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Exploring the business side of the art form Dreary ole January has everyone feeling blah and bloated after the blitz of Christmas and New Year’s. What’s a better pick me up than taking on a new activity or perfecting your craft? Brighten up the winter and take the next step with the Kamloops Arts Council (KAC). KAC supports musicians, performers, filmmakers, writers, artists and every creative soul in between, encouraging them to share their work with their community, city and the world. Kathy Sinclair, executive director of the KAC said, “Our focus is on creating more educational opportunities and offering more services to members. Specifically, in regards to developing our professional profiles, it’s about exploring the business side of the art form.” The KAC is hosting You’ve Got the Talent - Now What? on Tuesday, January 24 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Join in on an interactive evening of insights and information regarding the promotional aspects of artwork. The workshop offers presentational and marketing tips regarding social media and web presence. Biography and artistic statements can be developed, written and reworked. Advice will be shared regarding festival and grant applications. Kathy describes the event as having a speed dating format, “Instead of sitting in a lecture, artists can pick and choose areas of expertise.” Ultimately, Kathy and the KAC want to “keep it lively, offering a hands-on approach for artists to connect with like minded people.” Those interested can purchase a headshot from professional photographer Jacquie Shinkewski. The workshop is free, and the photo session is only $5.00 for members

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Top: From 2016’s workshop Making a Living in the Arts: Music with Van Damsel, Jamesby, Naomi Cloutier and Caitlin Goulet. Right: New office sign thanks to the talented Vaughn Warren and his laser cutter at Kamloops Makerspace.

and $10.00 for non-members. If you’ve been busy creating 2-D or 3-D pieces over the holiday season, now is the time to think about participating in the 7th Armstrong-Gibson from the Federation of annual Art Exposed Regional Exhibition, Canadian Artists and Christine Beaton from which takes place from March 3 to 11. The the Arnica Artist Run Centre. Everyone is welcome to submit artwork in community-centered visual arts exhibit is any medium. The KAC hopes to fill “every open to all residents of the TNRD. The KAC is offering a new youth category nook and cranny” of the Old Courthouse Culfor ages 8 to 14; young artists will have an tural Centre with art, topping or matching the opportunity to receive feedback regarding number of last year’s pieces. Over 250! The their work from highly regarded individu- registration deadline is February 14. - continued on page 2 als such as local artist Wendy Weseen, Trish

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Several hundred people braved frigid temperatures both in and out of the water on New Year’s Day’s annual Polar Bear Swim at Riverside Park. Some of the participants included (L-R) Dorothy Jeffrey, John Spalek, Jordyn Jeffrey and Kristin Gentile. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!

The Kamloops Chapter of the Council of Canadians is starting off 2017’s Philosophers’ Café with a topic which is always of interest in so many ways– that of storytelling. The speaker on this topic will be James MacDonald of WCT with his unique take on the topic. As the public may know, the Philosophers’ Café is an opportunity to discuss or to just listen to a spirited discussion of a topic which is outlined by a knowledgeable presenter. The talk is competently moderated by Bob Gamble who keeps people on topic and doesn’t allow anyone to dominate the discussion. James MacDonald, the new artistic director of WCT will be looking this month at the role storytelling plays in our communities and how it is influenced by, and influences those communities. The Café will be held at The Smorgasbord Deli, 225, 7th Ave on January 17 at 7:00 pm—but come early to get your refreshments and a good seat.

8th Annual Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive The 8th annual Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive, sponsored by Kamloops Honda in partnership with Literacy in Kamloops (LinK), takes place until January 28. The goals of this project are to increase book ownership in all homes and encourage a love of reading. Over the past seven years, more than 75,000 children’s books have been donated. Throughout the year, volunteer coordinator Faith Bailey and her husband, Al organize teams of volunteers to sort, clean, and label books. Volunteers distribute the books to Bright Red Bookshelves at 22 school and community locations. More than 500 volunteer hours are committed to this project each year. LinK invites the community to drop off new or gently used children’s books at Kamloops Honda until January 28. Other dropoff locations include the North Kamloops and Kamloops branches of the Thompson‑Nicola Regional District Library System, the Henry

Grube Education Centre, and any Bright Red Bookshelf location. On January 20, the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 will accept book donations at the “Bring a Children’s Book” event during the Kamloops Blazers Game. Every child attending the ABC Family Literacy Day on January 21 at the Henry Grube Education Centre will receive a new-tothem book from the Heap the Honda program. The Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive is just one of the many literacy initiatives taking

place in Kamloops in January in support of National Family Literacy Day, which is celebrated each year on January 27. When families play and read together, they learn and have fun together. For more information, visit Bright Red Bookshelf Community Locations: ASK Wellness, BIG Little Science Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, Children Who Witness Abuse Program, Downtown Kamloops YMCA-YWCA, Interior Community Services, Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship

Society, Kamloops Child Development Centre, Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Kamloops YMCAYWCA Child Care Resource and Referral, Salvation Army Family Centre, Secwépemc Child and Family Services Agency, and Tournament Capital Centre. Bright Red Bookshelf School Locations: AE Perry Elementary, Arthur Hatton Elementary, Beattie Elementary, Bert Edwards School of Science and Technology, Kay Bingham Elementary, Marion Schilling Elementary, and Parkcrest Elementary.

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– continued from front ruary 4 and save $50.00 on your application fee. Kamloops’ social calendar is positively packed with Even though winter is dragging on, the KAC are already thinking about Canada Day! They special events, classes and initiatives that are sure are currently accepting artist and vendor appli- to make the rest of winter less of a chore. Make a cations for the upcoming Art in the Park, the resolution to participate in the creative community! Check out the website for more information kambiggest arts event in Kamloops, and a highlight or call 250-372-7323. of the Riverside Park celebrations in July. Early birds get a sweet deal, register before Feb- Alicia Ashcroft, freelance


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Emergency appeal from New Life Community With an Arctic air flow sweeping through Kamloops, temperatures continue to plummet, and so many of us couldn’t imagine being outside for long, let alone not having the warm clothing and food to sustain us. The New Life Community has put out an emergency appeal to the community to help share warmth! “We know we’ve just come out of our Christmas campaign with so many people donating, but we have a real urgent need on our hands” says Executive Director Stan Dueck. “With the brutally cold temperatures, we see many from our community come to our Outreach Centre and instead of just coming in for a meal, they’re here for hours to stay warm, have a warm beverage and meal, and hopefully find some clothing to help them survive another day. Needless to say, being open 24/7 has dramatically increased our expenses and we’re asking our community to help us, and urgently.” New Life Community has issued an urgent call for donations. Stan notes that financial assistance helps them designate dollars to where they’re needed the most. But the non-profit organization

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Can Ital Ladies executive and events The new executive for 2017 are Gina Lloyd - President, Maria Cuglietta Vice President, Tona Lowey - Secretary and Fran Rende -Treasurer. During the 2016 year, the Can Ital Ladies were able to donate $28,500.00 to the RIH Foundation for the Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic, Earthquake in Italy, Hospice, Masonic Cancer Car Project, JDRF, Cerebral Palsy, Kidney Foundation, Heart & Stroke, Parkinson’s, Kamloops Brain Injury, Crohn’s & Colitis, Canadian Mental Health, Salvation Army, New Life Community, St Vincent De Paul, CNIB and two

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“Team Childless” and the far, far away family After a day of sledding, eating and loungfavorite, our home sweet home. ing, my husband and I dropped his sister The cold took a toll and seeing the off at the airport. Our last meal, like all our weather through Kate’s eyes only made last meals, offered a blending of laughter the weather worse. Cozying on the couch and melancholy. Another trip about to end. in front of the fire with the sleeping dog, Standing in the domestic departure area, I the kettle getting all kinds of play, watchburst into tears like a drunk teenager who ing Netflix and YouTube with coloring didn’t know they were just about to vomit. I books, Kindles and magazines on our hate goodbyes in movies, books and in real laps. Talking about everything from the PERFECTLY life. I can’t even pretend to be cool about it. serious to the stupid, laughing until cryFABULOUS If I try to refrain from an outburst of emoing. Or better yet, those moments steeped Alicia Ashcroft tion, I get a James Dean-meets sour lemon in one of friendship’s greatest highlights— squint, and speak like I’m trying to hold the comfortable silence. smoke in my lungs. There is so much in the unspoken time spent If I must say goodbye, I prefer to be the rogue travel- together that simply can’t be replicated in a longler on route to the next adventure. Kate was heading distance phone call. Chatting with overseas family off to Mexico. We were heading home to the dog… can be challenging. Everyone’s together and you’re and more months of darkness and bitter cold. outside looking in, as if from another planet. The following morning, Facebook memories Trying to have meaningful conversations with reminded us of our hot and sunny beach vacations everybody in concentrated portions is always tricky. we’ve had in the past years, and it made me want Having a father from Wales and a husband from New to spew obscenities at the snow and sprint to the Zealand, there has always been a far far away famairport with a sombrero in hand. “I’m coming for ily to stay in contact with and say goodbye to. As you, tequila!!!” kids, talking to our relatives in Wales was agony. The I met Kate before I met Benjamin, while standing phone lines of the 1980’s mixed with thick sing-song in some line up at a music festival in Tauranga, New Welsh accents, and the sheer mania of Christmas day Zealand. Later in the night, she spotted me, grabbed makes for an unfocused conversation that demands me by the arm and led me into the crowd. “There’s repeating yourself and asking others to repeat themsomeone I want you to meet,” she smiled, introducing selves. Everything goes awry immediately after me to my future husband. Thus, she’s always been “Merry Christmas grandma…how are you?” With especially dear to my heart. the advent of Skype, and the enthusiastic novelty of Now nearly seven years later, we’ve had many having Skype took the yearly phone calls to the next adventures together. Our team of three titled “Team level: repeating yourself and asking others to repeat Childless”, which came from us running off on our themselves…on-camera. It’s exceedingly difficult to own when everyone else was strapped to nap times have a deep and meaningful conversation that way. and feeding schedules. Road trips in New Zealand In the end, you say “hello”, “thank you” and “I love and Australia; exploring Mexico’s Yucatan Penin- you” and hope that is enough. sula, exploring Las Vegas, and now twice in CanaWith each adventure, we are grateful for the time da—experiencing summer and winter seasons. On and experience. As always, we temper our sadness this holiday, New Year’s Eve and day spent in Sun by planning the next journey; the next thing to look Peaks, and the rest of time spent poking around our forward to—the exhilaration of hello that temporarily favorite Kamloops shops, eateries and our personal erases the heartbreak of goodbye.

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Check out three new exhibits at the Art Gallery ■■ Kamloops Art Gallery exhibits - Ann Kipling: Gestural Terrain from Jan. 14 to Mar. 25. Curator tour Jan. 14 at 5:30pm. Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape from Jan. 14 to Mar. 25. Exhibition tour Jan. 14 at 5:30pm. Laura Findlay: Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move from Jan. 14 to Mar. 25. Opening reception for all exhibits on Jan. 14 from 6:30 to 8pm. ■■ Visual Journeys from Jan. 12 to 21 at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 W Seymour St. Featuring samples of art featured over the last year. Water colours, jewelry, photography and much more. Tues. to Sat. from 10am to 5pm. a healthy lifestyle with ■“Living ■ chronic pain” program Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 4pm at 421 St Paul Street. Fully accessible and free. FMI and preregistration at or 1-866-902-3767. ■■ High Country Achievers Open House on Jan. 19 at 6:45pm at Mohave Room, Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour St. Fun, shared, learning of Communications and Leadership skills. Contact: Lesley at 250-374-8225. ■■ Open mic night at Padlock Studios on Jan. 20 from 7pm to 12am. Checkout some talented local performers, enjoy local beers and wine, and support a space dedicated solely to the Kamloops arts scene. All ages event. All performers welcome. Some instruments provided. 1st Floor, 175 2nd Ave. ■■ Free Wellness Talk “Health From Head to Toe - Raging hormones and lack of sleep affecting your quality of life?”

at Nature’s Fare Market with Dr. Jennifer Dyck, Jan. 18 from 7 to 9 pm at 1350 Summit Drive. Sign up at the vitamin desk or at ■■ Open Mic Night at Barnhartvale Coffee House on Feb. 18 (not Jan. 21 as previously published). Feature act: Toejam. Doors at 7pm and music at 7:30pm. Admission at the door. FMI contact Chrisy at 250-573-0025 or www. ■■“Jesus Fatwah, Love your (Muslim) Neighbour As Yourself” video/discussion series at 7pm on Jan. 24, 31, Feb 7 and 14 at 421 St Paul St. Reading material will be sent in advance by email. By donation. Pre-registration: or 250-372-3020.

■■ Read for 15 challenge - To celebrate Family Literacy Day, libraries across Canada are reaching out to encourage everyone to read for 15 minutes on Jan. 27. Use the hashtag #Readfor15TNRD on Facebook or Twitter, or email ■■ Call for bands/musicians to compete at Padlock Studios’ Battle of the Bands on Mar. 4. Submit your band or solo act to perform and win cash, prizes and a feature paid show at Padlock. Submission deadline: Feb. 4. FMI email padlockstudios@ ■■ Be Inspired! Women’s Entrepreneur Conference on Feb. 4 at Coast Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way. FMI

or to register contact 250-5726215 or ■■ Mockus runs Feb. 8 to 11 at Pavilion Theatre, 1025 Lorne St. Tickets available through Kamloops Live! Box Office at or 250374-LIVE (5483). ■■ Kamloops Kidney Support Group meets at 10am on the second Sat. every month at Romeo’s Kitchen, 1250 Rogers Way. They can chat and/or answer questions about anything that is kidneyrelated, whether you may be predialysis or on dialysis, a kidney donor or a recipient, or anything in between. FMI call Edna at 250-376-6361, Dorothy at 250573-2988 or Margaret at 250819-3135.

first fall of the new year - Josh Levin was out clearing the lot at TRU Market after Monday’s heavy snowfall. I’m sure it will need to be done more than once.


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echo stargazer Dear Capricorn: (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) Something unexpected about your partner comes to light. Stay calm and trust your decisions. Destiny encourages a spiritual perspective. Dear Aquarius: (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) Your daily routine needs to be reevaluated and this can affect anything from your daily job to your habits to your health. This leg of your journey will be traveled alone but you’re on the correct path. Trust your dreams. Dear Pisces: (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) Romantic partners, creative projects, and children all reveal a way forward you hadn’t expected. Career opportunities demand a toll on your time but success encourages a second effort. Love blesses a new beginning. Dear Aries: (Mar. 21 - April 20) Dress your best and smile big while out and about in public. Fans have taken a special interest in your well-being and at least one person is trying to help behind the scenes. An old friend says hello. Dear Taurus: (Apr. 21 - May 21) You’re better equipped for this next leg of your journey than you realize. Love is leading you to popularity among your peers. Check off your goals then jump into the fun. Dear Gemini: (May 22 - June 21) The full moon uncovers financial goals that may or may not have been met. Adjust your game accordingly and prepare for success. Ask a friend for help. Dear Cancer: (June 22 - July 22) Even though you often feel invisible to the world, your destiny is still looking for you with open arms. This week emotions release and you step out from behind the veil. Fans cheer on the new you. Dear Leo: (July 23 - Aug 22) A light uncovers a financial opportunity from the past. Trust your journey and bring that dream to life. Love is looking for a friend. Dear Virgo: (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) Your social network surprises with a reward you didn’t know you were nominated for. Accept with grace and a promise of continued good work. Lovers begin to line up. Dear Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) Sometimes it’s not about “you” or “me” or even “we”. This year it’s about “them” and the support they offer that you’ll never see but you’ll definitely feel. You’re busy but fans call for even more. Dear Scorpio: (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Creative projects take centre stage with a green light you’ve been hoping for. There’s a tremendous amount of behind the scenes energy supporting your journey. Be the hero your fans are waiting for. Dear Sagittarius: (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Joint finances reveal hidden potential. Romance leads you into unexpected arms. Your career is calling for another level of success. Astro-week Sonnyscopes courtesy of Collin Sonny Rosati, Vancouver Astrologer, Hypnotist. For personal readings visit

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Notable Quotables “Don’t yell at your kids! Lean in real close and whisper, it’s much scarier.” – Unknown

Judi was startled to see the nonchalant way Jon was taking the fact that his lady love was seen with another man. “You said you love her and yet you saw her with another man and you didn’t knock the guy down?” “I’m waiting,” Jon said. “Waiting for what?” asked Judi. “Waiting to catch her with a smaller fellow.”


REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2017 SEASON! The 2017 youth soccer season gets underway in mid-April. The registration deadline to guarantee a place on a KYSA House team and secure an early bird registration fee is February 1st! •

2017 PLAYER REGISTRATION FEES: U5 to U10 (Born 2012–2007) – $225.00 • $250.00 after Feb. 1! U11 to U18 (Born 2006–1999) – $250.00 • $275.00 after Feb 1! Family Rates (3 or more children) Available!

• Visit the KYSA web site to register on-line or visit the association’s office on McArthur Island. VISA, MasterCard, American Express & Debit Cards accepted. Debit cards at the KYSA office only!

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