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Friday, May 4 • 2012

Vol. 4 • Issue 88

Herridge Lane gets new alley shingle See Page 2 280 Baker Street Nelson BC (250)



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Outdoor skatepark fundraising effort ramps up See Page 3

WARRIORS for the children

Last week Vancouver was invaded by 33 colourful Terracotta Warriors as part of a public art project aimed at helping children with disabilities. Nelson artist Jackie Tahara is one of the talents who have given BC’s biggest city a new look on very prominent corners



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ne of Nelson’s artists has been given an opportunity at some great exposure throughout the province, but it’s all in the spirit of helping children. The BC Lions Society for children with disabilities started the Terracotta Warriors project in which artists from all over the province paint replicas of the sculptures to be displayed in the Lower Mainland until September, and then auctioned to benefit the society’s services for disabled children. Jackie Tahara, a Nelson artist, was one of 33 who used the seven-foot tall fiberglass replicas as their canvass. “It’s been an eye-opening experience,” said Tahara. “Working on something like a 3D statue, which I don’t usually do, was great from a learning point of view. Participating in the unveiling was quite eye-opening, seeing all the other statues that were painted and then of course having a statue in downtown Vancouver, there’s lots of traffic going by. It’s just a really great opportunity for an artist.” Tahara’s piece, sponsored by the UBC Sauder School of Business, is being displayed at the corner of Burrard and Dunsmuir in Vancouver until it’s auctioned off. It took her about four months to complete her Terracotta Warrior painting, which when finished sported two flying mythological dragons in honour of the 2012 Chinese year of the dragon. “The dragon is the most auspicious and powerful creature of the Chinese astrological calendar, bringing with it good fortune, Story continues to ‘Tahara’ on Page 9

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Nelsonites take pride in quality. Good powder, good trails, good paddling, good coffee, good beer and great food. On May 7, the Nelson Star’s arts and culture publication {vurb} will be sponsoring Indulge Nelson which is your opportunity to celebrate the city’s great restaurants. Indulge Nelson is a celebration of our restaurants aimed at supporting our restaurateurs and business owners, and to raise funds for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. “When I was living in Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver was like Christmas,” said {vurb} editor Megan Cole. “I love to try new food and new restaurants, but it went beyond food to supporting the community.” Running from May 7 to 9, Story continues to ‘Long’ on Page 17



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Nearly 300 East Shore residents who have signed a petition encouraging the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to restore the former sailing times of the Kootenay Lake ferries aren’t likely to have their request granted. As recently reported, East Shore residents have suggested not only returning the MV Osprey 2000 and MV Balfour to the original schedule, as the petition states, but also changing the schedule so the ferries run on the hour. “The ministry is always willing to consider requests for service changes to meet the needs of residents who rely on inland ferry service,” a ministry spokesperson told the Creston Valley Advance. “However, extending the operating hours would increase labour and other operating costs, and the current fiscal climate does not allow for increased service levels.” Citing health, economic viability, social development, work opportunities and shopping in West Kootenay towns, the petition was created by East Shore resident Nicole Plouffe in mid-March, with the goal of reaching 500 signatures. To view the petition, visit

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Vital Healthcare for Our Community Since 1998 MORE DOCTORS COMING TO KLMC! “We are working hard to recruit more doctors for the ever-increasing number of patients that use the clinic. Right now there is a doctor shortage, as anyone who has been in the clinic in the last few weeks will know. THE CLINIC WILL STAY OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! However, the hours of operation and the number of doctors working everyday will vary over the next few months. This will change, but getting doctors here does take time. We do appreciate everyone’s continued support and understanding until the doctors being hired are in place. ” Peggy Aitken - Clinic Manager / Owner

“ This is a very important service for our community. I have used it many times over the years and will continue to do so. I am thrilled that the walk-in clinic is staying open in Nelson. So many of us who live in Nelson and in other communities around the area depend on it.” Joan Santano - Nelson

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Rob Levesque, left, and Shane Johnsen, owner of Tribute board shop, display the new $50 per square foot stickers earlier this week. SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

The Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skate Park Society have launched a new fundraising campaign to collect the final amount needed to reach their goal. Rob Levesque of the society says things are looking really good for the project now. Those seeking to support the cause are invited to donate on a variety of levels. Individual square feet of the park are being sold at $50 each at Tribute on Baker Street, as well as online at the new

website, “People can also donate on various levels starting at $500 for bronze and up to $15,000 for platinum,” said Levesque. “Everyone who donates on these levels will be permanently recognized at the skatepark.” Those purchasing square feet of the park at Tribute will receive a sticker recognizing the donor’s support for the project. Shane Johnsen, owner of Tribute, said with Paypal integrated into the website, people can donate even as little as a dol-

lar if they wanted to. Currently, the group has about $450,000 of roughly $600,000 needed to fund the skatepark. “We just had a meeting with the city and they’re really behind this,” said Levesque. “They’re going to help us out in a big way and lots of contractors are stepping up and saying they want to help out, so things are really shaping up.” Levesque said they hope to break ground in June. “It’s not 100 per cent... that’s optimistic, but I’m an optimistic person.”

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City maps out tree plan GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

Did you know? Mussolini’s favorite cartoon character was Donald Duck. Another strange fact about famous persons was that Albert Einstein couldn’t read until the age of nine. Neat huh? SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 8 (KOOTENAY LAKE) FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING @ 1:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING @ 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Board Office, 570 Johnstone Road, Nelson BC Public Welcome


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A new management plan lays out steps to “protect and conserve” the city’s tree canopy, while warning many individual trees are deteriorating and may have to be cut down. “Nelson’s urban forest is in decline,” says the draft document, received by city council last month. “Many older trees on our streets and in our parks... suffer from a variety of problems related to poor planning, management and care, traffic and infrastructure conflicts.” The plan says over the next 20 years, a “substantial” number of trees, especially downtown and in Uphill, will need to be removed as they become hazardous. However, it also sets out criteria for the maintenance and renewal of the city’s treed character — intended to head off controversies like ones seen in recent years over the so-called donut tree, Lions Park poplars, and Baker Street lindens. “Removal of trees can be contentious,” the plan acknowledges. “While there are many legitimate reasons for removals, in many instances there are also very good reasons for leaving them untouched.” The plan calls for a “proactive and sensitive approach” when removals are considered, and suggests the largest and oldest trees be assessed by a certified arborist every five years. “Trees in Nelson will be managed by determining which trees are deteriorating to a point that they have a significant potential to injure people or damage property,” it says. “Other than in emergencies, trees will be removed only in accordance with objective tree removal criteria... and by following a clear process of evaluation, consultation, and public notice.” The report says a city tree might be axed if its roots damage infrastructure or utilities, it’s in the way of hydro lines, or for the sake of fire mitigation work. The plan also suggests policies to encourage com-

Nelson’s urban forest is important to the overall appeal of the city and now the parks department is stepping efforts to ensure they remain that way. Bob Hall photo

NELSON’S TREE INVENTORY Nelson’s parks and public lands have an estimated 30,000 trees. Among them: Lakeside Park: 100 “significant” trees Lakeside sports fields: 175 trees planted under federal Green Trees Canada program Queen Elizabeth Park: 26 Lombardi poplars, one large Douglas Fir, several scotch pines and acacias, 40 trees in total Gyro Park: about 1,000 trees, including Park Street right-of-way Nelson city campground: about 600 large native trees Lions Park: seven Lombardi poplars, a grove of seven trees, five in the playground, and seven newly planted Crimson oaks Rosemont Park: about 3,000 large native trees Cemetery: 337 significant trees in cleared area, and another 3,000 in forest lands Davies Street Park: Five maples planted on bank below houses, five red oaks, four purple beech, and eight hornbeams Cottonwood Falls Park, Chatham Street Park, Hall Street waterfront gateway, west waterfront pathway, and Prince Philip Park: about 1,500 trees Other civic properties including Park Street reservoir site and city-owned right-ofways: roughly 5,000 trees City-owned parcel just south of the cemetery: about 5,000 trees Source: City of Nelson draft tree management plan munity tree-planting and a bylaw to protect trees on city property from “unnecessary destruction, loss or damage caused by any person.” The latter would come with measures to address compensation or replacement — and any money recovered would be placed in a reserve to help procure and plant other trees. Developers who remove trees from public spaces are also expected to replace them. City trees should be con-

sidered “green infrastructure,” the report adds, and be given the same importance as any other city utility. Their dollar value should be quantified and a business case developed to finance their renewal. The plan was warmly received by council when presented by works and parks supervisor Karen MacDonald, who called it long overdue and said it would be carried out in consultation with Nelson Hydro and the fire department.

In the short-term, the city’s street tree inventory will be updated, and its tree removal policy revised. “I’m happy to see this plan come together,” said councillor Paula Kiss. “I often lament we don’t attach economic value to our trees. They are a considerable asset to Nelson.” The city’s parks and other public lands contain approximately 30,000 trees, including 480 “heritage trees” planted in the 1920s.

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ohn Hopwood was just a teenager when he joined the Nelson Gyro Club. Today, he’s the longest serving member at 63 years and counting — eclipsing even the 57 years his father spent with the group. But it took much deliberation before he signed up. “Ken McCrory, who owned Nelson Electric, said to Bob Emory and me ‘The Gyro Club is a bunch of older men. Would you be willing to join and bring some of your friends?’ I thought about it a long time ... Gradually we got enough younger guys.” Much later he would become president, on the condition Emory serve as his vice-president. Although primarily a fraternal club, the Gyros have taken on many service projects over the years, including maintenance of their namesake park and canvassing for charities. Hopwood — recently mentioned in the Star concerning an urn that washed up on the Oregon coast with the ashes of a distant relative — has roots in Nelson dating back over 100 years. His father Ernie came out from England as a boy to join an older brother and their father, who had butcher shops here and in Silverton. Ernie delivered meat to the mines by pack train, and later drove the last horse-drawn wagon for the Nelson fire department. In the mid-1920s, he married Elizabeth Turner and began a long career as a Shell Oil agent. When John was a toddler, the family moved to Trail, where two more children, JoAnn and

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Shelagh, were born. Seven and a half years later, they returned to Nelson. In his youth, John spent a couple of summers with CP Telegraph as a groundsman and pole climber, earning $4.20 per 10-hour day inspecting lines from Kaslo to Retallack and Castlegar to Midway. He stayed in sweltering boxcars, slept on hay-filled mattress covers, and washed up in tin basins filled with creek water. There was one saving grace: “We took our fishing rods. Oh, did we have some fishing.” After graduating from high school in 1946, Hopwood decided he didn’t care for the boxcar life and landed a job with BC Tel, which paid a bit better, and led to an apprenticeship as

an installer/lineman. Like his contemporary Doug Smith, profiled in this column recently, he spent 38 years with the company. “When I started, guys would say: ‘Kid, you’re damn lucky. You stay there.’ It was one of the prime jobs.” In retirement, Hopwood, 83, became president of the Nelson Electric Tramway Society, and spent many hours weed whacking along the track and occasionally driving the tram. As a kid, he rode the streetcar from his Fairview home — and also played pranks. “It was one of our sources of amusement,” he says. “We’d drive the poor conductor nuts.”

At night he and friends would hide under the wooden sidewalk on Davies Street and try to shake the streetcar off its guide wires. Other times they took fivecent candy bags and filled them with potassium and sulfur from Smyth’s drug store. “It made boom powder. We put it in the bag, rolled it up nice and fine, and laid it on the tracks. Of course the streetcar would come along and there would be a great big boom.” To their further mischievous delight, the sulfur wafted up through the car. Decades later, as he took his own turn piloting the streetcar between the mall and Lakeside Park, Hopwood spotted a man “killing himself laughing. It was Louie, a kid I went to school with. He said ‘You’re getting your comeuppance, aren’t you?’” ™ For more photos from John Hopwood’s family albums, see

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The fruits of our pride

PICTURES from our

A group calling themselves the Union of Reformed Doukhobor Youth protest the return of John Lebedeff to Krestova, ca. 1950s. They supported rival leader Stephen Sorokin. The scene is Ward Street and the old entrance to the Capitol Theatre is seen in the background.


t’s gratifying to be part of a community that comes together for a cause. A pledge to make life better in your own backyard is something the large majority of folks in the Nelson region have taken. The proof is all around us. The most massive effort in recent years is the CT scanner. In less than two years, the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation raised more than a million dollars to bring enhanced health care to our area. It was a mammoth accomplishment that showed what is possible from such a small burg. The CT scanner might stand out as an historical effort, but when you look around it’s easy to find evidence of many others. The Nelson library expansion, Rotary Lakeside Park playground, Lions Park spray park, the waterfront pathway... the list is long. All of these recent projects had a common link: community pride. When it comes to fundraising for projects big and small, there is never a void. Once a service club or organization reaches its funding goal, there’s another waiting for support. On page 3 of today’s paper we have thrown a spotlight on yet another worthwhile effort — the outdoor skatepark. With an infusion of $400,000 from the provincial government, the group that’s been working hard to make this much needed facility a reality has been thrust closer to its ultimate goal. Now they need to feel the pride in community that Nelson has shown many times over. The “1 square foot” campaign is an excellent opportunity to get involved. For $50 you can help provide another important outlet for our youth. It’s a small price to pay for such a big legacy to recreation. Like all the other efforts in the past, it’s an investment you can be proud of every time you wander by and see the kids enjoying the fruits of community pride. We want to hear from you. E-MAIL LETTERS TO: DROP OFF/MAIL: 514 Hall St. Nelson, BC V1L 1Z2 The Nelson Star is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the BC Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to the BC Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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Driving towards a change


or the past two years, I have been receiving many phone calls and letters about the DriveABLE program. If you are an elderly driver, chances are you’ve heard about this driver screening test or done it already. For those who haven’t, let me provide some background. Developed by Dr. Allen Dobbs, a University of Alberta professor and a director of the Northern Alberta Regional Geriatric Program’s Neurocognitive Research Unit, DriveABLE is not only a test but also a spin-off company from the U of A. The test is meant to determine a person’s cognitive abilities and fitness to drive using a computer program. Drivers touch the screen in response to cues and a score is obtained that passes or fails the driver. If a driver fails, they lose their license. DriveABLE was first introduced in BC in 2005, and then expanded from three to 17 centers in 2010.

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That same year, guidelines changed for determining driver fitness, now requiring all drivers over 80 years old to be routinely screened for driving ability. When a doctor sends a patient for a driver fitness test, that patient has had only one test available to him or her, and that’s DriveABLE because the Liberals did a singlesourced contract with the company. Approximately 1,500 people are sent to the DriveABLE test each year and 15 per cent pass the initial assessment. Another 40 per cent fail and lose their license immediately, while the remaining 45 per cent have to take a driving test. If a person wants to take the DriveABLE test again, they have to pay $170 to the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles plus a second round of travel costs. That’s right, with only 17 test centers, seniors had to pay for their travel costs to take this test and that Bob Hall Editor

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left seniors in rural areas like ours at a particular disadvantage. As people began to contact my office as well as my NDP rural colleagues, we started to look into the issue. At our weekly Rural Caucus meetings, we discussed strategies to advocate for changes. Safe roads are paramount, and testing to keep our roads safe needs to be accessible, transparent and fair. We asked questions in the Legislature, held town hall meetings, and put forward a motion that calls on the government to make testing centres more accessible throughout the province. If you want to see my contribution to the debate on that motion from February 27, please visit my website or call my office and we would be happy to send you a transcript. Because of our advocacy, the Liberals have realized that they need to make changes. Unfortu-

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nately, the changes have been minimal. In March, the BC government announced that it will no longer use DriveABLE as the sole determinant for driver fitness. Now it will look at the DriveABLE results, a road test and medical information. There will also be one more testing centre added this May — in Cranbrook. These changes don’t address all the issues I have heard from local seniors and their families, so I will continue to work with constituents and my colleagues to ensure that tests are fair and more accessible. After all, we’re not just dots on a map. We are communities of real people, and when someone is told to make a major life change, we have to be confident that the change came from an accessible, fair and transparent process. Michelle Mungall is the Nelson-Creston MLA. Her column is featured in the Star once a month

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Living with Parkinson’s My name is Debbie Hucul and I am a 57 year old woman with Parkinson’s disease. I lived in Nelson for many years and now live in Penticton. Diagnosed at 52, I’ve spent the last six years, acquainting myself with the disease. With April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month, I thought it important to share some facts with the community. Parkinson’s is the second most common chronic neurodegenerative disorder and is caused by a loss of dopamine. The symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired walking, difficulty with balance, sleep disturbance and mood

disorders. There is currently no cure for the disease, but there are treatments such as medication, surgery, physical, occupational and speech therapies that can assist in coping with this disorder. There are no specific brain scans or laboratory test to confirm the diagnosis of Parkinson’s. Neurologists diagnose it with a thorough study of a person’s medical history and careful physical examination. Tests may be done to rule out other conditions which may resemble Parkinson’s. The exact cause remains unknown. It is possible however that genetics and the environment work together to cause Parkinson’s. Much

SLUGS. Regarding the slug about trailers parked in driveways, I also have a problem with this. Some people have no regard for the overall look of their neighbourhood. I understand they may want to park their boats and trailers there in the summer, but year round is not acceptable. If you are rich enough to own them, you are rich enough to store them. It does become my business when it devalues my house and neighbourhood. HUGS. To everyone that supported my sister and I during our fundraising for the Corazon Cuba Trip. This is going to be an amazing experience and we couldn’t have done it without you! SLUGS. To the person who walked into our office and stole the jar of money that we were collecting for the Japanese tsunami relief fund. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!! - Saddened and disgusted HUGS. To the kind sir and/or madam that found my “very important” backpack and was kind enough to deliver my birth certificate back to me, you rock! SLUGS. To the kind sir and/or madam that delivered my birth certificate back to me... but kept the backpack, you suck! HUGS. With flowers to the Lions Club and City of Nelson workers for removing those ugly trees from Lions Park. Please replace them with something attractive and shorter that doesn’t shed leaves all year. Appreciate the clear view. SLUGS. To the “Fat Butt Mother.” The alleyway you so cavalierly describe as being for public use is a short, narrow, dead end lane with no turn around. Until February, it was used by the seven property owners that abut it with consideration and consultation. With the advent of the daycare, we now have traffic at all times of the day and the angry fellow

more research is needed to completely understand how, why and when this happens. Please, give what you can. There are so many special people in the community and surrounding areas and if every one of them gave $2, it could make the difference in finding the cure. You don’t plan having a disease, but you can help plan to do something about it. Our slogan is: You Are Not Alone. Our flower is the red and yellow tulip. For further information on donating contact the Parkinson Society of British Columbia at or info@ Debbie Hucul Penticton

has had his only parking area completely blocked so many times, he vented his frustration on you. He has the right to meet his obligations in a timely fashion without waiting for a parent to discuss their child’s day. I would suggest you all park on the street at the head of the lane and walk in the 80 or so meters to the daycare. - Another Neighbour HUGS. Great big hugs to all you passers-by on Vernon Street last Saturday who honked, waved, smiled, and flashed thumbs-up to us in front of the theatre, where we were taking signatures for a survey about support for our Nelson cinema. And even better, lots of you pulled over to ask how it was going and sign the survey! We’ll be there again every Saturday in May, in front of the theatre, with historic articles and pictures that show the theatre’s interior, and gathering signatures of supporters. - A volunteer for bringing movies back to Nelson

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Operating as Chillers Pub, this C-1 zoned property will accomodate many uses. This is a beautiful building of approx. 2000 sq ft on the main and 1100 upstairs including an excellent 2 bedroom suite. Lots of paved parking and level access. Located at 6 mile on Nelson’s North Shore. Purchase with or without the business and equipment.

Lower Fairview! This is a very cute, extremely well maintained, 1 1/2 story 3 bedroom home. Kitchen with eating bar and breakfast nook. Charming stone fireplace in the living room with stained glass windows above. The upstairs has the 3rd bedroom and large play room. The full basement is finished with an outside entrance. Two cozy covered decks. You can walk everywhere from this location.







HUGS. To my amazing co-workers who make coming to work even more fun. SLUGS. A big slug to the attempts at patching the roads around town! Do the job properly, not a halfassed job at putting loose gravel that reveals the holes in the roads when it rains. Spend the time to do it properly and then it won’t be a problem over and over again. - Annoyed driver

What A View

The perfect country starter home just outside of Nelson on Granite Road. A warm and inviting 2 bedroom home with rustic wood floors, a wood stove and lots of windows. There is a covered porch and large deck with city views. The hillside 3 acres has fruit trees, garden space and mature evergreens.

Prime lake and city view property conveniently located on Douglas Rd. in Fairview. A 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 storey house on a .21 acre spacious family property. This solid house could use some cosmetic upgrades but well worth it with this lot and location.

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HUGS. To all the parents who step up to coach youth soccer. Thank you for all your time and dedication which make it possible for so many little people to play soccer. We could not do it without each and every one of you. You are truly appreciated! And a huge hug to Sveta and his hours of work to get our season started. You are a saint!



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News Chatelaine Digs Nelson Market Vibe

Cottonwood market picks up national ink MEGAN COLE Nelson Star Reporter

Nelson’s Cottonwood Falls Market received national press after appearing in the May issue of Chatelaine Magazine. The market, a fixture in the community, was recognized as being one of the best in the country. “It’s called Cottonwood Community Market and it’s an important part of our community and it has been for a long time. It should be celebrated for that,” said Jesse Woodward, market director for the West Kootenay EcoSociety. Being called “Mini Woodstock” the

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magazine describes the scene at the Cottonwood Falls Market as somewhere to “sprawl out and people-watch on lush green grass or join hippies and artist to be serenaded by local musicians at the base of the Cottonwood Falls.” Woodward emphasized that while the market, which is going into its 15th year this year, has become known for its “woodstock, hippy, incense scene” there really is something for everyone. “We’re trying to of course have anchor farmer vendors so that there are fresh fruits and vegetables coming in all the time,” he said. “There is also jewelry, live plants, body care, arts and crafts, and we’re going to have a café down there with ready to eat food.” The article tells readers that they can “score” everything “boho essentials” like incense, oils, and herbs and customized cremation urns. “Cottonwood is this unique place in Nelson and has a special flavour. People come to see that and be part of it,” said Woodward. “For me that is always been so sticking with the falls pouring out. When I’ve been down there and the music is playing there is this amazing community atmosphere.” Victoria, Calgary and Saskatoon were also mentioned in the magazine. The Cottonwood Falls Market opens May 19. To see the article, pick up the May issue of Chatelaine or visit chatelaine. com/en/article/37002--best-marketsin-canada.

Tahara enjoyed process

Continued from Page 1 prosperity and happiness,” says Tahara. In her studio home, Tahara usually works in India ink and acrylic gouache. “I work on paper and then cut it out and collage it to wood panels,” she said, adding that the experience of working on the Terracotta Warrior project in straight acrylic paint has inspired her to try a different direction. “It definitely has given me a taste for doing more public art. The process of painting was somewhat painstaking. It took a long time, but working on a larger scale with the public art setting is something I want to pursue,” she said. Taraha says she’s done art all her life and “it’s the colour and design and the pattern that draws [her] to do what [she does].” After studying at several schools in the Lower Mainland and even in Toronto, Tahara said she came back to Nelson for the slower pace. “Just the overall ambience of Nelson is what drew us here,” she said. “We have two young kids and the lifestyle here is just great. It’s good for artists.” The Terracotta Warrior project was initially designed to be associated with a touring exhibit of some of the original Terracotta Warriors, which ended up not

TOP — The public checks out some of the warriors before they are placed. BELOW — Tahara’s warrior is located at the corner of Burrard and Dunsmuir in downtown Vancouver.

taking place. As the wheels were already in motion, the project continued and became more about cultural diversity, celebrating artist creativity and capturing the imagination of children, adults and tourists alike. Those seeking to view the sculptures at some point before their auction can find a guide at


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Furthering its commitment to improving women’s health, Shoppers Drug Mart is supporting Look Good Feel Better Saturday, May 5 with province-wide Pretty Little Party. Over 130 participating Shoppers Drug Marts in British Columbia will host an all-day gala to benefit Look Good Feel Better, an organization that helps women with cancer manage the effects the illness and its treatment have on their physical appearance. Tickets to the Pretty Little Gala are available for $10, with $5 of the proceeds donated to Look Good Feel Better. The remaining $5 is redeemable on any purchase made at Shoppers Drug Mart during the gala event. The Nelson branch of the BC SPCA invites you to an animal-themed day of fun on Saturday, May 5. The event, presented by Hill’s Science Diet, takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Nelson SPCA, 520-C Falls Street. In addition to featuring pets looking for loving homes, activities at the Nelson SPCA open house will include a barbecue, refreshments, and much more. Nelson Waldorf School hosts Kinderhouse Mayfest on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 many people in Nelson and around the world will take to the street to answer Jane Jacobs’ famous call to “get out and walk”. The Sixth annual Jane’s Walk is a chance to explore Nelson’s neighbourhoods with fresh eyes and a curious mind. Find detailed walks at, look out for posters with walk details in local shops, select favourites on the free iPhone app and get out and walk! Those who love stories gather at the Back Alley Studio. Everyone one is welcome to attend and/or recount traditional tales, myths, personal experiences, local history, or just about anything that moves you to speak. It is an informal gathering with lofty aspirations of bringing the world to Nelson and Nelson to the world. A place to remember: The Back Alley Studio, first Sunday of every month.

Nelson Community Acupuncture is hosting it’s second annual May day event on Sunday, May 6 by offering free community acupuncture sessions, a screening of the documentary by Brian Lindstrom, Community Acupuncture: the calmest revolution ever staged and some light refreshments. Community Acupuncture is based on traditional treatments in China where many people are treated in groups at an economical cost. Community Acupuncture’s goal is to make acupuncture affordable to everyone by having a sliding scale of $20 to $40 per treatment. Because acupuncture works best when received frequently and regularly, the sliding scale allows people to come in and receive the treatments they need to get better. Recognizing that cost was a barrier for many people in the area, providing a versatile modality like acupuncture in a group increases efficiency and frequency of treatments

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while making it sustainable to lower treatment rates. No income verification is required and clients are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Community Acupuncture is part of a growing network of 200+ clinics internationally and throughout Canada dedicated to providing acupuncture using this unique and inclusive treatment model. Community Acupuncture is a 100 per cent for-profit socially conscious business. It depends upon the word of mouth from community members who are supported by our holistic, openminded and compassionate approach. For more information we can be reached at 250-509-1466 or check our website at Hunger Awareness Week is May 7 to 11. Investors Group is a Hunger Hero sponsor of this initiative. In support of our local Salvation Army food cupboard, we are holding a food drive and information booth to help raise awareness of the solvable problem of hunger in our community and Canada on Tuesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nelson Safeway parking lot. If you wish, you can stop by the Investors Group office at 515 Vernon Street to get a lunch bag to be stuffed and dropped off at this food drive. Seniors have the right to live in dignity, free from abuse, neglect or exploitation. If you have questions or concerns for yourself or another senior please contact us at the Nelson and Area Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre. Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at 719 Vernon Street or phone 250-352-6008 or read more about us and email us via nelsonelderabuseprevention. org. Do you suffer from lower back pain? Do you wonder if the pain in your back after exercise is normal? Do you want to help prevent back pain? Community First Health Coop hosts the second of their monthly free education series on Wednesday, May 9 from 12 to 1 in the Stoddart Room at 518 Lake Street. Dr Kevin McKenzie, a chiropractor for over 30 years presents Low Back Disk Problems – Exercises to help prevent and resolve them. Bring you lunch and come for an informative and interactive free session and learn some ways to improve your quality of life. All school windows on Waldorf tour is Thursday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the Nelson Waldorf School. Registration is required. For more information please call 250-352-6919 Annual spring coffee party at the Nelson United Church Hall includes baking and plant sales. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. till noon, $4 per person. Cornerstone Children’s Centre annual garage and bake sale Saturday, May 12 7 a.m. to noon at the Cornerstone gym at 611 Fifth Street. For info call Dorothy 250-352-9910. Donations may be dropped off at the centre. The Nelson and District Chapter of the Canadian


Federation of University Women will hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at the elegant home of Mr. and Mrs. Alistair Fraser. It is a pot luck event and starts at 6 p.m. For further information please contact Pat Reid at 250-505-5561. We stride so they can turn the tide. The Nelson Grans to Grans are hosting the 2012 Stride to Turn the Tide walkathon. The event will take place June 2 at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars and join us to make a difference. We will meet at 10 a.m. at the Rotary shelter, Lakeside Park and walk to Cottonwood Park. Register and pledge at Lakeside Park or donate on line at NelsonStride. You can also contact a Grans to Grans member for pledge sheets SPIRITUAL

Walk As One At One is a celebration of World Labyrinth Day which is locally facilitated by the Nelson Community Labyrinth Group. Join thousands around the globe who will be walking labyrinths at 1 p.m. in their respective time zones. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event being held on Saturday, May 5 at the Lakeside Labyrinth located in Rotary Lakeside Park near the tennis courts. For more information call 250-352-9630. Nelson United Church, Taize’ Service, Sunday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the church hall. A service of prayer, song, candlelight and quiet meditation. GETTING ACTIVE

The Columbia Canoe and Kayak Club is holding its annual spring tune up on the Columbia River on Saturday, May 19. Bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy a casual three to four hour class two paddle from Robson to south Castlegar. Informal instruction and questions are welcome from non-members wishing to join the paddle and the following potluck. For more information phone Bert Port at 250 365-6056. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Call for photos. Wanted: Old, candid pictures of the Balfour ferry landing and Kootenay Lake for a commemorative poster series, a keepsake that shows the ferry landing legacy. Black and white or colour OK. Winning pictures will receive Dock ‘n’ Duck gift certificates, will be named on the posters, and will receive a free copy of the commemorative poster. Proceeds from poster sales go to the Anscomb wheelhouse project. Cut off for photo entries is April 30. For more information call Robin at 250-229-4244. CORRECTIONS

The Friday, April 27 issue of the Nelson Star mistakenly stated there would be an event on Thursday, May 9 at St. Saviour’s discussing their stained glass windows. Unfortunately this event has not yet been scheduled. The Garden Inspirations show scheduled for Friday, May 11 at Craft Connection has been cancelled.

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Pair of Shakespeare Plays on Tap for this Summer

Youth invited to bring twist on Bard classic to life SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

Local youth performers who want to act in the park this summer should be in Nelson Youth Theatre’s two exciting new Shakespeare plays, Romeo and Juliet @ Verona High! and Juliet & Romeo: the Alternate Ending! As Act two and three of the “Fourth Annual Bard in the Bush Shakespeare Festival”, Nelson Youth Theatre’s plays about those famous star-crossed lovers will rehearse August weekdays in lower Gyro Park’s Ye Olde Stone Quarry. Beginners are welcome in both casts! Romeo and Juliet @ Verona High! (mornings) is ideal for actors aged 7 to 12. This funny student adaptation pits Romeo the football captain versus Juliet the chess champion in an epic battle of elementary words. Everyone wins

in this family show for all ages. Juliet & Romeo: the Alternate Ending (afternoons) is best suited to actors aged 12 to 17. This is the classic full version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with a dramatically modern twist. What will it be? Nelson Youth Theatre’s 12 hit shows include: The Nuppet Show, The Princess Bride, Monster Mash, The Tempest, The Portal: Beyond the Wall, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nelson Youth Theatre director Jeff Forst has helmed several dozen plays, along with being a producer, writer, and actor. He has a degree in English Literature from UVic, with professional acting training from Gastown Actors Studio. Local credits include Nelson Opera’s Into the Woods, The Melville Boys, and

Shake-speare Shorts one to six! Please contact about being in these plays, and for more information about Nelson Youth Theatre and the “Fouth An-

nual Bard in the Bush Shakespeare Festival”. Nelson Youth Theatre is an actor-driven vehicle dedicated to the group fun of putting on a play, because “the play is the thing!”

The Knights of Columbus Citizen of the Year Committee would like to THANK the judges for selecting Bruce Halstead, also his nominators and all citizens’ groups who sent in nominations.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR Knights of Columbus volunteers: for the physical arrangements and decorator group; Fourth Degree Honour Guards and Piper David Sutherland, and

TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS: • Chairman of the Judges - Harry Sommerville and his panel • Mountain FM RadioKBS Radio, Kootenay Coop Radio & Shaw Cable Channel 10 - for providing public service announcements • Nelson Star, Nelson Daily for excellent coverage

• Sonja’s China Cabinet, Nelson Chamber of Commerce, Nelson City Hall - centres for the nomination forms • Georama Growers & Flowers Ltd. • City of Nelson, Member of Parliament, MLA - for their official presentations

Thank you everyone who attended the Awards Banquet to help Bruce Halstead’s celebration.


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Homelinks Takes the Stage Nelson’s Homelinks is putting on a production of Moliere’s The Miser at the Trafalgar Middle School theatre. The play opened on Wednesday and the last show is tonight starting at 7 p.m. The cast includes: (front left to right) Sauhaira Darwel (Mariane), Hayden Whitman-Guay (Simon), Morgan Beck (Anselme), Soleil Babcock (Frosine); (middle left to right) Sebastian Bodine (La Flèche), Michael Marsland (Master Jacques), Robyn Locke (Elise); (front left to right) Nemia Darwel (Valere), Will Tucker (Cleante), James Tucker (Harpagon), Neil Grace (The Commissioner).

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

GOLF TOURNAMENT Sunday, May 6th 2012 Granite Pointe Golf Course in Nelson Registration 10:00 am Shot gun Start 12 noon Dinner to follow with prizes Fee $100.00 for golf & dinner For further information contact Ron World Phone 250-352-7617 • email:





A focus on comics SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

A course tracing the rise and development of comic books, including superheroes, 1960s underground comics and graphic novels, will be offered at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street campus July 17 to 19 in connection with Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival. The impact comics have had on film, music, and literature also will be considered during three daily sessions totaling 18 hours of instruction. Tuition is $125. Teaching the course will be Selkirk faculty member Ian Dawe, who holds a master’s degree in film studies. The course is open to all, although limited to 25 students; registration information is available on the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival website, The festival website also provides registration information on two Okanagan College credit courses

offered in Nelson between July 9 and 20: a course in professional editing, and a course familiarizing readers and creative writers with the changes in poetry and prose since the early 20th century. Registration deadline for the Okanagan College courses is May 31. The festival itself will bring to the Queen City July 12 to 15 four prizewinning Canadian authors along with editors from three Canadian literary presses. West Kootenay authors will be celebrated at a BC wine-tasting event and a literary cabaret. Nelson city council last month voted to grant the festival $8,000 from Nelson’s share of the Columbia Basin Trust’s community initiatives funding. Other festival sponsors to date include the Canada Council for the Arts, Nelson and District Credit Union, Columbia Basin Trust, Kootenay School of Writing, Okanagan College and Selkirk College.

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News Effort to Save the Civic Theatre

Group scripts plan for theatre SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

With the proposal deadline for the Civic Theatre looming at the end of this month, the group of community members dedicated to restoring it have been hard at work. “It’s a very ambitious project, there’s no doubt about it,â€? said Cindy Sherry, a member of the Civic Theatre group. “Our group believes that Nelson will have a home-grown theatre to entertain and hopefully inspire the community.â€? Sherry said they’ve managed to form a well-rounded group of volunteers to help realize their goal. “We feel very lucky with the people who have come forward with their expertise‌ We have people with backgrounds in finance, small business, theatre operations, communications, fundraising, architecture and design and cultural development.â€? Recently, the group took a tour of the Civic Theatre to assess the

work needed. Sherry said there were “no surprises� through the process. “The whole lobby area needs quite a bit of work, the ticket booth, concession and bathrooms will all need to be updated and fixed up.�

“We feel very lucky with the people who have come forward with their expertise...� Cindy Sherry Civic Theatre Group

Next, the group plans to send two representatives to meet with the operators of the non-profit theatre in Salmon Arm. “We’re hoping to find out operation costs and get some insight into their business model. We basically want to form a stronger bond with them because they’ve offered their support and they’ve been doing it for 65 years as a non-profit society,� said Sherry.

“They’re going to be very helpful I think to get us up and running again.� In addition, Sherry said the architecture and design team have been meeting with the city building inspector. “We are obviously working towards the May 31 deadline. It’s tight but we’re going to do our best to put together a strong, sustainable vision for the space as a cinema with the potential for complementary uses such as live performances,� said Sherry. “If we get the approval then there’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re certainly an enthusiastic, hard working group and we’ve got a great deal of collective skill, expertise and we know we’re up to the task.� Sherry said the community has been very supportive and they’re encouraging communication between the group and the community on what they would like to have. Those looking to give feedback to the group can visit facebook. com/nelsonCTS.

Make Your Home Safe for Independent Living Are you a low-income senior or a person with a disability who wants to live safely and independently in the comfort of your home? Do you have difficulty performing day-to-day activities? Does your home need to be adapted to meet your changing needs? If so, you may be eligible for financial assistance under the Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program. Find out today if you are eligible and if you meet all of the requirements as a low-income homeowner or as a landlord applying on behalf of an eligible tenant.

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With plenty of enthusiasm and input from the public, Cindy Sherry and the group looking to save the Civic Theatre are now charting a course for what Bob Hall photo needs to be done to make it a reality.

New program helps seniors, people with disabilities modify homes Would a new ramp, handrails or walk-in shower help you maintain your independence at home? BC Housing’s new Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program helps lowincome B.C. seniors and people with disabilities make home modiďŹ cations that will allow them to continue living at home. Through HAFI, homeowners and landlords with eligible tenants can apply for ďŹ nancial assistance of up to $20,000 for improvements that make their home more accessible and safe. The goal of the program is to enable people who have physical limitations to live at home longer. People’s physical needs change over time – sometimes, a small improvement to a home can make the difference between being able to live independently or not. Types of eligible projects include: ĂŁ +andrails in hallways or stairways, ĂŁ 5DPSVIRUHDVHRIDFFHVV ĂŁ (DV\WRUHDFKZRUNRUVWRUDJH  areas in the kitchen, ĂŁ /HYHUKDQGOHVRQGRRUV ĂŁ :DONLQVKRZHUVZLWKJUDE bars, and ĂŁ %DWKWXEJUDEEDUVDQGVHDWV The projects must be permanent and ďŹ xed to the home, although exceptions can be made for equipment that gives access to an existing part of the home (e.g. a bath lift). /DXQFKHGLQ-DQXDU\+$),

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day-to-day activities. As well, the total household income and assets must be below a certain limit. BC Housing can tell you the income and house value limits for your area when you apply. The program is open to both homeowners and those living in market rental accommodation where rents are at the low end of market levels; landlords must apply for improvements on behalf of eligible tenants. (OLJLELOLW\UHTXLUHPHQWVDQ application guide and application forms are available at www.


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Mothers give so much of themselves to their children, from the time they’re babies, through childhood and beyond the trials of adolescence. That’s half a lifetime spent caring for their children! Honoured since antiquity, motherhood represents the source of life and nurturing.

chance you get. It will allow you to build a closer relationship with her, something that might feel great for both of you. Why wait for Mother’s Day to show your affection to the one who gave you life and to tell her how much you love her?

Why not make your cherished mother’s greatest wish come true for Mother’s Day? If you and your sibling haven’t been on speaking terms for months, if you’re annoyed with a family member over a trifle, why not bury the hatchet, turn the page, and try to get along for your mother’s sake. A family reconciliation might very well be the most wonderful gift she could receive. Perhaps you don’t demonstrate the love you feel for your mother on a regular basis. Mother’s Day is the ideal moment to express this love, with heartfelt wishes, gifts, or gestures that will go straight to her heart. If you have a limited budget, offer her some quality time, spent together doing an activity she particularly loves. Or help her out with some chores she finds difficult. At the very least, a pretty card in which you express your wholehearted love for her will surely bring her joy. Another great idea is to develop the habit of expressing your gratitude to your mother and spoiling her every

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Mother’s Day Sale

A mother’s role has really changed!

Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 13

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It was just before the First World War that Mother’s Day was first established in Canada and the United States. Even though we have only been celebrating our mothers for a little less than a hundred years, their role and status have changed a lot because of family separations, reconstituted families, adoptive families, etc. There are as many different family models as there are new challenges for the modern mother. The feminist struggle has opened new doors, as much in the job market as in the home. But there still remain enormous difficulties in families where the mother is not necessarily the one who gave birth to us. Think about those reconstituted families, for example, where sometimes two mothers share the same role. According to the most recent statistics of the Public Health Agency of Canada, 12% of families with children are reconstituted. As well as playing her traditional role, a mother must, more than ever, be inventive and able to organize complicated daily logistics within families where her status can sometimes be ambiguous. On Mother’s Day pay homage to mothers for finding answers to all the new challenges they are faced with.

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New breakthroughs in fertility treatments and the possibilities of adoption are also changing the hand that motherhood is dealt. It takes the modern mother a lot of courage and patience to take the difficult and often frustrating steps that accompany the decision to go to a fertility clinic or to start the monumental task of putting together an adoption file. On Mother’s Day pay homage to their determination. 205 Victoria St. • 250-352-3280

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Mycologist, farmer and forester Peter McAllister gives a presentation at the environmental conference held at L.V. Rogers on the weekend. Workshops on environmental sustainability were available for community members and students.

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Long list of restaurants involved Continued from Page 1 restaurants all over Nelson will be offering a unique prix fixe (fixed price) menu ranging from $15 to $45. “It has been so amazing to see all the restaurants who were excited to participate in Indulge,” said Cole. Nineteen restaurants are participating including: Cucina Royale, Main Street Diner, Ric’s Lounge and Grill, Baba’s Indian Cuisine, Bibo, Itza Ristorante and Pizzeria, King’s Family Restaurant, Dominion Cafe, Jackson’s Hole, Kurama Sushi, Sage Tapa and Wine Bar, Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill, Louie’s Steakhouse and Lounge, Uptown Sportsbar, Epic Sushi/Funky Monkey Burger Bar, Relish, Nelson Underground, All Seasons Cafe and Outer Clove. “There really is something for everyone,” said Cole. “It’s a great opportunity to eat at restaurants you wouldn’t ordinarily go to or maybe you want to go to an old favourite and have something you missed.” Ten per cent of the proceeds raised by Indulge Nelson will go to the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Make your reservations today to avoid missing out. To see menus and prices visit {vurb}’s Facebook page at facebook. com/events/438869212795183/

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Botanical Name: Helleborus spp. The genus Helleborus covers a large group of plants from Europe and Asia. Hellebores have a long history of cultivation, particularly in Europe. For centuries they have been used for medicinal purposes and can still be found naturalized among the ruins of old monasteries. Commonly known as ‘Christmas Rose’ or ‘Lenten Rose’ hellebores are the stars of the late winter and early spring garden. These plants generally bloom between December and March, and some even into April and May. Cup-shaped blooms are generally maroon, pink, or reddish tinted and sometimes fade to a cream white colour as they age. New cultivars and hybrid hellebores may have large double blooms, upright facing or gently nodding. Hellebores are wonderful plants that help fill an important niche in the garden. The evergreen foliage is one of the great features about the Hellebore, providing yearround interest. Most Hellebores grow about 2 feet tall and 15 inches wide. Hellebores prefer humus rich and slightly moist soil, although it should drain well. Shade during the heat of summer is especially important, but hellebores planted in deep shade will be leggy and poor blooming. Shade gardens are the top uses for hellebores however they are great as ground covers under large shrubs or small deciduous trees. Companion plants could include Ferns, hostas, dogwoods, heuchera and snowdrops. The photo taken at our Garden Centre shows the cream and lavender flower of the hellebore among the spring blooms of narcissi and tulips.

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Nurses Week Proclaimed National Nurses Week takes place May 6 to 12 and last week Mayor John Dooley signed the official proclamation. Joining Dooley in council chambers were local nurses (L-R) Colleen Driscoll, Cheralynne Kennedy, Erin Roulette, MC Larivee and Lois Pierk. Every year in the second week of May, nurses are honoured. Nurses work tirelessly for all citizens in the area to provide safe patient care.

Habitat seeks new family SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

Sage Now Open for Lunch Mother's Day at Sage

The West Kootenay Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity started off in 1996 with a couple of Nelson locals that wanted to build Habitat homes for low income families. It took two years to get organized, obtain charitable status and become an official affiliation of Habitat for Humanity. Many volunteers were gathered and by July 2000 the first home was ready for the selected family to move in. Since the beginnings, nearly 13 years ago, Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay has built a total of three homes in the Nelson area, includ-

ing one duplex. Through these homes, a total of four families were given a hand up. The group is now accepting new family applications for a 12-year-old, three-bedroom duplex in Nelson uphill until June 1. Applications are available at, Nelson Community Services (518 Lake Street) or RHC Insurance (601 Baker Street). For more information or write them 809-622 Front Street, Nelson, V1L 4B7. You can also call 250-399-4561. The homeowner’s obligation is 500 volunteer hours and the interest free mortgage including land tax is limited to 30 per cent of your gross income.


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Three local youth from Trafalgar Middle School have earned the honour of attending the Canada Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown, P.E.I. this month. (L-R) Micah May, Emma Borhi, teacher Ann McDonnell and Miranda Sherell. SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

It starts with an inquisitive mind that becomes captivated by an interesting question and driven to unravel the mystery. It is not Sherlock Holmes of which we speak, rather a group of 82 young scientists who recently participated in the West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair. The 2012 event involved the largest ever number of senior students and head judge Daphne Van Alstine was supported by more volunteer judges than ever before. The momentum building around this event also relates to the quality of the projects as students showed a remarkable depth of knowledge at all grade levels. “To date we have only sent two students from our region to the national science fair because of funding limitations

and the quality of science,” explained organizer Ann McDonnell. “Last year our students were extremely successful in winning both prize money and scholarships, which raised the standards within our region. As a result, this year three students have earned the honour of an all-expenses paid trip to the national event in Charlottetown, P.E.I. this month: Miranda Sherell, Emma Borhi and Micah May.” Other major prizes of up to $200 were won by these students as well as September Stephani, Kevin Milde and Kai Stone. The science fair was once again part of a larger community science celebration hosted by the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) and Science World in mid-April. The family friendly, free and interactive event was not only fun for all ages, but

also profiled the many science and technology businesses and professionals that call our region home. “By fostering a culture that values science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, KAST seeks to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of the region,” said KAST executive director Kelvin Saldern. “In doing so, we are helping to ensure there will be opportunities for these young scientists to choose to stay in our region as adult professionals and entrepreneurs who will then give back to our communities.” The science fair and community science celebration were made possible by the generous support of numerous partners, including NSERC, Fortis, Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation, Zellstoff Celgar and many local businesses.

Kootenay Lake Levels May 2, 2012 For the benefit of Kootenay Lake area residents, the following lake levels are provided by FortisBC as a public service. Queen’s Bay:

Present level: 1747.04 ft 7 day forecast: Up 0 to 2 inches. 2011 peak:1751.71 ft. 2010 peak:1748.68 ft.


Present level: 1745.19 ft. 7 day forecast: Up 0 to 2 inches.

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Friday, May 4, 2012 Nelson Star

News Pulpit Rock

The Weather Wrap

Morning April wet, but high temperature mark set encounter with bears spurs new group Nelson Star Staff

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Local walker Fran Blishen was halfway up Pulpit Rock, taking her usual 8 a.m. morning hike on Thursday when she heard something above her crashing about in the bush. “I was the first one going up to Pulpit Rock, so I was taking the precaution of calling loudly every 50 metres to alert any bears,” she says. “It’s lucky I did. I scared off two very light brown bears that were most likely to be grizzlies. They headed up the hill away from me, and there was a third one moving up through the bushes. Probably a mum with her older cubs. “They weren’t looking for a confrontation and were probably more scared of me than I was of them. That’s why it’s important to be bear aware and let them hear you first. Plus, I always carry bear spray which gives me some confidence should I surprise a bear.” This early morning encounter has spurred Blishen on to found Nelson Trail Walkers. “It’s really nice to have company on these trails,” she says. “We already have a trail running group doing the same, now we need one for walkers.” For now, if hikers want company on Pulpit, Blishen suggests making an 8:30 a.m. a drop-in time for weekdays, and 9:30 a.m. for Saturdays and Sundays for Pulpit/the Flagpole. “If you want company, meet at the bottom of Pulpit at these times and hopefully there’ll be someone there,” says Blishen. Blishen hopes that the walking group will take off and that they can explore other trails in and around Nelson together. For more information email

April was 20 per cent wetter than normal, according to stats from the weather office at the Southeast Fire Centre. West Kootenay was drenched with 55.6 millimetres of rain and 2.4 centimetres of snow, according to the monthly roundup by forecasters Ron Lakeman and Jesse Ellis. “As is typical of April it was a relatively eventful and unsettled month,” they wrote. “Numerous Pacific disturbances produced occasional rain and frequent rain showers.” The longest we went without rain was three days. However, the only measurable snow of the month was on the early morning of the 7th. The total precipitation for the month fell well short of the record 104.6 millimetres in 1996. “The highlight of the month for many was the brief area of high pressure which allowed for a mix of sun and cloud and unseasonably warm temperatures on the 22nd and 23rd,” the forecasters said. The warmest temperature of the month — 25.9 degrees — was reached on the

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April’s weather had locals running for cover at times, like during this hailstorm late in the month.

afternoon of the 23rd, establishing a new record high for that day. However, that balmy weather was followed by “significant rain, thunderstorms, and brief hail.” The heaviest rain of the month was 16.6

millimetres, which began on the night of the 25th and continued into the evening of the 26th. Overall temperatures averaged out to near normal. The low for the month was –2.9 on the 8th.

International Relations

No automation for Nelway border... yet TIMOTHY SCHAFER Trail Daily Times Reporter

Automation won’t be coming to the ports of entry in the West Kootenay despite earlier claims in a leaked report of its possible presence, according to a Canadian Border Services Agency official. Senior media spokeswoman Esme Bailey said automated border clearance like the one recently installed in Vancouver International Airport as a pilot project is a service that is exclusive to the Lower Mainland. There are no plans right now to expand the program to land ports of entry, which includes Nelway, Waneta, and Paterson, Bailey said in an email to the Trail Daily Times.

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“There has been no decision to close or centralize any port of entry along the Canada/US border,” Bailey said. However, in December 2011, an internal Canadian Border Services Agency report detailing the next step in streamlining border crossings showed the Nelway port of entry as being identified for remote technology solution, which consists of travelers in-

terviewed by border personnel via video camera. The report also identified the Midway crossing for three potential changes: closure, remote-technology solution or shared facilities. However, Bailey’s comments did not rule out examining future closures or remote technology solution. “Discussions with US counterparts include shared servic-



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Western Hockey League Awards Handed Out

Hiller named top coach

Hiller guided the Americans to first place in the WHL’s Western Conference this past season.

Nelson Star Staff

Jim Hiller took home Western Hockey League’s Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy for coach of the year at a Wednesday afternoon banquet in Calgary. The former Nelson resident and Nelson Minor Hockey graduate guided the Tri-City Americans to first place in the Western Conference during the regular season. Last week the Americans were upset in the league’s semi-finals by the Portland Winterhawks. “There’s certainly a lot of dedicated and talented people in the WHL,” Hiller told the TriCity Herald. “This is an organizational award. There are other coaches and the talented players who win the hockey games.” Hiller grew up in Nelson where he played minor hockey until he was in midget. He moved away in 1987 to play in

the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with the Melville Millionaires. From there he went to play college hockey with Northern Michigan University where he won an NCAA championship in 1991. During the championship season Hiller lead the Wildcats in scoring with 86 points while playing on a Kootenay line that included Dallas Drake (Rossland) and Scott Beattie (Kimberley). Nelson’s Morey Gare was also one of the assistant coaches on that team. Hiller was drafted in the 10th round of the 1989 NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He eventually played 63 NHL games with the Kings, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers, but it was in Europe where he found most of his professional success. Hiller played six seasons in Germany and Italy in the late 1990s, winning an

Tiny Champs Nelson’s Nolan Dergousoff and his Okanagan Lakers spring hockey team captured the Mainland Cup in the Lower Mainland late last month. The eightyear-old spring hockey team is made up primarily of players from Vernon, but the line-up is bolstered with kids from Salmon Arm, Prince George, Houston and of course Nelson. The team ended up winning the Platinum Cup after beating the Kelowna Heat 3-2 in the semifinal and then the Penticton Hornets in a game that went into double overtime and a shootout. Dergousoff played senior novice this last season in Nelson.

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Italian Championship with HC Milano in 2002. Hiller jumped from pro hockey right into coaching upon his return to Canada in 2002. He was the assistant coach for Tri-City for two seasons before moving on to a head coach role with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL in 2005-06 where he earned coach of the year honours. In 2006 Hiller returned to major junior with the Chilliwack Bruins where he coached for three seasons. In the 2009-10 season Hiller returned to Tri-City as the head coach. In his first season he guided the Americans to the WHL championship where they lost in five games to the Calgary Hitmen. Hiller was up against the Regina Pats’ Pat Conacher for coach of the year honours. Conacher coached Nelson’s Dryden Hunt this past season.

Thank You to the Following Supporters of The Kootenay Festival of the Arts 2012 B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association Trail/Castlegar Branch B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association Nelson Branch The Kootenay Bakery Café Coop Boundary Music Educators Association Geoff Burns Dr. James Noiles Fran and Doug Sutherland Anne Macdonald Vince DeVito’s Specialty Footware The New Grand Hotel Valhalla Path Realty Effie Laurie IODE Thrift Store Nelson Otter Books Hume Hotel/Best Western/Baker St. Inn Dr. Keith Bridger Kiwanis Club of Nelson Pennywise Skin Bliss Laser and Body Clinic Mainstreet Diner Selkirk Veterinary Hospital Dr. Kathryn Bibby Chris DeWitt Accounting Co. Comishin and Astle Inc. John Pengelly Piano Tuner and Technician Vince DeVito’s Certified Pedorthist Century 21 Mountain View Realty Alex and Kathleen Nichol Hairy Productions Sound and Lighting Susan Rowe Berg Naqvi Lehmann. Nelson Lions Club Nelson and District Credit Union Dr. Jennifer Rizzuto Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort Dr. J. M. Hartley Walmart Nelson Wendy Herbison Cowan Office Supplies Festival supporters contributed in many ways: awards, sponsorship of Adjudicators and sessions, program advertising, in-kind donations, and general donations – some of them anonymous. The Provincial Festival, Performing Arts BC, will be held in Nanaimo from May 28th to June 1st . The following students have been selected by the adjudicators to represent the Kootenay Festival of the Arts 2012: Junior Classical Voice Junior Musical Theatre Junior Speech Arts Intermediate Speech Arts Senior Speech Arts Junior Ballet Intermediate Ballet Senior Modern Senior Stage

Galen Boulanger, Nelson Julia Halbert, Fruitvale Sebastien Bodine-Shah, Nelson Espoir Segbeaya, Nelson Heather Kramer, Nelson Anna Cooper, Rossland Sally Turnbull, Rossland Jill Amantea, Rossland, Cydney Streadwick, Rossland

Those students nominated to attend as Observers are: Adrian Palek and Michael Marsland for Voice, Jennifer Walsh and Bethany Arndt for Speech Arts, Mikayla Morishita and Faith Wilkinson for Ballet, and Julia Mitchell for Stage. Thanks to our donors we are able to contribute toward travel expenses for the trip to Nanaimo.

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Friday, May 4, 2012 Nelson Star

News City Council Will Pass Final Budget on Monday

Mayor says tax and service increases are necessary MEGAN COLE Nelson Star Reporter

Nelson’s increased taxes may seem like too much in addition to jumps in sewer, hydro and water rates, but Mayor John Dooley says it’s part of an investment in the community. “Nelson is a service

area for the whole region. When people play soccer in our fields, hockey on our rinks, or visit our libraries there is a cost attached to having those and we believe that all of those services that we deliver are important to our community,” he said. “The people in Nelson have asked for

Mayor John Dooley

those types of facilities and we see that there is value in them but there is also a cost in delivering them.” City council voted on the first three readings of the city’s fiveyear financial plan in April and will be voting to adopt the plan at this Monday’s meeting.

Dooley said council and staff have been working off of a poll done three years ago by independent pollsters, which created a list of what people wanted in their community — what kind of services and community they wanted to support. “There are constant

cost pressures for all of us as individuals and clearly as municipalities,” he said. “There are increasing costs of fuel, concrete, asphalt and other commodities. We also have our agreements with employee groups to whom we have committed to paying a good living wage.” In addition to the three per cent average overall property tax increase, the proposed financial plan also includes a six per cent increase in water rates,

a five per cent increase in sewer rates, and a 5.8 per cent increase in hydro rates. “There is a cost to delivering water to each household and you can turn on your tap in the morning and use the water for the whole day and you can drink your water. The same thing applies to sewer,” said Dooley. “When I became mayor we made a commitment to our core services, that we would not let them deteriorate anymore.”

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You couldn’t call the MP for BC Southern Interior a technophobe. Alex Atamanenko is able to perform his duties as the region’s federal government representative from nearly the width of a continent away using various forms of technology to do so. But with the continuous stream of cuts coming out of Ottawa these days, Atamanenko was fearful of one thing during the first week of the new session of parliament. “It seems like the last couple of weeks every time I check my Blackberry (cell phone) there are more cuts announced,” he said. “The Conservatives are chipping away at everything we’ve taken for granted and worked so hard for.” Story continues to Page 23

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News Post-Secondary Education

Selkirk unions settle under net-zero mandate TIMOTHY SCHAFER Trail Daily Times Reporter

The province’s net-zero mandate has touched the vocational instructors and faculty of Selkirk College as two West Kootenay unions received final ratification from the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association last week.

“We are now in the process of starting negotiations on the next agreement.” Barry Auliffe Selkirk College Spokesperson

Two collective agreements with faculty and instructors of Selkirk College’s BCGEU Local 709 vocational instructors and the Selkirk College Faculty Association were reached under the BC government’s 2010 net-zero mandate. But the two agreements signed are set to expire since they cover from March 2010 to March 2012, said Selkirk College director of communications and development Barry Auliffe. “We are now in the process of Continued from Page 22 From cuts to the CBC, federal prisons to Katimavik, it’s discouraging to see what is coming from the government these days, Atamanenko said. “It just seems to be, one by one, everything we have put into place over the last few decades is slowly being dismantled according to this new vision that (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper has,” he said. He pointed to a lack of accountability over such issues as robo-calls as one of the more frustrating aspects of the Conservative majority in the House of Commons. But increasingly he was worried over negotiations on the Canada and European trade agreement, concerned that the behind-closeddoors deal will be sprung upon parliament without adequate questioning and debate. “What sort of impact will this have on our municipal contracts? Although there is a threshold, what effect will there be on local procurement?” he asked In this session of the House Atamanenko will be speaking out on genetically modified organisms, hoping to advance the agenda of food sovereignty leading up to the next election.

starting negotiations on the next agreement,” he said. According to the Ministry of Education, the colleges will now have more freedom to negotiate the finer points of the next agreement, said Auliffe, albeit with some restrictions, and it would ultimately have to be approved by the province. “But we are able to sit down and talk about some of the more important issues with the employees,” he added. The BCGEU has around 135 members with Selkirk, and around 195 in the faculty. Following local ratification by the two unions, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association board ratified each two-year agreement, which contains items that were agreed to at the association common table in December 2011. The agreements ratified by the board also covered Douglas College and the Douglas College Faculty Association, North Island College and the North Island College Faculty Association, and Okanagan College. The five settlements are for approximately 1,800 faculty and vocational instructors working at four public post-secondary institutions throughout the province.


Celebration of Life Patricia Horlick Memorial Sunday, May 6th 2012 2:00pm Hume Room, Hume Hotel 422 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC

Wikstrom Ethel Irene Ethel, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011, in her eighty-sixth year at the Kootenay Lake Hospital with family by her side. She was predeceased by husband Peter and granddaughter Terri (Wes). She is survived by children Phyllis (Bob), Terry (Debbie) and Beryl (Blake), brother William and sister Tina, grandchildren Tracey (Will), Nathan, Sara, Chris and Rachel and greatgrandchildren Aidan, Christina, Jacob, Evan and Ryan. Many thanks to Dr. Boyd, Dr. Malpass, the staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital and her many loving and caring friends for their support. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at the Prestige Inn from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM. In lieu of Áowers please kindly donate in Ethel’s name to the Kootenay Lake Hospital.

He will be looking to move legislation forward on GMO labeling, as well as either his private member’s bills on the Department of Peace or stopping horse slaughter. Although new NDP leader Thomas Mulcair did not forget his recent leadership rivals to form his new shadow cabinet, he left the MP for BC Southern Interior off the list for the second straight year. Atamanenko was not named as the agriculture critic despite having served in that regard for four years since he was first elected MP in 2006. He asked Mulcair to retain Malcolm Allen in the position as critic. “I didn’t think it was right to ask for that back,” Atamanenko said.

away peacefully on April 28th, 2012 in the Nelson hospital after a short bout with cancer. George was born December 27th, 1921 in Dundee Scotland, spent over 50 years in Edmonton and area, retired in Riondel and had just moved to Nelson to Lake View Village. He is survived by two Grandsons James Barels of Regina, Saskatchewan and John Barels of Edmonton, Alberta and one great granddaughter Rebecca Nixon of Walker, Louisiana. He was predeceased by his wife Jean in 1983 and his daughter Donna in 2007. Special Thanks to Dr. Woodward, the staff on the 3rd floor of the Nelson hospital, the staff at the Trail hospital and the staff and residents at Lake View Village for their wonderful care and concern and thank you to his many friends. A celebration of George’s life will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at Bob’s Bar and Grill 319 Fowler, Riondel from 2pm until 4pm. Online condolences may be expressed at www. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Rose Gertrude Reed Rose Reed passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Brian (William) Doyle Born in Belleville Ontario February 12th 1948. Passed away peacefully on April 22, 2012 at Kootenay Lake Hospital. Brian moved out west in the 60’s and lived all over BC. He spent the last 20 years enjoying getting to know his neighbors in the Crescent Valley. He loves gardening, reading and carpentry. He will be deeply missed by his daughter, family and friends.

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Coleman On Monday, April 30, 2012 George Henry (Hank) Coleman of Nelson passed away at the age of 85 years. A Celebration of Hanks’ Life will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at the Nelson Rod & Gun Club 801 Railway St. Nelson, BC from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. As an expression of sympathy family and friends may make donations to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation 3 View St. Nelson, BC V1L 2V1 or the Nelson Jubilee/ Place Foundation 500 W Beasley Nelson, BC V1L 6G9. On line condolences maybe expressed at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

Rose was born on June 24, 1915 in Glenwood, Alberta, the Àrst of eight children to Lucile and Ernest Bohne. During the Depression, Lucile and Ernest moved to the farm where Rose and her brothers and sisters grew within the warmth and closeness of deep family ties. The children rode their horses Àve miles to school in Glenwood; during the winter they travelled the route by horse-drawn sled with warmed rocks about their feet. Rose Gertrude Bohne married DeLane Harrod Reed December 7th, 1939, settled in Lethbridge, Alberta and raised three children - Connie, Dixie and Philip. The family moved to Nelson in 1959 when the CPR roundhouse closed in Lethbridge. Rose was an excellent seamstress. She was a longtime member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She volunteered at the Red Cross. And, she worked a number of years for Judge Evans. After retirement, Rose and Dee travelled frequently throughout the United States and Canada, and from coast to coast in Australia. Rose was predeceased by her husband DeLane in 1987, her brothers Bruce and Kemmer, and sisters Vernetta and Lynn. Rose will be deeply missed by her loving family daughters Connie and Dixie and son Philip and his wife Kim; brother Winston and sisters Maida (LeVerre) and Wilma of Alberta, as well as many nieces, nephews, church brothers and sisters, and friends. Special thanks to the LDS Relief Society for their faithful care and support. Also, special thanks to Dr. Murray for his kindness and devotion to our mother’s well being. A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 222 West Richards, Nelson on Thursday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of Áowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


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Pastor Ken Keber, Bethel Christian Centre When I was a teenager, I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a number of wilderness expeditions with my dad. On one occasion, when I was about 14, we went into the wilderness off of the Alaska Highway. We each had a riding horse and a pack horse, and we were ready for about three weeks of wilderness experience. Our goal was to travel two days on horseback to the top of a mountain where there were often stone sheep. We arrived safely at about 6,500 feet and set up our camp. The next morning we set off on foot to see if we could find any sheep. The mountain we were on was quite safe on one side, but the other side was very dangerous.


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There were many cliffs, some of which plummeted hundreds of feet straight down. When we got to the top I was a little tired, so my dad found me a nice safe place to sit and watch for wildlife while he went on ahead. He had only been gone for a little while when a heavy fog bank rolled in and covered the whole mountain top. I don’t think that I could see more than a few feet in front of me. I didn’t know which way to go, and I didn’t want to move as I knew that one wrong move could mean certain death. It wasn’t long until my dad, who knew the mountain very well, came and found me and all was well. I can’t help but Anglican Church of Canada think how much St. Saviour's ProCathedral my little experience Ward & Silica, Nelson Family Service & Eucharist is just like life. We Sunday 10:30 AM can be going along, St. Matthew's having a wonderful Village Road, South Slocan Sunday 9:30 AM adventure when (No service third Sunday) Office: 8am - 1pm Tue - Fri all of a sudden 250.352.5711 St. Michael & All Angels Busk Road Balfour ever ything Sunday 11 AM changes. We can nd that we don’t The Salvation Army fiknow which way Nelson Community Church to turn, or that we Sunday Worship Service are gripped with fear for one wrong at 11:00 am step could mean Everyone is Welcome disaster. Your Pastors: I want you to Majors Robin and Yvonne Borrows know today that 250 551 4986 601 Vernon Street (Middle Level) God loves you and that He is there to lead you through whatever situation you are facing. The Bible states that whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. If you are 1-888-761-3301 that person that is uncertain as to First Baptist which way to turn, Church may I encourage First Parenting Course Begins you to put your Baptist Church faith and trust in April 16th the one who gave 611 Fifth Street 250-352-3212 His life for you! Sunday Worship at 10:00 am God has never Pastor Scott Simpson left me down, and I am certain that He will not let you CATHEDRAL OF MARY IMMACULATE down.

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Hunger Awareness Week

It is a problem MAJOR YVONNE BURROWS Nelson Salvation Army

May 7 to 11 is Hunger Awareness Week and as these dates approach we consider what this means to us here in Nelson. For many of us, our thoughts go to those who’ve approached us for spare change. Or maybe your children have come home from school, with stories of Sally, or Joe, who never bring lunch to school, and often fall to sleep in class, or they didn’t get breakfast today. Our insensitive side may say: “Where are those parents, and what have they spent their money on instead of food for their kids?” Let me take a moment to share a little of what I’ve learned. There is no typical face of the person who might be hungry in our community. It could be a single mom, who’s trying to make ends meet on a minimum wage salary, or income assistance. She’s struggling with the high cost of housing and utilities, while trying to feed and adequately clothe her children. Or there is the family where both dad and mom are working to make ends meet, keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, everybody clothed, but their paycheques just don’t stretch far enough. There are young people who are on their own, going to school and working part time, but there is never enough money to meet their needs, and we’re talking about needs, not wants. That hungry person could be your neighbour, your workmate, classmate, the senior down the street, even the friend you keep missing for coffee. So then what does Hunger Awareness mean for a city like Nelson? The faces of hunger in Nelson, as in all of Canada are varied, and the causes are not always the same. What it comes down to is there is no typical face of hunger. Poverty can touch anyone, or everyone with little warning. The loss of work, unexpected medical or repair bills, rent or utility increases or a dozen other reasons. So taking this a step further, is there help for those affected by poverty? Sure, there is government assistance, and yes that is a help, but it does not entirely meet the needs of the average family. Then there are local resources, food banks, soup kitchens, thrift stores and shelters, support groups and agencies. All of these can be helpful but these facilities rely on you and me for donations of food, money and time to be able to provide that help. Within Nelson we have a few places to go when you find yourself struggling to make ends meet. Here’s the scoop folks: these services are driven by donations, and largely staffed by volunteers, so without your help there are people that will go hungry in our city. Some of these people are children and seniors, maybe a neighbour or someone that you know. If you want to make a difference and change that face of poverty, then please remember to pick up a few extra items when you’re grocery shopping and drop them off at a food bank, or make a donation, because the food bank staff have resources that make your dollar go so much farther. And if you’ve got some extra time, or would like to help, give one of these agencies a call and give a little of your time to help your neighbour.

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Community From the Hallways of L.V. Rogers - Cam Olson

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here remains less than two months of school, meaning that all grade 12 students can see their graduation on the horizon and the rest are on the home stretch towards another relaxing summer. With the improving weather, the thoughts of the upcoming break are gradually intruding the minds of the anxious students. Three terms are officially finished which leaves the final and often most challenging term awaiting. As the days until graduation decrease, the senior grade has been cracking down on fundraising and there are many signs that acknowledge the approach of the ceremonies. For one, grad fees are now being accepted at the office, and once submitted the students will then be able to purchase

their Grand March tickets. Each graduate will be given three free tickets for family and friends, and additional tickets will cost $10 each. The money raised will directly be deposited into the Grad Account, along with the much appreciated proceeds of this year’s Grad Talent Show which was a tremendous success. The array of talent was showcased by a variety of ages and grades from L.V.R. and featured many singing, dancing, and musical performances. Fortunately for the grads, the Capitol Theatre was sold out, meaning a much needed financial addition. Along with the trio of enthusiastic emcees, the night was another impressive look at the variety of talents that spring from L.V. Rogers. Having recently conclud-

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ed the soccer intramurals, resulting in a championship win for the barbaric and merciless Teachers Team, the focus moves onto the high-speed game of road hockey. All who signed up will play a guts-and-glory tournament, with games on every double block day. With a range of hockey talent among the students, it will no doubt be a very entertaining series as well as a devastating loss for the teachers when they are swiftly eliminated. As far as grading goes, the deadline for mark hand-ins has passed and as the teachers finalize the students’ grades, third term report cards were sent home earlier this week. Cam Olson is a Grade 12 student at LV Rogers. His column is featured monthly

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Nelson Shoppers Drug Mart Event

Focus on women’s health pink gala wear. Additionally, customers earn 20 times the Shoppers Optimum points on May 5, for cosmetic purchases of $75 and over. Vitamins and minerals in all forms play an integral role in a healthy complexion, whether the source is food, supplements, or even a jar of cream. Guests can get expert advice from a pharmacist on their personal vitamin prescription and nutritional needs during the Gala. Look Good Feel Better offers free two-hour cosmetic and hair alternatives workshops that give women with cancer the tools and information they need to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment have on their appearance. Held at over 115 cancer care facilities and hospitals across Canada, the workshops are led by more than 1,900 volunteers, all of who are industry-trained cosmetic advisors and hair alternatives specialists who give generously of their time and expertise. More than one million women have benefited from the free Look Good Feel Better workshop program and Signature Services, including a toll-free information line, website at and an annual magazine.

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Furthering its commitment to improving women’s health, Shoppers Drug Mart in Nelson is supporting Look Good Feel Better on Saturday as part of the province-wide Pretty Little Party Galas at participating stores in British Columbia. More than 130 participating Shoppers Drug Marts in British Columbia will host an all-day gala to benefit Look Good Feel Better, an organization that helps women with cancer manage the effects the illness and its treatment have on their physical appearance. Tickets to the Pretty Little Gala are available for $10, with $5 of the proceeds donated to Look Good Feel Better. The remaining $5 is redeemable on any purchase made at Shoppers Drug Mart during the Gala event. Guests of the event will enjoy complimentary makeovers, skincare consultations, prize draws, as well as refreshments and snacks. To add to the spirit of the event, each Shoppers Drug Mart store will feature a uniquely pink décor with members of the cosmetics team decked out in

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Indulge Nelson


A city-wide celebration of dining out.

May 7, 8 & 9

Indulge Nelson is a restaurant festival highlighting our amazing restaurants. Food lovers can enjoy fabulous Prix Fixe menu items at any of the participating restaurants for these three nights only and 10% of Indulge Nelson sales will go to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy! Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are priced at $15, 25, 35 or $45 (wine or beer pairing may also be available). Check the VURB Facebook page for menus and booking details.

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Coming Events


BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Creston Valley Blossom Festival needs vendors for the Street Fair for Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dance Umbrella 15th Annual Spring Showcase Tickets on sale now at the Capitol Theatre

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JOB OPENING GENERAL COUNSELLOR JOB SUMMARY The clinical therapist will provide individual, relationship and family counselling 28 hours a week, 4 days a week. Duties will include clinical counselling and group work for men, counselling for couples and families, attendance at case conferences and consultations with other professionals. QUALIFICATIONS • Degree in social work or an equivalent counselling degree with advanced clinical skills • A minimum 5 years of experience in counselling men, couples and families • Experience working with male perpetrators of violence against women an asset • Knowledge and demonstrated abilities in therapeutic group process and facilitation • Ability to provide learning opportunities and supervise practicum students • Well developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills • Experience being a member of multi-disciplinary teams • Proven ability to work well with clients, colleagues and members of the community This position requires union membership with BCGEU and completion of a successful Criminal Record Check. Wage consistent with Wage Grid set out in BCGEU Collective Agreement. Submit resume and cover letter to: Attention: Lena Horswill, Executive Director #201 – 518 Lake Street Nelson, BC V1L 4C6



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FULL TIME Executive Assistant to the Pastor Needed Kootenay Christian Fellowship, a community minded church with an active ministry with the poor, is looking for an Executive Assistant to the Pastor. Must be proficient in MS Office, Office Administration diploma would be helpful, highly organized, understand basic bookkeeping and be a team player. This is a ministry position, therefore the successful applicant will be expected to attend and support the vision and mission of KCF. Comprehensive wage package according to experience. Email resume to or mail 812 Stanley St, Nelson, BC V1L 1N7

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Request for Proposal EARLY LEARNING & CARE CHAMPION Funding for this project is made possible through the Columbia Basin Trust, Community Initiates Program The Giving Tree Child Care Society, together with The Columbia Basin Trust and College of the Rockies are looking to hire a consultant to create the business plan/model for an on-going infant toddler and group child care facility in the Golden and the Area A community. Project Objectives: • Conduct the research to determine the sustainability of a day care facility operation in Golden BC, a small rural community. • Define the Business Model for early learning & care to sustain such a facility and support existing private day care facilities. • Secure the infant toddler facility to support 8 new spaces for children. • Create the social enterprise model under which the day care facility will operate. • Define the long term model that identifies lifelong learning for children and early learning and care providers in our community. • Research and define the funding opportunities available to support the sustainability of a multi-use, multi-generational HUB. Project Requirements: Phase I: Infant toddler facility: May to August 2012 • Secure the infant toddler physical space and the social enterprise to support it. Phase II: Multi-use, Multi-generational Learning HUB: September to December 2012. Building from phase one, • Identify the long term goals of a sustainable child care facility, a multi-purpose, multi-generational HUB for learning & care. • Create the social enterprise to operate a day care facility. • Build the governance model under which the day care facility will operate. • Define a long term model that identifies lifelong learning for children and early learning and care providers in our community. • Research and define the funding opportunities available to support the sustainability of a multi-use, multi-generational HUB. Project must be completed on or before December 14, 2012. The project highlights and recommendations and business case will be presented to the Stakeholder Action Group and relative community groups and individuals. Five hard copies of the report and an electronic version will be required. The report must be bound and submitted to the Stakeholder Oversight Committee. Project Monitoring The Early Learning & Care Stakeholder Action Group Oversight Committee will work with the successful candidate regularly to ensure opportunities are realized through the research, to support best practices and to ensure the project is focused. Candidate Requirements: The successful candidate must, • Possess a Bachelor level degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. • Provide evidence of their research capability and business acumen. • Possess strong communication, writing, and presentation and technology skills. • Be organized and able to work independently. • Must be able to meet strict timelines. Contract Fees: The project value is $30,000.00. This fee includes all travel and associated expenses relative to the project. All those interested in submitting a proposal for the project, must do so by, Friday, May 18th by 4:00pm to be considered. Both hardcopy and electronic copies of the RFP will be accepted. Copies received after 4:00pm are considered late and will not be reviewed. Please submit your applications to: Ms. Rhonda Smith, Karen Cathcart Giving Tree Childcare Society College of the Rockies P.O. Box 415 1305 9th Street S. Golden, BC V0A 1H0 Golden, BC V0A 1h0

If you are a team-oriented individual interested in growing with an organization where you can demonstrate your talent, we'd like to hear from you! For full details about this position including qualifications and information about how to apply prior to May 25, 2012, please see the Careers Section of our website at

Or e-mail to: Closing Date: Friday, May 11, 2012

better. together

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Cleaning Services

Paving/Seal/ Coating

RED WAGON CLEANING Head out to work and come home to a sparkling-clean, fresh-smelling house! I use all-natural cleaning products scented with essential oils to produce a lingering scent of your choice. For a thorough cleaning of your home or office phone April Rothkop 505-7931

Household Services A-1 FURNACE & Air Duct Cleaning. Complete Furnace/Air Duct Systems cleaned & sterilized. Locally owned & operated. 1-800-5650355 (Free estimates)

SEALCOATING DRIVEWAYS PARKING LOTS - OIL BASED why settle for a rubberized plastic coating. Fully Insured with WCB Coverage. Free Estimates 250 354-7140

Pets & Livestock

Boarding Sentinel Boarding Kennels snowbirds are back, business as usual book a summer vacation for your pets 250 359-7433

Small Ads work! Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical


International Forest Products Ltd. is looking for ticketed electricians, millwrights and a mobile mechanic to join our lumber manufacturing facility in Castlegar, BC. The skilled individuals must be self motivated, able to work on their own, and in a team environment. Preference will be given to those Journeyman with Level 3 First Aid ticket. Applicants must be flexible with shift scheduling and trade lines. Interfor offers a competitive wage and benefits package as outlined in the USW Southern Interior Master Agreement. Interested candidates are invited to submit resumes by April 26, 2012 to Interfor’s front office in Castlegar. Candidates can also submit their resume by mail, fax, or email to : PO Box 3728, Castlegar BC, V1N 3W4 Fax #: 1-604-422-3252 Email: We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Help Wanted

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate


Auto Financing

Antiques / Vintage


Garage Sales

For Sale By Owner

Antiques:over 300 pieces currently in stock. View inventory info online at

Used Recliner Couch for sale $150.00 352-2523

Sunday May 6th ~ 8am - 1pm 614 Josephine Street Women’s clothing, household items, books, sporting goods and more!

Unfinished cabin on 2.8 acres on Riondel Rd near the Ashram. Will be appraised in May. Making a list of interested individuals. Price likely well under $200,000. Terms Negotiable. Excellent for handy person or couple 780-566-0707

Auctions BC LIVESTOCK is holding a ranch equipment auction Saturday May 12th 11A.M. @ The Johnson’s on Duck Range Rd. Pritchard. Equipment is showroom quality. Tractors, haying equipment, tools, tack, lots of good antiques. View Website at F.M.I Call 250-573-3939

S lives here. It’s here in our community. Please make a difference by volunteering. Sclerosis Society of Canada S Multiple

Food Products



Garage Sales

BC INSPECTED GRADED AA OR BETTER LOCALLY GROWN NATURAL BEEF Hormone Free Grass Fed/Grain Finished $100 Packages Available Quarters/Halves $2.45/lb Hanging Weight Extra Lean Hamburger $4.00/lb TARZWELL FARMS 250-428-4316 Creston

Fruit & Vegetables FRESH ASPARAGUS Sutcliffe Farms Creston, BC Place your order to ensure availability 250-428-9961

Cleaning Services

GARAGE SALE: Saturday, May 12, 8am-1pm, 1419 Vancouver St, Nelson turn at Slocan St down alley. Super safety sale! Glasses, gloves, boots (mens 10-12), welding goggles, orange traffic coats, first aid supplies, kids bike w/hat $20 and much more. It’s coming!!! 10 Family Garage Sale Sat May 26th Six mile on the North Shore!!!!! Sat May 5th & Sun May 6th 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Household appliances, electronics, air conditioner etc. Everything must go 2549 Granite Rd. St. Saviour’s Garage Sale: Hart Hall (corner of Carbonate & Ward) Sat May 5th 9:30am 12 noon Coffee & muffins

Cleaning Services

Heavy Duty Machinery A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C “Cabs”20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

1991 Knight Car Dolly $1,000 OBO. Perfect for towing mid to small vehicles. Recently rewired, repacked bearings, 2 sets of straps, 13” & 15”. It’s ugly but works great & tows wonderfully. Located in Nelson. Call 250-354-7471. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

Misc. Wanted For Sale: Good cond 2 person sleeping bag $30, safety 1 st bed rail $25, small child bike $20, TV w/remote $50, Car seat $200 352-5422 LM

Wanted Free Bike!!!!!!!! Wanted Free Bike!!!!!!!!! 352-6200 Wanted: Someone with a metal detector willing to help look for a diamond stud earring lost on Sat. I know the location but I need help finding it in the grass! Call 250 551-8965


Help Wanted

Castlegar Hyundai, the fastest growing auto dealership in the Kootenays, requires a sales professional to serve our expanding clientele. We don’t believe in sales gimmicks or tricks – just taking good care of customers and following good business practices. We provide excellent training and leadership, and we believe top performance deserves top pay. Additionally, we offer a full beneÄts package. We think an interest in cars and helping customers can be just as valuable as past automotive sales experience. This position is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a professional career, a professional environment, and professional-level compensation in one of the most exciting sectors anywhere.

Keith Kalawsky President & General Manager Castlegar Hyundai Fax: (250) 365-5376 Email:

INVITATION TO BID CITY OF CASTLEGAR WATER QUALITY UPGRADES – UV RETROFIT PROJECT Sealed Bids clearly marked “City of Castlegar – Water Quality Upgrades – UV Retrofit Project” will be received by the City of Castlegar, prior to 2:00:00 p.m. local time, Monday, May 28, 2012, at City of Castlegar – City Hall – Attention: Chris Barlow, A.Sc.T., Director of Transportation and Civic Works. Bids will be publicly opened immediately after the Tender Closing Time, at the City of Castlegar – City Hall Office, and the public is invited to attend.


2007 Crossroads Cruiser RF25RL Hardwall 5th Wheel 1/2 ton towable. 7’ Slide. One owner. All the amenities. Sleeps 5-6. Great layout. Immaculate, a must see! $18,799. Phone (250) 4893556 or email

Scrap Car Removal Scrap Batteries Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Sport Utility Vehicle

Room for Rent In a beautiful established 10 yr hair salon, great Baker St location. Ideal for Esthetics or Massage 550/m includes shared reception laundry, heat, hot water, phone & air conditioning. Contact Diana @ 250 352-1955 or evenings 250 505-3098

2000 Ford Explorer XLT Grey 4x4 loaded 150,000 km well maintained summers & blizzak tires on rims $6000 352-6165

Process mechanical works include all piping and valve modifications to accommodate the UV reactors and appurtenances as well as temporary works to keep the facility operational during the retrofit.

Suites, Lower

Other modifications include alterations to the existing chlorine treatment system, electrical and instrumentation upgrades and some building modifications to accommodate safety improvements related to the existing chlorine gas treatment works.

Beautiful 1 bdrm suite located in Upper Fairview. Brand new ground level suite is sunny & private, convenient, bordering Davis St park and the trail. In-floor heating, W/D, private entrance & patio. avail May 1 st $1000/m + utilities 352-5544

Documents will be available for downloading commencing Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

For Sale: 1998 Ford Explorer excellent condition, new transmission, brakes & tires. Set of winter rims & tires $4500. OBO 352-1706


Share House Nelson: furn room W/D, NS/NP & wifi. Woman Avail now $475/mo all incl. 354-3922

OWNER City of Castlegar 460 Columbia Avenue Castlegar, BC V1N 1G7 Phone: (250) 365-7227 Fax: (250) 365-4810 Email: Attention: Chris Barlow, A.Sc.T

Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526


Supply and install UV disinfection equipment in the City of Castlegar’s existing valve house by retrofitting the existing building.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR Urban Systems Ltd. Suite 204 - 625 Front Street Nelson, BC V1L 4B6 Phone: (250) 352-9774 Fax: (250) 763-5266 Email: Attention: Don Nash, P.Eng.

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory.

Homes for Rent 1 small bdrm house for rent N/S N/P for a mature adult or couple 352-5498 2 bdrm bungalow 6010 Harrop Procter Road close to Harrop ferry avai June 1st $1000/mo + utilities 229-4374 2 bdrm house immediate North Shore N/S N/P $850/m + utilities avail June 1st 352-9136 after 5 pm NELSON- 2 bdrm executive waterfront home, 6 mile Nelson, partially furnished. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $1700/m + utils. (250)825-4471 or 250354-9434. NELSON 2Bdrm Waterfront Duplex Johnstone Rd, private beach, 1 bath, large deck, shared laundry, furnished, N/S, $1375/mo. utilities. Avail. June 1st - 352-2693 NELSON: Clean 2 Bdrm + smaller office area on 3 Acres, large beach, 5 min to town. Avail immediately $1500 250-352-5679 NELSON: Perrier Rd. Small 2 bdrm. WD,F/S. NS/NP. Yard, shed & parking for 2 Avail now $900/mo 352-2439 or 7492 Uphill Nelson duplex: suitable for family 4 bdrm, 2 bath sundeck N/S N/P newly renowned references & DD required $1500/m + utilities avai May 1st LM 505-5188

A non-mandatory pre-tender site meeting will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:00pm local time at the Celgar Site Safety Office. Representatives from the City of Castlegar and Urban Systems Ltd. will be present.

We Will Pay You $1000

NELSON: Downtown, 1 bdrm apartment Mature adult. NS/NP.$650/m incl util. Avail June 1st 354-4779

Rooms for Rent

Bid Documents and non-bid information for this contract will only be distributed electronically in digital format (pdf format) through the tendering website at: (“Private Tenders” tab)

Auto Loans or

Apt/Condo for Rent

The work generally consists of the following:

The successful Bidder will be required to enter into a CCDC 2 (2008) Stipulated Price Contract.


1-888-229-0744 or apply at:


2008 Seadoo GTI130 1 owner, 3 person water craft. only 50 hours on this unit. Dealer maintained & serviced. Cover, bumpers, trailer incl. Pkg new was $12,083 + tax, first $6,450 takes!! 250-551-3336/250-352-3942

World’s Finest FISHING BOATS Weldcraft, Hewescraft, Lund, Godfrey Pontoons Mark’s Marine, Hayden, ID 1-888-821-2200



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RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New, Opening May 2012. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC 250-462-7055.

Misc. for Sale

Local Coin Collector buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold & Silver Coins. Call Chad 250-499-0251

Automotive Product Advisor

Mobile Homes & Parks




DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557

Ms. Emily Marie Upscale Companion

Sensual & Petite 34B~26~38

Avail. May 11th (4pm) to May 12th (10am) Luxurious hotel incall



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We Love Your Pets & They love Us!


Animal A niimall Hospital

Knights Issue Challenge

Healthy Pets, Happy Pets

Last month a truck pulled up to the Nelson Food Cupboard loaded with food: beans, rice, soup, vegetables and much more. The food was donated by members of Knights of Columbus Nelson Council 1560 and Cathedral Parish. The donation, valued at $520, was part of a North America-wide initiative to collect food during Lent. The Knights of Columbus encourage other local organizations to follow suit. The Nelson Food Cupboard serves about 1,000 customers each month and strives to offer a variety of healthy options. The Food Cupboard’s new Coordinator Anna Kirkpatrick gratefully accepted the donations. To donate to the Food Cupboard drop by their office in the Nelson United Church during open hours, Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or call 250-354-1633. Pictured here are Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Kevin Kardos (left) and Kirkpatrick.

250.352.7861 2124 Ymir Road

250.352.7178 Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP)

Valhalla Path Realty

Dr. Jackson Katz

Tackling violence

280 Baker St., Nelson, BC



Special to the Nelson Star

Dr. Jackson Katz will be in Nelson May 9 and 10 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort. Katz is internationally recognized for his ground-breaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy. On the first night there will be a dinner and presentation beginning at 6 p.m. which is open to the public. On the second day there will be a full day of workshops and training for anyone involved in supporting victims including counsellors, teachers, police officers, physicians, law enforcement officers, victim services personnel, and health care providers. The cost of each session is $30. An educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist, Katz is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Founded in 1993, program was one of the first programs to use a “bystander” model for gender violence prevention. Katz is one of the key architects of the bystander approach. Today, the program is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics. It has been implemented by a quarter of the teams in the NFL, a number of Major League Baseball clubs, NASCAR, and many other sports organizations. Since 1997 Katz has directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps. MVP trainings have been held with US Army personnel in Iraq; the US Navy is currently piloting MVP in four sites around the world; and Katz has served as a subject matter expert and consultant for the US Air Force. Katz’s award-winning educational video Tough Guise, his featured appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood and Spin The Bottle, and his lectures in the US and around the world have brought his insights into masculinity and gender violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. For more information contact Bill Reid at 250-509-1164.


DOING 520 C Falls Street Nelson TIME! (Above Savoy Bowling Lanes) Open Tues - Sat.: 12:00 - 5:00pm View our current animals available for adoption and check out the new Lost & Found section on our website!


Wayne Germaine 250.354.2814


Commercial character building operating as Chillers Pub, this C-1 zoned property will accommodate many uses. This is a beautiful building of approximately 2000 sq.ft. on the main and 1100 sq. ft. upstairs including an excellent 2 bedroom suite. Lots of paved parking and level access. Located at 6 mile on Nelson’s North Shore. Purchase with or without the business and equipment.

Pets Available for Adoption Call 250-551-1053 for information or visit:

Adopt + Cute Pet = Save a Life

Here are some of the cats and dogs currently looking for new homes through the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program (KAAP). All KAAP pets are cared for in foster homes, and you can call 250-551-1053 to set up a visit with any of our animals. More cats and dogs are listed on, or on KAAP’s Facebook page.

GEORGE This friendly senior Shepherd is in need of a kind retirement home. George is 8 years old, needs only moderate exercise, and special food for his joint stiffness. He is a very nice and entertaining dog. He is great with children, and fine with most other dogs, but not cats.

Call Wayne 912 OBSERVATORY

Robert Goertz 250.354.8500


PRICE REDUCTION!!! Time to take a second look at this 1919 built heritage home which sits on a superb lot in a desirable neighbourhood. It offers views of Kootenay Lake and represents a great opportunity for those looking to reap the rewards of some sweat equity. This comfortable residence is priced to sell.

Call Robert


Norm Zaytsoff 250.354.8584


Revamped, remodeled, remarkable. Electrical, plumbing, insulation and windows are a few of the many upgrades done to this home. Located in the quiet lower Fairview neighborhood, this home is close to parks, schools and shops. The home offers 2 spacious rooms on the main floor and a master suite above. Wood accents and artistic touches throughout and a family friendly yard with raisedbed garden. Your new home awaits.


Lev Zaytsoff 250.354.8443


GOLDY The most amazing lap snuggler! This 11 yearold well-loved cat is looking for a new person because his senior went into a nursing home. Goldy is very clean and quiet, healthy, neutered. He deserves a loving retirement home for the many years he has left to enjoy.

Nestled on 4 separately titled lots all generous in size scattered with heritage fruit trees, gardens and loads of sun, this 3-bed, 1-bath home has a great flow, generous room sizes and a real Kootenay feel. A wrap around deck encompasses the house taking in the stunning views of the lake and offering endless enjoyment on those long summer nights. All within thirty minutes of Nelson.

PAN and d DORA

Sweet, fun, playful ... just the best kittens. They are 10 weeks old, beautiful Calico girls, now vet checked and vaccinated, and will be spayed by KAAP in a couple of months. But they are ready to meet their forever families now. See their video on our web site.


James Loeppky 250.509.0804


At 3.1% interest, 5% down, you can live in this brand new duplex for as little as $1,016 per month. Why pay rent? Call James to view these beautiful 3-bed, 2-bath half duplex units anytime. Call James

We show all MLS listings Yara Chard 250.354.3382

Created in 1996, Valhalla Path Realty is a thriving independent Real Estate company that provides high calibre real estate services with a distinctive personal quality.

BOUNCE and POUNCE These two adorable kittens are twin marble tabbies, about 11 weeks old. Healthy, very funny and playful, very bonded. Bounce is a climber: she loves to sit on your shoulder. They have cute little caramel coloured noses. They are now ready to meet their new forever family.


Friday, May 4, 2012 Nelson Star


May 4, 2012 Trees and wind

COUNCIL UPDATES Council recently reappointed the Downtown/Waterfront Steering Committee and the Community Energy Steering Committee. During 2011 Council adopted the Sustainable Waterfront and Downtown Master Plan and the Community Energy and Emissions Action Plan. These two committees will continue their work based on Council’s strong commitment to ensuring the vision and goals contained in these plans become reality. “These are long-term plans which will require hard work, commitment and creativity by the entire community in order to achieve the ultimate vision” said Mayor Dooley. “We will be reaching out once again to the community to ask for volunteers to participate in working groups to move goals forward that have been identiÀed for the next 2 – 3 years.” Progress is being made in all of the following planning initiatives which will add vitality to the City’s downtown area:

The City asks residents to please take precautions for falling branches in City Parks during windy weather and storms.

• Review and update of the City’s OfÀcial Community Plan (OCP) to incorporate all of the City’s planning initiatives • Launch of Nelson Hydro’s “EcoSave” Home Energy RetroÀt Program • Development of a business plan for District Energy • Operation of the City’s geo-thermal project at the 10th street campus • Improvement of transit routes and continued collaboration with the RDKB and RDCK to improve regional transit • Enhancement of the new Railtown District • Conclusion of an agreement to move the Nelson Transfer Station off the waterfront • Installation of a new skate park • Continued collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce on the CP Stationhouse project.

NELSON HYDRO NEWS Nelson Hydro Customer Advisory: Surge & Lightning Protection Requirements Nelson Hydro reminds customers that during the spring and summer months there is a greater possibility of lightning and power surges on the electrical distribution system. Customers are required to supply, install and maintain their own surge and lightning protection equipment at their service entrance and/or distribution system, to protect against these possibly adverse conditions. City of Nelson/Nelson Hydro Bylaw No. 2020 explicitly states that the utility does not guarantee uninterrupted power supply, nor does it guarantee the constancy of its voltage or frequency. The bylaw further states: “Nelson Hydro shall not be responsible for any loss or damage due to defect in service arising from any cause whatsoever.” Please ensure that the electrical system in your home or business is adequately protected. If you are not sure, you should call an electrical contractor to inspect your power system, and upgrade as required.

Spring runoff With spring runoff underway, the City reminds residents to use common sense around rising creeks and drain courses. Please monitor children playing near fast-Áowing waterways and report blockages due to branches and other debris to the Operations Department at (250) 352-8228 OR (250) 352-8238.

What NOT to flush down the toilet Non-biodegradable materials Áushed into city sewers eventually end up at the sewage treatment plant. Problems can occur in residential sewer systems AND in the City’s sanitary sewer lines and lift station pumps. Sewer blockages are unpleasant and costly to property owners and city resources. Never Áush the following products: feminine hygiene products and their applicators, q-tips, drinking straws, make-up pads, dental Áoss, condoms, cloth materials, plastic bags, teeth whitening strips, hair (human or pet), small toys or any other non-biodegradable items.

CITY BULLETIN BOARD Official Community Plan update – Opportunity for feedback Development Services & Sustainability staff have completed a comprehensive review and update of the City’s OfÀcial Community Plan (OCP). The OCP was last updated in a comprehensive way in 2008. The primary purpose for this update is to incorporate the substantial planning initiatives the City has completed over the last three years, such as the Sustainable Waterfront and Downtown Master Plan. Copies of the draft plan are available for review on the City’s website at http://www., at the Library, and at City Hall. Consultation on the OCP is ongoing with stakeholder groups and a public open house is scheduled for Thursday, May 24th.

Does your smoke alarm work? Does it also win you prizes? Now it can! Contact Nelson Fire Rescue to learn more. If you ask us to drop by for a visit, be it for information on smoke alarms, protecting your exterior from approaching Àres, Àre escape planning, or other related information, you could win home Àre insurance for a year. Kids can win rides in the Àre trucks or an iPod. Prizes generously donated by Nelson Insurance Brokers’ Association and Wal-Mart. Call us to Ànd out details at (250) 352-3103.

We love kids at the Library May 5th -12th is Canadian Children’s Book Week! This years’ theme is “Read a Book. Share a Story”. See our display of books by Canadian authors. Match the titles to the authors and you may win a prize. On May 11th, winners of the Red Cedar Award – British Columbia’s reader’s choice award for kids’ authors – will be announced. There is space available in three story-sharing programs: Tales for Twos for 2 to 3 year olds on Saturday mornings, Preschool Story Time for 3 to 5 year olds on Wednesday mornings, and Book Babies for birth to pre-walkers on Thursday afternoons. Call (250) 352-6333 to register.

Victoria Day Statutory Holiday City Hall, Nelson Hydro, the Operations Department and the Nelson Library will be closed on Monday, May 21st for Victoria Day. Please remember that there is no transit service on statutory holidays. For Operations emergency service, please call (250) 352-3103. To report a power outage, electrical hazard, damage to Nelson Hydro equipment or for outage updates call 1-877-32HYDRO (1-877-324-9376).

Sharing the road with motorcycles

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT NEWS Water main flushing program The City of Nelson Utilities Department is starting the Water Main Flushing Program. The Áushing will be done Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm commencing on Tuesday, May 1st until Monday, June 11th, 2012 (approximately). For more information, see the City’s website at

Street cleaning and clearing The City of Nelson has begun sweeping and Áushing streets and boulevards.

Boulevard sand clearing Please rake sand off of the boulevard and onto the road beside the curb. Do not place in piles or in bags. Call (250) 352-8228 or (250) 352-8238 when sand is ready for removal by the City sweeper.

As the warmer weather approaches, we will begin to see motorcycles on the highways. Motorcyclists are seven times more likely to be killed in a crash than other road users. To view a list of motorcycle safety tips for both drivers and riders compiled by the Nelson Police Department, visit our website at

Specialized youth employment counselling for ages 16-20 If you are collecting Employment Insurance (EI), are a past EI recipient, are a BC Employment Assistance recipient or are underemployed (working less than 20 hours per week) and have a social insurance number and are legally entitled to work in Canada, you may be eligible for counselling. If you have limited or no work experience, feel unprepared for independent job search or require essential skills to market yourself, this program is for you! Book an appointment today with a youth employment counsellor at Nelson Youth Employment Centre by calling (250) 352-5656 or email:

CITY OF NELSON Mailing address: Suite 101, 310 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L 5S4 • Email: • Phone: (250) 352-5511 • Fax: (250) 352-2131 website:

Celebrating Festival Season 10 pages of festival coverage, get ready for summer.

FESTIVAL FASHION Stock your wardrobe Page 5

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Vol. 1 Issue 14


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Megan Cole photo

Megan Cole {vurb} editor

May. 4th - Neighbour Home Breakin’ Records May. 5th - Tantrum Desire with DJ Cain & Four20MC May. 11th - ill.Gates with Dubconscious May. 12th - R&B Showcase May. 18th - The Librarian BC Bass Music with

The first time I went to the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington state was about seven years ago to see the Dave Matthews Band. My love for music at that point was well developed. I was going to as many concerts as my bank account and schedule would allow. The Gorge had been built up as a Pacific Northwest mecca for music lovers and I was on a pilgrimage. I remember when our car came over the hill and began to descend towards the Columbia River. The sun was setting and a golden hue had enveloped the whole area. My friend from the front seat said, “Get ready!” What I didn’t realize was I was getting ready for what would develop into a love affair with that music experience. I’d been to concerts at the Commodore, the Royal Theatre in Victoria, GM Place (when it was still GM Place), Richards on Richards, the Orpheum and more, but I’d never been on a trip where the whole reason for being was the music. When I returned to the Gorge two years later it was for Sasquatch Music Festival. While the location alone was enough to bring me back,

the line-up of musical acts which included Nine Inch Nails, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver, the Decemberists and more definitely sealed the deal. With my concert buddy we set out from Vancouver to the Gorge. Being at a music festival is a true eat, breath and sleep (maybe) music experience. In the Kootenays we are lucky to be in a location surrounded by music festivals featuring various genres of music from electronic to folk to jazz and beyond. This issue of {vurb} will get you ready for everything music festival in the Kootenays and beyond. We’re featuring 13 festivals from the big like Shambhala Music Festival at the Salmo River Ranch to the tiny like the Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir. We’re also going in depth looking at fashion, food and art with a story with Branda Christofferson, a local weaver who will be a vendor at festivals like Starbelly Jam and an interview with Tantrum Desire who play the Rock Pit at Spiritbar. Nelson is a great place to be in the summer for many reasons and we’re sharing 13 reasons to get out and enjoy the region this year.

Soul (Opening Set by Naasko)

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f for no other reason at all, you should go to Starbelly Jam for the lost kid announcements, which are frequent and as the weekend wears on, increasingly amusing. “We got a little boy here named Lucky,” said the very excellent Denverbased singer Nathaniel Rateliff from the Moonbelly stage last year. Lucky looks to be five or six and hasn’t seen his parents in almost as many hours,” Kids and parents get separated at Starbelly like socks in a dryer. “If Lucky’s your boy come on up here and claim him.” Inevitably kid and parent are reunited and the show goes on, and what a show it is — every year. This little festival boxes way above its weightclass, drawing musicians from all over the planet and putting them in a setting I can best describe as family oriented and truly Kootenay-esque. It started as a whim. In the late 1990s a half dozen or so locals from Crawford Bay were sitting Editor: Megan cole

on the nearby (clothes optional) Starbelly beach, talking about throwing a party. A party with bands and organic food, perhaps even a few vendors to sell hand-made wares. Starbelly was born. In 1999 they held their first Jam with a few hundred people at Crawford Bay Park in a “celebration of song, spirit and Kootenay culture.” Lester Quitzau was the only real “name” player and a one day pass cost $12. Everyone agreed it was a happening little event that was duly marked on the calendar of people on the East Shore and just beyond. Then in 2001 someone pulled a few strings and signed up an emerging guitar playing, counter culture type named Michael Franti. Those hundreds turned into thousands. This little festival became a medium-sized festival overnight and a must for Kootenay music fans whose tastes drift beyond the mainstream. “I think people come here first and foremost because it’s a family festival, artistic director Lea-Rae Belcourt tells me. “You can bring your kids, it’s safe and they have a great time, but number

two is the music. People just trust Starbelly Jam to pick great bands.” Yes they do. Last year alone I found myself dancing madly to the frenetic hip hop and soul of The Coup from Oakland, lost in the trance-like beauty of Siberian folk (Namgar) then dancing again to a killer surf-Tuareg band out of west Africa (Bombino). That’s just one afternoon, and the whole time my two kids were by my side having a blast. Those types of days just don’t come often enough. Sadly the general economy and a forecast of rainy weather were hard on Starbelly Jam last year, like a lot of Kootenay music festivals (Littlefest in the Slocan Valley and the Nakusp Music Fest won’t happen this summer at all). But the slow year hasn’t affected the quality of the players at Starbelly. The Barr Brothers, Cave Singers and Ivan Neville alone have me signed up for this year’s Jam. Come get lost with me in this beautiful little festival. We should all be so Lucky.

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Sasquatch Music Festival Since 2002, Music lovers from around North America have packed their bags and set off for the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, which hosts the Sasquatch Music Festival. S a s q u a t c h The Sheepdogs has grown ever since then from a one-day festival featuring seven musical acts including the String Cheese Incident, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper to a four day music pilgramage. The event is presented by the House of Blues with the intention of highlighting indie rock bands and singer/songwriters but now regular-

ly includes hip hop, rock, alternative and even comedy. The Gorge Amphitheatre is located on the edge of the Columbia River as it winds its way through Washington, creating a one of a kind music venue. Festivalgoers camp out near the Gorge and make a daily trek to the festival grounds to enjoy what has now become a four day music extravaganza. This year’s festival is May 25 to 28 and features music from Beck, Jack White, Metric, The Sheepdogs, Feist, Bon Iver, The Cave Singers, Pretty Lights and more.

Tiny Lights Festival

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Mark June 16 on your calendar and head out to Ymir for the Tiny Lights Festival. Tiny Lights highlights everything from music to visual arts to theatre and more. During the day there will be performances, workshops, a market and kid’s activities. The evening will bring musical experiences for a mature crowd. Ymir is a tiny town and space in the nighttime is limited, so plan early to avoid disappointment. This year’s musical showcase includes Maria in the Shower, the Steve Brockley Band, E.S.L. Han-

nah Epperson, James Lamb and more. Local funnyman Lucas Myers will take the stage as part of the theatre festivites. There will be art from Marla Thirsk, Julie St. John and Mia Sandner. Ymir has so much to offer on festival day. You will have access to five historic venues, amazing history tours, workshops for kids and adults and much more. For more information on the Tiny Lights Festival visit

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Sync Festival Back for its second year, Sync Festival is located 39 kilometres from Golden in the Columbia Valley. Sync showcases some of the best names in dance culture and electronic dance music. This summer at the Beaverfoot Lodge you can see some Nelson favourites like Mochipet, Yan Zombie, Deeps, Wakcutt, Tommy Largo and more. Sync runs from June 1 to 4 and tickets are still available for this unique festival experience. Yan Zombie In addition to music there is hiking, swimming and even two Swedish style hot rock saunas. For more on Sync visit their website at

Loki Festival Loki Music Festival is located in the beautiful lush mountain area of Kaslo. Free camping and stunning scenery make this the ulitimate July long weekend getaway. The festival runs from July 30 to July 2. Being Loki’s fifth year they have decided to do a 100 per cent Canadian line-up on the Canada Day weekend featuring headliners Longwalkshortdock, S u b v e r t , Longwalkshortdock Stickybuds, Neon Steve, Mark Instinct, Emotionz and Stylust with live band, Knight Riderz, Glitchy and Scratchy, Bryx vs Wakcutt, and about 30 more artists with a wide array of sounds and musical styles from across Canada, all powered up by a 50,000 watt PK sound system.

The Loki stage invites you and sucks you in with amazing original artwork, stunning visuals, custom dancing platforms, state of the art lighting and effects, and dance performances by professional groups from coast to coast. Sunday afternoon will feature a live hip hop showcase with art and dance exhibits. A great selection of activities, workshops, and food vendors will be on site for your enjoyment. Come see why Loki is talked about as one of BC’s best new electronic music festivals. Tickets will be on sale at retailers across Western Canada on May 15. please visit for more details, ticket retailers, and directions.



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Starbelly Jam Festival

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One day 13 years ago, some of our culturally creative citizenry were hanging out at Starbelly Beach, twiddling their toes in the water and basking in the sun, wondering what they could do to liven things up and celebrate how wonderful it all was. It must have been an idea whose time had come, because one thing led to another and before anyone realized what was happening, Starbelly Jam Music Festival was born! It was a good thing those original dreamers had spent so much time in the sun and didn’t know just how much work it was going to be, or it might not have ever happened! It took a dedicated core group of organizers, a small army of volunteers and a mountain of materials to pull it off — but when it was done everyone knew something very, very special had happened. Starbelly Jam continues to be put on by a community-minded group of volunteers, from the tireless core committee to the many other local people

who freely give their time and expertise to make this the cultural event of the year for the East Shore. This is their big chance to throw a party we’ll all talk about for years, and our chance to invite some great musicians and entertainers to visit us, instead of us having to go elsewhere to see them! This year the Starbelly Jam Festival includes acts like Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Gaudi, The Barr Brothers, The Cave Singers, Jamie Janover, Jeff Crosby and the Refugees and more! Starbelly is a special festival; great entertainment, great food, great people, lots of happy kids and room to play — we’ve deliberately steered the festival away from getting too big or becoming too crowded. This festival’s success is all about the celebration of life though music, friendship and having a fun time for all

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in a safe and secure environment. Not too big and not too small, this is a “just right” festival Goldilocks couldn’t help but love. Starbelly runs from July 20 to 22 in the beautiful community of Crawford Bay. For more information on tickets and the full line-up visit the festival website at

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Fest Shambhala This intimate world class family friendly festival has been host to big names and newly discovered gems of the entertainment business since 1991. Jazz may be in the festival’s name but it doesn’t end there. Many acts who have performed on the floating stage included blues, funk, soul, world, Latin and jazz bands. This year the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Fest will host Nelson talent like Bessie and the Back Eddies, Hornography and the Laura Landsberg Band. The Taj Mahal will also launch the weekend on Friday, August 3. The venue’s unique location provides festival patrons with natural amphitheatre surrounded by pristine wilderness to enjoy while watching the performances on the

floating stage nestled on the shoreline of Kootenay Lake. Great music and an intimate beautiful setting is the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival. The event runs from August 3 to August 5. In 2007, USA Today said, “Big mountains, small village, floating stage... the vibe of Kaslo is intimately amazing... with pristine wilderness as a backdrop, the musicians are perched on the edge of Kootenay Lake while onlookers swim around the stage, dance in the sand or recline on blankets laid in a natural, green amphitheatre.” For more information on the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival and the full line-up visit their website at

Nelson’s MarketFest

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With market season on the horizon that means MarketFest will be returning to Nelson. The first Marketfest of 2012 will be June 29 followed by two more dates on July 27 and August 24. This uniquely Nelson event combines music, food, vendors and more into an event that is suitable for everyone. Throughout the summer MarketFest will host musicians like Gisto, Erica Dee, the Rusty Water Borken Troubadours, Blackberry Wood and more. If you’re interested in volunteer-


ing to make this year’s event a success contact or call 250-354-1909.

Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival began in the summer of 1998 when approximately 500 people gathered at the Salmo River Ranch. Over the years, the festival grew organically by word of mouth — friends bringing friends to create a community built upon Shambhalove. In 2010, for the first time, they reached their 10,000 guest capacity. In 2011 the festival saw its first sell-out in advance of our gates opening. Online tickets for Shambhala 2012 sold out in just 17 days, in November 2011. Shambhala is a family-owned business. Farm owners Rick and Sue Bundschuh’s three children produce the festival. Jimmy, the youngest, is the executive producer. Anna, the middle child, and Corrine, the eldest, are the producers. Shambhala is held annually in early August, and this year runds from August 8 to 13. The event boasts six uniquely themed stages, each managed by their own stage director. Each books their talent, dreams the scene and delivers a cutting edge experience unlike any other. Shambhala aims to bring the best in up andcoming electronic music talent from around the globe. This year the festival will host Pretty Lights, Chali 2na, Delhi 2 Dublin, the Leisure Gang, Funkanomics, Adham Shaikh, Gisto and Yan Zombie. Above all, Shambhala is a celebration of music, art and life. For more information about the festival keep reading {vurb} and the Nelson Star. To see a full line-up for all the stages and more on the history and people behind the festival visit their website


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FASHION Festival fashion is almost as important as the music that people gather for. The styles seen from Coachella to Starbelly and Shambhala make headlines. {vurb} wants to help you put together your festival wardrobe with the help of our local retailers and designers. Clockwise from top left: At Tribute board shop you can find, a Navajo inspired dress by Obey will help the ladies fend off the heat at summer festivals, a Herschel backpack to help you pack in your additional essentials, an ode to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s with red Ray Ban sunglasses and Etnies sandals. Lilikoi has a selection of skirts, shorts and tops in natural fibres. Loo Loo Designs (by Lauren Christoffersen) has unique summer styles combining bold prints and colours. Fairies Pajamas is a fixture at music festivals around the Kootenays and the world selling pieces from hats to arm warmers and belts. Tara Davis Studio Boutique has all the accessories you need to prepare for festival season with vintage necklaces reversable bamboo hats and headbands.

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Organic, local and sustainable are rarely words festivalgoers associate with the food they eat, but that may because they haven’t been to a festival in the Kootenays. Music festivals like Starbelly Jam and Shambhala not only showcase local musical and artistic talent but culinary passion as well. Shambhala hosts a group of veteran vendors at their annual festival many of which are local favourites. “There are a lot of locals. We find that vendors who have event experience whether it is at ours or others, so we try to bring in those with experience,” said Sara Victor ticket and vendor administrator for Shambhala. “As much as possible we try to make sure each vendor has a unique sales experience.” You won’t find doubling up of products at Shambhala. There is one vendor selling wraps, one selling tacos and so on. “El Taco does the curry corner (which is one of our most popular vendors), Rockingham’s does wraps and salads and skewers does Greek food. Those three are huge every year,” said Victor. Kootenay Mountain Grill does perogies, grilled cheese and the breakfast plate that everybody loves, Dragonfly who is a Salmo local comes out and does her paninis and Bluebelle Bistro from Kaslo does burritos. “We do have pizza, burgers and fries but as much as possible we stress to have our vendors try and keep it local and organic,” said Victor. In an effort to support local farmers Shambhala has pushed more for local and organic but has found that many vendors have already gone that route. The Salmo River Ranch which is a working farm when the festival is not going on, has converted a half acre plot of land to a garden so that they can start growing food to feed staff, volunteers and eventually guests at the festival. “The gardening project started last year,” said Kelly Moore

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who is one of Shambhala’s gardeners. “They approached me last year and said we want to do gardening. We had two big circle gardens about 50 feet in diameter and some planter boxes, and after last year there was just this drive to have it grow and keep as much on the farm as we can.” The festival is hoping to grow berries for their smoothie bar and anything else that is in season like lettuce, garlic, herbs and perennial gardens with edible flowers. “This is a big learning experience not only with what we grow but also in how much is needed to supply our vendors,” said Victor. Moore added that they will also be working with the kitchens to have menus modified to what is in season. “It’s a collaborative effort among a lot of people at the festival to make this all happen,” said Moore. The gardens will also be used as a learning tool to teach festival-goers about composting and gardening. “We want people to not only experience the festival when they come to Shambhala but also experience the Kootenays and our way of life,” said Victor. “All of us have gardens and we all try to grow what we eat. I think to translate our lifestyle into a large scale project is just phenomenal.”

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Happy Cooking

Chef Jamie Hertz When most of us think of fast food we immediately think of the greasy burger joints, or foods that are so bad for us. Those of us who have travelled know that fast food can be some of the best food experiences. From taco stands in Mexico to a noodle cart in Asia it can be both easy on your wallet and good for you. I never understood why it is that every time we go to a festival the food is loaded with grease. French fries, onion rings, sloppy pizza, burgers, and other fried goodies are some of the most common things found. Maybe because it’s the cheapest to produce and requires very little skill to keep the consistency, but it seems to be a continuous theme. Next time you are at a fair or festival look for the chip truck and you will see a line of people being drawn to the greasy fried potatoes like they are in a scene from Night Of The Living Dead. Zombies being drawn to that oh so familiar smell lingering in the air. I’m not going to lie, I have been a victim of this many times and it is only a matter of time before the beer takes down the guard that I am in the lineup with the others licking my lips at the deep fried goodness. I think that over the years we have become accustomed to thinking that if the theme is fast food then it equals unhealthy and something that will clog our arteries. As well as when we hear the words healthy or diet we think of boring food that has little or no flavour. We often overlook the qualities and benefits food has to offer when we eat it. Each thing we ingest has a direct effect on how our bodies will react, our moods, and our energy. When we are at a festival, concert or fair we tend to use a lot of energy on dancing, walking around, standing in lineups and whatever else one might do at an event, so why not eat for the occasion? You

may often wonder why you feel sluggish after attending one of these events and it’s because our bodies are exhausted and are depleted in nutrients. Have you ever thought of your food as a fuel? I am surprised at how many don’t. Next time you have plans to go out on an adventure and don’t want to eat the food that is offered at the event try packing your own meal. Think of things that are light and full of energy such as avocados, grapes and blueberries. I also love a good sandwich but hate when it gets soggy if it sits too long, so a good thing to do is prepare everything you want on it and store separately for easy assembly later on. A nice roasted chicken mixed into a quinoa salad is one of my favourite things to eat. Quinoa is one of the healthiest things for us as it is packed with goodness. It is a complete protein that contains nine amino acids that are required for muscle building and repair. It has high levels of magnesium and fibre as well as manganese and copper which are great antioxidants. It is a fantastic thing for our bodies and I am a big fan of it. I know it may not have the same mouthwatering qualities as the deep fryer, but you will not feel gross after eating it. There are so many things that one can do when it comes to eating better and being more aware of the food we ingest is a great start. So next time you head to an event like the local fair, get creative with your food and plan ahead. If you are going to break down and stuff your face with cotton candy and fried doughnuts make sure that you have something else to balance things out. Don’t make festival food your total diet, just a part of it.

Taking local tastes to a new level


elsonites take pride in quality. Good powder, good trails, good paddling, good coffee, good beer and great food. On May 7, the Nelson Star’s arts and culture publication {vurb} will be sponsoring Indulge Nelson which is your opportunity to celebrate the city’s great restaurants. Indulge Nelson is a celebration of our restaurants aimed at supporting our restaurateurs and business owners, and to raise funds for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. “When I was living in Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver was like Christmas,” said {vurb} editor Megan Cole. “I love to try new food and new restaurants, but it went beyond food to supporting the community.” Running from May 7 to 9, restaurants all over Nelson will be offering a unique prix fixe (fixed price) menu ranging from $15 to $45. “It has been so amazing to see all the restaurants who were excited to participate in Indulge,” said Cole. Over 18 restaurants are participating including: Cucina Royale, Main Street Din-

er, Ric’s Lounge and Grill, Baba’s Indian Cuisine, Bibo, Itza Ristorante and Pizzeria, King’s Family Restaurant, Dominion Cafe, Jackson’s Hole, Kurama Sushi, Sages Tapa and Wine Bar, Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill, Louie’s Steakhouse and Lounge, Uptown Sportsbar, Epic Sushi/ Funky Monkey Burger Bar, Relish, Nelson Underground, All Seasons Cafe and Outer Clove. “There really is something for everyone,” said Cole. “It’s a great opportunity to eat at restaurants you wouldn’t ordinarily go to or maybe you want to go to an old favourite and have something you missed.” Ten per cent of the proceeds raised by Indulge Nelson will go to the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Make your reservations today to avoid missing out.

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Wapiti Music Festival Fernie’s Wapiti Music Festival is back on the scene for their second year, promising a line-up of Canadian talent that could top last year. For their first year Wapiti featured acts like Fernie’s Shred Kelly, Elliott Brood, Said The Whale, Library Voices and Yukon Blond. This year The Boom Booms, The British Columbians, Cuff the Duke, The Zolas, The Belle Game and Michael Rault are amoung those to take the stage. The 2012 Wapiti Music Festival kicked off ticket sales with an unprecedented turn sell out of early bird tickets in just one day. Advance tickets are now on sale for $45. Advance tickets are only on sale until August First or while quantities last. Tickets can be purchased in Fernie and online via wapitimusic Stay tuned to their website every month for more exciting band announcements. Wapiti runs two days, August 10 and 11.


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Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival has been the host to some of the world’s most amazing performance. From Buddy Guy to Feist and Johnny Winter, there is no doubt that Salmon Arm is able to draw music lovers to the shores of Shuswap Lake for this great showcase of talent. This year from August 17 to 19, festival goers will be able to see acts like Serena Ryder, Cuff the Duke, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Alex Cuba, The Trews, and Shred Kelly. Now in its 20th year, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues

Festival is the largest and most diverse festival in the Interior of British Columbia and has gained a solid reputation for its top quality presentations and organization. The festival began in 1992 as a small indoor festival, a result of the Shuswap Coffee House movement of the 1970s and 80s, which in 1991 had re-invented itself as the not-forprofit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society. For more information on the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival and their full line up visit

The Slocan Valley Cultural Alliance presents Unity Music Festival in Winlaw on August 24 and 25. This year’s line-up features music from Shred Kelly, Sweatshop Union, DJ Trippa T, Shades of Loud, Wolfpack, Lokal Motif and Vortex. Enjoy the last days of summer at the grounds of Sleep is for Sissies with great music, art and more. There is camping available near the festival grounds. For more information about Unity Festival visit


Indulge Nelson A city-wide celebration of dining out.

May 7, 8 & 9 Indulge Nelson is a restaurant festival highlighting our amazing restaurants. Food lovers can enjoy fabulous Prix Fixe menu items at any of the participating restaurants for these three nights only and 10% of Indulge Nelson sales will go to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy! Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are priced at $15, 25, 35 or $45 (wine or beer pairing may also be available). Check the VURB Facebook page for menus and booking details.

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Branda Christofferson knows how to spot a buyer at her market stand. The designer of Cut Threads handwoven accessories says some people just gravitate over to her display. “If something catches their eye walking past and they come right to it, you know they want to buy it,” she says. “People, especially in this area, love that I weave my own material and everything is totally Canadian made. Nothing comes from China.” The Cut Threads product line includes mesh-back hats, fedoras, scarves, fleece-lined neckwarmers and Christofferson’s signature “brandannas,” reversible square scarfs with snaps to keep them in place. After four years of experimenting with different products and styles, Christofferson is now focused on increasing production of her successful styles and finding new places to sell them. This summer, for the first time, Christofferson has quit her day job to dedicate herself full-time to making and selling her wears. In July, she’ll take her stand to Starbelly Jam, marking her first time vending at a music festival. “It will be like the market but on a larger scale,” she says. “I’ve already been putting some of my best pieces aside to sell there. I really want to amp up the display to

make sure people notice me.” As she does at markets, Christofferson will share her Starbelly stand with friend and studio-mate Eryn Prospero of Prospero Pottery. “I think it’s a nice contrast to have the fibers and ceramics in the same display,” says Prospero, who makes handmade bowls, tea sets and flower pots. “If people come over and they don’t want a hat, maybe they’ll buy a mug.” Plus, the duo says, it’s nice to be out there with a friend for support. “It’s not always going to be busy,” Prospero says. “We have fun together and keep each other entertained when it might get boring.” Both Christofferson and Prospero are waiting to hear back from other festivals they’ve applied to have displays in. This year they hope to Sam Van Schie photo get to two or three festivals, Eryn Prospero and Branda Christofferson prepare for the and more next year. festival and market season. “The challenge is just having enough stock,” Christofit in the summer. It’s a lot of work, but that’s what I’m ferson says, noting she needs to bring 150 hats to Starmoving towards for next year.” belly and Prospero needs 300 mugs, for example. “To For a preview of what you’ll see at Cut Threads-Prosdo a lot of festivals, you really have to be working at it pero Pottery stand this summer, visit them online: cutall year round — build up stock in the winter and sell and

From Spiritbar to Shambhala The southeast London based duo Jay Faleye (producer and DJ) and Devin Smith (DJ), who go under the name Tantrum Desire, are taking the stage at Spiritbar this weekend. Nelsonites will get a chance to hear what has been gaining a lot of international acclaim before the duo takes the stage at Shambhala. The team from Shambhala caught up with Fayleye before their show on Saturday night.

The Chroma gig in Toronto was really good! Was a big start to the tour. Toronto is such a great city for Drum & Bass music, the amount of fun and love that the people brought to the event was really overwhelming! The venue was recently refurbished to a modern look, sort of had a transformers theme to it. It was something new and the de-sign was very cool!

1. Coming from a very influential scene and time in the UK, 3. Tantrum Desire will be headling on the Rock Pit Stage at what was the greatest obstacle to overcome to make your Shambhala Music Festival. First of all, are you two excited? mark on the music scene? And secondly what have you heard about Shambhala? To be honest, as the producer, I just wrote what I liked to hear. I didn’t rack my brain on trying to get a sound that no one else had heard before. The sounds I was writing were influenced by many different genres of music but kind of developed in their own way, I suppose. I think the obstacle was just keeping up with the sound progression and quality in Drum & Bass, and all electronic music. There is so much good music out there, so I guess that obstacle is ongoing.

So far I’ve learned that the Shambhala festival is taking place in the mountains of BC and holds 10,000 people. The event has been talked about by others quite a lot whilst on my Canada tour, which is getting me very excited! This is one event Im really looking forward to!

Doors for the Saturday night show at Spiritbar open at 10 p.m. Ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel.

2. Your fi rst show to kick off the tour was Toronto at the newly For more information about Tantrum Desire visit: established Chroma bar. How did that go?


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Stash Trax

Dustin Stashko

103.5 FM The Bridge

I love this time of year. Music festivals basically happen every weekend, Coachella just happened, and the Sasquatch Music Festival is at the end of the month... There’s an energy in the air. There’s also jealousy — broke people who can’t afford any of them seethe in their own rage, those who can have an absolute blast and create memories that they’ll never forget. Some are drunken/stoned memories, but memories nonetheless... This playlist doesn’t just include artists who are playing at this year’s festivals, but artists who have in the past, or should be on a stage in a festival at one point... I should note that I’ll be attending Sasquatch at the end of the month, and it will be my fi rst EVER festival. I’m preparing myself for shenanigans, and I hope to hell that I’ll be of sound mind to actually listen to the music coming off the stages... Also note that this playlist is going to be terribly hipster... as I’m writing this, I’m wearing plaid and sipping PBR – hipster staple.

MGMT: Time To Pretend – MGMT have headlined Coachella in the past. They never get old. This song’s about enjoying the present moment. “I’m feeling rough/ I’m feeling raw/I’m in the prime of my life” are words that anybody can sing at any age. Bon Iver: Beth/Rest – BON EYEVER? BON E-VER? BONNY BEAR?! – I’ve gotten into many an argument about how to pronounce his name, but that aside... What an amazing songwriter. He’s been at Coachella, and will be headlining Sasquatch.

This deserves to be in your ears all the time. Tenacious D: Tribute – Jack Black (yup the actor) and KG are back! Seeing them live this summer will make anyone’s life complete. With their hilarious lyrics and surprisingly great guitar licks, they’re going to be entertaining. Fun.: We Are Young – The period in their name is very important. This song is everywhere at the moment and for good reason — It rocks. Seeing them perform this song live at Sasquatch will be amazing. Florence and The Machine: Shake It Out – “It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back” With Florence Welch’s booming voice reverberating off everybody’s heart in an outdoor environment, it’ll make it a bit easier to dance... Jack White: Love Interruption – After Jack White left The White Stripes, I thought that he was going to quit music. I was wrong. He came back with fi re in his belly. He’s going to blow the doors off any festival he plays at this summer. Beck: Where it’s at – Beck is a powerhouse. Everybody should be in awe when he hits a stage. Let’s hope he doesn’t subliminally preach his Mormon into his songs on the stage... He wouldn’t. He seems cool. You know, with his long hair and everything... Radiohead: Bodysnatchers — Thom Yorke is the man. He gives the middle finger response to record labels everywhere, and does his own thing. Even on stage. Just to witness a Radiohead show could make history. He does something different each time. Great way to end this playlist.

Saturday is Cinqo de Mayo and to celebrate, Reo’s has some great spanish fl icks for you this week: Open Your Eyes - better than the Hollywood remake

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Motorcycle Diaries - Ché before the revolution Maria Full of Grace - takes the

Intacto - some people bet on all the luck Secret in Their Eyes - won Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2009

Announcing Reo’s Spring Movie Sale! 607 Front St. 250-352-7422 Check out for new movies releasing each week!

Huge selection of used DVDs for sale. Now only $5/ea or 5 for $20. Bluray $6/ea or 5 for $25 Great time to add to your collection.

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Choices include: Eggs Blackstone Poached eggs, smoked ham and fresh tomato on an English muffin served with hollandaise sauce.

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Crepes Kaslo Creamy mixed seafood (shrimp, scallops, crab and red snapper) in wine sauce.

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JOIN THE FARMILY! There are still staff and volunteer positions available for this year’s festival. Visit to view the crew application online


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Arts and Entertainment Listings ON STAGE Kaslo’s Randy and Janet take the stage at the Langham Theatre on Friday, May 4 for Life! 9 Lessons, 2 Points of View. It will be an evening of laughter and insight. Tickets are $10 and are available at Sunnyside Naturals and Willow Home Gallery.

Local youth performers who want to act in the park this summer should be in Nelson Youth Theatre’s two exciting new Shakespeare plays, Romeo and Juliet at Verona High! and Juliet and Romeo: the Alternate Ending! Romeo and Juliet at Verona High! (mornings) is ideal for actors approx. age 7 to 12. This funny student adaptation pits Romeo the football captain versus Juliet the chess champion in an epic battle of elementary words. Everyone wins in this family show for all ages! Juliet & Romeo: the Alternate Ending (afternoons) is best suited to actors approx. age 12 to 17. This is the classic full version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with a dramatically modern twist. What will it be? Please contact jeff@forstmedia. ca about being in these plays, and for more information about Nelson Youth Theatre and the fourth annual Bard in the Bush Shakespeare Festival.

MUSIC Hit the dance floor on Friday, May 4 when Clinton Swanson and Friends play The Royal’s afterwork dance party. There is no cover and the band starts at 6 p.m.

takes the stage. Doors open at 10 p.m. and ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel. Tantrum Desire takes the stage at Spritbar on Saturday, May 5 with DJ Cain and Four20MC. Doors open at 10 p.m. and ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Royal on Saturday, May 5. Rhapsody and Breakfluid take the stage to help you celebrate the Mexican holiday. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. Head to The Royal on Sunday, May 6 for an evening of acoustic music by Ryan McMahon, Christopher Arruda and Cory Woodward. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Royal, Urban Legends and liveattheroyal. com. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Great Lake Swimmers take the stage at The Royal on Wednesday, May 9 with Cold Speck. Tickets are $20 and are available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store and Doors open at 7 p.m. On Thursday, May 10 Vortex Studios presents the Unity Music Festival pre-party. Tickets $5 at the door. Doors open 9 p.m. The Unity Festival in the Slocan Valley is a nonprofit event created to support artistic endeavors for youth in the Kootenay region. Last year the festival was able to donate money to two separate schools to help develop their music

Tickets on sale now at the Capitol Theatre May 10th • 7pm May 11th • 7 pm May 12th • 2 & 7 pm

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Local Artisans Featuring paintings by Cindy Moser & Rustic Creations willow woodworking Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm Come in and be inspired! 1277 Hwy 6 (in the old RCMP building beside Crescent Valley Beach)

Marion Perepolkin, Owner 250.359.6804

At The Royal on Friday, May 4 the Gemma Luna Trio with DJ Geo will take the stage. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

departments while showcasing local talents. ill.Gates takes the stage with Dubconscious on Friday, May 11 at Spiritbar. Doors open at 10 p.m. and ticket information is available at he Hume Hotel.

Hit the dancefloor on Friday, May 4 at Spiritbar when Neighbour

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day of show. They are available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store and Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Live in Concert, the La Cafamore String Quartet with pianist Nina Horvath on Sunday, May 13 7:30 p.m. at St. Saviour's Pro-Cathedral. Touring the Kootenays, the La Cafamore String Quartet will be presenting a program of rich and powerful music for strings and piano. Following a highly successful tour in the fall the group has been planning to

For the month of May we donate 10% of our sales to St. Saviour’s Food Pantry

Sold at Co-op, Fisherman’s Market and Burrell’s Grocery – served at Oso Negro and BiBO

L.V. Rogers art is on display this spring at the Nelson Public Library. Come see some great teen art on display in our TeenScene.

Tickets $11 GRAND OPENING MAY 12

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Dance Umbrella 15th Annual Spring Showcase

The Skydiggers take the stage Monday, May 7 at The Royal. Tickets are $15 and are available at Urban Legends, The Music Store and liveattheroyal. com. Doors open at 8 p.m. BeauSoleil is at The Royal on Tuesday, May 8 with Michael Doucet and an opening set by Funk Boat. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the

raise the bar with this collaboration. The La Cafamore String Quartet will be sure to entertain audiences of all ages.Tickets are $15 for adult, $12 for students and $45 families.

Available at Otter Books and at the door, For more information phone 250505-2508 or email jefffaragher@

Touchstones Nelson has two new exhibits opening. In Gallery A will feature the work of well known local artist, teacher and curator Deborah Thompson. In Tales From the Underworld she continues to explore the human psyche through her intuitive and gestural paintings, as well as through a number of sculptural pieces. In Gallery B, see the annual Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College graduation exhibition.

LITERATURE The Nelson Public Library invites young writers to raid their imaginations and find the buried treasure in a special six-week series for kids who love to write stories with pirateinstructor Eileen Holland. The series began April 24. Sessions are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the program room for the duration of the series. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. A fee of $15 is requested to help offset costs.

AT THE PUB Join the Ymir Hotel's country and bluegrass jam every Friday night. Things get going around 5 p.m. and wrap up around 9. Every Monday at Finley's head down for the blues jam from 8 p.m. until midnight. Hosted by Magic Carpet Blues Band. Amps and drums are supplied but please bring your own instruments. Welcome all singers, bands and musicians. Starting Wednesday, May 9 Bogustown Pub is hosting trivia night. Begins at 7 p.m.

A Gift of the Moon an art exhibit by Diana Robles will be opening Sunday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the White House Backpacker Lodge at 816 Vernon Street. Internationally recognized Kootenay artist Diana Robles’ paintings will be on display and available for purchase throughout the spring and summer. Ourglass Gallery and Studio presents the opening of Little Effigies an exhibition by photographer Mark Felt on Friday, May 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. If you have an arts and culture event you’d like to see in the Nelson Star or in {vurb} email entertainment editor Megan Cole at Also add your events to our online community calendar which can be found at

Nelson Star, May 04, 2012  

May 04, 2012 edition of the Nelson Star

Nelson Star, May 04, 2012  

May 04, 2012 edition of the Nelson Star