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From back alley art to Christmas scenes For the last few weeks Kamloops painter and artist Ken Wells could be found throughout the city, hard at work, painting little green elves and big old Santas on store windows. Helping merchants to spread a little holiday joy, Ken happily uses his talents to create festive winter scenes to entice shoppers and make kids smile with anticipation for the big day. The thing about Ken is he’s more than elves and Santas, Ken is one of the most interesting artists in our city and one of the most modest ones. He is definitely one of a kind. “I’ve always been a painter,� explains Ken. “I come from a family of artists. My mom and granddad were both artists. I earned my journeyman painter ticket from the London City and Guilds.� This is where his modesty comes into play. Ken is definitely not just a painter, he is an artist. When he is not painting store windows he is creating – creating art. He is the artist responsible for the three new murals in the alley of the 200 block of Victoria Street. His rendition of the Italian Villa on the outside back wall of 257 Victoria gets acclaim from each and every person who walks past it. And when he is not in the midst


Ken Wells working on some happy penguins at Kamloops Insurance in Lansdowne Village recently.

of a mural project he can usually be found helping his lovely wife Shirley with her plant and flower business at home on their river property, where they built by hand their sustainable straw bail rancher. “We built the house six years ago ourselves,� continues Ken. “But if I hear one more joke about

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the three little pigs‌� And when he is not at his sustainable self-built house or painting murals he can usually be found in Vancouver or other locales working as a scenic artist on the set of some big name movie. Ken has worked in the movie industry for over two decades with his latest work being

on the biggest box office draw of the year; the Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn. “I always had to try and figure out what the TSBD on my cheques stood for,� laughs Ken. “I never could remember what the series was called. I’ve never seen any of the movies. I was a scenic artist for them in Vancouver. I painted a big fake rock face to look like the Chief [in Squamish] that they could use when one of the characters was hanging off it. It had to look exact as it was placed in a lot with the Chief behind it so they needed to look like the same rock face.� In addition to Twilight, Ken has worked for more than 50 feature films such as the Scary Movie series and Jumanji as well as at least 50 movies for TV. When living in the fast lane became a drag, Ken and his wife Shirley packed up and finally settled their life here in Kamloops. That’s Ken Wells and he is the epitome of what it means to be a Kamloops artist. He is hardworking, creative and chose to live in Kamloops because it is the kind of community that he can call home! Ken Wells can be reached at www.mercuryminc. net or 250-574-7112. Tanya Orozco, freelance

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FoodShare vehicle will keep rolling on Kamloops Foundation and Stollery Charitable Foundation have provided a grant to the Kamloops Food Bank to help maintain the FoodShare vehicle. This vehicle is instrumental in the success of the Kamloops Food Bank’s FoodShare program. Since its inception in 2006, FoodShare has collected and redistributed over three million pounds of perishable food. Much of this food had previously ended up in the landfill. “The Kamloops Food Bank is truly grateful for the support of the Kamloops Foundation and the Stollery Charitable Foundation. The FoodShare program provides healthy and nutritious perishable food for our clients and is able to run because of the generosity of these Foundations. Thank-you for ensuring we can feed each person who comes to our door,” stated Bernadette Siracky, Kamloops Food Bank executive director. Many people take food for granted, but for some within the community, it is a struggle to obtain this basic necessity. Kamloops Foundation recognizes the need to support programs and services like the FoodShare program that feeds the hungry, promotes long-term food security and improves the social well being of people in our community. Kamloops Foundation has provided grants in the

(L-R) Spencer Bryson, Stollery Foundation; Tania O’Toole, Kamloops Foundation; Kari Smith and Bernadette Siracky of the Kamloops Food Bank; Russ Chambers, Kamloops Foundation.

past to the Food Bank which included the purchase of an upright cooler. “We are pleased to be able to provide a grant to the Kamloops Food Bank in partnership with the Stollery Charitable Foundation. We take pride in making a difference in our community by supporting the Kamloops Food Bank,” says Russ Chambers, Kamloops Foundation president.

Donating to the Kamloops Foundation – a great gift idea Some of us have everything, others have little. Share your good fortune with those in your community by giving to the Kamloops Foundation. You may make a donation in your own name or make a donation as a gift in the name of a loved one. This is a great option for those who “already have everything”.

Well-known former secondary school music teacher Dick Dickens made a difference in our community by donating $100,000 through his estate to create a scholarship fund for a student pursuing a university music degree. You too can make a difference.

In operation since 1984, the Kamloops Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Thompson, Nicola and South Cariboo regions. Donations to the Foundation from individuals, corporations

Votes needed for PIT Stop entry in semi-finals

In an act of generosity and support, Lori Marchand general manager of the Western Canada Theatre Company (WCTC), recognizing that the much needed renovations to the Pavilion Theatre were not going to get into the top ten projects competing in a national contest to win $50,000 to $100,000 has encouraged Pavilion Theatre supporters to cast their votes to the PIT Stop Project to help ensure that some of the Aviva funding comes to Kamloops. It is exceptional to have two groups rise to the semi finals

of this national contest and once again reflects the supportive community we live in. If the project is in the top ten in their category on the final day of voting it will enter the finals in which a panel of judges will rank the finalists according to the quality of the project and the measure of community support for the project. More voters are urgently needed. Go online to www. ideas/acf12342. Each separate email address can register and is qualified to vote every

day. The final round of voting ends Friday, December 16 at 9:00am in western Canada. Your support will allow for equipment that will serve hot meals to the marginalized and will provide opportunities to train groups in nutrition, food preparation, and food budgeting.Take a moment each day to further this worthwhile effort. Kamloops United Church are asking the people of Kamloops to follow the example and generous response of the WCTC by adding your support.

and organizations are endowed to provide income for distribution to worthy causes in our communities. More than $150,000 in grants and scholarships are returned to the community each year thanks to your generosity. Kamloops Foundation has provided grants to a wide range of organizations serving the region in the areas of health, education, seniors, arts and culture, poverty and homelessness, resources for families, environment and much more. Some examples of those that have received grants are Centre for Seniors Information, Kamloops Food Bank, Health Arts Society, New Life Mission, Project X Theatre, People in Motion, Kamloops Symphony Music School and multiple elementary schools for equipment within the schools and playgrounds. There are many ways to give to the Kamloops Foundation – it really depends on what works best for you. Donations may be in the form of cash, securities, life insurance policies, real estate or bequests through a will. Every donation makes a difference. All gifts donated stay with the Foundation in perpetuity. The income generated from all the donations is given back to the community year after year. The wonderful thing about this is that one donation will continue to help our community forever. Imagine the difference that could be made if everyone in our community made a small donation. Together we can make a difference and provide support to the vibrant community in which we have chosen to live. To find out more about the Kamloops Foundation, please visit our website at or call 250434-6995.

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Teck Highland Valley Copper Operations (HVC) recently made a generous $200,000 donation towards the new ICU at Royal Inland Hospital bringing the new total for the Mark Recchi 365 Day Challenge to $2,741,854, with only $258,146 left to raise. “In the past few weeks, the Foundation has seen the community come together to complete this urgent requirement in our local Hospital. HVC has been a tremendous contributor to this campaign and many others throughout the years. They see the true need for modern healthcare in the community and are willing to step up to the plate to make it happen,” said Veronica Carroll, Foundation executive officer. Picture here (from L-R) are Chris Dechert, Teck general manager, Jim Reynolds, RIHF board chair, Jacqui Schneider, senior community affairs officer, Robyn Holling, RIHF board director, Veronica Carroll, RIHF CEO, and Doug Button, RIHF board director.

Blazers launch mobile app

The Kamloops Blazers are pleased to announce that they have launched a free mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. The Official Kamloops Blazers iPhone and Android Apps include the latest scores, news, standings, roster and statistics. The new app will make it easy to keep up to date with the Blazers. Scores,

standings and statistics will be up to the minute and easily accessible. Fans can download the new App by searching for “Kamloops Blazers” in the iTunes store or in the Android Marketplace. Fans can also download the App by scanning the QR code for the appropriate device by going to the Blazers’ website.

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shoe memorial The Shoe Memorial was initiated by a small grass-roots group of women survivors who grew tired of organizing and attending antiviolence events where the participants were already involved in anti-violence work. It was decided that something was needed to take their message to the public. A PBS special, that showed Women’s Shoes on some stairs in New York’s Central Park, was the inspiration of what turned out to be the annual December 6 Vancouver Shoe Memorial. The objective was to remember, by name, all the women who had died by violence - not their murderers as is so often named by the media and remembered by the public. They also wanted to provide information and the important message that women are dying and it needs to stop. Lynn Chasse had good reason for wanting to see The Shoe Memorial come to Kamloops. Eleven years ago her mother had been stalked and murdered by her ex-boyfriend. She started this four years ago to help create awareness and make people understand that violence against women must stop. This year, for the first time, Lynn’s two sisters Kim and Angel were able to join her at the event. The three sisters are pictured here in front of the memorial for their mother. This year the group saw over 450 pairs of shoes donated. They were displayed alongside the names of the women who have been killed or are missing. There were so many shoes that not only were they displayed on the stage at St. Andrew’s on the Square but a line of them snaked over the floor as well. After the service all shoes collected were donated to the Y Women’s Shelter.

Founding artistic director of WCT acknowleged At the opening night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the biggest show Western Canada Theatre (WCT) has ever produced, WCT’s Board of Trustees, staff and members honoured and recognized the vision, energy and commitment of Tom Kerr. In front of cast, crew, staff, board and many, many patrons, Tom was officially acknowledged as the Founding Artistic Director of WCT. He had arrived in Kamloops to attend Joseph and receive his plaque. He spoke about his time in Kamloops - building theatre in our community, about the many young artists he has mentored and their accomplishments, and about the team of people in this community who were critical to the

company’s early success. He was very moved and sincere as he commended Daryl and the cast on a fantastic production. It all began with Tom Kerr. Through his efforts, initially through the school district as an educator, he created Western Canada Youth Theatre. Many of the emerging artists he mentored and encouraged have gone on to become some of the finest artists in the country. In 1975, under his leadership, Western Canada Theatre Society was offi-

cially incorporated. Even from these early beginnings, WCT has been a professional theatre company recognized for excellence by its peers. The strong foundation he laid led to the construction of Sagebrush Theatre and to the development of WCT as we know it today. He is one of the Founding Fathers of a truly Canadian theatre. WCT is proud to have such noble begins and to continue to grow and foster this theatre company that is truly owned by the Kamloops community.

Way to go Blazer fans! At the December 7th game between the Kamloops Blazers and the Everett Silvertips, 3,000 pounds of food was collected and $1,250 was donated to the Kamloops Food Bank!

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Come and check out CP Holiday Train’s great lights and musical entertainment as the train stops in Kamloops on a mission to help feed our communities. It will stop behind the Interior Savings Centre in the north parking lot at 6:15pm. The festivities will begin at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 15. You are invited to enjoy the

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free show and lights and to bring a food or cash donation to the Kamloops Food Bank. There will be a BBQ, coffee and hot chocolate by donation. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has helped raise $5.6 million and $2.45 million pounds of food – be part of it this year! For more information phone 1-800-766-7912.


Toonie Day a great success!

Sun Peaks Resort would like to extend a huge thank you to all residents of Kamloops for their overwhelming support of the Kamloops Food Bank during Kamloops Toonie Day at Sun Peaks Resort. Over 3,300 people visited the mountain, skiing or snowboarding for only $2, plus a food donation. As a result a total of $6372.35 cash has been donated to the Kamloops Food Bank, along with a ton of food! Kamloops residents filled nearly half of a 360 cubic foot events trailer with non-perishable food items.

World’s longest fruit snack in B.C. Several hundred Canadian children tasted a 100 percent edible Guinness World Record in the form of the world’s longest fruit snack in October. The 91.44 meter long fruit snack, created by Sun-Rype Products Ltd of Kelowna was unrolled and measured along the length of a football field. Unrolling of the 14 kg fruit snack required a specially constructed mechanical cart that required three operators to ensure the snack was laid correctly. Having announced that measurements had been confirmed and all other guidelines were correctly fol-

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New menu, skating santa and more holiday fun! n New chefs, new menu and party trays! Hot pots, salads, and sushi rolls! Check out the new items, old favorites and party menus for the holidays at Sanbiki and Mori Mori, 120-5th Ave. n Simply Christmas at the Old Courthouse Gallery, 7 West Seymour St. New works by local artists and continuing with “Tiny Tidings,� small handcrafted stocking stuffers and token gift items. No HST, free parking, handicap accessible. Open 10-5 Tues to Fri, 10-4 Sat. Open to noon Dec. 24. n Adopt a Family for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops and make a families Christmas a little merrier. Most of the hamper recipients are single mothers and truly are in need. FMI call 250-374-6134. n Parking survey - give your opinion on the increase of downtown parking meter rates by going to n Tournament City Derby Dolls calendars are now available at The Ruby Room, 265 Victoria St., DoctorLove, 463 Lansdowne St., All A-Board Games, 334 Seymour St. and The Echo, 1-219 Victoria St. 100 percent of the proceeds go to Elizabeth Fry Society. n Christmas gift wrapping being offered by The Canadian Cancer Society at Aberdeen Mall to Dec.24. FMI call 250 374-9188 or email To volunteer, call 250-374-9188. n Out of the Cold homeless shelter volunteers needed. If interested in helping out on this worthy cause call Maybelle at 250-376-4161. n The Art We Are, 246 Victoria St. 250-8287998. Dec. 14 Poetry Slam at 8pm. Dec. 17 Christmas with Dan Oig and Friends featuring Windborn, Jeff Piatelli and Jordan Matchette at 8pm n Winds of Heaven film screening to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the birth of Emily Carr. At Kamloops Art Gallery on Dec. 15 at 7pm. n Christmas: Unwrapped presented by the TRU Actors Workshop. Dec. 15-17. Tickets at the TRUAWT Box Office. FMI and reservations call 250-377-6100. n Annual Christmas Charity Networking

Cupcake delight! Lindsey Tetreau and Brock Lannon of Ana Banana’s Custom Cakes and More were giving out delicious cupcakes at one of 55 booths of goods and services at the Chamber of Commerce Christmas mixer at the Kamloops Convention Centre last week.

Evening presented by Kamloops Business and Professional Women’s Club on Dec. 15 from 5 to 8pm at Lynx’s Grill, 1200 Summit Dr. FMI or RSVP call Donna 250-828-1945. n “Touchdown� Campaign-End Event hosted by the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way on Dec. 15 at 5pm at the Mountain Room in the Campus Activity Centre at TRU. FMI contact Melodie Grabner at 250- 372-9933. n Community Yoga Class at Let’s Move Studio, 925 McGill Rd on Dec. 16 with all proceeds going to Children’s Wish Foundation. FMI contact Lynn Roberts at 250-572-4162 n Christmas Dinner for adults, presented by the Francophone Association on Dec. 17 at 348

Fortune Dr. Potluck dinner and gift exchange. FMI 250-376-6060. n Om for the Holidays on Dec.18 at Kamloops Hot Yoga, 954-C Laval Crescent, in support of Christmas Amalgamated. Classes held at 10am, 12pm and 4pm. Minimum $5 donation which will go directly to the cause. FMI contact 250374-7426. n Blue Christmas Service on Dec. 20 at 7pm with Rev LeAnn Blackert of the Mount Paul United Church, at the North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave. n Skating with Santa at Sun Peaks on Dec. 21 from 6 to 8pm. Enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows around a bon fire afterward! FMI 250-578-5542 or n Cinderella - The Panto presented by Laughing Stock Theatre on Dec. 23, 24, 26, 29, 30 and 31 at Kamloops Convention Centre, 1250 Rogers Way. Tickets available at Kamloops Live Box Office 250-374-5483 or n BC Wildlife Park’s Wildlights Festival runs nightly until Jan. 2. See the spectacular new laser light show. FMI visit n Toastmasters - Learn to conduct meetings and give impromptu or prepared speeches. Overlander club meets Tues. 7-9pm at Maurya’s, 165 Victoria St. High Country Achievers club meets Thurs. 7-9pm at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour St. Morning Sun club meets Thurs. 7-8:15am, at Desert Gardens. n CMHA Youth Clubhouse invites youth aged 13-18 to join them at 857 Seymour St., Mondays to Fridays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm for fun activities, exciting nights out, movies and more. For more info call 250-374-0440. n Support Group for parents and family members of children or adult children who are addicted to or abusing drugs/alcohol. Meets every Wed. at 6-8pm. Facilitated by Cogi Smith. Call 250-372-2262 for more info. n Gamblers Anonymous meet Thursdays, 10am at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour St. In confidence call 250-374-9165 or 374-9866.


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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21) Be innovative. Consider applying for a job in another part of the world. Take care when dealing with relatives. If your lover tries to curtail your freedom, it may lead to conflict. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 20) Expect temper tantrums on the home front if you haven’t been letting someone have their way. You may find yourself mixed up in a triangle of sorts. Romance will be yours if you get out and do things in large groups. You haven’t been totally honest with yourself and it’s time to review your motives. AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) You may have major blowups with someone you love if you don’t back down. You will find travel and lectures most stimulating. You need some help this week. Don’t argue with family. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20) You may have more to do with children this week; keep an open mind. Pleasure trips will turn out to be better than anticipated. You will find their philosophies worth exploring. There will be hidden matters that you may find disturbing. ARIES (Mar 21-April 20) You can ask for favors but don’t take them for granted. Reciprocate by offering helpful hints. Don’t allow your personal problems to interfere with your professionalism. Real estate investments will payoff. TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21) Any capricious behavior will confuse loved ones and your mood swings will result in loneliness. You will get drawn into groups that are not favorable to you. Outbursts of passion may cause arguments with your mate. You’re on the right track and you can make money if you are willing to go out on a limb. GEMINI (May 22-June 21)  Try not to be so demonstrative. Don’t allow your lover to take advantage of your good nature. Your devotion will be persuasive. You will back yourself into a corner if you are baited and your stubbornness will only make matters worse. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You need to be active and spend time with friends you enjoy. Nagging has never been something that you could tolerate, and it’s once again driving you into a lonely state of affairs. Family get-togethers will be interesting. Relatives will want to get together. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Do not force your opinions on others the connections will be short lived. Try not to lose your cool, and make your point known. Be careful not to misplace your wallet or belongings. Try to get others to stand behind your good judgment. VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 23)  Changes at home might come fast and furiWhere Golf is Always Season ous. Catch up on your reading and correspondence. Youinhave the ability to motivate others. Acknowledge your lover’s needs. LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23) You should be in business for yourself. You’ll be angry if those you live with aren’t pulling their weight. Romantic encounters are evident through travel or educational pursuits. You will be quite excitable this week. SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) Don’t be too eager to spend money that you really don’t have. A trip to visit relatives should be rewarding. Take the time to help old friends or relatives who have had a stroke of bad luck. Don’t push your luck with your boss. Horoscopes courtesy of astrologer Michael Thiessen. For daily horoscopes go to



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