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The Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir gets together to pose for a group photo on the beach in Sunnybrae, B.C.

Singing the way to a Technicolor Christmas Consistently drawing large audiences, the acclaimed choral groups, Kamloops Thompson Children’s Choir and the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir present: “A Technicolor Christmas�, an evening of top caliber symphonic chorus at the Sagebrush Theatre. Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir is an award-winning choir, currently with 54 members, comprised of students in grades five to eight from throughout the Kamloops School District. This mixed choir sings three and four part harmonies with instrumental accompaniment, as well as a cappella selections. The choir is directed by Christy Gauley, the accompanist is Deborah Wilms and the membership is managed by Leah Clare. This year marks the choir’s 36th anniversary. The year’s highlights

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include a trip to Victoria where members sang in front of the Parliament Buildings. The Honour Choir also teamed up with Western Canada Theatre for this year’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Kamloops Thompson Children’s Choir, was formed as a preparatory choir to the Honour Choir, to maintain and encourage high choral performance standards. Musically gifted children are recommended to the membership by their school music teacher with the choir currently consisting of about 40 children in grades three and four. Directors, Jayne Latta and Jennica Alpaugh, accompanist Cheryl Copeland and manager Leah Clare, provide a challeng+#")!EARLUG'#$ECINDD ing repertoire that includes a variety of age and message-appropriate songs, which expand the

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student’s vocal technique and skill. Besides having received standing ovations for their performances, The Children’s Choir has also been featured on Vancouver based writer and entertainer, Ishdafish’s CD of children’s songs. The memberships meet at the Henry Grube Education Center to rehearse for their two formal concerts held each year. The group also tours various schools in the district, allowing the choirs to showcase their talents, develop performance skills and encourage other students to pursue future memberships. During their tenure with the choirs, children learn the skills necessary to work as part of a team, while developing their music knowledge and self-confidence. – continued on page 2

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News for Americans living in Canada Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue announced in Question Period recently that the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has agreed to show leniency to American citizens who are living in Canada and have not filed annual US tax returns. “This situation has been causing great anxiety among Canadians with dual citizenship,� said McLeod. “The Finance Minister has been working closely with American officials on a common

sense solution and we appreciate their engagement, particularly the US Ambassador.� Under this new policy, if US citizens living in Canada file tax returns late and owe no taxes, there will be no penalties for failing to file. In addition, those who fail to report regarding their bank account can retroactively file a report along with an explanation as to why they were late. If the IRS determines there is reasonable cause, no penalty will be imposed.

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Maria Wetterstrand (L) and Donna Nelson of Impark accept some toys from Tanner Frilund in trade for his tickets on November 24 as Impark offered a one-day, four-hour event during which anyone who had an unpaid Impark parking violation notice could have it waived by making a toy donation to The Salvation Army. Those with multiple unpaid violations had to bring an equal number of toys to match the number of Impark parking violation notices they would like waived. Impark received over 675 toys from Kamloops alone!

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– continued from page 1 While the choirs are sponsored in part by our School District, music specialists who contribute to a vital niche in our arts community foster these groups. Many parents who volunteer their time and undertake various fundraising activities to enable choir members to raise funds for their expenses join these dedicated local teachers. Expanding the possibilities of their choral performance, this year the Winter Concert at the Sagebrush Theatre will include an adult guest choir. Comprised of 28 members from the Kamloops area, this mixed community choir has dubbed themselves, “Serious Optionâ€?. From these three talented ensembles, audience members, young and old, can look forward to hearing uplifting, seasonal favorites and a varying repertoire that includes selections of classical, pop, folk, jazz and world music. Don’t miss Technicolor Christmas at the Sagebrush Theatre on December 11 at 6:30 p.m. with admission by donation! Jody Tippett, freelance !-


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No one got out of jail free!

The Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way is pleased to announce that the RCMP Jail and Bail Event held Thursday, November 25, at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) raised $40,070 for the United Way Community Fund. Brenda Aynsley, United Way executive director, thanks Superintendent Yves Lacasse for his leadership of the event. Lacasse and his team managed to round up and arrest 57 well-known local offenders who were found guilty and fined by Judge Tony Ryan. All were charged with being community boosters and fined a minimum of $500. The most prolific offender was Becky Clements, branch manager Interior Savings Credit Union who raised bail of over $3000. Other notable prolific offenders right behind her were Vince Cavaliere, Doug Wittal and Dr. Todd Ring. Pictured here from L-R are Andrew Neuner, Interior Health vice president, RIH emergency Dr. Todd Ring, along with KCBIA general manager Gay Pooler, who was feeling a little elfish as she was taken away!

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Teck Resources Ltd: Highland Valley Operations presented a cheque for $50,000 to United Way on November 24 at the Kamloops HAP Housing Board meeting in support of the Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan (HAP). This will support the plan’s goals of helping individuals bridge to financial independence through life skills training and programs. Pictured here (L- R) are Danalee Coates, community development coordinator of the United Way; Peter Martell, environment & community affairs of TECK; Jacqui Schneider, senior community affairs officer of TECK; Nicole Beauregard, City of Kamloops; Blake Collins, City of Kamloops; and Tangie Genshorek, HAP coordinator.

Charity yoga event helps kids in need The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time of year for many. Take time out for yourself and destress with yoga. A local Kamloops yoga teacher and business owner is choosing to give back just before Christmas by offering a community yoga class. On Friday, December 16th Lynn Roberts, director and owner of Innergy Corporate Yoga Inc. will be leading participants through a 60-minute yoga class at Let’s Move Yoga Studio, 925 McGill Road. The holiday-themed class will focus on detoxifying twists, stress-busting stretches for the whole body and much needed rest and relaxation. “It’s so important not to let stress

take over your life during the holidays,” says Lynn. “We know how harmful stress is, both physically and mentally. We need to take time out for ourselves and just reconnect to our breath again.” After the yoga class, Lynn will be handing out free meal replacement shakes and chocolate samples and leading participants through a free 15-minute health seminar on the benefits of nutritional cleansing, which include ridding the body of harmful toxins, improved energy, better sleep and weight loss. “Since I started regularly cleansing my body, I have noticed weight loss, more energy, and I need far less sleep at night,” Lynn says. “I

feel better now than I did in my early 20’s and I love helping other people get the results I got.” Admission to yoga is on a first come, first served basis, is by donation and all proceeds go to the Children’s Wish Foundation of BC. Lynn has two children herself and feels strongly about giving back to this much needed foundation, especially during the Christmas season. Staying for the health seminar and samples after yoga is optional. For more information or to speak with Lynn Roberts about this Charity Yoga event, please contact Innergy Corporate Yoga at 250-572-4162 or lynn@innergycorporateyoga.com.

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The Kamloops United Church is hosting their 10th annual PIT (People in Transition) Stop Christmas dinner on December 18 to help those less fortunate have a warm holiday meal. In addition to the dinner, the church is also looking for item donations for gift bags that they hope to give out during the dinner. Items they are looking to have for the gift bags include nail clippers, gloves, long underwear, warm

socks, tooth brushes and paste, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, combs, washcloths, canned fruit snacks, juice boxes, chocolates, kettle corn and Mandarin oranges. Other possibilities are toques, scarves, towels and transit tickets. New items are preferred. If you would like to donate any of these items, please drop them off at the Kamloops United Church located at 421 St. Paul St.

awesome undergrad Kelsey Gilker, assistant administrator at the Kamloops Arts Council, was just awarded the TRU Foundation Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship.

Honouring Emily Carr

Join the Kamloops Art Gallery as they honour the 140th Anniversary of the birth of Emily Carr, along with galleries and museums all over Canada. The film Winds of Heaven explores the spirit that informed the life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. Attend the screening or pick up a copy of the internationally acclaimed film at the Gallery Store. Emily Carr began painting in an era when women didn’t, at an age when most people shouldn’t; traveling to remote locations that few professional adventurers chose to go. Not only did she adopt the painting techniques of Modernism, when such ideas were considered dangerous, Carr chronicled the extraordinary art and culture of native peoples, who were invisible to the dominant culture. Community viewing is on Thursday, December 15 with doors opening at 6:30pm, film beginning at 7:00pm for this free movie at the Kamloops Art Gallery, 101- 465 Victoria St.

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Five years later, the category for the annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is Artistic Innovation in the Arts. Throughout past years, there have been key individuals who have generously contributed their time and effort to and have valuably impacted the arts within Kamloops. In recognition of this exceptional involvement, the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts was created. Following each Mayor’s Gala, the recognition and loyalty of these individuals does not diminish or

weaken. It grows stronger. The intention of this award ceremony is not only to recognize individuals during a single occasion, but to strengthen our community support and loyalty as well. It is our duty to continue to promote these individuals, as their contributions have allowed the arts in Kamloops to flourish. The deadline for nominations is anytime before or on the day of Friday, December 9. Applications that arrive after the deadline will

not be considered. Submissions will be accepted by fax or electronically and should be typed, not hand written, clear, concise and legible. Please make sure to include all requirements listed on the nomination form and guidelines, as incomplete submission packages will not be considered. These documents are available on the City of Kamloops, Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops Symphony or Kamloops Art Gallery websites. Nomination

packages can be faxed to: 250374-7099 or emailed to info@ wctlive.ca with Mayor’s Award for the Arts in the subject line. The goal is to acknowledge and celebrate artistic innovation, cultivate a greater visibility and appreciation of the value of the arts, encourage excellence in the arts and build relationships within the arts community. For more information contact Lacey Stark at 250-372-3216 ext 24 or lacey@ wctlive.ca.

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Open December 1 Kamloops Hospice Gift Shop and Tree of Life - Every item has been hand-made by Hospice Auxiliary members. Many one-of-a-kind items sell out within hours. While visiting you can commemorate those you love who are no longer here with a coloured light on the Hospice Tree of Life.

December 9 & 10 The Pinegrove Residents Auxiliary Piñata Raffle - Crafted by the residents, these piñata are too beautiful to break. But they will be filled with goodies none-the-less and 6 lucky winners will get to take them home. These one-of-a-kind piñatas will be up for raffle Dec 9 and 10 with the draw on the 11th. You have to see these to believe them.

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Holiday fun at Wildlife Park The BC Wildlife Park in is about to launch its 14th annual Wildlights Celebration. The highlight of this year’s event will be a new and spectacular laser light show debuting nightly at 6:30 and 8:30pm. Also new this year are photos with Santa! The park is also featuring their traditional family favourite activities, everything from nightly performances by Uncle Chris the Clown by the log cabin (except December 18, 24 and 31) to wolf feeding at 7:00pm each night. Enjoy holiday treats from the Blue Heron Cafe and the log cabin and don’t forget the challenging holiday maze. Ride the Wildlife Express Mini Train and enjoy the wagon ride through North America’s wildlife. Say hello to the animals at the Home Hardware Double H Corral

Family Farm including the latest additions, the pot-bellied pigs. There will be hundreds of thousands of lights on display throughout the park and special indoor activities for the kids. Catch the Wildlights Special Bus running Saturdays (December 10, 17 and 24) from Lansdowne Exchange at 6:10 and 7:10pm, and receive a 10 percent discount at the gift shop. The festival runs nightly from December 9 to January 2, every day except Christmas Day from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at each Senor Froggy location or online at www.BCzoo.org. The BC Wildlife Park is located 15 minutes east of Kamloops on the Trans Canada Highway, and take exit 390 or 391. For more information call 250-573-3242.

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