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Contents Happy Spring!

Publisher / Editor Vera Clark Photography Stephanie Tracey Graphic Design Big Dog Publishing Inc. Contributors Darcy Nybo, Gudrun Cobham, Alana Hicik, Elaine Martelli, Dr. Lianne Lacroix, Sally Mahood, Dr. Robert Wageman, Wayne Evans, Leo Bartels, Fern Teleglow, Liz Sage, Angie Bricker, Rose Fleming, Glenna Gillan, Danielle Fleming, Linda Edgecombe, Sarah Stewart, Jan Johnson Karen Copp Cooking Madly Travis Hackl

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Ah Spring! That time of year when we all have a little extra bounce in our step, a wider smile and promising hope for the days to come. We are so fortunate to live in a country that enjoys all four seasons where we are guaranteed to experience the different emotions each new season presents. In this Spring issue we had a lot of fun with the latest craze in fitness - Zumba, and Brenda and Rene at Global Fitness Centre, who gave us the introduction, were amazing. Sarah got a real workout that day but had a tremendous amount of fun as well. The UBC Heat womens basketball team treated us to some exciting basketball during the CCAA tournament and the girls really deserve our praise and pride. On a more sombre note on page 12 you will find our interview with Major Toni Cartmell, a pastor with the Salvation Army who talks candidly about the task force she is working towards setting up in response to child prostitution amongst our children and our communities. I was astonished, dismayed and alarmed at the growing trend of this heartbreaking practice targeting young girls across Canada. Travis again wowed us with his culinary creations and Gudrun’s daffodil delight is wonderful. Be sure to read Liz’s column on “Mother Know’s Best” and to all the Mom’s out there - Happy Mother’s Day!

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oranges, greens (in many shades from avocado to kelly), adriatic blue, turquoise, fuchsia and coral. The contrasting neutrals are shades of beige, taupe and light grays, which work well with the happy brights. It’s a very tactile season, with soft draping fabrics in the forefront. You’ll be seeing lots of light knits in cotton, poly, bamboo and even tencel. A very fresh fabric look this year is slub fabric, almost like a raw silk with little slubs running throughout. It adds an interesting texture to solid coloured fabrics and updates the look of any style. Dresses are still a hot item. Knee-length wrap styles in bold floral or graphic prints are hugely popular...after all, what could be more of a change from the heavy winter sweaters we’re ready to discard? In soft poly knits, the feel is light and airy, just like the first blossoms of Spring. Top one off with a flirty little jacket - even a jean jacket in a fresh colour - and you’re good to go! For jeans, the trend is towards higher waists again (yes, it’s time to retire the “muffin top” look of low rise jeans). The straighter leg is also making a comeback, and lighter weights and tones of denim with interesting textures are appearing on the scene. Continued on Page 22


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hildren are the inspiration for Bealoo artwork. Through observations of their own children, friend’s kids and focus groups, Bea and Lucy recognize what gives the “spark” to the imagination of a child and develop child-inspired art themes for parents who want to create a unique and happy room for their child. Whether your child loves trucks, fairy princesses, dinosaurs, sea creatures, butterflies or pirates, Bea and Lucy have created art to match your child’s imagination. A backyard play date became a Canada Wide business due to the co-operation and vision of two very different moms with talents that synchronized. Bea Moritz is a talented artist with a degree from UBC in English and Fine Arts, who has worked in computer

animation for a variety of famous children’s shows. After the birth of her first child she relocated to Kelowna from Vancouver to raise her family. Bea is now the mom of three with the birth of her little baby girl last spring. Lucy Ryga is an Ontario native with a long-term business management background. Lucy left the corporate world to start her family in Kelowna. Her strong accounting skills, business acumen and design concepts paired with Bea’s artistic flair and talent are what make Bealoo a success story. Lucy and Bea share a common vision for “focus on family first”. This ideal is achieved while they build the Bealoo Kids brand name. They travel around the country to trade shows where they Continued on Page 43

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elowna’s UBCO was the host for the 2010 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Basketball Championship from March 17th through 20th. This was the 32nd Annual Championship for the CCAA and eight teams across the country including the UBC Heat competed for the National Gold Medal. Heather Semeniuk Head Coach

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There are over 100 teams in the CCAA and only eight make it to the finals. The UBC Heat have competed at Nationals before in 2006/2007 and made it to the bronze level game but lost by three points. This year they got to try it again. In provincial championship games the Heat have brought home four bronze and a gold medal in the last six years. The Heat is an established team with a fairly new name. Heather Semeniuk has been their coach for sixteen years now, she explains. “Prior to 2005 we were known as the OUC Lakers, then became the Okanagan Lakers from 2005 until September of 2008 when we hit the court wearing UBC Okanagan Heat uniforms.” As for hosting the Nationals, Heather and the Heat were excited. “We were very fortunate that we got the bid to host the CCAA National Women’s Basketball Championships. It’s an honour and a privilege. However, I wouldn’t have bid on them if I didn’t think we had a real chance to win.”

The UBCO Heat is a strong team and their coach has some insights as to why. “Their strongest point is their ability to come together and play as a team. I don’t just have one star – I have a whole whack of stars,” she laughs. “We don’t depend on just one or two girls. Our stats versus other teams in minutes of play show they have girls that they can’t take off the floor. With our team we have a deep bench and we get contributions from all of our team players.” “Our strategy and our game style is to play pressure defense, push the ball and run and to attack the hoop,” explains Heather. “We need to keep the ball moving. Our offense is constant motion. Overall we need to stay focused and remember what our strength is in our team. Our mantra is unity. Our goal is to work together as one.” The Heat rookies are Ashley Briker, Kiersten Shulhan, and

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Allison Werner. Second year members are Roz Hubert, Rachelle Briscoe, Maddie Kaneda, Karin Vanderhoek, Beth MacDonald and Nicole Dale, with the veteran team composed of Jenna Kantz, Bailey Radley, Melissa Irish and Audrey SiebertTimmer. Two other veterans are Katie Woodman and Meghan McGill, who are both playing their last year with the UBCO Heat. “This is the most committed team I’ve ever been on,” says Meghan McGill, the Heats senior captain. “We make goals as a team and we work towards them by improving our game personally and as a group. Our focus is on unity, it is the word that comes up most for our team, because we play best when we are united on the court and off. We all feel very lucky to have such amazing teammates who are not only very talented basketball players but the greatest group of friends you could ask for.” Meghan was as excited as anyone about the Nationals. “Hosting the National Championships and competing for national gold in our home gym has kept a sustained level of excitement and focus for the team throughout the season. We were ready to compete with the top teams from across Canada. It was a challenge, but was one that I felt we were ready to face.” Coach Heather Semeniuk has similar sentiments. “I am very proud of everyone on the team and their commitment and work ethic,” she says. “It has been a very enjoyable year with this group of young women. It’s been a wonderful experience to watch them support each other, stay focused and be excited about playing.” She continues, “There is a word I use a lot with them and that is selflessness. Everyone can and will contribute in their own way. Selflessness is the biggest sacrifice you can make for your team. It’s all about seeking the glory together.”

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Not in My Backyard? - Human Trafficking BY DARCY NYBO

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ook around the Okanagan and you’ll see snow capped mountains high above glistening lakes. It’s a four season’s playground for skiing, water sports, golf, hiking, wine tours and a great place to find underage prostitutes.

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n her book, Oral Sex the New Good Night Kiss, which has also been made into a documentary film, Sharlene Azam documents how older teens recruit younger girls into prostitution. It may start off as exchanging oral sex for a concert ticket or a new purse; unfortunately for many it escalates into drugs and prostitution on the streets of Penticton and Kelowna where the girls are trained and eventually transferred out to Vancouver. We spoke to Major Toni Cartmell, a pastor for the Salvation Army in Kelowna. She recently moved here after working with a task force in Calgary, Abbotsford and Vancouver and is working towards developing a task group against human trafficking in Kelowna. “Azam’s book actually names Kelowna as part of its study,” says Cartmell. “Kelowna and Penticton are considered a softer clientele. It is a better place to break the girls into prostitution. “According to Azam, there were 15-year-old high-school girls charging older guys $20 for sexual favors. A lot of older teen girls are recruiting the younger girls into sexual activities. It starts out as a friendship and then turns into a dependency.” A recruiter is a girl at a school who usually has all the stuff that other girls want. They are in essence, the bait to attract younger girls into the sex trade. “These younger girls think that these older girls are interested in them, and they are drawn in,” says Cartmell. “If there were someone in their life who could talk openly to them, they would be less likely to fall into this trap. In our sexualized culture kids

don’t stand a chance if they aren’t talking to a parent or someone who can give them the right information.” These deviant practices are being done on girls in Canada as young as eight. Cartmell explains a new trend as to how the girls are pulled into this type of lifestyle. “Basically the older girls are getting goods and money from someone else and they like the lifestyle. They may not want to perform the sex acts themselves, so they find someone who will and the younger the better.” We asked her why there are more young girls being recruited as prostitutes. “Younger and younger girls are being recruited into the sex trade because some men are afraid of disease plus they get a rush from doing something forbidden. Back in the 1950’s they came out with a study that said if we make pornography more available it would cut down rape and violence against women. The people in the front line started reporting rapes as being other types of assaults so it appeared that the liberal attitude was working; however, it was really how the cases were being reported that made the difference. We now know that a highly sexualized culture does not reduce the incidence of violence – it actually increases the appetite for violence as people can get satiated earlier and easier and go in search of deviant practices.” We may think we’ve come a long way from the bra burning of the 60s; however, looking at the world today it is clear that we still have a long way to go. Our overtly sexualized culture shows women and girls how to use themselves as sex objects. “A lot of this is fueled by loneliness and ignorance,” states Cartmell. “Girls don’t realize that giving oral sex for a dinner or a new pair of pants is really prostitution.” Although he couldn’t comment or confirm as to what or if anything was going on in schools, Constable Holmes of the

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Kelowna RCMP is aware of girls as young as 13 selling themselves for drugs. “These girls come from high risk families. You won’t see them on the street corners; they go to an abusers residence or other location.” We may be able to admit that these things might be happening on a very small level here; however, not to the girls we know. These girls must be from high-risk homes. Not so says Cartmell. “According to Azam, the girls that are recruiting and being recruited are, for the most part, from good middle class homes, intelligent and doing well in school. Some of these girls have recruited girls as young as eight years old. In her research across Canada, Azam tells of one counselor at a school working with 12 year old girls, in grade five, who strip at parties.” How could this be happening right under our noses in Canada? How could we let this happen to our children? Cartmell believes it is due in part to our highly sexualized culture. “It has stripped the girls of any realization of the harm they are doing to themselves,” she says. “They feel if they aren’t having vaginal sex with a guy it’s not really sex. They ignore the fact that you can get all manner of STD’s from oral sex. We’ve desensitized our young people to the point where they don’t know what is appropriate and they have devalued themselves.” Sexual exploitation of our youth is on the rise, whether we choose to believe it or not. “You don’t become a prostitute without being sexually exploited,” explains Cartmell. “One girl came to me and said to me for the first time in her life she felt pretty because

she was being paid for something that was once taken from her by force or that she gave away.” It’s hard to pinpoint where and when all this began and we can ‘point a finger’ at the internet, cell phones, television, glamour magazines and a lot of other “in our face” communications (which are not going away) but in the end WE need to open our eyes and pay attention to what our children are doing and we can reverse the trend. Being involved with our children and teenagers is more important now that ever. Find out what they are doing in their lives, who their friends are and what they are doing online. It is our jobs as parents to educate our children on sexual expression and self-respect. For more information please go to www.thenewgoodnightkiss. com and www.thetruthisntsexy.ca

Oral Sex, the New Goodnight Kiss by Sharlene Azam Published April 2009

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elebrity fitness trainer, “Beto” Perez, stumbled upon the concept of Latin-inspired dance-fitness in his native Cali, Colombia in the mid-‘90s. One day, he walked into his aerobics class and realized he had forgotten his aerobics music. Thinking quickly, he grabbed whatever tapes he had in his backpack. Beto’s tapes were comprised of songs he loved, the traditional Latin salsa and meringue music he listened to all his life. But it was a challenge to improvise a whole class on the spot using non-traditional aerobics music. Beto rose to the challenge and from this last-minute improvisation a revolutionary new concept in fitness was born – the Zumba Fitness-Party™! The class soon became the most popular class at his fitness facility. ZUMBA fitness fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow choreographed moves to create a unique one-of- a kind fitness program that gets your heart pumping! The goal is simple: Effective Fun Fitness!! You can achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing movements meant to engage you Continued on Page 16 physically and mentally. Getting your groove on is the order of the day! oktogetmad.com


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The routines are repetitive dance fitness sessions, where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined. They are specifically meant to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. This is the latest craze in group fitness classes, and if you are willing to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour as you learn dance choreography ~ then ZUMBA is for you! Brenda Jaegli, a Certified Fitness Instructor and Certified Zumba Instructor at Global Fitness Centre led the class I participated in to research this article. Brenda moves like no one I have ever seen. She is a combination of Gumby and J Lo and as she directed us, energized us, encouraged us, and set the tone for the morning class, I was completely addicted to this crazy exercise. Brenda explains “When you get in front of a Zumba group you get reciprocal energy from the group. Everyone is spreading energy to each other.”

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As far as gear goes, the only things you require are a good pair of running shoes, comfortable work out gear, and of course a water bottle! Zumba is so diversified and can be a low-impact or high-impact exercise, depending on the instructor and your level of comfort. The classes are attracting all ages, body shapes and gender. From cardio workout, toning, balance, power and endurance Zumba offers total body workout and continuous movement, as well as, a lot of fun. Rene Unser, Director of Fitness for Global Fitness Centre suggests if you are interested in taking a Zumba class, check out the instructor’s qualifications and experience in fitness and do a drop in to the facility of your choice and check out the class. “Every instructor will choreograph the movements and intensity of their Zumba class, so find a class and instructor that offers you fun and comfort in a safe and healthy exercise environment. If you are a parent and want to take the class, find a facility that offers daycare as well.” Once the music is in your head, you cannot help but Zumba!

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’ve spent months talking to mom’s in our community about their obstacles, barriers and excuses that prevent them from taking action on healthy living practices; regular exercise, rest and mindful nutrition. These mom’s threw the book at me. But for every excuse they conjured up, there evolved a solution. I didn’t say the solutions were going to be easy to accomplish, only that it was doable. Here lies the challenge. Most of the solutions required a change in habits, thinking and mental state. And for the record, it was the moms who came up with the solutions. I just asked the right questions. Change is difficult for us all. Routine is easy, comfortable and familiar. But what if routine is not having you live the life that brings out the best in you so you may give your best to your family? To quote Dr. Phil “how’s it working for you so far?” Just the thought of change is enough to escalate stress hormones. But if you really want to augment your healthy living plan you have to stop contemplating and start preparing.

The preparation stage is an invitation to figure out what you want to change, gather knowledge and support, and implement your strategies and solutions. These moms re-claimed their lives, time, energy and health first and foremost when they stopped over-scheduling their kids. Most importantly, their parenting skills soared along with their family relationships. Activities that have mom running from one end of town to the other dropping one child off only to burn rubber in the opposite direction to gather the other just dropped off, were eliminated or replaced by selections that have the flexibility to also accommodate mom’s lifestyle needs. Realizing they did not have to be at every practice, they used that time for their own fitness. If the program commanded their presence they picked another one that allowed them the freedom to claim that time for themselves, or they engaged in fitness within the surroundings of

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their child’s event. Weekend tournament nightmares were avoided by saying ‘no’. This meant opting for rec not select programs. Leave select for the latter years. Early morning practices before school! What were you thinking? Grade schooler’s and moms need sleep. Agreements were made for weekend only early am practices along with night before structure of no activities, early bedtime and only one early week day practice per week. Dry land training for 8 year olds was ditched for skateboard parks, a game of


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grounders, family swims and bowling! That’s called play. More fun and less expensive! Programs that push dinner to 7pm and bedtime seldom before 9 were punted to show respect to family values, teachers who school your children and to parents who need quality time to manage a house, their relationship and of course their personal wellness. When children rested, so did mom. They surrendered to a less than perfect house. Some used the money saved from less programming toward occasional big job housekeeping! These mom’s now empower their children to participate in yard work and household chores right along with them, so that they can all get out the door for a family swim, bike or trip to the park. These moms are a leading example in showing their children that mom’s wellness is not more important but as important as theirs! Their children will grow into adults who share these same values breeding healthy families and communities. Let this be your mother’s day gift this year. Get out the stroller, bikes, skates, toboggans, backpacks and do it early in your child’s life. Even our little people quickly become creatures of habit and they will resist you over and over again until you positively show them how much more fun it will be to be with you than wii, xbox or Harry Potter (unless they are snuggled up with you and a hardcover copy). When all else fails in getting your family on board with the change, tell them ‘mother knows best’

Next to Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is the busiest time of year for florists. If you’re planning to give Mom a traditional Mother’s Day bouquet, be sure to order well in advance. Chocolates are another sweet treat that kids have been giving moms for generations. Looking for something different to give Mom this year? Our lists of great gift ideas for Mother’s Day can help. Keep your ears open as Mother’s Day approaches. Most moms will be dropping hints about the kinds of gifts they would really like to receive. Look for catalogs and flyers that Mom has left open to certain pages and listen carefully any time she says, “I could really use a new…” Don’t forget; there are certain gifts that you should never give Mom - steer away from anything that’s obviously for you or that can be used for housework. Remember, Mother’s Day isn’t just about the gifts themselves - your Mom will appreciate any kind of thoughtful gesture that thanks her for all her hard work. Think of your own creative ways to treat her right on Mother’s Day. What kind of mom do you have? Here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas for the: * Foodie – kitchen gadgets, food & wine magazine, cookbook * Golfer – personalized golf balls, golf lesson, round of golf * Gardener – hand care, composter, day trip to a botanical garden * Fashionista – shoe rack, foot massage, closet makeover * Knitter – knitting books, gift certificate to a yarn shop * Techie – ipod accessories, USB memory stick, wireless cell phone headset * Music Lover – concert tickets, ipod * Bookworm – book light, book journal, reading pillow, CD book * New Mom – spa day, fresh baked goodies, offer to baby-sit * Handy Mom – laser tape measure, multi bit screwdriver

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Battling Breast Cancer “Breast cancer” – these words trigger fear in the hearts of all women, yet this common disease has never been more curable. Breast cancer is not even the cancer that kills the greatest number of women each year, as this dubious honor belongs to lung cancer caused by smoking. Breast cancer comes in at number two. Although a larger number of women are diagnosed with breast cancer, the rate of cure is very much higher than that of lung cancer. Just about every woman knows a friend or relative who has been touched by breast cancer. Indeed it is the most common cancer in

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Spring Cleaning Isn’t Just for Your Home and Yard

It’s believed 18 percent of the greenhouse effect is caused by methane, putting it second on the list of offending gases behind carbon dioxide. Ninety percent of animal methane is produced by ruminants.

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he average person consumes about 124 pounds of chemicals and food additives per year! Maybe it’s time for YOU to cleanse? If you’ve never much cared about the pollution around us, it’s time to start paying attention! For decades, scientists have been studying the pollutions in our air, water, food and soil. Now, the billions of pounds of industrial chemicals pumped into our air and dumped into our water sources year after year, and the millions of pounds of food additives added to our food chain each year has directed the attention to pollution levels in humans. Current research shows us that we all carry toxins in our bodies, the only question is how much and to what extent they affect our health.

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WHAT ARE TOXINS? Essentially, toxins are any substances that are harmful to the body. We are all exposed to thousands of toxins on a daily basis: at work; in our home; in the air we breathe; in our food and water supply and the pharmaceuticals we take. We are consuming more sugar and processed foods than ever before in history and we regularly medicate ourselves with stimulants and sedatives. Our bodies also create internal toxins as a by-product of metabolism--for example, injury and long term stress can cause the body to produce free radicals that are toxic to the tissues. Continued on Page 34

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Want one more way to update your wardrobe for the new season? Drape a lightweight scarf around your neck with just about any outfit - scarves aren’t just for jackets anymore. They give you a dashing, pulled-together look and instantly update your style. You’ll notice lots of scarves in the shops, in gorgeous colours with pretty details like lace trim, floral prints, ruffles and fringes. Not sure how to wear one? No worries, just wrap it any way that feels good...anything goes! This Spring, it’s all about showcasing YOU and showing off your style, the way you like it. Jan Johnson is a co-owner of Tigerlily Fashions on Bernard Ave., Kelowna.

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Women from age 50 to 80 are advised to get screening mammograms every two years since they are likely post-menopausal and have lower hormone levels. Any cancer would hopefully grow slower and have time to be detected. What are the risk factors for breast cancer? Weight gain is a big risk factor. Women who gain 40 pounds after age 18 have a 50% increased risk of breast cancer. Doing exercise at 30 minutes per day will decrease the risk of breast cancer by 37 to 60%. Smoking and poor diet also contribute to increased breast cancer risk. Another risk factor for breast cancer is alcohol. Even though we are surrounded by lovely wineries we cannot ignore the facts. One alcohol drink per day such as one glass of wine will increase the risk of breast cancer by 11% and two drinks a day will push the risk up to 24%. On the other hand post menopausal women taking hormones increase their breast cancer risk only by 0.1 % per year. I often see women recovering from cancer who decide to dramatically improve their life by quitting alcohol and smoking plus adopting a better natural diet with supplements, vitamins, and regular exercise. Why not improve our life before we get cancer? Last year seven women in my practice developed breast cancer, fortunately detected early by screening mammograms. All these women were treated by our excellent surgeons and our wonderful Cancer Centre and all have a very good chance of complete cure. For further information check out BC Cancer Agency at www.bccancer.bc.ca Men’s Dr. Lacroix is a family doctor in Kelowna with over 30 years experience in Family Practice with a special interest in women’s health.

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Oral Sedation Solutions How to Enjoy a Trip to the Dentist

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one day!” That was a compliment made by one of our recent oral sedation patients at her after-surgery check up. “And the best thing is, I don’t even remember it being done!” All her fears and remorse about getting her cavities and broken teeth fixed were not only gone, but she couldn’t even recall the appointment. It is so exciting and rewarding to help a fearful patient that way. It is not only the fearful who benefit from oral sedation. (Oral Sedation is the use of various prescription sleeping pills or sedatives for dental sedation.) It is also wonderful for long appointments involving extensive dental work, such as a ‘smile make over’. When my own ‘smile make over’ was done, I availed myself to oral sedation to see how I liked it. I loved it! The four-hour appointments seemed to take only 30 to 40 minutes in length. I was completely relaxed and comfortable. A third type of patient that can really benefit from sedation is the “hard to freeze” patient. Let’s face it, some of you take a lot more local anesthetic and a lot more time to get numb! For some magical reason, this is generally not the case when you have an oral sedative. The anesthetic tends to last longer when you are relaxed also. Typically you’ll require less anesthetic and re-injections for long procedures. The fourth type of patient whom oral

sedation can help is the person with a very sensitive gag reflex. Taking crown impressions can be real agony for these people. But again, as if by magic, that same person can comfortably have the impression in their mouths for several minutes with no loss of control (or their stomach contents). When they are relaxed with the sedation medications the need to gag is gone. If you belong to any or all of these groups, you owe it to yourself and your dental health to talk to your dentist about Oral Sedation. When properly administered by a qualified practitioner it is extremely safe and effective. This is not a good method for pregnant women or patients with extreme health problems, but for the vast majority of us, it’s the “cat’s meow”.

Dr. Robert Wageman is a honors graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, and practices Cosmetic and Neuromuscular dentistry in Kelowna BC – www.timetosmile.ca

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Dried Fig Salad 2 cup mixed greens 1 Belgian endive 6 dried figs (stemmed and quartered) 1 oz Danish Blue cheese (crumbled) Method: Lamb: Add oil to a medium-hot pan. Season lamb on both sides, place pan in oven at 375 degrees. Cook lamb to just under desired temperature, remove from oven and let rest 7-8 minutes. Brush with Dijon and crust with garlic. Broil 3-5 minutes to color garlic. Sherry Vinaigrette: Whisk together everything except the oil, salt and pepper, Slowly whisk in the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Dried Fig Salad: Toss ingredients and transfer to plates. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Carve and plate rack of lamb.

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Salmon will continue to cook after being removed from heat source, so be careful not to overcook.

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Mushroom Risotto 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cup rough cut mushrooms (shitake, oyster and button) 1 tbsp garlic (minced) 1 cup Arborio rice 3 cup chicken stock (hot) ¾ cup heavy cream ¼ cup parmesan (grated) To taste salt and pepper Pan Seared Salmon 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 piece 6oz salmon 2 tbsp chopped parsley To taste salt and pepper Asparagus 12 piece 1 tsp To taste

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Method: Mushroom Risotto: Heat a medium sized pot on medium heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and sautee 5 minutes (until mushrooms are shiny and aromatic). Add garlic and saute till golden. Remove mushrooms and garlic from pan. Add 2 tbsp olive and Arborio rice, saute 35 minutes until rice is hot. Stir in chicken stock 1 cup at a time. Simmer and stir frequently, add the next cup once the previous cup is nearly absorbed. Stir in cream, parmesan and mushrooms. Simmer until thickened but still saucy (this recipe will yield a little extra risotto which can be formed into little cakes and fried for leftovers). Pan Seared Salmon: Heat a pan on medium-low heat. Add oil. Season salmon with salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley. Place in pan and flip frequently until desired temperature is reached. Asparagus: Steam asparagus and season with salt, pepper and butter. Plate asparagus, top with risotto and salmon. Garnish with sliced grape tomatoes.

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Daffodils ~ Harbingers Of Spring The very name Daffodil is synonymous with spring, so when the golden daffodils poke their sleepy little heads through late winter’s ground, it’s like welcoming a long awaited friend!

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affodils it seems have been in cultivation for millennia, and the earliest references to daffodils appeared in the writings of Homer, around 700 BC. Daffodil, narcissus and jonquil are the common names for the genus Narcissus. Most wild species are native to the Mediterranean as well as Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Western China and Japan. There are more than 60 distinct species and thousands of hybrids. To guide us through the maze of cultivars botanists use a classification system of 12 divisions, including the most familiar ~ Trumpet, Double, Wild Species and Poeticus (or poet’s narcissus). The much-loved Trumpet are what most people think of when they think “Daffodil”. When the King Alfred hybrid was introduced in England in 1899, daffodil fanciers went wild for its Mar / Apr 2010


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new trumpet form. The late 19th century was a heyday of daffodil hybridizing throughout England, and Holland, as thousands of new daffodils were introduced to the adoring public each year.

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Narcissus poeticus ~ is connected with the youth in Greek mythology, who was so obsessed with his own physical beauty, that he drowned while trying to embrace his image in a shimmering lake ~ in his place sprang up the flower that bears his name today. Daffodils have long inspired playwrights and poets. Perhaps William Wordsworth (1770-1850) England’s supreme poet of nature said it best when he immortalized the sunny-spirited daffodil in his classic poem, “Daffodils”’ published in 1804 ~ when one day in April he came upon a host of golden daffodils and wrote these lines ~ “and my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils”.

A Host of Daffodils ~

There are all sorts of reasons to fall in love with daffodils, and recent years have brought many improvements in daffodils. The Royal Horticultural Society’s International Daffodil Registry now lists 27,000 daffodil names! Although yellow is the colour most associated with daffodils, they can also be white, green, orange, red, apricot, or pink ~ the first pink daffodil was introduced in 1923. Bulbs developed prior to 1940 are classified as “heritage” these are the tried and true performers. Daffodils are excellent candidates for woodland settings, meadow gardens, rockeries, and perennial borders. Most reward you year after year with their clumps increasing in size. In fact, successfully naturalized daffodils can bloom up to 30 or even 50 years! You will find that no two daffodils are alike; using the Royal Horticultural Society’s narcissus classification as a map here are a few suggestions to choose from: Trumpets ~ the much-loved giants, wonderfully showy for beds or borders, Large Cup Narcissus ~ these bulbs offer a tremendous variety in form and colour, excellent for bedding, and naturalizing, Small Cups ~ early blooming reliable perennial and sweet scent, Double Daffodils ~ showy, midseason, superb cutting flower, Jonquils ~ late blooming, ideal for massing, intensely fragrant, Poeticus Narcissus ~ graceful and romantic, pure white petals, spicy fragrance. All daffodils are undemanding perennials, that given some sun, water in draught and a measure of Bulb Booster in the spring and fall will increase and flourish. Just remember to deadhead spent flowers, but never cut off foliage until leaves have turned yellow. Even though spring-blooming bulbs should be planted in the autumn, early spring is the best time to visit local flower shows and botanical gardens for inspiration; nothing is more welcome than the sight of daffodils to herald the arrival of spring!

“and my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils”.

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blog or “web log” is a type of website, which includes entries of commentary and events, displayed in reverse-chronological order. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject and others function as more personal online diaries. They combine text, images, multimedia and links and typically have the ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format. For even more diverse interaction, blogs typically contain information feeds to and from other sites. Blogs have numerous plug-ins, allowing you to easily add tools such as surveys, slideshows, video and calendars. The CMS or content management system allows you to update your own content easily. If you can use Word, you can update your blog. Hosting There are many sites that specialize in hosting blogs such as Blogspot or Google’s Blogger. Many of these sites will host your blog for free; these are excellent choices for personal blogs. As there are both technical and usability restrictions, for business applications it is recommended that you host your blog under your own domain name. This allows you to customize and add plug-ins as required, as well as, market your blog without restriction. How should I use my blog with my website? If you are a small business, a blog can be your website. For larger companies or sites that need customization such as ecommerce or database applications, we recommend using a blog to support your website. For example, with a real estate site you could build a website with static pages and a real estate listing system; add a blog and integrate it to your website. Your blog now becomes the News section of the website to promote market updates, new technologies, commentaries and how-to’s. In most corporate hierarchies, branch offices don’t have access to their corporate site; making a blog is a great solution to create

a local presence to support a corporate website. The corporate or head office website typically contains all the information required to properly showcase your products and services. Each branch office can use a blog format to create local presence and have some autonomy online. Spread the Words… To simplify your online social media, there are plug-ins available for blogs that allow you to push data and headlines directly to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Don’t think anyone is reading your blog? If your content is setup properly, Google and other search engines will pick up your blog posts if it is deemed newsworthy. Keep in mind, it is estimated that there are over 100,000,000 blogs. Make sure your content is unique!

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BY LINDA EDGECOMBE

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dusted off the old skis, found something to keep my ears warm, borrowed my kid’s gloves and pulled on my old long johns and a pair of sweatpants. I pulled out that old one-piece ski suit and I grabbed some sunglasses and something that would keep me warm till I got up to the hill. It’s late winter and I am planning to spend this Wednesday up on the mountain, as Wednesday’s are Ladies Day. I am thinking, as I drive up to the hill, that I probably should have gone to a few of those Pilates classes to strengthen and stretch those underused muscles, but hey, I’m a Mom. Running up and down the stairs 25 times a day should be training enough and I’ve wanted to have this day for a few years now. I get to the hill and take that 15 year-old one-piece suit out of my ski bag; you know, the one that I wore before kids and pull it on. It feels a bit snug so I decide to take off that extra sweatshirt. It’s a nice day so I probably won’t need that extra warmth. I say to myself, “hey I have the personal body fat advantage.” Well, I decide to take off those sweat pants too; Lord knows I will really want all the freedom I can get when I tackle those bumps on the black diamond runs. It’s still a bit snug but I get the zipper up. I get the boots on and the true test is to see if I can actually bend over and do them up. All right, so I actually get my girlfriend to bend over and do them up. I’m going to be standing most of the day anyway. I think my feet have gained a bit of weight Linda Edgecombe, “Accountabilty with an Edge”, Best Selling Author, Award Winning Speaker, Professional Speaking Coach. www.lindaedgecombe.com

too. I just don’t remember them hurting this much before. To say I felt like I was in a straight suit is being modest. Upper and lower body is so constricted I start feeling light headed, but it must be the altitude. Off we go to the chair lift and for the first time in my life I look like a life-size version of Barbie. You know, the Barbie that can’t bend her legs. Mind you, I don’t have her waistline, long blonde hair or pointy toes. My 200 cm skis that used to be cool are now archaic and obvious for their florescent purple and pink color. I realize it’s my turn for the chairlift. Hey, bonus, I don’t even need the foot rest on this lift as the tightness of the suit keeps my legs pointing straight out. At the top I decide that I should warm up with a blue run. Within 30 seconds I realize I must have taken a wrong turn and I’m now on a black run - the bumps and the vertical drop seem a bit daunting (ok, the colour was green but in the shape of a diamond). I remembered my first lesson as a child - when in doubt, just sit down and slide down the hill. And I would have, if I could have actually bent my knees. So I go for option two – traverse, tree to tree down the run trying not to look too un-cool as the Wednesday ladies zip past me in their shape skis and shape bodies. I wish I could describe the joy in getting to the bottom two hours later and sliding into the lodge to warm my frozen body and limbs (circulation must be acting up). The final insult came when it was time to undo my ski suit. Imagine being in front of a mountain lodge full of beautiful people and pulling the zipper to what must have looked like the cutting open of a bag of pink insulation. Talk about a ‘fulfilling’ entrance! So the moral of the story is: If you choose to hit the slopes this spring, try the suit on before you leave - just in case it has shrunk. Mar / Apr 2010

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ndividuals that are self-employed are entitled to claim expenses related to operating their business. A self-employed person should know the deductions available to them to ensure they pay as little tax as is allowed under the Income Tax Act. All Self-employed persons (Business and Professional Income) must use a Calendar year-end (December 31) In assessing whether expenses are deductible; first apply the two basic requirements of a deductible expense: a. Expense must be incurred for the purpose of earning income b. Expense must be reasonable in the circumstances

Automobile Expenses

The expenses related to operating a motor vehicle for self-employment purposes are deductible, subject to limits and exclusions. The personal portion of motor vehicle expenses must be determined as this is not deductible. To support usage of a vehicle as a condition of self-employment, a log should be kept showing total km driven. If you cannot support the % of employment usage of the vehicle, Canada Revenue Agency will feel free to make their own estimates! The following expenses may be claimed under motor vehicle expenses: a. License and registration fees b. Fuel / oil costs c. Insurance d. Maintenance and repairs e. Capital Cost Allowance f. Lease Payments, to a maximum of $800 per month before applicable taxes.

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CRA allows for self-employed persons to claim reasonable amounts for the use of a home office. To be deductible, expenses for

a home office must meet one of the following conditions: a. It is the principal place of business or b. The office is used only to earn business income and it is usedon a regular basis to meet customers or other persons as required for earning income. If one of the above requirements is met, then you may deduct the business portion of: maintenance costs, utilities, insurance, property taxes, and mortgage interest. The business portion must be allocated on a reasonable basis such as square footage or number of rooms.

Meals & Entertainment

The deduction for business meals and entertainment is limited to 50% of either the cost or an amount that is reasonable under the circumstances whichever is less. Meals and entertainment will be 100% deductible if incurred by employers for employees at remote work sites. Meals and entertainment expenses must be supported with a receipt and also a valid business reason. The simplest way to document this is to write on the back of the receipt however, a detailed log can also be used which is a good idea when expenses are significant. Actual receipts should be kept as opposed to credit card slips.

Personal / Living Expenses

Personal or living expenses are not allowed except where they consist of traveling expenses incurred while away from home in the course of carrying on business. Clothing is considered a personal expense unless it is a uniform.

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Interest

Interest incurred on money borrowed to use in running the business is deductible with some restrictions. Fees incurred to obtain a loan (financing fees) such as application, processing, guarantee, brokerage or legal fees are deductible.

Leasing Costs

The costs of leasing computers, cellular telephones, fax machines and other equipment for use in the business are deductible. Just remember that although you have until June 15th to file your business return, if you owe money you must pay before April 30th. Elaine Martelli is an owner of Interior Tax & File Small Business Services Inc. and can be reached by calling 250.762.6604

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BY GLENNA GILLAN

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believe most people’s travel wish list includes the Great Wall of China. We all studied about it in elementary school and for most of us it seemed like a distant dream. My dream came true in 1994 when my husband Art and I escorted a cruise from Hong Kong to China. Our first port going into China was Shanghai and I remember well the Captain of our huge vessel literally dodging the small fishing boats and any small boat that was floating around our ship. Honestly, it was a miracle he did not hit any of them. Once ashore, we marveled at the thousands of bicycles and all the pollution, as Shanghai is the business capital for China. After our touring that day we decided to venture out on our own with another couple from the group. While waiting at a stop light we attempted to cross in the cross walk and I had a shopping bag that was net/mesh and somehow got it caught on the fender of a parked bicycle as I stepped out to cross the street and literally ripped it off. There was my husband and good friend Omer trying to fix this fender with a Swiss Army knife Art had on him and Omer trying to straighten the fender back to its original shape. That was our introduction to walking a street in Shanghai. Needless to say the bag went into my pocket so I did not have a repeat mishap. Our next stop was the Port of Xingang. There we disembarked and were taken by motor coach to Beijing. On the way there we stopped to visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven. We could not get over the acres of land the Chinese used to build this massive monument. It seemed like forever walking to it although we could see it in the far distance. I know our group was impressed www.tristartravelandcruise.com by how many people there were both in Shanghai and Beijing. We had never seen so many people, cars, bicycles and bamboo Barcelona Athens Malta Alexandria scaffolding as a lot of building was going on and continues to this day. We visited the Forbidden City and not to be missed, Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, where we saw lots of kites flying high in the air and many tangled up in the lines above. Norwegian Cruise Line “Jade”

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Our last day there took us to the Great Wall. We were told it could be cold so we came prepared with ski jackets. As we took the cable car up, we could see there was no snow, it was not cold and we were very warm. When we got to where they let us off it was amazing to see the wall as far as the eye could see. We climbed for a bit on stairs that were very uneven with our guide giving us all sorts of history and reminding us the stairs were not even. As we were leaving to get our bus he said we were all wise now because we walked on the wall. I ended up taking five groups back over to China. I did two from Beijing to Guilin in the South of China. Just to give you an idea of that distance it would be like flying from Vancouver to Halifax. But we did it in stages. In between we did the Yangtze River, and stopped in Xian to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors, which must not be missed. I was lucky enough on that first trip back to China to see the three gorges before the area was flooded because the next time I went, a million people had been moved to higher ground and now most of what I had seen was now under water. There are a couple of ways to do China. I call it the Triangle. You can fly into either Shanghai or do Xian, the River Cruise and end up in Beijing or reverse or incorporate into the trip and go south to the Guilin. Guilin is an artist’s paradise - there the earth was pushed up from volcanoes and the mountains are black and rocky with mists surrounding them. You see many paintings with these shapes in them. The most important aspect of going to China is you must be able to walk for long periods of time, have good walking shoes

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and enjoy the food. You do get American breakfast daily but then you eat in local approved eateries for lunch and dinner usually consisting of seventeen dishes and they have great Chinese beer. I could write volumes about each China trip I took. They were all so different and I hardly recognized Beijing every time I went back and I am sure it has continued to change.

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s I write this I am sitting on my balcony on the cruise ship and thinking that this would be perfect for family reunions or a wedding group. We have done many wedding groups and family reunions at all inclusive resorts and that is a great way to get together. Since it is all-inclusive parents don’t have to be handing out money to the children all the time. One of the drawbacks to a specific destination resort is that there is not too much choice in the way of pricing. If you pick an all-inclusive resort it may not suit everyone and your guests may feel pressured into making a quick decision. On a cruise ship you have the opportunity to pick the type of accommodation you would like. If you want to have a Penthouse suite but other family members can’t afford that, then they can book what they can afford. Rates vary from inside cabins, to ocean view, balconies and suites. Three or four sharing a cabin can cut down the cost quite a bit. (I highly recommend a balcony cabin if you are doing this as it gives you more room). Flights to the port can be arranged from many different cities, allowing scattered families to come from everywhere. The cruise I am on right now is very casual with interesting ports of call. There is a great kids and teen club onboard as well as activities for singles etc. There is something for everyone; sit by the pool, hit a few golf balls, climb a rock wall, play WII, take a course, play bingo, go to the casino and on and on. Meals are all included on the cruise and on some cruises even drinks and shore excursions.

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One of the best advantages to booking a reunion onboard a cruise ship is that group space can be booked up to two years prior to departure with a small deposit that is refundable up to 3 months prior to departure. This gives families lots of time to plan ahead and if things change in a year they can cancel with full refund. The other good point is that if the group is booked well in advance group rates are very good and if closer to departure the prices go down the rates can be adjusted with no penalty. If you book a reunion at an all-inclusive resort you might get a year advance notice to book. Deposits are usually non refundable and if the price goes down after you’ve booked, chances are very slim that the tour company will adjust the prices. To book a reunion cruise you first have to have a family member that will be the contact person. The travel agency will search for bargains for the best cruise for the time you want to go and put together an invitation detailing the itinerary chosen, the date and the pricing for the different categories and send it to your contact to forward to family members by mail or email. A booking form will be included that they can complete and forward directly to the travel agency. What could be easier? This is also great for a destination wedding. Why not do it on a cruise? Most cruise lines have a wedding coordinator to help with the actual ceremony, where to have it etc. Once again it can be planned well in advance giving your guests time to decide if they can attend and with refundable deposits there is no problem if life gets in the way. Again, what could be easier?

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BY SALLY MAHOOD

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elting is just like playing! Fun with yarn and fibre can be more than just knitting. I wanted to share with you some of the fun projects that can be accomplished with nary a stitch being made. So if you are not a knitter – you can still join in the fun! Felting is the process that results in fibres locking together tightly to form a mass. This is achieved by applying both sudden temperature changes and agitation to the fibre. Wool fibre (and some other animal fibres) may appear to be a smooth filament but they actually have tiny barbs along the shaft. Every breed of sheep has a distinctly different type of wool – just like dogs, there are different breeds with soft, straight, curly or coarse hair but as long as the fibre has not been treated to remove the barbs as in super wash wool (yarn treated, usually with chemicals, so it will not felt easily when washed) it will felt. Some wool because of their characteristics felt more quickly but all will felt. The applications of what we sometimes despair off (namely our favourite shrunken sweater) are many. Quite simply fibre can be shrunk in our hands with water, soap and motion, or it can be made into fabric or a three dimensional form. These pictures show some of the results from students who have after 1 or 2 lessons created their own unique useful artful items. The fibre used in the samples was all predyed and combed (or carded) into a fluffy mass and then applied in layers and felted. Embellishments can include beads, sequins, mohair locks, threads, fancy wool yarns or whatever you choose. Fine detail was achieved using a felting needle, which is a metal stick with a barb on the end of it. A felting needle will felt fibres onto a firm background by stabbing repeatedly…please don’t stab yourself! Another newer method of felting involves applying fibre to a water-soluble paper. The paper only dissolves in very hot water so fibre is applied to the paper, and then wetted, rolled, placed in the dryer and voila it is fabric. This can be fashioned into something else such as the small purse sample. Let your imagination be your guide! There are many resources and new books on all the various methods and applications of felting or join a class and enjoy the fun of group learning.

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are always met with excitement and enthusiasm for their quality affordable art and personal, detail oriented service. Lucy expresses that being a mom is at the forefront for her, but being able to have a business like Bealoo Kids is satisfying the itch to be an entrepreneur. She is a cheerleader for other women entrepreneurs and is brimming with positive energy. Lucy says her challenge is juggling all the balls, as unfortunately, fairies do not magically appear to take care of the multitude of other tasks that come with raising young families and running the home. After the business work, they start work again as “mommy”, “maid”, “chef ” and “chauffeur”. A home-based business is often considered a hobby rather than a career, so there is an expectation to do it all. These talented women would like Bealoo to grow and grow. Their vision is to expand Bealoo, share their designs around the world and eventually create a cottage industry where they can build a workforce of other parents providing opportunities to others to work from home – always with a flexibility that provides a focus on family first. Bealoo Kids Art can be found at www.bealookids.com, The Natural Baby Shop and etsy.com

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MARJORIE TURNBULL Marjorie Turnbull is a very accomplished and versatile artist. The image shown here is “Grandma’s Day Out”. This is a 9” X 12” oil on canvas. The Evans Gallery has a good selection of Marjorie’s work which is widely collected in Canada and abroad. This Past President of the Canadian Federation of Artists is widely travelled, bringing us beautiful images from other parts of the world as well as those close to home.

LINDA KELLY The equine subjects of Linda Kelly are beautifully portrayed as timeless bronze sculptures. This mare and newborn foal herald the arrival of Spring as surely as the robin. These first steps will be seen in pastures throughout the Okanagan during the next month or two. Linda’s love of horses began in childhood and is played out in the homes of collectors and in galleries. You will find the bronze sculptures of Linda Kelly at The Evans Gallery. JUDI WILD The watercolors of Judi Wild are at once delicate and powerful. “One With the Eagles” is a new work of Judi’s which emphasizes the bond between both the cultural and spiritual belief of our ancient indigenous tribes and the natural world. Judi’s images are available as limited edition giclees on canvas at The Evans Gallery. the

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NATHALIE PARENTEAU This stylized Westcoast image is stunningly executed by Whitehorse artist, Nathalie Parenteau. The Evans Gallery is pleased to represent Nathalie’s work in the Okanagan. Her images are inspired by the Haida and Northern cultures. Nathalie’s original work is available on request. The gallery carries a wide variety of Nathalie’s limited edition giclees on both paper and canvas. The image pictured is entitled “Salmon Odyssey”. ANITA SKINNER This delightful painting by Anita entitled “Having a Ball” is bright and colorful with the promise of warm sunshine and flowers. This piece is part of a series of four seasonal paintings Anita has just completed. Currently, Anita is working on one of her very popular wine villages. To see more of Anita’s work, stop in at The Evans Gallery.

LUCY COLLINGS Lucy shares her love of nature with many collectors of fine art. She enjoys hiking and exploring, often sitting on the side of the road, doing preliminary sketches and painting the scene in front to her. The finishing touches are applied back home in her studio. Lucy works in oil on canvas. The painting pictured here is “North Thompson”. The Evans Gallery has a good selection of Lucy’s original work. LAILA CAMPBELL Laila’s work has a quality that is easiy recognized and appreciated by collectors of fine art. “One Moment in Time” is a painting that brings warmth to a room as the viewer recognizes their own special moments with family and friends. The Evans Gallery has proudly shown Laila’s work for a number of years and always has a good selection on hand. “One Moment in Time” is a 24” X 30” acrylic on canvas

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n the Spring, the time change brings about a lot of changes. Longer days seem to energize all of us; more work, more play, more motivation and more optimism. Speaking of optimism, it is returning to the marketplace and particularly to the uplifting realm of art. Our show for Terry Isaac in early February was a runaway success. Anita Skinner’s whimsical pieces continue to find new homes almost as quickly as she can provide them; and, more exciting things are in the works. “Art of the Cover” is a unique art sales event in that it will feature the talents of artists whose works became the cover images of 17 Okanagan Wine Festival catalogues. This special event will kick off with a wine and cheese reception the evening of Thursday, April 15th at 5:00 P.M. The show is a first for the Wine Festival Society and we feel very privileged to be co-hosting it. More details will come through the media as April 15th approaches. The show and sale will continue to, and through, Saturday, May 1st when we host our portion of the 10th annual “Wine Tasting is an Art” festival event. This 4-gallery, twice a year, no charge, art and wine tasting combination has become a festival favorite for locals and visitors. You can expect to meet both artists and friends at this informal affair from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. In addition, we continue to see exciting new talent, some being transplanted from other areas of our country, and we are delighted to be showcasing them to this market. So, along with spring skiing, golf, gardening, tennis and a host of other activities, comes a renewed interest in presenting a fresh look to our living space. Be sure to get around to the wineries and galleries with families and friends as you share another Okanagan spring and summer.

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MASTERWORKS SERIES V ~ ODE TO JOY Date: May 7th, 2010 Time: 8:00pm Description:Program: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 [“The Choral”], Ludwig van Beethoven Quaternity: A Cantata for Seasons, Imant Raminsh; Guest Artists:Gidon Saks, Tenor; Peter Collins, Baritone; Layla Claire, Soprano; Mezzo, to be announced; Okanagan Symphony Chorus Kelowna Community Theatre 1375 Water St., Kelowna

GALA OF HOPE Date: Apr 10th, 2010 Time: 5:30pm Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre 1310 Water Street, Kelowna Cost: Single Ticket - $225, Table of 8 $1,800 Ticketing and/or registration info: For all information - please contact Teresa Johnston, Gala of Hope Coordinator at Phone: 250.762.6381 or e-mail tjohnston@bc.cancer.ca DAVID DODGE Date: May 4th, 2010 Time: 7:00pm Description: Emerging from the Recession: The Road Ahead David Dodge will speak about Canada’s postrecession prospects then take questions from the audience in a special evening of conversation with the former Governor of the Bank of Canada. Kelowna Community Theatre 1375 Water St, Kelowna Cost: free Seats are available only by pre-registering on the Distinguished Speaker Series website www.ubc.ca/okanagan/speakers

KELOWNA BEER FESTIVAL 2010 Date: May 14th, 2010 to May 15th, 2010 Time: 2:00pm to 10:00pm Kelowna Curling Club 551 Recreation Avenue, Kelowna Cost: $16/person/$20 at the door. Ticketing and/or registration info: If you are legal drinking age then you can buy tickets in advance for $16/person (Tickets go on sale on April 22nd at Select your tickets) or $20 at the door. www.kelownabeerfest.com

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Title: The Botany of Desire (PBS) Story: Split into 4 segments it tells a story of our interactions as a race with 4 plants - apple trees, tulips, marijuana and potatoes. This is a fascinating and beautiful show. Genre: Documentary Narrator: Michael Pollan. Leo’s take: I always enjoy Doc’s but rarely do I learn as much from them as I did from this one. Fantastic cinematography and beautiful image quality, it is a joy to watch. 10/10 Title: The Boondock Saints II Story: Eight years ago the MacManus brothers, known as the Saints killed 23 mafia members, now they have been called out for another showdown. Genre: Action. Leads: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Julie Benz. Leo’s Take: First do yourself a favor and watch the first one (it’s not necessary but you will want to anyway once you have seen this one) It held true to the original and was thoroughly enjoyable. 8.5/10

Title: The Time Travelers Wife Story: This is a story about a man who is dislodged in time and the woman who loves him. Based on the much-loved novel by Audrey Niffenegger. Leads: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana Leo’s Take: Having read much of Vonnegut’s writing, the idea of a man unstuck in time was not new to me and I love it. The acting was heart felt, the writing superb; this is this year’s big Hollywood romance and it is very good. 9/10

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Dryland Gardening: Plants that survive and thrive in tough conditions by Jennifer Bennett. The title pretty much says it all. The plants listed in this book are likely to be suitable for our Okanagan climate and are arranged by type: herbs, grasses, bulbs, perennials, annuals and shrubs. Zones are given for each plant.

The Plant Doctor: a practical guide to having a healthy garden by Sonia Day. Day writes gardening columns for the Toronto Star and Canadian Gardening magazine. This, her fourth book, is a very comprehensive manual full of advice that would be great for the beginning gardener.

Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Triedand-True flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation by Lynn Coulter. Heirloom plants have become very popular and this American book includes some lovely illustrations of vintage seed packages along with descriptions and histories of each plant.

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Crops in Pots: how to plan, plant, and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in easy-care containers by Bob Purnell. This Reader’s Digest book is pretty unusual. It’s divided into sections: Starters, main courses and desserts. Each container is named, and there’s a lovely photo of each one with the ingredients and directions for making it exactly like a cookbook. Gimmicky but effective!


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