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Creative Culture Celebrating The Good Life in Nelson Fearlessness - Kootenay Carshare Coop - Nelson’s Best Kept Secret - High Fives & Hair Balls Connecting with Spring - Sowing The Seeds of Change - The Creative Spark - Equinox Bread

• Amy Ferguson Institute/ Nelson Opera Society • Andre Piver Acupuncture • Bowick Electric • Chase Electric • Circle of Habondia Society • Continual Palingenesis • Creative Culture Magazine

• Dancing Bear Inn • Datse Multimedia • Deep Clean Housekeeping • Dianas Gomasio • Ellison’s Market • FocusPoint Coaching • Fomi’s Bakery • Gaia Rising • Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay • Hall Printing Ltd • Harrison Construction • IMU Studios • In the Koots • Jagannatha Express • Kolmel Jewelery

• Kootenay Carshare Coop • Kutenai Art Therapy • Lakewood Landscapes • Lonnie’s For Her and Him • Minchin Motors • Mountain Waters Spa • Nancy Selwood, RMT • Nelson CARES Society • Nelson and District Women’s Centre • Nelson Community Services Centre • Nelson Star • Nelson Urban Acres • Nelson-Creston Greens • Organic Matters

• Otter Books • Peoples Pharmacy • PermaHOST Web Hosting • Pigott and Company • Pura Vida Foundation • Royal Hotel • Still Eagle • Ted Allen’s Jewellery • The Building Tree • Transition Nelson • Vince DeVito Specialty Footwear • West Kootenay Eco Society • Wild Air Photography • William McNally • Willow Point Lodge

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Publisher’s Perspective I returned to Canada from California last year, content to have narrowed my decision down to two choices when it came to where I would put down my roots: The Gulf Islands or The Kootenays. Both blessed with an abundance of resources, natural beauty and creative people, it was not an easy choice. We all wonder what would have happened if we had made a different decision at one turning point or another in our lives. Every now and again I like to reflect on the decisions I have made in the past year that have led me to the present moment, and usually marvel at how “life is what happened when I was busy making other plans” as John Lennon so aptly noted. Perhaps if it were not for The 8th Annual Komastket Music Festival in Vernon last year, and the subsequent spark nudging me to follow an enchanting young woman and her angelic daughter into the forested mountains surrounding Nelson, I may not have chosen wisely, as the knight in The Last Crusade admonished everyone who came searching for the Holy Grail to do. Still, arriving in Nelson last September, I was humbled by a number of life lessons, so I did what anyone bent on self preservation would do; I retreated to Johnson’s Landing Retreat Center, where I met Angele Ortega, the publisher of Issues Magazine. My 6-year dream of publishing a magazine had been frozen in the icy fear of failure, yet with a little encouragement, this same (irrational) fear thawed like an icicle in Spring. Older and wiser (ha!) I returned to our gorgeous town and was welcomed by Nelson Becker at The Express, where over the winter I was lucky to slowly integrate myself into our community. Thank you for reading this first issue of Creative Culture Magazine, an organic, monthly platform for our ideas and voices that will hopefully inspire us, enrich us, sustain us, and connect our community. Here’s to the Good Life in Nelson!

Issue #1 Published March 4th, 2011 © 2011 Creative Culture Canada. No part of this publication may be copied or duplicated without our written permission.

Publisher’s Perspective...............................................3 Moving Matters..........................................................4 The Creative Spark.....................................................5 Fearlessness................................................................6 Community Dollars....................................................7 Sowing The Seeds of Change.....................................8 Tech Tips & Tricks.....................................................9 Connecting with Spring............................................10 High Fives & Hair Balls...........................................11 Shopping Local.........................................................12 Compassionate Communication...............................13 The Good Life in the Bahamas.................................14 Kootenay Carshare Coop Profile..............................15 New Moon Astrology................................................16 Singer Songwriter Saturday......................................17 Nelson’s Best Kept Secret........................................18 Kootenay Equinox Bread.........................................19 Ongoing Event Listings.......................................20-22

Cover photo: Basin Community Dollars group, from left back row: Robert Strutin, Michael Linton, Blaine McFadden, Jamie Herman, Chris Vassallo, Bill McNally, Billy Jones. From left front: Dawn Deydey, Diana van Eyk, Tara Herman, Caila Vorster.

Subscriptions to Creative Culture Magazine are available by contacting Austin Partridge at 551-4693 or by emailing For $27/year you get 12 issues issues mailed to your door, and first dibs on perks.

Creative Culture Magazine is published 12 times per year in Nelson, British Columbia. The first Thursday of every month, 1,000+ copies are distributed throughout the downtown core by The Nelson Cares Society. For advertising rates and submission guidelines call: Austin Partridge at 551-4693 or visit:

Publisher / Editor: Austin Partridge Proofreader: Shannon Kennedy Design: Lisette Cook and Joshua Jarman Photographs submitted by authors. Contributors: Judy Katz, Michael Smith, Tom Thompson, Michael Sheely, Justin Desjardins, Norm Richard, Simone Bova, Diana van Eyk, Deborah Burnett, Jocelyn Carver and Colleen Matte.


Fearlessness We live in a culture where fear is a large part of our everyday lives. Living safely, eating well, paying bill, and avoiding pain are all part of our routines that often go undetected as actual coping strategies to fear – and they can take their toll. Stress and anxiety start to create an imbalance in our psyches and our bodies, and rather than living fully and in each moment we are burdened with the prospect of never achieving ‘true’ happiness or moving beyond our fearful places.

Even more potentially disabling, there are many times that fear resides in our minds, conjuring false images of doom and despair. In those moments, our minds cannot discern between reality and imagination, and the same physiological reactions can arise – anxiety, shallow breathing, tensing and the fight or flight reflex kicks in. Here we are ‘shopping for suffering’ and there is often nothing that is truly corroborating our story except what exists in our minds.

What if we were to question the validity of what we are believing in those split seconds, just before we are about to give in and react to those thoughts? Byron Katie, author of ‘Loving What Is’, points out simple steps to investigate the validity of our fears. First ask yourself, “Is it true?” then, “Can I absolutely know that it is true?” And thirdly, “How do I react; what happens when I believe that thought?”

Then with as much honesty, sincerity and truthfulness as you can find, consider who you would be without that thought, that fear belief. You may be surprised how this investigation can start to diffuse your reactions to fear. What if instead we took a radical approach to fear? What if rather than running from our fears we learned to move closer to them? Explore, be curious about what is happening to us and why. As Buddhist nun, Pema Chodrin points out in When Things Fall Apart “If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid. Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape.”

Take a small step today to become more courageous in your proximity to fear. Do something that pushes the envelope, tests your beliefs, breaks those chains, and know that you will be that much closer to knowing yourself better. Deborah Burnett is a certified Life Coach and is the owner of Pathway Life Coaching in Nelson.


Shopping Local

A strong, local economy is good for everybody. It’s good for the tax base of the community and it’s good for the business community. Grow your own grains and sell them locally, like many backyard farmers are doing selling their eggs.


back to our municipality and our regional district, and they are the ones employing the people in our city. The more people go shopping outside of our trade area, the more difficult it becomes to sustain our jobs and sustain our businesses businesses are in the long term.

The 100-mile diet is a good example of how the more people start thinking the ones sustaining our Luckily, Nelson is fortunate in about supporting local businesses, that we have a diverse business local economy.” the more the mentality to build and community. We have a lot of maintain a strong local economy will become apparent. selection for a community of 10,000 people. We are a As long as products and prices are relatively competitive, regional shopping destination for smaller communities, the more we tend to shop locally and source locally- like New Denver and Kaslo; a lot of folks who live in produced goods and services. Of course, if you are Castlegar and Trail also visit our specialty shops. We in a situation where you are living from paycheck to also have great restaurants and a great entertainment paycheck, price will certainly always be something you and cultural scene that might not be available in their communities. will consider. However, when you start to factor in the cost of traveling to Kelowna, Spokane or the Lower Mainland, staying overnight and the cost of meals and entertainment, the trip alone can add several hundreds of dollars to your overall bill or invoice.

If you are on vacation, yes, but if you are regularly shopping out of town, it all starts to add up. Our local businesses are the ones who are sustaining our local community. They are the ones paying the tax dollars

Supported by a Shop Local promise, economic sustainability - in Nelson and the surrounding area depends on our ability to work hand in hand with each other to strengthen local ties, which will make this an even better place to live, work and play. Tom Thompson is the Executive Director at The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce at 225 Hall St. in Nelson, BC.

FAST FACT: For every $100 spent at a local business, $68 stays in our community.


The Creative Spark CC: (I smile and press record). SC: My name is Susan Cooley, and I have been an artist since I was a kid, whether I was painting rocks, drawing, doing stained glass, painting, stitching, collaging, sculpting clay, gardening, mapping, or designing and animating on the computer.

Gaining credentials and working for Parks Canada for 15 years allowed me the freedom to do what I really wanted to do. Currently I am learning to not equate art and money; have to create art because I want to, not because I have to. Talent scouts told me years ago what they want is for [artists] to hone our creative skills and take as many Fine Arts courses as we can.

So I did. Turned out I liked the instructor and started taking drawing and sculpture classes for the next 3

Susan Cooley with her stained glass work entitled Slocan Valley Blessing.

months. It is all art, just different forms. I left for my practicum at The Banff Center for the Arts, where I was inspired by artists from all over the world, and liked it so much I ended up moving to Canmore.

in the book Art of the Kootenays A Collection of 56 Kootenay Artists by Karla Pierce.

When I don’t think about the money, the commissions are there if I want them. I just have to trust they hired me because they like my work. If I start worrying, I can’t get it done; I struggle. As soon as I made the decision in my mind that I was going to be an artist, the universe started bringing stuff to me like I was a magnet. All of a sudden I’m in the internationallydistributed The Glass Artist’s Studio Handbook, created by an Israeli artist and instructor. Last year I was

I find my inspiration by connecting with other artists. Talking to them about what’s really going on, seeing what they’re doing, seeing different kinds of art forms, wanting to mix mediums.

If I am prolific and just produce, the clients are there. My first year in business, after one year in the Community Futures program, I attracted what I thought. I began doing commissions and being unsure of myself, attracted clients that were unsure of themselves.


All of a sudden galleries are phoning me. I don’t have go and market my work; they’re coming to me, because when you’re clear, and say this is what I want, and move forward, it’s like everything rearranges itself. If you’re afraid, you have all these mixed messages going on and things won’t happen; the universe can’t support you if you don’t know what you want.

I like challenging myself. If I do the same thing all the time, I never grow. That’s just the nature of being an artist, right? You can contact Susan Cooley and view her portfolio by visiting her website at

Moving Matters around how we direct our attention, while experiencing the changes that happen spontaneously as a result.

This is the first step; learning to sense subtle levels, and one that we need to return to again and again.

In this often over-stimulating world, we need to be reminded how to move with ease, how to get to know and to care for ourselves.

The benefits to us are truly endless, ranging from our ability to recover from stress, injury and illness, to improvements in physical comfort, quality of sleep, mobility, range of motion, flexibility, coordination, energy, vitality and mood, just to name a few.

Becoming aware of our habits and patterns is part of this process, making room for new possibilities to be discovered and laid down so that we can find relief and comfort from aches and pains, and enter into a whole new level of self connection, presence and ability in our lives. As more and more people are discovering, gentle body-centered mindful explorations are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Just like we need healthy food and exercise, as well as creative outlets and loving relationships, we also need mindfulness practices to keep our brains and bodies from deteriorating. Neurobiologists are proving that by using our attention, we can actually rewire our brains and make tremendous improvements in all levels of our health and well-being.

The Feldenkrais Method® is a powerful, mindful, self-help approach, offering us the tools we need to make new synaptic connections and even grow new neurons through the use of our attention. A lot of what we do in Feldenkrais® lessons revolves

The world that we live in today is not the one our brains and bodies evolved to inhabit. It is therefore important to take the time to find ways to better adapt, in order to maintain the balance of our health and well-being.

I often ask students to notice, both in class and in their daily lives, what activates and what de-activates their areas of challenge. Where and when do they feel compression in their bodies? Can they begin to notice what facilitates their decompression? As long as we are unaware at this subtle level, it is hard to find the recovery we are looking for.


This means slowing down and learning to listen to what the body has to tell us, and this is a learning process.

Judy gives private sessions out of her home in Lower Fairview. She has 3 regular weekly classes in town, Mondays @ 1:00 pm and Thursdays @ 7:30pm at Kutenais Finest, 182 Baker St., and Thursdays @ 1:00, at OM Studio, 3067 Heddle Rd. 6 Mile, $12 drop in. Look out for the upcoming Healing Your Back: The Feldenkrais Way, Wednesdays Apr. 6 - May 11, 7 - 8:15pm at Selkirk College and Enhancing Sex for Women: The Feldenkrais® Way, TBA. For more information and to join her mailing list please contact somatikatz@gmail. com or call 352-3319.






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Community Dollars FAST FACT: Saltspring Islanders withdraw ‘Saltspring Dollars’ from ATMs. What if a currency had caring built right into its structure? What if by design, a currency was based on generosity rather than greed? Meet Community dollars, an innovative model developed by Michael Linton based on these values, who also designed the LETSystem (LETS) over 30 years ago.

After reviewing many currency systems, we found this model to be the best by far. It is easy to use, since $1 Community dollar has the same value as $1 in Canadian currency. It also benefits local businesses, community groups and the local economy while increasing peoples’ purchasing power. We live in the Kootenays and are introducing this currency throughout the entire Columbia Basin. Our group is being mentored by Michael Linton, who designed this model.

Here is how it works: Community dollars are created when a business makes a donation to a local community group. This is an entry into database only; it does not affect cash flow or inventory, but is a promise to honour Community dollars in the future.

If the group is a registered charity, the group that receives this donation issues a tax receipt. It can now spend these dollars at participating businesses, apply for matching grants from funders or, best of all, exchange local currency for Canadian dollars.

This means when someone makes a donation to a community group, they can receive the same amount of their donation in Community dollars, which they can spend at participating businesses. Now when they make a donation, their spending power is not diminished; it makes charitable giving easy.

The donor then looks at a list of participating businesses to see where these dollars can be spent. This list acts is a powerful marketing tool for businesses, since people seek out businesses that accept Community dollars. Businesses can accept whatever percentage of Community dollars they can afford to cover their costs. We will launch Community Dollars in the Columbia Basin on April 22nd, 2011 (Earth Day) and we invite you to participate, as a business, organization or supporter. There is so much for all of us to gain.

This model empowers communities to take control of their economy, strengthens local businesses and community groups, and increases the overall spending power of people living in our region. Adopting this currency is a conscious commitment to the well-being of our communities, reducing our carbon footprint and promoting regional selfreliance and economic resilience. Visit ~ Diana van Eyk blogs for Redefining Beauty, Food in the Koots and Transition Nelson.

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For The Garden: Local, heritage and organic seeds. For Your Body: Vitamin-packed local, organic sprouts to tide you over ‘til that first spring harvest!

Sowing The Seeds of Change Why buy heirloom/heritage seeds? Always wondered what your secret super power was? Why not save the planet by protecting us from a loss of genetic seed diversity?

Plant genetic diversity is disappearing fast. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates since the beginning of the 20th century, about 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost worldwide. Genetic diversity is what allows wild and domesticated plants to survive diseases, climate changes, pests and other threats.

The good news: every ‘garden variety’ gardener can contribute to genetic plant diversity; by buying, growing and saving heritage and heirloom seeds. In the words of Annie Bond (Care2Learn) “The genes in heirloom seeds give life to our future. Unless the 100 million backyard gardeners and organic farmers keep these seeds alive, they will disappear altogether. This is truly an instance where one person – a lone gardener in a backyard vegetable garden – can potentially make all the difference in the world.” Why buy local seed? Simply put, seeds grown in this area are adapted to meet the joys and challenges of our particular patch of the planet: soils, climate, pests and more. This adaptation means they need less support from you to thrive. It also means you are supporting a local supplier and contributing to a strong local economy. Support our local companies and farms like Mad Dog Farms, Stellar Seeds and Laird Creek Seeds. Why buy organic seeds? Non-organic seed crops are heavy users of synthetic agricultural chemicals, as the plants are in the ground longer and have fewer chemical restrictions than crops that are grown for human consumption. Seeds produced organically adapt better to the organic growing conditions in your vegetable garden. By buying organic seed you are supporting farms and businesses that are committed to organic agriculture. And finally… Another reason to by local, heritage, organic seed is to keep Monsanto out of your garden. The company famous for bringing us Roundup and genetically engineered crops, owns approximately 40% of the home garden vegetable seed market! This makes Monsanto the largest seed company in the world. Visit the Seminis website (Monsanto purchased Seminis in 2005, along several smaller companies) to find out which varieties they sell. ~ Written by Jocelyn Carver.

Get Your Local Seeds From These Kootenay Suppliers:

• Stellar Seeds • Mad Dog Farms • Laird Creek Seeds

FAST FACT: 75% of the world’s food is produced by 1.5 billion small farmers.


Technology Tips & Tricks As the owner of Nelson Culture Computer Services and Electronics here in Nelson, the primary focus of this column in the coming months will be to answer your questions regarding anything technology related. We will also be featuring some local technology based news, Local Geek Profiles and upcoming events.

Let’s start things off with a simple tip you can use to improve the longevity of your PCs performance. Tip #1: Scan disk is your friend.

Monthly scans of your hard drive can drastically improve your computer’s speed and life span. Simply go to your computer’s disk tool settings. (for windows based machines clicking on “My computer” and right clicking on your hard drive, and then selecting properties) This will allow you to access the tools menu where you can schedule a scan disk operation. This will require you to reboot and the whole process should take about an hour, so do it when you have down time and do not need to use your computer for awhile.

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Local Geek Profile: Eddy Boxerman of Hemisphere Games

If you own an iPhone or an iPod touch, chances are you know what I mean when I mention the App Store. If you are anything like me you have more than likely spent a couple bucks on a few games to pass the time when you are waiting for the bus or just have random attacks of boredom. We have a local among us that made one of his own. Eddy Boxerman created a delightful game called Osmos which you can find in both the App Store and Steam. This game is by far one of the best games I have had the pleasure of playing in a long time, and it is interesting to see local talent being featured in a big name market place. So next time you are waiting for the bus, pop into the app store and download your own copy of Osmos.

If you have any questions you would like featured in future articles feel free to submit them to: info@ or pop into our store at 530 Josephine St.

The Nelson branch of the BC SPCA invites members of the public to join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00pm. This is your opportunity to provide your input into the direction of your local branch for the upcoming year. We will be discussing our low income spay & neuter program, humane education, and all of our fundraising initiatives. We are located at 520C Falls St. off Baker, above the Savoy Bowling Lanes. For further information, please contact us at 250-352-7178 or

Connecting With Spring It is said that each season has five breaths or expressions, and the more aware we are of these transitions, the more successful we will be at growing food, fishing and hunting. It is also said that if these transitions are early or late, people with poor health may become ill. I am estimating the dates in the modern calendar for those interested in either paying more attention to what is happening in the natural world at these times, or to celebrate these times in ceremony. In the Kootenays we are known for our love of Nature and our love of being outdoors. There are almost endless recreational opportunities or things to do outdoors, and then there are more personal opportunities for seeking a deeper and more subtle connection to Nature. I would like to share some traditional guidance for developing a deeper connection with the Seasons.

This guidance comes from what I have learned from the First Nations people in my family, and from the wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine and Daoism.

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth, a time of cleansing and new beginnings. As the world reawakens and the plants, once again, reach into the world, we have the opportunity stretch beyond our previous limitations and grow.

When a season first arrives, it Enters the Sky. For example, Spring enters the Sky around February 4th, pretty close to Groundhog Day. When a season Enters the Sky, it begins to influence our minds, changing how we perceive and respond to each other.

This season gradually descends until it influences or Enters the Atmosphere. In the case of Spring, this is usually around February 13th or 14th. When a season Enters the Atmosphere, it also enters our Hearts. and it is no coincidence that Valentine’s Day, a day of celebrating romance, love, and passion, happens at this time. Next, each season Enters the Soil on its respective Solstice or Equinox. Traditionally, the Spring Equinox is the time to prepare and enrich your soil and let it build before planting, and at this time microbes and larger insects are beginning to break down last Autumn’s fallen leaves into nutrients for this years growth. When a season Enters the Soil, it enters our flesh, and changes how we feel in our bodies, and so this is a great time to cleanse and get more exercise. Around April 2627, Spring Enters Life, a very potent time for everything in existence. Trees are sprouting leaves, baby birds are hatching or learning to fly, and the pollen is in the air. This is usually the part of Spring we notice the most.

Finally, each season dissipates or Returns to the Sky. For Spring this happens around May 17-18, just after summer Enters the Atmosphere. Some say this is a good time to begin planting your garden, while others say to wait until the full moon following. I hope that this helps you connect more deeply to the energy and transitions of Spring.

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Michael Smith is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a Nutritionalist and Functional Medicine Clinician. He can be reached at 250-352-0459.


High Fives & Hair Balls HIGH FIVES to Flying Bob’s pink undies. ~ Deep thought.

HAIR BALLS to people who throw their chicken bones in the street. Our lovely dogs can not resist them and can get very sick when the cooked bones splinter in their throats and guts. Why would you throw them on the street anyway? ~ Perturbed senior pet owner. HIGH FIVES to the amazing show promoters in Nelson who bring in amazing live shows like Maceo Parker. ~ It was a great show. HAIR BALLS to bad drivers for tailgating and passing illegally on Hwy 6. The speed limit is 70 around curves, not 90. Wildlife abounds! ~ Mother of Two. HIGH FIVES to my daughter, who always brings a smile to my face. ~ Dada

HAIR BALLS to the people who cannot pay attention long enough to when I’m freaking saying “hey, how’s it going?” and don’t respond to me. ~ Ignored. HAIR BALLS to my landlord who has taken a month to replace my toilet. ~ Sick of peeing outside. HIGH FIVES to the masterful mama who is the best auntie who ever lived. ~ Grateful.

HAIR BALLS to people who take advantage of public parking lots by taking up space reserved for businesses. ~ Irrate customer. HIGH FIVES to the new owners who fixed my door. ~ Warmer tenant.

HAIR BALLS to reno-flipping landlords who make people homeless. ~ Disgruntled. HIGH FIVES to all the community resources in this town. ~ Happy to live in this town.


HAIR BALLS to all the rotten apples who don’t own up and take responsibility for their lives. There is so much community support available. Poo on you for not taking it. ~ Concerned community member.

HIGH FIVES to all the people who care about local stuff. ~ Local business owner. HAIR BALLS to people who don’t use their signal lights. They do not come optional, like A/C or leather seats. Use them. ~ Cut off.

HAIR BALLS to people with fake profiles on facebook. ~ Not duped.

HIGH FIVES to the Creator for the millions of crystals falling out of the sky. ~ Poppy

HIGH FIVES to Creative Culture Magazine for putting out a high fives and hair balls. ~ Misses The Express.

HIGH FIVES to people at the Mojo Cafe at the ferry who always leave the door open on the fireplace. ~ Trying to keep warm. HIGH FIVES to all the people in and around Nelson with all their energy. ~ Maggie the cat.

HIGH FIVES to the City for the snow removal. I am always impressed. People complain, but I do a lot of work as a contractor for the City and I see the other side of things. ~ Contractor. HIGH FIVES to Mother Nature for giving us more snow. ~ Wanna make snowmen. HIGH FIVES to the City’s snowclearing crew who keep the roads pretty well plowed in Uphill. ~ Thankful taxpayer.

HAIR BALLS to the tenant who wakes up her landlords several times a week having parties at 3am. ~ Sleepless.

HIGH FIVES to my beautiful wife for making our life so smooth. ~ Scrabble guy. HIGH FIVES to the very nice people who let me stay at their house. ~ Hippy traveler.

HAIR BALLS to people who don’t shovel their sidewalks when it snows and I have to walk to work. ~ Wet feet. HAIR BALLS to neighbours who burn plastic in their woodstoves. Wood is good, but plastic smells awful. ~ Wish it smelled better.

HAIR BALLS to unattentive drivers in the downtown core. Every time I cross the street you almost hit me. Look out for pedestrians, because we’re there. If you don’t see us, we die. We lose. ~ Pedestrian. HIGH FIVES to Teo Nicholas for letting Kootenay Animal Assistance Program have their weekly adoption clinics in the store. ~ The Animals.

HIGH FIVES to all the people who supported and voted for the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program (KAAP) in their recent bid to win $25,000 in the Pepsi Refresh contest. We are going to win! ~ The Animals.

HIGH FIVES to the lady at Extra Foods who bought my groceries for me. ~ Very thankful. HAIR BALLS to people who walk their dogs on Baker St. ~ True justice seeker. HIGH FIVES to non-clingy boyfriends. ~ I love my freedom.

HAIR BALLS to defunct corporate spammers who don’t respect email privacy. ~ Small business owner.

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Compassionate Communication Making life more wonderful is something most people want, but knowing how to do this is not always obvious. As social creatures, we rely on others for much of what we want. We work with people, we live with people, we play with people, and we dream with people, co-creating visions of that wonderful life.

Whether with friends, family, community, or co-workers, communication is an essential component of our interpersonal relationships. Grandfather of humanistic psychology, Carl Rogers, said “The major barrier to mutual interpersonal communication is our very natural tendency to judge, to evaluate, to approve or disapprove.”

This statement was revolutionary at a time when the experts thought they knew more about individuals than the individuals themselves. The idea of listening to somebody, really listening to their deep, internal longings, was considered ridiculous. After seventy years of integrating Rogers’ radical ideas, it has become common belief that knowing our deep desires and needs is essential to our well being. We are the true experts when it comes to knowing what we need.

Compassionate communication is a practice that shows us it is possible to make life more wonderful by focusing on the deeper meaning of our words and actions rather than the stories, ideas, and evaluations we have been trained so well to use.

The key, then, to making life more wonderful, isn’t what we do, but how we do it. The mindset we inherit from industrial civilization and its structures for education, work, and governance, is well adapted for cold logic, competitive, fear-based culture. Compassion helps us shift our mindset from fear - fear of scarcity, fear of punishment, fear of loss - to a mindset of trust - trust in sufficiency, trust in cooperation, and trust in our own moral authority. In this new mindset, rather than looking for who is right and who is wrong, we find ways to create win/ win opportunities.

Instead of outsourcing our morality and living with guilt and shame, we develop the capacity to trust our own values so we live with integrity and accountability.

Rather than living under a shadow of scarcity of love, acceptance, and belonging, we engage with the choices that bring their fulfilment into our lives. In essence, compassionate communication is not a method of communicating, but a fundamental shift in culture. It involves recognizing our dependency on beliefs and evaluations, and makes space for the emotional cues that point us towards our deepest desires and dreams. When we learn to communicate in this way, suddenly, much of our struggles disappear, much of what stands in the way of our happiness dissolves, and insurmountable obstacles become guides to follow on our way to a more wonderful life. Michael teaches Compassionate Communication in Nelson. The next session runs Tuesday evenings from March 15th to April 5th, 7-9pm, at Manistone, 533 Baker St. #209. For information or to register call (250)352-3319 or email solegate@

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The Good Life in The Bahamas

We were going to WWOOF (volunteer on organic farms in exchange for room, board - and hopefully - meaningful work). With tickets in hand, our host bailed on us, so we decided to rent a house on one of the ‘Out Islands’, one of 700 glorious sandbars off of the coast of Florida. We landed, caught a taxi, stopped at Subway and the liquor store and headed to our hotel. The next morning we found the ubiquitous conch fritters (pronounced conk), and being a foodie, I was in Carribean heaven. And ordering in English made it even easier. We wanted to rough it, and opted for the 9-hour mailboat ride to Eleuthera (translates as ‘freedom’ in Greek). The only tourists on the old ferry, we played music and schmoozed with the locals, arriving just after midnight in a town the size of Ymir. Not a taxi in sight, we flagged down the cops and asked them to call us a cab. He informed us that the lone taxi driver was asleep, and that he and his sidekick would take us to our vacation house; only our directions were like Greek to our official chauffeurs. My fault!

Two hours later, around the southern portion of the island at least twice, once to the police station where they let me Google the place, back on the road for another cruise,


a stop at a friend’s place to see if they knew where we needed to be, back to the police station, and then we got lucky and found our digs in the middle of the night.

For the next 4 weeks we spent our days snorkeling, riding our bikes, hacking open coconuts with machetes, and picking limes off trees in our own private orchard, not to mention running screaming from bats in caves not on any map. We met some caretakers of a 70-foot motor yacht, who were on their way to Miami later in the week. A friendly Haitian family got us to the dock, and we boarded (I’m sure the poker-inspired) All In. An hour or so out to sea on this luxury vessel, Captian Ben (think Captain Ron) started threading hooks and line with squid, and before I knew it, I was reeling in 6-foot-long mahi-mahi, one after the other.

A barbecue at the marina, some live music, and a cold Kalik (named after the sound Bahamian beer makes when you clink two of them together) made this a good day, and the first time I (officially) made a note-to-self: There is no limit. ~ Austin Partridge

Kootenay Carshare Coop Anniversary Kootenay Carshare Cooperative Celebrates a Decade of Sharing! Like most grassroots initiative, the Kootenay Carshare Cooperative had humble beginnings with a few friends deciding they did not all need to own their own vehicle.

With the desire to share this opportunity with other in the community, they established the Kootenay Carshare Cooperative in 2001. Now, a decade later, our fleet has grown to 19 vehicles, including trucks, vans and cars and services close to 200 members in Nelson, Revelstoke, Kaslo, Kimberley and Fernie. Why does carsharing work? Because it is easy! Carsharing provides great benefits to its members. They no longer have to worry about insurance and gas costs, nor are there any unexpected repairs and maintenance to deal with. Vehicles are easily booked online and costs reflect the amount that you use the vehicles.

We have many types of members all with different needs and reasons for joining the Carshare. From single parent families and seniors on a fixed income, to folks who need to use a truck or second car occasionally, the Kootenay Carshare Cooperative has proven to a positive choice in their lives. Now organizations can car share too! With our new Community Car Program, organizations can sign up to 50 drivers and have access to all of our vehicles with $2,000,000 liability insurance. Currently we have several organizations in this program including Association Francophone du Kootenay Ouest. They use one of our vans as for their Bibliobus program that travels throughout the Kootenays bringing French language books to rural areas. The Nelson CARES Society is also a member and uses the vehicle to run their Recycling Pick-up social enterprise that also provides

work opportunities for people with disabilities.

As a cooperative, all of our members have a say in the direction, growth and have a sense of ownership in the sustainability of the Carshare. We foster community spirit through social gatherings with our members like potluck shine and dines where the fleet gets its yearly waxing. Carsharing also encourages active transportation such as walking and biking, since there is not a car parked in front of your house. Combining shopping trips and carpooling with other members is also increased.

And what about the environment? Kootenay Carshare Cooperative estimates that for every car we put on the road, 5 privately owned vehicles are taken off, a net reduction in amount driven by 80,000km and a reduction of approximately 7.9 metric tons of Greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle we operate. With 19 vehicles in our fleet we are currently reducing 50.1 metric tons of GHG each year. This is a significant step for small towns to meet their Climate Action goals. ~ Colleen Matte

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New Moon Astrology I have the hots for duality, for an elder once told me “You will find the answer hiding in the last place you would ever look.” While the sun in Astrology is based on our outward personality; the mask we wear, the moon represents our emotions, hidden beneath the surface cloaking our shadow selves. Each new moon sets the stage for the month, this cycle beginning March 4th, and lasting until April 3rd. ARIES (March 20-April 20) This new moon on falls in your 12th house, stirring up unconscious hopes and fears. What scares you more than anything? When you face your deepest fear, you are free to be, do, feel, say, think or try anything. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) This new moon occurs in your 10th house, which means you may notice (more than usual) that your friends on Facebook are poking you and (in the real world) texting you more often. Who are the most important people to you? How do they know? GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The 10th house reveals where your ambitions lie, and what heights you aspire to in life. The new moon this month activates struggle in this department. Are you in work you love? What would you do if you had one year to live? CANCER (June 20- July 20) This March new moon just happens to be in a sweet spot in


relation to where the sun was sitting when you were born. The 9th house shines the light on higher learning, foreign travel and dreams, so buy that ticket to Timbuktu, or go back to school. LEO (July 20- August 20) With the new moon in your 8th house, ruling sex, death and taxes, try not to get your knickers in a knot. This too shall pass; the height of your year is almost here. How is your sex life? Get your accountant to do the taxes and get back in the sack! VIRGO (Aug. 20-Sept. 20) The new moon this month is opposite your sun sign, in your 7th house, the house all about relationships and partnership, both personal and professional. Is there anyone in your life who you are at odds with? Who is right and who is wrong? LIBRA (Sept. 20- Oct. 20) Saturn is squatting in your sign, which is why your life sucks right now. This too shall pass, only your health and hobbies may be feeling the pinch, as the new moon highlights your 6th house. No pain, no gain! SCORPIO (Oct. 20-Nov.20) When anything significant happens in a friendly water sign, you benefit. The 5th house is all about creativity, fun, kids, sports and love affairs. What we focus on expands, so focus on fun this month.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 20-Dec.20) You and Pisces are not that tight, so a new moon in an indifferent sign does not have you jumping up and down for joy, yet the 4th house is about your mom and your home, so put some energy into them both and you may be surprised at the results. CAPRICORN (Dec. 20-Jan.20) The 3rd house is about your relatives, early education, communication and transportation. Some say your friends are god’s way of making up for your family. In case you wanted to learn public speaking, I heard there is a Toastmasters Club in town. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.20) Feelings that possess you to acquire more stuff are at the forefront of your month. Or maybe not. With lovely Venus passing through your spaceship, you may be feeling especially warm and vulnerable, so take this opportunity to speak from your heart, as your head usually does all the talking. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar.20) What with the new moon smack dab in the middle of your month, and surprise birthday parties in full swing, life is good. You are motivated and feel great, the 1st house new moon giving you energy like only this time of year can. Soak it up Pisces, because you sensitive souls deserve to have your dreams and sleep through them too.

Singer Songwriter Saturday Singer/Songwriter Lindsay Dixon will open this week’s Uplugged Sessions, born in Chilliwack, British Columbia is a first-year student in the music program at Selkirk College. Her unique contemporary/acoustic style is inspired by artists such as Regina Spektor and Missy Higgins. Lindsay has been singing for five years, playing the guitar for two and was classically trained on the piano in the Royal Conservatory program for six years.

At only eighteen, Lindsay has performed at a variety of venues including benefit concerts, piano bars and weddings. After completing the Contemporary Music Program, she aspires to move to Quebec and expand her horizons as a performing artist. We’re in for a treat next as Ari Neufeld is finally back in the Kootenays. His last show was a full house at the Velvet Underground, and he will perform at the popular Ymir Schoolhouse on Friday March 4th, as well as the Kaslo Hotel Saturday evening March 5th. He has won male performer of the year at the BC Interior Music Awards and has appeared at the popular Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.

Ari is a self-made one man band, hailing most recently from the Okanagan. He plays guitar, piano, banjo (but usually guitar), while singing and keeping time through an amplified stompbox, with ethnic beads, nuts and bells strapped to his body.

Not hampered by any singular emotion, his push to explore new ideas while performing ranks with the airs of Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Martin Sexton, Bruce Cockburn.

Check out his site ( to see amazing quotes by many accomplished musicians, and much more. This two hour special promises to be another full house so come early if you want a seat! Ellison’s Market & Cafe, 523 Front St. on Saturday, March 5th from 12-3pm. ~ Submitted by Norm Richard.

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His performance covers a variety of genres from folk to pop, to new country, to rhythmic soul, to rock. Often Ari’s performances are hall-marked by an opportunity to look deep into the knot of an old tree, and discover some tranquil revelation way down in its hollow. From there, it is a laughter-filled experience of rhythm, movement and soaring melody.

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Nelson’s Best Kept Secret The intimidating walk into something new may be what keeps Nelson’s Contact Improv community small, but a vibrant scene of spontaneous, creative movement expression is definitely alive in this artistic, mountain town. Contact Improv is often defined as a dance form in which points of contact provide the starting place for exploration through movement improvisation.

Most dances happen in pairs, but more partners are possible. As are dances with the floor, the wall, a chair, or anything else with which you find yourself in contact. Rich with metaphors for life, Contact Improv involves supporting, being supported, balancing, listening, staying present, flowing with changes, falling with intelligence, and being in relationship. All levels of experience can find their place in Contact, from people in wheelchairs and the elderly, to athletes and acrobats. Each dance is different, as is each person.

The art form is most commonly shared in what are known as Contact Improv Dance Jams. Just like musicians who come together to jam, dancers use a similar open format, exploring ideas, feelings, curiosities, and impulses.

Nelson’s Contact Improv Jam is every Monday from 7:30-9pm at the Moving Centre, 507 Baker St. The cost is $5 and all are welcome. For those wanting a more in depth learning opportunity, Quebec’s Isabelle Kirouac will be teaching a weekend workshop on March 12th & 13th. For information, or to register, contact Michael Sheely at (250) 3523319 or Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar


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LVR ‘Making Snowflakes’ Fundraiser an-ten-nae Humans - Gza/Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan - The Funkhunters - Erica Dee ‘Golden’ Mix Tape Relase - Neighbor (Home Breakin’ Records) - High Rankin - Electric Six - ASkillz Nelson BC - Chilli Thom & Kori K

Kootenay Equinox Bread Many cultures around the world see Springtime as the beginning of the new year, and celebrate accordingly. Foods symbolizing the renewal and cyclical nature of life are enjoyed. Eggs, early sprouting greens, and breads shaped in a round are among the traditional fare.

adding more flour as needed. Keep kneading until the dough can be formed into a ball. It will still be a little sticky.

That doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything special, though, that means we do something that’s reflective of our climate and culture.

The next day, remove the bowl from the fridge. The bread will have risen up. Take the dough out of the bowl push out the air, reshaping it into a ball. Put back into the bowl, cover it and allow to rise up again until doubled in volume. This takes about an hour and a half, depending on how warm your spot is.

Lightly oil a big bowl and roll the dough in it, until it is coated with oil. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge to rise overnight. The slow rise, as well as the sponge method used earlier, gives the bread a deeper flavour, a great texture and better keeping quality.

But, looking out the window, there is still plenty of snow on the ground. It’s a little colder here than where the new year is typically acknowledged.

We can’t eat up our winter stores or plant anything outside yet but we can be creative and come up with a new traditional food that embraces the end of winter and the beginning of spring, reflecting the circle of the seasons. As a pastry chef, my suggestion is a round loaf of potato bread, with multigrains, whole wheat flour, garlic and rosemary, utilizing ingredients from winter storage, rosemary holding the promise of spring. Share it with loved ones and celebrate the return of the light. Happy New Year! Kootenay Equinox Bread

½ cup lukewarm water, a bit warmer than body temperature 1 tsp. honey 1 Tbsp. dry active yeast ½ cup potato water, left over from boiling potatoes 2 ½ cups white flour 1 cup mashed potato, at room temperature 1/3 cup buttermilk, or 1/3 cup milk soured with 1 tsp. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. olive oil 3 Tbsp. honey 1 ½ tsp. salt 3/4 cup multigrain mix 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 Tbsp. minced rosemary

Measure water into a large bowl, and stir in the honey to dissolve it. Sprinkle yeast over the surface and leave it about 10 minutes to grow. Add potato water and 1 cup of white flour, beating with a wooden spoon to make a paste. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let stand for 20 minutes, or until it has become bubbly. This is called a sponge.To the sponge, add mashed potato, buttermilk, olive oil, honey, salt, multigrain mix, and wholewheat flour.. Mix well with your trusty wooden spoon. Gradually add more white flour as needed to form a moist, sticky dough. You will need to use your hands at some point. Turn the dough out onto a floured countertop and knead for 10 minutes,

Take it out of the bowl, place it on a lightly floured countertop, pushing out the air. Work in the minced garlic and rosemary, forming a nice tight round loaf. Place on a baking sheet that has been dusted with flour. Cover again and let rise a half an hour, until doubled. Meanwhile, turn the oven on to preheat to 400F. Place your oven rack in the centre of the oven. When perfectly risen, sprinkle the loaf with a bit of flour. Using a sharp knife, quickly cut a cross into the top surface of the loaf. This allows the loaf to expand without cracking as it bakes. If you cut too deeply, the loaf might collapse. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until the bread sounds hollow when finger tapped on its bottom. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack! ~ Submitted by Simone Bova.

FAST FACT: One bushel of wheat will produce 73 one-pound loaves of bread.


Ongoing Events Live Music

Active Living



Community Drum Circle at The Yoga School House every 2nd Monday 6:30pm

Contact Improv Jam 7:30-9pm, The Moving Centre 533A Baker St. (rear studio) 352-3319. $5

Drumming from the Heart drum circle 1st & 3rd Monday. Northshore Hall 7pm. $7. 505-2684

The Yoga Loft 625 Front St. 6-7:30pm Guided Ashtanga (all levels) w/Katie Sawyer

Kootenay Gospel Choir. Auditions 6:30pm at the Senior’s Center.

Hatha Yoga - Ivengar Style 5:30-7pm The Moving Centre, 533 Baker St. Ellissa, 352-9279

Heritage Harmony Barbershop Chorus. Everyone welcome. Tim 825-9694 or John 352-6892

Badminton at Redfish School, 6:309:30pm $20. Bring racquet and indoor footwear. Call 229-4346, 229-4343, 229-4485


Live Jazz with Cliff Maddix & Friends Every Tuesday 6pm in the Hume Library


Paul Landsberg with Strings Live Jazz 6pm in the Hume Library.

Glacier Harmonies Women’s Barbershop Chorus. All welcome. 7pm at the Baptist Church 611 5th St. Dorothy 352-7199 or Joey 352-3393.


The West Kootenay Bluegrass Society slow pitch bluegrass jam March 3, 17 & 31. 6:30-9:30pm at Bigby Place, 509 Front St. or 352-2704.

Beginner Tai Chi 7-8pm with Master Pauline Bao. 505-8057 Bellyfit Holistic Fitness 9-10am The Moving Centre. Heather 354-0492

Open Mic Night With Estevan & Tracy Lynn @ The Royal, 8pm

Choir at NDYC. 3:30-5:30pm. Call 3525656 for details.

Shotokan Karate 5-7pm St. Joseph’s School Gym. 523 Mill St. 229-4420

Scottish Country Dancing 7-9pm Central School Gym, 811 Stanley St. Beginners welcome. Kutenai’s Finest Personal Training, 8am Core Fusion w/Ali Popoff. 182 Baker St. 352-9196. Feldenkrais Classes, 1-2pm. Improve comfort, relieve stress and pain at Kutenai’s Finest, 182 Baker St. Judy Katz, 352-3319 Mixed Martial Arts Fitness Group, 6-7pm Lakeside Park 825-0030

Active Living Bellyfit Holistic Fitness, 9-10am at The Moving Centre. Heather 354-0492. Yoga Therapy w/Annie Boudreau. 10:30am Morning Yoga, 1pm Hatha Yoga, #9-205 Victoria St. 505-9807. Sword Tai Chi (Yang 32 Form) 4-5:30p w/Master Pauline Bao, 505-8057


Kootenay Aikido 6-7:30pm. Intro Aikido 213C Baker St. 352-3935 Applied Combat Martial Arts, 6:30-8pm. Adult Class, 525 Josephine St. 352-0459 OM Yoga Studio. 9:30-11am. Quantum Yoga w/Alison at 6 Mile, 3067 Heddle Rd. 825-0011. Kundalini Yoga w/Catherine Leighland 11:30-1pm, Shambhala Meditation Centre, 444 Baker St. Upstairs. 3526132. Sarva Shakti Sadhana Circle, 7-8pm Ancient siddhar yoga practice, #209 ManiStone Centre, 505-7832 Kutenai’s Finest Personal Training, 8am Boot Camp w/Ali Popoff, 182 Baker St. 352-9196 Heart Yoga with Karuna, 5:30-7pm, all levels at The Studio, 182 Baker St. Karuna Erickson 229-4793. The Yoga Loft, 625 Front St. 11-12:30pm mellow flow w/Jenna. 5:30-7 All levels ashtanga yoga w/Jenna Mixed Contact Martial Arts, 6-7:30pm Aries Resort, 825-0030.

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Ongoing Events Active Living Bellydance Classes, 6:45 or 8pm at The Moving Centre, 533 Baker St. 509-0633. Rythymic Gymnastics. Beginner (8 and up) 3-4pm. Performance Group 4-5:30pm at S.Nelson School. 505-0633. Yoga Therapy w/Annie Boudreau, 8:30am Morning Yoga, #9-205 Victoria St. 505-9807 Core Yoga w/Don, 9:30-11am core yoga all levels. 4-5:30pm integral fitness all levels, #209-507 Baker St. upstairs Manistone Centre, 352-0794.


Latin Fusion Dance. Ladies join this fun, energetic Latin-inspired dance workout class. 5:30-6:30 @ The Studio 182 Baker. 551-5530 Beginner Tai Chi (Yang 24 Form) with Master Pauline Bao 7-8pm. 505-8057

Active Living FRIDAY

“Journey” Improv Dance Class 7-9pm, w/ Marisa Social Dancing at The Royal. Free! Mostly swing, smooth Latin. 6-8pm 352-2900.


Shanti Yoga Studio: 8-9am Flow Yoga, 10-11:30am Gentle Yoga, 12-1:30pm Invigorating Yoga, 2-3:30pm Rebalancing Yoga.


Indoor Ultimate Frisbee Co-ed 4:30pm. Soccer Centre. sarahcrookshanks@

For Families

Nelson Table Tennis Club. 5:30-7:30pm. Blewett Elementary School when school is in session. 352-9547 or 352-5739.


Dance Night at the Youth Centre. Hiphop, break or bring your own style 7pm. Everyone welcome.



Seniors Winter Walking program 10:3011:30am Selkirk College, Mary Hall Gymnasium, 10th St. Campus. Nelson & District Seniors Coordinating Society. 352-6008

Sing For My Child 8:30-9:40am. Lullabies, children’s songs. Nelson Waldorf School 354-1492 Story-telling, Songs & Dance for children ages 3-5. A nurturing environment of interaction and development. Call Marguerite Wood 359-2926


Community Art Studio. Drop-in 1-4pm. Families welcome. Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, 601 Front St. 352-2264.

Support MONDAY

La Leche League breastfeeding information and support. 3rd Monday 10-11:30am. 312 Silica St. 352-3583 Diaper Free Baby / Elimination Communication support circle, 4th Monday 10-noon The Family Place. 312 Silica St. Drop-In Grief Support Group. 7-9pm at Broader Horizons. 905 Gordon Rd. Back


Breast Cancer Support Group Community First Health Co-op 518 Lake St. Noon every 4th Tuesday.


Overeaters Anonymous. 12-1pm Community First Health Co-op. 518 Lake St. Education room. 352-7717, 359-4561 Nelson TOPS Meeting (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Upstairs, Northshore Firehall on Greenwood Rd. 6 mile, 10am.


Nelson Alcolohics Anonymous 10am. The Cellar. 717A Vernon St.

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Ongoing Events Special Interest

Special Interest


Nelson Chess Club. Meet in morning. All welcome. Senior’s Hall 777 Vernon St.

Lions Club Dinner Meetings, 2nd Tuesday at The Hume, 6pm.



The Nelson Scrabble Club meets at 1pm. 352-6936.


Nelson Knitting Co-op. A new knitting group. Everyone welcome. $2. Meet at Anglican Church 12-3pm.

Gender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender variants. 354-5362.


Meat Draws at Nelson Legion, 3:45pm in beverage room with Karaoke after. 352-7727. Wilderness Survival, Herbalism and Stone Age Skills classes. Ongoing program. Children, teen and adult classes. 357-2822 Nelson Scrabble Club meets at 1pm. 352-6936.

We are building a ‘one-off’ monthly Event Calendar for the April issue, so send us your events with a short description and we will be happy to help you promote them. Also, 15-word monthly classified ads are free. Send it all to We also welcome your articles, reviews, photos, press releases & travel/adventure stories of 400 words. Submissions including photos (with captions) and/or graphics are given preference. We also want to see your smiling face. Deadline for the April issue is Monday, March 21st.


Hablas Espanol? Group meeting 2nd and 4th Thursdays at Grounded Cafe, 5pm.


Wilderness Survival, Herbalism and Stone Age Skills classes. Ongoing program. Children, teen and adult classes. 357-2822


Toastmasters: Improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

Nelson Knitting Co-op. A new knitting group. Everyone welcome. $2 Meet at the Anglican Church 12-3pm.

Cribbage at The Legion beverage room, 12:30pm. 352-7727.


Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre Open House. Meditation instruction and practice 7pm, talk & discussion 8pm, tea 9pm. 444 Baker St.


A Course in Miracles study group at Manistone Wellness Centre. 6:30-9pm. 507 Baker St. Suite 209. All welcome. 352-1746 Baha’i Community of Nelson. Please join us for prayers and an introduction to the Baha’i faith. 7pm 354-0944


Relationship, Not Religion. The Bridge worships at 10:30am. The New Grand Hotel banquet room. Unity Centre of The Kootenays. Broader Horizons, back of 905 Gordon Rd. 11am. Public Meditation. Mid-morning refreshments; come and go as you wish. Shambhala Meditation Centre. 444 Baker St. 9am-Noon.

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House and Acreage 5.5 mostly level acres. Spacious 1440 sf home. Covered veranda on all 4 sides and an open deck. This 5 bdrm, full basement rancher has 3 bdrm on the main, 1 bdrm down, plus a 1 bdrm in-law suite with a patio in the lower level. Large 25x40 shop. Call Burke for details.

Land & Building Multi-tenanted building with 200 ft of highway frontage @ 6 mile. 2 buildings, both in excellent condition offer a number of lease and business options. Included are 14 storage units rented out month-to-month. 1.54 Acres, paved drive, fenced compound. Call Burke for details.

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No HST ~ Call for Details Quality built, new half duplex. This home offers an open floor plan with luxurious kitchen, opening into the dining and family rooms. 3 bdrms and 2 baths up including the master ensuite. High efficiency air & air source heat pump. Full height unfinished basement. Call John for details.

Classic Character Exquisite family home with commanding views on a large corner lot. 5 bdrms plus a level walk-out suite for mortgage helper or visiting family. 2nd storey offers a spacious master suite, ensuite and 2 bdrms. Beautiful views are enjoyed throughout. Call John for details.

Heritage Style Charming 6 bdrm home with beautiful new tile work, bath and many recent upgrades. Spacious main living areas. Great views from the deck, kitchen, living & dining rooms. Bonus sunroom/ office. Fenced yard and new deck. Safe outdoor living. Lots of character & space. Quick possession. Call John for details.

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Uphill Rancher Comfortable 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher with family room in Uphill. Potential to develop a bachelor suite. Level landscaped private & fenced 60 x 106 yard with lane access. Carport, paved driveway, gas fireplace, hot tub and covered patio complete this package. Call David for details.

Country Haven Get away from it all. Nestled in the trees, this familyperfect 4-level split offers great spaces. 3-4 bdrms, efficient fireplace & wood stove, family room, private deck. Situated on a private 0.57 acres with seasonal brook & mature gardens. Great rural location. Call David for details.

Convenient Country Contented Charm. Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood just minutes from town. Lovely 4 bdrm, 3 bath family home. Fireplace, family room, hobby room, paved drive, attached garage and spacious deck overlooking landscaped back yard. Total of 0.83 acres. Call David for details.


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Creative Culture Magazine : Celebrating The Good Life in Nelson  
Creative Culture Magazine : Celebrating The Good Life in Nelson  

Premier Issue : March 2011