NOVEMBER 2013 ISSUE 60 COWICHAN VALLEY I FOOD I ARTS I EVENTS I HEALTH I COMMUNITY 1
NOVEMBER EVENTS DRACULA The classic tale of the blood-thirsty Count at the Chemainus Theatre Festival 1-800-565-7738 Until Nov. 9th WILD WINGS 13, curated by Jeffrey Birkin Mild watercolours to sculpture, textile and even theatre and installation pieces. Just Jakes, Duncan Until Nov. 23rd 6th ANNUAL WEAVERS AND MORE SALE Tues. to Sat. 9:30am-5pm at The Loft Gallery in Mill Bay Shopping Centre. Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild sets up shop. Free! Runs to Dec. 5
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN BENEFIT BRIDGE & LUNCHEON 11:30am, Duncan Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Rd., Duncan. $25 For info and tickets Judy 250-733-0804.
FALL MUSHROOM HUNT 9:30am-3:30pm Amuse on the Vineyard w/ Benedictine Monk Brother Michael, includes 3-course wild mushroom lunch $125. Date is tentative due to weather Nov 2 & 9 Reservations 250-743-3667. MALAHAT KWUNEW KWASUN CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTRE GALA FUNDRAISER 5-10pm. Proceeds assist Malahat Nation complete construction of its new cultural resource centre. $120, 604-483-3532 Brentwood College, Mill Bay MUSHROOM FORAGING WORKSHOPS AT DEERHOLME FARM 11am-4pm, 4830 Stelfox Rd, Duncan. with chef Bill Jones $135pp. Private forages available. 250-748-7450. VALLEY SENIORS’ 6th ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR 9am-2pm at the Seniors Activity Centre, 198 Government St., Duncan. Tables $15. 250-746-4433 or 250-2464746. CELEBRATE EATING LOCAL 12:30-3:30pm Somenos Community Centre, 3248 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan. Hosted by Somenos Womens Institute 3-Course meal, door prizes, silent auction and handicrafts sale. $12 at the door 250-246-4463. TEENY TINY ART WORKS AND GIFT SALE Mon-Fri. 10-5pm, Sat. 10-1pm at PORTALS, next to the Cowichan Public Library. Free. 250-746-1633.
SUNDAY COOKING CLASSES AT DEERHOLME FARM with chef Bill Jones To book a class call 250-748-7450.
ANDREW JANUSSON TRIO SUNDAY JAZZ at Crofton Pub 2pm-5pm with John Lee & Michael Mlikotic $10 1534 Joan Ave
Church, 314 Buller Ave, Ladysmith. Cake Walk, face painting, crafts, baked goods, entertainment and more. 250-245-5512.
OM CHANTI KIRTAN with Karen Allen and friends. 7pm at Harmony Yoga, 201-111 Station St., Duncan. An evening of call and response chanting. By donation. 250-701-0360.
ECO WARRIORS, THE DOCUMENTARY. PREMIERE 2pm & 7:30 pm Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre $10 suggested donation
CHAKRA YOGA WORKSHOP 9:30-12:30pm at Rivendell Yurt, 5215 Bills Rd. $35-45 sliding scale, Pre-register 250-748-2089
DOWNTOWN DUNCAN’S 5TH ANNUAL SUNDAY SIDEWALK SALE 11am - 3pm Incredible sales on the streets of Duncan! PARENT AND CHILD MUSIC CLASS TUESDAYS, 9:15-10:15am $15-20/family Lila Music Centre, 3228A Gibbins Rd, Duncan. Cari Burdett at 250-701-0978 November 5,12,19,26
DRAGON’S DEN on CBC featuring UNTAMED FEAST Watch Michelle & Eric meet the Dragons on national TV!
DIVORCE CARE AND DIVORCE CARE FOR KIDS 6:30pm Wednesdays at St. Andrew’s Church, 531 Herbert St., Duncan. Hope and healing for adults and children 250-748-8995 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
KEN LAVIGNE IN CONCERT ROMANZO 7:30pm,St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Duncan. with tenors Philip Grant & Paul Ouellette. Proceeds to building fund project. Tickets $25adv/30 Door, 250-748-9712. FASHION PRESENTATION: BRENDA LAINE 6-8pm at Eclectic Avenue on Jacket and wrap designs in mohair, merino wool and jersey knits.132 Station St., Downtown Duncan
THE VICTORIA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY AUTUMN FOLK RETREAT celebrating folk music with workshops, song circles, jams, dance and a concert. $120. Camp Pringle, 2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SHUFFLE DEMONS 8-11pm, Duncan Garage Showroom. High-energy Canadian band, virtuosic jazz and funk in eye-catching costumes and stageantics. $25 Door/22 Adv 250-748-7246. LADIES NIGHT HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT 1-6pm, Soul Escape Esthetics. Book in for complementary treatments, . Prizes. giveaways and wine tasting! Call 250-748-2056 to book
STEPHEN HARPER: THE MUSICAL “How to Survive and Thrive in the Dying Days of the Empire of Oil” James Gordon’s political satire. 8pm, Duncan Garage Showroom $20, 250748-7246
COWICHAN BAY MERCHANTS’ PRESENT LADIES NIGHT! 5-9pm at the Cowichan Bay Waterfront. Fun, fashion, food and prizes!
34th ANNUAL GIANT CHRISTMAS CHAOS EVENT Thurs/Fri Noon-8pm, Sat/Sun 10am-5pm in the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St, Duncan. Free. Runs to Nov 17 VANCOUVER ISLAND SYMPHONY COMMUNITY DAY 11am, Port Theatre. For ages 6-96. Try all the instruments! FREE, although complimentary tickets are required call 250-754-8550 to reserve
AN EVENING OF TIBETAN MUSIC AND SONG 6-9pm, United Church Hall, 246 Ingram St., Duncan. Benefit for 10 month old baby Rinzin in Tibet who needs lifesaving shunt surgery. A fun evening with Tibetan musicians, auction and Tibetan food and drink by donation. Pema 250-748-6028.
COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE IN COBBLE HILL 10 to 4pm with Frauke McCashin, Lic.Ac. Cobble Hill ‘Youth Hall, sliding scale Nov 9 & 23 250-710-3581 or email@example.com
MENTAL WELLNESS, PLANT MEDICINE AND ACUPRESSURE 1-4pm at Kind Tiger Clinic, 5214 Koksilah Rd., Duncan. By donation. proceeds to Ark Society’s Red Tent Project, 250815-0863.
SING FOR PURE JOY! 6:30-8pm at the Lodge on 4th, 1127 4th Ave, Ladysmith.Beginners welcome! $10 Drop-in/ $8 250-285-3764.
CROFTON ART GROUP SHOW AND SALE 10am-5pm at Crofton Senior Centre, 1507 Joan Ave, Crofton, near Ferry Terminal. PINE MUSHROOM DINNER 5-9pm Deerholme Farm, 4830 Stelfox Rd, Duncan. 250-748-7450
ST. JOHN’S CHRISTMAS ANGEL BAZAAR 11am-2pm at St. John Evangelist Anglican
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ISLAND FARMERS’ ALLIANCE AGM 12-4pm at Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Rd., Cobble Hill. All welcome. RSVP for event’s lunch email@example.com. DUNCAN SPCA BAKE AND CRAFT SALE 9am-4pm at Duncan SPCA, 7550 Bell McKinnon Rd. Donations 250-746-4646. GE FOODS AND HUMAN HEALTH: A CROSSCANADA SPEAKERS TOUR 7-8:30pm at VIU Cowichan Campus, Room 140 (Theatre). Features presentation by Dr. Thierry Vrain, retired soil biologist and genetic engineer intent on increasing public awareness about the longterm safety of GE foods.CGC 250-748-8506 RALPH BARRAT AND FRIENDS SUNDAY JAZZ at Crofton Pub 2pm5pm with Tom Vickery, John Hyde,& Kelby MacNayr $10 1534 Joan Ave
A MUSICAL FANTASY 2pm St. Michael’s Church, Chemainus. British cello sensation Michael Jones Tickets $15 Advance/20 Door. 250-748-8383.
ART FOR EVERYONE: THIS WONDROUS WORLD 9am-5pm Thurs. to Mon., CWBS Gift Shop and Gallery, 1761 Cowichan Bay Rd. Cowichan Wooden Boat Society hosts Rebecca Hazell’s fine art, books, cards and crafts for kids: a holiday gift for everyone! runs to Dec 17 11TH ANNUAL AGM FOR NICHIREN BUDDHA SOCIETY Noon Thirfty Foods Community Rm Beverly St All welcome
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE The Classic opens Nov 22 at Chemainus Theatre Festival 250-246-9820 until Dec 23 www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
SPIRIT JOURNEY CIRCLE with Trevor Husband, Orca Healing Harmony Yoga 111 Station St #201, Duncan EVERYTHING GLASS 10am-5pm. Works by Veronica Scott and Shannon Shepherd. PORTALS Island Savings Centre Runs to Nov 29 FIESTA WORLD FAIR TRADE BAZAAR 10am-3pm at Eagle Hall, 2165 Jacob (off Island Hwy at Boys Rd) Alternate shopping experience. Not-for-profits and fair trade vendors with lcrafts from around the world.
SUNRISE WALDORF SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR 10am-3pm Sunrise Waldorf School, 4344 Peters Rd., Duncan. For all ages! puppets, musical performances and delicious foods. Artisan Marketplace features fine local handmade natural clothing, gourmet foods, toys and handcrafted gifts. Children’s activities by tickets with proceeds supporting Sunrise Waldorf For info call 250-743-7253. TINCTURE AND SALVE MAKING 1-4pm at Kind Tiger Clinic, 5214 Koksilah Rd., Duncan. Learn how to make your own plant medicines $40-60 includes supplies,by donation for low income or unwaged.250-815-0863. TANSOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 10am-3pm Tansor Elementary, 3594 Auchinachie Rd, Duncan. School fundraiser with craft and bake sale, raffles, and door prizes. Tables $20, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 31ST ANNUAL CRAFT SALE Cow Bay Fire hall via Koksilah Road and Wilmot Road. 9am-3pm
SAUERKRAUT MAKING WORKSHOP HUB in Cowichan Station. $45 includes all supplies. Nov 17th- 1-3:30pm, Nov. 21st- 10am12:30pm. Pre-register with Holly 250-746-7824 or email@example.com.
BLUESMAN BILL JOHNSON Shady Grove at the Sussmans, Mill Bay, 250-929-8226 Tix $15 DRUM MAKING WORKSHOP, 11am4pm Cost $150 Learn to make your own buffalo hide hand drum with Trevor Husband 5945 Riverbottom Rd. West at Skutz Falls orcahealing.com for info or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register
REEL ALTERNATIVES: STORIES WE TELL 7pm Cowichan Theatre. Sarah Polley’s film that excavates layers of myth and mystery to find the elusive! $12/Students $5 with proceeds to CVHospice.
A COMMUNITY FORUM TO DISCUSS FUTURE PLANS FOR MAPLE BAY 7pm Maple Bay Fire Hall, 1230 Maple Bay Rd. All welcome.
Theatre, Duncan. Conducted by Maestra Tania Miller, featuring Vox Humana and other special guests. Tickets $20-140. 250-748-7529. DOWNTOWN DUNCAN CHRISTMAS KICKOFF 5:30pm in Downtown Duncan. Come discover the magical windows in Downtown Duncan, the Tree light-up, Santa’s arrival at City Hall, entertainment and fireworks! Free! DUNCAN SPCA PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA 10am-3pm at Buckerfields, 5410 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan. By donation. 250-746-4646.
26th LADYSMITH FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS LIGHT UP! Downtown Ladysmith, with the Kinsmen Light Up Parade, a spaghetti dinner, family entertainment, craft fair, FIREWORKS and more! 250-245-2263
CONCERT FOR A WINTER’S EVE 7:30pm at T. Gil Bunch Performing Arts Centre, Brentwood College School, Mill Bay. All proceeds to Mill Bay Food Bank. Admission $7, 250-743-8756. The Cowichan Symphony Society presents VICTORIS SYMPHONY: J.S. BACH: CHRISTMAS ORATORIO 7:30pm Cowichan
JAZZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS PARTY Amuse on the Vineyard. A festive night of great food, great wine and live jazz. Perfect for small s holiday parties. Book a group of 8-26 in the private dining room. Reservations 250-743-3667. DECK THE HALLS CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 10am-5pm in Mellor Hall at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, 7380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan. Arts and crafts, baked goods, draws. Book tables at 250-748-0822. Runs to Dec 1 NANAIMO ART WALK 50 ARTISTS Downtown and Old City areas 11am- 5 pm Nov 30 & Dec1 Please send your listings by the 15th of the month to email@example.com
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At Gather Restaurant and Cafe. Patrons Gather for Change At Gather food and beverage we believe people can make sustainable change, one person, business, neighbourhood, community, and region at a time. How is Gather making change? We started gathering like-minded people: people who believe in living, working and playing in community, people who have a vision of sustainable community and a burning desire to share that vision. Gather is part of the beautiful Cowichan Region, which has much to offer: creative, inspired people who produce food that is harvested with a conscience. It is the synergy of their conscious production, together with our vision of sustainable change, which creates an exceptional food experience grounded in respect for the Earth. Gather patrons experience this synergy by: • Enjoying unique, ethnically-inspired menus with choices in plate sizes, reducing food waste • Using natural products & cotton hand towels in washrooms • Enjoying locally made soy candles & ample natural light • Being a partner in building strong local &/ organic food providers • Enjoying herbs & fruits harvested on site • Walking, cycling or paddling to Gather’s front door • Enjoying a historic building and yard/outdoor seating (Circa 1922) • Knowing green & garden waste is composted, everything possible is recycled and 1 – 34 litre bag of garbage per week is accumulated • Enjoying natural gas heat, on-demand hot water & outdoor solar lights • Knowing that liquid waste is treated in a state of the art on-site tertiary septic system, specifically designed for close proximity to lake & creek • Knowing that Gather owners remove community debris from the creek and sidewalks
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Sunday, December 1 4:30pm - 7pm
Arlene Dickinson, Kevin O’Leary, Bruce Croxon Image CBC
Do Dragons Eat Mushrooms?
ric and Michelle Whitehead of Untamed Feast have faced the fire of CBC’s famous entrepreneurial five and they are hoping to use the spotlight to promote the enjoyment of wild food. In the fall of 2005, years after meeting at a yoga teacher training intensive in Thailand, the couple discovered that they had both been taught how to harvest wild mushrooms and berries as children; Eric from his Ukrainian grandmother and Michelle from her Polish father. Risking regular wages and job security, they ventured into the woods with dreams of supreme fitness, simple living, and turning packs full of matsutaki mushrooms into hard earned cash. They hardly made a penny that year, but they did discover a lifestyle which eventually inspired their vision
of re-introducing the everyday consumer to that which nature effortlessly provides. Together, the two developed a scrumptious line of ten gourmet, wild mushroom products now available in 132 retail outlets and restaurants, mostly on the island and in the lower mainland. You may have come across their straight up packages of pure dried mushroom goodness or one of their lazychef dishes such as soup, porcini risotto, or morel coconut rice. It’s all gluten-free, allergen free, and vegan friendly. Untamed Feast purchases come with recipes, cooking demonstrations on the website, and a library of over 100 mushroom hunting adventure videos so you can see the hard work, the beauty, and the naturalness of the food that you take home into your kitchens.
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So what did the Dragon’s think of their goods? “They loved it! We were well received, they had tons of questions, and we actually had a lot of fun in the den. And Kevin O’Leary was a Michelle & Eric: Nervous but ready Image CBC. lot nicer than we expected.” As a patron of all things wild, But, were the moguls ready the company specializes in to part with their cash and non-cultivatable species. When shake some hands? Find out on people hear wild they often Wednesday November 6th at think oyster or shitake, but 8pm on CBC. In the meantime, this company only deals with you can check out the mushroom species that cannot be farmed or adventure or perhaps order grown. The mushrooms are all some alder-smoked wine-cask hand-harvested and come from aged chanterelles for dinner at rich forest soil which makes a untamedfeast.com. tremendous difference in their flavour, aroma, and nutritional profile. Most people don’t know that mushrooms are actually super healthy.
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Volunteer Squash Bisque Yes, I love squash. The near endless colours, shapes, sizes, textures and flavours make it a really interesting culinary subject that can be explored almost year round. I still have viable squash from last September; they are now ornamental. Volunteer squash are great for soups as you never really know what the texture, flavour or water content will be--soups are more correctable than other squash dishes if it turns out to be a bit mealy or bland.
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ow do I love winter squash? Let me count the ways... Firstly, I love it for its extensive growth. Our intern had to stay an extra month last year because she thought her car was stolen; turns out it had been engulfed by a rogue volunteer squash plant growing out of our compost. We needed machetes to free it, hood dented in by a hubbard/ pumpkin cross. I love it for its versatility: you can eat the flowers, the seeds and the flesh. Bake a big hunk for an hour or so at 400° and the brown bits taste like candy. I love it because it’s good for you: I could name its countless nutrients but this column is small so take my word for it. It’s unpredictable, too. Because squashes crosspollinate, impure seeds might produce anything from a hideous, warty monster to next year’s blue ribbon winner. And I love it for its storage ability. It is food security defined, the fruit a rock hard capsule that lives and breathes and waits in order to carry on its species next season.
Brock from Stone Soup Inn loves squash even more than I do. Brock is a local/ seasonal food aficionado who considers himself not just a chef but a food collector. Visit his restaurant this time of year and you will encounter his favourite finds around the dining room, treated not as centre pieces but more as sculpture. Last year Brock was invited to cook at the Stratford Chefs School and decided he needed to bring his favourite Blue Hubbard with him. Not trusting it to the baggage handlers he wrapped it in rope and fashioned a handle for carry on. Unfortunately it far exceeded the 25 lb weight limit so he had to check it with the baggage. After a nerve wracking flight without his companion, happily both survived--with one serving up the other for dinner that night. Check out the recipe to see what Brock from Stone Soup Inn has to say.
1 cup peeled and chunked volunteer squash 1/2 cup SOL farm sweet onion, diced 1/2 Halk’s Orchard apple or pear, seeded and chunked 1 teaspoon Red Nettle Farm honey 1 teaspoon butter 1/3 cup heavy cream sea salt and black pepper to taste 1 bay leaf
Sweat the onion in the butter until soft, then add the honey. Add all of the other ingredients. Add some salt and pepper and water or stock just to the level of the squash and simmer until very soft. Take out the bay leaf and purée, passing through a sieve if the texture is too chunky for you, add more water or cream if too thick. Check the seasoning again before serving. The soup loves spices like cumin, cinnamon or other dessert like spices, as long as they are background. It’s also partial to cheeses, sour cream, nuts and of course bacon. Brock Windsor, Stone Soup Inn
Cam MacDonald grows organic food with his partners at 8 1/2 acres
Thanks to all who entered the Find The Mushroom Contest. The winners are: Suzan Kostiuck Pg 51- Porcini, Boletus or Cèpes Cover- Morel
Pg 20- Oyster
Pg 35 - Cauliflower
Pg 54 - Chanterelle
Michelle Adams Bryon Leggs Zane Parker
“It’s fresher from here” Poached and Roasted Chicken, Squash Puree, Crispy Bubble & Squeek Croquettes Chef Dan Hudson, Hudson’s On First
Island Farmhouse Chicken Breasts
1 2 teaspoons 50mls 300mls
Large Squash (any variety, except spaghetti) Ground cumin Olive oil Cream
300g 300g 2 To Taste 1/2 Cup 2 Cups
Any cooked left over vegetables Bashed Potato Eggs, Beaten Salt & Pepper Flour- for coating Japanese panko bread crumbs
First roll the chicken breast in plastic wrap and tie to form a sausage shape. Place wrapped chicken into cold water and bring to the boil. As soon as it has boiled, take off heat and leave to cool completely in the water. Once cooled, take out of the plastic wrap and sear in a pan as you would a normal chicken breast. The poaching ensures that your chicken is cooked throughout but still very juicy. For the puree, take your squash, peel and dice. Drizzle with the oil add the cumin salt and pepper and mix till well coated. Roast in the oven at 350 till golden and soft. Bring the cream to a boil, once boiled place cream and cooked squash in a blender and blend till smooth. Adjust the seasoning if needed. ( I recommend passing through a ﬁne sieve) For the croquettes, take all your cooked vegetables and mash and thoroughly mix together, add a pinch of salt and pepper and form into 50g hocky puck shapes. Next coat your pucks with ﬂour, then dip into the egg wash and then coat with the crumbs. At this stage they are ready to deep fry or alternatively you can pan fry in a little butter till golden and then ﬁnish them through the oven for approximately 5 minutes. This is a great way to use up all those holiday left-overs and can consist of any leftover you have. To serve, spoon some of the puree into the centre of a plate, top with several of the croquettes and the chicken. Serve with some buttered kale.
1615 Koksilah Road Cowichan Bay BC 250-746-6163 • www.farmhousepoultry.ca Chicken available from Country Grocer, 49th Parallel, Duncan Butcher, Chemainus Foods, Crofton Foods and Thrifty Foods
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he Chemainus Theatre Festival is making the most of the holiday season, giving patrons of all ages a rich, new way to enjoy the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Taking the festive story from screen to stage, a talented troupe of artists deliver the live musical experience that has been featured in theatres around the world every year since its 1987 musical debut. The one-month engagement runs November 22 through December 23.
Frank Capra film of the same name. From the familiar “every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”, through the Christmas Eve escapades that take place in the small, twinkling town of Bedford Falls, New York. It’s the season of peace and It’s a Wonderful Life is popular for all goodwill, but local “good guy”, George generations due to its universal appeal, which both excites and challenges director Bailey feels only and choreographer, Peter Jorgensen despair. After decades (known by The Festival audiences for of trading his dreams memorable productions of Fiddler on the of adventure for duty Roof and Guys and Dolls). “The great and compassion to thing about this holiday story is how easily his family, friends, it is enjoyed by people of all types,” says and fellow citizens, Jorgensen. “Of course, the musical is based he finds himself alone on a legendary film with big boots to fill. on Christmas Eve, facing a future of ruin That’s where the theatrical experience and disgrace. From atop the town bridge, stands out, there’s nothing else as intense George stares into icy waters and considers and satisfying as being in a room with the his past – struggling to come to terms with incredible actors living the tale right before his choices. While the townsfolk look on your eyes.” in fear, many calls for divine intervention reach the angel Clarence. Though he hasn’t The plot of the musical remains true to the yet earned his wings, the guardian may be George’s only hope for a Christmas miracle. It’s a Wonderful Life features a repertoire Violin Maker of more than a dozen broadway25 Years Experience of Lutherie in the Italian Tradition. style melodies and songs, led by skilful Making, repair and restoration musical director, of Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Nico Rhodes Bass, Harp, and all manner (previously in The of Stringed Festival’s A Closer ALSO offering Instruments. Walk with Patsy instrument making classes; mandolin, 250-749-6563 Cline; Anything violin and carving firstname.lastname@example.org Goes; Tonight Piaf; classes. www.zakviolins.com The Tales of Hans
It’s A Wonderful Life at Chemainus Theatre Festival
Christian Andersen), and accompanied by musicians Alicia Murray and Marisha Devoin. The special live presentation of the popular Christmas story plays at The Chemainus Theatre Festival from Wednesday through Sunday, November 22 to December 23, with matinee and evening shows. For a little extra sparkle, patrons can attend Wednesday performances for the postshow “Talk-back” experience. An intimate question and answer session with the actors and artistic team that reveals even more stories about the history of the musical and the current production. A trip to the Festival becomes a greater gift with package add-ons, including a special pre-show Christmas buffet in the Playbill Dining Room, or for visitors an overnight stay package at the nearby Best Western Chemainus Festival Inn. Tickets can be purchased online at chemainustheatre.ca, or by calling the box office at 1-800-565-7738.
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Local Wine Pairings For Holiday Cheese Platters Venturi Schulze’s Brandenburg No.3 Crimson red. Rich, Rocky Creek Winery pairs is a very sweet, earthy totally natural smooth and balanced, their sparkling Jubilee wine that comes in a half bottle that has this port style wine is a and award winning Wild received huge international attention. blend of several years Blackberry with Natural Suggested of Unsworth’s estate Pastures Comox Brie and pairings are grown Marechal Comox Camembert. with a nice blue Foch that achieves or a nutty aged the freshness and cheese like a fruitiness of youth and Manchego from the complexity and Spain. integration of maturity. A perfect after dinner Natural Pastures Queso Manchego alternative to dessert; Comox Camembert paired with a Quebec Blue Grouse Vineyards made Bleu Bénédictin. Merridale’s Scrumpy aged Black Muscat goes in American Oak is strong, wonderfully with David sharp, bitter Woods’ goat camembert, and rich in The Juliette or the Blue the flavour of cider apples. Bleu Bénédictin. Juliette from Saltspring Pairs well with strong Cheese. cheeses like Moonstruck’s Averill Creek’s Cowichan Farmstead Feta or an Salt Spring Island Black pairs well with Applewood Smoked Cheese Company soft full fat blue cheeses Cheddar. The Juliette like Beddis Blue from Moonstruck Cheese on SSI. Beddis Blue is a creamy blue-veined raw milk cheese made entirely from organic Jersey milk. The Jersey cows Applewood Smoked Cheddar are lovingly raised at the farm. TASTING ROOM HOURS OCTOBER - JUNE Friday, Saturday and Sunday Moonstruck Cheese 11 AM to 5 PM Beddis Blue. Zanatta’s Pinot Nero pairs beautifully with a smoother cheese; smoked Provolone or Asiago. But the owner’s favourite pairing is Glenora Fantasia Brut with Hilary’s fresh Cheese Curd.
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Annual Mary Fox Studio Sale
I have only one sale a year… but it’s a good one! This year’s sale is not far away: it is being held at my studio on Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd, from 11 am. till 5 pm. on both days. Creating beautiful vessels for people to use or contemplate is a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend one’s life. I have always loved making functional ware. I love that people start their days with coffee in one of my mugs or cereal in a beautiful bowl. When working on vessels created to adorn our tables, I derive pleasure from knowing that, through the subtle intimacy that grows from their daily use, these pieces will becomes treasures in people’s lives. www.maryfoxpottery.ca 321 Third Ave, Ladysmith www.maryfoxpottery.ca
Taste of TEA T
he mountainous region of Darjeeling is known for its superb teas. The unique growing conditions, the climate and geography all contribute to a very exclusive tea. The tea gardens in Darjeeling are located at elevations that range from 1800 to 6300 feet. The winters in the area are longer and more pronounced than in many other tea growing regions. The spring rains and increasing heat encourage new growth for the first harvest of tea. The monsoon rains that start in the summer drench the tea plants into October and promote further growth. These climatic conditions all affect the final flavour of the tea. Darjeeling has three distinct harvest seasons. These seasons are known as the spring, or first flush, second flush and finally the autumnal flush. The first flush is the most awaited harvest of the year. It produces a fresh and very aromatic tea. Buyers from around the world gather in the mountainous tea gardens in anticipation of these fine, new teas. The second flush starts around May. This flush is characterized by its muscatel flavours that have become known and attributed to Darjeeling teas. Now in the fall, the pickers in Darjeeling have been busy at work getting the autumnal harvest completed.
Happy Tea pickers in Darjeeling
This concluding harvest offers a rich and rounder cup of tea. All teas grown in Darjeeling have different flavour profiles as a result of the weather, the time of harvest and the finesse involved in the manufacturing and processing of the leaf. The crisp and colourful Fall days here, mirror the brightly clad women harvesting the hillsides of Darjeeling for our finest tea pleasures. We give thanks to the efforts of the many people who are integral in creating the wonderful bounty and flavours this time of year.
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Victor Vesely is a tea farmer and purveyor of fine and fun organic teas. www.teafarm.ca
LIVE DUNGENESS CRAB • FRESH FISH • LOCAL PRAWNS AND MORE! Fall Hours Open 7 Days a Week 10 am to 5:30pm Squid or Octopus Salad - Something a little different for your fall get togethers!
Amount 1 lb 1 1/2 cup 1 cup 1/2 cup 1/2 cup 1 3 2 large 2 1 bunch 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp To taste
Ingredients Squid or Cooked Octopus (cleaned and thinly sliced) Lemon, halved Thai Fish Sauce Lime Juice White Vinegar Clam Juice Red Onion (ﬁne dice) Serrano Chiles (ﬁnely minced) Tomatoes (peeled, seeded,diced) Pickling cucumbers or Kirbies (diced with skins) Cilantro (chopped) Salt White Pepper Tabasco
Method Sprinkle sliced squid/octopus with salt and pepper. Bring a large pot of salted water with lemon to a boil, on high heat add 1/2 the squid or octopus. When the water returns to a boil remove squid/octopus and cool. Repeat with remaining 1/2 of ﬁsh. Combine the ﬁsh sauce, lime juice, vinegar, clam juice, onion, serrano chilies, tomatoes, cuccumbers, and cilantro. Stir in squid/octopus, this should be done at least 2 hrs before serving or up to 1 day in advance. Season to taste with Tobasco, salt & pepper. Serve chilled over a bed of greens or on it’s own. Great for a pot luck or side dish for a dinner party.
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GE Foods & Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speakers Tour November 16 VIU This important food event features a presentation by Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who, after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, no longer supports genetically engineered (GE) technology. Alarmed by the avalanche of scientific studies out of Europe raising many concerns about the long-term safety of GE foods, including the allergenic potential of GE plants containing rogue proteins and organ damage in rats fed GE foods over a few months, Dr. Vrain is intent on increasing public awareness about this growing issue and having the federal agencies in the US and Canada take notice. The event is by donation and takes place at VIU Cowichan Campus, Room 140 (Theatre) on November 16th, 2013 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. For more information on this event, please contact the Cowichan Green Community at 250-748-8506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cowichan Bay Ladies Night Features
Beach Interiors reflects Kim’s passion for home decor, jewelry, gifts and a new clothing line. Offering instore specials and Gift Certificates raffle!
Tangerine Dream Support your local artists! Free gift with minimum purchase of $25. Sweet treats, hibiscus tea, and mulled cider to taste while you shop.
Ladies come join us on Thursday for $5 Appies at the Cow Cafe One of our New Daily Features! Call for Reservation 250-597-4353
At Spinning Ninny Boutique you will find beautiful fashions and jewelry created by talented BC Designers. At Spinning Ninny’s Imagination Station make Cards and other crafts, pick up your free Party Favour, enjoy a warm cup of tea and “Spin the Ninny Wheel” to win a variety of prizes!
Ocean Ecoventures And The Salish Sea Gallery are offering a 25% discount for whale watching g/c and all gift items in the gallery. Enter our door prize to win a whale watching tour for two.
Radway Eco Boutique Gift Draw with EVERY purchase over $20. Win Gift Cards, Soap, Banana Fibre Scarves, Hemp Socks. Plus enter to win a free pair of Padraig Cottage slippers! Cowichan Bay Collective featuring Antiques, Vintage, Artisan Furniture, Aromatherapy, LUXE Organics, Designer Jewelry, Red Crow Leather.
Greylag Boat Tours Boat Shuttle Service between the Oceanfront Hotel and the Hecate Park Boat Launch parking lot. Fares by donation. Gift certificates may be purchased on board. Visit Classic Marine for specials on gifts and collectables for the Nautically Inclined!
The Mud Room Clayworks Enjoy some homemade cookies while checking out the latest pottery creations. If we’re lucky the newest little potter will be making a special appearance!
Come take a break from shopping and relax at the Bay Pub. Martinis will be on special!
Oceanfront Suites At Cowichan BayOne Night only - $69 rooms! Visit us at the Front Desk on Nov 14 between 5 – 9pm. Prepay the $69 room rate plus taxes in person and reservations will be arranged for stays between January and March 2014.
WHO’S IN CHARGE? Being in The Right Relationship With our Children
growing number of children and youth today are presenting as demanding, prescriptive, bossy and controlling. “You can’t tell me what to do!” “Not this way, that way!” “Give me that right now!” “You have to listen to me!” “Mom, you need to relax!” Every child talks like this from time to time, but some children seem to be stuck in a bossy, incharge mode, especially when interacting with their parents. In our reaction to authoritarian parenting, and our quest for equalitarian relationships, we have inadvertently given rise to these “alpha children”. There is an unfortunate reality behind this powerful-looking stance: such children are difficult to direct, to teach, and to comfort – they are even difficult to feed; and such children are often restless and insecure, despite having loving parents and a safe home. Alpha children can be challenging to manage and, by their nature, are more likely to present with troubling behavior. A disturbing number of these alpha children are turning into bullies as well.
If we are to take our rightful roles in the lives of our children, we must look past the bravado and see the vulnerable child within. If we are to lead them into maturity, they must be following us, not bossing us around or trying to take care of us. If we seek to parent with attachment in mind, they must be attached in the right way, with parents in the lead. How do we find the way back to our rightful alpha place? We need to invite rather than resist their dependence. We also need to convey a strong alpha presence around the child, full of caring and take charge attitude. It is a quality of relationship, both soft and firm, rather than incident management. We need to be the Kings and Queens of their universe, and be their answer for contact and connection, for companionship and for a sense of significance and being known.
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Heather Ferguson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and mother of two. firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping Kids Klean aving two
young boys whose motto is, “the dirtier the better”, brings me to writing about teaching good hygiene habits and I wanted to share some tips from friends and other parents too.
My kids like to go into the bathroom, run the cold water, maybe get their hands wet, flick them on the floor and call it done. Like they’re fooling us! We know that they need to be shown how to wash their hands properly, with warm soapy water, rubbing fronts, backs, in between all fingers and under nails, while singing the entire song of happy birthday. Family friends of mine took away the hand
towel in the shared bathroom and asked everyone to use their own bath towel to dry hands. I really like this idea especially during cold and flu season to help control the spread of germs. Just have to remember to put a hand towel out when guests come over.
them a toothbrush that has a timer built it. For younger children allowing them to put stickers on the handles on the brush makes using it more likely too. For flossing the individual flossers makes it easier for kids to floss their own teeth. They are a onetime use which is wasteful but they do make compostable ones. Parents should be helping with dental care until kids are about 5 or 6 years
Getting kids to brush their teeth regularly is an easy part of the daily routine, it’s getting them to do it properly that is the trick. Having a sand timer they can use to make sure they’re brushing long enough helps or give
Bathing and Showering
As kids get older somehow the once beloved time spent enjoying their bath time can shift to pleading and rationalizing they’re way
out of having to do it. When kids are learning how to bath themselves, especially washing their hair, it can be helpful to mount a mirror made for showers with suction cups on the shower wall. Kids find it hard to tell if they’ve rinsed all the shampoo out and worry it’ll get in their eyes, plus its fun to make horns and Mohawks out of the bubbles in the mirror! Showing kids microscope slides of what germs look like might help motivate them to keep clean too! Tracey Hanson local mompreneur and owner/operator Clean Choice Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services cleanchoicecleaners. com
6:30pm -8pm 5 Rhythms with Shauna Devlin
Parent and Child Music and Movement Class 9:15 - 10:15 am
$15 - $20/class per family
Lila Family Choir 4:15 - 5:15pm
$10 - $20 per family per week
6:45 - 8pm Somatics with Judy Lamontagne
Romanza L’Arte del Tenore Singing of love, conquest, betrayal and heartache, from a melting serenade to a spine tingling ‘high C’, the tenor voice romances. Romanza is Philip Grant, Ken Lavigne and Paul Ouellette three classically trained young singers charged with vitality and talent and born to entertain on the international stage. One New York critic described member Ken Lavigne as having “a voice of liquid gold”. Enjoy their re-invigorating opera hits, Italian favorites, popular folksongs and well-loved ballads with their own tailor-made irresistible arrangements for the contemporary audience. Proceeds towards building fund project. $25/30 Door, Call 250-748-9712 November 7, 7:30pm at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Duncan
Crime Minister Stephen Harper, (who actually doesn’t like to see that word “climate”, it makes him think of those annoying environmental ‘terrorists’). This time the production is a one-man show, with James using humour, political commentary, pathos, 18 original songs, spoken word, hundreds of projected images, audience participation and an activist’s passion to show where we are and where we can go as a nation. The timing is right for this innovative work. So many Canadians are feeling that their voice is not being heard under the “Harper Government”. What can we do about this? Audiences can find out, and have a fun theatrical evening at the same time with this production. Not exactly a tribute show, Stephen Harper the musical puts the “ire” back in “satire”! November 13 &14, 8pm Tickets $20 250-748-7246 or e-mail email@example.com.Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan St, Duncan
9:30 am - 11am or 6:30 - 8pm $10 -$15 per class
Vancouver Island Symphony Community Day - Open to Kids 6 to 96
8pm - 9:30pm $10 -$15 class
6 - 9pm - once a month
the HEart of Community - with David Weinstock
Fridays Threshold Singers 9:30 am - 11am $10 -$15 per class
5 pm- 7pm The music of Capoeira with Federico Vallin $10
Lila Music Centre
3228A GIBBINS RD, DUNCAN
250 701 0978
www.joythroughmusic.com *All classes sliding scale. No one turned away due to lack of funds.
Stephen Harper: The Musical “ How To Survive and Thrive In The Dying Days of the Empire Of Oil” James Gordon’s fourth full-length musical will be in Duncan. As you can imagine from the title, this new play examines our current Canadian political climate and in particular our
Free symphony event! Vancouver Island Symphony Community Day - Open to Kids 6 to 96! 11 am Kids can try all the instruments of the orchestra with the help of musicians at the Musical Instrument Zoo; 11:45 am.Attend the NoteworthyKids Music FAN CLUB event where you will meet a musician and then everyone is invited to attend one hour of the Vancouver Island Symphony’s Rehearsal starting at 12:30 pm These events are FREE - however complimentary tickets are required and can be booked through the Port Theatre 250-754-8550. Keeping Music Live! www.vancouverislandsymphony.com Saturday November 16, 11am The Port Theatre, 125 St Front Nanaimo
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singing behind a piano. Collaborating with Tom, John & Kelby and singing the great jazz standards, gives Barrat another opportunity to treat the audience with his distinct vocal style, reminiscent of Mel Tormé, Harry Connick Jr, and Sinatra all rolled into one. www.ralphbarrat.com November 17, 2pm The Crofton Pub, 1534 Joan Avenue
Concert For A Winter’s Eve Featuring Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles
An Evening Of Tibetan Music And Song To Raise Lifesaving Funds for Baby Benefit for 10 month old baby Rinzin in Tibet who needs lifesaving shunt surgery. The music will be performed by Tibetan singers from the community, including Tibetan star Jamyang Yeshi, who is well known in the music scene and was featured in an award-winning documentary film about his life and music, “Shining spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi” (2009). For more info visit FB page “a spark of compassion for baby rinzin”Bring an auction item; buy an auction item. A fun evening with Tibetan musicians. Tibetan food and drink by donation. Call Pema for info 250-748-6028. Saturday, November 16, 6 - 9pm United Church Hall, 246 Ingram St. Duncan
Ralph Barrat & Friends Tom Vickery, John Hyde, Kelby MacNayr Ralph Barrat & Friends, featuring Tom Vickery - piano; John Hyde - bass; Kelby MacNayr - drums. For the past several years Ralph Barrat has been making a name for himself singing jazz up and down the Island, and in Vancouver, fronting many jazz bands from small to big, and often seen performing and
In keeping with the season of giving and good cheer, Brentwood College School will hold its annual Concert for a Winter’s Eve in the T.Gil Bunch Centre for Performing Arts, Friday, The $7 ticket proceeds will all go to the local food bank. This showcase will feature national award winning vocal and instrumental student ensembles and selected soloists. It is a programme designed to put you in the holiday spirit and one of the favorites for the Mill Bay community. Reserve your seat on line at tgb.brentwood.bc.ca. Box Office: 7438756 November 29, Curtain at 7pm
All Jazz Shows $10 unless stated
Sunday Nov 3 • 2-5 pm Andrew Janusson Trio
John Lee (bass), Michael Mlikotic (drums) Andrew (guitar)
Sunday, Nov 10 • 2-5pm Cameron Wigmore Trio Marisha Devoin (vocals/bass), Brad Shipley (guitar), Cameron Wigmore (sax)
Sunday Nov 17• 2-5pm Ralph Barrat and Friends Tom Vickery (piano), John Hyde (bass), Kelby MacNayr (drums) Ralph Baratt (vocals)
Sunday Nov 24 2-5pm Dirk Ouellette and The Not Yet Quartet Saxophonist Wayne Kozak, pianist Bob Murphy and vocalist Joani Taylor
1534 Joan Avenue Crofton
Victoris Symphony: J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio Presented by the Cowichan Symphony Society Conducted by Maestra Tania Miller, featuring Vox Humana. November 29 7:30pm Cowichan Theatre Tickets $20-140 Please call 250-748-7529
songs, move in rhythm, and harmonize. The choir is preparing for Africa Night on November 30th, an evening when local musicians come together to celebrate African culture, music, singing, and dance. The Canada World Youth participants are organizing the evening, and the choir will share a selection of African and English songs we have been working on this term. Please call Cari at 250 701 0978 to join us for the Lila Music One World Choir Singing for Africa Night, November 30, www.joythroughmusic.om
Enjoy Africa Night Come join us in song Wednesday nights 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Lila Music Centre. This season the Lila Music One World Choir has invited the Canada World Youth participants to join them in song. It is an honour to have their spirit and energy in the room as we learn new
SAVVY SENIORS Elder College - Just For Seniors!
lder College has flourished in the Cowichan Valley since the mid-90s, and yet there are still many who are unaware of it. Its beginning was from the community’s sincere desire to satisfy seniors’ wishes for education and physical opportunities as an adjunct program to Malaspina College courses. Both its success and Malaspina’s meant that there was soon no room there. It moved, for one year, to space at the Queen of Angels’ School building and then to the Cowichan Community Centre, since renamed the Island Savings Centre. Elder College, in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, is a volunteer organization. Instructors give of their time, willingly, to share personal expertise, talents and experiences. Committee members plan, recruit instructors and timetable sessions. The Centre, through Jenn Carmichael’s parttime liaison, handles the registrations, books venues and maintains the facility.
Apart from an annual membership fee of $5, all fees paid go directly to assist the day to day operation of the Island Savings Centre. Every effort is made to obtain a balanced program to enhance seniors’ lives. Armchair Travel around the world , various arts and crafts, technology including photography and computer skills, hiking, nature studies, history, languages, are popular, as is Zumba!!! Courses have frequently been cancelled due to inadequate enrollment. The thought is, that if more folk knew what is available, they would register and more courses would be available and viable. If classes haven’t reached their maximum a week prior to start, those under 50 years of age are welcome to partake. Courses can be found on line at www.islandnet.com/ eldercollege. Don’t miss out! Plan to become an Elder College attendee soon or feel free to offer course ideas. Come learn about Blue Orchard Bees November 14th, 1 pm in Island Savings Centre. Image Eric Marshall
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A Boost for the Brain Blues
s days begin to shorten, people living in the Northern Hemisphere look for ways to prevent the winter blues. My light box is already plugged in and gets turned on when I first wake up. This intensely bright light mimics outdoor light and stimulates my brain via the eyes and the pineal gland to produce happy hormones.
National Institute of Health cites several studies where sunlight markedly improves mood. The winter I worked as a helper delivering mail for Canada Post in Cobble Hill was my best winter. I spent 3-4 hours every day outdoors with a pleasant and funny letter carrier and even though there were mainly cloudy days, my mood remained good.
Amongst all mental health issues, depression is the single most common problem in adults and has a neurobiological basis. Seasonal depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD) are the blues that arise during the winter months and are characterized by one or more: depression, difficulty concentrating, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy or interest in activities you once enjoyed, feeling heavy in the arms or legs, social withdrawal, oversleeping, craving carbohydrates and weight gain.
Exercise regularly! Regular physical exercise is so good for the brain. And what’s good for the brain is good for you! Exercise will decrease stress and anxiety, lift your mood and make you feel better about yourself and the world.
Make your environment sunnier and brighter. Spend time in the sunniest room. Take a sunny vacation. Consider a light box and make your bedtime routine regular. Get outside. Even on cloudy days, outdoor light can help especially in the morning. The
Omega-3 fatty acids.Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may help relieve depression symptoms and have other health benefits. Sources of omega-3s include fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring. Omega 3’s are essential for optimal brain health. Check your vitamin D levels. In Psychology Today Dr. Dale Archer suggests that as we move into fall, it’s a good time to have vitamin D level checked by a simple blood test. Canadian researchers reviewed 14 studies, consisting of 31,424 participants and found a strong correlation between depression and a lack of Vitamin D. The lower the Vitamin D level, the greater the chance of depression. There is a lot of publicity about the benefits
Refrain from Alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and not a good friend to brain function. Consider optimizing your brainwaves. Grammy Award winning singer Amy Grant found help using Brainwave Optimization, a non-invasive neuro-technology that encourages the brain to recalibrate to a healthy balance: “From the time I was in college, I’ve experienced a certain amount of seasonal depression. That all but disappeared after I did the brain training.” (First for Women magazine, July 22, 2013). Brainwave Optimization is a tool that may prevent one from needing medications to alleviate depression.
support system. Don’t let the blues become a serious depression. Have the best winter possible! Cool Brain Fact:Reading faces. Without any words, you may be able to determine if someone is in a good mood, is feeling sad, or is angry just by reading the face. A small area in the brain called the amygdala is responsible for your ability to read someone else’s face for clues to how they are feeling. Healthy Brain Tip: In the March 2003 edition of Discover magazine, a report describes how people in a 7-year study who ate seafood at least one time every week had a 30% lower occurrence of dementia.
Work with your health care practitioner and use your
Karen Allen, owner of Brainwave Harmonics, is a Brainwave Optimization™ technologist.
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The exact cause of winter blues is unknown and effects mostly females. Addressing our northern needs early may help the blues from becoming serious. Here are some steps you can take that may help. Try the following:
Get out and socialize. Take in some great Cowichan events with a friend.
of large amounts of Vitamin D however it is critical not to have too much or too little and getting a blood test is a valuable tool to find what’s right for you.
Pink Family Donates Arthur Vickers Serigraphs To Online Auction Reflection, Arthur Vickers
LAST DAY TO BID NOVEMBER 16
wenty-eight limited edition framed Serigraphs by internationally known BC Artist Arthur Vickers have been donated to the Chemainus Theatre Festival. The Serigraphs - hand printed or hand pulled prints - represent a wide variety of the Artist’s work. Highlights are signed editions, and a three print series originally commissioned by BC Children’s Hospital. The donation is from Cowichan Valley resident Alf Pink who collected the prints with his wife Yvonne for nearly 30 years, both enthusiastic supporters of art, theatre, and music. Now retired after a career at the Crofton Mill, Alf Pink gives the significant gift in support of the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s various programs. “The government cuts to arts funding, particularly school and music programs is terrible. Theatre serves a tremendous purpose in the community, and if the audience doesn’t support it, who will?” ~ Alf Pink Selected prints from the collection which was appraised at $105,750 are currently available for purchase through an on-line auction with bidding closing the night of the theatre’s feature fundraising gala “Once Upon a Night...a celebration of the arts” on Saturday, November 16th.
This event will also feature Award-winning Canadian singer-actor Joelle Rabu. Joelle is a favourite artist of Chemainus Theatre patrons, renown for her brilliant portrayal of Edith Piaf in the highly acclaimed Tonight... Piaf! as well as two exceptional local musical artists Zandra Burns and Chemainus Theatre’s own Samantha Currie. Arthur Vickers’s art is in private and public galleries around the world. In recognition of his art, his many contributions to charities and his role in keeping First Nations heritage alive, Arthur received the Order of British Columbia in 2008. He is also a member of the Order of St. John for his service to humanity. The online auction (http:// www.chemainustheatrefestival. ca/auction.html) will close on November 16 and it will be everyone’s last chance to bid on their favourite piece. Tickets are $40 each please contact Box Office at 1.800.565.7738 to purchase your tickets. Hurry! Limited number of tickets available! Established in 1993, Chemainus Theatre Festival is a professional theatre that has achieved many accolades. In 2012 the Festival celebrated its 20th Season, 100th Mainstage performance, and received its one millionth patron.
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Out Of Hand Craft Fair Celebrates 25 Years In Victoria
repare for a migration of creative, talented people leaving the Cowichan Valley the last weekend of November. Vancouver Island’s longest running professional art show, the Out of Hand Artisan Fair based at the Crystal Garden in Victoria, selects its exhibitors with care, and the Valley and neighboring Salt Spring Island are contributing 18 talented artists, designers, & chefs to this year’s show. To see all participating artisans, go to www.outofhand.ca. November 29 - December 1 marks the 25th anniversary for the prestigious Out of Hand Artisan Fair. To thank you the producers have teamed up with Victoria’s artistic and business community to make the weekend extra special. Ramona Froehle-Schacht, producer of the show says “we are proud to present many of our original Artisans who have shown their work with us for 25 years, and look forward to introducing new talented young people who continue to re-invent the concept of ‘craft’ by sheer ingenuity.” A highlight of the weekend is the Friday night fashion show and cocktail party. Froehle-Schacht is delighted to have partnered with Ballet Victoria. “We love to include other community groups in our event and are thrilled that dancers from Ballet Victoria will be the models for the one of a kind fashions and accessories available at the fair.” If you’d like to reserve a seat and support Ballet Victoria, please check the website for ticket information. Otherwise, the fashion show is
Diamond Back Willow Chair by Andrew Kent artisan/owner, The Willow Way included with the price of admission. Need a break? Why not make a weekend of it, two downtown hotels have offered special rates. Stay at the beautiful Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa for a special Out of Hand rate of $90/ night for a 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen. Lots of amenities include fireplaces and a lap pool. Just say you’re with the Out of Hand Fair when you reserve to get this special rate. The Fairmont Empress is also offering a special “Take the Elevator Home” rate. There are some other wonderful discounts the weekend of the fair. From the Fairmont Empress: 20% off Willow Stream Spa, 20% off food and beverage including Afternoon Tea, the Bengal Lounge and Empress Dining Room. And if you’re looking for even more art you can get a discounted entry to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with your OOH ticket stub. That’s worth the price of admission! Don’t miss out! Join in celebrating 25 years of excellence at Out of Hand this November 29th to December 1st at the Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street, Victoria BC. www.outofhand.ca
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Brentwood College School’s T. Gil Bunch Centre of Performing Arts
SHOWTIMES Friday, Dec 6th 7:30pm Saturday, Dec 7th 1:30pm & 7:30pm This December Chalkboard Theatre will be producing it’s first full length two act musical at the Brentwood College School! INTO THE WOODS, a musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, is based on four familiar fairy tales: “Cinderella”, “Rapunzel”, “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Little Red Riding Hood”.
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Time For A Change, In The Season of Giving By Jen Coyle e have gracefully fallen into a beautiful Autumn and the landscapes around us have been vividly painted by Mother Nature herself. How fortunate we are to live in such a gorgeous part of the
world. Daylight savings has ended, so I guess we can now officially call it ‘Daylight Withdrawal’ and it brings with it, a slow building and quiet appreciation of the warm glow of the indoors. A time for reflection on the cozy ambiance that surrounds us in our homes. By now, I’ve put away most of our Summer clothes, although having kept some out
for those unexpectedly sunny days we are graced with, whether from denial or stubbornness, I’m not sure, but I prefer to think of it as practical. Along with the last remnants of lighter attire, we’re faced with last year’s winter apparel and a fresh set of eyes on the styles that will carry us through another winter season. The decisions are before us on what to keep and what to give
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away. Fortunately, there are several options on where to take those items we no longer need, in Downtown Duncan, and perhaps find that one of a kind piece to balance out what’s been purged. Shop outside the box and browse Eclectic Avenue on Station Street for a colourful range of vintage clothing and accessories, along with a terrific selection of quality name brands and sterling silver/stone jewellery, where men and woman’s consignment are welcome. It’s easy to lose yourself in Image Julie Nygaard a time traveling expedition, while looking through the racks and taking in the fashions adorning the walls. For those hat lovers, there are so many styles to choose from, to showcase your own individuality, and what fun trying them all on! If there’s anything specific you’re looking for, come on by and talk to Sarah, the store’s owner, whose been in business for over a decade, helping people to fine tune their wardrobe. Clothing and household donations are gladly accepted at H.A.T.S, Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store, also on Station Street, a nonprofit Community based business raising money for the Cowichan District Hospital and Cairnsmore Place. Their business depends on the generous support of community donations to enable them to run their thrift store, efficiently run by a multitude of incredible volunteers, who take pride in their care of gently used items. The ladies make sure to arrange all of their wares in an easy to find, professional manner. So whether you’re an accomplished thrift store junkie or just a casual browser, they make your experience an enjoyable and welcoming one. Of a different variety, ReThreads Image Loren Bosch. Custom Clothing Company specializes in reconstructed fashions, vintage fabrics, antique & unique embellishments. No chemicals, or pesticides are used in production, so you can feel good about looking great! ReThreads adheres as closely as possible to the concept of the 100 mile wardrobe. “Slaves to fashion-dedicated to the planet..... recycling for the beauty of it!” Their store is now conveniently located in the Whittome Mall at 38 Station Street, right between Island Bagel & Excellent Frameworks. Come in and meet owner and designer, Sue Lindgren, who along with their new location is offering some new promotions she’s very excited about. Every second Friday of each month, Sue also offers sewing classes from 7:00
to 9:00pm. Advance registration is a MUST & classes are $25 each. Keep your eye out for when she showcases, on one Saturday per month in her shop, a local artist-type friend, helping to give some exposure to the public. Drop by for details. Coming into another season, it reminds us of how quickly this year seems to have drifted by. Was Summer not just here? (There’s that denial thing again.) With that train of thought, it’s also hard to accept the fact that our children and grandchildren are growing up on a daily basis. From the moment they enter our worlds, there seems to be a gentle back and forth, between wanting to see them reach their next milestones, yet not wanting to wish their years away and to keep their youthful spirits as innocent and magical as
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possible. The inevitability of their maturing statures is one that cannot be put on the back burner, and the rate in which they sprout up is dizzying when realizing the contents of their dresser drawers. Let Tamara and Lauren, the new owners of Indigo Children Consignment store, help you out with that. They accept all children’s items, children’s clothes, adult clothes and shoes, and accept all seasons, which they store for you until that time of year rolls around. As long as it’s cute, clean, no stains or rips, they will accept it. Items are accepted every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 102pm through their backdoor and the first two Saturdays, from 10-2 pm. They can set you up an account when you’re down to bring stuff in, giving a 60-40% split...with you receiving 40%. As a Mom with young children, a love of a good bargain, and a limited budget, I find this arrangement to be extremely helpful with the inches that keep getting added to waists, limbs and feet. It’s amazing to know that when that cold and wet school field trip comes around, that I can pop down to Station
Street and trade in those too small gumboots, and grab the larger sized pair with the “Aw cool!” graphics on them with my store credit. And I can’t forget to tell you about the other three, well run thrift stores in our downtown! All of which, contribute greatly to our community with your generous donations of contributions, which serve better in their capable hands, than your storage spaces. The Sassy Lion Thrift Store on Kenneth Street is managed and operated by an incredible cadre of dedicated Duncan Lions Club members and local volunteers. The store provides Duncan Lions a great way to serve the community by raising funds from the sale of donated materials, and donating them right back to the community. The Sassy Lion is extremely honoured to be trialing a new cooperative venture with the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society (CVHS). This trial venture has the CVHS operating the store on Saturdays and allows both organizations to benefit from the additional day of business. The Cowichan Family Life
Thrift Store on Canada Avenue offers volunteer opportunities and work place skills training, as well as personal support for those who would benefit from the experience of helping in this work setting. Volunteer staff bring unique and personal gifts and talents to their role in the day to day operation of this retail store. Thrift Store volunteers have created this fabulous little gem, which is open Monday to Saturday and offers gently used items of family clothing, house wares, decorative items, craft supplies, books, music, and small furniture. And lastly, Cowichan Green Community’s Garden Pantry Thrift Store is a specialty thrift store that sells new and used gardening and food preservation items. Aligned with their goals for Food Security on Vancouver Island, this is the place where community members can either purchase or drop-off everything from garden and farming tools such as shovels, rakes, and rubber boots to apple corers, canning supplies and food- processors. With the hopes of reducing, reusing and recycling the amount of used gardening and foodpreservation items that are ending up in landfills across the Cowichan Region. As a non-profit, focused on food security and environmental awareness, all proceeds from anything sold in the Garden Pantry Thrift Store will go to support inclusive community projects and initiatives like FruitSave, environmental & sustainable living workshops, a local seed saving bank and of course, community garden projects to name just a few.
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Image courtesy CGC The Garden Pantry Thrift Store located on Duncan Street, beside the Garage, and is open from Monday to Friday 10:00am 4:30pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Freeing up all that space in your house, leaves you with a cleansed appetite for other types of giving, when looking for those perfect holiday gift ideas. An ideal opportunity might be Downtown Duncan’s 5th Annual Sunday Sidewalk Sale. Participating businesses will be blowing out their inventory by displaying their wares, outside their doors, with colourful balloons and incredible sales! It all happens, on Sunday, November 3rd from 11am. 3pm. Don’t miss your chance to get in on what may prove to be the perfect time to get ahead of those holiday lineups! Our business members of Downtown Duncan officially invite you to bring your families and friends down to participate in our final event of the year.... the Annual Christmas Kick Off! “All kinds of fun stuff” for our community is promised
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on Friday, November 29th. The festivities run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. centered around City Square, with other events being offered throughout the downtown core. Music from the Smiley Family Band and the Queen Margaret’s School choir will open the big show on the City Square stage, with Santa Claus arriving on the City Hall roof at 6:30p.m. Jolly St. Nick will turn on the lights atop City Hall before greeting children, who will excitedly take the chance to whisper their Christmas wishes to him. Roasted chestnuts will be served up, and community groups will provide hot chocolate and
snacks. Hayrides will be offered on Kenneth Street, and in front of Just Jake’s, the Cowichan Concert Band and various choirs will offer more music. The Duncan Business Improvement Area Society will also be presenting its annual mascot contest, where participants can play at searching for this year’s mascot, a hamster, in business windows, for a chance to win prizes. You’ll also be able to vote for your favourite downtown window display! So, come off the highway to find the best Christmas shopping ever in a downtown that is anything but ordinary!
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lackfish Pewter is a small, artisan operated workshop, located in the little village of Honeymoon Bay, which rests on the shores of beautiful Lake Cowichan. We create and craft each originally designed piece in our studio, using time- honoured metal crafting skills, with particular attention given to quality and detail. A design starts as a carving and then goes through a lengthy process involving three to four mouldmaking sessions. A mould is made from raw organic rubber and the curing process can take from an hour to four hours to complete. Moulds do burn out after certain lengths of time so we are always replacing them. Once the final production mould is made, it’s placed into a white metal casting machine and the casting process is done. The raw pewter pieces are then individually worked on the grinder to remove any flashing and parting lines, then painted with antiquing compound. They are then tumbled in steel media, after which they are hand-buffed to a satin-finish, assembled and mounted, ready for viewing and purchasing.
We offer a range of hand-crafted, solid lead-free pewter ware, including free form bowls, tableware, pie servers, olive spoons, butter knives, olive spoons, condiment dishes, Christmas ornaments and jewellery. Lead-free pewter is lighter, stronger than leaded pewter and is food safe. Our Christmas ornaments and snowflakes are finished with designs on both sides. They make great gifts can become cherished objects to be hung on Christmas trees for years to come. For years we have been dedicated to bringing a `Pacific-Northwest presence’ to our work, which we produce with pride. Blackfish Pewter is available at Imagine That! Artisans’ Designs in downtown Duncan City Square. From October 28 to November 23 - Paintings and Prints by Eva Trinczek and Enamelling on Copper and Steel by Margot Page on display at Imagine That! 251 Craig St., Duncan.
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indows are one of the most important aspects of our homes, but often they are over looked and under stated. We are past the time of unruly vertical blinds, tangled chords and lacklustre draperies. The window coverings of today offer so much more than just a simple means to cover, or a chance to enhance beauty of a room, they can also preserve the longevity of your home. These days window coverings are made with expert craftsmanship and responsibly sourced materials. Many are Greenguard certified meaning that the fabrics themselves emit less toxins into your home. Quality blinds come with UV protection, which help to block harmful sun rays that can damage furniture, paintings and floors. Window fabrics can be chosen with an antimicrobial protection layer that helps to prevent the growth of mould and mildew that can sometimes occur around windows. Some blinds are also equipped with fabrics that have insulating properties which can add an extra 5 R value to your homes’ existing insulation system, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. With literally thousands of options available to you, how do you know what is right for your home and family? Well here are a few helpful hints that can get you started in the right direction; • Slatted wood horizontal blinds add to your homes’ architecture. They become less of a window covering and more a part of your houses’ structure. They are also available in faux wood options that are stain, fade and warp
resistant making them a much more viable option. • Roller shades are probably the most diverse. They can offer you lots of light or absolute black out conditions. They can add color, texture and pattern to your décor pallet. Or they can be entirely neutral and fade into the background. It is all about playing around with different fabrics in different lighting conditions to find your best fit. • High-Lite shades offer a contemporary more modern feel. They have sleek lines and sexy modern fabrics that offer a powerfully sophisticated look. They are also very simple in design and easy to clean. • Draperies are a great way to introduce some color, pattern and texture into your home. Draperies exude a sense of elegance and grandeur. Depending on how they are gathered and tied they can also look quite layered and full as opposed to just hanging vertically, which can create quite a regal feeling. So if you are thinking of doing some upgrades to your home, don’t forget your window coverings because they can enhance beauty, add value and help to keep your home looking and operating like new. If you are unsure or have any questions about which coverings to choose please come down to Black Door Décor and our design team can help you transform your windows into something you love to look at and not just through. Colette Hamilton is the owner of black door decor located in Ladysmith and Duncan.
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hat an Experience! A day on the river with Dad. Arriving at the Cowichan Wilderness Lodge we were greeted by fishing guide Kenzie Cuthbert, who had the 16 foot deluxe drift boat hooked up and ready to go. After we were fitted with our waders and boots it was just a short drive to Kenzie’s put in spot on the river. While Dad and I sat on each end of the boat casting into the river, Kenzie expertly navigated us with the oars. Our boat quietly drifts down a set of rapids, where we anchor in a pool to drop our lines, hopeful with every cast. We could see many large salmon making their way up stream as the river is full of
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fish. On this trip alone there were Brown and Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon and Steelhead caught. Drifting along there was plenty of time to reminisce about days past, daydream, and chat as everyday life melts away and the rhythms of the river assert themselves. Suddenly a tug on the line and the reel sings, the line quickly streams out then stops. “A fish with attitude, probably a big brown” says Kenzie. After a couple of minutes another tug and the surly fish leaps high out of the water, spits out the hook and swims away! “A Brown, 10 pounds” estimates Kenzie. Ahh the one that got away on dad. The anchor is
retrieved and we drift down to the next pool. All river fishing must be practiced with a barbless fly and no fish can be kept, all of ours were returned to the river swimming strongly. The Cowichan is enjoying strong returns of fish as a result of careful stewardship, habitat rehabilitation and the diligence of local fishers. Around noon we anchored the boat and enjoyed a delicious lunch. We sat eating quietly, lost in the sounds of the river until Kenzie reminded us to get back to work. We drifted around 6km of the river and about 4pm we arrived back at the lodge, having landed 6 fish and sharing wonderful
memories. Kenzie’s Fishing Adventures offers a fantastic opportunity for visitors who like fishing. Kenzie is an enthusiastic guide who has an obvious passion for the river and the fish. His infectious enthusiasm and easy going nature makes him a pleasure to fish with. On our short drive home, my Pa announced “It felt like a dream, I’ll always treasure this day!” This coming from a man who has been an active member of a private fishing club in the UK for over 20 years. I couldn’t agree more. Tours are offered throughout the year. Details and booking info www.kenzies.com or call 250-749-3594.
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he Green Door, located in the heart of Downtown Duncan is looking for a new tenant! The Green Door Society needs to rent the lower level of the heritage building in order to meet our tax commitments to the City. It`s a beautiful well lit and private space of nearly 1000 square feet. In floor heated with a private sunken South facing grotto and full access to a 10,000 square foot urban park. It is currently divided into three offices, a reception and a large communal kitchen. This 1903 heritage house, in the heart of Downtown Duncan, was a labour of love both to save and to restore. The community banded together in the spring of 1999 when plans to level the home and turn the site into a parking lot were made public (following the tragic death of its owner and resident, Mary Newman). Fundraising efforts of all kinds – from art auction and gala dinner to garage sale and government lobby – gathered cash, supplies, expertise and goodwill. But it was a tight race to the deadline of June 30th and the hardworking troupe of local community labourers and heritage enthusiasts were
at risk of losing the Newman home until an 11th-hour donation by businessman Robert Milman* saved the day. On July 14th, 1999, The Green Door Society was formed. The Society and many volunteers made countless improvements. David Coulson Design was the primary contractor donating an estimated $100,000 in labour and design/build expertise. The Green Door was built before plumbing, telephone, or electricity service existed in the City of Duncan. Now, it is home to seven modern offices (among them a lawyer, an architect, a photographer, several health practitioners and a federal constituency HQ) and one bachelor suite. The house and grounds have served host to art exhibitions, en plein air seniors’ dining, summer festivals, and live theatre productions. More than simply one old house saved from the wrecking ball, this project serves as a leadership example in preservation and forms an invaluable part of the architectural heritage of our city. The Green Door is a vibrant community space for education, arts, and commerce. It is also a much-needed green
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Who do Your Kids Look To For DIRECTION? Something has changed. One can sense it, one can feel it, just not find the words for it. Children are not quite the same as we remember being. They seem less likely to take their cues from adults, less inclined to please those in charge, less afraid of getting into trouble. Parenting, too, seems to have changed. Our parents seemed more confident, more certain of themselves and had more impact on us, for better or for worse. For many, parenting does not feel natural. Adults through the ages have complained about children being less respectful of their elders and more difficult to manage than preceding generations, but could it be that this time it is for real? -- from Hold On to Your Kids A psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex parenting issues joins forces with a physician and bestselling author to tackle one of the most disturbing and misunderstood trends of our time -- peers replacing parents in the lives of our children. Dr. Neufeld has dubbed this phenomenon peer orientation, which refers to the tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction: for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behaviour. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture. It provides a powerful explanation for schoolyard bullying and youth violence; its effects are painfully evident in the context of teenage gangs and criminal activity, in tragedies such as in Littleton, Colorado; Tabor, Alberta and Victoria, B.C. It is an escalating trend that has never been adequately described or contested until Hold On to Your Kids. Once understood, it becomes self-evident -- as do the solutions. Hold On to Your Kids will restore parenting to its natural intuitive basis and the parent-child relationship to its rightful preeminence. The concepts, principles and practical advice contained in Hold On to Your Kids will empower parents to satisfy their children’s inborn need to find direction by turning towards a source of authority, contact and warmth.
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on the farm
n 2009, Brock and I hosted a series of workshops at Makaria Farm on how to grow wheat and other grains on a garden scale. Over 50 families from all over the islands participated in the Island Grains workshops. We didn’t realize it at the time, but similar projects were in the works across North America. Canada’s first grain CSA had launched the year before in the Kootenays. A bakery in Massachusetts was handing out grain seeds to its customers for planting, in a community-wide act of guerrilla gardening. Wheat was being planted in the aisles of California vineyards, and public ovens were under construction all over the continent.
economic recession, climate change and food security challenges, individuals were turning to the most basic skills of civilized society -- growing grain and baking bread -- as a way to empower themselves and their communities. Our book, called Uprisings: A Hands-On Guide to the
Meet Baby Isaac Duncan McLeod, Makaria Farm’s best crop of 2013! Community Grain Revolution, shares these tales from the front lines in communities from Alaska to Arizona, as well as information on how to grow grain, make bread and perform other revolutionary acts. We hope it will inspire a new wave of uprisings.
To order Uprisings online and for info on where to buy the book locally, visit www.makariafarm. com. Heather and Brock McLeod own and operate Makaria Farm. www.makariafarm.com
Help Determine the Future of the IFA • November 16, Cobble Hill Hall The Island Farmer’s Alliance (IFA) has reached a critical cross-road and is asking the Island agricultural community – from farmers, food processors, purchasers, to retailors – for assistance in determining the future of this landmark organization. Established in 2000 to promote the sustainability and growth of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands agriculture, the IFA has worked diligently to support its membership through the development and promotion of the Rooster logo and the “Fresh
from the Island” slogan. By keeping the Rooster logo in the public eye, through the purchase of advertising space in region-wide agricultural magazines, appearances at local agricultural fairs and farmers’ markets, and the distribution of hundreds of Rooster signs, the IFA has worked to raise the profile of Island agriculture and to increase consumer awareness of Island produced and processed agricultural products. For the past six years, the IFA has operated independently of grants from government or any outside agencies, and currently
requires additional capital and energy to maintain and build upon the organizations’ work. Not wanting to lose the momentum gained by the IFA’s logo and slogan, which have become synonymous with Island agriculture, the board is asking the local agricultural community to attend their 2013 AGM and to show their support by becoming a member (membership is open to farmers and associate members), becoming a board member, or sharing your ideas for the future direction of the organization. Now is your opportunity to support a critical agricultural-
focused icon. Now is the time to get involved. Share your ideas. Give your voice. The AGM is scheduled for November 16th, 2013 from 12pm-4pm (doors at 11:30am), at the Cobble Hill Hall (3550 Watson Ave, Cobble Hill). All are welcome. For more info or to RSVP for the event’s lunch, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. www.islandfarmersalliance.org Submitted by Catherine Pastula, Island Farmer’s Alliance President
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Eco Warriors, The Documentary Premiere
Sunday, November 10 2pm & 7:30 pm $10 Suggested Donation Khenipsen Theatre Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre 200 Cowichan Way Duncan Cowichan Valley premiere screening. The Eco Warriors featured in this film are people who have been active most of their lives in environmental actions – often illegal because of Court Orders – and even willing to risk going to jail to protect planet Earth. This film is a must-see for anyone who is concerned about the future of our environment, due to the impact of the corporate globalization of our resources. Portland activist Tre Arrow was right next to Osama Bin Laden on the FBI’s MostWanted list, and painted as an eco-terrorist for his brave actions. This film tells his story, and also features Biologist and “Wild Salmon Warrior” Alexandra Morton, Author Derrick Jensen, and Environmental Activists Ruth Masters, Zoe Blunt, Tzeporah Berman and Ingmar Lee. It’s the film that begs the question: When did Activism become “Terrorism”? Featuring a Discussion with local activists and Eco Warriors producer Jennifer Pickford.
Fiesta - A World Fair Trade Bazaar
November 23 10am - 3pm Duncan Eagles Hall 2965 Jacob Rd (Off Boys Rd)
Is there really a difference between “Free Trade” and Fair Trade’? We believe there is; and we believe that difference is fundamental to the survival of our planet. While Free Trade predominately views the world’s plant, animal and mineral resources as things to be exploited, creating profit for a few, Fair Traders believe each element of our existence is sacred and precious and needs to be treated fairly, with justice for everyone as the predominate goal. Fair Trade promotes real equality, with artisans receiving not only living wages but resources to build better working and living conditions, while protecting the environment. The Centre for Peaceful Community wants to share this vision of a better world through “Fiesta – A World Fair Trade Bazaar”. Cowichan Valley Fair Traders: Small World Imports bringing exquisite yet durable traditional Tibetan Carpets and G.I.F.T.S. offering unique handicrafts from cooperatives around the world will be part of this local initiative. It’s a wonderful opportunity for local supporters of Fair Trade - Non-profits and Vendors - to share their experiences and the stories of their suppliers, while providing a unique opportunity to shop Fairly.
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The Sunrise Waldorf School Christmas Fair is a delightful celebration for the whole family, and a yearly tradition filled with the true magic and meaning of the holidays. Come early and enjoy a Try some silk painting at Sunrise Waldorf full day of festive crafts Christmas Fair. Great gift idea! for all ages; dip beeswax candles, decorate a wreath, paint a silk scarf, or make your own beeswax candles. Throughout the day be entertained by live music and puppet plays for the whole family, while you enjoy the feast of delicious home-cooked food and fresh Deck the Hall baked goods. Parents and Christmas Crafts Fair children alike are captivated Nov 30 – Dec 1 by the quiet splendor of the Enchanted Garden, and the 10 am - 5 pm magical world of candlelight Mellor Hall Cow EX in “Blow the Boat”. And be 7380 Trans Canada Hwy sure not to miss the famous FREE Cookie Cave. Enjoy shopping at the popular The Cowichan Exhibition is excited to be hosting our Vendor’s Marketplace, where 1st annual “Deck the Hall” each year local artisans Christmas Crafts Fair. This and craft-makers sell their event showcases handcrafted gourmet foods, natural articles created by local clothing, wooden toys, dolls, artisans. Baking, Jewelry, games, handmade jewelry, Woodwork, Jams & Jellies, hats, socks, tree ornaments, Knitting, Pottery, just to name and other delights. a few. This is truly a family celebration of Christmas and A concession will be open community. Admission to in the Hall kitchen, serving the Fair and Marketplace is tea and coffee and a variety free. Donations to the Food of things to eat, plus a place Bank are gratefully accepted. to sit a spell, while a local Tickets for the children’s artisan demonstrates their activities and crafts are craft. Customer appreciation very reasonably priced. All draws will be held, so don’t proceeds go to the Sunrise forget to put your voucher in Waldorf School Parent the draw box for a chance to Association and support win. Start your Christmas Waldorf Education in the Season here! Cowichan Valley.
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Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking forfarmers? You’re invited to a Land Linking Workshop and Potluck! Learn about the nuts and bolts of land linking. During the workshop, we’ll network, review legal frameworks for land linking, discuss assessing land for agricultural suitability, and talk about best practices for creating a healthy working relationship between land owners and farmers. From 6pm onwards, enjoy an all ages potluck! Bring a dish to share and tools to eat with. * Note: Guests must register for the workshop via Brown Paper Tickets or by phone. http://yalandlinkingcowichan.brownpapertickets.com
he day I met Brenda Laine, she was wearing the most unusual and stunning jacket that I had ever seen. Made of kitschy mohair tartan from my grandmother’s era, its uniqueness made an immediate and profound impression on me. The sleeves looked like perfectly tailored lengths of antique scarf, with fluffy fringed cuffs and collar to match. The fitted wool bodice was a conflicting bold tartan design! I fell in love with that jacket on sight.
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Five or six years ago, just after relocating to Cowichan Station, Brenda custom made a mohair jacket for me using jade greens, coal blacks, sapphire blues. The buttons are green vintage flowers from the 60s; the bodice is sturdy jet wool. Hands down, it is the most luxurious piece of fashion I have in my closet, although it is versatile enough to wear with just about anything from felted wool skirts to faded jeans. “I’ve been collecting mohair scarves and shawls for years,” Brenda says. “Mohair is the most amazing fibre. It’s one of the strongest, softest, and warmest.” “A few years ago,” she says, “I unpacked my horde of luscious colours and plaids and just went on the most satisfying creative journey.” Brenda says the mohair jackets are her most tactile creation because she spends countless hours shaping and hand sewing them. Brenda, who has been designing and tailoring for over twenty years, works in fabrics other than mohair. “I love to work with Merino wool jersey knit,” she says. “It is so yielding.” With it, I can create a feminine and flouncy feel combined with the strict lines of tailoring.”
Eclectic Avenue Vintage Boutique in Duncan has recently started carrying some of Brenda’s latest merino wool knit designs. Eclectic also has a variety of Brenda’s signature designer mohair jackets, enabling all local Vancouver Island women to live as beautifully as they feel. To see Brenda Laine’s designs, visit: www.brendalaine.com. Eclectic Avenue on Station Street will host a ‘Fashion Presentation’ Thursday November 7, 6-8pm when Brenda will present her newest creations.
7 Retreats for Learning and Realization A Day With the Buddha’s - Day Retreat, Saturday 16th November
“A Day with the Buddha’s is like a day by the beach, with the sun shining on everyone.” Nichiren Buddha Society & Peace Center Phone: 250. 710. 7594
Brenda Laine Fashion Designer and Fabric Artist
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In recent years, Brenda has supplied upscale boutiques in Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary with her fine knitwear wraps, dresses, and jackets. Meditation Thursdays at VIU Cowichan Campus 7 PM Rm. 210
Designer Brenda Laine Grant Kernan, AK Photos
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he Tzouhalem Spinners & Weavers Guild (TSWG) has been connecting and encouraging Cowichan Valley fibre artists since 1973. With over 60 members, TSWG celebrates and promotes spinning, weaving and associated fibre arts as a medium of selfexpression, fulfillment and satisfaction. The Guild also actively supports community education programs, such as the 4H Woolcraft club. Kids learn how to turn newly shorn sheep’s fleece into yarn, and then into felt, woven fabric and knitting. Projects were shown and judged at the Cobble Hill Fair this year. TSWG members have participated in the annual “Sheep to Shawl” competition at the Cowichan Exhibition. A team of six fibre artists pick, card, spin and ply wool and then weave it into a 72 inch shawl – all in 6 hours! This year’s team, The Late B’loom’ers (shown), designed and wove a beautiful warp shawl; its colours were inspired by daylilies. The guild is also very active in the annual Cowichan Fleece & Fibre Fair held each year. The Tzouhalem Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Church Road (off Maple Bay Road) in Duncan. Meetings start at 10:00AM. Membership is $35 and includes guild activities, use of the library and guild equipment, sales events, workshops, speakers, etc. Visitors and new members are
Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild The shawl begins to take shapes. e
The Late B’loom’ers ready to start
always welcome! And, speaking of sale…this year’s TSWG Weavers & More sale starts soon! Guild members display and sell their craft beginning November 1st thru December 5th at The Loft Art Gallery, upstairs at Valley Vines to Wines store in the Mill Bay Shopping Centre (near Pharmasave). The sale is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30AM to 5:00PM. Plan on stopping by to meet some of our superbly talented local fibre artists, and get a head start on your holiday shopping list at the same time! For information about guild membership, email TWSGuild@gmail.com or visit http://tswguild.wordpress.com. Submitted by Gail Maier Images Cynara de Goutier
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Rachel Cruse Studio visits by appointment www.rachelcruse.com Self-taught artist Rachel Cruse felt most contented through childhood when she had a brush or pencil in her hand. As a teenager she was often found outside her locker with her sketchbook drawing and in the wee hours of the night would paint murals on her bedroom walls by candlelight. “Being an artist is mostly a selfishly inspired decision. Painting has always brought me the most joy. I become immersed in the present moment and forget myself,” says Rachel. Now, over 20 years later, she is finally embarking on her artistic career. Presenting soft and colourful works, full of light and expression of movement, she paints freely and happily. “I’m really a passionate impressionist, inspired by pre-Raphaelite sentimentality and nature’s endless gifts,” Rachel said, smiling. “I love colour, and have a knack for making paint do what I want. It is my first love.” Her medium of choice
is water-soluble oil paints. Unlike regular oils, they clean up with soap and water. “I discovered them when I was pregnant needed to avoid breathing in the fumes and solvents.” When asked what her favourite painter’s tool was she said her eyes and what they see. Then quickly corrected herself, “No wait, maybe it is other people eyes. Experiences of connection and inspiration are my favourite painter’s tools. I believe there is no such thing as too much beauty or too much gratitude. It is the energy out of which my art is created.” A permanent theme evident in her work is her love of coastlines and the beaches of Vancouver Island. She has a studied eye for skies and the way light dances on bodies of water. “Recently, I have found myself drawn to compositions that look out at beautiful vistas from a ground-level perspective, as if I were a crab, just scurrying along the sand and looking out at the horizon. Currently, Rachel is working on a series of small, cheeky seagull portraits, which will be on view and for sale at the Teeny Tiny Art
Talking Arts Painter Rachel Cruse
Show at PORTALS opening November 19th. “I’m drawn to all art forms and have dabbled quite a bit. In the future I hope to have the opportunity to work more with pottery and stained glass. I also enjoy creating found art with natural materials, like shells and driftwood. It seems I’m hopelessly in love with the seashore. I’d live a good part of the year in a driftwood shack on the beach if I could,” Rachel says with a faraway look.
You can see Rachel’s work at Alderlea Farm Café in Glenora and look out for her during the holidays at winter art shows. Recently one of her larger paintings was rented by a family to help stage their house. “The house had a big wall that needed a more eyecatching presence. The very next visitors put in an offer! Perhaps I have found a new niche?” For more glimpses of her paintings visit www.rachelcruse.com. Top; Stargazing in Bamfield. Left; Blue Moon in the Barnacles Both painted with water soluble oils on canvas. Both paintings 24”x 24”
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november arts news Teeny Tiny Art Show Opens November 2 The annual Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s biggest little art show is back! Featuring over 150 works of original art, this art gift show will offer many types of art including clay, jewelry, acrylic, oils and photography. Support your local artists this holiday season! Nov 2 - 19 PORTALS 2687 James St.
Art Raffle To Raise Funds For Artist Run Gallery Coming soon! An artist-run gallery and gift shop in the Duncan Garage building. Yes! A new artist co-op is developing. This inspirational initiative aims to enrich and broaden artists and our community. Your help is needed! This month there is a raffle to raise money to launch this exciting initiative and to install a new entrance door. This raffle is for everyone who wants to support the arts and try their luck in receiving one of 11 amazing prizes: Chantey Dayal and Rachel Cruse paintings, dinner and a two-night stay at O.U.R. Ecovillage, an upcycled wooden corner unit by Stephan Bundschuh, a gift certificate for Ancient Futures clothing, a floral wall hanging by Nancy George, jewellery by Lauren Riley, a photoshoot by Alison Burdett, artistic affirmation cards by Sybille Webb, a wooden sculpture and book by David Martinello, and a fabulous piece from Nan Goodship of Sacred Mountain Studio. 1 ticket is $10, 3 tickets are $25. The draw is on Thursday November 28th
Everything Glass at PORTALS “Everything Glass’ is an eclectic stained glass show and sale featuring the work of Shannon Shepherd and Veronica Scott. While both artists work with stained glass, their approach to the medium is quite different. Veronica, who lives in Duncan, produces mosaic wall art using very small pieces of glass. The end result is much like a painting. Shannon, from Nanaimo, works mostly with fused glass. She also creates three dimensional pieces. Together, they share a love of glass while showing and selling their work throughout Vancouver Island. The show runs from November 22 - 29 at PORTALS, the CVAC Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage at 2687 James Street, Duncan. Portals is open Monday to Saturday from 10 to 5 p.m.
Wild Wings 13 Runs to November 23 “Wild Wings 13” The wildest art show the Valley has seen for two years hits the walls of Just Jakes through Nov. 23rd . “We have a Robert Bateman print, a Birkin acrylic called “Marsh Mangle”, a very unique and intimate photo portrait of Marsh Society President Paul Fletcher by noteworthy artist Jana Silna,
a hand loomed shawl by textile artist Alison Irwin and a colourful swamp bug by artist/ portraitist Frances Westermann amongst others” stated Jeffrey Birkin curator of the auction/exhibition. “The mix of artists in the exhibition portion spans from mild to wild ranging from subtle watercolours like Susan Derby’s swans in flight piece on up to the avant garde sculpture of Valley icon Tom Faue” noted Birkin.”we even have some theatre and installation pieces by designers Misha Koslovsky and Barbara Sobon” Birkin quipped. “The “Wild Wings 13” show is just one of several great events the Marsh society has going as part of their festival of the Swans so check it all out “ enthused Birkin.
Artist Yvonne Vander Kooi Photo; Roy Ostling
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Nanaimo Artwalk Over 50 Participating Artists Have you had the pleasure of experiencing the Nanaimo Artwalk over the past 14 years? Either way, yes or no you are in for a treat this year. Over 50 artists in 23 shops, galleries, studios and theatres will be meeting with visitors and showing their work. Half the participants are painters using a variety of mediums. In addition you will find exquisite wood furniture, jewellery, fused glass, a variety of textiles including three scarf makers. New artists this year include Sarah Clark with her intricate mandalas, Heath Anderson and his must see pyrography,that’s drawings burned into wood, and Lois McGuffie is displaying her quilts and handwoven work at her shop Ragtime. The 15 th Nanaimo Artwalk takes place in the downtown and Old City areas where there are many shops and eateries so plan on spending the entire day if not two in Nanaimo. The dates are Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1, 11am to 5 pm both days. The Artwalk has grown considerably in the past few years. Each year a few volunteers pull the whole Artist Tanya thing together on a very Streeter small budget. In recent years we have added a website where you can download the brochure www.NanaimoArtwalk. jimdo.com and you can stay updated year round on a variety of art events by joining www.NanaimoArtwalk/ facebook.com
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and has since expanded to a more general PR program to build awareness. WCM sits on the local CVRD Communities Health Network to ensure that men’s health has a voice in our community. WCM has begun a partnership with a new local wellness firm called Leap2Life! Wellness Coaching whose focus is inviting men to take responsibility for their health & well being. We look forward to supporting many men both locally and virtually! Please contact WCM to set-up an appointment to learn how you can Leap to Life vs. run from it! We are here to help! (250) 597-2801 www.westcoastmen.org Grant M Waldman is the Executive Director of Westcoast Mens Resource Centre.
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Take Two Horses and Call Me in the Morning: How Equine-Based Therapies Play A Vital Role In Our Changing Understanding Of Health And Wellness
orse riding for therapeutic purposes can be traced back to Greece, and the first programs for therapeutic riding generally coincided with World War One and the rehabilitation of soldiers returning from the front. The 1960’s saw an increasing awareness of riding therapy for people with disabilities in North America, and the 1980’s saw riding therapy gain a firm foothold in Canada with the formation of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. Therapeutic Riding came to the Cowichan Valley through the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA) in 1986. Since the early days, our understanding of the benefits offered by equine-based therapies has grown dramatically. A vast body of scientific research demonstrates the many physical benefits provided by this therapy, making therapeutic riding a top choice for countless therapists, doctors, and other medical professionals in the treatment of conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to arthritis. More recent research has begun
to explore the positive outcomes of work with horses on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral level – contributing to a more wholistic view of what equine therapies do for the overall well-being of an individual. A growing body of research emphasizes the importance of early intervention therapies for children, especially those with Autism, ADHD, depression, or anxiety disorders. The impetus to discover highly effective, engaging, and rewarding therapies for children has resulted in a dramatic upswing in the number of children and youth participating in the therapeutic riding and equine-based programs. Often dubbed a “therapy in disguise,” equine-based interventions are incredibly valuable for children and adults who often respond to the departure from traditional therapies with dramatic success. Most recently, work with horses is being utilized by experts in the fields of leadership, behavioral training, motivation, and social competence. Horses are serving an ever-expanding population with diverse needs – from those seeking a therapeutic intervention to high-powered executives looking to take their leadership skills to the next level. As our changing view on health and wellness deconstructs formerly rigid boundaries between health versus sickness and ability versus disability, more and more people are coming together to support community programs like the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association. There is a shared benefit for participants, volunteers, community partners, families, and friends in the wonderful world of the horse. To learn more about becoming involved with the program please visit www.ctra.ca or call 250-746-1028. CTRA is located on Providence Farm at 1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan, BC.
Rollin ‘Rollin ‘Rollin..
t’s such a beautiful day. The air is crisp. You’re bundled up in your new coat. Your dog is off leash and the two of you are enjoying a riverside stroll. But wait, what’s that lying on the beach up ahead? Oh your dog knows what it is and before you can spit out your latte to shout “Noooooo” he is joyously rolling in a dead salmon. “No no no no!!!!” Too late. There are many theories on why some of our dogs love to coat themselves in putrid smells, but right now I’m going to give you some tips on the emergency at hand; The stench. First, before the event let’s assume your dog is going to roll in something. Right now while you’re thinking of it find an old t-shirt and some safety pins. Stash them in your car for this occasion. When your dog gets into something stinky, put the t-shirt on him and use the safety pins to get it snug around the stinky spots. This will help get him home or to the local doggie u-bath without getting the car too revolting. There are special shampoos for stinky situations, but in a pinch you can use diluted dish detergent and rinse really well and rinse some more. Next apply a 10% vinegar and water rinse and leave it on. The vinegar helps to neutralize any residual odours and soothes the skin after the hard scrubbing. You won’t be able to tell if all the smell is gone until he’s completely dry. If there’s a bit of stink left, rub a little baking soda into the dry fur and let him shake it out. Good luck out there people. We’ll see you at the dog park. Debbie Wood is a local dog owner/lover/washer extraordinaire. www.luckydogubath.ca
Jennifer Barnes van Elk works at the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association.and is a life-long horse nut living in the Cowichan Valley.
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Mental Wellness and Rescue with Plants and Acupressure November 16 1pm to 4 pm Kind Tiger Clinic 5214 Koksilah Rd For info and registration 250 815-0863
hough there is much to love about winter, as a time of nestling in and cozying up, winter’s darkness can be a difficult time for many, specifically in the form of seasonal depression. The following herbs can be amazing allies when we need help moving these emotions along; of course no such suggestions can substitute for working with a practicing Herbalist, as it is important to address the root causes of disharmony. Holy Basil: This herb is specific to the type of seasonal depression I often see on the Pacific Coast, because of the cold and damp nature of our winters. Holy Basil is warm and aromatic, as well as slightly drying, and thus has a way of dispelling the emotional mugginess and mists that can fog our minds at this time of year. It brings clarity, physical and emotional decongestion and thus
movement to the body and spirit. St. John’s Wort - This wonderful nervous system tonic is the most well known herb for relieving seasonal depression accompanied by nervous anxiety. ***Avoid St. John’s Wort if you are on any prescription medications as it can affect their metabolization. Albizzia - Known as “the collective happiness tree”, this herb is a profound mood elevator. Albizzia is most useful for depression accompanied by insomnia, moodiness, anxiety, and a broken heart (use with Hawthorn berries and flowers and Rose petals). To learn more about Herbs for mental and emotional distress please join us at the Kind Tiger Clinic. www.vcita.com/v/tiger Jenny McCartney is a Medical Herbalist practicing out of the Kind Tiger Clinic in Duncan.
Skin Artist Jazmyn Mari Just following her 20th birthday, Shawnigan Lake artist Jazmyn Mari has created her dream shop at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay called Dragon Ink Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery This young adult not only loves creating Fantasy art, but has a flair for Graphic Art and a love of creating Tattoos as well. She is very excited about having her own space in a mall. In grade 7 her father said to her, “Jazmyn, this year you must do something 30 minutes every day. I don’t care what you pick. It can be Math, another language, singing, practising a musical instrument; anything you like.” “Ok Dad,” said Jazmyn, “I guess I’ll draw.” The rest is history, within a few months Jazmyn was drawing and creating art 2-3 hours a day. By grade 9 it increased to 5-6 hours a day and has never slowed down. With numerous Arts awards from Maxwell School, she graduated from Frances Kelsey High
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School with Honours, and at Camosun College she made the Dean’s list completing the Graphic Novel Certificate Programme. She has now completed her tattoo apprenticeship in Duncan. When she is not putting her art on people’s skin, she is busy with her contracts illustrating books, book covers, and numerous commissions from people that want to see their own imaginary characters straight from her pen. You can even find her handy work in the logo’s of some local businesses when she has her Graphic Artist hat on. She is also about to dive into temporary and airbrush tattooing, so everyone of all ages can enjoy some custom body art. She welcomes all to her new studio, be they tattoo lovers or not, as it is an art gallery as well, with walls open to local artists wanting a place to display their work. Submitted by Robert Mari
he Ladysmith Festival of Lights (FOL) was initiated in 1987 when Bill Fitzpatrick, Chuck Perrin, Lynne DeLucia, Gerald Gonske, and a few other Ladysmith merchants got together and decided more festive street decorations were needed to compliment Ladysmith’s successful heritage/revitalization project. Through the creativity of these people, the Festival of Lights was born and many hours, days, and years of work began. From the last Thursday in November until the third Sunday in January, Ladysmith, B.C. comes alive with thousands of shimmering lights. The early focus was to decorate the downtown core to encourage residents to stay and shop in Ladysmith. This was soon changed to include Coronation Mall and then to expand to the blocks surrounding the downtown area. The past few years has seen a great physical change to Ladysmith’s downtown. This has created many new opportunities for the FOL volunteers to create and add new lights and decorations. The Town of Ladysmith has been behind the Festival of Lights since its inception.
Without that support, Ladysmith would certainly not be the Light Up Capital of B.C. The Festival committee and the Town of Ladysmith partnered in upgrading the electrical components at Bob Stuart Park. We have also worked with the Town to upgrade the electrical in the High St. and First Ave. areas to conserve power as well as enhance the show. This year, we have added more LED lights to the existing decorations. So as to not take away from the traditional warmth and glow, we have select decorations that have LED lights as well as normal festive lighting. We are also using more LED lights in the trees and buildings. Although more expensive than the traditional incandescent lights, FOL organizers also believe in doing our part to conserve and protect. Local businesses also throw their support behind the festival and many donations are received from them annually. Island Farms Dairy became our first corporate sponsor. The Ladysmith and District Credit Union has always been a major backer and this year they are again sponsoring the fabulous Festival of Lights fireworks display to wrap
A Family Event to Be Enjoyed All Winter: Ladysmith Festival of Lights up Light Up Night which is Thursday, November 28th. Tim Hortons, RKM Cranes, and 49th Parallel Grocery are also major sponsors for Light Up. For the past few years, CTV television has stepped forward and has contributed all the TV promotion making a big difference for the event’s exposure. Service clubs and organizations, such as the Rotary Club, Eagles, Oceanview Church, Lions, and other groups, have been major supporters for many years. In addition to their support, the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club constructed a building to ensure the extensive decoration inventory will be stored safely between events, and there is ample room to repair and re-bulb the decorations. The Kinsmen also sponsor and organize the huge Light Up Night Parade. The Ladysmith Seniors Society have always been with Festival. Every year, seniors take on the task of screwing all the new bulbs to get the thousands of strings ready for our work party which is held (usually) two weeks before Light Up. Festival also acknowledges support from the Province
of B.C. and the Gaming Commission. Probably the biggest sponsors are the residents of Ladysmith. Over the years, the ever-increasing core of volunteers and our community’s spirit has helped to make Ladysmith famous for its annual Light Up and its community spirit. For all of this continued support, the Festival of Lights organizers are extremely grateful. We wish to welcome all the visitors and residents to our 26th Annual Festival of Lights and we hope that you have the most memorable time. For more information about Ladysmith’s famous Light Up please contact 250-245-5888 or 250-2452263. We hope to see you on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 or stop by anytime to see the lights until Sunday, January 18th. Submitted by Duck Paterson
Valley Voice Magazine -Your Monthly Guide to Living in the Cowichan Valley
Georgia Nicols M.A. is Canada’s most popular astrologer. A Buddhist, this Vancouver-based astrologer is featured in regional papers across Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. www.georgianicols.com
Aries (March 21-April 19) It’s time to get in touch with your inner self. (And without elective surgery.) In November, you’ll be more aware of doing or saying things that surprise even you. Or you might be aware of a compulsion you hadn’t noticed before. Your opportunity is not so much to spot your feelings but rather to strengthen your sense of who you are by helping you to see who you are. It’s that simple. This might relate to your sex life or how you fit into your family or how you disagree with someone else’s value system. Taurus (April 20-May 20) This is the only time of year when the Sun is opposite your sign, which is as far away from you as it gets all year. Since the Sun is your source of energy, you’re going to be more tired and you will need more sleep. Plus the opposition of the Sun to your sign makes you more aware of your closest relationships. You’ll start to think about what you want from a relationship. What needs must it fill? What needs of someone else must you fill? Relationships are a two-way street. (Or a roundabout if you’re kinky.) Gemini (May 21-June 20) Chaos, renovations or visiting guests might create tension at home. Fortunately, fair Venus paves the way for smooth relationships. In fact, partnerships will become cozy. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde creates delays, confusion, errors and mixedup communications at work. Just accept this and be on the lookout for it. Double-check everything. Assume nothing.
The good news is opportunities to boost your income still exist and will continue for months ahead. (Get on this.) Cancer (June 21-July 22) Now you enter a month packed with vacations, parties, fun leisure and flirtations. Enjoy sports events, playful activities with children and romantic getaways. This is a strong time for writers, actors, teachers and salespeople because fiery Mars fires your desire to express your opinions and beliefs. Therefore, if you have to sell an idea, you’re in the zone. However, you might come on too strong for some because you identify so strongly with your beliefs. (Little girl with forked tongue should not kiss balloon.) Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) This month is about family get-togethers, domestic repairs and changes to your home. Leos need to be in charge of their castle. Another thing you’re juggling in your head (and your pocket) is money. That’s because you’re hemorrhaging cash right now. Well, good times, love affairs, children, gifts, vacations and romantic rendezvous do drain the bank. And it’s inevitable because you like to have fun, you’re generous, and you do things with flair! Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) A busy month! Short trips, conversations with others, increased reading and writing plus errands and busy diversions will accelerate your daily routine. Zoom, zoom. Plus, Mercury retrograde will create snafus, transportation delays, silly errors and misunderstandings. Don’t worry, you’re not losing it. It’s Mercury retrograde being the trickster. Enjoy entertaining at home and redecorating projects. Join a gym or exercise class because you’ve got energy to burn. You want to enlighten others and you will!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You’re wrapped up with financial matters – how you earn your money, how you spend it and how you handle your possessions. Yet, at a deeper level, you’re giving thought to your values in life. But hey, this means you have to know what really matters. Only by knowing what matters can you make sensible decisions. Secret activities behind the scenes (perhaps love affairs) will take place. Venus will soften your words and attract opportunities to earn money through talking, writing, selling, acting and teaching. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) With the Sun in your sign for the first time in 11 months, you can replenish your energy for the next year. Since it’s all about you, dear Scorpio, it’s totally appropriate to put yourself first. Do what you want. Demand the biggest piece and the best seat. You’ll be aggressive with others, especially in group situations. In fact, you’ll enjoy competitions and physical sports. You’re making money now, which allows you to buy goodies and treasures for yourself and loved ones. Ka-ching! Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) With your birthday a month away, your year is ending. Use this month to strategize what you want your new year to be all about. Now is the time to make plans, even though you’re dealing with the past. Continue to get rid of what you no longer need — possessions, relationships, people, jobs and residences. Fair Venus in your sign makes you charming, sociable and attractive to others. Shop for wardrobe goodies – ya think? (It’s hard for naked people to get ahead in the world.) Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) This month friendships plus your relationship to groups
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s the days get cooler and shorter, millions of salmon are making the arduous journey up the rivers and streams of British Columbia to the spawning grounds where they were born. Waiting for this rich pulse of life from the Pacific Ocean are bears, gulls, wolves, eagles, ospreys, crows, pine martins and dozens of other species. Communities and businesses wait, too. It’s fitting that this time of year also marks the first anniversary of the final report of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. The record decline in sockeye returning to the Fraser River in 2009 provided the initial push for a federal judicial inquiry. Now, four years later, the offspring of those salmon are returning to spawning grounds in dismally low numbers – so low that sockeye salmon fishery closures are widespread. What happened to Justice Bruce Cohen’s 75 carefully crafted recommendations to rebuild Pacific salmon? What will happen to the industry and communities that depend on them? The Cohen Commission took three years, 2,145 exhibits, 892 public submissions and 138 days of hearings with 180 witnesses to create its report. The David Suzuki Foundation worked with lawyers at Ecojustice to provide research and testimony to help ensure the inquiry looked into problems within the current management system. With optimism that the federal government was taking the decline of wild salmon seriously, this independent and thorough review created a blueprint for action. What had become a contentious and polarizing issue had a direction forward. That clear direction, however, has been followed with near silence and little effort from the government. Although politicians say they’re reviewing the report and taking actions “consistent with the
recommendations,” the few steps they have taken, such as providing grants for research projects, miss the mark and don’t address the significant issues and opportunities raised by Justice Cohen. The government’s own Wild Salmon Policy, released in 2005, provides a strong template for salmon conservation and formed a key plank of Cohen’s recommendations. It’s time to bring this policy to life with a cost-itemized plan for determining tasks, delegated responsibility for carrying them out and defined timelines. The government hasn’t even appointed a champion to navigate the complex social, economic, ecological and political world of wild Pacific salmon. The commission concluded that climate change is one of most troubling stressors for the fish. Salmon are sensitive to water temperature changes and Fraser River waters are projected to warm. Canada must do its part to address climate change if fisheries management is to have any influence on the future of these amazing creatures and all those that depend on them. Impacts from open net-pen salmon farming also came under the inquiry’s scrutiny. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans continues to both promote and regulate the salmon farming industry. Justice Cohen recommended DFO separate these conflicting mandates and end its responsibility to promote farmed salmon. DFO should return to what it did well: gathering relevant scientific data, applying it and making it available to the public. Justice Cohen called for a freeze on fish farm expansion in the Discovery Islands, along an important salmon migratory route, and removal of farms if impacts aren’t addressed by 2020. The commission interviewed British Columbians and received a clear message: don’t risk the future of wild salmon and their important contribution to the fabric of First Nations culture, coastal communities and the
One Year After Cohen Report, Salmon Still Face An Upstream Battle whole of Canadian life. A year has passed, the testimony is in, the evidence heard and $26 million spent. It’s time for action to rebuild wild Pacific salmon runs, so this iconic fish can be shared and enjoyed for generations to come. The fate of wild salmon is too important to be left to languish in government offices. We can’t go on setting up inquiries to review problems and then ignore their recommendations. This is a serious report with a clear blueprint to address problems. It deserves a serious response. As the salmon struggle to make their miraculous journey up B.C.’s wild rivers, we have to tell Prime Minster Stephen Harper and Fisheries Minister Gail Shea it’s time for the government to get moving too.
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