandy Kosiancic Bowser Elementary School Mondays Jan BRIDGE: Nordin Room – 1:00 – 4:00pm Friday afternoons 14-Mar 11, Thursdays Jan 17 – Mar 7 6-7:30pm $80/8. at the Lighthouse Community Centre. FMI Call: Sheila Steele 250-757-8307. ZUMBA® - A Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that combines dance movements to create a dynamic, exciting, fitness LIGHTHOUSE COUNTRY SCRAPBOOKERS – Meet 3rd system. The class format combines fast and slow rhythms Saturday monthly at the Lions Den, Qualicum that tone and sculpt your body in a truly fun way! Come out Bay, 9:30am - 4:30pm, $10. Door prizes. FMI: Jorgie 250- and join the party! Lighthouse Community Centre Instructor: 757-8358 or Shirley 250-757-8384. Jessica Whittman Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am January 8-February 26 $70/8. BOWSER LEGION – RCL BRANCH #211 LADIES AUXILIARY: Meets at 1pm the first Thursday of INTRO TO CIRCUIT TRAINING - Join BCRPA Certified fitness each month. FMI contact Joyce at joyce.bartram@ shaw.ca leader, weight training leader, and group fitness leader, or Evelyn at wefoot@shaw.ca. OUR Susan Voerman to circuit train! This class will mix strength, CHRISTMAS CAKE FUNDRAISER IS ONGOING – Contact cardiovascular and flexibility training and is geared to people Kathleen at 250-757-8282 to place your order. who are new to fitness. Lighthouse Community Centre Wed 9:30-10:30am Jan 16-Mar 6 $65/8.

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FANNY BAY COMMUNITY HALL - YOUTH GROUP - Fridays 6:30-7:30. Children and their never ending supply of energy will burn it off with us. We play soccer, hockey, basketball and all manner of games they come up with. 3-6 years play in the studio with a parent 7-12 year olds play in the gym. This is a FREE program supported by the Fanny Bay Community Association and Evelyn Bally 250-335-9022 COMMUNITY EVENTS

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Sunday, December 2 THE PARKSVILLE LIONS - invite you to enjoy a Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 2 from 10am to 1pm at the Parksville Community Centre. Admission by donation.

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Thursday, December 6 THE GARDENS AT QUALICUM BEACH is hosting a Tea 4 Toys Fundraiser Event, Thurs., Dec. 6 from 2–4pm. We would like to invite you to come out for the tea, and share the information. It is going to be a fun event with live entertainment, local celebrity “mystery guests’, prizes and of course a very elegant High Tea. And…its all for a great cause! All the proceeds will go to the local SOS toy drive.

Dec 6 LA General Meeting Dec 18 Branch 211 Executive Meeting Dec 27 LA Executive Meeting

Hall Rentals 250-757-9222 • Tue to Fri 9am - 12 noon

Dec 1 Giant Meat Draw (Turkeys) • LA Christmas Raffle LOONIE/TOONIE AUCTION following the Meat Draw Dec 2 LA Christmas Pot Luck Party 12 pm to 4 pm Dec 3 OAP Christmas Luncheon Dec 9 BREAKFAST with SANTA!! Tickets are limited, advance buy only available at the Legion $2.50/Child (11 & under) $5.00/Adult Doors Open @ 8:30 am - Breakfast begins @ 9 a.m. Dec 10 LA Christmas Hamper Assembly begins Dec 15 893 Beaufort Squadron Air Cadets ‘Italian Dinner Fundraiser’ Details & Tickets ($15 each) available @ the Lounge Dec 31 ‘THE BAYNES SOUND’ will be rocking in our NEW YEAR!! Late night buffet, party favors and champagne toast all included in your $25 ticket price! Doors Open @ 7:30 p.m. Tickets available @ the Lounge Jan 1 New Years Day Levee 1 pm to 4 pm Mixed Pool Ladies Pool Cribbage Texas Hold’em Mixed Darts

Saturday December 8 3RD ANNUAL ROTARY CHRISTMAS IN OCEANSIDE HOME TOUR - A self guided tour of seven Oceanside residences decked out in festive Christmas splendor. All proceeds raised will stay within the Oceanside communities. FMI Call or email Dennis at 250-586-5685 or dennisfinnegan@shaw.ca Sunday December 9 VILLAGE VOICES - “A Cool Yule” Sun., Dec. 9 at 2:30pm at the Christian Fellowship Centre. FMI see the Village Voices ad on page 39. Sunday December 9 EAGLECREST GOLF CLUB’S 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIRE, 10am - 4pm. 2035 Island Highway West, Qualicum Beach. An eclectic mix of local artisans offering a variety of items for that special someone on your shopping list.

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Monday December 10 CHRISTMAS VOICES – 5 local Elementary Schools join together to sing holiday favorites. Mon., Dec. 9 at the Parksville Community & Conf. Centre. Tickets are $6 and available at participating schools till Nov. 30. Parksville Elementary, Bowser, Qualicum, Winchelsea and Errington. Tickets also at the Cranky Dog. FMI Call Mike 250-954-0600

Winter Hours now in effect: Open Tuesday to Saturday CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS DAY AND BOXING DAY

Wednesday December 12 THE QUALICUM BEACH FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY – will hold it’s Christmas Social on Wed., Dec. 12 at 7:00pm at the QB Legion with a performance by Magician Phil Taylor. All guests welcome.

WISHING EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU “A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR” BRANCH 211 EXECUTIVE & STAFF TAI CHI – WANG STYLE - Join Lawrie Milne for Tai Chi as taught by Master Henry Wang. Bowser Elementary School Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm or 7:00-8:00pm Jan 16-Mar 6 $100/8. Please contact Area H RDN programmer, Chrissie Finnie at 250-757-8118 or cfinnie@rdn.bc.ca for detailed program and registration information. All RDN programs must be Pre-Registered to avoid the disappointment of being cancelled! FANNY BAY COMMUNITY HALL - PARENTS & TOTS - Tuesdays 10-11:30am. Come and enjoy a morning of socializing, snack, early literacy activities, songs, games, stories and parenting resources. This is a FREE program supported by Comox Valley Family Services Association, Baynes Sound Lions and the Fanny Bay Community Association. Facilitated by Evelyn Bally 250-335-9022

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Saturday December 15 ‘COMFORT and JOY’- the 3rd Annual Family Christmas Concert co-presented by the Oceanside Concert Band and the Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers, will be held at Knox United Church, 345 Pym Street, Parksville on Saturday, December 15th from 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Special guests include the KSS Concert Choir and soloist, Rosalee Sullivan. Come and hear some of your seasonal favourites! Admission is by free-will donation. Refreshments will be served at intermission. Proceeds will be shared by the Salvation Army and the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign. Doors open at 2p.m. Sunday December 16 VILLAGE VOICES - “Christmas Angels” Sun., Dec. 16 at 2:30pm at the Knox United Church. FMI see the Village Voice ad on Page 39. Friday December 21 COOMBS COUNTRY OPERA – Now on the third Friday monthly at 7:00 pm at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds Hall. This Country Jam brings all sorts of local talent out of the woodwork so grab your guitar, fiddle, mandolin or whatever tickles your fancy and join us for a great time. Coffee, chips and other snacks provided in the hall kitchen. FMI Call (250) 248-1009.

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USED CERAMIC TILE-MAKING EQUIPMENT 36 cf gas kiln, 11 cf electric kiln, pugmill, slab roller, silk screens, ball mill with porcelain balls, tile blanks, glazes, and more. Contact Neil for more information and pricing. 250-982-2364 or mehrlich99@yahoo.com. Phone calls preferred. 3 LONG –TERM RV SITES at Bowser Bill’s. $400/$425/$350 - Includes hydro, basic cable,vwater. One has a great ocean view. (250) 757-8880.

SERVICES DORBIL SERVICES – Upholstery, Residential, Marine, Motorsports, Auto, Custom Work & Design. Call Bill (250) 240-3091.

THE FIX-IT SHOP – Repairs to: Lawn Mowers, Small Engines. Fanny Bay. Call (250) 702-2191.

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FOOTCARE – HYGIENE Soaking feet, cutting nails, filing calluses, treating dry skin – fingernails too. Reflexology – 1 hour sessions. Services offered from Nanoose to Royston. CHRISTMAS GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE! Please call Vikki at (250) 757-9244.

WILDWOOD COMMUNITY CHURCH 113 McColl Road, Bowser

Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am 757-8136

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ODD JOBS – WILL HAUL – Call Gary 778-4244239.

“ A house of LIGHT on Lighthouse Country”

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Sundays - 10am Worship

THE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF QUESTERS – For more information call Kris (250) 752-1419.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS FEATURES

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. DON’S HOME REPAIR – plumbing repairs and installations, complete renovations, no job too small. Call Don at (250) 757-8757 or cell (250) 951-8757.

LEARNING/CLASSES

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

Sun., Dec. 2 - 2:30pm Annual Carol Festival at the Lighthouse Community Centre Sat., Dec. 15 - 4:00pm Banquet at the Lion’s Club Hall Mon., Dec. 24 - 6:30pm Christmas Eve Service 90 McColl Road, Bowser, BC (250) 757-8253 FMI Call Pastor Colin Meikle (250) 594-8299

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Island Exposures Gallery is proud to announce

People’s Choice

LET YOUR VOTE COUNT! Who will win the chance to be featured on the front cover of the January edition of EyesOnBC Magazine?

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You choose! Drop by Island Exposures Gallery in Parksville to cast a vote for your favourite piece of art from a selection of eligible works. The artwork with the most votes will be announced at a “Meet the Artists” evening on Thursday, December 13, 2012, and the piece will be featured on the front cover of the January 2013 edition of EyesOnBC Magazine. But wait...you can win too!!

Your People’s Choice ballot (one per person) automatically enters YOU in a draw for a fabulous photograph on canvas; the winner to be drawn by the winning People’s Choice artist on December 13th.

Help a local artist click over the New Year in style! Cast your vote today!

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Sunday, Dec. 9th at 2:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 16th at 2:30pm

Special Guests Seasonal favourites with a twist! BC Boys Choir of Vancouver Island Directed by Patricia Plumley

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Knox United Church 345 Pym Street, Parksville Tickets $15 at the door

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H a i d a Ar t & Design Masks • Argillite Carvings Hats • Dolls • Bentwood Drums Haida Gold & Silver Jewellery

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