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From inside Mellor Hall to outside in the barns, through the vendor/ food court, and then down to the Midway, there is a lot to see, hear and do. Younger visitors will get a kick out of the Kids Zone area! Need a break from the fair’s hustle-bustle? Sit down in front of the Main Stage and experience great entertainment: the Smiley Family on Friday, the Culprits, Lynnea Bruce, and Maxwell Smart on Saturday, and the Pet Show on Sunday. If you’ve a passion for something with more zip, cheer on the speedy zucchini racers on Saturday afternoon…Go Green Go!

September EVENTS


THE JOHN LEE TRIO Sunday Jazz Series with Andrew Janusson on guitar and Michael Mlikotic on drums 2 -5 pm Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave

2nd ANNUAL CITTASLOW COWICHAN BAY WHITE DINNER 4pm at Rocky Creek Winery, 1854 Myhrest Rd, Cowichan Bay A free, family friendly event to bring the community together to share local food and company. Guest are dressed in white with long tables draped in white in a white-lit vineyard, music by the Robert Stitt Jazz Quartet. Info Linda@ or 250-748-5622 CROFTON ART GROUP SHOW AND SALE 10am-4pm at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre FREE Watercolours, oils, handmade jewelry 250-246-9477 Runs to Sept 14 STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES Travelling textile art exhibit at Portals, Island Savings Centre 2687 James St, Duncan to Sept 17. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKS BY GARY CHILLBECK Imagine That! 251 Craig St., Duncan to Sept 28


TOM HOLLISTON Founding member of NoMeansNo at the Duncan Garage Showroom, 8-11pm Tix $18 door, $15 advance; 250-748-7246


2013 COWICHAN EXHIBITION Loads of fun for the whole family with entertainment, animals, shows, kids zone, antique tractors, carnival rides, vendors, food and MORE!! Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, 7380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan


INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE: DESIGNING YOUR PROPERTY hosted by CGC and Javan K. Bernakevitch of Permaculture BC Sept. 6 evening, Sept. 7/8 9:30am-4pm. $200+HST Limited to 20 participants. 250 748 8056 MOVIES IN THE PARK 9pm at the Crofton Old School Museum Park by the Salt Spring Ferry Terminal Bring a blanket and enjoy “We Bought a Zoo” under the stars. By donation.


HERBAL MEDICINE WHEEL AND MEDICINE MAKING WORKSHOP 9am-4pm at the Benoit Herbal Sanctuary in Glenora Will cover harvesting and preparation of herbs, with a

focus on calendula. Info 250-748-6802 or REGISTRATION FOR THE SCHOOL ROWING PROGRAMME Maple Bay Rowing Club, Maple Bay Rowing Club 6735 Beaumont Ave, Maple Bay 10am -1pm For info Cheryl Thibodeau at 250 701 5100 COWICHAN CULTURE SPEAKS EASY 2pm at Mason’s Hall in Mill Bay CVAC project creating an online mapping of cultural treasures in the Cowichan Valley. Free Sept. 11- Twisted Sisters Tea RoomChemainus Sept. 14- Inspire!Shawnigan in Shawnigan Lake


COWICHAN WINE AND CULINARY FESTIVAL A locavore’s paradise in this 8 day festival, featuring 15 participating wineries and more than a dozen other venues. Enjoy wine tastings, workshops and winemakers’ dinners. Tickets and locations vary, info and updates


OVARIAN CANCER WALK OF HOPE Registration at 10am at the Cowichan Sportsplex, Walk begins at 11am Wear your teal ribbon toshow your support!

THE JOHN MILLER QUARTET Sunday Jazz Series with Monik Nordine on saxes, Rob Cheramy on guitar and James Young on bass. 2 -5 pm Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave PAWS FOR A CAUSE WALK Register 9:30am at McAdam Park on Castle St, Duncan, Walk begins at 11am Walking, BBQ, vendors and prizes. All money raised stays here to help the valley’s homeless animals. FREEDOM TO FARM A long table dining series fundraising dinner featuring the Valley’s best chefs. Tickets $100pp all inclusive. 5:30pm at Dragonfly Farm in Glenora, 4064 Vaux Rd for more info CHOIRS BEGIN at the CHEMAINUS SENIOR DROPIN CENTRE Mens Mondays 9-10:30am, Ladies Mondays 11am-12:30pm, Mixed Fridays 10-11:30am. 9824 Willow St, Chemainus 250-246-2111


BLUES TUESDAY 8-11pm at the Duncan Garage Showroom


SOMATIC CONSENSUS AND NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION TELECONFERENCE 7pm 6-month training program. Dial in- 712-4321500 Access code- 454349# For info www.

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RUTH MOODY Founding member of the Wailin’ Jennys, multi award winner and outstanding ethereal vocalist and instrumentalist performs at the Duncan Garage Showroom, 8-10:30pm. $25/$20 Adv


CHEMAINUS TASTINGS: A WINE AND CULINARY EVENT Chemainus Theatre Festival, 9737 Chemainus Rd, Chemainus Pair local food and wine with beautiful art by Arthur Vickers and music on the baby grand piano. Free DISCOVERING YOUR ENGLISH ROOTS 6-7:30pm at the South Cowichan Library in the Mill Bay Centre. Learn how to trace your English roots and ancestry! 250-743-5436 13th ANNUAL BUDDHA IN THE PARK RETREAT Nichiren Peace Center, 4 Johnny Bear Rd. 250710-7594 Sunday Discovery Series, 10amSept. 1, 8, 15, 22. Meditation Thursday, 7pmSept. 5, 12, 19, 26.



CHEMAINUS THEATRE PRESENTS A PRETTY GIRL Set in 1946, this story of two sisters separated at birth during the Holocaust explores powerful love and the strength of the human spirit.Tickets and Info 1-800-565-7738


4th ANNUAL COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY 1-3:30pm at 931 Trunk Rd, Duncan Free Community Event! Carnival games, giveaways, food, bouncy castles, live music and more! Info 250-748-1423 Cowichan Community Kitchen’s FIRST COB OVEN COMMUNITY COOK OFF Centennial Park, Duncan 11am - 4pm MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM: ADVANCED GARDENER THEORY AND PRACTICE Runs to Dec. 7, 9am-4:30pm

Large or small we feed them all. Hours of operation Sun 10 - 4pm Mon - Sat 8:30am - 6pm


BLUE SKY MINERS WITH RUNNING RED LIGHTS AND JOHN PIPPUS A triple bill of folksy, west coast roots and harmonies. 8-11pm at the Duncan Garage Showroom. $20 /

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Register at VIU Cowichan 250-746-3519 KIDS LEARN TO FISH DAY 10am-2pm at the Duncan Fish Hatchery Open House where kids will learn how to fly, knot, tie, cast and learn to fish! Volunteers needed! FREE PHOENIX GARAGE SALE 9am-1pm at the Phoenix Hotel in Duncan Info 250-748-8506


PROVIDENCE FARM FUNDRAISER: 3rd ANNUAL JAMES BARBER CHEF’S TABLE Noon-4pm at Providence Farm. Fabulous top local chefs will have stations throughout the historical building offering culinary delights paired with local beer, wine and cider. Tickets $100 including beverages, with $50 tax receipt issued. 250-746-4204 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Chemainus and Ladysmith Royal Canadian Legion Chemainus 250-246-4532, Ladysmith 250-245-2273 SACRED CIRCLE CHANT Rivendell Yurt, by donation. Info 250-748-2089 or sdbartram@


“FACES OF LOVE” CONCERT 2pm at Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay Classical Music by donation, proceeds to encourage young musicians. CHAKRA YOGA CLASS With Sadie Bartram at Rivendell Yurt. Info 250-748-2089 or sdbartram@ EQUINOX LABYRINTH GATHERING 7-9pm at Kilpahlas Beach in Cowichan Bay (Beside Oceanfront Hotel) A gentle ceremony honouring the landscape, with temporary labyrinths to walk and beautiful music on harp, flute and drum while the full moon rises over the water. By donation. Contact


TRUST YOUR INTUITION! Talks at 1pm+7pm. Travelodge 140 TC Hwy Duncan $25 at door. Aura reading. All welcome. www. innerpeacemovement,ca 877-969-0095

SOUTH END SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB 11:45am (3rd Thursday each month) at Kerry Park Recreation, 1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd. New to the area? Want to meet new friends? Call Gloria D250-743-9485 or Gloria S 250-929-8592


COWICHAN VALLEY GREEN PARTY OF BC 7pm Vancouver Island University Café

DUNCAN GARAGE SHOWROOM 10TH ANNIVERSARy Fundraiser Garage Sale on the Patio - Sept. 28th Music in the Parking Lot - Sept. 29th



MUSHROOM FORAGING WORKSHOPS AT DEERHOLME FARM Chef, author and mycologist Bill Jones hosts this workshop, forage and feast. Tickets $135pp 250-748-7450

PEACE IN THE VALLEY GLOBAL YOGA MALA 8:30am - 3:30pm Cowichan Station Hub Come practice Sun Salutations for World Peace! An all-day yoga festival for everyone-- beginners welcome!Afternoon workshops in meditation, dance, kirtan, and more yoga! or 250-7093744

CARI BURDETT AT THE OLD FIREHOUSE WINE BAR 8pm, 40 Ingram Street, Duncan Free cover. Singing an eclectic selection of passionate songs with a local small band.

COWICHAN SYMPHONY SOCIETY PRESENTS: VICTORIA SYMPHONY 7:30pm Featuring internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Alain Lefevre Cowichan Theatre 250 748-7529

DANCE WITH THE “HAPPY HANS” 7pm at the Chemainus Senior Drop-In Centre, 9824 Willow St, Chemainus $9 includes lunch 250-246-2111


GREAT LAKE WALK AND ULTRAMARATHON 5am starts the 56km walk around Cowichan Lake, beginning at Youbou Hall and ending at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Registration and Info 250-749-6742 BUILDING BEE-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPES 1-3:30pm with Instructor Ted Leischner Register at VIU Cowichan 250-746-3519 MARK CRISSINGER CD RELEASE SHOW 7:30pm at The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, No Cover INSPIRE!FEST- A CELEBRATION OF ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE IN SHAWNIGAN LAKE 2 -7pm Annual festival with arts and entertainment for the whole family, buskers, dance, music, vendors and a family picnic. Free. Shawnigan Lake Village, 2740 Dundas Rd.250-732-6713


ONE NIGHT STAND WITH DON BURNSTICK A night of laughter with the man who has inspired many First Nations comedians. Live at the Cowichan Theatre, 7:30pm. Tickets $22



LK COWICHAN SALMON MUSHROOM FESTIVAL 2013 Family friendly event with vendors, children’s art table, demos, roving minstrels and experiencing wild edibles! Adults $20 Kids Free! 250-749-6291


GABRIEL PALATCHI, LATIN JAZZ Sunday Jazz Series 2 -5 pm Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave

JAKE’S GIFT Chemainus Legion, 7pm Julia Mackey stars in this acclaimed one-woman show about veterans. $20 250-246-4532


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GREAT CANADIAN SHORELINE CLEAN-UP 1pm, Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre 1845 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay. Please bring AFRICAN WILDLIFE WITH NATURALIST ALICE gloves and small grocery sized bags. Snacks, SINCLAIR 7:30pm at Freshwater EcoCentre, 1080 clean up tools and large garbage bags provided. Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan. Free Info 250-746-6141 THE JOSH AGAR QUINTET, Sunday Jazz COWICHAN VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS Series2 -5 pm Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave FOUNDATION AGM Calling all future members! 7pm at Mr. Mike’s Restaurant, Ladysmith Camera Club EVALUATING Duncan Info 250-709-4048 YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHY 7pm a guide to improving your photography POWER TO PARENT: THE VITAL CONNECTION by Cim MacDonald, award-winning Video course and Discussion Group Matraea photographerr and curator of the Centre, Duncan 7-9pm For info heartmatters@ Chemainus Murals. Hardwick Hall, High Street at 3rd Ave, Ladysmith. Non-members $5 drop-in fee. MICHAEL REINHART 2-4pm at the Duncan Garage Showroom. HOMELEARNERS GROUP RIVER SHORE Montreal-based singer/songwriter, CLEAN UP Young NaturalistsClub uesday Sandy composer, artist and photographer. Pools on Riverbottom Rd.



Helping Men, Families and Community to create Full, Healthier Lives!

The New Warrior Training Adventure 213-80 Station St, Duncan

A weekend for men • Sept 20 - 22 Chilliwack Lake, BC • For info contact us at 250 597 2801 Look at all the things to do in your community!


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Published by Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine Editors Sheila & Richard Badman Contact us at: 250 746 9319 - 936 Arbutus Avenue, Duncan V9L 5X4 Visit us online at Copy Editor Maeve Maguire

Calendar Proofreader Distribution Diana Pink Linda Dirksengale Cindy Jolin

Advertising Enquiries Please Call Adrienne Richards 250 510 6596 Next Ad Deadline September 12 e-mail *Non Profit Community Ad Rates available please enquire. COMMUNITY CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE! Please upload your information through our website Please include: Date & Event Title IN SUBJECT Be advised that space is limited to up to 2 spots per business, space dependant and is prioritized by 1st sent, 1st printed. EVENTS DEADLINE August 15 for SEPTEMBER 2013 Issue E-mail Date,Time, Location, Event Title and Cost to: Please list event title in subject with the word “EVENT” Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/or edit submitted listings due to space limitations

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September Community Calendar 4-5 DBIA Back To Life, Back to Reality 16-19 Eye On Shawnigan 21 Cowichan Lake Salmon & Mushroom Festival 28 Communitree Building Beautification Fund 33 Elder College 37 Ian Parker of Sentinel Ridge 40 Community Farm Store Pages 46-47 2013 Valley Voice Reader Survey 48-49 Websites, Faxes and Verbal Lint by Rick Dennis 50 Cowichan Valley Feature Listings 45 Cowichan Valley Directory 46-47 Local Food and Drink Cowichan Eating September Events 7 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival 8-11 Island Farmhouse PoultryRecipe by Fatima DaSilva 11 Cowichan Bay Seafood White Wine Seafood Linguine 12 Cowichan Food Artisans Prepare for Feast of Fields 20 6th Annual Chefs Survival Challenge 22

VALLEY VOICES IN THIS ISSUE Bill Jones, Cam MacDonald, Brock Windsor, Fatima Da Silva, Linda Holford, Jennifer Freeman, Natalie Chambers, Heather McLeod, Jean Addison, David Coulson, Ingebore Farm and Garden Woodsworth, Brenda Laine,Ted Wright, Gloria S Daly, Barbra French, Lynda Allen, Notes From Chef and Farm 14 Jen Coyle, Nadeane Nelson, Javan K Bernakevitch, Ian Parker, Sara Sinclair, Grant M On The Farm with Makaria Farm 15 Waldman, Heather Ferguson, Karen Allen, Justin Fryer, Pip Woodcock,Trevor Husband, Cowichan Valley Garden Club - Memories of Times Past 52 Swarn Leung, Janelle Hardy, Lorene Benoit, Henry Landry, Nicolette Genier and The Wonderful Staff at The Community Farm Store, Rick Dennis, Sue McKitrick & The Home & Design Lovely Georgia Nicols. We welcome your story ideas & photo submissions, however Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine reserves the right to omit and/or edit all submissions for space, clarity, content and style. The opinions expressed in Valley Voice Magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, publishers or other contributors. Please send a query e-mail prior to sending your article as space is limited and may not always be available. Editorial deadline for October Issue, September12. Valley Voice Magazine is distributed through 450 + select locations throughout the Cowichan Valley- Malahat, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cherry Point, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Crofton, Chemainus and Salt Spring Island and to Cowichan Lake, Ladysmith,Victoria, Tofino and from the Victoria International Airport Arrivals Hall.

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Green by Design:Bamboo Sky Pole 24 Doorwayof Fine Craftsmanship 25 Local Arts September Music 23 Rhythms of Life 26 September Arts News 27 Adult Acting Classes 31 Outnumbered! by Sue McKitrick 51 Womens’ Monthly Enterprising Women: Sara Sinclair 42

Family Parenting Transitions in September 29 Fall Workshops for Kids 30 Education Alternatives in the Cowichan Valley 34 Young Naturalists Club- Cowichan Valley 38 Recreation & Healthy Living Brainwaves: A Universe Between Your Ears 36 An Ideal Sport for Your Child 39 Body, Mind & Soul Powerful Peace 43 Meditation Moment 43 Commitment, Healing and Intention 44 Medicine Wheel Workshop 45 Georgia Nicols September Horoscopes 51

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Charity Begins at Home


his September the amazing chefs of the Cowichan Valley, continue their work to make this valley a vibrant and caring place to live. Being a chef is a lot of hard work; sourcing ingredients, feeding people, cleaning up and doing it all over again the next day. It really says something when a chef is willing to take his day off and participate in one of the many important fundraising events in the valley. Valley chefs have helped raise funds for many needy organizations. This month will see two worthy causes showcased by our local chefs. First up on September 8th is the Island Chefs Collaborative (ICC) Long Table Dinner at Dragon Fly Farm. This dinner is billed as a “Long Table Dinner – Freedom to Farm”. Many of the valleys top chefs will get together to cook local products over canapés and 5 courses of amazing food paired with local wine and


cider. The proceeds of the dinner will go towards the farms legal bills, acquired while defending their right to farm. Dan Ferguson successfully met a challenge to his abilities to carry out agricultural activities on his property but incurred significant legal fees in the process. The chefs have stepped up to help resolve some of the cost and create an unforgettable dinner for the people are participating. Chefs include Ian Blom (Merridale Ciderworks), Dan Hudson (Hudson’s on First), Brad Boisvert (Amuse on the Vineyard), Brock Windsor (Stone Soup Inn), Bill Jones (Deerholme Farm) and Fatima da Silva (Bistro 161), Tickets are $100 and available in the valley at The Stone Soup Inn, Blue Grouse Vineyard, Averill Creek and Vignetti Zanatta. More info is available on the facebook event page (search: ICC – Long Table Dinner – Right to Farm). The following Sunday, September 15th, brings us the third annual James Barber Fundraiser for Providence Farm. Some Dan Ferguson of Dragonfly Farm

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of the bright lights of the local culinary scene will be on hand at the farm to pay tribute to the late Urban Peasant and to raise funds for the farms culinary programs. This year’s theme is apples and the chefs are challenged to create sweet, savoury and spicy creations using local apples - some from the trees of the farm. Guest chefs like Peter Zambri (Zambri’s), Ryan Zuvich (Hilltop Bistro) and Allan Aikman (VIU Farm to Table – Providence Farm) will join more than 25 local chefs, farmers, wineries, cideries and breweries set up in the historic buildings of the farm. The wood fired oven will be producing excellent pizza including a spectacular caramelized apple version. This event is one of the top food events of the year. Tickets are $100 including food, wine and a $50 charitable receipt.

Call Providence Farm 250 746-4204 (weekdays) for ticket info. Check out the facebook page for more details (search: 3rd Annual James Barber Fundraiser for Providence Farm). Fall is the time to celebrate the bountiful harvest and an opportunity for you to step up and benefit your local community. As a significant bonus both events will treat you to food and memories that will warm your heart and satisfy your belly.

Bill Jones is an author, chef and food consultant who can be found at

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September 7 -15


owichan’s Annual Wine and Culinary Festival is a weeklong celebration of what our beautiful region on Vancouver Island has to offer. The festival is presented to you by volunteers from local wineries and food establishments and sponsors who recognize the importance of supporting the region upon where they live. Explore the breathtaking landscape as the winding country roads take you on a journey to discover award winning wines, ciders, spirits and food. The Festival takes you to the cellar doors and to the farms where the food and drink are created. Enjoy a true authentic experience that is rich in taste and variety--something for everyone. Here are a few events to wet your palate. Start off the festival with the MNP Grape Stomp! on September 7 at the Cowichan Exhibition. Enter a team and prepare to stomp away for good

Music in the Vineyard Featuring singer & songwriter Genevieve Charbonneau

old-fashioned grape harvest adventure. Enjoy the Island Chefs Collaborative Long table “Freedom to Farm” swarea on September 8 featuring local wines and local foods paired together beautifully on white linen tablecloths at Dragonfly Farm. “Meet Your Maker” on September 11 and mingle with the winery and culinary participants in the historic setting of Providence Farm while munching away on stone-oven roasted pizza. During the week there are many activities happening around the area from the participants ranging from the “Champagne of Teas” to many winemakers dinner with world-class chefs, seminars, live entertainment, unique farm fresh delights and true “farm to table” experiences. Many winery locations have also invited artists to their orchards and vineyards. Savour the experience of life in this agriculturally rich area of Vancouver Island named Cowichan: The Warmland. All the festival information is posted on and updated with new events regularly. Check out the website for a full list of events, places to stay and a detailed map to guide you along the way. Come Visit Us!

Festival Specialities

Blue Grouse Estate Winery September 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 noon till 3pm. Genevieve Charbonneau will be performing solo, vocals and acoustic guitar. No stranger to the stage, this local folk-roots singer songwriter has performed extensively with Victoria’s vocal ensemble, Balkan Babes, and Shawnigan’s Art House Dance Collective. Born in Victoria, Genevieve took time to travel the world on a yacht with her partner Daniel before choosing Cowichan as the “most beautiful place on earth”. She and Dan, along with Dan’s sister Zena and her partner, purchased 10 acres of bare land and built a cob/light-clay/hybrid house over 7 years. The experience of homesteading, having children, living and loving provides endless inspiration for song writing, about which she is passionate. Her songs, which have old-time and bluegrass influences, stand out with their catchy melodies, strong grooves and compelling lyrics.

SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, 13, 14 & 15

Damali Lavender & Winery September 7 -13 Noon, 3pm, 8pm sailings.Greylag Picnic Cruises! Hop aboard ‘Greylag Boat Tours’ at Fisherman’s Wharf in Cowichan Bay where shipwright and host Tim Doyle will tour you around the Bay while you enjoy a lunch of farm fresh food and Damali Wine. $75 per person. Group bookings for 6 – 8 people can be made by emailing 4365 BLUE GROUSE ROAD, DUNCAN WINERY PHONE: 250.743.3834 INFO@BLUEGROUSEVINEYARDS.COM


Silverside Winery and Bird’s Eye Cove Farm September 13, 5-9pm Late Summer Picnic Featuring Bird’s Eye Cove farm raised meats

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to enjoy. “We will be serving our naturally farm raised pork which has been slow cooked on the spit topped with Bourbon BBQ sauce and served on our farm style buns. Along side, you’ll find other made-from-scratch offerings; dark and sweet baked beans, southern corn bread, creamy baked Mac’n Cheese and salads. No Bird’s Eye Cove Farm meal is complete without one of Ashley’s in season desserts, constructed with a a Silverside Farm & Winery offering. Our farms share the same philosophy on food, beverage and service so working together is a natural for both of our businesses. For tickets call 250 743 9149. $30 includes tastings, food and entertainment. Rocky Creek Winery September 14 & 15 Art is Here! is this year’s theme at the winery and in the gardens with all day tastings and artists in action in the vineyard from the Ladysmith Arts Council. Enjoy artists en Plein-Aire, with creative functional pottery, photography, watercolours and more. Art will be for sale. A discussion will take place each day at 2 pm about the arts. To add to the ambience, Robert Stitt Jazz Quartet will be peforming. ‘Cooking with Rocky Creek Wine’demonstrations. Winemaker Mark Holford and visiting chefs from Australia will be preparing some delicious dishes with some of our fabulous wines. Enjoy wine, a glass of sparkling or a cocktail while you visit. Stone Soup Inn Winemaker’s Dinners September 12, 13 & 14 Sept 12 -5 courses of regional food, paired with VenturiShultze champagne sabering, 6 pm and 8pm seatings available and $105. Sept 13 Enjoy a 5 course dinner with Nancy and Roger Dosman as they uncork unavailable back vintages and large format bottles crafted from their iconic Alderlea Vineyard to pair with an all local menu. 6:30 pm/ $115. Sept 14 - 5 course dinner paired with the award winning wines of Rocky Creek Winery. Mark and Linda Holford will provide insight into their viticulture and viniculture. 6:30 pm/ $110. Please call 250 749-3848 to reserve. All events are exclusive of tax and gratuity.

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n any afternoon, a quiet space to enjoy a good cup of tea is always a pleasure. A popular stop for the Cowichan Wine and Culinary festival, Teafarm hosts seven days of tea culture events adding to the diversity of Festival offerings. “We see a growing number of people traveling to the Cowichan with interest for the farm and culinary culture which is increasing leaps and bounds.”

Victor Vesely, tea grower of Teafarm smiles. It’s been 10 years since leadership coach Victor Vesely and self taught ceramic artist Margit Nellemann chose Richard’s Trail to be their home. They turned a one time cattle (and later horse) farm into a place to cultivate and create


– and the concept of Artfarm was born. They converted the old barn into usable indoor space, and building a clay studio became their main focus.

Quite Possibly, the Most Delicious Cup of Tea is Found at Teafarm

Margit’s funky teapots and their love of quality teas lead to their first Art + Tea event 5 years later. That event included a variety of visual and performing artists along with tea tastings. It clearly reinforced what the farm would become: a place to share art and tea culture in an eclectic rural setting. “In the Spring of 2010 we decided that the focus of the farm would be to source, blend and sell the highest quality tea we could find. We began growing tea and planted two terraces of Camellia sinensis, the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce all types of tea, and Teafarm was established. “We look forward to one day producing the finest Canadian grown tea with a local harvest of a 100% Cowichan grown black tea.” says Margit.

For the moment, this dynamic couple works with several small estates from various specialty growing regions around the world. They source the freshest, organic and biodynamic loose teas they can find to produce their tea blends. Teafarm’s offers a selection of over 80 estate grown teas including black, green, oolong, white and pu-erh teas. Their tea menu also boasts 28 in-house artisan blends of black, green and white teas, as well as herbal infusions made from the highest quality ingredients available. You only have to have one cup to taste the difference. Their signature Chinese Zodiac tea line has a perfect personalized match for everyone if you just can’t decide which tea is for you. Have we got your thirst for tea on? Check out one of their festival events! Sunday September 8 Moroccan Tea Experience @ 2pm Taste the sweet and luscious flavours of Moroccan tea culture right here

in the Cowichan. Our Moroccan guests will take you to another world of sight, sound and taste. Limited seating, please call or email to reserve. $10/person Monday September 9 Tea+Sweet Pairing 10-6pm A variety of tea infused sweets are paired with a selection of organic loose teas. Tuesday September 10 A Taste of South America 10am-6pm Yerba mate available throughout the day served alongside locally made Argentinian sweets. A tasting with sweets $5/person. Wednesday September 11 Single Malt Teas 10am-6pm Taste the finest teas the region of Assam has to offer. These gorgeous teas are famous for their round and malty flavours Thursday September 12 The Champagne of Teas 10am-6pm Teas from the mountainous region of Darjeeling. Friday September 13 Trufflelandia 10am-6pm This epic lineup of awesome tea infused chocolate truffles composed by local chocolatiers.

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“It’s fresher from here”

White Wine Tarragon Chicken in Cream Sauce

Submitted by Fatima Da Silva, Executive Chef & Owner, Bistro 161, Duncan



Boneless skin-on chicken breasts *I Prefer skin on, you can always discard the skin after Olive Oil Butter (optional) Dry local white wine Heavy Cream Dijon Mustard Lemon Juice Lemon Zest Salt & Pepper



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Chopped fresh herbs, either tarragon or thyme


Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sear meat side first until golden color, then turn onto the skin side and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep them warm. Pour wine into hot skillet; cook until reduced by half. Add in cream, mustard, and fresh herbs, Cook stirring until thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes, add lemon zest and juice. Serve with seasonal vegetables or any starch of your preference. Pairs very well with Pinot Grigio or a crispy Cab Sauvignon.

1615 Koksilah Road Cowichan Bay BC 250-746-6163 • Chicken available from Country Grocer, 49th Parallel, Duncan Butcher, Chemainus Foods, Crofton Foods and Thrifty Foods

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Photo courtesy 8 1/2 acres

8 ½ acres Beetroot and Beet Green Salad with Invasive Blackberry Flat Leaf Parsley Vinaigrette and Fairburn Farm Water Buffalo Milk Mozzarella (serves 4 as an appetizer)


Notes From Chef and Farmer


he cook in me forgives invasive plants for their aggressiveness but only if they are tasty. I think we owe it to the area to eat as many Himalayan blackberries as we can, after all it is one pint less that the birds will eat and spread far and wide and Cam is happy to get pricked picking them for you. Also drink blackberry wine available from Averill Creek, Rocky Creek and Silverside. --Brock Windsor Here at 8 1/2 acres we love blackberry for its taste, but also because it takes care of itself. It’s the one invasive species we can get behind...too bad thistle doesn’t taste better. Our beets take a little more care, but as vegetables go they’re pretty easy too. Our rainbow beet bunches have been a hit at the markets--they consist of a red variety, a golden variety and a magenta coloured heirloom beet called Chioggia (cut it open to reveal beautiful concentric circles of pink and white). Cam MacDonald Boil separately if you want grows organic food them to retain their distinctive with his partners at 8 colours. 1/2 acres



8 ½ Acres mixed beets with their greens 2 bunches nodding onions, 3 of chives or ½ bunch green onions chopped finely 2 Murphy’s Orchard apple cider vinegar 3 Tbsp. plus a splash extra virgin Olive oil 4 Tbsp. or other cold pressed oil 8 ½ Acres blackberries, 1 pint reserve some for garnish 8 ½ Acres flat leaf parsley ½ bunch (the curly stuff has no flavour and is papery) Fairburn Farm water buffalo milk mozzarella 1 tub Sea salt and black pepper to taste METHOD -Holding one beetroot at a time, use scissors to cut the beet leaf off of the stem into a bowl, and then wash them. -blanch the beet greens in rapidly boiling water until tender, about 3-4 minutes, refresh in cold water and when cool, squeeze the water out of the beet greens and chop into 2 cm pieces, reserving chilled. -Cut the rest of the stem off of the beetroot, and after washing poach in lightly simmering water with a splash of Murphy’s Orchard vinegar until a skewer inserts easily. When cool enough to touch squeeze the beet out of it’s skin, chop in 1-2cm rough dice and chill. -Chop the nodding onion finely and put in a mixing bowl with the vinegar and blackberries, crushing them lightly. Strip the leaves off of the parsley and chop that finely into the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper to taste and reserve. Toss the beet greens in ½ the vinaigrette and the beets in the other half. Put the greens on the plate or serving bowl first, with the beets on top and the reserved blackberries on top of that. Slice the mozzarella as thinly as you can and lay that on top of the salad for a true taste of the region Brock Windsor, chef proprietor, Stone Soup Inn

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Seafood Linguine in White Wine Sauce with Fresh Pasta Amount


1 pound 1 pound 1 pound

Humpback shrimp Clams Sea scallops

1 1/2 teaspoon 4 tablespoons 3 Tablespoons 1 cup, finely chopped 2 tablespoons 1 teaspoon, crushed 1 Cup 1 Can (28 oz) 1 Pint 1/4 cup, chopped 2 tablespoons, chopped 1/3 cup 2 pounds, cooked

Madon Salt Extra-virgin olive oil Butter Yellow onion Thinly sliced garlic Red pepper flakes Dry white wine Crushed tomatoes Fresh cherry tomatoes Fresh basil leaves Fresh parsley leaves Grated Parmesan Fresh Kilrenny linguine


1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add onions and saute till caramelized. Add garlic, crushed red pepper and cook for one minute. 2. Add dry white wine, reduce heat and simmer for another 3-5 minutes until white wine reduces. 3. Add crushed tomatoes and salt to the pan. Bring to a boil, cover and cook until sauce thickens. 4. Add butter, shrimp, clams, scallops, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Cover and cook until clams open, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the stove. 5. Add the pasta sauce and parsley to cooked linguini and toss to combine. Finish with Parmesan and fresh parsley for garnish. *To clean clams gently tap any clams with open shells against the counter top. Discard any clams that do not close their shells within a few minutes or that have cracked or chipped shells. Place all the clams in a bowl and fill it with cool tap water. Let the clams sit for 20 minutes to an hour. During this time, they will spit out the sand from inside their shells.When ready to cook, lift each clam individually from the water and scrub any particles or grit from the outside surface.

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ove garlic? Try growing your own! Garlic doesn’t need to be watered, deer don’t eat it and, if you treat your plants to some mulch, weeding isn’t a big issue either. Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Get Your Seed Some grocery store garlic won’t germinate properly, but organic garlic, “seed” garlic from garden stores, and bulbs grown by friends or family will sprout and grow just fine. Visit your local farmers market and choose from many different varieties, from Music to Russian Red, or order online from a seed company like Salt Spring Seeds. Step 2: Prepare Your Garden Raised beds/rows are the secret to avoiding mould in

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our wet winters. And plan ahead: you’ll want to stop watering your garlic in July, so don’t plant garlic with your vegetables that need water (e.g. tomatoes). Step 3: Plant! September and October are traditionally garlic-planting months. Separate your garlic bulb into its cloves, without peeling off the wrapping around each clove. Then plant each clove 6-12” apart, pointy side up, about 2” deep. Covering the garlic bed with up to 4” of dead leaves or grass clippings will help prevent weeds. Step 4: Leave it Alone Leave your garlic plants to do their magic. You don’t even need to water them. In June, a shoot will start to emerge from the top of the plant and will get curly, like a pig’s tail. Snap it off (it’s edible) to ensure your plant produces a large bulb. Pull the whole plant from the soil in midJuly when half of the leaves have died down. Brush any

Makaria Farm garlic, Paul Fletcher

soil from the bulb and roots and leave the whole plant to cure in a dry, shady, breezy place for several weeks before snipping off the stem and

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Brock McLeod owns and operates Makaria Farm with his wife Heather.


Back To Life….Back To Reality Written by Jen Coyle


ith the imminence of the weather changing, it does not have to be something that’s dreaded….it’s really on how you choose to perceive it. Brrrr….not necessarily a pleasant thought to some, but to others, a welcome time of the year to cozy up with warm and intimate surroundings, and to delve back into the familiar interiors of our favourite lunch spots and day eateries, cafes and bakeries. Have you checked out the funky artwork on the cover of their menus and lining the walls of The Arbutus Café lately? It’s thought provoking eye-candy for those waiting for that homemade entree to warm their palates. There’s still an old fashioned diners counter with worked in stools to straddle, while unobtrusively following the friendly back and forth banter of the staff and regulars, as breakfast plates &

lunch choices are being carried out of a very busy kitchen. Perhaps you’re out shopping and want to catch up with that friend you never seem to be able to schedule time with, and you’re looking for the perfect perk me up barista styled beverage with the indulgence of a between meals tidbit. Ahhh, choices, choices…. The Artsy laid back feel at Coffee on the Moon, with their selection of small twosome tables, high bar stools or couch seating, you’ll find a comfortable spot to sidewalk sightsee out of their large picture windows or take a relax on their side patio. The Moon is more than a place to fuel up on caffeine. Healthy snacks on the go such a fresh bagels, muffins, scones are favorites of the morning crowd, where as; crumbles, cookies, cheesecakes and other sweets are the preferred afternoon and evening choice. A variety of Panini sandwiches are always available off of the grill. If you’re all decked out in that stylish new outfit and you’re hoping to impress,

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take a break at the Tin Cup Coffee & Espresso Bar with their upscale atmosphere and take in a homemade goodie or two with their elegant furnishings and delicious beverages. This lovely quiet and cozy café features Drumroaster coffee, which is perfect for making inquiries with owner Nadine, who offers interior design consultation. Always a great casual meeting place to take friends and family, is the Twisted Mug Cafe, the comfy coffee house on the corner of Station Street. With the widespread usage of smart phones nowadays and by rolling with the times, they’ve created a more intimate space by purging their Internet café identity. Still offering free WiFi, comfortable booths, couch seating and local publications to flip through, it’s a wonderful spot to watch the baristas create magic with their certified organic and certified fair trade coffee. Choices of Espresso, lattes, specialty drinks, smoothies & my favourite; the indulgent Mochas! They also offer grumbley tummies, fresh Panini sandwiches and other light lunch and breakfast items. Speaking of corners…..How about ‘The biggest little place in town’? The Corner House Café on Jubilee St is

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The Power Lunch crew hard at work

another choice for breakfast and lunch. Ever wonder what a small town diner feels like? Well you definitely get that vibe sitting down inside. The kind of place where anyone would feel welcome in their backyard gumboots and worn in work jeans, or that pretty little sundress thrown on for running errands that day. The bustling waitresses with their ever present coffee pots and an eager smiles are happy to welcome you to order one of their tried and true dishes of home style food, established in 1972. Although the name doesn’t suggest so, warming your insides is a good reason to visit Cherries Ice Cream Parlour. Authentic downtown diner charm greets you as you walk in the door, offering wonderful homemade soups, salads & sandwiches. Cherries also features a delicious selection of homemade baking such as scones, cookies & fruit

tarts. And of course Cherries Ice Cream Parlour wouldn’t be complete without a fine assortment of Island Farms ice cream, to be enjoyed regardless of the weather outside.

a friendly, inviting place for you and your friends to enjoy an Italian menu or just your favourite cup of coffee. Tagged as ‘The Real Bread & Cake Store”, The Westfalian Bakery is as close to a European Bakery, as you’ll Many of our downtown eateries boast ever find. You’ll see for yourself when that familiarity of a community meeting choosing from the bread baskets lining spot, where chances the walls or are that you will bump pressing your into those Cowichanites nose up to the that have supported display case our local businesses, filled with the as far back as they can handmade remember. Or indeed, delicacies from those newcomers their ovens. and visitors that Just down immediately identify the sidewalk their walk in life with is the Tulip those around them, that Import and have made them feel so Ambience by Twisted Mug Cafe. Jen Coyle Delicatessen instantly welcome. if you’re For those looking searching for other European flavours, for a small taste with their daily soup and sandwich of International specials and Party trays featured in this flavours, there’s the unique little restaurant. Slice of Life Café, There always seems to be locals local • organic • salads • entrees • wheat/gluten free options • certified fair trade espresso bar • juice bar • delicious desserts • breakfast • muffins cinnamon buns • 14 varieties of bagels • catering and more!

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stopping by a table on their way to get seated & getting a delighted surprise in seeing a familiar face, engaging in conversation a little too long, before scooting into their seat with whom they first arrived with. It happens all the time at one of the most happening places in Duncan! The Duncan Garage Café & Bakery, an organic coffee bar, organic bakery and vegetarian café, open 7 days a week. Their delicious food is made on site daily from natural & organic ingredients; with vegan, wheat free and gluten free choices daily. They are indeed proud advocates for local farmers. The variety of flavours offered in our downtown for your daytime cravings

should satisfy even the most discriminating of tastes and diets, but did you know catering is an option? Power Lunch located at the far end of Canada Ave, can provide a cozy, warm ambience for their in house made products, such as soups, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, baked goods, mayos and sauces, which can also be brought in for office gatherings, boardrooms, celebrations and “I don’t feel like cooking” days. Gluten Free options too! Another multi-talented Eatery that can provide their own flavours, is the new Jimgerbread Café. Owners Jim & Theresa know how to appeal to a broad spectrum with their catering, treats, gourmet sandwiches & wraps. It’s common to see

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their famous gingerbread It’s all too easy to keep going cookies and ice cream back to the same places sandwiches at the Saturday time and time again, when Duncan Farmer’s Market in you’re familiar with and the Square. enjoy what’s Soft and available, buttery, however, they have why not just the broaden right your amount of experiences spice that by trying Jimgerbread Cafe’s Veggie Quiche are enjoyed somewhere Salad Quinoa with by kids you keep and gingerbread aficionados meaning to pop into? I bet alike. you’ll be glad that you did. In addition to catering What’s Coming Up: business lunches, weddings Under The Red Umbrella, and family gatherings, Island again this October. An Bagel has many items to event where local downtown draw from, in customizing businesses open their doors a menu. They have local, for one night only and organic, salads and entrees, showcase an artist of their including wheat/gluten free choice. The artist and their entrees and cookies. Certified work will be on location – fair trade espresso bar, so bring your red umbrella coffees, juice bar, delicious (or any umbrella) and join desserts, breakfast eggs/ downtown businesses in the cinnamon buns, muffins, plus celebration. Stay tuned for 14 varieties of bagels. more details…..

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Bird of Paradise, 2010 Digital photography Gary Chillbeck

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his month, my display at Imagine That! Artisans in Duncan will include digitalphotographic works representing three interests of mine: natural beauty, abstraction, and depictions of everyday life. Natural forms have always played a fundamental role in my work; a lifelong fascination with even the simplest natural patterns is reflected in my choice of images. As a child, I marvelled at the symmetry of skeletons of dried sand dollars and sea urchins; as a student, I took photographs of diatoms and copied photographs taken from scanning electron microscopes.

The abstract nature of works like “Cowichan Bay Reflections” is derived from a belief that abstraction is beyond a cultural context and therefore universal. I am drawn to art with content that appeals to us at some emotional, intuitive level and that conveys a timeless cross-cultural message. The third fascination for me is capturing every day actions of people, and the unique features of being human. Representing the Chinese diaspora is a challenge I tried to capture in “Victoria’s Chinatown”. This contemporary black-and-white photograph attempts to take the viewer back in time while looking at a picture of Fan Tan Alley. The historical images imbedded in the photograph are used with permission from the B.C. Archives, and the City of Victoria Archives, and indicate the cultural richness of the Chinese community.

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hile FarmFolk CityFolk’s (FFCF) annual fundraising event is a main stay for island foodies and local-vores, the event’s location isn’t. Each year Feast of Fields is hosted in a different location to highlight different agricultural communities. Providence, Glenora, Keating, Fairburn, Cowichan Bay and Alderlea Farms have all experienced the event’s popularity over the past 16 years, and this year it will be Metchosin Farm that food lovers will flock to. It is the Island’s talented chefs, farmers, vintners and brewers that make this event worth the mouth-watering trip. Matt Horn, famous for his Cowichan Pasta Company, is no exception. His business is the prime target FFCF believes in showcasing at Feast of Fields. He is making a product using local ingredients from a variety of Cowichan Valley sources. Culinary master, Bradford Boisvert, of Amuse on the Vineyard, is also on board to raise money for the registered charity. Bradford’s renowned for his extensive use of local ingredients, sourcing from 15-20 different farms, including the vineyard’s own heritage farm site. Unsworth Vineyards will of course be alongside him, pouring tasters of their fine product

for all to enjoy. As long-time supporters of FFCF’s projects, they know the value that Feast of Fields provides for Island’s agriculture. Members of the Farmship Grower’s Co-op and the Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op know the importance too. Co-operatives are key to forming sustainable agriculture and FFCF’s Community Farms Program supported the Ladysmith based co-ops’ creation. FFCF’s BC Seeds Program continues to work with members of the Growing Opportunities Co-op in carrot seed research. Carrots are one of our most common vegetables but their seed is not easy to grow. If we don’t maintain good carrot seed, we can’t have the common vegetable every household takes for granted. You can be part of the solution in an extremely satisfying way by attending Feast of Fields on Sunday September 22nd. The event is for 19+ only, and the $95/person tickets need to be purchased in advance from Jennifer Freeman organizes Island events for FarmFolk CityFolk and grows food on her organic farm in Glenora,

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eptember 1st the Scarecrow Trail starts off with a tacky tourist village event. Participating merchants will have an offer for those dressed in Tacky Tourist fashion. Offers vary from discounts to draws. Look for themed businesses and entertainment. September 21 is the wind up of the Scarecrow Trail. It is the last day to get your votes counted. The winner will be declared at Shawnigan’s Inspire! Fest.


Scarecrow Trail September 1-21 Take a Shawnigan Tour and vote for your favourite. The winning scarecrow receives the cash collected from the registration fee of $10 to donate to their charity of choice. family picnic in Elsie Miles Park as our concert stage gets rolling for the evening.

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Our Village will unveil the winner of the annual Scarecrow Trail winner. This will also be the first annual Chair-ity Auction, a fundraiser to support Inspire! Shawnigan Arts, Culture and Heritage. This is an opportunity for a few lucky winning bidders to own a unique and beautiful piece of furniture painted by our local artists. It’s a day chalk full of fun activities for the whole family!

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up for the 6th annual Chef Survival Challenge. This event is over the top hilarious. Watch the chefs hurdle, hang, swim, race, balance, crawl and forage around the 27 acres Madrona Farm to pick the vegetables and herbs they need to create culinary masterpieces - all prepared outdoors! The farm fresh gourmet dishes will be auctioned off to the highest This event is best bidders to described as a enjoy. Ticket combination between price includes delicious catered hef Iron Chef and Tough bbq lunch and Survival entertainment. Mudder! Challenge is Beverages the annual available onsite. fundraiser of Family friendly event. the Big Dream Farm Society: Chefs Survival 100% of the proceeds go to Challenge protect farmland/foodsecurity Sunday, September 8 and sustainable farming Noon - 5 pm education. Head down to 4317 Blenkinsop Rd Madrona Farm on September Victoria 8 and witness 15 of Victoria’s $40 / $100 Family finest chefs and firemen pair


Courtney Love Plays Rifflandia! Rifflandia Festival, September 12 - 15 Various Locations, Victoria usician. Songwriter. Actress. Activist. Celebrity. Provocateur. There are few artists who fit into all of the above categories, performers whose life and work are impossible to pigeonhole. There is only one Courtney Love.


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Once named “the most controversial woman in the history of rock” by Rolling Stone, America’s Sweetheart is back on the touring train as a solo artist. Love has been busy. Having already recorded eight tracks, Love’s next album, tentatively named Died Blonde, is expected to drop December 25, 2013 – the same day her forthcoming memoir comes out. Add a Fall Out Boy

video cameo to the list. With a surprise solo acoustic set at the Electric Room in New York City in December 2012 and a performance at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013 under her belt, Love has continued to score killer reviews for her iconic performances. Rifflandia is Never Gonna Be The Same after Courtney Love hits the main stage at Royal Athletic Park Friday, September 13, 8pm For more schedule and artist info visit

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september music

On A Sunday Afternoon $10

Gabriel Palatchi Latin Jazz Gabriel Palatchi born in Buenos Aires, Argentina started playing piano at age 8. He studied classical music, Musical Production and trained in Blues, Tango, Jazz and Latin Jazz. In Cuba he met and studied with the world renowned pianist “Chucho” Valdez. Gabriel continues to travel extensively, performing and composing throughout Mexico and Canada. His latest album, ‘Caja Musical’ (music box) was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 2013, it features the beautiful and energetic sounds of his piano. With deep roots in Latin Jazz, Tango and Klezmer, Gabriel creates captivating pieces with his rhythmic fusion of Balkan, Samba, Salsa, Funk, Chacarera and Milonga. September 29 from 2 to 5 pm. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

September 8• 2-5 pm Jon Miller Quartet (Monik Nordine, Rob Cheramy, James Young) September 15 • 2- 5 pm Jonnie Bridgman Trio September 22• 2-5 pm Josh Agar Quintet ( September 29 • 2-5 pm Latin-High Energy pianist Gabriel Palatchi (

1534 Joan Avenue Crofton Lila Music Centre to practice. When needed, pairs of singers go into the community to sing at the bedside to bring a sense of peace, open-heart and loving embrace. The group also performs at memorial services and funerals. If this is something that you are interested in, the new season is about to begin. No previous experience required. For more info visit

2 Time Juno Winner Ruth Moody Australian born, Ruth grew up on the Canadian prairies, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She comes from a musical family and has been singing, playing, and performing since she was a child. Although best knownas the founding member of The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody is a solo artist has an exceptional depth and grace in her own right. A two-time Juno Award winning singersongwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her talent as a songwriter. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and carefully crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own. See Ruth live at the Duncan Garage Showroom, September 12 8pm. $25 door/$20 adv

September 1 • 2-5 pm John Lee Trio

Threshold Choir Seeking Singers Dying alone, in fear or without a felt sense of support is often a reality for many. There is a group of singers in the Cowichan Valley that volunteer their time to bring comfort to those that are terminally ill by singing at their bedside. The songs are non-denominational with deeply spiritual roots; simple and yet profound. Under the direction of Cari Burdett, the Threshold Singers meet every Friday from 9:30 – 11:00 am at

Cowichan Symphony Society Presents: Victoria Symphony Featuring Alain Lefevre September 21 Canadian pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre has a sparkling international career, touring repeatedly world-wide, performing to prestigious venues, in recital and with international orchestras and leading conductors. He often performs to sold-out audiences, leaving them mesmerized. Show starts at 7:30pm. For more information visit


DESIGNI NG green Bamboo Sky Pole

And because it’s a grass, there is no fear of being injured near

power lines. I’ve used my pole at times, with a paint brush attached with duct tape, to clean gutters, second and even third story window sills. With a little luck, you may find a hooked or slightly bent shaped bamboo that once ver wished you had that perfect dry, forms that perfect shape for those method of fishing limbs off your hard to get spots. roof, getting kites or toy planes out If you harvest your own (come October I will be at it for days) you can take a of trees and how about knocking freshly cut culm (bamboo pole) and tie down a nasty wasp nest from a 40 it off into any shape you want while it is foot tall maple tree? green and flexible, and once hardened off Well, the photo attached shows little Lily, barely 50 pounds and not (which can take weeks or even months), will hold that shape rock solid. yet six years old easily handling In Asia, wooden forms are used to shape my harvested bamboo pole that the fast growing bamboo. The growth measured over 35 feet in length. rate that often exceeds a meter a day, The fact the bamboo is so light and allows a multitude of ‘grown in place’ shapes to be created that form strong flexible and yet so strong allows geometric shapes for utilitarian uses after all sorts of dangerous chores to curing. be performed around the house without the need for ladders or that proverbial ‘sky hook’ we all wished And look again at Lily in the photo easily packing this extremely tensile bamboo we had. pole effortlessly. It would • Wood Doors normally compare • Wood Windows to a 4” x 4” wooden • Service to All Types post in overall of Doors & Windows strength. Now to pack a 35 foot piece of wood might require two grown persons or more! Keep up the good work Lily! Perhaps a popsicle for your efforts? Heritage Homes a Specialtyom David Coulson is a local certified Built Green design builder. He has a staff of 25 that have built throughout the Island for over 20 years.




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ext time you visit Cowichan Bay Village, you will surely want to stop into the True Grain Bread Bakery at 1725 Cowichan Bay Road. We are all aware of the treats offered inside, but an even sweeter treat will be just stepping through the bakery’s newly fashioned doorway. When Shawn Sanders was asked to rebuild the old swinging wooden doors, and to design, build, and install new screen doors to marry, he went far beyond what he was commissioned for. When Shawn works, he needs to satisfy his burgeoning aesthetic and painstaking demand for perfection, and his latest carpentry is an example of proud workmanship in keeping with the arts-and-crafts tradition. Shawn completely stripped and rebuilt the old wooden doors— and their hinges! He then fashioned large wooden exterior pull handles made of marbled antique marine wood, his initial inviting artistic statement. To lead into… The new self-closing copper screen summer doors, which are elegant and graceful, supported by formidable metal hinges, which Shawn designed and fabricated. As splendid they are, the doors’ funky custom copper handles just have to be touched. Then, as to frame a work of art, and to compensate for the old building’s structural inconsistencies, Shawn deeply recessed the doors into an

True Grain Doors 2013, by Shawn Sanders. Reclaimed fir, yellow cedar, marine copper conduit, steel, bronze screen.

interior arch of beautifully seasoned wood. Like something designed for a dream home, I imagine couples rushing to try to hire Shawn’s touch. The owner of True Grain Bread recognizes the value of the new eclectic entrance-way to his business. The doorway sets a new standard of architectural appointment for the village, and surely other retailers will be challenged to keep up. Luckily, Shawn is for hire!

Doorway of Fine Craftsmanship

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e are singing our hearts out at Nhemamusasa North, an annual gathering in the Cowichan of people who enjoy playing and dancing in the timeless, vibrant river of African - and specifically Zimbabwean culture. Ranging from ages 8 to 78, we gather together to share, play, learn and to listen.

Bopoma in the herb garden at Damali Farm.

We share conversation, food, instruments and space. We share the music: Chemutengure, the song that tells of the coming of the Europeans and how everything thereafter changed, and Nyamamusango, a hunting song - “the meat is in the forest, not here in the hut, get out of the way so I can sweep!” One of the wonderful things about Zimbabwean traditional songs is their malleability - like the blues, they can take age-old themes and apply them to modern situations.

Rhythms of Life

We share stories- learning of the ceremonies that link the people to the land, and to the spirits. How extended family - aunties and uncles, grandparents - are so important growing up and as an adult. Songs are used to convey life lessons and advice, and to pass the time and entertain; how you start out life, first inside your mother and later, on her back, with these rhythms and songs permeating you. African music has stood the test of time, been nurtured through countless generations and harvests, passed on from person to person, family to family. People react to it, wanting to come in closer and be warmed, wanting to share the excitement of being part of a rhythm or song that has travelled hundreds of years, thousands of miles, to be sung and danced, made fresh and vital and born again of this moment. It is the connection of playing, singing and dancing to create something you could not on your own, something bigger than all of us, where we all play our part and feel life and spirit surge through us. Their songs become our songs too. That is the spirit we try and bring to our Bopoma Community Music classes here in the Cowichan. This is African village music, community music. You don’t need any particular skills to play these songs; you don’t need to be able to read music, or to have played an instrument, or even know what the name of the song is. You just need an open heart, a willingness to listen, and a few other folks to play with. So come join us at one of our upcoming introductory marimba (wooden xylophone) workshops - or join one of our fall classes - and Ted Wright has been studying and performing the music of Zimbabwe experience this timeless for twenty years, and is the music for yourself! founder and director of Bopoma Community Music. For more information contact him at info@ or 250-737-1331.


Valley Voice Magazine -Your Monthly Guide to Living in the Cowichan Valley

september arts news criteria using the same materials as her Blanket Statement: No Shame in Patches Meet the Best of the West exhibit – repurposed wool blankets. SAQA Textile Art Exhibit This was a shift from her normal scale of working as she most often works on at PORTALS pieces no smaller than 3 feet by 6 feet and larger. Red Brick is born: Using eginning last year, SAQA members wee bits of wool blankets , 12 in all for were invited to participate in a 2 the background she hand stitched (using year commitment to have a piece of the blanket stitch) all dozen patches their art shown in galleries throughout together. The blue patch has been hand western Canada. Starting with the dyed in indigo at Studio G and the green Galleria Gallery in Inglewood, Calgary, also was dyed by Gloria, blending her the exhibit is now traveling in BC: hand dyed works with the traditional Sunshine Coast, Penticton and now at blankets give a contemporary look to the Portals here in Duncan at the Island work. Placing 3 smaller patches on top Saving Centre, after Portals the pieces go of the background gave the work a little to Red Deer and on to The Royal Alberta added punch and they too were darned in Museum. Professional fibre artist Gloria place. “Mending, Darning and Patching S. Daly shown here with Red Brick, have always been considered woman’s has been working on an extensive solo work and it is with pride that I honour exhibition for the last 4 years. She these old traditional ways. Patches and decided to combine her solo exhibition darning acts as a portal through which work with the SAQA “call for entry” to ponder the stories of these blankets, to design a piece to fit the 12” x 12” their previous Listen Globally, owners who lay under the covering Play Locally. – represent holes and layers in our memories.” Textile arts have always had strong spiritual overtones from how we weave our paths, express our memories, and embellish our life’s events to how we see our place in the world. The idea of still surviving African-rooted community music... for everyone! in our “throwaway” society, these blankets are reminders of Registration the past and were made to last. Their NOW ON! original utilitarian 250-737-1331


Photo by Darshan Stevens


Try our International Award Winning Wild Hip Face Cream at the Duncan Market this Saturday 9 – 2pm! Also available on line at or 250-710-1276

use has been transformed into an unexpected state of beauty and grace. The show will be running till Sept. 14. * SAQA stands for Studio Art Quilt Association. SAQA member Gloria S Daly will be in attendance on Friday Sept 6th and Sat.

Cowichan Culture Speaks Easy Sept 7 & 14 Cowichan Culture Speaks Easy, a CVAC project, invites everyone to contribute to an online mapping of cultural treasures in the Cowichan Valley. Through community dialogue sessions, residents are encouraged to express their impressions of the creative acts around them, past, present and future. Join us, share your story, bring your favorite photo and learn more about the project. Saturday September 7th, 2pm, Mason’s Hall in Mill Bay. Saturday September 14th, 10 am, Inspire! Shawnigan, in Shawnigan Lake. Free. www.


the Fungi Cafe!

Lk Cowichan Salmon & Mushroom Festival

September 28 & 29 10am -4pm $2 kids FREE Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall


here’s Magic to found at the 14th annual Lake Cowichan Salmon Mushroom Festival as nature lovers celebrate the “wild edible” treats of the Cowichan Valley. The whole family will enjoy wild mushroom identification, guided forest tours (Sunday only), a variety of artists, market vendors, information sessions on wild salmon, mushrooms, fly tying and the delectable salmon and mushroom delicacies served at

The roots of the festival took place 14 years ago, while Ingeborg Woodsworth was teaching a touring ‘Mushroom Identification’ course for Malaspina College. She ventured up and down the island with wonderful friends to display the marvellous variety of fungi found in the Cowichan Valley. A resident of the Valley for over 2 decades, she discovered while at UBC the Cowichan Valley had 3 times more the varieties of fungi than Vancouver. Mushroom ID is one of the highlights of the event. Mycologists David Tamblin and Ingeborg Woodsworth will display beautiful fresh mushrooms on moss trays for public obesrvation. Any fungi brought in by visitors can also be identified and discussed. Educational talks and slideshows will take place

Wool yarn dyed naturally using fungi.

Family Friendly Event Celebrating Mushrooms & Salmon on each day. Roger Foucher will be on hand to teach about wild foods and Bob Crandall, president of the Salmonid Enhancement Society of Lake Cowichan will feature a display of young salmon fry. See you there!

Mycologist Ingebore Woodsworth offers seasonal Mushroom Workshop for Beginners For info call 1-250-749-6291 or visit All workshops 10am -4pm. Cost $35

Parenting through September School September days – like walks, Transitions

stories, laughter, backrubs and family meals - provides the child rest from the tensions of the day.


f your kids are cranky and uncooperative and you think your parenting is to blame, you may want to reconsider. Letting go of glorious summer to face school routines isn’t easy. Kids naturally have mixed emotions, which may spill out as tantrums, new monsters under the bed, refusals to do things or extra need for reassurances. While this can be frustrating and inconvenient for us, it’s normal for children as this - and any! - transition approaches. We can help kids adapt and accept new routines by welcoming their mixed emotions instead of trying to stop or limit them. It’s these unexpressed emotions that drive their less than desirable behavior.

Once school starts, connect with them in the mornings before rushing out the door. This does not need to take lots of time. Making a moment to greet them warmly, and fill them up with our love - before asking them to get dressed and get in the car can have profound benefits. It is also important to ‘bridge’ the inevitable separation that’s coming: Let them know how much you are looking forward to seeing them at the end of the day, and cuddling in for a bedtime story. This will help them hold on to you, and focuses them on your connection rather than on saying goodbye. Accepting the turbulence of transitions and supporting your children will help them re-emerge as the more cooperative, balanced kids you remember, and remind you that your parenting, and your kids, are OK after all.

Facing separation is alarming for kids. What’s a parent to do? Making the parent-child relationship a priority during transitions provides an anchor for the child. Building times of connection into these

Heather Ferguson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and mother of two.

Heather Ferguson Registered Clinical Counsellor Begins Tuesday, September 17th

Power to Parent: The Vital Connection

Video course and Discussion Group 7-9 pm Matraea Centre 250.743.5714 I

Fall Dance & Theatre Workshops for Kids!


ynda Allen Tap Studio There are many benefits to involve kids in Performing Arts and Tap Dancing. We offer fun high energy classes that explore the world of rhythm and technique. Kids participate in the most musical form of dance as they make music with their feet and learn about expression and feeling the rhythm. Tap classes and peforming arts in general help to build confidence,character and self-esteem. It inspires passion for dance in all ages and enables kids to learn how to dance to all types of music. Focusing on the practice of thythms, we sharpen each student’s co-ordination in a fun, encouraging and nurturing atmosphere. Tap classes take place in a Duncan studio with a professional sprung hardwood tap floor. Please wear comfortable clothing with short pants.Tap shoes are available at Body Wrapsody Dance shop on Station St in Duncan ...loaners are available for first timers who are interested in trying! For more info call 250 748 0934. O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE Youth Convergence (September 27–29) is a groundswell of

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Tap Studio Child I Teen I Adult I Mature


Our mission is to inspire, motivate and most of all have FUN!

We offer encouraging, experienced tap instruction for Beginners to Advanced for all ages.

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vibrant youth dialogue, hands-on learning activities, expressive arts, campfire circles, workshops, dance party, theatre, and more! Youth 13–30 are invited to participate, while those outside the age range are invited to cocreate. For more info call 250-743-3067 Theatre Education at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Island Savings Discover Theatre Workshops Theatre Workshops are available

for Grade 10 Students to learn introductory acting and improvisation through a school or individually. 10 complimentary theatre workshops for Grade 10 students this coming fall. If you or your school might be interested please contact, Education Co-ordinator at education@chemainustheatre.caVancouver Island Public Schools.For more info call Nicolle at 250 246-9800 ext 7090 South Cowichan Recreation is pleased to be offering a variety of recreational dance classes for children this fall. At the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre we are offering classes for children aged 3-12 years in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. These beginner dance classes are intended as an introduction into the world of dance, in a non-stressful, yet inviting environment. Most classes are 5 or 6 weekly sessions. The Dance Sampler Classes are

designed for beginners.These classes are a great introduction to the grace and art form of dancing. Come experience the joy of dancing with us. Instructors Bonnie Nicholas and Kayla Liddle. For more info call 250-743-1433.

Fall Workshops

African Dance & Drumming Fall Classes For Adults


elebrating diversity and cultural understanding fuel our creative passions at MoonDance. Through our local community, as well as in Africa and around the World, MoonDance offers respectful, culturally-sensitive classes and workshops. “There are few short-cuts to happiness... DANCE is one of them!” African Dance is not just movement for movements’ sake but the embodiment of poetry, history, community and transformation. Classes for adults in West African Dance, West African Drumming, Modern Dance, and Yin Yoga Classes start Sept 9th at the beautiful Art House in Shawnigan Lake Village (1756 Wilmot Ave, corner of Wilmot & Dundas)

Why Should Kids Have All The Fun?


eptember is the perfect time for adults to explore something new or reconnect with a past passion. Taking a class is a great way to do this, and the more creative the subject, the broader the application. Acting is a great example; it’s fun, encourages personal growth, and is useful in many areas of life. Acting class provides an enjoyable outlet for selfexpression and connects you with others who love to perform. Being in a state of ‘play’ is an excellent way of relieving stress, stimulating creativity, and encouraging problem solving. Pretending to be a character also puts you on a journey of selfdiscovery by exploring human behaviour in a very real, personal way. When you understand a character’s motivation, you gain insight into yourself and those around you. If you’re already involved in a community theatre group, acting classes can help take

your performance to the next level. A good instructor can show you specific techniques that professionals use to achieve clear, truthful performances. If you suffer from stage fright, you’ll get tips and tricks to help soothe those jagged nerves and improve your stage presence, whether it’s in a play, a speech at your cousin’s wedding, or a presentation to your stock holders. The vocal and physical training alone will be useful in many aspects of life, and the confidence you’ll gain will be invaluable. Taking an acting class can open up your world in surprising and delightful ways. So why let the kids have all fun? Sign up for class, meet some new friends and explore your creative side this fall. Barbra French is the owner of VITA Theatre School in Duncan. 250-755-5768.

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Fall Workshops


Power to Parent: The Vital Connection Begins September 17th Matraea Centre, Duncan 250 743 5714

Movies For A Cause


To reserve tickets 250-748-7529 Complete the Valley Voice Readers Survey on page 48-49 for your chance to win great prizes!

Home of the Cowichan Valley’s “100 Mile Dawg” A locally based, socially conscious mobile food alternative

Now serving Nani’s Secret speciality condiments! To book events call 250 732-5250


Reel Alternatives is very nearly 10 years old! It began with an enquiry into Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit and its mission to spread access to interesting films across the country while assisting community groups with fund raising. CVHS volunteer Janet Hicken gathered a group of volunteers and acquaintances to explore possibilities. Excitement grew and in January 2004, then at the Caprice Theatre, Reel Alternatives showed its first film. Four years ago it moved to the larger Cowichan Theatre. The independent committee carefully scans Film Circuit’s seasonal schedules to choose a balance of films it thinks will be of interest to growing audiences. The first sold out crowd (731 seats) on June 24, 2013 showing Quartet attests to great success. Reel Alternatives Committee maintains a blind copy email list to alert enthusiasts of the upcoming film including background information to enhance enjoyment. All proceeds support the work of Cowichan Valley Hospice Society.

Power to Parent is a parent education series with a relationship-based approach that restores parents to their natural intuition and helps children realize their innate potential as human beings. These courses combine video presentations by developmental psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld with in-person support sessions facilitated by Heather Ferguson, Registered Clinical Counsellor. The material is presented in such a way that engages parents while educating professionals as well. The principles and dynamics apply to children of any age. The Vital Connection focuses on how to develop and protect “right relationship” with our children to foster their growth and maturity. This course consists of eight weekly 2 hour sessions For more information or to register, visit www. heatherfergusonconsulting. com or www.neufeldinstitute. com/courses


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Cowichan Green Community’s “Communitree Building Beautification Fund”


owichan Green Community (CGC) went way out on a limb to purchase the old Phoenix Station Motor Inn. If you’ve taken a stroll along Duncan Street lately, you will see that the transformation has begun. The renovations will soon be underway.

building. We need help from the community to achieve this goal.” That’s where Sandy McPherson, loyal CGC supporter, stepped in. “We came up with the idea of starting a fundraising campaign to help paint the Phoenix. Entitled the Communitree Building Beautification Campaign, and slated to run to September 27, 2013, the first step is to erect a banner on the side of the building to show our progress. Henk Scholten, a local artist, helped to create the banner in the image of a tree – a ‘Communitree.’ As the building beautification fund grows, we will see the tree ‘leaf out’ in $100 and $500 increments. The fundraising goal is $50,000 which will cover the cost of the paint job, as well as awnings and signage. People who donate $100 or more can have their name on a leaf. We’re hoping to make the tree fully leaf out by the end of summer!”

to a project like this is different. We want to find a way that makes it easy for everybody to chip in, so we are also planning a garage sale, in September, the proceeds of which will be contributed to CGC’s Communitree Fund” The garage sale will be held the morning of Saturday, September 14 at the Phoenix. Check the CGC website for more details: www.

Nadeane Nelson, Chair of CGC’s Fundraising Committee, clarified that all donations are welcome. “Everybody’s ability to contribute

For more information, please contact Judy at 250 7488506, or email at judy@

If you would like to see the old pink and grey updated to something more vibrant, this is your chance to get involved. You can do your part to spruce up the area by contributing to the Communitree Building Beautification Fund. Hurry in to the CGC offices at 360 Duncan Street to buy or contribute to a leaf and help our team get the building painted before the fall rains begin! All donations are welcome!

“We are committed to revitalizing the exterior of the building, to make the Phoenix look and feel different than it has in the past,” explains CGC’s Executive Director, Judy Stafford. “However, our renovation budget could not stretch to cosmetic changes to the outside of the


A Quick Look At Alternate Educational Choices in the Valley

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Evergreen Independent School Sunrise Waldorf School 4344 Peters Rd Cowichan Station 250 743-7253.

1877 Herd Road Duncan 250-746-0372 Open 11am - 4:30pm 34

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS) is an independent school located in Cowichan Station, south of Duncan. Supporting choice in education for discerning parents, our school attracts families from all over the globe, who have moved here especially to enroll their children at our seven acre, rural, Waldorf school. Founded in 1980, SWS offers Parent & Child programs, Preschool, full day Kindergarten, Grade 1 through 8, as well as After School Care. Waldorf Education is one of the fastest growing non-denominational, independent school movements in North America. Sunrise Waldorf School is a full member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and is recognized as a Group One Independent School. For more information or to set up a tour please visit www.sunrisewaldorfschool. org or call 250-743-7253.

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3515 Watson Ave Cobble Hill 250 743-2433 At Evergreen Independent School in Cobble Hill, our goal is to help each student achieve academic excellence and individual development within an educational community that nurtures the joy of learning. By creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, students are free to explore, learn and develop with confidence in their own abilities. Small class sizes and vibrant multiage groupings help create a space for every child to learn, and individualized learning plans reflect the Evergreen belief that children develop in unique ways, at different rates, and in different directions. We strive to instruct children in ways that best fit their unique learning styles. Our graduates are selfmotivated, curious people engaged in their community and in life-long learning. Evergreen welcomes students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8. For further information including tuition, please visit our website at

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Queen Margaret’s School 660 Brownsey Avenue Duncan 250 746-4185 ext.236 Queen Margaret’s School offers a university-preparatory education to 320 students in a co-ed Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program, coed Junior School (KindergartenGrade 8) and all girls Senior School (9-12, boarding and day). The picturesque 27-acre campus is nestled in the heart of the Cowichan Valley and is home to Canada’s only fullyintegrated school equestrian program. This optional program provides training opportunities for recreational riders and elite equestrian athletes alike. QMS is committed to providing a unique middle years’ experience with a dedicated team of specialized teachers and a new learning environment, The Learning Centre, for students aged 9-14. Small class sizes, a variety of instructional strategies, and cross-curricular approaches are key to a successful middle years’ education for students. Integrating technology and academics, students collaborate, make decisions, and use their knowledge in a variety of subject areas, making learning engaging and relevant. Since 1921, QMS’s rigorous academic program and extensive extra-curricular offerings have provided opportunities for achievement and personal growth, empowering students to think critically, lead confidently and live honourably.

Brentwood College School 2735 Mt Baker Rd Mill Bay 604-743-8464 Brentwood College School is a co-educational university preparatory school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1923, Brentwood has established itself as a leader among boarding schools with a strong reputation for guiding our students to be the leaders of tomorrow. With 446 students who enjoy the 47 acre oceanfront campus and our modern facilities, Brentwood is a truly remarkable place to meet life long friends while gaining a world class education.

St Joseph’s Catholic School

9735 Elm Street Chemainus 250 246-3191 Nestled in a wooded landscape, St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary in Chemainus offers faithenriched education to children from preschool through grade 7. The school’s skilled educators provide a safe and caring environment, and nourish each student academically, physically, spiritually and artistically. St. Joseph’s is one of only six Arts Infusion Champion Schools in the province, and also offers music and band

programming, PE, and a K-7 French program. Parents may register their children in preschool for two, three or five mornings a week, and childcare is available on a part or full-time basis. Before and after school care is also offered for older children. St. Joseph’s is an inclusive school, welcoming students of all backgrounds and abilities. Tuition starts at $295.00 per month, and financial assistance is available. Please call for more information, or to arrange for a tour of St. Joseph’s school. * Descriptions for Queen of Angels School in Duncan and Shawnigan Lake School in Shawnigan Lake were not available at press time. Please visit their websites for more information.

Brentwood has an inspirational, contemporary approach to traditional boarding. Students choose to come to Brentwood; they are not sent here. We cherish our philosophy that the experience each student has in the boarding house is fundamental to the success of our school. The Brentwood boarding experience helps each student develop self-discipline, maturity, independence, time management, and leadership skills.

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urn your gaze to the heavens on a clear night and you will be no doubt be enthralled by the sheer vastness of stars suspended above. Turning your attention to what is contained between your ears and you will encounter another universe. Our knowledge of this inner sphere has been expanding greatly in the past two decades. Neuroscience has been deciphering its mystery. The human brain, a spongy 3 kg mass of tissue is the most complex living structure in the known universe, with neurons equaling in number to the stars. And like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two brains

Introduction To Permaculture September 6 -8 250 748 8506


ermaculture and how it can be applied to your property is an essential


are alike; we each have a unique way of learning, and our own way of knowing and expressing our inner nature. There is nothing simple about the brain. Whether we are sleeping, dreaming, remembering, playing, thinking, dancing, laughing or crying, the brain is involved in some way. A wonder of evolutionary organization, the brain is the control centre of the body making constant adaptations to the demands of our changing environment such as light and temperature. A healthy brain adapts to change and is resilient to stress. A brain with balanced brainwaves is more resilient than a brainwave pattern that element of a healthy and abundant property. From acreages to balconies people from Cuba to Russian are using this design approach to change their homes from lawns and ornamentals to beautiful a perennial and annual edible oasis. On September 6-8, 2013 the Cowichan Green Community will be hosting a two and half day workshop to learn permaculture while you design your own property. Students will bring personal maps and

BRAIN WAVES A Universe Between Your Ears is out of balance. Cool Brain Fact: There are 100 billion neurons in the brain, all of them in use, with each neuron making 10,000 connections. Do the math! That’s vast! (PS if you come up with the answer, email and let me know!)

Regular exercise is number one. It boosts both the structure and the function of the brain, resulting in better memory and better mood. Karen Allen, owner of Brainwave Harmonics, is a Brainwave Optimization™ technologist.

Healthy Brain Tip: Exercise! climatic information and walk out of the course with an understanding of permaculture as well the start of implementation plan for their property. Some will begin work on their property immediate after the course as Fall is an excellent time for soil building, while others will observe their land more closely for implementation in the Spring. If you don’t currently have land, this course is an excellent way to get a taste of permaculture and how it can be used for

any size land situation. Principles combined with practice and group design will provide students the opportunity to begin to see land for the oasis it can become. For more information and to register for the last few spots contact Cowichan Green Community at 250 748 8506.

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Javan K. Bernakevitch is a land designer and educator in Food Forestry, Sepp Holzer Agro-Ecology and permaculture.


LIFE-LONG LEARNING FOR SENIORS Aristotle was on to something when he said education is the best companion to take into old age. Elder College is a volunteer organization which gives older adults a chance to flex their mental muscles, learn a second language, play a musical instrument, practice various arts, experience the world with armchair travel or participate in various recreational activities. Established more than 18 years ago, the Cowichan Valley area Elder College has grown to over 600 members, who enjoy a huge variety of courses. Experienced volunteer instructors generously share their interests, skills, and knowledge. An annual membership fee of $5.00 allows area residents to attend as many Elder College courses as they like. In addition a minimal course fee covers the administrative costs of its partner, Island Savings Centre. Fall programs are available on line or in the Island Savings Centre program guide and at other area community centres.

Fall Program Guide available on line at:


Cowichan area volunteers offer programs at minimal cost: Classes starting at $12 • Arts • Music • Computers (IPads, IPhones, Tablets etc.) • Armchair travel • History • Gardening • Cameras and much more! To view Fall programs:

Pick up our flyer at a Cowichan Valley Recreation Centre OR log on to OR Google Elder College Duncan VISIT US AT THE COWICHAN EXHIBITION SEPTEMBER 6 - 8, 2013

Register for programs in person at Island Savings Centre or by contacting Jennifer Carmichael at 250 748 7529 37

R Fire & Bones – Youth Mentoring What is Fire & Bones?


t speaks to the FIRE of the teenage soul and the BONES of those who came before them whose stories can set them on the right path. Through our school based “Guys Groups” it is our hope that boys between the ages of 12 and 18 can hear the stories of committed, conscientious adult men, and therefore be invited to share their stories - their truth. We use the ancient wisdom of the “Circle” to share because we all gather as equals to support one another on our journeys. We hope that through this sharing, the boys will become more empowered in their life and become leaders in their families and communities. We hope to be gathering at Cowichan Secondary & Quamichan, along with Frances Kelsey starting sometime in mid fall. The group is a safe place for boys to come and talk about what is happening in their lives and be supported by healthy


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male mentors who have had police background checks and have completed our specialised mentor training program. The groups usually meet for an hour on a weekly basis. Around 10 to 15 boys show up each week with 2 to 3 mentors supporting them.Cowichan Secondary & Quamichan School and we hope to also include boys age 12 to 17 from Frances Kelsey Secondary in the Cobble Hill as well. The group is a safe place for boys to come and talk about what is happening in their lives and be supported by healthy male mentors who have had police background checks and have completed our specialised mentor training program. The groups usually meet for an hour on a weekly basis. Around 10 to 15 boys show up each week with 2 to 3 mentors supporting Grant M Waldman is the Executive Director of Westcoast Mens Resource Centre.

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Junior girls competing at the Head of Elk Lake Regatta.

MAPLE BAY Registration for the school rowing program at the Maple Bay Rowing Club is on

An Ideal Sport for Your Child!


owing is good for your child’s developing body and brain. It’s a concussionfree sport that keeps your child healthy and helps to improve their school grades— really! Rowing engages all the major muscle groups through the full range of motion and its smooth continuous motion avoids injuries, especially knee and head injuries that can result from impact or contact sports. Often described as the ultimate team sport, rowers in a crew learn to work precisely together, applying power in the same instant to propel the boat at exhilarating speed. Everyone participates – noone is left watching from the sideline. Sculling with two oars is the ideal form of rowing for young rowers. More difficult than sweep rowing (where each rower has one oar) sculling involves the arms crossing the midline of the body, a movement which engages both sides of the brain. All physical exercise helps improve concentration but sculling also benefits cognitive thinking. And because it is great fun, rowers keep rowing and their academic performance

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Saturday, September 7th 10am -2pm 6735 Beaumont Avenue Maple Bay For early registration and any information contact Cheryl Thibodeau at 250 701 5100

It also teaches students life lessons; setting a goal, working hard to achieve it, discipline in sticking at it and recognizing that teammates depend on each other for success. All of which makes it an ideal sport for people of all ages, but particularly for students aged 12 and older who are still developing physically. Just ask a student who rows or, even better, ask his or her parents! Registration for the school rowing program at the Maple Bay Rowing Club is on Saturday, September 7th at the rowing club. For early registration and any information contact Cheryl Thibodeau at 250 701-5100

Justin Fryer is former president of Rowing Canada Aviron and am coaching junior girls at tha Maple Bay Rowing Club.



entinel Ridge Consulting provides computer support services to homes and businesses throughout the Cowichan Valley. Ian Parker started the company in 2010 shortly after he and his wife Oriana moved from Alberta to Mill Bay. Ian was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1976. Upon completion of his University studies, he embarked on a long career in IT, during which time he supported a wide variety of computing platforms. Three years ago, Ian decided to leave the corporate world behind and launch a company that could offer a wide range

of computer support services tailored to the needs of small businesses and individuals.

Computer Troubles? Ian Can Help!

Ian has great sympathy for those who feel overwhelmed by computer technology. “Computers have become easier to use in recent years. However, that ease of use comes at the cost of vastly more complex software. Any number of things can go wrong that the average person has great difficulty in fixing. This can make computers very frustrating, especially for those who are not familiar with the technology. Also, computers can become infected with

Computer expert, Ian Parker and his beloved dogs Bella and Murphy.

malicious software within moments of connecting them to the Internet. Finally, the technology is advancing so rapidly that many people are confused about what kinds of devices they should buy, as they are bombarded with advertisements for the latest and greatest gadget. We use plain English when explaining what caused a problem and how it was fixed. Similarly, recommendations for new equipment are made in a language that is understandable to the client.”

for travel time to the client’s premises or for pickup and delivery of equipment. For more information call Ian at Sentinel Ridge 250 929-1199.

Depending on the scope, work is either performed on site or the equipment is brought back to the lab and returned to the customer. There is no additional cost

Custom Carpentry by Doug Marsh

Journeyman, earth friendly carpenter available. Specializing in creative renos, artistic designs and live edge creations for your home, garden, farm, business or neighbourhood.

Builds gates, fences, sheds, garden beds, tables, shelving, arbours, pergolas, chicken coops, greenhouses.

FREE CONSULTATIONS Duncan: 250 737-1852


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September Festival One of the BIGGEST RECYCLING EVENTS of the year is coming up! St. John’s Anglican Church in Cobble Hill will be holding its Annual September Festival which promises to be bigger and better than other years with over 50 tables of wonderful, not to be missed, items in the Yard Sale. Items for this, the Book and Clothing Sales are piling up in the church and hall basements and they are just itching to get out and about. This year’s September Festival will be held on the Church grounds – admission is FREE. Come and discover the treasures of the Giant Yard, Jewellery, Plant and Book Sales, renew your wardrobe at the Clothing tent, tickle your sweet tooth at the Bake table, try your luck in the Silent Auction, enjoy appetising Hamburgers and Divine Desserts while you listen to lively music. For the children there is the Bouncy Castle and games galore. Come, have fun and

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help us make a difference by recycling treasures that are looking for a good home . As good neighbours we shall have an active ZeroWaste programme set up. As usual we shall be supporting local, national and international charities with some of the proceeds, Mark Saturday, 21st. September from 10am to 3pm down on your calendar as a FUN DAY for all the family.

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Those who have felt the power of peace know it is profound, and also know it can be fleeting. While peace means different things to different people, it is the principle of the power of peace that brings joy and happiness.


Peace in the Valley Global Yoga Mala Yoga is an ancient practice that serves to unite an individual’s mind, body, and spirit in one connected whole. Regular yoga practice helps to develop a healthy body, clear mind, and peaceful spirit. When we practice yoga in a group, we create a joyful sense of community. It is for these reasons that the Global Mala Project was created: to use yoga as a means to cultivate peace in the world. And, here in the the Cowichan Valley, we are hosting the first annual local Global Mala, “Peace in the Valley!” Peace in the Valley Global Mala is an event for all yoga lovers, from beginners to experienced yogis. Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace, and yogis all around the world will be forming a chain or “mala” of peace through yoga. In the morning, we will practice 108 sets of Sun Salutations led by 10 local yoga teachers: Lindsay, Swarn, Paulina, Asrael, Sadie, Nicola, Debbie, Santjeet, Christy, and Brian. Do just 1 set or all 108! The afternoon will include

workshops in meditation, dance, kirtan, and more yoga! Your hosts, Lindsay Campa and Swarn Leung, have shared a love of yoga for many years and are keen to make yoga more accessible to everyone. The event aims to be inclusive, fun, non-competitive, and communitybuilding, so we need you there! Entrance is by donation, and proceeds will be donated to local peace-building initiatives. Come join us at the Cowichan Station Hub and be part of a global event!

How do we get hold of this way of peacefulness for the long term? In our time, as some have walked away from churches and big-time religion, people are finding blessings by taking part in community, in walks like the Kidney Walk, the foodbank drives, helping a local individual overcome the financial difficulty of going to another country to get a much-needed operation. In the Buddhist philosophy, the Nirvana Sutra says: “ I deeply respect You.” The Lotus Sutra says: “All living things possess the Buddha nature.” We are further advised that when we polish our spiritual nature our false desires and common illusions will be replaced by

deep understanding and the higher World of Realization.” Nichiren Daishonin Is this where the power of peace comes from? Today, many people seek answers to their higher spiritual nature and they do this by helping others, but also in taking time for themselves to get away. Getting away on a personal retreat can be a powerful way to peaceful means. Indeed, we are fortunate to have a peace centre right here in our Cowichan Valley, open to everyone from all walks of life and to those seeking new direction for their spiritual nature. The Nichiren Buddha Society will host the 13th Annual Buddha In the Park at the peace centre on September 13, 14, 15. This is an invitation to come find a pathway to a powerful peace.

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we sit in a circle. Talking circles bring powerful healing. There is no top or head of a circle. Every part of a circle is equal to every other part.

The Power of Circle


et’s start with the shape of our planet. Our sun. A bubble. The circle is the most perfect, efficient shape in nature. The corners of a square are the places that will receive the most stress, because the energy of the shape stops there. The houses of cob walls are rounded so that they are more tolerant to earthquakes. This beautiful shape extends beyond a physical structure. It is also the best way for people to assemble. In the sweat lodge

In our current society, performers face the audience and everyone faces them. A teacher is at the front of the class. A judge sits in an elevated position to show authority. But in indigenous societies everything is done in a circle. Dancing, carrying out the law, teaching, all are carried out in a way where everyone was equal. In a talking circle, everyone gets a chance to speak, and everyone gets listened to. This helps to give the feeling of equality and fairness. Even if you are a chief, in the circle you must listen to everyone, and only speak when it is your turn. Everyone is visible to everyone, so there is a feeling of openness. The circle helps to bring humility to those in power. It is a constant reminder that no one is more or less important than anyone else. The teacher is

also the student. When we listen to everyone in the circle speak, we start to hear stories that we share with others. We feel the similarities between us all, and we realize that we are not alone. When we speak and are witnessed, we are honored. It helps us to realize that our stories are important. Many people in our society don’t feel like they have a voice or are heard, and this brings illness. Powerful healing can happen in a talking circle. The circle is also the shape of the medicine wheel. The medicine wheel is much too deep to define it in this article, but it is the foundation of the medicine teachings of the plains natives, including Cree, Lakota, Blackfoot and other nations. It helps us to stay healthy by reminding us to be balanced. We must care for the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional parts of ourselves, or we become sick. In our society we focus mostly on the mental and physical, while the emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves are ignored. Life itself is a circle. Our society is linear, focusing on a start,

middle and end. You are born, live your life and then die. The end. This puts a lot of pressure on us, we are worried about time running out, and live like there is no tomorrow. But when you believe in the circle, you realize there is no beginning or end, just change. Life, you, and I are all eternal and ever changing. So don’t worry about mistakes, just make this moment count. I host spirit journey circles monthly at Harmony Yoga Studio. In it, I teach the technique of the spirit journey, in which people in the circle journey through their minds to connect with spirit guides. While I drum and sing, people are led on a journey to different places, and shown things that will help them to move forward in life. Guides can be animals, humans, plants, or other entities. Once you make a connection with your guide it will be your helper in everyday life. Trevor Husband offers spiritual healings, classes and circles. www.


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eptember marks a steadiness of routine as we transition from summer to autumn. Holidays wind down and a return to school and regular work schedules settle people into a rhythm very different from the freeflowing feel of summertime. This autumnal rhythm often marks a change in our approach to wellness, sparking a more methodical approach to health and wellness. It can be a time to focus on any intentions for wholeness we may have. Commitment, sometimes embraced, often avoided, can have a profound effect on healing. When people make a commitment to a healing process they often find that the results they achieve far surpass those they would accomplish from the same number of sessions scattered about and scheduled willy-nilly.

For example, the first time I tried Rolfing Structural Integration, I did the series in an unplanned way. Because the practitioner was still doing her training, I started out by receiving her practice massages, which felt good. One day she suggested I try the 10-session Rolfing series. Because I liked and trusted her, I said ok. What astonished me was that I started experiencing results I wasn’t getting from the regular massages. My decision to do an entire series devoted to posture and alignment created the space to release not only physical holding patterns, to increase my flexibility, and, to my great surprise, to release emotional patterns as well. Commitment to a process connects intent with action; this often catalyzes personal growth and change. Many healing modalities offer general sessions as well as some sort of process requiring commitment. If you’re seeking personal and physical change, and want a kickstart, rather than doing a frustrating few sessions here

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aster Herbalist, Author and Educator, Lorene Benoit is sharing 35 years herbal expertise in a one day workshop, combining the Herbal Medicine Wheel, harvesting and preparing medicinal herbs. Anyone interested in herbs, from growing their own herb pots to clinical applications will enjoy the hands on, (and nose and mouth) experience! The Medicine Wheel helps us to understand how the four elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water relate to everything in the universe and how their interconnections can maintain balance in our overall life. The four element model is generally attributed to Greek medical philosopher and poet, Empedocles. Italian, Druid, Christian, Celtic, Mayan and Native Indigenous Americans have all used these concepts in medicine wheel models. Benoit uses her Medicine Wheel garden to teach about

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health and disease on four levels: physical, spiritual, mental and emotional; the four actions of herbs, directions, tastes and seasons of the calendar and our life… and whatever else comes up in her interactive classes. As for the harvesting and preparing of herbal medicines, Benoit states, “Anyone can learn some simple herbal applications to help you take more control over your own health. “ Workshop will focus on Medicine Wheel with a focus Calendula.

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WEBSITES, EMAILS AND VERBAL LINT By Rick Dennis ANY SEASON IS G.I.F.T.S. SEASON: “It’s the best feeling in the world to be a volunteer,” beams Cecilia Goulden from behind the counter at Global Initiative Fair Trade Store (G.I.F.T.S.) in Duncan. And she should know. Together with fellow volunteers Dawn Braithwaite, Frank Bishop and Robert Woodward, she helps to keep the cozy little venue on Station Street open for business five days a week. A non-profit organization, G.I.F.T.S. places order with neighbour co-ops in over thirty countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and India and the results from sales of these items are reinvested in the communities from which they are bought. For example, the colorful and decorative beads on display in the Duncan shop are hand made by women from the Maasai tribe in Kenya. A little means a lot for these folks. “Through their commitment to ending poverty, this small group of women have been able to send their children to school and have completed a communal wash house,” to quote from the tag next to the beads. In other words, it’s your chance to get that special someone a unique gift and contribute to a worthy cause in the bargain. And speaking of bargains, there are lots of ‘em here. To see some of the merchandise on display, a list of participating co-ops and view the many photos on the site log onto The group also has an email address: cowichangifts@shaw. ca . However, the best way to fully appreciate the exquisite hand-made jewellery, pottery, clothing, wood and stone carved domino and chess sets and oh, so much more is to visit the shop yourself and meet some of the friendly and dedicated volunteers. (Store hours: Tues. Noon-4pm/Wed-Fri 10am-4pm/Sat. & Sun. Noon-4pm)

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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.

Aries (March 21-April 19) This month, you want to get organized! Do whatever you can to manage your life more efficiently. Make lists, refine techniques, establish procedures and get support material. While you’re on this self-improvement kick, focus on health. Yes, you want it all! Meanwhile, a sudden change might benefit where you live or your family. You might move suddenly or your home might change in some way that makes you feel richer, younger and more excited about life. Taurus (April 20-May 20) It’s a time for a vacation because the bottom line is that you want to please yourself this month. “I wanna have fun!” Enjoy sports events, the arts, the theatre, playful times with children and many chances to socialize and party with others. Something exciting will rev your engines. You’re making big plans! Expect a change to your style of communicating with relatives, especially siblings and cousins. Gemini (May 21-June 20) This month your attention turns to home, family and your private life. You’ve been so busy lately you almost hunger for a chance to cocoon at home. Many will be involved with a parent more than usual. Unexpected news (hopefully positive) might impact your earnings. This could be a sudden windfall, a better job, a raise or a chance to make money. For some, it might be an unexpected purchase that makes you feel rich!

Cancer (June 21-July 22) This month, you’re juggling short trips, errands, conversations with everyone, visits here and there plus increased reading and writing. (“My hair’s on fire!”) Plus you might squeeze in a vacation! The reason this might happen is many of you will get a charmed hit of good luck like a bolt out of the blue. The next year is fortunate for you and perhaps one of the reasons for this is that something will suddenly happen. It could be opportunities to expand your life. (Keep your bags packed by the door.) Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re entering a thoughtprovoking month where you will puzzle answers and wonder, “What should I be doing?” You want to know what matters in life. You’re thinking about cash flow, earnings and possessions. You might want to show something off. You want better control over your life with what you own. Recently, unexpected changes have made you more reflective, especially spiritually. Your own mortality and the interconnectedness of everything make you think. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Happy Birthday! The Sun is in your sign (the only time all year this happens), which is why you will be able to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. You attract important people and favourable circumstances to you. Hint: Make hay while the Sun shines! Meanwhile, relations with a friend or a group might yield major changes and surprises. Others might endorse you or help you reach your goals. This is an auspicious time. Expect a miracle! Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your birthday is a month away, which means your

personal year is ending. Therefore, this is the perfect time to make plans about your new year. How do you want it to be different from last year? What goals do you want to achieve? Meanwhile, something unusual might electrify your reputation, perhaps suddenly. People are aware of you. Your name is on their lips. You might get a promotion, a raise, recognition – something that makes you feel acknowledged and appreciated. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your popularity is growing. This month your schedule is jampacked with the demands of clubs and organizations. It’s time to think about longrange goals and making your dreams a reality. Work with others because they will benefit you. Establish who you are in partnerships and groups. Many of you will get a sudden opportunity to travel or explore further training and education. Others will receive a windfall connected with publishing, the media, medicine and the law. This is an exciting time in our life. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) People notice you now, especially people in authority. And they admire you, which is why they want you to take on increased responsibilities. Say yes because you won’t have to do anything special to dazzle them (Obviously, this is the month to push your agenda – ya think?) Perhaps one reason you are noticed is a sudden windfall of money, support, wealth or assistance arrives, or a chance to economically join forces with someone. Make the most of this! Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re restless and eager to expand your horizons. Travel anywhere because you want adventure and you

September want to get outta Dodge. However, travel is not the only way to change your world. Exciting courses and educational opportunities can also expand and enrich your life. Meanwhile, sudden and wonderful opportunities can benefit you through a partner or close friend. A casual relationship might become committed. Or you might meet wonderful people through someone. Expect success in dealing with the general public. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re focused on inheritances, taxes, debt, shared property and anything to do with jointly-held assets. You might meet a strong teacher or someone who provokes self-inquiry in you. Perhaps it is because of your self-aware readiness that you will experience a sudden job promotion or a sudden change that benefits both your health and your work. Something unexpected is going to open doors for you. Classically, you will want to work for yourself or be selfemployed in some way. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Your focus is on partnerships and close friendships. (For a relationship to be successful, you must be as good for your partner as he or she is for you.) Meanwhile, respect your need for more sleep because the Sun is now as far away from your sign as it gets all year, and the Sun is your source of energy. You want to be wellrested because unexpected opportunities to vacation, enjoy the arts, be involved in sports and enjoy playful activities with children will fall in your lap. Expect a fun bonanza to come your way.


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The Cowichan Valley Garden Club – Memories of Times Past Left to right: Sally Smith, Shirley Garriock, Ellen McEwan. Photo Jillian Kondrat


With a long tradition in growing flowers, fruits and vegetables, the Valley was the home of the world famous Crosland Seeds, famous for their sweet peas. For many years they supplied English firms with their seeds.

did not exist except for small backyard nurseries; people swapped plants, seeds and cuttings. Ellen (a past President of the Club), joined the National Sweet Pea Society in Britain in her twenties. She enthusiastically grew sweet peas, entering them and winning the trophy for several years running at the Cowichan Exhibition. Ellen also remembers going to the garden Centre at Eaton’s in Duncan. It was open only briefly in the spring up to May 24th. Shirley, another long-time Club member, has a yellow rose still blooming in her garden that she purchased from Eaton’s many years ago.

On a lovely summer morning in July I had the pleasure of reminiscing with three members of the club, Sally Smith, Ellen McEwan and Shirley Garriock, whose memories go back to childhood . Sally now lives on part of the original property where the Crosland brothers grew their famous sweet peas, and recalls that nurseries and garden centers

Another founding member, Mrs. Edna Green, who lived on a hillside overlooking Somenos Lake, was a daffodil expert. In 1937, she began importing the bulbs from Ireland where the plants were being hybridized. At one time, Edna had the largest single private collection in Canada, featuring over 150 varieties from all over the world. Mrs. Green was the

n the early 1950’s, Mr. J. W. Parkinson, F.R.H.S. was teaching night school classes on gardening. His pupils were keen and wanted more, so in 1953 the Valley Garden Club was founded. The first meeting was held in St. Mary’s Church Hall on Somenos Road with Mrs. Vera Lundahl as president. Initially the Club had 30 members.


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first life member of the club. Mrs. Dorothy Shaw lived at “Greylands”, a garden paradise, on Norcross Road where over a span of 40 years she and her husband Ronnie created a beautiful garden featuring azaleas and rhododendrons. One member who made an outstanding contribution to agriculture and gardening in the Valley was Miss Mary Walden. She lived in the Glenora area on a farm that is now home to the Zanatta Winery. A past president of the Cowichan Exhibition, she purchased lands for the exhibition and personally planted shade trees to enhance the grounds. In her later years, she lived on Norcross Road where she developed another wonderful garden. Ellen has a Corylopsis pauciflora in her garden that comes from a cutting taken from the shrub in Mary’s garden. Sally and Ellen remember another great gardener in the Valley, Mr. Townend, a retired British Colonial Servant who had worked in China. He was a very eccentric plant collector who argued with his wife over gardening and in the end they created separate gardens! On a hot summer day when Ellen was 11 years old her mother finally allowed her to go over and weed for him. He gave her a 50 cent piece, a large cup of tea and homemade bread with greengage jam. In 1962 the Club’s Flower Show was opened by Mrs. G. R. Pearkes, chatelaine of Government House in Victoria. The ladies all wore hats and white gloves. A formal tea of sandwiches and cakes was the tradition in those days. The tables were decorated with beautiful

flower arrangements. The first show had drawn over 350 entries (a record) and the winners received their trophies from Mrs. Pearkes. The three ladies quoted in this article have deep roots in the Valley. Shirley’s grandfather William Chalmers Duncan was an early settler after whom the City of Duncan is named. Shirley’s sister Joyce Gooding was a club president and owned the flower shop on Craig Street called “Floral Art “ and Joyce created the bouquet for Ellen’s wedding. Shirley’s father was the manager of the Duncan Garage and Sally’s father worked with him as the assistant manager. Duncan was always a gardening community; Sally Smith says as far back as 1912 people were entering flower shows. They also had extensive vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. Space does not permit me to mention many other club members past and present who have made contributions to the strong gardening tradition in the Valley. Today the club has over 120 members and we extend a warm invitation to gardeners and aspiring gardeners in the area to join the Club. The club will meet again on September 11 at 7:00 pm in St. John’s Anglican Church Hall on Jubilee Street. Visit cowichanvalleygardenclub. com for information guest speakers. Jean Addison, Cowichan Valley Garden Club Member, has created her own gardens in Ireland, Halifax, and Salt Spring Island and in Duncan where she has lived for the past 5 years.

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Alterations and Sewing

Alternative Accounting for Small Business On or off site service. Free initial consultation Package pricing from $49.95. Quickbooks Support Matraea Centre, 170 Craig St, Duncan 250-709-3660

R • Sewing and Alterations • Decorative Painting • Custom Projects and Lessons Carolyn Carr - 250 743 2858

Balancing and Supportive Yoga Mats

Belly Dancing

Memory foam yoga mat PVC Free. Ideal for pre/postnatal yoga, pilates and those who need more support.

Vernice Vita Yoga Mats Richard Badman 250 746 9319

Pre-registering for Fall Classes Starting October 2013 For More Information: Debrajeenah at 250-748-3148 Angelina at 250-710-8161

Studio 2000 Belly Dance

Business Services

Child Care Need childcare? Taking care of children? Call the Cowichan Valley Child Care Resource & Referral 250-746-4135 local 231



Home and Office Cleaning

Individual and couple counselling services.

Have a Healthy, Happy Home or Workplace

Sophie Barbant - Hayward, M.A. Registered 331 St. Julian Street Professional Counsellor Duncan, BC Bilingual French and English 250- 510 - 0182

250-929-6685 Farms and Food

Farm & Winery 3810 Cobble Hill Rd 250 743-9149

More than a Meat Shop

We harvest fruit from our farm and around the Valley for fresh blueberries and unique wine tastes - Come... Savour our Berry Flavours!

Gluten Free/Organic Pasta’s, Organic Meat, Homemade Sausage, International Foods. The Duncan Butcher 430 Trans Canada Hwy 250 748 -6377

The Valley’s 1st Certified Organic /Biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture Program Year round availability or 24 weeks Come eat at our Organic Farm Cafe - Child, Celiac and Vegan friendly!

Alderlea Farm and Cafe Open Tues, Fri & Sat 11am - 6pm 3390 Glenora Road, Duncan, 250 597 3438 Special seating for family meals! Health and Healing Change your Life * Lose weight * Balance blood-sugar * Food, not a supplement


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SHIATSU: HEAVEN & EARTH Bodywork for Body, Mind, & Spirit

Shiatsu brings on a state of deep relaxation.This renews your body’s own regenerative forces.The benefits are many from balancing muscular, neurological, hormonal, and organ function, to simply a blissful experience. I 250-748-6441 Duncan

Reflexology & Chi Wellness by Terri.

Trish Proctor, Certified Reflexologist 250 580 3094

1453 Algonkin Rd, Duncan 250-701-8962 • Special 3 one hour sessions for 150.00 of any of Reiki, Indian Head Massage or Foot Reflexology.

arefoot Tales Reflexology

Mobile Service Treatments in the comfort of your own home.

Ananda Ayurveda with Asrael • Luxurious Hot Oil Massages • Ayurvedic Treatments, Consultations & Counseling • Jyotish Astrology and Yoga 250 597 3973

Home Design

Home Maintenance

Quality painting by Christopher Dolsen


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Phone 1 250 857 7635 Pet Care

Professional Framing and Local Art

Lucky Dog U-Bath

139 Station St. 250-748-3311

We supply everything except the dog! All natural products and locally made dog gear. Open 7 days a week. DROP RIGHT IN! 250-597-7DOG 1059 Canada Ave, Duncan

Professional Framing •Local Art •Unique Gifts

Professional Writing Services Maeve Maguiire

Freelance Writing Services: Website Content Promotional Communications Technical Writing

Simplicty Parenting

Using the extraordinary power of less. Certified Facilitator Private Consultation Group Leader

Linda Dirksengale

778 422 0070 Space For Rent

Whippletree Revitalization Project Underway Great low price spaces available From 360sq ft and up!

For info please contact Adrienne 250 510 6596 or Alice 250 709-2779

For more information on how to be part of the

2013 Valley Voice Directory

Call Adrienne Richards 250 510 6596 or e-mail Domains, Hosting and Websites Web. Domains & Hosting Services WEB HOST Richard Badman 250.746.9319 Duncan, BC

We hope you enjoyed this month’s issue of the Cowichan Valley Voice!



Valley Voice Magazine -Your Monthly Guide to Living in the Cowichan Valley

September Issue 58  

For those who love to eat, live, play and shop in the Cowichan Valley.

September Issue 58  

For those who love to eat, live, play and shop in the Cowichan Valley.