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Great ready for plenty of photo ops as you steam back into history with Kamloops Heritage Railway (KHR). Take a journey back to Christmas past with carolers, candy canes and hot chocolate. Spend an enjoyable evening on this short excursion on a real steam train. You will visit historic St. Joseph’s church and hear a special Christmas story aboard this beautiful train pulled by restored Canadian National Railway 2141 locomotive, ‘Spirit of Kamloops’. The Spirit of Christmas trip is a great

and historically meaningful local light installation and maintenance attraction worth taking the time to to bring this to life. The passion, enjoy and has become a tradition energy and professionalism of for many families. our volunteers is just incredible. Staffed by dedicated volunteers, I want to recognize and express Santa and Mrs. Clause, Frosty, the a heartfelt thank-you to all our Grinch and Cindy-Lou-Who will volunteers who give so much of round out the cast of favourites themselves. We are so fortunate,” who interact with passengers and acknowledges Sally Magee, Genlive out the story in each car. Their eral Manager of KHR. enthusiasm continues to make this The back shop boys have gone a most memorable trip and these above and beyond this year. The KCBIA earlug GC Dec 1 outstanding volunteers are the big8.inddopen-air cars will be decked out in heart of the Spirit of Christmas. festive lights that are synced and “Many hours go into rehearsal, dance to each bar of traditional

Christmas music. This year LightO-Rama will be a highlight. This dynamic show mixes lights, music and motion in a unique way to celebrate the holiday spirit. The star of the show is, as always, the engine. Railroad fans will love getting a look the 2141, the very last of its class. It was brought back to life after sitting for over 33 years, lovingly restored over an 8-year period by a group of dedicated, enthusiastic, hardworking volunteers. – continued on page 2


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It couldn’t have been a better time downtown. The Kamloops Central Business Association’s annual Lights in the Night Christmas Party was a huge success and it’s all owed to the residents of Kamloops. The Lights in the Night Christmas Party had a record number of attendees, 55 businesses and merchants participated and more than 61 shoppers were rewarded with prizes in the all new In It To Win It contest. The Santa Claus Parade was also an overwhelming success. 80 floats traveled the route performing for the more than 10,000 spectators that lined the downtown streets. The weather was mild and happiness and spirit were all around. The judges were hard at work and honoured 11 entries with awards. The winners are: Parade Star – The Donkey Refuge; Santa Award #1 – TK’emlups te Secwepemic, #2 – Kamloops Harley Davidson, #3 – Enchanted Teacup; Novelty Award #1 - Friendship Society Schlaraffia Kamlupsia Chapter #415, #2 – Heritage Railway, #3 – Centre for Spiritual Living; Elves Award #1 – River City Gymnastics, #2 – Jump n’ Jax Entertainment, #3 – Valley First Scouts; Best Band - Kamloops Pipe Band Society (pictured above). More photos of the parade can viewed online at Pictured at left is Echo Elf Carly Orozco at the In It To Win It prize station on Victoria Street.

The City’s Dog Responsibility and Control By-law requires that no one shall keep, harbour, or have more than two dogs over the age of six months within the City. If a resident has more than two dogs he or she can apply to Council for a variance to have more than three dogs or a combination with other animals for a total of four animals. The applicant must pay a non-refundable $350 variance application fee. City Council agreed to waive the $350 dog variance application fee for 2012 if the application met the following criteria: a) is generated as a result of licence renewals; or b) is generated as a result of a resident selfidentifying to the city and specifically By-Law Enforcement, that they have more than two dogs and such dogs have not been recently acquired within the preceding six months; and c) the resident is not subject of enforcement or compliance as a result of a nuisance from the dogs, related compliant or file generated as a result of By-Law staff identifying too many dogs owned by such resident and whom had not previously identified the presence of more than two dogs as noted in (b). However, please note that effective January, there will no longer be a waiver to the application fee and the full $350 fee will be in effect.

Light-O-Rama mixes music and motion on 2141 – continued from page 1 KHR also reenacts railway operations as they were in the past. Volunteers and staff are dressed in period uniforms. The Kamloops station is also nicely restored and is used by the railway while tickets are sold from their office at 3-510 Lorne Street, near the station. Making a reservation will guarantee you travel onboard and are actually required, as these trips sell out every year and inside coach seating is assigned at the time of booking and payment. Passengers should always dress

for the weather when traveling onboard. The coaches have comfortable inside seating, however, they are not heated and you should dress as if you would be sitting outside. Wrap up really warm and please leave your furry friends at home (except for service dogs). Passengers are encouraged to arrive at the station 60 minutes prior to departure. Entertainment and introduction to the characters on the platform starts early. Once onboard, you are permitted to move about the train and it is recommended that you consider going out to the open-air cars

at some point as the train moves towards the junction and back. You will be dazzled by the views of city lights and can spend some time warming up next to the potbelly stove in the caboose. The ‘Spirit of Christmas’ train ride lasts roughly 70 minutes. Normal freight rail operates in the area so it is recommended that passengers allow for a reasonable cushion of time for plans following the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ experience. This is a good time regardless of age. Make your reservations for this seasonal holiday theat-

rical extravaganza. For further information on this and other KHR rail tours please visit, contact the ticket office at 250-374-2141 or email Spirit of Christmas Departure Dates and Times Wednesday, December 19 7:00pm Thursday, December 20 7:00pm Friday, December 21 - 4:30pm and 7:00pm Saturday, December 22 4:30pm and 7:00pm Jody Tippett

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Western Canadian Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Story” features local child actors from the Stage One Theatre Training Program. Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday performances for this holiday favourite begin at 8:00pm. Tickets are available through Kamloops Live Box Office, 1025 Lorne Street, or call 250374-5483. A special 2:00pm matinee on Saturday is pay-what-you-can.

Mittens Try not to shred the arm of your human if they put a silly hat on you.

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Pedestrian safety initiative The Traffic Section of the Kamloops RCMP kicked off the December Road Safety blitz by launching a pedestrian crossing initiative. Public awareness and concern for pedestrian safety has been heightened in recent weeks by a spike in the number of injury and fatal crashes involving pedestrians in the city. The public had called for more police action to address the problem and an analyses of the pedestrian crash data indicated that pedestrian decision making was a factor in many of the collisions. Some of these factors include pedestrians stepping into the travel lane of the roadway from between parked vehicles, crossing the roadway between intersections, entering the crosswalks without making a visual safety assessment regarding the distance and speed of an approaching vehicle and crossing contrary to the pedestrian signals. While vehicles are required to yield for

pedestrians, it is equally imperative for drivers to first see and safely stop their vehicle in response to a pedestrian. Officers will be focusing attention at various high volume intersections around the city, targeting drivers distracted by texting or talking on cell phones and those running the intersection lights. They will also be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the streets between intersections or disobeying the crossing signals at the controlled intersections. These safety operations will be ongoing throughout December. Police Counter Attack road checks will also highlight the holiday road safety initiative. Officers will be conducting both large scale check stop operations and smaller “Flying Road Checks” where small groups of officers set up spontaneous check stops for brief periods then move on to other locations around Kamloops.

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Vote to bring $100,000 to the Kamloops community The Pavilion Theatre Renovation Project has reached the semifinals of the Aviva Community Fund, thanks to strong support from the Kamloops community! Now, they need that great Kamloops spirit to continue, with everyone voting once a day, every day from December 3 to 12 to get them to the finals. If they make it to the finals, up to $100,000 could come to Kamloops, for the benefit of over 25 community groups that use the Pavilion Theatre. The money would go to much needed renovations to a building that is more than just a building: It is a performance space, rehearsal hall, classroom, workshop, art gallery, music stage, community event centre and Western Canadian Theatre’s (WCT) home. And if they win, this will be the second year in a row that a Kamloops project brought Aviva Community Fund money to the community. Last

year, the United Church’s project brought money for the PIT (People In Transition) Stop kitchen. Pavilion Theatre supporters’ votes helped put them over the top. What does this project need in order to be successful? It needs the citizens of Kamloops and the surrounding areas to vote! Please go to and register to vote. Voters can vote daily December 3 to 12.

In the early 1980’s the citizens of Kamloops rallied to have the building at 1025 Lorne Street, formerly a BC Livestock Auction site, saved from demolition and renovated into a theatre centre. In the spirit of those citizens, they call on Kamloopsians to once again rise to the challenge and vote. If successful, the project will outfit the much-loved Pavilion with heating sys-

tem upgrades, fire safety upgrades, stage curtains, improved lobby bathrooms and the lighting and sound equipment it needs to be a fully functioning theatre. Details can be found at avivacommunityfund. org/ideas/acf13551 or Please vote daily! If you have any problems, contact Catrina at 250-372-3216 Ext. 30 or

Christmas with the Kamloops Symphony Songs, stories and surprises - it’s everything you’ve come to expect from Christmas with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra (KSO). On December 15 and 16, the Kamloops Symphony welcomes the KSO Chorus, Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts Symphony Award winner, Marcella Barz, and the Kamloops Symphony Youth String Orchestra to the stage for their annual celebration of the festive season. Two performances for the whole family; choose Saturday at 7:30pm or Sunday at 2:00pm but buy your tickets now for the best seats.

The program includes music that incorporates familiar Christmas tunes and, with the participation of a hall full of enthusiastic concert-goers, the carol sing along is always a highlight. Symphony Award winner Marcella Barz will play First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy. Marcella studied clarinet with KSO Principal Clarinet, Sally Arai, and is currently pursuing a music degree at UVIC. All this and much more to warm your heart and bring you joy this Christmas. Program and ticket information is available online at

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Once again through December, Community Safety Dis Ifocusing R EonC two special campaigns to remind the public to secure their valuables while shopping. In the interest of reducing theft from vehicles and continuing to develop community partnerships, Kamloops Community Safety has brought back their “Out of Sight” campaign. Reinforcing this message and following on the heels is its sister program, “Safe for the Season”. These are both reminders to make people more conscious of securing their purchases and valuables out of sight to reduce the risk of theft. Malls, parking lots and curbside parking at retail locations are all prime target areas for thieves. These Lock-Out Auto Crime initiatives compliment each other and were developed to educate consumers about the potential risk of theft from vehicles. The City of Kamloops Community Safety has partnered up with retailers, volunteers and Kamloops RCMP Auxiliary Constables. Community Safety is using stickers to convey the simple message of securing your valuables “Out of Sight”. They have asked that Kamloops retailers assist in

spreading the word by putting the T campaign O R Ystickers on shopping bags to demonstrate their commitment to community safety and care for their customers. Customers shopping around town who receive the sticker can access the City website, communitysafety, to enter to win a prize. The program has been launched and prizes will be drawn weekly for the month of December. Public response and interaction online will also help program coordinators to ascertain the effectiveness of their awareness campaigns. Auxiliary RCMP and volunteers will be conducting foot patrols to create a presence at retail outlets for the “Safe for the Season” campaign. They will engage with shoppers, be on the lookout for suspicious activity and placing the Safe for the Season tip cards on vehicle windshields. The cards contain information on best practices for vehicle crime prevention. You can find out more information about both the “Out of Sight” and “Safe for the Season” by contacting the City of Kamloops Community Safety office at 250828-3818 or online at kamloops. ca/communitysafety.

Choral Rhapsody returns The City of Kamloops would like to invite residents to attend the 15th Annual Choral Rhapsody of Christmas at the Sagebrush Theatre. The concert takes place on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm and is a free community event. The concert is sponsored by the City of Kamloops, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and although the event is of no charge, food and cash donations for the Kamloops Food Bank will be gratefully accepted. Eight local choirs will be presenting a delightful selection of Christmas carols with sing-a-longs in between sets for audience participation. For more information about the event, please call 250-828-3611.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013 is the much anticipated 6th Annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts. This event is a joint fundraising partnership that brings together the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre. Nominations for the Mayor’s Award for the Arts are now being accepted in two categories: Emerging Artist and Business in the Arts. Award criteria and nomination forms are available now. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 14, 2012. Emerging Artist recognizes an

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Blazers to retire Neidermeir’s number 28 The Kamloops Blazers ownership group consisting of Tom Gaglardi, Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor are honoured to announce that the hockey club will retire defenseman Scott Niedermayer’s number 28. Niedermayer, one of the franchise’s all-time greatest players, wore the no. 28 for three seasons with the Blazers

from 1989 to 1992. The Blazers will retire Niedermayer’s jersey during a pre-game ceremony on Friday, January 25, 2013 when the Blazers host the Prince Albert Raiders. Niedermayer, his family, and many other past Blazer dignitaries will be present for the special pre-game ceremony. “In my opinion, Scott

is the best defenseman of his era,” commented co-owner of the Blazers, Tom Gaglardi. “Throughout his hockey career, Scott excelled and won at every level. His pedigree of winning and resume of accomplishments speaks for itself.” Niedermayer suited up for 156 games with the Blazers and went on to an incredible profession-

al career in the National Hockey League. This will be the first jersey retirement ceremony the Blazers have hosted since 1990 when the hockey club retired Mark Recchi’s jersey. To buy tickets to this special game, call the Blazers Box Office at 250-828-3339 or purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster.

CHBA CI to bring Dianne Buckner as a speaker The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBA CI) has confirmed Dianne Buckner as the keynote speaker for the January 23 Dinner Meeting at the Kamloops Convention Centre. Dianne Buckner is currently the host of CBC’s Dragons’ Den. She is also known for her work on Venture and Fortune Hunters. Each of these shows has an entrepreneurial focus and highlights social and consumer trends. In addition to her role on Dragons’ Den, she is a member of the business team at CBC News and writes a weekly col-

umn about small business for She can be seen on CBC’s local dinner-hour newscasts across the country. Dianne will speak about emerging trends in business and marketing and how Canadian entrepreneurs are capitalizing on them. “The Special Speaker Series is a benefit for our members and is open to the public,” said CHBA CI President Brian Hayashi. “It is a great way to kick off the New Year.” In the past the CHBA CI has featured Trevor Linden, Rex Murphy, and Bob Lenarduzzi.

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Tickets: Kamloops Live Box Office | | 250.374.LIVE (5483) *Contact Kamloops Live by phone or in person Members of TRU women’s soccer and Kamloops U-13 “A” girls soccer team put together boxes for Operation Christmas Child, also known by locals as the “shoebox campaign”. This year, the recordbreaking total was 2,543 full shoeboxes that will be sent down to children in Central and South America. Each shoe box gift is filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and candy, is given to children regardless of gender, race, religion, or age.

Snow Angels Program returns Snow Angels are back and ready to go after a successful 2011 season assisting seniors and individuals with mobility challenges with snow removal from their driveways and sidewalks. Last year, the Seniors Outreach Society Snow Angel volunteers assisted more than 70 seniors in Kamloops with snow removal services. The program goal is to support seniors to live in their homes for as long and independently as possible. The Snow Angel program is headed by the Seniors Outreach Society (SOS) and works closely with the City of Kamloops for volunteer recruitment. Currently,

most volunteers are City employees, but SOS wants to challenge the community to get involved. Last year, a number of Westsyde and North Shore neighbourhood residents were unable to access the program due to lack of volunteer support in these areas. SOS is asking residents in these areas to help fill this gap. To become a volunteer, contact Harjeet Dhaliwal at 250-828-0600 or email info@ Volunteers will be matched with seniors who live in the same area. If volunteers are willing to go out of their area to assist seniors, let the coordinator know.

Spread the Christmas cheer! A definition of Christmas: The time when everyone gets “Santa”-mental. Why should Christmas dinner always be well done? So you can say “Merry Crispness”!


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Help stuff the cruiser On Saturday, December 15 local RCMP Officers, Auxiliaries and community volunteers will graciously volunteer their time for a worthwhile cause. RCMP cruisers will be parked outside of Wal-Mart from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Toys R Us from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Volunteers are hoping the community will help “stuff” the cruisers with donations of food, toys and clothing for Christmas Amalgamated. Christmas Amalgamated helps make Christmas brighter for many families in Kamloops. This year, Christmas Amalgamated anticipates distributing over 2000 hampers. You can help by donating a new toy, clothing or non-perishable food items. Suggested items are: clothing for children (newborn to 14 years) blankets (newborn to 12 months), developmental toys (newborn to toddler), toys (teen boys), grooming products (teen boys), chocolates - mixed nuts and Christmas cake. No second hand items except winter coats. The Christmas Amalgamated Depot is also open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 880 8th Street (old Kamloops Ford location) for both registration and donation drop offs. For more information, call 250-376-0777 or visit www. christmasamalgamatedkamloops


World record setting students Bert Edwards Science and Technology School (BEST), working with BIG Little Science Centre, have had their results for the Guinness World Record accepted! They are now officially part of a new World Record for a science lesson, along with many other schools from across Canada. Working at BIG Little Science Centre, BEST intermediate students took part in a Canada-wide record for “Largest Simultaneous Practical Science Lesson in multiple venues; same time and same lesson.” The experiments involved performing and observing how materials react to the movement of fluids, following Bernoulli’s Principle.

Remember loved ones during the holidays

Kamloops Hospice Association’s annual ‘Celebrate A Life’ fundraiser at Sahali Mall is a way for the local Kamloops community to remember deceased relatives and friends during the holidays while raising awareness and funding for the ongoing operations of the Kamloops Hospice Association. The event runs from November 29 through to December 21 at the mall. Patrons are invited to decorate the Christmas tree with a ‘memory card’ and a light. Each token represents a loved one that has passed and whom their friends and family would like to remember. There will be an

arts and crafts fair and Christmas raffle for a beautiful queen size handmade quilt by the Cotton Pickers as well

as a handmade wooden cradle complete with full layette. All proceeds go toward the ongoing operation of the Hospice

Home which continues to provide quality end of life care for residents of our region diagnosed with a terminal illness.

A musical journey with B3 Kings Building on last year’s success, the B3 Kings will become an annual Christmas concert in Kamloops. The B3 Kings perform every Christmas at Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club playing to sold out houses every night. Their take on the classic holiday repertoire is super funky and makes singing along to Christmas tunes fun! Backed by the propulsive drumming and lush vocals of Denzal Sinclaire, the grooving bass and funky organ of Chris Gestrin, the

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Come join us for a very special New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner $99 per person. Call 250-374-2913 for details!

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Gather ‘round to laugh and make memories to 5pm and Thurs. 10am to 9pm. ■■ Fifth Annual Shoe Memorial FMI contact 250-377-2400. on Dec. 6 from 11am to 2pm, ■■ “Almost Christmas” until with speakers at 12:15pm, at St. Dec 24 at the Old Courthouse Andrew’s on the Square, 159 Gallery, 7 West Seymour St. Seymour St. Commemorate the Featuring one of a kind works lives of women who have been handcrafted by local artists.Again killed by domestic violence by this year, “Tiny Tidings”, small donating shoes to the Kamloops works of art for stocking stuffers Shoe Memorial. Drop off shoes or token gift items. Open 10am to at Runners Sole, Classic FX, 5pm, Tues to Fri, 10am to 4pm, Kamloops Hot Yoga, YMCA/ Sat. Free parking, handicap accesYWCA Downtown and North sible, no HST. Shore. ■■ Visions Farmers’ Market in ■■ Hairstylying 101 Class on the Sahali Mall Saturdays from Dec. 12 at 6pm at Beautycode 10am to 2:30pm until Dec. 15. Boutique, 222 Victoria St. To regVendor space is available if you: ister contact 250-851-2633. “Bake it”, “Make it”, “Grow it”. ■■ “KALS” Christmas Social on FMI call Andy at 250-577-3810. Dec. 14 from 1 to 3pm at Henry ■■ Annual Wildlights Festival Grube Centre, 245 Kitchener Cres. from Dec. 14 to Jan. 6 at BC Free event with Festive Tea with Wildlife Park. FMI contact 250goodies, door-prizes and entertain573-3242 ext. 259 ment at 2pm by the Shalni Prowse ■■ Kam High’s Class of 1963 50 Catering School of Dance. FMI contact SUSHI & KOREAN BBQ Year Reunion on 13 to 15, or 250-819-5153. 2013. Interested class members ■■ Variety Arts Show and Sale please send your contact info to on Dec. 14 from 10am to 8pm at the organizing committee at kamHealthy & Delicious Taste with Gracious Service St. Andrews on the Square with featured artist, Ted Smith. Olga OOPS! We made a mistake! In the November 29 issue of the Open All Day (11-9) Mon-Sat ■■ Art in the Park: Call for artBurr, Bonnie May, Cathie Peters Downtown Echo on page 4, Buffet it was published that Christmas Around the ists for July 1, 2013. Earlybird Lunch 11:30 1:30 e hav and W many artists have also donate World Burlesque will be happening on Thursday, December 16 when in application deadline is Feb. 1. ed works of art. No admission fee. Delivery available downtown fact it will be Thursday, December 13! At the Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria St. Register from Feb 2 to Mar. 16 Proceeds to the Kamloops Area on Dec. 13. Doors at 8pm for a 19+ show. with artists being current members CertificateAssociation. Preservation 250-374-0080 | 561 Seymour Street | s of the Kamloops Arts Council. ■■ The Art We Are, 246 Pictured are Burlesque performers Bonnie MacLean and Corrie Tucker. Victoria St. 250-828-7998. Tanya the Interior Savings parking lot ■■ Cindy Hayden Rebuilding Apply online at: or pick up form at Lipscomb on Dec. 15 at 8pm Dec. 16 at 5:30pm. Performances stained glass exhibit to Dec. 19 Kamloops Arts Council office, 7 ■■ Children’s Christmas by Miss Emily andFront Banner at Wilson House Gallery, 115 Doc Walker. Crafts Workshop with Michelle Bring a cash or food donation for Tranquille Rd. Fundraiser for Seymour St. W. ■■ Kamloops Arts Council ongoFinlayson on Dec. 15 from 9am to the Kamloops Food Bank. Janet Whitehead. Gallery hours: ing events - Art Night is an open 12pm at Parkview Activity Centre, ■■ Jeanette Arden My Mon. to Fri. from 1 to 4pm. art drop-in held on the last Wed. 500 McDonald Ave. To register Abstraction until Dec. 21 at ■■ Christmas in the Gallery of each month at Heritage House, contact 250-828-3500 for KAC Kamloops Arts Council Main hand-crafted, original gifts, until 100 Lorne St. ArtBC meets Tues. members and 250-828-3500 for Gallery, 7 W Seymour St. Gallery Dec. 24 at the Kamloops Art weekly from Sept. to May, at 1pm, non-members. Course #202051. hours: Tues. to Fri. from 10am to Gallery, 465 Victoria St. Gallery at the Parkview Recreation Centre, ■■ CP Rail Holiday Train at 5pm and Sat. from 10am to 4pm. hours: Mon. to Sat. from 10am 500 McDonald Ave.


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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21) Don’t go out of your way, and don’t let these unexpected guests cost you money. Opportunities will develop through those you encounter while attending organizational events. Problems with female members of your family may play on your emotions. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 20) Do not confront situations unless you are sure you have a good understanding of the dilemma. Take part in stimulating debates that will allow you to show off your intelligence. Lovers may prove unworthy of your affection. AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19)  Family talks may get a little combative. You can make wonderful contributions to any organization that you join. 7 seymour street w •to 250-372-7323 You can make it up them later. You need time to put your house in order and sort out what you are going to do about your personal direction. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20) You will learn a great deal from the foreigners august you meet.2011 You will be in an overly generous mood this week. Heed the advice given by family or old reliable friends. You will be able to close any deals successfully. ARIES (Mar 21-April 20) Digestive disorders willarts be a council result of family kamloops squabbles. You will benefit through hidden assets and property investpresents ments. Avoid conflicts with in-laws or other family members. Now is the time for completing hobbies that you’ve been working on for a long time. TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21)  Find out exactly what’s expected of you and you’ll be surprised to find out how capable you are. Sign up for courses or join fitness clubs. Based on your excitement, serious-minded individuals will be more than interested in backing your ideas. GEMINI (May 22-June 21)  Try to take some time to listen to their complaints, and in turn, do something to appease them. Don’t offer to pay for others. Voice your opinions and contribute to the de bate. Advancement can be yours if you are assertive in your approach. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Insurance pay outs, tax rebates, or just 7 seymour street w • 250-372-7323 plain luck. A long, quiet walk alone may help you sort out your thoughts. Avoid joint ventures and steer clear of groups that want you to contribute financial assistance. Friends and relatives may not understand your needs. OCtOBeR 2011 LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can get the attention of important individuals but it might not be the time to get them to help or to back your ideas. Get involved in jobs that require creative input. You can win points with both peers and superiors. Do things you enjoy instead of being a chameleon. kamloops council more VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 23) Your compassion will arts be appreciated presents than you can imagine. Be sure to get involved in self improvement programs that will bring you in contact with interesting people. You must watch your tendency to spend whatever you make. LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23)  Don’t let others put unreasonable demands on you. Short trips to visit others will do the whole family a world of good. Your involvement in interest groups may bring you popularity. Your diplomacy will be of utmost importance this week. SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)  Try spending the day catching up on any responsibilities that need to be taken care of. Don’t confront the situation if you don’t feel you can keep your cool. You must act quickly. Matters 7 seymourto street w must • 250-372-7323 pertaining work be completed before you leave. Horoscopes courtesy of astrologer Michael Thiessen. For daily horoscopes go to

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