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DREAMS TAKE-OFF FOR NEW OWNERS AT QUALICUM’S FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT by Lisa Verbicky

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ocal boys, Ian McLaughlin, 38, and Adam Potter, 28, are settling into their new lives as chef-owner-managers of one of the area’s best secret spots to eat, the Final Approach Restaurant. Set against the buzzing tarmac of the Qualicum Beach Municipal Airport where one might expect cafeteria-style fare rather than fresh, local, west coast-inspired creations, the restaurant is also one of the more unusual. But, then again, so is this culinary duo. The two friends, former co-workers, and new business partners who attended Ballenas and KSS respectively are somewhat of an anomaly in an area where many young people tend to hop the first plane out of town after graduation, never to return. Instead, they worked away in the kitchens and front houses of various mid-island establishments while dreaming of running their own show close to home. “I hate it when people say that there’s nothing here for young people,” says McLaughlin, who was the GM as well as a chef at Moxie’s Grill and Bar in Nanaimo for six years before taking on the Final Approach in June. “I love it here. And now I’m my own boss, work with great people, and I’m close to extended family,” he says. “You just have to stay focused, move forward, and make it work for you,” says Potter who worked along side McLaughlin at Moxie’s as a sous chef before moving up to chef. The two even puddle-jumped the formalities of culinary school, instead learning their trade along side Red Seal Chefs at various establishments over the years.

The duo took over the restaurant June 15th and introduced a new menu that includes the addition of a breakfast menu featuring their own ‘take’ on bennies, a full list of appetizers, signature burgers with handmade patties, a house-roasted beef dip, fresh thick-cut halibut and chips, fresh seafood, salads with housemade dressings, home-made sauces, and a new twist on old menu favourites like the Chicken Marsala. McLaughlin and Potter source many of their ingredients and products locally bringing in fresh seafood from French Creek Seafood, breads and muffins from the Sandcastle Bakery, pastries from Trees Restaurant, coffee from Creekmore’s, plus Vancouver Island-raised eggs, and BC produce. “We like to try to keep the money local,” says McLaughlin. To go with their Martinis and Vancouver Island Brewery selections, they have also worked the wine list to offer a selection, from BC, Australia, and Chile, that pairs well with most entrees at an affordable price. “We want people to come here have great food and wine at a great price,” says McLaughlin. You can get a good breakfast for under $10, appetizers for about $10, burgers for $12, and dinner entrees for between $17 to $25. Trip Advisor comments since the new owners have taken over have been positive with a rating of 4.5 out of 5. “Good value.

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ERIC HARPER: by David Morrison

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our days before I was due to chat with Nanaimo-based singer-songwriter/ guitarist Eric Harper for this article, I had the opportunity to watch him perform for the first time, albeit in fairly unorthodox circumstances. In support of the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, the event at which he played was hosted by Nanaimo’s Newcastle Nissan dealership. Against a backdrop of Mt. Benson at its broadest aspect, the stage was set up right next to the Island Highway. Vehicles roared past in both directions, yet the noise from them proved to be curiously uninvasive. Then again, when a musician as compelling to watch and of the calibre of Eric Harper is playing, bombs could be going off all around and all those in attendance would hear and see is him.

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Harper began his set with a strident flamenco-style instrumental entitled “Mi Locura,” his dazzling skills as a guitarist immediately grabbing everyone’s attention. It is as good an example of ‘nouveau flamenco’ or contemporary instrumental Fado as you could ever experience, and his wondrous playing a key reason for Harper’s acclaim to date. While “Mi Locura” is an older commissioned piece that does not appear on it, Harper’s brand new release, “Ribeira,” is entirely instrumental, yet a project that the musician withstood for quite some time. “I resisted it because I guess there’s a certain bias in my being, because I just love to sing, and I suppose I see myself more as

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a singing artist than a purely instrumental one” Harper tells me. “But the requests (for such an album) were coming so frequently that I thought perhaps it was time to do something about it.” Not that there is anything remotely wrong with Harper’s singing voice or lyrics, which are strong and affecting respectively, as a listener I find it natural to home in on the man’s virtuosic guitar playing. He has won awards for it and is as soulful a player as he is technically brilliant. In my opinion Harper should make a habit of dropping instrumental collections from time to time, “Ribeira” representing Volume 1. continued on page 7

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On this new release all of Harper’s talents as a guitarist are on display: there is passionate, quicksilver material such as “O Cigana” and “O Ladrão,” evocative balladic tunes like “O Guitarrista e o Ceguinho” or “Perdido No Mar,” and blends of both styles as in “A Bófia.” It is truly beautiful stuff, taking the listener to the Portugal of Harper’s youth, or evoking any hot Latin territory for that matter. In writing about this new collection on his website, Harper describes the memories that inspired the music. “Ribeira” is, he says, “an artistic journey back to my Portuguese roots where I originally learned how to play that stickler of all guitars – the nylon,” and for the sake of flow his summation appears here in edited and condensed form:

explains, Harper’s mention of the fishing boats is particularly relevant and poignant in respect of how the “Ribeira” project developed. “It’s quite interesting how it came along, because originally these songs were written for my music catalogue. I’m writing a song a day, the intention being to create such a large catalogue that I can license the songs for TV, commercials, movies and so forth. The musical licensing world has been good to me, so I thought I’d take it really seriously and focus on getting up to about 800 songs in the next four years. So, I had the songs composed, and because of all the requests I thought it would be neat to put them all together as an instrumental album, and I began searching for artwork. I came across this painter named Vakho Kakulia from (Tbilisi) Georgia, and he had some of the most beautiful art I had seen in a very long time. It was so inspiring, and when I saw his painting “Moonlight Boat” I was immediately transported back to my days in Porto, and it all began to make sense. I went back to the album, for which I originally had twenty songs, and started cutting away the fat, trimming the album, and suddenly a story started to come together, happening organically based on that painting. It was reverse osmosis, if you will.”

“In the bustling city of Porto you’ll stumble upon a nook called ‘Ribeira’…a place of cafés where ripened old men sit at the bar philosophizing life… the delicious smell of restaurants cooking up the traditional Tripas à Modo do Porto… birds chase the table scraps, the dogs chase the birds, and the toddlers chase whichever they can catch… the musicians play in the restaurant with a tip jar on the piano, while the blind man sits outside begging for alms; the music reminds the old man of better times and brings encouragement to his harder days… the fishermen’s boats can be seen lazily rocking back and forth on the shore…beautiful young women in their summer dresses who catch the eye of every man, married or not… the maze of cobble-stoned back alleys that could get you lost for days.”

Harper is greatly encouraged by the response to “Ribeira,” and after originally resisting the idea now appreciates the commercial and artistic sense in delivering more instrumental projects in the future. “Yes, having done it now I can see a particular niche that would sort of make sense for a Canadian audience, so to speak,” he says. “I guess it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what I do, as I’m all over the map, but the Jesse Cook style would be a lot easier to market.” Indeed, Jesse Cook is the prime example of what can be achieved by musicians operating in Harper’s

Isn’t that lovely? Although I have never had the good fortune of visiting Portugal and the magnificent, ancient city of Porto, I have travelled in Spain and other Mediterranean countries and can qualify Harper’s observations as typical of the images and atmospheres I encountered. Yet, as he

instrumental sphere: 1.5 million albums sold worldwide, including six gold and one platinum studio albums in Canada; eleven Juno nominations, including one win. It’s a proven market in this country, with other Canadian talent such as Oscar Lopez and Robert Michaels meeting similar acclaim and healthy sales on home turf. However, there are always hurdles for independent musicians to overcome, so it may surprise Harper’s expanding fanbase that “Ribeira” is available only as a digital download. “It was purely a financial decision,” Harper explains. “I simply didn’t have the $1200 it would have taken to fabricate some CDs, even though the demographic that would be into such a CD would be more likely to buy a physical copy.” While this type of release may generally reflect consumer trends, in using the excellent online music store CD Baby in Portland, OR, Harper is selling the new 16-song opus via a distributor that genuinely cares for musicians. “Oh, they’re great,” he says. “CD Baby have improved their distribution cut, so for a CD costing say, $10, I get $9.90 with them only taking 10c.” In the pipeline for Harper is a multimedia project he teasingly will only describe as “a huge undertaking with various dynamic elements.” Whatever it is we will see in due course, but in the interim we can certainly expect plenty more music from this prolific songwriter. Maybe “Ribeira: Volume 2” will be next? For more information about Eric Harper please visit www.ericharpermusic.com. To purchase “Ribeira” and other music by Eric Harper, please visit www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ EricHarper. Catch Eric Harper playing live every Friday and Saturday evening at Fibber Magees (321 Selby St., Nanaimo). No cover.

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by Kimberly Plumley Ok… so who’s older that the T-Rex? Not me, but there are days... No, it is in fact the Elasmosaur. This 40-foot marine reptile most of it consisting of a crazy long neck - lived 80 million years ago, making it 15 million years older than the T-Rex. The Latin word for fossil is fossilis, meaning, “dug up”. So, let’s fast forward millions and millions of years when the first elasmosaur found west of the Rockies, was discovered right here on Vancouver Island. It was late 1988. Mike Trask and his then 12 year old daughter, Heather, were searching for fossils along the Puntledge River in the Comox Valley. At one point in the day, Heather noticed a group of concretions (rounded rocks embedded in layers of stone in sedimentary rocks) rising from the exposed shale about a meter away. After some very careful unearthing, Heather and Mike were thrilled to discover a group of fossilized bones from some great creature, 1 0

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as-yet unknown and extinct since the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. Turns out after much research, it was an Elasmosaur, the first ever recorded in British Columbia and the first of its kind west of the Canadian Rockies. Pretty awesome! Now Mike Trask has a twin brother - Pat. Pat is a fossil fanatic. So much so that when his brother phoned him in Quesnel with the news of the elasmosaur find, Pat quit his job in the lumber industry and headed to Vancouver Island. And the rest, as they say, is history. A paleontologist is a scientist who studies fossils. Fueled by Mike’s discovery (yes, I had to get in a paleontological pun), Pat - aka Paleontologist Pat - started learning, teaching and providing tours for other fossil and history lovers, until eventually he became the head of Courtenay & District Museum’s Paleontology Centre. In fact, Pat was integral in working with the Courtenay & District Museum and the Province of

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BC to make the Elasmosaur location a provincial heritage site. What is a fossil? Fossils are the preserved remains of a past geological age. After the death of a living organism it becomes buried under the ground in sediment layers. Over time, the layers become rock, the remains of the organism are fossilized. The Courtenay & District Museum features local history from all eras, but I know for our family, it’s the prehistoric marine displays that really catch our eye. From the full-sized caste of an Elasmosaur hanging above you, to giant glass cases filled with ammonites and other intriguing fossils, you get to glimpse a world millions of years before any humans roamed the earth, and yet lies buried beneath us. Pat has all sorts of great stories about accidental finds of that long-gone world, like the road crew who came across a giant fossil in the bucket of their shovel or the continued next page •

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6 year old student who discovered a new fossil on one of Pat’s tours and had it named after them.

spotted one the very first time she stepped onto the river bank. Others you’ll need to dig and chip for.

Paleontology is the part of biology that focuses on the forms of life that existed in former geologic periods, mostly by studying fossils.

There’s a technique to chipping away at the rock - you don’t want to smash away with your hammer. For example, you want to examine the rock to see if there are already some cracks in it, then tap lightly in the direction of the crack. In some places the shale is so loose it crumbles in your hand, revealing dozens of small creatures or the imprints of plant life.

To this day, Pat’s still giddy about the discovery of fossils here on Vancouver Island, as you’ll soon discover when he takes you out on one of the many fossil-hunting tours he conducts in the Courtenay area. But this is not simply a tour. While they begin at the Museum with a walk and talk through the many displays, these tours then move out to one of many locations in the Courtenay area. Because there’s a hike involved in getting to these locations, Pat determines which is best suited to the particular group. But no matter where you go, you’ll find yourself chipping away at riverside rocks (remember to put on your goggles), finding fossils left and right. We’ve been back three times to tour different river sites and we’ve been fortunate to have Pat guiding us every time. Every time we learn something new and we’re getting better at spotting the amazing fossilized creatures that line these river banks. Don’t worry though, Pat will show you what to look for and if you’re not sure what you’ve got, just ask. Interestingly, a fossil of a bone doesn’t contain any bone!  A fossilized item has the same shape as the beginning item, but is chemically more like a rock.   You can take home what you find, but if Pat and his staff think it’s too cool for you to take home, it goes back to the museum for further research, and then put on display with a credit to you for the find. How easy is it to find fossils on these tours? Our youngest daughter

So far, we’ve found a sabre toothed salmon tooth (so cool), ammonites, clam shells, and fish scales (you can even see the iridescence of the blue in the rock after all those years). You can preserve your finds, especially the crumbly ones, with a mixture of white glue and water painted over it. You can do these tours as an individual, a family, a group, your school, or even as a birthday event! Make sure you dress for a hike, and bring along water, and maybe even a snack. If you need glasses, make sure you have them with you (my husband forgot his one time and kept pestering us to describe the fossils we were all finding). Pat and his fossil-hunting team provide the chisels, hammer, goggles and of course, the know-how. Fossils have been unearthed on every continent on Earth. When you first arrive in the Courtenay & District Museum & Palaeontology Centre, you head up the cement stairs into an unassuming building. Inside you see an open floor space filled with marine fossils! A replica of the elasmosaur that found back in 1988. There are giant ammonites, small ammonites, a creepy fish from Africa (my kids LOVED how it ate a worm, regurgitated a worm, ate a worm, regurgitate a worm... you get what I mean). Paleontologist’s figure that only a tiny amount of the dinosaurs that ever lived have been or will be discovered as fossils. The Courtenay & District Museum & Palaeontology Centre is certainly one of the leaders when it comes to the exploration of more than 400 million years of prehistory on Vancouver Island. Their projects and programs encourage and support the amateur earth scientist in everyone. It is worth checking out all that they do. Arrange your fossil finding mission and meet Pat and his team at www.courtenaymuseum.ca. Or drop by to see the displays at 207 Fourth Street in Courtenay, British Columbia. Kimberly Plumley Publicity Mavens 250-390-9285 kim@publicitymavens.com

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As an airport restaurant, the Final Approach is essentially covering two different markets, the local community and the mainland. “We have a great local customer base. And, then we get people who fly over just to have dinner for a special occasion, or to meet a client for business,” says Potter. The partners, who were in each other’s wedding parties and are now looking forward to starting their families (both have babies on the way!), admit they have been putting in some long hours since opening. “One of us is always on when the restaurant is open, so we can spell off and still give our guests what they expect. We’re lucky we can trust each other. We also work with some wonderful people.” Those people include the restaurant’s twelve staff. Warmhearted, personable and knowledgeable staff like Layne, who offered to sing my mother a birthday song in one of several languages when we visited the the restaurant shortly after opening. She chose Italian. Or Cliff, who made us feel like we were guests in someone’s home. A home surrounded by fir trees and the thrill of watching small planes landing outside your window. At one point, the whole restaurant was entertained while watching a private plane taxi the runway with it’s baggage compartment open, leaving everyone on the edge of their seat as to whether they would get to see luggage raining from the sky. “We’ve worked for other people in the industry for years. Now it’s our turn to be the best bosses we can be. We want people to be comfortable here, and enjoy working for us.” says McLaughlin. If people enjoy where they work and are treated with respect it translates into the business and out into the community, he says. And, business is swift with reservations recommended for most evenings and also for weekend mornings. “We just want to keep building on what we have here. This is just the start. We have some great visions and some big goals.”

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ECHO Players’ new season opens in October with Nana’s Naughty Knickers by Katherine DiSavino. Directed by Don Harper, the play is set in New York, where Nana, in her 80s, is determined to live life to the fullest. With the complicity of Vera, her closest friend, she runs an illegal business making and selling sexy lingerie for seniors. Her granddaughter comes to visit and is shocked by Nana’s lack of attention to the law. Mix in a naïve young cop, a belligerent landlord and a package intended for a porn studio which is delivered to the apartment by mistake and it’s hard to say what will happen. This hilarious comedy is built on the poignant subtext of the trials and tribulations of growing old – but refusing to go quietly and passively into the night. We are delighted that Dori McGarrigle, an Honourary Life Member of ECHO Players, returns to the boards in the role of Vera. To enquire about tickets, please phone the Village Theatre Box Office at 250-7523522 (even when closed, we check your messages regularly and get back to you as quickly as we can). The Box Office opens on September 17. Details about our season are available in the 2013/2014 Season brochure (you can pick up your copy at the Village Theatre) or check our website at www.echoplayers.ca. Contact: Alistair McVey 250-752-1980 or by email to info@echoplayers.ca. Based at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach, ECHO Players is a community theatre society which has served Oceanside and beyond since the 1930s. ~

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lthough Brian Worthen began his teaching career in North Van, the Island and Bowser were never far from his thoughts. “My mind would always drift back here, especially during traffic jams, or during the heat of the day. I first came here with my family in 1965, and we spent every summer here, at our little cabin at the foot of Nile Road.” Brian’s memories of being here are both idyllic and strong; as a youth he developed a deep and life-long love of this community. “Some of my fondest memories are of John Perrino at Bella Vista using his big tractor to launch me to go fishing, swimming off the raft in front of Nile Creek, building forts, exploring at low tide, even the book-mobile coming to Georgia Park Store. Driving into Qualicum was a big deal.”

Brian Worthen, Bowser Elementary’s New Acting Principal • Rita Levitz photo contract at the old Qualicum Beach Middle School, teaching all grades there, and then moved to the new QBMS. He received his Masters at UVIC in 2001. “I became acting Vice-Principal at Winchelsea, working with Principal Tony Saremba. He was a great mentor, and also a former principal at Bowser Elementary School, and now I’m here, a wonderful surprise. When I was a TOC I had lots of opportunities to work in Bowser, and I remember thinking— ‘Wouldn’t it be great to be an administrator here, to come full circle.’ This really is a dream come true. It’s an honour and a privilege to be here, to be able, in some measure, to give back, to invest time in my own community, the community that invested in me, many years ago.”

In 1993, Brian and his wife Kati made the difficult and big decision to move here. “We were just finally getting established as teachers, me in North Van and Kati in the Okanagan, and we knew we’d be starting over, that we wouldn’t get jobs right away. We visited every school in the District, introducing ourselves to the administration, networking, and managed to get on the Teacher-On-Call (TOC) list. We were now living in the cabin where I had spent my summers!” If Brian came by his love of the area honestly, he also came by his love of teaching the same way. “My mother Colleen was a teacher, so from a young age I was familiar with school settings, with the career, and with the dedication necessary to make it more than ‘just a job.’ I knew it was a career that would be exciting, dynamic and changing, that every day would be different.” His expectations have certainly been fulfilled. Brian has taught at all levels, as well as in Special Education Programs, and in Alternate School settings.

Just as Brian has retained the love he developed as a young person for this seaside community, he feels like the community too has retained its special character. “We’re kind of hidden away, which is a good thing. We have Magnolia Court and TOMM’s, both of which have added to the area. We have the RDN trails, and such natural beauty. We’re a calm oasis tucked between the sprawl of Nanaimo and Courtenay. The water’s clean; the air is fresh. Why wouldn’t you want to live here? Why wouldn’t you want to raise your kids here?” He speaks from experience. Brian and Kati’s son Carter is 14 and their daughter Hannah is 12.

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“Being at a small school like Bowser has tremendous advantages. It offers the opportunity for so much more cohesiveness, both for the staff and the students. It’s possible to know every student and their families. It’s possible to be innovative, creative and supportive on multiple levels. The entire school community, from teachers to bus drivers to the custodian, secretary and the Education Assistants (EA), we can together nurture our students.” “Today’s family is much more complex than the family of years ago. The nature of education itself, and how it is delivered, is changing. The world that these children are living in is changing quickly. We need to make sure that today’s education adapts to a changed and dynamic world, but not at the expense of social interaction and social responsibility; not at the expense of developing strong reading, math and above all, critical thinking skills.” When Brian was called in to see the acting School Superintendent, it was with some trepidation. “All the postings had already been filled, and the word was that Elementary School Vice-Principals were being cut. I was just hoping to hear the word ‘Winchelsea.’ I heard him say, ‘We want to keep you…’ and then I heard the word ‘Bowser.’ I just smiled. It felt like I was coming home.” E Y E S O N B C . C O M

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njoy the ultimate shopping experience this September. Make a date with your ‘bestie’ to visit Qualicum Beach fashionistas at Brown-Eyed Susan’s, Walkabout Clothing Company, Petite Pizzazz, and Faye’s Gifts for a look at the latest in fall fashions, accessories and gifts.

210 W. Second Ave., Qualicum Beach 250-738-0638 FOR WOMEN OF ALL SIZES AND SHAPES

Fashions 20-70% Off at our Warehouse Outlet 1343 Alberni Hwy, PineTree Centre 250-248-2224

ROYAL ROBBINS From the Urban Collection of new fall styles & colours. Exceptional quality and endurance. For your lifestyle & travel needs. See the great selection in our store.

Add even more fun to your shopping day with a fresh brewed specialty coffee and sweet treat from one of the funky coffee bars around Oceanside. We’ve taste tested and recommend Alpaca Quest in Qualicum Bay, Awakening Cafe in Hilliers, and Pacific Brimm in Parksville. Enjoy your day!!

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6060 West Island Highway, Qualicum Bay A cozy spot in the heart of Qualicum Bay in Lighthouse Country. Featuring crepes, quiche and soup, we offer breakfast, lunch and coffee-break treats. You’ll love our regular and specialty coffees made with locally roasted Karma Coffee, and our eclectic gift store filled with unique and one-of-a-kind Alpaca wool items. 7am-3pm Wed-Sun.

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1 - 177 Second Ave. W. Qualicum Beach 250-752-8744 Vancouver Island’s Best Kitchen Store Since 1994. The Awakening Cafe in Hillers is a unique spot to grab an organic coffee, espresso, cappuccino or latte. Our organic waffles are offered with a variety of scrumptious toppings and are gluten and lactose-free. Located at the unique Amy Newsom Gallery, you’ll find Awakening Cafe at 3125 Van Horne Road off Hwy #4, just a short distance outside Qualicum Beach. Open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Meeting a friend or out to relax? Meet you at The Brimm for breakfast, lunch, coffee or smoothies! Try our yummy sandwiches, baked goods and, of course, Parksville’s best Eggs Benny ... all served by our friendly staff. Hours: Mon-Sat 7am5pm and Sun 8am-4pm. 280 Banes Avenue, Parksville S E P T E M B E R

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Salmon fishing continues to give great sport as Pinks, Coho and Chinook Salmon start the return to the rivers of their birth. Two large Chinook of over 40lbs have been landed out of French Creek and Coho have been giving great sport to a variety of methods. Fly anglers are having a great time fishing from the beach for Pinks that are larger fish than last year. Most anglers use pink flies but don’t be afraid to ring the changes when the fish don’t bite. Try green, blue, and purple as alternatives and change the depth and speed of you retrieve if you are covering fish that are not taking. Nile Creek continues to be a hot spot but often suffers from too many fishermen! Walk the beaches until you find fish that are showing!

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With high water temperatures you need to be down deep to target the larger fish. Trolling works really well especially in the big lakes. Cameron Lake has fished well this year with some really big Brown trout taken. Fly fishing can work well from the river mouths for cutthroats with dry flies and nymphs. As fall approaches fishing the campsite at Horne Lake can be really productive.

RIVERS Most of the East Coast Rivers have very little water after nearly 2 months without any significant rain. However salmon will run through very thin water and then lie in the deeper pools until rain arrives. Two rivers that always have water are the Campbell and the Big Qualicum both of which have regulated flows to bring in fish to the respective hatcheries. At this time of year the Campbell in particular can produce Rainbows, Cutthroats. Pinks, Coho, summer Steelhead or Chinooks! Check out the regulations before fishing. Whether you are chasing trout, steelhead, or one of the 5 species of Pacific salmon Coast Sportfish has a comprehensive range of equipment and appropriate advice and knowledge to help you, whatever your skill level. Full range of Saltwater and Freshwater gear whatever your chosen method of fishing. ~ We run a variety of courses throughout the year. Check out our Website for further information. Tight Lines! www. coastsportfish.com

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TAKE A TRIP – AND THEN COME HOME by Joanne Sales

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uropeans go on holidays. We go on vacations. The word “holiday” comes from holy-days. “Vacation” comes from the same word as vacate – which means to leave empty. But whether we’re going on a holy excursion, or emptying our house, the idea is that we’re leaving home to go somewhere else, and one day we’ll return to who we were before. In other words, we go on a trip. Recently I’ve gotten on this train of thought about trips. I’ve been meandering down the “trip” path, looking at associations and implications of the concept of leaving home base, only to return again. I’ve been tripping out about trips. You might say I’m on a “trip-trip.” Everything we do is a trip. With every train of thought or trip to the store, we’re leaving home base only to return. Our jobs are trips. A book or a movie is a trip. We can go on trips into school, farming, baking, video games, song writing, UFOs, stock markets, home maintenance, Facebook or kale chips. We can go on ego trips! Relationships are a trip. Parenting is a REAL trip. We can go on trips to explore our inner world. Actually we’re on mind trips 24/7. We get an idea and take off on a train of thought. Our ideas may result in us moving our bodies from place to place, on a trip to the beach, a shop, or a trip around the globe. Or we may get an idea that takes us down a creative path, to join a choir, write memoirs, take a course, meditate, learn to sail or repair old clocks. These too are trips. We are one place, and then we take our bodies and/ or minds somewhere else. It can be a short day trip, an even shorter meditation, or a life long journey. On our trips, we can get exhilarated about this, frustrated with that, angry when this happens, bored, interested or intrigued. For our trips, we have tour guides, tour books, maps, and instruction manuals. Our guide may be a teacher, writer, drug dealer, saint, advertising executive, musician, parent or friend. Our tour guides do not need to be physically present at all. We just need the seeds of ideas, and then we’re off. We HAVE to go on trips. There is literally nothing else to do. That is what we do here - we go on mini or grand adventures, many at one time. But not all trips are good. Sometimes we get the message “Just don’t go there.” It’s probably better not to draw up plans to rob

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a bank even if you don’t intend to do it. For the most part, cultural taboos and societal guidelines are good advice. But as always, a curious, inquisitive mind is a great asset and “why” is a word we need to keep handy. Besides, our cultures actually sanctions trips that are not good for us. Advertising geniuses are working on us all the time, to get us to do what they want us to do. Some politicians benefit if we fall into fear and attack mode. Both friends and strangers are constantly inviting us into little boxes of thought, too small for our souls. Our choice of trips is important, for they become part of us, they feed our inner dialog and sense of well being, they reshuffle our priorities like a deck of cards. We need to choose wisely! What’s the benefit of this little twist or perspective? There is an increased sense of freedom when we realize that so much of what we do is “tripping.” We aren’t our trips. We are not what we have thought or done or obsessed on in the past. Our trips influence us - they don’t define us. We have the freedom to totally change, to go back to the idea stage, back to the drawing board, and to start again. Sometimes the circumstances of our lives force our trips upon us. In his book, Mans’ Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl shares the revelation he had while in a concentration camp, a place of least freedom. “The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance,” he wrote. We can’t choose to not have the freedom to choose. A quest is a trip with a meaningful purpose. We don’t have to settle for the first train that leaves the station. We can guide our own day trips, and make choices from the perspective of our saner, higher selves. But it’s hard to simply be and not take off on that train of thought or that emotional roller coaster. Homebase must be really deep because it’s so hard to find. We have to go back through many previous trips to find out who we were before we left home. “What was your face before you were born?” is a Zen koan that momentarily stumps the mind in its urge to travel. Finding home is the trip of trips. Meister Eckhart wrote around 1300, “God is at home, it’s we who have gone out for a walk.” That must mean we’re all tripping. See you when we get home. ~

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lasses begin on Monday September 9th for local students to learn embroidery and have fun. The Arrowsmith Needle Arts Guild (ANAG), a chapter of the Embroiderers Association of Canada (EAC), is excited to be sponsoring a new youth chapter of EAC for boys and girls between the ages of 8 -17 years in the Oceanside Communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding area. The group will meet every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 4 - 6pm at the Qualicum Beach Public Library, located at 660 Primrose. No previous experience is necessary and supplies are provided. Preregistration is required - please call (250) 752-9320 for this and further information. ANAG celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, currently has 64 members

and always welcomes new adult members. ANAG follows the EAC Mission Statement: To preserve the traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the art of embroidery through education and networking. All members should endeavor to fulfill the following purpose: To encourage and promote the practice and knowledge of the art of embroidery in all its forms; to have fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share their knowledge and thereby to work towards maintaining higher standards of design, colour and workmanship. Please visit the EAC website at: www. eac.ca for more information about this non-profit organization. - submitted

Celebrating 30 years in the community

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The Lighthouse Community Hall is preparing for its 30th anniversary bash on Saturday, October 19th (Maloomba Boogie Dance) and Sunday, October 20th (Afternoon Tea Dance). We need volunteers during the week of September 9 - 12 to help the hall put on its best face!

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Are you a whiz with a paint brush? Handy with a hammer? Do you want to contribute to our community hall and meet a group of like-minded individuals? See our website www.communityhall.ca for more details on the work crew or phone 250-757-9991.

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ast month blood clots were discussed, this month we will discuss one option for preventing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), especially when travelling. Approximately 80% of leg disorders originate within the veins. If you have tired, aching swollen legs, or if you see the beginning of varicose veins, compression stockings may prevent further damage. Causes and risk factors for venous problems

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VACCINATION? A vaccination stimulates your immune system to make antibodies, T-cells and memory cells which your body uses to fight infections. When you are vaccinated, you actually build up your immune system, making you stronger and more resistant to disease. Vaccines are considered one of the best ways to protect you and your family against some very serious infections. Talk to us about how we can help you keep your vaccinations up-to- date… hepatitis, pneumococcus, shingles and more!

We have pharmacists trained to supply & administer vaccinations.

• Long distance travel • Heredity • Age over 40 • Prolonged sitting or standing • Pregnancy • Obesity • Sedentary lifestyle • Surgery or trauma • Infectious disease • Use of hormone medication Venous conditions: Spider veins are small superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue in the skin. Varicose veins are visibly enlarged veins that are often bluish in colour and often appear twisted. These are caused by pooling of blood in a damaged vein and can sometimes be painful. Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein wall and is the most common problem associated with varicose veins. Symptoms can include swelling, redness, warmth and pain in the affected area. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one of the deep veins. About 25% of DVT’S move away from the deep vein and travel through the bloodstream into the lungs. This is known as a pulmonary embolism and can have life-threatening consequences. Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a collective term used to describe a long-standing condition involving impaired return in varying degrees of severity. Symptoms include: • Oedema (swelling) • Feeling of heaviness in the legs • Pain or cramps in the calf • Skin discoloration’s • Dermatitis (skin problems) • Dry or weeping eczema • Venous leg ulcer Venous leg ulcer is an open wound that usually forms near the ankle due to chronic poor circulation. Venous leg ulcers are usually very slow to heal. Graduated compression therapy can help with all of the above conditions by acting as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together allowing the valves to close. To be most effective the stockings should be put on at the start of the day and removed before going to bed. Wearing compression stockings or socks may be vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems. Talk to your health care professionals to learn if compression stockings would be appropriate for you. ~

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ou’ll want to know how when you taste all the great food at the Bowser Legion’s upcoming Asian Fusion Night! In our multi-cultural world, one of its many gifts is the breadth of fantastic gourmet dishes that are now available to chefs and other people who just like to cook for pleasure. As our veterans have been around the world with their peacekeeping duties, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion, Branch 211 in beautiful Bowser, came up with the unique idea of offering area residents a sampling of dishes from the Far East.

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Held on September 14 at 5pm in conjunction with one of their fund- raising meat draws, the Ladies Auxillary of the Legion will present an Asian Fusion Dinner featuring such delicious favourites as • Vietnamese prawn rolls with hoisin sauce (from a recipe perfected by Joyce Bartram, the former president of the 211 Branch),

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• Thai Vermicelli Salad (a specialty of LA member Terri Bowen who was fortunate enough to take a Thai cooking course from the former owner of Qualicum Beach’s Takrai Thai restaurant), • a Korean BBQ beef skewer, and East Indian chicken curry. • and of course, the dinner will include a sampling of Oriental teas, delicious veggies and Chinese fried rice. These are examples of the dishes that will be served at this dinner. The meal will finish with delicious Japanese Green Tea ice cream an Island Farms product which is also served at our local Cone Zone Ice cream parlour which boasts one of the best views in the area. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion, Branch 211 in Bowser will be cooking up this feast. Dinner tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Bowser Legion’s bar (before Sept 7). President Millie Hodgson is looking forward to a great turnout, but tickets are limited so don’t wait too long to buy yours! All proceeds go towards the charitable projects the Ladies Auxiliaryh supports such as our veterans, bursaries for local graduates and food hampers, to name just a few. Come out and support your local Legion! It’s going to be an amazing event! Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 211 - 250-757-9222

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This spectacular Gunnera proudly measures in at 23 feet wide, 12 feet high and has an incredible average leaf span of 7’ 10”. It’s a biggie! Photo by Darryl and Michelle Zacharuk

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hoa!” Yup! That’s what we said when we first saw the • Gunnera flowers form tight, tall, upright clusters that look photo of this humongous plant growing in a local backyard like a scrub brush. garden! We know this small photo doesn’t do it justice, but hopefully • The plant is treated mainly as a perennial, and grows best still provides a little shock and awe value. Did you notice the teeny over a long period of time of three years or more. tiny person in the foreground? • It germinates best in moist, not wet, conditions and in Here’s the scoop on this incredible plant owned by Darryl and temperatures of 22 to 29c. Michelle Zacharuk of Bowser, BC ... • It must have a mild-winter climate to survive outside, The first time you stand, neck craning, in front of this otherwise it’s best grown in tubs to winter indoors. prehistoric plant, you can’t help but be mesmerized by its massive size. Not only are the thick, thorny stalks of each leaf • Varieties of the species can be found on the West Coast of about the size of the business end of a baseball bat, you could North America, Colombian Andes, Hawaii, New Zealand, and probably park an Austin Mini on its enormous rhubarb-like in South America, where it’s used in traditional medicine. leaves! • In Southern Chile and Argentina the species are edible. Their principal use is fresh consumption in salads, but they’re also Did you know … used in liquor and marmalade. • Gunnera is a genus of herbaceous flowering plant, the 40-50 species vary enormously in leaf size. • This genus was named after the Norwegian botanist, Johann Ernst Gunnerus.

Curious to see a Gunnera for yourself? On a lazy Sunday afternoon, head to the Georgia Park Store in Bowser, where owners and avid gardeners Dave and Lo DesMeules proudly display another spectacular Gunnera in the community. You can see it in full glory from the Post Office window. ~

Save The Date! Saturday, September 21st

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Community Event Calendar September 2013 We lend ... YOU SPEND! Need a loan for your renovation project? Wishing you had a new kitchen, updated bathroom, new roof, or perhaps some new landscaping? Stop into your local branch today to talk to one of our friendly, knowledgable staff about how we can help you complete your projects this season.

LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE (LCC) Qualicum FALL PROGRAMS FOR LIGHTHOUSE RECREATION Bay. INFO: LOIS NELSON: 757-9938 RACQUET SPORTS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE PANCAKE CENTRE - Badminton, mini-tennis, pickleball, and BREAKFAST – Sunday, September 8th, 8am to table tennis, Mondays, starting Sept. 23, 7 pm. Noon, Pancake Breakfast, Poultry Swap, Flea Beginners welcome, equipment provided, ages15Market. Live Music on the Hall stage until 2pm. 80 drop-in fee $4. FMI Call 250-757-8307 or email Breakfast is served this morning by the Hall Board. steelehunt@shaw.ca. LIGHTHOUSE SENIORS #152 – Next meeting is September 9. Soup, tea & coffee. Guest speaker: Sheena McCorquodale. FMI Call Shirley at 250-7572384. LIGHTHOUSE FLOOR CURLERS – Mon to Fri, 1 to3pm, Sept to May at the Lions’ Rec Hall in Qualicum Bay. Come and join an easy to play mixed group activity for all ages, even into your 80’s, in door on a gym floor. Curling rocks supplied. Join the Club for the season and enjoy “extra events”. Dropin $2. FMI Call Fred (250) 752-0216 or Al (250) 738-0646. Congratulations to the Lighthouse Floor Curling Team who won GOLD in the B Division at the BC Seniors Games held in Kamloops in August! CARPET BOWLING – 12:45 to 3:00pm at the Lighthouse Community Hall. FMI Call Layne 250757-8217. BOWSER TENNIS CLUB - Club drop-in doubles: Sundays 10 am and Thursdays 5 pm. Novice night Mondays at 6pm, all welcome! FMI Call 250-7578307. AA LIGHTKEEPERS - Fridays at 7:00pm at the Lighthouse Community Centre, 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay. FMI Call 250-757-8347. BRIDGE – Nordin Room 1:00 to 4:00pm Friday afternoons at the Lighthouse Community Centre. FMI Call: Sheila Steele 250-757-8307.

FLOOR HOCKEY - Ages 14 and up at the Bowser Elementary School. Wednesday nights commencing on September 25th through to November 13th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. $35 for 8 sessions full payment due on first night. Needs 8 people to run the program. FMI contact Kevin Bull at 250 757-8423. Bring your own stick and wear non marking shoes. BADMINTON - 15 years +, Mondays at 7 pm at the Lighthouse Hall in Qualicum Bay, equipment loan available, beginners welcome, $5 drop in, FMI 250757-8307. Program to begin September 23. LIGHTHOUSE COUNTRY FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY - Saturday, October 26th at the Lighthouse Country Community Hall in Qualicum Bay. Check us out on Facebook for up to date details or email rglekx@shaw. ca. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with this huge event. Let us know if you want to get involved in some way. GARDENING SERIES - Offered by master gardener Connie Kurmoto. Pre-registration is essential so that the instructor can prepare adequate supplies for each session. To register, please contact Patty Biro at 250757-8366 or birofamily@shaw.ca. PLANT PROPAGATION, Sunday, September 8, at 11:00am at the LCC, hobby room. Hands-on workshop where participants will take home a flat of newly propagated plants. 3 hours. Charge is $20 for this session.

LIGHTHOUSE COUNTRY SCRAPBOOKERS – Meet 3rd Saturday monthly at the Lions Den, Qualicum Bay, 9:30am- 4:30pm. $10. Door prizes. FMI Call Jorgie 250-757-8358 or Shirley 250-757-8384.

BUILDING HEALTHY SOIL - Sunday, October 20th, at 11:00 am at the LCC, Hobby Room. Gardening gets a lot easier when your soil is healthy. Whether you grow flowers, shrubs, or vegetables you will appreciate this session that will teach you the basics of building LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS GROUP needs your help. FMI healthy soil. The lecture will introduce you to some of Call: Val Weismiller: 250-757-9667. the critters in your soil and outline the work they will do for you in exchange for a bit of food and water. The LIGHTHOUSE RECREATION: FMI Call 250-757-8366 hands on component will include some simple soil or email shipshore@shaw.ca. testing, composting, and sheet mulching a lasagna garden bed. You are welcome to bring a jar of your soil for us to look at. (3 hours) Charge is $20. 2 6

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CHILDREN TAEKWONDO - Join Revelina from the Errington Taekwondo School to learn the basics of this martial art. Taekwondo is a martial art originating in Korea. It combines combat and self defense techniques with sport and exercise. This introduction class will allow students to get a feel for the sport, without competition. Fri 3:00-4:00pm $49/6. Reg #30920 Oct 11-Nov 22.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER!

BOWSER • BRANCH 211

250-757-9222 • website: www.rcl211.ca • email: rcl211@shaw.ca Sept 5 – L.A. General Meeting Sept 17 – Branch Executive Meeting Sept 24 – Branch General Meeting Sept 26 – L.A. Executive Meeting

DO YOU WANT TO QUIT SMOKING? If you want to smoke, that is your business. BUT, if you want to QUIT, and stay quit, that’s OUR business! Join us every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm at the Baptist Church 600 Beach Rd, Qualicum Beach. FMI visit www.nicotine-anonymous.org.

Hall Rentals 250-757-9222 • Tue to Fri 9am - 12 noon Sept 6 - Giant Meat Draw (Prime Ribs) ~ L.A. Serving Fish & Chips $10.00 Sept 14 - L.A. Hosts ~ Asian Cuisine Night - Serving at 5:00 pm $15.00 Sept 22 - Honors & Awards 1:00 pm ~ Bar Open at noon Sept 28 - Ukranian Buffet Dinner ~ Tickets $25/Advance Buy at the Lounge by the 25th Oct 19 – Texas Hold’em Tournament ~ Advance Buy-In $40. Tickets on sale at the Lounge the second week of September, Limited to 100 Seats! Mixed Pool Tuesdays ............................................................. 4:30 pm Cribbage (Starts on the 11th) Wednesdays .................... 7:00 pm Texas Hold’em (Starts on the 12th) Thursdays ........................ 6:30 pm Mixed Darts Fridays ............................................................... 7:00 pm Horseshoes Sundays .............................................................. 1:00 pm

Meat Draws - Every Friday @ 5:00 p.m. & Saturday @ 4:30 p.m. Food Available Fridays • Closed Mondays

HYPERTUFFA - Saturday and Sunday, November 9th & 10th, at 11:00 am at the LCC, Hobby Room. Join us in building a small hypertuffa planter. This is a two class series because your creation will need to cure overnight before you remove the forms. We will talk about different options in building hypertuffa containers, and then you will build your own. Although the containers should not be planted right away, we will talk about appropriate plantings, and this workshop will be held early enough for you to plant one up to give as a Christmas present. Charge is TBA as materials will need to be ordered.

RDN RECREATION PROGRAMS

REFRESH, RENEW, REGISTER NOW FOR FALL PROGRAMS! ADULT GENTLE YOGA - An introduction to Yoga, this class is suitable for all levels, especially those who are just beginning yoga or prefer a gentle class. No flexibility required! Bowser Elementary School Tues 6-7:15pm. Reg. #30911 Oct 1-22. Reg. #30912 Oct 29-Nov 19. $36.40/4. Lighthouse Community Hall Thurs 9:30-10:45am. 30913 Oct 3-24. 30914 Oct 31-Nov 21. $36.40/4

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Please pre-register for all programs to avoid program cancellation. Call Chrissie at 250-757-8118, email at cfinnie@rdn.bc.ca or call Oceanside Place at 250248-3252 for more information. ___________________

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THE ARROWSMITH NEEDLE ARTS GUILD - Meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 9:30 am at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre at 747 Jones St. Come to embroider, learn new techniques and for friendship with other stitchers. In Park/Qual, contact Jeri at 250-752-9230 and in Nanaimo contact Roberta at 250-758-6783 or email keberta@shaw.ca for more information. BEATING THE BLUES - Educational support group for people living with depression. Share strategies, move toward your goals, and increase your joy in life. Tuesdays 6-8 PM in Parksville. FMI Call Stephanie 250-937-1223. QUALICUM BEACH GARDEN CLUB – Sept. 10 - QB Civic Centre, 7 pm. Topics: School Sustainable Project; also Growing Winter Veggies with Diane Sharp. THE MID ISLAND FLORAL ART CLUB – Sept 12 - Meet at 2:00 at St. Stephens Church Hall, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach. Please note we have a program change as Christine de Beer can not make it, so the Demonstrator is Andrea Strachan from Leaf and Petal Flower Shop in Duncan. She is a dynamic professional designer, having participated in shows that include Vancouver and Las Vegas. She will be presenting designs titled “Floral Design as Living Art”. Cost $5 non-members. FMI Call Catherine 250-937-1350. GIANT GARAGE AND BOOK SALE – Sept. 14 - 9am - 2pm at Union Bay Community Hall. Large selection of items. All proceeds to go to Tour-De-Rock. FMI call Donna Mckay 250-335-2147. EAGLECREST GARDEN CLUB - Sept. 18 - meets at 7.00pm in the QBCC, welcomes member Sallie Dabb who will speak on “Making a Winter Veggie Garden”. Everyone welcome. FMI Call 250-752-6129. THE QUALICUM BEACH FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY – Sept 18 - Will hold their regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the QB Legion. Guest speaker will be Sherry Irvine, professional Genealogist with topic “What’s in a Will; What does it tell you”. Guests welcome. OCEANSIDE GRANDMOTHERS FALL HARVEST JAMBOREE - Sept. 28 - A showcase for our agricultural community and celebration of the fall harvest. The Jamboree will be held at the Bradley Centre (Shearme Rd./Alberni Hwy.) on Saturday, September 28 from 4 - 9 p.m. and will feature a square dance demonstration, dinner, a live auction and musical entertainment by the Alumni Band and the Moonshine Mollys. Tickets ($30) are available at Buckerfield’s and Cranky Dog Music (PV) and The Shoe Inn (QB). Proceeds will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign. Contact 250752-1296 for further information. MORNING GLORY SCHOOL – Sept 13 - Open House 1-3pm. Activities and refreshments with the teachers. FMI Call 250-752-2722 or visit www. morninggloryschool.ca. ~

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Aries (March 21-April 19) This month, you want to get organized! Do whatever you can to manage your life more efficiently. Make lists, refine techniques, establish procedures and get support material. While you’re on this self-improvement kick, focus on health. Yes, you want it all! Meanwhile, a sudden change might benefit where you live or your family. You might move suddenly or your home might change in some way that makes you feel richer, younger and more excited about life.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re entering a thoughtprovoking month where you will puzzle answers and wonder, “What should I be doing?” You want to know what matters in life. You’re thinking about cash flow, earnings and possessions. You might want to show something off. You want better control over your life with what you own. Recently, unexpected changes have made you more reflective, especially spiritually. Your own mortality and the interconnectedness of everything make you think.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) People notice you now, especially people in authority. And they admire you, which is why they want you to take on increased responsibilities. Say yes because you won’t have to do anything special to dazzle them (Obviously, this is the month to push your agenda – ya think?) Perhaps one reason you are noticed is a sudden windfall of money, support, wealth or assistance arrives, or a chance to economically join forces with someone. Make the most of this!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re restless and eager to expand your horizons. Travel anywhere because you want adventure and you want to get outta Dodge. However, travel is not the only way to Taurus (April 20-May 20) It’s a time for a vacation Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Happy Birthday! The Sun change your world. Exciting courses and educational because the bottom line is that you want to please is in your sign (the only time all year this happens), opportunities can also expand and enrich your life. yourself this month. “I wanna have fun!” Enjoy which is why you will be able to recharge your sports events, the arts, the theatre, playful times batteries for the rest of the year. You attract important Meanwhile, sudden and wonderful opportunities can benefit you through a partner or close friend. with children and many chances to socialize and people and favourable circumstances to you. Hint: party with others. Something exciting will rev your Make hay while the Sun shines! Meanwhile, relations A casual relationship might become committed. Or you might meet wonderful people through someone. engines. You’re making big plans! Expect a change to with a friend or a group might yield major changes Expect success in dealing with the general public. your style of communicating with relatives, especially and surprises. Others might endorse you or help you siblings and cousins. reach your goals. This is an auspicious time. Expect a Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re focused on miracle! inheritances, taxes, debt, shared property and Gemini (May 21-June 20) This month your anything to do with jointly-held assets. You might attention turns to home, family and your private life. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your birthday is a month meet a strong teacher or someone who provokes You’ve been so busy lately you almost hunger for a away, which means your personal year is ending. chance to cocoon at home. Many will be involved Therefore, this is the perfect time to make plans about self-inquiry in you. Perhaps it is because of your self-aware readiness that you will experience a with a parent more than usual. Unexpected news your new year. How do you want it to be different sudden job promotion or a sudden change that (hopefully positive) might impact your earnings. This from last year? What goals do you want to achieve? benefits both your health and your work. Something could be a sudden windfall, a better job, a raise or Meanwhile, something unusual might electrify your unexpected is going to open doors for you. a chance to make money. For some, it might be an reputation, perhaps suddenly. People are aware Classically, you will want to work for yourself or be unexpected purchase that makes you feel rich! of you. Your name is on their lips. You might get a self-employed in some way. promotion, a raise, recognition – something that Cancer (June 21-July 22) This month, you’re makes you feel acknowledged and appreciated. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Your focus is on juggling short trips, errands, conversations with everyone, visits here and there plus increased reading Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your popularity is growing. partnerships and close friendships. (For a relationship to be successful, you must be as good and writing. (“My hair’s on fire!”) Plus you might This month your schedule is jam-packed with the squeeze in a vacation! The reason this might happen demands of clubs and organizations. It’s time to think for your partner as he or she is for you.) Meanwhile, respect your need for more sleep because the Sun is many of you will get a charmed hit of good luck about long-range goals and making your dreams a is now as far away from your sign as it gets all year, like a bolt out of the blue. The next year is fortunate reality. Work with others because they will benefit for you and perhaps one of the reasons for this is you. Establish who you are in partnerships and groups. and the Sun is your source of energy. You want to be well-rested because unexpected opportunities to that something will suddenly happen. It could be Many of you will get a sudden opportunity to travel opportunities to expand your life. (Keep your bags or explore further training and education. Others will vacation, enjoy the arts, be involved in sports and enjoy playful activities with children will fall in your packed by the door.) receive a windfall connected with publishing, the media, medicine and the law. This is an exciting time lap. Expect a fun bonanza to come your way. ~ in our life.

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NEED SOME HELP AROUND YOUR HOME? Husband and wife team for small jobs inside or outside. If you need some shelves built, lawn care, organizing and creating new space or any odd jobs we would like to help .Very reasonable rates. Call Sandie for a free estimate at 250-5948444.

KAWAI CLASS GRAND PIANO – GE-1A/Ebony, 5’1” length, -5’9” width. 14 years old, pristine condition, regular professional tuning. Custom bench included. Email inquiries to qbgrand@gmail.com.

GROUPS/SOCIETIES/CLUBS THE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF QUESTERS – Next meeting October 7. For more information call Chris (250) 752-1419.

MEMOIR WRITING - Have you been thinking about writing your life story? If you would like supportive coaching, please visit www.yourlifeinwriting1.com for more information.

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

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FIRST RATE MASONARY – Over 13 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. DOWN BY THE BAY SPA - Pedicure, manicure, massage and waxing. Fresh Fall Colors! Turn right at the Deep Bay docks. Tues-Fri 10am-4pm. Call to book 778-4243344.

ISLAND GOSPEL CENTRE “A house of LIGHT in Lighthouse Country” Sundays - 10AM Worship 90 McColl Road, Bowser, BC (250) 757-8253

WILDWOOD COMMUNITY CHURCH 113 McColl Road, Bowser

Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am 757-8136

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

OCEANSIDE HOSPICE SOCIETY It’s a path we will all walk someday, let’s share the journey! The Oceanside Hospice Society provides compassionate Hospice, Caregiver and Pallative Care Supporters to the Community. We serve families and individuals from Nanoose to Fanny Bay and provide support to Oceanside residents at the Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Programs and Services are funded by grants, donations and events and are Community and Volunteer driven. PLEASE GIVE A GIFT In Memory of a loved one, to comfort the grieving, to recognize the ongoing need for excellence in service. Consider supporting our upcoming Capital Campaign. For more information, please call 250-752-6227 or visit www.oceansidehospice.com.

Illusion Lake Sand & Gravel

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.

Off Horne Lake Road

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

For those larger projects… Call for delivery or to Arrange pick-up

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.

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

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5th Annual

Saturday November 2 Sunday November 3 10:00 - 4:00 daily

Lighthouse Community Centre 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay entrance is by donation to the local food bank

Special Guest Speakers

While enjoying the Island ARTS Expo, attend a workshop or an artist’s demo... • Painting the Outer Coast — Mark Hobson • Soft Pastel from Life — Dan Gray • Laying in with Oils — Peter Spohn • The Techniques of the Dutch Masters — Michael Schutte • iPhone/iPad Basics — Dan Larocque • Preparing your Artwork for Exhibition — Bill & Bonnie Luchtmeijer • Tantalizing Textures & Luminous Layers — Patt Scrivener • Watercolour Magic — Greg Swainson

Register Early and Receive 20% OFF Online: islandartsexpo.ca For more info. please call 250-757-8003 Sponsored by:

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